Over 2.43 lakh POCSO cases pending in fast-track courts till Jan 2023; 3% conviction rate in 2022: Report

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New Delhi: More than 2.43 lakh cases under the POCSO Act were pending in fast-track special courts (FTSCs) as of January 31 this year despite the central government's robust policy and financial commitment, according to a research paper published by an NGO. In 2022, the number of such cases that resulted in conviction remained a mere three per cent nationally, it said. The research paper -- 'Justice Awaits: An Analysis of...

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ISIS module leader among 15 operatives arrested in Maharashtra, Karnataka: NIA


New Delhi: In a massive crackdown on the ISIS terrorist organisation, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday arrested its 15 operatives during multiple raids across Maharashtra and Karnataka, an official said. The arrested accused included the leader of an ISIS module who was administering 'bayath' (oath of allegiance) to new recruits, a spokesperson of the federal anti-terror agency said. Several NIA teams swooped down on as many as 44 locations in...

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Making technical changes: MEA on question on Hamas in Lok Sabha

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New Delhi: A technical correction is being made mentioning V Muraleedharan's name as the minister who replied to a Parliament question on the designation of Hamas, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Saturday. The clarification from MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi came hours after Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi said she did not approve any answer to the question. Both Lekhi and Muraleedharan are ministers of state in the MEA. Responding to...

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PM Rishi Sunak’s officials in Delhi to discuss India-UK FTA: Report

London: Senior officials from British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's team are in New Delhi this week to add momentum behind the ongoing round of negotiations for an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA), according to a UK media report Saturday. ‘The Guardian' newspaper reports that while there is no official comment from either side on such a visit,...

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Equity, climate justice must be basis of climate action: India at COP28

Dubai: India firmly believes that equity and climate justice must be the basis of climate action and this can be ensured only when the developed countries take the lead in combating climate change, Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav said here at the COP28 Saturday. Delivering the national statement at the high-level segment during the ongoing annual climate conference,...


Covid virus can persist in lungs for up to two years: Study

London: SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19, can last in the lungs of certain individuals for up to 18 months after infection, finds a study. The study, published in the journal Nature Immunology, showed that Covid virus’ persistence appears to be linked to a failure of innate immunity (the first line of defence against pathogens). One to two...

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