Browse Month: August 2017

This farmer with oral cancer has quit chewing tobacco, but cannot stop growing it

This farmer with oral cancer has quit chewing tobacco, but cannot stop growing it

Khan is a 40-year-old tobacco grower from the Belagavi district of Karnataka. He also used to chew a little tobacco grew, until he reached tongue cancer in 2015. He was treated in a private hospital in Sangli, a district of southern neighbors Maharashtra Belagavi. He took a loan of Rs 40,000 for his treatment he managed to pay only Rs 5000.

“I can barely open my mouth,” Khan said at an event to present the report of the second global smoking survey among adults in early June. “I can not eat properly or taste the food.”

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, a physician and a tobacco control activist, asked Khan to talk about his personal experience as a tobacco grower and the victim of a tobacco-induced cancer.

Tobacco growers have been caught in a war between two lobbies – tobacco health groups and pressure from the tobacco industry. In the last eight months, the ads have appeared as motorcycle tricycle signs and banners depicting a tobacco grower with his hands folded together.

The man is supposed to appeal to his livelihood to be protected from activists “hidden program” control. Health activists allege that cigarette companies are behind the advertising campaign that allows farmers to experience the health risks of growing and consuming tobacco.

In April, the Ministry of Interior banned the Indian Public Health Foundation to receive foreign funds, citing anti-smoking lobby. Days after the move, with advertising tobacco producer thesaures resumed, this time with a message thanking the government to act against NGOs.

Ironically, the basis of public health in India carried out its campaign against smoking, at the request of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health, JP Nadda, was praised by the World Health Organization work itself.

The tobacco producers launching the Global Adult Tobacco Survey have argued that advertisements do not represent them. Mallikarjun Jakati, Krushika Karnataka Sangha, a farmers’ association in Karnataka, said the ads were supported by large companies. “You who have money to give those big ads?” You have, he asked.

During the presentation of the conference, Khan, the farmer’s tobacco, spoke out against growing tobacco.

“Tobacco farming must be stopped,” he said. “You get more money for the increase, it’s true, but this money does not stay with us.” Tobacco-related diseases, such as cancer, require spending money.

After treatment, Khan stopped chewing tobacco and advised his friends to stop chewing tobacco as well. But he can not stop growing tobacco, even if he wants to.

The Khan family cultivate tobacco for two generations. Khan is a poor farmer can not raise enough seed capital to switch to another crop. Banks, he said, offer loans to farmers only if they grow cash crops such as tobacco and sugar cane.

“Banks are not interested if we grow other than tobacco,” he said. “The benefits are lower when you grow other crops.”

But in the tobacco area, Khan can not make enough profits to invest in pesticides, seeds and fertilizers a year.

What next for Indian women’s badminton after Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu? Not much

What next for Indian women’s badminton after Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu? Not much

Indian men enjoy a purple match at the badminton circuit in the world. An Indian has won three Superseries titles and recorded two men’s singles finalists since the Rio Olympic Games.

Indian men also showed the depth in number in recent years. India currently has four passers in the top 25 and six in the top-35 singles singles. Four of them will play in the world championship in August.

On the women’s side, however, it’s a completely different story. Olympic medalists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are the only two Indians in the top 40. The difference between the number 15 and the highest ranked Indian Nehwal is huge. In fact, there are only five other Indians in the top 100.

Nehwal and Sindhu lifted the flag of India in the badminton world for most of the last decade. While Nehwal, at 27, is not going to be there for long, Sindhu was only 21 years old, among the top five in the world and maybe not even touched the ceiling. India looks straightforward on the side of women for at least the next five years with Sindhu. But what after that?

Rituparna Das, aged twenty, is the national champion, but has had problems making a big impact on international tournaments. Regarded as the most talented of the second level, Rituparna has constantly fought against his fitness and is very prone to injury. In addition to winning the title of the Polish International 2016, he has gained nothing.

She came to the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Rooms in January, before playing her first tournament at the Superseries Open India, where she lost in round 16 in the Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

During the Singapore Open Superseries, he was beaten in the first round by Hsu Ya Ching of China Taipei. She lost in the first round again to open the Thai Grand Prix to eventual champions Ratchanok Intanon.

Tanvi Lad was first highlighted for winning the Bahrain International Challenge in 2014, after finishing the last winner of the tournament in 2012 and again at Swiss International a year later. He also did well in the team events, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 2014 and the Uber Cup in 2014 and 2016.

However, despite his age of 24, he never entered the top 50 in the world and is struggling to overcome the first rounds of the Superseries and Gold Grand Prix. Lad has qualified for the 2017 World Cup in Glasgow, but his loss of record record win would indicate another early exit.

Ruthvika Shivani Gadde won the national championship in less than 10, 13, 15, 17, 19 and the elders, but his biggest claim fame is beat PV Sindhu in the final of the South Asian women’s women’s tournament in 2016 .

Another important victory was at the Russian Grand Prix Open last year when he was only 19 years old. Another herb prospect of the National Academy of India P Gopichand, Gadde has the age of his side for an assault on the ranking, in his highest position so far was 49 years in the last 12 months, who fought against jaundice And injuries that affected his progress.

As Tamil Nadu gets ready to switch to deep-sea fishing, is it the end of the row with Sri Lanka?

As Tamil Nadu gets ready to switch to deep-sea fishing, is it the end of the row with Sri Lanka?

The Palk Strait, a narrow strip of water in the Indian Ocean that separates Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu in India, is a very controversial area among the fishing communities of the two countries. Indian fishermen were often arrested and shot at times by the Sri Lankan authorities for alleged raiding their waters in their mechanized trawlers. Last week, nine fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested for fishing in the waters of Lanka.

In May the Government of Tamil Nadu has developed a plan to reduce the number of trawlers in Palk Bay by converting 2,000 vessels of this type into deep-sea fishing vessels by 2020. Governments in the region and the State would provide 28 million financial subsidies for this.

In the order of the Government, the Department of Livestock, Dairy and Fisheries said:

… frequent seizure of fishing boats by the Sri Lankan government causes a sense of anxiety and insecurity among Tamil Nadu fishermen as a whole. During the discussions on the level of fishing, Tamil Nadu fishermen have expressed their willingness to diversify trawling in offshore fishing operations gradually over a period of three years, provided that the Government of India provides financial support for the same.

The passage of trawling in deep-sea fishing would mean that fishermen could leave Palk Bay and fish in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.

The Tamil Nadu fishing community celebrated the move. “We really do not have a choice if we want to avoid having problems with the Sri Lankan authorities,” said M Ilango, president of the National Fisheries Forum and one of the leaders of the fishing community to provide the transition to deep-sea fishing.

But there is still uncertainty as to whether the fishing community will adapt to deep-sea fishing and whether this will reduce tensions in Palk Bay.

As part of the joint Union and State Governments project, 500 large vessels will be transformed into deep-sea fishing vessels with nets connected to tuna fishing in the Bay of Bengal in 2018. In 2019 another 500 will be converted to 1 000 more in 2020. A sum of Rs 80 lakhs will be spent on each boat – half of which would come from the Center, 20% from the state, 20% from institutional funds and 10% from the owner of the vessel .

The Center has already released Rs 200 crore for the conversion of 750 trawlers in the first phase. The State Government will contribute Rs 86 crore in the project, including the daily allowance of Rs 5,000 per family during the last three months of construction.

“Only traditional / artisanal fishers and their societies / associations / SHG / FPO are eligible for the benefits of this component,” a letter from the Department of Livestock, Dairy and Fisheries dated March 9 said.

G Ramakrishnan, head of the fishermen’s community in the Pudukottai district, said his fellow fishermen were ready to start deep sea fishing if they received money. “Fishing is our way of life, so we can easily adapt to deep sea fishing if we need it,” he said. “Many of us Pudukottai can move north to Karaikal for better access to the sea.”