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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2425

Life & Health

Zoonotic TB survivor resolves to make her community TB-free

Dressed in a colorful attire, Timpiyian Leseni from the Maasai tribe of Africa, turned many heads at the first-ever "WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in the Sustainable Development Era: A Multisectoral Response" which was held in Moscow in November 2017.

Photograph of Timpiyian Leseni and Shobha Shukla
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Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on (FDA) last week took the first concrete action to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to make them much less addictive, opening a regulatory process described as a “historic first step” by the agency's top official.

Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes
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WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry

At the concluding ceremony of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), one of the declaration called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "align itself with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately."

WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry
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Tobacco Industry: Charge As Criminals

Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death in the US and around the world. Tobacco control measures like civil litigation, legislation, and even the tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, have made progress, but people are still dying.

Tobacco Industry:  Charge As Criminals
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STOP - by Bloomberg Initiative

Michael R. Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies today have taken a critical step to accelerate global progress in reducing tobacco use by announcing the launch of Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a new global watchdog that will aggressively monitor deceptive tobacco industry tactics and practices to undermine public health, states Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

Michael R. Bloomberg
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A tale with a difference

This is the story of Razia, a girl from village Bahpur in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It has all the ingredients of a fairy tale, but with a difference. Razia might not be a run-of the-mill princess depicted in fairy tales; rather she represents a brave and mighty character in her own right. Razia comes from a very poor Muslim family belonging to the barber community. Abject poverty, an unemployed and visually challenged father; a daily wage-earning mother, striving unsuccessfully to make ends meet—all these were enough to snatch away a carefree childhood from her.

A tale with a difference
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Stop this shaming of menstruation

This disgustingly shocking and audacious signpost appears in a country where women value their bodily autonomy and rights fiercely, or so do I believe. This seems to be the work of some ignorant and conservative religious Hindu outfit that is up in arms against gender equality, but, of course it must be having the sanction of the concerned local authorities. I do not know if there have been protests against this disparaging and discriminatory directive.

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Listening to the unheard voices of India

It is a common practice to interview celebrities and share their success stories. But the real grass roots heroines and heroes rarely get heard. So, for a change, let us listen to what our 13 year old Raveena has to say on girls’ education. It is high time our policy makers paid heed to the experiential knowledge of people like Raveena to ensure that all children receive an education, and help achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals, one of which (SDG 4) envisages to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

Listening to the unheard voices of India
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Turning sunset years into gold

As soon as I set foot inside ‘Suansawan Care Resort for the elderly’ in northern Thailand, I was immediately struck by its spacious, sylvan and tranquil surroundings. Set in Maerim valley, 20 km away from the Lanna province of Chiang Mai, this retirement facility is owned and managed by 66 years old British businessman Peter Brown and his Thai wife. Opened in 2013, it won the Most Outstanding Care Resort of the world award in 2016. In an exclusive and candid interview with CNS (Citizen News Service), Peter narrated the incident that motivated him to open this care home for the elderly.

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Brazil’s Highest Court Upholds Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court – the country’s highest court – ruled yesterday that the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) has the power to regulate the tobacco industry. This ruling upholds a 2012 ANVISA regulation banning the use of flavors and additives in tobacco products sold in Brazil, said Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Brazil’s Highest Court Upholds Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products
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