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Nepal Maoists ‘sacrifice’ own children for self interest

Ninth-grader Sadhana Limbu was expecting to return to her school in Nepal’s tea garden district of Jhapa next week after spending a brief vacation with her family in Kathmandu. Instead, the 14-year-old girl is now in police custody in the capital, facing interrogation and a tough ordeal that could include imprisonment. She was caught by Nepal’s airport authorities Thursday while ...

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Punjab, Haryana stare at foodgrain wastage again and seek help

Punjab and Haryana, which contribute 70 percent of the foodgrains in the national kitty, say the central government is not doing enough to lift the huge stocks lying in the open in the two states that had once ushered in India’s Green Revolution. After Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took up the matter of shortage of storage facilities with ...

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Bollywood’s A-certificate films rake in moolah

“Delhi Belly” has shocked quite a few with its toilet and sex scenes and generous use of expletives, but the A-certified film got a bumper response. With “Haunted” and “Murder 2″ also raking in the moolah, these movies have shown how to make money despite having a restricted audience. “The reason we are seeing A-movies becoming hits is because people ...

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NPCIL tying up with state-run firms for n-power

 The Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) plans to tie up with state-run firms like ONGC, Indian Oil and NTPC to finance upcoming nuclear power projects, says a senior official. “Several PSUs have shown interest in tying up with us,” Shreyans Kumar Jain, chairman and managing director of NPCIL. He said NPCIL had signed joint venture agreements with Indian ...

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Culture odyssey: The eclectic journey of Indian dance

From temple dancers and royal courtesans to modern-day prima donnas: Indian classical dance has gone far in the last 100 years from seclusion to the contemporary glamour stage of mainstream culture and from religious dance dramas to experiments with reality. “The contemporary Indian dance stage reflects the spirit of globalisation,” Kuchipudi dancer Kaushalya Reddy who hosted an international dance festival ...

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Ghana turns to India to fight mountains of waste

Ghana is turning to India to procure equipment worth $10 million to tackle mounting waste and poor sanitary conditions in its capital Accra and other urban areas. Local Government and Rural Development Minister Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo said the government would procure Indian waste management equipment for distribution among civic agencies to counter the problem that is threatening public health in the ...

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Canada demotes, fines general for sleeping with subordinate

 A former Canadian general was Thursday demoted and fined for having a sexual affair with his subordinate while he was posted in Afghanistan. Former brigadier general Daniel Menard, who pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with his subordinate before a court martial, was fined $7,000 and demoted to the rank of a colonel. Menard, who commanded Canadian forces in ...

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Support grows for gangraped Nepal Buddhist nun

Support began to grow for a Buddhist nun from Nepal who was gangraped in a public bus last month with organisations in the country as well as abroad taking up her cause. The 21-year-old, whose attack is the rarest of rare case in post-democracy Nepal, will now have her medical treatment in a Kathmandu hospital supported by a fund-raising concert. ...

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Chhattisgarh’s terror boys: once feared now fearful

 They were tagged as the terror boys ruling the heart of India’s insurgency zone. Once striding down jungle roads with AK-47s on their shoulders, the ragtag band of special police officers (SPOs) who formed the dreaded Salwa Judum have been stripped off their arms and now fear for their lives. About 5,000 SPOs, described by right activists as “non state ...

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‘Men getting their due on small screen’

 Indian television shows are seen largely as a women’s world, but if a new soap is any indication, then happier times are here for men on the small screen. “Parichay – Nayee Zindagi Key Sapno Ka” is being unusually promoted via a sensitive and introspective male character. The show, to go on air in August, is produced by television tsarina ...

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When yoga and classical music combine to hea

What do you get when you combine the elaborate postures of yoga with the soothing strains of Indian classical music? A novel music therapy for the sick and the stressed, say two musicians of the Taj city who’ve just returned from the 13th World Congress of Music Therapy in South Korea. Lovely Sharma, a D.Litt in sitar and author of ...

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How healthy is your school? Chandigarh to show way

Toilets, disaster preparedness, first-aid knowledge…these are among various criteria to help categorise many Chandigarh schools under a unique initiative to ensure healthy surroundings in these institutions, government or private. Called Health Promoting School (HPS), it will be implemented within three years in 185 schools and benefit over 225,000 students. Schools in this union territory (UT) will be the first in ...

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Karnataka mining report could trigger political blast

Karnataka seemed headed for prolonged instability Thursday and possible early elections with the Lokayukta revealing the involvement of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, the powerful Reddy brothers and politicians of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in illegal mining in the state. The report of ombudsman N. Santosh Hegde is yet to be submitted but his major findings were leaked ...

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IB Programmes? Delhi University not interested

 Students armed with a prestigious international school board certificate, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, are finding it near impossible to secure seats in Delhi University. Students, parents and even some lecturers say that Delhi University is turning away those with the diploma, which is awarded by a Geneva-based body and is respected worldwide. The Association of Indian Universities here says ...

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