Marooned by floods, Assam’s dead get watery grave as land disappear – (By Syeda Ambia Zahan)

“I had no option. When they died, I spent the whole night looking at their bodies and thinking where I could perform the last rites. Eventually, I put the bodies in jute bags and threw them into the water.” Helplessness writ large on his face, Chandra Kanta Rabha, 45, of Jonai in Assam’s Dhemaji district[…]

As A Journalist Covering The Ram Rahim Verdict, How I Saw Panchkula Burn Down – (By Manoj Kumar)

The hearing was scheduled for 2.30 pm, but we were already outside the court early in the morning. Supporters gathered outside were raising slogans and singing bhajans. They seemed to be in high spirits believing they had put enough pressure on the government and the court, and that this would reflect in Baba’s verdict. Even[…]

Worried relatives try to remove children from hospital where 68 died – (By Saurabh Sharma)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his Independence Day speech Tuesday with a call for the country to stand shoulder to shoulder with people of the city of Gorakhpur as they mourn the deaths of 68 children in a state-run hospital. “In the last few days, our country’s innocent children died in a hospital. In these[…]

Kashmiri youngsters are using Virat Kohli’s image to dodge security forces (By Suhail A Shah)

Deception is the name of the game in Kashmir and India cricket captain Virat Kohli is its face. For the Valley’s youth, who are playing a cat and mouse game with the Army and CRPF, Kohli’s photographs on their smartphones are a life-saver when caught in tight situations. On June 18 as Pakistan inched toward[…]

A Bitcoin robbery in small-town UP? It really happened (By Saurabh Sharma and Rahul Tiwari)

A Bunty and Babli-style crime played out in a nondescript Uttar Pradesh town recently. Only there was no Babli to help this Bunty. Sandeep Chaturvedi, alias Bunty, a notorious criminal who has cancer and is reportedly mentally unstable, was arrested on Wednesday on the charge of looting Bitcoins worth about Rs 25 lakh from a[…]

Impersonation, Identity Theft Most Common Cyber Crimes Reported In Bengaluru (By Elizabeth Mani)

Bengaluru: A Kannada film actress was recently in the news for filing a police complaint alleging that unknown persons had morphed and circulated “nude” pictures of her on social media. Some months back, a legislator from a constituency near Bengaluru had approached the police against hackers who had siphoned off Rs 190,000 from his bank[…]

Indians still mad for engineering despite threat to H-1B visa (By Pankti Mehta Kadakia)

Mumbai, India (CNN)They’re harder to get into than Harvard, Yale or Oxford. India’s 23 elite engineering schools attract more than a million applications each year and less than 1% of applicants are successful. Traditionally seen as a ticket to a plum job in the US, the appeal of Institutes of Technology (IIT) hasn’t been diminished[…]

Bangalore cab cooperative challenges Uber, Ola ( by Elizabeth Mani)

BANGALORE — A taxi cooperative established by a former state chief minister is set to give Uber and Indian rival Ola a run for their money in Bangalore, where drivers have been protesting the cab aggregators’ negative impact on their earnings. The city’s drivers are angry with Uber and Ola because the ride aggregators have[…]