Maharashtra gets bill to ban Devdasi system

MUMBAI, APRIL 13: The Maharashtra Assembly today passed the Maharashtra Devdasi Practices (Eradication) Bill prohibiting the age-old Devdasi tradition. Introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Harshawardan Patil, the Bill is the first legislation against the practice—in…

Village up in arms over gangrape of anti-liquor…

Posted online: Friday, April 14, 2006 DEHRA DUN, APRIL 13: The rape of a 32-year-old Dalit woman protesting against the opening of a liquor shop at Gangolihaat town of Pitthoragarh district of Kumaon last night…

Jama Masjid blasts trigger countrywide alert

New Delhi, April 15 (PTI): The twin blasts in Jama Masjid here on Friday triggered high alert across the country, including Varanasi rocked by terror attacks only a little over a month ago, with security…

Fishermen flee village after police action

DISCUSSING STRATEGY: Representatives of fishermen discussing the next course of action at Semmancherikuppam on Friday.— Photo: R. Ragu CHENNAI: On Tamil New Year's Day, Kovalakuppam fishing hamlet, just off East Coast road here looked deserted.…

ACLU says Patriot Act excludes Muslim scholar from…

14-04-2006 By Larry Neumeister NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he was troubled because U.S. authorities have not decided whether a leading Muslim scholar can enter the United States to make appearances before…

MEA man booked in human trafficking case

Friday April 14 2006 09:51 IST NEW DELHI: Senior Indian Foreign Service officer Rakesh Kumar, named by CBI in the human trafficking case, arrived on Friday morning after prolonging his hospitalisation in a German city…

Two killed as well caves in

Kozhikode, Apr 13: Two youths were killed when a well under construction caved in at Chettikulam near Elathur in the district this morning, police said.Two other workers who had gone to have tea during the…