Does India’s organ transplant system favour foreigners and the rich?

How preferential allotment of organs to foreigners and the well-off is undermining trust in the process of organ donation


Health News : This week, the government of Kerala announced its intention to implement mandatory requirement for brain death reporting in intensive care units of the state, de-linking it from organ donation.

This was done in response to concerns raised by civil society organisations about the perception of selective brain-death declarations in order to facilitate removal and transplantation of organ to benefit a more affluent section of society who are treated in private hospitals.

This is not a new concern. Last month, an enquiry instituted by the Tamil Nadu government found that organs from deceased donors were being allocated preferentially to foreign nationals, especially those from the…Read full Article

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This Muslim family is taking part in Ramleela for 3 generations

Latest News : Spreading a message of communal harmony, a Muslim family in Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab area has been organising Ramleela during Navaratri since last three generations.

Mohd Sabir Khan, who is the director of the play, has also been taking part in the play since 1972.”This Ramleela was started in 1972 and since then, both Hindus and Muslims have been part of it. I started working on it when I was 13-year-old and since then, I have been a part of it,” Khan said.

Khan, his two sons, and a grandson take part in the play with much zeal every year.Calling for unity between Hindus and Muslims, Khan said, “God did not divide as Hindu and Muslims. We are all one, as brothers. Above all, we are a…Read More

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Sexual harassment: Why #MeToo storm before Lok Sabha polls, asks M J Akbar

Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have decided to back Akbar despite RSS second-in-command Dattatreya Hosabale coming out in support of the #MeToo movement


Latest News : Union minister M J Akbar, facing charges of sexual harassment that go back to his time as newspaper editor, has not only refused to step down but insinuated that the approaching Lok Sabha elections had a bearing on the allegations.

Speaking on Sunday after his return from his official visit abroad, he said he would take legal action against the women who had alleged sexual harassment by him.

Akbar’s holding out, sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said, stemmed from the seeming support he received from the party leadership. However, the sources also said Akbar was likely to be dropped as…Read more

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These are the best countries to live and work in and to boost your salary

In HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer, Singapore topped the ranking as best place to live and work for a fourth straight year, beating New Zealand, Germany and Canada1539285601-7906

Economy & Policy :  Moving abroad boosts the average worker’s income by $21,000, with the best-paid staff found in Switzerland, the U.S. and Hong Kong.

That’s the conclusion in a survey showing that 45 per cent of expats said their existing job paid more internationally and 28 per cent changed locations for a promotion. In Switzerland, famous for both sky-high mountains and prices, the annual income boost totalled $61,000. Expat salaries there averaged $203,000 per year — twice the global level.

In HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer, Singapore topped the ranking as best place to live and work for a fourth straight year, beating New Zealand, Germany and Canada. Switzerland ranked only eighth, with the high cost of raising children and…Read more

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Ind vs WI 2nd Test Day 1 LIVE: WI 97/6 at tea, Kuldeep picks 3 key wickets

india dominated the first session but West Indies bounced back and putting a fight.


Ind vs WI 2nd Test Day 1 : West Indies finally showed some fight in the second session as they made runs with the bat and are just on the verge of touching 200-run mark. Chase remained the key batsman, scoring his 7th Test fifty when the team needed it the most.

Dowrich looked good but departed as Umesh trapped him on an in-swinger.Kuldeep Yadav shined with the ball yet again, picking 3 key wickets Umesh Yadav is just after him, picking Hope and Dowrich. Ashwin got Powell’s wicket.

However, Windies looked patient and showed character and if they get one good partnership, they can put a decent score for…Read more

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Obama Foundation launches initiative for girls’ education


International News : Former USfirst lady Michelle Obama announced on Thursday a new initiative aimed at empowering adolescent girls around the world through education.

“An educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country,” said Michelle Obama as she launched the program on behalf of the Chicago-based Obama Foundation, Xinhua reported.

That’s why I’m so proud that today the Obama Foundation is launching the Global Girls Alliance in support of adolescent girls’ education around the world,” she added.

The Global Girls Alliance is teaming up with GoFundMe to create a fund-raising platform, encouraging people to take action in…Read more

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Delhi Police busts illegal arms factory in Meerut


Current Affairs :  Five men were arrested for allegedly running an illegal arms factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut city and 84 pistols were seized from their possession, police said Tuesday.

The accused persons used to bring raw materials from Munger and manufactured pistols by assembling parts at their unit in Meerut and then supplied them in Delhi and adjoining areas of Haryana, they added.

Two of the accused persons were arrested following a brief exchange of fire.The accused persons were identified as Mohammad Shaidulla (37), Mohammad Shabir (32), Mohammad Intiaz (29), Mohammad Obayed (33) and…Read more

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