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Model Code of Conduct: ECI

Model Code of Conduct for the Guidance of Political Parties and Candidates Election Commission of India 2014 I. General Conduct: (1) No party or candidate shall include in any activity which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic....

Rape, rhetoric and reality

    The recently reported rape of a young woman in a taxi in Delhi has brought back attention to India’s sexual violence problem. The spotlight has been on the country since the horrific rape of a young woman aboard a bus in December 2012, and a new conversation on women is always...

UP: Two leopard dead in 48 hours in Ghaziabad

Leopard found dead in Ghaziabad A leopard was found dead in Ghaziabad’s Loni area Thursday, an official said, adding the animal seems to have died of natural causes. The animal was first spotted by Kishan Pal Singh, a local farmer of Pachehra village of Loni, when he went to his...

Valley has reason enough to hope

With the third phase of elections going off peacefully in J & K, the focus now is on the outcome, of course. In an article dated 13 Dec 2014, Ayesha Pervez says that it would be erronous to construe the high voter turnout as a sign of acceptance of the...

Militants showing their frustration, say experts

Lieutenant General (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain says in the Economic Times dated 06 Dec 2014 that the deadly fidayeen raid on an Army camp in Uri on Friday 05 Dec,  manifested the frustration of terror outfits with the role played by security forces in facilitating a successful assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir. Given that...

Ballot vs bullet in the Valley

A Mint report dated 05 Dec 2014 states that militants in Kashmir attacked an Indian army camp on 5 December, Friday, triggering a fierce gunbattle that left 11 Indian soldiers and six suspected assailants dead. At least three other deadly attacks were launched elsewhere on the same day  in the region,...

J & K Assembly Elections 2014

The turnout in the second phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir equalled the spectacular first phase, with a figure of 72%. In the run-up to the polls, though, militants, who had not enforced their election boycott call this time, had made their presence felt with three attacks, one of which...

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2014

Defying boycott calls given by Maoists, about 65 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in the second phase of polling in Jharkhand on Tuesday, Of the 20 constituencies that went to the polls, 70 per cent are in the Maoist-affected areas. Barring a few cases of defective EVM machines at...

Rapists are mostly known to victims

A report in the Hindustan Times dated 28 Nov 2014 has revealed that of the 1,704 cases of rape registered in the Capital in the first ten months of this year, 215 were instances of incestuous rape. More disturbingly, in 43 of these cases it was the father who committed the...

Should the ladies compartment in the Delhi Metro go?

The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation estimates that 25% (or five million) of the metro’s daily passengers are women, only one compartment out of the eight coaches is supposedly a safe, designated space.    There are many reasons why women prefer to board the ladies compartment on the Delhi Metro, safety being just one of...