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Why should we not be
weighed down by
setbacks in our
Bhagawan gently and
lovingly elucidates to
When the Asuras and Devas (Demons and Gods)
churned the Ocean of Milk (Ksheera Sagara), first came
poison. They did not give up the churning till they got the
Amrit (nectar of immortality). Regard your heart as the
Ocean of Milk and the intellect as the
Mandharamountain. Using your yearnings as the churn-
ing ropes, carry on the churning by reciting the Lord's
name. Do not mind if the first thing to come out is poi-
son. Go on churning till you get the nectar of divine
bliss. When you study the Bhagavad Gita, you will note
that it begins with Arjuna Vishaadha Yoga, the (the
despondency of Arjuna). But ultimately, Arjuna experi-
ences theVishvaruupa, the Cosmic Form of the Lord.
When God is pleased with you, the whole world
will be pleased with you. Therefore, let all your
efforts be towards pleasing God. - Baba.
Pursuant to Section 163 of the Insurance
Act1980, the following policies were reported
lost or destroyed.
Medical interns at UWI are ask-
ing to be transferred to Jamaica or
Barbados to avoid having to do a
new two-year internship instead of
the one-year programme they were
expecting to start next month.
Since Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan's 11th-hour decision,
announced last week, to extend the
medical internship programme to
two years, they have written to Prof
Samuel Ramsewak, dean of the Fac-
ulty of Medical Sciences, University
of the West Indies, asking to be
moved to other campuses.
In a letter sent last Friday, hours
after Khan's announcement that the
new system would take effect on
August 1, the T&T Medical Students
Association (TTMSA) expressed con-
cern that the programme would not
achieve the desired results, whereas
if they transferred to the other UWI
campuses at Mona, Jamaica or Cave
Hill, Barbados, they could complete
their internship in the original time-
frame and would not fall under the
They are also worried that the new
regulations and consequent one-year
delay would prevent many of them
from accessing specialist medical
In the letter on behalf of the
interns, president of the TTMSA,
Erron Ramdass, accused the Ministry
of Health of failing to consult with
He wrote: "The medical students
were not privy to any knowledge of
this decision until a week ago. This
new structure is being proposed to
begin as early as August 4, 2014.
"We believe, however, that inad-
have been done concerning the
change and so if implemented, it is
unlikely to achieve the goals desired."
The letter said the interns believed
the regulations governing their
internship and receipt of full regis-
tration as doctors should be stan-
dardised across all UWI campuses
and so they should not be subjected
to an extended internship period.
Ramdass added: "As a result, a
large number of the student popu-
lation from years one through five
have expressed interest in transfer-
ring to another campus outside of
Trinidad where the regulations of
the internship period are being
adhered to according to the policies
set by UWI."
On their behalf, he therefore asked
about the possibility of their being
Ramsewak could not be reached
for comment yesterday, as he was
out of the country and was expected
back next week.
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NEW TWO-YEAR PLAN
KHAN: STILL BACKING NEW PLAN
UK DOCTOR IN SUPPORT
A newspaper s bid to reduce the damages of over
$.5 million for defamation that it had been ordered
to pay backfired last week with the Appeal Court
instead increasing the figure by $200,000.
In a 65-page judgment delivered last Wednesday,
the court dismissed an appeal from the Trinidad Express
Newspapers, which was seeking to overturn the 2010
decision of a High Court judge ordering the newspaper
to pay former British West Indian Airways (BWIA) chief
executive Conrad Aleong $650,000.
The $850,000 award is the highest ever in T&T in
a case of multiple libel.
The lawsuit centred on a series of articles written
by investigative reporter Camini Marajh and published
between April 6 and May 4, 2003, which made alle-
gations about Aleong's management of the financially
troubled state carrier, subsequently restructured and
rebranded Caribbean Airlines Ltd.
Appellate judges Allan Mendonca, Peter Jamadar and
Maureen Rajnauth-Lee agreed with the trial's judge
findings. They felt, however, his award of damages
was inordinately low as he failed to consider several
aggravating factors which favoured increased compen-
sation, including Marajh's reputation for independence
and credibility, coupled with the large readership of the
newspaper. Rajnauth-Lee wrote: "In my view, this was
an extremely serious libel touching on the respondent's
(Aleong) personal integrity, professional reputation,
honour, loyalty and the core attributes of his person-
ality. There were serious doubts whether the respondent
could ever reclaim his reputation which had been sig-
"I do not consider the steps taken by the fourth
appellant (Marajh) to gather and publish the information
were responsible and fair or the products were the
product of responsible journalism."
While she acknowledged that the nature of the reports
was of public interest since the airline had been the
recipient of several government bailouts, Rajnauth-Lee
pointed out they contained multiple inaccuracies which
Marajh could have verified and corrected.
She also took issue with the tone of the articles,
which she said were neither balanced or neutral, as
Aleong's responses to the allegations were not fairly
Appeal Court ups libel
award by $200,000
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LAWYERS FOR BOTH SIDES
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