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News Digest: Soon, AIIMS to Launch 'Adopt a Patient' Policy
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi to launch 'adopt a patient' policy. (Photo courtesy: AIIMS Website)
Here are some important reports from the biggest newspapers of India.
Soon, AIIMS to launch 'adopt a patient' policy
Fifty-year-old Dayawati was brought to AIIMS last month with severe cervical spine injury. Surgery saved her and she can go home. But she remains in hospital because the family doesn't have money for a portable ventilator. Now, there's hope for Dayawati and hundreds of patients like her who wait endlessly at AIIMS for surgery or discharge because they don't have money to buy equipment needed for rehabilitation at home, as reported in The times of India.
India's premier hospital, visited by 8,000 to 10,000 patients daily, has decided to seek public donations for such patients under an `adopt a patient' policy. The adoption scheme, officials said, will fill the gap between demand and supply in donations for AIIMS patients.
Italian Police detained 3 IITians for 'racial profiling'
On May 30, three IIT students who had travelled to Italy for the weekend from France, were stopped allegedly by Italian Police in the city of Ventimiglia while they were travelling from Venice to Antibes. From there, the three were flown to Baiae in southern Italy, more than 850 km away, and kept in a "camp" without any explanation for why they had been detained.
Akshit Goyal, a student of IIT Delhi, related the horrors of the close to 24 hours that he and his friends, Deepak Bhatt from IIT Delhi and Uday Kusupati from IIT Bombay, spent in detention. The three are interning with INRIA Sophia Antipolis in France for two months. Read full article on The Times of India.
From 2017, Bihar toppers will face interview
The state government on Thursday asked the Bihar School Examination Board not to release merit lists of Class X and XII exams in future before subjecting toppers to individual interviews and checking their answer-sheets. The move follows much embarrassment after two of the board's intermediate toppers this year looked completely clueless about the subjects they had "excelled" in, as per a news report in The Times of India.
Condom conundrum: Health workers refuse to distribute condoms named Asha
Embarrassed government health activists called Asha are refusing to door-to-door with condoms that now carry the name, jeopardising a nationwide mission.
When the fresh stock arrived in May, the product name had changed from Deluxe to Asha.
"First they exploit us as employees and now they malign our image," said an Asha worker "People now call us and say: 'Ek Asha dena (Give me one Asha)'. They have even started making jokes on us. It is awkward and undignified." Read full article in Hindustan Times.
Man divorces wife for failing 'virginity test', women's panel seeks probe
Maharashtra Women Commission has sought a probe report from Nashik police over an alleged 'virginity test' of a woman in the district, failing which her husband divorced her last month. The commission chief Vijaya Rahatkar has asked Nashik police commissioner to make an in-depth inquiry into the alleged incident and submit a report, as reported in Hindustan Times.
The women's panel intervened following reports that a husband decided to divorce his wife after she failed the 'virginity test'.
Internet, nightlife, nudity: Indian tourists' new beach itinerary
Indian tourists were unable to switch off their smart phones even while unwinding at a beach according to a global survey that quizzed about 12,000 young travellers about beach vacation habits. The annual Flip Flop survey released by travel portal Expedia on Wednesday polled young traveller aged between 18 years and 25 years across 24 countries.
While one-fourth Indian respondents said that they needed a net connection to keep a tab on office emails almost four out of 10 respondents said that a Wi-Fi connection was necessary to post real time pictures on online photo-sharing sites such as Instagram and Snapchat, as published in Hindustan Times.
New aviation policy has fare cap for 1-hour routes: Rs 2,500
AN all-inclusive airfare not exceeding Rs 2,500 per passenger for one-hour flights to promote regional connectivity will be a "game-changer" in the new national civil aviation policy to be submitted to the Union Cabinet on Friday, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey told The Indian Express. Read full article in The Indian nExpress.
Aberdeen Asset Management remains bullish on India, says unaffected by Raghuram Rajan's exit or stay
The rupee rebounded from its biggest drop in a week as Aberdeen Asset Management said it remained bullish on India, underscoring optimism the nation will continue to attract foreign investors even if central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan leaves when his term ends in September.
While Rajan's leadership at the RBI has been important in re-establishing the nation's credibility, the economic reforms delivered by the government have been "equally, if not more critical for encouraging the transition," Kenneth Akintewe, senior manager at Aberdeen Asset, said in an interview to Economic Times.
Behind the beautiful forevers
Shanti Shinde, a Mahila Milan member, walks down a small lane off one of the busy roads near the Wadala station to the Sulaiman compound. She goes past a courtyard where boys are playing cricket and passes through narrow corridors between houses before she reaches the toilet block. The two-storey block is well maintained, with each unit cleaned two or three times a day, and a full-time caretaker oversees the work.
She raised the issue of using and maintaining toilets rather than going out in the open. Mahila Milan is a network of poor women’s collectives, part of a federation along with the National Slum Dwellers’ Federation and the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC). Read full article in The Hindu.
'Delhi has gone backwards since Congress was voted out'
It's been two-and-a-half-years since her government was voted out. Since then, Delhi has gone "backwards", says former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Dikshit, who was Chief Minister for 15 years till December 2013, says the past couple of years have seen progress coming to a halt. Referring to the Aam Aadmi Party government, she said the "first year has not been very encouraging". Read The Hindu.
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