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New Delhi, (IANS): Against the backdrop of the 9 June Indian army surgical strike on northeast militants along their border, India and Myanmar will hold their first Joint Consultative Commission meeting here on Friday.

Co-chaired by Myanmar Foreign Minister U. Wunna Maung Lwin and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the JCC is a “recently created mechanism” between both countries. Officials of various other Indian ministries, including the defense and home ministries, would attend the meeting, said sources.

The involvement of the other ministries and institutions is expected to give a boost to the bilateral relations.

Wunna Maung Lwin on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.

During the meeting, Modi fondly recalled his visit to Myanmar in November 2014 to attend the EAS/ASEAN Summits, and his meeting with President U Thein Sein at the time.

Modi said India attaches the highest priority to its relations with Myanmar, and conveyed India’s commitment to deepen the bilateral relationship in all areas, including in political, economic and security spheres and people to people contacts, said an official statement.

He reaffirmed India’s position as a reliable partner in Myanmar’s development and called for greater bilateral collaboration in agricultural technology, research, and energy sector.

Modi also highlighted the importance of Myanmar for peace and stability in the region, and for India’s connectivity with southeast Asia.

Wunna Maung Lwin briefed Modi on the progress in bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, health, and development projects.

Accepting the invitation extended by President U Thein Sein, Modi said that he looked forward to an early visit to Myanmar, said the statement.

This first JCC meeting will review progress on bilateral initiatives in various sectors, identify thrust areas and give directions for further growth of the bilateral partnership. The meeting would also provide a useful opportunity for exchange of views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The Myanmar minister is to visit the Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi and also visit Jaipur with his delegation.

The Indian Army carried out strikes on the camps of northeast militants in early June along the border in retaliation for the 4 June ambush by militants on an Army convoy in which 18 soldiers were killed in Manipur.

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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.

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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)