Manipur development project spells doom for 11 villages, 12,000 people

By Azera Parveen Rahman

Imphal: One person's manna is another person's poison. This adage couldn't ring more true for the people of Manipur whose fate has been divided along the line of development.

The construction of a multi-purpose dam that promises a better life for people in one part of the state has spelt doom for nearly 12,000 people in 11 villages whose homes will be submerged in the waters and be lost forever.

Punish tipplers with brooms, says Bihar women's panchayat

By Imran Khan

Patna: A women's panchayat in a Bihar village has ordered women to punish with brooms people found consuming and selling liquor, while imposing a ban on liquor consumption, an official said on Friday.

It has also imposed a fine on consuming and selling liquor.

The move by the panchayat of Ramzanpur village in Shekhpura district, about 125 km from here, is aimed at checking the increasing liquor business in rural Bihar.

'Farmer suicide report a cover-up'

By Anurag Dey

Kolkata: With agrarian distress being a major crisis accounting for thousands of farming lives every year, the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which claims the suicide rates among Indian farmers has halved, has triggered scorn, with experts calling it a "hoax" and "manipulative".

According to the NCRB's first collated detailed data on farmers' suicides, only 5,650 of them, including women, across the country committed suicide in 2014 as against 11,744 in 2013.

Stalling Memon hanging would've been against spirit of law: Rohatgi

New Delhi: Dismissing the argument that 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon's execution should have been stalled by 14 days after the rejection of his mercy plea, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Thursday said had that happened, it would have been against the "spirit of the law".

In an interview to Karan Thapar on India Today television channel, Rohatgi, who contested Memon's plea, said that submitting a mercy petition on the eve of the execution was wrong and Memon should have done it in April 2014 when his mercy petition was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Social isolation may increase suicide risk in women

New York : Women who are married, have a large social network and participate in social or religious events are less likely to take their own lives as compared to those who are socially isolated, says a new study.

Women who are socially well integrated have a lower risk for suicide, the findings showed.

"Interventions aimed at strengthening existing social network structures, or creating new ones, may be valuable programmatic tools in the primary prevention of suicide," the study noted.

Cloudbursts reviving nature's fury in J&K

By Sheikh Qayoom

Srinagar/Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir has been through an unusual situation during the last fortnight with cloudbursts occurring with frightening frequency.

The freak phenomenon after last year's unprecedented floods has put the common man on the edge.

Six people were killed last week as multiple cloudbursts hit the north Kashmir mountain villages of Kulan, Rizan, Gagangir, Sonamarg and the Baltal base camp of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.

Vibrant, bubbling Detroit is now a ghost town

By Jaspal Singh

News reports have stated that there are wild dogs in Detroit that roam the streets and have at occasions attacked small children for food. It is said that the owners of the dogs abandoned them when they left the city and now these dogs roam among more than 40,000 abandoned properties, looking for food. Over the years they have bred and multiplied. Since city has cut back in all services, there are no dog wardens to catch stray dogs to take them to dog shelters.

Death, even by hanging, does not deter those bent on suicide

By John Dayal

I am deeply saddened at the court ruling, and within minutes of it, the dismissal of mercy petitions on behalf of Yaqub by the Governor of Maharashtra and the President of India going by media flash news-reports. I am happy I signed the petition, and will do so again and again if I feel the due process of law has been short circuited.

The hanging and all that came before it


By Mazhar Farooqui

The monstrosity called ISIS

By Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander

Many a youngsters, literate, well to do, self-made men included, are talking about the need of establishing Khilafah in the world. Ranging from quagmire in local Kashmiri resistance politics to global Muslim resistance against US imperialism, they question the beliefs of Shias that were based more on demonization of the minority than factual reality.