March 16, 2014Malaysian PM calls Manmohan over missing MH370
Malaysia's Premier Najib Razak on Sunday spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
March 15, 2014In Tuticorin, with Parliament as backdrop, Jaya goes national in outlook
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa left no one in doubt about having an eye on New Delhi, at her election meeting in Tuticorin on Saturday, reports .
Where did Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 disappear?
Amelia Earhart's plane went missing in 1937, when you can imagine that planes might have. But the vanishing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is utterly mystifying in today's tech-heavy environment.
March 14, 2014Why Jagan may give parties a run for their money in Andhra
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, is on a blazing campaign trail, much to the delight of the adulating crowds. There is a Jagan wave, but will he make the cut, asks
People have exaggerated notions about themselves: Pawan Bansal
'Manish Tiwari has been trying for the Chandigarh seat since 1991, but I have never considered him a rival. If all he said the other day was targeted against me, it is unacceptable and I take strong exception to it,' former Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal tells Anita Katyal in an exclusive interview.
Why Anna Hazare skipped rally with Mamata
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who left Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee red-faced two days back, said that he had skipped the poorly attended rally because he was misled.
Kejriwal threatens to jail the media, then denies it
Accusing the media of being "sold out", Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to send media people to jail after an inquiry into the issue if AAP comes to power.
10 weird conspiracy theories on Flight MH370
The mystery over the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is getting increasingly intriguing.
These 15 celebs want YOUR vote
Rediff.com takes a look at star netas, some newbies, a few veterans, adding up to the glam quotient of Indian politics.
Search for Flight MH370 touches Indian Ocean
The massive international search for the missing Malaysian airliner is likely widen into the Indian Ocean with the US deploying a ship to the Andaman Sea to locate the airliner
PHOTOS: The magical Vrindavan Holi
They say if you really need to get a feel of vibrant India, head to Vrindavan during Holi. Here's why
Who will pull the strings post LS elections?
It won't be the Third Front, nor even a Federal Front. In case of a fractured verdict, a minority coalition comprising AIADMK, BJD and Trinamool Congress is the most likely outcome -- but it's the BJP that will call the shots, says Bharat Bhushan
March 13, 2014AAP ki kasam! When Mumbai totally fell for Kejriwal
Mumbaikars waved boisterously, some jumped out of their vehicles to have a closer look the 'aam aadmi' hero. They WhatsApped images of him, requested for selfies. Arvind Kejriwal swept Mumbai off its feeet on Wednesday, and how! recalls the manic response to the man of the masses in Mumbai.
MH370 search: India sends 4 warships, 6 aircraft
Joining global efforts to locate the Malaysian plane, India has deployed four warships along with six aircraft, including the latest special surveillance P-8I plane and three helicopters, under the 'Operation Searchlight'.
Kejriwal and co booked for Mumbai anarchy
A day after Arvind Kejriwal kicked off his Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra amid chaos, Mumbai Police on Thursday registered a case against the Aam Aadmi Party leader and his supporters on the charge of unlawful assembly outside the domestic airport.
Unexpected snowfall kills 17 in Kashmir
The untimely snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir claimed 17 lives and left nearly 2,000 houses damaged in Kashmir division, a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was informed on Thursday.
IN PHOTOS: Objects spotted by China NOT MH370 debris
Mystery continued to shroud the Malaysian jetliner six days after it went missing as Vietnam said on Thursday that its aircraft and ships have not found any debris said to have been spotted by Chinese satellites.
DON'T MISS: NASA'S STUNNING images of the cosmos
Take a look at these absolutely superb pictures from space, as seen by NASA.
March 12, 2014PHOTOS: 2 dead, 20 injured as New York building explodes
At least one person has been killed and 20 people injured when a building partially collapsed after an explosion in the East Harlem neighbourhood of New York City on Wednesday, officials said.
PHOTOS: Out to woo aam aadmi in Mumbai, Kejriwal adds to his woes
Landing in Mumbai for his Maharashtra tour on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal boarded an autorickshaw to travel a five-km distance to the Andheri station to board a local train, the city's lifeline, to Churchgate in south Mumbai.
Will Kejriwal contest against Narendra Modi?
Party's declaration of Delhi candidate list sans Kejriwal is a sign of this move
No luck finding MH370, India ready to fly in help
Search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people on board was on Wednesday extended to the Andaman Sea and India's help sought as international efforts to trace the aircraft that went missing five days ago yielded no breakthrough.
PHOTOS: It's March and still snowing in Kashmir
Just as Kashmir valley was ready and waiting for a pleasant spring after a long and harsh winter, it seems to have been struck with heavy snowfall, throwing life completely out of gear.
Why the youth connect with Narendra Modi
The fact that Modi has not only been able to reach out but galvanise and engage productively with his young supporters is a many ways a game changer for old style Indian incestuous politics. May 16 could well prove that the road to Delhi is not via Lucknow or Patna but via 'the youth', says
Red rage: The most LETHAL Naxal strikes in India
Rediff.com takes a look at the most deadly Naxal attacks on security forces over the last five years.
March 11, 2014'Wave now seems a mild word, it is more like a BJP tsunami'
'I won't be very, very surprised if we get 40/40 seats in Bihar. You may find it incredible but I'm telling you that's the mood. The worst the states are being governed, the better the chances for Mr Narendra Modi and the BJP,' says Uday Singh, the two-time BJP MP from Purnia, where Narendra Modi addressed his third Bihar rally in five months on Monday.
PHOTOS: Planes that mysteriously went off the radar
Plane crashes that have remained shrouded in mystery.
'As PM, Modi can be up to a lot of mischief'
'Narendra Modi is not just a threat to the minority communities, he is a threat to the Indian Constitution,' Dr Ram Puniyani, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, tells Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa.
In Photos: 100 hours after plane went missing, hope begins to fade
Four days after the baffling disappearance of a Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard, there was still no trace of the aircraft on Tuesday.
In Photos: Praying for Flight MH370
Praying, crying and hoping against hope. That's what the family members of the 239 people on board Flight MH370, the Malyasian Airlines flight that went missing on Saturday morning, are doing.
Will I ever be able to go back to Crimea?
'Will the Crimean peninsula's flavour change again as even more Russians come stomping through? Will the Russian bear be content with lunching on Crimea? Or will he eventually bumble into Kiev's Independence Square to squat for good?' Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel looks back on a trip to Crimea, the setting for Tennyson's famous poem, Charge of the Light Brigade.
IN PICS: The 30 DEADLIEST air disasters in history
Rediff.com takes a look at some of the disastrous air crashes.
March 10, 2014How Billy Joel inspired the Mulayam song
Formally launching its election campaign material for the Lok Sabha polls, Samajwadi Party state president and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday released advertisements to be run on various television channels.
Will Bangalore South buy Nilekani's message of 'change'?
The Congress has huge hopes from the billionaire technocrat-turned-politician, and even the UIDAI chairman -- billed as an 'ordinary Congress worker' -- is making all the right noises in the prestigious and highly-educated Bangalore South constituency. However, experts are unsure whether he will be able to counter the massive 'Modi wave' in this BJP bastion. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
Over 60 hours later, no trace of flight MH370 yet
India is closely following the developments regarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which went missing on Saturday morning while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
An ancient scourge lives on
Dr Jonathan Reisman, who spent four months in Kolkata with leprosy patients who have become socio-medical outcasts, attempts to fight the much-misunderstood disease
Why these 2 are so similar and so dangerous
So remarkable are the parallels that can be drawn between Kejriwal and Khan, that it almost seems that they are clones of each other, says Sushant Sareen.
March 09, 2014Were terrorists behind missing Malaysia Airlines plane?
In a new twist to sudden disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane, authorities on Sunday said intelligence agencies are probing how four persons with fake identities boarded the aircraft and counter-terrorism agencies of other countries have been alerted about it.
March 08, 2014Women's Day special: The bold and the beautiful
On International Women's Day, here's a collection of photographs that celebrate femininity.
5 Indians among 239 on board crashed Malaysian plane
A Beijing-bound plane of Malaysia Airlines carrying 239 people including two infants has crashed into the sea.
'Metro man' E Sreedharan endorses Modi
'Metro man' E Sreedharan has came out in support of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he hoped bold decisions under his leadership will fasten government's decision-making process.
March 07, 2014PHOTOS: Portraits of womanhood
In the run-up to the International Women's Day, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits of women and their daughters.
Uttam's Take: When AAP and BJP clashed...
Rediff.com's offers his quirky take on the face-off between the AAP and the BJP.
'Busy' Modi refuses to meet Kejriwal in Ahmedabad
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal was stopped by the Gandhinagar police on Friday from meeting Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi.
He hugs pandas. And meets polar bears
'What we do about our planet in the next 10 or 20 years is going to be crucial to our existence. There is nothing more important to our long term future. NOTHING!' says M Sanjayan, one of the more visible South Asian faces, internationally, in conservation.
'With China, India should be prepared for the worst'
Sanjay Gupta, author of The Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and the Indian Riposte and deputy executive editor with the Hindustan Times, talks to Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa on Chinese incursions, Beijing's worrying defence budget, the curiosity generated over ties with our neighbours and more.
Did India just help Hafiz Saeed sharpen his rhetoric?
Security experts and intelligence agencies say the decision of the Uttar Pradesh police to slap sedition charges against 67 Kashmiri students of a Meerut college was a stupid one. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
'We expect a zero error election; 100% successful to the last booth'
'In the Uttar Pradesh election last time, there were four presiding officers who had a heart attack on the day of the poll. It is a high pressure job and we must compliment our bureaucracy,' says former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi who headed the Election Commission in the 2009 general election.
It's Moscow, not Crimea, that's the real target, stupid!
Events in the Ukraine have a relevance that goes beyond Ukraine itself, says former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, himself a former Indian ambassador to Russia. The plot is aimed at bringing about regime change today in the Ukraine and tomorrow in Russia itself.
NDA will win Lok Sabha race, but will need more allies: Poll
The National Democratic Alliance is likely to win between 212 and 232 seats and UPA 119-139 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, a poll survey has claimed.
March 06, 2014In PHOTOS: Rahul Gandhi's 'fishy' business in Mumbai
During his two-day visit to Mumbai, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi had some rather 'fishy' business to attend to.
Upskirting is legal, rules US top court
Ladies, beware of what you wear - if you are in Massachusetts! The top court in Massachusetts has ruled that 'upskirting' - the practice of secretly photographing under a woman's skirt -- is not prohibited by state law.
SHOCKING! More bombs go off in India than Afghanistan
Now here is some spine-chilling information about India not many of you know.
'The CPI-M will have a very feeble presence post elections'
'Communist leaders have become babus, they wear branded clothes and costly shoes, wear perfume to mask their body odour.... Why can't they get rid of their ego and arrogance for the party's benefit? Politburo members have no links with the soil, they have no understanding of the people and the grassroots... After the Lok Sabha election this year, the Left will cease to have any political identity.'rebel Marxist Abdur Rezzak Mollah tells Rediff.com's Indrani Roy.
Uttam's Take: Jumbo election has arrived
The Election Commission, the ultimate symbol of Indian democracy, has flagged off the great Election Race. Rediff.com's Uttam Ghosh offers his quirky take on the mind-boggling electoral exercise.
Congress hit by desperation and desertion
Desperation and desertion appear to be growing in the Congress as the Lok Sabha election nears.
REWIND: 10 moments from the day gone by
Rediff.com bring for you a collection of some of the best photographs from around the world in the last 24 hours
Did you know? Indian politics changes every 20 years!
Indian politics has been subject to a roughly 20-year cycle for the last 100 years, says T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan
Hindi heartland to power BJP's march to power: Poll
Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to bag between 63 to 79 seats out of 120 seats in the key Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the Lok Sabha polls, according to a survey.
March 05, 2014BUSTED! Rahul Gandhi, the anti-corruption crusader
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's recent attempts to fashion himself as an anti-corruption crusader were blown apart on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: 'Anarchist' Aadmi Protest on Delhi's streets
Aam Aadmi Party workers on Wednesday fought pitched battles with Bharatiya Janata Party activists outside the saffron party headquarters in New Delhi hours after former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was detained briefly in Gujarat.
Kejriwal 'detained' in Modi's Gujarat, AAP protests in Delhi
The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for arresting Arvind Kejriwal and said the incident proved that the Gujarat chief minister is scared of the party.
LS polls: 10 crore more voters in 2014 than in 2009
The Lok Sabha elections will be held from April 7 to May 12 spread over nine days in the highest number of polling days so far involving an electorate of 81.4 crore, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.
A story that will warm your heart
How Dinesh Desai, an Indian American from California, changed the life of Denis Ryen, a Tamilian living in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, half a world away.
5 reasons why 2014 polls will be different
With the Election Commission announcing the much-awaited polling dates on Wednesday, the general election season is well and truly underway.
RaGa charm choking the Congress?
The Congress campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha contest is fast fading away, thanks to the tempo maintained by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. For the disenchanted Congress worker, the blame for the shoddy party campaign squarely lies at the doorstep of Rahul Gandhi.
INS Sindhuratna: The tale of an underwater tragedy
Media reports had speculated that expired batteries caused the fire on board the Russian Kilo-class submarine
Michelle Obama honours acid attack victim Laxmi
Laxmi, an acid attack victim and a standard-bearer for the movement to end acid attacks in India, was honoured in the United States on Tuesday with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award.
Top PHOTO features you missed last week
A collection of the best photo features you missed last week
Telangana picks Congress for 2014; Rahul is TN choice for PM: Survey
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam seems to be fighting back in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Lok Sabha elections with the party recording an eight per cent increase in its vote share in the past month, while Congress turns out to be Telangana's first choice at the Centre, according to a pre-poll survey.
March 04, 2014For the BJP, the AAP raises a mix of anxiety and hope
'The Aam Aadmi Party will cut into our votes, but it won't affect our final tally in Uttar Pradesh,' a senior BJP strategist tells Rediff.com's in this brilliant report on the coming electoral wars in UP.
Inside Yasin Bhatkal's dangerous mind
A jailbreak bid, a strike at Narendra Modi's heartland, Indian Mujahideen's hand in the Syria civil war and its attempts to reach out to Al Qaeda and Taliban. Once India's most wanted, Yasin Bhatkal reveals his chilling plans in his confessions to the NIA
Extraordinary Indian: The doctor who makes a difference!
'Even if there is only one day left for a person, I find it very satisfying to have made a difference. That is because I believe life matters. If I can bring a smile to the face of a person who has seen only pain and suffering, I feel satisfied.' Rediff.com's meets Dr M R Rajagopal who has made such a difference to the lives of the terminally ill.
PHOTOS: Rio Carnival, the wildest party on earth
Rio de Janeiro shows why it is regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World.
Gloom, doom and a million mutinies to come
With the mood in the party one of "gloom and doom", some MPs are getting ready to desert the Congress.
Ukraine crisis: Russia refuses to back down
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a gamble on Ukraine and is betting that US President Barack Obama will blink first.
AAP dips, BJP gains, Congress still loses: Survey
Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is in neck-and-neck race with BJP for the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi while BJP-Shiv Sena combine has a clear edge in Maharashtra, a pre-poll survey has predicted.
March 03, 2014TRS shocks Congress, rules out merger
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti has ruled out merger with the Congress and refused to give any commitment on an alliance with the party in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
PHOTOS: The world seething with RAGE
Amazing photographs from across the world captured by ace Reuters photographers in the month of February
March 02, 20147-phase Lok Sabha polls likely to commence between April 7-10
Polling in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is likely to commence in the second week of April and may be spread over seven phases, the longest so far, highly placed sources said on Sunday.
150 riots in UP in one year, not a single in Gujarat in 10 yrs: Modi
Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack against the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress, saying they were misleading the people under the veil of secularism to hide their failures.
Cong's 2014 mantra? How to lose friends & alienate people
The exodus in Congress could again momentum (Kiran Reddy, L Rajagopal's resignations) in contrast to which the BJP is adding to its tally of allies and is finding new admirers. Anita Katiyal reports
'Islamic militants' behind China train station attack that left 33 dead
China has blamed Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province for an attack by knife-wielding "terrorists" at a railway station in Kunming city that left at least 33 people dead and 130 injured.
March 01, 2014Putin's Russia grabs Crimea from Ukraine
Russia's parliament has granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in the Crimea, the southern part of the Ukraine where support for Russia is strong.
When Rahul thought of being a rickshaw puller
"I was thinking of working as a rickshaw puller for a day to understand your problems," Rahul Gandhi said as he sought to reach out to rickshaw pullers and autorickshaw drivers on Saturday as part of his pre-manifesto exercise of interacting with various stakeholders.
How did India's defence story go so terribly wrong?
Forget the big-ticket stuff, for years we have not even been able to dredge Mumbai harbour so that submarines can move in and out round the clock, rues
February 28, 2014'Navy chief's resignation will dent morale of young officers'
'If the navy was part of the ministry of defence then, of course, the defence minister would have been jointly responsible for everything that happened. But that is not so. The defence minister can shrug his shoulders and say, "Look I don't know what is going on in the navy, so let the chief handle it". The politician is free to do what he feels. If his conscience hurts him, he is welcome to quit,' former naval chief Admiral Arun Prakash tells Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel.
82pc Indian kids have NO understanding of cigarette warning labels
Preschool children in India and Nigeria have the lowest awareness and understanding of health warning labels on cigarette packages, according to an international study of over 2,000 kids in six countries.
Is Karunanidhi getting cosy with Modi?
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President M Karunanidhi on Friday described Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a 'hardworker' and a 'good friend.'
When Nitish cancelled the Modi dinner
What left Nitish Kumar so irate that he recalled the dinner invitation to Narendra Modi and the BJP during the party's 2010 national executive meet in Patna? The shamiana was pulled down, the kitchen put out and the dinner scrapped after the invitations were sent out. Sankarshan Thakur reveals what happened behind that famous cancelled meal in his new book, Single Man.
Inside terror's DARK soul: Modi's murder, Kerala netas, Hindu helpers
The charge-sheet against Yasin Bhatkal reveals many shocking facts about the dark deeds of the Indian Mujahideen, says Vicky Nanjappa
The US View: India's 10 worst problems
The United States has expressed concerns about the ills that continue to hound India year after year in its latest annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released by Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.
India's most searched politicians
As India inches closer towards general elections, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Aam Aadmi Party founder Arvind Kejriwal and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi have emerged as the most searched politicians online, Google said on Thursday.
February 27, 2014IN PICTURES: The great night of Lord Shiva
Mahashivratri, one of the major Hindu festivals is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
10 accidents in 7 months: Sinking Navy?
vessels of the Indian Navy have met with accident in the last seven months
'Banning books seems more like Taliban culture than Hindu culture'
'How can Hindus protest efforts to ban an edition of the Gita in parts of Russia, and force a publisher to withdraw an academic critique of Hinduism, all in the same breath? It makes the Hindu community seem petty, self-serving, and hypocritical. Episodes like this allow Hinduism to be "owned" by the most conservative, intolerant, extremist voices. These people do not speak for me, and they certainly don't represent the form of Hinduism I practice and love," Princeton University's Hindu chaplain Vineet Chander tells Rediff.com's .
VOTE: The infamous barbs by our netas
'Khooni panja', 'zeher ki kheti', 'impotent'. Political insults have become the order of the day this poll season. While all of them deserve an unequivocal boo, Rediff.com asks readers to pick one that they think stung the most.
Why Muslims still see BJP with suspicion
Muslims say the Bharatiya Janata Party has been half-hearted in its outreach to the community. reports
Hindus in Pakistan denied access to temples?
Pakistan's Supreme Court has sought a report from the government on its efforts to ensure access for the minority Hindu community to a century-old temple in
Is Boko Haram the most sadistic terror group in the world?
Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram on Tuesday night shot or burned to death 59 boys in a boarding school in north-east Nigeria.
February 26, 2014Why 'parole favours' to Sanjay Dutt are so UNFAIR
Sanjay Dutt's 'parole favours' are bound to evoke public anger in abundance when one considers the fact although the Bollywood star has been granted parole thrice in nine months, the authorities across the country have considered only 228 out of a total 4,146 parole applications filed in the last four years. And if that's not enough, the state Maharashtra has a dubious record in terms of granting parole as it has considered only 8 out of 150 applications since 2010. Vicky Nanjappa reports.
'Impotent' Modi row: Khurshid should know who a man is, says BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday slammed Union minister Salman Khurshid for describing Narendra Modi as "impotent" and asked him to apologise for the "regrettable" and "shameful" comment, saying it only reflects the Congress party's "desperation".
A blind, brilliant author's reluctant vision of India
On a recent visit to India, writer Ved Mehta gave Rediff.com's Vaihayasi Pande Daniel a rare glimpse into his current state of mind and what he thinks of the changes he encounters in his motherland.
DON'T MISS! Glam queen Angelina Jolie's most beautiful side
Academy Award winning actress Angelina Jolie, often billed as the 'most beautiful woman on the planet', is doing some amazing work as a special envoy for the United Nations's body for the refugees, the UNHCR.
PIX: Look what they found inside Ukraine president's estate!
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich's Mezhyhirya residence that had been closed off for nearly a decade was thronged by Ukrainians to see what Yanukovych was hiding.
February 25, 2014IN PHOTOS: 'Orange' blanket engulfs China
Beijingers are once again choking as smog levels hit "heavy or even worse" levels in the Chinese capital and a number of other cities across the country, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Congress is philosophy that can't be wiped out, Rahul retorts to Modi
Rebuking Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's call to wipe out the Congress in 2014 election, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, "The Congress is not a mere political party but a time tested 'philosophy'. Those who are talking of wiping the Congress out in the India are ignorant about the power of the spirit of love and harmony that forms the basis of the philosophy, which has sustained India, the nation, for over 3000 years."
Yasin Bhatkal's pack of lies
Experts are terming the 300-page chargesheet on Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal a pack of lies with many believing that he misled the investigators on various occasions.
Meet Telangana, the 29th state of India
Land-locked Telangana, all set to become the country's 29th state soon, is spread over an area of over 1.14 lakh square kilometres, and boasts of considerable mineral wealth under its soil.
WTF News: It's Weird, True and Funny
A round-up of off-beat stories from around the world
DON'T MISS: Narendra Modi's 'hat trick'
Rediff.com takes a look at the different avatars of 'Turbanator' Modi and asks you, the readers, to rate them.
February 24, 2014The IAF's Tigers roar into the 80s
No 1 Squadron, the Indian Air Force's oldest squadron, celebrates 80 years of dedicated service to the nation. , who has served twice with the squadron, looks back on the Tigers's awesome journey.
Oh yes! Indians among the MOST sexually satisfied: Survey
A 2014 study revealed that socio-economic status also impacted levels of sexual satisfaction.
FATWA FACTORY: No Mars trip, suicide or Yoga!
Let's take a look at some controversial fatwas.
February 23, 2014Ambani has Modi in one pocket and Rahul in the other: Kejriwal
The Aam Aadmi Party kickstarted its Lok Sabha campaign on Sunday with its leader Arvind Kejriwal challenging Narendra Modi to "show guts" in giving a promise to bring back black money of his industrialist friends allegedly stashed away abroad if he becomes Prime Minister.
ARRESTED! Godfather of the drug world
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the legendary boss of the world's most powerful and deadly drug cartel has been captured in Mexico, with the US hailing his arrest as a "landmark" achievement.
February 22, 2014Freedom for Rajiv's killers: Tamils need to convince other Indians
There are various factors that should feature in judging the fate of Rajiv Gandhi's killers, says Shubhashis Gangopadhyay
February 21, 2014BJP likely to have major gain of 40 seats in UP: Poll
According to an opinion poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen the Bharat6iya Janata Party is likely to have a major gain of 40 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Compared with the poll conducted in January, 2014, the BJP shows a gain of another five with 40 seats and a vote share of 33 per cent.
Indian Mujahideen's 5 most dangerous terror modules
Rediff.com's enumerates the 5 deadly modules created by the Indian Mujahideen and what their strengths and goals are
'Nitish sees Modi as a man who imperils inclusive and secular India'
'I do not think Nitish has ever had any illusions that he could ever give Modi the run for the prime ministership. What he did think, and continues to think, is that by breaking away and aligning with other forces, he can attempt to stop Narendra Modi from becoming prime minister of India. That is the primary goal he has set himself,' says Sankarshan Thakur, author of a new biography of the Bihar chief minister.
Seemandhra hunts for a new capital
With Parliament clearing the way for formation of Telangana state, the focus now shifts on identifying a new 'capital' for the (residuary) state of Andhra Pradesh.
PHOTOS: Pope's wardrobe malfunction
No one is safe when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions, not even Pope Francis who recently suffered a series of them when strong winds were whipping around St Peter's Square.
Why this man is at the brink of history
With the Lok Sabha passing the reorganisation bill, Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao now finds himself at the brink of a new history. Prashanth Chintala reports
PHOTOS: The bloody battle of Kiev Maidan
The guns may have gone silent for now in capital Kiev's Maidan or Independence Square, but peace is still far from the reach of Ukrainians.
February 20, 2014Telangana Bill PASSED in Rajya Sabha
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha amid unprecedented bedlam on Thursday night.
IN PHOTOS: Catastrophic violence in Ukraine protests
A shaky truce crumbled in troubled Kiev on Thursday morning, when gunfire erupted at Independence Square which has been ground zero for anti-government protesters in Ukraine.
Rajiv assassination case: Political games behind move to free convicts
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's efforts seem to be aimed at embarrassing the DMK when it was said to be considering the option of reviving snapped political and electoral ties with the Congress, along with the DMDK, say N Sathiya Moorthy and M Kasinathan.
Telangana Bill moved in Rajya Sabha amid unprecedented chaos
Amid unprecedented bedlam, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde moved the Telangana bill in Rajya Sabha for consideration leading to three adjournments within 30 minutes.
Rajiv case:'Sonia is accountable for all this mess'
K Ragothaman, lead investigator in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case whose controversial book -- Conspiracy to Kill Rajiv Gandhi: From CBI Files -- raised a lot of questions about the case, is disappointed with the release of the former prime minister's assassins.
'The only political beneficiary of Telangana will be BJP'
Asaduddin Owaisi, the member of Parliament from Hyderabad, talks to Sheela Bhatt about his worries over the way Telangana is being created.
Explained: The Rajiv Gandhi assassination case
Rediff.com brings you a chronology of the more than two decade-long Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, which finally seems to be getting some closure
Have a question for Modi, Kejriwal, Mamata, Lalu? Log on to Facebook
In the run up to Lok Sabha polls, Facebook users would now be able to discuss the electoral agenda of country's top politicians including Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal among others from next month.
PM doesn't want Rajiv's killers to be released
Holding that assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on India's soul, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the release of his killers would be "contrary to all principles of justice" and the Tamil Nadu government has been told not to proceed with it as it is "not legally tenable".
SC stays release of 3 convicts in Rajiv assassination case
The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the release of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case by the Tamil Nadu government, saying there have been procedural lapses on the part of the state.
'By targeting Ambani, Kejriwal is trying to kill two birds with the same stone'
'You can call Kejriwal a populist, you can call him an anarchist, that he is taking on the richest man in India to become more popular amongst the poor or the middle classes. By targeting Mukesh Ambani and highlighting the Krishna-Godavari gas issue, the AAP is trying to highlight -- even if for its own political gain -- how the nexus between business and politics works.' In an exclusive interview to Rediff.com's Sheela Bhatt, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta educates us on everything we should know about the Krishna-Godavari basin gas wars, why Mukesh Ambani and his business is being questioned by Arvind Kejriwal and why citizens should be educated about the issue.
PHOTOS: Sex and drugs in 'Sin City'
China's government has told police across the country to get tough on prostitution, gambling and drugs following an expose in the "sin city" of Dongguan, where a crackdown on prostitution led to the detention of nearly 1,000 people this month.
February 19, 2014BJP, Cong, Left celebrating Valentine's Day in Bengal: Mamata
In an interview with CNN-IBN, the Trinamool Congress chief explains why she decided to team up with activist Anna Hazare and alleges that the Left Front, the BJP and the Congress have an 'understanding' in Bengal.
No court relief for Indian held in synagogue bombing case in US
On Tuesday, the trial of Aakash Dalal commenced in a US court for allegedly masterminding a synagogue bombing plot in New Jersey. reports on the proceedings.
DEBATE: Do Rajiv's killers deserve freedom?
The Tamil Nadu government's decision to release late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassins from prison a day after the Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of three of the convicts to life term, has triggered a major debate. Vicky Nanjapp presents a cross-section of opinions on the decision.
Kiran Reddy quits Andhra CM's post, Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday resigned from his post as well as the Congress protesting the manner in which the state was being divided "by throwing all norms to the wind" and lashed out at political parties for dividing the state in quest of "votes".
Jayalalithaa okays release of Rajiv killers
The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday decided to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, including A G Perarivalan and Nalini.
REWIND: Best images in the last 24 hours
Here's a collection of some of the best photos from around the world shot in the last 24 hours
We can expect governance from the BJP: Kiran Bedi
In this interview with rediff.com, key Anna Hazare aide Kiran Bedi says that the people of Delhi are disillusioned by the Aam Aadmi Party, and that she herself would go with her inner 'nod' and not invitation or a go ahead from others to contest elections.
Ambani's KG basin scam BIGGER than Bofors: AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday attacked Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party for keeping "mum" on the Reliance gas issue in which Mukesh Ambani is among others named in a first information report filed by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.
February 18, 2014'This is the greatest day; it's time for Telangana to rise'
The credit for the creation of Telangana goes to those who laid down their lives for the state, activists tell
LS looked like a battleground during Telangana Bill passage
Lok Sabha on Tuesday looked like a virtual battle-ground during the consideration of the controversial Telangana Bill with Congress members seen protecting Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and other top leaders from protesting members.
In Photos: Telangana clears first hurdle, Hyderabad CHEERS
Pro-Telangana activists danced, burst crackers and shed tears of joy as their long-cherished dream about the creation of a separate state came within a touching distance of reality.
I am not in race for PM or CM: Kejriwal tells Rediff readers
Back to being the aam aadmi after he stepped down as Delhi chief minister last week after a 49-day tenure, Arvind Kejriwal answers a volley of questions from readers as he appeared on the Rediff Chat on Tuesday.
'Don't hang the Italian marines, let them repent in jail'
visits the families of the two fishermen killed at sea by two Italian marines, who mistook them for pirates.
In PHOTOS: College charity show goes wild and how!
The biggest student's charity fashion show in the United Kingdom hosted by St Andrews, Scotland turned into a wild party of 1,500 with students sprawling themselves on the ramp and downing bottle after bottle of champagne.
T-bill moved in Lok Sabha amid uproar, Andhra CM likely to quit
The government on Tuesday moved the volatile Telangana Bill for consideration in Lok Sabha but the pandemonium created by opponents to the legislation prevented a discussion as the House was repeatedly adjourned.
IN PHOTOS: Welcome to the temple of rats!
visits Karni Mata temple near Bikaner where scores of devotees turn up every morning to seek blessings from the deity and her favourite rats.
What they don't want us to read
What is there in Wendy Doniger's book that has raised the hackles of the Hindu right wing? explains
February 17, 2014Pride, prejudice and irony at DMK state conference
marvels at the grandiose state conference of the DMK, held in Tiruchirappalli over the weekend
This 'satanic' couple has killed 23 people
A Pennsylvania woman, who along with her husband is facing death penalty for killing a man, has claimed she has killed at least 22 other people as a part of her involvement with a satanic cult.
PHOTOS: Akhilesh Yadav thrashes babus in T-20
In a close encounter, Team Akhilesh Yadav managed to hold its nerve and clinch a 2 run victory over the Chief Secretary's Eleven in a cricket match organised as part of the IAS officers' Services Week celebrations, at the La Martiniere ground in Lucknow on Sunday.
'When Westerners make fun of our gods, they're instigating trouble'
'In theory, yes, Hindus are very open. I'm one of them. I've coined the phrase 'open architecture'... But I think the Wendy Doniger group is not allowing open architecture. They are closing this architecture'... 'They are bringing a point of view in such a heavy-handed way that it tends to dominate and it tends to suppress the alternative points of view. So some kind of counteraction is necessary and using the law is a decent thing to do.' Rajiv Malhotra, one of Wendy Doniger's most vociferous critics, speaks to Rediff.com's Arthur J Pais about the prejudices created by American scholars about Hindu gods and Hinduism.
India-US relations: 'The rupture is certainly real and quite tragic'
'Never before have I seen a diplomatic crisis in US-Indian relations, or for that matter a crisis involving India and any other country, driven by bureaucratic trade unionism, where the political leadership was simply missing in action.' Dr Ashley J Tellis, one of the foremost strategic experts on US-India relations, accesses the fallout of the diplomatic spat provoked by Devyani Khobragade's arrest.
February 15, 2014Delhi will vote for Kejriwal AGAIN, not Congress or BJP: Poll
This may be the best piece of news Arvind Kejriwal, who has weathered one storm after the other during his short stint as the chief minister of Delhi, has heard in a while.
February 14, 2014Kejriwal: The uncommon chief minister's turbulent journey
Arvind Kejriwal, who pledged to root out corruption after steering AAP to power in Delhi, was a man in a hurry and set a scorching pace to try to fulfil his anti-graft legislative agenda but his tumultuous journey as chief minister ended in seven weeks.
Will give up my life, but will not accept orders from Centre: Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday resigned as Delhi Chief Minister after he failed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly.
Kejriwal quits; recommends Delhi assembly dissolution, fresh polls
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday after suffering a defeat in the assembly on the Jan Lokpal Bill and in a political gamble he recommended dissolution of the assembly and holding of fresh polls.
Jan Lokpal Bill fizzles out in Delhi Assembly. Will Kejriwal quit now?
The Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress members of Legislative Assembly on Friday
The love story of a sex worker's daughter
Naseema and Kabir's love story proves that truth, indeed, beats fiction hollow.
'Who are we to forgive Narendra Modi?'
Many Muslims in Ahmedabad today have come a long way since the brutal riots of 2002, and see genuine hope in their leader Narendra Modi as they admit that they haven't been excluded from the circle of development. reports.
Should these MPs be banned from Parliament? Your Say!
A pepper spray was used, a mic yanked. MPs put on the worst show ever in the Parliament.
VOTE: Rediff Pulse of the Nation Poll!
The series of questions that we ask you today could help you decide your vote in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
LS poll survey: NDA to get whopping 227 seats; Cong to be reduced to 84
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is projected to get 227 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, while Congress will be reduced to 84 seats, according to an opinion poll.
February 13, 2014Parliament at its worst: Blame these MPs!
A pepper spray was used, a mic yanked. MPs put on the worst show ever in the Parliament.
T-Bill ruckus: Fisticuffs and pepper spraying in Parliament
In a new low in India's parliamentary history, pepper spray was used in the Lok Sabha resulting in hospitalisation of three MPs following a ruckus over introduction of the Telangana bill after which 18 Seemandhra MPs were suspended
Will Miley Cyrus make politics sizzle?
Pop sensation Miley Cyrus has claimed that she is eyeing up the political arena because she wants to encourage tolerance in society.
PHOTOS: This starlet wants to spend V-Day with Rahul
Southern starlet Tanisha Singh has surely taken Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's message of women empowerment in the most frivolous fashion, to say the least.
When Modi served vision, not vitriol, in cups of tea
Prasanna D Zore travels to Ahmedabad and gives us a first-hand account of Narendra Modi's unique 'Chai Pe Charcha' campaign, as the BJP leader spares his opponents the usual onslaught while squarely stressing on his plans to provide goods governance to the aam aadmi.
February 12, 2014Cong gears up for poll campaigning, but why are its leaders sulking?
Conflicting signals on leadership, inclusion of defeated chief ministers and exclusion of others in the election campaign committee have all led to resentment among the party cadre, says
Modi's 'Chai pe Charcha'? What's that all about?
Most Amdavadis that Rediff.com's met were unaware of Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's outreach programme that kick-starts on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Raj Thackeray's 'rasta roko' brings Mumbai to a halt
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray anti-toll agitation brought Mumbai to standstill, almost. Here are some dramatic pictures from the agitation.
PHOTOS: Hundreds of homes inundated as UK floods spread
Hundreds of homes were swamped by floods along the River Thames in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
Raj Thackeray released; intention was not to trouble anyone, he says
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was on Wednesday detained before being released during his party's uncharacteristically peaceful 'Rasta Roko' agitation against toll collection across Maharashtra after receiving an invitation for talks with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
February 11, 2014All highways in Maharashtra will be blocked on Wednesday: Raj Thackeray
A day before the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's toll-plaza agitation, chief Raj Thackeray said that his party will not indulge in any vandalism but all highways will be blocked across the state from 9 am on Wednesday.
Revealed: The X-rated secrets of Indian women!
The fairer sex in India is ahead of men when it comes to capturing intimate moments on video or sending personal text messages, e-mails and photos, security software maker McAfee has said.
PHOTOS: Bollywood starlet dares to bare for Modi
Item girl Meghna Patel goes all out to show her support for BJP's PM candidare Narendra Modi
PIX: Thousands at risk as swollen Thames bursts banks in UK
Thousands of homes in southern England are bracing for flooding after the River Thames burst its banks, with forecasters warning more bad weather is expected.
February 09, 2014'People ask me if I am from China, Tibet or Nepal'
Facing racial discrimination has become a part of daily life for a majority of youngsters coming from the northeast to the national capital, which touts its tag of being a cosmopolitan city.
Legal logjam: 2,00,00,000 cases pending in India's courts
Over two crore cases are pending in subordinate courts in India which also face a shortage of over 3,000 judicial personnel, a Parliamentary Committee has observed.
Supreme Court speaks up on nudity!
A nude or semi-nude picture of a woman cannot be called obscene per se unless it is designed to excite sexual passion or reveal an overt sexual desire, the Supreme Court has held.
February 08, 2014Coffee, conversations and more @ Sochi
Asia leaders join Sochi as Barack Obama, and others give it a skip.
February 07, 2014Why Sonia is steaming ahead with Telangana
The lure of the17 Lok Sabha seats in the new Telangana state is driving Sonia Gandhi and her party to make every effort be made to push it through Parliament at the earliest.
Revealed: BJP-Congress games behind Telangana Bill
Opposition BJP has assured the ruling UPA that it would support the bill for the creation of Telangana in Parliament
Cabinet clears Telangana Bill, Hyderabad to be joint capital
Notwithstanding opposition from within Congress and outside, the Union Cabinet on Friday cleared the Telangana Bill which will be introduced in Parliament on February 12.
India's horror: Over 23,000 rapists are still out there
Nearly 24,000 rape cases are pending in various high courts of the country while more than 8000 of them have been disposed of in the last three years, the government said on Friday.
Exclusive! RSS leader: Home ministry misused agencies to trap me
'The country's home ministry has misused investigating agencies in the most illegal, corrupt, inhuman and unjustified way to trap innocents like me in terror traps,' says RSS leader Indresh Kumar, who terror accused Swami Aseemanand alleged knew of plots to bomb the Samjhauta Express, the Mecca Masjid and the Ajmer Dargah.
Mohan Bhagwat: The mastermind, or the target?
The men targetting Mohan Bhagwat were convinced he was the wrong choice to head the RSS, an NIA agent told Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa.
REWIND: 15 best PHOTOS of the day
A collection of some of the best photos from around the world in the last 24 hours
Rs 2 crore: That's what Pope's Harley is worth
The money will go towards the renovation of a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome run by the charity Caritas.
Kiran Kumar Reddy: Riding the wave of opposition
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's defiance seems to be working well for the Congress in Seemandhra, a reason sufficient for party leaders to keep silent, though he has openly criticised them and staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. B Dasarath Reddy reports
February 06, 2014No money left to buy Rafale fighters: Antony
India has deferred until the next financial year its plan to finalise a deal for purchase of 126 Rafale combat aircraft from France since there is "no money left" for this now, Defence Minister A K Antony has said.
Connecting the terror dots: RSS, revenge, Swami and Samjhauta
In shocking revelations, Swami Aseemanand claims though RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was not directly involved with the terror strikes, he was aware that such attacks were being planned. finds out more
FAQ: All about the VVIP helicopter scam
A Rs 36 billion deal for helicopters to ferry VVIPs that ran into rough weather ... A controversy that now threatens to park itself at the doorsteps of the Congress party... , NDTV's Security & Strategic Affairs Editor, tells us what the controversy is all about.
Has the Congress old guard's revolt truly started?
Has the generational shift being witnessed in the Congress after Rahul assumed greater responsibilities disturbed the status quo in the party? If Janardan Dwivedi's recent interviews are any indication, these voices of dissent could get louder in the coming days. Rediff.com's reports
DON'T MISS: 20 best pix from 'world's best photography' race
The shortlist for the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world's leading photography competitions, has been announced.
February 05, 2014Arun Jaitley: Has PM destroyed the collegium system?
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure comes to an end, it is time for him to introspect the damage he has done to various institutions, says
Uttam's Take: The AAM buffaloes of Uttar Pradesh
Following the return of senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan's stolen buffaloes, Rediff.com's Uttam Ghosh offers his perspective.
Uddhav, Naidu team up against Congress on Telangana issue
Flaying the United Progressive Alliance government for its 'unilateral' decision on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said the Congress is not in a position to convince its members on the tumultuous issue of "equal justice" for people of Telangana as well as Seemandhra.
'She is a himmatwali'
A teenager painstakingly builds a new life after a freak tragedy that may have befallen any Mumbaikar. profiles Monica More who has captured Mumbai's hearts with her extraordinary courage.
Memo to Rahul: It is 2014, not 2004
The Congress vice-president needs to speak from a script more attuned to today's realities because his attempts to position himself as the perennial outsider would have held greater resonance 10 years ago, says Sreenivasan Jain
Broke no laws, didn't conduct any raid: Somnath Bharti
Under fire for his alleged role in leading a midnight raid to bust a sex and drug racket in the city, Delhi Minister Somnath Bharti has accused the media of spreading rumours against him even as he claimed that he had not violated any laws during the incident.
ANSWERED: 5 questions on UK's role in Operation Bluestar
The 12-page report that Foreign Secretary William Hague tabled in the British Parliament sheds more light on the "limited support" that his country gave India
February 04, 2014PHOTOS: Shiv Sainiks target Pakistani band's press meet
Wielding saffron flags and chanting 'Pakistanis go back' and 'Vande Mataram', Shiv Sena workers on Tuesday barged into a press conference of a music band from Pakistan, heckled the artistes and vandalised the venue, police said.
Sachin, Prof CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were conferred with the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
'Tipu was no religious figure but a politician'
Tipu has been made divisive by people who want to use his name to milk their ends on either side of the debate, as there are ample examples to suit both arguments, says Vikram Sampath
PHOTOS: Sachin, Prof CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao were conferred with the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: AAP vs BJP faceoff outside Jaitley's house over bribery claims
Hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party supporters gathered outside senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley's residence in New Delhi accusing the opposition party of bribing its MLAs.
A communist's ghost returns to haunt CPI-M
The T P Chandrasekharan murder case verdict in Kerala could land a heavy blow to the Communist Party of India's Lok Sabha ambitions. explains
Cops won't catch you at this rave party
Morning Glory, a pre-work club started by events organiser Sam and massage therapist Nico, is the antidote to a room full of rowdy, drunken party-animals lurching out of step to booming dance music.
February 03, 2014Most AMAZING photographs of the month: January
We present some of the best photographs clicked across the globe in the month of January, 2014.
February 01, 2014Arnab interview is a nasty burn for Rahul Gandhi
It may be true that Rahul Gandhi would rather work than dance for the media, but on the other hand, the days when that was a choice are long gone, says Mitali Saran.
January 31, 2014'I love the current state India is in'
'We are bubbling with a lot of energy, both political and social... India needs to be a lot cleaner than it is right now. We need to respect our roads, and our public spaces,' says actress in the concluding feature of Rediff.com's special series -- What I love most about India.
6 lies Congress told about Telangana
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi orchestrated the entire drama on Telangana with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy in the lead. The truth about Telangana lies behind six blatant lies. Rediff.com's analyses
Kejriwal lists 'India's most corrupt' politicians
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday listed India's "corrupt politicians" who, he said, should not be allowed to contest elections.
'There is always a freshness about India'
'There's excitement. There's vibrancy. If it is politics, even if there's discussion and there's debate, there's vibrancy. That pretty much is the story of India,' says Union Minister Milind Deora in Rediff.com's special series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
'The way I look at my mother is how I look at my country'
'Being Indian means everything to me. My existence is nothing without my country. It is not about what the country did for you, but what you did for your country,' says actor-director Shekhar Suman, in our special series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
No need to ban khap panchayats: CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is a self-proclaimed advocate of progressive social politics, has now sparked a controversy by stating that he does not see the need for banning khap panchayats because they serve a "cultural purpose".
Rs 10,000 crore may just be a SLICE of Asaram's wealth!
Self-styled godman Asaram has accumulated wealth to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore and vast tracts of land across the country, the value of which is yet to be assessed, police said on Thursday.
PHOTOS: The TOUGH race that no one has EVER won
Taking place at the end of January, often in freezing winter conditions, the Tough Guy race is staged over a course of about 12 kilometres, and has been widely described as "the toughest race in the world.
January 30, 2014PHOTOS: What a rare snowstorm did to southern US
A snowstorm in the southern United States has brought several cities to a standstill, despite early warnings about expected severe weather.
'Modi as PM will be bonanza for jihadis'
There's lack of coordination between intelligence agencies and inter-state police, terrorism expert Stephen Tankel tells Rediff.com's .
Why we need a democracy of individuals
Politics should focus on the demands of ordinary voters rather than moving in the vague world of macroeconomics, notes .
Andhra assembly rejects Telangana Bill
In a major embarrassment for the Congress party, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's resolution to reject the bill was passed unanimously.
SC orders Jayalalithaa's prosecution in I-T case
A bench of Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice Vikramjit Sen also asked the trial court in Chennai to conclude the hearing of the case and pronounce its judgment within four months.
Decoding Congress gameplan to bring down AAP
Whether the Congress is repeating its mistake of "underestimating" the AAP and will pay for its overconfidence in banking on AAP decimating itself or whether its gambit is borne out of its experience, is a matter of speculation, at least for now. Kavita Chowdhury analyses
REWIND: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the best photographs from around the world in the last 48 hours.
'I like Indian people's sense of hope and optimism'
The thing I love most about India is the people. The people of our country have very big hearts and very broad shoulders. They are very hard working, very entrepreneurial and very generous of spirit, says banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal.
January 29, 2014PICTURES: Beating the Retreat marks end of R-Day celebrations
Soul-stirring martial tunes and foot-tapping drumbeats on Wednesday reverberated as bands played near the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan lit by thousands of bulbs during Beating the Retreat event, marking the end of the Republic Day celebrations.
What's common between Rahul baba and Alok Nath?
Jokes, parodies, cartoons and even remixes of the Q&A flooded the internet space once it concluded
Why elements in Pakistan may target Narendra Modi
'Pakistan is well aware in case of 26/11-like attack Narendra Modi if in power will not take things lying down,' former RA&W C D Sahay tells Rediff.com's .
India Today: 28.7 crore CAN'T read, full literacy 66 yrs away!
India has by far the largest population of illiterate adults at 287 million (28.7 crore), amounting to 37 per cent of the global total, a United Nations report said, highlighting the huge disparities existing in education levels of the country's rich and poor.
'Govt instability is not a big thing, political instability is a problem'
Given the nature of opportunity and feedback received during our membership campaign, I feel the people of the country are saying something to us, says Yogendra Yadav, senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party.
India will produce some nectar, but we will also produce some poison
'India is a part of me. Whatever I love or criticise about India is what I love and criticise about myself,' says novelist Vikram Chandra.
America must move off a permanent war footing: Obama
The United States will continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific region and shape a future of greater security, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, even as he vowed to veto any Congressional bill imposing new sanctions on Iran to give "diplomacy a chance to succeed".
WTF News: It's Weird, True and Funny!
We bring the month's most weird, true and funny news from across the globe.
A 'historic low': Queen Elizabeth down to her LAST million
Queen Elizabeth II's household finances are at a "historic low" with just 1 million pounds left in reserve, even as the royal palaces were "crumbling" and in urgent need of repair.
January 28, 2014Rahul's Rajya Sabha choices expose his hollow words on TV
By nominating Madhusudan Mistry, Digvijaya Singh, Kumari Selja as the party's Rajya Sabha candidates, and roping in Sanjay Singh, the Congress vice-president has failed to walk the talk, argues Rediff.com's .
'Indians are very intelligent, but we are not focussed'
'I urge Indians not to look down on us, but look up and say, "Yes, we can",'says , founder of the Apollo Hospitals, in our series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
Indian scientists turn plastic into car fuel
In a breakthrough, Indian researchers have developed an innovative method to re-use discarded plastic bags by transforming them into fuel to power car engines.
Plan to eliminate Modi is in the works, warns IB
Indian Mujahideen operative Hyder Ali Shaqoor is believed to have been assigned the job to assassinate BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, reports .
Kejriwal's FIVE biggest boo-boos! Rate them
One month after Arvind Kejriwal assumed office, the unorthodox and uncommon chief minister and his party have earned more criticism and praise. Rediff.com takes a look at five of its biggest blunders and asks readers to rate its performance.
You have been spied upon via Angry Birds, Facebook
The latest claim to come from the trove of secret documents revealed by Edward Snowden has reportedly pointed out that the US intelligence agency allegedly used 'leaky' mobile apps to carve out user data for surveillance.
'Modi is an able man; the US has to come to terms with him'
Former US ambassador to India Frank G Wisner says Americans are going to confront the fact that as prime minister -- if that's where Narendra Modi ends up -- they are going to have to do business with him because the relationship with India is too important to leave it on the altar of disagreements over one man. Rediff.com's reports from Washington, DC.
Vishwanath Pratap Singh: The original Aam Aadmi hero
The common man had another hero 25 years ago in Vishwanath Pratap Singh, who sacrificed power in order to fight corruption before becoming the prime minister.
AAP's donation box is no more jingling
The average weekly donation for the party is consistently declining, says
The Aam Aadmi Party's 30-day report card
assesses the impact that the Arvind Kejriwal government has had on Delhi and the way things get done in the city, in the last 30 days
January 27, 2014Cong tried to stop '84 riots, Modi govt did the opposite in 2002: Rahul
The Narendra Modi government was responsible for "abetting and pushing" the 2002 Gujarat riots while the Congress government tried to stop the 1984 riots, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Monday, but offered no apology for the anti-Sikh violence.
PIX: MNS workers attack toll booths at Raj Thackeray's order
Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers on Monday went on the rampage, vandalising toll plazas in different parts of the state following their leader's diktat not to pay the levy and "thrash" those who raise a voice against it.
PHOTOS: Valerie Trierweiler in Mumbai after split with French president
A day after splitting with French President Francois Hollande, Valerie Trierweiler arrived in Mumbai on Sunday.
Video: Desi spider-man Gaurav Sharma climbs 45-storey building
Limca Book record holder Gaurav Sharma climbed the 45-story Shreepati Arcade building at Nana Chowk in South Mumbai on Republic Day.
'We can use India's many languages to fight the battle for civilisation'
'But we don't use our languages for that; we use them to create distances between ourselves,' says writer Jerry Pinto.
Navy's new submarine hunter ineffective?
A yet-to-be-released US Department of Defence report has found that the Indian Navy's expensive new Boeing P-8I multi-mission maritime aircraft ineffective at surveillance and detection and destruction of submarines.
January 26, 2014In PHOTOS: Military showstoppers @ R-Day parade
The Indian military was the show-stealer at the grand Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Sunday.
PHOTOS: French President Hollande dumps partner
French President Francois Hollande said he has split with his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler after his affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior.
IN PHOTOS: India's grand Republic Day celebrations
New Delhi is gearing up to hold the biggest spectacle of the year - the Republic Day parade.
January 25, 2014Vidya, Leander, Iyengar: Meet this year's Padma Award winners
Noted scientist R A Mashelkar and yoga guru B K S Iyengar were on Saturday chosen for this year's Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in India, while cine star Kamala Haasan, author Ruskin Bond and late former chief justice J S Verma were selected for the Padma Bhushan.
Incredible win for BJP, humiliation for Congress: Opinion poll
An opinion poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen should give the Bharatiya Janata Party lots of reasons to cheer.
The significance of Shinzo Abe's India visit
As Japan beefs up its defences against China, both New Delhi and Tokyo seem to have decided to re-energise their relationship to ensure a strategic balance in Asia. Japan's Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is the guest of honour at this year's Republic Day, will arrive in India on Saturday. He will also be the first ever Japanese dignitary to grace the occasion.
January 24, 2014If LS polls are held today: BJP poised to cross 220 seats
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is poised to cross 220 seats, well ahead of the United Progressive Alliance and within striking distance of forming a government in 2014 if elections are held today.
NE women harassed MOST in Delhi, safest in Mumbai
The national capital has earned the dubious distinction of meting out maximum discrimination and harassment to women from northeast, a survey has said.
8 trends that will matter in the Lok Sabha election
'Modi is extremely lucky that in different regions and in different communities, he enjoys different images. His public image evokes all the emotions between hope to fear, but the message that if he comes to power he will do some development is percolating down faster than his other images.' Three months away from the Lok Sabha election, Rediff.com's checks out the emerging political trends.
M K Alagiri: The troublemaker son in the DMK
Former Union Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M K Alagiri was on Friday suspended from the party on charges of going against the party's stand and airing divergent views on the issue of stitching an alliance with Vijaykant's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam.
We erred, but Somnath Bharti did NOT, says AAP
Amid demands for removal of Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti for the midnight raid episode, the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday came in his defence, saying he had sought action against the alleged drug and prostitution racket on the basis of "some evidence".
Now, a former Congress CM thinks EVMs are defective!
'I know people will say I am raising this issue because I have lost. There have been a lot of complaints about the electronic voting machines. There is a view that the machines were defective. 'When advanced countries like Japan and the US have discarded the use of these machines and gone back to using ballot papers, the Election Commission should take a fresh look at this,' former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot tells Anita Katyal.
'Our priority as a nation should be on human development'
'Health, food and sanitation have improved. Poverty has reduced. We could have done better in education and nutrition. Malnutrition levels are very disturbing. It is our biggest problem and it is invisible,' says Anuradha Gupta, who spearheaded the successful campaign towards a polio-free India.
Republic Day QUIZ: Whose tableau is it anyway?
Can you match the tableau with the state? Go ahead and give it a shot
Why the anger against AAP's dharna may be misplaced
The AAP phenomenon is the voice of a people desperately wanting to believe that democracy and politics can create a decent society. For the media to ignore this and treat it as temporary one is both pompous and naïve, says Shiv Visvanathan
January 23, 2014Which way will Delhi, UP and Rajasthan go if LS polls are held today
In the nationwide CNN-IBN Election Tracker conducted by Centre for the Study of Developing Societies today we look at the northern states -- Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and how has been the performance of the United Progressive Alliance government.
Is it a crime to call us Hindus: Uddhav at Shiv Sena rally
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the "weakest" leader ever to hold the post.
VIDEO: Shankaracharya slaps journalist over question on Modi
Dwarka Shradha Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has been caught in a controversy after he slapped a television journalist.
PHOTOS: Massive snowfall cuts off Kashmir from rest of India
Kashmir remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the second day on Thursday with road and air links to the Valley snapped due to snowfall, the heaviest in a decade in the month of January.
India's top performing MP on why he loves India
'Indians are not greedy people. They don't want the moon. But they have a right to demand basic necessities. And these Indians have now become vociferous about these demands,' says Anandrao Vithoba Adsul who will receive the Sansad Ratna award for raising the highest number of questions in Parliament.
Brrrr... From NYC to Washington, it's freezing again
Northeastern United States is slowly getting back to normal despite the frigid temperatures and flight delays across the region after the heavy snows that fell within the past 48 hours forcing offices and schools to close from Washington to New York.
Dramatic photos of volcanic eruptions at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
Nearly 27,000 people have fled their homes, following a series of eruptions from Mount Sinabung, a volcano in Indonesia's north Sumatra province.
January 22, 2014Which way will Guj, Maharashtra and MP go if LS polls are held today
In the nationwide CNN-IBN Election Tracker conducted by the CSDS, we look at Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and how big an issue is corruption in the Lok Sabha polls?
Midnight raid: Pressure mounts on Kejriwal to act against Bharti
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday faced mounting demands for the removal of controversial Law Minister Somnath Bharti after an African woman identified him as allegedly heading a group of assaulters in a mid-night raid.
FREEZE FRAME: White-out in Kashmir Valley, again
Kashmir Valley had its second heaviest snowfall on Wednesday bringing life to a grinding halt.
BJP is anti-Muslim; they will destroy India: Chidambaram
As India prepares for elections, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party terming its economic policies as retrograde and "blood-eyed" and asked why it's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had never fielded a Muslim candidate.
Exclusive! Why the '$700 bn man' is a candidate with a difference
'I feel blessed. My parents came to America 50 years ago from India. My family wasn't wealthy, but I had a huge advantage because my parents were highly educated and they made sure that my sister and I got a good education. Because I got a good education, all of the opportunities in America have been opened to me and that's what makes America great.' On Tuesday, January 21, Neel Kashkari, the son of Kashmiri Pandit immigrants, declared his candidature for California's governor. If the young Republican unseats incumbent Governor Jerry Brown, he will be California's first Republican governor since Arnold Schwarzenegger. In an exclusive interview with Rediff.com's Aziz Haniffa, Kashkari, who played a key role in reviving the US economy after the crisis of 2008, reveals what pushed him to consider a career in politics.
Sakshi Tanwar: 'Being Indian means everything to me'
'Each part of India has something to offer -- the mountains in the north, the sand dunes in the west, the heavenly valleys in the east, the sun, surf and sea in the south...With the Paradise on earth and God's own country here, we have the best, in any direction,' says popular television actress Sakshi Tanwar in Rediff.com's continuing series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
Love, smiles and hope can make even death look easy
Meet Mansi Shah and Abhishek Tatiya, two not-so-typical entrepreneurs, who have left behind plush careers to set up 'Happy Feet Home', the first of its kind hospice centre for terminally ill children in India.
January 21, 2014Which way will TN, K'taka, Kerala and AP go if LS polls are held today
CNN-IBN & CSDS has conducted a nationwide election tracker that covers the eastern states of Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha, the southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh of West India and three northern states of Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
No controversy, only democracy: JLF ends with a bang!
In spite of the wet and wintery weather, the annual extravaganza of the Jaipur Literature Festival ended on a warm note on Tuesday evening. Rediff.com's reports from Jaipur.
Kejriwal on street politics: 'Hamari rajniti to aise hi chalegi'
spends a bleak, rainy, winter day at the Aam Aadmi Party's dharna outside the Union home ministry in New Delhi and speaks exclusively to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about his motivations.
Kejriwal's Tirade: 'Unfortunate', 'Insulting', 'Dangerous'
Even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continues his tirade demanding action against policemen who refused to carry out a raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring on a Delhi minister's directive last week, the political class seems to be united in slamming his confrontationist track.
Why the IAF does NOT want this Russian jet
The Indian Air Force has alleged that the Russians reluctant to share critical design information, besides technical and cost issues. Ajai Shukla reports
'India is in an unfinished story...'
'...and all of us need to do more to give it a happy Bollywood ending. I used to be a huge optimist but now I have become somewhat of a pessimist. As a country, we don't seem to want to get things right,' Sanjoy Roy, producer of the Jaipur Literary Festival, the biggest free annual literary event in the world.
SC terminates 15 death sentences
In a landmark judgment, Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted death penalty for 15 convicts on the grounds of delay and mental illness.
Mapping the AAP shock win in New Delhi
Rediff.com's data experts using maps provide insights on how the nation's capital voted in the the AAP to power.
Do you know how much our PM and CMs earn? Click HERE
Do you know that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's monthly salary is way higher that Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi? Rediff.com takes a look at the salaries of India's ruling elite
January 20, 2014Why Arvind Kejriwal's ambition is also his dilemma
Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Anti-Establishment, wants to play politics without being branded as the typical Indian politician so that he can make his mark in the 2014 general election. While hiding his political manoeuvring, the Aam Admi Party's maverick leader is seeking fresh intervention in the agenda of the nation by agitating on the footpaths of New Delhi, says .
Which way will WB, Odisha and Bihar go if LS polls are held today
Which way will WB, Odisha and Bihar go if LS polls are held today.
Grandma was the boss at home: Rahul Gandhi
Batting for early passage of women's reservation bill, Rahul Gandhi on Monday vowed to work for larger representation to them in Parliament, government and Congress and noted that the party and the country cannot ignore the views of half of the population.
'We must put India and its people first, every time'
'We have to find a way to re-look our notion of Democracy. It has to be a vigorous, honest democracy. The Aam Aadmi Party has shown us the possibility of a different way of thinking, that is all. In its victory, there are shortfalls which might make it fail intrinsically,' says one of India's best-known theatre personalities .
'Anarchist' Kejriwal sits on dharna, will clear files from there
In an unprecedented face-off with the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday began a dharna in front of Rail Bhavan calling himself an "anarchist" and asking "honest" police officials to take leave and join his protest demanding action against some of their colleagues.
'If our society was equal, men would also be prostitutes'
'If you are being paid less than your male colleagues, file a complaint about it, make a noise... If you are being given a hard time over issues like maternity leave, complain to your boss's wife! Be innovative. Get involved.' On the sidelines of the Jaipur Literary Festival, legendary activist Gloria Steinem interacted with a select group of journalists, including Rediff.com's Sanchari Bhattacharya, and addressed an array of issues including the Pope, prostitution and personal victories.
Vote: Who is the most admired of them all?
Seven of the 30 most-admired people on the planet are Indians. Now, isn't that cool?
January 19, 2014Freedom, for Afghanistan and for us, rules Day 3 of JLF!
Rediff.com's reports on all the action from Day 3 at the Jaipur Literature Festival
'For 60 yrs you were ruled, give me a chance to serve for 60 months'
The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a sharp attack on Congress, saying it had desisted from projecting Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate as Sonia Gandhi did not want to "sacrifice" her son politically in view of the "imminent defeat".
PIX: Chronicling the pink city's timeless beauty
Swati Vashishtha chronicles the history and beauty of the pink city. reports
January 18, 2014Sunanda's death: Shashi Tharoor is in big trouble
Sunanda Pushkar's shocking and 'unnatural' demise has brought Union minister Shashi Tharoor's political career under the scanner, and with no leniency being shown by the Congress party, it seems the flamboyant MP will have to fight his own battle, reports .
Kejriwal interview: Won't spare Cong in graft cases; can contest LS polls
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at the Congress that the Aam Aadmi Party had not asked for support, rather 'they imposed it on us'.
PIX: 18 killed in stampede, lakhs gather to attend Syedna's last journey
people were killed and over 40 injured in a stampede as thousands of mourners converged to pay their last respects to the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Burhanuddin in upscale Malabar Hill in South Mumbai in the wee hours on Saturday, in worst such tragedy in the metropolis.
Rahul does the magic, but will it last?
The Congress No 2 was the hero of Friday's party meet, but senior leaders have their share of doubts if his pace will sustain till the upcoming polls.
Shashi Tharoor... controversies just keep finding him
As a man who has courted controversies ever since he plunged into electoral politics, the death of his wife could become the focus of yet another row for Union Minister Shashi Tharoor.
January 17, 2014Will go smiling: Sunanda Pushkar tweeted
"Joh hona hota hai woh hokay rahega.... Hastay huay jayengey (whatever is destined to happen will happen. will go smiling)", were the among the last tweets of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, who was found dead in a five-star hotel room in New Delhi on Friday night.
Colour, cacophony but no controversy: JLF 2014 takes off!
Jaipur Literature Festival, the self-proclaimed 'greatest literary show on earth', is back.
PICS: Amartya Sen's 7 wishes for a better India
The seventh edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival, a mega annual gathering of litterateurs kicked off in Jaipur on Friday with a keynote speech by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
'I want an India strong, tender and considerate'
'Youth has the power to change whatever it wants. They are the future. Youth has the power to set fire to water,' says champion boxer Akhil Kumar, in our continuing series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
Congress -- Between AAP and a hard place
Sudden shifts in electoral loyalties could make the timing of Rahul Gandhi's assertion of leadership somewhat inopportune, notes Bharat Bhushan.
20 kitchens like this feed 12 lakh children daily
Sanjeev Nayyar gets inside a kitchen that's more than just feeding hungry children; it is liberating them -- irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion -- not just on the physical level but also on a spiritual level.
'Rahul Gandhi is still confused'
In a freewheeling interview with rediff.com's Anita Katyal, former hockey champion Aslam Sher Khan says that declaring Rahul as PM candidate is not that important. Instead, what is really need is for Rahul to win the trust and confidence of party workers through his actions
Modi a good man, AAP lacks experience: Sri Sri
Sri Sri Ravishankar has praised Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a "good man" but said he has no opinion about Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as he was not acquainted with him.
Sonia gets cold feet, Congressmen worried
Congress President Sonia Gandhi's decision not to name Rahul Gandhi as the party's prime ministerial candidate has demoralised the already-bruised cadre. Expect a stormy AICC session in New Delhi on Friday, says Renu Mittal
Sonia Gandhi evades the BJP trap
By choosing not to declare her son Rahul Gandhi as the party's prime ministerial candidate, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has averted a Modi versus Rahul battle and effectively insulated her family against a backlash over a possible defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
January 16, 2014Nawazuddin Siddiqui: 'We are the most accommodating people in the world'
'We go on to make a name for ourselves in the world, rise above the ordinary in the face of deprivation. The innate tendency to persevere is, I think, a great quality Indians possess,' says one of India's finest actors .
Michelle Obama, 50 and fabulous
A look at the different hues of Michelle Obama
Tharoor's Twitter account hacked, romantic tweets sent to Pak journo
The Twitter handle of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, one of the most popular Indian politicians on the networking site, was hacked on Tuesday and some wacky tweets were sent from it to a Pakistani journalist.
January 15, 2014Congress divided over Rahul's nomination as PM
As the debate in the Congress over its vice-president Rahul Gandhi's declaration as the party's prime ministerial candidate continues to rage on, there is growing pressure from the rank and file that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should step down and the Nehru-Gandhi scion be sworn in his place. reports
'If Modi couldn't prevent riots in Guj, how can he generate unity?'
Kicking off her party's election campaign at a mega rally in Lucknow, Mayawati on Wednesday said the Bahujan Samaj Party would not forge an alliance with Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party or any other party and would go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls.
Signs of a thaw: US returns priceless sculptures to India
The three artifacts date back to the 11th and 12th century AD and were stolen from temples in India which were recovered by US investigators. The repatriation ceremony at the New York consulate witnessed a guarded silence over the Devyani Khobragade controversy. Rediff.com's report from New York.
Surprise from the sky: How paratroopers shape the battle
'Amongst all the air-land operations in pursuit of a common military objective, it is the airborne operation which demands the greatest synergy,' says Air Vice Marshal Arjun Subramaniam on the occasion of Army Day.
L'affaire indecent: Sex scandals of the French elite
The French have their own way of keeping the world entertained.
'AAP needs a constructive agenda to govern and seed real improvement'
Despite missteps, Arvind Kejriwal and his party could move beyond an attacking strategy to improve our polity, says Shyam Ponappa
January 14, 2014PIX: Salman looks at Modi and says 'let the best man become PM'
Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Tuesday mat Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, where the actor was spotted flying kites with the politician during Uttarayan festivites.
'We have to travel around this country to know its heart'
'I hail from Sikkim and have strived to make a mark on the national scene. Generally whatever happens in the North-East remains confined to those parts. People from there are hard working and courteous. Only those who have visited and experienced their hospitality will relate to it,' says football star .
Nabbing Dawood: No action, only posturing in the last 20 years!
Security experts tell that the fact that Dawood may spill out his links with prominent politicians, businessmen and film personalities if he is nabbed can be the reason behind the lackluster attitude.
VOTE! Do you REALLY think Rahul is ready for PM's post?
The impact of Rahul Gandhi's latest move cannot be assessed until we get to know how the people of India will react to his interview. To get a sense of that we request our dear readers to cast their votes in a poll.
'Samajwadi leaders's insensitivity indicates their criminal approach'
'The camps were never given any help from the UP government. They did not provide rations, milk, medical assistance or sanitary arrangements...Once the compensation payments started being made, the UP government's entire effort was to get the people out of the camps... The situation was compounded by the fact that those accused of murder, arson and rape were not arrested. How could the victims be expected to return to their village homes? The extreme cold made the situation even more appalling. The deaths occurring regularly were a result of this.' Former MP Subhasini Ali discusses the horrific Muzaffarnagar riots and its tragic aftermth with Rediff.com's Savera R Someshwar.
Meet Rahul's new generals for 2014 Lok Sabha battle
With Rahul Gandhi at the helm, the grand old party is all set for a makeover with preference to new and young faces. Here's a look at Congress's A-Team
Akhilesh is turning into a 'despot'. Here's proof
Perhaps unwittingly, young Samajwadi chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has forgotten that it was the media campaign against Mayawati's undemocratic and despotic ways that helped him to romp home with a clear majority. Sharat Pradhan reports
AAP will ruin Congress, but Modi is still PM choice: Poll
Arvind Kejriwal's AAP likely to impact congress the most and other parties to a lesser extent in the Lok Sabha polls, predicts the Snap poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen in Delhi and Mumbai.
January 13, 2014PHOTOS: Tales from the forgotten villages of Ladakh
Burdened with a troubled history and a present steeped in conflict, five small villages on the India-Pakistan border in Ladakh, have many untold stories, finds
ODD WORLD: Superman takes first bath of 2014!
We bring you a collection of some of the odd moments from around the world in recent weeks.
What was Edward Snowden doing in India?
Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden worked at the United States Embassy in India and took a course in "ethical hacking" in Delhi, about three years before he leaked the NSA's surveillance programmes that embarrassed the Obama administration.
PIX: Makarsankranti dip at Gangasagar in evening hours after 65 yrs
After a gap of 65 years, the pious Makarsankranti dip at Gangasagar, the second largest after Kumbh Mela, will again take place during the evening hours on Tuesday, the Chief Priest of the Kapilmuni Temple said.
'No help from FBI on Dawood, Shinde is lying'
Former Union home secretary-turned-Bharatiya Janata Party leader RK Singh spills the beans on Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN.
Time is running out for the Great Congress Makeover!
Faced with a demoralised army, the Congress leadership has to find the right answers as the party heads into what is fast turning out to be an extremely tough electoral battle, says
Bangalore South: What works for Nilekani, and what doesn't
Nilekani faces an uphill task in his bid to counter the massive anti-Congress wave, but that doesn't mean it will be a cake walk for BJP's Anath Kumar. discusses both the advantages and disadvantages of Nilekani, and also lists BJP's woes.
Dhoom3 director: 'One man's telephone bill is another man's earnings for a year'
'In the freedom struggle and immediately after that, we had a sense of belonging to the same world, to the same country, to India. We have lost that sense of oneness. We have been manipulated and divided and that saddens me today, says Dhoom 3 Director Vijay Krishna Acharya.
January 12, 2014Pix: 'Shiv Sena' activists vandalise Kolhapur toll plaza, set it ablaze
Even as the agitation against toll collection on nine roads in Maharashtra's Kolhapur city took a violent turn on Sunday with suspected Shiv Sena activists vandalising four toll booths, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan appealed the agitators to remain calm.
AAP's Kumar Vishwas targets Rahul: Sleeping in Dalit homes won't change things
After dethroning the Congress in its Delhi bastion, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to throw the gauntlet at the grand old party's second-in-command Rahul Gandhi -- and that too in Amethi, the political home ground of the Gandhis for decades.
January 11, 2014Chaos cuts short CM Kejriwal's first 'janata darbar'
Chaos prevailed at the first 'janata darbar' organised by the Aam Aadmi Party government outside the Delhi Secretariat on Saturday, forcing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to leave the venue mid-way as thousands gathered to register their grievances.
Devyani Episode: 'It was the most stupid thing to do'
Recognising that the damage that the diplomat row has done to the India-US relationship, there is a realisation in the top American leadership that "it was the most stupid thing to do" on their part and that they would now have to "work overtime" to bring back the ties on track.
Akhilesh ko 'gussa' kyon aata hai?
Is Akhilesh Yadav's anger a reflection of his inept handling of a crisis or manifestation of frustration on account of his gross incapacity to steer the ship he was entrusted to in a dynastic succession? examines
January 10, 2014Salman visited a hospital in UP, but no one cares: CM
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday hit back at critics and defended the Saifai Mahotsav -- a festival organised by the state government -- saying the budget for the festival was around Rs six to seven crore, not Rs 300 crore as alleged by a section of the media.
MNS' poll season clarification: We were NEVER against North Indians
Apparently eyeing a larger role in Maharashtra politics, Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra
When Rahul Gandhi listened to the 'voice of people'
Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised early declaration of candidates for Lok Sabha polls under a "new process" reflecting the "voice of people" in Congress.
Dial 07798220033 to be an AAP member; it's free
Buoyed by its spectacular success in Delhi Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party today kicked off a nation-wide membership drive with an aim of including at least 1 crore members by January 26 to strengthen the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
PHOTOS: Polar vortex eases grip on frozen US
As it continued its northward retreat, the arctic blast still held sway over the upper Midwest, where it bore down with below-zero lows early Friday.
PHOTOS: A picture-perfect snowy winter in Kashmir
Kashmir valley is in the grip of a cold wave following fresh snowfall. reports
Cash crunch? Who cares? It's shopping time for defence ministry
Notwithstanding the financial constraints, the defence ministry has been on a drive to procure and upgrade military assets over the last five years for which it spent a whopping amount of Rs 3.25 lakh crore.
January 09, 2014IMAGES: 'Phantom of Dantewada': Big catch for NIA, bigger blow to Naxals
The surrender of top Naxal leader Gudsa Usendi, mastermind of many lethal strikes including the attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh last year, is certainly a good news for the NIA, reports .
'There is no money to run the Railways'
Former Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi speaks to rediff.com's about why the Railways is today on the brink of collapse.
Nuclear security: India worse than Pakistan!
India has been ranked below its two nuclear-armed neighbours -- Pakistan and China -- in the list of countries with a weak nuclear material security in the world, according to a US-based think-tank.
Aamir wows Kolkata lit fest with mesmerising speech on Abul Kalam Azad
When West Bengal Governor introduced the Bollywood star as an "icon who needed no introduction" - he seemed to sum up Kolkata's frenzied response to Aamir Khan, reports .
Aam Aadmi Party: The Optimist vs The Sceptic
In these few weeks, it has kindled great hopes for clean governance in Delhi and beyond, tempered by strong misgivings about the party's economic and urban policies. What follows is an imaginary dialogue between the Optimist and the Sceptic.
Now showing: South India's dirty picture!
It is difficult to legally pursue such cases as pornographic videos shot in India are often smuggled out of the country, says
VIDEO: India's 2 floating fortresses together
It was a momentous moment for India when after a gap of over two decades its navy operated two aircraft carriers in its maritime zone with the arrival of its largest warship INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea where it is now operating with INS Viraat.
'It is too late for Priyanka to pull the Congress out of the mess'
Rahul gets a helping hand for 2014: Priyanka steps in to boost her brother's prospects for the prime minister's post, writes
IN PHOTOS: After the big freeze, US heads for the big thaw
The United States wakes up to a warmer morning with the polar vortex on its way out.
Raj blasts Modi's 'Gujarati focus' in Mumbai; says 'MNS is AAP ka Baap'
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray, once considered close to Narendra Modi, on Thursday said that the Gujarat chief minister should have resigned the day he was nominated BJP's prime ministerial candidate, a suggestion immediately rejected by the saffron party.
'My vision for India is where every citizen is equal in the eyes of one law'
How many who celebrate India's Republic Day and Independence Day know that the Indian tri-colour was first unfurled in Moirang in Manipur by the Indian National Army in 1944?
January 08, 2014Captain Gopinath: 'Youth need to understand the spirit of India'
'Corruption is the biggest problem confronting us. We need to bring about an urgent change in our way of life and also in the political scenario,' says , founder of India's first low-cost airline Air Deccan who recently joined the Aam Aadmi Party, in our ongoing series celebrating the India we love.
In PHOTOS: Here it's colder than Mars!
The Arctic chill, which has now extended to the east, has left all of the United States and Canada frozen.
Why does Indian Railways have SO MANY burning trains?
Authorities of Indian Railways, which has witnessed a worrying spate of fire-related mishaps in the last few years, are yet to take any concrete steps to address the issue.
Photos: Mumbai-Dehradun Express catches fire, 9 killed
Nine people were charred to death when a fire broke out in three coaches of the Mumbai-Dehradun Express train near Dahanu road in neighbouring Thane district in the wee hours of Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Surviving the coldest places on earth
As the savage Arctic blast threatens the coldest weather in the United States in two decades, Rediff.com looks at some of the coldest places in the world with record-setting low temperatures
'Modi has a secular image now'
'Otherwise, the minorities would not have acknowledged his leadership quality. I am happy the BJP is working towards achieving a secular image,' Vellappally Natesan, the OBC leader in Kerala who has created a controversy by supporting Narendra Modi, tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier.
January 07, 2014Has the era of strong chief ministers come to an end?
Has the country lost its secret weapon for competing with growing countries like China and Brazil? reports
17 Corps: The Army just got itself a white elephant
The new mountain strike corps, created to deter Chinese adventurism and launch offensives, will financially damage India's military. reports
Jaitley's 3 arguments to exonerate Modi of Guj riots charges
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha tries to tear apart the 'mischievous' allegations over the 2002 Gujarat riots against Gujarat chief minister, and now BJP's PM candidate, Narendra Modi.
INS Vikramaditya finally reaches home base in Karwar
After a gap of over two decades, India is operating two aircraft carriers in its maritime zone with the arrival of its largest warship INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian Sea where it is now operating with INS Viraat
Have you seen GSLV-D5's spectacular lift-off?
ISRO has put out stunning photos of the launch of GSLV-D5. The vehicle smoothly lifted off to space from Sriharikota on Sunday afternoon and put India into the elite 'cryogenic club'.
Soha Ali Khan: 'India is like one big happy family'
'2014 is an important year as everyone is obsessed about who is going to be the next prime minister but I think we need to see beyond that. The problems are going to be the same, irrespective of whichever party forms the government,' says actress in our special series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
POLAR FREEZE: Here's a glimpse from the ice age
The brutal Arctic blast threatens the coldest weather in the United States in two decades. Is the worst yet to come?
Now that's cool! China's fantabulous SNOW festival
We present images from the 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China which opened on Sunday and lasts for weeks.
Jayalalithaa as PM: Mathematically, it's possible
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's aspirations to be prime minister seem entirely logical with more multi-cornered contests, uncertainty in Andhra Pradesh and the winner-takes-all history of elections in Tamil Nadu. Praveen Chakravarty explains.
January 06, 2014US braces for dangerous Arctic blast
A rare "polar vortex" on Monday descended into much of the United States, pummelling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
'The idea of India is special and achievable'
'Our priority should be inculcating a work culture and positive nationalism among people, especially the young,' says novelist , in our continuing series where well-known Indians speak about the India they love.
In Photos: Americans 'chill' as freak winter sets in
Most of the United States is shivering under the worst winter the country has experienced in 20 years.
Worst fog in 8 years affects 600 flights at Delhi airport
The worst fog of the last eight years has affected the schedule of over 600 domestic and international flights at Delhi airport, causing inconvenience to thousands of travellers.
Corrupt netas LOOT India of Rs 73,00,00,00,00,00,000!
Politicians have used hawala transactions to park money received via bribes and other immoral ways for scores of years
What a 20-yr-old Indian boy thinks about his one-way ticket to Mars
Amulya Nidhi Rastogi, a 20-year-old student of engineering in Gurgaon, is one of 1,058 applicants shortlisted from over 200,000 across the world to be part of an ambitious one-way trip to Mars.
January 05, 2014How ISRO tamed 'naughty boy' GSLV-D5
India on Sunday successfully launched its heavy-duty rocket with indigenous cryogenic engine that placed a communication satellite into the orbit, with Indian Space Research Organisation scientists finally taming the 'naughty boy' GSLV and propelling the country into an elite club of countries.
PICS: ISRO successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine
In a New Year gift to the nation, the Indian Space Research Organisation on Sunday successfully launched a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle with an indigenous cryogenic engine from the spaceport of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, entering a select club of nations.
January 04, 2014Death for rapists is only compensation I want: Kolkata braveheart's father
Kolkata is on the boil after the gang rape and subsequent murder of a teenager in Madhyamgram area in the northern fringe of the city. Rediff.com's met the girl's father Ramshankar Jha.
PHOTOS: Arvind Kejriwal not to take up duplex flats
Facing criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced his decision not to take up the two five-bedroom duplex flats he has been allotted. He told the media that he has asked the government to look for smaller accommodation for him.
PHOTOS: Massive snowstorm brings northeastern US to a halt
A massive snowstorm slammed the US northeast, dumping as much as 20 inches of snow in some areas, leading to the cancellation of thousands of flights and bringing life to a standstill across major cities from Boston to New York on Friday.
January 03, 2014Arshad Warsi: 'We are a country with a solid backbone'
'India is like a world in itself. The sad part is that that the bad things overshadow the good,' says actor in our special series where well-known Indians speak about the India they adore.
Modi as PM disastrous, Rahul has credentials: Dr Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday declared that he would bow out of office after the Lok Sabha elections and strongly backed Rahul Gandhi for the job while warning that Narendra Modi would be "disastrous" for the country.
'If we don't watch out, the great things about the Internet could be risked'
'I should be able both to post a joke or comment about a political leader and not worry it will land me in jail, as well as check my personal online bank account, and not worry it will be stolen,' Peter Warren Singer, author of a new book on the subject, tells Rediff.com's Vicky Nanjappa.
IN PHOTOS: The crazy, freezing New Year dips!
We present images of brave souls across the world taking part in New Year's Day dips in freezing waters!
Dr Singh set to face some uncomfortable questions today
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will seek to dispel the perception of policy paralysis on Friday when he addresses a press conference during which he is expected to spell out the steps taken to boost the economy besides addressing issues of corruption and price rise.
The SHIELD Manmohan Singh is counting on
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh readies to face some tough questions in his interaction with mediapersons on Friday, he will largely base his arguments on a performance report of the United Progressive Alliance government.
January 02, 2014PHOTOS: -12.2 degrees! Kashmir's freezing
The Srinagar-Jammu national highway connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country remained closed for the third consecutive day on Thursday as the Valley and Ladakh region reeled under intense cold conditions with the night temperature in Pahalgam plunging to the season's lowest of minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.
A look at the events and people that made headlines in the year gone by
Weed on sale: 2014 begins with a bang in Colorado
The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use to the general public opened for business in Colorado on Wednesday with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.
Arvind Kejriwal's AAP wins trust vote
The minority Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday crossed the first hurdle in the Delhi assembly when its confidence motion sailed through easily with the backing of the members of Congress, Janata Dal-United and an independent.
January 01, 2014The REAL story: Why the PM decided to break his silence
Dr Singh was extremely reluctant to address the press conference and he agreed only after considerable persuasion from senior Congress leaders, says Anita Katyal
Will Arvind Kejriwal's govt survive the trust vote?
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will face a crucial vote of confidence on Thursday in the Delhi assembly.
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