After a prolonged history of bitter relations stretching over 13 years, top leaders of the Communist Party of India and the Communist P arty (Marxist) have begun a dialogue. It is reliably learnt that CPI General Secretary, C. Rajeshwar Rao, had detailed discussions with the CPM leader EMS Namboodiripad and M Basavapunnaiah, last month. While the discussions between Rao and Namboodiripad were held in Delhi, the Rao-Basavapunnaiah meeting took place in Vijayawada.
Infection Kills 100
Over 100 babies kept in newborn units of two Delhi hospitals died recently due to an unexpected hospital infection, according to hospital scientists probing the infection. The babies, only a few days old and delivered in the hospital, died in what they describe as an “epidemic” caused by a bacteria called “Salmonella-Newport”. The bacteria is one of the 1,800 types of Salmonella species in the world responsible for a variety of intestinal diseases ranging from diarrhoea to typhoid. Doctors here are surprised by the sudden and mysterious appearance of the bacteria. Who imported the bacteria into the wards and where it is presently lurking is still a mystery even as the infection and death of babies is continuing unabated in one of the hospitals.
Minister of Revenue and Banking Pranab Mukherjee, today asked the newly set up Banking Commission to review the banking system in its entirety and recommend such changes as would improve operational efficiency and further the socio-economic objectives of the new economic programme. Inaugurating the first meeting of the commission, headed by Manubhai Shah, the minister said that the commission had been set up “not merely to recommend restructuring of banks but to review comprehensively the existing organisational structure.”