THE HEADLINES :-
- India says, terror attack at Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan reminds of
urgent need to dismantle safe havens and sanctuaries supporting terrorism from
outside its borders.
- Medical Council of India warns physicians of action if they fail to
prescribe medicines by generic names.
- In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists killed in an encounter with
security forces in Budgam district.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says, India's economic growth remains
resilient with low inflation and low Current Account Deficit.
Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri hiding in Karachi under the protection of ISI, says a
US media report.
- China's first cargo spacecraft
successfully completes automated docking with orbiting space lab
- In IPL,
Supergiant win by 6 wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune.
In Afghanistan, the death toll from the
terrorist attack by Taliban militants at Mazar-e-Sharif army base has crossed
130. Most of them are government soldiers. At least 10 militants were killed in
the fighting and one attacker was detained. The army said, the militants
targeted those leaving Friday prayers at the mosque of the base and others in a
India has strongly condemned the
terrorist attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the attack as
cowardly. He said, India prays and offers condolences to the families who lost
their loved ones.
External Affairs Ministry in a release
said, the Government and the people of India stand with Afghan Government and
it citizens at this difficult moment. It said, the terrorist attack is a stark
reminder of the need to immediately dismantle the safe havens and sanctuaries
that support and sustain terrorism in Afghanistan from outside its borders.
The Medical Council of India, MCI, has issued a public notice to all
physicians to prescribe drugs only by generic names. MCI warned them of action
if they fail to adhere to its guideline. It has also asked the medical
practitioners to ensure that there is rational preion and use of drugs,
failing which strict disciplinary action will be taken. The MCI reiterated its
2016 directive, in which it had amended the clause of the Indian Medical
Council Regulations mandating the doctors to prescribe medicines by generic
names in place of brand names.
Health Minister J P Nadda said, the government has taken all steps in
the hospitals that doctors prescribe generic medicines for the benefit of the
Recently, while inaugurating a multi-speciality hospital in Surat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed on
putting in place a legal framework to ensure that doctors prescribe low cost
generic medicines to patients. We spoke to senior consultant Dr. Mohsin Wali on
the MCI directive to physicians.
Union Minister for Information
Broadcasting and Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu invited NGOs and
Corporate entities to have partnership with Central government in setting up
medical institutions across the country. He was speaking after inaugurating a
free health camp in Vijayawada today. Mr. Naidu said the poor are not able to
get better health facilities due to scarcity of doctors and lack of health
infrastructure. Mr Naidu said, the Centre is planning to set up medical
educational institutes in every district with the support of State governments
and other stakeholders to produce more doctors.
In Jammu and Kashmir, two unidentified
terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district
this evening. A Defence spokesman told AIR that the anti-militancy operation
was launched in Chadoora area of the district. As the security forces reached
the suspected spot, the hiding terrorists opened indiscriminate fire triggering
a gunfight. In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were killed. There was no
report of any casualty on the side of forces.
AIADMK-Amma leader TTV Dhinakaran was
today questioned by the police in New Delhi over an alleged attempt to bribe an
Election Commission official for retaining the 'two leaves' party symbol and
the related money trail.
PTI reports quoting a senior police
official that the nephew of jailed AIADMK chief Sasikala was asked about the
money trail, and whether he has met any Election Commission official or not.
Dhinakaran's lawyers were not allowed to accompany him during the questioning
by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police.
Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said, the states will be
given powers to restrict weaker students in fifth and eighth classes. However,
the central government will put a condition that students who fail in regular
exams for these classes, must be given another chance after three months. He said, if a student again fails in
re-examination, he or she will be restricted to the same class for a whole
a workshop on "innovative practices in School Education" in Raipur
today, he said, the Centre is spending 70 thousand crore rupees on education every
year, which translates into 4.5 percent of the GDP. He said that parents should
be guided to change their attitude that English medium education is of better
quality than that in vernacular languages.
In Uttar Pradesh, a lower court in
Lucknow sent two of the four persons arrested by Anti Terrorist Squad to police
custody for eight days. They were arrested for their alleged involvement in
terror activities. The two accused were produced in court by the ATS seeking
their police remand for further interrogation.
Union Minister of State for Information
and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that in the Mudhra
scheme, government will distribute loans of Rs 2.5 lakh crore rupees in the
current financial year. He said that around
1.25 lakh crore of the loans were distributed in the last financial
year. Taking part in the several functions under Sansad Aapke Dwar programmes
in a few of the villages of his constituency Jaipur Rural , Mr. Rathore said
that government is working on skill development of the youths through which
they can get self employment.
Arun Jaitley has said, India has been a major driver of global economic growth.
He said, the country expects growth of 7.5 percent for 2017-18 as against 7.1
percent in 2016-17. The Finance Minister is currently on an official tour to Washington
to attend the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World
Bank and other associated meetings. The Minister said, India’s growth remains
resilient, with low inflation, fiscal prudence and low Current Account Deficit.
He said, India has also undertaken robust structural reform measures.
Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader Ayman
al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, is most likely hiding
in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's spy agency ISI. A US media report
said, ISI has been protecting al-Zawahiri since US forces evicted Al-Qaeda from
Afghanistan in late 2001. Newsweek has claimed that its information is based on
several authoritative sources. This is for the first time in several years a
news report has surfaced about the hiding location of the Al-Qaeda chief, who
is Osama bin Laden's mentor and successor.
In Iraq, hundreds of people fled Mosul
today after government forces re-took two more districts in the west of the
city from Islamic State. Reports say, families fleeing Mosul were taken by bus
from a government checkpoint in the south of the city to camps.
Iraqi forces have taken much of Mosul
from the militants who overran the city in June 2014. The military now controls
the eastern districts and are making advances in the west.
China's first cargo spacecraft docked
successfully with the Tiangong-2 space lab today. This marks a major step
towards Beijing's goal of establishing a permanently manned space station by
2022. The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft made the automated docking
process with the orbiting space lab after it had taken off on Thursday evening
from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre in the southern island province of
The Tiangong-2 space laboratory was home
to two astronauts for a month last October in China's longest ever manned space
The cargo spacecraft mission provides an
important technological basis to build a Chinese space station. It can carry 6
tonnes of goods, 2 tonnes of fuel and can fly unmanned for three months.
A western disturbance over Jammu and
Kashmir today gave respite to people of North India from scorching heat wave
bringing down temperatures. The Head of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre of
IMD, Ravinder Vishan said, a fall in temperatures will continue for the next 4
to 5 days.
The MeT Department said, a thunderstorm
accompanied by squall and hail occurred at a few places in Jammu and
Kashmir, isolated places in Himachal
Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Similar thunderstorm conditions also prevailed at
isolated places in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and the Delhi-NCR.
Pradesh, the maximum temperature has decreased by about eight degree Celsius
after fresh rains, snowfall and thunderstorms. The Met Department has predicted
more rains and snowfall during the next 24 hours.
rains and snowfall on higher reaches continued in Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti
districts. The authorities have advised people not to cross over the Rohtang
Pass on foot due to fresh snowfall and inclement weather in the area. The
thunderstorm has caused severe damage to private as well as government property
in Banjar and Aani areas of Kullu and Balh valley in Mandi.Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla.
heavy rain has led to a flood-like situation in at least seven villages of
South West Garo Hills district. However, there has been no report of any loss
of life. The incessant rain since Friday has submerged houses, agricultural
land besides damaging roads in seven low-lying areas of the district.
heat wave conditions continued to prevail in various districts of Vidarbha
region with the mercury hovering around 44 degrees Celsius. Chandrapur city
topped today with a record maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius in
Vidarbha while Brahmapuri city recorded 44.8.
Polling for three Municipal Corporations of Delhi will
be held tomorrow. Voting will be held in 272 wards from 8 A.M
to 5.30 P.M. Over 2,500 candidates are in fray. Our correspondent reports that
BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress are the main contenders.
Earth Day was celebrated today across the globe to demonstrate support
for environment protection.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his message, said Earth Day is a day of
gratitude to Mother Earth and a day to reiterate firm resolve to keep the
planet clean and green. He said, it is the duty of the people to live in
harmony with the plants, animals and birds they share the Earth with. Mr Modi
hoped that this year’s theme of 'Environmental and Climate Literacy’ helps
create awareness on protecting nature and natural resources.
Leading oncologists from over 100 cancer
hospitals have favoured inclusion of bidi in the list of demerit goods under
the GST regime, saying this low-cost tobacco product is the single largest
cause of smoking-related deaths in the country. The demand comes ahead of the
GST Council meeting on Monday that is likely to fix GST rates, including those
on demerit goods.
Oncologists from 108 cancer centres have
pleaded to end the serious anomaly of low tax on bidis in the Goods and
Services Tax, as bidi smoking alone kills as many as 6 lakh people or 60 per
cent of all cancer-related deaths annually.
In IPL, Rising Pune Supergiant beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets in a match at Pune today. Chasing a victory
target of 177 runs, Pune scored 179 runs
for 4 wickets in their stipulated 20
overs. The match between Mumbai Indians
and Delhi Daredevils is underway in Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai were 84 for 5 in
13 overs when reports last came in. Earlier, Delhi Daredevils won the toss and
opted to field.