28 April 2011

The ancient art of yoga appeared to halve the number of episodes of a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation also improved quality of life, lowering levels of the anxiety and depression

In a small preliminary study, the ancient art of yoga appeared to halve the number of episodes of a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.
Three sessions of yoga a week also improved quality of life, lowering levels of the anxiety and depression which often plagues patients with this condition, according to research to be presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans.
"These are exciting results," said Dr. Raul Mitrani, director of the cardiac rhythm device clinic at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Although it didn't cure atrial fibrillation, he added, it did seem to cut the number of "a-fib" episodes.
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27 April 2011

Fasting for 24 hours may cut your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

LONDON: It seems your grandmother was right  fasting for a day is good for your health. And, now a study says that going without food for 24 hours may cut your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Researchers have based their findings on an analysis of health and habits of over 200 residents in Utah. X-ray scans revealed narrowing of arteries in 75% of those who didn't fast. Clogged arteries affected 63% of those who said they often skipped meals.
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26 April 2011

Decrease in protein levels in kids a sign that the child will develop diabetes.

A study has found that the decreasing blood levels of a protein that helps control inflammation could be a sign that a child will develop diabetes.
Georgia Health Sciences University researchers are looking at blood levels of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, or IL-1ra, in children because their genes put them at risk for type 1 diabetes.
They are also looking at diabetic mice missing IL-1ra to see how the protein deficiency affects immune function and destruction of insulin-producing islet beta cells.
“We want to know if we can use IL-1ra levels to identify children who will soon develop the disease, then use IL-1 inhibitors to prevent it,” Dr. Sharad Purohit, biochemist in the GHSU Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine, said.
IL-1ra helps reduce inflammation and Purohit’s preliminary evidence suggests that low levels predict inflammation is increasing and the immune system is going to attack insulin-producing cells. 
Il-1 inhibitors already are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, where inflammation destroys joints. Clinical trials are underway in type 1 diabetes and to see if an inhibitor can halt the islet cell destruction that occurs in type 1 diabetes as well.
Dr. Jin-Xiong She, Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine said while acknowledging the inhibitor may improve type 1diabetes outcome, GHSU scientists want to know if it can also be used preventively.
IL-1ra competes with its counterpart IL-1beta for the IL-1 receptor. In type 1 diabetes, inflammation-promoting IL-1beta appears to be winning.
“It’s a balance; it’s a competition. There is always a balance between beta cell production and destruction and any process that can change the balance can push you to disease or help you recover from it,” she said. 
“In this case, we believe that knowing the balance is off can actually help prevent disease,” she added.

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India's highest civilian honour- the Bharat Ratna for batting maestro Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

The demands to decorate batting maestro Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar with the country’s highest civilian honour- the Bharat Ratna – has gained momentum ever since Team India lifted the prestigious Cricket World Cup trophy after toppling Sri Lanka in the finals held in Mumbai.

Voices in favour of Sachin are coming from all walks of life and several former cricketers, eminent sport personalities, Bollywood stars and even political parties have now joined the chorus to bestow him with the top honour.

Going by Sachin’s extraordinary accomplishments and the numerous accolades, which this living legend has won for his team and India, he is already a "Bharat Ratna" in the eyes of his admirers whether he actually gets it or not. So felicitating him with the country’s top civilian honour will just be a fitting tribute to this God of cricket for achieving many milestones in his over two-decade long career.

The demand to decorate the batting maestro with the Bharat Ratna was first made way back in the year 2003 by the Shiv Sena and seconded by the then Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Murli Manohar Joshi.

The talks to confer upon him the Bharat Ratna again gained momentum after Sachin became the first batsman in the history of One-Day International Cricket to score a double hundred. Sachin achieved this rare feat, while tearing apart the strong fielding set-up by the South African team at Gwalior in February 2010.
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The government is replacing all engineering entrances, including Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) and All India Entrance Examination for Engineering (AIEEE), with one National Aptitude Test (NAT).

The reform is likely to benefit more than 10 lakh students every year, who at present have to take multiple examinations to get into engineering courses.
In a meeting, which was attending by the directors of IIT Delhi, Kanpur and other engineering institutions, the government broadly agreed on “one nation one examination” policy. Dr T Ramaswamy, secretary, department of science and technology was entrusted the job to re-look at the test methodology of selecting students and have a common system for admission. According to sources, NAT will be similar to the single medical entrance test that the Medical Council of India (MCI) will conduct from next year.
The state governments may not approve the idea of NAT and the IITs do not want the JEE system to be destroyed. “You already have a good system working, why destroy it,” an IIT director said.
During the last meeting of the IITs council, there was no consensus on having a single entrance examination for admissions. Seven out of 15 IITs favoured having a separate “add-on” examination in addition to the NAT. However, HRD minister Kapil Sibal is of the view that if IITs have an additional exam then nothing stops other institutions like planning and architecture colleges etc to have their own exams.
The Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister in its recommendations has also favoured a single entrance examination for engineering.
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20 April 2011

10 tips for guaranteed weight loss that will set your weight straight, and help you adopt some really healthy, weight-friendly habits for life.

Decide how much weight you need to lose - Most people start their weight loss journey by claiming to be xyz kilos overweight. This isn't a healthy way to project or aim for weight loss. Calculate your desired weight against your height by using reliable methods like the BMI, and set a healthy weight loss target. This is often half the battle won.

Time management - This is quite often overlooked. Decide which part of your day will be dedicated to exercise, when in the week you will stock up on groceries, and when you will do the cooking - all within your current work and home life routine. If you don't do this now, your days will be rushed and unplanned, and you won't be able to sustain your weight loss efforts.
Stock your kitchen - Keep your house well-stocked with fruits, vegetables, healthy meats, grains, cereals, spices, and flavourers. Follow our tricks to healthy cooking, cooking vegetables for the week, and low-fat cooking posts to understand how best you can stock your kitchen with healthy and delicious ingredients. All of this will go into helping the next step - cooking healthy meals at home.

Eat healthy homecooked meals - Whether it's you who's cooking, a family member, or house help, ensure that every one practises healthy cooking methods, and ingredients. Ask any person who's lost weight the healthy way, and you will always hear about how healthy homecooked meals were a big reason behind it. Use less oil, low salt, fresh produce, and you'll start seeing results in no time.
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Diet fizzy drinks and other artificially sweetened beverages do not cause diabetes

A study has found that diet fizzy drinks and other artificially sweetened beverages do not cause diabetes, as had previously been thought.

Researchers at Harvard University said that while regular soda and other sugary drinks can increase a person's risk of diabetes, drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks, coffee or tea will not.
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No. 1 best selling car of the world: Maruti Suzuki Alto has left behind worlds’ top selling compact models like Volkswagen Gold in Germany, Fiat Uno and Volkswagen Gol in Brazil in 2010

The best selling small car of India, Alto has beaten all cars in the world to become no. 1 best selling car of the world.  In the race, it has left behind worlds’ top selling compact models like Volkswagen Gold in Germany, Fiat Uno and Volkswagen Gol in Brazil. 

During calendar year 2010, Alto sold 3,00, 956 units.  Whereas VWGol sold 2,93,738 units and Gold sold only 2,51,078 units. 

This is the first time when any Indian car model has outsold global best sellers.
Alto, which was launched in September 2000, has been a big success story from day one.  It has sold cumulative 16.68 lakh units till now.  Since financial year 2005-06, Alto has been the Number One selling car model in India. 

Alto crossed its first 1 million sales mark in just eight years, November 2008, making it the fastest 1 million units selling car of India.

“Today, Alto along with another sibling called Alto K10 launched in August 2010 sells average 32,000 units a month.  In March this year, it sold over 38,000 units.  During just concluded fiscal 2010-11, Alto alone has sold around 3.47 units.

This is over 1/4th of Maruti Suzuki’s total sales of 12.71 lakh units from all models during the fiscal. It also reflects a growth of 47 per cent in Alto’s sales compared to 2.35 lakh units sold during fiscal 2009-10” informs Shashank Srivastava, Chief General Manager (Marketing), Maruti Suzuki India Limited.

Some other records of Alto in India:
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05 April 2011

Sachin Tendulkar's finest and unforgettable memories,celebrations,innings, shot, catch and spell of the 2011 World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar talks about his finest memories of the 2011 World Cup where he finally fulfilled his lifetime dream of lifting the coveted trophy.

Unforgettable  dressing room moment:
The moment the winning runs were scored, I jumped. Viru (Sehwag) who was next to me, jumped too. We were sitting in the dressing room and praying.

Unforgettable part of the celebrations:
When we got the trophy in our hands and the popping of champagne. Also, when the team lifted me with the tri-colour in my hand. That was the ultimate feeling.

Unforgettable innings that you played:
I was batting really well against South Africa, but in terms of importance, it's got to be the one against Pakistan.

Unforgettable innings from your teammates:
There were many! The one Viru played in the first game against Bangladesh, Yuvraj Singh played many, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli... all the guys chipped in.

Unforgettable bowling spell:
Zaheer Khan bowled some very important spells. In the semi-final, Ashish Nehra bowled well. Munaf got some important wickets too. Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin bowled well too. Everyone has chipped in. That is why I call it a thorough team performance. Everyone did their job and somewhere they made an impact.

Unforgettable captaincy move:
We set a 6-3 field against Pakistan at Mohali. Their opening batsman, Mohammad Hafeez tried to play a sweep shot off Munaf Patel and got caught behind. I thought that was the turning point of the match.

Unforgettable catch:
The one Viru caught off Shahid Afridi. The match was very much alive then because Misbah & Afridi were batting and we needed two-three big overs at that stage, so that was an important catch. An easy one, but important.

Unforgettable tense moment:
There were many moments when we were really tense especially in the last three matches....we knew there would be no second chance. There were many moments like that.
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Most memorable moments of Cricket World Cup 2011

The whole cricketing world knew about his dream of lifting a cup. He even featured in an advertisement talking about his thirst for the cup. There was a fear in some that Tendulkar might be under too much pressure with all this talk going around. As it turned out, it proved an inspirational mantra for the team; win it for Tendulkar. They did it, and right in the end, they carried him on their shoulders and went on a victory lap around the Wankhede. It was almost a cathartic moment for the previous generation for whom the fate of matches would be decided with the fall of Tendulkar. Kohli summed it up the best: "Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years; it was time we carried him."

Completing a non-violent century

All along, and even ahead of the tournament, Mahela Jayawardene was talking about the itch to perform on the big stage. He had a relatively quiet tournament until he waltzed into the World Cup hall of fame in the final with a soul-stirring century that will rank with the very best. With Kumar Sangakkara's exit, Sri Lanka were teetering but Jayawardene took over in some style. There was no violence in a knock filled with sublime strokes as the touch artiste showcased his art on the biggest stage. Only, at the cusp of his hundred did he play a powerful shot; he backed outside leg and smashed Zaheer Khan over mid-off to bring up his hundred. He skipped down the track in joy, pumped his fist, raised his bat towards the dressing room and then his eyes searched for his wife in the crowd.

Au revoir pace king and spin wizard

Shoaib Akthar didn't quite get a farewell game but his last big imprint on the world stage was a tribute to the journey from an all-out fast man to a bowler with brains. He slipped in a wonderful offcutter to breach the defences of Jayawardene to set Pakistan on course to a satisfying win.

Muttiah Muralitharan didn't sparkle in the final, but on the final delivery in his last game at home soil on almost one leg, he provided a final moment of wonder. He ripped an offbreak to trap Scott Styris in front to trigger a collapse. At the end of it all, he walked off the field, holding his cap in the air and sporting that famous smile that the world has come to know and love.

The sledge and the choke

The sledge came from Daniel Vettori, never known for his sledging. Faf du Plessis was just involved in running out AB de Villiers in the quarter-final and Vettori swooped in on the crime scene. He let du Plessis know the magnitude of the run-out and watched, without interfering, his 12th man Kyle Mills rip into the batsman. It was a stunning moment, precisely, and only because it featured Vettori. It wasn't just a mindless sledge but a mental disintegration tactic from a normally quiet man who knew the moment was ripe for the famous choke. And it was. South Africa slipped into a free-fall to a bottomless pit of despair.

Yuvraj's war cry

Yuvraj was the first of the brash youth from the new India that entered the sombre Indian cricketing scene a decade back. However, he threatened to self-destruct numerous times making people sigh and wonder whether he would ever utilise his bundle of talent. His moment of the World Cup came after he had shepherded India through the quarter-final chase against Australia; he went down on his knee, swung his bat like a sword and let out a scream. It wasn't quite redemption, for he has been a stellar performer in ODIs for a while now, but it felt like a coming-of-age moment. The boy who refused to grow up had finally become a man.

The awe-inspiring moment

It came from Ricky Ponting. Castigated for his Ashes losses, criticised for running a leaking ship, tormented by his own lack of form, he was almost stumbling into an abyss when he faced up to the Indians in the quarter-final. It wasn't a flamboyant knock but it had grit, bloody-mindedness and a sense of occasion. The hundred came with a quiet tuck to the leg side and there was no overflow of emotions; he raised his bat, didn't even remove his helmet and barely smiled. The job was yet to be done, not only in that game, but also in the future to revive Australian cricket.

Pakistan rally around Shahid Afridi's roar

Surprisingly, not many experts rated Pakistan as top contenders and while their victory to end Australia's World Cup-winning streak would be savoured, it was their win against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament which really brought them under the arc lights. Shahid Afridi completed his transformation from a marauding hitter to an intelligent bowler in this game. He ripped a lovely loopy legbreak that dipped rapidly on Thilan Samaraweera, who was sucked out of his crease and was stumped. Afridi roared his signature celebration - the forefinger points to the sky before the two arms spread out and the chest pumps out as he waits for his team-mates to envelop him with a hug. No one took them lightly after that win.

The entertaining cameo

It was from England, who proved the most entertaining team of the tournament, providing several thrilling moments. In many ways, Jimmy Anderson captured the image of England in this World Cup. Often he was awful but there were moments of magic that kept him, and England alive, in the tournament. In the game against South Africa who were chasing 171, he knocked out JP Duminy's off stump with a ripper; it swung, it straightened, it was unplayable and it took out the off stump. With Duminy's exit, South Africa sank.

The comedy of errors

Who else but Kamran Akmal to provide it for us. He dropped the New Zealand batsmen, especially Ross Taylor, so many times that it made him a cult hero/villain. It led to numerous Kamran jokes and one of the gems was this: "What's Kamran's pick-up line? Can I drop you somewhere?!"

The brutal wake-up shot for a cliquey sport

The Associates were being hounded out by the ICC and captains of established nations weren't sympathetic to their cause when Kevin O'Brien played a soul-stirring knock to shock and awe the cricketing public. He had just reached a 30-ball fifty and just when perhaps England might have hoped that it would be just a good, but meaningless, cameo, Kevin played the finest shot of his astonishing innings. He savaged a delivery from Tim Bresnan and sent it screaming over the extra-cover boundary for a breathtaking six. That shot announced his ambition. He wasn't just going to be satisfied with a half-century; he was gunning for a hundred and a victory. And he achieved both.

The innocent, and emphatic, shot

It was a 148.5 kph slinging thunderbolt from Shaun Tait, short in length and outside off stump. Facing it was a Canadian teenager Hiral Patel. It demanded respect but got a resounding slap. Hiral shifted his weight back, lifted his front leg in the air and walloped it over extra cover for a thrilling six. "He was savage on us," Ricky Ponting said later. It was a shot of intent from a boy of an Associate team that might do wonders for Canadian cricket. Much like CK Nayudu's sixes against Arthur Gilligan's XI on MCC's first official tour of India in 1926 did to increase the popularity of cricket in India.

The anger of the emotional crowd

The sub-continental populace, barring Sri Lanka to an extent, can be a very emotional lot. India and Pakistan cricketers have had their houses stoned by angry mobs in the past and it was now the turn of the Bangladeshi people to go on over-boil. Their team was battered by West Indies and they couldn't take it. Their anger stirred a small unruly mob who stoned the team buses. Chris Gayle tweeted in anger, the Caribbean region reacted in dismay, the cricketing world was shocked and the majority of Bangladesh was embarrassed. A nation was let down by a small number of miscreants but a sizeable number landed up at the airport next day with placards of apologies.

The crowning glory

MS Dhoni had a poor average of 22.38 from 11 World Cup games before the final. However, in a pressure-cooker situation, with the game hanging in balance after the exit of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli, he pushed himself ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh and seized the moment. The shot of Dhoni's innings was a wicked upper-cut six over point off Thisara Perera but it is his second six, the winning hit, that will be played for eternity on television channels and in the minds of the Indian fans - particularly the stylish post-six twirl of the bat. Later, he said, "If we hadn't won I would have been asked quite a few questions: Why no Ashwin, why Sreesanth, why no Yuvraj at No. 4, why did I bat ahead? That pushed me and motivated me to do well."
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India 'given wrong trophy': The International Cricket Council has been accused of giving the wrong World Cup cricket trophy to India after their dramatic win over Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai

The whole cricket-mad country was yesterday seized by the growing controversy as it was revealed that there was more than one trophy and that India was presented with a different one from that given to previous World Cup winners. While the final was being played, that original trophy was locked in a customs warehouse in Mumbai as £30,000 of duty had not been paid by the ICC for its release.

Cricket World Cup 2011: India 'given wrong trophy'
The victorious team with the 'replica' trophy. The 'authentic' cup, left, was apparently held by Indian customs because the ICC refused to pay £30,000 duty to secure its release Photo: GETTY
Cricketing officials say that the Indian team was presented with a lookalike on Saturday night at the Wankhade Stadium. The ICC maintains that the trophy presented carried "the specific event logo of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and has always been the cup that the 14 teams were playing for".

The one impounded in customs, the ICC said, was the "perpetual trophy" used for promotional purposes which is housed permanently at the council's Dubai headquarters. "It carries the generic ICC corporate logo rather than the logo specific to the 2011 event. That [perpetual] trophy will be reclaimed ... and will travel back to Dubai with ICC staff as was always intended."

But cricketers and commentators disagreed, saying that under established custom the "perpetual trophy" was awarded to the victorious team after the final, albeit for a brief period. Thereafter, it was replaced by a replica with the ICC logo and the year it was secured. "Because the ICC declined to pay the customs duty for the cup despite earning such massive amounts from the tournament, the Indian team was deprived of being presented the real trophy," a senior cricket commentator said, who declined to be named.

Officials said the ICC refused to pay the duty on the grounds that the trophy would later be re-exported while Indian Customs said the tariff was mandatory as it was entering the country even for a short period.
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HDFC Mutual Fund launched Fixed Maturity Plan 182 Days April 2011 (1) with face value of Rs. 10 per unit : open for subscription on 5 April and close for subscription on 7 April 2011.

HDFC Mutual Fund has launched a new fixed term fund named as HDFC Fixed Maturity Plan 182 Days April 2011 (1), under HDFC Fixed Maturity Plans - Series XVII, a close-ended income scheme. The duration of the scheme will be 182 days. The face value of the new issue will be Rs. 10 per unit. The new issue will open for subscription on 5 April and close for subscription on 7 April 2011.

The investment objective of the plan is to generate regular income through investments in debt / money market instruments and government securities maturing on or before the maturity date of the plan.

The scheme shall offer two options - growth and dividend option.

The scheme would invest 60% to 100% of assets in debt & money market instruments including securitized debt. The scheme may invest up to 40% of net assets in government securities.

The minimum application amount is Rs. 5000 and in multiples of Rs. 10 thereafter.

The fund seeks to collect a minimum subscription (minimum target) amount of Rs. 1 crore under the scheme during the NFO period.

Entry and exit load charge will be nil for the scheme.

Benchmark Index will be CRISIL Liquid Fund Index.

The scheme will be managed by Mr. Bharat Pareek and Mr. Miten Lathia. 
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