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Delhi High Court rejects Somnath Bharti's anticipatory bail plea

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The Delhi High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail application of Somanth Bharti in a domestic violence case filed by his wife, Lipika Misra.

Reportedly, the court took into account the fact that custodial interrogation of Bharti is very crucial for a fair investigation in the case. Bharti has also been charged with attempt to murder.

Mitra alleged that when she was seven months pregnant, Don, Bharti's pet dog, attacked her and bit her in the stomach and on her private parts.

After the court's ruling, Bharti could be the fourth Aam Aadmi Party leader to be arrested by Delhi Police.

Draft on encryption policy withdrawn, says IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad


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Following massive outrage over the provision of saving text format of WhatsApp, the government has withdrawn a draft proposal of encryption bill that was uploaded by DeiTy on September 20 on its website. Speaking to the media, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he was not even aware of the fact that the draft was made public for feedback.

He also said the draft was being withdrawn by the government. The minister also clarified that any new rules will not impact the privacy of individual users. He said the government was committed to protecting and promoting the freedom of social media.

SC says no to Haryana Panchayat elections till new laws reviewed



The Supreme Court, on 22 September, ruled that the Haryana Panchayat elections cannot be held until it reviews and decides the validity of the newly introduced laws that have set a few basic guidelines for the contesting candidates.

Currently, the dates fixed for the elections are 4, 11 and 18 October. After this ruling, it becomes doubtful whether the elections will be held on these dates.

There are more than 1.10 crore people in the state who are eligible to vote for panchayat elections. Nominations for the 72,000 posts of panchayat members, samitis and zila parishads were opened on 15 September.

Maharashtra govt circular on sedition stayed by Bombay HC

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The Maharashtra government's circular on sedition, which states that charges can be imposed on anyone who criticises elected representatives or politicians, by words, signs or visible representation, has been stayed by the Bombay High Court on 22 September.

Narendra Sharma had petitioned the court against the circular, claiming that it violated the fundamental rights of an individual.

Govt suspends passport of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

The Central Government, on 22 September, suspended J&K separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's passport for four weeks. The decision was taken after Geelani accepted an invitation from P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to attend a meeting on 27 September in New York.

Geelani was issued a passport in July this year after it was once rejected by the government because he submitted an incomplete form.

Volkswagen admits to emission test cheating, stock plunge 14%

After reports that German automobile giant Volkswagen was facing an investigation by the US' Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for rigging cars to cheat emission testing, Volkswagen has plead guilty. The car manufacturer has admitted it used software that tuned off emission filters during normal driving and turned them on during testing. Volkswagen is now liable to pay a fine close to $18 billion. The admission saw Volkswagen stock plunge a whopping 14% even as the EPA has vowed to widen its probe to include other car manufacturers.

Heartless hedge fund trader hikes AIDS medication cost

A hedge fund trader is at the centre of a storm of controversy after taking over a pharmaceutical country and immediately hiking prices of its life-saving AIDS treatment from $13.50 to $750 a pill.

The 5000% price increase on Daraprim, formulated by New York-based Turing Pharmaceuticals, was enacted last month after Martin Shkreli's hedge fund bought the company. Shkreli has since come out swinging accusing the former companies that owned the drug of under-pricing it and has claimed it's still under-priced compared to its peers. Daraprim is meant to fight toxoplasmosis, a food borne virus that is especially dangerous to AIDS patients with compromised immune systems.

Six new cases of Swine Flu reported in Telangana, total count reaches 74

The number of detected Swine Flu cases in Telangana since 1 August has gone up to 74 after six more cases were reported on 20 September.

"From 1 August to 20 September, 497 samples were tested, of which 74 were found to be positive and the number of deaths because of other complications and swine flu as of the date are three," said an official statement.

"On September 20, 26 cases were tested, of which six are found to be positive. No deaths have been reported on 20 September," it added.

SC decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees faces opposition from Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has announced a protest rally against Supreme Court's decision asking central and state governments to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees. These people have been living in the area since late 1960s after they fled East Pakistan because of persecution. AAPSU claims that granting citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs will adversly affect the indeginious people of the state and turn them into a minority.