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Manmohan Singh set to return to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan



NEW DELHI: Congress is looking at fielding former PM Manmohan Singh for Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. Singh’s term as an Upper House MP from Assam ended earlier this month and since then Congress has been looking for options to send him back to the House.

A vacancy has arisen in the state after the death of BJP Rajasthan president and Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini on Monday. Saini was elected to Rajya Sabha in April 2018 and his term was to end in April 2024. There is a Congress government in the state and if elections take place Congress is likely to win the Rajya Sabha seat.

Though no official word has come from Congress, party sources told ET that party may consider fielding Manmohan Singh from the seat.

Earlier, senior party leader Ahmed Patel had earlier sought cooperation from DMK in Tamil Nadu to send Singh to Rajya Sabha from the state. Currently there are six vacancies in the Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu for which elections are going to take place on July 18. DMK can win three out of the six seats with its current strength of the MLAs. Despite Patel’s request, DMK was finding it tough to accommodate Manmohan Singh as the party wants to give one seat to Vaiko of MDMK.

Now, a decision on Manmohan Singh shall be taken after meeting of party leaders with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in coming days. “This could be one of the options but nothing is decided as of now and a decision will be taken once notifications come for the seat,” said a Congress leader.



Coffee may help reduce the risk of certain digestive disorders




Coffee consumption may have on the process of digestion, including supporting gut microflora and promoting gut motility.

“Data indicates benefits against common digestive complaints such as constipation, as well as a potential reduction in the risk of more serious conditions like chronic liver diseases,” said study author Carlo La Vecchia from the University of Milan in Italy.

Gallstone disease is a common digestive disorder, caused by the accumulation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile duct, which affects approximately 10-15 per cent of the adult population.

While the mechanism by which coffee may protect against gallstone disease is not yet known, it has been observed that the risk for the condition declines with increasing daily consumption of coffee, the researchers said.


Caffeine is thought to play a role in these associations, as the same effect is not observed with decaffeinated coffee.

A common question among consumers and focus area for research is whether coffee is associated with heartburn or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

While a small number of studies have suggested an association between coffee drinking and GORD, the majority of studies reviewed suggest that coffee is not a major trigger of these conditions.

Recent studies suggest that populations of the beneficial gut bacteria Bifidobacterium spp, increase after drinking coffee.

The findings showed the dietary fibre and polyphenols found in coffee, support the healthy growth of microflora populations.

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