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India to have plastic currency notes
Report dated 09/05/2013 @ 7:05 PM
The Reserve Bank of India announced that it will soon introduce plastic currency notes as they have a longer shelf-life and are therefore also environment friendly.
Speaking during an interactive session with students of the Business School of Kashmir University in Srinigar, Governor D Subbarao said they are trying to introduce plastic currency on a trial basis, and if that succeeds it will be replicated in the entire country.
In the first phase a billion pieces of Rs.10 polymer/plastic notes will be introduced on a trial basis in Kochi, Mysore, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar and Shimla.
More Indian newborns die on the first day than any other country
Report dated 08/05/2013 @ 2:29 PM
According to the latest 'State Of The World's Mother 2013' report, every year over 309,300 children in India don't live beyond the first day because of complications associated with preterm birth, hygiene and maternal health. This makes India the leading country in the world for both maternal and new-born deaths.
The report by US based Save the Children ranks 176 countries on maternal and child mortality. Nearly two-thirds of all first-day deaths occur in just 10 countries, most with very large populations like India, China and Indonesia. Others high on the list are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ethiopia.
South Asia is particularly vulnerable because the region has only 14 doctors or nurses per 10,000 people.
Dr Rajiv Tandon adviser for health and nutrition at Save the Children says India suffers from systemic problems including lack of resources, as well as training of frontline workers and data for decision making. Cultural issues also play a part.
Court issues notice to airline for sacking 'overweight' air hostess
Report dated 08/05/2013 @ 2:28 PM
Salome Singsit, 39, who works for Airline Allied Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Air India approached the Supreme Court because she was terminated from her job for being 'overweight' and the airline arbitrarily refused to renew her contract.
The Bench issued a notice to the airline seeking its response on the allegation leveled by Singsit.
Singsit appointed as a cabin crew member in 1966 submitted her plea that she had numerous medical complications and got pregnant thrice due to which she gained weight.
The airline said she was not keeping well and had been overweight many times when she was serving as a crew member. She said she was ready to take ground duties but the airline refused and her contract was not renewed beyond Dec 31, 2010.
Case against Dhoni for appearing in magazine as Lord Vishnu !
Report dated 07/05/2013 @ 1:49 PM
An Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Choori Khan, has registered a case under a section that includes injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class, along with a section of the Indian Penal Code against star cricketer MS Dhoni, on a complaint filed by social activist Jayakumar Hiremath.
In his complaint Hiremath alleges that Dhoni is seen on the cover of a business magazine posing as Lord Vishnu, holding various things including a shoe in his hands. Hiremath claims Dhoni has denigrated the Hindu god and hurt religious feelings.
Supreme Court raps Delhi Police Commissioner
Report dated 07/05/2013 @ 1:48 PM
In response to an affidavit filed by Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar explaining the action taken against a senior police officer for slapping a woman protestor last month, the Supreme Court said it is not good enough and made scathing remarks about the police force, who have failed at doing their jobs.
The case relates to an Assistant Commissioner of Police slapping a young woman during the anti-rape protests. The Police suspended the errant cop but the court said that was not good enough, and directed the police commissioner to file a fresh affidavit.
Calls for the Commissioner's resignation have been mounting but he remains resolute that he will not go, but sources say his exit may be imminent.