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Salman Khan

By NewsGram Staff Writer

After a long stretch of time, almost 13 years, Salman ‘Dabanng’ Khan has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.  Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande, while delivering the verdict, told Salman, “You were driving the car,” and added that he (Salman) was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license.

No doubt, being a high-profile case, everybody has been hooked to their television sets. Twitter has been trending with #SalmanVerdict all day long.

While the media kept you engrossed in the past, present and future of Salman, there were some really important news that got lost behind this VVIP reporting. But, worry not, NewsGram is here to bring crisp news bites that will keep you updated with news that matters.

OBC MPs, MLAs fall in ‘creamy layer’

The National Commission for Backward Classes has recommended that the children of past and present members of Parliament and state legislators should not be eligible for OBC reservations. This verdict is a response to the innumerable complaints made regarding the children of MPs and MLAs getting ‘non-creamy layer’ certificates. The panel has argued that election to ‘high offices’ like Parliament and state legislatures indicates that the said individuals have achieved ‘social elevation,’ and ‘should logically come within the category of creamy layer.’

The panel has also recommended that the children of a ‘Class I’ officers in state government or Centre should be excluded from reservation benefits, irrespective of the officer being a ‘direct recruit’ or a ‘promotee.’

Indian-origin billionaires build 1200 homes in Nepal 

Two Indian-origin billionaires based in the UK have offered to build 1,200 quake-resistant houses in the affected villages of Nepal.

Mukesh Kumar Sehgal, managing director of UK-based SISMO Company, offered 1,000 quake-resistant houses, while Shree Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation, offered to build 200 houses through his Lohia Foundation.

Sehgal said, “Our Company is well experienced in building houses with new technology and if Nepal government accepts the offer, we will start construction of houses in remote areas that are severely hit.”

West Bengal’s CM proposes to develop seven smart cities in the state

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banarjee, has proposed to build seven smart cities in her state. The seven smart cities, which would have all modern facilities for decent living, would be located according to the importance of the places, Mamata told reporters at the mini-secretariat for north Bengal.

The location for the six smart cities has already been finalized, while that of the seventh one would be finalized soon.

Greenpeace India likely to be shut down due to lack of funds

Greenpeace India, the organization that has been working for environment protection through its campaign against government’s climate-change policies for 14 years, is facing a danger of being shut down. This scenario is caused by the freezing of its funds by the government. This will render 340 of its campaigners jobless due to the lack of money to provide salary.

In addition, this will also cause ‘sudden death’ for its campaigns, which represented the voice of the poor on the issues of ‘sustainable development, environmental justice and clean, affordable energy.’

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh on ‘Water Protest’ for past 25 days 

Twenty farmers from Gholgagon village along the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh have been standing in waist-deep water for the last 25 days to protest against the elevation of water level in the Omkareshwar dam.

After the government raised the water level of the dam in April, around 400 farmers’ crops have been ruined. Therefore, these farmers decided to protest by standing on those flooded fields, staging a “Jal-Satyagrah’.

Sukku bai, a 63 year old farmer told a news channel, “Our health condition is deteriorating; epidermal skin from the soles of our feet is peeling. This has made standing and walking very difficult.” After spending over 14 hours a day in the water under the high temperature of over 40 degrees, their soles are infected with fungal sore.

The farmers allege that they were also promised land in exchange, which they haven’t got till date.

 

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Fear of Leprosy Resurgence in Nepal

There are only three staff working in the leprosy section and the same team looks after the disability programme, as well, he told the newspaper

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Leprosy, Wikimedia

Health officials in Nepal fear leprosy resurgence in the country with prevalence rate reaching 0.94 per cent in 2018.

Leprosy-free status was given to the Himalayan nation after it declared elimination of the disease in 2009. However, that status could be lost if prevalence rate reaches one per cent of total population, Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday.

Experts already fear that this marks the resurgence of the disease in Nepal. The percentage could be more, an official said, as the current given figures have been derived just from preliminary data.

The Leprosy Control and Disability (LCD) section of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of Department of Health Services said that the prevalence rate was 0.92 and 0.89 in 2017 and 2016, respectively, the news report said.

“It will be a great setback for the country if it loses the status,” said Rabindra Baskota, a doctor and chief of the LCD section.

Incubation period of leprosy varies from one to 20 years and diagnosis of more patients could help stop the further spread of the disease, according to him.

An amputated leg, claw toes and claw hands of leprosy patient Gopal Bag are seen at the Leprosy Mission Trust India hospital. Kolkata. VOA

“It will take only a couple of years to reach one percent if this upward trend continues,” he added.

The prevalence rate is over one per cent in various districts of the Tarai region, Baskota said, adding that the country had received the leprosy eliminated status, after reducing its prevalence rate by 0.77 per cent, in 2009.

Sishir Silwal, a focal person for the leprosy control programme in Gulmi district, said regular review meetings for leprosy, which should be held every four months, has not been held for the last eight months.

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Kathmandu Post quoted Bibek Kumar Lal, Director at EDCD, as saying that there is a severe crunch in manpower that hinders proper functioning.

There are only three staff working in the leprosy section and the same team looks after the disability programme, as well, he told the newspaper.

Leprosy, a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, is transmitted through nasal secretion or from droplets from the mouth. It affects the skin, peripheral nerves and eyes, leading to disfigurement and nerve damage. The disease is curable with a multi-drug therapy. (IANS)