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Goa government department bans sleeveless dresses, jeans

Panaji : The Goa government's department of art and culture has banned its staffers from wearing sleeveless clothes, multi-pocket pants and jeans, the state legislative assembly was told on Tuesday.

In his reply tabled during the budget session, Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar said that the instructions have been issued by the department's director so that "decorum" could be maintained in office premises.

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Kerala's Section 66A veteran heaves sigh of relief

Thiruvananthapuram : If there's one person who is overjoyed by Tuesday's Supreme Court order quashing Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, it's none other than Shajan Skariah, editor of the online Malayalam portal "Marunadan Malayalee" -- and one who has 22 cases registered against him under the now struck-down law.

Skariah told IANS that this news is probably the most exciting news that he has heard in the past seven years .

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SC reserves verdict on challenge to NJAC Act

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional amendment and enabling law to replace the collegium system for the appointment of judges to higher judiciary by the National Judicial Appointment Commission.

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Twitterati upbeat about SC quashing Section 66A

New Delhi : Author Chetan Bhagat and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor joined Twitter users on Tuesday to express their happiness over the Supreme Court's decision to axe Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.

Many Twitter users were upbeat after the apex court said the section was vague.

Chetan Bhagat tweeted: "Glad to know that I live in a free country. No section 66A as SC strikes it down. Super Happy. Go on, troll away.”

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SC verdict on Section 66A positive development: Nasscom

Bengaluru : Quashing of Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 by the Supreme Court is a positive development and augurs well for the country, a top official of the IT industry body Nasscom said on Tuesday.

"The Supreme Court verdict is a positive development and a right step as it (order) aligns with the provisions of the IT Act," National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) president R. Chandrashekhar told IANS from New Delhi.

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Section 66A quashing a victory for Internet users: IAMAI

New Delhi : Applauding the Supreme Court's quashing of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 on Tuesday, stakeholders among the internet and mobile community termed it as a "momentous victory" for the 302 million internet users in India.

Denial of L-1B visa applications highest for Indians: Study

New Delhi : Even as President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he would reform the L-1B visa regime that allows global companies to temporarily shift their workers to the US, a study released last week finds that Indians faced the maximum rejections under this category.

"The denial rate for L-1B petitions to transfer employees of Indian origin is a remarkable 56 percent for 2012 through 2014, compared to an average denial rate of 13 percent to transfer employees from all other countries during the period," says the study by a US think tank.

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Victory of common man: Section 66A victim

Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) Victims and legal experts on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court's verdict striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, and termed it a victory for the common man's free speech.

Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra who was arrested under the section in 2012 for circulating emails mocking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the verdict will help in removing the fear psychosis that had gradually developed over the "draconian" law.

Section 66A of IT Act unravelled

Section 66A of the Informational Technology Act was quashed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, terming it vague.

The section reads:

"66 A Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.

Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device -

a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or

What really caused the train disaster in UP?

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : Over three days after a train disaster left 38 people dead in Uttar Pradesh, it is not still clear what really caused the horrific accident.

Preliminary inquiry into the March 20 derailment in Rae Bareli district has apparently thrown up various versions, railway sources say.

Thirty-eight people were killed and dozens injured when the engine and three coaches of the Varanasi-bound Janata Express went off the tracks at Bachranwa, a small railway station.

The train had originated at Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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