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  • Push for education yields little for India's poor

    01/16/2008 11:41:36 PM PST · by steelboy · 2 replies · 60+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 01/17/08 | Somini Sengupta
    Sixty years after independence, with 40 percent of its population under 18, India is now confronting the perils of its failure to educate its citizens, notably the poor. More Indian children are in school than ever before, but the quality of public schools like this one has sunk to spectacularly low levels, as government schools have become reserves of children at the very bottom of India's social ladder.
  • UK Indian women 'aborting girls'

    12/03/2007 7:15:36 AM PST · by BGHater · 17 replies · 137+ views
    BBC ^ | 03 Dec 2007 | BBC
    Reconstruction: 'Meena' went to India to abort her fourth daughter A study suggests Indian women in the UK are aborting unborn daughters so they can have more boys, the BBC's Asian Network has learned.The Oxford University study suggests 1,500 girls are "missing" from the birth statistics in England and Wales from 1990 to 2005. It shows the proportion of boys compared with girls born to Indian-born mothers has increased since the 1970s. Dr Sylvie Dubuc said this could be due to "sex selective abortion". See sex-ratio of births to Indian born women Dr Dubuc, who studied birth rates of...
  • Skewered: Indian teen survives 4ft pole rammed through his head

    11/26/2007 4:04:09 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 22 replies · 147+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/25/07
    Manish Rajpurohit has been hailed the luckiest teenager in India after he survived being skewered by a metal pole in a bus crash. The 18-year-old student was riding a bus in Andhra Pradesh state when it was hit by a lorry. The force of the smash rammed the four foot safety rail into Rajpurohit's forehead and through his skull - only missing his spine by a few millimetres. Rajpurohit said: "It struck my head and embedded me into the seat. I was stuck there crying 'Help me' as loud as I could." Brave Rajpurohit had to slide his head...
  • It's A Google Thanksgiving (Vanity)

    11/21/2007 11:25:21 PM PST · by torchthemummy · 27 replies · 101+ views
    Google ^ | 11/22/2007 | Torchthemummy
    Take a look at Google's Thanksgiving cartooned logo. Sitting to the left of the table is a turkey dressed as an Indian and to the right a turkey dressed as a Pilgrim. Can anyone tell me what is actually on the table being served as the main dish? Looks like a cat but if you zoom the picture it becomes too pixelated to tell.
  • Indian man marries dog

    11/13/2007 3:37:25 PM PST · by DancesWithCats · 27 replies · 215+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | nov 13 2007 | dances with cats
    An Indian man who believed he had been cursed for stoning to death two dogs has atoned for his sin by marrying another dog in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. P. Selvakumar, a 33-year-old farm labourer from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, married the four-year-old stray bitch after it was bathed and processed to his village temple dressed in an orange sari and garlanded with flowers. The marriage took place on the advice of the man's astrologer who said it was the only way to atone for his actions of more than 20 years ago. He was reported to...
  • Indian tribes expel members

    10/27/2007 8:46:20 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 23 replies · 76+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/27/07 | AP
    Dennis Champlain's grandfather helped win federal recognition for the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Champlain himself has danced in tribal powwows and teaches his children that they are Narragansetts. Yet the Narragansetts say he is no longer a member of the tribe. Champlain and his extended family are among thousands of people removed from American Indian tribes in recent years, often amid tribal squabbles or when a casino comes to town. In Rhode Island, the Narragansetts' removal of about 140 of roughly 2,400 members has become an issue in Saturday's election for the tribe's chief sachem, or leader. Tribal officials say they...
  • Jackpot or Mistake? Man Sues Over $1.6M 'Jackpot' (surprise: Casinos cheat)

    10/25/2007 8:40:17 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 29 replies · 58+ views
    For about an hour last August, Gary Hoffman was a very lucky man. Hoffman was playing the nickel slot machines at the Sandia Resort and Casino on an Indian reservation in New Mexico when he appeared to hit the jackpot: the machine said he won nearly $1.6 million. "I became ecstatic," he said. But the ecstasy was short-lived. Hoffman says in a lawsuit filed earlier this year that Sandia refused to pay, claiming that the machine malfunctioned. Instead, he said, they gave him about $385 and a few free meals at the casino. "I won money, fair and square, and...
  • Don’t call us Asian (and club us with Muslims), say British Hindus

    07/11/2006 9:22:18 PM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies · 759+ views
    mumbai Mirror ^ | Wednesday, July 12, 2006 | PTI
    A study released in the House of Commons says 80 per cent of the respondents prefer to be called British Indian or British Hindus PTI London: Hindus in Britain do not want to be described as 'Asian' but would rather be called British Indian or British Hindus, a study released in the House of Commons on Tuesday said. The report ‘Connecting British Hindus,’ launched by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities, identified that some Hindus feel 'excluded' in the race dialogue and urged the government and public service providers to ensure they are included in work taken up to...
  • My video to honor US servicemen and women, then and now

    09/16/2007 1:14:02 AM PDT · by drzz · 20 replies · 817+ views
    Video ^ | 09/16/07 | drzz
    This a video which was a long and hard work, but there it is: tribute to the 7th cavalry in the Indian Territory, Korea, Vietnam, the Pacific Front, Kuwait, Iraq. Garry Owen to these US heroes then and now!
  • Federal charges filed against self-described Indian chief (sells documents to illegals)

    09/08/2007 6:26:41 PM PDT · by LNewman · 11 replies · 425+ views
    WICHITA, Kan. --A man who called himself "Chief Thunderbird IV" was charged in federal court here Friday with devising a fraudulent scheme to obtain U.S. citizenship papers for illegal aliens by having them claim to be members of a so-called Indian tribe. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal and local agencies are investigating this case. Malcolm L. Webber, 69, Wichita, Kan., was scheduled to appear in federal district court in Wichita Friday on one count of attempting to defraud the federal government, one count of harboring aliens who were illegally in the United States, and one count...
  • Three killed in US mine accident

    08/10/2007 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 5 replies · 678+ views
    BBC ^ | August 11, 2007
    Three people have been killed in a mine accident in the US state of Indiana, police said. It is not yet known how many people were in the Gibson County Coal mine at the time of the accident. The incident occurred at an air shaft under construction at about 1100 (1700 GMT). A coroner has been called to the scene, local television reports said. Separately, in Utah, six miners are missing 1,500ft (457m) underground after a mine collapsed on Monday. The three died in a basket used to transport people along the 600ft (183m) air shaft, Detective Mike Hurt said....
  • Common Sikh names banned under Canada's immigration policy

    07/24/2007 6:57:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 25 replies · 1,198+ views
    CBC News ^ | 23 July 2007 | CBC News
    A Calgary woman waiting for her husband to arrive in Canada is upset by a long-standing immigration policy that forces people with the surname Singh or Kaur to change their last names. Tarvinder Kaur, who is pregnant, said her husband Jaspal Singh's application to become a permanent resident has been delayed for well over a month because of his last name. He has no choice but to legally change his name in India so he can get to Calgary before she gives birth next month, she said. CBC News has obtained a copy of a letter sent from the Canadian...
  • Police slay top Indian bandit (Shiv Kumar, also known by the alias Dadua)

    07/22/2007 3:46:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 639+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/07 | Gavin Rabnowitz - ap
    NEW DELHI - Indian police killed one of the country's most notorious bandits Sunday — a man who ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood. Shiv Kumar, also known by the alias Dadua, led one of the few remaining bands of outlaws that have roamed central India for centuries, their exploits romanticized in Bollywood movies. Kumar, thought to be in his 60s, was wanted in more than 200 cases of kidnapping, extortion and murder and had a bounty on his...
  • 'Hate Campaign' Led to Indian Anti-Conversion Law, says Watchdog

    05/17/2007 9:18:30 AM PDT · by bedolido · 20 replies · 565+ views ^ | 5-17-2007 | Staff Writer
    Human rights group, International Christian Concern has said it has uncovered evidence to show that the recent anti-conversion bill in Himachal Pradesh was the result of an orchestrated campaign of lies and misinformation. The persecution watchdog explains that a local Christian source, who requested anonymity, said that Hindu fundamentalist groups have been running a hate campaign against Christians, using the local newspapers, which normally have their reach limited to towns and cities.
  • The ugly American is passé; welcome the ugly Indian

    05/06/2007 11:16:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 1,370+ views
    The Dawn,Pakistan ^ | May 07,2007 | Jawed Naqvi
    The ugly American is passé; welcome the ugly Indian By Jawed Naqvi IT is legitimate to doubt the credibility of the Pew opinion poll that once showed Indians as supportive of the US, when the rest of the world, including its European allies, seemed to have deserted America over the Iraq fiasco. Let’s, however, take a charitable view of the alleged opinion count. It can be conceded that in a country of a billion people, it’s not impossible to find a million something holding the view, which Pew mistook for endorsement from an entire nation. Of course, much depends on...
  • Indian Farmers Braced For Rat Plague

    05/03/2007 8:24:12 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 438+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-5-2007 | Peter Foster
    Indian farmers braced for rat plague By Peter Foster in New Delhi Last Updated: 3:02am BST 04/05/2007 Nearly 500,000 Indian farmers are facing the prospect of famine as a plague of rats that strikes once every 50 years threatens to destroy their crops, rice paddies and village granaries. The flowering of a rare species of bamboo causes the rat plague Efforts to control the rodent plague in the north east Indian state of Mizoram have led the local government to offer a reward of one rupee (1.2 pence) for every rat tail delivered to the authorities. More than 400,000 rats...
  • Indian couple burnt [burnt to death ] for 'black magic'

    05/03/2007 1:53:08 PM PDT · by bedolido · 10 replies · 335+ views ^ | 5-3-2007 | staff writer
    AN elderly Indian husband and wife were burnt to death after villagers accused them of practising black magic, tied them together on a pyre and set them on fire. “The aged couple died screaming for help,” police superintendent P V KuMarch said. Sayanna, 70, and his 61-year-old wife, Pochamma, were set ablaze after being doused with kerosene. Both were farm labourers near the southern city of Hyderabad who also practised traditional medicine. Police have arrested six villagers for the incident.
  • Gere to Indian "Moral Police" -- Kiss My White A**

    04/27/2007 9:50:28 AM PDT · by bedolido · 82 replies · 2,443+ views
    TMZ ^ | 04-27-2007 | staff writer
    Richard Gere isn't bothered that a warrant's out for his arrest in India, and he's accusing a "very small right-wing, very conservative" faction in the country for coming after him for his public kissing of an Indian actress. "They do this kind of thing quite often," Gere told Jon Stewart on last night's "Daily Show." "I don't know that anyone has actually gone to jail ... It goes to a reputable court and they throw it out." Yesterday, an Indian judge issued a warrant for Gere's arrest in Jaipur, saying that he had "transgressed all limits of vulgarity" when he...
  • Indian Court Issues Warrant for Gere [Follow-up story]

    04/26/2007 8:12:08 AM PDT · by bedolido · 21 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | 4-26-2007 | staff writer
    NEW DELHI (AP) - A court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Thursday, saying their kiss at a public function "transgressed all limits of vulgarity," media reports said.
  • California Senate approves major expansion for gambling tribes

    04/19/2007 10:53:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 385+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/19/7 | AARON C. DAVIS
    SACRAMENTO, (AP) -- The California Senate on Thursday approved the largest expansion of Indian gambling in the state since tribes were given the authority to operate casinos. The agreements now go to the Assembly. If passed by that house, they would allow tribes to operate an additional 22,500 new slot machines, the equivalent of more than 10 Las Vegas-sized casinos. It would represent a 50 percent increase in the number of slots currently operating in the state's Indian casinos. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who negotiated the agreements with the tribes last year, is counting on the Legislature to approve the compacts...