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30th July, 2017
Gift a Tulsi plant: Live in harmony with nature

Plants and trees are vital to life and are an integral part of our environment. They provide oxygen, conserve water, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and help control climate, to name a few. Nature is not called 'Mother Nature' for nothing. Nature is life-giving; it nurtures. Nature provides us with food, water and medicines. And, we need to look after it and live in harmony with it.

The green cover in the country is fast disappearing in the name of development. Ongoing construction activities clear land and forests of trees. Deforestation is a major contributor to climate change, which directly affects five components of the environment: water, air, weather, oceans, and ecosystems and adversely affects human health. Hence, the disturbed ecological balance needs to be restored.
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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National Medical Commission Bill
Dr A Marthanda Pillai
, Past National President, IMA

The National Medical Commission Bill 2016 is totally flawed and will create more problems to all aspects of modern medical practice in India.
 
The Preliminary Report of the Committee on the Reforms of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, appended to the draft NMC Bill, under section 3.1 Elected versus Selected Regulators states as follows: The current electoral process of appointing regulators is inherently saddled with compromises and attracts professionals who may not be best suited for the task at hand. Indeed, there is ample evidence that the process has failed to bring the best in the field in the regulatory roles. The process is based on what is now widely regarded as a flawed principle whereby the regulated elect the regulators. It creates an ab-initio conflict of interest and therefore this system must be discarded in favour of one based on search and selection. Regulators of highest standards of professional integrity and excellence must be appointed through an independent and a transparent selection process by a broad based Search cum Selection Committee.
 
In India, the following institutions are set up under law for self-regulation of professions: Bar Council of India (BCI) formed under the Advocates Act, 1961, Medical Council of India (MCI) formed under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) formed under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) formed under the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) formed under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 and the Council of Architecture (COA) formed under the Architects Act, 1972.
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IMA starts 80:80 Anti-Pollution Campaign
Air pollution is a major health and environmental hazard causing about 1.2 million deaths every year
 
New Delhi, 29 July 2017: As per statistics obtained from a report published early this year, about 1.2 million people die due to air pollution in India every year. And, of the 168 cities assessed, none were found to comply with the air quality standards as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Air pollution is now a matter of great concern as it is affecting not only the health of our citizens but also medical tourism in India, says IMA.  
 
Keeping this in consideration, the IMA is starting a campaign "Kahin aapke area mein pollution to nahi?"
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