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India’s medical tourism sector attracts patients from Gulf

India’s medical tourism sector attracts patients from Gulf

Dubai: India’s medical tourism sector, set to generate USD 2 billion, has evinced growing interest from patients from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries due to excellent treatment skills of Indian doctors and low cost. The Indian medical tourism industry is projected to reach USD 2 billion with an estimated 3,200,000 medical value travellers arriving in India by 2015 growing at an annual rate of 30 per cent, according to experts. Recently, Dubai-based Emirates airlines teamed up with Apollo Hospitals, to connect international patients with quality healthcare services in India. “The proven Indian clinical competencies give India a huge competitive advantage. We have seen the number of patients visiting us from GCC region growing at a rapid pace. In the last few quarters we have seen a remarkable increase from UAE, Qatar and Oman,” said Dr. K. Hariprasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals. “Comparing global prices for medical treatment, India leads in the race for providing quality healthcare services at affordable prices. A heart bypass surgery in India costs USD 6,500, while in the US it costs between USD 30,000 and USD 80,000. This is a huge, untapped market, not just for therapeutic medical tourism like Ayurveda, but also for curative treatment,” he said. GCC’s member states include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. As part of the joint venture with Emirates Airlines, the patients and their attendants from 19 countries across Middle East and Africa can visit the hospital’s flagship locations in Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and Bangalore to avail specially formulated fares for round-trip flights on Emirates. Chennai headquartered, Apollo Hospitals, has been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) USA. Apollo Hospital, Chennai caters to the patients travelling from Middle East with various specialty services it is recognised for. The hospital’s Chennai unit performs the highest number of Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) cases with a very high success rate. – PTI
Maneka Gandhi Expresses Concern Over India’s Massive Beef Export

Maneka Gandhi Expresses Concern Over India’s Massive Beef Export

JAIPUR: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi today expressed concern about India being the world’s largest beef exporter and claimed that the money from illegal animal slaughter is being used for perpetrating acts of terrorism. “We are the largest beef exporters in the world and also killing them for leather production. We are actually killing more animals than China, it is appalling!” the minister for Women and Child Development said during a valedictory lecture at the India for Animals conference in Jaipur. Quoting a report submitted to Uttar Pradesh police four years ago, Ms Gandhi, who is also a noted animal rights activist and environmentalist, claimed that the money earned through illegal animal slaughtering was going into terrorism. “It is going into terrorism, it is going into bomb making. It is going into killing us. Why we are allowing this? It is a trade of Indians. Do not blame a particular community for this,” she claimed. Ms Gandhi also said that while members of one community sell its livestock, another slaughters it in their slaughter houses and asked people not to link animal slaughter to a particular religion or community. India is illegally exporting beef to Bangladesh and that country claims its exporting about 160,000 tonnes of beef. “But as a matter of fact they (Bangladesh) do not own a single cow,” she said. The minister called on NGOs, volunteers and civil society to join the ‘save animals movement’ and urged them to set up informer systems to sound an alarm to prevent such trade. “Deer’s meat is available at many places in Rajasthan, even in Dhani (hutments)…I get such information while sitting in Delhi. Every animal organ like horn, shelf is illegally sold. Over 25,000 websites are full of illegal sale of animal organs,” she said. On a report published during the previous UPA government’s regime stating that 80 per cent of milk in the country was “adulterated,” she lamented, “we are drinking poison”. She asked NGOs and volunteers working for protection of animals to study the forest and wildlife acts properly and try to inform the municipal authorities about any animal cruelty. Dissection of animals in school and college education has also stopped, she noted, adding that the Medical Council of India is also considering this ban. Cosmetic research and animal experimentation needs to be contained in the growing Indian culture, the Union Minister said. More than 200 delegates participated in the two-day-long conference organised by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and its associates. – PTI
Barack Obama looking forward to welcoming PM Narendra Modi: US official

Barack Obama looking forward to welcoming PM Narendra Modi: US official

US President Barack Obama (left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: AP/DC)Washington: US President Barack Obama is looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to White house later this month, a senior US official has said on Monday. “President Obama looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to the White House on September 29-30,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. The US president will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House during which the two leaders would discuss a wide range of bilateral and strategic issues including economic growth. Mr Obama looks forward to working with PM Modi to fulfill the promise of the US-India strategic partnership for the benefit of both our citizens and the world, Mr Earnest, who is the president’s spokesperson, added. The meeting will mark PM Modi’s first visit to the US since his party swept to victory in general elections. “The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest in order to expand and deepen the US-India strategic partnership,” he said. “They will discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, bolster security cooperation, and collaborate in activities that bring long-term benefits to both countries and the world,” Earnest said. “They will also focus on regional issues, including current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, where India and the United States can work together with partners towards a positive outcome,” he said. – PTI
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    3,000 jobs lined up for Saudi women at outsourcing center

    3,000 jobs lined up for Saudi women at outsourcing center

    MOMENTOUS EVENT: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female BPO center opens in Riyadh.RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN The first all-female business process outsourcing (BPO) service center in the Kingdom, which was inaugurated in Riyadh on Sunday, will aim to provide 3,000 local jobs to Saudi women in the next three years in line with nationalization efforts. The BPO center was jointly opened by Saudi Aramco, General Electric (GE) and Indian IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Aramco and GE were the first clients of the center, which spans 3,200 square meters. Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Prince Saud bin Khalid, deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco president and CEO, John Rice, GE’s vice chairman, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, CEO and managing director of TCS, and various dignitaries from government entities and business executives attended the official opening ceremony here. Supported by the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF), the center has begun operating with around 300 employees that have been trained in communication and presentation skills, corporate etiquette, global culture and basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Office and Excel. About 100 of these new employees are fresh graduates, while the rest have two to three years of experience. Fresh graduates were selected from educational institutions in the Saudi capital, including Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University, the largest university for women in the world, King Saud University (KSU) and Imam University out of 1,200 candidates interviewed for the jobs. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Al-Falih said: “Being the first all-female BPO service center in Saudi Arabia, this joint effort will bring significant value in diversifying the economy and society and will help address the challenge of creating jobs for talented and skilled female graduates by establishing a more diverse work force and boosting competitiveness.” Echoing the sentiment, Rice observed: “The newly opened BPO center is proof of our commitment to support the Kingdom’s priorities around human capital development and the creation of employment opportunities for talented Saudi women.” He described it as a new model for business customers to achieve higher operating efficiency in the Saudi market. Expressing his delight, Chandrasekaran underlined, “skills, talent and technology converge here at the Kingdom’s first all-female BPO center, marking a new era for the information technology and BPO industry in the Kingdom.” The center, which will undoubtedly reduce female unemployment rates (pegged at 34 percent in 2013), has already achieved a more than 70 percent nationalization rate. The opening of the center was announced in September last year, with specialized services in finance, accounting, human resources, material supply and library services, in order to enhance operational efficiency for customers.

    Tweezerman raises awareness for breast cancer with new tweezer design, donates a percentage to charity

    Invasive breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with more than 200,000 diagnosed annually. Unfortunately, around 40,000 of those will lose their fight against the disease, making it the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women globally. Experts agree that in order to detect the symptoms early, it is vitally important to increase awareness amongst women and doctors alike. Which is why in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, Tweezerman, recognised for innovative beauty products distinguished by their outstanding performance, features the iconic breast cancer awareness pink ribbon on their award winning Slant Tweezer every year. During the whole month of October, the globally renowned beauty product brand donates a portion of each product sold to organisations devoted to cancer care and finding a cure. This year’s limited edition ‘Precision in Pink’ Slant Tweezer has a fresh fun look, covered in pretty pink and white grosgrain ribbons on a pristine white enamel finish. While the fashionable pattern is new, the classic hand-filed tips still grab every hair with famously perfect precision. “Please join Tweezerman during the month of October and all year round in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness causes. Together we can make a more meaningful impact on awareness, support life saving research and provide valuable services for women in need,” said Jo Morton, spokesperson for Tweezerman. Tweezerman continues to be singled out by top beauty editors for its premium quality personal care tools and commitment to superior customer service. Named amongst Time magazine’s Top 10 Best Products, their beauty tools continue to be the number one choice of professionals, celebrities and the most discerning consumers who demand the highest-quality beauty tools at the best price. – Yahind.com
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    Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hours, courtesy Chinese supersonic submarine

    Shanghai to San Francisco in 2 hours, courtesy Chinese supersonic submarine

    Representational picture. (Photo: AP)Mumbai: Shanghai to San Francisco takes almost 12 hours by flight. Imagine covering that distance in just two hours. What could make it possible is a new Chinese supersonic submarine, unlike the conventional looking sub, as reported by Mashable. The sub resembles a torpedo and has an unusual shape, helping to move quickly through water. The sub also has a potential of reaching speeds of up to 3,600 miles per hour. The sub is based on a new technology called ‘supercavitation’, which means that an object in water moves in an air bubble. The air bubble helps the submerged object to move at such high speeds. However, the developers faced up a major steering issue during testing and are trying to resolve it. Constantly showering a liquid membrane on the sub’s surface is a possible remedy, according to the South China Morning Post. Scientists hope that the science could be used in military, water sports and civilian travel. – DC
    Barack Obama looking forward to welcoming PM Narendra Modi: US official

    Barack Obama looking forward to welcoming PM Narendra Modi: US official

    US President Barack Obama (left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: AP/DC)Washington: US President Barack Obama is looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to White house later this month, a senior US official has said on Monday. “President Obama looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to the White House on September 29-30,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. The US president will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House during which the two leaders would discuss a wide range of bilateral and strategic issues including economic growth. Mr Obama looks forward to working with PM Modi to fulfill the promise of the US-India strategic partnership for the benefit of both our citizens and the world, Mr Earnest, who is the president’s spokesperson, added. The meeting will mark PM Modi’s first visit to the US since his party swept to victory in general elections. “The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest in order to expand and deepen the US-India strategic partnership,” he said. “They will discuss ways to accelerate economic growth, bolster security cooperation, and collaborate in activities that bring long-term benefits to both countries and the world,” Earnest said. “They will also focus on regional issues, including current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, where India and the United States can work together with partners towards a positive outcome,” he said. – PTI
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    Indian community urges action on floods in Jammu & Kashmir

    Indian community urges action on floods in Jammu & Kashmir - Sep 15 2014

    CALL FOR ACTION: Representatives of Indian voluntary organizations at the meeting in Riyadh. (AN photo)RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN Amid fears of an epidemic looming large in the flood hit Kashmir valley in India, heads and representatives of around 20 Riyadh-based Indian organizations collectively urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a massive response to the unprecedented disaster in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Appreciating the job done by the defense forces for the ongoing rescue and relief operation, the representatives of Indian organizations called upon the government to further intensify the massive rescue and relief operation in order to minimize death and destruction in the stricken valley. “We appreciate that the government has stepped up efforts with the prime minister announcing aid from the PM relief fund for the ravaged state, but with the floods claiming the lives of hundreds of people and leaving many marooned, the death and destruction in the flood-hit state can only be minimized by intensifying rescue operations in the same manner it was carried out by the defense forces during the Uttarakhand landslide earlier this year,” they said. Stressing on the enormity of the efforts to bring back the summer capital Srinagar and other badly affected areas to normalcy, they reiterated for a humongous relief effort to bring succor to the affected people. The meeting was organized by Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association (AMUOBA), Riyadh. Mohammad Ahmad Badshah, AMUOBA president welcomed the attendees to the meeting and made a power point presentation for a pictographic assessment of the ground zero and deteriorating living conditions of the people in Jammu and Kashmir. Representatives from various organizations included Mohammad Quaiser (Tanzeem Hum Hindustani), Akhtarul Islam (BISWAS), Murshid Kamal (India Islamic Culture Center), Kaunain Shahidi (Bihar Anjuman), Salim Zubaidi (Hira Education Society), Abdussalam (Relief and Charitable Foundation of India), Shameem Khan (Deccan Cultural Society), Abdul Ahad Siddiqui (Indian National Foundation), Misbahul Aarfeen (Association of Indian reserachers and scientist), Obaidur Rahman (Bihar Foundation), Obaid Siddiqui (Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association, Riyadh), Zargham Khan, a senior Alig and Mohammad Sohail (Indian engineers forum) AMUOBA vice president Nasim Akhtar and general secretary Taqi Mir thanked the attendees for their kind gesture to attend and collectively pray for the affected people.
    AMU to confer honorary Doctorate to Nadeem Tarin

    AMU to confer honorary Doctorate to Nadeem Tarin - Sep 02 2014

    Nadeem Tarin- Mohammed Saifuddin, Yahind News In recognition of his distinguished services, prominent businessman, philanthropist, and General Manager, Salman Al-Terais & Partners Limited Construction Company, Riyadh Mr. Nadeem Tarin will be conferred with Honorary Doctorate by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during its annual convocation to be held next month. It was announced after the consultative meeting today which was presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah. In addition to Tarin, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil Parambath, Managing Director, VPS Healthcare, Abu Dhabi and Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) &Secretary General of the Federation of Universities of the Islamic World, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco were also selected for the distinguished honor. Annual convocation of AMU will be held on 16th October, a day before the traditional commemorative meeting to be held on 17th Oct on the birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. According to the media reports Emir of Sharjah, Sultan Bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi has been invited to grace the Sir Syed Day commemorative meeting as the Chief Guest. He will also deliver the Convocation Address. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. S. Ahmad Ali and Registrar, Group Captain Shahrukh Shamshad announced several committees to make arrangements for the two grand celebrations. Managing Director of EMKE LULU Group of companies, Abu Dhabi Mr. Yusuffali MA will lay the foundation stone of a Swimming Pool near the Hockey Ground. Foundation stone of a hostel for 125 students will also be laid on this occasion. – Yahind.com
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    India’s medical tourism sector attracts patients from Gulf

    India’s medical tourism sector attracts patients from Gulf

    Dubai: India’s medical tourism sector, set to generate USD 2 billion, has evinced growing interest from patients from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries due to excellent treatment skills of Indian doctors and low cost. The Indian medical tourism industry is projected to reach USD 2 billion with an estimated 3,200,000 medical value travellers arriving in India by 2015 growing at an annual rate of 30 per cent, according to experts. Recently, Dubai-based Emirates airlines teamed up with Apollo Hospitals, to connect international patients with quality healthcare services in India. “The proven Indian clinical competencies give India a huge competitive advantage. We have seen the number of patients visiting us from GCC region growing at a rapid pace. In the last few quarters we have seen a remarkable increase from UAE, Qatar and Oman,” said Dr. K. Hariprasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals. “Comparing global prices for medical treatment, India leads in the race for providing quality healthcare services at affordable prices. A heart bypass surgery in India costs USD 6,500, while in the US it costs between USD 30,000 and USD 80,000. This is a huge, untapped market, not just for therapeutic medical tourism like Ayurveda, but also for curative treatment,” he said. GCC’s member states include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. As part of the joint venture with Emirates Airlines, the patients and their attendants from 19 countries across Middle East and Africa can visit the hospital’s flagship locations in Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and Bangalore to avail specially formulated fares for round-trip flights on Emirates. Chennai headquartered, Apollo Hospitals, has been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) USA. Apollo Hospital, Chennai caters to the patients travelling from Middle East with various specialty services it is recognised for. The hospital’s Chennai unit performs the highest number of Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) cases with a very high success rate. – PTI
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