Jobs to renting homes, bill set to give HIV+ patients more rights
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved jail term of up to two years for discriminating against HIV-positive people, making sweeping changes to a proposed law that aims to safeguard an estimated 21 lakh population living with the health condition.
Besides jail term, violators could also be fined up to Rs1 lakh under amendments to the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill 2014, health minister JP Nadda said. The changes will protect HIV-positive people from discrimination at workplace and educational institutions, Nada said, adding that insurance companies cannot deny them protection owing to their health condition.
A 75-year-old retired high court lawyer was cheated by online scamsters into believing he had won Rs4.05 crore from ‘Mukesh Ambani Foundation’, a fictitious entity, and persuaded to hand over Rs18.36 lakh as ‘processing fees’ to claim his prize. The police said in November 2015, Jacob Anderson, one of the alleged con men, sent the complainant an email saying the foundation was “distributing unclaimed British money” and that he had won Rs4.05 crore.
Aftermakinganinitialpayment of Rs9,000, the lawyer went to on paythethievesanestimatedRs18.36 lakh in more than 40 installments. He may have lost even more if his wife hadn’t heard him discussing the matter with a friend and informed their son and daughter, who told him he had been cheated and lodged a complaint.
Is Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya a loose cannon or a part of the party’s calibrated strategy for the upcoming Mumbai civic polls?
Somiaya on Wednesday set the ball rolling for another heated spat between allies BJP and Shiv Sena when he said his party would contest all 227 wards in Mumbai and any alliance with the Sena had been ruled out by the top brass. Somaiya said it was time to end the mafia raj controlling the civic body.
The party’s top leaders quickly distanced themselves from the comments, saying no such decision had been taken. But the clarification seemed too mellow.
“We are contesting all 227 wards in the BMC polls. There was never any question of having an alliance with the Shiv Sena. It has been proven the Mumbai civic body is ridden with scams. It is time to end this mafia raj,” Somiaya said, while taking a jibe at the Sena that has been controlling the civic body for two decades. “In the state and the Centre, where we have our government, corruption has been kept under check. Contesting the civic polls solo will not have any repercussions on having the Sena as an ally at the Centre or the state,” he said.