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British tribunal victory for Indian worker

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Adivasi (or indigenous Indian) Premila Tirkey has been awarded £184,000 ($280,000) by a British employment tribunal in compensation for four and a half years of exploitation while she was working as a maid for an Indian family in the UK. It is a landmark judgement. Tirkey worked for Pooja and Ajay Chandhok in Milton Keynes. Her ...

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Impoverished Women Spin Exotic Weaves

[By Surekha Kadapa Bose] Aurungabad(WFS) – Bent on their looms for hours, days and months, the women of Paithan, a small town near Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, spin a dream world. Lush paddy fields, swaying palms, blooming lotus flowers, beautiful peacocks, parrots and blue-tailed birds in flight are created on a rich silk background with a dhoop-chaanv (light and shade) effect ...

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Rahul Gandhi goes missing again

The Congress Vice President has once again gone “missing”.  So far, his party (Congress) has given three reasons for his absence. He is attending a private conference by Charlie Rose in Aspen,USA, He has gone to US on a short personal trip. While some others said that he has gone to the US to attend to his ailing grandmother. With the BJP ...

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Saudi abuse scandal rocks India

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] Last week there was an uproar from the Indian human rights lobby in general and women’s groups in particular when news broke about the abuse of 2 Nepali women used as sex slaves by a Saudi diplomat stationed in New Delhi. The women, who had originally been promised employment as maids, had been imprisoned in the ...

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Bottled Risk

[By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to flavored water and water enriched with vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes – is the largest growth area in the beverage industry, even in cities where tap ...

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Replace Movie Names with Modi

On PM Modi’s 66th Birthday twitter surprised him with a trend – “#ReplaceMovieNamesWithModi”. This trend saw hilarious tweets in which people replaced movie names with MODI. Point Blank 7  takes a look at some of the most funniest movie names after they got replaced with MODI. Finding modi. Finding fanny. #ReplaceMovieNamesWithModi — पत्रकार (@rowdy_rambo) September 18, 2015 My Name Is Modi ...

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India’s tea capital can recover from devastating floods – if the government gets its act together

[Sneha Krishnan|The Conversation] Heavy flooding has affected more than a million people in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, with 45 dead and more than 200,000 in relief camps. And yet there is still very little coverage of the disaster in the international media – perhaps not surprising when you consider even most Indians aren’t paying attention. But they should ...

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Men For Women At The Panchayat

[By Suchismita Pai] Solapur (WFS) – It was extreme anxiety that drove Sampata Shivaji Babar and Kalavati Sambhaji Babar to Baburao Sadashiv Bhajnavle. In Manegaon village of Maharashtra’s Solapur district, women were not just expected to keep quiet, they were also expected to be invisible. On the domestic front they had to take on the responsibility of running the household ...

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The Kickback Kid

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara] ‘Kickbacks’, in India, generally refer to bribes and corruption. Fairly commonplace. Not really news. So I almost skipped reading the Times of India story about a 16-year old girl, ‘the Kickback kid’ as some reporters have canonised her. The girl, let’s call her Konkona, was returning home alone, a few evenings ago, when she was attacked ...

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What makes Lalu an aid as well as an albatross for Nitish

[By Narendra Kaushik] It was sometime in February 1998. A pale orange sun was going down behind the white clouds opposite Barauni Oil Refinery.  Our ambassador car driver had just returned after unsuccessfully scouting for a mechanic in nearby cities to fix the vehicle’s broken axle. We, four journalists, were haggling with the driver on the roadside for the return ...

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