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PIL seeks replacement of hanging in death penalty

PIL seeks replacement of hanging in death penalty

New Delhi, Oct 6 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Union of India and sought a detailed reply within three weeks in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer, Rishi Malhotra, seeking replacement of hanging in death penalty cases. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. "Our constitution is a compassionate one which recognises the principle of sanctity of life. With the invention of various modes in modern time, the legislature can think of another method to execute death convicts," the bench observed while hearing the PIL Advocate Malhotra had, in his PIL, challenged the validity of section 354 (5) of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure-hanging by neck). The CJI bench observed, since centuries, nothing can be equated to painless death. In his petition, Malhotra claimed that the act of execution should be as quick and as simple as possible and free from anything that unnecessarily sharpened the poignancy of the prisoners apprehension. The act of the execution should produce immediate unconsciousness passing quickly into the death. It should not involve mutilation, Malhotra asserted.


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Modi inaugurates Global Cyber Security Summit

Modi inaugurates Global Cyber Security Summit

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Underlining the importance of cyber security in the fast emerging digital world, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Thursday said nations must take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalization. “We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals.

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Congress 'Fire Fighting' team to extinguish dissension after ticket row

Congress 'Fire Fighting' team to extinguish dissension after ticket row

By Nirendra Dev Ahmedabad, Nov 23 (UNI) Faced with dissensions among the rank and file following ticket distribution row, the Congress high command could see depute a "fire-fighting team to extinguish unhappiness" among the disgruntled party workers in poll-bound Gujarat.

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Assam's  BJP minister comment on cancer draws flak

Assam's BJP minister comment on cancer draws flak

Guwahati, Dec 23 (UNI) Star strategist of BJP in North East, Himanta Biswa Sarma jibe at cancer patients has drawn sharp criticism from various quarters for linking accidents and life-threatening diseases like cancer to "sin.

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Mehbooba announces withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters

Mehbooba announces withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters

Srinagar, Nov 23 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters or offenders in the Kashmir valley.

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CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers

CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers

Kathmandu, Nov 23 (UNI) Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has hardened position on international observers following some “questionable activities” on the part of some representatives in Kanchanpur district, The Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday.

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Sibal slams Assam Minister for 'cancer is divine justice' remark

Sibal slams Assam Minister for 'cancer is divine justice' remark

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday slammed Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his remarks that cancer is divine justice for sins committed.

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British Board for Film Certification clears Padmavati for Dec 1 release

British Board for Film Certification clears Padmavati for Dec 1 release

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Even as the film faces protests in India, forcing postponement of its release here, the British Board for Film Certification has cleared Padmavati for release in the United Kingdom.

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