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Bengaluru techie still missing, had gone to meet OLX buyer, say friends

Ajitabh Kumar, a 29-year-old software engineer, who has been missing since Monday is still untraceable. He had listed his car on online marketplace Olx and left home at Whitefield Area in Bengaluru around 6:30 pm. According to reports, his friends suspect he might have got a call from a prospective buyer. Ajitabh Kumar, who hails from Patna, worked at British Telecom. His phone is switched off since Monday and there is no trace of Ajitabh’s vehicle. The last location of his mobile phone was Gunjur near Whitefied, before it got switched off around 7: 10 pm. According to reports, Police team is investigating all angles after securing date from online classified portals as well. Ajitabh has been living with his childhood friend Ravi after moving to Bengaluru in 2010. He had passed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in 2018 and now wanted to sell his car.Ajitabh had bought a Maruti Ciaz car by paying Rs 12 lakh and he had quoted Rs 11.8 lakh on OLX a couple of weeks ago. He had also applied for a loan with a private bank to join IIM, The New Indian Express reported Ajitabh’s brother Arnabh as saying. Ajitabh’s friends and relatives have launched an online campaign to find him.

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Do not believe rating agencies’ report: Subramanian Swamy

The reports of rating agencies are unreliable, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Saturday. Recently Moody’s had upgraded India’s rating, while another agency Fitch had lowered the projections of India’s economic growth.Addressing a gathering of Chartered Accountants in Ahmedabad at a function organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), he said that “you can pay them and get the report published.”At a time when there was widespread sentiment of economic slowdown, Moody’s had upgraded India’s sovereign rating after a gap of about 13 years. This had brought cheers to the central government in Delhi. Swamy, however, said that India’s growth story has improved under the BJP-led NDA government, but it is slower than what it should have been. “Our growth should not be less than 10 per cent,” he said.He also advised getting the quarterly data published by the government agencies with a pinch of salt. Organisations like the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) were also under pressure to bring out a report saying that demonetisation did not have any impact. “I am feeling nervous because I know there is an impact,” he said arguing that the printed report was available on February 1, indicating that it was published about three weeks earlier. “So in January, you calculate the GDP to indicate that there is no impact. How can one calculate it?” he said.Swamy suggested that the CSO has a history of collecting statistical data and one can rely on them, but it should not be forced to do something it cannot do.

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Watch: Patients evacuated as major fire breaks out in East Delhi hospital

A major fire today broke out at a hospital in east Delhi’s Preet Vihar and 84 patients were evacuated from the building, officials said.Some patients suffered minor injuries in the rescue operation in the fire that broke out on the second floor of the Metro Hospital and Cancer Institute, they said. The fire started in an air conditioning vent and then spread to other floors, a senior police officer said. A senior officer from the Delhi Fire Services said a call was received at 3.20 PM alerting them about the blaze, which intensified in the next 20 minutes. Twelve fire tenders were rushed to the spot, he said.”But it was controlled by 4.15 PM and completely doused by 4.50 PM,” the official added. Police said that the 84 patients were safely evacuated from the hospital and shifted to its Noida branch. The cooling operation was underway, the police said, adding that some patients suffered minor injuries in the episode.

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Rajya Sabha passes IIM Bill, granting more autonomy to institutes

The upper house of Parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Autonomy Bill, that seeks to give power to grant degrees instead of diplomas to these institutions.The Bill that gives more autonomy to IIMs, declares the 20 IIMs as institutes of national importance. Under this Bill the autonomy envisaged to IIMs is greater than that of other higher education institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).The Bill says, the Board of Governors will be the executive body of each IIM, comprising up to 19 members. It will also nominate 17 board members including eminent persons, faculty members and alumni. The remaining two members will be nominees from the central and state governments, respectively. The Board will also appoint its own Chairperson.During the discussion on the bill in Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal supported the bill but questioned the lack of similar reforms in IITs and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Congress leader Jairam Ramesh questioned how board of Directors will be appointed and asked the government to describe how they plan the transition between the current boards at IIMs and the Board of Governors as proposed in the new bill. He also asked what would be the criteria for appointment of these governors.As per the Bill, the Board of Governors will appoint the Director of each IIM. A search committee will recommend names for the post of the Director. The Director is eligible for variable pay, to be determined by the Board.The Academic Council of each IIM will determine the — academic content, criteria and process for admission to courses; and guidelines for the conduct of examinations.A coordination forum will be set up, which will include representation from the 20 IIMs. It will discuss matters of common interest to all IIMs.Currently, the central government has a role in the functioning of IIMs which includes the appointment of the Chairperson of their Boards, their Directors and pay to the Director.

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Complaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park Hospital

A Gurgaon patient’s family today lodged a complaint of wrong treatment and overcharging against the Fortis Memorial and Research Institute (FMRI) and the Park hospital here, a senior health department official said.Civil Surgeon BK Rajora confirmed the receipt of a complaint against both the hospitals and added that it was being looked into.The complaint filed with Rajora alleged that FMRI charged Bhim Singh (60) Rs 36.68 lakh after he was referred there with abdominal pain due to a stone in his gall bladder by Park hospital.Singh underwent treatment at the FMRI for 42 days, following which he was left bed-ridden. The treatment also affected his intestine and a kidney, the complainant alleged.Singh was initially admitted to Park hospital in Sector 47 here on April 27, 2016, with severe stomach pain. He was then referred to Fortis hospital on May 1, 2016, after his condition deteriorated, his son Jagdish said, adding that doctors found a 14-mm stone in his gall bladder. Jagdish works in the defence sector and he took his father to Park hospital as it was on the panel of insurance.But he was referred to Fortis, which was not on the panel, and hence the family had to bear the entire treatment cost.”My father had been admitted in the hospital for 42 days and the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 36.68 lakh which we paid by selling a piece of land. Despite the costly treatment, my father is still unable to walk,” Jagdish said.Rejecting the allegations, the FMRI, in its statement, said the patient was brought in a critical state and admitted directly to the ICU, where he underwent prolonged treatment for life-threatening complications.”The complications arose due to a faulty procedure performed earlier at a different hospital… which were managed astutely at FMRI,” it added.The patient had since been under regular follow-up of the treating physician at FMRI with the last follow-up being as recent as October 13,2017, it said.”The final billed amount of Rs 23.27 lakh for the patient Bhim Singh, who continues to be under follow-up at the hospital, is not for management of a simple renal stone as is being erroneously reported.”Rather, it is reflective of the effective clinical management of multiple life threating complications which arose due to procedures carried out at another hospital, requiring intensive treatment, surgical and non-surgical procedures, multi-disciplinary involvement and extended ICU stay of 42 days,” the statement added.

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Techfest 2017: IIT-Bombay gears up for its biggest event; Hamid Karzai, Pranab Mukherjee to address students at the fest

Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan along with Pranab Mukherjee will address thousands of students of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) on like various topics including the Indian Economy, Sustainable Development and Digitalisation during its annual science and technology festival between December 29-31.Along with them, Manohar Parrikarl, Chief Minister of Goa and Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation will also address the students at the convocation hall of IIT-B. While Mukherjee, Parikar and Sinha will address on December 29, Karzai will address on December 31.”The themes of the festival are Digitalisation, Sustainability and Biotechnology as we identified that technological advancement in these segments need to be stressed upon considering the current nation’s scenario and the world at large, said IIT-B in a statement.”Apart from futuristic exhibits coming from all over the world, Techfest will have the honour to host some of the best machines and equipment from Indian Army, Indian Navy and DRDO,” IIT-B said in a statement. Techfest is scheduled to take place on 29th, 30th and 31st December this year, that will see many international students participate in various events of the festival. Students from USA, Canada, UK, China, Italy, Afghanistan, UAE will participate for the festival, however students from Pakistan will not be among participating country for techfest this year too.

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India happiness minister sought as murder suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The man charged with the wellbeing of India’s Madhya Pradesh state has been missing since Tuesday.

Land abandoned after mining

Land mining near Bhamod Gram Panchayat has led farmers to abandon their cultivation due to a shortage of water. This was revealed in a recent study conducted by 30 research scholars during a short course organised by Institute of Development Studies.According to the research, the land mining has led to depletion of the groundwater level and the water shortage in the village.As a result, small farmers have abandoned their cultivation as there was no money to bring water through the pipeline from faraway places. Hence, a major chunk of the cultivable and fertile land in the village is left uncultivated for a long time.Farmers reportedly remain idle throughout the year as there is no other alternative employment opportunities in the village.In the field survey, 74 per cent farmers reported that farming is not profitable for them as a source of livelihood. The next best alternative is to depend on cattle rearing as 43 per cent of farmers reported. However, cattle rearing is also not considered as a feasible solution as the optimum price is not levied in the market.In addition to this, the saline water has left the farmers with many diseases such as joint pain and kidney diseases. The villages do not have government dispensaries and veterinary hospitals.

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Judge, Delhi governmet lock horns over Rs 28,000 acupuncture bill

A judicial officer posted in a Delhi court is fighting a legal battle against the Delhi government over a sum of Rs 28,000, the amount he spent on acupuncture treatment for his migraine. The Delhi government has cited rules to refuse reimbursement to him.Additional sessions judge (ASJ) Ashwani Kumar Sarpal, currently posted at the Family Court, Shahdara, has now filed an appeal against a decision given by justice Vibhu Bhakru, rejecting his plea for reimbursement of his medical expenses.In his plea filed through advocate Abhinav Garg, the ASJ has said he has been suffering from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine for the last six years, for which he had been taking allopathic medicines and was also being treated at private hospitals. The problem, however, was not cured despite taking painkillers daily. While migrane has no permanent solution, Trigeminal Neuralgia can be treated through surgery.But since surgery was risky for life, Sarpal did not opt for it.Thereafter, he underwent acupuncture therapy at a Delhi Hospital, which yielded results and reduced his pain.On January 1, the ASJ submitted the bill of Rs 28,000 reimbursement, which was rejected “because it was inadmissible as the hospital was not on the panel of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)”.Following this, he filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, which was also rejected on the grounds that he had not “been deprived of or denied any medical treatment essential for good health”.Dismissing the earlier plea, justice Bhakru had stated that it was not the Delhi government’s policy to provide reimbursement for acupuncture expenses, as it was an alternate system of healing.Dissatisfied, the judicial officer has once again appealed against the order, claiming that acupuncture has been recognised as an alternative medication process and some government hospitals, such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).PinprickAshwani Kumar Sarpal suffers from chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia and migraine Surgery can treat Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Students from Kota bag four gold medals and two silver medals in IJSO

Students from Kota based institute have bagged four gold and two silver medals in 14th International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) -2017 held in Netherlands from December 3 to 12, 2017. In IJSO-2016, 4 students of the same institute in Kota won the gold medal.International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) is a major international academic competition held annually and the only international academic competition that covers physics, chemistry, and biology at the same time. The competition is known for its intricacy as it requires a wide knowledge range of knowledge in all three subjects.Director of the institute Brajesh Maheshwari said “About 300 meritorious students aged upto15 years, from 50 countries participated in IJSO-2017 wherein 6 students, all from our Institute represented India. Mudita Goyal, Akhil Jain, Subarno Nath Roy and KunalSamanta won gold medal whereas Niyati Mehta and Aadarshraj Sah bagged silver and brought glory to the nation, Maheshwari said. This is the first time that six students, all from a single Institute represented India in an International level competition and won gold and silver medals, he added.The aim of IJSO is to encourage the development of scientific knowledge within precocious and talented students, while allowing them to both cooperate and socialize with each other.The Junior Science Olympiad program is conducted in 5 stages. The first stage is National Standard Examination in Junior Science (NSEJS), followed by Indian National Junior Science Olympiad (INJSO) in which 36 students from all over the country are selected.The third stage is Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) in junior science in which 6 students are selected for the final round, these 6 students represent India at International Level, the fourth stage is Pre-departure Training Camp (PDT).The final stage is International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) which consists of three tests, done on different days.

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Global Partnership Summit: Online edu provides access to more students

Mind is not a tank which needs filing but needs ignition, this was the essence of an education session held at the Global Partnership Summit.The session on ‘Disrupting Learning: Alternative Education’ system brought together experts on education – both online and offline mode on a single platform. They discussed the need for inculcating new skills in a child right at the young age, while some talked about importance of online medium and doing away with physical form of education.Dr John N Kalaras, CEO, Quality Training Institute Inc, talked about an innovative approach to learning in higher education. The challenge is to make students responsible learners through engagement which leads to active learning. “Responsible learning, engagement, active participation – all three together will create a zeal to learn. The outcome of implementing these three traits will make students responsible learners,” he said.Doga Makiura, a social entrepreuner, said there is no need for teachers, we need to have good content online which will provide each and everything including tutorials, examples of practical implementation of lessons and others which people can access via internet.Maheswar Peri, Founder, Careers360, said students need to be counselled to pick up right kind of skills. We offer consultancy services which tell students about institutions and its courses in a transparent way so that one makes an informed decision about their careers.With the advent of new technologies, education can be made available to a wider audience especially where there is no available means of physical access to education. This can be nade available in rural and remote areas.Engagement with students is the most important part of imparting education, John, based in the US, said ending his speech in Hindi by saying Namaste, bahut shukriya.ACTIVE LEARNERSDr John N Kalaras, CEO, Quality Training Institute Inc, talked about an innovative approach to learning in higher education. The challenge is to make students responsible learners through engagement which leads to active learning

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Mercedes runs over 40-yr-old, Mumbai Mayor’s samaritan act in vain

Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar rushed to rescue a woman run over by a luxury car at Worli on Tuesday, but unfortunately could not save her.Forty-year-old Sarita Santosh Wagh, a resident of Sewri, was run over while crossing the road at Worli on Tuesday. Mahadeshwar was one of the people who was close by and rushed to her aid, but she was declared dead-on-arrival at a nearby hospital.The Worli police have arrested the driver of the car, which is owned by a private company; it seems he was returning after dropping an employee of the company.According to the police, the incident took place at around 2 pm when Wagh was crossing the road near Sasmira’s Institute of Management Studies & Research. Passersby, including Mahadeshwar, and police immediately rushed Wagh to M.A Podar hospital in the Benz itself, but according to the preliminary medical examination, she succumbed to a head injury. Her body has been sent for postmortem.”I was passing by when I saw traffic,” says Mahadeshwar. “When we stopped the car, I saw a woman stuck under the wheels of a car. She was bleeding profusely. We pulled her out and she was taken to Potdar hospital in the same car. It was a really unfortunate.”Abhijeet Patil, an eyewitness, said, “The woman was crossing the road and the car turning right. She did not see it and it ran over her. We all rushed to help and informed the police.””We have registered a case of causing death due to negligence and have arrested the driver of the car,” said Senior Police Inspector Gajanan Desurkar of Worli police station.

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BMC apathy and marine pollution kills hundreds of fishes in Sion pond

Residents and elected representatives are up in arms against BMC’s apathy after around hundred odd fishes have been found floating dead in the polluted Sion pond during the past two days. The pond had last witnessed a mass fish deaths in 2012 where almost all the fishes in it died.Former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Dr Vinay Deshmukh said that one of the most common reasons for fishes dying in water bodies specially ponds and lakes is due the lack of oxygen. “I have not visited the spot but going by the photographs and information , it clearly seems that the deaths are due to the increase in the organic pollution, which reduces the dissolved oxygen levels. Most of the fishes that are dead are species of cat fish, which are already sensitive,” he said stating that the pond water must be getting contaminated with sewage or other pollutants.Meanwhile BJP councillor of ward 172 Rajshri Shirwadkar expressed concerns over the death of fishes. She said that people immersed floral offerings as well as coconuts in the pond and despite repeated reminders BMC did scant action to save this historic pond. “It was first on Sunday morning that around 40 odd fishes were found dead and floating in the water and similarly around 50 were found on Monday and most of these fishes are fully grown and over 10 to 20 kg,” Shirwadkar said adding that the last clean up of the pond was done in around 2011. It has never been cleaned since then despite regular idol immersions happening in the pond.Deshmukh informed that a pristine fresh water body has around 6ml of oxygen per litre of water and the oxygen level can drop to less than 1ml of oxygen per litre of water in very polluted water. “Due to the pollution the dissolved oxygen reduced and it is lowest during early morning and hence most of the fishes are found dead during early morning period and this phenomenon is quite common during winters,” he said adding that some one needs to do a detailed study of the pond its water quality and not simply test the BOD, which might not result in proper results.Dr MJ Pravin Bhatt who is a priest in the nearby temple was pained by the death of the fishes. He bought an aeration machine to increase the oxygen in the pond. “Its a painful sight to watch these fishes that are dying due to lack of oxygen, hence I decided to buy this machine and installed it,” he said.Assistant Municipal Commissioner of F-North ward, Keshav Ubale said, “I have received a complaint from citizens that few fishes have died in the lake. Following residents complaints the pond water will be tested. We do not have any contractor for the maintenance of the lake, it is a natural body and has aquatic animals like fishes and tortoises.”

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Japanese tech to make flying safer in India

Indian sky-space is expected to get safer for fliers during time of low visibility and fogs as state owned Airport Authority of India (AAI) with help from Japan, is mulling over introducing an advanced system where the aircraft will use signal multiple transponders, instead of one at present for on-ground communications, which at times does not give out exact position of the aircraft.The technology can be useful in increasing airport safety and capacity, especially under low visibility conditions, by providing airport surface surveillance and, at the same time, protecting against runway incursions by aircraft and vehicles. AAI is mandated with running of most of the civil aviation airports in the country including the air traffic management system.According to officials from Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) department of AAI, the ultra-low cost technology increases the capability of ground-based surveillance with the aircraft to 15-30 nautical miles (NM). At present the range of the ground based surveillance covers only till the terminal side.The system is currently being implemented at Sendai International airport in Japan. Japan’s Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) recently made a presentation regarding it recently at an Aviation Seminar held in Mumbai to discuss the development of indigenous technologies in Civil aviation.According to Hiromi Miyazaki, Chief Researcher at ENRI in Japan the new technology which is normally referred as multilateration surveillance system (MLAT) offers better immunity to multipath interferences though it requires fewer number of receiver stations. Also, the installation is much easier due to small size receiver unit and requires no electric construction using optical power feeding.As per UN backed International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), MLAT is an enabling technology that will enhance the provision of ATM (air traffic management) in a variety of applications, from “radar-like” air traffic control purposes to enhanced situational awareness of surface movements. MLAT offers most advantages in situations where other surveillance systems (eg radar) are not available. It can also be combined with other surveillance systems, such as radar and ADS-B (another form of communication system), to improve the total surveillance picture. MLAT applications will have a direct effect upon aerodrome operations, traffic synchronization, airspace user operations, and conflict management.Further , the use of aircraft-derived data can be used in a variety of systems e.g. ground-based conflict alert, minimum safe altitude warning, danger area proximity warning, automated support tools, surveillance data processing and distribution, the CNS officials added.

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TISS collective fights for rights of transgender community

Students from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai have launched a postcard campaign to oppose the Transgender Persons (protection of rights) Bill, 2016 that is scheduled to be presented before the parliament in the winter session.The campaign is part of a national call for action against the upcoming bill which, as per activists and community members, has several problematic and ill-conceived provisions. Students from the TISS Queer Collective have collected over 4,000 postcards in support for the movement which will be addressed to the Office of the Prime Minister.”The bill is, in all respects, a violation of the rights of transgenders and has not considered the recommendations made by the stakeholders. If such a regressive bill is passed, it would lead to further marginalisation and discrimination against the community,” said Sai Bourothu, a TISS student who is part of the collective. Several other student groups from the city have also submitted their objections.

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‘Cocaine in tea stalls’: Hundreds of IIT-Kanpur students using drugs, college reaches out to district admin

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur use drugs and “some 30 to 40” of them have become addicts, a probe by the college administration has found out.The narcotics is supplied to the students through local sources of the drug mafia active in and around the campus of the Institution, an internal inquiry has revealed.The institute has reached out to the district administration in cracking down on the local drug suppliers to rid the campus of the fast growing menace.”As per an internal assessment, a few hundred bright students of the institute are using drugs on the campus and the situation is alarming. We have raised the issue with district magistrate Surendra Singh, who has acknowledged the fact and assured an immediate and appropriate response,” Professor Manindra Agarwal, officiating director of IIT-K told the Times of India.Media reports said the role of campus staff, including security personnel, temporary staff and fourth class employees, is also under scanner.Kanpur DM Surendra Singh confirmed the development and said that district administration has decided to set up teams to round up the drug smugglers active in the area.Students have easy access to all sorts of narcotics – from tobacco to cocaine – at pan and tea stalls near the campus, a media report, quoting sources, said. Agarwal said the probe has identified some students as being “severely affected” by drug abuse “but many more are yet to be identified”.To spread awareness among the students, the college administration has pasted posters in the hostels and the campus. It also plans to hold counselling sessions for addicted students.

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Journo beaten up by liquor mafia in Bihar

A Bihar journalist, associated with a vernacular daily, sustained serious injuries after he was thrashed by liquor mafias while attempting to cover a raid in Nawada district, the police said on Saturday.The incident took place late on Thursday evening when Vikas Kumar, alias Sonu, was informed about a police raid to crackdown on liquor mafias operating in Rajauli Dih area and he went to cover it. Sources said police had seized around 20 litre desi liquor, and arrested three persons in connection with it.”While he was returning on his bike, Vikas was apprehended by some bootleggers and was beaten up. He received serious head injuries in the incident. The mafias later abandoned him and left,” said Avadhesh Kumar, Station House Officer of Rajauli police station. He added, “One persons has been arrested in connection with it.”Bihar Police ADG (Headquarters) SK Singhal termed the attack on a journalist in line of his duty as a grave matter, and promised strict action against the accused claiming that no one will be spared.Kumar said, “Vikas was taken to a primary health centre for first aid, following which his family members shifted him to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi on Friday.” A police team had been sent to Ranchi to register his statement, he added.The Opposition, however, has reiterated it claims of failure of prohibition in Bihar and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav said, “Liquor is freely being smuggled into Bihar from Nepal, Jharkhand and West Bengal and is being home delivered in Bihar. How can you expect alcohol prohibition to be a success?” Total liquor ban was enforced in Bihar on April 5, 2016.

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It took almost one month to confirm lethal Japanese Encephalitis infection

At the time when seasonal diseases are producing challenges in front of state medical and health department, recent cases of lethal disease Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have exposed the lacunae at monitoring and testing system of diseases in the state. In October, Rajasthan registered first death case due to JE, but it took 25 days to confirm that the deceased patient was infected with JE virus. Meanwhile, two more patients from Keshoraipatan in Bundi were infected with JE but by the time it was confirmed, both of them recovered from the disease. The disheartening fact is, that for almost 2 months they remained unattended by medical officials, within the community. In such a condition if there was no outbreak, we should thank the Almighty.Followed by the report from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and DNA report, published on November 13, about the first death for JE in Rajasthan a team of specialists from Jaipur, sent to Keshoraipatan, had collected 7 blood samples of JE suspects.“Samples were sent to NIV on November 16, and report confirms that two out of them, namely Ghanshyam (80) and Bhalchandra (35), were infected with JE and other two are reported indeterminate cases,” Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director (Rural Health) told DNA. It is worth mentioning that it took more than 20 days for confirmation of JE in blood samples, by the time Bhalchandra got recovered from the disease. Ghanshyam too has no symptoms left now but, being an old man, has been admitted to medicine ward C in Hospital of Kota Medical college. “Patient has no fever, headache, unconsciousness or fits like symptoms.” DR Manoj Saluja, who is taking care of Ghanshyam told DNA. “Sample was drawn on November 13. It seems that he was infected at that time and was lately confirmed. But since the report is positive, he has been kept under observation for next twodays,” said Dr Saluja.
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Delhi govt to set up legal framework to check criminal negligence by hospitals: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government would come up with a legal framework to check the “loot” and “criminal negligence” by the private hospitals, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday, in the wake of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by a city hospital.The chief minister said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had “succeeded” in restraining the private schools from arbitrarily deciding their fee structure, adding that a similar legal framework would be put in place in the health sector to take action against the errant private hospitals.”We do not want to interfere in the functioning of the private hospitals, but if those suffering from ailments are looted and cheated and the hospitals are guilty of criminal negligence against them, being a responsible government, we will interfere in such cases,” Kejriwal said.Speaking at a function at the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) here, he pointed out two recent incidents — a private hospital charging Rs 15 lakh from a dengue patient and another hospital declaring an infant dead.On December 1, the city government had ordered an inquiry into a case of alleged criminal negligence by the Max Hospital at Shalimar Bagh, after it surfaced that its doctors had declared an infant dead, who was found to be alive later.”We will work on it (on the legal framework) and the government will try to ensure that there is no recurrence of such cases,” Kejriwal, who was the chief guest at the ‘Delhi Smiles – Dental Health Utsav, 2017’ at the MAIDS, said.On the occasion, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the government would set up 100 dental clinics on the lines of the mohalla clinics.
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Inbreeding threatens tigers of Ranthambhore?

Tigers of Rajasthan are a unique lot. Due to their isolation from the remaining population in the country, the tigers in Ranthambhore and Sariska Tiger reserves have become genetically isolated. Through this, the threat of inbreeding and thereby extermination of these felines from the state becomes a real one. A study conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and other agencies throws light in this regard, however, there appears to be a slight aberration as well.Tigers in Rajasthan from the western most extant population of wild tigers. Historically, the range of these striped felines extended to northwest into Pakistan but was locally extinct, thus tigers in Ranthambhore and Sariska form the western most boundary.The study says, “Our analyses reveal that tigers from the North-West cluster (Ranthambore) are genetically isolated. Such genetic isolation is supported by the fact that they form a distinct cluster in structure analysis and have the highest pair-wise with other genetic clusters.”Furthermore, the study reveals that the tigers could be at high risk of extinction. “Data also suggest that genetic diversity in Ranthambore is much lower in comparison to all other genetic clusters, possibly due to small effective size and/or isolation. Low genetic variation contributes to higher extinction risk in wild populations. The results suggest that the Ranthambore population is isolated and that inbreeding depression is a realistic possibility in this population,” the study says about Ranthambhore tigers.Logic dictates that when the gene pool shrinks, extinction of a specie become imminent. However there is a surprise hidden in Ranthambhore tigers too. They seem to be unperturbed, even through they are genetically isolated.“They (tigers) separate from other individuals in the network analysis, even at low thresholds of genetic similarity,” the study reads. This means that even though Ranthambhore tigers are isolated, contrary to popular scientific belief, there is still a greater dissimilarity between tigers here.“Tigers in Rajasthan are unique and it is surprising that even after inbreeding no deficiency of any sort can be seen in these tigers. These tigers have adapted themselves to the arid zone and as the study reveals, are different from other tigers,” says Yadvendra Jhala of the WII.Jhala further adds, “With genetic pool limitations come the threat of extinction but these tigers are surprisingly healthy. There is no malformation in them.”
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Commerce courses take the cake in IDOL admissions

This year, 66.39% (43,804) of the total number of students admitted under IDOL have taken up courses in the Commerce faculty including BCom and MCom. While 18,310 students enrolled for BCom this year, a total of 25,495 students registered for MCom part I and II. “A large number of working students also prefer to take these courses to boost their careers,” said Dhaneshwar Harichandan, Director, IDOL.”
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Year on, 5 hospitals still to deposit Rs 600-cr fine

The five private hospitals, which were fined more than Rs 600 crore by the Delhi government a year ago, are yet to pay the amount. They were fined for refusing free treatment to the poor, which was the prime condition for land allotment lease.The AAP-led government in 2016 had slapped the fine on five hospitals— Max Super Speciality Hospital (Saket), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Shanti Mukand Hospital, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute. These hospitals were provided land at concessional rates between 1960 and 1990 on the condition that they will treat the poor free of cost.”These five hospitals were given a chance to explain their stand.” We are hearing their reasons.Three hospitals have gone through the process. The hearing for the other two will take place in the coming week. If at fault, none of them will be spared,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Delhi government.A total of 43 private hospitals in Delhi were allotted land at concessional rates on the condition that they will keep 10 per cent of their in-patient department capacity and 25 per cent of out-patient department capacity to treat economically weaker patients for free. The penalty was imposed on the basis of a high court order passed in 2007 on a PIL demanding implementation of the provision of free treatment to poor and action against the erring hospitals.”The matter relates to an erroneous demand of Rs 32 crore from Max Hospital, East Block, Saket. This is presently sub-judice. The Hon’ble High Court of Delhi has stayed proceedings and has directed a Special Committee constituted for this purpose to hear the reasons of the concerned hospitals. The hearings continue,” a spokesperson from Max Healthcare said. There were no response from Fortis Healthcare on the matter.The government had in December 2015, sent notices to these hospitals seeking an explanation as to why they failed to treat the poor and why they should not be fined. None of them had satisfactory replies so action was initiated against them.According to sources, top officers in the Delhi government have been pulled up for not taking any decision in the matter. “The officials are sitting on it and no decision has been taken on collecting the fine,” said another health official.”We have been called by the government regularly but they have not taken any decision,” said Dr S Khanna, president, Dharamshila Cancer Foundation.Recently, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG), who was preparing the audit report, had also pulled up the health department for failing in recover the fine. The auditor had then questioned the department for the delay. The special committee, appointed to look into the affairs of the hospitals as per a high court order of 2007, had imposed a fine of over Rs 32 crore on Max, Rs 36.30 on Shanti Mukand, Rs 10.6 on Pushpawati Singhania, over Rs 100 crore on Fortis and Rs 17.86 crore on Dharamshila.
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NIDian uses jute to make a hall soundproof

In yet another attempt to promote jute, a student of National Institute of Design (NID) has used jute as a sound-proof material.Aimed at the hotel industry, her product is being used at the new auditorium which is being constructed at NID’s Gandhinagar campus.Bhavika Vajani, Masters Programme in Lifestyle and Accessories Design, took this idea as part of her graduation project. At NID, students in final year are supposed to take up a live project working for industry demands.Speaking about her journey, Bhavika said, “The project started with the aim to change the perception of jute as a cheap and rugged material. On studying the material in depth, it was observed that jute has really good acoustic insulation properties and that became the focus of the study.” “On conducting trend research I realized that there is an immense scope for application of this property to maintain the indoor sound quality of residential as well as public spaces like auditoriums, hotels, restaurants,” she saidSpeaking of challenges, she said, “Taming the material was the biggest challenge. Another challenge was exploring and enhancing the acoustic properties through surface developments while also focusing on the aesthetic value of the products to align them with contemporary interiors.””And the last one was to make it up to the market standards the material had to be treated for fire retardancy, water resistivity and also prevent it from antimicrobial attack, jute is a natural fibre.Speaking about the USP of the design, she said, “The highlight of my product is that it is treated for fire retardancy, water resistivity and anti-microbial attack which makes it at par with the fibreglass and woollen felt insulation panels available in the market.””The other advantage is its weight. Since it is lightweight and modular, it makes it easy to handle. The panel surfaces developed have been tested for their sound absorption and fire retardancy based on IS standards,” she said.
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Capital may soon follow London model to unclog roads

The national Capital may soon follow the London model of levying congestion charges in a bid to unclog the city roads. The move was suggested at a review meeting held by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal where he asked the Traffic Police to carry out a study to explore the feasibility of introducing the congestion charge for driving on designated roads.Baijal held a meeting with the Traffic Police, Public Works Department (PWD) and experts from the Central Road and Research Institute (CRRI). The meeting also explored the possibility of introducing one-way traffic on few roads.”Delhi Traffic Police will get a study conducted on Delhi roads where congestion charge can be levied or one-way traffic system can be implemented,” said a senior traffic police officer.A number of key roads remain congested despite alternative routes being available in the Capital.”Congestion charge on such roads will ease traffic and prompt people to use alternative routes, the officer said. An electronic system, like the ones in London and Singapore, will be launched for smooth implementation of the charge if it is found feasible,” the officer added.Besides, the LG also reviewed measures for decongestion of traffic on Capital’s lifeline – Ring Road – between north Delhi’s Salimgarh bypass and Majnu Ka Tila. The stretch witnesses hour-long jams on a daily basis becoming a hassle for commuters. The LG also asked the government and the police to update commuters about the real-time traffic situation through radio, apps and social media.The stretch of the Ring Road from Shanti Van to Chandgi Ram Akhara measuring 4.7 km has a heavy volume of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The stretch has a number of bottlenecks leading to traffic snarls near Old Hanuman Temple, Yamuna Bazar, ISBT Kashmere Gate and opposite the Monastery Market.Some of the short-term measures suggested by the experts, include installation of lane-based traffic signal at Y-intersection behind Red Fort; establishing a traffic signal on the merging point of Kela Ghat Road, which will have the police manually man the traffic merging from Shahdara flyover loop. Besides, entry/exit of pedestrians would be made directly from the ISBT by extending foot-over-bridge (FOB) and removal of garbage containers placed on the Ring Road near Hanuman Temple.
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IIT-B students get Rs 1 cr offer

On its first day of placements on Friday, the high-profile Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) attracted a large numbers of companies — two of the biggest being Microsoft and Uber. Both the companies reportedly offered nearly Rs 1 crore annual packages, although the institute did not confirm the reports.However, even as the numbers on the package were lucrative, there were concerns over the issues surrounding international visas. Last year, several students who had managed to bag top international offers were later offered positions in the national branches of the companies due to visa issues.Some of the other prominent recruiters in the first slot, which ended on Friday evening, also included P&G, Goldman Sachs, BCG, Texas Instruments, GE and Schlumberger, amongst others. Renowned American private equity firm — Blackstone — reportedly made one of the best offers with an annual package of Rs 44 lakh.Day 1 was dominated by software, consultancy, and engineering firms; start-ups did not make an appearance on Friday. This year, around 1,700 students have registered for the campus placements and the institute expects more than 225 companies to participate. The institute has seen a rise in the number of PPOs as compared to the last few years, with 137 companies having made their offers before the placements kickstarted.For the first time, Public Service Undertakings (PSUs) also conducted interviews at the IIT-B campus before the beginning of the first phase of placements. Some of the prominent PSUs that conducted interviews in the campus include Indian Space Research organisation (ISRO) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).”The overall selections on the first day have been great and we are hoping that the numbers will be better in the next few days” said a member of the placement committee.
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NDA topper Shivansh Joshi chooses country over comfort, doesn’t take IIT admission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare move, Shivansh Joshi a 17-year-old youngster from Uttarakhand chose to serve the country by choosing to join NDA over IIT, which would’ve allowed him to spend a lucrative life.Joshi from Uttarakhand topped the NDA entrance exam and told Hindustan Times: “Serving the country has been my objective since childhood. The love for the country runs in the blood of youngsters of Uttarakhand and I feel fortunate to be living my dream now.” From Ramnagar, the bright youngster scored 96.8% in his Class XII and ha also cracked the JEE advanced which all but guaranteed a place in a prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).However, Shivansh’s dream was to join the armed forces and on November 25 he realised that he had topped the UPSC.. Son of Sanjeev Joshi who works at LIC and Tanuja Joshi, a government primary school teacher, the prodigious youngster didn’t undergo any coaching. The schedule included studying, playing football, reading books and an overall well-balanced life.Showing pride in Uttarakhand he added: “I am extremely proud and fortunate to come from a state, which has given the nation people such as national security advisor Ajit Kumar Doval and General Bipin Rawat, the chief of Army staff. I too want to dedicate my life for the security and pride of the country.” His father now wants his younger son to join the defence services as well.

National Milk Day: Here’s how Verghese Kurien’s vision made India the world’s largest milk producer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Milk day is celebrated on 26th November to mark the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien. Known as the Father of the White Revolution in India, Kurien was born on 26th November 1921 in Calicut, Madras. He was the man behind the White Revolution in India. His “billion-litre idea” was world’s largest agricultural dairy development programme in India. Kurien’s efforts and ideas made dairy farming in India one of the largest self-sustaining industry that not only provides India with employment opportunities but also made the nation prosper and grow using country’s diary resources. In 2016-17, a record breaking, 164 million tonnes of milk was produced and consumed making it the largest producer of milk across the globe once again. DAIRY INDUSTRY IN INDIAIndia is also known as the Oyster of the global dairy Industry. India is the largest nation to capitalize on the largest and fastest milk and milk products market. More than 10 million farmers are connected to over 96,000 local dairy cooperatives. The milk industry contributes to the national economy at a a large scale. This industry also provides employment to a vast majority of the rural house holds. Employing over 9 million people on an yearly basis, 70% out of which are women. Indian Dairy Industry being the largest producer all over the world with an output of Rs.1180 billion in 2004-05 which is equal to the combined output of paddy and wheat crops. The Indian dairy market is witnessing great success globally over a large period of time and Amul is the big daddy of this industry.VARGHESE KURIEN’s EFFORTS Varghese Kurien is regarded as a strong proponent of Milk Industry in India. He made the country grow from a milk-deficient nation to the largest producer and consumer of milk in the world. He took his primary education from the Diamond Jubilee Higher Secondary School and later went to Loyola College in Madras for his graduation in mechanical engineering. He went to Institute of Animal Husbandry in Bangalore (now, National Dairy Research Institute, southern station, Bengaluru) where he spent nine months, and merely bid time out to be sent to America at Michigan State University.(Kurien, Tribhuvandas & Dalaya at their dairy plant at Anand in 1970)Verghese Kurien was the co-founder of India’s largest food brand named Amul. He introduced, first time in the world, the concept of production of powder milk from the buffalo-milk. The idea was to try convert the surplus milk available to milk powder.He organised the system and linked the dairy farmers directly to the consumers in the market. This eliminated the cost and effort of the middleman and hence ensured a regular income. Tribhuvandas Patel, co-founder of Amul took help from Kurien to process the milk of farmers brought together and formed a cooperative society to purchase their milk. Tribhuvandas’s efforts and the trust placed in him by farmers inspired Kurien to dedicate himself to establishing the dairy cooperative, ‘Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited now popularly known as Amul dairy.(Kurien shows Shastri how his dairy works, in 1964. Impressed, PM asks him to replicate it nationwide)In 1965, Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri tasked Kurien to replicate the dairy’s ‘Anand pattern’ nationwide for which, the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) was founded under Kurien on his conditions, that it be independent of governmental control and tbat it be set up at. He also dealt with donors like UNICEF for his dairy cooperative.India then became the world’s largest milk producer by 1998, surpassing the United States of America, with about 17 percent of global output in 2010–11.

IIT-B students bag pre-placement jobs, software leads the numbers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), are looking forward to having a great placement season this year with 137 pre-placement offers (PPOs) already in the institute’s kitty. The number has seen a good increase as compared to 2016 wherein the institute had got 119 offers.The IT or Software sector has attracted the most number of offers like the last few year with 37 offers followed by core engineering and technology companies with 32 offers. This is followed by the Finance Sector from which the institute has got 29 offers so far. Tom Mathews, professor in Charge of Placements, at the institute, said overall pre-placement scene at the institute is better as compared to that of last year. “We are getting more offers this year and are hoping to get a good number of companies during the placement season” added Mathews.So far, seven Fast Moving Consumers Goods (FMCG) firms have come up with PPOs at the institute. When asked about startups and Public Sector Undertakings, Mathews said many companies from both these sectors have shown interest but refused to share any further details. Mathews also confirmed that some offshore companies have shown interest this year. A member of the institute placement committee said that after the ban on startups was lifted, a good number of startups have shown interest in participating this year.

NTA to hold NEET, JEE from Dec 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Testing Agency (NTA) — Centre’s one-point agency for conducting all entrance examinations — will conduct first tests from December 2018, for the academic year 2019. The task of setting up the agency has been assigned to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which has already begun work on hiring subject experts.To begin with, they will conduct NEET and JEE next year, the entrance exams that were so far conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). After the formation of NTA , JEE will be conducted twice a year.The Union Cabinet recently gave its nod to setting up of the agency which was announced in this year’s budget by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.”IIT Kanpur has already been assigned the task of setting up the agency and they have started with forming a team of subject experts in various fields and technical experts to design the question papers. The agency will be able to conduct first examination in December next year,” said a senior official.According to sources in the ministry, the agency will have people from the private sector as well including experts in particular subjects and IT experts to make sure that the tests are conducted online, in a hassle-free manner.Subject experts will create a question bank that will be used for the exam. “Creating a question bank, ideating and managing the online system are the key points that we are will be done by NTA,” the official added.

IBPS RRB Officer scale result declared, check ibps.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released result for Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Scale 1 main examination result. It has simultaneously declared results for Scale 2 and Scale 3. The official website of IBPS has confirmed that the result has been declared. However, candidates will have to wait a few more hours to get hold of the result. IBPS is still in process of updating the result on their website, and hence in a few hours candidates can know their fate. Candidates who qualify in this written exam will be called for interview. The interviews are expected to take place in December and the entire hiring process will be over by January 2018. In November this year, exams for these posts were conducted by IBPS. We wish all the students very best of luck. Check your results here.

4-year-old too young to molest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shocking incident wherein a four-year-old child was sexually assaulted by her classmate inside a private school premises on Friday has once again raised serious concerns about our society. On the other hand, some experts have said the normal curiosity of a child should not be misconstrued as assault.Medical experts suggested that the accused seemed to be in the ‘oedipal stage of development’, in which kids are eager to identify with a gender. “The age between 3 and 5 years is when the gender identification takes place. Sexual conflict arises during this age, which sometimes leads to such incidents. The question is why did the child get involved in such a crime,” said Dr Sameer Malhotra, senior consultant psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and de-addiction specialist at Max Hospital.Over-exposure of kids through social media or any kind of abuse at home are among the leading reasons behind this kind of hampering. “One needs to understand the reason behind this curiosity. A child needs to go through project testing, in which he can explain whatever is running in his mind through art,” Dr Malhotra added.Explaining the role of parents in such cases, educationist Ameeta Mulla Wattal said they should be “counselled” as well to understand what sexual assault means. “Children in this age are too young to understand the meaning of sexual assault and molestation. They are often curious about each other. Such cases should be handled very sensitively,” she said.She added that such things are very normal at this age and parents should understand that. “A four-year-old molesting another four-year-old is something that is really difficult to believe. Parents should understand the psyche of kindergarten-going children. They should be given proper counselling,” she said.Several principals also backed Wattal’s comment and said that 7-8-year-old children are too young to “molest”. “It’s unbelievable that a four-year-old can molest anyone. Even if such an incident happened, it should not be considered as perversity,” said principal of a private school in east Delhi.According to Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), more watchfulness is required to avoid such incidents. “Crime among children is a multifactorial phenomenon and we can’t hold one or two things responsible for it. Parents, guardians, and teachers have to be more watchful to avoid all this.”

Economic implications of judgements now being considered: Justice A K Sikri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Economic implications are now consciously considered by courts in India while delivering a judgement, Justice A K Sikri said on Saturday during a conference on law and economics at Indian Institute of Management — Ahmedabad (IIM-A).He said that while the concept is prevailing in Western countries, especially the US, for a couple of decades now, it is a nascent phenomenon in India.Sikri was addressing an audience during ‘Third International Conference on Law and Justice – 2017’ at IIM-A.He said that while earlier judgements in India had economic considerations at the back of the mind, they are finding a conscious mention now. “Economic implications are relevent in cases related to property, privacy, business law, banckruptcy petition and many others,” said Sikri.He emphasised the fact that law has implications across multiple disciplines and therefore it calls for an economic analysis of law. It can impact jobs, government revenue, economic growth. Sometimes, economic aspects are predominant. Courts are becoming increasingly receptive to this approach,” he said.Experts said apart from economics, other aspects related to law and judiciary also require debates. Prof Errol D’Souza, Director-In-Charge of IIM-A said debates are also necessary in aspects like a case being sub-judice. “Judges should be more open to criticism,” said D’Souza.EXPERT SPEAKAccording to experts, apart from economics, other aspects related to law and judiciary also require debates.
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Supreme Court-appointed ECPA lifts ban on trucks, parking charges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the air quality improved in Delhi, the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Thursday directed the Delhi government to lift the ban on the entry of trucks, construction works and to withdraw four-time hike in parking fees.In a letter, EPCA chairperson Dr Bhure Lal directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to roll back the measures with immediate effect, as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action.”Today an improvement was seen in the air quality and the region is now in the ‘Very Poor’ category in terms of the Air Quality Index (AQI). Given this improvement, EPCA is now directing that the two conditions imposed can be lifted with immediate effect,” the letter read.Adhering to the directions, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal approved the lifting the ban on entry of heavy and medium goods vehicles entering Delhi on Thursday. The L-G has also reversed the decision to enhance the parking charges to four times, which means the rates have been scheduled to normal.”The decision on the construction work is pursuant to the orders of the National Green Tribunal,” said an official from the L-G House. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) too released a statement informing about the parking charges.”Normal parking charges will now be applicable,” the civic body said in its order.The letter, which was also marked to chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, added that the situation was being monitored and the India Meteorological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have informed that pollution may rise again because of increased moisture in the air in the coming days.”However, if the conditions continue to improve and air quality stabilises, we will review the measures under the ‘severe’ category and inform you accordingly,” the letter read.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, on Wednesday, promised to jointly address the toxic smog situation that has beset northern India.Earlier, Kejriwal had also sought a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh but the latter refused saying the Supreme Court was already hearing petitions regarding air pollution.In the Capital, the content of particulate matter, PM 2.5, in the air has been quite high, often crossing 500, while the safety limit is 50. PM 2.5 is responsible for respiratory problems and reduced visibility.Cause and effectThe L-G has lifted the ban on entry of trucks and heavy vehiclesEnhanced parking charges have been reversed from 4X to normal rate. In the national capital, the content of particulate matter, PM 2.5, in the air has been quite high, often crossing 500, while the safety limit is 50. The PM 2.5 is responsible for respiratory problems and reduced visibility.Air quality index in Delhi-NCRDelhi 363 (very poor)Ghaziabad 419 (severe) Gurgaon 354 (very poor) Noida 366 (very poor) Faridabad 335 (very poor)Keep a close watchIn a letter, EPCA chairperson Dr Bhure Lal directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to roll back the measures with immediate effect, as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action.The letter, which was also marked to chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, added that the situation was being monitored and the India Meteorological Department and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have informed that pollution may rise again because of increased moisture.

University of Mumbai launches online certification programme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, the University of Mumbai has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on SWAYAM — the government platform for Open Learning. The varsity launched its certificate programme in Communication Technologies in Education on the portal on November 13.Despite being the first such initiative of the University, the course has had over 3,200 students across the country enrolled on the portal. “Open Online learning has become the need of the hour with several avenues available for people to pick courses of their interest and get a certificate without having to go anywhere. With the government of India emphasising open learning through the SWAYAM portal, the need was felt to introduce a course from the university which learners across the country can benefit from. It became the first course from the varsity to become available for all learners across the country,” said Dr Dhaneshwar Harichandan, Director, Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) and the course coordinator.The course is spread across 15 weeks and students would be provided with e-text and videos on the portal.”In the eighth week, students would be given an assignment which they need to submit online. In the 15th week, a pen and paper test would be conducted at centres across the country,” he added.HOW IT WORKSThe course is open to all graduates and those pursuing another course at any recognised university can transfer four credits from the course to their existing degrees.
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IIM Lucknow student commits suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old student of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Wednesday.Madiyaon Police said that the student has been identified as Soham Mukherjee of Kolkata. An engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Soham Mukherjee was a second year student of the management course at IIM-L.”He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room. Prima facie it looked like a suicide case since his room was bolted from inside. But no suicide note was found from his room. A case has been registered and investigation are on to ascertain reasons for his taking to such an extreme step,” said Madiyaon police.The police have seized his laptop and mobile phone to extract some information regarding his mysterious suicide. The body has been sent for the post mortem.His classmates claimed that he was suffer from depression due to some personal problems and was not attending classes since a last three days. He was also not taking calls from his batch-mates since then. He was not seen in the campus since November 12 and had just locked himself in the room since then. His hostel mates who peeped into the room spotted his body hanging from the ceiling.Mukherjee had joined IIM-L for management after working for a multi-national company for a few years. His family members have been informed in Kolkatta by the IIM-L management.The IIM-L management expressed grief over the suicide. “He was a consistently well performing student. We are shocked over the incident,” said an IIM-L press release.

IIM Lucknow student found dead in hostel room, classmates say he was depressed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a student of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on Wednesday.Madiyaon Police said that the 25-year-old student has been identified as Soham Mukherjee of Kolkata.An engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Soham Mukherjee was a second year student of the management course at IIM-L.“He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room. Prima facie, it looked like a suicide case since his room was bolted from inside. But no suicide note was found from his room. A case has been registered and investigation are on to ascertain reasons for his taking to such an extreme step,” said Madiyaon police.The police have seized his laptop and mobile phone to extract some information regarding his mysterious suicide. The body has been sent for the post-mortem.His classmates claimed that he was under depression due to some personal problems and was not attending classes since a last three days.He was also not taking calls from his batch-mates since then. He was not seen in the campus since November 12 and had just locked himself in the room since then. His hostel mates who peeped into the room spotted his body hanging from the ceiling.Mukherjee had joined IIM-L for management after working for a multi-national company for a few years. His family members have been informed in Kolkata by the IIM-L management.The IIM-L management expressed grief over the suicide. “He was a consistently well performing student. We are shocked over the incident,” said an IIM-L press release.

UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Institutions like Jamia Hamdard, Symbiosis International University and others that are under the deemed-to-be-universities category will not be able to use the word ‘university’ in their names.The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked 123 deemed-to-be-universities to drop the word from their names in a letter dated November 10. The letter cites a Supreme Court order of November 3, 2017 and says that the use of word ‘university’ by such institutes is in violation of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The court has asked such to stop using the word within one month of the issue of the Court order.While issuing orders on banning technical education through distance mode, the apex court had also said that no deemed-to-be-university can run open and distant learning courses from the next academic year (2018-19) unless it is permitted to do so by the concerned authorities.The court has also directed UGC to take proper steps to implement the Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.The Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956 says, “No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word ‘University’ associated with its name in any manner whatsoever”.With this order, prominent institutes like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jamia Hamdard, National University of Educational Planning & Administration, Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), Christ University, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, SYMBIOSIS International University (Pune), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore), and more will no longer will be able to use the word in their names.RULESAccording to Section 23 of the UGC Act, institutions that are not established or incorporated by a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act can use ‘university’ in their names.

Health department wakes up to threat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Better late than never, the state health department has finally woken up to the threat of Japanese Encephalitis after the first death was reported in the state. On Monday, 4 days after the report from National Institute of Virology, (NIV), Pune confirmed that the death was caused by JE, a team of specialists was sent to Keshoraipatan in Bundi.“A three-member central team of Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDPS) from state headquarter has been sent to the area, the deceased belonged from,” Dr Ravi Prakash Mathur, Director (Rural Health) told DNA.“The team, including epidemiologist, microbiologist and entomologist, will visit Keshoraipatan, including Bundi and Kota. It will investigate from where and how the victim got the virus infection. Her travel history will be investigated and the team will submit its finding report by this Thursday,” he added.On November 9, a NIV report of serum sample of Manju (30), confirmed that she was positive for JEIgM Elisa. Manju, wife of Parasram, was a resident of Chamunda colony in Kishoraipatan in Bundi district. She was brought to a private hospital in Kota after running high fever and several spell of un-consciousnesses. Later, she was admitted to MBS hospital, Kota where she breathed her last on October 16. After 25 days of her death it was confirmed that she was infected with JE virus.Though, the health directorate appeared to be in a state of alleged “slumber” in response to the lethal disease, but health official at Bundi, meanwhile, conducted prevention activities as they got the report from Kota Medical College.“Anti-larval activity including fogging has been conducted in the region. I have also sought a fact finding report in the matter,” Dr Suresh Kumar Jain,Chief Medical and Health Officer, Bundi,told DNA.

JDA gets tough, issues notice to NIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) on Saturday issued notices to the National Institute of Medical Sciences University (NIMS) to remove encroachment from government land voluntarily. The notices were issued by the zone -13 commissioner following a recent order from Supreme Court to get the land vacated before November 30.According to the JDA officials the university has allegedly encroached upon over 8,000 square meter of land and constructed four three-storied building in the area. “It was in year 2014 that the JDA has first issued notice to the university for demolition of these illegal buildings, the university, however, took the issue to court and it was under legal process since,” said a JDA officer. It was on Thursday that the university’s attempt to keep hold of the encroached area were struck down by Apex Court. The court in its order had not only asked JDA to have the encroachments evacuated by November 30, it also had instructed the district collector and police DGP at state to extend all required support to JDA for the work. A cost of Rs 10 lakh were also slapped on the university by the court. Earlier the Rajasthan High Court too had ruled against the illegal encroachments but the university had went to Supreme Court against the decision.These encroachments were not only unlawful occupation of public land but also had disrupted the local ecology. They had obstructed supply culverts to the Ramgarh Dam at Jaipur, which once used to be a major water source for the city and was a venue for water sports during 1982 Asian Games held in India.

Separated twin Jagga now on liquid diet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve days after a rare surgery was conducted to separate them, one of the conjoined twins from Orissa, Jagga, has now started taking liquid diet. He taken off the ventilator six days ago. Also, on Tuesday, Jagga’s mother took him out to a corridor for the first time. The other twin, Kalia, is still in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit.The twins were craniopagus or had their heads attached. Kalia will remain on the ventilator for a few more days, doctors confirmed.According to a statement released by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS): “Jagga is taking liquid diet orally and he was taken out of the room in to the corridor on Tuesday. Kalia is in the Neuro ICU. He has shown some improvement in the form of movement of limbs. It is likely that Kalia will stay in ICU for a longer period.”In one of the rarest surgeries in the country, the craniopagus twins from Orissa were separated in an 18-hour procedure by a group of 30 specialists. The surgery started on October 25 at 9 am and got over the next day, at 3 am. On October 19, Jagga showed some problem in his heart function and his condition started to deteriorate, after which the surgery was planned.

Provide adequate security to students from Bihar, Nitish Kumar tells Manipur CM over NIT attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday telephoned his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh to express concern over reported assault on students of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Imphal, many of whom hailed from the state.Kumar urged the Manipur CM to put a check on such incidents and ensure adequate security to students hailing from Bihar, an official release said here.The Chief Minister also asked his senior officers to coordinate with their counterparts in Manipur and look into the matter following which Director General of Police P K Thakur and Principal Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani spoke to their counterparts in the north-eastern state, the release added.Several students, many of them from Bihar, were reportedly injured yesterday when some locals barged into the NIT campus and beat them up.A report from Imphal said that heated arguments had taken place during a football match between locals and hostellers on Sunday last. In the wake of it some locals barged into campus yesterday and thrashed students, many of them from Bihar.The students have alleged that when the police was called, they sided with the locals and beat them up with batons and also took some of them into custody. ​

Da Vinci ‘gut feeling’ was right, says AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delving into the mysterious workings of the human gut, Indian doctors have stumbled upon a pathbreaking discovery, which has put centuries-old debate on the nature of the insides of the human abdomen to rest.Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Research, (JIPMER), Puducherry, have established that ‘Human Gut Mesentery,’ a crucial structure that attaches intestines to abdominal wall, is a single entity.This insight will aid surgeons world over to better maneuver surgeries. To take a closer peek at the human gut, AIIMS doctors dissected cadavers and studied them in meticulous detail.Interestingly, Indian doctors have validated what Leonardo Da Vinci had suggested in his sketches in the 15th century. Vinci had depicted mesentery as a continuous entity. Later, in the 19th century, this view was contradicted by Treves in his lectures at Royal College of Surgeons in London, who opined that mesentery was fragmented.”Since then, this view has been consistently followed by standard anatomy and embryology textbooks. For the first time ever, our findings have provided a comprehensive detail of the complete mesentery,” said Dr Muneeb Faiq, clinical researcher at AIIMS.The researchers developed a novel dissection method and produced direct evidence by going into excruciating details, visually documenting each minute fold, and painting a complete picture of how the entire mesentery looked like.”The world had not seen how a complete mesentery looked like, although it was present in each part of the intra-abdominal gut tube, including the duodenum. In some parts, it was hiding from the view and went unnoticed for centuries. Mesentery for the duodenum has been demonstrated for the first time in the history of human anatomy in our research,” said Dr Ashutosh Kumar, a senior researcher at thew Department of Anatomy, AIIMS, and lead investigator of the study.The new research will aid doctors to develop novel surgical management methods to help improved outcomes in intestinal surgeries.”Standard dissection techniques have not been able to confirm that the mesentery, an imperatively crucial structure of the human gut, is a single entity. It was believed to be fragmented and present or absent in some parts of the gut in adults, but our findings confirm that it is present throughout. This will create a paradigm shift in surgical approaches related to intestines,” he added.In newborn babies, at times, intestines can be malformed. This new research will help understand these anomalies better and aid in their management. “A relook at the gross anatomy of the mesentery is of great significance, since it can provide better understanding of congenital gastrointestinal anomalies, such as malrotation and malfixation of intestines in the process of development of embryo in the womb,” said Dr Gladwin V Raj, Associate Professor at Department of Anatomy, JIPMER, Puducherry.Being highly vascular, it also has a role in drug metabolism, and some important immunological functions and disorders.Mesentery had recently caught worldwide attention when a group of Irish scientists proposed it to be a new human organ, a top medical science journal ‘Lancet’ published that proposition. Globally, it is still a matter of debate.

Roll out GIS-based planning tools to track govt schemes: Niti Aayog to states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government’s premier thinktank Niti Aayog has urged state governments to roll out Geographical Information System (GIS)-based planning tools from the next financial year for effective tracking of ongoing government programmes and service delivery.A GIS-based planning is largely aimed at improving planning, monitoring implementation of government schemes, and tracking of progress on crucial socio-economic indicators in the states for regional growth, the Aayog states.To this effect, Niti Aayog, in association with the National Centre of Geo-Informatics and the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-Informatics, Gujarat, will be helping states develop customised GIS-based planning tools.GIS involves a consolidated spatial information infrastructure using maps, earthbound surveys and other data sources and can have varied applications in different sectors like such infrastructure, health, education, among others. A GIS-based tool also plays an important role in city planning, carried out by urban local bodies.An official from Niti Aayog said a GIS-based planning tool managed by the states’ planning departments will help in faster decision making and real time policy interventions, as outcomes of important government schemes could be tracked, while their delivery and reach could be monitored on a real-time basis. This will assist in inclusive development, the official said.Emphasising how GIS-based planning tools can help in measuring outcomes of government schemes, a concept note on the subject prepared by Niti Aayog and sent to all states, says GIS is “spatially-oriented” to identify where the outcomes are taking place, unlike just planning and monitoring, which is focused on measuring changes and outcomes occurring over time.The note stated that development of a GIS-based planning tool will essentially involve merging of a cartography with database technology, along with statistical analysis.As a way ahead, it states that GIS-based planning and monitoring will help in a free flow of information among all government departments and an outcome-driven governance, equitable allocation of resources for citizens and deeper engagement with the public.

Separated twin Kalia undergoes plastic surgery, is stable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten days after a rare surgery was conducted to separate them, one of the conjoined twins from Orissa, Kalia, went through a plastic surgery on Saturday to remove the skin flap on his skull. A team of plastic surgeons from Coimbatore was present during the operation, which lasted for nearly two hours. The twins were craniopagus, or had their heads attached.”Kalia underwent a plastic surgery in which the debridement process was followed by skin grafting, a procedure in which unhealthy skin is replaced by skin obtained from the skin bank,” a senior doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said.The surgery was performed by a team of doctors, including Dr Deepak Kumar Gupta, Professor of Neurosurgery, Dr Maneesh Singhal, HOD of the plastics, reconstructive and burns surgery at AIIMS, and Dr Rajeev Sharma, assistant professor of neurosurgery.The child is still on the ventilator, while his brother, Jagga, was taken off the machine on Wednesday and moved to a private ward with his parents on Saturday. Kalia will remain on the ventilator for two more weeks.According to a statement released by AIIMS: “Jagga has been taken off the ventilator. He is conscious, recognises his mother, and responds to questions. His cardiac and kidney function has improved. He is stable and shifted to a private ward. Kalia is on ventilator and his condition is stable. All his parameters are normal but he is expected to be kept in ICU for a longer period.”In one of the rarest surgeries in the country, the craniopagus twins from Orissa were separated in an 18-hour procedure by a group of 30 specialists. The surgery started on October 25 at 9 am and got over the next day, at 3 am. On October 19, Jagga showed some problem in his heart function and his condition started to deteriorate, after which the surgery was planned.

NTPC explosion: 15 workers with burn injuries shifted to AIIMS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fifteen men, who suffered serious burn injuries in the NTPC plant explosion in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli, have been shifted to AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital here.While six of them were admitted to AIIMS trauma centre, nine were taken to Safdarjung Hospital.Majority of the six admitted to AIIMS have suffered extreme facial burns.”They have been admitted in the burn department of the AIIMS trauma centre. One of them has 60 % burns, while others have burn injuries ranging between 25 and 50 %,” a senior doctor at the premier All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) said yesterday.The injured were brought to AIIMS around 8.30 yesterday, after being flown to Delhi in an air bus. A green corridor was created from the IGI Airport to the AIIMS trauma centre considering the seriousness of the patients.Among the nine patients at Safdarjung Hospital, two of the injured persons were brought to the central government-run facility around 8 pm on Thursday, while seven others were admitted in the burns ICU of the hospital early yesterday.”Five of the patients are very critical. While three of them have suffered around 80 % burns, two have got 60- 70 % burn injuries,” Dr Rajendra Sharma, the medical superintendent of the Safdarjung Hospital, told PTI.The other four patients have suffered burns ranging between 25 and 45 %, Sharma said.”We have the arrangements in place, in case more patients are to be brought, we can accommodate them,” Sharma said.Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel had visited the hospital on Thursday night to ensure that the blast burn patients get the best treatment and care.The death toll in the massive explosion at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant climbed to 32.Eighty-five injured people are being treated at hospitals in Rae Bareli, Lucknow and Delhi.The NTPC has initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast.In a statement, the NTPC had said that at unit number 6 of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20-metre elevation on Wednesday afternoon.The 1,550 MW plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to officials, and employs around 870 people

Rajasthan cop Vikas Kumar gets IIT Kanpur honour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Officials of the Rajasthan police have bagged many laurels in the past several decades at various platforms. These laurels have brought much recognition to the men in khaki. In the long line of such officials, another official has carved a niche for himself. What’s more, the official – who has seen a fair share of real police work in the state – is being awarded by one of the premier technological institutes – Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK).Currently posted as the Superintendent of Police in the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) – IPS Vikas Kumar is being awarded the Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award (SDA) of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK). The award is given to an alumnus of any IIT who has distinguished himself/herself by displaying highest professional integrity for upholding human values.Vikas Kumar graduated from the prestigious institute in 1997 after which he worked for sometime as a software engineer in the Indian railways and later as an IRS officer. However in 2004 he was selected for the police services in Rajasthan cadre where he has held various positions in the past 13 years.Countering the menace of dreaded dacoit Jagan Gurjar in 2008, playing key role in restoring peace during Gurjar-Meena agitation of 2009-10, action against liquor mafia activities in Sikar in 2010, restoring normalcy in Alwar district infamous for illegal mining, communal violence, highway robberies, illicit arms trade etc are some of his achievements. However more recently as SP ATS, Kumar has been active in tackling more heinous crimes and criminals like arresting ISIS operatives to busting pan-India counterfeit arms licence scam operating from Jammu and Kashmir to detection of army recruitment scam and arresting more than a dozen dreaded interstate criminals.Interestingly, this is not the first time the SP is being awarded for his services. In the long list of awards the SP has been awarded the President of India award for proficiency in police science, Home Ministry’s trophy for best work for communal harmony and national integration, Sir BS Memorial trophy for proficiency in the maintenance of public peace and order and Teja Singh Memorial Trophy for work in criminology.Added in fleetVikas Kumar graduated from the prestigious institute in 1997.This is not the first time he is being awarded for his services. He is given the President of India award too.

Week after surgery, separated twin is off ventilator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week after an operation was conducted to separate them, conjoined twins from Odisha, Jagga and Kalia are stable and their health has improved, doctors said on Wednesday. Also, while Jagga has been taken off the ventilator, Kalia will remain attached to the machine for two more weeks. Both toddlers have been kept under observation.According to a statement released by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS): “Jagga has been taken off the ventilation. He is conscious and recognises and responds to his mother. His cardiac and kidney functions have improved. If he remains stable, he will be shifted to a private ward after 48 hours. Kalia is still in ventilation and his condition is stable. All his parameters are normal but he will be kept in ICU for a longer period.”In one of the rarest surgeries in the country, performed over 18 hours, the craniopagus twins (with fused heads) were separated by a team of 30 specialists. The surgery started at 9 am on October 25 and finished at 3 am the next day. On October 19, Jagga had showed some abnormality in his heart function and his condition had started to deteriorate, following which the surgery was planned.The 28-month-old kids from the Milipada village in Kandhamal district of Orissa were born in April, 2015, with their heads fused together. Both were immediately shifted to a medical college, where they lived for the first five months.They were then sent back to their village, where they lived with their grandparents, uncle, aunt, and parents.UNITED EFFORTSIn one of the rarest surgeries in the country, performed over 18 hours, the craniopagus twins (with fused heads) were separated by a team of 30 specialists. The surgery started at 9 am on October 25 and finished at 3 am the next day

CM Vasundhara Raje lays foundation stone for state-of-art cancer institute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The much delayed cancer specialty centre, State Cancer Institute to be developed in the Pink City has been put on a rigid deadline for completion following its foundation laying stone ceremony by chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday. The institute to be developed at an estimate cost of Rs120 crore at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) campus at Pratap Nagar is proposed to have several cancer specialty departments and is scheduled to be developed in exactly one year, by October 27,2018.“The Institute will be equipped with latest technology and infrastructure for treatment of several types of cancer. Along with treatment it will also have facilities for rehabilitation of the patients,” said Raje during the foundation stone laying ceremony.Rehabilitation of the patients will be ensured through physiotherapy and exercises at the paraplegic rehabilitation centre at the institute. At the paraplegic centre the patients will be extended treatment by experts assisted with state of art technology and equipment.CM Raje on Saturday also laid the foundation stone for the paraplegic treatment wing and a sports complex to be developed at RUHS.The State Cancer Institute is proposed to be spread over 35,000 square metres of land and will have specialised wings for radiology, surgical oncology, medicinal oncology, pathology, etc.The project has once again gained pace on account of efforts from the CM and its proposal received economical sanctions from the central health and family welfare ministry in January this year.Money mattersThe State Cancer Institute to be developed with an estimated cost of Rs119.25 crore. Of this, 60% will be provided by central ministry of health and family welfare and remaining 40% by the state government. Rs32 cr is for construction of building while around Rs82 crore will be spent on procurement of equipment.

Delhi surgeons separate twins joined at the head

Two-year-old boys Jaga and Kalia underwent 16 hours of surgery, and are now in intensive care.

JNU launches Centre for Excellence in Disaster Research and Resilience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday launched its much-awaited Centre for Excellence in Disaster Research and Resilience, in a bid to provide its students with possibilities to research into a newly emerging area and to generate a new breed of professionals.The Centre, which was inaugurated by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, will provide research opportunities from various disciplines which will be converging on the study of disaster research in India and beyond.”We will be using artificial intelligence by using robotics, modelling, and sensor-based data analytics,” the University said in a statement.”It will develop literature in disaster laws and disaster economics by plucking studies and research from various disciplines which will be converging on the study of disaster research in India and beyond,” it added.In August 2015, JNU had signed an MoU with the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) for establishing the Centre. The NIDM has provided financial assistance amounting to Rs 4.14 crore to JNU over a three-year period from 2015-16 to 2017-18 to start M.Phil and Ph.D programmes in disaster management for the first time in India.”The role of institutions is immense in addressing the challenges posed by disasters. The coming together of NIDM and JNU is a good synergy of encouraging research and training mechanisms related to disaster risk management,” Rijiju said.The Centre will conduct activities that will help to build community resilience through better preparedness, legal and governance reforms, enhanced capacity for early detection and warning systems and absorption of indigenous wisdom in administrative systems. “The centre will serve as a transdiciplinar meeting ground which will synchronise the boundaries of social science into natural science,” said professor Amita Singh, one of the key founders of the centre.

When perseverance is the success mantra…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The thought of fulling mother’s dreams was enough to keep Aditya Poonia motivated to clear the RAS examination with flying colours in the first attempt. Poonia, who has secured 66th position in the 2016 examination, lost his mother due to cancer, right after his graduation from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He had just begun preparing for RPSC examinations, as it was his mother, Suman Poonia’s dream to see him serving in the police department.“My mother and I never left each other’s side when she was alive. It was her dream to make me a public servant, particularly in the police. She always pictured my bringing smile on people’s faces,” Poonia explained.Despite being emotionally unstable, however, Poonia made sure to support his father after his mother’s demise, while preparing for the exam for about a year and a half. The civil engineer now wants to be a support for those who aim to clear the examination like him but are financially weak, while solving big crimes.“I want to utilise my spare time to teach those who want to clear the competitive examinations but are economically backward. For this, I might join some coaching classes and give free lectures,” Poonia said. While talking about his success mantra, Poonia explained that the only thing that kept him going, even after negligible sentimental backing, was perseverance.“I slowly learnt to enjoy my solitude while working hard. I want to spread the message that being alone is not a bad thing. And hard work always pays off, specially in the long run,” Poonia said. While talking about his aim to improve conditions of the police department, Poonia said that he wants to break the ice between the Police and the general public.TO SUPPORT WEAKPoonia made sure to support his father after his mother’s demise, while preparing for the exam. The civil engineer now wants to be a support for those who aim to clear the examination but are financially weak.

Pollution linked to millions of deaths worldwide, says study

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pollution is killing millions of people worldwide, mostly through the diseases it causes including heart conditions, strokes and lung cancer, according to a large international study.Almost all pollution-related deaths – around 92 percent – are in poor or middle-income countries, the research found. And in rapidly industrialising countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar, pollution is linked to as many as a quarter of all fatalities.”Pollution is much more than an environmental challenge – it is a profound and pervasive threat that affects many aspects of human health and wellbeing,” said Philip Landrigan, a professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the United States who co-led the study.The study found pollution was linked to around nine million deaths in 2015.Dirty air – caused by everything from transport and industry to indoor fires – was the biggest contributor linked to 6.5 million deaths, it said.The next biggest was polluted water that spread gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections and killed 1.8 million people.The greatest numbers of deaths linked to pollution in that year were in India with 2.5 million, and China with 1.8 million.The research, conducted by about 40 international scientists, used data from the Global Burden of Disease study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. It was published in The Lancet medical journal on Friday.

Each district should have Ayurveda hospital: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), on the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in New Delhi.Modi said each district in India must have an all-equipped Ayurveda hospital. “In the next three years, over 65 such AYUSH hospitals will be established across India,” Modi said.AIIA is already seeing over 750 patients each day in its initial phase. “It is estimated that the patient inflow will double in the coming days,” Modi said. He added, “The hospital has been equipped with modern infrastructure to deal with severe illnesses and ailments.”Set up in an area of over 10 acres with a budget of close to Rs 157 crore, the institute holds certificate of National Accreditation Board of Hospitals (NABH).AIIA will work in close proximity with AIIMS, and Indian Council of Medical Research as well as other international organisations, for interdisciplinary and integrative health practice.Modi stressed on strengthening the supportive chain of structure for Ayurveda by developing arenas for having Panchakarma therapists, Ayurvedic dietitians and Ayurvedic pharmacists.The PM has also launched Standard Guidelines and Standard Terminology portal for Ayurveda treatment. He suggested that Ayurveda medicines be packaged in a modern fashion in addition to deciding standard guidelines to increase their acceptance and ease of use.Pharmacy standards for over 600 ayurvedic medicines have been published till now. “India will have to compete vigorously to carve a niche in the space of Herbal medicines that have been gaining popularity worldwide,” Modi said.The hospital block of AIIA includes units for neurology and degenerative disease care, rheumatology and musculoskeletal care, diabetes and metabolic/allergic disorders care, yoga, Panchakarma clinic, Kriya Kalpa, diabetic retinopathy and infertility.The hospital also has labs for pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology. AIIA has started post-graduate programme (MD/MS) in Ayurveda in 2016-17 and PhD courses have been started since 2017-18.AYURVEDA INSTITUTEPM Modi inaugurated All India Institute of Ayurveda in New Delhi. The hospital was set up with a budget of Rs 157 crore. It has multiple departments, like neurology, diabetes, infertility, retinopathy apart from yoga, panchakarma.

Delhi University colleges apply for national ranking

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to save face for central government’s institutional ranking, National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the government has persuaded top education institutions to apply this year.Top Delhi University colleges like Hindu, Hansraj, Ramjas and St. Stephens that had not applied for NIRF last year, have come on board this year to apply in the college category.According to sources, it was after much persuasion from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and the concerned unit – National Board of Accreditation (NBA) conducting NIRF, that the institutions have applied this year. The ministry felt the need to persuade these colleges and others that had not applied as 2017 list of colleges was not impressive which raised a question mark on the government ranking itself.”Many good colleges had not applied for NIRF last year, and hence we could not rank them. This, in turn, ended up giving a list which was not very impressive. People started questioning as to why colleges like St. Stephens were not in the top list. We could not go on explaining to everybody the reason for the absence of these colleges, hence this year we decided to persuade them and bring them on board for applying,” said a senior official in HRD Ministry.”There was a lot of discussion in the ministry about the kind of colleges that could be ranked in NIRF because we all know the reality. We were quite sure that a college like Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam (ARSD) from Delhi University could not have been at number 5 in the overall list of colleges in the country, but we could not place any other good college there because not many had applied,” the official added.The official informed that the colleges themselves recognised the need of being ranked in NIRF as the government is linking a lot of facilities, like funding and granting of “Institute of national eminence” tag to these rankings.The official, further, informed that participation has gone up this year.”October 16 was the last day for registration and we can say that the number of applications has almost gone by up by 50 per cent this year.”In a related move, the government is planning to end public perception criteria while ranking the colleges. Till this year, perception, which is one of the categories to rank colleges, also included public perception. But it was found out that colleges are using agencies to fill up public perception for them to score more in that criteria, hence this will be done away with for the next rankings, an official informed.Starting government’s own ranking was an idea conceptualized by former HRD Minister Smriti Irani in 2015.REALISATIONAn HRD ministry official said that the colleges themselves recognised the need to be ranked in NIRF as the government is linking a lot of facilities, like funding and granting of “Institute of national eminence” tag to these rankings.

From G-wave ‘Chirp’ to Nobel and more…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 14 years ago, one of my weekly ‘high’ moments used to be the two-hour long video conference with promising students of the state. These high school kids would share their innovative ideas and breakthroughs across various subjects. These sessions were interactive, with top-class mentors at our end, who would guide and enthuse these students too. The experience inspired me, gave me my share of positive ‘highs’ to cope with the blues and battles of the week.Every now and then, one bumps into some of these youngsters who have started work or research. They recognise me and express their gratitude for those sessions that recognised their ideas and inspired them. A few months ago, I met Karan Jani, a scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working in Relativistic Astrophysics, with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) team. He shared that after high school, he chose to pursue a Bachelors in Physics at a top university in Gujarat. However, it lacked real life role models and a stimulating academic environment. These factors, along with the social ‘down-casting’ of pure sciences, made him move to the US to pursue his passion for supercomputing in Astrophysics.Nearly a year ago, when the historic discovery of G-waves happened, I had written about it in this column- “G-waves in the present instance were emitted from the merger of two black holes. One black hole was as heavy as 29 suns, while the other had the mass of 36 suns. They orbited each other, about 1.3 billion light years away. As the two black holes collided with each other, a portion of their combined mass was converted into energy, as given by Einstein’s famous E=mc2 formula. This energy was emitted as a strong gush of g-waves, christened ‘chirp’ that was detected by LIGO.”Earlier this month, Dr Weiss, 85, Dr Thorne, 77, and Dr Barish, 81, architects and leaders of LIGO, were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. The kingdom of science calls for a phenomenal penance of patience. It took exactly 100 years for Einstein’s prediction of g-waves to be actually observed. Dr Weiss considered the award as recognition of his work of about a thousand people over, “I hate to say it – 40 years.”Given this phenomenal breakthrough and achievement, two questions come to my mind. I was wondering if such brilliant scientific minds, including those who are in their seventies and eighties, could inspire, nurture and mentor young minds? Also, can prizes such as these be considered for the entire group of a few hundred or thousand team members spanning several decades across several continents?I discussed this with Prof Shashank Chaturvedi, the outstanding scientist who heads the Institute of Plasma Research (IPR), right here in Gandhinagar. IPR is incidentally, one of the key partners of the Indian LIGO, which should be up by 2024. He responded, “By the time scientists retire, their knowledge gets recorded in scientific papers. But the public, and children in particular, never get to know of the excitement they feel about their work. It is equally important to publicise new scientific amp; technological challenges on the horizon and absolutely new applications of existing knowledge. Scientists retire at 60-65 years of age, still having 15-20 years of active life before them. This is a vast untapped pool in India. A focused national programme, organising them to communicate with school children in classes 8-12, would do wonders for attracting talented youngsters into the science & applied science fields, making India a technology powerhouse within a generation.”On these lines, can we aspire to create spaces for identifying and mentoring this talent to pursue its passions with tremendous patience, some dispassion to the outcomes and more compassiontowards nature, to sculpt and drive a new India?The author is a Harvard-educated civil servant & writer, and has worked in the education [email protected]

IIMA students learn management lessons from Panchatantra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 25 students across two programmes of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, learnt management lessons from Panchatantra, an ancient collection of fables, in a course offered outside the curriculum. The classes were scheduled after dinner, between October 3 and 11 so that the academic calendar remained undisturbed.The course was conducted as an experimental offering by professor N Ravichandran, faculty in production and quantitative methods area at IIMA and former director, Indian Institute of Management-Indore. Initiated on popular demand by students from professor Ravichandran’s Capability, Competence and Competitive Strategy (CCCS) course, the conversations generated tremendous interest, and the offering was an instant hit among students of the campus.Talking about how the idea for a class on Panchatantra evolved, a second-year student PV Aditya said, “We thought a standalone course on Panchatantra would be enriching and initiated conversation with our faculty for the same. Enthusiastic participation from the community despite the schedule reaffirmed our belief in the necessity of such a course.”Another student, Balaji Uppala said, “Panchatantra is the mother of all fables. This course helped us recognise the book as a useful source for management lessons. Our faculty interwove examples from real life business scenarios to impress on us how stories from Panchatantra can deliver powerful lessons for both personal and professional development.”The course focused on management lessons from the understanding and interpretation of Conflict in Panchatantra. Talking about the course, professor Ravichandran said, “Conflict is an indication of interest across different agencies. At the fundamental level, individual conflicts occur due to differences in objectives where tactical measures lead to conflict resolution. Conflicts at philosophical or ideological levels are enriching and intellectually stimulating. All parties stand to gain by resolving ideological or philosophical conflicts through deliberations and discussions.”The professor is planning to offer an improved and enlarged version of the course to a larger audience in November.

40 dengue deaths in TN minimal: Central team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the panic over the rampant outbreak of dengue in Tamil Nadu, a five-member Central team arrived here on Friday to take stock of the severity of the dengue situation and asked the public not to panic, stating that 40 deaths out of 12,000 dengue cases are minimal.”The death of 40 (people) out of the 12,000 (cases) is minimal. It is nothing. No need to create panic,” Professor of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a member of the team Ashutosh Biswas told reporters. He said the situation did not warrant any panic and stressed on more public cooperation in eradicating the fever spread by mosquitoes.Stating that the team had come here to support the state government and also examine the surge of dengue cases in the state, Dr Biswas said that several parts of the country, including Kerala, had witnessed the outbreak of the fever. When asked about the rising dengue deaths, he said that a number of factors, including medical negligence, secondary infections, possibility of any other serious disease and possible late referrals, should also be examined. “The virus causing the fever is generally killed within five days by the body,” he said.”Eradication of dengue is not in the hands of the government, but in the hands of the public. Everybody has to change their habits,” Dr Biswas said. The practice of storing water, especially in drums, should be changed since it aids breeding of mosquitoes and the spread of dengue, he said. “If we change our habit of collecting fresh water, naturally we will eradicate dengue,” he added.During discussions with the team members, the state government sought Rs 256 crore from the Centre to enhance its dengue control activities. Officials, including Principal Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, apprised the team of the steps taken to curb dengue, the handling of which by the state has come in for sharp criticism from opposition parties. Opposition leaders including DMK working president MK Stalin and DMDK founder Vijayakanth had accused the state government of under-reporting the dengue deaths and cases. They alleged that AIADMK government was busy handling the infighting and failed to contain the dengue outbreak.The team will be visiting a couple of government hospitals here and also hold public interactions during their proposed two-three days’ stay, State Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar told reporters. The team was apprised of the state government’s anti-dengue initiatives and told that they were being implemented on a “war-footing”, he said. “We have said we will implement their suggestions. To strengthen our efforts by expanding human resources involved in dengue control activities and procuring more fogging machines. We have sought central funding of Rs 256 crore,” he said.

Keep roads cattle-free, HC tells top cop, AMC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dissatisfied with the way several authorities are dealing with its orders, the Gujarat High Court on Friday has asked the commissioners of Ahmedabad City Police and municipality to keep city roads free of cattle.The second-division bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice BN Karia was hearing a contempt petition filed by one Siddharth Jha. According to the petitioner, the authorities, including the city civic body, had taken no action despite the court’s order that no cow fodder should be sold on the roads. The order also mentioned that the bodies must ensure that the cattle owners do not let the animals stray on roads. The situation has not changed a bit since the last court order was issued, the petitioner told the court.In the last hearing, the court had pulled up the corporation and the city’s police for not abiding by its order. City’s police commissioner AK Singh and municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar were present at the court on Friday.The judges had also asked the duo if they were not worried about the citizens’ lives. Don’t you think you need to make roads and streets free óf stray animals so that citizens can safely drive on road? “The duo, reportedly, assured a solution on a priority bases.Bad RoadsThe second-division bench also asked the municipal corporation for a quality check of all roads that are been resurfaced and asked the civic body to submit the court the road quality certificates. The division bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice BN Karia are hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) moved by Mustak Kadri in which he alleged that surfaces of most of the roads are peeled off after the first monsoon rains itself.Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar told the court that samples of all 90 roads randomly identified are being collected and sent for laboratory testing.The court is satisfied with the way the resurfacing work and waiting for the FSL, Gujarat Engineering Research Institute and LD Engineering College’s report. The matter will be heard next on November 3.COURT ORDERIn the last hearing, the court had pulled up the corporation and the city’s police for not abiding by its order. City’s police commissioner AK Singh and municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar were present at the court on Friday.

India ranks below Bangladesh, Iraq and North Korea in Global Hunger Index; condition ‘serious’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has ranked below North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq, according to the global hunger index report released by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Thursday.Ranked 100 among 119 developing countries with global hunger index (GHI) score of 31.4, the report states that India’s hunger problem is ‘serious’.A GHI score of 9.9 or lower denotes low hunger; while scores between 35.0 and 49.9 denote ‘alarming’ hunger, and a score of 20-34.9 means ‘serious’ problem of hunger.The report showed that India’s rank (100) was lower than all its neighbours including Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (84) and China (29)—except Pakistan (106).It has been ranked third-worst in Asia, who only fared better than Afghanistan and Pakistan.It further stated that India’s poor performance is one of the main reasons pushing the South Asia region to the worst performing category on the GHI scale this year.The war-torn Central African Republic is the worst affected, followed by Chad, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Zambia.The GHI score is based on four indicators – proportion of undernourished in the population, prevalence of child mortality, child stunting, and child wasting.

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