Illegal Meat Shops Shut Down in Ghaziabad

http://indiatoday.intoday.in

[Shutting down slaughter-houses in Yogi Adithyanath's Uttar Pradesh is a wonderful start to a new era in Indian polity]

Within 48 hours after the newly sworn-in chief minister Yogi Adityanath took charge of Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad Police and district administration has initiated action against illegal meat shops and "corrupt" cops.

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Not Without our Daughters: Ugly Face of Child Trafficking

March 18, 2017
http://www.thehindu.com


Some 60 young women who grew up believing they were orphans discover the world and the families they were taken away from

Deep in a village outlined by fragrant jasmine fields in Usilampatti block of Madurai, 50-year-old Vellaiammal sits on a rock near her just-milked cows. Wiping her hands on her sari, she removes a handmade greeting card from a plastic bag. She holds it by the edges, careful not to let her wet fingers smudge the English words emblazoned in red felt pen across the page: “I miss you. MISS you. Miss YOU. With love, Nicola.”

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Probe Into Train Accidents Leads NIA to Kanpur NGO

March 18, 2017
Source: http://toi.in

NEW DELHI: The probe into the role of the so-called Islamic State in train accidents has set investigators on the trail of Satya Sandesh Foundation (SSF), an NGO that claims to be dedicated to Islamic preaching, and an IS recruit Ahsan, possibly the first person born Shia but working for the Sunni group.

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Kerala Priest and Nun Accused of Covering Up Rape of Minor

March 17, 2017
http://indianexpress.com

Almost a fortnight after Father Robin Vadakkuncheril was arrested on charges of raping a minor, the priest and nuns, who were accused of covering up the incident, on Friday surrendered before police in Kannur district of Kerala. 48-year-old Fr Robin, of Mananthavady diocese, was held on charges of raping the minor at his parish at St Sebastian’s Church in Kottiyoor. She had delivered a baby last month. Last week, a court in Thalassery had allowed police custody of the accused through the weekend.

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Best Desi Cattle Breed to get Rs. 5 Lakh Award

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com

States told to send names of individual farmers, gaushalas or breeders' societies

Farmers and gaushalas maintaining the best herd of desi cows can now get a Rs 5 lakh cash award as the Narendra Modi government is putting a premium on indigenous breeds of cattle to produce more milk.

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How the CIA Sponsored Indian Magazines That Engaged the Country's Best Writers


By Joel Whitney,
Source: The Wire

In 1967, much of the intellectual world learned that the United States had outsmarted itself. Two decades earlier, it had quietly created several vehicles for secret cultural patronage. The scheme was billed as necessary to fight cultural penetration and patronage of the Soviet variety, which was presumed to lie behind not just propaganda, but also student and labor unions, world peace conferences and more. To maintain their secrecy, then, many of these American vehicles, such as the Congress for Cultural Freedom, were launched under the CIA’s covert bureaucracies. The agency’s secret budget was seen as a way to circumvent debates in the US legislature, whose hardline right-wingers hardly could be convinced to fund “little” intellectual magazines, say, or classical music, or the haphazard paint splashes of Jackson Pollock.

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