File photo of protestors shouting slogans during a protest against the Indian governments reaction to rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate, Dec. 23, 2012 in New Delhi. (Daniel Berehulak | Getty Images)

File photo of protestors shouting slogans during a protest against the Indian governments reaction to rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate, Dec. 23, 2012 in New Delhi. (Daniel Berehulak | Getty Images)

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History was created in a single day when the Government of India passed amendments to the special juvenile justice law to curb the rising spate of heinous crimes, including gang-rapes, murders and other assaults, committed by juveniles especially against women in the country. The new Bill pertains to recognizing the rights of the victims as against the earlier version that leaned in favor of social reformation and social reintegration of juvenile offenders rather than relegating them to the gallows, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

In the annals of Indo-U.S. ties, 2015 would be remembered as a transformative year, one that set the tone for a new dimension of active engagements at top leadership level, and a growing defense partnership that is set to become an anchor of global security, writes Lalit K. Jha.

The signs they carried said “Sacramento – United Against Hate – United For Peace.” Close to 800 people from many ethnicities and religious backgrounds gathered at the steps of the California State Capitol building in Sacramento, Calif., Dec. 19, to both condemn the recent terror attacks in San Bernardino (and Paris) and also to unite against all kinds of intolerance, especially targeting the Muslim community, writes Ras H. Siddiqui.

By now, the world knows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betting on renewable energy to be his all important initiative to fight climate change and deliver power to all. What, however, is not fully known is that the Modi government is banking on ultra mega solar power parks across the country, to deliver on the renewable promise, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

A virtually unknown piece of California history, but one that assured the final end of Mexican dominance began in the then small town of Sonoma in 1846 with the capture of General Mariano Vallejo and his vast Mexican land grant. Beginning with that seminal moment, Sonoma started its growth as an important part of California’s national importance. For Northern Californians today, it remains one of the most seductive destination offering; not only as a living history but a thriving sybaritic environment with an extensive list of destination venues, writes our travel editor Al Auger.

Welcome 2016! Siliconeer wishes all readers a very happy and prosperous new year.