Indians feel old earlier than Japanese, Swiss


People Below 60 In India Experience Same Health Disorders That 76-Yr-Olds Face In Japan & Switzerland: Study


Washington:

People living in India experience the health problems associated with ageing at an early stage than those living in Japan or Switzerland, according to a first-ofits-kind study published in The Lancet Public Health.

Researchers at the University of Washington in the US and colleagues found that a 30-year gap separates countries with the highest and lowest ages at which people experience the health problems of a 65-year-old. They found 76-yearolds in Japan and Switzerland, and 46-year-olds in Papua New Guinea have the same level of age-related health problems as an “average” person aged 65.

The analysis also found that people living in India experience the similar health problems well before they turn 60.

“These disparate findings show that increased life expectancy at older ages can either be an opportunity or a threat to the overall welfare of populations, depending on the ageing-related health problems the population experiences regardless of chronological age,” said Angela Y Chang, lead author of the study and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington.

“Age-related health problems can lead to early retirement, a smaller workforce, and higher health spending. Government leaders and other stakeholders influencing health systems need to consider when people begin suffering the negative effects of ageing,” Chang said.

These negative effects include impaired functions and loss of physical, mental, and cognitive abilities resulting from the 92 conditions analysed, five of which are communicable and 81 non-communicable, along with six injuries.

Where traditional metrics of ageing examine increased longevity, this study explores both chronological age and the pace at which ageing contributes to health deterioration.

The study uses estimates from the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD). The researchers measured “age-related disease burden” by aggregating all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a measurement of loss of healthy life, related to the 92 diseases.

Although most countries have similar rankings between age-standardised, age related and all-burden rates, countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa perform better in age-related disease burden relative to all burden. Countries such as China and India are performing better in all-burden rankings, researchers said.

The findings cover 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries and territories. For example, in 2017, people in Papua New Guinea had the world’s highest rate of age-related health problems with more than 500 DALYs per 1,000 adults, four times that of people in Switzerland with just over 100 DALYs per 1,000 adults.

The rate in the US was 161.5 DALYs per 1,000, giving it a ranking of 53rd, between Algeria at 52nd with 161.0 DALYs per 1,000 and Iran at 54th with 164.8 DALYs per 1,000. PTI

Age-related health problems can lead to early retirement, a smaller workforce, and higher health spending

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - March 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

Make Ayodhya Mediation A Spiritual Enterprise



As soon as the Supreme Court decided in favour of mediation in the Ayodhya matter, scepticism erupted as to its feasibility. It is tempting, and misleading, to understand this scepticism in light only of the complexity of the matter.

Complexity is what we burden an issue with. Complexity is our creation. Complexity cannot sire itself ! We feel helpless in confronting the complexity we create. This is the paradox that Mary Shelley projected through the character, Frankenstein. We are threatened by the monsters we create. They don’t come into being on their own.

From a spiritual and practical point of view, complexity results from our standing on two contrary principles at the same time. The fact that mediation looks more complicated than litigation proves this. Litigation is a monolithic process. It is driven exclusively by law. Law is homogenous in principle and in practice. It proceeds by the force of evidence examined rationally.

No other consideration comes into play; at least, should not. Mediation is, in comparison, a hybrid phenomenon.

It is law plus.

So, when we are sceptical about the outcome of mediation in a particular matter, it is not about the legality of it that we are unsure of. It is about our incapacity for this ‘plus’ factor. That plus factor, in mediation, is goodwill. Goodwill entails a willingness to ‘walk the extra-mile’, which is alien to the application of law.

The comparative merit of mediation – its edge over litigation – is that it could create a win-win situation. Law polarises the two sides into winners and losers. Mediation can transcend this limitation inherent in law.

Law is predicated on power – the power of evidence; complicated, somewhat, by the power of interpretation. As long as ‘power’ is the shaping, driving motive in a process, law, not mediation, is appropriate to it. It is illogical to situate in the sphere of mediation what can belong only to the domain of law. No issue vitiated by the outlook of power, the winner versus loser pattern, can lend itself to mediation.

Human beings are morally free to shift from the outlook of power to that of goodwill. But goodwill presupposes mutual love. As long as two parties are locked doggedly in a power struggle – each hell-bent on defeating the other – mediation doesn’t stand a chance. The sinister complexity that looms large over the Ayodhya dispute stems from this.

It is clear, therefore, that if mediation is to succeed, both parties have to approach this process not from the angle of politics, but from the moral freedom of mutual love and goodwill. If this is a religious dispute, then a spiritual approach, rather than a political tug-of-war, is what’s legitimate to it. Whether or not both parties to this mediation are capable of it, will become evident to the country at large in the days ahead.

The very fact that the matter is remitted to mediation already frames this issue in a certain fashion. If mediation fails, litigation will ensue. Then one party will win and the other lose. But that ‘victory’ will prove less exhilarating than it could seem now; for the reason that what paved the way for it was an incapacity – the incapacity for goodwill.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 4:45 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

5,000-yr-old Harappan trove found in Kutch


Experts Discover Burial Site With 250 Graves

Rajkot:

After two months of excavation, archaeologists have stumbled upon what they believe is a massive burial site dating back to the Harappan civilization, around 360km from Dholavira in Gujarat’s Kutch district. The find has lent further credence to the possibility of a populous human settlement at this place.

Pottery vessels inside a grave


Pottery vessels inside a grave 5,000-yr-old Harappan trove found in Kutch

The excavation was done jointly by the Kutch University and Kerala University near Khatia village of Lakhpat taluka.

Estimated to be around 4,600-5,200 years old, the burial site is 300m x 300m-big with more than 250 graves, out of which 26 have been excavated. Archaeologists found one full human skeleton that is around six feet in length, estimated to be around 5,000 years old. “The skeleton has been taken to Kerala University for determining its age, possible reason for death and gender,” said Suresh Bhandari, head of Department of Archaeology, Kutch University.

This is the first time that a rectangular burial site has been found in Gujarat.

“All the burial sites found in Gujarat till date are either circular or semi-circular. We are trying to establish the significance of this rectangular shape,” added Bhandari. According to faculty members, the graves are more or less rectangular in shape with sound wall rocks in the eastwest direction. The biggest grave is around 6.9m while the smallest is around 1.2m.

Besides the human skeleton, graves of children and animal remains have also been documented from the site. Artefacts like shell bangles, grinding stones, rock blades were also recovered from the site.

The graves also contained pottery vessels — with a maximum of 19 to a minimum of three items — placed near the foot. Archaeologists said these kinds of vessels have also been found in Amri, Naal and Kot in Pakistan, Nagwada, Chatrad Saheli, Moti Pipali of North Gujarat and Surkotda and Dhaneti in Kutch.

“Geochemical analysis of all the excavated articles, including the potteries and rock blocks, will enhance our knowledge about the different techniques employed and the raw material used for making them. The items will be studied at various laboratories to know the history of people living near Khatia during the early Harappan period,” Bhandari said.

Pottery vessels inside a grave

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 4:39 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

Ayyappa Pooja Invitation Card – Ayyappa pooja invitation format in Tamil

ayyappa pooja invitation message
ayyappa swamy pooja invitation message
ayyappa pooja invitation format in tamil

ayyappa swamy pooja invitation message

ayyappa pooja invitation format in tamil

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 4:32 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

Dinosaurs were thriving when asteroid wiped them out

Dinosaurs were unaffected by long-term climate changes and flourished before their sudden demise by asteroid strike 66 million years ago, according to a study. Scientists largely agree that an asteroid impact, possibly coupled with intense volcanic activity, wiped out the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. However, there is debate about whether dinosaurs were flourishing before this, or whether they had been in decline due to long-term changes in climate, according to the study published in the journal Nature Communications. Previously, researchers used the fossil record and some mathematical predictions to suggest dinosaurs may have already been in decline. Now, in a new analysis, UK researchers from Imperial College London, University College London and University of Bristol have shown that dinosaurs were likely not in decline before the meteorite.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - March 11, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

World’s first graffiti-busting laser helps Florence’s ‘Angels’


Florence:

A beam of silver light erases scrawled black letters on Florence’s historic Ponte Vecchio, as “Angels” wielding a revolutionary new laser wage war on graffiti in the Unesco site.

Gold glints in the windows of the tiny jeweller boutiques that line the medieval stone bridge, but it is the scribbled messages left by tourists, and passionate declarations by would-be Romeos, that catch the eye. “My big cat, I love you,” reads one, while others feature interlocking hearts or clumsily drawn flowers.

Now a team of volunteers in the Tuscan city dubbed the “Angels of Beauty” is determined to restore famous monuments to their former glory thanks to a latest-generation infrared wand, donated by Italian laser developer El.En. Group. “The laser evaporates the graffiti, without damaging the stone underneath,” Daniela Valentini, who heads up the Angels’ team of cultural heritage restorers, said as she pointed the fibre laser’s beam at a scrawled signature.

“Some graffiti is more difficult to remove, certain colours like silver and red for example. And it also depends how long it has been there and how porous the stone is,” she said.

There is a sizzle as a white “I was here” message is burned off the grey stone by the 56-year old, a professional restorer who dons protective glasses for the painstaking task, as curious tourists stop to watch. “We have cleaned up areas in at least 28 UNESCO world heritage sites around the world,” said El.En general manager Paolo Salvadeo.

The lasers strip dirt from everything from frescoes to statues and bronzes. The company has donated devices capable of restoring artwork to museums around the world, including the MOMA in New York and the Vatican. But the laser given to the Angels in Florence is the first to be designed to strip graffiti away.

Salvadeo is sympathetic to those who act foolishly because of love. “People fall for someone, get a tattoo of their love’s name, or graffiti it on a wall. They then split up and their new partner wants the tattoo or message gone. That’s where we come in,” he said. AFP

A volunteer uses a laser blaster to remove graffiti from the Ponte Vecchio medieval arch bridge over the Arno river in Florence


A volunteer uses a laser blaster to remove graffiti from the Ponte Vecchio medieval arch bridge over the Arno river in Florence

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 3:34 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

SAVE EARTH, THERE IS NO PLANET B

A woman takes part in a rally in Amsterdam on Sunday calling for urgent measures to combat climate change

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 3:29 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

Lakshmi, The Dynamic Potential Of Vishnu



The quest for beauty starts at the physical level. The desire for beauty evolves with man. It graduates from a concept of physical magnetism to compelling vitality to more refined zones of precise creative thought and higher intuition which can impact the world and act as a ‘game changer’.

Beauty and charismatic power are not just external. They exude from a consciousness which upholds all that preserves the sanctity of the fabric of life. This inner attribute of nurturing and protecting is followed by prosperity and power, much like a faithful spouse who follows and stands by his partner.

This is aptly illustrated in the symbolic interpretation of mythology. Vishnu, the Vedic deity, is the universal principle which nurtures and holds the cosmos together as a seamless, perfect, synchronised whole.

Vishnu’s consort is Lakshmi. Symbolically, she is shakti, the power which enables Vishnu to fulfil his arduous task of maintenance of the cosmic energy matrix so that living beings can exist and live in harmony. Lakshmi is the dynamic potential of the Consciousness of Preservation which is Vishnu.

The word Lakshmi has the same root as the word ‘lakshya’ meaning ‘goal’. Lakshmi, true to her name, is the universal goal of every human and contains the seed which blossoms into ‘Sri’ – transcendental perfection and ecstasy.

To hold and manifest the energy of Lakshmi one needs to be Vishnu – a pioneering leader, a warriorhero, a fierce protector of one’s people, a catalyst of team cohesion, an adept guide and role model to one’s followers.

A human who personifies Vishnu has illuminating wisdom, an electricity which jolts to awaken and a righteousness which incorporates largeheartedness. Much like Krishna whose name is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘krish’ which means ‘to attract’, a true leader has an irresistible charisma by virtue of his inner beauty and strength. Regardless of his country, religion or language, he is allied with divine forces for preservation of social and cosmic order and protection of the weak and deserving.

In such an individual’s life, dawns the golden splendour and richness of Mahalakshmi, representing higher knowledge born of the faculty of discriminating intellect. This facilitates all dealings with friends and adversaries to be negotiated with skilled diplomacy and a farsighted vision of ‘svasti’, the well-being of all.

A person who embodies the archetype of Sri Vishnu has a mind which has been silenced by deep meditation to reach a level of consciousness where he is not a slave of his fixed ideas, beliefs or preconceived notions. Such a chitta is clear and perceives accurately the need of the hour without allowing personal conditioning to cloud his vision and decisions.

Such a meditative mind, steadily follows the counsel of his ‘prajna’, intuitive wisdom, and the person is called a ‘sthitaprajna’ as stated in the Gita. Once such a state of equanimity is attained, he remains steadfast on the path of service, motivated by global progress rather than narrow personal concerns Such a person is a true karma yogi, who moves with single minded resolve to establish dharma, integral righteousness. He is a faithful instrument in the hands of the cosmic Divine. According to a mantra of the Rig Vedic Sri Suktam extolling Lakshmi, “The will of such a leader manifests spontaneously into reality, his speech is verily true, his environment reflects beauty and prosperity and his success has the fragrance of the grace of ‘Sri’, Vishnu’s consort and shakti.”

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - at 2:44 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

Non-Filers Asked To Submit Income Tax Returns Within 21 Days

If you haven’t filed your income tax return yet, you have few days left to do so to avoid legal proceedings. Individuals who have not filed their income tax returns (ITR) for the assessment year 2018-19 should do the same within 21 days to avoid proceedings under the Income Tax Act, news agency IANS (Indo-Asian News service) reported citing a government statement. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had identified through the Non-filers Monitoring System several potential individuals who had carried out high value transactions in financial year 2017-18 but had still not filed returns, the agency reported.

Here are 10 things to know about CBDT’s warning to non-ITR filers:

CBDT carried out an analysis to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in its database of the Income Tax Department.
“Non-filers are requested to assess their tax liability for assessment year 2018-19 and file the ITR or submit online response within 21 days,” it said in the statement.
“If the explanation offered is found to be satisfactory, matters will be closed online. However, in cases where no return is filed or no response is received, initiation of proceedings under the Income-tax Act, 1961 will be considered,” it added.
It reiterated that there was no need to visit any Income Tax office for submitting a response as the entire process can be completed online.
Taxpayers can access information related to their case from the compliance portal’ accessible through the e-filing portal- incometaxindiaefiling.Gov.Inhttp://incometaxindiaefiling.Gov.In.
Meanwhile, the CBDT has directed the I-T department to withdraw all appeal cases from various courts by this month-end as part of the government’s drive to end frivolous litigations.
These include cases pertaining to certain monetary limits and parameters.
The entire exercise of withdrawal of appeals must conclude by the end of the month and withdrawal figures should be intimated to the board by January 3.
CBDT or Central Board of Direct Taxes, a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963, is the apex policymaking body of the Income Tax Department.
The officials of the board function as a Division of the Ministry dealing with matters relating to levy and collection of direct taxes.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - March 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

World’s oldest garment is over 5,000 years old

DID YOU KNOW?
World’s oldest garment is over 5,000 years old
An over-5,000-year-old linen dress was recently confirmed as the world’s oldest woven garment. The Tarkhan Dress, named for the Tarkhan cemetery south of Cairo in Egypt where it was excavated, had a long road to its title, from its use as clothing and then a shroud, and later being lost amidst a grimy bundle of overlooked textile.

DID YOU KNOW?

World’s oldest garment is over 5,000 years old

An over-5,000-year-old linen dress was recently confirmed as the world’s oldest woven garment. The Tarkhan Dress, named for the Tarkhan cemetery south of Cairo in Egypt where it was excavated, had a long road to its title, from its use as clothing and then a shroud, and later being lost amidst a grimy bundle of overlooked textile.

The V-neck dress is on view at the University College London (UCL) Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, with its flax fibre linen stitched carefully over a modern silk shirt, so as to exhibit it in its intended dimensions. The “dress” title is a bit of speculation, as no one can confirm the original length of the textile. Flinders Petrie unearthed the dress from a tomb in 1913. It wasn’t identified until 1977, when it was transported with other weathered textiles to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for conservation.

Previously, researchers believed that the oldest clothes were discovered in China. In 2014, a team of archaeologists led by Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, excavated tombs in Yanghai in western China. There, they uncovered the remains of two nomadic herders and a pair of trousers with woven patterns, which were dated to be 3,000 years old. These are the oldest-known pair of trousers found to date. The discovery also supports the theory about an evolution from tunics to trousers, which were more practical for horse-riders of the time.


An over-5,000-year-old linen dress was recently confirmed as the world’s oldest woven garment. The Tarkhan Dress, named for the Tarkhan cemetery south of Cairo in Egypt where it was excavated, had a long road to its title, from its use as clothing and then a shroud, and later being lost amidst a grimy bundle of overlooked textile.

The V-neck dress is on view at the University College London (UCL) Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, with its flax fibre linen stitched carefully over a modern silk shirt, so as to exhibit it in its intended dimensions. The “dress” title is a bit of speculation, as no one can confirm the original length of the textile. Flinders Petrie unearthed the dress from a tomb in 1913. It wasn’t identified until 1977, when it was transported with other weathered textiles to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for conservation.

Previously, researchers believed that the oldest clothes were discovered in China. In 2014, a team of archaeologists led by Ulrike Beck and Mayke Wagner of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, excavated tombs in Yanghai in western China. There, they uncovered the remains of two nomadic herders and a pair of trousers with woven patterns, which were dated to be 3,000 years old. These are the oldest-known pair of trousers found to date. The discovery also supports the theory about an evolution from tunics to trousers, which were more practical for horse-riders of the time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - March 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags:

« Previous PageNext Page »

© 2010 Complete Hindu Gods and Godesses Chalisa, Mantras, Stotras Collection