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Nun Gangrape, National Sovereignty,Chris Patten and Cardinal Baselios Cleemis

“I don't see how you can on the one hand say that one must accept the primacy of the UN and of UN authority, and on the other hand say that you should never question national sovereignty. I actually think, and think very strongly that sovereignty is defined in a nineteenth century way as though it was a sort of great monument, which international lawyers crept up to and vandalized at night stealing a bit here and bit there. I think that's a very out-of-day way of looking at it. The notion is, if I may make the point in a biological way, I don't accept either that sovereignty is like virginity: that it’s there for one moment and gone for all time the next. I think very often you extend your sovereignty by agreeing to share it. And I know of no way in which we can promote greater cooperation in dealing with global problems other than by sharing sovereignty and other than by recognising that sometimes the national interest is best pursued by sharing responsibility with others, which is what I meant about a post-modern state.”

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Meat of the matter: How beef ban affects leather, exports and chemical industry

Source: http://m.hindustantimes.com

The once-popular New Martin Hotel in Mumbai’s Colaba wears a dismal look these days. The footfall has not been the same since the Maharashtra government banned beef earlier this month. “Beef steak, beef chilly fry masala and beef chilly dry were some of our most popular dishes, but we had to take them off the menu post the ban. There has been at least a 50% drop in footfall since,” says a waiter at the restaurant.

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Haryana Bans Beef; no Murder Charges

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com

The BJP government in Haryana has imposed a total ban on the sale of beef in any form and proposed 10 years rigorous imprisonment for cow slaughter, but ruled out equating it with murder. “The ban also covers canned beef which was legal during the tenure of the previous government,“ a release quoting animal husbandry minister OP Dhankar said. The move comes days after Maharashtra, another BJPruled state, banned beef and imposed a five-year jail term for cow slaughter. “The news... that a case would be registered under section 302 (murder) of IPC was wrong,“ Dhankar clarified.

 
"Arc of justice is long" for 2002 Gujarat riot victims: Lantos-Swett

Source: http://www.thehindu.com
Katrina Lantos-Swett is the Chairperson of the U.S. Congress-established Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Under her leadership and Congressional mandate, USCIRF continues to produce an annual report on the state of religious freedom worldwide, which in years past had designated India as a “Tier II” or “watch-list” country.

In a telephone interview with Narayan Lakshman, Dr. Lantos-Swett discussed the current state of religious freedom in India, the U.S. administration’s view on the role of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in improving religious tolerance in India and on allegations linking him to the 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat.
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Cattle smuggling is big and violent business on India-Bangladesh border

Source: http://m.deccanherald.com

The BSF's decision not to shoot cattle smugglers on the India-Bangladesh border appears to have emboldened the criminals who are now more brazen -- and violent too.

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Beef ban: Bombay HC declines relief to traders

Source: http://www.thehindu.com
The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to grant any relief to beef traders, and urged them not to make it "a religious or a prestige issue."

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