All ‘Urban Naxal’ Individuals, NGOs to be Smashed Soon

All ‘Urban Naxal’ Individuals, NGOs to be Smashed Soon

New Delhi: A major witch hunt operation targeting NGOs with a ‘left liberal’ leaning is in the offing, say news observers. Others say that liberal people have nothing to worry about, only those who support armed revolution will be in trouble.  The Centre has directed security forces to identify and arrest “overground” Maoist strategists and […]

Centre ‘advises’ Media : Don’t use the word ‘Dalit’!

Centre ‘advises’ Media : Don’t use the word ‘Dalit’!

New Delhi: Why is the Modi government asking private news channels not to use the word ‘Dalit’? What was missed out by the news  channels is that in January this year, a ‘petitioner’ had approached the Gwalior High court, and received an order banning government agencies from using the word Dalit on the grounds that […]

Artist’s Tribute to Calcutta’s Saint

Artist’s Tribute to Calcutta’s Saint

In what will be a memorable tribute to St Teresa of Calcutta on the eve her feast day, a Calcutta artist will throw open a so-far private archive of Mother Teresa to the public. Read on: She first met Mother Teresa when she was just five years old, and has since been a regular visitor […]

Criticism of Govt. is Essential for Democracy

Criticism of Govt. is Essential for Democracy

Dissent and criticism of the government are essential ingredients of a robust public debate in a vibrant democracy, the Law Commission of India said on Thursday. The Commission, which is the Centre’s topmost advisory body on laws, headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice B.S. Chauhan, published a consultation paper recommending that it is time […]

Police Arrest Activists to cover up Lankesh Assassins?

Police Arrest Activists to cover up Lankesh Assassins?

FIR No. 0004 of 2018, filed with Vishrambaug police station in Pune after the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon violence, names five people booked for promoting enmity between groups, punishable by up to five years’ jail. it does not name any of the five activists picked up on Tuesday. Of the original five, only Sudhir Dhawale, a […]

Human rights Activists, Jesuit Priest, branded Urban Naxalites

Human rights Activists, Jesuit Priest, branded Urban Naxalites

Mumbai: Pune police launched raids in five states at dawn on Tuesday, picking up mostly Left-leaning activists and lawyers and igniting outrage in civil society that described the crackdown as “absolutely chilling”. The five persons arrested are poet and Left-wing activist Varavara Rao; rights activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira; lawyer, trade unionist and tribal […]

Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

In line with our editorial policy to support initiatives for justice everywhere, Newsnet carries this piece written by Anto Akkara, first publshed in UCA News It was pure journalistic instinct that made me travel to the remote Kandhamal jungles in India’s Odisha state after an arson attack destroyed over 100 churches and Christian institutions in […]

Hot and bothered in Sikkim, Darjeeling!

Hot and bothered in Sikkim, Darjeeling!

Global warming certainly isn’t a myth. Soulful Sikkim is getting hot under the collar with heat that it has never experienced before. Tourism industry wallahs are scared that potential visitors will shun the Darjeeling hills and Sikkim because of the uncanny heat waves! Remember, the hills are where we run to get away from the […]

Nagaland4Kerala … We care!

Nagaland4Kerala … We care!

Kohima: Nagaland cares. The people care. In collaboration with the Government of Kerala, the Nagaland 4 Kerala concert takes place Friday 24 to raise money for the flood affected people. As Kerala continues to grapple with the worst floods ever, Nagaland is doing its bit to reach out to the victims, thousands of kilometres away. […]

Centre diktat behind Siliguri bridge collapse?

Siliguri: A portion of an under-construction flyover in the East West Corridor on NH-31D collapsed at Kantibhita in Phansidewa, located around 25 km from Siliguri recently. Some observers in Siliguri are actually pointing a finger at the Union Surface Transport Ministry for causing the crash! Perhaps this didn’t feature prominently on the news, because  no […]

Swami Agnivesh Flags State Sponsored Violence

Swami Agnivesh Flags State Sponsored Violence

All violence in recent times has got State patronage, Swami Agnivesh has said. He was in Thiruvanthapuram , Kerala, delivering the 17th N. Narendran memorial lecture on ‘Tolerance, plurality, and respect for dissent’ ecenly. Swami Agnivesh spoke about what appeaed to be consistent attacks on freedom of speech and right to dissent under the arera […]

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

The sacrament of confession also called the sacrament of reconciliation is one of the fundamental practices and sacraments of the Catholic Faith, and no government that abides by the Constitution of India can interfere with this. In the midst of increasing interference and a sustained campaign by certain mischievous and vocal elements, this latest ‘petition’ […]