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Caption: Legislative Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy is seen watering a plant as part of Sarvodaya Day at Gandhi Bhavan in Manasagangotri here this morning as Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa, Registrar Prof. C. Basavaraju and Gandhi Bhavan Hon. Director Dr. S. Shivarajappa look on. Picture right shows members taking oath.

Mysuru, Jan. 30- “Mahatma Gandhi inspired the citizens of the country to participate in freedom struggle through his ideologies which promoted non-violence,” said Legislative Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy.

He was speaking after inaugurating the 67th Sarvodaya Day (Martyrs’ Day), to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated on this day in 1948 and to other martyrs and freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence, organised jointly by the Gandhi Study Centre of University of Mysore, Vatsalya Shikshana Mahavidyalaya and Sri Nataraja Prathistana at Gandhi Bhavan in Manasagangotri here this morning....more

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Are we benefiting from this annual shindig? If not, why are we there?

I was away for 18 days on a journey of rediscovering places in India and abroad. I was simply left wondering what man could do with his intelligence and genius for his comfort and enjoyment. I intend to share my personal views and experiences on this journey with you later but for now let me write about Davos, assumed to be the destination for those countries who wish to change their economic destiny.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began its four-day annual shindig, until January 24 at Davos, Switzerland. It is an unlikely mix of industrial giants, business tycoons, bankers — ‘Hawala dealers,’ patron bankers of black money from, specially, third-world countries, heads of States and Prime Ministers, venture capitalists, Nobel Prize-winning economists (to confuse the deliberation!), even pop-stars (to play the music of money into their ears!), media Mughals and journalists as agents for the do-gooders who call themselves as NGOs helping the governments to implement their projects and being the enhancers of our netas’ personality.

India’s former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda was a lucky person to have attended Davos and we as Kannadigas felt proud too. This time special attention was paid to the special appearance of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, and the failed US Presidential candidate Al Gore, former US Vice-President who was, however, given a ‘consolation prize,’ Nobel Prize for Peace for his work on environment and climate change along with Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, an Indian.

As for the pop-star, there was that American Pharrell Williams, who wrote the controversial hit song Blurred Lines, who spoke on climate change. Now he must go back and write another hit song ‘Blurred Views’ and benefit from his visit to Davos !

The WEF was sired by Klaus Schwab, a German academician, t...more

     Feature Article  

By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD

What you read last Friday about my impending heart attack and the very successful rescue effort was ‘drama in real life’ with a happy ending. It only makes happy reading. The article earned much admiration going by the unprecedented reader responses, which make any writer happy. But that is not what is most important here. What readers ought to know more importantly from my personal experience is how a person who comes face to face with a similar situation should react. So this article is all about what you can do when someone sustains a heart attack to ensure that not only life is saved but any residual damage to the heart is prevented.

But before we proceed any further it is essential to know what exactly a heart attack is. The heart is a four chambered organ that pumps blood to the various parts of the body and also pumps the returning blood through the lungs for oxygenation or purification, in simpler terms. Although much blood flows across the chambers of the heart through very large blood vessels, the nutrition to the muscle mass of the heart itself depends on two rather tiny blood vessels called the Coronary Arteries, which spread their branches all over the surface of the heart and then penetrate its musculature. These originate from the base of the Aorta, which is the largest blood vessel exiting from the heart. Any obstruction in any part of these two vital conduits can result in a loss of blood supply to the portion of the heart muscle fed by it leading to its permanent damage if circulation is not restored within a very critical time-frame. This situation is what is called a heart attack.

The obstruction to the blood flow through the coronary arteries can be a sudden event due to a migrant blood clot or it can be the result of a gradual build up of fatty deposits over the years due to high levels of lipids like Cholesterol in the blood. A massive heart attack can be rapidly fatal as we have recently see...more

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