A little girl sleeps on her sister’s lap in a village in Jharia, Jharkhand. Their parents are coal pickers.
An underground fire has been burning in Jharia for the last hundred years or so. The heat makes it almost unbearable to live in the region. Efforts to stop the fire have been in vain. That fire has now spread overground. The CPM recently told the 14th Finance Commission that the fire in the Jharia coalfields of Dhanbad should be considered a ‘national disaster’.
For a recent public service campaign, the Kolkata Police have apparently enlisted the help of The Beatles, making use of the iconic cover photo of their 1969 album Abbey Road, which features the four band members walking in tandem on a zebra crossing on London’s Abbey Road. Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police Supratim Sarkar told the BBC that the police wanted a catchy and appealing campaign. It seems they thought it would be a good idea to cash in on the universal popularity of The Beatles. However, this does not seem to have struck a chord with everyone.0
While the Supreme Court has issued notices to states and union territories seeking their views on legalising passive euthanasia, the families of comatose patients Shruti, Najma and Amit refuse to even discuss the issue. They think they are being unjust to their loved ones
Once a bank officer, the determined herbal king of Kondagaon shakes money from trees in the Maoist strongholds of Bastar through a collective of 20,000 Tribals whose business looks to expand worldwide. The man and his empire
They were once the flag bearers of saffron power. Denied rewards in the form of positions in the Government or special notes of appreciation from the Prime Minister, these worthies today spell more trouble than comfort for the NDA regime