DEMOCRACY

  • Humanity, Kashmiriyat and democracy three pillars in J&K: PM Modi December 8, 2014

    During his rally in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra lauded former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said, "He made a beginning. It is my duty to carry forward his dreams for Kashmir." ...
  • Bengaluru: 'Kiss of love' organisers to go ahead despite police ban November 27, 2014

    Bengaluru: After the Bengaluru police rejected permission for the 'Kiss of Love' campaign that was proposed for this Sunday, the organisers have decided to defy the police orders and go ahead with the event. The police had said that the protest would amount to allowing an indecent act in a...
  • Rajnath Singh urges Maoists to end violence and be part of democracy November 13, 2014

    Gurgaon: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday urged Maoists to end violence and be part of democracy for the betterment of India and its people. Rajnath Singh was speaking as the chief guest during the 75th Raising Day of the paramilitary Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF. The minister said there was no...
  • Democracy protesters clash with Hong Kong police November 6, 2014

    Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the...
  • Share sense of outrage with Canadian people over Parliament attack: Narendra Modi October 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India, which has experienced a horrific terrorist attack on its Parliament, can share the sense of outrage among Canadian people over the attack on their Parliament and assured that his government was commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation for combating terrorism. A...
  • Hong Kong government, democracy protest leaders begin talks October 21, 2014

    Hong Kong: Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protest leaders sat down for talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed the city's streets, on the same day the city's leader ruled out democratic reforms. The crucial talks began just hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying said...
  • Hong Kong police arrest 26 amid street clashes October 18, 2014

    Hong Kong: Hong Kong riot police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for control of the city's streets, using pepper spray and batons to hold back defiant activists who returned to a protest zone that officers had partially cleared. Police and activists engaged in running clashes in Mong Kok's dense grid...
  • Hong Kong police swoop in on democracy protest site October 17, 2014

    Hong Kong: Hong Kong police partially cleared a democracy protest site in a raid on Friday, tearing down tents and barricades hours after the city's embattled leader reopened his offer of talks to end nearly three weeks of disruptive demonstrations. The Mongkok site has seen violent scuffles between demonstrators calling for...
  • Hong Kong police move in against protest zone October 17, 2014

    Hong Kong: Dozens of Hong Kong police arrived at a pro-democracy protest zone to remove barricades in a dawn raid. Officers in riot helmets and shields descended on the district of Mong Kok to take down some of the tents and canopies there. Police said they were not trying to...
  • Salman Khan: Choose your leader like you choose your girlfriend October 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood star Salman Khan, who exercised his voting right for the Maharashtra Assembly polls today, urged the masses to be extra careful while selecting their leader. To put across the message in a convincing way, he said it should be done in the manner they select their girlfriend. "Jaise...
  • Our national character has weakened, says actor Salman Khan October 15, 2014

    Actor Salman Khan urged people to vote and choose their own leader. "A leader should do more social work rather than concentrate on politics. Our national character has weakened," said Salman. ...
  • We should respect our democracy and vote, says a 89-year-old voter October 15, 2014

    "We should respect our democracy and cast our vote. I have been voting since India got independence," said a 89-year-old man. ...
  • Voting is one important aspect of democracy, says Aamir Khan October 15, 2014

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, actor Aamir Khan urged the public to make sure that they cast their vote. "Voting is one important aspect of democracy. All citizens should contribute," said Aamir. ...
  • Hong Kong protesters stage massive, defiant rally October 5, 2014

    Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protesters were defiant in the face of attacks by opponents and warnings by the Hong Kong government to clear the streets, staging a massive rally on Saturday evening in the downtown business district they've occupied for a week. "Democracy now! Democracy in Hong Kong!" thousands chanted as speakers...
  • Afghan Diary: Democracy, a new era or namesake? September 30, 2014

    The democratic transition is perhaps the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of Afghanistan. As the new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes oath in the presence of over 1,400 national and international guests, the war-torn country enters a new era which was long awaited. Democracy to Afghanistan has come at...
  • Protesters stay out on Hong Kong streets, defying Beijing September 30, 2014

    Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours on Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. Riot police had largely withdrawn and there were none of the clashes,...
  • Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong September 29, 2014

    Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong on Monday, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong's top leader to go home. And with rumors swirling, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reassured the public that...
  • Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protesters clash with police, 38 injured September 29, 2014

    Hong Kong is paralysed after Pro-democracy protesters clashed with the police. At least 38 people are injured as anger builds over China's political will on Hong Kong's governance. ...
  • Hong Kong protesters defiant after tear gas chaos September 29, 2014

    Hong Kong: Police repeatedly fired tear gas in clashes with protesters fighting for democracy as parts of Hong Kong descended into chaos with tens of thousands on the streets to demand Beijing grant the city full universal suffrage. The rare scenes -- in which crowds faced down riot police in the...
  • Thousands rally in Hong Kong as democracy campaign heats up September 27, 2014

    Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of people massed in the heart of Hong Kong late on Saturday to demand more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony. The crowds swelled less than 24 hours after riot police used pepper spray to...
  • India believes in the strength of democracy, says PM Modi September 21, 2014

    Speaking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I have seen the strength of democracy. If there was no democracy, a person like me who was born in a poor family could not have become the prime minister." ...
  • Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule September 16, 2014

    Wellington: Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years on Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet plenty of questions remain about how far military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has tilted the outcome in his...
  • Blackclad democracy activists stage sombre Hong Kong rally September 14, 2014

    Hong Kong: More than 1,000 activists paraded through Hong Kong's streets on Sunday carrying huge lengths of black cloth, in a sombre protest against a recent decision by Beijing that crushed the city's hopes for full democracy. Democracy activists in the former British colony had expectations Hong Kongers would be able...
  • Hindi, regional languages must be encouraged: Pranab Mukherjee September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the use of Hindi and regional languages must be encouraged. Speaking at a function organised on the occasion of 'Hindi Divas' at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he said, "The constitution provides that Hindi should be developed in such a way that it should reflect...
  • Judicial corruption the worst form of ailment in a thriving democracy, says CJI RM Lodha September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over corruption in the judiciary, Chief Justice of India RM Lodha asserted that independence of judiciary is nonnegotiable. "As things change and economy grows, corruption also grows. Don't do anything that brings corruption in judiciary," he said. He also warned judges to be wary of people who...
  • Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy September 1, 2014

    Hong Kong: Police used pepper spray to disperse prodemocracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee set the stage for a political showdown on Sunday when it rejected...
  • Full text: President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the nation on Independence Day eve August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Strongly disapproving of disruptions in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that the need of the hour is to restore the grandeur and glory of institutions that have sustained democracy. "I sometimes wonder: has our democracy become too noisy? Have we lost the heart of contemplation and...
  • Has democracy become too noisy, asks President on the eve of the 68th Independence Day August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy and slammed those who believe in the "poison drip of inflammatory provocation". In his Independence Dayeve address to the nation, he referred to bigotry and noted that an increasingly...
  • 'Mobile phones have made India more democratic' May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phones have further strengthened the democracy in India, says Robert Jeffrey, the coauthor of 'Cell Phone Nation', a book on social impact of mobile telephony in India. "Until about 10 years ago, phones in India were meant for important people with important work to do. Not for the...
  • UK High Commissioner visits booths to see democracy in action April 18, 2014

    British High Commissioner to India James Bevan on Thursday visited polling stations in Patna and neighbouring areas to witness the election process. "The British High Commissioner visited many polling stations in Patna Sahib and Patliputra Parliamentary seats which witnessed voting today," Mainak De, Eastern India head of Political Press and Public...