Cancer caused almost 70% of the 3,887 health-related deaths in the atomic energy hubs in India over the last 20 years. In all, 2,600 succumbed to cancer in 19 centres between 1995 and 2014.
The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), under the Department of Atomic Energy, had another shocking revelation: 255 employees took their own lives while in harness in the same period, meaning an average of almost one every month over 20 years. Investigations showed they were mostly over prolonged illness or family problems.
Cancer is among the top ten killers in India, and accounts for around 7% of the roughly 9.5 million annual deaths, as has been estimated by the Centre's ongoing Million Deaths Study.
Report from the Times of India
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The Consumers’ Association of Penang commends the Health Authorities in Penang for taking a bold move in closing down dirty food factories in the state. A similar crackdown should be carried out nationwide. Food safety should not be taken lightly.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) urges the Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA) to take prompt action to resolve the problem faced by farmers in Kampung Kubang Pisang, Mukim Rambai, Pendang District, Kedah.
The problem faced since five years ago not only threatens the paddy plants grown by the farmers in the village but has also reduced their income during each harvest season.
CAP and SAM read with disdain regarding another proposed mammoth development project, this time in Batu Ferringhi. The development rush in Penang is beginning to wreak havoc due to the island’s inability to absorb the burden of development. From the hills to the beaches, very few places are held sacred.
Penang has lost its charm, slowly losing its greenery and its original shoreline. Even traditional villages are slowly losing out to urbanization, with many kampongs disappearing, and only their names remaining to jolt our memory
“Cross-hatchings” are oblique lines painted on roads and were created to replace the solid barriers that used to be built on roads to channel traffic into appropriate lanes. Vehicles, especially those going straight with no other vehicles ahead, used to crash into such barriers. To prevent such crashes and make traffic flow safer and smoother, the kerb-stones barriers were replaced with cross-hatchings. Thus, if the road is clear and it is safe to do so, vehicles can go over the hatchings and do not commit any traffic offence.
The Director General of the Road Transport Department (RTD) has confirmed there is no provision in the Road Transport Act or Rules that makes it an offence for anyone to drive over the cross- hatchings. The Attorney General’s office concurs with this.