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Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors: J P Nadda
“Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society and is driven by many interconnected factors. Single, isolated interventions have limited impact and coordinated action is required to minimize the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at at the ‘Inter-Ministerial Consultation on AMR containment’, here today. Shri J P Nadda also announced the finalization of India’s comprehensive and multi-sectoral National Action Plan at the function. Shri Ram Vila Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Smt. Anupriya Patel, MoS (Health & Family Welfare) were also present. The Ministers later signed a ‘Delhi Declaration’ for collectively strategizing to contain AMR. It pledges to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India. It calls on all stakeholders including UN, WHO, FAO and other UN agencies, civil society organizations etc., to support the development and implementation of the national and state action plans on AMR.
Shri J P Nadda said that under the guidance of the Hon. Prime Minister who has stressed on the need to converge actions across ministries and departments and not work in silos, so as to not have segmented outcome: “We are working in the direction of pulling out malaise of AMR from the root. Health Ministry is at the receiving end as there are various layers and every layer needs to be addressed”.


Finland’s center-right government is planning to give authorities new powers to monitor citizens online in a fast-track legislative move aimed at countering threats like terrorism and spying. The draft law, presented on Wednesday, would allow the Finnish intelligence service to monitor citizens’ data communications beyond Finnish borders if there is a suspicion of a “serious threat” against national security. Currently, the service is allowed to gather information only on an individual crime suspect inside Finnish borders. The new plan requires changes to the constitutional law on privacy protection and the government wants to push it through in an accelerated procedure.


President Donald Trump has ordered the National Security Council to lead a 90-day, interagency review of the Iran nuclear deal, in accordance with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s letter to Congress from Tuesday night. The review will evaluate whether the suspension of sanctions on Iran under the agreement “are in the vital interest of our national security” and “to make sure that they’re living up to their agreement,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. When asked if Trump thinks that Iran is “cheating” on the deal, Spicer said: “If he didn’t, if he thought that everything was fine, he would have allowed this to move forward. I think he’s doing the prudent thing by asking for a review of the current deal.”


During a question-and-answer session on foreign policy, US House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said that the US could use force on North Korea amid growing tensions in the region. “Of course, we don’t want to have military options employed, but we must keep all options on the table,” Ryan told an audience at the Policy Exchange think tank in London. The comment comes as the Trump administration is ramping up its rhetoric against North Korea and Iran.


More than 20 people are feared to have been killed in the avalanche triggered by torrential rains in the central Colombian city of Manizales. While the official death toll climbed to 14, city’s mayor Octavio Cardona estimated that as much as 20 people could have lost their lives in the calamity. A total of 22 people are still unaccounted for. The severe floods have caused serious damage to residential neighborhoods, with some 75 homes having collapsed as a result, and prompted mass evacuation of 400 households, the mayor wrote on Twitter. On April 1, over 300 people died in mudslides and flash flooding in the southern Columbian city of Mocoa, and scores of people are still missing.

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