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4th April 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
New hazardous waste management rules notified
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified new rules for management of hazardous waste yesterday. For the first time, Rules have been made to distinguish between Hazardous Waste and other wastes. Waste tyre, paper waste, metal scrap, used electronic items, etc. are defined as other wastes and are recognized as a resource for recycling and reuse.
The salient features of Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management &Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016 include the following:- 
  • The ambit of the Rules has been expanded by including ‘Other Waste’. 
  • Waste Management hierarchy in the sequence of priority of prevention, minimization, reuse, recycling, recovery, co-processing; and safe disposal has been incorporated. 
  • All the forms under the rules for permission, import/export, filing of annual returns, transportation, etc. have been revised significantly, indicating the stringent approach for management of such hazardous and other wastes with simultaneous simplification of procedure.
  • The basic necessity of infrastructure to safeguard the health and environment from waste processing industry has been prescribed as Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs), specific to waste type, which has to be complied by the stakeholders and ensured by SPCB/PCC while granting such authorisation. 
  • Procedure has been simplified to merge all the approvals as a single window clearance for setting up of hazardous waste disposal facility and import of other wastes. 
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IMA lauds Health Ministry for implementing 85% Pictorial Health Warnings on Tobacco products
New Delhi, April 03, 2016: Pictorial health warnings (PHWs) are the most effective way of communicating the ill-effects of tobacco use, particularly among those with low literacy or no formal education. In a country like India, where one-third of the population is illiterate, these pictorial health warnings communicate health messages effectively and can influence decisions. 
Large and effective PHWs discourage non-users, the youth in particular, from starting; encourage current users to stop and also prevent relapse of those who have already quit. They detract from the glamour and appeal of tobacco product packages and help gain public acceptance for other tobacco-control measures such as establishing smoke-free norms.
Tobacco control advocacy has a long history in India and the movement has gained momentum in recent years.
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Yoga and managing overweight in mid-life type 2 diabetes
There was a significant decrease in body fat and BMI and resting metabolism with 7 days practice of intensive integrated approach of yoga therapy (J Midlife Health. 2015 Apr-Jun;6(2):81-4).
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IMA Starts Nodal center for adverse drug reactions

IMA PvPI Initiative has started a nodal center at IMA headquarters. All IMA members can now report adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, medical devices, Blood products and herbal products at IMA PvPI helpline 9717776514, open Monday to Friday 9-5.30PM
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IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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