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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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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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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Civic authorities collects Rs 1.45 lakh fines after plastic ban implementation

The civil administration of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) collected Rs 1.45 lakh fine in two months after the implementation of plastic ban. Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra are recent states to announce ban in January and March respectively. According to India Spend, 25 Indian states have some kind of plastic ban implemented yet, everyday 600 truck loads of plastic is discarded. Pune: The civil administration of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) collected Rs 1.45…

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Ministry Of Information And Broadcasting Invited Tenders To Create ‘The Ministry Of Truth’

On the 28th of May, 2018 Bloomberg had reported that the Indian government was looking for a company to analyze social media posts to help boost nationalism and neutralize any “media blitzkrieg by India’s adversaries.” The Request for Proposal (RfP) was released on the 25th of April, 2018 by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited, a Public Sector Enterprise, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on behalf of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government…

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Police reward hotel server who handed over Rs 25 lakh left behind by customer

A 40-year-old server working in a popular chain of restaurants was lauded by senior police officers after he returned ₹25 lakh cash left behind by two customers on Wednesday morning. Speaking to The Hindu, A. Balu , Assistant General Manager, of Hotel Saravana Bhavan situated in Second Avenue, Anna Nagar, said that Ravi, the server, promptly handed over the carry-bag he found on a sofa on the first floor of the restaurant to the manager,…

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Press Council of India reconstituted

The government has reconstituted the Press Council of India for a three-year term but the names under medium newspaper category have not been announced as the matter related to it is sub judice. According to a gazette notification, members of the newly reconstituted body under the category of ‘Working Journalists-Editors’ are Chandramani Raghuvanshi, Uttam Chandra Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Jain, Om Prakash Khemkarni, Sayed Razza Husain Rizvi and Baldev Raj Gupta. In the category of ‘Working…

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