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City hosp fails to follow 10% reserved bed rule, fined Rs 5L 17.12.2017 DNA: Money
As per the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950, private hospitals registered with the state charity commissioner have to reserve 10 per cent of the beds for econimically weaker sections. However, two months ago, a surprise visit by the charity commissioner at the Vile Parle-based Nanavati Hospital showed that the hospital had flouted the rules. According to the charity commissioner, during his visit in September, the 350-bed hospital should have reserved at least 33 beds for poor patients. But on his visit he found that of the 33 beds, 12 were occupied by people from the privileged class. A criminal case was filed against the Nanavati hospital for not applying 10 per cent reservation rule. The matter has been heard by the court. On November 30, another order (copy with DNA) was passed to Nanavati hospital to pay Rs 5 lakh as fine, asking for clarification for not following the 10 per cent reserved bed rule. The charity commissioner Shivkumar Dige is planning to make surprise visits in other private hospitals ...
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Maha govt reconstitutes advisory committee under Human Organ Transplantation Act 16.12.2017 DNA: Money
The Maharashtra government on Saturday reconstituted a 10-member advisory committee headed by the health secretary, under the Human Organ Transplantation Act, 1994. The committee will have a two-year term till December 2019. The committee comprises, among others, the leading liver transplant surgeon Dr GB Davar, GS Medical College urology department chief Dr Sujata Patwardhan, Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre secretary Dr Surendrakumar Mathur, Sneha Foundation representative Dr Armeda Fernandes, Disha Foundation representative Shailesh Shetty, Association for Organ Transplantation president Dr Alan Almeida and cardiology specialist Dr Anvay Mulay as special invitee. The formation of the advisory committee was necessitated as the term of the previous committee appointed on December 31, 2014 was completed on December 31, 2016. The advisory committee is expected to play a major role to advise the state government on the strict implementation of Act and thereby promote organ transplantation, donation and ...
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46 years on, families look for missing heroes through social media 16.12.2017 DNA: Money
When the entire nation was busy celebrating the 46th Vijay Diwas to mark the victory of 1971 war, the mood at the home of Sepoy Jagdish Lal in Kathua was sombre. It was 46 years ago that Jagdish Lal of 2-Mahar regiment went missing while fighting the Pakistani army at the Dhaka Theatre. Sepoy Lal had chosen the battlefield despite pressing needs at home in the best traditions of the army. He had left behind two minor daughters and a five-month pregnant wife, Rano Devi. Forty six years have passed; Sepoy Lal's family believes that he is languishing in a Pakistani jail after being taken as prisoner of war. Lal is among the six soldiers of Jammu division who went missing in 1971 and their families are not giving up the fight for their return . Enter 2017; the families are now taking the battle to cyber space using social media to prod the government to bring back their dear ones from Pakistan. From Twitter battle to online petitions, the families are using social media to the hilt to force the government to ...
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Starting Feb 1, GST council approves e-way bills to easily ferry goods across states 16.12.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Ferrying goods across states will now get quicker with the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council approving on Saturday an all-India rollout of electronic-way (e-way) bill from February. The GST Council also decided that rules for implementation of nationwide e-way Bill system for inter-State movement of goods on a compulsory basis will be notified with effect from February 1, 2018."This will bring uniformity across the States for seamless inter-State movement of goods," the ministry said in a tweet. The council also decided that while the system for both inter-state and intra-state e-way bill generation would be ready by January 16, 2018, states may choose their own timings for implementation of e-way Bill for intra-State movement of goods on any date before June 1, 2018. In an earlier meeting, the Council had decided that e-way bill ?- an electronic document generated on the GST Network portal ?- would be introduced in a staggered manner from January 1 and subsequently nation-wide from April 1. However, ...
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The 24th GST Council Meeting held today through video conferencing decides that Inter-State e-way Bill to be made compulsory from 1st of February, 2018; 16.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The 24th Meeting of the GST Council held today through video conference under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley. It discussed about the implementation of e-way Bill system in the country. Till such time as the National e-way Bill is ready, the States were authorized to continue their own separate e-way Bill systems. However, it was represented by the trade and transporters that this is causing undue hardship in the Inter-State movement of goods and therefore, bringing in an early all India system of e-way Bill has become a necessity.
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CONFIRMED: Google's Project Tango to end on March 1, 2018 16.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
Google has officially stated that it would shut down its augmented reality platform Tango on March 1, 2018. Project Tango, which was introduced in 2014, will be replaced by Google’s ARCore. “Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years,” the company said in a tweet. “We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore.” The company mentioned in a blog , “We’ve been working on augmented reality since 2014, with our earliest investments in Project Tango. We’ve taken everything we learned from that to build ARCore, which launched in preview earlier this year. Whereas Tango required special hardware, ARCore is a fast, performant, Android-scale SDK that enables high-quality augmented reality across millions of qualified mobile devices.” The problem with the system was that it required special sensors. And alongside, the company brought in AR features to smartphones with just the hardware that is already in the device. ARCore is ...
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Bad news: iTunes will not be available in the Microsoft Store this year, as promised 16.12.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
In May this year, Microsoft stated that it is working with Apple, to bring iTunes to the Windows Store by the end of 2017. However, it doesn’t seem like this is happening after all. In conversation with ZDNet , an Apple spokesperson stated, “We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full iTunes experience to our customers and we need a little more time to get it right." At the moment, the company did not disclose what was causing the delay. In an effort to lure in more users, it is important for Microsoft to get in more apps to its store. The report added that while the addition of iTunes to the Microsoft Store might appear to affect few people in light of iTunes’ long-term availability as a Windows app that runs on many Windows 10 machines, the Windows 10 version won’t run on Windows 10 S devices. Recently, the Supreme Court asked the Union of India's nodal agency to convene a meeting with all the stakeholders, including Internet companies Microsoft within six weeks to remove objectionable ...
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Facebook's new Snooze button will mute your annoying friends for a month 16.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
Facebook has begun to roll out the new Snooze feature, allowing users to discreetly -- and temporarily -- unfollow someone's posts. If you've got a chatty friend or an overenthusiastic business on your Facebook newsfeed whom you don't want to unfriend, you can now temporarily mute them without cutting them out of your social media life altogether. "Seeing too many photos of your uncle's new cat? Is your friend tempting you with endless photos of ramen on her Japan trip? It turns out, you're not alone", wrote Shruthi Muraleedharan, Facebook Product Manager, in a blogpost. The feature is somewhat similar to the current Unfollow or Hide options, but is less permanent. People, groups or pages who have been snoozed will not be notified about it, and the user will receive a notification when a mute is about to expire, with the option to hit snooze yet again. Article ...
Twitter introduces 'Moments' feature in India 16.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The micro-blogging site, Twitter, has rolled out Twitter 'Moments' feature to its userbase in India. Introduced on Friday evening, the new product will allow the Twitterati in India to curate stories by stitching together multiple tweets into a slideshow.  People in India will now be able take their own tweets, from their followers, of trending hashtags, and curate them all together in the form of a story. Moreover, the 'Moments' tweeted will be open to be shared privately.  "While people were able to view 'Moments' from select partners before, they can now make and share 'Moments' and tell their own story. People can simply visit the Explore tab on Twitter or Twitter Lite, where they will discover stories unfolding on Twitter every day," Twitter India said, in a statement. 'Moments' also provides for marking the thread of tweets as sensitive material, if need be. Interestingly, the feature has been available to users in United States for about a year-and-a-half and has been quite successful.  Twitter ...
NCW chief welcomes cabinet's approval of triple talaq bill 16.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
National Commission of Women’s (NCW) acting president Rekha Sharma on Saturday welcomed the Cabinet's approval of a Bill to make instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. “We fought because we were getting complaints regarding this. We welcome this move by the Cabinet. I also would like to add that any welfare scheme or policy should not be based on religion. The law should be common for everyone. This move is for the betterment of our society. I want triple talaq to be abolished all together,” she told ANI. The bill termed as the 'Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017' seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce in Islam. Cleared earlier yesterday, it will now be introduced in the winter session of Parliament. The Supreme Court, in August, had passed the order terming the practice of instant triple talaq (divorce) as "unconstitutional." Despite the order, there have been sporadic incidents of husbands calling off their marriages through phones or messages ...
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Cabinet approves bill making instant triple talaq criminal act 16.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing instant triple talaq by making it a cognisable and non-bailable offence, which will now attract a jail term of three years. The Bill was prepared by an inter-ministerial committee comprising of chairperson home minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, finance minister Arun Jaitley, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and minister of state in the law ministry PP Chaudhary. The Supreme Court had in August, declared the practice of instant triple talaq as unconstitutional. In a five member-bench, while three judges termed the practice illegal and unconstitutional, two judges wanted to ban the practice for a period of six months till the time the government came up with a new legislation. AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi said that the government should explain how the law proposes to enforce imprisonment and provide maintenance at the same time. In a letter of protest, Owaisi said, "It is ...
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SC suggests series of measures to remove hurdles for disabled at public places 15.12.2017 DNA: Top News
 The Supreme Court today suggested a series of measures required to be taken by the state authorities for removing obstacles which prevent differently- abled persons from accessing public places in the country. A bench comprising justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan referred to the provisions of the Disability Act, 1995 and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 and noted the measures which were needed for its effective implementation. The apex court said that gates to public places should be made by incorporating necessary accessible standards and they must be made wide enough to allow wheelchairs to pass or turn around easily. "At places like airports, railway stations etc passengers must be clearly informed about the details of their flight/train such as the gate number for boarding etc via public announcement systems (this practice is, surprisingly, gradually declining)," the bench noted in its verdict. It said that a minimum of three to five parking spaces near the entrance of a public ...
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Cabinet considers amending act to help victims of cheque dishonouring 15.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
The cabinet on Friday considered a proposal to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 which will help trade and commerce, particularly in the MSME sector and increase the credibility of the cheque as a financial instrument, a source confirmed to DNA. The proposal was to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 to provide for interim compensation to the payees of the cheque, both at the Trial stage and Appellate stage. Dishonour of cheques due to inadequate funds in the account of the drawer of the cheque or for other reasons cases serious distress in the trade, business and MSME sectors, which in turns causes inconvenience to payees and erodes the credibility of cheques. The Cabinet today considered a proposal to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 to address various representations form the public and trading community regarding the injustice caused to payees. A source told DNA that the amendment would enable the Court order to interim compensation to the payee of a cheque a part of the ...
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NHAI incentivises its officials for timely implementation of Bharatmala 15.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
In order to expedite implementation of the Bharatmala Pariyojna, the project launched by the Government of India with prime focus on optimizing efficiency of the movement of goods and people across the country, NHAI has decided to start an incentive scheme for its officials
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Cabinet approves special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector 15.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector. The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme "Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme" with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore over the three financial years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
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Year End Review: Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) 15.12.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Following are the major highlights of the activities of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) during the year 2017:
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dons Santa outfit, lightsabre to mock net neutrality rules 15.12.2017 DNA: India
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai starred in a video on the day of the United States' historic vote to repeal net neutrality. The video features Pai dressed up as Santa Claus and weilding a lightsabre and a fidget spinner has gone viral since it was uploaded on Wednesday. Pai is seen defending his move to repeal net neutrality and mock the criticism against it. In the announcement laced with pop cultural references, Pai jokes that people can still share memes and shop for Christmas presents online. Interestingly, the video features a song 'Harlem Shake' composed by DJ Baauer playing in the background. Baauer hasn't taken too kindly to the song playing for the video and is looking to take legal action. "“The use of my song in this video obviously comes as a surprise to me as it was just brought to my attention. I want to be clear that it was used completely without my consent or council. My team and I are currently exploring every single avenue available to get it taken down. I support ...
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End to net neutrality: U.S. regulators ditch rules as legal battles loom 15.12.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access. It also is the biggest win for Pai in his sweeping effort to undo many telecommunications regulations since taking over at the agency in January. Democrats, Hollywood and companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content. The new rules give internet service providers sweeping powers to change how consumers access the internet but must have new ...
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Town Vending Committee to decide fate of hawkers 15.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
While the Bombay High Court ordered that hawkers can be allowed only in designated hawking zones, no such zones exist in the city as of now. It is the Town Vending Committee (TVC) that will survey and demarcate legal and illegal hawking zones in the city. Vendors across the city are demanding the implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, which stipulated the formation of a TVC tasked with the job of ensuring that all existing street vendors, identified in the survey, are accommodated in the vending zones. The TVC's formation has been delayed for three years now, as it awaited the state government's approval. The civic body has brought on board eight hawkers associations in the proposed TVC to involve all the stakeholders. Article ...
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MHA drafts new norms for cash vans 15.12.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Increased cash van loots have prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to give a legal sanction to its guidelines for securing vehicles transporting cash across the country. The 2016 Standard Operating Procedures that included GPS tracking of cash vans installed with CCTV cameras and trained armed staff among other measures has now been sent to the Law Ministry seeking an approval for making it part of rules under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005. Officials said if these guidelines are incorporated as rules under the law that governs the functioning of private security agencies it will be more potent and effective. "There are no rules till now and all banks go in for the lowest bidder without going looking into the security measures," said a home ministry official. "If they are made part of the act as rules there will be standardisation of security measures for all security vans that will be mandatory for security agencies to implement," the official added. Currently there are ...
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