LIVE UPDATES: Government abandoning national heroes, says Indian Medical Association in hard-hitting statement

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The Indian Medical Association has accused the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of abandoning doctors, who it said were ‘national heroes’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. The angry response by the IMA, according to news agency PTI, came after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan did not mention the death of healthcare workers in his statement in the parliament on Wednesday.

The IMA said in its statement that as many as 382 doctors had lost their lives while working as corona warriors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The doctors’ body demanded that these healthcare workers be declared ‘martyrs.’ The IMA said that the statement by MoS Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey amounted to ‘abdication of duty and abandonment of the national heroes who have stood up for our people.’ Choubey had said that public health and hospitals fell under the purview of states and so insurance compensation data was not available with the Centre.

“The IMA (Indian Medical Association) finds it strange that after having formulated an unfriendly partial insurance scheme for the bereaved families to struggle with the ignominy of the government disowning them altogether stares at them,” PTI quoted the IMA as saying.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

18:16 PM: The #SupremeCourt will pronounce its judgement on Monday on a plea challenging the validity of the separate #NLAT2020 entrance test, conducted by the National Law School of India University, #Bengaluru (NLSIU). (IANS)

17:26 PM: Congress MP K C Venugopal demands parliamentary probe into Facebook’s alleged interference in country’s electoral process, says the firm should ‘publish, make transparent’ all hate speech posts that were allowed since 2014. (PTI)

16:03 PM: The #SupremeCourt on Thursday declined to entertain submissions by a lawyer pressing for a contempt against the editor of #SudarshanNews for an alleged tweet against the court, which has stayed the broadcast of the subsequent five episodes of “#UPSCJihad”. (IANS)

16:26 PM: Former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo #HDDeveGowda would take oath as the newly-elected #RajyaSabha member on September 20, a party official said on Thursday. (IANS)

15:46 PM: Union Minister Prahlad Singh Patel tests positive for coronavirus

15:41 PM: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput is not a Rajput as those belonging to Maharana Pratap’s clan do not die by suicide: RJD MLA Arun Yadav. (PTI)

15:13 PM: With the land lease given to #AligarhMuslimUniversity in UP having expired last year, the descendants of the Jat king, late #MahendraPratapSingh, a freedom fighter who donated land to various educational institutes, including #AMU, have demanded that the land be returned to them. (IANS)

14:40 PM: An MCD worker was stabbed by a man in #NewDelhi after an altercation broke out between the two over a cleaning issue, according to police. The incident took place on Wednesday morning in South-East Delhi’s #JamiaNagar. (IANS)

13:40 PM: No force in world can stop Indian forces from patrolling on Ladakh border: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha. (PTI)

13:07 PM: #UttarPradesh: A 28-year-old woman committed suicide after killing her two-year-old daughter in Banda district’s Chilla locality, police said. According to the police, Rajni first killed her daughter Shalini and then committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan. (IANS)

12:01 PM: HC says it hopes media will show restraint in its reports regarding actor Rakul Preet in relation to Rhea Chakraborty case. (PTI)

11:37 AM: #Lucknow Customs team seized around 3.8 kg of gold biscuits valued at over Rs 2 crore at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport from a passenger travelling from #SaudiArabia. This was the second seizure in two days & showed clear link to Middle East #goldsmuggling cartel. (IANS)

11:13 AM: The #Muzaffarnagar Police have busted an international drug trafficking racket with the arrest of three men from Muzaffarnagar’s Budhana town. The accused have been identified as Zahir, Sajan Sharma, both natives of #Bihar, and Islam, a resident of Budhana. (IANS)

09:52 AM: Three terrorists were killed & a woman died in an #encounter that started Thursday morning at Batmalloo in #Srinagar city, officials said. One CRPF officer was also injured during the encounter. “Three terrorists have been killed in the encounter,” IG #Kashmir #VijayKumar said. (IANS)

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