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Health ministry intensifying drugs treatment programme

New Delhi : The health ministry is intensifying the drugs treatment programme on the evidence of United Nations's Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) Programme, an official said Friday.

"MMT is currently available at United Nation Office on Drugs and Control-supported five model centers across the country like civil hospital in Kapurthala and Bathinda in Punjab and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Manipur," K.C. Samaria, joint health secretary said.

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Heart harvested in Bengaluru, transplanted in Chennai child

Bengaluru : The heart of a brain dead one year and 10-month-old infant was harvested here and flown to Chennai Friday by a special aircraft to be transplanted in a two year and eight-months-old child, in record time, thanks to the 'green corridor' the city traffic police opened up for the emergency operation.

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Probing manufacture of generic drugs without testing: Nadda

New Delhi : The government is investigating reports of generic versions of some medicines being manufactured without proper testing, Health Minister J.P. Nadda Friday told parliament.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Nadda said that the government was aware of the reports regarding manufacturing of generic versions of some drugs without proper testing.

"The Indian Council of Medical Research has taken up the matter with the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for action against such erring companies," he said.

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'Gyanodaya Express' to arrive in Assam Saturday

Guwahati : Gyanodaya Express, an initiative of the Indian Railways to expose students to the history and culture of the northeastern states, will arrive here Saturday.

Under the initiative, a group of 850 students and teachers of Delhi University Thursday left for the region from Delhi's Safdarjung railway station.

On arrival, the students will be split into nine groups and would be taken to different parts of the northeast. They will return to New Delhi Dec 27, a railway official said here Friday.

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HC orders free treatment for poor kid needing liver transplant

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday directed the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to immediately commence free treatment of a 10-year-old patient who urgently needs a liver transplant.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed Employee's State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to consider the case of the kid for grant of initial expenditure for transplant by Jan 13, the next date of hearing.

The court's direction came on a plea filed by Mohammed Kalim, the father of the boy seeking free treatment.

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Clarification on fate of Jaitapur N-plant sought

Nagpur : Maharashtra Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Vasant Davkhare Friday asked the state government to clarify the fate of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) coming up in the coastal Konkan region.

Congress legislative council member Sanjay Dutt raised the issue through a matter of propriety in the upper house of the legislature and was supported by party colleague Manikrao Thakre.

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Using free software in education can save Rs.8,000 crore

Thiruvananthapuram : Using free software under Information and Communication Technology in Education (ICT) in 3.2 lakh schools across the country can save over Rs.8,000 crore, said an expert in free software.

Rahul De of IIM Bangalore said this, Friday, while speaking at the opening day of 5th International Free Software Conference - Swatantra 2014 being held here.

"About Rs.18 lakh is spent per school, under the ICT in Education scheme. If free software is used in 3.2 lakh schools, the savings would amount to Rs.8,000 crore," said Rahul De.

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Timeline: Accidental deaths of Delhi policemen

New Delhi : Timeline of accidental deaths of Delhi policemen in the last 15 months:

Sep 21, 2013: Constable Praveen Chaudhary met with an accident while on duty at Rajouri Garden Traffic Circle and died.

Sep 24, 2013: Head constable Ravinder Singh died after he was hit by a speeding autorickshaw in west Delhi's Kanjhawla.

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Scientist Jayant Narlikar gets Sahitya Akademi Award

Mumbai/Pune : Astrophysicist Jayant V. Narlikar was Friday conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiography.

The Pune-based 76-year-old scientist's autobiography "Chaar Nagrantale Majhe Vishwa" was unanimously selected for the award in Marathi literature category, it was announced.

The award, in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs.100,000, will be presented to Narlikar and other winners at a special function in New Delhi March 9.

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Not against GST: Mamata

New Delhi : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said she was not against the Goods and Services Tax but wanted states to be adequately compensated.

"We don't have a problem with GST. It is our manifesto commitment. We are all for it. But states have to be adequately compensated," she said during an informal meeting with media persons here.

Banerjee, who is on a visit to the capital, said it was the central government which was digressing from the commitments it had given earlier.

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