Monthly Archives: April 2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care

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Planet Earth

Planet Earth

On our beautiful planet Earth our population cross 7 billions. What a super species we are. We lead entire living creatures on earth and so we are responsible for the future of entire planet.

We dream for better life and to achieve our dream we consume more and more resources of our planet. But be aware. Our population grow too fast, we consume our resources too fast, we consume more than necessary. Our speed of resource consumption are faster than natural cycle of our planets ecosystem and atmosphere. We forget that many of our resources are not reproducible like crud oil. We consume some resources more than their reproduction cycle like water and our green forest.

In our solar system and entire galaxy we have beautiful planet with all required resources of living creatures and human have active control on all ecosystem of our planet. Every human on our planet have dream of peaceful leaving. To achieve this Seven Billion Dreams we should smarten up in consumption of our resources. If we don’t smarten up in consumption, we may endue natural cycle of ecosystem and resources we need to be a part of natural cycle instead of natural cycle destroyer. We also need to understand some of our natural resources are not reproducible and they will be finish very soon in early future. So be careful. To achieve seven billion dreams of peaceful and better life we should consume resources of our planet with care.

World Book Day 23 April

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World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is also known as International Day of the Book. World Book Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

Reading is an essential tool for lifelong learning. It is important for everyone to develop the rudiments of reading and the culture of reading always so as to survive in life. Reading adds quality to life and provides access to culture and cultural heritage. Art of reading is a priceless instrument for everyone. It is one of the most important activities of life through which we enter into the life and experiences of others and extend our knowledge, scope of experience and enjoyment. It has critical role to play in the overall development of an individual and the nation at large. Books are gateway to knowledge.

Due to technological development, reading habits are changing. In our society today, while technology is slowly taking a steady control over individual lives, the reading habit is fast vanishing into thin air (The Hindu, 2004). Students now lack the skill of reading. Instead they spend more hours on electronic media. Browsing the net, playing with funky handsets and passing non-stop SMSs seem to be the order of the day. Students are rarely interested in reading for pleasure and enjoyment instead they read only to pass examination. The declining interest in reading culture among our children (especially those in primary and secondary schools) is a cause for alarm and a challenge to all and something need to be done.

Reading is believed to make man to close his mind to wider possibilities of imaginative expression. Reading improve power of thinking.

International Mother Earth Day 22 April

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“The Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.” The term Mother Earth is used because it “reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit”. It is decided to designate April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.

On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It’s our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example. For many, climate change seems like a remote problem, but the reality is that it’s already affecting people, animals and places around the world. A change needs to be made. On April 22 we are harnessing the power of Earth Day to show our communities and our leadership that we want action on climate. It’s our turn to lead.

अक्षय्य तृतीया Akashya Trutiya

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ह्या दिवशी हिंदू दिनदर्शिकेप्रमाणे वैशाख शुद्ध तृतीया येते. अक्षय्य तृतीया हा महत्त्वाच्या साडेतीन मुहूर्तांपैकी एक शुभमुहूर्त समजला जातो. आपल्या पूर्वजांच्या स्मृतींना उजाळा देण्यासाठी या दिवशी पितरांचे स्मरण करून त्यांच्या प्रतिमेचे पूजन करतात.

या दिवशी सुरू केलेल्या कोणत्याही शुभ कार्याचे फळ ‘अक्षय्य'(न संपणारे) असे मिळते, असा समज आहे.या दिवसापासून सत्ययुग आणि त्रेतायुगाचा प्रारंभ झाला होता असे काहींचे मत आहे. या दिवशी श्री बद्रीनारायणाचे द्वार उघडतात. नर-नारायणाने या दिवशी अवतार घेतला होता.

Sound pollution Noise pollution

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Sound pollution or Noise pollution or noise disturbance is the disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the activity or balance of human or animal life. The source of most outdoor noise worldwide is mainly caused by DJ, Music System, machines and transportation systems, motor vehicles, vehicle’s horn, aircraft, and trains.

Noise pollution effects both health and behavior. Unwanted sound (noise) can damage psychological health. High noise levels effects are

  • Cardiovascular effects in humans
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Increase in stress
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Increased incidence of coronary artery disease
  • In animals, noise can increase the risk of death by altering predator or prey detection and avoidance/li>
  • Interfere with reproduction and navigation, and contribute to permanent hearing loss.

How Does Noise Pollution Harm Your Heart?

According to research published in Environmental Health Perspectives, long-term exposure to traffic noise may account for approximately 3 percent of coronary heart disease deaths (or about 210,000 deaths) in Europe each year.8 But how exactly does noise harm your heart?

One of the key ways is by elevating stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline, which, over time, can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. One review of research showed that “arousal associated with nighttime noise exposure increased blood and saliva concentrations of these hormones even during sleep.”9 Deepak Prasher, a professor of audiology at University College in London and a member of the WHO Noise Environmental Burden on Disease working group, states:10

    “Many people become habituated to noise over time… The biological effects are imperceptible, so that even as you become accustomed to the noise, adverse physiological changes are nevertheless taking place, with potentially serious consequences to human health… Taken together, recent epidemiologic data show us that noise is a major stressor that can influence health through the endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems.”

The impact can be significant. Among women who judge themselves to be sensitive to noise, chronic noise exposure increased the risk of cardiovascular mortality by 80 percent!11 Chronic noise exposure also leads to health risks beyond your heart, such as hearing loss, diminished productivity, sleep disruption, impaired learning and more. Air pollution similarly causes wide-reaching risks to health…

Unfortunately in India people have no awareness of sound pollution. Please be aware and educate other people about harmful effect of sound pollution.

Ragi means Nagali means Nachani.

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Eleusine coracana is an annual plant widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. Earliest Karnataka civilisation shows it was grown in Hallur in the later Iron Age. It remains one of the main ingredients of the staple diet in Konkan region of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Finger millet have been cultivated in India from as far back as 4000 years ago. Now the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Konkan region of Maharashtra produce ragi. Karnataka is the top producer of Ragi and has 58% share in India’s export of this crop. In Maharashtra it’s called as Nagali(नागली) or Nachani.

Benefits of ragi or nachni or Nagali.

  • Rich in calcium. No other cereal comes close to ragi when it comes to calcium content. Calcium is a significant factor when it comes to bone development and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Rich in Iron. Ragi is an excellent plant based source of Iron that helps in increasing blood formation in persons suffering from anemia or low hemoglobin levels. Vitamin C increases the level of iron absorption in the body and therefore it is best to have sprouted Ragi in the form of Ragi flour or Ragi malt. .Sprouted Ragi contains vitamin C that makes the iron present in it easily absorbable by the body
  • Suitable for diabetics. Ragi has a low glycemic index suitable for diabetics. Ragi has also high content of dietary fibers and polyphenols. The high level of fibers in Ragi slows down the pace of digestion thereby helping in lowering blood sugar levels
  • Lower cholesterol levels. Ragi helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood; this leads to less plaque formation, prevents the blocking of blood vessels, and hence reduces the risk of hypertension and stroke. The key amino acids Lecithin and Methionine present in the cereal helps in lowering cholesterol by extracting and cutting out excess fat from the liver, and the amino acid Threonine prevents formation of fat in the liver. Ragi, in the unripe, green form can also help in controlling high blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Helps Digestion. The high level of dietary fiber in this cereal aids in proper digestion, normal bowel movement and prevents constipation. The insoluble fibers present in Ragi assists movement of food through the intestines while the insoluble fibers retain water thereby easing the passage of waste.
  • Helps in weight loss. The natural fat content in ragi is lower than all other cereals. Also, this fat is in its unsaturated form. Thus, substituting it for wheat and rice is a good choice for people trying to lose weight. It also contains an amino acid called tryptophan which reduces appetite.

केंद्रीय माहिती आयोगाची मोबाइल टॉवरबाबत विचारण.

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शहरात वाढत असलेल्या मोबाइल टॉवर्समधून होणाऱ्या रेडिएशनच्या घातक परिणामांबाबत सर्वसामान्यांमध्ये जागरुकता निर्माण करण्यासाठी काय उपाययोजना केल्या, अशी खरमरीत विचारणा केंद्रीय माहिती आयोगाने आरोग्य, पर्यावरण, टेलिकॉम ही मंत्रालये तसेच दिल्ली डेव्हलपमेंट ऑथॉरिटी आणि अन्य यंत्रणांना केली आहे. मोबाइल रेडिएशनला ‘प्रदूषणकारी घटक’ म्हणून का घोषित करण्यात आलेले नाही, असा सवालही आयोगाने केला आहे.

आपल्या एका नोटिशीवरील सुनावणीदरम्यान माहिती आयुक्त श्रीधर आचार्युलू यांनी संबंधित यंत्रणांकडे ही विचारणा केली. याबाबत अहवाल देण्याचे निर्देशही आयोगाने त्यांना दिले आहेत. मोबाइल टॉवर्समधून होणारे रेडिएशन हे कॅन्सरचे ‘संभाव्य कारण’ ठरू शकते, असा निष्कर्ष काढणाऱ्या जागतिक आरोग्य संघटनेच्या अहवालाबाबत केंद्रीय आरोग्य खात्याला काहीच माहिती नाही, असा ठपकाही आयोगाने आपल्या आदेशात ठेवला आहे.

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