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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


Sankara Hospital hails Budget

Covai Post Network

Sankara Eye Hospital President and paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Kaushik Murali welcomed the Union Budget, especially for the importance given to the healthcare sector.

He said, “Healthcare sector has been a clear priority in Budget 2018. There has been a good balance on short-term respite from out-of-pocket health costs and building capacity in the long-term.” He felt the healthcare protection scheme was going to be a real game changer.

He also welcomed the idea to increase the number of doctors and also upgradation of 24 district hospitals. “Health can be one of the key job creators. More focus from the Skill India initiative with these announcements should see this sector contribute in this area too.

“With Rs 1,200 crore to the National Health Policy, we look forward to a continued impetus to the National Programme for Control of Blindness which is one of the most successful public-private healthcare programmes,” he said

Dr Murali hoped the 3.5 per cent fiscal deficit did not force a rethink on these allocations later due to lack of funds.