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Rape victims' testimony not confidence-inspiring: HC

Rape victims' testimony not confidence-inspiring: HC

Rediff.com30 Jan 2021

In the second judgment, she said sole testimony of the victim in rape cases is sufficient to fix criminal liability. "However, in the present case, considering the sub-standard quality of testimony of the prosecutrix, it would be a grave injustice to send the appellant behind bars for 10 years, her order said.

New farm laws will herald an era of market freedom: Economic Survey

New farm laws will herald an era of market freedom: Economic Survey

Rediff.com29 Jan 2021

The government's annual Economic Survey on Friday strongly defended new farm laws, saying they herald a new era of market freedom which can go a long way in improving lives of small and marginal farmers in India. These legislations were designed "primarily" for the benefit of "small and marginal farmers", which constitute around 85 per cent of the total number of farmers and are the biggest sufferer of the "regressive" APMC-regulated market regime, the survey said. The pre-budget document defended the farm laws in the backdrop of long-running farmers' agitation at various borders of the national capital seeking repeal of these legislations expressing concern that they are pro-corporate and could weaken government regulated mandis, also called Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs).

Diplomatic Battles on Capitol Hill

Diplomatic Battles on Capitol Hill

Rediff.com28 Jan 2021

Lobbying on the Hill is time consuming and cumbersome, but very effective to influence US government policies, asserts Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, deputy chief of mission at the Indian embassy in Washington, DC after the 1998 nuclear tests and during the Kargil War.

Meet Afghanistan's first female breakdancer

Meet Afghanistan's first female breakdancer

Rediff.com27 Jan 2021

Talash says she has received death threats, but she's still dancing.

Chelsea sack coach Lampard

Chelsea sack coach Lampard

Rediff.com25 Jan 2021

Lampard was named Chelsea coach in July 2019.

'Vajpayee brought BJP to the pole position of Indian politics'

'Vajpayee brought BJP to the pole position of Indian politics'

Rediff.com22 Jan 2021

'When economic policies were attacked by people on his own side, he went ahead despite all the criticisms in the coalition, within the party and the Sangh Parivar.'

Biden sends comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress

Biden sends comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

Called the US Citizenship Act of 2021, the legislation modernises the immigration system, and also proposes to eliminate the per country cap for employment-based green cards, a move that would benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals whose current wait period for legal permanent residency runs into several decades.

'A BIG SALUTE to our cricketing soldiers'

'A BIG SALUTE to our cricketing soldiers'

Rediff.com21 Jan 2021

We asked you, dear readers to send in your congratulatory messages for the Indian team on their success Down Under. Here are your wishes for the team...

India's Greatest Win

India's Greatest Win

Rediff.com19 Jan 2021

What happened at the Gabba on January 19, 2021 now sits at the pinnacle of India's most significant Test wins, declares Faisal Shariff.

From Lincoln to Trump: A look at inaugurations past

From Lincoln to Trump: A look at inaugurations past

Rediff.com18 Jan 2021

From when James Buchanan was sworn in in 1857 to Donald Trump in 2017.

Lessons from the Farmer's Protest

Lessons from the Farmer's Protest

Rediff.com18 Jan 2021

'This confrontation could have been avoided by a less arrogant administration that initially listened, used whatever negotiating skills they had and tried to be more credible,' observes Ramesh Menon.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to headline Biden inauguration

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to headline Biden inauguration

Rediff.com14 Jan 2021

Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem. There will be a musical performance by Lopez, who has used her voice during the coronavirus pandemic to speak out against its disproportionate toll on minority communities.

General Sagat Singh: The Real Hero of the 1971 War

General Sagat Singh: The Real Hero of the 1971 War

Rediff.com13 Jan 2021

'A great General who had become a legend in his lifetime.' 'India will not see the likes of Sagat Singh again.'

Wage revision clause in settlement proposal worries BPCL employees

Wage revision clause in settlement proposal worries BPCL employees

Rediff.com12 Jan 2021

With the privatisation of BPCL appearing inevitable, there are worries that the new promoter would soon move to lower wages.

Soon you can buy insurance at petrol pumps, gas agencies

Soon you can buy insurance at petrol pumps, gas agencies

Rediff.com9 Jan 2021

This will help expand the distribution channels, said Subhash Chandra Khuntia, chairman of the insurance regulatory and development authority of India.

Is India ready for a Maritime Theatre Command?

Is India ready for a Maritime Theatre Command?

Rediff.com7 Jan 2021

Mere shuffling of resources or cosmetic changes to prove a point would be counterproductive in the long run, observes Commodore Venugoptal Menon (retd).

TN politics turns Stalin-centric in election year

TN politics turns Stalin-centric in election year

Rediff.com6 Jan 2021

From Chief Minister EK Palaniswami to Seeman to TTV Dhinakaran to elder brother M K Azhagiri, everyone's favourite target these days seems to the DMK chief Stalin, which is good news in an election year, but that doesn't mean he is going to sweep the polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy.

The Tejas Is 20 Years Old!

The Tejas Is 20 Years Old!

Rediff.com5 Jan 2021

On the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the Tejas, we must congratulate the entire team who made sure that the LCA flew and returned safely on January 4, 2001, sowing the seed for development of a state-of-the-art fighter airplane that our country so badly needed, says IAF veteran Air Commodore Nitin Sathe.

2020 was 8th warmest year since 1901: IMD

2020 was 8th warmest year since 1901: IMD

Rediff.com4 Jan 2021

Twelve out of the 15 warmest years since 1901 were during the past 15 years -- between 2006 and 2020, according to IMD data.

Sporting legends we lost in 2020

Sporting legends we lost in 2020

Rediff.com30 Dec 2020

Sporting world lost some of its favourite stars this year.

Revenge on mind as South Africa face Sri Lanka in first Test

Revenge on mind as South Africa face Sri Lanka in first Test

Rediff.com24 Dec 2020

South Africa have slipped to number six in the world, behind fifth-placed Sri Lanka, and have a host of questions to answer, not least around a brittle top six and the balance of the side.

NSCN-K announces ceasefire, returns to peace talks

NSCN-K announces ceasefire, returns to peace talks

Rediff.com23 Dec 2020

The NSCN-K had signed a ceasefire with the Centre in 2001 but unilaterally abrogated it in 2015 when the then 'chairman' of the group, S S Khaplang, was alive. Sumi is the prime accused in the killing of 18 Indian Army soldiers in Manipur in 2015 and the National Investigation Agency had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for his head.

26/11 set up India-Saudi strategic ties

26/11 set up India-Saudi strategic ties

Rediff.com19 Dec 2020

'The attacks made clear to all the Gulf States that Pakistan was the nursery and sanctuary of extremist violence and that this violence threatened all the countries in the region.'

'Is there no justice in this country?'

'Is there no justice in this country?'

Rediff.com18 Dec 2020

'He was tortured in police custody.' '"Do you not have any rape cases to write about in Kerala?" "Why is it that a Muslim from Kerala has so much sympathy for a Dalit woman in UP?" "Why did Rahul Gandhi visit your wife?"' 'These were the kind of questions the UP police asked him.'

Buzz: Holding awarded Freedom of the City of London

Buzz: Holding awarded Freedom of the City of London

Rediff.com17 Dec 2020

"The granting of the Freedom of the City of London recognises how they have added their voices to the growing global movement to stamp out racism."

5 ways air pollution affects diabetics

5 ways air pollution affects diabetics

Rediff.com16 Dec 2020

Exposure to higher air pollution levels for several hours a day can increase insulin resistance in the body and further affect those with diabetes, says diabetologist Dr Manoj Chawla.

Why be afraid of businessmen owning banks?

Why be afraid of businessmen owning banks?

Rediff.com15 Dec 2020

Bad loans of PSBs are at Rs 20 trillion. Most of it is, I sense, due to corruption and behest lending. Nobody pays a price for this charade. Not the promoters, the bankers, RBI officials, finance ministry bureaucrats or politicians, points out Debashis Basu.

'Vajpayee did the most towards India-Pakistan peace'

'Vajpayee did the most towards India-Pakistan peace'

Rediff.com15 Dec 2020

'On the Kashmir and Pakistan question, it is startling that Vajpayee and Advani did more than anybody in Indian history.'

What I got when I flew Air India for Rs 169,613

What I got when I flew Air India for Rs 169,613

Rediff.com14 Dec 2020

Even a rump Air India could not hope to get away with the shoddy service and scrappy fare for which I paid nearly two lakh, complains Sunanda K Datta-Ray.

Former France coach Gerard Houllier dies at 73

Former France coach Gerard Houllier dies at 73

Rediff.com14 Dec 2020

RMC sport and sports daily L'Equipe said he had died aged 73 after having a heart operation in Paris.

We'll never forget cowardly attack on Parliament: PM

We'll never forget cowardly attack on Parliament: PM

Rediff.com13 Dec 2020

Nine persons, including eight security personnel, died in the attack by terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based outfits. All five terrorists were killed by security forces.

When Maradona beat D&G 113,000-0

When Maradona beat D&G 113,000-0

Rediff.com12 Dec 2020

It is a very different victory of Maradona that fascinates me even more, notes ad guru Sandeep Goyal.

Smith looks to make up for lost time against India

Smith looks to make up for lost time against India

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

Smith has been the South Asians' nemesis since first setting eyes on them in Test whites seven years ago.

BJP workers attack one another in armed rallies, blame us: Mamata

BJP workers attack one another in armed rallies, blame us: Mamata

Rediff.com11 Dec 2020

Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said in a sarcastic way that personnel of security forces such as the CRPF, BSF, CISF and the Army are present at convoys of every BJP leader visiting West Bengal.

The history behind India's iconic circular Parliament

The history behind India's iconic circular Parliament

Rediff.com10 Dec 2020

The existing building is a British-era building, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were responsible for planning and construction of New Delhi.

General Rawat: Hasten slowly with theatre commands

General Rawat: Hasten slowly with theatre commands

Rediff.com5 Dec 2020

Before migrating into the theatre command concept, it would be worthwhile to study the shortfalls experienced by the Tri Services Command in the Andaman and Nicobar islands and make good the deficiencies, suggests Commodore Venugopal Menon (retd).

Why Modi-Shah must thank Advani-Vajpayee

Why Modi-Shah must thank Advani-Vajpayee

Rediff.com2 Dec 2020

'Like in cricket, M S Dhoni was the captain and Virat Kohli played under him.' 'Then Dhoni played under Kohli.' 'Now imagine, having a second switch.' 'That is the analogy here, and I find no other example in Indian politics, or even world politics.'

Corporate-run banks: Will depositors benefit?

Corporate-run banks: Will depositors benefit?

Rediff.com2 Dec 2020

The most common complaint of financial consumers is cumbersome processes, complicated products, usurious charges, and mis-selling of products, which finally don't deliver what is promised or as expect, notes Debashis Basu.

Maradona's life, in pictures

Maradona's life, in pictures

Rediff.com26 Nov 2020

Maradona was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball.

In Ahmed Patel, Cong loses its key strategist, troubleshooter

In Ahmed Patel, Cong loses its key strategist, troubleshooter

Rediff.com25 Nov 2020

The 71-year-old remained Sonia Gandhi's most trusted lieutenant for most of her tenure as the longest serving Congress president, standing by her side through sun and shade.

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