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Indian embassies around the world to mark International Day of Yoga May 25, 2017 12:58

As the International Day of Yoga (IDY) is on 21st June, the Narendra Modi government has launched extensive preparations to mark the third IDY at a much greater scale than previous two years, Particularly in North America, Europe and China. This year’s celebration is not just to spread awareness about India’s civilization ethos and strengthen the country’s soft diplomacy. But to put a check to the cultural appropriation of the ancient Indian practice by what is termed ‘western Yoga’. The ‘western Yoga’, is gaining immense popularity in the western nation and does not acknowledge the significance that Yoga has with the ancient Indian culture. The western Yoga also focuses only on mere physical exercises that are bereft of yoga’s meditation and spiritual essence. The United Nations General Assembly designated 21st June as the International Day of Yoga at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imitative. The Indian Embassies and consulates in North & South America, Europe, Australia and China are leading the way to hold month longs Yoga events that have already started and will go on till the third week of June. In 2015 and 2016 the IDY was marked as a daylong event. Indian Embassy and consulates in the United States have partnered with local Indian cultural organization to make the event a success. The Indian Embassy in Washington D.C., has partnered with the “Friends of Yoga,” which is a group of organization that include Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), the overseas arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation, Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Brahma Kumaris, Swami Ramdev’s Patanjali, Hindu American Foundation, Association of United Hindu and Jain Temples, Gayatri Pariwar and other Indian community organizations. The HSS greatly supported the holding of Yoga day in 2015 and 2016, but this is the first time where the Indian Embassy has brought HSS and Patanjali on board as “officials partners” on its dedicated website for the event at dcyogaday.org A spokesperson for RSS in Delhi said that  the Indian embassies will routinely invite Indian cultural outfits to help hold events and celebrate Indian festivals. In January, the United States House of Representatives took note of the HSS’ annual ‘Surya Namaskar Yajna’ or ‘Health for Humanity Yogathon’, which the HSS holds as part of its annual Makar Sankranti celebrations. Not only in the United States, but across the world Indian embassies have collaborated with city authorities to hold Yoga day celebrations. In D.C., the event will be held on June 21 at National Mall. In Chicago, a preparatory Yoga event was held on May 17 and the consulate will hold the main event on June 24. In the capital of Spain, Madrid the event will be held on June 18 and in France capital, Paris on June 17. While in Germany Capital, Berlin on 21 June. In India, PM Modi will mark the event with 55,000 people in Lucknow on June 21. The central government is making detailed plans to have senior ministers perform Yoga in key state capitals. In China, more than thousand people took part in a Yoga event on Saturday in Wuyi, Zhejiang province. According to the Indian consulate, the event was organized along with the People’s Government of Wuyi County. Wuyi’s mayor said at the event that just as Buddhism had bound the civilizations of India and China together, Yoga also has the potential to promote values of harmony and peace between the two nations. The Indian embassy in Beijing will be organizing several yoga events across the country over the next one month. The chief of HSS, Ved Nanda has sent out an appeal to the Indian community to make the Yoga day a success. He said that the International Day of Yoga is an opportunity where “we can give back to our karmabhoomi (US) the best part of our collective inheritance –Yoga.” He also stressed on the spiritual aspects of Yoga “As you know, Yoga is not a mere tool for physical fitness but more importantly is a beacon for individual’s upliftment,” he said. He said the Yoga Day events will involve all regardless of their race, faith, gender, nationality or any other similar barrier. Whereas in India, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has encouraging young people for month-long internship program for media and publicity related work for the Yoga day. Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5. Karmya Yoga, Text 2 AMandeep

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Singapore Internet Speed among World’s fastest May 25, 2017 09:29

According to a Speedtest market report released this week, Singapore is among the countries with fastest internet speeds in the world, both on mobile and broadband. Singapore has an average fixed broadband download speed of 180.61 Mbps and average mobile download speed of 44.37 Mbps, which is second in the world behind Norway. The report was concluded by internet metrics company Ookla. The report also added that Singapore’s fixed broadband and mobile speeds are continuing to improve with 18.1% and 16.4% respectively, over the same period the year before. Singapore also has the fastest average mobile upload speed at 17.46Mbps. The company collected the data from users who conducted speed performance tests with Speedtest’s widgets and applications between October 2016 and March 2017. It ranked Telco Singtel the fastest mobile internet provider with an average download speed of 49.8 Mbps and upload speed of 19.2 Mbps. StarHub came second in a close competition with an average download speed of 48.32 Mbps and upload of 16.89 Mbps. The report said that Mobile customers “cannot make a bad choice in Singapore.” However, Singtel was ranked the slowest ISP (Internet service provider), with the slowest download and upload speed over broadband. In 2012, ViewQwest started offering residential fiber. It had the fastest download speeds at 899.35Mbps, while M1 had the fastest upload speed over broadband at 692.85 Mbps. Although Singapore has some of the fastest internet speeds, the country is still working to improve the technology by adding infrastructure like fiber to boost the internet speed even more, while at the same time cutting prices for basic services to attract subscribers. "The addition of a fourth mobile carrier, TPG Telecom, and the addition of an undersea cable network between Singapore and Australia will likely further improve consumer experiences and create more connectivity opportunities," the report said. "With government agencies launching initiatives to boost innovation, technology and research, consumers will continue to see more growth both on the broadband and mobile fronts." General motors to cut 70 jobs in Singapore AMandeep

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Sachin: A Billion Dreams Hindi Movie May 25, 2017 05:26

Sachin: A Billion Dreams is an upcoming Bollywood film directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures. The film stars Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun Tendulkar, Mayuresh Pem and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the leading roles.For more previews, stay tuned....

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India to play vital role in ‘New Silk Road’ to Counter China May 24, 2017 12:34

The United States has revived the two major infrastructure projects in south and southeast Asia in a move that could potentially act as a counter to China’s ambitious project Belt and Road initiative. India would play a vital role in the U.S. project. Donald Trump’s administration has resuscitated the ‘New Silk Road’ initiative, which was first announced by then U.S. Secretary Hilary Clinton back in July 2011, during a speech in Chennai. The Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor would link the south and southeast Asia. A brief description of the two projects was made available during the administration’s annual budget on Tuesday, which indicated that the ‘New Silk Road’ would be a public-private initiative in which India will be playing an very important role. The budgetary request of its south and central Asia will support the two initiatives. The New Silk Road (NSR) focused on Afghanistan and its neighbors, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor linking South Asia with Southeast Asia. The project will be leveraged through side-by-side collaboration with regional countries, other bilateral donors, development banks and with the help of private sector. It said "the importance of...the NSR grows" as the transition in Afghanistan continues and the US "strives to help the Afghan people succeed and stand on their own." The NSR refers to suite of joint investment projects and regional trade blocs that have the potential to bring economic growth and stability to Central Asia. James McBride of the Council on Foreign Relations said: "Following the surge of 30,000 additional troops into Afghanistan in 2009, which President Barack Obama's administration had hoped would lay the groundwork for complete withdrawal a few years later, Washington began to lay out a strategy for supporting these initiatives through diplomatic means." During her visit to India, Clinton had said: "Turkmen gas fields could help meet both Pakistan's and India's growing energy needs and provide significant transit revenues for both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tajik cotton could be turned into Indian linens. Furniture and fruit from Afghanistan could find its way to the markets of Astana or Mumbai and beyond." But the project was put on a hold during Barack Obama’s second term when John Kerry occupied the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the state department. The China bureau chief of The Washington Post, Simon Denyer wrote in a column that Clinton’s idea never got off the ground and the Obama administration was criticized by the experts for responding negatively to China-backed The New Development Bank. Through the Belt and Road initiative, China is aiming to link itself with European and African markets through Asian countries and Indian Ocean. India opposes the project as it illegally runs through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a $46 billion project that links China’s Xinkiang region to the Gwadar port in Pakistan. The project is solely funded by the Chinese government and the port could be used as a naval outpost for the Chinese military. Indian Army destroys Pakistan Forward Post AMandeep

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General Motors to cut 70% jobs in Singapore May 24, 2017 12:07

Auto-mobile giants General Motors is going to slash its operations in Singapore by 70%, as part of its global initiative aimed at saving 100 USD a year. There are about 180 staff members at General Motors International at OUE Bayfront in Collyer Quay. According to inside reports about 70% of the staff will be laid off. They will leave in two batches. The first batch by end of this month and the second in December. As severance, the company is paying one month for each year of service, in addition to that an ex-gratia payment for another month. Employees of the company throughout the nation are affected, including director of sales and business development Cheong Chee Sing and president Stefan Jacoby. Mr Cheong said he has been thinking about taking a break "for some time", "so this is timely". "I'll take a break before planning my next phase in life," the GM veteran of 22 years said. "There's no hurry to find another job." Mr Jacoby, whose job is expected to be downsized, could not be reached for comment yesterday. In a statement he said: "with an enterprise approach and making decisions that are best for the global business". The Singapore restructuring comes just three years after GM re-opened its regional headquarters here. The GM relocated to Shanghai in 2004, after the Economic Development Board awarded the company an operational HQ status. After the 2008 global financial crisis, it even closed its distribution and logistics center which it had operated here since 1972. About 100 jobs were affected back then in Singapore. In 2014, Mr Jacoby said: "The main difference is that we will have a much better grip of our markets... and we will raise the level of localization." The latest slashing is company’s global efforts to establish the Gm as a more focused and disciplined company. Earlier this month, the company announced that it will stop selling Chevrolet cars in India, South Africa and East Africa. The company is planning to sell its businesses its dealership and plant to Isuzu. GM expects to have an annual savings of about USD 100 million and plans to take a charge of about USD 500 million in the second quarter of this year. The charge will be treated as special and excluded from the company's results adjusted for Ebit (earnings before interest and tax). In the last quarter of last year, GM said it planned to cut more than 3,000 jobs. The Ford Motor was set to cut about 10% jobs, approximately 20,000 jobs from its global operations as a plan to save USD 3 billion in costs this year, according to Asian Wall Street Journal. IKEA to suspend Chicken wings over customer complaints AMandeep

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Healthy Lifestyle To Reduce Risk Of Breast Cancer May 24, 2017 07:32

A new study said that, the things which keep you healthy overall, will help the women to lower the risk of breast cancer. The study discovered that exercising on a regular basis, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and also limiting the consumption of alcohol could reduce the odds of breast cancer. The report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and also the World Cancer Research Fund, is based on the study of more than 100 studies on breast cancer. The researchers also found that, regular exercise is connected only to small reductions in the risk of breast cancer. Whereas, the risk of breast cancer is elevated among the women who drank regularly, even at a moderate one drink per a day level. On the other hand, the women who were overweight in their adulthood face a greater risk of breast cancer after their menopause. The end line is that women can take all the proper steps to cut their odds of developing breast cancer, as per Dr. Anne McTiernan, one of the authors of report. "I think of lifestyle choices as being like wearing a seatbelt. It's not a guarantee you'll avoid injury in a car accident, but it significantly reduces your risk," said McTiernan, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. On an average in the United States, one in eight women are developing breast cancer, as per the American Cancer Society. Some of the risk factors for breast cancer cannot be changed as like older age and also having a strong history of the disease in family. But still lifestyle makes a big difference, said an oncologist with the Mount Sinai Health System,Dr. Paula Klein. "We know that more than 50 percent of cancers are preventable with lifestyle choices," Klein said, who was not involved in the report. So if a woman takes steps to curb her risk of breast cancer, she will also be lowering her odds of developing some other kind of cancers, including the major diseases like type 2 diabetes and also heart disease, Klein said. The research also found that, the women who were moderately active all the day are tended to have a lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, which is the most common kind. Women with the highest amounts of daily activities are 13 percent less likely to develop the postmenopausal breast cancer, compared to the women with lowest amounts of activity. The activities included formal exercise, such as a fast-paced walk for 30 minutes . But it also includes the housework, gardening and also other daily tasks which keep the women moving. As per McTiernan, fitting in the physical activity all the day is key. "That is, once you do your 30-minute walk, don't spend the rest of the day on the couch," she said. When it comes to breast cancer before the menopause, only high intensity exercise was connected to a lower risk. The women who are most active throughout the day had a 17 percent of reduced risk in the premenopausal breast cancer compared those who were least active. For the postmenopausal breast cancer, women who are the most active when it comes to vigorous exercise, dropped the risk of breast cancer by 10 percent when compared to the least active women, the study showed. Women who are overweight or obese faced the higher risk of breast cancer after their menopause. For every 5-point increase in the body mass index (BMI), the breast cancer risk rose by 12 percent, said McTiernan. As for the alcohol, the study found that even the moderate drinking was tied to the increased risk of breast cancer: Drinking the equal and a small glass of wine each day has boosted the odds of breast cancer by 5 percent to 9 percent. But the calculation might be different for a woman with risk factors, such as having a strong family history of breast cancer, Klein said. The report included 119 studies which looked at the relationship between the risk of breast cancer and diet, exercise and also body weight. The review dug up only the limited evidence which specific diet habits are related to the risk of breast cancer. But a few studies have linked that diets with higher dairy products, calcium and also non-starchy vegetables to lower the risk of breast cancer, noted the report. Foods which contain carotenoids, such as carrots, spinach and also kale have also been connected to the benefit. Mrudula Duddempudi.

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UTI In Women May 23, 2017 12:59

As per the American Urological Association and National Institutes of Health, the risk of woman's to develop a UTI in women lifetime is between the 40 and 50%, especially those among the newly sexually active and those in their menopause. Women who are pregnant, obese, or have the certain chronic illnesses are also at a higher risk for more frequent infection. With each UTI, the chances of experiencing another will be on rise. The infections are usually characterized by the burning sensation while urinating, more frequent urination, and also an urgent feeling when they are in need to go. They may also find themselves waking up at the night for multiple trips to the bathroom or may notice their urine has a foul odor. Signs of progressing a UTI include: lower back pain blood in the urine abdominal pain Fever chills "Chills and back pain could mean the infection has spread to your kidneys," said Michael Ingber, M.D., a board-certified urogynecologist at The Center for Specialized Women's Health in Morristown, NJ. Not all the UTI’s or their causes are the same. But infections can happen in the three various parts of the urinary tract: the urethra, bladder, and also kidneys. "The most common UTI-causing bacteria is the E. coli found in our gut," said Dr. Ingber, adding to that the other more aggressive bacteria, like staph can cause UTI’s too. Some women are more prone to UTI’s than the others Your unique anatomy means that UTI’s may peak twice in your life, becoming more likely when you are first sexually active and then again around your menopause. Younger women who have been infected are more prone for developing the cystitis or bladder infections if E. coli gets pushed from the urethra into the bladder. In the middle-aged women, the hormones can provide a good welcoming environment for the UTI’s. "When estrogen levels decline, the vaginal pH increases, or otherwise becomes more alkaline. This is an environment where E. coli and other bacteria like to grow," said Dr. Ingber. Pregnant women and also those with the immune-compromising diseases or the conditions like diabetes or obesity should get the UTI check-ups more often. They may also need more aggressive UTI treatment to prevent the kidney infections from developing. Other conditions which have similar symptoms Sexually transmitted diseases as like chlamydia and also herpes can cause the urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra, which presents the similarly to a UTI. The interstitial or the non-infectious cystitis, which also have the similar symptoms. They affect nearly 6 million women annually, according to Dr. Ingber. Kidney stones, Kidney anatomic problems, or the inflamed pouch on urethra may also mimic a UTI. Only the doctor's office tests will help to distinguish between UTI’s and these of other problems in order to get the right care. If UTI symptoms may persist or worsen despite of the antibiotic treatments, get checked the right away to rule out more number of serious conditions. Foods that prevent breast cancer! Mrudula Duddempudi.

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Singapore strongly condemns the Manchester Terror attack May 23, 2017 12:01

The Singapore Republic has strongly condemned the terror attack at Manchester Arena during a pop concert by American pop icon Areana Grande, which killed at least 19 people and about 50 were injured. There was a mass panic after the explosion at the end of the concert, which is part of Grande’s world Tour ;The Dangerous Woman Tour’. The singer was safe and did not sustain any injuries, according to her spokesperson. After the attack Ariana Grande tweeted that she was broken. "From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words," the 23-year-old singer wrote. Till now no terror group has claimed the responsibility, but the U.S. officials drew parallels to the November 2015 attack by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives. In a media release the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a swift injury.” The MFA also said that there have been no reports of Singaporeans directly affected and injured in the blast. It added that the ministry and the Singapore High Commission in London have reached out to Singaporeans who are e-registered in Manchester. The High Commission is also working closely with the Manchester Police to monitor the situation. Singaporeans in the United Kingdom are advised to stay in touch with their family and friends to inform them of their safety, said MFA. Those who are in need of urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore High Commission in London or the MFA Duty Office at: Singapore High Commission in London Tel: +44 (0)207 235 8315 Duty handphone: +44 (0) 771 034 8335 Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // MFA Duty Office (24-hours) Tel: +65 63798800/8855 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // AMandeep

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