Tall, with dark-green pointy leaves, the neem tree of India is known as the "village pharmacy." As a child growing up in metropolitan New Delhi, Sonia Arora recalls on visits to rural areas seeing villagers using neem bark to clean their teeth. Arora's childhood memories have developed into a scientific fascination with natural products and their power to cure illnesses.
Sociologists found a direct relationship between obesity and duration and frequency of hospital stays. Researchers found that, on average, obese persons stayed one and a half days longer than those with normal weight. Sociologists attribute the connection to disease--46 percent of obese adults have high blood pressure.
The Shah commissions allegation of Rs 35,000 scam in mining coming close on the heels of the 2G and Coalgate has brought what was earlier spoken about in frustration or in hushed tones among Goa’s intellectuals and had left others banging their heads against a brick wall, in the open.
By Karan Thapar More than its numbers in Parliament, what confers credibility on a government is the belief it will act, forthrightly and decisively, and stand by its decisions. Unfortunately, you can no longer say that with any real confidence of Manmohan Singh’s UPA 2.
By Tomazinho Cardozo When Goa was liberated in 1961 the total population of Goa was just 6 lakh. After fifty years of Liberation, the same Goa has a population of fourteen plus lakh. And if the population is to be frozen then there is hardly any time to act.
By Ramachandra Guha Last year I travelled to Sri Lanka on work; my previous visit had been a decade earlier. The people were, as before, gentle and polite; the scenery spectacular; the roads and residences, spotlessly clean. But the political culture had changed in the interim. An air of Sinhala superiority was abroad.
Off and on, freedom fighters are in the limelight for various reasons: to demand more facilities and monetary benefits for themselves, job reservations for their children, quotas for admission to professional colleges, demolition of vestiges of the Portugal passage through Goa monuments, (street names, etc).