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Gender discrimination in Madhya Pradesh 26/08/2012
Gender discrimination does happen; adolescent girls of Bhind speak out. Anil Gulati reports from Madhya Pradesh

"I want to study, apply for my ‘inter exams’. But for my father, he says he cannot afford my examination fees." But it is more to it, she fumbles a bit and then adds in her fast tone, "He says that if I study more, get educated, he would have to 'fetch' educated bridegroom, for me, and would have to pay higher bride price for it. He says our family cannot afford the same."

These are the w...


Monsoon, through the eyes of children 12/08/2012
Rains bring smile on our faces, but excessive shower brings pain. Anil Gulati speaks to child reporters in Madhya Pradesh on their views on rainfall and its effects

Rains bring smile, cheers, on our faces, but when it rains, and rains and rains, it brings pain. Rains in Madhya Pradesh though were delayed initially but later on recovered. As of date Madhya Pradesh had 9 % excess of rainfall. Some pockets of the state are extremely wet, have been flooded and few are still dry, wanting rains.

Media normally covers stories of people who get affected by both situation but somewhere children get missed out. But what do they think?

Yashpal Tiwari is a class nine student from Hoshangabad district which has two main rivers, namely Narmada and Tawa. There has been an increase in water levels of the rivers. Parts of the district have witnessed floods.

"It is good to see rains but I feel bad when water due to excess rains enter houses like it has happened in villages in our district. Why can’t we stop that and let’s only have enjoyable rains?" asked Tiwari.

His friend Rohan from the same district said: "Why can’t we just dig a ‘big hole’ and put excess water in it?"

When explained to him about that this cannot happen as water is too much for a ‘hole...


Assam: Troubling Remnants 16/07/2012
On June 23, 2012, Security Forces (SFs) killed four militants, including three Dimasa National Revolutionary Front (DNRF) and one Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) cadres, in an encounter at Milubra village, 16 kilometers from Lungting in north of the Dima Hasao District and 51 kilometers from its administrative headquarters, Haflong. A cache of arms, including four AK-47 rifles, 236 rounds of ammunition and two Chinese grenades; mobile handsets and a number of NSCN-IM receipt books meant for extortion were recovered. SFs also arrested one NSCN-IM militant following the encounter.

The incident occurred after the Seven Sister’s Post reported, on June 22, that the Police, based on concrete reports of NSCN-IM activities in Dima Hasao, had registered a case and started an operation to flush out the militants. Significantly, the last major incident (involving three or more fatalities) in the District took place on February 15, 2011, when the Dimasa National Democratic Front (DND...


The only person I know well is Ranbir’ 09/05/2012

US-born Rockstar girl and model Nargis Fakhri loves jewellery and Bollywood dance. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu chats up with the actor at the launch of The Gaja Store in Mumbai

You have taken up quite a few modeling assignments. What about films after Rockstar?

Yes, I am doing a lot of events, brands and magazines. I have been reading a lot of scripts and I have taken my time. And now I feel I have found what I love doing (and that is, acting) …so everything is coming along. I believe in patience. Whatever comes my way, if I want to do it, I will do it. If I don’t want to do it, I clearly say ‘No’.

How is your Hindi tuition going?

Everything takes time…nothing happens overnight. I was plucked out of the sky and put here (Bollywood). So it’s taking time. But it’s going well and I am really happy. I am reading and writing (Hindi), which is great. And when I can read what I am writing in Hindi I feel ecstatic.

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Clear and present challenge 01/03/2012
Four years of tense preparation by sportspersons across will be finally put to test in the London Olympics in July. As the sporting mega event draws close, it is time to find out how India can fare in the highest platform. TWF correspondent Supriyo Hazra analyzes

The year 2008 was perhaps one of the landmarks in the history of Indian sports. The distant dream of claiming more than one medal in Olympics finally became a reality as three Indian athletes won medals to make the country live through some real moments of celebration. The Olympics 2008 in Beijing surely made India dream bigger than confining themselves within the paradigm of cricket or soccer. READ NOW >>

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