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In parched Chennai, hospitals hike charges

In parched Chennai, hospitals hike charges

Finance
CHENNAI: The severe water crisis in Tamil Nadu’s capital has acquired alarming proportions, not sparing even hospitals. The dwindling supply, with borewells running dry, has sent room rents, cost of procedures like dialysis and consultation in most neighbourhood hospitals and nursing homes soaring. Room rents in some of Chennai’s hospitals had increased by up to Rs 350 a day in mid-May itself, and that was a month ago. Most big corporate hospitals claim that they have been able to absorb the cost, but that’s only for now. On an average, a hospital with 30 beds is spending Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 more a day. “That would mean up to Rs 4.5 lakh a month. It is impossible for small hospitals to absorb that. We’ll have to pass it on to patients,” said former IMA state chief Dr T N Ravishankar. No
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, other charges

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II found guilty of rape, other charges

Sports
June 11 (UPI) -- A California jury found former NFL player Kellen Winslow II guilty of rape, indecent exposure and misdemeanor lewd conduct charges while still deadlocked over eight other counts of sexual assault. The San Diego Superior Court jury also acquitted the 35-year-old on Monday of a second lewd conduct charge, KUSI reported. He was found guilty of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last May, exposing himself to another woman that same month and fondling himself in front of a 77-year-old woman last March. He still faces charges in connection to the rape and kidnapping of a 54-year-old hiker last March and of raping an unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003 when he was 19. Winslow was arrested in June 2018 on suspicion of kidnapping and raping the hitchhiker and the two separate 2...
Radical shake-up of overdraft charges will restrict fees

Radical shake-up of overdraft charges will restrict fees

Business
By Sharon Marris, business reporter Fixed fees for overdrafts will be banned under reforms announced by the financial regulator.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has described its new rules as the "biggest overhaul of the market in a generation". Fixed fees for borrowing through an overdraft will be banned and banks and building societies will have to price overdrafts by a simple annual interest rate.Banks and building societies will no longer be able to charge more for unarranged overdrafts than they do for arranged overdrafts.They will also have to do more to identify customers who are showing signs of financial strain and be prepared to help reduce repeated overdraft use. Advertisement ...
Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

Hacking ‘hero’ Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to US malware charges

Technology
A British man hailed as a hero for stopping a global cyber-attack that was threatening the NHS has pleaded guilty to US malware charges.Marcus Hutchins, 24, has pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware - or malicious software - court documents show.Writing on his website, Hutchins said he regretted his actions and accepted "full responsibility for my mistakes".Hutchins has been held in the US since he was arrested by the FBI in 2017."As you may be aware, I've pleaded guilty to two charges related to writing malware in the years prior to my career in security," he wrote on his website. "I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes. "Having grown up, I've since been using the same skills that I misused several years ...
Ex-VW boss indicted on ‘dieselgate’ fraud charges

Ex-VW boss indicted on ‘dieselgate’ fraud charges

Business
By Wale Azeez, business reporter Volkswagen's former boss and four others have been indicted on charges of fraud and unfair competition over the firm's efforts to cheat diesel emission tests.Martin Winterkorn faces four charges, with prosecutors saying he failed to prevent the manipulation of Volkswagen engines that enabled the cars to falsify results. Mr Winterkorn led the German car maker in 2015 when it was revealed it had installed software to manipulate emissions results as far back as 2009.German prosecutors said on Monday that Mr Winterkorn knew about the software since at least 25 May 2014, despite public statements that he only became aware just before the scandal broke in September the following year.If convicted, he and the others accused face betwe...