Rights Issues

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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Illegal immigrants may get into NRC, says NGO

Assam Public Works, the NGO whose petition made the Supreme Court start the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2013, has resented the rejection of its plea for 100% re-verification of documents of the applicants. The court on Tuesday declined to reopen the process to conduct …

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SC not in a hurry with regard to Ayodhya case’

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading the Constitution Bench hearing the Ayodhya appeals, said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court is not in a hurry. Lawyers need not feel constrained and can argue to their heart’s content. The top judge said lawyers on both sides could raise their arguments …

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Thumbs up for new NRC deadline

Re-verification would have caused a lot of misery, says AAMSU Various organisations in Assam welcomed the Supreme Court’s order extending the deadline for publishing the final NRC to August 31 and turning down the request of the Centre and Assam government to conduct 20% sample re-verification of listed names in …

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Spurned HIV+ student finally gets into school

Collector takes action to undo wrong A 15-year-old HIV-positive boy, allegedly denied admission to the Government Higher Secondary School at Kolakanatham in Perambalur district, was on Monday enrolled in another school after senior officials intervened. Though the authorities had offered to admit the boy to the school at Kolakanatham, his …

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15 Rohingya stranded on Tripura border

A number of Rohingya refugee families remain stranded on a zero point of the border along Tripura, as the Indian Border Security Force and Border Guards Bangladesh failed to resolve the issue. The two forces held a flag meeting after the former prevented their entry into India through the Rahimpur …

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