December 11, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - In a reversal that surprised many gay activists and flew in the face of changes seen in some other countries recently, India's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a lower-court ruling, in effect making homosexuality a crime again. The nation's top court overturned a 2009 Delhi High Court decision that decriminalized homosexual sex between consenting adults. In Wednesday's ruling, the top court argued that the lower court had overstepped its mandate and had no right to augment the law. “It is up to parliament to legislate on this issue," said Justice G.S. Singhvi, who headed the two-judge Supreme Court bench.
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December 3, 2013 |
The second suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire at a Sikh sports event in Sacramento County has been caught in India five years after the fatal shooting, the FBI announced. Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, went on the run after the August 2008 attack at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, according to the FBI. One person -- 26-year-old Parmjit Pamma Singh -- died in the shooting, and several more were injured. Spectators were able to hold down the other shooter -- 28-year-old Gurpreet Singh Gosal -- until Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, some of them using hockey sticks and cricket bats, the Sacramento Bee reported.
November 29, 2013 |
India is now the world's third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population. In recent years about 27 million wells have been drilled, chasing water tables downward in every Indian state.
November 20, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Perennial tensions between Pakistan and India found their way into movie theaters Tuesday when a Pakistani judge imposed restrictions on the screening of Indian films. Responding to a petition filed by controversial television talk show host Mubashir Luqman, the Lahore high court issued an interim order barring the screening of any imported film unless it can be established that it has proper documents and the sponsorship of a Pakistani national, both required by law. Luqman, once a film producer, is known for his anti-India views.
November 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar retired Saturday, drawing to a close a stellar 24-year career with tears, a final wave and the enduring love of millions. Spectators in the packed stands of Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his hometown, chanted, “We want Sachin, We want Sachin,” as television networks broadcast a huge banner in the stands proclaiming “Legends Never Retire.” With millions watching across the country, he shook hands with players on the opposing West Indies side and climbed the stairs to the dressing room.
November 11, 2013 |
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. -- Mother Teresa After my trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan I wasn't sure how I would react when I returned to India. Bhutan is peaceful; India is India. Two months on a motorcycle with a sidecar aren't exactly tranquility, so you'd think I'd be prepared for the bedlam of India. Not quite. I got used to it again and went about looking for a place to stay for the night in Kolkata, once known as Calcutta.
November 10, 2013 |
Regarding "The World Within" by Amanda Jones, Nov. 3: Unless you are so rich that you can travel to the Ananda spa in northern India in a private jet, I take issue with the claim that guests there can clear a gentle path to inner stillness. On arrival in India, a country with 11 times the population density of the U.S. but 8% of its annual income, you are facing a population 70% of which lives on $2 a day. And if you ride a train to northern India, you come face to face with the poor hordes.
November 6, 2013 |
My travels across the globe relying on the kindness of strangers with my trusted motorcycle, Kindness One, continue to amaze me. I traveled from Delhi to Agra in India and visited the Taj Mahal. This was a highlight of the trip, to be sure, but to my amazement, better things were just around the corner. The city of Lucknow, which has about 3 million people, is a few hours' ride from the Taj Mahal. In Lucknow, I bumped into a man on his way to a village. I didn't have anywhere to stay and he offered me free gas when I got to his village 45 minutes away.
November 5, 2013 |
And she's off! India's space agency successfully launched its 3,000-pound Mars Orbiter Mission probe on Tuesday, and you can watch video of it leaving Earth in a cloud of smoke in the box above. The spacecraft lifted off early Tuesday morning. It will spend the next several weeks in orbit around Earth and on Dec. 1 head out on the arduous 300-day journey to the Red Planet. If the mission is successful, the probe will arrive in Mars orbit about Sept. 24. It will make India the first country in Asia to have a spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet, joining missions launched by the U.S., Russia and the European Union.
November 4, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India is set to launch a space mission to Mars on Tuesday that, if successful, would beat China to the punch, although some wonder whether the undertaking is the best use of money when many Indians lack food, clean water or basic sanitation facilities. The 3,000-pound Mars Orbiter Mission probe, or Mangalyaan, is set to lift off at 2:38 p.m. local time (1:18 a.m. PST) aboard a 350-ton, four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the first step in its 300-day trip to the red planet.