Saturday morning news brief, December 9

Saturday morning brief Dec 9 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Voting for the first phase of Gujarat elections is under way. Over two crore voters in 89 constituencies are expected to cast their votes today. 31 seats of phase I have more than 20 per cent Patel voters, who account for 14 per cent of Gujarat’s electorate. This is the first time when EC will experiment with VVPAT machines in all booths. Read more

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Government has taken over the management of Unitech in ‘public interest’. The rare move by the government to take over the management of a firm to protect investor interest comes nine years after a similar management takeover of Hyderabad-based infotech major Satyam. The decision is expected to help the company expedite construction of its housing projects, which are delayed by over five years.
Supreme Court has asked why men alone should be punished for adultery. The apex court has agreed to examine the constitutional validity of a 157-year-old ‘gender discriminatory’ provision in Indian Penal Code which punishes a married man for adultery for consensual sexual relations with another man’s wife, but not the consenting woman.
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The United States has asked its citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. The warning comes in the wake of increasing terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks, in Pakistan. The fresh travel warning replaces earlier warning, issued on May 22. The warning also added that religious minority communities have been victims of targeted killings and accusations of blasphemy in Pakistan.
Delhi’s Max Hospital loses licence for declaring alive infant dead. The hospital cannot run its out-patient department or admit new patients with immediate effect, state health minister Satyendar Jain said while announcing the government action. The hospital has been accused of medical negligence in the treatment of a premature newborn who was declared dead by while he was still alive.
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