QBullet: Bengal Doctors Withdraw Strike; BJP Gets New Working Prez

1. Bengal Doctors Withdraw Strike After Mamata Banerjee’s Assurance

Protesting doctors in West Bengal on Monday announced to end their week-long strike after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured them of steps to step up security across government hospitals in the state.

The decision was taken after a delegation of 31 junior doctors and medical students, held a 90-minute meeting with the Chief Minister along with administrative and police officials, at Nabanna (state secretariat) later in the day. Earlier, Banerjee had called for a meeting at the secretariat while the doctors demanded her presence at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, where the death of a patient followed by an attack on two junior attacks triggered the strike. The protesters, however, today agreed for the meeting at Nabanna.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. JP Nadda Elected as BJP National Working President

JP Nadda with PM Modi and Amit Shah on Monday, 17 June. 

The BJP Parliamentary board on Monday elected former Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda as the party’s national working president. However, Amit Shah will remain the party’s national president. This is for the first time that the BJP has appointed a working president.

The exclusion of Nadda, a parliamentary board member and senior minister in the first Modi government, from the Cabinet had triggered speculation that he could take over as BJP chief from Shah. Nadda was in-charge of Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 elections, and the party performed impressively in the state, restricting the much-hyped Mahagathbandhan to 15 seats.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: JP Nadda Appointed BJP Working Prez, Shah to Remain Party Chief

3. Attacks in South Kashmir: Major Killed, Car Bomb Hits Army Vehicle in Valley

In two separate incidents in South Kashmir Monday, an Army Major was killed in a gunbattle in Anantnag district and at least six soldiers, and two civilians, were injured in a car bomb explosion that targeted a military vehicle in nearby Pulwama, officials said.

The officer killed in the gunbattle was identified as Major Ketan Sharma (31) of 19 Rashtriya Rifles — his family is in Meerut. A militant, who is suspected to be a foreign national, was also killed in the exchange of fire during a joint security operation in Badoora village of Achabal early morning. Two other Army officers were injured, J&K Police said.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: 9 Jawans Injured in IED Blast on Army Vehicle in J&K’s Pulwama

4. 103 Children Dead Due to Acute Encephalitis in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur

With the death of six more children on Monday, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has so far claimed the lives of 103 children in Muzaffarpur and its adjoining areas in north Bihar, the Muzaffarpur district magistrate said.

Of these, 85 children died at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), and 18 children at Kejriwal Maternity Clinic since the outbreak of AES, which causes inflammation of the membrane of the brain that leads to sudden onset fever that can cross 104 degrees F, headache, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and paralysis. If the symptoms are not treated within hours of the first few appearing, 30% of those affected die. AES usually affects very young children who are severely malnourished.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Encephalitis Claims 103 Lives, NHRC Issues Notice to Bihar Govt

5. Your Words Matter, Not Numbers, PM Tells Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to opposition parties on the first day of the 17th Lok Sabha’s opening session on Monday, saying they need not “bother about their numbers” as their every word and idea was “valuable” to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which secured a massive verdict in this summer’s Lok Sabha elections.

In Parliament’s Budget session, which began on Monday and will conclude on 26 July, the NDA government is set to push crucial legislations, including a bill that seeks to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims.

A day before the session began with the oath-taking of MPs, Modi chaired an all-party meet and urged floor leaders of all parties to ensure smooth proceedings in the House.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: On Day 1 of Parliament, 7 Facts to Know About 17th Lok Sabha

6. Supreme Court to Hear Plea on Doctors’ Safety

The Supreme Court of India. 

The Supreme Court on Monday, 17 June, agreed to hear a plea seeking to depute government-appointed uniformed security personnel at all government hospitals across the country for ensuring the safety and security of doctors.

A vacation Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant posted the hearing of the petition, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava in the wake of a nation-wide protest by doctors against violence against them, for Tuesday.

Srivastava stated that the strike was called by West Bengal doctors in protest against the assault on a junior doctor at NRS Hospital in Kolkata by relatives of a patient who died in the hospital.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Mukherjee Nagar Clashes: Kejriwal Condemns Cop ‘Brutality’, Finds Echo in Punjab CM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday condemned the “brutality” by Delhi Police officers in the Mukherjee Nagar incident and also demanded that the Home Minister and the L-G be “strict against rising crime” in Delhi, a day after police officers clashed with a sword-wielding man in the area.

The incident took place following a minor accident involving a police vehicle and a Gramin Sewa tempo.

Kejriwal met Sarabjeet Singh, the tempo driver, and his son at their home and demanded that the policemen who “assaulted” the man be punished.

(Source: The Indian Express)

8. DMK Slams Minister as Water Wars Break out in Tamil Nadu

Leader of Opposition MK Stalin of the Dravida Munnetra Kazagham called for the resignation of Local Administration Minister SP Velumani, blaming the Tamil Nadu government for its mismanagement of the water crisis in the state.

Drought coupled with searing summer heat has left most of the state parched, except Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli districts, which remain beneficiaries of the South West monsoon.

“Having driven the people, not only in Chennai but everywhere in the state, to scout water, Local Administration Minister SP Velumani should step down owning moral responsibility for the present crisis. Else, the Chief Minister should sack him forthwith from the council of ministers without showing any lenience,” Stalin said, in a statement issued on Monday.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Chennai Water Crisis: How Did it Get So Bad & What is Govt Doing?

9. Congress Plea Against Separate Rajya Sabha Bypolls

Gujarat Congress leader Pareshbhai Dhanani has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats which fell vacant following the election of BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha.

Dhanani, Opposition leader in the Gujarat Assembly, contended that the conduct of election for each vacancy separately would lead to the victory of the party which commanded simple majority in the legislature.

“This would turn the very objective of proportional representation i.e. to give each minority group an effective share as per its strength, on its head,” the plea said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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