Sunday, December 31, 2017

Delhi government scheme, to bear the cost of treatment of victims of motor accidents, fire and acid attacks

Lt Governor approves Delhi government's new scheme for road accident victims

Lt Governor Anil Baijal approved a Delhi government scheme, whereby it will bear the cost of treatment of victims of motor accidents, fire and acid attacks that take place on the city's roads at private hospitals.

Delhi Arogya Kosh
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Lt Governor Anil Baijal today approved a Delhi government scheme, whereby it will bear the cost of treatment of victims of motor accidents, fire and acid attacks that take place on the city's roads at private hospitals.
Baijal termed it as a "step in the right direction".
In a statement, he also stressed that for a robust healthcare system, the "government institutions also need to be strengthened, as the healthcare system cannot be left entirely in the hands of the private sector".
The Lt Governor also observed that "complete transparency and relevant procedures or guidelines should be followed strictly while empanelling private hospitals".

He has also emphasised that a mechanism must be evolved for ensuring that unnecessary tests are not prescribed in collusion with private medical centres.
"Further, the quality of tests and the private institutions empanelled for these tests also should be ensured through appropriate penalties in case of malpractices/poor quality," the Raj Niwas said in a statement.
He also advised that the administrative department must also "develop a system of online Aadhaar-based/biometric tracking of patients to ensure proper follow-up and to prevent any malpractices, given the financial implications, it said.
"Lt Governor today approved the Cabinet decision of the Health Department relating to the provision of free treatment for medico-legal victims of road accidents, acid attack and burn injuries and termed it as a step in the right direction," the statement said.
The Lt Governor has also approved the proposal of the department for outsourcing of diagnostic (non-radiological) services to provide free laboratory services at Mohalla Clinics, polyclinics and Mobile Health Clinics, it said.
Baijal has also concurred with the amendments to the Delhi Arogya Kosh (DAK) scheme to provide financial assistance for specified high-end diagnostic (radiological) tests/ surgeries.
However, noting that the original purpose of the scheme was to help the poor and needy sections of the society, and that the Planning Department, too, has advocated an income ceiling, he advised the government to retain some "income ceiling" so that the resources of the government are used to help the poor and the needy, and the "poor are not crowded out by the well-to-do".
The LG also noted that the focus of these schemes appeared to be on outsourcing and there is no mention in the proposal about any action plan to strengthen the diagnostic infrastructure in the government institutions.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Surat Diamond Merchant Funds Mass Wedding Of 250 Girls Who Couldn't Afford Ceremony Expenses

More than 250 couple got married on  Surat as a part of the mass wedding hosted by a diamond merchant. The mass wedding featured 250 couples included 5 Muslim couples, a Christian couple and two women who are HIV positive.
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Mahesh Savani is the man who facilitated the programme as he believes that giving away brides is a blessing from God. Savani has been funding and organising wedding since 201.
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During the wedding, Savani himself plays the parent and does Kanyadaan- the practice of giving away one's daughter.
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Hundreds of brides with colourful ethnic attire and ornaments performed their wedding rituals in front of hundreds of guests in the city Surat, which is also a hub for diamond polishing.
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On previous occasions, Savani had given gifts of gold and items such as sofas, beds etc worth Rs 500,000 to each bride to help them start married life.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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  • This Breach Candy palace evokes era of maharajas — and the nuclear scientist behind Pokhran

  • December 24, 2017, 8:00 am IST in Building Mumbai | India | TOI
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  • A mix of modern and traditional design marks Anand Bhavan at Breach Candy.
  •  Image result for anand bhavan palace breach candy old photoMahalakshmi Temple at Breach Candy, Bombay by Francis Frith (between 1850 and 1879)
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  • The late physicist Raja RamannaImage result for physicist Raja Ramanna was a formidable scientist who led the team that conducted India’s first nuclear test in Pokhran in 1974. But at home in Breach Candy’s Anand Bhavan, a less daunting side was on display.  In the evenings, the stern gent with thick glasses would perambulate the lawn, gesticulating as he contemplated, presumably, some knotty scientific problem. “He was a playful character,” recalled Srinivas Laxman, a former ToI journalist who played cricket as a child on the grounds of Anand Bhavan. “When our ball used to go into the sea, he used to jump up and get it.” Back then, steps led from the rear yard down to the rocky seafront.
  • Ramanna was also an accomplished pianist who loved western classical and Carnatic music even more than physics. Laxman and others remember hearing strains of piano, including Chopin and Brahms, wafting out of Ramanna’s windows.
  • The landscape of Breach Candy is far busier now but Anand Bhavan is relatively unchanged—it remains a quiet enclave of scientists by the sea. The dignified building, flanked on either side by annexes, was once the residence of Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji, the former maharaja of Bansda, an erstwhile princely state in Gujarat. He constructed the palace, named after his wife Anand Kunwarba, on land leased from the Governor of Bombay in 1933. In 1960, the place was bought by the Department of Atomic Energy and repurposed into a block of flats for employees.
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  • It was here that Pritikumari Jhala lived for 15 idyllic years. Jhala, 76, the granddaughter of Indrasinhji PratapsinhjiImage result for Indrasinhji Pratapsinhji, the former maharaja of Bansda, – he was her maternal grandfather – was born in Anand Bhavan in 1941. A student of Queen Mary School, she recalls skating on the palace terrace, playing in a water-filled canal at the back of the building, which also contained a tennis court, participating in dramas directed by a tutor, and spending time with her grandfather, whom she describes as “a commanding presence” yet “loving to his people and playful to us”.
  • The annexes, she recalls, had stables, staff quarters and a kitchen in which Continental food was prepared. “We would walk on the rocks (by the sea) and collect shells,” said Jhala, who lives in Ahmedabad. “We had a very free life there.”
  • Like many urban palaces, Anand Bhavan is a mash-up of modern and traditional architecture. The building has decorative columns and some of the wooden doors have panels carved with deer skipping through foliage. Built in the 1930s, the building also has art deco features such as geometric grills and metal work with nautical motifs. It’s one of the many palaces in the area built in the early twentieth century. Down the road, Lincoln House,  Image result for Lincoln House, the former American consulate the former American consulate, was the abode of the maharaja of Wankaner, and a short distance away on Nepean Sea Road is Walsingham School, which belonged to the maharaja of Kutch. Nearby is the blush-coloured Sophia College, whose owners included the maharajas of Indore and Bhavnagar. These Bombay homes were convenient for royals who frequently travelled abroad and had to liaise with the colonial government.
  • Built in the 1930s, the building has art deco features such as geometric grills
  • As with most old buildings, Anand Bhavan has terrifically high ceilings. The rooms are large, and in some flats the bathrooms are larger. The main building is divided into two wings with similar apartments on either side, and the four annexes have residences, a dispensary, and quarters for staff. In the early days, scientists with today’s Bhabha Atomic Research Centre even worked out of laboratories here for a few years, recalls Sekhar Basu, secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • Residents here are as fond of the sea view and the enormous lawn as they are of their roomy apartments. “The very first time we moved, from Bangalore, I was unprepared for the monsoon,” said Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta, an IAS officer who lived in Anand Bhavan from 2000 to 2012. “I didn’t grow up near the sea. The rains were whistling outside. And we felt the building was in the middle of nowhere.”
  • It was on the lawn that the song ‘Itna Toh Yaad Hai Mujhe’, from the hit 1971 movie Mehboob ki Mehndi, was shot. Rajesh Khanna pulls up on the stately driveway in a white convertible as elsewhere his love interest, played by Leena Chandavarkar, does a hectic, amorous dance. The green has also been the venue of many weddings and is rented out to DAE employees and their relatives at a nominal rate.
  • A sense of community is evident among residents. The building houses 29 families whose members not only celebrate all the major festivals but also gather to hoist the national flag and sing patriotic movie songs on every Independence Day and Republic Day. The sentiment is echoed by Dr. Sneha Shah, who works in the department of nuclear medicine at Tata Memorial Centre, which is partly funded by the DAE. She moved here in 2008 and had a son soon after. “It’s like a cultural ghetto where everything is celebrated,” she said. “There are no Christians here but Christmas is celebrated.”
  • The togetherness makes people loathe to leave the property, says Ravi Shankar Ramamoorthy, head of the Public Awareness Division at DAE, who has lived here since 1993. His young daughter Surbhi says children of residents and of the help play together, and the latter are often tutored by their employers. Ramamoorthy’s mother Indira, for instance, teaches kids math. She is also famous for having planted medicinal shrubs and trees.
  • Soumen Sinha, who works at the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, likes the fact that his neighbours are an educated lot. The complex has hosted MR Srinivasan, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of the DAE, and Dr Ketayun Dinshaw, former director of Tata Memorial Hospital. Every second person here is either a doctor or has a PhD. “Everyone is on the same level and very close knit,” said Sinha.
  • View from Anand Bhavan
  • Residents appreciate the complex’s old-world feeling, which partly stems from the fact that the building is recessed from the bustle of the road. The sense of being sequestered from the world at large is true of many government housing complexes. The DAE also has two residential buildings on Malabar Hill, Purnima and Zerlina, named after research reactors at BARC, as well as Kenilworth on Pedder Road, which stands on the spot where Homi Bhabha, the pioneer of the Indian nuclear programme, was born. However it is Anand Bhavan, where Bhabha’s protege Ramanna spent so many years, that stands out with its history, stately grace, and sea-swept vista.
  • (A version of this article appeared in the print edition of the Times of India, Mumbai on December 24.)

Saturday, December 16, 2017


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