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Net to protect Modi from possible shoe attack

Article Date: 
17 Apr 2009

In an attempt to save Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi from a possible shoe attack, a net was put up on the stage from where Modi
addressed a public meeting on Friday.

About two feet plastic net was put up in front of the stage of the chief minister Narendra Modi where he addressed a rally tonight.

Article Source: 
Times of India

Parties divided on general strike

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

The general strike called by ruling DMK on Thursday on the Lankan Tamils issue has evoked a mixed response with its allies including Congress backing it but AIADMK and its partners refusing to take part, slamming it as a "farce".

Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi, under mounting pressure ahead of the Lok Sabha polls for not doing enough on the Lankan issue, last night gave the strike call to protest the 'killings of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka' and to demand immediate steps for a ceasefire.

Article Author: 
PTI
Article Source: 
The Hindu

Persistence Resistance 2009: A Festival of Contemporary Political Films

Article Date: 
16 Apr 2009

Passers of the roti in Delhi might have an interest in this film festival organized by the Magic Lantern Foundation. It shall be held on April 17-19 at the India International Centre (40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate). All are welcome and entry is free. Please click on the title for more information.
epoliticus
(previously known as "odear" in these parts)

The real Modi story

Article Date: 
21 Jan 2009

The sobering reality is that Gujarat had the lead in 1995 which it lost after the post-Godhra violence, and is trying to regain its erstwhile pre-eminent position. The fundamentals to attract investments—industrial peace, great infrastructure and ancillary industries—preceded Modi’s tenure. The Narmada dams were already under construction, workers polished diamonds in Palanpur, petrochemicals and cars were made in Vadodara, milk flowed from Anand, yarn churned out in Hazira and a refinery was being built in Jamnagar, much before Modi took office.

Article Author: 
Salil Tripathi
Article Source: 
Live Mint

A foreign policy short of ideas

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

India's immediate neighborhood comprises of countries that are becoming increasingly politically unstable. While the problems of Pakistan and Afghanistan make it to the headlines of newspapers worldwide, these two countries are not the only ones witnessing serious internal turmoil.

Article Author: 
Aaradhana Jhunjhunwala
Article Source: 
Open India

Worries mount on LTTE threat to Sonia

Article Date: 
9 Apr 2009

India’s intelligence services have become increasingly concerned about the prospect of an election-time attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on top political leaders, including Congress party chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Sources in the intelligence services have told The Hindu that while there is no substantive intelligence to indicate that assassinations or attacks have been ordered by the LTTE, the inflammatory language being used by the terrorist group’s supporter in India was a cause for concern.

Article Source: 
Hindu

Laxmi Orang, Assam United Democratic Front

Article Date: 
23 Mar 2009

Stripped naked and brutally assaulted by a violent mob in broad daylight, she had to run for her life in Guwahati on November 24, 2007. The barbaric incident, captured graphically on TV, which shocked the nation, took place when this young adivasi girl travelled 258 km from her village to the State capital for the first time to take part in a rally by the All-Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) to demand Scheduled Tribe status for the adivasis of Assam...

Article Source: 
Hindu

EC holds Varun guilty, suggests BJP not to nominate him

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

In an unprecedented order, the Election Commission tonight recommended to the BJP that it should not nominate Varun Gandhi as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections after holding him guilty of violating Model Code of Conduct for his hate speeches against Muslims. Coming done heavily on the 29-year old son of late Sanjay Gandhi and Menaka Gandhi, the Commission in a 10-page order said Gandhi's controversial speeches in Pilibhit(UP) early this month contained "highly derogatory" references and seriously provocative language of a "wholly unacceptable" nature against a certain community.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

Between the SEZ and the deep blue sea

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

“We are not against development. But why should we not get the real value of our land,” says Sandeep Mhatre, a 28-year-old former agent, sitting outside his tin-roofed home in Washim village.

Sandeep has 2 acres of rice fields. He admits he’s not interested in farming. But he says he will hold out till Reliance ups its offer of Rs 20 lakh.

“I won’t settle for less than Rs 70 lakh,” he says. “If the Mahamumbai SEZ wants more land, they’re going to have to pay more for it.”

Article Author: 
Ketaki Ghoge
Article Source: 
Hindustan Times

Jayalalithaa slams Sri Lankan govt's move on Kachchativu

Article Date: 
22 Mar 2009

AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa on Sunday flayed the Sri Lankan government's move to declare Kachchativu, an islet ceded to it by India in 1974, as a 'sacred area', saying it belonged to India and demanded its retrieval.

Kachchativu, situated in the Palk Straits between Sri Lanka and India, has been in the limelight in recent past as fishermen from Tamil Nadu at times are attacked allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, causing casualties which has led to protests by political parties in Tamil Nadu.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India
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