RIGHTS

  • Petition filed in US court to designate RSS as terror group 4 days ago

    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"...
  • David Cameron asks new Sri Lanka president to aid UN rights probe January 10, 2015

    London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has asked Sri Lankan President-elect Maithripala Sirisena to facilitate the UN investigation into human rights abuses in the country. In his congratulatory message released by Downing Street, Cameron expressed hope that the issues of the past will be addressed. In his statement, he said,...
  • Sarah Palin photos of son stepping on dog trigger online outrage January 4, 2015

    Facebook photos posted by Sarah Palin showing her son Trig using the family dog as a step stool unleashed online fury on Friday reminiscent of the public reaction to the disclosure that Mitt Romney had once driven with his dog strapped on the car's roof. Trig, 6, who has Down Syndrome,...
  • Hindu Mahasabha hails Godse: Will fringe elements create trouble for Modi Government? December 26, 2014

    Even after its leaders have been booked in Meerut for conducting rituals to build a temple in Nathuram Godse's honor, the All India Hindu Mahasabha has declared that it will go ahead with its agenda of installing Mahatma Gandhi's assassin's statues across the country. Can the increasing vocal elements of...
  • #ThrowbackThursday: 10 famous title tracks from Indian TV serials that we loved to the core December 25, 2014

    How many of us eagerly sat on our couches before our favourite serial began, just so we didn't miss out listening to its title track? Well, a lot of us would have certainly done this. We were almost addicted to the title tracks of 'Left Right Left' and 'Kaisa Yeh...
  • Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules December 23, 2014

    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...
  • 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...
  • ED probing beneficiary of Rs 425 cr IPL facilitation fee December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the "actual beneficiary" of the Rs 425 crore facilitation fee paid for award of 10-year media rights for the IPL cricket matches to World Sports Group in 2009. The government, in an Action Taken report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, said the...
  • New Delhi: Kailash Satyarthi visits Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Sunday visited Rajghat in Delhi to pay tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. It was a proud moment for India as eminent child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize at grand ceremony in Norway's capital Oslo on...
  • Watch: Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yusufzai at Norwegian Parliament, PM office December 13, 2014

    India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 on Wednesday for their work on promoting child rights in the troubled sub-continent, where millions are deprived of their childhood and education. ...
  • Live: Freedom is a matter of right for children across the world, says Satyarthi December 9, 2014

    Oslo: India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai will be formally awarded the Nobel Prize for peace on Wednesday by the Nobel Prize Committee. ...
  • 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...
  • Hundreds march in New Delhi for gay pride in Modi's India December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Hundreds of people danced, sang and cheered in a gay pride parade in New Delhi on Sunday, the first since the country's top court reinstated a ban on gay sex in the world's largest democracy. Multi-coloured balloons, masquerade masks and wigs, a huge rainbow flag and a St. Bernard...
  • Gays wish for freedom from 'myopic mindset' November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The setting Sunday sun in the heart of the capital was accompanied by a rainbow of a different kind. As the assertive and confident members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community took part in the Delhi gay parade, they all wished for freedom from 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...
  • Bengaluru police say no to 'Kiss of love' on Sunday November 25, 2014

    Bengaluru: The Bengaluru police has rejected permission for the 'Kiss of Love' campaign that was proposed for the coming Sunday, November 30th, as part of a larger chain of protests nationally against moral policing. The police said in rejecting approval, they were doing their duty in preventing a cognizable offence...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Severed animal head found outside hotel in Northeast Delhi November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Tension had erupted in northeast Delhi's Jaffrabad area last night after a severed animal head was found near Ghond Chowk intersection, police said on Monday. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East) R A Sanjeev, the incident came to light around 10 PM last night when the animal head...
  • 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...
  • Gender of a potential partner? Unimportant while dating, says Harry Styles November 6, 2014

    Los Angeles: One Direction singer Harry Styles believes that the gender of a potential love interest doesn't matter when it comes to dating. The 20-year-old star revealed it in an interview with On Demand Entertainment where he was accompanied by his bandmate Liam Payner, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked about what traits they...
  • Dallas Zoo sells rights to name baby giraffe for $50,000 to a bidder who requested anonymity November 4, 2014

    Dallas: The Dallas Zoo has sold the naming rights for a recently born giraffe for $50,000 to a bidder who asked to remain nameless, a zoo official said on Monday. No name has yet been selected for the six-foot male calf born on Oct. 26 whose naming rights were sold at...
  • 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...
  • Hyderabad: State Child Rights Protection Team visits school after students complain of sexual harassment October 31, 2014

    The state child right protection team visited a school in Hyderabad after students complained that they were beaten quite often and were even sexually harassed. The school was earlier served with a notice but the authorities allegedly never replied. The team has given directions to the school and asked school...
  • Child has right to education despite parents' dispute: Court October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: A child is entitled to complete education and ancillary expenses irrespective of dispute of parents, a Delhi court has said while directing the father of a girl to ensure her re-admission in school as she could not attend classes due to her mother's incapability to pay fees. The...
  • Singapore upholds law that criminalises gay sex October 29, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore's highest court ruled on Wednesday that a law that criminalises sex between men is in line with the city-state's constitution, rejecting two separate appeals by three men that the measure infringed their human rights. The judgment comes as gay rights have become an increasingly thorny issue in Singapore's traditionally...