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Defeating crime, invasions and dinosaurs - the most powerful politician

By Vikas Datta

The most powerful man in the world is possibly the president of the United States of America, but does he hold the same status in fiction? There are a host of works, across all media, featuring holders of office, both actual or imaginary, in plots reflecting or mirroring history (with a bit of creative licence) or stemming totally from the creator's fancy but most portrayals are not very positive. There are however a few exceptions - especially one real-life example with and in his own incredible stories.

Don't think freedom of expression ever been so threatened: Nandita Das

By Sugandha Rawal

Panaji : After superstars like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan stirred the hornet's nest with their comments on the growing intolerance in the country, critically-acclaimed actress and filmmaker Nandita Das says curbs on freedom of expression are taking a "dangerous" turn and speaking up against such issues is the only way out.

The actress shared that the country needs to stand up and take a stance to save the democracy from fading away in the swirl of protests.

Remembering scholar and activist Omar Khalidi

By Usama Khalidi for,

The death of anyone’s loved one is a private tragedy, but in Omar Khalidi’s passing away India lost a different kind of its devotee, one who wanted to see its greatness remain unsullied by passing political passions, and discriminatory practices against major segments of its population. This is both a brother’s tribute to his memory, gone exactly five years on November 29, and recognition of his service to the cause of fairness in the world’s greatest democracy’s political process and economic life.

National University for Rehabilitation to come up in Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram : The central government will invest Rs.1,700 crore to transform the NISH here into the National University for Rehabilitation Sciences and Disability Studies for the benefit of the disabled, union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said on Saturday.

AIUDF slams BJP president Amit Shah

By Abdul Gani,

Guwahati: After BJP president Amit Shah on Friday accused Congress-led Assam government for failing to check the influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal has strongly opposed his views.

While attending a public rally in Assam’s Dibrugarh town, Shah said, “Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi is talking to AIUDF for alliance. How can a party which is talking to AIUDF check the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh?”

'Intolerance' inadequate to describe fear among minorities: Arundhati Roy

Pune : Given the atmosphere in India, "intolerance" is an inadequate word to describe the "fears" under which minorities are living, author Arundhati Roy said here on Saturday.

"Killing people, burning them alive and the other goings... 'intolerance' is not sufficient. We have to coin a new word to describe all this," Roy said.

She also charged the BJP-led central government with promoting 'Brahminism' under the guise of 'Hindu Rashtravad' and attempting to glorify social reformers of India as 'great Hindus' though some like B.R. Ambedkar had left Hinduism.

Spat with minister: Haryana transfers woman police officer

Chandigarh : The Haryana government transferred IPS officer Sangeeta Kalia on Saturday, a day after she refused to leave a meeting when Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij told her to "get out" after a heated argument over liquor smuggling.

"Sangeeta Rani, superintendent of police, Fatehabad, has been posted as Commandant 4th IRB (India Reserve Battalion), Manesar, relieving Vikas Dhankar of the additional charge," a state government spokesman said here.

Om Prakash is the new district police chief in Fatehabad.

Laxity in MGNREGS will not be tolerated: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday expressed concern over districts not matching up to the needs of the rural masses for the employment guarantee scheme in a drought year and told the officers that any laxity in attaining the targets would "not be tolerated".

Nitish government won't last over two years: Paswan

Patna : The Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government in Bihar will not last more than two years, and there will be mid-term polls, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Saturday.

"The Grand Alliance government led by Nitish Kumar will not last more than one-and-half or two years, there will be mid-term polls, it is certain," Paswan, who heads the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), said at a meeting to review the party's rout in the assembly polls.

Protest rally demands removal of Assam governor for having link with RSS

By Abdul Gani,

Guwahati: In an unusual development, the ruling party of Assam has demanded removal of the state’s governor. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Friday took out a protest rally across Guwahati against Governor PB Acharya alleging the governor to be involved in activities of the RSS and trying to divide people in the line of religion.