Private hospitals to provide free treatment

The Supreme Court said all private hospitals in Delhi must provide free treatment to certain percentage of poor patients. Providing treatment to the poor was one of the clauses in the lease deed due to which land was given to hospitals at a very cheap price. The Supreme Court will monitor the functioning of private hospitals to ensure that the poor patients are treated free of cost.

Odisha announced health care assistance

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced that the state government would launch a new scheme which will provide health care assistance of Rs 5 lakh per family in government hospitals to around 3.5 crore people. CM announced that the “Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana” will be launched on August 15. It will provide health care benefits to around 3.5 crore people from over 70 lakh families in the state.

Shantaram Naik passes away in Goa

Former Congress MP Shantaram Naik passed away in Goa, after suffering a heart attack while being shifted to Trimurti hospital. The 73-year-old was a one-time North Goa Lok Sabha MP and a two-time Rajya Sabha MP. He successfully contested the North Goa Lok Sabha seat in 1984 and was instrumental in the passage of the Statehood Bill that consequently granted statehood to Goa on May 30, 1987.

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno passed away after a battle with mouth cancer, according to a statement by the hospital. She was 78. Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966.

Ambulance service for infants

4 : The Gujarat government has decided to launch a dedicated ambulance service to shift critically ill infants to better equipped hospitals. Under the ‘Neonatal ambulance service project for inter-hospital transfer’, the government would deploy 10 specially-equipped ambulances across the state. This facility will be linked to the ‘108’ service.

Free chemotherapy in 10 Maharashtra districts

The Maharashtra state government will introduce free chemotherapy facility in 10 districts from June.This facility will be made available at district hospitals of Nagpur, Gadchiroli, Pune, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik, Wardha, Satara, Bhandara and Akola in the first phase. The initiative would help patients save in lodging and travelling expenses.

Haryana Govt. to support TB patients

Haryana government has decided to provide special benefits, including nutritional support, to tuberculosis patients in an effort to eliminate the infectious disease by 2025. The government would provide nutritional support of ` 500 per month during treatment to notified TB patients. Free services would be provided to TB patients in government hospitals of Haryana, including X-Ray.

Karnataka Unveils ‘Arogya Karnataka’

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah unveiled a healthcare scheme named ‘Arogya Karnataka’ aimed at benefitting about 1.43 crore households in the state. It will provide quality primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to both BPL and above-poverty-line (APL) families in the state. Through the scheme, all the BPL households will get free treatment at government hospitals while for APL households.

Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswathi Passes Away

Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the senior seer of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt situated in Tamil Nadu, passed away. He was 82-years-old. The junior pontiff, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswathi will be the 70th Jagadguru of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi came to wield enormous say in matters affecting the Hindu religion in the country, including the Ayodhya issue.

Google brings Symptom Search feature to India

Google India has rolled out its feature called “Symptom Search” in India that lets users find quality health information on their smartphones.Google in collaboration with a team of doctors from Apollo Hospitals will add tailor-made information about commonly-searched symptoms in its Search. The project aims to provide quality healthcare information which can be accessed by a billion Indians

CRPF starts bike ambulance in Bastar

The CRPF has launched a bike ambulance initiative in areas of anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh, for providing basic healthcare facilities to those living in remote jungle areas of Bastar region.Medical teams, accompanied by well-armed security personnel ride their motorcycles to help the sick and injured in about 70 villages. The battalion is based in Bijapur.

Former Indore mayor Suresh Seth passes away

Senior Congress leader and former Indore Mayor, Suresh Seth, breathed his last following an illness at a local hospital. He was 87.Seth, known for his charismatic and robust personality, was also called as a ‘Lion of Indore’. He aggressively took up people’s issues and cut across party lines to deliver benefit to the common man.

No GST on food served to patients in hospital

The government has clarified that the food served to patients admitted to the hospital is part of healthcare services and is therefore exempt from GST.However, the food served by the hospital to patients who are not admitted will be taxable. Also, there will be no GST levied on services provided by doctors, consultants, and technicians at the hospital.

Hukum Singh passes away

BJP MP Hukum Singh passed away in Uttar Pradesh after suffering from breathing difficulties for long.He had hogged the headlines in 2016 after he released a list of Hindu families and alleged that there had been a mass exodus of Hindus from his constituency.He was an MLA in Uttar Pradesh for seven terms and a minister in the state before entering the Lok Sabha in the 2014 polls.

Jazz musician Coco Schumann dead

German Jewish guitarist Coco Schumann, died at the age of 93.He was also a member of “Ghetto Swingers band”, and was forced to perform concerts at the camp. He had a seven-decade-long career in swing and jazz music and survived Nazi concentration camps.

Artiste passes away during performance

Ottanthullal artiste Kalamandalam Geethanandan on Sunday passed away during a performance at a temple in Kerala’s Irinjalakuda.A video of his last thullal performance, a combination of dance and recital, showing him collapse with folded hands went viral. The 58-year-old artiste, who has performed on over 5,000 stages, was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

‘Beetle Bailey’ cartoonist Walker died

Comic strip artist Mort Walker who tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey,” died.Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11. But he found his greatest success drawing slacker Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy for nearly 70 years.

Ingvar Kamprad died

Ingvar Kamprad, the Founder of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, died at the age of 91 at his home. Kamprad was the world’s eighth-richest person with a net worth of $58.7 billion. He had founded Ikea at the age of 17, building it into the world’s largest furniture retailer.

Trade unionist Yashwant Chavan dead

Veteran Communist leader and noted trade unionist Yashwant Chavan died at a private hospital in Pune on Tuesday following a brief illness. He was 970.Born in 1920, Chavan was one of the last Marxist luminaries to be active in the Indian Communist Party in its heyday in late 1930s and 40s. Firebrands leaders such as S.K. Limaye and Shripad Amrut Dange served as his ideological mentors.

Manipur launches health assurance scheme

Manipur CM N Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a pioneering health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people. 10 advanced life support ambulances will be given as gift of Statehood Day to Manipur.The CMHT will provide cashless treatment to the poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.

Odisha launches e-Hospital system

On Jan 19, Odisha State Government launched Odisha e-Hospital Management Information System.It is an online platform which hosts all clinical parameters of patients and reporting of performance criteria of hospitals. Through OeHIMS, patients can be registered online. Besides, individual electronic health records can be viewed and downloaded online through web portal or mobile application.

CPI(M) veteran Khagen Das passes away

Khagen Das, CPI(M) veteran and chairman of the Left Front Committee of Tripura, died in Kolkata on Sunday.Mr. Das, 81, died within minutes of his admission to a hospital for chest pain.He was in Kolkata to attend the party’s central committee meeting. Mr. Das served as a Minister and member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

Journalist Anindya Sengupta passes away

Journalist Anindya Sengupta died at a private hospital in Kolkata. He was 52.Sengupta started his career with Bengali newspaper ‘Bartaman’, and then worked with English dailies ‘The Statesman’ and ‘The Telegraph’. He had served as the secretary of Kolkata Press Club for six terms, and was presently the secretary of the Indian Journalists Association (IJA).

PMSMA crosses 1 crore mark

J P Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare has stated that antenatal check-ups under Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) has crossed 1cr mark.PMSMA was launched in 2016 with an objective to ensure comprehensive and quality antenatal checkups to pregnant women. Under this, quality antenatal checkups are provided to pregnant women on the 9th of every month at PMSAM sites.

Actress Charu Rohatgi Passes Away

TV actress Charu Rohatgi, known for her roles in serials like ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?’ and ‘Uttaran’, passed away.She reportedly passed away after a cardiac arrest.While Charu had played Parineeti Chopra’s mother in the film ‘Ishaqzaade’, she had also starred in films like ‘1920: London’.

Johnson & Johnson Partners with Maha.

Maharashtra’s mine workers who face an increased risk of tuberculosis will be part of awareness programmes on the illness.It is a part of a partnership that the Maharashtra Government recently formalized with Johnson & Johnson. Other interventions under the ambit of the agreement include hospital acquired infections and maternal and infant mortality.

West Bengal tops DIPP’s BRAP 2017

West Bengal currently tops the list of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion’s Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) 2017. It is followed by Gujarat. The rankings are based on implementation only and scores of feedback evaluation have not been considered. BRAP 2017 also includes two new sectors — healthcare and hospitality.

Free treatment for Hepatitis C

The health ministry is set to roll out a National Programme for Control of Viral Hepatitis from the 2018-19 financial year.With the focus on Hepatitis C, an anti-viral treatment that costs $63,000-94,000 for the full course in the US and Europe will be provided free at all government health set-ups. Hepatitis C is caused by a blood-borne virus which affects the liver.

Haryana launches HRP portal

Haryana has become the first state in the country to launch high risk pregnancy (HRP) portal.This portal not only helps in early identification of high-risk pregnancy cases but also ensures their timely referral to the civil hospitals for further manage-ment and delivery by specialists. The initiative had been lauded by the Niti Ayog and the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

Radha Viswanathan passes away

6 : Carnatic vocalist Radha Vishwanathan, daughter of legendary classical singer M S Subbulakshmi, passed away.Vishwanathan, 83, developed breathing-related complications following which she was admitted to the Fortis Hospital yesterday morning. She had accompanied her mother Subbulakshmi, a Bharat Ratna award winner, during her concerts, including overseas events, for decades.

Assam launches free CT Scan service

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched a free CT Scan service under at Shri Shri Pitambar Dev Goswami Civil Hospital in Majuli island.It is launched under ‘Chief Minister Free Diagnostic Services’. Majuli is world’s largest river island. It is also the home constituency of Sonowal.

Partha Mukhopadhyay passes away

On 25th December 2017, Bengali actor Partha Mukhopadhyay died due to cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Kolkata. Partha Mukhopadhyay was 70 years old.He had acted in films made by great directors like Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar and Goutam Ghosh.His important movies are Balika Bodhu, Dhonyi Meye, Agnishwar, Amar Prithivi, Baag Bandi Khela.

BCCI appoints COO for NCA

BCCI has appointed Tufan Ghosh as the chief operating officer of the National Cricket Academy.One of the top professionals in the health care & hospitality industry, Ghosh comes with more than 29 years of experience.NCA regularly hosts camps for national teams ahead of important tours & is a second home for most cricketers for skills enhancement, training, strength conditioning,

Ja Ra Sundaresan dies aged 87

Senior Tamil journalist & humourist Ja Ra Sundaresan died at a private hospital on 8th Dec.A prolific writer, Mr. Sundaresan had authored over 1,000 short stories and 2 dozen novels. His main fictional characters were “Appusami” & “Seetha patti.”He joined Tamil weekly, Kumudam, as a member of the editorial desk in 1953 & worked for the journal as assistant editor & deputy editor till 1990.

King of rock Johnny Hallyday dies

France’s best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer.Known simply as Johnny at home & “the French Elvis” abroad, Hallyday was a singer, actor & consummate showman who sparked scenes of mass hysteria in his heyday. Hallyday broke from France’s classic chanson tradition in the late 1950s, selling more than 100 million albums & headlining 50 major tours

New president of NRAI

Rahul Singh, the founder, and CEO of The Beer Café has been appointed as president of the National Restaurant Association of India.He will replace Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD of Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality who resigned from his duties due to health reasons.Rahul is the recipient of the TiECON 2014 Entrepreneurial award for excellence, Entrepreneur India 2015 award in F&B service.

Modi Inaugurated Hospital in Ahmedabad

Modi inaugurated a unique world-class hospital at the Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyapeeth Pratisthanam in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.The 200-bed hospital is an integration of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Allopathy. The hospital has world-class facilities in all the 3 streams offering the best possible care for any ailment.The hospital aims at providing top of the line medical & healthcare on subsidized rates.

Egyptian actress Shadia passed away

Shadia, an Egyptian actress, and singer who captivated Arab audiences for decades died.Shadia’s death was announced on Egypt’s State Information Service website, which did not say where she died.A stroke had left her in a coma at a Cairo military hospital recently.Shadia played roles in more than 100 films in a career that began in the late 1940s. Her parents called her Fatimah Shaker.

Skill India partners with Airbnb

On 28th November 2017, a tripartite MoU was signed between National Skill Development Corporation and THSC with Airbnb. The MoU will provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India. This MoU aims to empower more citizens, including those in rural and underserved areas nd pursue new livelihood opportunities by sharing their homes.

Thodupuzha Vasanthi passes away

Popular Malayalam stage, movie and television actor Thodupuzha Vasanthi passed away at a private hospital in Thodupuzha, Kerala. Thodupuzha Vasanthi was 65 years old. She was battling cancer for some time now. Her film career began in 1975. She had acted in over 450 films. She had won the state government award for theatre acting.

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks passes away

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer, and lyricist died at a New York City hospital. He was 96 years old. He found fame in the 1950s and ’60s teaming with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross. Their interracial trio became one of the most celebrated jazz vocal groups ever. The trio’s first album, “Sing a Song of Basie,” won acclaim for its use of vocalese.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi died

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi. Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. 72 year old Dasmunsi, who was in coma since 2008, passed away at a hospital.

Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of TB

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has recently announced the launch of daily regimen for TB patients across the country under the Revised National TB Control Programme. The daily FDC anti-TB drugs will be made available to private pharmacy or at private practitioners. It will be provided free of cost. Ministry will take this forward to all major hospitals.

12th NE Business Summit: New Delhi

The 2 day “12th North-East Business Summit” has started in Delhi. The summit aims to explore the scope for business opportunities in the North-Eastern region of India. Focus areas are Infrastructure and Connectivity with Public-Private Partnerships, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion, Services Sector Development, Hospitality & Food Processing, it is being organised by ICC,

Ashok Khale passes away

Veteran cyclist Ashok Khale, who was recently injured in an accident on the Sion-Panvel highway, died in a hospital during treatment. Khale, won several medals for cycle-riding in state and national-level championships and was also the recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati award. He had represented India in Giro d’Italia event and was also called as the King of the Ghats.

Haryana to treat Hepatitis-C by oral med

Haryana has become the first state in the country to treat Hepatitis-C patients of all categories through oral medicine. For the first time, the state government has included oral medicine in government hospitals. This medicine would be provided free of cost to permanent residents of all categories at the district level.

Apollo Munich Insurance won award

Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company was awarded the 21st Asia Insurance Industry Awards in the “General Insurance Company of the Year” category, at Singapore. Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company is a joint venture between integrated healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals Group, and the Munich Re Group. The Asia Insurance Industry Awards is hosted annually by Asia Insurance Review.

Vettoor Purushan passed way

Veteran Malayalam actor Vettoor Purushan passed away following old age illness, in Kerala. He was 70 years old. He died as his condition deteriorated while being taken to the hospital. Vettoor Purushan started his career on silver screen with the movie ‘Nadee nadanmare avashyamund’ which was released in 1974. He had acted in ‘Athbhutha Dweep’, ‘Sooryavanam’, ‘Itha Innu Muthal’ films.

Free treatment for road victims: Kerala

Kerala has decided to formulate a trauma-care scheme in the State wherein all emergency care and treatment will be provided to accident victims free-of-cost for the first 48 hours. The government will pay for the emergency care expenses incurred by a hospital. No money should be collected from the accident victim or his/her relatives for the emergency.

Punathil Kunjabdulla passes away

On 27th October 2017, Malayalam writer Punathil Kunjabdulla passed away at a private hospital, in Kozhikode, Kerala. Kunjabdulla was suffering from an aging-associated disease for a long time. He was a doctor by profession. He was a well-known Malayalam writer. He had published more than 45 books, including 7 novels, 15 short story collections, memoirs, an autobiography and travelogues.

Dasna Jail to rename its dental clinic

As a gesture to acknowledge the Talwar couple’s services, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to rename the dental clinic at Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad after Aarushi Talwar. Aarushi was murdered at the age of 14 at her residence in 2008. Aarushi Talwar’s parents – Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who are also dentists spent four years in the jail since 2013 as the accused in the murder case.

Amal Datta passes away

Former Lok Sabha member Amal Datta, a nephew of legendary Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, died at a private city hospital following a cardiac arrest. Datta (84), who represented the Diamond Harbour constituency in the lower house of parliament for 14 years, left behind his wife and two sons. He entered the Lok Sabha in 1982 as a CPI-M member. He was re-elected in 1984, 1989 and 1991.

Cinema legend Danielle Darrieux dies

French actress and singer Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100 in her home in Bois-le-Roi, France. Fondly referred to as the “grande dame” of French cinema, Darrieux had about a 140 films to her name in a career over eight decades. Darrieux started in comedy with a film role on Le Bal at just 14. She went on take more dramatic roles in films such as Mayerling by Anatole Litvak in 1936.

Neutron star collision creates light

18 : For the first time, two neutron stars in a nearby galaxy have been observed engaging in a spiral death dance around one another until they collided. The collision created the first observed instance of a single source emitting gravitational waves, as well as light, which was released in the form of a two-second gamma ray burst. The collision also created gold, platinum and lead.

Poet Punyaslok Dasgupta passes away

Poet Punyaslok Dasgupta, died of kidney ailment at a hospital in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. He was 66 years old. Dasgupta did not follow any particular poetry style. Some of his important works are ‘Kuashar Bagan’ and ‘Chander Sangeet’. He was widely known for his hospitality. Poets and eminent persons used to often visit his house at Dhupguri area, in West Bengal.

Yatra partners OYO to expand inventory

Yatra Online has tied up with OYO to bring hospitality firm’s inventory on its platform. It brings OYO’s inventory onto a online travel agent platform & with this Yatra’s total hotel inventory will expand to over 70,000 hotels. Yatra’s partnership with OYO enables it to deliver a unique proposition to customers allowing them to choose from a variety of travel & accommodation options in India

World’s heaviest woman dies

Eman Abdul Atti, an Egyptian national believed to be ‘world’s heaviest woman’, died in a hospital in UAE due to complications from her weight, including heart disease & kidney dysfunction. She weighed roughly 500 kg when she arrived in India, but had lost 323 kg since undergoing a series of medical procedures. She had been under the supervision of over 20 doctors from different specialities.

Campaign to sensitise women about cancer

Union minister Anupriya Patel has launched a nationwide health campaign to sensitise women about the early screening and preventive care for cancer. Themed ‘Nurturing the Nurturer’, campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals group. With cancer cases on the rise in the country, government plans to set up 27 cancer centres in the coming days.

Shakila passes away

Yesteryear Bollywood actress Shakila, who was known for her work in films like “Aar Paar” and “CID”, died at her residence in Mumbai after a heart attack. Besides her roles in classics like ‘Aar Paar’ and ‘CID’, Shakila also starred with Shammi Kapoor in Shakti Samanta’s hit ‘China Town’. She was suffering from multiple ailments.

Vincent dies during open heart surgery

Frank Vincent, veteran actor who is known for his role in films like “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas”, died during open heart surgery. He most notably appeared as Tony Soprano’s arch nemesis, Phil Leotardo in the “The Sopranos” starting in season five and until the series’ conclusion in 2007. Frank starred in a number of Martin Scorsese films during his career, which spanned 41 years.

‘Heart Attack’ app to guide patients

Cardiological Society of India has announced launch of an app that can help people suffering from heart disease with rapid & accurate information about the nearest health care centres. The app, named “Heart Attack”, would guide patients with real time information about the nearest hospital capable of immediate care. It will also show details of physician or cardiologists.

Puneet Chhatwal as MD, CEO

Tata group hospitality firm Indian Hotels Company has appointed Deutsche Hospitality chief executive Puneet Chhatwal as its managing director and CEO. He will take over from incumbent Rakesh Sarna, who is stepping down on 30 September. Chhatwal is currently chief executive and member of executive board of Deutsche Hospitality/Steinberger Hotels AG.

Free insurance for drivers in India

Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies will give free insurance to its 450,000 driver partners in India. Insurance will cover death, disability or hospitalization in case of an accident while using the Uber App. For this insurance programme Uber has tied up with ICICI Lombard, it will provide cover ranging from Rs. 5 lakhs in case of death to Rs. 50,000 rupees for outpatient treatment

Airbnb partners with Jet Airways

Airbnb has announced its 1st airline partnership in India with Jet Airways. With this partnership, Airbnb aims to tap into the Indian market by focusing on establishing a deeper connection with new age Indian travelers who seek unique travel experiences. Airbnb is an online marketplace & hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging.

Campaign for clean and healthy society

Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Tanwar Chand Gehlot inaugurated a 9-day campaign on Clean Society-Healthy Society in Delhi. The campaign will be carried out by Brahma Kumaris organization in different areas of Delhi, Noida, Gurugram & Faridabad. The organization will sensitize the public on inner & outer cleanliness, holistic health & hygiene, moral values & character building.

Delhi bans manual cleaning of sewers

Delhi social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has announced a blanket ban on manual cleaning of sewers. Any contractor or engineer found getting the sewer lines or tanks cleaned manually will be booked under culpable homicide instead of negligence. This comes after a man died while cleaning a sewer tank in LNJP Hospital of the Delhi Govt, while 3 others were injured.

NHRC issues notice to UP government

National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to UP govt over deaths of dozens of children & others at Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur. Total of 63 patients admitted to intensive care unit died in a span of days, reportedly because of oxygen supply being stopped due to pending payments to the supplier. NHRC is responsible for protection & promotion of human rights

Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies

German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan died in southern city of Karachi. Widely known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Pfau witnessed leprosy in Pakistan for the first time in 1960 & returned to set up clinics across the country. She founded Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan’s 1st hospital dedicated to treating the disease.

Motorbike ambulance service launched

5 : Maharashtra govt has launched a motorbike ambulance service to provide swift medical assistance to patients. Ambulance will be available through `108′ helpline, have teams of paramedics providing treatment, especially in places inaccessible to larger ambulances, to patients during the golden hour. Royal Enfield motorbikes have been converted into ambulances with emergency medical equipment

CG Corp launches $100 million VC fund

Nepal’s CG Corp. Global along with 3 other partners has launched a $100 million venture capital fund to invest in start-ups in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal. The fund is looking to invest in tech-enabled companies in sectors such as hospitality, financial services, rural product and services. It aims to invest in products & projects which will improve people’s lives on a large scale.

Dharam Singh passes away

N. Dharam Singh, former Chief Minister of Karnataka, passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru after a heart attack. He was the 17th CM of Karnataka and was continuously elected as MLA for 7 times from Jevargi constituency. He headed Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition govt from May 2004 to February 2006. He was a seasoned politician, was known for his gentle demeanour.

Zika Virus cure

Researchers from San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia announced the discovery of a molecule that could be used as a potential drug to fight the effects of a Zika virus infection. The novobiocin molecule (compound) was previously used in antibiotic drug to fend off “nosocomial” infections (those acquired inside a hospital). Zika virus was first isolated in Uganda in 1947.

Uzhavoor Vijayan passes away

Nationalist Congress Party Kerala state president Uzhavoor Vijayan passed away at a private hospital in Kochi. He was known for his speech containing political wits, later joined the NCP and rose to the rank of its president. He began his political career during his college days as a leader of the Kerala Students Union, the student wing of the Indian National Congress.

Chinese Nobel Peace laureate passes away

Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died at the age of 61. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 for “subversion”. He was recently moved from prison to a hospital in Shenyang to be treated for late-stage liver cancer. Chinese govt had refused to let him seek treatment overseas despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure.

MoU to set up AIIMS in Gorakhpur

Uttar Pradesh government has signed an MoU with the Centre for setting up of an AIIMS hospital in Gorakhpur. The hospital will have 750 free beds and the project will cost 1,750 crore rupees. The foundation of the AIIMS at Gorakhpur was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. The OPD of the new AIIMS will start by September, 2018 and trauma centres will be established by 2020.

Mangesh Tendulkar Passes away

Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar died after brief illness at a private hospital in Pune. Brother of late famous playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Tendulkar played an active life and expressed his straightforward views about various civic issues. He was conferred with the president’s medal in 1980, Marathi Natya Parishad Award in 1993 and Pulotsav award in 2003 among several other honours.

Naresh Chandra passes away

Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Naresh Chandra has passed away. He passed away due to multiple organ failure at Manipal Hospitals in Goa. Chandra had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990–92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001. He was awarded India’s second highest civil awards, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2007.

First pregnant man gives birth to girl

Hayden Cross has become the 1st man in Britain to give birth after he put his sex transition on hold to get pregnant by a sperm donor. He had been living legally as a man for 3 years and was already part-way through hormone treatment to transform from a woman to a man. The girl was born on June 16 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. First man to give birth was Thomas Beatie in the US in 2008

Free Surgery Scheme

Delhiites who are unable to have surgeries at any govt hospital can now get free surgery in 48 private hospitals bill of which will be paid by Delhi govt. Govt would facilitate 52 specified surgeries free of cost at private hospitals. If a patient doesn’t get a date for surgery at a govt hospital within 1 month, hospital would refer him to private hospitals & govt would pay all the expenses.

1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict dies

Mustafa Dossa died of a heart attack at JJ Hospital where he was admitted after he complained of chest pain. He was one of the prime accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was convicted on the charges of conspiracy, murder, and terror by a special TADA court in Mumbai. He was declared absconder after he had fled India following the serial blasts. Dossa was later extradited from UAE

$500 million approved for Afghanistan

The World Bank approved financing worth more than $500 million for Afghanistan to support a string of programs to boost the economy and help improve services in five provincial capitals. The largest chunk of the package, some $205.4 million, will go toward supporting communities affected by refugees returning from Pakistan. The rest will go to building hospitals, schools etc.

Centre to set up 100 AYUSH hospitals

Centre has approved the proposals for setting up of 100 Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy hospitals across the country. Posting of 4000 AYUSH doctors have been approved by Union Govt in last 3 years. An AYUSH hospital equivalent to AIIMS would be opened within a month at New Delhi. Ministry has also approved setting up of two 50-bed integrated AYUSH hospitals at Theni and Tiruvannamalai.

IIT Kharagpur develops ‘AmbuSens’

IIT Kharagpur has come up with a wireless technology to remotely monitor patients’ condition ferried in ambulances. ‘AmbuSens the technology has been developed in SWAN lab of the Institute. It can be fitted in an ambulance to ensure remote monitoring of patient condition by doctors even before they reach hospital. It can monitor parameters like ECG, heart rate and blood pressure.

Cabinet approves AIIMS in Kamrup, Assam.

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new AIIMS at Kamrup, Assam. The cost of the project will be ` 1123 crore. It will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. The AIIMS will consist of a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds, trauma centre facilities, a medical college which can accommodate 100 MBBS students per year.

India’s first womb transplant conducted.

Doctors at a Pune hospital successfully conducted India’s first womb transplant by transferring a woman’s uterus to her 21-year-old daughter, who was unable to conceive a child. The surgeons retrieved the uterus using a laparoscopic technique, which shortened the duration of the procedure from normal 12 hours to 9. Hospital has been preparing for womb transplants over past few months.

Cows get an ambulance service

Days after the Centre proposed an UID number for cows, the Uttar Pradesh government has started an ambulance service for cows. The ‘Gauvansh Chikitsa Mobile Vans’ service was flagged by Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. The ambulance will rescue injured and ill cows and then take them to ‘gau shalas’ or a veterinary clinic for treatment.

Justice S N Dhingra report

The Justice SN Dhingra Commission concluded that Robert Vadra made illegal profits of ` 50.5 crore from a land deal in Haryana in 2008 without spending a single penny. The commission was constituted in 2015 to investigate a mutation of land deal between Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality and realty major DLF. The committee submitted its report on August 31, 2016.

India’s first hospital for eye tumours

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is India’s first public hospital to start plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumours. The facility is a form of local radiation delivered to the eye through a radioactive device which is attached to the eye for a temporary period of time. AIIMS was established in 1956.

MCI issues guidelines to doctors

To make healthcare more affordable to the poor, the MCI has urged the doctors and all the hospitals and state medical council to prescribe generic medicines to patients. This move is expected to alleviate the healthcare costs across nation. MCI reminded doctors that prescriptions too needs to be written in legible handwriting, preferably in capital letters.

All India Institute of Ayurveda

All India Institute of Ayurveda(AIIA) established at New Delhi at a cost of Rs. 157 crore. It is a 200 bedded referral hospital and shall impart PG & Ph.D degree courses in Ayurveda. 1st Batch of P.G. course has been started in 2016. The institute has started OPD & IPD facility with major specialties in Ayurveda. Presently AIIA is functional.

Eminent Jurist TR Andhyarujina Passes Away

Senior Advocate and eminent jurist Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away. He was the Solicitor General of India from 1996 to 1998.

WEF’s 2017 young global leaders list

Indians, including Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar and Shruti Shibulal of The Tamara Hospitality, have made it to the World Economic Forum’s 100 Young Global Leaders list. There were 5 Indian out of 9 global leaders from South Asia. Each year, the WEF selects 100 young leaders, under the age of 40, who are tackling the world’s most complex challenges with innovative approaches.

First licence to create 3-parent babies

Britain’s fertility regulator granted doctors the 1st U.K. licence to create babies using a 3-parent IVF technique designed to prevent inherited genetic diseases. The treatment is known as “three-parent” IVF because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a woman donor. It is designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases.

Ayush body joins ASCI against ads

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the country’s apex ad regulator, has got a shot in the arm in its fight against misleading health care ads. The Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), a statutory body under the Union ministry of Ayush, has issued an advisory to all state boards and councils to take action against those making false and misleading health care claims.

UID to be used to store health data

Health min. will introduce a Universal Identification Doc (UID) to store electronic health data of citizens. The min. technical committee will open bids to appoint a firm to run the program, expected to be implemented in a year. The move is aimed at creating a digital profile of each patient although it will not be made mandatory to provide an Aadhaar card to get treatment in govt hospitals.

India’s first AC ambulance on rails

Central Railway unveiled India’s 1st airconditioned rail ambulance that will rush to the aid of injured passengers during the vital ‘golden hour’. The ambulance, which will be stationed at Kalyan,was made by modifying an AC coach used for passenger service. This rail ambulance is equipped with several medical facilities and the basic treatment can be provided to at least 50 people at a time.

Women Safety app ‘Ammavin Aran’

The AIADMK IT Wing has launched the first-of-its-kind women safety application in Tamil Nadu. The app is called ‘Ammavin Aran’ meaning ‘mother’s fortress’. The app will give the user details about the nearest police station and hospital along with map details and phone number.

Commonwealth launches program

The Commonwealth is launching an initiative to help member states tackle domestic violence. The “Peace in the home” programme will include toolkits to help governments across the Commonwealth involve multiple agencies-such as schools, doctors and hospitals, as well as government -and law enforcement agencies to work together effectively. There will also be a mentoring programme for women.

J&K gets its first cashless hospital

Continuing its efforts in having patient friendly services, the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir started its first cashless transaction services at Dist. Hospital Pulwama. These services will pave way for complete cashless transactions which is being promoted by the govt. post demonetisation. The new service will reduce the inconvenience faced by attendants at the payment counters.

Best service Hospital in the AFMS

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 to INHS Asvini, Mumbai. The Raksha Mantri’s Trophy was instituted in 1989. The Best and Second Best hospital are adjudged on the basis of a number of objective criteria by a committee headed by DCIDS (Med).