Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gail - Indian Speed Star- an Initiative to Strengthen the Sport of Athletics

GAIL (India) Limited has embarked on a grassroots athletics program GAIL-Indian Speedstar which is aimed at unearthing young talent across the length and breadth of India. GAIL (India) Limited and National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS), launched a grassroots athletics program GAIL Indian Speedstar on the 22nd of March, 2016 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.

The National Yuva Cooperative Society has tied up with the Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for The GAIL Indian Speedstar project. The persisting, epoch-making attempt before - focused grassroots program aims to create a pool of athletes with knack which will possibly bring honor for India in track events at the highest echelon of sporting events - the Olympics 2020/2024.

The reason to launch this program is to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes. The targeted age group is 11 - 17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across.

A panel of eminent sportspersons like P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, AnuradhaBiswal & Kavita Raut have been appointed on the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL-Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level.

‘Legendary athlete P.T. Usha launched the initiative alongside the organizers Dr. AshutoshKarnatak,
Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande – President, National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (NYCS) and Maneesh Bahuguna - CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company.

District trials were conducted under the watchful eyes of coaches and selectors, appointed by the selection committee. The selection of the athletes was based on talent identification and selection criteria set by the selection committee.

Initiatory, in its first year, earlier this year with initial trials conducted in 55 districts across 10 states in which more than 25,000 children participated out of which 850 children made it to the State level.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon. Minister of State (I/C) Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dutee Chand, AnuradhaBiswal and Purnima Hembram; selected ambitious young athletes from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 14 children have qualified for the National level trials while Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji, praised and motivated the selected candidates for National level trials.

Camp and Selection

The first State level camp and trial was organized on 27 – 28th of February in SawaiMaan Singh Stadium, Jaipur where 60 boys and girls participated out of which 4 have qualified for the next level. The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selection), Delhi (28 Selection), Kerala (28 Selection) & Jharkhand (4 Selection) followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week of April.  The shortlisted children from the State trials will then participate in the National camp and the selection which is scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Shortlisted athletes from state trials will attend an intensive national level camp. At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year. The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

In India we need more initiatives like this to encourage young talents to participate and take athletics seriously as a sport. Our sport culture is heavily dominated by Cricket and to some extent Football, Tennis and Badminton. Still our parents discourage the kids to take up any sports other than cricket. Our mindset should change and it is a great effort by GAIL (India) Limited to launch this GAIL-Indian Speedstar program that will spread the sport athletics in our country at the eve of Rio Olympics - 2016.

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Malaria Killed More People Than Terrorism in 2015, Are You Still Not Protected?

We are afraid of HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Heart Attack. We are afraid of terrorism and accidental deaths. But, do you know that over 3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) are living with a risk of malaria that killed over 438,000 individuals all over the world in 2015. In India, 2.57 per 100,000 individuals die due to this fatal disease. All these deaths are for some tiny mosquitoes thriving in our locality because of our careless approach.

Malaria is caused by the transmission of Plasmodium parasites through infected Anopheles mosquito bites (acts as vectors). There are 5 species of this parasite, causing malaria in humans, of which the most deadly is the Plasmodium falciparum.

Almost half the current population of the world (3.2 billion people) is at risk of acquiring malaria. Over 214 million cases of malaria were estimated in 2015 resulting over 438,000 deaths.

The most vulnerable population being the pregnant women, children and travelers who are not immune to malaria. Children below 5-years-old are most susceptible to this disease (70% of the deaths occur within this age group in 2015).

The good news is that the mortality rates of malaria have decreased by 60% (in all age groups) or 65% (among children below 5 years) from 2000 to 2015. However, like many other fatal diseases (AIDS or Cancer) early diagnosis is important to prevent deaths by malaria.

Currently, the most concerning news is the emerging trend of the parasite to develop resistance against artemisinin (the major compound of the modern combination treatment plan to combat uncomplicated malaria). This is a major concern in south East Asian countries such as Viet Nam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. The partner drug is, however, still effective.

The best way to avoid malaria is to have a mosquito free locality. For prevention, sleeping inside mosquito nets (better if it is treated with insecticides that remains active for 2-3 years) is still the best solution.

The most effective means of reducing malaria transmission rapidly is through indoor residual spraying when about 80% of the houses in a locality is covered and remains effective for 3 to 6 months (depends on the type of insecticides and the surface of the households). Scientists are working to develop long lasting insecticides.

Malaria cannot be treated as a fatal disease only. It is also responsible for major economic losses in countries which are already in severe economic crisis. It has the power to trap communities as well as families in poverty, especially in populations of lower socio economic status having limited health care affodability or access. Watch the following video to prevent malaria (Courtesy MEDREWIND). Let us win the war against mosquitoes and #malaria. Live a healthy life and #StayMalariaProtected. (Information source: WHO)

This article was first published in KenFolios - Only interesting stories.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shape up with Clinic Dermatech’s 360⁰ Body Shaping Services

Clinic Dermatech brings forth a new fat reduction treatment that makes the thought of toiling hard and for long to get rid of belly fat. With the aim of making a significant contribution in the realm of beauty and aesthetic wellness, Clinic Dermatech is offering 360Body Shaping services in its Delhi Clinics, providing an effective solution for customers who struggle with body fat. Fat burning is a critical issue with obesity reaching the epidemic stage in India as 5% of population in India is affected by morbid obesity and 76% population in Delhi is either overweight.

For Clinic Dermatech, customer satisfaction is the biggest motivation, and with the transformational change provided by its 360Body Shaping services, it endeavors to increase its already expansive footprint of satisfied customers even further. 

Having a well toned body and achieving the highest aesthetic wellness is a universal goal irrespective of class, social status and demography. We all love to have a good and healthy body to boast. However, maintaining a well shaped body in today’s hectic world is not an easy task at hand. You need proper determination, grit and passion to reach your goal and most importantly need the best guidance available. With Clinic Dermatech you will just get that. It will guide you through the processes as a good mentor with its newly developed formula and put you on the path towards ultimate aesthetic wellness.

Technologies employed by Clinic Dermatech

360 Body shaping is an all-encompassing process and hence, the focus is not just about reducing the body weight, but also on getting the body in perfect shape along with improving skin health. Here are the technologies through which Clinic Dermatech ensures the body shaping results that the customers expect: – 

The Beautytek system enables the body to reshape itself by harnessing the body’s most powerful mechanisms for self-repair, restoring health and wellbeing. The customer simply lies back on a couch and the Beautytek system takes care of the rest. The painless, non-invasive body shaping treatment is given in combination with a few other select therapies:

Radio Frequency (Bipolar): This therapy works to retighten the skin of the face and body, the dilated pores, and also to reduce facial wrinkles. At Clinic Dermatech, the specialists utilize a combination of infrared light with electromagnetic high frequency waves that works best for weight loss and consequently, body sculpting.

Ultrasonic Cavitation & Galvanic: The purpose of this therapy is to disperse fluid retention, stimulate blood circulation and encourage lymph circulation and drainage. In the process of achieving weight reduction and overall lightness, a significant improvement is seen in skin health as well.

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To celebrate the achievements of empowered women on this Women’s Day, Clinic Dermatech has announced Flat 51% off on its 360Body Shaping services along with a host of other services. This offer is valid for a limited period and can be availed only via prior appointments

About Clinic Dermatech: Clinic Dermatech is a leading Skin & a Hair care treatment provider in India with a year-on-year growth rate of about 40-50%. Along with experienced staff and reputed skin specialists, it has on offer advanced technologies and treatment procedures that are safe, painless, and convenient. Clinic Dermatech has today reached the milestone of conducting over 6,00,000 sessions of body shaping, and even offers personalized treatments for Hair loss, Botox & Fillers, Stretch marks, Acne scars, Breast firming, among several others.

Accolades received by Clinic Dermatech:
  • Higher Customer Satisfaction in Laser Hair Reduction 2016
  • Quality & Excellence Award 2015 (in cosmetic dermatology services)
  • Best Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic 2014 (Delhi/NCR)
  • Most Promising Skin Care Clinic in Delhi
  • Best Skin Care Clinic 2013 (Delhi)
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Dipa Karmakar Has Failed And This Is Why We Must Not Keep Quiet About It

Dipa Karmakar
Image Courtesy: Reuters
At the age of 22, not many manage to achieve a feat like Dipa Karmakar. Her first-of-its-kind accomplishment in Rio Olympics is known to all. But are we shying away from talking about the not-so-cool part of the gymnast – her failures, hardships, and struggle? Probably yes, because it is not so ‘glittery’.

To begin with, Dipa had an inborn postural deformity (flat feet) which makes it difficult for an athlete to get spring in jumps. She had to undergo extreme difficulties and a lot of physical pain to achieve the desired curve in her feet necessary for a good performance. It requires extraordinary willpower, hardwork and courage to choose and excel at a bold career choice like gymnastics – all this despite the fact that your body was not ideally designed for it in the first place.

For more than eight months before Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, Dipa had to practice without equipment. Nonetheless, she made history in the event by bagging a bronze. All her preparations were supported solely by her on a personal level. The situation changed only after the federation arranged for a two month-training camp for the gymnasts to polish their skills.

Many wouldn’t know that even the road to Rio Olympics has not been smooth for the Tripura-born gymnast and she had failed several times before her recent achievement. In November 2015, Dipa finished fifth in the world championship and missed to secure an Olympic berth. Finishing fifth is technically called an outside podium finish which is a major let down. It is like not even making in T20 semifinals despite being a promising team. Also, just last month, she was shortlisted for the final game where earlier she was kept only as second reserve. Must be a setback, don’t you think?

Since India started participating in the games after her independence, only 11 of our gymnasts have managed to qualify for the Olympics and all were men. It was after a long wait of 52 years that finally Dipa, a woman, achieved this feat for India. She has already bagged more than 77 medals in her career.

Like every winner, success hasn’t come easily to Dipa. She has failed many times and risen up every time. Talking about her lows only makes her story more relatable and motivational. The more we acknowledge and talk about our failures (in a positive manner), the faster we can build a healthy society where 16-year-olds won’t kill themselves failing to crack some over-hyped exam.

We need to shed the stigma and negativity around the word ‘failure’. Let us change the trend and start cheering for one another even when the times are tough and chances of winning look bleak. For failing is a beautiful process after which one emerges stronger and better.

This article was first published in KenFolios - Only interesting stories.