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Has compensation been paid to Bilaspur sterilisation camp victims, asks SC

New Delhi , Jan 30

The Supreme Court Friday inquired if families of 14 women who lost their lives Nov 11, 2014, following botched-up sterilisation operations at a Chhattisgarh government-sponsored family planning camp in Bilaspur hospital were paid compensation as directed by its 2005 order.

Elderly parents held for killing son

New Delhi , Jan 30

An elderly couple, long tormented by violent acts of their 27-year-old alcoholic son, killed him and dumped his body in a drain after chopping it into small pieces and sought to mislead police about his whereabouts but finally confessed to the crime, police said Friday.

The forgotten Mahatma

New Delhi We remember Mahatma Gandhi only on October 2 and January 30. The symbolic spinning of the charkha, recital of bhajans and selling khadi at a discount are the only activities that remind us of him.

Gandhi's Song: New documentary on centuries-old bhajan

Chicago , Jan 30

A nearly six-centuries-old song written by Gujarat's most revered poet-philosopher Narsinh Mehta and made by Mahatma Gandhi as his life's guiding force is now a subject of an upcoming documentary.

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Chillies, cheese fire-up Bhutan's cuisine

New Delhi

Fridge magnets and postcards with pictures of red and green chillies of all shapes and sizes - there you go! Picturesque Bhutan's love affair with chillies - and also with cheese - is so profound that it's not just a food seasoning for its people.

SC upholds Kerala CPI-M leader's conviction for contempt

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram , Jan 30

The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader M.V. Jayarajan for using unparliamentary words against state high court judges but reduced the sentence from six months to four weeks simple imprisonment.

Beating Retreat attempts Indian-Western blend, but doesn't always work

New Delhi , Jan 29

On a sunny evening, under a clear blue sky, with a bracing breeze fluttering the tricolour, 1,000 bandsmen of the Indian armed forces brought music alive on Thursday at the Beating Retreat ceremony which brings the curtain down on the four-day Republic Day celebrations.

No leadership crisis in Congress: Anand Sharma

Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi
New Delhi , Jan 30

Unfazed with former union minister Jayanthi Natrajan's exit, Congress leader Anand Sharma Friday dispelled concerns of leadership deficit within his party.

Obama-Modi vision document: Shedding of India's strategic inhibitions?

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
New Delhi , Jan 29

The visit of US President Barack Obama to India not only resulted in both countries overcoming their six-year deadlock over the civil nuclear deal but also the emergence of a "strategic vision" document for closer cooperation in the Asia Pacific and India Ocean region in the backdrop of what is seen as an aggressively rising China, agreements that many feel may have resulted in India finally shedding its strategic inhibitions.

Jayanthi's charges against Rahul baseless: Digvijaya

Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi
Bengaluru , Jan 30

Allegations by former central minister Jayanthi Natarajan that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had interfered in the functioning of the environment ministry were baseless, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Friday.

Fiscal deficit exceeds budget estimates in 9 months

Indian governmentIndian government
New Delhi , Jan 30

The Indian government's fiscal deficit has exceeded the budget estimate within the first nine months of the current fiscal, data showed Friday at a time it has recovered ground somewhat by earning over Rs.22,000 crore from disinvestment in Coal India.

Goa's BJP nixes auction of mining leases, defies Modi manifesto?

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
Panaji , Jan 30 By opting to renew and grant over 85 mining leases to the same companies accused of being part of a Rs. 35,000 crore illegal mining scam, the BJP-led Goa government may have reneged on a key promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha poll manifesto which advocates auctioning of precious natural resources.

Building smart cities is challenging but doable: Minister

New Delhi , Jan 30

Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the states to be ready to make their cities and towns "smart" under the central government's initiative of building 100 smart cities.

WACA pitch is not what it used to be

Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar
New Delhi

There was a time when the very mention of Perth used to unnerve the batsmen -- even the Australians when they had to face the fearsome West Indies pace men. However, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground, like many others in the world, has lost some of its viciousness in recent years.

'India's decision to recriminalise homosexuality a backward move'

Jaipur , Jan 29 Of the six novels Welsh author Sarah Waters has written, five have lesbian couples as protagonists and for someone who has championed gay rights through her writings, she was extremely disappointed, like several others, with the Supreme Court's 2013 order recriminalising homosexuality.

Assam to set up wildlife museum in Kaziranga

Guwahati , Jan 30

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday announced that the state government would set up a state-of-the-art interpretation centre and wildlife museum with modern 3D shows at Kaziranga.

Panaji by-poll: Another IITian challenges Parrikar's bastion

Panaji , Jan 29 The Goan capital seems to have become an electoral hunting ground for IIT-Bombay alumni.

Loss in Delhi bad for Parivar, not the BJP

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
New Delhi

In politics, sometimes normalcy looks abnormal. That the Bharatiya Janata Party should be with its back to the wall in the Delhi battle is abnormal for those who have not yet recovered from the awesomeness of Narendra Modi's victory in May 2014.

Romancing Indian Railways, some memoirs

Salman KhurshidSalman Khurshid
New Delhi

Nostalgic accounts of travellers who rode the earliest trains in India, personal journeys of men who who have written memoirs of their life and struggle in the US and East Africa and former union minister Salman Khurshid's account of Muslims in India. IANS bookshelf this weekend offers these delights. Take a look: