Docs cannot run hospitals at residences: HC

                 The Allahabad High Court today ruled doctors cannot run private hospitals or nursing homes at their residential premises.

              They can, however, set up consultation clinics in residential areas, a Division Bench comprising Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Kashi Nath Pandey said.

           Dismissing a bunch of writ petitions filed by doctors from Etawah district, it said the Constituion which provides every citizen of the country the right to livelihood also empowers governments to impose "reasonable restrictions".

           The Court observed running private hospitals or nursing homes in residential premises amounted to violation of the provisions under which land was allotted to doctors.

          However, doctors could set up clinics for providing medical consultation at their residential premises, the Bench said.

            The Etawah doctors had challenged the order of the Awas Vikas Parishad and the District Chief Medical Officer asking them to wind up nursing homes functioning from their houses

Army personnel needed "certain legal protection"-Army chief General V K Singh

          Army chief General V K Singh today said army personnel needed "certain legal protection" in "awkward" situations and it was up to the government on how it should be provided.

         "We are not against the people or democracy. When you employ the army for situations which are awkward... where they have to face well-armed, well-trained terrorists, they require a certain amount of legal protection. How that it is done, we leave it to the Central government," Singh said when asked about the move to dilute certain sections of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

           General Singh said, "We can't let our people get hauled to court... we cannot have our people being subjected to all kinds of allegation.

         "Wherever the army is operating, it is operating with its hands tied. We have impose on ourselves certain restriction because we are operating against our own people

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