Friday morning news brief, May 4

Friday morning brief May 4 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Supreme Court refused to stay its March 20 judgment diluting the provision of mandatory arrest under the SC/ST Act. Attorney general K K Venugopal said the verdict was such that he was constrained to use harsh words and protested against the “tampering” of the constitutional scheme of separation of powers. The bench, however, remained unmoved. The arguments will continue on May 16. Read
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Flipkart’s co-founder and chairman, Sachin Bansal is likely to quit the company board after Walmart takeover. Sachin Bansal is likely to quit the company board as Walmart, the world’s largest retail giant, nears a deal to pick up a majority stake in India’s most valued internet company, people familiar with the development said. Flipkart did not respond to queries by TOI on the matter.
China removed import duties on 28 medicines, including all cancer drugs, from May 1. “China has exempted import tariffs (duties) for 28 drugs, including all cancer drugs, from May 1st. Good news for India’s pharmaceutical industry and medicine export to China. I believe this will help reduce trade imbalance between China and India in the future,” Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said in a tweet.
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has started the process to establish the Transgender Welfare Board. Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam wrote to the social welfare department on Wednesday and asked it to form a committee to conduct a comprehensive study on the condition of the transgenders in the capital. Currently, with transgender welfare being carried out by different social organisation, information on their socio-economic condition is not departmentalised.
The Indian wheelchair team left for Dhaka on its first international trip where it will play against Bangladesh in a bilateral series from May 4-8. Wheelchair Cricket India (WCI), which has 16 state teams, was founded by international para-athlete and national awardee Pradeep Raj in 2011 after a visit to Korea where he met wheelchair cricket delegations from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Raj believes that the sport will gain popularity just like the Paralympics.
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