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Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)
Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)
Photo: Protesters throw stones on police during a clash in Srinagar on Friday. (Firstpost)

Srinagar: At least three people, including a woman, were injured in clashes that broke out between a mob and the security forces after the Eid prayers in Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, police said. Clashes also took place in a few other places where mobs pelted stones at security personnel.

Youth’s pelted stones at police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Sekidafar and Safa Kadal areas of Srinagar’s old city area immediately after the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers ended here in the morning.

Some youths wearing masks waved the Pakistani and Islamic State (IS) flags, after which the security forces chased them away.

Police said three people, including a woman, sustained minor injuries after they were hit by tear gas used by the security forces to bring the mob under control.

Processions were taken out and stone-pelting was also reported in Sopore and Baramulla towns.

Protesters also pelted stones at Hyderpora and Barzalla in Srinagar city, in Sogam and Krakpora villages of Kupwara district, in Bogam village of Kulgam district and in Anantnag town.

The protesters kept regrouping each time the security forces dispersed them.

Around 150 protesters pelted stones at police in Lal Chowk area of Anantnag.

The situation returned to normal in all the areas in the afternoon, a police officer told IANS.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest in Srinagar on Saturday.

In order to maintain law and order, the separatist leaders were not allowed to join the congregational Eid prayers.

(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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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)