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Chhattisgarh to host international meet on rare disease

Raipur, Nov 19 (IANS) Over 200 experts from across the world will meet here to discuss rising cases of 'sickle-cell' blood disorder that has affected roughly 15-18 percent of Chhattisgarh's population.

The six-day convention will begin Nov 22, an official said Friday. The Chhattisgarh government has organised it in association with the Sickle Cell Disease International Organisation.

'The basic intent is to draw attention to sickle cell disease as a rising public health problem in India,' said P.K. Patra, head of the Centre for Genetic Diseases and Molecular Biology.

Chhattisgarh tightlipped over security forces vacating schools

Raipur, Nov 19 (IANS) A day after the apex court asked the state government to remove security forces from schools, Chhattisgarh Friday chose to remain tightlipped about when it will begin the process.

'It's a very complex issue and I can't comment on it... vacating these schools needs a lot of thought,' a senior official at the police headquarters who co-ordinates anti-Maoist operation in the state, told IANS.

Chhattisgarh zoo closed to mourn death of tigress

World'S Oldest Tiger

Raipur, Nov 19 (IANS) A zoo in Chhattisgarh was closed Friday to mourn the death of one of the world's oldest tigresses.

The tigress died Thursday at the age of a little over 22 years and 10 months at the government-run Nandan Van zoo that is based on the outskirts of state capital Raipur.

'Shankari was ailing for a few days and had enjoyed a lot of affection of visitors and even residents of nearby villagers,' Rakesh Chaturvedi, conservator of forests (wildlife), told IANS.

Chhattisgarh holds emergency meet over rising malaria cases

Raipur, Nov 17 (IANS) Alarmed over reports of malaria cases coming in from various districts, a senior health official Wednesday held here an emergency meeting with chief medical officers (CMO) of all the districts through video conferencing.

Health Secretary Vikasheel asked the CMOs of all the 18 districts to urgently work out a strategy to contain malaria in rural areas and reach out to the patients. Reports suggest the state is adding hundreds of new malaria cases every day.

World'S oldest tigress is aling and under going Treatment in central India

World'S Oldest Tiger

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SOURCE: ANI

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World's oldest tigress is ailing and under going treatment in central India.

Shankari, reportedly, world's oldest tigress is ailing at Raipur in India's central Chhattisgarh and veterinarians are presently treating the beautiful aged and striped feline.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL

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RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH, INDIA (NOVEMBER 16, 2010) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC)

1. EXTERIOR OF NANDANVAN ZOO AT RAIPUR

2. A SIGN BOARD READING 'TIGER'

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