Posted on June 5, 2008 by Vinay
Your daily dose of headlines:
Agriculture: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in conjunction with academic institutions will begin providing district-specific agro-weather advisories to assist farmers in better managing their crops.
Basic Rights: Amnesty International has called the administration of the death penalty in India as being caprcious and arbitrary. The report claims that no real guideline exists upon review of Supreme Court cases.
Government: The Bangalore state government has established a Truth and Accountability Commission to give businessmen the opportunity to root out corruption occuring in business deals.
Filed under: Agriculture, Basic Rights, Government | Tagged: Amnesty International, Bangalore, death penalty, IMD, Indian Meteorological Department, Truth and Accountability Commission, weather advisories | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 2, 2008 by prernasri
While the government of India wrestles with its official stance on homosexuality, the gay-lesbian scene in Bangalore is flourishing. Just last week,
The Delhi high court directed the Union government to figure out its stance on homosexuality; the ministry of home affairs favours prosecution (homosexuality is punishable under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code), while the health ministry is against enforcing this law for issues related to health monitoring.
Meanwhile, Bangalore’s social scene, and in some cases, professional settings, are facing no such quandary. Clubs such as the Gay Running and Breakfast Club (GRAB) and Good As You (GAY) are emerging alongside the growing expatriate population. In fact, Time Out, a popular publication, is planning to get in on the scene as well:
In mid-July, the Indian franchise of London-based TimeOut magazine plans to launch in Bangalore and include a section with gay- and lesbian-specific content and listings, as it has done in Mumbai and New Delhi.
The majority of India, however, remains opposed to homosexuality. Just today, in fact, our discussion with a group of Indian, Ahmedabadi youngsters regarding homosexuality erupted in a chorus of strong opposition.
What about you – do you live in an urban area? How is your city evolving?
Source: OneWorld South Asia
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Posted on April 9, 2008 by Vinay
- India-Africa relations: India and Africa continue to take steps to improve cooperation over shared desires to have a seat on the UN Security Council.
- Health Technology: The first artificial heart transplant in all of Asia was conducted in Bangalore.
- Voting Technology: Bangalore’s state voting machines will now have the ability to vote using Braille for blind voters.
- Quotas: The Supreme Court is slated to decide on a law that would establish a 27% OBC quota in central educational institutions. Reaching our limits on this subject, we have another story on quotas. In Maharashtra, a workers union is demanding an 80% quota for Marathi-speaking locals in the private sector.
- Higher education: A previously planned joint endeavor between Japan and IIT-Bihar has fell through.
Filed under: Basic Rights, Education, Employment, Government, Health, Research, Technology | Tagged: Africa, artificial health transplant, Bangalore, Braille, OBC, Supreme Court, UN Security Council | 1 Comment »