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WB leads in snakebite, rabies deaths

West Bengal accounted for the maximum snakebite and rabies deaths in India last year.
A total of 1,440 persons died of snakebite and another 223 of rabies during 2011 in the country, out which as many as 380 and 73 deaths were reported on the two counts respectively in West Bengal.
Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad told the Lok Sabha that following West Bengal, Orissa reported 296 snakebite deaths, while 258 were in Andhra Pradesh and 119 in Madhya Pradesh.
He said 58 deaths due to snakebite had also taken place in Maharashtra and 50 in Uttar Pradesh, while Karnataka reported 49 and Gujarat 48 such deaths and Himachal Pradesh 40 and another 39 in Tamil Nadu.
In rabies deaths, Andhra Pradesh followed West Bengal with 45 deaths.
There were also 24 rabies related deaths taking place in 2011 in Orissa and 21 in Tamil Nadu, besides 18 in Karnataka, 17 in Delhi and 16 in Gujarat. Delhi also reported three deaths due to snakebite.
The Minister said to prevent human deaths due to rabies, a…

India’s tragic asylum seekers lost in exile, seek refugee status

Despite the recent steps towards democracy in Burma (Myanmar), little has changed for many ethnic minorities in the country. Burmese democracy leader Suu Kyi may be rewarded for the steps she had taken towards democracy and overwhelmed by the current progress, but this is not enough assurance for her exiled colleagues in India to think of returning to Burma. In New Delhi, large numbers of asylum seekers are finding it hard to find support and help from the responsible agency.
At the doorstep of UNHCR office in Vasant Vihar of New Delhi, making pavements as their homes, over 500 Myanmar nationals from northern Rakhine State, including women and children, have camped for more than the past two weeks demanding refugee cards to avail facilities that a refugee would get for better living conditions, like water to drink and toilets. The asylum seekers in New Delhi have traveled a hard road in their pursuit of legal recognition. 
The agency responsible for assisting these asylum-seekers has no…

'Maharashtra, Karnataka topped cyber crime list in 2010'

Maharashtra and Karnataka topped the list of cyber crimes registered in 2010 with 246 cases and 176 cases respectively, Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said.

"With the increase in the proliferation of Information Technology and related services, there is a rise in number of cyber crimes and cyber security incidents. The trend in increase in cyber incidents is similar to that worldwide," Sibal had said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Maharashtra recorded the highest number of cyber crime cases at 104 under IPC (Indian Penal Code) in 2010 and had registered 142 cases under the IT Act in the same year, putting the combined cybercrime count at 246.

Similarly, under the IT Act, Karnataka in 2010 had the highest incidents of 153 cyber crime cases while it had 23 cases in the same year registered under IPC - taking its total tally to 176 cases.

Across the country, a total 966 cases of cyber crime reported under Information Technology Act, 2000 in 2010, Sibal said.

As per…

'1/5th of women aged 20-24 yrs become mothers before adulthood'

At least 22 per cent women aged 20 -24 years became mothers before attaining adulthood in India, says a UNICEF report.

The report titled "The State of the World Children 2012" by UNICEF based on a survey conducted in the period 2000-2010, says as many as 30 per cent female adolescents aged 15-19 years were married compared to only five per cent male adolescents.

47 per cent women, who are 20-24 years old, were married before they were 18 years old and 18 per cent of women aged 20-24 years were married or were in union before they were 15 years old.

The report also states that the adolescent birth rate (number of births per 1,000 adolescent girls aged 15-19) in the country is 45.

It also states that 57 male adolescents aged 15-19 between 2002-2010 think a husband is justified in beating his wife under circumstances, while 53 per cent female adolescents also think so.

On the justification of wife beating, the report also mentions that 54 per cent of women aged 15-49 years consider …

Faster web, apps drive smartphone purchases: report

Faster Internet accessibility and ability to use more applications are the main reasons that drive people to buy smartphones, a report by Ericsson Consumerlab said.

"Among today's users in high growth markets, smartphone adoption is driven by application functionality and a faster Internet experience," the Ericsson ConsumerLab's Emerging App Culture report said.

About 43 per cent people say that better Internet access is the main reason for buying a smartphone while 33 per cent prefer to buy these devices to access more applications, the report said.

The research was carried out among smartphone users in the 15-54 year age group, who accessed Internet at least once a week, in India, Russia and Brazil.

"The app culture emerging in these high-growth markets reflects a trend similar to that in the US... We see a general evolution toward new users purchasing increasingly specialised apps, such as those for dating services and price comparison, from the m…

Pneumonia claims a child every 20 seconds, says study

Pneumonia is one of the leading killers of children in India with as many as 3,70,000 children under five falling prey to it every year, making India the country with highest number of deaths due to the ailment in the world, according to a study.

A recent report from John Hopkins University says the disease also affects another 6 million children every year in the country, leading to debilitating, life long complications.

"Globally, the disease claims the lives of 1.4 million children under five every year. That's almost one every 20 seconds - more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined," according to Dr Sushma Malik, incharge of Neonatology, at the Nair Hospital in Mumbai.

What is worse is that approximately one in ten Indian children suspected of suffering from pneumonia are administered antibiotics and close to a third are never taken to a health facility.

"The World Immunisation Week, being observed during April 21-28 is a grim reminder of an ignored fact tha…

'Over 11,500 patients died at AIIMS in 3 years'

Over 11,500 patients died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the past three years while undergoing treatment, an RTI reply has revealed.

Dr S Sathpathy, a professor with the department of hospital administration at AIIMS, said 11,566 patients died during their stay in the main hospital, the Cardio-Thoracic and Neuro-Sciences centre, R P Centre and the casualty in the past three years.

Based on RTI seeking information regarding the number of deaths in the hospital in the past three years,  "So many deaths and still then organ donation has not taken up in the hospital. Nearly eight organs can be retrieved from one body. It's unfortunate that people are still reluctant to donate.

Quoting the RTI reply, "Of the total 4,100 deaths reported in 2008-2009, 797 happened in the casualty, 2,380 in the main hospital and 923 in the C N Centre. In the following year, a total of 4,159 deaths took place including 431 in the casualty, 2700 in the Main hospital and 978 in the …

'270 million Indians still illiterate... cost over USD 53 bn a year'

About 270 million people aged 15 years and older still remain illiterate in India, despite the country making major progress in cutting down the number of school drop-outs over the years, according to report.

According to the Opportunity for Action report by IYF, there are an estimated 270 million Indians aged 15 and older who are illiterate, while young women aged 15 to 24 are twice as likely as young men their age to be illiterate.

And among the working youth, approximately one in four is illiterate, and fewer than one in five completes secondary education, said the Microsoft Corp commissioned report.

The education deficit, according to the report, is not filled by technical or vocational education and training (TVET), as only six per cent of urban youth and three per cent of rural youth attend TVET at the secondary level.

Attendance rates for girls have declined since 1999, and currently fewer than 25 per cent of girls in India attend vocational training.

On the positive side, Informati…

Civic polls: Women form 44 pc of voters; N Delhi tops chart

Forty-four per cent of over 1.15 crore eligible voters in the polls to three municipal bodies in Delhi are women, with north Delhi accounting for the highest number at 19.17 lakh women voters.

Of the total 1,15,20,508 voters, 35 are transgenders -- 17 in East Delhi Corporation, 16 in North and two in South.

According to the a State Election Commission (SEC) reports, total number of men voters in three corporations are 64,2168 while the same for women are 50,73,001.

According to SEC, the North Delhi Corporation has the highest number of voters at 44,58,158, including 24.86 lakh men and 19.70 lakh women.

South Delhi Corporation has a total of 43,18,788 voters -- 24.37 lakh men and 18.79 lakh women while East Delhi has 27,43,562 voters -- 15.18 lakh men and 12.24 lakh women.

South and North Corporations have 104 each wards while East has 64 wards.

MCD polls: 139 candidates have criminal cases against them

New Delhi: The BJP has fielded maximum number of candidates with criminal cases against them closely followed by the Congress for the municipal polls in the city, according to a report.

The Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) in the report said it found 139 candidates with criminal back ground including those facing serious charges like murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, robbery and extortion.

The group came out with the report after analysing affidavits of 1,485 candidates out of the total 2,400 candidates in the fray for the April 15 municipal polls.

The ADR said it analysed affidavits of 211 BJP candidates and found that 39 of them -- which is around 18 per cent -- have declared pending criminal cases against them. The party has fielded candidates in 263 wards out of total 272 and left nine wards for Akali Dal.

The group said it analysed affidavits of 207 Congress candidates and found that 28 of them (14 per cent) have criminal cases pending against them. The ADR analysed affid…

Docs, nurses fail to follow swine flu preventive methods:Study

Doctors and nurses themselves largely fail to practise simple methods which they instruct their patients to prevent the spread of swine flu, a study has said.

Effective method to prevent the spread of H1N1 virus including home quarantine, maintaining a distance of six-feet from a swine flu-affected patient, wearing mask while on duty, proper disposal of the used face mask were least practised by the health care providers, it said.

The study, conducted among 334 health care providers at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in Delhi, concluded that significant gaps were observed between knowledge and actual practice of the Health Care Provider regarding swine flu.

The healthcare providers are very intellectual, but they do not themselves practice what they preach, it said.

Swine flu spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people infected with the virus.

According to health officials, the nation-wide death toll due to swine flu has gone up to 14 this year alone till now. In…

1 in 88 US children 'suffering from autism'

Autism in children appears to be on the rise. One in 88 children in the US has been suffering from autism, new figures have revealed.

The research, the largest ever conducted in the US, from Centre for Disease Control (CDC) shows that rates of autism has risen 23 per cent in two years, with one in 88 American children having the disorder or one of its variants.

One of the most striking findings from the study is that the disorder is around five times more common among boys. Around one in 54 males tested positively compared to just one in 252 girls, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported online.

The research, which was carried out among eight-year-olds in 2008, also found a dramatically increased rate of autism among black and Hispanic children, although this is thought to be largely attributable to better awareness of the disorder among families and communities.

Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said that improving techniques by both doctors and communities meant it was possible tha…