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Swine Flu toll touches 670 in India, 10,000 people affected

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New Delhi: As the swine flu virus (H1N1) is spreading across several Indian states now, no less than 10,000 people have been infected by the virus in the country and at least 671 people have died so far.
It is reported that almost 191 people have died in Rajasthan, 155 in Gujarat and 90 in Madhya Pradesh due to contagious infection so far. On the other side, 24 people have died of swine flu in Punjab and 17 in Haryana.
The central government stated that 10,025 people have suffered from swine flu so far in 2015.
Two people infected with the H1N1 virus have died and 71 others have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda has said there is no shortage of medicines and hospitals are equipped to deal with swine flu. “There have been cases when patients have reported late hence problems were caused; early reporting of such cases is essential.”
He added, “All hospitals have been equipped with isolation wards and adequate medicines have been made available.”
On Wednesday, a high level meeting was chaired the Secretary (Health & Family Welfare)  B P Sharma along with senior officials of the Ministry, the Director General Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr. G N Singh, representatives of leading government hospitals such as Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdurjung, AIIMS, Lady Hardinge, and from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) discussed on H1N1 virus affecting the states in India.

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Rahul Gandhi: Accepting Less Than Scrapping Farm Laws Will Be Deceit To Farmers

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The Congress has stepped up the demand of immediately scrapping the farm laws in the wake of the farmers’ protest in the national capital. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet,”Accepting less than scrapping of three black farm laws will be deceit to farmers and the country.”

The Congress leader’s reaction comes even as the meeting between the farmers and the government is going on to resolve the issue.

Talks between the Centre and over 34 farmer union representatives has started here, even as the farmers protest entered the eighth straight day with thousands sitting on different Delhi borders blocking essential supply chains to the city.

Like the previous round of talks held on December 1, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Piyush Goyal are leading the meeting, which is expected to play a major role in farmers’ future course of action on whether they would continue the protest or withdraw it.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union, Bharatiya Kisan Sanyukta Morcha and Krantikari Kisan Union are among over the 34 farm union representatives taking part in the meeting, which started around 12.30 p.m.

The fourth round of meetings with the farmer leaders started at Vigyan Bhawan after the earlier talks remained inconclusive on December 1.

In the last meeting, the farmers’ representatives had unanimously rejected the Centre’s proposal of a special committee to resolve concerns over the farm laws.

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