Governance

SC admits plea to lift ‘ban’ on Muslim women in mosques. But Islam doesn’t bar them at all

Islam doesn't restrict women's entry into any mosque in the world. The only limitation is that women have to stand in a separate row, some distance behind men.

Govt cancels visa & issues ‘leave India’ notice to Bangladesh actor for campaigning for Trinamool

The actor allegedly took part in campaigning for TMC's Raiganj candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal for which he's been asked to leave the country.
PM Narendra Modi introduced the channel on his Twitter account | @narendramodi/Twitter

NaMo TV not a television channel, doesn’t need licence, ex-civil servants tell President

The letter comes in response to an 8 April letter written by another group of former civil servants, expressing concern over the credibility of the Election Commission.
File image of students protesting in front of the gate of AMU | PTI

Joblessness or Jinnah — in Aligarh, it’s Aligarh Muslim University that has polarised polls

Recent controversies involving AMU have split Aligarh, with Hindu youth blaming the university for myriad problems and students & Muslim youth defending it.

Supreme Court seeks response from P Chidambaram’s family on Income Tax dept’s plea

The top court has refused to stay the Madras High Court order quashing criminal prosecution against the Chidambarams as requested by the Income Tax dept.
Members of SC/ST and Muslim communities comprise more prisoners than their share in the Indian population | Shutterstock

SC allows post-conviction mental illness to be a factor in deciding death penalty appeals

Supreme Court lays down guidelines, says such convicts 'cannot be ignored and left to rot away', they require care and treatment.
Young lawyers outside the Supreme Court

SC invokes Sabarimala in plea seeking entry of women into mosques

SC issues notices to minority affairs ministry, Muslim law board and NCW on a petition filed by a Muslim couple challenging ban on entry of women in mosques.
Election Commission of India has asked Facebook to block political advertisement 48 hours before the election

EC orders 2 Hindi TV serials to get clearance for content amid allegations of promoting BJP

Congress raised objections to dialogues in the TV serials for praising BJP schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

Election Commission set to cancel Lok Sabha election in Vellore after large cash seizures

The Election Commission is said to have received a report from the Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer on the matter Monday.

Election Commission bars Azam Khan & Maneka Gandhi from campaigning after Yogi and Mayawati

The poll body has banned SP leader Azam Khan from campaigning for 72 hours and union minister Maneka Gandhi for 48 hours. 

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.