Thursday morning news brief, May 24

Thursday morning brief May 24 2018
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An Uttarakhand native has been accused of bugging Indian diplomat’s house in Pakistan and giving information to ISI. Ramesh Singh, 35, worked as a cook at the house of an Indian defence attach&eacute; and bugged his house with the help of Pakistan&#39;s ISI to get sensitive information, police said. He was arrested from his house in Pithoragarh&rsquo;s Garali village in a joint operation by UP&rsquo;s Anti-Terror Squad, military intelligence and Uttarakhand police. His elder brother worked with the Indian Army. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cook-bugged-indian-diplomats-house-in-pakistan-gave-info-to-isi/articleshow/64296167.cms”>Read more</a><br />
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A US government employee in China has suffered brain injury caused by sound. The Trump administration has sounded an alarm about possible sonic attacks against its citizens after a US government employee in China reported unusual “sensations of sound and pressure,” and, on his return to America, was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The case, the first that Washington has reported out of China, is reminiscent of a wave of so-called “sonic attacks” on US diplomats in Cuba that resulted in the withdrawal of a large number of American personnel.
Modicare will offer health benefits at rates 15-20% lower than Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). For comparison, an angioplasty would cost about Rs 1.5-2 lakh, a C-section around Rs 1.5 lakh and a total knee replacement would set a patient back by around Rs 3.5 lakh in any of the reputed private hospitals in Delhi. Healthcare experts have said that it is expected to reflect in a major drop in health expenditure and set new pricing standards, which, in turn, will create pressure on healthcare providers to bring down their rates for the general public.
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The government has decided to set up a social media communication hub to monitor online content across all 716 districts of India. The monitoring <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/govt-to-hire-social-media-monitors-for-all-716-districts/articleshow/64296350.cms”>mechanism</a>, once in place, will be able to read, contextualise and respond to content in most Indian and foreign languages across India, and will get a &ldquo;360 degree view of the customers by integrating customer relationship management data with social profiles&rdquo;. Sources in the government said the Information and Broadcasting ministry has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the project.<br />
Army major who tied a civilian to his jeep as ‘a human shield’ last year was briefly detained with a minor woman in a hotel. Though J&amp;K police refused to disclose the Army officer&rsquo;s identity, Major Gogoi&rsquo;s name was recorded in the <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/human-shield-major-briefly-detained-with-woman-in-hotel/articleshow/64294392.cms”>hotel</a>&rsquo;s register. &ldquo;The person, named Leetul Gogoi from Tinsukia in Assam, had booked a deluxe room through an online website, Booking.com, for one night at 8.34 am on Wednesday. He arrived at 10.30 am at our hotel along with the woman,&rdquo; the hotel manager told TOI.<br />
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