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Indian scientists show the way to fight cancer with plant molecules
Report dated 09/01/2014 @ 4:41 PM
Indian scientists show how Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) when used in combination with routine cancer drugs can lower the dosage of medication, thereby minimising the after-effects.
Madhumita Roy, head of the Environmental Carcinogenesis and Toxicology Department at the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute said plant chemicals may increase the efficiency of chemotherapeutic drugs resulting in the same extent of cell killing at a much lower concentration of the drug.
Plant-derived chemicals include curcumin found in turmeric, polyphenols found in both green and black teas, and isothiocyanates that are common in cauliflowers, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, among others.
Besides fighting cancer, these phytochemicals can also play a key role in cancer prevention, and curcumin has been shown to be beneficial as prolonged exposure to toxic groundwater may lead to DNA damage.
The next step is to go for further clinical research that is necessary to prove the role of phytochemicals, which once established will open a new avenue for cancer prevention and treatment.
Aam Aadmi Party office vandalised
Report dated 09/01/2014 @ 4:37 PM
Activists of the Hindu Raksha Dal, a right-wing group, attacked and vandalised the Aam Aadmi Party headquarters in Ghaziabad with bricks and stones to protest against party leader Prashant Bhushan's remarks on the referendum in Kashmir.
The national convener of the Hindu Raksha Dal confirmed they staged a protest against the AAP's stand on Kashmir, saying Bhushan's remarks were 'sad' for Hindus.
Police said no one was hurt in the attack and some people were identified. Action against them will be initiated. They have registered a case against unknown persons and police have now been deployed at the Party office and at Arvind Kejriwal's residence nearby.
The AAP blamed the BJP for the incident saying they are frustrated over the Delhi assembly election results. The BJP retaliated saying the due course of legal action should be followed rather than laying the blame on the BJP at every available opportunity.
CM Kejriwal transfers 800 officials of Delhi Jal Board !
Report dated 08/01/2014 @ 7:23 PM
A direction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board, has resulted in the transfer of some 800 officials in a reshuffle in the water distribution utility.
The transfer orders were issued on the same day 3 officials of the water distribution utility were suspended after a sting operation by a TV channel showed them taking a bribe. Officials however say the aim of the transfers is only to improve efficiency.
Ensuring equitable distribution of water has been a priority for the government and special focus is also being put on taking action against the tanker mafia in the city.
Muslim body endorses Aam Aadmi Party
Report dated 06/01/2014 @ 7:12 PM
The influential Jamaat-e-Islami Hind organisation has asked the community to shun the Congress and back the Aam Aadmi Party. This is the first time since the Jamaat's participation in elections in 2002 that it has come out so strongly against the Congress.
Jamaat's secretary general Maulana Nusrat Ali stated that Muslims now strongly feel they should reconsider their position regarding Congress and the formation of the AAP government in Delhi is being welcomed in the country, trends they consider as notable and reassuring.
Founded in 1941 by Syed Abul Ala Maududi with the goal of spreading Islamic values, the Jamaat once shunned direct participation in elections, including voting. Endorsing the AAP Ali said the feeling of the Muslim community is getting stronger that they should reconsider their position regarding Congress.
The move is likely to worry the Congress Party that is counting on minorities to stem anti-incumbency.
Aam Aadmi Minister Rakhi shrugs off car attack, refuses security
Report dated 06/01/2014 @ 7:09 PM
Delhi's Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla had gone to a temple and was sitting in the front seat of her car, when it was attacked by some people who threw a heavy object at the car, damaging the windscreen.
Undeterred by the incident, 26-year-old Birla said "I am safe and do not need any security."
As part of his party's promise to follow austerity, AAP's Kejriwal has refused to take any security and all his six ministers have also said they will follow their leader's footsteps and not accept personal security.
Meanwhile police confirmed they are registering an FIR against unknown persons and are trying to catch the culprits who attacked Ms Birla's car.