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Jammu: Ignoring appeals to call off their protest shutdown on the AIIMS issue in Jammu region, the agitation committee spearheading the stir on Sunday extended their shutdown by another 72 hours.

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“The utter failure of the untrustworthy central government to announce a full-fledged All India Institute of Medical Sciences for Jammu region has forced the AIIMS coordination committee to extend the ‘bandh’ to August 5,” local Bar Association president Abhinav Sharma told the media here on Sunday.

Abhinav Sharma, who heads the AIIMS coordination committee, said the panel hoped that the massive public response the stir call evoked across Jammu would make the BJP to read the writing on wall, but it was not to be.

“The BJP yet again betrayed the people of the Jammu region by taking recourse to white lies to hoodwink and mislead the people. We understand BJP’s deception and mischief,” he said.

The state BJP on Sunday appealed to the AIIMS agitation committee to call off its protest shutdown in the city, which was to end on Sunday, and blamed the opposition Congress and the National Conference of trying to create confusion over the sensitive issue.

“Since the demand for an AIIMS for Jammu has been fulfilled, there is no justification in continuing with the agitation spearheaded by the coordination committee,” Bharatiya Janata Party state president and parliamentarian Jugal Kishore Sharma told media persons at the party headquarters here.

Commenting on the BJP assurance, the bar association president said, “The AIIMS Act does not allow what union Health Minister J.P. Nadda tweeted on July 30 and what the cornered BJP ministers here in Jammu and Kashmir are trying to make the people of Jammu to believe.”

“No AIIMS in India can ever have two presidents, two vice chancellors, two governing bodies and two directors. What they are saying is a gross violation of the Act and an act of criminal disinformation,” Abhinav Sharma said.

“Nowhere in India has the AIIMS been divided into two parts or two campuses because it will defeat the very purpose of the institution. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Act 2012 clearly says that to establish an AIIMS, it is mandatory to issue a notification specifying the place and the state where the AIIMS is to be established,” the AIIMS coordination committee head said.

“Breaking AIIMS into parts and setting them in various parts of the state defeats the very purpose of the medical research institution. The BJP ministers have only made a mockery of themselves and exposed their abject ignorance of the issue,” he said.

Abhinav Sharma said that the competent authorities in New Delhi should issue a notification as per the Act to establish AIIMS in Jammu in the current financial year, without indulging in vague and misleading statements.

(IANS)

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Seventh Batch of Pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

The seventh batch of pilgrims which consists of 1748 men, 401 women, and 97 sadhus and sadhvis has left for Amarnath

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Amarnath Cave Shrine
Pilgrimage to the Amarnath Yatra. Wikimedia
  • The seventh batch of pilgrims have departed for their journey to Amarnath Cave Shrine
  • This batch consists of 2,246 pilgrims including 1748 men, 401 women and 97 sadhus and sadhvis 
  • With the departure of the seventh batch, total 25,294 pilgrims have left for Amarnath from Jammu

July 08, 2017: The seventh batch of pilgrims left Jammu on June 7, for their journey to reach Amarnath’s Cave shrine for a darshan of ice lingam. With this batch, the total number of pilgrims has reached 25,294.

This batch is made up of 1748 men, 401 women, and 97 sadhus and sadhvis. The Amarnath yatra began on June 28 from Jammu. The journey is to be done amid multi-tier security with CRPF escorting the pilgrims. The final destination is the twin base camp of Amarnath cave shrine.

10,461 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Holy Cave yesterday, however, lives of 3 pilgrims was claimed. The total death toll number for the ongoing pilgrimage has reached 9.

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A staggering number of 1,15,841 pilgrims have made the journey to visit the ice lingam since the beginning of the pilgrimage. The annual yatra, this year too, has continued despite the terror threats. But it has prompted the authorities to be alert and prepared. The highest level of security measures have been adopted, including the latest satellite tracking system, mentioned PTI report.

Earlier an intelligence source has revealed that the militants have planned to target policemen and the many yatris. The CRPF, BSF, police, and army have all been instructed to secure the pilgrimage. Combined, over 40,000 troops have been mobilized to provide for the security.

Additionally, the center has provided the state with 25,000 personnel. This year’s Amarnath yatra is 8 days shorter than last year’s 48 days.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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First Indian doctor in last 5 years and Ex AIIMS head M C Misra Awarded honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra. VOA

New Delhi, May 24, 2017: Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra has been awarded the honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a first for an Indian doctor in the last five years.

The announcement was made on Tuesday evening.

“It is with great pleasure, we write on behalf of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to invite you to accept the award of fellowship ad hominem (Honorary fellowship),” reads the letter for Misra to convey the honor by the premier organization.

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice, through its interest in education, training, and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical workforce.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world and traces its origins to 1505 when the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a craft guild of Edinburgh.

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Today, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is an international network with a membership of almost 20,000, in almost 100 countries.

Misra, also a globally renowned trauma expert, retired on January 31, 2017 after serving All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as its director for more than three years. (IANS)

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Girl born with a rare medical condition, heart outside body in Madhya Pradesh

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A child with the parents (representational image), VOA

Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh):  A girl, born in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh with a rare medical condition with her heart abnormally located outside the chest, has been shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi for treatment, an official said on Sunday.

The baby girl was born with a rare congenital medical condition called Ectopia Cordis in which the heart is abnormally located either partially or totally outside of the thorax.

This rare medical condition occurs in eight children per 10 lakh births.

Dr Lakhan Tiwari, Pediatrician at Chhatarpur district hospital, told IANS that the girl was born on April 5 at Khajuraho Health Centre in the district.

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She was brought to the district hospital from where she was referred to the AIIMS.

Dr R.S. Tripathi, Civil Surgeon, Chhatarpur district, said: “The heart is covered by bones and skin in the human body but in this case though her heart was formed completely during embryonic development, the body wall could not mature properly.”

He said: “Keeping in mind the infant’s serious condition, the infant was sent to the All India Institute of Meidcal Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi along with a doctor.” (IANS)