As Bihar reels under impact of floods, medicos on motorbikes emerge as symbols of hope-(Ganesh Prasad)

Till a fortnight ago, 18 doctors on 18 motorcycles were riding out to 132 flood-hit villages in Bainsa division of Purnia district to treat people taken ill with water-borne diseases. The August floods affected more than 1.3 crore lives in 21 districts of Bihar, killing at least 514 people. Purnia was one of the worst-hit[…]

Normalcy returns to villages along India-China border after 72-day-long Doka La standoff ends-(Sujal Pradhan)

Travel planner Bimla Rai sports a smile. Bookings are once again being registered. People from far and near want to visit Nathu La and areas close to Doka La where the Indian Army and the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had a tense stand-off for 72 days. The stand-off ended on 28 August. Since then,[…]

Rohingya Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir Part I: Refugees tell harrowing tales of abuse and mayhem-(Safeena Wani)

Many Rohingya Muslims might have fled Myanmar and sought refuge in India, but news from back home — of their brethren being persecuted — never fails to send shivers down their spines. Case in point: The United Natio​​ns (UN) recently dubbed the Myanmar government’s self-proclaimed security operation as a case of “textbook ethnic cleansing”.

Man who invested Rs 3 crore in Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s ‘MSG Resort’ commits suicide-(By Sat Singh)

Shocked and upset at the loss of crores of rupees he had invested in jailed Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s ‘MSG Resort’, a 47-year-old man of Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana killed himself on Friday. The man was also distressed at being insulted for his ties with the ‘Dongi rapist Baba’. This was the first suicide relating[…]

With Dera Sacha Sauda under police lens, villages near Sirsa become collateral damage-(By Manoj Kumar and Sat Singh)

The presence of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh still lingers on near his Dera (ashram) in Sirsa. Every time security officials or policemen stop a farmer from entering his own field, he looks towards the Dera and lets out a curse. Especially now, with the time ripe for harvesting cotton and spraying pesticides on[…]