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An early Christmas for city's homeless kids

Dec 21, 2014

An early Christmas for city's homeless kids

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Christmas came early for a group of 30 underprivileged children living in a shelter home here as they were gifted warm clothes by the police and shopkeepers to brave the winter chill. The shelter home, run by NGO Chetna, was visited by a team of police officers from Lajpat Nagar police station along with ten shopkeepers Sunday. The children were given jackets, caps, blankets, shoes etc. #Aliens #Chrome #editors-choice #India #indian #News #NewsTracker #Opera
Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

Dec 21, 2014

Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week. #Government #Italy #Latin America #Mexico #opinion #Politics #Russia #United States
The play that inspired Bollywood, revived Indian drama (Column: Bookends)

Dec 21, 2014

The play that inspired Bollywood, revived Indian drama (Column: Bookends)

Have you ever wondered how Indian films, especially the Bollywood variety, came to be song-and-dance spectacles, mostly featuring two people falling in love, getting separated by circumstances/families/rivals but after heart-tugging vicissitudes, living happily ever after? For this, you can commend (or castigate) a shy Urdu poet of the mid-19th century who not only resurrected drama as an Indian literary genre after centuries, but in his play, integrated five subcontinental cultural traditions and provided a sterling example of the "Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb/sanskriti". But such are the vagaries of fortune that Syed Agha Hasan 'Amanat Lakhnavi' (1815-59) and his "Indar Sabha" - the first written Indian play after Visakhadatta's "Mudra Rakhasa" (9th century) - remains little-known outside Urdu scholars though the work may evoke some glimmers of recognition from Bollywood historians. #affiliates #Aliens #Business #Chrome #editors-choice #ians-photo #ians-video #NewsTracker #Opera
Nitish Kumar takes on Bhagwat over reconversions

Dec 21, 2014

Nitish Kumar takes on Bhagwat over reconversions

Patna, Dec 21 (IANS) Former Bihar chief minister and senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar Sunday said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's support for ghar wapsi (home coming) of Muslims and Christians to the Hindu fold "should be denounced by all". "Bhagwat's support for ghar wapsi should be denounced by all. His statement will create more tension," Nitish Kumar told media persons here. #Ajax #Business #ians-photo #ians-video #indian #jpg #NewsTracker #Sports #Technology
'Lima did not safeguard interests of less developed nations like India'

Dec 21, 2014

'Lima did not safeguard interests of less developed nations like India'

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) And the fissure nothing but deepened yet again! This is how experts would like to sum up the outcome of the 2014 Lima climate change talks where the developed and the developing countries supposedly sat across the table to strengthen the global partnership in combating climate change - that instead resulted in its dilution. Those who kept a close watch on the 20th Conference of Parties (COP-20 Lima) that concluded in the Peruvian capital last week said its outcome further eroded the difference between the rich and poor countries like India. Why? #affiliates #Business #indian #Interview #jpg #News #Opera #science #Sports
Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

Dec 21, 2014

Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud. A deployment of medical workers and equipment to Kono District has been the fastest so far in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases,- under a strategy of tackling epidemic hotspots before they get too big. But officials say responses need to be yet faster to fight the fever that has killed more than 7,000 people across West Africa. #Arabic #author #France #Japan #Latin America #markets #Mexico #opinion
'Breathalysers don't accurately detect blood alcohol levels'

Dec 21, 2014

'Breathalysers don't accurately detect blood alcohol levels'

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Researchers have found that the ability of some breathalysers, widely sold to the British public to detect potentially unsafe levels of alcohol in blood while driving, varies considerably. The findings call into question the regulatory process for approving these sorts of devices for personal use, say the researchers, particularly as false reassurance about a person's safety to drive could have potentially catastrophic consequences. #Aliens #Chrome #editors-choice #Firefox #ians-photo #ians-video #Interview #News #NewsTracker #science
shld remain on top of TR )Insurance bill's fate hangs in balance

Dec 21, 2014

shld remain on top of TR )Insurance bill's fate hangs in balance

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) A huge question mark hangs over the fate of a bill to raise the foreign equity cap in the insurance sector to 49 percent, with an aggressive opposition stalling the Rajya Sabha to demand a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on issue of conversions. Despite the Congress' in-principle agreement to the bill, the government's prized reform legislation - which it wants passed before the January 2015 visit of US President Barack Obama - has apparently hit a roadblock. The government is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha, where the bill has been introduced. #affiliates #Ajax #Aliens #Business #Chrome #ians-photo #India #Interview #News #NewsTracker #Opera #Sports
Gutka ban is good for India's youth: WHO study

Dec 21, 2014

Gutka ban is good for India's youth: WHO study

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (IANS) State-level laws banning "gutka" - a form of chewing tobacco - are having a positive impact on Indian youths, according to a study by WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) study was conducted in Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and the national capital region #Ajax #Business #editors-choice #ians-photo #India #Interview #jpg #Multimedia #News #NewsTracker
Aamir's PK rocks at box office, crosses Rs 50 cr mark in two days

Dec 21, 2014

Aamir's PK rocks at box office, crosses Rs 50 cr mark in two days

Aamir Khan-starrer “PK” has minted over Rs.50 crore in two days in the domestic market, and trade experts expect it do "steady” business in coming days. #Aamir Khan #Anushka Sharma #NewsTracker #PK #Sanjay Dutt