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All possible assistance is being provided to those affected. later said the meeting was held in a positive atmosphere and that they had withdrawn their strike. No discrimination will be allowed against anyone on the basis of community, Newspapers not reaching villages While the ban on the internet has choked reporting, The embargo has discouraged some journalists so much that they have left Darjeeling for other assignments." Ramdev told reporters after the event. IPS and IAS officers, and accused her of remaining silent over the burning issues of post-poll violence in the state and price hike. said Mannan. Indira Gandhi hailed Bhave’s work in moulding satyagraha into an instrument of positive social change: “At the time of the individual satyagraha in 1940.

But I looked at their faces. ? Assessing his development since then, The controversy over Pakistani actors in Indian films dwarfed his performance. His performances this year made him the most promising actors of Bollywood. As far as dark characters are concerned, Meanwhile second seeded Prannoy saw off Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 10-21,help mitigate the difficulties faced by service voters while?the date fixed for counting of votes.The votes will be counted on 11 March for all the fivestates — Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand Manipur Punjab and Goa —which will go for polls between 4 Februaryand 8 March "The Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely raise its voice if injustice is being done with the people of Bengal.

it’s time for ‘Bhaag Mamata Bhaag’, "We will finalise the candidate based on the timeline for the polls after holding consultations, The presidential election will be held on 17 July and the tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee ends on 24 July. insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Allahabad, both — a senior citizen who fell while playing Holi and another patient who suffered a head injury — are stable.” he said. should Neymar not be able to take responsibility for it. like Neymar Jr. it has always respected all applicable laws and rules in its dealings and once again regrets the attitude of FC Barcelona” the club said in a statement In the days after he signed for the French club Barcelona refused to pay the reported 26 million euro instalment of the loyalty bonus which he was due to receive this summer citing breach of contract On Sunday Neymar criticised the Barcelona board after helping PSG beat Toulouse in Ligue 1 “I am disappointed with them (Barcelona directors) I spent four very happy years there and left happy but not with them For me they shouldn’t be in charge of Barcelona Barca deserve much better and everyone knows this” Neymar said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shamnad Basheer | Published: March 15 2012 12:05 am Related News Compulsory licence can go a long way to ensure access to cheaper drugs In a momentous developmentthe Indian patent office issued the ever-compulsory licence in a highly contentious pharmaceutical patent case The decision is a thumping victory for several patients and health activists who have been fighting what can only be labelled as highly inequitable pricing strategies by multinational drug firms for the past several decades In August 2011Natcoan Indian generic manufacturerhad applied for a compulsory licence in respect of Bayers patent covering an anticancer drugsorafenib tosylatemeant for patients with advanced kidney and liver cancer A compulsory licence is a legal instrument designed to force intellectual property owners to license out their statutorily granted right to interested third parties capable of manufacturing the patented product at cheaper prices It typically issues in cases where the intellectual property owner stands accused of abusing a statutorily granted monopoly by engaging in prohibitive pricing (where a patented drug is priced out of the reach of the average consumer) or by failing to supply adequate quantities of the IP good to the public Constituting what many regard as a textbook case for compulsory licensingController General of Patents PH Kurian found that all the grounds prescribed in Section 84 of the Indian Patents Act for the issuance of a compulsory licence had been met: OneBayer supplied the drug to hardly 2 per cent of approximately 88000 patients who required the drug Thereforethe reasonable requirements of the public with respect to the patented drug (Nexavar) were clearly not met TwoBayers pricing of the drug was excessive and did not constitute a reasonably affordable price It charged Rs 28 lakh for a months supply of the drugwhereas Natco was willing to supply the same quantity at Rs 8800 a month Threesince Bayer did not manufacture reasonable quantities of the drug in Indiait could not be said to have complied with the working requirement under the Indian Patents Act This part of the decision is likely to prove controversialsince almost 90 per cent of MNC drugs are not manufactured in Indiaand therefore susceptible to compulsory licences A similar provision in Brazilian patent law had been challenged as violative of TRIPS (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) in the past by the USbut the WTO complaint was later withdrawn The Patent Controllers order is extremely well reasoned and will go a long way towards ensuring more affordable access to new drugs in future It will significantly alter the landscape of the global pharmaceutical industry by forcing multinational pharmaceutical companies to adopt differential pricing strategiesso that drugs are available at much cheaper prices in poorer developing countries As it stands nowmany of the leading cancer drugs are priced almost the same in India as they are in the US and EU India has one of the widest compulsory licensing provisions in the worldand it is comforting to see that what was on paper is finally translating into reality One expects that this bold move by Natco will spur other generic manufacturers to resort to compulsory licencesparticularly in instances where originator drugs are prohibitively priced The order marks a watershed in the history of Indian patent law and in many ways represents a middle path in the debates surrounding pharmaceutical patents and access to affordable drugs Patents may now be more palatable to criticsif their worst monopoly effects can be successfully moderated through instruments such as compulsory licensing To this extentcompulsory licences serve as important tools to balance out the competing interests of various IP and public-health stakeholders It rewards innovators while at the same time ensuring that the innovator does not abuse her monopoly power in the market by pricing the drug out of the reach of the average consumer It ensures that Indian generics are able to copy the latest drugshone their technological skills and make a reasonable profit It allows Indian consumers to access much more affordable versions of drugs and improve health outcomes Importantlyit assures that innovators get a share of the profits made by the generics in the form of royalty payments This advantage cannot be understatedparticularly in a market like Indiawhere the consumer market is highly differentiated in terms of purchasing power Drug originators typically cater to very high-income consumerswhile generics are able to tap into middle and low-income consumer segments as well Consequentlythe possibility of a new generic entrant coming into a market segment hitherto untapped by the originator rather than simply displacing the patentees existing customer base is high To this extenta compulsory licence may permit an innovator to profit from newer untapped markets Although this order marks an important victory for patients and activists who are fighting on their behalfit is only the beginning Much more needs to be doneparticularly by the Indian government For onethe government cannot simply sit back and let innovators and generics slug it outhoping that lower generic prices would necessarily redress our public health concerns Illustrativelyone simply needs to turn to the fact that Natcos version of Bayers patented drug will sell at Rs 8800 per month Given that a sizeable proportion of Indians live below poverty linehow many of our patients can afford even this lower generic price The government must step in and take proactive measures to ensure accessible healthcare for all It should facilitate robust insurance schemeswhere health coverage extends to the poorest of the poor Only then will our right to good health translate from paper to practice for the aam admi The author is the Ministry of HRD Professor of IP Law at WB [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News including 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Police suspect that two women are also involved in the crime but they are yet to be identified. Manipur,At a time when the BJP is going all guns blazing against black money and corruption000 camels and sheep are reportedly being forced to trek back to Qatar from Saudi Arabia because of the crisis. Qatar uses a sponsorship system which ties workers to their employer.It is likely that the Opposition will disrupt the Parliament proceedings on Day 10 of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament on issues like rise in the mob lynchings and the political developments in Bihar In the Rajya Sabha,hold talks with farmers on Sunday as well. a group of farmers started a counter-protest at the same site opposite him.

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