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Modi attends opening ceremony of 31st Asean Summit

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Manila, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attended the opening ceremony of the 31st Asean Summit here.

“Photo session & Handshake by leaders during the Opening Ceremony of the #ASEANSummit in #Manila, #Philippines,” Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan posted on Twitter along with a video in which Modi was seen sharing the stage with world leaders and shaking hands with them.

 

Earlier on Sunday, Modi interacted with world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, at a gala dinner reception hosted by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte ahead of this year’s India-Asean and East Asia Summits.

Ahead of the summits, Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with Duterte, and the Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Trump.

Modi would also speak at the Asean Business and Investment Summit and attend an Indian community reception to be hosted by the Ambassador of India to the Philippines

This year marks the 25th year of the India-Asean dialogue partnership and the golden jubilee of the formation of the Asean regional bloc.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Delhi HC pulls up Centre for not framing rules on e-cigarette

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New Delhi, Aug 21: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Central government for its failure to frame any policy on e-cigarette.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao pulled up the Central government for its failure to take any decision on regulatory measures for e-cigarettes till date. It noted that some states have already taken steps to prohibit it.

The bench said that this is an important issue particularly for educational institutions.

The court was hearing a plea seeking a ban on or regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes. It listed the matter for further hearing on September 7.

The public interest litigation petition filed by anti-tobacco activist Seema Sehgal, through advocate Bhuvanesh Sehgal, said that though there are no specific guidelines to deal with emerging threats such as e-cigarettes several state governments and Union Territories have taken steps to prohibit it.

Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have declared e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug under the Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1954 and have begun prosecuting the vendors.

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Tejashwi Yadav attacks Nitish, says Bihar turned into ‘monster raj’

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New Delhi, Aug 21: Reports of a woman being paraded naked in a Bihar town prompted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday to allege the state has been transformed into a ‘jungle and monster raj’.

A mob attacked, stripped and paraded a woman naked in a locality in Bhojpur district on Monday suspecting her for murdering a man. A video of the incident went viral on social media. The mob also torched a few shops.

Read More: Woman stripped, beaten by mob on murder suspicion in Bihar

The clip also showed people making video clips of the incident instead of helping the victim.

Yadav tweeted: “What is happening in my Bihar? Today a woman has been beaten up and paraded naked on the road. You (referring to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi) have transformed Bihar into jungle and monster raj.”

Yadav said he was numb to see the “heart-wrenching video clip” of the women.

Presently, the woman is under police custody and undergoing medical examinations.

However, she denied her involvement in the murder.

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Mandsaur Rape Case: Two accused gets death sentence

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Bhopal, Aug 22: The Madhya Pradesh special court on Tuesday pronounced death sentence to the two accused Irfan and Asif for raping a seven-year-old girl in Mandsaur.

Second Additional District and Sessions judge Nisha Gupta sentenced death to the accused.

The minor was kidnapped and raped before being abandoned at a secluded place while she was waiting for her father after school on June 26.

The victim was found by a neighbour walking dazed on the next morning.

The brutal rape triggered a countrywide outrage and protest.

Thousands of people took out a march and also submitted a memorandum to the Mandsaur administration, demanding death sentence for the accused.

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