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World Health Day 2021 - Global Trans Fats Ban

Wed, 07/04/2021 - 11:40
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World Health Organisation (WHO) is committed to ensuring that everyone, everywhere, can realize the right to good health. Every year on 7 April, which marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948, is celebrated as World Health Day and it draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme for this year is to build fairer, healthier world to everyone. 

#WorldHealthDay #ACTtogether #HealthEquity #GAIA #fssaiindia

 

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Road Safety - Night Driving

Thu, 01/04/2021 - 18:29
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Traveling late in the night is risky, with two wheeler it is more dangerous. I realised this recently when I was returning home late in the night. Seeing there was no one on the road I was travelling at 60 kmph in my two wheeler, Suddenly an auto coming in the opposite direction took a sharp turn without any indication. I braked hard and barely avoided hitting the auto. If I had been a bit late to apply brakes, I would have crashed into the auto and suffered severely. I have decided not to speed even if the road is empty and be even more vigilant for possible road rule errors committed by others.

#RoadSafety #RoadSafetyWorldSeries #SafeRoadsIndia #RoadAccident #DriveSafe #CAGChennai

 

Road Safety - Night Driving

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Road Safety - Skidding In Floods

Mon, 29/03/2021 - 17:26
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Chennai has a lot of subways under railway tracks. Invariably most subways have puddles of water from sewage pipes or rain. These places are particularly risky for two wheelers. A few years back while I was going to meet my friend at Tambaram, I fell from the two wheeler due to slippery roads. Care should be taken to ensure there is no water stagnation in subways and that water drains away quickly. 

#Chennai #Rains #SafeRoadsIndia #RoadSafety #Skidding #Motorbike #Floods #DriveSafe #CAGChennai

 

Road Safety - Skidding in Floods

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Road Safety - Road Crossing

Fri, 26/03/2021 - 19:22
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This is an incident from when I was a child, but the memory is so horrific that I still remember the details. On that day, my father was in a hurry to drop me and my brother off at school. A traffic light near my school in Alwarpet was not working that day. We were travelling straight when a  Maruti 800, that was probably speeding, suddenly appeared from our left. Everything happened in the fraction of a second. The Maruti hit us, and all 3 of us fell down. My knees hit the road. I looked up and saw my brother getting up a little distance away. My father, who had a deep cut on his wrist, came to help me stand up, asking me if I was injured. Though my brother and I escaped with minor scratches, the memory of that accident is one I’ll never forget. The difference between a small accident and a large one is only how lucky you are that day! It seems we were lucky to escape like we did, but we know that road accidents exactly like this have caused serious injuries in other road users. Please be careful. Obey traffic rules and ride cautiously.

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Road Safety - Over Speed

Wed, 24/03/2021 - 12:33
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I travel home on a two wheeler during weekends from Puducherry to Karaikal to be with my family. However on one such trip in December 2019 I met with a road crash. Travelling at around 60 kmph, a dog suddenly crossed the road. I applied my brakes to avoid hitting the dog, but it was scary when the two wheeler skidded and I fell from the bike. I lost consciousness and I was saved by some Good Samaritans who took me to the hospital. My collar bone was broken and I escaped a head injury only because of my helmet. While we all know in theory that helmets save lives, I have seen this come true in my life. 

 

Road Safety -Over Speed

 

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Road Safety - School Students Driving

Wed, 24/03/2021 - 12:30
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I live pretty close to a major school in Anna Nagar. In pre Covid-19 days, when schools were still up and running, young boys of that school, from 9th std to 12 std, used to ride around on expensive bikes like the Duke R15. Being young, their ability to understand risks and moderate their behavior, is also poor. They speed around, scaring other hapless road users.

Parents who get these bikes for their children must be held responsible. It would be rare to find a kid on a bike who is also wearing helmets. There have been a few fatal road crashes involving children riding bikes. We need to raise awareness among parents that there is a reason why licences are not given to such young riders. Their ability to analyse risk, ride safely and respond quickly is not fully matured yet. Why would you do this to your child?

 

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Making Electricity Bills Consumer Friendly - A Tamil Nadu Case Study

Tue, 23/03/2021 - 10:21

CAG, in partnership with Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation has conducted a study on using the electricity bill as an enabling mechanism to improve information disclosure and promote greater public participation in the electricity sector. This Tamil Nadu Case Study captures consumers’ perception of electricity bill formats, awareness of bill elements and their expectations from a model bill, and in-turn recommends redesigning of Tamil Nadu’s electricity bill format based on consumer feedback

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Road Safety - Road Crossing

Wed, 17/03/2021 - 18:28
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This happened a few years ago. I had had a fever all day and had barely eaten. I had to go out for some reason even though I was feeling quite weak and ill. I was attempting to cross the road and was halfway across, when I saw a bike approaching me at some speed. I couldn’t immediately react - I first moved forward, then back - not sure what to do to get out of their way. The bike hit me with such force that I was thrown some 2 metres off, my body hitting the road with a thud. I was screaming in pain. My shoes and jeans were torn, I was bleeding from the leg and I couldn’t walk properly. People came running to help me and I heard somebody say that the three bikers (they had been triple-riding) had received serious head injuries.

I wish our roads were safer for pedestrians - that we had safer crossing spaces and proper pavements to walk on. That just hitting a pedestrian could cause so much damage to bike riders was also a lesson I learnt that day.

 

Road Safety - Road Crossing

 

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