‘Modicare’ cost, Sourav Ganguly’s book, Iranian women’s defiance: Top stories of the day
The National Health Protection Scheme, dubbed Modicare and announced in the Union budget, will require an estimated Rs 11,000 crore each year. Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful cricket captains, says his retirement after he was dropped from a Rest of India team still felt like a ‘raw wound’.Updated: Feb 03, 2018 07:40 IST
The National Health Protection Scheme, dubbed Modicare, and announced in the union budget, would require an estimated Rs 11,000 crore each year. Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful cricket captains, says his retirement after he was dropped from a Rest of India team still felt like a “raw wound”. These stories made news on Friday. Here is more about them.
Bill for National Health Protection Scheme
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to provide health insurance for about half the country will require an estimated Rs 11,000 crore ($1.7 billion) in central and state funding each year. The National Health Protection Scheme, dubbed Modicare, was announced in the union budget and will provide 100 million families, or about 500 million poor people, with health cover of Rs 5 lakh per year for free treatment of serious illnesses.
Avalanche kills 3 Army soldiers in Kashmir
Three Indian Army personnel were killed Friday when an avalanche struck their post in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the army said. The bodies have been recovered.
Chandrababu Naidu declares war, may pull out of NDA
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu could pull out his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protestagainst the Union Budget 2018 for not giving his state enough funds. “We are going to declare war...We have three options — 1 is to try and continue, 2 is our MPs resign and 3 is breaking of alliance. [We] will decide in [a] meeting with CM on Sunday,” ANI quoted party MP TG Venkatesh as saying in Delhi.
Former CM Hooda, 33 others charged in Gurgaon land scam
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, three former senior government officers and executives of realty companies are among the 34 people named as accused in a charge sheet filed by the CBI in the Gurgaon land scam. The scam, which came to light in 2007, allegedly involves civil servants and private builders conspiring to acquire land from farmers at throwaway prices, causing a loss to the state.
‘Sorry mom’: Hyderabad girl kills herself over school fees
A 14-year-old girl in Hyderabad killed herself after her school allegedly refused to let her write an examination because she hadn’t paid the fees, police said. “Sorry mom,” Deepthi, a student of Class 9 wrote in a note. Her school principal was arrested.
Delhi: 3 school boys arrested for beating classmate to death
Three school boys were arrested for allegedly beating up their 14-year-old classmate to death inside the toilet of a private school in northeast Delhi. The boys, aged around 15 years, were arrested after the police scanned footage from a security camera in the school.
Retired hurt: Sourav Ganguly’s book reveals highs and lows
Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful cricket captains, says his retirement after he was dropped from a Rest of India team was a “raw wound” still. “Me dropped? The Asian batsman and player of the year left out from a Rest of India team, I asked myself,” he writes in his first book called ‘A Century Is Not Enough’, a teaser chapter of which was released Friday.
IPS officer ‘takes pledge’ for ‘early construction of Ram temple’
A senior police officer in Uttar Pradesh has been asked to explain a video on social media that apparently shows him taking a public pledge for “the early construction of Ram temple” in Ayodhya. Surya Kumar Shukla, a 1982 batch IPS officer, says he has been misunderstood and the pledge we took was for the “peaceful and harmonious solution” of the problem.
90 migrants feared drowned after smuggler’s boat capsizes
An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler’s boat capsized early, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration said. Survivors told aid workers that most of the migrants on board were Pakistanis, who form a growing group heading to Italy from North Africa,
Iran arrests 29 women for removing headscarf
Police in Tehran have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported. At least two photos shared on Twitter on Wednesday showed women in traditional black chador robes, standing on pillar box with signs supporting freedom of choice for women.