• Glad PM Modi did not declare war on Pak, taunts Congress

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Asserting that India's diplomatic effort to isolate Pakistan in international forums has failed miserably, Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar on Sunday said he was glad that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not wage war against the Asian neighbour. "I am glad that Prime Minister Modi did not make any statements on declaring war and am equally glad that he did not make any statement to rile the people's sentiments," he said. "We are failing miserably in our diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan in international forum," he added.

  • Hyderabad professor recounts horror after being rescued from ISIS

    Hyderabad (Telangna) [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Out of ISIS clutches after nearly 14 months of his kidnapping while on his way to Tunisia's airport to board a flight to India in July 2015, Professor CH. Professor Balram told ANI,"I am extremely delighted to reunite with my family. Media should excuse me for not being able to take any of your questions at the moment, but I promise that in the coming days, I will definitely call for a detailed interview with all media persons." "I take this opportunity to express my thanks to Libyan Army, the Indian embassy in Tripoli, the state government, the Central Government, my family members, relatives, friends and all well wishers who supported me," he added.

  • Kapil Dev, Gavaskar speak out on `harsh` Lodha panel recommendations

    Mumbai [India], Sept.25 (ANI): Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev has described some of the Lodha panel's recommendations as `too harsh` while also voicing his concern over the cooling-off period of three years for administrators in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Now you have professional people to help," said Kapil while answering fellow commentator Sanjay Manjrekar's question during the ongoing first cricket Test between India and New Zealand here. Echoing similar views, another former captain Sunil Gavaskar stated that like cricket, an administrative set up also requires a blend of youth and experience.

  • Coldplay's Chris Martin 'Kapoor-ed' Katrina Kaif at NYC Global Citizen Festival

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): While the New York City crowd only heard the part where Chris Martin welcomes them to the upcoming Indian chapter of 2016 Global Citizen Festival, it is hard for the Bollywood followers to miss out on the singer's "Katrina Kaif Kapoor" in his speech. The 39-year-old English singer, who is also the current creative director of the event under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals establishment, mistakenly said "Katrina Kaif Kapoor" as he announced the names of celebrities who are to collaborate in India for the fest. Following an inspiring speech by PeeCee and Member of Parliament Poonam Mahajan, the 'Hymn for the Weekend' singer took the stage to welcome the New York crowd to India Global Citizen Festival 2016.

  • First Test: India vs New Zealand Day Four scoreboard

    Kanpur, Sep 25 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at the end of the fourth day's play of the first Test between India and New Zealand at the Green Park here on Sunday.

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  • Maratha Kranti Morcha takes to Pune's streets, demands arrest of rape accused, reservation

    Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): The Maratha Kranti Morcha that has been taking out silent marches in various towns in Maharashtra for the past eight days in support of their demand of reservation for Marathi people took out a silent march here on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of people, including students, women, youth and leaders, participated in the march under the umbrella of Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha, which was led by girls.

  • Pak recall Umar Akmal for ODI series against Windies

    Karachi [Pakistan], Sept.25 (ANI):Pakistan have recalled middle-order batsman Umar Akmal in the 16-man ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies starting on September 30 in Sharjah, UAE.

  • This Website Could Galvanise the Youth in India to Actively Participate in Governance and Change

    How’s this for the perfect hang out? A place where you get to meet the youth of India, all 231,878,057 of them in the age group of 15-24. No kidding. A new, user-friendly portal – YouthInfoIndia.org – puts together on a single platform for the first time, all the available data on the country’s young population culled from the 2011 census, the National Family Health Survey-3 (NFHS-3), the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), and many other credible sources. What’s more, this website, which is supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is both fun and easy to browse – with a one-click access to the data, put together in a manner that addresses various requirements. Besides, it is extensive in reach and – most delightful of all – is absolutely free! If you are wondering why such a portal is significant, Frederika Meijer, UNFPA representative for India/Bhutan, has an answer. She believes that youth in this country can be a great asset if they receive adequate developmental inputs. However, in order to ensure this policy-makers and society in general must get the big picture. According to Meijer, “To make sure that policy-makers have relevant data, analysis, and young people’s views while they formulate policies, UNFPA and its partners have developed YouthInfo India. The portal is a lively place where you can spend time getting to know more about India’s young people.” The website is envisaged as comprising two broad sections. The first has to do with data presented on 190 indicators. There is a data bank that allows the user to access information quickly with the help of parametres such as keyword, topic and region. There’s an exciting feature that facilitates visitors to create their own colour-coded infographics, pie charts and maps. All that is required is to feed the requirements into ‘DevInfo India’, a dashboard that displays the socio-economic profiles for states in India with up-to-date data, and generate impressive looking graphics. For instance, if you want to make a graph on changes in the age of marriage in the city of Mumbai between 1971 and 2011, go ahead with your clicks and wait for a nifty downloadable graph to appear. Should you need to map the demographic profile of a particular geographic area, then that too is possible with a few smart moves. Seriously fun is the section called ‘Your Voice’. Here you get to share your opinion on what needs to change in order to make India a better place. You never know, your views, which you may secretly consider insignificant and unexceptional, could actually find resonance in the highest echelons of power and help set the development agendas of the future! After all, never has the country been more prepared to listen to its young than today. Youth – those in the age group of 15-24 years – comprise 19.2 of the country’s population and are certainly the flavour of the times. That half its population is below 25 years potentially gives India a demographic edge over countries with ageing populations because it means that it has a large workforce of people with able bodies and innovative minds who could contribute decisively to social and economic development over the next twenty years. Already the disproportionate impact of the youth cohort in achieving transformations in the social and political landscape is becoming more apparent with each passing day. In 2011, it was the networking and activism of young volunteers that helped multiply support for social activist Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption campaign. In 2012, it was their outrage that forced the government to change its criminal justice policies and reform the law on sexual assault. In 2013, once again it was Indian youth who were credited with having brought a debutante political entity like the Aam Aadmi Party to power in Delhi. So youth is a happening group, no doubt about that. But there are also major challenges they are faced with today, as the data from YouthInfoIndia.org makes abundantly clear. Employment is an area of great concern, especially for urban youngsters. Work participation rate for those in the 20-24 age group in our urban pockets is as low as 37.5 per cent. Significant too is the fact that a high percentage of employed youth from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities are working in agriculture. Early marriage is still very much a grim reality, with women bearing the unfortunate consequences of this age-old ‘tradition’. According to District Level Household and Facility Survey DLHS-3 (2007-08) data, the percentage of girls who married before the legal age 18 was still a high 22.1 per cent, with the percentage of women aged 20-24 who had given birth by 18 standing at 21.7 per cent. This is an eloquent pointer to low contraceptive use in this cohort – at 22.2 per cent. Not surprisingly then, the percentage of women aged 15-19, who reported any level of anaemia in 2005-2006 was 55.8, with the percentage of men in the same age group at a lower, but still disturbing, 30.2 per cent. Inequalities continue to stare us in the face even six decades after Constitutional guarantees of equality came into force. We know, for instance, that literacy levels dip if you happen to be a Dalit or tribal youth; it is also lower for young people who live in rural India. But, of course, the most conspicuous inequality of all is that between girls and boys, women and men, and nothing perhaps highlights it more than the fact that the gender sex ratio among adolescents aged 10-19, is 898 girls for every 1000 boys. Occasionally, the comparisons work against the male sex: the percentage of male youth aged 15-24 who are current users of any tobacco product stood at 27.4 per cent, with females faring better at 8.3 per cent. Numbers tell stories, and the stories that emerge from YouthInfoIndia.org should encourage young people everywhere in India to advocate for change and be the change themselves. At the same time, these numbers should also give policy-makers the perspective they’d need to create policies that effectively address the needs of this demographic, which is the future. Visit the website here. Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia). Written by Bobby Jha for Women’s Feature Service (WFS) and republished here in arrangement with WFS.

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  • K J George to be sworn into Karnataka Cabinet on Monday

    Bengaluru [Karnataka], Sept. 24 (ANI): After the Karnataka CID gave a clean chit to former minister KJ George and two senior police officers in connection with the alleged suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathy, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will reinstated KJ George as minister in the Karnataka Cabinet on Monday. After his reinstatement, George might be re-allotted the Bengaluru Development portfolio. The Bengaluru MLA was forced to resign as Bengaluru minister after an FIR was filed against him.

  • SC verdict on Cauvery must be strictly followed: Congress

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Congress President Thtrunavukarasar on Saturday said that the Supreme Court is India's highest court and citizens are bound to follow its verdicts. "Supreme Court is the highest court for judicial remedy. Supreme Court has given a direction and judgement to the central government to appoint a Cauvery river water supervising authority to monitor the developments between the two states regarding the Cauvery water dispute," he said.

  • GST Council Additional Secretary appointed

    New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council slated to take vital decisions during its coming meets, the government on Saturday appointed Arun Goyal as Additional Secretary of the pan India indirect levies' apex body.

    IANS India Private Limited
  • Leave lust for power, part ways with Lalu: LJP cautions Nitish

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Sunday cornered the grand alliance government for not initiating firm steps to tackle the rising crime in Bihar and said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should leave the greed for power and part ways with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Expressing grave concern over the crime graph in the state, Chirag said that he was ashamed being a Bihari to witness the deteriorating law and order situation.

  • Congress taunts PM, says "war against poverty not a race"

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday did not appear to be in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'let's fight battle against poverty' assertion and said that it was not in good taste as one does not have to battle its own problems with regard to other nation. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Modi, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI that his speech made no sense. Are we putting adequate pressure on the people, who are supporting Pakistan to drop their terror tactics?" Dikshit said.

  • Mohammad Yousuf ridicules Anurag Thakur's statement, urges ICC to take action

    Karachi [Pakistan], Sept. 24 (ANI): Enraged with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur's statement, former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Yousuf said has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take notice of the former's 'political' statement, asking him to speak like a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader or as a cricket board head. As per the Express Tribune, Yousuf said the ICC keeps on saying that it would not tolerate politics or government interference in member boards and the even then the BCCI president was making political statements.

  • Ishrat Jahan case: Truth will come to light, says Vanzara

    Valsad (Gujarat) [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Former IPS officer D.G. Vanzara, who is out on bail in the Ishrat Jahan and Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter cases, Sunday said the "encounters were not fake and the truth will come to light finally". While responding to questions about an FIR filed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) into the missing files pertaining to the Ishrat Jahan case, Vanzara told ANI, "The developments will keep happening in the case as we are a democratic nation, where there is rule of law and liberalism. The FIR was lodged at the Sansad Marg Police Station in New Delhi on Saturday.

  • Appreciate strong words against Pak, now act on them: Congress dares PM Modi

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's strong words against Pakistan were not 'new' to the ears as he had taken the same stance after the deadly Pathankot Air Base attack earlier this year, the Congress has dared him to turn his words into action and bring justice to the sacrifice of the 18 soldiers who were killed in the Uri terror strike. Speaking to ANI here, Congress leader Meem Afzal said that the Prime Minister's attacking stance against Pakistan was quite similar to his words after the Pathankot attack, adding that he appreciated his words, which even though repetitive, have come at the right time.

  • Rafale deal is important acquisition, will enhance India's military capability: BJP

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the Rafale fighter aircraft deal will enhance India's military capabilities. "For over two decades, we have not been able to procure any fighter aircraft. It was revived, when on a government to government level Prime Minister Modi during his visit to France had revived it with the French president and today it has reached a culmination with the signing by our and the French Defence Minister," BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI.

  • PM Modi's statement on PoK, Gilgit-Baltistan a 'positive step': exiled PoK leader

    Geneva [Switzerland], Sept. 25 (ANI): With Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioning the people of Pakistan that their leaders were misleading them by talking about Kashmir when they could not even take care of the part of Kashmir under Pakistan's occupation, exiled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) leader Mumtaz Khan on Sunday said it is a positive step and statement regarding PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan, though it is late, and hoped it wasn't a tactical statement. Khan said, "We have a government in PoK, but it has no powers and has no control over their resources, or on political decision making, or on other issues.

  • Solve Kashmir issue instead of giving suggestions to Pak: Congress

    New Delhi, Sept. 25 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to indulge in the politics of polarisation and said that the latter should give suggestions to his own party members instead of Pakistan. Congress leader Meem Afzal echoed the sentiments of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati. "The entire opposition is today saying the same as Mayawati ji.

  • Amit Shah corners Pak, says "terrorism a big threat to democratic, civil society"

    New Delhi [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): Launching a blistering attack on Pakistan over the Uri terror attack, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Sunday said India has been the victim of this state sponsored terrorism since long, adding Islamabad now stands exposed before the world. Saluting the sacrifices of the 18 army personnel killed in the Uri attack, Shah offered his condolences to the family members of the brave hearts.



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