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  • Road accident deaths in India: Timely help to victims can be a saviour October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Road safety is one issue that needs special attention as there's one death reported every 4 minutes on the streets of India. India holds the highest number of deaths due to road accidents. Nearly 5 lakh road accidents were reported in 2013 in which more than 1 lakh...
  • USAID, Gates Foundation to join in Clean India October 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit that saw him take up the issue of hygiene and toilets for all Indians during his much-applauded talk at New York's Central Park has also led to the US aid agency USAID and the Gates Foundation join in his mission of improving...
  • UN condemns beheading of British aid worker by ISIS October 4, 2014

    United Nations: Strongly condemning the "heinous and cowardly" murder of a British humanitarian aid worker by the Islamic State group, the UN Security Council stressed that the terror outfit must be defeated. The 15-nation Council said that the killing of Alan Henning, is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers...
  • Frenchman gets 12 years jail for knowingly passing on HIV October 3, 2014

    Paris: A French court on Thursday sentenced a 40-year-man described by prosecutors as a "charmer" and "seducer" to 12 years behind bars for knowingly transmitting HIV. Christophe Morat was found guilty of infecting one woman and exposing five others to the risk of contamination despite having already been jailed for six...
  • India set to run out of critical free drug for HIV/AIDS programme October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs programme in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients' drug resistance and...
  • Palestinians seek $3.8 billion in aid for Gaza September 24, 2014

    New York: Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has said he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Hamdallah told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and other nations have indicated they...
  • India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests. The Department of Pharmaceuticals has withdrawn guidelines issued on May 29 that gave...
  • Condoms 'too small' for Ugandan men, new worry about AIDS September 19, 2014

    Kampala: Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS. Insisting that one size doesn't fit all, MP Tom Aza said Uganda's Parliamentary Committee for HIV/AIDS said a recent...
  • Britain vows to hunt down evil killers of aid worker September 14, 2014

    London: Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Sunday that Britain would hunt down the killers of an aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State, which he described as the "embodiment of evil". Cameron said Britain was prepared to "take whatever steps are necessary" after David Haines became the third Western hostage...
  • Britain verifying video of aid worker's beheading by ISIS September 14, 2014

    London: The UK foreign office said on Saturday it was "working urgently to verify" a video purporting to show beheading of a British hostage by the Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) in Syria, media reported. The foreign office said that it was trying to confirm the authenticity of the video...
  • Sonova's Roger penlike wireless microphone offers 'super normal hearing' September 4, 2014

    Zurich: A wireless microphone in the shape of a pen, made by Switzerland's Sonova, can help people with hearing loss understand speech better than those with normal hearing at certain noise levels, a study has shown. As the population ages, the hearing aid industry has become fiercely competitive as manufacturers rush...
  • Normalcy restored in Gaza, will Gaza ceasefire hold August 28, 2014

    Normal life has resumed in Gaza after Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire without a timeline. All Palestinian factions have signed up to it, which include an easing of the blockade and opening up of the border to humanitarian aids and also the extension of fishing to six miles...
  • Meerut couple adopts 12 HIV positive kids abandoned by their families August 25, 2014

    Meerut: In Meerut, 12 HIV positive boys have been given a new lease of life by a young couple. A close encounter with death promoted Ajay Sharma to look at life differently and encouraged him to transform lives. Supporting Sharma in this cause is his wife. The couple have adopted...
  • Ebola death toll on the rise, outbreak to continue August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Death toll due to Ebola continues to rise even as the disease has already claimed more than a 1000 lives so far. Health officials are now in the race to develop treatments which are mostly based on experimental methods as there is no proven treatment or vaccine for...
  • India to provide $1 million for aid to Gaza victims August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Gaza conflict shows no immediate signs of letup and the number of deaths, including of scores of children, mount to over 1,400, a concerned India is planning to send $1 million to a UN fund to provide aid to the suffering Palestinians fleeing the battle zone. The...
  • Former aide to Britain's Prince Philip charged with sex abuse July 31, 2014

    London: The former personal assistant of Britain's Prince Philip has been charged with sexually abusing a girl while he was working for the royal family in the 1970s, prosecutors said. Benjamin Herman, 79, was the personal assistant or "equerry" to the 93yearold husband of Queen Elizabeth from 1971 to 1974....
  • Cancer therapy cures two Australian patients of HIV! July 21, 2014

    Sydney: In a piece of good news after the sad announcement a few days ago about HIV virus rebounding in the "Mississippi Baby", scientists have uncovered two new cases of HIV patients in whom the virus has become undetectable. The two Australian men became apparently HIVfree after receiving stem cells to...
  • India @ 9 with Karma Paljor July 18, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Karma Paljor on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: 189 Dutch, 44 Malaysians killed on MH17 flight July 18, 2014

    There were 189 Dutch passengers among the 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, the airline said in its latest update on Friday evening. Among the people of other nationalities on board were 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew members), 27 Australians, 12...
  • Some on downed Malaysian plane were heading to AIDS conference July 18, 2014

    Melbourne: Some of the passengers on a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine were headed to a major international AIDS conference in Melbourne, the Australian government said on Friday. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that at least 27 Australians were among the 298 passengers and crew on the flight that...
  • Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza humanitarian aid truce July 17, 2014

    Gaza city: Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to halt hostilities for five hours on humanitarian grounds on Thursday, while efforts continue to broker a longerterm truce. The sides announced the temporary lull in fighting across the Gaza border after an Israeli strike killed four children on a...
  • Bill Clinton visits 'Akshaya Patra's' kitchen, serves food to students July 16, 2014

    Former US President Bill Clinton visited the kitchen run by an NGO which provides food to a large number of children at government schools as part of the midday meal scheme. Clinton and his delegation were warmly received by the members of the NGO 'Akshaya Patra' at their kitchen at Jagatpura...
  • Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS counterproductive: Health minister July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS in India may scare "away a large number of suspected cases from getting detected and treated", the government opined on Tuesday even as it stated that the country has an estimated 7.77 lakh HIV/AIDS patients. "Considerable thought has been given to the issue. The government...
  • Bill Clinton to travel to India this month July 4, 2014

    New York: Former US President Bill Clinton will travel to India this month during which he is expected to visit Lucknow and Jaipur and focus on critical issues, including global health, improved access to medicines, climate change and economic development. Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and...
  • NGO advocates national level act to prevent witch killing July 3, 2014

    With mass killings allegedly related to witchcraft continuing in Jharkhand despite a law to prevent it, an NGO on Thursday strongly advocated for an act at national level to check the menace. The demand for a national law was made by the Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC) at a function organised...
  • Does sex education in schools remain a taboo? June 27, 2014

    Just a couple of days after the row over Health Minister Harsh Vadhan's remarks on fidelity over condoms to prevent AIDS, there is another controversy now surrounding his views on sex education. Vardhan stated on his website that sex education in schools should be banned. However, the Health Minister is...
  • Sex education necessary but minus vulgarity, clarifies Harsh Vardhan June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who stirred a hornet's nest by saying that sex education should be banned in schools, has now issued a statement clarifying his remarks. Now, the BJP leader is of the opinion that sex education is necessary for school students but it should not be...
  • Condoms, abstinence needed to control AIDS: Harsh Vardhan June 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday denied opposing promotion of condoms, and said a combination of condoms and abstinence was needed to fight HIV/AIDS. A day after reports said the minister spoke against promoting condoms for preventing the spread of AIDS, an official statement from Harsh Vardhan said that...
  • Government announces jobs for families of Uttarakhand flood victims June 17, 2014

    The Uttarakhand government has announced jobs for the next of kin of each victim from the state killed in the flash flood tragedy of last year along with additional assistance of Rs 2 lakh each for the affected families. The announcement was made yesterday on behalf of Chief Minister Harish Rawat...
  • Harish Rawat meets acid attack victims, announces financial aid June 13, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visited a hospital and met some of the injured, including children, who had sustained burn injuries in an acid attack during a scuffle between two families at Haldwani in Nainital district. The chief minister directed the doctors to ensure that the injured get the best treatment. "The...