The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking to
depute government-appointed uniformed security personnel at all government
hospitals across the country for ensuring the safety and security of
A vacation Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant posted
the hearing of the petition, filed by advocate AlakhAlokSrivastava in the wake
of a nation-wide protest by doctors against violence against them, for Tuesday.
Mr.Srivastava stated that the strike was called by West Bengal
doctors in protest against the assault on a junior doctor at NRS Hospital in
Kolkata by relatives of a patient who died in the hospital. “Due to the
protests, healthcare services in the country have been badly disrupted and many
people are dying because of absence of doctors,” the plea said.
He said that as per a study conducted by the IMA, more than 75%
of doctors across the country had faced some form of violence. “This study
concluded that 50% violent incidents took place in the intensive care units of
hospitals and in 70% of the cases, the relatives of the patients were involved,”
Mr.Srivastava sought a direction to the government to formulate
guidelines to ensure the safety of doctors. He sought the “strictest legal and
penal action against the attackers of junior doctors at NRS Medical College”.
India for the first time will host the 14th session of the
Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat
Desertification (UNCCD) in September.
It will see participation from at least 5,000 delegates from
nearly 197 countries and will be held between September 2 and 14 in Delhi, Union
Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar said.
Ahead of the COP-14, Mr.Javadekar launched a flagship project,
part of a larger international initiative called the Bonn Challenge, to enhance
India’s capacity for forest landscape restoration (FLR).
India faces a severe problem of land degradation, or soil
becoming unfit for cultivation. A 2016 report by the Indian Space Research
Organisation found that about 29% of India’s land (in 2011-13) was degraded,
this being a 0.57% increase from 2003-05.
At the previous edition of the COP, India had committed to
restore 13 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by the year 2020,
and an additional 8 million hectares by 2030.
The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 150 million
hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land under restoration by 2020,
and 350 million hectares by 2030.
State Bank of India-led consortium of lenders today decided
to send the grounded Jet Airways to the National Company Law of Tribunal (NCLT)
as they have not yet received any concrete proposal for the airline.
The SBI in a statement issued in Mumbai said after due
deliberations, the lenders have decided to seek resolution for Jet Airways under
the bankruptcy code since only a conditional bid was received. The statement
said the move was necessitated as the prospective investor wants some Sebi
exemption deal which can be worked out better under the IBC.
On June 10, two operational creditors--Shaman Wheels and Gaggar
Enterprises-- had moved the NCLT seeking bankruptcy proceedings and on June 13
the tribunal put off the matter for further hearing to June 20. The tribunal
asked these parties to serve legal notices to the grounded Jet Airways.
The airline, which was grounded on April 17, owes Rs 8.74 crore
to Shaman Wheels and Rs 53 lakh to Gaggar. Jet Airways owes more than Rs 8,000
crore to a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India, which now run the
airline, while it has a much larger debt pile by way of accumulated losses to
the tune of Rs 13,000 crore and vendor dues of over Rs 10,000 crore and salary
dues of over Rs 3,000 crore.
India has committed to play an active role to curb the
circulation of ‘conflict diamonds’ or ‘blood diamonds’ in the international
market by further strengthening the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
“The 4Cs [cut, clarity, colour and carat] of diamond may soon be
expanded to 5Cs with the fifth C being ‘conflict-free’. And the 5Ps of diamond
marketing [precious, popular, prestige, priceless] will include ‘peace’
diamonds,” Mr.AlokVardhanChaturvedi, India KP Chair and Director General,
Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)said.
KPCS Intersessional Meeting is an annual mid-year event of KPCS,
which unites administrations, civil societies and diamond industry to reduce the
flow of conflict diamonds used to finance wars against governments around the
world, mostly in African countries. India is the KP chair for 2019.
Mr.Chaturvedi said that ‘blood’ or ‘conflict’ diamonds had been
almost excluded from global trade and now account for only 2%. Every rough
diamond is accompanied by a certificate confirming its non-conflict origin, and
export-import procedures in most of the countries are now subject to rigorous
Noting that the Kimberley Process (KP) had improved the lives of
most people dependent on the industry, he said that India was committed to
making this process stronger.
Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a
Chinese President in 14 years this week, state media said on Monday, as
Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United
Mr. Xi will visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the
invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Chinese broadcaster CCTV.
The timing is likely to raise eyebrows at the White House as it
comes one week before the G20 summit in Japan, where U.S. President Donald Trump
expects to meet with Mr. Xi to discuss their protracted trade war.
Less than an hour after the trip’s announcement, a “suspected
explosion” caused a small, 1.3-magnitude earthquake in northeast China, near the
border of North Korea.
Mr. Xi’s visit will be the first trip there by a Chinese
President since Hu Jintao went in 2005. “China-DPRK relations have opened a new
chapter,” CCTV said, adding that Mr. Xi and Mr. Kim have reached a “series of
important consensus” in past meetings.
Mr. Xi and Mr. Kim will “push for new progress” in a political
resolution of the Korean peninsula issue, according to CCTV, which cited an