Sunday, April 14, 2013

Now turn of all-women post offices in rural areas

Edit Published April 14, 2013 by sagarmedia
The government is planning to open all-women post offices in rural areas where working women are available in good numbers. This was disclosed by Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal while talking to a news agency in New Delhi. He said, it will start with urban centres and then slowly move to other areas.
All-women post offices are the first of their kind in the world as they are completely operated and managed by women employees.The Minister said such initiatives are part of government’s objective to create opportunities for women in the country.
By setting up All Women POs, the DoP expects there will an increase in footfall of women customers at post offices and it will be able to promote thrift, especially among working.
New Revolutionary Technique For Precise Correction Of Fracture & Bone deformities

For the very first time, a new technology to fix multiple bone deformities has been launched in India. Ortho-SUV Frame is a revolutionary computer assisted new generation external fixation device that provides accurate, computer assisted correction for Multi Planar Deformity & Fracture Reduction. Inventor of this revolutionary technique Dr. Leonid Solomin held a seminar in National Capital Delhi to educate Ortho Surgeons about the usage of this SUV frame to fix complex deformities.

New Delhi, 12th April ‘2013: The incidence of complicated deformities is relatively high in India, because of the unavailability of good primary orthopedic care, and socio-economic reasons. Many times, deformities which would be treated easily in the early stages, land up getting complicated due to neglect or lack of awareness.

 In addition, due to the high incidence of high speed trauma on Indian roads, complicated fractures, which may get infected and/or heal in less than optimal position, leads to a large number of infected nonunions (bones not healed) or malunion (bones healed in wrong position). Secondary procedures are often required for correction of bone defects and deformity.
Till today the Ilizarov fixator device is most commonly used for limb lengthening and deformity corrections.  It has certain limitation as for complex deformity correction and fracture treatment surgeon requires acute analysis of the oblique plane and combined angular and rotational deformities, which is a significant challenge for Surgeon.

The New Ortho-Suv Frame developed by Dr. Leonid Solomin of St. Petersburg, Russia, is a promising solution for overcoming these challenges. Suv Frame offers the surgeons an easier modality for treatment of complex deformities with acute analysis through computer assisted software. SUV Frame is a single step solution for treating complex Ortho conditions.

Dr. Mangal Parihar, Orthopedic Consultant, Mangal Anand Hospital, Mumbai, and Honorary Associate Professor at J J Hospital, Mumbai, is an expert in Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery and dealing with a variety of postraumatic, congenital problems; mostly using the Ilizarov technique for reconstruction. He found “this new technology remarkable as it is designed keeping in conscious the challenges faced by surgeon with previous technique. With this technique the complexity of the deformity correction surgery is reduced, and most importantly, it has both a fast strut mode, which is valuable in the immediate reduction of fractures, and a gradual correction mode, which is useful in the fine tuning of fracture reductions and in the correction of deformities of any complexity.

“Patients will benefit by the accurate and quicker correction of complex deformities, thus bringing them back to active life quicker. This equipment is reusable, and made in India, which means it is cost effective with international quality at Indian prices”, adds Dr. Mangal Parihar.

This gradual mode is applied when deformity correction or fracture reduction takes place over an extended time period. Then the range of parameters taken from the frame and x-rays are inserted into the specially designed software for Ortho-SUV Frame. The software gives the user a mathematically precise prescription on what changes of length must be made to each strut to achieve the desired correction of deformity said, Dr. Leonid Solomin.

“Ortho Suv Frame has the best reduction and fixation capabilities in comparison with the previous tools. The time taken to correct a deformity varies from case to case. The Ortho-SUV takes the minimum amount of time under a given set of circumstances. Additionally, the patient would be able walk properly and function well, with the fixator on leg, even before the bone is fully unite,”Dr. Mangal Parihar

The successful trials of Ortho-SUV Frame have already been performed over more than 200 patients in Russia and now it is being launched in India to extend its benefit to more and more patients with fractures and complex bone deformities. 

About Ortho-SUV Frame 

The Ortho-SUV Frame, a revolutionary computer assisted six axis external fixator, is a one step accurate fracture reduction and deformity correction device for the needy patients without tedious analysis and postoperative frame alterations. Backed by proper training facilities being provided by the device manufacturing company, this latest technology for deformity correction can benefit thousands of severely handicapped needy patients with bone deformities in India.

Indian implant manufacturing has entered a new era, whereby a current product, is being manufactured for Indian and International markets, to International standards, under licence. The general trend thus far has been to make copy cat products. Additionally, an international quality training program, will help surgeons use the equipment optimally.

It is a matter of pride that S H Pitkar Orthotools Pvt. Ltd., one of the leading Indian orthopaedic implants manufacturing company has acquired exclusive worldwide rights for manufacturing & marketing of Ortho-suv Frame. In the past six months the product has been successfully launched in India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt & Columbia. In many other countries the product registeration process in in progress.

World News 13 April 2013

Ten arrested after football match violence in London

Ten people have been arrested after London’s Wembley Stadium erupted in violence during match between Millwall and Wigan. The disturbance happened just before half-time and involved both sets of supporters and security staff. No serious injuries were reported, but several fans were bloodied. Wigan went on to win the game 2-0.

Russia imposes border control with China over bird flu

Gennady Onishchenko, chief of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog, has ordered passenger control on the border with China as the number of people infected with H7N9 virus continues to grow. “I have given instructions that control over arriving passengers be put in place on the border, especially in the Far Eastern region where the intensity of flights is higher. At least [body] temperature measurements could be taken,” he said, as cited by Itar-Tass. Onishchenko also recommended Russian citizens to cancel trips to China if they can do so. The news comes as Beijing reported its first case of a new strain of bird flu on Saturday. So far, the virus has killed 11 people. Over 40 have been infected in China.

Moscow police detain dozens of young nationalists

Several dozen people have been detained in Moscow for violating public order.  On Saturday, several unsanctioned protest actions – including a nationalist rally – were staged in the center of the capital, the Interior Ministry told Interfax. Some 20 young nationalists and two members of the Left Front movement were brought to administrative liability. The rest were released after a talk on discipline, the police press-service said.

Tunisia posts photos of suspects in secular leader’s murder

Tunisia’s government has published the names and photos of five suspects in the February 6 killing of a prominent secular politician Chokri Belaid, and asked people to help them find the men, Reuters reports. Authorities promised protection and confidentiality for anyone who helps them locate the suspects in the murder, for which no one has claimed responsibility. Police believe Belaid’s assassin was a member of an Islamist Salafist group, PM Ali Larayedh said earlier. The murder of the politician sparked the biggest public unrest in the North African country since the overthrow of president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011 which launched the Arab Spring uprisings.

Palestinian President Abbas accepts PM Fayyad’s resignation – officials

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to President Mahmud Abbas on Saturday and the president accepted it, a Palestinian official said. “Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” the official told AFP. Rumors that Fayyad would either resign or be told to step down by Abbas have been rife in recent weeks after longstanding differences between the two men came to a head over the finance portfolio.

At least 26 killed in bus plunge down ravine in Peru

At least 26 people were killed and seven injured when a bus plunged 200 meters down a ravine in northern Peru, police said. The accident happened on a mountain road near the town of Otuzco some 570 kilometers north of the capital. The driver allegedly lost control of the bus; the cause has not yet been established. Road accidents are common in the Peruvian Andes due to poorly maintained roads.

US, China to push for N. Korean de-nuclearization

The US and China have agreed that the Korean Peninsula must be denuclearized, top diplomats from both countries said during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Beijing. Kerry and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi agreed to joint efforts to resume nuclear talks with North Korea. “We maintain that the issue should be handled and resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation,” Yang said. Amid the growing tensions on the peninsula, the Pyongyang has repeatedly said it will not abandon its nuclear arsenal as it is a “treasured” guarantor of security.

Italian hostages freed in Syria

Four Italian journalists kidnapped in Syria on April 5 by opposition militants have been freed, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced. The abducted Italian citizens – Amedeo Ricucci, Elio Colavolpe, Andrea Vignali and Susan Dabous – were working on the ‘History Is Us’ documentary project. One of the journalists is a staff correspondent for Italy’s Rai state TV, and three others are freelancers. The film crew has already been brought to Turkey, TV channel Tgcom 24 reported.

US lifts Iran-linked sanctions on select maritime firms

Washington has lifted sanctions on three maritime firms that helped Iran transport oil two years ago, violating US-imposed financial restrictions against trading with Tehran. Singaporean firm Tanker Pacific Management, Monaco’s Société Anonyme Monégasque D’Administration Maritime Et Aérienne and Liberia’s Allvale Maritime Inc. aided in the transfer of $8.65 million of oil in 2011. Washington has placed a number of hard-hitting financial penalties on Tehran in a bid to halt its alleged nuclear weapons program.

9 killed in bus bomb blast in northwest Pakistan

Nine people were killed and at least seven more wounded when a time bomb exploded on a bus in the northwestern Pakistani city Peshawar, police official Fazal Wahid Khan said, according to AFP. The bus was traveling from Peshawar to a nearby town. No groups have yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The city of Peshawar is the provincial capital of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani police blame pro-Taliban militant groups for the frequent deadly attacks in the region.

Iran successfully tests 3 new missiles

Three new missiles were successfully tested during the first day of Iranian army ground exercises, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Force General Kioumars Heydari said, according to Fars News Agency. The tests took place near Kashan in Isfahan Province, about 340 km south of the Iranian capital. No details were revealed about the weapons, but the general said that the “ground-to-ground missiles are different from the Naze’at 10 and Fajr missiles,” which the country already has in its arsenal. The general stressed the significance of the military drills in boosting the country’s deterrent power. The Iranian Ground Force will also demonstrate its new personnel carriers in parades for National Army Day on April 18.

Outspoken Sri Lankan newspaper set ablaze by armed men

The Uthayan newspaper in northern Sri Lanka, which has been repeatedly targeted and seen its employees killed, was attacked by armed men who stormed into the building before dawn on Saturday, AP reported. The men scared away staff and poured kerosene inside the building, burning four printing wheels and the main part of the printing press. Uthayan is an outspoken Tamil newspaper that supports political autonomy for the Sri Lankan Tamils. Over the years it has faced threats from the Sri Lankan military, Tamil militants and unidentified thugs. In 2006, two members of staff were killed by gunmen. Since this attack, the editor has not left the building except to visit his heart specialist every three months, and has had a small flat built next to the newsroom.

Bus collision in South Africa injures about 100, fatalities reported

Two buses collided near the Strydom Tunnel on the N4 road in South Africa, causing multiple injuries and deaths, including children, a national private emergency medical care service ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak reported. The report said that one of the buses was carrying schoolchildren at the time of the accident. After the crash, one of the buses tumbled down a mountainside after slamming into an embankment. Paramedics at the scene reported at least 100 injuries and some fatalities, without elaborating further. Emergency and rescue services have been dispatched, and are now freeing the trapped victims and evacuating the critically injured by helicopter.

Israel rejects appeals to release ailing hunger striker

Israel has rejected pleas to release a Palestinian prisoner whose 8-month-long hunger strike has left him on the verge of death, Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqea told AFP on Saturday. Palestinian authorities had requested that the prisoner, Samer Issawi, be temporarily released to the West Bank town of Ramallah. Issawi, who is serving a 26 year sentence for militant activity, is the last of four Palestinian prisoners who went on extended hunger strikes in Israeli prisons to continue refusing food.

Pope selects cardinal committee to advise him

Pope Francis has established a committee of eight cardinals from around the globe to advise him on reforming the Vatican bureaucracy. The group has been tasked with helping the Pope implement changes to the Roman Curia – the administrative apparatus of the Holy See –  which was plagued by scandal during the eight-year reign of his predecessor Pope Benedict.  The group, which is set to hold their first meeting in early October, is composed of cardinals from Europe, the Americans, Australia and Asia.

French prisoner blasts way out of prison, takes hostages

A notorious robber used explosives to blast his way out of a prison in northern France, taking five hostages during his daring escape, AFP quoted local officials as saying. Police and helicopters are on the hunt for the escapee, who released the hostages shortly after fleeing the detention center. The prison, located in the town of Sequedin, was significantly damaged when the explosives detonated and ripped through an airlock security door.

Mubarak to stand retrial on Saturday

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been transferred from a military hospital to a police academy in Cairo, Al Arabiya reported. Mubarak will stand trial again on Saturday. He has already been convicted for his involvement in the killing of more than 800 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster, and has been serving a life sentence. Both the defense and the prosecution asked Egypt’s highest appeals court for a retrial.

First case of new bird flu strain reported in Beijing

A 7-year-old girl in Beijing was confirmed to be infected with the new strain of bird flu on Saturday, according to Xinhua news agency. This is the first case of H7N9 outside eastern China. The girl was reportedly hospitalized on Thursday with flu symptoms, and is now showing signs of recovery. Her parents, neither of whom are infected, are in the live poultry business. Eleven people have already died from the H7N9 virus since it was first discovered to have infected humans last month. The total number of those infected has risen to 44.

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Beijing

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Beijing for his first visit to China as America’s top diplomat. His trip comes amidst rising tensions and threats of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula. Kerry, who will meet with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, is expected to press Beijing to use its influence over Pyongyang to help resolve the ongoing crisis. Kerry kicked off a four-day diplomatic tour in East Asia with a visit to South Korea on Friday. He is set to fly to Japan on Sunday.


‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ tops UK charts following Thatcher’s death

The BBC has rejected calls to ban the seventy-four-year-old “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” following record sales of the song from The Wizard of Oz following a Facebook campaign to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. Though BBC Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said he found the campaign “distasteful,” sales have propelled the song to the number three spot on UK charts as of Friday, and thus it could not be ignored. As a form of compromise, the BBC will only play a brief excerpt in a news report to explain how it came to suddenly top the music charts.

Its sheer apathy of Shiela Dikshit Government that led to the massive fire that engulfed the entire jhuggi cluster in Bawana yesterday leaving many dead and numerous injured. The Delhi Government has been shedding crocodile tears since the tragedy happened, while the truth is that it could have been easily averted had the Government been more sensitive to its people’s needs. Unfortunately, Shiela Dikshit who boasts of being Delhi Chief Minister for last 15 years has failed miserably to understand the pulse of its people.
Yesterday, when AAP leaders Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai visited the area, people cried their heart out. Many people living the Jhuggis informed that the Government had promised them land long back in 2006. The people had even deposited money with the DDA for the same. The papers along with the receipts were burned to ashes in the fire. Those who managed to retrieve their papers, showed them to us (See Attachment). Even though more than 6 years have passed, no land has been allotted to them forcing them to live in slums. The Delhi Government had been sitting on these applications and poor people’s money for many years. What was it waiting for – were they waiting for a tragedy like this to happen or the next assembly elections?
The casualness of the Government was evident when a statement released by the Chief Minister’s office said it had “deputed” the Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), sub-divisional magistrates and other officers along with the local MLA to “take care of the affected persons”. The ground reality is that the residents of the JJ cluster have received little attention from the authorities.
Many children have passed away in the fire. Volunteers present at the site have informed that atleast 7 children had passed away yesterday itself in the incident and more than 500 poultry and cattle were charred to death.
Meanwhile, more than 400 Aam Aadmi Party volunteers have rushed to the spot and been working there since yesterday providing relief to the people. Volunteers from almost all constituencies have reached the spot and ensured adequate supplies to the area. Medicines, food, drinking water, clothes etc have been collected in abundance by the volunteers and delivered to Bawana. An open call has been given to people who are willing to donate in cash or kind for relief activities in the area. Responding to it, many people have come forward to help with whatever they can.

Cardinal Gracias will help to reform the troubled Catholic Church.

14 04 2013 From the Desk of…Joseph Dias, General Secretary, The CSF Catholic-Christian Secular Forum April 13, 2013: Pope Francis on Saturday made one of his first major decisions by setting up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration and this group included Mumbai’s Cardinal Oswald Gracias.
The Pope selected a group of eight cardinals who will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps and scandals that plagued the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI before he resigned in February this year.
Anger at the mostly Italian prelates who run the Curia-the central governing bodies of the Church was one of the reasons why the cardinals chose the first non-European pope for 1,300 years and quashed the chances of one of the front-runners, Milan Archbishop Angelo Scola.
Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello from Italy, Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa of Santiago, Chile, Oswald Gracias of Bombay, Reinhard Marx of Munich, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Sean Patrick O’Malley of Boston, George Pell of Sydney, and Oscar Andres Rodriquez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, will serve as secretary, a Vatican statement said.
The Archdiocese in the city of Mumbai in India is known by the Vatican as the Archdiocese of Bombay.
Who is Cardinal Oswald Gracias?
Oswald Gracias was born on December 24, 1944 and is a Goan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Archbishop of Bombay (Mumbai) and was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 October 2006 to the post, and was made a cardinal in 2007. In 2010, he was elected as the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
After being ordained a priest in 1970 Gracias went on to study in Rome and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay and Titular Bishop of Bladia by Pope John Paul II on in 1997. Gracias was later named Archbishop of Agra. He was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 2006 taking over from Cardinal Ivan Dias.
In 2010, Cardinal Gracias suffered from a rare cancer and underwent surgeries and is currently said to be cancer-free though this illness affected his body making him thin. But when it comes to his role as a cardinal and priest Cardinal Gracias continues to perform all his duties.
Vatican City: India’s Oswald Gracias was among eight high-ranking cardinals from around the world who were today appointed by Pope Francis in an advisory council to look into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.
The council will help the Pope revise the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia Pastor bonus – the Church administration which helps him in the daily governance, the Vatican said in a statement. Pope John Paul II had issued Pastor Bonus in 1988.
“The Holy Father decided to set up the Council following on from discussions that emerged during the General Congregations in the lead up to the Conclave which elected him the 265th Successor to St Peter,” it said.
The group of Cardinals will be coordinated by Rodriguez while Marcello Semeraro, Bishop of Albano (Italy), will serve as the secretary.
The first meeting of the Council will take place on October 1-3, 2013, the statement said.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the appointments comes exactly one month after Pope Francis was elected as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The council would have no legislative power and that its main function is to “help” and “advise” the Pope, the ‘Vatican Radio’ quoted Lombardi as saying.
The Pope has already been in touch with the selected cardinals, he said.
The Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.
- Agencies

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