Commonwealth Games 2018: India clinches historic gold in badminton mixed-team event
The Indian mixed badminton contingent claimed its maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal on April 9, 2018, thrashing three-time defending champions Malaysia in the final at Gold Coast, Australia.
India also swept the Table Tennis team events at the CWG with both their men’s and women’s team bagging the gold medal. The Indian men’s table tennis team matched the women’s team by claiming a memorable gold medal with a 3-0 win over Nigeria in the final on April 9. It is the first time since the sport’s induction into the Commonwealth Games’ program that India has topped both categories.
Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered
A linguist Prof Panchanan Mohanty from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has discovered two languages recently called Walmiki and Malhar, which were “lying hidden from linguists”.
The languages are categorised `endangered’ as it is spoken by a very small number of people. The Malhar is spoken by just 75 people including children from a particular community. These people live in a remote and isolated hamlet about 165 kms from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.
Maharashtra to start free chemotherapy units for cancer patients
The state government of Maharashtra has announced that cancer patients would be provided with free chemotherapy treatment at district hospitals. The first phase of the plan would start in June 2018.
The move aims to ease the travelling and lodging problems of cancer patients who come to Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, which is one of the country's premier cancer treatment facilities, for six-week chemotherapy course as a part of their treatment.
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Goa government to launch app-based taxi service
The state government of Goa has decided to launch its own app-based taxi service to few key tourist destinations of the state.
The taxi operators who hold the license to run cabs in Goa would be eligible to register for the new transport service. The new service would operate from locations such as GTDC residencies and hotels across the state, the Mormugao Port Trust jetty where cruise vessels anchor, the airport and the St Monica Jetty in Panaji, besides other spots.
Kerala issues protocol to confirm brain death cases
The state government of Kerala on April 7, 2018 issued protocols that are to be followed to confirm brain death cases.
The main aim of the move is to make organ transplantation more transparent in the state. Speaking on the same, the state’s Health Minister K K Shylaja said that it is for the first time that a state in the country is putting in place the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to confirm brain death cases.
The guidelines were drawn on the basis of a directive of the Kerala High Court to put an end to the concerns and doubts of the public related to the procedures of organ donations of deceased and transplantation.