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India needs to be self-reliant in defence, Manohar Parrikar says

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday sounded out the importance of self-dependence and need for indigenous efforts with regards to ammunition supply in attempt at consolidating India’s combativeness at the Engineers Conclave organized by the National Academy of Engineering and Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.

M_Id_442710_Manohar_ParrikarThe minister expounded his views on how a nation should be self-dependent in terms of energy, food or even the security of borders. “We require some critical equipment for the purpose of defending our nation,” said the minister, as quoted in an IBN-Live report.

Dependence on other countries should be the last resort.

Further, the minister talked of the Swacch Bharat campaign and Ganga cleaning mission and how it should have been started much before the BJP led-NDA government came into power considering the medical importance of the venerated river.

“Aspect of a clean and green India can generate power by itself. Our culture tells us that earth has enough to give you for your needs,” he said.

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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)