02-12-2016

the hindu
1. ‘Don’t shut the door on jallikattu’.

Urging the Supreme Court not to shut the door on jallikattu, the Centre on Thursday said the tradition was inextricably linked to the rural life of Tamil Nadu. Villagers could not be expected to shed their centuries-old culture and “go watch Formula One racing.”  read more

2.Contours of a challenge.

Today the Supreme Court is slated to commence hearing arguments on a slew of petitions that call into question the correctness, and indeed the constitutional validity, of the Union government’s policy of demonetisation. The petitions allege that the primary notification issued on November 8, which read more

3.HIV: The self-test option.

With the World Health Organisation releasing guidelines on HIV self-testing, a major obstacle in improving access to diagnosis has been cleared. Though much progress has been achieved in India in making HIV testing accessible and free of cost, many infected persons remain unaware of their status. Across the world, nearly 40 per cent of people with HIV are  read more

4.How Ebola changed a country.

Sierra Leone has traipsed through a long wanton war that devoured tens of thousands of lives, and bloodied its lush, deep-sea landscape. During the war (1991-2002), a large number of children were recruited as soldiers.  read more

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1. Med evidence alone can't decide juvenile status: SC

Holding that a medical test does not give an accurate finding regarding the age of a person, the Supreme Court has held that an accused cannot be declared a juvenile solely on the basis of ossification test result and allowed to evade a jail term., read more

2. SC questions notification supporting `jallikattu'

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the Centre for its 2016 notification allowing use of bulls in events like jallikattu, saying that its 2014 verdict banning the use of the animals cannot be “negated“.

“How can you (the Centre) negate our judgment banning jallikattu by coming up with the January 2016 notification allowing bulls to participate in the sport again,“ a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman said.

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3. Parkinson's, acid attack to be considered as disabilities

As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned.

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather. But these chemical compounds are harmful to people and animals if consumed for a prolonged period of time, according to a report released during a United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi.  read more

4. Ahead of Amritsar meet, India & Af talk of need to root out terror export

Afghanistan has said it is in favour of the Heart of Asia conference, scheduled to take place this weekend, adopting a regional counterterrorism framework.

Being held in the wake of the brazen Nagrota terror attack, the annual conference which provides a platform to assist Afghanistan in its transition, is set to discuss threat from terror networks operating from the Pakistani soil and may even push for some concrete action to deal with it.

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