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Temple Rituals For Appointing Priests Not Against Equality, Says Supreme Court

Tamil Nadu argued that it favoured social reforms and saw nothing wrong in non-Brahmins becoming priests if they had trained in temple shastras NEW DELHI:  Temple priests should be appointed according to the Agama Shastra or ancient Hindu rituals, the Supreme Court said today on a petition against a Tamil Nadu government order allowing priests from all castes. “Following Temple ... Read More »

Barack Obama Resolute; Will Not Let Americans Be Terrorised: White House

WASHINGTON:  US President Barack Obama is resolute in his refusal to allow America and its citizens be terrorised, the White House has said, hours after all public schools in Los Angeles were closed following an emailed threat of violence. “The President is resolute in his refusal to allow this country and our citizens to be terrorised. And there are several ... Read More »

Man Killed As Blast, Fire Hit German Refugee Shelter

BERLIN:  German police said a man was killed in a social welfare shelter that housed refugees after it was hit by an explosion and fire in the early hours of today. The building in Harburg, south of the port city of Hamburg, housed vulnerable people including 20 refugees, said police in a statement. They said the cause of the blast ... Read More »

Supreme Court Orders Testing Of Maggi In Mysore

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court today ordered testing of samples of Maggi noodles in Mysore laboratory after the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) had directed that it be done in Chennai. The top consumer commission had on December 10 sent 16 more samples of Maggi noodles for testing at Chennai to ascertain the quantity of lead and monosodium glutamate ... Read More »

Teen Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime For Hitting Sikh-American Man: Report

NEW YORK:  An American teenager accused of brutally beating an elderly Sikh man in the US and calling him a “terrorist” and “Bin Laden” has pleaded guilty to one count of hate crime, a media report said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, pleaded guilty on December 7 to hitting Inderjit Mukker, 53, of Darien and will be sentenced ... Read More »

‘My Daughter’s Name is Jyoti Singh’: Nirbhaya’s Mother 3 Years After Delhi Gang-Rape

Asha Devi, the mother of Jyoti Singh, who was brutally gang-raped on December 16, 2012 NEW DELHI:  Three years to the day a young medical student was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in Delhi, an incident that shook India to the core, her mother revealed her name to the world, saying: “My daughter was Jyoti Singh and I ... Read More »

Congress Disrupts Parliament Over Role Of Arunachal Pradesh Governor

NEW DELHI:  Congress today disrupted Parliament over Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa, alleging that efforts are being made to “destabilise” the party’s state government, even as the Centre said an “Emergency-like situation” was being witnessed there. The party forced repeated adjournments of Rajya Sabha over the issue while in Lok Sabha, its members, including party president Sonia Gandhi and ... Read More »

Pakistan Suffered The Most Due To Terrorism: Pak Diplomat

NEW DELHI:  As Pakistan remembers the victims of the Peshawar school terror attack on the first anniversary of the massacre, Islamabad’s high commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit today said their country was the worst hit by terrorism. “Pakistan as a country suffered the most due to terrorism. There is no other country where so much violence has occurred due ... Read More »

India’s Interests Met In Paris Climate Talks: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

NEW DELHI:  Asserting that it has “secured” India’s interest in the Paris agreement on climate change, the government today said the pact meets its “broad expectations” and recognises the country’s development imperatives. “We feel vindicated that all our major requirements have been accepted and have become a part of the agreement,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Parliament. He made the ... Read More »

ISIS A ‘State-Like Entity’: German Domestic Spy Chief

NEWS FLASH US President Obama speaks to PM Modi, thanks him for India’s role at the climate change summit in Paris BERLIN:  Germany’s domestic spy chief has warned that the ISIS is indeed “a state-like entity” and that its Paris attacks also aimed to raise fears about Europe’s refugee influx. “To call the ISIS a terrorist organisation trivialises the problem,” ... Read More »