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An Indian-origin man working as a driver for ride-sharing company Uber in the US has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a sleeping passenger and driving her more than 96 kilometers from her destination to boost his fare. Harbir Parmar, 25 of New York pled guilty in White Plains federal court to kidnapping and wire fraud. He …

Mamta Banerjee

A photograph of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alongside stalwarts of Bengal, including revolutionary hero Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Nobel laureate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore, on a giant flex at the heart of the city’s information technology hub, has created a stir among the netizens as well as the commuters here. The blue …

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Attorney General KK Venugopal to submit with 10 days the date of meeting of the prime minister-led panel on the appointment of Lokpal and at the same time it turned down advocate Prashant Bhushan’s plea to make public the names proposed by the search committee. Turning down Bhushan’s plea …

The nine-day-long renewed statement of Gujjars in Rajasthan earlier this month, seeking 5% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, has again shifted focus on the community’s demand which has generated considerable political heat and disrupted public life various times since 2007. As many as 72 Gujjars have so far died in police firing during …

It is that time of the year when Sri Lanka’s war-affected north and east come under sharper focus. The 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council will commence on February 25 and go on till March 22 in Geneva. A “core group” on Sri Lanka, including Canada, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro, and the U.K., is …

Seven minor girls fled from a government-funded shelter home in Mokama here in the early hours of Saturday after cutting a window grille, an official said. The government-owned shelter home run by Nazareth hospital society, he said. “Seven girls fled from the shelter home located at Mokama between 3 am and 3:30 am today. They were under treatment for their …

Infosys Foundation will give 10 lakh each to the families of martyrs who laid down their lives in the line of duty in the terrorist attack at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir on Friday. Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty told ET that the society is indebted to their sacrifice in defense of the nation. The terrorist …

Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Enterprises, has offered to hold the education of children of the security personnel who were martyred in last week’s terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir, as a mark of support for the country’s security forces. Bharti Foundation will reach out to the individual families and …

The Rajasthan government Wednesday launched a bill in the Assembly to grant a five percent quota in jobs and educational institutes to Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it. The government set up the Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutes in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under …

Neglecting social issues is not just myopic but dangerous, cautions former RBI governor Raghuram G Rajan as he calls for a return to empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest. Local community government acts as a shield against the policies of the federal government, thus safeguarding minorities against a possible tyranny …

The United States government is concerned about India’s revamped e-commerce regulations and has told officials in New Delhi the policy will hinder the Indian investment plans of Amazon.com and Walmart Inc, three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters. The tussle marks the newest in a number of U.S. protests over Indian government policies which …

The 5G device ecosystem in India would possibly mature in 2020, a time frame which will coincide with the rollout of the first commercial networks on the next generation technology in the country, a top Reliance JioInfocomm official alleged. “The device ecosystem is critical to ensure that operators aren’t sitting on spectrum waiting for affordable …