first_imgNEW DELHI: A special geriatric OPD to provide healthcare services to the elderly on Sundays was opened for public at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital. The outpatient department (OPD) was inaugurated by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday morning.In the initial days, services at the facility will be limited to five departments –medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and orthopaedics, Dr Sunil Gupta, medical superintendent of the hospital, said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Union minister also inaugurated several other medical facilities, including an advanced 3T MRI system – GE Healthcare’s 750W in the Radiology Department, a Cath Lab and a Lithotripsy machine in the Urology department. Vardhan said health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and the new OPD reflects that the prime minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile interacting with the staff, para-medics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. “Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,” he stated. He also reviewed the processes of registration of patients, referral and other services.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Raising alarm over EVMs ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, key opposition parties on Friday pitched for reverting to the use of ballot papers and announced a protest march on August 21 over the issue.A clutch of opposition leaders, key among them state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, MNS president Raj Thackeray and NCP’s Ajit Pawar, held a joint press conference here over the EVM issue. They termed the April-May Lok Sabha polls results as “shocking” as they expressed concern over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in unison. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Speaking in Wardha, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked opposition parties to “introspect” why they have lost the people’s trust instead of finding fault with EVMs. Seeking to develop a groundswell on the issue, the opposition leaders said they would reach out to the people and get filled forms, saying they want ballot papers back. Thackeray also stated that the BJP and the Shiv Sena, too, should join the August 21 march, which he added, will not have flag of any particular party. The BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls held in April- May this year, winning 303 seats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn Maharashtra, the BJP won 23 seats, while its ally Shiv Sena bagged 18 out of the total 48 in the state. The Congress won 52 Lok Sabha seats across the country, including one in Maharashtra. The Sharad Pawar-led NCP emerged victorious in 5 seats, including 4 in the state. “Doubts are being raised over the use of EVMs. Such things should not happen in a democracy. Various parties and organisations have expressed concerns over the use of the machines,” Pawar told reporters here. “We urge the people to flag the demand of holding the election using ballot papers,” Pawar, a former minister, said. “People have doubts about EVMs, VVPAT as the elections are nearing. We do not distrust anyone, but the elections must be held in a transparent manner,” Pawar said. Thackeray, who has been at the forefront of the anti- EVM campaign by political parties, said the Lok Sabha poll results had “shocked all — those who won and lost”. “People in the US had raised suspicions over Donald Trump’s election as the President of that country. The chips installed in the EVMs used here come from the US…Using ballot papers will instill trust among people on the poll process,” Thackeray said as he favoured doing away with the use of EVMs. Thackeray, who campaigned against the BJP though his party did not contest the Lok Sabha polls, said all the opposition parties would reach out to the people getting filled forms, saying they want to revert to ballot papers. “These forms will be submitted to the poll panel on August 21,” he added. Asked about the BJP pointing towards its loss in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the 2018 Assembly polls despite the use of EVMs as it counterd the opposition’s machine-related allegations, Thackeray accused the ruling part of “creating an illusion”. Thackeray alleged the BJP’s target was to retain power at the Centre and not in these states.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has said headwinds like softening of demand in the domestic market and protectionist measures abroad may impact its ability to create value in the short term. The company, which has over 50 per cent market share in the domestic passenger vehicle industry, has been impacted by sluggish offtake and has seen total sales drop 33.5 per cent in July at 1,09,264 units. “India has already become the fifth largest car market in the world, though car penetration rate remains reasonably low at 3 per cent, with the country’s population exceeding 1.3 billion people. With economic growth, the low penetration offers a good growth opportunity to the automobile market and the company,” MSI said in its Annual Report for 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, in the short term there are certain headwinds that might affect the company’s ability to create value, it informed shareholders of the company. “These include slowdown in consumption leading to softened demand in domestic market, weakening of Indian economy due to protectionist trade measures adopted recently by various countries, uncertainty in commodity prices and foreign exchange fluctuations,” it added. The company will, however, continue to work on the necessary enablers to tap opportunities in the medium and long term, MSI said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”These include strengthening its customer-centric culture, expanding sales and service network, increasing manufacturing capacity, investing in new products and technology, augmenting capability and skills of employees and inculcating green manufacturing methods,” it added. Terming the weak demand situation as unfortunate, MSI Chairman R C Bhargava said the company needs to recognise that such downturns do happen from time to time all over the world. “Such occasions, while posing challenges also provide an opportunity to review what we are doing and to find ways of becoming more efficient and cost-effective,” he said in the Annual Report. Bhargava further said: “My belief is that we are near the bottom of the downward cycle and the economy, and car sales should start to accelerate in the near future. The fiscal year 2021 should again see your company coming back to its usual rate of growth.” With prolonged slowdown, MSI has been forced to take various steps, including production cuts at its manufacturing plants, in order to adjust its inventory to market demand. It had cut vehicle production for the fifth consecutive month in June by 15.6 per cent to 1,11,917 units as compared to 1,32,616 units in the year-ago month. As per industry sources, the company has also reduced temporary manpower at its facilities and freezed new hiring till the slowdown continues. A senior leader of the company’s workers union, while confirming the developments, said that only temporary workers were impacted and there was no impact on the permanent employees so far. However, a mail sent to the company regarding the jobs cuts and new hiring freeze remained unanswered. In its Annual Report, MSI said it is increasing its engagement with customers to address the short-term challenge of weak market demand by pursuing targeted marketing events to generate enquiries and encourage customers to expedite vehicle purchase. “Hyper-local marketing techniques are being used extensively for customer engagement,” it said.last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to work with his government to identify ‘5 big ideas’ to catalyse the US-Andhra Pradesh economic partnership. He said that Andhra Pradesh and USIBC can prepare a roadmap to achieve investment and trade targets especially in the areas of agriculture and food security, healthcare, education, infrastructure and manufacturing. He mooted the idea while addressing a business roundtable discussion organised by USIBC and the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The roundtable with Jagan Reddy in collaboration with Georgetown University focused on opportunities to strengthen connectivity between the US and Andhra Pradesh and it laid the foundation for investment and trade opportunities, according to an official release. Jagan Reddy is on a private visit to the US to admit his daughter to a university but is scheduled to hold few meetings with US officials. “Andhra Pradesh is poised to catalyse investments, capital and partnerships owing to robust infrastructure for connectivity, enabling policies, integration with global value chains, shifting demographic dividend and a ready work force,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said the government was committed to strengthen the human, physical, natural and financial resources, though the launch of several programmes are based on a four pronged approach – driving economic growth, investment in the future and human potential, creating a social safety net for its people and transforming governance. Jagan Reddy laid his emphasis on delivery of corruption free governance, bringing transparency in procurement and contract management and providing investor friendly experience through one-stop handholding of investors across the implementation lifecycle. Rob Schroder, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce, appreciated Jagan Reddy’s impressive mandate for unlocking the expansive growth potential of Andhra Pradesh. India’s ambassador to US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, described Jagan Reddy’s decisive victory a landmark event and said this will support India’s rise into a $5 trillion economy. Irfan Nooruddin, Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council said that the council would help Andhra Pradesh to engage closely with the private sector on building climate resilience.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After an eight-year gap, a fleet of 25 new standard floor buses will be added to the public transport of Delhi on Tuesday.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the first lot of the 1,000 standard floor buses to be inducted under Cluster scheme of the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System(DIMTS) in a function at Rajghat depot on Tuesday evening, a Delhi government statement said. The first batch of 25 standard floor, non-air conditioned buses will come equipped with hydraulic lifts to enable differently abled commuters to travel in them, said a government official. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe new buses are also equipped with CCTV cameras, GPS, panic buttons and rear surveillance cameras. Currently there are around 5,500 public transport buses including around 3,900 run by the Delhi Transport Corporation and over 1,600 buses under DIMTS’s Cluster scheme. The last buses were added to the Cluster scheme in 2011 while DTC fleet added new buses in 2008, the official said. The Delhi government plans to induct a total of 4,000 new buses including 1,000 e-buses by mid 2020. Transport minister Kailash Gahlot had earlier said the entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses under the Cluster scheme will be rolled on the city roads by December this year. The process for procurement of 1,000 low floor buses each for DTC and DIMTS is also underway.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, is set to appear before a UK court for his customary 28-day remand hearing on Thursday.The 48-year-old is likely to be informed of the dates for his trial on the extradition charges brought by the Indian government, being represented at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsModi has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London since his arrest in March on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard.Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot had presided over the last remand hearing at the court via videolink from the prison where Modi is being held, during which she had indicated that the dates for an estimated five-day trial would be mutually agreed by both sides soon.As per the timelines discussed during the brief hearing, the judge said she expected to receive all the evidence and skeleton argument bundles in the case by April 8, with a five-day hearing then expected to be slotted in May next year. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThere are likely to be a number of case management hearings ahead of that but meanwhile a planned case management hearing for next Monday was vacated as not required.Under the UK’s law, Modi is expected to be produced before the court every four weeks.Modi has previously had his bail rejected multiple times, the fourth and final time being by the UK High Court last month.In her judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Ingrid Simler had concluded there were substantial grounds to believe that Modi would fail to surrender as he does possess the means to abscond . Reiterating similar concerns as those previously raised by Westminster Magistrates’ Court during earlier bail attempts, Judge Simler ruled that after considering all the material “carefully”, she had found strong evidence to suggest there had been interference with witnesses and destruction of evidence in the case and concluded it can still occur.”The applicant has access to considerable financial resources, supported by an increased [bail bond security] offer of 2 million pounds,” the judge noted.The High Court judge stressed that while it was not for her to take a “definitive view” on the evidence, she had proceeded on the basis that the government of India has acted in good faith in what is undoubtedly a serious case and a sophisticated international conspiracy to defraud, together with money laundering.Modi was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant on March 19 and has been in prison since. During subsequent hearings, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that Modi was the “principal beneficiary” of the fraudulent issuance of letters of undertaking (LoUs) as part of a conspiracy to defraud PNB and then laundering the proceeds of crime.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech giants Apple and Samsung have been sued in the US over harmful radio frequency (RF) exposure their smartphones may be emitting. The class-action suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims RF radiation emitted from Apple and Samsung smartphones “exceed legal limits set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)”, Apple Insider reported on Saturday. The devices mentioned in the suit are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year A separate investigation by Chicago Tribune also found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 measured over the legal safety limit and more than double against what Apple had reported to federal regulators from its own testing”. “Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,” read the court filing. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans,” the lawsuit elaborated. There is confusion about the meaning of the maximum reported Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values for cell phones (and other wireless devices). SAR is a measure of the rate of RF energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone, said FCC guidelines. “Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions, or is somehow ‘safer’ than using a cell phone with a high SAR value,” the FCC said. The FCC set the safety limit at 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6W/kg), averaged over 1 gram of tissue. Plaintiffs argued that Apple “covered up any risks by misrepresenting the safety of the smartphones”. Earlier, Apple had declared RF exposure information, including Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), but “the company stopped furnishing such information with the release of the iPhone 7”, they argued. According to Apple, “all iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold”. “We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits,” said Apple. However, Samsung was yet to react to the developments.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles: Singer Katy Perry reportedly wants to marry her actor beau Orlando Bloom at Ashford Castle, which is located on the shore of Lough Corrib in Ireland. “She and Orlando are looking into tying the knot at a gothic Irish castle. It’s going to be a fairy tale extravaganza,” a source told National Enquirer magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Perry has not hired a wedding planner to help her organise wedding and is instead making all the major decisions about her big day herself, with the input of the creative team she works with on her music, videos and tours. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “She isn’t hiring a wedding planner. Katy’s relying on her own ideas and asking her inner circle of assistants, stylists and tour stage designers to pitch in where needed,” Perry said. She previously had revealed that she and Bloom have worked hard to lay a “beautiful foundation” before they “build a monster house” by getting married. The star couple have been married before; the singer was married to Russell Brand for just 14 months until their split in 2011, whilst Bloom was married to Miranda Kerr – with whom he has eight-year-old son Flynn. Perry and Bloom have been dating on-and-off since 2016, and previously split in 2017 before they rekindled their romance in April the following year, and finally got engaged in February.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned NBCC (India) Ltd on Saturday said it has bagged a Rs 400 crore order from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sambalpur. “NBCC (India) Ltd has secured the business of Rs 400 crore in the month of August, 2019,” NBCC said in a regulatory filing. “The work pertains to the Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur for which NBCC would provide project management consultancy for the development of permanent campus (Phase-1 works),” the company added.last_img read more

first_imgLondon: Liverpool’s sizzling start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City. The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season. Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos told the Daily Mail. “They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again. “I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.” That glowing testimony underlines the size of the task facing City as they try to stop Liverpool winning their first English crown since 1990. City may have won the last two Premier League titles in scintillating fashion, but Liverpool look better than ever this term and Newcastle are unlikely to halt their progress at Anfield this weekend.last_img read more