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Indian doctor who served lifelong in Ghana conferred national award

Popularly called "Mama" or grandmother, Dr Sen who is now now 82, worked as a specialist gynaecologist but because she could not put up a house of her own, she ended up being looked after by the staff of the hospital because she did not marry

 

Indian doctor Uma Sen, who spent her entire career working in Ghana, was on Friday conferred its prestigious award - Member of the Order of the Volta (MV) - by President John Mahama in recognition of her "patriotic and humanitarian services to the people of this country in the field of health care".
 
The citation read: "At the regional hospital, you devoted your full time to duty and brought smiles to many women who hitherto, suffered from infertility and could not have babies of their own. You saved many lives at the Regional Hospital, Ho. Ut is on record that you always responded positively to night and weekend calls even when you were not on duty."
 
In spite of the fact that she had dedicated her whole life serving Ghanians, she was not able to get a resident permit until IANS took up her case two years ago when she was in retirement. Ghana Health Service's regional director, Joseph Teye Nuertey, had then told IANS that "this woman deserve to be properly honoured by the country".
 
Sen's story is a remarkable one. Originally from India's eatern West Bengal state, she arrived in Ghana in 1969 and has been in the west African country since then, spending her entire working life working at various hospitals before ending up at the Volta Regional Hospital at Ho.
 
Popularly called "Mama" or grandmother, Dr Sen who is now now 82, worked as a specialist gynaecologist but because she could not put up a house of her own, she ended up being looked after by the staff of the hospital because she did not marry.
 
Recruited by the health ministry in 1969, she worked at the Ashanti-Mampong Mission Maternity Hospital in the Ashanti Region till 1970, at the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga from 1970 to 1972 and then from 1973 at the Volta Regional Hospital, where she retired in 1999.
 
"She was re-engaged on contract by the Volta Regional Hospital and paid from the hospital's internally generated fund. Throughout her working life, in the ministry of health, she exhibited high level of professional competencies in medicine to the administration of both her colleagues and clients," a letter on file at the Regional Health Directorate said.
 
Neurtey said Sen trained many doctors in obstetrics and gynaecology, some of whom are professors in the various fields of medicine in the country.
 
In addition, "Dr Uma Sen never married, she spent her life working in Ghana and has rendered meritorious services to the people of Ghana. It is our opinion that Dr Uma Sen should be honoured by the ministry of health and Ghana Health Service to serve as a motivation of foreign nationals working in the country. 
 
"Dr Uma Sen has no intention of going back to her country of birth, and should therefore, be appropriately settled in the country, preferably in the Volta Region where she has many friends," the letter said.
 
After her medical studies at the University of Calcutta in 1953, she worked at the Tata Main Hospital at Jamshedpur from 1953 to 1962 and then went to London to work at various hospitals including Middlesborough General Hospital in Yorkshire and later at the Southend General Hospital.
 
It was after that she took the decision to come to Ghana. "Through my friend, Smority Biswas, who had visited Ghana before knew a bit of the country, I expressed the interest and she worked out my employment for me and I came to Ghana," said Sen.
 
She was well prepared for the trip because she arrived in Ghana in a ship with a car that she had bought. "I drove myself from the Takoradi Harbour to Ashanti-Mampong by myself and just fell in love with the people instantly because they treated me as one of their own."
 
Sen said that since arriving in Ghana she got busy with work and forget about enjoying her life. "I just worked and worked, sometimes, I even forget to have my meals, but I do not regret coming because it has been a great experience for me."
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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Nifty, Sensex may bounce back a bit – Weekly closing report
If Nifty stays above 7,500, it may head for 7,850
 
We had mentioned in last week’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were in a downtrend and that Nifty may head towards 7,600. Also, a close above 7,900 will be bullish. The last week has seen the Indian stock markets to be bearish throughout, except for Thursday, when there was a relief rally. The weekly losses in the major indices are of the order of 2%-3%. The weekly trends in the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
On Monday, heightened prospects of a US rate hike, coupled with slow progress in the Indian Parliament in approving a key economic legislation, subdued Indian equity markets, leading to the BSE Sensex closing 108 points in the red. Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened higher in sync with their Asian peers which firmed up following Friday's positive close for the US markets. Furthermore, Friday's recommendations from the chief economic advisor (CEA) for a standard goods and services tax (GST) rate in the range of 17%-18% and to eliminate all taxes on inter-state trade buoyed markets.
 
Global software major Infosys announced on Monday that it is creating 250 new jobs over the next three years in Ireland to develop new technologies and support innovation in financial institutions. The expansion will create 95 jobs at its first dedicated product-centric research and development (R&D) centre outside India and open a second Irish facility to house up to 155 techies for providing client servicing, Infosys said in a statement. 
 
On Tuesday, the prevailing logjam in parliament coupled with prospects of a US rate hike and the decline in oil and gas stocks subdued Indian equity markets. Besides, prospects of a US rate hike prompted selling among foreign investors and continued weakness in rupee's value depressed them. In addition, oil and gas, energy and power companies stocks fell after a dip in global crude oil prices. Markets observers said that the investors' sentiments were subdued due to the logjam in parliament which has dimmed the prospects of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill getting passed during the winter session.
 
The catastrophic loss of property and lives due to the floods in Tamil Nadu could cost insurance companies around Rs1,500 crore though exact estimates will be known only later. “We have received around 800 claims and the initial estimate of the loss is around Rs.500 crore," a senior official of United India Insurance Co. Ltd. told IANS, on Tuesday. The official said the flood loss for the general insurance industry could be around Rs1,500 crore. But if one takes into account the uninsured moveable and immovable properties, then the amount would be several times more. The heaviest rains in a century battered the districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Cuddalore and Thiruvallur over the past month, leaving around 325 people dead and causing widespread destruction.
 
On Wednesday, dimmed prospects of key economic legislations getting the parliamentary nod in the winter session, coupled with a slowdown in the Chinese economy and falling commodity prices led to losses in the major indices over Tuesday’s close. Both bellwether indices opened on a negative note following their Asian peers. Domestic cues like the parliament logjam which has reduced the chances of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill getting passed during the winter session, eroded investors' confidence. Should the bill not secure passage in this session, it will miss its intended roll-out date of April 1, next year. Foreign investors continued selling of equities in the Indian markets ahead of a likely US rate hike -- further depressing investors. In addition, oil and gas and energy companies stocks stayed on their downward trajectory due to a dip in global crude oil prices. Besides equities, the Indian rupee, too, remained under pressure. The negative news for the information technology (IT) industry coming from the US, where it has been proposed to cap the H1B visas, adversely impacted investors risk taking appetite. 
 
On Thursday, bargain hunting and unravelling of short positions by investors propelled the Indian stock markets a little higher and the indices improved by a little less than 1%. Market observers said that short coverings of position by investors led the relief rally after six consecutive days of losses. It is expected that that markets positive trajectory might be short-lived due to the logjam in parliament and absence of fresh triggers.
 
On Friday, upcoming macro-economic data coupled with the logjam in parliament affecting passage of key economic bills and a likely US rate hike spooked investors and resulted in the major indices of the Indian stock exchanges closing in the red. Initially, both the bellwether indices of the Indian equity markets opened on a positive note. But both soon ceded their gains due to the continued parliamentary logjam which has reduced the prospects of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill getting passed during the ongoing winter session. Friday’s losses in the major indices were around 1% and above over Thursday’s close.
 
After the market close, surpassing expectations, India's factory output rose sharply by 9.8% in October, due mainly to a robust 10.6% growth in the manufacturing industry, official data showed on Friday. The growth had decelerated to 3.6% in the month before (September 2015) and was placed at (-) 2.7% in October of last fiscal year. While the electricity output grew by 9%, that in mining was higher by 4.7%, according to the official numbers on the Index for Industrial Production which were released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Cumulatively, the factory output growth was 4.8% between April and October, as against 4% in the first six months of this fiscal. This was more than double the figure of 2.2% logged during the first seven months of the previous fiscal.
 
The market will keep an eye on the data points for consumer price index (CPI) and wholesale price index (WPI) to be released on Monday, followed by the US Federal Reserve FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meet on Wednesday. 
 
Out of the 27 main sectors tracked by Moneylife, top five and the bottom five sectors for this week were:
 

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India's factory output rises sharply by 9.8 percent in October
Surpassing expectations, India's factory output rose sharply by 9.8 percent in October, due mainly to a robust 10.6-percent growth in the manufacturing industry, official data showed on Friday.
 
The growth had decelerated to 3.6 percent in the month before and was placed at (-)2.7 percent in October of last fiscal year.
 
While the electricity output grew by 9 percent, that in mining was higher by 4.7 percent, according to the official numbers on the Index for Industrial Production which were released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
 
Cumulatively, the factory output growth was 4.8 percent between April and October, as against 4 percent in the first six months of this fiscal. This was more than double the figure of 2.2 percent logged during the first seven months of the previous fiscal.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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