Army ‘visit’ to south Kashmir college, social media triggered student unrest in April

A “visit” by the army to a south Kashmir college and social media have been blamed for student protests that rocked the Valley in April which also saw school girls throw stones at security forces. In a report submitted to the Jammu and Kashmir government, security agencies have in details pointed to the role played by social media in mobilising students, official sources said. Video clips of protests and clashes with security forces were widely…

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Muslim man arrested in Jharkhand for allegedly making anti-Modi remarks

Police arrested a 20-year-old Muslim man on Thursday night in Jharkhand for a viral video clip where he is allegedly heard making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India. The clip was shared widely in the state’s Sahibganj region before India’s shock loss to Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last Sunday. In the video clip — HT has a copy of it — Sameer Ansari is allegedly heard backing…

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ISRO’s PSLV-C38, carrying 31 satellites, lifts off from Sriharikota

ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-38 blasted off on Friday from the spaceport here carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite – a dedicated satellite for the defence forces – along with 30 co-passenger satellites. The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is about 955 kg. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United…

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Mamata turned a peaceful demonstration into a battlefield

Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, the Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament from Darjeeling, tells Rediff.com’s Prasanna D Zore how the West Bengal government is using repressive measures to crush the Gorkha agitation in Darjeeling. What is the situation in Darjeeling today? The situation is the same because Mamata Banerjee (the West Bengal chief minister) has created problems. Do you have WhatsApp? I will give you a verbatim of all the questions people have asked me. (Read…

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AIR to train social media team

In the light of several gaffes made by its official Twitter handle, a red-faced All India Radio (AIR) has decided to train its staffers in the art of social media postings. The AIR’s handle, which has 1.65 million followers (including the Prime Minister’s Office), was among those who trolled actor Priyanka Chopra on her choice of attire while meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin recently. Though officials dubbed it as an inadvertent mistake, the…

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Kerala road ‘renamed’ Gaza Street

A Gaza Strip in the heart of Kasargod district? Youngsters in a north Kerala municipality zone have been accused of swapping signboards to “rename” Thuruthi Street as Gaza Street after the contentious strip of land under Palestinian rule. Intelligence agencies are not amused, despite claims that the stretch has been renamed in solidarity with those “targeted” by Israeli authorities. The reason? The street is located near Padanna village, which allegedly witnessed 22 youngsters trooping off…

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On Religious Hostilities, India Ranked Just Slightly Better Than Syria: Pew Study

India ranked fourth in the world in 2015–after Syria, Nigeria and Iraq–as having the highest social hostilities involving religion, according to research by Pew. India’s ranking worsened sharply since 2014, but was better than in previous years. Pew Research Centre, an independent non-partisan polling and research organisation, has been publishing its annual Global Restrictions on Religion Report since 2009. For the latest report, it used 18 main sources, including US Department of State reports, reports…

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A 16-Year-Old Girl In Bengal Gave Talaq To Her Husband

A 16-year-old Muslim girl from rural Bengal has taken a decision that should inspire girls across the country to follow their dreams of education. Mampi Khatoon divorced her husband because he was against her wish to continue studies. According to the Times of India report, Mampi, a resident of Mullickpur Mandirbazar, around 55km from Kolkata, was married off by her parents against her wish in 2015. Though, at the time of marriage, her in-laws and…

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Govt Makes Aadhaar Mandatory For Opening Bank Accounts

NEW DELHI — The government has made quoting of biometric identity number Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of ₹50,000 and above. Existing bank account holders have been asked to furnish the Aadhaar number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational, according to a revenue department notification. The government in Budget 2017…

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