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Jul 19, 2010
via The Great Debate (India)

Do frequent accidents indicate a crumbling infrastructure?

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At least 60 people were killed when a fast-moving Uttar Banga Express rammed into the waiting Vananchal Express at Sainthia in West Bengal early on Monday.
While officials have virtually ruled out any terror link, the fact the trains were on the same track when the accident happened, does indicate possible human lapses.

In May, a train sabotage blamed on Maoist rebels killed more than 70 people. Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee came under criticism after the Gyaneshwari Express was attacked.

Jun 26, 2010
via India Masala

Death of Michael Jackson: A year in review as a fan

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It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the day a frantic 911 emergency call from pop legend Michael Jackson’s residence set off a chain of events that left millions of fans across the world numbed.

Michael Jackson, youth icon and arguably the greatest pop star that ever lived, was found unconscious at his Los Angeles residence. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.

Apr 30, 2010
via India Insight

India’s ‘Watergate’ rocks ruling Congress coalition

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The Congress-led government, under scrutiny in the wake of allegations of financial irregularities in a multi-billion cricketing tournament, has now come under fire from the opposition over accusations it tapped phones of senior leaders.

A united opposition demanded a joint parliamentary committee to look into these allegations, ruled out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is in Bhutan attending a summit of South Asian leaders.

Apr 26, 2010
via India Masala

I’m gay, says new Archie comic character

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It’s official. Eternal teen Archie Andrews will soon be joined in his escapades at Riverdale High by an openly gay friend — Kevin Keller.

Kevin is the latest fictional character to have come out of the closet in a world where good always triumphs over evil.

Apr 22, 2010
via India Insight

Will democratisation help clean up gentleman’s game?

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It started with a Twitter post and promptly snowballed into accusations of funding irregularities, corruption and misuse of power. Almost hard to believe it’s cricket that is being discussed here.

Cricket has always attracted controversy because of the large amount of money and sponsorships it involves unlike any other game.

Apr 22, 2010
via India Insight

Will democratisation help clean up gentleman’s game?

It started with a Twitter post and promptly snowballed into accusations of funding irregularities, corruption and misuse of power. Almost hard to believe it’s cricket that is being discussed here.

Cricket has always attracted controversy because of the large amount of money and sponsorships it involves unlike any other game.

Apr 8, 2010
via India Insight

Is the government losing the plot in tackling Maoist insurgency?

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A day after hundreds of Maoist rebels trapped and killed 76 Indian security personnel in a heavily mined swathe of jungle in Chhattisgarh, a feeling of shock pervades the national psyche.

The nature of the attack, the detailed planning that went into it and the government’s reaction thereafter has raised the question that is being debated for some time now.

Mar 4, 2010
via The Great Debate UK

Kiran Bedi on being India’s first woman police officer

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One of India’s most recognised faces, Kiran Bedi is India’s first woman police officer and has a larger-than-life image in a country where police are mostly perceived as inefficient or corrupt or both.

She was an Asian and national tennis champion before she made it to the Indian

Police Service in 1972. Bedi has worked in traffic and narcotics control, prison management and has also been an adviser for United Nations peacekeeping operations.

Feb 14, 2010

India says investigating blast, Pakistan talks on

PUNE, India (Reuters) – Security officials were investigating the possible involvement of Pakistan-based militants in a bomb blast in western India that killed nine people, but New Delhi said talks with Islamabad later this month would go ahead.

The bomb, left in a backpack at the popular German Bakery in the city of Pune on Saturday, wounded 60 and appeared to target Indian and foreign tourists.

Feb 14, 2010

India says few clues to bomb, denies intelligence failure

PUNE, India (Reuters) – The Indian government said on Sunday it had little idea who was behind a bomb in a tourist eatery in western India that killed nine people, an attack that some experts said could be the work of home-grown militants.

The bomb that also wounded 57 in the city of Pune was the country’s first big attack since the 2008 Mumbai massacre and appeared to target Indian and foreign tourists. At least one foreigner whose identity had not yet been established was killed.