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Pune Gynaecologist Ganesh Rakh’s ‘Save Girl Child’ Campaign completes Five Years, waves off Medical Bills for a Female Childbirth
Pune, Jan 4, 2017: A unique initiative by Pune gynaecologist Ganesh Rakh to ‘Save Girl Child by waiving off all medical bills for a female childbirth turned five years old on Tuesday and has become a national campaign.
Rakh said the scheme was launched on a modest scale at his hospital on January 3, 2012 on the birthday of social reformer Savitribai Jyotiba Phule.
“We started celebrating the birth of every female child born in my 5-bed Medicare Hospital Foundation and waived off the maternity delivery bills to all the mothers, be they millionaires or extremely poor. So far, we have carried out 725 free deliveries in five years,” Rakh, 41, told IANS.
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The simple but effective initiative, which remained in local shadows, shot to global attention when the IANS featured Rakh’s interview in 2014.
Hospitals and doctors across Maharashtra and other states in the country also joined in the initiative in a bid to combat female foeticide.
“Today, it has become a movement on a large scale, I was invited to speak on several television shows. Several international media outlets including BBC, Al Jazeera and others interviewed me,” a proud Rakh said.
“In fact, at the second anniversary celebrations of the NDA government last year, Bachchan spoke on my projects to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and declared himself as ‘my fan’ and said he has waived off his fees for various schemes pertaining to the Beti Bachao campaign,” Rakh added.
Himself the son of a labourer Adinath (now 70) and a domestic worker Sindhu (now 62), Rakh struggled to get educated.
But being a bright student he secured scholarships all through his academic career till he qualified as a doctor in 2001.
He started the hospital by taking Rs 1 crore as loan from family, relatives and friends. But when he launched the ‘Save Girl Child’ campaign, they were aghast as to how he would repay his debts.
“For each regular delivery, we happily bear a loss of around Rs 10,000 and for complicated cases requiring surgery, the loss can be more than Rs 25,000. But for me the cause is more important than costs,” Rakh said.
Later, in January 2015, Rakh launched a sophisticated specialized burns unit to treat women victims of burns or acid attacks, completely free, incurring expenses of Rs 15-35 lakh, depending on the severity of cases.
So far, the hospital has treated over 100 women burn victims, many for dowry-related incidents, and a dozen women targeted in acid attacks.
In another offshoot, he launched a free vaccination scheme for female children last year and has so far vaccinated over 2,000 girl children free of cost. Some companies now offer the vaccines at a discount.
Spurred by Rakh’s revolutionary initiative, several big and small hospitals in different parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi and other states have also taken similar steps, either offering heavy discounts or free deliveries for every female child born.
It has seeped at the societal levels too – many parents dedicate their children’s wedding invite cards with messages to support ‘Save Girl Child’, put up banners at marriage venues, some donate weddings gifts to the cause and offer other types of support.
“However, we are aware that the road ahead is still long and tough? The tiny candle we lit five years ago has become a large and bright ‘mashaal’, which is lighting the lives of the female children,” he added.
“We hope more doctors, hospitals, including the big chains, join this initiative? Then, female births would not be a burden, and the scourge of female foeticide can be erased from society,” Rakh said optimistically. (IANS)
Drawn from the details provided by a Brahmin-turned-amateur-historian, this is a real story that follows two learned men as they traverse India during the 1857 uprising on foot, unearthing history from a new vantage point
As the First War of Independence raged, a Brahmin from Maharashtra, Vishnubhat Godse, on a pilgrimage found himself caught right in the middle of the action. He, along with his uncle Rambhat, went through a series of adventures, including barely escaping hanging.
Upon his return home, Godse wrote it all down in Marathi so that his forthcoming generations could have an idea of how things were during that tumultuous period. "The Walking Brahmin" by Maneesh Madhukar Godbole retells that journey, which is a rare eyewitness account from a common Indian's point-of-view.
Published by Garuda Prakashan decades after the original manuscript, it puts all pieces of the story together with maps and photographs and offers a unique insight into what really happened during the War of 1857.
This tale starts in 1857, as the protagonist duo starts on a 'teertha yatra' from Varsai, a small Maharashtrian village, and walk smack in the middle of the mutinous upheaval of 1857. Having the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, they were caught in the crossfire between the loyalist Indian troops and the British.
Delhi Government under ‘Sipahi Rule of 1857’.Photo by Flickr
Narrativising historical incidents through an Indian lens, such as the fall of Jhansi, they survived the aftermath of British savagery, were robbed of all their belongings multiple times, and even managed to avoid getting hanged twice. Being on the road for over two years, they finally returned to Varsai, which was where Vishnubhat penned down his adventure for his descendants.
"His original manuscript, which ran into 297 pages, comprised two notebooks and twenty-two individual pages. It was eventually published as a Marathi book in 1907, a few years after Vishnubhat's death. This is probably the only known instance of a document that talks about 1857 from an Indian perspective," the Pune-based Godbole said.
"Not only does it give us the story from the perspective of the vanquished, but it is also more reliable as it is a first-hand account of experiences and not based merely on hearsay. Thus, the value of this book, in the annals of history, is quite priceless.
"Vishnubhat's book offered me a unique and authentic insight on how our ancestors lived. What they believed in, the social structure of those times, the hardships, the never-give-up attitude, their fortitude, their beliefs and their ability to even put their lives at risk to fulfill their responsibility," added Godbole, who learnt about this lesser-known story when he was busy writing blogs related to his travel to northeast India and subsequent research.
Sharing his insights on the book, Uday S. Kulkarni, historian and author of "The Extraordinary Epoch of Nanasaheb Peshwa", said that it "gives us a graphic account of the cruelty perpetrated by British forces in cities such as Jhansi, where troops looted and massacred the populace in retaliation for the stiff resistance the city offered the attacking force. It's a short book, which brings alive the times, the dangers, the smell of war and of death...a first-rate historical account of those turbulent times."
Keywords: India, History, Independence, War, Maharashtra.
Genesys International on Thursday launched its pan India program to make the Digital Twin of entire Urban India.
The launch programme was inaugurated by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.
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The creation of this very accurate 3D data will mean a host of applications would open up in high-definition mapping, which was hitherto not possible, for smart cars, e-commerce, logistics, gaming, utilities planning for next generation networks in telecom, renewable energy and in disaster management and emergency response.
Moreover, with all the smart city components, the digital twin of cities will put India on the map with advanced cities that are now using this geospatial technology.
High-definition mapping, which was hitherto not possible, for smart carsUnsplash
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Genesys has a constellation of advanced sensors in India, consisting of aerial mobile and terrestrial systems capable of imaging at very high speeds and resolution
Genesys has also filed for patents in unique Geocoding for addressing 3D data as well as automated capture of features from 3D Street map imagery. (IANS/PR)
Keywords: NITI Aayog, High-definition mapping
By- Lucy Gray
In the crowded video streaming platforms business, coming up with what is best is an uphill battle.
You need the right advice and technical know-how to choose the best. Most of the so-called popular streaming devices have so many ups and downs. Therefore, it would pay to carefully examine what you would want to spend your money on.
We all know that Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and other popular streaming platforms have dominated the market, and Netflix is the daddy to all. But this has not stopped other services from joining the ring.
We have the new kid on the block- Peacock TV, launched in July 2020. Peacock is owned by NBC and so far the service has gained at least 54 million signups.
Subscribing to all the streaming services would be next to impossible. We have narrowed our research to compare two excellent services -Peacock and Hulu.
Comparison can be based on three main factors, the streaming services price, their availability on devices and apps, and the shows and movies each has to offer.
Which streaming service is the best between Peacock or Hulu?
1. Hulu vs. Peacock Prices
Peacock price description
Peacock is a video streaming service that is available on many devices. One can view on-demand or can use streaming channels. It features original series, movies shows, and live sports. With its free ad premiums versions, subscribers have the chance to stream on-demand and live content.
If you love Fast and Furious or Harry Potter, you will be good to go on Peacock; unfortunately, Peacock TV has geo-blocking features that restrict viewers. It's only available within the U.S and a few territories such as Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, etc.
You can stream Peacock TV outside the USA, but you need a secure VPN server. There are many VPN s available, but one best recommended is the ExpressVPN.
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Peacock TV meets users’ needs; it has free, premium, and premium plans.
For the free plan, ads take 5 minutes /hour, and you can watch for more than 13,000 hours. Besides, you can watch the selected Peacock original series, movies, classic shows, and NBCU seasons
The two paid plans are Premium with ads $4.99/ month- or Premium plans without ads- $9.99/month. Here, Ads take 5 minutes per hour. The service has more than 20 000 hours of content with full access to Peacock original series and any other current season shows, movies, or even late-night TV.
Hulu price Description
Hulu comes with a basic plan and a Hulu + Live TV.
The basic plan goes for $6.99. Here you get a full on-demand library with ads. For the entire on-demand library with no ads, you get it at $12.99. Hulu + Live TV goes for $64.99/month. You can access on-demand content, and the package has over 75 channels.
The last one is Hulu+Live TV$70.99/month with no ads. With this, you can access an on-demand library. The package comes with over 75 live channels.
Peacock has a free tier and is available to anyone on the internet without any charge, whereas to use Hulu, you need to pay for every content you watch.
2. Shows and movies available
You can access Peacock TV shows and movies for more than 7500 hours without any single cent. With the premium plan, you can access new episodes one day after they are aired. The service also has live sports for free.
Peacock draws its content from Comcast properties such as NBC, while Hulu has its content from Disney properties.
Hulu originals, movies, and shows include The Great, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey. Dopesick, Nine Perfect Strangers, Drama, such as No Fue Mi Culpa, comedies such as Vacation Friends, etc
Peacock originals include The Amber Ruffin Show, Brave New World, Dr. Death, Rutherford Falls. Note that shows like The office can be watched for free.
It’s worth noting that Parks and Recreation will leave Hulu, and Peacock will own it exclusively.
Shows and movies availability comparison
Both streaming devices have equally the same shows. Both of them have ads with upgrades to an ad-free version for extra monthly free.
Both services allow you to watch network content a day after it aired
Hulu seems to be on top with the addition of FX on Hulu, and while both have profound originals, Hulu seems to outdo Peacock
3. Availability of Devices and Apps
Hulu apps and devices
To access Hulu, you can use apps such as NBC Sports, Fox News, Disney Now, CBS, ESPN, FOX Business, among others
There are many supported devices to watch Hulu from, such as Android phones and tablets, iPads, Apple TV, Android TV. Chromecast. Fire Tablets, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, and PC browsers.
Peacock TV apps and devices
You can get Peacock on selected Smart TVs, Roku, Google Play Store, or even in gaming consoles. The streaming service can be compatible with the following apps; Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Apple mobile devices, Comcast Xfinity Flex,
Apps and devices comparison
Hulu is accessible on most of the available streaming devices such as Amazon Fire Tv and Roku.
Meaning, when it comes to the availability of the services on apps and devices, Hulu wins the contest.
There has been no other streaming device with such, not even Netflix, which is the daddy to all streaming platforms.
With this, Peacock has its space, and the issue of free tier could mean more than one would think. This can doubtless be used as a determinant when choosing between Peacock and Hulu.
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