World Diabetes Day 2017 observed globally
The World Diabetes Day was observed globally on 14 November 2017 with the theme 'Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future'.
Currently, there are over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.
Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes.
The World Diabetes Day 2017 theme aims to promote affordable access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies for all women with diabetes to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
India, Philippines sign four agreements to strengthen bilateral ties
India and the Philippines on 13 November 2017 signed four agreements to enhance cooperation in various fields including defence and foreign services. The agreements were signed following the PM Narendra Modi bilateral meeting with the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
These four agreements cover areas of defence, agriculture, small and medium enterprises and tie-up between think-tanks of both the countries.
The agreements were signed during PM Modi three-day visit to Manila, the Philippines to attend the 15th India-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit.
This is the second visit by Indian PM to the Philippines in 36 years after the visit of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1981. Earlier in 2007, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Philippines for the ASEAN summit.
10th South Asia Economic Summit begins in Kathmandu
The 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) began in Kathmandu, Nepal on 14 November 2017 with the theme "Deepening Economic Integration for Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia".
The three-day summit is being organised by National Planning Commission and Ministry of Commerce of Nepal and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal. It was inaugurated by Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.
The summit aims to identify and prioritise opportunities and challenges in deepening regional economic integration to serve the goals of inclusive and sustainable development in South Asia.
India’s first-ever ‘Air Dispensary’ to be set up in Northeast
India’s first-ever ‘Air Dispensary’ based in a helicopter is set to come up in the northeast. The Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DoNER) has already contributed Rs 25 crore as part of the initial funding for the initiative.
The information was shared by DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on 12 November 2017 after a meeting with the representatives of Aviation Sector and helicopter service/Pawan Hans.
Speaking further on the occasion, the Minister said that the DoNER Ministry had been exploring the idea of introducing a helicopter based Dispensary/OPD service in far-flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available and the patient, in need, also did not have any access to any medical care.
Sujoy Ghosh resigns as Jury Head of 48th International Film Festival of India
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh on 14 November 2017 resigned as Head of the jury of the Indian Panorama of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IIFI).
His resignation came following the elimination of the two films "Sexy Durga" and "Nude" from the final list of films. Instead of Nude, the Hindi movie Pihu by Vinod Kapri was finalised as the opening film of the festival.
The 13-member jury, led by Sujoy Ghosh, included both the movies in their recommended list, but these two movies did not find their way in the list passed by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Few other members of the jury are Nishikant Kamat, Nikkhil Advani, Apurva Asrani, Ruchi Narain and Gyan Correa, who also have expressed their dissent over the ministry's move.