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  • Indian diaspora requests Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant voting rights to NRIs -1732627673 minutes ago

    New York: Overseas wing of the BJP in the US has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider granting voting rights to non-resident Indians (NRIs) besides opening more consulates to facilitate the diaspora community. "NRIs should be granted voting rights. This can be done either by mail or by voting in...
  • Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe 4 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the UN's war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal civil war. A government statement said the countries in a joint statement had termed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution passed last...
  • Indian-origin girl from US among 3 nominated for International Children's Peace Prize 5 days ago

    The Hague: An Indian origin girl is among three children who have been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize 2014. The International Children's Peace Prize is an initiative of the Amsterdam-based children's rights organisation 'KidsRights', Xinhua reported. The children who have been nominated are Neha from the US, along with Alexey...
  • Minister resigns over Spain's failed abortion reform September 24, 2014

    Madrid: Spain's justice minister resigned over a failed bid to restrict women's right to abortion, which had sparked mass protests and international condemnation. The reform claimed the first scalp in Spain's conservative government since it took power in 2011, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, 55, a top member of the ruling Popular Party...
  • More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict: UN September 24, 2014

    Berlin: The UN human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Right Ivan Simonovic says the actual figure "is likely to...
  • Give reasons for seeking information under RTI: Madras High Court September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In a serious blow to transparency regime in the country, the Madras High Court has said RTI applicants must give reasons for seeking information as it gave relief to its Registry from disclosing file notings on a complaint against a chief metropolitan magistrate. A division bench comprising justices...
  • Museum on human rights opens in Canada September 20, 2014

    Toronto: Governor General of Canada David Johnston inaugurate the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba in central Canada on Friday. The Museum can play a vital role in helping to engage in dialogue, to learn and to stand up for what is right and good, Xinhua quoted Johnston as...
  • Ujjain: 13 VHP, Bajrang Dal activists arrested for attacking Vikram University VC September 17, 2014

    Ujjain: Thirteen Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists were arrested on Wednesday in connection to the commotion caused by a group of allegedly right wing activists at the University of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Vice Chancellor of Vikram University Jawahar Kaul suffered a minor attack and had to...
  • Men's helpline gets 25,000 calls over four months September 17, 2014

    Kolkata: SIF, the mobile app launched five months ago for the protection of men's rights, has received a mega response in the last four months. The app, launched by Save India Family Foundation NGO, has received 25,000 calls in the last fourfive months. It was launched to help men at...
  • Watch: Actresses back Deepika Padukone after row over objectionable caption by a national daily on her picture September 15, 2014

    Deepika Padukone has attacked a prominent media outlet for posting her picture with an objectionable caption on Twitter. The media outlet had referred to the actress's low cut dress at a recent function. An angry Deepika tweeted back disparaging the outlet, saying it must not talk of women's empowerment if...
  • Money earned from illegal animal slaughtering funds terrorism: Maneka Gandhi September 14, 2014

    Jaipur: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Sunday expressed concern about India being the world's largest beef exporter and claimed that the money from illegal animal slaughter was used for perpetrating acts of terrorism. "We are the largest beef exporters in the world and also killing them for leather production. We are...
  • Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court September 14, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said. Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that...
  • Telangana education department orders schools to give free education to journalists' children under RTE September 12, 2014

    Hyderabad: Facing criticism from journalists for threatening the media and not helping in uplifting unofficial ban on two Telugu news channels, the Telangana government has come up with an order that has given relief to many journalists. The district education officer in the state capital Hyderabad has directed private recognized...
  • Telangana to replicate 'best practices' of Gujarat September 11, 2014

    Hyderabad: Gujarat's "best practices" pertaining to counselling for women in distress are set to be replicated in Telangana, where Kerala's "She Taxi" system is also proposed to hit the roads. Sunil Sharma, Telangana's Secretary, Women, Children, Disabled & Senior Citizens (Schemes) Department, recently went to Gujarat and studied the "Gender...
  • Afghan gang rape trial badly flawed: Human Rights Watch September 10, 2014

    Kabul: An Afghan court's conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch has said. The court of appeals should competently, impartially and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6 trial and the resulting death sentences. A Kabul...
  • Plea against Lokpal provisions on assets declaration, Centre's response sought September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the Centre's response on a plea challenging provisions of the Lokpal Act which make it mandatory for public servants to disclose assets of their spouses and children. A division bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi issued notice to...
  • New UN rights chief: Syria, Iraq is first priority September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The Jordanian prince taking the helm of the UN's human rights office urged the world on Monday to set as its first priority bringing a halt to the gruesome and conjoined conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid alHussein, in his first speech...
  • Sri Lanka to counter allegations at UN rights sessions September 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva. The External Affairs Ministry sources said that Sri Lankan Ambassador...
  • TN: Government urged to provide firearm licences to Hindu outfit leaders September 3, 2014

    Coimbatore: Controversial right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene's chief Pramod Muthalik on Wednesday said he would submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighting the need for providing licences for firerams for selfprotection for leaders of Hindu outfits considering increasing incidents of attacks on them. As providing police protection was...
  • Human rights body condemns 'Mardaani'; says it promotes 'violent' and 'encounterstyle' policing September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has written an open letter urging that 'Mardaani' shouldn't be shown to police officers because the style of policing in the film promotes "violent" and "encounterstyle" policing in the name of "efficiency". Impressed by Rani Mukerji's new movie "Mardaani", which sees the actress playing...
  • Former owner files a case to reclaim Raju, the starved and dehydrated elephant who cried after being rescued from his spiked shackles September 1, 2014

    Kept in spiked shackles that cut into his legs for nearly 50 years and nearing death from dehydration and starvation, Raju, the elephant had made headlines around the world when tears rolled down his eyes after a team from a wildlife charity rescued him in the dead of the night...
  • UN human rights report on Ukraine distorts facts: Russia August 30, 2014

    Moscow: The latest report of office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights distorts the situation on the RussiaUkraine border, Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday. "The authors of the document continue to follow their selective approach to the tragedy in the east of Ukraine and bluntly spin facts concerning...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson August 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • Independence Day celebrated in Mizoram August 15, 2014

    Aizawl: The 68th Independence Day was celebrated in Mizoram on Friday with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla unfurling the national flag at the Assam Rifles ground. The chief minister, in his Independence Day speech, said the state has achieved success in economic, educational and societal empowerment of people. "The Mizoram government has achieve...
  • Government has no intention to take over BCCI, says Sports Minister August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said taking over the Indian Cricket Board was not a "feasible" option since the BCCI was an autonomous body but it will try to bring the cricket body under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was responding to a...
  • Accused of black magic, woman forced to eat human excreta, paraded naked August 13, 2014

    A woman in a village in Bihar's Katihar district was forced by some people to eat human excreta and was paraded naked after being branded a witch, police said Wednesday. Kania Devi, a middleaged woman, was abused and beaten in Sakraili village, about 150 km from here, on suspicion of practicing...
  • ICC TV rights likely to see bidding wars August 8, 2014

    A top Indian corporate, and an international news broadcaster of repute are in the fray for the ICC Broadcast rights, learns CNNIBN. ...
  • WBHRC without a chaiperson since Justice AK Ganguly quit over sexual harassment allegations August 8, 2014

    Kolkata: It has been over six months that the West Bengal Human Rights Commission still does not have a chairperson since Justice AK Ganguly had to quit following sexual harassment allegations. Since January 2014 not a single order has been passed or been made public as per the WBHRC website...
  • Right to be 'forgotten' is creating 'memory holes' in the Internet: Wikipedia August 7, 2014

    Washington: The foundation which operates the Wikipedia information website said on Wednesday an EU court ruling on the right to be "forgotten" is creating "memory holes" in the Internet. The ruling "is undermining the world's ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events," said Lila Tretikov, executive...
  • Objectionable scenes to be deleted from 'Singham Returns' August 5, 2014

    Panaji: Makers of Ajay DevgnKareena Kapoor starrer 'Singham Returns' have agreed to delete certain scenes from the film which were found to be objectionable by a rightwing Hindu organisation. The decision was taken after members of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) met movie director Rohit Shetty, Devgn and creative director Ashok...