Two bomb blasts rocked Moreh, Manipur’s border town on Saturday night. Police said that the first blast took place at 9:30 p.m. at the perimeter wall of the police station in the town. The second blast was reported at midnight at Gamnom Veng inside the town. There was no casualty.Police said that of late there have been several blasts at Moreh and nearby areas and Tamu, a trading centre in Myanmar.On Thursday L. Soshindro, the parliamentary secretary (Home) was attacked when he had gone to Kotha near Moreh to inaugurate a religious festival. Four policemen were injured in the twin blasts.Earlier, two troopers of 165 Territorial Army were killed and two others wounded along Trans Asian Highway No. 2 that leads to Moreh.There has been no claim by any insurgent group. The latest blasts come shortly after the condemnation of the Kotha blasts. People of Moreh had also protested with a 24 hour general strike in protest against the blast at Kut ground near the police station.Police say that efforts are on to establish the identity of the insurgents behind the blasts and their motive.
Militants opened fire and lobbed grenades at the Indian Air Force (IAF) facility in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Tuesday afternoon.A Srinagar-based Army spokesman said two to three militants opened fire and lobbed grenades around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Awantipora’s Malangpora area.“The target was Water Pump House outside the IAF premises. The fire was effectively retaliated by the alert sentries. There is no loss of life,” said the spokesman.Police officials said reinforcements were dispatched to the area and an operation was underway to nab the attackers.Jawan succumbs to injuriesMeanwhile, the injured BSF jawan, constable S.K. Murmu, succumbed to his injuries. A BSF spokesman said the jawan, deployed in Karnah Sector Tangdhar, was hit by a sniper fire from across the Line of Control around 4:50 pm.He had sustained bullet injury in stomach.Kashmir Valley’s Baramulla and Kupwara witnessed fresh ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours.
Yuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli during a practice session in Bangalore on Monday.An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash when it takes on a grossly mismatched New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match rubber in Bangalore on Tuesday.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries’ bilateral ODI history which dates back to 1975-76.The Indian team’s exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side’s World Cup aspirations. Young players such as Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.As for Tuesday’s match, the Indian players are an upbeat lot.Despite not being at full strength, the Indians have proved themselves better on all counts against a short-of-confidence New Zealand, who came here after being hammered 0-4 by minnows Bangladesh.The Indian line-up has not exactly missed dashing Virender Sehwag or the reliable Sachin Tendulkar as the likes Virat Kohli have stepped up effortlessly against a rather ineffective Kiwi attack.Kohli, who has been in good nick on the domestic circuit, has been solid so far along with Murali Vijay. The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the tweakers.advertisementYoung off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump.The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them a cracking start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can capitalise from there on.Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and onechange pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori, but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman’s delight.- With PTI inputs
Exclusive: Sting shows how illegal Bangladeshi immigrants become Indian citizens An India Today TV investigation has revealed how illegal migrants from Bangladesh have acquired the right documents to exercise the right to franchise in Assam.India in talks with US to buy Predator drones to keep Pakistan, China in check India is in talks with the United States to purchase 40 Predator surveillance drones, officials said, a possible first step towards acquiring the armed version of the aircraft and a development likely to annoy Pakistan.Katrina, Bravo star as IPL 9 kicks off with a glitzy ceremony Bollywood stars and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo added glitz to the opening ceremony of Indian Premier League 2016 at the National Sports Club in Mumbai on Friday.Prince William and Kate Middleton will come to India but not experience Bollywood? No way!The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton,who will start their maiden visit to India on Sunday from Mumbai, willbe part of a fundraiser which is expected to be attended by stars likeShah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Sports nutrition maker Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) today said it is “constantly assessing” the opportunity to set up a manufacturing plant in India to expand its business.The Irish company also said tremendous opportunity exists in India for their products in all major and small cities.”We are constantly assessing that opportunity. We are importing products (to sell in India),” Sam Bedi, GPN, Regional Director (SEA, India, Korea and Japan) said when asked about the companys plan to set up a manufacturing unit in the country.Bedi sees lots of benefits in taking this step, “so certainly it is one of the considerations that we look at in this market”.The company is investing a lot in human resource, product quality and marketing in order to expand business in India.It is also working on increasing awareness in India about these products “as there are a lot of myths in this category of products”.”People think it as steroids. But it is not. Its a derivative of dairy. India is the largest consumer of dairy, so there is a need of education and awareness,” Bedi told PTI, adding that the company has launched FitIndiacampaign.This nation-wide pilot programme aims to raise awareness and education of good nutrition and active lifestyles and seeks collaboration between a cluster of professionals such as dieticians and nutritionists. They would be travelling to 12 cities in the first phase.Asked about the regulatory environment in India, Bedi said: “It is changing. The focus is very much around consumer protection. FSSAI is very much centred around consumer protection… There are challenges in this category in understanding some of the product ingredients.”advertisementGPNs Country Manager (India and SAARC Region) Avik Sanyal said the companys current market share in performance nutrients in India stands at about 43 per cent.”We are selling products in specialty stores. We are also going into online like Amazon and Snapdeal. We are targeting hypercity stores and pharmacy outlets,” Sanyal said. PTI RR ARD
zoom UK-based ferry operator P&O Ferries has reported that the number of passengers crossing the English Channel on its services in August was the highest for any month since 2003.P&O Ferries carried 1,177,053 people between Dover and Calais last month, a 2.5 per cent increase on the previous year and the highest monthly figure since August 2003.The news follows a strong performance in July in which P&O Ferries carried more units of freight across the English Channel – 123,000 in total – than in any other month in its modern history.The Dover-based company, which also operates routes across the North Sea and the Irish Sea, attributed the strong passenger numbers to its investment in a new class of super-ferry which has enhanced capacity, as well as tourists capitalizing on the continuing economic recovery in the region.Industrial action by French seamen which closed the port of Calais for several days during the peak season has not affected the upward trajectory.“This summer has been one of the most challenging ever for cross-Channel travel and I am very pleased that P&O Ferries has helped to keep tourists and freight moving between Britain and France in huge numbers,” Helen Deeble, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said.“We expect further busy periods during the half-term holiday and also the winter sports season, with a growing number of skiers choosing to drive to the Alps via one of our ferries rather than fly.”P&O Ferries, which brought a sixth ship back into service on the English Channel in July in order to increase capacity, says it has also seen additional demand because of the migrant disruptions at Eurotunnel.
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested a cab driver who turned gun runner and supplied firearms to various gangsters in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Uttam Nagar area as per demand.Police said that the cost of the sophisticated pistol is approx 50-60,000 each and country made pistol is 6-7000. Police identified the accused as Rahul Singh (41). He was nabbed in Sector-13, Dwarka area. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ajit Kumar Singla said that the accused Singh came to Delhi in search of livelihood and started working as a driver with the cab company,” added Additional CP. During this period, he came in contact with budding criminals of Najafgarh area. They asked him to supply illegal arms for them from Aligarh. Lured by their offer and because of hefty margin in this illegal trade, the accused Rahul Singh started supplying illegal arms from his contacts in Aligarh UP on demand to various gangsters in Najafgarh, Dwarka and Uttam Nagar area. The arrest was made by the team of Dr. Joy N. Tirkey, DCP (Crime). 36-year-old nabbed for killing his ex-colleague A 36-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing his former colleague over monetary dispute last week, police said Friday. The accused was identified as Ajay Singh Raghav, a resident of West Ghonda, they said.
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsYukon’s legislative assembly will table the budget Thursday.It’s also the last sitting before the year’s territorial election.Opposition parties are giving the government a failing grade.
Rwandan Peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrol the streets of Gao, in northern Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino The UN, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the European Union (EU) – in their capacity as members of the Mediation Team supporting the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali resulting from the Algiers Process – also welcomed the successful conduct by the parties of the first mixed patrol in Gao on 23 February, within the framework of the Operational Coordination Mechanism, and called on them to extend the patrols in Kidal and Timbuktu without delay. “[These] initiatives represent important milestones towards the successful implementation of the Agreement and towards greater peace and stability and the return of state services,” read a joint declaration issued by the four organizations.Noting the important steps still to be taken, the organizations further invited parties to the Agreement to continue to honour the commitments made, in particular at the high-level meeting of the Agreement Monitoring Committee held in the capital, Bamako, last month, as well as to implement all the provisions of the Agreement for the interim period so as to support in a consensual manner the ongoing State reform and the new political and security architecture. SEE ALSO: UN News focus page on Mali“In that regard, [we] call on the parties to establish without delay the National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reinsertion, the Integration Commission, and the National Council for Security Sector Reform which are key to advancing the peace process,” added the joint declaration. Also in the declaration, the organizations also welcomed the establishment of a consultative framework involving all parties as well as the international Mediation Team, as well as commended progress towards preparing for a national conference, the Conférence d’entente nationale and called for broad and inclusive participation for its preparation and organization. The organizations, however, noted concern at the recent increase in attacks and clashes, particularly in north and central regions of Mali, such as those in Boulkessi, in Timbuktu as well as terrorist attacks in border areas in Burkina Faso and Niger, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. They also called on the parties to the Agreement to work closely together to improve intercommunal relations, share information about security threats, and take concrete steps to prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism and spill-over into the region. “In this regard, [we] welcome the initiative of the G5 Sahel Member States to more effectively fight violent extremism in support of the Malian parties,” said the parties.They also reiterated their commitment to support, in coordination with the lead and the other members of the Mediation Team, the implementation of the Agreement as well as their determination “to counter those who take actions to obstruct or threaten the implementation of the Agreement.”
Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones walks back to the line of scrimmage in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDespite ending the season considered one of the highest-regarded defensive tackles in the nation, redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones will return to Ohio State for his fourth year, he announced on Twitter. He was the No. 4 defensive tackle, according to ESPN’s Todd McShay.Jones was recognized as a third-team All-Big Ten player after the end of the regular season. He emerged as the Buckeyes’ best interior defensive lineman, and finished the year with 20 tackles — 10 solo and 10 assisted — with five tackles for loss and a sack. He missed two games with an injury he suffered the Wednesday before the team’s game against Rutgers, in which he cut his leg on a locker and required surgery. He also was ejected for targeting against Michigan State.Rejoining the Buckeyes, Jones figures to slide right into the starting defensive tackle position alongside redshirt sophomore Robert Landers. The pair will be backed up by redshirt freshman Malik Barrow, freshmen Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage and redshirt sophomores Davon Hamilton and Jashon Cornell.My life long dream is to play in the NFL. In order to best achieve this goal, I have decided to forgo my draft eligibility and remain in school. OSU is providing me with a strong and solid foundation which will continue to make achieving my career possible. Go Bucks!— Dre’Mont Jones (@TheOfficial_80) January 11, 2018
Wisla Plock won against Azoty Pulawy (41:25) and tomorrow they will play in final Polish Cup. Their opponent is going to be one of two teams: Vive Kielce or Chrobry Glogow. Unfortunately for Oilers they lost important player, who is Pawel Paczkowski. He got injured right hand and first news aren’t really good for him. Probably he will miss rest of this season.Game from the very beginning Wisla was better team. After 5 minutes they were winning 4:1 and the advantage was all the time over 3-4 goals. In second quarter of first half Oilers were playing better and better and finally they won 19:12. In second half Wisla had everything under control and they hadn’t any danger from the opponents. They won 41:25 and tomorrow they will play in final.Second semi-final starts at 18.00. After that Plock will know the opponent in final, which they’re playing tomorrow at 17.00.TEXT: Michalina Chabowska ← Previous Story Polish Cup: Vive Kielce easily past Glogow to face Wisla Plock in the final Next Story → Vive Kielce wins Polish Cup after narrow one-goal victory over Wisla Plock
Ludovic Fabregas French Montpellier Handball announced bad news about injury of their member -line-player Ludovic Fabregas. The 21-years old powerful Frenchman was a “rookie” of the World Championship 2017 in January, when domestic team won gold medal in front of sold-out Paris Bercy.Fabregas is victim of traumatic venous thrombosis in the right upper limb. Injury is very serious, so he will be out for the next three months. His appearance at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia which start on January 12 in Split, is now only theoretical… ← Previous Story ADIOS VARDAR: Raul Gonzales to overtake PSG Handball! Next Story → “Lions” storm over GETEC Arena in Magdeburg!
A 19-YEAR-OLD is due before court in Drogheda this afternoon in connection with a shooting in Drogheda at the weekend.A 35-year-old man was injured in the attack, which happened in the Moneymore Estate at around 6pm on Sunday night.He was treated for gunshot wound injuries, described as “non-life-threatening” at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.The teenager is due to appear before Drogheda District Court later this afternoon.
Dozer Day isn’t just a dream come true for thousands of children who want to get teeny hands on mammoth machines.It’s also a dream come true for Renee Nutter, who didn’t want to stay sidelined as a mother and the wife. She wanted to use those roles to leverage some really important results: charity for good causes, simple joy for kids.“I just want to give them fun,” she said.Dozer Day was invented in Wisconsin and adopted locally in 2005 as a fund- and profile-raiser by the Parks Foundation — which quickly found that staging a huge, kid-oriented festival of heavy machinery was prohibitively expensive and complex.But not for Clark County’s Nutter family, which operates a prominent construction company and a charitable foundation, too. When the future of Dozer Day seemed iffy, the Nutters — driven largely by Renee — stepped in and saved it.“It was going to go away, my kids were young, and I was really thinking about what my purpose in life was. I wanted to make a difference,” Renee Nutter said. “It took the right person to be passionate about it, I guess.”Not just the right individual — the right family with the right kids, who over the years have helped brainstorm continuous Dozer Day improvements. The event wouldn’t be the same now without the creative input of son and daughter Jerry and Sammi, Nutter said.
Share 00:00 /00:38 X – / 6Governor Greg Abbott has signed a bill aimed at aiding disaster recovery and reducing the risk of future flooding across Texas. Abbott signed the measure as one of four Harvey relief bills at a ceremony held in Houston on Thursday.Abbott credited Texas’ congressional delegation and the Trump administration for passing $30 billion worth of disaster relief and flood infrastructure funding. “Some of those federal dollars, however, require a local match,” the governor said. “Texas is assisting local governments by providing much of that local match through the framework created in Senate Bill 7.”Local governments will need to show they have applied for, and been approved for, federal dollars in order to unlock the matching state funds.The related legislation Abbott signed included Senate Bill 6, which creates a disaster recovery loan program within the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM); House Bill 5, which requires TDEM to develop a plan for debris removal following catastrophes; and House Bill 7, which requires the Office of the Governor to develop a list of waivers that can be applied to state laws in order to aid local governments following a disaster. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Referring to the Wii controllers that Sony Move has mastered, Tretton went on to say that motion gaming was “cute.” Tretton also said that he believes the PlayStation 3 will last for at least six more years, while staying relevant. Via TG Daily The Sony PlayStation team is finally standing up for the brand. The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Jack Tretton, has stated that the Nintendo DS is for kids only, while the Wii is already outdated. Here is the quote from Mr. Tretton when he talked to CNN about Nintendo:If you’re really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform. Here we are four years into the PlayStation 3, and it’s just hitting its stride. We’ll enjoy a long downhill roll behind it because the technology that was so cutting edge in 2006 is extremely relevant today
This week has been so terribly busy that I’ve literally had no time to breathe. Well, almost. It’s been raining intermittently in Calcutta, and all the associated paraphernalia – lethargy, love, longing and such- are taking over our senses slowly and gradually. To be working indoors while fresh rains are making sweet love to the parched earth outside feels criminal. I, for one, have to constantly fight the urge to rush out every time the rains come calling, and splash around with gay abandon. Maybe, sing a line or two, too. But as they say, such things happen only in dreams. Or, in the movies. Now, I’m pretty sure the latter will never happen to me, but who’s to stop me from dreaming? So, this past week I’ve mostly been in the studio writing songs, while imagining that I’m holding hands with the perfect man, singing the 1969 classic Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head from the Paul Newman and Robert Redford (perfect men!) starrer Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and getting drenched in some heavenly elixir! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is the story on most days, but nights bring with them a different hazard altogether- football. I’m Bengali. Our love for football is a part of our DNA. I just read a joke that’s been doing the rounds on social media sites- Indians getting excited about the football World Cup is like Brazilians getting excited about Diwali. Well, a) it’s ridiculous to compare an annual, regional, religious festival with a quadrennial, international, sporting extravaganza that gives joy to everybody who watches. b) There’s no difference between Bengalis and Brazilians when it comes to our love for the game. Don’t believe me? Ask Pele. He’s played in Calcutta in front of maddening crowds! So, jokes such as the one I mentioned don’t apply to my fellow bong brethren. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd, like a true-blue Bengali, I’ve been religiously following every match. Of course, the Dutch proved that revenge is a dish best served (mercilessly) cold when they annihilated defending champions (and, one of my favorites) Spain last Friday, and that crushed me to such an extent that I continued to weep bitterly long after the match was over. But, that did nothing to break my indomitable spirit, and Pirlo’s magical skills during Italy’s convincing win over the valiant English made sure I stayed hooked. It’s been a week of fantastic, unpredictable football (and, very little sleep), what with underdogs turning the tables, and lions turning into mice, but one can’t say the same about the theme songs this year. Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s insipid anthem We Are One has not found many takers, and WAG Shakira’s uninspired Dare You failed miserably in creating Waka Waka (Shakira’s 2010 anthem) Part 2. But, what has caught our eyeballs (and, looks poised to take the world by storm) is our very own disco-king Bappi Lahiri’s offering Life Is Football. After capturing our hearts and imagination with his tribute to Michael Jackson (King Of Pop Don’t Say Goodbye), Bappi Da has now come up with a befitting reply to JLo-Pitbull-Shakira. Don’t believe me? Please go look it up on Youtube! You can thank me later. And, here are the words, so we can sing along to Bappi da ka mewjik!Who-ee aar all one/Dreams aar haaaai/Threeell and faaan…that’s football!/Rheethem ees football/Speed ees football/Akshun ees football/And thee whole waarrld laavs football/O ole ole/Ole ole o/Oooway oo. Bappi da, take a bow. Jlo & Co., baaju hato!Malini Banerjee is a snotty single child, mountain junkie, playback singer, Austen addict, hopes to soon finish writing her debut novel, and dreams of singing alongside Buddy Guy.
Colin crushed it in Week 7, going 4-1 and moving to a healthy 21-13-1 on the year. This week he looks to keep stacking winners as we approach the halfway point of the NFL season. Stand back boys and girls, Uncle Colin’s on a heater and he loves his picks this week.Here are Colin’s Week 8 Blazin’ 5 plays:Jets at Bears (-7) – Colin usually avoids laying big points like the plague, but he likes Khalil Mack and the Bears laying 7 at home against the Fighting Sam Darnold’s. The Bears defense that ranks 2nd in the NFL with 17 takeaways and will face a massively depleted Jets offense that’s given it away 16 times (t-3rd most) so far this season.The Chicago D was miles ahead of the offense to start the year, but Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has been sneaky good in his last three games, averaging 334.3 YPG, with 11 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a passer rating of 115.9. Too much Bears at home. Chicago covers the 7 convincingly, 30-20. Advertisement 4. Niners (-2) at Cardinals – Colin usually likes taking angry teams coming off embarrassing losses, but Arizona is so bad he’s taking the Niners laying 2.5 on the road. Arizona is in a free fall thanks to an incompetent offense that ranks last in Total YPG (220.7), Rush YPG (64.6), 3rd Down Conversion % (23.1) Big Plays – 20+ Yards – (26).The Niners may be missing Jimmy G, but their 2nd ranked ground attack (137.0 YPG) should be able to run at will against an Arizona defense that ranks last in Rush YPG Allowed (148.0). With two unwatchable teams, give Colin the better coach and organization. Take the Niners, lay the 2. 26-23, San Fran. 5. Packers (+9.5) at Rams – The Rams are the best team in the NFL, but Colin can’t pass up Aaron Rodgers getting 9.5, coming off a bye. Mike McCarthy has been getting crushed this season, but he’s 9-3 off a bye weeks, and Rodgers and the offense have been moving the ball recently.Since Week 5, Green Bay ranks 1st in Total YPG (521.0) and Pass YPG (414.0), and 3rd in YDS/Play (7.1). The Rams have been dominant this year, but 3 of their last 4 have been decided by 7 points or less (3rd highest). The Rams are the better team, but the Packers cover getting 9.5. 30-27, Rams. 3. Bucs at Bengals (-4.5) – Colin is swallowing more points with the Bengals getting -4.5 at home against the Bucs. Tampa got a last second overtime win against the Browns at home last week, but their defense still ranks dead last in PPG Allowed (32.7), and has been getting routinely shredded by opposing QB’s to the tune of 327.5 Passing YPG (Most allowed), 18 Passing TD’s Allowed (Most allowed), and a passer rating of 125.8 (Highest allowed). Andy Dalton should carve them up. Throw in that Jameis Winston has thrown at least 2 picks in his last three starts and it adds up to a Cincy cover at home. 32-24, Bengals. 2. Seahawks (+3) at Lions – Colin loves Russell Wilson and the recently surging Seahawks getting a field goal on the road in Detroit. The Pete Carroll era looked like it was on the brink of collapse after an 0-2 start where Seattle only averaged 20 PPG offensively and gave up 25.5 PPG with a 0 turnover differential, but Carroll has turned around by coaching up his defense. The Seahawks are 3-1 in their last 4, and only allowing 16.5 PPG, scoring 25 PPG, and have the best turnover differential in the NFL since Week 3 (+7).The Legion of Boom days may be history, but Pete’s newest edition ranks third in scoring defense (19.5 PPG allowed) and pass defense (206.0 pass YPG allowed) this season. Defense travels. Seattle covers and wins this one outright. 27-23.
An ECG at an altitude of 10,000 metersAn ECG at an altitude of 10,000 metersMobile ECG system will improve medical care for emergencies on all long-haul Lufthansa flightsAssists cockpit crews when making decisions regarding medical emergenciesAlso new: Lufthansa passengers can now book medical travel assistanceAs the first airline in the world to do so, Lufthansa has equipped all long–haul aircraft with the mobile ECG (Electrocardiogram) system CardioSecur. In case of on-board medical emergencies, the compact, intuitive system will allow flight attendants without cardiological expertise to record an ECG for passengers and send the test results directly to a medical hotline on the ground. The system has initially been tested in 2018 on the A380 fleet and now, it will be available for medical emergencies on all long-haul aircraft within the Lufthansa fleet.“The health of our passengers is very close to our hearts. Especially when they are feeling unwell on board, they should know that they are in good hands with Lufthansa. The results of the resting ECG conducted directly onboard the aircraft provide a better basis for deciding whether it is necessary to divert a plane in order to provide medical care on the ground in case of medical emergencies,” says Dr. Sven-Karsten Peters, a cardiologist with the Lufthansa Medical Service, as he explains the advantages of the system.Cardiovascular complaints are the most common cause of medical incidents on board. If there are any doctors on the flight, they have been able to use the defibrillator so far as a workaround to better assess the situation. However, the results from that machine cannot replace an ECG.Getting started with telemedical care with the mobile ECG systemWeighing only 50 grams, the compact mobile ECG system developed and distributed by Personal MedSystems GmbH under the name CardioSecur does not take up much space or weight. It consists of an app on the flight attendant’s Cabin Mobile Device (mini iPad) and a small bag with an ECG cable and four disposable electrodes. If a passenger complains of heart trouble, the system can record an ECG in a few short steps: First, the flight attendant establishes an internet connection via the FlyNet WiFi network on the Cabin Mobile Device and starts the app. The crew then connects the ECG cable to the four electrodes and places them on the upper body of the unwell passenger. The app records a 12-lead ECG; additional parameters such as the patient’s age, weight, gender, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are captured manually.Fast and accurate data transfer to doctors on the ground via FlyNetThis data will then be transferred from the app to the medical hotline of International SOS (ISOS). This Lufthansa partner can be contacted by pilots and pursers 24/7 in case of medical questions. ISOS will evaluate the ECG and advise the cockpit crew via telephone based on the gathered data. The cockpit crew will then have to make the final decision on whether it is necessary to divert the plane. If there is a doctor among the passengers on board, they can use the expert mode on the app to monitor the heart activity.The existing program “Doctor on Board” allows the cabin crew to swiftly identify doctors present on board, including their specialties. This program provided by Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS currently has 11,000 participating doctors from all specialties who can provide assistance in the case of medical incidents. For this purpose, an optimally equipped emergency kit that exceeds regulatory requirements is available, along with other materials. The crew is also well prepared for emergencies and receives first aid training every year.Also new: Lufthansa now offers a medical travel assistance serviceAn additional new feature: Lufthansa now offers a medical travel assistance service in cooperation with the service provider Medical Travel Companion. Passengers can choose to book either a nurse, a paramedic or a doctor to care of them during their entire flight. Lufthansa is the first European airline to offer this service. The medical companion program has different packages that passengers can choose from. Depending on their needs, customers can for example book medical supervision or wound management.Lufthansa as one of the leading airlines in the area of Health & MedicineAll in all, Lufthansa is a worldwide leader in Health & Medicine among airlines thanks to its extensive medical product portfolio.For more than 20 years now, Lufthansa has been the only commercial airline company that offers intercontinental intensive care transport: the Lufthansa Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) is available for the repatriation of people who are taken ill abroad or for the transportation of patients who require intensive medical care. The high-tech product is a kind of ‘flying ICU’ (intensive care unit) that unites state-of-the-art technology, competent specialists and efficient processes with the comfort and safety of an isolated ICU.In addition to that, Lufthansa offers a variety of medical services, for example a stretcher for pre-booked, non-intensive patient transports, provision of medical oxygen or seminars for stress-relieved flying as well as a separate Medical Operation Center (MOC). 365 days a year, the Lufthansa MOC supervises medical transports and answers passengers’ questions, for example regarding fitness for air travel or taking along medication.For more information on the topic, click on the following link:https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/travelling-with-special-requirementsSource = Lufthansa Group
Mega Maldives Airlines is all set to open a new chapter in Indian aviation with the launch of non-stop flights between India and Maldives, which would begin its operation from November 15, 2016 and connect passengers from New Delhi and Male’ three times a week. “We are thrilled with the positive response both in India and in Maldives to our new services to India. The resort and hospitality community of Maldives is clearly throwing open their doors to an excited and dynamic Indian market,” said George Weinmann, Founder and Chief Executive Office, Mega Maldives Airline. “The Maldives is consistently ranked among the world’s best tourist destinations. It is also increasingly popular with Indian tourists with over 52,000 guests arriving in 2015, and growing at almost 20% per year in recent years.”At a journey time of just 3Hrs 40Min (outbound) and 4Hrs and 20Min (Inbound), this would the fastest and only non-stop connection between the two capital cities, cutting the journey times on other existing flight options by between 2-8 hours.Mega Maldives will provide the ‘Queen of Skies’ – Boeing 737-800 for this route, which would be configured with 12 business class and 156 economy class seats. For leisure travellers the schedule would provide significant benefits, as it would depart from Delhi at the convenient time of 8:50am (Tue, Sun) and 10am (Fri) and arrive in the Maldives just after mid-day to make the best use of hotel check-in times and seaplane transfers. Similarly, the flight departs Maldives at 3:15pm, allowing guests to enjoy their hotels in the morning before transferring to the airport conveniently right after check-out. The above schedule allows for a range of holiday durations including 2, 3 and 4 night packages popular with Indian tourists.For business travellers, the schedule would allow a convenient option of arriving into the Male on Sunday (the first working day in the Maldives) and departing either the next day, or an option to arrive on Tuesday for a 2 night option before departing on Thursday (the last working day of the week in Maldives).