Odisha mulling ways to escape liquor sale order

first_imgThe Odisha government is considering changing the status of its roads soon after Rajasthan, Punjab and Maharashtra did the same in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and State highways. States like Goa, Haryana and West Bengal, too, are mulling the same to escape the 500-metre cap.According to a notification issued by the State Works Department, all sections of roads within the limits of the municipal corporations, notified area councils, headquarters of sub-divisions, blocks and tehsils have been classified as ‘urban roads’.“These roads shall be worked on taking into account all aspects under the State Plan for improvement of urban roads. This notification does not cover national highways passing through urban areas,” the department said.‘No notification’“We are yet to receive a copy of the notification. If classification of roads has been changed, then there should not be any hindrance in opening liquor shops. The notification, however, will be thoroughly examined before a decision is taken,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Excise Secretary (Odisha).Most liquor outlets along the national and State highways have been shut since April 1 after the SC observed that drunken driving was one of the major causes behind accidents.The Odisha government, however, has been worried about the cascade effect of the ban. Besides the loss to excise revenue, tourism and hospitality industries have also been hit by the decision.last_img read more

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2 Jaish militants killed in gunfight in Tral, Kashmir

first_imgTwo Jaish-e-Muhammad militants are believed dead in an ongoing encounter in Pulwama’s Tral area.An operation to flush out militants was started on Saturday morning at Gujar Basti near Wantiwen forests of Satura village. An exchange started around 7: 30 a.m.  A police official said at least two militants have been killed so far. “The operation is on as more militants are hiding in a forest cave,” said the official.last_img

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Rijiju meets farmers in flood—hit Arunachal, assures all help

first_imgUnion minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday met farmers in Arunachal Pradesh where floods have caused heavy damage to crops and assured them of all help from the Centre and the state government.Rijiju, along with a central team, visited the deluge- affected Aalo area in West Siang district and assessed the situation The minister of state for home met the farmers who lost their standing crops, houses and family members, and listened to their grievances “I assure you all possible help from the state as well as from the Centre. Due to very bad weather, sometimes it becomes difficult to visit each and every area to assess the damage but the government has been monitoring the situation very closely and no one would be left behind,” he said.Rijiju also spoke to senior officials of the district management and took stock of their preparedness.He asked authorities to expedite the distribution of medicines to the villagers as there was a looming threat of a malaria outbreak.Farmers, who had gathered in large numbers, personally briefed the minister about the entire situation and sought relief.“I want to assure the farmers that they would be compensated by the government for their damaged crops. The Centre as well as the state government is looking into the loss,” he said. He said that he had asked the administration to prepare a detailed report of the damage so that further assistance could be provided “The Centre released funds for the state government day before yesterday. The state government is also working round the clock with authorities to restore roads, connectivity and essential supplies as landslides and rains have caused heavy damage. I am personally visiting the farmers so that the ground situation can be assessed,” he said.Rijiju assured the villagers that , the government was with them in this difficult tme as he oversaw relief operations in affected areas in the entire region.The state government has been assessing the extent of damage and loss to farmers after weeks of heavy rains caused landslides which left a trail of destruction in the state.Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain last week have completely cut off many district headquarters in the state from the rest of the country, officials said.The state capital was virtually cut off with its lifeline NH 415 getting washed away at the entry point, while the alternate road via Jullang remained blocked leaving only one road open through Hollongi en route Lakhimpur district in Assam, they said.Major rivers in the state are still flowing above the danger level while surface communication was disrupted at many places along the NH—415 that links Assam with Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.Officials said 15 granaries and several houses have been inundated by waters of Yomgo river while a poultry farm was also badly affected.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also spoken to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu over phone and assured all possible support from the Centre Rijiju was accompanied by Vikram Singh Gaur, Joint Secretary (Niti Aayog); L Ravi Joseph, IG, NDRF; Ravinder Singh, Consultant (Landslide & Avalanche), NDMA; and Gopi Chandra Chhawaniya, Director, MHA.last_img read more

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No armed rallies during Durga Puja: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday issued a strong message to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindutva organisations. “If there are any attempts to organise armed rallies during [Vijaya] Dashami, it will be dealt with strong measures,” Ms. Banerjee told journalists at the State Secretariat.West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) Surajit Kar Purkayastha said that such rallies had never been organised in the past and no permission would be given by the police for them. The Chief Minister’s remarks come against the backdrop of reports that certain Hindutva organisations have plans to organise armed rallies on Vijay Dashami or Dussehra, which falls on September 30. “People cannot stay peacefully during the [Durga] Puja. Why this kind of politics?” the CM asked. She accused the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of trying to arouse communal passions during the Puja to get political mileage for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ms. Banerjee clarified that Durga Puja immersions would be allowed on Dashami, September 30, and would be prohibited only for a day, on October 1, on account of Muharram. Immersion would be allowed on October 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Banerjee said the State police had been maintaining law and order during Durga Puja successfully in the past.last_img read more

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Bihar Cong. headed for split?

first_imgWith Bihar Congress president Ashok Choudhury having been removed from the party post on Tuesday, speculation was rife that a split in the State unit was imminent. Mr. Choudhary, who is leading a group of party legislators, is said to be ready to join hands with the JD(U).He had recently urged the Congress top leadership to take a decision on his fate as soon as possible.Congress State vice-president, Kaukab Kadri, has been appointed as the working Bihar Congress president.last_img

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Barber forced to lick spit in Bihar

first_imgFollowing a Bihar village Panchayat order, a man was forced to lick his own spit and publicly beaten with slippers by two women for allegedly entering the house of an influential villager without knocking at the door first. After the incident went viral on social media on Friday, the district administration lodged a case against eight persons. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal charged that law and order has collapsed in the State.Police said Mahesh Thakur, 54, of Ajnaura village under the Noorsarai Police Station of Nalanda district, entered the house of Surendra Yadav on Wednesday evening without knocking at the door. Mr. Thakur, a barber, said he had gone to get some tobacco. Mr. Yadav, an influential villager, said Mr. Thakur had ulterior motives, as only women in the family were present in the house at the time.On Thursday afternoon, the Panchayat held Mr. Thakur guilty. The video that went viral on social media showed Mr. Thakur in a pale white vest and faded blue lungi, standing in the middle of a group of people sitting on red plastic chairs and a wooden cot. Two women, wearing red saris, are also seen sitting in a corner. A voice is heard asking Mahesh Thakur to say that he would not repeat his mistake again and would enter a house after knocking or giving a call, “Otherwise, you would be sent to jail”. Mr. Thakur is heard saying he would obey. Then, suddenly, someone asks him to spit on the floor and lick it five times. Visibly shaken, Mr. Thakur is seen kneeling down and doing as told. Thereafter, someone asks the two women to beat Mr. Thakur five times. The women appear reluctant, but then proceed to beat him with a slipper. One beats him four times and the other thrice.“Prima facie it appears that Mahesh Thakur was subjected to humiliation. We have lodged a case against eight persons, including Surendra Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and the mukhiya (headman) Dayanand Manjhi. The Noorsarai Police Station officer in-charge has been asked to investigate,” said Nalanda Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Porika.last_img read more

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Police arrest Chittorgarh Karni Sena chief after ‘jauhar’ threat

first_imgPolice have arrested the Chittorgarh unit chief of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, after its senior spokesperson declared that over 1,900 women of the community are “ready” to commit jauhar (mass immolation) as part of protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.Police swooped down on the residences of Karni Sena Chittorgarh unit president Govind Singh Khangarot and vice president Kamlendu Singh Solanki at 11 p.m. on Tuesday and arrested them. Police also arrested Devendra Singh, one of the main members of the organisation.Speaking to IANS, Rajpratap Singh, state media in charge of Karni Sena, said: “Police are trying their best to curb our protest. We are not being allowed to take out a rally or stage protest. There is ‘nakabandi’ all around and strict police arrangements have been made in this town,” he said.“We have called a meeting and will unveil our next phase of action by evening after a call taken by our chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi,” he said. On Tuesday, the senior spokesperson of the Karni Sena from Chittorgarh said that people from the city of queen Padmavati were “disheartened with the verdict of the Supreme Court”.“If we want, we can choose violent ways and disturb people and tourists. However, on the contrary, our women have decided to opt for jauhar [mass immolation] without disturbing anyone,” he said.He claimed that “wood has been collected at the jauhar location and 1,908 women have registered for it. If the administration allows us to climb on top of the fort, we will do so.”last_img read more

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Former Army officer murdered in Pune

first_imgA former Army officer and a graduate of the National Defence Academy who used to reside on a footpath in Pune’s Cantonment area has been found bludgeoned to death. The police said Captain Ravindra Bali, 65, a native of Kota in Rajasthan, was murdered by two youths with a cement block in the early hours of Friday. Witness called police“A security guard who witnessed the assault on the victim notified us,” an Inspector said. According to authorities, the deceased, who used to live like a recluse, had reportedly turned down the Army’s efforts to help him in the past, stating that he preferred to live on the footpath. Bali joined the NDA in 1970 after undergoing training at the College of Military Engineering (CME) in Pune. Due to certain reasons, he was cashiered from service, following a court-martial in 1989.“Investigation is in progress and attempts are on to identify the assailants. As far as we know, Bali was not in contact with any of his kin,” a police officer said, informing that the funeral would be conducted on February 5.A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been lodged at the Lashkar police station.last_img read more

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Spring colours brighten the day for weary Kashmiris

first_imgSpring has officially arrived in Srinagar, bringing with it flowers and sunny skies for people who are flocking to the city’s Tulip Garden and Almond Clove.The blossoms come as a relief after a long winter and several conflicts.Jammu and Kashmir’s Floriculture Minister, Javed Mustafa Mir, and Tourism Minister, Tasaduq Hussain Mufti, formally opened the Tulip Garden on Sunday. Soon after, scores of visitors were taking selfies amidst the 12.25 lakh tulip bulbs, spread over 200 kanals of land (about 4,500 sq. ft each).To help them post the images on social media right from the spot, the government is providing free Wi-Fi services in the garden, said an official.Almond bloomsThousands of Valley residents have come to Srinagar’s Badam Waer (Almond Clove) over the past one week. The J&K Bank, which maintains the garden, said there were a record 5,600 visitors on Sunday, against less than 50 in February. “At least 16,000 people bought tickets in five days, and 40% were children,” said a senior J&K bank official.The 14th-century Almond Clove, spread over 300 kanals, is in Srinagar’s old city, full of stimulating colours: white, violet, purple and yellow. The natural hues signal the end of the harsh winter, which has happened earlier than usual this year.For the families that are visiting, there is no better time to spread some sheets on the ground and soak in the afternoon sun.“The winter kept us indoors for four months. This year, violence everyday and the deaths of civilians and local militants only added to the gloom. The Clove and the people’s presence reflects a deep yearning to live normally, despite the turbulent times,” said Salih Peerzada, a lawyer.Change of moodThe spreading light and the rush of colour is seen by mental health specialists as helpful for a change of mood. “Bright spring light and change of colours bring people out. They stimulate release of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that contributes to well-being and positive mood,” said Dr. Arshad Hussain, professor at Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital.last_img read more

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18% DA hike for Bengal govt. employees

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced an 18% hike in dearness allowance for State government employees. The development comes in the wake of severe discontentment among government employees over DA and a case pending before the Calcutta High Court in this regard.“We are today announcing an additional 18% DA to the State government employees, including teachers and non-teaching staff of educational institutions. It will come into effect from January 1, 2019,” Ms. Banerjee said. Apart from this, she also announced a 10% interim relief to be implemented from January next.Ms. Banerjee said her government has been providing DA every year despite financial constraints due to the loan incurred by the erstwhile Left Front government. “We will have to release ₹5,000 crore for this,” she said.State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said with the latest hike in DA, the State government has spent about ₹27,000 crore in the last seven years.last_img read more

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Goa contributes ₹5 crore for Kerala flood relief

first_imgThe Goa government on Thursday sanctioned ₹5 crore as its contribution towards Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund for Kerala flood relief works, a statement issued by the Goa Chief Minister’s Office said. This apart, all employees of the State government as well as autonomous bodies funded by the state exchequer, are expected to voluntarily contribute their one-day salary towards flood relief efforts, the CMO statement said. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sanctioned ₹5 crore as Goa government’s contribution towards Kerala CM’s relief fund for Kerala flood relief operations,” the official statement released here said. “Goa stands in solidarity with the people of Kerala,” the statement added. The announcement comes a day after Chief Minister Parrikar returns from the U.S., where he spent more than a week for treatment.last_img read more

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Vikhe-Patil alleges massive corruption in Samruddhi expressway project

first_imgAlleging massive corruption in the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway project, senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Wednesday claimed that one person had benefited close to ₹800 crore from shady land acquisition deals in connection with the project, estimated at ₹46,000 cr.“I will not reveal the name of that person right now. But the point is that a probe must be launched to investigate who is behind this scam,” alleged Mr. Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Assembly. Lambasting the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, he further stated that the State government’s claims of an alleged multi-crore irrigation scam by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition had “proved baseless”.“Instead of levelling false allegations at us, why does not the BJP come clean on its own progress in the irrigation sector since it came to power in October 2014. We demand that this government come out with a ‘white paper’ detailing its progress in completing irrigation projects,” Mr. Vikhe-Patil said.Responding to questions on seat-sharing with the NCP in the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly polls, he said that the process “would be a harmonious one” and that talks between the two estranged allies had been “positive”.At the same time, he took potshots at the recently-forged alliance between the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), stating that only the BJP stood to gain from it.“The AIMIM, by claiming to lead all Muslims of Maharashtra, is, in a way aiding the BJP in its task by splitting the opposition,” he said, remarking that the Congress-NCP were in talks with smaller, like-minded parties who expressed interest in joining their coalition.last_img read more

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Goa Cong. protests Cabinet meet at AIIMS

first_imgAddressing a press conference at its party headquarters, Goa Congress chief Girish Chodankar on Saturday said the BJP is forced to continue with Manohar Parrikar as Chief Minister because he is privy to many details about the Rafale deal.The Congress party objected to a cabinet meeting of the Goa government that took place last Friday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in Delhi where Mr. Parrikar is under treatment and claimed that there is a constitutional breakdown in Goa.For a full time CMMr Chodankar said either the BJP should appoint a full time Chief Minister or take a floor test to prove its majority.“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that Manohar Parrikar ji was the Defence Minister when the Rafale deal was struck. As the Defence Minister, many files were with him, many documents were with him. We have no doubt that the moment the Prime Minister or the BJP President pressurises him or tries to remove him, Manohar Parrikar will not keep quiet. He will reveal all these information which can expose our Prime Minister,” the Goa Congress chief told reporters.He said though the Congress party wishes a speedy recovery to Mr Parrikar, governance in the State has been paralysed for nine months. “They [BJP] had sent one team to Goa about 15 days back and they had promised to the people of Goa a new Chief Minister. They held meetings, met the allies and then suddenly Amit Shah ji tweeted Mr Parrikar will continue even as governance has come to a standstill,”Mr Chodankar.Governor silentHe said though Congress leaders had met Goa Governor Mridula Sinha several times, she was yet to take a decision. “We have been demanding with the honourable Governor to call for a one day session to prove the majority. Even BJP president in Goa Vinay Tendulkar has said they did not have majority since three MLAs are in hospital…We can prove our majority in one day,” Mr Chodankar said.last_img read more

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TV Host’s Comments on Human Evolution Draw Fire

first_imgHave humans stopped evolving? That question has been getting some rare media and blog attention this week ever since David Attenborough, the 87-year-old British naturalist and broadcaster, declared: “I think that we’ve stopped evolving.”In an interview published this week in the magazine Radio Times, the influential Attenborough, host of numerous television documentaries on natural science, held forth on a number of topics. At one point, he explained that so many more babies survive childbirth now that natural selection, as proposed by Charles Darwin, cannot act on humans to favor infants with traits that are beneficial today or to weed out those with adaptations that impair survival. “We stopped natural selection as soon as we started being able to rear 95–99 per cent of our babies that are born. We are the only species to have put a halt to natural selection, of its own free will, as it were,” he said.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Attenborough’s comments are getting attention (see here and here, for instance).But his view doesn’t reflect scientific consensus. “Humans are most certainly still evolving, just not necessarily in ways we might expect,” wrote Catherine Woods of the Center for Neural Science at New York University in New York City in May in Science.For example, millions of people in developing countries continue to live in poverty and to suffer from infectious diseases. Under these conditions, natural selection may be favoring genes that confer resistance to disease, such as AIDS and malaria, or enhance reproductive fitness in other ways, researchers said in a report in Science. “As long as some people die before reproducing or reaching reproductive age, selection is likely to be acting,” geneticist Chris Tyler-Smith of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge, U.K., told Science in 2005. And since that time, researchers have discovered a spate of human genes that evolution has strongly favored recently, such as mutations that help highland Tibetans survive at high altitude, Yupik Eskimos to stay warm efficiently, Europeans to thrive on cereal grains, and East Asians avoid alcoholism.last_img read more

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Thousands of Italian Scientists Protest Strict Limits on Animal Research

first_imgScientists in Italy have petitioned lawmakers to revise a measure that sharply restricts the use of animals in scientific research. The controversial law, approved by the Italian Parliament in July, will soon go to the nation’s president for signature. It implements an E.U. directive on animal research, but critics say that Italian lawmakers added additional, damaging restrictions.A group of scientists organized the petition, titled Save Animal Research, which was delivered to Italy’s Chamber of Deputies today. The effort collected 13,000 signatures in a few weeks. “An amazing number, if you consider the uneasy topic,” says Stefan Treue, director of the German Primate Center in Göttingen.The Italian law would ban in 2017 the use of animals to study drug abuse research and xenotransplantation. It prohibits the breeding of dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates for scientific purposes, although the Health Ministry may authorize their use for basic research aimed at treating serious human and animal diseases. 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On the other hand, the delay “could be a risk for many of us, who plan to apply for international grants that cover longer time projects,” adds Giuseppe Remuzzi, a kidney transplant researcher at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research and president of the International Society of Nephrology.According to Maffei, the scientific community should have worked harder to raise public awareness and opposition. “However, this is not the major problem,” he says. “Indeed, I point my finger to our shameful Parliament, incapable of recognizing the value of scientific research, thus setting our country toward a regressive trend.”last_img read more

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Bihar Acute Encephalitis Syndrome death toll hits 113

first_imgAverting deaths in Muzaffarpur  One death was also reported from the neighbouring East Champaran district on June 18.A release by the State Health Department said 11 medical officers posted in Darbhanga, Supaul and Madhubani had been instructed to leave for Muzaffarpur immediately to help the local health authorities in tackling the outbreak.Three paediatricians posted in other districts have also been pressed into service, while 12 nurses have been directed to report to the the civil surgeon of Muzaffarpur.Also Read  Anguished by the deaths, a Muzaffarpur resident has filed a petition at a local court against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Modi, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Minister of State Ashwini Choubey and State Health Minister Mangal Pandey.The resident, Mohd. Nasim, accused them of negligence, which has resulted in the high number of casualties. The chief judicial magistrate court has posted the matter for hearing on June 25.Mr. Kumar on June 18 visited the SKMCH hospital, where he faced protests by angry people over the deaths. Fresh deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have been reported in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, taking the total number of casualties to 113. The deaths took place at the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), where 20 fresh cases were brought since June 18 night. The number of children admitted to the hospital with AES are 372 since June 1, the district administration said.The SKMCH has reported 93 casualties so far and only 118 children have been discharged after treatment. The rest are undergoing treatment or referred to hospitals in the Patna in a critical condition, it said.In the Kejriwal hospital, two fresh cases of the AES were reported since June 18 night, taking the total number to 146 since June 1. The hospital has so far reported 19 casualties, though none of these took place in the past 24 hours.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpurlast_img read more

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