Friday, February 8, 2013


Sri Lankan President Mahindha Rajpaksa, accompanied by his wife Shiranthi Rajpaksa and a 70-member delegation, on Friday arrived at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya for pilgrimage.
Rajpaksa was received at the Gaya International Airport by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Education Minister P K Shahi and senior state government civil and police officials, official sources said.
He was accorded a guard of honour by the state police. From the airport, the cavalcade of the Sri Lankan president and members of his delegation drove straight to the Mahabodhi temple where they will perform religious rituals, the sources said.
Rajpaksa would meditate before a peepal tree where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and visit the Sri Lankan Buddhist Vihar in the temple town.
The Chief Minister will host a lunch for the Sri Lankan President and his delegation, the sources said. Meanwhile, CPI(M-L) Liberation workers raised slogans against the Sri Lankan President from some distance as his cavalcade drove towards the Mahabodhi temple.
The protesters, who had mingled in the crowd that gathered to welcome the visiting dignitaries, shouted slogans like the ‘Killer of Tamils go back’.
Two of the protesters have been detained for questioning, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Law and Order), Rakesh Kumar Dube said.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Bodh Gaya town in view of the Sri Lankan president’s visit, police sources said.

Shobha Mishra Ghosh
Senior Director
February 8, 2013
Mr N.K. Sagar
Editor Topix, Europe, Germany-New Delhi
Enkay Sagar Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi
Dear Mr Sagar,
We are pleased to inform you that FICCI is organizing the 7th FICCI HEAL, annual healthcare conference on September 2-3, 2013 at FICCI, New Delhi. The Conference would be a conglomeration of policy makers and national and international leaders from healthcare and associated industries. The main features of the event are 2-days Conference, Master Classes, Poster Presentation and Bootcamp session for Innovators.
FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards 2013, an annual event to recognize excellence and innovation in healthcare sector is also being organized on the evening of September 2, 2013.
In view of your busy schedule, we request you to kindly block your diary for the Conference and Awards. We will shortly come back to you with further details. You may also contact us at or  011-23487513/23487438.
We look forward to your active participation in both the events.
With best regards,
Yours sincerely,
Shobha Mishra Ghosh

Swine Flu is back but no panic

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
57 cases of Swine Flu have been recorded in Delhi with four deaths. No panic as this does not mean that for every 57 cases, four will die. It only means 57 laboratory confirmed cases have been reported. There will be a large number of who have not got tested.
Mortality is high in patients who are having pregnancy, underlying heart disease or other organ damage disease or who are < 5 or > 65 years of age. Routine people do not have to worry.
Swine flu presents with fever of more than 1000F with cough or sore throat in the absence of any other main cause. The case is confirmed with a lab test using rRT/PCR technique.

Types of swine flu
Mild or uncomplicated flu or Swine Flu is characterized by fever, cough, sore throat, nasal discharge, muscle pain, headache, chills, malaise and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. In mild cases, there is no shortness of breath.
Progressive swine flu is characterized by above symptoms along with chest pain, increased respiratory rate, decreased oxygen in the blood, labored breathing in children, low Blood Pressure, confusion, altered mental status, severe dehydration and exacerbation of underlying asthma, renal failure, diabetes, heart failure, angina or COPD.
Severe or complicated swine flu is characterized by respiratory failure, requirement of oxygen or ventilator, abnormal chest x-ray, inflammation of the brain, lowering of blood pressure less than 60, involvement of the heart muscle. These patients will have persistent high fever and other symptoms lasting more than three days.

Can swine flu come without symptoms?
Most patients will remain without symptoms with illness lasting 3-7 days.
The other characteristic features are presence of chills, muscle pain and joint pain.

Who is at risk of flu?
In pregnant lady, flu can have higher complications including death of fetus.
Patients at extreme of ages are at risk. Mild cases do not require admission but progressive cases need to be admitted. Older age, underlying, organ disease and requirement of mechanical ventilation is the indication for admission.

How to treat swine flu
Tamiflu is the treatment of choice but should be taken under medical supervision. But it has to be given in the first 48 hours. It is given in severely sick patients, pregnant ladies, underlying organ disease or age less than 5 and more than 65 years. Flu vaccine can be given to all. It should be given to all high risk patients.

How does swine flu spread?
The virus spreads through droplet infection through a person who coughs, sneezes, sings or speaks. The virus can cover only a distance of 3 to 6 feet.

How to prevent swine flu
1.   Stay 3 feet away from the person who is coughing.
2.   The standard prevention is respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene.
3.   Hand washing should be performed before and after every patient contact or infectious material and before putting and after taking off the surgical things like gloves.
4.   Hand hygiene can be performed by washing with soap, water and with alcohol based hand drops.
5.   If hands are visibly soiled, they should be washed with soap and water.
6.   Patients should be placed in a private room or area. The health care staff should wear face mask while entering the patient’s room. When leaving the room, the health care workers should remove the face mask, dispose it off and then perform hand hygiene.
7.   Patients should wear a surgical mask and should be aware of respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette and hand hygiene.
8.   Droplet precaution should be taken for seven days after illness onset or 24 hours after resolutions of fever and respiratory syndrome.
9.   One should not cough in the hands, handkerchief but cough either in the tissue paper and dispose it off or in the side of the arm.

Smriti Mehra clinches the second leg of Hero WPGT 2013

Kolkata February 7, 2013: Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra sealed her first title of the season with a comprehensive victory in the second leg of the Hero WPGT 2013. Smriti carded a two under 68 on the final day and finished with a total score of 203 to emerge victorious at the Tollygunge Golf Club here in Kolkata. Sharmila Nicollet (71), who was placed fourth after the second round, came back strongly to finish joint second with Vani Kapoor (72), both with a total score of 216.
Smriti Mehra has been very consistent in this leg and her consistency and form is reflected from the fact that she was the only player to have under par scores (67-68-68) in all the three days. She carded four birdies at the 6th, 7th , 13th and 15th hole.
Sharmila, who is returning after an injury, hit an eagle at the 10th hole, which helped her finish at the second spot along with Vani Kapoor, who had a single birdie at the 9th. Neha Tripathi, winner of the first leg finished fourth with a triple bogey at the 12th hole and a total score of 219. 
Rani Sonti (223) finished fifth and Ankita Tiwana grabbed the sixth spot with a score of 227.
The next leg will be played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, Mumbai.

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