November 27, 2008

Chennai flooding zones

You can find by viewing this map that whether your area is prone to flood.In 1900 there were lots lake in chennai city but none of them exists now.So those who are living in that area are only facing flooding problems.To name a few nungambakkam,vysarpadi,t.nagar,perambur as they were lakes in 19th century but they were occupies by residents later.
Click the image for zoom.

November 26, 2008

Shootout And Blast In Mumbai Once Again - November 26 2008

Today November 26 2008 at around 10 PM reports came that there were shootout and blast near taj hotel, capital cinema in mumbai it seems 10-15 people are injured and it said that its a terrorist attack. Firing has taken place near more than one area. News has come that the government has stated this as a terrorist attack. CST Station or VT station is also bieng emptied by the police as firing is also bieng reported there.


- There has been a blast reported at Vile Parle & Naraman Point
- It seems that 4 people have died during this attack uptil now.
- Firing From Taj Hotel Has Been Reported
- We got some reports saying that 2 terrorist are caught and Bombs have been planted at Taj
- It seems that these terrorist have come via boat and 1 boat has been caught by the cops.
- According To Latest Reports 25 People have died uptil now.

November 2, 2008

Consultant appointed for BRTS corridors

The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited has awarded the contract to Wilbur Smith Associates for preparing a feasibility report for the four circular bus corridors in Chennai and the detailed project report for the first leg of this Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), which starts from Adyar and extends up to Porur through Ramavaram.

One among three bidders

Wilbur Smith Associates were one among the three bidders.

Government sources told The Hindu that the decision had been taken not to disturb the Adyar creek, and especially not to lay the BRTS corridor along the river front abutting the Theosophical Society.

However, the plan to begin the corridor from the proposed highway connecting Srinivasapuram at Foreshore Estate to East Coast Road remains.

Feasibility report

The alignment of the first leg of this stretch will be decided when the consultants submit the feasibility report in February.

The detailed project report is expected to be submitted in April. It was earlier proposed to build a dedicated bus corridor on both sides of the river up to Ramapuram, and from thereon on an elevated corridor up to Porur.

The stretch from the Adyar to Porur is 11.5 km, and it is estimated to cost Rs. 40 crore a km.

Anil Kumble retires from cricket

Anil Kumble, India's Test captain, has announced his retirement from international cricket and will not play the last Test of the series against Australia in Nagpur. His announcement came during the fifth day's play in Delhi, the scene of his greatest bowling effort, at the end of which he was carried off the field by teammates in an emotional farewell.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will now lead India in the Nagpur Test as they hold on to their 1-0 lead from Delhi.

In 132 Tests, Kumble took 619 wickets, the most among Indians and third on the all-time list. He also led the team in 14 Tests, but struggled with the ball in 2008, taking 28 wickets in ten Tests at an average of 50.57.

He was also plagued by injury concerns during the current series - picking up a shoulder injury in the first Test in Bangalore and injuring his finger in the third Test in Delhi - which ultimately sealed his decision to retire. "It's a tough decision when you have played 18 years of cricket and been so competitive. But my body helped make the decision and also, this [finger] injury," he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

He captained India to three wins, with the 72-run victory at Perth against Australia in January undoubtedly one of the high points during his reign.

The legspinner was also the second player in history, after Jim Laker, to bag 10 wickets in an innings when he ran through Pakistan in the second innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. A fitting farewell that his last match was also at the same venue.

In December 2001, in Bangalore, he became India's first spinner to take 300 Test wickets, and a year later, he became the first to do so in one-dayers. In August 2007, at The Oval he went past Glenn McGrath's 563 wickets and in January 2008 crossed the 600 mark, to stand behind only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, emphasising his contribution to spin's golden era. And at The Oval he scored his only Test century after 17 years and 118 matches.

October 25, 2008

Kathipara inauguration on oct 26 ,08

The most awaited project by nhai is katipara grade separator,today i saw in flash news which scrolls down in Sun news channel that the kathipara grade separator will be thrown to traffic on tommorrow.Atlast the most delayed project scenario came to an end.But don't know whether they have laid service roads and finishing touch properly.In my next post i will post the image of the completed kathipara bridge with traffic flowing through all the directions.

October 20, 2008

Airport flyover thrown to traffic

The new 1.6-km long unidirectional flyover for vehicles from Tambaram side to Chennai city, built at a total cost of Rs 98 crore, will avoid piling up of traffic at the entry to the airport and enable free movement of traffic to and from the airport. Rs 48 crore was spent towards the acquisition of land for the project.
Flyover is for vehicles from Tambaram side towards Chennai city
It will enable free movement of traffic to and from the airport
Airport-bound traffic from the city will take a right turn near the entry to the domestic terminal from beneath the flyover
Traffic from Tambaram side towards airport will take left service road at the ground level

October 15, 2008

assam,westbengal are the next kashmir-beware

Its high time that we do something to stop the Bangladeshis from taking away our beautiful land n making it a new Bangladesh.So plz join n share ur ideas n thoughts to do something before its too late, or else in near future our own childrens will be born as refuges in our own land ASSAM. Plz remember that our fight is not against any religion, but only against foreign intruders in Assamand west bengal.Come n join hands to save ASSAM and west bengal.For more info
Assam and west bengal are becoming the next kashmir . Read this, u will realize the seriousness.

September 13, 2008

airport Flyover by October 08

The 1.6-km flyover under construction near the airport will be ready for use by mid-October.
A total of 26 spans hold the bridge on which construction began in April 2005 at a cost of Rs.98 crore.Various factors delayed the flyover work, the NHAI authorities said. Initially, land acquisition problem held up the work. Shifting of service utilities took more time than anticipated. Officials of the Airports Authority of India said due to the inordinate delay in the completion of the flyover work, they had to face a lot of problems. At the exit point of the airport, there was no warning or signboard. The condition of road at the exit point was very bad. The situation worsens during rain
Those who were heading for the airport could use the stretch. Once the works were over, the facility would ease the congestion.Click here for latest info

padi flyover by mid-oct 08

This flyover was expected to open in mid october,as the work is going in full swing.
Click here to know the current status of the project.

September 12, 2008


Make your own KFC sign at

Chennai Elevated ExpressWay - Port to Madhuravoyal

The Government of India, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways
has proposed to construct an Elevated Expressway from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal
and included it in the NHDP Phase-VII. This Elevated Expressway was originally
proposed to be constructed from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal along the banks of
Cooum River. The Government have also in the G.O read above, granted in principal
approval to the NHAI for using one side of the Cooum River as per site conditions for
construction of the Elevated Expressway subject to certain conditions. But now, the
NHAI has proposed to change the alignment in such a way that the Elevated
Expressway would pass-over the existing Poonamallee High Road from Maduravoyal to
Koyambedu and then go along Cooum River. The estimates of the project have been
worked out at Rs.1468 crores including the R&R and LA components amounting to
Rs.345 crores. The NHAI has therefore requested to issue an appropriate amendment
to the G.O read above. The Chairman, Chennai Port Trust has requested the consent
of the State Government to share the cost of Land Acquisition and R&R on the basis of
50:50 between Chennai Port Trust and Government of Tamil Nadu. He has also
requested the State Government's support for shifting of utilities, erection of
encroachments etc.

September 11, 2008

Germany offers black money data, India dithers

Investigators in India might have their best chance yet to trace those Indians who have stashed away millions in the tiny tax haven of Liechtenstein, a small landlocked country between Austria and Switzerland, provided the Manmohan Singh government asks for the information on offer.

The dope on hundreds of rich Indians who have black money parked in Liechtenstein could be made available to the authorities here as the German government, which has obtained a list of account holders at Liechtenstein’s LTG Bank, is willing to part with the names.

Several countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Ireland have already used the opportunity to zero in on their citizens who have evaded taxes and smuggled their wealth to the principality, the sixth-smallest country in the world. But Transparency International says India has maintained 'a stoic silence over the issue and has not approached the German government for this data'.

Expressing concern over the Indian government's apparently lackadaisical attitude in getting after offenders who have cheated the tax authorities of millions of dollars is quite surprising and the Indian chapter of TI - an organization campaigning to reduce corruption - has urged the government to take all necessary steps to seek the data.

Admiral R H Tahiliani, chairman if TI India and a former navy chief, said: ‘‘This money belongs to the people of India and it is possible that it has been tucked away in this distant country by those who have acquired it illegally and are now evading taxes.

"There should be complete transparency and accountability about this money and it is for the government to find this out and inform people," Admiral Tahiliani, said, referring to the black money stashed away abroad.

Indeed, the offer looks too good to refuse. It is a bit like being served secrets on a platter and if the government does not waste time looking a gift horse in the mouth, it could get data that might otherwise never be accessed given the laws that protect tax havens that often require specific proof of criminality.

In fact, the dice is invariably loaded against investigators - for example the Hindujas were able to delay proceedings in the Bofors case by challenging each application filed by CBI.

Suspecting that the government's chariness could stem from fears that influential politicians and industrialists might be compromised by the Liechenstein data, TI has, in a statement, said: "It is alleged that this money belongs to rich and powerful politicians, industrialists and stock brokers and that is why the reluctance on the part of government of India (to get details from Germany)."

Liechtenstein, like Switzerland, St Kitts, Canary Islands, Antigua and Bahamas, has been a haven for wealthy people to hide their ill-gotten wealth away from the prying eyes of tax authorities. Referring to reports, TI mentioned that German intelligence agency - BND - has details of about 800 clients of LTG Bank - run by Liechtenstein’s ruling dynasty - and prosecutors are using this information to target suspected tax evaders.

"The ministry of finance and PMO have, however, not shown much interest in finding out about those who have their lockers on the secret banks of Liechtenstein which prides itself in its banking system," TI said.

Referring to such banking systems, TI also said that secretive and non-transparent tax havens could be used for money that is related to drugs and terrorism. These accounts have been frequently used to channel money for purchase of arms.
Sources:Times of India

September 10, 2008

Indian black money in swiss bank is 13 times more than indian foreign loan

இந்தியா ஏழை நாடல்ல... ஏழையாக்கப்பட்டிருக்கும் நாடு என்பதை நிரூபிக்கும் விதத்தில் அதிர்ச்சித் தகவல் ஒன்றை வெளியிட்டுள்ளது தொண்டு நிறுவனம் ஒனறு.

அவர்கள் வெளியிட்டுள்ள தகவலின்படி, சுவிஸ் வங்கியில் இந்தியர்கள் சிலர் பதுக்கி வைத்திருக்கும் கறுப்புப் பணத்தின் மதிப்பு மட்டும் ரூ.64 லட்சம் கோடியாம் (1456 பில்லியன் டாலர்கள்)!!

இந்தியாவுக்கு தற்போதுள்ள வெளிநாட்டுக் கடனைவிட 13 மடங்கு அதிகம் இந்தக் கறுப்பு பணத்தின் அளவு என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

சமுதாயத்தில் மலிந்துவிட்ட லஞ்சம் மற்றும் நேர்மையின்மை குறித்து பொதுமக்களுக்கு விழிப்புணர்வு ஏற்படுத்தவும், அதற்கு எதிராக போராடவும் தேசத்தின் மதிப்பு மீட்பு அறக்கட்டளை (பவுண்டேஷன் பார் ரெஸ்டோரேஷன் ஆப் நேஷனல் வேல்யூஸ் -எப்.ஆர்.என்.வி.) என்ற அமைப்பை சுவாமி பூமானந்தா தொடங்கியுள்ளார்.

இந்த அமைப்பில் சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட்டு முன்னாள் தலைமை நீதிபதி எம்.என்.வெங்கடாச்சலய்யா, தொழிலதிபர் ரத்தன் டாட்டா, டெல்லி மெட்ரோ ரெயில் கார்ப்பரேஷன் நிர்வாக இயக்குனர் இ.ஸ்ரீதரன், மத்திய விஜிலென்ஸ் முன்னாள் கமிஷனர் என்.விட்டல், கல்வி ஆலோசகர் விபா பார்த்தசாரதி ஆகியோர் ஆலோசனைக்குழு உறுப்பினர்களாக இடம் பெற்றுள்ளனர்.

சென்னையில் கிளை:

மகாராஷ்டிரா, ஆந்திரா ஆகிய மாநிலங்களில் இந்த அமைப்பின் கிளை அலுவலகங்கள் தொடங்கப்பட்டுள்ள நிலையில் தமிழக கிளை நேற்று தொடங்கப்பட்டது. தொடக்கவிழா மற்றும் ஆலோசனை கூட்டம் சென்னை ராஜா அண்ணாமலை புரத்தில் உள்ள இமேஜ் அரங்கில் நடந்தது.

பின்னர் இந்த அமைப்பின் தலைவர் சுவாமி பூமானந்தா நிருபர்களுக்கு பேட்டி அளித்தார். அவர் கூறியதாவது:

உலக நாடுகளை அச்சுறுத்தும் அளவுக்கு இந்தியா வளர்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது. ஆனால் ஒழுக்க நெறிமுறைகள், அறநெறிகள், மதிப்பீடுகள் இல்லாத வளர்ச்சி என்றாவது ஒருநாள் நிலைகுலைந்து போகும். நாட்டின் ஒழுக்க நெறிமுறைகளை மீட்டெடுக்கும் வகையில் ஊழலை ஒழிப்பதற்காக இந்த புதிய அமைப்பை தொடங்கி இருக்கிறோம்.

இதன்மூலம், ஊழலை அடிப்படையில் இருந்து ஒழிப்பதற்கான நடவடிக்கைகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்படும். இதற்காக கண்காணிப்பு குழுக்களை அமைக்கவும், ஒழுக்கநெறிமுறைகள் தொடர்பான பாடங்களை ஆரம்பக் கல்வியில் சேர்க்கவும் முயற்சி எடுக்கப்படும். இந்த அமைப்பின் தேசிய அளவிலான மாநாடு டெல்லியில் நவம்பர் மாதம் 18, 19ம் தேதிகளில் நடைபெற உள்ளது.

இந்த மாநாட்டை பிரதமர் மன்மோகன் சிங் தொடங்கி வைக்கிறார். இதில் எதிர்க்கட்சி தலைவர் அத்வானி, உச்ச நீதிமன்ற தலைமை நீதிபதி கே.ஜி.பாலகிருஷ்ணன், வெவ்வேறு துறைகளைச் சேர்ந்த வல்லுனர்கள் உள்பட பலர் கலந்துகொள்கிறார்கள்.

அதிர வைக்கும் கறுப்புப் பணம்!:

இந்தியாவின் கறுப்புப் பணத்தை முழுமையாக வெள்ளையாக்கினாலே போதும், முழுப் பிரச்சினையும் தீர்ந்து போகும். சுவீஸ் வங்கியில் போடப்பட்டிருக்கும் இந்தியர்களின் கறுப்பு பணம் மட்டும் ரூ.64 லட்சம் கோடி. இந்த தொகை இந்தியாவின் வெளிநாட்டு கடனை விட 13 மடங்கு அதிகம்.

அந்த பணத்தில் வெளிநாட்டு கடனை அடைத்துவிட்டு எஞ்சிய தொகையை வளர்ச்சிப் பணிகளை மேற்கொண்டால் நாடு எங்கேயோ போய்விடும்.

மக்கள் மீது எந்த வரிச்சுமையும் விழாது. சுவீஸ் வங்கியில் பணம் டெபாசிட் செய்திருக்கும் இந்தியர்களின் பட்டியலை அந்த வங்கியிடம் கேட்டுப்பெற்று பகிரங்கமாக அறிவிக்க வேண்டும். மத்திய அரசு நினைத்தால் இதைச் செய்ய முடியும் என்றார் பூமானந்தா.

அரசியலில் துவங்கும் முதல் ஊழல்!:

மத்திய ஊழல் கண்காணிப்புப் பிரிவின் முன்னாள் கமிஷனர் என்.விட்டல் கூறுகையில், நாம் நினைத்தால் ஊழலை எளிதில் ஒழிக்க முடியும். அதற்கு முதலில் நமது தேர்தல் நடைமுறைகளை மாற்றி அமைக்க வேண்டும். ஏனென்றால் முதல் ஊழல் அரசியலில்தான் துவங்குகிறது..

சுவீஸ் வங்கியில் பணம் போட்டிருக்கும் இந்தியர் பட்டியலை மத்திய அரசு நினைத்தால் கேட்டுப்பெற முடியும். ஆனால் இதை எல்லாம் செய்வார்களா? என்பது சந்தேகம்தான் என்றார் விட்டல்.


The Grand Anicut, also known as the Kallanai, is an ancient dam built on the Kaveri River in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.It was built by the Chola king Karikalan around the 1st Century AD[1] and is considered one of the oldest water-diversion or water-regulator structures in the world, still in use.[2][3] The Kaveri River forms the boundary between the Erode and Salem districts. The Bhavani River joins the Kaveri at the town of Bhavani, where the Sangameswarar Temple, an important pilgrimage spot in southern India, was built at the confluence of the two rivers. Sweeping past the historic rock of Tiruchirapalli, it breaks into two channels at the island of Srirangam, which enclose between them the delta of Thanjavur (Tanjore), the garden of South India.

September 4, 2008

Fish names in tamil

Shark Sura Meen
Sardines Mathi Meen
Seabass Koduvai Meen
Saw / Gur Kola Meen
Squid Oosi Kanawa
Shrimp / Prawn Eral
Red Snapper Sankara
Seer / King fish Vanjaram
Little Tunny Soorai
Anchovies Nethili
Crab Nandu
Cod Panna
Cat fish Kelluthi
Cuttle Kanawai (one variety of squid)
Halibut Potha
Butter fish Viral (not sure)
Barracuda Sheela
Pomfret Vavval
Mackerel Kanangeluthi
Eel Vilongu

Ribbon fish Vaalai
Tilapia Kari / Neyyi
Leather skin fish Theera
Malabar Trevally Paarai
Yellow Tuna Keerai

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1. Fish: Herring, salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, anchovies, sardines and other cold-water fish are your best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, the primary components of the brain, retina and other nerve tissue. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids boost energy, enhance learning ability, improve problem-solving skills, and boost memory power and enhance communication between brain cells.

Show some soy power…

2. Soy: Foods made from whole, organic soybeans like soy milk and tofu are rich in choline, lecithin and isoflavones. Choline has been proven to positively impact brain development in addition to slowing memory loss, lecithin helps in preventing deposits of plaque in the brain, and isoflavones help improve cognitive function, category fluency, logical memory, spatial cognition and memory recall.

Reap the fruits…

3. Colorful and citrus fruits: Fill your platter with all the colors of the rainbow and a few more, and you’re guaranteed to improve your brain power. Avocados are especially potent in increasing blood flow to the brain because of their mono-unsaturated fat content. Other beneficial fruits that have a positive impact on your brain and help you recall information quickly include cantaloupes, watermelon, tomatoes, plums, pineapples, oranges, apples, grapes, kiwifruits, peaches and cherries.

Berry, berry good…

4. Berries: Blueberries are known for improving motor skills and learning capacity while strawberries are rich in fisetin, a flavenoid that improves memory recall. Elderberries, blackberries and raspberries have other brain power boosting benefits through their antioxidant content.

Go green…

5. Cruciferous and leafy green vegetables: Your mother had a good reason for forcing you to eat your broccoli. Cabbages, kale, turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, cauliflowers, radishes, spinach, mustard green and water cress all help retain memory. Other vegetables that are good in boosting brain power are onions, red peppers, lettuce, carrots, asparagus, okra, mushrooms, broccoli and sprouts.

Chalk it up to chocolate…

6. Chocolate: Chocolate is not only delicious, it’s also beneficial to your brain and can help enhance your mood. Natural stimulants boost the production of endorphins that improve focus and concentration. Milk chocolate has been shown to improve verbal and visual memory and boost impulse control and reaction time. Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols that boost blood supply to the brain and help improve cognitive skills.

Go nuts…

7. Nuts: Rich in Vitamins E and B6, folate, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants, these small food items boost your brain power and improve your mood. Nuts The whole nutty family of cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and pecans brings some benefit to your brain.

Sow the seeds of wisdom…

8. Seeds: Flaxseeds are a rich source of memory-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids. Roasted pumpkin seeds contain relaxing tryptophan and dry sunflower seeds offer thiamine, a form of Vitamin B that improves memory and cognitive functions.

Gain from grains…

9. Whole grains: The best brain stimulators are grains like whole wheat, wheat germ and bran that contain a high percentage of folate. Oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain breads and cereals, barley and popcorn boost your blood flow to the brain. Wholegrain breads and cereals contain Vitamin B6 while wheat germ is rich in memory-improving thiamine.

No pea brains here…

10. Pulses and beans: The brain is fueled by glucose, and as it does not produce its own, the supply has to be kept steady from other sources. Rich in antioxidants, iron and other nutrients, beans help stabilize blood sugar levels. Peas, lentils, green beans, lima beans, black beans, kidney beans, and a variety of legumes help energize the brain.

A sage choice…

11. Sage: Whether used as a herb in your food or taken as a supplement in the form of oils and tablets, this member of the mint family has been known to boost levels of the chemical that helps transmit messages to and from the brain. Sage helps in the break down of the enzyme acetylcholine that is needed for the brain to function properly.

Currying brain favor…

12. Curry: This spicy Eastern delicacy is good for your brain because of a key ingredient, turmeric. The chemical curcumin which is abundant in turmeric helps remove plaque from the brain.

Brewing brain cells...

13. Tea: This wonder beverage, when freshly brewed, has been proven to Tea improve memory and focus as well as combat mental fatigue. Green tea is your best bet to good relax mentally and keep your wits sharpened because of the catechines it contains. Black tea, while not as potent as green tea, also works well as a brain enhancer.

Egg those memory functions on…

14. Eggs: A rich source of Vitamin B and lecithin, eggs are good providers of EFAs (essential fatty acids) to the brain. The yolk is especially rich in choline, a basic building block of brain cells that helps improve memory.

Milk the goodness…

15. Calcium-rich foods: Yogurt, cheese, milk and other foods rich in calcium help in improving the function of nerves. Studies have proved that tyrosine, the amino acid in yogurt, is responsible for the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenalin. In short, yogurt helps improve alertness and memory.

Beef up your brain cells…

16. Iron-rich foods: A deficiency in iron has been proven to be the most common cause for poor concentration, decreasing intelligence and slow thinking processes. Iron is essential to supplying the brain with the oxygen it needs to continue normal activity. Red meats and liver are the best sources of dietary iron.

Sweeten the process…

17. Carbohydrate-rich foods: When eaten without protein or fat, carbohydrates provide a soothing effect to the brain. The glucose from the carbs provides the fuel the brain needs to energize you. Avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, pastries and pasta though, as they cause lethargy. Instead, stick to starches and sugars in the form of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

Super supplements…

18. Supplemental herbs: Gingko biloba is one well-known supplement that improves mental clarity, alertness and memory. It stimulates blood flow to the brain by dilating blood vessels and increasing the supply of oxygen. It also destroys free radicals that are detrimental to brain cells. Others, though not as popular, are equally effective. Rhodiola rosea is a root that is used in the treatment of poor attention span, tiredness and decreased memory capacity. Herbalgram helps renovate oxygen-deprived cells while Panax ginseng has memory enhancing effects.

Oil those brain cells…

19. Organic and plant oils: Get things moving in your brain with memory-boosting essential fatty acids. These EFAs can be found in oils such as olive, walnut and flaxseed. Water

Irrigate your brain…

20. Water: Nearly three fourths of the brain is water, which makes this life-giving liquid an essential component for the smooth functioning of the brain. When dehydration occurs, the brain releases the hormone cortisol which shrinks dendrites, the branches in the brain that store information. This leads to a decrease in memory power. Cortisol also produces adrenaline which affects mental and cognitive functions. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your brain active and quick.

IT corridor

IT Corridor is an important road connecting Chennai with Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu for a length of 45 km. The road, earlier called Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), starts from Madhya Kailash Temple Junction on Sardar Patel Road in south-east Chennai and terminates on East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram.

In Phase-I, the 20.1 km between Madhya Kailash Temple Junction to Siruseri is being widened to dual three lane carriageway with median, service road, non-motorised vehicle (NMV) lane, pedestrian footpath and planter strip. The ECR Link Road will also be improved to dual two lane carriageway.

It is also proposed to construct a vehicular underpass at Thiruvanmiyur Road Junction. Besides, four or five pedestrian subways are also being planned.

Another significant feature of the Project is the construction of service trenches/ducts for conveying utility lines including electrical, telephony and optic fibre cables/wires so as to avoid digging in future. The water and sewer lines would be conveyed under the footpath.

Extensive landscaping and arboriculture, road side arts and sculpture works and value added services are also being proposed. A ten lane state-of-the-art toll plaza would be located at Perungudi along with a modern Toll Administration-cum-Office Block.

ITEL is also responsible for implementing a comprehensive Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan for rehabilitating project affected families/structures.

Besides, a number of community development initiatives have also been included in the project scope. A solid waste management project on pilot basis is structured for the Karapakkam Village. Community tree plantation for seven villages along the Corridor is also being proposed. The Government School in Thoraipakkam and Panchayat School in Navalur would be rehabilitated as part of the Project.

The estimated Project Cost of Rs 250 Cr will be funded by contribution from GoTN, TNEB and Service Providers and term loans. This cost excludes cost of land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement which are being fully borne by GoTN.

The implementation of IT Corridor Project is in progress and is expected to be completed by late 2008.
For updates click here.

Chennai metro rail

Corridor-1: Washermenpet – Broadway (Prakasam Road), Chennai Central Station – Rippon Building along Cooum River – Tarapore Towers – Spencers – Gemini – Anna Salai – Saidapet – Guindy – Chennai Airport.

Corridor-2: Chennai Fort – Chennai Central – along EVR Periyar Salai – Vepery, Kilpauk Medical College, Aminjikarai, Shenoy Nagar – Annanagar East – Anna Nagar Tirumangalam – Koyambedu – CMBT – along Inner Ring Road – Vadapalani – Ashok Nagar – SIDCO – Alandur – St. Thomas Mount.

Part of this project will be underground and the remaining on elevated portions. The alignment and stations given above are tentative and subject to change during detailed design and execution

The estimated cost of this project (in March 2007 prices) is Rs.9,757 crores. Of this, the Central and State Governments together are expected to contribute about 40%. The balance amount of the expenditure is expected to be met by a loan to be granted by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

Tentatively, the project is programmed for completion in the financial year 2013-2014.

September 2, 2008

Major fire broke in saravana stores,t.nagar

A major fire which broke out in a commercial complex in T Nagar early on Monday morning, raged for more than nine hours, exposing the complete lack of compliance with safety norms and civic guidelines by the building’s owners.
Saravana Stores, a multi-storeyed shopping complex, and an adjacent building which housed more than 80 shops on Ranganathan street were gutted in the blaze. Police sources said no one was injured, though two people are missing. The loss of property is estimated at Rs 1.5 crore. At least 15 employees who were staying on the fifth floor of Saravana Stores were rescued. Fire and rescue officials are yet to reveal the cause of the fire.
Experts said the accident was waiting to happen as T Nagar has many buildings that flout fire safety norms and development rules. Most of them exceed the floor space index and do not have the mandatory seven-metre space around the building to allow for movement of service and rescue vehicles. Many shops do not upgrade their transformers and wiring to handle the load of extra electrical fittings, which could lead to short circuits. A maze of narrow streets and huge crowds add to the problem. Police and fire service personnel say it could have been a major tragedy if the fire had broken out during working hours.
Inspector R Srikanth attached to the West Mambalam police station (law and order) reached the spot at 6.05 am. “I noticed the blaze on the third floor of Lucky Plaza. The security guard in Saravana Stores said employees stayed on the fifth floor. The power was out. We went in to rescue the sleeping employees. Twelve employees were brought down,” he said.
Fire and rescue service personnel said they received a call at 6.10 am on Monday from passers-by who noticed thick black fumes coming from the third floor of the five-storey Lucky Plaza complex located adjacent to Saravana stores.
Fire personnel rescued two other employees of Saravana Stores, who were stuck on the third floor. Another employee was rescued after breaking in through the terrace.
Police commissioner R Sekar said, “At least 300 police personnel have been deployed to assist the fire and rescue personnel. The police and fire service personnel rescued at least 15 people. No one was injured in the incident.”
Fire broke out at 6:05 am
Fire brigade arrived at 6:13 am
Loss of property estimated at Rs 1.5 cr
No. of tankers used 20
Personnel roped in to douse the fire 150
Employees who were rescued 15
Due to timely intervention, we restricted the fire from spreading. The buildings which caught fire do not have any firefighting equipment in spite of recent reminders to shop owners
Sources:The times of india

Kathipara flyover by november 08

This clover leaf grade separator was the first project to be taken up in india by the NHAI in chennai and it becomes first place in india to get cloverleaf grade separator.
This project cost was Rs.259 crores and was to be completed by september and it may take november for opening the whole flyover to traffic.It will decongest traffic bound for air port, anna salai and 100ft road.The land acquisition was major reason for the delay in execution of this project and it comes under access to golden quadrilateral project from chennai.Other than this,there are four flyovers are under construction in padi,airport,koyambedu and maduravoyal.Click here for latest info on kathipara flyover.

September 1, 2008

Chennai Live traffic

Click here to view the live traffic movement at major junctions of city.

August 19, 2008

Guidelines for checking fake notes part1

Mahatma Gandhi series- 1996

# Security thread: Rs.10, Rs.20 and Rs.50 notes contain fully embedded security thread. Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000 banknotes contain windowed security thread. This thread is partially exposed and partially embedded. When held against light, this thread can be seen as one continuous line. Other than on Rs.1000 banknotes, this thread contains the words 'Bharat' in the Devanagari script and 'RBI' appearing alternately. The security thread of the Rs.1000 banknote contains the inscription 'Bharat' in the Devanagari script, '1000' and 'RBI'.
# Latent Image: The vertical band next to the (right side) Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait, contains a latent image, showing the denominational value 20, 50, 100, 500 or 1000 as the case may be. The value can be seen only when the banknote is held horizontally and light allowed to fall on it at 45° ; otherwise this feature appears only as a vertical band.
# Micro letterings: This feature appears between the vertical band and Mahatma Gandhi portrait. It contains the word ‘RBI’ in Rs.10. Notes of Rs.20 and above also contain the denominational value of the banknotes. This feature can be seen better under a magnifying glass.
# Identification mark: A special intaglio feature (raised printing) has been introduced on the left of the watermark window, on the obverse (front) on all banknotes except Rs.10/- banknote. This feature is in different shapes for various denominations (Rs.20-Vertical Rectangle, Rs.50-Square, Rs.100-Triangle, Rs.500-Circle, Rs.1000-Diamond) and helps the visually impaired to identify the denomination
# Intaglio Printing: The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, Reserve Bank seal, Guarantee and promise clause, Ashoka Pillar Emblem and RBI Governor's signature are printed in intaglio i.e. in raised prints in Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000 banknotes.

# Fluorescence: The number panels of the banknotes are printed in fluorescent ink. The banknotes also have optical fibres. Both can be seen when the banknotes are exposed to ultra-violet lamp.

# Optically Variable Ink: The numeral 500 & 1000 on the Rs.500 [revised colour scheme of mild yellow, mauve and brown] and Rs.1000 banknotes are printed in Optically Variable Ink viz., a colour-shifting ink. The colour of these numerals appears green when the banknotes are held flat but would change to blue when the banknotes are held at an angle.

# Watermark: The banknotes contain the Mahatma Gandhi watermark with a light and shade effect and multi-directional lines in the watermark window.

August 18, 2008

How to increase your blog traffic

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2 moons in sky on aug 27

Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will cultivate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes within 34.65M miles off earth. Be sure to watch the sky on Aug. 27 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

August 17, 2008

Calorie 100

Bread - 4 slices
Butter - 15gm
Egg - 1 big
Banana - 1 small
Milk - 1 small cup
Calories - 550 gms
Protein - 19 gms
Fat - 24 gms
Carbs - 61 gms
For active youngsters,you can add extra bread or milk or egg,to meet the energy levels.

August 15, 2008

India vs srilanka invitation XI

This was a practise match held on august 15,2008 between india and srilanka and indians wons this match by 92 runs.
India:(Gautam Gambhir c Fernando b Welagedara 31; Virat Kohli c C. Silva b Mirando 23; Suresh Raina c Mirando b Bandara 45; Yuvraj Singh c M. Udawatte b Welagedara 172; Rohit Sharma run out (Mubarak/Fernando) 24; Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 20; Irfan Pathan not out 3) Extras: (b 1, lb 2, w17, nb 4) 24; Total: (for five wickets in 50 overs) 342

Bowling: Dilhara Fernando 10-0-75-0; Chanaka Welagedara 9-0-64-0; Thilan Thushara 10-0-66-1; Jehan Mubarak 10-0-76-0; Malinda Warnapura 1-0-10-0; Malinga Bandara 10-0-48-1

Sri Lanka Invitation XI: (Upul Tharanga c Dhoni b R.P. Singh 50; Mahela Udawatte c R.P. Singh b Pathan 20; Malina Warnapura c Gambhir b Pathan 10; Chamara Kapugedara ct Sharma b Harbhajan 06; Chamara Silva c Dilshan b Ojha 38; Jehan Mubarak c Raina B Patel 60; Kaushal Silva not out 38; Thilan Thushara not out 18) Extras: (lb 5, w 5) 10; Total: (for six wickets in 50 overs) 250

Bowling: R.P. Singh 7-0-39-1; Munaf Patel 10-1-36-1; Irfan Pathan 8-0-42-2; Harbhajan Singh 10-1-38-1; Pragyan Ojha 10-0-59-1; Ishant Sharma 3-0-20-0; Raina 2-0-5-0.

August 12, 2008

Beijing olympics 2008

This time the olympics was being held in china ,the unique feature of olympics in chna was the 91,000-seat Bird’s Nest stadium,the official opening of olypics was started on 8pm,aug 08,2008 and the fireworks dazzled with the thunder of 2,008 performers drumming on traditional fou percussion instruments rolled throughout the stadium. An typical China’s invention of movable type—ho hum, morphed into a vast sea of undulating cubic shapes, simulating a giant computer keyboard.
When five-time Olympic medal winner Li Ning prepared to ignite the Olympic flame, invisible wires swooped him skyward for a gravity-defying space-walk around the stadium’s rooftop opening and gymnast launched a successful sports clothing and accessories empire after snagging three gold medals in Los Angeles, finally lit a gigantic torch perched on the rim of the Bird’s Nest.Another good news for india is that our 10m shooter abhinav bindra have won gold medal for our country and this is the first ever individual gold won by our country.Usually our hockey team used to bag gold medal for us,but the last gold medal bagged by our hockey team is well before 20 years.Anyway winning gold medal in the initial stage of this olympics has given indian fans a hope that india will be in top 10 in the medals tally.

August 9, 2008

Increasing digestion power

There is far more harm done by taking too much food than there is by taking too little, and it is only in very exceptional cases that injury results from the latter cause; whereas an enormous amount of discomfort, disorder and disease, and even curtailment of life, arises from excessive eating."— Dr. N. E. Yorke-Davies.

The question of diet is of primary importance to every student desirous of acquiring a strong and beautiful body. His careful attention must be given to it at the very outset of his endeavors to attain a high degree of physical development. .

The following questions will suggest themselves to him. What shall I eat? What kind of food and what quantity will best nourish the body? What foods will give me the greatest strength, and enable me to speedily build up properly distributed muscular tissue?

These are important questions and call for careful consideration. The average individual who has been able to maintain an ordinary degree of health through life, notwithstanding the dietetic evils against which his functional system has constantly contended, usually seeks to "make fun" of you when you talk of dieting. He will tell you that he has lived on "ordinary" foods all his life, that he is healthy, and that his parents were healthy before him.

"Don't .bother with diet. Eat plain, wholesome foods, and don't be led into a lot of foolish experiments by cranks," is the advice that will_ frequently be given-you. Your friends may be more considerate and kindly in their- remarks, but your near, dear relatives will have- no scruples about your feelings. They will not hesitate to tell you candidly that you are a fool and that you must be going crazy indeed. And not infrequently, although you may be convinced beyond all possible doubt that you are right, you will remain in the "old ruts" merely to avoid the irritation of being constantly nagged by those .with whom you live.

Now I intend to discuss diet from an absolutely unprejudiced viewpoint. I would like thy readers to' be familiar with every phase of this subject. I will try to consider the several advantages that are supposed to accrue from adopting various diets, and will draw impartial conclusions therefrom.

First of all, what is the object of food? You will answer, to nourish the body, that it may at all times be maintained in the highest degree of health and strength. How can we determine what are the best foods to nourish the body? The most convincing method would be to compare the results that follow the use of each of the various dietary systems. I must admit, however, that such comparisons are exceedingly difficult to make.

The human organs of digestion must possess most wonderful powers. No species of the lower animal world could exist on such a variety of foods as does man.

No lower animal could abuse his organs of digestion as do many human beings and still be able to maintain life. An ostrich is said to have a strong stomach, but it would soon turn up its toes if it were compelled to live on the abominable mixtures that human beings swallow. And it is these remarkable powers of our digestive organs that make it possible for them to secure a certain amount of nourishment from almost any food furnished them.

Following our suggested line of reasoning, that the object of food is to nourish the body, then that food which most perfectly performs this purpose will undoubtedly be the most preferable. This necessarily brings us to a consideration of the varying conditions and needs of the body. At one time a certain article of food is demanded. At other times another seems the best. Desirable food, therefore, is that which supplies the body with the particular elements of nourishment needed at a given period.

Therefore, with this fact fully considered, we can-not say that any one kind of food is always the best.

Variety in food, to a limited extent, is to be desired so long as wholesomeness is maintained. If we were to confine our diet to two or three articles of food, they would, after a time, cease to be appetizing. But, even under such conditions, a short fast would soon cause the appetite to return with renewed vigor.

If certain articles of food are adapted to nourishing the body at certain times, how then is the physical culture student to be guided?

Here is shown a very wise provision of Nature. That food which is most needed at a particular time is always craved by the appetite. The normal appetite is a safe and certain guide in this regard.

Although theories of this nature are undoubtedly of interest, those advanced by individuals who favor the various methods of diet would, no doubt, be considered of far more importance.

What are the advantages of these unusual dietaries over the ordinary cooked food as used by the average individual? Although there is, perhaps, a vast variety of dietaries advised by persons who have closely studied these subjects, the systems of especial interest besides the usual mixed diet, are, no doubt,

(1) Vegetarianism.
(2) Natural or Uncooked Diet.

Now what is a vegetarian diet? Wherein does it differ from ordinary diet, and what advantages, if any, does it offer to the average person?

Before answering this query I would like to call attention to the digestive process. The illustration here presented shows the entire alimentary canal.

The changes that take place in the food in the process of digestion really begin in the mouth. This indicates very clearly the importance of thorough mastication. For the more thoroughly the food is ground by the teeth and mixed with the saliva, the better it is prepared for the stomach and intestinal digestion.

The absorption of food also begins in the mouth, and continues almost throughout the entire alimentary canal, though the process is carried on mostly in the stomach and the small intestine.

Entire alimentary canal where the digestive processes are carried on.

After the entrance of the food into the stomach the digestive fluids gradually permeate it, and with the aid of the churning motion of the organ, induce changes that slowly bring the contents to a state where the particular elements of nourishment needed by the body at the time are assimilated by the latter.

Now all that is absorbed from the contents of the-alimentary canal is "nourishment." All that cannot be used is "waste." It is a most wise provision of Nature, which gives these delicately constructed organs the power of choosing the particular food elements needed.

But the "waste" is also of importance as it gives a requisite bulk to the food and it facilitates the peristaltic action of the bowels so necessary to the regularity of the excretory processes.

Now some foods contain stimulating substances, in addition to the nourishment and harmless waste. A stimulant is always an element harmful to the body. The organs with which it comes in contact recognize it as a poison and every effort is made to eliminate it,

Foods therefore contain both (1) Nourishment, and (2) Waste.

They may be (1) Non-stimulating, or (2) Stimulating.

They may be (1) Digested normally, or (2) Digestion may be made more difficult by elaborate mixtures or prolonged preparation of the food.

Now the ordinary diet of the average person contains, in addition to the foods providing sufficient nourishment and waste, many elements that by improper preparation are made difficult to digest, and yet others that are stimulating in their influence. Meat, for instance, contains a considerable amount of impure foreign matter, which acts as a stimulant to the functional system. In an extremely mild way it is similar to alcohol in its influence. Hot biscuit, rolls, and bread made from bolted white flour, be-sides being deprived of valuable nutritive qualities necessary for the making of bone and muscle, are al-ways difficult to digest.

Therefore, the ordinary mixed diet is the cause of much waste of functional strength. Much nervous energy is required to eliminate the foreign and impure matter in the meat. Much energy is also wasted in digesting unwholesome and improperly cooked foods.

There are two classes of vegetarians, those who use milk and eggs, and those who absolutely refrain from every food of an animal nature. In recommending a vegetarian diet to one accustomed to meat, I would suggest that one . used by the first named of the classes. Not that I believe that we cannot be prop-- erly nourished without the aid of cows and hens, but for. those accustomed to the ordinary diet, a sudden change therefrom to a strictly vegetarian menu is rather severe. It would be well to note, however, that milk and eggs if used when fresh, do not contain the same impure elements that give to meat its stimulating and poisonous qualities.

Now a properly arranged vegetarian diet contains nourishment and waste. There is no stimulating food in it. It supplies the body with all needed replenishment, and- contains only sufficient waste to enable the eliminating organs to properly perform their duties.

I must admit that many who call themselves vegetarians seem to be poorly nourished. Often they look weak and wan and thin. But so do thousands of people who are not vegetarians ! You can suffer from malnutrition on a vegetarian diet as easily as on a mixed diet if you do not eat the proper kinds of food. The great trouble with the men who were courageous enough heretofore to break away from the meat superstition was, that they did not have a sufficient knowledge of dietetics to select a rational diet. But with the advent of physical culture into this field, a diet has been formulated that supplies every element of nourishment needed by the body.

If one leaves meat out of his dietary he must use those foods that will furnish lacking elements of nourishment. Whenever you find a vegetarian who does not look healthy, you can depend upon it with absolute certainty that either he is not eating the necessary substitutes for meat, or else he is not taking the exercise essential to maintaining the body in perfect condition.

Now let us turn to the natural or uncooked diet. What are its advantages over the vegetarian or the ordinary mixed diet?

Every physical culture student who knows any-thing of physiology understands that no simple or detached elements can ever serve the body as food. In other words, they must be taken in the form of chemical combinations such as we find in vegetable or animal foods. A chemist can take a grain of wheat for example, analyze it in his laboratory, and supply you with its exact elements. But these elements in this state would be useless as food. When animal and vegetable substances are reduced to their elementary constituents they lose their food value. A grain of wheat contains, in almost perfect proportions, the elements that are needed to maintain life and health and strength, but if it goes through the process that brings it back to its original elements it becomes valueless as a food.

There are certain changes-in our food stuffs which Nature has made provision to carry on in the body. If these processes could not be done better by our digestive organs than by the stove; we would not have been given the former. Many of the imperfect changes that take place in food in the process of cooking, would take place in a proper way in our bodies if it was eaten by us in a natural state.

Now the advantage of natural foods over cooked foods lies in the fact that they contain more life-giving, nourishing elements. The process of cooking destroys the life of the cells of the food. This fact should be thoroughly understood by every one of my readers. To be sure, authorities maintain that food is far more easily digested when cooked. This conclusion has not been proven by any means. And even admitting that uncooked food requires a longer time to digest, would not the increased amount of nourishment obtained be worth far more than the extra efforts called for on the part of the digestive processes?

Fruit and vegetables are made up of living cells in the same manner as are our bodies. These cells contain the vitality, the life of the plant.

Cooking makes it necessary for you to increase the quantity eaten in order to secure the needed amount of nourishment. Cooked food contains far more waste matter than does uncooked food. This additional waste must be eliminated by the functional system. More energy, therefore, is required in order to dispose of cooked than uncooked foods.

Those who advocate the ordinary cooked diet will naturally point to the athletic world in order to prove the truth of the theory that such diet is superior to the uncooked.

Such evidence certainly seems conclusive at first thought, and deserves very careful consideration. We admit that nearly all successful athletes of whom we have accurate records live on the ordinary foods. When training they, of course, avoid many articles known to be difficult to digest, or to be deficient in nourishing qualities, but beef, chicken, mutton chops and so forth make up a large portion of their dietary.

The average athletic trainer considers these articles of food essential in building the highest degree of muscular endurance and vigor.

Now, in the face of these plain facts, how can I maintain that the ordinary food, cooked according to the accepted standards, is not all that can be desired 7

To digress for a moment let me ask my readers to remember that nearly all of those who adopt a vegetarian or natural diet have been induced to do so because of ill health. And those who make such a change- are often termed peculiar, and "cranky." But you can well afford to be "cranky" if such change enables you to pass from weakness to strength. -.

I have shown that foods consist of nourishment and waste. I maintain that in natural, uncooked foods there is less waste than in those cooked. There is far less foreign matter, or impurities. The absorbent glands, when in a normal condition, take up only those elements needed to nourish the body, but when the bowels are crowded with indigestible and unwholesome foods, abnormal conditions are created and impurities are frequently absorbed into the system. This becomes necessary in order more quickly to eliminate them. Alcohol, for instance, is very readily taken up and distributed throughout the en-tire body. Every organ of the body recognizes it as a poison, and -assists in the work of speedy elimination.

Natural, uncooked foods contain no stimulating elements, no undue waste, while their life cells are maintained in all their natural, healthy, vitalizing building qualities. They are not injured and de-vitalized by cooking. They are not made difficult to digest by prolonged and unwholesome preparation. They contain all the nourishment needed in order to maintain the strength of the body with a minimum of waste. The amount of nourishment in food is decreased, and the amount of waste increased, when it is prepared on the cook stove.

But let us turn again to the athlete. Why have not our celebrated athletes given a diet of this character a trial? This first reason is, because such a suggestion has never been brought to their attention. The aver-age athlete possesses an innate high degree of vital strength. Few of them have turned to training methods in order to regain health and strength, and the necessity for any particular diet has therefore never been especially emphasized as far as they were concerned.

Athletes will recognize the superiority of natural foods when they are defeated by those who use them. In the past, they have maintained their supremacy while following the ordinary mixed diet, because they have competed with men who have lived in the same way. So far, we only have two startling instances in the athletic world of the advantages of uncooked foods over the ordinary vegetarian and mixed diet. One of such to which I refer was a hundred and twenty-five mile race that took place in Germany. It was won by an athlete who had lived almost exclusively upon uncooked foods for several years. In competition with him were nineteen vegetarians and twelve meat eaters. He beat the best meat eater by more than eight hours, and the best vegetarian by more than two hours. In this case, the advantages of natural foods were very clearly demonstrated.

The second instance is recent and-is that of a three hundred and sixty-five mile walk by four Cornell College athletes, three of whom were meat eaters and one a -physical culturist and raw food advocate. On the third day of this severe trial of physical endurance, one of the meat eaters dropped from the killing pace, on the fifth day another and the third one of the party followed soon after. H. F. Porter, the young athlete who had lived on a diet of raw eggs, milk, fruit and other sustaining uncooked food, was the only one who succeeded in coming in at the finish.

And, what is more remarkable, from the healthful who exercise that such a long walk affords and from the foods that went to supply the needs of the increased demands of the body, this young athlete actually gained in weight during the contest.

Now, I do not maintain for a moment that one can-not acquire a high degree of health on the ordinary diet used in nearly every household, provided care be used in avoiding indigestible and unwholesome foods and made dishes. Many men and women have lived to a great age, who all their lives have been accustomed to the use of cooked foods. But it must be remembered that the average individual of to-day, especially he who lives in the city, is housed under debilitating conditions, and gets little exercise and fresh air, cannot compare himself to his parents or grandparents who lived, more or less, out in the open, and obtained plenty of exercise besides being free from the enervating, wasting conditions that con-front us in this present age.

I do not wish my readers to think that they must necessarily live on natural foods at the expense of isolating themselves from their friends and relatives. If it is difficult to obtain and use natural foods, it may be better for you to live as do others of your family, provided that you exercise and bathe regularly, and breathe plenty of fresh air at all times.

Remember that a mixed diet contains a little more waste and is somewhat more stimulating than other diets, and that a cooked vegetarian diet contains a little more waste than a natural diet. Therefore, the mixed and cooked vegetarian diets require a little more functional effort on the part of the body than the natural diet. Your digestive organs have to work somewhat harder. Illness or the effort of Nature to cleanse the body of impurities that have ac-cumulated through foods of the mixed type, may sometimes -result, but you may perhaps V remain as well And healthy in early adult life—as you would if using the natural diet, especially if considerable vital strength is possessed by you.

Athletic ability means the possession of muscular strength. Such strength cannot be acquired and maintained without the. development of muscles by regular -and prolonged use. It matters not what diet you may adopt, your muscles must be used in order to acquire that strength essential for successful comtain extent, explains why one who adopis the natural petition in difficult- athletic contests. This, to a certainlly and defeat every athlete who may attempt to compete with him.

In order to develop strength there must first be a call or need for if, and though the influence of diet is unquestionably of great importance, yet in the early diet is not able to enter the athletic arena immediate years of adult life, when one is in possession of all the vigor, vitality and energy that come with a good inheritance and an active life, no matter what diet may be adopted, the assimilative organs will usually manage to extract from the food used the nourishment essential to the well-being of the system.

The more vigorous your body is, the more digestive power you possess. The absorbent apparatus of those in vigorous health can take up the required nourishment from almost any wholesome and nourishing article of food. The strong athlete can be well nourished, can be brought to a condition that is essential to success on almost any diet that contains the elements needed to nourish the body, provided he does not stuff his stomach beyond its digestive capabilities.

But more nervous energy will be essential in digesting the ordinary diet. There will be less remaining to be exerted in muscular strength. Yet in early youth this may be so slight as to be hardly worth noticing. The effects of our ill habits of diet are generally evidenced in rapid decay, and weakening after middle age.

The ordinary athlete is supposed to be in his prime at from twenty-two to twenty-eight years of age. When he reaches thirty his best work has been done.

There is rarely any chance for him beyond that age. This condition results from the use of stimulants and cooked foods. The digestive and other internal organs lose their greatest vigor. They have been overworked, and although the normal adult should be at his best at thirty-five, and should maintain this condition for at least fifteen years thereafter, it is a well known fact that but few athletes possess the. strength essential in winning important contests after they have passed the age of thirty.

I firmly believe that natural foods, although they may not be capable of very greatly improving an athlete much beyond his ordinary attainable strength at an early age of, say, twenty-five, will yet enable him to continue improving up to thirty and even thirty-five, and will assist him to retain such superior condition for many years thereafter.

The advantages of natural foods lie in the ease with which the internal functional system is able to transform them into the nourishment that is needed in order to strengthen and beautify the body. They should enable you to remain young nearly all your life.

They are capable of building the highest degree of physical vigor, and they will greatly assist you in maintaining it.

I firmly believe that the athletes of the future will live on uncooked foods. Every athlete who will give a properly arranged diet of this kind a trial will find that his health is better, and in time he will notice a decided increase in strength and endurance.

Of course all this must not be expected at once. You may not notice a very great improvement in a month or two, though a decided difference should be apparent in six months: You must remember that your entire body has been constructed of elements furnished by cooked foods and that the call for nourishment made by the functional system during all your life has been met by them. Now, if you suddenly change your diet, you will not notice a very rapid transformation in your condition. It is a very slow process. Every individual cell in your body must be changed, must be made over, by the new food before any manifest improvement can be noticed.

A patient suffering from cancer sees an indication of his trouble in some part of his body, and imagines that the disease is confined thereto. The surgeon's knife removes the outward signs and the patient believes that he is cured. But in a short time the trouble appears in another part, thus proving that the entire body was permeated with cancerous poisons.

Your body is what your blood makes it. When you begin to furnish foods that make richer and bet-ter blood, there is a gradual metamorphosis. Slowly, day by day, month by month, every cell of your body is renewed, re-shapen so to speak. It has been said that the body changes throughout its entirety every seven years. But it is certain that this change takes place much more often. Yet the process of re-building your body is not one that can be hastened.

Speedy recovery after surgery

Imagine how stressful surgery is on the body.

Imagine how stressful surgery is on the body. First there's the obvious emotional and physical stress, compounded by the stress caused by the actual disease or trauma. Inevitably, pain killers, drugs, and sleep deprivation all add to the stress load.

Enter immunonutrients. A recent report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) examines surveys of five specific nutrients that have been shown to improve immune system function after surgery. The overall result: fewer infections and shorter hospital stays.

The alpha and the omega
Of course, you don't have to be in need of surgery to reap the benefits of immunonutrients, which also provide natural defences against common viral and bacterial infections. So with some helpful insights from US HSI Panellist Dr Allan Spreen, we'll take a look at the five immunonutrients featured in the BMJ report, along with notes on the best sources of each.

I'll begin with the nutrient that needs no introduction to HSI members: omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like tuna, salmon and mackeral). We've written about this essential nutrient so often in both the Members Alert and the e-Alert that I'm not going to delve into this very familiar information again here.

The other four immunonutrients are arginine, L-glutamine, branched chain amino acids, and nucleotides. After looking over this list, Dr. Spreen told me he was 'really impressed they used the term 'immunonutrients' in a staid journal.' And although he said he was amazed that the BMJ spoke so highly of these nutrients to help in the recovery from surgery, he noted that, 'the Europeans are far less biased than our American Medical Association.'

The multi-tasker
First up is arginine (also known as L-arginine). This remarkable amino acid is known to play a role in a number of very beneficial functions, including: blood vessel dilation, reduction of inflammation, repair of skin and connective tissue, and thymus gland regulation.

And Dr Spreen tells me that arginine is one of the best-known stimulants of the formation of growth hormone by the human body. As he has pointed out in a previous e-Alert, 'The injectable hGH (human growth hormone) is risky, as it causes the body to make less of its own, while arginine is the antithesis of that - it causes the body to make more of its own. Growth hormone is a wonderful 'youth agent,' and we make less as we age. The effects of rejuvenating the body (it's skin, muscles, energy, what-have-you) apparently have been shown to extend to the immune system also.'

L-arginine's dietary sources include dairy products, meat, poultry and fish, as well as nuts, rice, whole-wheat, soy and raisins. It can also be taken in supplement form, available in most health food stores and through Internet sources.

The antioxidant's friend
The BMJ report highlighted the successes of using post-surgical L-glutamine (or simply 'glutamine') intravenously to combat toxins and reduce the incidence of pneumonia. Dr Spreen said, 'I'm STUNNED at the comments (and progress) made with intravenous glutamine. I had no idea they'd gone so far at trying such things. It's pretty detailed when you're putting it in an IV and fixing up intestinal mucosae and stimulating the immune system.'

Dr Spreen also explained this additional benefit of L-glutamine: 'It seems the brain uses glutamic acid almost as well as glucose for energy, and with less stress in doing so. The problem is, it doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier into the brain directly. However, glutamine DOES cross, and then the brain can convert it to the utilisable form and burn it. It makes sense that easy-energy fuel for the body's processes would make everything work better.'

L-glutamine is one of the precursors of the highly effective antioxidant glutathione, which I've written about many times. Fortunately there are a number of good food sources of L-glutamine, including meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables. L-glutamine supplements are also widely available.

The repairman
Dr Spreen tells me that branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are apparently the easiest form of protein for the body to use for repair, and that's why this nutrient is popular with many body builders. 'BCAAs are readily available for incorporating into new proteins, both stuctural and enzymatic (and the enzymatic side may be even more important than the structural repair, if you can rank such things).'

The three BCAAs (leucine, valine, and isoleucine) are essential amino acids, which are also precursors of glutamine. Without BCCAs in our diets, we literally couldn't live.

About BCCAs, Dr Spreen says, 'I've always felt that anything that makes it easier for the body to 'do its thing' is immunologically beneficial. If it has easy access to energy, readily available components for fixing whatever's damaged, and ways to move the body's biochemical processes around without having to worry about 'rationing' what's available, that HAS to make it easier to go out and eat invading organisms and fix whatever's broken.'

BCAAs are available in supplement form, but are easily obtained from meat, whey protein, egg protein and other dairy products.

Down in the DNA
As for our last of the big five immunonutrients - nucleotides - Dr. Spreen says they've been mentioned in articles for years as immune system enhancers, but he's never had the occasion to use them.

Nucleotides (the basic unit of nucleic acids) are the building blocks of DNA, and they help make cell division possible. When the immune system is under stress, new cells are needed to help fight infection. White blood cells, bone marrow cells, and the mucous cells of the intestine all require sources of nucleotides.

Breast milk is perhaps the richest source of nucleotides. Formula-fed infants are generally more prone to infection than breast-fed children, and researchers believe that nucleotides are primarily responsible for this difference. Organ meats such as liver and kidney are rich in nucleotides, as are legumes and seafood. Nucleotides and nucleic acids supplements are also available.

Food for thought
You've probably noticed that most of the dietary sources for the five
immunonutrients are protein-rich meats and dairy products. So you might think that in addition to supplements, a high-protein diet might be ideal for supplying the body with the immune boosting characteristics of these nutrients. But it turns out the opposite is true.

Dr. Spreen added this very important tip: 'If amino acid supplements (which can be expensive) are taken with protein foods, the protein receptor sites are flooded with competition from the protein in foods. So if you're trying to get a predominance of one amino acid for some reason (L-glutamine for energy, arginine for growth hormone production, etc.) you'd be wasting money to take them with other proteins.'

If you're considering having surgery, or if you have other health problems that might call for improved immune system support, talk to your doctor about immunonutrients. It could make all the difference between a difficult recovery and a successful one.

Mega underwater aquarium to come up in chennai

An underwater aquarium will be set up adjacent to the VGP Universal Kingdom amusement park on Golden Beach, East Coast Road, VGP group chairman V.G.Santhosam told presspersons here on Thursday.

For the project, expected to take over two years, the Group entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Australia-based VDM Group for cooperation at various levels, including design and construction.

Mr.Santhosam said the proposed under water world aquarium would be an added attraction for tourism promotion along the ECR.

The aquarium, set to be first of its kind in the country, would be spread across three acres, featuring five-metre-deep tunnels through which people can tour the aquarium that is likely to feature some 2,000 marine species from across the world. Amphitheatre, food courts and a marine bio-technology research centre would be part of the aquarium.

“The project design will be finalised in four months after which we will apply for necessary clearances from the government,” VGP vice-chairman V.G.Selvaraj said. He said VDM Group will help the company source marine species from across the world. The company is planning to tap ground water for meeting the needs of the mega aquarium and this water will then be processed to simulate the natural habitat of the fishes, Mr.Selvaraj told The Hindu.

VDM Group Director Clive Bradshaw said the project would require an investment of about US $20-25 million dollars.

The Australian Export Promotion Council is likely to fund the project, he said. Australian Consul General Aminur Rahman participated in the function.
Sources:The Hindu

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August 8, 2008

usman road flyover by aug 14

This flyover was built on usman road to ease the congestion on pothys and panagal
park junction respectively.Again its record by corporation as this project was completed in 10 months itself.The escalation of the cost of construction material did not deter the contractor — Gammon India — from continuing the work. Girders were transported during midnight hours to avoid obstruction of traffic. The Usman Road project cost Rs 19.8 crore to the state exchequer, sources said. The DMK-led council has resolved to build at least 16 flyovers and subways in the city at the cost of Rs 380 crore. “We want the city to be free-from congestion. The previous AIADMK government shelved all the projects conceived by the erstwhile DMK council. They failed to think of any transportation project for the future,” Chennai mayor M Subramanian.sources:Times Of India.

August 5, 2008

Padi flyover

This flyover is almost similar to the built in chrompet near MIT.With the arms on 100 Feet Rd, MTH Road and towards the Villivakkam side have already been completed .Now only the crucial part Over the railway line is left incomplete connecting the main loop to the Villivakkam side.About 60 per cent of the construction work of a grade separator at the busy Padi junction has been completed. Estimated cost of this project is Rs. 60 crore,hope it will get completed in 2009.Click here for latest info.

August 3, 2008

India won 2nd test of ideal cup08

This was a splendid performance from our indian side as they pounce back after a innings defeat in first test similar to the match won by our team led by kumble in perth after lots of controversies in sydney test.It was a trio performance by sehwag,gambhir and harbhajan.The important fact in this match was ishant who showed that pitch does't matter but the confidence level and the ability to bowl in any condition.With harbhajan back to form with 10 wicket haul lets Hope for a tight match which was going to starting on august 8.

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July 29, 2008

remedy for headache

The common causes of headaches are allergy, emotional stress, eye strain, high blood pressure, a hangover, infection, low blood sugar, nutritional deficiency, tension, and the presence of poisons and toxins in the body. Allergies are often the unsuspected cause of headaches. The foods to which some people are allergic and which can trigger headaches are milk and milk products, chocolate, chicken, liver, alcohol and strong cheese. Sneezing and diarrhoea are further indications of an allergy.

Cures and remedies:

Natural Headache Cure using Lemon:

The juice of three or four slices of lemon should be squeezed in a cup of tea and taken by the patient for treating this condition. It gives immediate relief. The crust of lemon, which is generally thrown away, has been found useful in headaches caused by heat. Lemon crusts should be pounded into a fine paste in a mortar and applied as plaster on the forehead. Applying the yellow, freshly pared-off rind of a lemon to each temple will also give relief.
Cure Headaches naturally using Apple

Apples are valuable in curing all types of headaches. After removing the upper rind and the inner hard portion of a ripe apple, it should be taken with a little salt every morning on an empty stomach in such cases. This should be continued for about a week.
Natural Headache remedy using Henna:

The flowers of henna have been found valuable in curing headaches caused by hot sun. The flowers should be rubbed in vinegar and applied over the forehead. This remedy will soon provide relief.

Headache remedy using Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is useful in headaches caused by exposure to cold air. A fine paste of this spice should be prepared by mixing it with water and it should be applied over the temples and forehead to obtain relief.

Headache treatment using Marjoram:

The herb marjoram is beneficial in the treatment of a nervous headache. An infusion of the leaves is taken as a tea in the treatment of this disorder.

Headache treatment using Rosemary:

The herb rosemary has been found valuable in headaches resulting from cold. A handful of this herb should be boiled in a litre of water and put in a mug. The head should be covered with a towel and the steam inhaled for as long as the patient can bear. This should be repeated till the headache is relieved.

Diet for headache:

The best way to prevent headaches is to build up physical resistance through proper nutrition, physical exercise and positive thinking. As a first step, the patient should undertake a short fast, and take citrus fruit juices diluted with water every two hours from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. daily. Thereafter, he should plan his diet in such a way as to put the least possible strain on the digestion. Breakfast may consist of fruits, both fresh and dried. Lunch may consist of protein foods. Starchy foods such as wholewheat bread, cereals, rice, or potatoes should be taken at dinner along with raw salads. Spices, condiments, sour buttermilk, and oily foodstuffs should be avoided. Drinking a glass of water (warm water in winter and cool water in summer), mixed with a teaspoon of honey first thing in the morning, is also a good remedy. Copious drinking of water throughout the day is also advised.

Other cures:

Water treatment

Other helpful measures in the treatment of headaches are a cleansing enema with water temperature at 37 degree C, a cold throat pack, frequent applications of towels wrung out from very hot water to the back of the neck , a cold compress at 4.4 degree C to 15.6 degree C applied to the head and face, or an alternate spinal compress. Hot fomentations over the abdominal region just before retiring relieve headaches caused by stomach and liver upsets.
Hot foot bath

Hot foot baths are also beneficial in the treatment of chronic headaches. The patient should keep his legs in a tub or bucket filled with hot water at a temperature of 40 degree C to 45 degree C for fifteen minutes every night before retiring. This treatment should be continued for two or three weeks.

Yogic kriyas like jalneti and kunjal; pranayamas like anulomaviloma, shitali and sitkari; and asanas such as uttanpadasana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, halasana, and shavasana are also beneficial in the treatment of headaches.

July 27, 2008

migraine remedy

How it occurs:
A migraine may be triggered by a number of factors, including stress, food additives (such as the artificial sweetener aspartame), loud noises and flashing lights, chocolate, red wine, pickled food, cheese, the birth control pill and even sudden changes in temperature or the weather.

The frequency and length of an attack can differ greatly from one sufferer to the next, lasting anywhere between a few hours, days and, in severe cases, even weeks. Contrary to popular belief a blinding headache is only one symptom of a migraine attack, as it can also cause nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, limb numbness and speech impairment.

Worse still, not only are sufferers forced to cope with debilitating symptoms like these but they are also placed at higher risk of a migrainous stroke, which as the name suggests is a stroke that follows a severe migraine attack. Migrainous strokes account for almost one in three cases of stroke in people under the age of 45, and 25 per cent of all strokes are in fact linked to migraines.

Migraines differ from ordinary headaches - usually caused by muscle tension at the back of your head and neck - because they result from changes in the blood vessels supplying your brain instead. Whilst the exact cause of migraines remains unclear, most researchers believe that an attack involves the constriction of the arteries in your brain followed by their over-dilation (widening). This may be the result of inflammation of blood vessels in the tissues that surround your brain.

This inflammation in the brain triggers nerve endings to release a flurry of neurotransmitters, sending chemical messages of pain throughout your body. One well-known neurotransmitter involved in migraines is serotonin, an overproduction of which can which cause the blood vessels in the brain to widen which, in turn, stimulates pain receptors in the brain.

Conventional treatments :
Doctors generally recommend one of two treatment approaches for migraines. The first involves the use of painkillers, such as paracetamol, codeine, aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac. The problem with these drugs is that they are unable to treat the underlying problem or prevent the incidence of migraine attacks. All they are able to do is temporarily alleviate symptoms, although they are not always strong enough to reduce migraine pain effectively. Even if they do succeed in relieving pain for a while, some patients become immune to their actions following long-term use.

Another drawback to painkillers is that they can cause side effects, such as nausea (which can make migraine-related nausea worse), drowsiness, indigestion and constipation.

The second treatment approach involves medication that is taken at the onset of an attack, which helps bring it to an end by regulating the widening of the arteries and the activity of serotonin in the brain. Examples of these types of drugs include Sumatriptan (Imigran) and Zolmitriptan (Zomig). However, they are not recommended for long-term use and can cause unpleasant side effects, including drowsiness, slow heartbeat and dry mouth.


many foods are strongly implicated in precipitating an attack. For this reason you may find it beneficial to consult a nutritionist to help identify and correct any food sensitivities that could be triggering your attacks. In addition, the following natural measures can help prevent as well as reduce the severity of migraines:

1. A low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. Many migraine sufferers report experiencing an attack shortly after eating too much sugary food (Headache Quart. In addition to sweets and sugar, refined carbohydrates also cause your blood sugar levels to quickly rise. This interferes with the normal actions of various neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which are implicated in causing migraines and can prolong the length of an attack.

The good news is that by consuming more 'healthy' fats in your diet - such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, and oily fish like mackerel, sardines and halibut - your levels of omega 3 fatty acids that are present in these foods are given a much-needed boost. Omega 3s possess excellent anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to be particularly effective in reducing the inflammation of the nerves and arteries in the brain, thereby greatly lessening the severity of a migraine attack (American Druggist.

2. Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is an extremely popular herbal remedy in Germany, where it is widely used as a preventative for migraines. Fortunately the rest of Europe now finally seems to be catching on to its remarkable range of actions in this area - research has shown that it not only helps prevent attacks but can also ease migraine pain.

It works by inhibiting toxic chemicals called leukotrienes, which are released during the inflammatory process. It has also been found to help regulate the degree of widening that takes place in the arteries of the brain (Forsch Kompl Klass 2003, 10(1):41-44). The recommended dosage is one 50mg standardised butterbur extract capsule taken twice a day with meals.

3. B Vitamins are also beneficial for warding off migraines. In particular, vitamins B2, B3 and B6 help prevent vasoconstriction (narrowing of the arteries) and also inhibit blood platelet clumping which can occur during an attack (Cephalalgia 1994,14(5):328-329). To benefit take a vitamin B complex supplement once a day.

4. Magnesium. Migraines have been linked to a deficiency in this mineral. Magnesium is important because it takes part in the transmission of chemical messages from the brain to the arteries and helps control the degree of arterial dilatation (widening). Several hospitals in Canada and Germany now use magnesium supplements as a standard treatment for migraines, although it is also effective as a preventative. The dose is 200mg of magnesium citrate capsules taken twice a day.

5. Feverfew (Tanacetym parthenium). Researchers working at the Department of Neurology, University of Essen, in Germany, studied the effects of feverfew on a group of 147 migraine sufferers. At the end of the four-week study, the researchers found that the patients taking feverfew experienced a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of their migraines compared to those in the placebo group. Not only that but pain, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light were also significantly reduced following treatment with feverfew .

Another study found that feverfew can reduce migraine frequency in up to two thirds of cases . The recommended dosage is one 125mg feverfew capsule taken once a day.

drug food interaction

Drugs Effects and Precautions
Cephalosporins, penicillin Take on an empty stomach to speed absorption of the drugs.
Erythromycin Don't take with fruit juice or wine, which decrease the drug's effectiveness.
Sulfa drugs Increase the risk of Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Tetracycline Dairy products reduce the drug's effectiveness. Lowers Vitamin C absorption

Dilantin, phenobarbital Increase the risk of anemia and nerve problems due to deficiency of folalte and other B vitamins.

Fluoxetine Reduce appetite and can lead to excessive weight loss
Lithium A low-salt diet increases the risk of lithium toxicity; excessive salt reduces the drug's efficacy
MAO Inhibitors Foods high in tyramine (aged cheeses, processed meats, legumes, wine, beer, among others) can bring on a hypertensive crisis.
Tricyclics Many foods, especially legumes, meat, fish, and foods high in Vitamin C, reduce absorption of the drugs.
Antihypertensives, Heart Medications:

ACE inhibitors Take on an empty stomach to improve the absorption of the drugs.
Alpha blockers Take with liquid or food to avoid excessive drop in blood pressure.
Antiarrhythmic drugs Avoid caffeine, which increases the risk of irregular heartbeat.
Beta blockers Take on an empty stomach; food, especially meat, increases the drug's effects and can cause dizziness and low blood pressure.
Digitalis Avoid taking with milk and high fiber foods, which reduce absorption, increases potassium loss.
Diuretics Increase the risk of potassium deficiency.
Potassium sparing diuretics Unless a doctor advises otherwise, don't take diuretics with potassium supplements or salt substitutes, which can cause potassium overload.
Thiazide diuretics Increase the reaction to MSG.
Asthma Drugs:

Pseudoephedrine Avoid caffeine, which increase feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
Theophylline Charbroiled foods and high protein diet reduce absorption. Caffeine increases the risk of drug toxicity.
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs:

Cholestyramine Increases the excretion of folate and vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Gemfibrozil Avoid fatty foods, which decrease the drug's efficacy in lowering cholesterol.
Heartburn and Ulcer Medications:

Antacids Interfere with the absorption of many minerals; for maximum benefit, take medication 1 hour after eating.
Cimetidine, Fanotidine, Sucralfate Avoid high protein foods, caffeine, and other items that increase stomach acidity.
Hormone Preparations:

Oral contraceptives Salty foods increase fluid retention. Drugs reduce the absorption of folate, vitamin B-6, and other nutrients; increase intake of foods high in these nutrients to avoid deficiencies.
Steroids Salty foods increase fluid retention. Increase intake of foods high in calcium, vitamin K, potassium, and protein to avoid deficiencies.
Thyroid drugs Iodine-rich foods lower the drug's efficacy.

Mineral Oils Overuse can cause a deficiency of vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Aspirin and stronger non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Always take with food to lower the risk of gastrointestinal irritation; avoid taking with alcohol, which increases the risk of bleeding. Frequent use of these drugs lowers the absorption of folate and vitamin C.
Codeine Increase fiber and water intake to avoid constipation.
Sleeping Pills, Tranquilizers:

Benzodiazepines Never take with alcohol. Caffeine increases anxiety and reduce drug's effectiveness.

food and drugs

People taking digoxin should avoid Black licorice (which contains the ingredient glycyrhizin). Together, they can produce irregular heart rhythms and cardiac arrest; licorice and diuretics will produce dangerously low potassium levels, putting a patient at risk for numbing weakness, muscle pain and even paralysis. Licorice can also interact with blood pressure medication or any calcium channel blockers.

Aged cheese (brie, parmesan, cheddar and Roquefort), fava beans, sauerkraut, Italian green beans, some beers, red wine, pepperoni and overly ripe avocados should be avoided by people taking MAO antidepressants. The interaction can cause a potentially fatal rise in blood pressure.

And because Saint Johns Wort contains the same properties as these MAO antidepressants, it stands to reason that people ingesting the herb should avoid these same foods.

Grapefruit juice interacts with calcium channel blockers (including Calan, Procardia, Nifedipine, and Verapamil), cholesterol control medications, some psychiatric medications, estrogen, oral contraceptives and many allergy medications (Seldane, Hismanal). The juice modifies the body's way of metabolizing the medication, affecting the liver's ability to work the drug through a person's system. More Information.

Orange juice shouldn't be consumed with antacids containing aluminum. 'The juice increases the absorption of the aluminum. Orange Juice and milk should be avoided when taking antibiotics. The juice's acidity decreases the effectiveness of antibiotics, as does milk.

Milk also doesn't mix with laxatives containing bisacodyl (Correctol and Dulcolax). You might find the laxative works a little "too well" in the morning.

Large amounts of oatmeal and other high-fiber cereals should not be eaten when taking digoxin. The fiber can interfere with the absorption of the drug, making the act of swallowing the pill a waste of time.

However, don't stop eating your cereal right away, because that could cause digoxin levels in your system to soar to toxic levels. A professional should make the dietary changes after carefully examining the digoxin levels.

Leafy green vegetables, high in vitamin K, should not be taken in great quantities while taking Coumadin. These vegetables could totally negate the affects of the drug and cause blood clotting.

Caffeinated beverages and asthma drugs taken together can cause excessive excitability. Those taking Tagament (Simetidine), quinolone antibiotics (Cipro, Penetrex, Noroxin) and even oral contraceptives should be aware these drugs may cause their cup of coffee to give them more of a Java jolt than they expected.

Grilled meat can lead to problems for those on asthma medications containing theophyllines. The chemical compounds formed when meat is grilled somehow prevent this type of medication from working effectively, increasing the possibility of an unmanageable asthma attack.

Regularly consuming a diet high in fat while taking anti-inflammatory and arthritis medications can cause kidney damage and can leave the patient feeling, drowsy and sedated.

Alcoholic beverages tend to increase the depressive effects of medications such as benzodiazepines, antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, muscle relaxants, narcotics, or any drug with sedative actions.

It's a good idea to not consume any alcoholic beverages, or at least scale way back, when taking prescription medications. Antioxidant and beta-carotene intensify alcohol's effect on the liver.

Other commonly used over-the-counter medications can cause interaction problems also.

Aspirin can modify the effectiveness of arthritis medications, strong prescription steroids and diuretics. Combining aspirin with diabetic medications can drop blood sugars to dangerous levels. Aspirin can also cause toxicity when taken with glaucoma and anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) drugs and cause bleeding episodes when combined with a blood thinner, like Coumadin.

Acetaminophen can also cause interaction complications when overused. Heavy drinkers who take acetaminophen for hangover relief risk liver damage. Taking high doses of acetaminophen with Coumadin can cause bleeding episodes.

Antacids taken with antibiotics, heart and blood pressure or thyroid medications can decrease drug absorption by up to 90 percent.

Over-the-counter antihistamines - sold under the names Actifed, Theraflu, Dimetapp, Benadryl and Comtrex should be avoided if you are taking antianxiety or antidepressant medications.

Oral contraceptives are less effective when taken with barbiturates, antibiotics, anti-fungal or tuberculosis drugs.

Turnips contain two goitrogenic substances, progoitrin and gluconasturtin, which can interfere with the thyroid gland's ability to make its hormones. Although moderate consumption of goitrogens is not a hazard for healthy people, they can promote development of a goiter (an enlarged thyroid) in persons with thyroid disease.

Tomato contains small quantities of a toxic substance known as solanine that may trigger headaches in susceptible people. They are also a relatively common cause of allergies. An unidentified substance in tomatoes and tomato-based products can cause acid reflux, leading to indigestion and heartburn. Individuals who often have digestive upsets should try eliminating tomatoes for 2 to 3 weeks to see if there is any improvement.

Strawberries, Raspberries, Spinach, and Rhubarb: These contain oxalic acid, which can aggravate kidney and bladder stones in susceptible people, and reduce body's ability to absorb iron and calcium.

Raspberries contain a natural salicylate that can cause an allergic reaction in aspirin sensitive people.

The seeds from fruits such as Apple, apricot, and Quinces contain amygdalin, a compound that turns into Hydrogen Cyanide in the stomach. Eating large amount of seeds can result in cyanide poisoning.

Potatoes: Avoid potatoes with a green tint to the skin, and remove any sprouts; they will taste bitter and may contain solanine, a toxic substance that can cause diarrhea, cramps, and fatigue.

Plums, Peaches, Apricots, and Cherries: These fruits may produce allergic reaction in individuals with confirmed allergies to apricots, almonds, peaches, and cherries. People who are allergic to aspirin may also encounter problems after they have eaten plums or peaches as they contain salicylates. The pits of plums, peaches and apricots contain a compound called amygdalin. When consumed in large amounts, amygdalin breaks down into hydrogen cyanide, a poison.

Horseradish: Very high doses of horseradish can cause vomiting or excessive sweating. Avoid if you have hypothyroidism.

Turmeric: Should be avoided by persons with symptoms from gallstones.