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The challenge of hope

PRIME ministers choose one of three options when they step up to the podium at the Red Fort on Independence Day. They speak to their governments; or mumble to themselves; or talk to the people of India. The first is easiest, since government is both narrator and narrative, and can enjoy the false comfort of self-congratulation: we did this [applause]; we will do this [obligatory high-five]. The second option is a consequence of diffidence more than introspection. And if Dr....

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India cancels talks with Pakistan over Kashmir row

India has cancelled talks with Pakistan after accusing it of interfering in India's internal affairs. It comes after Pakistan's high commissioner in Delhi consulted Kashmiri separatist leaders ahead of talks which were agreed in May. Relations seemed to be on the mend when new Indian PM Narendra Modi invited his Pakistani counterpart to his swearing-in...

India brides leave husbands' homes for lack of toilets

India brides leave husbands' homes for lack of toilets

Six newly-wed women in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have returned to their parents because their husbands' homes had no toilets. The women, all from Khesiya village in Kushinagar district, said they would return only after their husbands had built proper toilets at home. Nearly half of India's 1.2 billion people...

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Old habits die hard

A spate of personal accounts by the insiders has made the Indian political scene interesting and chirpy. However subjective, they do put in the public domain some information which was not available earlier. There is nothing earth shaking in the revelations made. But they do confirm some of the perceptions about our governance. For example, it was rumoured that Sonia Gandhi wielded authority without responsibility and ran the government from her residence. This is now confirmed. Official files were carried...

Indo-Bangla border: BJP sounds war bugle

Indo-Bangla border: BJP sounds war bugle

It was a hot March afternoon at Nyajat village in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India. A crowd of about 150 people – mostly women – gathered at a meeting addressed by BJP candidate Samik Bhattacharya before the 2014 general elections. “This is a not an ordinary election. It’s a struggle to...

2 Satkhira cattle traders shot by BSF

2 Satkhira cattle traders shot by BSF

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured two Bangladeshi cattle traders in Indian territory opposite to Kushkhali border in Satkhira Sadar upazila early today. One of the injured --  Ziaur Rahman Molla, 26, son of Atiar Molla from Kaliani Chhoygharia village of Sadar upazila -- was rushed to Khulna 250-bed Medical College and Hospital. Detail about the other injured person, Siddiqur Rahman, could not be known immediately, reports our Satkhira correspondent. Abu Raihan, chairman of Kushkhali union, said a group of cattle traders went to India through Kushkhali border on Saturday to bring some cattle. BSF troops of Khalisha camp opened fire when they were returning home crossing the same border around...

Heavy rain claims 19 lives in India

Heavy rain claims 19 lives in India

Nineteen people have been killed in the last 24 hours in landslides and incidents of house collapse as heavy rain continued in the hill state of Uttarakhand today, according to a report of NDTV. While 14 people have been killed in Yamkeshwar, Pauri and Lansdowne Tehsils of Pauri district, two people have reportedly been...

Modi says nation shamed by rape

Modi says nation shamed by rape

Narendra Modi said India had been shamed by a recent spate of rapes, as he made his first Independence Day speech as prime minister. He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons' actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong. Modi also pledged bank accounts for all and...

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

Kabaddi gets a modern twist

Kabaddi gets a modern twist

For centuries, shirtless and shoeless young warriors gathered and grappled on patches of muddy ground near the foot of the Himalayas, practicing the ancient contact sport of Kabaddi. For the most part it was unchanged, and uncomplicated. Like other popular sports in India, though, the modern transformation has been rapid, driven by commercial opportunities...

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