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Chharanagar Victims Offer Roses in Return for Police Brutality: Say They are Artists, not...

This kind of vengeful behaviour from the part of the police, however, is just a part of the discrimination the community faced. "When I tell people that my surname is Indrekar, they ask me, 'so you are a Marathi?' and I tell them, 'no, I am a Chhara.' Then their attitude changes. The way they interact changes,"

Lawyer and Activist Ajit Nayak’s Murder Related to Land Dispute Case Victory, says Police

Additional SP, Uttar Kannada, K. G. Devaraju told TWJ that the murder was related to a land dispute that Nayak was fighting in court. Nayak's client had won and this had enraged Kamble. He murdered the lawyer with the help of a few others who also have been arrested.

TISS Mumbai Denies Student Clearance to Student For Refusing To Accept MPhil Degree From...

“They are saying this is disrespectful. Then what about the disrespect they are showing to the marginalised students?” Fahad asked. He said that his representation asked an important question of why the Tata trust that gave more than 200 crore rupees to Oxford University could not give 2 or 3 crores required for the financial aid to marginalised students.

Jharkhand Government is now Charging Activists With Sedition for Publicising Laws and Rights of...

The Pathalgadi movement in the highly miltarised villages of Jharkhand saw activists erecting green stone slabs on which constitutional provisions were carved. At the heart of the movement, however is a bigger demand. The tribals are asserting their right for self-rule. People joined the movement emphasising the fact that the customs and practices of their community can never be accepted or understood by the state. They stressed that rule of the state would only lead to violations of adivasi practices.

TISS Student Body Election: Victory of Democracy say Leaders

Earlier, in February, the students of TISS, Mumbai began striking, protesting against the administration’s decision to withdraw a fee waiver offered to SC, ST and OBC students who are eligible for the Government of India Post-Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS). The election held on Friday saw many leaders of this strike win and take positions in the Students' Union.

Ireland Boycotts Israeli Goods, Becomes the First European Union Nation to do so

Even though the move might not cause any significant economic dent for Israel, it is now being seen as a precursor to more boycotts from EU.

Remembering Srebrenic Genocide: The Worst Massacre in the history of Europe

It was 23 years ago that about 8000 men and boys of Sebrenica, a Muslim populated town, were massacred by Serb troops

Jawaharlal Nehru University Asks Students to Surrender Their Right to Protest

According to the order, students have been asked to give an undertaking stating that they "will not indulge in any strike or dharna or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issue as per the direction of the Hon'ble High Court in the aforesaid order"Â

Jadavpur University Protest Sees First Victory, Fight not Over, say Students

Students and teachers of Jadavpur University, (JU) Kolkata who have been protesting against changes made in the admission procedure saw their first victory on Tuesday (July 11, 2018) when authorities decided to bring back the admission test system for admission to six undergraduate courses. Vice Chancellor (VC) Suranjan Das declared his resignation as a response to this decision taken by the Executive Committee (EC).

Brahmin Student Beats up Dalit Professor in Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University – Other Professors...

The problem lay in the fact that if Dr. Mallaiah was promoted to the post of 'Professor' from the current post of 'Associate Professor', according to seniority rules, Dr. Mallaiah would become the Dean - a position that is now held by N M P Verma. "They don't want to work under my Dean-ship. They cannot tolerate me as an associate professor, then how can they tolerate me as a professor?" Dr. Mallaiah asked.

Live Streaming of Court Proceedings from now on: SC favours PILs by Indira Jaising...

Jaising's litigation stated that false reporting of cases and misinterpretation of them that happen during live tweeting could be curbed with live streaming. It also stated that citizens had a constitutional right to access the court proceedings.

TISS Is Now Denying Fellowship To Students Who Participated in Protests

Tata Institute of Social Sciences is now refusing to sign Junior Research Scholarship forms of those students who protested against the institute's move to cut scholarships to underprivileged students.

BJP’s Letter Stating ‘Price’ of MPs Out – Majority Was Manufactured in Jharkhand Elections?

New details regarding the state assembly elections of 2014 show that the BJP 'bought' MLAs of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha - Prajatantrik by paying them crores.

Kerala Saleswomen Win Protracted Battle For Their Right To Sit, Fight Not Over, Says...

The protests against these conditions started even before 2010. In Kozhikode, a small movement started when women employees working at Kozhikode's famous S. M. Street got together under the name 'Penkoottu' under the leadership of Viji, who worked at a tailor shop in S. M. Street. The women who got together included cleaners, sweepers and saleswomen who demanded toilets in S. M. Street, one of the busiest centres of business in Kozhikode.

88 Years After The First Malayalam Film, A Group Of Women Demand To Recognise...

Speaking about the formation of an Internal Complaints Committee for cinema, actor Padmapriya said, ‘the power of an ICC is equal to the power of a lower court, so the point is, whom do we entrust this responsibility?’ One thing is certain, a group of women are trying to make members of the film community understand that it is not a private land owned by a few males, but a workplace where, whether they like it or not, women have rights.

Modi’s Amnesia Strikes Again On The ‘No Country For Women’ Report

Rekha Sharma's claim points at another trend from the BJP government itself - that of disparaging war torn countries and countries so far away from a democracy to establish the superiority of India. The survey data and US' presence in the top ten countries is more than enough to figure out that the measurement has been done taking into consideration the progress a nation has achieved as a whole while ignoring women's rights and safety.

WhatsApp Rumour Based Lynching in the Name of Child Trafficking Continues, 23 Arrested in...

In yet another incident of mob violence, 5 men belonging to OBC community were beaten to death in Maharashtra's Dhule district. They were accused of being child kidnappers, a reason that is often used as a pretext for mob violence across India along with cow slaughter.

Unconstitutional Travel Ban From Donald Trump Is Now Constitutional

Even when it was brought to notice that it was unconstitutional and against U.S. immigration laws, Trump went ahead with the ban saying it was to protect U.S. residents from 'terrorism.'

In Mumbai, A Woman Poisoned Her Family Due To Continuous Harassment In The Name...

Survase said that she was harassed regularly during her two-year-old marriage, for her dark complexion. She was also told that she could not cook well.

After Kolkata Organisation Gets Trade Union Status, Domestic Workers Take To Streets For Their...

PGPS was the first organisation of domestic workers to be granted trade union status in West Bengal. A week later, on 22 June, 2018, a protest gathering of about 2000 domestic workers under the leadership of PGPS marched from Sealdah railway station to Rani Rashmoni Road in Kolkata demanding a set of basic rights. Some of the demands put forward by the protesters speak volumes about the exploitation that has been taking place in Indian households.

Hindu Fundamentalist Fake News Targets Madrasa That was in News for Teaching Sanskrit

Fake news by Hindu fundamentalists that aim at religious polarisation is now targeting madrasas. In an altered photograph that was circulated in social media, a madrasa teacher was portrayed as teaching students that Islam 'beat' Hinduism by comparing 'achievements' of the two religions. It was later found that the picture was from a news story that reported that a madrasa was teaching Sanskrit language to its students.

Sangh Parivar Violence, Fake News on Student Artist From Kerala Varma College who Committed...

While most students of the college have been told that Visakh took his life following a fight he had at home with his father and brother, one of Visakh's friends who is in touch with the family said that they are still investigating the circumstances that led to the suicide. The family does not believe that a fight at home could have led Visakh to commit suicide and are determined to find out what the real cause is, he said.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 5

Residents of Mahul MHADA colony speaks about how the government has shoved the slum dwellers into four walls of pollution in Mahul. Promises made by BJP’s Prakash Mehta have not been kept and the rehabilitation is slowly killing the slum dwellers.

Deteriorating Performance Puts 11 Public Sector Banks Under Corrective Action Framework

Not much is known about the success rate of this corrective framework that was updated only in April 2017. United Bank of India and Indian Overseas Bank that were put under the framework have not improved much on their Non Performing Assets (NPAs) and have in fact shown counterproductive results.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 4

Anita Dhole, one of the residents of Mahul MHADA colony speaks about how the government has sent the slum dwellers to a place like Mahul to die and perish over there. Promises made by BJP's Prakash Mehta have not been kept and the rehabilitation is slowly killing the slum dwellers.

Case Slapped On Protesters Campaigning Against Custodial Murders and Police Brutality in Kerala

Police have accused the group of 'rioting' by distributing a notice. The notice speaks of how the government is actively suppressing people's protests by subjecting them to police brutality. It speaks particularly about the case of Sreejith, a Dalit youth who was killed in custody in Varappuzha. One of the charges levied on Sreejith was 'rioting,' the same that has now been slapped on the protesters.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 3

Jeetu Mopde, one of the residents of MHADA colony in Mahul speaks about how the government is slowly poisoning the rehabilitated slum dwellers.

Third Incident of Upper Caste Violence Over Use of ‘Sinh’ Surname Reported in Gujarat

Himatsinh Chauhan who belongs to Koli Thakor, an OBC community, was beaten up by members of the upper-caste Darbar community on Sunday for using 'Sinh' (also 'Singh') in his name on Facebook.

29 Years Later, China Still Does Not Want To Speak About The Tiananmen Square...

While the world mourns and condemns one of the biggest violations of democracy, the Chinese government still hangs on to their version that no one was ever murdered in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. State censorship and suppression ensure that the massacre is wiped clean from textbooks to history itself.

MP Tabassum Hasan Files Complaint Against Communal Post Being Spread in her Name

MP Tabassum Hasan has written to SP, Shamli, to investigate Whatsapp posts attributing a communal post to her, after she won the Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll. According to the complaint, the post that is being falsely attributed to Hassan says, 'Yeh Allah ki jeet hai aur Ram ki haar' (This is Allah's victory and Ram's defeat.)

India Post Provides Option to ‘De-Link’ Aadhaar From Accounts

India Post is now providing an option for its bank account holders to de-link their accounts from their Aadhaar number. It has also made clear that new accounts can be opened without an Aadhaar card. The move comes after the Supreme Court of India made it clear to the Centre that Aadhaar linking could not be made mandatory for public services.

Shopping of Swords on Flipkart Related to Aurangabad Violence, Online Procurement of Weapons Becoming...

This is the second time that online booking of weapons has been made in relation to communal violence. In the violence against Muslims in Aurangabad, Bihar, that took place in connection with the Ram Navami festival, it was found that the weapons reached the perpetrators through online orders. An independent seven-member fact-finding team of journalists and social activists that investigated the violence had found that the Ram Navami related violence was premeditated and was facilitated by local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. Around 2 lakh swords were procured from outside the state prior to the Ram Navami ‘celebrations’. Orders were placed on an online shopping portal, which connected the buyers with suppliers who delivered the consignment through a courier service in different districts of the state.

Shillong is Witnessing a Casteist War Against Dalit Sikhs

The Punjabi Line is still called the 'Sweepers' Colony' as a reminder of the casteist practice they were subjected to, in the past. Meghalaya has witnessed violence of this nature in the past but this is the first time after 1987 that it is repeating. The fact that it is happening after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power just three months ago has fuelled more angst among the public who are not used to seeing Meghalaya in news for communal violence.

Palestinian Paramedic Shot Dead by Israeli Soldiers in Gaza, 100 Others Injured

Israeli military claims about the latest attack that took the life of Razan al-Najjar, that they were 'retaliating' to the 'thousands of rioters' who were 'burning tyres adjacent to the security fence and attempting to damage security infrastructure.' Palestinian Ministry of Health said that at least a hundred people were injured in the attack that killed Najjar.

President Approves Andhra Pradesh Land Amendment Bill, Social Impact Assessment Struck Off for Certain...

One of the major changes brought about by the amendment is that it exempts certain projects termed 'vital to national security, defence, irrigation and other projects from the requirement of Chapter - II of Act 30 of 2013.

Muslim Cattle Trader Found Dead Under Mysterious Circumstances, was on Bajrang Dal Radar, Says...

While the police say that 13 calves were in the vehicle, nothing is known about the men who were transporting them, including the deceased. The police station confirmed that these calves have been shifted to a gosala nearby. Gosalas are cattle houses owned by Hindu trusts and usually actively managed by Hindu fundamentalist organizations like the Bajrang Dal.

Murder and Attack of Dalits for Sitting Cross-Legged, Dalits Sit Cross-Legged in Social Media

The village is a Dalit populated area with 35 Dalit families and two caste Hindu families. The 'reason' stated for the attack that was carried out by a 15 member armed gang of upper caste people was that the Dalits had refused to present temple honours to a caste Hindu family and had sat cross-legged in front of a caste Hindu. Chandrakumar (45), a caste Hindu objected to this and abused the Dalits for 'insulting' him.

Indian Defence Ministry Embroiled in Ukraine’s Corruption Investigation, Bofors Deja Vu for India

The discrepency caught attention when Ukranian state-run Spetstechnoexport signed a second pact with Global Marketing SP Ltd. This was 11 months after Spetstechnoexport signed a similar pact with Ministry of Defence (Air Force Headquarters) on November 26, 2014 for supply of spares to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NAB) thinks that Indian Defence officials might have witnessed the sealing of the second deal that was uncalled for.

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai Promotes Savarkar, Joins the RSS Bandwagon

In 2018, after 4 years of BJP rule, Sardesai's tweet has drawn more criticism that in 2015 possibly because of the boom in Hindutva violence after Modi's coming to power in 2014. Many incidents, especially murder of Muslims, Dalits and other minorities that rose in number, have Hindu fundamentalism that Savarkar preached as its founding principle. This direct link existing, Sardesai's making clear that he is on Savarkar's side has been condemned.

Muslim Labourer Interrogated, Slapped by Fellow Passengers on Train

Momin was asked about the national anthem and even made to sing it. When he was struggling under the barrage of questions from the attackers, he was repeatedly asked if he knew how to perform namaz, the Muslim prayer. When he answered in the positive, he was harassed further, asking how he could know how to do namaz and not know the national anthem or the Prime Minister's name.

EVMs Malfunction in Muslim, Dalit Populated Areas in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra

'Most of the complaints of technical glitches are coming from Dalit- and Muslim-dominated areas. The BJP leaders are adopting every tactic to stop my victory but people will foil their plans,' Hasan said. She submitted a constituency-wise list of over 150 faulty EVMs to the EC.

Ahead of the 2019 Elections, Indian Government is Building its own Cambridge Analytica

The government is building a data harvesting, predicting, surveillance tool ahead of the 2019 general elections. The section on Predictive Analysis describes a process by which the Ministry will be able to mould the public perception of the country into a positive one at all times. That is, the Ministry expects the tool to make predictions on headlines of news channels and papers based on the data it previously harvested. It is also supposed to provide a method by which 'nationalistic feelings' can be 'inculcated in the masses.'

Charlie Hebdo Does Another Islamophobic Stunt, Portrays Muslim Student as Monkey

'It is my faith. I shouldn't have to justify myself,' Maryam Pougetoux said.

Why are the Dalits of Thuruthi Village in Kerala Protesting on the Streets?

'It is not about the rich, they will always find their way out.' From Thuruthi village in Kannur where around 1200 Dalits are being asked to leave their homes for the purpose of building a National Highway over their land in what the government calls 'development'.

Tamil Nadu Government Faces Harsh Criticism and Inquiry Regarding Civilian Killings by Police in...

Calling the attack by Tamil Nadu a 'state-sponsored massacre,' the message said that the Vedanta group was owned by a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the name Anil Agarwal. The message also said that the police specifically targeted the organizers of the protest against Sterlite plant and killed six of them. Of the total 13 state-sponsored murders, one is that of a 17-year-old girl, it said.

Nipah Virus Death Toll Hits Ten, Kerala Claims That The Situation Is Under Control

It was on Sunday (May 20, 2018) that Kerala’s Health Director RL Saritha announced that the first eight deaths were caused by Nipah virus. She said that the National Virology Institute in Pune had confirmed it. The fact that there is no vaccine or cure for the disease has caused panic among Malayalees.

Dalit Man Beaten To Death, Wife Assaulted, in Rajkot, Gujarat

Gujarat’s independent MLA Jignesh Mevani condemned the act saying, 'Mr. Mukesh Vaniya belonging to a Scheduled Caste was miserably thrashed and murdered by factory owners in Rajkot, and his wife was brutally beaten up.' Comparing the incident to the earlier flogging of Dalit youths that had happened in Una, he said, 'the government of Gujarat has still not learned from its past mistakes.'

Soni Sori Wins The 2018 Award for Human Rights Defenders At Risk

In 2016, unidentified men attacked her with acid and threatened to do the same to her daughter if she did not cease her advocacy on behalf of tribeswomen raped by security forces. She has refused to stop her work and continues to travel into the dangerous conflict zones to speak with survivors despite ongoing threats, intimidation, and smear campaigns.

Book By Reporter Brings Out Sunny Balwani’s Role In The Theranos Company Fraud

Now, a new investigative book by Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou says that there was a little known Indian presence behind Theranos that never made news. An identity that always stayed in the background, it was that of the company's president and chief operating officer, Ramesh Sunny Balwani who was also Elizabeth Holmes' romantic partner for a while.

New Evidence Brings Hope After 31 Years of Hashimpura Massacre of Muslims by Indian...

There has been an unusual development in this case from years ago in which all accused were acquitted. Now, a missing general diary that recorded the names of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel who were involved in the killing has been filed as evidence.

Chaudhary Lal Singh Takes out Another Support Rally Demanding CBI Investigation in the Case...

In the latest rally held on Sunday, the former minister said, ‘we cannot tolerate it if anybody calls Dogras rapist and criminals, we have a history. People of Jammu have a history, their history is being written in black ink. They (Kashmiri Muslims) kill pilgrims and then shed crocodile tears.’ Dogras are the upper caste Hindus of the region to which the perpetrators belong. It was stated in the charge sheet that the plan of raping and murdering Asifa was hatched with the intention to drive away the nomadic tribe of Bakerwal Muslims who use the Dogra land for grazing horses and cattle as they don't have permanent residences or land.

Protest Against Narendra Modi Visit in Jammu and Kashmir

At Historic Lal Chowk where first Indian PM Jawahar Lal Nehru made the commitment to the people of J&K that we will be granted RSD! Waiting’s for India to honour it

Account Tweeting Anti-Hindu Messages Found to be Fake

A Twitter account with a Muslim name that was cited by many as a security threat is fake, it has been found. In yet another incident of hate speech propaganda through fake accounts, the account named Muhammad Zeeshan was widely discussed and the tweets from the account were even called 'an open threat to run riot if Modi loses 2019 election' by seasoned fake news propagators.

Muslim Man Lynched by Cow Vigilantes in Satna, Madhya Pradesh

Riaz's murder is one among the many killings that have happened in the name of cow. States like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have a high number of such murders. These attacks became frequent and intensified after Hindu fundamentalist party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) came to power in India in 2014.

Sabika Sheik, Muslim Exchange Student From Pakistan Among Those Shot Dead in the Texas...

Sabika Sheik's was the first funeral to be held after the mass shooting on May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School, Texas, USA. Sabika, 17, was a Muslim exchange student from Karachi, Pakistan. She had come to the United States through a State Department-funded study programme. While Pakistan is widely considered to be a dangerous place for women to get an education, Sabika, who managed to earn a scholarship education in the US, became a victim of USA's loose gun laws.

‘Lihaaf’ Poster Unveiled in Cannes, Ismat Chugtai’s Story is now a Film

The Urdu story which was published in 1942 had stirred controversy and a case was filed against Ismat Chugtai for obscene content. Lihaaf spoke of two women, Begum Jan and her masseuse, Rabbo. Chugtai portrayed the two woman as having a relationship with homosexual undertones and this upset the 'morality' of the people of the time. It openly talked about sex and of the loneliness of a housewife. Ismat won the court case and Lihaaf became her most famous work.

Madhya Pradesh Students Will Now Have To Answer Roll Call With ‘Jai Hind’

Regarding the 'Jai Hind' roll call, the circular said, 'Different words are used to mark the attendance. To instil patriotism among students it has been decided by the government that ‘Jai Hind’ should be used while marking attendance in school.' It was the School Education Minister Vijay Shah who pronounced the verdict which said that saying 'yes sir/madam' to roll call was not patriotic enough in November 2017. It was tested in schools of Satna district from October 1, 2017. Shah had said that based on the success of this experiment, he would introduce it in all schools.

Congress Releases Call Recordings of BJP Luring Congress MLAs with Ministerial Posts and Meetings...

Amid the Congress' and JDS' attempt to form a democratically elected government in Karnataka, the Congress on Friday night (May 18, 2018) released audio tapes of conversations between BJP leaders and Congress MLAs in which the former are heard asking the latter to join BJP. This luring was done in the last minute attempts to hold on to power in Karnataka as the Supreme Court has ordered a floor test to be held today (May 19, 2018).

9 Years of Beemapally, Remembering the Brutal Murder of Muslims by Kerala Police

May 17 marked the 9th anniversary of the Beemapally firing that killed six Muslims who were residents of the area. It was on the same day, in 2009 that the CPI(M) police opened indiscriminate fire on the Muslims of Beemapally who were mostly fisherfolk, killing 6 people. 27 people were wounded in the firing. Most of them were wounded by gunshots.

If You Think Democracy Is Dead In Karnataka, You Need To Look At BJP...

While Karnataka assembly election has opened up a debate on democracy in India, not much has been said about the blatant violation of the constitution and mockery of the Indian voter that has been continuing in Manipur. Horse trading, defecting, poaching of MLAs - all that Karnataka has been witnessing after the Congress and JD(S) formed an alliance to beat BJP who emerged as the single largest party, have been tested in Manipur for efficiency. BJP seems to have concluded that the practice is, in fact, efficient and is only implementing the 'tested OK' version in Karnataka.

Ramadan Healing Touch, Centre Accepts Ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir

In a statement, the Chief Minister said the decision would go a long way in healing the wounds of people of the states who have been suffering the tragedies and pain of violence and uncertainty for the past three decades. 'What better a time to go for this significant decision than the onset of holy month of Ramadan which promotes values of patience, self-restraint and tolerance', she said in her statement adding that it would also provide the necessary breather from the violence in the valley to the people.

In India, Muslims Need Police Protection to Pray, Hindu Committee Determined to ‘Awaken Hindu...

Muslim prayers (namaz) are being attacked in Gurgaon (also called Gurugram), India. A number of attacks by Hindu fundamentalist groups were reported in the first weeks of May. All of them were on Muslims who were offering prayers in public as is custom on Fridays. Hindu fundamentalist group, Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, who was found to have been behind the attacks, has put forward a list of demands in relation to Muslims offering their Namaz in public

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal Refuses to Meet Chief Minister Kejriwal and AAP MLAs Over...

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal refused to meet the entire Delhi government who marched to his residence on May 14, 2018 under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal. The CM and the AAP MLAs were there to discuss the issue of installation of CCTVs across the city in an attempt to make the city safer for women and others. Kejriwal said that LG Baijal had insulted the people of Delhi by refusing to meet their elected representatives

BSP President Wins From Kollegal Assembly Constituency, Opens Account in Karnataka

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Karnataka President N Mahesh won from Kollegal assembly constituency in Karnataka Assembly elections. In a historic win, Mahesh defeated Congress’s AR Krishnamurthy with a margin of nearly 19,500 votes and pushed BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) to the third spot. BSP had entered into an alliance with JD(S) Janata Dal (Secular) before the polls

TISS Mumbai Initiates Disciplinary Action Against 20 Students who Went on Strike for Scholarships...

Most students belong to SC/ST/OBC/Minority/NT-DNT categories and had protested against the TISS administration’s decision to withdraw a fee waiver offered to SC, ST and OBC students, who are eligible for the Government of India Post-Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS)

Israel Massacres Palestinians in Gaza While Ivanca Trump Opens US Embassy in Jerusalem

As Ivanca Trump, Unites States (US) President Donald Trump's daughter, celebrated the US embassy's location shift to Jerusalem, Israeli armed forces massacred Palestinians in Gaza. At least 52 people were murdered and over 2500, including women, children and journalists were injured in the ghastly attack. In December 2017, US President Donald Trump had recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move that outraged Palestinians and was criticised heavily by other nations of the world

Narendra Modi Government Spent Rs. 4,343 Crore on Publicity

A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that the Narendra Modi government spent a gargantuan Rs. 4,343 crore (43,430 million) on advertisements and publicity so far. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali procured the information from Bureau of Outreach and Communication

Moneeza Hashmi Denied Permission to Speak at Media Summit in New Delhi

Moneeza Hashmi, media person, activist and daughter of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz was denied permission to speak at the 15th Asia Media Summit in New Delhi, India by the Government of India. The event that was organized by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development was hosted by the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) and was held on 10-12 May 2018. Moneeza Hashmi is one of the leading advocates of peace between Pakistan and India. She was officially invited to the event but was later denied permission due to the intervention of the Ministry of I&B, according to reports

No Compensation for More Than a Year, Sterlite Copper Victim Attempts Suicide Outside Factory

Even after huge public outcry and protest, Vedanta Sterlite company is moving ahead endangering the lives of its workers. An injured worker, who was denied compensation by Sterlite Copper attempted suicide in front of the factory on May 13, 2018. Kartheepan, the 31-year-old employee was injured in a workplace accident more than a year ago. The accident had made him permanently disabled and the company was called out for ignoring safety rules deliberately and not paying sufficient amount as compensation

Hindu Fundamentalists Continue to Target Shehla Rashid, Fake Photographs Circulated

Hindu Fundamentalists continue to target former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students' Union Vice-President and activist Shehla Rashid. Shehla, who has been a vocal critic of the ruling Hindu fundamentalist party BJP, has, in the past been attacked through fake news, pictures and rape threats

Facebook Blocks Post Against Judiciary in Pakistan

A Facebook post from 2017, that shared an article from Dawn.com that spoke about former PML-N leader Javed Hashmi's opinion on Pakistan's military and judiciary has been blocked in Pakistan, the website said. Facebook displayed the automated message 'Due to legal restrictions in your country, we've limited access to your post on Facebook,' when people tried to access the post. It is still accessible via VPN in the country

Aadhaar Like Unique Identification for Addresses

The eLoc pilot project has already been approved for two postal pin codes in Delhi and one in Noida. It is a private company called MapmyIndia that will be executing the project for the Postal Department that comes under the Ministry of Communications. MapmyIndia is also going to partner with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and its National Satellite Imagery Service called Bhuvan to access mapping coordinates.

Facebook is Slyly Withdrawing Free ‘Internet’ From Developing Countries

Facebook has slyly stopped providing free of cost 'internet' to people of developing countries that were earlier provided with it under their Internet.org scheme. This is after the social media platform was called out from various quarters for helping spread hateful and ethnic cleansing related content like during the time of Rohingya Muslims' genocide in Myanmar.

Sadanand Menon Sexual Harassment Charges Resurface, Asian College of Journalism Students Bring Out Statement...

Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) Students have published a statement condemning the College's statement and attitude in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that have resurfaced against Sadanand Menon, a teacher there. The students' statement was published on May 9, 2018 and is the third such note to speak about allegations of sexual harassment against Menon

Another Woman Victim of Sangh Parivar Violence in Kerala Comes Out, Left Government’s Inaction...

Another victim of Sangh Parivar's conversion/torture camps has come out in the media exposing the brutal practices at different RSS centres in Kerala. Members of Sangh Parivar (the broad family of Hindu fundamentalist parties) including VHP and the Centre ruling BJP actively support these centres. In Kerala, however, a strange situation has arisen where the State ruling Left government under Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI(M)) is shielding the RSS activists engaging in this crime.

Convicts of Jyoti Singh Rape Case are Awaiting Verdict in Their Appeal Against Death...

Convicts of the 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh are awaiting the Supreme Court of India's verdict on their appeal against their death sentence. The court had pronounced death penalty for the four convicts in May 2017

Internet Shutdown in Aligarh After Hindu Fundamentalists’ Attack on AMU Students

While Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students are still staging protests against the attack on them by Hindu fundamentalists under the banner called Hindu Yuva Vahini, an internet shutdown has been put in effect in Aligarh. Yuva Vahini supporters had entered the campus with guns and other weapons with the support of the police on Tuesday

Six Years Ago, On This Day, T P Chandrasekharan Was Killed By CPI(M) Thugs

It was on this day, six years ago (May 4, 2012) that T. P. Chandrasekharan was murdered in cold blood by Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)). In what is perhaps the most chilling of political killings of Kerala, the founder of Revolutionary Marxist Party (RMP) was stabbed 51 times by the assailants who were all later found to be linked to CPI(M). He was 51

73 Days Have Passed but the TISS Students’ Strike is far From Over

For 73 days, students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) have been on strike. TISS administration seems to be blissfully ignorant of the fact considering the latest news from the campus. TISS administration has asked the new batch of students to pay upfront fee of Rs. 12,500 from SC/ ST and around Rs. 27,000 from OBC (NC)) GOI PMS students

BJP IT Cell Targeting Journalists in Their Fake News Campaigns and Online Lynching

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Information and Technology (IT) wing is engaged in a vilification project of Rana Ayyub and Ravish Kumar, two prominent journalists in Indian media, for their anti right wing stance. Organized attack on these journalists range from slander to sexual harassment. Death threats have been issued against the journalists and there has been no action from the cyber cell or the police to put an end to it