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Rajnath points to PM Modi’s blunder on foreign policy

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By Arti Bali
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Finally, after two years, the BJP government has realized its misplaced optimism on dealing with Pakistan. Union Minister Rajnath Singh publicly admitted  that Modi government was either soft on Pakistan or is guilty of a flip-flop.

Rajnath Singh said that his trust in Pakistan on the issue of fighting terrorism has been “completely shaken,” as the kind of support which India expected from it was not forthcoming and not allowing an NIA team to probe the Pathankot terror strike will amount to “betrayal”.

When Modi invited Pakistan’s  investigation team to probe Pathankot attack, leaders from across the political spectrum advised Prime Minister Modi not to indulge in adventurism.

PM Modi’s foreign policy has more of a style  than substance. He employed tactics like strong speeches, addressing Diaspora in every country he visited,  extensive media coverage,  more of packaging the event  and also criticizing  Congress  during foreign tours.

India had blamed the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and its supremo Masood Azhar of masterminding the attack in January on India’s forward air base at Pathankot.

On Pathankot, he said it was mutually agreed “informally” by the two countries that once Pakistan’s Joint Intelligence Team would visit India, an NIA team would be allowed. “We are awaiting clearance from Pakistan for the NIA team” he said.

When asked about the ISIS threat to India, the Home minister  said, “I am not downplaying it. Some areas that have been radicalised are under investigation. “But I have a perception about ISIS. ISIS will not be able to have an impact in India because we completely trust our Muslim brothers in the country. They are a part of the Indian culture. They will not welcome the activities of ISIS in India,” he said.

Whatever be the scenario, Modi government never heeds to advice of the previous government ie UPA. Leaders from BJP are suffering from inferiority complex as  time and again they point to the dynasty.

BJP must understand that Congress ruled India for the maximum period and many good things have been done during that period, they should shed their coloured glassses.

The United Kingdom,  and France had  supported India’s demand to be a member of the United Nations Security Council with a veto power. Russia was also supporting it. The 10 years of Congress intense hardwork is paying off now and Modi led NDA government is reaping some benefits  like membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Moreover, for the first time, United States raised the growing cases  of religious intolerance  and slavery  in  India. US panel’s Republican chairman Bob  remarked “How does a country like India have 12 to 14 million slaves?” Corker asked expressing what he called frustration over India’s failure to address its status as the country with the world’s largest enslaved population.

Only Women power can defeat BJP

Women Power can defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh and 2019 Lok Sabha polls BJP is busy preparing for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections by  organising  a 5-hour mega show across nation, starting from the national capital itself which will showcase and highlight the achievements of the present government and have several performances.

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Despite these mega shows, one thing for the BJP to lookout for is the “Women Factor. As Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for a coalition of “secular ” parties to counter the challenge of BJP’s policies and ideology, the assembly election results of the five states points to a most important factor “The Women factor”.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister  Jayalalithaa crushed BJP in their respective states. BJP should watch out for  BSP  supremo Maywati  in UP,  Congress president Sonia Gandhi  and Priyanka Gandhi if she decides to join the fray. The women factor may make it tough for the BJP to win the upcoming elections.

Even Yoga guru  Ramdev said, “BJP will have to work hard if Priyanka Gandhi takes charge of the Congress.” In the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Congress won 145 seats under Sonia Gandhi leadership.


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Male sex hormones may help treat breast cancer: Study

While endocrine therapy is standard-of-care for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, resistance to these drugs is the major cause of breast cancer mortality.

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Sydney : Researchers have found new evidence about the positive role of androgens, commonly thought of as male sex hormones but also found at lower levels in women, in breast cancer treatment.

In normal breast development, estrogen stimulates and androgen inhibits growth at puberty and throughout adult life.

Abnormal estrogen activity is responsible for the majority of breast cancers, but the role of androgen activity in this disease has been controversial.

The new research published in the journal Nature Medicine showed that androgens have potential for treatment of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

A cancer is called estrogen receptor positive if it has receptors for estrogen, according to Breastcancer.org.

Using cell-line and patient-derived models, the global team, including researchers at the University of Adelaide and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia, demonstrated that androgen receptor activation by natural androgen or a new androgenic drug had potent anti-tumour activity in all estrogen receptor positive breast cancers, even those resistant to current standard-of-care treatments.

In contrast, androgen receptor inhibitors had no effect.

“This work has immediate implications for women with metastatic estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, including those resistant to current forms of endocrine therapy,” said lead researcher Theresa Hickey, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide.

“We provide compelling new experimental evidence that androgen receptor stimulating drugs can be more effective than existing (e.g. Tamoxifen) or new (e.g. Palbociclib) standard-of-care treatments and, in the case of the latter, can be combined to enhance growth inhibition,” said Wayne Tilley, Director of the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

Androgens were historically used to treat breast cancer, but knowledge of hormone receptors in breast tissue was rudimentary at the time and the treatment’s efficacy misunderstood.

Androgen therapy was discontinued due to virilising side effects and the advent of anti-estrogenic endocrine therapies.

While endocrine therapy is standard-of-care for estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, resistance to these drugs is the major cause of breast cancer mortality.

“The new insights from this study should clarify the widespread confusion over the role of the androgen receptor in estrogen receptor driven breast cancer,” said Elgene Lim, a breast oncologist and Head of the Connie Johnson Breast Cancer Research Lab at the Garvan Institute.

“Given the efficacy of this treatment strategy at multiple stages of disease in our study, we hope to translate these findings into clinical trials as a new class of endocrine therapy for breast cancer.”

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Azim Premji and Dr Devi Shetty chosen for PCB awards

Besides them 25 senior journalists have been selected for the ‘Press Club Annual Awards’, a release said.

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Bengaluru, Jan 19: The chairman of Wipro Limited Azim Premji and the founder chairman of Narayana Health Dr Devi Prasad Shetty are among those who have been selected for the annual awards given by the Press Club of Bangalore.

Premji has been chosen for ‘Press Club Person of the Year’, while Dr Shetty and actor-Director Sudeep Sanjeev have been selected for the ‘Press Club Special Award.’

Besides them 25 senior journalists have been selected for the ‘Press Club Annual Awards’, a release said.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will facilitate the awardees at a function scheduled for the third week of February, it said.

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Elizabeth Olsen: Nepotism creates fear that you don’t deserve the work you get

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

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Los Angeles, Jan 19 : Hollywood star Elizabeth Olsen says she once thought of changing her surname and distance herself from the success of her family because it was insanity growing up in the spotlight.

“It was insanity. There were times when my sisters would always be spotted and I would be in the car with them and it would really freak me out. It has helped me navigate how I want to approach my career,” said the actress, whose older sisters are Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

The actress added that she “always had this need to prove myself to everyone around me that I work really hard”, adding: “I couldn’t walk in a room without everyone already having an opinion.”

Elizabeth opened up om the fears of nepotism.

“The thing about nepotism is the fear that you don’t earn or deserve the work. There was even a part of me when I was a little girl that thought if I’m gonna be an actress I’m going to go by Elizabeth Chase, which is my middle name. And then, once I started working, I was like, ‘I love my family, I like my name, I love my sisters. Why would I be so ashamed of that?’ It’s fine now,” she said.

The actress said fame has made her more of a homebody.

“Fame has also made me someone who is more of a homebody than maybe I would like to be but I know where not to go. If I could do whatever I wanted for the day, I’d start with the gym, then I’d go to the grocery store, because it’s my favourite thing,” Elizabeth told The Sun.

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