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21-year-old arrested in Mumbai for Facebook post
Report dated 20/11/2012 @ 10:51 PM
Mumbai police have arrested a 21-year-old woman for questioning the shutdown in the city for Bal Thackeray's funeral on her Facebook account. Another woman who 'liked' the comment was also arrested.
The women were booked under the sections for hurting religious sentiments and the Information Technology Act 2000. Both women have been released on bail.
Although the first woman withdrew her comment and apologised, some 2000 angry Shiv Sena workers attacked and ransacked her uncle's orthopaedic clinic north of Mumbai.
Family fall victim to 'honour' killing in Bihar
Report dated 20/11/2012 @ 10:48 PM
Dilaru Bind, his 3-year-old daughter and six-month-old son, were killed, and his wife Rani was seriously wounded, when they were attacked by relatives who opposed their marriage.
Dilaru and Rani eloped four years ago but recently returned to their village in Malmur district near Patna.
The wounded Rani told police her family had been opposed to their marriage and threatened them in the past. She escaped the 'honour' killing attack by jumping from the rooftop of the house in the village of Kekram. She has been admitted to hospital.
According to a recent study hundreds of people in India are killed each year for marrying against their families wishes.
Minister flies Air India Express to gauge plight of passengers
Report dated 18/11/2012 @ 10:01 PM
Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal joined a queue of passengers unannounced, and waited his turn to board the Air India Express flight to Dubai. Airline and airport staff in Kochi were mortified and offered to check him through the VIP entrance but he refused.
Once on board the minister interacted with co-passengers who told of their experiences due to cancelled flights, about 200 of which have been cancelled by the state carrier during the past four months.
As a consequence, Gulf NRIs have launched campaigns against Air India's attitude regarding its operations to and from the region.
The minister said killing off the public sector airline would not be an ideal solution and there will be a thorough investigation of the airline's various sections within a few months, as it is their responsibility to strengthen Air India and solve the problems.
Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray has died
Report dated 18/11/2012 @ 9:58 PM
Bal Thackeray who catapulted the Shiv Sena to power in Maharashtra in the 1990s has died at age 86, at his Mumbai home in suburban Bandra, after being critically ill for some days.
Dr Jalil Parkar who treated Thackeray said he suffered cardiac arrest and could not be revived.
Thackeray who started out as a cartoonist alongside R K Laxman in the 1950s founded the Shiv Sena in 1966 on the plank of job security for the sons of Maharashtra, which translated into attacks on South Indians, whom he blamed for taking away job opportunities from the locals. Later his politics also centred around the Hindu identity and anti-Congressism. He initially concentrated on the metropolis but later spread his politics throughout the state and joined up with the BJP to remain its longest ally, sharing the saffron agenda.
Thackeray later relegated himself to the background and anointed son Uddhav as his successor.
Thackeray had been suffering with respiratory problems and pancreatic disease. He is survived by sons Jaidev and Uddhav. His nephew Raj split from the family and founded his own Maharashtra Navnirman Sena some six years ago after a succession row.
Security in Mumbai has been stepped up in the wake of Thackeray's death.
India is world's second in keeping tabs on netizens !
Report dated 16/11/2012 @ 10:36 PM
According to Google data, India ranks second to the US globally, in keeping tabs on its netizens. A transparency report by Google lists requests it received from governments across the world to access information on users of its services.
The report said India made 2319 requests involving 3467 users in 2012, compared with the US's 7969 requests and 1566 requests from Brazil.
The Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore made the observation that though India is a large country with a significant number of internet users, this data is an indicator of growing surveillance as India lacks a general privacy law that helps set guidelines for such user requests, despite privacy being a constitutional right.
India also sends requests to take down content that it finds defamatory and against national security.