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Category archives: Current News

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle biggest ocean polluters: Report

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Nestle are among the companies that contribute most to ocean pollution with single-use plastics, according to a study presented on Tuesday by the “Break Free from Plastic” initiative. The environmental movement, launched in 2016, has helped clear the coasts of 42 countries around the world of discarded plastics. “These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” […]

Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi at Rajasthan rally, says demonetisation and GST 'destroyed economy'

Taking his attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to poll-bound Rajasthan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, which he referred to as Gabbar Singh Tax, had destroyed India’s economy. Addressing a rally in Dholpur’s Mania area, Rahul said the prime minister had declared during elections that he wanted to be a ‘chowkidar’ but never clarified who he wanted to guard. The Congress […]

Google to shutdown its social network Google Plus after users data exposed to external developers

Google on Monday said that it has decided to shutdown its social media network Google+ after the company found that a bug in the social network had exposed the private data of its users to external developers which may have affected up to 500,000 accounts on Google+. The company has said that following an internal investigation in the issue, it has found that there was a bug in the software […]

Facebook Unearths Security Flaw Affecting 50 Million Users

Facebook Inc has discovered a security flaw affecting about 50 million user accounts which could have allowed attackers to take over the accounts, the social networking company said on Friday. Facebook has since fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement, it said. Attackers stole Facebook access tokens through its “view as” feature, which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. “View as” is a feature that allows users […]

Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala temple today

The Supreme Court will pronounce an historical verdict on Friday on entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala. At present women in the age group of 10 to 50 are denied entry on the ground of menstruation. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra’s verdict will determine whether the religious […]

Now, you don’t need Aadhaar for these services. Here’s the full list

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld constitutional validity of Aadhaar and struck down Section 57 permitting private entities to avail the data. However, it ruled that Aadhar is not needed for school admissions and mobile phone connections. Also, individuals can approach courts to file cases under the Aadhaar Act. Earlier, only the UIDAI and its officials could file cases. “Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than […]

SC to deliver Aadhaar verdict today, to decide on validity, mandatory linking

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will decide on Wednesday the constitutionality of Aadhaar, the controversial biometric identity card project that the government claims plugged leaks in welfare schemes but which critics dub as intrusive and violating privacy. The Constitution Bench, comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, reserved its verdict on May 10 after hearing the […]

Florence claims at least 14 lives, official says ‘worst is yet to come’

Deadly storm Florence drenched North Carolina with yet more downpours on Sunday, cutting off the city of Wilmington, damaging tens of thousands of homes and threatening worse flooding as rivers fill to bursting point. The death toll rose to at least 14 from Florence, which crashed into the state as a hurricane on Friday, bringing record rainfall. It had weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, but was forecast to […]

Events leading up to decriminalising of Section 377: Chronology

Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised part of Section 377 of the IPC which criminalises consensual unnatural sex. The constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra termed the part of Section 377 as irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary. The bench said that the part of Section 377 dealing with homosexuality is violative of the right to equality and the right to live with dignity. But the battle has not been […]

Teachers' Day 2018: Here's why September 5 is special

September 5 is observed as National Teachers’ Day that happens to be the birthday of the first Vice President and the second President of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Born on September 5, 1888, Dr Radhakrishnan was an Indian philosopher and a scholar. He had taught at different universities, the University of Mysore and the Oxford University being among them. His areas of expertise were Philosophy and Moral Science and was […]