Rights Issues

Chhath devotees violate NGT directive

People in Kolkata broke through the gates of landmark lake to perform rituals In what can be interpreted as a major violation of law, thousands of devotees broke open the gates to Kolkata’s key water body, the Rabindra Sarobar Lake, and performed Chhath Puja. Under pressure, the police opened the …

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‘Settlement reached in dispute’

The Ayodhya mediation committee on Wednesday filed a report in the Supreme Court about a settlement reached in which the Sunni Waqf Board is said to have raised no objection to the acquisition of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site by the government, parties engaged in the talks told The Hindu …

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Opaque censorship leaves Twitter users chafing

Indian legal demands for content removal are the fourth highest in the world Despite rising censorship of Twitter posts and accounts on the basis of legal demands from the Indian government, law enforcement agencies and others over the last five years, the lack of transparency behind suspensions, blocked tweets and …

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Access to Internet is a basic right: Kerala HC

Upholds college student’s plea The Kerala High Court on Thursday held that the right to have access to the Internet is part of the fundamental right to education as well as the right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution. Justice P.V. Asha made the observation while ordering the …

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Ayodhya: SC questions Hindu parties’ counsel

Travelogues of foreigners discussed The Hindu parties involved in the Ayodhya title appeals received a barrage of questions from the Constitution Bench, including whether there is any evidence on record to show that the first Mughal emperor, Babur, ordered the building of the Babri Masjid. While Justice S.A. Bobde asked …

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Lift all gags on freedom of speech in Valley: activists

‘People of J&K must be allowed to express their protest’ A group of activists who visited the Kashmir Valley have demanded that all means of communication — landline telephones, mobile phones and Internet — be restored with immediate effect. The group comprising economist Jean Drèze, Kavita Krishnan of the CPI(ML), …

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