New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday kick-started the South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s three-day-long drive to raise awareness about vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, from Hauz Khas in South Delhi.Vardhan said while the number of dengue and malaria cases have been considerably low in the last few years, estimates show that the numbers might increase this year. However, he added that there is no need to panic because most of the cases are treatable from home and only a few of them become serious enough for hospital attention. Vardhan said that extra efforts of dengue breeding checkers will certainly bring positive results in making Delhi free from these diseases; hence, the role of the DBCs will become valuable and substantial.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil plunged more than US$4 per barrel in a short time Monday afternoon, erasing the gains made last week when the U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled new steps to boost the U.S. economy.Benchmark crude fell $2.38, or 2.4 per cent, to finish at $96.62 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the biggest percentage decline since July 23. Oil dropped below $95 per barrel during the rapid sell-off before recovering a bit.Traders were unsure of the cause of Monday’s price drop. Some questioned whether an errant trade or another rumour about a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was to blame.Chris Grams, a spokesman for NYMEX operator CME Group, said there were no technical glitches behind the price drop.The White House has been considering tapping the SPR to stem the rising cost of crude and gasoline. A little over a week ago, Reuters reported the Obama administration was considering a release much larger than the 30 million barrels from last year.Some analysts suggested the price of oil had gotten too high given continued weakness in the global economy, and that the euphoria over the Fed had worn off.Oil rose 2.7 per cent last week, with most of the gains coming after the U.S. central bank announced a plan aimed at lowering long-term interest rates and boosting hiring. The gains came even as some experts questioned how much the Fed’s moves would actually help the economy.Oil touched $100 briefly on Friday, its highest point in four months. It held to slight gains above $99 for most of Monday.“Sometimes the market is slow to react,” said Gene McGillian, a broker and analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. “Conditions were right today â€” the market has been overdue for a bit of a correction.”Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell sharply as well. Brent lost $2.87, or 2.5 per cent, to $113.79 on the ICE Futures Exchange in London.“I think this wash out is a pretty good indication that the rally may be done, and now we’re going to turn back,” McGillian said.In other energy futures trading in New York:â€” Wholesale gasoline dropped 7.23 cents to $2.9433.per gallonâ€” Natural gas fell 7.8 cents to $2.865 per 1,000 cubic feet.â€” Heating oil slipped 7.61 cents to $3.1634 per gallon.â€”â€”â€”(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:52 pm MDT Oil finishes nearly 3 per cent lower after rapid sell-off in afternoon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email