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Women still barred from an ancient hill shrine in K’taka

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NCST acknowledges Lord Hanuman as a Gotra among Tribes

Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes added sparks to the controversy by revealing that Lord Hanuman was a 'gotra' among the tribals and not a Dalit. Nand Kumar Sai said there were various evidences to prove Hanuman’s link with tribals. Earlier, Yogi Adityanath had.....

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Farmers from across India march to Parliament today

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Rajasthan Congress’ manifesto offers free education to women

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Farooq Abdullah questions need of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah said that since Ram is omnipresent and belongs to the world, he questioned the need of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Responding to his comment, JDU leader Pavan Verma asked why should not be there a Temple where Ram was born. Abdullah also slammed J&K Gover.....

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Kamal Hassan appeals Kerala to help Cyclone Gaja Tamil Nadu

Veteran Tamil actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Hassan requested Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to rise above politics to support the Cyclone Gaja affected people in TN. He said he had urged Kerala to assist Tamil Nadu as per their convenience. He asked .....

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26/11 Mumbai attacks: memorial function held

Political leaders and artists gathered together to recall the horrific events of 26/11 and express that the only way to counter the forces of extremism that seek to hate and divide is to stand united. In a grand function between the Taj Mahal Palace and the Gateway of India, vigilance was deemed .....

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Ram Temple will remain priority but no ordinance: Shah

Ram Temple in Ayodhya will remain a priority for BJP but the Centre is unlikely to bring an ordinance in the parliament, said the BJP chief Amit Shah. He said, since the matter is with the SC, it is not appropriate to bring ordinance. However, the RSS is of the opinion that the Govt should bring .....

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Social work activities launched by women university students

Social work activities were launched by the students of English Language and Literature Department of the Women University Swabi. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khanzadi Fatima Khattak was the chief guest and the event was attended by students, faculty members, school students and parents. She stressed .....

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Survivor faced victim blaming, protests erupt in SRM univ

Students of SRM university, Kattankulathur  Chennai, took to the campus to protest against the authorities for not taking action against a staff for sexually harassing a girl. 2nd year UG student was harassed in a lift in the girl’s hostel and when she reported, she was asked to &ldquo.....

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Indian origin man charged for having sex with minor in US

The 22-yr-old Sachin Aji Bhaskar, an Indian origin American, has been charged for having sex with an 11-year-old girl after enticing her. He is alleged to have contacted the girl on social media. Bhaskar, whose hearing for a detention in a US court is pending, would face a minimum penalty of 10 y.....

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Sabarimala Women’s Entry: Right wing group attacks teacher

Aparna Sivakaami, a teacher, was attacked by right wing fundamentalists over her support for women’s entry in Sabarimala. She expressed her views on Facebook and booked Kochi press club for  Reshma, Shajila and Dhanya, who wished to enter Sabarima.....

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Church warns priest who protest against rape accused Bishop

The Kerala Church has warned Father Augustine Vattoly, who organised state-wide protest against Bishop Franco Mulakkal for his alleged involvement in the nun rape case.  A letter from Major Archepady of Ernakulam-Angamaly said that such actions by a pri.....

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Activists want more accuracy in K’taka child labour survey

The Karnataka government is set to hold a new survey on child labourers. Activists, however, are calling for a more scientific approach to the survey. The survey in Bengaluru Urban district in 2017-18 had estimated the number of child labourers at 3,344. .....

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Cow selfie: A contest to raise awarness

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IIM Kozhikode to have women-only seats

IIM Kozhikode will have 60 seats reserved for women in its flagship Postgraduate Programme in Management (PGP) in a bid to address the declining number of women in business schools in India.  The selection process would include the standard procedure of CAT followed by an interview. IIM Bang.....

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Dr. Shireen to protect women and children rights

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari, in a meeting with a UNICEF delegation, has vowed to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights, especially of women and children. She is committed to the effective implementation of the laws and UN conventions in pur.....

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No grievance officer: SC seeks report from WhatsApp, Centre

The SC has sought a detailed report from WhatsApp and the Centre for not appointing a grievance officer in India. WhatsApp reportedly rejected India’s demand for a solution to track the fake news origin, saying it would undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection. The cour.....

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Myanmar court delays verdicts on Reuters journalists

The verdict on whether 2 Reuters journalists obtained state secrets was delayed due to the poor health condition of a judge in Myanmar. They are charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum 14 years in prison, while investigating violence against Rohingyas. The court i.....

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US Baker refuses to bake a cake for Trans woman

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake shop, was in news after the US SC partially ruled in his favour, after he refused to bake a cake for a gay marriage. He has now refused to make birthday cake stating his religious beliefs for attorney Autumn Scardina, who is also a Trans woman. He has .....

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Sexual harassment of women with disabilities invisible

A unique study by Human Rights Watch, on Indian women and girls with disabilities, examines their poor access to justice and offers recommendations to ensure that they get their rights and entitlements.  Women with disabilities are invisible in society, data and research. 111 interviews with.....

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Students likely to be allowed articles of faith during exams

Students appearing for competitive exams will no longer be asked to remove articles of religious relevance. The Govt heard a grief from delegation of Sikh society in this regard and assured them that steps will be taken to ensure students are not harassed. The delegation of Sikh society put forwa.....

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EC sets up panel to monitor rumours ahead of general polls

Ahead of the national elections in 2019, the Election Commission has set up a panel to monitor the spread of hates speech and poll guidelines’ violations through social media platforms. The country has witnessed the rise of religious and ethnic tensions in recent months because of the rumou.....

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Counter demonstration outshines US white supremacists rally

The US white supremacists rally outside the White House was outshined by the number of counter protesters. About 20 far-right supporters gathered there to mark the anniversary of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove into a crowd of people leaving one dead. Counter.....

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PETA with EPA in lawsuits to increase experiments on animals

Organisations testing chemicals on defenseless animals  are trying to force U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change policy to allow for more chemical tests on animals. PETA is supporting EPA in standing up to move away from animal testing and towards a superior, humane methoof t.....

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30,000 shelter home kids under watch to identify missing

Aadhaar cards of over 30,000 children living in shelter homes have been linked to the Track Child portal amid reports of missing cases. The move is to strengthen the information based on the number of children under institutional care. Track Child operates as a central database of all missing chi.....

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SC asks when, how rapes, sexual abuse of women, kids stop

Expressing its grave concern over the recent cases of rape and sexual abuse of women at shelter homes, SC enquired when and how would these incidents stop. It was hearing a case related to abuse of children at orphanages. The Govt counsel informed that the Centre has yet to come out with a report.....

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Girls not Brides committed to ending child marriage

Girls Not Brides, a global partnership is committed to ending child marriage, to enable girls fulfill their dreams. They have launched the ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’ training program ahead of International Youth Day on Aug 12th. This program trains the youth to play a role in ending child .....

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Shelter homes become houses of depravity and abuse

The shelter homes in India, run under the Department of Social Welfare and Department of Women and Development, have become horror houses, where hapless inmates, including minor girls are subject to gross sexual and physical abuse. The WCD Ministry has ordered the verification of all homes across.....

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DCW Chief calls for swift and harsh punishment for child rape

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued notices to the police and the school in the Gol Market area, where a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician, seeking information about safety measures taken by the school. The accused, Ram Asre (37) had been working in the school si.....

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Blocking apps is against users’ constitutional right: COAI

The Cellular Operators’ Association has termed the idea of blocking mobile apps as an intrusion into the freedom of speech and expression of users. Responding to Telecom Department, which sought its views on the matter, COAI said blocking would also hit routine business activities. It sugge.....

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Women continue to be caregivers despite their struggles

NCRB data shows 83% increase in crimes against women with 39 cases reported per hr. Women are exploited sexually, politically and economically. Dalit and Adivasi women in particular are the most exposed. Inspite of the legal systems and policies, they continue to face misogyny and shame. Yet, the.....

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Indonesia prohibits dog and cat meat

Indonesia is a famous holiday destination and reputed for its meat market for Dogs and Cats. After a long war, government announced a ban. It hosted National Coordination of Animal Welfare meeting and experts attended it. Global petition with 930000 signatures around the globe by DMFI to ban the .....

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Court gives clean chit to Kejriwal in false affidavit case

A Delhi court has given clean chit to the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a false affidavit case against him. It was alleged that he had falsely given the address of Delhi so as to qualify for contesting the polls in Delhi while he was living at Ghaziabad in UP. The court said that there was no evide.....

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Caste discrimination taken on by Hip-Hop album

Sumeet Samos, a JNU student from Odisha, released his 1st hip-hop single ‘Ladai Seekh Le’ (Learn to resist), on India’s caste discrimination with a video showing his own experiences. He highlights and addresses the various discrimiantion faced by the Dalits. The lyrics poses que.....

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New York wants regulation on Uber and Lyft services

New York has become the first city in the US that approved bringing regulation on ride hailing apps. Its approval to bring a cap on ride-hail car licences and set minimum pay conditions for drivers has provoked Uber and Lyft. Yellow cab drivers and anti-congestion campaigners have pushed for regu.....

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Canada declines Saudi’s demand, says will fight for rights

Canada declined Saudi Arabia’s demand to withdraw the appeal it made for the release of jailed civil rights activists. PM Justin Trudeau reiterated that it would continue to raise voice against human rights violation. Terming the issue with Saudi a “diplomatic difference of opinion&rd.....

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HC questions logic to prohibit outside food inside theatres

The Bombay HC questioned the logic behind the prohibition of outside food inside multiplexes. It asked how outside food becomes a security threat since it is meant for the consumption of patrons. The State said that the rules does not allow to carry outside food but measures would be taken to ens.....

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SC reserves order on constitutional validity of adultery law

The SC has reserved the petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of adultery law which invokes punishment only on man. The Centre defended the section 497 of IPC saying adultery is a crime because it damages marriage and family. The adultery law punishes only man and not a married wo.....

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Madras HC to decide Karunanidhi’s burial site

The Madras HC would hear DMK’s plea seeking a favourable order for burying its chief M Karunanidhi’s mortal remains at Chennai's Marina Beach. Minutes after his death, the AIADMK Govt rejected the DMK’s demand for land at the Marina beach where he could be buried. DMK moved .....

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Controversy erupts over K M Joseph’s seniority in SC

A controversy erupted over the seniority of justice K M Joseph while appointing him to the SC. Joseph has been sworn in as the junior justice to lndira Banerjee and Vineet Saran. The Govt defended the move, saying it went purely by the "time tested" principle of HC seniority list. Other.....

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Women thrown out of marital homes can approach police

Married women forced out of homes by their husbands or in-laws will receive help from the police now. Following two incidents of women taking the drastic step of suicide and attempting suicide, Commissioner Satish Sharma has issued orders instructing his subordinates to ensure that such women don.....

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Social media platforms block 700 urls to check fake news

Minister for electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have blocked nearly 700 urls that spread fake news. These companies have also been asked to check spread of fake news and rumours with technology, he said.  There is a need to ha.....

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Uttarakhand HC allows maternity leave for third child

Describing the Govt rule that denies women maternity leave for third child unconstitutional, the Uttarakhand HC cancelled the rule. It observed that the rule was against the “letter and spirit” of Constitution that calls for just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief. The.....

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Agony of women left out of Assam NRC final draft

Among 40 lakh people who are left out of the Assam NRC list, there are women who are worried about their profession and family because they might be single one who have missed name in the list in a family. Several married women’s applications were rejected because they have only Gram Pancha.....

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SC says adultery law discriminates fundamental right

The SC observed that Section 497 IPC that makes sexual relationship without the consent of husband as punishable offence is discriminatory. Since sexual freedom is a fundamental right, it asked, why then adultery remains as a criminal law punishing only man. The CJI termed it as manifestly arbitr.....

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SC bans posting photos of victims in the shelter home case

SC took suo motu cognizance of the rape and torture of more than 30 minor girls in a shelter home in Bihar. The court has banned publication of morphed images of the children. The issue was publicized in June after the Tata Institute of Social Sciences audited the welfare home. Brijesh Thakur the.....

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Supreme Court comes down heavily on the practice of FGM

The Supreme Court of India, took a firm stand on the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, with the CJI, Dipak Misra, noting that “women do not live only for marriage and their husbands”. The court said that the horrific practice violates A.....

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New Zealand man sues Tesla for not offering support

A New Zealand man is taking Tesla to court for not offering support to his Tesla certified rebuilt car. The man was unable to fill charges to its batteries from the supercharger stations. These are a network of Tesla refill stations that quickly refuel a car’s batteries. He was told it woul.....

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Why adultery should be a crime at all: ask SC

While hearing pleas on the question that why only men are punished for adultery, the SC observed why adultery should be a crime at all. The SC began hearing pleas that challenged Sect 497 IPC that says whosoever has sexual intercourse with the wife of another man is guilty of punishable adultery......

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‘Premature to call those who are out of NRC list as illegal’

The SC-appointed NRC coordinator in Assam reportedly said that those 40 lakh people who are left out of the NRC list could not be called as illegal migrants. Prateek Hajela said that only a judicial scrutiny can establish whether a person is illegal migrant or not. Those people will get another c.....

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Bihar Guv asks Nitish to monitor shelter homes for girls

Bihar governor Satyapal Malik asked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ensure that the shelter homes in the state are safe for girls. In the wake of reports on torture and rape of 34 minor girls in a state run shelter home, Governor wrote a letter to the CM. Malik urged Kumar to monitor shelter home .....

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Women need to make their voices heard

Skewed representation of women in media, silenced voices online and rising cases of harassment at workplace is a global issue. Cristal Williams Chancellor, journalist-turned-rights advocate, emphasized the need for continued public engagements and discussions to help women. She has been raising a.....

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Bohra defends genital mutilation, says it’s part of religion

Dawoodi Bohra community informed the SC that the female genital mutilation is an integral part of religious practice that cannot be subjected to judicial scrutiny. Appearing for the community senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that it is an age old practice which has sanction of religious .....

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Illiterate women not in NRC due to missing certificates

Lack of documents such as birth certificates and marriage certificates have left many illiterate, married women in Assam out of the final draft of the NRC. Those who were not included would get a letter citing reasons for rejection of their applications for submitting the specific document during.....

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Army officer says army was behind fake encounters, extortion

A Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army’s 3 Corps Intelligence Unit has reportedly alleged that his unit was behind the extortion and killing of innocent people in Manipur. In an affidavit filed in the Manipur HC, he said Lt Colonel Dharamvir Singh he said he was detained by senior officers.....

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Maratha quota agitators vows not to pay tax till demand met

Maratha groups agitating for reservation vowed to not pay tax till the community’s demand for quota was implanted. They have also decided to blockade all main roads with their families, livestock and vehicles on Aug 9. They said the non-cooperation would cover non-payment of the entire rang.....

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SC should not interfere religious practice of Sabarimala

Sabarimala Temple lawyer is reported to have warned that any interference with the age-old religious practice in the Temple by the court will result in another Ayodhya. He said that the SC should not meddle with the religious practice of restricting the entry of young women in the Temple, as it w.....

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Sabarimala does not discriminate against women

Senior advocate K.Parasaran, told the Supreme Court that prohibition on the entry of women of a certain age into the Sabarimala temple is not based on misogyny, but due to the celibate nature of the deity. He pointed out that Hinduism is a faith of tolerance and not discriminatory and that educat.....

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Officials urged not to be obstacle to inter-faith marriage

The Punjab and Haryana HC said that officials should not be an obstacle in cases related to inter-faith marriage. Ruling in favor of a Hindu-Muslim couple, it said procedure for a court marriage, “must reflect the mind-set of the changed times in a secular nation promoting inter-religious&n.....

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Swati Maliwal opposes proposal to legalise prostitution

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal expressed her strong disapproval to the proposal to legalise prostitution in the country. She called prostitution a worst form of slavery. It would promote trafficking, she said, adding only poor women would be pushed into it if prostitution wa.....

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Centre’s reply on Lokpal committee unsatisfactory: SC

The SC has expressed displeasure over the Centre’s reply related to the appointment of search committee members for a Lokpal. The SC asked the Govt to file a fresh affidavit after being heard that the committee was held but the names for the search committee were not finalized. Senior Advoc.....

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UP wants to make Taj Mahal precincts plastic free zone

The UP Govt has filed the first draft report of its vision document on protection and preservation of the Taj Mahal in the SC. It said that the entire precinct should be declared a no-plastic zone and all polluting industries in the region closed. The vision document was submitted after the SC la.....

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Brexit may undermine UK women’s fundamental rights: Report

The Equality and HR Commission report said that the Brexit would undermine the activities of equality and human rights protections of British women. The report notes that it is unlikely that the EU adhere the commitment related to women’s rights, which is not included in the EU withdrawal b.....

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Complete ban on protests at Jantar Mantar not possible: SC

The SC has rejected the urge for imposing a complete ban on protests hold at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. It observed the need of a balance between conflicting rights of protesters and that of citizens. The Govt has been asked to lay down guidelines for granting permission to hold protests at Jant.....

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FGM done on minor girls is a violation of human rights

Sunita Tiwari through a PIL sought a ban on the female genital mutilation (FGM) from the SC. Some Muslim communities such as Dawoodi Bohra practise khatna or khafz which is the removal of the clitoral hood to suppress sexual urges of a woman. Such surgeries are done on minor girls causing them pa.....

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USDA killed 1.3 million non-invasive animals

According to data report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Wild Life Services Branch, 1,320,075 “non-invasive” animals were killed by the government in 2017. These animals included beavers, mourning doves, red-crested cardinals, red foxes, bobcats, gray bul.....

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Force is not a precondition for rape: Delhi High Court

The Delhi HC has observed that marriage does not mean that a woman herself is ready to satisfy the sexual needs of husband. It also noted that rape in any manner weather in the forms of force, blackmail and pressure is rape. Force is not a precondition for rape, it said. An NGO run by men argued .....

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Women win their right to 'sit' after prolonged battle

A clause in the amendment made to the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act, 1960, now grants the right to women employees in shops and establishments to sit during their long work hours. This significant change has been brought about due to the efforts of women workers in retail showrooms, who had.....

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US is treating illegal Indian immigrants as criminals

50 illegal Indian immigrants, seeking asylum in US, fearing religious and political persecution back home, are treated like criminals in an Oregon federal prison under inhuman conditions. Legal advocacy groups volunteers say they have been detained for the past several weeks now. These asylum see.....

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Oregon bans wild animals in circuses

The awareness about how wild animals are treated in travelling circuses has spread to many countries all over the world. Countries including India, Italy, Iran and many others have banned the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Latest to join is Multnomah County; Oregan’s populous r.....

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Honduras demands US’s answer on separated kids

The Govt of Honduras demanded information from US officials over 459 children who remain separated from their families. They children were separated as part of President Donald Trump's "Zero Tolerance" crackdown on immigration at the border. Honduras said the number of parents arres.....

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‘Not revolution but reform to keep judiciary serviceable’

Highlighting the key roles of judiciary and journalism, senior SC judge Ranjan Gogoi said a revolution, not reform is needed to keep the judiciary serviceable. He asserted that the judiciary would have to be more pro-active and on the front foot. He termed independent journalists and noisy judges.....

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Homosexuality is variation, not an aberration: Observes SC

The SC, while hearing pleas on Section 377, has observed that the LGBTQ community does not get proper medical aid because of prejudices and inhibitions. It said the homosexuality is a variation, not an aberration. The Govt counselor informed the court about the separate wing in the Health Ministr.....

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Centre says it is up to SC to decide on validity of Sec 377

The Centre has made it clear that the SC can decide the constitutional validity of Section 377 that criminalises consensual gay sex. It said that it will not contest the petitions challenging the law. Additional Solicitor said that the Centre has left the issue to the wisdom of the Court but requ.....

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Govt backs, SC agrees to live streaming of court proceedings

With the Centre Govt’s approval, the SC has agreed in principle to live stream court proceedings. It also asked the Govt to provide holistic guidelines which the court may adopt. Indira Jaising, a senior SC advocate, had filed a plea seeking live streaming of judicial proceedings in the SC .....

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Teenager arrested in Iran for Instagram video of her dancing

Iran arrested a number of people who posted videos in support of a teenage girl who was arrested for her dance posted on Instagram. Maedeh Hojabri had gathered thousands of followers on Instagram with videos of herself dancing to Iranian and Western pop music. Social media users shared their supp.....

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US seeks more time to release migrant children

The US administration has sought more time in uniting the migrant children with their families. It informed a court that 19 parents of children under the age of 5 held in custody had left the US. The justice department has set a deadline to release these children by 10 July. It is also a deadline.....

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SC asks cricket bodies not to hold polls till further order

The SC has ordered to hold all state cricket bodies from conducting elections till it finalized the draft constitution of the Board of Control of Cricket in India. However, the order will not affect the elections which were held before. It also barred HCs from taking up petitions on the appointme.....

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Chief Justice of India is the 'Master of Roster’, rules SC

The SC categorically ruled that the Chief Justice of India is the ‘Master of Roster’ and that he alone has the power to assign cases. The ruling is against the petition filed by lawyer Shanti Bhushan, who challenged the CJI’s discretionary power to assign cases. He had alleged t.....

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UK allows Enforcement Officer to seize Mallya’s possession

A UK High Court judge has granted permission to the Enforcement Officer to enter Vijay Mallya’s properties in Hertfordshire, near London. The order was in favour of a consortium of 13 Indian banks that sought funds owed to them by beleaguered liquor baron. He is fighting extradition to Indi.....

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Officials non-cooperation with Govt is contempt of court:AAP

The non-cooperation with the Govt by bureaucrats despite the SC verdict is contempt of the court’s order, said Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia. He asked the LG Anil Baijal to follow the orders of the SC. Sisodia issued orders related to the transfer of bureaucrats. But the order issu.....

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An initiative to engage underdeveloped students

Three youngsters from Mumbai: Amrita Nair, Sangeeta Zombade and Rohit Kumar have initiated an innovative venture to provide quality education for children from under privileged sections of the society. The Khoj community aims to give opportunities for students to develop skills to engage in a div.....

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Cop says Tharoor may flee India, Delhi Court reserves order

A Delhi Court has reserved the plea filed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor seeking protection from arrest in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The Delhi Police opposed his anticipatory bail plea citing he might flee the country. The court already summoned him observing that .....

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L-G has no independent authority to take decisions, rules SC

The SC’s constitution bench categorically ruled that the Lieutenant Governor has no independent authority to take decisions. It reminded the LG that the elected Govt is answerable to people. It also stated that there is no need of L-G’s concurrence on all decisions. The SC was reading.....

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Govt asks WhatsApp to restrain spread of fake news

India has asked Facebook-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content. The demand was made in the wake of a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months. The Govt asked WhatsApp to take necessary remedia.....

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Transgender students to be accepted in Japan's uni

Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University has started accepting transgender students, who were born male but identify as female, in a rare move in a country with lagging LGBT rights. This policy will come into force from 2020’s fiscal year. Education ministry had issued instructions to municipali.....

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Sameena leads the fight against polygamy

Sameena is the founder of the NGO Mission Talaq is a mother of three. She was married off thrice and has undergone the trauma of being divorced thrice. She says she struggled to make ends meet and survived on her deceased father’s pension. She has filed a petition in the SC with the help la.....

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A reason for panic and a time for action

All are shocked beyond words on why India, a country, where we took pride in our tradition and culture, is listed as the most dangerous country for women, according to Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is all the more shocking because Afghanistan and Syria appears after India in the list. The safety.....

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Priyanka served notice for illegal construction in Mumbai

Bombay Municipal Corporation has served notice to actor Priyanka Chopra on charges of illegal construction at commercial premise at Oshiwara in Mumbai. The BMC found the violations in the constructions in the premises of her office and another adjoining commercial premise which she has rented out.....

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Madras HC upholds TRAI’s power to regulate CLS access charge

Upholding TRAI’s power to make regulations, the Madras High Court has refused to entertain the petition filed against it regulations pertained to access charges levied by owners of cable landing stations. The TRAI had amended the International Telecommunication Access to Essential Facilitie.....

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Mothers seek Sushma’s help to get back trafficked sons

Mothers of two men, who were allegedly trafficked to Malaysia, have sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help to bring them back. They said that both men have been trafficked to Malaysia on the pretext of providing jobs there by the same agent. They alleged that the agent took R.....

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Celebs endorsing gender neutrality may change mindset

Actress Megan Fox was trolled on the social media for letting her sons sport long hair. Experts say that celebrities endorsing gender neutrality is good; however, they also caution that it may be deplorable for common folks. The society is still rigid when boys are not dressed up as boys. Ultimat.....

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Need no compensation, just hang guilty: Rape victim’s father

Father of the eight-year-old Mandsaur rape victim has rejected the offer of monetary compensation and demanded death sentence for the accused. Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis said that Rs 5 lakh has been transferred to victim’s father account and the investigation is un.....

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BBC settles gender pay row with senior journalist

BBC apologised to senior journalist Carrie Gracie and settled the gender pay row offering to give her back the wages. She resigned as the BBC China editor in January when she found that BBC's 2 international male editors earned 50% more than their female counterparts. Gracie said she will don.....

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Women anti-immigrant policy protesters arrested in US

The US authorities arrested nearly 600 anti-immigrant policy protesters, mostly women, from the US Senate office building. They staged non-violent protest against Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy towards immigrants and separation of families at the border. The protest was organis.....

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Apple and Samsung settle 7 year-long smartphone patent wars

The seven-year long legal fight over patent between Apple and Samsung finally found resting place on a settlement. However, both the companies did not disclose the settlement amount. Apple first sued Samsung in 2011 for copying the design of the iPhone, triggering to a series of countersuits, tri.....

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Bombay HC expresses strong disapproval on CBI, SIT report

The Bombay HC slammed the SIT and CBI for not making any developments in the murder cases of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar. The court expressed its displeasure over the report submitted by the agencies. It also directed Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and Joint director of .....

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Complaint filed in NCW for offensive dialogues in ‘Sanju’

The National Commission for Women on Wednesday received a complaint against the film ‘Sanju’. It was filed by activist Gaurav Gulati and alleges that Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Rajkumar Hirani used derogatory language that demeans sex workers. It has been forwarded to the Elec.....

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UN says Pak terror outfits use children in clashes in J&K

The UN Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict report has asserted that Pakistan based banned terror outfits JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen have used children in J&K during clashes with security forces in 2017. Over 10,000 children were killed or maimed globally in conflict while more tha.....

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Pune restaurants deliver food in steel lunch boxes

Plastic ban by the Maharashtra government on Mar 23 affected the restaurants. Zomato and Swiggy had to stop working. In Pune, Ganesh Shetty and his team started serving “take-away”food in steel lunch boxes to their customers. They charge Rs 200 from the consumers as deposits and refun.....

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Anthony Kennedy: US supreme court justice to retire

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is a critical swing vote on the court, has announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court. His retirement is being seen a political earthquake that could affect millions of lives. After meeting Donald Trump, Kennedy told his colleagues in the SC that July 31 would.....

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Bombay HC asks Govt to draft food policy inside multiplexes

The Bombay HC has asked the state Govt to draft policy in regards to foods served in the multiplexes and regulation over the prices. It also directed the state inform the details of what policy measures it plans to take with regards this matter. Meanwhile, Multiplex owners maintained that they co.....

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SC appoints Madras HC justice to hear disqualified MLAs

The SC has appointed justice M Sathyanarayanan of the Madras HC to hear and decide the plea of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs. Disqualified MLAs had sought the transfer of their petition challenging their disqualification by the TN assembly speaker from the Madras high court to the SC. Till the verd.....

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RBI, CBI, ED are not puppets in hands politicians: Bombay HC

While adjudicating in favour of NDTV, the Bombay HC has reminded politicians that regulatory bodies like RBI and law enforcement agencies are not puppets in their hands. The court prohibited the ED from adjudicating proceedings initiated against the NDTV. The RBI is asked to complete the compound.....

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Gender-sensitive restaurants in India

In a bid to counter harassment faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community, 45 hospitality businesses across India have pledged to be all-inclusive, by offering services to everyone and never bringing gender into perspective. They have also pledged to train their staff to be more sensitive and do no.....

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US SC upholds travel ban, Trump says tremendous victory

The US SC has upheld Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. It also rejected the idea that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination. The Govt informed the court that the ban was within purview of president’s power and to draft national security.....

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Delhi Class XII student gets artificial hands under RTE Act

The 16-year-old Ritik Kohli, the Class XII student, has the fortune to have implanted artificial hands by the Delhi Govt free of cost. A year before, he had filed a petition seeking prosthetic limbs under Right to Education Act and Disability Act. The RTE Act ensures students with special needs t.....

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WCC condemns AMMA’s decision to reinstate Dileep

Association of Malayalam Movie Artists(AMMA’s) decision to reinstate actor Dileep has been condemned by the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC.) They sought to know how the situation changed abruptly, as the trial in the rape case against him is yet to conclude. The collective said the associa.....

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Uber goes to court in an attempt to save its London licence

Uber goes to court to reverse a decision to strip it of its London licence. It was ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market. It ran into trouble after there were lapses in background checks and in reporting serious criminal offences by drivers. In attempt to save it.....

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PUTA president Rajesh Gill points out on governance reforms

Panjab University Teachers Association president Rajesh Gill pointed out that the sub-committee on governance reforms made no mention of 50% reservation for women in PU governing bodies during a presentation on their report. She also pointed out that there was only one woman member in the sub-com.....

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Saudi Arabian women can drive legally from June 24

Women in Saudi Arabia can drive legally from June 24 for the first time as the country has cleared off all issues. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud, the interior minister said that lifting the driving ban on women could reduce the number of accidents, which are higher in the country. The Traffic Directo.....

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Brazilian court says dog has parental rights

A Brazilian court has ordered that the pet dog must get its parental rights. The estranged husband approached the court seeking visiting rights of his dog. He told the court that his former partner not only held on to the dog but prevented him from entering into contact with it. The court, howeve.....

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Dalit collective appeals to UN to end caste-based violence

A Dalit women collective, a 1st in India, released a report at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 38th session at Geneva, citing the caste-based violence faced by women. It is titled ‘Voices Against Caste Impunity: Narratives of Dalit Women in India.’ It gives a detailed .....

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Pakistan returnee Geeta to undergo fresh DNA test

The External Affairs Ministry has ordered to conduct another DNA test of Geeta, the deaf and mute woman who returned from Pakistan in 2015. She had accidentally lost in Pakistan when was seven or eight years old. More than ten families have claimed that Geeta is there long-lost child but none of .....

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View a city from sexual and reproductive health perspective

Hidden Pockets is a collective based out of Bangalore. They view the city from a sexual and reproductive health perspective. Jasmine Lovely George, founder of Hidden pockets says that they help people to locations of health clinic provided by the government. They also help to find out locations o.....

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UN says a record 68.5mn people displaced worldwide

A record 68.5mn people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said. By the end of 2017, the number was nearly three million higher than the previous year and showed a 50% increase from the 42.7 million uprooted from.....

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Separating children from parents in U.S. is breaking hearts

U.S’s Deparment of Homeland Security sent nearly 2000 children to mass detention centers between April 19 and May 31. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years. The reason for this separation is a zero-tolerance policy on their parents for illegally crossing the U.S borders. .....

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Pak SC orders to provide ID cards to transgender in 15 days

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered to take steps to ensure that transgender individuals get Computerized National Identity Cards in 15 days. Those guilty of misbehaving with members of the community will be showed zero tolerance, he said. Transgenders with CNICs should not be .....

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No one allowed hold a strike in someone’s place: HC to APP

The Delhi High Court has slammed AAP leaders, including CM Arvind Kejriwal, who is on a sit in protest at LG's office and asked who authorised them to do so. It said that no one is allowed to go inside someone’s office or house and hold a strike there. When the Govt's lawyer describ.....

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Pay attention to notices send via WhatsApp as it made valid

A Bombay High Court rule implies the importance of considering notices and summons through WhatsApp. It ruled that that notice served through WhatsApp is valid. Experts say serving of notices and summons through electronic means is now well recognised. Therefore, from now on you can’t evade.....

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Centre directs pharmacies to display generic drugs

The Centre Health Ministry has asked pharmacies to make generic medicines visible to consumers so that they could choose low cost alternatives. A shelf for display of generic medicines is to encourage use of generic drugs. It has also announced its plans to put in place a legal framework to ensur.....

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Historic law legalizing abortion in Argentina

After a 23-hour debate, the Argentinian Congress voted to legalize abortion. About half a million clandestine abortions are done each year, putting many women at grave risk. Women can now terminate pregnancy up to 14 weeks through their health insurance. It is hoped that there will be better sex .....

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India has 53,000 manual scavengers across 12 states

Up to 53,236 people are involved in manual scavenging in India, as per the data by an inter-ministerial task force. This is a 4-fold jump from the 13,000-odd such workers accounted for in official records until 2017. Though there is an improvement, it is still a gross underestimate as it includes.....

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Mangalore tops in the elderly abuse report

The maximum number of elderly abuse happens in Mangalore by 47% followed by Ahmedabad (46%) Bhopal (39%) and Amritsar at 35%, according to the 23 city report by HelpAge India released on Thursday. The main abusers were either sons or daughters-in-law. Another finding shows that 82% of the abused .....

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Argentina votes to decide on women’s rights over abortion

The chamber of deputies in Argentina has voted to determine whether women have rights to decide over their abortion. Even if the bill that legalizes elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy passes, it is uncertain about the date set for its consideration in the upper house. In Argenti.....

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Rumour mongering and mob lynching

In a disturbing trend that is on the rise, rumours are being spread across social media messaging services like Whatsapp leading to innocent people being beaten to death by mobs. Recently in Assam, two young men were lynched by a mob under false allegations of being child kidnappers. The police h.....

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Delay in land acquisition may cost India $17bn bullet train

Fruit farmers protest against the land acquisition in Maharashtra that may delay PM Modi’s most ambitious Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project. Indian officials, however, ensured Tokyo that the hurdles can be overcome through intense negotiations with fruit growers. The protests fl.....

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Unique Sena where children leads the charge for their rights

Balsena, Shaishav’s flasgship program in Bhavnagar, has children who are curious to know more, learn more, dream big and smile from their hearts despite the routine violence occurring in their lives. It is open to all children regardless of class, gender or religion and centers around a chi.....

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Corporators demand compensation for injured victims

BMC Corporators, Mumbai have demanded that the city’s civic body compensate for medical treatment of people injured during incidents of tree collapse. In recent incidents, a 14-year-old girl died and a 20-year-old girl sustained severe injuries. But Shiv Sena leader, Vishaka Raut has asked .....

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Chinese hackers secures sensitive US Navy data: FBI

The FBI is reportedly carrying out an investigation into the alleged stealing of a US Navy contractor by Chinese hackers. FBI said that in Jan and Feb this year, hackers succeeded to secure sensitive data including a supersonic missile project. Hackers targeted a contractor linked to a US militar.....

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Kim Kardashian helps Alice seek presidential pardon

Kim Kardashian learned about Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender, who was serving a life sentence from a Twitter feed, 7 months ago. She had served 21 years behind bars for possessing cocaine. Kim contacted Ivanka and met President Trump regarding her case. Ms. Johnson was pardoned on.....

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SC rejects a plea against release of Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’

The SC has declined to interfere with the release of Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ which will hit screens tomorrow. Rejecting a plea that sought an injunction against release of the movie, it said that “everybody is anxiously waiting for the release of the movie.” Petitioner.....

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Govt funded startups to promote new entrepreneurs: Modi

PM Narendra Modi has claimed that his Govt at the Centre has done much to promote young entrepreneurs by funding new start-ups. He said that concept of start-ups has been changed that it has no longer confined to big cities and digital & technology realm. He also said that along with Make in .....

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Raveena Tandon defends farmers' protest remark

Bollywood star Raveena Tandon, who has been criticised for commenting over farmer’s protests, clarified that her statement was misinterpreted. She said she never intended the arrest of agitating farmers but wanted the arrest of the anti-socials who are pretending to be farmers and throwing .....

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UN calls on US to stop separations of migrant families

The UN human rights office is calling on US to “immediately halt” its policy of separating the children from their parents after migration across the border. The UN spokeswoman Ravina scolded the US for its “zero tolerance” policy. The rights office said that children shou.....

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First set of driver's licenses granted to Saudi women

Saudi Arabia issued the first driving license to 10 women on Monday. These women already hold international driving licenses. The country is preparing to lift the ban on female drivers on June 24. However, women who campaigned for the right to drive still remain under arrest. The UN body for Huma.....

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Maneka asks Air India to finish sexual harassment probe fast

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi directed Internal Complaints Committee of Air India to finish its inquiry into the sexual harassment case by the end of June. An Air India air hostess had lodged a complaint against a senior executive of the airline. The complainant met Maneka and the Minister is beli.....

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UN criticises the US for failing the poor

Philip Alston, U.N. special spokesman has criticised the US for failing the poor, as data shows about 41 million Americans live in poverty.  It is one of the highest youth poverty rates in a developed world. He slated Trump for slashing welfare benefits and health insurance for the poor. How.....

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Save The Children: a wake-up call

A report by Save The Children, shows that 1.2 million children across the globe are threatened by widespread poverty, conflict or discrimination against girls. Wealth and resources of a nation are not enough to take care of children as seen in the case of America occupying 36th position among 175.....

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Male victims of sex crimes ignored

The Indian government is ignoring the plight of boys who were sexually abused. The stigma attached to homosexuality makes many cases go unreported. Those who report abuse are not provided compensation by state-run, centrally monitored programmes. The government plans to introduce a gender-neutral.....

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Maneka says no forensic analysis in 13,000 rape cases

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said there was no forensic analysis in 13,000 rape cases every year as laboratories lacked the capacity. "I was shocked to learn that the premier forensic laboratory carries out analysis of less than 160 cases a year," she said. Evidence collection was key t.....

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India’s childhood index ranking improves

India improved its ranking to 113 from last year’s 116 in Save the Children’s "End of Childhood Index 2018” on the back of reduced rate of child marriage. The study, however, puts India in the category of countries characterised by poverty and discrimination against girls. .....

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Kicked out of home at 16 for not acting like a boy

Rhina Limbu was just 16 when his father kicked him out of his home for not acting like a boy of his age. His parents were ashamed of him being a transgender and he found solace in drugs. He was taken in by a kathmandu trangender community but was asked to leave due to his addiction and later a re.....

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Socially boycotted for Vitiligo even in the 21st century

Nieyati Shah contracted vitiligo as an adverse drug reaction to different allopathic medicines prescribed to her for a scar in her childhood. Vitiligo is a skin-condition where skin patches lose their pigment. But she was shunned by society for having it even in this modern age of 21st century. N.....

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Closure notice issued to Sterlite is legally weak

Last week, Thoothukudi witnessed protests against operations of Sterlite plant which claimed 13 lives. Though TN government closed down the unit, legal experts say that the grounds of the order issued are weak and the company could challenge it in court. TNPCB needs to approach the Centre to revo.....

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Mob kills a transgender woman and injures 3 others

A 52-year-old transgender woman was killed 3 others were injured, when they were begging for money in Hyderabad on May 26 because of false rumours spreading on WhatsApp. A mob of about 20 people attacked them, as they believed that they were involved in child trafficking. Hyderabad Police have st.....

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More to be done to fully empower women in judicial system

The poor representation of women judges in the higher judiciary is being seen as a matter of concern for many legal experts. Woman judges often miss higher posts due to trivial reasons while their male colleagues are always elevated. The general impression is that only women aligned to influentia.....

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Chidambaram files anticipatory bail plea in AircelMaxis case

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram has filed plea at the Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail in Aircel Maxis money laundering case. He has been given protection from arrest till his appearance before the ED on June 5. The court also directed the Enforcement Directorate not to take coercive act.....

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Economic effect of sexual assault against women in India

Increase in the number of sexual assault against women is seen as one of the keys that hurts India’s economic growth. Authorities often failed to acknowledge its economic effect. Many women are reported to have left their jobs for the fear of their own and children’s safety. World Ban.....

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Cops offer no help as Groom is killed by the bride’s family

Neenu and Kevin’s marriage witnessed tense events at the sub-registrar office, Ettumanoor. Following which Kevin was abducted and murdered by bride’s family. Despite Kevin’s father plea to search for his son, the police did not budge stating they were busy with the CM’s vi.....

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Scotland’s Animal circus ban is finally in action

Scotland is about to become the 1st UK nation to enact legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses. They join 18 European countries and 35 around the world with restrictions in place. The bill will cover all non-domesticated animals travelling and performing in the circuses as well as.....

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Tamil Nadu plans to shut Sterlite Plant permanently

Tamil Nadu Govt is reported to have decided on the permanent closure of Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Tuticorn run by London-listed Vedanta Resources. The protest demanding the closure of the plant ensued a police firing that killed 13 people. Residents and environmental activists say emissio.....

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Nirav Modi diverted Rs 4,299cr to his firms at abroad: ED

The ED informed the court that absconder jeweller Nirav Modi had diverted about Rs 4,299cr of Rs 6,939.84cr attained through LoUs from PNB to his firms and his relatives, through 15 dummy companies based in the UAE and Hong Kong. It also said that he had brought back at least Rs 137cr of the LoU .....

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Facebook users launch Union to protect right over their data

In a view to establish a direct negotiation with Facebook and Google, activists in Amsterdam have launched the ‘Datavakbond’ or ‘data labour union’. The demands activists put forth include payment for the data users supply to the companies, more information about how the d.....

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Court rules Trump don’t have right to block people

A district court in New York has ruled that Donald Trump cannot block people on Twitter, because it violates their first amendment rights to participate in a public forum. The case was brought forward by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, representing seven plaintiffs wh.....

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SC denies pregnant law student permission to sit for exam

The SC has denied a law student permission to sit for her second year examination at Delhi University for losing attendance due to her pregnancy. Rejecting her plea, the SC said it was uncomfortable to pass an order over an issue which would take place one hour later. She couldn’t regularly.....

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Anti-Sterlite protest: 10 killed in police firing

At least 10 people died in Tamil Nadu’s Toothukudi when police fired at hundreds of protesters marching against a copper smelting plant. Protesters wanted the permanent closure of the copper plant, which they said have polluted the region because of disposal of copper waste and effluents fr.....

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US SC to take on Indian villagers’ plea

The US Supreme Court informed that it would hear an appeal filed by Indian villagers against the US-based international finance institution funded power plant. Petitioners comprising of farmers and fishermen alleged that coal-fired Tata Mundra Power Plant made widespread environmental damages. Th.....

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Uber in court for discriminating female employees

A former Uber employee moved a superior court in California against the company alleging sexual harassment and discrimination against female employees. The law suit said that the work culture within the company was "permeated with degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory, and sexually harass.....

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Congress-JD(S) move to SC on the speaker’s appointment

Congress-JD(S) has approached the SC a 2nd time challenging the appointment of KG Bopaiah as pro tem speaker. They have alleged that the governor has ignored the 8 term MLA R V Deshpande. However, BJP continues to back its appointee. A Pro tem speaker can cast vote in a floor test in the event of.....

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Civilian lives claimed in unprovoked firing by Pakistan

The tension escalated in J&K as 4 civilians and a BSF jawan were killed in Pakistani mortar shelling on villages in R S Pura, Arnia and Bishnah sectors. 4 Pakistani were killed by Indian security forces in a retaliatory fire. Separately 3 more infiltrators were killed in North Kashmir. This h.....

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Ram Jethmalani approaches SC over tussle for Karnataka

Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani moved the SC against Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s decision to invite BJP for setting up a Govt in the state despite not having bare majority. The SC had already rejected a petition filed by Cong-JDS alliance on the same issue. However, Court said that Govt.....

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Life tax for new car only on invoice value: Court rules

The Hyderabad HC has ruled that the life time tax can be collected only on the actual invoiced value of the car and not on the ex-showroom price. Considering the fact that several dealers offer discounts on their cars, the court said that the life tax is to be calculated on the cost of the vehicl.....

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Less care puts 240,000 girls to death in India: Study

A study on gender discrimination has found that almost 240,000 girls under the age of five die in India every year due to improper care they received. It says that society’s preference for sons over girls not only prevent girls from being born but also precipitate the death of those who are.....

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Collegium prevents Dalits, OBCs from higher judiciary: Min

The Collegium system in regards with the appointment of judges prevents Dalits, OBCs and poor among upper caste from entering the higher judiciary on the basis of merit, said Union minister Upendra Kushwaha. He alleged it was a system of favoritism. He has been demanding adequate representation o.....

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Overcrowding of prisons a violation of human rights

The Supreme Court expressed concern about overcrowding of prisons across India, considering it to be a violation of human rights. It also dealt with the issue of vacancy of staff in jail. The Chief Justice of each High Court will take it up as a suo motu writ petition. The Centre apprised the Cou.....

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Irom Sharmila to work for J&K women’s empowerment

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila said that she would travel to J&K to work for women empowerment. She said that she did not wish to resort to fasting instead to reach out to women and engage in dialogue with them. It is to make women understand their rights and raise voice against the AFSA.....

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A village in Rajasthan ostracizes a rape victim and family

A young woman, a rape victim in Rajasthan, has alleged that she and her family have been under siege that villagers refused to cooperate with them for a few months now. They were not allowed to buy anything and get treatment in the village. She said her family has been ostracized by villagers aft.....

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CBI confirms Unnao MLA’s involvement in rape case

The CBI probe has confirmed the charge UP’s Unnao rape victim made against the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar that he had raped her at his home. It has been reported that the police ingeniously kept MLA’s name out of FIR despite victim’s repeated charges. The CBI is also tying up .....

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Army fight those who seek Azadi: Army Chief to Kashmir youth

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said those who tell Kashmiri youth to take gun for Azadi, are misleading them. He reminded them that Azadi would not happen and it is not possible. He asked them not to get carried away unnecessarily. He said the army will fight those who seek Azadi, an.....

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Activist files PIL at HC seeking a cap on airfares

Activist Bejon K Misra, has filed a petition requesting a cap for the airfares as passengers were often charged 10 times the base rate when there was a shortage of seats. He cited the recent incident when IndiGo airlines cancelled its flights owing to technical issues. HC has sought the opinion o.....

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BoI files lawsuit in Hong Kong court against Nirav Modi

Bank of India has also filed a lawsuit against fugitive businessman Nirav Modi in a Hong Kong court for the recovery of debt to the tune of $6.25 million. He had allegedly taken loan from the bank of India, after acquiring Letters of Undertaking via illegal means. Meanwhile, the US has begun inve.....

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Collegium judges reiterate K M Joseph’s name to SC

An informal meeting of 5 senior most SC judges have reiterated the elevation of Justice K M Joseph to the SC. It also finalized the Memorandum of Procedure. It was the first such meeting among these judges after the formal collegium meeting. It is reported that there is unanimity among other judg.....

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NHRC issues notice to CBSE on NEET security checks

The National Human Rights Commission has issued a show cause notice to CBSE over alleged harassment and inconvenience faced by students in the name of security checks during the NEET. Cutting the sleeves of the shirts and tearing the pants of the aspirants to remove buttons etc. are unethical act.....

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Sexual violence against women persists in India

Threat of sexual violence persists in India, no matter how much voices are raised and protests are held. There is a prevalent culture of acceptance of sexual violence against women. The leaders are responsible for the misappropriation of blame from perpetrators to the victims, who lack a voice in.....

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Shail Bala refused bribe for sparing his building: Accused

Vijay Singh, who is accused of killing the assistant town and country planner Shail Bala Sharma, said he shot her because she refused to accept bribe. He is reported to have said that he asked her to spare his building but she was adamant to implement the SC order. He was at large after opening f.....

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Latvian woman found drugged, raped, beheaded in Kerala

Latvian woman Liga Skromane, 33, who was living in Ireland with partner, traveled to Kerala to take ayurvedic treatment for her depression, was found raped and beheaded before her body was hanged in a forest. Police revealed that she was lured by two men, who drugged and raped her before killing .....

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Maharashtrian girls married off illegally by parents

According to Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of Maharashtra’s women’s commission, girls are trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off before turning 18. The state is conducting its 1st survey linking child marriage and slavery. Parents.....

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Utterly wrong was SC’s order on Loya death case: A P Shah

The Chief Justice of the Delhi HC Justice A P Shah said that the SC’s order in the Justice Loya death case was utterly wrong and jurisprudentially incorrect”. He related how a three-judge bench of the SC concluded that all enquires be closed “because this is the final word on th.....

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Passenger opens emergency door of plane, gets fined

A 25-year-old Chinese passenger, who said, he was feeling hot and stifled, opened the emergency exit of a plane, just shortly before takeoff. But, to his surprise, the entire "wall" collapsed and the emergency slide was deployed. The incident took place at the Mianyang Nanjiao Airport o.....

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Sexism in sumo rings

When Maizuru Mayor Ryozo Tatami collapsed inside the sumo ring, a lady who was a nurse also rushed to help, only to be turned away.  She was not allowed to enter the ring due to the centuries-old tradition of banning women because of the “impurity” associated with menstrual blood.....

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ED to question Chidambaram’s wife in Saradha chit fund case

The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Nalini, the wife of the Congress leader P Chidambaram in connection with Saradha chit scam. The ED wants to record her statement in regards to her receiving Rs 1.26 cr as professional fee from the Saradha group. Nalini had contended that the summons was pu.....

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Four arrested in Jehanabad molestation

In a shocking incident, a viral video of a minor girl being stripped in Bihar, led to the police arresting four men. The police filed an FIR on the basis of the video which showed 7-8 young men in the age group of 16-18, using derogatory language and stripping the victim who begged for mercy. Any.....

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Malaysia convicts the first person for spreading fake news

Saleh Sulaiman has been penalized for a week in jail and fined with 10,000 ringgit. He admitted posting a video on YouTube that alleged that the emergency services responded slowly to the murder of a Hamas member who was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia passed a law in April that awards 6 ye.....

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Indian women face the biggest human rights violation

The author feels that tighter laws on rape and Beti Bachao program have not reduced the cases of violence against women in the country. India can be held guilty of the biggest human rights violation as oppression is being recast as a virtue here. Women are taught to be afraid of their own bodies,.....

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India growing to be more ‘rape-tolerant’

The NCRB data shows that 40,000 rapes are reported in India of every year. With every rape case reported, journalists feel people are becoming rape tolerant. For this, stricter laws need to be executed and the victims have to get justice on time. The law on death penalty for child rapists under t.....

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SC reserves Shanti Bhushan’s plea on allocation of cases

The SC reserved its order on a PIL filed by ex-Law minister Shanti Bhushan who sought that the cases should be referred to the Collegium to allocate. He wants a change in how the roster and allocation of cases are handled by the CJI. However, the Attorney General KK Venugopal stated that if a num.....

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Need 2 weeks more to frame Cauvery scheme: Centre to SC

The Centre Govt has sought the SC two weeks extension to frame the Cauvery water-sharing 'scheme'. Earlier this month the SC had asked the Govt to draft the scheme by May 3 to prove its bonafide intention to resolve the 200 years old water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Meanwhi.....

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Aadhaar-SIM linking based on SC orders: Govt

The Central Govt has informed the SC that the Department of Telecommunications’ directive to make Aadhaar linking to mobile number mandatory is based on SC’s two orders. On Wed, the SC questioned the Department’s move to make linking a mandatory. The SC also said that verificati.....

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Man sues Zuckerberg for harassing in the name of title

A court in Bhopal has issued summons to Mark Zuckerberg on a petition filed by a person who alleged FB harassed him. Swapnil Ray, who runs a portal ‘thetradebook.org’ , told that he had been getting legal notices for removing the word ‘book’, which FB claim was distinctive.....

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Adahar database are safe but is available online

The UIDAI, the body that governs Aadhaar has reiterated its assertion in the SC that its database cannot be breached or used to profile citizens. However, the data of personal information of citizens are accessible through the Govt’s different departments’ websites.  Unique ident.....

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Lawyer of Kathua rape accused calls Mehbooba Mufti a jihadi

The advocate representing the main accused in the Kathua girl rape and murder called J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti a jihadi chief minister. He accused her of spearheading an Islamo-fascist communal agenda for demographic change in Jammu’s Hindu-dominated areas. Ankur Sharma represents Sanji Ram.....

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CISF accused of advertising only for men for drivers

The Delhi HC has issued notice to the Center and the CISF to seek their response on the alleged institutional discrimination against women in recruitment for constables and drivers in the force. A plea alleged that the CISF advertised only for male candidates for constable/driver. The plea said t.....

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Maneka wants male victims of child abuse to be compensated

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi wanted boys, who are the victims of rape or sexual exploitation, to be compensated with the similar law as for girls. She has even proposed amendment of an existing scheme in this regard. She announced a study on male survivors of child sexual abuse. A study found tha.....

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Supreme Court invokes to hide rape victims’ identity

The SC has observed the importance of hiding the identities of rape victims, including the 8 year old Kathua girl. It said that even the dead have dignity. They cannot be named or shamed. The court said that even in cases of victims who are alive, minors or mentally unsound, they have right to pr.....

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NGO blames Govt of doing nothing concrete for women’s safety

Raahat Foundation, an NGO working for the safety of women, said that the Govt has failed to ensure the safety and security of women travellers. It accused the Govt of delaying the mandatory installation of GPS-enabled tracking devices and panic buttons in public transport vehicles. Meanwhile, inc.....

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ED seizes assets worth Rs 1122 crore of Vadodara based firm

The Enforcement Directorate has seized assets worth Rs 1,122 crore of Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Limited and its directors for the alleged money-laundering case of Rs 2,654 crore. Earlier this month, the CBI registered a case against its director for cheating 11 banks. The compan.....

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Chinese firms, Govt accused of hiring men only for jobs

Chinese tech firms including Alibaba, Tencent and some other Govt departments have been accused of discriminatory hiring practices based on gender. A Human Rights Watch report says this practice is widespread in China that linked to a shrinking proportion of women in the labor force. In ads femal.....

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A project in Ahmadabad to help appreciate visually- impaired

The Blind People’s Association (BPA) has embarked on a project of setting up premises in the dark. Calling it “Vision in the Dark,” it aims to sensitize those with sight about how those without sight manage their daily lives. The whole area is black and has temple, village, gard.....

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V-President rejects notice to impeach CJI on lack of merit

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the Congress-led opposition parties' notice to impeach CJI Dipak Misra citing lack of substantial merit in the notice. He said he went through the all five allegation to conclude the notice does not deserve to be admitted. He also said that it was atte.....

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Kashmir’s human shield talks of life changing moment

Farooq Ahmed Dar, was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep and used as a human shield, after coming back from casting his vote, last year. He now says he will never vote again. He feels his life is meaningless and is haunted by that incident. Dar had sustained a fracture in his right shoulder nad c.....

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600 plus academicians and scholars write a letter to PM Modi

Over 600 academicians and scholars from universities across the globe have written an open letter to PM Modi, expressing their anguish over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. They held his government responsible for the “terrible state of affairs” and raised concerns regarding his ".....

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Moroccan child servants abused; treated worse than animals

Failure at school, grim poverty and ignorance of parents has contributed to about 80,000 Moroccan children employed as domestic help. The children lose their childhood in slavery and are subject to physical and verbal abuse without salary. Despite the law that permits only those above 18 years to.....

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Naroda victims say Kodnani’s acquittal is disappointing

Victims of the communal massacre in Ahmedabad’s Naroda Patiya in 2002 have decided to move the Supreme Court to challenge the acquittal of former Minister Maya Kodnani by the Gujarat HC. They said, Kodnani, who incited the rioters, was the prime accused in the case and added its decisi.....

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SC casts doubt on Aadhaar’s use to carry benefits

The Supreme Court has urged the Centre Govt to take the benefits of the welfare schemes to deserved people instead of bringing people "face to face" with authorities through Aadhaar. The Court said that it was not sure that Aadhaar was best model. The Court also reminded the UIDAI that .....

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