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LUCKNOW/AGRA: A week after UP CM Yogi Adityanath recommended a CBI probe into the Hathras case, the central agency on Sunday registered an FIR under sections 376D (gang rape), 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (murder) of the IPC and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act (offences of atrocities).

Hours after registering the FIR, a CBI team reached Hathras and met the superintendent of police. Hathras SP Vineet Jaiswal told TOI that a CBI team reached the district and sought documents regarding the victim’s case, which includes the case dairy and other evidence collected during the probe. “All paperwork has been wrapped up today. Their investigation will begin tomorrow,” a senior police official said, adding that the team has not met the victim’s family yet. Fifteen CBI officials are expected to be in Hathras for the next couple of weeks, a senior cop said.

The CBI would also be inquiring into the forceful cremation if so by the local police, the allegation of negligence in not writing a case of rape on September 14, as alleged by the family.

The SIT formed by the UP government, meanwhile, will continue its probe into police’s role in the cremation incident. “That investigation is not related to the main case,” the senior cop added.

A CBI spokesperson said the case had been assigned to its Ghaziabad unit with a special team to investigate the crime. The agency registered the case on the basis of the first FIR registered at Chandpa police station of Hathras on September 14 — an hour after the incident — for attempt to murder and under the SC/ST Act against main accused Sandeep. The complainant in the case was the victim’s brother. The 19-year old girl died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29. She had suffered multiple fractures, paralysis in a brutal attack on September 14 in her Hathras village.

“The CBI has today registered a case against an accused and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered … at … Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) on a complaint. The complainant had alleged that on 14.09.2020, the accused tried to strangulate his sister in the millet field … A team has been constituted. Investigation is continuing,” a CBI press note said on Sunday. The investigating officer in the case is DSP (ACB, Ghaziabad) Seema Pahuja.

The notification issued by the Centre on the request of the UP government had asked the CBI to probe rape, murder and atrocity and “any attempt, abetment and/or conspiracy, in relation to or in connection with such offence(s) and/or for any other offence committed in the course of the same transaction or arising out of the same facts”.

The complainant had stated in the FIR that Sandeep had tried to strangle his sister while she was working in the fields. But she raised an alarm and his mother reached the spot. After that Sandeep fled the spot. Based on the incident, a case of attempt to murder and the ST/SC Act was registered. However, later the victim claimed to have been raped. The police later added the section of rape against the same accused on September 19 on the statement of the victim in JN Medical hospital. The next day cops arrested the main accused.

Later, on September 22, the victim had claimed that she was gang-raped by three other youths of the same village as well and the cops added the penal section for gang rape and by September 26, all the accused were arrested.

The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world. according to Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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Pandemic to shave off 40% operating profit of pvt hospitals: Report




MUMBAI: The pandemic will eat up around 40 per cent of the operational profit of private hospitals this fiscal, as billing has plunged drastically due to the virus outbreak and the resultant proclivity of people to avoid hospitals for non-emergency situations, says a report.

The Crisil report released on Tuesday, however, noted that a large number of pandemic cases, which though is low-margin, will get these hospitals an additional revenue to the tune of 15-20 per cent.

Further, with the relaxation in lockdown and travel restrictions, footfalls have started improving from July, helping bed-occupancy levels.

The report also expects bed-occupancy levels to stabilise 65-70 per cent of the pre-lockdown levels in the second half of the fiscal. This, along with additional revenue from the pandemic treatment will help limit overall decline in revenue to 16-18 per cent, as against 17 per cent annual growth logged in the two preceding fiscals, it said.

Since the pandemic-driven lockdowns that began late March, hospitals have been on a crisis path as people began to avoid going to hospitals for regular consultations and began to postpone elective surgeries, which have been the most lucrative procedures for any hospital, especially organ transplants among others.

“A triple whammy of postponement in elective surgeries, revenue loss from the highly profitable medical tourism segment, and increasing costs will lead to 35-40 per cent reduction in operating profit of private hospitals this fiscal,” Crisil said.

The report is based on the analysis of 40 hospitals, including 36 rated by the agency, which account for over Rs 36,000 crore of the sector’s revenue.

Even though the trauma and emergency treatment account for 28-30 per cent of revenue continued, but at a much lower level, given the fewer accidents during the lockdowns.

On top of these, medical tourism, which accounts for 10-12 per cent of revenue but gets the highest margins, especially for large hospitals, came to a complete standstill, due to travel restrictions imposed as part of the lockdowns.

However, the pandemic is set to bring them around 20 per cent of the revenue despite low margin.

“Treating COVID-19 patients is expected to provide an additional revenue stream and may contribute 15-20 per cent to revenue this fiscal. But it is not as profitable as other revenue streams. Additionally, given the high fixed cost structure of hospitals, lower overall occupancy will result in lesser absorption of overheads.

“This, coupled with the increased cost of safety and sanitation will lead to 35-40 per cent decline in operating profit this fiscal,” the report said.

Weakened operating performance accentuated cash-flow challenges in the first half and to manage the situation, hospitals have deferred 35-40 per cent of planned capex for this fiscal, and are now resorting to short-term debt funding.

About a third of the agency-rated hospitals also availed moratorium for loan repayments which supported their liquidity during the first half.

Nonetheless, the credit outlook for the sector remains moderately negative, with credit metrics being impacted primarily by lower profit, the report said adding that the deterioration in performance is expected to be only temporary, and a strong bounce-back is likely in the next fiscal supported by pent up demand.

“Elective surgeries cannot be postponed indefinitely and medical tourism is also expected to recoup as travel restrictions ease. We expect a healthy 25 per cent revenue growth in fiscal 2022, and operating profitability to recover to pre-pandemic levels, including due to lower share of less-profitable treatment for the pandemic patients,” the report said.

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Rajnath Singh approves new DRDO procurement manual to facilitate indigenous defence industry




NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday approved a new procurement manual for Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to encourage the participation of the Indian industries in research and development activity to facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry.

Rajnath Singh said that the new manual will help towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

“The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensuring their participation in design and development activities. PM-2020 will help towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” defence minister Singh tweeted.

The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and en…

— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1603177544000

Prior to Singh’s tweet, Office of Defence Minister (DMO) had announced the approval of a new procurement manual for DRDO to achieve the goal of self-reliant in Defence industry.

“Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has approved a new DRDO India Procurement Manual (PM-2020) to encourage more participation of the Indian Industry including startups and MSMEs in Research and Development activity and also to achieve the goal of self-reliance in Defence,” DMO tweeted.

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PM Narendra Modi to share message with nation on Tuesday evening




NW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share a message with the nation at 6 pm on Tuesday.

“Will be sharing a message with my fellow citizens at 6 pm this evening,” he said in a tweet.

आज शाम 6 बजे राष्ट्र के नाम संदेश दूंगा। आप जरूर जुड़ें।Will be sharing a message with my fellow citizens at 6 PM this evening.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1603179161000

Modi has addressed the nation a number of times during the COVID-19 crisis in which he has spoken about various measures, including lockdown, being taken to curb the pandemic and also announced economic and welfare packages.

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