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‘Need to balance rights’: SC gives 8-week bail to Lakhimpur Kheri murder accused Ashish Mishra

The son of Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra has been in jail for over a year; top court decides against indefinite incarceration as trial court is taking time to hear case.

Why Bombay HC allowed abortion after 33 weeks — ‘law does not have all the answers’

The court allowed a married woman to terminate her pregnancy against the medical board's advice, adding that refusal on the ground of delay denies her right to reproductive autonomy.

Rijiju reacts to SC’s big reveal about govt objections to judge appointments — ‘grave concern’

Last week the collegium had uploaded detailed resolutions on SC website, in which it reiterated its earlier opinion to elevate 3 advocates as high court judges.

Goa Police said Felix Dahl died doing cartwheels. 8 yrs later, ‘murder’ probe still on

22-year-old Swedish national Dahl was found dead in Goa in 2015. Mud below his head was soaked in blood. While police called it ‘accidental fall’, Bombay HC said it was ‘most unlikely explanation’.

What is ‘living will’ and what are the Supreme Court’s hearings on passive euthanasia about

Last week, the Supreme Court pulled up Modi government for not pushing a law on passive euthanasia. The court also promised to modify its guidelines to simplify the procedure.  

‘Cow dung protects from nuclear radiation,’ says Gujarat court in illegal cattle transport case

Observing ‘Earth’s problems will end if cow slaughter ends’, Gujarat sessions judge awarded life term to Mohammad Ameen for illegally transporting cattle from Gujarat to Maharashtra.

Booked in six cheating cases, Dehradun businessman moves Supreme Court to shed ‘gangster’ tag

FIR filed under UP Gangsters Act describes him as a “gang leader” of a group of four persons & “presumes” him to be a gang member because of six cheating cases, says petitioner.

‘No means no’ — Kerala HC says teach children respect for opposite gender, sexism isn’t ‘cool’

HC was hearing petition filed by a man accused of misbehaving with & groping girls in college. The college's internal committee found him guilty. He had approached HC challenging it.

SC collegium attaches detailed notes on 20 fresh appointments, move to mitigate govt objection

The move hopes to quash ‘unsubstantiated’ objections to the names by Centre and reduce the back and forth, making the appointments to the higher courts a smoother process.

SC backs Saurabh Kirpal, Sathyan & Somasekhar Sundaresan as judges — read full statements here

The resolutions come on the heels of growing friction between the central government and the apex court over judicial appointments.

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Representative image Mizoram's counter-insurgency institution, Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte | ANI/Twitter

With Myanmar’s war at Northeast borders, India must side with Mizos...

Like with ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka or Bengali Hindus in Bangaldesh, violence against Chins has unleashed anger in Mizoram. New Delhi's time for cogitation is running out.
Representational image of Indian currency notes

‘Heavily exposed’: Indian banks ill-prepared to handle challenges of clean energy...

Report by think tank ODI says that of 10 large banks surveyed, only 4 collect information on environmental, social, and governance risks, reaffirms findings of previous research.

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The Army band performs during Beating Retreat rehearsal at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. 27 January, 2023 | Photo ANI

‘Ekla Chalo Re’ to ‘Saare Jahan se Achha’ — military bands...

At this year’s Beating Retreat ceremony, Indian tunes based on classical ragas will be performed by military bands. There will also be 3-D anamorphic projection and drone shows.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.