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A five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, Ashok Bhushan and D.Y. Chandrachud was on Tuesday hearing a petition filed by NGO Common Cause for legalising euthanasia and the Living Will.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 41 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] Reconsider new Haj policy, urges Rajasthan body The reduction of embarkation points for Haj pilgrimage from the existing 21 to only nine across the country, recommended in the new Haj policy for 2018-22, has left the pilgrims disturbed in Rajasthan because of termination of flights from Jaipur. The Haj flights from the State capital had started in 2005 after a seven-year-long agitation. Abolishing subsidy for Haj pilgrims and a llowing women above 45 years of age to travel in a group of at least four without a male are among the other recommendations made by a committee appointed by the Centre. The committee, headed by former Union Secretary Afzal Amanullah , submitted its report to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Rajasthan Haj Welfare Society general secretary Haji Nizamuddin said abolishing the reserved category for pilgrims above 70 years of age and doing away with preference to four-time applicants would also create difficulties for those willing to perform the ritual in the sunset of their lives. Besides, allowing women to travel without a male companion was against the principles of Shariah. The Haj Welfare Society has submitted memoranda in this regard to the President, Prime Minister, Minority Affairs Minister and Rajasthan Chief Minister. It has sought reconsideration of the new Haj policy in view of “practical difficulties” likely to be caused to the pilgrims if it was adopted without any change. Rules to be eased for Tibetan refugees India is all set to simplify travel rules for Tibetan refugees who want to visit foreign countries. Currently they have to secure an “exit permit” from the Home Ministry before applying for a visa with any foreign mission . The Centre wants to do away with the “redundant” procedure , a senior government official said . The official said the refugees would be provided with a no-objection certificate at the time of issuance of identity certificates and that would be enough for them to travel to any foreign country .
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CURRENT AFFAIRS OCTOBER 2017 42 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] “Since identity certificates are issued after carrying out due diligence and background check, the exit permit is an unnecessary requirement,” said the official. He said the Home Ministry would soon get approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The Ministry of External Affairs will then issue a notification informing all foreign missions of the exit permit clause being removed .
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