BJD MLA gunned down by suspected Maoists

BHUBANESWAR/KORAPUT: Suspected Maoists shot dead a 39-year-old wheelchair-bound Biju Janata Dal legislator and his personal security officer at a public meeting in Orissa's Nabarangpur district on Saturday.

Police said Jagabandhu Majhi was killed while he was distributing land pattas to poor people at Gona village, close to the Orissa-Chhattisgarh border, around 500km from Bhubaneswar.

Cong MLA's gunman killed his father-in-law, tries to kill himself

The gunman of a Congress legislator from Amgaon in Gondia district of eastern Maharashtra let loose in Dongargarh in neighbouring Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. The accused Gyaneshwar Uikey, opened indiscriminate fire and gunned down his father-in-law Heeralal Sahu. Uikey later

tried to kill himself using his service revolver on late Friday evening.
The MLA, Ratan Raut, who is presently abroad, was provided with a gunman as he represents the Naxalite-affected Amgaon assembly constituency.

Mob kills tigress in Maharashtra, takes out victory procession

In a gruesome turn to man-tiger conflict, a tigress was lynched to death on Saturday by a mob of over 4,000 people at Bamni village in Rajnandgaon district, 6 km from the Gondia district border of Maharashtra.

The villagers, who carried out the act in the presence of a hapless joint Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh forest team out to tranquilise the animal, later took out a “victory procession” carrying the tigress’s carcass.

Darkness behind deceptive screen of India shining

On one hand India claiming to be champions of democracy, secularism and human rights propagates that India is shining, on the other it suffers from highest rate of poverty, illiteracy, infant mortality, inequalities in society. There is unbounded poverty, mass illiteracy and entrenched social divides. Social system of India is founded on inequality, intolerance, religious extremism. It is perhaps the most unequal country on the planet, with a tiny elite engorged on best education, biggest landholdings, and largest incomes.

Sen airs views on fasting, unveils plan against sedition laws

Pune While over 47 per cent of children below the age of five in India are malnourished, as per the Sachar Committee report, the figures for minority communities go beyond 50 per cent, said human rights activist Binayak Sen, addressing a gathering of students here. Addressing the lecture organised by Lokayat, Pune, Sen and his wife also gave their views on fasting by leaders like Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and activists like Anna Hazare and Irom Sharmila. He also spoke of his campaign against several provisions of sedition under Section 124(A) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

A call for change

Anna and his team may have won the first round against corruption, but there are several battles waiting to be fought in India. Anuradha Varma asks some eminent voices to tell us about the change they want to see.

Anna, broaden your battles! Gurcharan Das, author & management expert

DNA Investigations: Lying unguarded in Maoist stronghold: CIL explosives

Maoists are the biggest threat to the country — the prime minister and the home minister routinely say this. But the government seems little interested in protecting tonnes of explosives stored by Coal India Ltd (CIL), a government of India undertaking, in its depots in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Needless to say, all these states are reeling from the Maoist insurgency.

CIL buys explosives worth Rs1,500 crore annually for mining — that is almost 30% of the total explosives used in the country.

KCP's ultra-Left turn worries Manipur

KOLKATA: Since the Eighties, the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) has been waging a bloody struggle for a sovereign Manipur. Of late, a faction of the outfit has embraced Maoist ideology to carry on its armed movement like the ultra-Left wing guerrillas are doing in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal.