Wednesday, 27 June 2012

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Fear of Childbirth causes prolonged Labor in Woman

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 06:14 PM PDT

Women who fear childbirth tend to have longer labour than women who have no such fear, suggests a new research.

Researchers found that average labour duration was eight hours for women with fear of childbirth, compared to six hours and 28 minutes for women without fear.

The Norwegian study looked at 2,206 women with a single pregnancy who intended to deliver vaginally. Study co-author Samantha Salvesen Adams, Health Services Research Centre, Akershus University Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway said: “Fear of childbirth seems to be an increasingly important issue in obstetric care.”

“Our finding of longer duration of labour in women who fear childbirth is a new piece in the puzzle within this intersection between psychology and obstetrics,” added Adams, the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reports.

Some of the factors linked with this fear, which affects between five and 20 percent of pregnant women, include young maternal age, being a first-time mother, pre-existing psychological problems, lack of social support and a history of abuse or adverse obstetric events, according to a Akershus statement.

Fear of childbirth was assessed by the Wijma Delivery Expectancy Questionnaire (W-DEQ). Women undertook the questionnaire at 32 weeks gestation and fear of childbirth was defined as a score of more than 85. Out of the total number, 165 (7.5 percent) women scored more than 85.

The average age of the participants at delivery was 30.9 years and 50.5 percent (1,113 women) were first time mothers. Average labour duration was 8.22 hours for first-time mothers.

The study also found that women with fear of childbirth more often delivered by instrumental vaginal delivery (17.0 percent versus 10.6 percent) or emergency caesarean delivery (10.9 percent versus 6.8 percent) as compared to women without fear of childbirth.

Indian Military Forces deployed in Haiti Rehabilitation Mission

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 04:46 PM PDT

A 160-man contingent of India’s Assam Rifles Wednesday left for the Caribbean nation of Haiti on a year-long deployment under the United Nations’ stabilisation mission that has been functioning there since 2004.

This is the third Assam Rifles contingent to be deployed in Haiti, according to a Home Ministry release. It includes 10 officers.

The contingent, led by Commandant R.C. Kothari, was flagged off by Assam Rifles officiating director general Major General R.K. Lakhanpaul.

The Indian government had sanctioned the services of Assam Rifles in Haiti for five years from 2010, with a contingent sent in rotation every year.

The first contingent had gone to Haiti in 2010 and was awarded with an unit citation from UN Police Commissioner and Indian Ambassador to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The force will be serving the UN mandate to restore a secure and stable environment in Haiti in order to promote a political process for strengthening Haiti’s government institutions and rule of law.

Besides India, 41 other countries have deployed their personnel for UN operations in Haiti.

Haiti had suffered a severe earth quake in 2010 in which 2.2 lakh persons including 160 UN peacekeepers had lost their lives. The reconstruction work is still going on for which UN is playing a major role.

Kya Super Cool hein Hum no fit for Children says Tusshar Kapoor

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 03:54 PM PDT

Kya Super Kool Hai Hum Wallpapers“Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” is a complete no-no for children, says actor Tusshar Kapoor who will be seen in the adult comedy.

“Kids cannot see this film. Teenagers can see it,” he said and added that though the film will have an A-certificate, it won’t affect its box office performance.

The film is also featuring   Riteish Deshmukh, written and directed by Sachin Yardi, produced by Shobha Kapoor & Ekta Kapoor, and expected to hit theaters at August 2,  2012

Talking about the sexual innuendoes and jokes in the film, he said that the genre has become cool and trendy.

Apart from Tusshar, the film, didrected by Sachin Yardi, also stars Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma and Sarah Jane Dias and has been produced by his sister, Ekta Kapoor.

The story revolves around the friendship between the male leads and how circumstances lead them to venture on a mad road trip to Goa in pursuit/search of Love. Once in Goa, more characters emerge on the scene as comic mayhem unfolds. The protagonists hilariously maneuver their way through tricky situations of mistaken identities and misunderstandings. The much-in-the-news sequel promises unparalleled fun & frolic, ensuring that the audience too, back-packs on this 'Kool' road-trip!

Release Date: July 27, 2012

Budget: Rs 14 Crores (The film has already sold for RS 21.6 crore)

Actors: Tusshar Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Neha Sharma, Sara Jane Dias, Chunky Pandey, Anupam Kher
“When ‘Kyaa Kool Hai Hum’ became a super hit, I felt that it would have been bigger had the family audience would have seen it. Everyone saw it, the ladies went with their friends and the men went with theirs. But people didn’t go with their families. But now society has really changed,” he told IANS.

“We had a narration and we toned it down, but everyone said that it was good but not as good as the previous one. So then we brought back all the jokes and the naughty humour,” he added.

“Kyaa Super Cool Hai Hum”, is being released seven years after Sangeeth Sivan directed “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum”, which was released in 2005.

“We are lucky that no film of this kind came in between. ‘Housefulls’ have come, Golmaals have come, but they are a comedy of a different kind. This is an adult comedy,” the actor says.

Why the gap?

“There were a lot of problems, Sangeeth wanted to do other kinds of films. He said he was not only a comedy director so he wanted to make some actioners and thrillers. When he was ready, Ekta was not ok with the script.

“Finally, Sachin came up with a script for a film called “Road Trip To Anjuna”. But we liked it so much, Ekta decided to convert it into “Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum” and make it a two hero film,” he said.


Tharoor vouches for a hold on Service Tax on NRI Remittances

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 02:43 PM PDT

Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put on hold the service tax on remittances by non-resident Indians (NRIs).

In his letter to the prime minister Wednesday, Tharoor pointed out that the decision to impose 12.36 per cent service tax on remittances to India by NRIs with effect from July 1 has generated tremendous resentment across Kerala.

“The imposition of the service tax will adversely affect millions of Keralities, especially those working in low-paid jobs in the Gulf region. This tax of Rs.1,236 for every Rs.10,000 sent home will be an unbearable burden on these ordinary people… and their dependent families at home,” he said.

He called for keeping the decision in abeyance pending a more detailed examination of the “adverse implications” of the move.

Tharoor argued that this was a short-sighted measure which risked diverting remittances to hawala channels and tempting otherwise law-abiding citizens to indulge in undesirable malpractices.

“At a time when the country needs to attract inward remittances and investment, any measure which discourages these should not be contemplated,” he said in the letter.

According to the latest study by the Centre for Development Studies, the total remittances in Kerala in 2011 was estimated at Rs.49,695 crore compared to Rs.43,288 crore in 2008.

The study also revealed that the number of Kerala emigrants living abroad in 2011 was estimated at 2.28 million, up from 2.19 million in 2008.

Super 30 Founder slam IIT Council Decision of new Entrance Pattern

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 01:30 PM PDT

IIT Council’s move to give 20 percent weightage to Class 12 board marks is a hasty decision, Anand Kumar, founder of ‘Super 30′, which provides free coaching to Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) aspirants, said on Wednesday.

“This decision will go against poor students, who do not get the opportunity to study in elite schools,” he said here.

“Even Class 12 results are mired in controversy due to use of unfair means in examinations and manipulation to ensure good results,” said Kumar, who coaches students from poor families to crack the IIT entrance test.

He said the decision had come as a dampener for students preparing for IIT-JEE.

“Suddenly they realise that school results are also important. The IIT Council should have implemented it from 2014 at least to give the students time,” he said.

Pakistan releases 311 Indian Prisoners in a Single Day

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 12:47 PM PDT

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s fate may have plunged into further uncertainity, but India still has some reason to cheer. Pakistan Wednesday freed 311 Indian fishermen from prison.

Officials of Karachi’s District Malir jail said, 311 Indian prisoners were released at 8 a.m. after completing their sentences.

They were sent to Wagah border where they will be handed over to Indian authorities, Geo TV reported.

The prisoners, include 21 juveniles, lodged in Youthful Offenders’ School in Karachi. The adult prisoners were held at Malir jail.

A total of 127 Indian prisoners still remain in Malir jail.

India Wednesday renewed its request to Pakistan to release Sarabjit.

On Tuesday, the Pakistani media had carried reports of Sarabjit getting a presidential pardon. However, Islamabad clarified that it was not Sarabjit but Surjeet Singh, his fellow inmate at Kot Lakhpat jail, who would be released.

Sarabjit has been in custody for over two decades and is serving a death sentence for his alleged involvement in a string of blasts in the Punjab province in 1990.

Nearly 50 Million Indian using Mobile Number Portability

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 12:19 PM PDT

The total number of subscribers opting for mobile number portability (MNP) has risen to 45.89 million, with Karnataka receiving the maximum number of 5.11 million requests till the end of April, according to official data released Wednesday.

MNP allows users to switch operators while retaining their mobile numbers.

“By the end of April 2012, about 45.89 million subscribers have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.

Karnataka was followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat where 4.44 million and 4.23 million subscribers opted for the service.

MNP was implemented across the country last January while the pilot launch of the service took place in Haryana Nov 25, 2010.

To opt for MNP, a customer has to pay a maximum of Rs.19 to the new operator for ‘porting’ the number and remain with the new operator for at least three months.

The customer has to send an SMS from the existing phone to 1900. A unique porting code is sent by the existing provider. An application then has to be filed with the new service provider mentioning the code for transferring the connection.

India currently has over 920 million mobile phone subscribers.

Junior Doctors of PMCH end 14 day long Strike

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 11:23 AM PDT

Junior doctors of Bihar’s premier medical institution – the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) – ended their 14-day long strike Wednesday after the state government assured them it would look into their grievances. Medicos of two other colleges will also call off their agitation.

According to reports, the strike led to the death of over a dozen patients, including children affected by the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, but the government has not confirmed it.

Hundreds of junior doctors of the PMCH were on strike after relatives of some patients manhandled their colleagues on duty. The inident led to doctors going on strike and also putting up demands like introduction of junior residency scheme and proper management of hospitals.

The state government last Monday raised the stipend of the junior doctors from Rs.25,000 to Rs.30,000, and this led to the medicos calling off their strike, officials of the health department said.

The junior doctors of Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna and Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital who were also on strike in support of their PMCH colleagues are now likely to end their strike soon.

Sarabjit Singh’s Family suffer Terrible blow due to Pakistan U-Turn

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 11:11 AM PDT

sarabjit singhAfter Pakistan made a U-turn from its statement of release of Indian Prisoner Sarabjit Singh, his Family members suffered a severe blow in the light of momentary happiness. Once the news spread out, people started Celebration in  Bhikhiwind village. But this was momentous as Late Night Pakistani Authorities made another conflicting statement that it was not Sarabjit Singh but Surjeet Singh who is being released.

Family members and friends, who had only hours earlier distributed sweets, were stunned at the sudden turn of events. However, the Role of Internal Politics of Pakistan Cannot be denied in the Series of Events Last Night.
We are shocked by this. We are disappointed and shattered. But we will not give up hope on getting Sarabjit released. We will continue to fight for him. By doing this, Pakistan is playing with our sentiments,” Sarabjit’s elder sister Dalbir Kaur said in Jalandhar.

Dalbir Kaur, who has been single-handedly spearheading the campaign with authorities in Pakistan and India to seek his release, said the turn of events in the past few hours was a “cruel joke” on the family.

“I don’t understand why and how this has happened. It is terrible for us. But we will not give up our fight. We have been deeply hurt by this,” Dalbir Kaur, who is staying here with relatives, said.

“We feel cheated by this. It is a cruel joke on the family and millions of people who were praying for Sarabjit’s release. We appeal to the Pakistani and Indian governments to work out his release.”

In their village Bhikhiwind, along the India-Pakistan international border about 280 km from the state capital Chandigarh, people gathered at Sarabjit’s family home to sympathise with them. Family members and residents who had burst firecrackers Tuesday evening were reeling from the shock.

“We still have faith that he will be released. We feel cheated by this turn of events,” Poonam, Sarabjit’s younger daughter, said in Bhikhiwind, about 130 km from here. Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet also lives in the village.

Hours after first reports came in that Pakistan was to free Sarabjit Singh, Islamabad late Tuesday clarified that not Sarabjit Singh but another Indian prisoner named Surjeet Singh, who has been in jail for three decades, would be released instead.

The clarification came about 1 a.m. with President Asif Ali Zardari’s spokesperson saying that Surjeet Singh would be released instead of Sarabjit.

“I think there is some confusion. First, it is not a case of pardon. More importantly, it is not Sarabjit. It is Surjeet Singh, son of Sucha Singh. His death sentence was commuted in 1989 by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on the advice of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto,” presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar was quoted as saying by Geo News.

Law Minister Farooq Naek Tuesday conveyed to the interior ministry that Surjeet Singh had completed his life term in jail and ought to be released and sent back to India, Babar said.

Earlier in the day, media reports said Zardari had converted Sarabjit Singh’s death sentence to life imprisonment and directed authorities to release him if he had completed his prison term.

Sarabjit Singh’s family claim that he had crossed into Pakistan inadvertently in August 1990 in an inebriated state and was arrested there.

But Pakistani police say Sarabjit Singh, who is known as Manjit Singh there, was involved in acts of terrorism. Sarabjit has been languishing in Pakistani jails since then.

He was convicted of staging four bombings in Lahore and Multan in 1990 that killed at least 14 people.

Kapil Sibal absent from the IIT Council Meeting

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:02 AM PDT

After facing severe criticism from IIT Fraternity and revolts from IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur, Kapil Sibal, the Union HRD Minister skipped IIT Council Meeting which was conveyed by him .

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday skipped the meeting of IIT Council convened by him to discuss the proposed common entrance test after opposition from some of the premier engineering institutions.

Sibal, who chairs the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Council, did not turn up for the meeting Thursday afternoon, informed sources said.

Nearly all of the IIT Senates have rejected the new pattern of common Admission test which proposes a common entrance Test for all Government Engineering Colleges including IITs.

Meanwhile, sources hinted that IIT Bombay and IIT Kharagpur may also follow the stand of their Delhi and Kanpur counterparts.

A professor from IIT Bombay said the meeting of IIT Bombay senate was scheduled for July 2.

Faculty members in IIT Kharagpur are also likely to ask their director to hold a meeting soon. Director Damodar Acharya, who has been backing the HRD ministry decision, has so far toed the line of the IIT council. His tenure ends June 30.


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