Remembering a valiant non-conformist

Sabeen was defiant in life, and went out just as defiant, if not more.

There was nothing that would have dissuaded her from hosting the Balochistan talk last night at the T2F, for that’s who she was. She was all about ensuring that those who were not visible enough; didn’t have . . . → Read More: Remembering a valiant non-conformist

India’s issues with its rapidly growing population

Maharahstra, India’s wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found.

India’s urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that means finding jobs and inexpensive . . . → Read More: India’s issues with its rapidly growing population

Minors may be treated as adults in India

India’s cabinet has approved a bill that would allow some minors accused of “heinous” crimes to be tried as adults, the first step towards resolving a long-running debate highlighted by the fatal 2012 Delhi gang rape.

Many in India have demanded stricter punishment for minors aged 16-18 accused of crimes such . . . → Read More: Minors may be treated as adults in India

USA’s failed drone operations

The White House released a statement today acknowledging the deaths of three U.S. citizens and one Italian citizen in recent U.S. counterterrorism operations. The statement and accompanying remarks by President Barack Obama are consistent with prior administration policy of admitting to the deaths of (most) American citizens by drone strikes, while refusing to provide transparency . . . → Read More: USA’s failed drone operations

Indian drug boat mystery remains

Pakistan today said India has so far not shared any information with it about a Pakistani boat seized by it for carrying narcotics.

“We are aware of the Indian media reports. Our Mission in New Delhi has approached the Indian authorities to seek details of the boat (ownership, registration) and arrested crew. So far no . . . → Read More: Indian drug boat mystery remains

Technology to fight pirates

Ghost looks more like a spacecraft than a seaborne combat vessel. It’s waiting for us in the Piscataqua River, a few minutes out from its home at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. As we approach in a small chase boat, I get a full view of the cabin–sharp and angular like a stealth . . . → Read More: Technology to fight pirates

Gagging social media

In view of the widespread denunciation of the new Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill, by both national and international human rights organisations as well as experts among the stakeholders, the only reasonable option for the government is to withdraw the ill-conceived proposal and return to the drafting board.

Efforts to check cybercrime have been . . . → Read More: Gagging social media

Beheading of two Dalit laborers and witchcraft

The headless torsos of the two Dalit labourers – Nanjaiah (60) and Krishnaiah (47) – were still warm when the police found them at a banana plantation, off National Highway 209, on the afternoon of March 19.

Mahadeva, the plantation’s owner and alleged murderer, was found minutes later hiding under sheets of dried banana leaves . . . → Read More: Beheading of two Dalit laborers and witchcraft

Accountability court annuls Rehman Malik’s sentence in two corruption cases

An accountability court in Rawalpindi annulled on Wednesday the sentence of former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik in two corruption references.

The former interior minister faced two corruption references and he was convicted in absentia by an accountability court in 2004 while he was abroad.

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Pakistan Railways continues to decay

Audit has pointed out massive corruption of Rs 42 billion in the accounts of ministry of Railways, during the first year of Nawaz Sharif regime.

As per audit report, minister for railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and secretary railways have not registered a case against the corrupt officers of railways, even after they were identified in . . . → Read More: Pakistan Railways continues to decay