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  • Heavy security across Kashmir as Syed Ali Geelani calls for bandh against Alam's arrest 6 hours 37 minutes ago

    Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's call for bandh in Kashmir valley on Saturday to protest the arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam has led to heightened security across the region. Geelani made the bandh call soon after a Jammu and Kashmir court sent Kashmiri separatist Alam to seven...
  • Facebook disables Taslima Nasreen's account, writers question move 2 days ago

    Kolkata: Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen's Facebook account was disabled after her posts were reported by Islamic fundamentalists, the author said on Wednesday. Dubbing the move as "totally unacceptable", eminent writers raised doubts over Facebook's "open" nature and called for safeguards to be put in place. "Since Tuesday my Facebook account has...
  • Gujarat governemnt writes to Home Ministry to probe Teesta's NGO for misuse of funds 2 days ago

    Ahmedabad: Training its guns against activist Teesta Setalvad, the Gujarat government has written to the Home Ministry to investigate possible violations under Foreign Exchange Management Act by her NGOs. The government has called Setalvad's NGOs proxy offices of Ford Foundation. The Gujarat government has accused Ford Foundation of direct interference...
  • Modi government played truant with Land Act: Oommen Chandy 3 days ago

    Palakkad: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday said the NDA government, led by Narendra Modi, has played truant with the Land Act floated by the previous UPA government to help farmers. "The UPA government, in order to help the farmer, floated the Land Act, but the Modi government has played...
  • Government notifies new law on judges appointment 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Government on Monday brought into force a controversial law to appoint members to the higher judiciary, two days before a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court hears a clutch of petitions challenging the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act. The notification bringing into effect from Monday the National Judicial Appointments...
  • Kerala: Parents marry off minor girl to moneylender; case registered 6 days ago

    Idukki: In a shocking incident, parents of a minor girl hailing from a remote village at Nedumkandam in Kerala's Idukki district allegedly married off their daughter to a man more than double her age to clear off a debt taken from him. Based on the complaint lodged by the girl's...
  • Child Labour Bill must be passed in budget session: Kailash Satyarthi 1 week ago

    Hyderabad: Child rights activist and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Friday demanded the government to ensure a complete ban on child labour up to the age of 14, saying that the Child Labour Bill should be tabled and passed during the second half of the Budget session in Parliament. "An amendment...
  • Delhi: High Court reserves order on plea on medical reimbursement of Supreme Court judges April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a plea moved by an RTI applicant challenging the single-judge order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information Act. "Heard both the party. Order reserved," said a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and...
  • RBI notifies hike in FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent April 8, 2015

    Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday notified government's decision to raise foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in the insurance sector to 49 per cent. "The extant FDI policy for insurance sector has since been reviewed and further liberalised. Accordingly, with immediate effect, FDI in insurance sector shall be permitted up to...
  • CBI seeks power to be the nodal agency to probe big financial frauds April 8, 2015

    New Delhi: In a move to secure more investigate power, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday demanded that it should become the nodal agency to investigative big financial frauds. CNN-IBN has accessed details of demands made by CBI to the the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to take up...
  • Supreme Court to decide on maintainability of pleas against NJAC Act today April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its judgement on Tuesday on maintainability of petitions challenging the validity of a constitutional amendment and the NJAC Act, meant to replace the two-decade old collegium system of judges appointing judges. A three-judge bench of justices AR Dave, J Chelameswar and Madan...
  • Gujarat: Gangraped woman files plea in HC to terminate her pregnancy April 6, 2015

    Ahmedabad: A woman, who became pregnant after she was allegedly raped by seven men, filed a plea before the High Court on Monday seeking termination of her pregnancy, stating that her husband may not accept her if she gave birth to the child. Her plea stated that she sought the...
  • Need to re-look laws on juveniles involved in major crimes: SC April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said that there was a need to re-examine various laws dealing with juveniles involved in heinous crimes like murder and rape and asked the government to see whether necessary changes could be done to have a deterrent effect. The apex court asked Attorney...
  • Government looking at amending Prevention of Corruption Act: Arun Jaitley April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Stressing on the need to differentiate between "errors and corruption" in bureaucratic decision making, Finance Minister Arun Jatiley on Monday said the government is considering amending the Prevention of Corruption Act. "The Law Commission has sent its recommendations that in the changed environment it (Prevention of Corruption Act...
  • John Oliver's interview of Edward Snowden is something that you should not miss at all April 6, 2015

    John Oliver, in the latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight' did what can possibly be described as the greatest public awareness campaign.In this episode, Oliver talks about the NSA (The National Security Agency), a government organization in the United States of America. The NSA came into news in 2013 when...
  • UAE convicts 28 over 'sex and alcohol' boat party April 6, 2015

    Dubai: Twenty-eight men and women have been fined or jailed for attending an alcohol-fuelled sex party on a yacht in Dubai, reports said on Monday. The Court of Misdemeanours sentenced two men and three women to one year each in prison for having sex outside of marriage, the local media reported....
  • Andhra Pradesh seeks Centre's help for construction of new capital April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday called on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over financial issues relating the state including new state capital and Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project. According to state representative K Ramamohan Rao, the Chief Minister sought support from Jaitley for construction of the...
  • Disabled students' count in Indian institutions at 0.56 per cent April 4, 2015

    New Delhi: Of 15,21,438 students studying in 150 colleges and universities across the country, there are only 8,449 students with disabilities which is mere 0.56 per cent of the total students, according to a survey on status of disability in higher education. According to the third edition of the survey...
  • North Korea fires four short-range missiles into sea April 3, 2015

    Seoul: North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its west coast on Friday in an operation apparently supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un amid heightened military tensions, a South Korean military spokesman said. The missiles were launched from a base on the west coast and flew more than 100...
  • No reason for Opposition to oppose land act: Ramvilas Paswan April 3, 2015

    Jaipur: Union Food Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Friday took a jibe at political parties including Congress, saying there was no reason for them to oppose the Land Acquisition Act. "There is no reason for Congress to protest or condemn amendments in the land act which was brought through ordinance by Modi...
  • Kanpur: Youngster arrested for blackmailing girls on social media April 3, 2015

    Kanpur: A youth has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing girls after befriending them on social networking sites, police said on Friday. Upon receiving complaint from a girl, the Cyber Cell of the Crime Branch of police in Kanpur on Thursday arrested Deepak Gour, a resident of Nawabgunj, they said. Posing as an...
  • Draft rules on mines auction ready; to be sent to states: Narendra Singh Tomar April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The draft regulations on the auction of mines including iron ore have been prepared and will be sent to states to seek their views within a week, Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday. "The draft rules and the regulations have been finalised and will be...
  • Shreya Singhal on her fight for free speech online and what led to her petition against Sec 66A of IT Act April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Shreya Singhal, 24-year-old, fought against the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act which led to the Supreme Court scrapping the draconian law. The law student filed the petition against Section 66A after two girls from Palgarh in Maharashtra were arrested for a Facebook post after Shiv...
  • No mechanisms in place to ensure schools comply with Right to Education Act April 1, 2015

    The Right to Education is a fundamental right of all children. But even five years after the Act came into effect, many parents have to move from pillar to post. The government has failed to put mechanisms in place to ensure schools comply or even have a monitoring system in...
  • 68-year-old man jailed for 10 years for raping minor in temple April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: A 68-year-old man has been sent to 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting a minor girl in a temple by a Delhi court which observed that children are a supremely important asset. Additional Sessions Judge Gautam Manan awarded the jail term to Jaipal, a resident of Mangolpuri,...
  • Karnataka makes Kannada a mandatory subject in schools March 31, 2015

    Bengaluru: The Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday made Kannada language a mandatory subject in classes one to ten in schools affiliated to Karnataka board and a compulsory medium of instruction from classes one to five. This is envisaged in the Kannada Language Learning Bill, 2015 making Kannada a mandatory subject in classes...
  • 5 prisoners flee from Nagpur Central Jail, jailor suspended March 31, 2015

    Nagpur: In a major security lapse, five prisoners have fled from Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra. The five prisoners Satyendra Gupta, Mohd Shoeb Salim Khan, Bisen Uikey, Prem Nepali and Akash Thakur escapewd from the jail on Monday night. While the first three have been booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised...
  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Under the 2006 Forest Rights Act, providing land rights to forest-dwelling communities of the country, only 15 lakh complainants out of the 39,56,262 cases filed; were given the legal recognition to their property. Responding to an RTI query, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs stated that 39,56,262 complaints were...
  • Mufti Mohammad Sayeed assures to streamline distribution of ration March 25, 2015

    Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed promised to streamline the distribution of ration in the state and assured that the government will take up the issue on priority basis. The ration will be provided to the people as per the 2011 census. "The Government will take up...
  • Maharashtra: No minister in Fadnavis government has declared assets, reveals RTI March 25, 2015

    Mumbai: None of the Ministers in the new Maharashtra government have given information to the Chief Minister about their assets and liabilities as mandated, according to the state government's response to a RTI query. RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information about assets and liabilities declared by the Cabinet as well...