RAPES DO HAPPEN WHERE THERE’S NO INTERNET
Published 04-01-2013 13:17 GMT-0000
The Justice Verma Committee has asked ‘all members of the public’ among others to respond with ideas, knowledge and experience, to assist the committee in reaching its objective of suggesting amendments of laws relating to crimes against women. The notice has been published in many newspapers. This act is rather usual but has been sold to the public by the government as some sign of its active response. Parliamentary committees regularly serve such notices to the public.
LET’S INSIST ON MORE SEXUAL OPENNESS, NOT LESS
Published 02-01-2013 13:01 GMT-0000
Published 13-12-2012 12:02 GMT-0000
As we wait for the bruises and the collective disgust at the Zakir Hussain-Subhmania Bharti Marg to heal and dissipate, we cannot but wonder what the State Chief Secretaries and police chiefs will come up with on January 4, 2013. Amendments to criminal law regarding sexual assault cases are probably in the pipeline.
Published 19-11-2012 12:00 GMT-0000
New Delhi: Jute is one of the oldest sectors in India’s agricultural and industrial economy. India is the largest producer of raw jute and jute goods. Export performance of jute sector crossed US$ 383 million during 2011-12. This year’s target has been set at US$ 500 million. The exports included diversified products like jute floor coverings, wall hangings, decorative fabrics.
Published 07-11-2012 12:34 GMT-0000
Now that we have moved on from the serial Haryana rapes to newer headlines of the year in this holy land, and the urban liberal condemnation brigade has moved on to newer issues, let me spoil the momentum and bring back the issue. Is it surprising that Haryana, the state that has a sex ratio of 877 females per 1000 men in population is also the place where the most elaborate public charade of protecting the honour of women takes place?
All over the world hard wood becomes a scarce commodity. The furniture manufacturers are vigorously searching for an ecofriendly alternative to wood. The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) at Thiruvananthapuram, a constituent laboratory of CSIR has developed the technology to make wood substitute from natural fibre polymer composites. It has been a pioneer in the research of natural fibre - composites for more than two decades.
KARNAD’S CRITICISM IS SPOT ON
Published 06-11-2012 11:37 GMT-0000
On the first day of the literature festival in Mumbai where V.S. Naipaul received a lifetime achievement award, the Nobel prize winner declared, apparently to the dismay of the audience, that he would not write any more on India. It was an announcement, however, which should have been greeted with cheers since it would have spared the readers of his “jaundiced” views, as another writer on India, William Dalrymple, said about the West Indian author of Indian origin.
BOTH FOCUSSING ON MAJOR ISSUES
Published 24-11-2011 13:00 GMT-0000
Published 22-11-2011 23:07 GMT-0000
Does the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) movement in the United States and elsewhere remind an Indian of the recent Anna Hazare movement in India against corruption? As I am witness to both, I see some similarities but there are also some differences between the two movements.
Published 22-11-2011 23:04 GMT-0000
New York: Strong laws are vital to ending violence against women, but the long road to tackling this scourge begins with a change in attitudes, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro stressed today during a visit to Ethiopia.
Published 17-11-2011 17:25 GMT-0000
New York: Recurring drought, insufficient hygiene and ongoing regional conflict are driving a deadly outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) across the Horn of Africa, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
New York: Philosophy, the exercise of critical thought and freedom of expression are vital in the search for lasting responses to the challenges of peace and development, a top United Nations official stated as the world body marked this year’s World Philosophy Day.