India says three soldiers killed in clash on Chinese border

first_imgTopics : “A violent face-off took place yesterday [Monday] night with casualties on both sides. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers,” an Indian army spokesman said in a statement.”Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”An Indian army officer based in the region told AFP that there had been no shooting, and that the officer killed had been a colonel.”There was no firing. No firearms were used. It was violent hand-to-hand scuffles,” the officer said on condition of anonymity. Three Indian soldiers have been killed in a “violent face-off” on the Chinese border, the Indian army said Tuesday following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.Brawls and face-offs flare on a fairly regular basis between the two nuclear-armed giants over their 3,500-kilometer frontier, which has never been properly demarcated, but no one has been killed in decades.The Indian army said that there were “casualties on both sides”, but Beijing made no mention of any deaths or injuries as it swiftly laid the blame squarely on India for the incident.center_img Beijing on Tuesday confirmed the incident and accused India of crossing the border and “attacking Chinese personnel”.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Indian troops “crossed the border line twice… provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides.”The Indian army said the incident took place in the Galwan Valley in the high-altitude Ladakh region — which is just opposite Tibet.Thousands of troops from the two nuclear-armed neighbors have been involved in the latest face-off since May.On May 9, several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing.The Chinese foreign ministry said only last week that a “positive consensus” on resolving the latest border issue was achieved following “effective communication” through diplomatic and military channels.In a later statement, India’s foreign ministry had said the two sides would “continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas.”But sources and Indian news reports suggested that India appeared to have effectively ceded to China areas that the People’s Liberation Army occupied in recent weeks, notably parts of the northern side of the Pangong Tso lake and some of the strategically important Galwan river valley.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have sought to ease tensions at summits over the past two years when they agreed to boost border communications between their militaries.last_img read more

‘Get Tested Before Treatment of Malaria’

first_imgOver 600 people, mainly women and children, benefited from a formal malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market over the weekend under the theme: “Get Tested before Treatment.” The “Get Tested before Treatment on Malaria” awareness campaign began in Clara Town in December 2013 and was also held in West Point in January-2014.The outreach is aimed at clarifying that not every fever is malaria; therefore, people must get tested before taking (malaria) treatment. If tested positive, a patient should only take the new globally confirmed malaria tablet called Artemisini-based Combination Therapy (ACT).The Coordinator of the Private Sector ACT of Mentor Initiative (MI), Madam Julie Pontarollo said the ACT is approved by the World Health Organization and the Liberian Government to treat ‘simple malaria cases.’According to the Madam Pontarollo, “ACT is sold in private drug (medicine) stores on Bushrod Island. Dispensers, physicians, and nurses, who are assigned in various drug stores have already been trained to administer both the test and treatment to patients.”She noted that the 4-year pilot project is implemented by Mentor Initiative in partnership with the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare funded by Comic Relief, based in the UK.Madam Pantarollo revealed the ‘diagnose test’ is L$20 and if positive, the complete dosage for adults is L$35, while it is L$25.00 for children.She announced that in March the campaign would extend to New Kru Town, the fourth slum community on Bushrod Island.Commissioner Gooding Carlos, on behalf of the people of Logan Town, thanked the Mentor Initiative and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the robust awareness campaign aimed at getting people tested before treatment and taking of the new ACT drugs instead of other outdated malaria medicines.The Commissioner urged her people to get use to sleeping under treated mosquito nets to avoid getting malaria instill of making tearing the nets into bath scrub popularly known as a ‘saphoe’ or siphon.A Community Health Volunteer (CHV) Billy S. Toe, Jr., said over the years around 40 CHV’s have been helping the Health Ministry to create awareness on malaria from door-to-door, and through focus groups.The Deputy Director for Community Health Services Division at the Ministry of the Health Ministry, Daniel S.M. Wessih, Jr., praised the Mentor Initiative for the partnership with the Ministry to tackle malaria in the country and warned community dwellers to against the selling of the freely distributed treated mosquito net.The experienced health worker also added his voice to those advising the public to get tested before being treated.One of the participants, Lucy Bartieh, expressed her satisfaction over the cultural performances and a drama that depicted the ‘Get tested before treatment message’ and said the message of the new malaria drug, ACT, beyond her understanding.“So you mean that now ACT is the best medicine for malaria, I hope it’s not bitter like chloroquine,” she laughed.However, a cross section of participants who were also present after the program said they understood the message from the campaign and proudly repeated the slogan just taught to them: “I Got Malaria. How Do you know?” “Get tested before treatment!” “Not Every Fever is Malaria!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘He floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee!’ – Tottenham fans hail nutmeg king

first_img1 Tottenham star Dele Alli Dele Alli’s start to life at Tottenham Hotspur has been nothing short of brilliant and the honeymoon shows no sign of ending anytime soon.The ex-MK Dons star nabbed his third goal of the season against West Bromwich Albion as he got on the end of Toby Alderweireld’s stunning pass and, in true Alli style, nutmegged goalkeeper Boaz Myhill with his volley.The strike, his third of the season, earned Tottenham the lead in the match and saw him get plenty of plaudits and supporters took to Twitter to register their delight.You can see what Tottenham fans think of Dele Alli’s display below…last_img