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Current Affairs: 2nd April 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Apr 3rd, 2015

1- Sunita Tomar, poster girl of India’s Anti-Tobacco campaign dies

Sunita Tomar, poster girl of India’s Anti-Tobacco campaign dies

Sunita Tomar

Sunita Tomar, poster girl of India’s anti-tobacco campaign passed away at her hometown in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. She was 28 and was diagnosed with oral cancer. She had appeared in government’s 30-second video titled ‘Sunita’ which had highlighted the devastating effect of smokeless tobacco. The video had shown her personal testimony before and after an operation to remove the cancerous growth and a part of her mouth. For this video Sunita had teamed with Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) in order to create awareness about the tobacco-cancer. It is estimated that tobacco causes 40% of the cancer in India. Around 10 lakh new cancer cases are reported every year. In fact, India has the highest incidence of oral cancer in the world, prompting its link to the habit of chewing tobacco among Indians. While, 60% of oral cancer patients in India die within a year or two of their diagnosis because of their late treatment.

2- Amaravathi named as new capital of Andhra Pradesh

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Amaravathi

Andhra Pradesh government has approved Amaravathi as name of the new capital city of the state coming up in the Vijayawada-Guntur region. The name Amaravathi was chosen in view of the historical and spiritual significance as it was ancient seat of Satavahana ruler’s kingdom. Decision in this regard was taken by Andhra Pradesh Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Apart from this, cabinet also approved the first phase of the master plan prepared by Singapore government.

Facts about ancient Amaravathi city

Amaravathi is located on the banks of river Krishna. It was the capital seat of Satvahana rulers for 400 years who ruled 2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE. The city derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village. It is also known as ‘Dakshina Kashi’ (Kashi of the south). It also has Buddhist significance. It is believed that Lord Buddha had visited the city. It is also believed that King Ashoka and famed Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang have visited the city.

3- Union Cabinet approves amendments to the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973

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Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973

Union Cabinet gave its approval for the amendment of the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973. Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The approved amendments in parent act aims at improving the quality of homeopathy education in the country to provide better healthcare through the homeopathy system of medicine. The amendments will add provisions related to granting permission by Union Government to all homoeopathic medical colleges for continuing courses to impart quality education. Amendments approved Union Government’s permission is being made mandatory for all the homoeopathy colleges to undertake annual admissions. Union Government can give permission for 5 years to homoeopathy colleges which conform to the prescribed standards as specified in the Act.

Background

The existing provisions of parent Act do not empower Union Government to stop admissions in existing homoeopathy colleges which are not conforming to standards specified in the Act. Thus, comprising the quality of homoeopathy education.

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