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Concession for ill at railway stations

New Delhi (PTI): The railway ministry has clarified that concession in rail fares to those suffering from cancer, thalassaemia, heart and kidney ailments, tuberculosis/lupas valgaris and non-infectious leprosy can be obtained directly at the stations. To avail the concession, the patient will have to produce a certificate from the concerned recognised hospital where the individual is undergoing treatment.

Hospitals can obtain specimen copies of the certificate from the zonal railway or divisional railway headquarters, an official release said.

The concession, though not admissible to Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi trains, can be availed by patients travelling on these trains only when summoned by any recognised hospital for treatment or check-up and return. In case of heart patients, rail fare concession will be available only when called by a recognised hospital for heart surgery and return.

For cancer, thalassaemia, heart and kidney patients, 75 per cent concession can be obtained in second and sleeper classes, first AC chair-car, AC 3-tier and 50 per cent in AC 2-tier and AC i with an escort or companion.

Tuberculosis/lupas valgaris patients can avail 75 per cent concession in second, sleeper and first class, travelling alone or with an escort. For non-infectious leprosy patients, the rate of concession is 75 per cent in second, sleeper and first class, the release said.

Mayavati probe notice to UP

Lucknow: Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to show cause why investigations into the murder of poet Madhumita Shukla should not be handed over to the CBI, reports our special correspondent.

The notice was issued after a former mayor of Allahabad on Thursday filed a public interest litigation in the high court, demanding a CBI probe into the murder as it allegedly involved a state minister. The Mayavati government has been given four weeks to file a reply.

The 24-year-old poet was shot dead by two persons in her Paper Mill Colony flat in Lucknow on May 9. After her sister, Nidhi, accused Bahujan Samaj Party minister Amarmani Tripathiís wife of ordering the murder due to the ministerís intimate relationship with Madhumita, police had extracted the foetus from her body for a DNA test.

However, subsequent investigations indicated that the police were trying to save Tripathi and the foetus was not sent for the test.

On May 17, chief minister Mayavati transferred the investigation from the civil police to the state CID and asked Tripathi to resign after the Opposition alleged that her government was shielding the minister.

Woman held in baby-swap case

Hyderabad (PTI): Mehmooda Begum, a resident of old city from whom a baby boy missing from a government maternity hospital was recently recovered, was arrested on Friday.

Begum, who had delivered a baby girl in the same hospital but returned home with a male child, was taken into custody from her residence in Akbarbagh area, police said. She was arrested under Sections 419 and 201 of IPC dealing with impersonation and concealment of evidence and was produced before the second metropolitan magistrate here, police said.

Priest killed

Gorakhpur (PTI): Tension gripped this town after unidentified assailants shot dead a priest at a local temple on Thursday night. Dinanath Nigam, priest of a Kali temple in Kharaiya Pokhra, was resting after evening worship when three youths opened fire on him, killing him on the spot, police said. No arrests have been made so far.

Anand curfew

Ahmedabad (PTI): Indefinite curfew was clamped in Sarsa village in Anand district following the murder of a person of the Patel community on Thursday night, police said.

Raja Bhaiya case

Kanpur (PTI): Hearing into the Pota cases against jailed Uttar Pradesh Independent mla Raja Bhaiya and his father was on Friday adjourned till June 3 by a special court here as senior defence counsels could not reach the court on time to submit arguments against the prosecutionís chargesheets.

Joshi in Portugal

New Delhi (PTI): Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi is leading a parliamentary delegation to Portugal from Sunday to Wednesday. The 12-member delegation will have wide-ranging discussions with top leaders of the Portuguese government.

Opium poppy razed

Srinagar (PTI): The Central customs department has destroyed opium poppy grown over an area of 224.73 hectares in Anantnag and Pulwama districts, a senior officer said. The operation was carried out on May 16. Nobody was arrested.

The Centre plans to showcase Jammu and Kashmir in the Gulf countries to help revive tourism in the state. The tourism ministryís roadshows in the Gulf, to which chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has been invited, will focus on Kashmir this year.

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