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SC dismisses plea seeking to increase smoking age to 21

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New Delhi, Jul 22: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking direction for removing designated smoking zones from commercial places and airports, increasing the age of smoking, banning the sale of cigarettes near educational institutions, healthcare institutions and places of worship, ANI reported.

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A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul while declining to entertain the plea said, “If you want publicity argue a good case… Don’t file publicity interest litigation”. The plea had sought direction for increasing the penalty for smoking in public places, ban of the sale of loose cigerrates, creation of guidelines to handle filtration of air at places that have smoking zones, “Issue guidelines and direct dedicated ions for closing the smoking zones at airports, clubs, restaurants, hotels, public places and even in private properties being used for commercial purposes in a phased manner so as not to induce smoking among nonsmokers. Issue directions towards increasing the age to smoke from 18 to 21 years,” the plea stated as per ANI.

The plea filed by advocates Shubham Awasthi and Saptarishi Mishra mentioned that the sale and addiction of cigarettes in the country and such products affect citizen’s right to health and the open smoking in places like airports, restaurants and clubs in designated smoking zones influences the adolescent population wrongly to take up smoking.

“In 2018, WHO released its factsheet on the prevalence on tobacco consumption in India and it has quoted younger population in India to be at increased chances of cardio-vascular diseases and tobacco among which cigarettes are a major contributor killing 9 million people in India or 9.5 per cent of all deaths in India,” the plea had said.

In the present times, the rate of smoking has been growing for the last two decades and it has grown into such an epidemic that India now ranks 2nd in the smokers’ category for the 16-64 age group, it claimed.

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A study published in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research has flagged the severe economic burden of secondhand smoke exposure in India, the plea had stated.

It had added that the study revealed that secondhand smoke causes Rs. 567 billion in health care costs annually. “This accounts for eight per cent of total annual health care expenditure, on top of Rs.

1,773 billion in annual economic burden from tobacco use. Smoking not only affects lungs but also causes vision loss,” stated the PIL.

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43 from J&K among 4,690 people arrested under UAPA from 2018-20: MoS Home

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Srinagar, Aug 04: Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai Wednesday said that a total of 4,690 people including 943 from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested under the anti-terror law UAPA between 2018 to 2020.

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The minister, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), however, said that just 149 were convicted under it in the three year period.

Replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha, ge said that in 2019, 1,948 people were arrested under the UAPA and 34 people were convicted in that year and in 2018, 1,421 people were arrested while 35 people were convicted.

“1,321 people were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2020 while 80 people were convicted in that year,” he said.

He also said the highest number of people arrested under the UAPA between 2018 and 2020 with 1,338 in Uttar Pradesh, 943 in Manipur and 750 in J&K while among all those arrested, 2,488 people belonged to 18-30 years of age group and 1,850 belonged to 30 to 45 years age group.

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Yaseen Malik ends hunger strike

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New Delhi, Aug 01: Separatist leader Yaseen Malik who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail for the last 10 days discontinued his fasting on Monday evening after he was informed that his demands have been conveyed to the authorities concerned, news agency PTI reported quoting prison officials.

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Malik began an indefinite hunger strike on July 22 after the Centre did not respond to his plea that he be allowed to physically appear in a Jammu court hearing the Rubaiya Sayeed abduction case in which he is an accused.

The 56-year-old chief of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is serving a life sentence in a terror-funding case.

He has deferred his hunger strike for two months at the request of the Director General (DG) of Delhi Prisons Sandeep Goel, the officials said.

The DG has conveyed to Malik that the demands raised by him have been sent to the authorities concerned and he will be informed of the decision on the same, PTI quoted a senior jail official as saying.

“On my request, convict Yasin Malik, who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail since July 22 has today (Monday) evening, discontinued his fasting,” Goel said.

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Malik was admitted to the RML hospital here last month following a fluctuation in blood pressure, and after returning to the prison, he refused to eat anything.

The separatist leader, who is kept in solitary confinement in a high-risk cell in Tihar’s prison number 7, was shifted to the prison’s Medical Investigation (MI) room where he was being given IV fluids, the officials said.

Malik had submitted a letter to the doctors at the hospital, saying he did not want to be treated.

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Man kills son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter

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Chittoor, Aug 01: In a shocking incident reported from Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, a father allegedly killed his son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter on Saturday.

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The accused in the case has beein identified as Yousuf Khan and the victim as Sai Baba, Sai tied the knot with Khan’s daughter, identified as Hasina, ten years ago and was an inter-caste marraige.

The horrifying incident happened at Sankaraiah Gunta. Yousuf Khan allegedly slit the victim’s throat for harassing Hasina for the past many years. Hasani had been living at her parents house after Sai assaulted her.

On Saturday, Sai Baba went to get back Hasina from her parent’s house in an inebriated condition and an altercation between the family and Sai flared up. The argument intensified and Khan attacked him.

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A case has been lodged against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC and further investigation into the matter is underway.

In another incident coming in from Hyderabad’s Madhapur area, A man was killed and another was injured in an open fire on Monday. Three unidentified miscreants used a revolver to murder a man named Ismail over a property dispute.

Another man, identified as Jahangir was also injured in the incident and is receiving treatment. In the meantime, Ismail’s dead body was sent to Osmania Hospital for an autopsy.

All three accused ran away from the crime spot after shooting the deceased.

The altercation evidently took place over a property, as maintained by the police. The case is being investigated.

A search team has been set up in order to trace and arrest the accused, identified as Mujahid, Jilani and Bilal.

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