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

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.

Monsanto v/s Dewayne Johnson: Court Orders Monsanto to Pay $298 Million

Monsanto, the multinational corporation based in St Louis, the USA now holds the patent for more than 90% GM crops. This is to be seen seriously because; the company now has the potential to control the agriculture sector around the globe.

Issues of Youth is the first priority in Jammu and Kashmir:...

Governor Narinder Nath Vohra on Wednesday said that if the issues of the State’s youth were not addressed, then Jammu and Kashmir would encounter more problems. Delivering the presidential address at the first convocation ceremony of the Central University of Kashmir, Vohra said that the youth of Jammu Kashmir would face relatively more problems compared to other states.

Joint Resistance Leadership Launches Social Media Campaign Ahead Of Polls

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the people of Kashmir were not interested in any election and the Joint Resistance Leadership would soon start a sustained election boycott campaign on social media with only one key slogan ‘no election, only right to self-determination’.

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

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.

Basant Rath Transferred from IGP Traffic Jammu and Kashmir after an...

In a tweet, Rath called had Mattu “cabbage” on the issue of Srinagar’s wetlands.

34 Students of Orissa University in Hospital After Hunger Strike, VC...

34 students of Central University of Orissa (CUO) are in hospital after their health deteriorated due to participation in hunger strike

SFI activist stabbed to death at Maharajas College, 3 held by...

In his opinion, the fact that CFI are not even ready to condemn the issue shows their true self. “Even if a verbal fight happened, is this how you respond? What historical context can they lay down to justify this act? Both his parents are plantation workers from Idukki. He comes from an economically and socially underprivileged section. He is one of the first person to pursue higher studies from his village. It is all those struggles which went vain yesterday”, he added.

Non-Bailable Case Against RSS Youth who Posted Hateful Comments Against Asifa...

Nandakumar is closely associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the brother of BJP State General Secretary A. N. Radhakrishnan and son of E. N. Nandakumar, a BJP leader. He was also active as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mandal Karyavahak.

Madhya Pradesh Students Will Now Have To Answer Roll Call With...

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.

Kewal Kumar Sharma is the New Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir...

The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik appointed Kewal Kumar Sharma, a former bureaucrat, as his fourth advisor.

Writer – Photographer Sanjukta Basu is Suing TV Channel Times Now

Writer and photographer Sanjukta Basu is suing Indian TV channel Times Now for running a hate campaign spreading false news about her. In what she calls a 'David Vs. Goliath' fight, taking into consideration the power and clout the Times Network has, she has sent a legal notice to the Editor-in-Chief Rahul Shivshankar and anchors Vineet Jain and Navika Kumar who carried a malicious story about her, using her photographs, misquotes and other digital material calling her a Hindu hater and thus putting her life in danger in India which is ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is a Hindu nationalist party

Jammu and Kashmir Opened 215 Facebook Pages, 31 Twitter Accounts To...

DGP said that a big campaign is underway on social media from Pakistan to trick youths into militancy on the basis of false propaganda, but the police have taken effective measures to counter it and have managed to block many such accounts. 

Jamati-e-Islami District President Ganderbal Booked under PSA

Srinagar The district president of Jammat-e-Islami (Ganderbal Unit) Bashir Ahmad Lone was booked Public Safety Act.  According to police, Lone, a resident of Saidapora Harwan,...

Bhim Army Chief to gift Constitution to Ayodhya DM

Azad told NDTV that he made the decision to go to Ayodhya after he heard that many Muslim residents were leaving Ayodhya in fear.

UGC has Contradictory Opinions Regarding Cutting Down of Funds for Women's...

Earlier in March 2018, a report was published stating that the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS) had expressed concern over the future of 167 women’s studies centres in universities and colleges across the country following a University Grants Commission (UGC) notice that made funding for them after September 30 uncertain

Submit Updated Bills with GST Number, Admin tells JNU Students Union

On the 12th of October, the 19 elected members of the JNU students’ union were issued a letter from the dean of students, Umesh Kadam, which stated that they violated a clause of the Lyngdoh committee which requires all candidates to submit an audited account of their election expenditure within two weeks of the declaration of results and that each candidate must submit bills with GST number failing which the election of the candidate shall be nullified.

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.

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

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.'

Protest of BTC and TET qualified candidates crushed by police

The protesters were demanding that the government make appointments to vacant 27000 assistant teacher positions immediately.

Chharanagar Victims Offer Roses in Return for Police Brutality: Say They...

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,"

Political Drama Ends in Jammu and Kashmir with Dissolving of Assembly

The governor whose term would end in March 2021, dissolved the assembly after the political parties staked claim to form the government.

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

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.

The soft-hindutva politics of the Congress

This is not the first time that Congress has resorted to soft Hindutva politics. Rajiv Gandhi won the elections in 1984 elections, owing to the anti-sikh riots and the polarisation of the electorate along communal lines.

The Most Recent Victim of RTI Murders is a Social and...

Poipynhun Majaw, a 38 year old social and RTI activist in Meghalaya was found murdered on March 20 in Khliehriat, a little over 90 km southeast of the state capital Shillong.

Shwetambri Sharma, Speaks About Deliberate Attempts to Derail Asifa Investigation

Ms. Sharma revealed how the right wing Hindu forces along with the police, tried to topple the investigation.

Uttar Pradesh government had no choice but to release Chandra Shekhar...

They knew they cannot defend the imposition of NSA on him any longer and therefore Yogi tried to feign magnanimity by releasing him a month before his due date. They are desperate because of the Dalit votes slipping away from them. But look how scared they are of him. They deliberately made this entire process very quick and released him in the midnight to prevent even greater masses of people to reach the jail gate when he had walked out.

Nine Phased Panchayat Polls Begin in Jammu and Kashmir

In the first phase, around 47 blocks would go for the polls, out of which 16 blocks are from Kashmir, 21 from Jammu and 10 from Ladakh region.

Congress Releases Call Recordings of BJP Luring Congress MLAs with Ministerial...

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).

Remembering Noida's History of Violence Towards African American Students

On 24 March, 2017, more than fifty people invaded a house where five African students stayed in Greater Noida, India. People were told that they were suspects in a case of kidnapping and murder. The accusation turned out to be false after the repeated searches and jailing of the African students. The incident turned a year old today

AFSPA Removed From Meghalaya

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been removed completely from North Eastern state of Meghalaya. The Union Home Ministry said that the decision was made after consultations with the state government. In addition to this, the Act has been diluted in some regions of Arunachal Pradesh

Dissolved Assembly for the interest of People: Governor Satya Pal Malik

The governor had dissolved the assembly within few minutes citing that there were possibilities of a derailment of the ongoing panchayat elections.

Dalit Research Scholar Arrested from Central University of Kerala, Students Alleges...

Earlier he was slapped with a memo accusing him of having instigated the protest carried out by the people from Kalam Nagar, who were displaced for the construction of the University

Bhima Koregaon: Sudha Bharadwaj Arrested by Maharashtra Police

Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer and activist, was arrested by the Maharashtra police on Saturday (27th October) in connection with the investigation of Elgar Parishad organised on December 31st prior to the 200th anniversary observation of Bhima Koregaon.

13 More Children Dead in Uttar Pradesh, CM Adityanath Asks Protestors...

In another incident of serious lapse from the part of government and railways, 13 more school children died in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday morning. Subsequent social media reports said that Chief Minister Adityanath asked the protesting crowd not to stage 'drama' when he was questioned regarding the incident.

Eight year old Mohammad Azeem killed in a fight in Delhi

According to CCTV footage, the children broke out into a fight and Azeem’s head hit a motorbike parked there where he died of internal bleeding.

Mainstream parties question the impartiality of Governor’s office in J&K

The National Conference (NC) and the Congress questioned the impartiality of the Governor Satyapal Malik when he favoured the appointment of Junaid Azim Mattu as the Mayor of Srinagar.

Remembering Rajni Tilak who Dared to Look into Dalits in Feminism...

It is we who have really faced the problems and oppression in Indian society. We know what are the basic necessities and demands of women. I am very optimistic regarding the Dalit feminist movement and I hope a day will come, when every single girl of this nation will realize her potential

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.

Kashmiri Student Missing from Sharda University: Family seeks the help of...

Earlier, Ehtisham was thrashed by goons in the same campus and in the ensuing shuffle, he was injured and hospitalized. According to Ehtisham’s father, Bilal Ahmad Sofi, all was well until October 4.

Journalist Kamal Shukla Booked Under Sedition Charges Over Facebook Post

Bastar based journalist- activist Kamal Shukla has been booked under sedition charges for sharing a cartoon on facebook which allegedly ridicules the government and judiciary. The cartoon pertained to the controversy over the death of CBI Judge B H Loya, who was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case.Judge Loya had died under allegedly mysterious circumstances at Nagpur in December 2014. The accused in the case included BJP president Amit Shah.

High Alert in Valley Ahead of Urban Local Bodies Polls

High alert was issued in the aftermath of killing of two NC workers in Habba Kadal area of downtown Srinagar and in view of the first phase of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polls on Monday.

Dismissed for Fictional Facebook Post, CUK Student Attempts Suicide

Akhil Thazhath, a second-year student of MA International Relations at Central University of Kerala who was expelled for his Facebook post, attempted suicide on Tuesday (9th Oct) morning.

Residents Of Mahul, A Rehabilitation Story Of Mumbai Slums, Episode 1

Anjana Goswami, a slum dweller, who was rehabilitated to Mahul talks about the illness gripping her family

RSS Extremists Murder CPIM Worker in Kasargod

A member of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Aboobucker Siddique of Sonkal was stabbed to death by Rashtriya Swayam Sevak workers in Uppala, Kasargod. He was 21 years old. The murder took place on Sunday late night. Siddique was attacked by assailants around 11:30 pm and was rushed to the hospital to no avail.

Kashmir DGP directs officers to prepare for smooth panchayat elections

Singh, who was recently appointed as State’s new police chief, held the security review meeting on ULB and Panchayat polls with the Senior Superintendents of Police and Deputy Inspectors General of Police IG's of Kashmir Zone through video conference at Police Control Room here.

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

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.

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.

Another Win For Thuruthi Struggle As The Court Orders Stay On...

The Kerala High Court has issued a stay order on the National Highway development through Sree Puthiyil Bhagavathi Kshetra, a kottam/ temple of the Pulaya community. The court has directed to stop all further actions regarding the land acquisition of  Sree Puthiyil Bhagavathi Temple and its properties.

With Love from Jakarta; The Swapna Barman Story

She is no more the 12 toed athlete but the first Indian heptathlete to win a gold medal in Asian games. In an interview given to Reuters after the feat, Swapna said "After all, nobody from India won a heptathlon gold at the Asian Games before. I hope people will now remember me more for winning the gold than for my toes. It's like a new identity for me."

Dialogue is the only way to Pull Out Jammu and Kashmir...

The governor also said that the pursuit of divisive and confrontational approaches would not lead to resolution of any problem and he also appealed to all political parties, civil societies, NGO's and other stakeholders to seriously ponder seriously over what exactly has been gained from the endless turmoil

Great Return March Movement has Palestinian Women in the Forefront

In the gruesome war of military occupation that Israel is waging against Palestinians, a group of people from Gaza, four weeks ago embarked upon what is called the Great Return March. Gaza's refugees are clear about the goal. It is the right to return to their land that is now in Israel

Bharat Bandh Leader Gopi Parya Shot Dead in UP

Gopi Parya a dalit youth of Shobhapur village in Meerut was shot dead by caste hindus after being labelled as the chief conspirator of violence during the Bharat bandh

Arrested Students and Faculty Members Released, Manipur University Returns to Normalcy...

After a series of meetings that happened between the Manipur government and protesting students, Manipur University students and faculty have been released from the Jail.

PhD Scholar From University of Hyderabad Attempts Suicide in Hostel

A 25-year-old Ph.D. scholar from Odisha attempted suicide by immolating herself in University of Hyderabad (UoH). The incident happened at around 1 am yesterday (May 16, 2018) in Ladies Hostel 7. The reason, though not officially confirmed, is said to be depression, as per the statement given by the police to different media houses. The student was immediately taken to a corporate hospital and was later shifted to Osmania General Hospital. She suffered 50 per cent burn injuries in the incident

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

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.

Popular Detective Novelist Kottayam Pushpanath Passes Away

Renowned detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath passed away this morning at his residence in Kottayam at the age of 80. He was suffering from various age related ailments and was under treatment

CUK Suspends Professor for Facebook Post, Students Condemn “Admin Fascism”

While ASA, CUK unit responded that, "University administration has never been student friendly. Delimiting student voices of criticism with oppression has been the Sanghi administration's way of disrespecting the constitutional right to freedom of opinion and expression.”

Threat to Kashmiri Journalists from BJP

Jammu: The former minister of forest, Environment and Ecology and controversial BJP leader Chaudhary Lal Singh has warned Kashmiri journalists to “mend their ways”...

Kathua Rape and Murder case: Family Removes Deepika Rajawat as lawyer

Rajawat was praised by activists and the civil circles for her ‘bravery’ earlier and was also given awards in this regard.

Demands Met, 14 Day Hunger Strike Ends at Calcutta Medical College

14-day long hunger strike at Calcutta Medical College and hospital comes to an end after authorities accepted the demands of students on hostel accommodation. The hunger strike was called off on 23rd July after receiving a written assurance from college authorities.

False Case Against NGO Activist After Statement Against Kerala Chief Minister...

The case of Liga Skromane, the Latvian woman from Ireland who went missing and was later found murdered in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram, has taken a new turn. Police have charged a false case against Aswathy, a Malayali woman from a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) called Jwala who was helping Liga's sister Ilze, in the search for Liga.

Journalists Were Thrashed By Forces at Fateh Kadal Gunfight Site

As per the journalists who were abused by the police, they had followed the orders of police and was well within the line that the police had drawn for them.

Urban Local Bodies Polls: Over 200 Candidates Elected Unopposed

The State’s two main political parties including the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had boycotted the elections earlier since they were dissatisfied with the position of the Government of India on Article 35A, which grants special privileges to residents of J&K

Joint Resistance Leadership Threatens Mass Agitation over Article 35 A

The break-up of PDP-BJP government has brought the focus back on the legal battle for the protection of Article 35-A.

Dr. Kafeel Khan’s Letter From Jail Exposes Adityanath’s Threats and the...

As many as 30 children had died over a period of 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College, due to lack of oxygen in August, 2017. This number later rose to 72. Now, one of the accused in the case, Dr. Kafeel Khan has written from jail revealing how Chief Minister Adityanath had threatened him before he was sacked and arrested

Lawyer and Activist Ajit Nayak’s Murder Related to Land Dispute Case...

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.

UGC has Contradictory Opinions Regarding Cutting Down of Funds for Women’s...

Earlier in March 2018, a report was published stating that the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS) had expressed concern over the future of 167 women’s studies centres in universities and colleges across the country following a University Grants Commission (UGC) notice that made funding for them after September 30 uncertain

Kathua Rape and Murder Case: Crime Branch Presses Perjury Charges against...

The session judge of Pathankot, Tejwinder Singh issued a show cause notice to Ajay Kumar to explain why an action shouldn’t be initiated against him.

Relatives Of Talib Hussain Allege ‘Fake Rape Case’ By State

Earlier,his estranged wife Nusrat Bibi had accused him of domestic violence and dowry demands and a case was filed against him in June. The present complaint of attempt to rape was made by his estranged wife's sister in law

Amendment in Public Safety Act Unacceptable: National Conference of Jammu and...

Earlier, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra, had amended the Public Safety Act (PSA) to allow the government to detain people in jails outside the state, which was seen as a tough measure to regulate the protests in favour of freedom in Kashmir

Army Orders Disciplinary Action against Major Gogoi over Srinagar Hotel Incident

Major Gogoi along with a girl and a man were arrested by police at the grand Mamta hotel. The incident came into light when the hotel staff called the police after a ruckus broke out in the hotel premises.

ABVP goes frantic post-polls, Arson Violence Erupts at Allahabad University

According to reports, hostel rooms were set ablaze, bombs were hurled and clashes between student parties had broken out.

Manipur Journalist Union turns a blind eye towards the plight of...

This comes at a time when India’s rankings in the world press freedom index is a subject of discussion at the Lok Sabha.

Civilian Deaths Continue in Srinagar

In the aftermath, a civilian was mowed down by a military Police Vehicle, near Safa Kadal area of Srinagar. The injured civilian was shifted to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SHMS) hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to death later. The deceased was identified as Adil Ahmad Yadoo of Gasi Mohalla Safa Kadal.

On the Trail of Denial of Justice in Kathua Rape and...

The report named Sanji Ram, a 60 years old retired government officer, and also the Hindu temple priest, as the master planner of the crime. He hatched the plan along with police officers like Surendra Verma, Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Deepak Khajuria. Besides them, Sanji Ram’s son, Vishal Jingotra, his nephew (a juvenile) and his friend Parvesh Kumar (Mannu) are also charged with the crime.

Azam Khan’s testimony and Haren Pandya’s Murder

Khan also claimed that he had informed the CBI investigator in 2010, about Sohrabuddin’s role in the Pandya case.

Bitcoin scam: Largest financial scam after Demonetization

Unable to approach the police, Bhatt and nine accomplices kidnapped two BitConnect representatives and demanded Rs 2256 bitcoin as ransom. Pladiya, however, wanted more. Paladiya then contacted Kotadiya and used the help of local police to extort Bhatt’s bitcoin. Bhatt spilled the plans by choosing to meet the police. 8 policemen have been suspended following the allegations.

Student Commits Suicide In University Of Hyderabad: 3rd Suicide in 3...

Parmar had written in his diary that he is unable to share his problems with people in the University and his family is not willing to listen to his issues. The letter which was found in the room was addressed to the Chief Warden asking for permission to vacate the hostel.

Article 35A Row: Supreme Court Adjourns Hearing Till January 2019

In defence of the article 35A, the J&K government had cited two verdicts by the constitution benches of the Supreme Court in 1961 and 1969, which had upheld the powers of the president under Article 370 (1)(d) of the constitution of India to pass such orders.