With no morphine, 25 million die in pain each year: Report

Of the 172 countries studied, 25 had essentially no morphine, while a further 15 had enough to meet less than one per cent of pain relief requirements.

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Paris: Every year, some 25 million people — one in ten of them children — die in serious pain that could have been alleviated with morphine at just a few cents per dose, researchers said Friday.

This represents nearly half of all deaths globally each year, they reported in The Lancetmedical journal, warning of a “global pain crisis.”

The vast majority of people denied pain relief lived in low- and middle-income countries, which received less than four per cent of the 299 tonnes of oral morphine distributed around the world, said the team.

On the other side of the spectrum, abuse of opioid-based pain-killers was common in some rich nations, nowhere more so than the United States.

“The pain gap is a double-edged sword with too little access to inexpensive opioids for poor nations and misuse by rich ones,” said study co-author Julio Frenk of the University of Miami.

Opioids are drugs that include codeine and morphine for pain relief, but also heroin.

Not only was morphine harder to find in poor countries, it was also more expensive — at about 16 US cents for 10 milligrammes compared to three cents in rich nations, the report said.

“We estimate that the cost of meeting the global shortfall of about 48.5 metric tonnes of morphine-equivalent opioids is about $145 million (122 million euros) per year if all countries had access to the lowest retail prices paid by some high-income countries,” the team wrote.

This was “a fraction of the cost” of running a medium-sized American hospital, and “a pittance” compared to the estimated $100 billion a year spent on the war on recreational drugs, said Frenk’s colleague Felicia Knaul.

“The biggest shame is children in low-income countries dying in pain which could be eliminated for $1 million a year,” she said.

Cost was not the only problem, the team noted.

“Failure of health systems in poor countries is a major reason that patients need palliative care in the first place,” World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said in a statement.

“More than 90 per cent of these child deaths are from avoidable causes.”

The report was compiled by experts analysing the need for palliative care due to 20 life-threatening diseases such as HIV, cancer, heart disease, premature birth, tuberculosis, haemorrhagic fevers, lung and liver diseases, malnutrition, dementia, and trauma injuries.

Of the 172 countries studied, 25 had essentially no morphine, while a further 15 had enough to meet less than one per cent of pain relief requirements.

A hundred countries could meet the standard pain relief needs of less than a third of patients, the study found.

“This global pain crisis can be remedied quickly and effectively,” said Knaul. “We have the right tools and knowledge and the cost of the solution is minimal.

“Denying this intervention is a moral failing, especially for children and patients at the end of life.”

Another 35 million sick people who did not die also had no access to morphine to relieve serious pain in 2015, the report added.

Padmavati: Jai Rajputana Sangh threatens to burn cinema halls if film is not shown to members before release

Jai Rajputana Sangh wants to watch the film before it releases across the country to check whether or not history has been distorted.

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Mumbai: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has been in news since its inception. The sets of the film were vandalised on a couple of occasions and the filmmaker was assaulted by a group called Rajput Karni Sena a few months back. And now, Jai Rajputana Sangh has demanded a screening of the film based on Rani Padmini, ahead of its release in December.

According to a report in India.com, Jai Rajputana Sangh wants to watch the film before it releases across the country to check whether or not history has been distorted.

“We won’t tolerate any distortion of history and if any romantic relationship is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, we will burn cinema halls screening the film. Our members are trained in handling a large array of weapons ranging from swords to AK 47 guns. We won’t let anyone dishonour Padmavati and insult the people of Rajasthan,” India.com report quoted Bhanwar Singh Reta, founder, Jai Rajputana Sangh as saying.

“Our demand is that the filmmakers screen it to a panel of representatives from various Rajput organizations. We will only give them a go-ahead to release the film after we are satisfied that no scene insults queen Padmavati,” Reta added.

The trailer of the magnum opus was unveiled last week. Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Allauddin Khilji, Padmavati is slated to hit the silverscreen on December 1.

The film also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh and Raza Murad in pivotal roles.

Harry Kane’s Champions League rise faces Real Madrid acid test

Pochettino has fallen head over heels for Kane, conceding his wife was jealous of his repeated declarations of “love” for the English international.

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Madrid: Harry Kane is an admitted follower of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stratospheric stats as he pursues the Portuguese’s status as the best in the world, but for once it is Ronaldo who trails in the race to be the Champions League’s top marksman.

An inspired Kane has transformed Tottenham Hotspur’s European form from last season’s failure to a flying start with five of Spurs’ six goals in victories over Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia.

The acid test for Kane and his teammates comes at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night where holders Real Madrid and Ronaldo lie in wait having dismissed Dortmund and APOEL themselves thanks to four goals from the World Player of the Year.

“For sure it is a chance to measure ourselves. We are facing the best team in the world,” Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told Spanish radio station COPE this week.

“We are a young team with many internationals, but not so much experience of playing these type of games. It is a fundamental test.”

Pochettino has fallen head over heels for Kane, conceding his wife was jealous of his repeated declarations of “love” for the English international.

“He is one of the most in-form strikers in the world for sure. The numbers speak for themselves,” added Pochettino.

Numbers are so good they’ve drawn comparisons with the two men that have taken goalscoring to previously unseen levels in the past decade – Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Kane’s 13-goal haul in September matched the best ever goalscoring month by Messi or Ronaldo.

“I want to be one of the best players in the world, so when people put stuff up and I see I am close to those players it is a great incentive to get even closer and go to the next step,” Kane said after netting his sixth hat-trick of the season to slay APOEL in Cyprus.

At just 24, Kane has time on his side but far more to prove not only to reach the heights set by Ronaldo and Messi, but also the consistency they have shown in sharing the last nine World Player of the Year awards.

“Staying consistent at the top level is what it’s all about,” added Kane.

Despite Spurs’ rise in recent seasons under Pochettino, consistency has been a shortcoming that has so far starved them of silverware.

Spurs’ inability to make an impact as they crashed out of both the Champions and Europa League at the first hurdle cast a shadow over another encouraging season as they finished runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Kane’s absence through injury for half of that Champions League campaign took its toll.

The gulf between Spurs and their hosts on Tuesday night remains Real’s strength in depth that meant even Ronaldo could enjoy plenty of rest on their road to a La Liga and Champions League double last season.

Pochettino and Spurs can’t afford that luxury.

Kane has scored 55 percent of his side’s goals in the Premier League and Champions League this season.

“He has a great ability to score goals and an incredible determination,” added Pochettino.

“He is a great professional who is always looking to get better.”

“In the next 10 years, he is going to be among the best strikers in the world because he has that determination on top of his quality.”

Quality that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Spanish capital.

Spurs know very well how tempting the lure of Real’s riches and prestige can be having lost Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.

And with Real having failed to replace the departed Alvaro Morata with Kylian Mbappe, who instead headed to Paris Saint-Germain in August, Madrid sports daily Marca reported last week Kane has emerged as a prime target.

Ranji Trophy 2017 Live, Round 2: Catch score updates from Day 3

Ishant Sharma looked cut above rest on a docile track as Railways were reduced to 58 for five after Manan Sharma’s maiden ton enabled Delhi to each 447 on the second day of their Group A encounter.

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Hello and welcome to our Live updates from Round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2017-18 Day 3.

New Delhi: India discards Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma produced the goods for their respective teams on Day of second round Ranji Trophy matches on Sunday.

Ishant Sharma looked cut above rest on a docile track as Railways were reduced to 58 for five after Manan Sharma’s maiden ton enabled Delhi to each 447 on the second day of their Group A encounter.

Brief Scores from Group A:

In Dehli: Delhi 1st innings: 447 (Manan Sharma 136, Nitish Rana 89, Anuj Rawat 74, Pulkit Narang 55, Anureet Singh 4/92)

Railways 1st Innings: 58/5 (Ishant Sharma 3/12, Manan Sharma 2/18)

At Mysore: Assam 144 in 59.1 overs (Gokul Sharma 55; Shreyas Gopal 3/43) vs Karnataka 404/6 in 110 overs (Krishnappa Gowtham 129 not out, Ravikumar Samarth 123; Swarupam Purkayastha 3/80)

At Hyderabad: Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh. No play on day two

Out-of-favour Jadeja struck a timely double century while slow left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja picked up three wickets as Saurashtra reduced Jammu and Kashmir to 103/4 in their first innings in reply to 624/7 in their Group B match.

Brief Scores from Group B:

At Rajkot: Saurashtra 624 for 7 decl in 135 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 201, Sheldon Jackson 181, Snell Patel 94; Waseem Raza 3/164) vs Jammu and Kashmir 103 for 4 in 46.5 overs (Shubham Khajuria 41, Parveez Rasool 23 not out; Dharmendra Jadeja 3/36).

At Nadiad: Kerala 208 all out in 66.5 overs vs Gujarat 307 for 9 in 106 overs (Chirag Gandhi 91 not out, Samit Gohel 69; MD Nidheesh 3/58).

At Jaipur: Rajasthan 423 all out in 141.5 overs (Tajinder Singh 134 Amit Kumar Gautam 107; Sunny Gupta 3/76) vs Jharkhand 97 for two in 31 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 56 not out; Aniket Choudhary 1/16).

Washington Sundar’s brilliant, unbeaten 156 and his big opening partnership with skipper Abhinav Mukund (76) helped Tamil Nadu seize the initiative in their Group C match against Tripura.

Brief Scores from Group C:

At Chennai: Tripura 258 all out (Smit Patel 99, K Vignesh 4 for 31) vs Tamil Nadu 332 for 2 in 81 overs (M S Washington Sundar 156 batting, Abhinav Mukund 76, Baba Indrjith 73 batting)

At Vadodara: Baroda 373 all out in 128 overs (Swapnil Singh 88, A Sheth 70 not out, Vishnu Solanki 61, B Ayyappa 4 for 69) vs Andhra Pradesh 190 for 2 in 46 overs (G Hanuma Vihari 71 batting, Ricky Bhui 53 batting, K S Bharat 40)

At Indore: Madhya Pradesh 409 in 144.3 overs (Naman Ojha 180, Ankit Sharma 67, Akash Parkar 4 for 70) vs Mumbai 130 for 1 in 33 overs (Jay Bista 89 batting)

Pacers Mohammed Shami and Ashoke Dinda blew away the Chattisgarh top-order with incisive spells after Bengal scored a mammoth 529 for 7 in their Group D encounter.

Brief Scores from Group D:

At Raipur: Bengal 1st Innings 529/7 (Koushik Ghosh 114, Sudeep Chatterjee 118, Abhishek Raman 94, Anushtup Majumdar 70)

Chattisgarh 80/5 (Mohd Shami 2/33, Ashoke Dinda 2/6

At Mohali: Punjab 161. Vidarbha 419/5 (Sanjay Ramaswamy 161, Ganesh Sathish 126)

At Dharamsala: Goa 255. Himachal Pradesh 356/4 (Ankush Bains 143, Priyanshu Khanduri 117)

Here is an overview of all the fixtures lined up in the Ranji Trophy’s second round which will take place between the 14th and 17th of October.

Chhattisgarh vs Bengal, Group D

Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur

Railways vs Delhi, Group A

Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi

Hyderabad vs Uttar Pradesh, Group A

Gymkhana Ground, Hyderabad

Karnataka vs Assam, Group A

Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering Ground, Mysore

Saurashtra vs Jammu and Kashmir, Group B

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot

Rajasthan vs Jharkhand, Group B

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Gujarat vs Kerala, Group B

GS Patel Stadium, Nadiad

Baroda vs Andhra, Group C

Reliance Stadium, Vadodara

Madhya Pradesh vs Mumbai, Group C

Emerald High School Ground, Indore

Tamil Nadu vs Tripura, Group C

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Punjab vs Vidarbha, Group D

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Himachal Pradesh vs Goa, Group D

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

 

Railways to introduce new Special Rajdhani Express between Delhi and Mumbai

The special train, to be introduced to the sector on October 16 from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, will not only decrease travel time by two hours, but will cost passengers Rs 600-800 less than the two other Rajdhanis already on the route.

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New Delhi: A new, cheaper and faster Rajdhani is the Railways’ Diwali gift to commuters on the Delhi-Mumbai route.

The special train, to be introduced to the sector on October 16 from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in Delhi to the Bandra Terminus in Mumbai, will not only decrease travel time by two hours, but will cost passengers Rs 600-800 less than the two other Rajdhanis already on the route.

“The special Rajdhani will initially run for three months — from October 16 to January 16 — for three days a week. The idea was to reduce the travel time by two hours with the current infrastructure and rolling stock. The trials have been successful,” said Md Jamshed, Member, Traffic, Railway Board.

Presently, the route is served by the August Kranti Rajdhani and the Mumbai Central-New Delhi Rajdhani.

While the August Kranti Rajdhani takes around 17 hours to traverse the distance between the national capital, the Mumbai Central-Delhi Rajdhani covers it in just under 16 hours.

The new train will take just under 14 hours to run between the two cities and will have three stops — Kota, Vadodara and Surat.

Jamshed said the train will be beneficial for travellers as it will reach the respective destinations at around 6:00 am, giving them more time to spend in the city as well as helping them avoid suburban peak hour traffic.

The train will chug-off from Delhi on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from Bandra on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

“Flexi fare shall not be levied on bookings on this train. The fare of the train, however, will be 20 per cent more than the base fare of the existing Rajdhanis on the route. The concession is between Rs 600-Rs 835,” said Jamshed.

As compared to the maximum flexi fare for the Mumbai- Delhi Rajdhani for second AC of Rs 4,105, this train will cost Rs 3270. Similarly, as compared to the third AC flexi fare of Rs 2925, this train will cost Rs 2,325.

The catering services will be optional resulting in further reduction in prices if the passenger chooses to opt out.

The special train will comprise one first AC, two 2AC and twelve 3AC coaches besides a pantry car and two power cars.

The train will be hauled by two electric locomotives for better acceleration, deceleration and higher speed. It will run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph.

The Delhi-Mumbai line is important for the railways as the route, once frequented mostly by business travellers, has been losing passengers to airlines.

The route is also one of the two to be developed into special corridors with semi-high-speed services.

New poster of Vidya Balan starrer Tumhari Sullu out- see pic

We have seen Vidya Balan play the role of an RJ in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and the actress did a brilliant job! Her ‘Goodmorning….Mumbai’ continued to rule hearts for quite some time. 

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New Delhi: We have seen Vidya Balan play the role of an RJ in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and the actress did a brilliant job! Her ‘Goodmorning….Mumbai’ continued to rule hearts for quite some time.

Vidya’s fans are much excited to see their favourite RJ back on-screen, but this time, in a different avatar! As can be inferred from the promo of Tumhari Sullu, Vidya will play a night show RJ who’s a little ‘Hatke’. With the entertaining promo of the film generating quite a buzz, yet another poster of the movie has been unvieled. What’s more? The poster says that the trailer will be out tomorrow i.e. October 14, 2017!

Noted trade analyst and Film critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the poster.

Here is his Twitter post:

Tumhari Sullu is slated for release on November 17, 2017. The movie is helmed by Suresh Triveni.

 

 

 

 

Pep Guardiola tries to heal Mauricio Pochettino rift

Pochettino is annoyed that Guardiola recently described Spurs as “the Harry Kane team” after citing Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United as City’s main rivals for the Premier League title.

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Manchester: Pep Guardiola has moved to placate Mauricio Pochettino after the Manchester City manager was accused of disrespect by his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart.

Pochettino is annoyed that Guardiola recently described Spurs as “the Harry Kane team” after citing Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United as City’s main rivals for the Premier League title.

England striker Kane has scored 11 of Tottenham’s 21 goals in all competitions this season, with nine goals in his last five matches for club and country.

That blistering run has seen Kane score seven goals in his last three games for Spurs.

He also scored two winning goals as England completed a successful World Cup qualifying campaign with successive 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania this month.

Pochettino has bristled at the suggestion that Spurs are a one-man team, calling Guardiola’s comments disrespectful, but the Spaniard now says it was never his intention to belittle them.

“I was never disrespectful to my colleague. I was never disrespectful in a press conference. Never,” Guardiola said.

“When I talked about Harry Kane’s team, it was because Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals.

“And I know perfectly that Tottenham are not Harry Kane alone.”

Guardiola, whose side are top of the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s game against Stoke City, said he has always been quick to give credit to Tottenham, who finished second last season, one place above City.

“I think last season, the person who spoke most about appreciating the way Tottenham play was me,” Guardiola said.

“When they lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final last season, I said it was incredible because Chelsea had four shots on target and scored four goals.

“As I said, Tottenham are one of the best teams playing. So I’m really disappointed if he said that.

“I don’t know what he said, but I was never disrespectful about my colleagues.

“I respect a lot what Tottenham have done in the last two or three years. There is a lot of credit in the way they play, in the way they want to show their football in the Premier League, the way they are always attacking.”

Guardiola thought he had a good relationship with the Tottenham manager, who he believes must have misunderstood his comments.

“Maybe I should say Pochettino’s team when I said Harry Kane’s team,” Guardiola said.

“But I said it because he scored two goals more against Huddersfield and a goal for the national team and another goal for the national team.

“I think Mauricio has made a mistake. Never in my career have I not been respectful.

“Maybe I can answer something where I attack my team or my club, but never would I be disrespectful about Mauricio or Tottenham.”

Guardiola, meanwhile, is hopeful that City midfielder David Silva will agree on a new contract soon.

Silva, who has scored 51 times in 315 games for City since arriving from Valencia in 2010, has just under two years left on his current contract.

He is expected to sign an extension through to 2020, with the director of football Txiki Begiristain leading the negotiations.

“It’s about Txiki but I think we’d like him to stay,” he said.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni entertain Hyderabad fans with left-hand batting

While the rain washed out the third T20I between India and Australia on Friday, the Indian top guns ensured the 30,000-strong crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad didn’t go home without being entertained.

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New Delhi: When there wasn’t anything to cheer for the crowd in waiting at the wet Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, the left-handed batting of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma ensured those in the stands didn’t go home without being entertained.

The third and deciding T20I between India and Australia was washed out without a ball being bowled, but while the patient crowd waited watching the groundstaff work tirelessly to dry the park, India’s captain and vice-captain were joined by their former skipper to showcase left-handed batting – much to the delight of the crowd.

Kohli and Rohit were almost trying a David Warner as they took turns to show their ambidextrous skills with the willow in hand.

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Sadly the ground conditions didn’t improve and the umpires had to call off the game. The three-match series ended 1-1.

India won the first T20I in Ranchi by nine wickets, followed by a series-leveling eight-wicket win for the visitors in Guwahati. Rain threatened those two games as well, before leaving the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad beyond repair.

India had won the ODI series 4-1 in the first leg of the tour.

Virat Kohli and Co will next host New Zealand, who have already arrived in India for a limited-overs tour involving three ODIs and as many T20Is.

The tour begins with the first ODI on October 22.

Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day: Survey

The results showed that only 35 percent of the children consume vegetables as part of every meal.

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New Delhi: Only 18 per cent of urban children in grade six to 10 in India eat fruits every day, show results of a survey, revealing poor eating habits of a vast majority of kids in the country.

At 14 per cent, the proportion of children eating protein once a day is even lower, showed the survey by Podar Education Group which runs over 100 schools spread across the country.

The survey involved responses from 1,350 parents of children studying in grade six to 10 in India’s metro cities.

The results showed that only 35 per cent of the children consume vegetables as part of every meal.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) does say that childhood obesity is an ‘exploding nightmare’ in the developing world,” said Raghav Podar, Trustee, Podar Education Group, in a statement.

A new study led by Imperial College London and WHO and published in the journal Lancet showed that the number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades.

“Healthy childhoods are critical to the country, and require strong cohesive work between the parents and schools,” Podar said.

The survey evaluating the eating habits across food categories in young school children in India also found that 50 per cent of them consume junk food, sweets or other unhealthy food almost on daily basis.

“This survey clearly indicates that teaching a child about good nutrition is not just about giving them a list of healthy foods that he or she can eat, but more about ‘how much’ and ‘when’ to eat,” child nutritionist Sripriya Venkiteswaran said.

“For example, teach them about age-appropriate portion sizes and how to limit themselves when they go out to birthday parties or buffet spreads. Teach them to eat at regular intervals, not skip meals and keep a gap of at least three hours between dinner and bed-time,” Venkiteswaran added.

The silver lining is that almost 76 per cent of the parents said that their kids play some outdoor sport. About 24 per cent said their children do not play outdoors at all.

“It is important for every child to have 60 minutes of moderately rigorous play every day to be fitter and healthier. Lack of play also leads to slow cognitive skills, lower social skills, threat of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, etc., and aggressive behaviour,” said Parminder Gill, a sports educationist and Co-Founder of EduSports, a leading sports and physical education organisation.

Secret Superstar: Aamir Khan’s Sexy Baliye song is all sorts of crazy – Watch

Produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao under the banner name of Aamir Khan Productions, Zee Studios, and Akash Chawla, the flick is slated to release on October 19.

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New Delhi: Oh boy, with the upcoming film Secret Superstar, we are getting watch a completely different avatar of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. And, the recently-released song Sexy Baliye from the Advait Chandan directorial takes the craziness up a notch.

In the video, you will get to see Mr Perfectionist flaunt quirky dance moves. Sexy Baliye has been sung by ace vocalist Mika Singh on the tunes of music director Amit Trivedi. The lyrics have been penned by Kausar Munir.

Have a look:

Secret Superstar is based on a teenage girl named Insia, played by Zaira Wasim, who sets out to follow her dream of being a singing superstar under the confinement of anonymity.

Produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao under the banner name of Aamir Khan Productions, Zee Studios, and Akash Chawla, the flick is slated to release on October 19.