Citizens' Issues
Shivraj recommends CBI probe into Vyapam scam
Bowing to mounting pressure, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday recommended a CBI probe into the Vyapam recruitment scam that has reportedly claimed over 40 lives.
Addressing the media, a grim looking Chouhan said he was dispatching a letter to the Madhya Pradesh High Court requesting that the Central Bureau of Investigation be allowed to probe the scandal.
"In a democracy, the ruler should be above suspicion," he said. "There are questions in people's minds. People want to know the truth. Questions in people's minds have to be answered. 
"I bow my head to people's wishes... I am sending a request to the high court that the CBI should be allowed to investigate the case."
Chouhan, however, made it clear that he had full faith in the investigation by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) done so far which he underlined was being monitored by the high court.
Answering questions later, he said he had not discussed his decision to go for a CBI probe with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now on a visit to Central Asia.
Tuesday's announcement follows increasing number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the Vyapam scam in one way or the other. 
On June 4, Akshay Singh, a television journalist covering the story in Madhya Pradesh, died mysteriously. The next day, a college dean from Madhya Pradesh who was helping the investigators was found dead in his hotel room in Delhi.
And on Monday, a woman police trainee recruited through the state-run Vyavasaik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) was found dead in Sagar district though the police denied any link with the scam.


SC issues notice to political parties over RTI
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to all the national political parties seeking their response as to why they should not be treated as public authority for the purpose of bringing them in the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu issued notice on a plea by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) that had sought the political parties must be exposed to public scrutiny under the RTI as they play an important role in the affairs of the country.
Appearing for the ADR, counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that political parties play an important role in the formation of government, taking political decisions, including enactment of laws, having far-reaching bearing on the society and the country.
He said political parties get state funding by way of tax exemptions on their funds which they get from various sources. 
Bhushan said the political parties should disclose the source of their funding, including those making contributions up to Rs.20,000, which under the present system they are not compelled to disclose and forms a major part of their funding.



J Pinto

2 years ago

Finally the hope of Ram Rajya.

Good Governance is possible only when political funding sources are clear.

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High Cholesterol Is Good!

Do not get scared of your cholesterol levels unless you are a diabetic. In April 2015, Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism published the results of a Japanese study which shows that “as you age, having high cholesterol is beneficial. The research showed that people with the highest cholesterol levels had the lowest mortality rate from heart disease.” The report also shows that “mortality actually goes down with higher total or low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, as reported by most Japanese epidemiological studies of the general population.”
Diabetics should watch their diet to see that they do not get high cholesterol as it might expose them to usual risks of heart disease as this is diabetic dyslipidemia. But, there again, statins do not help very much. Statins may bring on diabetes in almost 47% of the people who take the drugs. Diet and exercise are the two most important ways to keep your cholesterol levels under control, at all times.

Exercise & Human Health

Exercise affects many parts of the human system that might surprise the reader. It is not for just keeping fit and thin as many people think, but reducing weight has more to diet intake than to exercise. Exercise, however, has many other benefits.
Brain: It stimulates the nerves and the grey matter and regular exercisers have better memory, less Alzheimer’s and better ability to study and do creative work. Exercise is the normal need for the body to remain healthy; but technological advances have reduced the need for exercise, making more and more people lead a sedentary and sick life. We need not have any hi-tech gadgets for exercise. Simple walking with occasional bouts of some stretches will do the job.
Blood Vessels: Exercise affects the blood vessels significantly. The one cell thick layer of the inner blood vessel wall, called the endothelium, is the one that is kept healthy by exercise. Endothelium is the area that exercise helps most. Within one day of starting exercise, endothelial cells become more active and align themselves properly along the vessel wall to function better, thus making the vessel supple and not stiff which raises blood pressure, etc. Even the secretion of EDRF (endothelium-derived relaxing factor), an enzyme intended to keep the vessel interior wide open, also helps people with existing diseases like coronary and carotid vessel diseases.
Metabolism: Studies have shown that it is much better to control diabetes with diet and exercise than with drugs. Exercise does not have to be strenuous as many people believe. Even regular exercise makes diabetics get better.
So, the common notion, that exercise is better to the body muscles alone, is no longer tenable.

Female Libido Booster

After repeated rejections of the efforts of the manufacturer of the much-touted female libido booster, Flibanserin—known as the female Viagra—was finally approved by 16 against 7 votes at a recent Food & Drug Administration (FDA) meeting in the US. Even those who voted for it said that the effect could be, at most, marginal! Those opposed saw its significant side-effects like severe dizziness, headaches, dangerous hypotension, and even what is called the coronary steal syndrome that was typical of Viagra. In addition to all these, we must add the possibility of significant changes in brain chemistry of dopamine and its associates. The long-term side-effects are only to be dreaded.
The downside of this new development is the strong lobbying by American feminine rights activists. Now, science is also becoming another political tool. 

Novel Method for Knee Joint Pain Relief

The loss of fluid inside the knee joint capsule is the one that helps the bones to destroy their tip inside joint making the pain more severe. Now researchers have found an effective visco-supplemental fluid whose single injection into the joint might give the patient relief for as long as six months. Time alone will tell us about the effectiveness of this new method of treatment regime for osteoarthritis. 


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