Daily News Summary – April 8, 2017


Maharashtra Assembly passes Media Protection Bill: up to Rs.50000 fine and 3 years in jail

The Fadnavis government in Maharashtra Assembly passed”Maharashtra Media Persons and Media Institutions (prevention of violence and damage or loss to property) Bill 2017″. Attack on journalist has been made a non-bailable offence, in the Bill. The Bill envisages three year of jail term and penalty up to Rs 50,000 or both for the offenders for the act of violence against media persons or damage or loss to the property of media persons or media institutions. The Bill covers reporters, correspondents, editor, news editors, sub-editors, feature writers, proof readers, copy testers, cartoonists and photojournalists from all registered newspapers, print and online both, news channels, news based electronic media and news station establishment.


Indian shot dead in Washington state in US: Investigation underway

A 26 year old Indian. Vikram Jaryal was shot dead in a convenience store in Washington state on April 6. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said the Indian consulate in San Francisco is in touch with MEA and the American Police is investigating the case. Calling the death ‘tragic’, Swaraj condoled the tragic death after she was informed by Vikram’s brother about the incident.


Haryana for the first time achieves sex ratio of 950

In a historic first, Haryana achieved a sex ratio of 950, claimed Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Khattar. He said that the sex ratio stood at 950 females per every 1000 males,, for the first time. He credited the success to the ‘Beti Bachao, beti Padhao’ scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It launched a massive campaign in the state by strictly implementing Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.


PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Hasina meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina today held talks on key bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern. After their restricted meeting at the Hyderabad House here, the two leaders were joined by their respective delegations. Ahead of her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday. Earlier, putting all protocols aside, Modi personally receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport.


UP Government to provide Breakfast for Rs.3 and Meal for Rs.5

The Yogi Government of Uttar Pradesh is going to launch Annapurna Restaurant soon on the lines of Amma Canteen in Tamil Nadu. In this restaurant, breakfast will be provided for only 3 rupees and lunch/dinner will be provided for five rupees. For the poor, Government is also mulling on introducing  a 3 time meal for Rs. 13 only. It would be started in Public Private Partnership (PPP) in all the 14 Municipal Corporations of the state.


Madhya Pradesh Government starts Rs.5 thali

Shivraj Singh government in Madhya Pradesh started ‘Deen Dayal Thali’ scheme for the poor and laboureres. The lunch thali would be available for a meager Rs 5. This includes 4 rotis, dal, curry and salad, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The beauty of this scheme is that the NGOs, rather than the government would contribute towards the meal expenses.


Congress slams government for lifting ban on Shivsena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

Congress slammed the NDA government for lifting ban on Shivsena MP, who admittedly hit an Air India official with his chappal, 25 times. In a recent development, Federation of Indian Airlines revoked flying ban on Gaikwad. Congress spokesperson Kapil Sibal accused NDA of having ‘no principles’. Shiv Sena MPs, including a Union Minister created a rucus in the Parliament after Civil Aviations Minister refused to lift the ban on Gaikwad.


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