From The Times of India: LUCKNOW: The Allahabad High Court has granted bail to journalist and civil right activist Seema Azad and her husband Vishvijay. The couple were convicted by a lower court on June 8, 2012, on charges of sedition. They were accused of having links with banned Maoist outfit and were held guilty [...]|
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article3534852.ece Human rights activists, members of civil society and journalist came together on Friday to condemn the conviction of activists Seema Azad and her husband Vishwavijay Kamal under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. They also announced a nationwide public campaign to demand immediate release of the activists. Speaking at a Press conference [...]|
The “encounter” deaths of five persons suspected of having carried out two bank robberies in Chennai is reminiscent of the Batla house encounter. It has once again focused attention on the practice of extrajudicial killings in Tamil Nadu. Reports in The Hindu indicated that the police got a tip-off about where the perpetrators were, after the photograph of one suspect appeared in the media. As a follow-up, the official version goes, policemen visited the premises where the five men were and asked them to surrender.|
Social mobilisation is going to be an important factor in how the country will be able to leverage developments in the health care sector, Binayak Sen, social activist, has said.
Health care in India is on the brink of several key developments and social mobilisation will indicate how we are able to take this forward. The High Level Expert Group on Universalisation of Healthcare has suggested that the government raise the percentage of GDP spent on health from 1.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent, a substantial increase in funding.|