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Modi’s estranged wife unhappy over round-the-clock security

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned the government’s decision to provide her with gun-toting bodyguards around the clock, even when she travels in rickety three-wheeler taxis. Jashodaben Modi, 62, who lives in Gujarat, said she had filed a petition to find out why she has been given security cover since Modi was elected in May. “I am surrounded by five security guards all the time. Often my relatives or I have to cook for them, my sister-in-law has to make their beds. This is a bit annoying,” Jashodaben Modi told Reuters on Tuesday by telephone. She added: “You see, it gets really chaotic when I have to travel, … Continue reading

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Modi takes Indian premiership after decisive election victory

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his swearing ceremony in India Monday.

India’s opposition party leader Narendra Modi became India’s prime minister Monday, a little more than a week after his party scored a decisive victory at the polls. With the soaring cream-and-red sandstone dome of the president’s house as a backdrop, Modi, 63, took the stage dressed in one of his trademark high-collared vests and read the oath of office in a commanding voice. There were no speeches, and his newly appointed cabinet took the oath along with him, as is customary. Modi was sworn in on the forecourt of the historic residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, surrounded by more than 3,000 guests and double the number of security staff, there to watch … Continue reading

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Indian minister’s wife who tweeted on his infidelity found dead

Sunanda Tharoor with husband she tweeted he was having an extramarital affair with a Pakistan journalist.

The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead, following reports that he was having an affair, Indian media have said. Sunanda Pushkar is reported to have been discovered at a hotel in Delhi.  The couple became embroiled in controversy over a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday that appeared to reveal he was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. They later insisted they were happily married, blaming “unauthorised tweets”. Mr Tharoor married Ms Pushkar, a former Dubai-based businesswoman, in 2010. A public row between the couple erupted on Wednesday when messages began to appear on Mr Tharoor’s Twitter account suggesting he was having an affair with … Continue reading

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Angry wife outs Indian minister’s ‘affair’ on Twitter

Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar who has used Tweeter to accuse him of cheating on her.

By Dean Nelson The wife of a senior Indian minister and former UN chief publicly threatened to divorce him over his alleged relationship with a Pakistani journalist after she posted their private messages on Twitter. According to the messages Shashi Tharoor, India’s human resources minister and a former candidate for United Nations Secretary-General, had been having an affair with Mehr Tarar, a high profile journalist in Pakistan. Mr Tharoor, who has more than two million followers on Twitter, suffered acute embarrassment when his wife, Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor posted a series of private messages between her husband and Ms Tarar on his timeline. One, which appeared to have to been a … Continue reading

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Let parliament function, Indian PM implores opposition

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pleaded with opposition parties on Wednesday to allow parliament to function during a session that begins this week, when the government plans to present the annual budget and legislation on economic reform. The last two sessions of India’s federal parliament have been disrupted by opposition members protesting against corruption, reforms and affirmative action policies, although the winter session in December finally managed to conduct business for a few days. The month-long monsoon session in August and September passed only four bills out of 30 due to be debated “It is our sincere hope that we will have a productive, constructive debate leading to agreed solutions … Continue reading

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India’s ‘silent’prime minister becomes a tragic figure

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure. The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage. President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh. Ethnic violence between India’s Hindu Bodo tribes’ people and its Muslim minority has prompted many to flee from major cities. But the image of the scrupulously honourable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly … Continue reading

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Hundreds of girls in India being turned into boys

Girls in their hundreds are being ‘converted’ into boys in Indore – India every year at ages where they cannot give their consent for this life-changing operation. This shocking, unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son, is unfolding at conservative Indore’s well-known clinics and hospitals on children who are 1-5 years old. The process being used to ‘produce’ a male child from a female is known as genitoplasty. Each surgery costs Rs 1.5 lakh. Moreover, these children are pumped with hormonal treatment as part of the sex change procedure that may be irreversible. The low cost of surgery and the relatively easy and unobtrusive way of getting it … Continue reading

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