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Dated: 21 th April, 2019

Time to fight for the rights of mentally challenged people

President Elect CMAAO

IMA and Indian Psychiatric Society have condemned the title and poster of the upcoming film Mental Hai Kya. The producer must withdraw the teasers and change the title and content, if it has any such provocative sequence, dialogue or song.

Under Section 92 ( a, f) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act whoever intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view shall be punishable with a jail term of not less than six months, which may extend to five years, with fine.

Rangoli Chandel, Kangana's manager, tweeted on Saturday: "On behalf of Kangana all I want to say is that everyone will be proud of Mental Hai Kya the topic and subject she has chosen will trigger relevant talk and discussions around the stigma."

Mental Hai Kya stars Rajkummar Rao in the lead role opposite Kangana. Mental Hai Kya is directed by Prakash Kovelamudi and it is produced by Ekta Kapoor. Mental Hai Kya is a dark comedy centred around the lives of its two protagonists, both of whom show suicidal tendencies.

Earlier Bollywood movie PK, the title " are you drunk" had similar taste. Munna Bhai MBBS, Gabbar is back had projected the medical profession in a bad taste.

To remove the stigma the medical profession has changed the terminologies from prostitute to commercial sex worker; disabled to physically challenged; penis to the male organ; vagina to the female organ; mad to mentally challenged; addicted to dependent; hingra to trans-gender etc. Mental Hai Kya in Hindi will be named as Pagal hai kya and would stigmatise the 10% of the population. If the film is successful will become a common phrase for people talking to each other.


Antibacterial paints

Researchers from North Western University has refuted the claim of extra protection against bacteria by antimicrobial paints. The journal Indoor Air that reported that Bacillus timonesis is the sole survivor of bacteria that were applied with antimicrobial, synthetic latext paints.

But If you attack bacteria with antimicrobial chemicals, then they will mount a defense said Northwestern's Erica Hartmann.

Bacillus is typically innocuous, but by attacking it, you might prompt it to develop more antibiotic resistance.

In any way the natural environment of bacteria involves something warm and moist. If they are exposed to dry and cold environments, such as indoor surfaces, they die.

We should be judicious in our use of antimicrobial products to make sure that we're not exposing the more harmless bacteria to something that could make them harmful.


IPC Section to Know

Section 295A. Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

Section 295A of the IPC Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.


Dated: 21th April, 2019

Current Temperature Status and Warning for next 24 hours

Heat Wave and Temperature Observed Yesterday (Past 24 hours from 0830 hrs IST of 20 th April to 0830 hrs IST of 21 th April, 2019)

Heat Wave:

Yesterday, heat wave conditions observed at isolated pockets over Saurashtra & Kutch. (Annexures 1 & 2).

Maximum Temperature

Maximum Temperature Maximum Temperature more than 40.0C was recorded at many places over Vidarbha; at a few places over Rayalaseema and at isolated places over Telangana, Saurashtra & Kutch, West Madhya Pradesh, Maratawada, North Interior Karnataka and Tamilnadu & Puducherry.

Maximum temperature departures as on 20-04-2019: Maximum temperatures were appreciably above normal (3.1C to 5.0C) at many places over Arunachal Pradesh; at a few places over Jammu & Kashmir and Saurashtra & Kutch ; above normal (1.6C to 3.0C) at most places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura; at many places over Assam & Meghalaya, Konkan & Goa, Coastal Karnataka and Kerala; at a few places over Tamil Nadu and at isolated places over Telangana. They were appreciably below normal (-3.1C to -5.0C) at many places over Uttarakhand; at isolated places over Odisha; below normal (-1.6C to -3.0C) at most places over East Rajasthan; at many places over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand; at a few places over East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; at isolated places over West Bengal & Sikkim and near normal over rest parts of the country.

The highest maximum temperature of 42.1C was recorded at Parbhani (Marathwada) over the country.

Heat Wave Warnings for Next 24 hours (From 0830 hrs IST of 21st to 0830 hrs IST of 22 nd April 2019):-

Heat Wave conditions at isolated pockets (<25%) over Saurashtra & Kutch.


Biomedical waste management: Safety of health care workers handling the waste is paramount

Biomedical waste includes human and animal anatomical waste, treatment apparatus like needles, syringes and other materials used in health care facilities in the course of treatment and research. This waste is generated during diagnosis, treatment or immunization in hospitals, nursing homes, pathological laboratories, blood bank, etc.

Tonnes of biomedical waste are produced by hospitals every day. An estimated 1-2 kg of waste per bed in a hospital and 600 gm of waste per bed in a clinic is generated every day.....read more


Lateral thinking: Niti Ayog to explore dentists taking up family medicine

Niti Ayog will be holding a meeting on 22nd April 2019 at 10 am with Secretary Dental Council of India and DG dental services armed forces to explore leveraging dentists to provide primary health care thereby reducing the gaps in the current shortfall of doctors in the country.

The meeting is based on the minutes of the meeting held at PM office on 9th April 2019 regarding scaling up of medical education in India when it was decided to explore the option of allowing dentists to practice family medicine/mainstream medicine following a bridge course....read more


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