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Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
Dr KK Aggarwal
President, Heart Care Foundation of India; Sr Consultant Physician, Cardiologist and Dean Medical Education Moolchand Medcity; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council; Chairman (Delhi Chapter) International Medical Sciences Academy; Hony Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08–09); Hony Finance Secretary National IMA (07–08); Chairman IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (06–07); President Delhi Medical Association (05–06), President IMA New Delhi Branch (94–95, 02–04); Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & Hony. Visiting Professor (Clinical Research) DIPSAR

  Editorial …

20th April, 2011, Wednesday                                 eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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The psyche behind Sachin Tendulkar not playing ICC World T20

When T20 game started, the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguli and Rahul Dravid were apparently not in their best of the forms. Suddenly, a decision came from all three of them that they would not be playing in the shortest version of the game. What precipitated this decision only the insiders can tell. But what it ended up was that Sachin became a part of the decision from where he could never come out.

The very fact that Sachin is now playing IPL 4, is one of the highest run scorer and is also captaining Mumbai Indians, it indicates that he loves this shortest version of the game. It is now the duty of the Sachin’s fans all over the country to demand that till Sachin is playing active cricket, he should also represent the country in T20 games.

From psychology point of view, he is in a Catch 20 situation and he will never offer to play in T20 by himself. Even selectors may be hesitant in asking him to play T20. Only his fans can demand this. This behavior is a normal psyche of any celebrity.

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    Changing Practice – Resource which has changed practice in last one year

Prevention of HIV transmission through breastfeeding in resource–limited settings

  • For HIV–infected mothers in resource-limited settings who are breastfeeding, give postnatal antiretroviral medications for the mother or infant during the breastfeeding period, rather than no drug intervention (Grade 1A).
  • While replacement feeding rather than breastfeeding is recommended for HIV–infected mothers in the United States and other developed countries, breastfeeding is the preferred option in resource–limited developing countries, where replacement feeding has been associated with increased infant morbidity and mortality from diarrheal and other infectious illnesses.
  • Antiretroviral medications significantly decrease the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV during the antepartum, intrapartum, and early postpartum periods. However, an excess risk of HIV transmission occurs if antiretroviral medications are discontinued during the breastfeeding period. Observational and randomized trials in resource–limited settings have shown that administration of antiretroviral medications to the mother or infant during the postpartum period reduce rates of HIV transmission to the breastfeeding infant to less than 3 percent.
  • The preferred interventional strategy will depend on the mother’s CD4 cell count and HIV clinical status.


  1. deVincenzi, I. Triple-antiretroviral (ARV) prophylaxis during pregnancy and breastfeeding compared to short–ARV prophylaxis to prevent mother–to–child transmission of HIV–1 (MTCT): the Kesho Bora randomized controlled clinical trial in five sites in Burkina Faso, Kenya; International AIDS Society, Capetown 2009
  2. Marazzi MC, Nielsen–Saines K, Buonomo E, et al. Increased infant human immunodeficiency virus–type one free survival at one year of age in sub–Saharan Africa with maternal use of highly active antiretroviral therapy during breast–feeding. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2009;28:483.
  3. Shapiro RL, Hughes MD, Ogwu A, et al. Antiretroviral regimens in pregnancy and breast–feeding in Botswana. N Engl J Med 2010;362:2282.
    eMedinewS Audio PostCard

 Pediatric Echo

Dr Savitri Srivastava Speaks on
‘Primary myocardial disease’

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

1st National Conference of Gynae Endocrinology

Dr Alka Kriplani, Organising Chairperson of the conference welcomed all delegates and faculty during the inauguration of the 1st National Conference of Gynae Endocrinology at AIIMS on 17th March.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

For Pharma doctors

And now a Pharm. D course. The Government of India approved it – Ministry of Health vide letter No.V.13013/1/2007–PMS dated 13th March 2008 announced in the Gazette on India dated 10th May 2008. Being a doctoral degree, a person with Pharm. D qualification can keep ‘Dr.’ as a prefix to his name. It is a course of six–years after +2 and will be conducted in a teaching hospital. It is a clinically oriented, community pharmacy course. According to the rules and regulations given by PCI, institutions, which are starting the Pharm D course, should provide 300 bed hospital facilities. It is as good as starting a medical college.

Every student shall be posted in constituent hospital for a period of not less than fifty hours to be covered in not less than 200 working days in each of second, third and fourth year course. In the fifth year, every student shall spend half a day in the forenoons attending ward rounds on daily basis as a part of clerkship. Theory teaching will be scheduled in the afternoons.

Some roles of Pharm. Doctor: Patient medication history interview; Medication order review; Patient counseling regarding safe and rational use of drug; Adverse drug reaction monitoring; Drug interaction monitoring; Therapeutic drug monitoring and Participating in ward rounds.

They want to be at par with doctors at least as per the guidelines by the PCI. It is neither mentioned anywhere in the guidelines stipulated by the PCI nor in the Pharm. D syllabus that a student must "help" or "assist" (they purposely avoided the word "help" or "assist") the doctor during their hospital postings. They will be "at par" with the doctors. PCI is having a plan to gradually phase out B Pharm degree in a few years, by giving opportunity for existing B Pharm graduates to attain Pharm. D by some method, as done in USA earlier. (Source: Dr S Arul Raj and Dr K Vijay Kumar)

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology: Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Chronic illnesses lead to a childhood of limitations

At 8 years old and little more than 3½ feet tall, Cipriano weighs 130 pounds. He has asthma and has been in and out of the hospital nearly a dozen times. He takes at least three medications a day. His asthma also makes it hard for him to run and play. Instead, Cipriano prefers to stay indoors, working on his computer or cheering his baseball team from the sidelines rather than the playing field, says his father, also named Cipriano Gomez. "He’d rather not be out running," says Gomez, of Colonial Heights, Va. "He’s so heavy, he can’t do a whole lot." In some ways, experts say, this is the new face of American childhood. The rate of chronic disease in kids Cipriano's age has doubled in the past two decades: 26% of children now suffer from a long–term health problem, says a 2010 study of more than 5,000 children ages 2 to 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Guideline favors pregabalin for treatment of nerve pain in diabetes patients

Doctors treating diabetes patients for nerve–pain symptoms should consider pregabalin, the best–studied drug for the condition, among 13 underutilized treatments, new guidelines suggest.

Passive, active cigarette smoking associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes in women

According to research published in the April issue of the journal Diabetes Care, passive smoking and active cigarette smoking are both associated with a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes in women.

PVD main factor predicting amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers

According to a study published online April 6 in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, the main factor predicting amputation in patients with diabetic foot ulcers is concurrent peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A person came with an opacity in right upper zone in x–ray chest.
Dr Bad: Start anti–TB treatment.
Dr Good: Get your blood and sputum examined.
Lesson: Any shadow in the lung is not always TB. Acute chest infections can present similarly.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with 3 hour duration of chest pain developed acute cardiac arrest.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was water–soluble aspirin not given at the time of chest pain?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients with suspected MI are given water–soluble aspirin to reduce chances of death.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

A highly successful Human Resources Manager was tragically knocked down by a bus and killed. Her soul arrived at the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter welcomed her: "Before you get settled in," he said, "We have a little problem... you see, we’ve never had a Human Resources Manager make it this far before and we’re not really sure what to do with you." "Oh, I see," said the woman. "Can’t you just let me in?"

"Well, I’d like to," said St Peter, "But I have higher orders. We’re instructed to let you have a day in hell and a day in heaven, and then you are to choose where you’d like to go for all eternity." "Actually, I think I’d prefer heaven", said the woman. "Sorry, we have rules…" at which St. Peter put the HR Manager into the downward bound elevator. As the doors opened in hell she stepped out onto a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club; around her were many friends – past fellow executives, all smartly dressed, happy, and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played a perfect round of golf and afterwards went to the country club where she enjoyed a superb steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil, who was actually rather nice, and she had a wonderful night telling jokes and dancing. Before she knew it, it was time to leave; everyone shook her hand and waved goodbye as she stepped into the elevator. The elevator went back up to heaven where St. Peter was waiting for her. "Now it's time to spend a day in heaven," he said.

So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing, which was almost as enjoyable as her day in hell. At the day's end St Peter returned. "So," he said, "You've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. You must choose between the two." The woman thought for a second and replied, "Well, heaven is certainly lovely, but I actually had a better time in hell. I choose hell."

Accordingly, St. Peter took her to the elevator again and she went back down to hell. When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends dressed in rags, picking up rubbish and putting it in old sacks. The Devil approached and put his arm around her. "I don't understand," stuttered the HR Manager, "Yesterday I was here, and there was a golf course, and a country club, and we ate lobster, and we danced and had a wonderful happy time. Now all there's just a dirty wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable."

The Devil looked at her and smiled. "Yesterday we were recruiting you, today you're staff."

    Infertility Update

(Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation)

Does one need to get admitted in the IVF process?

A patient undergoing IVF does not require admission. However, one should visit the center 3–5 times during monitoring cycle. On the day of egg collection, the patient would need to fast for 6 hours and come to clinic (the procedure takes about half an hour). Patients can go home after the effect of anesthesia wears off, which takes about 2–3 hours. The next scheduled visit is after 2–3 days for the embryo transfer, which again takes about half an hour and patients are free to go home after resting for one hour.

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

What is spasmodic and recurrent croup?

Spasmodic and recurrent croup defines a sudden onset of symptoms, identical to viral croup, at night in a child who has been well. The symptoms last for few hours rather than days and usually there is no fever. The episodes are seldom life–threatening. The child may be well during the day and have attacks on 3 to 4 successive evenings. During the first attack, it is difficult to make an accurate diagnostic distinction from viral croup. Spasmodic croup occurs most often in children with atopic tendency.

    ENT Update

Dr. Aru Handa MS, DNB (Dept Co–ordinator and Senior Consultant Deptt. of ENT Moolchand Medcity)

When should common cold be treated?

Common cold usually lasts for 7 – 10 days. During this time patients need symptomatic treatment with antipyretics, decongestants or antihistaminics with rest and plenty of fluids. However, doctor should be consulted if patient has:

  • Fever beyond 5–7 days
  • Persistent headache
  • Cold lasting more than 10–14 days
  • Foul smelling, or dirty greenish discharge
  • Facial pain and tenderness with or without fever lasting more than 48 hours
  • Periorbital swelling
    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

I am working in state government service. I am a pediatrician, but I have to do postmortem. I find it difficult to determine time since death. The chart given in Textbook (Modi) is very confusing. What is the time range in different situations? In routine practice all the doctors of our hospital follow a ‘Formula of 12’ to determine the time since death. The formula is rigor mortis comes in 12 hours, stays for 12 hours and disappears in 12 hours. Please guide me if this formula correct? Dr Sundeep Nigam

Ans. Rigor mortis indicates molecular death of the muscle involved and it gives good idea about the time of death only in the initial phase of after death. During the summer season if the whole body is in the state of primary relaxation then the death has taken place within the last one hour. If the rigor mortis is present in the face alone then the death has occurred about one hour back. If it is present in the upper limb and chest only and not in the abdomen then death might have occurred about three hours back however if it is present all over the body then time since death is 4–18 hours back. In winter season the above timing is more or less/roughly doubled. The blanket application of formula 12–12–12 hours is not correct because of large variations.

    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta)

Q. Should it be acceptable to the medical profession that after the MBBS degree is given to a student by a university, he should be denied registration by the medical council unless he passes an exit exam as proposed by the MCI? If he fails, that means he was not given proper education and the university, the medical college and the MCI failed in their duty to provide proper education. I think the punishment for failing to discharge their responsibility should fall on these entities and not on the medical students who stand to suffer by prolongation, in effect, of their 5–1/2 years’ course by maybe 6 months and deprivation from earning during this period and by general delay in their career prospects. What are your views?


  • Your concern is correct.
  • The objective of the exit test is to ensure minimum acceptable standards in a physician before he is licenced by the medical council. The university ought to have exactly the same objective "to give such education and training as will be required for licencing by the medical council". If the MBBS course and degree granted by the university are themselves certified/recognised by the medical council, there should be no reason why the university, the college and the MCI should not work together towards the common aim of giving quality education.
  • One needs to seriously think whether this approach of the MCI can be challenged legally. The following need to think seriously about submitting a legally drafted representation to the government and the MCI in this regard.
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Will I need to have a multivitamin tablet?

Due to the restrictions of the procedure (small pouch and intestinal changes) and diet after surgery, adequate vitamin and minerals are not supplied through food. Two multivitamins per day are recommended. One mineral that is difficult to get enough of after the surgery is calcium. At times calcium–rich dairy foods are not well tolerated after surgery. A chewable calcium supplement with Vitamin D is recommended. The Calcium supplement should be made from calcium citrate (1200–1500 mg per day).

    Mind Teaser

Read this………………… 


Yesterday’s eQuiz: ICUR

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: I see you are

Correct answers received from: Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr B B Aggarwal, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr U gaur, Dr K Raju, Dr T. Samraj, Dr Prabha Sanghi

Answer for 18th April Mind Teaser:Too wise you be
Correct answers received from:Dr Rakesh Bhasin, Dr (Maj. Gen.) Anil Bairaria, Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr B. B. Aggarwal, Dr Chandresh Jardosh

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

The bride, upon her engagement, went to her mother and said, "I’ve found a man just like father!" Mother replied, "So what do you want from me, sympathy?"

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)

SHBG is a protein produced by the liver. It transports testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol in the blood.

  • The purpose of this test is to evaluate the level of SHBG in blood in order to evaluate whether the concentration of SHBG is affecting the amount of testosterone available to the body’s tissues.
  • High levels of SHBG in blood usually mean that it is likely to be less free testosterone available to the tissues than is indicated by the total testosterone.
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is TDS?

Tax deducted at source (TDS) is the amount with held from payments of various kinds such as salary, contract payment, commission, professional fees, etc. This withheld amount can be adjusted against your due tax. It is primarily for better tax administration that taxes are deducted at the time of payment to the recipient of taxable income. They are similar to prepaid taxes, credit for which can be claimed while filing return of income.

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Telmisartan 40/80 mg + Indapamide SR 1.5/1.5 mg tablet

For the treatment of essential hypertension


    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Intradermal skin testing (IDST) is more commonly positive in atopic (skin prick testing [SPT] +) than nonatopic (SPT-) patients, suggesting that a positive IDST represents genuine atopy and bona fide sensitization rather than nonspecific irritation. (Ref: Cohn JR, Padams P, Zwillenberg J. Intradermal skin test results correlate with atopy. Ear Nose Throat J 2011 Apr;90(4):E11-6).

(Dr Vinay Sakhuja)

Latin Quotes

Ad populum phaleras, ego te intus et in cute novi.

Keep your finery for the mob, I know your nature to the very bottom i.e. I know that person too well to be deceived by appearances.

  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

History remembers only the brilliant failures and the brilliant successes. Randolph S. Bourne.

    Readers Responses

Dear Dr Aggarwal, I appreciate your article on corruption and the need to eradicate it. Corporate hospitals are here to make doctors slave. There is no doubt that "Consumer Protection Law" as applied to medical profession is taking its toll now. The continuous press briefing and discussing the medical ethics through the media will further alienate the people. How the corporate play the game.–

1. Nursing homes lack infrastructure – ask them to get ISO certificate.
2. Labs give wrong report and are not ISO certified
3. Every delivery should be attended by pediatrician – if not this is negligence and deficiency in service.
4. Do not impose tax on hospital bills as this is essential part of treatment and poor people avail it.
5. Clinics do not provide first aid properly, so bring Clinic and Hospital Establishment Bill

Where is the MCI? There was a constitutional duty on MCI as it was established to raise the standard of medical education. When profit becomes the motive, ethics means nothing. We see what happens in metro cities and prescribe what is required sitting in a huge AC building with experts drawn from corporate hospitals. Did they ever work in Jharkhand, Bihar and Hills of Uttarakhand and deserts of Rajasthan? Do they know how a poor MBBS doctor who is posted in these areas survives without electricity and without paramedical staff? Let Anna be Anna and the present time is to support the one and the only ANNA. This is a double blind controlled study. After getting the result of this study we will replicate it. Sincerely: Dr R S Bajaj.

    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers )

Deep frying, burning or charring foods may produce cancers

Regularly eating burned or charred red meat, similar to that cooked on a grill can increase the chances of pancreatic cancer by 60%, said Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Turning down the heat when grilling, frying, and barbecuing to avoid excess burning or charring of the meat may be a sensible way for some people to lower their risk for getting pancreatic cancer. As per Dr Kristin Anderson of the University of Minnesota, charred meat contains several known cancer–causing chemicals, including heterocyclic amines.

Heterocyclic amines (HAs) are carcinogens produced by cooking meat and animal protein at high temperatures; metabolism of HA is influenced by polymorphisms in the N–acetyltransferase–2 (NAT–2) gene. Data from a variety of sources suggest that HA may play a role in human carcinogenesis and are liked to many cancers.

Anderson’s team started with 62,000 healthy people and documented what they actually did eat. Over nine years, 208 were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When divided into five groups based on how much charred meat such as hamburgers they ate, the people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer were far more likely to be in the top two groups.

They found that those who preferred very well–done steak were almost 60 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer as those who ate steak less well–done or did not eat steak. Those with the highest intake of very well–done meat had a 70 percent higher risk for pancreatic cancer over those with the lowest consumption.

The mutagenic activity and the mass amount of heterocyclic amines responsible for the mutagenic activity have been measured in some cooked foods. Cooked meats are the predominant source of mutagenic activity in the diet with values ranging from 0 to 10,000 revertants per gram reported in the Ames/Salmonella test with strain TA98.

Frying at higher temperatures and for longer times produces the greatest mutagenic response, and thus concomitantly, the largest amounts of heterocyclic amines.

Non–meat products such as baked breads can also form significant mutagenic activity, particularly when overcooked. Commercially prepared hamburgers made from meat substitutes such as tofu, wheat gluten or tempeh and fried at 210 degrees C have up to 10% of the mutagenic activity of a fried beef patty cooked under the same conditions.

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    Forthcoming Events

May 7–8, 2011, National Seminar On Stress Prevention
A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris.
Co–organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch, IMSA (Delhi Chapter)
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: Saturday 7th May (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 8th May (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9899974439, emedinews@gmail.com, rekhapapola@gmail.com; BK Sapna: 9811796962, bksapna@hotmail.com


September 30 – October 02, 2011; XVIth World Congress on Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques
Venue: The Leela Kempinski, Delhi (NCR), September 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
Highlights of Pre – Conference CME: Case based learning experience & audience interaction, Maximum 250 delegates for CME will be accepted, who will be divided in 5 batches and will rotate to different halls every 90 minutes. The topics are:(A) Right heart pressures & functions (From basics to newer methods (RV anatomy, echo views, echo assessment of RV function, prognostic impact of RV function) (B) Carotid Doppler: How do i assess and interpret in my daily practice.: Technical tips (Anatomy of the vessel, views of ultrasound scanning, Normal & abnormal Doppler hemodynamics, how to measure IMT) (C) Valvular stenosis: Assessment, limitations and their solution: (Anatomy of the valves, 2–D findings of stenotic lesions, quantitation of lesion, limitations) (D) How do I assess and report ventricular dyssynchrony in my lab. (What is ventricular dyssynchrony, what are the types of dyssynchrony, in whom, when & why do we assess it, various echo methods to assess it) (E) Live 3–D Echo: Protocol for acquisition. How to slice and get full information. Aim is that by end of the day, every participant is well conversant with all the topics
Dr (Col) S.K. Parashar, President, e–mail: drparashar@yahoo.com, Mob:09810146231/Dr Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, email:jrop2001@yahoo.com, Mob:09811013246
worldcon2011@in.kyoni.com, www.worldcon2011.org


Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011
(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)

Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.

Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).

Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

For details contact: Dr KK Aggarwal/Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra/ Mr M Malik at


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