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Friday, 20-October-2017

now-use-toilets

85% NOW USE TOILETS

4 days ago
A just concluded independent survey conducted by the UNICEF shows that the benefits far overweigh the costs of eliminating open defecation in India under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The survey also found that 85 per cent of the household members use their latrine to defecate—a major behavioural change.  In a fully Open Defecation Free (ODF) community,  considering medical costs averted, the value of time savings, and the value of mortality averted, the financial saving for each household is 50,000 Rs per year.In terms of cost benefit ratio, considering in one hand the expenditures from the households ...
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LOVE OR FEAR?

4 days ago
Love and Fear are experienced as two of the strongest of human emotions that drive us in our daily lives. They imprint in our memories since childhood and affect our future actions. Love and fear are entirely polar opposite emotions/feelings/energies that exist in the universe and thus have polar consequences in life when we cultivate said emotions/feelings/energies. Fear – The Life Repellant  Fear is the most significant negative emotion we experience in our lives. Whether it is fear of loss, fear of death, fear of thef...
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EMPEROR OF MALADIES

a week ago
Cancer, the very name sends shivers down the spine. Till date, scientists are unaware of the cause of this dreaded disease which has started affecting the children as well as the newborn. According to an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), estimate 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer are likely to be reported in India by 2020 and the survival rate would be less than 45 per cent, it said. The biggest problem is late reporting of the cases. Only 12.5 per cent patients reach hospitals at recoverable age, the study said.  Cancer is basically a group of diseases characterised by uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. M...
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INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE

a week ago
The movers and shakers, the influential few, who choose to be the change in the world they wish to see, always choose their instruments first. Whether they choose to change the world with their pens, stethoscopes, paintbrushes, or wealth, there is always an instrument behind a person that changes the fabric of society for the better.  Some choose to dedicate their lives to the sciences, while some dedicate their lives to social service. What is common is that the people who possess the power to change, first, choose their instruments.  Artists create magnificent works of art, writers express ideas that ch...
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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

2 weeks ago
Seeking the truth has been one of the fundamental cravings of the human spirit. We hope to find the ultimate truth; the truth that would quench the existential thirst. Religious and spiritual traditions are built on feeding this impulse. The truth is that which deeply resonates with our spirit. It is that which we know in our hearts as right. In our personal journeys, we encounter many befitting answers that serve us along the way but there’s always a question left -- Is there an ultimate truth?  How would our lives be if we found the answer? The answer has the power to --cleanse the spirit of pain and sufferin...
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VOTING FOR CLEANLINESS

2 weeks ago
Nagpur District Council adopted an innovative approach to cleanliness. In 1560 schools, voting was done to know how much awareness was there in the students. More than seventy-two thousand students, answering 11questions in the poll, proved that they are thinking ahead in this regard. The Prime Minister’s Office has also shown interest in this campaign. The Government of Maharashtra has started the campaign of ‘Sanitary Hygiene Service’ from September 15 to October 2. Various initiatives related to cleanliness have been organized in this campaign. As a result of this, cleanliness was voted for the sacram...
the-igeologue

THE IGEOLOGUE

3 weeks ago
PM Narendra Modi had kick-started Rs 100-crore worth nationwide celebrations to mark the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyaya from Kozhikode last year. The campaign comes to an end on September 25 this year with PM Modi, a host of senior ministers of his government and BJP leaders paying tribute to the national icon. Two committees were formed to execute the programme launched by the Modi government. PM Narendra Modi chaired nearly 150-member national panel while Home Minister Rajnath Singh headed a 23-member executive committee. A budget of Rs 100 crore was allocated for the functions. Upadhyaya was a Bharatiya ...
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MAKING THE JUMP FROM EGO TO AWARENESS

3 weeks ago
Awareness is the eternal background of all reality and experiences in life Our personal identities are very close to us. We perceive our individuality in every thought, perception, and sensation. We ‘personalize’ our perceptions. What we experience, we see the experience in terms of a ‘me’. This ‘I’ or ‘me’ is what we call a personality.  The word ‘personality’ comes from the Greek word ‘persona’ meaning mask. Our personalities are like masks that we wear on our experiences. Our masks dictate how we see ourselves and the world around us. A...
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FLYING TRAINS

4 weeks ago
India is finally all set to join the select group of dozen-odd countries which possess high-speed trains euphemistically called Bullet Trains. Most of these countries are in Europe. Only exceptions are China, Japan, South Korea and USA.  First such train began operations in Japan in 1964. High-speed trains normally operate on standard gauge tracks of continuously welded rail on a grade-separated right-of-way that incorporates a large turning radius in its design. India’s first bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai is likely to be completed by 2022, the year marking 75 years of India’s Independence. Th...
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BREATHE IN ENLIGHTENMENT BREATHE OUT IGNORANCE

4 weeks ago
The breath, just like our five senses, is always occurring in the present moment. You can’t breathe in the future neither can you breathe in the past unless those are simply time-based thoughts about breathing, happening in the present moment itself. Breathing is a semi-conscious process that happens all the time in all life experiences and we keep breathing from our body’s first breath to its last.  The breath is even gentler than the sense perceptions that we experience through our five senses and sometimes, an easier route to get grounded in the present moment. Try it out for yourself. Close your eyes,...
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SAVE OZONE LAYER TO SAVE OURSELVES

5 weeks ago
The Ozone layer is a deep blanket in the stratosphere made up of comparatively high concentration of the ozone. The ozone layer encircles the earth and occurs naturally. It is mainly found in the lower part of the stratosphere, approximately 15 to 30 kilometers above the earth. The ozone layer contains less than 10 parts per million of ozone, while the average ozone concentration in Earth’s atmosphere as a whole is about 0.3 parts per million. The ozone is an extremely reactive layer and it acts as a shield from the harmful ultraviolet B rays discharged from the sun. The thickness of the ozone layer differs as per season and...
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DELVING INTO THE ‘MIND’

5 weeks ago
For the sake of simplicity let’s define the mind as a stream of thoughts that changes from moment to moment in perceptible experience in each individual. This stream of thoughts comprises of memories, thoughts themselves and thoughts in the form of future projections. Also, this stream of thoughts also manifests themselves “as being inside our head” as an inner chatter that keeps going on and on in our own voice. Scientists often say that we experience way over 10,000 thoughts a day. So this thought stream could almost be comparable to an unending waterfall that keeps flowing throughout our daily lives that we ...