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SC quashes FIRs against ‘wink’ Priya

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the wink of 18-year-old actor Priya Prakash Varrier in a Malayalam movie song as an expression of her right to creative freedom and quashed FIRs that accused her of committing a “blasphemous act.” A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, …

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PM fits in bilateral meets in his summit schedule

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of bilateral meetings, including with his Thai counterpart, Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar President Win Myint, on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit here on Friday. “Mr. Prayut Chan-o-cha and I had a great meeting. Our talks focussed on boosting cooperation between India and …

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No need for uniform civil code now: panel

It said the way forward may not be UCC, but the codification of all personal laws so that prejudices and stereotypes in every one of them would come to light and can be tested on the anvil of fundamental rights of the Constitution. “By codification of different personal laws, one …

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Census 2021 to collect OBC data, use maps

Census 2021 will for the first time collect data on Other Backward Classes (OBC), the Centre said on Friday. The decennial exercise will involve 25 lakh trained enumerators and the use of “maps/geo-referencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration,” a statement issued by the Home Ministry …

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Opium Smuggling.

Inspector Nicholas of D II Police station [in Madras] charged one Subbaraya Nathan, a hackney carriage driver, Syyed Omar, piece goods merchant, Esplanade, and Hassan for being in possession of and transporting 6 visses and 3 ½ palams of opium valued at Rs. 900 on the night of the 17th …

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Labour Unrest in Madura.

Printed notices over the signatures of Messrs. M.T. Subramania Mudaliar (President and Treasurer of the Labour Union), K.L. Venkataram, V. Ramachandra Aiyar, George Joseph, S.G. Dastagir, and R.S. Nayudu were widely circulated, convening a public meeting in the Victoria Edward Hall yesterday evening [August 28, in Madura] when it was …

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Two plus two to tango

The India-U.S. “2+2” dialogue will see External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis on September 6 in Delhi. The purpose is to get four key policymakers on the same page. This stems from the idea …

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Power play

The Allahabad High Court on Monday dismissed a plea from private power producers seeking relief from an RBI diktat to banks to take cognisance of a stressed loan if repayments were missed even by a day. The RBI decision, of February 12, requires banks to complete insolvency resolution proceedings within …

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Shock arrests

If the arrest of five prominent activists by the Pune police in a coordinated operation across four States has resulted in such indignation, it is because of the widespread suspicion that this is part of an orchestrated crackdown on political dissent. The intervention of high courts and later the Supreme …

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Trade war marathon

China’s leaders have exuded confidence in countering a political storm which apparently targeted President Xi Jinping, after his counterpart from the U.S., Donald Trump, unleashed a full-blown trade war against Beijing. In private conversations, and in a section of the non-state media, many said that instead of a tit-for-tat tariff …

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