Chhattisgarh minister claims to be a 'rain man'

By Indo Asian News ServiceRaipur, July 3 (IANS) A Chhattisgarh minister Monday claimed a 'yagna' (ritual) hosted by him had brought rains to the state by appeasing the Hindu rain god Varuna.Agriculture Minister Nankiram Kanwar,…

Amnesty slams Israeli policy in Territories

In Report on state of world's human rights, organization claims Israel behind repeated human rights violations in Palestinian territories. State accused of unlawful killings of Palestinians, injustice at courts, and of imposing restrictions that yield…

Pro Reservation Doctors seek Kalam's intervention

New Delhi: A group of pro-reservation doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has requested President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's intervention to ensure strict implementation of reservation and end to `victimisation' of reserved…

Prostitution 'increases' in India

By Upasana Bhat BBC News, Delhi, Monday, 3 July 2006 The prostitutes operate in a wide range of venues The number of prostitutes in India has risen by 50% in less than a decade, according…

If India can pardon Sikhs and RSS why…

PK Balachandran, Hindustan Times, Colombo, June 29, 2006The LTTE said on Thursday that India should let bygones be bygones and have normal relations with it, just as she had done in the case of the…

U.N. Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People signed

After more than 20 years in the pipeline, the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was finally approved on June 29.  Indian representative Ajai Malhotra explained India’s vote: "India had consistently favored the…