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Kargil Vijay Diwas brings back memories of India’s bravehearts

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Drass (Jammu and Kashmir): The 16th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed here on Sunday with a solemn ceremony that brought back memories of the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives to lead India to victory in the 1999 conflict against Pakistan.

The proceedings here in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir began with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the Drass War Memorial led by the army’s Northern Command chief Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda.

Gallantry award winners, widows and other family members of martyrs, army officers and civil officials paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This was followed by a pledge taken by all those present at the function to rededicate themselves to the cause of the nation.

The army commander interacted with the families and gallantry award winners.

The somber mood brought back memories of the losses borne so proudly by the families in the summer of 1999.

Many in the audience were moved to tears when the bugles played the poignant notes of “The Last Post” after the wreath-laying ceremony.

The commemorative event is held every year to mark India’s victory.

It also gives many people the rare opportunity to meet the heroes of the conflict in person and interact with them.

Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh paid homage at the war memorial on Saturday.

Addressing the veterans of the Kargil conflict, relatives of martyrs and soldiers deployed to protect the country’s frontiers in the cold Ladakh region, General Dalbir Singh said nobody would be allowed to repeat Kargil.

The army chief recalled the days when he served as a field commander in the area.

He praised the dedication of the soldiers, saying discharging duties in such a hostile terrain and weather needs exemplary courage for which the soldiers of India are famous all over the World.

(IANS)

 

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Pakistani Doctors Blame Quacks for Alarming Rise in HIV Cases: Report

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN

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The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has blamed quack doctors practicing without training and professional certification for an alarming rise in the number of HIV positive patients in the country, the media reported on Wednesday.

The doctors associated with the PMA said that the quacks, especially fake dentists, spread the virus by using instruments that were not sterilized, adding that despite free-of-cost availability of life-saving antiretroviral drugs at government hospitals, mortality ratio among patients carrying the virus was also increasing.

An alarming surge in HIV cases has been witnessed in five districts of Pakistan’s Punjab province, with 70 to 90 cases being reported monthly at the main government health facility in Faisalabad city, Dawn News reported.

Earlier this month, an international team of experts from the World Health Organization kicked off an investigation into the sudden HIV outbreak in Pakistan’s Sindh province after over 700 people were diagnosed with the virus in a matter of weeks, most of them were children.

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Following the outbreak, authorities launched a crackdown on unqualified doctors as well as illegal blood banks and laboratories said to be involved in spreading the disease. At least 17 quack doctors were arrested and more than 70 clinics in Larkana district were shut down, according to Xinhua news agency.

According to the PMA, over 600,000 quacks are currently practicing in the country with more than 80,000 based in Punjab province alone.

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The association demanded the government to make all-out efforts to stop the menace of quackery in the country.

Pakistan was considered a country of low HIV prevalence for long, but the disease is expanding at an alarming rate with about 20,000 new HIV cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the UN. (IANS)