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Vol. 8, Issue - 22
MURDER THE MOST FOUL
AN AILING NATION
Vinod Broker and Usha Nair were reported missing since April 29 and their charred bodies were recovered from a desolate place near Khasurdi village in Satara district
Adv. A. V. Sivasankaran (Continued from last issue) Responsible and ethical management of every sector has become imperative if our nation has to survive as a nation. 66 years is too long a period in the history of any nation and we are yet to be a healthy and matured nation in which the leaders blame the followers for all the ills. Absence of professionalism is reflected in every sphere of our activity with no checks and balance to eliminate wasteful expenditure, hoarding and corruption. While Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley have their own definitions of management it appears that none of them are managers as per the definition by the renowned management guru Peter Drucker
who has defined manager as a person with discretion over resources. Our politicians and netas have command and control over many of the resources except the vital human resources. These is because of the trust deficit of our leaders amongst the masses, electoral compulsions and vote bank politics of the caste and creed variety. The fast breeder variety of corruption is taking its toll and every sector is suffering from its fall out. The net result of the gross mismanagement over long years is the lethargy of the public resulting in the underutilization of our resource. The GDP is on the decline and the GNP is not on the expected lines. The increase in
debt burden does not augur well for our future. We are being forced into a debt trap, be it on defense purchases or external help. If latest reports are to be believed, the Chinese nuclear submarines are merrily operating in Indian Ocean only 90km from our cost. Surely we have to cop up with the challenge and equip ourselves with the anti submarine war heads and surely the help would come from UK, USA, Russia and Italy and once again we have to tighten our belt and eat grass. We are caught in a no win situation with not a single friendly neighbour which is the result of absolute mismanagement. It is said that the success in the war depends upon the preparations during the peace time. Anybody listening.
Kerala Physicians who keep alive Traditional Ayurveda V.K.S. Menon, Sub-editor Thrissur (Kerala) : At age 74, ayurvedic physician Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi still sees several patients daily, carrying forward a tradition his family has pursued for hundreds of years. Even the medicines he prescribes, made out of traditional herbs, are the same that his forefathers prescribed and which he began learning as he sat once on the lap of his grandfather, Parameswaran Nambi. The Nambis
hail from a family of Ashtanga Vaidyas, one of the 18 traditional Namboodiri families in Kerala who had mastered the secrets of ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. Thanks to them, Kerala is today home to authentic ayurveda, attracting tens of thousands of patients not only from India but all over the globe. Due to royal patronage, the early ayurveda physicians saw patients for free. When people got cured, many patients presented vegetables or fruits to the doctors to express their gratitude. "There were no ready-made medicines then," recalls Narayanan Nambi, seated in his clinic located in a traditional Namboodiri home in a leafy part of East Fort in Thrissur district. "People would come to my grandfather
13-member panel to look into issues of LBT The state government decided to set up a 13-member committee headed by chief secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia to look into issues of imposing LBT. Traders across the state have been on an indefinite strike to oppose the tax. CM Prithviraj Chavan said the government would take a final call on enforcing LBT after discussions in the state legislature in the monsoon session beginning July. The committee will include principal secretaries of finance, law and urban development
departments and municipal commissioners of Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai and KalyanDombivali. It will speak to traders and government officers and submit recommendations in a month. The panel will help amend BMC Act to impose LBT in Mumbai by October. Meanwhile, BJP held a demonostration at Azad Maidan in Mumbai against LBT. State party president Devendra Fadnavis demanded rollback of the tax.
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for consultation. The diseases were very ordinary then. My grandfather charged no fees," His Malayalam translated into English by his daughter-in-law Devi Narayanan, also an ayurveda doctor. "Physicians then mostly prepared some of the medicines. Or they would simply write down the names of herbs which the patient procured on his own and readied the medicine at home." He added: "I am proud of my lineage." Today, Nambi says, only seven or eight of the original 18 Ashatnga Vaidya families - those who had mastered all eight strands of ayurveda remain. Ayurveda was born thousands (Continued on page
Pune/Mumbai : Two Mumbai realty agents, nabbed in connection with the brutal murder of a Pune billionaire and his secretary for a property deal in Mumbai, were sent to police custody till Friday by a Pune magistrate here on Sunday. Ibrahim Ismail Shaikh, 38, and Ravindra Shankar Shetty, 37, were arrested from Bandra suburb of Mumbai late on Saturday night. They have been charged with the murder of Vinod Broker, 82, and his secretary Usha Nair, 52, an official said.
Broker was the son of a famous Gujarati author and businessman, the late Gulabdas Broker, who was conferred a Padma Shree in 1991. Gulabdas Broker died in Pune aged 97 in 2006. Vinod Broker and Nair were reported missing April 29 from Pune and their badly charred bodies were recovered from a desolate place near Khasurdi village in adjoining Satara district. The killings apparently followed a mega-deal worth Rs 48 crore on Broker's bungalow at Vile Parle Juhu, known as Janki Kutir, which he was trying to sell since last February. Sheikh and Shetty had approached Broker to purchase the bungalow, and after a series of negotiations, they clinched the deal for the property, which has six bedrooms, a huge garden and other facilities in the celebrity-studded neighbourhood of Juhu. Earlier, Broker had encashed on a couple of other properties in prime locations in Mumbai and sold off an agriculture products company besides other assets and was living a retired life in Pune's Bund Garden area. Even as the Janki Kutir deal was finalised, Sheikh and Shetty insisted that Broker and Nair accompany them to check out a good property for investment in Satara last weekend. En route, when their vehicle was crossing the Katraj Tunnel, Sheikh, Shetty and two other accomplices strangulated Broker and Nair. They dumped the bodies near a desolate brick kiln near Kasurdi village in Satara, poured petrol and set them afire. They returned to Mumbai, sold off Broker's Maruti SX4 vehicle and continued their normal routine till their arrest on Saturday. Pune police learnt of the double murder when Satara police flashed wireless messages about the two unidentified charred bodies. Pune police, which were on the lookout for the duo, reached Satara with Nair's family members who recognised the bodies from some jewellery worn by Usha Nair.
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THE TIME TESTED ELECTION GIMMICK R OF PARLIAMENT DISRUPTION Parliament and Legislature disruption has been a regular feature since India got Independence. Every time elections are nearing, there is a regular ruckus in parliament and the parliament gets adjourned several times. No work gets done and parliamentarians seem to enjoy the excitement and fun and are in a hurry to get the parliament adjourned and then relax during adjournments at tax payer expense. The recent spate of adjournments of both houses of the Parliament over the ruckus created when the BJP demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister over the contentious issue of coal blocks allocation irregularities and the 2G spectrum is another case in point. If that was not enough the “Mudda” of Mulayam was to highlight of the issue of Chinese incursion in the Ladakh area of Kashmir and create another ruckus over that. While it is well known that there are irregularities in every big deal in India and that the opposition too gets their generous cut, it is a shame that when it gets closer to the elections the opposition forgets that they had already got their cut and they create a ruckus to stand out and create controversies that would help them win the next elections so that they can get a larger share of the pie be it spectrum sale or coal blocks or land development rights, you name it. This is a feature not seen just in parliament but in all state legislatures in India time and again. The most notable feature of legislature disruption is that as soon as elections are won, the new legislators sit in parliament and listen to other legislatures like school kids and give speeches about what they feel like talking, be it irrelevant. It can be seen that most of what they talk has little relevance to the
country but big relevance to their own constitu-ency and their vote banks. It seems that the only bill that is given priority in this session of parliament is the finance bill which is something that has no disruption or even an argument because finance is one area of which the masses are ignorant about. The people of India know about terms like scam, scandal, 'ghotala', 'chori', communal riot etc but they are highly ignorant of financial manipulation in a finance bill that will help the rich get richer and the poor poorer. All they know about the finance bill is that funds are being released to ensure the smooth running of the Government. And it is only when the government runs with financial smoothness does the money flow easily. Very convenient!!! It is a known fact that most of these parliamentarians once they win elections and win seats of power, they make a lot of money; but it is a shame that they obstruct the functioning of the country. Is this why the country gives them salaries and benefits and freedoms? One look inside the parliament and it seems like parliamentarians are restless and suffer from ADHD and cannot sit still for a moment. They are always on steroids wanting to do something or the other that is disruptive and non constructive for the nation. It seems that the cabinet has to make laws that parliamentarians cannot leave the parliament even if the parliament is adjourned. They have to be made to sit there for the full duration of the session. But it can only be wishful thinking. Who in power would want to put restrictions on their own power? If introduced this will be one bill that will lose hands down with hardly any parliamentarians supporting it with all the rest of them opposing it.
HC rejects Jerrit John bail application BOMBAY High Court Monday rejected the bail application of Jerrit John, accused of having attempted to kill his former girlfriend. The court observed that if John was granted bail, he may try to threaten the victim. On November 7 last year, John, a film production house owner, allegedly hurled a chemical at his estranged girlfriend Aryanka Hosbetkar, a physiotherapist. The incident is said to have taken place at her residence at Worli. The prosecution has claimed that John planned the attack after Hosbetkar refused to marry him. Mr. jerrit john is a resident of sec-15,Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
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Reporting on Refugees
efugees are, by definition, newsworthy whether we like it or not, for the media, load news is good news. No professional journalist could fail to be interested in situations where people are forced to leave their homeland by persecution, war, Conflicts and violence; where they set out into the unknown with just the clothes on back; where they arrive in another country not knowing if they will be provided with food, shelter or even a safe haven. For the public, uprooted people have an equal fascination. Refugees confront and challenge with hard realities of a changing world, in which only man's inhumanity to man remains constant. Despite all the talk of “Compassion fatigue”. People often respond with instinctive sympathy and with cash donations and offers of practical help, when they see images of destitute women, man and children who have had to leave home in order to survive.
(The writer is a Post Graduate from Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi.)
Regrettably, in some parts of the public the world has been reluctant to offer such sympathy to refugees and assylum seekers arriving their own door step. There is little doubt that some sections of the media, and decision makers who have access to the media, have at times played a role in encouraging anti refugee sentiments. It is not difficult to create a public panic about the number or nature of the asylum seekers arriv-
ing in a country. It is a much more demanding task to explain who these new arrivals are, why they have left their own country, and why they have decided to seek refuge in another part of the world. The media has a duty not only to describe, but also to explain. As any journalist knows, the idea that news papers, magazines or T.V. can just report the facts is a myth and a very dangerous myth. The words which reporters use, the images chosen to illustrate their stories and the headlines and prominence which they are given all entail value judgments. However consciously journalists may strive for impartiality, they cannot entirely escape the influence of their employers, their social and cultural background or the deliberate manipulation of information, indeed, governmental and Corporate “news management” can pose a much more insidious threat to accurate journalism than the outright censorship which prevails in many countries.
New therapy to end insulin jabs for Diabetics LONDON: Daily insulin shots for diabetics may soon be passe. Scientists have found a solution to control blood sugar and in fact cure diabetes from within the human body. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists have discovered a hormone, betatrophin, that increases production of insulin-secreting pancreatic cells 30 times the normal rate. This has raised hopes that the hormone, secreted by liver and fat cells, will not only drastically improve control of blood sugar levels but actually cure patients suffering from diabetes. Experts say they have never seen any treatment that causes such an enormous leap in beta cell replication. Publishing their findings in medical journal Cell, scientists said the new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body. This offers the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes, the
leading medical cause of amputations and non-genetic loss of vision. Lead HSCI researcher Doug Melton carried out the study in mice but said the gene exists in humans too. "Our idea here is relatively simple. We would provide this hormone, the type 2 diabetic will make more of their own insulinproducing cells, and this will slow down, if not stop, the progression of their diabetes," said Melton Melton sees betatrophin primarily as a treatment for type 2
diabetes, but believes it might play a role in the treatment of type 1 diabetes as well, perhaps boosting the number of beta cells and slowing the progression of that autoimmune disease when it's first diagnosed. “We've done the work in mice," Melton said. "But of course we're not interested in curing mice of diabetes, and we now know the gene is a human gene. We've cloned the human gene and, moreover, we know that the hormone exists in human plasma; betatrophin definitely exists in humans." The team of researchers, which also includes postdoctoral fellow Peng Yi, cautioned that much work remains to be done before it could be used as a treatment in humans. Diabetes is one of India's biggest health challenges. By 2030, India's diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark, against 87 million estimated earlier.
Market players should follow rules, Zagade tells IDMA meet on product regn The IDMA (Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association) Nutraceutical Subcommittee organised a conference - Product Registration Under FSSAI - Knowhow & Challenges. The conference was aimed at both the nutraceutical as well as pharmaceutical sectors and most of the presentations that were a part of the conference pertained to topics related to these sectors. The conference also included those who were engaged in marketing of nutraceuticals, churning up options for specific healthcare problems. According to IDMA, in 2006, FSS (Food Safety & Standards) Act was implemented and with that many complex issues
pertaining to transition from PFA (Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954) to FSSA were tackled. The beneficial role of nutra products or nutraceuticals is taken into consideration by healthcare specialists and the consumers looking at the fact that the Indian market valued at $1,480 million (Rs 7, 400 crore) in 2011 is estimated to grow to $2,731 million (Rs 13, 655 crore) by 2016, it was pointed out at the con-ference. Mahesh Zagade, food safety commissioner, FDA, Maharashtra, Mumbai, who chaired one of the sessions, said, "The nutraceutical and pharma markets are emerging, but market players should follow the rules. If you do
so, you will not meet with obstacles and face issues as those who do not abide by the rules, their licences are cancelled.” Delegates and speakers like R S Gadgil, director, Energya Nutrition; Priti Mohile, MD, Media Medic Communications; Rajendra Gupta, Chairman, Government Industry Dialogue, and president, Disease Management Association of India, Navi Mumbai; Ganesh Kamath, director, Vital Nutraceuticals; and Dr Baidyanath Mishra, GM, medical and regulatory affairs, Olive Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd; spoke on topics like nutritional supplement market, accessibility, awareness, affordability, assurance, (Continued on page
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KOCHI'S WATER WOES
Kochi, the premier city in Kerala, is now in the grip of an acute water scarcity. Every day, the newspapers carry stories of water woes from different parts of the city and its suburbs. Women protesting in front of the offices of the Kerala water Authority, holding empty pots and pans is a recurring sight in the city. "Elamakkara area has been reeling under acute water shortage for the past one week", says a newspaper headline. If it is Elamakkara today, it is Kaloor tomorrow and Kadavanthara, the day after. Summer invariably brings with it water shortage and the demand for cool drinks to quench the thirst. It is the season of the ubiquitous sherbet vendors.The cool and sweet drink that is made instantly by the vendor and given to you with floating pieces of ice is a cheap and popular drink. It goes by the name "Kulukki" in local parlance. Recently, the officials of the Food and Drug Administration took random samples of the "Kulukki" and found that the water used for preparing the drink was contaminated. "Kulukki's" fate was sealed, no more of it in Kochi, they said. In fact, this sherbet is not the exclusive prerogative of Kochi, it is sold all over Kerala. On the eve of the "Pooram" festival in Thrissur, the wife and daughter of an MLA had a bitter experience of this drink. They tried this sweet cool drink and landed in the nearby
'Ashwini' hospital for treatment. Fortunately for them, the problem was not serious, they were discharged after a while. The officials of the FDA who found the sherbet water impure also found that the ice they used was toxic. It contained ammonia and formalin, a chemical that is used to preserve dead bodies. The discovery of these substances in the ice led to raid on ice factories. A few of them were ordered to be shut down. When there is a shortage of drinking water, any water seems to be good for sherbet business. With erratic and insufficient supply of piped water, water tankers are having a field day. Countless high rises have come up during the last few years in and around Kochi and their number is growing. Even during normal times, when there is a regular supply of drinking water, the housing complexes have to depend upon tanker water. Now that the situation is worse, no wonder, the tanker business is booming. It is said that every flat owner has to shell out Rs. 2000 to 3000 per month towards tanker water. Few would have known this hidden cost while buying the flats or going for rented accommodation. A recent news report was a real shocker. It said the police had received secret information that there was a possibility of unclean water being distributed by the tankers as the water sources in many places had dried up. The government has taken a serious view of this and has asked the police department to be on guard. The officials of the intelligence wing are keeping a 24 hour vigil to seize tankers transporting unclean drinking water. The officials move about in civil dress giving no clue to the tanker drivers that they
are under surveillance. There was an incident in Kochi, where the public prevented tankers from collecting water which they knew was unfit for drinking. There was also a newspaper report that the police had seized eight tankers which were carrying contaminated water for supply as 'drinking water'. It goes without saying that drinking unsafe water is a serious health hazard. One cannot be sure as to what all things such water could contain. This year, Kerala is facing a water shortage, so acute, that the government has declared all the 14 districts as drought-hit. The only hope is in the monsoon, the earlier it arrives, the better. However, what is amazing is that such a situation has arisen in a state which was known for its plentiful water resources, specially, the 40 odd rivers, big and small that run through the breadth of the land. It should be noted that indiscriminate plundering of natural resources, felling of trees, levelling of hills and filling up ponds and marshy fields and other water bodies have caused enormous ecological damages. The supply of drinking water to the city of Kochi is from the 'Periyar' at Aluva. The demand for drinking water has increased many times over, but additional sources to augment the supply have not been found. Not only that, there has been a steady decrease in the water levels in all the rivers including the 'Periyar'. The only permanent solution to Kochi's water woes lies in setting up of desalination plants in order to treat sea water and make it safe for drinking. Nature has been kind to us, we have a long coast line.
A simple operation can give relief from high blood pressure London : In a breakthrough that could be a boon for people suffering from blood pressure, a simple operation, which could cure blood pressure, is being tested on patients in Britain. Many are hoping that the technique will end the need for powerful drugs and help many patients come off daily medication completely. Cardiologists in London and Eastbourne carried out the first half-hour operations using the keyhole process last month and hailed the results as “exciting” after patients experienced an immediate reduction in extremely high blood pressure, according to ANI. “This operation holds the promise of a meaningful long-term reduction of high blood pressure in patients whose blood pressure isn`t controlled by their medication,” said Dr Neil Sulke, a cardiologist at Eastbourne General Hospital. Mel Lobo, director of the Barts Hypertension Clinic in London, added, “This is a very exciting trial which, if successful, has the
potential to expand our array of nondrug therapies for resistant or uncontrolled hypertension. In the long run it could benefit an even wider range of patients with hypertension,” reported ANI. “One might speculate that such treatment may even herald a new era of devicebased therapy in which patients may ultimately be freed from the need to take high blood pressure drugs on a daily basis lifelong,” she further added. The tests are aimed at significantly improving blood pressure levels in patients who have failed to get their blood
NAVI MUMBAI - NEWS Panvel Dance Bar raid : RR Patil promises action against errant cops Navi Mumbai DCP goes on forced leave, SI transferred after inquiry finds them guilty of failing to take action against Kapal bar, where the owners ran a prostitution racket. Home Minister RR Patil on Saturday promised stringent action against Navi Mumbai police officials who did not take action against a dance bar in Panvel, forcing state DGP Sanjeev Dayal to ask the Thane police to step in. The Thane police had on Thursday night raided the Kapal bar on the old Mumbai-Puna highway and rescued 89 women including 32 minor girls from the bar and an adjoining hotel. R 1.15 crore in cash and R 45 lakh worth of gold ornaments were also seized in the raid. On Saturday, sources said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone II Pramod Shewale has been sent on forced leave and senior inspector Ramesh Gadvale has been transferred to the police control room after it was found that they had knowingly delayed taking action against the dance bar. On Thursday night, around 9 pm, a team of five officials and 14 constables of Thane (Rural) police conducted raids on the bar and the adjacent Dimple lodge located at Kalundare village on the old Mumbai-Puna highway, under the leadership of inspector general of police (IGP) Sukhvinder Singh. Following the raid the cops arrested 45 people including the bar's proprietor Jayesh Shetty. According to police sources, the bar owners ran a prostitution racket where girls were brought from Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Nepal. Sources also said that the owners had permissions for 11 rooms for the bar and lodge, but they had constructed 35 rooms. Patil has now announced an inquiry into the matter.
CIDCO warns of illegal disposal of biomedical wastes NAVI MUMBAI: The city and industrial development corporation (CIDCO), which is the civic authority for major part of Navi Mumbai, has appealed to the medical practitioners to dispose bio-medical waste according to the norms meant for waste handling and disposal. It is has been noted by the Public Health Department of City and Industrial Development Corporation that Medical Practitioners were disposing Bio-Medical waste in the regular Municipal Solid waste bins. Bio-Medical Waste is by law required to be disposed off separately as per the set norms of Bio-Medical Waste Handling & Disposal Rule, 1998. "Bio-Medical Waste disposal in regular Municipal Solid waste bins are a major health hazard to the society and therefore CIDCO is appealing to all medical practitioners, hospital owners, pathology labs and diagnosis centres to dispose the Bio-Medical waste collected at their premises as per the Bio-Medical Waste Handling & Disposal Rule, 1998," a Cidco release stated. "They are also directed to get authorisation from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board(MPCB) and duly inform the Public Health Department of CIDCO," it stated further. The department has warned of strict actions against anybody who violates the Bio-Medical Waste Handling & Disposal Rule, 1998.
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pressure under control despite taking three or more drugs. The trial at The London Chest Hospital, which is run by Barts Health NHS Trust, involves a minimally invasive, catheterbased procedure without the need for a general anaesthetic which places a small device known as a Rox Coupler to divert blood from an artery to a vein in the upper thigh. It has led to a massive and permanent reduction in blood pressure.
of years ago, with its fundamentals to be found in the ancient Hindu scriptures, Vedas. Nambi's family has a photo of the great-grandfather's brother who was a reputed physician. "Since then, we have photographic evidence of everyone," says Devi Narayanan. The family also proudly possesses a book on Ayurveda written by a member around 600 years ago. Unlike his father and forefathers, Narayanan Nambi is the first among Ashtanga Vaidyas to have attended one of the colleges of Ayurveda that now have thousands on their rolls. And in the 54 years he has practised, the family estimates, he would have seen - and mostly cured - a staggering 72,000 patients so far. He also spent several years in the US and Germany, popularizing ayurveda in both the countries. How and why has ayurveda flourished all these years while so many Indian traditions have withered away ? "This is because ayurveda was never considered a business. For a long time it was considered a service," Nambi explained. Now, however, physicians charge fees since there is no more royal patronage. There is no choice. Also, herbs have to be bought today unlike the olden times when one could pluck them from the wild at will. "The situation has changed. Today, ayurveda is a business to many," he said, referring to those who do not practise its authentic and original stream and instead sell wellness ayurveda to Indians and foreigners. Nambi's three sons have embraced ayurveda. And daughter-in-law Devi Narayanan gives a broad smile when asked if her two sons - now aged four-and-a-half and two - will do so too. "I do expect them to carry forward the tradition.
(Market players should follow ......... continued from page 1) consumer attitude to nutraceu-ticals, advertising the sector through social media, and pro-blems faced by nutraceuticals industry. On the second day of the conference on Saturday, focus will be on emerging issues related to the two sectors. Delegates like Dr. R.K. Sanghavi, Chairman, nutraceutical subcommittee, IDMA; and Pradip Chakraborty, director, product approval, FSSAI; will be present. There will be Vox Populi to clear the queries by participants.
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THE CIVIL SERVICES OF INDIA Congratulations for IAS toppers! Malayalis world over are happy that a Keralite has won the first rank in the civil services (main) examination. Harita V. Kumar, V. Sriram, and Alby John Varghese made us proud by securing the first, second and fourth rank respectively. According to the figures released by the Kerala Civil Service Academy, 34 Keralites have cleared the examination for various central government services in 2012 out of 998 students. There are also eight Malayalis in the first 100 successful candidates. Kerala is getting this honour after 21 years! This is the fourth time, Kerala is getting first rank in the civil services examination during the past two decades. Furthermore, this is the first time, three top ranks are bagged by Keralites! T.N. Seshan (1954), former Election Commissioner; V.Krishnamurthy (1965), former Chief Secretary and Raju Narayanaswamy (1991), Central Election Commision's Karnataka Observer are the three first rank holders from Kerala in the past. It is also a feather in the cap of Kerala Civil Service Academy which was started in 2005 with five candidates. But the Academy could so far assist 186 candidates in getting selected in civil services examination IAS to reach. Interestingly, 245 successful candidates out of the total 998 or roughly one fourth are women. Among the top 25, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 12 states and Union territories-Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, ayana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
V. N. Gopalakrishnan It is a proud moment for all Keralites and we congratulate all those who made it to the top. The present modern civil services of India is mostly followed on the pattern of the Imperial Civil Service of the British India. It was formed after Independence of India in 1947 from the British India. It was Sardar Patel's vision that the Civil Service should strengthen cohesion and national unity. He wanted a strong and vibrant federal administrative system in which the All India Services would play an important role. True to his conviction, the Civil Services have provided the framework for the administration of the country. The values of integrity, impartiality and merit remain the guiding principles of Indian civil services. Constitution The constitution provides for more All India Civil Services branches to be set up by giving the power to the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament of India) to resolve by a two-thirds majority to establish new all-India services. The Indian Forest Service, Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service are the three services set up under this constitutional provision. Power, Purpose and Responsibilities
The responsibility of the civil services is running the administration of India effectively and efficiently. It is believed that the administration of a vast and diverse country like India requires efficient management of its natural, economic and human resources. The country is managed through a number of Central Government agencies in accordance with the policy directions given by the ministries. The members of the civil services represent as administrators in the central government and state government; emissaries in the foreign missions/embassies; as tax collectors and revenue commissioners; as civil service commissioned police officers; as permanent respresentative(s) and employees in the United Nations and its agencies and as Chairman, Managing Director, full-time functional Director/Member of the Board of Management of various Public Sector Undertakings/ Enterprises, Corporations, Banks and financial institutions. Civil servants are employed to various agencies of India and can also be appointed as advisors or special duty officers or private secretaries to ministers of the Union and the State Government. All appointments in the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India and above, other major appointments, empanelment and extension of tenure is done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. However, all appointments in the rank below Joint Secretary in the federal government is done by the Civil Services Board. (Continue on next issue)
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Why AMLA is so great for your Health Ever wonder why almost all Ayurvedic preparations contain amla? Or why it is suggested that everyone should have one piece of amla on a daily basis? Well studies have shown that amla or the Indian gooseberry is packed with nutrients and can actually help you live a longer healthier life. One of the most important fruits in Ayurveda, the fruit grows
well in a warm climate. It is known to be a rich source of Vitamin C. So much so, that one small amla has as much Vitamin C as 2 medium oranges. Packed with compounds like polyphenols, minerals like Iron and zinc and vitamins like Carotenes and Vitamin B complex, amla can definitely keep a number of diseases at bay. Here are a few benefits of this amazing fruit: Acts as an antioxidant: Rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols, amla is a great source of antioxidants. Research has shown that it has a high content of tannins, which when combined with polyphenols gives the fruit a unique free radical scavenging property. This unique asset helps reduce the damage caused by free radicals on the body. Protects your heart: Amla is known to reduce cholesterol, and keep heart disease under check. Rich in fibre and iron, it is very effective in controlling the oxidation of LDL (Low density lipoprotein). Oxidation of LDL releases free radicals which are known to cause coronary artery disease, therefore stopping this oxidation is essential for preventing heart disease. Amla also helps to maintain cholesterol levels by inhibiting the oxidative properties of a chemical called thiobarbituric acid (TBA) that induces LDL oxidation. Another benefit of this wonder fruit is that it prevents arthrosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in the arteries) thereby protecting you from heart disease. Controls diabetes and its complications: Research studies show that the polyphenol- rich fruit actually has properties that can protect the body from the oxidative properties of high blood sugar. The same compound is also effective in preventing the insulin resistance caused due to a high fructose diet. What this means is that the fruit can actually assist in the proper absorption of insulin leading to a drop in blood sugar in diabetics. Reverses the ageing process: The extract of amla is rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential in collagen production, a compound that keeps the skin
looking young and elastic. Amla when consumed on an empty stomach has properties that slow down the degradation of collagen and helps the body produce more. Protects you from cancer: Packed with antioxidant properties, amla has the potential to keep cancer at bay. Research into this particular property of the fruit, has found that it had the potential to prevent cancer by helping the body fight the harmful effects of chemicals that are carcinogenic. It also helps to inhibit the further growth of cancer a ff e c t e d c e l l s . Apart from this, Amla extract can reduce the harmful effects of radiation and chemo-therapy without reducing their beneficial effects as an anti cancer treatment. Gastric problems: The fiber, polyphenol and water content of amla combined with its anti inflamma-tory properties make it a great antidote for an upset stomach. Having one teaspoon of amla juice on an empty stomach can take care of acidity and resolve a stomach upset. Soothes the throat: Amla juice mixed with some ginger provides instant relief from a sore throat and cough. Protects your liver: Studies have proved that amla has properties that protect the liver from oxidative damage caused by chemicals or alcohol. So after a long night of partying, have a piece of amla first thing in the morning, to get rid of that hangover and keep your liver safe. Being indigenous to India, amla is a real boon to the world of natural medicine. Amla powder is brown in colour and so is the juice. If you do plan to purchase either amla powder or juice, make sure you buy it from a trusted source. Adulterations could be dangerous.
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