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Govt doctors in TN to go on one day strike on May 8

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Madurai, Apr 30 : Government doctors in Tamil Nadu will observe a one day strike on May 8, protesting against cancellation of reservation for in service doctors in post graduate medical admissions.

Stating this, Government Hospital Doctors association state president Senthil told reporters here that all doctors of government hospitals and Primary Health Centres would participate in the token strike.

He said doctors of PHCs (primary health centres) would agitate from May 2.

All surgeries which were not emergent or urgent would not be performed at PHCs from May 3, he said, adding doctors ate PHCs would go on leave continuously from May 10.

In-service candidates had challenged a single judge’s ruling related to grant of incentive marks to government doctors serving in remote areas.

Following this Madras High court on April 28 accepted a plea for constituting a special vacation bench to hear the issue of norms to be followed for admission to PG medical courses in Tamil Nadu.

It had said the issue of incentive marks and reservation for in-service government doctors and latest rules of Medical Council of India needed to be looked into comprehensively and also suggested that the Chief Justice be requested to constitute a special bench.

As per state norms,all doctors in government medical service are eligible for one mark per year of service with a cap of 10 marks. Those employed in four notified difficult and remote or hilly areas are eligible for two marks per year of service.

But MCI rules earmarked 10 per cent of an in-service candidate’s National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET-PG mark as incentive per year of service with maximum of 30 per cent.

The single judge had on April 17 upheld MCI norms that incentive marks for in-service candidates should be awarded only based on MCI’s PG Medical Education Regulations 2000 and not on the basis of the prospectus issued by the state government.

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Uttar Pradesh, Himachal reels under Heat Wave

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New Delhi, May 24: A major portion of Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under an intense heat wave on Thursday, weather officials said.

Heat wave conditions also occurred in some parts of Himachal Pradesh with Una recording a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius and the state capital Shimla a high of 27.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

Dry winds blowing across the Uttar Pradesh state capital and many other regions forced people to stay indoors.

The heat wave is particularly high in the state’s central region and Bundelkhand.

Mahoba was the highest with 47.5 degrees Celsius followed by Jalaun with 47 degrees, Hamirpur 45.6 degrees.

Temperatures recorded at Farukkhabad was 44.3 degrees celsius Auraiyya 45 degrees, Unnao 44 degrees and Kannauj while Etawah also remained unbearably hot at 43 degrees celsius.

There has been a slight improvement in weather conditions in Kanpur after two days of scorching heat. Two heat-related deaths were reported in the Poorvanchal region.

Allahabad recorded a maximum of 42.2 degrees celsius while the state capital remained equally hot at 43 degrees celsius.

The weatherman predicted continuance of the weather for at least a week and advised people to remain indoors.

Many medical facilities and major towns of the state have reported patients suffering from vomiting and diarrhea – both symptoms of heat stroke.

Himachal Pradesh also witnessed heat wave conditions in some parts.

“Most of the towns in Una, Bilaspur and Kullu district recorded a maximum temperature three to five notches above the average mainly due to prevailing dry weather,” an official at the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said Shimla’s maximum temperature was three notches above the average.

Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded a high of 37.9 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature in Bhuntar in Kullu district was 36 degrees, Dharamsala in Kangra district was 32.4 degrees and Kalpa in Kinnaur district was 23.2 degrees.

The Met department said the weather would largely remain dry till May 28. After that there are chances of thundershowers.

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Two cows, calf die in Ghaziabad fire

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Ghaziabad, May 24: Two cows and a calf were killed in a fire in the Uttar Pradesh Power Corp Ltd colony here.

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Water supply in Gurgaon to be disrupted tomorrow

The areas where the water supply would be affected are Sectors 46, 47, 34, 50, 51, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and others.

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Gurgaon, May 23 : The water supply in major parts of the city will be disrupted tomorrow due to upgradation work at Chandu Bhudhera water treatment plant, the main source of water supply in the city.

The areas where the water supply would be affected are Sectors 46, 47, 34, 50, 51, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road and others.

“On account of upgradation work at water treatment plant at Chandu Bhudhera, which is scheduled to be done on May 24, supply will be disrupted. Full shutdown of plant for six hours is required for execution of this work,” an official said.

During shut down, no supply would be possible from this plant, which supplies water to master supply zone-1 and zone-3, he said.

“We will try to make alternative arrangements and try to get water from Basai water treatment plant to the affected areas,” the officer added.

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