INDIA: News Briefs

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Seven Maoists killed in an encounter in Jharkhand: Seven Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in a gun battle with Security Forces (SFs) in Latehar District on April 29. SFs recovered three dead bodies, while the Maoists reportedly managed to flee with four dead bodies. Pioneer, April 30, 2013.

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The Language of Narendra Modi With Shades of Grey

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By Nonica Datta *

Narendra Modi's oratory captivates his audience. A demagogue's agenda is facilitated via language, which becomes a site of power and violence in the political public sphere. This article looks at Modi's emotionally-charged speeches which are emblematic of his larger political language.

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Modi and Rahul: Aim Real Votes or Celebrity Endorsements

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By Prabhu Chawla *

A country of over a billion people obsessed with only two individuals—Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. It reflects the famine of leadership in a country that aspires to become a superpower. The UPA has a Cabinet of 33 members whose average age is well above 60, and is led by the 80-year-old Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. None of the ministers are considered leaders of tomorrow since they are perceived as ones who have betrayed the present. So, the debate and dialogue is now restricted to 43-year-old Rahul and the 63-year-old Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi.

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India: The Second Most Populous with 1.2 billion: Census 2011

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By A Correspondent

According to the final census released recently by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, India's total population as on March 1, 2011 is 1,210,726,932 or 1.21 billion -- an increase of 181.96 million persons in absolute number of population during 2001-11.

It is about 130 million less than the current population of China. The census total was close to what was expected, based on estimates by the Registrar General & Census Commissioner of India and other organizations.

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Does India Have The World’s Safest Reactor?

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By P K Sundaram *

The claim of Koodankulam reactors being ‘safest in the world’ appeared in the newspapers today, nth time in last couple of years. The Russian Deputy-PM last year in October had said Koodankulam is world’s safest. I thought of doing a google search for the term ‘safest reactor of the world’. Here are some interesting observations:

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Culture: A Day in Sahir Ludhianvi’s City

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By Ishtiaq Ahmed *

March 8, 2013 happened to be the 92nd birthday of the great poet Sahir Ludhianvi (born in Ludhiana 1921; died Mumbai 25 October1980). Even before leaving Stockholm in the end of January 2013 for a seven-week visit to India, I had decided that I would spend the 8th of March in Ludhiana, east Punjab. My east Punjab tour included seminars and talks at Chandigarh (March 3 and 7), Amritsar (March 4 and 5), Jallandhar (March 6) and the 8th I kept open for my private visit to Ludhiana.

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Caste System Prevalent in All Religions

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By Ram Puniyani *

When on this (14th April 2013) anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Babasaheb Ambedkar, we pay tribute to his yeomen services towards the cause of social justice and bringing to fore the values of democracy; we also need to think as to how his dream and vision of annihilation of caste can be taken further. Where do we stand in this direction six decades after the Independence and after the formal implementation of Constitution of India, which gives us the values of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity?

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Medical Admission Entrance Test: Discriminatory for NRI Students

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By A Correspondent

After a successful Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi where speakers after speakers emphasized the importance of connecting the next generation to India, a new MCI (Medical Council of India) entrance text for medical admission adopted by some state governments will hamper NRI students applying for MBBS/BDS admission in India. The major reason being, there are no test centers in the USA, Europe and other countries with large NRI/PIO population. The Kerala Government is the latest one to adopt MCI admission test for medical and dental admission.

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Cycle Beads: The Bead String For Family Planning

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By Shobha Shukla *

Could you ever imagine that a string of beads can act as a contraceptive device to avoid unintended pregnancies? Well CycleBeads just does that by helping women to follow the Standard Days Method (SDM)—a natural fertility awareness method of family planning. It consists of a string of 32 colour coded beads, provided with a rubber ring that can move over the beads. Even illiterate women can use this tool to keep track of their menstrual cycle to know when they are fertile and to monitor their cycle length and thus avoid unintended pregnancy.

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Court Ruling Victory For Patients Around the World

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By Amitabh Pal *

An Indian court just granted a huge victory to the sick all over the planet.

“People in developing countries worldwide will continue to have access to low-cost copycat versions of drugs for diseases like H.I.V. and cancer, at least for a while,” said the front-page lead story in the New York Times on Tuesday. “Production of the generic drugs in India, the world’s biggest provider of cheap medicines, was ensured on Monday in a ruling by the Indian Supreme Court.”

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Assam: Emerging Troubles in Goalpara

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By Giriraj Bhattacharjee
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On March 31, 2013, Security Forces (SFs) killed a Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militant in an encounter near the Khashi Ghaghra area under Krishnai Police Station in Goalpara District. Another GNLA militant was injured in the incident. On the same day, SFs recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), suspected to have been planted by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) cadres, from a road that connects Kanyakuchi and Saljhar Townships under the Rangjuli Police Station in the same District.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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