We are back with a new look

Dear Followers and Readers,

Thank you for all your love and support so far. After a long hiatus, WE ARE BACK with our new website ( www.propelsteps.com ) with a new look and more updates from us.

This blog, however would be resumed and continued as usual and the new website ( www.propelsteps.com ) will function as an official site of Propel Steps here after.

Thank you 🙂

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Alert! : Will India #BAN #Ajinomoto?

This will reveal the pathetic state of ‪#‎Indian‬ ‪#‎Food‬ ‪#‎Safety‬. Will India ban Ajinomoto now?

‪#‎Maggi‬ row has made everyone talk about MSG aka Monosodium Glutamate.

But we people are so unaware / lethargic to be frank.

This MSG is also called as Ajinomoto. Which is widely used across India in most of the foods in many hotels and processed foods like noodles.

Last time when you ate fried rice, you consumed the same MSG for which Maggi is banned now.

On 2005 itself a gentleman called ‪#‎DEEPANKAR‬ ‪#‎GANGULY‬ wrote about MSG on a Kolkata newspaper The Telegraph.

That article was just an example, many newspapers media might have wrote about MSG. But what is the use when they gave voice and the govt. or ‪#‎FSSAI‬ not listening to it?

When you know some ingredient is harmful.. why it is given permission under permissible limits? It is insane to trust business-minded world. Are they going to check every time when a cook sprinkles a handful of ajinomoto on the food which children gonna eat? NO.

Now it is up to the GOVT and FSSAI to ‪#‎BANajinomoto‬ completely.

Here is the article published on The Telegraph before 10 years


“Think twice before you treat your child to a meal of chowmein and chilli chicken. It could impair his mental growth. A snack of potato chips is just as dangerous.

‘Fast food, like rolls, potato chips and chowmein, contain a harmful, taste-enhancing chemical called monosodium glutamate, popularly known as ajinomoto. Unless checked, the effects of this chemical will be more widespread than smoking, since the consumers of fast food outnumber smokers,’ warned Iva Bhattacharya, senior dietician in the state health department and wife of the mayor.

The nutrition division of the department is planning to organise an awareness campaign on the ill-effects of ajinomoto. It also has plans to pressure the state government for a law against use of ajinomoto in food.

Countries like China and Japan have banned the use of ajinomoto in eatables, but the chemical is still indiscriminately used in almost all fast food preparations available in Calcutta, from chanachur to soup.

‘Unfortunately, most parents are not aware of the harm they’re doing to their child by giving them food containing ajinomoto,’ added Bhattacharya.

‘There are other problems as well with fast food. For example, preparation of potato chips involves heating of oil above 400 degrees Centigrade. The high temperature decomposes fatty acids in potatoes. This impairs elasticity of blood vessels and raises blood pressure,’ she said.

According to doctors, Ajinomoto is not only detrimental to the development of brain cells, but is also carcinogenic. It takes around seven to eight years for the harmful effects of the chemical to manifest in children.” – Credits : The Telegraph, Kolkata


However, Ajinimoto is keen on starting it’s own manufacturing unit in India and seeking to access one of the biggest market place in the world. Will India Ban Ajinomoto? or will our government try to risk our lives. We have to wait and watch.

Know : Is She looks Beautiful? Yangyang is a Humanoid Robot

“Yangyang” was presented at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Bejing with the aim of getting younger people interested in studying robotics.

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Dressed in a long red coat, the android can move its head, raise its hands and speak – fooling many into thinking it’s a real woman.

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The machine was produced at the Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service Centre and gave a demonstration of its range of emotions at the show.

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The eerie creation is the latest advancement in robotics that are swiftly becoming all-too-human.

Know : Irom Sharmila – The world’s longest hunger striker

This solitary hunger striker is about to cross 15 years without food!

Irom Sharmila

Iron Lady of Manipur” – Irom Sharmila (born 14 March 1972) is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. On 2 November 2000, she began a hunger strike which is still ongoing.

On 2 November 2000, in Malom, a town in the Imphal Valley of Manipur, ten civilians were shot and killed while waiting at a bus stop. The incident, known as the “Malom Massacre”, was allegedly committed by the Assam Rifles, one of the Indian Paramilitary forces operating in the state.The victims included Leisangbam Ibetombi, a 62-year old woman, and 18-year old Sinam Chandramani, a 1988 National Bravery Award winner.

Sharmila, who was 28 at the time, began to fast in protest of the killing, taking neither food nor water. As her brother Irom Singhajit Singh recalled, “It was a Thursday. Sharmila used to fast on Thursdays since she was a child. That day she was fasting too. She has just continued with her fast.”

She has not met her mother since the start of the fast as seeing her mother’s anguish may break her resolve. She said “The day AFSPA is repealed I will eat rice from my mother’s hand.

The Manipur High Court has ordered Rs. 5 lakh compensation for each of the families of 10 people killed by the Assam Rifles in November 2000, in what was later alleged to be a fake encounter. But for the families of those who were killed 14 years ago, compensation is just the first step towards justice.

Three days after she began her strike, she was arrested by the police and charged with an “attempt to commit suicide”, which was unlawful under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at that time, and was later transferred to judicial custody. However, Amnesty International and the World Medical Association both dispute that a hunger strike is equivalent to suicide as hunger strikers “generally hope and intend to survive”. Her health deteriorated rapidly, and nasogastric intubation was forced on her in order to keep her alive while under arrest.

And her hunger strike continues still…

The following documentary by IBN talks about her life and the politics around her.

The sad thing it is 15 years now. Will the Indian government answer her? This is the land of Mahatma Gandhi who remarkably contributed towards the Indian Freedom via non-violence! Will the government consider her request? What is their answer to her?

You can buy her book Fragrance of Peace here at Amazon


Courtesy & Credits : IBM via Youtube, Wikipedia and Sakthivel

Story : A Dog called Capitán

This is certainly a remarkable story. Like the Hachiko.

The dog called Captain

For six years, a dog named  has stayed by his owner’s graveside in Villa Carlos Paz Cordoba, Argentina. Every day at 6pm, he lays by Miguel Guzmán’s headstone, on faithful vigil. The dog’s remarkable story of loyalty began on March 24, 2006, when Miguel, who was Capitán’s owner, passed away. As soon as Capitán realized Miguel was no longer at home, he left to search for him and miraculously managed to find Miguel’s grave in the nearby cemetery. Since then, the dog has stayed by his deceased owner’s side and refuses to return home.

Capitán was reportedly looked after by staff at the cemetery. Although he sometimes returned to his previous home for visits, he always came back to the cemetery to sleep by the grave of his owner.