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First in independent India, Census 2021 to collect data on OBCs: Home Ministry

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 7:48pm

Census 2021 will for the first time in independent India collect data on Other Backwards Castes (OBCs), a move considered politically significant ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The then V P Singh government had announced 27 per cent reservation for OBCs based on the Mandal Commission recommendation, which was broadly prepared on the basis of the country's last castes data collected in the 1931 census.

The disclosure of the decision to collect the OBC data came after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparation for the Census 2021.

"It is envisaged to collect data on OBCs for the first time," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), a wing of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, had announced a sample survey report on the country's population in 2006 and suggested that the OBC population in the country is around 41 per cent of the total population.

The NSSO had enumerated 79,306 households in rural areas and 45,374 in urban regions.

The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to highlight the decision to collect OBC data in the 2021 census in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as several OBC groups have been demanding for it for long.

In 2011, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had conducted the Socio Economic and Caste Census and its findings were released on July 3, 2015 by the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Subsequently, on July 28, 2015, the government had said that a total of 8.19 crore errors were found in the caste particulars, of which 6.73 crore errors were rectified. However, 1.45 crore errors are yet to be rectified.

The home ministry spokesperson said the census 2021 will be finalised in three years after conducting the census instead of the current seven to eight years period.

In today's review meeting, the home minister discussed the road map for undertaking the census in 2021. It was emphasised that improvements in design and technological interventions be made to ensure that the data was finalised within three years of the census being conducted.

At present, it takes seven to eight years to release the complete data. Nearly 25 lakh enumerators are trained and engaged for the gigantic exercise. Accurate collection of data will be ensured in Census 2021, an official said.

The use of maps and geo-referencing at the time of house listing is also under consideration.

Singh also stressed the need for improvement in the civil registration system, especially registration of births and deaths in remote areas, and strengthening sample registration system for estimating data such as Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Ratio and Fertility Rate.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAgencies: PTITags: Rajnath SinghBhartiya Janata PartyLok SabhaUnited Progressive AllianceMandal CommissionFri, 31 Aug 2018-07:44pmDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 7:48pmArticle Images:  Short URL: dnai.in/2Embargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 9From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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After floods, leptospirosis scare in Kerala; over 150 cases reported so far

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 7:13pm

After the floods in Kerala, there is a spurt in the number of cases of leptospirosis, also known as ‘rat fever', in the flood-affected districts.

The Directorate of Health Services has issued a leptospirosis alert after a dozen suspected deaths and over 150 cases reported in the flood-hit districts in the last few days due to the disease. Kerala had reported 520 cases and 28 deaths between January and July this year.

After the surfacing of leptospirosis cases in the flood-hit districts of Palakkad, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur, the public health department sounded an alert on August 28 to the doctors.

“There is a sudden increase of Leptospirosis from Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur districts. All of them had indirect contact with flood water. You may take this situation very seriously and alert the entire clinical team of your district. Any fever with myalgia to be taken as Leptospirosis and to be treated accordingly until further orders,” the alert said.

A senior official of the health services said that since the state is probe to leptospirosis, an infection caused by rodents, there was a good possibility of more incidence post-flood. In most of the cases, the official said that the affected persons had visited the flood-affected places and had not taken doxycycline for preventing leptospiral infection and leptospirosis.

On Wednesday, a volunteer engaged in the rescue operation and CPI (M) activist SV Shibu, 47, of Nedumudy in Alappuzha district died due to the disease. He was diagnosed with leptospirosis due to the infection through a wound in his limb. He involved himself in the rescue work ignoring precautionary measures.

In 2017 alone, there were 1408 confirmed cases of leptospirosis reported in the state of Kerala, of which there were 80 deaths reported. In 2016, there were 1710 cases confirmed of which 35 succumbed to the infection.

Article Type: ReportSections: IndiaAuthors: G JagannathAgencies: DNA webdeskTags: KeralaKannurKozhikodeMalappuramPalakkadThrissurAlappuzhaFri, 31 Aug 2018-07:09pmDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 7:13pmArticle Images:  Short URL: dnai.in/2Embargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 21Related Articles: 'It is their right': Rahul Gandhi attacks Centre, says govt should have given more aid to Kerala flood victimsPayal Rohatgi enrages Twitter as she shares her views on Kerala floods, Sunny Leone, Swara Bhasker's masturbation sceneHC seeks clarification from Kerala govt on plan to set up separate fund for relief opsRelated Slideshows: Onam 2018: Onam brings cheer even as Kerala recovers from nature’s wrathKerala Floods: India rejects aid from foreign governments – the story so farKerala Floods: List of do's and don't when water recedes and you go back home From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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Here's why Salma Khan and Katrina Kaif's beautiful 'saas-bahu' moment was erased from Instagram

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 6:59pm

Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan recently instagrammed a beautiful picture of her mother Salma Khan hugging Katrina Kaif. It was taken in Malta on the sets of 'Bharat' and Katrina could be seen sporting a Christian bride's look in it. 

When Arpita posted it she might not have even imagined the kind of response it would receive. The picture went viral within minutes and comments like 'saas bahu' started doing the rounds on social media. When a fan commented on the picture saying, 'Saas Bahu Goals', Arpita went on to reply with a 'don't-see-evil monkey' emoticon, which garnered a lot of media attention. 

However, Arpita has now deleted the picture and it has left people a little confused as Katrina has always been close to the Khan-daan, despite her break-up with Salman.

Recently when Arpita's husband and 'Loveratri' actor Aayush Sharma was asked to comment on the same, he said- "Pata nahi, kyun delete ki. Achhi photo thi, maine bhi dekhi. Woh on-set photos honge ya koi galat connotation na chala jaye is liye delete ki hongi. (I don’t know why she deleted the photo, I’d seen it too. Maybe she did it to avoid any wrong connotations since it was an on-set photo.) But, it was a sweet photo."

While speaking about the Malta schedule of 'Bharat', director Ali Abbas Zafar told a leading daily in a recent interview, "Salman and Katrina's chemistry is unmissable. This was Katrina's first schedule with Salman for Bharat and an important one for us because it sets up both their characters strongly. We shot a romantic song with them and one featuring Nora Fatehi, along with some elaborate action sequence. There will be more action and romance in Abu Dhabi next month."

Article Type: ReportSections: BollywoodEntertainmentAuthors: DNA Web TeamAgencies: DNA webdeskTags: Arpita KhanKatrina KaifSalman KhanSalma KhanAayush SharmaMaltaBharatFri, 31 Aug 2018-05:59pmDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:59pmArticle Images:  Instagram Short URL: dnai.in/2Embargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 38From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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India's GDP grows at 8.2% in April-June quarter; overtakes China as fastest-growing economy

Bangalore - DNA - 31 August 2018 - 6:54pm

The Indian economy grew at 15-quarter high of 8.2 per cent in the April-June quarter of current fiscal, according to government data released on Friday.

The growth has been due to a strong performance in the manufacturing and farm sectors.

With this, India established its position as the fastest growing major economy, clocking higher expansion rate than China’s 6.7 in the same quarter.

Following the release of data, the benchmark BSE Sensex recovered over 100 points and NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,700-mark ahead of the release of key GDP data scheduled later in the day.

The 30-share Sensex rose 138.06 points, or 0.36 per cent, to 38,828.16 in early trade, after hitting a low of 38,611.46 at the outset. It lost 206.53 points in the previous two sessions.

All the sectoral indices, led by healthcare, IT, teck, power and consumer durables, rose up to 2 per cent.

The NSE Nifty too gained 47.70 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 11,724.50 after touching a low of 11,654.80.

Investors built up fresh positions as September futures and options (F&O) series opened today, brokers said.

However, volatility remained as the rupee hit the 71 mark for the first time and other global markets were trading in the negative zone on worries prompted by a report that new US tariffs on China were imminent, they added.

Investors area also eyeing GDP data for April-June quarter that will be released later in the day.

Prominent gainers included Sun Pharma, Wipro, Infosys, PowerGrid, ONGC, Coal India, NTPC, Asian Paint, HUL, ITC Ltd, L&T, Kotak Bank, IndusInd Bank and Tata Steel, rising up to 2.27 per cent.

While, top losers include Yes Bank, RIL, Vedanta, Bharti Airtel, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank remained under pressure, falling up to 3.44 per cent.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 958.01 crore yesterday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 1,598.67 crore, provisional data showed.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 0.98 per cent, Japan's Nikkei shed 0.17 per cent and Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.08 per cent cent in early trade.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.50 per cent lower yesterday.  

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Article Type: ReportSections: BusinessAuthors: DNA Web TeamAgencies: DNA webdeskTags: United StatesAsiaChinaCoal IndiaAxis BankBharti AirtelHDFC BankHong KongIndusInd BankInfosysJapanShanghaiTata SteelVedantaWiproYes BankFri, 31 Aug 2018-06:50pmDate updated: Friday, 31 August 2018 - 6:54pmArticle Images:  Short URL: dnai.in/2Embargo: Syndicate: Hide lead image: Page views: 37From Print Edition: Highlights: 
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