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367143-orop-protestNew Delhi: Narendra Modi government is working hard to sort out all technical and financial obstacles before 28-August, so that it may announce OROP on the day, during the celebration of 50th anniversary of 1965 War.

Government is holding serious negotiations with the military veterans and has brought in Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag to act as an intermediary during the negotiations, according to a report in Times of India.

Meanwhile, Havildar (retd) Ashok Chauhan, who was on a fast for the last 8 days, was taken to the hospital. On Monday, another veteran Colonel (retd) Pushpendra Singh was also admitted to the hospital. But, Havildar (retd) Major Singh, who has not taken any food from 18-August, refused to be admitted to the hospital.

It is estimated that if OROP is implemented in its full, then it would cost around 8,300 crore rupees per year and is going to benefit around 25 lakh military veterans.

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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)