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AAP May Contest 300 Lok Sabha Seats

AAP May Contest 300 Lok Sabha Seats

NEW DELHI – Under increasingpressure from its volunteersacross the country following itsimpressive electoral performancein the Capital, the AAPleadership on Monday admittedits initial plan of contestingaround 100 Lok Sabha seatsmay have to be increased threefold.Aam Aadmi Party leaders saytwo major developments sincelast three weeks, its stunningdebut with 28 seats in the capitalfollowed by the governmentformation, appear [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

India Cancels Rs. 3,600 Crore Agustawestland Chopper Deal

India Cancels Rs. 3,600 Crore Agustawestland Chopper Deal

NEW DELHI – India terminatedthe 3,600 crore deal withAgustaWestland for the purchaseof 12 VVIP choppersover allegations of kickbackshaving been paid to fix the deal.In a statement, the defence ministrysaid: “The government ofIndia has terminated withimmediate effect the agreementthat was signed with MssrsAgustaWestland InternationalLtd. (AWIL) on Feb 8, 2010, forsupply of 12 VVIP/VIP helicopterson grounds of [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Bangladesh Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia Will Face Trial For Violence, Says PM Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia Will Face Trial For Violence, Says PM Sheikh Hasina

DHAKA – Bangladesh primeminister Sheikh Hasina has criticizedopposition’s ongoing agitationto thwart the January 5polls and warned that BNPleader Khaleda Zia would beheld responsible for the deathsand violence.”Those who are killing people,unleashing violence in the nameof demonstrations, will be triedon this soil. She (Khaleda) willbe held responsible for orchestrating[the violence],” Hasinasaid.She accused the opposition ofshielding war [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Amitabh Bachchan Gets Police Protection Following Raj Thackeray Meeting

Amitabh Bachchan Gets Police Protection Following Raj Thackeray Meeting

MUMBAI – Policemen weredeployed outside actorAmitabh Bachchan’s bungalowin Juhu on Saturday followingfears that Samajwadi Party (SP)workers could hold a demonstrationthere after he sharedthe dais with MNS chief RajThackeray recently.”Our personnel have beendeployed as a precautionarymeasure,” said Arun Bhagat,senior inspector of Juhu policestation.State SP chief Abu Azmi hadslammed the Raj-Bachchanbonhomie saying it was an”insult” to north [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Bangladesh Orders Arrest Of Factory Owners For Deadly Fire

Bangladesh Orders Arrest Of Factory Owners For Deadly Fire

DHAKA – A Bangladesh courton Tuesday ordered the arrestof the owners and four othersover the country’s worst-evergarment factory fire that killed111 workers, after police laidcharges.The court in Dhaka issued thewarrants for Delwar Hossainand his wife Mahmuda Akterover the blaze in 2012 at theTazreen factory, where workersstitched clothes for Westernretailers.”Dhaka’s senior judicial magistrateWasim Sheikh issued thewarrants [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Pakistan’s Sharia Court Gets First Woman Judge In 33 Years

Pakistan’s Sharia Court Gets First Woman Judge In 33 Years

KARACHI – For the first timein its history, a 56-year-oldfemale judge was on Mondaysworn in at Pakistan’s nationalsharia court, which hears casesunder the Islamic legislation.Ashraf Jehan, who was servingas an additional judge at theSindh high court, took oath,becoming the first female judgeto be appointed in the court’s33-year history.The court was established in1980 during the rule [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Air Pollution Plaguing India

Air Pollution Plaguing India

BRETHING IS KILLING!
NEW DELHI – Outdoor airpollution caused 6.2 prematuredeaths in India in 2010, which isa six-fold jump from the 1 lakhdeaths in 2000. This makes pollutedoutdoor air the largestkiller in India after high bloodpressure, indoor air pollution(mainly from smoking chullahs),tobacco use, and poor nutrition,says the Global Burden ofDisease 2013, which tracksdeaths and illnesses from [...]

January 5th, 2014 | Posted in International, News, South Asian, South Asian | Read More »

Regional Players not Yet Ready To Join Modi Bandwagon

Regional Players not Yet Ready To Join Modi Bandwagon

NEW DELHI – BJP’s emphaticwin over Congress in threestates may have enhancedNarendra Modi’s prime ministerialcredentials but regionalparties remain cautious aboutteaming up with the saffronstar before the Lok Sabha polls.Though the “Modi effect” inthe three states as well as Delhi- where elections yielded ahung assembly – is being hotlydebated, leaders from regionalparties are ready to concedethat [...]

December 15th, 2013 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

Aam Aadmi Party Decides To Fight Lok Sabha Polls

Aam Aadmi Party Decides To Fight Lok Sabha Polls

NEW DELHI – After carefullyweighing the pros and cons,Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) onTuesday decided to take theplunge and contest the 2014Lok Sabha elections. It’s unlikelythat it will contest from all543 seats, but indications are thenumber of candidates will besubstantial.At a brainstorming session here,the party core group decided toappoint a committee, headed bysenior leaders Yogendra Yadavand [...]

December 15th, 2013 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »

“Rapist” Asaram’s Son Admits To Rape Charge

“Rapist” Asaram’s Son Admits To Rape Charge

SURAT – The Surat police onWednesday said Narayan Sai,son of fraud-god-man Asaram,has confessed to violating the30-year-old woman who hadlodged a complaint of rapeagainst him. Besides admittingto all the charges against him,Sai also admitted to sexual relationshipwith eight otherwomen, a senior police officertold TOI. Incidentally, NarayanSai’s “confession” to the policewould not be admissible incourt as evidence; [...]

December 15th, 2013 | Posted in International, South Asian | Read More »