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Pawan Hans’ regional chopper services plan hit by divestment process

State-run Pawan Hans’ plan to launch helicopters under the regional connectivity scheme Udan have run into rough weather amid the ongoing disinvestment process and non-availability of choppers, the company’s union has alleged. Pawan Hans, in which the government has proposed to sell its entire 51 per cent stake to private players, has the mandate to fly on 11 routes across Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Uttarakhand under phase two of Udan scheme. Oil sector behemoth ONGC holds the remaining 49 per cent in the mini-ratna PSU. It has a fleet…

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8 Effective Remedies For Constipation Suggested By Ayurveda

Constipation is one of the most common health problems these days. As per Ayurveda, this condition occurs when vata’s cold and dry qualities disturb the colon, inhibiting its proper functioning. A day without complete bowel movement can be very unsettling and sometimes painful. Our modern lifestyle is such that it has given a rise to this problem. Some of the most common causes are junk food consumption, alcohol drinking, smoking and over-eating. Most people affected by this problem feel bloated and uneasy with the inability to pass stool easily. Ayurveda…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Turns out, food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body. According to a new study conducted by the Binghamton University, food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates. “We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression,” said researcher Gretchen Mahler. According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present…

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Beat exam stress and perform well by following these 4 health tips

It’s that time of the year when both students and parents feel “exam pressure”. Students are under pressure to perform their best, but doing so requires a balanced approach to health, in addition to consistent studying. This balanced approach helps students boost their memory and remember what they have studied. Dr Hariprasad, an Ayurveda expert at The Himalaya Drug Company, recommends the following tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the upcoming exams: * Exercise regularly: Physical activity is an effective tool to improve academic performance. Studies conducted at the University…

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One Or More Sweet Beverage Daily By Either Partner May Reduce Chances of Pregnancy

Those trying their chances at pregnancy take note. According to a latest study, one or more sugar sweetened beverage everyday by either partner may significantly bring down the couple’s chances of pregnancy. “We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality,” said Elizabeth Hatch, from Boston University in the US. “Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related…

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