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  • Suresh Prabhu recounts Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey in his Rail Budget speech 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu began his Budget speech by recounting Mahatma Gandhi's famous train journey before he joined the freedom struggle. He said, "Bapu took a train voyage before starting the freedom movement." Prabhu said Gandhiji discovered India by travelling in third class which no longer exist. To celebrate 100th...
  • Watch: TVF's Arnub decides to tackle the much discussed topic that is 'Freedom of Speech' February 18, 2015

    It is always a lot of fun watching TVF's Arnub interview people in the trademark loud voice and mannerisms. And this episode of was particularly insightful. 'Freedom of Speech' has probably been the most discussed topic this year, so far and we still haven't managed to come to a conclusion...
  • Farhan Akhtar to perform at the Sounds of Freedom concert February 13, 2015

    Noida: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will enthrall music lovers at the Sounds of Freedom (SOF) concert here March 3. SOF is a concert produced by Teamwork Arts - a highly versatile entertainment company, with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. The concert is a celebration of the freedom...
  • Madras HC asks Perumal Murugan to explain his changed stance January 20, 2015

    Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday said that it will issue a notice to writer Perumal Murugan so that he could narrate the sequence of events following which he changed his stance. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Kaul and justice Sundaresh expressed large concern in extra judicial groups...
  • Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down as party boss January 15, 2015

    Colombo: Beleaguered former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to hand over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, bowing to the demand of party members after his shock election defeat. Sirisena was the general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) but was expelled...
  • Who is Maithripala Sirisena, the giant slayer of Sri Lanka January 9, 2015

    Colombo: The newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is being hailed as a giant slayer. He has achieved something impossible. He ended the rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested, never seen before Presidential election in the history of island nation. Sirisena, a staunch Buddhist hails from...
  • U2's Bono says he may never play guitar again January 3, 2015

    New York: Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. In a blog on the group's website, the 54-year-old rocker said he broke his hand,...
  • Digvijay Singh pitches for 'Freedom of religion Act' December 28, 2014

    Bhopal: Amid voices advocating for a stringent anti-conversion law in the country, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said instead of anti- conversion law, India needs a 'Freedom of Religion act'. "Instead of anti-conversion law we need 'freedom of religion act'," Singh told reporters in an informal chat. His statement comes...
  • Madan Mohan Malviya contributed to the development of India, say Benares Hindu university students December 25, 2014

    Benares Hindu university founder and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya was also awarded the Bharat Ratna. His family says successive congress governments ignored the late freedom fighter. ...
  • Pakistan, China among top 10 worst countries for Internet freedom December 7, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan is among the 10 worst countries along with Iran and China on the index of internet freedom, according to a global survey released today. Freedom House released its 'Freedom on the Internet 2014' report, which surveyed 65 countries and listed the index on obstacles to internet access, limits placed...
  • Online freedom declines in growing number of countries but India's position improves December 5, 2014

    Washington: Internet freedom suffered this year as a growing number of countries stepped up efforts to spy on users and censor online postings, a global survey showed Thursday. The report by the non-government watchdog group Freedom House said online freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries surveyed. In some cases, governments use...
  • Key Rajapaksa ally quits Lanka's ruling coalition November 18, 2014

    Colombo: In a blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a key ally pulled out of the ruling coalition on Monday in protest against his refusal to give up virtually unlimited powers, a day before he was likely to announce snap presidential polls. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) or National Heritage Party...
  • Tehri lake to be renamed after freedom fighter Shri Dev Suman October 10, 2014

    Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat announced to rename the Tehri lake after famous freedom fighter from the state, Shri Dev Suman, and tourism projects located close to it after the villages that submerged in the Tehri dam. Making the announcement at the concluding ceremony of the two-day Tehri Adventure...
  • PM Modi pays tribute to Shyamji Krishna Varma on his 157th birth anniversary October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tributes to freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma on his 157th birth anniversary, urging people to visit his memorial. "On his birth anniversary, I bow to Shyamji Krishna Varma. A devout patriot, he inspired several nationalists, both in India and overseas," the prime...
  • Medal to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi's journey from Africa to India October 1, 2014

    Kolkata: Commemorating the completion of 100 years of Gandhi's historic journey from South Africa to India to take part in India's freedom struggle, a numismatic dealer here has come up with a limited edition medal on him. To be made available from tomorrow on the occasion of Gandhi's birthday, the "Route...
  • Netaji galvanised Indians in Singapore to fight for freedom, says new research book September 27, 2014

    Singapore: The establishment of the Indian National Army (INA) and its women's wing, as well as the arrival of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose galvanised the Indian community in Singapore to fight for India's independence, a new research book says. "The coming of Subhas Chandra Bose completely revolutionised...the whole movement because people...
  • Pakistan world's worst in religious freedom: US government commission September 19, 2014

    Washington: Expressing concern over the deteriorating religious freedom in Pakistan, including attacks on minorities like Hindus and Christians, an independent, bipartisan US government commission has told lawmakers that Pakistan represents the worst situation in the world for religious freedom. In her testimony before the Committee on House Oversight and Government...
  • TWTW: What happens to a journalist when he talks about Telangana CM KCR September 14, 2014

    Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has sparked a controversy by issuing a stern warning to the media. He threatened to 'bury the media 10 feet under the earth if it insults Telangana'. ...
  • Noted Historian Bipan Chandra dies at the age of 86 August 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Well known Indian author and historian Bipan Chandra died on Saturday morning at the age of 86. He was considered to be an expert in political history and economics. He has authored a number of books including The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism, Communalism: A Primer, The...
  • 'Waste Free Jodhpur' project faces criticism as volunteers allege nonpayment of dues August 20, 2014

    Days after its launch by actor Aamir Khan, the city's ambitious "Freedom from Waste" project has landed into a controversy with volunteers roped in by the Jodhpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) alleging exploitation and nonpayment of dues. A joint initiative by administration and JMC, the drive had set 18month target to free...
  • Aziz Qureshi asks people to be grateful to freedom fighters August 14, 2014

    Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on Thursday said the country should be grateful to those who laid down their lives for its freedom which earned it the distinction of being the world's largest democracy. "This great day is an occasion for expressing regards and gratitude towards all the known and unknown...
  • Asha Sahay, who once fought for freedom in Bose's Azad Hind Fauj, now fights illiteracy in Bihar August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: On August 15, 2014, India celebrates its 68th Independence Day. There have been thousands of soldiers who sacrified their lives for the country's independence. Asha Sahay is one such name who joined Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Fauj at the young age of 16. Asha Sahay was...
  • Noted freedom fighter, CPI leader Prabha Sharma dies at the age of 93 August 10, 2014

    Patna, Aug 10 (PTI) Noted freedom fighter, CPI leaderPrabha Sharma died at a private hospital here today after a protracted illness, party sources said. She was 93. Influenced by her freedom fighter father, BanarsiSingh, Sharma joined the freedom movement and participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. Sharma also worked for the welfare...
  • Outrage over Bengal school textbooks labeling freedom fighters as 'terrorists' August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: There is outrage in West Bengal after school text books labelled revolutionary freedom fighters as 'terrorists'. The history textbooks for Class 8 describe the activities of freedom fighters like Khudiram Bose, Jatindranath Mukherjee and Prafulla Chaki as 'extremism and terrorism'. Prominent historians have dubbed the move by the West...
  • Freedom fighter Gundappa Murumkar dies August 1, 2014

    Parli: Veteran freedom fighter Gundappa Bhujangappa Murumkar passed away at his residence at a village in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district on Friday morning, family sources said. The 97yearold freedom fighter is survived by four sons, two daughters and grand children. Murumkar died following old agerelated problems at his residence in Jewali...
  • US surveillance programs threaten freedom of the Press, says report July 29, 2014

    Washington: US surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the Press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Largescale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the Press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights...
  • France denounces Egypt's decision to sentence journalists June 24, 2014

    Paris: France denounced Egypt's decision to sentence three journalists up to seven years in jail and called for freedom of expression, media reported Tuesday. "It is important that the Egyptian authorities ensure journalists' protection and guarantee a fair trial to defendants based on an independent investigation," Xinhua quoted Foreign Affairs Ministry's...
  • Photographs on freedom struggle to be put on display in Connaught Place June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: After the success of 'Fete de la photo' (photography festival) in March, Connaught Place will now witness another such exhibition in August, this time to revive the spirit of nationalism and freedom. The New Delhi Municipal Council has planned a monthlong photo exhibition 'Art for Public' from August 15...
  • No curbs on press freedom, assures Javadekar June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The government will not do anything to curb the freedom of the press in any form but the media should develop a mechanism to decide its responsibilities, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. "Sacrifices of many leaders during freedom struggle and Emergency contributed immensely to the...
  • Freedom of speech comes with responsibility: Prakash Javdekar June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Freedom of speech comes with responsibility and activities on social media should unite rather than divide, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday against the backdrop of murder of a techie in Pune. "Freedom of speech and expression comes with responsibility. #SocialMedia activities should b(e) for Unity...