doctors in Maharashtra call off their 5-day strike.
- CBI files
supplementary charge sheet in a coal scam case against Naveen Jindal and
others; Names five more as accused.
- SEBI bans
Reliance Industries and 12 other entities from equity derivatives trading for
successfully conducts maiden trial firing of surface-to-air Barak missile
system from INS Vikramaditya.
- UK government
certifies India's request for extradition of Vijay Mallya.
- CBSE adds 23 more cities
to conduct this year's National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test.
- US President Donald
Trump's Health Care Bill collapses in House of Representatives.
- And in Cricket, fourth and final Test between India and Australia
begins in Dharamsala today.
Resident doctors in Maharashtra have
called off their strike. The move comes after the Indian Medical Association
(IMA) yesterday withdrew its support to the striking resident doctors. In a
statement, the IMA's Maharashtra chapter said, their members will resume duty
now as their demands have been satisfactorily responded to by the state
government. The IMA said, all the allied medical organisations of pathologists,
radiologists etc have also called off their strike, which was organised to
support the resident doctors.
Earlier yesterday, the IMA
representatives had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai, where
Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan was also present. Mr Fadnavis told
them that security has already been provided in 16 hospitals since Thursday.
The Bombay High Court also came down
heavily on the agitating doctors for taking undue advantage of its sympathy. It
had asked them to resume work by this morning or face action.
The resident doctors have been on a
strike since Monday, demanding enhanced security in the wake of a string of
attacks on doctors by patients' relatives at government hospitals across the
The CBI has filed a
supplementary charge sheet naming five more persons as accused in a coal scam
case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others.
Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar yesterday took cognizance of the final report
and summoned all the new accused named in it on the 10th of next month. In its
final report, the probe agency has named as accused Jindal Steel's adviser
Anand Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra's Vice-President Siddharth Madra and
Mumbai's Essar Power Limited Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo among
The court had earlier directed
the agency to expeditiously file its further probe report as sufficient time
has already been granted to it.
The case also involved
ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand Chief
Minister Madhu Koda as accused.
The Securities and Exchange Board of
India (SEBI) has banned Reliance Industries and 12 other entities from equity
derivatives trading for one year. In an order issued yesterday, SEBI also
directed the Mukesh Ambani-led firm to forfeit for almost 1,000 crore rupees
for unlawful gains made through alleged fraudulent trading in a nearly
10-year-old case. The case relates to alleged fraudulent trading in the futures
and options (F&O) space in the securities of RIL's erstwhile listed subsidiary
Reliance Petroleum Ltd.
RIL said, it will challenge the order
before the Securities Appellate Tribunal and termed SEBI's directions as
BJP President Amit Shah will
address the party's mega convention of booth-level workers in New Delhi this
morning. The Party's Delhi Unit Chief Manoj Tiwari said, Mr Shah's interactive
convention will enthuse the party's workers ahead of the municipal polls in the
national capital which will be held on the 23rd of next month.
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh
has allocated portfolios to his Council of Ministers. The Chief Minister
retained key departments like Home, Planning, Personnel, Vigilance, Transport,
General Administration, Information Technology, Sericulture and departments not
allocated to any other Minister.
Finance, Excise and Taxation, Science
and Technology, Economic and Statistics and Civil Aviation have been allocated
to Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar of the National People’s Party the NPP.
Thongam Bishwajit of the BJP has been
given the portfolios of Works, Power, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,
Commerce and Industries, Administrative Reforms and Training and Information
and Public Relations.
And L. Jayantakumar of the NPP has
been given Health and Family Welfare, Law and Legislative Affairs among others.
The Central Board of Secondary
Education (CBSE) has added 23 more cities to conduct the National Eligibility
Cum Entrance Test (NEET) on the 7th May this year for admission to the MBBS and
BDS courses. With this, the total number of examination centres have gone upto
103. The new centres include Guntur, Amravati, Kolhapur, Amritsar, Jodhpur,
Gorakhpur, Howrah and Kharagpur.
"Decision has been taken in
view of over 41 per cent increase in the number of registered candidates for
NEET- 2017 as compared to last year. The candidates who wish to revise their
examination centres can do it till 27th of this month through the CBSE website.
With the increase, the NEET and the JEE (Main) exams now have an equivalent
number of cities as centres. With Anand
Kumar, Shiela, AIR News, Delhi."
The government has said, ensuring
affordable and quality healthcare to the people is its priority. Union Health
Minister JP Nadda said this while addressing a function in New Delhi, on the
occasion of World TB Day yesterday. Mr Nadda also said, his Ministry has
decided to end TB by 2025 and is committed to achieving zero deaths due to the
disease. He also announced that the National Strategic Program will be
finalized in one month and will be rolled out across the country.
n a boost to India's maritime
prowess, the Navy has successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly
installed surface-to-air Barak missile system from its aircraft carrier INS
Vikramaditya. A Navy official said in New Delhi that during the firing carried
out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high
speed target. He said, the target was successfully engaged and destroyed. The
official said, the missile marks a significant milestone in providing air
interception and defence capabilities and enhanced operational capabilities of
the Navy's aircraft carrier and the flee.
The firing was conducted from
Tuesday till Thursday as part of the 'Operational Readiness Inspection' of the
The Indian Coast Guard have
apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members on board from the Arabian
Sea off the Gujarat coast line. Our correspondent has more:
"This Pakistani boat was
nabbed from the Indian waters close to the International Maritime Border Line -
off the Jakhau coast in Arabian Sea. 9 Pakistani fishermen have also been
arrested from the boat. Some fishing equipment, fish and other
non-objectionable items have been recovered from them. Coast guard and other
security agencies would interrogate them in detail even though they prima facie
seem to be ordinary fishermen. Yogesh
Pandya, air news, Ahmedabad."
The government has moved a step
closer towards getting industrialist Vijay Mallya extradited from Britain.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters in New Delhi
that India's request for Mallya's extradition has been certified by the UK
"The UK government
specially the Home office of the UK government has conveyed that the request of
India for extradition of Mr. Mallaya has
been certified by Secretary of State and sent to west Minister magistrates
court for a district judge to consider the issue of releasing a warrant."
spokesman also said, the government has asked the United States to provide
details of the 271 illegal immigrants it wants New Delhi to take back. He said,
US authorities had conveyed to India sometime ago that of certain statistics
provided by them earlier, 271 cases remained to be addressed.
US President Donald Trump has
withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in
Congress. The House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act
after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative
lawmakers left them short of votes. The Republican party enjoys a simple
majority in the House with 235 members. However, due to opposition from some of
its own party lawmakers, it could not muster the majority 215 votes. Democrats
were unified against it.
With the withdrawal, Democratic
former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010
Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - remains in place.
Mr Trump expressed his disappointment
and surprise and blamed the Democrats for not supporting the bill.
"We were close and very
very tight margin. We had no democrat support . I have been saying for the last
year and a half, that's the best thing, we can politically speaking, is let
Obama care explode as its exploding right now, I was in Tennessee the other day
and they lost half of their state in terms of an insurance, they have no
insurance and that's happening to many other states too."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will
share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in his Mann Ki Baat programme
on All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. This will be the 30th episode of the
monthly series. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR
In Cricket, the final Test of the 4-match series
between India and Australia begins in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh today. The
match will begin at 9:30 AM. The series is still level at 1-1, after the third
test ended in a draw in Ranchi. Australia had won the first match by 333 runs,
before India bounced back with a 75-run win in the second game.
Skipper Virat Kohli is a doubt for today's game and
Shreyas Iyer has been roped in the squad in as his back up. Kohli, who
sustained a shoulder injury in the last Test, said he will play only if he is a
100 percent fit.
"the physio wants to give a
bit more time till I can test myself and probably will take a call on it before
the game. I think we will have to give that much time more for me to make that
will with the Physiotherapist.
- Several airlines imposing a
flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad - for repeated assaults on an
Air India duty manager with his footwear, receives prominence in today's
Press. "Airlines ground rogue MP, Sena asks Air India to introspect, "
is The Times of India headline. The Indian Express headline reads -
"Grounded by all airlines for assaulting Air India staff, Sena MP
takes train home."
- The Financial Express writes
that NITI Aayog member Bibek Deboy said in Mumbai that about 15 lakh crore
of demonetized notes may have returned to the banking system, which was
about 97% of value of the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes demonetized on
November 8th last year. He also said that the government expected the
second Income Declaration Scheme, which will end on March 31st, to yield
around 2 lakh crore rupees into the system.
- The Indian Express informs us
that five years into a court-monitored investigation in the coal scam, the
CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court it wants to change the Deputy
Inspectors General (DIGs) associated with the cases, since their departure
would ensure 'better investigation'.
- Mail Today informs us that the
emotive issue of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots is all set to take centre stage,
ahead of next months Delhi civic polls and haunt the Congress, some of
whose leaders have been accused of instigating it. The Supreme Court said
on Friday that it will re-examine 199 cases that were recently closed by
the SIT constituted two years ago.
- And finally, The Indian Express
writes that the country's tallest Tri-colour - flying at a height of 355
feet at Attari near the Indo-pak border has run into rough weather after
its fabric was damaged by strong winds.