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#Impassioned: “Don’t de-value what we do”, outraged doctors plead.

Some 20,000 doctors and their families and supporters descended on Central London on Saturday in an angry and loud protest against a new junior doctors’ contract proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The proposed contract would see regular working hours for junior doctors extended, changing from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday to 7 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday.

Many young doctors – many sporting premature sprouts of grey – are furious and have threatened strike action in 2016, a move that’s received the backing of NHS consultant’s who have pledged to cover shifts and avoid potential harm to patients.

The strength of feeling on display along Pall Mall and The Strand on Saturday spoke volumes about the sense of injustice felt by arguably some of the most vital members of society – men and women who say they remain underpaid and undervalued, despite the sacrifices they make.

One doctor, cancer expert Dr Gagan Bhatnagar, spoke to the UKAsian and explained the complexities of the contract and just why these life-savers were angry.

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#Impassioned: Arun Jaitley states his case for Land Bill in London

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has slammed opponents of his government’s plan to amend the country’s Land Acquisition Bill, claiming they are gaining a “Sadistic Thrill” out of opposing changes that are seen as critical to India’s economic growth.

In an impassioned speech to the UK India Business Council in London this week, Mr Jaitley said there was a “raging ideological battle” between “reform and obstruction” in India and laid out the case for a Bill that forms a key part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reforms.

India’s poor infrastructure is widely considered one of the main impediments to economic growth and Mr Modi wants to make it easier to acquire land to pave the way for roads, mines and more than $300 billion worth of other projects.

The proposed changes mean projects in defence, rural electricity generation, rural housing and industrial corridors would not need to seek the consent of 80 percent of the affected landowners as mandated.

They will also be exempt from holding a social impact study involving public hearings - procedures that industry executives say can drag out the acquisition process for years.

Compensation to landholders will remain at four times the market price.

However, opponents continue to demand “fair compensation”, particularly for farmers who lose their land as well as more transparency in the acquisition process.

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