Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai


Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

 Poornima / Kali Yugaabda 5113 / Kara Purattaasi 24 (October 11, 2011)


Kalyana Raman Srinivasan was born and brought up in a small village called Mannarakoil in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu (Bharat). His father was a Tahasildar there.  But the sudden death of his father at the age of 45 changed everything overnight.  Kal was 15 then. His mother got a pension of Rs 420 a month. The family moved from the rented house to a hut. They had to sell the plates to buy rice to eat; his mother used to give rice in his hands. The first turning point in life was after his 12th standard. He got good marks in both the engineering and medicine entrance exams, and for engineering, he got admission at the Anna University in Chennai. He used to live on day scholars' lunch boxes and also use to fast. His first job was with Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) Mumbai. He stayed at Dadar Railway Station as he knew no one there. Soon, he was in Chennai with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Within a few months, he was sent to Edinburgh, UK. From Edinburgh, his next stop was the United States. In 1992, he went to the US as an entry level contractor with Wal-Mart. In two years, he was a director running a division.    When he left Wal-Mart after six years, he was a man running the information systems for the International Division of the retail giant. In 1998, he joined drugstore.com Online Pharmacy as the chief information officer and in 2001 at the age of 30, he was the CEO of the company. In October 2007, GlobalScholar was launched targetting both teachers and students by acquiring four companies that were into education. Today, 200 people are working for GlobalScholar in Chennai and 150 in the US. In the current year its tunover will be 150-160 crore (Rs 1.5-1.6 billion).  (Kal Raman is in India now for the Kumbhabhishekam of the temple at his village Mannarkoil. "It is taking place after 500 years. It is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of work. I have spent more than one and a half crore rupees (Rs 15 million) to renovate the temple and do the Kumbhabhishekam. More than anything else, I have given jobs to all my friends in the village who are masons and carpenters." Other than this, he has also adopted all the orphanages around his village and he takes care of around 2,000 kids, some of whom are physically handicapped. "I do not do this as charity; it's my responsibility. I am giving something back to the society that fed me, taught me, and took care of me and gave me hopes." From an email circulated in an egroup.


Sahakar Bharati is the 24 year old all India cooperative movement endeavouring to rejuvenate the nation. To enhance qualatative growth of co-operative movement, Sahakar Baharati has dedicatedly performed with a motto of " Bina Sanskar, Nahi Sahakar" and has engaged in building the team of socially devoted co-operative activists. Recognising its valuable contribution, the United Nations Organisation (UN) has authorized Sahakar Bharati to organize an international conference in February 2012 to mark the International Cooperative Year. Sahakar Bharati will be convening the meet on February 9 and 10, 2012, with help from the government of Madhya Pradesh. Over 200 delegates from several countries are expected to participate in the conference. PATHIK SANDESH, Jullandhar, September 2011.


For some of the 105 women cadets from the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai, who were inducted into armed forces in September 2011, like Ganeve Lalji, daughter of Colonel S S Lalji, it was a matter of keeping their family tradition alive. "She is the third generation army officer in our family. Even though we don't have a son, we are proud to have her," said Major General Lalji D Singh, her grandfather who retired from services in 1993. "I wish I would be alive to see the fourth generation don the olive green," he said with a grin. They were part of the 370 cadets who took part in the passing out parade that marked the culmination of the initial part of the officers' training before moving on to join operational regiments across the country. "A lot of the women cadets were earlier working in the corporate sector," said OTA sources. Some were engineers, some specialised in information technology while some others had Masters in Business Administration, the sources added.Lt General V K Ahluwalia, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Central Command, who reviewed the passing out parade, told reporters that now more and more youngsters were coming forward to join the forces. "Who said the youth of the country are not interested to join the armed forces? There is a huge demand but then our selection process is tough as we don't want to compromise on quality," he said. Based on a report in THE SUNDAY INDIAN EXPRESS, September 18, 2011.


Making a breakthrough in drug research to improve the quality of life of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, an Indian scientist has discovered an anti-Alzheimer's drug that has been extracted from citrus fruits. Dr Mahaveer Golechha, senior research fellow, Department of Pharmacology, AIIMS, has been awarded the prestigious Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation's, USA Young Investigator Scholarship Award. Golechha, who hails from a small town in Rajasthan, said that he choose his research on Alzheimer's because he felt that not enough research has been conducted on the subject. "This drug Naringin is a bioflavonoid. Naringin exerted its effects through multiple mechanisms, like anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic. This drug has been discovered from citrus fruits," added the doctor. So far a total of 24.3 million people have been suffering from Alzheimer's worldwide and 4.6 million new cases are being diagnosed annually. This work has been published in the Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, an international journal of Japanese Society of Pharmacology. DAILY PIONEER, September 21. 2011.


As our country deals with the rapidly progressive threat of an epidemic of A(H1N1) flu, it is useful to remember that the A(H1N1) virus is spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by infected persons.The Centre for Disease Control in the U.S. has made the following recommendation: Individuals who do not have any symptoms should avoid close contact with sick people, should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth (because this can help the virus spread), and should also clean their hands frequently. There is another precaution that is applicable particularly in India that has not been highlighted so far, either in the media or in the recommendations of the health authorities, the avoidance of shaking hands when greeting other people. Shaking hands is a Western form of greeting that, with increasing globalisation and westernisation has been widely adopted in India, especially in urban areas. Today, shaking the hand of another person can mean that you are picking up the virus from that person's hand and exposing yourself to the risk of being infected with a virus that can be lethal. Therefore by folding our hands and saying "Namaste," the risk of person-to-person transmission of the virus can be eliminated. (The writer, Dr. Gautham Suresh, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre, Lebanon, NH, USA) From the Open Page column of  THE HINDU, August 23, 2009. Read the following news as well: (The President of the USA Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama follow the practice of bumping fists instead of shaking hands when greeting others. This is a method to avoid contracting the flu virus. Nathan Wolfe, a virus expert of the Stanford University, California, has said that flu can be avoided if you do not shake hands but, instead, greet the other person in some alternate manner, preferably by touching the elbow, taking a bow of tapping fists. Handclasp can invite trouble in the form of flu. http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/10571432).