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Letters to the Editor: 'Award Wapsi Gang'

There are few top Bollywood stars, namely Javed Akhtar, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi etc., to name a few, who are popular as part of the ‘Award Wapsi Gang’

Letters to the Editor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Sep 2022 3:22 AM GMT

'Award Wapsi Gang'

There are few top Bollywood stars, namely Javed Akhtar, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi etc., to name a few, who are popular as part of the 'Award Wapsi Gang'. They did not feel like accepting awards offered by the nation for their contributions towards nation's cultural field due to reasons best known to them and patriotic Indians. They usually raise their voices when so-called injustice is meted out to a particular religious community in a BJP-ruled state. But very surprisingly, they are maintaining a stoic silence when heinous crimes like slitting of throat of a person are committed in a Congress-ruled state like Rajasthan or a Leftist-ruled state like Kerala. Their deafening silence over the recent PFI issue, when the entire nation is kept as hostage by a NGO funded entirely by unseen hands to disintegrate the nation, is simply very strange. This hypocrisy of our Award Wapsi Gang is very disturbing for the nation. The Award Wapsi Gang and the 'Tukde Tukde Gang' are birds of the same feather.

The most disturbing aspect is the fact that we, the gullible cinegoers of the nation, are taken for a ride by such people of the tinsel world.

Dr Ashim Chowdhury,


Digital healthcare

The Covid-19 pandemic has made the healthcare industry worldwide realize the need for speeding up its infrastructure on digital transformation. In fact, the 2018 Digital Trends report from Econsultancy, a leading Digital Marketing organization in London, reveals that only seven per cent of healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have gone digital, compared with 15 per cent of companies in other industries. The pandemic has taught a lesson to the healthcare industry on the value and importance of digitization of medical service, which provides dual benefits of lower costs and higher quality. In fact, in Austria, e-Medication has been successfully running for years, with Electronic Medical Record allowing patients there to view all their e-Results anytime and anywhere. Similarly, doctors in Sweden and Denmark send e-Prescriptions to pharmacies. Also, the National Health Service in UK is working with Google to deploy Artificial Intelligence in the medical field. Digital transformation in medical services will give patients the opportunity to manage their treatment independently and share data with doctors. Gone are the days when you had to maintain a physical file on every doctor's appointment. Medical history is critical in emergency situations when a physical copy may not be available. In such a scenario, digitization helps by keeping the doctor informed about the patient's medical history in every situation.

Ranganathan Sivakumar,

Chennai – 600 091.

Renewal of Pollution Certificate

I want to draw the attention of the transport department regarding the notification issued to register mobile number for the expiry date of vehicle pollution certificate. This is a continuous process for every vehicle owner to renew the pollution certificate of his vehicle after every six months and failure of renewal leads to bearing of late fee for the same. People nowadays have a busy schedule and it is not always possible to remember the date of expiry of the pollution certificate. So, if the transport department sends a system generated notification to the registered mobile number atleast seven days prior to the expiry date, it will be helpful for all sections of people to get rid from the burden of late fee. Hope, our transport authority will do the needful regarding sending a notification in the registered mobile number of the owner of the vehicle regarding the status of the pollution certificate of the vehicle. If every insurance company can send a notification for renewal, why can't the transport authority do the same? This is for the greater interest of the citizens.

Dr Biraj Kumar Sarma


Prevent cardiovascular disease

Despite significant advances in drug discoveries and research in recent years, heart disease continues to take a severe toll on people all over the world. It has become one of the most widespread and challenging health issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 17.9 million fatalities worldwide occur each year as a result of cardiovascular diseases. India is home to one of highest populations of heart failure sufferers in the world, with between 8 and 10 million individuals suffering from the condition. World Heart Day was instituted by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of this condition on September 29 of every year. More than 90 nations participate in this international event every year. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which were previously thought to only affect people over the age of 70, are now being observed in those younger than 70. Due to an increase in sedentary and unhealthy lifestyles, the number of heart ailments among young adults has rapidly increased in recent years. According to studies, those who are more aggressive, competitive, hostile, short-tempered, time-conscious, unable to relax, cynical, etc., are more likely to experience excessive stress and are also more likely to develop cardiovascular problems. The development of new technologies has made it possible to detect, stop, and treat cardiac disease more swiftly and efficiently than ever before. The risk factors for heart disease, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, smoking, and being overweight or obese, are also better understood today.

The goal of World Heart Day is to raise awareness and spread information about how to take care of the heart, how to spot heart disease symptoms, how to stop the progression of heart diseases, and how to maintain strong cardiovascular health. The best method to prevent heart disease is to control risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Some risk factors are beyond our control, but others are within our control. Eliminating all risk factors is the most effective method to avoid heart disease.

Krishna Kumar Vepakomma,


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