Daily Archive: June 17, 2018

NITI Aayog meet: Modi seeks wider debate on simultaneous elections

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for “widespread” debate on holding simultaneous elections as he said that it will result in financial savings. The prime minister was addressing the fourth meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog. The meeting was attended by chief ministers of almost all states.

The central government has been toying with the idea of holding simultaneous elections for quite sometime now. “The prime minister called for widespread debate and consultations on simultaneous elections for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, keeping in view various aspects such as the resulting financial savings and consequent better utilisation of resources,” an official release said.

Niti Aayog had last year suggested synchronised, two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly elections from 2024 so as to ensure minimum “campaign-mode” disruption to governance.

In his closing remarks at the NITI Aayog meet, Modi said that corporate investment in agriculture is very low in India and urged the state governments to formulate policies to promote industry participation in the farm sector.

Speaking on various aspects of the Indian economy, Modi said that the world expects India to become a $5 trillion economy soon. He encouraged states to give the finance commission fresh ideas for incentivising outcome-based allocations and expenditure correction.


Vitamin D cuts breast cancer risk; Know how

A diet rich in Vitamin D may help you ward off breast cancer risks in future. A study published in the health journal Plos One, by the researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine said that higher levels of Vitamin D were associated with decreasing risk of breast cancer.

The main form of Vitamin D in the blood is in the form of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D(25(OH)D) concentrations which were chosen as the marker to make the study to find the relation between breast cancer and the level of Vitamin D in the body. Two randomised clinical trials were conducted by the scientists which involved 3325 combined participants and also a prospective study involving 1713 participants.

Women of 55 years or more had been chosen for the studies where the average age group set was 63. Data needed for the studies were collected between 2002 and 2017. Before starting the studies it had been made sure that the participants were free of cancer and they were followed for a mean period of four years. The researchers conducted timely study visits to measure the Vitamin D level in the blood.

Over the course of the combined studies, 77 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed for an age-adjusted incidence rate of 512 cases per 100,000 person-years.

In a 2010 study by the Institute of Medicine, which is now the National Academy of Medicine, a health advisory group to the federal government, recommended minimum 20ng(nanogram)/ml of 25(OH)D in blood plasma. But the California University researchers identified the minimum level to be 60ng/ml.GrassrootsHealth, a health advisory group advocated higher levels of minimums for health blood serum levels of Vitamin D, as much as 50ng/ml. The matter still remains the subject of a hot debate.

The Principal Investigator and co-author of the California University Study report, Cedric F.Garland said that the participants with the 25(OH)D blood serum levels more than 60ng/ml had one-fifth the risk of breast cancer compared to those with less than 20ng/ml. Through this, it has become evident that the risk of cancer appears to decline with greater levels of serum Vitamin D.

Garland anyhow emphasised the need for a further research because their study was limited to postmenopausal breast cancer. If the high 25(OH)D levels will be able to prevent premenopausal breast cancer, to know that further studies are going to be conducted.


Members & supporters of Aam Aadmi Party are staging a protest march to the Prime Minister’s residence in support of #Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s

Members & supporters of Aam Aadmi Party are staging a protest march to the Prime Minister’s residence in support of CM Arvind Kejriwal’s demand that Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal put an end to the strike by state government officers.