Governance

Jantar Mantar

Complete ban on protests at Jantar Mantar not viable: Supreme Court

The apex court directed the Centre to frame guidelines on granting permissions to hold protests in Jantar Mantar and Boat Club.
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Centre tells SC it could live stream cases heard by CJI on trial basis

Senior advocate Indira Jaising says live streaming of Supreme Court cases will empower the public at large.
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Supreme Court allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad

A CJI-headed bench allowed Karti to travel abroad but ruled that he will have to surrender passport on return.

Young Indian men are in the grip of a new epidemic. It’s called Viagra

Viagra sales have risen by 40% in 8 years; doctors warn that more and more young men are seeking refuge in the anti-impotency drug.
The Ranchi shelter home

Unwed mothers made to give up claims on babies by Missionaries of Charity staff in Ranchi

On admission to Nirmal Hriday, the inmates were allegedly made to sign undertakings renouncing their claim to the children.
Destinations where overtourism has reached disruptive proportions include Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Dubrovnik, Kyoto, Berlin, Bali and Reykjavik.

From Paris to Bali, unhappy locals begin battle against ‘overtourism’

While tourists want to 'live like a local', residents feel their home towns are vanishing beneath souvenir shops and rowdy bars. 
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Home Ministry acquires 5,000 rape investigation kits to distribute to police stations

Maneka Gandhi says these kits will be instrumental in equipping forensic labs with uncompromised evidence in rape cases.
Justice Rajiv Sharma of Uttarakhand High Court | Northernvoice.in

The animal kingdom can defend itself now, and it’s all thanks to Uttarakhand’s crusader judge

Justice Rajiv Sharma’s bench has given many rulings on environmental PILs, including giving ‘legal entity’ status to rivers, glaciers and forests.

Ministry of external affairs mulls extending leave travel privilege to Central Asia

Earlier this year, the Centre announced that it had shelved a 2015 plan to include SAARC countries in the travel scheme for government employees.
Autorickshaw

Women’s safety takes a backseat as Delhi auto drivers grapple with faulty GPS devices

Caught between faulty network and Government challans, auto drivers want to do away with the mandatory GPS system.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.