THE WEEK THAT WAS
An autorickshaw carrying school
children on a flooded road after
heavy rains in Ahmedabad, August 2.
Monsoon rains in India were about 3
percent above normal in July, the
highest for the month since 2005,
making a repeat of last year's crop
failure and food-led inflation surge
No forced sterilization, says government
AMI T DAVE/REU TERS
The Indian government will not adopt
forcible measures to check population, as
had happened during the Emergency in the
1970s, India’s Health Minister Ghulam
Nabi Azad told the Lok Sabha, August 4.
Singling out Uttar Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh, Azad said the fertility rate in central Indian states was almost double the
desired level. Government projections
show that India’s population has seen a
five-fold increase over the last 100 years
and will surpass that of China by 2050.
said if ‘an iota’ of evidence could be brought
against them, they were ready to hang
themselves. The brothers also challenged
the Congress party to back up its accusations, and reiterated their loyalty to the
BJP. However, the cold war between Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the brothers
was very much evident, as they did not
speak to each other during the public meeting. A core committee meeting between
Yeddyurappa and the brothers to iron out
differences was postponed to August 7.
CBI seeks harsher charges in Bhopal case
India’s Central Bureau of Investigation
August 2 filed a petition in India’s
supreme court, seeking the restoration
of culpable homicide not amounting to
murder charges, which attract a maxi-
mum punishment of 10 years in jail,
against the accused in the 1984 Bhopal
gas leak case.
Slain Brit teen’s mother alleges police-mafia nexus
Murdered British teenager Scarlett
Keeling’s mother has claimed that her
life was in danger after accusing a politician of involvement in her daughter’s
death. Fiona MacKeown, 46, speaking
AJAY VERMA/REU TERS
People perform Jal Neti, or nasal wash, an ancient yogic technique, during a yoga session at Mohali,
Punjab, August 6. It is believed Jal Neti cures diseases related to the eyes, nose, throat and brain.
Kishan Kumar, a street artist, performs in a New Delhi slum, August 3. Kumar, who lives in a west Delhi slum, plays
Behrupia (a man with many disguises) and earns his livelihood by performing on the streets or at weddings.
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before a Goan children’s court, told the
court that Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik
led a ‘drugs nexus’ linked to the gangs
behind the killing. The body of Scarlett, 15,
a resident of Bideford, Devon, was found
on a beach in Anjuna, Goa, in February
2008. MacKeown also accused Naik’s son
Roy, Scarlett’s boyfriend Julio Lobo and
another man Roy D’Souza of giving Scarlett
heroin, cocaine and ecstasy on the night
she died. Two locals, Samson D’Souza and
Placido Carvalho, have been charged with
Robbers attack express train in Bihar
A large group of armed robbers struck the
Sealdah-New Delhi Lal Quila Express
August 6 near Bhalui in Bihar’s Lakhisarai
district, firing at railway police personnel,
assaulting and looting passengers, and left
21 people, including a police officer, injured.
Nearly 35 robbers boarded the train at
Jamui station and walked into the air conditioned and sleeper coaches of the train,
where they started looting passengers.