Kolkata: The Medical Council of India (MCI) had granted 350 seats at the undergraduate level at three medical colleges in the state, including a government-run institution.The newly constructed Diamond Harbour Govt Medical College and Hospital has obtained 100 seats for the academic year 2019-20 while two private medical colleges — ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, and Shri Ramkrishna Institute of Medical Sciences and Sanaka Hospitals, Durgapur, have received 100 and 150 MBBS seats each, respectively. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe ICARE Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Haldia, have been granted the seats for five years. After five years, the institute may have to seek an approval to function with the increased number of seat. The other two medical colleges will have to seek permission from the MCI every year before admitting candidates in the added number of seats. The Mamata Banerjee government has set up five new medical colleges in the state to mitigate the crisis of doctors in the state and create new opportunities for medical aspirants. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersApart from Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital, four other state-run medical colleges are waiting for the MCI’s nod to get undergraduate seats for the current academic year. A senior official of the state Health department said a total of 400 undergraduate medical seats will be created in the four newly constructed medical colleges at Purulia, Rampurhat, Raigunj and Cooch Behar. In 2016, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the project to set up five new medical colleges in the state. The Medical Council of India will approve the seats in these in colleges once it gets convinced about the availability of adequate infrastructure. The MCI has increased medical seats in all the other government-run medical colleges in the state having less than 250 sanctioned seats by 10 per cent on the overall number of seats in MBBS except the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and NRS Medical Colleges and Hospital. No seats were increased in these two medical colleges in the city as they already have around 250 seats. After coming to power, Banerjee felt the need to create more opportunities for aspiring medical students. To address the crises in this sector, she announced to come up with more medical colleges in various districts. According to sources in the state Health department, the combined number of MBBS and BDS seats has increased from 2,205 to 3,750 while the number of post-graduate medical seats has increased from 880 to 1,297. The number of post-doctoral seats has also increased from 107 to 147.
A teenage boy has died at Reading Festival.The 17-year-old’s death is being treated as unexplained, Thames Valley Police said.He was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to a tent in the campsite at the popular music festival shortly before 2am on Monday.The teenager has not been formally identified but his next of kin have been informed.Superintendent Rory Freeman, the festival’s police commander, reassured others attending the event that there is “no cause for concern”.He added: “We will continue to provide support to the boy’s family at this difficult time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The decision by the US Department of Defence not to disclose the current number of nuclear weapons at its disposal has been interpreted as a retrograde step by arms control experts. It puts the US and UK “further apart” given the emerging practice of greater transparency over nuclear weapons stockpiles. America has refused to reveal its nuclear capability in a policy reversal which experts warn leaves the UK in an “awkward position” and could even encourage Russia to step up its program. “The UK is a responsible… Lord Hannay, a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, told the Telegraph: “Greater transparency helps reinforce the established taboo on using nuclear weapons.