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Death Due to Breathing

Some time back, a study showed that pollution in our capital city, Delhi, is killing its citizens, especially children. A similar study done in Bengaluru also showed that the southern city was inhospitable for children below five. The changes and the effect on their bodies carry on to adulthood; and now we know that evolution is primarily environmental and not genetic. Though the Delhi study could be criticised on many counts as not being perfect, the fact remains, even without that study, that these landlocked cities are becoming death holes as they are bursting at their seams with fossil-fuel wastes and other pollutants, like pollen in Bengaluru. Wake up Arvind Kejriwal, do something to save the children of the city which gave you all its votes!

Cancer and Its Environment 

Cancer is a bunch of aimless, jobless, wandering mutated cells that eventually settle down in one organ or place in a human body. They are our own cells and are not demons from the outer world. Why our own cells become our enemies is a million-dollar question. The new theory of evolution gives credence to an old hypothesis about cancer being an environmental insult on our system. Hypoxia, acidic environment and cell necrosis are our enemies vis-à-vis cancer.
Given this background, chemotherapy, radiation and mutilating surgery do not seem to be the logical treatment for cancer. Logically, then, natural good oxygen supply by physiological breathing, avoiding acidic food and making the biggest environment of man, his mind, tranquil would go a long way in a preventing cancer and also in curing it. 

‘Tobacco Does Not Kill’

How on earth does a politician suddenly become a scientist overnight? A member of Parliament (MP) has come out with such startling data from his ‘study and observation’. Initially, in the 1950s, even scientists were not convinced about the link between tobacco and mortality. Doll and Hill at Oxford did painstaking research to connect the two and thousands of lives have been saved from possible tobacco deaths. Even if the MP feels that tobacco and cancer and not related, he cannot deny that smoking will eventually lead to disabling emphysema that the smoker feels s/he is in hell on earth with incapacitating breathlessness.

Just a Slogan

‘Prevention is better than cure’ is a good business slogan to net more and more healthy individuals under the drug and intervention umbrella for the health of the disease-care industry. Health promotion is far better than cure and intervention at a late stage. Health promotion is to give the populace good food, clean water, sanitation, education, economic empowerment and female education for the good of the next generation.
When one applies disease statistics to healthy people, up to 25% of them become sick (false positives). That is why less people die in places with fewer doctors per capita and lesser specialists. Doctors going on strike had cut mortality and morbidity significantly in the past, in many countries! Let nature teach us our science and let us not teach our science to nature.


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India Inc. can outsmart Chinese goods: Havells India

The chairman and managing director of the Rs8,000-crore group, which counts Sylvania, Standard and Crabtree in its stable of brands, said at the facility in this Rajasthan town that the threat of unhealthy completion from Chinese electrical goods was no longer relevant


With manufacturing at the core of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign and labour costs in China eating into margins, India’s electrical goods manufacturers see little threat today from cheap imports, says Havells India chief Anil Rai Gupta.
“The competition will be there. But the threat of unhealthy competition is over. We offer a much higher quality, ‘Made in India’ products at competitive costs,” Gupta said, launching his group's power-saver range of “Lumeno” LED lights and “ES-40” fans in this Rajasthan town, some 120 km from the national capital, over the weekend.
The chairman and managing director of the Rs.8,000-crore group, which counts Sylvania, Standard and Crabtree in its stable of brands, said at the facility in this Rajasthan town that the threat of unhealthy completion from Chinese electrical goods was no longer relevant.
Manufactured at its Hardwar plant in Uttarakhand, Havells -- which has entered its 40th year of operations -- also showcased the ES-40, claimed to be India’s first 40-watt fan, costing less that Rs. 2,000. "It can cut household electricity bill by as much as 17 percent."
Conventional fans consume around 75-80 watts and account for around 35 percent of a household's electricity consumption in India. Replacing one conventional fan with ES-40 can save a consumer, who runs a fan for 16 hours a day, up to Rs.1,020 a year.
The company also introduced at the event a new range of miniature circuit breakers, residual current circuit breakers and electrical safety devices, under “Euro-II” series for Indian market and said these were entirely "Made in India".
“The faith in Indian manufacturers is growing with maturity of consumers. They are no longer looking for low-quality, cheap products. They are buying products that give them higher returns -- both in terms of longevity and energy savings," Gupta told IANS. 
"This explains the increasing popularity of our products even in Tier-III cities and rural areas," he said. "Innovations at three levels - branding, distribution and manufacturing technology -- have helped tide over the challenge posed by cheaper alternatives in the market."
Gupta said in innovation and manufacturing, Havells set up plants comparable to the best in the world with global scale of operation, besides putting in place efficient manufacturing systems required to produce such quantities of high-quality goods at low cost.
“Innovations at all these three levels have been the driving force that has helped us post double digit growth over the past five years. We compete with both domestic and low-cost products from countries like China,” Gupta noted.
“Our return on capital and return on equities has been the highest in the industry.”
On the LED lighting segment -- a Rs.850 crore market in India, slated to grow at 45 percent annually -- Gupta said his company has set a target of Rs.600 crore of revenues over the next two years. “LED will be at the core of our strategy for the lighting and fixture segment.”
Havells also claimed a 14 percent market-share in the highly competitive, Rs.5,500 crore fan market. It has targeted Rs.1,000 crore revenue and 16 percent market share in this segment over the next two years.


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