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Quality education needs funds

The National Education Policy has a vision of the education in the next many decades. It falters on the fundamental question of how to fund it in an era of high costs, high inflation and the most expensive education envisioned.It is a surprise that the crucial question of funding not only for educating the coming generations but also paying the most important resource, the teachers in schools and faculty in higher education, has apparently not been mulled over.

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Clash breaks out between BJP & IPFT in Taidu, 3 i...
15 Aug 2020 22:27 - Our Correspondant

 August 15, 2020: bloody clash  broke out in Taidu market on Saturday afternoon between workers and supporters of ruling allies  BJP and IPFT. The clash broke  over the formation of the bazaar committee, which was scheduled to come off today and supporters of both the parties had gathered fro [ ... ]

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Six cops to receive medals for meritorious service
14 Aug 2020 18:36 - Our Correspondant

Agartala, Aug 14,2020: Six police and TSR personnel from Tripura have been selected for Police Medal for Meritorious Service' on the occasion of the 74th  independence day tomorrow. The selected police and TSR personnel are : 1) Arun Lal Das, assistant commandant Agartala, 2) Sima Biswas , inspe [ ... ]

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Hepatitis – a global health concern

Agartala, July 28,2018:  Hepatitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the liver as a result of viral infection or exposure to harmful or toxic substances such as drugs or alcohol.

While some types of hepatitis will pass without causing permanent damage to the liver, chronic cases can cause cirrhosis, liver failure or cancer. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E, which pose the greatest risk. Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are viral infections which can cause chronic hepatitis and are the leading causes for hepatic cirrhosis and cancer, thus creating a significant burden to healthcare systems due to the high morbidity / mortality and costs of treatment. Around 70-80% of people with Hepatitis B or C do not even have any symptoms. The symptoms often go unnoticed, the reason why this disease is also known as the ‘silent killer.’ 

Approximately 1 in 12 persons worldwide, or some 500 million people, are living with chronic viral hepatitis. About 15 million Indians are anti-HCV positive and 5 million of them may be viraemic. Of these, nearly 25%, i.e. over 1 million, may develop chronic liver disease within 2 decades and 1%–4% of them may develop liver cancer. Annually, in India about 250,000 people die of viral hepatitis or its sequelae. About 130–170 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, and more than 250,000 people die from hepatitis C-related liver diseases each year.  

There are an estimated 2-4 million people in the United States, 5 to 10 million people in Europe and about 15 million people in India who are chronically infected with HCV. HCV has six major genotypes, referred to as genotypes 1 through 6. It is important for the treating physician to determine which HCV genotype a patient has, as this information can impact decisions regarding the type and duration of treatment.

The major risk factor for HCV infection is parenteral exposure, primarily through blood products and needle sharing among injection drug users. Recipients of previously unscreened blood, blood products and organs, patients and employees in haemodialysis centers (nosocomial infections). hemophiliacs, injection drug users sharing contaminated needles and/or injection materials , people exposed to unsterile medical or dental equipment. Occupational exposure to blood -  people administering or receiving acupuncture and/or tattooing with unsterile devices. Health care workers ,through sexual route and perinatal transmission (infants born to infected mothers )

Screening for HCV among blood donors has reduced the risk of acquiring HCV from blood producwts by half to two thirds.  Some people acquire the infection through non-parenteral means that have not been fully defined, but include sexual transmission in persons with high risk behaviors, although transmission of HCV is generally less common than that of HBV and HIV. 

Approximately 70%–80% of people with acute Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. If present they can include : Flu-like symptoms  • Fatigue  • Nausea  • Aching muscles and joints  • Anxiety and depression  • Poor concentration  • Stomach ache  • Loss of appetite  • Dark urine/bright stools. Transfusion and use of unsterile syringes are the dominant mode of transmission of HCV in India. 15%–20% of all chronic liver disease and hepatocellular cancer HCC in India are caused by HCV .

Currently, there is no approved vaccine for HCV. All children should get the Hepatitis B vaccine. Babies should get a first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. They should have all three shots in the series by age 6 to 18 months. Infants born to mothers who have acute hepatitis B or have had the infection in the past should get a special hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth. Children younger than age 19 who have not had the vaccine should get “catch-up” doses.

Adults at high risk for Hepatitis B should also be vaccinated, including: Health care workers and those who live with someone who has hepatitis B, people with end-stage kidney disease, chronic liver disease, or HIV infection, people with multiple sex partners and men who have sex with other men and those  who use recreational  injectable drugs. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

Hepatitis B and C viruses are spread through contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person infected with the virus. The viruses are NOT spread through casual contact, such as holding hands, sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, breastfeeding, kissing, hugging, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid coming in contact with blood or bodily fluids of others, avoid sharing personal items, such as razors or toothbrushes

DO NOT share drug needles or other drug equipment. Clean blood spills with a solution containing 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water. Be careful when getting tattoos and body piercings.

Safe sex means taking steps before and during sex that can prevent you from getting an infection, or from giving an infection to your partner.

After realizing the gravity of these infections, and in recognition of the birthday of Professor Baruch Blumberg, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the Hepatitis B virus,  World Health Organization has decided to observe 28th July as the “World Hepatitis Day” to create awareness among the people about the infection, its consequences and ways and means to prevent the spread of this dreadful and fatal disease. 

World Hepatitis Day was launched in 2008 in response to the concern that chronic viral hepatitis did not have the level of awareness, nor the political momentum, seen with other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. This is despite the fact that the number of people chronically infected with, and the number of deaths caused by, hepatitis B and C is on the same scale as these conditions. World Hepatitis Day has generated massive public and media interest, as well as support from governments and Non-Governmental Organisations.

 

 

West Bengal News

West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra dies, cremation today; leaders pay tribute

KOLKATA, JULY 30,202:West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra died of kidney and heart ailments at a private hospital in the early hours of Thursday.

Mitra was 78 and is survived by his son Rohan Mitra, state youth Congress leader, and wife Sikha Mitra, a former legislator.

“Saddened to hear about the passing away of veteran leader, former MP and West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra. My deepest condolences to his family, followers and well-wishers,” tweeted chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mitra was admitted to the hospital a week ago and underwent dialysis twice. He will be cremated later in the day, said members of the family.

“All my love and support to family and friends of Somen Mitra at this difficult time. We will remember him with love, fondness and respect,” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

Mitra was elected legislator from the Sealdah constituency in central Kolkata seven times. He was also elected to the Lok Sabha as a Trinamool Congress candidate in 2009 when he left the Congress for a few years only to return to the party again.

Mitra was state Congress president twice. During his first stint between 1992 and 1998, Mamata Banerjee left the party and formed the Trinamool Congress, alleging that Congress had become a weak Opposition against the Left Front government.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and former president of the party’s West Bengal unit Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he has lost a guardian. “I started my career under his leadership. He helped me become a people’s representative for the first time.”

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said, “Mitra was the face of the old political culture that was marked by decency and courtesy.”

CPI(M) politburo member and former Lok Sabha MP Md Salim said, “Mitra was one of those old timers who stayed in touch with people and knew individuals by their names and faces. He knew constituencies like the palm of his hand.”

 

National News

India's COVID cases to peak in June-July: AIIMS director

New Delhi, May8,2020:All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Thursday said India may witness the peak of COVID-19 cases in June or July. "The answer of when will be the peak of cases of COVID-19 in India depends upon modelling data. National and international both experts are analysing the data. Most of them have guessed that India will most likely see the peak in June or July," he said.

Dr Guleria added, earlier it was analysed that the peak will be in May but due to extended lockdown the peak has also been extended.

It is a dynamic process that depends upon various factors. It is a long-lasting battle. Cases will come even after the peak is passed. People's lifestyle in terms of travelling and socialising will change," he said.

The AIIMS Director also said only with time the quantum of effect of the lockdown in the country will be known. The cases are increasing with the tally on Thursday at 52,952, including 1,783 deaths according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total tally includes 35,902 active cases while 15,266 patients have recovered from COVID-19.

 

Interview

Loved Rajinikanth’s hair in 'Murattu Kalai'? Meet the wig maker behind the look

Veteran wig maker B Natesan takes us through the process of making one, and why he feels his is a thankless profession

“Your hair determines your beauty. Without it, you’re nothing but a naked soul,” says wig maker B Natesan (60). He is sitting crossed legged at his tiny shop, adjacent to Kodambakkam bridge, and reflecting on the popular opinion that baldness or the lack hair might lower a person’s self-esteem.

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