FDA opens criminal probe of vaping deaths as health officials search for cause

The Food and Drug Administration has opened a criminal probe into the cause of a mysterious vaping-related lung disease that has sickened 530 people and killed seven, an agency official said Thursday. The agency’s Office of Criminal Investigations opened a probe “shortly after” people started falling ill, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, told reporters on a call Thursday.   “OCI has special investigative skills and the focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain,”…

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HC refuses to direct officials to use gadget to clean air

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition that sought a direction to the Central Pollution Control Board to use ‘electrostatic precipitators’ to clean the air in polluted public places. Noting that at present there is no cause for concern as the problem does not exist in Chennai, the First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan rejected the plea moved by a mechanical engineer from Thirumullaivoyal, Chennai. According to the petitioner, major cities in the country are polluted with dust and…

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War on Black Money: PMO, IB Officials Go Into Huddle, Security Alert to Follow

New Delhi: The Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and his team met with top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) late on Tuesday night to discuss any possible law and order fallout of the decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, sources told News18. The officials apprised the PMO of likely security scenarios and a nationwide alert could be issued soon, sources said. Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished his nationally televised speech this evening, there were long queues at ATMs across the country. Network18 reporters fanning…

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Namibia: Geingob Promises Officials Lifestyle Audit

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said all government officials will be subjected to audits to assess whether their salaries match their lifestyles. Geingob made this short remark during his one-hour interview on Wednesday night on the Voice of America’s Straight Talk Africa programme with presenter Shaka Ssali. The President was on the show to talk about his vision for Africa, as well as on national and international affairs. Asked what he is doing to curb corruption, Geingob said: “We will also have lifestyle audits. This is going to be done”. Geingob asked…

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