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What to expect from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 3-nation tour

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on the trip to France, Germany and Canada today. Modi is undertaking the trip to the industrialized democracies to pursue India’s economic issues.

‘They are very relevant to a lot of our national development programs,’ S.Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary said.

The 8-day long trip will include a boat ride with French President Francois Hollande, talks with French nuclear-energy company Areva, inauguration of a business fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and addressing people of Indian origin in an ice hockey arena in Toronto.

Here is the itinerary which the Prime Minister will follow –

France, 9th to 12th April

Main agendas –

Reaching an agreement with French nuclear-energy company Areva to build reactors in India.

Seal a deal with Dassault Aviation for the sale of Rafale fighter jets.

Germany, 12th to 14th April

Main agendas –

Inauguration of a business fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where over 400 companies will participate.

Unveiling a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Hannover.

Visit Hannover’s railway station to seek ideas to improve Indian Railways.

Canada, 14th to 16th April

Main agendas –

1st bilateral visit by Indian PM in 42 years.

Hold talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Address the people of Indian Diaspora at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum.

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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)