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TB a national emergency: Vardhan
New Delhi, September 6
An email repository has been planned for establishing connectivity between the government and doctors in the country with the objective of pooling resources to lower the disease burden. Government doctors as well as those in private practice would be covered by it.

HRD Minister opens expo at Dilli Haat
New Delhi, September 6
Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Irani today inaugurated Kriti Exhibition-2014 at Dilli Haat, INA, where artisans of the organising group, Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), will be giving a live demonstration of their skills during the three-day expo.
Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani visits the exhibition on literacy and livelihood, Kriti, organised by the National Literacy Mission in New Delhi on Saturday Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani visits the exhibition on literacy and livelihood, Kriti, organised by the National Literacy Mission in New Delhi on Saturday. Tribune photo


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DPCC mulls revamping effluent treatment plants
New Delhi, September 6
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is exploring various possibilities to revamp the existing Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) managed by the CETP societies in the industrial estates across the city.

DU holds transgender sensitisation workshop
New Delhi, September 6
Nearly 50 transgender activists participated in a sensitisation workshop organised today by the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (ACEE), Delhi University.

Over 4,600 bottles of illicit liquor seized
New Delhi, September 6
The Commissioner of Excise, Neeraj Semwal, said that the Excise department conducted raids in several parts of the city today and seized 4,692 bottles of illicit liquor of different brands like Rasila Santra, Impact Whisky, Asli Santra, Imperial Blue Whisky, etc.

Exhibition of marginalised craft producers begins today
New Delhi, September 6
Recycled home products, traditional quilts, Kantha work and hand-woven textiles--all of these would be on display at a two-day exhibition beginning here on Sunday that would showcase the work of several marginalised craft producers, organisers said on Saturday.

Drunk Britisher creates ruckus at IGI Airport
New Delhi, September 6
A drunk British man Saturday created a ruckus at Indira Gandhi International Airport here when he broke a fire alarm box, police said on Saturday. The 45-year-old man, identified only as Daniel, arrived at Terminal 3 from London and was in an inebriated condition, police said. He had a connecting fight to Tokyo, Japan.

Mild rain in city, expect more today
New Delhi, September 6
There were traces of rainfall in some areas of the national Capital on Saturday. The Met office has forecast more rain on Sunday. "The skies will be generally cloudy with rain and thundershowers in some parts of the city," said an official of the India  Meteorological Department (IMD).





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TB a national emergency: Vardhan
Calls for email repository of doctors for better management of disease
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
An email repository has been planned for establishing connectivity between the government and doctors in the country with the objective of pooling resources to lower the disease burden. Government doctors as well as those in private practice would be covered by it.

Announcing this here today at the inauguration of the First National TB Drug Resistance Survey, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, said, "Building up an email repository would especially help in the national fight against TB, a notifiable disease. It would facilitate instant transmission of news to all health authorities, public health and healthcare providers, public health laboratories and healthcare professionals.

The minister said the survey, which would be held in collaboration with WHO and USAID, will have the largest-ever sample size, 5,214-covering 120 TB units in 24 states. The patients to be surveyed are both the first-time and retreatment cases. Their resistance levels against 13 anti-TB drugs would be observed-five of them first-line and eight second-line.

He stressed the international significance of the survey findings and analysis based on which would help form a better understanding of TB not only in India but all over the world. The earlier surveys were carried out in Bangladesh, Brazil and China but had smaller sample sizes and covered just four drugs.

Noting that the use of Information and Communication Technology will help in real-time monitoring the survey, Dr Vardhan said, "TB is a national emergency. India accounts for 99,000 of the global burden of 390,000 multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB cases annually-25 per cent of the total burden.

The mortality associated with this form of TB is higher than drug-susceptible TB. Now, an even bigger challenge has emerged called "Extensively drug-resistant TB" (XDR-TB).

The Union Health Minister, who also re-launched the ministry's media campaign on TB, said, "Let us focus on advocacy and social mobilisation. People are more conscious about cancer and AIDS than TB. They should be reminded that the high incidence of TB even after a century of government programmes is a matter of national shame."

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HRD Minister opens expo at Dilli Haat
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Irani today inaugurated Kriti Exhibition-2014 at Dilli Haat, INA, where artisans of the organising group, Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), will be giving a live demonstration of their skills during the three-day expo.

The JSS is an empowerment scheme under the government's National Literacy Mission. The exhibition, which is witnessing participation from nearly 250 JSSes whose beneficiaries have put up their stalls , has been organised as part of International Literacy Day 2014 celebrations.

The minister said that JSSes offer a unique combination of culture, vocational training and education. JSSes in consultation with the officials of the Ministry of HRD should fix for themselves the target of "Jan Dhan Yojna" for economic empowerment of their beneficiaries, she added.

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DPCC mulls revamping effluent treatment plants
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) is exploring various possibilities to revamp the existing Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) managed by the CETP societies in the industrial estates across the city.

Sanjiv Kumar, chairman, DPCC has outlined the requirement for preparing a Master Plan to revamp the treatment plants. The plan will address the burning issue of controlling pollution in the Yamuna in Delhi.

Explaining the issue at a workshop, the DPCC chairman said that 13 CETPs which were built by DSIIDC in 1990s have been running much below their capacity due to several factors.

He said there were other issues like inadequate design and operational inadequacies resulting in non-compliance of environmental standards. Keeping this in view the Master Plan for an upgraded network of CETPs will be evolved taking into consideration the current design parameters, data on performance levels.

He said that the DPCC has engaged all CETPs in last two years to ensure that capacity utilization is improved. The authorities in CETPs have said that there is no earmarked place to dispose of the hazardous wastes. As the character of units in the industrial estates has changed over the years, a few units generate effluent only.

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DU holds transgender sensitisation workshop
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
Nearly 50 transgender activists participated in a sensitisation workshop organised today by the Department of Adult, Continuing Education and Extension (ACEE), Delhi University.

The workshop focussed on making the university sensitised towards transgenders, accommodating them in the Anti-Ragging Committee and taking up a short-term course for them.

"It was the first time we organised a transgender workshop as part of the International Literacy Week and we received a good response. We will have an awareness walk tomorrow and a day after the issues of female sex workers would be discussed. One important thing was the demand of transgenders for a grievance committee which could take up their issues and the department will initiate a short-term course on peer training for transgenders," said ACEE HoD Dr Rajesh.

The four-day workshop had 125 participants from the university, including transgenders and voluntary organisations such as Adent, PGTI, India HIV/AIDS, Pahchan and Alliance too had their representatives. Two of them, who could not complete the course earlier owing to security concerns, were the past students of School of Open Learning.

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Over 4,600 bottles of illicit liquor seized
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 6
The Commissioner of Excise, Neeraj Semwal, said that the Excise department conducted raids in several parts of the city today and seized 4,692 bottles of illicit liquor of different brands like Rasila Santra, Impact Whisky, Asli Santra, Imperial Blue Whisky, etc.

He said that a number of teams were formed and raids were conducted to seize the liquor which was non-duty paid in the Capital.

Giving the details of raids, Semwal said that a case was registered at Burari police station in North Delhi against Bharat Bhushan and Sunil Kumar as 480 bottles of Asli Santra were seized from their possession while they were smuggling it to Haryana. A vehicle used for transportation was also seized.

Another case of illicit liquor was registered in Jahangirpuri police station where the accused person is at large. In this case, 480 bottles of Rasila Santra Brand and 840 bottles of Impact Whisky were recovered.

One vehicle Tempo TATA-407 was also seized.

The Excise department has got four more cases registered one each in Kalyanpuri, Mayur Vihar, Mandawali and Farsh Bazar police stations.

The Commissioner said the raids will continue in the Capital to check discrepancies and find whether the provisions are followed.

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Exhibition of marginalised craft producers begins today

New Delhi, September 6
Recycled home products, traditional quilts, Kantha work and hand-woven textiles--all of these would be on display at a two-day exhibition beginning here on Sunday that would showcase the work of several marginalised craft producers, organisers said on Saturday.

The Kolkata-based NGO, Sasha in association with designer Sonam Dubal's brand "Sanskar" has organised the exhibition - "Tsutra" - at Alliance Francaise where a collection of ensembles for women including hand-woven textiles, prints, layered jackets as well as personal accessories and home textiles would be on display.

"We are bringing different types of crafts that are indigenous to West Bengal in this exhibition. We have been working with various craftsmen from marganilised communities and creating avenues for their sustainable development," said Raminder Khan, national marketing manager, Sasha.

"We help these craftsmen to create eco-friendly products. Working with established designers helps them with design development," she added.

This is the third edition of the exhibition in the capital and Khan feels through exhibitions like these, their works reach out to a larger audience.

"We are working with over 100 marginalised craft producers who belong to communities primarily based in West Bengal and other parts of eastern India and providing them access to national and international markets," said Khan. IANS

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Drunk Britisher creates ruckus at IGI Airport

New Delhi, September 6
A drunk British man Saturday created a ruckus at Indira Gandhi International Airport here when he broke a fire alarm box, police said on Saturday. The 45-year-old man, identified only as Daniel, arrived at Terminal 3 from London and was in an inebriated condition, police said. He had a connecting fight to Tokyo, Japan.

"The incident happened around 4.30 a.m., when a British national named Daniel broke a fire alarm box at the food court situated at T3," a police officer said.

Later, he was taken to a hospital for first aid, the officer said, adding that he will board his scheduled flight to Tokyo Saturday evening. IANS

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Mild rain in city, expect more today

New Delhi, September 6
There were traces of rainfall in some areas of the national Capital on Saturday. The Met office has forecast more rain on Sunday. "The skies will be generally cloudy with rain and thundershowers in some parts of the city," said an official of the India 
Meteorological Department (IMD).

Saturday's maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded two degrees below normal at 33.2 and 23.6 C, respectively.

The day's humidity wavered between a high and low of 95 and 66 per cent, respectively.

Till 5.30 p.m., 15.7 mm of rainfall was recorded at Palam, while only traces were recorded at Safdarjung.

Sunday's maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 32 and 24 C, respectively.

Friday's maximum temperature was recorded four notches below the season's average at 30.3 C, while the minimum was 25.1 C , slightly below average. IANS

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