Thursday, July 31, 2014


How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night.
Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...
Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on...
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!
I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a one time gift"
This was posted by Anjan Gupta of FB.
May have posted it earlier also but it is worth a repeat.

The Hedgehog story‏

Fable of the Hedgehog
It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The Hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.
After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.
The moral of the story is: 

Just learn to live with the Pricks in your life!

Sent by Arun Shroff

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

‘36 ex-ministers illegal occupants of govt bungalows’

Himanshi Dhawan | TNN 

New Delhi: Political leaders of different ideologies and hues whether S M Krishna, L K Advani, Sharad Yadav, Pawan Kumar Bansal or Dayanidhi Maran have one thing in common. They are all unauthorized occupants of ministerial bungalows, according to the urban development ministry. The data given by the ministry under the RTI shows that there are 36 former Union ministers who continue to squat on ministerial accommodation even after relinquishing office. 
    The information was given in response to an RTI filed by activist S C Agrawal. 

    Among those who have been listed as unauthorized occupants include Congress leaders like Mukul Wasnik, Ambika Soni, Ajay Maken, Subodh Kant Sahay, Saifuddin Soz, C P Joshi, Pawan Bansal, S M Krishna. BJP leaders including Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shanakr Prasad, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, M K Alagiri and T R Baalu, RJD’s Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Trinamool Congress’s Saugata Ray and C M Jatua. 
    Agrawal had sought information on which MPs contin
ued to occupy ministerial accommodation despite resign -ing from their position. In its response UD ministry’s directorate of estates said that the “primary responsibility for allotment of accommodation to the members of Parliament rests with the respective House committee (Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha secretariat) concerned. As per the existing guidelines the former union ministers who continue to be sitting members of Parliament are allowed retention of their ministerial accommodation till they are allotted their entitled category of accommodation from the respective LS/RS House committee concerned.’’ 
    The department added that they had already asked both secretariats to allot ac
commodation according to their entitlement. Among the officials who have been put on the unauthorized list by the UD ministry include former NSA Vijaya Latha Reddy, BSF director-general U K Bansal and UPSC former member Prof Purushottam Agarwal.

The BJP thinks tomatoes are only for the rich.

The condemnable remarks by BJP national vice-president and its organisational incharge for Delhi, Mr Prabhat Jha, who said that only the rich eat Tomatoes and one should not worry about its prices, reflect a sick mindset of a leader of the ruling party drunk with the arrogance of power.

Mr Jha’s remarks are in striking similarity to the insensitive language used by Congress leaders when their UPA government was in power and indicate how cut off from reality leaders of those in power appear to be.

The Aam Aadmi Party questions the BJP’s silence on a remark of its senior national leader who considers eating Tomatoes as a parameter of prosperity ?

It is shameful that a national office-bearer of the ruling party has attempted a cheap poetic banter on an issue that is suffocating the aam aadmi.

Mr Prabhat Jha has insinuated that only the rich eat Tomatoes. It is only a half truth since it is the government run by his party, which has turned Tomatoes into a rare commodity since last two months.

In the past one month alone, Tomato prices have risen by over 200 per cent in many cities, with Delhi being one of the worst hit, where the prices have skyrocketed by nearly 250 per cent and a back-breaking 300 per cent in Mumbai.

Onion prices have risen by 50 to 70 per cent. There is no fall in production or arrivals in wholesale mandis but the prices are still rising. So Mr Jha is partially correct in saying that Tomatoes are unaffordable, but the big question is who is responsible for making it an eatable for a select few with high purchasing power ?

Delhi gets its Tomato produce from Himachal, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Each of these states have been badly hit by delayed rainfall and a large percentage of the crops have failed. There has also been a plant disease.

The government has not engaged the scientific agricultural community to combat these problems. The government has also not planned in advance for the delayed rainfall or undertaken any significant irrigation overhaul.

Finally, the produce from Karnataka has stopped coming to Delhi because Tomatoes are a perishable item and could not last a four day truck journey to Delhi. The limited supply is from Himachal and Maharashtra. This shows that the government has not thought about storage and transportation as an integral part of the agricultural supply chain.

Instead of tackling such serious issues, the BJP, in keeping with its new habit of arrogance, is indulging in insensitive and arrogant and off the cuff remarks.

The BJP government has miserably failed in curbing price rise and has done no planning to cater to the drought like situation, despite the fact that India has just suffered its driest June in 113 year

The BJP thinks that tomatoes are eaten only by the rich and hence they need not care what the people pay for them.

Truly Acche din have come

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAG punches holes in Modi's Gujarat model

Notwithstanding tall development and financial management claims of the state, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)'s five audit reports on the last leg of Narendra Modi's rule as the Gujarat Chief Minister after a 12-year stint has fished out in all disputed transactions worth Rs.25,000 crore that points to fiscal profligacy and rising debt burden.
Among several other things, the CAG has questioned the Gujarat government's claim of Rs.5,570 crore revenue surplus during 2012-13 and described it as overstated. The CAG reports were tabled on the last day of the State's budget session in the assembly on Friday with the entire Opposition being suspended from the House before it staged a walkout.
The CAG report states: "The Gujarat government wrongly booked expenditure of Rs.881 crore on account of grant-in-aid and expenditure of Rs.202.27 crore on subsidy resulting in overstatement of revenue surplus to the tune of Rs.1088.57 crore". The report says that cheques worth Rs.2,667 crore were not encashed at all as on March 31, 2013 that led to overstatement of expenditure.
Mounting debt
Similarly, the auditing watchdog points out that the State's fiscal liability (or debt burden) which was around Rs.50,000 crore during the BJP- ruled Keshubhai Patel regime rose astronomically after the Narendra Modi government took charge.
"It rose to Rs.1.05 lakh crore in 2008- 2009 and is Rs.1.66 lakh crore in 2012- 13," according to the CAG. The auditor warns that increasing fiscal liabilities may lead to an unsustainable debt in the medium to long term. Coming down heavily on the State's management of its finances, the CAG has also brought to light irregularities in the form of non- or short levy, short realisation, underassessment of loss of revenue, incorrect computation, concealment and suppression of turnover worth Rs.5,411 crore over the last five years.
"Even after being pointed out, it (government) accepted only 2.93 per cent of the observation and made a recovery of only 0.17 per cent. Seven years after introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2006 some systems still remain to be finalised in the absence of which the input tax credit(ITC) availed by dealers of commodities cannot be authenticated," the CAG reports say. The arrears in collection of VAT, the report states, doubled from Rs.8,352 crore in 2007 to Rs.16,566 crore by the close of financial year 2012.
Notwithstanding allegations by the Gujarat's Modi government that the former Congress- led Union government had given a short- shrift to the state in issue of grants and other issues, the CAG has found that huge grants went simply unused. The central audit watchdog says that grants of over Rs.13,049 crore remained unutilised during financial years 1999- 2000 and 2011- 2012.
The state government's big claims of magical turnaround of public sector undertakings have also come under the scanner of the CAG that has pointed to losses of a whopping Rs.4,892 crore. " It was controllable," rues the CAG.
The reality check
CAG has questioned the Gujarat govt's claim of Rs.5,570 crore revenue surplus during 2012- 13 and described it as overstated
The Gujarat government wrongly booked expenditure of Rs.881 crore on account of grant- in- aid
The report says that cheques worth Rs.2,667 crore were not encashed at all as on March 31, 2013 that led to overstatement of expenditure
Gujarat's debt burden, which was around Rs.50,000 cr during the Keshubhai Patel regime, rose astronomically after the Modi took charge
Gujarat Maritime Board and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam gave undue benefits to Reliance Petroleum worth Rs.649.29 crore & Essar Power of Rs.587.50 crore
So, actually, it was not Acche Din in Gujarat but cooked books, just like the Satyam Scam. Unfortunately while Raju went to jail, Modi became the Prime Minister.
Because Raju was a businessman and Modi a politician.
The sad part of Indian judicial system is that very few politicians are sent to jail when actually they are the originators of most scams.

Bengal Government to Appeal Against High Court Order on Trinamool Lawmaker Tapas Pal

West Bengal government today decided to appeal before a division bench of Calcutta High Court challenging a single bench order that directed registration of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and a CID probe into it.

"A decision has been taken to file an appeal," state Law Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya told PTI in Kolkata.
Pal, an actor-turned-MP, is also going to file an appeal against the order.

"We will also go for an appeal," Pal's counsel Rajdeep Majumdar said.

The appeals are likely to be filed and moved before a division bench tomorrow as Justice Dipankar Dutta had in his order yesterday directed that the FIR be lodged within 72 hours of the order being uploaded on the court's website.

Justice Dutta, passing his verdict on a petition seeking CID investigation into Pal's comments against women and other opposition party supporters at election rallies, had also made caustic observations about the state's law and order situation and the role of police.

He had directed that the high court would monitor the probe in view of West Bengal government's stand that the complaint did not disclose any cognisable offence and that the state tried to back the MP.

Justice Dutta in his order yesterday directed Inspector in-charge of Nakashipara police station in Nadia district to treat the July one complaint by petitioner Biplab Chowdhury, a resident of Pal's constituency Krishnagar in Nadia district, as an FIR.

The court also directed the state DGP to transfer the case to the DIG, CID, within 72 hours of the order being uploaded in the high court's website.

Justice Dutta directed the CID authorities to file a status report on progress of investigation on September one. 

Pal had in an open letter tendered unconditional apology to the media and the public at-large for his unsavoury comments.

This is the attitude of the government which increases the rape count in Bengal.
Instead of taking action as directed by the Court, it is again trying to circumvent it.
The High court Bench should dismiss the Bengal government's pleas.

Mani-Talk: Silence From Modi, Great Social Media Mogul

By Mani Shankar Aiyar
Eleven Shiv Sainiks go on the rampage in New Maharashtra Sadan, stuffing chapattis down the gullet of a Muslim canteen-wallah protesting that he is keeping the roza in the middle of Ramzan - and the Great Communicator keeps his mouth shut and his twitter on silent mode. An innocent Muslim techie in Maharashtra is murdered in Pune for the sin of wearing a skull-cap and growing a beard - and the Social Media Moghul has nothing, absolutely nothing to say on his Face-book - even in Hindi. 19 boys - all Muslims - are hauled up by the police in Kerala for a spoof on Modi, and Modi has nothing to say about Fundamental Freedoms. His supporters cover his tracks by saying that all three incidents took place in Congress-run states and the Prime Minister is only being discreet in the interests of "cooperative federalism." The same argument is trotted out for his silence over the outrageous remarks of Trinamool MP, Tapas Pal. There too the Government is not the BJP's. In which case, why has he spoken out only on the rapes and murders in Badayun, where the Samajwadi Party, not the BJP, is in power? Only because 'Maulana' Mulayam is a soft target? 

A minister in Modi's government is accused of rape - and with a mulishness more becoming of a worthier cause, the Prime Minister refuses to sack or even suspend the man. And even when a BJP member of the Telengana Assembly utters scandalous, defamatory remarks against a youth and women's icon like Sania Mirza, thundering is the silence from PMO. Is it only incidental that Sania is a Muslim - and does he share his MLA's view that she is to be deleted because she has had the temerity to marry a Pakistani? Is it no surprise then that the massacre of 700 Palestinians does not evoke even a simper of sympathy for the innocent victims? The same person who thundered from every election platform about the venality of the Congress, and furiously twittered away about this, now silences his mobile and locks up his lap-top? Is this because, as his defenders claim, he is suddenly overwhelmed by his official duties? Or is this the Silence of the Lambs?  

Much as he would like everyone to forget the past and move on to the future (as he pleaded in the Rajya Sabha in his reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks), the past will not cease to haunt 7, Race Course Road until he owns up to his responsibility - at least his constructive responsibility - for the 2002 massacre. This is not a stick to beat him with but an empathetic reflection of the widows who still cry and the mothers who will never see their sons again, and the newly-married girl whose womb was sliced open and the foetus tossed into the sky. For any reconciliation to begin, there has to be humble acceptance of at least constructive responsibility, an expression of genuine compassion for all those who suffered and are still suffering, massive rehabilitation for those who lost their homes and livelihood, a reaching out to them, and retribution for those who caused and undertook the carnage. Begum Jaffri needs to be comforted for what her husband told her was the response when he called the Chief Minister - "What, they haven't got you yet?" Those are scars that will not heal merely by forgetting and asking others to forget. Forgiveness requires genuine repentance, not mocking the victims as puppy dogs.

Modi's apologists will, of course, point to his "exoneration" by the courts. He has not been exonerated. A local court has held that proceedings cannot go forward because the Special Investigation Team set up by the Supreme Court has said they have not been able to find any "prosecutable evidence" against him. They have not said there is no evidence against him; they have only said they have not been able to unearth any prosecutable evidence. 

The amicus curiae, on the other hand, has reported in a quite different vein to the same Supreme Court that appointed both him and the Special Investigating Team (SIT). He has held that there is damaging, even damning evidence of both omission and commission against Modi. There are two levels at which culpability might be established: one is the legal level; the other is the moral level. While at higher levels of the judiciary, a quite different verdict of legal responsibility might be returned, at the moral level, the argument is crystal clear: the dreadful pogrom occurred on his watch; ergo, some responsibility must attach to the chief minister. 

A moral man would unhesitatingly accept moral responsibility; a moral man would at least not appoint as minister one of his closest colleagues who has since been pronounced guilty and sentenced to a virtual life-time in prison. But Modi takes no responsibility, not even moral responsibility.  Indeed, for a month after the massacre began, he refused even to deal with relief and rehabilitation of the victims. It is only when he was almost bullied by the then PM that he began taking some desultory action. It is this dereliction of moral duty that has led to such a sharp division in Gujarati society that Muslim areas of cities like Ahmedabad and Vadodra are routinely referred to as "Pakistan". 

The communal divide has paid Modi huge electoral dividends, first in Gujarat, now in the country as a whole. But the nation has suffered. The suffering continues. That is the price that a want of morality in the leadership extracts.