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West Bengal woman dies at railway station after hospital fails to provide ambulance

The couple reached the railway station on an e-rickshaw and were waiting for the train under a tree when Maneka breathed her last.

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West Bengal woman dies at railway station

A heart-wrenching incident has come to light from West Bengal’s Purba Bardhaman district where a middle-aged woman died at a railway station while waiting for the train after the hospital failed to provide her with an ambulance while directing her to a larger medical facility.

The incident happened at the Bhatar Railway Station. The deceased, identified as 50-year-old Maneka Koda, and her husband Asit were waiting at the railway station to take a train to Bardhaman where she was referred for medical treatment.

Reports state Maneka and her husband used to work as daily wage labourers in Kachigoria village when she suffered from heat stroke. He husband took her to the Bhatar Hospital where she was given two bottles of saline.

Looking at her condition, the hospital referred her to Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital. But the hospital didn’t provide her with an ambulance and asked Asit to take her by private vehicle. Because of insufficient money, Asit decided to take his wife by train.

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The couple reached the railway station on an e-rickshaw and were waiting for the train under a tree when Maneka breathed her last.

The incident caused outrage among locals who accused the hospital authorities of negligence. Responding to the allegations, the hospital authorities claimed that their ambulance had broken down and was being repaired.

The health department is currently investigating the matter.

Earlier in January, a similar incident took place where a man from Jalpaiguri was forced to carry his mother’s body on his shoulder for several kilometers after the hospital ambulance drivers refused to drive him back unless he paid Rs 3,000 to transport her mortal remains.

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India issues advisory to nationals in Bangladesh amid job quota violence

Contact Numbers :
@ihcdhaka

+880-1937400591 (also on WhatsApp)

@ahcichittagong

+880-1814654797 / +880-1814654799 (also on WhatsApp)

@IRajshahi

+880-1788148696 (also on WhatsApp)

@ahcisylhet

+880-1313076411 (also on WhatsApp)

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On Thursday, India issued a caution advisory for its citizens and students in Bangladesh urging them to minimize their movement outside their residences amid escalating disturbance related to the proposed change in job quotas.

Sharing an advisory, the High Commission urged the Indian community members and the Indian students residing in Bangladesh to avoid travel and minimize their movement outside their living premises. In case of any urgency or case for assistance, please reach out to the High Commission and Indian Assistance High Commissions on the following numbers, the advisory added.

Contact Numbers :

@ihcdhaka +880-1937400591 (also on WhatsApp)

@ahcichittagong +880-1814654797 / +880-1814654799 (also on WhatsApp)

@IRajshahi +880-1788148696 (also on WhatsApp)

@ahcisylhet +880-1313076411 (also on WhatsApp)

@ahcikhulna +880-1812817799 (also on WhatsApp)

According to reports, the situation got worse, following the widespread clashes across the country,  after the deaths of six individuals, including four students and 100 others got injured in the demonstration.

In an ongoing situation in Bangladesh, the Indian community has been given instructions to avoid unnecessary travel and minimize their outside movement. Emergency contact numbers were provided for help from the High Commission and Assistant High Commissions.

Further, it was stated that on Wednesday, the unrest arose from protests initiated by students seeking reforms to change the quota system of government job allotment. These demonstrations peaked in a nationwide shutdown on July 18 in response to the actions of the security forces.

Asif Mahmud, a well-known figure in the movement, communicated plans for a global shutdown of all non-essential services, except critical institutions such as hospitals and some emergency services, which will remain closed and only ambulance services will be permitted. The movement called upon students from various educational institutions to participate actively and called on guardians to support their cause in a newspaper.

In response to the escalating tensions, security measures were enhanced with the deployment of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops in significant cities and the increased presence of police forces on university campuses.

This deployment was aimed at maintaining order and ensuring the safety of citizens amidst the volatile situation. The advisory emphasizes the importance of caution and availability among Indian nationals in Bangladesh to provide support and guidance while emphasizing the gravity of the ongoing unrest and its potential implications.

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Karnataka Govt halts private jobs quota-for-locals Bill amidst criticism

The State Cabinet had on July 15 approved the Bill that gives reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.   

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The Karnataka government has paused a Bill that mandate job reservation for locals in the private sector amid criticism from the business community. The State Cabinet had on July 15 approved the Bill that gives reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.   

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, taking to X, has said that the government will have a relook at the bill before it is tabled in the state Assembly. He said the draft bill intended to provide reservations for Kannadigas in private sector companies, industries, and enterprises is still in the preparation stage. A comprehensive discussion will be held in the next cabinet meeting to make a final decision, he emphasised.

Earlier, Siddaramaiah said the Cabinet meeting has approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

The post further read, “It is our government’s wish that the Kannadigas should avoid being deprived of jobs in the land of Kannada and should be given an opportunity to build a comfortable life in the motherland.” He said that his government is a pro-Kannada government and their priority is to look after the welfare of Kannadigas.

After criticism from the industry, the Karnataka CM deleted the post and then shared another post in Kannada that talks about giving reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.

Speaking to the media, Labour Minister Santosh Lad said the government is trying to introduce a law to give preference to locally available skills. He added that at the management level, it has been decided to provide reservations to 50% of the people.

At the non-management level, it has been decided to provide work to 70%, he said. If a particular skill is not available, people can be outsourced and they can be given work here. But the Government is trying to bring in a law to give preference to locally available skills, the minister further added.

In response to the government’s announcement about the passage of the Bill, industry leaders and unions voiced concerns that it would impede industry growth by pushing away skilled workers not protected by the quota. Nasscom, the apex body for the technology industry in India, stated that the Bill was “deeply disturbing”.

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Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah deletes post on reservation for Kannadigas in private sector after backlash from business community

the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

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Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday deleted his social media post on the reservation Bill, which reserves seats in groups C and D for Kannadigas only in the private sector, after backlash from the business community.

Announcing the Bill on X, Siddaramaiah said the Cabinet meeting held yesterday approved a bill to make it mandatory to hire 100 per cent Kannadigas for C and D-grade posts in all private industries in the State.

The post further read, “It is our government’s wish that the Kannadigas should avoid being deprived of jobs in the land of Kannada and should be given an opportunity to build a comfortable life in the motherland.” He said that his government is a pro-Kannada government and their priority is to look after the welfare of Kannadigas.

Later after criticism from industry leaders, the Kartnataka CM deleted the post and then shared another post in Kannada that talks about giving reservation of 50% for administrative posts and 75% for non-administrative posts for Kannadigas in private industries and other organizations of the State.

Speaking to the media, Labour Minister Santosh Lad said the government is trying to introduce a law to give preference to locally available skills. He added that at the management level, it has been decided to provide reservations to 50% of the people.

At the non-management level, it has been decided to provide work to 70%, he said. If a particular skill is not available, people can be outsourced and they can be given work here. But the Government is trying to bring in a law to give preference to locally available skills, the minister further added.

In response to the government’s announcement about the passage of the Bill, industry leaders and unions voiced concerns that it would impede industry growth by pushing away skilled workers not protected by the quota. Nasscom, the apex body for the technology industry in India, stated that the Bill was “deeply disturbing”.

Mohandas Pai, a Padma Shri Awardee and former CFO and Board Member at Infosys, also said that the government must focus on increasing jobs, training, and educating Kannada youth instead of driving away investment. Karnataka is India’s best state, adding that he said we should not destroy this. Pai termed the Bill as ‘discriminatory, regressive, and against the Constitution’ even as he attacked the ruling Congress for the decision.

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