Egypt’s President ratifies law to monitor social media users

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the country as part of tightening internet controls.  The official gazette said, the state’s Supreme Council for Media Regulations will have the power to place people with more than 5,000 followers on social media or with
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected tough talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow on issues from the Syria and Ukraine conflicts to energy cooperation.  Merkel will host Putin from tomorrow at the government retreat in Meseberg castle north of Berlin, where they will only give media statements and not hold a joint press
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In Karnataka, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy held a high-level meeting in Bengaluru today to review the flood situation and relief measures being taken up there.  Briefing the media persons later, he informed that 6 people have died in Kodagu and over 11,000 houses damaged. He added that the exact damage will be known after
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The flood situation has worsened in Kerala. Landslides have caused heavy damage and deaths in northern districts. Several districts in central Kerala have also been submerged in floods triggered by over-flowing rivers.  The number of those killed has mounted to 73, as 17 deaths were reported today, including seven in Palakkad, due to landslides. A
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Setting up social media communication hubs to monitor digital chatter is a violation of the right to privacy The Union government has proposed to set up a network of social media communication hubs to monitor the digital chatter of citizens. To be implemented by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, this initiative came to light
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Most humanitarian interventions have been undertaken when they suit the interests of the U.S. and its allies When the Cold War ended, the withering of its restraining influences spawned many ethnic and state-breaking conflicts. Also, the feeling of hubris generated in the U.S. by the demise of the Soviet Union amplified its interventionist proclivities. A
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Multipronged strategy needed to make agriculture viable: Vice-President Cautioning against complacency over the food security situation, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said there was a need to evolve “a multipronged strategy to make agriculture viable, profitable and sustainable”. Speaking at the two-day national consultation on ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable and Profitable’ here, Mr. Naidusaid loan
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As violence and mistrust take over, citizens are no longer encouraged to connect with others and nurture solidarity Democracy establishes a conversation between citizens and the power elites they have elected into office. Citizens initiate and sustain various conversations with each other through associational life in the space of civil society. Associations bring people together
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How a team of dedicated and defiant journalists worked to bring out a newspaper, hours after their editor was assassinated “We thought it was a burst of crackers,” says Faisul Yaseen, Rising Kashmir ’s Associate Editor as staccato fire shook the window panes of the newsroom. It was around 7.25 pm, just 15 minutes to
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Barring a few exceptions, the judiciary has not been encouraging on quotas The Supreme Court’s one line order that the government can go ahead with promotions in government offices — which will have bearing on Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) reservations in promotions — has come with the caveat “in accordance with law”. This is no
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