Monday, 30 May 2011

Say No to Tobacco

Here are few details to know about Tobacco and must be shared and spread to as many as people possible across globe:

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. This year, more than 5 million people will die from a tobacco-related heart attack, stroke, cancer, lung ailment or other disease. That does not include the more than 600,000 people – more than a quarter of them children – who will die from exposure to second-hand smoke. The annual death toll from the global epidemic of tobacco use could rise to 8 million by 2030. Having killed 100 million people during the 20th century, tobacco use could kill 1 billion during the 21st century. It kills more than five million people a year – an average of one person every six seconds – and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. The tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people per year.

· Only 5.4% of people are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws.
· In 2008, the number of people protected from second-hand smoke increased by 74% to 362 million from 208 million in 2007.
· Of the 100 most populous cities, 22 are smoke free. Almost half of children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke.
· Over 40% of children have at least one smoking parent.
· Second-hand smoke causes more than 600 000 premature deaths per year.
· In 2004, children accounted for 28% of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke.
· There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
· In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer. In infants, it causes sudden death. In pregnant women, it causes low birth weight.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Salient Features of Jan Lokpal Bill

  1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up
  2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.
  3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.
  4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.
  5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.
  6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.
  7. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.
  8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.
  9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.
  10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

Source: India Against Corruption (

Monday, 28 March 2011

We are in Blue, You are in Blue

We are in Blue, You are in Blue

Together we all are, go India go we are with you

Sweat is Blue, tears are Blue

Joy is Blue, blood is Blue

We are in Blue, You are in Blue

Together we all are, go India go we are with you

Colours are many, but none like Blue

Teams are many, but none like you

We are in Blue, You are in Blue

Together we all are, go India go we are with you

Matches are few, luck is with you

Winners of the cup are meant to be you

We are in Blue, you are in Blue

Together we all are, go India go we are with you

Cheer Indian Cricket Team and let them bring back the glory of 1983 this time!!