Sunday Morning News Brief, December 3

Sunday morning brief Dec 3 2017
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Cyclone Ockhi that hit Kerala two days ago claimed seven more lives yesterday, taking the toll in the state to 13. So far, 450 fishermen have been rescued by various agencies, and about 530 families shifted to various relief camps in the southern districts of Kerala. Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government will request the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi a national disaster. The state government has also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the families of fisherman who lost their lives in the cyclone-related incidents. Read
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Without going to war, India loses around 1,600 military personnel every year. The single biggest killers are road accidents and suicides, much more than counter-insurgency operations or firing duels with Pakistan along the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir. Latest figures collated by TOI show that road accidents claim the lives of over 350 soldiers, sailors and airmen every year, while another 120 personnel take the extreme step of committing suicide.
The income tax (I-T) department has uncovered a multi-crore scam involving doctor referral fees in several medical establishments in Bengaluru. In raids at two IVF clinics and five diagnostic centres, I-T officers recovered over Rs 1.4 crore in cash and over 3.5 kg of jewellery and bullion, besides discovering secret foreign bank accounts. The department said the laboratories searched had declared previously undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 100 crore, adding that the referral fee in the case of a single lab exceeded Rs 200 crore.
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Government spends just Rs 1,100 per year on your health, recently released National Health Accounts (NHA) 2014-15 shows. The NHA 2014-15 shows that the average government spend per citizen per year was just Rs 1,108, against almost Rs 6,300 per central government employee. Even the most generous government spending among states, Himachal Pradesh at just over Rs 2,000 per capita, doesn’t come close to matching this. According to the NHA, India’s total health expenditure in 2014-15 worked out to Rs 3,826 per person. Of this, what people had to spend from their own pockets was Rs 2,394 (63 per cent).
The mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed has announced that he would contest Pakistan’s general elections in 2018. Saeed, who has a $10 million bounty on him by the US state department since 2012 for his role in acts of terror, was set free last week after the Pakistan government decided against his home detention. This is the first time that Saeed has openly talked about contesting elections himself. In the past, Saeed has backed PML(N) chief Nawaz Sharif.
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