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Woman takes battle against Kerala sand mafia to Delhi
Report dated 06/10/2013 @ 7:15 PM
Jazeera, 31, who has been waging a silent battle against the powerful sand mafia in north Kerala, has now decided to take her year-and-a-half long fight to Delhi as the state authorities failed to take any action to stop the illegal mining that is eating into the coastline at her village of Madayi. She embarked on her silent campaign of sit-ins after she saw the beach where she grew up vanishing. She experienced harassment and even physical assault from the mafia and the local police
Jazeera went to the state capital in 2013, after her protests at Pazhayangadi and Kannur yielded no results, and even CM Oommen Chandy who promised to rein in the sand mafia failed to keep his word.
Jazeera said she would now place her demand to adhere to the Coastal Regulation Zone rules before the federal government by staging a sit-in in front of the Parliament. She has made the trip to Delhi with her three school-going children.
No ordinary woman, Jazeera was married while still in school and fought the taboos of conservative society to become an auto-rickshaw driver in 2006 after her marriage broke down. She was later married to a madrasa teacher in Kottayam.
Union Cabinet clears creation of Telangana state
Report dated 04/10/2013 @ 4:02 PM
PM Manmohan Singh has finally taken a decisive step towards fulfilling Congress's promise, by approving the proposal to create Telangana as the 29th state, even as Congress leadership braced itself for mutiny from a section of the party in Andhra Pradesh.
For starters Congress MP V Arunkumar said he has sent his resignation to the Congress president, and at least two of his colleagues have also resigned. Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Reddy who has been in rebel mode over the Telangana issue, is said to be toying with the idea of striking out on his own.
For its part the Cabinet has decided that Hyderabad will be the joint capital of both states for 10 years before going to the breakaway unit, a decision that has been the bone of contention between Telangana and Seemandhra.
At any rate though the bill will be referred to the Andhra Pradesh assembly for its opinion, in the event the assembly approval is not forthcoming, the bill can still be passed by Parliament.
'Toilets come first, temples later', BJP's double standards
Report dated 04/10/2013 @ 4:01 PM
Addressing a gathering of college students, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi rued the fact that many Indians still do not have access to basic sanitation, and chose to use the words 'toilets first, temples later'.
This raised the hackles of Congress who accused the BJP of double standards, considering the rural development minister Jairam Ramesh drew flak from the BJP in April when he said 'toilets are more important than temples'.
Google to put 100 Indian monuments on virtual map
Report dated 04/10/2013 @ 3:56 PM
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google have partnered to create virtual views of 100 monuments in India that will allow web users to get a virtual tour of almost all major monuments including the Taj Mahal.
In India, the project to film 100 monuments is an extension of Google's earlier project for which the company collaborated with museums in the country and filmed famous paintings house in them in order to make them accessible to web users.
Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director at Google India said the company was honoured to be working with the ASI to make Indian heritage sites available to the world to experience online.
Indian gastroenterologist wins world's highest award
Report dated 03/10/2013 @ 3:56 PM
Renowned gastroenterologist and chairman of the Hyderabad Asian Institute of Gastroenterology Dr D Nageshwar Reddy was been conferred with the 'Master of World Gastroenterology Organisation' the world's highest award in the field.
Dr Reddy who is also the chairman of the World Endoscopy Organisation Research Committee is the first gastroenterologist from India to receive the award which was presented by WGO President Henry Cohen at a function at the World Conference on Gasteroenterology in Shanghai, China, in the presence of some 10,000 gastroenterologists from all over the world.
The award is conferred every four years upon a select group of gastroenterologists who have provided outstanding dedication to the WGO's mission and achieved distinction in areas such as scholarly research, teaching, service to the WGO, and the community at large.