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Report Dated January 17, 2017 6:20 PM
The restriction will apply to the front row of six seats on economy flights and comes after reports some women were groped by other passengers.
Not everybody connected to the airline is happy with the move though.
The airline is no stranger to controversy.
In 2015, bosses told some staff they were too fat to be air attendants and were costing the company a fortune in fuel.
Report Dated January 17, 2017 6:11 PM
It is now officially confirmed that a stent can cost the patient over 10 times by the time it moves from the manufacturer to the patient. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) released data on margins made by players at various levels in the stent trade.
Of all the players, hospital margins appear to be the highest, touching about 650%. Incidentally, along with stent companies, it is hospitals and cardiologists who have been most vocal against price control for stents. Based on data submitted by stent companies, NPPA has worked out the margins at every level and the data shows that the margin on stents range from 270% to about 1,000%.
While the biggest jump in price seems to happen at the level of hospitals, not all hospitals might be charging that high a margin as it ranges from 11% to 654%.
The manufacturing cost of a drug eluting stent (DES) for a domestic company is about Rs.8,000 and the price of an imported DES starts at about Rs. 5,000. Combining of the data for DES along with bioabsorbable stents makes it difficult to get an exact idea of just how much the mark-up on DES alone could be. DES constitutes over 95% of the stents used in India.
Report Dated January 16, 2017 7:05 PM
In signs of rising income inequality, India’s richest one per cent now hold a huge 58 per cent of the country’s total wealth — higher than the global figure of about 50 per cent.
The study, released by rights group Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos attended by rich and powerful from across the world, showed that just 57 billionaires in India now have same wealth ($ 216 billion) as that of the bottom 70 per cent population of the country.
Globally, just 8 billionaires have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50 per cent of the world population.
The study said there are 84 billionaires in India, with a collective wealth of $248 billion, led by Mukesh Ambani ($9.3 billion), Dilip Shanghvi ($16.7 billion) and Azim Premji ($15 billion). The total Indian wealth in the country stood at $3.1 trillion.
The total global wealth in the year was $255.7 trillion, of which about $6.5 trillion was held by billionaires, led by Bill Gates ($75 billion), Amancio Ortega ($67 billion) and Warren Buffett ($60.8 billion).
It said that since 2015, the richest 1 per cent has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet.
“Over the next 20 years, 500 people will hand over $2.1 trillion to their heirs – a sum larger than the GDP of India, a country of 1.3 billion people,” Oxfam said.
The study findings showed that the poorest half of the world has less wealth than had been previously thought while over the last two decades, the richest 10 per cent of the population in China, Indonesia, Laos, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have seen their share of income increase by more than 15 per cent.
On the other hand, the poorest 10 per cent have seen their share of income fall by more than 15 per cent.
“Due to a combination of discrimination and working in low-pay sectors, women’s wages across Asia are between 70-90 per cent of men’s,” it said.
Report Dated January 15, 2017 4:17 PM
A 14-year-old boy in Gujarat has signed an agreement worth Rs.5 crore to explore the possibility of commercial production of a drone created by him which can help in detecting and defusing landmines in war fields.
Harshwardhan Zala, who is studying in Class 10, started work on the prototype of the landmine-detecting drone last year after reading in newspapers about high army casualties due to landmines.
“I first created a land mine detecting robot but realised that since the weight is heavy it would trigger a blast and damage it so I thought of creating a drone which will be at a safe distance while detecting the mines,” said Harshwardhan, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the recently-concluding Vibrant Gujarat summit in Ahmedabad.
The state government had even part financed his final prototype which cost him around Rs. 5 lakhs. Now the government experts will explore the possibility of its commercial production.
Explaining the concept, Harshwardhan said that once the mine was detected by the drone through an infrared sensor, a 50 gram detonator will complete the task of defusing it
Harshwardhan, whose father is an accountant, has set up his own company – Aerobatics 7 – and plans to create more such gadgets. A student of Sarvoday Vidhyamandi, he says he has been interested in science and innovation for several years now.
Report Dated January 14, 2017 11:06 PM
A move by the khadi and village industries commission (KVIC) to publish Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo on its 2017 calendar and table diary has triggered a controversy with the Congress and other opposition parties taking strong exception to replacing Mahatma Gandhi’s picture.
However, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) dismissed the controversy as “unnecessary”. KVIC chairman VK Saxena defended the move, saying there is “no rule or tradition” that only Mahatma Gandhi’s picture can be published on these items.
But the Congress and other parties refused to buy this argument and took umbrage over Modi’s picture spinning the charkha donning the cover page.
“The Mangalayaan effect,” tweeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Apparently implying that Modi was trying to take credit for KVIC’s promotion like he had allegedly done after the landing of India’s spacecraft Mangalayaan on the Mars.
“It is most unfortunate that such a thing has happened. Nobody can replace Mahatma Gandhi. These sorts of things do not define moral authority of the PMO,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
“The great symbol of charka (wheel) and Mahatma Gandhi now gets replaced by Modi babu. In the calendar and diary of Khadi (KVIC) 2017, Modi replaced Mahatma Gandhiji. Gandhiji is the Father of the Nation. Modiji what???” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.
The AAP also attacked the PM saying, “It won’t be surprising if Gandhi’s image is replaced with that of Modi’s on currency notes… He has reduced himself to a megalomaniac,” AAP leader Dilip Pandey said.
The Mahatma’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi also expressed outrage and said, “Anybody can become an icon of anything but in order to be appreciated it has to be sincere.
It has to be ideological and not just a mere photo prop.”
“Now matter how much they pretend, they do not believe in Gandhian ideology. So there is no question of sincerity. This is just a desperate attempt to snatch Mahatma’s legacy,” he said.
But sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) diaries and calendars had not carried Mahatma Gandhi’s picture on several occasions. “In the calendars and diaries of 1996, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, there was no picture of Gandhi. So there is no question of Modi replacing Gandhiji’s picture.”