SC stays proceedings against Baba Ramdev over 'honeymoon' remark

The yoga guru was seeking directions from Supreme Court restraining any coercive action against him and for clubbing all FIRs lodged over his controversial 'honeymoon' remark

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed all proceedings against yoga guru Baba Ramdev in different parts of the country for his controversial “honeymoon” remarks targeting Rahul Gandhi over visiting the homes of Dalits.


A Bench of Chief Justice RM Lodha also issued a notice to the police in all states which have registered cases against Ramdev. “It is clarified that we are not making any opinion on the merits of the case,” the Bench said.


The court’s order came on a petition filed by Ramdev seeking directions restraining any coercive action him and for clubbing all first information reports (FIRs) lodged in different parts of the country for his controversial “honeymoon” remark.


Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and advocate Keshav Mohan had earlier submitted that complaints and FIRs arising out of comments made on April 25 at Ramdev’s press conference be clubbed and be dealt in Lucknow or any place of the choice of the apex court.


Ramdev has also sought that the courts and police should be restrained from taking any coercive action against him in pursuance of the FIRs lodged against him.


The first FIR was lodged against Ramdev at Mahanagar police station in Lucknow under section of 171(g) (false statement in connection with an election) of the IPC for his remarks against the Congress Vice-President, which had sparked outrage with several parties and organisations terming them as “anti-Dalit’’.


The FIR was lodged by police after analysing the video footage of Ramdev’s statement and later FIRs were lodged in some other states.


Google, Facebook, Twitter and AOL team up to fight deceptive web ads

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and AOL have launched to protect consumers from deceptive advertising on the internet

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and AOL on Thursday announced the launch of, a new organization aimed at protecting consumers from deceptive advertising on the web. Through the organization, the companies will issue reports on trends in deceptive online ads and seek consumers’ help in halting bad ads. also released Thursday its first bad-ad trend report on tech-support advertising scams, which included examples of deceptive tech-support ads found on Facebook and Google. The ads sent consumers to landing pages for companies claiming to offer tech support. Once on the landing page, the companies would ask consumers to download malware posing as special tech-support software.

In researching the tech-support scam, Google and Facebook removed over 4,000 suspicious advertiser accounts. Google removed 350 million bad ads from its systems in 2013, after pulling 224 million the year before. represents the four companies’ second foray into the battle against deceptive ads. The four joined forces with the Interactive Advertising Bureau in 2012 to form the more tech-focused Ads Integrity Alliance, later joined by Yahoo, Microsoft, and the BBB. But the companies shut down the Ads Integrity Alliance last year due to “a lack of consumer outreach,” reported AdWeek.

Consumer advocates have criticized Google for not doing enough to identify and remove ads promoting illegal activities.

Last month, Google started removing deceptive abortion services ads from its web searches. The ads that that came up in web searches for abortion centers that actually do not provide the procedure and instead try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies.

The move comes after an investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America that found that Google searches for “abortion clinic” showed ads almost 80 percent of the time that were funded by anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.

“Anyone looking for abortion services should be able to depend on their search engines to provide them with accurate resources,’’ NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. “Google’s leadership in removing the majority of these ads is a victory for truth in advertising and for the women who have been targeted by a deliberate misinformation campaign by crisis pregnancy centers.”

Google’s advertising policy states:

Advertising can be informative, entertaining, metaphorical, or even tell a story. However, any factual claims and offers should always be credible and accurate. Misleading, inaccurate, and deceitful ads hurt everyone – users, publishers, developers, and advertisers.

Google said it is only removing pregnancy-center ads that are deceptive.

NARAL has found that while some crisis pregnancy centers provide appropriate support to women facing unintended pregnancies, others intentionally misinform and mislead women about abortion alternatives.

A 2004 congressional investigation also found that 87 percent of pregnancy centers contacted provided false or misleading information about the health effects of abortion.

Several cities have tried to enact laws to require crisis pregnancy centers to reveal exactly what services they actually offer but have had to battle First Amendment issues raised by the centers in court.



Auto industry begins FY15 with declining sales in most segments

Except two wheelers, all other segments like cars, CVs, LCVs reported a fall in sales during April, says SIAM

The auto industry begin FY15 with declining sales in most segments during April, says Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).


According to the data released by SIAM, in April sales of passenger vehicles, including cars, vans and utility vehicles fell 9.5%. Within the passenger vehicles, sales of cars and vans fell 10.15% and 27.04%, respectively, while utility vehicles registered marginal (0.27%) higher sales, compared with same month last year. Car sales declined to 1.35 lakh units in April as compared to 1.50 lakh units in the year-ago month.

The overall commercial vehicles segment registered a de-growth of 24% to 43,080 units in April 2014 as compared to same month last year. Medium and heavy commercial vehicles (M&HCVs) sales fell 17.1% and light commercial vehicles (LCV) also dropped by 27.37%, SIAM said.


Two wheelers, however reported higher sales in April. Total two-wheeler sales in April grew 11.7% to 13.04 lakh units as against 11.7 lakh units in the same month last year. During the month, scooters, motorcycles and moped sales rose 26.1%, 8.1% and 0.23%, respectively over April 2013.


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