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Mar 20, 2013
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Making a case for tougher anti-stalking laws

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Should any well meaning law proposed in a democratic parliament be shelved because it risks being misused in some form?

Mar 15, 2013
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Indian startup aims for the moon – and $30 million

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Rahul Narayan, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, is the founder of Team Indus. It is the only Indian team in a race to the moon by privately funded groups competing for the largest international incentive prize of all time – the Google Lunar X Prize.

Google is offering $30 million in prizes to the first privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the Moon, including a grand prize and other bonus prizes.

Mar 6, 2013
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Fear, too busy, too ugly: why India’s famous bachelors stay single

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A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Jan 28, 2013
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“Homelands” exhibit in Delhi examines identity through art

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Indians give high importance to the concept of identity and kinship, especially in a land that is home to hundreds upon hundreds of different languages and ethnic groups. Indian curator Latika Gupta explores this theme in “Homelands”, an exhibition of works by 28 leading contemporary British artists, all wrestling with the idea of what “home” means in the 21st century.

The artists whose works are displayed include four Turner Prize winners, Jeremy Deller, Richard Long, Grayson Perry and Gillian Wearing. Work by World Press Photo (2007) winner Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya, also is on display.

Jan 26, 2013
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Military personnel who rape in India’s conflict zones should be prosecuted: committee

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The Justice Verma Committee, set up to review India’s legislation following the brutal gang rape of a student in Delhi last month, released its recommendations on how to make the country safer for women last week.

Among the issues which the panel addressed was a “neglected area” concerning sexual violence against women in areas of conflict.

Jan 23, 2013

Rajnath Singh takes BJP’s reins in race to 2014 polls

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) anointed veteran leader Rajnath Singh as party chief on Wednesday in a bid to rejuvenate the main opposition ahead of crucial state elections this year and national elections due in 2014.

Singh, 61, was elected unopposed for a two-year term till 2015 after scandal-tainted incumbent Nitin Gadkari resigned and opted out of the race.

Jan 20, 2013
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Why Rahul Gandhi stepped into the spotlight

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The Congress has for a long time acknowledged Rahul Gandhi as heir apparent and several party members had openly said that he is their leader. Which means his appointment on Saturday as the party’s vice president — a post just below that of Congress chief and Rahul’s mother Sonia — was in many ways just a matter of finding him a suitable title.

So why should it matter?

One reason for Gandhi’s long-awaited promotion was to energise the party for a round of state elections in the run-up to the national elections in 2014. The Congress remains a party which derives its charisma from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and party workers openly swoon over the family. News of Gandhi’s appointment was greeted with fireworks and proclamations by party leaders of brighter days ahead.

Nov 27, 2012
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Zee News editors arrested in Jindal extortion case

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Two senior journalists of Hindi-language channel Zee News were arrested on Tuesday night in an extortion case filed by Congress lawmaker and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd Chairman Naveen Jindal.

Jindal released video recordings last month that he said showed the journalists trying to extort money from the industrialist in return for not airing negative stories on coal block allocations involving his company.

Nov 2, 2012

Apple iPhone 5 makes India debut

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Apple’s latest iPhone — thinner, lighter and with a 4-inch screen — went on sale in India on Friday with a starting price of 45,500 rupees.

The iPhone 5, which Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook said was the “fastest-selling” phone in history, sports a 4-inch “retina” display and is 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.

Oct 31, 2012
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Rahul Gandhi and an embarrassment of titles

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“Young emperor”, “scion”, “leader-in-waiting” are some of the words used to affectionately describe Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. His official party designation is Congress general secretary, but that could soon change.

Various media reports say Rahul will soon be elevated to the “No. 2 position” in the Congress Party, and a lot of designations are being bandied about to qualify for the post just below the party chief, otherwise known as his mother Sonia Gandhi.