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  • Supreme Court Allows Sale Of Saridon, 2 Other Drugs For Now: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court has allowed the sale of Saridon and two other drugs for now after the government had banned 328 combination drugs last week. The top court's order comes on a petition filed by the drug makers. While lifting the stay, the court sought the centre's reply on petitions against the order to ban fixed-dose combination or FDCs manufactured before 1988. Painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm were among 328 FDC drugs banned by the government to stop their "irrational use". Major pharma companies while challenging the centre's decision claimed that the only reason given in the government's notification was that the combination had "no therapeutic value".
  • "Will Intervene If Needed," Says Top Court On Activists' Arrest: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court has extended the house arrest for five rights activists, accused of Maoist links, till September 19 when it will hear a petition seeking their release. During the hearing on Monday, the government opposed what it called the Supreme Court's interference in the case. "We must look into the material. We will see the record, what are the allegations and see if there is something real. We will quash if it is a cooked up or clumsy story... If it calls for our intervention, we will look into it," the top court bench said. The petition by historian Romila Thapar and four others has challenged last month's arrest of the five activists that sparked a chorus of outraged protests from human rights defenders.
  • Hurricane Florence Likely To Make Landfall Today: 5 Facts
    Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas in United States early on Friday with howling winds, life-threatening storm surges and torrential rains. Hurricane Florence is weakened and slower moving than in recent days and is prepared to make a landfall at some point today. The National Hurricane Center, in its latest advisory, said that Hurricane Florence was about to make landfall in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 55 kilometers east of Wilmington, North Carolina and moving northwest at 10 kilometers per hour. It is being called "once in a lifetime" event.
  • Saridon Among Over 300 Combination Drugs Banned By Government: 10 Points
    Painkiller Saridon and skin cream Panderm are among 328 fixed-dose combination or FDC drugs banned by the government to stop their "irrational use". The health ministry says the ingredients in these medicines do not markedly add to the benefits that people can get from taking them. The order immediately bans the manufacture, marketing and sale of several common cough syrups, painkillers, and cold and flu drugs. The country's drug advisory body, the Drug Technical Advisory Board or DTAB, has said there is no therapeutic justification for the ingredients in these drugs and they must be banned in public interest.
  • Kerala Police Summons Bishop Accused In Nun's Rape Case: 10 Points
    Under pressure from activists, women's groups and civil society, the Kerala police decided to summon a Bishop accused of raping a nun for questioning, reported news agency Press Trust of India. The decision was taken after a marathon six-hour meeting. Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal will be questioned on September 19. There have been calls from all quarters for the Bishop's arrest. But the police have been stalling, even after informing the High Court last month that the bishop had repeatedly raped the nun for almost two years. The nun alleged that she was sexually abused 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
  • Rs 10 <i>Thali</i>, Sanitary Pads Promised As Delhi University Votes: 10 Points
    Over one lakh students of Delhi University are voting today to elect their representatives to the Delhi University Students' Union or DUSU. Twenty three candidates from various outfits affiliated to major political parties, including the Congress, BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, are contesting for several posts in the student body.
  • Bihar-Nepal Bus Service, The First Ever, Begins: 5 Things To Know
    An air-conditioned deluxe bus service connecting Bihar and Nepal was flagged off on Tuesday by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Mr Kumar said the initiative will strengthen the relations between Bihar and Nepal. The bus services were commissioned following the agreement between two regions. The bus aims to promote Buddhist tourism. The bus that connects Bihar to Nepal can seat up to 44 passengers.
  • Smriti Irani vs Rahul Gandhi On National Herald And Tax Case: 10 Points
    Union minister Smriti Irani, in a sharp takedown of Rahul Gandhi today after a court rejected his request in a tax case, sneered: "He is quick to hug Prime Minister Narendra Modi but he would run a mile when it comes to an income tax officer." The BJP leader said the Congress president and his mother Sonia Gandhi challenging a move to reopen their 2011-2012 tax assessments reveals "deep seated corruption" in the party.
  • On 125th Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Speech, 5 Top Quotes
    Swami Vivekananda's Speech in 1893 at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago made the spiritual leader popular as "messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world". He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was considered a major force in bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. On its 125th anniversary, here are some quotes from his historic speech that not only spoke at length about religious tolerance but also about promoted liberal sentiments among people.
  • Door Step Delivery Services Of Delhi Government: Here's What You Can Get
    The people of Delhi won't have to hop around in government offices to get their paper work done or collect certificates. The AAP government has started its doorstep delivery of services in the city. Through doorstep delivery of services, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, a person can get an income or caste certificate, driver's license, or pension documents through a "single phone number." Doorstep delivery of services will remove touts and bribing incidents will come down, said the Chief Minister. It will also save people's time. This scheme, for now, will consist of 40 government services but gradually offer 150 services to people of the national capital. "After just one call, the official will come to your home with all the required machines including biometrics and scanners. You will then just have to upload your documents and your certificate or license will be delivered to you within a week," said Mr Kejriwal
  • No Role In Fuel Prices, Says BJP Amid Nationwide Bandh Protests: 10 Facts
    A united opposition led by the Congress went toe-to-toe with the BJP today over fuel price hike, calling a nationwide strike that was enforced in at least five states. Sporadic violence was reported from some areas -- triggering BJP accusations of the strike being enforced through a "dance of violence and game of death". Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the opposition was "desperate" as people understood the government hadn't caused the fuel price hike and did not support the strike that was backed by 22 opposition parties. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, in a scathing attack, accused the BJP of spreading hatred and dividing the nation.
  • Will Win 2019, Rule For 50 Years, Says Amit Shah At BJP Meet: 10 Points
    At a key meeting of the BJP today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress and BJP chief Amit Shah declared that the party will rule for another 50 years. "PM Modi told party workers that we must strengthen the party at booth-level and we must win in every booth," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media after the two-day national executive meeting. Ahead of the next year's assembly elections, the strategy session focussed on censuring the opposition. The national executive comes as the government is facing opposition challenge over a number of issues, including the fuel price hike and Assam citizens' list.
  • Opposition Unity Is An Eyewash, Says BJP At National Executive: 10 Points
    At the national executive meeting in Delhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, in a point by point rebuttal of the combined opposition's attack on the government said, "Mahagathbandhan is an eyewash, an illusion based on falsehood". The party would win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger mandate than 2014, said Mr Shah. The BJP chief however, cautioned the party workers and said, "We should not be complacent." The party has decided fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Mr Shah. The Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh has confirmed to NDTV that the party's internal polls, to select a new leader, will be deferred as Mr Shah's term as president ends in January 2019. The two-day meeting is being attended by its national leadership, key leaders from all states and union territories and office bearers.
  • Amid Poll Buzz, KCR Says No Tie-Up; BJP Retorts, Fine With Us: 10 Facts
    After preparing the ground for early polls by dissolving the assembly, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao ruled out any alliance with the BJP. BJP sources responded with political-speak for "your loss, not ours". BJP leaders said last night, after Mr Rao's press conference, that the party is ready to contest "all 119 seats" in the state. Yesterday, Mr Rao, or KCR as he is mostly called, declared that the Telangana assembly would be dissolved eight months before schedule, and the state will have early elections.
  • "Look For Rainbow In Every Crowd": Chief Justice Of India's Top 5 Quotes
    Homosexuality is not a crime in India anymore. In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday, overturned a 2013 judgement, which had upheld the 157-year-old colonial-era law, criminalizing gay sex. In a unanimous verdict, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, scrapped Section 377, on a bunch of petitions filed by five celebrities. "Right to Privacy is part of the right to life for the LGBT community. No one can escape from their individuality," said the Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

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