HUMANITY

  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a 'non-human person' unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday. Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition - a document more typically used...
  • NASA plans airships, floating city for manned Venus mission 5 days ago

    Washington: NASA plans to send solar-powered airships to explore Venus' atmosphere and to eventually establish a permanent human colony in a floating cloud city above the Earth's nearest planetary neighbour. Dale Arney and Chris Jones, from the Space Mission Analysis Branch of NASA's Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate at Langley Research...
  • 230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria December 18, 2014

    Damascus: More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said on Wednesday. The bodies are believed to be belonging to the members of a tribe that...
  • Nagesh Kukunoor's 'Dhanak' heads to Berlin film fest December 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor's film 'Dhanak' has been invited for the Generation Kplus programme of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015. It will also have its world premiere at the festival. Shot in the bylanes of Rajasthan, the film revolves around the a little girl Pari's endeavour towards getting his...
  • Islamic State in Syria beheads man for blasphemy December 9, 2014

    Beirut: The terrorist Islamic State group beheaded a man in northern Syria after accusing him of blasphemy, a terrorist website and a rights group said on Tuesday. The man was killed in a public square in the town of Sulouk on Monday in front of a crowd that included children, the...
  • Ability of HIV to cause AIDS is slowing: Study December 3, 2014

    London: The rapid evolution of HIV, which has allowed the virus to develop resistance to patients' immunity, is at the same time slowing the virus's ability to cause AIDS, according to a new research. The study also suggested that people infected by HIV are likely to progress to AIDS more slowly...
  • Facebook, Twitter data do not reveal true human behaviour November 29, 2014

    Washington: Using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to gather data on human behaviour may be fraught with biases, scientists say. Behavioural scientists use social media to quickly and cheaply gather huge amounts of data about what people are thinking and doing but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the...
  • Kashmir is 'dormant', its people disillusioned and angry, say social activists November 25, 2014

    Srinagar: Even as voting for the five-phase Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections started on November 25, there is a fear among the people in the Valley that the situation may turn for the worse if the new government fails to provide a clean, corruption-free and efficient administration. A political analyst in...
  • HRD Minister Smriti Irani turns down demands to make Sanskrit compulsory November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking on her critics, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dismissed charges that education was being saffronised even as she turned down demands that Sanskrit be made compulsory in the curriculum. "Those who accuse me of being a RSS mascot or RSS representative possibly want to...
  • Indonesian police force orders women recruits to undergo virginity tests, activists protest across the world November 21, 2014

    Jakarta: Human Rights Watch urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. The rights group said women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used despite the...
  • Thailand: American questioned for shipping human body parts November 17, 2014

    Bangkok: Police say an American tourist visiting Thailand was questioned after a shipping company X-rayed his parcels and found they contained several preserved human parts, including an infant's head, babies' feet and heart. Police Colonel Chumpol Poompuang says the 31-year-old man told police he bought the body parts at an outdoor...
  • Centre framing new education policy, to come out by 2015: Smriti Irani November 15, 2014

    Varanasi: The NDA government was framing a new education policy to remove existing loopholes and give maximum and easy access to better education to all sections of the society, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on Saturday. The new policy, she said, is expected to come out next year. "We want...
  • Government promises more funds to states for prison reforms: Rajnath Singh November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre on Friday promised to provide more funds to all states for modernisation of prisons as condition of most of the jails in the country are "miserable". Addressing a seminar on prison reforms, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said all recommendations on prison reforms made...
  • AMU succumbs to pressure, may allow undergraduate girls in Central library November 14, 2014

    Aligarh: After much outrage, the Aligarh Muslim University seems to have bowed down to pressure. It has informed the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry that a request by undergraduate girls of Women's College to access the central library is under consideration. The reply came after the HRD Ministry sought an explanation...
  • Oscar in hand, Harry Belafonte exhorts Hollywood on human rights November 10, 2014

    Reuters: Octogenarian actor and singer Harry Belafonte, accepting a top Hollywood human rights award, asked fellow artists and the entertainment industry to use their powerful platform to show the better side of humanity. Before a star-studded audience and next to a long-time friend, actor Sidney Poitier, the 87-year-old Belafonte received the...
  • Cuttack workplaces mostly not aware of women laws November 9, 2014

    Cuttack: A large number of institutions here having more than 10 employees are not aware of the laws protecting women at workforce, according to a recent study by a social organisation. About 30 per cent heads of offices both in organised and unorganised sectors are not aware of the Visakha Guidelines-1997...
  • Nearly 2,000 dead in Syria jails this year: Monitor November 3, 2014

    Beirut: Nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The Britain-based monitor said it had documented 1,917 deaths in Syrian prisons since the start of 2014, among them 27 children...
  • India re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council October 29, 2014

    United Nations: India on Wednesday overwhelmingly won its re-election to the United Nations' body on economic and social issues, the win coming just a week after it got re-elected to the world body's human rights council. India was re-elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) after it got...
  • British man loses legal bid as court tells him nudity is not a human right October 29, 2014

    London: A British man who spurns clothes has lost a legal bid to have public nudity declared a human right. The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that Stephen Gough's rights were not violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in public. The court said Gough's legal woes were...
  • 2013-14 devastating for human rights: UN October 22, 2014

    United Nations: The UN human rights chief says 2013-2014 was "a year of devastating impact on human rights" and he blames rising inequality and exclusion for much of the unrest that has swept across the world in recent years. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein told the UN General Assembly's human rights...
  • Improving workforce diversity important for 90 pc of Indian CEOs October 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Improving workforce diversity is important for 90 per cent of Indian CEOs, significantly higher than the global average of 82 per cent, a PwC report says. According to the PwC report, workforce diversity and pace of demographic change is a far bigger issue among Indian CEOs as compared...
  • BJP achieved its goal of a Congress free Maharashtra and Haryana, says Smriti Irani October 19, 2014

    Delhi: As Bharatiya Janata Party gets ready to form the government in both Maharashtra and Haryana, Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani thanked the voters of the two states for reposing faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again. Smriti Irani expressed her joy at being able to achieve...
  • 'Mars One' not ready to colonise humans on Red Planet October 15, 2014

    Washington: Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have questioned the technical feasibility of the 'Mars One' project that aims to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by 2025. 'Mars One' is a non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands that has put forward conceptual plans to establish...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • Voiceprints being used to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals, replace passwords October 14, 2014

    London: Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. "We sometimes call it the invisible biometric," said Mike Goldgof,...
  • UNGA asks Security Council to refer North Korea to ICC October 9, 2014

    United Nations: A draft resolution for the UN General Assembly's human rights committee encourages the Security Council to consider referring the situation in North Korea to the International Criminal Court. A copy obtained Thursday by The Associated Press says the council should follow the recommendations of a UN commission of inquiry...
  • Kenyan president appears before ICC for crimes against humanity October 8, 2014

    The Hague: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday became the first serving head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 2007-2008 post-election riots in Kenya. A crowd of supporters and sympathisers received the Kenyan...
  • Researchers say dog's epigenome gives clues to human cancer October 4, 2014

    London: Dogs may be a great model for understanding the causes of human diseases, especially cancer, scientists say. Researchers have characterised the dog's epigenome and transferred the results to human cancer to understand the changes in appearance of tumours. The bond between humans and dogs is strong and ancient. The relationship...
  • Boy's tongue slit, killed in 'human sacrifice' in Odisha September 28, 2014

    Balangir: In an alleged case of human sacrifice, a seven-year-old boy's tongue was slit and he was killed in Odisha's Balangir district. The victim was identified as Dasrath, son of Jalestry Parabhoi of Jhalipadar village, and his body was found floating in a pond in Gandhrabadh, a police officer said....
  • After 13 years, Belgian 9/11 victim identified September 24, 2014

    New York: More than 13 years after the September 11 attacks in New York City, one Belgian victim has finally been identified. The New York medical examiner identified the man as Patrice Braut, 31-years-old at the time of the attacks. Braut was identified by new DNA tests conducted on human...