Lok Sabha Polls In Karnataka- 2nd Phase

April 30, 2009

HASSAN

Gowda vs the rest

Billed a prestigious constituency, this segment is keenly fought between Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda and the BJP.

Seat held by JD(S)

SHIMOGA

Epic battle

The most-watched constituency in Karnataka. It has acquired importance as CM B S Yeddyurappa’s son B Y Raghavendra is in the fray against warhorse and former CM S Bangarappa from the Congress. Here, women voters outnumber men. Caste and cash are playing a vital role.

Seat vacant after S Bangarappa, resigned to join the Congress

DAVANAGERE

Business rivalry

It is a straight contest between two business families, which also run education institutions. BJP’s current MP G M Siddeshwar is seeking to retain his seat for a second term, while Congress S S Mallikarjun, son of KPCC treasurer and Davanagere South MLA Shamnur Shivashankarappa, is locked in a tough contest with him.

Seat held by BJP

DHARWAD

Tough fight for BJP

It’s a straight fight between sitting MP Prahlad Joshi of the BJP and Manjunath Kunnur of the Congress, termed a habitual turncoat

New constituency carved out of Dharwad North and South

HAVERI

Keen contest

A keen contest is on the cards between the BJP and the Congress here. JD(S) is also in the race, but its candidate, at best, may play a spoilsport.

New constituency

CHAMARAJANAGAR

Proxy battle

A three-cornered contest is on here and has become a proxy battle between followers of former deputy CM Siddaramaiah and party senior Mallikarjun M Kharge, who has stepped down from the CLP leader’s post.

Seat held by JD(S)

MYSORE

Stiff competition

The contest here is between H Vishwanath of Congress and BJP’s C H Vijayashankar. Twotime MP, Vijayashankar is facing a stiff competition from his Congress opponent, who is seeking to make it to Parliament after defeat in the assembly polls in May 2008

Seat held by BJP

BAGALKOT

Cong-BJP clash

The fight is between J T Patil of Congress (belonging to Reddy community) and Gaddigoudar of BJP (Ganiga community).

Seat held by BJP

MANDYA

JD(S)’s clear edge

Battle for power at the Vokkaliga heartland is between sitting MP MH Ambareesh (Congress) and former minister N Chaluvarayaswamy of JD(S).

Seat held by Congress

MANGALORE

The heat is on

The contest is between poll veteran, former KPCC president B Janardhana Poojary, and greenhorn Nalin Kumar Kateel (BJP).

Seat held by BJP

UDUPI-CHIKMAGALUR

War on new turf

A new constituency carved out of Udupi and Chikmagalur. State BJP president D V Sadananda Gowda shifted here from Mangalore and takes on K Jayaprakash Hegde (Congress). JD(S) has made way for the CPI.

Source: Times of India


Medical Device training / webinars

April 29, 2009

Check out for medical device trainings/webinars

1. Process Validation for Medical Device Manufacturers

This Process validation training will discuss the CDRH interpretation of the GHTF guidance and how manufacturers should develop Process Validation Plans and conduct production Process Validation.

2. Risk Analysis and Human Factors Engineering

The Risk analysis training will incorporates these techniques into the overall product lifecycle using the principles of ISO 14971 and how to develop an integrated program incorporating risk analysis and human factors engineering.

3. Basic Requirements for Steam Sterilizer Validation per ISO 17665

This Steam Sterilization training will review the general requirements for performing a steam sterilizer validation via the “overkill” half-cycle method as described in ISO 17665 (supersedes ISO 11134).

4. Japan – Regulatory Filing Requirements and Compliance Processes for Life Sciences PART II

This Regulatory compliance training is designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment in Japan.

5. A Case Study in Equipment / Process Software Verification and Validation

This FDA compliance Training will guide through the models simplifies regulatory requirements for equipment software V&VT, assuring key FDA requirements are not overlooked. QMS and 21 CFR Part 11 require yet another approach.

6. Japanese PAL – JPAL QMS requirements in Ordinance 169 and differences to ISO 13485

This JPAL (Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law) QMS will explore, in detail, the QMS requirements placed on the foreign manufacturer via Ministerial Ordinance 169, Ordinance 2 and Ordinance 179.

Source: ComplianceOnline


IFRS webinar (International Financial Reporting Standards)

April 29, 2009

Check out for upcoming IFRS related webinar/ training

  1. IFRS for Financial Instruments
  2. IFRS 1 – Standard on the First Time Adoption of IFRS
  3. IFRS #1: First Time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards

IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards)

April 29, 2009

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are Standards, Interpretations and the Framework adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

IFRSs are considered “principles based” set of standards in that they establish broad rules as well as dictating specific treatments.

International Financial Reporting Standards comprise:

* International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) – standards issued after 2001
* International Accounting Standards (IAS) – standards issued before 2001
* Interpretations originated from the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) – issued after 2001
* Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC) – issued before 2001

Objective of financial statements

A framework is the foundation of accounting standards. The framework states that the objective of financial statements is to provide information about the financial position, performance and changes in the financial position of an entity that is useful to a wide range of users in making economic decisions, and to provide the current financial status of the entity to its shareholders and public in general.

Source: Wikipedia


Oracle Corp to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4 bn

April 28, 2009

Oracle Corp said on Monday (April 20) that it will buy Sun Microsystems Inc for $9.50 a share, valuing the high-end computer server maker at more than $7 billion.

The surprise announcement from the two companies comes after deal talks between IBM and Sun fell apart earlier this month, and sources with knowledge of the matter had said Sun had turned down IBM’s offer to pay up to $9.40 a share.

Sun shares jumped 37.5 percent to $9.20 in premarket trading, while Oracle shares fell 4.5 percent to $18.34. The price of $9.50 a share values Sun at about $7.1 billion based on about 745 million shares outstanding, according to Sun’s latest regulatory filings.

The companies said in a statement the transaction is valued at about $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.

Source: TimesNow


Swine influenza :Guidance for Clinicians & Public Health Professionals

April 28, 2009

CliniciansClinicians should consider the possibility of swine influenza virus infections in patients presenting with febrile respiratory illness.

If swine flu is suspected, clinicians should obtain a respiratory swab for swine influenza testing and place it in a refrigerator (not a freezer). Once collected, the clinician should contact their state or local health department to facilitate transport and timely diagnosis at a state public health laboratory.

State Public Health Laboratories

Laboratories should send all unsubtypable influenza A specimens as soon as possible to the Viral Surveillance and Diagnostic Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division for further diagnostic testing.

Public Health and Animal Health Officials

Officials should conduct thorough case and contact investigations to determine the source of the swine influenza virus, extent of community illness and the need for timely control measures.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


About Swine influenza

April 28, 2009

bishSwine influenza refers to influenza caused by any virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae that is endemic to pig (swine) populations.

People who work with poultry and swine, especially people with intense exposures, are at risk of infection from these animals if the animals carry a strain that is also able to infect humans. SIV can mutate into a form that allows it to pass from human to human.

The 2009 swine flu outbreak is the spread of a new strain of H1N1 influenza virus that was first detected by public health agencies in March 2009.

Local outbreaks of influenza-like illness were first detected in three areas of Mexico, but the new strain was not clinically ascertained as such until a month later in cases in Texas and California, whereupon its presence was swiftly confirmed in various Mexican states and Mexico City; within days isolated cases elsewhere in Mexico, the U.S., the Northern Hemisphere were also identified.

Source: Wikipedia