Handset Makers Seek Tax Breaks in Budget

Mobile handset makers like Micromax and Karbonn have sought tax holidays and subsidies in the upcoming Budget to promote local manufacturing, a move they expect will create lakhs of jobs. One of the fastest growing mobile phone market globally, India lags behind China as most handset makers, including Indian players, get their devices manufactured in…

100,000 North Koreans reportedly working abroad as slaves to fund Kim Jong-un’s luxurious lifestyle

Human rights activists say that nearly 100,000 North Koreans are being forced to work abroad as slaves abroad to fund Kim-Jong-un and his administration’s luxurious lifestyle. According to Daily Express, Ahn Myeong-chul, the head of NK Watch, a Seoul-based rights group, told the New York Times the country’s regime was “exploiting their labour and salaries…

Chelsea fan apologises over Paris Metro racism

A former police officer and Chelsea fan apologised for his involvement in an alleged racist incident involving football supporters on a Paris Metro train. Footage posted online last week showed supporters blocking a man named as Souleymane S from boarding a metro train in the French capital and chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way…

Cyber lawyer pulls out

A cybercrime lawyer has pulled out of the legal defence team of UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri who is facing sexual harassment allegations levelled by a 29-year-old woman employee at his Delhi-based non-profit energy organisation. “I’ve returned the brief – this was a professional decision,” Pawan Duggal, who specialises in digital cases and was…

Comedy minus malice

Building a truly progressive and tolerant society requires absolute freedom of speech, and not a conditional one (“Comedy without malice”, Feb.21); it should protect and promote contrarian voices. No idea should be too sacrosanct to be made fun of or disagreed with totally. The interesting aspect of stand-up comedy is that despite the laughter value…