Ahead of historic visit, US court issues summons to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landmark visit to the US, a human rights group has obtained summons against him for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots as state chief minister. New York based American Justice Centre (AJC) obtained the summons from the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in a suit filed with two survivors of what it called the “horrific and organized violence of Gujarat 2002.” Filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Continue reading →

Why India’s Mars mission is so cheap – and thrilling – BBC News

India’s space programme has succeeded at the first attempt where others have failed – by sending an operational mission to Mars. The Mangalyaan satellite was confirmed to be in orbit shortly after 0800, Indian time. It is, without doubt, a considerable achievement. This is a mission that has been budgeted at 4.5bn rupees ($74m), which, by Western standards, is staggeringly cheap. The American Maven orbiter that arrived at the Red Planet on Monday is costing almost 10 times as much. Back in June, Indian Prime Continue reading →

India drops Israeli LAHAT, will develop own missile for Arjun Mk-2

The homemade Arjun Mk-2 tank has suffered a major setback, with a critical Israeli anti-tank missile to be fitted on it failing to meet the army’s requirements. The development comes at a time when the defence ministry has set the ball rolling for buying 118 Arjun Mk-2 tanks at a cost of more than Rs. 6,600 crore. The tank developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an upgraded version of the Mk-1 variant, 119 of which have been inducted in the army. One of Continue reading →

1000 unlawful police detention cases in India every year, UP and Delhi lead

The Kolkata Police entered the university, allegedly dragged and injured students including girls, and detained many as they raged against the alleged sexual assault on a student after a college fest.  The city’s police chief claims his officers exercised restraint. The students believe otherwise and want the police punished. The students believe the police action was yet another instance of abuse of power. “In many parts of india, the police is the only visible state presence. police say that there is pressure from the public to Continue reading →

India set to become Asia’s first country to reach Mars and make history

ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Radhakrishnan has confirmed India’s Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) is on it’s way to Mars without any problems. ISRO now has a major task of injecting the MOM into a Mars orbit as it catches up with the red planet on September 24th. The ISRO chief said the commands for the insertion have already been uploaded and everything is expected to go fine. At about 7:17 am on September 24, the orbiter’s engine will commence the burn to take the spacecraft into Continue reading →

Scotland Set to Reject Independence

Scotland has voted against independence in a historic referendum, the BBC forecast on Friday after preliminary results showed 54.3 percent voting “No” and 45.7 percent voting “Yes”. “The BBC forecasts that Scotland has voted against becoming an independent country,” read a statement on its website. Scotland’s First Deputy Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted on Friday that her party’s campaign for independence had likely been defeated. “It looks at though we might not get the Yes vote that I was hoping for,” Nicola Sturgeon told the Continue reading →

Chinese troops begin withdrawing from Indian territory hours after Xi-Modi meet

After heightened tension in Chumar area in northeast Ladakh for four days, Chinese troops on Thursday night began withdrawing from Indian territory, official sources said. Chinese troops started retreating into their territory from 9:45pm, the sources said, adding that Indian Army which was present in large number in the area also started simultaneously reducing their presence in the area, about 300 km east of Leh.The sources said that a vigil was still being maintained as the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had camped just across Continue reading →

All you want to know about the Line of Actual Control (LAC)

The LAC has always remained a major cause of tension between India and China. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to India was seen by several political analysts as an opportunity to sort out the border related issues. Here are some interesting facts about the ‘all important’ LAC. 1. India and China have different perspectives regarding LAC Called Line of Actual Control (LAC), a 4,057-km porous border running through glaciers, snow deserts, mountains and rivers separate India and China. Both the nations have differing perceptions Continue reading →

India Home to 100 Billionaires; 6th Largest Population Globally

India has retained its sixth position in terms of number of billionaires with 100 such people collectively having $175 billion (Rs. 10.5 lakh crore) in networth. According to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, released today, though the number of billionaires in the country has decreased but India still enjoys a decent 6th position in the top 10 league. Interestingly, India has more number of billionaires than Switzerland, Hong Kong and France among others. Globally the number of uber-rich has reached a record high of Continue reading →

China President Xi’s India Visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to India and meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to strengthen relations between both the nations. Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here today on a three-day visit, which is expected to define the relationship between the two neighbours who have had a troubled past.  With $100 billion of investment being pledged by China, the meet is likely to boost the business ties further. China is one of India’s major trade partner and the visit will see various Continue reading →