Citizens' Issues
Public Sector Companies Pressed Into Building toilets
Government-owned energy companies being asked to construct 50,000 toilets in schools
 
As a part of the “Swachh Bharat Mission”, the public sector undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) will construct 50,000 toilets in schools all over India within the next one year upto August 2015. The work of 1,001 toilets will begin tomorrow, 2nd October 2014 (Gandhi Jayanthi) in various states.
 
The break-up of the states and the number of schools in which work will commence on Gandhi Jayanthi 2014 is as follows
 

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Doctor-Industry Financial Connections Revealed
It's D-Day for the Sunshine Act in the US. Find out who has been wining and dining your doctor
 
Consumers now have access a database that allows them to find out what ties their doctors have to medical companies and whether there are any financial incentives for a physician to recommend or prescribe a particular product. 
 
Under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), consumers can view the database, which will shed light on financial ties between drug and device manufacturers and health care providers. The provision, known as the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, grew out of the government’s desire to enforce anti-kickback statutes and reveal conflicts of interests between doctors and the medical industry.
 
Last winter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is overseeing the regulations, finalized rules for the provision, but consumers won’t see the benefits until next year when the information has to be disclosed to the public.
 
Who’s covered under the rules?
The rule requires that manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and medical supplies covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program report financial payments for meals, travel, entertainment, royalties, licenses, gifts, research, or education provided to physicians or hospitals. The government can fine companies up to $1 million if the payments aren’t disclosed.
 
Companies don’t have to reveal payments under $10, product samples, education materials provided to patients, loans of covered devices during trial periods, or discounts.
 
Why are these regulations important to consumers?
Laws already on the books prevent physicians from prescribing a drug or recommending a particular medical device if the physician or close family member has a vested financial interest in the company making the products. Advocates for the regulations say the rules will help prevent medical companies from concealing ties with medical providers, help reduce conflicts of interest, and empower consumers to make informed decisions about products they are being advised to use.
 
Said Peter Budetti, a doctor and deputy administrator for CMS,
 
You should know when your doctor has a financial relationship with the companies that manufacture or supply the medicines or medical devices you may need. Disclosure of these relationships allows patients to have more informed discussions with their doctors.
 
 

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Mary Kom 'Gold': The gutsy mom gives India first boxing gold at Asiad
The mother-of-three, who has been christened ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association for her unprecedented feats, came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova for the gold medal at 17th Asiad
 
MC Mary Kom on Wednesday became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games after she came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova in the flyweight (51KG) summit clash.
 
The lone Indian boxer in action today, Mary Kom defeated Shekerbekova 2—0 in an evenly-contested battle in which the Kazakh had the initial advantage.
 
Mary Kom, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist, who had won a bronze when women boxers made their debut at the 2010 Asiad, shifted gears with ease to come out triumphant in the final analysis.
 
Seemingly wary of her rival in the opening round, Mary Kom preferred to keep a distance and invited Shekerbekova to launch the first attack. The Kazakh, however, did not fall for the bait and back peddled smoothly to outwit the Indian in the opening two minutes.
 
However, never the one to give up easily, Mary Kom reworked strategy and stunned Shekerbekova with her aggression in the second round. Combining her hooks with uppercuts to Shekerbekova’s torso, Mary Kom drew level albeit on a split decision.
 
The Manipuri mother-of-three, who has been christened ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association for her unprecedented feats, began to dominate in the third round and dictated the pace of the proceedings.
 
Shekerbekova could not come to grips with the tactical shift in Mary Kom’s game and could only respond by holding her opponent frequently, for which the referee cautioned her.
 

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COMMENTS

Adi

2 years ago

Congratulations Mary Kom on Gold, but one boxer Sarita Devi was metted out with unfair decision.
I am not a puglist, but I know a fair match when I see one. Sarita Devi dominated all the rounds. The technical delegate David. B Francis, of AIBA either left his sense of judgment at home or it failed him when the bouts were on between Park Jian and Sarita Devi. She deserved to move into the next round to qualify for the Silver. The judges present have given a controversial decision in favor of Park Jian. It has happened in the past and judges have admitted their mistake and been suspended too. It should happen in this case too.

International Boxing federation (AIBA) has a dubious and tainted reputation. What are our IOA Indian Olympic association doing? Can IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh take this matter up strongly. Her husband paid $500 review fee with a letter that had to written out of personal funds ??????? Can IB India Boxing take up this matter too. Or they want association recognitions more than the recognition for their nation ??????

India ki izzat ka sawal hai ????

Respect to Sarita Devi not to accept her Bronze Medal and instead gave it to the Korean....time to clean the sport dominated by Koreans at AIBA !

Sarita Devi needs to get justice and that she is not banned from the sport or fined !!!!!!!!!

Capt. Richard.F.Sequeira

2 years ago

Totally awesome ! Magnificent Mary is an original and pioneer in Boxing in India , Just like mu own Mother Mary DSouza Sequeira who is the first woman to represent India in the Asian Games and Olympics in Hockey and Athletics in 1952,54,56.

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