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12th April, 2017
ab initio : From the first act

The meaning of the term "ab initio" in Latin is "from the beginning; from the first act; from the inception". 

An agreement is said to be "void ab initio" if at no time, it had any legal validity.  A marriage or act can be unlawful, ab initio. The illegality of the conduct or the revelation of the real facts makes the entire situation illegal ab initio (from the beginning), not just from the time the wrongful behavior occurs. 
 
In case of any complications during treatment, the court may find doctors ‘illegal ab initio’ guilty of negligence, if reports from illegal laboratories have been accepted and the doctors may be prosecuted under appropriate sections of Indian Penal Code for medical criminal negligence.
 
What this means is that if the first act itself is illegal, then all other subsequent acts need not be taken into consideration.
 According to Medical Council of India (MCI) Code of Ethics Regulations, 1.2.1, the physician (registered practitioner) should not associate professionally with persons violating the prescribed code of ethics.
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Common summer ailments and what you can do

About 90% of the cases reported are due to overexposure to heat

New Delhi, 11 April, 2017: It is that time of the year again when the cool spring breeze gives way to scorching summer heat. People can be heard lamenting about how "it's already so hot". From students to professionals, everyone has to bear the summer heat in some way or the other. With the mercury rising steadily in the months of April and May, many summer-related ailments also begin to surface. Doctors have thus cautioned people against the common summer infections and diseases that bring people to their doorstep.

Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon - Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement said that, "One can suffer from a plethora of ailments in summer.
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