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24.08.2017

 

THE HEADLINES,

  • Uttar Pradesh government accepts report of probe committee on death of children in a hospital of Gorakhpur; Criminal action recommended against guilty officials.
  • Rajasthan gives reservation to Jats under OBC category.
  • Haryana and Punjab on high alert ahead of verdict on Sirsa Dera Chief Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual exploitation case; Army may be called if required, says Haryana government.
  • Supreme Court likely to pronounce its judgment today on whether the right to privacy can be held as a fundamental right.
  • Centre finalises new cadre policy for IAS, IPS and IFOS to ensure national integration in bureaucracy.
And in Sports,
  • India's Ajay Jayaram enters pre-quarterfinal of World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.

 

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The Uttar Pradesh government has accepted the report of the high-power committee which probed the death of scores of children in the state-run BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur. An official spokesman said, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered immediate action against all the guilty officials. The report was submitted to the government on Tuesday. Here is more from our correspondent:

 "The probe committee recommended initiating criminal action against then principal of the BRD Medical College Dr Rajiv Mishra and two other doctors Dr Satish and Dr Kafeel Khan and supplier of oxygen to the college Pushpa Sales. Chief Secretary committee has also recommended action under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the then principal Dr Misra, his wife Dr Poornima Shukla, staff of accounts department of the medical college and chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal. The committee has also recommended a special audit by the CAG into the purchase of the medicines and chemicals by the medical college in the past three years. Mr Yogi had formed the committee on August 12th to probe the incident. Sunil Shukla, AIR news, Lucknow."


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In Rajasthan, Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts have been given reservation under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The State Social Justice and Empowerment department issued a notification in this regard yesterday after approval from the Cabinet. It was a long pending demand of the Jat community residing in both the districts to include them in the OBC list.


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Haryana and Punjab have been put on high alert and prohibitory orders imposed ahead of the court verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The Centre has also assured all possible help to the Punjab and Haryana governments to deal with any situation. According to a Home Ministry spokesperson in Delhi, the Centre is in regular touch with the governments of Punjab and Haryana.
Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in all districts of Haryana. Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said, the state government will also call in the Army, if necessary. He has appealed to Dera followers to co-operate with the government to maintain peace and harmony in the state.        

All schools, colleges and Universities in Chandigarh and Panchkula districts of Haryana will remain closed today and tomorrow as a precautionary measure.


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The government has finalized a new cadre policy of IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service officers aimed at ensuring national integration in the country's top bureaucracy. Officers of all-India services - the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) - will have to choose cadres from a set of zones instead of states.

Under the new policy, candidates can only select one state or cadre from a zone as their first choice. Their second, third, fourth and fifth choices have to be from the different zones.

According to an official of the Personnel department, the new policy will seek to ensure that officers from Bihar, for instance, will get to work in southern and north-eastern states, which may not be their preferred cadres. He said the new policy would help in upholding the rationale behind the all-India services.

 

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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its judgment today on whether the right to privacy can be held as a fundamental right under the Constitution. A nine-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, had reserved its verdict on the 2nd of this month after hearing marathon arguments. During the hearing, submissions were advanced in favour and against the inclusion of the right to privacy as a fundamental right.

The contentious issue had emerged when the apex court was dealing with a batch of petitions challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.


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A campaign to protect Indian rivers will be flagged off in Kanyakumari on the first of next month. The 30-day 'Rally for Rivers', being launched by the Isha foundation, is aimed at creating awareness about the urgency to rejuvenate fast depleting rivers. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, the founder of Isha foundation, Sadhguru said, the campaign will include 23 major and numerous smaller events, both online and offline to involve all segments of society.


"We, as a generation of people, have taken the largest bite of this planet. Never before any particular generation has used up as much as we have used up. So, I want millions of people to come out and show their responsibility for the well being of the future generations. 23 major events in all the cities, people can participate in that, in whichever way you want, in social media or physically in the events."
On the projects related to the cleaning of Ganga and Yamuna Rivers, Sadhguru said, every citizen of this country has to contribute for the success of the projects.
The full interview with Sadhguru can be heard at 9:30 PM today on 106.4 FM Gold channel.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi today. Mr Deuba arrived in the national capital yesterday on a five day state visit to India. Our correspondent reports a high-level delegation is accompanying the Nepalese Prime Minister.   

"Prime Minister Deuba will be accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. He will also visit Rajghat to pay tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. During the talks in the afternoon, Mr Modi and Mr Deuba will review the entire gamut of bilateral ties and discuss ways to further deepen the special relationship. The two sides will also sign and exchange agreements. The two leaders will also launch India-Nepal Transmission lines. Mr Deuba is also scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. This is Mr Deuba's first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June this year. With SANT BAHADUR, ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS DELHI."


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Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba has reposed faith in Make in India initiative saying, it will also help Nepal in reviving its manufacturing sector and create jobs. Speaking at a India-Nepal Business Forum meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Deuba said, through Foreign Direct Investment, Nepal is eager to participate in scaling up benefit from the regional value chain. The Nepalese Premier said, his goal is to work for the future of the youth.

 

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A two-day Meeting of Heads of Governments of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States will begin today at Cholpon Ata in Kyrgyz Republic. The meeting will focus on prevention and elimination of emergency situations. Home Minister Rajnath Singh is leading the Indian delegation which includes senior officers from Home and External Affairs Ministries and National Disaster Management Authority. A report:

"During the visit, Mr Rajnath Singh is also likely to have bilateral meetings with the Ministers of some of the SCO Member States. India had joined the grouping at a summit in June in Kazakhstan capital Astana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the meet. The participation of India as SCO Member will open additional opportunities for giving new impetus to the development of international co-operation in the field of protecting the population and territories from emergency situations within the framework of the Organisation. The meeting will consider and approve the draft action plan for 2018-2019 for the implementation of the agreement between the member states on cooperation in providing assistance in the elimination of emergency situations. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, NEWS DESK."


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Indian and Pakistani Armies held a flag meeting yesterday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of several ceasefire violations. Both sides agreed to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the border. A Defence Ministry spokesman said in Jammu that the flag meeting was held between Battalion Commander-level officers at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector. The official said, in the meeting, the Indian side highlighted abetment and support of the Pakistan Army to cross-border terrorism, sniping actions on the LoC and deliberate targeting of civil population during ceasefire violations. The spokesman said, resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the flag meeting.

 

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The Kerala High Court has absolved Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the SNC Lavlin corruption case saying there is no prima facie evidence against him. The High Court rejected the petition of the CBI and said that he cannot be held accountable for the loss to the exchequer. The court also said that the CBI made Pinarayi Vijayan a scapegoat and noted that the charges against him are not based on facts.


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Northern Bihar continues to bear the brunt of flood fury. Flood water is spreading in areas of Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Samastipur and Gopalganj districts. Surging water of Burhi Gandak is entering into urban areas of Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga. Turbulent water is posing a threat to embankment in Samastipur. Bagmati, Kamla Balan and Ganga are flowing above danger mark and are maintaining a rising trend. Our correspondent reports that over one crore 60 lakh people have been hit by floods.
"The death toll due to the floods has mounted to 376. Over 25,000 houses have been damaged and around eight lakh people have been shifted to safer places. More than 4 lakh 30,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps. Nearly 1,600 community kitchens are working in the affected areas. Medical camps have also been set up and free medicines are being provided to the people. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit the affected areas of Motihari. He said, there is no dearth of funds for providing relief to the flood victims. With KK Lal's report from Patna, Anuja Kumar for AIR NEWS."

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On to Sports,
At the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, another Indian Ajay Jayaram has made it to the last 16 of the Men's Singles. Jayaram defeated Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 21-13, 21-18 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Three out of four Indian players have made their way into the pre-quarterfinals.

In other Men's Singles pre-quarterfinals, Kidambi Srikanth will face 14th seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark today while Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth will next take on Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen and Ajay Jayaram will clash with Chinese Chen Long.

 In the Women's Singles, Saina Nehwal will clash with second seed Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea.


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India will take on Sri Lanka in the second one day cricket international at Pallekele this afternoon. All India Radio will broadcast a running commentary alternately in Hindi and English on the Day/Night match. It can be heard on Rajdhani, FM Gold and additional frequencies from 2.30 PM.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • Fixing responsibility and corrective measures post consecutive rail accidents, and government setting up a committee to examine OBC sub quotas are major stories this morning.
  • "After 2 accidents in 5 days, Prabhu offers to quit, Modi puts him on hold", is the Times of India headline. The Indian Express notes, "Prabhu offers to quit, Air India chief to head Railway Board". The Economic Times reports a new incumbent in the Rail Bhawan is now a possibility, as a "Cabinet Reshuffle may be around the Corner". Mail Today focuses on shortage of workers to check track safety causing accidents, as 10,000 posts for gangmen in Railways and 2 lakh posts of ground safety staff lie vacant.
  • "OBC creamy layer bar raised, new panel to fix sub-categories", reports the Hindustan Times. "Panel to split OBCs into sub-categories", writes the Times of India, to address grievance of "inequitable" distribution of Mandal reservation benefits.
  • "Man Behind UID Wooed to settle Unique Infy Row", observes the Economic Times. Times of India states, "Nilekani set to return as Infosys non-executive chair; some directors might quit and a co-founder may get Board seat".
  • And finally, a "Robot can be hired for last rites in Japan", reports the Hindu, of a Japanese company's humanoid robot "Pepper", who chants sutras and taps a drum, to serve as a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals.

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