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Indian Medical Association calls strike on August 8 to protest against NMC Bill

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday called for a withdrawal of services of modern medicine doctors across the country on August 8 against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill.

"We will observe the black day for three days. And on August 8 we have decided that we will have a 24 hours strike. It is in the people's interest," former IMA president Vinay Aggarwal told ANI after the Action Committee meeting convened at IMA headquarters here. IMA spokesperson Narendra Saini said that the NMC bill will encourage quackery. "On one side we talk about improving the quality of healthcare and if you read clause 51 and 52 then it seems like we are encouraging quackery. One can become a doctor after complete four-year MBBS course with one-year training. And now a person who has been associated with health services can become a doctor after some days of training," he said.

"We have called for a protest. We demand that people should get quality healthcare which only qualified doctors can give," Saini added. Doctors have also been raising their voices against sections 32 and 15 of the Bill pertaining to licensing of health providers and the entrance exam for post-graduate course/NEXT. They say that the Bill empowers Central government to override any suggestion of the NMC.

However, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan hailed the bill as "historic" and said that it will benefit doctors and medical students. The NMC Bill will replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) by a National Medical Commission. It will decrease the representation of elected members from 75 per cent in MCI to 20 per cent in NMC.


High voltage Union Cabinet meet at PM Narendra Modi's residence amid Jammu and Kashmir tensions

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met here on Monday, amidst speculation that the government may take some decisions on Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were the first to reach the prime minister's residence, where the meeting is taking place, officials said. Jammu and Kashmir has been on the edge following deployment of additional security forces in the state last week.

Speculation has been rife that the Centre has plans to do away with Article 35A, which gives exclusive rights to the state's residents in government jobs and land. The cabinet normally meets on every Wednesday and the reasons for convening a meeting on Monday has not been disclosed by the government yet.


Unnao rape survivor’s accident: I prayed for rape survivor's recovery, says UP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, an accused in the Unnao rape case, said that he has prayed for the recovery of the survivor and her lawyer who were seriously injured in a road accident last week.

Talking to reporters outside the Sitapur jail from where he was taken to Delhi by the CBI on Sunday, Sengar said he was being framed as part of a "political conspiracy". "There should be a thorough probe to ascertain whether the accident on July 28 was just an accident or a conspiracy. All the angles must be probed. All this is a political conspiracy aimed against me.

"All the allegations, which have been levelled against me, are political in nature. If helping someone is a crime, then what will we people in politics do? Some people have become weak and have resorted to political conspiracy against me," he said and demanded an impartial probe into the rape as well as the accident charges. The rape survivor and the advocate were injured on July 28 when a truck hit their car in Rae Bareli. Her two aunts were killed in the accident. Sengar and nine others have been booked for the murder by the CBI after the rape survivor's family alleged foul play.


Mumbai Rains: Suburban train services resume partially after 11-hour break due to heavy rains

Mumbai: Suburban train services resumed late Sunday evening after a 11-hour break due to heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, officials said.

Central Railway services folded up in the morning due to water-logging on the tracks in Sion and Kurla. Its Harbour service, which connects the metropolis to neighbouring Navi Mumbai, was also shut for most part of the day due to water- logging at Chembur station. The transharbour line between Thane and Vashi, and Western Railway's network between Churchgate and Virar-Dahanu plied normally though with delays of 10-15 minutes.

"CSMT/Thane/Kalyan services resume from 19.49 hrs", Central Railway said in a tweet. Harbour line services also started between CSMT and Wadala, and Mankhurd and Panvel in the evening, an CR official said. A boulder fall in the Apta-Jite section of CR stalled outstation trains to and from Mumbai, leading to bunching of several long-distance trains in stations en route.

CR, in a statement, said a major incident was averted in the Jite boulder fall due to alertness of the patrolman, driver and assistant driver of the Rajdhani Express which was in the vicinity. "Rajdhani Express at Jite... Patrolman and driver, Asst Driver did commendable job of stopping train well in time and averting a mishap.... Section cleared now and Rajdhani Express left from spot...".

Rains washed away ballast beneath the tracks between Vangani and Neral on CR's mainline, stalling trains in the process. In a statement late Sunday night, CR said depending on weather conditions on Monday, it would run services from CSMT to Kalyan, Goregaon and Panvel, as well as Thane-Panvel and 4th corridor to Kharkopar. Services from Kalyan to Badlapur and Kasara will be decided on Monday morning, the CR statement added. Services beyond Badlapur will not be possible on Monday due to large scale damage to tracks despite repairs being undertaken on war-footing, CR said.


Mobile internet services suspended in Jammu, Section 144 imposed

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir): Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jammu, in view of the prevailing security situation in the region in recent days.

"Mobile internet services have been suspended in Jammu," said Jammu Deputy Commissioner Sushma Chauhan. In Jammu, the government has imposed Section 144, which prevent the gathering of more than four in the area. "Any pre-planned congregation/sudden unforeseen congregation of ritualistic nature shall be conducted with the prior approval of the District Magistrate," the order read. Schools and colleges of the district have been shut down until further order.

The mobile and internet services were partially suspended in Kashmir valley on Sunday. Kashmir has been on the edge in the wake of a massive security build-up. Leaders of all major political parties in the state met here on Sunday and urged India and Pakistan not to take any step which may disturb the peace and escalate tensions between the two countries.

"I appeal to India and Pakistan not to take any step that may escalate tension between the two countries because it will harm both the nations," parties said in a declaration. On August 2, the Indian Army had said that Pakistani terrorists are plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and that the security forces have recovered a Pakistan Ordnance Factory anti-personnel mine from a terror cache.

Unnao rape survivor accident: New twist in truck collision, why number plate was blackened?

New Delhi: In a new twist to the sensational Unnao truck collision case, the financer of the truck has now revealed that his company had never threatened the truck owner Devender Kishore Pal to seize the financed vehicle.

Pal had earlier given a statement to the police that the number plate of the truck, involved in the crash with the car carrying the Unnao rape victim, her lawyer and family members, was blackened to avoid forcible seizure of the vehicle by its financer.

Pal had said he had missed a few instalments of the loan and had therefore blackened the number plate, apprehending that the vehicle would be seized anytime. He had asserted that blackening of the number plate of the truck was nowhere a part of premeditated plan to crush victim's car.

However in a new twist, the revelations of the financer stand contrary to truck owner's earlier statement. The victim's family had claimed in the FIR that the accident in which two witnesses of the rape case died, was a murder attempt engineered by expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused in gangrape case.

Talking to the IANS over phone from Kanpur, the Manager of the Orix finance company, Shashi Kumar said that he had never threatened Devender Pal Singh regarding non-payment of monthly installments.

"In fact, I met Devender, near a dhabha in Fatehpur around 25-26 June last, and requested him to pay his dues at the earliest. We had a very cordial meeting. Our company, Orix, is one of the largest finance companies ( in the world headquartered in Japan) and has a regional office at Kanpur. We have written legal agreements with our clients and never intend to forcibly seize any financed vehicle," said Shashi Kumar.

Regarding Devender Kishore's statement that the truck's number plate was blackened due to persistent attempts to seize the vehicle by the financer, the Manager at Orix said that he cannot draw any inference from Pal's statement but can assure that the company has never seized any vehicle plying on the road.

"The installment was Rs 80,000 plus per month which Devender had been paying. However he skipped the installments for the past few months. Let me clarify, he has been our client for several years. We have even given NOCs for some of the vehicles financed by us to Devender," he added.

The financed company's revelations confront Pal's statement and adds more mystery to the accident dubbed as a planned murder conspiracy. According to an officer of the CBI, investigating the case, the different versions relating to the finance of the vehicle would be probed threadbare.

"If there were no past incident of lifting vehicles on non payment of loan installment by Oris, then Devender's statement becomes more important. If there was no pressure from the Oris management, then why did he (Pal) blacken the truck's number plate prior to the accident. It's a question which begs a straight answer," said a police officer of Rae Bareli, earlier involved in the initial investigation of the case.


Unnao rape case: CBI searches properties of Kuldeep Sengar, others

New Delhi: The CBI on Sunday searched properties belonging to Kuldeep Singh Sengar and the other accused in the Unnao rape case.

Sengar, the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Unnao, is the main accused in the case. He is currently lodged in Sitapur district jail in Uttar Pradesh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation teams searched properties belonging to Sengar and the other accused in the case in Lucknow, Unnao, Banda, Fatehpur districts.

The case relates to the rape of a minor girl allegedly by Sengar at his residence in Unnao on June 4, 2017, when she had gone to seek a job.

The Supreme Court had on Thursday ordered transfer of all cases relating to the Unnao rape to Delhi.


Mumbai rains: 4 people drowned in Pandavkada waterfall, in Kharghar

Navi Mumbai: As many as four people drowned in Pandavkada waterfall, in Kharghar area of Navi Mumbai. Body of one person has been recovered and a search is underway for the remaining by personnel from the police and fire department.

The incident occurred weeks after the administration issued an advisory against venturing into the Pandavkada Waterfall in Kharghar during the monsoon season.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that Mumbai and its adjoining areas will continue to record "heavy to very heavy" rainfall, as per satellite and radar indications. Mumbai has been witnessing incessant rain and waterlogging for past few days.

See Pictures: Heavy rains in Mumbai turn Maximum city into Paani-pat

Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai and adjoining suburbs today, leading to water-logging in several areas, which affected normal life. "Overnight heavy rains in Mumbai and its adjoining areas has led to water-logging at some places, which has affected the flow of traffic, especially in parts of Malad, Andheri and Dahisar," a senior official of the said.

As per the fire station-wise rainfall recorded by the BMC in the 24 hours ending 8 am on Saturday, Dindoshi received 50 mm rainfall, followed by Kandivali (41 mm), Malad (36 mm), Chincholi (34 mm), Goregaon (33 mm), Bhandup (31 mm), Borivali (29 mm), Malwani (26 mm), Mulund (20 mm), Vikhroli (11 mm) and Kurla (9 mm).

Here are the pictures of Mumbai rains

People sitting on a car on a flooded road after heavy rainfall at Sion in Mumbai
People sitting on a car on a flooded road after heavy rainfall at Sion in MumbaiANI Photo
People wait for their train at flooded Sion Railway Station after heavy rainfall in Mumbai
People wait for their train at flooded Sion Railway Station after heavy rainfall in MumbaiANI Photo
People walk on a flooded road after heavy rainfall at Nala Sopara in Mumbai
People walk on a flooded road after heavy rainfall at Nala Sopara in MumbaiANI Photo
A wall collapsed on shanties due to heavy rains at Malad in Mumbai
A wall collapsed on shanties due to heavy rains at Malad in MumbaiANI Photo
Cars passing during heavy rains in Mumbai
Cars passing during heavy rains in MumbaiANI Photo
Pedestrians trying to cross an intersection during incessant rain at the Elphinstone area in Mumbai
Pedestrians trying to cross an intersection during incessant rain at the Elphinstone area in MumbaiANI Photo
Kids enjoying during heavy rains at Worli Sea Face in Mumbai

Arms licenses of rape accused ex-BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar to be cancelled

Unnao: Unnao district administration has ordered the cancellation of license of all the arms and weapons owned by expelled BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The order in this regard was issued by District Magistrate Devender Kumar Pandey.

According to information, Sengar had three arm licenses in his name, one each for a single barrel gun, a rifle and a revolver. On Friday, DM Pandey had said that the arms license of Unnao rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar was yet to be suspended since it was a judicial matter and the administration was awaiting an order from the court.

"Suspension of arms license is a judicial action. There is a procedure that needs to be followed. We have already filed a report on the suspension of Kuldeep Singh Sengar's arms license. A decision will be taken after hearing in the court," Pandey said.

Sengar, a legislator from Bangermau in Unnao district had allegedly raped the teenage girl at his residence in Unnao on June 4, 2017, where she had gone to seek a job. Another case was filed against him after the rape survivor met with an accident recently.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had filed a case of murder against Sengar and nine others in connection with the accident. Probe in the case was transferred to the CBI on Tuesday after which the investigative agency registered a case in connection with the rape survivor's accident in Raebareli.