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Doctor crunch

Dehra Dun, Aug. 31 (PTI): The Uttarakhand government has raised the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 62 years as part of a plan to cope with shortage of physicians in state hospitals.

According to government records, there is a shortage of about 400 doctors, including specialists. Incidentally, the decision is set to benefit Asha Mathur, the state director-general of health, who was to retire today.

Air scare

Mumbai (PTI): An Air India plane from Jeddah with 286 passengers and crew on board landed on Wednesday under emergency conditions at the Mumbai airport after suspected hydraulic failure, the second such incident in as many days involving the national carrier.

Wife rights

New Delhi (PTI): A woman can claim her rights under the law for protection from domestic violence even if she stays away from her husband and in-laws, a Delhi court has held. So long a marriage subsists, the wife cannot be denied protection and other rights under the Domestic Violence Act, the court added.

Beacon use

New Delhi (PTI): Over 300 people have been prosecuted in Delhi till July this year for unauthorised use of red beacons on their vehicles. The number was only nine last year. Two MPs and an MLA were prosecuted last month.

Govinda case

Mumbai (PTI): A non-cognizable offence has been registered against actor Govinda for allegedly abusing and threatening to kill film producer Praveen Khanna during a meeting of the Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers Association in suburban Khar, police said on Wednesday.

Sex racket

Panaji (PTI): A 35-year-old woman has been arrested from Mumbai on charges of running a prostitution racket in Goa, police said. Shahin Pathan used to lure Mumbai-based girls under the guise of providing them jobs but would later force them into flesh trade.

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