Category: India

Superbug A Ploy To Kill Medical Tourism: Healthcare Experts

Healthcare experts in Bangalore smelled a rat in the warning of an antibiotic-resistant Indian superbug going endemic which hit the world headlines yesterday.

While some said the report was an exaggeration and propaganda to kill medical tourism in the country, others termed it a ploy by multinational pharma companies to introduce more drugs and stronger antibiotics into the Indian market.

“We can expect more ‘superbugs and superviruses’ linked to India. This is just the beginning and a lot more is yet to happen to the Indian healthcare industry which is emerging as a medical tourism destination,” said Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya.

Opposition Presses on Caste Issue

The Opposition and OBC parties mounted pressure on the union government to take up the caste headcount in the second phase of the census exercise, instead of the biometric stage.

After an uproar led by the members belonging to the OBC in the Lok Sabha, leaders of BJP, SP, JD-U, RJD and BSP met finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram. They told the ministers that taking up caste census in the biometric stage would defeat the purpose as it would be a long-drawn process.

According to sources, the two leaders said that they will place the proposal of caste enumeration during the second phase before the Cabinet. The Opposition is confident that the government will find it difficult to turn down its demand on the premise that it cannot afford to anger ‘Backward Classes’.

Act Against Terror: Krishna Tells Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha that the biggest “confidence building measure” that Islamabad can take was to prevent any future terrorist attack on India. He also asked Pakistan to take “credible and firm action” against terrorist groups, including the Jaamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and its leaders like Hafiz Saeed.

But “unfortunately, Pakistan becomes subjective whenever we bring Saeed and others in discussion. We certainly would like Pakistan to be helpful and cooperative with India so that we can live in peace with each other,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “Terror is our core concern whenever we have talks with our counterparts in Pakistan,” he said.

Munaf to replace an overworked Ishant

Less than a week after returning from Sri Lanka, Munaf Patel is back to join his teammates for the tri-series. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Munaf will join as an “additional member” of squad for the tri-series. Munaf’s addition to the 15-member squad that boasts of four medium-pacers indicates that not all is well with Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, both of whom were overworked during the three-Test series against the hosts.

Cars Replace Feet in Delhi for Queen’s Baton

When the Queen’s Baton arrives in Delhi the relay will take place in cars rather than on foot as is the norm.

To avoid undue traffic congestion on a weekday the baton arrives in the city from Haryana on September 30, which is Thursday the baton will be driven straight to the OC headquarters in Connaught Place. There will be a VIP contingent comprising political leaders and officials of the OC and IOA waiting to “welcome it”. This will be followed by a cultural programme.