Press Council to take a call on whether media can use the word Dalit: Ministry

The Bombay high court had last week asked the ministry to consider issuing a direction to the media to stop using the word ‘Dalit’. The Press Council of India (PCI) will take a call on whether media can use the term ‘Dalit’, officials in the ministry of information and broadcasting said on Tuesday. The Bombay high court had last week asked the ministry to consider issuing a direction to the media to stop using the…

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Rajnath Singh to review security arrangements for Amarnath yatra

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will review security arrangements for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra here on Thursday. More than three lakh pilgrims visit the Amarnath Shrine every year and the administration is taking all steps to provide facilities for them. Security is being deployed at the base camp for the pilgrims. Other facilities like drinking water, toilets, clean halls for stay, inquiry counters, transport, communication, and banking have been set up at the Yatri Niwas…

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Tamil Nadu govt stays for now as 18 AIADMK MLAs remain suspended

A two-judge bench of the Madras High Court today gave a split verdict on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK lawmakers loyal to RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran. While Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld their disqualification, Justice Sunder did not. The court said neither bypolls nor a trust could be held until a three-judge bench gives a verdict. This provides Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s government with temporary relief, as the rebel lawmakers could have opposed…

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Rajasthan Govt Says Schools Must Organise Monthly Sermons by Religious Leaders

The academic calendar released by the education department says that schools must hold lectures by “Saints-Mahatmas” on the third Saturday of every month. New Delhi: The Rajasthan education department has decided that all government schools in the state must organise sermons by religious leaders at least once a month. The academic calendar released by the department says that schools must hold lectures by “Saints-Mahatmas” on the third Saturday of every month, NDTV reported. This calendar…

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In Assam, a Myth, WhatsApp and Lack of Faith in Justice System Have Fuelled Lynchings

The recent brutal killing of two young men after suspicions that they were child-lifters did not happen in a vacuum, and scholars argue that the state must put in place strong anti-lynching legislation to avoid such violence. Guwahati: Assam in 2018 seems to be engulfed by a noxious miasma hanging in the air. This miasma is the result of the violent lynching of two young boys, combined with the return to medieval folk myths, rumours,…

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Why India can’t afford to delay in developing its own defence equipment

With each passing day, our military strategic strength and independence are weakening. Two recent incidents evoked emotions which I felt I should share with everyone. We recently lost a dynamic Air Commodore in a tragic crash flying a 30-year-old aircraft and numerous articles indicate that the US is trying to block the purchase of the S400 air defence system from Russia. These are umbilically linked. Most of our defence equipment is old and the numbers…

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Austria To Shut Down Mosques, Expel Foreign-Funded Imams

“We are currently working on having imams be paid from funds within the country.” VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist. The coalition government, an alliance of conservatives and the far right, came to power soon after Europe’s migration crisis…

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With A Rubber Stamp Of His Thumb, Aadhaar Officer In Maharashtra Was Running A Money-Making Scam

The Aadhaar Enrolment Officer has been booked for cheating and forgery The Aadhaar is supposedly tamper proof, but Indians have long been able to find a way around the rules, and the latest from Maharashtra is that an Aadhaar enrolment officer in Waluj, Aurangabad, had a team of subordinates using his thumb impression to access the Aadhaar software. According to a Times of India report, the Aadhaar enrolment officer, Mangesh Sitaram Bhalerao, prepared a rubber…

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Ma, Mati, Manush and murder? Why isn’t Mamata Banerjee taking a firm stand on Bengal violence?

Didi cannot be the champion of liberalism and remain silent over gruesome murders at the same time. An 18-year-old boy is killed for “being a BJP worker” in Purulia, a chilling “explainer” scrawled on his T-shirt. Barely four days later, another BJP man is found hanging from an electricty pole in the same district. The police are quick to term the death a “suicide”. That the government failed to prevent violence on the day of…

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Why the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act should have no place in democratic India

In the five decades of its existence, UAPA’s path has been littered with injustices and exploitation. In the 2014 multilingual (though largely Marathi) legal drama Court, Narayan Kamble (played by Vira Sathidar), a teacher, social activist and protest singer, finds himself in police custody because a manual scavenger allegedly commits suicide, influenced by a song Kamble had performed in his slum. Tedious hearings, mundane arguments and deteriorating health conditions lead to Kamble getting bail, but…

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