The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) administration announced Friday that high speed 4G mobile internet had been restored in the entire union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, exactly one and a half years after it was cut in August 2019 when the central government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that provided the special status [...]

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The lower house of Indian parliament, the Lok Sabha, will introduce “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021,” according to a legislative agenda released by the government last week. The bill, which seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in the country, will be introduced during the budget session that began on Friday. [...]

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Officials in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly caned two men Thursday for breaching the Islamic Sharia law by having a same-sex relationship. Four other people were also caned for a variety of offences. The two men received 77 lashes each. Of the remaining four, two received 40 lashes for alcohol consumption and the other two received [...]

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The Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over a new Chinese law that authorises its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries’ structures on islands China claims. The law was passed last Friday by China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress standing committee. Article 1 of the bill explains that the [...]

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Supporters of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny held large demonstrations across Russia over the weekend in a series of mass protests that the police deemed illegal. Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s lead political opponents was evacuated to Germany last August where he was treated after being attacked with what Western nations believe to be [...]

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The Supreme Court of India has issued notice on a petition challenging the so-called “love jihad” laws made by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand but refused to stay the controversial legislations. The petition was filed by Citizens for Justice and Peace, a non-governmental organisation. Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices V [...]

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A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of the government to between 11 and 15 years in prison. The three, Pham Chi Dung, Nguyen Tuong Thuy and Le Huu Minh Tuan are prominent members of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN), a politically independent journalist organization. Dung [...]

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An Algerian military appeals court on Saturday acquitted three top officials who were jailed in 2019 during mass protests. On trial was Said Bouteflika, brother of the country’s longtime former leader, and two ex-intelligence chiefs, General Mohamed Lamine Mediene and his former right hand General Athmane Tartag. Also on trial was Louisa Hanoune, who had [...]

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More than 100 retired bureaucrats and diplomats urged the chief minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to repeal a new law that criminalizes forced religious conversion of brides on Tuesday, warning that it risks fueling communal tensions. Demanding withdrawal of the “illegal” ordinance and suitable compensation for those booked under it, the letter [...]

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Argentina’s Senate on Wednesday passed a law legalizing abortion after a marathon 12-hour session, a victory for the country’s women’s movement that has been fighting for the right for decades. In addition to allowing abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, the legislation establishes that even after that period, a pregnancy can be legally [...]

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