Law & Order: SVU' is killing Questlove, which means he can die happy

The Roots founder and "Tonight Show" bandleader Questlove has checked off one of his bucket-list items -- by dying.

"Law & Order: SVU" star Ice-T tweeted the following picture of Questlove from the show's set Friday (Feb. 21), with Questlove playing a dead body laid out in the morgue. Note that even though he has a bullet hole in his head, his Afro pick stayed put.

SVU Behind The Scenes: This corpse looks strangely familiar...
-- ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) February 21, 2014

Kejriwal: Court to hear Gadkari plea

Gadkari slapped a legal notice on Kejriwal for including his name in the latter's "India's Most Corrupt Politicians" list.

Odisha minister shot at, injured

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Law Minister Maheswar Mohanty was injured on Friday night after being shot at by unknown assailants in his home town Puri, a police official said. He is now recuperating in a hospital.
Two to three people fired at Mohanty at about 10 pm when he was returning home on his bike in Puri, 56 km from Bhubaneswar.

The minister sustained bullet injuries in one hand, Superintendent of Police Anup Kumar Sahoo told.

Initially, he was taken to a hospital in the town but later shifted to a private institution in Bhubaneswar.

Breaking news coverage at India Today on February 20

5.30 pm: I cannot direct how a member should speak, but is up to a member to decide if it's ethical as a minister to speak against own govt: P.J. Kurien on Chiranjeevi.

5.25 pm: On whose behalf is he (Chiranjeevi) speaking? He is a minister and he says he has reservations about Telangana Bill: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.
Can a member of the council of ministers speak against its collective decision: Arun Jaitley.
Chiranjeevi should quit as minister if he has reservations about Telangana bill: Arun Jaitley.

Little India Bill: What activists should have done

The civil rights of residents in Little India won out over the civil rights of the larger Singapore society. So much for the “bad law” arguments put forth in a detailed background paper by a handful of civil rights activists, including former opposition politician Vincent Wijeysingha (see TISG, Feb 18).

Although nine opposition MPs, NCMPs and NMPs spoke out against the Public Order Additional Temporary Measures (POATM) Bill in Parliament yesterday, the PAP-dominated House passed it into law for a year.

Supreme Court gives adoption rights to Muslims

The right to adopt a child - till now restricted to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains - now extends to Muslims, Christians, Jews, Parsis and all other communities.

“Freedom of expression does not mean freedom of defamation” – Monika Arora, legal counsel for SBAC against Penguin India

“It may be news for you and everyone else but for us it was a simple case,” Monika Arora says with an almost bemused smile, “I simply cannot understand why there is such a big hue and cry.” It is roughly a week after news first broke of Penguin India’s agreement to withdraw copies of Wendy Doniger’s book, “The Hindus: An Alternative History” and Arora seems genuinely surprised at the volume of attention this story was given, both by the national as well as the international media.

Temporary law to maintain public order in Little India passed

The Public Order (Additional Temporary Measures) Bill to maintain peace in Little India was passed after over four hours of debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

The new temporary law, which will be effective for a year, provides law enforcement authorities with additional powers to maintain public order in the district, where a rare riot took place last December.

The additional powers include conducting interviews and searches on people in the neighbourhood for alcohol and prohibited items.

Is big publishing abandoning the fight for free expression?

Advocate Lawrence Liang has served a legal notice to Penguin Books, India, on behalf of Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Aarti Sethi. In this interview with Monobina Gupta, Sethi and Sengupta share their views on Penguin’s decision to withdraw Wendy Doniger’s book on The Hindus: An Alternative History
You have petitioned the courts against Penguin’s decision to withdraw and pulp Wendy Doniger’s book. Why did a huge organisation like Penguin yield to Dinanath Batra’s arm-twisting? What does such inexplicable capitulation tell us about large publishing houses?

Why tensions are soaring in Mother (in-law) India

Arti learned the rules of her marriage when she moved in with husband Vishal’s parents the day after their wedding. She was not allowed to sit on a sofa, chair or her own bed. Only her new in-laws and their sons were allowed to do so.
Arti asked her two sisters-in-law who lived in the extended household to explain.
“Any concrete surface is fine,” one of them told Arti, 25. “Don’t worry, we can sit on the staircase.”


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