Dzulkefly Internal inquiry set up to probe Orang Asli claims of forced

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has set up an internal inquiry to investigate the allegations that Orang Asli women were given birth control treatment without their consent, says Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad , Orang Asli , birth control The Health Minister said that that the inquiry was set up a couple of days ago and would be led by a family medicine specialist and the panel would include a matron, staff nurses and doctors.”The inquiry will have three terms of reference – to investigate if the allegations are valid or baseless, to identify the weaknesses in family planning programme delivery to the Orang Asli and to propose improved delivery of the family planning programme,” Dzulkefly told the press after launching the World Food Safety Day on Saturday (July 13).On Tuesday (July 9), representatives from five Orang Asli villages submitted a memorandum to the government at the Parliament building here, claiming that birth control injections were administered to women in their communities. Nation 11 Jul 2019 Birth control injections given to protect Orang Asli women from unsafe pregnancies, says Health Minister Related News Related Newscenter_img Nation 11 Jul 2019 Waytha: Govt will probe allegations birth control forced on Orang Asli {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 11 Jul 2019 Health Ministry: Back up allegations of forced birth control with evidence Tags / Keywords:last_img read more

Pakistani judge who jailed former PM sacked over blackmail claims

first_imgThe PML-N has disputed the conviction and last week party leaders presented a video apparently showing Malik saying he had been pressured into ruling in favour of conviction by individuals with compromising footage against him.Malik later issued a statement denying he had been blackmailed to convict Sharif and saying the video had been manipulated. He also declared in an affidavit he had been offered bribes followed by blackmail threats by figures close to Sharif to rule in favour of the former premier.After days of growing pressure, Islamabad High Court asked the law ministry to remove him from his position.”Judge Arshad Malik was asked to stop working on the basis of the alleged video and the press release,” Law Minister Farogh Naseem told a news conference.The scandal adds to an already heated political climate in Pakistan where Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government, which came to power last year vowing to root out corruption, has been facing increasing economic difficulties.Earlier this month it agreed to a $6 billion bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund, which has demanded a tough package of austerity measures.As the problems have mounted, opposition parties have stepped up attacks, accusing the government and its allies in the powerful military establishment of crushing dissent and orchestrating Sharif’s removal from power and conviction. (Writing by Saad Sayeed; Editing by Nick Macfie) Related News ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A senior Pakistani judge was sacked on Friday following a scandal over blackmail claims relating to the jailing of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges, the law ministry said.The removal of accountability court judge Arshad Malik prompted immediate calls by Sharif’s PML-N party for the release of the 69-year-old former premier, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence.”The decision against Nawaz Sharif should be dismissed and he should be released immediately,” party spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb said, adding that Sharif’s conviction should be considered “void”.Sharif was convicted and jailed last year after failing to prove the source of income that had led to his ownership of a steel mill in Saudi Arabia. Under Pakistani law, this is taken to prove corruption. World 07 Jul 2019 Pakistani judge rejects opposition blackmail claims over ex-PM’s convictioncenter_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Gold declines as Treasury yields advance dollar pares losses

first_img Markets 10 Jul 2019 Asia cautious as everything rides on dovish Powell Business News 10 Jul 2019 Gold slips as dollar strengthens ahead of Powell’s testimony Related News Exchange-traded funds backed by the precious metal have been rising, with holdings reaching 2,311.3 tonnes as of Wednesday, the most since 2013.The sell-off in gold could be short-lived with central banks signaling a dovish stance, analysts said. Even with stronger-than-expected US inflation data Thursday, traders are still pricing in a July rate cut by the Fed as a certainty.The price data was “probably not enough to change the mindset of the Fed given how long inflation has been quiescent,” Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO Capital Markets, said an email. “It will take more than one stronger print in inflation to even register for Fed policy makers.”In other precious metals, silver futures settled lower on the Comex. Palladium declined on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while platinum gained. — Bloomberg New York: Gold slipped as the dollar pared losses and yields on US Treasuries surged, damping the appeal of the metal because it doesn’t pay interest.Yields on 10-year Treasuries reached a one-month high after a key measure of US consumer prices rose more than forecast in June. The price report could complicate the Federal Reserve’s assessment of inflation as policy makers weigh an interest-rate cut as soon as this month.Gold “is sort of caught between cross-currents,” Ed Meir, an analyst at INTL FCStone Inc, said by phone. “The bearish influence is the fact that the dollar has come back from being weaker today to unchanged and also the fact that rates are going up in response to the higher inflation numbers we got. So higher rates, stronger dollar is bearish for gold.”Gold futures for August delivery fell 0.4% to US$1,406.70 an ounce on the Comex in New York, after rising as much as 1.2% earlier. An index of the dollar was down 0.1% after falling as much as 0.3%.center_img Related News Business News 09 Jul 2019 China’s gold hoard swells {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Over 700 children died in specialised adoption agencies in last 3 years

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 18:14 IST As many as 776 children have died at specialised adoption agencies in the last three years. (File photo for representation)As many as 776 children, including 124 in Uttar Pradesh, have died at specialised adoption agencies in the last three years, the Women and Child Development (WCD)Ministry said Friday.Responding to a question in Lok Sabha, WCD Minister Smriti Irani gave data according to which the highest number of deaths of children have been reported from Uttar Pradesh. These deaths occurred across 19 specialised adoption agencies in the state.Children legally free for adoption are provided residential care at specialised adoption agency(SAA), which are run by both state governments and NGOs.”As per the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guideline System (CARINGS), 776 children have reported to have died in SAAs during the period from 2016-2017 to 2019-2020 (up to July 8, 2019),” Irani said.She said so far, a total number of 10 complaints against SAAs, which were found to be not complying with the Adoption Regulations, have been received by the government.Also Read | 162 children died of encephalitis in Bihar, 63 in seven other states: GovtAlso Read | Encephalitis deaths in Bihar matter of shame for us, says PM Modi in Rajya SabhaAlso Watch | Bihar deputy CM prioritises Ms India over dying children, triggers criticismFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Children dying relief campsFollow Uttar PradeshFollow adoption agencies Over 700 children died in specialised adoption agencies in last 3 years: WCD MinistryResponding to a question in Lok Sabha, WCD Minister Smriti Irani gave data according to which the highest number of deaths of children have been reported from Uttar Pradesh. These deaths occurred across 19 specialised adoption agencies in the state.advertisement Nextlast_img read more