Pres­i­dent to go on a 3-day Myan­mar visit

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Sid­hant Sibal —PTI

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

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