Get Wired 2/7: Private Coaching, Tribal Rights, Manufacturing Slows, and More

1. Private coaching thriving

Private coaching for students in India has become a norm, according to a report by National Sample Survey Office. The NSSO says that three out of every four students avails private tuitions, besides going to regular school. The survey noted that Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Manipur are the five states with the highest number of male students taking private coaching (combining primary, secondary and higher secondary education).

2. Javedkar can’t trump Tribal ministry

Environment Minister Prakash Javedkar has failed at his attempt to ease rules for projects under the Forest Rights Act (FRA). Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, who earlier contested Javadekar’s move, maintaining that the subject falls in domain, has received support from the Law ministry. Now, the Environment ministry is preparing to approach Law ministry for the second time with fresh arguments on why tribal consent can be dispensed with. Earlier this year, the green ministry came up with a draft notification seeking to substantively dilute procedures for projects in forested areas.

3. Lalit Modi offered Sushma’s husband job

The admission by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal that former IPL chief had offered him a job as an alternate director in one of his family-run companies has the opposition crying foul. Kausal, however, maintained that he rejected the offer. The Congress says the offer itself is evidence of the “close proximity” between the tainted former IPL chief and the External Affairs minister and her family.

4. UK says Maggie is safe

The ban on Nestle’s Maggie noodles in India will  not affect consumers in the United Kingdom. After conducting tests, the British food safety have said that Maggie noodles produced in India is safe for consumption in the UK.  Earlier, Singapore too denied the product had any harmful ingredients. The controversy began when the FSSAI found excessive amount of lead in the product manufactured by Nestle India. The led to the immediate ban on sale of Maggie noodles in the country.

5. Air India offloads passengers for ministers

220px-Air_IndiaA family was offloaded from an Air India flight to Leh to Delhi to accommodate ministers. An IFS officer, his wife and their child were made to deboard the flight by Air India on June 24 to make space for minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, his assistant and deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Kaur Singh. Rijiju, however, said that he wasn’t aware of the fact that three persons were offloaded.

6. SC asks hospital to pay 1.80 cr 

The Supreme Court has directed a state-owned hospital in Chennai to pay Rs. 1.80 crore to the parents of a child who lost her vision within a year of birth in 1996. The child was born 10 weeks prematurely and the hospital did not warn the parents that babies born prematurely were prone to retinopathy of prematurity (RoP), a preventive disorder which could lead to blindness if not addressed.

7. Manufacturing growth slows

Growth in manufacturing industry slowed down in June due to low business orders, according to the Purchase Managers’ Index. The PMI stood at 51.3 points in June compared to 52.6 points in May. The report indicated no improvement in employment in manufacturing sector in June.


8. Cuba becomes first country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission

In one of biggest achievements in medical history, Cuba became first country to eliminated HIV and Syphills transmission from mother to baby, as confirmed by the World Health Organisation. “This shows that ending of AIDS epidemic is possible…,” said Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS. Every year, 1.4 million women with HIV become pregnant. There remains a 15-45% chance of transmission, if left untreated.

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