Russia charges Greenpeace activists with piracy

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Five of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested last month for a protest at a Russian oil platform in Arctic waters were charged Wednesday with piracy, media reported. Russian authorities filed the charges against activists from Brazil, Britain, Russia, Sweden and Finland, the Interfax news agency reported citing an attorney for the environmental watchdog. Greenpeace lawyer Mikhail… Read more »

We forced Shinde to write letter: CPI-M

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Welcoming union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s missive to state chief ministers urging them to ensure that no Muslim youth is wrongfully harassed in terror cases, the CPI-M Wednesday said it forced Shinde to take that stand. “We raised the issue several times. We raised it at the Sep 23 National Integration Council meeting also. We… Read more »

Himachal hails Delhi HC ruling in favour of apple growers

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The Himachal government Wednesday hailed the Delhi High Court ruling against the six percent commission fruit merchants in Delhi’s Azadpur market were charging on the apple growers. Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes said the growers would get a major relief as they would not have to pay extra for selling their produce in Delhi. The relief… Read more »

Gang-rape acquittal verdict rocks Sweden: activists cry foul

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Sweden is presently in deep moral throes after the Svea Hovsrätt, the Swedish Court of Appeal, acquitted six teenagers who had been earlier convicted in a lower court for abducting and gang-raping a 15-year old Swedish girl. The acquittal is being branded countrywide, by all sections of Swedish society, as “failed justice” and “totally unacceptable… Read more »

115,000 killed in Syrian conflict till now: activists

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More than 115,000 people have lost their lives in the 30-month conflict between rebels and the forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, according to activists. Of this total, 6,000 victims are children, and 4,000 women, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. Besides civilians, tens of thousands of soldiers and rebel fighters… Read more »

Rasheed Masood jailed for four years, MP no more

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Congress MP Rasheed Masood was sentenced to four years in jail here Tuesday for fraudulently nominating undeserving students for MBBS seats when he was a minister in 1990, becoming the first MP set to lose his seat under a new Supreme Court ruling. The Rajya Sabha member, a party hopper from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh,… Read more »

NGO for homeless and helpless is rendered roofless

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Maya, a 32-year-old mentally challenged woman, cannot comprehend the complexities of life but she is deeply disturbed by the fact that she no longer has over head the roof she shared with a hundred others. “Our home is gone,” she muttered repeatedly gazing vacantly at the ground where until Monday stood the bamboo-tarpaulin-plastic structure that… Read more »

SC issues notice to ex-army chief for contempt

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The Supreme Court has issued contempt notices to former Army chief General VK Singh for allegedly making adverse comments about the top court over the way it handled the issue of his age in the service records. A bench, comprising Justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale on Tuesday took suo motu cognizance of a newspaper… Read more »

Halt POSCO project, say UN rights experts

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The construction of a mega steel plant in Odisha should be halted immediately, UN independent rights experts have urged, citing serious human rights concerns. The project reportedly threatens to displace over 22,000 people in Jagatsinghpur district, and disrupt the livelihood of many thousands more in the surrounding area, a statement said. “The construction of a… Read more »

Centre wants ban on nicotine-laced gutka, chewing tobacco

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The government Tuesday pitched for a ban on all forms of chewing tobacco, gutka or supari laced with nicotine, saying these products fell under the prohibition prescribed under the food safety provisions. “Gutka by its definition is a food added with nicotine and flavours” that is prohibited under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and… Read more »