State panels to track hip implant patients (GS-2) (Page-7) Who can apply for compensation? Patients implanted with ASR and no rev surgery performed o recommended to perform - Those implanted with ASR and one revislon surgery performed but no disability with ASR and more than one revision surgery performed and suffering from disability ision Patients implanted with ASR and suffering from any other systemic disorder where the causality is established Clauses: First surgery of ASR must be performed in India on or after 2006 Those implanted with ASR and one revision surgery and suffering from disability Patient must by implanted with ASR within 10 years from the date of first surgery Patlents Implanted Source: Ministry of health and family welfare
* The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that State-level committees consisting of two orthopaedic surgeons or physical medical rehabilitation experts and one radiologist from government hospital, a representative from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and drug controller of respective States should be formed to identify patients who have received the faulty hip implant by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. The notification made public on Tuesday also said States should advertise widely to reach out to the patients. "The committee [of the Ministry which submitted its report recently] has recommended, among other things, the constitution of [a] Central Expert Committee and Regional Expert Committees for determining the exact quantum of compensation after taking into account the minimum amount of Rs. 20 lakh," the notification stated. The compensation amount will be further calculated based on other factors such as the degree of disability and loss of wages. "Patients can now reach out directly to the committees", Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), Dr S. Eswara Reddy told The Hindu, adding that more and more patients should now come forward. J&J's Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) hip implant manufactured by its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics was recalled globally in 2010 after reports of it leaching metals and causing severe pain, fluid accumulation, and metal poisoning in patients.
2+2 to address U.S. issues on Iran, Russia (GS-2) (Page-10) New Delhi hopes the U.S. will consider the importance of its relationship with India carefully, while considering any moves to sanction defence purchases from Russia under the new CAATSA, or Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, official sources said on Tuesday ahead of the inaugural Indo-U.S. 2+2 dialogue U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis will land here on Wednesday and meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday, which officials said would be the "highest-level" dialogue between the two countries this year. * "Our hope is that the U.S. will keep in mind the strategic relationships it enjoys with each country in handling this matter," an official said, indicating that India would adopt a tough posture during the talks when the CAATSA issue comes up. There have been conflicting statements from Washington on whether U.S. President Donald Trump would give India a waiver from the sanctions mandated by U.S. law. India is finalising a plan to purchase the S-400 long-range air-defence systems from Russia, over which there have been specific objections from several U.S. officials
However, officials stressed there was no discussion scheduled specifically on the S-400. "It is not normal practice for India to discuss relations with third countries in our bilateral dialogue," the official said. Oil from Iran * Another sticky issue remains the U.S. demand that India "zero out" its oil imports from Iran by November, and whether the U.S. will give a waiver to India's development of the Chabahar port, when a separate set of sanctions kick in. Conceding that both actions are a major issue in the bilateral discussions, the official said that India hoped to hear from the U.S. on what options it had on procuring oil. "We are heavily energy import reliant. We would like to understand the alternative sources of crude and also the price," indicating that India could consider the U.S. demands if other sources of crude compatible with Indian refineries were made available at a comparable price. * "IThe decision] will not be made by any compulsion that U.S. places or Iran places. Whether we continue to import Iranian crude or not is our decision to make," the source added.
Engagement with Pak. Mr. Pompeo will fly in from Islamabad on Wednesday, and officials said they would await with "interest" the outcome of the U.S. government's first major engagement with the newly elected government in Pakistan. Talks on Thursday in Delhi would begin with separate meetings for the Defence and External Affairs Ministry officials with seven-member delegations on both sides. All the delegations will then meet for 2+2 talks followed by a working lunch, after which they will jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The major announcement from the 2+2 talks could be progress on talks to conclude the foundational Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). Sources said "enabling instruments are under discussion" for defence collaboration but declined to comment whether it would be signed. * "COMCASA is one of those issues under discussion. Obviously, I can't prejudge the outcome of the 2+2. Obviously, we will do a stock-taking and assessment. But we have to wait for the outcome of the ministerial-level meeting," the official said. Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, is part of the US. delegation and the two sides are expected to announce a new tri-service amphibious
Officials pointed out that India had "independent relations" with all the major powers and sought to dispel any apprehensions that the dialogue would have a negative impact on relations with other counties. *"We expect the ministerial level 2+2 with the U.S. will not have any significant impact on our relations with China and Russia. I think those stand independently," the official stated, dismissing comments by a senior U.S. official who said that "China will be front and centre" of the 2+2 dialogue. * However, the Indo-Pacific policies of both countries, who are engaged in a "Quad" or quadrilateral arrangement with Australia and Japan will be on the agenda, the sources said
EC eases rule on use of speakers for campaigns (GS-2) (Page-11) Accepting the recommendation made at a recent all-party meeting, the Election Commission on Tuesday issued instructions relaxing the rule on use of loudspeakers for campaigning purposes, allowing it from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. * The Commission had earlier made changes in the order, restricting the use of loudspeakers between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m "Representatives of nearly all political parties had suggested that the timing be increased. We deliberated on the issue and have decided to revert to the old order. The suggestions by the parties are also being examined," said an official. Earlier, the EC instructed that the use of loudspeakers fitted on vehicles on any kind, for electioneering purposes during the entire election period starting from the date of announcement of election and ending with the date of declaration of result, should be permitted only between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m * No moving loudspeakers could be used beyond that time period in any area.
Report specifications Political parties and candidates are required to get prior written permission from the authorities concerned and share the specifications and other particulars for using the public address system during the campaigning and public meetings.
Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against Idlib 'tragedy' (GS-2) (Page- 12) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syria against launching an attack on the country's last rebel stronghold with the help of Russia and Iran, saying the offensive could trigger a "human tragedy". The warning came as Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive. Syrian forces are amassing around the northwestern province of Idlib, in preparation for the assault. "President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Mr. Trump tweeted. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don't let that happen!" The UN and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria's seven-year-old conflict.
Solving' the problem s On Tuesday, the Kremlin said the Syrian Army is getting ready to solve the problem of "terrorism" in Idlib, apparently referring to a looming regime offensive. "We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, calling Idlib a "pocket of terrorism". He did not release a timeframe however. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian air strikes battered idlib on Tuesday for the first time in three weeks. "Russian warplanes resumed bombing Idlib province after a 22-day pause," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the monitor. * The air raids "came a day after rebel units in Idlib hit regime positions in neighbouring Latakia province.
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