New Monitoring System Threatens Rights
By Haman Rights Watch
The Indian government should enact clear laws to ensure that increased surveillance of phones and the Internet does not undermine rights to privacy and free expression, Human Rights Watch said.
In April 2013, the Indian government began rolling out the Central Monitoring System (CMS), which will enable the government to monitor all phone and Internet communications in the country.
Talk of Future, But Still Caught in a Rut
India: The Future Is Now: The Vision and Road Map for the Country by Her Young Parliamentarians
Edited by Shashi Tharoor. Wisdom Tree. Pages 164. Rs 495
Book Reviewed by M Rajiv Lochan
Twelve MPs from the BJD, BJP, CPI (M) and the INC have contributed essays to this volume to which Shashi Tharoor, of the INC, is listed as the editor. Tharoor insists they are young. All of them share their vision of what is needed in this country of ours to take it forward. Since most of them have been elected more than once and all of them have shown considerable interest in political activism, it is important for the rest of us to know what they think.
Indoor Air Pollution: The Air I Breathe
By Alice Tembe *
The impact of indoor air quality, on airborne infections is often ignored or unknown even though it relates to the health of our lungs—one of the most vital organ of or bodies. Indoor air pollution arising out of inhaling solid cooking fuel smoke directly caused 3.5 million premature deaths in 2010 and 1.3 million children under 5 years of age died from pneumonia in 2011 according to UNCEF Reports of 2012. The WHO report of 2011 further confirms that three types of lung diseases have been shown to have a strong association with solid fuel smoke: acute lower respiratory infections (ALRIs) in children, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) in women, and lung cancer in women exposed to coal smoke.
India.com Launched in True Bollywood Style
The new online destination for everything Indian
By A Correspondent
India.com, a ZEE Entertainment initiative, launched in the United States with a big Bollywood fanfare at the 33rd annual India Day Parade in New York City. The parade which is the largest gathering of the Indian community outside India, had more than 150,000 footfalls.
Grand Finale Show by Manish Malhotra
By A Correspondent
Manish Malhotra showcased his collection at the grand finale of Delhi Couture Week, on the 4th of August at 9:30 pm.
Manish's collection is inspired by the princely states of India in the 1930s, an era celebrating opulence. The silhouettes and embroidery echo the splendour of Indian - European architecture. By striking a unique balance between traditional Indian craftsmanship and the classic minimalism of the west, Manish lends elegance and charm to this collection.
A Journey Across Maharashtra Part II
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *
The 12 Buddhist (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu (caves 13-29) and five Jain (caves 30-34) caves, are built in proximity, suggesting that religious harmony was prevalent during that period
In Part I, I talked about the first day of my car journey beginning in Panchgani from where Ajay Deshpande and I left for Nagpur.
Jharkhand: The Revolution Devours her Children
By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
Six cadres of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a splinter group of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), were killed in a clash with CPI-Maoist cadres in the Namsilli village area of Khunti District, Jharkhand, on July 23, 2013.
Kerala: NRIs In UAE TO Open Two Colleges
Offer Scholarships to Needy Students
By A Correspondent
An educational trust formed in 2000 with contributions from more than a thousand non-resident Indians, mainly from the UAE, is setting up two new engineering colleges which will offer scholarships to needy and meritorious students.
Madhya Pradesh: People’s Victory Against Chutka Nuclear Plant
By Lokesh Malti Prakash *
The People of Chutka and adjoining villages in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh won another victory against the Chutka (Madhya Pradesh) Nuclear Power Plant (being imposed on them by Congress-led Central government in active collusion with BJP-led state government) as the government was forced for the second time to postpone its farcical public-hearing on the project that was scheduled on 31st July. After a sustained protest by people of the region that was actively supported by almost every section of left-democratic forces in the state and beyond, the district administration called off the public-hearing on 29th July.
Odisha: Kandhmal Carnage: Aftermath
By Ram Puniyani *
This August 25, 2013, it will be five years, since the biggest anti-Christian, violence, biggest communal violence in the Adivisi area, will complete five years. What has been the plight of the victims of the violence after this ghastly tragedy? What is the state of justice to the victim?
Telangana: Look Beyond Hyderabad For Its Growth
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *
Telangana is set to become the 29th state of India. After much dilly dallying the Congress Party finally approved the formation of Telangana state but before that it had a lot of heart burn among people. New ideas were floated for inclusion of Ananthpur and Kurnool into the new state against the wishes of the Telangana people. The biggest issue was Hyderabad where a lot of conspiracy theories were working such as declaration of joint capital or union territory, however, it is good that the centre decided to give 10 years period for Andhra Pradesh government to function from Hyderabad and after that it will become the capital city of Telangana alone.