Women to operate two-wheeler ambulances in Tamil Nadu

Chennai : In a first-of-its-kind, Tamil Nadu will now have women paramedical members weaving in and out of traffic on their two-wheeler ambulances to provide medical help, drastically reducing the response time.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday flagged off the '108' two-wheeler ambulance service here involving an outlay of Rs.70 lakh.

A total of 41 two-wheeler ambulances -- 31 motorcycles and 10 scooters -- have been pressed into service and based on the response, the service will be expanded, the government said in a statement.

26 swine flu deaths in Punjab; committee to review situation

Chandigarh : Twenty-six people have died of swine flu in Punjab in recent days, the state's health minister said on Monday.

Health Minister Surjit Jayani said that till date, 183 suspected cases of H1N1 have been reported, out of which 57 cases were found positive for H1N1.

Wipro wins multi-year deal from Swedish firm

Bengaluru: Global software major Wipro Ltd on Monday announced it has won a five-year IT infrastructure management deal from Assa Abloy group, a Swedish major in door opening solutions.

"The contract envisages consolidating Abloy's data centres in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region and implementing a cloud-based service model, including infrastructure as a service and platform as a service," the IT major said in a statement here.

Terminated doctor used to harass junior residents, says AIIMS

New Delhi : Weeks after several faculty members of AIIMS protested a doctor's removal for allegedly misbehaving with a patient in 2015, its administration on Wednesday said several other complaints, including of harrasment, were pending against him.

The complaints include using objectionable language during ward assessment.

Indian firm developing vaccine for Zika virus

Hyderabad : Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is developing world's first vaccine for Zika virus, which has been declared as public health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

The vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer on Wednesday announced that it is working on ZIKAVAC vaccines for Zika infection.

The company, which claims to be working on the vaccine for one-and-half years, has informed both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of India about the status of its project.

Delhi HC issues notice to government, others on doctors' strike

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the government and others regarding an indefinite strike by municipal doctors and nurses since January 29.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also sought responses from the north and east municipal corporations by February 10 on a public interest litigation that called the strike as "arbitrary and illegal".

UNICEF calls for immediate action against Zika virus

United Nations : The United Nations Children' s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called for immediate action to help stop the spread of Zika virus which is the suspected underlying cause of soaring cases of microcephaly in newborn babies in Brazil.

"We need to act fast to provide women and pregnant mothers with the information they need to protect themselves and their babies," Heather Papowitz, UNICEF's senior advisor for health emergencies, said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

Mysterious disease hits 200 villagers in Manipur

Imphal: At least 200 people, among them women and children, from a village in Manipur have been hospitalised with a mysterious disease, officials said on Monday.

The villagers from Lilong Chingjao in Thoubal district have been admitted to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences, and other private hospitals in Imphal.

The patients are suffering from high fever and vomiting, besides loose motions, doctors said.

Though the condition of some of them is said to be serious, there has been no death so far.

Mustafa Ahmed: Child Scientist from Assam who developed a seed storage system

By Abdul Gani,

Guwahati: Mustafa Ahmed might be only in Class 9, but his life has already taught him valuable lessons, though not always by choice. A student of Cinnamora Higher Secondary School, Jorhat, Assam, Ahmed grew up seeing farmers in his home and neighbourhood struggle hard against all odds.

CAT notice to AIIMS over removal of two doctors

New Delhi : The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Thursday issued notice to the AIIMS here over the removal of two doctors of the medicine department without proper inquiry into an allegation that they misbehaved with a patient in September 2015.

The CAT demanded a response by April 4 from the administration of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as to why a formal inquiry was not conducted into the charge made against the two doctors before removing them from the institution.