Best Banks in India – List of Top Indian Banks

ICICI Bank is one of the best banks in the country, receiving many top awards such as the “Best Bank in India” by Euromoney. It has won the “Banking Technology Awards 2010” at The Indian Banks Association in a number of categories including: “Best Financial Inclusion Initiative” (first prize), “Best Online Bank” (runner up), “Best use of Business Intelligence” (runner up), and “Technology Bank of the year” (runner up).

Bank of Baroda is a leading nationalised bank in India. It has received Financial Inclusion Award 2011 instituted by Skoch Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. Bank of Baroda has also received many awards and recognition, such as the “Bank of Year 2010 – India” in The Banker Awards 2010 of “The Banker” Magazine; the “Elite Category Award” for “Excellence in Marketing and Brand Communication” for 2005; the Best Bank 2010 award by Business India in recognition of its consistent performance, to name a few.

HDFC Bank is one of the best and safest banks in India. It has received numerous awards, some of which include: Best performer in the Banking category (FE-EVI Green Business Leadership Award ), Best Cash Management Bank in India (The Asset Triple A Awards), World’s Top 1000 Banks (The Banker Magazine), Customer Responsiveness Award – Banking & Financial Services category (Avaya Global Connect 2010 ), Best Trade Finance Provider in India for 2010 (Global Finance Award).

Deutsche Bank is a leading foreign bank in India, offering a broad range of high quality banking products and services like private banking, insurance, investment, wealth management, credit cards and loans. It was named “Best Investment Bank in India 2009” by the Euromoney Awards for Excellence.

YES BANK has been recognized as one of the best and the fastest growing banks in various Indian Banking League Tables. It has been ranked 2nd amongst New Private Sectors Banks while being ranked 1st on the key parameter of Growth, among 64 Private, Public and Foreign Banks in India at FE Awards for India’s Best Banks.YES BANK’s Investment Banking Group was rated 1st in M&A ‘Outbound Cross Border Transactions’ and 5th in M&A ‘Overall’ category in the Bloomberg league tables in 2006.

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New Genetic Research Makes Breakthroughs

Medical insurance can be a little costly when you fill in forms that state your family has a history of various illnesses. This is because the assumption is that, if it’s in the family, then you have an increased risk of developing it but that is not always so and is it fair that medical insurance premiums are raised because of it?

One thing that could help medical insurance companies and, more importantly, the health of the nation, is the new research results recently released by scientists carrying out the biggest genetic study ever attempted. The Guardian reports that scientists made major headway in identifying the genes that put us all at increased risk of developing various diseases. This is essential information in the quest for finding cures for the same illnesses.

The human genome project was completed in 2000 which mapped every gene in the human body and from this scientists have also been able to identify rare genetic variants that cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis as well as many others.

In a study costing a staggering 9 pounds million, 17,000 people took part in 50 research groups and 24 new genetic links were found for Crohn’s disease, bipolar disorder (manic depression), type 1 and 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Certain genes had already been identified as having a link with these diseases and the increase in findings allows for more intense research and thus, more chance of finding a cure.

A test on this scale has never been carried out before and is being hailed as offering many breakthroughs, particularly in the areas of diabetes. For each disease that was being looked at, 2,000 patient’s samples were taken and compared with 3,000 ‘control’ samples from healthy patients. 500,000 genetic differences were looked at. This sort of research is vital to show where scientists should be starting on the road to looking for cures, treatments or diagnosis.

If a patient can be identified by his or her genes as having an increased risk of any particular disease, this then gives them the choice to make lifestyle changes and take preventative measures. This is because the scientists admit that gene study is only the beginning. Many diseases will only develop in a person with increased risk if other, environmental, factors are in place. Diet and general health also play a large part in whether or not a disease develops and the findings from the latest studies will give patients and doctors a much wider scope to prevent or heal.

Eight new genetic links were found for Crohn’s disease. This illness affects up to 60,000 people in the UK and genetic links bring a 40% increase in risk. Diabetes affects over 2 million people in the UK and four new genes related to the disease have been discovered.

Up to 100 million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder (manic depression) and genetics have been found to play a key role in the way nerve cells …

Pharmacy Technician – A Closer Look

In the not so distant past when you walked into a pharmacy needing to get a prescription filled you would have, in most instances, found that your prescription was actually filled by the on duty pharmacists. However, over the past few years a change has occurred in the pharmacist arena and that change is, “a pharmacist probably no longer filling your prescriptions”. Although pharmacists are on duty wherever medications are dispensed; today in most instances, a pharmacy technician or pharmacy assistant are the ones filling prescriptions.

Pharmacy Technicians and assistants have existed for some time but their roles have evolved for a variety of reasons.

A big reason is that they help to reduce health care costs because they get paid much less than a certified pharmacist. Another important reason is that it simply makes sense. Pharmacy technicians and assistants are trained to handle routine work (fill prescriptions and customer service), which frees up the pharmacists to focus more of their time on supervisory duties, as well as patient care.

Melissa Murer, Executive Director of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, put it this way, “Pharmacists are becoming more focused on patient care, so pharmacy technicians are needed to perform more of the distributive functions.”

In this brief (but hopefully informative article) I attempt to demonstrate what pharmacy technician and assistants do and where they do it.

In general, they assist licensed pharmacists in providing medication and health care to patients by preparing and filling prescriptions and performing clerical tasks. Duties are similar but pharmacy technicians generally have more responsibilities. In addition, technicians and assistants are required to be closely supervised by a licensened pharmacist, although the laws defining what “being supervised” entails, varies by state.

In addition to having all of their prescriptions checked by a pharmacist, technicians and assistants must also direct all patient questions regarding drug information, health matters or prescriptions to the pharmacist.

Pharmacy Technicians

Technicians follow specific procedures when filling prescriptions. After receiving an initial prescription or refill request, they must verify that the prescription information is accurate and then count, pour, retrieve, weigh, measure and if necessary, mix the required medication for the prescription. The next step is to prepare and affix the labels to the proper container. After filling the prescription the technician will then price and file it. Another important aspect of a technician’s job is to prepare patient insurance forms and establish and maintain patient profiles.

In retail pharmacies, technicians will also stock and take inventory of medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) maintain equipment and help manage the till.

In many hospitals, technicians have the responsibility to read the doctors orders from a patients’ chart, prepare and then deliver the medication after it’s been checked by a pharmacist. They may also enter information about patients’ medical records (regarding their medications) or put together a supply (normally 24 hours) of medicine for patients, including the labeling and packaging of each dose. But just like technicians working in a retail pharmacy, each package is …