Social Issues

‘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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U.P. govt. cancels madrasa’s registration

Cleric had allegedly stopped students from singing anthem The Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the registration of a madrasa in Maharajganj district after the students of the institution were allegedly stopped by a cleric from singing the national anthem on Independence Day. Sedition charges Maulana Junaid Ansari, who allegedly prevented …

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Are the Marathas so restive?

What is the trigger? In July, while the monsoon session of the legislature was on, a group of Maratha protesters launched a sit-in against the BJP government for not fulfilling the promises made to the community, including 16% reservation. The issue, however, spilled outside the Assembly, when Chief Minister Devendra …

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Shift mentally ill from vagrants’ homes: WBHRC

225 inmates found in six shelters The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has learnt that a number of people suffering from mental illness have been placed in vagrants’ homes run by the State government, and has recommended that they be provided medical intervention. In its recommendation, the WBHRC directed …

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