Electricity department employees hold dharna


Nearly 300 employees of the electricity department on Thursday held a dharna in front of Vidhyut Bhavan, Panaji, demanding resolution of charter of demands. The president of the electricity employees union's (EEU), A F G Mascarenhas, said that they are also demanding regularization of over 800 employees, who are working on the contractual system for the last 8-12 years. The EEU delegation met chief electrical engineer Nirmal Braganza, who assured to take up the matter with the government and also fixed a meeting for January 11, stated press note.
Caitu to raise waste disposal issue in assembly: Benaulim MLA Caitu D'Silva has said that during the winter assembly session he will demand that the state government assists coastal panchayats in finding suitable land to dispose garbage. Silva stated that most of the panchayats in his constituency already had an active garbage disposal mechanism, but had no land to dump site. He pointed out that even though the panchayats had identified land, the same was not found to be suitable by the government due to objections raised either by GCZMA or the Goa state pollution control board. D'Silva said that he had already apprised chief minister Manohar Parrikar of the problem.
GMC releases CD on recent advances in cardiology: The department of pathology of Goa Medical College (GMC), Bambolim, in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Cytologists, recently released a CD on 'Recent advances in cardiology'. Edited by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto, the CD contains presentations by Dr Yash Lokhandwala – consultant cardiologist at Holy Family Hospital, Bandra-Mumbai, Dr Praful Kerkar – professor and head of the cardiology department of Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, and Dr Daniel Neville Mascarenhas – professor of clinical medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine, interventional and nuclear cardiologist, Easton Hospital, Pennsylvania-USA. The topics covered include maximizing the utility of ECG in acute cardiac ischemia, universal classification of myocardial infarction, ECG manifestations of acute cardiac ischemia, changing concepts, troponins as biomarkers, ECG in the future, ECG in unstable angina and maximizing information from ECG. It also contains the pharmacoinvasive approach in ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), importance of time and time delay in reperfusion therapy in STEMI, pharmacoinvasive approach on clinical outcome, care for STEMI in India, pharmacologic agents, future of management of STEMI, the model ideal for India, Indian guidelines and promoting cardiology facilities in big hospitals. There are also rare cases of antiphospholipid syndrome with acute coronary events and restenting in old stenotic stents. The CD also contains information on therapeutic hypothermia, implications, methods and review of literature. The CD is available free of cost at the GMC's pathology department. [TOI]