Maneka Gandhi, who recently decided that her Ministry of Women and Child Development must rein in the increasing cases of frauds and extortion rackets on matrimonial websites, said the idea came after a complaint from a woman journalist. The journalist reportedly complained that she had received obscene photographs and letters when she registered on one such website, prompting the ministry to set up a panel to frame guidelines for verifying the identity of users across all matrimonial sites.
Security staff at the Supreme Court were left in a quandary on Monday when a lawyer, who was arguing as a petitioner, protested against them standing behind him during the proceeding. The lawyer refused to argue till they moved back, leaving the security staff in a fix, especially because the Registrar and DCP concerned had recently been issued contempt notices by the top court over security concerns. This time however, Chief Justice H L Dattu came to their rescue and asked the lawyer to continue his arguments without bothering about the staff.
The government may have hoped to soften the opposition blow by devoting the first two days of the Winter Session to a debate to commemorate adoption of the Constitution, but the Congress is planning to use the two-day discussion to target the government. Top Congress leaders, led by Sonia Gandhi, met on Monday to finalise the strategy for the session. The sense that emerged was that the debate should be used to remind the government that the Constitution has to be followed in letter and spirit, and the Congress would touch on the issue of intolerance.
The Indian Literature Abroad, a major project of the culture ministry, seems to be caught in a time warp. The project facilitates translation and promotion of literary heritage from Indian languages into major foreign languages. However, the ministry’s website still shows Kannada writer U R Ananthamurthy as the chairperson of its advisory committee, although he died over a year ago.
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