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Exercise well, eat healthy to charge up your kidneys
New Delhi : Eating healthy and exercising regularly can check the risk of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure -- the key factors responsible for development of kidney disease, said an expert on the occasion of World Kidney Day on Thursday.
 
"High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and regular intake of common anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can increase the risk of developing kidney diseases -- a serious condition in which the kidneys fail to rid the body of wastes. Kidney failure is the final stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD)," said Dr Sanjeev Gulati, director (nephrology) at Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital in New Delhi.
 
Nearly 50 percent of people who suffer from high blood sugar levels are prone to the risk of kidney disease. 
 
In addition, people with a high blood pressure -- that is, upwards of 140/90 mmHg -- are also at high risk of developing kidney problems.
 
"Further, the blood flow to the kidneys is impaired as a result of excessive smoking. Smoking reduces the normal functioning of kidneys and increases the risk of kidney cancer by 50 percent," Gulati told IANS.
 
"Healthy lifestyles should be adopted early in life to keep kidney diseases at bay," he added.
 
Healthy eating habits include limited intake of salt, reduced amount of processed food and increased consumption of home cooked meals and drinking adequate amount of water.
 
"These can keep an individual's weight under control as well as prevent diabetes, heart diseases and other ailments that are associated with kidney disease," Gulati said.
 
An exercise regimen suitable for optimum fitness levels should be maintained. However, overexerting oneself when one is not fit and healthy can put a strain on the kidneys, and sometimes even cause excessive breakdown of muscle tissue, the expert advised.
 
Public awareness, especially among schools, teachers and parents, is essential to check the increasing problem of kidney diseases.
 
"Moreover, annual check-ups are necessary for people above 40, and especially for those suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure," Gulati said.
 
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Singapore is world's most expensive city
Singapore : Singapore has been ranked the world's most expensive city to live in, a survey released on Thursday showed.
 
Hong Kong has moved up in the ranking to the second place with Zurich in Switzerland, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
Singapore had the highest score of 116 while Zurich and Hong Kong had 114, the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) latest report on worldwide cost of living showed. 
 
These increases are set against a backdrop of global volatility, with falling oil and commodity prices as well as currency devaluations and geopolitical uncertainty playing a part, said the report.
 
Only eight cities of the 133 surveyed saw their ranking position remain unchanged in the last 12 months. 
 
Shanghai is now as expensive as Tokyo, which was the world's most expensive city most of the times in the last two decades.
 
Despite drastic declines in many Eurozone locations, Paris remains the fifth most expensive city in the world. 
 
The US dollar has reached 10-year highs, pushing up the cost of living across the US compared to other locations, especially ailing Latin American countries. 
 
New York is now among the 10 most expensive cities globally for the first time since 2002.
 
South Asian cities continue to offer the best value for money. Cities in India and Pakistan account for five of the 10 cheapest cities. 
 
The bi-annual survey by EIU compares over 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. 
 
These items include food, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport and utility bills. 
 
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Anand Vaidya

12 months ago

But quality of life (pollution, civic amenities, taxation, cleanliness, lack of corruption, ease of doing business etc) in Singapore is vastly superior to places like Mumbai & Delhi!

The cost of living must consider that factor too...

India unveils new licensing, pricing norms for hydrocarbons
New Delhi : Taking up some long-pending issues in the oil and gas space, India on Thursday approved a new policy for their exploration, while also defining the norms for pricing of existing and new discoveries made in difficult areas.
 
Briefing reporters on the decisions taken at a meeting of the cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the petroleum minister said the new oil and gas exploration policy will now be based on a revenue-sharing model, as opposed to cost-and-output-based norms earlier.
 
The difficult areas for which the new pricing norms have now been formulated are defined as those from deep-water, ultra deep-water and high pressure-high temperature areas. Such areas were not considered when prices were fixed for normal gas discoveries in 2014.
 
The bulk of such fields are with Reliance Industries and state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp.
 
The oil minister said production sharing contracts on some of the discovered fields could not be signed during last two decades due to a number of reasons, including arbitration proceedings, court cases, observations by the official auditor on "gold plating" of costs and alleged scandals.
 
"Resources worth more than Rs.261,000 crore will be brought into production as the result of today's cabinet decisions," Pradhan said. "The decisions will also go a long way in generating employment, enhance transparency and reduce administrative discretion."
 
He said the new exploration licensing policy will allow production of both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, including shale gas, under a single license. "It also provides for marketing freedom for crude oil and natural gas produced from the blocks."
 
Among the other decisions of the cabinet pertaining to the oil and gas sector, a Rs.8,000-crore outlay was provided to extend subsidised cooking gas to 50 million poor families in the name of the woman member, and the extension of contracts for 28 older hydrocarbon blocks.
 
This apart, the cabinet cancelled the award of the Ratna and R-Series field in 1996 to a consortium of Essar Oil and Oil Pacific UK.
 
In his budget speech last month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the government will extend incentives for the discovery and exploration of gas by providing companies the freedom to market the output.
 
"India is blessed with rich natural resources including oil and gas. However, their discovery and exploitation has been below our potential. Imports of hydrocarbons occupy a large share of India's total imports," Jaitley said.
 
"As part of our drive towards self-sufficiency, the government is considering to incentivise gas production from deep-water, ultra deep-water and high pressure-high temperature areas, which are presently not exploited on account of higher cost and higher risks," he said.
 
He said companies will be provided calibrated marketing freedom, and also a pre-determined ceiling price discovered from global benchmarks.
 
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