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Delhi HC seeks response to plea against illegal labs


New Delhi, Sep 6: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the AAP government to respond to a plea for action against illegal pathology labs and diagnostic centres here.A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao listed the matter for September 17. Bijon Kumar Misra, who filed the public...

Rail, road services hit in Bihar shutdown against SC/ST Act


Patna, Sep 6: Normal life in Bihar was affected on Thursday due to a nationwide shutdown called by dozens of upper caste groups to protest against the amended SC/ST Act, police said.Trains were forcibly halted, railway tracks, national and state highways were blocked in Bihar as upper caste communities forced the shutdown,...

Gayatri Pariwar gives Rs 1.25 crore for Kerala flood relief


Haridwar, Sep 6: The All World Gayatri Pariwar, a spiritual group based here, on Thursday handed a Rs 1.25 crore cheque to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund to be used in flood relief in Kerala.Pranav Pandya and Shail Bala Pandya of the group made the donation when they met Prime Minister Narendra...

Law is with us: ‘Aligarh’ writer on SC decriminalising homosexuality


Mumbai, Sep 6: National award-winning film editor Apurva Asrani, who was one of the prominent voices against Section 377 that criminalised gay sex, says he is very happy with the verdict of the Supreme Court that decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults.The tears haven't stopped flowing since I heard the news. Seventy one...

TRS announces candidates for 105 Assembly seats


Hyderabad, Sep 6: Hours after dissolution of the Telangana state Assembly on Thursday, ruling TRS announced candidates for 105 constituencies.Caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrasekhar Rao released the list of candidates. He announced the names at a news conference at TRS headquarters -- Telangana Bhavan. He said only...

Not all migrants escaping war, famine: Italy


Rome, Sep 6: Not all migrants are wraiths who fled war and famine in their homelands, Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, after some 50 rescued migrants vanished from a reception centre in Rocca Di Papa outside Rome.Salvini was referring to the Italian coastguard vessel that rescued 177 migrants in August...

Odisha likely to receive heavy rainfall


Bhubaneswar, Sep 6: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday predicted extremely heavy rainfall over Odisha in the next 24 hours.The IMD said that satellite images indicate a depression has formed over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal and North Odisha coasts. Heavy to very heavy rains at few places with...

SC verdict on gay sex is like getting marriage offer after retirement’


Kolkata, Sep 6: Expressing joy over the Supreme Court's verdict decriminalising homosexuality, West Bengal's Manabi Bandopadhyay, India's first transgender college principal, on Thursday said the verdict on gay sex is like getting a marriage offer after retirement.The apex court earlier on Thursday ruled that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)...

Royal Bank of Scotland hails SC ruling on gay sex


Bengaluru, Sep 6: The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court verdict on decriminalising Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and upholding the rights of the LGBT community.As an advocate of ensuring equal opportunities in workspace, our bank commends the apex court's ruling against Section 377,...