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Thursday, February 08, 2018

4,799 stone pelting incidents in J-K in 2015-17; 19 killed
Altogether 4,799 stone pelting incidents were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in last three years in which 17 protesters and two security personnel were killed, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said there were 730 stone pelting incidents in 2015, 2,808 such incidents in 2016 and 1,261 stone pelting incidents in 2017. During the last three years, 17 protesters and two security personnel were killed in these incidents, he said in the course of replying to a written question.

Bed linen washed after every use, blankets at least once in 2 months: Railways
The Indian Railways ensures that bed linen, except blankets, provided to passengers on trains are washed after every use, it informed Parliament today. Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the Lok Sabha that more than 65 per cent linen are washed in mechanised laundries set up inside railway premises and the remaining are washed at laundries hired on contracts. "Washing of bed linen (except blanket) is done after every single use. Washed bed sheets, pillow covers and towels are provided to passengers. Blankets are cleaned at least once in two months," Gohain said.

Medical devices should be brought under price control: SJM
The RSS-affiliated SJM has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately bring 19 categories of medical devices such as hip implants which are currently outside price regulation under price control. In its letter to the prime minister, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch has also said that drug prices regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is reviewing its decision to cap the prices of stents. Mahajan also went on to say in the letter.

4.43 lakh vacant posts in all police forces: Govt tells RS
As many as 4.43 lakh posts are lying vacant in police forces in the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said as per the data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, as on January 1, 2017, 4,43,524 posts of police personnel were vacant in all states and union territories against the sanctioned strength of 19,89,295 posts.

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