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India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its 1965 war victory with grand celebrations

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New Delhi: The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war is expected to be done in a big way, much like other events celebrated or commemorated by the present government.

The Narendra Modi government’s plans include the display of articles related to the war, including photographs of gallantry award winners, war trophies, and models of major battles during the war. The events, which will also witness the veterans of the war being felicitated, will see Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, who had led the Indian Air Force during the war, being honored. The nature of honor to be bestowed is yet to be decided.

“Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh will be honored as he was the chief of the Indian Air Force during the war,” a defense ministry official said.

He is the only IAF officer to be promoted to the five-star rank.

Air Marshal Arjan Singh with senior army commanders.  Source: http://www.sikh-history.com
Air Marshal Arjan Singh with senior army commanders.
Source: http://www.sikh-history.com

The war had witnessed the aircrafts of the Indian and Pakistani Air Forces engaging in combat for the first time since independence in 1947. Though the two armies previously faced off in the war in Kashmir in 1948, that engagement was very limited in scale compared to the 1965 conflict.

While both India and Pakistan claim victory in the war, the commemoration by India is being seen as its iteration that it came up trumps.

During the conflict, India had captured around 1,920 square km of Pakistani territory, whereas Pakistan captured around 550 square km of Indian territory.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk

The commemoration which is scheduled to take place from August 28 to September 26, will witness all three wings of the armed forces participating.

An official brief on the commemoration prepared by the defense ministry calls it the “most intense war in which India imposed a telling defeat on Pakistan.”

Nearly 3,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen were killed in the war that lasted 17 days.

According to the countdown, the commemoration will start on August 28, the day the Indian Army captured Hajipir Pass, with a wreath laying ceremony at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial to the Unknown Soldier at the India Gate here.

A tri-service seminar will be held on September 1-2 at the Manekshaw Centre in the national capital, which is likely to see President Pranab Mukherjee as the chief guest. It will also witness the release of a book being published by the three services on the war.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk

An exhibition will be held from September 15 to September 20 at the lawns near Rajpath, from Janpath crossing to Mansingh crossing in New Delhi, where, among other things, war trophies from the conflict will be on display.

The exhibition will also have a gallantry arena, with photographs of medal awardees of the war; a sacrifice arena, to remember those killed among the three service; and a display arena to exhibit weapons and equipment used during the conflict.

The exhibition will also have an element of entertainment, with performances by servicemen including khukri dance, bhangra, kalaripayattu, motorcycle display teams, millitary band performances, and cavalry displays, as also a tattoo, cultural events, and martial arts displays.

Tableaus of major battles of the war will also be on display.

Source: http://www.indiandefencereview.com/
Source: http://www.indiandefencereview.com/

A commemorative event, on the lines of ‘Rahagiri concept’ on September 20 is also planned. This will mean closing a section of the Rajpath to enable the public to participate in the event.

On the evening of September 20, a musical evening will be held at the India Gate lawns, with patriotic songs setting the tone.

On September 22, the war veterans will be felicitated.

Along with these, commemoration events will also be held at different stations of the armed forces across the country. (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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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)