IF YOU WANT TO STAY YOUNG FOR LONG, TRY TO DO EXERCISE 4-5 TIMES DAILY :

Want to stay young for long? If so, start exercising four to five times a day as it may help keep your heart stay healthy and slow down ageing, according to researchers. Research showed that different sizes of arteries are affected differently by varying amounts of exercise. While exercising for about two to three days a week for about 30 minutes may be sufficient to minimise stiffening of middle-sized arteries, exercising for about four to five days a week is required to keep the larger central arteries youthful.  The study would help “develop exercise programmes to keep the heart youthful and even turn back time on older hearts and blood vessels”, said one of the study authors, Benjamin Levine from the University of Texas. With age, arteries — which transport blood in and out of the heart — become prone to stiffening, increasing the risk of heart diseases. For the study, published in The Journal of Physiology, the team examined 102 people over 60 years old, with a consistent lifelong exercise history. The participants were divided into four groups depending on their exercise history — Sedentary: less than 2 exercise sessions per week; Casual Exercisers: 2-3 exercise sessions per week; Committed Exercisers: 4-5 exercise sessions per week and Masters Athletes: 6-7 exercise sessions per week. A lifelong history of casual exercise (two-three times a week) resulted in more youthful middle-sized arteries, which supply oxygenated blood to the head and neck. However, committed exercisers (4-5 times per week) also had more youthful large central arteries, which provide blood to the chest and abdomen, in addition to healthier middle-sized ones. Larger arteries need more frequent exercise to slow down ageing, the researchers said. The findings will help see “if we can reverse the ageing of a heart and blood vessels by using the right amount of exercise at the right time”, Levine explained. IANS : 21st. May,18

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ODISHA KHADI AND VILLAGE INDUSTRIES BOARD IS PLANNING TO OPEN HONEY PARLOUR IN THE STATE :

In a bid to boost honey production and encourage honey bee farmers, Odisha Khadi and Village Industries Board (OKVIB) is planning to open honey parlour across the state. The move will provide a suitable market to the honey bee farmers and make availability of pure honey in the market for the consumers, informed OKVIB Chairman Tejeswar Parida here on Sunday.The honey production could rise in Odisha if there would be MSP fixed for the honey bee farmers and people prefer to gift honey box instead of sweet when visiting their friends and relatives’ houses, opined Parida attending a programme on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar yesterday. The Khadi and Village Industries Board in association with the horticulture department has made an action plan to create 100 honey bee farmers in each block in the districts suitable for honey farming. A honey refinery plant with advanced equipment will be functional on premises of Khadi Board at Gandamunda in Bhubaneswar in next three months. The plant is being built at expenditure of Rs 45 lakh. A proposal has been sent to the government to name the honey farming scheme after late Chief Minister Biju Patnaik. The honey bee farming is made extensively in the districts including Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Rayagada and Nuapada. The government has wide range of planning to encourage the farmers for the honey bee farming. As part of the decision, a group of 20 members is providing training to people in various districts for seven days apart from providing each farmer five honey boxes, one smoke device and one honey release device at 50% subsidy. Under the programme, total 1200 beneficiaries of nine districts have been provided training in the past two years. Reports said that OKVIB has earned around Rs 40 lakh by selling the pure honey directly collected from the farmers within three years.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. May,18

A BLACK PANTHER SPOTTED BY CAMERA IN THE FOREST AREAS OF SUNDARGARH DISTRICT OF ODISHA :

Good news for the wildlife lovers as Odisha added a record to its research by capturing the first photograph of a black panther of big cat species in the forest of Sundergarh district. The footage of the black panther or melanistic leopard was captured repeatedly by the camera installed in Garjanpahad Reserve Forest of Hemagiri range of Sundergarh forest division, informed Odisha Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) Sandeep Tripathi here today. The black panther, which looks completely dark, was caught on camera while roaming in forest. The camera traps were deployed under the guidance of Sundergarh DFO Arjun Kumar Mishra by PCCF (wildlife) and CWLW researchers Bhakta Rath and Nimain Palei since December 2015. It is the first ever footage of black panther in the forests of Odisha, a press release said. “It is as shy as normal leopard and very difficult to detect. It is mostly found in dense forests of southern India,” the release said. The melanistic leopards are also found in eight other states — Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Odisha is the ninth state where black panther has been reported in Sundergarh forest division. Notably, Odisha is the only state to have Melanistic tigers (with thick and darker stripes), which are rarely found in the world, both in the wild and in the zoo. The Melanistic tiger was first reported in Similipal in the year 1993. The first photographic evidence about presence of the Melanistic tiger was captured in 2007. There are 15 normal tigers, seven white tigers and three melanistic tigers at Nandankanan Zoological Park situated on outskirts of Bhubaneswar. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. May,18

ODISHA CM NAVEEN PATNAIK GAVE 3D (DETERMINATION, DEVOTION AND DEDICATION) MANTRA TO HIS MINISTERS :

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers at the State Secretariat on the occasion of completion of BJD Government’s four years during fourth term, advised the ministers to work for the people with ‘3D’– Determination, Devotion and Dedication. Briefing media persons after the meeting, Patnaik also highlighted ten major achievements of his government during the term. “Firstly, several historical decisions have been taken to promote Odia language in all walks of life. In housing, our target was to build 24 lakh pucca houses…17 lakhs have been completed, 7 lakh will be completed by March 5, next year,” the CM said. “As far as rural roads are concerned, 25,500 kms have been constructed. In irrigation and agriculture, 7 lakh hectares of additional irrigation potential have been created…10 lakh hectares to be achieved by April 1, next year,” Patnaik said. He also spoke about 117 lakh metric tonnes grain production, provision of crop loans for sharecroppers and millet mision for rainfed areas. “In urban matters, land rights to slum dwellers is a historic decision. As far as skill development is concerned, we lead the country in skill development. 9 lakh young people have achieved skill development out of a target of 11 lakh,” he said. “Four out of nine medical colleges have been established and five more are in the pipeline. As far as tribal development is concerned, special development councils in nine tribal-dominated districts have been established,” the CM said. “As for women, 70 lakh women are in SHGs and 30 lakh women have been covered under the Mamata scheme. In sports, Odisha and Bhubaneswar have become global sports destinations,” he added. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. May,18

WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT HONOURED VETERAN SINGER ASHA BHOSLE :

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle was  honoured by the West Bengal government on May 21. Asha on Saturday thanked the state government for the same.  “My sincere thanks to the West Bengal Government for bestowing their highest civilian award on me. I shall receive the same in person in Kolkata on May 21,” Asha Bhosle tweeted. Asha Bhosle has been a part of the Hindi film industry for over six decades and has sung numbers like “Zara sa jhoom loon main”, “Uden jab jab zulfen teri” and “In aankhon ki masti”.  The Mid.day.com : 20th. May,18

A SURVEY SAYS MORE WOMEN ARE COMING OUT IN SUPPORT OF LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIPS :

For long the concept and topic of live-in relationships has been taboo in India but the times are changing with a number of women coming out in its support, according to a survey. Inshorts, a news app, conducted a poll in the second week of May capturing the views of 1.4 lakh netizens — 80 per cent being in the age group of 18-35 years, read a statement. According to the survey, more than 80 per cent millennials think that live-in relationships are still considered a taboo in Indian society while more than 47 per cent Indians are of the opinion that marriage is better when choosing between marriage and lifelong live-ins. More than 80 per cent Indians said that they do support live-ins as a way of life. Out of these, 26 per cent millennials went a step ahead and said that they would choose lifelong live-ins as an option over marriages. On the other hand, 86 per cent Indians are of the opinion that lust is not the sole reason behind live-ins and more than 45 per cent say that it is more of compatibility testing before marriage. In the report, 45 per cent respondents have also said that since Indian society constantly judges unmarried couples staying together, any move by the judiciary to support this will not have any effect on their mindset. Azhar Iqubal, CEO and Co-founder, Inshorts said: “Live-in relationships, even after being legally recognised by the government, is a forbidden subject of discussion in Indian households. Our current survey was focused on capturing the sentiments of our Indian youth on such delicate issues.” IANS : 21st. May,18

ALL PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN ODISHA WILL REMAIN CLOSED AS A PART OF 24-HRS STRIKE ON 25TH MAY TO PITCH FOR THEIR DEMAND FOR AN AMENDMENT IN THE ODISHA CLINICAL ESTABLISHMENT ACT :

All private hospitals in the State will remain closed as part of a 24-hour cease work strike on May 25 to pitch for their demand for an amendment in the Odisha Clinical Establishment Act, 1990. The decision was taken by All Odisha Private Medical Establishment Forum (AOPMEF) during a meeting at the IMA Institute here on Sunday. The forum alleged that the Odisha Clinical Establishment Act, 1990 is a hindrance for easy registration and renewal of private health facilities. Even though the State Government had been apprised of the matter back in 2014, no action has been taken so far. Therefore, the forum has decided to observe a 24-hour strike on May 25, said a member of the outfit. “We have decided to close all private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres from 6 am on May 25 to 6 am on May 26. We would approach the Government to commence registration of new clinical establishments and renewal of old establishments without any delay. We hope the protest will be a success,” said AOPMEF spokesperson Subrat Jena. Earlier in April this year, the AOPMEF had written a letter to Health and Family Welfare Minister Pratap Jena urging him to expedite registration and renewal process of private hospitals within a month, failing which they will launch agitation on May 25.  The Odisha TV : 21st. May,18

THANKS TO ODISHA GOVT. FOR DECIDING TO UPGRADE OUR OLD MADHUSUDAN LAW COLLEGE INTO LAW UNIVERSITY :

Odisha government decided to upgrade Madhusudan Law College into Law University and enhance welfare fund of the lawyers very soon. “Steps have been taken at the government level to declare Madhusudan Law College as the Law University. The Advocates’ Welfare Fund to be enhanced from the present Rs 3 crore to Rs 5 crore from next year,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at State Executive Meeting of BJD’s Legal Front here today. The government will also establish an Advocate academy for training and the skill development of lawyers in the districts. Attending the programme in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik exhorted the lawyers’ community to support full heartedly in the battle for Mahanadi to come forth and save the pride of Odisha being an integral part to frame the Mahanadi movement.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 20th. May,18

IN A BRIDE TRAFFICKING, A TEENAGED GIRL FROM KALAHANDI WAS SOLD FOR Rs.60,000/- TO MADHYA PRADESH MAN :

A teenaged girl from Kalahandi district was allegedly sold for Rs 60,000 to a middle-aged man of Madhya Pradesh after she was lured from her village on the pretext of marrying a younger man, police said. The matter came to light when the girl called Dial 100 after escaping from the clutches of the elderly person. On being informed, the cops took her to Bamitha police station in Chhatarpur area, where she narrated the entire incident. The victim, in broken Hindi, alleged that two persons Kalicharan Patel and Sarman had come to her village in Odisha and Sarman, a 21-year-old man from Bamitha village was presented as the “groom”. When she reached Bamitha in MP, she was married to 38-year-old Jagdish Patel in a local court, she said. Upon being questioned, Jagdish told that he spent Rs 60,000 for the marriage. “I gave the amount to Kalicharan and Sarman,” he said as per the local police. Interestingly, Sarman said he also wanted to marry the girl. Meanwhile, Bamitha police station in-charge Tilak Singh said investigations are underway and an FIR will also be registered. “The allegations levelled by the girl are being ascertained,” Singh added. Police sources said that Kalicharan Patel is quite known in the region for “arranging girls from Odisha” “Girls and women from Odisha are regularly brought and sold to men in Bundelkhand region spread across the two states of MP and Uttar Pradesh, who find it extremely difficult to get local girls for marriage”, said Sanjay Singh, a Bundelkhand-based activist, local media reported.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 20th. May,18

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