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QMumbai: 2400 Mumbai Doctors ‘Quacks’; Maha CM’s Sweden Promise 

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1. State Labels 2400 Mumbai Doctors ‘Quacks’

Over 4,500 Maharashtra doctors – including close to 2,500 graduates from Mumbai medical colleges – have been declared ‘quacks’ by the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) following their failure to serve the mandatory one year in rural areas. The DMER has drawn up a list of 4,500 doctors who received their MBBS degrees between 2005 and 2012 but did not honour their commitment to serve in rural areas. They also did not pay the penalty for their failure to do so.

All serving doctors must renew their registration with the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) every five years. However, since these 4,500 doctors violated their rural service bonds, their registrations stand cancelled. Medical students graduating from government-run colleges sign a bond promising to serve at a primary health center in a village for a year within five years of obtaining their MBBS degree. If they do not serve the bond, they must pay a penalty, which is a steep Rs 10 lakh for a plain vanilla MBBS doctor, Rs 50 lakh for postgraduates, and Rs 2 crore for super-specialty doctors.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

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2. Elphinstone Station FOB Work Gains Momentum

Elphinstone station FOB work gains momentum.
Elphinstone station FOB work gains momentum.
(Photo courtesy: Twitter)

The stampede tragedy at the Elphinstone Road station seems to have opened the eyes of the Railways. The department, which halts most of its projects during the rains, has taken on its heels and resumed its work on the long-pending Rs 51 Crore Parel Terminus. The Central Railway authorities have expedited work over the last two days on the terminus that was proposed in 2011. The project at Parel Terminus includes construction of five platforms with overheads, widening of platforms to 10 metres, providing new FOB connecting East and West. The tenders on the proposed FOB was also delayed by 18 months.

The tragedy would not have taken place had the FOB been wider. The Railway Board, on October 11, constituted a high-level expert committee to inquire the reasons that led to the delay of constructing the Rs 11.86 Crore FOB connecting both Elphinstone Road and Parel stations.

(Source: DNA)

3. Differently Abled Man Molests Woman On Kurla Station

In another incident of molestation on a local train platform a woman had to call the GRP helpline to get rid of the abuser and his wife. A 34-year-old lawyer was molested and verbally abused on Kurla station by a differently abled man. The incident allegedly took place between 3.20pm and 3.40pm on October 10th as per reports by the Times of India.

In a statement the lady said, "I was on my way from Kharghar to Borivli. I got off at Kurla to change trains and was waiting near a bookstall on the platform. Kamble was passing by and he touched me. I pushed him away and asked if he couldn't see me. At this, he pretended to have done nothing wrong and claimed he was looking at a book. He called his wife and complained to her that I had pushed him."

(Source: Mid-Day)

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4. State Will Become Trillion Dollar Economy By 2030: CM In Sweden

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on Sweden tour, said on Thursday that the state will become a trillion dollar economy by 2030. Fadnavis, on a three-day visit to Sweden along with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai, addressed a gathering in Stockholm, after releasing a ‘Make in India’ magazine.

“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji says that India will lead the world because of its demography, democracy and demand. Maharashtra leads in this advantage too,” a release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) quoted him as saying. “China was a factory for the world for the last 20 years, but after this decade it will be India,” he said while exhorting Swedish firms to invest in Maharashtra. The CM further said Maharashtra will be a trillion dollar economy by 2030.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

5. MBA Gets Life Term for Killing Diamond Trader's 13-Year-Old Son

A sessions court on Thursday sentenced a 33-year-old MBA to life imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of the 13-year-old son of a south Mumbai based diamond merchant.

Vijesh Sanghvi was found guilty by principal judge S B Agrawal on Monday, while the victim Adit Ranka's cousin Himanshu Ranka was acquitted. Reasoning why death sentence was not attracted in the case, the court said, "Although it is writ large that a young boy was kidnapped for money and then murdered mercilessly, I do not think the aggravating circumstances which essentially is the age of the child outweigh the mitigating circumstances and as such the case cannot be termed as one falling in the category of rarest of rare."

(Source: Times of India)

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6. New MDR-TB Breakthrough Could Be Introduced In City

TB ad campaign, India. 
TB ad campaign, India. 
(Photo courtesy: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

TB researchers appeared to have made significant progress at the ongoing 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, in Mexico. Several researchers presented studies that pointed at a drastic shortening of the regime of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). "We appear to be at the cusp of serious progress in TB science," said Jose Luis Castro, executive director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. "This progress is fundamental if we are to improve the way we find and treat people living with TB."

At the moment, treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis lasts for about two years. Globally, an estimated 480,000 people developed MDR-TB in 2014, and it claimed the lives of about 190,000 patients the same year. Over the last year, a standardized treatment regimen, lasting less than a year, has been used in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Burkina Faso, among others. The treatment has shown promising results in selected MDR-TB patients. Based on data from the treatment and studies on MDR-TB, World Health Organisation has announced treatment guideline for drug-resistant tuberculosis. This new recommendation is expected to benefit a majority of MDR-TB patients worldwide. But, researchers cautioned that if the regimen is not followed properly, or used inappropriately, the patient would be at grave risk.

(Source: Mumbai Mirror)

7. More Liberals Targeted, Paying With Lives: HC

Bombay High Court lamented the dangerous trend of liberals like Gauri Lankesh being targeted. 
Bombay High Court lamented the dangerous trend of liberals like Gauri Lankesh being targeted. 
(Photo: The Quint)

Alluding to the recent killing of journalist Gauri Lankaesh, the Bombay high court on Thursday lamented the "dangerous trend" in which more persons are being targeted and are "paying with lives" for their liberal views.

"One more person has been killed. There is no respect for liberal values, principles and opinions," said a bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre. Later it added: "There are still persons bold enough to express their views and it is time the investigation machinery assures such persons, groups and individuals that they can freely move around and will not be targeted, much less attacked.'' On a plea by the families, the court is monitoring the CBI probe into the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, and a Maharashtra CID investigation into CPI leader Govind Pansare’s murder. Dabholkar was shot in August 2013 in Pune and Pansare in February 2015 in Kolhapur.

(Source: Times of India)

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8. Clerk Gets Bail After Returning Reward Money She Stole From Police

Pooja Bhalerao siphoned off Rs 1.39 lakh from the Mumbai Police department. 
Pooja Bhalerao siphoned off Rs 1.39 lakh from the Mumbai Police department. 
(Photo courtesy: Mid-Day)

The police clerk who stole reward money from hundreds of cops has been granted bail after she informed the court that she has returned the reward money to the winning cops. Mid-Day had reported last month that the accused Pooja Bhalerao siphoned off Rs 1.39 lakh that was supposed to be distributed as reward money to the best performing cops in the Local Arms Unit. This fraud took place between 2012 and 2016, when she was posted at the rewards desk of the Naigaon Local Arms Unit headquarters. Police rewards range from Rs 100 to Rs 15,000 in exceptional cases, and the total stolen booty is expected to run into lakhs.

(Source: Mid-Day)

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