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Attending Pakistan Day event part of diplomatic civility: V.K. Singh

New Delhi : Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh on Tuesday said his attending the Pakistan Day function was part of "diplomatic civility" and wondered what the brouhaha was about.

Speaking to Times Now news channel, V.K. Singh, a former army chief, made it clear that he was representing the government at the function held on Monday evening.

It was also attended by leaders of two factions of the Hurriyat Conference and some other separatist organisations from Jammu and Kashmir.

Bombay HC allows German Bakery blast convict’s jail transfer, orders Maharashtra to ensure his safety

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Allowing the jail transfer petition, the Bombay High Court has directed Maharashtra government to shift the lone convicted person in the 2010 German Bakery blast case to Nagpur Central Jail.

Mirza Himayat Baig, 32, who is at presently lodged in Pune’s Yerwada prison, had filed a petition before the High Court alleging the environment in the Pune’s Yerwada prison as “hostile” and claimed that he feared to be killed as was his co-accused Qateel Siddique, 28, who was murdered in August 2012 inside the Yerwada prison by two hardened criminals.


Communal harmony being disturbed: BJP lawmaker

Panaji : Attempts are being made to disturb religious harmony in India and the supply of beef has been stopped in Goa in the name of religion, a BJP legislator said on Tuesday.

Speaking in the assembly, Michael Lobo, the Bharatiya Janata Party member from Calangute, asked Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to crack down on attempts to trigger religious intolerance in the state.

Citing instances of attacks on churches and prayer houses of minority communities in north India, Delhi in particular, Lobo said: "Attempts are being made to disturb peaceful harmony among Indians."

Telangana government to give wings to Muslim woman's dream

Hyderabad : The Telangana government has come forward to extend financial assistance to Syeda Salva Fatima, one of the few Muslim women to hold a commercial pilot's license, for advanced training.

Fatima, daughter of a bakery owner and hailing from poverty-stricken old city of Hyderabad, was looking for the help to undergo multi-engine and type rating training to become eligible for a job in an airline.

Some infamous cases registered under IT Act in India

In the light of the Supreme Court quashing Section 66A of the IT Act on Tuesday and declaring that the Act was misused, a quick run through some controversial cases.

March 19, 2015: UP Police arrested a Class XI student in Rampur for making offensive remarks against Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan on Facebook.

October 2014: Andhra Pradesh CID arrested a student for posting on social media that the cyclone Hudhud was good as it was nature's way of punishing those who did not vote for the YSR Congress Party.


SC quashes Section 66A, victims ecstatic

New Delhi/Kolkata/Mumbai : The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, a controversial provision used to arrest people for their social media postings. The verdict was hailed by the victims, who described it as a victory for the common man's free speech.

"Section 66A of the IT Act is struck down in its entirety...," said an apex court bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman.


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.

Victim of Section 66A welcome SC's decision

New Delhi : A victim of the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act expressed her happiness and welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on its scraping.

Rinu Shrinivasan and Shaheen Dhada were arrested after posting content on the Mumbai shutdown after the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray in 2012.

Rinu was upbeat after the apex court's verdict on Tuesday.

"My post didn't have any abusive content, people must feel free to express their opinion," media reports quoted Rinu Shrinivasan as saying.


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