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    'Victim of State Hunt': Kerala MPs, MLAs, Eminent Persons Urge Hany Babu's Release

    New Delhi: Four Kerala MPs, two MLAs and a hundred academic voices, activists and eminent individuals from all walks of life have written an open letter for fellow Keralite Hany Babu, urging among other things, action to ensure that the jailed scholar is released before being exposed to COVID-19. After raids by the NIA at his house in 2019 and 2020, Hany Babu was...

    • 5 hrs ago
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    At Summit, India and EU to Discuss Differing Positions on Vaccine Patent Waiver Proposal

    New Delhi: A wrong-footed European Union is likely to present its position on the waiver of patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines at the India-EU summit, which will highlight the gap between the two sides on this critical issue. The regional bloc's position has become the critical roadblock after the United States' sudden announcement that it was...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    Interview | 'Being Part of Alliances Will Help Bring Dalits Into Mainstream': Thirumavalavan

    Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has created history. In the just concluded elections to the Tamil Nadu's state assembly, the VCK contested in six constituencies as part of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led alliance and has won four. Significantly, among the four are two general constituencies. For an Ambedkarite party that had resolutely...

    • 6 hrs ago
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    'Lest We Forget': Why India Must Remember Its Present Horror

    At the entrance to the Hall of Remembrance in the US Holocaust Memorial, Washington, the following words are inscribed: 'Guard yourself and guard your soul carefully lest you forget the things your eyes saw.' The Jews in France have a shorter version of this exhortation: 'N'oublions pas,' or lest we forget. The Jews have a long memory. It's time for us to develop one too. We need to...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    COVID-19: Mehbooba Mufti Appeals to PM Modi to Release Political Detainees

    Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release all political detainees languishing in jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir immediately in the wake of the worsening COVID-19 situation. Throughout the world, most countries have released prisoners on parole in view of the alarming COVID crisis. A democratic and...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    How Pramod Sawant's Failure Led to Goa Becoming the State With the Highest Positivity Rate

    Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant's response to an order of the high court on Thursday, May 6, demonstrates how he still does not get the enormity of the COVID-19 crisis that has brought the smallest state in the country to its knees by his government's mishandling. Pulling up the state for its failure to impose even 'minimum restrictions' to...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    What the Delay in US Help for India Says About the Effectiveness of the 'Quad'

    Chandigarh: The labour pains Washington endured - before eventually delivering badly-needed medical supplies and related equipment to tackle India's second calamitous coronavirus pandemic wave - has degraded the timely operational framework of the untested Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, in an emergency. It's perhaps uncharitable to carp at the US at...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    Karnataka Announces Complete Lockdown From May 10 to May 24

    New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on May 7, announced a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24 in the state in view of a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and related fatalities. The shutdown will begin at 6 am on May 10 and will go on till 6 am on May 25. There was already a curfew in place in the state from April 27, which was to end on May 12. 'The second wave...

    • 8 hrs ago
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    Maratha Reservations: Why SC's Verdict May Still Open the Door to Further Litigation

    The Supreme Court's Constitution bench on Wednesday delivered a mixed verdict on reservations, which is likely to invite a backlash both from the political class and disgruntled litigants. The court's ruling deals with three crucial issues and on two of them, it seems to have muddied the waters. Why Marathas don't merit reservations First, on the issue of...

    • 9 hrs ago
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    Why Facebook Created Its Own 'Supreme Court' for Judging Content - 6 Questions Answered

    1. What Is the Facebook Oversight Board? The Oversight Board was set up to give users an independent third party to whom they can appeal Facebook moderation decisions, as well as to help set the policies that govern these decisions. The idea was first proposed by Zuckerberg in 2018 after a discussion with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, and the board...

    • 12 hrs ago

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