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Centre Makes Huge Investment in Cancer Care

The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal to allocate Rs. 46,970 million towards strengthening cancer care facilities across the country over the next three years.

This is the first time the country has made such a large investment to tackle cancer. While the money will be spent at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, the bulk of the investment would go into building care centres at the tertiary level.

Cancer is a major public health challenge and one of the leading causes of deaths in the country, Damodar Bachani, Deputy Commissioner (NCD), Union Ministry of Health, told The Hindu. There are an estimated 2.8 million cases; 1.1 million new cases per year and 0.5 million deaths annually. Only one in three cases of cancers is diagnosed early.Read more..

‘Assam has real talent in football but players need grooming’

Former international footballer from Karimganj, Debashish Roy, who is currently coaching the Navajyoti Club team in Guwahati, was a mainstay in Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting during the late ’70s and early ’80s.

In an interview to The Telegraph, he has called for a planned approach by the Assam Football Association to produce quality footballers. According to Roy, although the Assam Football Association is trying its bit to improve the standard of football its efforts are directionless. Merely spotting talent and putting them under a qualified coach for brief conditioning camps before naming a state squad for a national tournament cannot help produce quality players, Roy said.Read more..

Industries Go Green This Ganeshotsav

Many industries in Mysore are going green this Ganesh festival by distributing eco-friendly idols to their employees. Following an appeal made by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the industries placed orders for clay idols. The Board’s Environment Officer Niranjan told The Hindu that many industries volunteered to distribute clay idols to their employees following a request from the board.

“This year, we appealed to the people much earlier giving them ample time to place orders for the idols. The idols were ready and many industries have distributed them. The gesture is symbolic and the green message they are spreading can make the difference,” he felt.Read more..

Design That Solves Problems for the World’s Poor

“A billion customers in the world,” Dr. Paul Polak told a crowd of inventors in 2007, “are waiting for a $2 pair of eyeglasses, a $10 solar lantern and a $100 house.”

In an interview to The New York Times, Dr. Polak, a former psychiatrist who now runs an organization helping poor farmers become entrepreneurs, said the world’s cleverest designers cater to the globe’s richest 10 percent, creating items like wine labels, couture and Maseratis.

“We need a revolution to reverse that silly ratio,” he said.Read more..

Bicycle initiative to save fuel

Vidya Vardhaka Sangha, one of the oldest educational societies in Bijapur district of Karnataka, has taken a unique step in order to save petroleum products in light of decreasing value of rupee against the dollar.

The Sangha that has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff members, have decided to use only bicycles and public transport for travelling for the month of September in order to save petrol, reports The Hindu.Read more..

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