Thursday, November 27, 2014

Special Report: Cows Are Dying Mysteriously In India And A New Vaccine Might Be To Blame

The Ministry of Agriculture has ordered an investigation into the three companies manufacturing foot and mouth disease vaccine.

The major outbreak of foot and mouth disease last year, that killed thousands of cattle in India’s five southern states, may have been caused by the use of substandard vaccines, says a new report.

A team of scientists from the Chaudhary Charan Singh National Institute of Animal Health in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, tested samples from 52 batches of vaccine provided to the Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme by three companies.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Shahi Imam And The Terrible Logic Of Muslim Tokenism

Political parties have used the hollow symbolism of the Jama Masjid’s chief cleric to prop up their 'secular' images.

Muslims have, historically, had a complicated relationship with the clergy. By virtue of their association with religion, clerics obviously wielded a significant amount of power. At the same time, they had their weaknesses: the Islamic clergy was neither a hereditary caste (any Muslim can theoretically become a cleric if he studies the scriptures) nor unified into a single church that could wield political power.
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Explainer: What Is Traumatic Brain Injury And How Is It Treated?

Life-threatening brain injuries are thankfully rare in cricket and other sports, even those that involve collisions. But Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes' tragic accident yesterday shows how little control players have over these events.

It also highlights the importance of getting immediate medical attention whenever someone suffers a blow to the head that leads to altered consciousness.
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Special Report: Six years after 26/11- Why we are not prepared to prevent another attack

As the nation remembers the sixth anniversary of 26/11, INNLIVE takes stock of what has changed since then and whether India is any safer. Former Union home secretary G K Pillai and counter-terrorism specialist Ajai Sahni explain what ails India's security system.

After the 26/11 attacks, the government brought the Kargil committee report out from the dust and in a flurry of steps launched the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), Criminal and Crime Tracking Network System (CCTNS), coastal security project, NSG hubs, and police reforms. Clearly, all these are not enough.
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New anti-malaria compound causes mosquito parasite's gut to explode

The scientists have recently found a new anti-malaria compound that causes mosquito parasite's gut to swell up and explode.

The international team led by Drexel University's Akhil Vaidya stated that they have discovered a new class of drug compounds that inhibits the malaria parasites' ability to maintain adequate levels of sodium within their cells, leading to excessive water intake.

Malaria is the world's deadliest parasitic disease. It is caused by Plasmodium parasites that spread to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, causing symptoms including chills, fever, vomiting, seizures and sweating.
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Liberals Beware: Modi Govt Is Sangh’s Stepping Stone To Social, Cultural Domination

The RSS has never had it so good since its inception in 1925. It has a government that is dominated by the BJP at the Centre. At least half of the council of ministers in the Modi regime have either emerged from the Sangh or are its supporters. 

And unlike another Sangh originate and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee---considered a moderate among hardliners--Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen as an unadulterated embodiment of all that the Sangh stands for. Could the Sangh ask for more?
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Winter Session: BJP Shows Mettle, Scuttles Opposition Tactics In Parliament

BJP floor managers can pat themselves on their backs as they succeeded in overcoming brief adjournments and noisy protests from opposition benches to make the maximum on the first day of actual business in the Winter Session of Parliament. 

The conduct of business and passage of some bills in both Houses of Parliament today proved that despite claims of unity, the opposition will have to work lot more harder to corner the government.
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Amazing Life: 211 is combined age of world's oldest couple, Karam Chand and Kartari

A couple from Britain has claimed that they are the most elderly married couple. This husband-wife is together since last 89 years and recently they celebrated their combined 211 birthdays.

The couple lives in West Yorkshire, Bradford near England but originally belongs from India.

Their relatives say that 89 years ago Karamchand met Kartari and they got married on December 1925. Recently on November 23 he celebrated his 109 birthday. Kartari is 102 years old.
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