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Ukraine protesters face jail for insulting Indian flag (Lead)


February 18th, 2012 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Kiev, Feb 18 (IANS) Women protesters who climbed topless onto the balcony of the Indian ambassador's residence in Kiev and tore down the national flag may be jailed, police said.Activists ... Read more...

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US to discuss Tibet situation with China


February 11th, 2012 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Feb 11 (IANS) The issue of increased tensions and violations of human rights in Tibet will come up for discussion during Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to ... Read more...

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Three British Muslims jailed for anti-gay campaign


February 11th, 2012 - 12:38 am ICT by IANS
London, Feb 10 (IANS) Three Muslim extremists who distributed leaflets calling for homosexuals to be hanged, stoned and burned to death were jailed by a British court Friday.The trio were ... Read more...

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Nasheed sees ex-dictator Gayoom’s network behind his ouster


February 9th, 2012 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS
Male, Feb 9 (IANS) A day after he was ousted as the Malidivian president, Mohamed Nasheed has said what happened in the country should be traced to former dictator Maumoon ... Read more...

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All websites should operate within Indian laws: Pilot


February 7th, 2012 - 12:27 am ICT by IANS
Bangalore, Feb 6 (IANS) All websites, including social media sites, would have to operate within the India laws and be responsible for hosting any content, Minister of State for ... Read more...

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States warned against infringing on press freedom


February 3rd, 2012 - 10:54 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) The Press Council of India (PCI) has taken strong note of the recent attacks on the media, including the editorial offices of Maharashtra Times, and warned ... Read more...

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Al Nayeem Jubaer arrested over Facebook post


January 31st, 2012 - 10:21 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Dhaka, Jan 31 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A 19-year-old student has been arrested by the Bangladeshi police for posting obscene comments about the father of the country’s Prime Minister. The police say Al Nayeem ... Read more...

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Sentiments vs freedom: Rushdie issue festers


January 29th, 2012 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Days after Salman Rushdie was not allowed to speak at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the issue continues to touch a raw nerve among Muslim ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Sikh group seeks apology from Jay Leno for Golden Temple remark


January 25th, 2012 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS
Amritsar, Jan 25 (IANS) Amid growing protest from the Sikh community against US chat show host Jay Leno for his remarks on the holiest of Sikh shrines - the Golden ... Read more...

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India, US Sikh group object to Golden Temple comments


January 25th, 2012 - 11:54 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 25 (IANS) As India officially took up the issue of popular TV show host Jay Leno's objectionable depiction of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a US based Sikh ... Read more...

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Writers flay Rushdie fiasco


January 24th, 2012 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Expressing unhappiness over Salman Rushdie's thwarted address via video link at the Jaipur Literature Festival, several writers Tuesday said it was a "sad day ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Banning social media threat to democracy: Ankit Fadia


January 24th, 2012 - 7:57 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Banning or blocking websites and social content on web is a threat to democracy and the freedom of speech of the netizens, cyber-security expert ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Fatwas outrageous, laugh for sanity: Iranian writer (Interview)


January 23rd, 2012 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) A thousand jokes go around in Iran every day mocking President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the pretensions of the powerful, says Iranian writer Kamin Mohammadi, outraged that ... Read more...

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Writers resent muzzle on Salman Rushdie


January 21st, 2012 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) Outrage and resentment were the dominant emotions on the first day of the Jaipur Literature Festival here Friday as writers, intellectuals and fans cried foul over ... Read more...

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Government had no hand in Rushdie calling off visit: Congress


January 20th, 2012 - 11:56 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Congress Friday said the government had no role in acclaimed author Salman Rushdie deciding to call off his visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Mixed reactions to Rushdie’s decision to skip LitFest


January 20th, 2012 - 11:35 pm ICT by IANS
Jaipur, Jan 20 (IANS) Cancellation of author Salman Rushdie's visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival evoked mixed reactions, with most people terming it a major jolt to the spirit of ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Rahman defends ‘Hosanna’ against objection


January 20th, 2012 - 9:12 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Jan 20 (IANS) A.R. Rahman is caught up in a controversy following objections from a Christian group over the use of the word "Hosanna" in a song from "Ekk ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Court puts off hearing on Google, Facebook pleas (Lead)


January 19th, 2012 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday adjourned the hearing on petitions of Google India and Facebook India challenging a trial court's order to prosecute them ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

When Putin preached radio station on ‘Freedom of Speech’


January 19th, 2012 - 3:05 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Wednesday criticised a liberal radio station for serving US foreign policy interests and going overboard with the notion of freedom ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Can’t control content, Google, Facebook tell court (Lead)


January 16th, 2012 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Google India and Facebook India Monday again told the Delhi High Court that it was impossible for them to control content with billions of ... Read more...

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Censoring social media curbs free speech, say netizens


January 16th, 2012 - 12:17 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) The Indian government's decision to prosecute social networking sites like Google and Facebook has triggered public anger, with netizens saying the move is tantamount ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Apex court pulls up Tamil Nadu on film ban


January 13th, 2012 - 8:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday slammed the Tamil Nadu government for banning the screening of film "Dam 999", saying that "when the whole country has one ... Read more...

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Corporates can blackmail with Lokpal: Vayalar Ravi (Interview, To go with Lokpal can destabilise the nation)


December 26th, 2011 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has warned that Lokpal could "one day become a tool in the hands of corporate houses to ... Read more...

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Social media code: Congress cautious, BJP opposes Sibal’s way


December 8th, 2011 - 12:04 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday reacted cautiously to government moves for a code of conduct for social media, calling for larger debate, while the Bharatiya Janata ... Read more...

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Why cap on SMSes, high court asks TRAI, government


December 7th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the central government on a petition challenging the regulator's ... Read more...

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Hate censorship, but freedom often misused: Omar


December 6th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, Dec 6 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said he was against censorship of online content, but added that freedom of speech was often misused."I ... Read more...

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Dalai Lama’s prescription for ‘happy married life’


December 1st, 2011 - 10:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Dec 1 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, himself a bachelor, Thursday had some words of wisdom for a happy married life saying one should always go for ... Read more...

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Pakistan steps into absurdsville by banning words: Daily


November 21st, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Nov 21 (IANS) Pakistan has stepped into "absurdsville" by moving to block some 1,500 words from text messages, said a daily.Daily Times editorially said Monday that it seems ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Apex court’s TimesNow order detrimental to media: IBF


November 18th, 2011 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nob 18 (IANS) The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) Friday said the Supreme Court's refusal to interfere in a Rs.100 crore defamation suit filed by a retired apex court ... Read more...

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Maps on Wikipedia depict people’s view: Founder


November 18th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Addressing the first ever WikiConference in India, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales here Friday said the representation of maps on the free encyclopedia was in accordance with ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Talk to resolve Kashmir issue: Dalai Lama


November 16th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, Nov 16 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Wednesday said here that talks were "the best way out" to resolve the dispute over Jammu and Kashmir.The Dalai Lama ... Read more...

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French weekly firebombed over Prophet Mohammed issue


November 2nd, 2011 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 2 (IANS) The office of French weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris was destroyed in a petrol-bomb attack early Wednesday, a day after it named Prophet Mohammed as its ... Read more...

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Ramdev evicted for daring to raise voice, apex court told


October 17th, 2011 - 10:24 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday was told that yoga guru Baba Ramdev suffered the wrath of the central government during his gathering at the Ramlila ground ... Read more...

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Broadcasters will be consulted on new TV guidelines: Soni


October 10th, 2011 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) With the government's decision to recast policy guidelines for TV channels sparking outrage, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni Monday assured broadcasters her ministry ... Read more...

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Chidambaram is guilty in 2G scam, says Subramanian Swamy


October 4th, 2011 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Oct 4 (IANS) Keeping up his attack on Home Minister P.Chidambaram, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy Tuesday said he was as guilty as the jailed former communications minister A. ... Read more...

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