Firstpost Editor's Picks: Doctors' strike in West Bengal, simultaneous Lok Sabha, Assembly polls, Maurizio Sarri exits Chelsea; today's must-read stories
Firstpost Editor's Picks: Doctors' strike in West Bengal, Maurizio Sarri exits Chelsea to join Juventus, Shah Rukh Khan and son Aryan Khan will lend their voices to The Lion King's Hindi dubbed version; today's must-read stories
Doctors' strike: West Bengal already has laws to deter violence against medicos, Mamata-led govt needs to implement them
At least nineteen states, including West Bengal, already have in place state legislation aimed to deter and curb violence against health professionals and damage of medical institutions. The West Bengal Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Act was enacted in 2009. In India, whenever there is a public outcry against any form of crime, there is a demand for specialised laws prohibiting such crime. However, what we lack are not laws, but the effective implementation of the existing laws.
Simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha, state Assemblies untenable; smack of attempt to impose one-party dominance
While it is true that many states now have very stable governments, especially with the BJP emerging as a dominant force countrywide, there are no guarantees that state governments will not fall. So, how will simultaneous elections work in this context? The simple answer is that they won’t. Mid-term elections will always remain a possibility. One solution suggested in the current context by BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is that no-confidence motions will have to be accompanied by confidence motions, enabling a new government to be formed when one falls.
More than Rs 1,00,000 cr is waiting to enter Narendra Modi govt’s wallet if it bites PSB privatisation bullet; timing is never better
Is massive capital infusion using taxpayers’ money justified in state-run banks pitted against their smarter rivals in the private sector? When it comes to asset quality and profitability, most PSBs continue to lag behind well-run private banks, one reason is the lack of aggression in business operations, intervention of government in these entities for the forced role of social sector schemes and lapses in following golden rules of high-value lending that led to the piling up of bad loans. But, the government, fighting a fiscal conundrum has a golden opportunity now to get out of this annual burden—if it chooses to bite the privatisation bullet.
Premier League: Maurizio Sarri's tumultuous reign at Chelsea ends in jaded disillusionment as London club yearns revival
While all top clubs barring Manchester City and Liverpool stuttered, a ‘top four’ finish was secured with relative ease, but even the staunchest of Maurizio Sarri's fans would agree that it was downright due to poor performances from the remaining clubs. From record defeats to demoralising draws, Sarri divided the Chelsea fanbase like no other manager has ever been able to do before. He enjoyed a cult following from a group of fans while a larger section booed him and his tactics — leading to a toxic culture hitherto unseen at the Stamford Bridge.
The Lion King: Shah Rukh Khan teams up with elder son Aryan to voice Hindi dubbed version of Disney's iconic film
Shah Rukh Khan will team up with his elder son, Aryan Khan, to voice Disney's live-action version of The Lion King. While SRK will voice the father Mufasa, Aryan will lend his voice to the son Simba in the Hindi dubbed version of the film. On Fathers' Day, Shah Rukh had teased the development in a Twitter post, where he posed with Aryan in the blue jerseys with Mufasa and Simba's names ahead of India's ICC World Cup match against Pakistan on 16 June.
Aryan Khan bribery case: CBI questions former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede for over 5 hours
The central agency booked Wankhede and four others on May 11 for alleged criminal conspiracy and threat of extortion, besides under provisions pertaining to bribery under the Prevention of Corruption Act on a complaint by the NCB
Centre rolls out Rs17,000 crore Production Linked Incentive Scheme 2.0 for IT hardware
The implementation of the PLI Scheme 2.0 for IT hardware is expected to boost the growth of the electronics manufacturing sector in India and enhance the country's position as a global player in this industry
Parliament building row: Who is attending, who is boycotting?
Political parties are divided over the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While NDA allies and some other parties – Naveen Patnaik’s BJD and Shiromani Akali Dal – will be present during the event, at least 20 Opposition parties have decided to stay away