President to go on a 3-day Myanmar visit
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a three-day visit to Myanmar from December 11 to 13. This will be the first visit to Myanmar by President of India in 12 years. The last visit was in the year 2006.
This is President Kovind’s eighth state visit in total and the seventh and final visit of the year 2018.
Putting the visit in perspective, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, “Myanmar is a close neighbour. It is also the only ASEAN country to which we are linked by land and sea; therefore it serves as a link to South East Asia. It is for these reasons that India attaches importance to this country from strategic and economic perspective, as well as from cultural perspective, given our cultural linkages and diaspora present in Myanmar.”
During the visit, the President and the first lady will be hosted by President of Myanmar Win Myint. Kovind will visit Shwedagon Pagoda, Shri Kali Temple and the Mazaar of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar during the tour. He will also meet veterans of the Indian National Army & the surviving members of the INA.
The visit comes even as Rohingya issue continues to dominate the regional discourse. Hoping that Myanmar Bangladesh will soon implement the Rohingya repatriation agreement, Foreign Secretary said, “The Government of India has noted that governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar have recently reached a bilateral understanding and obviously as the only country that neighbours both Bangladesh and Myanmar we believe it is in our interest and in the interest of the region that this bilateral understanding is implemented as soon as possible and that the displaced persons return to their homeland as soon as possible.” New Delhi: A doctor, who terms homosexuality as “genetic mental disorder” and uses electric shock to treat gay and lesbian people, has been summoned by a Delhi court as an accused for violating norms.
Though Dr PK Gupta was de-barred by the Delhi Medical Council, he was still indulging in this practice.
The court took note of a complaint against Gupta by the DMC, which claimed that he was using hormonal and shock therapy to provide treatment.
The complaint said the DMC had debarred Gupta in 2016 from practising in Delhi and as he was still projecting himself as a doctor, he was liable for prosecution.
Metropolitan magistrate Abhilash Malhotra said treatment given by doctors as a part of “conversion therapy” was not recognised by medical science or legislature.
Conversion therapy is an attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation using psychological interventions.
President Ram Nath Kovind