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Raja conspired with others to favour ineligible telecom firms: ED
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday told a special court hearing a money laundering case related to allocation of 2G spectrum that former telecom minister A. Raja had conspired with other accused to grant telecom licences to ineligible firms.
 
For this, Rs.200 crore was paid by promoters of Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd., using their group entity Dynamix Realty, to Kalaignar TV, through Kusegaon Realty Pvt. Ltd. and Cineyug Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. (Cineyug Films), ED's Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover told Special Judge O.P. Saini during final arguments in the case. 
 
This amount was given in the garb of legitimate financial transaction, that is as loan/share application money, he added. 
 
Grover further said that the payment was in reality illegal gratification for and on behalf of Raja and his associates in lieu of illegal favours extended to the STPL for the grant of Unified Access Services (UAS) licence.
 
The ED further said that its investigation has revealed that the return of Rs.200 crore has been shown along with an additional sum of money in order to show this illegal payment as legal and bona fide financial transactions.
 
The amount was returned on the date Raja was summoned for questioning by the Central Bureau of Investigation. 
 
After hearing the prosecution for a while, the court posted the matter for July 27 for further arguments. 
 
Along with Raja, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal and others are facing trial in the money laundering case relating to the allocation of 2G spectrum.
 
The accused have been booked under various sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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‘Scientific’ Mumbo-Jumbo

Western medical industry’s reputation is based on emergency room quick-fixes which are marketed as godly acts of doctors and hospitals

 
When human illness and misery nets trillions of dollars for the rich and the powerful, would they allow society to be healthy and well? Governments with altruistic designs are also muzzled by these industrial barons who want to keep their treasure chests intact at any cost. On a recent morning walk, an old acquaintance commented on my recent article on cancer treatment and its costs: “Doctor, you are barking up the wrong tree in this arena as all stakeholders there want society to be ill and not well. You, on the contrary, are swimming against that popular and powerful current. You are a ‘philo-sufferer’!” When I asked him what he meant, he told me that my philosophy only makes me suffer. He pointed out that I had coined that word in one of my earlier writings.
 
Now, things are falling into place. I was wondering why the cancer industry wants to maintain the prices of simple cancer drugs so high that most patients go bankrupt by the time they die, after taking all those drugs. Do these drugs get any one cured of their disease? The answer is a big NO. The greatest contradiction in this world is that we still call our system ‘healthcare system’! 
 

The hospital industry is no exception. “Never make money in a sick room,” was the advice of the founder of modern medicine, Hippocrates. How can a hospital become an industry, then? But that is the most thriving industry and their owners are celebrated in society. If one wonders how the modern Western medical industry came to earn this reputation and respect, one would soon see that it is because of emergency room quick-fixes which are marketed as godly acts of doctors and hospitals. Most quick-fixes work in an emergency situation but long-term audits do not show them in good light. 
 
A recent study showed that over-investigation and over-intervention seem to be the biggest curse on seriously sick patients in the intensive care units (ICUs). The study published in JAMA (The Journal of American Medical Association) Internal Medicine, in December 2014, shows that certain high-risk heart patients stand a better chance of survival if they go to a hospital when all its cardiologists have all left town. The journal’s editor, and University of California San Francisco cardiologist, Dr Rita Redberg, said “it was a relief to know that patient outcomes do not suffer when cardiologists were away at meetings.” Many studies in the past had shown how death rates fell significantly when doctors were absent in hospitals where juniors and nurses ran the show. These results prompted the British Medical Journal to write an article entitled: “Doctors going on strike will improve society’s health”.
 
Another trick is condemning anything that does not belong to their industry in sickness care. While drugs like Imatinib, which costs a fortune for the patient, is being hailed as a panacea for certain cancers (although the inside audit does not permit that opinion), better drugs, like kitchen-fresh turmeric which contains many powerful tyrosine-kinase receptor blockers, the main chemical in Imatinib, is condemned and discarded. 
 
It would be an eye-opener for those who believe that modern medicine is scientific: modern Western medicine, which began as sorcery, witchcraft, mumbo-jumbo and so on 5,000 years ago in the Nile Valley, started being described as ‘scientific’ in the early part of 20th century.
 
Business power succeeded over truth with the (in)famous Abraham Flexner report of 1910 which gave medicine its ‘scientific’ label. Truth is that Western medicine is non-science and power play.
 
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)

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SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

My Guru Mokichi Okada (Japan) had said all this about Western Medicine was back in the 1920s when he discovered an alternative means of healing (Okada Finger Pressure Therapy or Jo Rei).

Organiser of 2010 World Cup admits paying $10 million to FIFA
The former president of the local organising committee for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Danny Jordaan, admitted that the organisation he headed paid $10 million in 2008 to FIFA, although he denied that it was a bribe.
 
Jordaan's remarks, published on Sunday in the Sunday Independent, comes days after an FBI investigation accused top FIFA officials of receiving $10 million from South Africa in exchange for their support in the final vote to choose the host country for the 2010 world soccer championship.
 
Both the South African government and the South African Football Association, of which Jordaan -- who was recently named mayor of the city of Port Elizabeth -- is president, have denied that any payment was made in exchange for votes to organise the Cup.
 
According to Jordaan, the $10 million was paid to the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football -- CONCACAF -- to promote the development of soccer in the region.
 
The president of CONCACAF at that time was Jack Warner, who was also the president of FIFA and who, according to the FBI investigation, took the alleged $10 million bribe in exchange for voting for South Africa and securing the support for that country's candidacy from two other voting members.
 
With the votes of Warner and two other directors, who are said to have received part of the money, South Africa beat Morocco by 14-10 in the final balloting held in 2004.
 
"How could we have paid a bribe for votes four years after we had won the bid?" Jordaan rhetorically asked the Sunday Independent, denying that the money was paid to buy the votes of Warner and his two alleged accomplices.
 
According to the paper, CONCACAF was the only regional soccer federation in the world to receive funds from South Africa's 2010 World Cup organising committee.
 
Warner was arrested last week along with other FIFA officials implicated in the corruption scandal.

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