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What have we not contributed to the world? Why are we being divided?

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Make most of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere

                                                                                                  George Washington

 

Watch this video—I AM INDIAN

The above video is written and performed by a  renowned US-based Comedian Rajiv Satyal. Following is the sum up of what Rajiv says in this video:

We as Indians are today being divided as East-Asians, North-Asians and South-Asians, But why? We are “Indians” solely Indians. Then why are we being divided once again into different groups repeating what the British did to us years back.

India being the third largest economy in the world with a population of 1.3 million why is being pushed towards the verge of ethnic division? Just because an Indian is born in a different country, lives in a different country, sounds like this and eats like that. NO. All this doesn’t mean that we have lost our nationality and patriotism. Our HEARTS are Indian.

India is not just good in numbers, but in its people as well. We haven’t left any scope for the world to not identify us. We are charming, after all; we have given the world iconic singers. From Ravi Shankar to Zubin Mehta to Asha Bhosle to Lata Mageshkar, our music industry is flourished with the best voices. Our romantic Bollywood films and the allure of Kama Sutra are famous all over the world.

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We are brainy, we are the ones who invented numbers. We gifted the world the greatest mathematicians like Aryabhata and Srinivasa. We are doctors, engineers and techies. And when we mind our business, we Indians are the third wealthiest ethnic group in America.

We welcome the world for Yoga, to taste our scrumptious cuisine and turning cricket into a multi-billion sport. We meditate, we practice Ayurveda and we have everything-chess, flush toilets, wireless communication, arranged marriages, monuments, scriptures, temples, churches, Gurdwaras and DEMOCRACY.

Our motherland is magical and mystical -with Mahatma Gandhi, Abdul Kalam, Jawaharlal Nehru, Pandits and Gurus being born to it. We preach Dharma, Karma and religious tolerance. We have kismet and Reincarnation. And no matter where you live, which country you belong to, what color you have, what religion you practice, you are WELCOME TO INCREDIBLE INDIA!

JAI HIND!!

With inputs from Shubhi Mangla. Twitter @shubhi_mangla

 

 

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Cepheid to Establish Manufacturing Unit for TB Diagnostics in India

Rifampicin is a drug commonly used in treating TB bacteria in first line of treatment

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The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.
The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach. (IANS)

Expanding its footprint in India, US-based molecular diagnostics company Cepheid Inc on Thursday announced its plans to establish a manufacturing unit in the country to improve Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics.

Cepheid’s GeneXpert MTB/RIF test is a closed-cartridge-based system that is easy to operate by minimally trained staff and gives results in approximately two hours, speeding the conventional backlog that used to exist in traditional diagnostic methods.

The new manufacturing unit would produce MTB/RIF test cartridges, contribute to the government’s “Make in India” initiative and thus bringing the company’s global expertise in TB diagnostics to India, the company said in a statement.

As part of the plan, Cepheid also unveiled its latest portable, easy-to-use TB-testing system — the GeneXpert Edge — which is expected to be available in India later this year, the company said.

The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.

“Cepheid recognises the need for technological advancement and is committed to contributing significantly to India’s goal of TB eradication,” said Peter Farrell, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Operations, Cepheid.

Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)
Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB).

“We are hopeful that GeneXpert Edge will help eliminate delays in TB diagnostics by providing definitive results within hours and facilitating fast and easy last-mile delivery even in the remote villages of India,” he added.

India has nearly one-fourth of the global TB patients and an estimated 4.8 lakh lives are lost every year due to delayed diagnosis and inadequate treatment and there are above 2.5 million new cases of TB every year. The country aims to eradicate TB by 2025.

Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010, more than 1,200 Cepheid’s GeneXpert Systems have been installed in the last two years at various Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) sites in the country and more than 2.5 million cartridges were supplied last year at various centres of Central TB Division (CTD).

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Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB) and rifampicin-resistance mutations, which are markers for MDR-TB strains in under two hours.

Rifampicin is a drug commonly used in treating TB bacteria in first line of treatment.

Xpert MTB/RIF tests also have excellent negative predictive value, which allows clinicians to manage TB-negative patients more effectively to prevent unnecessary and costly respiratory isolations. (IANS)