IAF officer tests positive for Zika virus in Kanpur

An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer tested positive for Zika virus in Kanpur district, health officials said on Sunday, adding that the process of finding contracts and monitoring health people nearby was already underway according to protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Chief Medical Officer Nepal Singh said a 56-year-old IAF official had been admitted to the Air Force hospital days earlier with health problems including fever and kidney problems. With unusual symptoms detected in the case, the patient’s blood sample was sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for further examination.

The NIV confirmed on Sunday that the patient had tested positive for the Zika virus.

Samples from 22 other people, who came in contact with the patient and his family members, were also sent for testing.

Before CM’s two-day visit, TMC delegation leaves for Goa

Before boarding the flight, Supriyo told reporters: “Didi [Banerjee] has given me responsibilities, and that is why I am going to Goa. I know the state well because I have done a lot of concerts there. But this time, I’m going on a political mission. I have the feeling that
TMC will do very well in Goa. Many leaders have joined the party recently. Mamata Banerjee will also be there on October 28. We therefore look forward to this trip.

Banerjee is scheduled to be in Goa on October 28-29. With TMC deciding to contest Goa’s assembly elections next year, Banerjee’s visit is seen as the start of the party’s election campaign in the state. Party strategist Prashant Kishor worked with members of his Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) team to strengthen the TMC organization there and help the party grow its footprint ahead of the elections. the state. Former Goan chief minister Luizinho Faleiro was appointed TMC’s national vice president on Friday, nearly a month after joining the party.

Since winning the West Bengal election, the TMC has been working to expand its base in other states.

A step towards more LGBTQIA + affirmative medical education does not go far enough

On October 13, the National Medical Commission (NMC), the body responsible for regulating medical education in India, released an advisory regarding the LGBTQIA + community and the necessary changes in the skills of its human-based medical education curriculum. skills (CBME). The opinion, released under pressure from the Madras High Court, notes that there is non-scientific information regarding the queer community and the subject of virginity in medical textbooks – particularly in the areas of psychiatry and forensic medicine. While this is a welcome initiative and a step in the right direction, it is not enough.

Medical education in India has focused only on male and female binary, heterosexuality and cis-gender lives, while excluding homosexuality and non-binary and transgender gender issues. This results in exclusion from the LGBTQIA + community. There is also queerphobic content that has often been denounced. Even with the publication of the competency-based medical curriculum in August 2019, the curriculum continues to include a queerphobic agenda.

Such a rampant queer phobia traumatizes LGBTQIA + students in medical schools, many are reluctant to openly share their queer identities, and many face abuse when they do. Similar experiences are also shared by queer faculty members who also face discrimination in the workplace. Such queerphobic teaching rules out the possibility of future healthcare professionals practicing queer-affirmative medicine which, in turn, affects queer patients who are reluctant to come to them. Our ongoing work in the TransCare Covid-19 and TransCare MedEd projects reveals exactly that.

The NMC notification comes against the backdrop of several recent developments. The Transgender People (Protection of Rights) Act 2019 requires governments to take action to “review medical and research programs for physicians to meet their demands. [transgender] specific health problems ”, but no action has been taken since then. In June 2021, in response to a case filed by a gay couple, the Madras High Court established a set of guidelines and ordered the NMC to ban queerphobic practices such as conversion therapy that aims to force change l sexual orientation of a person. In September, Judge N Anand Venkatesh, referring to a report filed by Dr. Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju, a trans doctor, denounced widespread queerphobia in medical education. A week later, on September 7, the Kerala High Court issued an order requesting the removal of discriminatory and inhumane references to LGBTQIA + people from MBBS textbooks.

In its notification, the NMC advised medical schools to teach gender in a way that is not disparaging to the queer community. Authors of medical textbooks have also been urged to edit the books to remove any harmful content relating to virginity and the queer community. Although the advisory title of the NMC mentions the necessary changes in the skills of its CBME curriculum, there is no specification on what these changes are. At the same time, the CBME program itself mentions queerphobic things that need to be taught to students. For example, being transgender, which is a normal variation, is called a disorder. Sodomy, oral sex and lesbianism are all qualified as sexual offenses even though the Supreme Court has read section 377. In addition, the skills that will make a future Indian doctor respectful and empathetic in the treatment of a homosexual patient are fault. Instead, by putting the burden on medical schools and textbook authors, the NMC is simply shirking responsibility while also shedding any responsibility to make the curriculum queer-affirmative. In addition, the advisory committee set up by the NMC has no queer representation.

The NMC should begin by recognizing the flaws in its own CBME curriculum and explicitly state the changes required. Specific guidelines on how to make health care queer-affirmative are needed. Otherwise, such guidelines will only create confusion and indifference, as was created a few years ago by a similar notice on the inclusion of disability in the medical curriculum. The directive should also specify changes in several areas and not just forensic medicine and psychiatry. For this there must be a participatory consultation of stakeholders towards the development of a queer-affirmative curriculum. Finally, there needs to be clarity on what the NMC plans to do to tackle gay phobia in the current set of healthcare professionals. Without these changes, equitable access to care for queer people will remain a distant dream.

Shaikh is Associate Professor, Community Medicine, HIMSR, Delhi and Raghuram is Project Coordinator, Sangath, Bhopal

Fertilizer crisis: Haryana will set up nakas to end “interstate black marketing”

Amid long lines of farmers wanting to buy fertilizer (ammonium phosphate) in southern Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that he had asked DCs and SPs in Rewari, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri, Bhiwani, Nuh and Jhajjar to check vehicles leaving the state by setting up nakas so that fertilizers are not illegally left the state. Haryana officials suspect black fertilizer marketing in neighboring states, with state agriculture minister JP Dalal saying “we have reports of huge black fertilizer marketing in Punjab and the United States. Rajasthan ”.

The chief minister chaired a high-level officers’ meeting on Sunday evening in which the availability and demand for DAP fertilizer was discussed. “There will be no shortage of DAP fertilizer in the state,” he said after the meeting. The state government claims that more fertilizer is available in the market this year compared to last year. However, given the demand from farmers, according to the government, the CM spoke by telephone on Sunday with the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya, to increase six additional rakes on which the Minister of the Union accepted.

Calling on farmers to be patient, Khattar said that there are currently 24 DAP fertilizer rakes available for farmers in the state, and five more rakes will be received. “After CM’s talks with the Union Minister, a total of 11 additional rakes will be available with the state by October 31 after receiving 6 additional rakes. The CM also issued instructions to take strict state border measures to control black marketing of DAP from Haryana to other states. The CM has appointed administrative secretaries in charge of the six districts with immediate effect to closely monitor the situation arising from the DAP request. They will be present in the respective neighborhoods from October 25 to 27 and will monitor the distribution of DAP.

The chief minister told officers that according to farmers who have registered for rabi crops on the ‘Meri Fasal Mera Byora’ portal, DAP fertilizers should be distributed to farmers so that DAP can be made available to farmers. real farmers on time.

While instructing officers to ensure the supply of DAP according to demand, the chief minister said the area where farmers need DAP first should be supplied first. He said that while last year 87,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer were sold in the state through October 24, this year to date 98,000 metric tonnes have been sold. Khattar called on farmers to buy DAP only as needed and not to store excess so that it can be distributed evenly.

Zia Mustafa kills everything but draws the curtain on the Nadimarg Pandit massacre

With the assassination of Zia Mustafa, the “commander” of Laskhar-e-Toiba who was taken away by security forces to identify militant hiding places in a forest in Poonch, the long-standing trial of the 2003 Nadimarg massacre lost the main defendant in the case and the only one facing substantive charges. “The trial against him is over. The court will learn that he was killed and the case against him will be closed, ”said Mustafa’s lawyer, Mohammed Mubashir Gattoo.

All that remains of the case is a charge of dereliction of duty against seven police officers. Gattoo said the court should consider the prosecution evidence against them.

The Nadimarg massacre rocked J&K and the rest of India at a time when the security situation in the old state was believed to be improving. The incident and the nearly two-decade delay in the trial are cited by Kashmir’s Pandit groups as evidence of the denial of justice.

Most of Nadimarg’s pundits had left during the 1990 exodus; about fifty people had however chosen to stay. On March 23, militants in army fatigues lined up 11 men, 11 women and two children outside their homes and shot them dead. After this outrage, the remaining Pandits also left.

Mustafa was arrested on April 10, 2003 by J&K police as the mastermind of the massacre.

A resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Rawlakot, Mustafa, who was 26 at the time, was exhibited at a press conference by J&K DGP AK Suri in Srinagar as a big catch.

Suri said Mustafa was a LeT “district commander” who directed the killings. He was reportedly carrying an AK rifle, ammunition and a wireless set when he was arrested. He reportedly told police interrogators that the LeT leadership in Pakistan asked him to carry out the massacre.

No other activist has been arrested for the murders. Three other militants named in the FIR were said to have been killed during a meeting in Kulgam by the BSF in April 2003. The police officers who were in charge of guarding the village were accused of not having done so under article 30. of the Police Act.

An indictment was filed in court on June 9, 2003, and three months later, on October 1, charges were laid against Zia and the seven police officers.

The prosecution had a list of 38 witnesses, but in February 2009, after only nine were interviewed, the Shopian Magistrates’ Court closed evidence for the prosecution citing the long delay and inability to the prosecution to produce the other witnesses.
The state appealed to the High Court the same month, which dismissed the plea saying it could not tolerate the delay. In 2015, the Supreme Court asked the High Court of J&K to take over the case.

Mangrove cell seeks clarification on the construction of a cycle path at Lake Powai

The state government run mangrove cell raised concerns and asked for clarification on the nature of the construction of the Lake Powai bike path project.

The proposed cycle path project along the Lake Powai boundary encountered opposition from citizens, environmentalists and the BJP in the BMC. Residents and activists opposed the construction of the trail saying it would impact the habitat of Indian swamp crocodiles.

In a letter to BMC, Neenu Somraj, Assistant Conservator of Forests (Mangrove Cell) said: “If work continues at this location (Lake Powai), it should be stopped immediately.

The letter requested clarification on the nature of the construction. He also asked BMC to submit a site inspection report as well as the actions / constructions on the site and the authorizations obtained for the construction of cycle paths.

In a letter dated October 8 to BMC, the mangrove cell also confirmed the status of Lake Powai as a protected wetland under previous orders of the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

BMC said work on the site has been halted and an environmental expert committee has been set up “to discuss the development of the lake and implement all necessary mitigation measures to not only mitigate but also improve the lake and its surroundings ”.

Stalin D, director of the environmental group, Vanashakti, got under the relevant letter under a right to information request (RTI) this week. “According to the Supreme Court’s National Atlas of Wetlands, Lake Powai is an important wetland in terms of biodiversity and should be protected to conserve wetlands,” the letter read.

Stalin D had also filed a complaint with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. In a clarification released Oct. 12, the civic body pointed out that the project does not qualify for environmental clearance from the National Environmental Impact Assessment Authority.

Lake Powai, an artificial wetland, is polluted due to the discharge of sewage and siltation. Currently, almost 25% of the lake is covered with water hyacinths, floating vegetation and garbage.

Recently, environmentalists wrote to the civic body to stop spraying chemicals in Lake Powai to control water hyacinths.

MP: Bajrang Dal Activists Ransack “Ashram-3” Web Series Set For “Misrepresentation”, Puts Ink On Prakash Jha

Bajrang Dal activists reportedly ransacked the filming of the third season of the “Ashram” Bhopal web series and also dumped ink on its producer-director Prakash Jha, accusing him of falsely representing Hindus, the report said. police.

The windshields of two crew buses were also shattered by stone throws, they said.

In addition, Bajrang Dal threatened to no longer authorize the filming of this web series.

Talk to PTIPolice Superintendent (SP) South Bhopal Sai Krishna Thota said some people raised objections and organized protests against the name of the web series when its filming was underway in the former prison in Arera Hills.

“Bajrang Dal activists objected that this web series hurt the feelings of Hindus because it contained obscene scenes,” he said.

Protesters also threw ink at Prakash Jha and threw stones, the officer added.
Thota said the windshields of two buses were damaged by stone throwing and one person was injured.

He said that immediately after the incident, police personnel arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control.

No one has been arrested in this regard so far, he said.

Bajrang Dal activists also launched slogans against Prakash Jha and Bollywood actor Bobby Deol, who stars in the Ashram web series, accusing them of hurting Hindu feelings, eyewitnesses said.

Speaking to reporters, Bajrang Dal State President Sushil Surhele said his organization’s activists would not allow the filming of “Ashram” in Bhopal.

“Prakash Jha has wrongly portrayed the arrangements in a Hindu ashram in previous seasons by showing the exploitation of women by gurus. There have been ashrams in sanatan dharma for the past thousand years which have played an important role in building social values. There is no truth to what has been shown in this web series, ”he said.

Will Jha dare to do such a web series on other religions, he asked.

“We have blackened the face of Prakash Jha and are looking for Bobby Deol, who is expected to learn from his older brother Sunny Deol (Bollywood actor and BJP MP), who has played roles in patriotic films,” he added. .

So far, no statement has been released on behalf of Prakash Jha.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Irshad Wali said strict action would be taken against those involved in the incident.

“Three-four vehicles were damaged and we will identify the people involved in this heckling. Measures will be taken against these people, ”he said.

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Squalene: understanding the compound and its many health benefits

“In India, cardiovascular problems are the leading cause of death. About 75 percent of deaths are due to heart problems resulting from high blood pressure and poor diet. Not consuming a balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables and fruits can be the cause. It becomes essential that we pay attention to what we consume, ”says Dr Praveen Jacob, senior consultant, TheLifekart.in.

This is where squalene comes in to help as our modern lifestyle has completely altered our eating habits for the worse, he says.

“Squalene is a 100% natural compound which has anti-cancer, anti-aging and antioxidant properties in addition to helping the human body to synthesize cholesterol, steroid hormones and vitamin D”, explains the expert.

What is squalene

Squalene is present in small amounts in the human body. Newborns have the greatest amount of squalene in their blood, and this amount decreases rapidly over the years. This concentration of squalene in the blood drops drastically between the ages of 30 and 40. ” But do not worry. Olives are the richest source of squalene. Squalene can also be found in the oil extracted from amaranth. It is a pseudo-grain having seeds and leaves with a high oil content for a cereal. Squalene has the ability to increase good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). Even O2Live capsules are one of the main squalene supplements. The capsules contain 100% squalene, ”he says.

Other dietary modifications

Incorporating these steps mentioned below may lower your risk of heart disease:

Limit the consumption of fried fast foods and processed foods.
∙ Instead of consuming energy from saturated fats (like butter, coconut oil, and cream), replace it with healthy unsaturated fats from seeds and plants (like oil). extra virgin olive, avocado, sunflower, canola, safflower, peanut, soybean and sesame) and foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olives and soybeans.
Fill your plate with more and a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
∙ Limit consumption of refined sources of carbohydrates with higher glycemic indexes, including foods with added sugars.
Unprocessed red meats should be avoided completely and even other meats should be consumed within 350 grams per week. Say no to processed meats like sausage, ham, salami, and prosciutto.
∙ Have your meat dealer remove all visible fat from the meat and skin from the chicken.
Make sure you regularly consume legumes like baked beans, soybeans, lentils, and tofu. Consume them without salt.
∙ Instead of consuming packaged fried snacks, snack on a handful of raw, unsalted nuts most days of the week.
∙ If you like to eat fish, eat it at least once a week.
Reduce your salt intake. Replace salt at the table and in the kitchen with herbs and spices for added flavor.
∙ Check the sodium content of foods and choose the lowest sodium products.
Make sure to monitor your cholesterol levels. If you have high cholesterol, choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products and eat no more than seven eggs per week.
Reduce alcohol consumption. High alcohol consumption increases blood pressure and can increase triglycerides in the blood.

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Farooq Abdullah marveled at Shah’s comment on state restoration JK

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Sunday expressed surprise at the statement by Union Home Secretary Amit Shah that Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood would be restored after the legislative elections.

He declared that “the impulses and aspirations of the people must be satisfied for a lasting peace” in the territory of the Union.

Abdullah expressed surprise at the logic advanced by the central leadership that the state will be restored after the completion of the constituency demarcation and the holding of elections.

“It’s strange,” he said and recalled the multi-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few months ago in which he addressed these issues.

“Modi had at that time asserted that the gap between New Delhi and JK should be bridged by winning hearts… Hearts cannot be won by undermining the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which was forked and then downgraded “, he added. The NC chief said at a public meeting in Mendhar in Poonch district.

Defending the decision of the BJP-led NDA government to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said on Saturday that August 5, 2019, was written in golden letters in Kashmir history.

He reiterated that elections would be held in JK after the delimitation exercise and would be followed by the reestablishment of the state.

“Elections are going to take place. (Kashmiri politicians want the) delineation to be stopped. Why? Because it harms their policy. Now such things will not stop in Kashmir.

“The youth of Kashmir will have opportunities, so a good demarcation will be made, which will be followed by elections, then statehood will be restored. I have said it to the country’s parliament and it is the roadmap, ”Shah said.

Abdullah added that it must happen for the first time that a state is transformed and declassified as Union territory.

“The impulses and aspirations of the people must be satisfied for a lasting peace,” he stressed.
Advocating for the Indo-Pakistani dialogue, the CN chairman said peace in the region will remain elusive unless a conducive atmosphere is created for talks between the two neighboring countries.

He also denounced the attempts to divide society for political ends and said it was not good for the unity of the country and the integration of people.

“The nation cannot afford to break up into pieces on the basis of religion. Elections should not be conducted on religion, as they provide an opportunity to build responsive governments that serve the people in terms of development and economic empowerment, ”he said.

The former chief minister expressed grave concern at the loss of life and damage to growing crops and orchards due to heavy downpours, hail and high winds across Jammu and Kashmir.

Abdullah, who is on a four-day visit to Jammu province, also called for a comprehensive assessment by expert panels of the damage caused, saying preliminary relief in terms of financial assistance should be provided to those affected until ‘until the assessment is complete.

He also called for the immediate release of compensation to the next of kin of those killed.

Koozhangal director on movie selection as India’s Oscar entry
The goal was to make a simple movie: Vinothraj PS on the selection of Koozhangal as an entry to the Oscars of India

For rookie director Vinothraj PS, it’s a surreal moment to have his first movie Koozhangal represent India at the 94th Academy Awards next year. The Tamil drama follows a violent alcoholic husband who, after his long-suffering wife flees, leaves with his young son to find and bring her back.

After being a festival favorite and participating in several international film galas like the Shanghai International Film Festival and Los Angeles Indian Film Festival, Koozhangal was announced on Saturday as India’s official entry into the category of international feature films at the Oscars by the Film Federation of India. .

Starring newcomers Chellapandi and Karuththadaiyaan, the feature film titled Pebbles in English has already won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in February 2021.

Vinothraj PS said he was overwhelmed with the love for the film and expressed his gratitude to the members of the jury who selected his film from the 14 other films.

“It’s as if three years of effort is paying off now. We didn’t expect the film to be recognized at this level so we focused on making a film that was honest and straightforward. We had no expectations, although we were popular at festivals including Rotterdam.

“I’m overwhelmed and everyone in the team too. We are all excited and emotional. The real journey has now begun. We have to make sure that we create enough chances to be in the final nomination. We have started discussions and are planning things, ”the 33-year-old manager told PTI over the phone from Madurai.

Born in a village near the town of Melur in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district, Vinothraj said his love affair with films began after he began visiting sets from several films shot in his homeland.

“I wanted to be in the director of photography’s chair. This is how I developed an interest in films, ”said the writer-director.

But the difficult times of his childhood forced him to start working from an early age. He did several odd jobs, most notably as a salesman in a DVD store in Chennai, where he was introduced to world cinema.

“I saw cinema films from the world of Majid Majidi, Stanley Kubrick, among others almost every day and I understood what pure cinema is.

“I worked in this store thinking it would help me find points of contact in the industry, then I could help someone and start working. Soon I joined director A Sagunam and worked on some of his films. Then after a while I started writing the screenplay (from Koozhangal).

In 2018, Vinothraj started working on the film, produced by Tamil actor Nayanthara and filmmaker Vignesh Shivan.

The film was born from the personal experience of the director: one of his younger sisters was chased by her husband from her village to hers for 14 km after a quarrel ensued between the couple, he said. .

“… People here are so frustrated in their lives because of the drought and the lack of opportunities. This is reflected in their families and relationships. Male patriarchy existed very severely because of this frustration, ”he added.

The film is set in a village called Arittapatti near Melur and the director has started shooting in the scorching heat of May 2019, he explained.

Vinothraj PS, who admires veteran directors Balu Mahendra, Satyajit Ray and Adoor Gopalakrishnan, said where and when Koozhangal was filmed was as crucial as the story of the film.

“The film has three characters – one is the father, the child and the landscape. All these lands were rich in agriculture. There was no problem with the water. Later, he succumbed to the drought and caused a huge social imbalance in the lives of these people. This is what we wanted to address, ”he said.

But filming in real locations came with its fair share of challenges.

The director recalled how cameras often got stuck due to the extreme heat, and how the entire team had to walk barefoot to get a good feel for the story.

The film was partially finished before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but the team needed someone to take over the entire production.

Looking for a collaborator, they knocked on the doors of the NFDC Film Bazaar, a platform created and organized to encourage collaboration between South Asian and international film communities.

“The NFDC had invited director Ram, who won a national award in 2013 for his film Thanga Meengal, as a guest for one of the conferences. We met him and told him about the movie, which he loved. Then Vignesh Sivan and Nayanthara saw the film and they resumed production because they believed in it, ”Vinothraj said.

After hosting a festival for about a year, the director said they were playing with the idea of ​​releasing Koozhangal around December. However, the film could get an early release.

“We think that with the release of Koozhangal in theaters, we should be able to create a market for more films like this. This (Oscars) is something huge. The pressure is not too great. because we are happy to be recognized. It is a good feeling, “he added.