Modi factor – Polling gets off to strong start in Kerala

Indicating the strong interest in the evolving scenario at the centre, polling got off to a strong start in Kerala, where nearly half of the population are Christian and Muslim. Nearly 14.3% of the registered voters have cast their ballots in the first two hours of voting, according to unofficial information from the election commission. […]

Trolls dominate online election commentary; BJP most favored

If elections were to be held on popular news websites like Firstpost.com, ZeeNews, Hindustan Times etc, the Bharatiya Janata Party would have a clean sweep – going by its total domination of the online comment space. According to an analysis of the top commenters on four of India’s top news websites, 61.4% of the top […]

South leads, East lags in consumer durables purchases in India

With increasing purchasing power and aspiration for a better life in the villages, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have registered a phenomenal growth in ‘rural’ consumption of consumer durable goods and the overall growth in rural areas during the period of 2007-08 and 2011-12 was higher than the cities, according to […]

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 […]

NCDRC directs Bajaj Allianz to pay after accident policy holder suffers heart attack in fall

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Bajaj Allianz insurance company to not block compensation to the family of a person who died of a cardiac arrest during a fall. Bajaj Allianz had refused to pay Rs 4 lakh claiming that the person was insured only for accidents and that the person must have […]

Initial probe finds Kerala forest fires were set by manmade force

A preliminary enquiry by the Kerala Forest Department has found that widespread forest fires in Kerala’s ecologically sensitive Wayanad region were likely to be man-made rather than natural. Fires were detected across the district on Sunday at the almost the same time. The area has been the hotbed of anti-environmentalist protests over the last three […]

Aam Aadmi streams live coverage of Arvind Kejriwal speech at Bangalore

With many TV channels deciding to “go easy” on covering the events of Aam Aadmi Party, the fledgling political outfit has taken to the Internet to take its live transmission of Arvind Kejriwal’s speech to its followers. Arvind Kejriwal is addressing Aam Aadmi supporters at Bangalore’s Freedom Park. He is expected to say whether he […]

Poll – Is Indian Media Intolerant of Criticism?

The last two days have seen media barons pour scorn and outrage on Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party for suggesting that the media is corrupt. The Editors Guild, a kind of industry lobby, seemed to be shaken by Kejirwal’s statement that an inquiry would be ordered into corruption in media and guilty journalists […]

Kejriwal says Modi will bring Gujarat model of corruption to India

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal questioned the anti-corruption credentials of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, claiming that he found rampant corruption in Gujarat on his recent visit there. “I was shocked by the situation there. Not one job gets done there without bribes,” he said. Kejriwal said a lot of people are buying […]

Journalists strike work at Kerala’s first news only channel

In an unprecedented act, the entire staff of Kerala’s oldest TV channel have struck work, stopping the transmission of Indiavision TV. The staff put up a statement on the website of the television channel, which has since been pulled down, accusing the management of violating several codes, to the detriment of the channel. The statement […]

Aam Aadmi Party’s reservation policy – first educate, then dismantle

The Aam Aadmi Party has clarified its stand on the subject of caste-based reservations in government jobs, saying it is in favor of abolishing reservations after social equality has been achieved. Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party was not in favor of discontinuing reservations in the current circumstance as caste-based discrimination, untouchability and injustice are […]

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 […]

Indians to be handled with care, Malaysia a “divided society” : Lee Kwan-Yew (Wikileaks)

Lee Kwan-Yew, the World’s longest serving prime minister and the architect of modern Singapore, sees India’s rise as a welcome development, but felt the Indians were a sensitive lot who had to be handled carefully. Lee also expressed his worries about Malaysia, which he called a “divided society” thanks to race politics, according to a […]

India’s drone project halted by Green Tribunal

India’s National Green Tribunal has stopped construction activity at its first drone research and manufacturing facility in Karnataka for lack of forest clearance. Justice Mr. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member) constituting the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone Bench), issued a direction on 14th February 2014 halting all construction in […]