Human dignity as important as free speech: SC
The Supreme Court on Friday said while it was duty bound to step in to protect the right to dignity of a community and stop a telecast which attempted to malign the Muslim community as a whole by insinuating that they were infiltrating the civil services, it could not act as a PIL-activated censor board for TV programmes.
'Log in & learn' enrolments see jump in India
Coursera added over 3.6 million learners in India since March compared to 1.4 million in all of 2019, EdX doubled its learner base to 3.2 million and LinkedIn reported an increase of 245% in the number of hours spent on learning from July 2019 to June 2020, compared to the same period a year before.
Covid effect: Over 1,000 schools up for sale
Over 1,000 KG-Class 12 schools in the country are up for sale, hoping to pool in an investment of close to Rs 7,500 crore (roughly $1 billion) in the next two-three years, with the Covid-19 wave hitting India’s education sector hard.
Row erupts over Google dropping Paytm
High drama unfolded on Friday afternoon as search engine giant Google removed mobile payment application Paytm from its Play Store, citing breach of its gambling restrictions, before bringing it back again by evening. Paytm's fantasy gaming application was also removed ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday, and was not back till the filing of this report.
PM goes on offensive against oppn, calls agri bills ‘pro-farmer’
A day after BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal pulled out of the Modi government to protest against the legislations meant to restructure agricultural trade, and amid continuing opposition from Congress and some other parties, PM Narendra Modi went on the offensive on Friday and called the bills a “historic” pro-farmer measure and dismissed the resistance as having been engineered by “middlemen”.
GST Council to take call on funding shortfall: FM
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the GST Council will arrive at a common ground on ways to compensate states for loss of revenue, amid opposition charge that the Centre is reneging on its promise of paying compensation.
Bulk of spending for people-centric schemes: FM
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that bulk of the additional spending sought in the first batch of the supplementary demands for grants would be spend on people-centric schemes to help them amid the coronavirus pandemic.
'Amshipora case investigations with fairness'
The investigations into the Amshipora case, where three Rajouri locals were killed, in an encounter, will be conducted with utmost fairness and will be taken to their logical conclusion, Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday.
US sending armored vehicles into Syria as Trump says 'we are out'
The US military announced Friday that it is deploying armored vehicles and other military assets to Syria to protect US troops fighting ISIS amid tensions with Russia as President Donald Trump told a White House news conference that "we are out of Syria," saying the remaining US forces are there exclusively "guarding the oil."
USPS agrees to scrap confusing election mailers in Colorado
The US Postal Service on Friday agreed to terminate its controversial election mailer in Colorado, according to Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who had sued Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and other USPS officials over the pre-election mailer that she said includes information that would mislead voters in the state.