Many in Odisha denied PDS rice due to non-seeding of Aadhaar

first_imgThe ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme seems to be not working in favour of many in Odisha, according to a survey that found that hundreds of people have not been provided rice through the Public Distribution System for two months due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. The study also found that exclusion due to Aadhaar linking is more prevalent in tribal areas.A study of 63 villages in Nabarangpur district found that out of 1,271 people in 272 households surveyed, 435 have not been provided PDS rice for September and October due to non-seeding of Aadhaar. Out of these, 35% are children between 0-10 years of age.The survey was conducted during the first week of October by the Odisha chapter of the National Right to Food Campaign, an informal network of organisations and individuals working on right to food issues.PDS rice for two months was distributed in Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput area from September 20 to 30, according to Sameet Panda of the food campaign.Ineligible personsOut of 272 families, there were 17 households having a total of 50 members who have not received grain for September and October as none of the family members were seeded in PDS-Aadhaar.There are 255 such families where Aadhaar of one or more family members has not been seeded. There are 385 persons across these 255 households who have not been seeded into Aadhaar, so their names have been eliminated.The survey found that there are 17 persons who are ineligible. They include those dead; female members married outside; and not available in the village.Out of 435 persons whose Aadhaar has not been seeded, 185 persons don’t have Aadhaar. The survey team met those who have applied for Aadhaar several times but have not received it so far, said Mr. Panda.There are 228 persons who have an Aadhaar number but it has not been seeded yet. Out of them, 72 persons have submitted their Aadhaar in the gram panchayat but they don’t know why it has not been seeded. There are 17 such persons whose Aadhaar number is reflected in the PDS card but their name has been deleted.last_img read more

Raiola urges Napoli to move for Balotelli

first_imgTransfers Raiola urges Napoli to move for ‘bargain’ Balotelli Sacha Pisani 13:55 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mario Balotelli Nice Monaco Getty Images Transfers Napoli Mario Balotelli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A The agent invited the Serie A leaders to target his soon-to-be free agent client, who has flourished with Nice in Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli would be “ideal” for Napoli and his agent Mino Raiola has urged the Serie A leaders to sign the Nice star.Maligned Italian forward Balotelli is set to leave Ligue 1 outfit Nice at the end of the season, with his contract due to expire.The 27-year-old has flourished in France, where he has enjoyed two strong campaigns, with 21 goals scored across all competitions this term after having struggled at Liverpool and AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Balotelli has been tipped by Raiola to return to the Serie A or the Premier League and the agent has invited the Italian leaders to target his client when he becomes available. “It’s obvious that whoever takes Mario on a free transfer will be getting a bargain,” Raiola told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli. “If I were Napoli I’d take him, he’s one of the best strikers around. [Maurizio] Sarri has had an enormous growth and he’d be ideal for the Naples environment.”Balotelli is explosive on the pitch, he’s made strides forward with his behaviour. Napoli would be fantastic for a player with his characteristics and his character.”There are players who are afraid to come to Naples, but clearly not him. They have to believe to take him, but it would be a bargain.”Mario wouldn’t suffer with the expectations from the fans, he’s already been at the biggest clubs in the world. The passion of the fans only does good for him, just like [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”Raiola also reiterated his desire for Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave AC Milan.Donnarumma signed a new four-year deal in July after the 19-year-old star appeared set to leave the San Siro.Raiola, who has endured a difficult relationship with Milan’s hierarchy, said Donnarumma must move on to a bigger club.”He’s not yet the best goalkeeper in the world,” Raiola added. “But he’ll become that if he makes the right choices in his career. He has to go to a top club next year, I’ve already said that. That’s my idea.”last_img read more

Advanced 3D image system for better endoscopic surgery

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 2 2018Keep 2D, See 3D! MonoStereo, a smart 3D endoscope visualization system, integrates the benefits of 2D and 3D function, providing an advanced 3D endoscope image for better endoscopic surgery.This surgical image breakthrough was selected by RESI (Redefining Early Stage Investment) New York 2018 Innovation Challenge Companies as one of the finalists who stands out from hundreds of competitors globally.”It is the first 3D image system which provides depth perception and spatial view of anatomy; however, the 2D functions, like zooming and rotating, are reserved at the same time,” said Dr. Kai-Che Liu, the MeidcalTek CEO. “It is both Mono and Stereo. You may keep 2D, see 3D.” Dr. Liu explained the brand name with confidence.Related StoriesBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsThe MedicalTek, a Taiwanese start-up, has a close network with IRCAD, a world class minimally invasive surgery training center. After years of extensive study from dozens of international endoscopic experts and 7000 surgeons from 60 countries in Taiwan and France, a software based MonoStereo 3D endoscope visualization system was launched.Since 2017, this advanced 3D image technology has earned positive feedback and high satisfaction among surgeons at SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) annual meetings. Either 3D image display, comfortable 3D vision, or detail perception on tissues and organs were highly acknowledged by a pilot clinic trail.”MonoStereo® 3D seems to be helpful for the therapeutic endoscopic procedures.” Said by Dr Gabriel Rahmi, Medical Doctor specialized in Endoscopy at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital. Over 120 minimally invasive surgeries with MonoStereo® have been performed by hundreds of surgeons in ENT, Urology, GI, GS, GYNE, and VATs.Diagnostic and interventional endoscopy is a fast-growing mini-invasive alternative to classical surgical techniques. The irresistible trend comes along with a huge capital investment, complex assets management, and cost of obsolescence….. The plug-in MonoStereo® 3D endoscope visualization system is a smart investment. It allows hospitals/clinics to have a 3D visualization surgery with a minimized equipment transition cost. Due to the superb compatibility, MonoStereo® functions well with hundreds of rigid, flexible and others endoscopes. There is no need to buy the new ones, nor to throw pre-existing endoscope, camera, and monitor away. It is a seamless connection, without any workflow change during the surgery. Source:https://www.medicaltek.biz/last_img read more

FDA approves first noninsulin drug for treatment of pediatric patients with type

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 18 2019The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Victoza (liraglutide) injection for treatment of pediatric patients 10 years or older with type 2 diabetes. Victoza is the first non-insulin drug approved to treat type 2 diabetes in pediatric patients since metformin was approved for pediatric use in 2000. Victoza has been approved to treat adult patients with type 2 diabetes since 2010. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, occurring when the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to keep blood sugar at normal levels. Although type 2 diabetes primarily occurs in patients over the age of 45, the prevalence rate among younger patients has been rising dramatically over the past couple of decades. The Diabetes Report Card published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 5,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year among U.S. youth younger than age 20.Victoza improves blood sugar levels by creating the same effects in the body as the glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor protein in the pancreas. GLP-1 is often found in insufficient levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Like GLP-1, Victoza slows digestion, prevents the liver from making too much glucose (a simple sugar), and helps the pancreas produce more insulin when needed. As noted on the label, Victoza is not a substitute for insulin and is not indicated for patients with type 1 diabetes or those with diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition associated with diabetes where the body breaks down fat too quickly because there is inadequate insulin or none at all. Victoza is also indicated to reduce the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease; however, its effect on major adverse cardiovascular events in pediatrics was not studied and it is not indicated for this use in children.Related StoriesStudy: Antidepressants reduce mortality by 35% in patients with diabetesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsThe efficacy and safety of Victoza for reducing blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes was studied in several placebo-controlled trials in adults and one placebo-controlled trial with 134 pediatric patients 10 years and older for more than 26 weeks. Approximately 64% of patients in the pediatric study had a reduction in their hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) below 7% while on Victoza, compared to only 37% who achieved these results with the placebo. HbA1c is a blood test that is routinely performed to evaluate how well a patient’s diabetes is controlled, and a lower number indicates better control of the disease. These results occurred regardless of whether the patient also took insulin at the same time. Adult patients who took Victoza with insulin or other drugs that increase the amount of insulin the body makes (e.g., sulfonylurea) may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Meanwhile, pediatric patients 10 years and older taking Victoza had a higher risk of hypoglycemia regardless of whether they took other therapies for diabetes.The prescribing information for Victoza includes a Boxed Warning to advise health care professionals and patients about the increased risk of thyroid C-cell tumors. For this reason, patients who have had, or have family members who have ever had medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) should not use Victoza, nor should patients who have an endocrine system condition called multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2). In addition, people who have a prior serious hypersensitivity reaction to Victoza or any of the product components should not use Victoza. Victoza also carries warnings about pancreatitis, Victoza pen sharing, hypoglycemia when used in conjunction with certain other drugs known to cause hypoglycemia including insulin and sulfonylurea, renal impairment or kidney failure, hypersensitivity and acute gallbladder disease. The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, indigestion and constipation.The FDA granted this application Priority Review. The approval of Victoza was granted to Novo Nordisk. Source:U.S. Food and Drug Administration The FDA encourages drugs to be made available to the widest number of patients possible when there is evidence of safety and efficacy. Victoza has now been shown to improve blood sugar control in pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes. The expanded indication provides an additional treatment option at a time when an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with this disease.”Lisa Yanoff, M.D, acting director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Researchlast_img read more

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

first_img Citation: Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner (2019, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-montana-energy-storage-lines-financial.html Explore further Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy, said the involvement of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners of Denmark marks a significant step forward for the 400-megawatt project near Martinsdale.Next up, he said, is to make arrangements with utilities or others interested in using the Montana facility to complement their own electricity generation.”That’s our last step before we’re able to go under construction and start putting concrete and steel in the ground,” Borgquist said.The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro Project was first proposed in 2010 and is intended to make wind turbines and other renewable energy sources more reliable , by storing the electricity they produce until it’s needed.Described as a “hydro battery,” it would use excess power produced by wind farms or other sources to pump water from a reservoir uphill to a second reservoir. The water would be released during periods of high electricity demand, turning hydropower turbines to generate power.Many utilities use power plants fueled by natural gas to fulfill a similar role. They’re needed to balance electricity across the power grid as demand rises and falls over time.A spokeswoman for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners confirmed the firm’s involvement in the project. Senior Partner Christian Skakkebaek said in a statement that pumped storage hydro “will be a key resource as the global transition to renewable energy continues to accelerate in states such as Montana.”Construction could take up to four years and require 300 to 400 workers, Borgquist said. Once the project is operational, it will have a permanent workforce of two- or three-dozen employees, he said.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license for the facility in 2016.There are more than 20 gigawatts of pumped storage capacity across the U.S., according to the National Hydropower Association. An additional 31 gigawatts of capacity have been proposed, primarily in Western states, according to the association. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Pumped storage hydropower a ‘game-changer’last_img read more

Karnataka crisis Will face all issues on floor of House says CM

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:43 IST Making the announcement in the state assembly, CM HD Kumaraswamy said he has voluntarily decided to seek the vote of confidence. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSKarnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said that he will face all issues on the floor of the HouseKumaraswamy also announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAsHe said that only when he commanded the support in the House he can continue as the CMKarnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Friday said that whatever issues are there in the state, he will face them on the floor of the House.”Whatever issues are there, I will face them on the floor of the House. Let’s see,” Kumaraswamy said.While speaking in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, HD Kumaraswamy said, “After all these developments, I am seeking your permission and time to prove the majority in this session.”In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was “ready for everything”.Making the announcement in the state assembly, Kumaraswamy said he has ‘voluntarily’ decided to seek the vote, adding only when he commanded the support in the House he can continue as the CM.Asserting that he did not come to the Chief Minister’s position with the intention of remaining in power for ever, the JDS leader requested Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to fix a time for moving the confidence vote.Later, Kumaraswamy at the business advisory committee meeting proposed Wednesday for the trust vote. However, no decision was taken as the principal opposition BJP did not attend the meeting, sources said.A decision was likely to be taken on Monday, they added.Kumaraswamy’s announcement in the assembly came as the Supreme Court, hearing a petition by ten of the 16 rebel MLAs, restrained the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till next Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of the legislators.The ten rebel MLAs Thursday submitted afresh their resignation letters in person to the Speaker as directed by the apex court The assembly met Friday for a 11-day monsoon session in the backdrop of resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs that has raised questions over the government’s survival.Kumaraswamy took the floor during obituary references time and announced his decision.”In todays political situation in the state, due to decision of some MLAs there is a confusing situation that all the legislators are witnessing… I did not come to this position with an intention that I will remain in power for ever. Im ready for everything,” Kumaraswamy said.”My request to you is as we will have to run the administration by taking various decisions through this House under your guidance. In the backdrop of the incidences that have happened, I have decided to seek trust vote. Im requesting you to fix a time for it at the earliest,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker.The Chief Minister, who has been asserting his government and the coalition would survive, said, “In today’s situation, it is inevitable for me to say this. Only when I have the support of this House, I can continue in this position.””I’m not ready to misuse this position in any way. So voluntarily I have decided to seek trust vote,” Kumaraswamy added.The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being last year after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning their assembly membership.Besides, two independent legislators who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.The sudden announcement by the chief minister during the obituary reference time came as a surprise.According to sources, it was a voluntary decision by the chief minister and a very few within the coalition circle knew about it.The opposition BJP took exception to the chief minister raising the matter during obituary reference.State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa later told reporters that his party would decide its strategy on the basis of Kumaraswamy’s speech on the proposed trust vote.”As a Chief Minister, he has made a statement, how can I say no to it. It is left to him. We will decide on the basis of what the Chief Minister speaks when he seeks the trust vote,” the BJP veteran said.Though Kumaraswamy wanted the Speaker to fix a time for the vote, the latter said as and when the Chief Minister informed him about the date on which he would move the confidence motion it will be mentioned in the list of business.”He (CM) will have to tell me. The Chief Minister has spoken his mind that there is confusing situation and he will not stick to power. If he tells me when he will move a motion seeking trust vote, I will put it for business the next day,” the Speaker said.Stating that he expected the Chief Minister to seek the vote of confidence at the earliest, Ramesh Kumar said he cannnot ask him to move it on a specific day.Kumaraswamy was later seen in a relaxed mood in the assembly lobby and expressed confidence about the trust vote and getting numbers in favor of the coalition.According to reports, Kumaraswamy is said to be in direct talks with at least four Congress legislators, who have resigned and is hopeful that they will withdraw.Later talking to reporters, he said what ever issues are there we will see, on the floor of the House.The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.In a related development, the BJP, apparently fearing poaching of its MLAs by the ruling coalition leaders, has decided to shift its legislators to a resort on the outskirts of the city.”Every one (BJP MLAs) felt that they should be together and come together to the assembly on Monday…I have said okay,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in response to a question.On the Supreme Court order, he said it has come as a moral booster to the rebels and claimed even the whip issued (asking all ruling MLAs to attend the assembly session) will not be applicable for the ten.”The MLAs in Mumbai had contacted our friends, they all are satisfied with the Supreme Court verdict,” he said, adding the BJP would wait for the outcome of the next hearing on Tuesday.Congress is also likely to shift its legislators to a hotel or resort and the final call would be taken shortly, top party sources said.The rebel MLAs continued to remain in a hotel in Mumbai.Also Read | Karnataka crisis: No decision on rebel MLAs till July 16, SC tells SpeakerAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbersFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KumaraswamyFollow Karnataka crisis Next Karnataka crisis: Will face all issues on floor of House, says CM KumaraswamyWhile speaking on the Karnataka crisis in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, HD Kumaraswamy said that he was ready to face all issues on the floor of the House and that he would seek a vote of trust to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAs.advertisementlast_img read more