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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala passed away on Sunday at the age of 62 in Mumbai. He was not keeping well for the past few days and breathed his last today at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, as per the hospital sources. Jhunjhunwala was born on July 5, 1960. He grew up in Mumbai. After graduating from Sydenham College in 1985, he enrolled at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and married Rekha Jhunjunwala, who is also a stock market investor. Jhunjhunwala ran a privately-owned stock trading firm called RARE Enterprises. He was also the owner of India’s newest airline Akasa Air…

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Joint statement by four rights organizations – FORUM-ASIA; Front Line Defenders; International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) One year since the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan,women, have further deteriorated, the undersigned members of Protect Defenders.eu – said today. A year ago, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, they promised to respect human rights – including the rights of women and girls and media freedom. However, over the past year, they have carried out serious human rights violations and abuses, and sought to suppress civil society, media freedom, and any form of dissent with…

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Government has created a foolproof security apparatus to ensure that no anti-India element can cast an evil eye on the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country. This was stated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the unveiling of statue of renowned Marwari warrior Veer Durgadas Rathorein Jodhpur, Rajasthan on Saturday. Singh asserted that the Government accords top priority to the safety and security of the people of India and assured the Nation that a befitting reply will be given to anyone who tries to disturb peace and harmony in the country. He stated that the Armed Forces are being…

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The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a bill on Saturday forbidding “mass conversion” and enhancing the maximum punishment to 10 years imprisonment in its 2019 law against any change of religion through force or allurement. The Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2022, was passed unanimously with a voice vote. The bill inserts the reference to “mass conversion”, which is described as two or more people converting at the same time, in the 2019 Act and proposes to increase the punishment for forced conversions to a maximum of 10 years from seven years. The Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government introduced…

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A grand “आज़ादी के अमर शहीदों का सम्मान”, as well as the “Flagin” Ceremony of the All India Motorcycle Rally of the Railway Protection Force was organized in the premises of the historical Red Fort. Minister of Communications, Electronics and IT and Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw presided over the function as the Chief Guest and honoured family members of 6 Amar Shaheeds of the freedom struggle hailing from all parts of the Country. They are, Shaheed Shri Shivram Hari Rajguru from Maharastra, Shaheed Shri Khudiram Bose from West Bengal, Shaheed Shri Alluri Sitarama Raju from Andhra Pradesh, Shaheed Shri Kushal Konwar…

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Geneva-based global safety and rights body, Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), while expressing relief over the release of senior television personality Ammad Yousaf on 11 August 2022 by a Karachi-based civil court, urges the Pakistani military authority to maintain respect to media persons. The director (news) of popular ARY News was arrested on Wednesday over an anti-Pak army comment. The energetic newsman was picked up by a group of armed personnel in plainclothes from his residence in the southern port city of Pakistan during night hours. Allegations framed against Yousaf were based on a news item, telecast by ARY News, where…

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Stressing the need to strengthen the agriculture credit framework and it also needs to be reformed, Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said that there is need to work on taking cooperatives to every sector and agricultural credit should only be available through this. Addressing the National Conference of Rural Co-operative Banks in New Delhi, he there are about 8.5 lakh cooperative societies in the country, out of which there are 1.78 lakh different types of credit societies. In the field of agricultural credit, he said, there are 34 state cooperative banks with more than 2,000 branches, 351 district…

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India ranks globally 3rd in Start-Up ecosystem and also in terms of number of Unicorns. As per the latest data, there are currently 105 unicorns, out of which 44 were born in 2021 and 19 in 2022. This was stated by Union Minister of State Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh while delivering keynote address at “DST StartUp Utsav” at Dr Ambedkar International Centre here. He said, the decade 2021-30 is expected to bring transformational changes for Indian Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Dr Jitendra Singh said, India ranks third among the most attractive investment destinations for technology transactions in…

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Many young people who were affected by the COVID-19 shutdown are still trying to get their place back in the labour market. For too long, work for young people has been characterised by insecurity, low wages, inadequate or no access to social protection and no access to a trade union. Most of the world’s young people are in the informal economy and young women are even more likely than young men to be in insecure, low-paying jobs. Young people can help to rebuild a new social contract and work to prevent the exclusion of their generation to make sure no…

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One year after the Taliban’s return to power, Afghan news outlets are struggling to survive amid an increasingly restrictive censorship regime targeting independent journalists, the flight of many Afghan media workers, and the country’s declining economy, finds a new special report released Thursday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The assessment, “Afghanistan’s Media Crisis” finds a deterioration in press freedom over the last year, marked by censorship, arrests, assaults, and restrictions on women journalists. At the same time, the report showcases the tenacity and vital reporting by those journalists who remain and the valuable work of Afghan journalists working…

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