Pharmalittle: Judge blocks Trump plan to run drug prices in TV ads; former Insys execs cooperate with the feds

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman July 9, 2019 Reprints Ed Silverman @Pharmalot [email protected] Pharmalittle: Judge blocks Trump plan to run drug prices in TV ads; former Insys execs cooperate with the feds Log In | Learn More What is it? Hello, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, since a cool breeze and sunny skies are enveloping the Pharmalot campus. One short person has left for work and the other is sleeping in, as is the official mascot. This leaves us to focus on matters at hand, which start with brewing cups of stimulation (butter pecan, for those keeping track) and foraging for items of interest. Speaking of which, here is a new batch. Hope your day goes well and do keep us in mind when something saucy occurs …A federal judge blocked a Trump administration regulation that requires drug makers to include list prices in ads, STAT writes. The decision, which came just hours before the rule was set to take effect, came after three drug makers sued the administration, arguing the Department of Health and Human Services did not have the authority to require the disclosures and requiring them violated First Amendment rights. While agreeing that HHS overstepped its authority in requiring such disclosures, the judge did not rule on the First Amendment concerns. What’s included?center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricinggovernment agenciesopioidspharmaceuticalsSTAT+ GET STARTED Pharmalot Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more


MSME Policy Tabled in the House

first_imgMSME Policy Tabled in the House CommerceJuly 23, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton Advertisements RelatedWISYNCO Products to Carry Jamaica-Made Mark RelatedAgreement Signed to Bring Cheaper Gas to Bogue Power Plant RelatedUWI to Provide Training in Animation The Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, which provides a comprehensive, targeted and coherent framework to support the sector, was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 23.In tabling the document, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the policy represents a comprehensive approach to improving the business climate and removing the impediments to doing business.“The MSME and Entrepreneurship Policy presents an integral framework for implementing measures that can significantly improve the business environment in which the sector operates in a coordinated, coherent and targeted fashion,” Mr. Hylton said.He added that this is underscored by the fact that the MSME sector has been identified as a critical element of the country’s overall economic agenda.“The hostile business environment for MSMEs has got to change; we simply have no choice if we are serious about stimulating and sustaining economic growth with jobs. In order to realize the full growth potential of the MSME sector it is necessary that Government implements a framework that supports entrepreneurial activities and more generally, MSME businesses,” Mr. Hylton stated.The policy framework, which was established through extensive collaboration, provides a working definition of the MSME sector; the policy mission and vision; critical elements and issues; as well as the objectives and strategies to drive growth in the industry.The framework for the development of the MSMEs is closely aligned with the strategic plans by the Government of Jamaica to drive growth and create jobs on a sustained basis.Minister Hylton said that the Government is also actively putting in place the appropriate legal and regulatory structures to support the doing business reform agenda.“This framework will position the MSME sector to take advantage of opportunities that are anticipated to arise from establishing Jamaica as the fourth pillar in the global logistics and supply chain network,” he added.He further commented that the Logistics Hub will provide a platform for the integration of the MSMEs into the global supply and value chains, which now defines how business is conducted within the globally integrated economy and business environment.center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Investment and Commerce, the Hon. Anthony Hylton. MSME Policy Tabled in the HouseJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsThe policy represents a comprehensive approach to improving the business climate The MSME sector has been identified as a critical element of the economic agenda The Logistics Hub will provide a platform for the integration of the MSMEs into the global supply chains FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more


Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

first_imgThe successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain aprofessional goal to become an outstanding teacher-scholar throughthe use of research-based, best-practices pedagogy. They areexpected to teach using both in-person and alternative deliverymethods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage inongoing professional development and innovation opportunitiesfocused on pedagogical growth.The successful candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitmentto our mission, and in particular, the value we place in diversity,equity, and inclusion (DEI) as outlined in SCSU’s It’sTime strategic framework. Notably, we uphold theadvancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engage inintentional actions to address systemic inequities throughout theuniversity and surrounding environment. DEI values,practices, and strategies are embedded into the fabric of ourinstitution and campus community, and they align with thepriorities expressed in the Minnesota Statesystem’s Equity 2030 initiative. SCSU expectsall of its employees to help advance these practices and tocontribute to the development of an anti-racist, inclusivecommunity.. To learn more about the school or department: Schoolof Public AffairsSchool ofEducationDepartment ofHistory *Employment for this position is covered by the collectivebargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which canbe found here.In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidatewill demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignmenteffectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3)continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute tostudent growth and development; and 5) provide service to theuniversity and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B) Social Studies Teaching is an interdisciplinary, professionaleducation program. Students in the program are prepared to attain aMinnesota social studies teaching license for middle/secondary(grades 5-12). The program is designed as a broad field socialstudies teaching major with a commitment to interdisciplinary studyof human behavior and society using multiple perspective and toolsof scientific analysis through an integrated approach usinginsights from economic, geographical, historical, political,psychological and sociological dimensions, as well as from otherareas such as the natural sciences and humanities.center_img With Social Studies Teaching as the core, the position providesleadership and facilitates collaboration for this program acrossthe multiple disciplinary areas of study and among the variousdepartments involved, including the Secondary Education program inthe School of Education. The roster placement for the position willdepend on the academic preparation of the candidate. The positionwill teach in the Social Studies Teaching program and may alsoteach in the Secondary Education program and in the appropriatedisciplinary unit as qualified. The position will provideleadership and facilitate collaboration in initial license programcoordination, curriculum development, integration of content andpedagogy, processes of continuous improvement, assessment,accreditation, development of graduate level offerings, and teacherprofessional development. Additionally, the position will adviseand mentor students, supervise teacher candidates in field andstudent teaching clinical placements, and develop partnershiprelationships with our PK-12 school district colleagues. Theposition will develop a research/scholarship agenda, pursuescholarly and/or creative activities, participate in program and/ordepartmental operation and enhancement and perform service to theprogram/department, the school, and the University community –including participation in and leadership on committees, and inother faculty duties as assigned. The position will contribute to acollegial, supportive, anti-racist, and social justice-orientedenvironment. Required QualificationsEarned doctorate in a disciplinary area associated withthe SST program, Education, or Social Studies Education.(ABD considered, but doctorate must be completed on or beforestart date of employment.)Depending on doctoral preparation, must meet additional minimumqualifications as required by the MN Professional EducatorLicensing and Standards Board (PELSB) (e.g. minimum 18 credits ofgraduate-level work in an SST related content area).Must have held or currently hold a professional teachinglicense in Social Studies Teaching.Must have completed a state-approved educator preparationprogram OR published peer-reviewed research in the content area ofinstruction.3 years minimum experience as teacher of record at the middleor secondary school level in social studies.3 years successful teaching in a university setting.Record of scholarly achievement, which may include successfulgrant activity.Demonstrated ability to successfully design and delivercourses/programs in multiple modalities (in-person, hybrid/hyflex,synchronous/asynchronous online).Demonstrated ability to teach using student-centeredpedagogy.Demonstrated leadership with curriculum development, programdevelopment, assessment, or processes of continuousimprovement.Demonstrated successful experience implementing an educatorperformance assessment.Evidence of leadership, communication, and collaborationskills.Evidence of demonstrated effective ability to teach and workwith persons from minoritized/marginalized communities.Preferred QualificationsHolds or can attain a Minnesota professional teaching licensein appropriate content area and age band.Experience advising/mentoring graduate students includingsupport with culminating projects/thesis development.Demonstrated successful experiences working with multilinguallearners.Demonstrated record of writing and scholarly activities relatedto content education, pedagogical content knowledge, or contenteducation for multilingual learners.Experience in supervision of clinical field placements and/orstudent teaching.Demonstrated knowledge of curriculum writing showing alignmentamongst state standards, edTPA (or other teacher performanceassessment) requirements, and public school teaching needs.Demonstrated knowledge of instructional coaching strategies foradult learners. Equal Employment Opportunity StatementSt. Cloud State University is committed to excellence andactively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, weinvite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply,including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilitiesand veterans. St. Cloud State University does not discriminate onthe basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, nationalorigin, disability, marital status, status with regards to publicassistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,or status as a U.S. veteran. The Interim Title IX coordinator atSt. Cloud State University is Judith Siminoe. For additionalinformation, contact the Office of Institutional Equity &Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 121last_img read more


Amanda Green: Green AF!*

first_imgTwo-time Tony-nominated lyricist/composer Amanda Green has lots of creative irons in the fire, and she’s turning up the heat.She’s working on an original musical called Female Troubles, collaborating on a soon-to-be-announced musical with Billy Crystal and Jason Robert Brown, and is kicking off her monthly cabaret series, “AMANDA GREEN AF!* *And Friends (Wait, what did you think it was?),” on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 PM at Birdland in New York City.In fact, it was performing in a such a cabaret that first lead her down the path of writing music.Green grew up in a songwriting home, the daughter of Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman and the late famed lyricist and screenwriter Adolph Green, who had a house in East Hampton (Green and her husband have a place in Springs), but she was never urged to pursue the family business. Still, they were a colorful family, and writing and performing was part of day-to-day life.“We always wrote each other poems, or sang songs,” Green recalled. “I wrote songs for family occasions. And we told jokes, endless jokes, and limericks. So, all of that was very much rewarded, while they never pushed my brother or me into that career. In fact, they were like, ‘If you can do anything else, do that!’”Green decided to pursue performing, but after graduating from acting school, work was sparse. Talented singer that she’d always been, she found herself singing in a cabaret.“At first it was a way that I could work when I wasn’t getting work, and I loved doing it. I loved performing,” she remembered. “Then, I’d written one song with a friend of mine, and I got up and sang that song, and the combination of performing something, and performing something I’d written was really intoxicating to me. I wanted to do more of it.”She started out writing pop songs and, finding identification and inspiration in Lyle Lovett’s comedic edge, began taking trips to Nashville for several weeks at a time, where she’d compose new work. It wasn’t until she enrolled in the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in NYC and wrote her first musical theater song that she really felt her accumulation of musical talent and humor intertwine.“Obviously, that’s what I grew up with,” she said, “and it’s where I felt I belonged. So, I started from there.”Broadway CollaborationsIt was at BMI where she met many of her future collaborators, including Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) with whom she wrote High Fidelity, and with whom she co-wrote Bring It On: The Musical, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Originally, Green and Kitt were brought on to write the pop numbers, while Miranda was responsible for the hip-hop tracks.“We did a draft of that,” Green said of the Bring It On collaboration, “and then we sort of cross-pollinated; Tom and I wrote a bridge in one of Lin’s songs, and then we started collaborating just flat-out. I wrote an intro for one song, and then Lin wrote the body of it, then I wrote some of his things, he wrote some of my things. Anyway, after a while, when we all had a level of trust and we all knew the show we were writing, we were able to collaborate more fluidly, because we all had our eyes on the same prize.”Past collaborators have also included Trey Anastasio (lead guitarist/vocalist of Phish), with whom she wrote the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the documentary film Hands on a Hardbody. And each partnership began a new process.“It’s all different all the time,” she said. “I’ve done lyrics first, music first — usually it’s the idea first. That’s the most important thing — to really know the song you’re writing. And often we find a hook of a song we both agree on, and the composer may go away and write a little bit of something, or I may go away and write a little bit of something, and we take it from there.”While much of her off-Broadway work has been fully original, her Broadway work has been primarily musical adaptations. It’s difficult for Green to put her finger on what it is about certain non-musical works that call to her — “Please, make me into a musical!” — but when she finds a character she really resonates with, the rest often falls into place.“I think I just have to love the characters and imagine them singing — imagine a situation where they’re so frustrated, or they’re so happy, or they’re so overwhelmed that they have to sing. I love the idea of the song that I would write for them. That’s what gets me going,” she said.Talented FriendsGreen is currently collaborating with Curtis Moore as well as Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan (“Veep”) on Female Troubles, an original musical that she described as “kind of like Bridesmaids meets Jane Austen, but about women’s reproductive rights.” The other project which has been a few years in the making is a collaboration with Billy Crystal and Jason Robert Brown, a friend whose work Green has long admired, and writing together has been an exhilarating process for her. The premise of that musical, however, Green is “not at liberty to discuss,” she teased.As for Green’s other talented friends, she will be joined in “AMANDA GREEN AF!*” by Jenn Colella (Come From Away), who’s been a friend of Green’s for nearly 15 years and sang the first demos for High Fidelity.“She’s sort of my spirit animal,” Green said of Colella. “She could sing anything. And she’s fearless, and just fantastic.”Also performing in “AMANDA GREEN AF!*,” which will begin as a bi-monthly series before resuming its monthly slot in the new downstairs theater at Birdland, will be heavy-hitters such as Howard McGillin, Martha Plimpton, Ryann Redmond, Javier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, and of course, Green herself, who joked about her one big performing credit.“I was actually the original Gary Coleman in Avenue Q,” Green explained, laughing, “because the writers, Bobby Lopez and Jeff Marks, were in my class at BMI, and they asked me to play the part, and I did, and I loved it. I did several workshops with them. That’s my claim to fame!”A performer at heart, Green urges any artists in a rut to make their own opportunities.“If something’s not happening for you, make something happen,” she said. “Whether it’s an evening of monologues you’ve written for yourself, or whatever. I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs as an actor, and then I started singing in cabarets, and then writing songs, so anything that keeps you moving forward. Also,” she added, “don’t freak out if it’s not happening right away, because nothing is a straight line. I was 33 when I started writing lyrics, so it can take a while. Nobody has the same path.” Sharelast_img read more


Silver Alert Issued For Wasilla Man

first_imgAnyone with any information regarding this missing person is asked to call 9-1-1 or the SILVER Alert Hotline at 1,8,5,5, S,I, L,V,R,9,9 that’s 1,8,5,5,7,4,5,8,7,9,9. Joe Cuddy a 79 year old white male, 5′ 8″ tall, 180lbs, gray hair, and blue eyes. Cuddy was last seen driving a gray 2005 Ford Ranger with a gray shell license FDX350 near Knik-Goose Bay Rd and Mack Blvd. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt blue jeans and gray slippers. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Wasilla Police Department and Alaska State Troopers are asking the public’s assistance in locating an adult who is believed to be in DANGER.last_img read more


Helping others is fair trade

first_imgessentials_57572_06: Sixty-two year old George Fittock a family man and an electrician by trade. He is happily married, with three…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


New technologies for social housing

first_imgThis project in Kliptown, Soweto, is one of 2.3-million funded by the government. Minister Tokyo Sexwale viewing alternative sanitation systems at the indaba. Ahmed Ahmed exhibited his solar lighting system. Hydraform produces strong bricks. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Vick, Spokesperson, Department of Human Settlements +27 83 556 7644 or +27 12 421 1645  RELATED ARTICLES • New homes for Soweto residents • Housing projects to curb SA slums • Urban housing success story • Social development in South AfricaBongani NkosiSouth Africa is now looking into alternative and innovative building materials to address backlogs in social housing delivery, and also to improve the quality of its products.The Department of Human Settlements hosted an indaba on 29 and 30 September in Sandton, Johannesburg, to explore new technologies that could be used for its building projects. The indaba, attended by leading business executives and research academics, was meant to find “new ideas” that are “concrete and implementable”, the department’s minister Tokyo Sexwale said.The department is addressing various faults in a number of social housing projects across the country.  It has bulldozed shoddily built houses, spending billions of rands on rebuilding them.Demolishing started in the Eastern Cape in November 2009 where about 20 000 defective houses were flattened. The department also set aside R2-billion (US$287-million) to investigate “dodgy contractors” involved in corruption.As a result of inferior work, officials are forced to do comprehensive inspections on a number of ongoing projects, which is a waste of time, according to the director-general Thabane Zulu.“We should do things right from the start,” Zulu said, adding that there are extensive backlogs.The indaba saw more than 100 companies exhibiting innovative building technologies and new approaches to building. They included construction companies and developers in areas such as sanitation and solar energy.“We have to apply new technologies to build better homes,” Sexwale said.The government is looking at reasonably priced products of quality. “As we look for solutions, we should also be looking at their cost-effectiveness – searching for cheaper materials, but not compromising on quality,” said Sexwale. “The poorest of the poor deserve much better.”The alternative productsJohn Cook, MD of Nare Housing, brought his company’s steel and concrete wall surface, named the Blast Building System. Like many of the exhibited products, Cook’s new technology complements conventional bricks and mortar structures.Independent assessment company Agrément South Africa certified the product in June 2010, and Cook said they will start a project in the Eastern Cape in six weeks.It’s cheap and durable, and a house can be extended using bricks though it’s built of concrete and steel, according to Cook.“Our quality is guaranteed.  In 20 years’ time a gogo [grandmother] in Phalaborwa can get a bricklayer to extend her house. I heard they are demolishing because of poor quality – but you can never demolish this.”Germany-based Surefire Group is planning to bid for subsidy housing contracts in South Africa through a local subsidiary. Surefire exhibited its double-insulated concrete structures.“It’s stronger and cheaper than bricks and mortar,” said Surefire director Freddie Seward. “This is the future of technology; bricks and mortar are the past.”The indaba also focused on environment-friendly sanitation and electrification products. Cape Town-based Ezylight, a solar power company, introduced its lighting system, Featuring a solar panel, 12 volt battery and LED lights, the system costs R1 700 ($244) and lasts a lifetime, said founder Ahmed Ahmed.“Our focus for social housing is lighting,” he said.The market for solar energy in South Africa is still “very tight” and the indaba was a “move in the right direction by the government” towards promoting the technology, Ahmed said. Ezylight has been nominated for the 2010 eta Awards, which recognise excellence in innovation and use of efficient energy.2.3 million housesSince coming to power in 1994, the incumbent government has built more than 2.3-million subsidised houses, according to Sexwale. “We’ve been building houses. This government has done better.”last_img read more


#Nextchat: Holiday Cheer

first_imgThe beautiful lights, music, decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere as workplaces around the world celebrate multiple holidays. To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” That is, perhaps, unless you’re in HR. Each year as December descends upon the workplace, it’s a time to breathe a sigh of relief as we reflect on, and rightfully celebrate, a year’s worth of accomplishments. The challenge, however, is ensuring that these well-intentioned workplace celebrations don’t result in actions and behaviors that negatively impact the culture of the organization. Nearly every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season as religious and cultural traditions, as well as decked-out work areas, can spark complaints. Sprinkle in increased levels of absenteeism, online shopping sprees and office parties with alcohol (what two-drink maximum?), and you’ve got the perfect HR holiday storm. And that’s before any snow even starts falling. Considering all the issues that organizations will encounter during the holiday season, it’s important that HR proactively communicate guidelines that will help keep the peace.Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 28 for #Nextchat with special guest employment attorney Jonathan A. Segal (@jonathan_hr_law). We’ll chat about how HR can maximize the joy and minimize the risk during the holidays. Q1. As an HR professional, what are your biggest concerns about the holidays? Q2. Words matter. How does your organization brand its office party? What about greetings, cards, etc.?Q3. How can employers maximize inclusion during the holidays, for example, with regard to decorations and notes in the workplace?  Q4. What steps can you take to minimize harassment and safety risks at your office holiday party? Aside from alcohol, what are the other do’s and don’ts of these events?Q5. Organizations must manage the well-deserved vacation requests coupled with increased absenteeism during this season. How do you strike a balance between time off and productivity?  Q6. What gifts are considered appropriate—or inappropriate—for a colleague? For a subordinate?Q7. How do you incorporate charitable giving into the holiday celebration at your workplace?Q8. What wish do you have for all of your employees as we approach a new year?  How to participate in an HR Twitter chat.last_img read more


ShoppingPath’s Unique Product Comparison UI

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There is plenty of data available if needed: product reviews, ratings, pricing details, etc.ConclusionThere’s a lot going on in the interface, but it all seems to work very smoothly. Thegreen dots were probably the only thing that needed explanation when I tested it. Notethat the product also uses the Yahoo Shopping API.Right now ShoppingPath is hoping to be a meta shopping engine, pointing users toretailer websites to complete purchases. It’s not clear to me what the business model is,other than contextual ads. Certainly this kind of technology would be superb atAmazon.com, so long term an acquisition of the technology could be the play. Or maybewhite labelling it to various retail websites. The green dots signify TVsavailable with larger screen sizes for a lower price.After you’ve chosen a suitable product, it displays more details and popularitymeasures: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market How this works is that you scroll along either the blue dotted line (representingprice) or the bottom line (showing product images), until you find a product you likethat fits your budget. The scrolling is very reminiscent of using the scroll wheel onyour iPod – it’s the same kind of interface theory of being able to scroll throughhundreds of options easily.During the scrolling, you see details of the product – e.g. the Pioneer one in thescreenshot above – and there are many ways to filter your search by feature, via tabs atthe top and drop-down boxes to the left. One good example is sorting by ‘Diagonal Size’(I assume the tabs are different for each product type). It displays something likethis: Tags:#e-commerce#web ShoppingPath.com is launching the beta version of its shopping comparison service. Apreview of the ShoppingPath technology is located (for some reason) at the domain www.CrispyShop.com. What caughtmy eye was its unique, ipod-like, product comparison UI. It’s a mix of Ajax and Flash andis quite interesting… maybe even compelling. Here is a screenshot, taken from a TV example: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Related Posts last_img read more


Haryana govt sets ambitious goal to reduce road accidents by 50

first_imgGururgam: Under vison zero, the Haryana government has set an ambitious target of reducing the number of road accidents by 50 percent. For this purpose, authorities here have begun taking steps and identifying dark spots in the city. According to an official survey, 75 percent of road accidents happen on national and state highways. The recent accident where a dumper rammed into an auto and killed five people was just a stark reminder of the challenges that lie in front of the authorities in dealing with such tragic mishaps. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite 2,000 police officials being deployed on city roads to maintain safety and security of residents, the challenge remains with 1,075 road accidents being reported in 2018 alone, leading to 442 deaths. Even though the data was alarming, the figure was considerably lower than 2017, where a total of 1,400 road accidents had claimed 481 lives. According to officials, 17 dark spots have been identified by the Gurugram Traffic Police. These stretches are main routes that extend beyond Kherki Dhaual and include areas like Daruhera and Manesar. Besides, fast-moving vehicles which clock an average speed of up to 100 to 120 km/hour and the presence of heavy vehicles make this route treacherous for commuters. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt is estimated that two out of three accidents on the Delhi-Jaipur highway is caused by heavy vehicles. Various studies that have been conducted on the drivers have revealed that more than 50 percent of the truck drivers had poor eyesight. In what can be considered as one of the first strategic planning initiatives for an Indian metropolis, a Common Mobility Plan (CMP) has been put down for Gurugram. The CMP will be devised by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority in collaboration with the School of Planning andAarchitecture (SPA). The CMP promises to be the most authoritative survey on Gurugram’s traffic challenges since 2009, when a similar study was conducted by Wilbur Smith Associates. So far, efforts to improve mobility in Gurugram have focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach. According to an official, only 25 percent of the primary road network in Gurugram has usable pavements at the moment, which adversely affects the common man who does not rely on cars. At the moment, Gurugram has focused mainly on conditions of vehicular traffic and the CMP is expected to rectify this approach.last_img read more