Daily Archives: December 14, 2018

Singapore editor charged with defaming government

Editor in Singapore charged with defamation The editor of a website in Singapore was charged with defamation late on Thursday for publishing a letter alleging corruption among the city-state’s leaders. Rights groups in Singapore denounced the “heavy-handed” response from the authorities. Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/singapore-editor-charged-with-defaming-government/article25737890.ece

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Gandhi statue removed in Ghana

Professor says that its removal was an ‘issue of self-respect’ A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana’s most prestigious university after complaints that “he was racist against black Africans”. India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee had unveiled the statue of the global peace icon at the University of …

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May survives leadership challenge

PM goes to Brussels seeking legal & political assurances to “assuage concerns” of MPs over Brexit deal British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to Brussels on Thursday to attend an EU council meeting after Conservative MPs backed her by a majority of 83 in a secret ballot on Wednesday night. …

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Migratory birds at Chilika face flu threat

Lakhs of migratory birds which have congregated at the Chilika lake are facing a threat to their lives following the detection of avian influenza virus barely a few kilometres away from the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Some crows and chickens were found dead inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block last week. …

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India ups ante over SAARC meet spat

Derecognise business body, says MEA Taking its protest over the presence of a minister from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) at a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting to the next level, India has now demanded that the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) be “derecognised” by the …

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MHA to tech giants: check online abuse

Time limit for taking down content reduced from 72 to 36 hours The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approached U.S.-based search engine Google for sharing its Application Programming Interface (API) for identifying child sexual abuse material on social media platforms. The MHA is also in talks with Microsoft to …

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Both Houses adjourned after repeated protests

Members demand special status for A.P., temple ordinance Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned in the first half of proceedings for the second day in a row on Thursday following protests by various parties over different issues. Soon after the Rajya Sabha paid respects to those killed in the 2001 …

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NGOs flay judge’s citizenship view

‘Instant citizenship to migrants would be disastrous for indigenous communities’ NGOs in Meghalaya have resented the plea by a judge of the State’s High Court for granting citizenship to migrants from India’s neighbourhood without any questions asked or production of documents. Admitting a petition of an Army recruit denied domicile …

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Come June, groundwater extraction will invite a fee

Industries to pay conservation charge; agriculture and defence units exempted In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a water conservation fee (WCF) that industries will need to pay on groundwater extraction starting from June. As per the notification, industries extracting groundwater …

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