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Pre-partition India and the perils of intolerance-Keki Daruvalla's poetry

 

Keki Daruwalla on poetry, growing up in pre-Partition India and the perils of intolerance

 

 Reading the works of former Indian Police Service officer and poet Keki Daruwalla is a delightful experience in itself, but watching him enunciate and recite each line with feeling is something else altogether.

Marriage certificate at wedding hall -Thiruvananthapurm corporation to launch

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation is to launch a new scheme to issue the marriage certificate on the day of marriage at the wedding hall soon after the marriage ceremony is over.The concerned family members have to provide all the necessary information with the marriage invitation to the corporation officials well in advance.

The corporation would depute a Health inspector or a junior inspector to the wedding hall on the day of marriage, obtain digital signatures of the bride and groom, issue the marriage certificate.

Hartals a disgrace says Shashi Tharoor,M.P

Kerala a state known for hartals a mode of protest, Mr.Shashi Taroor, Member of Parliment came down strongly on the culture of hartals in the state.He stated that hartals and strikes in Kerala have become an absolute disgrace, the only state to still to use the outdated form of protest called hartal, which is negated by the other states in India.

Make India tax- less for a stronger economy

Does India need to change the economic policy? Make it a tax-less country says Dr.Subramanian Swamy, the first economist voiced on the roof-top.To generate revenue, the government can auction spectrum, auction coal fields, and other natural resources.Initially, this sounded like a joke but by Dr.Swamy's economists' forecast was based on his vast experience.

30,000 Trackmen to rejoin their designate duties

30,000  Indian Railway trackmen to rejoin their designate duties from serving their official masters as orderlies at homes, ending the VIP culture among the railway officials, claims the Indian Railway Minister Piyush Goel.7000 trackmen have joined their designate duties so far ending the 36-year long protocol prevailing in the railways.This is a first step towards cleanseing the corrupt system practiced undetered in the railways.

India's 14th President : Ram Nath Kovind

NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been elected the country's 14th president. Former governor of Bihar, Kovind (71), will be only the second Dalit leader after RK Narayanan since Independence to occupy India's highest ceremonial post. 

In the final vote count, NDA nominee Kovind received 65.6 per cent votes translating into 702,044 electoral college votes, while UPA candidate Meira Kumar managed to get 34.35 per cent (367,314 votes). 

According to reports, there was cross voting in UP, Gujarat and Goa during the elections, which resulted into Kovind's massive 2/3rd votes. 

Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards Extended

PIO to OCI Extension

"The Home Ministry has decided to extend the date for submission of the application for registration as OCI card holder by the erstwhile PIO cardholders till December 31, 2017," an official said. 

This was for the fourth time the date for conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards has been extended since March 31, 2016. 

The PIO card was first implemented in 2002 as a benefit to foreign nationals who could establish at least a third generation tie to an Indian origin. The PIO card was valid for travel, work, and residence in India for a period of 15 years. 

London fire: Death toll rises to 17

Rescuers do not expect to find anyone else alive in the west London block of flats which was engulfed by a massive fire, the fire service says.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there were still "unknown numbers" of people in the smouldering ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.

People have been desperately seeking news of missing family and friends, after 17 people were confirmed dead.

The Queen has said her "thoughts and prayers" are with families.

More than 30 people remain in hospital - 17 of whom are in a critical condition.

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