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HindustanTimes Wed,05 Aug 2015

Confused ISPs refuse to disable any 'banned' porn website

The government’s efforts to block more than 850 pornographic websites has been tangled up in knots, with internet service providers (ISPs) refusing to “disable” any of the portals because they are confused by the order issued by authorities.

Congress MPs demonstrate outside Parliament over suspensions

Congress lawmakers from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are staging a demonstration outside Parliament on Wednesday morning, as the Opposition looked set to ramp up protests over the suspension of MPs.

Will first clues in MH370 mystery emerge? World awaits answers

Technical experts in France are to begin examining a washed-up plane part on Wednesday that almost certainly belonged to missing flight MH370.

Australian court blocks Adani's coal mine project

An Australian court revoked the approval of Indian firm Adani's massive coal mine project that environmentalists say threatens the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Child pornography stays banned but govt unblocks other sites

The government directed internet services providers on Tuesday to restore access to those among 857 banned porn and humour websites that did not feature child pornographic content, without clarifying the basis for selection in the first place.

After Khosa's revelations, India feels 26/11 stand vindicated

India feels that its stand on the 2008 Mumbai attacks is vindicated after disclosures made by Pakistani investigator Tariq Khosa, who has uncovered a raft of evidence linking the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to the carnage that was “planned and launched” from Pakistani soil.

Survivors recount midnight horror after twin train derailments in MP

A derailed Janata Express was stranded on the track when Kamayani Express came running from the opposite direction, eyewitnesses said, after the twin train derailment incident in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.

Parliament logjam: BJP begins to soften towards solution

Caught between the urgency to pass the long-pending goods and services tax bill and an impasse arising out of the suspension of 25 Congress MPs, the government is believed to be trying to find an amicable solution to de-escalate tensions with the principal opposition party.

Disgrace for Westminster as ex-PM Heath faces child abuse charge

Allegations linking former British prime minister Edward Heath to child sex abuse threatened fresh disgrace for the country's political establishment on Tuesday as claims of high-level historic paedophilia piled up.

Army contingents mistakenly fire at each other, 2 soldiers dead

Two soldiers were killed and several others injured when two contingents of the army fired opened at each other in the militancy-hit in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, in a case of mistaken identity.

Video: Ronaldo dresses as tramp, hoodwinks people in Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the richest footballers in the world disguised himself as a tramp and managed to trick local people in Madrid town centre.

Nestle's Maggi noodles found safe by govt-approved lab

The FSSAI-approved laboratory of Central Food Technological Research Institutue (CFTRI) has found Maggi noodles to be in compliance with the country's food safety standards.

Lord Balaji gets demat account, to accept shares as donation

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will accept shares and securities as donations from devotees, as TTD has started its account in Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited.

Congress, BJP slam Somnath Bharti for 'beautiful women' remark

Former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti's controversial "beautiful women" remark drew criticism on Tuesday with various political parties and women rights activists condemning him.

26/11 attacks: 7 points raised by Pak investigator Tariq Khosa

In an article for the Dawn newspaper, Tariq Khosa demanded that Pakistan's state security apparatus should ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the "ghastly terror attacks" are brought to justice. Here are the seven key points made by Khosa in his article.

Mullah Omar's son killed in Pakistan? Afghan Taliban deny

The son of late Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been killed with opposing factions and Pakistn having a hand in his death, according to a top Afghan lawmaker.

RBI guv Rajan maintains status quo, wants banks to cut rates

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept its key policy rate unchanged on Tuesday, citing inflationary concerns even as it expected banks to pass on the benefit of the previous rate cuts to borrowers.

Rahul on land bill: Govt 'threatened, shouted, then ran off'

Hitting out at the NDA government over its stand on land bill, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday it "ran off" after "threatening" and shouting" in the face of resistance.

Cong MPs' suspension good for Lok Sabha proceedings: HT readers

An overwhelming 74% of respondents to Hindustan Times’ web poll said they believed the suspension of 25 Congress MPs would have a positive effect on Parliament. Only 24% felt the step won’t help Parliament function in any way.

Missing Pawan Hans chopper spotted in Arunachal, rescue ops on

A Pawan Hans chopper with three people on board, including an IAS officer, has gone missing on Tuesday morning in a remote area in the militant-infested Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.

In pics: Over 180 dead, 10mn affected as floods wreak havoc in 5 states

More than 180 people have lost their lives and nearly 10 million affected by floods in West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Manipur and Odisha.

26/11 attackers trained in Sindh: Pak investigator Tariq Khosa

The Pakistani investigator who led the probe into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has said sleuths uncovered a raft of evidence linking the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to the carnage that was “planned and launched” from Pakistani soil.

'Murder of democracy vs destructive Oppn': Cong, BJP battle outside House

The BJP parliamentary party accused the Congress on Tuesday of being a 'destructive' opposition and passed a resolution against its 'obstructionist and anti-development' policies.

Meet Kamlesh Vaswani, the lawyer behind India's porn ban

Whenever 43-year-old Vaswani heard of such violence against women, he felt he should do something. He ended up drawing a connection between pornography on the internet and sex crimes, and filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court in 2013 seeking a complete ban on all porn websites. His petition is the only such move against online pornography in India.

PM should listen to 'mann ki baat' of people of India: Rahul Gandhi

Congress MPs led by president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demonstrated against the suspension of 25 party MPs outside Parliament on Tuesday, saying they would expand their protest across the country.

RBI keeps policy rates on hold at 7.25%

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday kept its lending rate—the repo rate—unchanged at 7.25%, ignoring a chorus of calls from government officials and business leaders for cheaper loans to aid investment and household spending.

3-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Bengaluru school

A three-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at her school in Bengaluru, sparking protests by parents of students who clashed with police on Tuesday.

Naga accord: Will the 'framework agreement' end insurgency?

The historic peace accord signed by the government and the NSCN-IM on Monday came nearly 40 years after another similar treaty inked in Shillong failed to establish peace and led to a fracturing of the Naga rebel movement.

12 killed after residential building collapses in Thane

A week after a building collapse in Thakurli claimed nine lives, a three-storey building collapsed near Thane railway station in the wee hours of Tuesday. Twelve people died and seven injured when Krishna Niwas building in the B cabin area of Naupada came crashing down.

Strategy to isolate Cong could backfire, key bills may be stalled

Within a day after the suspension of 25 Congress MPs, the government is learnt to be exploring options to pacify the principal opposition party to end the growing acrimony that threatens to derail the NDA regime's reforms agenda.

Pakistan violates ceasefire again, one civilian killed

In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired mortal shells and targeted 12 BSF posts in Kanachack and Pargwal areas in Jammu district, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate.

The road to peace in Nagaland will be long and arduous

The ceasefire pact may have reduced the intensity of the violence in the region since 1997 when it was signed, but its sheer duration led to skepticism about New Delhi’s faith. 80 rounds of talks seemed to have yielded little. Was India interested in a solution at all? Or was it happy since it had tackled the violence and tamed the rebels, without needing to give anything in return, without needing to address Naga political aspirations?

Suspension of MPs would have 'disastrous fallout', warns Cong

The suspension of 25 Congress members from the Lok Sabha may have been defended by the treasury benches, but the rancour between the two sides threatens the government’s reform agenda, with the Opposition party warning of a “disastrous fallout”.

Naga peace accord: Key moments of the insurgency

Who are the Nagas? Here is the timeline of the key moments of the Naga insurgency.

RBI expected to keep rates unchanged at monetary policy review

There have been a lot of speculations on India's central bank policy review which is expected to yield little in the way of action on Tuesday, but its statement will be pored over for clues as to whether there is a chance of another interest rate cut this year.

We aren't control freaks: Govt gets down to explain porn ban

As reactions to the government’s move to block porn sites rose to a crescendo on Monday, top communications ministry officials said it was merely meant to comply with the Supreme Court’s observations and not to curtail internet freedom.

Govt to discuss farmers' plight in the absence of Oppn MPs

The Lok Sabha may see government coming up with some non-contentious bills for discussion and passage in the absence of opposition MPs, some of whom have been suspended for five days.

Naga accord a 'framework agreement', Nagalim issue set aside

The landmark peace accord signed on Monday by the government and the NSCN-IM, the dominant rebel group in Nagaland, is a “framework agreement” that will pave the way for a final and lasting solution to one of the longest running insurgencies in Asia, rebel and government sources said.

Climbdown on reforms? Govt may drop key land bill amendments

The Narendra Modi government has decided to withdraw almost all the changes to the land acquisition law, including the ones on consent clause, after it failed to push the legislation through Parliament, reports said Monday.

Obama says climate change one of 'key challenges' of our time

In an attempt to at least try to slow the process, Obama announced that power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Treaty with NSCN(IM): Nagaland's neighbours wary of contents

One of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland’s (NSCN-IM) prime preconditions for resolving the peace process was the integration of all Naga-inhabited areas. Referred to as Greater Nagaland, its map includes five hill districts of Manipur, two of Arunachal Pradesh and large swathes of Assam bordering Nagaland.

Parliament logjam: 25 Congress MPs suspended for 5 days from LS

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended over half of the party’s 44 LS parliamentarians -- who were carrying placards and shouting slogans demanding the resignation of top BJP leaders over the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam -- for "persistently, wilfully obstructing the House".

Centre, Naga rebels ink peace deal to end longest insurgency

The NDA government and the NSCN-IM on Monday signed a peace accord aimed at ending India’s longest running insurgency, capping protracted peace talks that began in 1997.

Pak sleuth wants country to admit mistakes about Mumbai attacks

Tariq Khosa, who was made head of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) weeks after the assault that killed 166 people, acknowledged that the trial of the seven men charged for the attacks had “lingered on for far too long” and Pakistan must ensure the “perpetrators and masterminds...are brought to justice”.

Floods kill at least 160 across India, situation grim in Bengal

Flooding has brought chaos to several Indian states killing at least 160 people and affecting lakhs after heavy rainfall lashed West Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, Rajasthan and Gujarat, officials said on Monday.

Proxies and VPNs: Why govt can't ban porn websites?

The government's move to block more than 800 pornographic websites has led experts to question whether this latest attempt to police the internet is even feasible.

Real life Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Indian envoy to meet woman stuck in Pak

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian envoy in Pakistan to look into the case of a hearing and speech impaired Indian woman who has been stranded in the neighbouring country for at least 15 years.

Champion of 'Mann ki Baat' retreats to 'maun-vrat': Sonia on Modi

Hours ahead of the all-party meet called by the government in a last-ditch attempt to break the Parliament logjam, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence, saying that the champion of 'mann ki baat' retreats to 'maun vrat' whenever there is a scandal involving his colleagues.

Snapdeal to raise $500mn from Alibaba, SoftBank, Foxconn

E-commerce giant Snapdeal is set to raise $500 million in investment from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, SoftBank Group Corp and Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.
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