Evening briefing: SC's 'Can't kill a child' remark in abortion hearing – Hindustan Times

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The Supreme Court on Thursday made strong observations while hearing the Centre’s petition seeking revocation of its October 9 order that allowed a married woman to terminate her 26-week pregnancy .”We cannot kill a child,” the SC bench, headed by CJI DY Chandrachud, said. The court, however, told the Centre it has to balance the rights of the “living and viable foetus” with the mother’s right of decisional autonomy. The court also asked the Centre and the woman’s lawyer to talk to her about retaining the pregnancy for a few weeks. Dig deeper
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Around 230 Indian nationals would fly back from Israel under ‘Operation Ajay,’ the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday, adding that the Indian Air Force (IAF) could also be roped in to bring Indians back home from the war-hit country. The flight is likely to land in India on Friday morning, Bagchi added. “A charter flight will reach Tel Aviv today later in the evening. It is expected to get 230 passengers onboard. We have all options, but the role of IAF can’t be ruled out,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters in a weekly briefing. Dig deeper
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Navratri is the festival of fasting and feasting. It is also the time to rejoice and have social gatherings. The nine-day festival is celebrated with diverse traditions across the country and notable one among them is Gujarat’s folk dance Dandiya Raas. Devotees in Gujarat and even other parts of the country participate in this highly energetic dance form, wearing beautiful and colourful traditional outfits. Dig deeper


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