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DIDI THUNDERS: Time for Bengal model, not Gujarat

July 21, 2021 5:50 pm

Buoyed by her an emphatic victory in the West Bengal elections where she humbled the combined might of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, a triumphant Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that it is time for a Bengal model in the country, not Gujarat. ‘‘I have arrived’’ — she seemed to convey […]

An 8-year-old case filed against UPA may fetter Modi-Shah’s ambitious Cooperatives Ministry plan

July 21, 2021 1:34 pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a 2013 judgment of the Gujarat High Court striking down the 97th Constitutional amendment relating to the cooperatives sector that allowed the Parliament sweeping control over the states in a sector that ideally falls under the state jurisdiction. In a strong reprimand to the then Central government (the UPA), […]

Leaked Snoop List Suggests Surveillance May Have Played Role in Toppling of Karnataka Govt in 2019

July 22, 2021 4:20 pm

New Delhi: In the run-up to the toppling of the opposition-run state government in Karnataka in July 2019, the phone numbers of deputy chief minister G. Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and former chief minister Siddaramaiah were selected as possible targets for surveillance, according to The Wire’s review of records of numbers […]

Opposition is under influence of anti-national forces: claims Rupani

July 20, 2021 6:44 pm

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Rupani criticised the anti-national mentality of the Opposition party which had created a false controversy over the Pegasus issue. To this, he said “The Congress was just damaging India’s reputation by being a pawn of foreign powers. He said that raising the issue of Pegasus spyware even before the monsoon session […]

BJP ruled states have dished out more sedition cases, RRAG calls for its repeal

July 20, 2021 4:18 pm

Releasing its report, “Sedition: India’s Silencer Gun”, the Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) stated that as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled states have dished out more sedition cases under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) since it started […]

Suspend all business, discuss only Pegasus: Congress

July 20, 2021 12:33 pm

The Congress has served a notice for suspension of all business in the House today in Rajyasabha and instead focus on Pegasus. A similar notice could be issued soon for the Loksabha too, sources claimed.  According to sources, the notice has been served under rule number 267 seeking suspension of the House business in the […]

I was working on an Ambani story when Pegasus hacked me

July 20, 2021 12:32 pm

Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta was working on an important story on the foreign assets of the Ambani family when Pegasus, the sinister spyware, hit his phone and kept tracking whatever he was doing. In fact, Thakurta was not aware that it was Pegasus or for that matter any other malware that would have struck […]

Meet Sidharth Vardarajan: India Chief of Project Pegasus

July 19, 2021 11:28 am

Siddharth Varadarajan who has exposed the Israeli spyware Pegasus and how it was used for surveillance in India via WhatsApp is the founder and editor in chief of India’s prominent independent digital media portal, The Wire. Siddharth Varadarajan, a senior journalist known for his independent, original and courageous reporting has an undergraduate degree in economics at the […]

India’s Pegasus infection

July 19, 2021 12:18 am

India first came to know of Pegasus when WhatsApp alleged in a Californian court in San Francisco,USA that the Israeli Group had targeted some 1400 plus users with Pegasus. This happened in May 2019.  Before this a human rights activist in the UAE was targeted with an SMS link on his iPhone6. The Pegasus tool […]

Stay safe from spyware

July 19, 2021 12:17 am

How secured are your messages, or how private are your WhatsApp chats, Pegasus spyware has put a question mark on a commoner’s right to privacy.  The Israeli spyware is apparently used so frequently by various governments across the world that almost every few months there are reports of how a phone was hacked using it. Earlier […]

Snooping case raised by Congress leaders in parliament in 2019

July 19, 2021 12:20 am

Ministers in Rajya Sabha dodged the question on Pegasus in Parliament in Nov, 2019. Union information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed, “No unauthorised snooping happened in the case,”. The matter under discussion was serious and therefore, the ministers responded with an appeal to exercise discretion. Excerpts from the meeting are provided below: Digvijay […]

NewsClick spreads foreign propaganda in India alleges Sambit Patra

July 18, 2021 7:22 pm

BJP Spokesperson, Dr Sambit Patra accused NewsClick of defamation of India and serving foreign propaganda in the country using foreign funding at the conference held in New Delhi. After the Enforcement Directorate investigation into the media portal’s funding revealed an alleged violation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms and its connection with China, the BJP […]

Heavy rainfall causes collapse in Mumbai

July 18, 2021 1:11 pm

Mumbai witnessed a very heavy rainfall Saturday night, as a result of which, two incidents of collapses took place in the city’s Chembur and Vikhroli areas on Sunday. At least 18 people died in a wall collapse incident in Bharat Nagar area of Chembur, according to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Mumbai’s fire brigade […]

Changing dynamics in Afghanistan needs India to safeguard its interests

July 16, 2021 8:19 pm

The United States-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) coalition has confirmed and fast-tracked the process of withdrawal of its armed forces in Afghanistan. Subsequently, the security condition in Afghanistan has been deteriorating as The Taliban insurgents gain territory across the country. A dynamic change in the existing status quo is inevitable and will be evident […]

SAWM condemns Danish Siddiqui killing

July 16, 2021 10:00 pm

SAWM India is shocked and saddened at the tragic death of Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui while reporting the escalating violence between Taliban and Afghan forces in Spin Boldak, Kandahar. Danish, who worked for Reuters in India was a Pulitzer Award winning journalist. His images from Kashmir after the removal of Article 370, and more recently of […]

Supreme Court questions validity of ‘colonial’ sedition law, asks ‘is it still needed?’

July 16, 2021 9:43 am

Nearly a century after the British charged Mahatma Gandhi with ‘sedition’ in Ahmedabad in 1922, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday termed it ‘colonial’ even as it questioned its increasing ‘misuse’ by the Indian government. The top court also asked the Centre why it was not repealing the penal law used by the British […]

Women in Power: Vision of a female village Sarpanch

July 15, 2021 9:48 pm

In 2015, Varsha Nikam was elected as the sarpanch in Mankapur, Maharashtra. The village had no bridge. An educator for over two decades before her stint in politics, Nikam was aware of how difficult it was for kids to come to school. After countless letters to local, district and national leaders, she managed to bring […]

Virtual Trilateral Table Top Exercise, 2021 with India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Navy

July 15, 2021 4:55 pm

 Virtual Trilateral Table Top Exercise (TTX) – 2021 was conducted on 14 and 15 July 2021 with the participation of the India-Maldives-Sri Lanka Navy. It is being coordinated by the Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai. The exercise came at a time when the success of Operation Sagar Aaraksha 2 was executed with seamless cooperation between the […]

Why should new Covid variants concern us?

July 14, 2021 12:46 am

With multiple variants of coronavirus identified every few weeks, public fear concerning infections and re-infections is at an all-time high. While the news of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Lambda variant, as the seventh and newest “variant of interest” was still fresh, Uttar Pradesh government identified two cases of Kappa variant, also designated as “variant […]

Union cabinet holds first in-person meeting in over a year

July 14, 2021 6:48 pm

Union cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was held on Wednesday. Some significant decisions were taken into the meet which included Central Government giving a nod to the increase of Dearness Allowance for Central Government Employees. Union Minister Anurag Thakur briefed about the cabinet meeting in the Press Conference. Important decisions taken in […]