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Vol. 9, Issue - 22
PERILS OF MODERN EDUCATION Adv. A. V. Sivasankaran
(Contd. from previous issue) While education is an ongoing process, which continues throughout the life span institutional education is within a time frame. Our present educational curriculum continues to be of the British Pattern, designed to mass produce clerical staff to suit their administrative requirement in English. The world has transformed much with invention and discoveries intervening every stage. The amount of knowledge inputs have also gone up exponentially. The information explosion or the I.T. revolution is about to burst at its seam. Too much of information or information saturation is an unexploded bomb, which has the potential to tear apart the social fabric as well as the mighty power centers. 'Handle with care' should be the watchword in this regard, if we are to thwart a historical blunder. The ability to select, reject, retain,
absorb and erase etc. have become imperative. While education in India is still a prisoner of outdated syllabuses and curriculum, the victims of this half education are in the process of liberation, unable to cope up with the demand of the times. We are yet to realize the objective and propose of education largely because the education
remains half throughout. A small man occupying big positions is a phenomena peculiar to this country and small men are the creation of half education. A big fish in a small bowl or a small fish in a big bowl, the choice is clear, but no for our manager. They suffer from the 'Dog in the Manager' syndrome. We have large institutions, establishments (Contd..... on page 3)
Mayawati is like my aunt says Akhilesh
Priyanka is like my Daughter says Modi
Staff Reporter Navi Mumbai : The summer heat and the frequent power failures are making life hell for the residents of Navi Mumbai and Thane. According to MSEDCL officials, there are minor glitches and repair works are going on at the local level, otherwise "all is well". However, major portion of the area remains dark due to the unofficial power cuts, giving thousands of Thanekars sleepless nights. There hasn't been power in Airoli Node in Navi Mumbai since the last two days. Parts of Belapur remained in darkness on Friday night, leading to ice-making units
WHO LAUNCHES NEW GUIDE FOR MALARIA ERADICATION The new guide provides countries with a comprehensive framework for moving towards elimination of malaria. Geneva : On the occasion of World Malaria Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a new guide to help countries to move towards malaria eradication. The new guide provides countries with a comprehensive framework to assess different scenarios and timelines for moving towards elimination, depending on programme coverage and funding availability, Xinhua reported. â€œIncreased political commitment and the expansion of global malaria investments have saved some 3.3 million lives since 2000,â€? Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, said in a statement. Statistics showed that the malaria mortality rate around the world and the African region has dropped dramatically to 42 percent and 49 percent respectively since 2000. However, WHO still estimated that as many as 207 million cases of malaria and over 600,000 deaths were reported in 2012. The UN global health agency said that although many countries have the political will to commit to elimination of the disease, technical, operational and financial obstacles remained, particularly in countries and regions with a high disease burden. The new guide will help countries and regions assess what resources they need to reduce malaria transmission to very low levels and provide them with essential knowledge for long term strategic planning for a malaria program. Begun in 2007, World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria control and elimination.
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suffering huge losses. "Since the past one week, we have been experiencing power cuts. The heat is affecting our health, the elderly are the most affected. I feel we are being pushed back into the stone age," said Meenakshi Kohlia, a Belapur resident, who is studying by candlelight for her M Com exams. In Thane, the residential areas of Vasant Vihar and Majiwada have been affected in a major way, while some parts experienced minor power failures for a few hours. "Before elections we did not have any power cuts, but as soon as voting was done, we began to face the heat, literally. Netas came and went assuring us paani, bijlee and
khaana, but now reality has begun to bite. Being a diabetic I need adequate sleep, but MSEDCL officials don't understand such problems, said Mukesh Sharma, a Thane resident. On Sunday, MSEDCL engineers had started upgrading the Akola-Aurangabad line. It took then three days to finish the job. However, an MSEDCL spokesperson clarified that that had nothing to do with the power cuts. "It's the local-level glitches occurring due to heavy load that's affecting the power supply. As soon as engineers and linemen locate the faults, they are being repaired, said Ram Dotonde, chief spokesperson, MSEDCL.
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POWER FAILURE RAMPANT IN NAVI MUMBAI, THANE
SET UP MONITORING COMMITTEE : Bombay HC to Vashi Hospital Navi Mumbai : The Bombay high court has directed Vashi based Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Hospital to implement its earlier order of setting up a three-member monitoring committee to govern and manage the hospital. The monitoring committee, comprising three members chosen by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), has to check and ensure that a minimum 25% of hospital beds are reserved for the poor and needy, as per the original understanding between the hospital management and Cidco. The committee will have the same rights, powers, privileges and immunities as other members of the said governing body or the committee of hospital management. Navi Mumbai-based RTI activist Sandeep Thakur, who had filed public interest litigation (PIL) in 2005, said, "Last September, the high court had ordered MGM hospital management to have a monitoring committee, so that the 25% beds are reserved for poor, along with 10 beds for Cidco staff and rest of the patients are charged on a no-profit, no -loss basis. Now, with the latest court (Contd..... on page 4)
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Navi Mumbai : On 25th April 2014, Master Aditya Bharadwaj, the 10th Std Student of Ryan International, Sanpada, has made a record of becoming the first person to Swim Breast Stroke from Kasa Island to Elephanta an Distance of 19 kms. He has achieved this by clocking a timing of 4hrs 10 mts. He was practicing 3 hours , each session ( Morning and Evening) at NMSA under the guidance of Mr. Sanket Sawant and Sea Swimming Practice by Mr. Santosh Kumar Patil, International Swimmer from Raigad District. Master Aditya Bharadwaj when enquired about the swimming, mentioned that the first 2 hours he has to face the winds and currents, which made him put more efforts to cross the distance as it was Breast Stroke, (where the entire body has to work), and subsequently manage to complete the event with good timing. His next Plan of thinking is on the international event, which he wants to complete atleast one channel before the end of this year.
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New Trend in Electioneering 64 years of Independent India has failed miserably in producing not only quality leadership but also institutional integrity. It is reflected in the quality of our electioneering in which leaders of various hue and cry have been accusing each other and blaming the establishment including the election commission. In this process the actual issues facing the nation to be decided by electorate has been cleverly and conveniently sidelined. Cutting across party lines our leaders are exposing themselves and the outcome of the election shall be the virgin exposure of this latest inability. This
nation has suffered in the hands of the leaders aptly described by Sir Winston Churchill in the British Parliament in the eve of our independence. We are yet to produce an Attlee, Churchill or Lord Mountbatten for that matter. Missile, Chandrayan and any number of stockpile is no substitute for good governance and this is not possible in the absence of good leaders. We are today a nation berest of leaders of impeccable integrity and capability. If at all they have succeeded that is only in amazing disproportionate asset and their numbers are ever increasing.
REALTY BOOM LIKELY POST POLLS : 15% SURGE IN LAST QUARTER The property market is on the upward swing. In the last quarter of 2013-14, there has been a 15 per cent increase in realty sale in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. With election results just a few days away, realty experts believe there will be a further surge in sales as prospective buyers are in a buoyant mood. According to the city-based real estate firm Liasas Foras, 11,500 housing units (1 and 2BHKs) were sold between January and April 2014 as against 10,000 units in the previous quarter. “The 15 per cent increase in sales is a significant rise in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR),” said Pankaj Kapoor, managing director of Liasas Foras. MMR comprises Greater Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai. Property rates are competitive in Mumbai and developers are offering freebies such as waiving off stamp duty and registration fee and club house and parking charges to boost sales, Kapoor told dna. “Builders are also negotiating with buyers by offering reasonable discounts. Also, the supply has increased. Therefore, buying a house has become easier... most of the sale is happening on the outskirts of the city. In Greater Mumbai, the response is still tepid due to inflated property cost,” he said. Arvind Goel, president of the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (Navi Mumbai), said the property market is slowly gaining momentum. “The maximum sale is happening in Thane, Kalyan, Dombivli, Titwala, etc because the buyers are getting all sorts of amenities at a reasonable price and in big housing complexes. On the other hand, buyers are waiting for a price correction in Navi Mumbai. Once the metro rail, Ulwe railway line, Sion-Panvel highway expansion and the new airport projects are complete, the Navi Mumbai realty market too will start going northward. It has a huge scope and potential to develop,” Goel told. Earlier buyers were only making inquiries, but now they are coming forward to book flats, said Kailash Patil, a real estate broker from Thane. “Buyers feel the market may blossom after the elections. Developers and investors, however, are selling their properties at a competitive rate as they believe the market will nosedive after the election results. It is a win-win situation for buyers and developers,” he said.
Babies cry at night to stop parents from trying for another one Washington : Babies who wake up at night to breastfeed may be actually trying to delay the birth of a sibling, a new study suggests. According to the research, infant's tendency to wake up in the night may have been a tactic to make mothers breastfeed more, thus reducing their fertility and limiting the number of siblings that will be born, which in turn improved a child's chances of survival. Researchers argue that infants that wake frequently at night to breastfeed are delaying the resumption of the mother's ovulation and therefore preventing the birth of a sibling with whom they would have to compete. It has already been documented that smaller gaps between the births of siblings are associated with increased mortality of infants and toddlers, especially in environments where resources are scarce and where infectious disease rates are high, researchers said. DISCLAIMER The news published by various authors in this publication are their sole opinion and Editor is in no way accountable and responsible.
Torture to punish political activism - III International publicity may also have been the reason why, in June 1991, the army invited a team from the Press Council of India to Kunan Poshpora, a village in the district of Kupwara, close to the line of control which separates Indian held Kashmir from Pakistan. Over 20 women had reportedly been raped when soldiers visited the village. The youngest victim was a girl of 13 yrs named Misra, the oldest victim, named Jana, was 80. Kunan Poshpora was raided on the night of 23-24 February 1991 during counter insurgency operation by soldiers 4th Rajput Rifles. Local residents allege that several hundred soldiers arrived at the village at about -11 PM cordoned it off and began house to house searches. Many men from the village were taken away and interrogated, in some cases under torture, about the activities of armed opposition groups. At the sametime at least 23 women were reportedly raped in their homes at gunpoint some are said to have
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been gang-raped, others to have been raped in front of their children. The incident was investigated by several different officials. A district magistrate, shocked by the allegations concluded that there was sufficient evidence to warrant a full inquiry. The army strenuously denied the allegation of rape and torture and appointed an army brigadier to conduct an inquiry. He dismissed the allegation of rape as “malicious and untrue”. On 18th March the divisional com-
mission visited Kunan Poshpora : he reportedly recommended that a judicial inquiry be established to investigate the incident. A twomember team from the Press Council of India visited Kunan Poshpora for one day, following which it dismissed the statement of at least 9 alleged rape victims because of what it described as inconsistencies. Medical evidence, which may have indicated rape, was described as “worthless”. The Indian Government has invoked the result of these inquires in justification of its claim that rape did not occur. However, the government has withheld the medical findings on the Kunan Poshpora victims included in the press councils report and the findings of the inquiry conducted by the divisional commissioner have not been published. His reported recommendation that there should be a thorough investigation is not known to have been implemented.
Dengue and Malaria add to poverty : WHO Vector-borne diseases are adding to the vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact of socio-economic status of communities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and are still killing thousands of people. On World Health Day April 7 -the WHO has impressed upon countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others. Forty per cent of the global population at risk of malaria lives in the WHO South-East Asian region - home to a quarter of the world's population. Malaria is endemic in 10 of the 11 countries of the region: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. Maldives is the only country that has remained free of malaria since 1984. Sri Lanka has made remarkable progress in controlling malaria by bringing cases down from 203 in 2000 to zero since November 2012. “These are deadly but preventable diseases. The solution lies in a united and sustained effort from all of us. Ministries of Health alone cannot control them. Committed engagement from all sectors, strong political will and active community participation is needed,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia. “This region recently defeated polio, it is time for us to show the same resolve to defeat vector-borne diseases,” she said.
It accounts for 17 per cent of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. Dengue is now the world's fastest growing vectorborne disease, with a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the past 50 years. Outbreaks of dengue have now been reported from all countries of this region, except Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Lymphatic filariasis, another mosquito-borne disease, is linked to poverty and creates disfiguring and social stigma. The region has 60 million infected people while 875 million people are at risk of infection. To interrupt transmission, WHO recommends an annual mass drug administration of single dose of two medicines to all eligible people in endemic areas.
Women more vulnerable to Alzheimer's Gene : Study Women born with a special gene are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men with the same disease, a study reveals. While women with ApoE4 gene were 81 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease when compared to women who did not have the gene, in men, the gene increases the risk only by 27 per cent compared with men without the gene, the study said. "Figuring out the reason for this sex difference may help researchers better understand what causes Alzheimer's disease," said researcher Andre Altmann from Stanford University School of Medicine. For the study, the researchers examined information from more than 5,000 healthy older adults in the US who did not have Alzheimer's or other types of cognitive problems, and about 2,200 people with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers noted that about 950 healthy older adults progressed to developing Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. The study, that appeared in the journal Annals of Neurology, indicates that doctors may need to change the way they interpret the finding of an ApoE4 gene in people, depending the patient's sex.
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Who will become the next Prime Minister ?
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the choice is a difficult one as otherwise such contests wouldn't have been announced in the first instance. One can only discuss the muddled political situation in the country and the emerging trends leading to the final election of the PM. Narendra Modi appears to be absolutely confident that he would be the next occupant of No.7, Racecourse Road, though, his party is not so sure. He is convinced that there is a Modi wave sweeping the nation and wonders why our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not aware of it. Modi has even gone to the extent of saying that on assuming office, his first priority would be to try all the corruption cases against politicians within a year. There was also a report that the present governor of the Reserve Bank of India would continue to hold office if the Modi government comes to power. From such statements, it becomes clear that the PM in-waiting and his party have already chalked out a strategy for governance. The very idea of projecting a particular candidate for the PM was conceived by the BJP on the lines of the U.S presidential election. In the 2009 general election, it was L.K Advani and in the previous one, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The campaign for Narendra Modi commenced a couple of years ago and gained unprecedented momentum in recent months. Whether there has been a Modi wave, tide or tsunami, one thing is certain. Modi has gone far ahead of all others in the matter of publicity. Minute after minute and day after day, the Modi ads were beamed on the various TV channels. A twoyear old child who lives next door comes to me chanting “Ab ki bar, Modi sircar”. (This time, Modi government) Some reports say that the BJP has spent a whopping Rs. 10000 crores on election campaigns. Narendra Modi's visit to Varanasi which received wide coverage in the press was in response to the call of Ganga Mata. The road show which he organized on the day of filing his nomination papers was spectacular and stunning, the like of which the ancient city has never witnessed. It took a full two hours for the massive procession to cover a distance of two kilometers. It would appear that the BJP's election campaign 2014 was hijacked by just one man Na Mo relegating all others to the background. For the first time in India, Narendra Modi created history by appearing simultaneously before the voters in as many as five states through 3 D holographic technology. “We put up 750 screens in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and millions
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The leading Malayalam newspaper Malayala Manorama has come out with a prize for a contest called 'PM 2014'. The winner will be picked by a draw of lots from the correct answers to the question “Who will become the next PM?” You have only to choose one name from a given list which includes Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, L.K Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arvind Kejriwal, Mayavati, Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee, Mulayam Singh Yadav and any other. The winner will receive an 'Eon Delite' car. Interestingly, there is another contest which is solely for soothsayers and jyotishis. The prize on offer, is Rs. 10 lakhs. It is an allIndia contest announced by Narendra Nayak, the president of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations calling all those who claim to possess divine powers by which they are able to tell our past, present and future. According to the Rationalists' Association, there are people who profess their ability to predict events. Such people claim that they had predicted an earthquake, the Tsunami or the death of great men etc. The contest is a challenge to such sadhus. The contestants in this case have to predict who would become the next prime minister, which coalition will come to power, how many seats would be won by each of the parties like the Congress, the BJP, CPM, AAP etc. The list, rather a long one, has 20 questions including the number of votes polled in favour of Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Sonia Gandhi etc. Those who give the correct answers for at least 19 questions within a margin of 5% for errors will be eligible for the final draw. The last date for submission of entries is 12th May, 2014. If there is more than one winner, the prize amount will be equally divided among them. The organizers say that the object of the contest is to expose the quacks who cheat people by performing 'miracles' and claiming to possess supernatural powers. It can be safely assumed that there will be an immense response to the newspaper contest while there will be few takers for the Rationalists' Association's challenge. However, an important point to note is that in both the contests, the candidates for the PM's post are more or less the same. It goes without saying that
Perils of Modern Education ..... contd. from page 1) and installations which call for efficient manning, but it is disheartening to see such institutions including some of our best universities today are being managed by mediocre personalities who have been installed in the chair only by virtue of their political patronage or extra constitutional leverage enjoyed by them, square pegs in round holes every-where. The dichotomy of our in-dustry
and academy is unparalleled in the world, with both living in their own isolated ivory towers. Techno legal, medico legal and socio engineer-ing etc. are yet to shape itself in our present system. Creation of a scientific temperament and analytical ability to arrive at logical conclusion are the basic requirement of a modern educational system, but what we have in place today are educational
witnessed the magic of Mr. Modi addressing them directly”, said Mr. Senthil Kumar, who was respon-sible for the project, a Chennai based cinematographer who was trained in Musion Ltd., the world leader in holographic technology. The 2014 election has seen the most vicious no-holds-barred attacks and counter attacks between the candidates and between the contending parties. “If he comes to power, India will plunge into darkness. We do not need gyan (lecture) on development from the architect of riots”, said Mamata Banerjee. The Trinamool Congress also called Modi the “butcher of Gujarat who could not take care of his own wife”. The tweets came hours after Modi said that Mamata had done more damage to West Bengal in 35 months than the left in 34 years. He also accused her of selling her painting at a huge price to Sudip Sen, the promoter of the scam hit Saradha group. The tweet was from none other than Derek O'Brien, TMC spokeperson. As you look at the political scenario, you find that no party is likely to get a simple majority. After the 1984 elections, the era of alliances came. However as the poll managers of BJP claim this time it is going to be different and the party is set to cross the 272 figure, Narendra Modi becomes the PM. Even if the BJP led NDA gets this number, same would be the case. For the PM's post, Rajnath Singh and Advani are out of reckoning. Perhaps Rajnath Singh may join the government. But, Advani joining the government and working under Modi is a remote possibility. Political observers and pollsters say that the grand old party, the Indian National Congress is heading for its worst ever defeat. As such, the UPA getting a majority is doubtful. A third front coming to power is unlikely especially in view of Rahul Gandhi's statement that the Congress party will not support a front which failed twice in the past. Arvind Kejriwal's AAP may get a few seats, but it is unlikely to play any decisive role in this election. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Jayalalithaa etc. are all aspirants to the PM post. Laloo Prasad Yadav too would have thrown his hat in the ring, had he not been deprived of his membership of the parliament by the Supreme Court in the Fodder case. The situation as it prevails now is in a flux. It is only a matter of a few days for us to know what surprises are in store for the political future of India. Till then my guess is as good as yours.
facto-ries and trade schools manufacturing degree and diplomas and half educated robots for the employment market. The future generation shall in all probability blame us for this predicament. Teaching was once considered a noble profession and a pious task, which has degenerated into a kind of cat and mouse or a snake and ladder game. The Guru-shishya parampara based on respect and trust has become a thing of the past. Who will bell the
Seven organizations engaged in social activities, which have been given eviction notices by the civic body, are hoping that they will get alternate accommodations from the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) at feasible rates. The organizations, operating from the community centre building in Vashi, were served notices by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on April 5 and they received it on April 17. The affected organizations include a public library, which is over three decades old, NGOs working for women empowerment and leprosy awareness, a tailoring class, a sports club, a gymnasium and a federation body of social activities. "Each organization is involved in activities which benefit the society; therefore NMMC should provide us with alternate arrangements. They should also give us assurances that we will be accommodated in the new building," said Vijay Kedare, secretary of the library. The civic body, taking the organizations' views into account, has asked Cidco to come to their aid, said an officer from the schemes department. "Cidco has been requested to come to provide us with temporary accommodations until the new building is constructed. We have been offered space within the Sanpada railway station complex but the rental rates needs to be worked out," said Vivek Bhagat, founder of New Bombay Music and Drama Circle. The organizations stated that the rates quoted by Cidco are for commercial structures, which they cannot afford. A meeting on the issue is scheduled with Cidco MD Sanjay Bhatia. Meanwhile, Namdeo Bhagat, director, Cidco, said that a written proposal is required from those affected. "Ideally, NMMC should be responsible for the relocation process, if the organization tables their demand with the board, there is scope for discussion," said Bhagat. NMMC has plans to undertake redevelopment work and construct a multipurpose building on that plot. Served with three notices since 2006, the organizations have remained steadfast in their demand of getting an alternate accommodation.
NMMC to install 13 signals in two months on major roads Civic authorities, on the direction of the traffic police, have promised that they will install 13 signals in the next two months on Sion-Panvel highway, Thane-Belapur Road and Palm Beach Road among others. In order to reduce congestion and avoid accidents, last month, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), along with the traffic police, had announced that they would install 50 signals across the city. An estimated sum of Rs 5 lakh will be spent per signal by the civic body. On the 9-km stretch of Palm Beach Road, the civic body has decided to install five signals. "In a meeting held almost a month ago, we had decided to install these signals. We had received complaints from residents that motorists would speed on these roads and lead to accidents. Signals will help check these accidents," said a civic official. Another reason for initiating the process was the difficulty faced by residents while crossing roads at junctions such as Kalash Udyan, APMC market, D'Mart junction in Koparkhairane. These areas have also been shortlisted for the installation of traffic lights. "Residents have often complained of being unable to cross the roads. We have recorded several serious accidents in these areas. Installing signals was considered an apt solution to the issue," said an official from the traffic department. Additional city engineer GV Rao confirmed that all the signals will be installed within two months. Locals are happy with the promise but feel that stricter punishment for speeding motorists will boost the plan to make Navi Mumbai streets safe. "One need not even look at the roads to sense the speed at which the motorist drive on Palm Beach Road because the sound of the approaching vehicle is terrifying. Bikers use the road as their racing venue. Installing signals should bring about some change in the situation," said a Nerul resident. cat and how to stem the rot is a question to be ans-wered. Though call centers and BPO's have opened up employ-ment avenues for our educated literates and illiterates, the luster is not expected to last long. Our children have to go to Oxford or Cambridge to learn Pan-chatantra stories and its relevance along with patenting of Padmasana and turmeric. So much is the emphasis on the IT education and computer, it appears that the time has come to ponder over the fate of a nation obsessed with AC offices and PC's . The day may not be far off wherein we have to seek foreign expertise and consultation for plumbing and wiring and basic engineering skills. It is not yet realised that
basic trade skills are the backbone of any nation today and skill development can only be ignored at one's peril. Dignity of labour has become causality, the farm hands opting for city jobs and the factory workers looking for AC comfort. Civic sense, courtesy, etiquette and mannerism etc. have demised from our syllabus and curriculum long ago and this appears to be the reason for the growing disrespect for laws and the indecent behaviour amongst our youngsters. Lack of etiquette is evident from driving practices and telephone manners. Time management and Talk time management have become alien to our culture.
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Significance of Chinmayananda Jayanti
Chinmayananda Jayanti is being celebrated on May 8 in over 250 Chinmaya Mission centers in India and almost 50 centers outside India. This day marked the birthday of Swami Chinmaya-nanda, one of the foremost prea-chers of spiritual knowledge in recent times. Chinmaya Mission was established by his devotees in1953 and is rendering valuable service in inculcating spiritual, cultural and social values among children and adults all over the world. Swamiji dedicated four decades of his life for the service of humanity by establishing ashrams, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics throughout the world. Swamiji is popular worldwide as a spiritual master and was considered an authority on the ancient Hindu scriptures, especially the Bhagwad Gita and the Upanishads. He was the author of over 30 books dedicated to the philosophical belief behind religion. He is credited with the revitalization of spirituality and cultural values in India. Swamiji also worked
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ceaselessly for spreading the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta expounded by Adi Shankara-charya all over the world. Swamiji made Vedanta accessible to everyone regardless of age, nationality or religion. Swami Chinmayananda was born in a devout Nair family called 'Poothampalli' in Ernakulam, Ker-ala on May 8, 1916 as the son of Parukutti and Kuttan Menon. He was given the name of Balakrish-nan (Balan) by Chattambi Swami, known as the 'Saint without saffron.' After graduating from Lucknow University in English Literature and Law, he joined the Indian freedom struggle and was arrested and sent to jail. After coming out of jail, he joined The National Herald in Delhi as a Reporter. In 1947 he went to Rishikesh and met Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society. Meeting Swa-mi Sivananda and interacting with him proved to be a turning point in his life. He pursued spiritual studies for nine years under the guidance of Swami Sivananda and under the tutelage of Swami Tapo-van Maharaj, an authority on Indian scriptures. Swamiji was initiated in the order of Sanyasa in 1949 and was named Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi. Since 1951, Swamiji has been working tirelessly to spread the eternal message of Hindu Dharma to the masses. Swamiji introduced the Gita Gnana Yagna first in Pune and subsequently all over the world. Administered by the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai, the Mission undertakes a wide range of spiritual, educa-tional, and charitable activities. Chinmaya Mission sponsors 62 schools in India where Vedic heritage is included in the curriculum. Chinmaya ashrams are established in Mumbai and Siddhabari in India and in Piercy, San Jose, Washington, Chicago, Flint, New York, Florida and other places in the U.S. Chinmaya Mission imparts the wisdom of Vedanta in the Vedic tradition of gurushishya parampara (teacher-taught tradition). “To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time” is the tenet that drives the Mission workers and each person has gained personal growth, heightened efficiency, contentment, and the ability to live with others in peace and harmony. Swami Chinmayananda attain-ed Mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993 in San Diego and his body was buried in the Siddhabari Ash-ram. His legacy remains in the form of publications, audios and videos; social service projects; Vedanta teachers whom he taught and inspired; and Chinmaya Mission centres worldwide, serving the spiritual and cultural legacy. Swami Tejomayananda, a disciple of Swami Chinmayan-anda is the present spiritual head of the Chinmaya Mission worldwide.
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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE - WORLDWIDE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH: WHO Antibiotic resistance - when antibiotics no longer work in a patient's body and treat infections -- is a worldwide threat to public health, according to a report released here by the World Health Organization (WHO). The data reveal that antibiotic resistance is a burgeoning problem in WHO's South-East Asia Region, of which India is a part. "Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," said Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO's Assistant DirectorGeneral for Health Security. "Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating," said Fukudu. The report, 'Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance', noted that resistance is occurring across many different infectious agents but the report focuses on antibiotic resistance in nine different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as bloodstream infections (sepsis), diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea. The results are cause for high concern, documenting resistance to antibiotics, especially "last resort" antibiotics, in all regions of the world. One of the key findings of the report cite that resistance to the treatment of life-threatening infections caused by a common intestinal bacteria, Klebsiella pneumonia – carbapenem antibiotics – has spread to all regions of the world. K pneumoniae is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, infections in newborns and intensive-care unit patients. Also resistance to one of the most widely used antibiotics for the treatment of urinary tract infections caused by E coli - fluoroquinolones- is very widespread. Treatment failure to the last resort of treatment for gonorrhea – third generation cephalosporins – has been confirmed in Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. More than 1 million people are infected with gonorrhoea around the world every day. "Combatting drug resistance is a priority area of work for WHO in the Region. We need to act now to use antibiotics rationally, ensuring their availability for future generations," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.
Advertisers to get notices for illegal tree cutting Navi Mumbai : The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to send notices to outdoor advertisers in sector 17, Vashi, with regards to the illegal cutting and pruning of several trees in the area, which has disturbed a few bird nests. TOI had reported on Tuesday how animal activist Shailesh Khotkar had called up the fire brigade at the spot next to Vashi Plaza, where the nests were affected. "On Tuesday, I sent a complaint letter to Vashi ward gardens officer Vijay Kamble. The office has assured that they will send notices to the advertisers, whose hoardings are displayed,'' said local NCP youth president Nitin RK Kandhari. He added that from the preliminary site inspection, it was clear that the tree branches had been cut to display two large hoardings of a prominent watch showroom, next to Vashi Plaza. Kamble said that NMMC had not given any permission to cut or prune the trees in sector 17.
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direction, I hope the committee is imple-mented soon.” The hospital management had filed a civil application this year, to plead the court to recall its earlier order of the setting up of the threemember monitoring committee. However, the high court has asked for full implementation of the monitoring committee. The three persons selected for the committee are Dr Mrudula Phadake, Professor Vrushali Magdum and Chandrashekhar N Vaze. In his petition, Thakur had stated that private hospitals, which have secured land on lease from Cidco at very affordable rates to build medical institutions, must honour their original agreement with Cidco, of providing medical care to the poor and run the hospitals on a no-profit, no- loss basis.
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