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NATION BRIEFS

Savita probe

Dublin, Nov. 20: Ireland today appointed a seven-member team to probe the death of Savita Halappanavar, who was denied an abortion despite miscarrying.

Hours later, it dropped three doctors from the team because Savita’s husband Praveen objected to their presence. The three are employees of Galway Hospital where Savita died. London-based Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, one of the world’s leading authorities on foetal monitoring and maternal health, heads the team.

Open court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to take up in open court a review petition filed by the Union government challenging a judgment that only sitting or retired chief justices of high courts or retired apex court judges could head central and state information commissions.

Satellite aid

Kanchipuram (PTI): The ASI is using satellite mapping technology to try and protect monuments for posterity, an official has said while inaugurating the World Heritage Week and a photography exhibition.

Divorce order

Madurai (PTI): A bench of Madras High Court has ruled that a man, though jobless, should pay maintenance to his wife as ordered by a court in a divorce case. The husband cannot claim he is poor to dodge his responsibility of paying maintenance to his wife, the court said.The court also rejected the wife’s plea to increase the maintenance from Rs 2,000 to Rs 7,000

Harassment

Gwalior (PTI): Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said those guilty of sexual harassment will not get driving licence, passport and other government facilities. The step is being taken to control sexual harassment, he said.

Holiday hiccups

New Delhi, Nov. 20 (PTI): Indians prefer work to vacations, a survey says. They tend to either cancel their holidays for urgent assignments or work in office even on off-days.

Such holiday habits have made India the world’s fourth most “vacation-deprived” nation.

US Hindu day

Washington (PTI): A Florida city has declared November 17 as the “Kashmiri Hindu Heritage Day”. The mayor said it is a tribute to the 5 lakh Kashmiri Hindus, who moved to the US after being displaced by terrorism.