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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described diversity as the pride of India and the key to development.

In his “Mann ki Baat” radio address, Modi also said he was excited about inaugurating an Ambedkar Bhavan in London next month.

In his nearly half-hour speech, the prime minister did not mention any of the recent incidents of violence including the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef.

But he underlined that India was a diverse country, “and this diversity is the pride of India… Peace, harmony and unity… these are the key to development”.

Modi also recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose birth anniversary falls on October 31, and said he made a huge contribution to India’s unity.

“He had a dream for a united India, and he succeeded in doing that geographically.”

The prime minister added that the ‘mantra’ of unity should “constantly be a part of our thought, behaviour and expressions”.

Modi said the government had bought the house where B.R. Ambedkar used to live in London.

“I will be making a trip to Britain a day after Diwali. I am looking forward to my trip. I’ll inaugurate the Ambedkar Bhavan in London, which is now the Indian government’s property,” he said.

“For the Dalits, oppressed, poor, who spend their lives with difficulties, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Bhavan will be an inspiration that with will power all difficulties can be overcome,” he said.

Modi said governments in India provide scholarships to students from Dalit, tribal and backward communities to study abroad.

“The government of India and state governments give scholarship to bright students who want to go abroad for studies. The Indian government also encourages such Dalit youth,” he said.

(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)