Wednesday, 23 October 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 15

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


24 AMAZING HUMAN BODY FACTS 
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW !!
  
1. You burn more calories sleeping than u do watching television.

2. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

3. In some parts of the world, they protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.

4. The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word gymnazein, which means ‘to exercise naked.’

5. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee, of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.

6. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food — that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
7. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

8. Gently massage the space between your eyebrows to induce deep sleep.

9. Laughter boosts your immune system and decreases stress hormones.

10. Each pound above your ideal weight lowers your life expectancy by 34 days.

11. When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.

12. The human brain can hold five-times as  much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

13. Stress causes ulcers

14. Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.

15. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. You don’t see all of them because most are too fine and light to be noticed.

16. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body.

17. Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s do.

18. From all the oxygen that a human breathes, twenty percent goes to the brain.

19. People who ride on roller coasters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain

20. Your brain is 80% water.

21. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.

22. The brain itself cannot feel pain.

23. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.

24. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 14

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


Alzheimer’s - The New Financial Sink-Hole of the 21st century

The story of a happy man facing Alzheimer’s

Here is the story …..

It was about half past eight, one morning when an elderly gentleman in his eighties arrived at a doctor’s clinic to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at nine.

The doctor took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. The doctor saw him looking at his watch and decided, since he was not busy with another patient, he would evaluate his wound.  On examination, the wound appeared to have healed, so the doctor talked to one of the other doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and re-dressed his wound.

While taking care of wound, the doctor asked the elderly man if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning. The aged man said no, he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

The doctor then inquired about her health. He soon learnt that she had been there at the nursing home for a while now and that she was a victim of the Alzheimer’s.

As they talked, the doctor asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied she no longer knew who he was and she had not recognized him in five years now. 

The doctor was surprised, and asked him,  “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?”

He smiled as he patted the doctor’s hand and said, “She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is!”

The doctor had to hold back tears as the man left, and thought, ‘That is the kind of love I want in my life.’ True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

What do we know about the Alzheimer’s?

The Facts about Alzheimer’s at America

  • -         44% American consider this as the most dreadful disease
  • -         Some Americans spend more than 100K USD on home nursing care of Alzheimer patients, their Kith & Kin.
  • -         Alzheimer’s remains incurable and 100% fatal. People outlive heart disease, cancer & stroke but are hunted by Alzheimer’s. It is the worst way to die, losing one’s mind.
  • -         A brain destroyed by Alzheimer’s looks like a rotting Cauliflower. The disease spreads through the brain knocking out the memory, then speech, thinking and the vital functions like swallowing.-          Americans dodge Alzheimer’s by eating fish, flax seed and do crossword puzzles to beat the disease.


We need a medical break through to beat Alzheimer’s. But please continue to love the Kith & Kin down with the disease!

Keep Reading ……………

Sunday, 13 October 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 13

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


Some surprising facts you may not have known!








1). The muscles in your heart have the strength to shoot your blood 10 meters in the air.












2). The body's strongest muscle is the tongue.











3). Statistically, people are more afraid of spiders than they are of dying.












4). Crocodiles cannot stick out their tongue.











5). Butterflies taste with their feet.













6). A cockroach can live 9 days without it's head. It only dies because it cannot eat.











7). Each King on playing cards represent a king in real history.

Spades: King David
Clubs: Alexander the Great.
Hearts: Charlemagne
Diamonds: Julius Caesar.











8). Starfish have no brains.













9). A statue in a park with a soldier on a horse with it's 2 feet in the air means the soldier died in
combat. If the horse has only 1 foot in the air, the soldier died of injuries from combat. If the horse has all 4 feet on the ground, the soldier died of natural causes.















10). Mosquitoes have teeth.













11). Thomas Alva Edison was afraid of dark.











12). During historic civil wars, when troops returned without any casualties a writing was put up so all can see, which can read "0 Killed". From here we get the expression "O.K.", which means all is good.




Wednesday, 9 October 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 12

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


The Perfect 100% country

Costa Rica, in Central America, the country with beautiful beaches has branded itself as the green economy of the future. 

93% of its electricity comes from renewable sources. Most of it is Hydro Power. With additional Solar Power, very soon Costa Rica is going to hit 100% mark on Power from Renewable Sources. 

26% of its land is in National Parks. Its forest increased from 41% to 52% over the last decade. Their Per capita income is more than twice of the Central American average. 

Do you intend visiting or migrating to a 100% Green Country? Costa Rica stands out No. 1 Candidate. 

Keep Reading…






Monday, 7 October 2013

Dr. DD’s speech at the IIFT Conclave, Dubai, UAE

Dr. DD’s speech at the IIFT Conclave, Dubai, UAE

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) that marked its Golden Jubilee this year, recently, for the first time, held a conclave in Dubai’s Dhow Palace Hotel, UAE. Eminent Speakers from diversified industries viz; Banking, Shipping, Steel, Commodity etc. were invited to present their thoughts on the World Trade - Its Challenges and Implications. Dr. Durgadoss chose to Enlighten on the falling Rupee and Increasing TradeGap and the way forward.

“Rupee Dives Trade Gap Thrives – Where do we Go From Here?”

Good Evening Ladies & Gentleman

At the outset, let me clarify that I do not have the privilege of elongating my greetings session, since I had to honor my time slot of 10 minutes.

Hence, without burning too many Calories on exchange of pleasantries, let me take you to the topic straight!

There is a saying – if you speak for 10 hours, you can prepare for just 10 minutes. But if you speak for 10 minutes, you have to prepare 10 days! I confess I have not prepared for ten days, but yet I try to convey and share my thoughts with you today.

There is a joke floating in the world of web on Indian Rupee. A bunch of Indian Cricket Fans said that more than the match they like the process of toss – They were asked why? They said that was the only time they see the Indian Rupee (the coin) going up.

Jokes apart – let us come to reality. The Rupee started at 1 USD = 1 Re in 1947. Now it reached near 70 Rupees per USD recently. The depletion pack was lead by Indian Rupee 20% drop since 2013 Jan, Brazil 15%, Indonesia 12-13%, Philippines 7-8%, Vietnam 10% and so on. The currencies of some countries like South Korea & Taiwan have in fact appreciated against the US Dollar. Are we so bad? Why this bleeding of Indian Rupee in recent days.

Reasons

The USA connection:

In the 1970’s, the Fed Governor of USA said, ‘it is our currency (US Dollar) and your problem’, when he was asked about the newly printed US dollar spreading to other parts of world.

Since 2008, to get over the economic crisis, USA started pumping money by buying bonds every month – today at 85 Billion USD per month. The deficit during the first term of current USA president crossed 1 Trillion USD. The national debt was increased during his first term, more than the previous 43 presidents combined!

Hear out this story from USA. Four Years back One of the rich tourists walks into a tourist island in USA. The whole country was in recession, there was gloomy outlook, the town was deserted. The tourist went to a hotel. He deposited USD 100 note at the counter. He said he will go up to the fourth floor room and see, if he likes it, he will take it. If he does not like, he will go back. He went upstairs.

During this time the hotel manager used the currency of 100 USD for paying the meat supplier. The meat supplier in turn used this 100 USD to pay his dues to energy supplier. The energy supplier in turn used this 100 USD note to pay back his dues to the Hotel, for the rent he owed.

Now hotel owner got back the same 100 USD. Meanwhile, the tourist came back to the cashier and said he did not like the room, got back his 100 USD note and walked out.

Nothing changed – but this 100 USD note discharged the debts of three stakeholders and everyone’s credit limit got restored, got enhanced, as the banks were happy that the debts were settled.

All these stakeholders decided to seek offshore high yielding investments using these new enhanced limits, they bought a beach town in India. The property prices in the beach town of India went up with the demand from dollar backed Americans. Dollar coming to India, rupee got strengthened. The Indian owners who sold the beach town were lured to get cheap USD loan and bought luxury goods from abroad. They used the sale proceeds that they already got, for buying another beach town in India. Rupee strengthened, property prices went up in India, Luxury goods freely imported on new American Loans, Americans bought beach town in India-all round euphoria. When US applied breaks on pumping of new printed notes, interest rates went up in USA. These American owners of beach town sold the property in India, fled India, Dollar going away – Indian Rupee bleeding – the India owner got stuck with foreign loans & new properties they bought at new low market value. Chaos commenced.

This is how business was done in the various so called, “developed nations”.The nations confused between motion & progresses.

A Rocking Horse moves but does not progress. Nations thought the debt movements were progress, but they were only motions. Net result was a economic chaos. USA had to bail out their economy. They started printing USD Dollars. US Dollar once was linked to gold. But today 1 USD can buy only 0.02 gram gold.

Federal reserve flooded the market with some 2.75 Trillion USD over past five years. USD started looking for higher returns outside. The excess money printed, instead of just creating jobs in USA market, flowed out to emerging markets like India. The US Dollar started flowing into India chasing – stocks, bonds, properties and Indian currencies. Our prices started going up. We were living in the illusory world (The Maya) of rising property prices, strong Rupee and we thought we were growing – but we were only moving not progressing.

Since USA is now showing signs of recovery, their domestic money pumping tap getting closed, the US Dollar already came to emerging markets started a reverse flow. The result – Carnage in the currency market of emerging markets.

Reason 2
Current Account Deficit (CAD)

India ranks third in CAD deficit following USA & UK at about 90 Billion USD, last year.

A deficit on the current account (CAD, in short) means that India has to pay out more dollars than it receives from exports. The deficit can be bridged either using the country’s foreign exchange reserves or from foreign capital inflows.

India actually had a surplus on its current account until 2004-05. Since then, the current account deficit (CAD) has increased at a very rapid rate.
CAD is financed by -
ü Direct FDI
ü Portfolio Investments
ü Overseas Corporate Loans
ü NRI deposits


All these capital flows are not only influenced by opportunities in India but also global environment.
The immediate consequences of this excess dependence on foreign capital inflows are volatility and rapid depreciation of the rupee.
Nearly 25 per cent of foreign capital in India as of March 2013 - is portfolio investment. This is the money that can be withdrawn very quickly when investors perceive better opportunities elsewhere. Can we continue to finance CAD by hot money? Is it sustainable ? We have to think…
So why is the CAD growing so rapidly?
Import Growth: CAGR of 22% since 2004-2005 why? Import duty was reduced since 2003-2004 considerably.

How to Arrest CAD?

Earn more dollars than spend. How?

Well, there is no magic – we have to
ü Increase Exports
ü Decrease Imports
Till we arrest CAD, Finance it out of long term FDIs not out of hot money
There are other reasons for the Rupee Fall
ü Increasing Capital goods imports since 2004 – 2005 – From 25 Billion USD to 100 Billion USD Last year
ü Manufacturing Sector declining in India
ü Foreign investors losing faith due to Policy Paralysis
ü We promote charity, not empowerment – “We feed fish for the poor but do not teach them how to fish” – populist schemes cut down our ratings.

Measures

Immediately we have to arrest Volatility even at the Cost of GDP growth. Cutting down imports, increasing FDI/NRI remittances are the short term measures.

In the medium term 
Fuel subsidy reforms, monetizing gold, better fiscal discipline, better investment climate creation are on the cards.

In the long term, we should raise our exports, solar Power to be focused, shed Populist schemes & Promote manufacturing.

Where do we go from here?
I prefer to duck any question on the prediction of the rupee. There could be two way movements in the range of Rs.60-70 band.
These days, interventionary policies deprive us of the precision in our predictive abilities.
The other day my wife – a micro biologist was following the Sep 17-18 Federal Governor Meeting. I asked why on earth she is following this. She said depending upon her prediction on whether FED will withdraw the pumping of dollars into the market, she will decide her gold purchase or taking Rupee draft. She predicted FED will not alter any of their current printing plan.
She was bang on target. I realized the professional predictions gave me harmful Companions viz; Diabetics/Blood pressure. But my uncomplicated harmless companion gave her best prediction and strengthened our harmony.

The moral of the story – If the predictions of the professionals ask you to go “North”, you opt for going “South” – You will be right!

Finally, 
Criticism apart – Is there any hope? Yes, we need to take a call on these…
Greed or Need?
Conviction or Compromise?
Present day happiness or potential sacrifice for future generation?
When something can’t be cured – it has to be endured. Sacrifice is the Key! Momentum leaders will build the waves and ride on it.
They don’t wait for the waves …..
Let me conclude -
          The leaders are to be guided by the hope of a saint -
          In Crucial things, Unity – (Economic Agenda)
          In Important things, Diversity – (Culture & Skill)
          In all things Generosity – (Inclusive growth)
          How do we align Unity / diversity and generosity? I am not taking a fresh guard for the next 10 minutes. I do not want to earn the wrath of my next speaker.

Well, I reserve this topic for yet another day at yet another forum.
Until Then

Bye ! Bye !

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 11

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


The Hottest Trend in Urban Management: 
Drive the City through Sensors

Santander, the city of Spain is the City of Sensors. Under the Streets, in the Buses, Utility Poles and dumpsters, more than 12000 electronic sensors track everything.

They direct the drivers through electronic signs on the available parking spaces, they signal when the dumpsters are to be emptied, they measure the soil dampness in parks, prevent sprinkler overuse.

Wireless-enabled meters monitor water consumption at homes and offices. The sensors save 20% water wastage and conserve energy by conserving use in public buildings.

Anyone can download an app to complain about potholes or other nuisances to Public officials. A separate app can let you know the availability of Taxi/ Buses on real time.                                                                                                                              
The Municipality has sensors to monitor traffic or air pollution and to assess the risk of floods and landslides.

As the internet becomes entwined with Physical environment, there are great opportunities for innovation and commercialization.

When do we create smart cities in India? Many creative apps can be developed by the info-tech guys to improve city governance. Are the IT guys ready for it?


Keep Reading…

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 10

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


The modern Raja Roams around in disguise

We have heard of the emperors and kings roaming around in disguise on the streets of their kingdoms in olden days. They used to do this to know more about the status of living of their citizens.

The Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg did this. He went as a taxi driver for a day, picking passengers from point to point. No one could recognize him.

‘If it is one place where people say what they really mean – it is only in taxi’- he says. Even some passengers commented that he was a bad driver.

Norway is heading for elections in September. The Prime Minister tried to know the first hand feedback from the public as a taxi driver.

Watch Out – Who knows? The Indian Prime Minister may hear from you soon in a disguised avatar? Possible? If so, on what Avatar?

                                                                                                                                                  More to Follow…. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 9

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 

Rural to Urban Shift - Can India Adopt this Recipe for Prosperity?


Many Indian leaders talk of getting 80% of Indians into cities! Is it Possible? The shift from agriculture to urban industry and manufacturing is how Europe, the US and more recently China enhanced their productivity and created Capital for broader investments to modernize their economies. But we cannot Xerox the European or Chinese Model into India. Why?

We have 52% GDP coming from Services, 28% manufacturing, 20% by agriculture. 20% of GDP is coming from 80% of the rural Population in India.
The manufacturing sector of India was giving 25% of GDP in 1989, today at 28% only - abysmal growth there.

In spite of high GDP growth in India, the jobs at manufacturing sector were only shrinking. Only fewer jobs are available for manufacturing sector in India. The so called informal sector in urban areas could only take contract labor or the jobs to people of a scavenger and such low end jobs to people from rural areas. One cannot make a permanent shift based in these jobs of an unsustainable nature.

The construction boom can give temporary shelter, but it is not permanent. The so called job guarantee subsidy for rural folk is not enforcing them; they are only creating an unproductive vote bank. Do not give charity but empower them, that is the need of the hour.

We have to teach the rural folk How to Fish? And not donate the fish as the dish for the day!

We have to admit this - We need to empower the rural folk; develop the rural areas with their core agriculture strength – More productive & diverse agriculture are the keys - not the shifting from rural to urban – Any take?                                                                                                                                                                               

More to Follow…

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 8

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


Web Balloons run on Solar Power?

Google X, the secret arm of the company that runs projects such as Robot cars has initiated two new path breaking disruptive tech projects – Fiber & Loon.

“Loon” involves creating an airborne wireless network using 12 meter tall air balloons, powered by the Solar Energy. They will run on batteries at night.

Such web balloons were launched for test over New Zealand. They will deliver 3G- Like wireless speeds to ground antennas that in turn will transmit signal to wireless devices. The speed will be ten times faster.

Google “Fiber”, is a high speed Cable TV and internet service that was tested in Kansas City last year. It will deliver internet speed 100 times faster than average Network.

Recently Google has announced plans to bring free wireless internet access to 7000 Starbucks cafes across America.

These Solar Powered web balloons and free offer of Wi-Fi in parks may challenge the telecom & cable companies.

Disruptive Technology – Live for You …….
                                                                                                            
More to Follow ………

Monday, 16 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 7

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


A Person should not be too honest 
– Why Chanakya says this?

The pearls of wisdom from Chanakya are given here as a Quick Capsule.
  • Learn from the mistakes of others… You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves!!
  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  • Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  • There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
  • “Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.
  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it
  • The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  • Once you start working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”
  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.
  • God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
  • A man is great by deeds, not by birth
  • Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.                                                                         
  • Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.
  • Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.
  • Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.

Keep Reading ……

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 6

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 



Broken teeth of Chanakya

The Fact on Chanakya you may not know ……

When Chanakya was born he had a full set of teeth, which is a sign that he would become a King or an emperor. But since he was born in a Brahmin family, it was considered inappropriate. Thus, his teeth were broken and it was predicted that he would make another person a king and rule through him. Even as a child, Chanakya had the qualities of a born leader.

He became a RajaGuru and not a Rajah. The same way Chanakya’s death is shrouded in mystery. He was the guiding force behind Chandragupta and the vital person who made him an able Emperor. Chanakya adds poison in little amounts daily in Chandragupta's food in order to make him immune to poison, lest some enemy tries to poison him.
 
However Chandragupta was unaware about this and once gave a little food to his wife who was in the ninth month of pregnancy. She didn't survive but Chanakya cut open her belly and took out the baby.

The baby was born with a dot in his forehead due to the poison. He came to be known as Bindu (dot) Sara and became an Emperor after Chandragupta. He had a minister named Subandhu who did not like Chanakya. He told Bindusara that Chanakya had killed his mother. Without assessing facts, Bindusara confronted Chanakya. On knowing the whole story, he felt ashamed at his hasty actions and begged for forgiveness. He asked Subandhu to go and apologize and make Chanakya come back.

Subandhu was going to apologize to Chanakya, but it was too late. Chanakya immolated himself since he felt his Karmic Journey has come to an end ………

More to Follow …

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

DID YOU KNOW? - SERIES 5

- From Dr.DD’s News Granary 


THE Cosmic Dance: The Wonder   
Do you Know the shape of all the Atomic reactors across the world?

You will be surprised. All these Atomic reactors are in the shape of ShivaLinga. Atom is the beginning, the end. It can create & destroy. Every atom has sub atomic particle (Proton, Quark etc.) which keeps moving within the atom. This deed leads to creation & destruction.

The cosmic dance of Lord Natraja reflects this nature’s law. The biggest Atomic research center CERN (European organization for Nuclear Research) has a Natraja Statue in their Head Quarters. The greatest book on Nuclear Physics ‘The Tao of Physics’ written by Fritjof Capra, the Austrian American Scientist defines a cosmic dance like this..

‘Every Sub atomic Particle not only performs an energy dance but also reflects the pulsating process of unceasing creation and destruction – the basis of all existence of all natural Phenoma’

The great Scientist Carl Sagan (1934/1966) who produced a TV Serial in America called “Cosmos” describes the Cosmic dance of Lord Natraja as “This Symbolizes the Creation and Destruction”.

 No Wonder, many claim that the tip of the toe of the leg in the dancing pose of Lord Natraja at the temple Town of Tamil Nadu is the Center of the universe.

Keep reading for more such mysteries in our forthcoming DID You Know? Series…