The Parliament of Nepal has passed a law that criminalises, Chhaupadi, an ancient practice that banishes women from home during mensuration and after childbirth. As per the new law, the practice of the custom will bring in a three-month jail sentence or a fine of Nepali Rupee 3000 or both.
The law was passed through unanimous voting will come into effect in a year's time.
Chhaupadi is a custom linked to Hinduism in Nepal under which women are considered untouchable when they menstruate, as well as after childbirth.
More than 1000 Muslim clerics and imams have passed a resolution that calls the United Nations to take action against 26/11 Mumbai terror attack master mind Hafiz Saeed for his "anti-India" activities. The resolution terms Saeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and the terror outfits he heads as a threat to global peace.
The resolution introduced by Abdur Rahman Anjaria to this effect was passed at a gathering in Mumbai at Madrassa Darul Uloom Ali Hasan Ahle Sunnat on 9 August 2017. The resolution has been forwarded to the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee with a copy marked to the Prime Minister's Office.
Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal died on 10 August 2017 after battling kidney and lung cancer. He was 54. He was best known for his unconventional roles in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Peepli Live, Paan Singh Tomar and Jolly LLB.
The actor, who was a graduate of National School of Drama, made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with ‘Bandit Queen’.
India was ranked at the last position of 43rd in the 2017 Global Retirement Index (GRI) that was released by French asset management company Natixis Global.
The Global Retirement Index ranks 43 countries on the basis of four factors, which are the material means to live comfortably in retirement (Material Well-being), access to quality financial services to help preserve savings value and maximize income (Finances), access to quality health services (Health), and a clean and safe environment (Quality of Life).
India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. In a brief statement, India's Permanent Mission to the UN said that India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change on 8 August 2017.
With this, India became the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty.
The Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force in February 2005.
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