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Trump and Modi discuss partnership in areas such as economy and defence

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modi-trumpNew Delhi/Washington DC: During a call with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the US President Trump discussed opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the United States and India in broad areas such as the economy and defense. They also discussed security in the region of South and Central Asia.

During the conversation, Trump emphasized that the United States considers India a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi resolved that the United States and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism. President Trump looked forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in the United States later this year.

Asian African partnership will contribute to world peace: Sushma Swaraj

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India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren of Mongolia on the sidelines of 60th Asian African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren of Mongolia on the sidelines of 60th Asian African Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta: India’s external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has utilised the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Strategic Partnership to send out a message to the world that shared will and capacities of the Afro-Asian countries will contribute to peace, stability and sustainable development with the United Nations playing a central role in dealing with global challenges and threats.

Ms. Swaraj was speaking at the 60th Anniversary of Asian-African Conference and the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, under the theme of “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity” in Jakarta this Monday.
The Indian external Affairs Minister underscored that the 10th anniversary of the New Asian African Partnership is taking place in the year 2015 in which various streams of the global discourse are gathering pace to culminate in four key events – COP21 on Climate Change in Paris, Summit to finalize Post-2015 Development Agenda, 70th Anniversary of the UN and the 10th WTO Ministerial in Kenya – each one of which will have far-reaching political and economic ramifications.

Ms. Swaraj drew attention to “significant transitions and developments” taking place in Asia, Europe and the Middle East with regional and global implications. Every country in this world, she said, had faced the scourge of terrorism.

The year 2015 marks the 70th year of the foundation of the United Nations and 10th anniversary of the World Summit and also comes with an unique opportunity to demonstrate collective will to reform the UN which is the global institution for political governance, Ms. Swaraj emphasised adding: “Our failure to push for any kind of outcomes only adds to the increasing sentiment of frustration amongst the wider membership and dents the credibility of the Security Council’s decisions, if it continues to ignore contemporary realities of the 21st century.”

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Apollo Hospitals celebrates 15 years of bridging the access gap to quality Healthcare

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Apollo Hospital, DelhiChennai: ​The Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, a not-for-profit organization offerinLg telemedicine services enabling continuous access to the most sophisticated healthcare support systems, celebrated its 15th anniversary today.

Founded in 1999, Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF) and Apollo Telehealth Services (ATHS) is the largest and oldest multi-speciality telemedicine network in South Asia. Acknowledging telehealth as the most promising solution to bridge the urban rural health divide, Indian Medical Association (IMA) is declaring March 24 as IMA National Telemedicine Day.

Apollo HospitalsThe telemedicine unit at Apollo Hospitals has been creating a silent revolution in bridging the accessibility gap in healthcare sector. With 92,000 teleconsults in 25 specialities through 153 telemedicine centres, Apollo has now undertaken to provide telehealth to 10,000 functioning Common Service Centres under the Govt of India.

Speaking about innovation in technology and its eminent need in India’s healthcare sector, Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited said, “The need of the hour right now is innovation that will break distance and infrastructure barriers and ensure seamless healthcare delivery across geographies. Successful amalgamation of medicine and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), I believe, has improved and will improve access to quality healthcare services even in remote locations. Facilities like “I SEE YOU” enable virtual visits to the ICU from anywhere in the world, bringing patients and doctors together, irrespective of location and time. Remote healthcare has transformed healthcare delivery in rural areas and will play a huge role in achieving universal healthcare. A proven catalyst, telemedicine might perhaps replace the need for physical consultations and regular follow-up.”

Prof. K. Ganapathy, Founder President ATNF, and Past President Neurological Society of India and Past President Telemedicine Society of India, who has been campaigning to popularise telehealth in India, carried out a detailed study to prove the urban rural health divide. A detailed analysis of 3666 members of the Neurological Society of India and the Indian Academy of Neurology has shown that not a single member lived in a geographical area covering 934.5 million people. 30.09% of India’s neurologists and neurosurgeons live in the four metros, 29.54% in the state capitals, 30.58% in Tier 2 cities, 7.12% in tier 3 cities and 2.67% in rural areas covering a population of only 84.59 million. This Uneven distribution of specialists is probably similar in other specialities and super specialities confirming that remote health care is the only solution for specialist care in suburban and rural India.

Acknowledging telehealth as the most promising solution to bridge the urban rural health divide, Indian Medical Association (IMA) is declaring March 24th as IMA National Telemedicine Day. IMA recognising telehealth is a major forward step for telehealth activists. With 225,000 members IMA can play a major role in ensuring that telehealth is indeed embraced by the medical community.

Vikram Thaploo, CEO Apollo Tele Health Services (ATHS) and HealthNet Global (HNG) believes that health care delivery is shifting from hospitals to patients in their households. “In a country like India where time is a rare luxury and health is a forgotten necessity we need quality healthcare expert 24 X 7 X 365. A holistic healthcare service provider who can monitor and manage health round the clock and is accessible at all times is the need of the hour. Apollo will soon be launching a comprehensive healthcare app which will enable the users to access all medical information and connect with doctors from Apollo hospitals just at the click of a button. This service will be delivered at cost round the clock. The app will empower the users to take control of their health by catering to all their health needs from anywhere, anytime. Consultation service will be delivered through video conferencing, phone calls and emails and the patients will even have the option to connect to a board of specialist doctors using the mobile app or the website.” We have also tied up with the real estate leaders like TATA housing and other senior living projects to provide Telemedicine centres in all the projects they undertake he said.

India’s healthcare problem, though unique and complex, offers remarkable opportunity for innovation. Urban-rural mismatch and inequity makes it difficult for traditional healthcare delivery models to fulfil its objective, calling out the need for innovative technologies that will help even remote areas with access to healthcare.

Apollo Hospitals

It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.

Now, as Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare services group, its presence includes Hospitals, Pharmacies, Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics and Telemedicine units across 10 countries, Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy, colleges of Nursing and Hospital Management and a Research Foundation with focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research, and the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia.

The Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 32 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Today, Apollo hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

  • In Feb 2012 Apollo implemented the world’s largest Telecamp at Ajmer.
  • The “I SEE U” initiative, which enables highly secure virtual visits to the ICU from anywhere in the world, won the 2014 HIMSS Asia Pacific ICT Innovation Award

Evidence of retreat of glaciers: River flows will not decline as melt rates in eastern Himalyas will increase

Young Scientist Panel at the IGS Symposium, moderated by David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD.  Photo credit: Jitendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD
Young Scientist Panel at the IGS Symposium, moderated by David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD.
Photo credit: Jitendra Bajracharya, ICIMOD

Kathmandu: Multiple researchers, who attended the International Symposium on Glaciology here, presented evidence of the retreat of glaciers in the eastern Himalayas, but suggested that river flows will not decline significantly in the coming decades, as melt rates and precipitation are projected to increase.

Researchers and students from around the globe assembled a more complete picture of glaciers and glacier changes throughout high mountain Asia. They deliberated about about the role of debris cover and black carbon in glacier melt, and the limited number of high-altitude precipitation observations. Researchers agreed that more field observations, improved models, intercomparisons of models, and regional data sharing are among the most critical directions and needs for future research.

Two-hundred and forty scientists from 26 countries came together between 1 and 6 March 2015 for the International Symposium on Glaciology in High-Mountain Asia, organized by the International Glaciological Society (IGS) and hosted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), to share the latest findings on glaciers, glacier change, glacier contribution to river flow, and mountain hazards in the region.

While knowledge gaps across the region are gradually being filled, additional questions are being raised. “We are making progress on understanding the region as a whole, but when we look at glacier change in more detail, we realize the picture is not yet clear”, said Joseph Shea, a glacier hydrologist at ICIMOD and Chair of the Local Organizing Committee.

The integration of different disciplines has led to studies that capture both regional and local changes in glaciers, snow, and water availability. The Karakoram was also highlighted as a region where glaciers are not retreating, and future research will attempt to explain this anomaly. “Glaciers in high mountain Asia are the highest on earth, and we have built a strong foundation for future research through this symposium”, said Doug MacAyeal, President of the IGS.

ICIMOD is proud to host the first IGS symposium in Kathmandu and help facilitate regional knowledge sharing on the state of our glaciers as well as their impacts on people. We, along with our partners, are working to develop the most accurate and complete picture of the glaciers. – David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD

The IGS gathers scientists from around the world several times a year to bring together their knowledge of glaciers in different regions. Results from the symposium will be published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Glaciology, set to be released next year, as well as through the IGS website in August.