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>> A shortage of health care workers is paralysing the health system in Southern Africa. The shortfall has imperilled the lives of millions in Lesotho, Malawi and Mozambique, particularly in rural areas, warns Medecins Sans Frontieres. A report by the global healthcare NGO, launched in the commercial hub of Johannesburg on May 24, shows that only South Africa has met the World Health Organisation target for adequate supply of health care workers: 74 doctors, 393 nurses and 468 health providers per 100,000 people.

>> The Periyar National Park, in Kerala has received a stamp of recognition. Literally so. The postal department has launched a Rs 5 commemorative stamp that reflects the scenic beauty of the park. Periyar National Park is one among the five national parks in India to be selected by the postal department from across the country to be depicted on stamps. The others are Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, Mudumalai National, Park, Tamil Nadu, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh and Kaziranga National Park, Assam.

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