Former Home Secretary Pillai unsure whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist


There is no mention of Ishrat Jahan in the NIA report that was prepared after interrogating David Headley, Mumbai terror attack accused, said former Union Home Secretary G K Pillai on Tuesday. Pillai has however said Ishrat Jahan who was killed in an encounter in Gujarat was actually with people out of which two wereContinue reading “Former Home Secretary Pillai unsure whether Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist”

US reaches out to North Korea for detained Korean-American’s release


The U.S. called on North Korea to grant amnesty and release a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor under charges for committing “hostile acts” against the state. The said Korean-American is Kenneth Bae, 44, a resident of Washington state who is described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator. ApartContinue reading “US reaches out to North Korea for detained Korean-American’s release”

Journalists targeted by both authorities and rebels in Syria: Amnesty International


It hasn’t been easy for several journalists reporting on human rights issues from Syria. They have been working in extremely difficult circumstances under the risk of getting killed, arbitrarily arrested, detained, forced disappearances and torture. The said circumstances have been present in Syria from the last two years. The said information has been shared by Amnesty InternationalContinue reading “Journalists targeted by both authorities and rebels in Syria: Amnesty International”

SC stays execution of eight convicts, President denies mercy


The Indian Supreme Court has put on stay the execution of eight prisoners on death row. The prisoners are convicted in different murder cases and have filed their mercy pleas. The said mercy pleas on which the president takes decision were rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee this week.  An urgent hearing was held late onContinue reading “SC stays execution of eight convicts, President denies mercy”

Pope extends friendly hand towards “Muslim Brothers”


Pope Francis has extended a hand of friendship to “so many Muslim brothers and sisters” during a Good Friday procession. This Good Friday procession is dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism and extremism in the Middle East. By taking this decision, the new pontiff has gone beyond the traditionalists and rejected many conventions.Continue reading “Pope extends friendly hand towards “Muslim Brothers””

FBI surveillance model in breach of First Amendment, ruled Judge


A California judge has ruled that National Security Letters (NSLs) are breaching First Amendment. This ruling is important as it came when the FBI is criticized for using them with false claims. NSLs are considered to be much needed for the cause of combat terrorism. National Security Letters provide freedom to FBI to assess individual’sContinue reading “FBI surveillance model in breach of First Amendment, ruled Judge”

Cardinals come together in Rome for electing new Pope


The roman cardinals have attended a special mass recently as preparations for election of the new pope are underway. The 115 cardinal-electors also heard choirs in St. Peter’s Basilica to receive some divine signals. The secret electoral process will begin Tuesday in Sistine Chapel where the cardinal’s shall vote 4 times in a day tillContinue reading “Cardinals come together in Rome for electing new Pope”

Bangladesh Government asked to protect minority Hindus by Amnesty International


Amnesty International has asked the Bangladeshi Government to work towards better protecting Hindus in Bangladesh. Hindus are a minority in the country. “The dead, it is said, do not live to tell the tale, but this is not true in ethnic cleansing. The dead do tell the tale; it is the living who are reluctantContinue reading “Bangladesh Government asked to protect minority Hindus by Amnesty International”

Pope Benedict XVI expresses his desire to lead life post resignation in seclusion


Pope Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church has hinted that he would like to spend his days after retirement in seclusion. The observation was made by BBC’s Alan Johnston who was reporting from the Vatican. In a meeting with Roman Priests, Pope said, “Even if I am withdrawing into prayer, I will alwaysContinue reading “Pope Benedict XVI expresses his desire to lead life post resignation in seclusion”

Former Russian dissident and prison rights activist Valery Abramkin dies


Nuclear scientist, activist and Soviet dissident Valery Abramkin (66) died on Saturday according to friends. Abramkin was jailed for several years in Siberian Gulag for pushing prison reforms. He continued his activism for prison reforms during Vladimir Putin’s tenure also. Putin’s condolence telegram according to Kremlin Press Service said, “(Abramkin) sincerely strove to contribute toContinue reading “Former Russian dissident and prison rights activist Valery Abramkin dies”