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McDonalds refutes opposition statement, confirms it sources all ingredients locally
Report dated 05/12/2012 @ 7:36 PM
Rubbishing Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj's statement in Parliament that McDonalds does not buy local produce, the worldwide giant fast food chain responded proudly that before starting its business in India, McDonalds made a commitment to the government on local sourcing of its entire raw material requirements.
India managing director Vikram Bakshi stated that all products including the french fries are sourced locally as they contribute to the growth of Indian farmers. He added that only on rare occasions when local supplies run out do they import supplies.
Survey says Bangalore is India's best city to live in
Report dated 05/12/2012 @ 7:35 PM
According to the global HR consultancy Mercer's 2012 Quality of Living Index Bangalore has beaten out other metros and emerged as the best city to live in India.
Bangalore's rise in its quality of living ranking can be attributed to positive ratings for international schools that are suitable for expatriates.
Among Indian cities, Bangalore at 139 ranks above Delhi at 143, and Mumbai at 146. Mumbai however was ranked highest among India's cities for infrastructure at 134, followed by Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore.
No India city found a place on the global list that was topped by Vienna, followed by Zurich and Auckland.
Mercer's Quality of Living index covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city.
Punjab entrepreneur constructs 10 storey building in just 48 hours
Report dated 02/12/2012 @ 3:20 PM
Entrepreneur Harpal Singh who heads a Rs.1000 crore infrastructure company promised he would complete a 10 storey building within 48 hours and he did so leaving just some finishing touches to be completed.
Over 200 skilled workers, technicians, engineers and equipment were employed in the construction and the material used was manufactured in two months by a nearby factory. No bricks and sand were used and the cost is almost the same as that of conventional construction material. The building is located in Mohali near Chandigarh and was completed two days after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal laid its foundation stone.
The building used pre-fabricated material including 200 tones of steel and is to be the first of its kind in the country.
Harpal said the idea to construct such a building came to him when he was building his own house that took two years to complete thanks to truant workers.
His company, Synergy, took over Britain based Thrislington Products, a relocatable steel partition manufacturer, to set up the new infrastructure company in Mohali. Singh also owns the JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh.
Brain surgery successful on 1 year old with laughing fit
Report dated 02/12/2012 @ 3:17 PM
Doctors of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry, have successfully performed rare brain surgery on a 1-year-old infant from Chennai to treat her 'laughing epilepsy’, medically described as gelastic seizures.
The parents from a middle class family noticed that the baby had intermittent episodes of inappropriate laughting and she became unresponsive during the episodes. They approached a pediatrician in Chennai who referred the baby to a neurologist and she was finally referred to JIPMER.
Dr V R Roopesh Kumar of the JIPMER called it a rare lesion that is difficult to treat with just medicines, and recommended surgical removal of the lesion from the brain as the only option to cure the disease.
The baby has responded well to the surgery and recovered without any problems. She was discharged 10 days after surgery and is now free of the symptoms.
The rare disease has been reported in just 20 or 30 cases worldwide.
Air India staffers seek action against cops for web posting
Report dated 02/12/2012 @ 3:16 PM
Air India cabin crew members KVJ Rao and Mayank Sharma who were arrested for allegedly posting objectionable comments online in May and then suspended by the airline, are seeking action against the police officers who handled their case.
In a letter to the additional commissioner Rao and Sharma inquired if any departmental action had been initiated against the five police officers who illegally impounded their passports and company IDs because they had posted jokes about politicians, and comments against the PM.
The two staffers were reinstated after the Palghar episode and the misuse of the IT Act drew attention to their case.