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Centre in damage control mode over anti-Hindi protests
Cabinet Ministers take to Twitter to allay concerns over draft educational policy
PRISCILLA JEBARAJ
NEW DELHI
The Centre went into damage control mode on Sunday, with senior Cabinet Ministers of Tamil origin taking to Twitter to allay concerns over the Draft National Education Policy’s recommendation on the three-language formula and mandatory Hindi teaching in schools, which has sparked outrage across the political spectrum in Tamil Nadu.

The draft policy will only be implemented after public hearings, said a tweet written in Tamil by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The Centre would support the development of ancient Tamil, she added.

The new External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted a similar message on Sunday evening, in both English and Tamil. “The National Education Policy as submitted to the Minister HRD is only a draft report. Feedback shall be obtained from general public. State governments will be consulted. Only after this the draft report will be finalised,” said the tweet. “GoI respects all languages. No language shall be imposed.”

The tweets by the two Ministers — neither of whom deals with education issues — seem to be part of the Centre’s effort to calm the storm provoked by the draft policy. Current and former Human Resource Development Ministers also tweeted a similar reassurance.

AIADMK’s stand

While all Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, including the DMK, the Congress, the MDMK, the Left and Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiyyam, blasted the recommendations, the ruling AIADMK — which is allied to the NDA government — insisted that it would not dilute the State’s two-language formula which does not mandate the teaching of Hindi.

75% of militants killed in Kashmir Valley were locals
More of them died this year than foreign terrorists in two decades
VIJAITA SINGH
NEW DELHI
Nearly 75% of the militants killed in the Kashmir Valley this year were locals. Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said that though the priority was to kill Pakistan-trained terrorists, a large number of locals were killed as they had joined the ranks of terrorists.

According to police data, of the 101 terrorists killed in the Valley so far, 76 were locals. This is the first time in more than two decades that the number of locals killed in police encounters is more than that of the foreign terrorists.

Last year, of the 246 terrorists killed in encounters, 60%, or 150, were locals.

‘Hit by fatigue’

Mr. Malik, who was in Delhi to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, told The Hindu, “there is fatigue and frustration among the terrorists. If you recall, after Burhan Wani was killed in 2016, there was unrest for more than three months. A few days ago, [Zakir] Musa was killed [and] there was no impact even for three days.”

Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa was the chief of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH).

BJP declines berth offer as Nitish Kumar expands Cabinet
Eight Janata Dal (United) members sworn in as Ministers

New faces: Bima Bharti offers her respects to Nitish Kumar after taking the oath in Patna on Sunday. Ranjeet KumarThe Hindu
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of eight new faces — all from his Janata Dal (United).

Members of allies, the BJP and the LJP, were not accommodated.

Mr. Kumar later said that the BJP was offered a berth but the party was not too keen.

BJP opts out

Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party had opted out for now. Five of the new Ministers are MLAs, while three are MLCs. They were sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhavan.

The new Ministers are Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Bima Bharti, Ashok Chaudhury, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Laxmeshwar Rai and Ram Sevak Singh.

State BJP leaders were present at the swearing-in, but refused to make any comment on why they were denied berths.

(With inputs from PTI)

₹25 lakh damages for medical negligence
Woman with TB wrongly advised to plan pregnancy
SOIBAM ROCKY SINGH
NEW DELHI
The Delhi State Consumer Forum has awarded a sum of ₹25 lakh to a woman, who lost her unborn baby, after a local hospital wrongly advised her to plan their first baby simultaneously with tuberculosis medicines.

The 28-year-old Swapnil Mishra’s ordeal did not end at the first hospital, as another hospital in Delhi left a portion of the dead foetus in the womb, following an operation, forcing her to undergo re-surgery resulting in further medical complications.

Initial stage

It all began at Pushpanjali Healthcare in Vaishali, Ghaziabad, in November 2011 when the woman went for a medical check-up after she suffered heavy pain during her menstrual cycles.

She was referred to Dr. Sharda Jain in the hospital, who advised her to undergo a battery of tests including Pathogen Assisted Molecular Pattern (PAMP).

The result of the tests shocked her as Dr. Jain declared her to be suffering from TB.

Dr. Jain further advised her to immediately plan their first baby, even while taking medication for TB, as otherwise it would be “too late” for them.

After becoming pregnant, the woman ran some tests with other doctors and found that the growth of her baby was not proper.

She then went to Fortis Le Femme Centre for Women at Greater Kailash, where she was referred to Dr. Neena Singh.

Dr. Singh advised her to wait for 15 days. After 15 days, the ultrasound report declared the baby was lost. The doctor advised her to go for D&C (Dilation and curettage). On April 10, 2012 Dr. Singh did the procedure, leading to the further complications.

An ultrasound report revealed that operation of D&C was not done properly.

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