Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Sure wanna rid?

IIPM Business & Economy

Not good for your body ‘environment’

There are two kinds of male cyclists: Those who are impotent and those who will be.” Almost a decade ago, when Boston urologist, Dr. Irwin Goldstein quoted this, it caused as much stir as it does when we look at the most amazing configuration of a frame, wheels, a chain, saddle and handle bars – called the very humble ‘bicycle’! No wonder the cobbled streets of Champs-Élysées observe more and more number of participants on the finishing line of Tour de France every year, as it would, this year too. But ruling his statement as a shot in the dark would be calling for unsolicited trouble... the kinds that the detection of testicular cancer in the most celebrated cyclist of all ages – Lance Armstrong – triggered and buttressed. Research regarding this published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and many others that followed, suggested that excessive pedalling may block certain arteries to reduce the blood flow permanently into that “vital appendage” at the time when guys may want it the most!! Investigations indicated that sitting on narrow bicycle saddles for long hours tends to wield a lot of pressure (almost seven folds more as when we sit on a chair!) on the lower pelvic region. Perineal vascular compression, thus drops the oxygen level in the male genitals by up to 70% causing, in the long run, severe erectile dysfunction in some cases…

However, cycling – the sport that renders the maximum degree of cardiovascular fitness – remains also the safest of all exercises. In fact, a mere 50 injuries per million hours is reported for cycling as opposed to 600 for the most popular game in the world – soccer! So long as you maintain a cycling regime for about few hours a week, breathe relief! But those who plan a La Grande Boucle every day, watch out, before those ‘family jewels’ lose their ‘lustre’!

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Source :- IIPM Editorial, 2006, Editor - Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

IIPM : India disinvests to develop

Though the New Economic Policy was well enunciated, it still needed to be implemented. The first to go were old, ailing, public sector units that took away a huge chunk in salaries and were unproductive. They were a drain, but only now did the government act.

The Disinvestment process was set in place, first by having a department in the Finance Ministry, and then as a separate ministry in the NDA government. The brief: Sell PSUs and raise funds. The UPA government scrapped the Disinvestment Ministry but there’s no going back. Even the Left parties have begun talking of ‘restructuring’ PSUs, an admission that all was not well.

Now with the CPM also referring to the private sector with fondness, the days of PSU behemoths seem to be a distant memory.

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