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Uddhav requires briefing on NPR, CAA: Manish Tewari

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requires a briefing on Citizenship Amendment Rules – 2003, to understand how National Population Register (NPR) is the basis of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and “religion” cannot be basis of citizenship.

In a tweet, Tewari said, “CM Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray requires a briefing on Citizenship Amendment Rules – 2003 to understand how NPR is basis of NRC. Once you do NPR, you cannot stop NRC. On Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), he needs to be reacquainted with design of Indian Constitution that religion cannot be basis of Citizenship,” he said.

His remarks came a day after Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that no body should feel threatened by the CAA or NPR as these measures are not meant to drive away anyone from the country.

Thackeray made the remarks at a press conference held after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday here, the first after he took over as the Chief Minister.

“We discussed CAA and NPR,” Thackeray said, adding he has come to understand the role of the Centre in the NRC.

“No one should fear CAA or the NPR. These are not going to throw anyone out of the country,” Thackeray said. “Those who are provoking people in the name of CAA or NPR must fully understand the provisions.”

Thackeray also refuted reports about rift among the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi. “We will work according to our common minimum programme and complete the full term”, he said.

However, the remarks of the Congress leader clearly indicated that the grand old, which is one of the alliance partners in the state government was unhappy with the statement of the Shiv Sena chief. Reportedly, the NCP led by Sharad Pawar is also upset with the Chief Minister’s stand of NPR and CAA.

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AIIMS doctors assaulted by cop in MP, blamed for spreading Coronavirus

Both the doctors who were assaulted are PG resident doctors at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at AIIMS, Bhopal.

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BHOPAL: Doctors continue to come under attack in Madhya Pradesh, but this time they haven’t been assaulted by local residents in any coronavirus containment zone. Instead, they came under attack by a man in khakhi.

The shocking incident happened in Bhopal on Wednesday evening, when two resident doctors – Dr Yuvraj Singh and Dr Rituparna Jana – of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS, Bhopal) were returning home after emergency duty at the hospital.

“We were returning home from emergency duty, when we were stopped by a police patrol party. Despite showing our identity cards, the cops not only assaulted us, but even abused us and blamed us for spreading coronavirus,” alleged one of the two doctors Dr Rituparna Jana.

With the cops continuing to abuse and assault the two PG resident doctors, both the medicos had no option but to leave their belongings behind and escape from the spot.

Both the doctors are PG resident doctors at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at AIIMS, Bhopal.

While Dr Yuvraj Singh’s hand was fractured, Dr Rituparna sustained injuries on her leg.

The AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) condemned the assault on the doctors and demanded strict action against the perpetrators within 24 hours.

SP (Bhopal South) Sai Krishna Thota attached police constable Sunil Naharia, who was blamed in the incident, to the district police lines till further orders.

Importantly, the bulk of the 90-plus COVID-19 positive cases in Bhopal are from the state health department staff and the police force.

This is the second time within a week that doctors have come under attack in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on April 2, two state government doctors, Dr Zakiya Sayyed and Dr Trapti Khatdhare, and a team of health workers assisting them had come under attack by local residents in Taat Patti Bakhal locality of Indore (one of the COVID-19 containment zones in Indore).

Thirteen men were arrested then and later the National Security Act (NSA) was invoked against four of them.

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50 contractual doctors resign in Gwalior

One of the doctors on the condition of anonymity said that once they accepted the new contract, they would not be able to quit. ESMA could be a new deterrent.

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Gwalior, April 10 : At a time when Madhya Pradesh is facing acute shortage of doctors, 50 doctors appointed on contractual basis at Jayarogya Hospital of Government Gajra Raja Medical College here resigned on Thursday.

Their resignations followed an order from state Medical Education Department seeking their consent for renewal of contract beyond three months. Of the 82 doctors on roll, 50 have resigned refusing the offer.

Dr. S.N. Iyenger, Dean Gaja Raja Medical College, said: “The contractual appointment was temporarily given for three months to 82 doctors who had completed MBBS and internship at Jairogya Hospital. A new order from the state government sought the doctors’ consent for continuation of contractual appointment. 50 said they did not want to continue working.”

Dr. Iyengar said these resignations have nothing to do with the order pertaining to enforcing Essential Services Maintenance Act that was invoked on Thursday.

He said one year’s service is mandatory in government hospital as a medical officer after completion of the MBBS course and internship. A three-months temporary contract appointment was given to these doctors. Now while 32 of these doctors are still working. Currently patients suffering from corona are being treated at Jairogya Hospital and most of the doctors have been dedicated to corona cases.

One of the doctors on the condition of anonymity said that once they accepted the new contract, they would not be able to quit. ESMA could be a new deterrent. The scare of corona had forced them to rethink on continuation.

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12 new Covid-19 cases in Kerala, total active cases now 258

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said 12 new coronavirus positive cases were reported, taking the total number presently under treatment to 258.

The number of cumulative cases, including those treated and cured, now stands at 357.

Two deaths had been reported previously, but those patients had other serious underlying ailments.

“Today there are 1,36,195 people under observation at homes and 723 at various hospitals in the state,” said Vijayan.

He also said that eight foreign tourists have completely recovered and have been discharged.

Meanwhile, the police registered 2,206 cases, recorded the arrest of 2,166 people and seized 1,450 vehicles for violating curfew norms.

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