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Nelson Mandela returns home, ‘breathing on his own’

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

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Nelson Mandela

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By ANI | ANI – Sat, Jan 29 11:53 AM IST

Johannesburg, Jan 29 (ANI): Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who was successfully treated for breathing difficulties during a two-day stay in hospital, has been discharged and is breathing on his own.

Mandela returned to his home in Houghton on Friday for home-based care of a respiratory infection.

South Africa’s Surgeon General Lieutenant General Vejaynand Ramlakan said the icon had suffered an acute respiratory infection, but he was now sufficiently well to be treated at home, ending prolonged uncertainty about his health.

“He has been discharged. Dr Mandela is in high spirits. For a 92-year-old, he surprises us on a daily basis with his powers of recovery,” said Dr. Vejaynand Ramlakan.

Mandela’s admission had brought an outpouring of good wishes for a speedy recovery, and criticism over information black-out on his condition.

In a briefing on his condition at the hospital, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: “Madiba is well… and that should reassure all of us that there is no need for us to panic, there is no need for us to fear for Madiba’s health.”

Earlier, Ramlakan told the briefing that Mandela had received treatment and had responded very well, News24 reports.

The convoy, which led him from the hospital, included the department of defence and military veterans, which is responsible for the well being of former presidents, and bodyguards. (ANI)

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Switzerland to share tax information with India:Swiss official

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Assorted international currency notes.

Ka Ching Bling

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PTI – Sat, Jan 29 11:30 AM IST

Davos, Jan 29 (PTI) Dismissing the perception that Switzerland is a tax haven, a senior Swiss government official today expressed hope that the revised tax avoidance treaty with India will be ratified during the year, following which Swiss authorities would provide administrative assistance to India to deal with cases of tax evasion.

“We have recently signed an agreement with India, which is now in the Parliament in order to get rectified.

And then, we will concretely take steps against tax evasion and as soon as this agreement is enforced… both sides can also grant administrative assistance (to deal with ) tax evasion,” Switzerland Federal Department of Finance State Secretary Miachael Ambuhl said in an interview to private news channel NDTV.

India and Switzerland in August last year signed a revised Double Tax avoidance Agreement (DTAA) that will enable exchange of information on tax evaders, considered a must for getting details on unaccounted funds stashed away by Indians in Swiss banks. The agreement, however, is yet to be ratified by the Switzerland Parliament.

“This perception is wrong. Switzerland is not a tax haven…Switzerland has not given tax refuge to people who want to hide their money,” Ambuhl said, adding the agreement hopefully will be ratified this year.

“We want to have confidentiality for the bank clients but we don”t want to protect them from paying taxes. There is no such thing that in Switzerland you can avoid paying your taxes,” he added.

He further said that if India authorities would get the information, provided they are able to produce evidence of tax evasion.

“If Indian authorities can show that there is evidence that people have evaded there money, then the answer is ”yes”. If Indian authorities can give evidence that for the person X or Y, there is evidence that they have evaded their taxes in Switzerland, we will grant administrative assistance”, he added.

On whether the treaty would bring about substantial change, Ambuhl said, “It will not change everything. We have already got a good legal basis to grant judicial and administrative assistance, but as soon as this commences in force, then it will become even better.” PTI PC CS RAH

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Obama cautions Mubarak not to use force against protesters

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By ANI | ANI – Sat, Jan 29 11:53 AM IST

Washington, Jan.29 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has put his embattled Egyptian counterpart leader, Hosni Mubarak, on notice that he should not use his soldiers and police in a bloody crackdown on opposition protesters.

Addressing the nation from the White House, Obama said that he had spoken with Mubarak and had told him “to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters” and to turn a “moment of volatility” into a “moment of promise.”

Declaring that the protesters have universal rights, the New York Times quoted Obama, as saying that the “The United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people.”

Obama’s brief remarks came as a blunt reply to Mubarak, who spoke to his own people just one hour before and mixed conciliation with defiance as he dismissed his government, but vowed to stay in office to stabilize Egypt.

The Obama administration has moved from tentative support to distancing itself from Mubarak, its staunchest Arab ally, saying it would review the 1.5 billion dollar in American aid and warning him that he must confront the grievances of his people.

Obama said that Mubarak’s promise of expanding democracy and economic opportunity needed to be enforced with meaning and responsibility.

He called on Mubarak to open a dialogue with the demonstrators, though he did not go as far as to urge free and fair elections.

Illustrating the delicate balance that the administration faces with Egypt, Obama referred to the joint projects of the two countries. He also urged the demonstrators to “express themselves peacefully.”

Egypt is the fourth-largest recipient of American foreign aid, after Afghanistan, Pakistan and Israel, and just ahead of Iraq.

It is also a critical partner on issues like the Israel-Palestinian peace process and a bulwark against Islamic extremism in the Arab world. (ANI)

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ISI blames India of ‘playing dangerous game’ by funding ‘extremist elements’ in Karachi

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By ANI | ANI – Fri, Jan 28 11:49 AM IST

Islamabad, Jan 28(ANI): Pakistan‘s intelligence and military officials have accused India of “playing a dangerous game” by attempting to “destabilise Pakistan”.

Senior officials from the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army said in interviews with Gulf News that they “have evidence” of Indian involvement in the terrorist attacks in Karachi and Lahore.

A senior ISI official alleged that India attempts to “destabilise Pakistan” by supporting militant groups in Karachi by “funds and arms”.

Karachi, the economic hub of the country, has witnessed dozens of attacks and target killings over the past few years. Pakistani officials say the attacks, especially those on shrines, were aimed at “fomenting sedition among religious communities” to destabilise the country.

“India is playing a dangerous game” in Karachi, a top ISI official was quoted as saying on the condition of anonymity. He said his agency had “evidence” that Indian intelligence was arming and funding “extremist elements” to weaken their neighbour.

“People are getting money from India to create problems for Pakistan in Karachi” and other areas, he stressed, adding, “India should understand that it will be affected most if Pakistan is destabilised.”

The Pakistan Army’s official spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said India realises that Pakistan’s military is “over-stretched” because of extensive anti-terror operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

“Therefore, they support elements that engage in terrorist campaign on our urban cities,” he added.

Abbas also said India was being suspected of arming and funding extremist elements, and even distributing ‘anti-Pakistan hate literature’ in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan. (ANI)

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Will expose Deve Gowda now, says Yeddy

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Yahoo! India News – Fri, Jan 28 1:20 PM IST

Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa says he denotified just one acre of land and allotted it to his son by mistake, while his predecessor H D Kumaraswamy had denotified 60 acres.

Denotification refers to the process of making government land private. Yeddyurappa accused his predecessors of denotifying “thousands of acres.”

He said JD(S) leader Deve Gowda had usurped a tank bed in Holenarsipur in Hassan district. He had got it registered in his wife’s name, and then got it transferred to his son Revanna’s name. “I will come out with all the details tomorrow,” he said.

Yeddyurappa has been in the dock for helping his sons acquire government land, but he told Headlines Today, in an interview, that he was innocent.

He said governor H R Bhardwaj was trying to bring down his government, and had been sent by Delhi to destroy the BJP. “Any time Deve Gowdaji and Congress people can go and come back (from Raj Bhavan),” he complained.”He wants to bring back the Congress to power.”

Yeddyurappa said he was willing to act against the Reddy brothers, accused of illegal mining, if the charges against them were proved. He said they weren’t committing any crimes on Karnataka soil, and he wasn’t responsible for what was happening across the border in Andhra Pradesh. “I can’t interfere in other states,” he said.

He said he had received no complaints that the Reddys had broken the law. He evaded a question on whether he would sack the Reddys if the charges against them were proved, but said he would act against anyone found guilty.

“Best in the country,” was how Yeddyurappa described the law and order situation in Karnataka. He said his government had also

He said he wouldn’t bother about the allegations against him as the people and the MLAs were with him. He said party president Nitin Gadkari‘s observation that what he had done was immoral but not illegal was misguided, and that he would explain his position to the national leader.

Yeddyurappa declared he would not leave the BJP in his lifetime.

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Land allotment to sons a mistake, admits Yeddyurappa

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Karnataka

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PTI – Fri, Jan 28 9:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa today admitted that he had committed a “mistake” by alloting land to his sons but appeared defiant about the act being “immoral or illegal”.

“If land is there you can offer it to anybody. My mistake is I allotted land to my son. If court takes a decision, let them take back the land,” Yeddyurappa told a TV channel.

However, Yeddyurappa- who virtually forced the party high command to allow him to continue in office despite the scandal- appeared to differ with party president Nitin Gadkari who had said the chief minister’s act of making out of turn land allotment to his sons may be “immoral but not illegal”.

“I will speak to Gadkari. He must be mistaken. Somebody must have misguided him”, Yeddyurappa said.

Yeddyurappa also lashed out at Karnataka governor HR Bharadwaj for giving sanction to prosecute him.

“He has converted the Raj Bhavan into a political party. I want to ask the governor Sahib: What is your intention?,” the chief minister said.

The chief minister felt that Bhardwaj may have been sent to Karnataka with a specific mission by the Congress high command.

“He may have been sent for this purpose only. Everyday we are observing, governor is acting like an opposition party leader in Karnataka.”

Yeddyurappa said that the governor had neither sent notices to him nor invited him for discussions to clear the air on the land deals.

“I am ready to face the prosecution in court”, he said.

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Emerging economies are fed up by West lecturing, says Premji

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Wipro CEO - Mr.Azim Premji

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On Thursday 27 January 2011, 10:16 AM

Prakash Chawla Davos, Jan 27 (PTI) In a harsh criticism of the US “restrictive” policies, Chairman of India-based Wipro Azim Premji told the gathering of global CEOs that the emerging economies are “more than fed up” of being lectured by the west to open their economies without any reciprocity.

“I think they (emerging economies) are fed up of being needled for opening their economies,” Premji said here at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

He particularly expressed his disappointment with the US seeking more market for its goods in the developing economies, while putting restrictions on its import of services. The liberalisation of goods and services was being treated differently.

When asked whether the Asian economies are “fed up by the lecturing” by the west, Chairman of India”s third largest software exporter said: “more than fed up”.

“People don”t seem to equate, liberalise both products and services. If you are talking about global trade–it is products and services.

You cannot have one standards of opening up economy for emerging countries to products and contrary (for the others) particularly the US, which has put all sorts of restrictions on services. This cannot be one way traffic,” Premji said.

The Indian IT industry which gets USD 50 billion of its revenue from the global outsourcing, mainly from the US is peeved at a string of restrictions by the American authorities for service imports.

These include hiking the visa fee for professionals.

On the contrary, India has given deals worth USD 10 billion to the US which will create jobs for 50,000 Americans. Services are of key interest to India, as they provide about 55 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product.

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THE BENEFITS OF RAW HONEY

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

Honey in its natural raw state contains 2 predominant natural sugars (Fructose and Glucose) 11 enzymes, 14 minerals, 21 amino acids, all the vitamins that nutritionists consider necessary for health A, D, K, Rutin, Nicotinic acid, B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine and Biotin as well as Ascorbid Acid (Vit. C.).

 

HONEY PROCESSING

 

Most honey sold today has been commercially processed, resulting in enzymes (which help digestion) and vitamins, being destroyed and protein (pollen) being removed. This processing involves heating and filtering through a cloth or fine filter paper. The end product will remain in a liquid state for a long period of time. When it finally starts to granulate, crystals will begin to form at the bottom of the jar, moving upwards (a sure sign of a refined and processed product, despite the label ‘Pure Honey’).

 

WHAT CAN RAW HONEY DO FOR YOU?

 

Raw Honey was and still is credited with marvelous curative powers. A whole book could be written on all the medicinal uses of honey, from thousands of years of folk medicine to the scientific of the present time.

In addition to its age-retarding properties raw honey has been proven to be from beneficial to extraordinary effective in the following:

 

* As honey is a pre-digested food (a process done by the bees) it enters the blood stream directly producing energy quickly, unlike refined sugar which has to be digested.

 

* Proline, an amino acid in Raw honey is the primary component in collagen. Collagen is the main structure in bones. (Proverbs 16.24ââ≠¬â•ˇhealth to the bones) Calcium is also found in two forms in Raw Honey.

 

* Increases Haemoglobin count and can prevent or cure Anaemia. It is rich in iron and copper.

 

* Is an excellent mild laxative, especially recommended as such for infants and children.

 

* Raw Honey will prevent and even cure Botulism Poisoning, because it contains an enzyme called Glucose Oxidase, (this enzyme is easily destroyed with heat). Botulism spores can only develop in the intestines of infants when chronically constipated.

 

* It has been shown to be useful in Rheumatic and Arthritic cinditions, especially in combination with Apple Cider Vinegar (Dr D.C. Jarvis).

 

* It has been used successful in the treatment of liver and kidney disorders, diseases of the respiratory and digestive tracts, weak heart action, infectious diseases, colds, insomnia, poor circulation, and bad complexion.

 

* It is not mere theory, but has been proved that bacteria cannot live in the presence of raw honey, for the reason that raw honey is an excellent source of potassium. The potassium draws from the bacteria the moisture which is essential to the very existence. A bacteriologist who did not believe this, after a series of tests discovered to his amazement that the disease germs he tested (typhoid, Bronco-pneumonia and Dysentery producing germs) were all killed off in the presence of raw honey.

 

* In this book Folk Medicine, Dr Jarvis an ear, nose and throat specialist reveals some startling facts about raw honey and honeycomb. He says the honeycomb is excellent for the treating of stuffy nose, nasal sinusitis and hay-fever. He always says that raw honey can produce healing for skin burns and is essential in the diet of children because it provides the composite of minerals needed for the growing body ( iron, copper, manganese, silica, chlorine, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminium, magnesium, zinc, lead and sulphor ).

 

* Probably the most beneficial effect of pollen (contained in raw unfiltered honey) is that, taken internally it quickly produces the same anti-putrefactive effect as lactic foods and thus contributes to a healthy digestive system and good assimilation of nutrients absolute prerequisites for good health and long life.

 

Eating pollen rich raw honey causes rapid combustion, consuming fats which speed up the burning of fat, and continues through the bloodstream at a trickle stimulating the heart without harmful side effects.

 

Remind that every second we are getting closer to Aakhira….

 

Wonders of holy Neem

Neem is a multipurpose herb, which is recommended in every type of ailment. Following are the wonders of neem, which ayurveda has to offer to this world and modern life style of living.

 

Local action:

 

· Neem act as anti bacterial, anti parasitic, anti fungal, anti protozoal and anti viral thus helps in protection from all the microorganisms, which are always ready to invade in our body causing serious ailments.

 

· Local application of neem powder or neem oil has miraculous results. As it is a famous anti microbial herb, it renders all the microorganisms inactive therefore helping in proper healing of wound without causing any infections and septic conditions.

 

· Taking bath of neem leaves water is a very common sight in Indian homes that helps our body to counter mild infections, which our body might get in day-to-day activity.

 

· Its tropical application makes us relieved from acne, eczema and even ringworms

 

· In skin related diseases, neem works as blessing of God on mankind. It has an action on almost every kind of skin disease thus making its indication in eradicating every kind of itch, rash, infection and allergy.

 

· Neem water is extensively used in burn injuries, thus to protect them from any kind of infection and also promote healing.

 

· Neem oil is extensively used in hair fall and early graying of hairs with very satisfying results. It also find its application in dandruff and in lice growth

 

· Its local application on arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, Osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and musculo skeletal pains is highly recommended with good results

 

Internal action:

 

· Due to presence of tickt rasa it is beneficial in indigestion, constipation and restoring taste of mouth.

 

· It helps in fighting with the intestinal worms there by act as a deworming agent

 

· It is highly recommended in hyperacidity and epigastric pain as it suppresses pitta that is the main culprit in the aggravation of such illness.

 

· Good results have also been seen in gastritis

 

· Widely and extensively used as blood purifier as it possess the properties like tickt rasa which helps in detoxifying any toxins floating in our blood stream which may lead to illness.

 

· It gives wonderful results in diabetes incipidus and diabetes mellitus due to presence of tickt rasa.

 

· It is very helpful in curing urinary tract infection

 

· It stimulates liver for proper functioning therefore helps in maintaining proper secretions of liver

 

· It acts on all kinds of skin disorders and provides great relief.

 

· It works as an anti inflammatory and pain relieving agent

 

· It also helps in suppressing extra heat generated in body due to any reason thus helps in maintaing normal condition in hyperthermia. Very useful in suppressing fever.

 

· Anti malarial action of neem has also been seen

 

· Since old times neem leaves have been used as an agent that helps in increasing vision as it helps in suppressing kapha disorders thus releasing congestion on eyeballs caused due to mucus accumulation in sinuses.

 

· Coughing is relieved by use of neem water

 

· It helps in reducing excess micturition (urination)

 

· It has given very good results in diseases like gonorrhea and syphilis.

 

· It works as an immunoboosting agent therefore making our immune system very strong and efficient to fight against any foreign invasion making our body strong and disease free

Heart Disease:Including high blood pressure, blood clots, cholesterol, and Arrhythmia/rapid heart beat.

 

Blood Disorders: Including poor circulation, blood poisoning, and kidney problems.

 

Digestive Disorders: Including heartburn/indigestion, peptic/duodenal ulcers, gastritis, and hemorrhoids.

 

Nervous Disorders: Including anxiety, epilepsy, and hives.

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