Tribal couple in Odisha have serious things to tell PM

Bhubaneswar, Jan 16 : Dhabalu Sisa and his wife Samari, belonging to one of India’s most primitive tribes, are elated after receiving an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Republic Day parade, but have some serious things to tell him. Their village, called Bandiguda under Mudulipada gram panchayat in Malkangiri district of […]

Anglicans penalise US church over gay marriage to avoid schism

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Jan 15 : The Anglican Church has slapped sanctions on its liberal US branch for supporting same-sex marriage, a move that averted a formal schism in the world’s third largest Christian denomination but left deep divisions unresolved. The Anglican communion, which counts some 85 million members in 165 countries, has been […]

Widow of Modi bete noire to head Gujarat child rights panel

Ahmedabad, Jan 13 : The Anandiben Patel government in Gujarat on Wednesday appointed Jagruti Pandya, widow of former state home minister Haren Pandya who was assassinated in 2003, as chairperson of the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on a three-year term. The commission was constituted in September 2012 and its member Bharatiben […]

Supreme Court refuses to permit Jallikattu

New Delhi, Jan 13 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to vacate its order barring the bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu that is held during Pongal festivities. An apex court bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice N.V. Ramana declined to lift an earlier order that put on hold a central government […]

China arrests most prominent woman rights lawyer for subversion

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING, Jan 13 : Chinese authorities have formally arrested China’s most prominent woman human rights lawyer, accusing her of subverting the state, her lawyer said today, as part of a crackdown on activists who have helped people fight for their legal rights. The lawyer, Wang Yu, was taken into custody last July […]

Supreme Court refuses to permit Jallikattu

New Delhi, Jan 13 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to vacate its order barring the bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu that is held during Pongal festivities beginning on Thursday. An apex court bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice N.V. Ramana declined to lift an earlier order that put on hold […]