Delhi court takes cognisance of defamation case filed by ex-minister MJ Akbar against journalist over MeToo allegation

The former minister in his petition said journalsit Priya Ramani “intentionally put forward malicious, fabricated and salacious” allegations to harm the editor-turned-politician’s reputation. HT Correspondent Hindustan Times, New Delhi A Delhi court on Thursday agreed to hear the defamation case filed by former Union minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment. The Patiala House Court will examine statements of MJ Akbar and other Read more [...]

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project moving at the pace of a commuter train

At the current rate of land acquisition, the bullet train built with Japan’s ‘Shinkansen’ technology risks missing its 2023 completion target. Bloomberg A year after the project was kicked off, only 0.9 hectares of land have been acquired out of the 1,400 hectares needed, according to the government company leading the project. The $15 billion facility, the highlight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to upgrade infrastructure, is facing resistance from farmers unhappy with the Read more [...]

Sabrimala chief priests may skip puja as temple opens tomorrow; key talks fail

While temple authorities and devotees are vocally against the Supreme Court verdict to allow women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that no one would be stopped from visiting the temple. Ramesh Babu Hindustan Times, Nilakkal (Kerala) Talks between the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), the tantri (supreme priest of Sabarimala temple) and the erstwhile royal family of Pandalam to resolve the row over the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple have Read more [...]