Upload malnutrition data on websites by Feb: State told
Mumbai: In a bid to help fight the menace of malnutrition in tribal areas, the Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Maharashtra Government to upload data on this issue on Zilla Parishad websites in 11 sensitive pockets across the state by February 2014. The 11 sensitive areas include Thane, Nashik, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Amravati and Nandurbar districts. The order was passed by a bench headed by Justices S J Vajifdar, which ordered uploading of data on malnutrition cases on Zilla Parishad websites latest by February 28. Such data on websites should be on the lines of the ones already uploaded on websites in two talukas, Dharni and Chikaldhara, in Melghat area of the state, the judges said. The HC has ordered the state to upload malnutrition data on websites so that NGOs and the state government can take steps to fight the menace. The bench was hearing a bunch of PILs, including that of Purnima Upadhyay, seeking effective implementation of the state and Central schemes to fight malnourishment in Melghat. Upadhyay is a member of the core committee set up by the government to implement schemes to fight malnourishment in tribal areas. Government pleader Neha Bhide informed the court that the state had invited tenders for developing a software programme to facilitate the online filling of monthly progress report of Anganwadis (pre-primary schools in tribal areas). The court ordered that the copy of the tender be given to the petitioners by December 24 and adjourned the matter for further hearing to February 14. The pleader also informed the court that with regard to the 11 sensitive tribal areas, apart from Melghat, the local authorities had written down details about malnutrition cases of tribal children in registers maintained at Anganwadis.

Court rejects Jiah’s mother’s application for autopsy video
Mumbai: A local court on Friday rejected an application filed by Jiah Khan’s mother Rabiya Khan, seeking video recording of the late Bollywood actor’s autopsy and the toxicology report. “The court has rejected our application but we will move higher courts,” said advocate Dinesh Tiwari, Rabiya’s lawyer. Jiah (25) committed suicide at her residence on June 3 this year. The police arrested Suraj Pancholi, the son of actor Aditya Pancholi, on June 10 for abatement of suicide on the basis of the six page letter, purportedly written by Jiah, which was found in the house. According to the police, Jiah was in a relationship with Suraj. Bombay High Court later granted him bail.

Held for smuggling gold at airport
Mumbai: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of the customs department on Friday arrested three persons for smuggling gold worth over Rs 3 crore. Sources in the AIU said that officials intercepted three passengers upon arrival from Dubai. They are Salma Karolia (44), who holds South African passport, and Saleh Abubaker Ahmed Saed (40) and Arif Mhd Yusuf Sedu (34), both of whom hold Indian passport. 12 kg of gold was recovered from them. “They were carrying gold in rectangular aluminium cases, hooked to the underside of baggage trolley,” said an officer.

Toll plaza ransacked by tribals
Thane: A modern toll plaza inaugurated last year at Talasari near here was ransacked by an irate mob, which also looted cash, rural police said today. The mob, consisting of local tribal villagers, attacked the plaza located on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway last night, they said. Inspector Sunil Gaonkar of Talasari Police Station said the locals had been demanding jobs at the toll collection centre since long. As the plaza operator could not fulfil their demands they gathered in a group and vandalised the premises. The mob looted Rs 20,000 in cash and damaged computers and other equipment, he said. Police have arrested eight to ten villagers on rioting and other charges, Gaonkar said.

Health service for pregnant women
Mumbai: mMitra, a free mobile-based health advisory voice messaging service for pregnant women and mothers was launched at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital (Sion Hospital) on Friday. Targeted at the less privileged pregnant women and mothers, the mMitra service will provide comprehensive information on preventive care with an objective of reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. These medically verified voice messages will be sent in relevant regional languages and have been researched and developed to create the desired impact on even uneducated women. The service has been named Armaan, after the NGO, which is contributing, has contributed to the service. “mMitra was born from my experience of being a doctor and lecturer at Sion Hospital during which I saw several women developing complications during pregnancy and child birth which could have been avoided had they received preventive healthcare information during this critical period. Also, as Public Hospitals are usually overcrowded, offering appropriate counseling to pregnant women is a quite a challenge for the doctors. mMitra is developed to envoy like a loyal friend and companion that will gently guide the woman through pregnancy and infancy,” said Dr. Aparna Hegde, founder of Armaan. “When Armaan approached us with the concept of delivering voice messages to women, we realized the enormous potential of this idea and we wanted to impact lives with use of technology,” said Cheryl Pinto, director of Gelnmark. In the beginning about 5000 women will receive the voice messages. The frequency will be for pregnant mothers 2 messages per week, mothers in first week post delivery once in a day, 3 months after delivery 2 messages per week , after 3 months till 12 months will get 1 message per week. The messages will be in marathi and hindi and it will be very simplistic for anyone to understand.

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