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Bhupen Hazarika conferred Padma Vibhushan posthumously

New Delhi: Late singer Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika was Thursday posthumously conferred India’s second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan by President Pratibha Patil. The other two who received the prestigious award were former Uttar Pradesh governor T.V. Rajeshwar and renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti. Among those who received the Padma Bhushan include painter Jatin

India celebrates 63rd Republic Day

New Delhi: India Thursday celebrated its 63rd Republic Day, showcasing its military might and the nation’s rich cultural heritage. The main ceremonial parade was held in the capital with Thailand’s first woman Prime Minister Yinluck Shinawatra as the guest of honour. The ceremony began around 10 a.m. with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laying a floral

Non-resident Indians get voting rights

Jaipur: Fulfilling the long-standing demand of its Diaspora, India Sunday said it would allow Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote and participate in the election process. “Pursuant to the law that was enacted to enable Non-resident Indians to vote in our national elections, the government has issued notifications for registration of overseas electors under the Representation

India seeks diaspora investment in energy, healthcare

Jaipur: India Saturday asked its 30 million strong Diaspora spread across over 130 countries to contribute in the development of healthcare, energy and infrastructure sector. Almost 1,500 non-resident Indians and persons of Indian origin from 54 countries have gathered here on the occasion of the 10th annual diaspora meet, the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’. Addressing a

PM under Lokpal ambit but not CBI; Hazare furious

Anna Hazare and the Indian government were set for a showdown after the cabinet Tuesday finalised its Lokpal bill bringing the Prime Minister under its ambit but leaving out two other key demands of the activists — inclusion of the CBI and the lower bureaucracy. A furious Hazare dubbed the government ‘dishonest’ and vowed a

Hindus make last bid to save ‘Gita’; Indian lawmakers miffed

New Delhi: Hindus in Russia on Monday made a last ditch effort to save the Bhagavad Gita from a ban by a Siberian court. The issue rocked the Indian parliament, with MPs cutting across party lines Monday condemning the ‘insult’ to the holiest of Hindu scriptures for facing the prospect of being branded ‘extremist’. Following

PM is honest but remote controlled: Anna Hazare

Chennai: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is an honest man but is ‘remote controlled’, activist Anna Hazare said Sunday, urging people to start filling the jails from January 1 in support of a strong Lokpal. Addressing about 10,000 mainly middle class crowd at a college ground here, Hazare drew repeated applause as he asked the

Ajit Singh gets charge of Civil Aviation Ministry

New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh was Sunday inducted into the union cabinet and given charge of the civil aviation ministry, days after his party joined the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ahead of upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh. In the fourth expansion of the council of ministers, the Jat leader from

‘Bhagvad Gita’ faces ‘extremist’ branding, legal ban in Russia

Moscow: Bhagvad Gita, one of the most sacred Hindu religious texts, is facing a legal ban and the prospect of being branded as ‘an extremist’ literature across Russia, with a court in Siberia’s Tomsk city all set to deliver its final verdict on Monday in a case filed by state prosecutors. The final pronouncement in