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Apr 17, 2012
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The beef against beef in multi-cultural India


A ‘beef-eating festival’ in most parts of Hindu-majority India was always going to be considered provocative.

Clashes and a stabbing sparked tension at Hyderabad’s Osmania University when a group of students demanded the inclusion of beef in the hostel menu.

Apr 10, 2012
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Fashion and the church: Trousers for men only?


When in church, wear what the preacher tells you. So says the Synod Executive Committee, a decision-making body of the largest church in the north-eastern Indian state of Mizoram.

All women attending places of worship should refrain from wearing see-through dresses, clothes that expose the breasts or are too tight-fitting — and trousers — according to a dress code prescribed for Presbyterian Church of India members. The guidelines also say men must wear clean shoes and respectable suits.

Mar 7, 2012
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Is the outraged Indian over-sensitive or culturally prudent?


Protests are as common in India as the ‘Singh’ surname in the national hockey team.

On the face of it, it’s one indicator of a free society where every citizen can get his voice heard. But agitations like the recent one against a film crew for recreating parts of Chandigarh to look like a Pakistani city seem to create an impression of misplaced priorities (and some would say too much free time for the protesters).

Oct 14, 2011
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ISI certified, but failing to live up to standard?


Go to any market and you will find many products ranging from cosmetics to food and heavy industrial materials sport ISI or ISO certification tags, indicating that they are safe for use and assure a certain level of quality.

Even cheap toys from wholesale markets, which on face value alone look like brittle recycled plastic, can be seen with a ‘quality’ tag, giving one a feeling that the mark is being easily used and abused by unscrupulous manufacturers.

Oct 12, 2011

Festival cheer rings diabetes alarm for Indians

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – It’s festival season in India, with the celebrations providing a perfect opportunity for family outings, late-night parties and customary feasting on sweets.

But health experts warn that the festivities, coupled with genetic predisposition and lifestyle changes brought about by the increasing prosperity of the middle class, is contributing to the country being called the world’s “diabetes capital,” with the highest number of diabetics in any nation.

Sep 29, 2011
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Can commerce be ultimate CBM for India and Pakistan?


The running theme of the 21st century is that of economic partnerships, from the European Union to ASEAN, with the aim of fostering and maintaining economic prosperity and social progress.

And arch rivals India and Pakistan might also discover the economic and political dividend of cooperation if they are sincere in liberalising bilateral trade.

Sep 28, 2011

India says agrees to boost trade with Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Pakistan agreed on Wednesday to further liberalise trade flows with tentative moves such as opening a second customs post and issuing more visas, seen as bolstering a fragile peace process between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

The meeting between the neighbouring countries’ trade ministers was part of this year’s resumption of formal peace talks, which were broken off after militant attacks in 2008 that killed 166 people in India’s financial capital Mumbai.

Sep 27, 2011
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Will necessity help coal trump environment concerns?


Coal accounts for 60 percent of India’s energy use, runs most power stations and factories and enabled state-run company Coal India to have a blockbuster IPO last year raising a record $3.5 billion.

But despite having the world’s fourth largest coal reserves, India remains a major importer and the coal industry is pointing fingers at the environment ministry for part of the failure to properly develop coal fields.

Sep 27, 2011

India 2011/12 coal import needs may jump to 114 mln T

NEW DELHI, Sept 27 (Reuters) – India could import about 114
million tonnes of coal in 2011/12, up by over a third from the
previous year, mainly from Indonesia and South Africa to help
prevent power stations and factories in Asia’s third-largest
economy from slowing down.

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said on Tuesday India’s
coal demand was seen at 696 million tonnes in 2011/12 against an
expected local output of 554 million tonnes. State-run Coal
India , the world’s largest coal miner, has stocks of
about 28 million tonnes, reducing the overall shortfall.

Sep 6, 2011
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Anti-graft wars: Empire strikes back at Team Anna


They rode a popular wave of discontent over spiralling corruption to force the government to bend to their demands and led an otherwise fractious parliament to arrive at a consensus on an anti-graft bill, in the process becoming media celebrities — their figurehead even hailed a national hero.

But now, activists led by Anna Hazare, whose campaign against corruption captured the imagination of millions across the country and prompted round-the-clock media coverage, say they are being targeted by official machinery for ruffling important feathers.

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      "David Lalmalsawma is the deputy editor of the Reuters India website and the Delhi online desk. He previously worked on the online desk of the Economic Times and on the foreign desk at the Press Trust of India. He enjoys country-and-western music, Hollywood movies and "South Park." He tweets here: @davidlms25."
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