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Compulsory voting not practical in India

A private member's Bill proposing compulsory voting was withdrawn on Friday after the government made it clear that it is not practical to implement its provisions. Janardhan Singh (BJP) had introduced the Bill in 2019 in the Lok Sabha. MoS for Law and Justice SP Singh Baghel said he agreed with the sentiment of the members on compulsory voting, but it was not practical to penalise people for not excercising their franchise.

Railways provided 3.5 lakh jobs since 2014

The Indian Railways has provided employment to 3,50,204 people so far between 2014 and 2022 and the process of recruiting 1.4 lakh more people is currently underway, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw told Rajya Sabha. The minister said 18,000 jobs had been provided this year alone. “There are people who make announcements of 10,000 or 20,000... but here we have provided so many actual jobs,” Vaishnaw said.

Anaemia cases in kids up from 58% to 67%

The prevalence of anaemia among children aged six months to five years has increased by more than 9 per cent in about five years, the Centre told the Lok Sabha on Friday quoting NFHS-5, conducted during 2019-21. According to National Family Health Survey-4 carried out in 2015-16, the percentage of anaemia cases in this age bracket was 58.6 per cent. However, this has increased to 67.1 per cent in the Union Health Ministry’s latest survey.

5 crore mobile service complaints in FY22

Over five crore complaints were received against telecom operators related to mobile services during 2021-22, with about 54 per cent of them against Airtel, followed by Vodafone Idea. The complaints against Airtel stood at 2,99,68,519, Vodafone-Idea at 2,17,85,460 and Reliance Jio at 25.8 lakh, said MoS (Communications) Devusinh Chauhan in the Rajya Sabha.

105 blocking orders to social media firms

The government has issued 105 directions to social media platforms under the new IT rules that came into effect in February last year, Parliament was informed on Friday. Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in the Rajya Sabha that 94 directions to block content were issued to YouTube between December 2021 and April 2022, five to Twitter, and three each to Facebook and Instagram.

Vax dose gap reduced on NTAGI’s advice

Based on the recommendations made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI), the interval between the second and the precaution dose of Covid vaccines was revised from nine months to six months for all beneficiaries aged 18 years and above from July 6, Parliament was informed on Friday. MoS (Health) Bharati Pravin Pawar said as on August 1, about 9.07 crore precaution doses had been administered.

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