Kerala Gold Smuggling: Swapna Suresh says Consulate General asked her to contact customs

Swapna Suresh, one of the persons named by the media in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, has claimed innocence in her anticipatory bail plea, and said she acted upon the instructions of UAE’s consulate general in trying to get the bag released from the customs department. Earlier this week, sealed diplomatic cargo sent by […]

Hindu Sadhus lynched: Palghar Police arrest 110 tribals

Palghar Police said it has arrested 110 people belonging to a local tribal community as part of the investigation into the lynching of two Hindu sanyasis (monks) on their way to Gujarat. Multiple videos of the incident have started circulating on social media. The police also warned rumor mongers to desist from attempting to give […]

Center waives need for prior approval in Essential Commodities Act

The central government has temporarily waived the need for states to seek its agreement for issuing orders under the Essential Commodities Act. With this, state governments can issue orders and directions under the act without first seeking the approval of the center till June 30. The Essential Commodities Act, passed in 1955, seeks to ensure […]

Delhi Police asks for video footage to identify rioters

Delhi Police Commissioner designate SN Shrivastava today asked the public and the media to provide any video footage that can help identify the rioters, and promised that those who are identified as have participated in the riots will be brought before the law. “It is our endeavor that anyone who is a culprit or has […]

JNU Violence: ABVP shifts blame to Left students organizations

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (All India Students Federation), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, today sought to distance itself from the violent incidents on Jawaharlal Nehru Campus on Sunday evening. In their first official reaction, officebearers of the JNU unit of ABVP said the violence was carried out by students organizations affiliated to […]

TV Journalists detained by Mangalore police

Journalists belonging to several Malayalam channels have been taken into custody in Mangalore by the police, according to reports by affected media outlets. According to these channels, their TV crews were reporting from Wenlock Hospital, where the bodies of the people killed in yesterday’s police shooting are kept, when a police team led by a […]

Govt may amend law to deny mercy petitions to POCSO convicts

The government of India may soon bring amend the law to deny the possibility of a presidential pardon to those sentenced to death under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences or POCSO Act. Speaking at an event organized by the spiritual outfit Brahma Kumaris in Hyderabad, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said that opinion […]

Kerala Mother awaits return of daughter who went to fight Jihad in Afghanistan

Bindu, the mother of Nimisha, who converted to Islam and went to fight the holy war in Afghanistan three years ago, is eagerly awaiting the return of her daughter. The case, which created an uproar in Kerala, involves the secret conversion of Nimisha — born in a prominent Nair family in Thiruvanthapuram — to Islam […]

Bhopal Disaster: NGOs allege cover-up by Govt

Four organizations campaigning for justice on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal accused the central and the state governments of suppressing a study that could have been used by the victims to bolster their case in courts. In a press conference, the organizations said they were able to obtain a copy of a study conducted […]

Kerala anti-conversion activist expresses regret over 2018 assault

Puliparambil Gopinath, a Hindutva activist who shot to fame last year after roughing up a team of Christian evangelists in Kodungallur in Kerala, has publicly expressed his regret at his past political choices and blamed Hindutva organizations for failing to support their workers in their hour of need. Gopinath, also known as Gopinath Kodungallur in […]

Kerala to install real-time face detection system in public places

Kerala government has issued a request for proposals from artificial intelligence companies to develop a real-time mass surveillance and facial identification system to be deployed across the state. The surveillance cameras will be connected to powerful computers, and any person whose name has been entered into the system will be detected the minute he or […]

Politicians face backlash for supporting illegal flats in Maradu

The demolition of five illegal high-rise apartment buildings in Kochi has snowballed into a major controversy, with some of the state’s prominent politicians who openly supported the illegal buildings now coming under fire from social media and even their own colleagues. The initial response of the political community in the state was one of support […]

Police investigation finds sensational rape case to be ‘fake’: reports

A sensational rape case of 2016, in which a housewife accused three brothers — including a CPIM ward councillor — of gang rape in Kerala, has been found to be fake and closed, said media reports quoting a status update given by the police to the local MLA. Two prominent celebrity women’s rights activists, dubbing […]

Chidambaram’s Arrest: A Breakdown in Lutyen’s Consensus?

The arrest of former finance minister P Chidambaram has thrown many critics of the current administration into a quandary. On the one hand, they know that there may be some truth to the allegations of corruption made by the investigating agencies. They would, therefore, like nothing better than for corrupt politicians to be probed just […]

Tech-savvy scammers try to steal flood relief donations

Even as a large part of the country grapples with torrential rain and floods, scammers have set up fake bank IDs to get their hands on at least a part of the donations meant for disaster relief. For example, the original UPI ID for donating to Kerala’s disaster relief fund is keralacmdrf@sbi. However, given that […]

ICICI Bank tops in banking fraud hits; SBI, HDFC Bank follow

ICICI Bank, one of India’s top three lenders, has emerged as the No.1 target of bank fraudsters last year in terms of the sheer number of such incidents, overtaking bigger rival State Bank of India. ICICI Bank reported 374 medium and large sized incidents of fraud, beating back SBI, which came in with 338 such […]