Times Top10: Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News from India & throughout the World

Times Top10: Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News from India & throughout the World
Times Top10: Today’s Top News Headlines and Latest News from India & throughout the World


CEO of Delhi airport to look earlier than the Parliamentary Committee over congestion complaints; EAM Jaishankar in New York to preside over the ministerial open debate on counterterrorism; Data launch – Balance of Trade for Nov; SC to listen to bail pleas of Godhra prepare burning case convicts; Day 2 of 1st Cricket Test match– India Vs Bangladesh

1. Are AIIMS cyber assault, Tawang conflict linked to China’s Covid surge?
1. Are AIIMS cyber attack, Tawang clash linked to China’s Covid surge?
Server earlier than border

  • Weeks earlier than China tried to change the established order on the Tawang sector of the border, Chinese hackers had focused AIIMS Delhi’s server.
  • The authorities’s analysts have traced the supply of the cyber assault on AIIMS server to Chinese hackers. Five of the 100 servers had been infiltrated by the hackers. Compromised servers’ information have now been efficiently retrieved.

The assault

  • AIIMS Delhi first reported a failure in its servers on November 23. Two of the analysts deployed to take care of the servers’ securities have additionally been suspended for the alleged breach of cyber safety.

Servers restored

  • AIIMS stated, “The eHospital information has been restored on the servers. The community is being sanitised earlier than the companies might be restored. The course of is taking a while as a result of quantity of knowledge and the big variety of servers/computer systems for the hospital companies. Measures are being taken for cyber safety.”

Not simply AIIMS

  • The ICMR web site confronted about 6,000 makes an attempt of cyber assault on November 30 from an IP deal with of Hong Kong.

Increased frequency

  • Nearly 1.9 million cyber-attacks have been recorded on the Indian healthcare community this yr, particularly from Pakistan, China and Vietnam.

Cyber attack data


  • The border standoff and cyberattacks have occurred when China is grappling with an enormous Covid-19 surge, acute scarcity of medicines in shops, and a rising variety of medical doctors and nurses catching the virus. But they’ve been requested to maintain working, based on medical workers and social media posts.
  • China’s prime well being physique National Health Commission has stated the true scale of coronavirus infections within the nation is now “unimaginable” to trace.
  • Chinese social media is awash with feedback linking China’s Covid drawback to its try to focus on India. Several of them referred to as it their authorities’s “diversionary” tactic.
2. Toxic liquor kills 20 in Bihar, once more
2. Toxic liquor kills 20 in Bihar, again
A well-recognized tragedy

  • At least 20 folks died in Bihar’s Saran district on Wednesday, a day after consuming spurious liquor at a neighborhood joint.
  • Victims had complained of uneasiness, nausea, breathlessness, abdomen ache and blurry imaginative and prescient.
  • Back in August, eleven folks had died and 12 had fallen significantly unwell, lots of them shedding their eyesight in the identical Saran district after consuming spurious liquor.
  • Earlier, 37 folks died in March, six in January and 30 in November 2021 — all because of hooch consumption.

Politics over poison

  • The hooch deaths triggered a political slugfest, with BJP leaders saying that the prohibition coverage has failed. Union minister Giriraj Singh stated, “If a coverage is just not profitable, then it must be reconsidered.”
  • Even JDU MLA Sanjeev Kumar stated, “Liquor ban has utterly failed in Bihar and Dalit and intensely backward class individuals are changing into the victims of the regulation. We have to evaluation the regulation.”
  • Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who misplaced his cool within the meeting, shouted at his rivals saying, “Sharabi ho gaye tum log…Ab tolerate nahi kiya jaayega.”


  • Hooch is an inferior high quality liquor, which is brewed in small unregulated shanties, and doesn’t entice excise tax, therefore cheaper than correct alcoholic drinks.
  • The sale and consumption of alcohol have been banned in Bihar by the Nitish authorities in April 2016.
  • The coverage has led to clogging of the courts, as then CJI NV Ramana complained in December 2021, with 3.5 lakh prohibition circumstances and over 4 lakh arrests.

State of hooch deaths

  • A Lok Sabha report, launched in July, stated over 6,000 folks died in 5 years — 2016-20 — because of hooch consumption, the bottom determine reported in 2020 at 947.
  • Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Bihar are the highest 5 states with most reported deaths.
3. Why is it nonetheless really easy to assault a lady with acid?
3. Why is it still so easy to attack a girl with acid?
She’s 17

  • A Class 12 lady was acid-attacked in Delhi’s Mohan Nagar on Wednesday by a pillion using a motorcycle. The incident was captured on a CCTV digital camera. She has acquired burn accidents on her face and in her eyes. She was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.
  • Delhi Police arrested three folks for the acid assault after the sufferer named two individuals as suspects.


  • Delhi Lt Governor V Ok Saxena sought an in depth report from the police on the incident, together with data on how the acid was procured regardless of a ban on its sale within the open market.
  • DCW chief Swati Maliwal stated, “The DCW has issued a number of notices, given a number of suggestions, however acid sale continues. Just like greens are offered, anyone can purchase acid and throw it on a lady. Why are governments sleeping over it?”

The plan

  • The police’s assertion stated the three males, arrested for the acid assault, deliberate the assault to the minute element with the intention to mislead investigators.
  • The accused have been recognized as Sachin Arora, 20, Harshit Aggarwal, 19, and Virender Singh, 22.
  • Sachin and Harshit got here on a motorbike to throw acid on the schoolgirl whereas Virender took Sachin’s scooter and cell phone to a different location to create an alibi and mislead the police.
  • Sachin and the schoolgirl knew one another, however had a fallout in September.
  • The accused ordered the acid from Flipkart, the police assertion stated.

How regulation handles acid

  • In 2013, the Supreme Court banned over-the-counter sale of acid. The authorities amended the regulation accordingly.
  • Only a licensed store can promote acid from a chosen place.
  • Acid can’t be offered to minors, and to not an grownup with out ascertaining the customer’s id and recording their deal with and goal for the acquisition.
  • Flouting the foundations invitations a positive of Rs 50,000.
  • Acid assault attracts jail time period of 10 years, expandable to life imprisonment. Victim will get a minimal compensation of Rs 3 lakh.
4. Bengal cops, CBI on collision course over custody dying
4. Bengal cops, CBI on collision course over custody death
The West Bengal CID will examine the custodial dying of Lalan Sheikh, the primary accused within the Birbhum district violence. Sheikh was discovered hanging on Monday within the washroom of a CBI camp workplace arrange in a visitor home.

Wife’s grievance

  • In her grievance filed with the Rampurhat police station in Birbhum district, Sheikh’s spouse alleged that her husband was murdered, and he or she named a number of CBI officers. The federal company, nevertheless, rejected the allegations as “baseless”.

HC order

  • Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed the CID to not take any coercive motion in opposition to CBI officers named within the custodial dying case, primarily based on a plea by the central company.
  • Allowing the CID to proceed its probe on the FIR lodged by Sheikh’s spouse Reshma Bibi, Justice Jay Sengupta directed that the investigation, particularly the recording of statements and seizures, be videographed.
  • The court docket famous that the autopsy report of Sheikh’s physique states “violent mechanical asphyxia” as the reason for the dying. It additionally mentions ligature marks and bruises on the physique.

The Birbhum killings

  • Sheikh, the primary accused within the Birbhum district violence, was arrested by the CBI on December 3 and had been in its custody for questioning on the orders of a neighborhood court docket.
  • At least 10 folks have been killed as their homes in Bogtui village have been allegedly firebombed at nighttime on March 21 after the homicide of native TMC chief Bhadu Sheikh.
5. Identify this politician
Clue 1: He is a felony lawyer by occupation who has defended a number of movie stars in distinguished circumstances.
Clue 2: He represented a number of suspects within the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai.
Clue 3: He has served as a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra.

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6. How to self-discipline attorneys who take regulation into their palms
6. How to discipline lawyers who take law into their hands
‘Lodge FIRs’

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Odisha police to ebook and prosecute all these attorneys who resorted to vandalism inside courtrooms in some districts throughout a protest on December 12.

Cops pulled up

  • The apex court docket additionally pulled up the state police for his or her failure to deal with the state of affairs. The SC advised the Director General of Police, Odisha, and Inspector General, Sambalpur, each of whom appeared earlier than it by way of video-conference, that if the state police are unable to manage the state of affairs, the court docket will ship paramilitary forces there to cope with it.

BCI takes motion

  • The Bar Council of India (BCI) knowledgeable the bench that it has suspended licence of 43 agitating advocates of the Sambalpur District Bar Association for his or her alleged involvement in vandalism.

A tricky message

  • “Bar is a part of the household and being a member of the bar up to now, it’s tougher for us to take motion. It has been a really painful train for us, however we’ve got to care for a bigger concern…. Disruptive and felony exercise of a bit of lawyer can’t be allowed,” a bench of Justices S Ok Kaul and A S Oka stated.

The protest

  • Scores of attorneys clashed with police throughout a protest demanding the organising of a everlasting Bench of the Orissa High Court at Sambalpur on December 12.
  • The apex court docket famous there was no justification for having one other bench of the excessive court docket in view of the widespread use of know-how within the functioning of courts. “There isn’t any excessive hope of formation of a bench, a lot much less any hope now. Even if there was some distant risk, that’s misplaced now because of their conduct,” the bench noticed.
7. Do inter-caste, inter-faith {couples} want monitoring?
7. Do inter-caste, inter-faith couples need monitoring?
  • The Maharashtra authorities has arrange a committee to assemble data on inter-faith and inter-caste married {couples} within the state and to examine with households of the ladies concerned in such marriages if they’re estranged.
  • The committee is meant to observe district-level initiatives for girls concerned in such marriages who could also be estranged from their households, in order that help might be supplied if essential, as per a Government Resolution issued on Tuesday by the state’s Women and Child Development Department, cited by information company PTI.

Trouble for {couples}

  • Large variety of inter-faith and inter-caste marriages in India are formally registered beneath The Special Marriage Act. The regulation requires {couples} to supply a minimal 30-day discover in distinguished newspapers and outdoors Justice of the Peace workplaces, native courts and marriage registration workplaces forward of the scheduled date – a protocol which a number of authorized consultants criticise as discriminatory.
  • Families of many such {couples} are sometimes harassed by Hindutva teams. Over the previous few years, there have been a number of cases of native teams touchdown in doorsteps of {couples}, protesting in opposition to such marriages, and at instances attempting to trigger nuisance. That means, the Maharashtra authorities’s coverage might result in further bother for such {couples}.

Comparison with Shraddha case

  • Maharashtra minister Mangal Prabhat Lodha, who’s a pacesetter of the BJP and is meant to go the 13-member committee, stated that the transfer is aimed toward avoiding a repeat of the Shraddha Walkar case.
  • Walkar was killed by her companion Aftab Poonawala, and her physique chopped into a number of items, in Delhi’s Chhatarpur – a case that shook the nation final month.
  • Several BJP leaders have cited the case to rake up the controversial topic of “Love Jihad”, particularly forward of Gujarat polls.


  • The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is in Opposition in Maharashtra, referred to as it a “retrograde” step and stated the Eknath Shinde authorities had no proper to spy on the private life of individuals.
8. When easing meals costs gave some hope
8. When easing food prices gave some hope
  • The wholesale price-based inflation fell to a 21-month low of 5.85% in November as costs of meals, gasoline and manufactured gadgets softened. The WPI (wholesale value index) primarily based inflation has been on a declining development since May and got here right down to single digit in October at 8.39%, reported information company PTI.

Easing meals costs

  • Experts stated a excessive base of final yr and a few easing in meals costs additionally labored in favour of the November 2022 WPI inflation dropping at its lowest degree since February 2021 when it was recorded at 4.83%.
  • Inflation in meals articles in November was 1.07% in opposition to 8.33% in October. Inflation in greens was (-)20.08% in November in comparison with 17.61% in October.
  • Prices of fruits, greens, particularly tomato and potato, dragged down the costs and general inflation, at the same time as there’s an uptick in costs of wheat, pulses and milk merchandise.

Metals, textiles and chemical compounds too

  • “Decline within the charge of inflation in November 2022 is primarily contributed by fall in costs of meals articles, fundamental metals, textiles, chemical compounds & chemical merchandise and paper & paper merchandise as in comparison with the corresponding month of the earlier yr,” the commerce and business ministry stated on Wednesday.

A notice from the FM

  • Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman advised Parliament that the federal government will work in the direction of additional bringing down inflation. “Inflation administration or management… Prime Minister Modi and his group of ministers and officers are (making) periodic interventions and taking measures on account of which we discover the outcomes coming in,” Sitharaman stated within the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
9. A disturbing development in press freedom
9. A disturbing trend in press freedom
A complete of 533 journalists are detained worldwide in reference to their work as of December 1, which is 13.4 % greater than final yr’s determine. More than half are detained in simply 5 nations: China, which stays ‘the world’s greatest jailer of journalists’ with 110, adopted by Myanmar (62), Iran (47), Vietnam (39) and Belarus (31), based on a report by Reporters Without Borders.

Women scribes in jail

  • The variety of ladies journalists in jail can be at an all-time excessive worldwide, rising from 60 to 78 since 2021, largely because of better numbers getting into the occupation. By comparability, the variety of male journalists in jail rose by solely 11.2 %, stated the report, ‘2022 Round-Up – Journalists detained, killed, held hostage and lacking’.
  • Women now account for 14.6 % of imprisoned journalists, whereas ladies comprised lower than 7 % of imprisoned journalists 5 years in the past.

Low conviction charges

  • This newest improve within the variety of detained journalists (up 13.4 % in 2022, after a 20 % rise in 2021) confirms that authoritarian regimes have gotten increasingly more comfy with jailing the journalists who trouble them, normally with out even placing them on trial.
  • Just over a 3rd of the journalists who’re detained have been convicted. The others (63.6 %) are being detained with out having been tried.

Killed in line of obligation

  • The variety of journalists killed has additionally risen. A complete of 57 paid with their lives for his or her dedication to report the information in 2022 – an 18.8 % improve in comparison with 2021, after a two-year interval of relative calm and traditionally low figures.
  • The Ukraine warfare is without doubt one of the causes for this rise. Eight journalists have been killed within the first six months of the warfare. More particulars here

Majeed Memon: Former Rajya Sabha MP of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and eminent felony lawyer Majeed Memon on Wednesday joined the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in New Delhi. He was inducted into the social gathering within the presence of social gathering MP Saugata Roy and Parliamentary Party Leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien. The improvement comes at a time when TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has been investing in an Opposition bloc together with NCP chief Sharad Pawar to struggle the BJP within the 2024 basic elections. Memon stop NCP on Tuesday citing private causes.

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Written by: Rakesh Rai, Jayanta Kalita, Prabhash Ok Dutta, Abhishek Dey
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