June 30, 2011
'Grover murder is also a story of young India'
speaks to Meenal Baghel, author of Death In Mumbai, an account of the Grover murder case, on the judgment that has shocked and surprised many. Purulia arms case: Davy can't be extradited
Danish citizen Kim Davy cannot be extradited to India to face trial for his alleged involvement in the sensational dropping of arms in Purulia in 1995 with the High Court in Denmark on Thursday rejecting a plea by the government there. Maria main culprit, punish her: Grover's kin
A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday held small-time Kannada actress Maria Susairaj and her boyfriend Emile Jerome Mathew, a Navy lieutenant, guilty in the murder case of television executive Neeraj Grover. Osama maintained 'phenomenal security' at hideout
Locked down in his Abbottabad hideout which he never left in six years, Osama bin Laden followed 'absolutely phenomenal operations security', and was taken by surprise when attacked by the United States forces, a top American counter-terrorism official has said. Goodbye India, says US envoy Timothy Roemer
The United States on Thursday said it "strongly and vehemently" supports the Nuclear Suppliers Group clean waiver for India and hoped that the civil nuclear deal between the two countries will continue to move in a positive direction. Pak General's formula for peace in South Asia
South Asia is likely to remain unstable as long as the Kashmir issue remains unresolved and Pakistan must continue its efforts to find a "just" solution to it, a top Pakistani general has said. 'Pak nukes are unsafe.' Is Islamabad taking note?
Terrorist groups under the banner of the Taliban in Pakistan as well as those operating in South and Central Asia pose the "greatest threat" to Islamabad's nuclear infrastructure, a report by a US think tank has said. Mao did it all wrong: Communist Party of China
He might be the founding father of the People's Republic of China, but the economic policies Mao Zedong followed have few takers today in the Communist Party of China which believes 'he did it all wrong'. Why global sea levels are rising alarmingly
Powerful ocean currents beneath West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole, a new study has found. In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours. Jan Lokpal: Cure worse than the disease
You cannot have an Executive outside the constitutional framework, answerable to nobody, because the chances of such an organisation corrupted by the sheer lust for power are much greater than the Executive functioning within a constitutional framework, writes Union Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal. Kabul attack shows Taliban's unbending potential
Senior analyst scrutinises the terror attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel and says its another bid of the Taliban and the Haqqani Network to make their presence felt. Debate! Should Communal Violence Bill be altered?
The National Advisory Council's Communal Violence Bill has already run into rough weather after it faced protests from various sections of the society. The bill is dangerous in nature and the provisions of this bill give the impression that every act of communal violence is presumably committed by a member of the majority community, say those opposing the bill.
June 29, 2011
IN PIX: The extraordinary journey to Lord Amarnath
The annual Amarnath yatra began on Tuesday amid tight security with devotees leaving for the cave shrine from Jammu. Exclusive! Home Secretary G K Pillai on his tenure
Exclusive! Home Secretary G K Pillai on his tenure PM should show commitment on Lokpal: Team Anna
The Anna Hazare team on Wednesday met Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat in New Delhi to explain the civil society's position on the Lokpal Bill ahead of the all party meeting on the issue. US-Pak ties: It's a stormy relationship right now
A top United States General has said that America's relationship with Pakistan at present is strained and Islamabad needs to take concrete steps against terrorist safe havens inside its tribal areas to improve the ties. Bapu's salt march among most influential protests
Mahatma Gandhi-led 'Salt Satyagraha' during India's independence struggle has been named among the 'Top 10 Most Influential Protests' in the world by the prestigious Time magazine. In March 1930, Gandhi embarked on a 24-day march from Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad to the small seaside town of Dandi to produce salt to protest against the British salt monopoly in colonial India. Lokpal needed but it's not a panacea: Dr Singh
Dismissing talk that he is a "lameduck" Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday he has been entrusted with the job by the Congress party from which he has not heard "any contrary view". In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours. Why Dr Singh needs to change his media strategy
Under criticism for being mum on a number of issues plaguing the nation, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is setting in motion regular interactions with senior journalists, beginning on Wednesday. But senior analysts B Raman feels the PM needs to relook at his media strategy and set up a body of mediapersons on the lines of the White House Press Corps. PM betrayed nation on Indo-US N-deal, alleges BJP
Claiming that the Nuclear Suppliers Group had 'reneged' on its waiver on nuclear fuel supply to India, Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of betraying the nation on the Indo-US nuke deal and asked him to clarify how it is beneficial to the country. In PHOTOS: Kabul hotel siege ends, 19 killed
At least 10 people have been killed in a more than four-hour standoff between militants and police at a luxury hotel in Kabul, according to the Afghan police.
June 28, 2011
No more films, people want me as CM: Chiranjeevi
Praja Rajyam Party chief K Chiranjeevi on Tuesday night claimed that people of Andhra Pradesh were longing to see him as state chief minister in real life rather than in reel life. A grand moment: Art of Living to turn 30 in Berlin
The Art of Living is all set to host The World Culture Festival on July 2 and 3 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin to celebrate its 30 years of service. Yet again, Amitav Ghosh sails on opium
Amitav Ghosh discusses his new book River Of Smoke, the art of writing a trilogy, his dramatic characters, the nuanced language they speak, and the Imperial intrigues that culminated in the Opium Wars. Did Pakistan a favour by making N-bomb: A Q Khan
Disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan has said he did Pakistan a favour by making the atomic bomb but was 'stabbed in the back by the very people who benefited most' from his work -- the army. Google vs government war over Street View
Bengaluru Police have made it clear that there shall be no collection of images by Google Inc for its street-view services. The bus-sized asteroid that nearly hit earth!
An asteroid the size of a tour bus zipped past the Earth in a flyby so close that it was In PHOTOS: Amarnath Yatra begins
The annual Amarnath yatra began on Tuesday amid tight security as the first batch of 2,096 devotees left Jammu base camp for pilgrimage to the 13,500 meter-high cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas. Act, Mr Prime Minister, act!
What must Prime Minister Manmohan Singh do to reverse the drift in his government? offers some sage counsel India off US human trafficking 'Watch List'
After a gap of six years, the United States has taken India off the human trafficking 'Watch List' for making significant efforts in combating the menace. Avenging Osama: 10 targets in UK, US, France
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has issued chilling threats against 10 targets in Britain, America and France to avenge the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 48 hours
June 27, 2011
How Chhota Rajan gangsters killed J Dey
The Mumbai police on Monday claimed to have cracked the murder case of Mid Day crime reporter Joyobroto Dey, and arrested seven Chota Rajan gangsters who reportedly orchestrated the crime. But the police is still curiously silent over the motive, reports . Advani frustrated from unfulfilled desires: Cong
The Congress on Monday hit back at L K Advani for describing it as a 'fiefdom' of a single family, saying his views reflect "his frustration from unfulfilled desires". Chhota Rajan ordered J Dey's killing
A fortnight after senior crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey was shot dead, Mumbai police on Monday cracked the case claiming that underworld don Chhota Rajan was behind the murder, even as they remained tight-lipped about the motive. 'In 3-4 years, IAF will be the best in the world'
In an interview to Nitin Gokhale, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshall P V Naik discusses his strategy for the transformation of the IAF. Assembly polls: The BIG and ZERO spenders
The manner in which Members of Legislative Assembly spent their funds during the recent four-state assembly elections is something that needs to be looked into. REWIND: The best PHOTOS of the week gone by
We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the last week.
June 26, 2011
Mr PM, the dithering on Lokpal has to end NOW!
It is time for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take the debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill to the people through the media as well as through direct interactions with the people during tours across the country, observes Civil society in law-making: 'Won't happen again'
After a not so pleasant experience of engaging with Anna Hazare's team in drafting of the Lokpal Bill, the government says that there will be no such experiment in the future. 'I didn't want to die... So I decided to flee'
Returning to New Delhi three weeks after he was bundled out from the national capital, yoga guru Ramdev has attacked the government claiming that it has no will to fight corruption or create a Lokpal to check the menace.
June 25, 2011
Rs 16 L limit for poll expenses. Only 50 pc spent!
The recently concluded assembly polls in the four states -- Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and one Union Territory -- Puducherry saw a blatant use of money power. But interestingly, the newly elected members of Legislative have claimed in their expense statements submitted to the Election Commission that their expenditure was well below the prescribed limit. 'No breakthrough, Kashmir left for another day'
Notwithstanding the agreement on various confidence building measures during the India-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks, most sections of the Pakistani media contended on Saturday that the parleys did not lead to any "major breakthrough" and the most crucial issue of Kashmir was "left for another day". PIX: Meet the winners of India Abroad awards 2010
Let's meet the illustrious winners of India Abroad awards 2010 Revolution over, now WB needs results from Mamata
Mamata Banerjee gave Bengal the revolution it wanted but people will want to see results soon, says Aditi Phadnis Beyond the burqa and bikini debate
The law in France, which only affects a few thousand women and seems to have been passed because of anticipated political mileage rather than any serious engagement with women's rights, should not serve as an excuse to sensationalise the experience of one group and, therefore, ignore the deeper and more universal problems that women face. Meet Manmohan Singh, our PM-in-hiding
You see him seated at meetings, looking a trifle lost, or mouthing homilies at government functions (the MAFA syndrome -- mistaking articulation for action). Other than that, he is both invisible and silent. This is no way to lead. I never thought of joining the Congress: Munde
A visibly cheerful Gopinath Munde, Bharatiya Janata Party's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, on his arrival in Mumbai, reiterated his decision to continue to be in the party. He lashed at his rivals for running a concerted campaign to defame him and said they stood exposed now. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Munde spoke about the recent developments and his future plans Video: Emotional Hrithik; Raveena's item number
Video: Emotional Hrithik; Raveena's hot item number
June 24, 2011
War has no place in 21st century: India to Pak
India on Friday made it clear to Pakistan that resolution of the Kashmir issue cannot take place under the "shadow of gun" as the two countries concluded "satisfactory" talks which resulted in agreement on various confidence building measures. China-India-Pak ties require new perspective
Seeking a 'new perspective' for establishing close China-India-Pakistan ties, the official think tanks in Beijing on Friday said that recent efforts by Beijing to have strong relationships with its two neighbours should not be viewed with 'suspicion'. 'Anna seeks parallel govt without accountability'
Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said Gandhian leader Anna Hazare was seeking to create a 'parallel government' through a Jan Lokpal bill without accountability, flouting the basic structure of the Constitution. Munde's Parli is a female foeticide capital's visit Parli-Vaijnath in Beed district of Maharashtra, where the sex ratio has dipped to abnormal levels over the decade, and rampant female infanticide has created an atmosphere of horror. Communist Party of China: World's largest party!
Flourishing well in one-party system, the Communist Party of China's membership exceeded 80 million, making it the largest political party in the world. Indian sailors back with tales of horror, neglect
Six Indian sailors on the M V Suez who were kept captive by Somali pirates for 10 months returned to New Delhi on Friday. They were all praise for the people and government of Pakistan and angry at the lack of response from the Indian government. Sahim Salim meets them and their families. Corruption can't be brushed under the carpet
The ongoing slanging match between the civil society group and the government poses a danger of stalling the Lokpal Bill and derailing the movement against corruption. Danger from a nuclear Pakistan and its discontent
India needs to be aware of the potentially catastrophic implications of the collapse of governing authority in Pakistan. A boost to fundamentalist forces in India's neighborhood will have some serious consequences for the utility of nuclear deterrence in the sub-continent, says . That messy compromise called Lokpal
The time has come for the government of the day to stop behaving like a supplicant before self-appointed representatives of civil society On the back foot, Cong CWC meet to discuss Lokpal
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has convened a special meeting of the Congress Working Committee on Friday at 4 pm to discuss the Lokpal bill which has been consistently in the news for the last couple of months. Sources say the ongoing Telangana agitation is also expected to be discussed.
June 23, 2011
'Tapes of Lokpal meetings will expose the govt'
In an interview with's Vicky Nanjappa, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, one of the members of the Joint Drafting Committee if the Lokpal Bill, sets the record straight on why the talks broke down. 'Anna doesn't fear death. They can fire bullets'
Anna Hazare on Thursday said he was not afraid of death and dared the government to fire bullets in the event of his going on fast to press for a strong Lokpal bill. Kamakhya temple gears up for 'Ambubachi mela'
Draped in red and saffron robes, flaunting long untidy hair, beard and some long nails too, these tantriks (magicians) are standing out among the teeming devotees. Is it that easy to access and bug Pranab's office?
The Intelligence Bureau dismissed the incident stating that there was no bug but a chewing gum in the finance minister's office. But then why would the Finance Minister even write a letter to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention if there was really nothing there? Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours PHOTO Album: The long war in Afghanistan
United States President Barack Obama has announced that he will withdraw 33,000 Americans troops from Afghanistan by the summer of 2012, beginning with an initial drawdown of 10,000 surge forces by this year-end. Obama repeats tough message to Pakistan
The answer to how the United States will deal with the complex ground situation in Pakistan's jihadi belt has to come from the confused political and military leadership of Pakistan, which continues to live in a make-believe world, says security expert 'India has a ticking time bomb next door'
Bruce Riedel, erstwhile Central Intelligence Agency veteran and senior National Security Council official in the Clinton Administration, who spearheaded President Obama's strategic review on Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said the US-India strategic partnership, "a core relationship for the United States," today faces "its most difficult problem ever that is a ticking bomb next door in Pakistan -- a time bomb which could explode at any moment." US to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan
The United States will withdraw 33,000 Americans troops from Afghanistan by the summer of 2012, beginning with an initial drawdown of 10,000 surge forces by this year-end, President Barack Obama has said. 'Annaji won't reconcile for a weak Lokpal bill'
Right to Information activist Arvind Kejriwal has been in the forefront of the massively publicised movement to demand a Lokpal Bill. A close associate of Gandhian Anna Hazare, Kejriwal has staunchly defended the movement and rebuffed many allegations made against civil society activists by the ruling Congress party. He has also taken on senior Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh and Pranab Mukherjee who had taken pot shots at Hazare's movement.
June 22, 2011
'Ramdev treatment' for Anna if he fasts: Digvijay
In a veiled warning to Anna Hazare for his proposed fast, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Wednesday indicated that the Gandhian might be meted out the same treatment, depending upon the prevailing situation at that time, as yoga guru Ramdev was given at Ramlila ground. Pak sailors in Mumbai jail may soon return home
Even as the rescued Indian sailors of the MV Suez are homebound via Karachi, five Pakistani Balochi fishermen rescued by the Indian Navy are still awaiting their return home, reports . Govt cheating people, will fast from Aug 16: Anna
Rejecting contention that Lokpal proposed by it was aimed at creating a 'parallel' government, veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said he will undertake fast-unto-death from August 16 and would not be go back on his decision even if the government makes any request. Kiran Reddy murder: Husband arrested for murder
The doctor husband of Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy's niece has been arrested by police and booked for murder following her suspicious death. Police said on Wednesday that Chaitanya Reddy allegedly killed 26-year-old Kiran Reddy, also a doctor, in "an inebriated" condition following a heated argument, and that the death four days back was due to "smothering and asphyxiation." Bal Thackeray defies age and critics
Defying age and critics Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray made a public appearance on Wednesday to flag off a caravan that will carry son Uddhav's recently published photo book Pahava Vitthal from Mumbai to Pandharpur. India hopes to pick 'bugs' in ties with Pakistan
On the eve of the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, India on Wednesday said it is making a "determined bid" to work out a cordial relationship with Pakistan and that all issues that "bug" the ties, including terrorism, will be discussed. How one man is lifting Bihar's neglected community
tells the story of Bihar's 'untouchable' Musahar community, which is slowly, but steadily rising to its feet, with the help of J K Sinha, a former intelligence officer and a Good Samaritan. He has built a modest residential school that offers their deprived youth not only free and competent education, but also self esteem. PHOTOS: Yogis take to Times Square on longest day
In a unique initiative to celebrate the summer solstice (the longest day of the year), nearly 2000 yoga enthusiasts descended on Times Square, the famous New York landmark, on Monday, June 21. Digvijaya's tongue not in Cong's control: Uma
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday said though the party has faith in Hindutva and the Ram temple issue, they would not be its political agenda for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections scheduled for early next year. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours Why Munde is inching close to Congress
Sulking Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde appears moving closer to the Congress. Paris Air Show PHOTOS: The best military aircraft
The Paris Air Show -- the world's largest aviation and space industry event -- is showcasing some of the best flying machines conceived, built and operated in recent times. Jaya spent Rs 9.6 lakh to win, DMK Rs 4.4 lakh
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Jayalalithaa, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi, his son M K Stalin. and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam chief Vijayakanth spent far less than the limit set by the Election Commission for poll-related expenses during the April 13 assembly elections. Is a colonel's coup possible in Pakistan?
While the American mainstream media speculate about Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani being deposed in a coup, the reports have very little domestic corroboration, says PIX: Michelle Obama's candid moments with Mandela
A surprise visit to world icon Nelson Mandela at his home and advice for 75 young African leaders at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg were the highlights of the first day of a three-day visit to South Africa by United States First Lady Michelle Obama. View: How Rahul Gandhi can be a legitimate PM
Rahul Gandhi must not be in a hurry. He must assume leadership of the party in the coming Lok Sabha polls, emerge victorious and then be elected as prime minister. Only then will his achievement be invested with legitimacy, says . Coming to India: Russia's 'quietest' submarine
India would receive its first new generation Nerpa Akula-II class nuclear attack submarine, which is undergoing sea trials in Russia, by the end of this year, a top Russian official has said. Forbesganj firing: A tale of police brutality
talks to relatives of the June 3 Forbesganj, Bihar firing victims. The police had opened fire on villagers when they brought down a wall on government-acquired land, which the villagers claimed was blocking the connecting road between two villages. The police fired indiscriminately, killing four, including a seven-month-old, and a pregnant woman.
June 21, 2011
A wasted exercise, a flop show, Hegde on Lokpal
A wasted exercise, a total flop show and not to mention a total failure: This is how Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santhosh Hegde, member of the Lokpal Bill drafting panel, described the final outcome following the last meeting of the committee with the government. HC gives police 2 more weeks to probe J Dey case
Eleven days after the murder of slain Mid-Day crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey at city suburb Powai, the Mumbai crime branch on Tuesday submitted a 24-page status report before the bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Ranjit More in the Bombay high court. '1 man's inclusion will not help fight corruption'
Replying to query by during an interaction with media persons, the Trinamool Congress leader said: "Inclusion of one man will not help fighting corruption. In any case the present prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is an honest man." Last Lokpal meet ends with no consensus on Bill
The joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill met in New Delhi on Tuesday for the last time amid "fresh and serious" differences between the government and Anna Hazare team. Plane crash in Russia kills 44
At least 44 people, including Russia's top nuclear design scientists were killed on Tuesday when a Tu-134 passenger plane crash landed on a highway in heavy fog and burst into flames in northern republic of Karelia. 'LeT tipped off Rana in Dubai about 26/11'
Tahawwur Rana, cleared by a Chicago court of involvement in the Mumbai attacks, knew about the 26/11 plot as he was part of 'the inner circle' and was tipped off about the 'imminent' strikes by none other than Lashkar-e-Tayiba's Pasha during a meeting in Dubai, according to United States prosecutors. Jamaat-ud-Dawah warns India against 'striking' Pak
Outlawed radical outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah has warned India against 'striking' Pakistan and asked it to hand over persons involved in the Samjhauta Express train bombing. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours 'Who would you want to see run this country?'
Union Minister of Water Resources and Minority Affairs Salman Khursheed, who is one of the major interlocutors from the government side in the Lokpal deliberations, answers readers' queries on Rediff Chat Mamata delivers in first month in office
The first month of the new Mamata Banerjee ministry in West Bengal saw fast paced progress on two contentious issues -- the return of land to unwilling farmers of Singur and setting aside of the Gorkhaland demand for a bipartite agreement on Darjeeling. Centre will scuttle Lokpal Bill: Hegde
The meeting of the Joint Drafting Committee of the Lokpal Bill, scheduled to be held later on Tuesday, is expected to be a decisive one. But the representatives of civil society don't have any high hopes from this meeting. A wish-list of topics for India-Pakistan talks
During the much awaited talks later this week, India should discreetly flag its concerns so that a greater political maturity on both sides facilitates a discussion on sensitive issues, says B Raman Horror tales from India's 'failed' neighbourhood
India's neighbours -- Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka -- are featured in the list of the "most failed states", according to the annual ranking prepared by the Foreign Policy magazine. We want to drive not be driven, say Saudi women
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women -- both Saudi and foreign -- from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers or rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor. Osama was a 'ranting executive with weird ideas'
: Osama bin Laden was a 'ranting chief executive' of the 'increasingly fractured' Al Qaeda terrorist group who argued with his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri over who should be sent to different scheduled missions, the treasure trove of intelligence found at his Abbottabad compound has revealed. UP girl's death: 'Cops did the unthinkable crime''s visits UP's Lakhimpur Kheri district where an eleven-year old girl Sonam was found dead in a village police station last week. While the girl's family alleges foul play on the part of policemen, the officials try to shrug responsibility. In PHOTOS: Spot the real Obama!
It is said that there are at least seven people in the world with a similar face. And it seems to be holding true. And in the case of United States President Barack Obama, three have been found. Kashmir: The story no one wants to tell
The slogan 'Khoon ka badla June mey' (the murders of 2010 shall be avenged in the summer of 2011) had instilled fear in the hearts of all those who wished well for Kashmir.
June 20, 2011
The road ahead for the Samjhauta blasts probe
The Samjautha blasts chargesheet was finally filed after many twists and turns on Monday. The accused now are Swami Aseemanand, the late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange and Ramchandra Kalasangra. Adarsh scam: Ashok Chavan blames Vilasrao Deshmukh
Ashok Chavan, who was the revenue minister from 1999-2003 when land was allotted to the Adarsh Housing Society, on Monday said that the plot was sanctioned by the then chief minister and he had no role to play in it. 'Bomb ka badla bomb', believed Aseemanand: NIA
Capping four years of probe, the National Investigation Agency on Monday charged Swami Aseemanand and four others with triggering explosions in the cross-border Samjhauta Express in 2007 that left 68 people dead. SC dismisses bail plea, Kani to remain in Tihar
In a major setback to DMK Member of Parliament Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV Managing Director Sharad Kumar, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed their bail pleas in the 2G spectrum case. In PHOTOS: When Congress, BJP exchanged notes
The Congress and the Bahratiya Janata Party seemed to have made their peace in the United States. In a moment that photojournalists in India would die to capture, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari and his counterpart from the BJP Rajiv Pratap Rudy were seen sharing a light moment at the New Haven campus of Yale University in Connecticut. 'Dialogue, not war, the solution to Indo-Pak row'
Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, through dialogue as war is not the solution to any problem, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. Hazare's team, ministers sing different tunes
Amid sharp differences between representatives of government and civil society, the two sides will meet on Monday in a last ditch attempt to resolve contentious issues and hammer out a consensus on Lokpal Bill. I haven't read Sonia's letter yet: Hazare
Activist Anna Hazare on Sunday night said the civil society representatives will decide on Monday whether he should first undertake a nationwide tour against corruption before undertaking fast if a strong Lokpal bill is not ready. 'Cash in Trust vehicle for Sai Baba's samadhi'
A group of devotees of the late Sathya Sai Baba, in a statement on Sunday, said the cash of Rs 35 lakh recovered from the vehicle of Sathya Sai Central Trust belonged to them and was meant for the construction of the Sai's Maha Samadhi. Somali piracy: Why are we groping in the dark?
The preventive patrolling by navies of different countries has not denied Somali pirates the availability of pockets where they can still pounce on unsuspecting ships and hijack them. This is because of a lack of co-ordination in patrolling, writes security expert
June 18, 2011
India and Pakistan clash over naval ships
Ahead of their talks, India and Pakistan are locked in a nasty spat and have lodged protests against each other over their naval warships allegedly resorting to 'risky' and 'dangerous' manoeuvres after hijacked MV Suez was freed by Somali pirates. Expect watered down version of Lokpal Bill: Hegde
Karnataka Lokayukta and a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee Santosh Hegde on Saturday said he was apprehensive about the final outcome of the proposed bill as it could be a watered down version of what was originally envisaged. 26/11: Headley almost confessed to Dawood's role!
Some Indians living in Karachi were willing to work with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to carry out terror attacks in India, David Headley has said, apparently referring to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is based in the port city of Pakistan. Govt opposed to PM under Lokpal: Sibal
The government on Saturday said prima facie it was opposed to the inclusion of the prime minister under the ambit of Lokpal but was open to the idea of covering him once he demits office. PHOTOS: It's an odd, crazy world out there
We bring for you a collection of some of the odd, crazy moments from around the world in recent weeks. Is it the end of the road for Kayani?
Following the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, criticism of Pakistan Army Chief inside the country has grown. His close ties with the Barack Obama administration has not gone down with the army. But will Pakistan's most powerful man be overthrown? analyses US policies to be blamed for Pak's double game
'Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.' If ever there was a poetic affirmation of philosopher George Santayana's time-worn aphorism, it is the saga of United States policy toward Pakistan -- from its inception over 60 years ago until the death of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, says Harold Gould. Why Pakistan's most powerful man is in trouble
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, under pressure from his colleagues to "reduce" ties with the United States following the unilateral American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is said to be "fighting to survive".
June 17, 2011
UNSC backs Ban for another term as UN chief
The powerful United Nations Security Council on riday approved a second five-year term for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ahead of the voting by the 192-member General Assembly next week. Advani speaks up against crackdown on Ramdev
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former deputy prime minister L K Advani on Friday criticised the Union government, saying the crackdown on yoga guru Ramdev's agitation at Ramlila Ground reminded him of the Emergency days in 1975. ISI can find Al Qaeda chief if it wants to: US
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who has been appointed the Al Qaeda chief following the killing of Osama bin Laden, is probably hiding in Pakistan and can be nabbed by the Inter Services Intelligence if it "really wants" to do so, a top United States Senator has said. Rs 11.5 cr, 98 kg gold found in Sai Baba's room
Sathya Sai Baba's ashram Prashanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, which had gone quiet after the death of the spiritual guru on April 24, is back in the news with the trustees finding cash of Rs 11.5 crore, 98 kgs of gold and silver articles weighing 307 kilograms from his private room. The money and valuables took 36 hours to count. Sulking Munde to attend BJP meet in Delhi
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde on Friday said he has decided to attend a meeting convened in Delhi to discuss his fate but indicated that he had no plans to join ally Shiv Sena and split the saffron alliance. The four questions BJP poses to Sonia
Stepping up attack on the Congress after it targeted its president Nitin Gadkari, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday put a four-point poser to Sonia Gandhi, questioning her silence on the various scams. PIX: Efforts to salvage ship at Mumbai coast fails
Efforts to salvage cargo ship MV Wisdom, which has been stranded on the Juhu beach after running aground last week, failed on Friday as it could not be connected to the tug vessel that would have hauled it back into the waters, apparently due to rough sea. Exclusive! Interview with Karmapa Lama
Till now, apart from a few statements issued by his office, the young Karmapa Lama has refused to come out of his reserve and comment on the accusations levelled against him, particularly the cash donations received by his monastery but not deposited in a bank, and his relations with India. For the first time, he agrees to speak to, in an exclusive interview to Action on Ramdev supporters justified: Delhi cops
Delhi Police on Friday justified in the Supreme Court its midnight crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and his supporters protesting against corruption and black money at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, saying permission had been given only to hold a yoga camp. 'We will hunt down and kill new Al Qaeda chief'
"He (Zawahiri) and his organisation still threaten us. As we did both seek to capture and kill and succeed in killing bin Laden, we certainly do or will do the same thing with Zawahiri," Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told media persons at a Pentagon news conference. PIX: Meet Russian PM Putin's personal photographer
Yana Lapikova, former Miss Moscow contestant, was confirmed to have been appointed as one of Putin's official personal photographers on Tuesday. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours Lankan Tamils: Inaction is not an option for India
The Indian government should pay serious attention to the alleged evidence produced by the Channel4 TV documentary on Sri Lankan war crimes. However, it should not be used as a stick to beat the Lankan government with, but to ensure that justice is done to the relatives of the victims, writes PHOTOS: It's an odd, crazy world out there
We bring for you a collection of some of the odd, crazy moments from around the world in recent weeks Why I oppose the Jan Lokpal bill
The whole approach of the civil society activists is legalistic, with an unbounded faith in laws as cure for all. In India we have a plethora of laws but very little law and order. It is essential that any solution for corruption must involve political scientists, management experts, administrators in order to work out laws and institutions that work, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd)
June 16, 2011
Upma gets US Top Chef honour for Indian American
Floyd Cardoz, the chef behind the New York restaurant Tabla, has taken home the top prize in the third season of Top Chef Masters. BJP seeks resignation of Chidambaram, Maran
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday rejected Home Minister P Chidambaram's 'self-certified' non-involvement in the 2G spectrum case and maintained that he should resign from the Union cabinet. Lokpal Bill: 'Govt agreed to only 15 of 71 points'
Accusing the government of reducing the meetings of the joint committee to a mere "show of formality", Gandhian Anna Hazare expressed surprise that the government told them that finally two Bills will be sent to the Cabinet -- one drafted by the civil society and one by the government representatives. Cong should say sorry for comments on Modi: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday hit back at the Congress for seeking an apology from party chief Nitin Gadkari for his remarks on Sonia Gandhi, saying it should first say sorry for using terms like "merchant of death" and "man-eater" against a "popular chief minister" of the party. Upset over 'Jokepal' Bill, Hazare to fast again
A day after talks on Lokpal Bill failed, activist Anna Hazare on Thursday accused the government of having no intention of enacting a strong anti-corruption law and said he will undertake an indefinite fast from August 16 if a diluted legislation is introduced. 'ISI must focus on nabbing most wanted terrorists'
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence should focus on nabbing some of the world's most wanted terrorists -- Ayman al-Zawahiri, Siraj Haqqani, Major Iqbal, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim -- hiding in the country, a United States foreign policy magazine has demanded. PHOTOS: Navy choppers begin Wisdom salvage op
Five days after it broke free from its tow and ran aground at the Juhu beach, efforts began on Thursday to salvage freighter MV Wisdom with Naval helicopters pressed into service. Ayman al-Zawahiri is new Al Qaeda chief
Zawahiri like Osama will continue to focus his resources on the United States. However, the lurking danger is that he would want to carry out something spectacular in a bid to announce his arrival. IMAGES: Living on the edge of a disappearing world
An American photojournalist, who ventured into strife-torn tribal areas of Jharkhand while the Maoist insurgency was in full swing, has documented how irresponsible mining is usurping the lives of our tribal people. What Rajnikant wants Karunanidhi to do
A day after telling Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that the state was 'saved' after her party won the recent assembly polls, Tamil superstar Rajnikanth on Thursday spoke to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi, asking him to focus on his health and "not to consider anything else." UPA is 'playing tricks' over Lokpal Bill: Hazare
Accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of "playing tricks" with the people of the country, Anna Hazare on Thursday questioned the rationale behind sending two versions of the Lokpal Bill to the Cabinet for consideration. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 24 hours 'Lokpal bill will just be a face saving exercise'
Justice N Santhosh Hegde, member of the Lokpal bill drafting committee, says: "It is sure going to be a no impact bill and I really do not have any great expectations from it says." Most DANGEROUS places for women: India ranks 4th!
A new survey has named India among the top five countries in the world that are considered as 'most dangerous places' for women. Deadly weapons in dubious hands? Blame China
By providing nuclear and missile technology to countries like Iran and Pakistan, China is adding to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, a US Congressional report has said. Violent, ruthless thieves form the oil mafia
The murder of ace crime reporter J Dey has once again put Maharashtra's nefarious oil mafia under the scanner. Through various criminal acts, the men behind the racket have proved that they are no strangers to violence. PHOTOS: Century's longest, darkest lunar eclipse
Moon's bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth's shadow during the century's longest and darkest lunar eclipse. PM under Lokpal? Cong, BJP CMs toe party lines
The chief ministers of Congress-ruled states have toed the Centre's line on the Lokpal bill opposing bringing the prime minister under its ambit while those from states where Bharatiya Janata Party is in power have sought wider deliberations before a final view is taken. 'ISI wanted to recruit retired Indian Army men'
Pakistan spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence was planning recruitment of retired Indian military personnel to penetrate into the system and then use them for its anti-India activities, according to Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative David Headley. Allow fact finding team: UN rights body to Syria
United Nation's top rights body on Wednesday asked Syria to stop attacking pro-democracy protesters and allow a fact finding team to assess the humanitarian situation in the country. India witnesses century's longest lunar eclipse
Moon's bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth's shadow during the century's longest and darkest lunar eclipse.
June 15, 2011
Explain Chidambaram's role in 2G scam: BJP to PM
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday alleged that the taped conversation between former Telecom Minister A Raja and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia shows that the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram played a role in the 2G spectrum scam. Even Congressmen don't believe Sonia: Gadkari
Bharatiya Janata president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, comparing her resolve to fight corruption to Pakistan saying it is combating terrorism. US may fume but its options are limited in Pak
The New York Times has claimed that the Pakistani authorities have detained a Major and four other Pakistani nationals during the course of their in-house enquiry into the security lapses at Abbottabad on May 2. Digvijay sharpens attack on Ramdev
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has advised veteran social activist Anna Hazare, who turned 74 today, to refrain from going on frequent fasts due to his old age even as he sharpened his attack on Baba Ramdev. Tonight, DISCOVER the blood red side of the moon!
The longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century will occur on Wednesday night, giving sky enthusiasts all over the country an opportunity to witness the event. How Pakistan army chief reacted to raid on Osama
Pakistani military leaders, including army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, were surprised to know that Osama bin Laden was hiding in their country when they were told about the American raid that killed the dreaded terrorist, according to an analysis of conversations conducted by the United States intelligence. Why ISI could have started Kashmiri death rumours
Weeks after the news that Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a drone strike there has been no confirmation on the same. India's intelligence agencies believe that rumour's of the Al Qaeda commander's death were spread by the Inter-Services Intelligence. analyses why. 'When we feed needy children, we do God's work'
PepsiCo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Indra K Nooyi, who hardly takes time off for social events, could not resist helping the latest fundraiser by Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organisation providing hot, nutritious mid day meal for 1.2 underprivileged children in India. IN PHOTOS: The unique glimpses from India-II
In this concluding part of a two part series, we present another collection of unusual images telling unique stories about India. US adopts carrot and stick policy for Mullah Omar
Following the recent killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in an American military raid, the Obama administration has adopted a new strategy towards the chief of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar, which is aimed at persuading the fugitive extremist leader to agree to a negotiated settlement of the decade-long conflict in Afghanistan, writes eminent Pakistani journalist . How long can India ignore the Taliban
It is time for India to open a dialogue track with the Quetta Shoora of the Taliban, which increasingly chafes at restraints and controls imposed upon it by Pakistan, write On 'SlutWalk' trail: From Toronto to New Delhi
In booty shorts and carrying placard reading "It's a dress, not a yes" and "Our body, our choices" thousands of women will launch 'SlutWalk', a parade to protest against sexual harassment in India's 'rape capital' -- New Delhi.
June 14, 2011
How long can India ignore the Taliban
It is time for India to open a dialogue track with the Quetta Shoora of the Taliban, which increasingly chafes at restraints and controls imposed upon it by Pakistan, write Ramdev treated, Nigamananda left to die?
Under attack from the Bharatiya Janata Party over issues relating to Ramdev and Anna Hazare, the Congress on Tuesday sought to turn the table on it over the death of Swami Nigamananda in BJP-ruled Uttarakhand. LeT used Guj riot video to motivate me: Headley
The Lashkar-e-Tayiba used videos of the 2002 Gujarat riots to motivate David Coleman Headley, a co-accused in the 26/11 attacks, to carry out "jihad" against India, indicating how the incident is being used as a major recruiting tool by the banned Pakistani militant group. Ascetic dies after 114-day fast for Ganga
Even as yoga guru Baba Ramdev vacated the hospital bed on Tuesday and went straight to address media persons, not many realised that another ascetic, who had been admitted to the same hospital, had lost his life after fasting for 114 days. Journo's murder: 'Give Mumbai police a chance'
A day after mediapersons demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the killing of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Mumbai, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said the Mumbai Police should not be "undermined" and given a fair chance to investigate the brutal murder In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 72 hours
We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the last 72 hours. India has woken up to corruption: Ramdev
Two days after he ended his fast, yoga guru Ramdev was on Tuesday discharged from hospital and said he did not commit any "sin" by demanding action against corruption and would continue his campaign for return of black money stashed away abroad. Telangana trashes Congress compromise formula
Congress suggestion of a Gorkhaland model of autonomy, has only further angered Telangana activists, who are unwilling to settle for anything short of a separate state. In PHOTOS: The streets of Mogadishu
An inside view of what it's like inside Mogadishu IN PHOTOS! The unusual glimpses from India
India, the land of vibrant versatilities, has always been one of the foremost choices of photographers from across the globe. Its deep-rooted cultural foundation, blended with its often curious ways of adapting to the various facets of modernisation, reveals a bizarre imagery, tells a strange story. Dr Sunil is a home maker, literally!
Moved by the plight of a poor student, Dr M S Sunil reached out and provided him with a roof above his head. But this was just the beginning for the zoology professor from Pathanamthitta, a town in Kerala. Today, she has constructed 15 houses for the needy, transformed the lives of tribes from Sabarimala and started her own literacy campaign for the orphans, all by herself.'s catches up with Pathanamthitta 'home maker'. Why J Dey's murder poses serious questions
Senior analyst scrutinises Mumbai crime reporter J Dey's murder in broad daylight on Saturday and tries to find out what could have been the motive behind the criminal act. Is that Mahatma Gandhi's face on Mars?
An Italian space buff has claimed to have spotted the face of Mahatma Gandhi etched into the rocks of Mars while scanning through latest pictures of the Red Planet.
June 13, 2011
'Why is an honest PM scared of being probed?'
Civil society led by Anna Hazare on Monday hit back at the government over the charge that it was undermining Parliament and Constitution and asked why an "honest" man like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is "scared" of being investigated by the Lokpal. Gandhi's iconic spectacles missing from Sevagram
Mahatma Gandhi's iconic round spectacles have gone missing from Sevagram Ashram in Wardha district of Maharashtra. IN PHOTOS: Journalists protest J Dey's killing
Journalists in the city on Monday staged a sit-in at the Mantralay (secretariat) premises, protesting the rejection of demand for a Central Bureau of Investigtion probe into the murder of senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. Govt humiliating aam aadmi's sentiments: Anna
Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Monday accused the office bearers of Congress and Union ministers of intentionally "defaming" the Lokpal movement and the emerging NGO sector in the country. In PHOTOS: Wisdom stranded at Juhu beach
MV wisdom, a 145-metre long cargo vessel bound for Alang ship-breaking yard from Colombo, sparked a major scare on Saturday afternoon after it broke free from its tug and drifted towards the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. Yale university turns Indian MPs into students
It will be a different gathering of Indian Parliamentarians with no marshals to throw out unruly lawmakers and no zero hour to show their lung power. Why India's fast breeder programme is cutting edge
After three decades of hard work, and despite the devastating tsunami of 2004, the 500 megawatt Fast Breeder Reactor at Kalpakkam is coming up at a furious pace, says Shivanand Kanavi who visited the project site recently. It also happens to be the first tsunami-ready reactor in India. 'Our politicians need Art of Living lessons'
In an interview with's , Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that even though he supports the cause, he would never support anybody who resorts to violence. Jayalalithaa in politically-charged New Delhi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be in New Delhi on Monday on a two-day politically significant visit with both Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, not on the best of terms, keenly watching her signals. Kanimozhi's bail hearing in SC pushed to June 20
Kanimozhi, the 43-year-old daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, and Kumar have challenged the Delhi high court verdict rejecting their bail pleas. People first, then elected government: Agnivesh
Swami Agnivesh has questioned the statement of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the chairman of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, that nobody can dictate terms to Parliament, the highest constitutional body that governs the country. The politics behind Uma Bharti's return
The party's most outspoken female member will be its face in the UP elections, writes . In PHOTOS: Meet the world's shortest man
Measuring just 59.93 cm, Junrey Balawing, a Filipino who turned 18 on Sunday, was declared the world's shortest man, taking over the title from a tiny Nepali. Interpol revelation: Danger looms over air travel
In an alarming revelation that could send shivers down the spine of aviation security managers, Interpol has said about 40,000 people criss-crossed the globe with lost or stolen travel documents in the recent past.
June 12, 2011
Bean sprouts: The source of the E coli epidemic
Health officials in Germany claimed to have finally solved the mystery behind the source of the worst E coli epidemic in more than 60 years, which so far has claimed 31 lives. Hurt by smear campaign, Anna sends letter to Sonia
Upset over Congress leaders calling him a mask of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Anna Hazare has told Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that party leaders and ministers were "telling lies" to defame him and dared them to make public any evidence to prove it. Cong launches campaign against Anna, Ramdev, BJP
The Congress has launched a campaign to counter the anti-graft movement by Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and accused a section of civil society of trying to weaken democratic institutions. I am happy that the nautanki has ended: Digvijay
Continuing his tirade against yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has asked Baba to name the person who had secretly donated him a helicopter. Why SMSing is harmful for YOU
According to a recently carried-out study, the seemingly innocuous SMSs could bring some disorders like uneasiness, anger or even sleeplessness! Ramdev's nine-day fast ends; protest to continue
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, who met the 46-year-old yoga exponent for the third day at a Dehradun hospital, said, "Ramdev has broken his fast by taking juice. He ended the fast in the presence of various religious and spiritual leaders".
June 11, 2011
PM is like the CEO, Sonia is the real owner: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday came down heavily on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that he cannot cite his personal honesty when his government has been hit by a series of scams. Sri Sri, RSS chief, Kalam urge Ramdev to end fast
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Mohan Bhagwat and thousands of supporters in Indian and overseas appealed to yoga guru Ramdev to end his fast against black money corruption due to his falling health. 'Ramdev being treated, what about us?'
Relatives of patients undergoing treatment at the hospital where yoga guru Ramdev is admitted have complained of inconvenience and rude behaviour by authorities. They claimed that hospital authorities are not allowing them to meet their near and dear ones admitted to the Himalayan Hospital. IN PHOTOS: It's an odd world out there!
We bring you a collection of some of the odd moments from around the world in recent weeks. POSCO stir intensifies, political parties join in
A day after declaring assembly of anti-Posco agitators at entry point to Dhinkia area near Paradip as "unlawful", the Orissa government on Saturday re-deployed police force and hinted at action if protesters continue to prevent movement of officials at the proposed steel project site. 'LeT and China greatest threats to India, US'
United States Senator and Texas Republican John Cornym, who is the founder and GOP co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, has lumped the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and China as the gravest security threats to India and the United States. Video: Vidya's sexy curves, Sushma's controversial
Video: Vidya's sexy curves, Sushma's controversial dance 'Right wing Hindus respect Husain's work'
MF Husain's biographer and artist Akhilesh Singh reveals to's fascinating aspects of the legend's personality.
June 10, 2011
'Husain left India because he felt insulted'
He does not remember exactly when he had met Husain for the first time, but does say it was in the 1940s in Mumbai.'s talks to Syed Haider Raza, probably the only other Indian artist who can match MF Husain's work, in terms of price. Another blow for US? Counter-terror chief to quit
America's top counter-terrorism official Michael Leiter will quit next month, adding to the turmoil at the top levels of United States President Barack Obama's national security team. How Sobhraj tried another jailbreak with a ballpen
Charles Sobhraj, the alleged serial killer, con man and prison escape artist who is serving a life sentence for murdering an American tourist in Nepal, may be up to his old tricks of bribery and manipulation to seek freedom. Upset DMK won't pull out from UPA govt for now
This is the impression gaining ground in Congress circles here ahead of the emergency meeting of the DMK's high-level Action Committee. 'NCP workers know how to deal with Uddhav'
The truce between Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena, following clashes between workers of the two parties over senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar's remarks about Sena chief Bal Thackeray last month, has turned out to be short-lived. Jaya scraps another DMK scheme; no more free TVs
The Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu on Friday scrapped another pet scheme of the Karunanidhi regime by ending free colour TV distribution on which over Rs 3,600 crore was spent in the past five years. Congress blames DMK for drubbing in TN polls
The Congress has virtually blamed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for the drubbing in the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections. "The results in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were affected by the 2G scam and these states were lost to other parties," the editorial in the latest issue of 'Congress Sandesh' said. Congress was part of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu. The issue has come at a time when DMK chief M Karunanidhi is holding an emergency meeting. 'US court verdict on Rana won't affect Kasab case'
The verdict of a United States court holding Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana not guilty of the Mumbai terror attacks would not affect the legal proceedings against terrorist Ajmal Kasab and the charge against Lashkar-e-Tayiba of masterminded the strikes, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said on Friday. Countdown begins for 5000-year-old yatra
The countdown for this year's pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath in Kashmir, which will begin from June 29 till August 13 -- the Shravana Poornima day -- has begun. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the best PHOTOGRAPHS from around the globe in the last 48 hours. Admit Digvijay to a mental hospital, says Hazare
The war of words between veteran social activist Anna Hazare and the Congress gets uglier by the day. Ramdev ends 7-day fast, admitted to ICU
Doctors have suggested immediate hospitalisation of yoga guru Ramdev whose indefinite fast against corruption and black money entered seventh day today as his health parameters continued to remain "worrisome". US on Headley deal: 'He had an insider's view'
Justifying a controversial deal with Mumbai terror attacks accused David Headley that spared him from the death penalty and extradition to India, a top United States attorney on Friday said that not making the pact would have been a "terrible mistake". In PHOTOS: World's best unmanned predators
While UAVs today have greater prominence in civilian operations, their armed compatriots -- known as Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle of UCAV -- are setting the tone for the modern age of warfare. Will DMK ministers pull out of UPA today?
This is the impression gaining ground in Congress circles here ahead of the emergency meeting of the DMK's high-level Action Committee. US court finds Rana NOT GUILTY in 26/11 case
Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana was on Thursday acquitted by a US court on charges of abetting Mumbai terror attacks but was convicted for providing material support to the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and helping a terror plot in Denmark. Musharraf goes 'the anti-India way' for Pak polls
Apparently eyeing the 2013 polls, Pakistan's ex-President Pervez Musharraf raised anti-India rhetoric, claiming that the United States' "nuclear policy of appeasement and strategic cooperation" with New Delhi is seen in his home country as "an act of animosity." 'Husain's death was peaceful'
The legendary painter wanted to die in India, old friend Anil Relia tells's
June 09, 2011
'Husain was a total Hindustani, real Hindustani'
Well-known artist Manu Parekh pays tribute to his dear friend M F Husian Baba Ramdev declares assets over Rs 1,100 cr
Yoga guru Ramdev, who is on an indefinite hunger strike against black money and corruption, on Thursday made public details of his business empire worth over Rs 1,100 crore, claiming everything was in order. Will DMK ministers pull out of UPA on Friday?
This is the impression gaining ground in Congress circles here ahead of the emergency meeting of the DMK's high-level Action Committee. '1st real Indian superstar in the global market'
Painter MF Husain passed into the ages on Thursday. And messages mourning his demise are pouring in from around the world. spoke to eminent artists about their memories of Husain. Here's what they had to say. Of million dollar paintings and death threats
Ebullient and eccentric at the same time, barefoot painter Maqbool Fida Husain took Indian art to the global stage with his cubist-inspired modern art but was riled in controversy with his paintings on Hindu deities. 'I'd like to die like a soldier with the boots on'
Maqbool Fida Husain, India's best known artist, passed away in London in the wee hours of Thursday. Back in November 1997, the world renowned painter, had appeared on rediff chat. In an owerflowing chat room, Husain bared his heart. We reproduce the transcript. 'Picasso of India' MF Husain passes away
Maqbool Fida Hussain, who rose from a Bollywood billboard artist to India's most celebrated painter worldwide, died in London on Thursday, away from home on a self-imposed exile. PIX: When MF Husain celebrated birthday in exile had this report when painter M F Husain, living in self exile due to threats from Hindu fundamentalists for his works, turned 94. We reproduce the piece in tribute to the artist who has passed into the ages 'I have always been the master of my art'
In an interview with's Indrani Roy-Mitra in 2005, Maqbool Fida Husain had talked about his latest art projects, his passion for Hindi films and India's place in the world of art. We reproduce the article in tribute to the painter who has passed into the ages Don't care even if I die, fast will go on: Ramdev
Under attack for his proposal to raise an armed force, Baba Ramdev on Thursday said he was not trying to train terrorists or Maoists but trying to set up a "nationalist" force. 'Allow Pak judicial team to interview officials'
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday rejected India's claims that Pakistan was not doing enough to punish those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks. Malik said Islamabad is willing to cooperate and listen to New Delhi's grievances. Revealed: Why Centre changed its Ramdev stance
explains why the government was soft where it could have been tough. And tough where it could have demonstrated more patience PHOTO Album: 2 days in sub-zero Arctic
On an invitation, Reuters Photojournalist Lucas Jackson visited the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station, a temporary camp built out of plywood on Arctic sea ice, to watch its residents conduct tests on underwater and under-ice communications and sonar technologies. Why Al Qaeda is now a Pakistani phenomenon
As the peril of Islamic militancy spreads like a jungle fire in almost every nook and corner of Pakistan, the Al Qaeda network keeps thriving by evolving a modus operandi which exploits its local affiliates -- the Pakistani militant groups active in Jammu Kashmir and Afghanistan -- to pursue their global jehadi agenda, says .
June 08, 2011
Revealed: Why Centre changed its Ramdev stance
explains why the government was soft where it could have been tough. And tough where it could have demonstrated more patience In PICS: 2,000 turn up for Anna's fast
It was a protest of fear to say the least. Anna Hazare's supporters, who arrived at Rajghat in considerable numbers, were afraid. They were afraid of a repeat of the crackdown on Baba Ramdev's supporters which is still fresh on their minds. reports Blast kills 4 in Nashik; cops rule out terror link
Four persons were killed in a powerful explosion in Saptshrungi Apartment, Tarwala Nagar in Panchavati locality of Nashik on Wednesday, the police said. Congress ups the ante against Ramdev, Hazare
The Congress on Wednesday said yoga guru Baba Ramdev's call for an armed rebellion is a serious issue and hoped that the government will take appropriate action to uphold the Constitution and maintain law and order. Why the Rana trial has been a damp squib for India
As the Chicago court prepares its verdict in the case of Pakistani-American terror accused Tawwahur Rana, Indian agencies wait with bated breath for the result. RSS behind Ramdev's campaign: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday charged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of being behind Baba Ramdev's anti-corruption campaign. Chidambaram said the sangh had decided to support anyone raising the corruption issue. PIX: Elephants go on a rampage in Mysore, kill 1
Two elephants went on a rampage in Mysore on Wednesday, killing one a man and triggering panic among the residents of the city Day 5 of fast: Ramdev's health deteriorates
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's health has started deteriorating as his fast for tougher anti-graft laws and bringing back black money from foreign nations entered its fifth day on Wednesday View: India needs a real PM, not a helpless one
The buffeted ship of the nation needs a competent, self-confident and morally sensitive captain who can take it through troubled waters, feels B Raman FBI VIDEOS of Rana spilling the beans about ISI has in its possession FBI footage of Rana's interrogation where he has spilled the beans about ISI's dealings with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the role played by David Coleman Headley and Pakistan Army officers in 26/11. Baba to build 11000-strong army for 'self defence'
Baba Ramdev on Wednesday again took up the issue of police crackdown on his supporters, saying he would set up a 11,000-strong force to deal with police and anti-social elements attempting to disrupt his anti-corruption movement. PHOTOS: US President's $223 mn 'doomsday plane'
The 'doomsday plane' was mobilised in the tumultuous hours after planes crashed into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania on 9/11. Why Ramdev was denied permission to hold protest
The Delhi police has cited "provocative" speeches made by religious and political leaders, including Baba Ramdev and Sadhvi Ritambara, as the main reason for cancelling permission for the yoga guru's protest at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. PHOTOS: The world's deadliest anti-tank missiles
Armour-piercing missiles have been making life miserable for most infantrymen, especially tankmen. Most modern Anti-Tank Guided Missiles have shaped charge high explosive warheads, designed specifically for penetrating armour. Hazare starts 'second war of independence'
Activist Anna Hazare started his one-day fast at Rajghat in Delhi to protest against the police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters during their agitation against corruption. 'Headley is a manipulator, don't let him fool you'
Trying to portray 26/11 terror suspect David Coleman Headley as a conman who fooled everyone in the world including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mumbai attack accused Tahawwur Hussein Rana's attorney has urged the 12-member jury of a Chicago federal court not to fall into his trap again. Ilyas Kashmiri was a genie created by Pakistan
Eminent Pakistani journalist , who interviewed slain terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri a couple of times, reveals certain undisclosed details about the elusive man and speaks about his plan to break a war between India and Pakistan.
June 07, 2011
Lost in the din: Ramdev's plan to save agriculture
Amid the din and noise created over black money and corruption, the proposals to revitalise the rural economy by strengthening agriculture were simply ignored, says food security expert . India backs Ban Ki-moon's reelection as UN chief
India on Tuesday pledged support to United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki moon's re-election for the second term. ISI gives arms to Kashmir terrorists: Rana to FBI
Pointing at Inter Services Intelligence's direct involvement in providing arms to militants in Kashmir, Tahawwur Rana, one of the key accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Pakistan's spy agency gives weapons to terrorists when they are about to enter the Indian territory. Ramdev, Anna, 'masks' for RSS, says Congress
Dubbing Ramdev and Anna Hazare as 'masks' of destabilising forces, the Congress on Tuesday alleged a conspiracy of national subversion has been undertaken jointly by the forces of right reaction and left anarchism. No differences with Hazare and his team: Ramdev
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on dismissed suggestions of a rift with the Anna Hazare-led team and said he has asked his supporters to join the day-long fast by the social activist and his aides in New Delhi on Wednesday. 'Ramdev would have been exposed in a few days'
Was Baba Ramdev's arrest justified or an over-reaction on the government's part? spoke to experts to find out their views on the development Sushma should resign for dancing at Rajghat: Cong
The Congress on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Opposition Leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj after visuals showing the top BJP leader dancing at Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi Rajghat sparked a controversy. Ramdev supporters give momentum to his movement
As yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation enters the fourth day, hundreds of supporters have come to Haridwar to pledge their support and give momentum to his movement against corruption and black money. After 6 years, Uma Bharti returns to BJP
Six years after she was expelled for indiscipline, firebrand leader Uma Bharti on Tuesday rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party at a crowded press conference at the party headquarters at 11 Ashok Road on Tuesday. After Ramdev, it's time for Anna vs UPA showdown!
The Delhi police on Tuesday refused permission to activist Anna Hazare to hold a one-day protest at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday. Natgrid terror database will cover all citizens
There has been a dire need for a full-fledged terror database in India, and going by the Cabinet Committee on Security meeting on Monday, which was chaired by the prime minister, it appears that the much awaited National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID is finally underway. In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 24 hours. What happened to slain Pak scribe's call records?
The call record of slain Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad's cellular phone has been erased, a media report said on Tuesday. The call log of the 18 days before his abduction and murder has been wiped out from the system, said the report. Why an unstable Pakistan is a danger to India
India needs to be aware of the potentially-catastrophic implications of the collapse of governing authority in Pakistan. A boost to fundamentalist forces in the neighbourhood will have some serious consequences for the utility of nuclear deterrence in the sub-continent, says History won't forgive PM for political sin: Ramdev
With the government toughening its stand against Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru on Tuesday said he forgave Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for the crackdown on his agitation but history will not forgive him for the "political sin" he committed. We are NOT behind Ramdev's protest: RSS chief
Lashing out at the Centre for its midnight crackdown on protesters at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has admitted that it had extended support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation. Indian Americans stand up for Baba Ramdev
Strongly condemning police action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi, the United States unit of Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party said its chief has joined the yoga guru in India on behalf of overseas Indians. Both govt and Ramdev have dented their credibility
After mishandling completely Baba Ramdev's hunger strike, the UPA government and the Congress party is branding the ongoing anti-corruption stir as the fight of people with communal agenda. analyses where the deception lies.
June 06, 2011
INSIDE STORY: What happened at Ramlila grounds
It was a battle of wits between the Delhi police and Baba Ramdev in the crackdown on protestors and the yoga guru on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. reports We had no option: PM on Ramdev crackdown
In his first comments on the police action at Ramdev's protest congregation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday termed it as "unfortunate" but justified it saying there was "no alternative". Is Team Anna serious about Lokpal bill, asks Sibal
Stating that the government is shocked at the comments made by veteran social activist Anna Hazare's team, Union Human Resource and Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said steps as these would only slow down the drafting process of the Lokpal bill. Man tries to hurl shoe at Congress leader Dwivedi
The All India Congress Committee headquarters on Monday witnessed high drama when a person posing as a journalist tried to attack party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi with a shoe. The attacker was apparently miffed over the treatment meted out to Baba Ramdev. 'Police stole CCTV footages of Ramlila atrocities'
In what may be a serious allegation against the Delhi police, the organisers of Baba Ramdev's Ramlila grounds protest have claimed that the CCTV footages of the events surrounding the yoga guru's arrest are missing. CCS nod for Chidambaram's anti-terror system
The National Intelligence Grid, a dream project of Home Minister P Chidambaram for an effective anti-terror system, appears to be materialising 18 months after he conceptualised it with the Cabinet Committee on Security, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Monday gave it an "in-principle" approval. India clears Rs 18,000 cr deal for 10 US C-17s
The Cabinet Committee on Security has cleared a proposal to buy from the US ten C-17 heavy lift military aircraft worth $4.1 billion, the biggest-ever defence deal to be entered between the two countries. Will US name Pak as a 'state sponsor of terror'?
With more evidence emerging about Pakistani establishment's close links with terror groups, the country fits into United States standard of 'state sponsors of terrorism' criteria in more than one way than that of the four nations which have been designated under this category so far. Buoyed by hits, US ups drone strikes in Waziristan
As militants escape the north Waziristan hideout following Islamabad's decision to take on the Taliban in the region, they are becoming easy pray for US drones, reports . Kashmiri's exit: Will jihad fall apart in Kerala?
The killing of Ilyas Kashmiri, the leader of Al Qaeda's dreaded 313 brigade, in a US drone strike on Pakistan's border has come as a shot in the arm of security agencies in India who had been grappling with the rising clout of the terrorist amongst the cadre, especially in Kerala. reports PM did not discharge his national duty: Ramdev
Claiming the support of all major parties barring the Congress to his agitation, yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Monday said the Centre would not be able to bear the consequence of the satyagraha. CIA strikes Ilyas Kashmiri off its hit list
The Central Intelligence Agency has not allowed the death of Osama bin Laden to slow down its hunt for high-value targets of Al Qaeda and its affiliates in the Pashtun tribal belt of Pakistan. Spectacular PHOTOS of Chilean volcano eruption
Chile has a chain of 2,000 volcanoes, the second highest amount after Indonesia, 500 of which are potentially active. Anti-corruption fight: Ramdev-BJP vs Govt
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders -- LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari -- spent the night at Delhi's Rajghat in protest against the government's controversial handling of Baba Ramdev and his fast against corruption. Karuna blames Centre for Kani 'wilting' in jail
Reflecting further strains in his party's ties with Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Karunanidhi has blamed the Centre for the arrest of his daughter Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case. Baba Ramdev resumes 'satyagraha' in Haridwar
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who was bundled out of Delhi, on Sunday resumed his agitation against corruption in Haridwar after he was denied permission to enter Uttar Pradesh to continue his protest.
June 05, 2011
Sonia Gandhi does not love Indians: Baba Ramdev
Hours after he and his supporters were dramatically evicted from the Ramleela maidan in New Delhi by the police, Baba Ramdev spewed venom on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and claims that there had been an attempt to eliminate him. reports on his press conference UPA gets it left, right and centre over arrest
Following his arrest, support for Baba Ramdev seems to pour in. While the Bharatiya Janata Party declared a 24-hour satyagrah, the Uttarakhand chief minister assured the Baba that he could continue his protest in the state if he wanted to. With the Left and Samajwadi Party joining in to criticise the UPA, th government seems isolated IN PICS: Clueless protesters, unfamiliar grounds
More than one armed policeman for every five unarmed, sleeping protestors. Add to that several security personnel from the Rapid Action Force and the Central Reserve Police Force. Not a fair equation, really. reports from Ramlila grounds.
June 04, 2011
Ramdev-govt blame game: Both say trust betrayed
The government and Baba Ramdev were on Friday locked in a standoff over his indefinite fast against black money leading to a blame game between the two sides. The yoga guru was in a tight corner after government released Anti-corruption party in full swing at Ramlila
Sahim Salim captures the mood at Ramlila Ground where Baba Ramdev launched his indefinite fast against corruption and black money on Saturday. In Baba Ramdev we trust, say farmers, students
Supporting Baba Ramdev were many of his ardent supports. From students to farmers to office-goers -- people from all walks of life -- turned out at the Ramlila Ground on Saturday, tough in their resolve to join the fight against corruption. Sahim Salim reports. In PHOTOS: Pakistan's terror trio after Kashmiri
The three faces of terror in Pakistan who will lead from the front are -- Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, Sirajuddin Haqqani. Why Ilyas Kashmiri's death is good news for India
Ilyas Kashmiri's death comes as a relief to security agencies across the world, especially India since he was obsessed with undertaking attacks on the Indian soil. His latest operation -- Ghazb-e-Hind aimed at unleashing a wave of destruction in India. 'Health benefit for fat people, wealth for nation'
Baba Ramdev on Saturday took a two-hour break from the protest, stating he had to discuss issues with government representatives on his demands for bringing back black money stashed away abroad and end corruption PIX: Khalistan supporters seek Bhullar's release
Various Sikh organisations on Friday held a demonstration in front of the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, California, in memory of those who were killed during Operation Blue Star, on the 27th anniversary of the military offensive. Ramdev's fast a five-star satyagraha: Digvijay
Hitting out at yoga guru Baba Ramdev's fast against corruption, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday described it as a 'five star satyagraha'. Anti-terror expenditure tears apart Pak economy
The direct and indirect cost incurred by Pakistan on operations against terrorism during the past 10 years amounts to about $68 billion, which is equivalent to almost half of the country's total debt. 'Pakistan's obsession with India must end'
The battering the Pakistani military's image suffered after Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed right under its nose in the garrison city of Abbottabad in a covert operation by United States Navy SEALs is unprecedented in its history and something it will never recover from, one of the country's most respected and influential journalists has predicted. Baba Ramdev launches fast against corruption
Baba Ramdev launched his indefinite fast against corruption and black money in Delhi on Saturday after the government failed to persuade him to call off his protest. Hundreds of Taliban fighters attack northwest Pak
Hundreds of Taliban fighters on Friday carried out fresh attacks in a remote area in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan though security forces claimed to have regained control of the region after fierce fighting that killed nearly 80 people, including 28 troops. I can't be crushed or bought, says Baba Ramdev's reports from Ramlila Grounds in New Delhi, where yoga guru Baba Ramdev will begin his indefinite fast against corruption on Saturday.
June 03, 2011
What aam admi thinks of Baba Ramdev's crusade correspondents across the country spoke to the aam admi, unanimously battered by corruption in one way or the other, on how they perceive the episode. While some are unaware, others think it is the much-needed remedy to counter corruption. 61 pc want PM under Lokpal purview: Poll
While the United Progressive Alliance ties itself up in knots, two out of every three Indians say the prime minister and the higher judiciary should be brought under the purview of the Lokpal, an issue that has seen the UPA government differing with civil society representatives. 'People have a right to know Baba Ramdev's agenda'
Advocate Nandita Rao speaks to's about why she wants Baba Ramdev to come clean on how he built a Rs 1,100 crore empire, how he got huge plots of land in some Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states and why he is claiming to be apolitical when he is openly seeking support from the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. No mood for birthday celebrations: Karunanidhi
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi, who is smarting under the Assembly poll debacle and fallout of the 2G spectrum scam that has brought his family under the scanner, turned 88 on Friday, keeping his birthday celebrations on a low-key. Govt's talks fail; Baba to go ahead with his fast
A desperate government's efforts failed on Friday to achieve any breakthrough with Baba Ramdev deciding to go ahead with his indefinite fast in New Delhi from Saturday amidst indications that a compromise was likely in a day or two. 'LeT is like Al Qaeda. It can be a threat to US'
United States Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who recently co-chaired the first-ever US-India Homeland Security Dialogue with Home Minister P Chidambaram during a week-long visit to India, dodged a question about whether the US would have any qualms if India undertook an operation similar to the US raid in Abbottabad. Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay is Tibetan Obama
Claude Arpi travelled to Dharamsala to record the newly elected Tibetan prime minister's views on the election campaign, his objectives, his government's relation with China and the changes he would like to bring about in Tibetan society. Dr Lobsang Sangay candidly answered all the questions put forth to him In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 24 hours. The 'desi' warship is a deception, Mr Antony
The indigenisation programme of the Ministry of Defence has been an illusion, wrapped in a fallacy, cloaked in deception, writes Osama turned Al Qaeda into a MNC of terror
The documents seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city in the May 2 raid confirm that the then al Qaeda chief was obsessive about documenting everything, and that the terrorist organisation functioned like a multinational corporate company. 'Controversies over Netaji's death are fruitless'
In the last part of this four-part interview to Arthur Pais, biographer Sugata Bose dispels rumours that Netaji is still alive. Same shame: Telecom scam+DMK minister+silent PM
As the noose tightens around textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran, his party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is quietly but surely distancing itself from him Can India-Pak EVER agree on Siachen?
India and Pakistan have failed to agree on the modalities for the demilitarisation of Siachen, at the end of the 12th Defence Secretary level talks in Delhi, and, both sides issued a joint statement which "welcomed" the ongoing process and stated that the discussions were held in a very frank and cordial atmosphere. 'How do we know Baba himself is clean?'
A kind of politics of fear has crept into the whole drama surrounding yoga guru Baba Ramdev's threat of going on an indefinite fast from Saturday principally against black money stashed abroad, reports . In PHOTOS: DRDO's 20 most potent weapon systems
A look at some of the best technologies that DRDO has given India PIX: Season's first rainy spell surprises Mumbai
Thursday evening brought a pleasant surprise for sweating Mumbaikars, as pre-monsoon showers lashed the entire periphery of the megacity.
June 02, 2011
Can India-Pak EVER agree on Siachen?
India and Pakistan have failed to agree on the modalities for the demilitarisation of Siachen, at the end of the 12th Defence Secretary level talks in Delhi, and, both sides issued a joint statement which "welcomed" the ongoing process and stated that the discussions were held in a very frank and cordial atmosphere. Why SRK won't support Ramdev's agitation
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan on Thursday said that Baba Ramdev's proposed hunger strike against corruption and repatriation of black money stashed in foreign banks, is politically motivated and he would not support the agitation. Yeddy passes fourth floor test, wins trust vote
Taking the floor test for the fourth time, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday won the vote of confidence in the state assembly amid empty Opposition benches following walkout by Congress and boycott Andhra politics heats up, govt to face trust vote
Though the TDP does not have enough numbers to pull down the Congress Government, its objective in moving the no-trust motion appears to be part of its strategy to regain the lost ground, particularly in the wake of the Telangana statehood struggle, and also "expose" YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, political observers feel. Mayawati announces new land acquisition
Having taken enough onslaughts from different opposition parties for forcibly acquiring huge chunks of agricultural land for industrial and commercial purposes, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Thursday sought to score a point by wooing farmers through a new land acquisition policy, framed after a dialogue with farmers. 'India planned attack on Pak navy base'
The terrorist attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station on May 22 was conceived and launched by India with the primary objective of killing the Chinese engineers present there, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed, citing 'informed sources'. To teach yoga, Ramdev charges Rs 50,000: Digvijaya
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday attacked Baba Ramdev, who has threatened to go on an agitation on the issue of corruption, dubbing him more of a businessman than a sanyasi. Rana's trial losing steam. Will he be acquitted?
The verdict in the trial of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, co-accused in the Mumbai terror attacks with David Coleman Headley, is likely to come in earlier than expected as the Chicago businessman is unlikely to testify at his own trial. Rana's attorney Patrick Blegen said his client's defence team was still making a final decision, but that it was unlikely Rana would take the stand. View: During WB polls, masks came off 'bhadralok'
West Bengal had a democratic election, but the build-up to it can hardly be called so, says Barun Roy In PHOTOS: Around the world in the last 24 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 24 hours. Govt cheated us. Will join Ramdev's fight: Hazare
Accusing the government of cheating civil right activists on the issue of Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare on Thursday extended his support to yoga guru Ramdev's fast against corruption. In PHOTOS: The sizzling Indian summer
Some glimpses of the torrid Indian summer 'Netaji was a really broad-minded man'
In 1941, at the height of the Second World War, Subhas Chandra Bose went to Germany to seek Adolf Hitler's help in organising an Indian army to fight their common enemy, England. In the third part of his four-part interview to Arthur Pais, biographer Sugata Bose talks about Netaji's time in Europe. PM seeks opinions on Lokpal. Give it to him!
In a series of opinion polls, we ask you the same questions on the Lokpal that the Centre put before CMs and party leaders. How jihadis are infiltrating Pak armed forces
The recent attacks against military installations in Pakistan, including the recent attack on the Mehran naval base, point to the role of some insiders. However, renowned Pakistani commentator says the jihadist elements with the military are sprinkled on among the lower-rung. Space shuttle Endeavour completes its last mission
Endeavour and its crew safely returned to the Earth on Wednesday after 16 days, successfully completing its last mission and the penultimate flight in NASA's 30-year-old space shuttle programme.
June 01, 2011
INSIDE STORY: Why Ramdev's position isn't enviable
provides a ringside view to the hectic political developments after yoga guru Baba Ramdev landed in New Delhi to start his fast against corruption. Now, free delivery, medicines for pregnant women
A national initiative guaranteeing free delivery, free medicines and diet for pregnant women in government health institutes was unveiled by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Mewat, Haryana, on Wednesday. Exclusive: She donated an island to Baba Ramdev
Arthur J Pais meets Scottish businesswoman Sunita Poddar who gifted an island to yoga guru Baba Ramdev. Poll: Did UPA govt have to bend before Ramdev?
While Baba Ramdev walks the red carpet laid out by the government, we ask you our readers for your views on the issue. No power to the people: Bihar awaits 'bijli rani'
M I Khan reports on the grim power situation in Bihar Why Pak scribe Saleem Shahzad was silenced
Exposing Pakistan Navy's link to the Al Qaeda cost journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad his life. But sources say there's more to it than what meet the eye. Shahzad next expose was on ISI men who were linked the Osama bin Laden, which left the spy agency with no choice but the eliminate him, says senior analyst B Raman. Catch Kashmiri, Omar by July: US warns Pak
The United States has given Pakistan a deadline till July to launch a military offensive in the restive North Waziristan tribal region for capturing five most wanted al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, including Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and Ilyas Kashmiri. Rewind: Best PHOTOS in the last 48 hours
Presenting some of the most scintillating pictures from around the globe in the last 48 hours. Want to write book, make movie on 26/11: Headley
Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative David Coleman Headley on Wednesday told a United States court that he had conducted a surveillance of the German Bakery in Pune and identified Chabad houses in Delhi, Pushkar and Pune which could be bombed. Mobile phones can increase cancer risk: WHO
Heavy use of mobile phones and other wireless communication devices could possibly cause cancer, the World Health Organisation has said and asked people to use texting and free-hands devices to reduce the risk. 'Netaji had a romantic, deeply emotional side'
While a lot has been said about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's 1941 escape from British India and his perilous 90-day submarine voyage, his marriage continues to remain a secret. In the second part of the four-part interview to Arthur Pais, biographer Sugata Bose talks about Netaji's love story. Why an Indian threat to Pakistan is a myth
India has neither the intent nor the capability to pose a major threat to Pakistan. But the bogey of an India threat is kept alive in Pakistan mainly to help the military to ensure it relevance and dominance of the country, says Colonel (Dr) Anil Athale (retd) IMAGES: Five types of militant groups in Pakistan
A United States Congressional report has said that Pakistan is home to a large number of militant outfits, which can be broadly divided into five groups, one of which is specifically targeted against India and Kashmir that gets the maximum support from the establishment. Ram Lila maidan gears up for anti-corruption baba
reports on the hectic activity on in New Delhi's Ram Lila maidan ahead of yoga guru Baba Ramdev's fast-unto-death stir against corruption Who is Britain's sexiest MP?
A United Kindom-based website has conducted an online survey asking users to rank 648 sitting Britain MPs in order of who they'd like to sleep with. has raised eyebrows for its unique survey, which requires rating 506 male and 142 female MPs as per their attractiveness and sex appeal.
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