Typhoon Usagi leaves 25 dead in China, chaos at Hong Kong airport

Bullet trains from Guangzhou city to Beijing are suspended.  Winds were strong enough near Shanwei to blow cars off the road as Typhoon Usagi, the world’s most powerful storm this year, hit China

Typhoon Usagi has killed at least 25 people after crashing ashore in southern China, throwing the region’s transport systems into chaos and leaving tens of thousands of airline passengers stranded in Hong Kong.


Schools and businesses were shut as activity in the normally teeming financial hub slowed to a crawl after Usagi punched a long swathe of Chinese coast with torrential rain and winds of up to 165km (103 miles) per hour during the night.


The deaths were reported by Chinese state media after Usagi, which meteorologists say was the world’s most powerful storm this year, made landfall in Guangdong province northeast of Hong Kong yesterday evening, prompting the highest level of alert from the National Meteorological Centre.


The reports by Xinhua news agency and CCTV did not say how the 25 people were killed but said all the deaths were in Guangdong after the typhoon brought down trees and damaged roads.


Bullet trains from Guangzhou city to Beijing were suspended and Xinhua said that winds were strong enough near Shanwei to blow cars off the road. More than 47,000 fishing boats were in harbour and schools were closed in 14 coastal cities.


Usagi had previously killed two people in the Philippines and unleashed landslides and power outages across southern Taiwan at the weekend as it ploughed through the Luzon Strait with ferocious winds and heavy downpours.


Monsoon rains exacerbated by Usagi brought flooding on today to the Philippines capital Manila and nearby provinces.


As the typhoon bore down on Hong Kong, operators shut down one of the world’s busiest sea ports and nearly 450 flights were either cancelled or delayed as Cathay Pacific and other airlines imposed pre-emptive suspensions.


The Observatory said it was the strongest typhoon to brush Hong Kong since 1979. Tens of thousands of people had their travel plans upended with ferries and trains also disrupted, while Cathay said it expected flights to start resuming only from noon (0400 GMT) on today.


Many passengers were milling around Hong Kong airport hoping to rebook their flights, but hand-written signs in Chinese and English warned them that there was little chance of getting standby seats on flights out today and to check back later.


Officials in Hong Kong, which is well versed in typhoon preparations, said that 13 people were injured during the storm, while more than 60 trees had fallen.


Major thoroughfares were empty and signboards swayed in the wind early today, but some residents ignored official warnings and headed out to the coastline in raincoats to brave the wind.


Last week, Usagi killed three people in Vietnam.


Public Interest Exclusive
Supreme Court says Aadhaar not necessary for essential services

The centre and state governments must not insist on Aadhaar from citizens before providing essential services, the apex court ruled

In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Monday has ruled that Aadhaar or the unique identification (UID) number, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)'s ambitious scheme, is not mandatory to avail essential services from the government.


Various state governments have been insisting on making Aadhaar compulsory for a range of formalities, including marriage registration, disbursal of salaries and provident fund among other public services.


While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by retired Karnataka High Court judge Justice KS Puttaswamy and advocate Parvesh Khanna questioning the legal sanctity of Aadhaar, the apex court said, "The centre and state governments must not insist on Aadhaar from citizens before providing them essential services."


A Bench of Justices BS Chauhan and SA Bobde also directed central and the state governments not to issue the Aadhaar to illegal immigrants.


While trashing the Centre's claim of Rs50,000 crore expenses on the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project, the Bench said that Aadhaar number is not necessary for important services.


In the petition, Justice Puttaswamy had sought an immediate stay on the implementation of the UID scheme. He said, "The scheme is complete infraction of Fundamental Rights under Articles 14 (right to equality) and 21 (right to life and liberty). The government claims that the scheme is voluntary but it is not so. Aadhaar is being made mandatory for purposes like registration of marriages and others. Maharashtra government has recently said no marriage will be registered if parties don't have Aadhaar cards."


The petitioner asserted that the issue required a meticulous judicial examination by the Bench since it raised questions not only over the government's authority to implement the scheme, but also highlighted the perils of the manner of its implementation.


The Bench accepted his arguments and agreed to hear his contentions on the interim stay as well on while asking the centre and state governments to file their replies.


In its reply, the Centre had earlier claimed that for an Aadhaar card, consent of an individual was indispensable and hence it was a voluntary project, with an objective to promote inclusion and benefits of the marginalised sections of the society that has no formal identity proof.


In July, replying to an un-starred question in the Lok Sabha on 8 May 2013, Rajiv Shukla, minister of state for parliamentary affairs and planning said, "Aadhaar card is not mandatory to avail subsidized facilities being offered by the Government like LPG cylinders, admission in private aided schools, opening a savings account etc."


Earlier in February, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had said that looking at the difficulties in enrolment, it has decided not to make the UID or Aadhaar number mandatory for its over five crore members.


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The dark side of UID-1: Weaving a web of worries around U, I and Destiny of the nation


The Dark Side of UID-II: Why the west dumped biometrics

Is UID anti-people? 9-part series

The database state –Part1

A bundle of contradictions, misconceptions & mirages-Part2

Tall claims and tomfoolery of UID-Part3

Does the implementation smack of corruption and negligence?-Part 4

Why UID is impractical and flawed “Ab initio”–Part 5

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Ramesh Iyer

3 years ago

Aadhar Card / No is mandatory in Delhi to avail of many govt subsidies under various schemes. Will the Delhi govt now revert to earlier procedures ?
Won't be surprised if the UPA govt passes and ordinance to overrule this SC verdict as well !

Sukanya Rao

3 years ago

Strange though it may seem, on 25th Sept 2013, 'Udayavani' a kannada newspaper said that the Karnataka Government says that Aadhar is compulsory for receiving LPG subsidy and other benefits from the Government. Government does not agree with the Supreme Court! Who does the common man believe in?


Dayananda Kamath k

In Reply to Sukanya Rao 3 years ago

supreme court may have to constitute a monitoring bench to initiate immediate action for contempt of court by they are misusinag their position as elected representatives to protect their own interest than for which they are elected. election commision should debarr all the political parties and their representitives in last two parliaments from contesting elction for life.


3 years ago

Aadhar was actually Aadhar to Nandan Nilekani jisane lagaya hame "Chandan" Plss ensure he should not win from Banglore south seat


3 years ago

Ammendment to "Peoples Representation Act" is blow to the democracy. Pls don't redefine Democracy as "Demon-Carazy"


3 years ago

Now no use crying over the Spoilt milk. This Supreme Court ruling like all 'system cleansing public interest rulings viz; "Disqualification of jailed/convicted Reps" ,"RTI Coverage of Political parties' etc etc. the Government is either getting the law passed in Parliament to thwart the Apex court rulings or issuing "Ordinances"( when Parliament is not in session). News is that the Cabinet Committee has already prepared a necessary amended law to "protect the applicability of AADHAAR".
Such attempts by the Govt. in power ,even of the bills which are pending for consideration of the Parliament's Standing Committee, are nothing but an abuse of the Constitutional Powers .

Geoffrey Allen

3 years ago

My father is aged 86.. and my mother 85.. and both have difficulty walking or going out of the home... Everything was going on fine till this wretched Aadhar Card came along.
They both have 1) Passport 2) Ration Card 3)Driving Licence (though they do not drive now)4) A Voters ID Card...5) Pan Card...and what not kind of ID Cards made over the years. Now all of a sudden Life is becoming miserable for them.
The Gas distributor says that hence forth the Gas Cylinder would be given only if they have an Aadhar Card. Given their age they are not comfortable with Mobile phones and therefore have a Landline at home. For all purposes these authorities insist on having a Landline phone as a proof of your address.... but here was this Gas distributor fellow who was saying that "from now on you cannot book it over the counter or by phone but have to send an SMS to make a booking. I really dont understand what kind of a torture is this. Both are not earning and live off their children.. and to add salt to injury in this ripe old age... the distributor guy is saying.." When you book a Cylinder you will have to pay the full amount first and only then will the subsidy amount be credited to your bank account.
Oh! me oh my... where is this country headed?



In Reply to Geoffrey Allen 3 years ago


Please see You might have to work a bit but please put the effort. You can still avail LPG without aadhar.


3 years ago

If Govt has spent MONEY
Down went MONEY ,
With poor run in by Nilenkani,
Yet it is your MONEY
It is my India,HONEY!!!!


Nataraj Kailasam

3 years ago

Aadhar can never be a success in this country. It's implementation is fraught with many difficulties. In a country where poverty rules and a sizeable section of the population is illiterate, it is simply not conceivable in the near future to have aadhar cads issued to. All citizens and even more difficult will be the linking to their bank accounts. We should not forget that banks are grappling with the problem of extending banking services in rural areas to further financial inclusion. Banks have their own problems , like shortage of staff, I viability of branches, not be I g able to open requisite number of ATMs etc.
This is not going to be agame chAnger- instead it. Could lead to the mother of all scams-- the biggest banking scam in the country.

Dayananda Kamath k

3 years ago

there is bigger scam in adhaar card also. as per the scheme and tender for adhaar enrolemnt people need not provide the copy of their is the duty of service provider to take copies of the douments and only original is to be carried by the person. they have taken tender taking into consideration this cost while aplying for tender but now they have insisted for copies to be provided by the individual a cool profit of rs. 2 per adhhaar card. calculate the loss to the people for billions of adhaar cards issued and yet to be issued. court shoud look into this aspect also and disgorge the amount pocketed by the serviceproviders. and take action for fraud on people against the concerned agencies and govt officials whohave failed to impliment the scheme. and kot


3 years ago



Geoffrey Allen

In Reply to PRABHAT 3 years ago

They dont care for the loss.... their only concern is to come back to power by hook or by crook

Jeetendra Agarwal

3 years ago

We must be optimistic and this judgement has reposed the faith in the judiciary.
If someone feels the government will overrule the Supreme Court Judgement and do whatever they feel like then I have only one comment to make " The people of the country Deserves the government they have..."
Accept the govt or change it.....


3 years ago

What will become evident, as the years roll by, is whether the Supreme Court will prevail or the Government will. Going by the precedents of the last Sixty Six years, checks and balances and "rule-of-law" have no meaning in India. Even the High Courts do not heed the rulings of the Supreme Court and it costs a fortune to draw the attention of the Supreme Court. In this situation, the Govt will do whatsoever it pleases. The hapless citizens will comply with Aadhar to avoid harassment today thereby empowering Government to harass and extort all the more. tomorrow.

arun adalja

3 years ago

really goverment wasted tax payers money and the fellow who decided this project must be fined heavily.think twice before you waste public money.

Apurba Lal Kundu

3 years ago

Citizens of India will never get there Aadhaar Cards as Most of the Aadhaar Cards are thrown at garbage dump boxes I have still not received my Aadhaar Card from UIDAI. My own brother's Aadhaar Card is received from a Kirana Shop of our Area, who was selling Daily needs item wraped in it.

Priya Desai

3 years ago

This important judgement should work as a strong warning to the governm,ent before launching any such so called initiative. Earlier MAPIN requirement was a huge blunder under which a very large number of investors were waylaid to obtain one spending time, money and energy. we are not aware what happened of the fees collecxted which should have been returned to people forthwith. Same has been teh ADHAR story. When will this government start using crores of public money judiciously and with accountability?

What causes obesity and bulimia?

Fear, anxiety and mental overload are causes for obesity in human beings. How should one lead a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent obesity and bulimia?

Obesity, increase in bodyweight disproportionate to the height with excess fatty deposits under the skin, has become a menace to society, especially in the affluent West. It has reached its zenith in the US, where almost every person seems to be obese. It has become a good money-spinner for the pharmaceutical, technology and the food industries. Most of the quick-fix methods if not all are only tall claims. Some of them are downright risky and has the potential to kill. The fear of obesity and the mad rush to slim down has resulted in many Western girls developing a new disease, bulimia.


The low carbohydrate (low-carb) diet seems to be the latest fad. It is estimated by The Times magazine that nearly 1,558 low-carb products have been introduced in the US alone, in the last two years, with estimated sales of more than $30 billion a year. There are hundreds of other low fat, high-protein, diets that not only ruin one’s health but also increase anxiety levels. It is not what one eats that kills but one’s negative thoughts, the very heavy mental flab that kills. The overwhelming evidence points to the primacy of the mind in the causation of all killer diseases. Obesity is no exception.


Many of us overeat when we are depressed and/ or not happy. Similarly, many people lose weight and find it difficult to eat when they are troubled by extreme anxiety and guilt. While modern medical science says: “you are what you eat,” the science of spirituality says: “you are what you think.” This wisdom is the essence of Ayurveda that has existed for centuries. The bija mantra, the foundation of Ayurveda, is: “Prasanna aathma indriya manaha, swastha ithyabhideeyathe.” As long as the mind is free from all the dangerous negative thoughts and is filled with universal love, good health will be guaranteed. Patanjali’s Yoga Shastra, with its advocacy of the sattvic diet and chitta vritti nirodhah (control over ones greedy desires), would be the ideal recipe for an ideal body weight and good health.

Mary Baker Eddy wrote a treatise Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures wherein she quotes extensively from the Bible. In Luke's Gospel, Jesus says, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes." This counsel about food anxiety sounds extraordinarily contemporary. The Bible talks about the inner hunger for spiritual satisfaction that might be at the root of either overeating or self-starvation. It is the mental obesity that manifests as physical obesity. The holistic approach to obesity starts with spiritual management. That, when coupled with a sensible simple diet, would cure obesity permanently.

“Feast on giving. Happiness consists in being and in doing good….only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness: conscious worth satisfies the hungry heart, and nothing else can," writes Mary Baker Eddy. “We can dine on the reality that we are God’s own children,” wrote the Christian Science Monitor. Inquest Foundation, Bangalore is spreading the message of obesity management through spiritual means without the crazy diets and weight-reducing gadgets.

The message in Verse 96, in Sura V, of the Holy Quran is that food is less important for human health than righteousness.

In short, all the scriptures proclaim that it is the man’s mind with his awareness of his higher duties to God’s creations that determines one’s happiness or ill health. If one unloads the mind of all destructive negative thoughts and makes sensible changes in life style, then one quickly realises that not only obesity but all other physical illnesses will get corrected. While there is no pill for every ill, every pill has an ill following its prolonged use.

(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for Cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London.)



Vishrut Ramesh Patel

3 years ago

yes Prof, Your article is too good.
Two months ago i decided to eat right food instead of following diet plans i replaced my bad food habits and started eating healthy food nmostly natural fruits,nuts and salads, i lost my extra 5 kgs too.. and now i feel fresh and good everyday.

Madhu Menon

3 years ago

You're making Deepak Chopra sound sensible, and he's as much of a quack as they come.

Jagbir Singh

3 years ago

Dear Prof. Dr. BM Hegde ji, I find all of your articles very informative, give whole new perspective of medicine and health. They are like fresh air in the midst of manipulative, harmful, loaded information coming from all corners of media. Please keep writing.



3 years ago

really good article

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