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Nagaland directive on conduct of medical research
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 DIMAPUR, Nov 14 - The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, today said that for conduct of any study, research or survey involving human subjects for medical purposes, the approval of the ethics committee of the Health and Family Welfare Department is mandatory and the due official procedure has to be maintained.

A notification issued in public interest said disciplinary and legal action will be taken for failing to obey the official procedure.

It said it has been observed that many studies, researches and surveys involving human subjects for medical purposes are being conducted in the State without the knowledge of the Health and Family Welfare Department.

“Such exercises without the approval and knowledge of the competent authority may lead to legal and ethical implications for which the Health and Family Welfare Department will not be responsible,” it said.

The Directorate has asked the district health authorities, research organisations and individual researchers to ensure compliance with the notification.

Ban on hunting Amur falcons: Mon Deputy Commissioner Thavaseelan K, in an order, said hunting, trapping, killing or sale of Amur falcons for food or possession or otherwise could lead to three years of imprisonment or a fine of Rs 25,000 or both under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The order, issued on Wednesday, said it came to the notice of the Deputy Commissioner’s office that some unscrupulous villagers have been hunting, trapping and killing the migratory birds in the district.

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