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Monday, July 24, 2017

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Finds Serious Flaws In The Quality of Catering Services Being Offered On Board Trains

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)report tabled in Parliament on Friday has found severe deficiencies in the catering services of the Indian Railways, with several stations and trains serving food items “unfit for human consumption”, unpurified tap water being used for food preparation, and food being left unprotected from insects and rats.
“Deficiencies in respect of quality of food served were noticed,” the CAG report noted. “Articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, shelf life expired packaged and bottled items, unauthorised brands of water bottles, etc, were offered for sale on stations.”
During the joint inspection of the selected 74 stations and 80 trains over Zonal Railways, the audit found that cleanliness and hygiene standards were not being maintained in the catering units at stations and on trains.
“Unpurified water straight from the tap was used in preparation of beverages; waste bins were found not covered, not emptied regularly, and not washed; food stuffs were not covered to protect them from flies, insects and dust; rats and cockroaches were found in trains,” the report added.
The CAG also found unfair trade practices at stations and in trains. Bills were not provided for the food items served on trains; waiters and catering managers on the trains did not carry printed menu cards with tariffs; the food served was less than the prescribed quantity; unapproved packaged drinking water was sold; and Proprietary Article Depot items were being sold in railway stations at their maximum retail prices.
The report also found that the weights and prices of the items sold at railway stations were different from the open market, and that the unit price of food articles sold in railway premises was significantly higher.
“For example, during a joint inspection in Allahabad station, it was found that chips of the brand ‘Lays’ weighing 29.5 grams was being sold at Neelam Food Plaza at the price of ₹18,” the report said. “Identical product outside railway premises weighing 30 grams costs only ₹10.”
The report went on to cite many other such cases where the food items were either overpriced or were below the prescribed weight. “Audit observed that though a complaint redressal system has been put in place, there is no reduction in the number of complaints over the years,” the report said. “It was also seen that the major share of complains pertained to overcharging and quality issues.”
During a passenger satisfaction survey, 36% felt that they were being overcharged for the food, and 21% that the rates were not reasonable

A new house for the 13th President of India,Pranab Mukherjee - All You Need To Know

President Pranab Mukherjee’s retirement years will be spent at 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi. 

The home last housed A.P.J. Abdul Kalam after he retired as President.
The two-storied bungalow has been altered and spruced up to suit the tastes of its new occupant. A library will be set up on the first floor with Mr. Mukherjee’s large collection of books. A lift, added externally without fundamentally altering the building (since it is in the Lutyen’s Bungalow Zone), has been added to facilitate access to the library.
An office for Mr. Mukherjee will be set up on the ground floor. Significantly, a framed picture of the soon-to-retire President in his exercise gear, track pants and a jaunty baseball cap, taken at the presidential abode in Shimla, has been framed and it will be taken to the new house. No other gift or object has been earmarked for removal from Rahstrapati Bhawan to the new house yet.
In his farewell speech to parliamentarians on Sunday July 23,2017, Mr. Mukherjee recalled with fondness his association with former colleagues in Parliament and in public life. However, he has publicly declared, during the release of the second part of his memoirs The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996 in 2015, that there were some secrets that he would never reveal.
He did, however, say that his daughter, Congress leader Sharmishta Mukherjee, will be its custodian after him. “I write at least a page in my diary every day and its custodian is my daughter. I have told her you may digitise the contents if you want, but you will not release them. People may come to know of events when the government of the day releases files related to that period, not by someone’s recollection of it. Some facts are to be buried with me,” he had said.
Ms. Mukherjee will be staying with her father in the new bungalow.
On Tuesday July 25,2017, after Ram Nath Kovind is sworn in as new president, Mr. Mukherjee will directly leave for his new home.

Indian Parliament Monsoon Session - Six Opposition MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for unruly behaviour Monday July 24,2017


Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday July 24,2017 suspended six Congress members from five sittings because of their unruly conduct.
The action against them was taken after they created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha and threw pieces of paper and disrupted proceedings during Zero Hour. 
Six Opposition MPs have been suspended from Lok Sabha for five days for undermining the Chair's dignity with their "unbecoming" conduct
A visibly angry Speaker then suspended them and adjourned Lok Sabha till 2:30 pm.
The six MP who have been suspended are Gaurav Gogoi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjit Ranjan, Sushmita Dev, MK Raghav and K Suresh.

Birth certificate no longer mandatory for Indian Passport


In order to streamline, liberalise and ease the process of issue of passport, the government has said that the birth certificate is no longer required to get a passport.
While informing the Parliament, Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) VK Singh said birth certificate that specifies the date of birth is no longer mandatory and documents such as PAN card, Aadhaar card, driving license, voter ID cards, LIC policy and matriculation certificate will suffice.
The MEA has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport. The details of these steps are given below:-
Proof of date birth
As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all the applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, in order to get a passport, had to, hitherto, mandatorily submit the Birth Certificate as the proof of Date of Birth (DOB). It has now been decided that all applicants of passports can submit any one of the following documents as the proof of DOB while submitting the passport application:
(i) Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India;
(ii) Transfer/School leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board containing the DOB of the applicant;
(iii) PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant;
(iv) Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar having the DOB of applicant;
(v) Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant, having his DOB;
(vi) Driving licence issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government, having the DOB of applicant;
(vii) Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant;
(viii) Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy

Swine Flu - All You Need To Know

 

Swine flu – What is it? Know the symptoms

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 virus, is a viral illness that causes serious health problems. Symptoms include – fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny mose, body aches, headache, chills, etc.

How is H1N1 virus spread?

The disease initially spread through pigs, but now it transmits from humans to humans through saliva and mucus particles – sneezing, coughing, touching a germ-covered surface and then touching thier nose or eyes.

Who's most at risk?

Anyone can get swine flu, but there some people who are more likely to be severely affected by swine flu. They are:
  • Children under five years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 or older
  • Young adults and children under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • Children and adults with certain medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease (asthma, COPD, emphysema), diabetes or those with weakened immune systems.
In addition to that, swine farmers and veterinarians also have high risk of swine flu because of their exposure to pigs.

Preventing swine flu

The best way to prevent swine flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination. But apart from a flu shot, you can take a number of healthy measures, such as washing hands thoroughly and frequently, avoiding large crowds when flu season is on, to get rid of swine flu

Tamil Nadu records 3,000 cases of H1N1 virus, the highest in country; know who all are at risk

Latest data showed that as many as 632 people have died of swine flu so far in 2017, a viral illness that created a pandemic in 2009.
Till July 16, 2017, H1N1 virus affected 13,188 people and caused 632 deaths across the country as against 1,786 infections and 265 deaths in the whole of last year.
Tamil Nadu recorded close to 3,000 cases of H1N1 influenza virus since January 2017 - the highest in the country.
Maharashtra, with 300 deaths out of the  2,738 cases reported, is the worst hit in terms of mortality. The state of Gujarat, which recorded 75 deaths out of 289 infections, is the second-worst affected, followed by Kerala (63 deaths out of 1,127 reported cases) and Rajasthan (59 out of 407 succumbed to H1N1 complications. Telangana and Tamil Nadu registered 17 and 15 deaths respectively.
In Delhi, as on July 9, official figures state 241 people have tested positive for swine flu and four have died. However, doctors said the number of deaths could be higher.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda said in a written reply last week that the central government has been closely monitoring the seasonal influenza outbreak situation and was in regular touch on the issue.
To ensure wider availability and accessibility of Oseltamivir, the drug for treatment of influenza, has been put in schedule H1 on June 22, which means they can be sold by all licensed chemists against prescription. Earlier, they belonged to Schedule X category, wherein only certain selected pharmacies were authorised to stock and sell the medicine.
A central rapid response team was deployed in Maharashtra on June 27 to investigate the rising trend of influenza in the state and to provide required assistance which is resulting in reduced mortality currently.
Central teams have also been deployed to assist states like Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana where large laboratory confirmed cases have been reported, Mr Nadda said in his reply.
In 2016, the country recorded 265 swine flu deaths, whereas in 2015 a total of 42,592 cases and 2,990 deaths were reported.

Swine flu – What is it? Know the symptoms

 

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 virus, is a viral illness that causes serious health problems. Symptoms include – fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny mose, body aches, headache, chills, etc.

How is H1N1 virus spread?

The disease initially spread through pigs, but now it transmits from humans to humans through saliva and mucus particles – sneezing, coughing, touching a germ-covered surface and then touching thier nose or eyes.

Who's most at risk?

Anyone can get swine flu, but there some people who are more likely to be severely affected by swine flu. They are:
  • Children under five years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 or older
  • Young adults and children under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • Children and adults with certain medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease (asthma, COPD, emphysema), diabetes or those with weakened immune systems.
In addition to that, swine farmers and veterinarians also have high risk of swine flu because of their exposure to pigs.

Preventing swine flu

The best way to prevent swine flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination. But apart from a flu shot, you can take a number of healthy measures, such as washing hands thoroughly and frequently, avoiding large crowds when flu season is on, to get rid of swine flu

Sanjay Dutt's comeback film '' Bhoomi '' poster unveiled Monday July 24,2017

The first poster of Bhoomi, Sanjay Dutt's comeback film, was unveiled today afternoon and will only make you gape in awe. 

The poster, which has been shared by both director Omung Kumar and Mr Dutt's co-star Aditi Rao Hydari, partially features the 57-year-old actor's face - Mr Dutt's character sports a bearded look.

 The teaser poster of Bhoomi is in monochrome except with a striking splash of red. The poster actually features Mr Dutt's character as bleeding. 

The name of the film is written in bold and in red on the poster. Aditi Rao Hydari has been cast as the daughter of Mr Dutt's onscreen character. TV actor Sharad Kelkar also stars in Bhoomi.
 


Bhoomi has been rescheduled to hit screens on September 22. The makers decided to shift the release date on special request from Sanjay Dutt, who wanted to avoid clash with Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar. "Aamir is a dear friend and I wouldn't want my comeback film to be pitted against his. In this industry, we should all make an effort to help each other," Mr Dutt had told PTI. Meanwhile, Secret Superstar has also been shifted to a Diwali release date.

Bhoomi went on floors in February this year with the first schedule in Agra. Pictures of Mr Dutt and Aditi from the sets of the film in Agra had earlier garnered a lot of interest on social media. The second leg of the film was shot in Chambal with the climax being set in Mumbai. Team Bhoomi wrapped shooting in May and celebrated with a close-knit party in Mumbai.

Bhoomi marks Sanjay Dutt's first film after he completed his five-year jail term in relation to the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) Says '' BHIM App Crosses 16-Million Download Mark ''

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Monday July 24,2017 said its Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App has crossed 16 million downloads and 4 million active customer base and a new updated version would be launched soon



BHIM App is a common platform across the nation for making simple, easy and quick payments.
"Transactions via BHIM App is witnessing growth with each passing month since its launch on December 30, 2016.
Download numbers breaching 16 million mark is a remarkable achievement towards digital transactions and creating a less-cash society," A P Hota, MD and CEO of NPCI, said Monday.
Currently, the 1.3 version of the app is available on Google Play Store and Apple Store and soon a new update (Version 1.4) of the app will be launched, he said

Make These 5 Changes To Save Your Heart

Exercise - You need to start somewhere and exercise is the best initiator. Even if you're new to this (trust me, most of us are) you can start by something small. Walking daily can also do wonders for your body. Exercise improves the blood flow in your heart and body and can prevent majority of the diseases caused by a lethargic attitude.

Stop Smoking - Smoking increases the risk of a cardiovascular heart disease. It damages your arteries and inhibits the flow of oxygenated blood. This can cause heart attack or a stroke. We don't have to tell you the harmful effects of smoking, but if you don't stop this deadly habit you have no healthy future ahead you

A Healthy Diet - What you eat makes the kind of man you are. A healthy diet is the simplest way to have a healthy heart. Cut carbs and excess fats from your diet and increase intake of fibers and vitamins. Avoid liquid intakes of calories, soda for instance. Don't try any fancy diets which may end up harming you.

Limit Alcohol - Excessive drinking of alcohol can shoot up your blood pressure and can cause heart attacks. Heavy drinking can double the chance of irregular heartbeat and consequently of heart failure. Alcohol also makes you secluded and could pave way for depression and anxiety. None of them are good for your heart.

Stay Positive - A healthy mind delivers a healthy body. Unless you stay positive there is no way your body will remain healthy. Be thankful for all that you have and try to feel content. The more stress free you live, the happier your heart is going to be.