BENGALURU TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2018 `5.00 PAGES 26 LATE CITY EDITION WAIT-LISTED WOMEN TO GET UNUSED LADIES QUOTA BERTHS The Railways will offer unutilised berths under the ladies quota first to women on the waiting list and then to senior citizens UNUSED QUOTA NO LONGER OPEN TO ALL HOW MANY BERTHS ARE EARMARKED? Currently, the quota remains open for booking till the reservation chart is prepared, and then, the unutilised quota is released to wait-listed passengers, irrespective of their gender. The Railways has written to commercial managers conveying its decision to “modify the logic of utilising accommodation” ■ ■ Trains have six lower berths per sleeper coach and three lower berths per AC 3-tier and AC 2-tier coach for senior citizens, women (45 years and above) and pregnant women In Rajdhani, Duronto and fully-AC or express trains, four lower berths are earmarked under this quota in AC 3-tier coaches 6 BERTHS EARMARKED FOR WOMEN IN EVERY SLEEPER-CLASS COACH CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Sridevi drowned in bathtub, says report DELHI HC RULING Genetic excuse to deny insurance claim goes Calls it accidental; mortal remains stuck in UAE procedures K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE WHAT THE FORENSIC REPORT SAYS It gives her full name as Sreedevi Boney Kapoor Ayyappan Probe still on to unravel accident Investigation is still on to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident. While there was speculation that the body would be handed over to the family on Monday night after the public prosecution completes its formality, it later emerged another clearance was required. MYSTERY surrounding the death of superstar Sridevi (54) deepened on Monday after the Dubai government attributed it to “accidental drowning” in a hotel bathtub after losing consciousness. The police transferred the case to the “Dubai Public Prosecution” for investigation. “Following the completion of post mortem analysis, Dubai police headquarters today stated that the death of the Indian actress Sridevi occurred due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bath tub following loss of consciousness,” the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter. While the initial claim was she died due to cardiac arrest, there was no confirmation whether it was detected during post-mortem. Khaleej Times quoting sources said the lab report indicated she slipped and fell into the bathtub that was full of water as she was in an inebriated state. The body is likely to embalmed only on Tuesday Gulf News quoting a public pros. ecutor said, “In such accidental death incidents, the results of the post-mortem and forensic examination reports are referred to the Public Prosecution as part of ordinary law enforcement procedures. The papers are revised by the prosecutors of the jurisdiction where the incident happened.” In case of any suspicious foul play prosecu, tors do further detailed investigations before taking a call, Gulf News added. RAHUL MEETS FARMER Congress president Rahul Gandhi met the family of a farmer near Godachi in Belagavi district on Monday. When he asked the farmer about the crops he cultivated, the latter was so thrilled by the VIP visit that he couldn’t utter a single word REPORT: P5 | D HEMANTH EXPRESS READ K’taka poll date to be out around Apr 15: CEC Home minister refers to assault by Haris’ son as ‘petty offence’ New Delhi: The Karnataka assembly election date will be announced around April 15, Chief Election Commission O P Rawat told a national news channel on Monday. “School board exams are likely to be over by March-end, and other exams around April 14,” Rawat said. Bengaluru: Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday admitted that Congress MLA N A Haris son’s assault case had dented the party’s image. Asked why a rowdy sheet was not opened against the son, Reddy said he “cannot be included in the rowdy list due to recent relaxations wherein a rowdy sheet can’t be opened against those involved in petty offences and P3 against those above 70 years. IN a ruling that will benefit those who are denied health insurance benefits on grounds of genetic disorder, the Delhi High Court on Monday ruled that right to health insurance is an integral part of the right to health and healthcare under Article 21 of the Constitution. Justice Pratibha M Singh held that discrimination in health insurance against individuals based on their genetic heritage, in the absence of appropriate genetic testing and laying down of intelligible differentia, is unconstitutional. The order came while deciding an insurance claim by Jai Prakash Tayal against United India Assurance. Tayal, who was suffering from Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, was denied his claim on the ground that the said condition was genetic, and genetic diseases were not payable as per the policy . The court said the “exclusion of genetic disorders in all forms from health insurance would be contrary to public policy Several . of the prevalent medical conditions which affect a large mass of population, including cardiac conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes in all forms, could be classified as genetic disorders.” ‘Can’t expect laymen to read every clause’ “Insurance documents are standard form contracts and usually the insured person signs on the dotted line. It would be extremely tenuous to expect a layman to read each and every clause of an insurance document before signing it,” the judge said. “With spiralling medical costs, health insurance has to be an integral part of medical care and health facilities. Health insurance with the exclusion of genetic disorders hits at the basic right of an individual to avail of insurance for prevention, diagnosis, management and cure of diseases,” the HC said. The court said, “There appears to be an urgent need to frame a proper framework to prevent against genetic discrimination as also to protect collection, preservation and confidentiality of genetic data...” The court also asked Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India to re-look at the exclusionary clauses in insurance contracts and ensure that insurance companies do not reject claims on the basis of exclusions relating to genetic disorders.
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