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Final hearing in Bombay HC on Wednesday for Beef ban petitions

Final hearing in Bombay HC on Wednesday for Beef ban petitions

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The Bombay High Court has posted for final hearing on Wednesday a bunch of petitions challenging the beef ban legislation in Maharashtra. The petitions would be heard by a bench of Justices Abhay Oka and VL Achilya for three days from 14 October. In February 2015, the President had granted sanction to Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While the Act had banned slaughter of cows way back in 1976, the recent amendments prohibited slaughter of bulls and bullocks. According to the amended Act, the sale of bulls and bullocks in the state is an offence punishable with five-year jail term and Rs 10,000 fine. Besides, possession of meat of a cow, bull or bullock is also an offence for which the punishment prescribed is one-year jail and Rs 2,000 fine. While hearing the pe...
Bihar Elections:57% voter turnout in first round

Bihar Elections:57% voter turnout in first round

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Around 57 percent of 13.5 million electorate voted on Monday in 49 of the 243 constituencies in the first round of battle for political power in Bihar. The two main fronts soon claimed victory. It marked the start of an intense five-phase contest that will end on 5 November and whose outcome -- to be known three days later -- will prove whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi still retains his charisma or not. The second round of polling will be held on 16 October. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA is determined to oust the ruling JD(U) and its allies, the RJD and Congress who had formed a Grand Alliance. Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshaman said the election passed off peacefully, with 57 percent voting. It was nearly 51 percent in 2010. Defying Maoist calls ...
Mecca stampede kills 310 Hajj pilgrims.

Mecca stampede kills 310 Hajj pilgrims.

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  At least 310 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say. Another 450 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite. They converge on Mina to throw stones at pillars representing the devil. Preparations for the Hajj were marred when a crane collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque this month, killing 109 people. The Saudi civil defence directorate said on Twitter that 4,000 personnel had been sent to the scene of Thursday's stampede, along with more than 220 emergency and rescue units. The injured are being taken to four hospitals in the area. Photos published by the directorate showe...