Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Team Anna apologises for 'Shikhandi' Remark

After some members of Team Anna opposed the 'Shikhandi' remark made by Prashant Bhushan for the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Arvind Kejriwal apologised saying there is difference of opinion on the comment in the team.

However, the team sought a probe into the controversy surrounding PM's alleged involvement in the coal blocks allocation.

He said that the PMO's decision had caused loss of Rs 10.67 lakh crore for not auctioning coal blocks between 2004 and 2009.

For the first time Dr Singh was seen in a combative mood to defend himself. He hit back strongly on the allegations saying, "I will quit as the PM if Team Anna's charges are proved"

Dr Singh on board the plane Air India, termed all the allegations as 'baseless'. He said that the facts have not been confirmed. "I will give up my public life if allegations are proved against me. My long public career as Finance Minister, as Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and now as Prime Minister has been an open book, he said.

Prashant Bhushan had also faced a strong criticism from his own Team members when he called the PM as 'shikhandi'. Justice Santosh Hegde strongly reacted to the comment saying, the comment against PM is unwarranted. The word that that has been used against Dr Singh is not right, he said.

However, Bhushan made it clear that the Prime Minister may not take bribes himself, but he is allowing his Cabinet ministers to loot the public exchequer.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thyroid - Symptoms and Treatment

Thyroid is the most common disorder of the endocrine glands. It is the gland which secretes hormones. The disease is a condition in which the body produces excess thyroid hormones.

May 25 is observed as the World Thyroid Day. An estimated 200 million individuals worldwide have a thyroid disorder. Let us know something about the thyroid glands on the eve of it.

Symptoms –
Swellings in the neck with pain and swollen lymph nodules, rough voice, trouble in breathing and swallowing are the symptoms of Thyroid.

The other symptoms are - Weight loss despite a good appetite, increase in heart rate, high blood pressure, nervousness, increased sweating, shorter menstrual periods, frequent bowel movements, trembling hands etc.

Weight gain or failure to lose weight despite a proper weight loss system, lethargy, reduced heart rate, increased cold sensitivity, deadness in hands, dry skin and hair, heavy menstrual periods and constipation are also the symptoms of Thyroid gland malfunction.

Treatment –

Treatment for Thyroid is the surgery to remove the gland fully or a part of it along with radioactive iodine therapy.

Iodine and Selenium are very important for the proper functioning of thyroid. So use only iodized salt and eat enough of seafood, spinach, sesame seeds, garlic for iodine as a precaution to the disease.

For selenium, meat, fish, mushrooms, soybeans and sunflower seeds should be eaten.

Stress is also a symptom of improper functioning of the thyroid gland leading to thyroid disease. So, take some time out and relax for the thyroid’s sake.

In case of hypothyroid, thyroid hormone pills should be taken with physician’s advice. There is no instant ‘cure’ for thyroid problems and in case of ‘hyperthyroid’ anti-thyroid medications and other drugs must be taken to reduce symptoms like increased heart rate and tremors.

Monday, May 7, 2012


All new ventures are fragile. Even if revenues are growing (which they should be), chances are your company hasn't yet hit breakeven. To manage through this precarious time, be sure you know these three things:

- How many days does your venture have to live? Businesses fail because they run out of cash. Knowing exactly how many months or days you have to live can help you better manage costs and your funding strategy.

- Why you are doing this? Success requires hard work and constant attention. If you don't know exactly why you should make the effort, neither will your funders.

- What are the top-two critical issues? Be precise about which two issues deserve the highest priority. These may not be the most urgent, but they are the ones that your venture's success depends on.


To come up with a few good ideas, you need to generate a lot of bad ones. And to give your good ideas a chance of reaching their full potential, you need to do some serious pruning. But don't just get rid of the bad ideas; kill some good ones as well.

Focusing on many ideas requires thinly spreading your resources. For your truly good ideas to make it to market, they need a concentrated focus and the resources to develop them fully. Make the tough choices and pull the plug on good ideas that aren't quite good enough.

Friday, May 4, 2012

TV Ads on Fast Foods linked to Obesity

A new study by Global Management has claimed that TV commercials on fast foods provoke the youngsters to have more of them which eventually make them gain obesity.

The co-author of the study along with Deepak Bhatt, Dr. Auden C. McClure, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre in the US presented the findings of the study on April 29 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston.

The study went on to find the link between TV ads and obesity and studied a national sample of 3,342 youths aged between15 to 23 years. About 18 percent of them were overweight, and 15 percent were obese.

The subjects were asked about their height, weight, age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, exercise habitat, consumption of soda or sweet drinks, frequency of eating at quick-service restaurants, TV watching time etc.

They also were shown 20 still images selected from TV commercials for top quick-service restaurants (like Mac Donald, KFC etc.) and asked to identify those. They were also shown 20 similar ads for alcoholic drinks. The images were digitally edited to remove the brands.

It was found that the percentage of respondents who were obese was considerably higher among those who recognized more ads than those who recognized few ads. The statistics got was 17 percent vs. 8.3 percent.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rupert Murdoch “Unfit” to run News Corp, Says UK Panel

The British Parliament on Tuesday described Rupert Murdoch as unfit to run his global media empire alleging him of misleading the Parliament by claiming about phone hacking at one of its tabloids.

The 70-page report by the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee into News International and phone-hacking alleged that Murdoch did not want to be informed about phone-hacking.

The report said that the businessman turned blind and exhibited his willful blindness to what was going on in his publications and companies, which indicates that there was wrongdoing at News Corporation and News International.

The panel alleged that News International had deliberately ignored evidence of malpractice. Murdoch had claimed that he was unaware of phone hacking at the tabloid News of the World, which is now shut down.

The panel of 11 MPs wrote: "We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company".

The remark on Murdoch by the British Parliament as "not a fit person" to run the company would have embarrassed and disappointed the 81-year-old man, who had created one of the most powerful media groups in the world.

The judgment by the MPs would push the News Corporation to review whether Murdoch should hold the post as executive chairman in the company. It concludes that British Sky Broadcasting, in which News Corporation holds a stake of 39 per cent, is not fit to hold a broadcasting licence as long as Murdoch's company is associated with it.