Day: June 13, 2020

Gomathi banned for four years, stripped of Asian C’ships gold

Gomathi Marimuthu has been banned for four years and stripped off her 2019 Asian Championships gold medal, the Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) announced on Friday. The AIU said that the 31-year-old Indian runner will be banned until May 2023 and disqualified from all races in a two-month period last year. Marimuthu tested positive for anabolic steroid nandrolone at the 2019 Asian championships in April. The announcement on Friday came after her ‘B’ sample also returned positive for nandrolone. It followed three more positive tests from samples taken in India in the previous month. Those test results were confirmed after...

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WHO concerned about COVID-19 impact

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it is “especially concerned” about the impact of COVID-19 on women, children and adolescents. Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the indirect effects of COVID-19 on these groups may be greCovid-19ater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself, Xinhua news agency reported. “Because the pandemic has overwhelmed health systems in many places, women may have a heightened risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth,” he said. The WHO chief added that WHO has developed guidance for health...

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Hindu body moves SC on 1991 law on religious sites

A Hindu organisation has moved the Supreme Court to challenge a provision of a 1991 law that provides for maintaining the “religious character” of holy structures as existed on August 15, 1947, in order to reclaim disputed religious sites through litigation, other than the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. The PIL filed by ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’ sought court directions to declare Section 4 of the 1991 Act as ultra vires and unconstitutional. The petitioner’s challenge to Section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, gains significance in the case of Kashi and Mathura where two...

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