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Rajnath assures ‘strict action’ in lynching case

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said “strict action” will be taken in the case of lynching of a Muslim man in a Uttar Pradesh village over rumours that he ate beef.

At the inauguration of a two-day national conference on human trafficking here, he said: “Be it the central or state governments, whoever tries to spread communal tension or create any such problem or involve in crime, strict action will be taken. This is nothing new.”

He was replying to a query on the September 28 night lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, a resident of Bisara village of Dadri in Greater Noida near Delhi.

The victim was dragged out of his home and lynched following rumours that he ate beef. His family denied the allegations.

On the rise of human trafficking in the South Asian countries, the minister said human trafficking is a “border-less organised crime”.

He said it affects not just India but many other nations as well.

Trafficking is growing fast in all the countries of South Asia and around 1.5 lakh people are victims, he said.

Rajnath Singh said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bangladesh has been signed to check human trafficking.

“We also need to sign an MoU with Nepal too,” he added.

(IANS)

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Super Drug to Take on Stubborn Tuberculosis in Uttar Pradesh, India

Another pill with bedaquiline has already been introduced in the state to fight excessively drug resistant (XDR) TB

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The new anti-TB drug, with delamanid as active substance, is currently administered to patients. Pixabay

Uttar Pradesh may soon get a new drug to fight the multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB).

The new anti-TB drug, with delamanid as active substance, is currently administered to patients — primarily children in the age group of six to 17 years — in a few southern states of India and is yet to be introduced in Uttar Pradesh, which reported 4.22 lakh patients in 2018.

According to the State TB officer Santosh Gupta, “Delamanid would be introduced in UP in the third quarter of the year, as per the central guidelines.”

“We are awaiting procurement of the drug from the union government. Four of our officers have been trained for implementation of it, which will be given to children (9-17 years) with MDR-TB,” the doctor added.

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Uttar Pradesh may soon get a new drug to fight the multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB). Pixabay

Gupta said that another pill with bedaquiline has already been introduced in the state to fight excessively drug resistant (XDR) TB and for which 18 nodal drug resistance centres have been set up.

“An XDR-TB patient is resistant to all anti-TB drugs, including even the stronger combinations of medicines. It is an advanced form of MDR-TB. Bedaquiline, which is WHO recommended, has been made available to patients for free and is found to be effective,” said Gupta and added that patients were being kept under close observation for side effects.

He further laid emphasis on the early detection of TB cases.

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Meanwhile, chairman of the UP state task force for TB control and head of KGMU’s respiratory medicine department, Professor Suryakant said: “Around 28 lakh TB patients are recorded in India. If nutrition is not received in the form of lentils/pulses, fruits and vegetables in diet, a person is more susceptible to the TB bacteria.” (IANS)