News UpdatesSupreme Court Dismisses Plea By Doctors Challenging Extension Of DNB Courses By National Board Of Examination Srishti Ojha17 Feb 2021 6:55 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Wednesday dismissed the plea by the Association of Diplomate of National Board Doctors challenging the National Board of Examination’s notice that extended training of the DNB candidates by 3 months due to Covid19. The plea argued that the decision is prejudicial to the career of the students who helped the Nation fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 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A division Bench of Justice Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat heard the plea that contended that the National Board of examination, not being a statutory body did not have the right to issue the notification, and is bound to follow directions of National Medical Commission. During the hearing today, Advocate Tanmaya Mehta appearing on behalf of the petitioner association that it is a pan India issue, a question of vires, and the Court should interfere. “Why should we interfere when half of it is over. Just finish your training. The court doesn’t have any judicially manageable standards here.” the Bench observed. Adv Mehta submitted that NBE being a non-statutory body cannot interfere in this manner. He added that it is also a case of over classification as many hospitals and trainings have continued. There has also been discrimination within the same class as several other DNB students were allowed to continue the training. “Consider practicality, if we issue notice, then they will file counter. By the time the case is over, the Training period will be over.” – Justice Ravindra Bhat remarked. The plea was filed by Advocates Puneet Yadav, Sourabh Gupta and Aakarsh Kamra from Samaya Law Chambers, on behalf of the petitioners. The petitioner in this case is a duly registered society with doctors presently pursuing 3rd/Final years of DNB courses throughout the country in various institutions as members. The members of and were to appear in the forthcoming practical and theory examination and their training is extended by 3 months period by the Impugned Notification. The subject matter of the petition is a notice issued by the NBE on 18th January 2021 whereby the training of the DNB candidates was extended by 3 months whose scheduled tenure is ending in 2021. The training period was extended by 3 months for the following courses: DNB Broad specialty (Post MBBS) 2018 session DNB Super Specialty 2018DNB Broad Specialty (Post Diploma) 2019 and FNB 2019. The plea alleged that the impugned notification is totally arbitrary and unreasonable as the training of DNB trainees had not been adversely impacted during the lockdown in COVID-19 and they continued with the academic and practical requirement even during the ongoing pandemic. According to the petitioner NBE is bound to follow the PGME Guidelines of 2000 and the directions of the National Medical Commission, a statutory body formulated under the National Medical Commission Act, 2019. The impugned notification was issued with no suitable reasoning and without consultation with student bodies, faculties or hospitals. “As per circulars dated 15.03.2020 and 24.03.2020, the ministry of Home Affairs clarify that there would be no discontinuance of work in hospitals or treatment of patients therein, during the currency of the COVID-19 pandemic, or imposition of lockdown by the Government in connection therewith.” – the plea read. The plea submitted that no such extension has been directed in the case of MD/MS postgraduates trainees which is an equivalent course to the DNB trainees and some universities have gone ahead and promoted the MD/MS junior residents to Senior Residents irrespective of exam status on the basis of completion of 3 years of training. The 2017 batch of NBE trainees have received the training completion certificate without any extension and therefore there has been disparity between the two batches of students. The petitioner submitted that there are hundreds of students who have bonds to clear for which they have been assigned post by state agencies. Such an arbitrary extension would result in the loss of entire year and cause irreparable harm to the academic and professional life of many individuals. The students will loose out on opportunities for fellowships, jobs and career prospects. Also, the candidates who were stuck during lockdown at their hometown and are already serving an extension for the said time are now being subjected to 3 months more extension. The petitioner further argued the training obtained for the COVID-19 treatment was also made part of the academic schedule by the Hospital and Institutions under the NBE and was being treated as part of the curriculum and therefore it cannot be said that the time spent in treating the Covid-19 patients was not part of the training of the candidates.Next Story
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaPeople touting the value of land will often say, “They’re not making any more of it.” Because “they” really aren’t making more land, a University of Georgia economist wants to place values on rural lands that he says are in a tug-of-war between rural and urban interests.”There are emerging land-use conflicts in rural areas,” said John Bergstrom, an economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. New residents want more land for housing and amenities. Longtime residents want land for farming and forestry. For Bergstrom’s research, he divides land value into to two categories: consumptive and nonconsumptive.The consumptive value is what can be extracted from the use of the land. This includes the value of its agricultural, forestry, hunting and fishing products. The nonconsumptive value is the value of the things “that are not harvested,” he said. He considers things like residential and ecological value.The consumptive value of rural land has been well documented, he said. Reports compiled by CAES scientists break this down annually by commodity and county. For example, the annual farm-gate value (the value of farm products leaving the farm) in Habersham County, in north Georgia, is $253 million. For Colquitt County, in south Georgia, it’s $287 million. But placing a value on the nonconsumptive values of rural land is harder, he said. “The data we do have suggests that the nonconsumptive value of land is growing,” Bergstrom said.In 1996, an acre of farmland in north-central Georgia was worth $4,500, according to a CAES study. An acre there now costs $12,000.”It would be likely that this land is not going to be used for agriculture,” Bergstrom said. “It is being bought for development or being bought for speculation.”The price of farmland in south Georgia, where most of the state’s row crops are grown, has increased, but not at the level in north Georgia. An acre of farmland in south Georgia costs $1,000 per acre, about $200 more per acre than a decade ago.”But even in south Georgia there’s a trend where people are bypassing the suburbs and moving farther out into the country and into areas of traditional agriculture,” he said. “This is called exurban development.”Bergstrom’s future research will focus on better quantifying the nonconsumptive value of rural land by using geographical information systems, or GIS, and conducting surveys. He wants to create a database of information.”The reason we want to do this is to provide information for solutions to these conflicts, which I believe will only continue to grow,” Bergstrom said. “The information could be used by private landowners and local governments to set priorities for protection or the development of different land.”Bergstrom knows Georgians are interested in preserving farmland. According to a survey he conducted three years ago, Georgians would be willing to contribute through a one-time tax about $62 per household to preserve 100,000 acres or $81 to preserve as much as 2 million acres.Bergstrom just returned from a one-year leave of study in Colorado, a state which has for many years collected data on the value of rural land, he said. He will apply in Georgia some of the data-collecting techniques he learned there.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Central Islip man was arrested for stabbing a man at a West Hempstead nightclub over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Kareem Small, 34, got into an altercation with the 29-year-old victim at Rumor’s Night Club on Hempstead Turnpike when the suspect pulled out a black knife and stabbed the victim inside the club at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, police said.Officers that responded to the scene found the victim outside suffering from a laceration to the right side of his body. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated.Smalls was apprehended as he was seen leaving in a Chevrolet, police said. He was charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.
Increasingly, banks and credit unions recognize the importance of regular and deeper-level consumer engagement training for their employees. And rightly so – as competition in financial products and services only deepens, banks and credit unions that thrive are those which focus to a greater extent on keeping their employees highly-trained and in-tune with their brands. Brand training is critical.However, banks and credit unions sometimes miss the mark when it comes to their employee training format. All too often, they focus employee training programs on specifically how employees should do their jobs while glossing over the vitally important element why employees should do their jobs.Generally, training to the how of a job is relatively simple. You train to a task (such as teller drawer procedures, compliance paperwork, lending documentation, etc.) over and over to such an extent that it becomes second nature to the employee. This isn’t a bad thing. Obviously, to be successful, employees must know how to do their jobs. However, when it comes to differentiating from the competition and establishing strong brand propositions, banks and credit unions must also teach your employees why they are doing their jobs. Many people can balance a drawer or process loans. What can your bank or credit union do that they can’t? The why answers this question. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
LOS ANGELES >> The debilitating losses in recent days did not just expose the Lakers’ inferiority against the NBA’s elite. It also sapped the joy out of a season centered more on if the Lakers’ progress than the end result.So at least the Lakers showed more of that energy, even if it coincided with a 102-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday at Staples Center. Though the Lakers (15-30) lost their fourth consecutive game, they also showed relative growth that remained absent during double-digit blowouts this week to the Spurs and the Clippers.The Lakers actually had a chance to beat the Pistons (19-24).Though Lou Williams had a team-leading 26 points on 7-of-14 shooting and four assists, he also missed a layup and a 27-foot 3-pointer with nearly two minutes remaining. Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram then missed two foul shots, punctuating a poor night in which he had five points on a 1-of-7 clip. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We haven’t gotten past that,” Walton said about the second-half slowdown. “We had a couple of games where we had that and won those games.“But for whatever reason, it hasn’t hit home with us yet that the focus and energy has to be there for the majority of the game. We tend to get careless once we have a lead and success. It sounds like a broken record. But we’ll keep preaching it until we get there.” Despite D’Angelo Russell adding 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, he missed a 3-pointer as the Lakers trailed, 96-95, with 56 seconds left. Though the Pistons missed five of their past six shots, Detroit forward Tobias Harris made a 3-pointer that provided a 99-95 cushion with 30 seconds remaining. He finished with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting and seven rebounds.Despite the lack of execution, the Lakers’ effort did not seem to be an issue.A day after Lakers coach Luke Walton called on him to play more aggressively, Russell lived up to that vow. Midway through the first quarter, Russell eclipsed his field-goal total from Saturday’s loss against the Clippers where he had just five points on a 1-of-7 day. He closed the second quarter scoring six of the Lakers’ final points before halftime. Yet, Russell’s production could not overcome quiet nights from the Lakers’ frontcourt in Luol Deng (two points on 1-of-6 shooting) and Julius Randle (two on 1-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds).“I got it early,” Walton said about the Lakers’ early energy. “It was good to see. Then we found a way to do in the halfway point of the second quarter on, we stopped doing it. The energy dropped. Guys stopped talking and the bench was quiet. We turned it into a ‘we score, you guys’ score type of game.”Despite his otherwise stellar play, Russell made a poor pass that set up Detroit center Andre Drummond canning a 62-foot bank shot at the buzzer to close the second half. The Lakers then spent the third quarter mired in a shooting slump. The Lakers shot 7 of 19 from the field during that time, though Detroit only went 7 of 21 overall.