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In bid to stifle dissent, state blurs line between right to protest, terrorism: Delhi HC
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In bid to stifle dissent, state blurs line between right to protest, terrorism: Delhi HC

Ending the year-long detention of three student activists booked by Delhi Police under the UAPA anti-terror law, the Delhi High Court granted them bail Tuesday, saying “it seems, that in its anxiety to suppress dissent, in the mind of the State, the line between the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terrorist activity seems to be getting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy”. Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha were arrested in May 2020 for their alleged role in the Northeast Delhi riots conspiracy case and were later booked under the UAPA. While JNU students Narwal and Kalita are in Tihar Jail, Tanha, a Jamia Millia Islamia student, is out on a two-week interim custody bail to take his examin...
Many in TMC against return of turncoats; party says not all opposed
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Many in TMC against return of turncoats; party says not all opposed

A SECTION of Trinamool Congress has expressed opposition to the party taking back leaders who had left it to join the BJP in the run-up to the Assembly elections. A senior TMC leader, however, claimed on Tuesday that this resistance to bring back the turncoats was not a “universal phenomenon”. Following the return of Mukul Roy and his son to the Trinamool last Friday, several local leaders who quit the party to join the BJP earlier have expressed their desire to rejoin the ruling party. On Tuesday, Bardhaman Purba MP Sunil Mondol, who joined the BJP along with Suvendu Adhikari a few months ago, joined the list of those expressing regret. “Suvendu came to my home and requested me to join the BJP. He then promised many things on that day but he did not keep any promise,” he s...
All applications for pilgrimage this year cancelled: Haj Committee of India
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All applications for pilgrimage this year cancelled: Haj Committee of India

The Haj Committee of India on Tuesday announced that all applications for pilgrimage this year stand cancelled as Saudi Arabia has stated that only a limited number of people residing in the Kingdom will be allowed to perform Haj due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a circular, the committee said that the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has issued a statement informing that due to coronavirus pandemic conditions it has decided to allow citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only to attend Haj this year in limited numbers and international Haj has been cancelled. “Hence it has been decided by the Haj Committee of India that all the applications for Haj-2021 stands cancelled,” the circular signed by Haj Committee of India’s Chief Executive O...
Grand designs: The refugees in Paris with an eye on fashion
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Grand designs: The refugees in Paris with an eye on fashion

From old denim fabrics, Afghan refugee Bagher Husseini fashioned a pair of baggy jeans with fringed patches that he hopes will be paraded down a French catwalk later this year. Husseini has worked with a sewing machine before. He made his way to Iran after fleeing fighting in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, surviving on a modest tailor’s income. Now he’s involved in a collaboration between French fashion students and migrants from Afghanistan and the Middle East. The Reprise project aims to train to give migrants the skills to turn second-hand clothes into edgy menswear. Afghan asylum seeker Payman Haideri and fashion school graduate Kyle Emunson were seen at a workshop in Antony, near Paris, France. (Source Reuters) “I enjoy selecting different colors, different types of f...
Myanmar: Time running out for NGOs to avoid humanitarian catastrophe
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Myanmar: Time running out for NGOs to avoid humanitarian catastrophe

Written by Rodion Ebbighausen Myanmar has been in a downward spiral since the military overthrew the country’s democratically elected government in a coup on February 1. The economy has been battered and millions of people are falling into poverty. In Myanmar’s ethnic minority states, conflict between the military, known as the Tatmadaw, and armed rebel groups is quickly creating a refugee crisis. In Myanmar’s east alone, the UN estimates that about 100,000 people have fled their homes. In April 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report that nearly half of Myanmar’s population is acutely threatened by poverty due to the economic impact of the coup and the coronavirus pandemic. Before the coup and the pandemic, Myanmar had been on track to greatl...
Karnataka: Post-mortem report of 50-year-old ‘police assault’ victim submitted to CID
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Karnataka: Post-mortem report of 50-year-old ‘police assault’ victim submitted to CID

The post-mortem report of 50-year-old Roy D’Souza, a resident of Virajpet in Karnataka’s Kodagu district who died after he was allegedly assaulted by the police, has been submitted to the Karnataka Crime Investigation Department (CID). Following guidelines from the National Human Rights Commission, the Taluk Magistrate handed over the case to the CID that has commenced its investigation. The post-mortem was conducted on Saturday by two doctors in the presence of Madikeri tehshildar Mahesh. Speaking to indianexpress.com, Mahesh said, “We have submitted the post-mortem report and also the statement of three witnesses and family members to the CID officials.” Meanwhile, the CID officers questioned police personnel K G Nehru, M U Sunil, Ramesh A, H J Tanukumar, N H Satish, ...
Celeb fashion: Shilpa Shetty keeps it classy and elegant
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Celeb fashion: Shilpa Shetty keeps it classy and elegant

Shilpa Shetty can pull off almost any outfit. Evidence of this was seen recently when she stepped out in a pair of separates. Simple and chic, she gave major summer goals with her look. The Baazigar actor was seen donning a black top which she paired with a striped shirt and matching pants. Shilpa Shetty looks lovely in the photos. (Source: Varinder Chawla) She completed the look with hair parted on the side and tangerine heels.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1x1.png She posed for the photographers. (Source: Varinder Chawla) In another instance, she was spotted in a floral jumpsuit which she teamed with a white blazer and a thick belt. Keeping her hair untied, she accessorised it with hoop earrings and looked really pretty. Shilpa Shetty turned heads and how. (S...
Tribeca Film Festival: New mom Emily Ratajkowski wows in a black strappy dress
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Tribeca Film Festival: New mom Emily Ratajkowski wows in a black strappy dress

Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski recently attended the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, and looked striking in a sheer black dress. The outfit, from designer Nensi Dojaka, was a nice spin on the little black dress as it featured cutout details and a mesh bodice. Styled by Emma Jade Morrison, the look was accessorised with a neckpiece from MG Stones and a matching clutch from Tamara Mellon. Letting the outfit do all the talking, the look was kept minimal with hair left open and subtle makeup. Check out the pictures below. June 12 – Tribeca Film Festival – Storytellers: Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski. https://t.co/V59uW0mapl #EmilyRatajkowski #TribecaFilmFestival↳ Don’t forget to like on the website ♡ pic.twitter.com/NMvRRh1GfV — Emily Ratajkowski Daily ♡ (@EmRata_Daily) June 14,...
Belarus opposition: Jailed dissident a ‘hostage’ at briefing
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Belarus opposition: Jailed dissident a ‘hostage’ at briefing

The dissident Belarusian journalist who was arrested when his airliner was diverted to Minsk was brought to a Foreign Ministry news conference on Monday, prompting a journalist to walk out in protest. The opposition said the Monday appearance by Raman Pratasevich showed he is a hostage. Pratasevich founded a messaging app channel that was widely used in last year’s massive protests against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko. He was seized on May 23 when his flight from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Minsk, accompanied by a Belarusian fighter jet, because of an alleged bomb threat. Western countries denounced the incident as air piracy by Belarus. Pratasevich, who faces a potential 15 years in prison, has been shown on state television expressing regret for his a...
No Covid case in Dharavi, first time since second wave
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No Covid case in Dharavi, first time since second wave

The slum colony of Dharavi recorded no new cases Monday, for the first time since February 11, when the second coronavirus wave hit Mumbai. Since last year’s Covid-19 outbreak, the area has reported a total of 6,861 infections, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data states. Of these, 2,900 cases, which is nearly 42 per cent, were recorded amid the second wave. In March, the congested slum settlement recorded average 50 cases daily. By March 23, a single 250-bed quarantine centre at Vanita Samaj Hall was fully occupied and the civic corporation had to start two more quarantine centres to increase admission capacity for Dharavi residents alone. Since May 10, however, Dharavi has been recording a daily drop in the cases. Post May 26, fewer than 10 cases have been ...
Goa: Petitioners suggest commission to identify oxygen deaths
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Goa: Petitioners suggest commission to identify oxygen deaths

Setting up a judicial commission to inquire into oxygen shortage deaths is among a slew of suggestions made by petitioners in a group of PILs pertaining to Covid-19 management in Goa. The High Court of Bombay at Goa had asked the petitioners to submit their consolidated suggestions to the court for finding solutions to various issues in the wake of the pandemic that has so far claimed 2,937 lives in India’s smallest state. Suggestions were made by petitioners in eight cases before the court. The South Goa Advocates Association (SGAA), one of the petitioners, said in one of its suggestions that some Covid-19 patients had lost their lives only due to oxygen shortage. It said some of them were breadwinners, and that there were children who had lost both parents. These families...
Attack on people’s belief: On post-poll violence, Adhikari-led BJP team meets Guv
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Attack on people’s belief: On post-poll violence, Adhikari-led BJP team meets Guv

A BJP delegation led by Suvendu Adhikari, the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and expressed concern over the law-and-order situation. “Over 50 Opposition MLAs expressed serious concern at lawlessness @MamataOfficial and partisan stance @WBPolice @KolkataPolice and sought intervention as the situation was sliding. Governor assured the MLAs and Leader of opposition @SuvenduWB that he will look into grievances of which he is aware,” Dhankhar tweeted after the meeting. Dhankhar criticised Mamata Banerjee’s government over the post-poll violence. “Four cabinet meetings have been done but no statement has been made over post-poll violence. In these meeting, did anyone utter one word on the violence. It is such a big crisis. Did ...
Two allege gangrape by TMC men after polls, ask SC to monitor probe
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Two allege gangrape by TMC men after polls, ask SC to monitor probe

TWO WOMEN from West Bengal have moved the Supreme Court alleging rape by supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress during the post-poll violence in the state in May, immediately after Mamata Banerjee led her party to a third term in power. Seeking a court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or the CBI, both the women — a 60-year-old and a 17-year-old — have in separate pleas sought to be made parties in a pending petition filed by Biswajit Sarkar, brother of Bengal BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar, who was murdered, allegedly by TMC workers, during the post-poll violence in May. In Kolkata, police said that while one person has been arrested for the rape of the 60-year-old, three persons have been held in the case of the minor’s gangrape. In her applications in...
J&K activist behind bars for remarks on ‘outsider’ officers at janata durbar
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J&K activist behind bars for remarks on ‘outsider’ officers at janata durbar

AN activist who led a delegation to a public hearing held by one of the advisors of Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has spent the past four days in custody for apparently rubbing Ganderbal Deputy Commissioner Krittika Jyotsna the wrong way. The Lt Governor has initiated these public hearings or durbars across Kashmir to reach out to people. Top officers, including advisors to Sinha, attend the hearings and listen to the grievances and demands of public. However, Sajad Ahmad Sofi may be paying a price for speaking his mind. At the durbar held at Safapora village in Ganderbal on June 10, Sofi, who led a group of five-six members of a civil society group, told advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan that people could have expectations from local officials like him and seek answers...
Billionaire start-up founder beats Viswanathan Anand in chess celebrity fundraiser game, admits ‘took help, sorry’
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Billionaire start-up founder beats Viswanathan Anand in chess celebrity fundraiser game, admits ‘took help, sorry’

IT WAS a high-profile fund-raiser that had all the ingredients of a blockbuster: five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand taking on Bollywood star Aamir Khan, singers Arijit Singh and Ananya Birla, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, young billionaire Nikhil Kamath, and film producer Sajid Nadiadwala — all at the same time. But the celebrity online chess event ended up being marred by a bizarre controversy involving Kamath, who is the founder of Zerodha, a unicorn stock brokerage firm. At the event to raise funds for Akshaya Patra Foundation, the 34-year-old beat Anand at the Checkmate Covid Celebrity Edition hosted by chess.com. But hours after the game, chess.com, which live-streamed the action, closed Kamath’s account for violation of its fair play policy. On Monday, Ka...
Uncle dumps Chirag Paswan, takes all LJP MPs, says wrong to have left NDA
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Uncle dumps Chirag Paswan, takes all LJP MPs, says wrong to have left NDA

LESS THAN a year after Ram Vilas Paswan’s death, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) that he founded in 2000 is headed for an imminent split with five of the party MPs rebelling against the sixth —Paswan’s son and the party’s national president, Chirag Paswan. The five MPs — Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur), Choudhary Mehboob Ali Qaisar (Khagaria), Chandan Kumar (Nawada), Veena Devi (Vaishali) and Prince Raj (Samastipur) —met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday evening and again on Monday, saying that they have elected Paras as LJP parliamentary party leader and Kaiser as deputy leader. Late Monday night, the Lok Sabha Secretariat issued a circular confirming Paras as leader of the LJP in the Lok Sabha. Of the five MPs, two are related to the Paswan family —Hajipur MP Paras is Ra...
Disengagement of troops: China suggests Major Gen-level talks
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Disengagement of troops: China suggests Major Gen-level talks

Four months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged in Pangong Tso, and two months after Corps Commander-level talks failed to make headway on pullback of troops from other areas of eastern Ladakh, China has suggested negotiations at the level of Division Commanders — an offer that the Indian side is said to be considering. Division Commander-level talks involve teams headed by officers of the rank of Major General. This is different from the Corps Commander-level talks that involve more senior officers — Lt Generals who head Corps or equivalent formations. The Chinese suggestion comes at a time when there is a stalemate over the disengagement process. The Corps Commander-level talks on April 9 made no progress. Incidentally, June 15 will mark one year of the Galwan Vall...
Ishrat Jahan encounter case: Ahmedabad police hands over passports of deceased’s family
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Ishrat Jahan encounter case: Ahmedabad police hands over passports of deceased’s family

Ahmedabad city crime branch on Monday handed over the passports of next of kin of Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai — one of the four who was killed along with Ishrat Jahan in the encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004. The handover came following a special CBI court’s order dated June 9, permitting for the same, said advocate Shamshad Pathan, representing the family. Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai and two others said to be Pakistanis were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004 by officers of the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), then led by DG Vanzara. The DCB had then claimed that the four were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and out to kill the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The deceased Shaikh’s wife Sajida, daughter Zainab a...
Bodies wash up on Yemen coast after reports of migrant boat sinking
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Bodies wash up on Yemen coast after reports of migrant boat sinking

A number of bodies washed up at Ras al-Arah on Yemen’s Red Sea coast on Monday from a suspected migrant boat that sank offshore, a local official said. The stretch of coast is notorious for the smuggling of migrants from the Horn of Africa into Yemen. Residents in Ras al-Arah said bodies had washed up at dawn on Monday. A boat sank around 18 nautical miles off the coast of al-Mokha, the local official said. The perilous sea journey from Horn of Africa countries including Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti, is part of a longstanding migration route to take people north through Yemen into the rich Gulf states for work. “IOM is verifying reports that a vessel carrying a large number of migrants from the Horn of Africa has sunk off the coast of Yemen,” the International Or...
Kolkata techie in critical condition after contracting Covid-19 in Colombia
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Kolkata techie in critical condition after contracting Covid-19 in Colombia

Written by Arjun Harindranath Kaushik Saha, a TCS employee from Kolkata, is left fighting for his life in a Colombian hospital after contracting COVID-19 in Medellin, the country’s second-largest city. Although based in Chile with his Colombian wife Luz Zuleta, the pair had been visiting family in Colombia when Saha contracted the virus. The 35-year-old’s condition quickly deteriorated and he has been in a coma for the last two weeks. He remains on a ventilator though his state has worsened recently and exceptional treatments have been sought to save his life. Both his wife and brother, Dr Saumik Saha of Kolkata, are now aiming to secure an ECMO in the hope that he can make a recovery. In short supply in many countries around the world as a result of the pandemic, ECMO draw...