Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post

Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post

The Kerala High Court declined anticipatory bail to her early this month.

Thiruvananthapuram: Model and activist Rehana Fathima who had almost made it to the Sabarimala temple in October was arrested today for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments with her “insulting” social media posts on Lord Ayyappa.

The alleged incident that led to the case, a non-bailable offence, took place before she tried and failed to enter the shrine after the Supreme Court in September lifted a ban on women of menstruating age offering prayers at the temple.

Kerala police registered a case against Ms Fathima on October 30 after Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi, a group that claims to fight for upholding the “traditions at the temple” accused her of insulting the Hindu religious belief with what they described as her “provocative and insulting” social media posts.

The Kerala High Court declined anticipatory bail to her early this month. Ms Fathima said she did no wrong.

Less than two weeks before the case was filed, escorted by the police and in riot gear Ms Fathima, along with an Andhra Pradesh journalist, reached a few metres away from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple when they were stopped by the protesters including the priests.

The protesters believe the decades old tradition of not allowing women in the aged between 10 and 50 should be done away with in the temple where the deity is a celibate.

Shortly after her failed attempt, Kerala Temple Affairs minister Kadakampally Surendran said the “activists with agenda” should not try to enter the temple.

Ms Fathima insists that she is an Ayyappa devotee. Her house was vandalised by unidentified people while she was away trying to climb the holy hill to the temple.

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The Sweet Story Of How Twitter Helped Reunite 2 Long-Lost Besties In Just 5 Hours

The Sweet Story Of How Twitter Helped Reunite 2 Long-Lost Besties In Just 5 Hours

Brianna Cry and Heii Tran met on a cruise in 2006.

The power of social media was on display for all to see, once again, when netizens came together to help reunite two long lost best friends. It all began when 19-year-old Brianna Cry from Mississippi, USA, came across a picture of a friend she had met on a dinner cruise when she was a child, according to Teen Vogue. The two girls had met in 2006, during a Hawaii cruise, and become fast friends for the night.

Hoping to find her long-lost BFF after more than a decade, Brianna shared the picture on Twitter and asked for help on Saturday.

“Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited,” wrote Brianna, sharing the picture on the micro-blogging website.

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Action Against Polluting Activities Grossly Inadequate: Pollution Board

Action Against Polluting Activities Grossly Inadequate: Pollution Board

The directions have been made to state pollution control boards (File Photo)

New Delhi: The enforcement bodies’ actions on public complaints against pollution have been “grossly inadequate”, the Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB has said while urging these agencies again to join social media platforms to address the grievances concerning them.

The directions have been made to the NDMC, SDMC, EDMC, DMRC, CPWD, DDA and the state pollution control boards of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, among other public bodies.

In a meeting with public agencies and state pollution control boards last week, CPCB Member Secretary Prashant Gargava said the response to complaints lodged on the SAMEER app, which was developed by the CPCB, has been “inadequate”.

“They have to join social media platforms and take action in respect of complaints concerning them,” the CPCB was quoted as saying in the minutes of the meeting.

“Actions on public complaints by enforcement bodies were found grossly inadequate. Many agencies have not even joined the social media platform,” it said.

This is the second time the CPCB has urged the public agencies to address the complaints filed against those violating pollution norms.

Earlier on November 14, the CPCB had directed public and enforcement agencies to immediately join social media platforms where citizens could lodge their complaints on pollution directly.

Talking tough on pollution in Delhi, the Supreme Court Monday asked the CPCB to prosecute government officials for not acting on around 250 complaints received by it from citizens.

In an affidavit filed in the court, which is seized of matters related to pollution in Delhi-NCR, the CPCB said that “of 749 complaints received on social media and e-mails till November 22, 2018, about 500 complaints (67 per cent of the total) were attended to by 52 teams of CPCB while associating with clean air campaign during November 1-10, 2018”.

It further said the teams continued a “similar campaign on their own on November 13 and November 20 exclusively to attend to the air pollution complaints received on social media and e-mails. Remaining 249 complaints have been assigned to respective nodal agencies and are in the process of getting resolved”.

The affidavit said as per analysis of complaints during the clean air campaign, the highest number of air pollution incidents were found to be related to construction and demolition activities, followed by burning of waste, road dust, unpaved areas/roads, traffic congestion and industrial emissions.

In continuation of the opening of social media accounts on October 29, the affidavit said the CPCB has set up a separate cell for management of citizens’ complaints being received via Facebook, Twitter, e-mails and the CPCB’s website since November 5.

“Complaints received at social media accounts namely Twitter and Facebook have to be resolved by respective nodal agencies who are responsible for taking appropriate action,” it said.

“An efficient mechanism for resolving the complaints through social media can be ensured through respective nodal agencies when they open their official social media accounts and follow the account created by CPCB so that the complaints received at CPCB end can be forwarded to respective agencies. Action taken by agencies can be informed to the complainant on the same platform,” the affidavit said.

It said that on October 31, an e-mail was sent to the nodal agencies to create their own social media accounts so that complaints received by the CPCB could be attended to by them and the CPCB had also held four review meetings in November with the representatives of the nodal agencies.

It said that as on November 24, 18 nodal agencies provided their social media accounts to the CPCB which included the Haryana State Pollution Control Board, National Highway Authority of India, Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Transport Department, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Development Authority, Gurgaon Municipal Corporation, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Delhi has been battling alarming levels of pollution for over a month due to regional factors like stubble burning and localised factors like pollution from vehicles, firecrackers, construction activities among others, following which a number of steps were taken by the CPCB.

Last week, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority Chairperson Bhure Lal also lashed out at enforcement agencies, alleging that Delhi’s civic and urban bodies are “not properly implementing”

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Gurgaon Man Arrested For Stalking, Threatening Journalist On Social Media

Gurgaon Man Arrested For Stalking, Threatening Journalist On Social Media

The accused has been charged under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (Representational)

Noida: 

A man was arrested in Noida on Tuesday for allegedly stalking a woman journalist on social media and threatening her of kidnapping, police said.

The man, identified as Gulshan Kashyap, a resident of Gurgaon in Haryana, was arrested near the Sab Mall in Noida’s Sector 27 after raids were conducted to find him, they said.

“The man would stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and keep sending her offensive messages and posting comments. When blocked, he would create a new profile and repeat troubling her,” Inspector Manoj Pant said.

“Kashyap threatened to abduct her and also warned her against having any man in her life except him,” he said.

Mr Pant, station house officer at Sector 20 police station, said the woman, a news anchor with a private TV channel, had approached police on November 6 after which a case was registered.

The mobile phone used in the crime was also seized from Kashyap after his arrest, he said.

The accused has been charged under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

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Arrested Kerala Activist Who Almost Reached Sabarimala Suspended By BSNL

Arrested Kerala Activist Who Almost Reached Sabarimala Suspended By BSNL

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on Tuesday suspended model and woman activist Rehana Fathima from the post of telecom technician after she was arrested by the Pathanamthitta Police for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of people.

On September 30, Ms Fathima had posted a picture on Facebook, dressing up like an Ayyappa devotee with the caption ‘Thathvamasi‘.

The Kerala police registered a case against her on October 30 after the Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi, a group that claims to fight for Sabarimala’s traditions, accused her of insulting the Hindu beliefs with what they described as her “provocative” social media posts.

Ms Fathima, along with a woman journalist, had gone to the Sabarimala Temple in October. However, she had to return halfway due to protests. Later, her house was allegedly vandalised by some unidentified men.

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Janhvi And Arjun Kapoor On Anshula Being ‘Abused’ After Koffee With Karan

Janhvi And Arjun Kapoor On Anshula Being 'Abused' After Koffee With Karan

Anushla Kapoor being trolled, abused and threatened for seemingly choosing to help Arjun Kapoor instead of Janhvi during a friendly competition on Koffee With Karan 6 is everything that’s wrong with social media. A section of the internet called Anshula out for being biased towards Arjun while some called her “mean and rude.” “Anshula, you are an extremely vile girl to be around Jhanvi and Khushi” – comments such as this were posted on social media. Janhvi, during a conversation with Priyanka Chopra for Facebook live session ‘Social For Good’, said that Anshula received “rape threats” for not helping Janhvi out on the show.

Arjun Kapoor, incensed with the hate comments targeting Anshula, tweeted on Wednesday: “Something I assumed was an absolute non-issue on Koffee With Karan has escalated into Anshula being abused and I can’t be bothered by protocol anymore. F**k all those trolls who wish harm to my sister. I hope your mom or sister never have to go through what you have put us through.”

Host Karan Johar also backed Arjun and added: “It was a harmless fun game and did not warrant this response! People genuinely need to stop this intense negativity.”

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SRK can’t afford Gauri Khan on board for films

Shah Rukh Khan says that he cannot afford to get his interior decorator and producer wife Gauri Khan on board to design for films. “We make really small films. We can’t afford to get her on board for our films,” the actor said. His comments came after Gauri said, “Right now, I am very busy. My hands are full and whenever I will have time then, 100 per cent I will do it.”

The husband and wife were interacting with the media at the inauguration of Sanchos — a Mexican restaurant designed by Gauri. “I just go to whichever restaurant she opens because I get free meal, so it’s really good for me… I hope she keeps opening up new restaurants so that all of us can keep coming here to do parties,” said Shah Rukh.

Apart from designing restaurants and office spaces, Gauri has also designed the homes of Bollywood celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar and Jacqueline Fernandez among many others.

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