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One of every two childless couples are infertile : Survey
Report dated 21/09/2013 @ 1:02 PM
A survey by the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction has found that 46% of high-risk couples in the age group 31-40 are infertile.
The survey conducted among 2562 respondents and 100 infertility experts from 9 cities revealed the figures, and said more and more younger women are found with poor ovarian reserves, for which there is no explanation, but which is the reason for rising infertility.
In the past women were blamed for infertility, now doctors say the number of cases of infertile men is just as much as women, with stress blamed as one factor that leads to the condition.
Other possible reasons are obesity, smoking, triclosan soaps and deodorants, constricting underwear, soy-based foods, low fat dairy foods, and yes, mobile phones and laptops.
NRI to buy $100 million stake in Pune Trump Towers
Report dated 19/09/2013 @ 2:28 PM
Bahrain based NRI billionaire, Ravi Pillai, is buying a stake worth nearly $100 million in a project floated by Pune's realtor Panchshil Realty, to build two properties in that city - Trump Towers and a World Trade Centre.
Panchshil Realty is among Pune's premier real estate developers and has delivered over 14.5 million sq ft of prime real estate over the last decade, and currently has 17.5 million sq ft under development. It announced a pact with the Trump Group in 2012, and the project on 2.5 acres will be located in Kalyani Nagar, Pune.
Trump Towers will be one of the tallest residential towers in Pune, with two towers of 22 storeys each and 44 luxury condominiums. The project is expected to be ready by 2015.
The Ravi Pillai Group is also looking at more opportunities in the hospitality sector in India and has aligned with the ITC Group that will manage five of the Group's hotel properties in India and Dubai under the WelcomeHotel and Fortune brands.
Guru Granth Sahib banned in homes with bars / tobacco / halal meat
Report dated 19/09/2013 @ 2:27 PM
The highest temporal body of Sikhs, the Akal Takht in Amritsar, has banned keeping the Guru Granth Sahib in homes with liquor bars, tobacco, intoxicants and halal meat, calling it tantamount to disrespect for the holy book.
The ban includes Sikh families who eat halal meat, smoke a hookah, hashish and tobacco, all of which are against the basic tenets of the Sikh religion.
According to the Akal Takht chief, Giani Gurbachan Singh, those who do not abstain from such practices will have religious action taken against them if a complaint is made.
Dilip Kumar stable after heart attack
Report dated 17/09/2013 @ 2:15 PM
Dilip Kumar, 90, was rushed to Lilavati hospital in Mumbai, after he suffered a heart attack. He is said to be stable and remains in the intensive care unit
His wife Saira Bano said Kumar was admitted after he suffered some 'discomfort' that hospital authorities say was caused because of the heart attack.
Dilip Kumar was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan, in Pakistan and adopted the film name Dilip Kumar. He is a legend in Indian film. In 1991 he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan and in 1994, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. In 1998 he was awarded Pakistan's highest civilian award, 'Nishan-E-Pakistan.
Kerala flooded with Rs.75 crore remittance inflows !
Report dated 16/09/2013 @ 1:20 PM
Even as India reels under the falling rupee, Kerala has set a new record in remittances this year, by already reporting a 36% year-on-year spike in inflows as of June end, at Rs.75,883 crore.
Total bank deposits in the state as of end June were Rs.239,214 crore, an incremental addition of Rs.29,724 crore, of which Rs.20,220 crore are from the state's NRI deposits which constituted 31.8% of the total bank deposits in the state.
Nearly 40% of the state's NRIs are in the UAE and 25% in Saudi Arabia. They are said to be borrowing money from credit cards and bank loans in order to pump it back into the country to make arbitrage income, as interest rates are low in those countries coupled with the steep plunge in the rupee.
Thiruvananthapuram remittances account for 1.6 times the revenue receipt of the Kerala Government, 6.2 times what the state gets from the Centre as revenue transfer, and more than twice the government's annual expenditure.