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India 3rd Among Countries That Faced Most Natural Disasters: UN Secretary General
Pointedly, Guterres said, "The United States, followed by China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, have experienced the most disasters since 1995 - more than 1,600, or once every five days." Arul Louis,United Nations, Sep 20: India ranked third among the countries that have faced the most natural disasters in the last half century, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday pleading for unwavering international action on climate change.In his first speech to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, he said, "It is high time to get off the path of suicidal emissions. We know enough today to act.""I urge governments to implement the historic Paris Agreement with ever greater ambition," he said.United States President Donald Trump has declared that his country is pulling out of the Paris agreement on combating climate change.Pointedly, Guterres said, "The United States, followed by China, India, the Philippines and Ind...




Social Media Influence Increasing Suicides
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day A. Shekar Reddy, Suicide is increasing in the younger generation due to the influence of the social media, peer pressure, alcohol and drug usage."Suicide" is derived from the Latin word for "self murder". It is a final act that represents the person's wish to die. There is a range, however, between thinking about suicide and acting it out. Some persons have the idea of suicide but they will never act on it; some plan for days, weeks or even years before acting out. Others take their lives seemingly on an impulse, without premeditation.Lost in definition are intentional misclassification of cause of death, accidents of undermine cause and the so-called chronic suicides. For example: death through alcohol and other substance abuse, consciously poor adherence to medical regimes for diabetes, obesity & hypertension.Men commit suicides more than four times as often as women; however, women are four times more likely t...




Parrikar's 6th Win on Panaji Assembly Seat Not His Best in 23 Years
Though lost, Congress shown its best performance on the seat in 23 years IndiaTomorrow.net, Panaji, Aug 29: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday won the Panaji Assembly seat, sixth time since 1994, but it was not his best performance on the seat, neither in terms of total votes he bagged nor the margin of his victory.   Though with a margin of 4,803 votes, former Defence Minister Parrikar of BJP comfortably won the seat by defeating his nearest rival Congress, but in 2012 the margin of his victory on the same Panaji seat was 6068, his best since 1994 when won the seat first time. Not just that, the total number of votes he got this time (9,862 votes) was also lower than what he got in 2012.   On the other hand, Congress did its best performance on the seat in the last 23 years as it got 5,059 votes – the second time that party crossed the 5,000 vote mark on this seat. However, the party continued its journey on defeat trail.   &n...




India Sees 1,094 Swine Flu Deaths in 2017
Till now, 2015 was the year which saw the worst outbreak of swine flu, with a total of 42,592 cases and deaths recorded at 2,990 -- highest in the last one decade. New Delhi, Aug 24: India has recorded 1,094 swine flu-related deaths in 2017, with the maximum 342 casualties being reported in August only, said an official report on Wednesday.According to the report, released for the 33rd week of this year on swine flu, the highest number of deaths was recorded in Maharashtra at 437, followed by Goa with 269 and Rajasthan with 69 deaths.The country has so far recorded 22,186 cases, with Maharashtra again leading with maximum 4,245 cases, followed by Goa with 3,029 and Tamil Nadu 2,994 cases.The data was released on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry.Among other states that recorded high number of swine flu till August 20, 2017, are Karnataka (2,956) and Kerala (1,374).Delhi has reported 1,416 cases of swine flu with two deaths to date. In Rajasthan, it is 651 cases.Till now, 20...




16 Million Affected by Floods in Nepal, India, Bangladesh: Red Cross
Geneva, Aug 19: A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.According to the agency, flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh, and water of major rivers such as Jamuna has surpassed warning levels set in 1988, the deadliest flood in the country, Xinhua news agency reported."This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these floods," an IFRC statement said, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region.According to the statement, more than one-third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis could get worse in the days and weeks ahead.Many areas in Nepal remain cut off after the floods and landsli...




Kill Us Here But Don't Send Us Back: Rohingya Refugees
There are 16,000 Rohangiyas in India registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but the total number is estimated to be 40,000.Mohammed Shafeeq,Hyderabad, Aug 18: Anxiety is writ large on the faces of over 3,800 Rohingya Muslims living in this city amid reports that the Indian government is planning to deport them. They say they prefer to die here rather than return to Myanmar, where they face persecution.Having lived here for over five years now, the refugees say they would not like to return to their native country to be slaughtered. They have appealed to the Indian government to drop, on humanitarian grounds, the plans to deport them."We thank India for allowing us to stay. If the government wants to deport us, it can do it but it will be better if they kill us here instead of sending us back," Abdul Raheem, a refugee, told IANS in a voice choked with emotion.Raheem, 32, who has been living here with his wife and three children since 2012, ...




149 Jails Overcrowded By Over 200 %: Government
New Delhi, Aug 8: Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday said that 149 of the total 1,401 jails in the country had an overcrowding rate of more than 200 per cent as on December 2015 as per the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau."In the Model Prison Manual 2016, the minimum accommodation space per prisoner in Sleeping Barracks suggested is 3.71 sq mt and 8.92 sq mt of ground area in Cells. No Central statistics are available on the actual space available to a prison inmate in different jails," Ahir said in a statement in response to a question raised by Sushil Kumar Singh, who represents Aurangabad (Bihar) in the Lok Sabha."Prisons is a state subject. However, a central scheme for modernisation of prisons, with a financial outlay of Rs 1,800 crores, was launched in 2002. Under this scheme, 125 new jails were constructed and 1,579 barracks were added to existing prisons."Ahir said the government had introduced the concept of plea bargaining...




Air Pollution May Cause 60,000 Deaths in 2030: Study
Five out of eight models predicted there will be more premature deaths in 2030, and seven of nine models in 2100. New York, Aug 1: Climate change, if left unaddressed, is expected to increase air pollution-related deaths by nearly 60,000 in 2030 and 2,60,000 in 2100 globally, a study has claimed.According to the study, hotter temperatures speed up the chemical reactions that create air pollutants like ozone and fine particulate matters, which impact public health.Locations that get drier may also have worse air pollution because of less removal by rain and increased fires and windblown dust. As trees respond to higher temperatures, they will also emit more organic pollutants, the researchers said."As climate change affects air pollutant concentrations, it can have a significant impact on health worldwide, adding to the millions of people who die from air pollution each year," said lead researcher Jason West, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chap...




Drinking alcohol daily may raise skin cancer risk: Study
New York, Aug 1: Individuals who are heavy alcohol consumers may be at an increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer, an analysis has shown.The findings, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, revealed that for every 10 gram increase in alcohol intake per day, the risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) increased by 7 per cent and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) by 11 per cent.These are the two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer.While ultraviolet radiation is directly linked to BCC and cSCC risk, the relationship between alcohol and these cancers is not exactly defined, the study said.For the study, the team conducted meta-analysis and reviewed findings from 13 case-control/cohort studies, which comprised 91,942 BCC cases and 3299 cSCC cases, to determine any link between alcohol intake and non-melanoma skin cancer incidence."This meta-analysis found evidence that alcohol drinking is positively associated with both BCC and cSCC risk in a dose-de...




How Clean is Nitish Cabinet? Have a Look
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 29: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday expanded his cabinet and 27 new ministers took oath – 14 from his JD-U and 13 from ally BJP. Most of the ministers are MLAs. As per their affidavits submitted with the Election Commission of India ahead of the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls, more than 15 of them had criminal cases pending in the courts. However, their case status on this date is not known.   The charges they were facing included theft, extortion, attempt to murder, forgery, criminal intimidation and illegal payments in connection with election.     Khurshid of JDU was facing 5 cases while Jay Kumar Singh of the same party was facing 4 cases.   Among BJP ministers, Pramod Kumar was facing 7 criminal cases while Krishna Kumar Rishi 6 such cases.   At least five of the new ministers had declared zero cases pending in courts against them.   Out of 243 MLAs, 142 (58%) had declared criminal cases ...




'23% of Heart Failure Patients Die Within a Year of Diagnosis in India'
The study was aimed at measuring mortality at one year in patients, due to heart failure in India, Africa, China, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. New Delhi, July 26: In India, 23 per cent of heart failure patients die within one year of diagnosis, a study revealed on Tuesday, adding that the country is next to Africa where the rate stands at 34 per cent.Of the total deaths, 46 per cent were due to cardiac issues, while non-cardiac causes led to 16 per cent deaths in patients, at one year, according to the first comprehensive study on heart failures conducted across six geographies globally.The International Congestive Heart Failure (INTER-CHF) study said that death rate of patients due to heart failures in Southeast Asia is 15 per cent, seven per cent in China, nine per cent both in South America and West Asia, significantly lower than in Indian patients."In India, heart-related diseases occur a decade early than the people of west. Lack of awareness, ou...




Top 10 States: Enrolment of Muslims, Scheduled Castes in Higher Education
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 24: Out of over 345 lakh students enrolled in higher education in the country, 48 lakh are from Scheduled Castes and 16 lakh from the Muslim community. In enrolment of Scheduled Castes, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3respectively. For Muslim enrolment, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar are at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3respectively, reveals the All India Survey on Higher Education or AISHE 2015-16.Here is a list of top 10 states for enrolment of Muslims and Scheduled Castes in higher education. Enrolment of Muslims, Scheduled Castes in Higher Education Top 10 States   Muslims Scheduled Castes All India 16,13,710 All India 48,10,314 (1) Uttar Pradesh 2,74,569 (1) Uttar Pradesh 10,07,555 (2) West Bengal 2,11,723 (2) Tamil Nadu 5,51,677 (3) Bihar ...




Only 7% of India's Large Dams Have Emergency Disaster Action Plan: CAG
New Delhi, July 22: Only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed."Out of 4,862 large dams, emergency action plans or disaster management plans of only 349 dams, which is seven per cent, were prepared (March 2016). Mock drill in respect of only one dam was conducted as of March 2016," a CAG report, tabled in parliament on Friday, said.The country's top auditor also revealed that out of 17 states or union territories selected for audit, only Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu had carried out the pre and post monsoon inspection of dams while three states carried out partial inspections.On the safety of dams, the CAG said that Dam Safety Legislation initiated in 2010 had not been enacted till August 2016.Programmes for maintenance of dams were not prepared and adequate funds were not provid...




WHO Calls for More Tobacco Control Worldwide to Save Lives
Geneva, July 20: Though the population worldwide protected by tobacco control measures has grown almost five-fold than ten years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday called on countries to do more to prioritize these life-saving policies.In a latest report on the global tobacco epidemic, the WHO said about 4.7 billion people, or 63 per cent of the world's population, are covered today by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure.Ten years ago, in 2007, the number was only one billion, or 15 percent of the world's population, Xinhua reported.However, tobacco use has still become the leading single preventable cause of death worldwide, killing over seven million people each year.Its economic costs are also enormous, totaling more than $1.4 trillion in healthcare and lost productivity, according to the WHO.Meantime, the tobacco industry continues to hamper government efforts to fully implement life- and cost-saving interventions, by, for example, exaggerating the...




Eliminated 12 years ago, 79,000 New Cases of Leprosy Detected in 2016
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 17: In 2005, the government had claimed to have eliminated leprosy from the country but just in six months of 2016 (April-September), 79,000 new cases of leprosy were detected, says the latest report of National Health Profile, 2017. There were already thousands of old cases of leprosy.   Being the largest state, Uttar Pradesh had the most number of news cases (13,423) followed by Bihar with 12,742 new cases in the given period. But perhaps the smallest union territory of Dadar and Nagar Haveli, as per the report, had the highest prevalence of leprosy cases - 7.93 per 10,000 people while Uttar Pradesh had 0.80 per 10,000 and Bihar 1.30 per 10,000 people.   By the end of September 2016, some 59,356 cases were discharged as cured and 1,05,564 cases were still on record under treatment. Source: National Health Profile, 2017




In 5 Years, 277% Rise in Rape Cases Reported in Delhi
Cases pertaining to "assault on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty" (under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code) have increased by 473 per cent from 727 in 2012 to 4,165 in 2016 Chaitanya MallapurThe number of rapes reported each year in Delhi has more than tripled over the last five years, registering an increase of 277 per cent from 572 in 2011 to 2,155 in 2016, according to data released recently by the Delhi Police. The year after the Nirbhaya incident -- in which a 23-year-old paramedical student was raped by a group of men in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012 -- saw a 132 per cent spike in the number of cases reported, with a sustained 32 per cent increase thereafter, from 1,636 cases in 2013 to 2,155 in 2016. Cases pertaining to "assault on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty" (under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code) have increased by 473 per cent from 727 in 2012 to 4,165 in 2016. The first five months of 201...




Central Government Body Plans to Create Database on Lynchings
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 9: In wake of an unending chain of lynchings in different parts of the country, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the central government agency authorised to collect and analyse data on crimes in the country, is learnt to be working on a plan to create a database on lynchings.   In the last two years, more than two dozen people have been lynched by unruly mobs on beef, cow or child theft issues.   NCRB Director Ish Kumar has told The Indian Express that a meeting in this regard was held last week. However, he said that the plan is in its initial stage and is yet to be approved by the Union Home Ministry. NCRB works under the ministry.   Some Latest Cases of Lynching:  02 July: A man named Asadul was lynched by villagers in Jharkhand's Sahibganj district as he was allegedly trying to run away after murdering his wife. 29 June: Mohd Allimuddin, a resident of Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand, was beaten to death ...




India among top 5 Countries using Dirty Wastewater on Farms
Colombo, July 5: India and four other countries -- China, Pakistan, Mexico and Iran -- account for the most cropland in the world irrigated by dirty wastewater, putting millions of lives at serious health risks, new research has found.The global use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 per cent more widespread than previously thought, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.The study relies on advanced modelling methods to provide a comprehensive estimate of the global extent to which farmers use urban wastewater on irrigated cropland.Researchers analysed data with geographic information systems (GIS).According to the study, farmers' use of wastewater is most prevalent in regions where there is significant wastewater generation and water pollution.In these circumstances, and where safer water is in short supply, wastewater offers a consistent and reliable means of irrigating fields, including high-value crops, suc...




Why 581 mn Indians Endure the Country's Worst Healthcare
The "high-focus" states are Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and AssamOjaswi Rao,Nine of India's poorest states -- home to 581 million or 48 per cent of the population -- account for 70 per cent of the country's infant deaths, 75 per cent of under-five deaths and 62 per cent of maternal deaths, but do not spend even the money they have set aside for healthcare, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of 2017 Reserve Bank of India data on state budgets.The data also reveal:-- The maternal mortality ratio -- deaths of mothers per 100,000 births -- in these states is 32 per cent higher (244) than the national average (167).-- 38 per cent and 40 per cent children in these states are underweight (low weight-for-age) and stunted (low height-for-age), respectively, higher than the national average of 36 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, according to 2015-16 national health data, the latest available.-- Uttar Pradesh, Bi...




India to have bigger population than China by 2024: UN
The total fertility rate for India, measured as the number of children born to a woman, has fallen from 4.97 during 1975-80 to 2.3 for the current period of 2015-20 Arul Louis,United Nations, June 22: In seven years Indians will cross the 1.44 billion mark and the nation will go on to have a bigger population than China, according to a UN report.'The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision' report released on Wednesday recorded two other dramatic facts: The fertility rate of Indians has more than halved over the last 50 years to 2.3 and Indians have added almost a decade to their life expectancy in the past 25 year which is now nearly 69 years."In roughly seven years, the population of India is expected to surpass that of China," the report said, calling it a notable finding."In 2024, both countries are expected to have roughly 1.44 billion," which will be an increase from 1.34 billion people in India now and 1.41 in China, the report said."Thereaf...




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