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Hamirpur (UP), March 8 (IANS) It is a story of love and hate story between a man and his wife.

On Thursday, in Kurara village of Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur district, Hans Kumar, 35, had a fight with his wife Sunita, 32, and in a fit of rage, he ran out of the house and jumped into a nearby well.

As he started to drown, Hans Kumar began crying out for help. Soon, a large crowd gathered around the well but no one made any effort to save him.

Hearing the commotion, Sunita came out of her house and found her husband gasping for breath in the well.

Not fearing for her own life, she quickly picked up a rope and descended into the well. Her husband, who had lost consciousness by then, was kept afloat by his wife till other villagers helped the couple and them pulled out.

Kurara SHO Yogesh Tiwari said that Hans was taken to a local hospital where he regained consciousness and his condition was said to be stable. “He has suffered a minor fracture but will recover soon,” said the SHO.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced that a New Pension Scheme (NPS) ‘Vatsalya’, a plan for contribution by parents and guardians for minors, will soon be launched by the government.

The plan can be seamlessly converted into a normal NPS account on minors becoming an adult, the Finance Minister stated during her budget speech.

“The launch of NPS-Vatsalya, allowing parents and guardians to contribute towards minors’ future, is a transformative step. This plan seamlessly converts into a regular NPS account once the minor becomes an adult. Thank you, PM Modi, for your visionary approach in securing the financial future of our young citizens, paving the way for a Viksit Bharat,” said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

The Finance Minister also announced that the committee to review the NPS has made considerable progress in its work.

She expressed satisfaction that the staff side of the National Council of the Joint Consultative Machinery for Central government employees have taken a constructive approach.

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“A solution will be evolved which addresses the relevant issues while maintaining fiscal prudence to protect the common citizens,” said FM Sitharaman.

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Chennai, July 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Police have taken into custody six Russian citizens and three Indians from near the nuclear reactor plant at Kudankulam.

A senior police officer told IANS that they were taken into custody on Monday evening after local people tipped off on the presence of foreigners around the premises of the nuclear reactor.

Besides six Russians including a woman, two Tamil Nadu natives and a Keralite from Thiruvananthapuram were also taken into custody by the police.

Sources in Tamil Nadu Police told IANS that the Central agencies have commenced quizzing those in custody. The Thiruvananthapuram native, according to police, is the driver of the cab in which the Russians came.

It may be recalled that the Kudankulam nuclear power project at Tirunelveli in Southern Tamil Nadu was commissioned with the support of the Russians. There had been stiff public opposition to the plant when the construction was commissioned in March 2022.

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Kudankulam has two 1000 Mwe nuclear reactors at present and four more are expected to come up in the same region.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a split verdict on a batch of pleas opposing the release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the environment, unless a robust regulatory system is put in place by the government.

The split judgment was given by a Division Bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Sanjay Karol on the legality of the clearance given by the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) in the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for release of Genetically Modified (GM) mustard.

Quashing the approval of the GEAC, Justice Nagarathna, in her opinion, held that the decision was taken in gross violation of public trust, without conducting any indigenous studies specific to the country’s unique biodiversity.

On the other hand, Justice Karol upheld the approval for release of GM mustard, rejecting the contention to quash the clearance given by GEAC on account of manifest arbitrariness.

Resultantly, the matter has been referred to the Chief Justice of India for appropriate orders for the constitution of a larger Bench to deliver an authoritative pronouncement on the subject.

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In January this year, the two-judge SC Bench had reserved its verdict after hearing the oral arguments advanced by Attorney General (AG) R Venkataramani and Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, the senior law officers representing the Centre and advocate Prashant Bhushan and senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for the petitioner NGOs and environmentalists.

During the hearing, SG Mehta said that by employing GM mustard hybrids, the domestic production of edible oils will increase while reducing the dependency on other exporting countries.

“The only question is if we should be growing it here or importing from other countries…we need more food security by growing indigenous varieties and less foreign dependency,” he had said.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the PIL litigants, had contended that the case relates to biosafety of GM crops and consuming them could result in toxicity, allergies and other “unintended consequences.”

Referring to various scientific reports, he had said that GM crops have revealed adverse impacts on agriculture and the environment and it may pose a threat of contaminating other flora and fauna of the country.

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“Therefore, the issue of regulation and biosafety of these Genetically Modified Organisms has become a major issue across the world,” Bhushan had said.

Earlier in August 2023, the top court had refused to pass any urgent directions on the Centre’s application which had sought release of GM mustard for seed production and testing.

“The environment and ecology has to be maintained. One year, here or there, does not matter. The environmental harm cannot be reversed,” it had told the Centre.

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Bengaluru, July 23 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said that he has discussed the issue of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) targeting the Congress government with the party’s high command and they will address the issue.

“I have discussed the matter with the high command. They will also take up this issue. We are ready to fight a legal battle. I don’t know what the ED and CBI are going to do. About 90 per cent of the investigation has been completed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT),” the Chief Minister said while staging a protest condemning the ED’s move to force an officer to implicate the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister in an alleged Tribal Welfare Board case.

He said that SIT is carrying out the investigation and will initiate stern action against the accused.

“We will not show mercy to anyone and won’t protect anyone involved in the scam. We will punish the guilty. The investigation into Tribal Welfare case is progressing well,” the Chief Minister said.

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He said that the future action will be taken in consultation with the high command.

“The ED never bothered to look into the scams which occurred during the BJP’s rule. They never investigated the Bhovi Development Board scam, Devraj Urs Development Board scam, APMC scam, or the misappropriations that took place during the Corona pandemic under the BJP,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the BJP leaders who are repeatedly demanding a CBI probe never agreed to a CBI probe when they were in power.

“The BJP referred to the CBI as the ‘Chor Bachao Institute’ when they were in opposition. Now, since the BJP is ruling at the Centre, they want a CBI probe for everything. The Congress government had handed over many cases to the CBI,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that the government will take a discretionary call on handing over cases for a CBI probe.

“As per the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the CBI can probe a scam if it involves more than Rs 25 crore,” the Chief Minister said.

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He said that the ED is trying to destabilise an elected government in Karnataka.

“We are staging a symbolic protest to condemn this. We will also raise our concerns in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council,” he said.

The Karnataka Police on Monday registered an FIR against the two Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers who are investigating the State Tribal Welfare Board case.

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New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) In a big relief to cancer patients, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Union Budget 2024, exempted customs duty on three cancer drugs.

The three drugs are Trastuzumab deruxtecan, Osimertinib and Durvalumab. The reduction in customs duty may help reduce the financial burden on those battling the deadly disease.

In her seventh budget speech, the Union Minister also called for exemptions in custom duties on X-ray tubes and flat panel detectors.

“I also propose changes in the BCD (Basic Customs Duty), X-ray tubes, and flat panel detectors for use in medical X-ray machines under the phased manufacturing programme to synchronise them with domestic capacity addition,” said FM Sitharaman.

According to the recent 4th edition of Apollo Hospitals’ Health of Nation Report, cancer cases are skyrocketing across the country.

The report dubbed India the “cancer capital of the world”.

In 2019, India registered about 12 lakh new cancer cases and 9.3 lakh deaths in 2019, becoming the second highest contributor to the disease burden in Asia, as per a Lancet study.

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The number increased to 13.9 lakh in 2020, which then rose to 14.2 lakh and 14.6 lakh in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

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