Daily Archives: November 13, 2014

Holistic wellness

An editorial in the Organiser argues that Ayurveda is often referred to as an alternative medical science. Just as natural solar energy is considered an alternative source of power while artificially generated power is seen as the main source of energy, in healthcare, the natural is considered alternative. However, the “reality is traditional practices are original and complete in approach; and. Western medical science has emerged as supplementary rather than an alternative. Western medical science has come with better diagnostic technology and vaccines and the important role it can play is to support the natural practices of wellness.” argues the editorial.

It says the distrust between doctors and companions of patients is striking in the multi-speciality or super-speciality hospitals because relatives are not given details of the course of treatment and doctors are not sure of the diagnosis: “The nexus between drug companies and doctors is no hidden fact.” The article argues that the history of “Science of Life Care (Ayurveda)” shows that, conventionally, health was not limited to physical fitness: “It’s only with the evolution of modern Western medical science that the word health is equated with ‘wealth and physical treatments’. It does not mean that the ‘Western modern’ medical practices have had no contribution in wellness.” The editorial urges a holistic concept of wellness, primarily based on traditional wisdom.


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EAP Broadcasting wins ABU Developing Broadcaster Award for Excellence

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has awarded EAP Broadcasting Company Limited Director Engineering Lasantha Samaranatyake with ABU Developing Broadcaster Award for Excellence 2014. He received the award from ABU Secretary General Dr. Javead Mottaghi in Macao, recently.

ABU, established in 1964, is a nonprofit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the region.

The ABU promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters and works closely with the regional broadcasting unions in other parts of the world on matters of common concern and with many other international organisations to exchange information on the latest developments in broadcasting and undertakes activities to improve the skills and technologies of its members.

With a mission to assist all members wherever possible, the ABU provides rights-free content acquisition for developing countries, organises seminars, workshops and training courses and

offers annual ABU Prizes for radio and television programmes.

Each year, the ABU recognizes in the fields of broadcasting technology and engineering with a growing raft of awards. These awards are open to staff or former staff of ABU developing broadcaster members within the ABU region. Candidates are nominated by 265 ABU member organisations and winners chosen by a panel of experts.

In 2013, the ABU introduced another new prize, the ABU Developing Broadcaster Award for Excellence. This award is sponsored by Sony. It is an award conferred annually to recognize contributions of an outstanding nature in broadcast engineering made by an individual in a developing broadcasting organisation, including management of technical resources and related disciplines.

EAP was awarded the ABU Developing Broadcaster Award for Excellence 2014, for benefits accrued to the industry through his work, including operational savings, enabling new services, improved resource management, research activities and work in the area of green initiatives.

With the use of very limited resources and minimum funds Lasantha Samaranaayke has achieved the Re allocation of FM Frequencies project in Sri Lanka on time. The planning was excellent, having very minimum off air non availability to the listeners at all stations (10 minutes only). The use of new SFN techniques was very helpful to minimize the interference zone.

In addition to receiving the above award, he was also appointed as one of the Vice Chairmen (out of three) of the Technical Committee Bureau from 2014 to 2016. The Chairman is the Head of NHK Research and Development Department Japan.

The Technical Bureau, comprising 18 members representing all categories of member broadcasters in the region, assesses activities proposed for the ensuing years, in terms of relevance to members and the industry as a whole. All policy matters are decided by the Technical Committee.


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Apple Sued Over Vanishing iPhone Text Messages

Apple Inc was ordered to face a US federal lawsuit claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones.

US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said Apple must face plaintiff Adrienne Moore’s claim that the message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4.

Moore, who seeks class-action status and unspecified damages, claimed that Apple failed to disclose how its iOS 5 software operating system would obstruct the delivery of “countless” messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices.

In a Monday night decision, Koh said Moore deserved a chance to show Apple disrupted her wireless service contract and violated a California unfair competition law, by blocking messages meant for her.

“Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple’s intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship,” Koh wrote.

The judge also dismissed some claims tied to another California consumer protection law.

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Roy Katriel, a lawyer for Moore, did not immediately respond to similar requests.

In court papers, Apple said it never claimed that its iMessage service and Messages application, which ran with iOS 5, would recognize when iPhone users switched to rival devices.

“Apple takes customer satisfaction extremely seriously, but the law does not provide a remedy when, as here, technology simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should,” the Cupertino, California-based company said.

For its fiscal year ended September 27, Apple reported sales of 169.2 million iPhones.

Apple now has an online tool to help people who switch to non-Apple smartphones retrieve messages from iPhone users.


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Have many fond memories playing in India: Jayawardene

Kolkata, Nov 12: Probably on his last tour of India, Sri Lankan batting great Mahela Jayawardene Wednesday said he always enjoyed playing in India – a country from where he has many fond memories.

“India always has been a wonderful place to come. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing in India. I have a lot of fond memories,” said the former Sri Lanka captain as his team prepares to take on India at the Eden Gardens Thursday for the penultimate game of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

The 37-year-old, who made his Test debut against India, has scored 582 runs in 20 ODIs and 628 runs from six Tests that he played in India. It was in 1998 that he played for the first time in India.

“I have enjoyed playing here a lot, enjoyed the great hospitality and fantastic cricket. I am just going to enjoy this,” added Jayawardene.

Jayawardene, who has already retired from Tests and Twenty20 Internationals, has announced he would quit ODIs after the 2015 World Cup.


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Efforts on to Secure Pardon for Fishermen

COLOMBO: Determined efforts are on at the highest diplomatic levels to secure a Sri Lankan Presidential pardon for the five Tamil Nadu fishermen who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking, top sources told Express here on Wednesday.

“Though an appeal has been filed, serious efforts are on to secure a pardon. Pardon is far better than life imprisonment,” a key source said.

Meanwhile, the counsel for the fishermen, S.Anil Silva, said that if there is a firm assurance of pardon, he will withdraw the appeal. But he added that he had not received any instruction to withdraw the appeal.

No move yet from Rajapaksa

However, Lankan Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said that no moves had been made by the Lankan President to pardon the fishermen.

” The case is still in court and has not reached finality. Giving pardon also involves a long legal procedure,” Samaranayake explained.

Express understands that India would not have filed the appeal if there had been a credible offer of a pardon from the Lankan President. Apparently, there had not been any such offer.

By all accounts, Rajapaksa had not said that he would pardon the fishermen when he talked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

The President had told select English language newspaper editors that very day, that he had told Modi that he would lessen the sentence to life imprisonment and transfer the sentenced men to India to serve the sentence there. Not a word was uttered about pardoning the fishermen.

The appeal was filed also because the prosecution’s case was weak, and the fishermen’s counsel was confident that he would be able to get the conviction nullified at the Court of Appeal. This option looked better than agreeing to life imprisonment.

As per Lankan law, prisoners sentenced to death cannot be transferred to any other country. This means that either the Lankan judiciary or the President, should reduce the death sentence to life imprisonment. The judiciary can do this on the basis of an appeal, but the judgment may take months to come. If the President were to take a decision on pardoning them, he has to first call for reports from the judge who had sentenced the accused to death; then the Attorney general and finally, the Minister of Justice.

Political Compulsions

According to political observers, both Rajapaksa and Modi are under a political compulsions albeit different. While Rajapaksa cannot be seen to be bowing to Big Brother India a mere month or so before a Presidential election in which he is a candidate, Modi needs to show to Tamil Nadu that he can secure justice for the innocent fishermen and be a credible alternative to the Dravidian parties and the Congress in the 2016 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

S.Emerson, P.Augustus, R.Wilson, K.Prasath and J.Langlet, all from Rameswaram, along with three North Sri Lankan Tamil fishermen, were sentenced to death on October 30, by Colombo High Court judge Padman Surasena on charges of trafficking 995 gm of heroin.

The five Indians and the three Lankans had been arrested by the Lankan navy in Lankan waters off Delft Island in the night of November 28, 2011. They are currently lodged at the Welikada prison in Colombo.


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