Judicial Corruption in India

Judicial Corruption in India

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Nearly one in seven judgeships is unoccupied right now, and more than a third of those vacancies are considered judicial emergencies — which means that criminal defendants, who are normally guaranteed a trial within 70 days, wait up to six months.

Things are even slower on the civil side. If you’re a company or an individual involved in a federal lawsuit, you can expect to be cooling your heels for two years before the trial begins. read more »

Communal Clashes in Hyderabad

Communal Clashes in Hyderabad

Hidden behind last week’s twin blasts in Hyderabad are the nefarious designs of terrorists who wanted to trigger communal riots in the historic city. A small incident could flare up tensions in a highly polarised society that had recently witnessed vitriolic speeches by controversial leaders, both Hindu and Muslim, say sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). read more »

Bansal’s Railway Budget: Fare Stable

Bansal’s Railway Budget: Fare Stable

New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday refrained from hiking passenger fares while presenting the Rail Budget 2013-14 in Lok Sabha. Bansal stressed on safety and announced that a next generation e-ticketing system would be in place by the end of this calendar year.

Bansal is the first Congress minister in 17 years to present the Rail Budget. read more »

Shortcut to A Better Health

Shortcut to A Better Health

For more than a decade, Gretchen Reynolds has been writing about the science of health and fitness. Her weekly column, Phys Ed, is one of this paper’s most popular features, regularly appearing on top of the “Most E-mailed” list. Now Ms. Reynolds has distilled the knowledge gained from years of fitness reporting into a new book, “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,’’ published last month. read more »

  1. R B: I'm sure the French found nothing new here.

Putin Returns As President In A New Russia

Putin Returns As President In A New Russia

MOSCOW (AP) – Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency on Monday will technically give him greater powers than he wielded as prime minister. The irony is that his position will be arguably weaker than at any time since he first came to power more than 12 years ago.

In part because of the heavy-handed way in which he reclaimed the presidency, Putin finds himself the leader of a changed country, where a growing portion of society is no longer willing to silently tolerate a government that denies its citizens a political voice. read more »

Ron Paul Takes Control Of GOP Convention

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul commandeered the Maine Republican Party convention Saturday, as part of a multi-state strategy designed to give him a voice at the national GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

Despite pre-emptive efforts by state party Chairman Charlie Webster, Paul’s highly organized volunteers and supporters took over the proceedings at the Augusta Civic Center. read more »

  1. R B: This is the best news I've read all day!

No Drinking Water in 13,000 Schools in Eastern Indian State

No Drinking Water in 13,000 Schools in Eastern Indian State

Patna: Shortage of infrastructure in schools in Bihar was a ‘major challenge’, state Minister for Education PK Sahi said on Saturday adding there was no drinking water facility in around 13,000 government schools.

Addressing a seminar ‘Right of Children and Law’, Shahi said several schools had no toilets, even for girl students.

“We have laid stress on improving infrastructural facilities in schools and ensuring quality education,” he said. read more »

  1. R B: UNICEF is always around at the right places. There are few organizations like it.

Race and Religion Dominate American Politics

Race and Religion Dominate American Politics

Only a few years ago it would seem strange that the United States presidential election would pair off a candidate fathered by an African against another condemned as un-Christian.

Yet here it is: Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. read more »

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