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Brazil SC allows political satire during electoral campaign

Brasilia, June 22 (IANS) The Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) has voted to allow the press to create political satire about candidates in the October general elections, as well as to express itself in favour or against the politicians. This rule had been included in a change of electoral laws in 2009, but this was suspended by the STF in 2010, after a motion brought by the Brazilian Associa...

7 days ago
Pakistan backs UN call for investigating human rights abuses in J&K

Islamabad, June 14 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday supported a call by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The first-ever report issued by the UN on human rights in Jammu and Kashmir sought a probe to resolve past and current violations in the disputed territory, which has witnessed a seven-decade long conflict between India and P...

8 days ago
Indian chess body respects Soumya's decision over headscarf

Chennai, June 13 (IANS) The All India Chess Federation (AICF) respects Indian Women Grandmaster (WGM) Soumya Swaminathans decision to opt out of the forthcoming Asian Nations Cup Chess Championship 2018 to be held in Iran as she does not want to be forced to wear a headscarf, said a top official. It is her personal choice and decision. We do not have anything against it. We will find a r...

12 days ago
'Manto' has power to transcend borders: Tahir Raj Bhasin

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Manto is a story about creative rebels trying to make a statement on freedom of expression. Actor Tahir Raj Bhasin feels this will help it strike a chord with everyone irrespective of region or nation. He says the film has a relevant subject as artistes and writers are facing trouble in expressing their opinion in many nations. With Manto, director Nandi...

14 days ago
Sampark se Samarthan: Goa BJP to meet Archbishop

Panaji, June 7 (IANS) The BJP will soon formally seek an appointment with Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao as part of its 'Sampark se Samarthan' outreach programme to inform social influencers about achievements of the ruling party, an official said on Thursday. As part of the 'Sampark se Samarthan' programme, we will be seeking an appointment with the Archbishop this week. We will be b...

19 days ago
Apple approves iOS update of 'Telegram' app

San Francisco, June 2 (IANS) Apple has reportedly approved to update the cloud-based instant messaging app Telegram on iOS after its CEO, a Russian internet entrepreneur, Pavel Durov complained about the iPhone-maker blocking the app updates in a public Telegram message. Apple has been preventing 'Telegram' from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Ap...

20 days ago
UN chief condemns violence in Nicaragua

United Nations, June 2 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the ongoing violence in Nicaragua, particularly the killing of protestors during demonstrations in Managua on Wednesday. The Secretary-General welcomed the recent announcement on the establishment of a panel of experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the violence and urged th...

26 days ago
Four years of power: Amit Shah says Modi gave corruption-free government

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The BJP on Saturday celebrated four years of the Modi government, claiming that it has given a corruption-free government in the interest of the poor and farmers while the Congress marked it as a betrayal day, accusing it of failing on multiple fronts. Addressing a press conference here, BJP President Amit Shah said the government was committed to work for the up...

26 days ago
Modi completely failed on national security front: Azad

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Speaking on the work of Narendra Modi government that completed four years on Satutrday, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Prime Minister failed to keep his promise on national security and let down security forces. Kashmir is a state which was exploited by Modi most during the elections. In the recent past, ever since things had normalised in Jamm...

1 month ago
China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years in jail

Beijing, May 22 (IANS) A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence unjust and urging his immediate release. The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by...

1 month ago
Netflix is an empowered platform: 'Lust Stories' makers

Mumbai, May 18 (IANS) Four Indian filmmakers Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee -- each known for their unique style -- have come together for the anthology Lust Stories, which will be out on Netflix next month. They are happy to associate with an empowered platform, which allows their creativity to be showcased far and wide. At the trailer launch of Lust Stori...

1 month ago
Congress wants BJP candidate disqualified

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) The Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission demanding the arrest and disqualification of BJP candidate B. Sriramulu in the Karnataka Assembly polls over a bribery allegation. On Thursday, the last day of campaigning for the May 12 elections, a video released purportedly showed Sriramulu and three other individuals are seen sitting with the son-in-la...

1 month ago
Congress wants BJP candidate disqualified

New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) The Congress on Friday approached the Election Commission demanding the arrest and disqualification of BJP candidate B. Sriramulu in the Karnataka Assembly polls over a bribery allegation. On Thursday, the last day of campaigning for the May 12 elections, a video released showed Sriramulu had bribed former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan seeking an order...

1 month ago
Had to deal with sexual advances from people in and outside film world: Huma Qureshi at Cannes

Cannes, May 10 (IANS) Actress Huma Qureshi says she has had to deal with people making sexual advances at her, not only in the cinema industry but by people from different professions. Asked about sexual exploitation and harassment of women, Huma said: Well, as a woman, absolutely, I have had to deal with people making advances at me, but not just people from the business of film industr...

1 month ago
Kolkata youngsters offer 'free hugs' to protest moral policing

Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Youngsters held a demonstration on Wednesday outside the Tollygunj Metro Station in Kolkata against the alleged moral policing incident in a train on Tuesday and offered free hugs to people to lodge their protest. We are doing nothing ... we are here just to spread love. Love will overpower everything. We have nothing more to say, a demonstrator said. The pr...

1 month ago
Press freedom down, 3 journalists killed in 2018: Report

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Press freedom in India has deteriorated in 2018 and three journalists have been killed in the first four months, media watchdog The Hoot said, stating that journalists continue to be vulnerable. The number of killings documented by the Hoot report for the first four months was the same as in the whole of 2017. They were killed in connection with their repo...

1 month ago
Thai editor released from prison after 7 years

Bangkok, April 30 (IANS) A Thai editor was released from prison on Monday after seven years of incarceration for two articles considered offensive to the monarchy, whose image is protected in the country under the lese majeste law. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, 56, was jailed in 2011 after publishing two satirical texts in the now-shut down daily Voice of Thaksin (of which he was editor) and ...

1 month ago
A thorough examination of sedition laws

Book: Sedition In Liberal Democracies; Author: Anushka Singh; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 391; Price: Rs 995 This recent offering sets out to examine the relationship between liberal democracies and sedition. At the onset, the author traces the history of sedition laws and then goes on to examine it in the context of free speech and democratic ethics. Comparisons are then ...

1 month ago
Right and left clash in JNU over screening of 'Love Jihad' movie

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Left and right student groups clashed in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday during the screening of a documentary on the contentious topic of 'Love Jihad'. The screening of In the name of love, was organised on Friday evening by 'Vivekanand Vichar Manch', a student group affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Terming the movie as ...

1 month ago
Filmmakers in India at mercy of moral police: Indian American filmmaker

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) He wove a film, Unfreedom, with lovemaking scenes, depicting lesbian relationships, Islamophobia and religious fundamentalism, and it was banned by the Indian censor board in 2015. Indian-American filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar is appalled by the lack of freedom filmmakers have in India and wonders how much self-censorship they have to do in the face of the industry's moral p...

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