Japan news editors lash out at calls for press curbs

Two Japanese newspaper editors on Thursday warned that democracy and press freedom were under threat after a conservative lawmaker said media opposed to Tokyo`s hawkish military policy should be punished.

Democracy camp seeks new direction at Hong Kong protest march

 Tens of thousands joined a pro-democracy march on the anniversary of Hong Kong`s handover to China Wednesday in what organisers said was a chance to work out the movement`s next step as momentum wanes.

Mix of neo-liberal market and Hindutva is dangerous, says Left

Expressing concern that threat of authoritarianism in "other forms than Emergency" looms large over country's democratic system, Left parties on Thursday called for drawing correct lessons from Emergency to fight against present "creeping authoritarianism".

Something similar happening with Modi: Kuldip Nayar on 40 years of Emergency

Recalling the days of the Emergency, senior journalist Kuldip Nayar on Thursday said former prime minister Indira Gandhi had become the holder of `one person rule` and added that something similar is happening with incumbent Narendra Modi now.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy street camps come to a quiet end
Hong Kong's pro-democracy street camps come to a quiet end

 Hong Kong authorities began clearing away the last pro-democracy encampments near government headquarters on Wednesday, watched by a handful of demonstrators in a quiet but poignant end to nine months of street protests.

Mystery walk-out in Hong Kong vote brings heavy defeat for Beijing
Mystery walk-out in Hong Kong vote brings heavy defeat for Beijing

It was meant to be a major set-piece event, potentially the most important bill put to Hong Kong`s legislature since the former British colony`s 1997 handover to Chinese rule, but it ended in unscripted embarrassment for the pro-Beijing establishment.

Hong Kong lawmakers reject `fake democracy` package
Hong Kong lawmakers reject `fake democracy` package

Hong Kong lawmakers rejected a Beijing-backed political reform package Thursday as pro-democracy legislators united to vote down the divisive electoral roadmap that has sparked mass protests.

Political showdown in Hong Kong ahead of key reform vote
Political showdown in Hong Kong ahead of key reform vote

 Hong Kong lawmakers laid bare the city`s entrenched political divide Wednesday as they locked horns over a reform package ahead of a key vote that pits democracy campaigners against the government.

Hong Kong on high alert as new democracy showdown looms

Hong Kong`s leader warned on Tuesday that violence will not be tolerated, a day after authorities arrested 10 people and seized suspected explosives ahead of a crucial vote on a China-backed electoral reform package this week.

Senior Brotherhood figure says Morsi trial "nail in coffin" of democracy

 A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood said the trial of Egypt`s former president Mohamed Morsi, sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday, had "fallen below all international standards".

Thousands rally as Hong Kong braces for democracy showdown

Thousands of people, many holding yellow umbrellas, marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to urge lawmakers to vote down Beijing-backed election reforms that sparked huge street protests last year, although the turnout was lower than organisers had expected.

Hong Kong activists march ahead of vote on electoral package

Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against electoral reforms approved by Beijing to choose the city`s next leader, the beginning of several days of demonstrations before the reforms go to a vote.

Putin praises Russia as open and democratic

 Vladimir Putin, presenting state awards on Russia's analogue of independence day, has praised the country for democracy and openness.

Obama administration criticizes Egypt in report to Congress

The Obama administration has sent Congress a report that harshly criticizes the Egyptian government of restricting free speech, arresting political dissidents and undermining democracy, but recommends the US continue sending it USD 1.3 billion in mostly military aid.

President greets Italy on Republic Day eve

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted the government and people of Italy on the eve of its Republic Day, saying bilateral ties between the two nations were rooted in "strong foundations of shared values, democracy and pluralism".

Malaysia refuses entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy student activist

Malaysian immigration authorities on Tuesday denied entry to Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong, who had been invited to the Southeast Asian nation to participate in academic talks on democracy in China and last year`s protests in Hong Kong. 

Supreme Court says no to politicians' pictures in govt ads except President, PM, CJI
Supreme Court says no to politicians' pictures in govt ads except President, PM, CJI

In an important development with regard to regulation of public advertisements, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that they can carry pictures of certain dignitaries like the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.

India's independent bodies reflect success of democracy: Prez

India has "ferociously independent" constitutional and statutory bodies which reflect the country's success in parliamentary democracy, President Pranab Mukherjee today said.

DNA: Media has accepted a 'supari to finish AAP', says Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the media of accepting a supari or contract to finish off his Aam Aadmi Party.

Tamil reconciliation will 'take time': Kerry warns Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday warned Sri Lanka that "true reconciliation" with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the "openness" of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community.