India Event Diary – 20th August 2012, Monday
Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft to be unveiled in India
One of the world’s most advanced fighter jets, jointly developed by India and Russia, will be unveiled in India in 2014. It will be the initial version of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) which is slated for induction in the Indian Air Force by 2022.
This aircraft of which India plans to acquire 214 fighter planes, will be smaller in size than the Sukhoi Su-30 MKI and will have stealth features. Its prototype has already been developed by Russia.
The two sides are close to signing a key contract, expected to be worth over $11 billion, for the research and development phase of the project. Acquiring them by 2030, it will cost $30 billion to India.
Apart from this, India is also in the process of acquiring 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft and 140 Light Combat Aircraft.
Karnataka observes National Integration Day
Deputy Commissioner of State, Shivayogi Kalasad inaugurated the Akshaya Urja Diwas and National Integration Day to mark the birth anniversary of the India’s former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
It was held in the Bijapur district and the participants pledged to safeguard national integration.
Maharashtra leads in drug trial related deaths
According to the data released by the Drug Controller-General of India, Maharashtra has recorded the maximum number of deaths due to serious adverse events (SAEs) during drug trials. While Madhya Pradesh is at the bottom of the list, having least number of such deaths.
The survey lasted for 49 months from January, 2008 to January, 2012 and there were 2,061 drug trial-related deaths in the country during this period. Although, complete data is available only for 1,603 deaths.
Top five states include Maharashtra at the leading place with record 268 deaths, followed by Andhra Pradesh (153), Delhi/National Capital Region (97), Gujarat (87) and Karnataka (78).
While the lowest five states are Tamil Nadu 46 deaths, Rajasthan (43), West Bengal (28), Uttar Pradesh (28) and Madhya Pradesh (26).
ICMR to establish authority for health issues relating mine workers
In order to fecilitate investigation of the health issues of mine workers, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has finally proposed to establish a statutory authority. The proposed authority will be coordinating with the administrative, legal and medical authorities. For this purpose,the ICMR has also approached the State governments asking them to develop a framework for the proposal.
Major diseases which affect mine workers are cancer, tuberculosis, silicosis, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and pulmonary function impairment such as asthma.
Also, the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India has recently decided to set up a common cutting and polishing facility to combat silicosis. This disease is afflicting most of the workers in the agate (silicate quartz) industry in Khambhat town of Kheda district, Gujarat. As the grinding and polishing of agate stones generate a large amount of dust containing micro particles and mostly free silica. When this free silica is inhaled it directly reaches the alveoli of lungs, causing silicosis.