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What Is India News Service
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Laloo holds his line
Despite the political isolation of his position accusing the Election Commission of favoritism a year ago, Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav held his line demanding the resignation of the ECs. In other news:

  • Government passes Right to Information Bill to increase transparency of governance

  • A devastating car bomb upset the relative peace Kashmir

  • Naxals in Andhra Pradesh used homemade rocket launchers to attack a police outpost

CAG Reports Irregularities The Comptroller and Auditor-General has reported several irregularities in the previous Governments policies and projects. In other news:

  • Cabinet approves proposal to create law to simplify labor laws relating to account keeping
  • President Kalam has proposed a seven point plan making it mandatory for all states to harvest water
  • The National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) has a unique project that will empower tribals
  • RBI wants a Warehouse Receipts Act


Capture of al Qaeda's No 3


Selected Features

Is model nikahnama progressive?
The feminist hype for emancipation and empowerment of women brought into sharp focus the miserable plight of the poor and illiterate Muslim womenfolk, particularly the victims of talaq.

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‘Ban on Defence middlemen is a joke’ The Rajiv Gandhi government banned middlemen and agents in Defence deals in 1987 but two years later, the same government diluted the ban so much so that today agents and middleman are all-pervasive leading to a ‘‘non-transparent’’ system in Defence purch

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Bardhan’s bluster After his sharpshooter, Gurudas Dasgupta, took innumerable potshots at the Union finance minister in his jaundiced responses to the Union Budget in Parliament, it is now the turn of comrade general secretary to man the battle decks. In a display of spleen

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Enabling enclaves WITH THE CHINA development experience becoming the benchmark for a range of public policy initiatives, it is no surprise that the Centre should come up with a proposal for setting up special economic zones for export processing on the lines of the Chinese

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False Figures The World Health Organization says that leprosy has been eliminated from 108 countries out of the 122 where leprosy was considered to be a public health problem in 1985. India happens to be one of the six countries where intensive efforts are still needed

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India, Japan shaping a new future? JAPAN'S EFFORTS to fashion a dynamic partnership with India and New Delhi's positive response can be traced to some significant perceptions of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. The two countries, in Mr. Koizumi's view, are now bound by not only their shar

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Landing the catch Fish production may have grown at a faster pace than foodgrains, and therefore become a growth segment within the broadly defined agriculture sector, but the manner of its growth leaves something to be desired.

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Lights off The Maharashtra government’s decision to renege on its electoral promise of free power confirms the truth of the old saying that you can fool all people some of the time and some people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

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Monetary Policy 2005-06 -- Lending priority to infrastructure The stance of the central bank signalling tentativeness in respect of financing infrastructure is surprising, given the critical role that the sector plays in the economy. Banks have to re-learn a few skills to financing infrastructure in a big way. The s

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Mullah-Military: The unholy alliance Instead of empowering liberal, democratic voices, Musharraf regime has co-opted the religious Right and relies on it to counter civilian opposition.

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Unconvincing charge With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issuing a certificate to the Election Commission (EC) about its “impeccable track record” in conducting elections and about it being "widely respected", a clear signal has been sent to the nation.

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Op-Ed (more)

Dalits in India: History, Issues, Solutions

Aravind Sitaraman researches 500 perspective and analytical articles on the state of Dalits in India. In this article, he references 75 important ones to provide a historical context, highlight their issues, and offer solutions.

Academic Papers (more)

Impact of Karnataka government advertisements

A study spread over several districts revealed a surprising variety in media taste and advertisement impact, says
Dr B P Mahesh Chandra Guru


Inscriptions from South Indian Temples published by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Editorial Picks

Is model nikahnama progressive?
Bardhan’s bluster
China or India? It's China and India
Contain the disease
Courtroom swings
Data accuracy: Key to credit information
Dragon and elephant
Enabling enclaves
False Figures
Global Players
India, Japan shaping a new future?
Landing the catch
Lights off
Look East, Differently
Monetary Policy 2005-06 -- Lending priority to infrastructure
Mullah-Military: The unholy alliance
Religion and politics in Central Asia
Terminate castes, let Dalits reign
Towards a strategic partnership
Unconvincing charge
Uniting politically against the King


Interesting Links

Southern Asia Collection at the University of Chicago Library
Photographs, digital resources, exhibitions, bibliographies, links

US-India Friendship
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of India



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