#AceNewsServices – INDIA (New Delhi) – October 16 – Regional elections held Wednesday in two states will test the popularity of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a good performance could strengthen his government and give him more elbow room to initiate tough economic reforms.
Modi wants to unseat Congress Party-led governments in Maharashtra and Haryana states and repeat the impressive performance that catapulted his Bharatiya Janata Party to power in national elections in May.
Both states are politically crucial. Maharashtra is a large state that is home to India’s financial hub, Mumbai. Haryana is relatively small but one of the country’s fastest-developing states adjoining the capital. But the BJP has never been a major force in either.
Modi personally led his party’s campaign in both states. At dozens of rallies, he appealed to voters on the same plank that won him national support — development and good governance.
Hoping to win on the backs of young voters, his strongest constituency, Modi tweeted as polls opened, “Youngsters must show the way and ensure record turnout.”
Political analyst Satish Misra at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi said a good showing by the BJP would be a vote of confidence in the prime minister. He pointed out that these will be the first state elections held since the national polls last May.
“If the BJP under Modi has to establish to people at large that it is the most popular party, then the BJP must emerge the winner of these two elections, if not with clear majority, then at least with credible enough numbers to be single largest party,” Misra said. “For the first time, Modi’s credibility and popularity and credibility is at stake. Modi is the BJP’s face.
Modi is the BJP’s vote-catcher.”
Opinion polls show that BJP could win in both states, although it might fall short of a majority.
Confidence is still high in Modi, but several analysts said some of the magic that helped him romp to power has begun to wane as people impatiently wait for him to fulfill his promise that “better days are here.”
For that promise to be bear fruit, Modi must implement tough reforms needed to rev up India’s slowing economy.
Analysts said victories in the state elections could embolden the prime minister to take some of those difficult steps, such as labour reforms.
#AceNewsServices – INDIA(New Delhi) – September 25 – A recent report on Myanmar’s Rohingya stuck in refugee limbo in India, has highlighted how people feel stateless. Here is one person’s story:
When Kohinoor, a stateless Rohingya Muslim, fled her home in Myanmar after a wave of attacks by majority fanatic Buddhists, “We were chased out of Burma (Myanmar). We were chased out of Bangladesh. Now we are in India, the people here tell us that India is not our country.
So where will we go?” asked Kohinoor, 20, sitting in a makeshift tent on a patch of wasteland in southern Delhi.
“We don’t have any land of our own. Our children don’t go to the government schools as they refuse us admission. When we go to the hospital, they don’t admit people from our community,” said Kohinoor, who fled Myanmar two years ago with her 2-year-old daughter and her sister’s family.
Though the Rohingya minority have lived for generations in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, the largely Buddhist government passed a citizenship law in 1982 which excluded them, denying them the identity cards required for everything from schooling and marriage to finding a job and getting a birth or death certificate. They became stateless.
Hundreds died in communal violence between Buddhists and Rohingya in 2012, worsening their plight, and in the last two years more than 86,000 Rohingya have left, fleeing to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.
The Rohingya are among an estimated 10 million stateless people worldwide. Their plight was discussed during the first global forum on statelessness opening in The Hague. This is ahead of an ambitious UN campaign starting in November to eradicate statelessness worldwide within a decade.
India, despite hosting some 30,000 registered refugees, has no legal recognition of asylum seekers, making it difficult for them to use essential services like schools and hospitals, human rights groups say – and the Rohingya community is among the most vulnerable.
According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), there are around 9,000 Rohingya registered in Delhi. Thousands more, unregistered, are living in other parts of the country such as Jammu and Hyderabad.
Contribution: The Human Lens
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.
#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.
#AceWorldNews – New Delhi – April 10 – (ALJ) – Voters in New Delhi waited in long queues to cast ballots in the third stage of India’s nine-phased parliamentary elections, with hopes of controlling inflation, ushering in development and ending corruption.
Residents of the capital on Thursday started gathering at the poll stations in the early hours under the watchful eye of thousands of police and election authorities.
An estimated 12.7 million voters will decide the outcome of seven lower house seats for which 150 candidates of several political parties are contesting.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – April 10 – (TOI) -Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday opposed the new anti-rape law and said that his party would change the law that entails death for rape.
Addressing a rally in Moradabad, Mulayam said, “rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes.”
Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam said, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes.”
The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.
Mulayam’s comments evoked strong reactions with other parties slamming him for his insensitive comments.
The Samajwadi Party believes in creating a socialist society, which works on the principle of equality and the party has a secular and democratic outlook. The Samajwadi Party believes in continuously working towards the upliftment of weaker sections of society and it stands against communal forces.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – April 07 – India’s armed forces on Monday carried out another successful, missile test. They fired the Russia produced BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a source close to the Indian Defence Ministry told ITAR-TASS.
“The launch was carried out at the Pokhran range in the State of Rajasthan in the north-west of India at 13:00, local time (11:30 MSK) to the maximum range of 290 kilometres,” he said.
The missile that had been adopted by the country’s armed forces in 2007 was launched from a mobile launcher, in service in two Indian regiments. One more launcher of this type is to be delivered soon to another regiment of the Indian army.
#AceNewsServices – DELHI – (CNN) — The New Delhi rape case left the whole world wondering why India is treating its women so badly. In fact, discrimination against women already starts in the womb: India has some of the most distorted sex-ratios in the world. There are regions where fewer than 800 girls are born for every 1,000 boys.
For many reasons Indian culture prefers sons. An expensive bride-price, or dowry, is only one of them.
So day-by-day, thousands of parents circumvent rarely enforced laws and have their baby daughters aborted after an ultrasound scan has revealed the sex of the fetus. It is estimated that India has been losing up to 12 million baby girls over the last three decades.
I wanted to find out what it means for a society if such a significant number of women are missing says Carl Gierstorfer.
Editor’s note: Carl Gierstorfer is a journalist and film-maker with a background in biology. He has produced and directed documentaries for German public broadcaster ZDF, Discovery Channel and the BBC. His work on violence against women in India was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
His website is www.carlgierstorfer.com.
Read the Whole Story at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/11/opinion/india-missing-females/index.html?hpt=hp_t5
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – March 28 – Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has been indicted for treason, Agence France-Presse reported.
Musharraf, who had served as a president in 2001-2008, is accused of “instituting emergency rule during 2007 protests” and “suspending the constitution.”
If convicted, Musharraf faces death penalty or life sentence in prison.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – March 28 – Five crew members of a newly acquired Indian Air Force C-130J transport aircraft died when it crashed on Friday morning in the country’s central state of Madhya Pradesh, local NDTV television reported.
The US-made C-130J is also known as the Super Hercules and is the largest in the Indian military.
The aircraft crashed some 70 miles west of Gwalior air base shortly after taking off on a regular training flight.
There were no immediate reports of any suspected cause.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – March 28 – India has test-fired on Friday its nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II making it the fifth successful test launch of this type of weapon over the past six months, The Times of India daily reported.
The missile, which is capable of carrying the weight of nuclear warheads of up to 1,000 kilograms (over 2,200 lbs), was fired from a mobile launcher at the Chandipur firing range in the state of Odisha and it covered its maximum travelling range of 350 kilometres (217 miles).
#AceWorldNews Four men convicted of raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi had their death sentences upheld Thursday, Reuters reported.
The Delhi High Court confirmed the sentence of hanging handed down by a trial judge last September. Gym instructor Vinay Sharma, bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed man Mukesh Singh were sentenced to death for their part in the gang rape and killing of the 23-year-old woman in December 2012.
Defence lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.
#AceWorldNews A US judge has thrown out charges against an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, whose New York arrest and strip search sparked a diplomatic row with New Delhi, AFP said.
US District Judge Shira Scheindlin dismissed the indictment Wednesday on grounds that Khobragade was granted full diplomatic immunity Jan. 8.
“Even if Khobragade had no immunity at the time of her arrest and has none now, her acquisition of immunity during the pendency of proceedings mandates dismissal,” Scheindlin wrote.
Khobragade was arrested December 12 outside her children’s New York school and accused of submitting a fraudulent visa application for her Indian housekeeper.
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#AceWorldNews says that an Indian Airbus 320 jet- catches fire as it is landing liner with 170 people on as it was landing in Nepal’s capital, Katmandu, on Saturday, AP reports.
The right wheels of the plane ignited reportedly before it touched the runway, as the passengers complained of a “rubber burning-like smell.
Emergency workers quickly responded to the incident to control the fire and evacuate the passengers. No casualties were immediately reported.
The jet belongs to Indigo budget airline and was flying from New Delhi.
New Delhi: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $250,000 grant for the “Delhi Safe City – Free of Violence against Women and Girls”, to be implemented in partnership with Indian civil society organizations.
The grant will be channeled through to UN Women as part of the Global Safe Cities Initiative, a statement said.
The U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell said, “The United States recognise’s gender-based violence as a debilitating factor impeding a woman’s active participation in any economy in the world and her ability to access resources and services.
“We are pleased to partner with UN Women to help promote safe cities and reduce gender-based violence, which plagues every country in the world,” she added.
- $250,000 US grant for women’s safety in Delhi (vancouverdesi.com)
- $250,000 US grant for women’s safety in Delhi (ndtv.com)
There will be live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings and talk during his visit to New York City on October 18-20, 2013. English, Russian and Mandarin languages will be available. Live webcasts can be viewed athttp://dalailamany.org/livestream
October 18-19: Teaching
His Holiness will teach on The Heart Sutra, The Sutra of Truly Remembering the Sublime Three Jewels, and the Wisdom Chapter of A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Times: October 18: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
October 19: 9:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
October 20: Public Talk
His Holiness will give a public talk on The Virtue of Nonviolence at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY, USA.
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm EDT
For times in your region 9:30am EDT on October 18th in New York City is the same as 7:00pm IST on October 18th in New Delhi; and 2:30pm BST on October 18th in London, England.
Photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shaking hands with members of the audience at the conclusion of his public talk at the Convention Center in Zacatecas, Mexico on October 16, 2013. (Photo by Jeremy Russell/OHHDL
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