NEW DELHI: The claim made in a new show of a US science channel that the 'Ram Setu' between India and Sri Lanka is man-made has reaffirmed BJP 's stand on the issue, the party said on Wednesday, asserting that it believes in the existence of Lord Ram. I wish once and for all this debate (on Ram Setu) is settled. The research has supported what BJP has been claiming all along...The setu is part of our cultural heritage," Prasad told reporters here. In a promo for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of sand pre-date the sand. We are proud of our religion and we are proud of every religion in India," he said.

December 13, 2017 22:30 UTC

A 58-year-old doctor suffering from kidney failure received a new lease of life after the Delhi High Court (HC) permitted him to take the organ from a distant relative. Earlier, the authorities concerned were not permitting Singh’s maternal uncle’s daughter-in-law to donate the kidney for him as they suspected some financial transaction. Justice Vibhu Bhakru, however, allowed Singh to take the kidney after finding out that there was no financial transaction involved. But she is firm that she wants to donate her kidney,” the court said in its order, adding that the she has denied any kind of financial transaction. It then directed the Authorisation Committee to reconsider the application for grant of approval for kidney transplantation.

December 13, 2017 22:18 UTC

The Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN) is organising the 48th Annual Congress of the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISNCON 2017) from December 14 to 17. The conference will have a comprehensive discussion on the latest developments and trends in the field of nephrology, dialysis, and transplant. Statistics indicate that 1 in 10 persons in the general population is estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder (CKD). Nearly 175,000 new people have kidney failure every year in India and require dialysis or kidney transplant. The two most common causes of chronic kidney diseases are diabetes and hypertension.”NOT IN GOOD HEALTHStatistics say 1 in 10 persons is estimated to have some form of chronic kidney disorder (CKD).

December 13, 2017 22:18 UTC

NEW DELHI: The Vistara crew "did not observe" any type of misbehaviour by any passenger on its Delhi-Mumbai flight (UK 981) last Saturday (December 9), the airline has told aviation regulator DGCA in response to an allegation by a teenaged actress that she was harassed by a person seated behind her on the flight.Vistara also reportedly said that the mother of the teenaged girl, who was seated next to her, did not register a police report after reporting the matter to the airline at Mumbai airport on arrival. "At one point during final descent into Mumbai when the aircraft was in 'sterile mode' (when the crew cannot leave their seats as per safety procedures) the crew heard (the minor) speak loudly to the passenger seated behind her. But the crew was not aware of the subject matter of this discussion." "After landing, even while the aircraft was taxiing, a crew member went to (the minor) and enquired if everything was alright. (She) did not respond to the question.Vistara got to know of (her) discomfort only after she informed the ground staff in the arrival hall that something had happened on the flight and she wanted to speak to a senior Vistara crew or staff..." "We have taken this incident very seriously and are committed to fully cooperating with all relevant authorities and the police," the airline said.

December 13, 2017 22:11 UTC

A judicial officer posted in a Delhi court is fighting a legal battle against the Delhi government over a sum of Rs 28,000, the amount he spent on acupuncture treatment for his migraine. The Delhi government has cited rules to refuse reimbursement to him. While migrane has no permanent solution, Trigeminal Neuralgia can be treated through surgery. Thereafter, he underwent acupuncture therapy at a Delhi Hospital, which yielded results and reduced his pain. PinprickAshwani Kumar Sarpal suffers from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine Surgery can treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

December 13, 2017 22:07 UTC





The government has also notified Fee Anomaly Committees, in pursuant to the recommendations of the Justice Duggal Committee, constituted by the Delhi High Court. The complaint can be registered with the committee of respective districts in the prescribed proforma, along with a processing fee of Rs 100. Following several complaints from parents CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia met at the Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday to discuss the matter. The Directorate of Education (DoE) had earlier as well written to schools, asking them to refrain from any “unjustified” hike in school fees in the name of implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations. “The MLAs will get data regarding complaints against schools that have increased the fees,” the official added.

December 13, 2017 22:07 UTC

The Delhi government has constituted a nine-member committee to monitor the functioning of private hospitals in the capital. "Over-billing is a massive problem in private hospitals. We are forming a committee including experienced doctors and medical experts, which will provide recommendations," said Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain. According to officials, the health department has received various complaints against private hospitals about patients being forced to buy medicines on inflated rates and from medical shops from hospitals. The members are from Indian Medical Association (IMA), Delhi Medical Council (DMC) and Delhi Medical Association (DMA).

December 13, 2017 22:07 UTC

Clamour is growing for the reopening of cinema halls in the strife-torn Kashmir valley. Mattu's remarks came in response to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's tweet hailing Saudi Arabia's decision to lift the ban on cinema halls. "I am strongly in favour of reopening of cinema halls in Kashmir. Allah Tigers, now a defunct terror outfit, had banned cinema halls as well as sale and consumption of liquor in 1989. Led by self styled 'Air Marshal' Noor Khan, the outfit had ransacked and looted liquor shops and threatened to set ablaze cinema halls prompting them to shut down.

December 13, 2017 22:07 UTC

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal might soon be looking at the order cancelling the license of the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh, sources have said. Meanwhile, the hospital has not been able to admit any new patients ever since its license was cancelled by the Delhi government. While the government has not received any request from the hospital, senior government officials claimed that the hospital is now looking for the L-G to intervene in the matter. “Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against the cancellation of registration of the Max hospital Shalimar Bagh. Also, the Delhi Medical Council (DMC) received a reply from the hospital over the notice served to it.

December 13, 2017 21:56 UTC

Following the death of a two-year-old girl, who accidentally fell into an open drain in northeast Delhi's Maujpur area, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has formed a three-member committee to inquire into the matter. The committee comprises sanitation superintendent I and II, Shahdara(north), and assistant engineer (maintenance-IV), who have been asked to submit a report within three days. Besides, the Paryavaran Sahayak of Ward 40 has been placed under suspension with immediate effect for dereliction of duty, and the SI and the ASI have been issued show cause notices. The government has demanded a strict action against the officials and staff responsible for the negligence that led to the child's death and that EDMC formulate guidelines to prevent such untoward incidents in future. "We have assured the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillors at EDMC that those found guilty in the matter would be strictly dealt with," EDMC Mayor Neema Bhagat said.

December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC

A group of people stabbed a 20-year-old man to death and critically injured two of his relatives in southeast Delhi's Pul Prahladpur area, late on Tuesday evening. The police have arrested two of the men and personal enmity is being suspected to be the reason behind the attack. According to the police, the incident was reported at the Pul Prahladpur police station at 8.30 pm. The caller said a violent scuffle had taken place near the Sunday Market at the Lal Kuan area. "It was learnt from the hospital that one of the injured, Rahul, succumbed during treatment.

December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC

LONDON: Twelve Indian banks and a financial institution have successfully filed an application in the high court to freeze nearly Rs 10,000 cr of the UK assets of fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya . In 2013, the airlines lost its licence and in 2016 he fled to the UK, where he is now fighting extradition. Mallya has until December 22 to give a statement confirming his worldwide assets. A two-day hearing will take place in April.Pavani Reddy, managing partner of Zaiwalla & Co Solicitors, London, said: "English court freezing orders impose onerous obligations. It is therefore imperative that Mallya complies with all the court orders.

December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC

The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday slammed the Delhi government for its failure to comply with a 19-year-old order of the Supreme Court (SC) to procure adequate number of buses in the national Capital. The court rapped the AAP government, stating that it has not given any reason to back its claim of unrealistic prices being charged for the low-floor buses. "For the last 10 years, you have justified not buying low-floor buses, saying the price was unrealistic without saying what is realistic or carrying out an empirical study," the bench stated. "You should see what you are balancing the cost against," the bench said to the Delhi government. The court's remarks come while hearing a PIL by a person suffering from locomotor disability, challenging the Delhi government's move to procure 2,000 standard floor buses at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

The second phase will see 93 seats in central and north Gujarat region, including 21 seats of Ahmedabad district, go to the polls on Thursday. Gujarat's Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said that all preparations for smooth conduct of the second phase of elections have been completed. BJP had swept south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions in the 2012 elections, but the two parties were almost neck and neck in central and north Gujarat. While BJP had won 49 of these 93 seats, Congress was not too far behind by winning 44 seats. Led by Narendra Modi, the BJP had won 32 out of 53 seats in north Gujarat.

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC

The national Capital breathed better on Wednesday, with the air quality improving significantly after light rains hit the city a day before. The air quality index (AQI) improved to 270, against Tuesday’s 290. Scientists at the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) attributed the better air quality to the rain and picking up of wind speed. The day temperature fell to 21.3 degrees Celsius, with cold winds coming from northern India. The AQI units are measured against PM 2.5, the most prominent pollutant in Delhi -NCR (measured in microgram per cubic meters).

December 13, 2017 21:33 UTC