RANCHI, India – Street vendors armed with iron rods and sticks attacked three stores owned by Reliance Industries Ltd. on Saturday, injuring around a dozen people in a protest against the large food retailer. It was one of the most serious cases of unrest linked to the entrance of large, glitzy retail chains into India’s fragmented $200 billion food and grocery sector, which small shop owners see as a threat to their customers.

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Uganda’s capital, Kampala, erupted into racial violence yesterday, with three people killed during a protest against government plans to allow Ugandan-Asian industrialists to grow sugar cane on protected forest land. In scenes described as reminiscent of 1972, when Idi Amin led a hate campaign against south Asian merchants, demonstrators attacked businesses and a Hindu temple, where police had to rescue more than 100 people seeking sanctuary.

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Mumbai (Bombay) is India’s biggest city and greatest hope, with aspirations of becoming the next Shanghai. But in the way of its rapid progress stands the Asia’s largest slum. Dharavi sits in the heart of the financial capital, but plans to transform it are being met with fierce opposition. Meanwhile, the state government will invite international companies to bid for the contract to transform Dharavi in the next few weeks.

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Bhopali activists continue to demand government action against polluted groundwater. Five Bhopali hunger strikers  (Rashida Bee, Rachna Dhingra, Jabbar Khan, Guddi Bee, and Shehzadi Bee) were forcibly arrested by two truckloads of policemen at 7am today in Bhopal, India. In Washington DC Non-resident Indians, students and other concerned groups of the Indian diaspora held loud protests outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC on Thursday, March 15th.

On December 2, 1984, thousands of people in Bhopal, India, were gassed to death after a catastrophic chemical leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant. Advocates say Carbide’s owner Dow Chemical is to blame for daily deaths in Bhopal.

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The Indo-U.S. nuclear deal may be considered groundbreaking and historic by many in India and the United States, but this euphoria must not shroud the misery of thousands of people suffering the effects of uranium mining in India due to poor technical and management practices in existing mines. While major newspapers and television stations in India celebrated a major political victory by India as it covered the announcement of the Indo-U.S. deal, contrast this with an incident which happened Dec. 24. Thousands of liters of radioactive waste spilled in a creek because of a pipe burst at a Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) facility at Jadugoda, India. It neither made newspaper headlines nor did UCIL come to know of the disastrous leak till alerted by the local villagers. Such are the realities of nuclear facilities in India.

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It is shocking and shaking news from the people of Nandigram, the state of west Bengal, India has waged a war against them with an intention of occupying their farm land, fish ponds, homes and hearths. In spite of the rhetorical statements by the Chief Minister of WB that he would consult and convince the people, the State government claiming to be leftist by ideology, has resorted to brutal and barbaric way of using police force and party cadres to attack the unarmed, non violent farmers, fish workers, labourers and artisans in the district of East Midnapore for grabbing their land. As per the latest information, thousands of Police on entering the area, this morning, started firing, and 20 at least are found killed while hundreds are wounded lying on the street.

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Hip-hop has been the culture of choice for many desi youth (particularly in North America) for several decades now. Here is an article that provides some much needed understanding about what is behind this industry to all the hip hop fans out there.

Commerce is Killing the True Spirit of Hip-Hop

Hip-hop icon Nas made the provocative statement, “Hip-hop is dead,” in September and set off a firestorm of controversy. It was intensified by the January release of his album bearing the same title. Many questioned why Nas would say hip-hop — a worldwide phenomenon that has generated billions of dollars — could be “dead.” After all, more hip-hop albums are being released then ever before, and the music’s influence extends to movies, corporate marketing and theater. That it’s dead seems absurd — until you realize Nas was looking beneath the surface.

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