In August 2014, The Lancet – perhaps the world’s best-known medical journal – had published “An Open Letter for the People of Gaza,” criticizing Israel in the wake of the 2014 Gaza conflict.Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the journal since 1995, had taken a lot of heat, with Sir Mark Pepys, ex-Head of Medicine at University College London saying, “Horton’s behaviour in this case is consistent with his longstanding and wholly inappropriate use of The Lancet as a vehicle for his own extreme political views.Close It has greatly detracted from the former high standing of the journal.” Richard Horton had responded then with a telling rebuttal: “How can you separate politics and health? The two go hand-in-hand.” Horton, it appears, truly stands by that line, as he has inserted his fingers into the most bountiful political pie of all – the Indian General Elections. related news Simply Save podcast | It's time … [Read more...] about Podcast | Editor’s pick of the day: Medical journal Lancet lauds PM Modi’s ‘Ayushman Bharat’ programme
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Though we’ve never had more ways to connect, many studies suggest that people are getting lonelier, and that sense of loneliness is killing us. advertisement advertisement “Loneliness has a much more complicated effect on mortality, but its effects are just as strong or only slightly less strong than obesity and smoking,” says Dr. Dhruv Khullar, a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital who has written about the impact that social isolation and loneliness has on his patients. While there are many causes, ranging from the technology that’s replaced face-to-face communication to the deterioration of traditional community pillars, such as declining attendance at religious institutions and community centers, one major perpetrator might be the modern workplace. “As people grow more isolated in their work, which comprises more than half of most people’s day, that is in many cases a missed opportunity to interact,” says Khullar. … [Read more...] about Could Working Remotely Be As Bad For Your Health As Smoking?
Democrats announced formal charges against President Donald Trump on December 10 that accuse him of abusing power and obstructing Congress, making him only the third US president in history to face impeachment.The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the charges, or articles of impeachment, next week. The chamber, controlled by Democrats, is almost certain to vote to impeach the Republican president, setting the stage for a dramatic trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, likely to begin in January.House Judiciary Committee chairman, Jerrold Nadler, told reporters that Trump had endangered the U.S. Constitution, undermined the integrity of the 2020 election and jeopardized national security.Close "No one, not even the president, is above the law," Nadler said. related news 50% concession in train fares for 643rd birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas Trump calls impeachment accusation 'ridiculous' Non-compliance of govt directives by CPSEs led to shortfall of … [Read more...] about US Democrats announce impeachment charges against Donald Trump
The Lok Sabha on December 10 midnight passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that seeks to provide Indian citizenship to to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan after facing religious persecution there.After over seven-hour-long debate, the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it.Several amendments brought by opposition members, including one by Shiv Sena MP, were defeated either by voice vote or by a division.Close According to the Bill, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. related news India's electricity demand falls for fourth straight month: Government data Aadhaar mandatory for getting PM-Kisan benefits from December onwards: Centre SC restrains … [Read more...] about Lok Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
Subir RoyIt is hugely ironic that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s decision to speedily amend the Citizenship Act should be met with strong protests not just by key opposition parties for understandable reasons, but also by students across the Northeast, foremost being those in Assam, when they should have been the first to welcome it.The hurried move was prompted by the need to make the National Register of Citizens (NRC) work after the final shape of the Assam NRC was found to be deeply flawed by those who has fought for it over the years. The register, prepared under the supervision of the Supreme Court, was meant to fulfil the promise of the Assam Accord to record the citizenship status of all those who migrated into Assam until 1971, thereby establishing those who came thereafter as foreigners. In the event the Assam NRC excluded many who were not post-1971 entrant Muslim cultivators.Close When this flaw which excluded many indigenous Indians created an uproar … [Read more...] about Politics | Why the Citizenship Amendment Bill does more harm than good