SC order on Guj. carnage: BJP succumbs to Moditva

By Praful Bidwai NEW DELHI :Has the Bharatiya Janata Party abandoned even the pretence of playing by the rules of democratic game and decided that it’s not bound by any considerations of minimum political decorum and that it must stoop to the lowest possible level whenever it’s questioned or challenged? […]

Bangladesh to repeal anti-minority laws

Bangladesh will repeal all laws discriminatory to minority communities, including indigenous people, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said. Hindus and Buddhist tribals constitute the two largest minority communities in the Muslim majority state, which has seen surge in Islamist extremists seeking to convert Bangladesh into a fundamentalist nation. “The present […]

Supreme Court: Probe Modi hand in 2002 riots

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday (27 April,2009) asked the Special Investigation Team to probe a complaint against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that he and his Cabinet colleagues orchestrated the post-Godhra communal riots in 2002 in connivance with police officials and senior bureaucrats. A two-judge Bench of Justices […]

Iqbal Bano is no more

Renowned Pakistani singer Iqbal Bano died on Tuesday in the eastern city of Lahore aged 74, it has been reported. Ms Bano was best known for her semi-classical Urdu ghazal songs and classical thumris, but also sang easy-listening numbers in 1950s films. – BBC, 23 April 2009

Indian elections ’09: Phase II polls in 12 States today

By J. Balaji NEW DELHI: As naxal attacks continue in Jharkhand and Bihar, the Election Commission has made “adequate arrangements” for Phase II polls on Thursday in 140 constituencies in 12 States. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam, will cast his vote at a booth […]