New Delhi: Thirty-six people have died due to heat-related ailments in the country this year till June 9, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Lok Sabha on Friday.Citing data by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Choubey said 25 people died in 2018, 384 in 2017 and 1,111 in 2016 due to heat-related ailments. Responding to a question on whether the government has set up infrastructure in government hospitals to deal with patients suffering from heat wave-related problems, Choubey said the primary responsibility of heat wave management rests with the states and the state governments concerned are required to undertake necessary measures as per their relief codes/relief manuals. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceHe said they are required to set up infrastructure in government hospitals to deal with patients suffering from heat wave-related ailments. In 2016, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued guidelines for ‘Preparation of Action Plan Prevention and Management of Heat Wave’. The NDMA issued revised guidelines in 2017. The Health Ministry had also issued guidelines on ‘Prevention and Management of Heat-related Illness’ in 2015. All states, UT governments and ministries concerned are required to take the necessary action as per the guidelines issued by the NDMA, the minister said.
Rabat – Same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States after the US Supreme Court has ruled that all states must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was protected under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the US constitution.The states affected by the new ruling are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, most of Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Speaking from the White House, President Barack Obama said the ruling is a “victory for America”.“This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: when all American are treated as equal, we are all more free,” he said.The decision was greeted by scenes of jubilation across the United States as it marked the end of a decade-long campaign to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.The first state to allow same-sex marriage in the United States was Massachusetts, which granted the right in 2004. The ruling has seen the number of states allowing same-sex marriages from only two states in 2008, to all 50 states in 2015.With this decision, the US becomes the 21st country to lift the ban on same-sex marriages in the world.
The warning asks security agencies across the country to be on high alert since the attack may come in “a few months”. Following the notice’s receipt, the Mumbai police have activated all their sources of information. A passage on the alert’s third page reads, “Sri Lankan agencies are reported to have arrested three suspected Pak nationals on February 2, 2013, who confessed to having visited Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram on Sri Lankan passports.”It continues: “An unconfirmed input suggests entry of such elements in Kerala or Tamil Nadu through sea route with the connivance of Sinhalese fishermen. It has been reported that LeT ( Lashkar-e-Taiba) is working on a plot to carry out attacks in India and eight terror suspects are being trained in Pakistan”. The Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are “Punjabis and the remainingKashmiris or Pathans”. Their “drop-off point” is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert, the Times of India reported. The alert expresses concern over the attempts of several terror outfits—including LeT, Babbar Khalsa International, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Jamat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Al-Umer Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen—at joining hands to organize strikes in India. It also points to several Pakistan-based groups’ efforts to use Sri Lanka as the launching pad for their operations in India.The warning mentions various intelligence inputs gathered over time. One such input suggested the LeT is plotting to target the Wagah border crossing, particularly during the flag-lowering ceremony.Another bit of information—received in September 2012 and uncorroborated—said that Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is planning a 26/11-style attack in New Delhi. Yet another input was of a meeting, “organised by LeT commander Habib ur Rehman”, of commanders of several militant outfits in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan this year. During the meet, the alert says, Rehman pressured the commanders to push maximum possible cadres into India to carry out “small targeted actions” in different parts of the country. The warning also speaks of an input of a meeting of terror groups where they decided to avenge the execution of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru, by striking Tihar jail in New Delhi.