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US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarises activists
World

US abortion ruling sparks global debate, polarises activists

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation, was 'concerned and disappointed' by the ruling, and said it reduces both 'women's rights and access to health care'

Karnataka halal row: Govt mandates stunning of animals before slaughter
India

Karnataka halal row: Govt mandates stunning of animals before slaughter

The order was issued to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike after complaints were lodged that the rules are not being followed in the city

Activists threaten to launch protests if girls’ schools not reopened by Taliban in a week
World

Activists threaten to launch protests if girls’ schools not reopened by Taliban in a week

Since storming back to power the Taliban have rolled back two decades of gains made by Afghanistan's women, who have been squeezed out of many government jobs and barred from travelling alone

Delhi HC says marital rape exemption requires ‘serious consideration’: What you need to know
India

Delhi HC says marital rape exemption requires ‘serious consideration’: What you need to know

The court, hearing petitions challenging exception to marital rape under India’s sexual assault laws, said that it was ‘difficult to appreciate’ that rape affects only unmarried women’s dignity

Beijing Winter Olympics: As the countdown begins, calls to boycott the ‘Genocide Games’ grow
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics: As the countdown begins, calls to boycott the ‘Genocide Games’ grow

With less than 100 days to go, athletes, politicians and human rights activists are among those who want to see the games cancelled or boycotted for human rights reasons

Activists seek legalisation of marijuana in former hippie haven Nepal
World

Activists seek legalisation of marijuana in former hippie haven Nepal

Marijuana use is widely accepted in Nepal. It was freely farmed and attracted Western hippies in the 1960s and 1970s. However, pressure from Western governments made Nepal introduce laws making marijuana and other narcotics illegal.

Climate change is a matter of life and death says Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate
science

Climate change is a matter of life and death says Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate

She said, "It is time for leaders to leave their comfort zones and see the danger that we are in and do something about it."

Calls to boycott Mulan reemerges in Hongkong, Taiwan after its Disney+ release
Entertainment

Calls to boycott Mulan reemerges in Hongkong, Taiwan after its Disney+ release

Protesters are boycotting Mulan over the film's lead actor Liu Yifei's 2019 comments made in support of Hong Kong police

Sonia Gandhi terms WhatsApp 'snooping' illegal, shameful; Randeep Surjewala asks Centre to reveal 'who bought' Pegasus spyware
Politics

Sonia Gandhi terms WhatsApp 'snooping' illegal, shameful; Randeep Surjewala asks Centre to reveal 'who bought' Pegasus spyware

Congress leaders slammed the government over WhatsApp spying incident with party president Sonia Gandhi dubbing the 'snooping' on activists, journalists and political persons as illegal, unconstitutional and shameful

WhatsApp claims it informed authorities about vulnerability in May 2019; govt sources say advisory full of 'technical jargon'
India

WhatsApp claims it informed authorities about vulnerability in May 2019; govt sources say advisory full of 'technical jargon'

WhatsApp claims it informed the Government of India about hacking in May 2019, however, government sources claim it was 'pure technical jargon' and didn't mention Pegasus spyware

WhatsApp hack: Congress should wait for facts to emerge rather than float conspiracy theories about Modi govt snooping
India

WhatsApp hack: Congress should wait for facts to emerge rather than float conspiracy theories about Modi govt snooping

There are a lot of unanswered questions and loopholes in the narrative, but that hasn’t stopped the Congress from accusing the BJP-led NDA government of snooping and calling on the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of these “illegal activities” and “hold the government to account”.

Israeli Pegasus snooping case: Number of activists who confirmed being contacted by WhatsApp over surveillance rises to 20
India

Israeli Pegasus snooping case: Number of activists who confirmed being contacted by WhatsApp over surveillance rises to 20

A massive debate on security and privacy in the cyber world has erupted after popular social messaging platform WhatsApp revealed that journalists and human rights activists around the world, including India, had in May 2019 possibly been put under surveillance by Israeli spyware ‘Pegasus’.

Government agencies may be behind WhatsApp 'snooping' of journalists, activists, claims NCP's Dhananjay Munde in letter to Maharashtra guv
India

Government agencies may be behind WhatsApp 'snooping' of journalists, activists, claims NCP's Dhananjay Munde in letter to Maharashtra guv

Condemning the "snooping" of Indian journalists and human right activists through WhatsApp, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde on Thursday wrote to Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, seeking steps to stop such spying activities

WhatsApp surveillance: Congress accuses Narendra Modi govt of 'snooping', urges Supreme Court to hold Centre accountable
India

WhatsApp surveillance: Congress accuses Narendra Modi govt of 'snooping', urges Supreme Court to hold Centre accountable

The Congress alleged on Thursday that the Modi government has been "caught snooping" after WhatsApp said that journalists and human rights activists in India have been targets of surveillance, as it urged the Supreme Court to hold the Centre accountable over the issue

Maharashtra activists spied on by Israeli security firm tell Firstpost how Citizen Lab helped uncover conspiracy
India

Maharashtra activists spied on by Israeli security firm tell Firstpost how Citizen Lab helped uncover conspiracy

On Wednesday, The Indian Express reported that "at least two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were contacted and alerted by WhatsApp that their phones had been under state-of-the-art surveillance for a two-week period until May 2019"

Hong Kong protests: After violent weekend clashes, students form human chains in support of anti-govt demonstrators
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Hong Kong protests: After violent weekend clashes, students form human chains in support of anti-govt demonstrators

Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes between police and activists seeking democratic reforms.

Physical abuse, rape threats: Women combating Sudan's civil crisis face untold violence
long-reads

Physical abuse, rape threats: Women combating Sudan's civil crisis face untold violence

Women in Sudan bear scars of physical and sexual abuse by security forces during anti-government protests

Activists in Karnataka's Shivamogga protest plan to divert water from Sharavathi river to Bengaluru
India

Activists in Karnataka's Shivamogga protest plan to divert water from Sharavathi river to Bengaluru

Citizens and various environmental groups in Shivamogga district on Thursday staged a protest against the Karnataka government's proposed plan to take water from Sharavathi River to Bengaluru. The protestors submitted a memorandum to Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner (DC) K A Dayananda expressing their discontent over the government's proposal. Karnataka government had proposed a project that aims to provide drinking water to the citizens of Bengaluru from Linganamakki reservoir.

Jal Sahelis: How women across Bundelkhand are reviving water harvesting techniques
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Jal Sahelis: How women across Bundelkhand are reviving water harvesting techniques

700 Jal Sahelis have changed the fate of over 200 villages with their efforts related to water awareness and availability, by reviving water harvesting structures and traditional water bodies through community participation.

Bhima Koregaon case: SC declines urgent hearing of Romila Thapar's review petition challenging denial of SIT probe into arrests
India

Bhima Koregaon case: SC declines urgent hearing of Romila Thapar's review petition challenging denial of SIT probe into arrests

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined an urgent hearing of a review petition filed by historian Romila Thapar in the case of the arrests of five Left-wing activists in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case.