Social Issues

Maratha quota is a betrayal: OBC groups

‘The community can’t be included in SEBC category’ A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a new Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category under which Marathas will be given reservation, organisations of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) said on Monday that this was an attempt to give …

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Fall in pilgrim flow hits revenue

Sabarimala Ayyappa temple witnesses one of the worst crisis in its history Unlike the heavy rush witnessed during weekend holidays for the Mandalam-Makaravilakku season, the holy hillock saw only a moderate pilgrim flow this time around. This is mainly due to the restrictions imposed by the police on pilgrim movement …

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Sabarimala board to seek time to implement SC order

The Sabarimala temple opened on Friday for the annual 62-day pilgrimage season amid unprecedented security arrangements following protests against the entry of women to the temple even as the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) decided to move the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its order allowing entry to women …

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‘Vote bank politics has failed’

People opt for development, says Modi; launches projects for Rs. 2,400 cr. in Varanasi The people of the country are taking decisions based on development and not “politics of vote bank”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Monday.At an official function in his Lok Sabha constituency, the Prime Minister …

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Cyclone Gaja may skip Chennai, strike further south

Landfall likely on Thursday between Cuddalore and Pamban Cyclone Gaja is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore district and Pamban, in Ramanathapuram district, in the forenoon of Thursday As on Monday evening, the cyclonic storm lay over the Bay of Bengal, about 720 km east-northeast of Chennai …

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Google outlines steps to tackle workplace harassment

Tech giant moves to calm outrage that triggered a worldwide walkout of workers Google on Thursday outlined changes to its handling of sexual misconduct complaints, hoping to calm outrage that triggered a worldwide walkout of workers last week. “We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the …

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Journalists gather in solidarity with #MeToo

‘Implementlaws against harassment’ Demanding implementation of laws pertaining to sexual harassment in workplaces and constitution of designated committees, a group of journalists on Saturday gathered at Parliament Street in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. Applauding the courage of several women who have spoken about their traumatic experiences at their workplace, …

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Madurai woman dies after botched abortion

Sex-selective procedure done by nurse A suspected sex-selective abortion, performed by a nurse, proved fatal for a 28-year-old woman, R. Ramuthai, of Uthapanaickanoor, near Usilampatti in Madurai district, on Tuesday. Police suspect the victim, a mother of three girls and seven months pregnant with a fourth child, could have opted …

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