Open for dialogue with Mamata Banerjee, will decide on venue later, say agitating doctors
The impasse in West Bengal showed signs of easing as agitating doctors said Saturday night they were open for talks with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to end their stir, but they would decide on the venue of the meeting later.
Earlier on Saturday evening, the protesting doctors had turned down Mamata's invite for a closed-door meeting at the Secretariat and had instead asked her to visit NRS Medical College and Hospital for an open discussion to resolve the dispute.
Late on Saturday night, the joint forum of junior doctors held a press conference. "We are open for dialogue always. If the chief minister extends one hand, we will extend 10 of ours... We are eagerly waiting to break the deadlock," the spokesperson said.
The agitating doctors had also turned down Mamata's request saying there was no honest effort on her part to break the deadlock. "We are eagerly waiting to start our duty, but from the chief minister's side, there is no such honest initiative to find a solution," he had said earlier in the night.
The junior doctors on strike also rubbished her claims that a few of their colleagues had visited her at the Secretariat. Mamata, at a press conference, had urged the agitators to resume work and said her government has accepted all their demands.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory seeking a report on the stir. But Mamata reacted sharply to it and said such advisory should be "sent to states like Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat where several murders are reported since the last couple of years".
Governor KN Tripathi wrote to Mamata, advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to the medicos and find a solution to the impasse. The West Bengal chief minister later said she has spoken to the governor and apprised him about the steps taken by the state government to resolve the impasse.
India and Pakistan to clash at Manchester in Cricket World Cup today
Virat Kohli's men will look to continue their good run in 50-over World Cup history against neighbours Pakistan when the two sides take on each other in a blockbuster contest on Sunday to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Since the 1992 edition, both nations have clashed six times and every time, India ended up on the winning side, giving the men in blue a handsome 6-0 lead over Pakistan.
As far as team news is concerned, Shikhar Dhawan will continue to rest as there has been no further update on his thumb injury from team management. Pakistan may bring back their star spinner Shadab Khan after he was dropped to accommodate an extra pacer against Australia.
Not to forget, there are dark clouds hovering over the match and quite literally so as a couple of showers are expected to play spoilsport during the course of the match in Manchester. The match will begin at 3 pm IST.
Tsunami alert lifted for New Zealand after 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Kermadec Islands
A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake stuck near the remote Kermadec Islands northeast of New Zealand Sunday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning.
After initially forecasting "a threat to beach, harbour, estuary and small boat activities", New Zealand's Civil Defence organisation gave the all-clear eight minutes later.
The earthquake was given a preliminary magnitude of 7.4, but later downgraded to 7.2 by the US Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also lifted its tsunami warning for parts of the South Pacific but said "minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake".
The earthquake struck at 10.55 am at a depth of 10 kilometres some 928 kilometres north-northeast of the New Zealand city of Tauranga in the North Island.
Maharashtra recorded 115 MT of food production despite drought, deficient rain: Fadnavis at NITI Aayog meet
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday said the state recorded 115.70 lakh metric tonnes of food production despite drought and deficient rainfall, owing to the various water conservation methods adopted by it.
Fadnavis was in Delhi to attend the NITI Aayog meet.
"We achieved 115.70 lakh metric tonnes food grain production. This could be possible because of less dependency on rainfall and putting in place alternative arrangements," Fadnavis said.
He also elaborated on the benefits of Jal Yukt Shivar farm ponds and the ongoing irrigation projects and plans for the ambitious Marathwada Watergrid project. Jal Yukt Shivar is the flagship programme of the Maharashtra government. It envisages desilting streams and encouraging farm ponds with an emphasis on percolation of water.
Amazon's Instagram rival Spark shutdown after two years
Amazon had launched Spark in 2017 with a feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members. It was set to compete with Instagram but, it never really took off as the company had expected. In any case, the data procured from the Spark app and Amazon's discovery tool can be found into a new socially inspired product which Amazon calls as #FoundItOnAmazon.