Army chief’s remark irks China

China on Monday expressed anger over Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat's remarks, saying such "unconstructive" comments would hurt peace and tranquility in the border area.

Gen Rawat last week said India needed to shift its military focus from its western border with Pakistan to its northern border with China. He also said that if China was strong, India was not weak either.

During the past one year, relations between China and India witnessed some twists and turns," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

Lu pointed out that in September, the leaders of India and China reached some important consensus on properly handling the differences and promote China-India relations.

Recently, two sides enhanced dialogue on consultations, and bilateral relations have shown sound momentum of improvement and development.

Under such background, the unconstructive remarks by the Indian senior officials not only go against the consensus reached by the two heads of state, and do not conform to the efforts made by the two sides to improve and develop bilateral relations.

It cannot help to preserve tranquillity and peace in the border areas.

Rawat also said that said India needed to check China's growing assertiveness in the South Asian region by forming a partnership with its neighbouring countries.

He also said the crisis at Doklam would have been resolved due to the onset of winter and apprehended that Chinese troops might come back again.

He, however, said that Doklam, which China calls Donglang, is a disputed territory between Beijing and Thimphu.

Asked to which particular remark of Rawat's China has taken exception to, Lu said: "I have made myself clear. If the senior official according to the report referred to Donglang, I think you are clear about our position - Donglang belongs to China and has always been in the effective jurisdiction of China.

The China border troops patrolling and stationed in the area are exercising our sovereignty rights. We hope the Indian side has learned the lessons of history and will avoid similar accidents to take place again.

If he refers to the situation in the whole India-China boundary, I have also said that last September the two heads of state have reached important consensus during the Xiamen summit. Both sides have maintained effective communication since then.

The aim is to enhance strategic mutual trust and create enabling atmosphere for strategic communication. Recently the bilateral relations have shown positive momentum.

On such background, the official mentioned by you made such kind of remarks that go against the consensus of the states and do not conform to the general trend of improvement of bilateral relations. We believe such kinds of remarks are not conducive to maintaining peace and tranquility in border areas.


Disease in diagnosis

Disease in diagnosis

The quality of medical care in the port city is getting a bad name in recent times, leading to immense patient sufferings. And the diagnostic centres are partly to blame.

Healthcare is characterised by the treatment of the patient by taking into account the clinical reports, rather than just the symptoms of a disease. Getting the right diagnosis is a key aspect as it helps doctors decide on subsequent steps.

Bakteyar Hossen Saimon from Noapara village of Raozan upazila in Chittagong thought the worst was behind after his mother's gall bladder removal at Delta Hospital in Chittagong in the first week of June.

But a few days after the procedure, a diagnostic report showed the presence of malignancy (adenocarcinoma) that had spread and that she would require chemotherapy to heal.

We were absolutely devastated by the news. Thinking about what to do next, I decided to go to Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore, India for a second opinion.

Zipping through the visa procedure, they flew out the very next week. To our surprise, the medical report of the Department of Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery of CMC showed no evidence of cancer.

Mitu Chakraborty, 42, a resident of Akbar Shah in Chittagong, shares a similar narrative. She had heard of varying blood work results from her acquaintances before and so she gave blood samples at Popular Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science on September 5.

Her confusion knew no bounds when she got two diverse results – the report of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Science showed her thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level at 3. 9 and Popular Diagnostic at 12. 72.

Three days later, she gave a blood sample at Sensive Diagnostic, and the result showed her TSH at 7. 44.

The head mistress at South Mosjiddha Government Primary School of Sitakunda Upazila is now apprehensive about further tests in the port city and has decided to go abroad for treatment as well.

In another incident, Farid Ahmed, a resident of Changragona union of Rangunia Upazila, said his wife was diagnosed with a tumour in her gall bladder through assessment at the Centre for Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound in the first week of March 2016.

My wife broke down in tears at the doctor's chambers after hearing the test results. However, a second assessment just after three days at Metro Diagnostic Centre showed no tumour.

We are now even more uncertain of what to do next.

One of the factors behind misdiagnosis could be the use of expired reagents in carrying out the tests, Chittagong Civil Surgeon Abdul Aziz Siddiqi told The Daily Star. A reagent is a substance or mixture that is used for chemical analysis or other reactions at laboratories.

RAB frequently conducts drives into these labs and fines them for using expired reagents. But the labs just pay the fines and its business as usual, added Siddiqi.

We formed a three member probe body to examine into the varying test results of Mitu Chakraborty and will take steps accordingly.

On why diagnostic reports vary at different centres, Dr Zillur Rahman, head of the pathology department of Chittagong Medical College, said test results may vary depending on the method, quality of reagents, skills of the technicians and the way the reagents are being preserved.

Hospitals and labs get frequent deliveries of fresh reagents, but some dishonest technicians make do with expired and diluted reagents and sell the new reagents outside, he added.

Many a labs may even procure low quality materials for diagnosis, as those are cheaper. And lastly, the skills of the technicians in conducting the tests and preserving the reagents is a determining factor as well,” he said.

What do the diagnostic centres have to say?

Abu Masud Hanif, assistant manager of Popular Diagnostic Centre, defended their report when Chakraborty returned to confront them about her TSH level, accompanied by journalists. We diagnosed her again and found the same result as before. We can say that our report is one hundred percent right.

Dr Tapan Poddar, in-charge of the pathology department at Delta Hospital, said a number of patients do not follow the right procedures before going through the medical tests. Sometimes, patients come in after having a meal, while he or she was asked to take the test in a fasted state. This makes it difficult to make the right diagnosis.

On the case of Mitu Chakraborty, Dr Moinul Islam Mahmud, director of Sensive Diagnostic Centre, said the Civil Surgeon Office formed a committee to look into the reports.

As the matter is under investigation, I prefer to not make a comment. The findings will reveal everything. But I can say that we use the best equipment and use cutting edge technology to ensure accurate readings.

The committee found no irregularities while investigating Popular Diagnostic Centre and Sensive Diagnostic Centre, sources said. It was still probing Institute of Nuclear Medicine.

Robiul Haque, director of Institute of Nuclear Medicine, could not be reached over the phone despite several attempts.


'I have always been a tomboy'

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Actor Zareen Khan, who will soon be seen performing action stunts in her upcoming film One Day, says she has always been a tomboy.

I have always been a tomboy. I'd love to do action films and that is the reason I took up this role because people have seen a very different side of me. I am playing a police officer in 'One Day'. I have never done any of this. people have never seen me in something like this, they have seen me in a glamorous avatar and looking hot," Zareen told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Talking about the film, the Hate Story 2 actor said, "Yes, and I am so excited about it because a lot of people don't really know the real me and I really want people to know this side of me. people have this impression of me that she is this beautiful bimbette and a dumb person. I am not a dumb person I am much more to myself.

The actor, who has mostly portrayed a girl-next-door and bold characters on screen, says it will be a change of image with One Day. It's going to be a different 360 degree change from that and of course action is something I always wanted to do. So here's my chance,"she added.

The film, which also stars Anupam Kher, will be directed by Ashok Nanda and will go on floors by mid-February. Zareen Khan's latest Bollywood outing was Vikram Bhatt's horror flick 1921 alongside Karan Kundra which released on Friday, took off quite low at the box office.

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