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TRAI releases draft direction on broadband services
New Delhi : The Indian telecom watchdog on Wednesday released draft directions on delivering broadband services in a transparent manner.
 
In the draft directions, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked all telecom service providers rendering fixed broadband services to state on their website and also in all advertisements published through any media, the data usage limit with specified speed.
 
It also asked them to provide the speed of broadband connection up to a specified data usage limit and the speed of broadband connection beyond the data usage limit.
 
For mobile broadband, the telecom regulator said the data usage limit with specified technology (3G or 4G) for providing services has to be specified.
 
The TRAI also said the service providers need to mention the technology (3G or 4G) offered for providing broadband services up to a specified data usage limit and the technology (2G, 3G or 4G) offered for providing broadband services beyond the data usage limit.
 
The regulator also asked the service providers to ensure that download speed of broadband service provided to the fixed broadband subscriber is not reduced below 512 kbps in any broadband tariff plan.
 
It also asked the service provider to alert subscriber when his data usage reaches 80 percent of the data usage limit under his plan and ensure that such alert is provided to the fixed broadband subscriber at each login after data usage crosses the said limit of 80 percent.
 
"Send alert to the subscriber either through SMS or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) on his mobile number, registered with the service provider or to his registered email address, each time when the data usage by the subscriber reaches 80 percent and hundred percent of the data usage limit under his plan - and furnish compliance report by the (date)," the draft direction said.
 
The TRAI has sought comments from the stakeholders in this matter.
 
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80-member Maharashtra family pledges bodies, organs
Palghar (Maharashtra) : An 80-member joint family living in Agashe village near Virar in Maharashtra has suddenly come into prominence after all of them voluntarily pledged to donate their bodies or organs and tissues.
 
Headed by retired farmer Baptista Lopes, the East Indian Christian family was inspired by a talk by Puroshottam Patil-Pawar, the chief trustee of the Bapusaheb Patil-Pawar Charitable Trust which runs NGO Dehmukti Mission that creates awareness on eye and cadaver donations.
 
Starting with the 82-year old patriarch Baptista, four members have already signed pledges to donate their full bodies, while the other 76 will donate organs or tissues.
 
"Around 20-odd family members either live or work elsewhere, but they have agreed to come and pledge their donation in due course," said Baptista's son Elvis Lopes, a 60-year-old retired private company employee.
 
The Lopes family is one of the rare and huge single joint families in the coastal Konkan region with around 100 members living peacefully and happily in one single wadi in Agashe village, around five km from Virar station.
 
"When we heard Patil-Pawar's simple and scientific explanations on the benefits of body or organ donation, we were impressed and convinced to do our bit. In fact, on January 10, when most of my family was present, a majority raised their hands in the auditorium," Lopes told IANS.
 
Speaking to IANS, Patil-Pawar said: "The Lopes family asked me to speak about the topic on which we are campaigning and creating awareness. It was on January 10, when the family was marking the 25th death anniversary of their former patriarch Bascao Dinya Lopes who died in 1991 at the age of 79."
 
After that, around 60 Lopes family members filled up forms pledging tissues like eyes and skin, and organs like blood, lungs, kidneys, intestines, heart, pancreas, liver, bones and bone marrow, and four members including Baptista pledged their full bodies.
 
The rest, some not living there currently, or the 12 minors -- the youngest to pledge is only 12 years old and others including school and college going children -- have announced their intention to sign up after they become majors.
 
Charged by the cause, Patil-Pawar said the Lopes family members were now enthusiastically reaching out to other villagers and also their own distant relatives in other parts of Maharashtra and elsewhere to make similar pledges.
 
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Meenal Mamdani

10 months ago

What an inspiring story. I wish more families would choose to honor their loved ones with such priceless gifts.

I am forwarding this article to my family members and friends to motivate them to do the same.

Brush your teeth twice a day and revitalise your heart
New Delhi : What have brushing and cleaning your teeth to do with your heart? A lot, say health experts, suggesting that taking care of your teeth and gums will not only help keep oral hygiene or make you smile better but also save your heart from various heart diseases.
 
Gum disease can be a reason for heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation.
 
"Swelling caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack", said Dr Subhash Chandra, chairman (cardiology) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in the capital.
 
Dr Chandra recently treated Neelam, an 18-year-old girl who was diagnosed with endocarditis (suffering from leaking heart valve). The infection in her heart valves was caused by mouth bacteria.
 
Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's valves or inner lining. It occurs when germs get into the bloodstream and settle inside the heart, often on a valve.
 
The infection is usually caused by bacteria but in rare cases it is seen to be caused by fungi.
 
Not brushing the teeth increases the bacterial count in the mouth which can travel to the damaged heart valves to cause infection.
 
Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes.
 
Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack. The people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
 
There are two groups - namely coronary heart disease and infection in heart valves - in which the effect of poor oral health can be studied. Poor oral healthcare increases the risk of coronary heart diseases.
 
"Poor oral health increases the risk of infection in heart valves, especially in case of pre-existing damage in the heart valve. With such a condition, the infection due to poor oral health can reach to the already damaged heart valves, causing an infection there too." explained Dr Tapan Ghosh, director (cardiology sciences) at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon.
 
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a mandate to maintain good oral healthcare. It is always advisable to go for a regular dental checkup in order to maintain a good oral health.
 
"One of the biggest mouth-heart connections is related to gum disease. The spread of infected bacteria by swollen and bleeding gums not only destroys the structure of teeth jawbones but can also cause heart attack," the experts cautioned.
 
Gum disease which is called "gingivitis" in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages is caused by plaque build-up along and below the gum line.
 
"Apart from heart attack, poor oral health hygiene may result in various serious health consequences as respiratory infections, diabetes, poor nutrition, osteoporosis and stomach disease like gastro-intestinal infection, H Pylori, gastritis and stomach cancer," added Dr Ramesh Garg, head (gastroenterology) at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi.
 
So next time when you ignore brushing your teeth, hear the voice of your heart!
 
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