A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

New Delhi: A two-lane road leads up to the Batra Complex in Mukherjee Nagar, and it is not the one less travelled. Thousands flock here from every nook and corner of India to prepare for various competitive exams, particularly the civil services, at many big and small coaching centres, making for a multi-crore-rupee industry. The years of prep and money spent will be put to test on Sunday, when over 11.36 lakh aspirants will take the civil services exam preliminary, the first step towards joining India’s elite bureaucracy. Coaching hubs…

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Smoking Costs $1 Trillion, Soon to Kill 8 Million a Year – WHO/NCI Study

Smoking Costs $1 Trillion, Soon to Kill 8 Million a Year – WHO/NCI Study

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014. “The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these…

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Choking on grapes can kill young children, doctors warn

Choking on grapes can kill young children, doctors warn

Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, warn the authors of a new report. Doctors in Scotland describe three choking cases — two of them fatal — that involved boys aged 5 and younger who were eating whole grapes. “There is general awareness of the need to supervise young children when they are eating… but knowledge of the dangers posed by grapes and other similar foods is not widespread,” according to Dr. Jamie Cooper and colleague Dr. Amy Lumsden. Cooper works in the emergency department at Royal Aberdeen…

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70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger A whopping 70 million Indian women above age 15 use smokeless tobacco (SLT), which alone constitutes 63 per cent of the world’s SLT consumption, according to a Union Health Ministry report on SLT. The first-ever comprehensive report by the ministry, launched at the ongoing World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) here, also stated that one factor influencing SLT use among disadvantaged women is the desire to suppress hunger while performing difficult and laborious tasks. “Easy…

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Cholesterol deprivation can kill brain tumour cells

Cholesterol deprivation can kill brain tumour cells

Offering new hope for an alternative treatment of brain cancer, researchers have found that depriving the deadly tumour cells of cholesterol, which they import from neighbouring healthy cells, kills tumour cells and causes their regression. “Disrupting cholesterol import by GBM (glioblastoma) cells caused dramatic cancer cell death and shrank tumours significantly, prolonging the survival of the mice,” said senior author Paul Mischel, Professor at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US. Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer, which is…

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Protein that may ‘shock and kill’ HIV virus identified

Protein that may ‘shock and kill’ HIV virus identified

  Researchers have identified a protein that can potently force the latent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viruses out of hiding and poison them on their way out, leading to potential treatments for the deadly disease. The findings showed that galectin-9 — a human sugar-binding protein — reactivates latent HIV viruses and renders these infected cells visible to the immune system, in a process called the “shock and kill” HIV eradication strategy. Galectin-9 works by manipulating the sugars on the surface of HIV-infected cells to deliver the signals that force latent…

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