Sunny Leone to host MTV Splitsvilla along with Nikhil Chinapa

After the success of Ragini MMS 2, American adult film actress Sunny Leone has been roped in to host MTV’s dating cum couple reality show Splitsvilla. She, along with Nikhil Chinapa, will be the host of the seventh season of MTV Splitsvilla. “A sizzling Sunny will be seen co-hosting this immensely exciting season of the […]

Kerala sees decline in Dalit population; Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra lead

Kerala is the only state in which the population of scheduled caste sections has fallen in India between 2001 and 2011, according to the latest census numbers. In Kerala, which has arguably the highest living standard in India, scheduled caste population fell by 2.7% in the ten years to 30.4 lakh from 31.2 lakh in […]

Rajdeep Sardesai highlights perils of supari journalism

Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief of IBN News Network flagged what he called “supari journalism” at a conference today about activism and media even as several of his colleagues highlighted the pulls and pressures that media houses are subjected to. The editors pointed out that several people or organizations with deep pockets often entered the media business […]

Consumer courts continue to dismiss telecom complaints despite Government clarification

Despite a clarification by the Department of Telecom, several consumer  disputes redressal fora in India continue to reject billing and service related disputes against telecom operators. The Department of Telecom had issued a clarification on February 4 this year that private telecom companies cannot be identified with the “Telegraph Authority” of India as defined in […]

Americans keenly watched the fight between Church and Communists in Kerala (Wikileaks)

Not everything contained in the US diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks is news. However, many cables are interesting not because they reveal new information about their subjects, but they give a clue about what interests the American government, what it keeps tabs on and how it views developments. The American government has great interest in […]

US will work in Afghanistan even after 2014: Kerry assured India (Wikileaks)

The United States reassured India that its plan to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan by 2014 did not mean it was totally abandoning the war-torn country. In a meeting between the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry and the Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, the former reassured the latter that withdrawal will […]

Army calls the shots, US told India miffed over 26/11 inaction by Pakistan (Wikileaks)

India was sorely disappointed by the Government of Pakistan’s failure to take “visible” steps against the Lashkar e Toiba militants accused in the Mumbai terror attacks, but the US consoled it by pointing out that the Pakistani civilian government was powerless before its own army. According to a US diplomatic cable written in February last […]

Despite restrictions, Tibet’s Muslims increasingly aware of Islamic heritage: Wikileaks cable

Muslims in China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) are increasingly becoming more aware of their Isamic heritage, thanks to more liberal policies followed by the Chinese government in the last three decades, according to an on-the-ground report from David Brown, the Consul General of Chengdu in Sichuan, a province adjoining the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). However, […]

US ambassador Timothy Roemer felt Congress may ‘go slow’ on Telangana: Wikileaks

Home Minister P Chidambaram’s assent to the formation of a Telangana state in December 2009 showed the Congress party as “weak and feeble.. easily bullied and intimidated by threats,” the then US ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer wrote to Washington on the next day. The Congress Party came was being portrayed as “weak and spineless, […]