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.

Ending the leakage raj

Just as economic reforms 20 years ago liberated India from the licence raj, governance reforms now underway promise to liberate the country from the leakage raj. Deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia recently pointed out that corruption has a direct effect on the economy: it dries up domestic and foreign investment, hits social sector projects (food security, education, healthcare) which most affect the poor, and shaves up to 2% off annual GDP growth.

UNGA to focus on India's child marriage ills, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: Child marriage, one India's worst social ills, is all set to get global attention.

Heavyweights like Mary Robinson, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Gro Brundtland are travelling to the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday to put the spotlight on this social malady.

National conference of Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh

NATIONAL conference of primary wing of the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh was organised at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh on August 27. A total of 492 delegates from 17 states participated in the conference. Shri Amar Agrawal, Health and Family Welfare Minister of the State, inaugurated the conference.

'Narendra Modi like Sardar Patel who worked towards unification of India'

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda Monday compared Narendra Modi's Sadbhavana mission to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's acts and decisions which led to the unification of India around 1947.

"Sardar Patel took up the task of unification of India at the time of the independence... Now again such an effort is being launched from here in the form of Modi's Sadbhavana Mission. India is a peace-loving country and this message is being spread to every corner of the world through Modi's mission," Munda said at Gujarat University Convention Centre here, where Gujarat Chief Minister is on his fast.

Remembering the 'bhoodan movement' of 1951 in Delhi

In the absence of a bhoodan (gifting land to the landless) act, bhoodan land has become disputed in many regions of Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

The community hall at Delhi's [ Images ] Gandhi Smriti, Tees January marg was packed with a generation of Gandhian followers, clad in white kurta and pyjamas on Sunday. They had all gathered to felicitate 'bhoodani's- people who had gifted their lands to the landless and harijans in the early 1950s, and which, in a way, started the 'bhoodan movement'.

Law University recruits 'student spies' to curb ragging

Raipur: The Hidayatullah National Law University has formed an anti-ragging squad to eliminate the menace from the campus and the hostel premises. The squad was formed in a meeting chaired by the vice-chancellor of the university on Friday.

The five-member squad will include two students. However, the names of these two students will not be disclosed so that they can keep a closer eye on the ragging in the university. They have to inform the university officials about any ragging activity that's taking place.

Stop diamond firm from mining in Chhattisgarh: Ajit Jogi, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Sep 19 (IANS) Congress leader Ajit Jogi Monday expressed strong opposition to diamond trading firm, B. Vijaykumar and Company, saying the Chhattisgarh government should stop it from carrying out mining in Raipur district and taking away the state's precious stones.

"The company, B. Vijaykumar, has been cleared recently by a tribunal, to begin diamond mining work in Mainpur-Devbhog area in the district. The state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government must move court to stop it from beginning mining work in a confirmed diamond-deposit territory," Jogi said in a statement.