[Assam] [assam} Newswallah: New York Times
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Sat May 19 17:33:06 IST 2012
May 19, 2012, 6:26 AM
Newswallah: Bharat Edition
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Jammu and Kashmir: The death of 363 children since this January in the
only pediatrics hospital in Kashmir has raised an alarm in the Valley
about medical facilities for children, Hindustan Times reported. The
families of four infants who died overnight Friday staged protests
outside the hospital and blocked the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national
highway, the newspaper reported.
Assam: The North Eastern Tea Association has called concerns about the
adverse impact on coffee producers if tea is granted the national
beverage status, “meaningless,” The Assam Tribune reported. The tea
industry organization has likened the debate over the two beverages
competing for market share to the cricket-versus-hockey argument in
India. They said that the declaration of hockey as India’s national
sport had not in anyway diminished cricket’s popularity.
West Bengal: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plea to landowners
seeking additional damages for not obstructing work on a rail link to
Furfura Sharif, a pilgrim destination, is seen as an “implicit
acknowledgement of need to draw a line” on unrealistic compensation
demands, The Telegraph reported. When Ms. Banerjee was the federal
railways minister, she had announced jobs for one member from each
family whose land had been acquired for the rail project. But many of
them have now stalled work on the rail link, “citing dissatisfaction
with the compensation,” the newspaper reported.
Bihar: In the state capital, Patna, 27 students from “Super 30” a group
of merit students from extremely poor families, have cracked the
entrance exam of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology or
I.I.T. (Hindustan Times). Anand Kumar, who runs the program, screens
hundreds of applications before he selects the best 30 students, and
trains them free of cost at his school for the examination, which
several hundred thousand students write every year.
Rajasthan: Seven laborers are feared dead after a mine collapse on
Thursday in a village in Alwar district, the Daily Bhaskar reported.
The police said that the laborers were trapped under debris when an
illegal mine on a forestland, collapsed. A team of rescue workers
extricated the bodies of three laborers, the newspaper reported.
Maharashtra: The number of children suffering from asthma is on the
rise in big cities across India, noted more than 100 pediatricians at a
conference in Mumbai this week (Daily News & Analysis). The doctors had
gathered to discuss the “alarming number of children falling prey” to
the respiratory disease in Mumbai and subsequently missing school, the
newspaper reported. A study by doctors associated with the Asthma and
Bronchitis Association of India claims that 10-12 percent of the city
children have asthma, bronchitis or other respiratory disorders.
Tamil Nadu: The government agency, NCPCR, monitoring the protection of
children’s rights in India, reported the highest number of complaints
of abuse from school children in the state (IBNLive). The minister of
state for human resources development, E.Ahmed told the Rajya Sabha or
the upper house on Friday.
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