Top 10 Latest News Bits Today


  1. The licence cancellation stay of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh in north-west Delhi was extended by a month till 8 February by an appellate body today. This comes after the Delhi Government cancelled the hospital’s permit after the hospital wrongfully declared twins stillborn on 30 November 2017.
  2. The Supreme Court of India put High Court of Karnataka’s order on hold which struck down the federal rules requiring 85 percent of the box of any tobacco product to display health warnings. The Supreme Court heard the petitions of many activists around the country and decided to hold the order.
  3. The Supreme Court of India decided to reconsider Section 377 imposed in 2013 which criminalises sexual relations between same sex adults in what is being called a massive victory for gay rights activists in the country.
  4. North Korea has announced that it would send a contingent consisting of players, athletes, high-ranking officials and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea which are due to happen next month. They said that they are ready to lift some bans temporarily so that the visit could go ahead.
  5. The South-east nation of Philippines are ready to make a diplomatic protest against China as they claim that the latter made them a promise not to militarise islands in the South China sea  but did so anyway. The two nations have had a long spat over the South China sea and things don’t seem to get have got better.
  6. The Centre has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its order on mandatory playing of the national anthem in movie halls prior to the screening of a movie. This is a complete turn around from its previous stand on the issue which claimed to ‘instil a feeling of patriotism in the citizens.’
  7. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje has stated that director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat won’t be allowed to release in the state citing that the movie ‘hurts the sentiments of the people and they will not allow the defamation of Rani Padmavati’s honour.’ The movie was supposed to release on December 1 last year but got shifted to January 25 as CBFC did not grant the required clearance.
  8. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they are not considering to tighten H-1B visa rules which has come as a huge relief to many Indians doing jobs in the country. If applied, it could have lead to the deportation of as many as 7.5 million Indians and would have hit the IT industry hard.
  9. The Sri Lankan Navy attacked more than 3500 Indian fishermen for fishing in their territorial waters. The Navy allegedly asked them to leave yesterday after which they started hurling stones, cut fishing nets and damaged some boats.
  10. Former Indian international cricketer Yusuf Pathan has been slapped a five month ban by the  Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing a dope test. He had tested positive for Terbutaline during a domestic game. He will, however, still be a part of the Indian Premier league (IPL) auction to be held this month.

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