QWrap: MoS MJ Akbar Named in #MeToo; 9 Killed In Bhilai Blast

QWrap: MoS MJ Akbar Named in #MeToo; 9 Killed In Bhilai Blast

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1. MoS MJ Akbar Named in #MeToo; Sushma Swaraj Dodges Question

As the #MeToo campaign gains momentum in India, allegations of sexual harassment have surfaced against Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, in detailed accounts of him violating consent and conducting uncomfortable interviews with female journalists in hotel rooms.

Bollywood’s #MeToo movement gains momentum after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of Horn OK Pleasss in 2008. Since then, many survivors have spoken out and named their alleged harassers on Twitter.

TV producer Vinta Nanda, in a heart-wrenching post on Facebook, accused the lead actor of Tara, Alok Nath of raping her almost 19 years ago.

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2. 9 Killed, 14 Injured in Blast at Chhattisgarh’s Bhilai Steel Plant

At least nine employees were killed and 14 others injured Tuesday, 9 October, in a blast at the Bhilai Steel Plant of state-owned SAIL in Chhattisgarh's Durg district, reported ANI.

The explosion took place around 11:00 am in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town, located around 30 km away from the capital, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh told PTI.

As per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred, Singh said.

Police personnel and a rescue team rushed to the spot and all victims were being taken to a local hospital, he added.

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3. Bhamashah Yojana: Reality Check Shows Patients Being Turned Away

When 68-year-old Kanchan Devi, Chittorgarh resident Bhagwan Giri’s wife, met with an accident last year, the family rushed her to Fortis Hospital in Udaipur.

There was, however, more bad news to come. Giri was informed that he won’t be allowed to avail cashless treatment under Bhamashah Yojana, a scheme started by the Rajasthan government in 2015, that provides an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakhs to BPL families.

“I have a Bhamashah card, yet, I had to pay Rs 40,000 for the surgery. We were told to pay an additional amount of Rs 2,80,000. I’m a poor man, so had to come back.”
Bhagwan Giri (Resident, Aral village, Chittorgarh)

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4. Yogi Takes Rupani’s Word For It, ‘Migrant Workers Not Attacked’

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday, 8 October said that the reports of violence against workers from his home state, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were false. He said, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told him that no such incident has taken place in the last three days.

He also said that rumours were being fuelled by people ‘jealous’ of Gujarat’s development.

“Gujarat CM has clearly told me that no such incident has taken place in the last 3 days. People who are jealous of development in Gujarat are spreading such rumours. Effective steps have been taken by the Gujarat government.”
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh

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