Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal listed among CNN's top ten heroes

By Arun Kumar

Washington : Indian-American Bhagwati Agrawal is listed among CNN's Top 10 Heroes of 2015, for bringing safe drinking water to more than 10,000 drought-stricken people in his native Rajasthan.

Each of the ten "everyday people doing remarkable things to make the world a better place" will receive $10,000 and be honoured at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," a globally broadcast event on December 6.

The CNN Hero of the Year chosen on the basis of readers' votes will receive an additional $100,000 for his cause, CNN announced Thursday.

95 lakh toilets set up in one year: Rural Development Minister

New Delhi : Nearly 95 lakh toilets were set up in rural India in the last one year since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said on Wednesday.

The number of toilets constructed was more than the target of 60 lakh, Singh said releasing a coffee table book on Swachh Bharat Mission.

Woman named cleanliness ambassador after row over toilet

Bhopal : A woman in a Madhya Pradesh village was named a cleanliness ambassador by local authorities after she walked out on her in-laws because they did not build a toilet at the house.

The move to appoint Seema Patel, a resident of Chowkipura village in Betul district, as a cleanliness ambassador will spread the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India campaign, authorities said.

Seema asked her in-laws to build a toilet at the house, but they did not to do so. Following this, she left the house.

'Swach Bharat drives draws inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi'

Jakarta : Mahatma gave high priority to cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene and the Indian government had thus launched its Swachch Bharat nationwide cleanliness drive on his 145th birth anniversary last year, Indian ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh has said.

He was addressing the 800-odd guests who attended the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture at the Gandhi Memorial International School here on Friday, Gandhi's 146th birth anniversary.

Delhi government doctors get notices for dereliction of duty

New Delhi : The Delhi government on Friday issued notice to 14 doctors for dereliction of duty in dealing with the dengue crisis.

The action came a day after city Health Minister Satyendra Jain visited some hospitals, a Delhi government official said.

"Jain visited a few hospitals between 11.45 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday to check their preparedness in terms of dealing with the dengue patients and found some doctors sleeping while being on duty while some were found loitering in other wards," the official said.

The government has sought replies from the doctors.

Pharmacists' strike on October 14 against e-pharmacy

Mumbai : Opposing the central government's move to regularize sale of medicines over the internet through an e-pharmacy, over 800,000 medicine show owners affiliated to the All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) will go on strike on October 14, an association official said here on Thursday.

AIOCD president J.S. Shinde said their protest was in public interest since the sale of medicines through internet was illegal, increases the risk of adverse drug reactions (side-effects), and would ease entry of low quality, unbranded and spurious medicines.

Mid-day meals to be tested by labs each month

New Delhi: Mid-day meals provided to students at schools will be tested each month by accredited laboratories to ensure nutritional standards and quality, an official release here said on Thursday.

The hot-cooked meal provided to children shall be evaluated and certified by the government food research laboratories or any laboratory accredited or recognised by law, the rules notified by the central government said.

Free health facilities in state medical colleges soon: Mamata

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said free medicine and other health facilities will be available for people in all medical colleges under the state government within one month.

"In the recent past months, we have come up with a new scheme -- shortly the Department of Health and Family Welfare in all West Bengal government-owned medical colleges and hospitals will offer free medical services to all people," the chief minister said at an event felicitating meritorious students from the minority communities here.

Punjab health authorities seize expired medicines worth Rs.43 lakh

Chandigarh : The Food and Drugs Administration in Punjab has seized expired allopathic drugs, which were being illegally repackaged with fresh expiry dates, worth Rs.43 lakh from the premises of a medicine distributor, an officials said on Sunday.

FDA commissioner Hussan Lal said the centralised cell of the FDA raided the premises of Ashoka Distributors in Bathinda town, nearly 240 km from here, and recovered drugs and packaging materials worth approximately Rs.43 lakh.

The killer Dengue and the sordid saga of poor governance

By Dr. Mumtaz Naiyer for

Last week there was an outcry in the print, electronic and social media as Avinash Rout, 7, and Aman Sharma, 6, died of dengue after allegedly being denied treatment by private hospitals. Avinash's parents committed suicide following his death.

Now the Delhi High Court concerned over the alarming rise in cases, asked the Centre, the state government and civic bodies to explain the steps being taken to check the crisis.