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Rajasthan: Hospital's registration cancelled after doc removes wrong kidney

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Jaipur, May 29 (IANS) The Rajasthan government on Tuesday took action in a case in which a doctor removed the functional kidney of a patient instead of the non-functional one by cancelling the registration of the hospital with immediate effect.

The state government has also initiated the process to cancel the empanelment of the hospital in various government health schemes.

Additional Chief Secretary in the Medical and Health Department, Shubhra Singh, said that a serious case of removal of the left kidney of a female patient instead of the right kidney had come to light at the Dhankar Hospital in Jhunjhunu.

“Taking the matter seriously, the Medical and Health Department has taken strict action against the hospital. The clinical establishment registration of the hospital has been cancelled with immediate effect.

“Action is being taken to cancel the empanelment of the hospital from different schemes of the Rajasthan government. Besides, the action to seize the hospital is also under process,” Singh said.

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She added that as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, a five-member investigation team has been formed to probe the matter.

–IANS

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Farmers to receive Rs 3,100 paddy MSP per quintal, says Odisha minister

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Krushna Chandra Patra on Thursday announced that paddy will be procured from the farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3,100 per quintal in the current Kharif season.

The hike in paddy MSP is one of the major promises made by the ruling party during the recently held elections.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, the Food Supplies minister said: “We will ensure the procurement is conducted as per the procedure and will not allow the ‘katni chatni’ (forcible deduction of paddy by millers during procurement). As we had declared in our manifesto, farmers will receive Rs 3,100 as paddy MSP and the amount will be deposited in their accounts within 48 hours. We have already issued directions in this regard and work has already been started accordingly.”

Patra also announced that the farmers would receive the enhanced MSP amount for paddy during procurement from this Kharif season.

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The Minister also made another major announcement that, with technological support from the United Nations World Food Programme, ‘Rice ATM’ will be inaugurated in Bhubaneswar soon.

The ration card beneficiaries can get rice from the ATM using a card provided to them.

Patra also stated that the authorities of the World Food Programme have been requested to open such rice ATMs in different districts of the state as well.

–IANS

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No land will be acquired for Vahavan Port, says JNPA Chairman Umesh Wagh

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 76,220 crore deep-water port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra, the Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), Umesh Wagh, said on Thursday that the first phase will be commissioned in 2029 and the second phase during 2032 and 2037.

Wagh said the JNPA has held several interactions with the villagers and tried to address the various concerns with regard to damage to the environment, dip in fish catch, or the acquisition of land.

Wagh said there was no proposal for a crude oil refinery, saying that these are only rumours.

‘’Let me tell you, there is no proposal for import of crude, hence there’s no question of a refinery,” he said.

On concerns over land acquisition and displacement, Wagh said not an inch of land will be acquired for the port project.

“So there is no question of displacement. There is no doubt left in this particular aspect,’’ he said.

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The port infrastructure comprises nine container terminals, each 1 km in length, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, a coastal cargo berth, and a coast guard berth. The project involves the reclamation of 1,448 hectares in offshore areas and construction of 10.4 km of breakwater, container/cargo storage areas.

On the concern regarding flooding due to this big project, Wagh said the JNPA is going 6 km inside.

“Exhaustive scientific studies have been carried out which clearly said that as this is an offshore project, there will be no flooding due to the project development,’’ he added.

On concern regarding the livelihood of the fishermen, Wagh admitted that it is a very important aspect.

“Except for a 30 sq km of area, the fishermen can do fishing everywhere. If the fishermen need to shift from the 30 sq km area, we will provide compensation as per the Maharashtra government’s policy. While we have got all the clearances, it doesn’t mean that we will not talk to the fishermen and the villagers. Our offices are open for talks 24×7. Any demand of theirs is most welcome. We will address all their concerns,” he added.

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Time to work together to win upcoming Maha Assembly polls: Praful Patel

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Amid the ongoing verbal duel among the ruling MahaYuti partners over its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Working President Praful Patel on Thursday said that everyone should focus on contesting the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections together.

He downplayed the blame-game which is underway among the MahaYuti partners, saying that the alliance partners will have to collectively take all decisions and address the various issues faced during the general elections.

“It will be clear that there are many seats where none of the three parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP managed to give the lead to our candidate. It is futile to play the blame game, and it won’t be beneficial to anyone. The discussion on who won because of whom and who lost because of whom should stop now,” Patel said.

”Analyse the result and find out where we (NCP) have given lead to our allies. Also find where the candidate’s own party failed to give the lead. But that analysis won’t yield much now. We need to stay united and we must keep our entire focus on assembly elections,” he added.

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The NCP leader also sad the contest for the upcoming Assembly election would not be easy “unless all the differences are buried”.

“The farmers’ issue could not be solved. The fake narrative about reservations and the constitution could not be countered. These are the main factors for the defeat,” he said.

Patel, however, said that the MahaYuti government will solve the issues affecting people.

–IANS

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Yechury demands court-monitored SIT probe in NEET case

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Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday demanded a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the UGC-NEET paper leak case.

“An entire system has been polluted. Many influential people are involved in the matter. What is required is a court-monitored probe by a SIT. The future of the youths is being played with. People have lost all hope in agencies like the CBI. Their only task is to hound the opposition parties,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

On the election disaster of the party in West Bengal where the party has once again reduced to zero, Yechury said that the defeat of his party was not just against the BJP or the Trinamool Congress, but also against “muscle power” and “money power”.

CPI-M Politburo member and state Secretary Mohammad Salim, who was also present, said that besides unleashing massive violence on the polling days, there had been massive irregularities in the counting of votes.

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However, Yechury has outlined a silver line even amid the party’s debacle. “Over the last elections, we have been able to bring new faces to the forefront. Our campaigning reached a different level in the state this time. It can be said that a completely new face of the party has evolved in West Bengal, which is not only good for the state but also for the entire country,” he said.

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Vadhavan port will be a game changer for Maha; to help achieve $1 trillion economy: Minister

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Maharashtra Ports Minister Sanjay Bansode has said that the proposed Vadhavan port cleared by the Union Cabinet will be a game changer for Maharashtra.

The Union Cabinet recently approved the Rs 76,220 crore port at Vadhavan in Palghar district of Maharashtra.

During an interaction with IANS, Sanjay Bansode said the project would boost industrial development and also generate employment opportunities.

“I sincerely thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Cabinet as the development of Vadhavan port will provide huge employment opportunities for the local people during the construction phase as well as the operation phase. Many posts including driver, mechanic, painter, carpenter, electrician, watchman, computer operator will be created for those who are less educated. In addition, there will be tremendous opportunities for highly educated ones in the field of management, engineering and others,” the Minister said.

He said it will further boost industrial development due to multiple business opportunities in its surroundings and also in the adjoining areas of the state.

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“The Vadhavan port will be a game changer for Maharashtra, and it will help the state to achieve its ambitious target of a $1 trillion economy,” the Minister said.

Despite a series of talks by the Maharashtra government and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority and also the recent public hearing, a section of villagers and fishing community are strongly opposed to the port development. On being asked how he plans to address their concerns, Sanjay Bansode said: “There is no opposition to the port development. The Chief Minister, two Deputy Chief Ministers and myself have held several meetings with the farmers and fishing community.

“Those talks were quite positive. The project will certainly help Maharashtra’s growth scale to a new high. The government is committed to addressing the concerns raised by those opposing the project. I appeal to them to extend their cooperation in the development of the port at Vadhavan. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute has provided training for aspiring fishermen to enhance their skills. This is an ongoing programme as interested persons can avail this training,” he told IANS.

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The Minister also said that Shankhodhar Shrine, a place of worship of the locals, will be preserved. His assurance on the matter came after the villagers expressed concern that the Shankhodhar Shrine, dedicated to Lord Ram, would be damaged due to the port development project.

“It is far away from the port project site and there will be no risk to Shankhodhar Shrine,” he said.

“Also, let me make it clear that there is no proposal to set up a crude oil refinery in the master plan of the port project. In fact, crude oil refining was never thought of. It is requested that no one should take notice of such false propaganda in this regard,” the Minister said as it was learned that the villagers are opposed to the “proposed” crude oil refinery there.

(Sanjay Jog can be contacted at sanjay.j@ians.in)

–IANS

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