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Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is India's new PM Narendra Modi avoiding the media? Two months after leading his party to a historic victory in May's general election, Modi has preferred social media over India's thriving mainstream press - hundreds of newspapers and 275 news channels - to communicate to the people, writes Shantanu Guha Ray, a Delhi-based senior...

Shariat courts have no legal sanctions: Indian SC

Shariat courts have no legal sanctions: Indian SC

India’s top court today ruled that shariat courts have no legal sanction and it cannot issue fatwas trampling on individuals’ rights. The court’s remarks came in response to a petition filed by a Delhi-based advocate who challenged parallel religious courts run by institutions like the Darul Qaza and Darul-Iftaa. A Supreme Court bench headed by...

Dhaka's growing engagement with Delhi positive

The United States sees Bangladesh's growing engagement with major global players like India as positive and wants friendly relations between Bangladesh and India as partners in the interest of ensuring peace in South Asia. This was stated by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal in New Jersey and US Ambassador Dan Mozena in Dhaka. They consider Indo-Bangladesh relations as a good thing that brings gain for everyone. Biswal, while speaking at an Indian diaspora...

India building collapses kill 20

India building collapses kill 20

Police in southern India detained two construction company directors Sunday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 20 people. The 12-storey apartment structure, which was being...

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

BNP senior leader ASM Hannan Shah today alleged that the verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami in war crimes trial has been deferred “at the instruction of New Delhi”. “Why the verdict was not announced today? Information available from Raw (Research and Analysis Wing--Indian Secret Service Agency) indicates that the verdict was deferred due to the upcoming visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Dhaka,” said the BNP standing committee member. The retired brigadier general added that Jamaat might have enforced hartal if verdict was announced and a conflicting situation could be created in the country, causing damage to the Sheikh Hasina government’ image. “That’s why the verdict was...

Delhi first kerosene-free Indian city

Delhi first kerosene-free Indian city

The Delhi Government today announced that the national capital has become the first 'kerosene-free city' in the country, reports Press Trust of India. "With the successful implementation of 'Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012', no subsidised kerosene is being issued in the national capital and the country can save upto Rs 200 crores every...

Fourth Indian woman hanged in weeks

Fourth Indian woman hanged in weeks

A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the third such case in a month in Uttar Pradesh state. The body was found in the Moradabad area, three hours' drive from Delhi. Her family told police she was raped. A post mortem examination is under way. Another...

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Modi government and Bangladesh diplomacy

AFTER the massive victory of BJP leader Narendra Modi, it is natural to discuss what kind of relations the new BJP government will have with Bangladesh. Will there be a qualitative change or business as usual, or accelerated engagement with Bangladesh? The Bangladesh prime minister reportedly took the first diplomatic initiative by congratulating Modi over telephone and writing a letter inviting him to make Bangladesh his first destination when he went abroad, and to make Bangladesh his “second home.” Since...

Target stronger ties with India

  To forge relations with Narendra Modi-led BJP government, Dhaka will send a high-powered delegation to New Delhi as a move to infuse momentum in India-Bangladesh ties. Diplomatic sources said the delegation led by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, is expected to pay a two-day visit soon after the installation of Modi's cabinet. The delegation will convey Dhaka's firm stance to address India's security concerns and irritants that stood in the way...

Congress's Polls Debacle

'Secular' gamble did not work

'Secular' gamble did not work

There is a common saying in Indian politics that the road to Delhi goes through Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 seats. The Narendra Modi wave was so powerful in Uttar Pradesh that it blurred the deeply-entrenched caste divides and loyalties of the state which have traditionally played a crucial role in winning votes. Despite a...

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