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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised in Chennai recently for fever and dehydration, continues to improve but requires a longer stay at the hospital, even as a team of doctors from AIIMS examined the AIADMK supremo. Based on examinations, the doctors at Apollo hospital have drawn up a medical management plan, keeping in view Jayalalithaa's known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather.
Paralympic silver medalist Deepa Malik has complained of "poor handling" of wheelchair-bound passengers and "rude and ill-mannered" behaviour from a crew member while travelling on an Air Vistara flight from Mumbai to Delhi on 4 October. Malik, who is an Arjuna Award winner and became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio last month, said that the cabin crew were not trained to shift a person from a wheelchair to the cabin seat.
By order of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy is organising a 'Rashtra Raksha Yagna' at Shri Mateshwari Tanot Rai temple near the Indo-Pak border to "protect troops from the enemy". Raje and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are expected to attend the yagna, which will be performed by 21 "patriotic Brahmins".
The BCCI is facing a possible leadership crisis after the Supreme Court demanded it accept sweeping changes by Friday. The BCCI finds itself on a sticky wicket after it agreed to implement only part of a raft of changes recommended by a court-appointed panel, which was set up last year to usher in reforms at the world's richest cricket board. The panel, headed by former chief justice of India RM Lodha, recommended, among other things, age and tenure restrictions for top officials as well as banning them from serving successive terms.
Pakistan late on Thursday claimed that Indian news channel CNN News18 aired a 'forged' interview of a Pakistani official in which he allegedly confirmed India's surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the border. Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs alleged they aired a fake interview of police officer of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Ghulam Akbar, in which he has allegedly confirmed India's surgical strikes.
21-year-old Ravin Sisodia, who was accused in the Dadri lynching case, was killed in a Delhi jail on Tuesday evening. The town, which was already tense due to communal tensions is now on the verge or eruption as Sisodia's relatives refused to cremate his body, insisting that he was 'murdered' in jail. The body is reportedly being kept in a deep-freezer casket draped with the Tricolour.
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Data released by Praja Foundation claims that 70% of Delhi MLAs were 'underperforming', and that 33% of the MLA — most of them from the AAP — hardly even participated in the discussions at the assembly sessions. They were rated on the basis of their performance in the Assembly and public perception during the period from 24 February 2015 to 22 December 2015.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on Thursday said that not only artistes from Pakistan but every citizen of the country should condemn the Uri attack. The 64-year-old actor said by keeping quiet about the dreadful attack on Indian soldiers last month, Pakistan in a way is confirming that they are the terrorists.
Matthew, the first major hurricane threatening a direct hit on the United States in more than 10 years, blasted the Bahamas on Thursday as it headed for Florida after killing at least 339 people in Haiti on its destructive march north through the Caribbean. Carrying extremely dangerous winds of 220 kph, the storm pounded the northwestern part of the Bahamas en route to Florida's Atlantic coast.
Academic publishers challenged the right of Indian students to photocopied texts, their suit shows how much they themselves benefitted from the intellectual commons, writes Satish Deshpande in The Indian Express. "While the law will take its own course, this case raises fundamental questions about the nature and extent of private property in an inescapably collective context like the world of scholarship and higher education. Just as we are now being asked to ponder the question — who 'owns' the Indian cricket team— this case asks us to reconsider the ownership of books and ideas produced in the intellectual commons." he says.
The revival of the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014, and the Union Cabinet's approval for provisions that make discrimination against people living with the virus punishable, are positive steps. Such laws, however, can only deliver benefits within the overall constraints imposed by an underfunded public health system, says an editorial in The Hindu. "Where the legislation can make some difference, with active monitoring by HIV/AIDS support groups, is in ensuring that acquiring the infection does not mean an end to education, employment, access to housing and healthcare due to discrimination. The success of the anti-discrimination aspects hinges on the readiness of governments to accept the inquiry findings of ombudsmen, to be appointed under the law, and provide relief," it says.
Is Uber making too much money? Its commission percentage on fare is larger than sales splits at eBay, Airbnb and other likewise, the firm tends to collect something like 20% to 30% of the fare, writes Shira Ovide in Mint. "It may be, though, that Uber has staked out a unique position that lets it thrive even if keeps its commission structure as is. Drivers don't seem to have the power that larger merchants have over eBay, for example, and may not be able to apply the same pressure on Uber to lower its commissions. The on-demand ride business is also wildly distorted by companies willing to subsidise rides. That makes it tough to assess a natural baseline for industry commissions," he writes.
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