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Good news for Government doctors: Retirement age to be raised to 65
26.05.16 - team pt
Good news for Government doctors: Retirement age to be raised to 65



There is a good news for Doctors serving in Government Hospitals. Citing shortage of doctors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years and said the Union Cabinet will give its nod to the decision this week.
 
In a rally at Saharanpur to observe the second anniversary of his government, Modi said there is a need for more doctors across the country but it was not possible to fill the gap in two years of his government.
 
The decision will cover all government doctors whether serving under states or the central dispensation, he said.
 
"There is a shortage of doctors. In government hospitals, their retirement is 60 years in some states, 62 in some others. If adequate number of medical institutes were there, then we would have more doctors and would not feel the shortage. It is difficult to make doctors in two years but poor families cannot be forced to live without doctors.
 
"Therefore from Uttar Pradesh, I want to announce this to my countrymen that this week our government's Cabinet will take a decision and the retirement age of our doctors, whether in states or government of India, would be made 65 years instead of 60 or 62," he said.
 
It will allow doctors to serve patients and provide education for a longer period, he said, adding that his government is also working fast to have more medical colleges to have more doctors in the field.
 
Modi's announcement came after he appealed to doctors to serve poor pregnant women for free on each ninth day of every month, saying it will contribute to his government's efforts to deal with illness among the poor.
 
If one crore families can give up on LPG subsidy, then Modi said he is sure that doctors can serve poor expectant women for 12 days in a year, he said.




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Interim Stay on Quota For Jats In Haryana By High Court
26.05.16 - team pt
Interim Stay on Quota For Jats In Haryana By High Court



The Haryana High Court has put an interim stay on the reservations for Jats in government jobs and educational institutes granted by the state after a massive agitation by the community in February.

At least 30 people were killed and over 320 injured during the violent protests and in clashes with the police. Property and assets worth hundreds of crores were damaged or destroyed in the violence that paralysed the state for nearly 10 days.

The Haryana Government led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in March had passed the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2016 proposed to give reservation to Jats and five other castes - Jat Sikhs, Rors, Bishnois, Tyagis and Mulla Jat/Muslim Jat - in government services and admission to educational institutions.

Mr Khattar had said that a request would also be made to the Centre to include the Act in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution so as to shield it from judicial review.

According to NDTV report, the high court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation challenging the constitutional validity of reservation bill passed by the state. The interim order was passed by a bench headed by Justice S S Saron. (Courtesy : NDTV)




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Blast In Haryana Bus A Terror Attack, Say Home Ministry Sources
26.05.16 - team pt
Blast In Haryana Bus A Terror Attack, Say Home Ministry Sources



An explosion on a public bus today in Haryana was a terror attack, sources in the union Home Ministry said. 12 people were injured when a bomb exploded in Kurukshetra, 220 km from Delhi.
 
The incident took place when the state bus was on its way from Sonipat to Chandigarh.

According to NDTV report, around 40 people were on the bus when the low-intensity bomb exploded. "We are still verifying the nature of the bomb," said senior police officer Simardeep Singh.

Experts from the National Investigating Agency, the country's top counter-terrorism agency, have visited the location where the bomb exploded. Sources said it is too early to shortlist terror groups who could be responsible for the attack.

The bus was isolated and combed by a bomb disposal squad near the busy National Highway 1.

A 12-volt battery was recovered from the bag in which the bomb was hidden along with some clothes.

Forensic experts have collected evidence, said the police. (Courtesy : NDTV)




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40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report
21.05.16 - pt team
40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report



Nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050, with people in Mumbai and Kolkata having the maximum exposure to coastal flooding in future due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth, according to a UN environment report.

The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments’ said the worst impacts of climate change are projected to occur in the Pacific and South and South-East Asia.

It said focussing on the population at risk from sea-level rise by 2050, seven of the 10 most vulnerable countries worldwide are in the Asia Pacific region.

India tops chart

India tops the chart with nearly 40 million people in the country projected to be at risk from rising sea levels, followed by more than 25 million in Bangladesh, over 20 million in China and nearly 15 million in the Philippines.

It said changes in settlement patterns, urbanisation and socio-economic status in Asia have influenced observed trends in vulnerability and exposure to climate extremes.

The report said in many coastal areas, growing urban settlements have also affected the ability of natural coastal systems to respond effectively to extreme climate events, rendering them more vulnerable.

"Some countries, such as China, India and Thailand, are projected to face increased future exposure to extremes, especially in highly urbanised areas, as a result of rapid urbanisation and economic growth,” it said.

It listed Mumbai and Kolkata in India, Guangzhou and Shanghai in China, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Yangon in Myanmar, Bangkok in Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong in Vietnam as projected to have the largest population exposure to coastal flooding in 2070.

"Many of these cities are already exposed to coastal flooding, but have limited capacity to adapt due to their fixed location,” it said.

The report, published ahead of the UN Environment Assembly taking place in Nairobi next week, said the worst impacts of climate change are projected to occur in the Pacific and South and Southeast Asia.

In 2011, six of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change worldwide were in Asia and the Pacific.

The report said livelihoods can be impacted negatively by natural disasters, economic crises and climate change.

On coastal areas highly exposed to cyclones and typhoons, the poor tend to be more exposed to natural disasters because they live on land open to hazards.

Combined impact

Evidence suggests that climate change and climate variability and sea-level rise will exacerbate multi-dimensional poverty in most developing countries.

By 2050, areas of storm surge zones are expected for Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, with a combined total of over 58 million people at risk.

The UN report further said global urban populations are projected to increase by 2.5 billion by 2050, with nearly 90 per cent of the increase in Asia and Africa. (PTI)




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Amar and Beni ready for Cycling to Rajya Sabha
17.05.16 -
Amar and Beni ready for Cycling to Rajya Sabha



More than six years after it expelled Amar Singh, the Samajwadi Party "unanimously” declared him as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls on Tuesday, setting the stage for his possible return to the party.
 
The party also nominated six others, including former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, an influential Kushwaha leader who recently quit Congress and returned to the Samajwadi Party, and realtor Sanjay Seth for the biennial polls scheduled next month.
 
According to a PTI report, when asked about when would Singh, a former confidante of Mulayam Singh Yadav, rejoin the party, Shivpal Singh Yadav, a UP Minister and brother of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said, "It will be decided by Netaji (Mulayam) and Amar Singh. We have earlier also sent Congress leaders Pramod Tiwari and P L Punia to Rajya Sabha."
 
Amar Singh along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010. He floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011, and fielded a large number of candidates in 2012 assembly polls. However, none of his candidates won. He had joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Fatehpur Sikri but lost.
 
SP says nomination is unanimous decision
 
Samajwadi Party denied there were "differences" over some candidates and claimed the decision on fielding them for the Rajya Sabha polls was "unanimous".
 
"The SP parliamentary board has unanimously decided seven names for Rajya Sabha. There were no differences and party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav was authorised to take the final decision. The names were read out in the meeting," Shivpal, also the party spokesman, told reporters.
 
The board has taken the decision after much thought and it will strengthen the party, he said, refuting reports of certain "objections" raised over some candidates at the meeting held on Tuesday. The seven candidates are -- Beni Prasad Verma, Amar Singh, Sanjay Seth, Sukhram Singh Yadav, Reoti Raman Singh, Vishwambhar Prasad Nishad and Arvind Pratap Singh.
 
Seth is a controversial Lucknow-based builder, who was earlier recommended to be nominated an MLC by the ruling party but his name was not approved by Governor Ram Naik. The governor had also rejected the government's proposal to nominate Rajvijay Singh and Kamlesh Pathak to the Legislative Council, contending that they did not qualify for it due to criminal cases pending against them.
 
Both Ranvijay Singh and Kamlesh Pathak figure in the list of eight candidates for the Legislative Council polls. Others are Balram Yadav, Shatrudra Prakash, Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Ram Sundar Das and Jagjivan Ram.
 
The Governor had clarified that under Article 171(5) of the Constitution, MLCs are to be nominated from five fields literature, art, science, cooperative movement and social service, and these belonged to none of these category. The support of 37 MLAs would be needed for a candidate's victory the Rajya Sabha polls.
 
As per the existing strength of different parties in the 403-member state Assembly, Samajwadi Party with 227 MLAs would be able to get six nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha, the BSP two, and BJP one. Of the nine seats falling vacant, BSP has six and SP three. (PTI)




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