Thursday Morning News Brief, August 17

Thursday morning brief Aug 17 2017
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The US designated Hizbul Mujahideen as a ‘foreign terrorist organisation’. The labelling of Pakistan-based Hizbul as an FTO means the outfit will face financial sanctions. The Trump administration’s previous decision to designate Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin a “global terrorist” came just ahead of Modi’s meeting with the US President in Washington in June. The latest development comes a day after US president Donald Trump called PM Narendra Modi to greet him on India’s Independence Day.
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34 more children died between Monday and Wednesday evening in Gorakhpur hospital. The unstoppable cycle of deaths in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College comes amid the peak season for Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. Most of these deaths took place in the neonatal ICU (NICU) and encephalitis ward, the two wings which report maximum casualties. On August 10 and 11, altogether 30 children had died at the hospital where oxygen supply was found to be disrupted on August 10.
J&K govt began construction of 100 bunkers in border villages along LoC in Rajouri. The district of Rajouri is one of the few border areas where there have been repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces. These bunkers will accommodate around 1200-1500 people in case of ceasefire violations, especially shelling from across the border. A similar exercise is also being carried out for the vulnerable areas of Manjakote, the deputy commissioner of Rajouri district said.
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Knee implants will now cost up to 69% less as the govt capped prices. Acting swiftly on PM Modi’s Independence Day promise to take steps to rein in healthcare costs, the govt said that it is placing knee implants under price control, thereby decreasing the prices by between 59% and 69%. The government capped the prices using a special provision in the drug pricing law that enables it to intervene in “extraordinary circumstances” in public interest. The move is expected to benefit over three crore arthritis patients in India needing knee replacement surgery.
Commanders working with Indian carriers will now have a one-year notice period. Bowing to pressure from big airlines, Indian aviation authorities decided to extend the earlier notice period of six months for all pilots to a year for captains and commanders. Pilots have been warned that failure to abide by the new rules would invite strict action, including debarring their flying licence permanently or temporarily. Pilots said they would challenge the aviation ministry order legally and termed the situation as one of “bonded labour”.
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