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Kala-azar free India by 2015: Harsh Vardhan

Patna : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday said that India aims to eliminate dreaded vector-borne disease kala-azar by 2015.

"We are confident to eliminate kala-azar by 2015 with a new road map," Harsh Vardhan said at a function here after launching non-invasive diagnostic methods for detecting kala-azar by using oral fluid and urine samples at Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Harsh Vardhan also attended a day-long meeting on kala-azar with officials and experts from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand.

Vinod Mehta named for G.K. Reddy award

New Delhi : Veteran journalist Vinod Mehta has been named for the G.K. Reddy Memorial Award 2014 for his outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, it was announced Tuesday.

The award, which comprises Rs.5 lakh in cash, a gold medal and a citation was founded in the memory of distinguished journalist G.K. Reddy.

The award ceremony will be held here in December 2014.

Mehta is presently the editorial chairman of the Outlook Group.

Previous recipients of the award include prominent journalists like H.K. Dua, Aroon Purie and Prabhu Chawla.


Mayors from 60 countries expected for Hyderabad conference

Hyderabad : Mayors and experts in urban management from 60 countries will attend the Metropolis conference scheduled here next month.

Around 2,000 delegates including commissioners, town planning Officers and experts in municipal administration will attend the four-day conference, beginning Oct 7. It has been called by Metropolis, the world association of major metropolises, is the leading international organisation that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million population.


AIIMS sees increase in eye donors

New Delhi : The eye bank of AIIMS has seen a rise in the number of donors in the last couple of years, an official said Tuesday.

"In the last couple of years, the eye bank of AIIMS has seen an increase in the number of eye donors. From a very few eye donors in the beginning of the eye bank, it has now 39,855 registered eye donors," said AIIMS Eye Bank chairman Jeewan S. Titiyal.

Titiyal was speaking during the National Eye Donation Fortnight, which is celebrated every year for 15 days to create awareness about eye donation.


Indian nuclear power plants accident-free last year

Mumbai : Not a single out of 33 incidents in various nuclear power plants in India during 2013-2014 has been classified as "accident" as per the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, India's atomic energy regulator said Tuesday.

While 32 incidents were below scale or having no safety significance, only one was pegged at scale 1, signifying "anomaly" or implying minor problems in components while sufficient defense in depth is remaining, said the the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) in its annual report for 2013-2014.


Border residents bear brunt of India-Pakistan skirmishes: Omar

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said residents of areas near the boundary between India and Pakistan in the state bear the brunt on border skirmishes, making their lives miserable and difficult.

Visiting areas close to the international border in Jammu district where ceasefire violations by Pakistan have forced residents to migrate to safer places, he said people living near the Line of Control (LoC) and the border have to bear the brunt of firing and shelling and their life and property is endangered by such incidents.

'Mardaani' style policing not ideal for police: Human rights body

New Delhi : Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has written an open letter urging that "Mardaani" shouldn't be shown to police officers because the style of policing in the film promotes "violent" and "encounter-style" policing in the name of "efficiency".

Impressed by Rani Mukerji’s new movie "Mardaani", which sees the actress playing a police officer on a mission against trafficking of girls, a top police officer in Bihar had requested district chiefs to arrange shows for all policemen to take inspiration from it for the fight against child trafficking.


NHRC to host annual meet of rights groups

New Delhi : The NHRC will Wednesday host the 19th annual general meeting of the Asia-Pacific Forum (APF) of the National Human Rights Institutions that aims to promote cooperation, coordination and promotion of human rights issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

The forum that includes 15 NHRIs and six associate members across the Asia-Pacific region will discuss their collective agenda on human rights of some vulnerable sections of the society in the next five years.


AAP slams Goa government for not moving SC in mining case

Panaji : The AAP in Goa has slammed the state government's decision against challenging a Bombay High Court verdict that allows renewal of more than two dozen leases of iron ore mines, citing timely payment of stamp duty by the mining companies.

By not challenging the Aug 13 order of the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court, the Goa government was losing as much as Rs.2850 crore in revenue, said Aam Aadmi Party in a statement.


Over 600,000 perform Manimahesh pilgrimage in Himachal

Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) : Over 600,000 devotees took part in the 17-day annual pilgrimage to the Manimahesh lake located at an altitude of 13,500 feet in Himachal Pradesh, an official said.

"Over 200,000 pilgrims reached the Manimahesh lake in the last two days," Additional District Magistrate and pilgrimage in-charge Lakshmi Kant Sharma told IANS.

The pilgrimage ended Tuesday on Radhashtami (the birth of Lord Krishna's companion Radha) amid chanting of religious hymns at the lake.