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New Delhi: Indian government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be hosting “Advancing Asia: Investing for the Future” which will bring together officials, corporate executives, academics and civil society representatives from more than 30 countries covering Asia and the Pacific.

“Advancing Asia provides a forum for Asia-Pacific leaders to discuss a region renowned for its economic successes over the past decades,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

The Advance Asia conference will gather notable leaders from business and civil society, policymakers and academic.

IMF Managing Director today concluded his two days visit to India stating “I am delighted to have return to India these past few days to see first-hand remarkable dynamism of this country.”

“As Asia’s advanced, emerging market and developing economies move to the next stage of success, they face the key challenge of how to maintain and enhance the region’s high growth record while boosting jobs, reducing inequality, accelerating infrastructure and human capital development and implementing other growth-enhancing reforms.

“I am very pleased to cooperate closely with the Government of India on this conference that will explore how the region can meet these policy challenges through investments in the future,” said Lagarde.

The main agenda of the conference will include the most effective drivers of growth, income inequality, demographic change and gender, infrastructure investment, climate change, managing capital flows and financial inclusion.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and IMF Managing Director, Lagare will be among the conference keynote speakers.

The conference will be attended by other sector officials, including Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

Advancing Asia has followed the Asia 21: Leading the Way Forward conference, held in Daenjeon, South Korea in 2010, where the focus was to discuss the region’s role in a global economy recovering from the Global Financial Crisis.

Advancing Asia will soon be held in New Delhi from March 11 to 13, 2016.(IANS)

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

Cancer survivor. Flickr

Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)