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  • Ellen DeGeneres named most powerful gay celebrity 17-04-2014 02:17 PM

    New York: Celebrity talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay celebrity in the US in a new magazine poll. The 56-year-old, who is married to 'Arrested Development' actress Portia de Rossi, secured the top spot on Out magazine's 2014 Power List, an annual ranking of...
  • Panchayat bans girls from wearing jeans, consuming liquor 25-03-2014 07:59 PM

    A mahapanchayat of Yadav community has barred their girls from wearing jeans and banned consumption of liquor. The mahapanchayat, held at Rahera village in Mathuraon Sunday, also decided to ban child marriages, use of DJ at weddings, grant of dowry and gambling by members of the community. "The decision will...
  • Adele's music accused of making people gay 18-03-2014 04:15 PM

    London: Oscar-winning singer Adele is accused of turning people gay with her music in a TV documentary. The 25-year-old singer is on a list of things that "men should avoid if they want to be straight", reported Daily Star. Doctor Christian Jessen, 37, made the bizarre discovery in Channel 4's...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots: 10 Muslim leaders, including a former minister, charged by SIT 08-03-2014 12:36 PM

    BSP MP Kadir Rana, two party MLAs and former UP minister Saeed-uz-Zama of Congressare among 10 persons charged by the SIT probing the Muzaffarnagar riotsfor provoking communal tension with inflammatory speeches during a Muslim community panchayat.The charge sheet was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Narender Kumar by...
  • New York church posts horrific anti-gay sign outside its premises 27-02-2014 04:47 PM

    An anti-gay pastor of a church in Harlem, New York, has raised many eyebrows by putting up a horrific anti-gay sign in front of the church. Dr James David Manning, a man who has been openly critical of the Barack Obama administration and the progression of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,...
  • Court dismisses plea against Narayan Sai for hurting sentiments by wearing turban 26-02-2014 12:57 PM

    A local court dismissed an application against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai charging him with hurting the sentiments of Sikh community by donning a turban to evade arrest in a sexual assault case. President of local outfit 'Yuva Sikh Morcha', Gagandeep Singh Bhatia, had filed an application in...
  • People from any religious background are free to adopt child: SC 19-02-2014 07:26 PM

    New Delhi: Irrespective of their religious background, people are free to adopt children, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday paving the way for adoption of child by persons hailing from Muslim community even though it is not allowed under their personal law. Holding that Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of...
  • Bill for inclusion of new communities in SC category 11-02-2014 05:42 PM

    A bill to include two dozen new communities including Kabirpanthi and Julaha (weavers) from Haryana in the Scheduled Castes category was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014, was introduced in the House amid din by Minister of State for Social Justice and...
  • US Justice Department to expand rights of gay married couples 10-02-2014 10:10 AM

    Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced widespread changes within the US Justice Department to benefit same-sex married couples, such as recognizing a legal right for them not to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. The changes, unveiled by Holder in a speech to a gay rights...
  • Kanpur's community policing impresses foreign police, defence officials 31-01-2014 06:44 PM

    A foreign delegation of police and defence officials, including those from the UK, recently visited the Kanpur Police to inspect the working of their community policing system and hi-tech control room facilities. Apart from the United Kingdom, officials of France, Myanmmar, Bangladesh have shown interest and enquired about our community...
  • Waqf assets can be used for development of community, says Manmohan Singh 29-01-2014 12:19 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said waqf assets have the potential of generating considerable returns which could be used for socio-economic development of the community. Launching the National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) in New Delhi, he said it will help facilitate and mobilise financial resources for starting schools,...
  • SC rejects review plea: Battle for gay rights faces uncertain future? 28-01-2014 09:54 PM

    In another setback to the LGBT community in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to review its verdict on criminalising gay sex. The court dismissed the review petitions filed by the Centre and gay rights activists against its December 2013 verdict. ...
  • Minority community status to Jains will help their growth: PM 28-01-2014 09:37 PM

    New Delhi: After the government included Jains in the list of minority communities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed hope that the status would help them to grow at a faster rate. Addressing a delegation of Jain community members led by Acharya Lokesh Muni, he said the community has...
  • Six tigers, 86 leopards killed in 14 months in Uttarakhand 24-01-2014 08:30 AM

    Six tigers and 86 leopards were killed in Uttarakhand in a space of 14 months since the beginning of 2012 with unnatural factors like illegal poaching and accidents responsible for the deaths of 32 of them, says an official report. From the beginning of 2012 to February 2013 a total...
  • Lawmaker calls for end of ban on Sikh articles in US military 23-01-2014 11:04 PM

    A top American lawmaker on Thursday asked the Pentagon to end a ban on Sikh articles of faith including turban and beard in the US military, a long-standing demand of the Sikh-American community. In the wake of new Pentagon rules permitting limited religious accommodations, Congressman Joe Crowley requested the US...
  • Jains welcome Union Cabinet's 'minority community' decision 22-01-2014 08:44 AM

    Elated at being categorised as a minority community, the Jains in Jharkhand on Tuesday welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision. "The Jains are very happy at the fulfilling of the longstanding demand of being considered as a minority," said president of Jharkhand State Digambar Jain Yuva Mahasabha Ajay Jain Gangwal. "The...
  • Union Cabinet gives minority status to Jain community 20-01-2014 07:47 PM

    New Delhi: A day after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant minority status to Jain community, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved a plan for the notification of Jains as a minority community at the national level. Rahul Gandhi had on Sunday spoken to...
  • Rahul urges PM to grant minority status to Jain community 20-01-2014 09:35 AM

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has now urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant minority status to Jain community. The Minority Affairs Ministry has sent a recommendation to the Cabinet to clear the proposal after consulting the attorney general. Jains enjoy minority status in some states currently but if they...
  • Rahul Gandhi asks PM to grant minority status to Jain community 19-01-2014 09:30 PM

    New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to grant minority status to the Jain community, Congress sources said. They said that Rahul spoke to Singh soon after a delegation of Jain leaders led by Union Minister Pradeep Jain had met him today to seek...
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark on minority men a 'new low', says Narendra Modi 15-01-2014 05:06 PM

    Dubbing as a "brazen attempt" to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it marked a "new low" for the country. He also asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise his...
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde's remark on minority men a 'new low', says Narendra Modi 15-01-2014 05:06 PM

    Dubbing as a "brazen attempt" to woo the minority community Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's remarks on minority youths in jails on terror charges, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said it marked a "new low" for the country. He also asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise his...
  • I have become a criminal now, openly gay filmmaker Onir tells Chief Justice P Sathasivam 14-01-2014 03:25 PM

    Kolkata: Protesting against a recent ruling by the Supreme Court which criminalises gay sex under IPC Section 377, maverick filmmaker Onir has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India saying he is a criminal now. "I am a proud law abiding citizen, but with the ruling of the...
  • Free ambulance service for pregnant women from Jan 18, announces CMO 04-01-2014 03:51 PM

    A free of cost ambulanceservice dedicated to pregnant women will be started fromJanuary 18 in the district, the Chief Medical Officer said here in Gorakhpur on Saturday. The special vehicle will have two trained women staff totackle any emergency while taking pregnant women to healthcentres. The ambulance will also have...
  • Rahul to meet members of minority communities in poll preparations 23-12-2013 09:02 AM

    New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will interact with over 200 representatives from various minority communities, including Muslims, on Monday to solicit their views and find out their demands and aspirations which may find a place in the party's 2014 poll manifesto. After holding a meeting with representatives of...
  • I was deeply saddened by SC verdict over Section 377: Justice AP Shah 22-12-2013 05:55 PM

    Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Justice AP Shah described the Supreme Court judgment on Section 377 of the IPC as disappointing and said "my first feeling was deep sadness about the LGBT community." ...
  • Centre files review plea against Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 20-12-2013 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: The Centre has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court's ruling on Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality. The Congress had voiced out disappointment over the apex court's order after it had set aside the Delhi High Court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, saying gay sex is illegal. "The...
  • Protest at Jantar Mandar against SC verdict ruling gay sex illegal 15-12-2013 01:00 PM

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Indian Penal Code Section 377 and passed a ruling making gay sex illegal, LGBT community erupted in protests across the country. On Sunday, protests are being held at Jantar Mantar in the national capital. Several activists have gathered at the venue...
  • Parliamentarians not hopeful of timely passage of Sec 377 amendment 12-12-2013 07:47 AM

    New Delhi: Gay sex in India is illegal again as the Supreme Court set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court judgement and put the onus on Parliament again. It now remains to be seen as to how long Parliament takes to make amendments to Section 377 to decriminalise homosexuality. Parliamentarians...
  • US opposes Section 377, says against criminalising homosexuality 12-12-2013 07:15 AM

    Washington: Expressing concern over the Indian Supreme Court verdict which ruled that gay sex is illegal, the US has said that it is opposed to any action that criminalise consensual same sex between two adults. "We oppose any action that criminalises consensual same-sex conduct between adults. LGBT rights are human...