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There was no way of me getting home, she added For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIslamabad: The US is quietly nudging Pakistan and India to re-engage as the Trump administration seeks to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours according to a media report today America’s objective to normalise ties between the two South Asian rivals is part of its efforts to have a more focused approach on the Afghan endgame US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took up the issue with the leadership of both Pakistan and India during his recent visit to the two countries the Express Tribune quoting government officials and diplomatic sources as saying File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump PTI "Behind the scenes efforts appear to have started paying dividends since Tillerson’s visit as there has been a noticeable reduction in violence along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region" the paper said The border between the two nations has been the scene of bloody clashes between the armies of Pakistan and India for the last couple of years The current year has been the worst in terms of ceasefire violations as well as civilian casualties Officials with the knowledge of the backdoor manoeuvres confirmed to the paper that the Trump administration wanted to see a lowering of tensions between the two neighbours A senior official who requested not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media said Tillerson had informed Pakistan that the Trump administration was willing to encourage a rapprochement between Islamabad and New Delhi The surprise decision by Pakistan to allow a meeting between convicted Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav and his wife was also being linked to the quiet efforts by the US Pakistan however publically insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds The former Indian Navy officer was sentenced to death after a Field Court Martial on charges of espionage and involvement in terrorist activities Officials are reluctant to link Pakistan’s decision on Jadhav as well as the brief lull in LoC clashes to the US intervention They said it was too early to draw any such conclusions as the Trump administration was still struggling to come up with a workable roadmap for Afghanistan and South Asia The official nevertheless made it clear that continued tensions between Pakistan and India would certainly undermine US efforts to bring some semblance of peace in Afghanistan Historically Islamabad has not been averse to third-party intervention but India has publically opposed such approaches The official said the Pakistani side had urged the US to use its influence over India for the resumption of dialogue after a number of terror attacks in India It is however not clear if the two sides would resume the full spectrum of talks considering the timing Since Pakistan is also just a few months away from parliamentary elections it is highly unlikely that structured dialogue would be restored However political leaders and officials may interact with each other as a result of US efforts in order to arrest any further slide in ties between Pakistan and India the report said The Medical Council of India (MCI) chief and two of his cohorts were arrested by the CBI in April 2010 on charges of corruption That brought down the prestige of MCI by several notches and exposed the extreme rot that plagued the medical body Also that shameful event signaled that a thorough purge was needed in MCI to bring some order to its anarchic ways It took more than seven years to move in that direction The Union Cabinet finally cleared the long-pending National Medical Commission (NMC) bill on 15 December 2017 The bill is likely to be tabled in Parliament in this winter session and if passed will replace the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 Representational image AFP Ideally the reform should have come from within the medical profession But since that did not happen it is now being imposed from outside This incidentally looks like the first in many medical reforms that are likely to be enacted in the near future Unfortunately due to continuous doctor-bashing from all sides the medical profession has developed a sense of despondency It has become so paranoid in its outlook that every action every course-correction that comes from outside is looked upon with suspicion The knee-jerk reaction therefore is to reject such reforms But an honest cursory look at the proposed NMC bill tells another story – it comes across as a well-intentioned move barring of course a few deficiencies that can still be rectified The proposed bill opens by stating: "It aims to create a world-class medical education system" It then goes on to introduce National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to ensure uniformity in admission to undergraduate studies in medical schools This pan-India entrance test has the potential to purge the medical admission process It is aimed to ensure that only merit is counted in medical education It is pertinent to note that even admission to private medical colleges will be based on NEET which will abrogate the corrupt and unscrupulous practices that existed all along It is most heartening to read the bill’s commitment to "equitable access to medical education" It is very unfortunate that we lag far behind in quality medical research when compared to the western world This has created a distinct disadvantage for India in regard to advances in health delivery system The proposed NMC bill seeks to reverse this drawback To facilitate it’s functioning the bill constitutes four independently working boards: One for undergraduate medical education one for postgraduate medical education one for medical assessment and rating and the last one for maintaining the national medical register and regulating medical conduct With a phenomenal increase in thenumber of medical institutions courses they offer at undergrad and postgrad levels examinations they conduct at various levels and the number of students who pass out and join the medical practice; it is well in order that such a structured organisation is created to oversee and regulate the profession On the flip side the most serious flaw the bill has is to completely do away with the elected representatives of the medical profession With all its members coming as government’s nominees or by virtue of ex-officio government positions they hold the National Medical Commission would look like just an extension of the health ministry The fine balance that existed till now between the elected members and the nominated ones ensured a fair degree of autonomy for the regulatory body It made sure that the policy decisions taken by the health ministry were checked and balanced by the council That democratic tradition now seems to be coming to an end The medical profession has been demanding absolute autonomy for its regulatory bodies But if the government takes complete and unfettered charge of the council it is goodbye to autonomy forever Additionally all the grants and funds to run the regulatory body will come from the central government making it completely dependent and helpless Clause 35 of the proposed bill raises a serious doubt – under the heading "Recognition of Other Medical Qualifications" it states that the "central government may by notification recognise qualifications granted by any other body in India" Does this mean other lateral streams of medicine (such as Homoeopathy Ayurveda Unani etc) are going to be accommodated under NMC and allowed to practice modern medicine This ambiguity needs to be removed from the bill The bill is slated to be tabled in Parliament this session It is hoped that these anomalies are corrected before passing it There are certain issues the regulatory body will have to urgently take note of For one the issue of standardisation of medical education is yet not sufficiently addressed There are medical institutes that impart excellent education and train their students very well for independent practice Then there are institutes that have a very poor infrastructure and insufficient faculty; thus unable to train their students for challenges of independent practice All these students get their degrees and there is no way to tell one from another If the sick are to reap the full benefit of health delivery system standardised education and training will have to be given to every doctor coming out of the medical college For two the physician licensed to practice in one state has to register anew in another state if he wishes to practice there It’s time the concept of reciprocity is introduced here; a common national register is maintained and the physician is allowed to practice anywhere in India Lastly it’s time to introduce medical or clinical audit in our health delivery system If we want quality improvements in patient care and ensure favourable outcomes a review system will have to be put in place that would ensure what should be done is being done In conclusion Laws are only as good or as bad as the way they are implemented Repealing an act and replacing it with another is not necessarily the best way to usher in reform It all depends upon the kind of people we appoint to implement the law; and how honestly sincerely and competently they choose to implement it The author is a consulting surgeon from Mumbai Written by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Published: October 9 2016 3:01 am Mumbai call centre racket: Seventy people were arrested after the raids at the Mira Road call centres (File Photo) Top News The conception and commencement of the IRS scam busted last week by the Thane Police following raids at eight call centres at Mira Road is based in Gujarat investigations have revealed According to the police Ahmedabad is the starting point of the crime where call centres operate in tandem with the ones raided at Mira Road about 45 km from Mumbai The first contact with the prospective American victims of the fraud was often established from an Ahmedabad call centre said the police “The voice mails sent to the American debtors are from Ahmedabad While the call centres at Mira Road are less than five months old the ones in Ahmedabad had been set up at least three years ago by the main conspirator Shaggy” an investigative officer said Shaggy according to the police is 26-year-old Sagar Thakkar based out of Ahmedabad and who allegedly established several call centres similar to the ones at Mira Road Victims in the US were threatened with a “tax investigation” by operators at these call centres pretending to be officials from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) According to a 28-year-old floor manager arrested by the Thane Police besides paying the 70 people who worked on his floor in cash he would routinely call up his counterpart in Ahmedabad to give him a status update on the call flow of the night “The voice calls were made from Ahmedabad If an American victim called back it would be routed to our office On any given day usually the call flow between 7 pm to midnight would be slow but would get very hectic between 12 am and 2 am At least a 100 calls were recorded on the floor during the busy hours every night” the floor manager told The Indian Express The manager claimed that he would use his mobile phone to contact one Amit in Ahmedabad to report the call flow The police is now on a manhunt for two people “Thakkar had come in contact with one Tapesh and one Haidar whom he roped in as investors Haidar has been arrested but we are on the lookout for Thakkar and Tapesh Their arrests will give more clarity on how the accused gained access to the list of Americans” said an investigator An arrested accused claimed that the employees knew Thakkar only as Shaggy and would know of his visit by a fancy car parked below the building “He always visited the seventh floor of the call centre off the Western Express Highway at Mira Road His visits were very discreet We would know he was visiting only by the fancy car with three armed bodyguards We could see the car in our coffee breaks” the accused said Meanwhile police investigation have found at least four more call centres at Mira Road off the Bhayandar-Mira Link Road which have also been working under the wanted conspirators According to investigators scripts similar to those found at the raided call centres have been found The new scripts in possession with the police suggest that the dialers of these locations were even impersonating US Treasury officials The Thane police are investigating likely links between the call centre fraud and two Indians deported from the US last year after being found guilty of impersonating IRS officials The Thane police will probe whether the duo is connected to the IRS scam busted earlier this week following raids on Mira Road call centres The deported Indians were arrested in September 2015 in New Jersey The 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were allegedly responsible for duping 70 US nationals across 32 states of nearly USD 15000 “That was a rare arrest and the duo were collecting cash on behalf of Indian counterparts We will follow that case and look for any connections” said a senior Thane police officer According to investigators the 32-year-old man was visiting the US when he was arrested while the woman was believed to be living on an expired visa rohitalok@expressindiacom For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: February 26 2016 4:22 pm The two were smiling at the camera Karan Singh Grover is seen topless while Bipasha Basu sports a teal blue coloured bikini Related News Two-film-old actor Karan Singh Grover says actress Bipasha Basu makes everything “beautiful” for him The “Alone” actor who finally got a divorce from his second wife and TV actress Jennifer Winget earlier this week took to Instagram to share a photograph of himself with the “Jism” actress Also read:Bipasha Basu celebrates Karan Singh Grover birthday with him inGoa The two were smiling at the camera Karan is seen topless while Bipasha sports a teal blue coloured bikini “You make everything beautiful” Karan captioned the image on Thursday indirectly confirming that the two are more than friends In pics: On the professional front Karan who was last seen in “Hate Story 3” will next be seen in “3 Dev” while the “Aatma” actress was last seen in the 2015 film “Alone” She currently has no films in her kitty For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: August 16 2015 1:08 pm Sharon Stone appeared nude in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a stunning black and white pictorial shot by celebrity photographer Mark Abrahams (Source: Reuters) Related News “Basic Instinct” star Sharon Stone has bared all for a magazine cover and opened up about her past health problems Stone appeared nude in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in a stunning black and white pictorial shot by celebrity photographer Mark Abrahams In the accompanying interview the 57-year-old actress opens up about the cerebral hemorrhage she suffered in 2001 and how she has rebuilt her life and career since her health scare “When I came to the doctor was leaning over me I said ‘Am I dying’ And he said ‘You’re bleeding into your brain’” Stone remembers Share This Article Related Article “I said ‘I should call my mom’ and he said ‘You’re right You could lose the ability to speak soon’” she recalled Stone was eventually diagnosed with a ruptured vertebral artery and revealed she had been hemorrhaging so much that her brain had been pushed into the front of her face “It took two years for my body just to absorb all the internal bleeding I had It almost feels like my entire DNA changed My brain isn’t sitting where it used to my body type changed and even my food allergies are different” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published: November 16 2016 4:06 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise high value currency notes a step taken to curb black money(File Photo) Top News AS traffic police have stopped accepting scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from traffic rule violators crowded signals in the city have become sites of heated exchanges and emotional scenes as policemen press for the fine amount and those nabbed by them try to save notes of lower denominations citing the cash crunch After accepting the demonetised notes for the first two days traffic policemen have stopped dealing in them and are accepting fines in either Rs 100 or Rs 2000 notes At busy traffic signals in the city one of the three following scenarios unfolded after a traffic violator was stopped by police They tried to plead their way out by showing their empty wallets to the constables Some of them requested police to accept a Rs 500 note but the latter refused to do so Others agreed to pay a bribe of Rs 100 and were later heard lamenting about how they had to let go of the ‘last Rs 100 note’ they had In several instances traffic policemen let the violators go after accepting a bribe of Rs 100 a scaled down version of their initial demand of Rs 200 to Rs 700 as ‘legal fine’ for various violations Sushant Kale 23 a student of Garware College of Commerce was caught by traffic policemen for crossing the Sambhaji Bridge on his bike Two wheelers are not allowed to ply on the bridge “I was not aware of the rule… I only had two Rs 100 notes and I was planning to survive on them for the next three days I told them that since I was new to the city I should be let off with a warning given the current cash crunch But they only let me go after I paid a bribe of Rs 100” said Kale who hails from Karjat town in Ahmednagar Two other bikers nabbed by traffic policemen said they had no option but to keep pleading with the latter to “forgive them” as they had no cash with them and most ATMs were non-functional “I had Rs 100 in my pocket in the morning I was caught by police for stopping my vehicle on the zebra crossing in Nana Peth and I had to pay them Rs 100 as bribe Now they have caught me again and I don’t have a paisa in my pocket” said Shakir K a resident of Kasba Peth Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic Administration) Preeti Tipare said since banks and ATMs have started dispensing cash from November 10 traffic policemen have been asked to stop accepting the old notes She said that the traffic branch was keeping a close watch on the situation When queried about the bribes being accepted by traffic policemen Tipare said “Those affected should write to us and we will definitely take action against the policemen who are accepting bribes” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsHe had no soul in his 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