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BJP juggernaut has a flat tyre

THE semifinal is over and the result is plain and stark: PM Narendra Modi is no longer the Hindi Hriday Samrat. A 3-0 victory for Rahul Gandhi-led Congress has suddenly left a gaping hole in the BJP’s Hindi heartland map.

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15 - 12 - 2018
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
War is a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead. — Ernest Hemingway
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TCPCR representing first global meet on sexual e...
14 Dec 2018 23:07 - Our Correspondant

Agartala, Dec 14,2018: The two day first international conference  on sexual exploitation  of children  commenced from today in Kolkata.  The global meet comes to close on the heels of report  that India accounted  for around 2.4 millions  instances of online child sexual abuse last year. Am [ ... ]

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MBDF delegate meets revenue minster
14 Dec 2018 22:09 - Our Correspondant

Agartala, Dec 14,2018: A delegate of Mizoram Bru Displaced  People’s Forum  ( MBDF) today met revenue minister  N C Debbarma in secretariat. The delegate handed over a memorandum to the minister. The memorandum stated  that the puja garments which is being distributed  in the month of  Septe [ ... ]

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Young Indians in the radar of glaucoma

With over 70% of the Indians at a risk of developing glaucoma, on an average, over two lakh of them lose vision.

It is known to be a silent ailment that can lead to blindness and hence creating awareness among the masses is necessary to prevent glaucoma from becoming an epidemic.

“Awareness should be spread to eliminate blindness caused by glaucoma by encouraging people to get regular eye checks done which also includes optic nerve examination. It is important to educate people about the disease, which has no symptoms but can cause blindness silently by damaging the optic nerve. People with a family history of diabetes, hypertension, and poor blood circulation are especially at an elevated risk of getting the condition and hence should visit an ophthalmologist regularly,” said Dr. Ritika Sachdev, MS, Addl. Director Medical Services, Centre for Sight.

According to the statistics of WHO, glaucoma is the second largest cause of blindness in the world and fourth largest in India. According to National Health Portal India survey 2017, it is the leading cause of irreversible blindness with estimated cases around 18 lakh.

Though average age for prevalence of glaucoma is over 50 years, but with sedentary lifestyle and westernisation, the average age is getting shorter. Moreover it has recently been observed that of the total cases diagnosed with the condition, over 70% of them are under the age of 35 years.

Dr Sachdev further said: “Due to the damage caused silently to the optic nerve carrying information from the eye to the brain, a group of eye disorders may occur known as glaucoma. Many people with history of hypertension have a myth that drinking plenty of water in the morning will also help in reducing the intra-ocular pressure along with certain breathing exercises. This may not be true if you already have been diagnosed with glaucoma, and apparently the condition can worsen. It is thus necessary to consult the ophthalmologist on a regular basis to get the ocular pressure checked, and follow what they prescribe”.  

If the condition continues, glaucoma could even become an epidemic, especially in the younger generation. Prevention of glaucoma purely depends on regular checkups, early diagnosis and timely treatment, which are helpful to prevent vision loss.

People with regular changes in spectacles, myopic condition or those who have undergone eye surgery and are prescribed with long-term corticosteroid medications are at a greater risk of developing glaucoma as well. And hence necessary precautions should be taken to prevent vision loss.

 

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Assembly poll results prove BJP is nowhere: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA, Dec 11,2018:Reacting to the early trends in the  five – state assembly election result 2018, in which the Congress party is leading in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a series of tweets, hailed democracy and said that this was the verdict of the people.

"Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people , farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste," Mamata tweeted as trends poured in from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

Congratulating the winners of the assembly polls, she said, "Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners."

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INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY – INTERVIEW – ‘YOGA IS A HOLISTIC PHYSIOTHERAPY SYSTEM’

Born in 1980 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Nouf Bint Mohammad Al Marwaai is an inspiring personality in many ways. As an influential Saudi entrepreneur, she pioneered the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other West Asian countries which were not exposed to the world of India’s great gifts to humankind till then.Nouf is perhaps the first Saudi professional lady to visit India to study Yoga and Ayurveda. The founder of Arab Yoga Foundation, the key organiser of International Yoga Day celebrations in Saudi Arabia last year, spoke to Organiser about her life in pursuit of Yoga. Excerpts –

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