Gorakhpur hospital tragedy witnesses 60 deaths in five days

In a shocking incident, more than 60 children have died at Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College and hospital since August 7. Panic struck late on Friday night, as the hospital continuously ran out of oxygen supply; and 30 kids lost their lives in about 48 hours

Infection and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward is being termed as the cause of the high casualty toll, however, the hospital and district administration has denied the claims of any oxygen shortage.

Nevertheless, as per ANI, a letter was retrieved from the hospital wherein they were informed about the shortage of oxygen cylinders by the Pushpa Sales, who stopped supply over pending payment.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry and guaranteed to take stringent action against those found responsible. He has sent health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur to examine the situation. Moreover, the Adityanath government is facing flak from opposition parties for the negligence. BSP chief Mayawati said, “In the wake of such a tragic incident, no amount of criticism would be enough for the BJP government.” Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also criticized the BJP government in this matter.

Incidentally, in the due course of years, several children have died at BRD Medical College due to medical negligence. As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official data states that 3,000 children have died at the government-run hospital in six years.

SOURCES: HT, NDTV

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Allow cops to raid homes if citizens possess beef: Maharashtra to SC

In another bizzare move that could spark yet another controversy, the Maharashtra government has appealed to the Supreme Court for the revival of a provision that makes possession of beef (cow, bullocks and buffalo) at home from outside the state illegal.

A law, Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act was struck down by the Bombay High Court that allowed any police officer to stop and search any person suspected of possessing beef slaughtered outside Maharashtra. It also empowered the police to carry raids in the suspect’s houses.

The keyword being suspect, it would be important to note that this move from the state government comes right when the Supreme Court concluded that right to privacy is not a fundamental right but a part of right to personal liberty.

Joachim Colaco, trustee of the United Christian Community Centre told the Hindustan Times that they would certainly go by the rules, but this was certainly not the right way.

Last year the Bombay High Court struck down the law in a strongly worded 245 page judgement, the court believed that the law was an intrusion into a citizen’s home and preventing from possessing and eating the food of his choice.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Huffington Post

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Devendra Singh earns a spot in the finals of the IAAF World Championship

Davinder Singh Kang made India proud after earning a spot in the finals of the men’s javelin throw at the World IAAF championship. He is also the only Indian to have achieved this feat. His compatriot, Neeraj Chopra failed to deliver and could not make it to the finals of the event.
Kang achieved the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m.Finally, he was placed in the 7th position among the qualifiers of the final round.
“Once I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify (for the final round), I wanted to qualify for it. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” said Kang after finishing his race.
Chopra’s throw of 82.26m fell short of the qualifying mark by a slight margin.
“I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark of 83m and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimeters. There were some problems in the second throw and the third one also did not go the distance (of 83m). I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” said Chopra.

20,000 Aadhaar card numbers leaked on Punjab Govt Website

The Aadhaar card numbers of over 20,000 individuals were published on a website of Punjab government, becoming the latest among a series of privacy breaches by government organisations in relation to Aadhaar card.

Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) had earlier invited applications for low-cost housing from the economically weaker sections in Ludhiana and Jagraon under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) programme. Following this, the names of the applicants, their Aadhaar card numbers and that of their fathers’ were then put up on their website. The GLADA officials, however, seemed unsure as to how these details ended up online. Although the links were removed from the website by Monday evening, the list remained accessible to anyone who had the direct link on Tuesday as well.

The Aadhaar card number is a twelve digit identity number linked to a person’s biometric details that have become increasingly mandatory for citizens to avail any kind of government service. As per Section 29 (4) of the Aadhaar Act, no Aadhaar number or core biometric information can be published, displayed or posted publicly, except for specified purposes and violation of the same is punishable by up to three years of imprisonment.

The Supreme Court is currently determining whether the Aadhaar program is a violation of an individual’s right to privacy.

News Source: Hindustan Times, OneIndia

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Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

“Cow” a short film made by a Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute(SRFTI) has own hearts in Hollywood. The film is of 6 minutes and is a critique on eating habits of being forced on people. The film has made it to the film festival in Los Angeles.

Ashok Moorthy, the director of Cow, said, “’Cow’, part of a long-take exercise, shows a person reporting an incident in a house to the police. Cops come to arrest the suspect. As he is whisked off, the camera enters the house, there is blood on the floor. The film ends with the visual of a beheaded cow in the kitchen. “We used a model of a beheaded cow and no animals were injured during filming. In ‘Cow’, I wanted to show that big issues are not getting addressed while the government is more concerned about what you should or shouldn’t eat”.

Commenting on the strict censorship of the films, Director Ashoke Viswanathan, the dean of SRFTI, said, “”As per I&B ministry guidelines, it has been decided that selection of films to various festivals will be done by a core committee comprising faculty members from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and SRFTI, besides the deans and directors of the two institutes and possibly an official from the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) to coordinate the whole exercise. Probably, this committee will come into effect in 2018.”

As a more careful committee is now being active, SRFTI students fear that this may be their last few anti-establishment films to make it to the SRFTI film festival.

Sources-

  1. TIMES OF INDIA-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/cow-goes-to-hollywood-srfti-takes-festival-guard/articleshow/59906962.cms?from=mdr

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Pakistan plans to build dams on Indus River

On Thursday V. K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written reply in  Rajya Sabha, Pakistan has decided to construct water dams with on the Indus River with the help of China.

The Indian Government has issues demarches to both Beijing and Islamabad over the new construction. The demarche states that the construction is void and it will violate India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, as V.K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha

V.K Singh said, “”India has a clear and consistent position that these territories are illegally occupied by Pakistan and that any collaborative activity there is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,”.

In addition, he also told, “accordingly, we have made demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying the position. The government will continue to maintain this position.”
However, Pakistan is abided to follow the Indus water Treaty signed with India. The treaty gives both the countries equal distribution of river water. Recently India has been engaged in border issues with China and on the other side, Pakistan has elected its new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Sources-

  1. ASIANAGE- http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/040817/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-on-indus-in-pok-with-chinas-help-government.html

2. TIMES OF INDIA- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pakistan-constructing-6-dams-in-pok-with-chinas-assistance-govt/articleshow/59910509.cms?from=mdr

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Pakistan new cabinet in place with new PM Abbasi Presiding

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s cabinet was sworn in on August 4, 2017Friday. The ceremony for the 46 members strong cabinet was held at the Presidency in Islamabad. While 46 members were supposed to be sworn in, it was reported by Xinhuanet that only 43 members of the cabinet turned up.  The oaths were administered by President, Mammon Hussain.

There are new and old faces to the cabinet. However, there have been numerous reshuffling. Khawaja Muhammad Asif has been given the office of the country’s foreign minister. Ahsen Iqbal is given the charge of the interior ministry of the Prime Minister. The new cabinet includes six new federal and 12 state ministers.

The new members are Khurram Dastagair as the Defence minister, Pervaiz Malik as the Minister for Commerce. Ishaq Dar has retained his former position as the Finance Minister.

Arshad Laghari is the State minister for industries and production and Junaid Anwar, the state minister for communication.

Following the oath taking session, the new Prime Minister will preside over the first session of the cabinet.

 

Sources-

  1. XINHUANET-http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/04/c_136499501.htm

2. ANI News- http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-NA/MzI4MDQx/pakistan-pm-abbasi-039-s-46-member-cabinet-takes-oath.html

3. OUTLOOK INDIA- https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/pakistan-pm-abbasis-46member-cabinet-takes-oath/1115994

 

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