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Getting Away with Murder!
 
BMJ (British Medical Journal) reports that scientific fraud is rampant and nothing has changed lately to curb it. The respected journal was reporting on the big fraud by a drug major in the United Kingdom, having tentacles in the United States also, about the dangerous side-effects of one of their top selling anti-depressants—Paroxetine—which was known to them, right from day one. That drug may have killed millions by now; but the drug company has been fined a pittance—of $3 billion—while it has made 10 times more profit by selling that drug for years.
 
The argument against ordering closure of the company is that the drug industry will suffer and that will adversely affect the economy. Do I understand that human life is of no consequence compared to corporate profits? Do governments exist to protect their interests at the cost of millions of lives? What sort of message are we sending out to the world? Make money—big money—and you can get away with mass murder!
 
Statins: New Dangers
 
Latest research has thrown fresh light on this darling of Big Pharma and their agents in the guise of doctors.
 
Statins are known to accelerate ageing and damage the DNA and, possibly, shorten the length of the telomeres at both ends of the chromosomes. They, of course, damage the muscle, encourage diabetes in normal human beings to the extent of 10%-47% per year and affect mental functions. Still, friends in my profession refuse to believe that they are not good drugs for human use.
 
Is Schumann Resonance Changing?
 
The Schumann resonance (SR) is the electromagnetic energy encircling this earth derived from the sun’s energy circle. This affects human magnetic energy also—along with that of the earth. This was described to be around 7.8 hertz (beats per second) or so by Indian sages of yore which was reconfirmed by science recently. This is what gives us energy for all our activities. This also affects brain activity by controlling the brain waves. 
 
Lately, Russian receiving stations have been receiving mixed signals of the Schuman resonance frequency going up and also having frequent fluctuations. This is good and bad news. This change will make our cognitive functions better and we will be able to think better; but, at the same time, it might make us jittery and depressed. However, the best part of the whole exercise is that this change might make us wiser about our past and future happenings!
 
Aspirin and Cancer
 
Anew study from the Netherlands claims that aspirin can reduce deaths due to many cancers especially the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract cancers. This is too premature a study and cannot be solely relied on; but one can keep track of many such small studies coming out in the near future.
 
“The study included 13,715 patients who received a GI cancer diagnosis between 1998 and 2011. They were followed up for a median of 48.6 months. Of these patients, 42.8% had colon cancer, 25.4% had rectal cancer and 10.2% had cancer of the oesophagus. To determine how aspirin use after a GI cancer diagnosis impacted the overall survival of these patients, the researchers linked patient data with drug dispensing information from the PHARMO Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In this study we analysed each separate prescription per patient, and therefore we were able to achieve a more exact estimate of the effect of aspirin on cancer survival,” notes Dr Martine Frouws. Usually, such studies are funded by drug companies. Researchers have to deliver positive results when they claim large sums of money as research grants. 
 
Has science become a money-spinner? Researchers help drug companies with positive studies and governments help them by condoning dangerous drugs from being released into the market with prior knowledge of their side-effects which are blinded from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). The poor patient is at the receiving end.

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Infosys to roll out GST network soon
Software major Infosys will soon implement the central government's ambitious project to network the country for its Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection, a senior official said on Monday.
 
"As the sole vendor for the five-year project, we will set up the network across the country connecting all states and operate it for the new tax collection system," Infosys chief operating officer U.B. Pravin Rao told reporters here.
 
The IT bellwether recently bagged the $200-million (Rs.13,130 crore) multi-year deal from the finance ministry in a competitive bid, outsmarting four other contenders, including rivals TCS and Wipro.
 
"The project involves designing and developing software applications and hardware for the network system, installing it in states, integrating it with the existing infrastructure, training personnel to operate and maintain its ecosystem," Rao said on margins of the company's briefing on financial results for second quarter (April-September) of fiscal 2015-16.
 
The GST rollout will depend on the passage of its bill by parliament. It is held up in the Rajya Sabha for want of political consensus although the Lok Sabha had passed it during monsoon session in August.
 
"GST is yet to become a law, as its bill is still in parliament. We, however, want to execute the project for its rollout in time as the government is keen to implement it from April 1, 2016," Rao said.
 
As the Modi government is keen to enforce the new tax system from next fiscal (2016-17), the ruling NDA will take up the 122 amendment bill, 2014, in the upper house during the winter session of parliament and build consensus with opposition parties.
 
The ministry had set up a GST Network firm to provide the technology backbone to rollout the GST system and link the databases of states with its server in New Delhi.
 
The system will also enable taxpayers to register their permanent account numbers (PAN) and file tax returns and process payments online in a bid to check tax evasion and widen the tax base.
 
The network will facilitate traders with turnover above Rs.10 lakh per annum to register on the website without verification by state tax departments.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Mahesh kumar Aneja

1 year ago

It will be a great achievement of govt if it succeeds in implementing GST wef 1-4-2016 despite obstacles put by some political parties

Dell to buy EMC for $67 bn in largest technology deal
In what is considered the largest technology acquisition in history, computer maker Dell announced Monday that it is buying cloud computing and storage giant EMC for roughly $67 billion in cash and stock.
 
"We're creating an unbelievable powerhouse of an enterprise company," Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell told CNBC announcing the deal with MSD Partners and Silver Lake.
 
"This is really all about bringing together complementary technologies and helping our customers address the challenges and opportunities that this digital future is creating," he said.
 
EMC stockholders will receive about $33.15 per share in cash and a type of stock that is linked to "a portion of EMC's economic interest" in its VMware business, which will remain an independent, publicly traded company, the companies said in a statement.
 
The transaction marks the largest technology sector deal on record, topping US chipmaker Avago Technologies' $37 billion offer for rival Broadcom, CNBC said. That deal is still in process.
 
The acquisition of EMC is seen helping Dell diversify from the stagnant personal computer market and give it the scale to attack the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for businesses.
 
EMC will have a "go-shop" provision that will allow the data storage company to seek out other buyers and give EMC a discounted breakup fee if it finds a more desirable deal, EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci told CNBC.
 
"We will do our duty to make sure we get the best deal for our shareholders and time will show," he said.
 
According to technology site wired.com, here are the previous big technology deals.
 
Dell - EMC (2015): $67 Billion; HP - Compaq (2001): $25 billion; Facebook - WhatsApp (2014): $19 billion; HP - EDS (2008): $13.9 billion; Symantec - Veritas (2004): $13.5 billion; Google - Motorola Mobility(2011): $12.5 billion; Oracle - PeopleSoft (2005): $10.3 billion; HP - Autonomy (2011): $10.3 billion; Microsoft - Skype (2011): $8.5 billion; Oracle - BEA Systems (2008): $8.5 billion; Oracle - Sun Microsystems (2010): $7.4 billion; Microsoft - Nokia (2013): $7.2 billion.
 
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