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Monday, July 19, 2010

Edition 25: The Cold Poison

Even as the pre-monsoon showers have graced the city, the heat conditions have not left us. To beat this heat, you might tempted to take solace with the ice gola but before doing so, read this...The city streets are dotted with the ice cream shops and stalls selling juice of all sorts of fruits to the willing consumers. People who have spent even half an hour walking under the scorching sun or driving bike in the traffic jam infected roads found themselves walking towards the stall.With only Rs 5 to 10 a glass of juice or an ice gola, the warmness is diluted and coolness is taken in. Alas, not all stalls selling such items keep to good practices. If you are among those who consume such drinks, eat ice cream in open or consume any type of food sold in open, chances are you might suffer from health problems, which in some cases mean food poisoning also.
The level of this problem is outlined by the statement of Dr. R R Pardeshi, acting health officer of Pune Municipal Corporation. He says, “During the month of April, health department of PMC has destroyed thousands of kilograms of food items like jalebi, samosa, bhel and pani-puri. We have taken action against more than 1,000 vendors in the city. All the 14 ward offices have been instructed to carry out this activity in their area once a week till June.”

Edition 25: Red Buses, Not Red Tapism Needed

The traffic problem is the worst of all vices associated with Pune. Even though the functionaries of late are speaking about channelling the problem through various means, notable among which is Metro project. However, these measures, if completed earnestly, would provide some sort of solace to the bulging populace of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad cities only at least after five years. Till then, the city has to make good with the only available public transport mean that is city bus run by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML).
In the past, the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad had two separate public transport entities which were managed by two separate committees of respective municipal corporations. However, three years ago, the two entities were merged promising better, concerted and co-ordinated service to millions of passengers who have to stick to the red boxes (Lal Dabba), as they are called in local parlance. The only alternative to PMPML buses are autorickshaws who have earned notoriety for breaking the traffic rules and harassing the passengers as well. Alas, the promised service remained as afar to the Puneites as it was in the past. Worse, the situation seemed to have gone out of hand as number of accidents by PMPML buses rose steadfastly, old buses were scrapped out regularly and those running on road caused more traffic snarls than flow.

Edition 25: Wary Of Fat? Milk Might Help

Women who drank two large glasses of milk daily after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, says a new study.
'Resistance training is not a typical choice of exercise for women,' says Stu Phillips, professor in kinesiology (study of human movement) at McMaster University.
'But the health benefits of resistance training are enormous: It boosts strength, bone, muscular and metabolic health in a way that other types of exercise cannot.'

Edition 25: Bollywood News

Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez is coming to India
Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez is coming to India to spread awareness about AIDS and female foeticide in the country.
The beauty queen will go on a six-city tour from 25th June to 5th July and will be visiting slums as well as orphanages during her tour.

"Three cities Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have been finalised and we are considering other options like Kolkata, Pune and Jaipur," fashion designer Sanjana Jon, who is organising the tour, told.

Fernandez will also be supporting a 'Get Tested' campaign, urging people to take the HIV test so that they do not spread the disease due to ignorance.

The initiative has been taken by IG International, of which Sanjana is a founding member.

Edition 25: Round table school and RBI

On occasion of Akshay Tritya, PURT 144 of Round Table India laid the Foundation Stone for the first Pilot P&G Shiksha School for Underprivileged in Village Kolwan near Mulshi.

The school is Sadhana English School run by Sadhana Village Trust at for residents of nearby villages and is based on the famous Waldorf educational method which promote a spirit of enquiry in the children, a sense of values and a love for arts and nature.

Teachers and volunteers from Germany train the local teachers in modern methods of imparting education and setting of curriculum. The School Fees is only Rs. 5/- per month which includes learning implements, mid may meals and Transport pick and drop within a 12 Km radius.

Edition 25: Sports

Schiavone creates history in Paris
Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title after defeating Australian favourite Samantha Stosur in the French Open final on Saturday. The 29-year-old from Milan is the first Italian woman to lift a Grand Slam trophy and is the first Italian player overall to play a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta won Paris in 1976.

Schiavone dominated on the clay against the seventh-seeded Stosur, who reached the semi-finals a year ago. Schiavone, seeded 17th, rallied from 4-1 down in the second set and triumphed on the first of four match point in the tiebreaker.

The best previous result at Roland Garros by an Italian woman was in 1954 when Silvia Lazzarino lost a semi-final against Maureen Connolly.The Italian will rise to a number six ranking according to the WTA, taking over as top Italian. Schiavone was playing the event for the tenth time.

History Imminent For Nadal
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the fifth time in six years on Sunday with a crushing defeat of Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to re-establish himself as the best on the clay. The Spaniard, beaten in 2009 by Soderling in the fourth round, becomes only the second man to win five French crowns.

Edition 25: Variety

Are Desis More Fluent In Queen’s Language?
Indian American Anamika Veeramani has won the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown to retain the honour for the ‘desis’ for the third year in a row. Anamika Veeramani, from North Royalton, claimed victory by correctly spelling the word stromuhr - a medical term.

She takes home $40,000 (£27,450) in cash and prizes, as well as the coveted championship title.

Anamika, who came joint fifth last year, was one of the favourites to win among the 273 spellers who took part in the three-day final in Washington. It is the third year in a row that an Indian-American has won the championship. namika's winning word, stromuhr, is the term for an instrument used to measure the velocity of blood flow.