Free medical centre at Tambaram railway station

CHENNAI: A free medical centre opened at the Tambaram railway station on Monday. Set up by Global Health City in association with the railways, it will provide emergency care for passengers at the railway station, according to a statement from the hospital. 

It will have first aid facilities, a nursing station, treatment and examination areas and dressing room. There will also be round-the-clock ambulance facility with a team of trained professionals 

A doctor, paramedic and a nurse will be available 24x7, according to the statement. 

Tambaram, a major transit point, has an inflow of at least 50,000 passengers a day and the centre will be able to address emergency care in the area, the statement said. 

The centre was inaugurated by Dr Krishna Kumar, head, ENT department, Global Health City. 

Hospital director Dr K Pruthvinath said, "With the new centre' we would like to facilitate sick patients on the move and make their travel more comfortable. It will benefit numerous passengers. We are privileged to present a state-of-the-art emergency centre at Tambaram railway station."
Source - timesofindia

Siddaramaiah to present budget in July

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that the Congress government will present the State Budget in the first week of July.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who holds the Finance portfolio, said, “The implementation of the new programmes that will be announced in the budget will commence immediately.” His predecessor, Jagadish Shettar, presented a budget in February. To a question on the size of the budget and whether he was aiming to present a Rs. 1 lakh-crore budget, Mr. Siddaramaiah, who has presented seven budgets in the past, said he could comment on the size of the budget without checking the resources available. “I need to check the fiscal deficit, how the sectors like agriculture, industry, service and others are performing,” he said.

Asked about the challenge faced by his government in resolving the Cauvery issue, the Chief Minister said the matter was before the Supreme Court and the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. “We will continue to fight for justice,” he said. On the appointment of presidents and vice-presidents of urban local bodies (ULBs), which went to the polls in March, Mr. Siddaramaiah said the appointments could not be made because of the Assembly elections.

The process would be expedited and the Minister concerned would be asked to look into the matter.
Source - The Hindu

North Pole drifts east due to climate change

Atmospheric and terrestrial water storage changes have made only a “minor” contribution

Around 2005, accelerated melting of polar ice sheet and mountain glaciers, together with rising sea level, caused the North Pole to drift towards east, marking an “abrupt departure” from the direction recorded over the past century. Accelerated rates of ice melting in Greenland and Antarctica have been observed since 2005-2006 and thus coincide with the abrupt change in polar shift.

“When mass is lost in one part of a spinning sphere, its spin axis will tilt directly towards the position of the loss,” Erik Ivins, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California was quoted as saying in Nature.

The melting ice has also increased the rate of drift from about two milliarcseconds (MAS) per year during the period 1982-2005 to about nine MAS per year post 2005, a study published recently in theGeophysical Research Letters journal states.

The changes were recorded by satellite gravity measurements by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, jointly sponsored by U.S. and Germany.

GRACE provides monthly gravity field data that correlates with mass changes for the entire Earth, and from this, it is possible to extract the precise contributions from individual sources. This information helped the scientists in pinning down the cause of abrupt pole drift in 2005 to “variations in climate system”.

Atmospheric and terrestrial water storage changes have made only a “minor” contribution to the shift in Pole direction and rate. The researchers from the University of Texas at Austin consider this study as a reaffirmation of the increased ice melting at poles and mountain glaciers in recent years. This is borne from the fact that mass movement in solid earth takes place over long time scales.

Since earth monitoring using satellites has begun only during the last few years, there is no way of knowing the rate and amount of ice-sheet melting in the past. However, data on polar motion is available, thus making it possible to extrapolate the polar ice-sheet melting in the past.

Source - The Hindu

Saudi woman makes history by reaching Everest summit

It took a lot of persuading before Raha Moharrak's Saudi family agreed to let her climb

A Saudi woman has made history by reaching the summit of the world's highest mountain.

Raha Moharrak, 25, not only became the first Saudi woman to attempt the climb but also the youngest Arab to make it to the top of Everest.

She is part of a four-person expedition that also includes the first Qatari man and the first Palestinian man attempting to reach the summit.

They are trying to raise $1m (£660,000) for education projects in Nepal.

Originally from Jeddah, Ms Moharrak is a university graduate currently based in Dubai.

Coming from Saudi Arabia - a conservative Muslim country where women's rights are very restricted - she had to break a lot of barriers to achieve her goal, her climb team said.

A biography on the expedition website said convincing Ms Moharrak's family to agree to her climb "was as great a challenge as the mountain itself", though they fully support her now.

"I really don't care about being the first," she is quoted as saying. "So long as it inspires someone else to be second."
Source - BBC

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