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Why do flies sit on you?

Island I checked into an ayurvedic centre in Haryana for a week. Clean, spartan and strict, it was the ideal place for me…. Except for the flies. I was covered with oil or mud for the better part of the day and showered three times but it seemed to me that I had become a … Continue reading

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Pinprick of a pretty bloody racketeer

Daily Mirror Editorial During the past few decades, transnational drug companies often operating as an international mafia are known to have indulged in a multitude of operations ranging from the manufacture of non-essential drugs to medical tests. This has led to a worldwide crisis where the private medical practice – once regarded as a vocation … Continue reading

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Permissible levels of insect parts and animal hair in food

Island  When I bite into a bar of chocolate, I think of calories. I don’t think of rat hair and faeces. But perhaps I should. The American Food and Drug Authority, the regulatory body for food standards in the United States, publishes something called the Defect Levels Handbook. This sets permissible limits for “natural or … Continue reading

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The ever expanding balloon of plastic

Daily Mirror I recently toured Cairo and was horrified to witness the mountains of plastic garbage stacked on all corners of the streets. In a city that receives less than 4mm of annual rainfall, there is hardly any chance for even biodegradable plastics to fragment. Soon Cairo will experience pyramids of plastic thanks to their … Continue reading

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