shutterstock-pregnantDon’t eat meat, say no to sex after conception, avoid bad company, have spiritual thoughts and hang some good and beautiful pictures in your room to have a healthy baby.

This is the ministry of Ayush’s prescription for pregnant women in India, where 26 million babies are born each year.

Put together by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (PDF,159 KB), whose website describes yoga and naturopathy as “the good old Indian traditional systems of health care having the history of centuries”, the recommendations are part of a booklet called Mother and Child Care. The booklet was released by minister of state for Ayush Shripad Naik in the run up to International Day for Yoga on June 21.

Naik could not be reached for comments. Both his mobile phones were switched off.At least this advice comes free. Last month, the Jamnagar based Garbhvigyan Anusandhan Kendra made news for charging couples to conceive the “best progeny” through purification (shuddhikaran), having sex on auspicious days and abstinence after conception.

“The advice is unscientific. Protein deficiency malnutrition and anaemia are health concerns for pregnant women and meats are a great source of both protein and iron, which is better absorbed from animal sources than plant sources,” says senior gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Malavika Sabharwal with Jeewan Mala Hospital and Nova Specialty Hospitals of the Apollo Healthcare Group.

As for sex, if the pregnancy is normal, there is no need for abstinence as the baby in the womb is protected by the amniotic fluid and the uterus muscles.

“Caution is advised during the first trimester when the placenta is low lying and for complicated pregnancies, where there is a miscarriage risk,” says Dr. Suneeta Mittal, director of the obstetrics and gynecology at Fortis Gurgaon.

Some studies show that the mother’s stress, anxiety, and depression may affect the baby’s development.

“Pregnant women need to be happy and instead of being prescriptive about what they should think and do to be happy, we must urge them to do things they enjoy and strongly advise the family be too supportive,” says Sabharwal.

New source: hindustantimes

Published in Health

22dec gjmGorkha Janamukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung today said he is in constant touch with the Centre and is hopeful that its ally the BJP will consider its demand for a separate Gorkhaland compassionately.

"I am constantly in touch with the central government and various ministers. I am very hopeful that they will understand our pain and struggle and will consider our demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.

"The government at the Centre is our ally and they will surely consider our demand compassionately", Gurung said.
The BJP, he said, has always been in favour of small states.

The GJM chief slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for calling in the Army to control the situation in the hills and advised her to stay out as "the people of Darjeeling are well-equipped to take care of themselves".

"My advice to Mamata Banerjee is please stay away from the hills. We don't need your charity. The people of the hills will not accept the TMC's hegemony," he said.

Hitting out at the chief minister for calling in the Army to control the situation in the hills, Gurung said, "Mamata Banerjee is just pursuing opportunist politics. In December last year, she had accused the Army of trying to attempt a military coup. She can do anything for the sake of cheap politics.

"We are not like her. We respect the Indian Army. Every year hundreds of youth from the hills join the Indian Army",he said.

The Army was deployed in restive Darjeeling town on June 8 after the GJM supporters clashed with the police, damaged police vehicles and set some of them ablaze as Banerjee held a cabinet meeting at the Raj Bhawan there.

The GJM had also tried to march to the venue of the meeting.

Gurung accused police of letting loose "a reign of terror" on the people of the hills.

"The police are going to every household and threatening the people by saying don't listen to the GJM or we will give false cases against you. Is this the way you treat the people of the hills?" he said.
News Source: TheNewIndianExpress

Published in Politics

CcXpr9OWEAAguPwInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka today met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley amid industry-wide concerns around tighter visa norms in key markets like the US and layoffs in the sector.

The 45-minute meeting, between Jaitley and Sikka accompanied by other top company officials, also assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US later this month.

Over the past few months, Indian IT companies are confronted with closer scrutiny and tighter visa norms in the US, a market that accounts for nearly 60 per cent of India’s IT exports.

According to sources, Infosys had sought the meeting.

However, Sikka declined to comment on the proceedings after the meeting. COO UB Pravin Rao was also present at the meeting.

Asked about concerns around layoffs in the sector, Sikka said the company has announced 10,000 jobs in the US and continues to hire in India as well.

“We have announced 10,000 jobs in the US and we are continuing to hire lots of jobs in India. I think that the future is all about innovation", he said.

He added that Indian IT companies are creating “tremendous amount of value” in the US.

With rising protectionism across markets like Singapore and Australia, companies are beginning to adjust their business models to reduce their dependence on visas and hiring more locals instead.

The ramp up in local hiring is also aimed at placating the Donald Trump administration in the US that has been critical of outsourcing firms.

The US had accused Infosys and its peers TCS and Cognizant of unfairly cornering the lions share of US H—1B work visas, taking jobs away from American workers.

The tightening of visa norms not only pushes up operational costs for these tech firms, but also makes movement of skilled workforce difficult.

Infosys has already announced that it would hire 10,000 Americans over the next two years and set up four innovation hubs in the US.

However, it wasn’t clear if the discussions included GSTN at the meeting.

News Source: TheHinduBusiness News

Published in Politics

s3.reutersmedia.netIndia's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on June 26, the Indian foreign ministry and the White House said on Monday, the first meeting between the leaders.

Ties between the two big democracies grew rapidly under the administration of former President Barack Obama which saw India as a partner to balance China's growing weight in Asia.

But Trump has focused on building ties with China, seeing it as key to tackling regional problems such as North Korea's nuclear programme.

The Indian ministry said Modi's talks with Trump would lay the ground for a further expansion in ties, allaying some of the anxiety that had crept in about a drift in relations.

"Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multidimensional strategic partnership between India and the U.S.," the ministry said in a statement.

In Washington, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the two leaders will discuss topics including economic growth, the fight against terrorism, expanding defense cooperation and growing U.S.-India trade.

"You can expect the two of them to set forth a vision that will expand the U.S.-India partnership in an ambitious and worthy way," Spicer said.

The United States has emerged as a top arms supplier to India and the two sides will be looking to move forward with deals such as unarmed drones that India wants for its navy, sources said.

One issue that the two leaders face is resolving conflict arising out of the push they are both making at home to boost industry and create jobs.

Modi has been driving a make-in-India campaign to press foreign arms suppliers to set up factories in India and transfer technology instead of selling off-the-shelf, which has made India one of the world's biggest arms importers without any domestic production base.

Trump, on the other hand, has railed against firms moving factories outside the United States and has demanded U.S. companies invest at home as part of his "America First" campaign.

Trump's review of a visa programme under which thousands of skilled Indian workers go to the United States is also a top concern for India.

News Source: Reuters News

 

Published in Politics

s4.reutersmedia.netIndia's core consumer price inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, eased to around 4.2 percent in May from around 4.4-4.5 percent in April, according to estimates from three analysts.

Data earlier showed India's annual consumer price inflation eased to a lower-than-expected 2.18 percent in May from 2.99 percent in April, driven down by cooling food prices.

Published in Politics

rbiWith ordinance in place, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the RBI is at a fairly advanced stage of preparing a list of borrowers where NPA resolution is required under the insolvency law and action on this front is expected soon.

The ordinance was promulgated last month amending the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, to empower the Reserve Bank of India to resolve the thorny issue of non-performing assets (NPAs) or bad loans.

The government empowered the RBI to ask banks to initiate insolvency proceedings to recover bad loans and promised more measures to resolve the NPA problem.

"Under the new ordinance issued, the RBI is at a fairly advanced stage of preparing a list of those debtors where a resolution is required through the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) process. You will be shortly hearing about it ... The RBI is actively working on that," he said after meeting heads of PSU banks here.

"Consolidation of banks was not on the agenda as far as this present meeting is concerned. But I can tell you, we are actively working in that direction," Jaitley told reporters.

He left no one in doubt that the Centre will not be part of a state's fiscal leverage in waiving farm loans and the cost has to be borne by the states.

This assumes significance against the backdrop of farm debt waiver announced by the Maharashtra government on Sunday even as farmers in Madhya Pradesh were up in arms demanding relief.

The finance minister pointed out that a few top bankers expressed apprehensions about the infrastructure available for enforcement under the NPA ordinance. He, however, did not go into the specifics.

According to RBI Deputy Governor SS Mundra, who was present, the ordinance on NPAs essentially involves 2-3 components.

"One of the important components was to enhance the size and scope of oversight committee. Also, the identification of the accounts which can be actively taken up under the process. So, on the second point, an internal advisory committee is constituted by the RBI," Mundra said.

RBI is discussing it, he said, adding that information has been collected from banks on certain large accounts, for which some additional details are being sought.

"So, there's active work going on it. I think soon some of the action points will emerge from that," he said.

News source: TOI

Published in Business

goods-trucksWith just a few days left for GST rollout, the Centre is in favor of postponing by a few months the implementation of the e-way bill, which requires movement of goods above Rs. 50,000 to be to pre-registered online.

However, with states unwilling to defer the provision, the GST Council agreed to rope in National Informatics Centre (NIC) to work along with GST-Network to assess if an all India e-way bill system can be created in a short time-frame, an official told PTI.

The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states, had in April come out with the draft e-way bill rules that made it necessary for any movement of goods, within or outside the state, having a value of more than Rs. 50,000 to be registered with the GST-Network (GSTN) website.

According to the draft, GSTN would generate e-way bills that would be valid for 1-15 days, depending on the distance to be traveled - one day for 100 km and 15 days for more than 1,000 km transit. The tax officials can inspect the 'e-way bill' anytime during the transit to check tax evasion.

The industry has, however, expressed concerns over this, saying that the Rs. 50,000 limit was too low and that the timeline for completion of transport operations was "impractical and removed from reality".

They also felt that the e-way bill would be applicable to the movement of all kinds of goods without making any distinction between goods that were evasion prone or not.

The official said that at the June 3 meeting of the GST Council, the Centre contended that GSTN will be busy in the first three months of GST rollout as it has to ensure that technology backbone for the new indirect tax regime is working fine and hence would take about 6 months to build the platform for 'e-way bill'.

The Centre also said that feedback from the industry was yet to be examined by the law committee and hence finalization of rules would take sometime.

Stating that the GSTN can start developing the software only after finalization of rules and forms, the Centre suggested that the "implementation of the 'e-way bill' system could be postponed by a few months," the official said.

However, states such as West Bengal, Kerala, Bihar, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh stated that they already had a robust e-way bill system, which should be continued as reverting to handbills would lead to "considerable loss of revenue".

New source: businesstoday

Published in Economics

arun-jaitleyReserve Bank of India (RBI) is at an advanced stage of preparing a list of bad loans where resolution is required under the country's insolvency and bankruptcy rules, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday.

Last month, India tweaked its laws to help tackle a record $150 billion in troubled bank debt. The government has authorised the RBI to direct banks to initiate an insolvency resolution process in the case of a default under provisions of the bankruptcy code. "The RBI is at a fairly advanced stage of preparing a list of those debtors where a resolution is required through the IBC (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) process and you'll shortly be hearing about it," Jaitley told reporters after meeting bank chief executives.

New source: TOI news

Published in Business

rajdhani trainThe Indian Railways is planning to induct about 40,000 coaches with improved interiors and upgraded facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore to provide world - class comfort to passengers.

Besides, the state - run transporter will strengthen safety features in all existing conventional coaches equipping them with strong couplers to prevent capsizing during accidents.

According to the plan, coaches will be retrofitted with refurbished interiors, improved seating arrangement and newly designed bio - toilets among other facilities.

The retrofitting would cost about Rs 30 lakh per coach.

The target is to complete the process of refurbishing of coaches with improved interiors and modern facilities in the next five years.

The aim is to make available 40,000 new look coaches in the railway fleet by 2023, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.

The work plan envisages retrofitting of 1000 coaches in the current fiscal, the number will increase to 3000 in the next fiscal and 5,500 coaches in subsequent years.

Railways also expect to manufacture 15,000 new coaches with modern features during 2018-19 and 2022-23 periods.

Railways are also focusing on the safety front by equipping all conventional coaches with center buffler couplers (CBC), a strong coupler system.

The CBC system prevents coaches from capsizing.

While LHB coaches manufactured at Kapurthala and Raebareli factories are equipped with center buffler couplers, the conventional coaches manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai do not have CBC.

Now it has been decided to equip all conventional coaches with CBC which enhances safety by providing anti-climbing features. It would cost about Rs 28 lakh to equip CBC in a coach.

New source: business today news

Published in Economics

indigo-airlinesBudget airlines IndiGo has announced a three - day 'All Time Low' offer across its 39 domestic destinations with ticket prices starting as low as Rs 899.

The 'All Time Low' sale is on until June 14 and is applicable between July 1 and September 30, 2017.

IndiGo said that the offer is valid only for one-way routes in select cities across the country.

"This offer is valid only on non - stop flights from Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam," IndiGo said on its website.

IndiGo also said that all flight tickets are available on first - come - first serve basis and are non - refundable.

IndiGo chief commercial officer Sanjay Kumar said, "After receiving a positive response on the summer special sale, we are delighted to announce another three - day monsoon special offer. We are anticipating an increase in demand beyond summer vacations and are pleased to introduce special fares," reported the Times of India.

New source: business today news

Published in Business
Page 1 of 4
Open Chat
1
Close chat
Hello! Thanks for visiting us. Please press Start button to chat with our support :)

Start