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MHA issues advisory to Bengal government on doctors’ strike

The ministry had sought a report from the West Bengal government regarding measures in place to strengthen security for doctors, who are currently on strike in the state.

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New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued an advisory to the West Bengal government on the ongoing strike by doctors and sought a report on the matter on priority, said sources familiar with the development.

The latest advisory states “this Ministry is in receipt of a number of representations from doctors, health care professionals and medical associations from different parts of the country for their safety and security in view of the ongoing strike by doctors in West Bengal. It is requested that a detailed report be sent urgently on the representations and ongoing strike by the doctors.”

The ministry had sought a report from the West Bengal government regarding measures in place to strengthen security for doctors, who are currently on strike in the state.

The doctors’ in the eastern state are currently on strike after a brutal assault on two junior doctors earlier this week at a Kolkata hospital.

On Friday night, the striking doctors rejected a proposal from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for talks at the state secretariat Nabanna, and stuck to their demand that she would have to come down to the NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the protest movement, to listen to their grievances and apologise for “casting aspersions” on them.

Though the out-patient departments remained closed, emergency services in all the state-run hospitals, including the NRS, were functional on Saturday, doctors said.

“The strike is still on by the junior doctors. However, the emergency departments are open to treat the patients in serious condition. As of now no decisions have been made regarding holding any meeting with the state administration,” West Bengal Doctors Forum President Arjun Sengupta told IANS.

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Manoj Sinha is new Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor

Much like his predecessor GC Murmu, Sinha’s greatest challenge will be to remove the sense of alienation keenly felt in the Valley.

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The Centre’s choice of Manoj Sinha as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is an intriguing one. Much like his predecessor GC Murmu, Sinha’s greatest challenge will be to remove the sense of alienation keenly felt in the Valley.

That sense of alienation, some have argued, was only compounded under ex-governor Satya Pal Malik under whose tenure the Valley saw the ‘fax pas’ saga in 2018 and then saw the state bifurcated into two Union Territories by the Centre.

Murmu, a bureaucrat described as hands-on and low-profile, was seemingly the perfect pick to follow Malik in the months after the abrogation of Article 370. But Sinha is a career politician in the vein of Malik.

Sinha, 61, a senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh and former Union minister, was part of the Narendra Modi government from 2014 to 2019. As per News18, Sinha, thought to be close to Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, was considered a front-runner for the post of Uttar Pradesh chief minister after the BJP won the 2017 Assembly elections.

Born on 1 July, 1959, in Mohanpura of Ghazipur district of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Sinha started his political career when he was elected the president of Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and again in 1999. He has been actively involved in working for the backwards villages of the region.

Sinha, a member of the BJP national council from 1989 to 1996, was elected to the Lower House for a third term in national politics when the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. He was former minister of state for railways and later held an Independent charge of Ministry of Communication.

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Document in Vijay Mallya case in Supreme Court missing, next hearing Aug 20

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New Delhi, Aug 6 : In a new twist in the Vijay Mallya case, a certain document connected with the case in the Supreme Court has gone missing from the apex court files.

A bench comprising Justices U.U. Lalit and Ashok Bhushan adjourned the hearing to August 20.

It was hearing the review plea filed by Mallya against a July 14, 2017 judgment wherein he was found guilty of contempt for not paying Rs 9,000 crore dues to banks despite repeated directions, although he had transferred $40 million to his children.

The bench was looking for a reply on an intervention application, which it seemed has gone missing from the case papers.

Parties involved in the case sought more time to file fresh copies.

On June 19, the Supreme Court sought explanation from its registry regarding Mallya’s appeal against the May 2017 conviction in the contempt case for not repaying Rs 9,000 crore dues to banks not listed for the last 3 years.

A bench comprising Justices Lalit and Bhushan had asked the Registry to furnish all the details including names of the officials who had dealt with the file concerning the Review Petition for last three years.

The bench said according to the record, placed before it, the review petition was not listed before the court for last three years. “Before we deal with the submissions raised in the Review Petition, we direct the Registry to explain why the Review Petition was not listed before the concerned Court for last three years,” said the bench.

In May 2017, the apex court held him guilty of contempt of court for transferring $40 million to his children, and ordered him to appear on July 10 to argue on the quantum of punishment.

The bench said let the explanation be furnished within two weeks. “The Review Petition shall, thereafter, be considered on merits,” it added.

In 2017, the apex court passed the order on a contempt petition against Mallya by a consortium of banks led by the SBI. The banks claimed Mallya transferred $40 million from Daigeo to his children’s accounts, and did not use this money to clear his debt. Banks cited this as violation of judicial orders.

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Man arrested in Agra for killing wife, daughter

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

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Agra, Aug 6 : A man was arrested in Agra for stabbing his wife and their three-year-old daughter to death allegedly for dowry.

In the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning, the couple’s second 18-month-old daughter also sustained stab injures and was now in critical condition.

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

His father Ramveer informed police that Gunjan had been staying at her parents’ house in Firozabad for the last two months and had returned to her husband’s home on Monday.

Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Babloo Kumar rushed to the spot of the double murder and a forensic team was also called to collect samples from the crime scene.

“The main accused, Virendra, has been arrested on the charge of murdering his wife and daughter. One of his daughters, who was also stabbed with a kitchen knife, was admitted in hospital. Her condition is critical.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted that he had differences with his wife, and that he stabbed his wife and both their daughters after a fight,” the SSP said.

Gunjan’s brother Nitin Kumar Sishodiya arrived from Tundla on Wednesday and filed a complaint at Malpura police station, alleging that his sister was frequently harassed for dowry.

He blamed Virendra and his family members for the murders.

Station house officer (SHO) of Malpura, Anurag Sharma, said: “On a complaint by Gunjan’s brother, a FIR has been registered against her husband, Virendra, and six members of his family — his father, mother, three sisters and a brother.

The case has been registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act and sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 302 (punishment for murder), 304 B (where the death of a woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs other than under normal circumstances within seven years of her marriage and it is shown that soon before her death she was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband) of the IPC.

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