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“Degrees/Diplomas will be awarded to those candidates who have passed their examinations in the year 2014. Medals will also be given to the toppers of the same year. PhD scholars whose results have been notified up to November 30, 2015 will also be awarded degrees,” it added.

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India’s malnutrition rates falling faster than before; Bihar, UP worst performers

The report, that details nutrition data from across 28 states and Delhi, shows that 38.7 per cent of children under 5 in India are stunted, which is a measure of chronic undernutrition.

India’s latest data on the state of nutrition came as a mixed bag, with malnutrition rates declining faster than before but not nearly fast enough for to meet global targets. The India Health Report: Nutrition 2015 was released on Thursday by union health minister JP Nadda and Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi. The report, and health experts from Public Foundation of India and the International Food Policy Research Institute, who jointly organised the launch, cautiously congratulated India for its progress, but stressed that a lot more needed to be done, and fast.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report, that details nutrition data from across 28 states and Delhi, shows that 38.7 per cent of children under 5 in India are stunted, which is a measure of chronic undernutrition. Additionally 19.8 per cent are wasted, indicating acute undernutrition and 42.56 per cent are underweight which is a composite of the two conditions.India’s average annual rate of decline for under-five stunting, between 2006-2014 has been 2.3 percent per year, much better than the 1.2 percent per year rate that the country saw during 1992 and 2006. However, India still lags behind its neighbours and even some sub-Saharan countries. Nepal has an average annual decline rate of 3.3 percent per year, and Bangladesh matches that of India.This, as Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan from PHFI, co-author of the report, said, meant that child undernutrition weakly correlated with income, as despite India’s economic dominance in subcontinent ïn terms of per capita income”.This has been observed among states too, as different states with similar income levels performed differently. Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, for example have similar income levels, yet Gujarat had a much higher rate of prevalence of stunting. Kerala and Goa had similar rates of stunting prevalence when Goa has almost double of Kerala’s per capita net state domestic product.Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were the worst performers, with high levels of stunting, calling for immediate action to be taken in those areas.Additionally, there is the added burden of obesity and overweight populace leading to a possible epidemic of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as Dr, Soumya Swaminathan, director general Indian Council of Medical Research pointed out. She also called for a relook at existing midday meal schemes, to reconstitute their carbohydrate content with proteins, and make sure micronutrients were sufficient,.Dr. Laurence Haddad, co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report, also released today, and a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute urged India to increase its commitment and its spending on countering malnutrition.Health minister Nadda, took note of all the points, especially Haddad’s argument of spending on nutrition being a great investment for the country — one rupee spent on a person would yielded Rs 34, a benefit cost ratio of 34 is to 1. He also spoke about the various interventions by his ministry, such as a mandatory 48 hour period to stay in hospitals during childbirth to provide counselling and initiate breastfeeding, establishing nutrition rehabilitation centres at district and sub-district levels, and the National Iron Plus Initiative to control anemia at all stages of life.Experts also called on the government to check other social determinants, such as mothers with less than ten years of education, underage mothers, adolescent girls with low Body Mass Index, open defecation, so as to save people from the irreversible effects of cognitive impairment and susceptibility to chronic disease, and the country from a disastrous economic burden.

PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, President Pranab Mukherjee and others pay tribute to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

The leaders of our country too are offering homage to the first Law minister of independent India on his 58th death anniversary

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While the devotees of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar flock to his memorial ‘Chaityabhoomi’ near Shivaji Park in Dadar to pay tribute to the Architect of Indian constitution, the leaders of our country too are offering homage to the first Law minister of independent India on his 58th death anniversary, which is also observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Din’.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saluted the Dalit icon, who constantly fought for the marginalised and the oppressed and tried to abolish the practice of untouchablity.Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Congress’s official Twitter handle claimed that Dr. Ambedkar has been a guiding force of equalityBJP President Amit Shah commended his efforts to eradicate social evils.Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh too expressed his regards.President Pranab Mukherjee, BJP veteran LK Advani , Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi too paid respects to Babasaheb in Delhi.Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra paid tribute to Ambedkar at Chityabhoomi, acknowledged Ambedkar for his ideals of freedom and equality.

Venkaiah Naidu defends Rajnath Singh, says India ‘most secular’ nation

Rajnath Singh on Thursday had said Dr. Ambedkar, the principle architect of the Constitution didn’t find it necessary to insert ‘Socialist’ and ‘Secular’ words in the Preamble as he felt it’s already in our basic nature adding that secular is the most misused word in Indian politics.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday defended Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday adding that India is the most secular country in the world and that there was nothing wrong with what the latter had said.As far as secularism is concerned nobody is questioning secularism. Secularism has been abused. That is what has been said in honourable Home Minister’s statement, what is wrong in this? Unfortunately what is happening in this country is that people who prop up casteist, communal politics, they always try to take shelter under secularism whenever their existence is under threat,? Naidu told ANI in an exclusive interview here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People who align with fundamentalist organisations, communal organisations, they try to criticise others saying that you are communal. The people who have aligned with communal parties are playing divisive politics. Let the debate go on but our commitment to the constitution is final. This country is secular in nature and secularism is very much in our genes. India is the most secular country in the world,” he added.Naidu also presented the view of an Arab journalist labelling India as the most tolerant nation.”I was just reading an article by an Arab journalist. He says India is the most tolerant nation in the world. He said that inspite of hundred religions and over hundred languages people live in peace and harmony. They all join to build a strong nation. He says that I feel jealous because I come from that part of the world which has only one religion and one language, yet there is killings everywhere. This only shows that some people in our country are trying to score political brownie points on the issue of secularism,” Naidu said.Rajnath Singh on Thursday had said Dr. Ambedkar, the principle architect of the Constitution didn’t find it necessary to insert ‘Socialist’ and ‘Secular’ words in the Preamble as he felt it’s already in our basic nature adding that secular is the most misused word in Indian politics.”Dr Ambedkar didn’t find it necessary to insert ‘Socialist’ and ‘Secular’ words in the Preamble because he felt it’s already in our basic nature. If there’s is any word which is being misused in Indian politics, that is ‘Secular’,” Rajnath said, while addressing the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session of the Parliament.

Subramaniam Swamy’s charges against Rahul Gandhi a bunch of falsehood: Congress

He was asked about the allegation that Rahul’s UK-based company – now dissolved – in its annual return for 2005 and 2006 and in its dissolution application in 2009, told British Company Law authorities that the Congress leader’s nationality is British

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Rahul Gandhi has never held a non-Indian passport and never been on non-Indian citizenship, Congress said on Wednesday virtually challenging the government to disprove it in the wake of BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy’s charges against its vice president.”Swamy’s attempts must be dismissed with the contempt they deserve because they are nothing but a bunch of falsehood,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said at the AICC briefing. “The entire information is in public domain. There has been a written official response from the Congress four days back. Where is the question of annual returns when I have made a categorical statement? Let the government disprove it,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was asked about the allegation that Rahul’s UK-based company – now dissolved – in its annual return for 2005 and 2006 and in its dissolution application in 2009, told British Company Law authorities that the Congress leader’s nationality is British. Singhvi alleged that the “dirty tricks department” of the BJP has employed Swamy to divert and digress from the various omissions of the NDA government from the policy-paralysis.”It is no point trying to throw these innuendos — you have the government of day, you have the entire machinery and you should be able to put a single proof and not these straws in the winds by a person like Dr. Swamy. “If you are the government, you should have produced some material rather than relying on Dr. Swamy’s allegations which are false. There is no question of any account at Zurich; there is no question of detention – these are laughable things and we condemn them with the contempt they deserve,” he added.

APJ Abdul Kalam’s Bungalow row: Ministry clarifies govt bungalows cannot be converted into memorials

Criticising Centre for not converting Kalam’s residence into a memorial, senior AAP minister Kapil Mishra had said, “limiting Dr. Kalam’s work to Rameswaram only and shifting all his documents, books and even Veena to Rameswaram is insulting…his residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend.”

After AAP criticised government’s move to allot Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s bungalow to Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, Government has issued a statement saying that the bungalow was alloted to Sharma under Minister’s Residence Rules,1962. It clarified that as per the government decision on October 18, 2014, a total ban on conversion of government bungalows into memorials of the departed leaders was imposed.Criticising Centre for not converting Kalam’s residence into a memorial, senior AAP minister Kapil Mishra had said, “limiting Dr. Kalam’s work to Rameswaram only and shifting all his documents, books and even Veena to Rameswaram is insulting…his residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government on Wednesday night said, “Government had imposed a total ban on conversion of Government bungalows into memorials of the departed leaders. Executive Assistant of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has informed Ministry of Urban Development that bungalow would be vacated by October 31. Government has already decided to build a memorial for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, his birthplace. The said bungalow at No.10, Rajaji Marg has been allotted to Dr. Mahesh Sharma under Rule 3 of the Minister’s Residence Rules,1962.”All other Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State have been allotted government accommodation and only Sharma was waiting for official accommodation and accordingly, the Urban Development Ministry said, adding the bungalow was allotted to him on vacation basis. Asked about the demand from friends and supporters of Kalam to convert the Rajaji Marg residence into a memorial, Sharma had earlier said, “It is the government’s policy not to convert any Lutyen’s bungalow into a memorial.”RLD leader Ajit Singh had also demanded converting the Tughlaq Road residence of his late father Charan Singh into a memorial but the demand was not accepted.”The former President’s house has to be vacated by October 31, 2015 and his belongings, which includes numerous books and his Veena, have been shifted out to his home town Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.Incidentally, Sharma was also in the eye of a storm last month for his remarks that Kalam was a great nationalist “despite being a Muslim”.”I am getting an official accommodation after 11 months. Earlier, I was allotted 7 Tyagraj Marg but I could not move there as it was not vacated by the earlier occupant,” Sharma said.The Minister also asserted that the “walls of former President’s house” will inspire him to do better.The JD(U) also condemned the government’s decision to allot the house to Sharma and demanded that the residence should be developed as a Kalam memorial. Reacting strongly to Sharma’s statement that he had been allotted the bungalow, JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said it was very “uncultured” of him.”Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said that Kalam’s residence should be developed as Children’s Art Gallery. In the memory of the late President, we request to the President to kindly intervene in this matter as it will hurt the sentiments of millions of Indians,” he said. He said Sharma should withdraw his “claim” in Kalam’s honour and memory.With Agencies

Organ donation should be made a law: Indian Medical Association

Out of a demand of one lakh organ donations, only 25,000 undergo transplants out of which only 5,000 successful transplants take place.

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Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for highlighting the issue of organ donation during his “Mann ki Baat” programme, Indian Medical Association (IMA) Secretary General KK Aggarwal on Sunday said that organ donation should be made a law in India.”It is a welcome step and we feel that many more such innovative ideas must be spoken by him in “Mann ki Baat” programme. Out of a demand of one lakh organ donations, only 25,000 undergo transplants out of which only 5,000 successful transplants take place. That is the statistics that the Prime Minister gave to which we agree,” said Dr. Aggarwal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Organ donation should be made a law. As on today, for example I have to donate an organ if I pledge my organ that is not taken seriously at the time of death because the relatives have to agree. If I give my living will and in my will I have written that I pledge my organs then that should be made compulsory,” he added.”Government should also think that if anyone dies and his brain is dead and heart is living, his organs should be donated unless the relations should want. Instead of taking the consent, it should be an automatic consent unless they object,” he added.The Prime Minister earlier in the 13th edition of his “Mann ki Baat” programme praised Tamil Nadu for their leading endeavours in organ donation while lauding the other states for their initiatives towards the cause.”Organ donation is an important issue. The need for kidneys, heart and livers is high but less number of transplants takes place. Some states have taken a lead on organ donation and made processes simpler. Tamil Nadu has done well in this,” he said, adding that students from Kerala had asked him to talk about organ donation. Advocating strongly for organ donation, Prime Minister Modi said the government has established National Organ And Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) to promote organ transplant. He said a 24×7 helpline number 1800114770 is in service already.

Sahitya Akademi condemns rising cases of intolerance; urges writers to take back their awards

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After writers of different languages on Friday took to the streets to protest against rising intolerance in the country and the death of writer MM Kalburgi, Sahitya Akademi condemning the cases of attacks on writers, urged the intellectuals to take back their awards.”We all condemned the killing of MM Kalburgi. We have unanimously decided that writers who have returned awards should take them back and people who have resigned should join back,” executive member of Sahitya Akademi Dr. Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier in the day, tying black cloths around their mouths, writers and their supporters held a solidarity march in Delhi ahead of the Sahitya Akademi emergency meeting.At least 35 writers from across the country have, over the past few weeks, announced their decision to return their Sahitya Akademi awards and stepped down from official Akademi positions to protest the “rising intolerance” in the country.The protest march was convened by five groups – Janvadi Lekhak Sangh, Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh, Jansanskriti Manch, Dalit Lekhak Sangh and Sahitya Sanvad.Eminent writers Keki N Daruwala, Geeta Hariharan, Anuradha Kapoor (former director National School of Drama), Shekhar Joshi and Javed Ali among others were part of the protest.Called the getting together of writers as historic step in the literary history of the country, the protesters called for the Akademi to condemn in strong terms the killings of Kannada writer Kalburgi and other writers and rationalists, and assure the writers that the Akademi would in these times of distress ensure the right to freedom of speech and expression.Meanwhile, alleging that the move by authors to return awards was “motivated by their vested interests” and the literary body should not buckle under “pressure” a counter-protest was also held. The protest led by Joint Action group of Nationalist Minded Artists and Thinkers, JANMAT, also submitted a memorandum to the Akademi, questioning the motive of the writers and alleging these very people had earlier appealed to voters not to give a mandate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Activists of BJP’s student wing ABVP also joined the protest, which coincided with the silent march by writers of different languages from Sri Ram Centre at Safdar Hashmi Marg to the Sahitya Akademi building, demanding that the Akademi pass a resolution pledging to take stern steps to safeguard freedom of speech and right to dissent of the writers.

Dr Subhash Chandra Show: Women need to believe in their own self and strength

Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business.

This Week Dr. Subhash Chandra Show was conducted at Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Patna in Bihar with an all Women Audience from Patna’s Magadh Mahila College. The session witnessed participation of 600 students from Magadh Mahila College who expressed their views on “Women as a stronger sex and not a weaker being”.While sharing his thoughts on the matter Dr. Chandra re-iterated that it is women who need to believe in their own self & their strength. He discussed about Jaya Devi of Bihar who fought against sexual abuse against women and also made the students meet some Villagers from Dharara Village in Bihar who celebrate the birth of a Girl by planting a tree. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Chandra urged young women to fight for their rights, raise their voice against injustice & abuse and start a fight against every evil on an individual basis.Watch the episode here:The session was organised as part of the episodes of the Dr. Subhash Chandra Show. Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business. This show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media.

Rising mental illness issues among Delhi’s student population

The study also says that 17.8 percent of the students had thoughts about suicide and self harm. Among the sample size, 12.8 percent of men and 22 percent of women had these thoughts.

A newly released survey points to an alarming rise of mental health problems among Delhi’s college going youth. Released on Thursday, by Dr. Sunil Mittal of the Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, which surveyed students between the ages of 18-25 years of age, the results show that 64.6 percent of students reported symptoms of depression and 51.6 percent of anxiety.The CIMBS survey’s sample size is admittedly small for its scope, 500 students from five “prominent” universities, whose names were not revealed, across Delhi-NCR. However, speaking to dna, Dr. Mittal stressed on the fact that his team made sure to interact with a large cross section of students, from all stratas of society, and also worked to avoid a biased selection of people. He said that instead of only inviting students to come talk to them, which generally results in those who are aware of their mental health problems stepping forward, leading to a bias in the data, they also reached out to peer leaders, popular kids to spread the word, approached students on the basis of recommendations made by friends and/or teachers so as to reach out to as many kids as possible.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, so that the sample size didn’t get too small on stratifying it, Dr. Mittal said they did not look at socio-economic backgrounds of students. The comparisons are between genders.The study also says that 17.8 percent of the students had thoughts about suicide and self harm. Among the sample size, 12.8 percent of men and 22 percent of women had these thoughts.Women, according to the survey, were more prone to varying mental health issues than men, except in cases of substance abuse and addictions, where the numbers were equally split.Among the 20 percent of those abusing alcohol and tobacco, 53 percent were men and 47 percent were women. However, what was worrying according to Mittal was the 6 percent of student population experimenting with drugs including cannabis, cocaine, opioids, stimulants. If extrapolated from their sample size, he said, to the actual student population in Delhi-NCR, that would mean huge numbers.Five percent of the students screened also reported symptoms of major psychotic disorders.Sleep disturbance, which may seem innocuous, but is highly detrimental for mental health, was found among 34 percent of women and 15.7 percent of men. Sleep disturbance, said Mittal could be a symptom of “underlying psychiatric disorder, and may need further evaluation”.Students, without fully developed stress coping mechanisms, also reported relationship distress. 43.2 percent students had trouble coping with relationships with peers, friends, family, with 55 percent of them women.Though the survey team said that the students across class were found with mental health problems, whether at beginning stages or chronic, they refrained from going into their socio-economic factors.An upside of the survey, said Mittal, was the fact that more students now, than a few years ago, were willing to speak about mental health. At least some of the stigma seemed to be gone. However, he stressed greatly on the need of mental health education on campuses, so that friends and peers could encourage each other to seek out help.

Dr Subhash Chandra Show: We learn about life and people during hardships

Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business. This show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media.

This Week Dr. Subhash Chandra Show was conducted at Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Patna in Bihar. The session witnessed participation of more than 700 students from the campus.Sharing his own experiences on hardships and learning’s from it, he said that it is only during hardships that one realises the importance of family and friends since they are the only ones who stick around through the thick and thin.Dr. Subhash Chandra also introduced the students to Ashutosh Manav from Bihar’s Nalanda district who is a social worker fighting against Gutkha Addiction since 1991.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With examples like Ashutosh, who started the Gutkha Chodo Aandolan in Bihar and kept his fight alive to this day despite repeated threats from Gutkha mafia, Dr. Subhash Chandra told the participants that one must continue the good work irrespective of what people say.He also ask the people of Bihar to choose their legislator wisely. “Don’t look for the party a candidate belongs to, instead look for the character of the candidate itself whether he is educated, sensitive and honest,” added Dr. Subhash Chandra.Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business. This show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media.

Govt releases commemorative stamp on Dr Ambedkar, plans to release coin in honour too

New Delhi: Government on Wednesday released a commemorative postal stamp on Dr BR Ambedkar and said it will come out with a coin in his honour.

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Dr. BR Ambedkar. IBN Live

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad released the stamp. The government is celebrating 125th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar in 2015.

The coin is slated to be released in honour of the legendary social reformer and approval from the Finance Ministry has already been received.

“The approval from Finance Ministry was received three days back to come out with a coin in honour of Dr Ambedkar,” Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said.

Speaking during the occasion, Prasad also questioned why Bharat Ratna was given to Dr Ambedkar so late after his death.

Dr Ambedkar was given the highest civilian award in 1990 whereas he died in 1956.

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1. Modi in US 2015: Islamic State greatest challenge facing international community, says PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi has acknowledged that the dreaded terror group Islamic State poses one of the greatest challenges facing the international community today and said there is a need to “delink terrorism from​ religion”. Read more here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. India, Nepal seek way out as blockade along border adds to troublesAs the models clad in designer Khadi dresses walked past the ramp in plush Soaltee Hotel of Kathmandu on Thursday night, chief guest of the event, Indian Ambassador in Nepal Ranjit Rae kept glued to his phone, intermittently pacing in and out of the venue. Read more here. 3. No water, no power, BMC leaves Muslim areas high and dry on Eid al-AdhaResidents of Ibrahim Rahimtulla Road, Abdul Rehman Street, Mohammed Ali Road, Carnac Bunder and neighbouring areas woke up to a rude shock on the day of Eid al-Adha on Friday; the corporation pipelines were running dry and there was no power either. Efforts by political parties’ local leaders and repeated calls to civic offices fell on deaf ears as the relief eluded citizens till noon. Read more here. 4. Narendra Modi wishes former PM Manmohan Singh on his birthdayPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on his 83rd birthday. “I wish Dr. Manmohan Singh on his birthday and pray to almighty that he remains in good health and leads a long life,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi. Former prime minister and economist Dr. Manmohan Singh is celebrating his 83rd birthday on Saturday. Read more here.5. US government finds new emails Hillary Clinton did not hand overThe US Defence Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state. Read more here.

Narendra Modi wishes former PM Manmohan Singh on his birthday

Born on September 26, 1932 in Gah (now in Punjab, Pakistan), Singh’s family migrated to India during partition in 1947.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on his 83rd birthday.”I wish Dr. Manmohan Singh on his birthday and pray to almighty that he remains in good health and leads a long life,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi. Former prime minister and economist Dr. Manmohan Singh is celebrating his 83rd birthday on Saturday.Born on September 26, 1932 in Gah (now in Punjab, Pakistan), Singh’s family migrated to India during partition in 1947. Singh became the 14th Prime Minister of the country on May 22, 2004 and continued till 26 May 2014.Singh is the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Health experts say Bombay much better than Delhi in dealing with dengue

Prevention was key to defeat dengue, stressed not only the panel but also the health experts dna spoke to. Delhi’s problems also lay in shoddy implementation that defeated any amount of path breaking research.

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India’s top health experts collectively scolded the city of Delhi for not being proactive enough in helping stop the spread of dengue. Drawing comparisons with a metro such as Bombay, they pointed out glaring gaps in Delhi’s implementation of preventive measures and the non-cooperative residents of the city. Dr. AC Dhariwal, chairman of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Dr. MC Mishra, Director of AIIMS, Dr. Ashutosh Biswas, PRofessor of Medicine AIIMS, and others, spoke at a public lecture organised by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, on Wednesday, to disseminate crucial information, and common sense, amidst the panic caused by dengue. They drove home the point that government and medical bodies could do nothing without community participation and civic sense. Delhi, hyper endemic to dengue, was unfavourably compared to Bombay where simple things made a difference; water connections are not given until a ladder is provided along with the overhead tanks for routine checking and cleaning, construction sites where the aedes mosquito easily breeds are monitored far more closely, roadside vehicle repair shops are not allowed to display empty tires, only tubes that have air in them. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Dhariwal said at the AIIMS’ panel on Wednesday that India suffered from dengue along with Latin America and parts of Asia. However, as Dr. BN Nagpal, scientist with the National Institute of Malaria Research, pointed out to dna in a previous conversation, in research and prevention India is far behind the similarly affected Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia. Lesser research, a late start, a lack of proper implementation and a crucial shortage of specialists has hit India’s health programmes hard. Other Southeast Asian countries sailed ahead in preventive research, with money pumped into the science and smaller controllable populations that were cooperative. “For example, Indonesia has tapped into its population of housewives to thoroughly check breeding sites at home, preventing the spread of the aedes mosquito,” Nagpal said. “Here, people won’t let you inside the house for fogging.” India’s research, he said only really took off after the 2006 all-India dengue outbreak.Speaking to dna separately, Dr. Sujata Sunil, research scientist with the Indian council for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, said that there were two kinds of research for vector borne diseases. One was research for the sake of research, the hard science of looking into the disease and the vector; where India matched all global standards. It was the second kind, that could lead to new products or control/preventive measures where the country was lacking. Prevention was key to defeat dengue, stressed not only the panel but also the health experts dna spoke to. Delhi’s problems also lay in shoddy implementation that defeated any amount of path breaking research. Every speaker at AIIMS repeated the fact that fogging needs to be done inside houses where the mosquito breeds and takes shelter, one mosquito has 5-6 breeding sites, it never lays eggs on the surface of the water, but in the rim of the container, an infected mosquito breeds infected larvae. “Fogging can’t be done all the time,” added Dr. Dhariwal. “Else the mosquito will grow resistant to it and we’ll lose our weapon.” A worrying factor however, was the decreasing number of entomologists, specialists who study insects. “Without an entomologists, we cannot know the mosquito’s types, its breeding patterns, when it comes out to bite. How are we then supposed to take preventive measures?” said Nagpal. According to him, despite the health ministry’s recruitment drives, students now chose to specialise in more lucrative fields that lead to jobs in private firms, such as biotechnology. “We did an experiment from 2010-2012, ” said Nagpal. “In 20 localities in west Delhi, we eliminated breeding sites all year round. When the rains came there were no mosquitoes to spread to other spots. Till this dates, those sites are clean. It is possible to contains dengue, but the community has to cooperate. Prevention and community involvement can only go hand in hand.”

Health ministry officials review fresh cases of supposed dengue deaths in Delhi

Amidst media reports putting out number of dengue deaths in New Delhi as 22 by Sunday, and the intermittent rains giving rise to fears of further spread of the disease, health ministry officials reiterated once again that the situation in the city was under control. Speaking to dna, Dr Charan Singh from the directorate of health services in Delhi stressed that using the word ‘outbreak’ commonly being quoted in most news reports, was scientifically wrong. It should be said that there was an upsurge in this year’s cases, he said.

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Amidst media reports putting out number of dengue deaths in New Delhi as 22 by Sunday, and the intermittent rains giving rise to fears of further spread of the disease, health ministry officials reiterated once again that the situation in the city was under control. Speaking to dna, Dr Charan Singh from the directorate of health services in Delhi stressed that using the word ‘outbreak’ commonly being quoted in most news reports, was scientifically wrong. It should be said that there was an upsurge in this year’s cases, he said.Singh spoke following the Directorate General Health Services weekly review of dengue cases, held on Saturday. The meeting reviewed 30 new cases of deaths that could be related to dengue, to determine which ones were purely a dengue fatality. Thoughts have upped the media reports have upped the number of dengue deaths in Delhi to 22, the government figures might differ as they sort out deaths only from dengue and deaths caused by another medical complication in patients with dengue. This condition, Singh said, was called co-morbidity. Though the number of purely dengue deaths from these 30 is supposed to be only 6, Singh declined to confirm that number, till the data was officially released this week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the Director of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has been quoted in press reports has confirming there is no new mutant strain of dengue this year, Dr Singh said we couldn’t even say for sure that this was only the Den-2 and the Den-4 strains that had spread. “Things change in medical science so often,” he said, “for now this looks like a mixed infection, that could carry all four strains.” However, he did say that Den-2 and Den-4 do cause the most fatality.”But there are many reasons as to why there has been this upsurge this year,” added Dr. Singh, “it’s the virus’s cyclical pattern. But the situation is under control.”Sources high up in the central ministry have long been saying that the situation not out of hand in or in the country. Many have attributed the panic amongst people to a certain herd mentality, or rushing to the hospitals to be admitted at the first sign of a fever. There is also a certain sense of frustration with state governments, that, the sources say, have to take the lead. “We can only advise and assist with logistics and funds,” they said. “For the first time, the union ministry held a training workshop with the corporation, to train their workers to handle dengue,” said one senior member of the ministry.Minister for Health and Family welfare, JP Nadda issued his 12 advisory this year on dengue, on Saturday. Following the intermittent rain, he conveyed to the Delhi government that “vector control measures need to be intensified to contain the problem of dengue. You are requested to instruct all concerned officials and department to intensify the efforts.” He laid heavy emphasis on checking breeding areas for mosquitoes, such as construction sites, basements, roof-tops and unused buildings.

Government to set up national body to tackle cyber crimes

The idea of NCTC, an overarching body to counter all kinds of terror, money laundering and cyber crimes, was shelved by the UPA government following opposition from several states.

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A high-level five member Expert Group led by National Cyber Security Coordinator, Dr Gulshan Rai has proposed measures required to control cyber crime including legal and technical measures that includes creation of a national body Indian cyber crime coordination centre or I-4 C. Though little is known about the concept of I-4C, its construction and purpose seems to be somewhat on the lines of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) minus the legal powers to carryout operations and arrests.The idea of NCTC, an overarching body to counter all kinds of terror, money laundering and cyber crimes, was shelved by the UPA government following opposition from several states.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides having a national centre, the I-4C will also have branches in states and UTs and will be synced with the national intelligence grid (NATGRID) and crime and criminal tracking network system (CCTNS) to pick up and gather information of cyber crimes and analyse and predict future trends, sources said.The I-4C will remain under the overall supervision of the union home ministry.The government also plans to create an advance application for social media analytics that will involve organs of union home ministry, department of electronics and information technology (DEITY), ministry of external affairs, ministry of I&B and ministry of defence.To keep check on the inflow and outflow of potentially dangerous information, the government also plans to route all internet gateways through a single gateway under its command.”This may take time as it would involve extensive talks with the service providers on various issues,” sources added.The meeting was attended by union home minister Rajnath Singh home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, secretary (internal security) Ashok Prasad, and members of the Expert Group Dr. Rajat Moona, DG, C-DAC, Pune, Prof Krishnan, IIS-Bengaluru, Dr. Manindra Aggarwal, IIT, Kanpur, Dr D. Dass, IIIT, Bengaluru.The home minister directed the officials to come up with concrete proposals regarding infrastructure, research, people friendly interface so that the matter could be considered at the highest level in a well defined timeframe.

University of Hyderabad faculty go on indefinite hunger strike

The UHTA wants a public apology for Dr. Temsen.

Alleging that Professor Gracious Temsen had faced racial and gender discrimination, the University of Hyderabad faculty announced an indefinite relay hunger strike from Thursday, The Hindu reports. According to the news report, security officials from the University of Hyderabad had raided Dr. Temsen’s home based on a complaint from a neighbour and took photos of people there on May 31.The raid was deemed illegal by the faculty and a violation of privacy. Dr.Temsen is from Shillong. Though the University of Hyderabad Teachers’ Association (UHTA) demanded the vice-chancellor investigate the matter, the committee constituted by the VC was prejudiced it said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UHTA wants a public apology for Dr. Temsen and a show-cause notice to be issued to the deputy registrar estate and security, Deccan Chronicle reports. They also want the investigation committee to be reconstituted with representatives from north-east India.The hunger strike will take place near the DST bus stop from 9 am to 9 pm with two faculty members sitting in at a time.

Twitter outburst in Pakistan over Dawn article on 1965 Indo-Pak war

Dr Zaidi also talked about the poor quality of history taught in Pakistan’s schools.

Major outrage broke out as article called Pakistan’s claim of winning the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the ‘biggest lie’.

Twitter saw an outburst on Saturday after Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn published an article on the 1965 Indo-Pak war on its website titled ‘History in Pakistan has been badly treated’, which spawned the trending hashtag #DawnPawnOfModi, where the national daily was branded as the mouthpiece of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The article by Maleeha Hamid Siddiqui discussing the speech by noted historian and political economist Dr S. Akbar Zaidi at an event organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Karachi University, saw a flare-up on Twitter. Major outrage broke out on the issue of Dr. Zaidi calling Pakistan’s claim of winning the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the ‘biggest lie’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”With Pakistan just two days away from observing Defence Day and marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war, historian and political economist Dr S Akbar Zaidi dispelled ‘the victory myth’, saying that there can be no bigger lie, as Pakistan lost terribly,” read the article in Dawn. As the title suggested, Dr Zaidi talked about the poor quality of history taught in Pakistan’s schools, which left students ‘completely unaware about the history of the Baloch and the Pakhtun’.”History in Pakistan is taught from an ideological viewpoint. Pakistan needs to be seen as a geographical entity,” the article quoted Dr Zaidi. Dr Zaidi is a history teacher at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the man behind Teachers’ Day

This day came to be because of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who chose to turn his birthday into a remarkable day where teachers would be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to education and teaching.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan chose to have his birthday celebrated as Teachers Day

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All of us have fond memories of celebrating Teachers’ day on September 5 at school, when there would be no classes and the teachers would become students.Not all of us think of the person behind the origin of this day. Former President of India, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, chose to turn his birthday into a remarkable day where teachers would be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to education and teaching.Here are five things you need to know about this eminent teacher:1. Dr. Radhakrishnan was the first elected Vice-President of India in 1952. After serving two terms as Vice-President, he was made President of India in 1962. During his term as President, India fought wars with China and Pakistan. He retired in 1967.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. He was a great philosopher and penned several books on the subject while teaching at the Madras University. He believed education should be given utmost importance. His contribution to the field earned him several awards, including the Bharat Ratna. He even received the Knighthood from the British emperor King George V in 1931 for his excellence in teaching. In 1975, when the generous scholar was felicitated with a ‘Templeton Prize’ by the well-known ‘Templeton Foundation’, he chose to donate the entire amount to the Oxford University.3. This learned philosopher didn’t have support from his economically backward family for his education. Since he was from a small village close to the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, his father wanted him to become a priest at a temple than study further. But Radhakrishnan went on to finish his MA in Philosophy and his first book called “Indian Philosophy” published in 1923 was termed a “philosophical classic and a literary masterpiece.”4. Radhakrishnan was often called by universities abroad to deliver lectures on Hindu philosophy and he used this platform to talk about India’s need for freedom. With this he also made a mark for Indian Philosophy on the world map.5. He was also appointed as ambassador to UNESCO in 1946 and went on further to be appointed as ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1949 during which he established a strong relationship with them.It was with his ideology and perseverance as Chair to the Union Education Commission in 1948 that India’s education system was changed for the better.This constant learner and educator breathed his last on April 17, 1975.

Sheena murder case: Here are seven questions for you to answer, Mr Maria

Even a week after the Mumbai police had claimed to have cracked the mystery behind murder of Sheena Bora, there are a series of questions to which the police are yet to find answers. dna asks some of them.

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Even a week after the Mumbai police had claimed to have cracked the mystery behind murder of Sheena Bora, there are a series of questions to which the police are yet to find answers. dna asks some of them. What was the motive behind such a heinous crime?Several theories were doing the rounds as to why Indrani Mukerjea and ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna allegedly murdered 25-year old Sheena. But even after a week, the police could not find the real motive. In fact, the Khar police, in their remand application before the Bandra court on Monday, stated that they are yet to ascertain the motive. The police have grilled Indrani and the other two accused for more than 100 hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From where did Shyamvar Rai get the weapon?Indrani’s driver Rai, who was nabbed from Vakola on August 21, with a weapon, spilled the beans on the murder during sustained grilling. Why would Rai, who do not have a previous criminal record and a full-time private vehicle driver, need a weapon ? From whom did Rai procure the weapon and for what? Why are there no further arrests in the weapon recovery case? After having found Sheena’s passport, why did Rahul Mukerjea not approach the police? It could have ended all claims and speculations about Sheena settling in the United States…Following the arrest of Indrani, Peter Mukerjea’s son Rahul told the police, in his statement that in 2012, after he was unable to contact Sheena, he asked Indrani about the Sheena’s whereabouts. He was told Sheena is in the US and did not wish to continue her relationship with him anymore. Rahul found something amiss and claimed to have approached the police, requesting them to trace Sheena. Rahul later found Sheena’s passport from her belongings and again confronted Indrani. This time, Indrani’s reply was that Sheena had gone abroad on another passport. How can a citizen be issued two passports? If Rahul had Sheena’s passport, why did he not approach the police with this evidence that something wrong could have happened to Sheena. If Mikhail knew he was to be bumped off by Indrani, why did he stay mum all these years?Mikhail, in his statement to the Khar police, had stated that on the day Sheena was murdered (April 24, 2012), Indrani had spiked his drinks with the intention of eliminating him, too. However, Mikhail claims to have got whiff of it and fled Mumbai. If that is the case, when Sheena went ‘missing’, why did Mikhail not inform the police that he suspected something would have happened to Sheena since he suspected Indrani to have conspired to kill him?Why did Peter Mukerjea believe his wife (Indrani), despite his son Rahul and Sheena revealing Sheena’s relationship with Indrani?Peter had claimed that he was always told by Indrani that Sheena was her sister. However, he later claimed that Rahul had informed him that Sheena is Indrani’s daughter. Sheena herself had told this to Peter. Then what strong reasons Peter had to believe Indrani and not his son and Sheena? Charred body found, why did Raigad police not register an accidental death or murder case in 2012?The Raigad police have come under scanner for their ‘negligence’ in handling a case, wherein a charred body was found in the Pen forest in 2012. The Pen police, in 2012, were informed by locals about the body. They simply made a diary entry into the matter and sent fragments of bones, teeth and hair to the JJ hospital without an FIR or accidental death report (ADR). This raised suspicion since, in such cases, the police are expected to file an ADR. In this case, the body was charred and petrol was used. Still, why did the police not register a murder case and initiate a full-fledged probe? Why did Indrani keep the suitcase meant to dispose Mikhail’s body at her residence all these years?The police had on Sunday recovered a suitcase from Indrani’s Worli residence, which they claim was to be used by Indrani and her accomplices to dispose Mikhail’s body, once he was eliminated. With Mikhail fleeing Mumbai and there was no way Indrani could have eliminated him, would she have kept the suitcase at her place?

Dr Subhash Chandra talks about the 10 commandments to success

Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business.
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The latest episode of Dr Subhash Chandra Show was held live at Aamby Valley in Pune where he addressed 2000 students from Indian International Model United Nations. The students came from 30 different countries. He discussed with them about success and explained that there are no shortcuts to success. He also listed the ten commandments for being successful.Subhash Chandra started the show by asking a poignant question– what is success? He then indulges into a brief interaction with the audience where they tell him what success means to them. “Sometimes it happens in our life that despite all efforts, we see failure. Failure is only a part of success I think. When do you accept failure? It is only when you accept failure. But until you dont accept, there is no failure in anybody’s life,” Dr Subhash Chandra said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Subhash Chandra then went on to speak about the 10 commandments to success. The following are those 10 commandments:1) Be happy and keep every one happy2) Give your best to everything you do3) Be punctual4) Remain alert5) Positive thinking6) Know about your capabilities as well as your weaknesses7) Work on all factors that could lead to your failure8) Only words won’t help you succeed, your actions will help you succeed9) Be honest10) Do not imitate othersWatch the latest episode here:The session was organised as part of the episodes of the Dr. Subhash Chandra Show. Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business. This show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media.

Delhi: AAP’s mohalla clinic a hit

Though Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the clinic only in late July, the two room structure has been running since the beginning of the month.

Aam Aadmi Party government’s pilot mohalla clinic, in JJ colony in northwest Delhi, clocked some 3,500 patients in its maiden month of July, it’s first monthly report said. By all accounts, the government’s pet project is a resounding success.Though Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the clinic only in late July, the two room structure has been running since the beginning of the month. Staffed by a doctor, transferred from a government dispensary, and a helper, it has been providing free medicines, check-ups, and basic tests to the residents of the nearby relief camp, bringing them much relief. The prefabricated structure is the first primary health centre they have had in their midst, they say, since the previous dispensary was demolished a decade ago, forcing them to go the centres outside of the camp.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”How will someone like me cross two three roads and go the government dispensary?” asks Vidya Rani, who is well into her 70s and has trouble walking. “To hire autos go to the MCD or the government dispensary, we have to spend Rs. 50 – Rs 100,” adds Asha Suren, “it is too much for us.” The camp’s residents are all refugees who fled Punjab during the militancy, and have been struggling with various state governments to set up their home in Delhi. They are the mohalla clinic’s target group, those who fall through the cracks in Delhi’s public health systems. Access to existing primary health centres, be they MCD clinics or government dispensaries is difficult, often so discouragingly so that some resign themselves to whatever ails their body.The camp, with almost 15,000 residents, is located in Peeragarhi, part of Delhi’s Shakurbasti constituency, which has some 4 MCD dispensaries. One is a one-station metro ride away from the camp; the government dispensary is a little over a two-kilometre walk away. However, these sjort distances, easily handles by Delhi’s middle class, are not easy for residents of slum clusters and JJ colonies. Many are too old and ill to walk. The transport cost for a patient and an attendant is too much for them to keep paying. Many of the residents are daily wagers, who cannot afford to miss a day of work to undertake these excursions and then stand in line.What has given them much peace of mind is having a doctor in their midst, who has come to know them personally, their community and all its problems.”One woman in her 60s kept having vaginal bleeding. She didn’t know what to do or where to go. Nor was she comfortable talking about it,” says the Dr Alka Choudhary, who mans the clinic, as an example. “Because I was here, she could speak to me, we could do preliminary tests and use our ambulance to send her to a hospital for the care she needed.”This is one case. Residents of the colony are full of other such. There are those who have started getting regular health check ups done; the very basics such as blood pressure, sugar levels, which are still essential.There is a certain pride they take in having the clinic amongst them, and making sure the area is regularly cleaned and hygienic. The government built a pucca road for the colony,and got drains in order, when it opened the clinic.”There are very high expectations,” says Dr. Choudhary, “they want all tests and medical facilities available here. We don’t have heavy machinery yet, but we’re working towards these goals.”It seems with the mohalla clinics, the AAP-led government has tapped into a large gap in Delhi’s health problems and how to potentially fill it.

Dr.Subhash Chandra speaks at world’s largest residential youth conference

Indian International Model United Nations 2015 is the world’s largest residential youth conference.

Taking the Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show to the next level, Essel Group & ZEE Chairman, Dr. Subhash Chandra, addressed over 3000 students from 30 different nations at the 4th Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) at Aamby Valley on Thursday, August 20. IIMUN 2015 is the world’s largest residential youth conference and is run completely by students in the age group of 16-22 years. It provides the youth a platform to voice their opinions by forwarding their drafted resolutions to the United Nations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hosting a mega-episode on the topic ‘There is no shortcut to success’ at IIMUN 2015, Dr. Chandra said, “All of us want to become capable enough to give back to society. To do that, we need to work with passion, purity and patience. Purity, for me, is living in the present. If we do this, our actions are dynamic and we get a positive reaction. Often, when we are working, our minds are distracted by either the past or the future, with the result that the action at that moment is neither pure nor dynamic. Hence, the first key to success is to live in the present.”Elaborating on the topic, Dr. Chandra said, “Sometimes, in our lives, despite our best efforts, we meet with failure. However, failure is a part of success. We feel failure only when we accept it and make it a part of our lives. At times, we need to realize that certain things are not going to be successful and just move on with our lives. Failure, in fact, teaches us more than success.”Dr. Chandra further added, “When we study the success stories of different people, we notice that there are certain qualities like happiness, dedication, punctuality, alertness, positivity, honesty and humility that they all possess. When these important qualities work together, they make the person successful in every sphere of life.”Dr. Chandra’s DSC Show has successfully completed over 50 episodes travelling to various cities across India, including Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Ghaziabad, Pune, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Manipal, Gurgaon and now Aamby Valley.The show is aired every week on Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7pm on Zee Business and on Sundays at 11 am on both Zee News & Zee Business. The show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media Corporation Limited.

Death in real time: Aiims patient’s demise after live telecast of surgery revives debate

The death of a patient while being operated upon in one of the country’s premier institutions by a foreign surgeon has raised questions over the ethics of the entire procedure.

As part of a annual conference held in Delhi, over a 100 surgeons watched as a doctor from Japan performed a laparoscopic liver surgery on a 62-year-old labourer suffering from cirrhosis while assisted by an Indian doctor from AIIMS. And that’s when there was massive internal bleeding, reported the Times of India.

While there were suggestions that the remainder of the surgery should be conducted as an open surgery, the Japanese doctor who was conducting the surgery relented only after seven hours. The live feed was then terminated, the surgery completed and the labourer, Shobha Ram, was taken to the ICU, but passed away a little over an hour later, the report said.

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Aiims released a statement in which it said that the bleeding was a  known complication of the procedure and all measures had been taken to control it. However, the statement noted that because of his existing liver disease he didn’t do well and passed away, reported the Hindustan Times. The statement also said that the patient’s family had been kept informed of his condition after the surgery.

And while the Times report raised questions over the live telecast of the surgery and whether the patient’s consent had been taken for an audience to view it, a doctor from Aiims told Hindustan Times that live surgery had nothing to with the death.

The doctor said the death was primarily due to the patient’s existing condition and several experts had done everything possible to save his life and due diligence had been done before the surgery began.

Having an audience for a surgery is hardly new. As this detailed piece on live telecast by Slate noted, it’s been around since the first surgeries where an audience stood around to watch a surgeon and medical students are present in operation theatres to study techniques they’ve learnt about.

And this has become a lot easier in laparoscopic surgeries since the use of a camera is involved anyway, it becomes much easier. In May 2014, a UK surgeon operated and had the surgery telecast live through Google Glass, even as students and other doctors could ask him questions. The Telegraph report pointed out that 90 percent of the students who watched the live broadcast even wanted such telecasts to be part of the teaching process.

But as the Slate report pointed out, there have also been doubts raised over whether a surgeon should have the distraction of having to explain his procedure while carrying out the operation just so that the ‘entertainment’ value of the telecast is higher.

The report noted: “Although surgeons are ashamed to admit it, live telesurgery is more like NASCAR than baseball: We want to see the driver make the turn, but we’re also hoping for a wreck. Dr. Neeraj Kohli, a gynecologic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says surgeons ‘want to see someone screw up. They want to see that they aren’t the only ones who have complications.'”

A blog post in a site for physicians also pointed to the fact that past surveys of US physicians had shown that they weren’t in favour of surgeries on them being broadcast live. It questioned then whether it was right for them to subject their patients to it. And given they have the option of recording the surgery and then analysing it later, the question isn’t entirely wrong.

Dr Duke E. Cameron, who is chief of cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins, in 2005 wrote a stinging piece against live broadcast of surgeries. He ended saying: “So make a video of your best operation (with your patient’s permission, of course).  Review it, learn from it, edit it, narrate it, duplicate it and share it.  Leave out the classical music.  Better yet, include several other cases that illustrate other important lessons.  But please don’t ask me to watch it live.”

In the case of the Aiims patient it still isn’t clear whether the patient was aware of the surgery being streamed live and while there’s no evidence that it may have had anything to do with his death, the question mark over just how much it did impact it won’t be erased just yet.

Abdul Kalam’s death ‘a great loss’ to nation: Prakash Padukone

Chess icon Viswanathan Anand, too, remembered the late leader as someone who a lot of people could relate to.
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Former Badminton ace Prakash Padukone on Tuesday said the passing away of former president APJ Abdul Kalam was a great loss to the nation.”I think it’s a great loss to the nation. I have read a lot and heard a lot about him. I’ve heard all his speeches,” Padukone told ANI.Chess icon Viswanathan Anand, too, remembered the late leader as someone who a lot of people could relate to.”I haven’t actually spent a lot of time with him but I do remember reading a lot about him and a lot of people seem to be able to relate to the late president,” Anand said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr. Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening. He collapsed after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Kalam became the11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

APJ Abdul Kalam’s role in India’s nuclear programme highlighted by US media

United States media described the former president as one of the most “exuberant boosters” of India’s nuclear programme.

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Describing him as one of the most “exuberant boosters” of India’s nuclear capabilities, the US media on Tuesday highlighted the contribution of ‘missile man’ APJ Abdul Kalam to the country’s atomic and space programme.Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest during a lecture at the IIM Shillong on Monday, plunging his country into overwhelming grief. “He was one of the most exuberant boosters of the country’s nuclear program,” The New York Times wrote in a rare obituary for Kalam. “He used the spotlight to urge India to build up its military strength and to free itself from the threat of domination by outside forces,” the daily said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Times said that Kalam spent little time outside India. “For him, it was a point of pride that India had developed its bomb without much help from foreign powers. And he described himself as thoroughly Indian,” it said. Kalam has been credited with helping develop his country’s first space satellites. In the 1980s, he helped design the nuclear-capable ‘Prithvi’ and ‘Agni’ ballistic missiles, The Washington Post said. “He played a crucial role when India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998. The test resulted in sanctions against the country but helped elevate Mr Kalam to the status of folk hero in his country,” the Post said in its obituary.The Wall Street Journal reported that Kalam, who was born into a poor Muslim family in Tamil Nadu, was at the forefront of the country’s efforts to develop a space programme and a strong advocate for India’s self-reliance in defence technologies. “He encouraged the development of India’s first indigenous satellite launch vehicle that brought the country into an elite club of space-faring nations and guided India’s missile-development programme,” the daily said. “Dr. Kalam also played a key role in boosting India’s nuclear capabilities, leading to nuclear tests in 1998, a technological achievement seen as pivotal in asserting the country’s place in global politics,” the WSJ said. “He was the first scientist to hold the office, and was widely viewed as an apolitical figure,” the CNN said.

In Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, India had the best of ‘Iron Man’ Tony Stark

Quite like Stark, or even Bruce Wayne, who stood tall amongst gods, aliens, super-soldiers and other beings of immense power, Kalam taught us that inequality or hardships were just hurdles that could be overcome by dint of hard work and intellect.

Abdul Kalam

In some ways Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the closest thing we had to a desi Tony Stark in real life – a rocket scientist, genius, teacher and visionary (which is more appealing to Indians than playboy-like behaviour).Unlike Stark, who was an alcoholic womaniser, Kalam lived as a frugal, vegetarian teetotaller and called himself “a brahmachari President”.When BJP president Amit Shah described Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as the “best exemplar” of the idea of India, he wasn’t exaggerating. A boy from an impoverished background who would go on to become scientist and then president, a man so humble that his rise to the highest post in the land didn’t change his demeanour at all, he was the embodiment of the ‘Indian Dream’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It helped that he was a Muslim who was a staunch patriot, a rocket scientist (helping improve India’s nuclear arsenal against Pakistan) and also loved the Gita and Koran. Combine all the aforementioned qualities and you have the desi version of Friederich Nietzsche’s Ubermensch, a combination of Karna, Drona and Bhisma.There was an almost superheroic tint to Kalam’s achievements. Quite like Stark, or even Bruce Wayne, who stood tall amongst gods, aliens, super-soldiers and other beings of immense power. Dr. Kalam taught us that inequality or hardships were just hurdles that could be overcome by dint of hard work and intellect.Very few people manage to transcend petty politics in India, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was one of them. This was evident in the outpouring of grief from people across the political spectrum as they paid their homage to the Missile Man of India.Abdul Kalam’s scientific achievements Kalam’s greatest scientific achievement came in 1998 when he played an important role India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, which made the country, the sixth member of the elite nuclear club after the US, USSR, France, China and UK.While the reactions from the international community, including the US, Pakistan, and China were less than flattering, it showed the world that India would not be cowed down.Kalam’s work went beyond nuclear weapons. He was involved in the development of ballistic missiles, like Agni and Prithvi. As Chief Executive of DRDO’s Guided Missile Development Programme he was heavily involved in the development of India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV –III).His work in the defence sector would have spin-off benefits for civilians as well. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Dr. L Narendranath of the Nizam’s Institutes of Medical Sciences (NIMS), said: “For me it was decades of cooperation. It began when he opened up defence laboratories for NIMS and other civilians. His idea was that research in defence sector should have spin-off benefits for civilians. Two projects came out of it, one was the cheaper Kalam-Raju cardiac stent and the other was the Light Calliper Project.”The Light Calliper Project helped scores of people who were fitted with light weight callipers instead of having to lug around heavier ones. The Kalam-Raju stent, created by Dr. Kalam and Dr. B. Soma Raju of the Care Foundation, was made available for only Rs.10,000 in 1998, compared to Rs.70,000 that the imported stents cost at that time. This forced other companies to also bring down their costs. Another of his achievements included the Kalam-Raju tablet, a tablet computer for healthcare in rural areas. Its aim was to allow doctors, Anganwadi and healthcare workers at the primary level healthcare level to perform certain medical processes in rural areas.Describing the tablet, Kalam’s co-author of Wings of Fire, Arun Tiwari told The Hindu: “What if an Anganwadi worker or a doctor in a remote and inaccessible village has a tablet that stores medical information and patient’s medical history? Villages are far flung, we have limited qualified physicians and there are challenges in logistics. Under such conditions, a rugged tablet computer becomes very essential and logical”The man with a vision Above all, Dr. Kalam was a visionary who dreamt of a plan to transform India into a developed nation by 2020 in his book co-authored by Dr. YS Rajan. The book, 2020: A Vision for the New Millenium, focused on how India’s development in four areas—its people, economy, strategic strength and infrastructure—​could be achieved by technology.Above all, Dr. Kalam was a dreamer, a man who believed that India could become a superpower without needing to ape the West or China. It’s up to us now, irrespective of our political leanings and ideologies, to help India achieve that dream.

APJ Kalam’s Twitter account to remain alive in new form

Although former President APJ Abdul Kalam is no more, but his Twitter account will continue to be active in a new form.A team of his close associates has decided to run his official Twitter account which has now been renamed as ‘In memory of Dr Kalam’.”Dedicated 2 immortal memories of Dr Kalam. this account wil nw reflect his thoughts, his lessons & missions. Miss you sir! (sic),” Kalam’s close aide Srijan Pal Singh said in a tweet.Singh would now act as the administrator of his Twitter account and will keep sharing inspirational quotes from an innumerable number of speeches made by Kalam and his books like Wings of Fire, India 2020 and Ignited Minds.Another book Advantage India, co-authored by Kalam and Singh, is due to release later the year.Since February 2011, Kalam had been regularly posting his views on contemporary issues facing the country besides sending out inspirational messages on Twitter.He had more than 1.4 million followers on the microblogging site which is now flooded with his one-liners.Hashtag ‘KalamSir’ has been trending on Twitter in India since last night. Related read: How Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s lived his last day

‘He was a people’s president’: Who said what on APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Former president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Kalam collapsed during his lecture and was rushed to Bethany Hospital in Shillong where he was declared dead. The man, was referred to as the ‘Missile Man of India’ and ‘People’s President’ owing to his scientific achievements and popular stature.

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

The entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.

Here’s what India had to say when Kalam passed away:

President Pranab Mukherjee: “He had a special love for children and fought to constantly inspire the youth of our country Dr Kalam will be long remembered for his passion, science and innovation and his contributions have enabled scientists, educationists and writers. His achievements as leader of DRDO vastly enhanced the security of our nation. In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life to the welfare of his motherland. Dr Kalam was a people’s president during his lifetime and will remain so.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I got to work with him closely. I have lost an uttam marg darshak. The country has lost a son who worked for the strength of India. He had spent every moment for the youth of India. No person will be able to fill the gap left by him. His work will inspire us to work for the development of the nation.”

Singer Lata Mangeshkar: “Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…”.

Singer and composer AR Rahman: Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven

RJD chief Lalu Prasad: “He was not just an astute statesman, Kalam was also a scholar and a renowned scientist. Despite being the President, he always used to relate and react with the common people and under his supervision, India’s defence system got a huge boost.”

BJP patriarch LK Advani: “Shocking! And he has come so suddenly. A few days back, I attended his book release function. If I were to sum up what I feel his personality indicated, I would say that he was a unique combination of science and spirituality.”

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: “This is a personal loss for me. Dr Kalam was a great scientist and eminent social worker. On my request, he had come to Bihar on a number of occasions and guided the development of the state. He had also immensely contributed towards setting up of the Nalanda International University.”

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung: “He left inspirational thoughts with us. India has lost a son. When will we get a son of this caliber?”

Former president Pratibha Patil: “He was the best human being I came across. I feel very sorry. He had good humour, had very good presence of mind and always wanted to give something to society”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah: “I think it’s the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. He was the people’s president. I remember when I went with Vajpayee ji to Pokhran, that was my first meeting with him.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: “Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Sh (sic) Abdul Kalam ..words cannot express the loss.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel : “Deeply shocked & saddened by the demise of former President of India and one of the finest human-beings Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. An eminent scientist, a visionary & an inspiration – Shri APJ Abdul Kalam will be missed by one and all. May his soul rest in peace!”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh: “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. I deeply mourn his death. RIP Kalam Sahab.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal“V (sic) sad to hear that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Nation has lost a real bharat ratna.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah: ‏”I hope the news trickling in from Shillong is false, if it is true then a bad day has just gotten worse.”

Author Chetan Bhagat: “We lost an Indian hero today. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. You will always be an inspiration.”

Actress Raveena Tandon: “Terrible news!!APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen!”

Actress Tisca Chopra: “One of our finest Presidents.. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam ..”

From Lata Mangeshkar to Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Mumbai: Celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Shah Rukh Khan and A R Rahman on Monday mourned the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, calling his death a great loss to the country.

Kalam, who served as the 11th President from 2002 to 2007 and came to be known as ‘People’s President’, died on Monday evening after he collapsed during a lecture at IIM Shillong. He was 83.

Four-time National Award-winning composer Rahman said the country lost an “inspiring mind”.

“Dr Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians…

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

“Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things… May the creator lead you to heaven,” Rahman posted on his Facebook page.

Bollywood’s evergreen voice Mangeshkar also took to Facebook to pay her condolence.

“I have just been informed that our former President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away. I am saddened by the news. I knew him very well personally. He was a great scientist, a human being and a good poet. I pay my tribute to him. May he rest in peace,” she said.

Superstar Shah Rukh, also condemning Gurdaspur terrorist attack, tweeted, “So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack and now the news of Dr Kalam’s demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.”

“Sad to hear about the loss of our only people’s president – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Big loss to not just our nation but the whole world,” posted Ajay on his Twitter page.

“I just got this news. It is a very sad moment for us. I think he has left behind good values for us.

“And the way he led his life was exemplary. The way he thought, the way he spoke, the way he lived… all that should be a torchlight guiding us and we should keep him alive in our hearts,” said

Rajya Sabha MP and Bollywood screenwriter- lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was in Delhi on Monday.

Actor Varun Dhawan wrote, “A visionary passes away” Abdul Kalam a brilliant mind and soul. His book ‘Wings Of Fire’ is a must for every youth of our country.”

“So sad to know about the passing away of Dr Abdul Kalam. It is a loss not only for India but for d entire world. Such greatness is a rarity.

“Had the opportunity of meeting & interacting with Dr Kalam at several occasions. His infectious smile was enough to inspire millions. #Sad,” tweeted Anupam Kher, who received Padma Shri from Kalam.

Kher also called him his inspiration. “I was one of the lucky ones to receive my Padma Shri from Dr Kalam. He made it extra special for me. He will always remain my inspiration,” he further said.

Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted, “Visionary….legendary and with so much dignity….a big loss to the country….RIP #APJAbdulKalam.”

Good bye with Salam sir Abdul kalam most beloved president of india. True son of India. Father of nuclear arms India. The finest educationist,” wrote director-producer Subhash Ghai.

“What a glorious life!!Greatness lead by example!!#Respect#Salute d life n divine grace of Mr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam #Godspeed,” actress Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Actor Rajkummar Rao posted, “You have to dream before ur dreams can come true” Rest in Peace Mr Abdul Kalam. Thank you for inspiring us.”

Actress Sonakshi Sinha said, “Sad news. First the #GurdaspurAttack and then we lose one of the most loved Indians of all time. #RIPAbdulKalam sir.”

Actress Sridevi wrote, “A people’s president who ignited minds across the world. RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.”

“R I P. Dr Abdul Kalam,sir, you shall be missed and remembered,” veteran actor Rishi Kapoor said.

Actress Raveena Tandon, condoling his death, tweeted, “Terrible news!! APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen! A true patriot and an inspiration to the youth! A great loss!”

“Never got a chance to meet, always be a regret. His wisdom humour philosophy intelligence wil live forever in r hearts #RIPAPJAbdulKalam #PrideOfIndia. He went while doing what he did best… #PrideOfIndia collapsed while giving a lecture in Shillong!” she further wrote.

“A life well lived is one that leaves behind the road of possibilities and inspiration. What a spectacular path Dr. Abdul Kalam paved. RIP,” tweeted “The Lunchbox” actress Nimrat Kaur.

Actress Dia Mirza said, “#RIP #DrAPJAbdulKalam you are and will always be one of my heroes. #Salute.”

“In a country starving for inspiration #DrAPJAbdulKalam passing away is huge blow… #RIP #Salute,” director Nikhil Advani wrote.

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‘I have lost an uttam marg darshak’: Who said what on APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Former president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna, APJ Abdul Kalam passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. He was 84.

Kalam collapsed during his lecture and was rushed to Bethany Hospital in Shillong where he was declared dead. The man, was referred to as the ‘Missile Man of India’ and ‘People’s President’ owing to his scientific achievements and popular stature.

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

APJ Abdul Kalam. Reuters

The entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.

Here’s what India had to say when Kalam passed away:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I got to work with him closely. I have lost an uttam marg darshak. The country has lost a son who worked for the strength of India. He had spent every moment for the youth of India. No person will be able to fill the gap left by him. His work will inspire us to work for the development of the nation.”

BJP patriarch LK Advani: “Shocking! And he has come so suddenly. A few days back, I attended his book release function. If I were to sum up what I feel his personality indicated, I would say that he was a unique combination of science and spirituality.”

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar: “This is a personal loss for me. Dr Kalam was a great scientist and eminent social worker. On my request, he had come to Bihar on a number of occasions and guided the development of the state. He had also immensely contributed towards setting up of the Nalanda International University.”

Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung: “He left inspirational thoughts with us. India has lost a son. When will we get a son of this caliber?”

Former president Pratibha Patil: “He was the best human being I came across. I feel very sorry. He had good humour, had very good presence of mind and always wanted to give something to society”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah: “I think it’s the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time. He was the people’s president. I remember when I went with Vajpayee ji to Pokhran, that was my first meeting with him.”

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra: “Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Sh (sic) Abdul Kalam ..words cannot express the loss.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel : “Deeply shocked & saddened by the demise of former President of India and one of the finest human-beings Shri APJ Abdul Kalam. An eminent scientist, a visionary & an inspiration – Shri APJ Abdul Kalam will be missed by one and all. May his soul rest in peace!”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh: “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. Dr. Kalam was a man of impeccable character, indomitable spirit, profound knowledge and firm conviction. The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. I deeply mourn his death. RIP Kalam Sahab.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal“V (sic) sad to hear that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Nation has lost a real bharat ratna.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah: ‏”I hope the news trickling in from Shillong is false, if it is true then a bad day has just gotten worse.”

Author Chetan Bhagat: “We lost an Indian hero today. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam. You will always be an inspiration.”

Actress Raveena Tandon: “Terrible news!!APJ Abdul Kalam you will be remembered as one of the best presidents India has seen!”

Actress Tisca Chopra: “One of our finest Presidents.. RIP APJ Abdul Kalam ..”

Dr Subhash Chandra talks about the importance of expressing gratitude

Dr Chandra said that in order to be a good and likeable person we need to express gratitude to people who have helped us in reaching wherever we are.

Dr Subhash Chandra
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The Chairman of Essel Group and ZEE reached the TA Pai Management Institute in Manipal, Karnataka. Dr Chandra, in his latest episode, addressed a group of students and teachers and talked about the importance of expressing gratitude in our lives. Talking to the students, Dr Chandra said that nowadays we tend to forget to thank our parents for all that they have done for us. Not just our parents, people these days forget to express gratitude in general. He said in order to be a good and likeable person we need to express gratitude to people who have helped us in reaching wherever we are. Dr Chandra said that regular expression of gratitude can make our lives more beautiful.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also discussed with the students about the importance of accepting our mistakes and moving on. According to Dr Chandra, one should should never be regretful for our mistakes as it does not help us achieve anything.Watch the episode here:The session was organised as part of the episodes of the Dr. Subhash Chandra Show. Dr. Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show is aired every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee News and 7 pm on Zee Business with a repeat telecast on Sundays at 11 am on Zee News and Zee Business. This show is also aired on other channels of Zee Media.

Vyapam scam: No ‘foul play’ in journalist’s death, claims medical officer; CM assures of fair probe

“The post mortem does not show any foul play. No external wounds were found in the body,” Dr. Bachani said. “To determine the reason behind death, we have sent viscera for histopathology and forensic analysis. After reports come in, we’ll be able to give the reason behind his death,” he added.

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The post mortem report of journalist Akshay Singh does not show any foul play, medical doctor, Dahod Civil Hospital, Dr. Ashok Bachani said on Saturday. “The post mortem does not show any foul play. No external wounds were found in the body,” Dr. Bachani said. “To determine the reason behind death, we have sent viscera for histopathology and forensic analysis. After reports come in, we’ll be able to give the reason behind his death,” he added. Akshay Singh, a journalist with TV Today Group, died suddenly on Saturday when he had gone to take an interview of the family of a slain Vyapam scam accused in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. Reports say that Singh felt chest pain when he was taking the interview. He was taken to Meghnagar hospital where he was declared brought dead.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Expressing his shock and sadness over Akshay Singh’s death, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday demanded that the former’s viscera samples to be sent to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. “I am very sad. Akshay had gone to Madhya Pradesh after meeting me. I am very sad and shocked about this news. And I express my condolences towards his family,” Digvijay said. “We wanted his post mortem to take place in Delhi. The viscera should not be sent to either Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh labs, it should be sent to AIIMS, National Forensic Science laboratory,” he added.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday assured that a proper investigation would be conducted into the death of journalist Akshay Singh. “The post mortem is being videographed so that the truth about the death comes out. There will be a proper investigation into the incident. We will leave no stone unturned,” said Chouhan. “It is very sad that a young journalist died like this. I can understand his family’s pain. I can assure them that there will be no lapse in the probe. We stand with his family,” he added.
The Madhya Pardesh Chief Minister also lambasted the opposition for its allegations regarding the case. “It is unfortunate. This Vyapam case was not brought out by the opposition. I was the one who brought it out in the open. If the government initiates any investigation, it is about an event but I thought that I have to clean the system and that is why I ordered the STF to conduct an in-depth probe,” said Chouhan. Describing journalist Akshay Singh’s last moments, eyewitness Om Prakash Damor on Sunday said that the former’s health started deteriorating rapidly when he had gone to take the interview. “His health started deteriorating rapidly. His lips were trembling, his mouth started frothing and his hands started moving. After this he started collapsing, we picked him up and took him to the government hospital in the car,” said Damor. “We saw that there was no pulse and there wasn’t any facility in the hospital either. So we took him to Jeevan Jyoti hospital. There doctors weren’t available and the nurses saw him. But they said he had no pulse,” he added.

Dalits protest over vandalism of Ambedkar statue

Phagwara (Punjab): A statue of B R Ambedkar was allegedly vandalised at village Palahi near Phagwara on Sunday, sparking protests by dalits who blocked roads at many places in the district.

The statue’s raised arm was found twisted and damaged in a park at village Palahi, police said.

Dr. BR Ambedkar. IBN Live

Dr. BR Ambedkar. IBN Live

Protesting against the incident, members of dalit community blocked traffic on Phagwara-Chandigarh bypass in front of Palahi village, at Bhullarai crossing of the bypass and Phagwara-Palahi crossing on Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road, they said.

Led by BSP leader Jarnail Nangal and Ambedkar Sena Moolnivasi Punjab President Harbhajan Suman, protesters raised anti-government slogans. The protesters also threatened to call for a bandh on Wednesday if the culprits are not arrested by then.

They alleged that it was the second such incident of vandalisation in two-and-half-months. Earlier, a statue of Ambedkar was damaged in local Palahigate mohalla in the intervening night of April 4-5 and police failed to trace the miscreants, they alleged.

They also alleged that miscreants had intentionally vandalised the statues in the localities with dalit population in order to create tension.

They demanded immediate arrest of culprits and security for all statues of Ambedkar.

The protesters lifted their blockades after DSP Manpreet Singh Dhillon assured them of prompt action.

The protests kept the police on tenterhooks as Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was in Phagwara since last night and was holding Sangat Darshan programmes in villages there.

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Do not believe in politics that seeks to divide people on communal lines: PM Modi tells Muslim delegation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presented a bouquet during a meeting with a delegation from the Muslim community, led by Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that he does not believe in politics which seeks to divide people on communal lines and will never speak communal language as he met a delegation of Muslim leaders here.He discussed social, economic and educational issues related to Muslims with the 30-member delegation, led by Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief Imam of All India Imam Organization.During the interaction, Modi said the politics of majority and minority has caused a lot of damage to the country, a PMO statement said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister said he “neither believes in politics which seeks to divide people on communal lines nor will he ever speak communal language,” it said.At the meeting where Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was also present, Modi said employment and development are the solution to all problems and he is focused on delivering them.In this context, he spoke of the initiatives in skill development taken by the union government and the work done by him as Chief Minister of Gujarat in fields such as education of the girl child as also revival of the kite industry.The delegation members said the Muslim community had rejected the divisive politics of vote-banks and was interested in development, the PMO statement said.The members appreciated Modi’s leadership over the last one year and said they wanted to forge a partnership for progress and development with the Prime Minister, it added. The Muslim leaders “congratulated” Modi for his visionfor the Muslim youth with a Quran in one hand and a computer in the other, the PMO statement said.They also congratulated him for the country’s success in the adoption of the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations, it added.The delegation also included Dr. Khwaja Iftekhar Ahmed, President of Quami Majlis-e-Shoora, Qari Mohd. Mian Mazhari, Chairman of the Islamic Council of India, Moulana Mohd. Haroon Imam, Khateeb Jama Masjid, Race Course, Moulana Bilal Ahmed, Member, Shoora Tableeg-e-Jamaat Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Moulana Mohd. Yunus, Imam of Dargaah Sharif Ajmer and Moulana Usman Gani Qadri, President of Amin-e-Shariat, Gujarat.Dr. Parvez Ahmed, son of late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India, and Dr. Firoz Ahmed Bakht, grand nephew of Moulana Abul Kalam Azad, were also part of the delegation.Moulna Nasirudeen, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Kaithal, Moulana Mohammad Ikram Imam, Khateeb Jama Masjid (Bangalore), Moulana Burhan Ahmed Qasmi, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid (Jaipur), Moulana Ayub Ali, Imam of Masjid Shahjahan (Ajmer), Moulana Abdul Majeed, Shahi Imam-Khateeb Jama Masjid Cantt, Moulana Qari Abdul Lateef, Imam of Masjid Sarai Kale Khan, Moulana Mufti Zulfikar, President of Tanzeem-Aimma Masjid, Uttar Pradesh, Moulana Lukman Tarapuri, Imam of Jama Masjid, Anand (Gujarat), Moulana Aamir, Imam-Khateeb Jama Masjid, Meerut and Moulana Ashgar Ali, Shahi Imam of Patna were also in the delegation.Dr. Aslam Parvez Ahmed, Principal of Zakir Hussain College, Prof. Qazi Obaid Ur Rehman of Jamia Milia Islamia, Prof. Abdul Haleem Khan, Chairman of Girls College, Indore and Moulana Mufti Afroz Alam Qasmi Qazi, Chairman of Markaji Milli Foundation were part of the delegation too.

Dip in statewide results, but pass percentage in Mumbai goes up

12.37 lakh students from Maharashtra state appeared for the HSC examination this year, of which 11.29 lakh students passed. From the science stream, 4.35 lakh students passed their examination, a 95.72% pass percentage. In the arts stream, 3.53 lakh students passed, making up a pass percentage of 86.31%. In the commerce stream, 2.90 lakh students passed- a 91.60% pass percentage.

The statewide results for the HSC board exams have shown a minor downward blip this year. The statewide pass percentage declared by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education is 91.26% this year, while last year it was 93.50%. The Mumbai divisional board results, though, provide some reason to cheer- the pass percentage this year is 90.11%, while it was 88.30% last year. 12.37 lakh students from Maharashtra state appeared for the HSC examination this year, of which 11.29 lakh students passed. From the science stream, 4.35 lakh students passed their examination, a 95.72% pass percentage. In the arts stream, 3.53 lakh students passed, making up a pass percentage of 86.31%. In the commerce stream, 2.90 lakh students passed- a 91.60% pass percentage.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> From the Mumbai division, 2.57 lakh students passed this year, a pass percentage of 90.11%. In Mumbai division more boys passed than girls: 1.31 lakh boys passed, while 1.26lakh girls passed. But seen in percentage terms, the girls have fared better than boys in the HSC exams. The pass percentage of girls from Mumbai division is 93.38% whereas the figure for boys is 87.18%. The Mumbai-wide results for Science and Commerce streams have improved, and their pass percentages have gone up. But the Arts stream pass percentage has gone down by a few percent. The pass percentage for Science stream was 90.71% last year, while it is 93% this year. The pass percentage for commerce last year was 87.91%, while it is 90.31% this year. But pass percentage for the arts has declined from 84.35% last year to 83.90% this year. Education experts feel that the central board students may benefit more than state board students in getting admission to degree courses, as the pass percentage for central board students is better than state board. Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ramnarain Ruia College, said, “Looking at the pass percentage of all three boards, I think the cut-off list may benefit more ICSE and CBSE students than HSC state board students.” Dr. TP Madhu Nair, principal of Nirmala Memorial Foundation College, said, “I think the cut off percentage may go up, because the pass percentage of all three boards is good. The competition to get admission in reputed colleges will increase. But all students will get accommodated.” Dinesh Panjwani, principal, National College, Bandra, said, “I may not able to speak about the cut-off percentage at this point. But what I have come to know that students have done better in Science stream this year. So we expect them to remain in the science stream for degree courses, rather than going to other streams like BMM. Pure sciences offer good opportunities to students.”

Hours after slamming NDA’s achche din, ex-PM Manmohan Singh meets Modi

New Delhi: Hours after slamming the NDA government, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh. Image: PIBPrime Minister Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh. Image: PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh. Image: PIB

Singh went to 7 Race Course Road residence of the Prime Minister to meet him.

“Very happy to meet Dr. Manmohan Singh ji & welcome him back to 7RCR. We had a great meeting,” Modi tweeted later.

Earlier in the day, Singh hit out at the Modi government saying it was “harping” on corruption to divert people’s attention to non-issues.

In a scathing attack, Singh alleged that institutions of democracy are under threat and the entire edifice of the welfare state is being dismantled in the guise of promoting faster economic growth.

PTI

India wins honour for contribution to UN Peacekeeping

Washington: India was honoured for its significant contribution to UN Peacekeeping over the last six decades at an event to celebrate International Day of UN Peacekeepers on Capitol Hill, the seat of US Congress.

India’s Ambassador to the US, Arun K. Singh, received the award in recognition for India’s commitment to peacekeeping at the event organized by Better World Campaign, The UN Association of the USA and the US-India Business Council.

United Nations. Reuters

United Nations. Reuters

India has contributed nearly 180,000 troops, the largest number from any country, participated in more than 44 missions out of the 69 UN peacekeeping operations mandated so far and 158 Indian peacekeepers have been killed on UN missions.

In 2015 India is among the largest troop contributors with around 8000 personnel deployed with ten UN Peacekeeping Missions, including the first Female Formed Police Unit under the UN.

Speaking of the role and importance of peacekeeping, Singh said “India stands committed to assist the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security with a proud history of UN peacekeeping dating back to its inception in the 1950s.

“Indian troops and police personnel have won high regard worldwide for their high standards of performance under the challenging circumstances,” he said.

Singh said that “multi dimensional” peacekeeping is a contemporary reality and there is a need to involve troop contributing countries in all aspects of mission planning.

The Joint Statements adopted after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US last September and that of President Barack Obama to India in January articulated US appreciation for Indian peacekeepers’ contributions to global peace and stability.

The statements also welcomed the US partnership with India to train third country peacekeepers at India’s training centre in New Delhi.

Speakers at the event included Peter Yeo, President of Better World Campaign, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation, Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President of US-India Business Council, and Atul Khare, Under Secretary-General of the UN Field Support Department.

IANS

BJP trying to run away from real issues of farmers: Congress

Congress leader RPN Singh on Wednesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to run away from real issues of the farmers and the country.

Congress leader RPN Singh on Wednesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to run away from real issues of the farmers and the country.”The real issue is farmers and the BJP by coming out with slogans and counter pointing at the Congress party should actually be looking out, helping farmers of this country who are in a terrible state. Instead of telling the truth regarding the land acquisition bill they are trying to run away from the issues that face the country and the farmers today,” Singh told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is extremely unfortunate that the BJP is trying to run away from real facts, Rahul ji already has said that the questions raised by him in Parliament are not being answered by the people, by the government of the day,” he added.The BJP had earlier on Tuesday hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the Centre on the farmers issue and alleged that the former UPA regime led by Dr. Manmohan Singh was ‘loot and suitcase ki sarkar’.

Maharashtra: White paper reveals hike in revenue expenditure

As per the white paper data, March month’s last week is quite crucial where most of the expenditure is reported. In the last week of March 2011-12, Rs17,837 crore (11.9%) was spent; in 2012-13, an expenditure of Rs18,232 crore (11%) was reported, while in 2013-14, Rs18,761 crore was spent (10%).

The government on Friday tabled the white paper on state economy, revealing that revenue has increased by 16%. At least 18% of the total revenue budget has been spent in March itself from the past threeconsecutive years. However, the hurried expenditure of most of the state budget by March-end has raised doubts about the work order procedure, spending and quality of the work.In March 2011-12, out of a Rs1.49-crore total budget, Rs28,137 crore was spent, while in 2012-13, out of Rs1.65 crore, Rs30,697 crore was pent. In 2013-14, out of Rs1.87 crore, Rs36,059 crore was shown as the total expenditure in March.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the white paper data, March month’s last week is quite crucial where most of the expenditure is reported. In the last week of March 2011-12, Rs17,837 crore (11.9%) was spent; in 2012-13, an expenditure of Rs18,232 crore (11%) was reported, while in 2013-14, Rs18,761 crore was spent (10%).”Because of such imbalanced spending, the revenue expenditure has been increased, heavy loan raising and investment has also increased. It is nothing but result of the faulty planning,” remarked in the white paper.The report further pointed out about the use of transfer of development right (TDR). Maharashtra government has released almost Rs33,000 crore worth of TDR. The state released TDR in return of the reserved space to the government.As per the given TDR data, the state government has released Rs22,693 crore worth of 72,57, 312 sq m of slum TDR, Rs2,746 crore of road TDR, Rs5 crore worth heritage TDR and Rs5 crore worth redevelopment TDR and Rs7,912 crore worth of reservation TDR. The TDR rate depends upon the demand and supply of TDR.However, the white paper is silent on toll collection and it’s total revenue or loss, local body tax, revenue in co-operative sector and revenue such as stamp duty and registrations.Contribution to state’s growthAt least 52% of Maharashtra’s population depends on the agriculture sector, but its contribution is only 11% in the state’s growth. In 2013-14, Maharashtra’s total revenue was Rs15,10,132 crore which was 13.3 % ofthe total of India’s revenue. The state’s agriculture and its connected sectors share 11.3%, while mines, construction and power shares 27.2%.

I’m vegan, I work for animal rights and I oppose Maharashtra’s beef ban

By N. Surabhi

I have spent the last ten years fighting animal abuse. It’s been both a personal campaign as well as a professional career. I’ve travelled across India and beyond to understand the circumstances in which animals are mistreated and why there’s so much apathy towards suffering in the land of ahimsa. I have witnessed and documented the agony that animals experience right from the time they are bred, bought, transported and killed – usually in the most horrific of conditions, all to be ‘used’ in various industries.

Reuters image.Reuters image.

Reuters image.

Considering my experiences, you’d think I’d be among those who would be happy about the recently imposed beef ban in Maharashtra, but I’m not. I’m an animal rights’ advocate, have been vegan for over a decade and I oppose the beef ban. I am also deeply disturbed by the support and call for support by some stalwarts of the animal protection community.Why? Because vegetarianism fuelled by religion is very different from making an informed choice on animal welfare.

For most in India, vegetarianism does not stem from any kind of ethical belief about how animals are being treated or should be treated. The time that I have spent working in this field has taught me that cow protection, an animal welfare issue, is mostly linked to religious one-upmanship in India. The beef ban is an excellent example. The rationale governing the ban is ostensibly this: the cow, considered sacred by Hindus, deserves ‘protection’ because of its special religious status.

Yet, if you look at the Vedas, the cow was revered but at the same time, beef was relished by all classes and castes of society, including the upper castes.

In ‘Untouchability, The Dead Cow And The Brahmin‘, Dr. BR Ambedkar wrote that the texts suggest Hindus were indeed a beef-eating lot and that the ousting of beef from the Hindu diet was a result of the attempt at hegemony by the Brahmins over the Buddhists. The Buddhists were the ones who opposed animal slaughter and when they started gathering popularity, the Hindu vanguard responded by appropriating some aspects of Buddhism. And so, despite the Hindus’ supposed proclivity for beef, the cow came to occupy a venerable position in Hinduism and cow-killing became sacrilege.

In the 20th and 21st century, the issue of cow protection vis-à-vis slaughter has been used to deepen the fault lines between the non beef-eating Hindu majority and those that eat beef (religious minorities as well as members of “lower” castes). The ban in Maharashtra is an instrument of power play in the hands of the country’s political class and it makes a joke of the real issue of cattle welfare.

If the beef ban has been imposed for ethical reasons – that is, to prevent the suffering of animals – then how is a cow different from a chicken or a goat or even its close relative buffalo? Why aren’t other animals included within the ambit of this law? If your argument is that chicken and mutton comprise a vital part of people’s diets, here is a fact for you to chew on. Beef, which was half the price of mutton, was a cheap source of protein for India’s poor. Simple economics tells us that pulling beef off the shelves will lead to an increase in the prices and demand for other meat especially chicken, which will in turn increase the suffering of countless animals. There’s nothing ethical about the conditions in which most chicken are raised, incidentally. I would argue that of all the animals raised for food, hens and chickens suffer the most.

Proponents of the ban point to the alleged atrocities by the meat industry and the cruelty of slaughter. However, if the cow is sacred because of her milk, her suffering is because of that milk too.

Most cows in India are reared for use in the dairy industry. Those that are fit for milk production are constantly impregnated, separated from their calves and pumped with hormones in order to keep up milk production. Male calves are either abandoned at birth or sold to slaughterhouses. Some may be used as working animals on farmland while selected bulls are used for breeding. However, once these cows and bulls lose their productive value, these ‘spent’ animals are either abandoned or slaughtered for use in the beef and other industries.

If the point of the ban is to uphold the sanctity of the cow and ensure its welfare, then the problem is far from solved. India is the world’s largest producer of milk. In a growing economy, consumption of dairy is bound to increase, which means more cruelty to cattle both during and after their use.

Abandoned cattle are commonplace in India and with a ban on slaughter, this number will only shoot up. In the course of my work, I have visited many gaushalas (independent organisations that take in abandoned/stray cattle). I have found that often the upkeep of these animals is dismal, either because of lack of funds and infrastructure to provide adequate care or because of apathy towards to the plight of these animals. Don’t be surprised if the situation of abandoned cattle gets significantly worse and more cattle show up on the streets in Maharashtra.

I am not the only one to have seen countless cattle die painful deaths on the roadside because they ingested plastic from the garbage we discard thoughtlessly. Many have had more than 20kgs of plastic removed from their stomachs. These ‘stray’ cattle risk being transported illegally to other states where slaughter isn’t banned. This means enduring horrible journeys. Cattle are cramped into the back of trucks. Often, they’re so tightly packed that they their tails break at the joints. The animals are kept hungry, suffer fatigue and face the risk of disease.

Simply put, everyone who is holding a glass of milk is responsible for the slaughter of the holy cow.

Animal welfare is more than just animal rescue and worship. It’s a fact that our sustenance is derived from the environment, which includes animals. Welfare needs to encompass empathy for these creatures by negating the suffering that we may bring upon them, to the least possible extent. Ethics and moral compass is not a political ordinance. They should guide us to build a society that privileges non-violence – the same ahimsa that we tote internationally – rather than a society divided by religion. If the interests of cattle are indeed our concern, it requires a comprehensive overhaul of the systems that govern industries that depend on cattle; stringent enforcement of animal welfare laws; and most importantly, individual lifestyle changes. All this requires the individual and collective exercise of our will.

This hollow ban on beef does nothing for cattle in India. If anything, it hurts more than it helps because it’s more about a regressive conservatism and politics. Why support a ban that affects only minority communities? Because it serves a political and religious agenda. And if it turns out that the state government will relax the stipulations and allow beef to be imported into Maharashtra, then there might even be an economic agenda.

Sadly, the state of the cow’s affairs, however, is the least of anyone’s concerns.

N Surabhi is an animal rights advocate and has worked in several animal welfare projects all over India.

The irrelevant niece: Here’s what is wrong with Bhagwati’s argument on Christians

Does Professor Jagdish Bhagwati have a black friend?

Substitute black with Christian/Muslim/Parsi and that’s pretty much what the renowned economist tried to prove using almost half a column in Mint this week.

The topic Bhagwati wanted to bring a little “sanity” to (as he told Barkha Dutt on NDTV) was the Christians-under-threat narrative he’s been seeing out there in the media.

But in order to establish his “credentials” to do this the eminent Dr. Bhagwati decided to pull out a Brahmastra – his family album.

This is what he learned about Dr. Bhagwati even before we learned anything about the “false alarm” of Christian persecution.

His wife Padma Desai converted to Christianity.

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File photo of Jagdish Bhagwati. Agencies.

Two nephews have married Christians. And not just ordinary run-of-the-mill Christians. One is a “multiple award-winning psychiatrist practicing in London and presently in Mumbai”. The other is merely a Syrian Christian, presumably non-award-winning.

His daughter’s significant other for years was a Christian.

One niece is married to a Parsi.

His two closest friends are a Muslim reformer and a Sikh former prime minister.

And if that’s not enough, here’s the grand revelation that seals the deal and conclusively establishes Professor Bhagwati’s credentials – one niece “almost married” a Muslim young man.

Mind you Professor Bhagwati also has data and arguments that both sides can debate but he spends some 300 words on his family laundry list before he can actually get to them. It’s as if this world-famous economist feels compelled to offer up an “almost marriage” certificate before he can offer up an actual argument to prove the point he wants to make.

Surely the Columbia University professor knows that “I have a black friend” or “I have a gay friend” is about the lamest argument you can offer to prop up any case.

Number one it’s simply lazy. It sounds like you are not convinced of the strength of your data and arguments and need to fall back on the family crutch. The personal anecdote adds colour but rarely advances the argument.

Bhagwati is hardly the only offender. His column is partly in response to former top cop Julio Ribeiro’s emotional “stranger in my own country” lament in Indian Express. Ribeiro feels not welcome in India anymore in a country where an RSS chief has an “outburst” against Mother Teresa and churches are vandalized.

But then he offers up two personal examples, even though he resists plucking them from the family tree, to show that he is not painting all Hindus with the same brush. A Brahmin couple take a selfie with him in Lonavla. And a group of middle-aged Maharashtrians recognizes him and stops to greet him and talk.

It “warmed the cockles of his heart” but again proves nothing. In fact it only reinforces the point that nothing has happened to Ribeiro personally to make him feel a stranger in his own country. Many people said many things about Mother Teresa all her life. Presumably Ribeiro did not take it that personally then. The personal anecdotes he cites fly in the face of his own argument. And anyway the fact that some Brahmin couple wants a selfie with him proves nothing one way or the other in the larger argument about whether Christians are warranted in feeling under siege or not.

The other problem with using friends and family as arguments is it’s a way of hiding behind them. An argument has to rise and fall on the basis of logic and facts, not on the strength of a friends-and-family network. But it’s tempting because anyone attacking the argument can sound like they are attacking the family, making it all nastily personal. However family albums are hardly a reliable litmus test for our personal ideologies or lack of bias. And we anyway use them selectively. If someone asked Dr. Subramanian Swamy what his Muslim son-in-law thinks about his idea that only Muslims who acknowledge their Hindu ancestry be allowed to vote in India, that would be rightly regarded as an unwarranted breach of privacy, dragging his family into the debate willy nilly. But in a Caravan profile, Dr. Subramanian Swamy blithely offered up his family as Exhibit A for his personal lack of bias to Samanth Subramaniam.

“Once, standing in an airport shuttle at the end of a long day, Swamy indicated that any relationship with the Hindu right could only ever be strategic for him. “It isn’t emotional for me. It can’t be, given my family,” he said. “I’m married to a Parsi, my son-in-law [Nadeem Haider] is a Muslim, [and] there are Christians and Jews in my extended family. So I can’t very well go about saying that these people are inferior, or whatever else it is that they say.””

But the worst thing about using friends and family as a prophylactic against criticism is that it actually robs the real issue of the heft it deserves. Whether Christians feel nervous and under siege in India or not is an important issue. Whether there is real data to justify that is equally important. But by splaying his family album out there for the world to see, Bhagwati ends up distracting from his own argument.

Instead of wondering whether indeed the fears are overblown we are left curious about why that niece never married that young Muslim man. And that surely could not have been Bhagwati’s intent.

Coal scam: Manmohan Singh’s brother Surjit Singh Kohli says ‘truth will win’

“Manmohan Singh is going to come out not only clean but absolutely clean,” Kamal Nath said.

Manmohan Singh’s brother Surjit Singh Kohli on Thursday backed the former prime minister who was yesterday summoned in the coal blocks allocation scam, saying that truth will win.”The world knows that Manmohan ji is an honest man. Truth will win,” Kohli told ANI.Meanwhile, the Congress also expressed hope that Manmohan Singh would come out clean in the case.”We cannot forget what Manomhan Singh has done for the country. His honesty, integrity and transparency is known to one and all. We respect the court,” Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat told media in Dehradun.”Manmohan Singh is going to come out not only clean but absolutely clean,” Kamal Nath said.
Earlier in the day, Manmohan Singh had expressed his gratitude over the solidarity shown by the Congress Party in his hour of crisis.”I am more than pleased that Sonia ji and the AICC members came to show their solidarity,” he told reporters in Parliament.Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a solidarity march earlier in the day to Dr. Singh’s 3, Motilal Nehru residence, in the national capital, and said that the party was outraged on hearing the news of the summons being served by a court on the former Prime Minister.
She added that the Congress Party is fully behind him.A special CBI court in Delhi had summoned the former prime minister, former coal secretary P.C. Parakh, industrialist Kumar Manglam Birla and three others in the coal blocks allocation case on Wednesday.The court summoned them on alleged charges of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. They have all been asked to appear before the court on April 8.The case pertains to the allocation of the Talabira II coal block in Odisha to M/s Hindalco in 2005, when Dr. Singh was holding the coal portfolio.

From India’s anchor to national meme to embarrassing self-parody: How Arnab Goswami totally lost the plot

It’s ironic that Arnab Goswami has gone into outrage overdrive with the hashtag #NirbhayaInsulted. Ironic because night after night, Goswami makes his living and ratchets up the TRPs by insulting all kinds of people – many of them his own guests on his show.

The pros and cons of the documentary India’s Daughter have been discussed threadbare. But Goswami, no longer content with just being a journalist in that debate, has gone and inserted himself as a player in that fracas.

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Times Now Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami. Image courtesy: Facebook

“If this is journalism then God save this profession,” he thundered as he opened up the phone lines for more outrage while flames licked around the Burning Question ticker on the screen. It’s one thing for Goswami to personally have problems with the India’s Daughter documentary. It’s another thing for a journalist to sit there and demand that the government prevent a fellow television channel from airing it.

Abhinandan Sekhri spells out the inherent problem in Goswami’s fulminations on NewsLaundry:

No matter how well-meaning and crazed, courageous and hysterical his earlier role as a combatant for the aam aadmi causes was, his attacking free speech on air and asking the government to go after a competing network is as low as a journalist can sink.

You can’t stand for free speech as all journalists must, you can’t stand for a free and fearless media as all journalists must, you can’t stand up in opposition to Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as all journalists must – when you have run a campaign pretty much asking for an official clampdown on another media organisation, on air.

That’s when you begin to wonder if Arnab Goswami has completely lost the plot and swallowed his own bombast. Goswami is a unique feature of Indian journalism. Love him or hate him, he has redefined the evening talk show, moving it out of the decorous template of Gymkhana Club debate into something more rambunctious, colourful, noisy and yes, Indian.

Argumentative, interrupting, opinionated and know-it-all, he is someone we all recognize. And honestly, he’s more fun than most of his lower-blood-pressure peers. When a great scandal breaks, thousands of Indians relish the thought that that night, Arnab Goswami will be in full bloom. And in a world where news is infotainment for most viewers, he rarely disappoints. They might learn nothing and even get a headache for their pain but he always delivers on the adrenaline rush.

No wonder Goswami is the subject of memes and parody rap videos. No wonder when Comedy Central did a segment on the Indian elections they chose the irate Goswami for a clip. He is a cultural phenomenon while his competitors are mere journalists. In listing all the reasons why Goswami is the meme of our times Venkat Ananth writes in Mint that his shows are a meme factory and his takedowns legendary. Krish Ashok of the Chennai-based Parodesy Noise parody music band tells Mint that what sets Goswami apart is a “curious lack of hypocrisy which doesn’t change as per situation.” He might be as Ashok says “borderline sane” but his audience knows what to expect and for one hour he delivers it like a “daily fix of cocaine or nicotine.”

But the problem with every drug is that higher doses become necessary for that same fix. Arnab Goswami is lurching into that lock-me-in-rehab territory and his guests know it. They smell blood in the air. That’s why even a relative nobody like Mahua Moitra representing the Trinamool Congress appeared to give Goswami the middle finger on national television for not allowing her to finish her sentence. “Arnab, keep talking,” she said as she seemed to offer up her middle finger. “This is a one-man show.”

Except it isn’t.

Goswami without guests is like a boxer without a punching bag. And the guests realize it. Recently some of his show’s regular guests like Vrinda Grover, Kavita Krishnan and Aruna Roy signed an

open letter

announcing they would be staying away from his panels because he routinely brands guests as “anti-national” or “terrorist” or “unpatritotic” just because he does not agree with them.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy has taken the fight a step further. He decided to boomerang the patented Goswami-takedown on its own creator.

Ignoramus. Liar. Laughing stock. Dumbo. Mentally retarded. Why don’t you use your brain?

As Swamy shot off insult after insult at his host, a gobsmacked nation wanted to know if the sky would fall now that the insulter-in-chief had been out-insulted in his own backyard. It didn’t but the show tipped over right at that moment from cartoon into caricature.

The point is there is something still lovable about a cartoon — even a cartoon villain — because his blustering heart is largely in the right place. While the viewers might tut tut and shake their heads, as Sekri points out “attacking Arnab on his style by entrenched journalists was a pathetic attempt to hide their own inadequacies.” Goswami’s great talent was he could tap into what his audience was thinking and then literally amplify it.

But a caricature is self-parody, which bares the emptiness behind the larger than life bluster. It takes itself, as opposed to the issues, way too seriously. It becomes not just judge but also a tone-deaf executioner demanding that a government crack down on another television station.

Yet just when you think all is lost and Goswami has been eaten up whole by his own monster, he goes and writes an eulogy for Vinod Mehta which is so deeply generous and devoid of bluster that it’s hard to believe it’s the same person.

No grudges, no hard feelings, no ill will, no politics, no agenda, and nothing to hide. Just terribly honest and very hungry for a good story…. Vinod was neither judgmental nor preachy nor defensive. He was just himself.

One wonders if Goswami reads his own words and sees the irony. Perhaps not. Irony was never the strong suit of his show. But it’s reassuring to know that somewhere behind the amped up doses of bile and vitriol, another Goswami is possible. And as Arundhati Roy, someone the likes of Goswami loves to hate, might say, on a quiet day you can hear him breathing.

Congress questions PM Narendra Modi’s ‘I, me and myself’ culture

Responding to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s claim that former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh did not receive the kind of reception that incumbent Narendra Modi is receiving around the world, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday said the former’s assertion is actually very remote from the truth. “I am astonished by Amit Shah, the BJP president’s claims that former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was much respected around the world for his intellect and integrity, did not receive the kind of reception that Narendra Modi is receiving. It is actually far remote from truth,” Sharma told ANI here. “What do they mean by reception? If you take hundreds of cheerleaders from India and seek to organise public meetings in other countries, you are insulting the host country. Each nation is a sovereign nation, whether it is America, Australia or Japan,” he added. Addressing a rally at the Ramlila Maidan here earlier in the day, Shah had lavished praise on Prime Minister Modi and said that he gets a huge welcome on his trips abroad. “Even Manmohan Singh used to go abroad; did he ever get such a huge welcome like Prime Minister Modi? Did he?” he asked. Meanwhile, Sharma questioned the people in the BJP backing the “I, me and myself” culture promoted by Prime Minister Modi. “They should be seriously concerned that here is a mindset which is ‘I, me myself’. Recently when Modi was to travel to Nepal, he insisted that he address three public meetings in Nepal that led to a general strike in Nepal, a bandh in Nepal, and eventually, the outcome was zero,” he said. Sharma further said that Prime Minister Modi’s claim that it is only he and his government who are thinking about the country, needs to be scrutinized. “First about the cleanliness drive, he has done nothing but renamed the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’ to ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’. His government has not sanctioned even one extra rupee, but the budget which was sanctioned for the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’ and other ministries have been diverted for his profile promotion and publicity,” said Sharma. “I demand that the Prime Minister and his government reveal how many hundred crores have been spent only on publicity and how much of the funds meant for welfare programmes have been taken away and misused,” he added. The Congress leader also questioned Prime Minister Modi’s assertion that 11 crore accounts have been opened till January under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’. “Secondly, his claim that 40 years after the nationalisation of banks, it is only he and his government that has done or achieved something significant, is laughable. Is he trying to say that for 40 years the banks were not giving access to poor people, that they were not lending money to the poor people?” he asked. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi had accused the former Congress-led UPA government of doing nothing in the national capital during its 10-year long rule. Addressing the BJP’s election rally for Delhi Assembly elections at Ramlila Maidan, he said it is surprising that many important projects were pending for clearance for years in the city. Asserting that his government is committed for the development of the nation, Prime Minister Modi said: “We took up the Jan Dhan Yojana. Years ago, banks were nationalised but their doors did not open for the poor. Earlier could you see the poor in a bank? After the Jan Dhan Yojana it is clear that who is working for the poor and who weren’t.” Prime Minister Modi, who also lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), urged the people to vote for the BJP with full majority in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

PM Narendra Modi congratulates Dr. Subhash Chandra, Zee family on contribution to ‘Swachh Bharat’

Dr Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEE & Essel Group

Essel Group Chairman Dr. Subhash Chandra and Zee family was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning for their contribution to the Swachh Bharat campaign.The Zee family across the country has been an active participant in the ‘Clean India’ campaign, under the leadership of Dr. Subhash Chandra.The Swachh Bharat mission was launched on Oct 2, 2014 with the aim of making India country clean by 2019, in time for the celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.The Central goverment is set to spend around Rs 2 lakh crore over a period of five years to achieve this aim. The Urban Development Ministry will look at the cleaning of towns across the country, allocating Rs 62,000 crore for this purpose. To provide clean water as well as improve sanitation across the country, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has allocated Rs 1,34,000 crores.Here are a few photos of Zee family members participating in the campaign-

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