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International passengers to be screened for Ebola in Mumbai
Report dated 19/10/2014 @ 4:47 PM
According to the state health secretary Sujata Saunik, they are moving away from the policy of self-declaration to a more proactive approach in which all international passengers including from the US, alighting at India's airports, will have to undergo a mandatory thermal screening for the Ebola virus.
Thermal screening will identify passengers who have a high body temperature, which is a symptom of Ebola.
Sources say the airports have been asked to concentrate on Gulf countries and European nations because many African nationals go to India via these countries in the absence of direct flights.
Saunik said the decision has been taken because the virus is no longer confined to a few African nations. The WHO has said the epidemic if not contained could infect up to 10,000 a week by November end.
National guidelines also speak of training programmes for health care staff and will identify districts where quarantine facilities can be set up.
One infectious disease specialist said they need to work out many logistical details such as training health care officials, having quarantine facilities, how to dispose of gloves used during scans, etc.
Chicago suburb first US city to host official Diwali celebrations
Report dated 18/10/2014 @ 1:41 PM
The City of Aurora, a suburb of Chicago organised an evening of music, dance and fireworks to celebrate the festival of Diwali, making it the first city in the US to officially sponsor the celebration of Diwali.
Several thousand NRIs attended the festivities that were organised on the weekend because the festival falls on a working day there.
Apart from folk dances and Bollywood music performances, vendors showcased ethnic Indian jewellery and sold Indian snacks. Cash prizes were also offered to NRI children in a quiz, as outdoor fireworks displays were sponsored by the city.
Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and other local politicians attended the event. Aurora that is known as the city of lights, has seen a large influx of immigrants, mostly from the four Southern Indian states.
Krishna Bansal, the chairperson of the City of Aurora commission that organised the event said next year they plan to hold the event in a park that has a capacity of 20,000 people.
India test fires nuclear capable cruise missile
Report dated 18/10/2014 @ 12:22 PM
India's nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay', that can strike targets over 700 kms away, was test-fired from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha.
An official said the missile was test fired from a mobile launcher positioned at launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) and flight details will be available after data retrieved from radars and telemetry points, monitoring the trajectories, are analysed.
Nirbhay developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation is said to have good loitering capability, good control and guidance, a high degree of accuracy in terms of impact and very good stealth features.
158 Indians reported dead in Kuwait in 3 months
Report dated 16/10/2014 @ 4:20 PM
According to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, during the last 3 months, a total of 158 Indians have been reported dead in Kuwait. Of those dead the remains of 125 Indian nationals were airlifted to India while 33 were buried in Kuwait per the wishes of their families.
In 21 cases, the transfer of the mortal remains of the deceased was delayed as police investigations were required to be conducted in cases of suicide, murder and traffic accidents.
The Embassy said as cremation facilities are not permitted in Kuwait, it becomes necessary that many bodies are airlifted to India for final rites.
India has 11th largest population of uber-rich
Report dated 16/10/2014 @ 4:05 PM
According to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute personal wealth in India has risen by a factor of 4.6.
India also accounted for a quarter of people in the bottom half of wealth distribution, immense wealth inequality, and immense population, meaning that India also has a significant number of members in the top wealth echelons.
China's personal wealth rose by a factor of 3.1, and it has very few representatives at the bottom and top of the global wealth distribution, but dominates the middle section.
Wealth in North America grew most, with Europe a close second. Capital markets were a key source of wealth growth. In India capital markets rose by 40%.
Just 1% of millionaires hold nearly half of all global assets.