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Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday blamed people's physical disabilities on God's negligence."There are some brothers and sisters in the society, who are born with certain disabilities. God forgets to give them certain things. That is negligence on the part of God and for that the child has to suffer for entire life," Parsekar said.
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Soon, pets travelling to the United States will land in the 'Ark,' an airport terminal exclusively made for their convenience. The 178,000-square-foot facility will open at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York in 2016 and transport 70,000 animals a year. In a step to accelerate free and speedy trial, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered courts not to grant any adjournment between deposition of witness and his cross-examination by the counsel for accused, said to be the most crucial phase of a trial. India's over-worked legal system is globally infamous for its tardy disposal of cases. In a stark deviation from a decades-old market strategy, Microsoft has announced that it will offer the latest version of the Windows operating system for free, for a year. Though selling the OS is one of its key avenues of profit, the new strategy is aimed at establishing Windows on as many devices as possible, and then trying to make up for lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the internet, or cloud. A historical analysis of voting patterns in Delhi over the past few decades suggests a strong class-based strategy and the forthcoming elections too are likely to reflect this, says a report in the Economic Times. More Congress party leaders seem to be going public with criticism of the party's Lok Sabha debacle. Now senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP's victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was a victory of "Indianness," and that Modi's ascension to power marked the beginning of a "new period". The India operations of Sony's global entertainment division may have been involved in bidding fraud and dealing in kickbacks, according to internal e-mails released by hackers.
The gender gap in managerial pay in India is six per cent, making it one of the best performers among 49 countries, according to a new study issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO).Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is frequently vocal about bringing over 10 crore people into the banking system, most of them are unused. According to data released by the ministry, only 28 per cent of the accounts opened under the scheme are active, with about Rs 9,000 crore deposited in these.
Commenting on the state of India's Censor Board, Shubhra Gupta, at the Indian Express says,"What emerges from the relentless shrillness is that as a society, we are the touchiest, most thin-skinned, defensive and therefore offensive when it comes to the "R" word." Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express argues that a modest, well-designed inheritance tax will not deter investors, and on the contrary, will attract them as it will entail other associated reforms in the economy.