In what could be considered as one of its stringent comments on hate speeches, the Supreme Court on Friday wondered, "This is the 21st century. Where have we reached in the name of religion?"
In response to a petition, on such speeches, the court added the state of affairs was "shocking for a country that is supposed to be religion-neutral". The apex court on Thursday had sought response from the Centre and the states to a plea seeking directions for taking appropriate steps to stop hate speeches against the Muslim community.
An Army helicopter crashed at Migging in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday morning, a defence official said. The advanced light helicopter, carrying Army personnel, was on regular sorties.The incident took place at 10.43 am, and search operation is underway, the official said.
The police on Thursday dismissed as "fabricated" a Delhi woman's claim that she had been gang-raped and brutalized by five men here.
Police claimed that the entire "conspiracy" was hatched over a property dispute.
Three associates of the woman have been arrested, police said, adding that they have been identified as Azad, Afzal and Gaurav.
Left outfits SFI and DYFI called for a protest against the arrests of various TET aspirants who were agitating against the graft in the recruitment process. The retaliatory protest faced a police crackdown with the imposition of section 144.
Meanwhile, placards, slippers and newspaper pages carrying news of TET candidates' 84-hour-long sit-in demanding primary school teachers' jobs lay scattered at Karunamoyee area near here on Friday morning, hours after the police removed them from there.
The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a fresh plea moved by a women's organisation, challenging the remission of sentence and the release of convicts in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which also involves the killing of seven of her family members during the Gujarat riots.
A bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and C T Ravikumar tagged the matter with the main petition and said it would be heard along with it.
In a major setback to former prime minister Imran Khan, Pakistan's top election body on Friday disqualified him from holding public office for five years in the Toshakhana case for hiding proceeds from the sale of gifts he received from foreign leaders.
After the consensus ruling by a four-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sikander Sultan Raja, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman cannot become a member of the parliament for five years.
A clear frontrunner to take over from Liz Truss as Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister remains uncertain on Friday due to deep divisions among the Tories, but the bookies' odds have rocketed in favour of British Indian former chancellor Rishi Sunak.
As the runner-up of the leadership election which concluded last month, the former finance minister who had forecast much of the economic crisis unleashed by Truss' mini-budget is seen as a safe pair of hands to take charge at 10 Downing Street.
Hans Niemann announced on Thursday that he was taking legal action against Magnus Carlsen and a number of companies and individuals.
"My lawsuit speaks for itself," he wrote on Twitter, playing on a past interview of his where he had boasted that "the chess speaks for itself" after a strong victory.
Niemann's lawsuit accuses the defendants of "egregiously defaming him and unlawfully colluding to blacklist him from the profession to which he dedicated his life."
OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia on Friday defended the oil cartel and its partner's decision to cut crude oil production, saying they were doing the right job to secure and stabilise the market.
OPEC+ alliance "is doing the right job", said Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman here.
A special court here on Friday rejected the bail application filed by former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in an alleged corruption and misuse of official position case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)