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6 percent people treated by traditional medicine systems: Survey

New Delhi: A survey has found that around 6 per cent people of the country have received treatment from traditional medicine systems, including Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Yoga, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Replying to queries, Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik also said 161 AYUSH wellness centres have been approved. "National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has undertaken a survey on social consumption in India on health in its 71st round conducted during January - June 2014.

"As per key indicators released recently by NSSO for the 71st round, it is estimated that about 6 per cent of the people have received treatment from Indian systems of medicine (including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha), Homoeopathy and Yoga and Naturopathy," the minister said.

He said the ministry has given financial assistance to 31 institutes to preserve rare and precious AYUSH books for translation and publication under Central sector scheme, acquisition, cataloging, digitization and publication of text books and manuscripts (ACDP) implemented during 11th Plan.

The Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, Chennai has also collected 268 rare Siddha palm manuscripts and digitized them and the Tamil Valarchi Kazhagam in Chennai has published eight volumes of Siddha medicines in Tamil.

"Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is also engaged in digitization of classical Unani books and manuscripts and so far 50 books manuscripts have been digitized by the Council," he said.

The minister said Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is engaged in the studies related to revival, retrieval and digitization of ancient Ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books.

So far 30 books retrieved from manuscripts have been published and are now available in the public domain. Besides this, the council has surveyed and digitized more than 5000 Ayurvedic manuscripts and rare books from Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam and Jammu and Kashmir (Leh) and others, the Minister said.

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Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners

SAUDI Arabia is reportedly looking to recruit eight new executioners as the nation experiences an "unprecedented spike" in judicial killings, according to Amnesty International.

An advertisement for the positions was posted on the country's civil service jobs website, stating that the role involves "executing a judgement of death" but requires no specific qualifications.

Successful applicants would also reportedly have to perform amputations on people convicted of less serious crimes.

Executions in Saudi Arabia have reportedly increased significantly this year, with the Saudi Press Agency reporting 85 people have been put to death since the beginning of 2015. A total of 88 people were executed in 2014.

Amnesty International's Saudi Arabian researcher told The Independent he believed the advertisement indicated authorities had no plans of reducing their use of capital punishment.

"There's already been an unprecedented spike in executions in Saudi Arabia this year – the recruitment of more executioners is a clear sign that the authorities have no intention of rolling back this execution spree any time soon," he said.

"The scores of people who go to their deaths in beheadings every year in Saudi Arabia often do so after deeply unfair trials, including after “confessions” extracted under torture."

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Rio man admits killing 41 people for fun

RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, "for the fun of it", police said Thursday.

"He wanted to kill women -- white women, not black ones. He followed the victims, studying them closely before committing the crimes," said police commissioner Pedro Henrique Medina from the northern suburb of Nova Iguacu.

The man was identified as Sailson Jose das Gracas, a 26-year-old whom police describe as a psychopath.

They said they were checking his statements against past investigations, and so far they tally with the evidence.

Gracas says he murdered 37 women, three men and a two-year-old child over a nine-year killing spree, explaining he killed the child because he feared it would cry and attract neighbors' attention.

"I observed them, I studied them. I waited for a month, sometimes a week, depending on the place. I tried to ascertain where they lived, what their families were like. I kept watch on their houses and then after a while went there at dawn, waited for my chance and entered," broadcaster Globo's G1 news portal quoted Gracas as saying.

He explained he started out as a petty thief.

"At 17, I killed the first woman and that gave me a buzz. I kept on doing it and I enjoyed it," he said, adding on one occasion a couple, Cleusa Balbina and her former husband Jose Messias, contracted him to kill someone for money. The pair are now under arrest

Gracas said he used a gun in contract killings but strangled his other victims. He planned his crimes meticulously, wearing a rain jacket in order to conceal his identity and gloves in order not to leave fingerprints, adding he became addicted to murder.

"When I wasn't killing someone I got uptight. I would pace up and down at home. Killing calmed me down. "I'd kill someone and then would think about the victim for two or three months. After that, I'd go off hunting" for another victim, Gracas revealed. "I don't feel remorse -- if I go to jail for 10, 15, 20 years, then as soon as I get out I'll do the same thing all over again," he insisted. Under Brazilian law, the maximum prison term is 30 years. The country as never had capital punishment.

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