‘India’s Daughter’ was originally sold as “Delhi, rape capital of the world”

nirbWhen the documentary India’s Daughter was sold, it was marketed as Delhi- the rape capital of the world. A documentary which was not meant to be commercialized is alleged to have raised funds by giving a sensational title, investigations have found. There are more discrepancies that have cropped up while investigating the Nirbhaya documentary shot by Leslee Udwin. There was a huge outrage over the documentary which showed a death row convict justify the rape and murder and this led to the Home Ministry banning the documentary.Read more

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Church Street blast probe breaks down

blast3The investigations into the Church Street blasts appears to have hit another dead end with the Bengaluru police once again trying to explore if the five SIMI operatives who escaped from the Khandwa jail in Madhya Pradesh could be behind the attack.
The police had last week brought down two operatives from Bihar and questioned them for nearly a week, but nothing concrete has emerged out of the investigation. Read more

How Pakistan fooled the world on the JuD ban

hafizsaeedHas the Jamaat-ud-Dawa the parent outfit of the Lashkar-e-Taiba which carried out the deadly 26/11 attack really been banned? Following a resolution in Pakistan which decided to ban the Haqqani Network and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the UN had banned the two outfits. While to the rest of the world it appeared that Pakistan had imposed a ban on the JuD, it now seems as though the entire exercise was an eye wash. The National Counter Terrorism Agency Website in Pakistan which provides a list of banned outfits has no information and since the past two days states that it is under construction.

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“Bharat ko de ragda”: A song by Masarat Alam

masratBharat ko de ragda is the name of a song and was written by the man in the centre of the controversy, Masarat Alam. While many may argue that his release was legally permissible, it is to be seen what the after effects of this action would be.
There can be only two outcomes from the release of Alam. Either he brings together the Hurriyat Conference and ensures that peace talks resume or he goes back to doing what he did in the past- fan anti India sentiments.

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In Kashmir, it’s time to honour the coalition dharma

C-D-SAHAYThe release of persons who have been red flagged by the security forces has caused much debate and heartburn among many. There is constant mud slinging over who is to be blamed over this issue and while that is one part of it the bigger question is the PDP honouring the coalition dharma.

The two parties- BJP and PDP had no option but to enter into an alliance says C D Sahay, former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). However now it is time to run the government and not an agenda, says Sahay in this interview with oneindia.

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Bio-Terrorism in India: Are we capable of handling it?

bioterrorismThe dean of the Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute, Krishnamurthy at a recent event made an interesting and yet startling point when he said that India is not prepared to face the threat of bio-terrorism.

He also pointed out that there is an urgent need to train doctors, nurses and para medical staff to face an eventuality resulting out of bio-terrorism. Terrorists tend to use biological agents as they are difficult to detect and agents such as the smallpox virus can spread from person to person, he also noted.

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Boko Haram and ISIS: World just became more unsafe

bakucollageAbu Bakr Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, has pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the ISIS and this can be considered as a major development in the world of terror.

Shekau who heads the Nigeria based Boko Garam thrives on brutality just the ISIS and killing 200 children in a day is child’s play for him.

Can Hurriyat ever be brought on board to talk peace?

masratThere are allegations and counter allegations over the release of Masrat Alam, a top separatist leader. The PDP in Kashmir states that this is just one step in opening up the channel for talks with the separatists, but the bigger question is will it have any impact and can they be brought on board?

How much of an impact does the release of one Masrast Alam have considering that they are 100s such persons in the Valley? Can the Hurriyat Conference be brought on board considering it is a divided house.

Oneindia discusses the effects of releasing Alam and also speaks with Air Marshal B K Pandey on what is the way forward.

Is PDP planning release of another prisoner?

Dr-Qasim-FaktooIs the PDP now attempting to release another prisoner after Masarat Alam? Even as the RSS met with BJP chief Amit Shah and advised not to make any compromises, the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir is making an attempt to release Asiq Faktoo of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen.

Faktoo according to the armed forces is a dangerous member of the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and has been serving a life sentence for the murder of a Human Rights Activist, Wanchoo H N. The armed forces and also the Intelligence Bureau consider Faktoo to be a dangerous customer and feel that his release may lead to a violent situation in the Valley as he cannot be brought on board to talk peace.

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Nirbhaya: Will Supreme Court take up the case soon?

´╗┐In the year 2013 an amendment was made to the Supreme Court rules which stated that it would be only a three judge bench which would hear cases relating to death sentences.

On August 25 2014 when the Nirbhaya case came up for hearing before a bench comprising Justices Ranjana Prakassh Desai and N V Ramana they were informed about the amendment to the Supreme Court rules and the matter was adjourned.