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Jun 11, 2010
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An easier end to unhappy marriages in India?

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India’s cabinet this week cleared a proposal to amend the Hindu Marriage Act to allow “irretrievable breakdown of marriage” as a ground for divorce.

The amendment had been resisted earlier and been pending for nearly three decades now. Other grounds for divorce, which can take anywhere from six months to 20 years, include cruelty, desertion and adultery.

Jun 8, 2010

Bhopal gas verdict slammed, demand for stricter law

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Activists demanded reforms of justice system and stricter laws for industrial disasters after a court took nearly 26 years to hand down a verdict for the world’s worst industrial accident in a central Indian city.

Thousands of people were killed in Bhopal after a plant of U.S. chemical firm Union Carbide accidentally released toxic gases into the air, and many more continue to suffer.

Jun 7, 2010
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Romanticising the rebels

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Everybody loves a good yarn about the little guys taking on the establishment despite the odds.

And Booker Prize-winning writer and self-styled activist Arundhati Roy believes there is romanticism in the armed struggle of the Maoists against the state.

Jun 2, 2010

India seen as too protective of Sonia Gandhi’s image

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Authorities have tried to crack down on portrayals of Sonia Gandhi in movies, books and cartoons, triggering criticism that the world’s largest democracy is too reverent towards its most powerful politician.

Gandhi is a member of a family of Congress leaders that has dominated Indian politics since independence in 1947. As head of the ruling Congress party, she is widely seen as the power behind-the-scenes in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.

May 26, 2010

Bob Dylan mania in India’s northeast

SHILLONG, India (Reuters) – To Bob. Wherever you are.

With those lines, Andrew, a popular musician in India’s northeastern town of Shillong who goes by one name, kicked off an annual festival to commemorate Bob Dylan with a concert featuring the music icon’s best offerings.

This year, a hundreds-strong crowd clapped, cheered and bobbed their heads as they sang along with bands and musicians who had come to mark Dylan’s 69th birthday, which was on Monday.

May 26, 2010

Blowin’ in India’s northeast – Bob Dylan mania

SHILLONG, India (Reuters) – To Bob. Wherever you are.

With those lines, Andrew, a popular musician in India’s northeastern town of Shillong who goes by one name, kicked off an annual festival to commemorate Bob Dylan with a concert featuring the music icon’s best offerings.

This year, a hundreds-strong crowd clapped, cheered and bobbed their heads as they sang along with bands and musicians who had come to mark Dylan’s 69th birthday, which was on Monday.

May 25, 2010

India’s businesses see openings beyond cricket

MUMBAI (Reuters) – On a recent Saturday afternoon, the Celtics took on Magic, cheered on by raucous onlookers. The pace was quick, the players committed and the rivalry intense.

The participants, though, were not the storied Boston and Orlando basketball teams, but boys of the Mahindra-NBA recreational league in India, where the National Basketball Association (NBA) hopes to take advantage of the growing popularity of the sport to gain a foothold, backed by one of the largest corporate groups in the country.

May 25, 2010

Sport-India’s businesses see openings beyond cricket

MUMBAI, May 25 (Reuters) – On a recent Saturday afternoon,
the Celtics took on Magic, cheered on by raucous onlookers. The
pace was quick, the players committed and the rivalry intense.

The participants, though, were not the storied Boston and
Orlando basketball teams, but boys of the Mahindra-NBA
recreational league in India, where the National Basketball
Association (NBA) hopes to take advantage of the growing
popularity of the sport to gain a foothold, backed by one of the
largest corporate groups in the country.

May 21, 2010

Build it and they will do it? Retailers’ India dilemma

SIRHIND, India (Reuters) – Lush green fields greet visitors to the agricultural heartland in India’s northwest, some dotted with tall bundles of paddy covered with black tarpaulin, exposed to the sun, the occasional thundershower and rodents.

A couple of hours away, workers wearing green hair nets and aprons clean and sort peas, tomatoes and potatoes in a 10,000-sq.ft. facility leased by Wal-Mart Stores <WMT.N>, which ships vegetables and fruits to 28 supermarkets and a Wal-Mart wholesale store within hours of being picked in the fields.

May 20, 2010
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Is it time to end the death penalty in India?

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Suddenly, everyone in India is talking about executions.

Grim hangings are a topic of animated conversation at water coolers, cocktail parties and chat shows. Everyone seems to favour them, the quicker the better.

Just weeks ago, Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani gunman convicted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was sentenced to death by hanging.