BJP seeks political refugee status for Taslima Nasreen

BJP seeks political refugee status for Taslima Nasreen

New Delhi/West Bengal: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday demanded that Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen be treated as a political refugee and slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the government for remaining silent on the issue. Nasreen should be treated as a “political refugee in India with a right to live with dignity and security," the party said in a resolution adopted at a meeting of its office bearers in New Delhi.

In a related development, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said Nasreen was not driven out of the state as published in a section of the press and was free to return when she liked.

WHO calls on Asia to revamp health care

Tokyo: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called on Asia to revamp medical care to tailor it to individual needs, saying health services were failing to satisfy patients despite a rise in spending. Asia’s health system too often treats patients as a set of symptoms without assessing cultural, environmental and other factors, said Shigeru Omi, the UN health body’s Western Pacific regional director. While the world spent $4.1 trillion (about Rs189 trillion) on health in 2004, 50% of people globally say they are dissatisfied with their medical care, he said. “What I’m calling for is a concerted effort to put the heart back into medical practice," Omi told a WHO conference in Tokyo. AFP

Raja defends decisions in letter to PM

New Delhi: Amid a spate of requests to the Prime Minister to step in and set things right in the telecom sector, communications minister A. Raja has written to Manmohan Singh, saying all his decisions regarding the sector were aimed at lowering tariffs and encouraging growth. He termed commerce minister Kamal Nath’s suggestion that a group of ministers be set up to sort out issues such as spectrum allocation “out of context".

Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani, in a 19 November letter to the Prime Minister, had accused GSM players such as Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Essar Ltd of occupying excess radio spectrum. PTI & Staff Writer