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PFRDA raises NPS equity investment cap under ‘active’ choice, relaxes withdrawal norms

You will soon be able to opt for higher equity investment under the National Pension System’s (NPS) ‘active’ choice. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) board of directors has approved increasing cap on equity investment in ‘active’ choice to 75% from current 50% for Private Sector Subscribers. Presently there is a cap of 50% on equity investment under active choice in NPS. A release issued by the PFRDA says that the increase in equity cap comes with a clause of tapering of the equity allocation after the age…

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Keep your sugar levels under control with regular exercise

Among all the ways you can keep your diabetes in check, working out is one of the best. There is a strong link between exercise and sugar levels in diabetes. Basic lifestyle changes and regular exercise can help you manage diabetes. Ranging from sugar control to weight management, staying active offers great benefits. Many studies aimed at finding an answer to this have concluded the positive impact of exercise on your sugar levels. Exercise in diabetes type 1 is as important as in type 2, says Dr Walia Murshida Huda (Senior Medical…

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UP board exams: students will now write under CCTVs

Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Rajive Kumar said the move is aimed to ensure copying-free board exams to be held across state. Photo: Hindustan Times Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday issued directions to install CCTV cameras in all board examination centres by December to check copying. Chief secretary Rajive Kumar said the move is aimed to ensure copying-free board exams to be held across the state. He said to bring improvement in the quality of education in the schools, a better work plan should be made in…

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Dear parents, take note. Cholera vaccines are less effective for children under 5

Vaccines are helping India wipe out several diseases. When it comes to cholera though, things may be different. A study has found that cholera vaccines provide significantly less protection for children under the age five, a population particularly at risk of dying from the diarrhoeal disease. A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US conducted a review of literature, which considered seven clinical trials and six observational studies. They found that the standard two-dose vaccine regimen reduced the risk of getting cholera on average by 58% for adults but only…

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Insulin cells under skin could save diabetics from jabs

Scientists have created artificial cells that act as sugar sensorsand insulin producers, an advance that may spell an end to painful needle jabs to monitor blood glucose levels, making the everyday life of diabetics easier. Researchers have used the simplest approach yet to produce artificial beta cells from human kidney cells. The therapy involves a capsule of genetically engineered cells implanted under the skin that automatically release insulin as required. Diabetic mice that were treated with the cells were found to have normal blood sugar levels for several weeks. Previous…

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Yoga can Improve Mental Health for Kids under Home Care

Regular practise of Kundalini Yoga — which incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and the chanting of mantras — can potentially help improve the health and psychological well being of children as well as the workforce in residential care homes, a study has found. The results showed that the yogic technique has the potential to encourage togetherness and mutuality and improve health and psychological outcomes for children as well as the staff. “The findings are very exciting as they suggest that the practice of Kundalini yoga, involving both staff and…

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