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Lifestyle aspects to sustain joint replacement surgeries

Lifestyle aspects to sustain joint replacement surgeries

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The prevalence of joint pain is not new and uncommon these days as a higher proportion of the young and middle-aged population is being afflicted by it. While COVID has been a major threat to overall health, people affected with the virus have been immobilised for long either due to home quarantine or hospitalisation. The ill-effects of the virus have also triggered weakness in the muscles and joints. Myths pertaining to the post-surgical quality of life of knee replacement have kept many patients with chronic knee pain in the dark. While there is a dire need to raise awareness among masses about the advancements in technology in the field of joint replacement surgeries, also a minor effort from those undergoing such surgeries to adapt to a healthy lifestyle can also turn the outcomes to b...
Power pangs

Power pangs

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THE precarious power situation, triggered by the apparent shortage of coal at thermal plants across the country, has caught both the Centre and the states off guard. Even as the Union government has denied that there is any crisis pertaining to the availability of coal as well as electricity, several states are feeling the heat, including Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. A Centre-state slanging match has already started, with lack of clarity on the actual state of affairs causing confusion and panic. The Union Power Ministry has pointed a finger at some states on two counts: not supplying power to their consumers; and instead selling it in the power exchange at high prices. If that is indeed the case, strict action needs to be taken against the distribution companies that...
Guns from the east

Guns from the east

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SINCE January, Haryana has witnessed a sharp surge in confiscation of illegal firearms, from 'desi kattas' to relatively sophisticated guns, which can be traced to the badlands of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Reports say that apart from criminals and gangsters, those sourcing guns from UP and Bihar include 'normal' individuals who wish to possess guns for personal security or to simply flaunt them. The increase in circulation and seizure of guns in Haryana could also be linked to the pending panchayat elections in the state, which have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from use by local criminals and musclemen, proximity to the national capital and the border state of Punjab too makes Haryana being used as transit for gun runners. In Jhajjar district alone, the police registere...
Rohingya Crisis: Any Solution after the Afghan Situation?

Rohingya Crisis: Any Solution after the Afghan Situation?

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The Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital Kabul on August 15, shortly after the United States began withdrawing its troops. The recent unrest has prompted anti-Taliban Afghans to flee Kabul, creating a new refugee crisis. Ten to twelve countries have accepted more than a hundred thousand Afghans as refugees, but the refugee crisis is expected to intensify in the coming days. About 2.2 million Afghans have been living in neighbouring countries as refugees for the last few years. On the other hand, many of the countries that have played a silent role since the outbreak of the Rohingya crisis are today expressing grave concerns over Taliban-related security issues. The current Taliban’s diplomatic success with various parties in Doha including Russia, China, Pakistan, and consolidating...
Why did the Oslo Accords fail to end Israeli occupation in Palestine?

Why did the Oslo Accords fail to end Israeli occupation in Palestine?

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Several factions of Palestinian organisations called for the cancellation of the Oslo Accords and the adoption of a national agenda for holding credible elections, forming a new national government, and rebuilding the state. Recently, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas negated any reconciliation with the defiant Hamas militants occupying the Gaza strip unless they recognise international resolutions. Abbas stressed that “there would be no dialogue with them (Hamas)” unless Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh responded in black and white and “[signed] with his name.” Responding to Abbas’ conditions, Hamas spokesperson said that it would be “surrendering” to the Zionists (Israelis). He stated that “it [was] opposed with the Palestinian national consensus,” and described the PA stand a...
India-China impasse

India-China impasse

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With the 13th round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China ending inconclusively, disengagement from friction points such as Hot Springs and Depsang in eastern Ladakh remains elusive. Following a series of military and diplomatic parleys, the two sides had completed the disengagement process in Gogra area in August and the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in February. The meeting between Indian and Chinese foreign ministers in Tajikistan last month raised hopes of an early resolution of the remaining issues. However, the failure of the October 10 military talks, which were held over two months after the previous round, suggests that the current impasse might be protracted. An uneasy calm prevails on the ground, underlining the trust deficit between the neighbours. ...
Dengue outbreak

Dengue outbreak

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Large tracts of the country — from areas surrounding Mohali to Agra and from Gurugram to Pune — are witnessing an alarming outbreak of dengue this monsoon season. Busy preparing for the ominous third wave of Covid, the administration, healthcare and management systems have been hard put to deal with the rising burden of dengue cases. The disease, marked by severe flu-like symptoms, can be fatal. In recognition of its global spread and burden, the policy to report dengue to the health ministry and WHO was adopted a few years ago and it is partly responsible for the spike witnessed over the years. With a prolonged season of monsoon this year, the consequent waterlogging has led to a rise in mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue. Though it is fairly well known that stagnant water is a br...
SHAIKH-UL-ALAM(RA)- Part II

SHAIKH-UL-ALAM(RA)- Part II

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THE BIRTH OF SHAIKH-UL-ALAM (RA) At the august time on Thursday 6th Jamidul Awal 779 AH, Hazrat Shaikh-ul-Alam was born in a shining (noorani) figure at Qaimoh. In Rishi-Nama by Baba Khalil, the year of birth is recorded as 779 AH. Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Miskin writes in his book that the blessed birth of Hazrat Shaikh took place in Qaimoh in 779 AH. The author of Khwariq-us-Salikin (Tarikh-i-Hadi), Ahmad bin Saboor has stated the date of birth as 779 AH to be authentic. In “Fathat-i-Kubravia” and “Hayat-i-Shaikh-ul-Alam”, Shaikh Abdul Wahab Noori has also recorded the date of birth of Hazrat Shaikh (RA) as 779 AH. Similarly, one more historian has recorded his chronogram as 779 AH from the Abjad calculations. The “Noor-nama” written by Abul Fuqra Hazrat Baba Naseeb-ud-Din Ghazi (RA) which has...
Journalists bag peace Nobel

Journalists bag peace Nobel

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FOR this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian committee has chosen two journalists who have been fearlessly going about their business of unearthing and propagating some hard truths despite threats to life and repression unleashed by their respective all-powerful regimes. It is an encouraging recognition of the freedom of expression and fact-based journalism as being the bedrock of democracy, and of peace. The selection acknowledges the disturbing escalation in intolerance to voices of dissent by most governments worldwide as they employ questionable means to buy out or subjugate and gag mediapersons (including targeted incarceration and murders) who dare to expose their black deeds in search of the truth. Even as consumers are assailed by a confounding bombardment of news and views th...
Tatas to pilot Air India

Tatas to pilot Air India

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FOR the government, finally managing to sell an asset that had acquired a reputation — despite its huge brand value and emotional attachment as a national carrier — for being a huge drain on the exchequer will be counted as a victory. For the Tata Group, as it gets ready to pilot Air India again after 68 years, the celebratory mood over a crown jewel finding its way back would be peppered with a realisation of the turbulence that could lie ahead. The sale attracting only two bidders, along with the prolonged process, indicates the enormity of the challenge to turn a bleeding enterprise into a profitable one. The government has hived off a significant portion of the debt, but acquisition could be the easiest part of the journey for Talace Private Limited, a special purpose vehicle of Tata S...