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New Delhi: A large number of Sikhs protested outside the Congress office here Monday over former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh giving a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, told television news channel NDTV in an interview that Tytler's name in the 1984 riots came up only when he ...
Jhansi: Notwithstanding BJP's assertion that there will be no witch-hunt if it comes to power, Uma Bharti has said that Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra will be in jail if NDA comes to power. Bharti also alleged that Vadra had made money by breaking all the norms. "Just because he is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi, all the Congress ruled state governments are afraid of him. Union Ministers ...
​Irom Sharmila, who has been fasting for 13 years against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur, wanted to vote for the first time in the final phase of elections in Manipur.The 42-year-old, according to the BBC, had regained her faith in democracy, following the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)."I heard about the work of the AAP when they governed Delhi for a little over a ...
Let's take a peek at Narendra Modi, the man most opinion polls now say will lead India in 2014. Others too could make it but it would take some doing. Narendra Modi, born 1950 Gujarat chief minister Most likely to: Make the BJP more efficient. Least likely to: Retire in Gujarat. Not many think of Narendra Modi as someone they can sup with. They see him as a man of robotic competence – great ...
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Monday that it is illegal and unconstitutional on the part of the incumbent UPA Government to announce new appointments when its tenure is coming to an end. "It is very unfortunate that this government, which has always been a government of wrongdoings, is still making more mistakes. When your government is departing, then you don't make new appointments. It is ...
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers staged protests outside the Congress Party headquarters after former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh gave a clean chit to 1984 Sikh riots accused Jagdish Tytler. SAD workers demanded action against Captain Amarinder Singh, who is the Congress candidate for the Amritsar constituency. The protestors, who were shouting slogans, apparently tried to remove ...
The American software giant Microsoft is reportedly planning to rename the Nokia Oyj to Microsoft Oy, when the acquisition deal is closed. According to CNET, the new subsidiary will serve as Microsoft's mobile devices division, according to the letter, which informed suppliers that the terms and conditions of their contracts would not change when the deal is completed. The acquisition deal was supposed ...
Former Pakistan president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has submitted an application in the Sindh High Court seeking to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Musharraf's counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem submitted the, challenging the order of the Interior Secretary pertaining to inclusion of his name in the ECL, Dawn News reports. According to the report, earlier on April 2, the government ...

The great Indian election waste

2014-04-21 09:18:58

India is not the world’s smartest democracy. It is merely the largest. Size can dwarf sense, which in turn makes us focus on scale and miss the real problem: India is stuck. The soul of our democracy, as the Election Commission points out, is the conduct of elections. True.It is also the biggest nightmare of our democracy. The logistics and management become knottier by the election, partly because ...
In early March, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, the Muslim poster boy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was shocked out of his wits to hear that the party might field him from the Kishanganj Lok Sabha seat in Bihar. The 45-year-old former civil aviation minister soon discovered that Ashwini Kumar Choubey, another BJP leader from Bihar, had convinced the party leadership that Hussain contesting from the Muslim ...
Chandigarh, April 21 (IANS) As the election fever builds up in Punjab for the April 30 Lok Sabha polls, so is the concern among politicians about the polling date coming right in the middle of the peak wheat-crop harvesting season. The period between April 14 and May 15 is when the maximum wheat arrival happens in a state known as the food basket of the country. Government procurement agencies do ...
New Delhi: A large number of Sikhs protested outside the Congress office here Monday over former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh giving a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Amarinder Singh, Congress candidate from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency, told television news channel NDTV in an interview that Tytler's name in the 1984 riots came up only when he ...
Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a 49-year-old resident of the city of Jiddah, which has seen a recent spike in infections of the Middle East respiratory syndrome. Two others ...
Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 ...
Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 ...
26-year papacy, especially concerns about the troubled Legion of Christ order and its leader, the Rev. Marcial Maciel. But the Legion's troubles were not news to the Vatican, according to a trove of 212 Vatican documents exposed in the 2012 book "The Will to Not Know" and placed online at www.lavoluntuddenosaber.com . Here's a look at some of the more pointed criticism about Maciel from the archive, ...
Panjim, April 20 (IANS) Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education has bagged the prestigious Nelson Mandela Peace Award for exceptional work in the field of education of the girl child. The award consisting of a momento and citation of excellence was presented to Vishakha Tripathi, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education president, by parliament member Shripad Yesso Naik, who is former minister of state ...
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Clearing the decks for the expansion of Jamia Millia Islamia, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Delhi government to acquire about 107 bighas (approximately 26 hectares) of prime land in Okhla village in south Delhi. The case pertains to 214 bighas of land in Okhla village that Delhi government wanted to acquire for the expansion of the 92-year-old university, one ...
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