New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Sunday said it will go ahead with its strike on June 17 with withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country in the wake of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal. The announcement came a day after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence.The apex medical body, IMA, however, demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff, and in hospitals. Security measures and the determinants leading to violence should also be addressed, it said in a statement. Exemplary punishment for perpetrators of violence should be a component of the central law and suitable amendments should be brought in the IPC and CrPC, the IMA said. The IMA said all non-essential services, including OPD services, will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am Tuesday. Emergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said. The medical body had launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of a central law to check violence against healthcare workers.
A partnership between Elexon Mining, CSIRO Chile, the Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC) of the University of Chile, CSIRO Australia and Itasca International will use the Australian-developed Smart Marker technology to create a world-first system to measure and monitor slope deformation using wireless in-ground markers. This system will allow ground movement to be monitored from the mine´s onsite office using data from strategically-placed markers.This data will allow operators to detect in-ground movement before it reaches the surface and causes slopes to fail. Such a proactive approach will help identify potential slope failures at an early stage and therefore increase the chance of preventing slope failures or at the very least, minimising the consequences of failures. Elexon Mining and its partners are working with major Chilean mining companies to develop and validate this system.Elexon Mining’s Development Manager, Simon Steffen, said, “This partnership will allow us to create a system that will enhance a mining operation’s geotechnical monitoring capabilities and improve their ability to deal with major safety and production risks related to slope stability. We are building on the proven Smart Marker technology to create a wireless in-ground monitoring solution. The new system will be easy to install, low maintenance and efficient to manage. It will provide accurate, real-time information to detect potential slope stability issues at an early stage through measuring in-ground movement and changes in pore pressure.”The development of the new monitoring system is part of the “Smart Open Pit Slope Management” Project which aims to “better understand the behaviour of the rock mass and its influence on mining operations through improved monitoring, geotechnical and hydrogeological data analyses and modelling, and field validation of this emerging technology. Thus, the partnership between the research organisations (CSIRO and UCh-AMTC), developers (Elexon), service providers (Itasca) and the mining industry is the best combination towards delivering on the R&D in the shortest possible time” adds AMTC Project Leader, Dr Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart.Elexon anticipates that the first mine trials of the new system will be conducted in 2016 with a commercially viable product that can be sold to mine sites around the world within one to two years afterwards. Smart Markers were released in 2009 and are a world-first electronic cave flow monitoring product used in most sub-level and block caving mines around the world. Cave mines are exposed to the significant risks of elevated waste ingress and ore loss, both of which have a direct impact on a mine’s financial bottom-line. Smart Markers assist in reducing these risks through the delivery of flow and recovery data that allows mine personnel to make informed decisions leading to operational improvements. Smart Markers were developed in Brisbane, Australia by Elexon Mining over a period of four years with the support of the Mass Mining Project and major mining companies worldwide.