How to make sure kids take enough Magnesium

Green Leaves are good source of Magnesium but only if Kids eat it. But there are other things that we can provide kids to :

  • Almonds, dry roasted ---contains 80 mg of Magnesium
  • Cashews, dry roasted, 1 ounce --- contains 75 mg of Magnesium
(To make it more interesting/tasty mix some raisins and tutty-fruity )

Why is it important ? : It is required for the integrity of bones and teeth, regulates the absorption of calcium, regulates the contraction of all muscles (including the heart), is used in the stomach to produce the acid required to digest protein and absorb minerals, and is involved in at least 300 different enzyme reactions.

Is EFA must for kids ? Yes it is ...

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) : They are called essential fatty acids because they cannot be made in the body from other substrates and must be supplied in food. These are :
• Linoleic Acid (Omega -6) and
• Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega - 3).

Most people get enough Omega- 6 without even trying. Examples are- Safflower oil,walnut oil, grass fed cow milk, olive oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, soybean, peanut oil and sesame oil to name a few.

Examples of food that have a good amount of Omega- 3 are oily fish, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, canola oil and soy oil.

EFAs in fish oil are particularly good for a child’s developing brain.

Please Read following to understand it's important :
EFAs are primarily used to produce hormone-like substances that regulate a wide range of functions, including blood pressure, blood clotting, blood lipid levels, the immune response, and the inflammation response to injury infection. It reduces the incidence of allergies, help keep the immune system functioning in a non-allergic/non-inflammatory mode, reduces development of auto-immune diseases, reduces colic, improves learning, supports healthy nerve and brain development, and reduces anxiety and depression.

Kids and Sleep...

Children need different amounts of sleep at different ages.

• Infants : a minimum of 14 hours per night, and
• children 12 to 36 months : 12 to 14 hours per night.
• Preschoolers : 11 to13 hours per night and
• children up to 11 years : at least 9 hours per night.

Sleep-deprivation can also set children up for respiratory disorders, cardiac disorders, and obesity in adulthood due to the behaviors learned. Sleep-deprived children will have greater difficulty with focus, controlling emotions, and irritability, will have a lower threshold for frustration, and be more prone to injuries.

Kids and Food .....Indirect Guidance

Using the Following Tips/policy we can inspire kids to eat Healty Food. But it is very very important to make sure that kids take the charge of these rather than we impose it on them

Get the children involved in the weekly menu:
1. Have a weekly meeting with your children about what they’d like to eat that week
2. Give them a few choices to choose from so that they don’t get overwhelmed.
3. Have them choose which protein, veggie, fruit, carb, and desert or snack they’ll have in their bag each day of the week.
4. Post up their choices on a sheet with their name on it so that everyone can see it.
5. Get them excited about the good choices they’ve made and praise them for taking care of their body.
This will certainly help them to feel powerful!

Keep it interesting for them not for Us :
1. You can expand on your children’s choices and introduce them to things they may not have tried before.
2. If they like sandwiches, offer bagels, crackers, wraps, or special breads
3. Cut sandwiches into fun shapes and sections.
4. Put in a bunch of sharable baby carrots, raisins, or animal crackers.
5. Provide finger foods like cut up fruit, “baby sandwiches” and wheel-shaped pasta salads.

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practice it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others

After reading the news of death of my beloved teacher Mr. Randhawa (Hindustan Times, Dec 2, 2008 (Page 4) ) in the Mumbai terrorist attack , I could not slept the 3 nights and just wondering what he did wrong to get this unfortunate end. And that provoked me to dig out something more to understand the reasons behind this audacious attack on the innocent people not only Indians but other foreigners as well. Following is my personal understanding about the ‘ Why India was attacked …..’ I may not be 100% correct but even if I am 50% .....

Economy :
One month ago Pakistan was declared on the verge of bankruptcy while India was being treated as the leading economy in south-east Asia who was kind of unaffected by the global recession. While world renowned Finance expert was doing his best to make India a model economy, on the other hand Pakistan ( where mismanagement and corruption was as peak) was begging the International Monitory fund(IMF) and ADB for financial $ 100 Billion bailout package. India was attracting the more and more FDI while Pakistan was loosing International investments. This compelled the Pakistan to somehow make sure that India looses its financial/economical credibility and ‘Blast in Mumbai-Financial capital of India’ was the best example to show the world that ‘India is no better safe than Pakistan’.

For more details to support above thoughts please look the following news :

Sports :
Pakistan was declared as unsafe place for hosting almost all the sports events primarily Hockey and Cricket ,which are the main sports in India and Pakistan. On the other side of the border in India, Board of cricket control (BCCI) was getting cash rich with every events like Indian Premier Leage (IPL). More and more hockey and cricket countries are denying to participate in Pakistan hosted sports events(eg. Champians tropy).
This causes the Pakistan to meticulously plan and somehow demonstrate that India is equally unsafe place for hosting such sporting events.

Al-Qaeda link :
After Obama’s win in US , Pakistan was very much sure that if it does anything just on the basis of Kashmir then ,it would be facing a lot of criticism from western world countries. So it used it’s destructive mind and linked the terror-attack to Al-Qaeda. Pakistan was knowing that Al-Qaeda connection will be sufficient enough to show the world that this is the Mumbai events is not bilateral but International and not only this it asked its terror-men to kill the US,British and Israili citizens as well.
Not only this Pakistan tried to prove that India is becoming an ally to Israel and becoming the threat to Muslim countries so this attack should be seen as price for India-Israel friendship.

What is Pakistan’s current reality ?
* A very important point here I want to mention that the common and literate civilians in Pakistan understand the it more important for political leaders to concentrate on major severe issues like education,health-care and social benefits but those people have not much role/importance in political process. They really did not like the current corrupt President but who cares for them……
* Pakistan is the central headquarters of all terrorist activities under the authoritative command of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) an organ of Pakistan Army who have been sheltering Islamic terrorist organizations in the country through military as well as financial support. ISI is the real government in Pakistan. Although Pakistani religious groups have different mental equation when it is about the religion but there is no conflict among them if it is about Islam. Although they advocate a different Islam which was never the one introduced by Muhammad Bin Abdullah in Mecca some 1500 years ago, yet they are together under the supervision of ISI. ISI has sponsored this new brand of Islam with ulterior motives and to implement its hidden agenda. This new brand of Islam does not enjoy any recognition from the Muslims who really believe in Muhammad. It is indeed unfortunate that Islam has always been victimized throughout by the people who terms themselves as Muslims.
*North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) : what is this ?...This is smallest province of Pakistan(aligned to Afganistan) which in reality is not governed by Pakistani government but ….
In 1979 when Soviet Invaded Afghanistan,over five million Afghan refugees sheltered into NWFP (as of 2007 nearly 3 million remain). During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the NWFP served as a major base for supplying the Mujahideen who fought the Soviets during the 1980s(Not to mention that US supported these Mujahideen at that time ).Since then NWFP remained heavily influenced by events in Afghanistan and the civil war led to the rise of the Taliban, which had emerged in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan as a formidable political force that nearly took-over all of Afghanistan. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the NWFP became a frontline region again as part of the global War on Terror. This area is main problem area.

Is Pakistan knowingly/unknowingly accepting its role ?.........YES
Indian government knows the attack originated from Pakistan and proved to US,UK and Israel with the initial invetigations. In fact, the Pakistan government doesn't deny this bluntly . Following are the proofs :
* Now Asif Ali Zardari is telling Larry King that the attackers are "stateless people", he isn't saying they are not Pakistanis( and Pakistani media is saying that alive militant is sikh/hindu).
* Earlier in India, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, told the media he was willing to send the ISI chief for a joint probe, signaling that he believed the attackers were Pakistanis.

Should anyone believe the words of Zardari(Mr. Ten-percent) ? No,No,No………………Never
Please read the following to understand why :
1. He assassinated Murtaza Bhutto( brother of Benezir) in 1996 because he confronted Zardari over bringing the Pakistan People's Party into disrepute over corrupt activities.
2. In 1998 , Swiss Government gave Pakistan government documents relating to corruption allegations against Zardari and wife, Benazir involving USD 13.7m in laundered money. In the same year French authorities revealed that Zardari proposed to give Dassault Aviation exclusive rights to replace Pakistani airforce fighter jets in return for a 5% commission.
3. In 2003 ,Swiss magistrates found Zardari and Bhutto guilty of money laundering, sentencing them to six-month suspended jail terms….
4. Before becoming president he had many criminal and corruption charges which have linked him with fraud, money-laundering, receiving bribes, and even murder but all were dropped to make sure that he become president.
5. His in-camera comments as president against the vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin showed his state of mind and political seriousness.
6. When Manmohan Singh called up Zardari ( and Pakistan PM Gilani called Indian PM) , he said the ISI director general Shuja Pasha would be sent to India to help out with the investigations. But by evening, the picture had changed. An ISI spokesman sounded very iffy about Pasha's visit. "Let the government tell us and we'll see," he said…..It shows that President and PM has very little role when it comes to a matter linked with ISI and army in Pakistan.

What India should do now ?
India has to believe in the fact that India do not depend on Pakistan for ANYTHING . We are much stronger democratically ,economically and socially and we have the power and willingness to secure our citizens ,territory and interests. But sometime it looks apparently that Pakistan is also like India but Pakistani history has proved that there is a clear disconnect between the Pakistani civilian government and the all-powerful military agencies like ARMY and ISI, which is causing difficulties for India in dealing with the situation. Every time after the undeclared war from Pakistani agencies/Army,India forgets all with time ( many Indians treat this as Indian political weakness)and starts meaningful dialogue to show the world that we are inherently peaceful and co-operating country(and WE ARE ..NO DOUBT) but in return we get Kargil,Kashmir attacks,Train-attack and Hotel-attacks…… and in reality Indian citizens pay the real price of such benevolent diplomacy. India as a nation has to do something drastic so that we can secure the future of our people………
1. Make a law which bars the political parties from stating the statements like ‘our part handles the terrorism better than X party’
2. Setup Central Federal Agency to combat the terror inside the country.
3. Setup special and separate NSG units in all the metro cities.
Modernize the Local state police departments and install the hidden CCTV cameras in all the important places of the main cities.
4. Break all the political and social links with Pakistan and declared that NO VISA will be issued to Indian who wants to visit Pakistan .India must Shuts its Embassy in Pakistan and stop all the political processes with Pakistan.
5. Make sure that Kashmir comes into main political stream and all the issuesds related to Kasmir are solved on high-priority. This will improve Indian image in International politics and also bar the Pakistan to raise its concerned about Kashmir.
6. Make sure that all the people linked to D-company and LeT are fully checked and monitored.
7. Setup special intelligence and monitoring body which focuses on the threats posed by Pakistan only and also supervise concerned department/organization handles such issues with proper priority. This body must have some special Research and Analysis wing which
a. Give special anti-terror technical know-how to the concerned commandos/police so that they can handle understand the latest gadgets/tools used by terrorists like GPS phone, internet and fake identity cards…
b. Co-ordinate with other special departments in other countries like MOSAD in Israel and FBI in US.

What US/world can do now to avoid more 9/11 or 26/11 ….?
POLITICAL MEASURES : US should take lead with support from UN and other top world countries and try to create a strong political movement against Pakistan , so that Pakistan bends towards the pressure of attack the people and stop practicing the terror politics.

MILITARY MEASURES : There must be some military pressure on the Pakistan so that government gets real democratic control over Federal Autonomous Tribal Area, or FATA. US must not give any millinery technology and equipments to Pakistan and check the other countries( like China,Iran) from doing so.

ULTIMATE STEP : And even if the above practice does not help in curbing the Pakistani role in international terror then it would be imperative to disintegrate Pakistan if we want to collapse the terrorists' network altogether. Unless we destroy the root cause of the whole terrorism tree, we will not be able to eliminate terrorism from the region. But considering the people of Pakistan this should be done under the UN supervision. Pakistan is comprised of five main sub nations and there should be no problem in giving these nations their new countries to enable them to have a more realistic identity of their own. This geo-political surgery has become inevitable to save the humanity from the cruel hands of terrorists who will come again to strike and they have no other place to hide and conspire but Pakistan.

Want to change....Be the change

Historical Win of Barack Hussein Obama has rendered Martin Luther’s dream prophetic which later gave at Lincoln Memorial in 1963.In his famous powerful speech "I-have-a-dream" Dr Martin had said “…little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character!"

Obama realised that dream through hard work and perseverance. His journey from a small-time community worker to the most powerful man in the world signifies that minority should not just demand the 'Change' but be part of the Change for Change.Obama's win is a landmark not only in US history but also in the world.It will inspire all the minority people of the world to come forward and lead the change rather than wait for change to come to them.

Obama lead the election by example:-
1.Obama declined federal funding while Mccain accepted.
2.Obama choose serious Joe Biden considering the nature of job but Mccain choose palin,just to fight with Obama only.
3.Obama believed in Policy while Mccain involved in personal attacks - accusing Obama of having a close relationship with a 'domestic terrorist', for example.
4.Obama said I am 'future-perfect' while he always rode on 'past-perfect'.
5.Obama never supported Bush-Economic-Policy while Mccain never rejected it 100%.

But there are few more reasons which caused the Obama to win and Mccain to lost.
1. Youth Power : Obama projected himself as 'Young' candidate and created powerful youth movement that pollsters and pundits often overlook.This caused a stunning 54% of young white
voters(18% of total) supported Obama, compared with 44% who went for Mccain.
Obama promised an era where young people will have a say in the political process,
that makes sense that he’s receiving that kind of support. Somewhere and somehow age factor played an important role in fight or 2.

2. Campaign Policy : Obama surpassed all other past and present presidential candidates in the way he and his campaign team did campaign.This resulted in not only the popularity but also helped him in collecting record $650 million fund as well.When Obama addressed gatherings, his internet site,Blogs ( Thanks to IT) were used by volunteers to sells T-shirts,Caps and help with the cleanup.

India's answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger

India has answer to each and everything in this world. Samir Ghosh of Kolkata, The 28-year-old won the Mr. Universe 2008 title in the 66kg bantamweight category in Miami, Florida. He builds his body with the passion of Arnold Schwarzenegger.He lives in a small 10x8 feet ramshackle room that can barely hold the huge cache of trophies he has earned over the last 12 years.
He did the best a young men with passion for body-building can do at max.....
Poverty has distressed this young sportsman so much that he is about to give up the sport that he excelled in.He is struggling to keep his head above the water but upto when....
With a father who is fighting lung cancer, Samir is eager to take up any job. He has been trying for a government job over the last 10 years, ever since he turned 18.The latest disappointment was when the Income Tax department too rejected his application for the post of a watchman.
What he waits for is a system that aids people who struggle and achieve instead of putting on them, the additional onus of scrambling to earn the right to work.

I as Indian salutes this MAN and wish that he gets what he deserved most.......

Shakti Bhog Success Story

He might not have gone to a management school, but his techniques sure speak volumes about his business acumen. How else do you explain the success of Kewal Krishan Kumar, chairman and managing director of Shakti Bhog Foods Ltd, which has a turnover of over Rs 1,400 crore.

The company has around 70% of market share in the branded wheat flour segment in North India and plans to make it big in South India now. In fact it launched in Bangalore and some neighbouring areas in June this year. And Kumar is only eyeing more customers. He plans to acquire two-three food product companies in India in this fiscal year and get into joint ventures in Australia and Dubai.

What is interesting is that Kumar didn't inherit it all. He has humble beginning. Before Partition, his grandfather had a little grinding unit in Anarkali Bazaar of Lahore and after Partition, his father started a grinding unit to produce besan (chick pea flour) in India.

Kumar is a boisterous man who might want things fast, yet doesn't believe in letting the quality suffer. It's little surprise then that Shakti Bhog Atta is today a household name in wheat consuming homes. It's the mass market that Kumar targets. He doesn't mince his words when he says, "The richer you are, the lesser you tend to eat. The Kellogg's eating variety will probably have one chapatti, but for chapatti eating population, it's our atta that forms the staple food."

What is interesting to note is that MNCs have come and gone, but Shakti Bhog has stood its ground with its people's power. "This is not exactly a great profit making business. A lot of people have come and gone. We bought over Nature Fresh two years back. Today even biggies are having problems in flour business. I created a name for my atta long before these people even dreamt of flour business."

And when the government banned export of wheat products last year, Kumar diversified into ready to eat products and now supplies to 47 countries.

Kumar's entry into flour business was almost accidental. As a student of Sri Ram College of Commerce, Kumar took interest in his father's business but probably just as a young boy curious about his family business. It was one incident, however, that changed his life. His mother had sent him to grind some flour. Those were the good old days when people took their own wheat to little grinding units.

Kumar, however, had a movie to catch with friends and couldn't afford to stand in the long queue. And that's when he thought of buying a packet of atta. He wasn't sure how his mother would react, but he quietly bought it and kept it at home. Later he asked his mother about the quality of the flour and she said it was nice. "That is when I thought of starting a business of packaged atta." The year was 1980. The family didn't think there was a market in packaged flour, but Kumar was determined to make it. So, while he did take care of his father's business, he also started working on his idea.

A believer in Goddess Durga, Kumar decided to call it Shakti Bhog. Also, since wheat is the staple diet of a large Indian population, Kumar thought the name was just appropriate. Kumar did his own research from individually taking packets of his factory ground flour in autos to understanding what people wanted. The first year saw him suffer a loss of about a lakh , but it wasn't enough to deter him. "Something told me that I'd make it. I didn't even tell my family about the loss."

In a year, Kumar's determination bore fruit when Agmark approached him to certify his flour for quality. "It was a great feeling," confesses he. Slowly the business started picking up. And if something that has kept his products going, Kumar says, it's their quality. "I don't believe in compromising on quality. You expect the best only when you give it your best. I give my products the best I can and I have been getting returns in the form of growing consumers."

Today, Kumar has 16 factories that run 24/7. It's little surprise that from 50 quintals a day, his factories now produce 50 lakh quintals of flour every month. What has also kept Kumar growing is the fact that he has constantly evolved with time. When MNCs entered, for example, he did a little repackaging.

Last year when the government banned exports of wheat, Kumar didn't fret about the fact that he would lose business in 47 countries. Instead, he started thinking of alternative business plans.

He says, "When you are determined, you will surely find a way." Soon his research team came up with the idea of exporting rice, multi-grain porridge and ready to eat food.

Given the present rage for health foods and Indian foods internationally, Kumar had hit the bull's eye. By September this year, he plans to launch these products in India as well. The other plan is to focus on health foods. Right from diabetic atta to porridge with vegetables and obesity atta, there is a whole lot of products that Kumar is focusing on. It's another thing, that he likes to keep his cards close to his chest. "There are many plans on the anvil in the health field, but I prefer to let my products talk. So, once they enter the market, consumers can decide for themselves. I don't believe in publicity."

Health, says Kumar, is a subject close to his heart. That's why he forayed into television and started a health channel by the name of Shakti channel three years back. The initial idea was to launch a kidney hospital in his father's name after he died of a kidney ailment. But his friends and family discouraged him against setting up a hospital. So, he decided to start a health channel. "The underlying idea is the same. I want people to lead healthier lives. So, I'm not looking at the channel as a profit-making venture. Instead, I want it to contribute to healthier lifestyles. So, even if one person benefits from it, I'm satisfied."

Since health is high on Kumar's agenda, he is sporty enough to acknowledge that he also needs to shed some weight. "I have set up a gym at home and try to work-out. Sweets are my weakness and I'm trying hard to curb the urge to dig into sweets," he smiles.

A normal day for Kumar begins at around 6 am. He practises yoga for about an hour from 7 am and begins his day by 9 am after he's had breakfast with his family. "Meals are times when we try and catch up. It's the time when my wife, two sons , daughter and I get time to talk about all kinds of issues. Our is a close knit family."

If there is anything that makes him as happy as the company of his family, it's his work. " I feel incomplete if I don't go to the factory, inspect the products , attend meetings, and speak to my distributors."

Efield and Subsea

We learn everyday about something because of different reasons and context. This is true in social and work life both. While I was applying for a job in Oil and Gas field I come across the terms 'efield' and 'subsea'  in the context of software and technology..

efield :
The oil industry is increasingly relying on digital technology and Internet or web-based concepts in every aspect, from back-office accounting and e-procurement to making decisions based on modeling software, to actually drilling, completing and monitoring wells.It’s called the e-field, the i-field, the smart field, and the digital oil field. And it is a very good thing.

The eField is an advanced ICT framework supporting all work processes and operation requirements an O&G organization have. Primary activities when developing an eField framework will be identifying the work processes and requirements both horizontally and vertically in the O&G field organization that are critical for the business strategy, economy and safety for humans and the environment.
The eField facilitate the O&G production organizations needs. Remote operation is anticipated to have a central role in future O&G production. CORD [2] is an initiative addressing the need for development of methods and evaluation of different concepts. The CORD program is currently working on identifying the work processes and requirements in an offshore platform control room. This is as a part of a larger program on how to safely move control functions, which today are controlled by the offshore control room, to a remote location. Important project participants are Statoil, BP, Shell, SINTEF and IFE.

Subsea :
Subsea is a general term frequently used to refer to equipment, technology, and methods employed in marine biology, undersea geology, offshore oil and gas developments, underwater mining, and offshore wind power industries.Oil and gas fields reside beneath many inland waters and offshore areas around the world, and in the oil and gas industry the term subsea relates to the exploration, drilling and development of oil and gas fields in underwater locations.Under water oil field facilities are generically referred to using a subsea prefix, such as subsea well, subsea field, subsea project, and subsea development.

Subsea engineering or seabed-to-surface engineering, is a specialty job that deals with underwater projects. A subsea engineer generally designs and installs underwater structures, including oil well rigging, wellheads, and pipelines. Typically, subsea engineers have working knowledge of underwater procedures, vehicles, and equipment. 

Some terms :
- Subsea Control Systems
- Subsea Typical Equipment
-- Hydraulic Power Unit,
-- Electrical Power Unit,
-- Master Control Station,
-- Subsea Control Modules

Why Not Sixth is NOT TOO LATE

When somebody in India talk about the Norway the most important topic they talk about is the ‘Noble peace prize’- An Oscar for people who did great work to make sure peace is maintained in world we live. This world famous coveted award is given every year on 10-dec to the noble laureate(s) of the world to recognize their contribution to world peace and humanity.

Every citizen the world’s biggest democracy(along with other people of the world) believes and support that this great prize is not meaningful if it is not awarded to Mr. Mohandas karamchand Gandhi ( Mahatma Gandhi) – who not only practiced peace doctrine throughout his life to demonstrate its effectiveness at its best but also promote the different ways( like Satyagraha and Ahimsa) of achieving it and also established a foundation for others(like Martin Luther king jr. and Nelson Mandela) to follow it .

Being an Indian living is Oslo I am always fascinated by the ‘Noble peace prize’ and always have desire to see Gandhi getting this coveted prize(even posthumously) . Recently I heard Norwegian Nobel Committee chief Ole Danbolt Mjos stated "(Mahatma) Gandhi was short-listed for the Nobel Prize five times,". In 1948 Gandhi was nominated 5th time by Nobel Prize Committee but it’s “unanimous” decision was abandoned(at the last moment) by the Gandhi's assassination in the same year.

He accepted "For the first four, majority opinion made sure he did not come by the prize. But then, at the end of 1947, the Committee finally reached a unanimous decision that, come 1948, the Indian nationalist leader would be the recipient of the prize,". But, Mjos said, as events were to turn out Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948 upsetting the Nobel Committee plan at the last moment.Nobody was conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948, the website of the Committee shows.

My question( and many other Indians as well) here is :

“Why Can’t Gandhi be deemed as qualified to be a Nobel laureate in the present world context”
His theories are omnipresent and effective in every world peace movement and actually more suitable in today’s world. The point here is that if noble committee can take a controversial decision of giving prize to former UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjoeld in 1961 then WHY CAN’T THEY TAKE SUCH DESCISION AGAIN for the person who is the biggest pioneer of word ‘PEACE’ in the 20th centaury.

Why not ecological Milk ?

In my younger days I saw a movie where Keshto Mukherjee was comparing ‘drinking alcohol’ with ‘drinking milk’ (and he was really good as usual). Considering the importance of milk in our daily life I searched the net and found that there exists a(although there are many but I am considering Indian environment and cost factor) viable ‘ecological milk’ which can be used at par with cow’s milk.

Any Guess !!!!

Yes you got it ….It is ‘Soya milk’

What is Soya Milk ?

It is produced by soaking dry soybeans, and grinding them with water.

Comparison with Cows Milk !!!

  • Buffalo milk and cow milk has different proportions
  • Many websites differ on the % and actual numbers

see the image attached

Why do we use it !!!

  • Milk for Poor : Soy milk is nutritionally close to cow's milk BUT IT IS 3 TO 6 TIMES CHEAPER THAN COWS MILK. Most of poor people in India are facing the problem of malnutrition and for such vulnerable population it is an efficient way to ensure daily adequate nutrition. In this manner, not only do people receive enough high quality protein for the development and maintenance of their health, but they also get the added disease prevention benefits of soybean phytochemicals. Studies says that soyamilk also help the people with bone problems ( like Asthama) which is very common in poor Indian population.
  • Lectogen senstive population can use it as it does not have lectogen in it. People who are doing some dieting course are also using it for health purposes.
  • Using soybeans to make milk instead of raising cows is said to have ecological advantages, as the amount of soy that could be grown using the same amount of land would feed more people than if used to raise cows. This is debated as grazing land for animals is very different from land used to farm, and requires fewer pesticides. However, cows require much more energy in order to produce milk, since the farmer must feed the animal, which consumes 40 kilos (90 pounds) of food and 90 to 180 liters (25 to 50 gallons) of water a day, while a soy bean needs merely water and land. Because the soybean plant is a legume, it also replenishes the nitrogen content of the soil in which it is grown.Soybeans can produce at least twice as much protein per acre than any other major vegetable or grain crop, 5 to 10 times more protein per acre than land set aside for grazing animals to make milk, and up to 15 times more protein per acre than land set aside for meat production.
Negative points about the soyamilk :

  • in general soy milk is not suitable for babies or infants
  • Some commercial companies used their own formula to create new type of soyamilk which may create some health issues

Nuclear Deal : Deal or No deal

Today I used some of my time to understand the uncontroversial Indian Nuclear deal which may topple down the well stable UPA government to.The determination of Manmohan Singh Government is very good and it should go ahead.This may result in left withdrawing the support and fall of UPA government. I am sure PM won’t budge this time and will go ahead with what is more important to nation (Growth) rather than what is more important to congress( Political Power).

To come to above conclusion I tried to weigh of pros and cons of this deal and India's stand to gain a lot from this nuclear deal and still maintain sovereignty.

National Issues to solve :

Growth constraint-1 : The power shortage and future demand for power is growing exponentially. Fuel prices are breaking the life of ordinary citizen. According to the latest Ministry of Commerce statistics, India’s oil imports for April-June were $14.83 billion, 4.21% higher than the figure for the corresponding period last year.Skyrocketing Fuel prices are adding quite a lot to towering 'Inflation'. Even the other Asian countries like Malaysia slashing the hefty fuel subsidy in the national interest to cope with it.

Growth constraint-2 : The India does not have enough natural resources and imports most of its oil from other countries.

Growth constraint-3 : Not enough Nuclear resources : One study says the US draws 21% of its electricity from this source, while it is 78% for France, 40% for Japan, 15% percent for South Korea and around 25% for Russia.Globally, 16% of energy requirements are met from nuclear power but in India it is 3%.

Political constraint-3 : Politically we need to strengthen ties with US to improve the diplomatic relationship with US. US wants to strengthen its base in South Asia by having strong relationship with India . The US is not so much comfortable with its old alley Pakistan because of it’s political turbulence and unofficial links to extremist terrorism. US also wants to limit the growth and influence of China in Asia by supporting the equally good economy of India.

If the deal is through then :

  • India will have uninterrupted supply of Nuclear Fuel for its US-made nuclear reactors. India and the US agree to transfer nuclear material, non-nuclear material, equipment and components. US will support/help India in developing strategic reserves of nuclear fuel to guard against future disruption of nuclear supply using the its international ‘Big Brother’ role . In case of disruption, US and India will jointly convene a group of friendly supplier countries(NSG) to include nations like Russia, France and the UK to pursue such measures to restore fuel supply.
  • India can make that decision to conduct test at any time. It's a sovereign state, it's very clear that India is free to do as it wishes with regard to future testing
  • India can build many nuclear reactors for power generation but it has to Spend a huge amount to import nuclear fuel rods the cost of which is twice that of coal driven power, will eat a good portion of india's exchequer, besides another substantial portion will have to be kept aside for waste disposal which will tear the pockets while other developments like road building and eradication of diseases among the poor will standstill.and considering the nature of deal India will be buying the uranium from the US (which helps the US economy as well).
  • India has prospects(although not easy) of getting a waiver from the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG).
  • India will have better power infrastructure which will help the Indian business in general. Deal will give India access to US nuclear fuel and technology, is potentially worth billions of dollars to US and European nuclear technology companies and would give India more energy alternatives to drive a booming trillion-dollar economy. India will have access to U.S. nuclear technology without complying with the Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT), which permits cooperation on nuclear energy only when countries pledge not to develop nuclear weapons.So The agreement not to hinder or interfere with India's nuclear pro gramme for military purposes.
  • Deal will place 14 of India’s 22 nuclear facilities under international safeguards. It leaves 8 of India’s nuclear facilities without safeguards, including a fast breeder reactor program that produces plutonium that can be used by India to increase its production of nuclear weapons. The deal provides no cap on India’s production of more nuclear weapons-grade fissionable materials.
  • The deal will allow India to harvest the plutonium and enriched uranium from its non-safeguarded nuclear facilities and use it for increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal.
  • After the deal overall nuclear energy production is expected to reach 9% by 2016.(which is not much as compare to 3% now).
  • Treaty has provision for one-year notice period before termination of the agreement.So we can say ‘NO’ later if harms our national interest. Agreement provides for consultations on the circumstances, including changed security environment, before termination of the nuclear cooperation. (Left-leaning parties say the wide-ranging termination clause in the act could be used to end the nuclear deal not only if India tests nuclear weapons but also for “not conforming to U.S. foreign policy,” in particular in cooperating on nonproliferation. But India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee says the nation is not bound by the Hyde Act.)
  • India can develop strategic reserve of nuclear fuel to guard against any disruption of supply over the lifetime of its reactors.

Manmohan singh's stand shows that after a life spent in pleasing political masters, first as a bureaucrat, then as a minister, he has finally come into his own. At least as of now he is the recognized head of government and that is an opportunity he knows he will not get again. He wants to go down in history as the man who did something big: converted India irreversibly into a strategic ally of the US and changed her course from non alignment to total and complete alignment with the one nation of his unipolar world.


Growing up in the heart of a Wadala slum, eight-yearold Narendra Jadhav knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a gangster.
Somewhere along the way he changed course and ended up as chief economist of the Reserve Bank of India and then vice-chancellor of Pune University, a chair he currently holds. This prestigious post has a special sweetness to it, for a hundred years ago, Jadhav’s Dalit ancestors were made to leave Pune city before dark and carry brooms to sweep away their own polluting shadow.
Jadhav’s unique success story has often been cited as a sterling example of how education can unchain and transform when seemingly nothing else can. The street and the slum taught the young boy to be resilient but it was the all-consuming emphasis placed on education by his semi-literate father, a Dalit worker with the Bombay Port Trust, that set him on the road to success. His brother excelled too, got into the IAS, and went on to become municipal commissioner in Mumbai.
Jadhav’s schooling was split between a municipal primary school and a private secondary school, both united in the poverty of the children who sat in
the classrooms. His ambitions changed all the time. First he wanted to be a gangster, and then something far less glamorous, a peon. “I grew up at a time when life was uncertain. I wanted a steady job that nobody could take away from me. A peon’s job sounded ideal.’’ Later, he decided he wanted to be a teacher, but by 13, he told his horrified brother that he hoped to be a writer. “My brother threw a fit. He told me I’d starve.’’ But Jadhav’s father, who went on to painstakingly pen his own memoirs, overheard the conversation and jumped to his defence. “Don’t listen to what others tell you to become. They may tell you to become a doctor, barrister or engineer. But follow your inner voice and do what you want. I really don’t care what you choose for yourself, as long as you’re at the top, wherever you are. Don’t ever be mediocre. Even if you’re a thief, make sure you’re an internationally acclaimed one.’’
The boy took his father’s words very seriously. At the SSC exam, he topped in Sanskrit, a language he had defiantly chosen because generations of Dalits had been denied access to a tongue considered the preserve of the Brahmins. At Ruia College, Mumbai, he passed his BSc in Statistics and Economics with distinction. After completing the first year of his MA in Economics from Mumbai University, Jadhav got a job as a probationary officer with the State Bank of India. So, during his second year, he juggled his studies with a full-time job. “My brother thought this was a bad idea. He was convinced that my scores would dip and that I could not have my cake and eat it too,’’ said Jadhav. But he proved his brother wrong. He succeeded at his job and set a record by getting a first in
Economics, something that no Dalit had done before.
After a three-year stint with the bank, during which he travelled extensively in Maharashtra, he joined the Reserve Bank of India. At 24, he was their youngest researcher. A few years into the job, he felt the need to study further. So, on a government of India scholarship, he headed for the University of Indiana, where he received a Ph.D in Public Finance. He was awarded the Best International Student and won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Economic Theory.
His classmates at Indiana, where he headed the Indian Students Association, were shocked when he told them he wanted to return to India after his Ph.D. “At that time, no Indian who went abroad to study returned home. Most of them were from rich families who would settle abroad and then complain of how they were subjected to racism. And here was I, from a down-trodden family in India, turning my back on over a dozen job offers to return home instead.’’ Seven days after his got his PhD, Jadhav was back “because I believe there can be no substitute for your
motherland. My commitment to my own people was so strong that I would not been happy anywhere else’’.
When Jadhav passed his SSC, he could barely speak in English, a language he has now consummately mastered. “Of course it was hard for me to switch from Marathi to English. But then, life is hard. You can’t use your background as an excuse for incompetence. And there’s no substitute for hard work. The fact that I lived in a slum and studied at a Marathi-medi
um school did not come in the way of my higher education abroad,’’ he says.
When Jadhav returned home, his mother found it hard to understand why her son was still working so hard after all these years of study. Surely a PhD meant he could now take it easy? That’s when Jadhav’s father stepped in once again with his earthy wisdom. He said a PhD was like a driving licence. You don’t stop driving once you get a licence. You start driving. “Here was one illiterate person explaining the value of PhD to another illiterate person. And he couldn’t have put it better,’’ says his son.
As a tribute to the man who, although himself uneducated, lived fearlessly and overcame caste and class barriers, Jadhav wrote ‘Amcha Baap ani Amhi,’ a book on his father’s life that has been translated into many languages. Once, while Jadhav was at Indiana, his father fell critically ill. He rushed back to see him, only to be reprimanded. “Don’t waste your time in the middle of your studies. Come back when you’ve finished your degree. I won’t die until then.’’
He kept his word. He died three years after his son returned to India as Dr Narendra Jadhav.

Running a company Ethically...

In today's world , it has become a kind of imperative that a company must be ethical in practical and sense and so world’s most ethical companies are going beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translating those words into action. In the same context following is a kind of some of the key points to make an organization more ethical in practical sense. But before that every company must have decided about the basic principle that it has to follow so that everything else can be constructed on basis of this foundation:

Example Principle :
Adding Values to Customer : This means following :
- Enabling clients to become high-performance businesses
- Creating long-term relationships
- Being responsive and relevant by consistently delivering value

and to achieve the above employer must implement the following actionable statements :
1. Employee should focus on sustainable, long-term outcomes, forgoing short-term opportunities that are inconsistent with our goal of delivering long-term value.
2. Employee should bring the best of employer's each client by leveraging and integrating company's range of talents and by sharing company's deep experience globally to create predictable outcomes.
3. Employee should build long-term relationships with company's clients by listening to their needs, understanding their aspirations and diverse cultures, and delivering value to help them achieve high performance.
4. Employee should value innovation and anticipate future needs--enabling us to differentiate company's capabilities and remain relevant to clients under changing business conditions.
5. All employees should serve clients, regardless of workforce or role--acting in the best interests of clients while safeguarding company.
6. Employee should commit to what we can deliver and we deliver on company's commitments.
7. Employee should leverage proven methodologies and comprehensive capabilities to achieve delivery excellence for clients.
8. Employee should seek to understand and follow clients' codes of conduct.
9. Employee should comply with government contracting and procurement regulations.
10.Employee should purchase goods and services based on their merits.
11.Employee should start with quality in mind to ensure superior execution and deliver employer's best day, every day, to clients.
Remember, the asterisked Action Statements are part of employer's Standards of Business Conduct--the obligations that every employee must understand and follow.

Violations :
If an Employee violates the Company's Code of Business Ethics i.e violates the action statements that defines how the company should do the business then may be he/she be :
- Disciplined and/or
- Subject to criminal and civil fines and penalties

Code of Business Ethics(CBE) : CBE is based upon the positive values.CBE applies to all the stakeholders which includes Employee(part time,full time , temporary and permanent ) ,contractors,consultants,Agents. And it is the foremost responsibility of each of these stakeholders to demonstrate Zero tolerance when the law is clear and speaks up when they suspect a violation( or in positive value conflict situation) or follow the decision making model(eg. CDM) to come up to a suitable decision. In case some stakeholder comes up and raise concern then employer must make sure that
- there must not be any retaliation against you.
- proper investigation is done to investigate the alleged violations.

Complex Decision Making(CDM) : When a course of action is not clear.....Following Decision-making Model can help us structure and apply your natural instincts to clarify those ethical dilemmas. i.e it helps in streamlining the process of descion making but not forcing us to take any specific type of decision.

Dilemma : Right vs. Wrong or Right vs. Right?
Step 1: Is it legal? ( Yes or NO)
Step 2: If the issue is legal then the second steps has Four tests:
a. Does it conflict with ethical values? ( Honesty,Responsibility,Respect, Fairness, Compassion, Company Principles
b. Does it make you feel uncomfortable? ( YES,NO,I have no opinion)
c. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? ( YES,NO )
d. Would your role model do it? ( YES,NO,NA )
If the situation fails more than one of the above a,b,c,d tests then situation is
-- either Right vs. Wrong
-- or When in doubt, consult with others
-- It often takes moral courage to act
If the situation has Passed 3 or more tests then situation is
-- Right vs. Right ( presents an ethical dilemma )
-- In such cases, it's not clear what to do

Eg : If a question/situation has passed the first test i.e Passed the legal test and Did not fail any Right vs. Wrong test so ...this is probably a Right vs. Right question--an ethical dilemma

Step 3 : Right vs Right paradigm are :
- Truth vs. Loyalty
- Individual vs. Community
- Short Term vs. Long Term
- Justice vs. Mercy

Step 4 : The next step is the Resolution Principles Grid . Now we should Select each Principle to reveal some related comments and a suggested course of action:
-Ends-based Thinking ( What produces the greatest good for the greatest number? )
-Rule-based Thinking ( What "rule" would you want everyone to follow in such a situation? )
-Care-based Thinking ( How would you want to be treated if you were in Tim's or Steve's position? )

Note : There is no single right answer to ethical dilemma.

Positive Value conflicts : What do you do when positive values conflict?
For example:
- Do you sell to a developer for a large sum...
- ...or sell it to your local government for a fraction of that amount?
"Right vs. Right":
- Take care of your family vs.
- Give back to the community/society

Interesting examples of Decision making :
1. Our company is preparing to bid on several large outsourcing opportunities. The proposal team is eager for information about the competition. Stephanie, the team lead, is friendly with an executive from a competitor, and during a social gathering, the two started talking about the industry and the upcoming tenders. Stephanie's friend volunteers information about Our company 's competitor, including likely pricing and staffing decisions. This information would help Our company assess the competition and prepare its own bid. Should Stephanie use the information volunteered by her friend?
A) Yes--the information was volunteered at a social gathering. This is exactly how you learn information that is difficult to find.
B) Yes--the information is very helpful to provide Our company a competitive advantage. Besides, the information is not confidential.
C) Yes--Stephanie would have discovered the information anyway using other means--this was just the most efficient way to get it.
D) No--even though Stephanie did not ask for the information from her friend, it is not proper to accept confidential information from someone who should not be providing the information.
Answer(D) : We should never use practices that are illegal, or appear questionable to obtain confidential information regarding our competitors. We would not want them to use these practices to obtain our information and we do not want to risk our brand in questionable practices.
Additionally, the information may be confidential and therefore, it would be illegal to use the information in any proposal. Stephanie should consult with her Legal representative to get advice as to how to mitigate this situation.

2. A co-worker has been locked out from the Our company Portal. Can she borrow your password while she waits for her password to be re-set?
A) Yes--so long as she doesn't enter any of her own personal data.
B) Yes--so long as you monitor what she does online.
C) No--she must wait for her own password.
D) Yes--but only for a short time, provided that you change the password as soon as she is finished.
Answer(C) : You should not share your password. Your password is the key to your legally binding electronic signature and you are responsible for any user activity processed under your password. Yes, we "willingly offer our resources to help our colleagues meet their goals," but your co-worker's goal in this case requires patience.

3. Someone from a competitor just joined Our company . I'd like to learn about a business process and pricing that her former employer uses. Can I ask?
A) Of course--this person's knowledge is a key reason why we hired her.
B) No--check with the Our company Competitor Intelligence group since this is a delicate matter.
C) Yes--so long as you keep the conversation at a "high level."
D) No--you can never ask a new hire any questions about their previous employment when they worked for a competitor.

Answer(B) : We respect the obligations new people bring; however, obtaining competitive information inappropriately from former or current employees can put you and others at risk. When you want information about competitors contact the Our company Competitor Intelligence group--a team dedicated to obtaining this information appropriately.
We handle new employees as we expect others to handle former Our company employees.

4. Which of these gifts to a client may be prohibited?
A) An expensive lunch with champagne during which no business is discussed
B) An expensive flower arrangement sent to the client on her birthday
C) Food basket delivered to only one member of the client team for the holidays
D) An inexpensive pen with the Our company logo on it

Answer(D) :

News about some great people/God

I did not know following facts(or news) :

1. At the age of 52,Prophet Mohammad(Al-Amin) got married to 9 year old girl called Aisha.She was betrothed to him when she was 6, and the marriage was consummated when she was 9.Another thing was that at the age of 25,Mohammad got married to Khadijah-a 40'er year-old widow.
Initially it seems illogical but if we investigate more in detail then we can conclude that society was accepting these things as common rituals.
2. Jesus also had a child(Sarah) from a prostitute named Mary Magdalene.Mary was a devoted follower of Jesus and protestants honour her as a highly respected apostle.Mary Magdalene was the leader of a group of women disciples who are present at the cross.She became prominent during the last days, accompanying Jesus during his travels and following him to the end. She witnessed his Crucifixion and burial.
3. Even in our Hindu mythology,Radha Krishna is the original principle of loving relationships (conjugal Love). The sex principle exists in the Absolute in its pure form without any inebriety or impurity.

So in summary , we should understand the circumstances around the events happened in the past before concluding.

How to change the standalone oc4j password in jdeveloper

To change the password of the standalone oc4j in jdeveloper do the following :

1. Stop the oc4j( use bin/oc4j.cmd )
2. edit the j2ee/home/config/system-jazn-data.xml by searching "oc4jadmin" in the tag ( i.e OC4J Administrator) and
change the line content inside the tag to !password123 where password123 will be the new password:
eg : change
to !password123
Note: Exclamation mark(!) at the beginning of the new password. It marks the entry as a non-encrypted password value.
3. save the file
4. restart the control ( use bin/oc4j.cmd )
5. open the following url
6. provide the username "oc4jadmin" and password "password123" and it will get you inside the control.

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