State of the Nation

Even cooks can one day be panchayat head

Even cooks can one day be panchayat head       KALAIVANI works as a cook in a school. But this is not her only job. The middleaged woman also doubles up as the Panchayat President of her Keezhkuppam village in the backward Dharmapuri district.       Riding a trendy two- wheeler on the bumpy roads, she sets …

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UP:Police has arrested the son of a minister in a triple murder case

extracts from HT     THE UTTAR Pradesh Police has arrested the son of a minister from Girdharpur on Thursday night in a triple murder case. The minister’s son, one of the accused in the case, had been absconding since the filing of the case on February 6.         SSP A.  Satish Ganesh, addressing a press conference …

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Citizens face beauracratic obstacles even with RTI

      Officials suppress file notings from RTI applicants         Babus derive their power from the ability to deny even  lawful rights to a citizen. It can be a ration card, a passport, a certificate, an I card, an noc, aan approval; a million things that are necessary for survival. They also derive power from the …

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Maharashtraians turning over sensitive?

VJTI lecturer beaten over Shivaji poem 2 Feb 2008, 0157 hrs IST , TNN      MUMBAI: It was meant to be a fun occasion for the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI). Instead, Friday evening’s get-together turned into a shocking affair, with activists of Shiv Sena’s labour wing thrashing a …

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Need to review Education System and Parenthood

There is an extremely inspiring article in the Indian Express (Sunday Edition) today titled “From Sir With Love” (http://www.indianexpress.com/sunday/story/260332.html) on the inspiration behind the movie, Amole Gupte, who has drawn from instances in his life to write the script of the movie Taare Zameen Par. Aamir Khan has played the role of Gupte’s real life …

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Religious Riots : Underlying Causes

Hindus should ask why people convert           The outbreak of communal violence in Orissa has disturbing implications. The state, with a 22 per cent tribal population, has been largely peaceful since the gruesome murder of Graham Staines, a Christian missionary, and his two children in 1999. As in the case of the Staines’s murder, Hindu fundamentalists …

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Only 43 Women Members in 545-member Lok Sabha

Only 43 women members in 545-member Lok Sabha: Speaker   Kolkata, Dec 20: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today regretted that the 545-member Lower House in Parliament has the representation of only 43 women members, which constituted only 8.75 per cent of the total strength against the demand for 33 per cent representation for them …

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