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Neglecting healthcare will negatively impact India's economy: Vice President Ansari

Updated: Nov 12, 2016 13:42 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 12 (ANI): Asserting that the neglect of healthcare will have a negative impact on India's economy combined with rising population, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday stated that the sovereignty of the nation cannot be ensured unless India has a healthy population.

Addressing the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of CanSupport, an NGO providing palliative care for cancer patients, Ansari said that with more than 1,300 persons succumbing to cancer every day, it has become one of the major causes of deaths India.

The Vice President further said that despite improvements in access to health care, inequalities related to socioeconomic status, geography, and gender continue to remain, and are being compounded by high out-of-pocket expenditures, with more than three-quarters of the increasing financial burden of health care being met by households.

Stating that the lack of sufficient public allocations has resulted in huge demand-supply gaps in cancer detection, treatment and care requirements, he emphasised that responding to palliative care needs of cancer patients requires not only the medical and nursing needs of the person affected but also the patient's emotional and spiritual distress and support for the caregivers.

"For us, health is an issue of national security. We cannot protect the sovereignty of the nation, or ensure sustainable development unless we have a healthy population. We cannot aspire to be a world power when millions do not have access to affordable health care," Ansari said. (ANI)

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar.25 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) deputy general secretary and a candidate of former general secretary V.K. Sasikala faction, TTV Dinakaran on Saturday campaigned for RK Nagar by-poll sporting their election symbol 'hat.'

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Srinagar [India], Mar.25 (ANI): Commending alertness and high morale of all troops deployed in Srinagar Valley, Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General D. Anbu on Saturday stressed upon the need to sustain vigil and thwart any attempts of infiltration from across.

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Tekanpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday met family of visually impaired Border Security Force (BSF) Assistant Commandant Sandip Mishra who lost his eye sight during ambush in 2000.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.25 (ANI): Hitting out at Rajinikanth, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dubbed the former as a 'coward' for cancelling his proposed visit to Sri Lanka while Congress backed the actor.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.25 (ANI): The Income Tax department on Saturday seized Rs. 1.25 crore in new currency notes from three vehicles in Delhi's Seelampur.

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Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Mar.25 (ANI): At least six people got injured and more feared trapped after a major fire broke out at ordnance factory in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur.

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Gaikwad should have kept calm: Shiv Sena

Updated: Mar 25, 2017 21:00 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Criticizing Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for manhandling an Air India staff, the party on Saturday said the former should have kept calm and should not indulge into brawl.

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Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Taking cognizance of the Bikaner sexual assault case, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria dubbed it a serious offence, saying that it should not be overlooked.

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UP cop suspended for consuming tobacco

Updated: Mar 25, 2017 20:25 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): In what may come as a shock for many, SO Nagesh Mishra of Madiyaon Police Station was on Saturday suspended after he made everyone swear to a vow of cleanliness while he was consuming tobacco.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday alleged that there is clear and irrefutable evidence of manipulation of results at polling booths in the Punjab Assembly Elections.

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Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said the anti-romeo squads must not trouble youngsters unnecessarily, adding that stern actions would be taken against the eve-teasers.

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Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Pitching for development of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday silenced all critics while asserting that any kind of discrimination will not be sponsored in the name of caste, religion and sex.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir's horticulture department has introduced European technology trellis system to boost production of high density apple plants here.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The Government of India on Saturday rebuffed reports suggesting carving out a larger Nagaland state by taking away the territories of the states contiguous to it.

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Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): At least nine houses were gutted after a massive fire broke out in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur city on Saturday.

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will host its next two-day national executive committee meeting in Odisha's Bhubaneswar city beginning April 15.

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Goa: 58-year-old British national found dead

Updated: Mar 25, 2017 17:56 IST

Calangute (Goa) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): A 58-year old British national was found dead after he collapsed while exercising in a gym at Goa's Calangute yesterday.

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SP leader Azam Khan's secretary transferred

Updated: Mar 25, 2017 17:49 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's secretary S.P. Singh has been transferred after three years.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Saturday assured to bring a transparent system to end cheating in the Uttar Pradesh board exams.

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New Delhi [India], Mar.25 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that environmental factors are responsible for global burden of disease in terms of healthy life years lost and 23 percent of all deaths.

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