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5th December 2019

ARIES: This is a good time to reconnect with old friends and to your family, to plan a trip home, or to share personal memories and stories with close acquaintances. You can understand and sympathize with others deeply now and can gain clarity about other's emotional makeup. TAURUS: You have to guard your space, your privacy and your feelings now and if you're in a situation where someone is not respecting your needs it could mean that a battle is looming. You need to draw a circle around yourself now...

Committee to suggest necessary amendments in IPC, CrPC to curb Mob lynching : Shah

New Delhi, December 4: Amid demand by members for a separate law to curb mob lynching, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said in Rajya Sabha that the government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to deal with it. Responding to a series of queries during Question Hour, Shah said he has also written to all state chief ministers and governors to send recommendations on making changes to IPC and CrPC after consulting with experienced...

Central drugs regulator asks states, UTs to stop online sale of medicines

New Delhi, December 4: Country's drugs regulator has asked all states and Union Territories to prohibit sale of drugs by online pharmacies as per the Delhi High Court order, a senior health ministry official said on Wednesday. The court while hearing a PIL by Zaheer Ahmed in December 2018 had ordered the ban on sale of illegal or unlicensed online sale of medicines till the government drafts rules to regulate e-pharmacies. The order by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), issued last week, asked all drug regulators in states...

INX Media case: SC grants bail to Chidambaram

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 4: The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media money-laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate. The top Court said Chidambaram would not leave the country without prior permission of the Court and neither try to influence the witnesses nor tamper with evidence. The apex Court set aside the Delhi High Court's November 15 verdict denying bail to the former Union Finance Minister, who has been in custody for 105 days since August 21 when he was arrested by...

Union Cabinet approves extension of SC/ST reservation in Lok Sabha, state assemblies for 10 years

New Delhi, December 4: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to extend reservation for SCs and STs in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for 10 years, but is learnt to have done away with a similar quota for the Anglo-Indian community. The reservation for these categories in the Lok Sabha and assemblies was to expire on January 25, 2020. The government will bring a Bill to extend the reservation till January 25, 2030 in the ongoing winter session. Sources aware of the provisions said the reservation for...

India records 41% dip in annual malaria deaths: WHO’s report

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 4: India continued to build on its recent success in controlling malaria, with the number of annual deaths going below 10,000 for the first time ever in 2018, a 41% reduction over 2017, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Malaria Report 2019 released on Wednesday. Malaria cases in the country declined by 28% in 2018 compared to 2017; there was a 24% reduction in cases between 2016 and 2017. There were an estimated 6,737,000 malaria cases and 9,620 deaths in India in 2018, down from...

On the run, controversial godman Nithyananda has his ‘own country’ now

Bengaluru, December 4: The Bidadi ashram of self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda, who is facing charges of illegal confinement of children and has been charge-sheeted in a rape case, is almost empty and the key people who handled the daily affairs are missing. It was at this ashram that the controversial godman's first scandal broke out in 2010. A video of him in a compromising position with an actress went viral and he went into hibernation for almost eight years. He resurfaced a year ago in a new avatar. Dressed in...

Trump abused power of his office: House intel committee report

WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 4: US President Donald Trump abused his power of office, a key Congressional committee from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has alleged in a report based on its impeachment hearings against the President. "The evidence is clear that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into his political rival, former Vice-President Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election," said chairs of the 3 House Committees after the release of...
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