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Farm law protests: Journalist Mandeep Punia’s bail plea rejected, sent to 14 days’ judicial custody

Farm law protests: Journalist Mandeep Punia’s bail plea rejected, sent to 14 days’ judicial custody

Support Scroll.inA Delhi court on Sunday rejected the bail plea of journalist Mandeep Punia and sent him to 14 days of judicial custody, his lawyers told Scroll.in. The metropolitan magistrate court listed his bail application for hearing on Monday and asked the investigating officer in the case to file his response.Punia, a freelance journalist, was detained by Delhi Police from the Capital’s Singhu border on Saturday evening. In a First Information Report filed in the early hours of Sunday, he was charged under Sections 186, 353, 332 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The sections pertain...

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Kerala: ‘Woman with self respect would kill herself if she were raped,’ claims state Congress chief

Kerala: ‘Woman with self respect would kill herself if she were raped,’ claims state Congress chief

The chief of the Congress unit in Kerala, , on Sunday insulted rape complainants, claiming that a woman with self-respect would kill herself instead of publicly accepting that she was sexually assaulted, The Indian Express reported. His misogynistic remarks sparked public outrage, following which Ramchandran issued an apology.“No one can trust a woman who publicly says she got raped,” , according to Times Now. “A woman with self-respect will kill herself if she is raped.” The Congress leader was speaking at an agitation launched by the Congress-led United Democratic Front in...

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Arundhati Roy: Our battle for love must be militantly waged – and beautifully won

Arundhati Roy: Our battle for love must be militantly waged – and beautifully won

Support Scroll.inI thank the organisers of the 2021 Elgar Parishad for inviting me to speak at this forum to mark what would have been Rohit Vemula’s 32nd birthday and the 1818 victory of the battle of Bhima Koregaon. Not far from here, Mahar troops fighting in the British Army defeated the Peshwa King Bajirao II under whom Mahars and other Dalit castes were cruelly persecuted and ritually debased in indescribable ways.From this platform let me join the other speakers to express my solidarity with the farmers protest that is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the three Farm Bills that...

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‘Love jihad’: As pandemic rages, BJP states turn focus to laws based on Hindutva conspiracy theory

‘Love jihad’: As pandemic rages, BJP states turn focus to laws based on Hindutva conspiracy theory

Amidst the numerous crises India is facing, have decided that one of their top priorities is to pass a law based on a Hindutva conspiracy theory aimed at preventing inter-faith marriage. The leaders of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam have promised to introduced strict legal provisions to prevent “love jihad”, a conspiritorial delusion that imagines a vast, country-wide plot by Muslim men to dupe unsuspecting Hindu women into marriage with the aim of converting them to Islam.AdvertisementEvery aspect of these laws and the conversation around them is deeply...

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Nov 22
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The families of people who died in Boeing 737 MAX crashes are being denied answers

The families of people who died in Boeing 737 MAX crashes are being denied answers

This is a strange moment for the families of the 157 people who died aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight, ET 302, that plunged to the earth shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019.The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States on November 18 for the Boeing 737 MAX, allowing a return to the skies for the model involved in both the Ethiopian Airlines disaster and the crash of a Lion Air flight in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018 that claimed 189 lives. Both crashes were linked to flawed flight-control...

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Nov 24
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Why foreign investors find stressed Indian firms attractive

Why foreign investors find stressed Indian firms attractive

As the , a bunch of global investors is looking to snap up stressed Indian companies at a bargain.Earlier this month, Singapore-based DBS Group Holdings Lakshmi Vilas Bank, which was struggling with a massive bad loan problem. As per reports, another major global investor, New York-based Apollo Global Management, the small private bank.Similarly, several global investors are to take over the fraud-hit non-banking financial services firm Dewan Housing Finance, which since November last year. Last month, the US-based bargain hunter Oaktree Capital the NBFC for Rs 28,000 crore ($3.73 billion)....

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Prathamesh Mulye
Nov 27
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India a dangerous, violent place for Muslims under Modi government, says minorities report

India a dangerous, violent place for Muslims under Modi government, says minorities report

India has become a “dangerous and violent space for Muslim minorities” ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government introduced amendments to the Citizenship Act last year, said the . The annual report looks at the status of civic space and personal liberties accessible to citizens, especially minorities, living in South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It said that while civic space is under threat the world over, India’s case was unique in terms of the “alarming setbacks” that have “taken place at an extraordinary pace,...

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After Rihanna, an outpouring of international celebrities support for farmers protest

After Rihanna, an outpouring of international celebrities support for farmers protest

Support Scroll.inAfter pop singer made waves on Wednesday by tweeting about the situation in Delhi, there has been an outpouring of support from the international community for the farmer protests against the three agricultural laws. Celebrities and activists from around the world extended their support to the farmers’ movement, with some outraging over the Narendra Modi government’s handling of the crisis. “We stand in solidarity with the farmer protests in India,” wrote climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, using the hashtag #FarmersProtest.Thunberg shared a CNN article about the...

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India is running out of oxygen, Covid-19 patients are dying – because the government wasted time

India is running out of oxygen, Covid-19 patients are dying – because the government wasted time

Support Scroll.inVinay Srivastava’s oxygen saturation level was dangerously low when he tweeted around 8 pm on April 16 to say that no hospital in Lucknow was responding to his phone calls. Oxygen saturation in the blood below the level of 94 is considered a matter of concern for people suffering from Covid-19. Srivastava said his level was 52. As the 65-year-old freelance journalist’s complaint went viral on Twitter, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s media advisor responded to him next afternoon, asking for more details. By then, Srivastava’s oxygen levels had fallen to 31. At 4.20 pm on...

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Apr 27
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Justin Trudeau backs farmers’ agitation, says Canada will always defend right of peaceful protestors

Justin Trudeau backs farmers’ agitation, says Canada will always defend right of peaceful protestors

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday spoke in support of the farmers’ protest in Delhi against the Centre’s farm laws, saying that his country will always defend the rights of peaceful protestors.“The situation [from the protest] is concerning,” he said at an online event to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. “We’re all very worried about family and friends. We know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protestors.”Trudeau, the first world leader to comment publicly on the ongoing protests, said...

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