Rajasthan News

Rajasthan's deputy leader of opposition resigns

Jaipur, Feb 20 (IANS) With infighting in BJP's Rajasthan unit refusing to die down, deputy leader of opposition Ghanshyam Tiwari resigned Wednesday from the post.

Strike paralyses work in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Feb 20 (IANS) Public transport and banking were affected in the Rajasthan capital Wednesday on the first day of the two-day countrywide strike called by various unions protesting the government's alleged anti-people and anti-labour policies and inability to control price rise.

Qawwalis, sufi music win foreigner's hearts in Pushkar

Pushkar (Rajasthan), Feb 16 (IANS) Music knows no boundary, nor language - and going by the performances and response at the ongoing Blue Lotus Music Festival here, it holds true as foreign tourists flocked to the town, and swayed and grooved to the tunes of qawwali and sufi music.

Three-year-old girl raped, assailant arrested

Jaipur, Feb 12 (IANS) A three-year old girl was admitted to a hospital in critical condition after she was raped and brutally beaten up by a youth in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district Tuesday, police said.

Jaipur's autorickshaws to be fitted with GPS

Jaipur, Feb 11 (IANS) Around 12,000 autorickshaws in the city will be fitted with global positioning system (GPS) to enable police track them down in case of emergencies or respond quickly if passengers, especially women, are harassed by auto drivers, officials said Monday.

UPA won't hesitate for another farm loan waiver: Pilot

Ghata Gaon (Gurgaon), Feb 10 (IANS) Pitching for farmers ahead of state polls this year and 2014 general elections, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot Sunday said the UPA government would not hesitate to bring another loan waiver for them, if needed.

Jaipur gang-rape victim shifted to Delhi hospital

Jaipur, Feb 8 (IANS) An 11-year old gang-rape victim was shifted to AIIMS in Delhi Friday from a government hospital in Jaipur where she underwent over a dozen surgeries in five months, police said.

Six people arrested for smuggling sandalwood

Jaipur, Feb 7 (IANS) Six people, including a Chinese and two Nepalese nationals, were arrested here for planning to smuggle 9,000 kg of rare red sandalwood to China via Nepal, police said.

Five-month-old Radha is dead

Jaipur, Feb 6 (IANS) Five-month-old Radha, who had sustained severe injuries after her father, in a drunken fit, chewed off her nose and lips Jan 25, died in a hospital here Wednesday.

RSS unhappy with Raje's appointment

Jaipur, Feb 4 (IANS) Former chief minister Vashudhara Raje, named the new BJP president in Rajasthan, has run into problems with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), informed sources said Monday.

Business deals worth Rs.250 crore at 'Stonemart 2013'

Jaipur, Feb 3 (IANS) Business deals worth over Rs.250 crore were done at the seventh edition of Stonemart 2013 exhibition that ended Sunday, the organisers said.

Bolivia seeks Rajasthan's expertise for exploiting its natural resources

Jaipur, Feb 2 (IANS) Natural resources rich South American country Bolivia Saturday sought assistance from the Rajasthan government for technical know how in various sectors, including stones, gems and jewellery.

India to help Afghanistan develop stone industry

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) India will provide technical support to Afghanistan to develop its stone and marble industry.

Rajasthan government for new technologies in sandstone, marble

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) The Rajasthan government has been pushing for new technologies in the sandstone and marble business to improve the quality of products, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said.

Fresh case against Nandy in Jodhpur

Jaipur, Jan 30 (IANS) Renowned sociologist Ashis Nandy found himself in fresh trouble Wednesday as another police case was registered against him in Rajasthan's Jodhpur city under the SC/ST Act.

Choice is forcing change in TV, cinema content: Amit Khanna

Jaipur, Jan 30 (IANS) In an age of multiple entertainment choices, the ways of consuming media has changed, forcing a rethink in TV and cinema programming for crisp and shorter content, as people's attention span is also getting shorter, says an industry leader.

Rajasthan to constitute panther conservation panel

Jaipur, Jan 30 (IANS) Concerned over the rise in panther deaths, Rajasthan will soon constitute a committee for their conservation and develop a separate territory for these big cats in the state's Sariska Tiger Reserve, officials said Wednesday.

Police to question Ashis Nandy, three others in Delhi

Jaipur, Jan 29 (IANS) A Rajasthan Police team will leave for Delhi Wednesday to record the statement of sociologist Ashis Nandy on his comment on Dalits, tribals and other backward classes (OBCs) at a Jaipur Literature Festival session, an official said Tuesday.

Job quota for Special Backward Classes stayed in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Jan 29 (IANS) The Rajasthan High Court Tuesday stayed till Feb 19 the five percent quota in government jobs for four Special Backward Classes (SBC) including Gujjars in the state, a petitioner said.

Jaipur revels in lit fest warmth as curtains come down

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) The spirit of democracy won hands down at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 that logged nearly 200,000 footfalls up from 120,000 in 2012.

Rising African literary star takes new book to Croatia

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Conflict, civil wars and personal choices drive award-winning African writer Aminatta Forna's fictional narratives which probe the social movements and human trauma in troubled zones across the world and on her home turf in Sierra Leone.

Nandy made bad statement with good intentions: Kancha Ilaiah

Jaipur, Jan 28 (IANS) Ashis Nandy "made a bad statement with good intentions", Dalit activist and writer Kancha Ilaiah said Monday in a bid to end the controversy over the social analyst's comment on Dalit, tribals and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and corruption.

Quiet Sunday at day four of Jaipur Lit Fest

Jaipur, Jan 27 (IANS) After days of controversy, it was a lazy Sunday mood on the fourth day of the Jaipur Literature Festival, with visitors flowing in at frequent intervals for a few well-publicised discourses like Michael Sandel's "The Public Philosopher" and "Re-imagining the Kamasutra" and panels on Indian cinema.

Pakistanis allege harassment at foreigners registration office

Jaipur, Jan 27 (IANS) Alleged bureaucratic hurdles at the foreigners registration office delayed by three days the arrival of a group of Pakistani teachers and students at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Delhi gang-rape can help democracy: Philosopher Michael Sandel

Jaipur, Jan 27 (IANS) Political philosopher Michael Sandel Sunday said at the Jaipur Literature Festival here that the brutal Delhi gang-rape may help make democracy stronger.

Public protests after gang-rape will strengthen Indian democracy: Michael Sandel

Jaipur, Jan 27 (IANS) Political philosopher Michael Sandel Sunday said he was impressed by the public protests in India following the horrific gang-rape in Delhi and the incident might actually have some "redeeming effect" and help make Indian democracy stronger.

Ashis Nandy booked for 'casteist' comment, BSP demands arrest

Jaipur/New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Social scientist Ashis Nandy was Saturday booked for linking Dalits, tribals and backward classes to corruption, even as his remarks at the Jaipur Literature Festival drew condemnation from political parties like the BSP and RPI which demanded action against him.

Fresh controversy, glamour and Gandhi in Jaipur

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) A controversy and consequent outrage, glamour and sports, Mahatma Gandhi's contribution, Indian insurgencies, and euphoria - the third day of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 at the heritage Diggi Palace was an emotional roller-coaster.

Ashis Nandy booked under SC/SC Act

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Renowned sociologist Ashis Nandy was Saturday booked here under the SC/ST Act for his comment at a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival that Dalits, tribals and other backward classes (OBCs) are more linked to corruption, police said.

Ashis Nandy clarifies stand on Dalit corruption, cites 'misunderstanding'

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Leading political psychologist, scholar and social scientist Ashis Nandy clarified Saturday that he did not mean to hurt the sentiments of the country's disempowered groups with his comment about the equalizing force of corruption and that the scourge was rampant among the backward and Dalit communities as well.

Lot riding on Australia series: Rahul Dravid

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) There is a lot riding on the upcoming India-Australia cricket series since it will help the selectors identify the next generation of players, Rahul Dravid, the team's mainstay till his retirement last yeaer, said at the Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday.

Ramayana in Arabic unveiled in Jaipur Lit Fest

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) An Arabic version of the "Ramayana" translated by noted Lebanese poet Wadi-al-Bustani was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival here Saturday. The book, titled "Ramayana", will promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of each other's spiritual heritage, Syed Shahid Mahdi, vice president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), said at its unveiling.

Gayatri Chakavorty Spivak revives debate about India's subalterns

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Leading international feminist philosopher, teacher of English and cultural theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has been trying to decode the soul of the subaltern in the villages of her home state of West Bengal in India for more than 30-odd years since she wrote her iconic essay, "Can the Subaltern Speak". Chakravorty argues that the subalterns - according to the military parlance - are a tribe that takes orders in an India that still battles class apartheid.

Corrupt from SC/STs, OBCs, says Ashis Nandy

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Social scientist Ashis Nandy stirred up a row at Jaipur Literature Festival Saturday, saying most of the corrupt in the country were people from the other backwards classes (OBC), the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs).

Co-incidentally, Kishwar Desai's next book is on gang-rape

Jaipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Writer Kishwar Desai has inadvertently closed the ranks between her forthcoming book and the Delhi gang-rape. The winner of the Costa First Book award is writing about a high-profile gang-rape that took place in a seaside resort nearly five years ago in "Sea of Innocence" - the latest in her Simran Singh investigative series dealing with women's issues.

Outrage over gang-rape, graft will catalyse change: Nilekani

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) The mass outrage over the Delhi gang-rape and the protests against corruption will bring in real changes in governance in India, said UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani and writer Gurcharan Das at the Jaipur Literature Festival Friday.

Jeet Thayil wins $50,000 DSC South Asian lit prize

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) Novelist-poet Jeet Thayil, whose novel "Narcopolis" was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, became the first Indian to win the $50,000 DSC South Asian Literature Prize 2013 for his novel about Mumbai's dark underside and the forces that make the megapolis tick.

11-year-old girl sold for Rs.6.5 lakh

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) An 11-year-old girl was "sold" for Rs.6.5 lakh by her mother in Rajasthan, police said Friday. Both the woman as well as the man who "bought" the girl have been arrested.

Prasoon Joshi launches book

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) Lyricist Prasoon Joshi, Friday, launched his book "Sunshine Lanes", a compilation of the lyrics written by him in the past decade, at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

Bollywood villains change as India changes: Javed Akhtar

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) If one make a list of Hindi film villains, one can write the socio-economic history of India, said popular Bollywood lyricist, poet and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar Friday at the Jaipur Literature Festival Friday.

Spat between Javed Akhtar, Kancha Ilaiah at lit fest

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) A quarrel over religion broke out between Bollywood lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar and Dalit activist and writer Kancha Illaiah at the Jaipur Literature Festival here Friday.

Paddy Upton is Rajasthan Royals' coach

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals Friday announced the appointment of South African Paddy Upton as the team's head coach.

Jaipur Literature Festival to lose money, sponsors exit

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) The sixth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is running on a negative budget of over Rs.1.5 crore (approx $278,000) with several sponsors pulling out in the last three weeks citing financial constraints, said organisers.

Scandal, grey cast shine in novelist Zoe Heller's works

Jaipur, Jan 25 (IANS) Leading American novelist of British origin Zoe Heller has a fondness for gray characters that fall short of being heroic because of their unsympathetic nature.

War cry for rights, Buddhist chants on Jaipur litfest

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) From Buddhist chants to a discussions on the religion featuring Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to a strident call from an octogenarian right crusader, the opening day of DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 had plenty to touch the heart and soul.

Injustice can be fought with people's strength: Binayak Sen

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Injustice can be fought on the basis of people's strength, doctor and rights activist Binayak Sen said here Thursday.

This will be a century of dialogue: Dalai Lama

Jaipur, J Jan 24 (IANS) The 21st century will be a century of dialogue, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said here Thursday while stressing the importance of good relations between India and China.

Kannada writer U.R. Ananthamurthy in final race for Man Booker International Prize

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Eminent Kannada writer U.R Ananthamurthy was Thursday declared the Man Booker International Prize 2013 finalist from India at a special session at the Jaipur Literature Festival. He is one of the 10 finalists shortlisted by a panel of five judges for the 60,000 pounds award.

Peace should be India, Pakistan's strategic objective: Tharoor

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Diplomat-turned-politician Shashi Tharoor harked back to foreign policy - his former domain - at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival when he put the possibility of peace between India and Pakistan under the microscope at a session "Inside The Game, Outside the Game" here Thursday.

We must protest brutalisation of women: Mahasweta Devi

Jaipur, Jan 24 (IANS) Eminent writer and human rights activist Mahasweta Devi Thursday rallied for the cause of women's safety and dignity in the light of the Delhi gang-rape and said it was the duty of every citizen to protest if a woman was brutalised.


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