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As you age, it may become more difficult to take proper care of your teeth, especially if you have arthritis.
If you have trouble gripping a toothbrush, make it thicker by wrapping it with tape.
To make your toothbrush handle longer, tape an extender around the end of the handle. Try a tongue depressor, ice cream stick or ruler.
Use an electric or battery-powered toothbrush.
There are several different aids that you can buy at the drug store to make flossing easier. Ask your dentist for suggestions.
Thoroughly brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth with toothpaste each day before putting in your dentures.
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Heart disease, including heart attack, is the world's No. 1 killer. A person's risk of heart attack depends mostly on a familiar repertoire of factors: exercise, smoking, diet, weight, genes. But our bodies' circadian rhythms also play a role, leaving us more prone to injury during certain hours than others. If you're guessing that the danger zone comes at the end of a stressful workday, guess again. Here to explain is Roberto Manfredini, professor of internal medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy.
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We knew the web was big...
The first Google index in 1998 already had 26 million pages, and by 2000 the Google index reached the one billion mark. Over the last eight years, we've seen a lot of big numbers about how much content is really out there. Recently, even our search engineers stopped in awe about just how big the web is these days -- when our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!
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Depression is said to affect more than 20 million people in the United States, but psychiatrist James Gordon argues that it's not disease.
Gordon discusses his new book, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression, in which he makes the case that most people who are depressed don't need drugs to feel better.
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The conclusion is based on a new research, which found that the 'magical' meal is full of aphrodisiacs.
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Lawsuits Against Bloggers Seen Rising
Since 2004, 159 Court Actions Have Targeted Citizen Journalists for Libel and Other Charges
Abroad, More Than 60 Bloggers Arrested
Bloggers face much bigger threats overseas, particularly if they criticize governments or point to human rights abuses.
Since 2003, 64 bloggers have been arrested around the world -- with Egypt, China, and Iran initiating more than half of those arrests, according to the World Information Access Report, published last month by the University of Washington. By contrast, the United States has arrested two in that period.
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# 3 Australia
Federal Parliamentary Democracy
GDP Per Capita: $36,300
Settled in the 17th century and federated in 1901, Australia has a competitive economy with an advanced market. Current concerns are primarily environmental, and include climate change and preservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
# 1 Venezuela
GDP Per Capita: $12,200
Venezuela, after emerging from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830, was led by benevolent military strongmen for most of the first half of the 20th century. A democratic government was created in 1959. Acting president Hugo Chavez seeks to execute his brand of socialism in order to alleviate social ills while attacking globalization.
# 1 United States
Constitution-Based Federal Republic
GDP Per Capita: $46,000
The United States, which has the largest and most technologically advanced economy in the world, has increased domestic security in the past several years. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has shifted a great deal of natural resources and spending to the military.
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he Apollo 11 astronauts made history when the first man is landed on the moon by the United States and Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon leaving the first human footprints in its dusty soil
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Hair loss? Here's how to fight it
As you leave your teenage years behind and enter your 20s you realize that hair loss is an affliction that affects everybody, although in varying degrees of severity.
To distinguish normal hairfall from abnormal hair loss, one must understand the hair cycle. Each strand of the scalp goes through a growing phase termed 'anagen', lasting about 1000 days, a transitional phase called 'catagen', lasting 10 days (the hair stops growing during catagen) and the final resting phase called 'telogen', which lasts 100 days -- the hair then falls out of the follicle to be replaced by a new strand of hair, which will go through the same three phases.
Sexy People Sound Better
People with voices deemed sexy and attractive tend to have greater body symmetry upon close inspection, suggesting that what we hear in a person can greatly affect what we see in them.
"The sound of a person's voice reveals a considerable amount of biological information," said Susan Hughes, an evolutionary psychologist from Albright College in Reading, Pa. "It can reflect the mate value of a person.
The List to Beat All Lists:
Top 20 Productivity Lists to Rock Your Tasks
1. Lifehacker: Top 10 Email Productivity Boosters. A must-read from the best productivity blog in the biz about the tech tool we all use, all day long — email.
2. Lifehack.org: Top 10 Firefox Extensions to Improve Your Productivity. If you use Firefox exclusively, as I do, you’ll want to take a look at these extensions.
3. 43 Folders: Merlin’s top 5 super-obvious, “no-duh” ways to immediately improve your life. These might be super-obvious, but they work.
4. Dumb Little Man: Productivity Ninja: 101 Ways to Rock the Keyboard. Get super quick with the keyboard and fly through your tasks.
5. LifeDev.net: 10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work. How some of the smartest people solved a problem we all face daily.
6. FreelanceSwitch: 46 Must-Read Productivity Tips for Freelancers. Freelancers are notorious procrastinators (I was one for many years, so I know), but they also need to get the job done or they don’t get paid.
7. Life Clever: 5 simple steps to greater productivity. This is another list of super-obvious tips that really do work.
8. Wise Bread: 5 Efficient Ways To Boost Productivity. More simple tips, but a little different than your usual list.
9. Scott H. Young: Twenty Unique Ways to Use the 80/20 Rule Today. Like me, Scott is a fan of doing the most with as little as possible, and here he shows you how to do that.
10. Cranking Widgets: 6 Ways to Limit Interruptions at Work (That You Can Use Right Now). The title speaks for itself.
11. Pick the Brain: 7 Ways to Grow the Action Habit. If you have the Action Habit, you’ll be productive. So this might be the place to start your productivity rampage.
12. Zen Habits: Top 10 Productivity Hacks. OK, it’s cheating to include myself on my own list. So sue me! :) This is an oldie but a goodie.
13. Life Optimizer: Top 10 Ways NOT to Become a Productivity Ninja. These are the obstacles to productivity — an interesting angle for looking at the topic.
14. HD BizBlog: 3 Essential Tools for Productivity. All you need to rock your tasks.
15. Matthew Cornell: 10 GTD “holes” (and how to plug them). One of the earlier and better GTD bloggers, Cornell is now a GTD consultant and has worked with the system in the trenches.
16. Ian’s Messy Desk: 10 Resources to Help Overcome Procrastination. Don’t put off reading this. Har!
17. Instigator Blog: Over 100 Great Productivity Tips. OK, 100 tips is overkill, but to be fair these were tips collected from many different blogs.
18. Stephen Aitchison: 8 Ways to get out of the rut. It’s hard to be productive when you’re in a rut. Here’s how to get out of it.
19. Organize IT: The Top 10 GTD & Productivity Sites/Blogs. Where to go when you need your productivity fix.
20. Dumb Little Man: The 20 Biggest Online Time Wasters, and 6 Strategies for Beating Them. You know you use some of these. Here’s how to cut back.
The real India shining story
Usha Chaumar stands in the lobby of the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel that overlooks the green-tinted glass tower that is home to the United Nations in New York.
Chaumar and 19 of her co-workers, who arrived in New York the previous day from Alwar, Rajasthan, move in unison in their uniform saris, creating a sea of blue. They have just got their United Nations passes, pinned to their shoulders. Over the next two days, they are scheduled to make two appearances at the UN, including walking the ramp with fashion models at a reception.
Prompted by our photographer, they crowd the hotel's revolving door to pose for pictures outside with the UN as the backdrop. Many urge him to click a solo image as well. Then, the women come back in and wait for the elevator to go upstairs.
"Normally, you won't see me like this," Chaumar says. "I keep my face half covered with a dupatta or an end of my sari. And I don't wear my sari this way -- with the pallu pinned to the left shoulder. I wear it the traditional way, with one end falling to the right -- like hers"; she points to a co-worker.
Till about four years ago, Chaumar cleaned toilets, scrapping human waste into metal baskets, a practice that continues in India today despite several states banning manual scavenging. While at work, she met Bindeshwar Pathak, who brought her to Nai Disha, a vocational training centre where former scavengers are trained to stitch clothes, embroider, prepare pickles
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“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin
# Be present.
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# Spend time with those you love
Do the things you love.
Focus on the good things.
# Do work you love
Lose yourself in your work.
Find time for peace
# Notice the small things
# Be grateful.
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SEX is the cure for colds, really!
It’s the worst day of my life! That’s what I usually tell everyone around me whenever I have a cold. Give me any other minor ailment (except a toothache) and I can take it, going about my daily routine in peace. But give me a cold and you’ll hear me complaining endlessly.
The drastic changes in the weather have taken their toll on me, not to mention the late nights due to my blogging addiction. It started with a few sneezes yesterday morning, gradually worsened into a runny nose and then to a clogged nasal cavity and a severe headache when I woke up this morning. And worst of all, I could find no cure for it. Some people get relief with the usual cold remedies – pills, herbs, alcohol rub – but not me. I usually have to wear it out and that’s a good
3-4 days! So there I was an hour ago, Googling for the latest remedy the internet could recommend when I found it – SEX! Yup, you read it right. I had the same reaction too, but reading through the article led me to conclude that it was legit.
Apparently, scientists have recently proven that the physical activity of sex not only has a positive effect on the overall physical condition of both partners but also on their immune systems. The reason? Cells called phagocytes which help the body rid itself of various ailments. Swiss researcher Manfred Schedlovski found in his experiments that during and after sex, the number of phagocytes increases significantly, often doubling. This in turn enables these cells to detect and destroy antibodies more quickly which can drastically shorten the recovery time! Further research is being conducted but his theory is already gaining support among his colleagues, not to mention overly enthusiastic couples out to test the capability of their phagocytes! He he.
Much as I am inclined to believe this theory, I cannot help but ask myself the following questions: Does sex for one count? How can sex even be appealing with a runny nose, or a clogged one? How is sex possible when one of you really has a headache? He he. I can just imagine the following bedroom scenes.
“Not tonight dear, I have a headache.” “But honey, this may be the cure to your headache!”
Or, “Are you done?” “No, that was just my nose dripping!” Ha ha ha.
But enough of that. Time to put this theory to the test and produce some phagocytes, alone!
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For fast-breaking news and responsible journalism, it's hard to beat CNN. And the text content at this site is mostly free!
One of the world's premier scientific journals, Nature, provides much of its content online (and much of it free!) Check out subject areas on Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Medicine and much more at this fantastic site!
Time magazine is one most respected news magazines on earth. And much of its content is available free here!
What's good is not always popular, and what's popular is not always good, but on the Internet, popularity and quality go are found together often enough. Alexa.com helps you find the most frequently visited sites in many categories.
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MSN's MoneyCentral will help you make intelligent decisions about investing, taxes, loans, retirement, and all things financial.
One of the world's finest newspapers, the International Herald Tribune is also one of the few online newspapers that doesn't require registration to read, free or otherwise!
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101 Amazing Earth Facts
1. What is the hottest place on Earth?
Count one wrong if you guessed Death Valley in California. True enough on many days. But El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 -- the hottest ever measured. In Death Valley, it got up to 134 Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.
2. And the coldest place around here?
Far and away, the coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
3. What is the largest volcano?
The Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii holds the title here on Earth. It rises more than 50,000 feet (9.5 miles or 15.2 kilometers) above its base, which sits under the surface of the sea. But that's all volcanic chump change. Olympus Mons on Mars rises 16 miles (26 kilometers) into the Martian sky. Its base would almost cover the entire state of Arizona.
4. How far is it to the center of the Earth?
The distance from the surface of Earth to the center is about 3,963 miles (6,378 kilometers). Much of Earth is fluid. The mostly solid skin of the planet is only 41 miles (66 kilometers) thick -- thinner than the skin of an apple, relatively speaking.
5. What is the highest mountain?
Climbers who brave Mt. Everest in the Nepal-Tibet section of the Himalayas reach 29,035 feet (nearly 9 kilometers) above sea level. Its height was revised upward by 7 feet based on measurements made in 1999 using the satellite-based Global Positioning System.
Poor diet ruin sex life
A new survey has revealed that poor diets and stressful lifestyles are ruining the sex lives of 15 million Brits.
The study showed that a third flopped in the bedroom because they were too tired or suffered tummy problems after eating unhealthy food at the wrong times.
A quarter of Brits admitted that their inability to make love had put pressure on their relationships.
“Bloating and feeling uncomfortable are common symptoms of digestive health problems,” The Sun quoted David Cherrie, of Lactofree, which commissioned the research to coincide with their Digestive Health report, as saying.
“With the hectic lives we lead, many of us reach for convenient foods which we are often intolerant to, causing symptoms we’d rather live without,” he added.
More women turning to cyber sex
Sex is not just limited to bedroom anymore, for women have found their sex haven in the virtual world as well, what with one in five Aussie women admitting to having a sexual encounter in an internet chatroom, reveals a new survey
Sex gets better with age!
Age is no bar to good sex, says a study of the increasing numbers of sexually active 70-year-olds, both men and women
Increasing number of such women reported having greater satisfaction, more women experienced orgasm during sex and fewer reported never having had one, according to the study.
Knowledge about sexual behaviour in 70-year-olds is scanty, with even less being known about "normal" sexual behaviour in the 70s' group.
Nils Beckman and colleagues from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied attitudes to sex among four representative samples of 70-year-olds in the country, whom they interviewed over a 30-year period.
Over 1,500 people were interviewed about aspects of their sex lives including sexual dysfunctions, marital satisfaction and sexual activity.
The authors found that over the 30-year period, the number of 70-year-olds of both sexes reported having more sex.
The data included married men who saw numbers rise from 52 percent to 98 percent, married women from 38 percent to 56 percent, unmarried men from 30 percent to 54 percent and unmarried women from 0.8 percent to 12 percent.
The authors also noted that the number of men reporting erectile dysfunction decreased, whereas the proportion reporting ejaculation dysfunction increased, but the proportion reporting premature ejaculation did not change.
Interestingly, both men and women blame men when sexual intercourse stops between them. This finding replicates the results of other studies in the 1950s and in 2005-06.
“Our study... shows that most elderly people consider sexual activity and associated feelings a natural part of later life,” the researchers concluded.
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Perhaps, like many sensible citizens, you read Investor's Business Daily for its sturdy common sense in defending free markets and other rational arrangements. If so, you too may have been startled recently by an astonishing statement on that newspaper's front page. It was in a report on the intention of the world's second-largest brewer, Belgium's InBev, to buy control of the third-largest, Anheuser-Busch, for $46.3 billion. The story asserted: "The [alcoholic beverage] industry's continued growth, however slight, has been a surprise to those who figured that when the economy turned south, consumers would cut back on nonessential items like beer."
A million dollar company built on a failure
He started his first Internet Company, Radio FM, a streaming online radio portal, when he was a mere 17-year-old.
His father was not happy that his teenaged son was wasting most of his time online, rather than preparing for his exams. His stand was vindicated when his son's maiden venture failed to produce any profits.
But Vishal Sampat, now Ceo of Convonix.com, wasn't about to give up. He maintained his faith in the Internet, and transformed Radio FM into Khopcha.com which, in turn, became the genesis for Convonix.com, a search engine optimisation company.
Today, Convonix is a one million dollar company and by March 2008, Vishal is confident of doubling his company's turnover.
You have to react to news as it breaks: Shereen Bhan
She's one of the most recognised faces on television. She has interviewed the who's who of Indian business and then some. She was voted FICCI Woman of the Year in 2005 and has been oft described as one of the few TV journalists to add a touch of glamour to the field. She's CNBC anchor Shereen Bhan
From a computer mechanic to serial entrepreneur
His father died in an accident when he was just nine; he was the eldest of three siblings. His mother, a government servant, brought them up in tough circumstances that probably drove him to be an achiever.
Today, at 46, he is a successful serial entrepreneur, who has sold three of his companies for millions of dollars after scaling them up and adding value to them. He is in the process of scaling the fourth one.
Meet Krishnan Ganesh, a mechanical engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, a post graduate from IIM Calcutta and founder, CEO and chairman of TutorVista.com.com -- his fourth business venture -- an online tutoring company that imparts education to students in more than 13 countries, primarily among them being the US.
Recently, Ganesh has started a hybrid model of online tutoring in India as well. He spoke with Prasanna D Zore about his life, entrepreneurship, the challenges of creating an Indian brand in the US and how his Indian foray could change the way students in rural India learn.
Tell us something about yourself...
I studied in a Tamil government school in Delhi. My mother brought us up after the death of my father. It was quite a challenging childhood in as much as my mother was the only earning member of the family.
I did my mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. I worked for Tata Motors (then TELCO) Jamshedpur for 12 months. Then I realised that engineering is not really my cup of tea. So I did my post graduation from IIM Calcutta. I was never a brilliant student and I never topped any of my classes.
About your serial entrepreneurial ventures...
After management I joined HCL where I worked for five years in various functions including as executive assistant to Shiv Nadar. It gave me exposure to the workings of multiple departments and functions. That's where my entrepreneurial journey started.
My first venture started in 1990, a company called IT&T -- IT and network services company -- with just Rs 93,000. Five friends chipped in with the amount from their own savings. Here I gained the confidence that I could handle multiple functions and make quick decisions. This was the time when there were no venture capitalists, no liberalisation. The biggest challenge then was to convince my family because I didn't come from a business background. Two, there was no funding available; there were no private equity firms. And the third was convincing people that even a services company could make money.
My parents MOTHER? and my mother-in-law were very upset that I was leaving a cozy corporate job and risking my money in a business that did not even manufacture anything. They called me a computer mechanic.
After that I started four more businesses, scaled them successfully and sold them.
I ran IT&T as its CEO and co-founder till 1998. Though I then moved out, I was still the largest shareholder and director of the company (in 2003 the business was sold to iGate). In 1998 I moved to Bangalore from Delhi to work as a chief executive with Bharti British Telecom/ Wipro British Telecom.
After a two-year stint with them I started my second business venture with my wife and another partner called CustomerAsset. It was later acquired by ICICI Bank in 2002 when we reached 1,000 people and they renamed it as ICICI OneSource (today it's renamed as FirstSource). My stake was bought by ICICI Bank for $ 20 million.
In 2003 I was looking at a new business venture when I came across Marketics. A bunch of people from IIT and IIM had started this company. These people came to me for mentoring, guidance and some money to scale their business. This was later sold to WNS, an NYSE listed company for $ 65 million. This is a great case study in how one can create value from scratch (only half a million dollars were invested in this business), without the help of any venture capitalist.
After that I was looking at starting a business that would use Indian resources to service the global market. It was here it struck me that instead of starting a traditional BPO or ITES or call centre, which is what India is known for why can't I start my own brand in the US? That was the main idea behind starting TutorVista.com.
Indian students opting for new career choices, modules in foreign varsities
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Foreign education counsellors say they are seeing a growing interest in transfer admissions and undergraduate studies abroad. There is also a gradual shift from traditional courses to technology-driven and career-oriented modules.
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More sex means less chance of ED for older men
There's new advice for older men who want to preserve their sexual function: have sex, and have it often, researchers say.
In a study that followed nearly 1,000 older Finnish men for five years, researchers found that those who were regularly having sex at the start of the study were at lower risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) by the study's end.
In fact, the more often the men had sex, the lower their ED risk.
The implication, say the researchers, is that men should be encouraged to stay sexually active into their golden years.
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Jayasuriya is part of the Mumbai Indians team of the Indian Premier League
Sri Lankan batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara struggle for runs against Bangladesh during their super four round match for the Asia Cup Cricket Championship in Karachi.
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Bill Gates bids a teary farewell to Microsoft (reuters)
Sri Lanka says another 46 killed in fresh fighting (afp)
US to call for UN action against Zimbabwe (ap)
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Oil prices hit new record at $140 (xinhua)
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Two quakes hit Andamans, tsunami possibility ruled out (hindu)
North Korea destroys cooling tower at nuclear plant
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NYC urges docs to do routine HIV testing on adults (ap)
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India's finance minister said Friday the nation would look at further measures to fight inflation after wholesale prices jumped to their highest level in 13 years and are expected to move higher.
"It is indeed a very difficult time and naturally we would have to look at stronger measures on the demand side and on the monetary side," said P. Chidambaram, without providing details. "I hope people will understand the difficulties we face."
India's wholesale price inflation rate in the week ending June 7 stood at 11.05% compared with a year earlier, the highest since February 1995. ...
India’s Growth Outstrips Crops (nytimes)
With the right technology and policies, India could help feed the world. Instead, it can barely feed itself.
India’s supply of arable land is second only to that of the United States, its economy is one of the fastest growing in the world, and its industrial innovation is legendary. But when it comes to agriculture, its output lags far behind potential. For some staples, India must turn to already stretched international markets, exacerbating a global food crisis.
It was not supposed to be this way.
Forty years ago, a giant development effort known as the Green Revolution drove hunger from an India synonymous with famine and want. Now, after a decade of neglect, this country is growing faster than its ability to produce more rice and wheat.
The problem has grown so dire that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for a Second Green Revolution “so that the specter of food shortages is banished from the horizon once again.”
And while Mr. Singh worries about feeding the poor, India’s growing affluent population demands not only more food but also a greater variety.
Today Indian agriculture is a double tragedy. “Both in rice and wheat, India has a large untapped reservoir. It can make a major contribution to the world food crisis,” said M. S. Swaminathan, a plant geneticist who helped bring the Green Revolution to India.
India’s own people are paying as well. Farmers, most subsisting on small, rain-fed plots, are disproportionately poor, and inflation has soared past 11 percent, the highest in 13 years.
Experts blame the agriculture slowdown on a variety of factors.
The Green Revolution introduced high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat, expanded the use of irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers, and transformed the northwestern plains into India’s breadbasket. Between 1968 and 1998, the production of cereals in India more than doubled.
But since the 1980s, the government has not expanded irrigation and access to loans for farmers, or to advance agricultural research. Groundwater has been depleted at alarming rates.
The Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington says changes in temperature and rain patterns could diminish India’s agricultural output by 30 percent by the 2080s.
Family farms have shrunk in size and quantity, and a few years ago mounting debt began to drive some farmers to suicide. Now many find it more profitable to sell their land to developers of industrial buildings.
Among farmers who stay on their land, many are experimenting with growing high-value fruits and vegetables that prosperous Indians are craving, but there are few refrigerated trucks to transport their produce to modern supermarkets.
A long and inefficient supply chain means that the average farmer receives less than a fifth of the price the consumer pays, a World Bank study found, far less than farmers in, say, Thailand or the United States.
Surinder Singh Chawla knows the system is broken. Mr. Chawla, 62, bore witness to the Green Revolution — and its demise.
Once, his family grew wheat and potatoes on 20 acres. They looked to the sky for rains. They used cow manure for fertilizer. Then came the Mexican semi-dwarf wheat seedlings that the revolution helped introduce to India. Mr. Chawla’s wheat yields soared. A few years later, the same happened with new high-yield rice seeds.
Increasingly prosperous, Mr. Chawla finally bought his first tractor in 1980.
But he has since witnessed with horror the ills the revolution wrought: in a common occurrence here, the water table under his land has sunk by 100 feet over three decades as he and other farmers irrigated their fields.
By the 1980s, government investment in canals fed by rivers had tapered off, and wells became the principal source of irrigation, helped by a shortsighted government policy of free electricity to pump water.
Here in Punjab, more than three-fourths of the districts extract more groundwater than is replenished by nature.
Between 1980 and 2002, the government continued to heavily subsidize fertilizers and food grains for the poor, but reduced its total investment in agriculture. Public spending on farming shrank by roughly a third, according to an analysis of government data by the Center for Policy Alternatives in New Delhi.
Today only 40 percent of Indian farms are irrigated. “When there is no water, there is nothing,” Mr. Chawla said.
And he sees more trouble on the way. The summers are hotter than he remembers. The rains are more fickle. Last summer, he wanted to ease out of growing rice, a water-intensive crop.
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An inspiration was what he needed to steady his nerves against two-time champions West Indies in the finals.
"I remembered the famous dialogue of Sholay, 'jo dar gaya so mar gaya'. I told myself that it is my day and I have nothing to loose," said Amarnath, who went on to put on Man of the Match performances in the semi final and final of the World Cup
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Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon makes a save during their Group C Euro 2008 soccer match against Romania at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich, June 13, 2008.
World's sexiest: Katrina Kaif has been voted the world's sexiest woman by FHM India in it's annual poll. Katrina soaked in all the limelight at the FHM India event to facilitate her at Sahara Star in Mumbai.
Japan's TV personality Monta Mino holds a new Guinness World Record certificate for most live hours by a host in one week TV, breaking his own record set two years ago by 18 minutes, 15 seconds, at Nippon Television Network Corp in Tokyo, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Flick through a few channels on the TV and he is most likely there. Monta Mino just broke his own Guinness record as the world's busiest TV host, and he still hasn't had enough of his work
Shamsher Singh Saroye, an Indian Sikh, displays his Guinness Book of World Records certificate for his 183cm-long beard, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, November 7, 2007. For two years, Taiwan-based photographer Chris Stowers and businessman Richard McCallum scoured India from the mountains of Ladakh to festivals in southern Karnataka state for manicured upper lips and cultivated chins. The result is 'Hair India: A Guide to the Bizarre Beards and Magnificent Moustaches of Hindustan', a book of photographs the authors say seeks to fill 'a deplorable gap in
Strike a pose: Check out Bollywood bombshell Mallika Sherawat at the music release of magnum opus Dasavatharam. She has a role in the movie.
Gautam Gambhir salutes the crowd after his 5th ODI century, Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Kitply Cup, Mirpur, June 12, 2008
Inflation rises to 8.75% for the week ended May 31 (times of india)
By 2010, 60 % of world's heart patients will be in India' (rediff)
Inflation touches the highest point in UPA regime (hindu)
Utah town may revise ban on bikinis at city pool (ap)
Friday 13th not more unlucky, study shows (reuters)
Ad Accord for Yahoo and Google (nytimes)
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures during a press conference at the Olympic Park in Sydney, on Thursday, June 12, 2008. The Dalai Lama is in Sydney until June 15.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, center, trains in zero gravity above Northern California
Chief Judge Contributed to Racy Web Site (nytimes)
AP: Paul Newman's friend says actor has cancer (ap)
Pluto Now Called a Plutoid (space)
Bangladesh ex-premier Hasina leaves for US (zee)
Tornado kills four at Iowa boy scout camp (reuters)
Canada Offers an Apology for Native Students’ Abuse (nytimes)
Nepal: Deposed King Leaves Palace (nytimes)
Polls: Women favor Obama (USA today)
Study: Marijuana potency increases in 2007 (ap)
US life expectancy tops 78 as top diseases decline (ap)
When the Earth Is Not Enough (washingtonpost)
Indian players celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf (second from left) during the triangular one-day series match between India and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday. India defeated Pakistan by 140 runs.
Anti-Child-Porn Tactic Criticized (Washington Post)
25 Million Americans Are 'Underinsured' (businessweek)
U.S. expected to pledge some $10 billion for Afghans (reuters)
Vitamin D may protect against heart attack (reuters)
UN says Somali government and foes sign peace deal (ap)
115-year-old Woman's Brain in Tip-Top Shape (live science)
Nadal Dominates Federer in French Open (nytimes)
Harry Potter book launch on Sabbath sparks row in Israel (IHT)
India Squeezes Influential Bank (wsj)
Astronauts breeze through their 3rd spacewalk (ap)
Patient Web sites used for news, support in crisis (ap)
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Euro fever: People look at giant statues of soccer players in the hall of Zurich's main station, Switzerland, on Saturday, June 7, 2008. The 17-metre-tall statues are placed by sportswear manufacturer Adidas for the Euro 2008 European soccer championships in Austria and Switzerland, which will start with the opening match between Switzerland and the Czech Republic in the northern Swiss city of Basel on Saturday.
Oil zooms nearly 9 per cent higher to record $139 (reuters)
Car bombings in Baghdad leave at least 6 dead (ap)
Sportscaster Jim McKay dies at 87 (ap)
Oil prices hold above $128 a barrel (ap)
Climate Bill Appears Headed for Defeat (wsj)
U.N. Food Meeting Ends With a Call for ‘Urgent’ Action (nytimes)
Ronaldo comes clean: I want Real move (guardian)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference at a U.N. crisis summit on rising food prices at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome June 4, 2008
This image provided by NASA shows Astronaut Ron Garan, STS-124 mission specialist, as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Garan and astronaut Mike Fossum (out of frame), mission specialist, loosened restraints holding the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in its temporary stowage location on the space station's starboard truss, prepared the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (foreground) for its installation to the space station, demonstrated cleaning techniques for the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint's (SARJ) race ring, and installed a replacement SARJ Trundle Bearing Assembly.
China's young generation hampered by lack of jobs (reuters)
'Al Qaeda statement' claims embassy attack (cnn)
UN chief: Billions of dollars needed yearly to fight food crisis (xinhua)
This Environment Day, let's kick the CO2 habit (Times of India)
World Environment Day: Go green with chilli marker pen (ndtv)
Fuel price hike to push inflation to 13-yr high of 9% (rediff)
Yahoo's Decker says talks with Microsoft "ongoing" (reuters)
New report identifies dangerous Web domains (ap)
From Greek mythology, Obama learned a lesson (ap)
Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination (nytimes)
Lee-Hesh agree to team up for Olympics (Hindu)
PCB official in Dubai to assist Asif (Times of India)
Govt to reverse inflation without hitting growth: PM (moneycontrol)
Bangladesh hotel blasts injure more than 30 people (Reuters)
Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent dies at 71 (ap)
Israel deports freed Hezbollah spy to Lebanon (afp)
Rajasthan Royals crowned IPL champion (Hindu)
Lift off! : The space shuttle Discovery lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
Indian garment workers get highest wages among South Asians' (IANS)
Clinton looks for victory in Puerto Rico primary (ap)
YSR sees TDP drubbing in elections (deccanpost)
AP by-polls: Cong makes inroads in Telangana (greatandhra)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome No Longer Seen as ‘Yuppie Flu’ (nytimes)
Ivanovic, Jankovic advance at French Open (ap)
Copper Deal in U.S. Shows Growing Reach of Indian Firms (wsj)
Highlighting the growing global clout of companies from emerging markets, India's Vedanta Resources PLC reached a $2.6 billion cash deal to purchase the assets of a bankrupt U.S. copper miner, Asarco LLC.
The deal, announced Saturday by Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd., a unit of Vedanta, is the latest in a string of foreign deals by Indian companies. The Mumbai-listed metals company outbid three other groups, including Grupo Mexico SA, which first bought Asarco in 1999 but later lost control in a bankruptcy case. Grupo Mexico has said it will challenge the sale.
Desk-bound jobs double Deep Vein Thrombosis risk (aol)
Bollywood star Salman Khan performs at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, where Rajasthan Royals are playing against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League final
TV commentary team Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Pranav Roy, Rameez Raja and Flemming before the start of the final of the IPL T20 match between Team Chennai and Jaipur in Mumbai.
Spectacular: An artist performs with a ring at the Grand Finale ceremony before the start of the final IPL T20 match between Chennai and Jaipur.