Bhutan has made progress in universal health coverage: WHO

Paro (Bhutan): Bhutan is one of the countries in South Asia which has made significant progress in all dimensions of universal health coverage, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said here Wednesday.

A recent assessment by the health ministry shows that the health system in the country provides over 75 percent coverage, with the majority of the population having access to good-quality services, health workers, medicines and technologies, without causing them financial hardship, the WHO said in a release.

Delhi records first two dengue cases in 2014

New Delhi : The national capital has registered its first two cases of dengue this year, municipal official said Tuesday.

The two cases were reported from the north zone last weekend.

Last year, six people died due to the vector-borne disease and a total of 5,546 cases were reported from the national capital and adjoining areas.

Six Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan blast

Kabul: Six Taliban fighters were killed Saturday in a blast in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni, police said.

"A local Taliban leader named Mullah Saddiq, along with five militants, was killed after improvised explosive devices (IEDs) they were building went off prematurely in Khoshak locality of the provincial capital Ghazni city in the morning," Xinhua Saturday quoted Asadullah Insafi, deputy provincial police chief, as saying.

The killed militants planned to use the IEDs to target security forces.

No civilian was hurt in the incident.

Lack of awareness about heamophilia still persists

(April 17 is World Haemophilia Day)

By Shweta Sharma,

New Delhi : Sageer Ahmad, a tailor by profession, got to know about haemophilia when his year-old son hurt himself and started bleeding profusely. But Ahmad still didn't learn his lesson. His second son born after a gap of three years was also detected with the blood disorder.

Similar is the story of Bimlesh Sharma. Despite knowing that she is a carrier of the lifelong disorder, she did not get a detection test done when she was pregnant. The result: her son has the same genetic disorder.

Strategy needed to control non-communicable diseases: Experts

New Delhi: There is a need for a coherent strategy to control non-communicable diseases in the country with a special focus on alcohol consumption, experts said Wednesday.

"It is important to think of a coherent strategy and put together overall policy framework for control of non-communicable diseases where alcohol and tobacco form the basis of a policy formulation," C.K. Mishra, additional secretary in the health ministry said at a consultation on alcohol control here.

Indian navigation satellite's orbit raised

Chennai:The Indian space agency Saturday raised further the orbit of its second navigation satellite by around 4,200 km by firing the space craft's onboard motor for around seven minutes, said a senior official.

"The satellite's motor was fired for around seven minutes today (Saturday) evening. Post raising the satellite's elliptical orbit is 292.7 x 24,830 km," an official of the space agency told IANS preferring anonymity.

Another orbit raising activity is slated for Sunday evening.

Indian doctors in Mozambique to strengthen health service

Maputo:Half a dozen Indian doctors arrived in Mozambique to help national health authorities increase health capacity, Maputo Central Hospital General Director Joao Fumane said Friday.

The Indian doctors are in Mozambique as part of a cooperation agreement signed between the government of Mozambique and the Apollo group from India, Xinhua cited the state news agency AIM as saying.

'Parties unwilling to include tobacco control in manifestos'

Thiruvananthapuram: Medico-legal experts here have cried foul over the absence of intent betrayed by political parties in their manifestos for the Lok Sabha polls, when it comes to tackling the perils of tobacco use.

The irony, experts say, is that while the manifestos make bombastic promises such as focus on preventive rather than curative measures, health security for all and health for all families/habitations, no party has come forward to address the critical issue.

India to open warehouse in Nigeria for medicine export

By Francis Kokutse,

Accra: In what is expected to give a major boost to the presence of Indian pharmaceutical companies in Africa, a new warehousing facility will be opened in Nigeria for exporting medicines from India to that West African country.

The Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil), in accociation with with Sankil Pharmaceutical, a local pharmacutical business agency in Nigeria, will open the new warehouse, according to statement issued by Pharmexcil.

Indian scientist contests Big Bang `evidences'

By K.S. Jayaraman ,

Bangalore: Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra, at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai, who had once challenged the Black Hole theory of Britain's famed Stephen Hawking is in the limelight again.

Mitra's earlier research had claimed that the so-called "Black Holes" must be grey-holes and not exact black holes, and the so-called "Dark Energy" -- a topic of Physics Nobel in 2011 -- must be an artifact rather than a real entity.

His views remain uncontested till now.