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Electric three-wheelers and two-wheelers (under 150cc) are likely to become mandatory by April 2023 and April 2025, respectively.



Electric three-wheelers and two-wheelers (under 150cc) are likely to become mandatory by April 2023 and April 2025, respectively. These radical proposals of an expert panel, Times of India reports, are aimed at curbing vehicular pollution, reducing dependence on oil and making India a global EV manufacturing hub. Vehicles registered before the cut-off dates won’t be impacted but they will face a clear scrapping policy, along with penalties based on the “polluter pays” principle. Indians purchase over 2 crore two-wheelers every year, which together with autos and other three-wheelers make up 75% of the country’s traffic.

World Sparrow Day: Twitter Concerned Over Disappearing Avian Companions

Once a common visitor to our homes, chirping noisily at the windows, sparrows are becoming hard to spot around. Shrinking urban nesting spaces, rampant construction and felling of trees have threatened their peaceful existence with humans.


Today is World Sparrow Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about the house sparrow and threat to their population. It is observed on March 20 every year. This international initiative has been taken up by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and various other national and international organisations across the world. The Nature Forever Society was started by Indian conservationist Mohammed Dilawar who started his work helping the house sparrow in Nashik. The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world. The idea was to earmark a day for the house sparrow and convey the message of their conservation and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken for granted now.

15th March celebrated as World Sleep Day 2019

Every year World Sleep Day is celebrated on the 15th of March. The theme of World Sleep day 2019 is 'Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging". World Sleep Day is an annual, global call to spread awareness and explain the importance of healthy sleep. The aim of World Sleep Day is to bring attention to the many burdens of sleep problems, as well as the importance of a healthy sleep. The day is an internationally recognized awareness event which brings researchers, health care providers and patients together to understand the importance of adequate sleep and its impact on our health. Inadequate sleep could lead to some chronic medical conditions like heart stroke, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and even weight gain.

Cancer Medicines price will drop


NPPA slashed prices of 390 anti-cancer medicines. Some brands with high MRPs likely to see up to 25% cut. The latest list expands the number of brands impacted by the move to 390 from 105 earlier, however, it leaves out brands belonging to seven of the 42 drugs targeted by the regulator.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said retail pricing data procured from pharmaceutical companies has shown that maximum retail prices (MRPs) under the price caps will drop for 390 formulations, the falls ranging from 3 per cent to over 80 per cent.

India is world’s pollution capital

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank.Sign of a developed country is more people opting to go in public transport rather than individual cars and bikes.

Second patient cleared of HIV

A British man has become the second adult in the world to be cleared of HIVfollowing a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation. The man, known as the “London patient,” is the second to land in remission after the treatment, following a patient in Berlin a decade ago. Researchers say it is too early to declare the U.K. patient “cured” and the treatment wouldn’t be practical for most people, but could help in ultimately discovering a cure.

This is hopeful. While this is only be a piece of the puzzle, Curious how scientists will leverage their growing knowledge of CCR5 and its impact on HIV treatments in the future. 

#health  #medicalresearch  #scientists  #puzzles  #HIV

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank. Here's what people are saying.

PETA criticised for calling Steve Irwin an animal harasser, disrespectful on his 57th birthday

Animal rights organisation PETA is under fire for calling famed conservationist Steve Irwin an animal harasser and condemning a tribute to him on what would have been his 57th birthday.On Friday (US Time), Google honoured Irwin, a well-known zookeeper and television host who was known as 'The Crocodile Hunter' before his death 2006, with a slideshow of illustrations.The search engine frequently honours celebrities by redesigning their logo with a 'doodle' reflecting their work. The slideshow of illustrations for Irwin show him exploring, holding a crocodile and hanging out with his wife and kids.


"Today's Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognized as the most extensive of any conservationist," wrote Irwin's wife Terri in a blog for Google.

But PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has blasted the illustrations as well as the zookeeper, who would have turned 57 on February 22."Steve Irwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile and wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business," PETA tweeted.






"Google Doodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats."

The animal rights group goes on to condemn Irwin's actions and say he used animals simply as performers with no respect for them.

But their statement has not been well received online, with many people pointing out the bad taste of making the remarks on Irwin's birthdays, that Irwin rescued hundreds of animals, and the controversies PETA has been involved in.

The only Indian city with safe air

A month after the Centre launched the National Clean Air Programme, only one Indian city – Patiala – has safe air, IndiaSpend reports, citing a daily pollution tracker. Just 10 other cities out of the 74 assessed have breathable air even as the usual suspects Ghaziabad and Varanasi languish at the bottom. India is home to 14 of the world’s most polluted cities, according to a WHO study. The clean air initiative aims to cut PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 20-30% by 2024.


Wonder why we still are not taking measures and steps towards contributing to bring down the pollution. Is it because ? 

1. Safety - Shared services
 2. Public Transportation : Last mile connectivity issues
 3. Flexible time : Don't have to depend on others time. 
4. Pollution from car is minimum so don't have to bother ! 

- What do you think is major cause for people not making efforts towards bringing down Air Quality Index to acceptable levels ? 

- How can Corporates in and surrounding areas of Delhi take steps towards this issue ?

Columbia University in the US created novel system that translates thoughts into speech

In a first, scientists have created a system that translates thoughts into intelligible, recognisable speech, an advance that may help people who cannot speak regain their ability to communicate with the outside world.

By monitoring someone's brain activity, the technology developed by researchers from Columbia University in the US can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity.

The breakthrough harnesses the power of speech synthesisers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain.

It also lays the groundwork for helping people who cannot speak, such as those living with as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or recovering from stroke, regain their ability to communicate with the outside world, researchers said.

Israeli Scientists Have Developed A Cure For Cancer, Which Is 100% Effective & Coming By 2020


A medical breakthrough from Israel can effectively cure cancer, the deadly disease that kills millions of people around the world every year.

A small team of Israeli scientists is claiming to have developed a 100% cancer cure like never before, which they expect to be available for cancer patients by early next year.The revolutionary cancer cure treatment is called MuTaTo, which is developed by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi).

MuTaTo stands for multi-target-toxin and it reportedly uses a combination of cancer-targeting peptides and a unique toxin that only targets and terminates cancer cells, leaving alone healthy cells and tissue in the process.
How is MuTaTo different from existing cancer treatments?

Dr Morad, who's CEO of AEBi claims that MuTaTo will prevail where other cancer treatments fail. Prevailing cancer cures don't work because the cancer cells it attacks mutate and spread to avoid the drug, rendering the treatment useless.

But MuTaTo is different from other cancer cure because it attacks a cancer cell's receptors from three different directions. "Not even cancer can mutate three receptors at the same time," claims Dr Morad, in a report.The Israeli scientists who developed the cancer treatment drug claim MuTaTo can reduce the side-effects of most cancer treatments, and it can be hyper-personalised to each patient in the long run.

But after successful mice trials, Dr Morad claims they are now fast-tracking MuTaTo to conduct human trials through this year. He's confident MuTaTo will perform as expected in humans as well -- and be a 100% cancer cure that the world has been waiting for.

5 Indian Spices That Are Good For Your Health


Turmeric.


This bright orange spice is not only great for adding yellow color to your dish, but the health benefits are immense. It contains compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high.Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%



Black Pepper.



Known as the “King of Spices,” black pepper has been valued for its flavor and antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies have shown that the chemical compounds of black pepper, particularly piperine, may be effective in the early acute inflammatory process.They provide physiological benefits or prevent chronic ailment in addition to the fundamental nutrition and often included in the category of functional foods. Black pepper (Piper Nigrum L.) is an important healthy food owing to its antioxidant, antimicrobial potential and gastro-protective modules.Potassium, another mineral in black pepper, helps improve your stomach's ability to digest foods and promotes intestinal health. Because black pepper is a carminative, it discourages intestinal gas from forming, and as a bonus, the outer layer of the peppercorn aids in the break-down of fat cells.

Include black pepper in your fruit or vegetable juice to improve digestion and help you with weight loss. Black pepper can be consumed directly - if you can tolerate the heat of black pepper, try taking 2 to 3 black peppercorns every morning to boost your metabolism.

Pepper might have a burning aftertaste. Taking large amounts of black and white pepper by mouth, which can accidentally get into the lungs, has been reported to cause death. This is especially true in children. Black pepper and white pepper, when applied directly to the skin, are safe for most adults.

Cardamom.
Cardamom has a flavor and fragrance all it's own, but if you don't have any on hand, this cardamom substitute is a decent stand in: Mix together equal parts cinnamon and nutmeg, and use in place of the cardamom called for in your recipe.

Cardamom is used mainly in Indian cooking as well as Middle Eastern cuisine. In Indian recipes, whole cardamom pods are used in preparing basmati rice and various curries. In Middle Eastern recipes, ground cardamom is used in preparing certain desserts.
Steep some pods in water along with honey and drink this cardamom tea as an effective natural remedy for flu. It imparts warmth to the body. Cardamom is good for curing stomach problems like indigestion, gas and constipation.

Green Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight in the world. Only a few others, such as Saffron and Vanilla, are more expensive. The main reason this spice is so expensive is because it needs to be harvested by hand. It is a very labor-intensive handpicking process.

Clove.


Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands (or Moluccas) in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice.It has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as Ancient Egypt. It used to be rare and valuable and was regarded as a gift fit for kings.
Health Benefits of Cloves

  • Contain Important Nutrients. .
  • High in Antioxidants.
  • May Protect Against Cancer.
  • Can Kill Off Bacteria.
  • May Improve Liver Health.
  • May Help Regulate Blood Sugar.
  • May Promote Bone Health.
  • May Reduce Stomach Ulcers.


Cinnamon


Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. Cinnamon is used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavouring additive in a wide variety of cuisines, sweet and savoury dishes, breakfast cereals, snackfoods, tea and traditional foods.
Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Just make sure to get Ceyloncinnamon or stick to small doses if you're using the Cassia variety.

Because cinnamon is an unproven treatment, there is no established dose. Some recommend 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2-4 grams) of powder a day. Some studies have used between 1 gram and 6 grams of cinnamon. Very high doses may be toxic.

Cancer genomics research should be more widespread: Varmus

Nobel laureate Harold E Varmus has said that research on cancer genomics needs to be more widespread as it provides a deeper understanding of the disease and helps save a large number of lives.
Stressing on the need for gathering genomic data for patients of diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, Varmus said at present there is enough data for Caucasian white patients but data from other regions like India, Africa is critically required without delay. The medical scientist made the observations while delivering a lecture on 'The transformation of cancer research' at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics here on Sunday.
Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes. There is a need for a deep rational understanding of how cancer arises and genomics provides a deeper understanding of cancer, he said. He gave some examples of how genomic insights have provided more precise treatment of various types of cancers, such as leukaemia and lung cancer. Prof Varmus has been engaged in cancer research for about 50 years.
Varmus and J Michael Bishop were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for the discovery of 'the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes'. The Nobel laureate expressed his happiness that India, through the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics(NIBMG), was participating in the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and has already generated the landscape of genomic alterations that drives oral cancer. "Cancer is a highly heterogeneous disease and treatment needs to be more precise," he added. He asked the NIBMG to play a leadership role and requested the government to provide sustained funding for cancer genomic research.

Delhi may ban the use of private cars from November 1

Delhi may ban the use of private cars from November 1 if its already-severe air pollution worsens. Environment Pollution Control Authority chief Bhure Lal said “only public transport will be used” in such a case as part of the government’s graded action plan (pdf). Delhi’s air quality index, which measures the concentration of toxic particulate matter, hit an alarming 469 on Tuesday due to crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, vehicular exhaust and lower wind speeds. On Monday, the Supreme Court asked the Delhi government to impound more than 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles to address the situation.

According to a report by TOI, National Physical Laboratory of India (NPLI) on tuesday certified a ground level air purifying technology that can improve air quality even in an open environment. Therefore it might be possible to have cleaner air at a bust stop or playground.
The technology is called CleanAirZone has beeninstalled on a pilot basis in Gurudwara Rakabganj Sahib where the testing was carried out earlier this month. NPLI says its utilization could reduce PM 2.5 concentration by up to 90 %



Delhi's air quality oscillates between poor and very poor



Delhi's air quality oscillated between "poor" and "very poor" category on October 21 as authorities warned of days of severe pollution ahead.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 292, while the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research reported an AQI of 318, which falls in the "very poor" category.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".


An official said the air quality of Delhi might deteriorate to "severe" category in the coming days as the air becomes heavier and results in formation of smog. Few weeks back when Brayn Adam did his show, he put a picture showing his own shadow in air.
This photo from Bryan Adams’ concert may just highlight how bad Delhi’s pollution is
While the singer called the occurrence 'Magical', it clearly was far from that and many pointed out it just showed how bad the air quality is. How can the people , ministry and the policy makers ignore such a big issue ? 

How to protect yourself from cervical cancer ?



Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide. In attempts to curb it, all women aged 18 to 70 who have ever been sexually active are highly encouraged have a Pap test every two years.

A Pap test involves an instrument called a speculum that is used to part the walls of the vagina to get a clear view of the cervix.A small sample of cells is then taken from the surface of the cervix and put onto a glass slide. The slide is examined at a laboratory to look for cell changes.

This is one way of protecting yourself from this dreadful monster.

Therefore, while the following recommendations will not completely prevent cervical cancer, they will, however, lower your risk and help protect you from the disease

Constant medical check-up

Like I have mentioned before, constant Pap tests go a long way in protecting yourself from cervical cancer. Health care experts believe that regular check-up will continue to aid in fighting against cervical cancer. This is because such screening finds cervical cancer early—in its most curable stage.


Get an HPV Vaccine

This is one of the important and bold steps in fighting cervical cancer.

According to medical reports, Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, is the main cause of cervical cancer. There are two vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix) that can help protect young girls against HPV. These vaccines are licensed, safe, and effective.

Girls aren't the only ones who need to be protected against HPV. While HPV doesn't affect boys, they can be carriers. The Gardasil vaccine can be given to boys to help stop HPV from spreading. These vaccines are most effective in preteens, but can safely be administered until age 26.

Practice safe sex

Just like have mentioned above, boys are carriers to HPV, a virus that causes cervical cancer. In fact, Studies have shown that women who have many sexual partners increase their risk of developing HPV and their risk of cervical cancer.

Quit smoking

Health experts have revealed that Smoking cigarettes doubles your risk of developing cervical cancer. Studies have shown that tobacco by-products damage the DNA of cervix cells and may contribute to the development of cervical cancer.





What are the early signs of cervical cancer?


Cervical Cancer: Symptoms and Signs

Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods.
Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual.
Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination.
Increased vaginal discharge.
Pain during sexual intercourse.
Bleeding after menopause.
Unexplained, persistent pelvic and/or back pain.


How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?
Once cervical cells begin to change, it typically takes 10-15 years before invasive cervical cancer develops. As the cells change, they first become "pre-cancerous" – a condition also known as "dysplasia" or CIN – the abbreviation for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

What is the most common age for cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife and is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44. It rarely develops in women younger than 20. Many older women do not realize that the risk of developing cervical cancer is still present as they age

Is cervical cancer curable?
Stage IB Cancer of the Cervix. Small stage IB cervical cancers can be successfully cured with hysterectomy or radiation therapy in approximately 90% of patients. Bulky stage IB cancers (greater than 4 centimeters in size) are only curedin 70-75% of patients when surgery or radiation therapy is administered alone.

What is the best treatment for cervical cancer?
Treatment of stage IB and stage IIA cervical cancer may include the following: Radiation therapy with chemotherapy given at the same time. Radical hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without radiation therapy to the pelvis, plus chemotherapy. Radical trachelectomy.

(The article is for informative purpose , it is recommended to  consult a doctor if you have any questions.)

Diabetes: Eating Makhana (Lotus Seed) May Help Manage Your Blood Sugar Level

Makhanas, also called fox nuts and lotus seeds, come from a plant called Euryale Fox, which grows in the stagnant water of wetlands or ponds in Eastern Asia.

Popular as a fasting food, its health benefits are superior to those of dry fruits such as almonds and walnuts. Some of the health benefits of makhana are: It's a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. High in fiber and low in calories, it enables weight loss

They have been used in Chinese medicine and cuisine since 3000 years and find an important place in Ayurveda too. In India too makhana has found its place, from religious ceremonies to fasting dishes, to weight loss and to manage your blood sugar level. Makhanas are quite low in calories, which is why they have become so popular as an evening snack, which you can munch on happily. A 50-gm serving of dry-roasted makhanas has 180 calories and no saturated fat or sodium at all. Dry-roasted means that no grease or oil has been used in roasting the makhanas.


Makhana For Diabetes


Makhanas are rich in good carbohydrates and proteins. Being low glycaemic foods, makhanas help manage your blood sugar levels. Their glycaemic index is significantly lower than foods like rice, bread, etc. Moreover, their low sodium and high magnesium content makes it beneficial for those suffering from diabetes and obesity. Makhanas are also full of fibre and protein and are high in carbohydrates. If eaten in the right quantity and right manner, makhanas may help manage blood sugar levels.

Makhana seeds can be eaten raw, roasted or ground. Soaked in water overnight, it can be added to soups, salads or other gravy dishes. The puffed seeds are also used in kheer, puddings and dry roasted snacks. It can also be ground and added to soybean, bajra and jowar flours to prepare gluten-free, protein-rich rotis.



Is Makhana good for uric acid?

According to the university of maryland medical center, adding foods high in dietary fibre may help lower uric acid levels in your blood. Dietary fibre may help absorburic acid in your bloodstream, allowing it to be eliminated from your body through your kidneys. ... Bananas are also beneficial in lowering uric acid.

Is Makhana good for babies?
Nutritional benefits of Makhana/ Lotus seeds for Babies. 100 gms yield about 350 calories of energy. 1 ounce of lotus seeds has approximately 5 gms of proteins. They are very good source of protein, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.

Are Fox nuts fattening?
The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium, and a very good source of Manganese.

How many calories are there in Makhana?
Makhanas are low in calories and high in fibre and good carbs. A 50gms serving of fox nuts has just 180 calories.

Donald trump warns about #HurricaneFlorence

Hurricanes


Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes:
  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • If you have NFIP flood insurance, your policy may cover up to $1000 in loss avoidance measures, like sandbags and water pumps, to protect your insured property. You should keep copies of all receipts and a record of the time spent performing the work. They should be submitted to your insurance adjuster when you file a claim to be reimbursed. Visit www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/137860 to learn more.

When a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

When a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

Survive DURING

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
  • If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

Mentality is not good, you will always be a weak person


In life, a good attitude can make you optimistic and open-minded; a good attitude can make you overcome the suffering you face; a good attitude can make you indifferent to fame and fortune and live a truly happy life. The history of civilization for thousands of years of humanity tells us that a positive attitude can help us to obtain health, happiness and wealth.




01

Mentality determines life


In real life, we can't control our own experiences, but we can control our own mentality; we can't change others, but we can change ourselves. In fact, there is not much difference between people. The real difference lies in the mentality. Therefore, whether a person succeeds or not depends mainly on his mentality.





02

It’s better to be angry than to be angry




There are good times and adversities in life. It is impossible to be adversity everywhere; there are peaks and valleys in life, and it is impossible to be everywhere. Because of good times or peaks, they are arrogant, and they are dejected because of adversity or low valley. They are all shallow life. In the face of setbacks, if you just complain and get angry, then you are destined to be a weak person forever.



03

Have confidence to win




Throughout the ages, many people have failed because of incompetence, but because they are not confident. Self-confidence is a force and a motivation. When you are not confident, you are hard to do good things; when you don't do anything bad, you are even less confident. This is a vicious circle. If you want to be free from this vicious circle, you have to fight against failure, you have to establish a strong self-confidence.




04

Heartbeat is more action




The heart is not as good as action, although the action may not be successful, but it will not succeed without action. Life won't pay you for what you want to do, and you won't pay for what you know, but because you do something to pay for it.






A person's goal is to start with a dream. One's happiness is grasped from the state of mind, and one's success is achieved in action. Because only action, it will nourish your successful food and spring water.




05

Normally indispensable




Life can't be smooth, successful, and failing; happy and lost. If we look at these ups and downs in our lives too much, then life will never be calm for us, and there will never be laughter.




Life should be pursued, but temporarily not getting it will not hinder the happiness of daily life. Therefore, having a normal heart is an essential lubricating agent for life.




06

Tolerance is a virtue






As the saying goes: "Retreat to the sky and make a little peace of mind." This means that people need tolerance. Tolerance is a virtue that enables one to be respected. Tolerance is a good medicine that can save a person's soul. Tolerance is like a bright light that radiates light in the darkness and illuminates every soul.




07

Learn to loosen the mind




The human mind is fragile and needs constant stimulation and comfort. Often self-motivated, self-recognition, will make the soul happy. Learning to loosen the mind is to create a warm harbor for yourself, often walking into the massage for your busy and exhausted mind, so that the various parts of the mind are often maintained and maintained.




08

Don't fail frustration




Everyone's life will inevitably suffer setbacks and failures. The difference is that the loser always fails the frustration, so that each time can deeply resist the courage of his victory; the winners never give up, always say to themselves in the face of frustration again and again: "I have not failed, but have not succeeded.






If a person who is temporarily lost, if he continues to work hard and intends to win back, then his failure today is not a real failure. On the contrary, if he loses the courage to fight again, it is a real loss.




09

Change the inner world




In real life, people who are troubled all day long are not suffering from too many misfortunes, but rooted in the inner world of troubled people. Therefore, when troubles come, we should not blame others, nor do we renounce ourselves. We must learn to loosen our hearts, psychologically adjust ourselves, and avoid troubles into heart disease.




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Happiness is actually very simple






Some people say that happiness is spring flowers, summer green shades, autumn wild fruits, and winter snow. In fact, happiness is around us. A heart-felt smile, a sincere handshake, and a heart-to-heart conversation are a very happy thing.

Two in five Indians won’t have access to drinking water by 2030

Two in five Indians won’t have access to drinking water by 2030. A NITI Aayog report shows 21 Indian cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, are likely to run out of groundwater in the next two years, directly affecting 100 million people. “Given the combination of rapidly declining groundwater levels and limited policy action, this is also likely to be a significant food security risk for the country,” the report said. BBC recently reported that Bengaluru was among the 12 cities globally likely to run out of drinking water in the near future.

Groundwater in India depleted at 10-25 mm per year between 2002 and 2016. Average rainfall declined, from 1,050 mm in the kharif — summer cropping–season of 1970 to less than 1,000 mm in kharif 2015. Similarly, in the winter cropping, or rabi season, average rainfall declined, from Rs 150 mm in 1970 to about 100 mm in 2015. Dry days — days without rainfall — during the monsoons have increased, from ~40% to 45% in 2015.

According to the report 21 Indian cities–including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad–will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people; 40% of India’s population will have no access to drinking water by 2030, the report said.

The time has come when some introspection by the Indian media is required. Many people, not only those in authority but even ordinary people, have started saying that the media have become irresponsible and wayward, and need to be reined in. When the television and print media redirect your thought to casteism, communalism, Beef Issue, Love Jihad, Jinnah etc you are real away from the actual issues.

It is our duty to save this planet rather than relying on political parties to take any corrective measure. We all know that politics in India runs on feudal ideas , castism and communalism.


India's most pressing environmental problems are land damage, water shortages, and air and water pollution. ... Due to uncontrolled dumping of chemical and industrial waste, fertilizers and pesticides, 70% of the surface water in India is polluted.

Delhi needs Trees :-

Delhi was in news today for the #Chipko Movement to save trees, today High Court has put stay on cutting of more than 16,000 trees for redeveloping residential facilities for central government employees in south Delhi.


“Can Delhi afford cutting of trees for the development of roads and buildings?” the High Court asked NBCC. The court will hear the matter again on July 4.


The needed buildings can be built wherever compensatory planting is planned. Delhi needs trees more than any place This matter came in media when thousands of people protested in Delhi against the decision. Do you still think Politicians are concerned about the environment ? When political parties make building a temple as their priority rather saving the environment you can understand the seriousness in saving the nation.

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