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No more 2-finger test for rape victims
Report dated 05/03/2014 @ 4:03 PM
The Department of Health Research (DHR) and the Indian Council of Medical Research, with the help of qualified medical experts, has revised and formulated a set of national guidelines for dealing with criminal assault cases, including asking all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examinations of rape victims and banning the two-finger test performed on them.
The dubious two-finger test was used by doctors to find out whether the victim is habituated to sexual intercourse or not. This has been outlawed and recognised as unscientific and shall therefore no longer be performed.
Among the detailed and carefully prepared revised guidelines is the necessity to obtain the 'informed consent' of the victim before starting treatment, and so is informing the police. In cases where the patient is below 12 years of age the parents and guardians will be responsible for consent.
The revised guidelines have been made available to health care providers who work with victims of sexual violence.
Deadline to exchange pre-2005 currency notes extended
Report dated 04/03/2014 @ 2:45 PM
The Reserve Bank of India has extended for an additional nine months, the requirement that the public exchange currency notes printed before 2005, including Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denominations. The new deadline is now January 1, 2015.
The RBI has also advised banks to facilitate the exchange of the notes for full value and without causing the public any inconvenience. It clarified that the public can continue to freely use the notes for transactions and can unhesitatingly receive these notes in payment as all such notes will remain legal tender.
Post-2005 notes have added security features that help curb the menace of fake currency.
"We’re sailing on a bomb" submarine officer’s warning ignored by Navy
Report dated 04/03/2014 @ 2:42 PM
As the Indian Navy board of inquiry continues to investigate the Feb 26 disaster on board the INS Sindhuratna submarine, a serving officer has turned whistle blower, and divulged a final disturbing conversation he had with officer Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar, one of the officers who perished on board.
The officer whose identity is being protected currently serves at the Western Naval command. He told of his meeting with Lieutenant Manoranjan just days before he died. When he asked him about the submarine, the Lieutenant said "We sail on a bomb, Sir, the batteries are so old that despite ten times efforts to maintain them they still produce ten times the gas. The hydrogen burners simple can't cope".
When the whistle blower asked why he had not flagged the issue up the naval chain of command, Manoranjan said "Sir, everybody is aware. It's a point at the Commander's Conference attended by the entire higher military leadership. Battery pit fires are the order of the day".
The whistle blower, himself shocked and distraught, felt some part of the accountability should be with those at the Command and Naval Headquarters. He believes it is the collective responsibility of everyone from the electrical officer to the minister or the headquarters responsible for supplies.
As the investigation progresses and the layers of details are uncovered, the deaths of Lt. Manoranjan and his fellow officer have had a particularly grave effect on the naval rank and file.
“Delhi hotels among world's worst”
Report dated 03/03/2014 @ 1:05 PM
According to an online survey 'Reputation Ranking', conducted by Trivago, the world's largest online hotel search site that compares rates at over 700,000 hotels, Delhi hotels are considered the worst in the world.
Mumbai hotels fared a little better, taking 65th position on the list of 100 destinations. Other Asian destinations at the lower end of the list include Kuala Lumpur, Pattaya, Manila, Singapore, Bandung and Jakarta. The bottom list also included Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, that is hosting the football world cup this year.
Hotels in Sorrento, Italy topped the list followed by Dresden, Gdansk, and Dubrovnik.
The ranking is based on over 82 million reviews compiled by Trivago from over 200 online booking websites.
Aamir Khan gets bombproof car to tackle threats
Report dated 02/03/2014 @ 6:46 PM
Bollywood star Aamir Khan has received many security threats, compelling him to purchase an expensive special protection Mercedes Benz S600 that is a customised model especially made for VVIPs. Khan is only the third person in the country to own this model after PM Manmohan Singh and industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
Sources say after the first season of the controversial Satyamev Jayate, Khan received several threats. He had initially informed police about the threats and even received police protection, but under pressure from his family and friends, he placed an order for the car.
The second season of Satyamev Jayate, is scheduled to hit TV screens from March 2, so he was advised to take no chances.