FREEDOM

  • 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...
  • US expresses concern over the space for media freedom in Pakistan June 7, 2014

    Washington: "We have very clearly said that we are concerned about the space for media freedom in Pakistan," the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told on Friday. "We are aware that Geo TV's broadcast license has been suspended for 15 days and that a fine has been imposed on...
  • South Africans vote in first 'Born Free' election May 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: South Africans voted in the first "Born Free" election on Wednesday, with the image of the ruling African National Congress as conqueror of apartheid likely to appeal even to those with no memory of whiteminority rule. Voters young and old wrapped up against the early winter chill to stand in...
  • LS polls: Congress targets Modi over press freedom May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday charged Narendra Modi with destroying media freedom in Gujarat and questioned his promise of ridding politics of criminals when he "embraces" accused like Amit Shah and Babubhai Bukharia. Taking a dig at the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate over his extending greetings to journalists on World...
  • Modi wishes journalists on World Press Freedom Day, slams DD row May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has slammed the row over his interview to Doordarshan. Taking to Twitter on World Press Freedom Day, the BJP PM candidate said, "On days such as this, I feel very sad to see our National TV channel struggling to maintain...
  • Army soldier, freedom fighter dies due to extreme poverty April 29, 2014

    A faded but spotless INA uniform was all he left behind when he died on Tuesday in a hospital, where he was admitted by local people as he could not afford his medical expenses. The 94yearold Ram Milan Sah, a bachelor, was a member of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National...
  • Anna launches 'second freedom struggle' to send more farmers to Parliament April 1, 2014

    Expressing disenchantment with party-based politics, anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday launched a 'second freedom struggle' to send more farmer representatives to Parliament by 2024. Stating the first struggle took 90 years from 1857 to 1947 to get Independence, he said, "Now, the second goal of establishing real democracy and power...
  • Indian journalist beats Edward Snowden to win 2014 Google Digital Activism Award March 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Journalist Shubhranshu Choudhary is the winner of the 2014 Google Digital Activism Award. Choudhary conceptualised CGNet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), a mobile-phone service that allows citizens to post and listen to local reports in their local language using basic mobile phones. Shubhranshu Choudhary is a Knight International Journalism Fellow...
  • 90-year-old veteran freedom fighter Harinarayan Saini dies March 5, 2014

    Veteran freedom fighter Harinarayan Saini died on Wednesday at the age of 90. Saini, who had participated in the freedom movement, was ailing for some time.  The funeral will take place later in the day, district officials said. ...
  • Venezuelan beauty queen shot dead while protesting for her country's freedom February 21, 2014

    A local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound on Wednesday, the fifth fatality from Venezuela's political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government. Tensions have risen in Venezuela since Lopez, a 42yearold Harvardeducated economist, turned himself in to...
  • India 4th most dangerous country for journalists February 19, 2014

    One hundred and thirtyfour journalists and media support staff were killed while on reporting assignments last year, with India fourth on the list of countries with the most number of deaths, the Londonbased International News Safety Institute (INSI) said on Tuesday. Most of those killed were targeted deliberately. Of these, 65...
  • Freedom fighter Paras Nath Singh dead at 101 February 15, 2014

    Veteran freedom fighter Paras Nath Singh died at the age of 101 following protracted illness in Jaunpur on Saturday. Singh breathed his last at his native Keshvpur Rajepur village in Jalapur area, family members said. A follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he took an active part in India's freedom struggle and was...