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The making of a Smart India

Our cities pulsate with the life but are a chaotic shambles; our rivers are steeped in tradition but choked with filth; we are left hoping our education system doesn't dull sharp minds; and millions struggle for clean water and reliable power. Creating a Smart India makes sense economically, politically and socially. Lets not lose this opportunity.

PMO pushes private FM channels to air Mann Ki Baat programme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat has been a hit on the airwaves three months in a row. But the show’s success, it turns out, is partly driven by the mighty hand of officialdom.

Will Pakistan take the right lessons from Peshawar?

The Peshawar massacre is Pakistan’s 26/11. While the assault on Mumbai aimed at crippling the Indian economy, the barely concealed objective behind the mass killing of students is to bring the Pakistan army on its knees, writes Vinod Sharma.

'You are beyond evil': Anupam Kher to militants behind Peshawar attack

Lyricist Prasoon Joshi and actor Anupam Kher pen tributes for the victims of the Peshawar massacre. In an open letter to terrorists, veteran actor Anupam Kher writes: 'Words cannot adequately despise the monstrosity which you have committed'.

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work: EU court

Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.

Acting blind to beg on Delhi streets earned him 5 seconds of fame in Aamir's PK

Manoj Roy, 39, is from Bedeti in north-central Assam’s Sonitpur district. Son of a daily wager who lost his mother soon after birth, he dropped out of school to beg after his daily-wager father fell too sick to work.

Aamir Khan's PK: 5 things to watch out for

The huge promotional drive for Aamir's PK has generated a lot of interest among the viewers and they would be expecting a lot from the film. Here is a list of five such things.

Thakur Saryu Prasad Singh: The man who made the Sorens in Jharkhand

When a young and impoverished Sibu Soren launched his much-touted tribal uprising against the oppressive moneylenders in the state’s Santhal Pargana division, this wealthy landlord from Bokaro stood by him through thick and thin.

Sony hacking: US suspects North Korea's role, considers options

The US believes North Korea is behind the hacking at Sony and the threat of 9/11-type attacks that forced the company to cancel the release of a movie lampooning Kim Jong-un. The case is being investigated by the FBI.

Thrill seeker: A Gurgaon salesman who held NCR to ransom for 2 days

A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday for making bomb threat calls for two consecutive days to police control rooms in Gurgaon and Delhi, police said. The man told police he wanted to have some fun.

My rapist is now an advocate: Victim narrates the tale of horror

'It’s been four years since I was raped by a student leader, but he still roams free. The rape was one incident, but the events that followed crushed me day after day.'

Church of England's first female bishop is a Manchester United supporter

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The church gave its final approval to the appointment of female bishops last month, bringing to an end a tortuous process that set liberal and conservative believers at odds.

After Delhi rape, Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver who was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer.

India vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 2: Honours even after bad light ends play

Australia reached to 221 for four at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against India on Thursday after battling their way back into the contest on the back of debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood's five for 68.

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pak reels from Taliban massacre

The dark day of December 16, when Taliban slaughtered more than 130 pupils, methodically gunning down children, ended the childhood innocence of the traumatised survivors.
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