#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Mumbai) – September 25 – After being checkmated by the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in the Bihar bypoll, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that the ‘Mahayuti’ needs pull up its socks and refrain from gloating over the “Modi wave” to fight the upcoming Maharashtra assembly elections.

The up-coming elections in India see local politicians battling to regain power and maintain status-quo whereas poor populations continue to stay deprived of rights and basic necessities of life.



#ans2014, #bihar, #bjp, #india, #mahayuti, #mumbai

‘ Russia’s and India’s Relationship Goes Back to 1971 Indo-Pakistan War ‘

#AceNewsServices – (Editor Choice) – September 19 – The tradition of close, friendly relations between Russia and India is largely inherited from Soviet-Indian relations, established after Indian independence.

' Putin and Modi Meeting at BRICS '

‘ Putin and Modi Meeting at BRICS ‘

The Soviet Union and India had common or coinciding positions on most of the important issues in world politics.

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was the direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Indian, Bangladeshi and international sources consider the beginning of the war to have bee Operation Chengiz Khan, when Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes on 11 Indian airbases on 3 December 1971, leading to India’s entry into the war of independence in East Pakistan on the side of Bangladeshi nationalist forces, and the commencement of hostilities with West Pakistan.

Lasting just 13 days, it is considered to be one of the shortest wars in history where the USSR rendered important assistance to India.

As a result of India’s great victory, the newly independent state of Bangladesh was formed in place of East Pakistan.

This was an important stage in India’s history that to a significant degree laid the foundation for the transformation of the state into a great power.

At present, relations between Moscow and Delhi are based on the similarity of both countries’ approaches to the fundamental problems of global development.


#russia, #india, #indo-pakistani-war-1971, #prime-minister-narendra-modi, #russian-president-vladimir-putin

SCOTLAND: ‘ Debate Surrounding Independency Which Country Agrees YES or NO ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – Debate surrounding the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country has seen impassioned interventions on both sides of the argument.

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia's independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia’s independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Within Britain and abroad, politicians and statesman have clambered to urge Scottish voters, depending on ideology, to vote in favour of independence or to retain the United Kingdom.

As millions of Scots prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, the Telegraph looks back at how the world has responded to the potential dissolution of the UK’s 300-year-old union UK Telegraph reported in flash-back.

“For Scotland, secession would be a catastrophe. It would end up in a Balkanisation process that nobody in Europe wants right now” – García-Margallo, foreign minister
“I have spoken to the representatives of the 28 states and enthusiasm for processes of this type is nil, because I understand they are bad for the region in question, for the state and the EU as a whole” – Mariano Rajoy, prime minister.


“The UK is one of the pillars of the single market, of big international trade agreements and is so important in Europe that the consequence will be maybe the start of the true decline of the European Union. The sequence, the consequences of tomorrow’s referendum, could be very, very dangerous” – Enrico Letta, prime minister

Having Scotland outside the EU means the English-Scottish border becomes a customs frontier, with controls and tariffs. EU regional funding would end. Fishing rights would have to be re-negotiated from outside. And that is just the start of a very long list of disadvantages” – Ginna Pittella, leader of Socialist bloc of European Parliament


I would say that the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside, at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner. But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there”Barack Obama, president

“The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united”Barack Obama, President, on the eve of voting

“I hope the Scots people will vote to remain in the UK for several reasons”Bill Clinton, former president

“You will not find anyone involved in American foreign policy – from the President on down – who does not think that this division will weaken the alliance that we have” Brad Sherman, congressman (D)


I am a firm friend of the United Kingdom and I want it to remain the United Kingdom, not the disunited Kingdom. It is a matter for Scotland, obviously, but as a friend of the United Kingdom that is my view” Tony Abbott, prime minister


We think, from a Canadian perspective, that a strong, united United Kingdom is an overwhelmingly positive force in the world”Stephen Harper, prime minister


“Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices” – Hindustan Times


“A German foreign minister is well advised not to interfere in British domestic politics. But I would openly admit that I would rather see Great Britain remain together” – Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

“A ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US” David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist

The opt-outs they’re pushing for would make it very difficult for Scotland to get membership… I would be extremely surprised if there was an automatic accession to the EU” Jo Leinen, senior Socialist MEP

“Scottish independence remains an adventure – poltically, economically and from a currency standpoint” – Die Weit


[China wants a] “strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom” Li Keqiang, Chinese premier

“The concept of unity is the reason why the United Kingdom exists. If Scotland splits, it will hurt Britain’s self esteem and also reduce the impact of the country on the international stage. The world will suffer too. Britain cannot ignore this because Scotland means a lot to the UK” – China News Wire



I would obviously vote for Scottish independence because I’m too keen on history not to know that Scotland is the traditional ally of the French ever since the Ancien Régime” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick politician who ran for president in 2012 as the candidate of the Front de Gauche


This is not about destroying the UK, it’s not about being against Britain, it’s about creating something new, an independent free Scotland. You can leave the negativity to the No campaign. Do I hope that Scottish independence could serve as an inspiration for us? Yes I do, I certainly do” – Daniel Turp, veteran of Quebec’s pro-independence campaign


We wish our Scottish friends victory in the referendum with all our hearts. For us in Bavaria it would be a real boost and it would no longer be so easy for our media to negate or ridicule this topic. The larger the political unit, the less chance individuals have of being heard” Florian Weber, eader of the pro-independence Bavaria Party


“If the yes wins then all of the European governments will have to accept the result, including Madrid. And I am convinced that the negotiations between Brussels, London and Edinburgh will start very quickly with the goal to keep Scotland in the European Union. The consequences for us are important. It raises the question that if the Scottish people have the right to decide then why not the Catalan people” Artur Mas, president of the semi-autonomous Spanish region

North Korea

“I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland. I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence” Choe Kwan-il, managing editor of Pyongyang-supported Choson Sinbo

Palestinian territories

Every person wants to be able to decide for themselves. So if they want to separate from the UK, then of course I support them” Issa Musallam, Palestinian bagpipe player Issa Musallam, 23

As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war, The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance. But as Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state. The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone” – Majeed Qonqar, Palestinian bagpipe player


“In four days, we will know whether this perfect storm was just a passing breeze, or if Great Britain should prepare itself to take its place in the coffers of history alongside the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and so many other old broken states” – Martin Rodriguez Yebra, La Nacion newspaper.

Courtesy of Telegraph UK Staff



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' Heavy Flooding and Landslides Claim 450 People' Lives Leaving 200,000 Stranded in Indian Kashmir '

#AceWorldNews – INDIA/PAKISTAN – September 13 – Following days of heavy flooding and dangerous mudslides have now claimed more than 450 lives in Pakistan and India, more than 200,000 people remained stranded Saturday in Indian Kashmir, despite receding water, officials said, commenting on the Himalayan region’s worst flooding in a century.


Rescue teams are now able to go inside houses and get out those still trapped inside and account for the dead bodies,” Shantmanu, the divisional commissioner of Jammu region, who uses one name, told AFP.

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Government officials say at least 200 people died and 130,000 people have been rescued in Kashmir.

Each affected family whose home was destroyed will receive an initial 75,000 rupees ($1,200) and six months of food rations, the government said.

Contributions AFP – RT – AP 


#flooding, #himalayan, #india, #jammu, #kashmir, #mudslides, #pakistan, #shantmanu

INDIA: ‘ Water Shortage Call The Mafia ‘

#AceWorldNews – India(New Delhi) – September 07 – Every summer, when Minoo Phakey’s water runs out, she does what most people do in her middle-class neighbourhood: She calls the Mafia.

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Within an hour, a man in a tanker arrives, carrying a load of dubious water drawn illegally from the city’s groundwater.

With India’s capital gripped by its annual hot season water shortage, the city’s so-called tanker mafia is doing a roaring trade.

An estimated 2,000 illegal tankers ply New Delhi’s roads every day, lifelines to millions whose taps have run dry, and symptoms of a much bigger problem – the city’s desperately dysfunctional water system.


#india, #mafia, #new-delhi

INDIA: ' Al-Qaida Has Expanded into India Leader of Terror Group Said in Video '

#AceBreakingNews – INDIA (New Delhi) – September 04 – Al-Qaida has expanded into India, the leader of the terror group said in a video released Thursday, vowing that its militants would bring Islamic law to the entire subcontinent and "wage jihad against its enemies."

At least three Indian states with large Muslim populations have been put on alert in the wake of the video’s release, local TV stations reported, though there was no indication of an increased security presence.

The new group "is the fruit of a blessed effort of more than two years to gather the mujahedeen in the Indian subcontinent into a single entity," al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri said in the video, which was seen online by the SITE monitoring group.

While his comments raised concerns in India, al-Zawahri’s message seemed largely directed at his own rivals in the international jihad movement, and with raising al-Qaida’s profile in the wake of repeated successes by the Islamic State militant group.


#al-qaida, #india, #muslim, #new-delhi

INDIA: ' Marking the Anniversary 67 Years-Ago of the Independence from Britain But Is India Selling-Out its People to Multinationals Such as Monsanto '

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – INDIA (Mumbai) – August 10 – On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders Global Research reported.

​The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches.

Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence.

​The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country.

The bedrock of any society is its agriculture. Without food there can be no life. Without food security, there can be no genuine independence.

​A recent report by the organisation GRAIN revealed that small farms produce most of the world’s food and are more productively efficient than large farms.

Facilitated by an appropriate policy framework, small farmers could easily feed the global population. But small farmers are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world’s farmland and the world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands big agribusiness and the rich and powerful. If nothing is done to reverse this trend, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself.

The Oakland Institute in the US recently stated that the first years of the 21st century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale . An estimated 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was reported bought or leased across the developing world between 2000 and 2011, often at the expense of local food security and land rights.

This trend could eventually result in the permanent shift of farm ownership from family businesses to institutional investors and other consolidated corporate operations.


​In India, small farms account for 92 percent of farms and occupy around 40 percent of all agricultural land. They form the bedrock of food production. However, there is a concerted effort to remove farmers from the land. Hundreds of thousands of farmers have taken their lives since 1997 and many more are experiencing economic distress or have left farming as a result of debt, a shift to (GM) cash crops and economic liberalisation .

​Monsanto already controls the cotton industry in India and is increasingly shaping agri-policy and the knowledge paradigm by funding agricultural research in public universities and institutes. Its practices and colonisation of institutions have led to it being called the ‘contemporary East India Company’ and regulatory bodies are now severely compromised and riddled with conflicts of interest where decision-making over GMOs are concerned.

​In the meantime, Monsanto and the GM biotech (India) sector forward the myth that GM food is necessary to feed the world’s burgeoning population. They are not. Aside from the review by GRAIN, the World Bank-funded International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge and Science for Development Report stated that smallholder, traditional farming (not GMO’s) can deliver food security in low-income countries through sustainable agri-ecological systems .

​The Standing Committee on Agriculture in Parliament unequivocally concluded that GM seeds and foods are dangerous to human, animal and environmental health and directed the former Government of Manmohan Singh to ban GMO’s Despite such evidence and the recommendations to put a hold on open field GM trials by the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee, the push is on within official circles to give such trials the green light.

History on Day of independence:

This is a far cry from that day on the August 15 1947, when Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, and they raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each subsequent Independence Day, the Prime Minister has raised the flag and given a speech.

This same holiday is still observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events. Indians celebrate the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, accessories, homes and vehicles; by listening to patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies; and bonding with family and friends. Books and films feature the independence and partition in their narrative.

Separatist and militant organisations have often carried out terrorist attacks on and around 15 August, and others have declared strikes and used black flags to boycott the celebration.

European traders had established outposts on the Indian subcontinent by the 17th century. Through overwhelming military strength, the British East India company subdued local kingdoms and established themselves as the dominant force by the 18th century. Following the Rebellion of 1857, the Government of India Act 1858 led the British Crown to assume direct control of India. In the decades following, civic society gradually emerged across India, most notably the Indian National Congress, formed in 1885.

The period after World War I was marked by British reforms such as the Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms, but it also witnessed the enactment of the repressive Rowlatt Act and calls for self-rule by Indian activists. The discontent of this period crystallized into nationwide non-violent movements of non-cooperation and civil disobedience, led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

During the 1930’s, reform was gradually legislated by the British; Congress won victories in the resulting elections.

The next decade was beset with political turmoil: Indian participation in World War II, the Congress’s final push for non-cooperation, and an upsurge of Muslim nationalism led by the All-India Muslim League. The escalating political tension was capped by Independence in 1947.

The jubilation was tempered by the bloody partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan, this was when both countries became independent and a time when both retained their own identity.

Fast forward to India and Pakistan of today and a very different story emerges, where people become surplus to requirements unless they fulfil the golden rule of consumerism and the politicians see a burgeoning population of poor, tipping the scales into anarchy and injustice. with the rise of terrorist groups with one intention to destabilise and create unrest in the country.

So what of their Independence from Britain 67 years-ago and their new development strategy will they as so many before them sell-out to the highest bidder of the likes of Monsanto and allow themselves to become not independent but to tempt billionaire politicians of the use of GM and to use their poor, uneducated people as guinea pigs, to test their food theories.


#india, #monsanto, #mumbai, #pakistan

INDIA: ' We Live in a Sick Society As Indian Fashion Shoot Offends Parents With Photograph's Depicting Woman Being Sexually Assaulted on a Bus '

#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Mumbai) – August 08 – An Indian fashion shoot depicting a woman being sexually assaulted on a bus outraged the parents of a young woman who died after a gang rape in December 2012.

​The pictures showing a woman in different outfits, fending off a group of young men on a bus were taken by Mumbai photographer Raj Shetye and posted this week on a photography site, Reuters said.

The mother of the woman killed in 2012 said the photographer was mocking her daughter and trying to hurt her parents.

The father will appeal to the courts to take action against Shetye.

Of the six accused of the woman’s rape and murder, one committed suicide in jail, four were sentenced to death, and the teenager was remanded in a juvenile reform centre.


#india, #indian, #mumbai

‘ Russian-Indian Naval Drills Indra-2014 Enter Active Stage ‘

#AceWorldNews – VLADIVOSTOCK – July 17 – The Russian-Indian joint naval drills, Indra-2014, entered their active stage in the Russian Far East on Thursday (Tass)  


Ships from the Russian and Indian naval forces are practising missions to overcome enemy minefields, make helicopter deck landings and organize air defence.

The Indra drills have been held alternately in Russia and India since 2003. Last autumn, the drills took place in India.

The current maneuvers will be completed on July 19.


#russia, #drill, #india, #indian-navy, #indra, #indra-2014, #pacific-fleet, #russian-far-east

' Passenger Train Derails in Bihar Following an Explosion Killing Four People '

#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Mumbai) – June 25 – A passenger train derailed in eastern India on Wednesday, killing four people, AFP reported.

​Some 12 carriages of the Rajdhani Express, toppled over at around 2am (20:30 GMT) in Bihar state’s Saran district.

The train was traveling from the capital New Delhi to the northeastern state of Assam.

“It appears to be a case of sabotage,”said Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar. “There was a blast on the track, which could have caused the derailment,” the official told PTI news agency.

However, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said there was no confirmation about what caused the derailment.


#india, #mumbai

‘ BJP Leader Dadri Panchayat Shot Dead by Four Assailants ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Greater Noida) BJP leader and Dadri Nagar Panchayat Chairman Geeta Pandit’s husband Vijay Pandit(37) was shot dead allegedly by four unidentified persons in Dadri area on Saturday night, after which a mob set ablaze 16 vehicles near a police station in protest.

The assailants came on two motorcycles and held the pistol at Pandit’s temple and mouth and shot him dead when he was returning home from his brother’s shop at Bramhpuri at around 8.30pm, police sources said.

(Thereafter, they fired several rounds and one bullet hit the victim’s chest too)

Vijay Pandit, a former district BJP Vice President, fell down bleeding.

The assailants then fired in the air to scare away the people in the area and fled abandoning one motorcycle which went out of control and skidded sideways.

The villagers and BJP workers, on hearing about the incident, reached the site and a mob set ablaze around sixteen vehicles near Dadri Kotwali on G T Road.

(NDTV) They also stoned buses and other passing vehicles and police fired in air to control the mob which fired at the police team, the sources said.

District Magistrate A.V.Rajamouli deployed additional forces drawn from neighbouring districts and PAC and Rapid Action too were pressed into service. An injured Vijay Pandit was taken to Dadri’s Mohan Swarup Hospital from where he was shifted to Ghaziabad Yashoda Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

One bullet hit Vijay Pandit in the mouth, another in chest and one behind the ear, police sources said. “The situation is now under control. PAC has been deployed”, said Brijesh Kumar Singh, SP(Rural), late tonight.

Two policemen were injured in skirmishes with the mob, police sources said.

Deccan Herald – NDTV

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‘ Clashes Break-Out Between Sword-Wielding Sikhs’

#AceWorldNews – INDIA (Amritsar) – June 06 – Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, in northern India on the 30th anniversary of an army raid in which hundreds of people were killed.

At least two people were wounded in the violence at the temple in the city of Amritsar, AFP reported. The temple is the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion.

Hundreds gathered at the shrine to pay their respects to those killed in the June 6, 1984, raid of the temple by Indian troops aimed at flushing out armed separatists demanding an independent Sikh homeland.

(BBC) – Reports said the fight at Sikhism’s holiest shrine was over who would speak first at the ceremony and that a scuffle broke out over a microphone.

Footage showed men running down temple steps lashing out with their swords.

Reports said at least three people had been taken to hospital with injuries.

The Indian government says 400 people and 87 soldiers were killed during the 1984 military raid to flush out Sikh separatists from the Golden Temple at Amritsar, codenamed Operation Blue Star.

But Sikh groups say the number of casualties was much higher and estimate it closer to 1,000.

On Friday, hundreds of Sikhs had gathered at the shrine to remember those killed in the June 6 raid 30 years ago, but the ceremony soon erupted into chaos.

Storming of the Golden Temple

  • 1982: Armed Sikh militants, led by Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, take up residence in the Golden Temple complex
  • 3-8 June 1984: The Indian army attacks the Golden Temple, killing Bhindranwale, his supporters and a number of civilians
  • 31 October 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had given the go-ahead to Operation Blue Star, was assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards
  • November 1984: More than 3,000 are killed in anti-Sikh riots across India

Read More: BBC 



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India: Gang-Raped Sisters’ Bodies Hung From Tree

Police talk to villagers protesting at the crime scene

Two police officers suspected of gang-raping and killing teenage sisters before hanging their bodies from a mango tree have been arrested in India. A third man was also held, according to reports, after the discovery of two bodies renewed public outrage over sexual violence in the country. Villagers in Katra found the bodies hours after the girls, aged 14 and 15, disappeared from fields they used because their homes had no toilet. Hundreds of people spent Wednesday in silent protest over alleged police inaction in the case. Indian TV channels filmed villagers sitting under the girls’ hanging bodies, preventing authorities from removing them until the suspects were arrested. Police responded by making three arrests – and four more suspects are being sought.

Police officers at the scene of the hanging

Autopsies confirmed the girls were gang-raped and strangled before being hanged, police Superintendent Atul Saxena reportedly told AP.

A police station chief has been suspended, according to the news agency, after allegedly ignoring a complaint the girls were missing. India tightened its rape laws last year – introducing the death penalty for gang rape – following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in New Delhi. The case sparked nationwide protests. A rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people – and activists say many more cases go unreported because of a culture of tolerance.

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` Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Message Live to India ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA – May 26 – Message from The Prime Minister – of India Narendra Modi

My dear fellow Indians and citizens of the world, Namaste!

A very warm welcome to the official website of the Prime Minister of India.

On 16th May 2014 the people of India gave their verdict.

They delivered a mandate for development, good governance and stability. As we devote ourselves to take India’s development journey to newer heights, we seek your support, blessings and active participation.

Together we will script a glorious future for India.

Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development.

I envision this website as a very important medium of direct communication between us. I am a firm believer in the power of technology and social media to communicate with people across the world. I hope this platform creates opportunities to listen, learn and share one’s views.

Through this website you will also get all the latest information about my speeches, schedules, foreign visits and lot more.

I will also keep informing you about innovative initiatives undertaken by the Government of India.


#india, #indian-prime-minister-narendra-modi

` At Least 20 People are Feared Dead after Passenger Train Derails and Hits Stationary Goods Train ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDIA – May 26 – At least 20 people are feared dead after a passenger train derailed and hit a stationary goods train in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, officials say.

Six coaches of the Gorakhdham Express went off the rails and ploughed into the freight train at Chureb railway station on Monday morning.

(Independent) Reported – Two of the derailed coaches tilted on to one side and one overturned, said railway spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena.

The rescue operation was continuing and the death toll was expected to rise, police said.

Mr Saxena said that 123 passengers had been taken to hospital with injuries, some in a serious condition.

The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.

Rail authorities ordered an investigation into the accident, Mr Saxena said.

Rescuers are still searching through the mangled coaches, with reports saying a number of people are still trapped inside.

The train was travelling from Gorakhpur town to Hisar in Haryana state when the accident happened.



` Earthquake Measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale Hits Bay of Bengal ‘

#AceBreakingNews – BAY OF BENGAL – May 21 – An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region on Wednesday night, officials from the Indian earthquake monitoring network said.

The epicentre was 10 km below sea level but there is no tsunami alert, said officials from the Indian tsunami warning centre in Hyderabad.

The quake struck at 9:51 pm, about 275 km south east of the Paradip port in Odisha.

Tremors were felt across India, in Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkata and Odisha. In Delhi, many residents said that aftershocks lasted for 40 seconds.

The region is not prone to earthquakes, so it is puzzling seismologists as to why a quake has struck so close to the east coast of India.

In the past, earthquakes have occurred mostly in the region around the Andaman and Nicobar islands which are prone to quakes.

It will take many weeks to resolve why an earthquake struck so close to the coast of India.


#bay-of-bengal, #delhi, #hyderabad, #india, #kolkata

` Transparency International Report Says South Asia is Most Corrupt Region of the World ‘

#AceNewsServices – KATMANDU – May 21 – South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistle-blowers, Transparency International said Wednesday.

The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“South Asia now is the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption based on our studies,” said Srirak Plipat, the group’s regional director for Asia Pacific.

All six countries have public bodies charged with stopping corruption, but “their hands are tied by political control over the staff appointments and budget,” the group said in a report.

“The lack of political will on the part of the governments to make laws work means that government action to fight corruption is largely ineffective,” the report added.

The group urged the governments of the six countries to strengthen their anti-corruption agencies and judiciary by ensuring that appointments, transfers and removal of the heads of the agencies are conducted independently.

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India vote in leader to the World’s biggest democracy

Narendra Modi brings new hope to India

incoming Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed a “landmark” election victory by his BJP party.

Thanking supporters in his own constituency in his home state of Gujarat, Mr Modi said they had written a new chapter in the country’s history. Results show the BJP won the biggest victory by any party for 30 years, gaining a majority in parliament and trouncing the outgoing Congress Party. The controversial leader campaigned on promises to revive the economy.

However, many Indians still have profound concerns over Mr Modi because of claims he did little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 when he was first minister in the state. At least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims. Mr Modi has always denied the allegations over he was never charged.

‘Real government’

With votes still being counted, the BJP has won more than the 272 seats needed for a parliamentary majority. With its allies, the party could get more than 330 seats. “India has won, good days are about to come,” Mr Modi tweeted as it became clear that the BJP had triumphed. The tweet became the most retweeted in India’s history. The prime minister-elect told his supporters the victory was no ordinary one. “In the 60-year history of Indian independence, I have never seen this in the Indian media, what you have done in our country,” Mr Modi said, as supporters shouted “Modi, Modi, Modi”. He said he would rule for all Indians.

“Real government doesn’t belong to a community. It belongs to the entire country,” he said. “The real government will belong from Kashmir on top to Kanya Kumari [on India’s southern tip] – that is a real government.” Several world leaders have congratulated Mr Modi on his victory. US President Barack Obama phoned the prime minister-elect and said the US “looks forward to working with India to continue to build a strong partnership between our democracies”, National Security Adviser Susan Rice wrote on Twitter. Earlier UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to Mr Modi. He received invitations to Washington and London, despite being persona non grata in both capitals following the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif commended the BJP’s “impressive victory” in the election. The election result will be a crushing blow to the Congress party, which is led by the Nehru-Gandhi family and has dominated Indian politics since independence. It is only expected to win 44 seats.

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` India’s Narendra Modi Son of a Poor Tea-Seller Becomes Next Prime Minister Amid Controversy ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – May 16 – India’s next prime minister, Narendra Modi, is the son of a poor tea seller who has long set his sights on the highest elected office in the world’s largest democracy.

The top official in Gujarat state for over a decade, Modi often contrasted his humble roots with the posh background of his main rival, 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi, heir to India’s most powerful political dynasty.

As the career politician led his Bharatiya Janata Party through a dazzling, high-tech election campaign, Modi called voters’ attention to his mother riding a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw to cast her ballot earlier this month.

“I am the chief minister of a prosperous state … And my 90-year-old mother goes to vote in an auto-rickshaw,” the white-bearded Modi boasted, punching a fist through the air as he claimed his place by India’s poor masses.

But despite playing up his folksy, common-man credentials, the 63-year-old Modi is widely seen as the darling of India’s corporate world and a decisive, 21st-century administrator expected to revive job creation and economic growth.

Born in 1950, Modi will be India’s first prime minister born after the country’s violent 1947 partition and independence from imperial Britain.

Modi grew up in a poor village family, and at 18 was married to a girl his parents had chosen five years earlier. The union never stuck, and Modi soon left to travel for several years before returning and joining the RSS as a propagandist in his early 20’s. He and his wife never had children.

Having studied political science in Indian universities, Modi formally entered politics in 1985 with the BJP, regarded as the political arm of the RSS.

He quickly gained a reputation as a talented orator and a workaholic, campaigning for the BJP in several elections before being chosen as Gujarat’s highest elected official in 2001.

Modi and the BJP have been strategising this campaign for years, launching Twitter accounts and promoting Gujarat’s economy as one to emulate for development and modernity, though several Indian states topped Gujarat’s average annual growth of 8.68 percent from 2001 to 2010.

Backed by enormous corporate wealth, Modi and the BJP ran an aggressive, tech-savvy campaign, sending out dozens of daily messages on social media sites and even having Modi appear virtually as a hologram at campaign events. Indian media quickly gave him the celebrity-like nickname of “NaMo.”

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` Inside the Indian Coal Mines Children Work without Air and Light like Rats in a Hole ‘

#AceNewsServices – INDIA – May 16 – Inside the coal mines of India, children like Lapka and Bikash work in “rat holes”; tight and dirty pits.

Lacking in air and light, there is a constant threat of injury, or even death.

“His eye popped out, when he died he had one eye missing, his skull was cracked”, explains Lapka about his father’s death in a pit accident.

The number of children working these mines is “estimated to be 70,000 in Meghalaya” says Hasina Karbith who works for Impulse, a charity fighting the illegal industry of trafficking and child labour in the mines.

Many of them are trafficked.

Known as ‘rat hole’ mining, children as young as ten are sent deep underground to dig for coal in spaces too small for adults to reach.

For those Impulse can help, a new life awaits back home in Nepal.

This report follows the rescue of brothers Bikash and Bishal as they experience their first hot shower and school classes.

The destruction of childhood through trafficking and pit work is exposed as a horrific crime.

Courtesy of Journeyman Pictures


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