Indian authorities should stop harassment of Justice seeking activists: HR Watch

Human Rights Watch has appealed Indian authorities to end politically motivated intimidation and harassment of human rights activists who have been pursuing justice for victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state. “While all nongovernmental organizations should fully adhere to financial regulations, police in Gujarat state appear to be acting to undermine the human rights…

Cyber lawyer pulls out

A cybercrime lawyer has pulled out of the legal defence team of UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri who is facing sexual harassment allegations levelled by a 29-year-old woman employee at his Delhi-based non-profit energy organisation. “I’ve returned the brief – this was a professional decision,” Pawan Duggal, who specialises in digital cases and was…

Keeping an eye on the neighbourhood

When I set up a Dropcam last year, my original goal certainly wasn’t to become some sort of neighbourhood watchdog. Dropcam, which was acquired by Google’s Nest Labs for $555 million last year, sells Internet-connected video cameras that can constantly stream video and store it to the cloud for a monthly fee of at least…

Move to rope in women councillors in e-gov

With a view to empowering women councillors of local urban bodies and Nagar Panchayats in Bhagalpur district by way of e-governance, the urban development and housing department (UDHD) is working on an ambitious plan to impart training to them. The department is also planning to utilise information and communication technique for their capacity building. Read…

Comedy minus malice

Building a truly progressive and tolerant society requires absolute freedom of speech, and not a conditional one (“Comedy without malice”, Feb.21); it should protect and promote contrarian voices. No idea should be too sacrosanct to be made fun of or disagreed with totally. The interesting aspect of stand-up comedy is that despite the laughter value…