The National United Christian Forum said the Government’s call for a ban on conversions ``would amount to a direct attack on individual’s freedom of conscience to choose one’s faith and on the freedom to profess, practice and propagate the faith of one’s choice, enshrined in Article 25 of the Constitution.
The National United Christian Forum said the Government’s call for a ban on conversions ``would amount to a direct attack on individual’s freedom of conscience to choose one’s faith and on the freedom to profess, practice and propagate the faith of one’s choice, enshrined in Article 25 of the Constitution." (photo for representation purpose only). Photo: M. Moorthy

Three churches oppose conversion ban

The National United Christian Forum comprising three leading churches of the country also cited the Navodaya circular as an ``insult’’ to the importance of Christmas Day. »
A security personnel keeps vigil at a polling station during the fifth and last phase of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

J & K records historic polling percentage: EC

The 76 per cent turnout in the fifth and final phase of polling is the highest polling percentage in the last 25 years, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said. »
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the 87th Annual General Meeting of FICCI in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: R. V. Moorthy

Govt. determined to push reforms: Jaitley

"Political obstructionists are out to ensure that the issue does not come to the debating table of Parliament." he said addressing captains of industry at FICCI's annual general meeting. »
Valsad(Gujarat), December 21, 2014

VHP ‘reconverts’ over 200 Christian tribals

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Saturday “reconverted” over 200 tribal Christians to Hinduism by holding rituals at Aranai village in Valsad district of the BJP-ruled Gujarat, claimed a local leader. »
Meerut, December 21, 2014

DJS chief sparks fresh controversy

Rajeshwar Singh, western Uttar Pradesh chief of the Hindutva outfit Dharm Jagran Samiti (DJS), has created another controversy. Attending a function in Etah on Thursday, he reportedly said India w... »
NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014

‘Passport can’t be denied for seeking political asylum abroad’

The Delhi High Court has held that a person’s action in the past seeking political asylum in a foreign country cannot be construed as being prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and integrity and can... »
Gangai Amaran
CHENNAI, December 21, 2014

Gangai Amaran joins BJP

Star power was in the ascendant at the first rally addressed by BJP national President Amit Shah on the city’s outskirts on Saturday with noted Tamil film music director and popular lyricist Gangai... »
Professor R. Champakalakshmi, historian Romila Thapar and Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation N. Gopalaswami at Kalakshetra in Chennai on
Saturday. Photo: M. Karunakaran
CHENNAI, December 21, 2014

Elite cultures have dominated discourse: Romila Thapar

“We have to seek out and discuss insights that will give meaning to construction of our heritage. To give priority to certain patterns of culture — elite or religion, or language, or regional cult... »
MUMBAI, December 20, 2014

Adarsh society members blame Congress infighting for the controversy

Members of the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society here have claimed that infighting between two senior Congress leaders, Sushil Kumar Shinde and A.K. Antony, was the cause behind th... »
Congress president Sonia Gandhi. File photo: V. Sudershan
New Delhi, December 20, 2014

Sonia feeling better, will remain under observation: doctors

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who has been hospitalised for lower respiratory tract infection, is feeling better but will remain under observation.“Mrs Gandhi is feeling better and her c... »
Diplomat Devyani Khobragade was found guilty of “serious misconduct” as she had applied for foreign passports for her two daughters without taking clearance from the Government.
December 20, 2014

Devyani penalised for children’s US passports

The Ministry of External Affairs has penalised diplomat Devyani Khobragade for failing to inform the Government appropriately about her children’s US passports, even as it has launched another inq... »
Women police personnel at a Republic Day parade. File photo: K.K. Najeeb
New Delhi, December 20, 2014

No basic amenities for women in police: Parliamentary panel

In many States across the country, basic amenities like restrooms and mobile toilets are still a major problem for women police personnel, a Parliamentary Committee on Empowerment of Women has note... »
Kolkata, December 20, 2014

India exports its first warship to Mauritius

By delivering an offshore patrol vessel to Mauritius, India on Saturday exported its first warship.“This is the first time that the export barrier has been breached. This would be the first... »

Gurdaspur eye camp surgery: victims yet to receive compensation

Manipur unveils rehabilitation scheme for militants

INS Arihant may be of limited utility

Pranab hands over war recordings to Bangladeshi counterpart

Tharoor drafts Lakhvi resolution

Obama visit to launch new Indo-U.S. defence agenda

'Modi disappointing on education'

States’ GST concerns met: Jaitley

Ministries make plans for 'Good Governance Day' on Dec. 25

NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014

RAW, CRPF get new chiefs

Rajinder Khanna will be the new chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency.The government on Saturday also appointed Prakash Mishra, Special Secreta... »
NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014

CBI asked to file note on probe into Azad photo morphing case

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to file in a sealed cover its “self-contained note” on an inquiry into the alleged morphing of a photograph of Maulana Abul... »
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
LUCKNOW, December 21, 2014

Centre will work to improve healthcare system: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the Centre would make all efforts for improving India’s medical infrastructure and making medical facilities more integrated and affordable. “Our... »
NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014

More than 50% of farm households in debt

Nearly 90 per cent of India’s farmers have less than two hectares of land, according to the most extensive survey of farm households to date conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO). »
NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014

Govt. struck by Opposition unity

If the Modi government has used its majority in the Lok Sabha in the ongoing Winter Session to push through as much legislative business as possible, the Opposition has deployed its superior numbe... »
Uttam Khobragade, father of penalised Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, on Saturday came out strongly in defence of his daughter saying any rational person would conclude that it was to
MUMBAI, December 20, 2014

Devyani did not violate conduct rules: father

  Former IAS officer Uttam Khobragade on Saturday came out strongly in defence of his daughter, diplomat Devyani Khobragade, contending that she “did not violate any of the conduct rules... »
NEW DELHI, December 20, 2014

Housing for all scheme: Panel raps Ministry

The Centre has assured of Housing for All by 2022 under the Sardar Patel National Mission for Urban Housing, but reviewing the earlier model of this flagship programme, then known as the Rajiv Awa... »
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday called upon the Opposition to support the enactment of law in Parliament to curb religious conversions.
Kolkata, December 20, 2014

Bring back all converted Hindus, says RSS chief

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said those who left the Hindu fold due to allurement by others should be brought back. “They went away (to other religion) because... »
United Nations, December 20, 2014

LeT funding continues despite sanctions: India tells UN

India has said that terror groups like LeT continue to receive funding despite being slapped with the UN sanctions and asked the Security Council to look into the issue, as the powerful world body... »
BJP president Amit Shah being garlanded by Tamil Nadu party leaders at a public meeting at Maraimalainagar near Chennai on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Kochi, December 20, 2014

‘Will you back ban on forced conversions?’

KOCHI: Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah said that his party was opposed to forcible religious conversion, and asked if the “so-called secular parties” would support legis... »

Trinamool to support GST if ‘adequately compensated’

LS condemns Lakhvi bail

India tests glide bomb

Electricity Bill focusses on renewable energy

Australia wants a ‘quadrilateral dialogue’

‘Higher education destroyed by academics, politicians’

Centre tells schools to step up security

Parliament snippets -- Azad makes waves

MGNREGA not being diluted: Chaudhary Birender Singh

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