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Hillary Clinton bags Democrats nomination, scripts history

Hillary Clinton scripted history on 27 July to become the first woman to head a major party's presidential ticket.

She secured the nomination during roll call of the states at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The roll call concluded with Bernie Sanders saying: "I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States".

In a surprise satellite video appearance, Hillary thanked the delegates for helping her make "the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet". And if there are any little girls out there, who have stayed up late to watch, let me just say: I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next," she said.

Her husband and former President Bill Clinton showered praise on her, calling her the best "changemaker" he has ever known.

Child Labour Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha amid protests from opposition

The Child Labour Amendment Bill was passed by the Lower House of the Parliament on 26 July, amid protests The bill seeks to make the employing a child below 14 years of age in any occupation or processes except where the child helps his family, punishable with imprisonment of up to two years.

'The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill' makes employment of children below 14 years as cognizable offence for employers and provides for penalty for parents.

It provides for enhanced punishment for violators. The penalty for employing a child has been increased to imprisonment between 6 months and two years (from 3 months to one year) or a fine of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 (from Rs 10,000-20,000) or both. The second time offence will attract imprisonment of one year to three years from the earlier 6 months and two years.

According to provisions of the Bill, no child should be employed in any occupation or process except where he or she helps his family after school hours or helps his family in fields, home based work, forest gathering or attends technical institutions during vacations for the purpose of learning.

Video shows mob beating up arrested 'beef smugglers' in full view of MP police

Members of a right wing Hindu group allegedly beat up two Muslim women who had been arrested by the police for carrying beef.

The incident occurred at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. The possession and consumption of beef is banned in the state.

However, even though they were in police custody, the women were beaten up by a mob of people, according to a video posted on social media by an eye witness, says NDTV.

Una thrashing: Cow was killed by lion, not Dalits beaten by gau rakshaks

An eye witness told the Gujarat CID (Crime), which is investigating the 11 July thrashing of a Dalit family by gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow, that the cow in question was killed by a lion. This means that the gau rakshaks' claim that the Dalits had slaughtered the cow has been challenged.

The Dalit family were beaten up by gau rakshaks on 11 July in Gujarat's Una taluka, near Mota Samadhiyala village. Sixteen people have been arrested and are in judicial custody, according to The Indian Express.

Transfer of Uttarakhand judge who quashed President's Rule 'inexplicably' delayed

Though the judicial collegium had cleared the transfer on health grounds of Justice KM Joseph, chief justice of the Uttarakhand high court, two months ago, the Union law ministry has so far not sent the transfer order to President Pranab Mukherjee, though transfer orders are usually approved within 10 days of being issued.

Justice Joseph had quashed the Centre's imposition of President's Rule on Uttarakhand on 21 April. His transfer on health grounds to the Andhra Pradesh high court had been cleared by the judicial collegium on 3 May, according to The Telegraph.

Govt instructs UGC to keep research scholarships for tribals on hold

A key research scholarship scheme for tribal students has been kept on hold on instructions from the government, said sources in the University Grants Commission and ministry of tribal affairs.

The National Fellowship for Scheduled Tribes ensures that selected tribal students engaged in research each receive Rs 25,000 to Rs 28,000 to help support themselves. A delayed decision could see tribal students miss out on the scholarship for the year 2017-18, says The Telegraph, though those who have already received the scholarship will not be affected.

Central govt employees must perform to get annual increment

Central government employees who do not perform will not be considered for the annual increment, says the Centre.

The finance ministry, in an order notifying the implementation of the recommendations of the seventh pay commission, said that central government employees will get promotions and increments only if their performance appraisal categorises them as 'very good', according to ABPLive.

Amazon Prime arrives in India

Finally Amazon Prime hits India. An Amazon Prime subscription in India will set you back Rs 999 a year. As an introductory offer however, you'll get 60 days of free Amazon Prime access and a one year subscription for Rs 499.

Your money will get you guaranteed, free, 1-day or 2-day delivery and discounted same-day, scheduled and morning delivery in select cities.

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19 killed in knifing near Tokyo

At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack on Tuesday at a facility for persons with disabilities in a city just outside Tokyo in Japan's the worst mass killing in generations.

The Hindu reports that the police responded to a call at about 2.30 am from an employee saying something horrible was happening at the facility in the city of Sagamihara, 50 kilometres west of Tokyo.

The Sagamihara City fire department says 19 people were confirmed dead in the attack. The fire department said doctors at the scene confirmed the deaths.