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Air quality 'hazardous' around Gurgaon Sector 11

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:58
Air quality 'hazardous' around Gurgaon Sector 11

Gurgaon (Haryana) [India], Jan. 13 : The air quality has been reported to be hazardous around Sector 11 in Gurgaon.

The air quality is at 405 (Hazardous) around Sector 11 in Gurugram (AQICN).

Delhi and the National Capital Region's air quality continue to remain 'very poor', as the level of prominent pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 is above normal at many places, the Delhi Traffic Police reported on Friday.

Delhi leads the list of most polluted cities in the country followed by several in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana and Bihar, a report by Greenpeace India has revealed.

The report is based on information obtained through online reports and Right to Information applications from state pollution control boards across India, and assessments of air quality performed in 168 cities across 24 states and union territories. It claims that none of the 168 cities assessed complies with air quality standards prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain recently reviewed the ambient air quality position with scientists and engineers of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and senior officials of the Department of Environment.

He also reviewed implementation of the directions issued by different agencies and courts in recent past to curb air pollution. (ANI)

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Celebrations of festivals will bind all sections together with spirit of love: President

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:55
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New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed hope that celebrations of festivals will bind all sections together with the spirit of love, compassion and joy.

Greeting people on the eve of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal, President Mukherjee in his message has said "These festivals are expressions of joy and prosperity ushered in by a fresh harvest."

He said the festivals will bring happiness, peace and prosperity in every one's life. (ANI)

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Bone chilling cold wave conditions prevail in Himachal

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:49
Bone chilling cold wave conditions prevail in Himachal

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Jan. 13 : Bone chilling cold wave conditions further intensified in Himachal Pradesh as mercury plummeted in tribal and other areas.

The Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti was the coldest with mercury dropping to minus 15 degree Celsius.

A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect western Himalayan region in coming days and heavy snowfall and rain is predicted by the MeT department on January 15 and 16. (ANI)

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SC to hear plea in connection with doses of TB

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:35
SC to hear plea in connection with doses of TB

New Delhi [India], 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the plea filed by Dr. Raman Kakkar in connection with doses of Tuberculosis.

Earlier apex court asked the Centre to implement the new tuberculosis protocol saying if the drug combination is the same then why can it not be given on a daily basis instead of thrice a week.

Bench headed by Chief Justice J. S. Khehar, also comprised Justices D. Y. Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.

The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by doctor and tuberculosis specialist Raman Kakkar, seeking change in the protocol for treatment of TB in the country.

The plea claimed that the current practice of giving three doses of medicine every week should be replaced with the traditional and time-tested daily dose regimen.

Describing the technique adopted by the department concerned as "unscientific" and "improper", he said the present tuberculosis protocol stipulated only an inadequate medicine regime to cut costs, adding that it promoted relapses and generated a lethal drug-resistant strain in the body of the patient.

He claimed over 10 per cent of tuberculosis patients suffered relapse compared with the global average of three per cent, noting that the relapsed cases were harder to treat than first-time infections.

"A category II patient (one whose disease has relapsed) in India is given only 24 injections (of the antibacterial streptomycin) while everywhere else in the world such a patient generally gets 60 injections," the petition said.

As per the reports, in India, TB kills more adults than any other infectious disease with reported 2.2 lakh deaths in 2014 and one death occurring almost once in 1.5 minutes.

India is the highest TB burden country with World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of 9.6 million cases.

The Government of India along with the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) and the Initiative for Promoting and Affordable Quality TB Tests (IPAQT) is making some headway in combating tuberculosis.

There is also a voluntary organization named Tuberculosis Association of India set up in February, 1939. It is also affiliated to the government India and is working with TB Delhi cente

It said that while more than 20 lakh TB cases were reported at government hospitals each year in the country, the number of such patients in Faridabad was between 3,500 and 4,000 each year. (ANI)

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SC to hear Nirbhaya convicts plea challenging Delhi HC order

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:31
SC to hear Nirbhaya convicts plea challenging Delhi HC order

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the appeal of December 16 gangrape convicts challenging the Delhi High court order which had sentenced the four convicts to the gallows after keeping in view the fact that it was a rarest of the rare case.

The matter is at the fag end where arguments were being heard.

The four convicts - Akshay, Pawan, Vijay and Mukesh - have challenged the Delhi high court order which had sentenced the four convicts to the gallows after keeping in view the fact that it was a rarest of the rare case.

The arguments in the case were being heard by an apex court bench headed by justice Dipak Misra.

Earlier, the apex court? had declined the request by two amici curiae - senior counsel Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay R Hegde - to withdraw from assisting the court in the hearing of the appeals by the convicts in the gang rape case.

Asking both to continue assisting the court in hearing of the appeals by the four accused convicted and sentenced to death, the three judge bench comprising of justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan said: "We can appreciate the anguish expressed by the learned amici curiae".

Six people gang-raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus and thrashed her and her male friend. They then violently raped and attacked her, and threw both of them from the moving bus on Dec 16. The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.

The incident led to large scale protests across the country, forcing the government of the day to make strict and punitive laws related to harassment of women.

One of the accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.

Meanwhile, on December 3, amicus curiae Sanjay Hegde questioned the evidence produced by the prosecution in the gang-rape case, and came out with certain points putting a question on the merit of evidence.

According to Hegde, one of the convicts, Mukesh, was not with the prime culprit Ram Singh when the offence was committed, since their mobile locations were found to be different on that night. (ANI)

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SC to hear plea seeking postponment of Union Budget

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:27
SC to hear plea seeking postponment of Union Budget

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a plea seeking intervention for postponing the Union Budget presentation after March once the assembly elections in five states are over.

The plea filed by Manohar Lal Sharma claimed that due to upcoming assembly elections, people will be facing a lot of problem.

In December last year, the apex court refused to give an urgent hearing to a plea filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma in which he demanded the budget be presented in March.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said they would hear the matter in due course of time.

"I have mentioned the matter before the bench of the apex court seeking postponing of the annual budget to be presented by the government in view of impending assembly polls," Sharma told ANI.

"The apex court, however, said they would hear the matter on due course of time," said Sharma. (ANI)

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SP 'cycle' war to continue at EC today

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:24
SP 'cycle' war to continue at EC today

New Delhi [India], Jan 13 : The Election Commission on Friday will hear the warring Samajwadi Party factions i. e. of party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and the other of his son Akhilesh Yadav, staking claims over the party symbol 'cycle'.

Candidates from both, Mulayam and Akhilesh camps cannot fight election on 'cycle' symbol at the same time, therefore, the EC will have to take a call on the issue before the filing of nominations begins.

The Samajwadi Party in-fight refuses to subside, as the current stalemate between Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav over the post of the party president, failed to reach a conclusion.

According to sources, Mulayam told Akhilesh to step down from the post saying that he would remain to be the party's face for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

But, Akhilesh refused the offer saying that he would pass on the baton once the elections are over.

The sources further state that the meeting is likely to take place again to discuss about the same. (ANI)

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TSRTC arranges 3000 special service buses on Sankranti festival

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:18
TSRTC arranges 3000 special service buses on Sankranti festival

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Jan 13 : The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has arranged 3, ooo special service buses for the transporters on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

T. S. R. T. C Senior Customer Relations Manager P. Murlidar Goud said that the buses have been arranged to travel to important districts, adding that they are charging 50% extra on special services.

"In order to clear the festive traffic, TSRTC has planned as many as 3,000 buses. We are taking normal charge as far as scheduled service is considered. We are charging one and a half fare only for special services operating to more than 200 kilometres. It is because such services are one-way traffic," he told ANI.

However, some of the passengers did not like the idea of increased fare for special services adding that the government should help passengers going to their villages for festivals.

The passengers also complained about problems they were facing in booking tickets. (ANI)

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Jallikattu ban: Opposition calls to respect SC decision

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:09
 Opposition calls to respect SC decision

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : Following the state-wide agitation announced by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the opposition on Friday opined that the decision of the Supreme Court must be respected and one should not put pressure on the apex court.

"The decision of the Supreme Court has to be respected. Till the time it changes its order, no state government or political party has the right to go against its decision," Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar told ANI.

Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal viewed the pressure being imposed on the court incorrect.

"There are many traditions which do not go hand-in-hand with modernity. Only to make a political position in Tamil Nadu, you are now trying to get the festival back on which the Supreme Court has already put a ban. Putting pressure on the court is not the right thing to do," RJD leader Manoj Jha told ANI.

Hours after the Supreme Court turned down the Tamil Nadu Government's plea seeking its intervention to pass a judgment on Jallikattu before Saturday, the DMK on Thursday announced a state-wide agitation over the ban on the bull-taming sport.

Earlier in the day, the apex court said the draft of the judgement has been prepared but added that it is not possible to deliver it before Saturday.

Rejecting the sport, which is held in Tamil Nadu during the Pongal festivities every year, the apex court said, "It's unfair to ask the bench to pass the order." (ANI)

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EC has given Sakshi Maharaj a rap on the knuckles: Swamy

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:05
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New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Subramanian Swamy on Friday said the Election Commission's decision to censure the saffron party's MP Sakshi Maharaj was good adding that it had given him a rap on the knuckles.

"I am happy that the Election Commission, seeing the mood and the media build-up, has given him a rap on the knuckles, and that is good enough," Swamy told ANI.

Calling it distasteful, Swamy, at the same time said Sakshi Maharaj's statement was not inciteful or the one breaking the law.

"What he said was objectionable, but it's not breaking the law... Whatever it is, it is distasteful. It is not becoming of a parliament member. But, to prosecute him on the so-called hate speech, that's why I have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitution. These are all British laws. They were intended to suppress us. There is no incitement here," he said.

The EC on Thursday censured Sakshi Maharaj for violating the Model Code of Conduct and the Supreme Court's decision not to seek votes in the name of religion.

The EC in its letter issued to Maharaj said he being a reputed political leader/MP is expected to be more circumspect in his public utterances during the upcoming assembly elections.

The Election Commission also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP, saying strict action would be taken in case of any violation of the Model Code of Conduct in future.

Addressing a gathering in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, last week, Maharaj had urged all political parties to come together to frame "population control" laws.

"This population rise is not because of Hindus. The population has risen because of those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children. It is not acceptable," he said. (ANI)

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Sakshi Maharaj a breed of politicians nurtured on divisive politics: Congress

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:50
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New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Congress on Friday launched a scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Sakshi Maharaj terming him a breed of politicians nurtured on divisive politics.

"I have fought Sakshi Maharaj on two occasions. I know what his politics is. I know what his personality is all about. This is a breed and brand of politicians who have been nurtured on divisive politics, on politics of the other, on politics of hate, politics of ridicule and they have prospered. They have come so far that they are now part of a government," Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid told ANI.

Commending the Election Commission for its immediate action, Khurshid hoped more and more involvement of people to turn people against the kind of politics played by making such comments.

"I don't always agree with the Election Commission but on this occasion what they are doing is to be commended. I think this is just the beginning of the battle. We have a long way to go and a lot of good people have to pitch in and ensure that we turn the mood of the country against this kind of politics," said Khurshid.

Meanwhile, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also did not miss the chance to hit out at BJP, saying that the party is in a habit of playing politics based on religious polarisation.

"Sakshi Maharaj is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BBJP) member and many other ministers of the party have passed similar comments. BJP is in a habit of doing politics based on religious polarisation," BSP member Sudhindra Bhadoria told ANI.

The EC on Thursday censured Sakshi Maharaj for violating the Model Code of Conduct and the Supreme Court's decision not to seek votes in the name of religion.

The EC in its letter issued to Maharaj said he being a reputed political leader/MP is expected to be more circumspect in his public utterances during the upcoming assembly elections.

The Election Commission also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP, saying strict action would be taken in case of any violation of the Model Code of Conduct in future.

Addressing a gathering in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, last week, Maharaj had urged all political parties to come together to frame "population control" laws.

"This population rise is not because of Hindus. The population has risen because of those who support the concept of four wives and 40 children. It is not acceptable," he said. (ANI)

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SC to hear Sonu Sardar's appeal in Chhattisgarh murder case

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:43
SC to hear Sonu Sardar's appeal in Chhattisgarh murder case

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the appeal of death row convict, Sonu Sardar, who was sentenced to the gallows for brutally killing five people of a family in Chhattisgarh.

A bench of the apex court headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Justice R Banumathi passed this order after hearing the arguments from the Central Government top lawyer, Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, and Atul Jha, the standing counsel of the Chhattisgarh Government.

Earlier on December 12 last year, the top court had questioned the Delhi High Court as how it could put a stay on the death penalty of convict Sonu Sardar

Sardar had been sentenced to the gallows for killing five persons of a family during a dacoity bid in Chhattisgarh's Baikunthpur village on November 26, 2004.(ANI)

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SC to hear plea seeking nationwide ban on 'manja' for flying kites

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:36
SC to hear plea seeking nationwide ban on 'manja' for flying kites

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a plea filed seeking a nationwide ban on the procurement, sale and use of glass powder-coated 'manja' and other dangerous kite strings.

In December last year, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the sale and use of glass coated thread in the entire country, including Chinese manja until the next hearing on February 1, 2017.

The top court had earlier asked petitioners, who in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) sought ban on 'manja' as it resulted in more than 50 deaths in the last two years, to approach the NGT with their plea.

Also admitting a petition filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the NGT issued a notice to the Centre seeking response to petitioner's plea for nationwide ban on manjha. (ANI)

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SC to hear Common Cause's plea seeking SIT probe into Sahara-Birla papers

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:31
SC to hear Common Cause's plea seeking SIT probe into Sahara-Birla papers

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : The Supreme Court will on Friday hear the plea filed by NGO Common Cause, seeking an SIT probe into the documents allegedly recovered by the Income Tax department in connection with raids on the Sahara and Aditya Birla groups in 2013-14.

The apex court, on December 15 last year, asked the NGO, represented by activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan to come up with relevant material and dismissed the plea.

NGO Common Cause had moved the court seeking a SIT probe into the evidence gathered against the Sahara Group and the Aditya Birla Group regarding bribing of politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. (ANI)

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Nitish Kumar gets Congress' backing on UCC issue

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:26
Nitish Kumar gets Congress' backing on UCC issue

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : Backing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's request to hold a debate on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the Congress on Friday backed him saying that a discussion can take place on it.

"What Nitish Kumar has said is right. If he wants a debate on it, he can get it happen," Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.

Reiterating his party's view of not in favour of UCC, Tiwari said is implementation is not possible.

"Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is not possible, which is our view. There are many traditions in the Hindu dharma itself, which cannot be governed by the Uniform Civil Code," he said.

Nitish Kumar, earlier today, refused to give his government's opinion to a questionnaire sent by the Law Commission on the Uniform Civil Code, terming the questions asked as "leading" and framed in a manner to "force the respondent to reply in a specific way." (ANI)

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JD (U) welcomes EC's decision, says Sakshi Maharaj a habitual offender

Legal News - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:19
JD (U) welcomes EC's decision, says Sakshi Maharaj a habitual offender

New Delhi [India], Jan. 13 : Welcoming the Election Commission's decision of censuring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Sakshi Maharaj, the Janata Dal (United) JD (U) on Friday termed him a habitual offender

"I welcome the Election Commission's decision, in which they have censured Sakshi Maharaj. He is a habitual offender and the Election Commission should watch his activities during the entire election period," JD (U) national spokesperson K. C. Tyagi told ANI.

"It's not just him, but there are another dozen people who are like fringe elements, involved in spreading hatred during the time of elections," he added.

The Election Commission of India on Thursday censured Sakshi Maharaj for violating the Model Code of Conduct and the Supreme Court's decision not to seek votes in the name of religion.

The EC in its letter issued to Maharaj said that he being a reputed political leader/MP is expected to be more circumspect in his public utterances during the upcoming assembly elections.

It also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP, saying stern action would be taken in case of any violation of the Model Code of Conduct in future. (ANI)

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