APDP moves petition to SHRC for DNA tests on unmarked graves

APDP moves petition to SHRC for DNA tests on unmarked graves

Parents of those missing urges SHRC to carry out DNA tests to ascertain the real identities of those buried in unmarked graves 

Families of the disappeared in Kashmir have petitioned the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for the conduct of DNA tests on the unmarked graves to ascertain the identity of the persons buried. They have submitted to the commission a list of 507 documented cases of enforced disappearance of people from north Kashmir districts of Baramulla and Bandipora, who they allege are buried in these graves.



70 MPs demand universal old-age pension from govt

70 MPs demand universal old-age pension from govt

Pension Parishad and MP Manicka Tagore to seek support of other MPs demanding a dignified amount as monthly pension

As declared during their agitation earlier this year, the Pension Parishad was back at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday 29 August to demand a universal non-contributory pension scheme for senior citizens, especially from the unorganised sector. Led by co-conveners Baba Adhav and Aruna Roy, around 1000 people from all parts of India gathered for a public hearing asking the government for their right to have a dignified sum as monthly pension. The first day of the hearing on 28 August had the people demanding food security for all regardless of any targeting on the basis of poverty line.


Govt to orphanages: Don’t admit under-12 kids from Northeast and Naxal-infested states

Govt to orphanages: Don’t admit under-12 kids from Northeast and Naxal-infested states

Govt crackdown on illegal child trafficking comes in the wake of 23 Manipuri minors being rescued earlier this month

Jeemon Jacob


Kerala government has advised the orphanages in the state not to admit children under 12 from Naxal-infested states and Northeastern states. Social Welfare Department issued an advisory note after the Child Welfare Committee had alerted the government that several groups are trafficking children from Northeastern states to Kerala under the pretext of offering free education and boarding in orphanages in Kerala.


B’lore Police arrest 11 men planning attacks in the city

B’lore Police arrest 11 men planning attacks in the city

Karnataka Police on Thursday 30 August claimed that the 11 arrested on terror charges, which include a DRDO engineer and a Deccan Herald journalist, were activists of Pakistan-based Harkat Ul Jehad E Islami (HUJI) and Lashkar e Toiba (LeT) and were planning to carry out attacks on various important legislators, leaders of Hindutva organisations and noted journalists.