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Swine Flu India: Website of the Week


This website has an interesting story behind its creation.

For India centric information on the latest pandemic “Swine Flue” it is a must visit.

Congrats the young minds behind the screen.

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Swine Flu: Guidelines for schools and colleges by Ministry of Health and Family welfare

Ministry of Health & family welfare has issued guidelines for schools and colleges mainly in Mumbai, Pune, Maharashtra and Delhi after the recent outbreak of swine flu H1N1 virus

Government of India
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Directorate General of Health Services
(Emergency Medical Relief)


There have been some cases of Influenza A H1N1 virus among students and staff in certain schools, primarily in Delhi,Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra. There has been considerable speculation over the need for closure of schools to control the outbreak. This matter has been considered by the Joint Monitoring Group in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. All schools and colleges are advised to observe the following guidelines for managing cases of infection of Influenza AH1N1.

(i) Any student or staff member showing flu like symptoms such as fever, cough, running nose and difficulty in breathing should be allowed to stay at home for a period of 7 to 10 days.

(ii) Educational institutions should not insist on production of medical certificate by the student/staff.

(iii) Educational institutions should monitor the health status of such students/staff who might have come in contact with a suspected case of Influenza AH1N1 to see whether they develop flu like symptoms. In case they do so, they should be allowed to stay home, as outlined at (i) above

(iv) In case of students staying in Hostels, the educational institutions would not only monitor the health status of the students, but also that of care providers. It has to be ensured that the care providers wear face mask and wash hands regularly. It might not be advisable to send the boarders back to home, as it would spread infection further.

(v) Educational institutions are further encouraged to report such cases to local health officers for further monitoring.

(vi) Given the current magnitude of the spread of AH1N1 infection and the fact that the current virus is fairly mild, closure of educational institutions on account of any student/staff member falling ill with flu like symptoms is not recommended.

(vii) In the first place, the schools should discourage the excursions of the students to the affected countries.

(viii) In case if the students had proceeded to affected countries on unavoidable tours, then on their return, if some students show flu like symptoms of fever, sore- throat , cough , body ache, running nose, difficulty breathing etc. they should be advised to abstain from attending school and be allowed to stay at home for a period of 7 to 10 days.

Courtesy:Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Symptoms of Swine Flu

The symptoms of swine flu are usually like those of regular seasonal flu and include:

  • headache
  • chills
  • cough
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • aches
  • fatigue
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • watery eyes
  • throat irritation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • in people with chronic conditions, pneumonia may develop


Precautions Against Swine Flu

Good standard flu prevention techniques are recommended to protect yourself against swine flu:

  • Get a regular seasonal flu vaccination. It might not help against this specific strain, but it won’t hurt.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot running water. If hot water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel.
  • When you cough and sneeze, cover your mouth and nose. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid being near others who might be sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, to avoid affecting others.
Precautions for Travelers
  • Before you travel, find out what vaccines you will need and where to get them. Visit your family doctor or a travel health clinic at least six weeks before your departure date.
  • If you get sick when you are travelling, seek medical assistance.
  • If you are sick when you return to Canada, or have been near someone who is, you must tell a customs or quarantine office, who will decide if you need further medical assessment.
  • If you get sick after you return to Canada, see a health care provider. Be sure to tell him/her the countries you visited, if you were sick while away and any medical care or treatment your received.

Preparing for a Flu Pandemic

What a Flu Pandemic Means to You

By Kristina Duda, R.N.,

Updated: July 13, 2009

Do you know what to do in the case of a flu pandemic? Most people alive today have never seen a true global outbreak of a disease like the flu. The last major flu pandemic was in 1918, and it killed millions of people. While the thought of that seems pretty much incomprehensible today, it could still happen.

While getting a flu shot every year is a great way to prevent the flu, it may not help in a flu pandemic situation. When a pandemic occurs, the strain of flu will be severe and spread rapidly. It may be difficult to produce a vaccine for that particular strain quickly enough to immunize people against it. That is why it is important to take other measures to protect ourselves against a flu pandemic.

Right now, the World Health Organization considers us to be in a Phase 6 pandemic alert level which means we are currently experiencing a worldwide pandemic. This particular pandemic is being cause by the novel H1N1 swine flu.

So what should we be doing? There are a few simple steps that we can all take to be sure we are prepared for a flu pandemic:

Keep clean
Washing your hands is the single best way to prevent the spread of any type of infection. Make sure you do it properly and often. Other simple ways to prevent the spread of infection include using a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and staying away from people who are sick. More Flu Prevention Tips

Stock up on supplies
There is a high likelihood that normal life could be disrupted in a true pandemic, so making sure you have a two-week supply of food, water and medical supplies for your family is important. In a true pandemic situation, many people could be sick, causing schools, businesses and public transportation to be closed or disrupted, limiting your ability to purchase new (and necessary) items.

Know your community’s plan
Many cities and communities, and even schools and businesses, have plans in place for a flu pandemic or other public health emergencies. Knowing the plan ahead of time helps everything run more smoothly and ensures you won’t be caught not knowing what to do in case of an emergency.

Although the possibility of a flu pandemic may be hard to imagine, it is a very real possibility and one we should prepare for. To learn more, the CDC has provided some great information about how to prepare for a flu pandemic and what your state is already doing.


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Childhood on hold




















Courtesy: The Hindu

Cooked meals enhance child attendance at the anganwadi, foster egalitarian social norms, providE employment to poor women, and act as a form of nutrition education.


Over 1000 people, mostly women, from 15 states gathered and rallied in the capital on September 2 to press long standing demands for better services for their children in the context of the ‘new’ 11th Plan. Parents, anganwadi workers, pan chayat representatives, and grassroots workers spoke — through songs, slogans and stories — of their anger and despair at the state of their children and the anganwadis that were meant to support the critical age group of children under six. They also came fully prepared to say what needs to be done.

Women shared and compared experiences between the advanced Tamil Nadu, rejoicing in greater and greater gains for the ICDS and through that for women and children, and the dismal realities of the same programme in states like Uttar Pradesh. Why, they asked, can children of the same country not have the same basic services under the same programme?

Meanwhile, metres away, the nodal ministry for children, the planning commission, finance ministry and the PM’s office are still pondering upon the fate of our children in a bizarre impasse on what exactly needs to be done to achieve the urgent goals of reductions in malnutrition and child mortality. A paper on the “Strategies For Children Under Six” has recently been prepared by a working group of the Right to Food campaign and Jan Swasthya Abhiyan stating a common understanding based on field experiences and academic research. It builds on four complementary interventions: (1) ‘Universalisation with quality” of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); (2) crèches and day care facilities; (3) maternity entitlements; and (4) support for “infant and young child feeding” (IYCF), particularly breastfeeding.

Essential needs


The participants of the public meeting and rally once again endorsed each of these as being absolutely essential for children under six and presented a memorandum of demands to the Prime Minister. While some recommendations have been incorporated in the 11th Plan, there is still no comprehensive policy framework for children under six. Even the basic issues have not been squarely addressed.

For instance, the 11th Plan makes no clear recommendation about supplementary nutrition for children in the ICDS. Instead it argues that there could be two approaches to feeding children: one being hot cooked meals and the other ready-to-eat food and that the decisions between the two options “could also be left to decentralised decision making”.

It is indeed disappointing that this critical decision has been avoided by passing it on to “decentralised decision making” while many other policies have been made centrally.

Nutrition issues


Various steering committees and working groups of the Planning Commission as well as various fora of international and national experts have recommended nutritious cooked meals based on local foods as the best means of providing nutrition support to this age group.

Cooked meals also serve many important purposes, such as enhancing child attendance at the anganwadi, fostering egalitarian social norms, providing employment to poor women, and acting as a form of nutrition education. Moreover, about 10 states are quite successfully already serving hot cooked meals at their anganwadis with community support.

Those advocating distribution of ready-to-eat fortified food envisage special therapeutic products as being the key solution. This necessitates a relatively centralised procurement and distribution, and its attendant risks of corruption.

In fact it is due to a recognition of the corruption caused by contractor-based centralised procurements that the Supreme Court passed an order (in the ‘right to food’ case) banning private contractors in ICDS and directing that “funds should be spent by village communities, self-help groups and Mahila Mandals”.

The provision of cooked meals at the anganwadi for children aged 3-6 years must become a national policy. Nutritious supplements based on local foods must also be developed for children under three. Despite all technical and experiential wisdom, the Ministry of Women and Child Development steadfastly refuses to declare a nutritional policy that stands in favour of good quality meals offering nutrient sufficiency and diversity.

Commercial interests


Another urgent issue is the prevention of interference from commercial interests in policies and programmes related to child health and nutrition, e.g. through advocacy of ‘ready-to-eat’ food or ‘public-private partnerships’. This is a growing threat, requiring the formulation of a comprehensive and coherent policy to guide and regulate PPPs through a democratic and transparent process rather than allowing every private partner to implement its own policies regarding IYCF through public programmes. In fact, the attempts for companies to try to influence infant and young child feeding are not new and have necessitated laws such as the IMS Act to keep them at bay.

Recent attempts by biscuit manufacturers and other processed food companies to find large markets in the arena of state-support to child feeding are reminiscent of the unethical influences of the drug industry in the sector of health.

These influences are even being routed through respectable and influential technical agencies and attempts by civil society organisations to insist upon a declaration of “no conflict of interest” by them has met with considerable resistance since some of them have food processing companies among their governing boards.

Other concerns such as providing for two anganwadi workers for each centre, expanding the coverage of crèches, having a separate allocation for breastfeeding promotion, counselling and support, providing minimum space and infrastructure, radically improving training, and regularisation for anganwadi workers have also not been sufficiently addressed.

Increase resources


One probable reason for this is the reluctance to increase the resources required for this, at the cost of over a hundred million poor and malnourished children under the age of six. Although substantial increases in the allocations for ICDS have been recommended in the 11thplan, they are still inadequate. It is estimated that about 0.5 per cent of the GDP should be allocated to ICDS and other related interventions for the overall care and well being of children under six.

While that is much higher than the present allocations, it is not much considering that children under six constitute 16 per cent of our population and that their lives are, or should be, invaluable.

The authors are members of the Working Group for Children Under Six (of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Right to Food Campaign)

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Sixth Central Pay Commission Report,2008


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New Books and Periodicals


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 To be relaesed on 03/11/2007

Periodicals(Subsription started)


  Jeo Junior


 Children’s World(CW)


Scientific American:India
Resonance :Journal of Science Education
Down to Earth

The Youngest


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1. Time(W)
2. Newsweek(W)
3. National Geographic(M)
4. Scientific American(M)
5. Frontline(F)
6. Outlook(W)
7. India Today(W)
8. The Week (W)
9. Business India(F)
10.Reader’s Digest(M)
11.Women’s Era(F)
15.Malayalam (W)


16. Competition Success Review(M)
17. Junior Science Refresher(M)
18. Competition Refresher(M)
19. Competition Master(M)
20. Pratiyogita Darpan(M)
21. Wizard(M)
22. Civil Service Chonicle(M)
23. G.K.Today(M)
24. G.K.Refresher(M)
25. Biology Today(M)
26. Chemistry Today(M)
27. Physics For You(M)
28. Mathematics Today(M)
29. Education Today for IX,X,XI,XII(M)
30. Labour India for for IX,X,XI,XII(M)
31. Journal of Indian Education (NCERT)(Q)
32. Primary Teacher (NCERT)(Q)
33. Journal of Value Education (NCERT)(Q)
34. School Science(NCERT)(Q)
35. The Mathematics Teacher(Q)
36. Resonance(M) 
Environment& Science
37. Down To Earth(F)
38. Science Reporter(M)
39. Dream-2047(M)
40. Geo Junior(M)
Computer Science
41. Digit(M)
42. Electronics For You(M)
43. PC World (M)
Sports& Games
44. Sportstar (W)


45. Children’s World(M)
46. Wit(M)
47. Wisdom(M)
49. Gokulam(M)
49. Tinkle(M)
50. Champak(Hindi)(F)
51. Champak(English)(F)
52. Children’s Digest(M)
53. PCM Children’s Magazine(M)
54. Magic Pot(F)
55. Student Today(M)
56. Tell Me Why?(M)
57.The Youngest(M)
58. Employment News(W)
59. Yojna(M)
Scouts and Guides
60. Bharat Scouts and Guides (M)
61. KVS Quarterly(Q)
62. Sangam(Q)
63. KVS Quarterly Newsletter(Q)
Service Matters
64. Swamynews(M)
65. Bhagirath (CWC) (Q)

M=Monthly; F=Fortnightly; W=Weekly; Q=Quarterly

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