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  • Miffed SP appeals to EC to lift ban on Azam Khan, reconsider decision on Amit Shah 18-04-2014 09:53 AM

    New Delhi: While the Election Commission has lifted its ban on BJP general secretary Amit Shah allowing him to hold rallies, Samajwadi Party is sulking as its senior leader Azam Khan continues to stay away from party campaigns following EC directives. The SP has appealed to the EC to reconsider...
  • Hopeful SC will review decision on homosexuality ban in India: UN 17-04-2014 04:29 PM

    The UN has expressed hope that the Indian Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders as a third gender will pave the way for the apex court to review its decision of upholding criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships. The historic ruling by India's Supreme Court to legally uphold rights of transgender people...
  • EC working as per Congress's directives, will move court: Azam Khan 13-04-2014 02:55 PM

    Rampur: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who has two FIRs filed against him for the alleged hate speech delivered by him at two different occasions alleged that the Election Commission was working as per the directives of the Congress. Khan who has been banned by the EC from holding...
  • Rwanda commemorates 20 years since genocide 07-04-2014 04:22 PM

    Rwanda is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its devastating genocide in which machete and gunfire attacks killed more than 1 million people. President Paul Kagame and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon together lit a flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre on Monday in memory of those killed. Samantha Power, the...
  • Turkish government lifts Twitter ban 04-04-2014 08:10 AM

    Ankara: Turkey's government lifted its ban on Twitter on Thursday - a day after the country's highest court ruled that the block was a violation of freedom and must be restored. Turkey blocked access to the social media website two weeks ago after some users posted links suggesting government corruption....
  • Barcelona to appeal FIFA transfer ban, says club 03-04-2014 12:07 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will lodge an appeal to try to overturn a ban on participating in the transfer market for breaching rules on the international transfer of foreign under-18 players, the club said on Wednesday. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, announced earlier on Wednesday that it had banned Barca from the...
  • Pervez Musharraf seeks lifting of travel ban on him 01-04-2014 06:24 PM

    Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, indicted on treason charges, has asked the government to lift travel ban on him so that he can go abroad for treatment and meet his ailing mother. In a hurriedly called press conference on Monday evening, Musharraf's new counsel Farogh Naseem said an application...
  • EC not to ban opinion polls, wants Centre to make law 30-03-2014 01:44 PM

    The broadcast and publication of opinion polls is unlikely to be restricted in the coming months as Election Commission has told the Law Ministry that it will not take such a step using its powers under the Constitution and it wants the government to come out with a law on...
  • Turkey moves to block YouTube after Twitter but attempt fails 28-03-2014 09:16 AM

    Istanbul: Turkish authorities pressed on Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey's technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block "as a precaution" after...
  • Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban: Report 26-03-2014 04:43 PM

    Turkey's Dogan news agency and other media say a court has issued a temporary injunction ordering the telecommunications authority to restore access to Twitter, five days after the government blocked the social network. The telecommunications authority had accused Twitter of disobeying court orders to remove content. The ban came shortly...
  • Google Glass to come with Ray-Ban, Oakley frames 25-03-2014 10:22 AM

    San Francisco: Google is hoping to make its Internet-connected eyewear more stylish as part of a partnership with the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley frames. The alliance with Italian eyewear company Luxottica Group announced Monday represents Google's latest attempt to make wearable technology look less geeky as it tries to...
  • Judge strikes down Michigan's ban on gay marriage 22-03-2014 01:10 PM

    Michigan's ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge who said the ballot box is no defense to a law that tramples the rights of same-sex couples. Clerks who handle marriage licenses in Michigan's 83 counties...
  • Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter 22-03-2014 12:55 PM

    Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval. A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...
  • Italy court confirms Berlusconi ban from public office 19-03-2014 12:02 PM

    Italy's highest appeals court on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for centre-right leader and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over a conviction for tax fraud. Berlusconi lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said he was "extremely disappointed" by the ruling of the Court of Cassation, which diminishes Berlusconi's hopes of...
  • 'Disappointed' UN chief Ban concerned about Ukraine unity 18-03-2014 07:02 AM

    United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed deep disappointment at the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the Crimea referendum will exacerbate the situation and urged all parties concerned to intensify efforts and engage constructively toward a peaceful solution. "The Secretary-General continues to closely follow the situation in...
  • Hockey India bans 21 players on disciplinary grounds 13-03-2014 08:56 PM

    New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Thursday slapped bans ranging from three to six months on 21 players for breaching the code of conduct and bringing disrepute to the sport. Besides imposing the bans on the players, the HI disciplinary committee also banned North Central Railways women's team manager Pushpa...
  • Ashton Kutcher banned from partying while filming US sitcom 'Two and a Half Men' 10-02-2014 08:22 AM

    Los Angeles: Actor Ashton Kutcher has reportedly been barred from throwing parties by the bosses of US sitcom "Two and a Half Men". The 36-year-old is known among cast and crew for his party habits, but producers have asked him to stop inviting lots of guests in his luxury $2...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo facing three-game ban in La Liga 03-02-2014 03:23 PM

    Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for three La Liga games after being sent off during Sunday night's 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames. Ronaldo was sent off for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi and then a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in...
  • Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission 30-01-2014 05:28 PM

    The international chemical weapons watchdog will be meeting on Thursday to discuss slow progress in its mission to destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent program by the end of June. In a note prepared last week for the behind-closed-doors meeting of the executive council of the Organisation for the...
  • Singapore to impose alcohol ban on Hindu festivals 15-01-2014 12:15 PM

    Singapore will impose an alcohol ban in the area where the Hindu religious festival Thaipusam is to be celebrated on Friday, police said. The ban would be in force from 6 pm on Thursday to 6 am local time next Monday in the Little India precinct, where weekend alcohol ban...
  • Singapore to impose alcohol ban along Hindu festival route 15-01-2014 11:06 AM

    Singapore: Singapore will impose an alcohol ban in the area where the Hindu religious festival Thaipusam is to be celebrated on Friday, police said. The ban would be in force from 6 pm tomorrow to 6 am local time next Monday in the Little India precinct, where weekend alcohol ban...
  • China lifts 14-year ban on video game consoles 08-01-2014 12:54 PM

    China has temporarily lifted a 14-year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world's third largest video game market in terms of revenue. China saw video game revenues grow by more than a third in 2012...
  • China bans official from smoking in public 30-12-2013 11:51 AM

    China has banned its officials from smoking in public to set an example to the rest of the country that has the world's largest number of smokers. The official Xinhua News Agency said that officials are not allowed to smoke in schools, hospitals, sports venues, on public transport or any...
  • UN sends more peacekeepers to South Sudan as violence worsens 25-12-2013 01:09 PM

    The UN Security Council approved plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan in an effort to protect civilians as reports of mass graves fueled fears of a worsening of ethnic bloodletting in the world's newest state. The move came as the United Nations humanitarian...
  • AC Milan's Sulley Muntari banned for three games 24-12-2013 01:52 PM

    Milan: AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for three games following his dismissal in the Milan derby on Sunday, reported Xinhua. The Ghana international, 29, was sent off in the 1-0 Milan's defeat at San Siro for his altercation with Zdravko Kuzmanovic. Muntari will miss the club's Serie...
  • Don't certify Indian films, says Pakistani court 21-12-2013 07:44 AM

    Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Friday restrained the censor board from issuing certificates for the exhibition of Indian films in the country, a media report said. Lahore High Court justice Khalid Mahmood Khan issued the order saying that the Federal Film Censor Board should stop issuing certificates to films made...
  • Pakistan: Court stops government from deporting Indian national 12-12-2013 01:47 PM

    A Lahore court has stopped the government from deporting an Indian husband of a Pakistani woman and directed it to submit a reply by December 20. Rabia Jahangir filed a petition in the Lahore High Court on Wednesday saying she married Indian national Zafar Riaz in 2005 and had two...
  • World leaders pay homage to Nelson Mandela -'giant of history' 10-12-2013 07:09 PM

    Nearly 100 world leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama came together in an unprecedented act of homage to Nelson Mandela describing him as a "giant of history". Sanskrit shlokas were read out from Hindu scriptures in a moving ceremony in the FNB stadium in Soweto, the...
  • Singapore: Alcohol sale, consumption banned in riot hit 'Little India' on weekend 10-12-2013 11:09 AM

    Sale and consumption of alcohol will be banned this coming weekend in Little India's Race Course Road area where riot broke out on Sunday night after a fatal accident. Announcing the ban on Monday, Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said details of the ban, such as exactly what...
  • Condom to sex: Google's weird list of banned words for Android 4.4 KitKat 09-12-2013 06:05 PM

    New Delhi: It seems that Google now wants you to make use of words in a more careful and responsible way, and thus, has drawn off many words, including a bunch of profane words, from its built-in dictionary for Android. With the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has now...