Gujarat announces hefty prizes for sports persons who excel in Olympics

GUJARAT’S government on Wednesday (March 9) announced its first-ever Sports Policy which lays a special emphasis on creating a pool of talented sports persons who could fetch medals in Olympics and other international games. Some of the key features of the Policy, announced by Sports Minister Nanu Vanani in the Legislative Assembly, include incentives and […]

More women confined to domestic work in India

WOMEN are among the most excluded groups in India, with almost 43 per cent of working-age women confined to domestic work, while many who do work outside the home face exploitation and low pay, according to the India Exclusion Report. Despite rising levels of literacy, the proportion of working-age women in India’s formal labour force […]

India extends $2bn credit line to Bangladesh

INDIA has signed an agreement extending $2 billion in development financing to Bangladesh, the Indian government’s external lending arm said on Thursday, in the agency’s biggest ever credit facility to another country. The deal, signed on Wednesday (March 9) in Dhaka, came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of the new credit line to Bangladesh […]

Families must expose sex abuse urges former prosecutor

FAMILIES whose sons, brothers and husbands groom young girls are being urged to speak out against their behaviour by the UK’s former chief prosecutor to stop the cycle of abuse. Nazir Afzal, who was the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) lead on child sex abuse and violence against women and girls in northwest England, told Eastern […]

Rotherham grooming victim: “I feel free and proud of myself” after abuser jailed

A mother who wanted to kill herself following her abuse by the ringleader of the Rotherham sex-grooming gang has said she finally feels free from his clutches after he was locked up for 35 years. Jessica*, now 30, was targeted by Arshid Hussain when she was just 14 years old and he was 24. She […]

Skype forced marriage is “growing trend”

INSTANCES of children being forced into marrying strangers through Skype ceremonies are be­coming a “growing trend,” the head of Freedom charity has said. Aneeta Prem, who founded the organisation, told Eastern Eye that the practice, which involves Imams conducting Islamic cere­monies over the internet, was the most extreme example of forced marriage she had heard […]

Government roll out more commuter railways as cities swell

INDIA’S congested cities are awarding new rail projects at a record rate, creating a boon for companies such as Siemens to Larsen & Toubro Ltd in a sector forecast to offer $5.8 billion worth of orders next year. India currently has about 300 km (186 miles) of operational metro track laid across seven cities in […]

Debt-ridden Mallya, leaves India

INDIAN liquor baron Vijay Mallya, under pressure from banks to repay more than $1 billion of debt owed by his collapsed airline, left the country last week, a lawyer for the lenders told the country’s top court. More than a dozen state-run banks – led by the country’s largest, State Bank of India, – had […]

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 […]

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