Spell out stand on MPs’ salaries, allowances: SC to Centre

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a “last opportunity” to the Central government to spell out its stand on setting up a permanent mechanism for determining sitting parliamentarians’ salaries and allowances. Giving a week’s time to the Central government, a bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul […]

Twitter urged to stop bullying of disabled people: Report

London, Feb 20 : Claiming that reporting disability-related abuse on Twitter remained cumbersome, a Britain-based charity on Tuesday has urged the microblogging site to do more to help users with disability to report hate speech. According to the Muscular Dystrophy UK, the lack of a clear option to label abusive tweets based on disability was […]

Soon, Parliament House to have a creche

New Delhi, Feb 20 : The Parliament House will soon open a creche facility on its premises so as to have an inclusive work environment for its women employees. A 1,500 square-feet creche in the House will be guarded by professionals, ensuring all-round development of children and will also have a separate feeding room for […]

Oxfam bosses to be questioned over sex scandal

London, Feb 20 : Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British MPs on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The MPs from the International Development Committee will question the charity’s chief Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson, about safeguarding policies, reports […]

Teens hold ‘lie-in’ outside White House, demands gun reform

Washington, Feb 20 : A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressurise lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws, the media reported. The group, dubbed Teens for Gun Reform, had started organising the event by seeking 17 demonstrators to lie down for […]

UN experts urge US not to execute ill person

United Nations, Feb 20 : Two UN human rights experts have urged the US government to halt the execution of a seriously ill person. In a statement on Monday, Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other treatments or punishments, […]