Courts should not lay down religious principles – Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah today said that he was opposed to the idea of the judiciary donning the mantle of ecclesiastical courts and telling people how to worship their gods and interfering in their religious practices. He was answering a question about his “dual stand” on the issues of Sabarimala temple and Ram Janmabhoomi temple, […]

Beef withdrawn from Indian Consulate exhibition after protests

An Indian cultural organization was forced to take ‘beef curry and parota’ — a popular food item in the South Indian state of Kerala — from its menu at an exhibition organized by the Indian consulate in Frankfurt. The incident took place over the weekend at ‘Indien Fest’, an event aimed at giving local Germans […]

Relief for social media users as SC orders Yogi govt to release journalist

The Supreme Court has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately release jailed journalist Prashant Kanojia. The state will be free to carry on a case against the journalist. Hearing a plea by wife Jagisha Arora to protect the journalist’s fundamental rights, a two-judge vacation bench comprising Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Ajay Rastogi did […]

Facebook most prompt in blocking posts; Twitter, Instagram least

Facebook has emerged as the social media platform that has the highest degree of compliance with Government of India’s blocking requests, while Twitter and Instagram have the least. In all, the government issued blocking requests for 2,205 posts in 2017 and 2018 (up to June), out of which 74% were taken down by the concerned […]

No problem with homosexuality, oral sex – Center to Supreme Court on Section 377

The Union of India has submitted its affidavit before the Supreme Court on the controversial ‘unnatural sex’ law or Section 377. In the affidavit, the government has refused to either oppose or recommend the scrapping of the section that criminalizes all kinds of ‘unnatural’ sexual acts. It said it is leaving it ‘to the wisdom […]

No FIR against Tribune reporter over Aadhaar leakage story – Govt

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said no case has been registered against reporter Rachna Khaira or The Tribune newspaper in relation to the January 3 story on how Aadhaar details were available for sale at Rs 500. The report had claimed that ‘agents’ were providing Aadhaar verification solutions for as little as Rs […]

Aadhaar Face Recognition to help Govt identify people using only a camera

Going by indications from the Unique ID Authority of India, Aadhaar numbers could soon be linked to people’s images, allowing the government and corporations to identify people from their photographs and videos. “UIDAI introduces yet another landmark technology for authentication – Face Authentication,” tweeted @ceo_uidai, the official handle of the CEO of UID Authority of […]

Radio Jockey steps down after supporting Muslim girls for dancing

Radio Jockey Sooraj of 98.6 FM, a Malayalam Radio station in Qatar, has announced that he is stepping down from his role at the station following a social media outcry over his comments supporting three Muslim girls who danced publicly at an AIDS awareness function in Kerala. Following the usual style of his Facebook videos, […]

Vodafone launches Aadhaar verification via vans in Rajasthan

With the central government breathing down the necks of telecom operators to link all connections with Aadhaar numbers, Vodafone has launched Aadhaar verification vans in Rajasthan to ease the process. The vans were initially launched with the purpose of easing the 4G SIM upgrade process. Over the past 10 months, mobile vans have helped thousands […]

JNU students fined for cooking biryani in office after ABVP campaign

The administration of the Jawaharlal Nehru University has fined its students Rs 6,000 for cooking and eating biryani in the administrative block during an overnight protest in June. The move, however, has taken a political turn as the action follows a campaign by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad — the student wing of the BJP […]

Kerala Love Jihad: Ashokan says he’s not anti-Muslim

Ashokan Mani, who has accused the Popular Front of India of trying to kidnap his daughter into Syria, today said he had no problems with his daughter converting to Islam or marrying a Muslim. Ashokan, who has been asked by the Supreme Court to produce the girl Fadiya by Nov 27, said his problem was […]

Love Jihad Case: Supreme Court wants Fadiya to speak

The Supreme Court today asked the government to produce Fadiya, previously known as Akhila Ashokan, before Nov 27 in the controversial ‘Love Jihad’ case from Kerala. In the petition filed by Fadiya’s ex-husband Shafeen Jahan, the court came to the conclusion that it would need to speak to the girl after conflicting allegations were leveled […]

CPIM activists attacked for arranging Hindu-Muslim marriage in Kerala

Tensions are on the rise between the ruling CPI-M and the Social Democratic Party of India in Ambalapuzha in Kerala after Left activists were attacked, allegedly for arranging the wedding of a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl. The SDPI is second only to the Indian Union Muslim League in terms of its vote-share and […]

Privacy rights not above National Security – Kiren Rijiju

Both individual freedom and privacy are very important but it cannot be unqualified as everything overrides when it comes to the national interest and security, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said today. “When it comes to national security, I personally feel that national interest overrides everything,” said Rijiju while inaugurating an […]

Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mavani, others organize anti-lynching platform

Prominent activists such as Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mavani, Tehseen Poonawalla and Shehla Rashid have formed an anti-lynching front in the background of vigilante attacks in the name of religious symbols like the cow. Under the banner of the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching, the platform will fight against what it calls “cultural terrorism” that it […]