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    After 'The Wire' Story, National-Level NGOs, DM, NHRC Take Action on Child Labour in Varanasi

    Today is National Handloom Day: a day to celebrate the contributions that handloom weaving artisans make to the crafts and economy of the country. However, as The Wire reported on July 13, the nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic put many weavers in penury, leaving them so financially distressed that they had to push their children...

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    The 'Unlock' in Kashmir Has to Take Into Account Human Rights Violations

    Amongst the bleakest in the history of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), these past 12 months beginning with the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A on August 5, 2019 have witnessed unprecedented violations of the human rights to health and life. Despite narratives of 'normalcy' that began gradually emerging, a visit to Kashmir in February 2020 by a group of activists and...

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    Kerala: 14 Killed in Idukki Landslide, More Than 50 Missing

    Idukki: At least 14 people were killed and over 50 others are feared trapped in debris after a landslide triggered by heavy rains flattened a row of dwelling units of tea estate workers at Pettimudi in this high-range district in Kerala early Friday, police and officials said. The incident is said to have occurred in the wee hours when a huge mound of earth fell on the 'row houses' and...

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    Elgar Case: DU Professor Hany Babu Gets Judicial Custody Till Aug 21

    Mumbai: A special court here on Friday remanded Delhi University (DU) associate professor Hany Babu, who was arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad case, and is in judicial custody till August 21. Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, an associate professor at the Department of English, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on July 28 for his...

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    CVC Shortens Time Period for Reconsideration of its Advice on Punishing Corrupt Govt Officials

    New Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has reduced [halved it to a month] the time for the reconsideration of its advice against government officials accused of corruption in cases where the concerned department want a more lenient or stricter view on the quantum of punishment recommended by it, according to an official order. The move came...

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    Ebrahim Alkazi: The Early Stirrings of a Renaissance Man

    The following is an extract from Ranjit Hoskote's curatorial essay for Opening Lines: Ebrahim Alkazi, Works 1948-1971 (Art Heritage, New Delhi, 2019). Bombay's cosmopolitanism, especially between the 1930s and the 1960s, has often been misunderstood as merely a byproduct of Westernisation. Bombay had an Art Deco quarter before Miami did; it featured on the international jazz circuit. And...

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    Pakistan Claims it Asked India to Appoint Counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday claimed that it has asked India through diplomatic channels to appoint a counsel for death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. However, New Delhi said that Islamabad has communicated about the developments relating to the case. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said at her weekly press briefing that the Islamabad High Court has...

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    The Port of Beirut: Vital, Historic Centre of a Complex City

    The centre of Beirut has suffered devastation following an explosion which has destroyed the port, caused massive damage to the Lebanese capital and resulted in numerous deaths. The blast, in the early evening of August 4, has been reported as having the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake - and is believed to have been fuelled by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at...

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    Jamia Adds Another Feather in Its Cap, 30 Students Clear UPSC Exam

    New Delhi: After being recognised as one of the top ten universities in the country, Jamia Millia Islamia has added another feather to its cap. Thirty students who had received training at Jamia's Residential Coaching Academy have cleared the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Out of the total, 25 successful candidates had been residing in RCA and five received training as part of the...

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    At Ayodhya Bhoomi Pujan, Modi Became All-in-One; Proper Rituals Not Followed, Allege Pundits

    Lucknow: In an unusual move that has left everyone bemused, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to play an all-encompassing role during the bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya on August 5. He was not only the chief guest but also the master of ceremonies and the official yajmaan (patron of a religious ritual) during the ceremony. In certain quarters, an...

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