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Charity, a Good Karma
In an experiment, pranic healing seems to have cured 88% of cancerous cells. In a repeat study, the cells got cured to the extent of 96%. The karma theory was scientifically proven, for the first time
Tim Cook, Apple Inc’s chief executive, has joined the list of rich and powerful giving away all their wealth for charity. The 55-year-old is estimated to have a net worth of $780 million, all of which he has donated to charity, after keeping just about enough for his 19-year-old nephew’s education. Mr Cook said: “You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change.” He joins celebrities like Alfred Nobel, Nelson Rockefeller Sr, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg (of Facebook) and (Oracle Corp’s) Larry Ellison.
If one goes through the history of all these people, except Warren Buffett and Tim Cook, they have all had a change of heart after facing some setback in their health. Does it mean that charity helps you regain your health? Giving provides you that sense of well-being and self-worth that boosts the immune system. There is an old saying in my language, Kannada, which philosophises giving as very healthy and beneficial to self: Kottaddu thanage, bachittaddu pararige (what you give away is yours and what you store at home will go to others).
People, like Mr Cook, are role models for many of our rich, to donate for the society’s good. Has there been any scientific study done on the role played by charity as a good karma? A good friend, the late Prof Joie Jones, a top cancer specialist and chief of cancer radiology at the University of California in Irvine, did exactly that. Prof Jones was also qualified in physics.
Prof Jones had cancer himself but did not want conventional treatment. Instead, he was successfully treated by Indian-American pranic healers. He was very keen to see if pranic healing does really help defeat cancers in the laboratory. Prof Jones’s lab, at that time, was the best in the United States for cancer research. However, the pranic healers wanted the lab to be first spiritually cleaned which took a couple of days. All these were anathema to conventional science.
Pranic healing is an energy healing method used from time immemorial with success. Prof Jones had hela cells used for cancer research in humans as the base for his study. He irradiated those cells with gamma rays which converts them into cancer cells. Each sample was repeated five times to ensure that errors did not creep in. He took care to cover the cancer cells inside a Faraday cage which, physicists know, does not allow any of the known energies—nuclear, gravitational and electromagnetic—to pass through. To ensure accuracy, he put a thick lead cover over the cells. No known energy could thus enter the cells.


To his surprise, pranic healing seems to have cured 88% of the cells. This was a great breakthrough and a remarkable result for any reductionist study. Prof Jones wanted better results as he hypothesised that holistic healing techniques must be perfected. Though born an American of Caucasian descent, he knew Indian scriptures well and believed in the karma theory. The National Institute of Health (NIH) funded the study and had sent two observers. Prof Jones asked each of them to donate $100 of their own tax-paid money to any charity and then to pray that the good karma of their charity should go to the cancer cells in the study. The study was then repeated. Lo and behold! The cells got cured to the extent of 96%. The karma theory was, for the first time, scientifically proven, Prof Jones felt.
Alfred Nobel, Nelson Rockefeller Sr and Bill Gates were cured of severe depression after their charity efforts. The Ishopanishad urges people to live by giving. Thena thyakthena bhunjithaha (rejoice in giving). 
May Tim Cook’s tribe increase by leaps and bounds for the good of humankind!
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)


Government must not be a tax terrorist: Experts

On April 15, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had notified new norms and the attendant forms that, among other issues, requires an assessee to furnish all bank details, opened or closed in the year with the closing balance, as also the sources of funds for expenses in an overseas travel


Even as the central government has decided to review the new norms to file income tax returns barely three days after it was notified, due to widespread angst, experts termed the original proposal nothing but "tax terrorism" unleashed on honest tax payers.
"This is real tax terrorism. This does not target corrupt politicians, dishonest bureaucrats or the unscrupulous businessmen and film personalities who merrily evade taxes and stash away their ill-gotten wealth abroad," said P.S. Prabhakar, partner, Rajagopal and Badrinarayanan, a chartered accountancy firm.
"The government's decision affects the common people. They are expected to unnecessarily spend huge time and cost even for doing their basic duty of filing returns. It will involve filling up so much of detail not significant to them," Prabhakar told IANS.
The move, accordingly, drew loud protests and there were indications that the norms will be reviewed.
"The finance minister (Arun Jaitley) spoke to me from Washington. He has asked me to make the format simpler. He said the government must be proactive and he quickly decided to review the new income tax returns' format," Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das told IANS on Saturday.
"The additional information was actually sought to deal with unaccounted cash. This was also one of the recommendation of the SIT on black money," he said referring to the Special Investigation Team set up by the Narendra Modi government at the behest of the Supreme Court.
Asked when the decision will be taken, Das said: "I can't say now when the format will be revoked. We have to follow a process. All I can say now is that the format will be reviewed."
Another well-known chartered accountant, M.R. Venkatesh, said nothing useful will actually emerge by resorting to the new forms. "It is really a draconian measure. It has the potential to turn into tax terrorism. The real culprits would continue to go free," Venkatesh told IANS.
On April 15, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had notified new norms and the attendant forms that, among other issues, requires an assessee to furnish all bank details, opened or closed in the year with the closing balance, as also the sources of funds for expenses in an overseas travel.
People complained the move was far from the promise of making the process of filing returns easier.
"Tax return forms are getting more complicated and taxpayer-unfriendly. No matter which government is in power, honest citizens are harassed due to the never-ending sadism of bureaucrats in North Block who seem to enjoy this," said Prabhakar, referring to the finance ministry in New Delhi.
"There is no serious attempt to get those millions of people who earn well but never bother to file."
Former chief economic advisor Arvind Veermani who knows the subtleties of how the decisions are taken in North Block, also felt the move was ill-aimed. He suggested a much bolder review of the items that were introduced over the past few years to make it simpler for the average assessee.
"Can guarantee, it won't cost you much revenue (less than Rs.1 crore) but gain goodwill from ordinary tax payers," he tweeted in a message, ostensibly meant for the finance minister, while also alluding to the fact that there are just 3.7 million income tax assessees in India and fewer who evade taxes.
"The revenue department's intelligence wing is either un-intelligent or dishonest. Otherwise, is it possible for any finance minister to shamelessly admit that in this country of 1.2 billion people, only 42,800 filed returns with income of more than Rs.1 crore?" Prabhakar said.
"The policy appears to be: Forget those who never file returns, squeeze those in our net."
Tax experts said there was, indeed, a stipulation that a person who has been overseas has to file returns. "But asking information for the year that has already gone by even from the salaried and interest income earners, definitely shows an overbearing attitude," said Prabhakar.
Tapati Ghose, partner with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, added: "Given that disclosures are required for the financial year 2014-15, one would need to collate and analyse the expenses incurred on the trips made in the recently-concluded tax year."




2 years ago

The more columns you are required to fill, the more likely the chance of making mistakes and the more likely the IT department will harass you for the error pertaining to a few hundred rupees. Through PAN, when the government has sufficient information about an individual's bank account, proper compilation of data by the IT department will make this sort of info unnecessary.

Except condemning us to a life of drudgery, these new measures will do nothing to stop black money holders particularly in the real estate field. The BJP's main backers i.e the educated, employed middle class are getting more and more disillusioned at the mindset of BJP leaders.

Mr Jitendra

2 years ago

1) There are 85 crore adults in India who are of working or are already working and earning.

2)There are 17 crore PAN cards issued till date.

3) Around 3.5 crore tax returns are filed every year in India

4) Out of 3.5 crore, some 2.5 crore are salaried individuals

So this clearly indicates that new forms will critically target the salaried class.
Instead of including more and more people into the tax compliance and tax return filing, they are trying to do the reverse.

Complete failure by either bureaucracy or government or both!

Bugs can solve India's uranium dilemma: Expert

India will import 3,000 tonnes of uranium from Canada in the coming five years as per a deal inked between both countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the country


The exploitation of bugs to extract and process uranium from low-grade ores can help India generate fuel for nuclear reactors in a sustainable and eco-friendly way, an expert said here on Friday.
India will import 3,000 tonnes of uranium from Canada in the coming five years as per a deal inked between both countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the country.
"The quantity of uranium which we require is insufficient in India because we have got low grade ores and the quantity of uranium is very low inside that," Abhilash, a scientist at the National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, told IANS here.
NML is a CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) institute.
"We need more amount of fuel that's why we have signed agreements with Australia, Canada and other countries so that we can take uranium and use as fuel. Micro-organisms can solve the problems of uranium extraction from low-grade ores in India," Abhilash said.
He said that by harnessing micro-organisms to leach uranium (a process called bioleaching) from ores, India can ensure indigenous uranium production to feed the planned nuclear reactors.
"We can use our own resources and it is sustainable. We use the bacteria available in the mines," the scientists said here on the sidelines of a conference here.
Explaining the process, Abhilash said the particular species of bacteria can be harnessed to convert the uranium in the ores to a usable form called 'yellow cake'.
"We have the ore which contains iron and uranium both and this bacteria, growing proficiently on iron, takes the iron which is soluble and converts it into further soluble form like an oxidant. This helps in converting uranium to another form of uranium which is in solution."
"What industry does is that... they precipitate it and make yellow cake which is radioactive. This ore is not radioactive. So they pack it and send it to Hyderabad. In Hyderabad, we have Nuclear Fuel Complex," he said, adding that the technology is eco-friendly.
Established in 1971, the Nuclear Fuel Complex is a major industrial unit of Department of Atomic Energy, for the supply of nuclear fuel bundles and reactor core components.
"This technology also can be a parallel technology for those kind of raw materials where we have extracted uranium ore in the solution, we can purify it and give the yellow cake to the Complex," he said.
However, the "single demerit" of the process is that private players cannot have access to this technology.
"We can't have private players working in this technology. We only need Indian government because uranium being a strategic material we can only have the government's participation," he said.
Abhilash said the procedure has been applied to two tonnes of ore so far and the scientists are now scaling it up.


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