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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.

Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare Abhilaksh Likhi said that the maximum amount limit of subsidy on the onion seed is 500 rupees per kg seed or 50 per cent, whichever is less would be provided. Apart from this, the maximum quantity of seed provided is 10 kg per hectare per farmer.

He said farmers can obtain the seed of different varieties of kharif onion from seed sales centres of Haryana Seed Development Corporation and National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation by just depositing their share of the amount according to rules. This subsidy will be given on the first-come-first-serve basis and will be applicable till the availability of subsidy amount.



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 8 districts including Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur and Kanpur drive will focus on urban areas and in remaining 52 districts both urban and rural areas will be covered.

Under the mission 90 percent targeted unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children will be given vaccines and boosters against the life-threatening diseases including Polio, Dephtheria, Pneumonia, Whooping Cough, Tetanus and Japanese Incephalitis.

As per UNICEF reports every second child in the State is not fully immunised and it exposes them to life-threatening diseases. Our correspondent reports that Mission Indradhanush was launched in 2014 as a special drive to vaccinate every last child in unreached areas. Building on the gains of Mission Indradhanush, an Intensified Mission Indradhanush has been planned in the identified districts.


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.

The country's renewable energy installed capacity is 58.30 GW as per the recent government data. The government has an ambitious goal of increasing it to 175 GW by 2022 including 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind energy. IEA said the solar PV and wind together represent 90 percent of India's capacity growth as auctions yielded some of the world's lowest prices for both technologies.


In news :India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

India and Ethiopia today signed agreements on trade, communication and media to boost bilateral ties.

The agreements were signed after wide ranging talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

The two leaders discussed economic relations between the two countries and also support to Ethiopia in the power healthcare, and education sectors.

In a series of tweets, Mr Kovind said, India has created jobs and contributed to the prosperity of Ethiopia. He referred to India as among the top three sources of foreign direct investment for Ethiopia.

The President also thanked Ethiopia for its participation in the International Solar Alliance (ISA), established in 2015.

The aim of the ISA is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries and promote the use of solar energy.

Later, Mr Kovind and Mr Teshome also addressed the India-Ethiopia Business Dialogue and released a book titled 'India- Ethiopia: 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations'.

India Business Forum is the first partner-country forum of its kind in Ethiopia and represents more than 100 Indian companies.

Ethiopia has been the largest recipient of Indian concessional lines of credit in Africa, with commitment of over one billion dollar. Mr Kovind reached Addis Ababa from Djibouti yesterday on the second leg of his maiden visit abroad.