Thyroid treatment may prevent heart disease in diabetics

News4u-features Desk- Restoring thyroid hormones in heart may prevent cardiovascular disease resulting from diabetes, according to a new study.

Administering low doses of a thyroid hormone to rats with diabetes helped restore hormone levels in their hearts and prevented deterioration of heart function and pathology, researchers said.

The study by New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine professor A Martin Gerdes provides the first clear indication that low thyroid hormone levels in cardiac tissue of diabetic individuals may be the major cause of their associated heart disease.

The study finds that diabetes triggers low thyroid levels that contribute to heart failure.

In animal models, Gerdes and colleagues found that administering low doses of the active form of thyroid hormone, T3, prevented the progression of heart disease.

“This treatment prevented the abnormal changes in gene expression, tissue pathology, and heart function,” said Gerdes.

“The clinical implications are profound and far-reaching because it suggests that the heart disease associated with diabetes may be easily preventable,” Gerdes said.

“And importantly, the dose we gave of T3 hormone did not significantly change the serum (blood) thyroid hormone levels but it was enough to make all the difference in the heart tissue,” Gerdes said.

An individual’s thyroid levels are usually measured by blood tests.

But Gerdes has noted that thyroid hormone levels in cardiac tissue do not necessarily correspond with blood test readings of thyroid levels.

His research has consistently found that low-dose thyroid hormone replacement may be a safe and effective therapy to help humans suffering from heart disease.

“A low thyroid condition can cause heart failure by itself,” said Gerdes.

In his animal study, Gerdes and colleagues induced a mild form of diabetes in rats and waited a month for the condition to develop.

They then administered low doses of T3 hormone for two months. The study was published in the journal Molecular Medicine.


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Evacuation of Indians from Iraq gain momentum

News4u-News Desk-Around 150 Indian nationals from Iraq reached New Delhi early on Monday morning as 116 of them, came on chartered flight arranged by MEA while others were provided tickets by their employers.

Over 250 others will be reached India later in the day. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told that in the next 48 hours, all the 1,600 people who have expressed their desire to come back on tickets paid by Government would be transported.

Chartered flights are being organized and travel documents are being processed by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for the Indian nationals who have registered to return home.

MEA spokesperson added that four mobile teams of six persons each have been placed in Najaf, Karbala and Basra apart from Baghdad to collect the details of those who would like to leave for home.

A leading UAE-based Indian businessman has offered jobs to 46 Indian nurses who returned home after being stranded for about a month in the militants-held region in Iraq.

NMC Healthcare Group CEO Dr B R Shetty has made the offer to nurses, assuring them he would find place for them in the UAE.

The nurses lost their jobs and livelihood in the violence-hit Iraq.

Shetty, who owns and runs hospitals in the UAE, Egypt and India, has conveyed his offer to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

After about a month’s long ordeal in the strife-torn Iraq, the nurses returned to their homeland on Saturday with most of them vowing not to go back risking their lives.


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Uma Bharti promises adequate funds for Ganga Rejuvenation project

News4u-News Desk-Government was committed to ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted flow of Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar and there would be no shortage of fund for the Ganga Rejuvenation Progamme, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said on Monday.

Speaking at Ganga Manthan, the National dialogue on Ganga, she said a positive outcome is expected on the project after discussions with various stakeholders.

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “modern day Bhagirath”, Bharti said it was only because of him that deliberations were held later and notification of bringing Ganga into Water resources ministry was done first.

“I had kept a suggestion for Ganga during BJP’s national council and everybody raised one hand in favour. Narendra Modi had raised both his hands. Then I understood how much involvement he (Modi) had with Ganga,” she said.

The day-long dialogue has been organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga which is being attended by delegates from different parts of the country and abroad.

She said her ministry would work with sincerity on the outcome of this dialogue.

“We have had a series of discussions with various stakeholders on the issue and will soon arrive on some positive outcome,” she said, adding, “There won’t be any shortage of funds for Ganga Rejuvenation Progamme.”

She also said that her government does not believe in fake secularism but a true sense of it.

“When I use the word ‘sant samaj’, I am not only talking about Hindu saints but all saints. I am not using the name of religion (dharm) because we do not fake secularism. We believe in the true sense of secularism. So when we used the word religion, it takes along everybody,” she said.

Union Road Transport and Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, who was also present on the occasion, said that a strong political will is the biggest strength of this project.

“If there is a will, there is a way and if there is no will, there is only survey, discussion, seminar, committee, sub committee and research group,” he said.

Gadkari said his ministry has a proposal for navigation of small ships between Varanasi and Hoogly on river Ganga.

It is proposed to conduct dredging to provide a width of 45 meters and five meters draft (depth) to enable navigation of small ships between Varanasi and Hoogly on river Ganga.

He said barrages cum bridges are proposed to be constructed at every 100 Kms on the river and the ministry has sent the proposal to World Bank for development of Allahabad- Haldia corridor.

“We might get Rs 4000 crore for this project and it is in the last stage,” Gadkari said.

Noting that tanneries in Kanpur and other such cities dump polluted water into Ganga, Gadkari said inflow of polluted water must be stopped to ensure a clean Ganga and suggestions have come for recycling of polluted water and using it in agriculture, industry and gardens of that area.

“If we had to take the estimated cost of this entire project, it would take Rs 80,000 crore. Government does not have so much money. We suggested to Uma Bharti that 25-30 per cent of that money will be paid through viability gap, 70 per cent people will invest through PPP model and after cleaning the water after recycling, they will sell that water,” he said.

Giving an overview of the plans for development of river Ganga as a major tourism destination, Tourism and Culture minister Shripada Yasso Naik said tourist spots will be developed all along the banks of Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar.

Naik also said that his ministry is exploring the possibility of introducing shikaras on Ganga.

The Ganga Manthan dialogue will have four different sessions on “Ganga and Sanskriti” (for spiritual leaders), “Public Participation for Ganga” (for public representatives and administrators), “Aviral and Nirmal Ganga” (for NGOs and environmentalists) and “Comprehensive and Sustainable Solutions” (for Academicians & Technocrats).


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Cong entitled to post of Leader of Opposition: Sonia

News4u-News Desk-Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday made a strong pitch for the party being given the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha contending that it is the single largest party in the opposition.

“We are the single largest party. We have got a pre-poll alliance. Hence, we are entitled to Leader of Opposition’s post,” Gandhi, who is also CPP Chairperson, said in her first comments on the issue.

She, however, said the party has not decided yet whether to approach the judiciary in the matter.

Rejecting BJP’s allegation that the Congress was desperate for the post and has not accepted defeat, the Congress President said, “That is not true. We have lost the elections. We are are aware of that.”

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath dubbed as “lame excuse” the BJP’s position that the issue was with the Lok Sabha Speaker.

“Just saying that there is a direction by the Speaker is a lame excuse to deny the Congress the position. The floor of the House is very different and Parliament is very different what it was two decades ago.

“Today politics is different. Parliamentary practices are different. Speaker’s directions have been changed over years and merely because of the Speaker’s direction what they (BJP) are citing is not an adequate reason for not giving the Leader of Opposition post to Congress,” Nath told reporters outside Parliament House on Monday.

“I don’t see what the BJP is afraid of. Was anybody afraid of? It is a mere designation and they should agree to it…It is direction of the Speaker which they are leaning on,” he said.

He said, “There is no law which says you need 10 per cent” seats in the Lok Sabha to stake claim for the post of Leader of Opposition.

Earlier in the day, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had slammed Nath for his remarks that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision on the issue of grant of Leader of Opposition status could be flavoured by BJP.

Responding to questions over Nath’s remarks on the LOP issue, Naidu had said, “It is unfortunate that such a comment has been made by a senior leader like Kamal Nath. He must have made such a comment based on his own experience. The matter will be dealt by the Speaker according to the rulebook and precedent. Once elected, the Speaker is above the party.”


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Sania enters top-5 for first time in her career

News4u-Sports Desk- Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.

Sania, who turned a pro in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury in between, has entered the top-five for the first time in her career.

Sania and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black could not go deep in the just concluded Wimbledon championships, but a second round appearance fetched her crucial 130 ranking points, enough to push her in the top-5.

“Its been a long hard journey since my comeback to tennis from my third surgery when my career seemed to be over.. It is a very satisfying feeling to have bounced back from those despairing times and to be ranked in the top-5 of the world today,” Sania told.

Her father and coach Imran Mirza said, “I’ve always believed Sania had the potential to be a top-5 player. I’m happy she has overcome heavy odds to justify her promise.”

In the singles rankings, Ankita gained one place to be 285 as country’s best player.

Meanwhile in the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman’s dropped 10 places to 135 as his poor run continued unabated.

In the doubles, Leander Paes remained unchanged at number 13 and was highest ranked player from the country. Rohan Bopanna dropped three places to sit on the edge of top-20.


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Shariat court has no legal status: SC

News4u-News Desk-Disapproving of a Shariat court issuing fatwa and order against a person who is not before it, the Supreme Court on Monday said it has no sanction of law and has no legal status.

The apex court said there is “no doubt” that such a court has no legal status while noting that in some cases, orders were being passed by them which violate human rights and punish innocent persons.

A bench headed by Justice C K Prasad said that no religion, including Islam, allows punishing innocent persons and ordered that no ‘Darul Qaza’ should give verdict which affects rights of a person who is not before it.

The court passed the verdict on a PIL filed by advocate Vishwa Lochan Madam questioning the constitutional validity of Shariat courts which allegedly run a parallel judicial system in the country.

All India Personal Law Board had earlier submitted that fatwa was not binding on people and it was just an opinion of a ‘mufti’ (cleric) and he has no power and authority to implement it.

The counsel, appearing for the Board, had said if a fatwa was sought to be implemented against the wish of the person concerned, then he could approach the court of law against it.

The petitioner had submitted that the fundamental rights of Muslims could not be controlled and curtailed through fatwas issued by ‘qazis’ and ‘muftis’ appointed by Muslim organizations.


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Gas allocation to be rejigged,CGD projects to get 1st priority

News4u-Business Desk-In a major revamp of natural gas allocation policy, the government will give city gas projects selling CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households top-most priority for receipt of domestically produced gas.

Presently, urea-manufacturing fertiliser plants have the first right over the domestically produced gas, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plants and power stations. City gas distribution (CGD) projects are ranked fourth currently.

This priority listing is now being changed to give CGD firms like Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), which sells CNG to automobiles and piped gas to households in national capital, top priority, official sources said.

CGD firms like IGL currently get 8.32 million standard cubic meters per day of gas out of total domestic supplies of about 77 mmscmd.

As city gas projects get rolled out in newer cities, the requirement of the sector will grow and so the government is now giving it top priority.

Sources said compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) are clean fuels and will help replace subsidised diesel in automobiles and LPG in households respectively.

According to the new allocation policy being finalised, additional requirement for CGD will be first met by imposing proportionate cuts in the domestic gas presently being supplied to sectors other than priority sectors as decided by the Oil Ministry.

Plants providing inputs to stretegic sectors of atomic energy and space research will get the second priority, followed by plants that can extract higher fractions from natural gas.

Gas-based urea plants will rank fourth in the priority list and power stations fifth.

Since domestic gas production is now stagnant, it is being proposed to freeze allocation to all sectors expect CND and LPG sector, at supply levels of 2013-14.

In 2013-14, fertilizer plants received 29.79 mmscmd of gas. Power plants got 25.59 mmscmd while LPG extraction plants received 1.83 mmscmd. Petrochemical plants received 3.32 mmscmd while refineries got 1.89 mmscmd and steel plants 1.32 mmscmd.

Sources said incremental production from NELP blocks like KG-D6 and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp’s (GSPC) Deendayal gas will be allocated as per the decision taken in the meeting of an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on August 23, 2013.

The EGoM had decided that incremental gas would go to power plants.

Since the BJP government has wound-up the EGoM on gas pricing and allocation, the new priority list is being vetted by a Committee of Secretaries (CoS) and a finl order is likely to be issued shortly, the sources added.


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16 dead, 5 injured in Vietnam helicopter crash

News4u-News Desk- Sixteen people were killed and five injured when a Vietnamese military helicopter crashed in the capital Hanoi on Monday during a training exercise, a top military official said.

“The plane was carrying 21 people and it crashed during a parachute training exercise, killing 16 and injuring five others,” Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, army deputy commander, told.

The dead and injured were all military personnel, he added.

“According to our preliminary investigation, the accident was due to technical problems. The weather was good and I can say that there was no act of sabotage,” he added.

The Russian-made Mi-171 chopper came down in the early morning in the Thach That district, a sparsely-populated rural suburb in the west of the city, a military source told on condition of anonymity.

It appeared to run into difficulties before crashing into the ground and bursting into flames, an eyewitness told.

“I heard an aircraft making a strange noise… I ran outside and the aircraft exploded, there was a huge blaze then a plume of smoke,” said one middle-aged local resident, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The aircraft was flying low, it hit the ground and exploded at the same time,” she said, adding it had looked like the helicopter was struggling to stay airborne before it crash-landed.

“It seemed like the pilot wanted to divert the plane from hitting the local market and houses, so it ran into that field,” she said, gesturing towards the cordoned-off crash site.

“I heard someone shouting for help… there was another explosion and a lot of black smoke. Local residents rushed to help,” the female local resident told.

Police and firefighters cordoned off the area, according to reporter at the scene. Scores of local gathered near the local hospital and morgue.

Some locals had joined early rescue efforts but declined comment, saying they did not want to offend local authorities.

At the local morgue, which had been blocked off by police and military officials, at least five ambulances were heading to Hanoi with military escorts carrying the remains of the victims.


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Red Cross: 22 dead in attacks on Kenyan coast

News4u-News Desk- Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen in two counties on the Kenyan coast, where al-Qaida-linked militants last month claimed responsibility for killing 65 people, the Kenya Red Cross said today.

The last night attacks took place in the towns of Hindi in Lamu county and Gamba in Tana River, Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said.

Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Lamu county commissioner Njenga Miiri, a group of about 15 gunmen raided the Malamandi village of Hindi and started shooting at residents.

The gunmen also attacked Gamba police station, Kenya’s police chief David Kimaiyo said.

Hindi is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Mpeketoni where dozens were killed in an attack last month, while Gamba is about 70 kilometres (43 miles) northwest of Mpeketoni.

Police said 13 people were killed in Hindi, while in Gamba nine others were killed and one person was missing.

The nine victims in Gamba included five inmates said to be non-Muslim, who were killed when the gunmen attacked the police station, said a senior police officer who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorised to speak with the media.

Three other inmates escaped with the gunmen.

The officer said the gunmen got to the police station by car-jacking a truck and killing its three occupants.

Five police officers were wounded in the attack and one officer was killed, he said.

Kenya has suffered a spate of gun and explosive attacks since deploying its troops in Oct. 2011 to fight al-Shabab militants.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack last month on the town of Mpeketoni on the Kenyan coast and another attack the following day on a nearby village.

Despite that, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the interior minister have blamed local political networks for those attacks and said they were planned locally, assertions that have been met with skepticism.

Late last month police arrested Lamu Governor Issa Timamy and charged him for murder, forceful eviction of population and terrorism charges in connection to the Mpeketoni attacks.

The attacks come as tensions continued to rise in the country over a planned mass protest by the opposition tomorrow to urge the government to convene national talks over topics including security, increasing costs of living, corruption and the disbandment of the electoral authority.

Church leaders have warned tomorrow’s planned protest could further split the country along tribal lines.


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2,200 more Indians want to leave Iraq: MEA

News4u-News Desk- About 2,200 Indians in non conflict zone in southern Iraq have expressed their desire to leave for home and they will be in India in the next 36 to 48 hours even as 200 others reached New Delhi on Sunday morning.

As the momentum of evacuation picked up, the facilitation process of transporting Indian nationals from Iraq is focused on the non conflict zone in southern Iraq, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters in New Delhi on Sunday.

Four mobile teams of six persons each have been placed in Najaf, Karbala and Basra apart from Baghdad which have collected details of those who would like to leave for home.

“Our advice to them is to leave. But if they are facing problems or are staying back because of tickets, Government of India is ready to provide them. We are also ready to provide assistance in terms of contractual problems. Based on that our assessment is 2,200 Indian nationals have in some form or other expressed their desire to leave Iraq,” he said.

Of these, Akbaruddin said 600 have been provided tickets by the Government through the facilitation process of the Baghdad mission. 600 have been paid by their companies.

Another 1,600 were being provided tickets by Government for their return, he said adding that since developments in the last 48 hours, the government has calibrated its approach and the momentum of bringing back people has picked up.

On Saturday, 170 people were brought and on Sunday morning an Iraqi Airways special flight brought 200 people to Delhi. In addition Iraqi Airways is also flying normal flights from Baghdad.

In the next 36 to 48 hours, two other special flights from Najaf and Basra will bring 200 and 280 people respectively to Delhi.

In addition a group of 117 passengers will arrive early Monday morning in Delhi by a commercial flight that will be diverted to Najaf to pick them up.

Akbaruddin said the Indian mission was processing documents for facilitating the exit of 200 plus people.

In the next 48 hours, all the 1,600 people who have expressed their desire to come back on tickets paid by Government would have been transported.

Most of the 600 people, whose tickets have been paid for by the government, were already back in the country. They are from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai.

The spokesman said that there were ten commercial flights available from Baghdad to various points in the gulf and the government was using all seats that were available on these flights.

In addition, the government was commissioning special flights of Iraqi Airways from other areas.

“With that we will be able to complete the process of bringing back all those who wanted to come back. We are also doing due diligence,” he said.

Referring to the easing of the situation, Akbaruddin said that approximately 480 calls were received in control rooms in Delhi and Baghdad.

He said it was a judgement of the individuals whether they want to come back. Now the calls have come down from 60 to 80 calls to 4 to 6 calls a day reflecting the considerable lowering of levels of anxiety and concern.

On the problem of Indians in the conflict zone, he said he would not like to go into it now, though even one life is valuable to the government.


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