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Polls To Cost India Rs 3,500 Crore This Year

Polls To Cost India Rs 3,500 Crore This Year

CHENNAI: The Election Commission has estimatedthat the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will costthe exchequer Rs 3,500 crore. That’s about 150%more than the amount spent for the 2009 polls(Rs 1,400 crore). This does not include theexpenses incurred for security and the amountpolitical parties will spend.”Every state will send the expenditure statementsto the Centre for reimbursement. The [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Nehrus, Fake Gandhis, Congress A Disease, Says Modi

Nehrus, Fake Gandhis, Congress A Disease, Says Modi

DAVANAGERE – Gujaratchief minister Narendra Modion Tuesday chose to pick thehot topic of Telangana and thesentiments of the people ofSeemandhra to step up histirade against the Congress.Addressing a well-attendedrally—’Bharata Gellisi’ (Vote forIndia)—in Davanagere, 255kmfrom Bangalore in centralKarnataka, Modi said: “SoniaGandhi and Rahul Gandhicame to the south, but they didn’tfind time to go to neighbouringAndhra Pradesh.Today, [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Islamabad Declared ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Islamabad Declared ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Pakistan’s capital has beendeclared as ‘extremely dangerous’by interior ministry due tothe presence of sleeper cells ofal-Qaida, a report said.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s capitalhas been declared as”extremely dangerous” by theinterior ministry due to the presenceof sleeper cells of bannedterror groups like al-Qaida, areport said on Wednesday.According to the report,Islamabad is at high risk becauseof the presence of [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Sexual Assault Case Is A Political Vendetta, Says Tejpal

Sexual Assault Case Is A Political Vendetta, Says Tejpal

“There is no piece of evidence againstme. Ask for CCTV footage,” Tehelkafounder Tarun Tejpal l told reporters.
PANAJI – Tehelka founder TarunTejpal, who has been accused of sexuallyassaulting his junior colleague, onTuesday alleged that the case against himis a political vendetta.”There is no piece of evidence againstme. Ask for CCTV footage,” Tejpal toldreporters while he was [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Two Indians Awarded For Honesty

Two Indians Awarded For Honesty

DUBAI – Two Indians have been awardedby the UAE government in recognitionof their honesty after they returnedover 60,000 dirhams which they foundon a street to the police.UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister ShaikhSaif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan awarded BijuKrishna Kumar Pillai Vijayan and SonyThomas at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi fortheir honesty.Vijayan and Thomas found 60,000dirhams ($16,335) [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Pakistani Hindus Angered By ‘Forced Conversions’

Pakistani Hindus Angered By ‘Forced Conversions’

KARACHI – Pakistan’s Hindu minorityis angered by “forced conversions”, withleaders of the community saying girls asyoung as six years were being pressuredto change their religion.”Can you accept your daughters beingforcibly married to Hindu men?” saidRaj Kumar, whose niece Rinkle Kumariwas allegedly forced to convert andmarry a Muslim man in 2012. Rinkle’scase made headlines and was [...]

February 22nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Delhi Heist Linked To IPL Betting Payoffs?

Delhi Heist Linked To IPL Betting Payoffs?

NEW DELHI – Investigationsinto the capital’s biggest robberyhas opened a can ofworms. Police sources told TOIthat the heist may be linked tothe IPL spot-fixing scandal andthat the looted cash couldamount to Rs 15-20 crore, apart of which was meant forpayoffs to betters.Late on Wednesday night,bookie Rajesh Kalra confessedthat the entire money was his.Earlier, it was [...]

February 2nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Delhi World’s Most Polluted City

Delhi World’s Most Polluted City

NEW DELHI – It’s no surprisethat pollution is a perpetualproblem in India. But it’s definitelydisheartening to hear thatIndia has slipped 32 ranks in theglobal EnvironmentPerformance Index (EPI) 2014to rank a lowly 155 and its capitalDelhi has earned the dubioustag of being the world’s mostpolluted city.A comparative study of 178countries on nine environmentalparameters released earlierthis month [...]

February 2nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

CBI Achieved Over 68% Conviction Rate In 2013

CBI Achieved Over 68% Conviction Rate In 2013

NEW DELHI – The CentralBureau of Investigation (CBI)concluded trials in 1,225 caseswith a conviction rate of over68 per cent while it registered1,131 cases and disposed of1,070 in 2013, the agency saidTuesday.Giving a snapshot of its work in2013, the CBI, in a statement,listed key cases in which chargesheets were filed and cases registered.Some of the cases [...]

February 2nd, 2014 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

South Asian Gang Associates Charged Following “Drug Dealing” Investigation

South Asian Gang Associates Charged Following “Drug Dealing” Investigation

Alleged gang associates Zemaan Chaudhry and Alvinder Sekhon, both Surrey residents, were arrested by CFSEU-BC officers for trafficking and possession of a controlled substance on June 25, 2013. Charges against Chaudhry and Sekhon were recently approved by Crown Counsel.
SURREY – Two gang associates of the former Indo-Canadian gangsters Dhak-Duhre and UN Gang alliance were [...]

January 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Lead Story, South Asian, Top News | Read More »