Banking operations paralysed due to nationwide strike

New Delhi/Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Banking operations across the country were hit on Friday as around 10 lakh employees in around 40 private and nationalised banks struck work for a day to protest against the central government’s policies for the sector.   “The strike has evoked a good response nationwide as around 10 lakh have […]

Defamation cases should not be used as a weapon: SC

NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (PTI): The Supreme Court today said defamation cases should not be used as a political counter weapon against critics of governments and stayed non-bailable warrants (NBW) issued against DMDK Chief and actor politician Vijayakanth and his wife Premlata in such a matter.   “Anyone calling a government corrupt or unfit cannot […]

Parliament passes bill for afforestation fund

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS): Paving the way to unlock Rs 40,000 Crore funds to establish corpus at the national and state levels to pay for afforestation activities, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Compensatory Afforestation Bill, 2015.   “We are giving money to those who have lost in the race of development,” Anil […]

Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi dies at 90 in Kolkata

Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi dies at 90 in Kolkata

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi, a crusader for the rights of tribals and the oppressed, died at a city nursing home on Thursday following prolonged old-age complications. She was 90.   “She passed away at 3.16 p.m. following a cardiac arrest and multi-organ failure,” an attending doctor confirmed.   […]

Mahasweta Devi wielded the pen to complement her activism (Obituary)

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) “All through my life, I’ve done whatever I felt like doing” — this quote aptly describes the fiercely independent-minded Mahasweta Devi, the doyen of activist-writers in India, who died on Thursday aged 90.   The Ramon Magsaysay and Jnanpith awardee Bengali novelist penned telling commentaries on the sufferings and oppression of […]

India’s farmers seize offer of free registration of land sold on ‘plain paper’

India’s farmers seize offer of free registration of land sold on ‘plain paper’

Broadly distributed secure land rights can help to pull families out of poverty and boost sustainable economic development, studies show   By Manipadma Jena   HYDERABAD, India, July 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When the Indian state of Telangana announced a three-week window for free registration of land that had exchanged hands via handwritten notes […]

IRCTC to launch travel insurance facility at Re 1

IRCTC to launch travel insurance facility at Re 1

New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is set to launch the facility of travel insurance for passengers who book tickets on its website. The service, scheduled to come into effect from September, can be availed at a premium of Re 1.   According to the statement issued by […]

No signs of missing IAF plane on sixth day too, search goes on

No signs of missing IAF plane on sixth day too, search goes on

Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu)/New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) The search for the missing Indian Air Force’s (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft, that went missing on July 22 with 29 people on board from over Bay of Bengal, entered its sixth day on Wednesday with no confirmed signs of it, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.   Speaking to […]

Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand, soldiers spotted in Chamoli

Dehradun, July 27 (IANS) The Uttarakhand government said on Wednesday Chinese troops had been spotted within its territory by a local administrative team on July 19 and were asked to return.   Senior state government officials said the incursion was spotted in Badahoti in Chamoli district. District Magistrate Vinod Kumar Suman told IANS that he […]

More girls studying, but 84% drop out after graduation

More girls studying, but 84% drop out after graduation

IANS By Prachi Salve While more young women are enrolled in higher education than ever before — and apparently more successful in clearing 10th-standard board exams than young men — they are either marrying early or not finding or not looking for jobs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various data.     The enrolment […]