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SC notice on plea for exclusive hospitals for AIDS patients
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking establishment of the hospitals in every state and union territory for exclusive treatment and care of AIDS patients.
 
A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan issued notice on a PIL by senior counsel Parmanand Katara who had also sought establishment of AIDS testing and treatment clinic in every district in the country.
 
The notice has also been issued to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which as the advocate said, could provide resources and expertise in setting up such hospitals.
 
Seeking setting up of at least one hospital in every state and union territory at par with the All India Institute of Medical Science for the exclusive treatment of HIV positive and AIDS patients, Katara has also sought establishment of AIDS testing and treatment clinics in every district level jail as well as central jails. 
 
Addressing the court on his PIL, he sought to justify his plea, telling the court that due to ignorance and stigma attached to them, AIDS patients suffer a lot of discrimination in their treatment and care. 
 
He told the court that even doctors treat them as untouchables and don't give them treatment.
 
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False reports on dance bars: Fadnavis suspends four policemen
Mumbai : Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday ordered the suspension of four policemen for filing false reports on compliance of conditions by dance bars before they are allowed to reopen for business, officials said here.
 
The four policemen, including three inspectors and an assistant inspector, have been accused of dereliction of duty and false reporting on compliance of conditions set by the state government with Supreme Court approval to grant licences to the dance bars.
 
Fadnavis has also ordered a departmental enquiry against the four police personnel in this regard.
 
Following an apex court order, the Mumbai Police issued licences to four dance bars on Tuesday (March 15), after a gap of 11 years since they were shut down.
 
Besides, more dance bars applied for police permissions to reopen even as the Maharashtra government announced it would bring in new legislation to completely ban them.
 
"Mumbai Police Commissioner D.D. Padsalgikar had sought a report from these officers regarding compliance of conditions set out by the state government with the Supreme Court's approval for granting licenses to dance bars," said Fadnavis in a series of tweets.
 
The dance bars have been ordered to comply with a stringent set of conditions before they can be allowed to reopen and the four policemen suspended have been charged with misreporting on the compliance of the same, the officials said.
 
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Jewellery shops open in Tamil Nadu but strike to continue
Chennai : Jewellery shops in Tamil Nadu have started functioning but there is no internal division within the industry and the indefinite strike against excise duty on products will continue till the government listens, said senior official of a trade association.
 
"Except in Tamil Nadu, the trade is on strike in other southern states like Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In south, there are large players," All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF) director Ashok Minawala told IANS.
 
GJF zonal committee member Jayantilal Challani told IANS that the industry in Tamil Nadu is in a different league. 
 
"They are operating in a corporate set up with big showrooms wherethe overheads are high and has to be met," said Challani, who is also president of the Madras Jewellers and Diamond Merchants Association. 
 
He said the industry in north is strongly againt the central government's decision to impose excise duty.
 
The gems and jewellery industry is on indefinite strike since March 2 in protest against the central government's decision to inpose excise duty.
 
However both the officials stress that there is no internal division in GJF on the issue of big shops doing business in Tamil Nadu.
 
Jewellery shops in Tamil Nadu are operating since Thursday afternoon.
 
According to Minawala, the industry has lost around Rs.20,000 crore of business due to the strike.
 
"The strike will continue till the government discusses the issue with us and take suitable action. We have made several suggestions on the issue," he said.
 
Minawala said the strike will affect the exports and also bigger players with chain of showrooms would start feeling the pinch when the supplies dry out.
 
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