China could pump money, share tech to improve Indian Railways

China could help India upgrade its ailing railway infrastructure provided New Delhi is open to Chinese investment in the sector, state-run media said on Tuesday reacting to the deadly train accident in Uttar Pradesh that left 146 people dead.

Global Times said the accident could have been caused by a fracture in the track and that accidents were common on “India’s dilapidated rail network”.

Trains in India are “the most popular mode of long-distance transport for locals but has long suffered from underinvestment,” the nationalistic tabloid said in the report. It added that China can step in with investment and its advanced technology.

“China is fairly experienced in financing and developing railway technology, which can perhaps be used as a reference for speeding up construction in the south Asian country. Some east African countries, including Tanzania, are reportedly tending to adopt a “Chinese model” for the development of their rail systems, so why not India,” writer Hu Weijia argued.

“Following the Indore-Patna Express derailment, India and China may want to speed up cooperation in infrastructure and China could provide direct support for upgrading India’s railways,” it said.

“India currently holds the second-largest portion of shares and voting rights in the China-led AIIB, allowing the South Asian country to benefit from the bank’s efforts to improve infrastructure in Asia. Additionally, Chinese banks might provide concessionary loans to India if it allowed more Chinese enterprises to invest in its state-run railway network,” the article said.

In fact, New Delhi and Beijing have had several rounds of talks about cooperation in the railway sector but much of the discussions have remained in the drawing board stage.


'Dragon' and 'elephant' can join hands to dance together: China on India ties

NEW DELHI: Notwithstanding differences in China-India relations, China on Thursday said "sound and stable" development of ties in recent years has proved that the "dragon" and the "elephant" can join hands and peacefully co-exist.

"Once, predictions about our future relations dwelled on 'rivalry between the dragon and the elephant'. However, the sound and stable development of bilateral relations in recent years has proved that the 'dragon' and the 'elephant' can join hands to dance together," Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy Cheng Guangzhong said here.

Cheng, speaking at the inauguration of a China-themed book editorial office in India, said China and India with their distinctive histories, cultures and religions can bring their diversity into full play when cooperating with each other in different areas.

"Cultural exchanges and dialogues are crucial for the two countries to seek common ground while maintaining individual characteristics. Two of the oldest civilisations in the world, China and India, are more than capable of finding ways to achieve peaceful coexistence as giant neighbours," he said.

Noting that China and India are emerging markets with big potential for development, Cheng said, "We are also ancient civilisations with a time-honoured history and brilliant culture. The two neighbours have long engaged in exchanges and mutual learning. As major countries in Asia, China and India have always been a focus of attention."

Leaders, who have helped forge China-India friendship, have said that a true Asian century will come only when China and India are both developed and that when India and China come together, it will be a big event for Asia and indeed even the world, he asserted.

"The two largest Asian nations bear the historical responsibility and mandate of the times to maintain peace and stability in Asia and achieve its prosperity and renewal," Cheng said.

"The two largest Asian nations bear the historical responsibility and mandate of the times to maintain peace and stability in Asia and achieve its prosperity and renewal," Cheng said. \

Source: Times of India

Indian property firm sets its sights on diaspora in Asia

The Indian diaspora in Singapore and the region is being targeted for real estate investments in the motherland by the nation's largest listed real estate developer.

Mumbai-headquartered Godrej Properties (GPL), which notched up sales of about S$1.03 billion in its latest financial year ending in March, established an international representative office in Singapore on Wednesday at One Fullerton Road at Raffles Place.

"We want to provide a service to non-resident Indians and help them in their choice of residential properties in India," said Mr Mohit Malhotra, executive director of Godrej Properties.

"Indian nationals living abroad and people of Indian origin in the region have a high disposable income. They also actively invest in India, so we would like to tap the opportunities in Singapore where there is a large Indian community with strong cultural linkages with India," he added.

The 350,000 ethnic Indians in Singapore, together with a further 350,000 Indian nationals working in the financial services, information technology, marine and construction sectors in the city-state, make up a sizeable part of the target audience of Godrej Properties.

"Our strategic positioning in Singapore will help increase our market share," Mr Malhotra explained. "To be physically present in Singapore will enable us to market our properties, mainly residential properties, more effectively to Indians in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

"This presents a major market opportunity in this region."

GPL established its first overseas representative office in Dubai in 2014 to cater to the Indian diaspora in the United Arab Emirates and in the Middle East.

Over the years, GPL has been working with customers in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia, Africa, UK and USA.

GPL is currently developing residential, commercial and township projects spread across some 12 million square metres in 12 cities.

The cities are: Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Chandigarh, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mangalore and Kolkata.

The properties are mainly high-end, with prices ranging from S$100,000 to S$2 million for apartments ranging from 40 sq m to 200 sq m. These are for one to four-bedroom apartment units.

Any individual who holds the Overseas Citizen of India card or the Person of Indian Origin card issued by the government of India can buy real estate in the South Asian country.

Foreign investors would have to meet the requirements set out by the Reserve Bank of India for foreign nationals and those of non-Indian origin.

Institutional investors can participate in Indian real estate by way of setting up real estate funds according to guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India.

Geraldine Goh Source : straitstimes

Why are most Facebook users in India men?

Though more Indians are increasingly coming online, they are pre-dominantly male. Of the 153 million Facebook users in India, only about 24 percent are women, according to UK consultancy We Are Social.
In comparison, Indonesia's sex ratio on Facebook stands at 41 percent, Japan's at 48, Australia's at 53, and Hong Kong's at 54. India's neighboring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh also disappoint with 22 percent, and 23 percent figures respectively.
"This iniquity of access between men and women may explain part of the reason why digital connectivity levels are so low across South Asia, but there's no obvious reason for the imbalance; Facebook reports its user figures based on active user accounts, not devices used, so their data is unlikely to be skewed by issues such as shared computers or mobile handsets," the report said.

The skewed sex ratio is already a concern in India. As of 2011, India's sex-ratio was 940 females per 1000 males. Things have started to improve in the recent times with literacy rate going up and general awareness, but the disproportion of gender on the internet elicits the age old debate.

The barrier in access could be a significant factor. As many as 81 percent women reported to have never used the internet on their mobile phones last year. The bigger issue at stake here, though, is how many women actually have a mobile phone and hence, access to the internet.
Cultural norms, especially in rural India, continue to treat females unfairly.
Cultural norms, especially in rural India, continue to treat females unfairly. Earlier this year, several villages in western Indian state of Gujarat banned girls and single women from owning mobile phones. The local authority noted that these gadgets distracted girls from studies.
Last year, a Muslim village council in India's largest state Uttar Pradesh issued an advisory, barring girls from using cell phones and wearing jeans.

Unsurprisingly so, the iniquity in gender gap is in no way limited to Facebook. A July report from The Boston Consulting Group shows that internet users in rural India, for instance, are mostly men too. As many as 98 percent of internet users in rural India, and about 79 percent of users in cities are men.
source: mashable .com

Lifestyle changes

With headlines warning of increasing numbers of people with diabetes and prediabetes, you may wonder whether you can prevent type 2 diabetes or whether diabetes is your destiny. The good news is that you can significantly reduce your risk of diabetes through diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices.

The recommended lifestyle interventions include:

* Taking two and a half hours each week of moderate intensity physical activity or one hour and 15 minutes of high intensity exercise.

* Losing weight gradually to achieve a healthy body mass index

* Replacing refined carbohydrates with wholegrain foods and increase intake of vegetables and other foods high in dietary fibre

* Reducing the amount of saturated fat in the diet

Maintain (or return to) a healthy weight.

Obesity is one of the leading risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. It may be reassuring to know that if you are overweight, dropping a moderate 5 percent to 10 percent of your weight cuts your risk of developing diabetes in half. [1] A low-calorie, low-fat diet is recommended as the best way to control your weight and prevent diabetes.

Exercise regularly

Getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, like walking, biking, and swimming, will help you lose weight and keep it off, and it can help keep your heart healthy.

Spread your exercise out over several days each week (for example, five sessions of 30 minutes each). Try not to go more than two days without exercising.

If you do not have any major health problems that limit your activities, add resistance exercises to your routine. For example, you can lift weights three times a week, targeting all the major muscle groups.

Make healthy food choices

Less than 25 percent of your calories should come from fat. Avoid fatty foods like deli meats, snack foods, and pastries. If reducing the amount of fat from calories does not help you lose weight, decrease the total number of calories you consume. The number of calories you should consume each day depends on how much you weigh.

Healthy food and regular exercise can keep type 2 diabetes from affecting your future.


MD, DNB ( Medicine- Gold medalist), DM ( Endocrinology)




Benefits of spicy foods.

hongkong indians

Peoples love a little spice now and then in their meals. Not only does it thrill the taste buds, but also makes food more palatable.

But the fun of eating it apart, there are health benefits of tucking into food that might make you cry. Here are some of them...

Weight loss: For one, that extra spice can also cause you to lose the flab. As per research, chillies have capsaicin, a compound that gives a thermogenic effect and thus makes the body to burn more calories after you have had the meal.

Prevents cancer: As per research, it has been found that capsaicin in chillies has the ability to kill some cancer cells. In addition, chillies may also help to battle common colds and prevent stroke and obesity.

Better heart health: Chillies are also known to reduce cardiovascular risk. They lower incidences of heart attack and stroke as hot chillies lessen damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol). Capsaicin is also said to help fight inflammation, which is a major factor in heart problems.

Lower blood pressure: A study has shown that a compound in chillies has the ability to lower blood pressure. It also was shown to induce blood vessels to relax.

Reduces anger levels: Spicy foods are said to boost the production of serotonin (feel-good hormones). They thus help ease depression

Hong Kong Reportedly Drops Scrapping Visa-Free Facility for Indians

BEIJING, june 20, 2015:  The Hong Kong government has reportedly dropped plans to scrap visa-free entry for Indians after representations from Indian officials and businessmen said such a move could seriously jeopardise businesses and tourism.

Recent media reports quoting public security officials in Hong Kong said that the former British colony was considering to scrap the programme for Indians in an effort to curb the number of asylum seekers.

However, Indian diplomats and prominent businessmen based in Hong Kong told PTI that the local government has dropped the proposal after representations at the highest level stating that such a move could seriously jeopardise the trade, business and tourism flows from India.

A report in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post recently said the proposal to scrap the visa-free facility for Indians was mooted by members of the Liberal Party to curb the asylum seekers from India which registered sharp increase in recent months.

Dominic Lee Tsz-king - chairman of the Liberal Party's Youth Committee and a key force behind the proposal - defended the move as a "sacrifice to protect our borders".

"For legitimate visitors, it's not too much hassle to get visas these days. It can be done online or through many mediums," Lee was quoted as saying by the Post.

The financial drain caused by asylum seekers more than outweighed the economic contribution by Indian tourists, he said.

India is one of the very few countries which Hong Kong allows visa free travel and stay for 14 days.

Both Hong Kong and Macau continued with the policy even after they became special administrative regions of China in 1997.

The arrangement was continued for Indian nationals even without the reciprocal arrangement for the Hong Kong citizens who have to take visa to travel to India.

While Hong Kong officials were unhappy over India not granting reciprocal visa-free arrangement for Hong Kongers, concerns over asylum seekers also rose after the numbers steadily increased recently.

"There are genuine concerns about asylum seekers from India as the government has to spend substantial amounts of money to deal with them," M Arunachalam, founder and former President of the Hong Kong-India Chamber of Commerce told PTI.

He said the proposal has been dropped after the Indian Consulate and his Chambers took up the matter both with the government and Liberal Party, whose senior leader James Tien asked Tsz-king to drop the campaign.

The Indian officials also clarified to the Hong Kong government that the e-visa facility for Chinese tourists announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to China last month will be applicable to residents of Hong Kong which will address the issue of reciprocity.

The Hong Kong government also asked the Indian government to take measures to prevent the asylum seekers to directly fly there and stake claim.

Many of them were being sent back after following due procedures laid out by UNHCR, which entails a lot of time and expenditure for local government, Mr Arunachalam said.

China offers to start martial arts course under Mum university

Hong Kong : Ctoday offered to start a programme in martial arts here through Mumbai University.

This was announced by the Consul General of China, Liu Youfa, during a meeting with Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan here.

Youfa told the Governor that having established a Confucius Institute at the University of Mumbai last year, China is now considering offering a programme in martial arts through the varsity. The programme will train students in self defence, he said.

He also said that China was seriously considering setting up an Industrial Park in Nashik, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson told reporters after the meeting.

An area of 2,000 acres has been identified for the purpose.

According to Youfa, the China Industrial Park will have 20-30 non-polluting, high-end manufacturing and IT companies which will provide direct employment to nearly 3,000 people.

Youfa told the governor that his country had declared 2014 as the 'Year of Friendly Exchanges' and would be hosting a festival in June which will draw participation from friendly countries. He invited Maharashtra to participate in the event.

Youfa, an economist by training, said the trade volume between India and China was USD 64 billion last year. Efforts are being made to increase the same, he added.

Youfa said he has been conducting market research in Mumbai and Bangalore to identify new areas of co-operation for trade and investment.

China has expertise in infrastructure development and that is was one area where his country could offer help to Maharashtra, he said.

Expressing satisfaction over the measures taken by both countries to promote co-operation, the governor expressed hope that relations between China and India would strengthen further in the years to come.

How an Indian Bought for $12

Sanmay Ved, an ex-Google executive, luckily became the owner of '' domain on Tuesday for just one minute. The executive said he was wandering inside the Google Domains page when he found the '' domain as available to buy.

Interestingly, Ved was able to add the domain to his cart and was able to make the payment of $12 (roughly Rs. 790) to purchase the domain. "As soon as I completed purchase, I received two emails, one from, and one from, which is not the norm when you book domains via Google Domains as I have booked new, previously un-registered domains before, and I have never received emails from the above aliases on booking the domains," he said on his LinkedIn post. The domain showed up in his Google Domains history as well.

Furthermore, Ved's Google Webmaster Tools were also updated. "Additionally, I started receiving notifications, for when ownership changed (along with new owner details etc.) in the Google Search Console for websites (I will not name them) that are powered by Google Sites (which makes sense given that websites powered by Google Sites rest on the master domain Quite clearly, ownership had been granted to me. Order was successful."

However, the Google Domains page was quick to spot the accidental change in ownership of the domain and sent Ved a domain cancellation email. The ex-Googler later got a $12 refund and the domain correctly showed the 'Unavailable' icon besides it.

"Google could do this given the registration service used by me (aka Google Domains) belonged to Google, unlike the 2003 event in which Microsoft forgot to renew their Hotmail UK domain which was registered with Nominet UK. As a result, the Hotmail UK domain was returned to the open market for pickup by anybody who fancied it. Somebody else picked it up, and as Microsoft wasn't the registrar themselves, Microsoft wasn't able to cancel the order, and take it back automatically. In my case, I don't know what caused Google to lose ownership of the domain as a result of which it was available in the open market," Ved added.

Ved said that he has reported the matter to Google Security team and they are working on it. The reason behind the accidental purchase of seems to be a bug.

"The Indian Prime Minister's visit did work ended up convincing Google to sell the most visited domain on the internet to a person from the Kutch region of the Indian Prime Minister's home state...albeit just for a minute or so :)," Ved joked.


World Cancer Day 2014: Foods that prevent cancer

'World Cancer Day' is celebrated annually on 4th of February to deepen our understanding of this killer disease. This year the campaign focuses on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration that is to reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer with the tagline, "Debunk the myths".

There has been enough research to validate that food acts as the most promising ammunition to fight the battle against cancer.  Keeping in with this year's campaign we bring to you six common queries that are addressed by Dr Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Baidyanath.

1) What is the most common cause of cancer?

Cancer is the abnormal growth of cells. There are around 100 types of cancer. The most common types of cancer are -  Men: Lung, esophagus, stomach, oral and pharyngeal cancers. Women: Cervix and breast cancers.

Cancer has many possible causes, the prominent ones being -

  • Genetics: Certain cancers run in families. For example, certain mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes greatly increase a person's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Smoking: Cigarette smoking accounts for around 30% of all cancer deaths. It is linked with increased risk of these cancers - lungs, larynx, oral cavity, nose and sinuses, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix, kidney, bladder, ovary, colon, rectum and acute myeloid leukemia. Chewing of tobacco, a carcinogen, is linked to dental caries, gingivitis, oral leukoplakia, and oral cancer.
  • Diet and Lifestyle: Research shows that a poor diet and not having an active lifestyle are the key factors that can increase a person's risk of developing cancer. 

Three things to keep in mind in order to stay cancer free:

- Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout your life.
- Be physically active on a regular basis.
- Make healthy food choices with a focus on plant-based foods.

2) What are the foods that up the risk of developing cancer?

Some cancers like that of the stomach have a more direct relationship with food. Foods which should be consumed in moderation to avoid the incidence of cancer are  -

  • Processed meats such as bacon, sausages, lunch meats and hot dogs.
  • Choose fish, poultry, or beans instead of red meat (beef, pork, and lamb).
  • If you eat red meat, choose lean cuts and eat smaller portions.
  • Prepare meat, poultry, and fish by baking, broiling, or poaching rather than by frying or charbroiling.

3) What are the preventive foods that guard against cancer?

In accordance with the most common types of cancers that our country suffers from, the following foods can help:

Oral Cancer: A diet rich in green and yellow vegetables and proper oral hygiene has been shown to offer protection against oral cancer.

Breast Cancer: Reduction of high calorie foods, increased intake of fruits and vegetables and regular physical activity is preventive.

Lung Cancer: Avoid tobacco and stay free from environmental pollutants. Increase intake of vegetables, fruits and beta carotene.

Stomach Cancer: Diets high in fruits and vegetables particularly raw vegetables, citrus fruits, and possibly allium vegetables (onions, leeks, garlic etc.), foods with high levels of carotenoid, high vitamin C intake and consumption of green tea helps prevent stomach cancers.

4) What foods help in healing cancer and how?

Good nutrition is a key to good health. Foods which are rich in Vitamin C, Beta-carotene and Lycopene are known to protect DNA from damages. Research proves that these foods help in healing cancer -

Apple: Apple contains quercetin, epicatechin, anthocyanins and triterpenoids which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to lower the risk of cancer specifically Colorectal cancers. The apple peel is the most nutritious as the majority of Quercetin (80%) is found in it. Other cancers in which apples are known to heal are lungs, breast and stomach.

Blueberries: Blueberries have great antioxidant power, due to the presence of many phytochemicals and flavonoids like Anthocyanins, Ellagic acid and Urolithin. These are known to decrease free radical damage to DNA that leads to cancer. They also decrease the growth and stimulate self-destruction of mouth, breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Green Cabbage, Cauliflower, White Turnip, Kale, Green Collard: The Glucosinolates present in them is converted into isothiocyanates and indoles on consumption, which decreases inflammation, one of the risk factors of cancer. Beta-carotene promotes cell communication that helps control abnormal cell growth.

Cherries: Both sweet and tart cherries are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. The dark red color comes from anthocyanins, which are antioxidants.
Cranberries: They are high on dietary fiber and vitamin C. They're very high in antioxidant power, most of which comes from phytochemicals like anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and flavonols, ursolic acid, benzoic acid and hydroxycinnamic acid. Proanthocyanidins and ursolic acid decrease growth and increase self-destruction of several types of cancer in cell studies.
Grapefruit: An 18th century hybrid of the pummelo and sweet orange. It is grown mainly in the Americas. Its name derives from the fruit's appearance as it grows: grape-like clusters on trees. Grapefruit contains these naringenin and other flavonoids like limonin and other limonoids, beta-carotene and lycopene (pink and red varieties). Foods containing lycopene lower the risk of prostate cancer.

Green Tea: Since ancient times, tea has been used as both beverage and medicine. Both black and green teas contain numerous active ingredients, including polyphenols and flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. One class of flavonoids called catechins has recently become the focus of widespread study for their anti-cancer potential. Tea is the best source of catechins in the human diet, and green tea contains about three times the quantity of catechins found in black tea. In laboratory studies, green tea has been shown to slow or completely prevent cancer development in colon, liver, breast and prostate cells. Other studies involving green tea have shown similar protective effects in tissues of the lung, skin and digestive tract.

Winter Squash/Pumpkins: They contain Alpha and Beta carotene which is converted to Vitamin A inside the body. The yellow pigmented lutein, zeaxanthin helps to filter high energy ultra violet rays that can damage our eye's lens and retina. Lab studies suggest that dietary intake decreases the chances of skin cancer related to exposure from sun.
Walnuts: The major actives found in walnut are - Elligtannins, Gamma-tocopherol, Alpha-linolenic acid, phytosterols and Melatonin. Laboratory studies show that consuming walnuts helps in breast cancer, colon tumor and prostate cancer. The studies also show decreased damage to DNA by regular consumption of walnut.

5) Do all chemicals, preservatives and additives in foods cause cancer?

Additives serve a wide variety of uses. For example, preservatives protect foods against deterioration and prevent growth of fungi and bacteria. Other additives help improve the texture and consistency of foods, keep them flowing freely when poured, or prevent them from drying out. Flavourings restore taste losses or can enhance the flavour or aroma of food. Emulsifiers ensure that oil and water in foods do not separate.
Some commonly used preservatives which are doubted to have a relation with cancer are - Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a phenolic antioxidant which prevents rancidity of fats and oils in food by protecting against lipid oxidation. High levels of BHA is found to create stomach tumor in laboratory animals.
Some other chemicals which are found in canned foods and are known to perpetrate cancer are -

  • Bisphenol A(BPA) can be found in reusable plastic food containers and the lining of food and beverage cans. Research shows that BPA exposure is linked to breast cancer, and has been shown to interfere with chemotherapy treatment for the disease.
  • Phthalates can be found in some plastic food containers and are considered as endocrine disruptors. Phthalate exposure has been linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.
  • Some pesticides and herbicides used on foods we eat have been labeled as human or animal carcinogens.
  • Zeranol: Commonly found in the beef industry processing, it mimics an estrogen like action in the body and has been found carcinogenic in laboratory animals. This chemical is banned by the European Union.
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used to produce food packaging. It was one of the first chemicals designated as known human carcinogen and has been linked to increased mortality from breast cancer and liver cancer among workers involved in its manufacture.

6) A lot is being talked about the Mediterranean diet and its anti-cancer properties. How helpful is the diet?
The Mediterranean diet got popular in 1990's for its protective qualities against heart ailments. Later it was found to be effective for other lifestyle disorders and cancer. Instead of accepting all the dishes that are offered in the name of a Mediterranean diet we should look for some basic concepts for which this cuisine is revered. These are - good to control weight gain, bad cholesterol and blood sugar.

A typical Mediterranean diet includes - abundant plant foods, fresh fruits, olive oil, cereals, wine, moderate consumption of fish, poultry and low amounts of red meat.
The main benefit of this type of a diet is that it reduces inflammatory changes and oxidative stress in the body. By reducing inflammatory changes and delaying the age related changes in body it increases longevity and improves health. At least 7 types of cancers are related to obesity and in that context a Mediterranean diet helps to maintain a healthy glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
The biological mechanisms for cancer prevention associated with the Mediterranean diet have been related to the favourable effect of a balanced ratio of omega 6 and omega 3, essential fatty acids and high amounts of fibre, antioxidants and polyphenols found in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and wine.

7) Five tips that you recommend one should follow for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Include fibers in your diet for healthy bowel movements. Regular bowels are important for detoxification.
  • Regular exercise is most important to boost immunity and avoid metabolic disorders like diabetes, hyper cholesterol, obesity, thyroid, hypertension etc. Yoga, paranyam are good for reducing stress, improving flexibility and correcting posture.
  • Nuts provides a good source of energy and other nutrients which are helpful. They help in the reduction and maintainence of weight. Nuts are advisable for controlling bad cholesterol. Nuts like walnut, almonds and pistachios are good for diabetics, hypercholesterolemia.
  • Intake of fruits and vegetables provides necessary antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These help to neutralize the oxidative stress in the body and avoid damages to DNA, ageing.
  • Regular detox through green and herbal teas helps to maintain the balance in the body. Spa and Ayurveda therapies like body massages, shirodhara, chooran svedanam help to relax the body and mind. Lymphatic drainage therapy is also helpful to cleanse channels and get rid of toxins from the lymphatic system.

About Dr Ashutosh Gautam

He is currently working as a manager of clinical operations and coordination in Baidyanath. He is an ayurveda scholar with particular interest in spreading awareness about diet (Ahar) & Dincharya (routine) on one's health.

He gives lifestyle consultations in Manta Vedic Spa. His specialization is diet consultation according to ayurvedic principles of Parkruti (basic constitution of person), Nadi Parikashan (pulse examination).

He is also involved in the introduction of new products & development in the organization and holding CME (continue medical education) for doctors about latest advances in the field of Ayurveda.

Revealed: How much storage space does your 16GB phone REALLY have?

  • London-based Which? magazine ran tests on eight popular 16GB handsets
  • Samsung's Galaxy S4 owners still only get half the storage they pay for 
  • Apple's iPhone 5C offers the most available storage - 12.6GB out of 16GB
  • Storage space is taken up with unwanted 'bloatware' and system files
  • Samsung responded to criticisms by telling owners to buy extra storage

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ICAO sets Nov 2015 deadline to phase out handwritten passports

Jammu 10 Dec 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) plans to phase out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs) by 2015.

"The ICAO has set a deadline of November 24, 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports," Jammu passport officer Rajinder Gupta said on Monday.

All handwritten passports with photos pasted on it earlier issued by India are considered non-MRP passports and foreign nations might deny visa or entry to any person travelling with such document after the end of the period, said Gupta.

All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category, he said, adding that the government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. "Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten and 20-year validity passports should apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem," Gupta added.


British overseas passport holders must submit applications to UK

Hong Kong 10 Dec 2013: Holders of British National (Overseas) passports will have to submit renewal applications by mail to a passport office in Britain from today, rather than to the consulate in Admiralty.

The British consulate in Hong Kong said in a statement that the change followed a review by the National Audit Office and was designed to achieve economies of scale, greater security, and consistency in decision making.

British nationals, including British National (Overseas) passport holders, were previously asked to submit passport applications to the consulate's passport centre. Applications will now go to the Passport Customer Service Centre in Liverpool.

BN(O) passports were issued to Hongkongers who registered before the handover in 1997. These passport holders do not have the right of abode in Britain.

A consulate spokesperson said the number of passports issued in the city, including those for British citizens, soared from 25,757 in 2011 to 34,526 last year. At the end of last month, 35,092 had been issued this year.

Current application fees are HK$1,600 for a 32-page passport and HK$1,932 for one with 48 pages. That is about four times the price of an HKSAR passport, which costs HK$370 and HK$460, respectively.

The number of countries and territories that have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to HKSAR passport holders has grown since the handover, and now stands at 147, versus 118 for the BN(O).

On March 30, 1996 - the cut-off date for applying to become a British Dependent Territories Citizen, a prerequisite for applying for a BN(O) passport - a record 21,745 applications were received by the consulate in one day. Scenes of people lining up outside Immigration Tower in Wan Chai - particularly images of four men arrested after coming to blows over queue jumping - captured international headlines.

Christopher Hammerbeck, executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, said he believed the change would have little impact, since the consulate had promised application processing times would not change.

Former Democratic Party lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong said he had travelled frequently since he retired but would not be renewing his BN(O) passport.

"It's very convenient to travel with an HKSAR passport," he said. "The travel value of the BN(O) is no longer critical."

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Abducted Indian businessmen freed after being held 3 days at gunpoint

A group of Indian businessmen have been freed after being kidnapped in Hong Kong and held at gunpoint for three days.

The three men - travelling together on a business trip - were abducted within hours of their arrival on Saturday and a ransom demand of HK$19 million was made by the abductors to their families in India.

They were taken to a hideout in the northern New Territories and guarded by a gang armed with a firearm and choppers.

The abduction, which sparked a rare international police operation over the weekend, ended with their release.

A 27-year-old man of Indian descent was arrested in Hong Kong and another man, aged 28, is being held by the police in India. Police are hunting the remaining members of the gang.

Details of the international effort to release the captives, aged 35, 48 and 55, are being kept under wraps but sources have told the South China Morning Post that they were driven to Chek Lap Kok airport on Monday and set free.

Sources close to the investigation - which like all kidnap cases was highly secretive in order to protect the victims - said all three businessmen suffered injuries during their captivity but were able to be interviewed by police.

It is understood no ransom money was paid but the gang took the victims' cash and valuables before they were freed.

The 27-year-old suspect is facing kidnap and robbery charges and was being questioned in Tai Po police station last night.

Detectives from the New Territories North regional crime unit are now leading the hunt for the rest of the kidnap gang - all believed to be of South Asian origin.

"The victims were threatened and held by five to six South Asian men armed with choppers and what appeared to be a pistol. It was well-planned and obviously had an international dimension to it," a police source said.

The source confirmed a HK$19 million ransom demand had been delivered to the families in India.

Hong Kong police sought assistance from the Indian authorities through the force's Liaison Bureau, a move a senior police officer described as "rare''.

Last week, China and India signed a defence co-operation accord to avert potential stand-offs in their disputed border areas as they vowed not to let the row overshadow ties.

In April last year, four men bungled an attempt to kidnap billionaire Florence Tsang Chiu-wing's mother and four-year-old daughter outside the ESF International Kindergarten (Hillside) in Wan Chai.

They were forced to abandon the girl and her 60-year-old grandmother in a seven-seater vehicle after they were unable to start the engine.

Source: scmp

China gives top billing to PM Manmohan Singh's visit

BEIJING: China today said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's three-day visit from tomorrow is of great importance for deepening strategic partnership amid expectations that the two sides would sign some key pacts, including one to prevent incursions along the LAC. 

"We attach great importance to the visit and are looking forward to it," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here today.

"It is of great importance to deepen China-India strategic partnership as the visit follows the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India in May." 

In a rare honour, Singh, who is arriving here tomorrow night after a visit to Russia, will be hosted by both Premier Li and President Xi Jinping on the same day. 

Among the pacts expected to be signed during the visit is the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), the draft of which was cleared by the Indian cabinet. 

It is perceived as a major confidence-building measure by both countries, which had to grapple this year with a series of Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that triggered serious tensions. 

A much awaited agreement on liberalising the visa regime was reportedly dropped as India's cabinet did not clear it because of reservations over Chinese visa procedures, like issuing stapled visas for residents of Arunachal Pradesh that led to two Indian archers missing a competition in Beijing. 

An agreement on establishing Chinese industrial parks in India, expected to bring in investment from China, too is unlikely to be signed as a Chinese team is still scouting sites in India. 

Agreements on promoting culture and people-to-people contacts are expected to be signed. 

Besides welcoming Singh at the Great Hall of the People overlooking the historic Tiananmen Square, Li will hold talks with him on a host of issues. 

Later, they will jointly address business leaders attending the second India-China CEOForum being held on the sidelines of Singh's visit. 

Ten top Indian industrialists, headed by Reliance Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group chief Anil Ambani, and prominent Chinese industrialists will be part of the business meet.


Visitors from Hong Kong top spenders on Indian hotels: Survey
10/21/2013, the global hotel bookings expert, recently launched the latest edition of the Hotel Price Index (HPI) report. In the first half of 2013, travellers from Hong Kong have spent the most money to stay in India. They paid on an average INR 8,250 in 2013 which is 13 per cent more than the previous year. The report revealed that out of 28 nations, 15 paid more in the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. This reflects an overall growth of one per cent in the country with respect to hotel room rates.

The HPI is based on bookings made on and prices shown are those actually paid by customers per room per night, rather than advertised rates. Travellers from Switzerland came in second at INR 7,321 followed by Singapore at INR 7,164. Thailand, up 28 per cent at INR 6,298. Close neighbour China paid an extra 18 per cent to an average INR 6,381. The sharpest fall was recorded by Brazilians, down 13 per cent to INR 5,932 and Israelis down 6 per cent to INR 6,835.

According to this latest HPI report India has seen slight fluctuations. Cities like Mumbai and Hyderabad have seen a fall in hotel price by one per cent and four per cent respectively whereas places like Goa and Bengaluru are enjoying a growth by five and two per cent.

The data shows that prices paid by hotel guests throughout the country rose by one per cent in the first six months of 2013 to an average INR 6,025. Figures from the Indian tourism ministry showed that the growth in inbound visitors slowed considerably as a result of adverse worldwide newspaper headlines during this period. Overall numbers were up but the rate of increase slowed considerably. The continued fall in the value of the rupee deterred outbound travel from the country and boosted domestic tourism.


Team Mangalore conquers the sky at Hong Kong International Kite Festival

Mangalore, Oct 19: Team Mangalore, a city-based hobby group of kite flyers, on invitation from Hong Kong Youth Art Foundation and Southern District council of Hong Kong participated the Hong Kong International Kite Festival held on October 13 and 14 at Cyberfort Water Front, Hong Kong as representatives from India.

The Team participated in this mega Kite Festival from 11 AM to 5 PM local time at Hong Kong. The team consisting of Prashanth Upadhyaya, (ONGC-MRPL), Subhash Pai (ONGC-MRPL), Dinesh Holla and Shashank Shetty showcased some of the best kites to the people of Hong Kong and kitists of International fame from Japan and China also had participated in the event.

Team Mangalore kites such as Kathakali, Yakshagana,Gajaraja, Avatar Bird, Charlie, Owl, Deer, Pushpaka Vimana and the new creation “Garuda” and “Fire Devil Delta” got appreciation from the people of Hong Kong and fellow kite flyers of Japan and China. People from all age groups enjoyed this Festival.

The members of Kannada Sangha of Hong Kong also supported the team by their participation in large numbers and helped the team in the flying field. Many Indians residing in Hong Kong also appreciated the team.

The team conducted workshops for the children to make Indian Fighter kites. The organising committee chief Wandy Tsang, deputy chief Sasha and Financial Controller Ms.Wendy Kan appreciated the performance of the Team. Earlier ,Team Mangalore had participated in various International Kite Festivals held in France, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, Sri Lanka and recently in Cervia, Italy and Dubai.

All in all, the team has once again showcased cultural heritage of India at Cyber fort Waterfronts of Hong Kong.



India, China launch media platform for giving 'language to ideas'

New Delhi: India flagged its concerns about "differing perceptions" of an undefined boundary leading to problems from time to time as both sides on Monday inaugurated an India-China Media Forum in the national capital for greater interaction between their media persons. Inaugurating the media forum at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan in Delhi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hoped the platform would help both sides evolve "a common language of diplomacy" and give "language to ideas". He inaugurated the forum along with Cai Mingzhao, China's Minister of the State Council Information Office.

While stressing the ancient links between India and China and how it is important for both sides to evolve "close congruence", Khurshid flagged India's concerns about the boundary problems that have seen Chinese troops crossing the Line of Actual Control into India, including in Ladakh region, in April-May this year that led to a 20-day standoff between their troops.

Khurshid said that their "undefined boundary" and their differing perceptions about the 4,000-km Line of Actual Control is something that "appears from time to time to become an insurmountable problem". He added that both sides are "completely committed to eradication of these elements in a relationship that is significantly important to both of us".

He said in this context, it was important to evolve a language that would "clear the cobwebs and the misconceptions of the past, present and future". Khurshid also said that India was seeking greater market access for its IT and pharmacy products in China, a concern that India has been flagging for some times, and both sides were seeking to narrow the gap. - See more at:

Steady Chinese Demand Lifts Mediocre Hong Kong Show

Hong Kong:  Diamond exhibitors reported mixed sales at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gems Fair as buyers focused on lower price point, commercial diamonds ahead of the fourth quarter.  Prices held relatively firm throughout the show maintained by steady Chinese demand for smaller certified goods.

“There’s still resistance in pricing, especially from the Indians,” said Dror Marom, regional manager of China for Dalumi Diamonds. “But Chinese customers are showing some flexibility because some items are in high demand and they need goods in time for the holidays.”

Most polished suppliers who spoke with Rapaport News noted that activity in the diamond section of the show was dominated by buyers from Mainland China as they shopped for goods ahead of the October Golden Week, which is the second busiest retail season in China after the Chinese New Year. 

Marom explained that Chinese buyers as a group have grown in stature in the past few years as the Chinese market has become more competitive and retailer’s margins in China have tightened. “The Chinese buyer is becoming more professional. They understand the assortments very well and know what they want,” he said. “They also don’t have big margins. But because the peak season is coming up they came to the show with the intention to buy.”

Exhibitors reported that there were fewer active Indian buyers in Hong Kong this year than in previous years as they continue to be weighed down by the volatile Indian rupee against the dollar. Similarly, buyers from emerging Far East economies such as Malaysia and Indonesia featured less prominently  at the show than before, which some attributed to the weak currencies in those markets.

Tony Mehta, the owner of Diasqua Group, noted that Indian buyers focused on buying lower-end goods, while the higher-end, Indian buyers were not active at the show. “In general, buyers were looking for lower colors and intent on spending less money,” Mehta said. “Even the larger goods that sold were in the cheaper ranges.”

Mishael Vardi, the owner of VMK Diamonds, a supplier of fancy color diamonds, added that buyers are looking for different types of goods as they hunt down  attractive price points to meet their limited budgets. He noted that prices for fancy color diamonds held firm at the show. “The feeling is that people have money but want to spend it wisely and will pay cash for the right goods,” Vardi said. “It’s really about price points in the commercial goods.” 

Others at the show agreed. Dealers reported that the smaller, pointer-size, certified goods were the strongest, continuing a market trend  throughout 2013. There was strong demand for 0.30 to 0.60-carat, G-, VS-SI, Triple EX goods, while demand for J-M, VVS goods in the same sizes was steady. Similarly, they indicated stable demand for 1-carat, J-M, VS-SI goods. Demand for larger, better-quality diamonds was relatively weak, while some reported a bit of weakness in the 0.70 to 0.99-carat category. Demand for fancy shape diamonds was steady. soure :