AIR News Summary-2nd Feb 2018

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AIR SUMMARY-2nd Feb 2018

Union Health Minister says Public Health Programme announced in the Budget is a revolutionary and bold step to change the health scenario.

  • Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda has described the Public Health Programme announced in the Union Budget as a revolutionary and bold step to change the health scenario in the country.
  • Government is committed to implementing the health schemes announced in the Union Budget under Ayushman Bharat in letter and spirit.
  • The National Health Protection Scheme will provide medical cover of up to 5 lakh rupees per annum to 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. He said, fifty crore of the country’s population will be benefited from this scheme.
  • The budget, government has announced to set up 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading the existing district hospitals in the country.
  • Eight medical colleges will be opened in Uttar Pradesh and five each in West Bengal and Bihar.

Apex court dismisses plea for making rape law gender-neutral.

  • The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea for declaring the offences of rape, sexual assault, outraging of modesty, voyeurism and stalking in the Indian Penal Code as gender-neutral.
  • The petitioner had said, the crime of rape should be gender neutral, making a woman also punishable for the offence.
  • Rejecting the plea, the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, it is an imaginative situation and Parliament can deal with it as per social needs. It also said that law is open for change by Parliament and it cannot interfere with it.
  • The plea said that law cannot be discriminatory against men and that only a man can be punished for the offences of rape and sexual assault.

United States asks Islamabad to take action against terrorists in sanctuaries inside Pakistan.

  • United States says, it expects Islamabad to take action against terrorists in sanctuaries inside Pakistan.
  • Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan said in Washington that US administration has made clear to the Pakistani government its expectations for them to take action against terrorists that are in sanctuaries in Pakistan and to contribute to a lasting and enduring peace in the region.
  • He said the US will continue to support its Afghan partners to defeat the ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan, and deny them and their affiliates safe haven and material support.

Maldives former President Md. Nasheed released

  • In a landmark ruling, the Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release of nine opposition leaders including former President Mohamed Nasheed and begin fair retrial.
  • The ruling issued yesterday evening said, all political prisoners must be released as the trials against them violated the Maldives’ Constitution and international law.
  • The court ruling has come as a major setback to President Abdullah Yameen whose regime had earned disrepute for disqualifying all main opposition leaders for Presidential elections, scheduled later this year.
  • The ruling allows former President Nasheed, who is presently under exile, to contest the polls but it has to be seen whether Maldives government implements the order in letter and spirit.
  • A Presidential spokesman said that the order was issued without representation of the state, thus signaling a tedious way ahead.
  • The ruling also restores the Parliamentary seats of 12 MP’s who were disqualified for their switch over to opposition ranks. This will give enough numbers to opposition in Parliament to oppose President’s policies and even try to impeach him.
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