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Agasthyamuni idol at Agasthyarkootam, Kerala | Commons

Another Sabarimala-like crisis is brewing in Kerala

Neyyar tribals are up in arms against a HC verdict that allows women trekkers on Agasthyarkoodam peak as they believe it to be the abode of a celibate god.
File photo of Sabarimala temple | PTI

How a photograph led to Kerala HC order banning entry of women into Sabarimala  

A plea was filed in Kerala High Court in 1991 after a photograph showing a rice-feeding ceremony at the Sabarimala temple was published in a newspaper.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Hours after SC rap on high court judge appointments, Modi govt clears names

Madras High Court gets three new permanent judges, Kerala High Court gets four additional judges, while Karnataka HC gets 12 appointees in total.
Pope Francis

Kerala nun rape case: Clamour grows for intervention by Pope Francis

The victim, who has written four letters to the Pope since January, has sought mediation by the Vatican urgently.

DRI steps up crackdown on illegal export of shark fins, seizes 8,000 kg stock

DRI requests head of foreign trade dept to consider moving SC against a Kerala HC order that’s being used to bypass govt ban on export of shark fins.
A file photo of the Justice K M Joseph

Justice K M Joseph takes oath as Supreme Court judge

The judge whose seniority has allegedly been lowered was earlier serving as the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court.
Shark finning

Kerala firm accused of skirting ban to kill endangered sharks

Finning is the cruel practice of fishermen slicing off shark fins while they are alive and dumping them back into the water.
Hadiya at Supreme Court

Before you cheer Hadiya judgment, spare a thought for what it did not say

The ruling utterly fails to capture the hurdles -- both institutional and personal -- that Hadiya had to overcome for her “liberty” to be restored.

Talk Point: Can a mentally fit 25-year-old woman be put in legal custodianship by court?

Experts weigh in on if courts can decide legal custodianship of a physically and mentally fit 24 year old woman in reference to the Hadiya case.
The NIA, which is probing 94 ‘love jihad’ cases handed over by Kerala Police, says four PFI-linked men who forced Hadiya’s conversion also encouraged Athira.

Kerala ‘love jihad’: NIA finds four common PFI links between Athira and Hadiya cases

The NIA, which is probing 94 ‘love jihad’ cases handed over by Kerala Police, says four PFI-linked men who forced Hadiya’s conversion also encouraged Athira.

On Camera

Afghanistan’s hope for peace rests on how India, Pakistan and China deal with each other

A regional uniformity is possible only if Pakistan, India and China can insulate their support for Afghan peace process from regional rivalries.
aap

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.