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Irrfan Khan has neuroendocrine tumour, is travelling abroad for treatment

Irrfan Khan has revealed his diagnosis via a tweet.pc: ht

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has revealed that he is suffering from neuroendocrine tumour via a tweet on Friday. The actor had earlier said on the same medium that he had been diagnosed with a rare disease and would reveal his diagnosis soon.

Irrfan wrote, “Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect: Margaret Mitchell. The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to Continue reading

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Now, playing national anthem in Maharashtra cinema halls not mandatory

Playing the national anthem in cinema halls before screening films is not mandatory in Maharashtra now.

Following the Supreme Court’s order last month, the state home department has directed all district administrations and police commissioners to implement the order and submit a report in stipulated time. Maharashtra was among the first few states to make the national anthem mandatory in cinema halls in 2003.

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‘New India will be free of casteism, communalism’

In his last address in 2017 as part of his radio show Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country would be “free from the poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption”, as he called upon people to take the path of progress.

Modi called upon the “New India youth” to “take concrete steps in the journey from ‘positive India’ to ‘progressive India’.”

Recalling how Mahatma Gandhi turned the freedom movement into a mass struggle, Modi said that another mass movement was required to make “a magnificent, glorious 21st century India”. “A mass movement of development, a mass movement to build a capable and strong India,” he added.

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Walk in Mumbai to legalise Marijuana

MUMBAI: What began with five people in Mumbai talking about the medical uses of cannabis, or marijuana, three years ago, is now a 100-member group that is part of a worldwide movement working for its legalisation.

On December 17, members of the group walked 5km from Gateway of India to Chowpatty beach to get support for their cause. Another walk is scheduled on January 7. Two weeks ago, the Delhi-based founder of The Great Legalisation movement (GLM), Viki Vaurora, wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to legalise hemp — leaves that are the source of cannabis — for medicinal, industrial and recreational purposes.

Dhaval Panchal, an event manager from Mumbai, who is a member of the group, said he found out about the use of cannabis oil as a cancer medicine when his father had the disease. When his father was given a dose of the oil, he experienced less pain and could sleep better. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late because my father had already undergone 12 chemotherapy sessions…” said Panchal.

Akshay Shetty, another member, said the hardest task for them is to change the mindset. “There are doctors, too, who understand that cannabis can be used for medicinal purposes, but won’t let us speak about it in hospitals …” said Shetty.

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Drugs usage in India hitting a new high

The popularity of synthetic or party drugs has increased manifold over the past five years in India but the use of conventional substances such as cocaine, heroin, and hashish has remained static or decreased, government data shows.

In terms of volume, marijuana or ganja remains the most common drug seized at more than 2 lakh kg, according to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which collected the data on drugs seized across India in 2016 by various law-enforcement agencies.

The confiscation of party drugs – amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) such as MDMA or Molly — increased from 40 kg in 2012 to 1,687 kg last year.

Drug enforcement agencies believe Molly is brought to the country from illegal labs and factories in Continue reading

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Rule change for Haj pilgrims leads to sharp rise in female applicants

A record 1,244 Indian women have applied to go for Haj next year after the NDA government allowed for the first time Muslim women to undertake the annual pilgrimage to Mecca without a male relative.

Till now, Muslim women had to be accompanied by a mehram, usually a husband or a relative to whom marriage is unlawful, for the pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Officials in the minority affairs ministry said of the 1,244 applications from single women, 1,016 applications have been accepted so far.

The recommendation to allow women-only groups to apply for Haj was made by the Afzal Amanullah panel constituted to review the earlier Haj policy. The panel’s recommendation was accepted by the Narendra Modi government in October.

“There are many schools of thought on this (women going alone) but the religion per se doesn’t prohibit it. So I decided to make the recommendation,” Amanullah said.

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parliamentary panel has agreed on a bill to increase traffic fines by 10% every year

NEWDELHI: A parliamentary panel has agreed to a 10% annual increase in the fines for various traffic violations including drunken driving, talking on mobile, rash and negligent driving.

The panel was studying the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which already proposes a significant increase in penalties for traffic offences.

The bill has been cleared by the Lok Sabha in April and is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Drunken driving — one of the main causes of deaths in road accidents in India — will invite a fine of ₹10,000 from the existing ₹2,000. Talking on mobile phones while driving will result in a fine of ₹5,000, up from the present ₹1,000. For red light jumping, driving without seat belt/helmet, the proposed fine is ₹1,000.

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Study says clicking selfies is a mental disorder

“Selfitis” – the obsession of taking selfies on smartphones – may be a real disorder that requires treatment, according to a study conducted in India.

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Researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Thiagarajar School of Management (TSM) in Tamil Nadu began investigating the phenomenon after a hoax story appeared in the media in 2014 claiming ‘selfitis’ had been termed as a genuine mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

They have now confirmed its existence and developed the ‘Selfitis Behaviour Scale’ which can be Continue reading

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Mumbai wakes up to smog, air quality worst since Diwali

MUMBAI: The city woke up to a thick blanket of haze on Saturday as pollution levels rose and visibility dropped, delaying local trains, flights and slowing down traffic on highways.

According to the weather bureau, the haze during early hours of the morning was fog and later, with the increase in pollutants getting suspended into the air, it intensified and turned into smog.

The pollution levels, measured by the air quality index (AQI), rose sharply, making Saturday the most polluted day in the city since Diwali this year. The city had witnessed a thick cover of smog on Friday too. Continue reading

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Implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Delhi government on Wednesday to tell it within 24 hours if it would enforce the odd-even car rationing system with or without exemptions should the city’s air quality dip to severe again.

The tribunal’s order follows the government’s assurance to implement the odd-even formula to reduce air pollution in the national capital.

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