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Sajjan acquitted in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case: makes Modi feel safe too?

    Blood on hand: yet blameless! Congress leader Sajjan Kumar was Tuesday acquitted of all charges by a Delhi court in one of the three 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, a verdict that evoked vociferous protests from victims’ families, one of whom hurled a shoe at the judge. District and sessions judge JR Aryan let off Kumar in the 29-year-old case in which he was accused of murder and of instigating a riotous mob that killed five Sikhs in Delhi’s cantonment area. Five others — Balwan Khokkar, former councillor, Mahender Yadav, former MLA, Kishan Khokkar, Girdhari Lal and Captain... 

Haryana has the worst sex ratio, Kerala the best, Bihar bad enough: 2011 census!

    Man, woman: crucial ratio! New Delhi: Haryana has turned out to have the worst male-female ratio among all states while Kerala fares the best. According to the 2011 Census, the number of females per 1000 males in Haryana in 2011 stands at 879 followed by Jammu and Kashmir (889 female) and Punjab (895 females). The other two worst-performing states in terms of skewed sex ration are Uttar Pradesh (912 females) and Bihar (918 females). Five top performing states in terms of sex ratio were Kerala (1,084 females), Tamil Nadu (996), Andhra Pradesh (993), Chhattisgarh (991), Odisha (979). The... 

Remembering Akhtar Payami [ 1931-2013]: a Bihari mohajir journalist in Pakistan

     By Mohammad Sajjad Akhtar Payami [ 1931-2013] The news of sad demise of Akhtar Payami on 8 April 2013 in Karachi brought a different kind of memory to the people of Bihar. Karachi people remembered this Bihari muhajir as a towering journalist associated with the Morning News and Dawn. His protégé and colleagues in these newspapers remember him as their mentor with expertise in toning down the stories to avert the state repression as Payami had worked during the days of strict censorship under the Bhutto regime. Payami’s colleagues admire him for his vast knowledge about the ideologies... 

Sunday Editorial – Who is an intellectual? Are you one?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Intellectual: the book and the beard! In an age when you have area experts, consultants, analysts, academics, communicators, researchers, data crunchers and mentors, the word ‘intellectual’ may seem horribly dated and out of place. And yet I feel the almost complete ‘professionalization’ of ideas has turned thinking and thought into guild like ghettos where the only likely replacement for the ‘intellectual’ seems the generalist – the guy who knows a bit of this and that, functioning as a bridge between here and there with no territory or voice of his own.... 

Bihar Police to reserve 35% posts for women: to set up women’s desk at all police stations

    Women police for women! Patna: Each of 823 regular police stations in Bihar and 100-odd government railway police (GRP) stations will soon have an exclusive desk to register complaints related to women. IG (CID-weaker sections) Arvind Pandey has directed all SPs, including those of the GRP, to set up the women’s desk within a fortnight. The direction has been issued to facilitate the implementation of recent changes in the criminal laws at the centre, following the hue and cry over the recent Delhi gang rape case. Pursuant to the amendment, all SPs (superintendents of police) in Bihar... 

Facebook’s Zuckerberg wants new immigration policy for US: let talent flow in freely!

  Zuckerberg: ‘let in talent freely’! The billionaire founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has launched a new initiative to push for immigration reform, describing America’s current system as “unfit for today’s world.” The group, called FWD.us, (pronounced Forward US), is backed by other Silicon Valley leaders including Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer and Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of Linkedin. “We have a strange immigration policy for a nation of immigrants. And it’s a policy unfit for today’s world,”... 

What do animals do when sick: take medicines, of course!

  Grass eating lion: stupid? No way! What do animals do when they get sick? They can’t go to the doctor. But a surprising number of wild creatures have figured out ways to use herbs, resins, and even alcohol and nicotine for health’s sake. Scientists the ranks of animal pharmacists in the latest issue of Science. First on the list: primates, who are particularly good at exploiting the medicinal properties of plants. Chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas have all that swallowing rough leaves can purge their intestines of parasites. And chimps plagued by roundworm infections have been... 

Modi model VS Nitish model, yes: but what are these models?

    Modi vs Nitish: masks vs models! Patna/Ahmadabad: what is the Gujarat model of development? To put it simply, provide infrastructure, incentives and land to the investor in a resource rich state and wait for the positive results to follow. As for the people, let them find their place in the economic scheme of things. If and when they happen to come in the way of the development juggernaut, just push them under. Does this amount to a model or a vision is the question, since every state is trying to do exactly the same to the best of its ability. But the question is – is Bihar’s development... 

Run for cover, India: after repaying debt to Mother Gujarat, Modi says he’s ready to repay Mother India!

  Modi nightmare: coming to repay debt! Gandhinagar: Hours after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took an indirect dig at Narendra Modi for his “exclusivist politics”, the Gujarat chief minister bared his national ambitions by saying it was time for him to repay his “debt to Mother India”. “People are saying that I have repaid the debt of Gujarat. They are now asking me to repay the debt owed to Mother India. Every citizen owed a debt to the country. If you are a teacher, your duty is towards your students. If you are a doctor, you owe it to your patients,”... 

When official uncovers scam, transfer him: The strange case of IAS officer Ashok Khemka

  Uncovering unpleasant truths: means transfer! Chandigarh: The Haryana government Thursday transferred for the second time in six months senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka —- the man who stirred a political storm alleging irregularities in land deals involving UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and private realty giant DLF. Khemka, at present Managing Director, Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC), has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Archives relieving Vikas Yadav of the charge. This is the 44th transfer posting of Khemka in his 22-year career. While no... 
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