Indian guru’s festival on Delhi floodplain riles greens, worries police

INDIAN environmentalists are aghast at the hosting of a huge cultural festival on the floodplain of Delhi’s main river that begins on Friday (March 11), warning that the event and its 3.5 million visitors will devastate the area’s biodiversity. The “World Culture Festival”, organised by one of India’s best-known spiritual gurus, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, […]

Pharma crusader takes India’s drug regulators to court

ONE of India’s best-known whistleblowers, who exposed dangerous practices in the generic drug industry in 2013, is taking the country’s drugs regulators to court, accusing them of failing to enforce rules on drug safety in the $15 billion industry. Three years ago, Dinesh Thakur exposed how India’s then largest drugmaker and his former employer, Ranbaxy […]

Shakespeare’s grave radar scanned in UK for hidden secrets

WILLIAM Shakespeare’s grave at a church in a town in the UK has been scanned using high-tech radar to unearth hidden secrets about the world’s most famous playwright. The probe forms part of the UK-wide commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, who lies buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, the […]

Indian farmers see Modi’s budget as all promise, no delivery

FARMER Ram Pal Singh voted for Narendra Modi’s promise of “better days” in India’s 2014 general election, but he won’t be backing the prime minister again even after last week’s budget promised more aid to the countryside. Growing discontent in rural India, home to two-thirds of the country’s 1.3 billion people, bodes ill for Modi […]

Asia to face first petrol squeeze in over 15 years

The declining price of oil and growing car sales have seen a renewed demand for oil and gas across Asia. Thus, we are now seeing the first petrol shortage in Asia in over 15 years. China and India’s car sales are soaring with a combined 3 million new cars being registered in the countries on […]

Mamata first to announce candidates for Assembly polls

TRINAMOOL Congress will go it alone in next month’s Assembly election in eastern Indian state of West Bengal, party supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday (March 4) said and declared the list of TMC candidates which included sports personalities, actor and journalist. Soon after the Election Commission announced the six-phase poll schedule, Banerjee in a press […]

Defeat efforts to patenting of nationalism, says Kanhaiya Kumar

“AFZAL Guru is not my icon, Rohith Vemula is”, said Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday (March 4), while asserting that there is huge difference between treason and being anti-government. A day after he walked out of the Tihar jail in Indian national capital Delhi to a grand welcome, the 29-year-old […]

US issues notification for sale of F-16s to Pakistan

AMIDST stiff opposition from India and top American lawmakers, the US government has formally published federal notification for the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. “This proposed sale contributes to US foreign policy objectives and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia,” said the […]

India to produce second line of fighter jets, says Air Chief Marshal

INDIA is mulling manufacturing one more line of fighter aircraft to replenish its dwindling fleet and a decision in this regard is likely to be taken in a year’s time, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Friday (March 4). The Chief of Air Staff said the second line of fighter jets will be in […]

Mehbooba hints at moving on with BJP, meets Governor

AFTER suspense of two months, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday (March 4) hinted at going ahead with forming government with BJP, saying she was “not afraid” of criticism over it but wanted the Centre to send out a “signal” that it will do “everything” for the welfare of people of the state. Hours later, […]