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25.03.2017

THE HEADLINES,

  • Resident 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 one year.
  • Navy 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.

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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 state.

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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 others.

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.

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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 unjustifiable sanctions.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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 Western Fleet.

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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."

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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 government.

"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."
The 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.

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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."

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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 and Doordarshan.

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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.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES.

  • 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.

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