Cabinet nod for quality education in homeopathy

New Delhi: The union cabinet on Tuesday approved a new provision to ensure that homeopathy education is made available only by colleges equipped to guarantee quality.

The decision was taken by the union cabinet at a meeting here under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Swine flu cases cross 33,000 mark, toll 1,994

New Delhi : Swine flu has claimed a total of 1,994 lives in India this year with the total number of cases crossing the 33,000 mark, according to latest data from the health ministry on Thursday.

In less than three months of this year, the toll has crossed the 2010 peak of 1,763 deaths.

Eight more deaths and 263 fresh cases have been reported on March 25.

In the first swine flu outbreak in the country in 2009, there were 981 deaths reported. In the following year in 2010, the death toll climbed up to 1,763.

​India should celebrate science: Bharat Ratna Professor CNR Rao

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New Delhi: Asserting that science is very essential for India’s future, Bharat Ratna Professor C N R Rao on Wednesday said, if India is to have a bright future, it is essential that due focus is given to quality and excellence in education.

Goa's first woman CM down with swine flu

Panaji : Goa's first woman chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar is being treated for swine flu, Health Minister Francis D'Souza said on Tuesday.

Kakodkar, 80, who served as chief minister of Goa in 1977, had already been admitted due to an illness at a city hospital when she was detected positive for swine flu.

"She was already admitted to hospital, when she was also diagnosed with swine flu," said D'Souza, also a deputy chief minister. Three people have already died of swine flu over the last two-three days.

India needs political will to eradicate TB: Study

(March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day)

Mumbai : Only with political will and commitment, backed by sufficient resources, can India effectively control tuberculosis (TB) that kills over three lakh people every year, says a Mumbai-based senior doctor.

Unless this happens, TB will continue to be India's silent epidemic and a death sentence for poor people, Zarir Udwadia, consultant physician at P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, warned.

One more swine flu death in Telangana, toll 74

Hyderabad : Swine flu has claimed one more life in Telangana, taking the toll to 74 since January. The number of fresh cases, however, has come down.

The health department reported one death during last 24 hours, while only eight H1N1 positive cases were registered.

According to a bulletin issued by the department on Wednesday, 97 samples were tested on Tuesday and out of them, eight were found positive. This the lowest number in last one week.

Swine flu claims 73 lives in Telangana since January

Hyderabad : Swine flu has claimed 73 lives so far in Telangana, officials said on Tuesday.

These deaths were reported from January 1 till March 16, said the health department which reported 23 H1N1 positive cases during last 24 hours.

According to a bulletin issued by the department, 103 samples were tested on Monday and out of them, 23 were found positive. This was the lowest number in last one week.

Veteran CPI-M leader down with swine flu

Kolkata : Senior CPI-M leader Gautam Deb has tested positive for swine flu, his doctor said on Tuesday, adding the hospitalised politician's condition is "critical but stable".

According to Subhashis Chakrabarty, Deb was admitted to the critical care unit of a private hospital here on Tuesday morning, after he complained of respiratory distress.

"Tests confirmed that he is positive for the HINI flu virus. He is on ventilation and is using sign language for communication. His condition is critical but stable," Chakrabarty told a TV channel here.

Swine flu kills 20 in Himachal

Shimla : Twenty people have died due to swine flu in Himachal Pradesh, Health Minister Kaul Singh said Tuesday.

"Twenty people lost their lives, and the maximum of seven deaths were reported in Shimla district," the minister told the assembly.

He said two deaths took place at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) in Shimla on Monday night.

While 13 people died in the IGMCH, seven died in the Rajendra Prasad Medical College at Tanda in Kangra district.

Kaul Singh said out of 302 samples collected, 79 tested positive.

'Liberia one month away from being declared Ebola-free'

Monrovia: Liberia -- one of the countries worst hit by Ebola -- will be declared free of the disease by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on April 13 if no new case is reported, a Liberian official has said.

Montserrado county -- an Ebola hot spot -- has gone 18 days without any new case being reported, said Tolbert Nyenswah, head of Liberia's Ebola Incident Management System and assistant minister of health for preventive services, according to Xinhua on Friday.

He said that other areas across the country have had no new cases for 21 days or longer.