Two Indians from IS in Libya rescued: MEA
- The Ministry of External Affairs has rescued Two Indians, held captive by the Islamic State in Libya since July 2015. A third Indian national is still in captivity and efforts are on to secure his release.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed her delight over the release of C. Gopikrishna (Andhra Pradesh) and T. Balaram Kishan of Telangana, who were captive in Libya since July 29. The rescue was carried out by the anti-IS forces of Misrata, a city near the Libyan capital.
- The final phase of the rescued Indians will take some more time due to the security situation on the ground.
- The Ministry had been continuously following up with the case in Libya. The matter was discussed not only with Libya but also taken up with neighbouring countries, including Egypt.
- The issue was raised with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi when he was in India.
- The rescue was carried out by the anti-IS forces of Misrata, a city near the Libyan capital.
Indian Babies fall victim to antibiotic resistance: Report
- A major study has found that thousands of Indian babies are dying due to an ‘alarming degree’ of drug resistance.
- Infected with ‘superbugs’ in birth facilities, Indian new born babies are dying within 72 hours of being born.
- The researchers have found that nearly 26 per cent of babies with sepsis died. The reason being multi-drug resistance made the ailment untreatable.
- It is worrisome that despite early detection and appropriate medical attention, neonates with sepsis and pneumonia (both common ailments in newborns) died, because the drugs didn’t work.
- Vinod Paul (The lead author of the stud), chief of pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) expressed that it was a manifestation of drug resistant bacteria in the Indian population.
It is emerging as Epidemic-like situation
- The DeNIS study (Delhi Neonatal Infection) followed a group of 88,636 newborn infants for 3 years starting July 2011.
- The doctors tracked the record of babies born in three of largest hospitals of Delhi — AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College -as they were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
- Out of over 88,000 children, 13,530 were ‘enrolled’ in the study.
- Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, and coli are the three superbugs associated with over half (53 per cent) of the infections.
Cash flow to NGOs needs regulatory law: Apex court
- Supreme court said, “In India, NGOs get “mind-boggling” funds and it has become a “major problem for the country to a keep account of the funds .Since large number of NGOs are not transparent about the funds, it become a difficult task to keep account of money in flow.
- With regard to this issue, Supreme court is considering asking the Law Commission of India to bring an effective law. It is required to regulate the flow of money to a total 29.99 lakh NGOs functioning in the country.
- The Bench, comprising of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, has assigned the task of assisting the court, in finding solution, to senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi . The court is also considering referring to Law Commission.
- Advocate M.L. Sharma (the petitioner in the case),has submitted that 80 per cent of the NGOs get foreign funds.
- The CBI records filed in the Supreme Court show that only 2,90,787 NGOs file annual financial statements of a total of 29,99,623 registered under the Societies Registration Act.
- In some States, the laws do not even provide for the NGOs to be transparent about their financial dealings.
- Sadly, Union Territories, of a total of 82,250 NGOs registered and functioning, only 50 file their returns.
- Among all the states and union territories, here is the account of no of NGOs and returns filed by them:
- New Delhi, with large number of registered NGOs, among the Union Territories scores to 76,566 NGOs. These organizations do not submit returns as per CBI chart.
- Kerala, with 3,69,137 NGOs, has no legal provision to submit returns.
- Condition is similar in states like Punjab with and Rajasthan with 84,752 and 1.3 lakh NGOs respectively.
- Uttar Pradesh ranges to the highest number of NGOs with 5.48 lakh among 26 States, has only about 1.19 lakh filing returns in the record.
- Tamil Nadu has about 1.55 lakh NGOs registered,but , only 20,277 NGOs file returns.
- Andhra Pradesh has 2.92 lakh NGOs, merely 186 file financial statements annually.
- West Bengal has 2.34 lakh registered NGOs, of which only 17,089 active NGOs file annual returns.