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  • Pakistan activist shot dead after she hosted a talk on politics of Baluchistan province April 25, 2015

    Karachi: Gunmen shot dead a Pakistani human rights activist on Friday after she hosted a talk on the politics of Baluchistan province, where security forces are fighting a separatist insurgency, police and associates said. Sabeen Mahmud was leaving her Karachi restaurant, where she also holds exhibitions and talks, when the gunman...
  • UN rights chief urges Britain to combat tabloid hate speech April 24, 2015

    Geneva: The UN's rights chief on Friday urged Britain to crack down on tabloid newspapers inciting racial hatred after a columnist for The Sun called migrants "cockroaches". In a hard-hitting statement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Zeid Ra'ad Al Husein said Katie Hopkins had used language similar to that employed by...
  • Ford Foundation and its alleged CIA connections April 24, 2015

    World's largest NGO funding agency the Ford Foundation has now come under the scanner of the government of India. As expected it has led to a controversy. Some beneficiaries of the Ford Foundation money and some activists are up in the arms condemning the government's decision to put Ford Foundation...
  • N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons' April 22, 2015

    An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe in Manhattan issued an order late Monday,...
  • Minor boy accused of theft chained inside a police station in Andhra April 21, 2015

    In a shocking incident of violation of human rights in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, images have surfaced of a minor boy being chained inside a police station. The boy is accused of theft. ...
  • PIL filed against Kerala Governor P Sathasivam over abuse of power April 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Trouble is brewing for Kerala Governor and former chief justice of India P Sathasivam as a PIL has been filed against him in the Supreme Court. The PIL has been filed by senior advocate Adish Agarwala in which he has alleged that Sathasivam misused his judicial powers. According to...
  • No information on cost of Narendra Modi's wardrobe: PMO April 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister's Office said it has no information about the cost incurred on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wardrobe. Replying to a query under the Right to Information Act, the Prime Minister's Office said it had no record of the information sought by applicant Rohit Kumar. "It is your contention...
  • Gujarat's mandatory voting law is unconstitutional: Congress April 18, 2015

    Ahmedabad: Opposition Congress has written to the Gujarat government-appointed committee that the state law providing for mandatory voting is unconstitutional and unclear, and it should not be enforced. Governor OP Kohli gave assent to the Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill 2009 in November 2014. It makes it mandatory to vote...
  • Indian-American lawyer to head Hillary Clinton's campaign agenda team April 16, 2015

    Washington: Hillary Clinton has named a prominent Indian-American civil rights lawyer to lead a team of senior policy advisers who will be charged with moulding her presidential campaign agenda. Maya Harris, 46, a former senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), will lead the team that will also include...
  • Wasn't talking about revoking Muslims voting right but about ending vote bank politics: Uddhav Thackeray April 15, 2015

    Mumbai: After being attacked from all quarters, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday clarified his party leader Sanjay Raut's remarks calling for the revocation of voting rights of Muslims. Thackeray said that Raut merely spoke about how Muslims are often exploited by several political parties as a vote bank....
  • Supreme Court seeks Centre's response on plea against Land Ordinance April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought the government's response on a plea of farmers' organisations challenging the legality of the fresh promulgation of the Land Acquisition Ordinance. A bench of Justices JS Khehar and SA Bobde issued notice to the government asking it to file the reply within four...
  • Owaisi slams Sanjay Raut, says no one can take away voting rights of Muslims April 13, 2015

    AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut for demanding the revocation of voting rights of Muslims. Owaisi said no one can take away the voting rights of Muslims. He also asked the Centre to clarify its stand on Sanjay Raut's remark. "No one can take away...
  • India can ill-afford Shiv Sena and Owaisis agenda of communal hatred April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's statement advocating the disenfranchisement of Muslims in India comes as no shock to me. And just as I have moved the National Commission for Minorities and Election Commission of India to act against his hate speech BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, who advocated Hindu...
  • Maharashtra Congress demands cancellation of Sanjay Raut's Rajya Sabha membership April 13, 2015

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Congress unit on Monday demanded action against Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and cancellation of his Rajya Sabha membership after he called for revoking the voting rights of Muslims. In an article in party's mouthpiece Saamana, Raut said revoking voting rights of Muslims will also ensure the...
  • BJP ally Shiv Sena calls for revoking voting rights of Muslims to end vote bank politics April 12, 2015

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Saturday stirred a fresh controversy as it called for revoking voting rights of Muslims. The article written by Sena leader Sanjay Raut in party's mouthpiece Saamana said revoking voting rights of Muslims will also ensure the end of votebank politics. The article said, "Till Muslims are...
  • Child Labour Bill must be passed in budget session: Kailash Satyarthi April 10, 2015

    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...
  • Andhra HC not satisfied with DGP's reply on Chittoor encounter, asks him to reappear before it April 10, 2015

    Amravathi: Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday said that it was not satisfied with the reply given by the state Director General of Police on the encounter in Chittoor district on April 7 in which alleged 20 red sandalwood smugglers were killed inside the forests near Tirupati in Chittoor district. The...
  • 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...
  • Andhra Pradesh government under fire for mass 'encounter' of red sanders smugglers April 8, 2015

    Hyderabad: Even though Andhra Pradesh government has ordered a magistrate inquiry into the encounter of 20 red sandalwood smugglers, protests continued in Tamil Nadu demanding independent probe and action against police personnel. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notice to AP government seeking a detailed report. However,...
  • Yoga not a gateway to Hinduism, doesn't violate religious rights of students: US court April 5, 2015

    Los Angeles: Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday. The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out...
  • School yoga does not violate religious freedom: US court April 4, 2015

    Los Angeles: A US court has ruled that Yoga classes in an elementary school do not endorse Hinduism or violate students' right to religious freedom and are "devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings". A three-member appeals San Diego court in California gave its unanimous ruling on Friday on a...
  • Australia: School kept special needs child in 'cage-like' structure April 3, 2015

    Sydney: An Australian principal was suspended on Thursday after a primary school child with special needs was allegedly put in a "cage-like" structure inside a classroom. Australian Capital Territory Education Minister Joy Burch said she was "immensely disappointed, disturbed and quite frankly disgusted" that the two-metre "withdrawal space", made of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Disappointed with India for voting against gay rights: US March 28, 2015

    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 March 28, 2015

    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 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...
  • Freedom to change one's religion is fundamental right: Hamid Ansari March 23, 2015

    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"...