Punjab a balanced squad
The IPL is getting mired in too
THE IPL seems to be on a stickier wicket in its third season. The second edition of the league last year had to be shifted to South Africa at the last moment as it was announced that matches could not be conducted in India because the state governments would be unable to provide adequate security in view of the general election in the country. Even though Lalit Modi won all-round applause for enabling the conduct of such a high-profile league in a different country within such a short time, the fact remained that the event had to be shifted out of the cricket-crazy country.
The IPL, this year, is facing bigger hurdles. The run-up to the league, slated to start from March 12 with the inaugural match in Mumbai, has been bumpy.
It attracted a lot of adverse attention when the Pakistan players — World Twenty20 champions — were completely overlooked during the January 18 auction. The snub caused instant furore across the border. All the explanations given by IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi failed to cut much ice as the controversy threatened to get bigger.
The issue had barely subsided when the Pune blasts fuelled widespread security concerns among the offshore players. The players felt that the security provided for the 45-day-long league, that involved travelling across the length and breadth of the country, might not be adequate and expressed reservations about their participating in the mega event.
The Federation of International Cricketer’s Association (FICA) was quick to raise the issue. FICA president Tim May, a former Aussie cricketer, revealed that there was high level of concern among players about the kind of security arranged for the league.
The Al-Qaida arm, 313 Brigade, threatened to target the Hockey World Cup, IPL and the Commonwealth Games, setting fresh alarm bells ringing among players.
Australian Cricketers Association chief Paul Marsh, who discussed the issue of the Australian players participating in the IPL, said the players wouldn't be blindly lured by the riches of the event.
The New Zealand Cricket Players' Association also expressed apprehensions about the threats and security arrangements.
The cricket boards of England, Australia and South Africa warned that if their players chose to visit India to participate in the IPL, they would be doing this at their own risk.
The refusal of Lalit Modi to share the security details with FICA or the Australian Cricketers Association did not help the matter either. The IPL would not move out of India, insisted Modi.
An IPL ruling, declaring Hyderabad, home to the Deccan Chargers, and Visakhapatnam unfit as venues in view of the ongoing Telangana agitation in Andhra Pradesh, triggered a sharp reaction in the state. Modi stated that all seven matches, including the opening game, had been shifted out of Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam. State capital Hyderabad was scheduled to host five matches and Vishakhapatnam two. The move came after the state government had assured adequate security for the T20 event.
The IPL, however, deserves credit for bringing cheer to former ICL players. The IPL franchises have roped in a number of Indian cricketers from the rebel league, who have benefited from the BCCI amnesty. Reetinder Singh Sodhi, S. Sriram, Hemang Badani, Rohan Gavaskar, Ambati Rayudu and Shalabh Srivastava, to name a few, will make their debut in this IPL.
The DLF IPL 2010 will feature last year’s league winners, the Deccan Chargers, taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai on March 12. To be played over 45 days across India, the league will have 60 games, with the addition of a third place play-off.
The league will also see the addition of three new home venues — Vishakapatnam for the Deccan Chargers, Ahmedabad for the Rajasthan Royals and Dharamsala for the Kings XI, Punjab. Each of the eight franchises will play each other on home-and-away basis with seven matches at home. The top four franchises will contest the semi-finals and the victorious semifinalists will meet in the final to be played in Mumbai.
The succcessful conduct of
the third edition of the IPL is of utmost importance for the country.
Any unsavoury incident here is sure to have an adverse impact on the
forthcoming Commonwealth Games as well as the Cricket Would Cup being
co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh early next year!
THOUGH they have failed to last the distance in the first two editions of the IPL, Kings XI Punjab can be taken lightly only at your own peril.
The 2008 season started on a disastrous note for Kings XI as it lost its opening two matches, but then it recovered lost ground and went on to play the semi-finals against Chennai Super Kings.
Finishing as semifinalists last year, Kings XI Punjab started with an eye on the trophy. They started badly, losing to the Delhi Daredevils and the Knight Riders.
However, they got back to form by beating the Royal Challengers, Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians.
Then, the team witnessed a roller-coaster ride in their next eight matches with 4 wins and 4 losses.
The team's semi-final hopes were crushed after losing to the Chennai Super Kings in their last match.
Who knows, the handing over of captaincy to someone as seasoned as Kumara Sangakkara could prove to be the spur the otherwise talented side needs to go all the way.
Among the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the business, Sangakkara, within no time, has established himself as a wily tactician.
With Punjab having enough firepower in batting as well bowling, Kings XI Punjab is a well-balanced side.
Apart from Sangakkara, the presence of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich and Mahela Jayawardene makes the Kings XI batting line-up formidable.
In James Hopes, Ravi Bopara and Reetinder Sodhi, they have all-rounders capaple of giving a fine balance to the side.
With a fit-again Brett Lee set to spearhead the bowling attack along with S. Sreesanth, and Jerome Taylor and V. R. V Singh as the back-up support, Kings XI Punjab will be expecting better luck this time in the 45-day extravaganza.
Breast cancer is the second most common type found in Indian women, writes S.M. Bose
Sixtytwo years post-Independence, India has seen tremendous progress. The longevity of life has doubled, common ailments have been controlled and, as a matter of fact, a few of them have even vanished. But many other health problems have crept in, one of the important ones being the rapid increase in the incidence of cancer in our country. Cancer does not differentiate between the sexes and its incidence is seen both in men and women though the pattern of the diseases is different because of the variation in the anatomy of the two sexes.
A majority of cancer diseases in women, almost 50 per cent, are seen in the sex organs – the cervix, breast, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva, the first two being the common sites.
Cervix is the lowest end of the uterus opening into the vagina and its cancer is the commonest in India. It commonly affects women in the age group of 50 to 55, but all sexually active women are at a risk of contracting it. HPV (human papilloma virus infection) is the virus mainly responsible for this cancer.
The cancer of the cervix is commonly associated with poor socio-economic conditions; improper hygiene; and poor sanitation of the private parts of both the partners are responsible for the transmission of the HPV.
Recently, a vaccine has become available, that is recommended forn the age group of 12 to 15, so that younger women may already develop immunity before the onset of sexual activities. The long-term results of this vaccine in India are yet not available.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer seen in Indian females, accounting for about 20 per cent of the cases. Its incidence is rapidly increasing, especially in metropolitan cities, and this is attributed to the increased westernisation of our habits, longevity of life, better diagnostic facilities etc. It should be remembered that the male breast can also develop cancer.
The presence of a swelling in the breast or armpit (completely painless to start with), bleeding from the nipple, thickening or ulceration of the skin over the breast, and drawing in of the nipple are the common signs of breast cancer, Anyone having this problem should get herself examined from a surgical specialist at the earliest.
Surgery for breast cancer in a majority of cases leads to the removal of a breast, a physical disfigurement hated by womenfolk.
It has been well established that the best results are obtained by a multimodality regime, consisting of an operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy for both cancers — of the breast as well as cervix. The stage of the disease and details of biopsy results determine the treatment options and their sequencing.
It has been proved that a large percentage of patients of cancer can be completely cured in the early stages but for this, early detection and initiation of proper treatment are required. Contrary to earlier practice, it is not necessary to remove the entire breast in the early stages of the disease. But breast preservation surgery is practised only by a few surgeons in India and what is more important is to remember that the patient must report to a surgeon at an early stage.
It is also mandatory that the treated patient of cancer should get herself examined from her surgeon periodically for the rest of her life as the possibility of recurrence remains. The incidence of reappearance of the disease is related to the stage of the disease and the earlier the recurrence is diagnosed better is the control and outcome.
It is said that God helps those who help themselves and surely it is true for cancer detection also. A women has to remain vigilant from the age of 35; learn to suspect warning signals of cancer, get herself screened periodically by a cancer specialist, and get the relevant investigations as and when advised by the doctor. It is not difficult to learn self -examination of the breasts to detect the abnormality, to take a PAP smear test to rule out cancer of the cervix, to get bilateral mammography every two years / every year for women with a family history of breast cancer.
Cancer is a nasty disease,
as a matter of fact, there is nothing good about any disease. The only
solution is awareness and early detection, which can equip you to fight
the disease and you will surely be a winner.
THINK about nuts and you think of celebration and prosperity. The kid in you associates nuts with those tasty things which were locked in grandma’s cupboard and one was always figuring out ways to get to them. While one constantly dreamt of eating bagfuls, all we got was a handful. How wise were our elders!
Most people would agree that nuts are tasty but did you know that they are full of goodness. Nuts are nutritional powerhouses. These filling little snack foods may be loaded with fat but the type of fat found in nuts – mono and polyunsaturated fats are good fats. When eaten instead of junk food, nuts lower (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol)--- a perfect formula for preventing heart diseases. Nuts contain important phytonutrients and antioxidants and are high in plant sterols and omega-3 fats. Eating healthy, especially vegetarian diets has challenges in finding adequate, balanced sources of proteins. Incorporating a variety of nuts into your diet provides a great source of protein, which is relatively lower in fat than non-vegetarian sources. Most nuts contain potassium,and magnesium which helps in lowering blood pressure. Nuts contain the amino acid arginine, which can boost immunity and reduce blood pressure. Some nuts contain tryptophan, which stimulates production of serotonin in the brain. Tryptophan can help to alleviate depression and boosts relaxation.
But the catch is that one should eat only a certain amount of nuts and it should fit in the diet plan recommended, according to age, height and weight.
The most common nuts in our diet are almonds, cashewnuts, walnuts, pistachios and peanuts.
There is a lot of magic enclosed in a nutshell.
Want to lose weight? Eat nuts!
As long as you control total calories, eating a handful of nuts daily may help prevent weight gain and possibly promote weight loss. The fat, protein and fibre in nuts help you feel full longer, so you may eat less during the day. By helping induce a feeling of satiety, nuts may help people feel less deprived and not like they're "dieting".
Want to gain weight? Go for nuts!
Making nuts a part of your diet may lower the risk of developing dementia, gallstones, strokes, and Type 2 diabetes.
Whenever you feel the need for some nourishment during the day, instead of going in for samosas, tikkis, burgers or pav bhaji, just have a handful of nuts. If you take almonds, walnuts, cashews, a handful i.e.30g would cost around Rs14, which is the same or less than these high-calorie junk foods. A handful of nuts provide approximately 160 K cal and 5-6g proteins along with a whole lot of health-enhancing nutrients.
In a nutshell, eat a balanced diet and make a handful of nuts a part of it. And if you believe in the old adage ‘Health is wealth’, this will certainly bring prosperity in your life.
— The writer is a dietitian with the Department of Dietetics, PGI