MISA pension hiked, rules changed

Bhopal: The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday decided to pay an honorarium of Rs 8,000 per month to those who spent less than one month in prison under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India (DIR) rules during Emergency. The state government already pays Rs 25,000 per month to those who spent more than a month in jail under the MISA and DIR between 1975 and 1977, when Indira …

NHRC issues notice over refusal to treat HIV patient

New Delhi: Terming it the worst example of cruelty, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government over reports that doctors at a district hospital allegedly refused to treat a woman at an advance stage of pregnancy after they found she was HIV-positive. “Even as the woman delivered twins outside the maternity ward (of the Tikamgarh District Hospital), the hospital staff did not attend to them and as a …

Dalit woman’s nose slashed in Sagar

Bhopal: A 35-year-old dalit woman’s nose was allegedly slashed and her husband was beaten by two members of an upper caste family at Renvjha village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. Narendra Singh (32) and his father Sahab Singh beat up the woman’s husband on Monday when he refused to go to their house and do some work, inspector RS Bagri of Surkhi police station said. When the woman was taking her husband to a …

WCD Minister addresses third day of Summit

Bhopal: Minister for Woman and Child Development Archana Chitnis congratulating the representatives of 11 countries for restoring Asianism in India-ASEAN Youth Summit said that we had lost our identity owing to expansion of colonialism due to historical reasons. It is praiseworthy to restore it in a brief period of 70 years. Representatives of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei besides India are taking part in the summit organized by Union …

Yechuri expresses concern over decreasing days in House

Bhopal: Expressing concern over the dwindling number of working days in Parliament, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has called for enacting a law to ensure there is at least 100 days of active presence of members in the House. This will make sure that the government of the day is held accountable for its actions and policies, and members get enough time to deliberate on key issues, the Rajya Sabha member said last night. …

BJP MLA seeks GST rollback on sanatary napkins

Bhopal: A BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh has urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to roll back the 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on sanitary napkins, in the interest of womens menstrual hygiene. The legislator, Parul Sahu, said she wrote a letter to the finance minister two days back after talking to working women, young students and social workers over the issue. In our country, majority of the rural women cannot afford …

HC reserves its order on Mishra’s plea

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on a petition by Water Resources, Public Relations and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra challenging the disqualification of his election by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Earlier, Mishra defended himself in the Gwalior Bench of the Court today in view of the strike by lawyers. Though his advocates arrived in the court premises, other agitating lawyers prevented them from entering into the Court. …

HC seeks reply from ECI on its order

Gwalior: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday sought the Election Commission’s stand on a plea against the poll panel’s order disqualifying State Minister Narottam Mishra. Notably, Mishra was disqualified by the poll watchdog on June 24 for three years for filing wrong accounts of his election expenditure during the assembly polls of 2008. With this, his election from the Datia assembly constituency also stood void. Three days later, Mishra moved the Gwalior bench of …

Alliance Air flight for Lucknow from July 5

Bhopal: Air India area manager of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Vishut Acharya today said Alliance Air, a subsidiary of the national carrier, will operate a new flight on the Bhopal-Lucknow route from July 5 onwards. Acharya said flights to various destinations would be operated from Bhopal in the coming days after the induction of new aircraft in AI’s fleet. “A daily flight from Bhopal to Lucknow would be operated from July 5 with ATR-72 aircraft. …

Bill soon for death sentence to the rapist of minor

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the bill for giving death sentence to the accused of rape of minors would be presented in the coming monsoon session. Once it is passed it would be forwarded to the President. Chouhan was addressing a gathering today at the Joint Convocation Ceremony of policemen at the Madhya Pradesh Police Academy. Among those present on the occasion were Mayor Alok Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Home KK Singh, …