RIGHTS

  • 82 per cent of tribal rights entitlement cases quashed: RTI Yesterday

    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...
  • Disappointed with India for voting against gay rights: US 2 days ago

    Washington: The US has voiced its disappointment with India for voting against the benefits of same-sex partners at the UN. Addressing the gathering at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma talked about Strategic Plus Partnership between India and the US but maintained that it was...
  • US: Alabama police officer charged under civil rights violation after assaulting Indian 2 days ago

    Washington: An Alabama police officer who assaulted an unarmed elderly Indian man while he was taking a morning walk in front of his son's house in a Madison suburb has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Eric Parker, the Madison police officer who slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground...
  • Maharashtra: No minister in Fadnavis government has declared assets, reveals RTI 5 days ago

    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...
  • Freedom to change one's religion is fundamental right: Hamid Ansari 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Amid row over conversions, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday said the freedom to change one's religion or belief is a fundamental right and asserted that no religion should be given an official status. Lauding the Indian approach of secularism "which does not erect a wall of separation...
  • The song is over, as 'Glee' ends its tuneful 6-season run March 21, 2015

    New York: The 'Glee' series finale delivered glorious news that William McKinley High School is being turned into an arts school and that Will Schuester, who started its glee club way back in 2009, will become its principal. Oh, and that wondrous show choir, New Directions, won the national championship. But "Glee"...
  • Think before you speak: Madonna to Dolce and Gabbana March 19, 2015

    Los Angeles: Pop star Madonna has criticized designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for dismissing in-vitro fertilisation and gay adoption. The pop star, who has worn many outfits by the designers, posted a picture of herself in D&G outfit while holding a baby on her Instagram account. In the note accompanying...
  • West Bengal government hands over nun rape case to CBI March 18, 2015

    Kolkata: Five days after a 70-year-old nun was raped in West Bengal's Nadia district, the case has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Tweeting over the incident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the move is after taking the sensitivity of the case into consideration. Earlier in the...
  • Disenfranchise those having more than 2 children: Sadhvi Prachi March 17, 2015

    Bahraich: Firebrand Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday stoked a fresh controversy saying those having more than two children should be barred from casting votes. Addressing a Hindu sammelan here, she said a law should be framed to scrap the voting rights irrespective of religion. She said those who do...
  • Fashion duo Dolce and Gabbana attacked for 'synthetic' babies comment March 17, 2015

    London: Outraged celebrities tore into Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Monday after Dolce described children born to gay couples through fertility treatment as "synthetic". Pop superstar Elton John, leading the chorus of criticism, called for a boycott of the brand on Sunday. Victoria Beckham, a former Dolce and...
  • UN expert demands international action on North Korea abductions March 17, 2015

    Geneva: A United Nations rights expert squared off with North Korea on Monday by urging the global community to resolve the fate of 200,000 people allegedly abducted by Pyongyang, and refer perpetrators to the International Criminal Court. "There is a real sense of urgency to solve this matter once and for...
  • Elton John slams Dolce & Gabbana over 'synthetic baby' comments March 16, 2015

    Rome: British singer Elton John slammed Italian fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Sunday and called for a boycott of their brand after the pair championed "traditional" families. John, who has used his fame to speak out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, chided the designers for criticising...
  • Companies butter up consumers ahead of China's dreaded TV expose March 15, 2015

    Shanghai: From cut-price apple pies to free iPads, companies in China are transforming Sunday's dreaded consumer rights day into a shopping frenzy, to blunt the impact of being named and shamed in state broadcaster CCTV's annual expose. McDonald's is discounting pies three years after food safety lapses made it a one-time...
  • Actress Emma Watson urges more men to fight for gender equality March 9, 2015

    London: British actress Emma Watson urged more men and boys on Sunday to take a stand for women's rights and be proud to be feminists in a bid to add momentum to a global campaign to unite men and women for gender equality. Watson, 24, a goodwill ambassador for U.N. Women,...
  • Government cuts spending on education, health of children: NGO March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: The Union Budget for 2015-16 has cut spending on child education, development, health and protection as compared to last year, child rights organization CRY has said. Criticising the Union Budget for 2015-16, NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) has said "in absolute terms" child budget has decreased from...
  • Now, free legal advice, training at DU's legal aid clinics March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: To extend free advice on questions of law and offer consultations on matters like property rights, Delhi University is hosting legal aid clinics which will not be restricted only to the varsity fraternity but open to all. The clinics, which will also impart para-legal training to DU students and...
  • Islamic State aims to eradicate Iraq minorities: Rights groups February 27, 2015

    London: Islamic State militants have abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across northern Iraq and uprooted millions from their homes in a bid to eradicate the country's ethnic and religious minorities, rights groups said on Friday. Several minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, have been subjected to killings, rape...
  • 2,252 fake Lenovo products worth Rs 23 lakh seized February 27, 2015

    Chennai: Fake products under the brand name Lenovo, including laptop batteries and adaptors, valued at Rs 23 lakh, were seized in raids at three retail shops here. "The officials conducted a surprise raid in three retail shops at Ritchie Street on Mount Road and seized 2,252 fake products, including laptop batteries...
  • US federal court summons Amitabh Bachchan in an alleged human rights violation; connects it to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots February 26, 2015

    Washington: The summons issued to Amitabh Bachchan by a federal court in Los Angeles in an alleged human rights violations case has been served on the superstar's Hollywood manager on Monday, according to a Sikh rights body. New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) had filed a lawsuit against Bachchan claiming that...
  • 'If I were FM, I would do something significant for the animals' February 22, 2015

    Ahead of the Union budget we have been getting you the wishlist of people across the country. "I have worked for animal rights all my life. It disheartens me that in all the budgets in the past no significant attention is given to the animal welfare. Hope this budget will...
  • Dispose off RTI applications, appeals as per guidelines: Government to departments February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: The government has asked ministries to properly dispose off applications and appeals filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act as per the laid down guidelines. The Public Information Officer (PIO) should communicate reason for rejection, period within which appeal can be filed and particulars of appellate authority while...
  • Oscar-nominated film 'The Imitation Game' now fights for the rights of persecuted gay men February 16, 2015

    Los Angeles: As the story of a little-known British World War Two code breaker gears up for the Oscars as one of the top nominees, "The Imitation Game" has found a larger cause to fight for the rights of persecuted gay men. Nominated for eight Oscars on Feb. 22, "The Imitation...
  • Will work towards safety, security, traffic, parking in Delhi: Sharmistha Mukherjee February 7, 2015

    Congress candidate Sharmistha Mukherjee said that she was working towards safety, security, traffic, parking in Delhi. "It is too early to respond but I have got good response so far," she said. ...
  • Delhi polls: First-timers eager to vote, want to make a difference February 7, 2015

    "Excited about voting, it is time for us to make a difference," said an enthusiastic Delhi resident. The Delhi election will see around 1.72 lakh first-time voters in the 18-19 age group. ...
  • Delhi elections 2015: Kiran Bedi urges Delhiites to vote February 7, 2015

    BJP chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi urges Delhiites to vote. "It's your day, please come out and vote. I'm not here for power but to serve, so let's vote together." ...
  • Jennifer Lopez: I'd love to have twins again January 27, 2015

    Los Angeles: Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she wants to be blessed with another baby. "Kids make you believe in all kinds of things, like how anything is possible," people.com quoted Lopez as saying. The mother to six-year-old twins -- Max and Emme -- wants to expand her family. "I don't know if it's...
  • Petition filed in US court to designate RSS as terror group January 22, 2015

    New York: A Sikh rights group has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court in New York to designate RSS as a "foreign terrorist organisation". The federal court in the Southern District of New York issued a summons for US Secretary of State John Kerry to respond to the suit...
  • Supreme court sets stage for historic gay rights ruling January 17, 2015

    Washington: The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business. The justices agreed on Friday to decide a major civil rights question whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four...
  • Only 50% class 5 students can read class 2 text, poor mathematical ability serious concern: ASER January 14, 2015

    While more than 96 per cent of the children in the 6-14 age group are attending school, there are still some worrying signs as reading and mathematical abilities are still not up to the mark. According to the 10th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2014) released on Tuesday in...
  • Voluntary castration not an offence, says Delhi court January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Voluntary castration is not an offence, a Delhi court has said while acquitting two persons of the charges of forcibly castrating a man as the victim had himself opted for emasculation for securing 'badhai' rights which are available only with transgenders. The court also termed it "ironical and hypocritical"...