June 6, 2020
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World Menstrual Day Practicing Yoga to Ease Menstrual Troubles and Balance Monthly Cycles – Paramita Singh, Nutritionist cum Yoga Practitioner

When it comes to monthly cycle it varies depending on the physical strengthen of your body. Some might not have any symptoms, low energy or feel at all different than they do during the rest of the month, while others have such extreme pain, mood swings, fatigue, bloating, irritability, etc that they need to remain in bed for the initial not many days. Since no woman is the same there are no set principles with respect to what to work on during the time of mensuration however, there are some broad rules that can help.

The menstrual cycle is exceptionally sensitive, if you are stressed or traveling; change our eating pattern then the cycle might change. Menstrual cycles are like a barometer of your hormonal health. If this harmony is disturbed, menstrual cycles will let you know in different ways. The condition of menstrual cycle mirrors the condition of physical and psychological well-being. Along these lines it isn’t simply asanas that can affect it yet in addition the psyche, making contemplation and reflection a significant practice. Menstruation is a time of heightened awareness and sensitivity.

At this time, it is particularly useful to examine these problems and find solutions. Menstruation is a time to explore and look within. It is a time to nurture and heal the body and mind. Periods are no reason to avoid physical activities, more so for yoga which helps with both physical and mental health and thus has a positive effect on your hormonal health.
This menstrual day, lets pledge to start practicing yoga for the physical and mental well-being of our body. I believe a few asanas that are easy to practise at home will be a good start.

Head to Knee Pose – Janu Sirsasana- Extend your right leg and place the sole of your left foot on your right inner thigh. Centre your torso over the right leg and fold forward. Come back through baddha konasana to set up for the other side. Continuing to take it nice and easy, janu sirsasana — head to knee pose — stretches the hamstrings in a simple forward bend. It’s an easy stretch that allows you to focus on one leg at a time and gently extend and lengthen your hips and groin.

Seated Straddle – Upavistha Konasana- Open both your legs wide into upavistha konasana — seated straddle. Again, a supported forward fold with a bolster or blankets is a great option. We’re concentrating on those hamstrings again, but are also stretching the inner thighs and lengthening the spine.

Seated Forward Bend – Paschimottanasana- Bring both legs outstretched for a forward bend. Lengthen the spine in a seated position before coming forward. Imagine the pelvis as a bowl that is tipping forward as you come down.

The seated forward bend — paschimottanasana — goes deeper still in opening the hamstrings and calves. It also gives your back a nice stretch.

Supported Bride Pose- Lie down on your back. Press into your feet to lift the hips slightly and slide a yoga block under them for support. To come out, press into the feet to lift the hips again and slide the block out.
Many yoga techniques can be practiced throughout the month to help balance the hormones, the menstrual cycle and to prevent pre-menstrual syndrome, period pain, emotional disturbances and other associated symptoms of menstruation.

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नयी दिल्ली,20 मई । कोविड-19 से मरने वाले लोगों में फॉरेंसिक पोस्टमार्टम के लिए चीर-फाड़ करने वाली तकनीक का इस्तेमाल नहीं करना चाहिए क्योंकि इससे मुर्दाघर के कर्मचारियों के अत्यधिक एहतियात बरतने के बावजूद शव में मौजूद द्रव तथा किसी तरह के स्राव के संपर्क में आने से इस जानलेवा रोग की चपेट में आने का खतरा हो सकता है।

भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद (आईसीएमआर) ने ‘भारत में कोविड-19 मौतों में चिकित्सा-विधान के लिए मानक दिशा निर्देशों’ में यह जानकारी देने के साथ ही कहा गया है, ‘‘इससे शव के निस्तारण में डॉक्टरों, मुर्दाघर के कर्मचारियों, पुलिसकर्मियों और अन्य सभी लोगों में संक्रमण फैलने से रुकेगा।’’ दिशा निर्देशों के अनुसार कोरोना वायरस के कारण अस्पताल तथा चिकित्सा निगरानी के तहत मौत का कोई भी मामला गैर-एमएलसी है और इसमें पोस्टमार्टम करने की आवश्यकता नहीं होती और मौत का प्रमाणपत्र इलाज कर रहे डॉक्टर देंगे। कोविड-19 के संदिग्ध मरीजों के जो शव अस्पताल लाए जाते हैं उन्हें डॉक्टर आपात स्थिति में चिकित्सा-विधान मामले के तौर पर देख सकते हैं और उसे मुर्दाघर भेजा जाएगा तथा पुलिस को सूचित किया जाएगा जो मौत की वजह जानने के लिए चिकित्सा-विधान पोस्टमार्टम की कार्रवाई शुरू कर सकती है। दिशा निर्देशों में कहा गया है, ‘‘इन मामलों में फॉरेंसिक पोस्टमार्टम की छूट दी जा सकती है।’’ दुर्घटना या आत्महत्या से होने वाली मौत के मामलों में मृतक कोविड-19 से संक्रमित या संदिग्ध हो सकता है। अगर मरीज की अस्पताल में मौत हुई है तो फॉरेंसिक पोस्टमार्टम के लिए शव के साथ चिकित्सा रिकॉर्ड और अन्य सभी संबंधित दस्तावेज भी भेजे जाएं। जांच के बाद अगर किसी अपराध का संदेह नहीं है तो पुलिस के पास चिकित्सा-विधान पोस्टमार्टम से छूट देने का अधिकार है। दिशा निर्देशों में कहा गया है, ‘‘जांच कर रहे पुलिस अधिकारी को महामारी के ऐसे हालात के दौरान अनावश्यक पोस्टमार्टम से छूट देने के लिए सक्रिय कदम उठाने चाहिए।’

फॉरेंसिक पोस्टमार्टम की प्रक्रिया के अनुसार सर्जिकल पोस्टमार्टम से बचने के लिए बाहरी जांच के साथ ही कई तस्वीरें लेनी चाहिए और मौखिक पोस्टर्माटम करना चाहिए। दिशा निर्देशों के मुताबिक अगर कोविड-19 जांच रिपोर्ट नहीं आई है तो शव को मुर्दाघर से तब तक नहीं निकालना चाहिए जब तक कि अंतिम रिपोर्ट न मिल आए और सभी औपचारिकताएं पूरी होने के बाद ही इसे जिला प्रशासन को सौंपना चाहिए। इसमें कहा गया है, ‘‘शव के पास दो से अधिक रिश्तेदार नहीं होने चाहिए और उन्हें शव से कम से कम एक मीटर की दूरी बरतनी चाहिए। प्लास्टिक बैग को बिना खोले शव की पहचान की जाए और अधिकारियों की मौजूदगी में यह किया जाए। कानूनी प्रवर्तन एजेंसियों की मौजूदगी में शव को शवदाह गृह ले जाया जाए जहां मृतक के पांच से अधिक रिश्तेदार एकत्रित न हों।’’ शव को मुर्दाघर ले जाते समय कर्मचारी पूरी तरह से निजी रक्षात्मक उपकरण (पीपीई) पहनें। अगर शव को दफनाया जाना है तो ऊपरी सतह पर सीमेंट का लेप होना चाहिए। दिशा निर्देशों में कहा गया है कि जितना संभव हो शव का इलेक्ट्रिक तरीके से अंतिम संस्कार करना चाहिए। ऐसे धार्मिक रीति-रिवाजों से बचना चाहिए जिसमें शव को छूना पड़ता है।

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INS Jalashwa, arrived Kochi, once again on 17 May 20, this time with 588 Indian nationals as part of the second phase of Operation Samudra Setu under the aegis of mission Vande Bharat launched by Government of India. The Indian nationals brought onboard the ship include 70 women (06 pregnant) and 21 children. The passengers were primarily from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Lakshadweep.

The warship berthed alongside at   the   Samudrika Cruise Terminal, of Cochin Port Trust  at  11:30 am and was received by the State Government, District Administration and Port Trust. Extensive arrangements were made by the Port authorities for streamlining the process of COVID screening and immigration procedures as also by the civil administration for transportation for the evacuated Indian nationals to respective districts/States for further quarantining.

The ship had departed Male on 16 May 20 for the repatriation of Indian nationals from the Island nation. The ship’s scheuled departure on 15 may was delayed due to inclement weather, accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds.  Meanwhile, INS Magar, is preparing itself for the second phase of evacuation as and when directed.

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Subject: Mumbai : People purchase the Homeopathic medicine used for immunity Booster to fight against Coronavirus during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo Girish Srivastav/ 16.05.2020

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The last few months have been unprecedent and challenging for humanity as we grapple with the most severe pandemic since the breakout of Spanish Flu in 1918. The exponential rise of Covid-19 has forced nations, including India to impose large scale lockdown. This in turn, has brought the daily lives and economic activity to almost a standstill. While the immediate focus is on containing the spread of virus through social distancing and adequate testing, we also need find ways to keep the wheel of economy running and providing people with essential services. Businesses, along with the government have a major role to play in this regard.

Given the importance of insurance to safeguard people, businesses, and other important assets, it is important for the industry to find alternate ways to ensure business continuity, maintain and enhance service quality, and keep the innovation engine on. While the industry had already made big strides towards digitization, Covid-19 encouraged all the players to expedite the journey, literally in a span of few days. Here are some major changes that we have witnessed: –

Digital interaction capabilities: Given that India has low financial literacy as compared to some evolved markets, nothing replaces the impact of face to face interaction between an agent and customer. However, self-service portals for policyholders are proving to be a game changer by providing a fast and easy way to connect and interact. These portals are built on intuitive & responsive design approach and can be easily accessed through a web browser or mobile applications.

Additionally, as people get accustomed to it, premium payments, claims and other customer request are likely to increase soon. To put this into perspective, we had recently rolled out an SMS campaign to encourage our customers who were not using MY AVIVA self-service portal to join it. The campaign led to 98% growth in registrations. We also saw a significant growth in premium payments through our portal.

Insurers will also need to ramp up their call center operations to keep pace with the rising volumes. This means using new age solutions such as cloud telephony, AI powered chatbots, WhatsApp based response, and interactive voice response etc. By all means, the investment is worth making, since it takes the customer experience to a new level and helps in cost optimization.
Greater collaboration for internal operations: An environment in which more employees are working remotely makes it imperative to shift to digital-only approach.

Technology provides them with ways to connect over video calls, share and collaborate documents, and much more. This also enables them to be more effective in a world where customers expect to interact and conduct business online. However, insurers will need to upskill and reskill their workforce for the new world order. Once hiring come back to usual, HR leaders will also emphasize on attracting people who have a natural bent for technology.

Cyber-risk management: The massive shift to digital interactions and transactions will also come with its own challenges in terms of cyber-risk. This applies to company’s internal data as well as the data of customers. For instance, operations teams are equipped with a virtual private network in order to log into company’s system. Such a network, if not guarded well, may have loopholes that hackers could exploit. Hence, we require greater adherence to security protocols and stringent use of cybersecurity technologies. Predictive risk management technologies will be extremely critical to nip such threats in the buds.

Hopefully, we will soon be able to leave the phase of Covid-19 behind us. It is almost certain that the world after Covid-19 will never be the same. All of us will have to find silver linings everywhere to emerge stronger and better. For insurance industry, I am hopeful that the insurance ecosystem (business leaders, employees, customers) would have realized the benefits of going digital first and will retain the habit. In other words, Covid-19 will trigger a tipping point that results in more aggressive digital transformation plans for insurance industry.

By- Anjali Malhotra, Chief Customer, Marketing, Digital and IT Officer, Aviva India.

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Under livelihood rehabilitation programme, AkzoNobel has been associated with Faridabad Dist. Prison in providing decorative paints skill training to prison inmates and has trained more than 125 inmates till date. In the wake of COVID-19, AkzoNobel India partners with Faridabad District Prison to make three layered face masks for front line health workers, daily wage labourers and their families in Gurgaon.

Under this partnership, 20,000 facial masks are being made by the inmates of the prison and will be soon distributed in the community. The partnership with Faridabad District Prison under our existing programme aims to help in meeting the increasing demand of face masks.

Earlier, AkzoNobel India had extended a helping hand to its 12,000 painters and provided essential food items to 6,000 people. Further, the products offered by AkzoNobel India are being used on hospital beds and other metal equipment (including oxygen bottles and ventilators), which are currently in high demand. The company is prioritizing its resources in this area to ensure production of these key items can continue. The company has also provided initial screening for coronavirus to more than 1,000 people in villages near Bangalore till date.

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In our joint efforts to inspire and strengthen India’s fight against #COVID19, ICCR is pleased to bring out a motivational song titled “United We Fight”. The song is to help people stay united and ignite hope in the hearts of people and encourage them to think positive in these tough times. Written and composed by Joe Alvares, vocals by Usha Uthup, Salim Merchant, Shefali Alvares Rashid, Benny Dayal, Sonam Kalra, Chandan Bala Kalyan, Joe Alvares, Salome and Samira, and music by Tubby, Pandit Ravi Chari, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasiya and Ustad Faisal Qureshi, the song is a rendition weaving English lyrics into the notes and beats of Indian classical music, spreading the essence of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
 
 The video link (googledrive) of the song  is
   
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1S43i-c6VloSiz_edsy9TB5BEwlEj3fiL

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten health and food systems in India and around the world, the 2020 Global Nutrition Report calls on governments, businesses and civil society to step up efforts to address malnutrition in all its forms.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of food and health systems, disproportionately impacting already vulnerable populations. As inequalities and malnutrition continue to sweep the world and India, the 2020 Global Nutrition Report stresses that the need to address malnutrition in all its forms by tackling injustices in food and health systems is now more urgent than ever.

The Report finds that India remains severely affected by malnutrition, with one of the highest rates of within-country inequalities in malnutrition globally. However, some progress has been made to tackle stunting and underweight, and the country has put in place innovative programmes aimed at reaching the most vulnerable.

Double burden: Most countries in the world must now be equipped to fight both sides of malnutrition at the same time.
India has had some success in reducing rates of underweight in child and adolescents. Between 2000 and 2016, rates have decreased from 66.0% to 58.1% for boys and 54.2% to 50.1% in girls. However, this is still high compared to the average of 35.6% for boys and 31.8% for girls in the Asia region.

In addition, 37.9% of children under 5 years of age are stunted and 20.8% are wasted, compared to the Asia average of 22.7% and 9.4% respectively.
Diet-related diseases continue to be an issue, with one in two women of reproductive age experiencing anaemia. On the other hand, rates of overweight and obesity continue to rise, affecting almost one fifth of adults at 21.6% of females and 17.8% of men.

Globally, countries are often unprepared to face the nutrition crisis. Financial commitments also don’t match the scale and nature of the issue: increases in domestic resources for nutrition have been marginal at best, and obesity and overweight have been largely ignored in aid allocations.

New perspective: redirecting resources to communities and people most affected is the right and the smartest thing to do
Global and national patterns hide significant inequalities within countries and populations, with vulnerable groups being the most affected. The Report found clear links between levels of malnutrition and population characteristics like location, age, sex, education and wealth, while conflict and other forms of fragility compound the problem.

Differences across communities and at the sub-national level are striking. India is one of the countries with the largest within-country inequalities in malnutrition, with some Indian states such as Uttar Pradesh recording stunting levels of over 40%. Stunting figures among individuals in the lowest income group are more than double those in the highest income group at 22.0% and 50.7% respectively. In addition, stunting prevalence is 10.1% higher in rural areas compared to urban areas.

The same applies for overweight and obesity, where there are nearly double as many obese adult females than there are males (5.1% compared to 2.7%).
Some positive steps have been made to address inequalities in India. For example, the Transformation Aspirational Districts Program has supported Indian government efforts by focusing policy attention on improving services across health, nutrition, education, infrastructure, agriculture and water resources in districts with pockets of under-development.

Speaking at the Global Nutrition Report online launch, Alok Kumar, special advisor to NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) will say:“Lack of access to food is only one determinant of malnutrition. Addressing it requires us to act on multiple fronts: promoting equity by working on all the social determinants as well as strengthening the governance and delivery systems. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges manifold, we need much greater resolve and commitment to attain our goals.”

Further action needs to be taken. The effects of the pandemic will only make it harder for vulnerable populations to protect themselves against malnutrition. Malnutrition affects our immune system, leaving us more susceptible to infection, and the socio-economic impact of the pandemic could in turn drive malnutrition globally.

Gaps in food systems: Poor diets are not simply a matter of personal food choices.
The Report calls for a change in food systems. Existing agriculture systems still focus on staple grains like rice, wheat and maize, rather than producing a broader range of more diverse and healthier foods, such as fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Fresh or perishable foods are less accessible and affordable in many parts of the world compared to staple grains. Whereas, processed foods, especially ultra-processed food, are available, cheap and intensively marketed, with sales high and growing fast in many parts of the world including India.[1]These changes demand policy and planning resources to promote desirable nutrition outcomes.

Solutions have started to emerge across the world. These include: increased public investment for healthier food products, support for shorter supply chains for fresh-food delivery programmes, use of fiscal instruments, limiting advertising of junk food, and food reformulation, or the use of front-of-pack labelling (FOPL) to inform consumers and influence industry behaviour. However, much more remains to be done.

Venkatesh Mannar, Co-Chair of the Report and Special Adviser on Nutrition to the Tata Cornell Agriculture & Nutrition Initiative, said: “At a time when COVID-19 has further revealed the gaps in our food systems, we now have a unique opportunity to act in coordination to address them and ensure that healthy and sustainably produced food is the most accessible, affordable and desirable choice for all.”

Universal Health Coverage: an opportunity to make nutrition care universally available as a basic, live-saving and cost-effective health service. 

Malnutrition in all its forms has become the leading cause of poor health and death, and the rapid rise of diet-related chronic diseases is putting an immense strain on health systems. But despite this assessment, nutrition actions only represent a minuscule portion of national health budgets although they can be highly cost-effective or even cost-saving solutions.
Recognising the major variations within states in terms of social and economic development indicators, India launched the Transformation of Aspirational Districts programme in 2018.

It is one example of successful integration and delivery of equitable nutrition services by focusing policy attention towards addressing inequality, social injustice and exclusion in 115 ‘aspirational districts’ in 28 states. The programme involves a concerted effort to improve the performance of services across health, nutrition, education, infrastructure, agriculture and water resources in districts with pockets of under-development.

Renata Micha, Co-Chair of the Report and Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University said:“Good nutrition is an essential defence strategy to protect populations against epidemics, release the burden on our health systems, deliver Universal Health Coverage and ultimately save lives. The findings of the 2020 Global Nutrition Report make clear that tackling malnutrition should be at the centre of our global health response.” 

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Colours have always been significant in our lives. Not only do they help rejuvenate things but they also evoke memories and other emotions. Color Therapist Kaajal Rohira says that colours mean a lot to us in every way. “Colour like love has no boundaries. Colours evoke memories, feelings, impression. We breathe, smell, eat and live colour and carry it wherever we go and in whatever we do. We absorb the energy of colour through our eyes, skin, food. We feel its influence with all our senses. Every cell of our body responds to colours. It exists in our world externally and internally, it has a remarkable influence in our mind, the conscious and the subconscious. There is nothing like good or bad colour,” she says.

Talking about colour therapy, she says, “Each individual is born with different colour frequencies, the analysis and calculations from the birth date decide the positive and negative frequencies, which is called colour kundali or karmic graph of colour. The goal of colour kundali is to correct physiological and psychological imbalances in an individual and an environment by choosing the right colours. Colour Kundali is the contemporary version of the ancient DIVYA SURYA KIRAN CHIKITSA, also known as chroma therapy or colour therapy.”

She adds, “It is a powerful ancient healing technique in which we use natural vibrations of colours to act on the subtle body and it’s energy centres Chakras. Colour therapy has its base on the seven colours of the spectrum i.e. The colours of the rainbow.”

In fact, this therapy is a great stress buster, among other things. “Colour Therapy has a vast role to play in the arena of stress control, personality development and confidence enhancement, a factor so critical in all our aspirations, be if financial, emotional, social or spiritual,” she says.

Kaajal also stresses on the fact that colour therapy is so easy to implement. “As colours are everywhere, we can eat, drink, wear them in our clothes, we can fill them in our interiors and colours can be used in meditation. Colours are like batteries, they charge the chakra system in our body. Making the individual balanced with a positive and healthy immune system physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally, bring balance, peace, happiness and abundance,” she says. Kaajal Rohira coincidentally happens to be actress Shweta Rohira’s mom too.

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With the outbreak of COVID-19 globally, a lot of countries have been placed under lockdown, in order to prevent the spread of infection. With a deadly pandemic on the rise, the need to practice social distancing as a means to combat the deadly infection is being advocated by everyone around the world. Here are 7 things you should do to maintain social distance and be safe at home:

Make most of the situation- A new language, playing an instrument, dance moves, cooking, there is a lot to learn while we observe social distancing at home. Building up on skills is something we miss out on in our daily lives, which is why it is important to take the time out to learn something new and add new feathers to your hat.

Being active- With most of us being home, the probability of napping all day is high (unless you are working from home), it is important to stay active, physically as well as mentally. Adding some workout regime to your home quarantine days will not only keep you healthy and in shape but will also ease anxiety related to coping with the pandemic.

Staying in touch with others- While we cannot step out and meet our near & dear ones like we always could, it is important to stay in touch. Virtual worlds provide a unique opportunity to hang out with your friends while maintaining proper social distance. Pick up the phone, and video call your family, friends, colleagues and catch up on what has been happening.

Shop online for your grocery and daily essentials- While stepping out for essentials is permitted, why take the risk? There are several online grocery platforms to serve you at your doorstep. With stringent measures taken for hygiene and safety while manufacturing and packaging of goods, to measures taken for delivery personnel, introducing no-contact deliveries and packing of orders in sanitized bags, you can be rest assured of the supply of your essential items.

Binge watch- This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on that web series you have been eyeing. While we otherwise may not find the time to indulge in binge-watching, now is the time. There are several platforms for you and your friends to watch shows together as well.

Taking a break from the news- It is important to keep up with the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, but this can sometimes take a toll on how you are feeling mentally and emotionally. Taking a break can keep your mind off things during these tough times.

Lending a helping hand- Go ahead and donate some food and supplies to the people in need during this unfortunate situation. While most of us are fortunate enough to have meals 3 times a day, let’s not forget about the ones that may not be able to.

So, now all of us should utilize this time to develop new ways to stay connected and still have fun, even while adhering to public health guidelines. Lastly, let’s be grateful to all the frontline workers like delivery boys, household help, health workers, doctors, and police who are serving us in this unprecedented situation.