Smoking causes more than one in 10 deaths worldwide (equivalent to 6.4 million deaths), with 50% of these occurring in just four countries - China, India, US, and Russia, according to the latest estimates from the Global Burden of Disease study published in 'The Lancet.
The union Cabinet initiated a major reform in the Railways by approving setting up of rail regulator called the Rail Development Authority (RDA). This comes as a major reform measure after the historic decision by the government to merge the railway budget with main budget last year.
A Constitution Bench of five judges will decide on April 18 whether a larger denomination of judges should hear a petition for a declaration that a 2016 policy of instant messaging app — WhatsApp — to give Facebook access to information and personal details shared by millions of its users is a violation of their privacy and free speech.
Employees suffering injury in industrial accident will now get compensation of up to Rs1 lakh, with Parliament clearing a bill in this regard. The Employees Compensation (Amendment) bill 2016 also has a provision for hefty penalty in case of any violation by the employers.