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Monday, 22-October-2018

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DO YOU WASH HANDS AFTER EVERY BATHROOM TRIP?

a week ago
We all know what we’re supposed to do after using the toilet. But survey after survey (including one in which scientists secretly camped out in bathrooms) have revealed a dirty truth: people don’t always wash their hands before they leave the bathroom. One study suggested that only 67% of people wash their hands after they go. Don Schaffner, a professor of food science at Rutgers, has been studying hand washing for years and says the conventional wisdom shouldn’t be ignored. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re peeing or you’re pooping, you should wash your hands,&rdquo...
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ASIA’S FIRST DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTRE

a week ago
With the population of the endangered Gangetic river dolphin decreasing and its habitat changing, there is finally good news that the much-awaited National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC), India’s and Asia’s first, would be a reality soon -- with October 5 being hinted at as the date for the groundbreaking ceremony. After remaining in a limbo for nearly six years on one or the other pretext, the NDRC is likely to be set up next month on the banks of the Ganga River in the Patna University premises. It will play an important role in strengthening conservation efforts and research to save the endangered mammal.
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GANDHI’S IMAGE ON INDIAN CURRENCY NOTES

3 weeks ago
We have been seeing the picture of a smiling Mahatma Gandhi on our currency notes since a long time. Many of us have been seeing it since always, and that is often the first picture to come in mind when we think of Gandhi. But ever wondered where did that picture come from? How did we manage to get such a perfect shot, at the right moment, for the right purpose? While many of us thought that it was a drawn caricature, it is not true. In reality, the image was cropped from an actual photograph. The picture in question was that of Mahatma Gandhi standing next to Lord Frederick William Pethick-Lawrence. Lord Fr...
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EAT STRAWBERRIES IMPROVE GUT HEALTH

7 weeks ago
Eating strawberries at a dose equivalent to as low as three quarters of a cup may reduce colonic inflammation and improve gut health, a study has found. The findings suggest that the dietary consumption of whole strawberries, significantly suppressed symptoms like weight loss and bloody diarrhoea in mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). “The sedentary lifestyle and dietary habits of many people in this country -- high-sugar, high-animal fat, but low-fibre diets -- may promote colonic inflammation and increase the risk of IBD,” said lead author Hang Xiao from the University of Massachusetts Amherst...
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WHY DO MOSQUITO BITE ME SO MUCH?

7 weeks ago
There are more than 3,000 different species of mosquito. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, only a fraction of them actually feed on human beings - and, even when they do, they discriminate when choosing who’s their next meal.  Some people end up covered in bites, while others escape with only a nibble or two. So why does this happen? And what factors might influence the mosquito’s choice? The best evidence for what motivates a mosquito’s choice between different people is the variation in our skin microbiota. We have estimated 1m bacteria per square cm of skin, often comprising hundreds of species.&...
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A RASH OF CRIMES BY ANIMALS GETS US THINKING

7 weeks ago
Two large sums of public money went missing in Nigeria recently. In one case, the official concerned said a MONKEY had run off with the cash and, in the other, an official said that a SNAKE took it. The population was highly sceptical, since large sums of public money are not kept as bank notes so the animals would have had to arrange bank transfers, a bit of a challenge for any tiny-brained creatures such as snakes, monkeys, bacteria, nationalist politicians, newspaper columnists, etc. The officials probably chose such weak excuses because there have been a rash of animal-steals-stuff stories in the news recently....
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Shia-Sunni Dialogue

25 weeks ago
The crucial need to improve Shia-Sunni relations is one of the major focuses of Kalbe Sadiq’s writings and speeches. In contrast to many other Shia ‘ulama’, Kalbe Sadiq uses the traditional institution of the majlis, lectures held in the month of Muharram to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, to repeatedly stress the need for better relations between Shias and  Sunnis. Often, his majlis are attended by both Shias as well as Sunnis. His lectures are not particularly Shia in any narrow confessional sense. He refers constantly to the Quran, and to those traditions attributed to the Prophet which both ...
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INCENTIVES FOR SMALL TEA GROWERS

27 weeks ago
  Assam government has firmed up plans to issue land deeds (pattas) to small tea growers of the state as part of the plan to offer support to the planters who have contributed to the state’s progress and prosperity. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters at Assam Agriculture University in Jorhat  that under a new plantation scheme for small tea-growers (STGs) that will soon be launched,  financial assistance to the growers will be provided by the government. The scheme will provide Rs 5,000 per bigha with a maximum amount of Rs 1 lakh for a single grower. He informed that the go...
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Preventing Collapsed Forests By Preserving Shape

27 weeks ago
  Fires on the edges of tropical forests and their alteration by land use makes these hot ecosystems lose their shape and stability bringing a sudden, even catastrophic, transformation of land from trees to grass, researchers have found. In a study published in the journal Ecology Letters, the new knowledge could help protect these tropical forests and allow land managers to build new tools to predict the stability of both individual forest patches and larger regional-scale forests. Tropical forests have been called the lungs of the planet. They soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide, hold the world greatest diversity of plants and animals, and empl...
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Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana

27 weeks ago
The Prime Minister had launched the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA) to fund the unfunded section of the society. There are 5.7 crores entrepreneurs in the unorganised sector who hold 11 crore jobs. Thus, at the bottom of the economic structure are these unfunded sections of society dependent upon exploitative money lenders  The Mudra Yojna envisages 120 partners, including public sector commercial banks, and rural banks. In fiscal year 2015-16, a total amount of Rs.1.22 lakh crores were set aside to be given to these unfunded sections of Indian society.  The three categories of l...
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OVER FIVE LAKH TO BE TRAINED WITH ‘GREEN SKILLS’

31 weeks ago
The Environment Ministry will train over five lakh people with “green skills” for better job opportunities between 2018 to 2021, said Union Minister Harsh Vardhan. The Minister, however, also clarified that though the skills provided by them are in demand, the ministry does not guarantee employment. The Minister said that a total of 5,60,000 people will be trained under the ministry’s green skill development programme with the highly sought after skills which are in demand. The ‘green skills’ under the programme include -- biodiversity conservationists, Effluent Treatment Plant op...
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INDIA ON TRACK TO REDUCE EMISSIONS

31 weeks ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that despite scepticism, India is on the path of reducing emission by 20 to 25 per cent over 2005 levels by 2020. Addressing the World Sustainable  Development Summit (WSDS) here, he said that India’s goal is to create a carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030 which once seemed difficult to many. “Yet we continue our steady progress on that path. According to the UNEP Gap Report, India is on track to meet its Copenhagen Pledge of reducing the emissions intensity of its GDP by 20 to 25 per cent over 2005 levels by 2020,” Modi said. He added t...