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Is Ebola drawing due attention from the world?

  A rough map for Ebola spread Freetown: according to a number of recent reports, Sierra Leone has begun a three-day nationwide lockdown, confining its population of six million to their homes in an effort to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus by allowing health workers find and isolate cases. After the lockdown came into effect on Friday, the Associated Press news agency reported that the streets of the capital city Freetown, population 1.2 million, were deserted, aside from vehicles carrying police and health workers. In a televised address late on Thursday President Ernest Bai Koroma... 

Patna sets up 24×7 control room to fix water-logging

  Rain havoc in Patna: an eternal monsoon issue Patna: The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Bihar Rajya Jal Parshad (BRJP) have jointly set up a 24X7 control room at Maurya Lok Complex to tackle the waterlogging problem this monsoon. It will be functional till October 10. Patnaites can file their complaint related to either waterlogging or defunct and overflowing drainage on helpline numbers 0612-22911135, 0612-2200634 and 0612-3261373 or at a toll-free number 18002000071. Additional municipal commissioner, PMC, Prabhu Ram, is the in charge of the control room. Officials work in eight... 

Encephalitis spreads beyond Muzaffarpur: to Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar…

  Acute Encephalitis Syndrome : mystery unsolved Patna: Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), so far limited to Muzaffarpur district, has now spread to neighbouring districts of Vaishali, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar and East Champaran as 33 cases were reported from these districts recently. Confirming the spread of the disease, Principal Secretary of Health Department, Deepak Kumar, said, “Cases have been reported from adjoining districts of Muzaffarpur. We are providing all facilities for treatment of the ill children.” The spread of AES has put the state government on its toes,... 

Earth Day: web portal organizes documentation of Indian trees

Trees: Earth Day awarenessThe web portal India Biodiversity will organise a nation-wide ‘Neighbourhood Trees Campaign’ from Tuesday (Earth Day) to Sunday. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the importance of trees and crowdsource information on trees in the country. Volunteers just need to click photographs of trees in their gardens and neighbourhood and post their observations on them. The campaign will be conducted online at http://treesindia.indiabiodiversity.org/. There are about 7,500 tree species in India. The organisers of the campaign are hoping to create a web page on every tree... 

UP Doctors ko gussa kyo ata hai: because of official goondaism!

    Doctors against hooliganism Kanpur: violence against doctors is not unknown in UP and Bihar. Most of it comes from aggrieved patients and is embedded in the medical institutions and their history in the region. The doctor-patient relation has for long been an uneasy one – in some cases it is the doctors who team up and take recourse to violence. Provision of adequate security, for example has been a constant demand of the young doctors at the Patna Medical College Hospital [PMCH]. But the hooliganism of the government officials is another kind of story and the record of UP has been... 

Bihar initiative on food security: 7.6 crore BPL [rural-urban] to get 5 kg grain for Rs 2.5

    Bhat & roti: the basics Patna: on Saturday, 01 February 2014, Bihar became the first state to make a move on the The National Food Security Act (NFSA), providing foodgrains at prices affordable for the poor. CM Nitish Kumar, said that the scheme will benefit 84% (6.90 crore) of the rural below poverty line (BPL) people and 74% (70 lakh) urban BPL population. At present the scheme will be operative in Patna, Nalanda, Gopalganj and Purnia districts. Nitish stated that 40 lakh BPL families, which were left out in a survey that determines eligibility for food security scheme, will... 

Why Amitabh stopped promoting Pepsi!

    Fizzy drinks: poison? Ahmadabad: according to reports, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan told an audience on Thursday that he stopped endorsing Pepsi after he was confronted by a little girl who wondered why he promoted the soft drink that her teacher had branded as poison. Bachchan said the girl tossed the question to him during an event at a school in Jaipur. He said he could not reply immediately, but it made him feel “this impression is on the mind of the people…” “So I stopped endorsing Pepsi,” he told the audience at the Indian Institute of Management,... 

Mercury in 44% fairness creams in India: chromium in 50%, says CSE lab

  Fairness cream: unfair and poisonous? Toxic metal mercury, which is not allowed to be used in cosmetics in India, is found in 44 per cent of the fairness creams in India, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has found. It also found chromium and nickel in around fifty per cent of the lipstick samples it tested.  The CSE’s Pollution Monitoring Lab (PML), which did the study, says use of mercury in cosmetics is prohibited in India. But PML found mercury in 44 per cent of the fairness creams it tested. It also found chromium in 50 per cent and nickel in 43 per cent of... 

Why slums need a different garbage collection system: lessons from Pune

    Garbage Segregation: and how to avoid this? The zero-garbage project, a joint initiative of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and corporate sector – has found many takers in housing societies and commercial establishments, but its progress in slum areas has been slow. “Both the door-to-door collection of garbage as well as the segregation of garbage has met with a greater success in the organized housing areas when compared to the slum areas of the city. There is a need for more efforts in generating awareness in these areas,”... 

GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote products: scam ends?

    Hovering around the doc: med reps According to latest reports in the global press, GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote its products, the pharmaceutical giant’s chief executive said Monday, in a move that could be a first for a major drug company. In an interview with the New York Times, Andrew Witty framed the change as an effort to “try and make sure we stay in step with how the world is changing” rather than a reaction to any criticism of the industry’s perceived aggressive marketing. As part of the change in policy, Glaxo will also stop... 
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