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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Doctors association seeks death penalty for counterfeit drugs traffickers

Fake drugs
SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday has sought death penalty for those involved in manufacture, sale and distribution of spurious drugs.

“To curb the menace of fake drugs, we need to get touch on the drug traffickers. And the toughness include the death penalty,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communique.

“They kill hundreds and hundreds of people and most of them don’t even go to jail. They need to be punished for the carnage they cause,” he said.

The amended Drug and cosmetic act of 2008 contains maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Dr Nisar said capital punishment has proved effective in other countries like China. In 2007 former head of China’s state food and drug administration was executed for his involvement in substandard drugs which proved to be a strong deterrent.

He said India is the capital of spurious drugs and according to WHO, India accounts for nearly 35% of world spurious drug market.  In an estimate, 40% of the Indian market is under the grip of spurious drugs.

“From cancer to heart medicines and from antibiotics to vaccines, drugs in all therapeutic categories have been reported to be either substandard or counterfeit,” he said.

“There are clandestine factories that have been making these sham drugs,” he added.

 Dr Nisar said Kashmir is a safe haven for spurious drugs as the market is unchecked and unregulated and there is no fear of accountability.

“In 2013, we unearthed a big spurious drug scandal in which many people were involved. Lakhs of tablets of fake drug maximizin, a life-saving antibiotic were supplied to government hospitals. Following expose of this fake drug, hundreds of drugs which were consumed by patients were declared substandard,” he said. 

Source: Kashmir Patriot, June 4, 2018


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