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New Delhi: Ex-servicemen stage a demonstration to press for `One Rank One Pension` at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, on June 15, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
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New Delhi: Scores of ex-servicemen on Monday launched an indefinite relay hunger strike here over the delay in implementing the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for them and threatened to intensify their agitation.

Raising slogans like “One Rank, One Pension”, “No delay, no dilution” and “Sainik ekta zindabad”, the former soldiers and officers of the Indian armed forces launched the hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, within the shouting distance of Parliament House.

Ex-servicemen in batches of 50-55 will sit on a 24-hour hunger strike every day till the government announces a specific date for implementing the OROP scheme.

“We won’t budge until the government gives us a date for implementing ‘One Rank, One Pension’,” Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd.), president of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement which is spearheading the protest, told IANS.

Col. Anil Kaul (retd.), media adviser of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, said protests were on in many cities across the country.

“The hunger strike has begun today (Monday) in various cities. This will go on indefinitely till we get a definitive response from the government,” he said.

Sources from the defence ministry, meanwhile, said the file on OROP was with the finance ministry, as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar once again on Sunday night urged the veterans to be patient.

Speaking at a conference in Jaipur on Sunday, the defence minister said “promises” made will be kept and that they should be “patient”.

The nationwide agitation was launched on Sunday by retired servicemen.

Protesting at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, the veterans signed a petition in blood, demanding fast implementation of the scheme which will ensure same pension for the same rank irrespective of the date of retiring.

The petition was sent to President Pranab Mukherjee’s office.

With the OROP, defence personnel who retired in the past would be able to draw the same pension as officers and soldiers of the same rank retiring now.

OROP is expected to benefit 25 lakh ex-servicemen and widows of defence personnel. (IANS)

 

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Alzheimer’s disease is thought to begin long before patients show typical symptoms like memory loss.The team, led by Klaus Gerwert, professor at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, noted that one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of amyloid-beta plaques in the patient’s brain.

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The findings, published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine, showed that the blood test uses a technology called immuno-infrared sensor to measure distribution of pathological and healthy structures of amyloid-beta in the blood.

The pathological amyloid-beta structure is rich in a sticky, sheet-like folding pattern that makes it prone to aggregation, while the healthy structure is not.

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The two structures absorb infrared light at a different frequency, allowing the blood test to determine the ratio of healthy to pathological amyloid-beta in the sample.

The pathological form is a misfolded version of this molecule and known to initiate the formation of toxic amyloid-beta molecules that starts accumulating in the brain 15 to 20 years before disease onset.

They found that the test reliably detected amyloid-beta alterations in the blood of participants with mild cognitive impairment that also showed abnormal amyloid deposits in brain scans. In order to detect blood changes well ahead of disease onset, the researchers compared blood samples of 65 participants that were later in the follow-up studies diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease with 809 controls.

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The assay was able to detect signs of the disease on average eight years before diagnosis in individuals without clinical symptoms with an overall diagnostic accuracy of 86 per cent. The blood test would thus offer an opportunity to identify those at risk and may thereby open the door to new avenues in drug discovery, the researchers said. IANS

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