Over accusations of counterfeiting, Nepal's Tourism Ministry (MoCTCA) has dismissed the summit certificate issued to Haryana-based mountaineers Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani besides fining guide and organisers. Authorities, during examinations, found that both Yadav and Rani had fabricated their Mount Everest summit by submitting forged documents and photographs. Consequently, MoCTCA accorded them six-year retrospective bans, commencing… read-more
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CM Manohar Lal Khattar-led Haryana government will start an anti-tobacco drive across all colleges and universities in the state from January 26. While painting anti-smoking slogans, the government would place volunteers near school displaying motivational messages. The recent orders ask every educational institution to place ‘Tobacco-free area’ sign outside the building and ‘Tobacco-Free Educational Institution’ within the premises. Earlier… read-more
The Tennis Integrity Unit on December 1 has imposed an eight-year ban to Spanish tennis player Enrique Lopez Perez for match-fixing in three instances during 2017 and has fined him for $25,000. The Anti-Corruption Officer Richard McLaren has found the 29-year-old tennist guilty for breaching the rule thrice, while two other allegations went unproven. Perez had a career-high singles ranking of 154 and doubles ranking of 135 in 2019.
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Around 43 mobile applications including 'AliExpress', an e-commerce platform have been banned on November 24 by the Indian government. Under the statement issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT, and potential threats received by the India cyber crime co-ordination centre, these apps have been found engaged with the sovereignty and integrity of India. Nearly five months ago several such applications were banned, and currently the count … read-more
For repeatedly referring beef as "Gomatha Ulartha" in a cooking show, Kerala-based activist Rehana Fathima has been barred from expressing her opinion through any kind of media. Pronouncing the order, the Kerala High Court on November 23 observed that the use of word "Gomatha" by the activist was "likely to wound the religious feelings" of Hindus. The court stated Fathima's actions might affect the "Fundamental Right of the devotees" as well… read-more
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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has handed a two-year ban to world 100m champion, Christian Coleman, after missing two drug tests and a filing failure. Coleman will miss the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 since his suspension will remain in-effect till 2022. The 24-year-old's attitude was described as "entirely careless, perhaps even reckless" by the AIU. However,… read-more
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Despite the ban imposed by Andhra Pradesh on the annual stick fighting festival Banni Utsavam due to COVID-19, a total of 47 people were injured during the ritual held in Devaragattu village on October 27 on the night of Vijayadasami. Thousands of people gathered on the Mala Malleshwara Swamy Temple even after the police tried to keep the crowd away. Post midnight, medical officials rushed to the spot to treat the injured.
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The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on October 15 issued a four-year ban to the former London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru for violating the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules. The Kenyan long-distance runner allegedly used a banned substance as his haemoglobin levels were high compared to his biological passport. The panel further mentioned that there was no physiological explanation for the change in levels. The athlete was earlier… read-more
Come November, Japan may remove the overseas travel ban for 12 countries. Reportedly, the countries' list includes China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia among others. However, it is quite likely that Japan will suggest the travellers to avoid unnecessary and non-urgent visits. Earlier, the overseas travel was prohibited due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Canada's Environmental Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced that single-use plastics will be banned in the country by the end of 2021. The initiative aims to eliminate plastics waste in Canada by 2030. With this, plastic bags, straws, stir-sticks and others made from hard-to-recycle plastics will be removed as replacements are available for people. Reportedly, three million tonnes of plastics waste is disposed off in Canada annually, whereas… read-more