SC Wonders Why There’s a Sudden Rise in Rape Cases Involving Church Priests

SC Wonders Why There's a Sudden Rise in Rape Cases Involving Church Priests

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday wondered over the sudden spurt in number of rape cases involving church priests. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had two separate cases, involving church priests from Kerala, listed before it on Thursday. When the first matter was taken up, the bench remarked: “What is happening? Cases of priests one after the other…?” The bench then added, “What we mean to say is that we have been getting so many cases of priests involved in cases registered under Section 376…

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China Has Quietly Resumed its Activities in Doklam Area, Says Top US Official

China Has Quietly Resumed its Activities in Doklam Area, Says Top US Official

Washington: China has quietly resumed its activities in the Doklam area and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it, a top US official has said while comparing Beijing’s actions in the Himalayan region with its manoeuvres in the disputed South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims. China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of…

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Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College gets first non-Christian principal in 150-year history

Mumbai's St Xavier's College gets first non-Christian principal in 150-year history

Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College will get its first non-Christian principal in the institution’s 150-year history after Rajendra Shinde assumes charge on September 1. The principal-designate, who at present heads the Botany department of the college in south Mumbai, will replace Dr Baptist Agnel Menezes. “I was extremely happy (to know about his elevation),” he said. Shinde said, “The management is opening up, it (his elevation) is probably the result of their policy. They (the management) probably want to reach to the masses.” Asked about his priorities, Shinde said he would…

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Yogi Adityanath says lynching incidents are given unnecessary importance, cows are also valuable

Yogi Adityanath says lynching incidents are given unnecessary importance, cows are also valuable

Amid rising incidents of lynching across the nation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday sparked a row saying that unnecessary importance is being given to such incidents, and cows are also equally valuable. The Chief Minister’s comment came days after a man was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar over suspicion of being a cow smuggler. On Saturday, Rakbar Khan and his friend Aslam were taking cows to their villages in Haryana through a forest area in Alwar’s Ramgarh, where they were caught by a group of people. While Aslam…

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Indian student killed in Australia, hours after dinner date, teen arrested

Indian student killed in Australia, hours after dinner date, teen arrested

A 25-year-old Indian student in Australia was killed hours after he had a dinner date with a teen he met through a dating site. Maulin Rathod, an accounting student was reportedly found critically injured at the woman’s house on Monday night and taken to a hospital in Melbourne, where he died last night. Rathod had visited a 19-year-old girl’s house in Sunbury suburb in west Melbourne about 9 pm (local time) on Monday. It is, however, not confirmed as to who called the police but media reports say that when…

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What Scams Were to the Congress, Lynchings Will Be to the BJP

What Scams Were to the Congress, Lynchings Will Be to the BJP

Lynching has become the leitmotif of the last four years, ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power. Just as ‘scam’ is the word that will forever be associated with the second iteration of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA, looking back, the one ‘standout feature’ of recent years has been lynching. Not just the odd breakout of crowd violence here or there, quickly squashed and as swiftly dealt with, but lynching on an almost industrial scale, taking place in different parts of the country with the state being a hopeless…

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Alia Bhatt gets candid about nepotism, says it would have broken her heart

Alia Bhatt gets candid about nepotism

It takes character to go against the tide. Bollywood’s current heartthrob Alia Bhatt fits the bill to the T. The young actor recently spoke about that rather polarising term ‘nepotism’. She said if she been on the other side of the argument (implying that she comes from the camp that is entitled), she would have been heartbroken. Speaking to Times of India, she said, “Of late, I have realised that there is no need to defend the nepotistic nature of the industry because it does exist. The reason why it…

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This bizarre sunscreen booth is what you need at your next beach resort vacay

This bizarre sunscreen booth is what you need at your next beach resort vacay

Nothing will ruin your beach vacation faster than a sunburn. Get scorched, and suddenly everything that was meant to be fun isn’t: Massages at the spa hurt, day-drinking by the pool hurts, getting on jet skis hurts. Listening to your skincare-obsessed partner saying they “told you so” on loop? That’s a whole other kind of pain. As it turns out, hoteliers feel the burn, too. With some of their largest margins—up to 70% —coming from poolside cocktails, excursions, and spa services, they, too, see the benefits of SPF (sun-protection factor).…

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hits out at Mesut Ozil after Germany retirement

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hits out at Mesut Ozil after Germany retirement

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness welcomed Mesut Ozil’s international retirement as long overdue in an extraordinary attack on the midfielder’s performances for Germany. Arsenal star Ozil cited a “feeling of racism and disrespect” as the motivation for his decision to step down from the national team, which he confirmed on Sunday in a series of statements posted on social media. The 29-year-old claimed the media and German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel made him a scapegoat for Germany’s poor World Cup displays as part of a wider agenda against…

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Polls are coming, BJP creating scenes of polarisation: Sachin Pilot on Alwar lynching

BJP creating scenes of polarisation: Sachin Pilot

“The government is letting incidents such as the Alwar lynching take place to polarise voters in view of the coming assembly elections,” said Congress’s Rajasthan president Sachin Pilot on Monday. Pilot spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the Congress booth management workshop in Jaipur. What is your take on the lynching in Alwar? The law says that action should be taken. However, people are being killed in broad daylight on suspicion (of being cow smugglers). This has not happened for the first time in Rajasthan… elections are coming and…

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