Three killed in US shooting

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Three people were killed and six others injured in a shooting at a barber shop in Detroit in the US. Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the media that all the victims were male but he disclosed no age or name, Xinhua reported. Police said the shooting happened at about 6 pm at the shop… Read more »

Uttar Pradesh gets new advocate general

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The Uttar Pradesh government late Wednesday appointed V.C. Mishra, 83, as the new advocate general, an official said. Governor B.L. Joshi approved Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s recommendation of appointing him, and also accepted the resignation of S.P. Gupta for the post. A notification of the appointment was issued. Gupta had earlier quit citing personal reasons,… Read more »

South Africa against trial of sitting leaders

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South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday that sitting African heads of state should not stand trial. “What we are guarding against is the situation where countries that had moved to a semblance of stability suddenly regress due to a vacuum that would be created when leaders are taken away to stand trial,” Xinhua quoted… Read more »

NHRC chairman favours health as fundamental right

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National Human Rights Commission chairman KG Balakrishnan on Wednesday advocated for the inclusion of the right to health in the list of fundamental rights. “Making the right to health a fundamental right in the constitution would be an important way forward in improving the overall health services scenario and providing universal healthcare in the country,”… Read more »

Bill drafted to regulate placement agencies, HC told

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The city police Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Bill has been drafted to regulate placement agencies here. The government filed a status report before the court that 1,754 placement agencies have been registered under the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act. It told the division bench of Chief… Read more »

Order reserved on charges in cash-for-vote scam

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A Delhi court on Thursday reserved its order on framing of charges in the 2008 cash-for-vote-scam involving former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and two BJP MPs. Special Judge Narottam Kaushal reserved for October 19 order on framing of charges “October 19 for orders,” the judge said. During the arguments on framing of charges, Amar… Read more »

Woman sentenced to death for arson in China

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A Chinese woman was sentenced to death Wednesday for arson which caused the death of three firefighters on New Year’s day this year, according to a court ruling. Li Lijuan, 49, a ,former employee of the Hangzhou Yusei Machinery Co Ltd set fire to a company warehouse at 2 a.m. Jan 1 when 193 workers… Read more »

CBI should appeal in Lavalin case, says Congress

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While the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court here Tuesday gave a clean chit to CPI-M state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and six others in the SNC Lavalin corruption case, the Congress party in Kerala expects the CBI will go in for an appeal. Reacting to the verdict, Congress state chief Ramesh Chennithala expressed surprise… Read more »

Public awareness key to Lokayukta success, say judges

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The institution of Lokayukta can function effectively only if there is an awareness in public of its role, judges said. “There has to be a proper and broader understanding of the office of Lokayukta” and its “evolving jurisdiction has to be settled by the High Courts and the Supreme Court”, said Justice Manmohan Sarin at… Read more »

Court orders Musharraf’s release

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Thursday issued orders for the release of former president Pervez Musharraf a day after he was granted bail in the murder case of a tribal elder, Xinhua reported. Musharraf has already got bail in two other cases including the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The court Wednesday granted bail… Read more »