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What India Should Do Urgently for Public Health
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” — Winston S Churchill
 
Public health is the health of the public—the common man/woman on the street. Medical education, the governments in all countries and the powers that be are all after sickness-care and the vaccine industry. In essence, a doctor should be trained for keeping the public healthy. What are the basic tools of keeping people healthy? The essence of good health is a strong immune system—our inner healer and protector of our health. Indians used to believe that the immune system is needed to protect us only against germ invasion and not as a guard against chronic, lifestyle diseases. I used to believe, and have a hypothesis, that the immune system guards against almost all diseases—from common cold to cancer.
 
This was my hunch; but a new study gives credence to that view—that a sturdy immune system could protect us from heart attacks, despite conventional risk factors like high blood pressure which, incidentally, has been proven to be of not much use in predicting a heart attack. After studying a group of patients with high blood pressure, researchers found those with higher levels of certain antibodies had a lower risk of heart attack—regardless of other risk factors. They suggest that a blood test to measure antibody levels could help assess a person’s risk of heart attack. The study found higher blood levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin (IgG) were linked to lower risk of heart attack in a group of people with high blood pressure. This study was from Imperial College (London) and is published in the journal Ebiomedicine
 
Lead author Dr Ramzi Khamis, a consultant cardiologist and clinical research fellow at Imperial College, was of the opinion: “Linking a stronger, more robust immune system to protection from heart attacks is a really exciting finding. As well as improving the way we tell who is at the highest risk of a heart attack so that we can give them appropriate treatments, we now have a new avenue to follow in future work.”
 
While this gives us better tools to build our immune system as the foundation of public health against all ills, it reaffirms the Ayurvedic faith in the inner healer to preserve health, right from infancy. On a given day in this world, there might be a few million people sick, while the vast majority of the six-odd billion are healthy. My hypothesis helps the healthy to remain so thereby reducing the rising costs of disease-care in our present medical-care claptrap, most of which is driven by human greed to make money out of fellow human misery, what I call unethical commerce!
 
Having defined the problem, we have to explore how we can maintain a good immune system living in an unhealthy atmosphere obtaining today in this world driven by industrialisation and chemical poisoning of even our crops from seeds to manure! Indian wisdom had it that boosting the immune system is a guard against almost all ills. That is why the elaborate panchakarma procedures were built into its therapeutic regime. That is for the management of an individual; but the society, as a whole, needs the following for the rich and the poor alike. That said, I must hasten to add that a healthy mind is a good immune booster and a strong insurance against illnesses. Frustration, depression, anger, pride, jealousy and super ego are powerful immune depressors. 
 
Public health can be vastly improved by providing clean drinking water for all; (the bottled reverse-osmosis water could be dangerous as it takes away minerals that might be there in the water and also makes the water marginally acidic in pH); three square meals a day for the lowest of the low—uncontaminated by human and/or animal excreta; roof over one’s head for the poor; a toilet for every house; and proper sewage system for all places.
 
“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” — Kurt Vonnegut

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COMMENTS

Vikas Singh Gusain

4 months ago

Good Information, https://www.policybazaar.com

Anand Vaidya

4 months ago

The gov must ban or tax heavily (200%?) cola/sugary drinks, junk food - both Indian (sweets, fried) as well as imported/western (pizza, burger etc).
Kids must be taught good food and hygiene habits instead of drilling the achievements of Akbar or how great the Mughals were...
Employers can be encouraged (tax breaks?) to hold screening camps, provide sports/gym facilities
Promote Yoga, swimming etc. by providing points which can be used as marks in academics

Mahesh S Bhatt

4 months ago

Health is the first Wealthy Value.Your Body is Temple & Yoga is Light in thy Temple.Please donot abuse pollute with smoke/fermented alcohols/drugs & unhealthy food.Use healthy detox techniques like reading books/movies/games/prayers/good friends & boy or girl ,young or old,live & love animals & strangers too.Stay simple. View Winning Attitudes for Altitudes at www.youtube.com. Om Shanti Mahesh

D S Ranga Rao

4 months ago

''Public health can be vastly improved by providing clean drinking water for all; (the bottled reverse-osmosis water could be dangerous as it takes away minerals that might be there in the water and also makes the water marginally acidic in pH); three square meals a day for the lowest of the low—uncontaminated by human and/or animal excreta; roof over one’s head for the poor; a toilet for every house; and proper sewage system for all places.'' None of them is achievable without corruption and mis-governance being rooted out root and branch. Take the case of drinking water. Whereas the government is duty bound to provide safe and clean drinking water to one all, it has miserably failed to do so for the last 68 years of Independence, having given in to all sorts of political pulls and pressures in encouraging bottled-water plants, thus making the drinking water a commercial commodity much to the benefit of their political cronies. Next, the primary health care: Nowhere in sight. If it were strong and good enough, why lakhs of women and children die every year during pregnancy, child birth, or before the age of 5 of a child? What about malnutrition of children, rampant in tribal areas? So, unless these basic issues are addressed adequately, India cannot become a super power simply by blowing its trumpets in the world fora.

AMAN HANDA

4 months ago

SUPER

AMAN HANDA

4 months ago

SUPER

AMAN HANDA

4 months ago

AN EXTREME POSITIVITY TOWARD'S HUMANITY

Does Airtel’s Open Network Mean Anything?
Have you seen the new Airtel ad about its ‘Open Network’? I really liked the part where mobile subscribers are shown venting their grievances about several things that affect them as customers. This project aims to provide information on Airtel’s tower maps, weak spots and signal strength. But how does this help us? In any case, if there is poor network or signal, the subscriber will have to move to another area with better coverage to make a call or for using data connection. What is more important for the average mobile subscriber is good quality of voice call, or data speed and no call-drops across places, when needed. 
 
A mobile network is distributed over areas called cells; each cell is served by at least one fixed-location transceiver, known as a cell site or base station. When joined together, these cells provide radio coverage over a wide geographic area (using towers), which, in turn, allows mobile handsets to communicate with others. However, remember, each cell tower has a limited capacity to serve a particular number of customers in the area under coverage. 
 
Also, the subscriber may be moving around while using the mobile phone. (For those who wonder why the mobile battery is discharged even when the handset is not used, here is an explanation. Mobile handsets and cell towers are designed to communicate with each other after a specific period to provide the user continuous connectivity. This process consumes battery power.)
 
If there is good signal strength (often denoted by four/ five bars), and limited number of users in that area, you would be able to make calls without drops or use the Internet with higher speed. If there are fewer cell towers, or higher number of users in that area, you will not get good signals or speed. In addition, obstructions, like building or trees, thick walls, or metals, also affect the signal strength. Volume of network traffic can also cause calls to be blocked or dropped. If you think, you are in a well-covered area, the company executive will convince you that there are a higher number of subscribers in that area leading to surge of network traffic. And, believe me, this will not change, even if you change the mobile operator. So what is the solution?
 
First, decide what exactly you want to use your mobile device. If you only want to make calls, try switching your network to 2G (denoted by E) from 3G (H or H+) or 4G. This is because mobile operators have covered most areas with 2G, over the years, which means you will get good signals with less call-drops. If you want to use data connection, try to find a free Wi-Fi zone or move to another location. 
 
If there is low strength in your area, like an office or residential building, check with the company, if they can install a signal booster. Another tip is not to hold your mobile device too tightly or block the internal antenna. Remember, how a few years ago, iPhone users were complaining about poor reception? It was found that the iPhone’s antenna was placed in the area that users hold the handset. So, find out the location of the internal antenna placement in your mobile phone (from the Internet) and avoid blocking this area while making a call or using Internet. 
 
As far as Airtel’s Open Network project is concerned, it shows coverage in a particular area; but does not address issues like call-drops or no network signals or dead zone. Even if the mobile operator shows the total number of users in a particular area, it will not help the subscriber, unless she moves to another area with better coverage and signal strength. This is what is needed. Hope the telecom service-providers pay heed to this. 

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Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Satish K Neni

4 months ago

I received following response from Airtel from the last couple months. Funny part is when i check the network connectivity, the signal strength is Excellent. (Response from aitel - i am writing to you in response to your email regarding network coverage issues on your airtel mobile number 9xxxxxxxx9.
Basic your email, do realize this must be inconvenient, however, as discussed, network enhancement involves clearance, approvals from local authorities and owing to some external factors it may not be possible to provide you a time frame at this stage for resolving your network coverage concern at your area.
Please be assured, our planning team shall keep your feedback in mind for further network planning for your area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

swarnadeep dutta

4 months ago

Airtel's internet using 3G/4G recharge coupon is the worst of all service provider. Not even a single web page can be opened when required, in last two weeks time i could download only one video received through Whatsapp. Shame on you Airtel guys...

K. M. Rao

4 months ago

If Airtel , for that matter any of the Telcom companies want to be honest, first let them furnish proper bills . I find except BSNL, none of the companies furnish bills which we can make out. They never indicate simple things like how much data / calls/ sms we used, what sre the limits, how much exceeded, at what rate charges are levied etc. I really fail to understand what Airtel gained by their recent campaign.

Arun Adalja

4 months ago

worst part is they charge you for customer service call.and if you have two sim cards tariff and call rate is different.how can it be?

Ashok Dubey

4 months ago

Nothing only try to foolish the people in present time the airtel network in extremely poor.

Simple Indian

4 months ago

The biggest "googly" about the Airtel ad is that only those who are already its subscribers will be able to download the App and see the network spread and other metrics as per the ad. What about potential / prospective subscribers who want to check Airtel's connectivity first, before they decide to opt / switch to Airtel ? Moreover, there are too many factors which affect data / voice call transmissions over a mobile network, which no operator will freely divulge, even to its own subscribers. The good old time-tested way to choose the best mobile operator is to ask around and see which operator the majority uses, and opt for it. Works best in most cases.

Anil Bhatta

4 months ago

I did use the open network and complained about the poor network at my office. Airtel promptly responded and sent their staff to check out the location. The solution was to use 2G for better network coverage....lol and that they are upgrading the nearby tower

Anil Kumar

4 months ago

Thanks. I don't have Airtel so was wondering what all the advt's and hullabaloo was about. You reviewed it well with some tips !

Bankers guarded on new scheme to fix bad loans
Bankers are looking forward to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) new scheme to tackle bad loans. But they are also keeping their fingers crossed owing to its limited applicability, as also the absence of provisions to cut down lengthy legal processes.
 
Though previous tools to arrest mounting non-performing assets (NPAs) did not provide satisfactory results, bankers have started examining the applicability of the 'Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets' (S4A) introduced last month by the apex bank.
 
Crisil has estimated weak assets in the Indian banking system to touch a high of Rs800,000 crore by the end of the current fiscal. The RBI's latest Financial Stability Report suggested that the GNPA (Gross non-performing asset) ratio might rise to 8.5% by March 2017 from 7.6% in March 2016.
 
The new scheme envisages banks will need to divide the existing debt of a company into "sustainable" and "unsustainable". The sustainable part is that share of the debt that can be serviced by the company on the strength of its current cash flows.
 
As for the unsustainable amount, banks are allowed to convert that part of the debt to equity or quasi-equity instruments. The scheme provides for determining the sustainable amount of the debt through a techno economic viability (TEV) study to be conducted by an independent body.
 
The TEV study is required by the banks to understand the risks inherent in any restructuring of loans.
 
"TEV study is important for the projects, because it helps to determine which part is sustainable and which is not. There are ifs and buts with regard to S4A," said United Bank of India's Executive Director Sanjay Arya.
 
"But shortcomings or weaknesses, if any, would be detected after the scheme is tested. Not many proposals have come so far," Arya told IANS. He also felt the scheme may not impact the lengthy legal and judicial processes.
 
"The scheme is apparently fine but the huge time taken for judicial and legal processes is not going to go away," Arya said.
 
Another top banker said the applicability of the scheme to various stressed companies was being looked into.
 
"We are currently examining the applicability of this scheme to various companies under stress. So far we have not approved any proposal under the scheme," State Bank of India Managing Director (Corporate Banking) B. Sriram told IANS.
 
According to the scheme, it will cover projects that have started commercial operations and have outstanding loan of over Rs500 crore. Thus there is limited applicability of the scheme.
 
"There are different schemes available. S4A is applicable to some stressed corporates while some others will not be eligible. The scheme is good and let us see, how it pans out," said Dena Bank Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Kumar.
 
Sriram said it was a meaningful scheme for some of the companies.
 
"It gives opportunity to the promoter to restructure his business and service the debt. At the same time the scheme also ensures sacrifice on the part of promoters and incentivises the successful implementation of the scheme due to improvement in value of the company," he said.
 
In a bid to deal with stressed companies, the RBI had earlier formulated schemes like corporate debt restructuring (CDR), joint lenders forum (JLR), strategic debt restructuring (SDR), A5/25 scheme and sale of assets to asset reconstruction companies. But the level of non-performing assets has continued to rise.
 
Asked to compare the previous schemes with S4A, Sriram said: "The schemes have different purposes and benefits. They can be applied to different companies facing different types of issues."
 
Another leading rating agency was bullish about the independent TEV study envisaged by the new scheme.
 
"In the past, accounts, which were refinanced/ restructured after TEV studies, have not shown satisfactory performance," said ICRA's Senior VP and Co-head Financial Sector ratings Karthik Srinivasan.
 
The key difference between SDR and S4A lies in that while the earlier formulation prescribes change in existing promoters, S4A as such does not prescribe change in existing promoters, Srinivasan told IANS.
 
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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NARENDRA NEGANDHI

4 months ago

It looks like the government does not have the courage to dislodge the current set of promoters & hence are giving long rope in one form or the other. It is understandable that outside the industry, there may not be such a large pool of talent available to run the company but there are quite a few extreme cases which must be tackled with the takeover the control from the promoters. In many cases, just the threat too will work 7 promoters will fall in line to pay up the dues. Just find out how many promoters have reduced their own benefits/remuneration or CEO's salaries.... hardly any.

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