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  • J&K polls: All measure taken to ensure fair, peaceful voting in the district, says Kupwara Dy Commissioner December 1, 2014

    Srinagar: Expressing hope that the district will continue its previous trend and register a high voter turnout in the Legislative Assembly elections scheduled to be held on December 2, Deputy Commissioner Itrat Hussain Rafique said that all measure have been taken to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling in all...
  • Complaint filed against Bihar CM Manjhi for 'upper caste' remark November 25, 2014

    Chapra (Bihar): A complaint was filed against Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi in a court in Saran district, charging him with sowing discord in society by questioning the origin of upper caste people. In his complaint, filed in Chief Judicial Magistrate Radheshyam Shukla's court, advocate Rajkishore Giri charged Manjhi with...
  • Honour killing: Delhi University girl murdered over inter-caste marriage, parents arrested November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In a suspected case of honour killing, the parents of a 21-year-old Delhi university student has been arrested for allegedly murdering her. The deceased, identified as Bhawna Yadav, a final year student of Sanskrit Honours at Venkateswara College, was allegedly strangled to death by her parents Jagmohan Yadav, a...
  • Manjhi does it again, says he once refused to help a lady harassed by Yadavs due to vote bank politics November 17, 2014

    Patna: There seems to be no end to controversial statements from Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. After the upper caste remarks, Manjhi on Sunday openly admitted that he once refused to help a lady harassed by Yadavs due to vote bank politics. "A lady came to me in distress...
  • Jitan Ram Manjhi dubs upper caste people as foreigners, BJP slams comment November 12, 2014

    Patna: Stirring yet another controversy, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has termed upper caste people as 'foreigners and descendants of Aryan race', a remark for which the BJP has slammed him for 'stoking caste tension' in the state. "The upper caste people are foreigners and descendants of the Aryan race....they...
  • Caste-based census important to ensure social justice: M Karunanidhi November 8, 2014

    Chennai: A day after Supreme Court set aside a Madras High Court order directing the Centre to conduct caste-based census, DMK president M Karunanidhi urged the Union Government to factor in the necessity of holding such an exercise. "Though the Supreme Court has given the order based on present legal...
  • Is caste based census a political minefield? November 7, 2014

    Supreme Court upholds the Centre's power to conduct census in the manner they want. Since, Census is a policy decision the Centre is free to conduct it the way it wants, says the court. ...
  • Centre has the right to conduct caste based census, says SC November 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the Central government's decision to conduct a caste based census. The court on Friday said that that it is an exercise essential to frame government policy. The Court has upheld Centre's appeal against Madras High Court's ruling in 2010. "Conducting census is a...
  • Pension scheme for 40 lakh families in Uttar Pradesh October 24, 2014

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will launch a pension scheme for 40 lakh families, including those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and minorities, in the state on November 5. The Samajwadi Pension Scheme will cover 12 lakh SC/ST families as well as 10 lakh minority and...
  • Haryana elections: Adampur lacks basic amenities as caste politics dominate October 13, 2014

    Adampur: While political parties busy focusing on caste arithmetic during the election season, Adampur are still lagging behind in terms of development. Even basic amenities are a distant dream for the people of Adampur. A large part of Adampur constituency is still deprived of basic amenities such as clean drinking...
  • Haryana polls: What explains BJP's sudden rise in a two-party state? October 11, 2014

    Rohtak: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that its journey to forming the government in Haryana in Chandigarh starts at Rohtak. The BJP state office is also located in Rohtak, not in the state capital Chandigarh. The BJP had been a marginal player in the state politics till it swept the...
  • Temple was washed after I visited it, says Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi September 29, 2014

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has alleged discrimination against Mahadalits as a temple in Madhubani was washed and purified after he visited it. "A deep-rooted bias prevails against Mahadalits and those from the down-trodden sections of society....I have myself been a victim of caste bias," he said at a...
  • 'Unagi is a total state of awareness': 10 best quotes of Ross Geller as 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' turns 20 September 22, 2014

    Those who grew up the '90s, must have had 'Friends' playing an integral part in their lives. The six characters based living in New York struck a chord with people across the world and became household names. Each group would have a geeky Ross, a goodlooking Rachel with great hair...
  • 'Well, the fridge broke. So I had to eat everything.': 10 best quotes of Joey Tribbiani as 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' turns 20 September 22, 2014

    Those who grew up the '90s, must have had 'Friends' playing an integral part in their lives. The six characters based living in New York struck a chord with people across the world and became household names. Each group would have a geeky Ross, a goodlooking Rachel with great hair...
  • 'I'm not great at advice. But can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?': 10 best quotes of Chandler Bing as 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' turns 20 September 22, 2014

    Those who grew up the '90s, must have had 'Friends' playing an integral part in their lives. The six characters based living in New York struck a chord with people across the world and became household names. Each group would have a geeky Ross, a goodlooking Rachel with great hair...
  • First medical college in Palakkad under the Scheduled Caste department inaugurated September 20, 2014

    Palakkad: Kerela Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the first Medical College, started under the scheduled caste department, with majority of seats reserved for the backward classes. Speaking on the occasion, Chandy said, by starting a Medical College under SC department, Kerala has become a model for the country. The objective...
  • 'Low castes still forced to clean human excreta' August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Hundreds of thousands of impoverished "low caste" Indians are being forced to clean human excreta from dry toilets and open drains, despite a ban on the discriminatory and undignified practice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. India has since Independence in 1947 enacted laws aimed at ending the...
  • Modi favours consensus, calls for moratorium on violence August 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday declared that he would like to run the country on the basis of consensus and not on majority in Parliament and called for a 10year moratorium on caste and communal violence. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of...
  • Watch: The 'Lion King' Broadway cast takes over a New York City subway and sings 'Circle Of Life' August 9, 2014

    The Broadway cast of The Lion King took a break between shows on June 28 and took over a New York city subway car to give riders a little surprise. Last year the NYC subway served over 1 billion riders, and last year The Lion King became Broadway's first $1...
  • 'Game of Thrones' announces new cast members for season five July 26, 2014

    Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the highlights of the annual gathering of entertainment enthusiasts, with the introduction of new characters to supplant the deceased for season five. The fantasy drama set on fictional continents has become the mostwatched...
  • ICHR chief says caste system worked well in ancient times, sparks a debate July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The appointment of the new Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) chief Professor Y Sudershan Rao has triggered a debate. In a blog written in 2007 on the caste system, Rao had said that the caste system has been misinterpreted as an exploitative social system and that it...
  • Watch: Shah Rukh Khan as Ironman, Salman as Hulk, Priyanka Chopra as Black Widow? Who would play whom if 'The Avengers' was made in India July 14, 2014

    Go on, admit it. You have stayed up nights worrying if we are prepared enough when Marvel Studios finally decides to cast for an Indian version of The Avengers. This video sort of sums up the Avengers India cast if the film was made in Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan will play...
  • CPM asks Centre to allocate funds for SC sub plan July 12, 2014

    New Delhi: CPM on Saturday asked the Centre to allocate funds for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) equivalent to the population proportion of the SCs in the country. Stating that the Census 2011 had pegged the Scheduled Castes population at 16.6 per cent of the total population of the country, CPM...
  • NRI activist wants Centre to banish caste system June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: A Dubaibased Indian lawyeractivist, on a panIndian mission to abolish the caste system and who has served notice to the Centre, claimed on Thursday that the government would act on his plea by the end of this calendar year. NRI activist K.K. Sarachandra Bose, who originally hails from Kerala, has...
  • Intercaste marriage by son costs priest his job in Tamil Nadu June 23, 2014

    Namakkal: A temple priest was sacked after his son married a woman belonging to a community of another caste, which was in opposition to the alliance, in Kumarapalayam near Namakkal, Tamil Nadu. The priest of the temple in Kumarapalayam administered by Senkuthur Trust, in which the woman's community members has stake,...
  • UN rights chief calls time on castebased sex attacks June 18, 2014

    Geneva: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of castebased sexual attacks do not escape justice. "Women from stigmatised castes suffer the double assault of castebased and genderbased discrimination," Pillay said on the sidelines of a session of the UN Human Rights Council....
  • DU's St.Stephen's College sets cutoff at 98 per cent June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The cutoff for admissions to the fouryear undergraduate economics and English programmes for students with commerce background in Delhi University's St.Stephen's College has been set at 98 per cent, according to figures released by the college today. "This cutoff set is determined on the basis of the marks scored...
  • Karnataka CM gives Rs 2 extra subsidy to SC, ST milk producers, angers many June 17, 2014

    Bangalore: It seems Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah does not think that all farmers and villagers are equal. He thinks that poor among some castes are more equal than the others. Siddaramaiah, who openly practises the AHINDA (minorities, other backward classes and Dalits) brand of politics, has gone a step further....