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In news :Haj Committee recommends abolishing of subsidy
The government appointed Committee on Haj Policy has recommended phasing out of subsidy for Haj pilgrims and allowing women devotees above 45 years of age to travel in a group of at least four without a male. The Committee presented its report on New Haj policy 2018-22 to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Mumbai yesterday. In view of the Supreme Court direction, the Ministry had set up the Panel under the Chairmanship of former Secretary Afzal Amanullah to review the existing Haj Policy and to suggest a framework for new Haj policy 2018-22.
According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the proposed new Haj Policy also recommended bringing down the number of embarkation points from 21 to 9. The embarkation points are Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Cochin. The proposed policy also aims at rationalising distribution of the Haj quota between the Haj Committee of India and private tour operators in the ratio of 70:30 for the next five years.
It also stresses on breaking the cartel of contractors with a transparent bidding process. It also recommended increase in special quota for Jammu and Kashmir from 1500 to 2000.
The policy also proposes to ensure the stay of all Indian
Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia within Mina. India has an annual Haj quota of 1.7 lakh devotees. The Ministry said, it will examine the report and share with all concerned for implementation of the accepted recommendations of the Haj 2018 onwards.
In news :Bombay HC asks Centre, Maharashtra to list steps taken to regulate online sale of medicines
|Bombay High Court has asked the Centre and Maharashtra government to list the steps taken to regulate rampant unauthorised sale of medicines online. A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice NM Jamdar also directed the Centre to inform the court of the steps taken to stop the widespread online advertisements for sale of drugs without the prescription.
The directions came while the bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking that the government tackle illegal sale of 'Schedule H' or prescription medicines online. The PIL had claimed that often college students bought such medicines, including sleeping pills and abortion pills, online without any prescription or by providing fake medical prescriptions.
The Centre told the court that in order to regulate the online sale of such medicines, it has already proposed to set up an e-portal where all manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who wish to sell medicines online, will have to mandatorily register themselves. It said that action has been taken against several portals in this regard.
Considering the seriousness of the issue, the bench also appointed advocate Zal Andhyarujina as the amicus curiae, or the lawyer to assist the court, and to suggest remedial measures.
In news :Crisis of doctors will end by 2022: MoS Ashwini Kumar
|Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey has said there is a shortage of over 6 lakh doctors in the country now but the crisis will end by 2022.
He said that the country requires 14 to 16 lakh doctors but at present only eight lakh doctors are serving the people.
The minister said the number of seats in medical colleges has been increased and it will gradually bridge the gap by 2022.
He said that the medical colleges will produce 67,972 MBBS doctors and 30,228 post-graduate doctors every year after increasing the seats. Presently, the medical colleges produce 32,000 MBBS doctors and 12,000 PG doctors every year.
Mr Choubey said this after inspecting the Patliputra Medical College and Hospital at Dhanbad yesterday. He also reviewed central government sponsored health plans.
In news :Hurricane Nate moves toward second landfall on Gulf Coast
In the United States, hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. According to the US National Hurricane Center, the storm with maximum sustained winds of 137 kilometres per hour is moving north and a second landfall is expected on the Mississippi coast later.
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida have issued hurricane warnings and evacuation orders.
A state of emergency has been declared in four southern US states with Hurricane Nate gathering strength. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida have issued hurricane warnings and evacuation orders. The measures apply to parts of the city of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago.
In news :Haryana govt to provide 50 pc subsidy on onion seed
Haryana government has decided to provide 50 per cent subsidy on onion seed to encourage farming of kharif onion in the state.
In news :Special immunisation drive in UP for children upto 5 years begins
In Uttar Pradesh, a special immunisation drive for children up to 5 years of age begins in 60 districts of the state under Intensified Indradhanush. It will be conducted by January next year and in every month immunisation drive will be conducted for seven days. It will be initiated from 7th of the month.
In news :India's renewable energy capacity to double by 2022: IEA
India's renewable energy capacity will more than double by 2022, which would be enough to surpass renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time, International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a report.
In news :India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication
India and Ethiopia today signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties.
India Business Forum is the first partner-country forum of its kind in Ethiopia and represents more than 100 Indian companies.