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Markers on drugs for animal extracts

New Delhi (PTI): Upholding the citizens’ right to information under the Constitution, Delhi High Court has ruled that all cosmetic products and non-life saving drugs (NLSD) with animal extracts must indicate the presence of these extracts clearly.

Since the government has already laid down rules for compulsorily indicating on every packed food item the presence of animal extracts, a bench of Justices Anil Dev Singh and Mukul Mudgal said the same principle would apply to NLSDs as well as all cosmetic products.

Directing that a specifically designed “red mark” be inscribed on every cosmetic product which has animal extracts, the court said a similar “green mark” should be put on NLSDs.

However, the court also added that life-saving drugs would be out of the purview of its order, considering the fact that a more important question of saving the life of a person was involved.

The order came on a public interest litigation filed by Ozair Hussain, who had sought a directive to the government to frame guidelines on indicating the presence of animal extracts on the packages of food items, cosmetics and drugs to protect the interests of vegetarians, who have the fundamental right to know about the nature of the product they are consuming.

The court directed the director-general of health services to issue a list of life-saving drugs within two months so that they were kept out side the purview of its order.

Salman’s car in another crash

Nashik (PTI): Salman Khan’s car met with a minor accident at Deolali camp, about 10 km from here, police sources said.

None were injured in the incident on Tuesday, they said. Salman, whose car had run over some people sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in October, killing one person and injuring four, was released on bail from Thane jail on October 24.

The sources said the actor, who is staying in Nashik’s Taj Residency Hotel for a shooting, left for Deolali railway station where the day’s shoot was scheduled. His private security personnel and bodyguard followed in another car.

Near the station, Salman’s driver applied brakes suddenly due to some obstacle on the way and a car coming from behind hit the actor’s vehicle.

Salman’s car, which was damaged in the collision, was later removed by a crane.

Accused scribe turns himself in

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Former journalist R. Jayachandran, the fourth accused in the forged intelligence report case, surrendered on Wednesday after absconding for over a month.

Jayachandran, a close associate of one of the accused, Congress MLA Sobhana George, turned up at the crime branch superintendent’s office. A look-out notice had been issued for him after he gave police a slip at George’s residence in October.

Tourists missing

Agra (PTI): Two Japanese tourists who came to see the Taj Mahal are reported missing, police sources said. Ishotimo Kamakuna and Ishikama Nirifusi, who came from New Delhi on November 8, went to see the Taj the next day but never returned. They had checked out of a hotel and taken a taxi to the Taj, but their luggage was left in the vehicle. The Japanese embassy has been informed.

Encounter death

Kanpur (PTI): Police gunned down dacoit Lakhan Singh alias Papola in an encounter. Lakhan was wanted in several cases of dacoity, murders and kidnappings.

Swiss porn case

Mumbai (PTI): A Swiss couple, arrested two years ago for allegedly abusing children for pornographic acts, has pleaded for bail even as a sessions court deferred framing of charges till November 26. Wilhelm Albin Marty and his wife Mary Lily were produced before sessions judge S.B. Munde, who deferred the framing of charges as the defence lawyer was not present. The accused lured children into pornographic acts and sold the films to websites.

Jaguar crash toll

Chandigarh (PTI): The toll in last week’s Jaguar crash in Ambala rose to 12 with one more person succumbing to injuries at PGIMER hospital. Dinesh Kumar, 19, died from burn injuries on Tuesday.

One killed by bear

Ajmer (PTI): One person was killed and two were injured by a bear at Silberi forest. The bear attacked the three while they were grazing cattle in the forest.

A threat looms over railway tracks of the station at Jodhpur as mole rats have hollowed the land beneath them. “If the rats are not wiped out there could be a serious danger to the tracks as they may collapse under the weight of the trains,” a survey said.

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