THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

URGENT: Pentavalent Vaccine to be Experimented in Kerala and Tamil Nadu from Dec.

Dear Friends,

Each and every country that has introduced this Pentavalent vaccine has subsequently withdrawn it due to adverse events like deaths and disability in children. The countries include Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. 

As per recent reports, a high powered committee in Pakistan has advised the Govt of Pakistan not to recommend this vaccine. In developed countries a similar vaccine has been linked with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 

So the Govt is going ahead with its eyes wide open into this controversial move that will subject children to avoidable risks. We suspect foul play. That NTAGI has recommended this vaccine is doubtful as the NTAGI has not been unanimous in its decision regarding this vaccine as per material available with RTI activists. 

That a 10 dose vial will be used is another source of concern as it will contain the highly controversial ethyl mercury containing preservative thiomersal. The UNEP is on the verge of banning vaccines containing thiomersal. 

In developed countries the content of thiomersal in vaccines has been greatly reduced but the developing countries continue to use vaccines containing 25mcg of ethyl mercury in each vaccine dose. This is highly unethical and the silence of the Indian medical fraternity on this ingredient speaks volumes. 

Who will ensure that parents of children will be apprised of risks, who will examine the children's health and health records before administering the vaccine, who will follow up on the children for adverse effects, who will ensure that adverse effects are dutifully reported and not ignored as is usually the case, who will ensure justice for the children affected, who will treat, compensate and rehabilitate the victims? 

Unless these questions are answered as per the satisfaction of the public the government has no moral right to introduce this vaccine. 

Moreover what is the incidence of Hib and Hep-B complications in the areas the vaccine is being introduced so as to justify that the vaccine is at all required? Are such statistics ever kept? 

And last but not the least, who is responsible for the deaths and disabilities this vaccine is certain to cause? We need the name of the persons whom we can hold liable when things will go wrong. 

Yet another question if the risk vs benefit argument is thrown at us, who bears the risk to take the decision, the doctor who is not all bothered, or the parents who will either loose the child or be saddled with a crippled child for its entire life? 

Let us not forget that there exists 8 crore children in this country who have been denied justice. We also know that the victims of the OPV will never be compensated. How can we trust the Health Authorities? They are clearly not on the side of the patients!

Regards,
Jagannath.

Five-in-one vaccine to be rolled out in TN, Kerala from Dec

, TNN | Nov 23, 2011, 03.58AM IST

New Delhi: The much awaited five-in-one vaccine that will protect children against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), Hepatitis Band HIB ( Haemophilus influenzae type B) through a single shot has arrived in India. 

Three places in Kerala - Thiruvanthapuram, Kochi and Ernakulam - and Chennai in Tamil Nadu has started to stock the vaccines for the immunization programme from December. 

According to Union health ministry officials, 12.5 lakh doses of the vaccine will reach Tamil Nadu and six lakh doses will reach Kerala by end-November. The target is to vaccinate nine lakh and six lakh children in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, respectively, every year with the vaccine. It will not only reduce chances of drop out, but also does not need any additional cold chain space since the use of vials and syringes are considerably less. 

Six other states - Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh - have expressed their interest to use the vaccine. The ministry will take a decision on allowing these states to roll it out in the next few months. 

The GAVI Alliance is supplying the vaccine to India for free. Union health secretary P K Pradhan said, "Gavi is giving us vaccines worth Rs 765 crore for three years for 10 states. However, we are rolling it out in two states which have high routine immunization coverage rate. We will decide on the request of the other six states by analyzing their capability to handle adverse effects of vaccination. After three years, India will bear the expense for procuring the pentavalent vaccine on its own." 

The introduction of a pentavalent vaccine was recommended by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) on June 16, 2008. Children will also get their oral polio doses as part of routine immunization drive. 

"We are bringing to India the liquid pentavalent vaccine that is readymade. It will be a 10-dose package which will prove cheaper since it will require less storage space, lesser volume of cold chain and reduced transportation cost. All children attending the RI rounds will get the pentavalent shot at six, 10 and 14 weeks," a ministry official said. 

"HIB will prevent pneumonia in children. In the under-five mortality, 20% are caused by pneumonia. And one-third of the pneumonia mortality is caused by HIB," he added.


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