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23 May 2018, Edition - 1044, Wednesday

FLASH NEWS:

  • Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter crash-lands in Natha Top in Jammu and Kashmir
  • NHRC takes cognizance of Tuticorin violence, issues notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary and DGP
  • The Madras High Court directed Vedanta to stop the construction of the second unit of Sterlite copper smelter plant
  • Tamil Nadu government forms judicial commission to probe Tuticorin violence
  • J&K: Grenade attack in Bijbehara as 7 civilians were injured
  • MHA has sought a report from Tamil Nadu Government on the violence in Tuticorin
  • Mudarai HC stays expansion of Sterlite copper smelter plan
  • US President Donald Trump warned that his landmark summit with Kim Jong Un may not take place as planned
  • Sec 144 imposed in and around Tuticorin till May 25th
  • Shops were shut and 5000 policemen were deployed in Tuticorin after 11 people died while protesting against the Sterlite Plant

Coimbatore

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.

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