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Himachal Pradesh sets up helpline to report corruption
The vigilance and anti corruption bureau in Himachal Pradesh has launched the anti-corruption toll-free helpline, an official said on Friday.
 
Any case of corruption can be reported on the telephone numbers 0177-2629893, a government spokesperson told IANS.
 
He said people can also use 1064 as the helpline for anti-corruption complaints in the state.
 
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Government moves on organ transplant facilities
Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday said the government has taken some decisive initiatives to accelerate the number of organ donations and to open organ transplant facilities at all major government hospitals.
 
He also urged the people to voluntarily endorse and take part in organ donation. The minister admitted there has been a delay by the government on the organ donation issue, and said his ministry has decided to impart training in organ and tissue transplants at the government hospitals. 
 
"We have also decided to train the paramedics in hospitals and sensitise them about organ donation, so that they can further pitch about the issue in the society," Nadda said at the sixth Indian Organ Donation Day at Vigyan Bhavan here.
 
"Of course, there has been a delay by the government towards promoting organ donation but the decisions we have taken in the last one year will make this cause a meaningful activity," he added.
 
Several organ donors and their families from across the country were awarded on the occasion.
 
The minister called upon NGOs and voluntary organisations to come forward and work with the health ministry.
 
According to the health ministry, India needs around two lakh kidney donations every year but less than 7.000-8,000 donations are possible at present.
 
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Why men prefer knee-jerk reactions
I was scolded by a friend named Kyra who said that the biggest cause of problems today was people handing out instant punishments without consulting trained negotiators like herself
 
Now that my children are all on Facebook I don't punish them for misdeeds any more. I just tag them on old family pictures I upload of them pooping at the poolside and the like!
 
But I was scolded by a friend named Kyra who said that the biggest cause of problems today was people handing out instant punishments without consulting trained negotiators like herself.
 
She gave this example: France and Iran negotiated a world-saving deal to halt nuclear proliferation last month but fell out over arrangements for the celebratory meal. The Iranian president insisted on an alcohol-free dinner while the shocked leader of France flatly refused to eat without wine.
 
"I would have simply moved the joint meal part of the ceremony to breakfast: problem solved, world saved," Kyra said. Good point.
 
After talking to her, I saw knee-jerk reactions wherever I looked.
 
A reader sent me a report about a woman in Britain who found a text from her husband's mistress on the phone he'd left behind. So she sold their house before he got home from his business trip. (Her parents had paid the home-loan deposit so the house was in their names.) The hapless husband arrived back to find strangers living in his home, said the report from the Birmingham Mail newspaper.
 
Now you have to admit that that instant punishment was risky. What if the "message from the mistress" had been a thoughtless, insensitive prank from the husband's buddies, a fair possibility given that thoughtlessness and insensitivity have been proudly upheld as the defining attributes of the male sex since time immemorial? (See Caligula, Nero, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun et al)
 
The following day, a worrying example came from China. A reader sent me a news clip about a young woman who had an argument with her parents. She punished them by moving to an Internet café far away, where she stayed for 10 years.
 
I am so hiding that article from my children. Ten uninterrupted years playing computer games would be their idea of heaven. May be I'll even lay off the embarrassing pooping pics for a while. The repercussions might be hard to explain to the wife. Wife: "Where are the kids?" Me: "They've all moved to some Internet café in China. Mmm, nice and quiet, isn't it?" She would probably refuse to see the positive side of it.
 
But the main reason to avoid knee-jerk reactions is that you'll regret them later. I'm sure the following conversation happens in many families these days. Dad of newborn: "Darling, we've decided that we are going to keep you away from screen-based entertainment so that you can have a healthy, active childhood." (Time passes.) Dad of two-year-old: "Darling, meet Mr Tablet Computer. You can call him New Daddy."
 
Kyra the negotiator says that when you are upset with someone, you should write down how you feel, fold up the paper, put it into a locked chest - and then use the chest to beat your enemy to death! Okay, I made up the last bit, but in mitigation, I would just like to point out that I am male.
 
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