Thursday, April 7, 2011

Social Cause Newsletter dated April 01-15, 2011



April 01-15, 2011 issue of 'Social Cause' is now available at


It contains the following items



"He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God." - Swami Vivekananda                                 


News - Is India marching ahead?
India is now 1.21 billion strong
India beats Sri Lanka to win ICC World Cup 2011
A green challenge to red brigade
Tejas, our own LCA, ready to fly
Indian scientists traversed shortest path to South Pole
Nalanda: India's oldest university being revived
10 lakh speak language of the God
Women demand codification of Muslim Personal Law
Indian teacher introduces kabaddi to US classroom
Automated parking may be the next big thing in Delhi
Delhi's slum dwellers to get 15,000 low-cost flats
In powerless Bihar village, a school by innovation and Skype
IT guys make a difference to society
CCMB to make artificial cornea
God as guard: Bank opens 'lockless' branch
Anti Corruption Front formed - Baba Ramdev patron, Govindacharya Convener
Anna Hazare to fast in Delhi in support of Lokpal Bill


News - Matters of concern
Silent invasion of India: Illegal immigration from Bangladesh
Abnormal increase of voters in Assam
Congress is saviour of Bangladeshis: Modi
Northeast militants are using SIM cards of Bangladesh and Myanmar
No toilets costs India $54 billion annually - World Bank
Every four minutes, one commits suicide in India: Report
India on verge of 'Cultural Ecocide': Sanskrit Scholar
Karunanidi promises free laptops to all students on victory
Freebie war: Jaya showers voters with laptops, free rice
Tamil Nadu: Caste factor continues to play make-or-break role in politics
Gujjar stir cost Rs.1500 crore to Railways
Telangana protests hamper brand Hyderabad
Pro-Telengana mob dumps Andhra heroes' statues in lake
Half of India's Class 5 children will fail Class 2 test
Delhi's homeless prefer streets to night shelters
Elite white-collar criminals getting away scot-free: Narayana Murthy
Demolition of religious structure by DDA sparks tension in Delhi
India among the most corrupt nations surveyed by PERC
India 4th largest in Asia for illicit money flows: Report
Many parties are being floated to launder money, warns EC
Tainted IAS officer couple worth Rs 360 crore


News - Environment watch
Bhopal Gas tragedy toxic waste may be shipped out
Ministry considering bio-shields against tsunami
Genetics turns Sunderban tigers omnivore!
Leopards being ignored as tiger count rises
India launches black carbon initiative
New Coastal Zone Regulations cover sea up to 12 nautical miles
Cutting plastic waste, rules notified by GoI
Italy bans plastic bags
Jairam Ramesh vows to protect rights of forest dwellers
Jairam Ramesh's attempt to check traffic noise


News - Nuclear Safety
Time to rethink global nuclear safety regime: UN
Obama orders safety review of US nuke plants
Japan says it may take months to end radiation leaks
Japan crisis: Ten radioactive contamination cases found in China
China says nuke programme affected by Japan crisis
Japan crisis won't hamper nuclear development, says China
China mulls switching over to PVs to scale down N-power
Fukushima gives boost to nay-sayers in Jaitapur
Srikakulam villagers protest against nuclear power plant
'N-power plan will turn coastline into disaster zone'
Review of Indian N-plant safety ordered: PM
PM assures more teeth for nuke regulator
Reactors in India four times safer: Russia
Wrong to cry foul on N-waste management: Jairam Ramesh


News - Law and Judiciary watch
Supreme Court strikes down PJ Thomas as vigilance chief
Illegal sale of Army weapons upsets SC
In national interest, pre-dismissal enquiry can be skipped: court
Bill passed to replace words 'martial law' with 'military law'
Illegitimate kids have a right to ancestral property too: SC
No quota benefits after conversion: High Court
'SC can't decide on quota for minorities'
Counsel for Hasan Ali appointed special prosecutor in 2G spectrum case
Black money in offshore accounts 'plunder' of nation: SC
No real effort made to trace black money: SC
HC stays Punjab move to mortgage MC assets
Judges should set highest standards: SC
Corruption charges slapped on Justice Dinakaran
Kerala vigilance probe against ex-CJI's kin
Allegations against kin prompt calls for NHRC chief's sacking
Balakrishnan told to quit as NHRC chief
'Bribe to SC judge': Case filed against Congress MP
Centre's response to ban on Ramdev Baba's programme sought
Judge slams government for delaying in hanging Afzal Guru
Judicial Activism; CJ snubs 'committed' judge
Gujarat High Court's secular credentials questioned in PIL
Intellectual property of Krishna Iyer donated
Online tests keep magistrates, district judges busy


News - Kashmir Valley watch
'We've every right to use Kashmir door to teach India a lesson'
Kashmiri pandits demand CBI probe in temple land encroachment
Give jobs to Kashmiris: Government to India Inc
Panchayati raj in J and K; Towards centralization and regimentation
Hurriyat leader says separatists killed by "our own people"
Over 7,000 people killed in violence in J&K in last 10 years
Jammu and Kashmir lost Rs700 crore due to summer unrest
What have you done for Pandits: SC asks J&K


News - Foreign affairs watch
Japan toll tops 26,000 dead or missing
Air India carries over 25 tonnes of relief material to Japan
Gujaratis in Tokyo send out message of hope
Japan pays $1mn to innocent jailed for 17 years
India, Pak agree on 2nd international gate
Indian Government closed its eyes to the plight of Hindus in Pakistan
Hundreds of Hindus in Pak seek to flee from hostile areas
400 Pak Hindus await Indian citizenship
Wives beat up husband for planning fifth marriage in Pak
Bangladesh school suspends students for trimming beards
Bangladesh to claim 400 nautical miles in Bay of Bengal
India's BSF killed 136 Bangladeshis in two years: Dhaka
Bangladesh founder Mujib's killer lives comfortably in Toronto
Nepal disallows Tibetan voting under Chinese pressure
Myanmar disbands military junta, new prez sworn in
For ethnic Indians, Malaysia makes changes to textbook
Islam emerges as campaign issue in French local polls
Saudi Arabia to build world's largest gold factory
Indians top list of non-Arab foreigners in Kuwait
Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
Housing society in US to pay $110, 000 for keeping Indians out
21 Catholic priests suspended in US child molestation case
Indians rank third in receiving US green cards in 2010
Charles wants to build town for India's poor
'80 per cent drop in Indian students going to Australia'
In intolerant Iran, Christians face persecution
Srilanka erases colonial name, Ceylon


News - China watch
India, China coming closer on world stage: China Daily
China GDP world's No 2; GNI still at 124
No military expansion: China
China may not be able to curb girls marrying money
In trust deficit too, China races ahead of India
China needs to learn from India's democracy: Dalai
Chinese judiciary holds hearing for 22 Indians
Chinese troops enter Indian territory again; stop development work
Army under fire for incursions
China says its troops "never crossed" Line of Actual Control
'China's stand on stapled visa to Arunachalese a good omen'
China issues stapled visas to two Arunachal men
Issuing of stapled visas by China unacceptable: Antony
No visa for Arunachal officials, stapled for non-officials, says China
China sticks to Arunachal policy, visa row likely to stay
Sacked Chinese professor challenges one-child policy
China 's stealth fighter makes its maiden test flight
Chinese state-run media set to go global
India asks China to demonstrate sensibility to core interests
China to enhance cooperation in BJP-ruled states


News - Religion and Spirituality
God & Social good lure IITians by the dozen
Religion is big business in India, says Cambridge
Ancient temple stitched back together
Scientists to study Vedic rites in Kerala village
Hindus, Sikhs crowd UAE's lone temple
Russian hermit is expelled after 15 Years in India
300 temple panels unite in Goa to tackle thefts, desecrations
Jagannath Temple: Ramdev's remark sparks protests
Vivekananda movement grows in Nepal on 148th birth anniversary
Church transformed into temple in Scotland
Indian missionaries prepare to evangelize Bhutan
Fourteen held in Orissa for flouting conversion rules
Karnataka House panel finds no fault with ISKCON
Sabarimala stampede, over 100 dead; Govt, temple board draw flak for neglect of reports
Kerala Govt put 3 cops on duty for 3 lakh pilgrims
Temple stampedes claimed over 900 lives in last nine years
AAI turns to DGCA on Shiv Murti as trust silent
State sits on Jagannath land recovery
Hindu temple attacked in Australia
Quran-burning pastor calls for holding Islam accountable


News - Miscellaneous
India set for biggest electoral battle after 2009
MPLAD fund raised to Rs 5 cr
Huge salary hike, laptops, i-pads, phones for AP legislators
Sena wants ballot paper, not EVMs
Centre mulls SC status to dalit Christians
Will rehab Muslim youth wrongly arrested for terror: NCM
Professor removes Muslim student's veil, arrested
Not much action on minority affairs in 2010
Scholarship scheme for minorities exceeds target
Remembering ancestors boosts chances of success
Indian envoy refers to Sonia as 'Christian', reference is deleted
Rahul can't visit UK mission for finger prints, MEA finds a way out
Gujarat govt bans Lelyveld's book on Gandhi
CAG asks Orissa Govt to shut down 33 non-working PSUs


Editorial Comments
India must resume development of hydroelectric power - Business Standard
Congress trying to milk central schemes for partisan gains - The Indian Express
Govt should check spurious drugs - The New Indian Express
Jat agitation: Obsolete patronage - The Economic Times
Guilty Army officers must be punished - The Tribune
250th anniversary of the Third Battle of Panipat - The Tribune
A revolution of sorts if a Right to Service law works - The Telegraph


Book Review
Review of Patrick French's "India: A Portrait" - Aravind Adiga


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