Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the 2600-bed Amrita hospital, which, once it starts functioning at its full capacity, will become Asia’s largest multi-speciality and the largest private hospital in the country. The hospital has been established by renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, who is also known as ‘Amma’.
The said hospital, which is spread across 130 acres in Sector 88 of Faridabad and will operate as a non-profit enterprise, is expected to significantly reduce the burden of the other prominent hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR)-including the government ones like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi-face. The foundation stone of the said hospital was laid in 2016.
Similarly, as per experts, the decision of the hospital to function as a non-profit enterprise will lead to affordable treatment, something that will push the other private hospitals to follow suit. The Amrita hospital, people associated with it said, will provide free and inexpensive treatment to emergency patients belonging to the economically deprived sections of society. Given the sheer number of experts and service staff that the hospital will hire, it is also likely to provide a much-needed career opportunity for hundreds of medical experts practising in the NCR region. According to estimates, it will have nearly 1,000 doctors and 10,000 other employees.
While inaugurating the event, a visibly happy PM Modi, who has been constantly pushing to improve the health care system in the country, spoke in detail about the hospital and how it will benefit the people.
“This hospital is a blend of modernity and spirituality and will become a medium of accessible and affordable treatment for needy patients. It is unparalleled in every way, from the architecture and modern technology to the spirit of compassion and care.It is an amalgamation of spiritual consciousness and offerings from the modern world. The hospital will be a very effective medium of effective and accessible care for the poor,” he said.
“Amma is the embodiment of love, compassion, service, and sacrifice. She is the carrier of India’s spiritual traditions. I salute her for giving us the nectar of her blessings in the shape of Amrita Hospital in Faridabad. India is a nation where healing the sick is considered a sacred service, where health and spirituality are interconnected. The system of discharging the responsibilities of education and medicine by religious and social institutions was the PPP model of olden times. It is called Public-Private Partnership, but I also see it as ‘Paraspar Prayas’ (mutual effort),” the Prime Minister said.
Among others, the Governor of Haryana, Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, and union minister and local Member of Parliament, Krishan Pal Gurjar were present.
In her address, Amma said, “Illness creates a state of desperate unhappiness. So, more than anyone, it is those suffering from illness who need our patient and loving care. Hospitals are their sole refuge, shelter, and sanctuary. As far as the patient is concerned, the doctor is God’s visible form because they are the ones who are able to give the patients some relief when they are in pain. Due to this, all those working at the hospital—be it the doctors, nurses, or other employees—should always have a heartfelt smile on their lips. They should be people who can speak pleasant words. Their eyes, words, and touch should be gentle and kind. They should be good listeners and must be able to work with patients, bearing in mind their mental state.”
Chief Minister Khattar, while thanking Amma for choosing Faridabad for establishing the first-ever Amrita Hospital in North India, said,” The Prime Minister’s desire is that every district in the country should have at least one medical college. Haryana is making great strides in this. In 2014, there were 7 medical colleges in the state, with 700 MBBS seats. We added 6 more colleges and increased the seat count to 1,650. We are now going to establish 8 more medical colleges in the state, in addition to the one at Amrita Hospital, increasing the seat count to 2,800 in total. With this, every district in Haryana will have a medical college, fulfilling Prime Minister Modi’s vision.”
Out of the 2600 beds, 534 of them will be ICU beds. The hospital, initially, will start with 500 beds and 51 specialty departments. Once it becomes fully operational, which is likely to be by the end of 2026—starting in 2027, it will have 81 speciality departments (the highest in India), along with 64 state-of-the-art Operation Theatres and 10 bunkers for precision medicine oncology, the first in India.
It will also have a 150-seat, fully residential MBBS program, a nursing college and a college for allied health sciences. The hospital will also host the largest, fully automated Smart Lab in the country for processing blood and other vital samples.
The hospital campus itself, which comprises 130 acres, is the largest green-building healthcare project in India, with a minimal carbon footprint and zero wastewater discharge. It will eventually be solar-powered. The total built-up area is more than 75 lakh sq. ft., including 36 lakh sq. ft. of hospital buildings.
Among the specialities that it will have are a heart institute, an institute for high-precision cancer diagnosis and therapy, solid-organ transplantation, an advanced centre for neurosciences and epilepsy, a Centre of Excellence in nephrology and urology, an institute for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, a centre for bone and joint diseases, an advanced centre for lung diseases, an institute for physical medicine and rehabilitation, a centre for spinal disorders, an advanced laboratory for molecular diagnostics, and an advanced centre for medical imaging and interventional radiology, among other centres.
It will also have a highly specialised multidisciplinary children’s hospital with maternal, reproductive, and foetal medicine and all paediatric subspecialities including paediatric cardiology, heart surgery and transplantation, rheumatology, endocrinology, pulmonology, neurosciences, paediatric genetics, gastroenterology, paediatric orthopaedics, and paediatric and foetal surgery.
The hospital administration will give special attention to maternal care as this is a feature that most hospitals in India lack, as many private hospitals view maternal care as monetarily unsustainable.
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10-year-old raped by friends passes away in Delhi’s hospital
A 10-year-old boy who was viciously attacked and raped on September 18 by three friends, including a cousin, all of whom were between the ages of 10 and 12, died early on Saturday due to complications from his injuries at the Lok Nayak Hospital run by the Delhi government.
The boy’s family reported on Saturday that he had a high fever all night and abruptly started losing vitals this morning.
“We were with him and then a few doctors came in and said that his heart had stopped beating. They asked to wait outside and after a few minutes said he was no more,” the boy’s mother said.
She said, “They had told us initially that we would be able to take him home next week. How can he suddenly die?”
A formal version from the hospital is awaited.
A senior police officer who wished to remain anonymous claimed that although they have been “informally” told that the boy has passed away, they have not yet received a formal statement from the hospital.
The child has died, according to Sanjay Kumar Sain, deputy commissioner of police (north east).
The boy was assaulted and raped by three juveniles on September 18 in East Delhi, and on September 22 he was taken to Lok Nayak Hospital.
On Friday, doctors said the boy’s wounds were so gruesome, they were reminded of the December 16, 2012 gang rape victim. Doctors confirmed that sharp objects had been inserted in his private parts and he was also badly beaten up.
The boy’s family, who dwell in Seelampur in east Delhi, said that he was called by a few neighbourhood boys on the evening of September 18 under the pretence of playing cricket. Since his return, they felt “something was off” but did not know the seriousness of the situation.
Ajay Devgn receives best actor honour for ‘Tanhaji’
Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn on Friday was conferred with the National Award for Best Actor and Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment for ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ at the 68th National Film Awards.
For the award ceremony, the actor donned a black suit as he received the award from President Droupadi Murmu. ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ was directed by Om Raut and released on 10 January 2020. This film was the 100th film in Devgn’s career spanning 30 years.
The movie also features Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Sharad Kelkar. It collected over Rs 368 crore worldwide at the box office and was declared the highest grosser of the year.
The film involved Ajay in the role of Maratha warrior Taanaji Malusare, fighting for the principle of ‘Bhagwa’ (saffron) flag, ‘Swaraj’ (home-rule) and ‘Satya’ (truth).
Kajol essayed the role of the wife of Tanhaji — Savitribai Malusare — a strong character, who accompanied him in taking firm decisions. Saif played the antagonist, Uday Bhan, a Rajput official who works for Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
This win marks Ajay’s third National award after ‘Zakhm’ in 1998 and ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ in 2020. Along with the ‘Golmaal’ actor, South star Suriya also won the Best Actor honour for ‘Soorarai Pottru’.
The 68th National Film Awards were announced by a jury back in July 2022 at the National Media Centre in New Delhi. The jury comprised eminent filmmakers and film personalities from across Indian cinema.
Tharoor’s blunder, shows distorted map of India
Congress presidential candidate Shashi Tharoor has landed in a controversy on Friday as the manifesto shared by him for the election shows a “distorted map of India” in which he has omitted parts of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
He shared the distorted map of India, where he talked about ‘decentralization of the organization’. The goof-up by Tharoor, who is running for the president’s post of the country’s oldest party does not show good precedent. Later, Tharoor rectified the blunder by replacing it with the correct map of India in his election manifesto.
This is not the first time the Lok Sabha MP has shared a distorted map of India. Earlier in 2019, Tharoor shared a ‘distorted’ map of India on Twitter. The northernmost territory of the country was missing from the map shared by the Congress leader.
In December 2019, he shared the cover of a booklet about the Kerala Congress’s protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He later deleted the tweet and rectified his mistake.
Later, Tharoor issued a clarification over the map blunder in his manifesto stating that “no one does such things on purpose” and added that team of volunteers had committed a mistake.
RBI hikes repo rate by 50 bps, inflation pegged at 6.7%
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday hiked repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.90 per cent in order to control the rising inflation, keeping in line with the aggressive policies of central banks and the volatile markets prevalent across economies. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced this here.
In the meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that started on Wednesday, five of the members of the MPC voted to hike the key lending rate, repo rate, by 50-basis points (bps).
The rates for the standing deposit facility (SDF) and the marginal standing facility (MGF) were also raised by 50 basis points to 5.65 per cent and 6.15 per cent, respectively.
The central bank had already hiked the key policy rate by 140 bps since May to 5.4 per cent to cool off domestic retail inflation that has stayed above the RBI’s upper tolerance limit of 6 per cent each month this year.
The MPC is responsible for fixing the benchmark interest rate in India.
PFI office bearers involved in bogus cash donations: ED
After seven days of custodial interrogation of the office bearers of the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday informed the court that the “investigation into the accused persons has revealed that they have played an active role in bogus cash donations on behalf of PFI and in claiming and projecting PFI’s unaccounted cash raised through unknown and suspicious sources as untainted and legitimate.”
ED also stated that the PMLA investigation has revealed that as a part of a criminal conspiracy hatched by PFI office bearers over the past many years, suspicious funds from within the country and abroad have been raised by PFI and related entities and have been clandestinely remitted to India in a concealed manner and deposited in their bank accounts over the years.
These funds have been raised as a part of the scheduled offence of criminal conspiracy. The funds so raised/collected by PFI are thus nothing but proceeds of crime which they have layered, placed and integrated through their numerous bank accounts as well as those of their members/sympathizers. Thus PFI and its related entities have been involved in the continuous offence of money laundering over the years, the ED said.
The Enforcement Directorate through Advocate Naveen Kumar Matta, while seeking judicial custody of the accused stated that the investigation in the case is still continuing and requires the gathering of additional evidence and examination and confrontation of voluminous data extracted from digital devices which is still under progress.
Hence, the judicial custody of the accused i.e. Perwez Ahmed, Md. Iliyas and Abdul Muqeet during the period of investigation are warranted to ensure that they do not influence the witnesses and do not tamper with or destroy the material evidence related to the case. After taking note of the submissions of ED, the Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Shailender Malik decided to send all three accused to Judicial Custody for 14 days after ED didn’t seek further custodial remand of them.
PM Modi to launch 5G services in India on Saturday
Ushering a new era in technology, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch 5G services in India on Saturday. The services will be launched in select cities initially and progressively cover the entire country over the next couple of years.
According to the Ministry of Communications, the launch of 5G services follows years of intense preparation. Recently, 5G spectrum auctions were conducted successfully and 51,236 MHz was allocated to Telecom Service Providers with a gross revenue of Rs 1,50,173 crore. 5G services seek to provide seamless coverage, high data rate, low latency, and highly reliable communications system.
“5G can unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits giving it the potential for being a transformational force for Indian society. It will help the country leapfrog the traditional barriers to development, spur innovations by startups and business enterprises as well as advance the ‘Digital India’ vision. The cumulative economic impact of 5G on India is expected to reach USD 450 billion by 2035,” the ministry said.
On the occasion, the three major telecom operators of the country will demonstrate one use case each in front of the Prime Minister to show the potential of 5G technology in India.
Reliance Jio will connect a teacher from a school in Mumbai with students in three different locations in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Odisha. This will demonstrate how 5G will facilitate education by bringing teachers closer to students, obliviating the physical distance between them. It will demonstrate the power of Augmented Reality (AR) on screen and how that is being used to teach children across the country, remotely, without the need of an AR device.
In the Airtel demo, a girl from Uttar Pradesh will witness a lively and immersive education experience to learn about the solar system with the help of Virtual reality and Augmented reality.
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