Global Measles death


Joint Press Release : Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90,000 per year



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A health worker marks a boy’s finger with ink, to show that he has been vaccinated against measles in India’s Gujarat State.

NEW DELHI/ GENEVA/NEW YORK /ATLANTA,  October 2017– In 2016, an estimated 90, 000 people died from measles – an 84 per cent drop from more than 550, 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen below 100, 000 per year.

“Saving an average of 1.3 million lives per year through measles vaccine is an incredible achievement and makes a world free of measles seem possible, even probable, in our lifetime,” says Dr Robert Linkins, of the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MR&I) and Branch Chief of Accelerated Disease Control and Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. M&RI is a partnership formed in 2001 of the American Red Cross, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, and WHO.

Since 2000, an estimated 5.5 billion doses of measles-containing vaccines have been provided to children through routine immunization services and mass vaccination campaigns, saving an estimated 20.4 million lives.

“We have seen a substantial drop in measles deaths for more than two decades, but now we must strive to reach zero measles cases,” says Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Director of WHO’s Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. “Measles elimination will only be reached if measles vaccines reach every child, everywhere.”

The world is still far from reaching regional measles elimination goals. Coverage with the first of two required doses of measles vaccine has stalled at approximately 85 per cent since 2009, far short of the 95 per cent coverage needed to stop measles infections, and coverage with the second dose, despite recent increases, was only 64 per cent in 2016.

Far too many children – 20.8 million – are still missing their first measles vaccine dose. More than half of these unvaccinated children live in six countries: Nigeria (3.3 million), India (2.9 million), Pakistan (2.0 million), Indonesia (1.2 million), Ethiopia (0.9 million), and Democratic Republic of the Congo (0.7 million). Since measles is a highly contagious viral disease, large outbreaks continue to occur in these and other countries in Europe and North America, putting children at risk of severe health complications such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, encephalitis, blindness, and death.

Agencies noted that progress in reaching measles elimination could be reversed when polio-funded resources supporting routine immunization services, measles and rubella vaccination campaigns, and surveillance, diminish and disappear following polio eradication. Countries with the greatest number of measles deaths rely most heavily on polio-funded resources and are at highest risk of reversing progress after polio eradication is achieved.

“This remarkable drop in measles deaths is the culmination of years of hard work by health workers, governments and development agencies to vaccinate millions of children in the world’s poorest countries,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, one of the world’s largest supporters of measles immunization programmes. “However we cannot afford to be complacent. Too many children are still missing out on lifesaving vaccines. To reach these children and set ourselves on a realistic road to measles elimination we need to dramatically improve routine immunization backed by strong health systems.”


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UNICEF quote:
“Every day, measles kills more than 300 children, making it a major cause of death among children,” says Dr Robert Kezaala, UNICEF’s Senior Advisor on Health. “But our progress in tackling measles to date is proof that if we redouble our efforts, we can save every life.”

Measles elimination is defined as the absence of endemic measles virus transmission in a region or other defined geographical area for ≥12 months, in the presence of a well-performing surveillance system.

Launched in 2001, the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI) is led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. M&RI is committed to ensuring that no child dies from measles or is born with congenital rubella syndrome, reducing measles deaths by 95 per cent by 2015, and achieving measles and rubella elimination in at least five WHO regions by 2020. The WHO Region of the Americas has sustained measles elimination since 2002, and the European and Western Pacific Regions have made significant elimination progress. All six WHO Regions have established measles elimination goals. The latest data is published in this week’s WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Report and in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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Data on India

To eliminate measles and control rubella by year 2020, India launched Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in Feb’ 2017 targeting 410 million children aged 9 month to 15 year in phased manner over two year period. The first phase of MR campaign covered 34 million children in 5 states and second phase is in progress in another 8 states. Simultaneously, India  is making efforts to improve routine immunization coverage through intensified Mission Indradhanush and strengthening vaccine preventable disease surveillance system.

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Invitation | Indo-Belgian Working Session on Sustainable Cities |

In the framework of the State Visit to the Republic of India

of Their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians 

in the presence of His Majesty the King 

H.E. Jan Luykx, Ambassador of His Majesty the King to the Republic of India,

has the honour to invite


Mr. Naresh Sagar


to the Indo-Belgian Working Session on Sustainable Cities

Making Smart Use of Scarce Resources


Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 between 12.15h and 17.30h

Registration will take place between 11.45h and 12.15h

Location: Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel, New Delhi

Dress code: Business attire


This invitation is strictly personal and non-transferable.

Please present this invitation and a valid piece of identification

at the entrance of the venue.


This Working Session is organized by Brussels Invest & Export,

Flanders Investment and Trade,

Agence Wallonne à l’Exportation et aux Investissements Etrangers

and in collaboration with our knowledge partners,

European Business & Technology Centre 

and the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India.


Press Conference & to share with you the uniqueness of their latest film  ‘NARAYAN’


Ajiveena Films & Entertainment cordially invites you to attend the Press Conference & to share with you the uniqueness of their latest film 


(An upcoming Bollywood sports based film on boxing. A story of Grit & determination, tells the Saga of how a 40 year old common man does the unthinkable in the quest for protecting his loved ones.)

To be addressed by:

  • Jogesh Sehdeva (Lead Actor)
  • Aminder Singh (Fitness Director)
  • Rahul Aamath (Actor)
  • Rajesh Dadhwal (Action Director)
  • Dr.Rajiv Verma (Medical Consultant)

                  Time: 2:30 pm

Date: 1st November 2017 (Wednesday)

Venue: The Park Hotel, 15 Parliament Street, Opp. Jantar Mantar, Delhi

You are requested to send correspondents/ photographers/ camera crew for the Press Conference.



Global market leader in automotive lighting OSRAM unveils high performance Automotive Lighting Product Range customized for India Market – ‘RALLYE’



Global market leader in automotive lighting OSRAM unveils high performance Automotive Lighting Product Range customized for India Market – ‘RALLYE’

  • Outlines India as one of OSRAM’s top markets in revenue share by 2020


New Delhi, October 31, 2017: OSRAM India, a wholly owned subsidiary of OSRAM GmbH (Germany), one of the world’s leading lighting manufacturer and the world market leader in automotive lighting, today announced the launch of its new range of high performance automotive lighting product range ‘RALLYE’customized for the Indian market. The RALLYE range consists of 12 high performance, energy efficient and eco-friendly halogen lamps for 2-wheelers, 4-wheelers and commercial vehicles launched in price range of Rs.110/- to Rs.399/- (MRP).  The Automotive lighting Segment, which is the largest business sector for OSRAM globally contributes to around 60% of OSRAM’s market revenues in India with over 300+ product types for cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles and bikes. The RALLYE range is being manufactured and assembled at the company’s automotive manufacturing plants in Germany, Chennai and China. Besides being made available to dealerships across the country through OSRAM’s over 100 direct distributors, the RALLYE range will also be available online on Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. OSRAM has also launched a Web App for retailers to bring in transparency in the secondary market for the newly launched ‘Rallye’ range.


Announcing the launch of the RALLYE range Mr. Matt Hillenbrand, Global Business Head – Traditional Products, OSRAM GmbH said, “Reports predict that the global automotive lighting market will grow steadily till 2020 due to rising awareness regarding road safety and growing automobile production. Asia-Pacific region for OSRAM comprises of two key markets – India and China. These are the largest automotive vehicle markets and as such also our key focus markets for automotive lighting with passenger vehicles leading the demand for automotive lighting. Our RALLYE range of products with premium halogen technology will carve a niche for itself in the market due to its hi-end technology coupled with reasonable cost and easy availability. We hope it will take forward the OSRAM legacy of 110 years of providing innovative and sustainable lighting solutions.


According to Mr. Avinder Singh, CEO, OSRAM India, “Our new RALLYE RANGE will definitely bring wider options to choose and cost competitiveness in the automotive after-market lighting industry. The range underlines our pioneering role as a leading manufacturer in the automotive lighting sector and also reiterates our commitment to continue investing in the replacement market. In fact, each year, more than half of all passenger vehicles manufactured worldwide are equipped with OSRAM lights and this figure goes to more than 70% when it comes to the India market. We aim to further consolidate our leadership position in the Indian automotive lighting market through this new range of products.”


Being with more than 110 years’ experience, OSRAM continues to be the world market leader in automotive lighting and a valued and trusted partner of the world’s foremost automobile manufacturers.


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Moon, Xi to meet in November

South Korea’s presidential office says President Moon Jae-in will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of APEC meetings in November.

It will be their first meeting since Xi started his second term. The two last met in July.

The summit will be closely watched for signs of improvements in ties, soured over the deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.

The two leaders are expected to discuss how to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile development as well as the THAAD deployment.

China has protested against the deployment, saying its troops could be monitored by the system’s high-spec radars.

Senior officials from both sides have reportedly agreed that military officials will discuss China’s concerns. The presidential office said they have also decided to quickly resume bilateral exchanges.


Ex-Trump aide ‘coordinated’ Russia

A former adviser to Donald Trump’s election campaign allegedly coordinated contacts between campaign officials and Russian government officials during last year’s US presidential election.

The revelation is part of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

Mueller’s team on Monday announced that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide have been indicted on 12 charges, including conspiracy to launder money.

The team also released documents on former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

The documents say Papadopoulos tried to arrange meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials, after learning in April that the Kremlin had a number of e-mails that would hurt Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The documents also say Papadopoulos admitted in early October that he lied to the FBI when asked about his Russian ties in January this year.

The Democratic National Committee has issued a statement pointing out that Papadopoulos admitted to having been told that the Russians had thousands of e-mails that could damage Hillary Clinton, before they became public knowledge.

The statement added Trump can no longer claim there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said at a news conference on Monday that Papadopoulos was a mere volunteer during the campaign and that his role was extremely limited.NHK


Uhuru Kenyatta wins controversial poll rerun

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of a controversial re-run of the Presidential election.

The country’s Election Commission said, he won 98 per cent of the votes with a turnout at just under 39 per cent – less than half that was recorded in August’s vote. Mr Kenyatta was also declared the winner in August which was annulled because of irregularities.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the re-run and urged his supporters to boycott it.

The re-run was suspended in 25 constituencies which are all opposition strongholds amid security fears.

The Commission said, those results would not affect the final outcome so it could proceed with its announcement. The Commission described the latest vote as free, fair and credible.

The Opposition, now, has seven days to mount a legal challenge, and Mr Odinga says he will make an announcement today.


World Cities Day

Today is World Cities Day. The United Nations General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

The general theme of World Cities Day is Better City, Better Life, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization.

This year, the United Nations has selected the theme -Innovative Governance, Open Cities – to highlight the important role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.


An earthquake hitd off the coast of New Caledonia

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia today in the tectonically active Pacific region.

Seismologists said, the tremor hit at a depth of 29 kilometres some 253 kilometres from the capital Noumea and 109 kilometres from Tadine in the lightly populated Loyalty Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no current threat, with experts saying while shaking would have been felt, damage was unlikely.


Iceland’s President launches talks to determine next govt

Iceland’s President has launched talks to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson called the snap election a month ago after a junior member of his centre-right coalition quit over a legal scandal involving Benediktsson’s father.

Growing public distrust of the elite in recent years has spawned several anti-establishment parties, splintering the political landscape and making it increasingly difficult to form a stable government.

None of the record eight parties that won seats in parliament in Saturday’s vote came close to obtaining a majority, and both the rightwing and the leftwing want a chance to form the next government.

No statement was released after President Gudni Johannesson wrapped individual talks with all the party leaders, and no date was set as to when Johannesson might announce his pick.