Today’s roundtable was organized in collaboration with TiE Delhi, and had a special emphasis on the online education sector with three out of the five entrepreneurs presenting education businesses. Ankur Mehra and his associate Aditya started off by introducing GuruVantage. Ankur and Aditya have determined that training managers at various Indian companies need help with vetting the quality, methodology and infrastructures of various training institutes, training vendors and such. Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies, writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, and runs the 1M/1M initiative. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Entrepreneur Journeys book series, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping: Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market and her latest volume Innovation: Need Of The Hour, as well as Vision India 2020, are all available from Amazon. In response to that, they are proposing a solution to do both pre-hiring and post-hiring. Prior to hiring, for example, training managers need to assess where candidates have been trained, and what is the quality of training that they provide. In addition, there are additional training needs post-hiring, which training managers address often by hiring training vendors.The key question that Guruvantage needs to answer is whether training managers are willing to pay for the solution or not. If the answer is yes, then the next question is how much are they willing to pay? What this leads us to is first, value proposition validation, then business model validation, followed by pricing model validation. Each stage of validation helps enhance the valuation of a company. And in 1M/1M, we always emphasize the best practice of building as much value, validation and valuation upfront.In addition, we had a specific discussion about segmentation alternatives – based on size of company, vertical, and geographical. Guruvantage has a large vision of doing this kind of training assessment for a wide variety of sectors ranging from engineering to business to the arts. All very well, but they have to pick a segment to enter through. As I told them, by trying to cater to everybody, you end up catering to nobody. You HAVE to go segment by segment.ARROWDevesh Verma was up next to present ARROW, a finishing school solution that helps college graduates become employable. Devesh addresses the issue that a large portion of Indian college grads are not employable because of a lack of essential skills, especially communication. Devesh has three colleges that have told him that they are willing to pay Rs. 150,000 for training 30 students on ARROW. He expects to be able to deliver a 30-student session within Rs. 130,000. Not bad. Now I want to know whether Devesh can find 100 colleges – tier B and tier C colleges since the tier A colleges tend to have their own offerings – who are willing to pay Rs. 150,000 for ARROW. If he can, then there is a business worth building here. And pay attention to the segmentation of who is adopting vs. who isn’t; it will provide great cues to where the highest velocity entry points to the market are.Devesh asked me, “Is the Indian education sector ready for something like ARROW?” My answer is: “A sector’s readiness is a function of the customers’ readiness. So by answering the question – Will more colleges buy? – you will also be able to answer the broad question.”Global ExpertsThen Rahul Jain presented Global Experts, a community of business experts who will be tutoring, coaching and mentoring business students. Rahul has assembled a lot of content on business and management curriculums, and wants to use that to attract potential customers who will then pay to access more personal engagements with experts. In essence, he is proposing a freemium model whereby he uses content to draw in users, and then try to convert a percentage of them to paying customers in the U.S. Well, the paid content model in the U.S. has really imploded, so I have some skepticism about the viability. There are some competitors who seem to have validated the business model to a degree, like http://www.studentoffortune.com. So Rahul’s next step is to SEO-optimize the content he has put together and harness a group of users ti see if he can convert a percentage of them (average freemium conversion rate is usually 2%) to paying customers. If Rahul can get to about 5,000 paying customers, paying $250 a year, then he can get to the $1M mark. The question is, can he attract 250,000 students with his free content and then convert 2% of those to paying customers?For these three and other online education entrepreneurs, I would like to take a moment and point you to some online education case studies on my blog. Take a look at Apex Learning, Archipelago Learning, KC Distance Learning, Revolution Prep, and Global English. Intelligent MonitoringNext Vikas Hazrati and Narinder Kumar discussed Intelligent Monitoring. Vikas and Narinder have identified an interesting pain point that IT managers seem to have: a large volume of alerts from various IT monitoring systems without the ability to actionable correlation analysis. They have feedback from three to five IT managers, including one that is willing to pay them to build a solution. To them, my advice is to leverage as much of the “consulting” money that clients are willing to pay to solve the problem, and use that cash to bootstrap the business. I love this kind of customer intimacy through working closely with customers, and getting paid for it. If they can talk to 100 IT managers in the SME segment and get 10 to 15 to pay up, the entire product design and development process can be financed by customers! I referred them to the Bootstrapping To Billions case study in Entrepreneur Journeys, Volume One.SimplogyUp last was Hasnain Zaheer for Simplogy, who wants to offer marketing strategy and execution services from Australia. My advice to him is to zero in on specific marketing processes that can be offered in a remote mode, which could be email marketing, or SEO, SEM, Web design – all those being highly competitive areas – but strategy consulting cannot really be sold online.I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our recently launched our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions.The recording of this roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.Photo by Mary Gober. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sramana mitra 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#start#StartUp 101 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The BJP won the Lohaghat seat in Uttarakhand as the results were announced on Wednesday after a repoll was held over one poll booth. With this BJP’s tally goes up to 57 in the 70-member House.The Election Commission ordered a repoll in the Karnkarayat poll booth of the Lohaghat seat due to an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunction.According to the EC, BJP candidate Puran Singh Fartyal won the seat on Wednesday, defeating his Congress rival by 834 votes.The Congress has 11 seats and independents two in the Assembly.The Congress is yet to decide on its Legislature Party Leader after the outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both Hardwar Rural and Kichha seats.In the BJP, however, the current challenge is that of deciding a Chief Minister. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, three names — Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, and Doiwala Trivendra Singh Rawat — are being considered by the party’s central leadership. A decision would be announced within a day or two, party sources said.
India opener KL Rahul was back in the nets on Tuesday after missing out the first Test due to viral fever but chief coach Ravi Shastri kept cards close to his chest about the stylish right-hander’s participation in the second Test.”Rahul is (doing) good. We are watching him closely. He went through some tough times and he was in the hospital for 2-3 days. Obviously, it has taken a lot out of him.”So we have to be very careful how we treat him, we are watching him very closely and he is getting better by the day,” Shastri said during media interaction ahead of the second Test beginning Thursday.Like skipper Virat Kohli, Shastri also spoke in same vein about having a good bench strength, now that Rahul is getting fit and Abhinav Mukund keeping himself in the hunt with an 81 in the second innings of the first Test.”When I have good bench strength, it is very good. When there is competition for places even better because that’s healthy competition and a good headache to have. Where you know if someone is injured someone else is ready and that is across all formats.”It is very good but ideally you want your core team to be fit and on the park as often as possible,” said Shastri.
Arsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0: Walcott hits winner for Wenger’s men Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 21/9/2017 Getty Images Jack Wilshere and Reiss Nelson both started for Arsenal as Theo Walcott scored the winner in a 1-0 League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. Theo Walcott scored his first goal of the season to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.Walcott, who had not netted a competitive goal for the Gunners since April, pounced in the 25th minute to make it 1-0 at the Emirates and at that stage it looked as though Arsenal would steamroller their League One opponents.Despite a glut of first-half chances the hosts failed to extend their lead and Doncaster, having frustrated Olivier Giroud as he sought his 100th goal for Arsenal, probed for an equaliser and gave the Premier League side a number of scares. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Darren Ferguson’s men lacked quality in the final third and the few clear-cut chances they created went begging, leaving Arsene Wenger to reflect on a positive result and another good performance from Jack Wilshere.The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, made his first start for the club since May 2016 and was involved in much of Arsenal’s best play, while full-back Reiss Nelson also emerged with credit on his full debut.A lively opening four minutes saw Doncaster winger Rodney Kongolo draw a diving save from David Ospina with a low drive, before Giroud had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when the referee refused to acknowledge that he was hauled down in the penalty area.The Frenchman almost scored a contender for goal of the competition two minutes later when he met Wilshere’s delicately chipped ball into the box with an acrobatic scissor-kick that beat Ian Lawlor but rattled the crossbar.Giroud headed a pinpoint Mohamed Elneny cross narrowly over the crossbar after 20 minutes as Arsenal camped themselves in Doncaster’s half, with Wilshere and Nelson moving the ball around crisply.The breakthrough arrived after 25 minutes when Alexis Sanchez looped the ball into the box and behind the Doncaster defence where Walcott arrived and took a touch to control before side-footing it past Lawlor and into the net.@theowalcott’s up and running for the season#AFCvDRFC pic.twitter.com/i2YQcyRDJj— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017Wilshere would have added a second with a rasping 30-yard drive had Lawlor not made an impressive save at full stretch, before lone Doncaster striker Alfie May lashed a shot against the side netting on the cusp of half-time.Within three minutes of the re-start, Giroud created a golden opportunity to double Arsenal’s advantage, but Walcott fired over the crossbar with only Lawlor to beat.May, who only turned professional in January, looked set to equalise when he broke into Arsenal’s half on his own after 58 minutes but he was easily caught by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who dispossessed him as Arsenal survived a nervous moment.Nelson drew a good save from Lawlor with an angled drive after 64 minutes, leaving Arsenal vulnerable to the threat of an equaliser and extra-time as Doncaster launched a series of counter-attacks in the closing stages, but Andy Butler and John Marquis both fired over the bar when chances fell their way.Maitland-Niles scuffed a backwards pass on the half-way line and allowed Benjamin Whiteman a chance to run at goal, but once again the young Arsenal defender showed his pace and successfully back-tracked to cut out the danger.Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair both had late chances to grab a dramatic late equaliser in the final six minutes, but both lacked accuracy in front of goal and Arsenal’s slender lead survived.Job done#AFCvDRFC pic.twitter.com/WAVkNo2DSN— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017 read more
Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsEvery night Niki Dumas feeds herself through a tube.The 30-year-old can no longer stomach solid food.For the past four months Dumas has been relying on a daily tube feed to receive the nutrients she needs to live.Dumas lives with a rare abnormality called intestinal malrotation, which is a condition where the intestines are not in the correct anatomical position.“My organs are in the wrong place. My large and small bowels are completely twisted,” Dumas told APTN News from her home in Carberry, Man.People living with intestinal malrotation have a hard time digesting things.Because of this people can experience intense bouts of vomiting, nausea and overall discomfort.(“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” says Niki Dumas seen here in the hospital. Submitted photo)Dumas, who is originally from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba, has been sick since she was an infant but was only diagnosed with the condition in 2017.She was four months pregnant with her youngest at the time when she started experiencing violent spells of vomiting.She was hospitalized numerous times before doctors were finally able to determine what was wrong.Since then Dumas has been in and out hospitals every month.She has to travel from her home in Carberry to either Brandon or Winnipeg to receive treatment to help alleviate the pain.“I run out of energy. I get really tired fast,” said Dumas. “Half of the time I’m sleeping because I’m so uncomfortable.”“I just can’t be a mother to my children because I don’t have the energy.”Dumas has three children aged six, four and her youngest is now 15 months.She has undergone numerous surgeries to correct the issue including laparoscopic and open bowel surgery; she’s had her gall bladder and appendix removed; and the Ladd procedure, which is the most commonly used procedure to treat intestinal malrotation.Dumas had all but given up hope of a solution when through a Facebook support group, she learned about a specialized surgery option based at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States – the only problem is Manitoba Health won’t pay for it, she said.This appears to be an issue across the country.Last year Andrea Taylor, 32, traveled from her home in Prince Edward County, Ont., to the Cleveland Clinic on her own dime after the Ontario government refused to pay for the surgery.“The procedure has given me my life back,” Taylor said over the phone from her home. “It has given me more than what I had before.”Taylor was the first to tell Dumas about the surgery.She was diagnosed as a newborn and received the Ladd procedure at 12-weeks-old.“The Ladd procedure is a bit of a band-aide on a bullet hole. It’s really good in emergency situations but for overall gut function it kind of just sets things up for problems down the road,” said Taylor.(“The procedure has given me my life back,” says Andrea Taylor. Submitted photo)Those problems came throughout the years ultimately leading to complete gut failure in 2017.Taylor was placed on IV nutrition support for nine months. She had to quit her job as a teacher and move back home with her parents.Both Taylor and Dumas were essentially told the surgery is considered experimental and therefore would not be covered.Taylor’s family and friends spent months fundraising to cover costs.The nearby Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory also helped fundraise for the family. Taylor, who is non-Indigenous, worked at the school as well as her mother for most of her life.Taylor says governments need to be held accountable because lives are at risk if the surgery isn’t covered.Dumas has also started her own fundraising efforts through GoFundMe.LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/malrotation-of-the-bowelShe says doctors in Cleveland have estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars for travel and surgery.Last month, Dumas completed a five-day awareness walk from Carberry to Winnipeg where she ended at the Legislative Building.She called on the government to intervene.“I’m hoping…they help me get on my way to receive this life saving surgery that I need,” Dumas told reporters at the time.Since then, Dumas says she has received numerous messages of support but little has changed.Manitoba Health did send a Winnipeg man to Cleveland for the surgery last year.According to a government spokesperson, out of province procedures can be covered if a physician deems it necessary.Dumas says she hasn’t had much luck with her previous doctors. She has since been assigned a new one and is working to meet with a firstname.lastname@example.org@bhobs22
Related Items:deputy governor, Minimum wage, premier, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Hundreds, maybe thousands should begin to see changes in their paychecks today as today marks the official start of a minimum wage increase to $6.25 cents per hour. Recently Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick shared that government workers have likely begun to see that change since April 1; which was the original implementation date. May is also the month the Premier and Deputy Governor had announced that Civil Servants would see changes in their pay after a re-grading exercise. In March media and public sector workers were told that the range of increase in pay is 21% to 67% with those working in Education getting the largest leaps; fire officers are also seeing a big boost of around 60%. Government has allotted $9 million dollars to this recurrent TCIG expense; another quarter of a million dollars is pegged for education and training opportunities. Recommended for you Bermuda swears in youngest Premier in country’s history TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Cabinet Report by Premier, His Excellency present.
The only catch here is there can’t be a button or link that allows the customer to purchase that content outside of the app. As Mac Rumors notes, the removal of the rule necessitating the corresponding subscription deal at the same or better price now allows publishers to raise their pricing to pad Apple’s 30 percent cut, which, of course, still remains intact. It also appears that the other sticking point for publishers, detailed subscriber data, has not been changed either. Apple has changed its rules for in-app subscriptions and content access in the App Store. Reports are indicating that the most significant change is access to content purchased outside of the app without a corresponding in-app subscription requirement, and a concomitant relaxation of pricing requirements.In February, Apple released its app subscription service, which debuted with the launch of News Corp.’s The Daily. The subscription service rules were set to take effect at the end of this month. Until now, Apple required publishers that wanted to offer subscription deals outside of the app to include the same or better offer inside the app. Also, publishers couldn’t provide direct links inside the app to purchase content outside the app. Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs said when the company announced is subscription plan in February: “All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app.”The new rules, as initially reported by Mac Rumors’ Jordan Golson, now let apps link to purchased or subscription content outside of the app without also requiring a similar or better deal in the App Store. All Things D’s Peter Kafka raises another point—that the new rules could pose significant problems for apps such as Amazon’s Kindle app, which has a button that delivers customers right into the Kindle store.Up to this point, big publishers have been split on their acceptance of the rules in general. Conde Nast and Hearst just started selling subs via iTunes and the Financial Times decided to forego an iOS app, instead launching an HTML5 Web app, freeing it from any of Apple’s App Store requirements.While the rule adjustment does allow for greater outbound content and pricing flexibility, it’s not a wholesale change to the model. Publishers that want to play within the walls of the App Store still have to swallow the 30 percent cut, limited subscriber information and the inability to direct customers to Web-based content offers.
The broadcast rights for the Indian subcontinent is valid for 10 seasons — from 2018 to 2027.The IPL digital rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022.The international media rights are valid for five seasons — from 2018 to 2022. Future gems of India cricket team Features of the IPL media rights The BCCI, reportedly, is willing to accept a “consolidated bid” from the TV broadcasters, where they need to put forward a one-bid figure for all three rights packages.Companies currently in frayStar India Pvt Ltd, Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, Reliance Jio Digital, Yahoo, Followon Interactive Media, Times Internet Ltd, Gulf DTH, SuperSport International, GroupM Media India, beIN IP, Econet Media Group, Sky UK, ESPN Digital Media, BTG Legal Service, BT Sport, Twitter, Facebook, Discovery, Airtel, Yahoo, DAZN Perform Group. In India, Sony Pictures Network has held the broadcast rights since the inception of the IPL in 2008.Come 2018, the cash-rich BCCI-organised cricket competition in India will see a new set of digital and broadcast partners. That pits Star India and Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) in a level playing field. Even reports claim that these two are frontrunners to bag the IPL broadcast rights.Question is who wins in the end.The submissions of the Invitation To Tender (ITT), made available for purchase by the BCCI, is scheduled for September 1.Dish doesn’t want StarDish TV, one of India’s biggest Direct-to-home (DTH) operators, meanwhile has shot a letter to the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators, the Competition Commission of India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as well as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, reasoning why Star India should not get the rights, when the bid documents are opened.Auditors Deloitte and legal firm Amarchand Mangaldas will look into the tenders.Jawahar Goel, the chairman and managing director of Dish TV, argued that the consumers stand to lose a hefty pocket money if Star TV are given the IPL broadcast rights, starting 2018.”The cost for the consumers is likely to increase manifold because of the creation of ‘sole supplier’ monopoly in the market,” wrote Goel.Possible monopoly in sports broadcasting businessGoel mentions that a possible monopoly situation would not only lead to cricket fans paying more for subscriptions but also pressurise the DTH service operators to shell out exorbitant rates to acquire the channels.”STAR is aiming to acquire the IPL cricket telecast rights also and thereby attain the status of ‘sole holder’ of the telecast rights of all the major cricketing events,” continued Goel in the letter, accessed by Indian Express.Read the full contents of the letter”The history of the media industry is witness to the fact that all the actions initiated by STAR till date have always been to economically concentrate the power through acquisition of cricket broadcast rights and thereby create a monopoly in the market to gain huge commercial advantage at the expense of the consumers and the distribution industry.”Such a situation would not only be anti-competitive but also anti-consumers.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Multi-million dollar contracts end with Southwest Key Confirmation of new potential shelters comes as Austin-based non-profit Southwest Key closes down two Texas facilities, one in Conroe and another in Harlingen. The federal government ended those contracts due to an “unexpected loss of federal funding.”None of the new facilities would be run by Southwest Key. Children have now been removed from the Conroe facility, according to an August census of all unaccompanied minor facilities in Texas. Kids had been removed from the Harlingen shelter by mid-July. The non-profit Southwest Key operates more than a third of unaccompanied minor facilities statewide through multi-million dollar federal contracts. Inside Houston’s Newest Migrant Shelter For Unaccompanied TeensThe organization has been under fire for more than a year, especially after they were slated to open a shelter for children under the age of 12 in Houston during the height of the Trump administration’s family separation policy. That shelter, on Emancipation Avenue, is now licensed to hold 16 and 17-year-olds. In July, NPR reported that the federal government is requesting bids on large migrant shelters in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Atlanta and Phoenix. The total capacity of these shelters is 2,500. Here’s a map of the area in #Houston where the govt wants to put a new shelter for #migrant minors who arrive at the #border w/out parents #hounews >> pic.twitter.com/6BaoN34GNn— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) July 2, 2019The new Houston shelter will hold 500 migrant children, according to government documents, and will be built in northwest Houston.Some 4,300 children are currently being held in unaccompanied minor facilities statewide. Correction (8/28/19): A previous version of this article stated that there would be three new shelters. It has been updated to reflect that one of the three applications is for a new child placement agency which won’t directly care for migrant kids. Share Listen X Courtesy of Southwest KeyInside Casa Sunzal, an unaccompanied minor shelter run by Southwest Key.Texas Health and Human Services has confirmed that applications have come in for two new shelters that would hold migrant youth who arrive at the U.S-Mexico border without a guardian. The unaccompanied minor facilities are slated for the Rio Grande Valley, in McAllen and Los Fresnos. Lutheran Social Services of the South and CHSI would operate the new facilities. The Los Fresnos shelter would hold children as young as infants and as old as 17, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Another application, for a child placing agency, which would supervise the placement of migrant foster children, is also pending approval. That agency, operated by Foster Texas, would be in Cedar Park, north of Austin. 00:00 /00:40
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will open 16 free special cardio diabetic clinics soon, deputy Mayor designate Atin Ghosh said on Tuesday. The centres will come up in every borough and will be manned by specialised doctors. A costly equipment to do tests of retina will be set up at the KMC health office in Hatibagan. The specialised centres will function as referral centres. The KMC runs 144 health centres in every Ward where primary care is given to diabetic patients and even costly medicines are given free of cost. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that India will be the main centre of four diseases by 2025. They are diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer and depression. Diabetes has spread like wild fire in India in the past one decade. Its victims are people coming from various economic backgrounds. Children are also suffering from the disease. The number of renal failure cases has gone up due to diabetes. Sedentary habits are one of the major causes of diabetes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC doctors who treat diabetic patients in the Ward clinics will refer those who need special attention. They will be examined by the specialists there. There will be educators also who will train patients about how to administer Insulin and the medicine will be given free of cost. The doctors who treat diabetes patients at the Ward level clinics have received training and are handling them regularly. They have been given training by expert endocrinologists. The number of diabetic patients in the KMC clinics is going up. Moreover, most of the patients do not do eye check-ups and are found to be suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Once the specialised clinics come up, there will be comprehensive treatment available. KMC officials regretted that as the medicines are given free of cost, many people think that the patients are not looked after properly.