PM sees Pak 'hand; in polls, Rahul says won't abuse, 'will defeat you with love'

Speaking in this town of Banaskantha district located on the border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cited a 'post' by a former Pakistan army officer to clain the neighbouring country was showing undue interest in the Gujarat election.

Experts sound alarm bells: Dividend can be nightmare, Make in India at risk

An estimated 8 lakh BE/Btech engineering students graduated in 2015-16, a little over a quarter of those who finished Class 12 Science that year. And yet, over 50% of seats are going empty amid abandoned lecture halls and ghost campuses.

To Save a Child

From a 14 year old boy 'sold' by his family for Rs 2000 to work at a bangle factory to a 16 year old girl allegedly conned into boarding the wrong train- their safety depends on Childline volunteers and police officers at the forefront of the fight against child trafficking.

Lashkar charity wing reaches out to Rohignya in Rakhine

The Lashkar-e-Taiba's charitable wing, the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, has established operations reachig out to Muslim populations inside Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, the organizaton has claimed in propaganda material released online.


Partly Free

With the near ending of the year, the Freedom House’s annual report on internet freedom is becoming a major concern for all. Though it is a reason for India to cheer having scored 41 out of 100, it is still a matter of concern because the two reasons which depict it a positive are also showing signs of the efforts of the government to undermine digital rights. The first positive factor can be attributed to the comprehensive methodology of the report which duly allocates a quarter of its points for gradual improvement and deepening of the access. India on its part is ever increasing and adding more internet subscribers increasing the internet speeds. However, this situation is degraded by the restrictions which the authorities are placing on the content and the violation of the user rights. India also has traditionally blocked many individual websites, shutting down all the internet traffic and has earned official notoriety. According to a study by the Brookings Institute, India is demonstrated as having imposed 22 internet shutdown during 2016- the highest in global view. The second factor is the Justice Puttaswamy judgement when the apex court of India Supreme Court clearing the cloud over the right to privacy. With that judgement, the fundamental right to privacy applies in litigation, but meaningful safeguards which are implemented remain absent. The Puttaswamy judgement notes a good affirmative state obligation for bringing in a law to protect the citizens against the harms of prior data collection, analysis as well as disclosure. The Supreme Court later struck down Section 66A which made the court and executive orders directing for removing online content mandatory for all. The Freedom House report rates India as a partly free internet savvy economy and isn’t at all a passing grade for a particular democracy which values digital rights of its citizens.

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