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India’s social media monitoring plan worries Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: A government plan to monitor social media could turn India into a “surveillance state”, the Supreme Court was cited as saying on Friday as it asked the government to respond to such worries within two weeks, a lawyer involved in the case said. The government wants social media users monitored and fake news identified and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in April invited bids from companies to do that. But a member of parliament challenged the plan, following which a three-judge bench of the Supreme…

Indian court bars student doctors over cheating

NEW DELHI: India's highest court Monday barred hundreds of students from becoming doctors after they were caught paying bribes and cheating on exams to gain admission into prestigious medical schools. Around 630 students from central Madhya Pradesh state were found to have copied answers, had proxies sit their exams or just outright paid to gain entry to selective medical colleges between 2008 and 2013. An investigation into the so-called "Vyapam scandal" -- named after the state's admissions board -- recommended the…

India threatens to cancel England Test in funds row

MUMBAI: India's cricket board threatened Tuesday to cancel the first Test against England, less than 24 hours before it was due to begin, unless judges end a freeze on its bank accounts. The supreme court last month ruled that the board would have to seek prior approval from a special panel investigating its governance in order to release funds to state associations which host Test matches. But in a petition filed to the apex court on the eve of the start of the first Test in Rajkot, the Board of Control for Cricket in…

BCCI faces Supreme Court intervention after resisting reforms

MUMBAI: The influential Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is facing a possible leadership crisis after the country's Supreme Court demanded it accept sweeping changes by Friday. The BCCI finds itself on a sticky wicket after it agreed to implement only part of a raft of changes recommended by a court-appointed panel, which was set up last year to usher in reforms at the world's richest cricket board. The panel, headed by former chief justice of India RM Lodha, recommended, among other things, age and tenure…

India may miss ICC Champions Trophy – BCCI chief

MUMBAI: Indian cricket boss Anurag Thakur warned Monday that a key reform demanded by the country's highest court may force India to miss next year's Champions Trophy in England and Wales. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opposes a recommendation that would prevent cricket from being played up to 15 days after the cash-rich Indian Premier League finishes. The eight-team Champions Trophy begins on June 1, likely to be just days after the glitzy IPL final which is usually held in the last week of May. The…