After smoking, Ramadoss now wants curbs on alcohol

CHENNAI: After a ban on smoking in public places, Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss is now eyeing the bottle. A National policy on alcohol control will soon be implemented in the country, Ramadoss said.

India's youngest liver recipient

G.S. MUDUR Calcutta Telegraph 09.10.2008
India's youngest liver recipient

The yellow hue in her infant’s face and eyes has vanished, giving way to toothless smiles, and Munmun Paul is getting used to the happy antics of her seven-month old Sivojit.

Doctors to strike work on Friday

The Times of India 09.10.2008
Doctors to strike work on Friday

MUMBAI: Come Friday, and you may not find doctors in their clinics or hospitals, but on the streets of south Mumbai. Reason: Most of them will participate in a march to protest against the frequent assaults on their counterparts. The march will st...

Moon mission is not expensive, says ISRO

Press Trust of India 09.10.2008

Bangalore, Oct 9 (PTI) Dismissing suggestions that Chandrayaan-1 was an expensive mission, ISRO today said the moon odyssey will enable India to upgrade technological expertise for exploration of outer space and ultimately help in setting up a bas...

AIIMS docs save life, mend a broken heart

Shalini & Mandakini Gupta 08.10.2008
AIIMS docs save life, mend a broken heart

New Delhi: Barely three months ago, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) saved a man’s life who had a metal rod stuck in his chest and now they have carried out a miraculous surgery on a man whose heart was ruptured in two places af...

JD(S) chief Merajuddin Patel passes away

Daily News & Analysis 08.10.2008
JD(S) chief Merajuddin Patel passes away

BANGALORE: Karnataka JD(S) president and former minister Merajuddin Patel died of a heart attack in Gulbarga on Tuesday.

Assam violence victims await relief

Kishalay Bhattacharjee 08.10.2008
Assam violence victims await relief

The recent spurt of violence in Assam may have been controlled for the time being, but with over a lakh of people displaced, it is a bigger challenge now to send them back home. More than 500 houses have been destroyed in the communal clash in Ass...

Smokers play safe, look for alternatives

BANGALORE: With the ban on smoking in public places coming into effect from Thursday, roadside cigarette stalls did brisk business, not by selling cigarettes but alternatives like gutkha, chewing tobacco, mint snuff pouches and also chocolates.

Alternative Nobel for Indians working for social justice

India's Krishnammal and Sankaralingam Jagannathan and their organisation Land for the Tillers' Freedom (LAFTI) have been awarded the Alternate Nobel Prize 2008 for social justice and sustainable human development, an official said here.

Conversion to Hinduism a condition for Christians to return home in Kandhamal

PHULBANI: “Those who don’t want to become Hindus, stay here. Those who have gone back to their villages are tonsured and forcibly converted,” said D.S. Kumar. A graduate, he used to run an STD booth and a petty shop in Minia, a village in Kandhama...

HIV-homosexuality ‘link’: HC asks where’s the proof

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday told the Centre to submit specific proof to substantiate its claim that the practice of homosexuality spreads the HIV virus.

Smokers Beware! Ban starts tomorrow

New Delhi (PTI): Smokers beware! Hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices and even the international airport would be out of bounds to light up the rolled tobacco from tomorrow with the ban on smoking in public places coming into effect.

I will approach PM on gay rights issues, says Ramadoss

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told reporters in Delhi that he would take up the issue of gay rights with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after the Union Home Ministry went against Ramadoss’ views on the issue.

World Heart Day brings bad news for Indian women

NEW DELHI: World Heart Day on Sunday brings bad news for Indian women who have been found to be more vulnerable to coronary diseases because their arteries are narrower than those of men.

Diseases hit thousands as Orissa's flood toll rises to 50

Thousands of people in Orissa are now suffering from water borne diseases due to the floods that have devastated large part of the state, with the death toll on Thursday rising to 50 after two more deaths were reported.

India restricts meat imports on bird flu fears

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has imposed restrictions on meat imports, particularly from countries which have seen cases of bird flu, the commerce and industry ministry said on Wednesday.

Snakes add to flood-hit Orissa's woes

Bhubaneswar: It continued to pour in Orissa Tuesday adding to the woes of its four million flood hit people many of whom found themselves facing a new adversary - snakes.

Kerala law reforms panel for legalisation of mercy killing

Thiruvanthapuram (PTI): In a radical proposal, Kerala Law Reforms Commission headed by eminent jurist justice V R Krishna Iyer has suggested legalisation of euthanasia and abolition of the clause, holding attempt to commit suicide an offence, thro...

24 lakh hit by Orissa floods

Satyasundar Barik The Hindu 22.09.2008
24 lakh hit by Orissa floods

BHUBANESWAR: Flooding in the Mahanadi continued on Sunday causing 61 breaches in river embankments, leaving behind a trail of devastation submerging hundreds of villages. Lakhs of people were waiting for rescue and relief in the flooded zones.

Orissa floods: Lakhs hit, 22 breaches in Mahanadi

Over 20,000 people have been evacuated from Orissa's coastal districts and moved to safer places as a wind storm in the Bay of Bengal caused heavy rains and tidal waves, an official said on Wednesday.

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