Health officials are investigating to determine if the deathSaturday evening of a three-year-old child from the ColchesterCounty area is associated with influenza. “The death of a child is always difficult, and I offer mysympathy to the family,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medicalofficer of health for Nova Scotia. “We also understand that thiswill cause concern for other parents. However, initialinvestigation indicates no increased health risk to the communityor the general public.” A sibling is currently recovering in the IWK Health Centre fromwhat is described as a respiratory illness. Due to the presence of influenza in the community and a historyof flu symptoms among family members, the provincial chiefmedical officer of health and the medical examiner arecollaborating to investigate. Laboratory test results areexpected over the next few weeks. “It is rare for an otherwise healthy child to get severely illwith influenza,” said Dr. Scott. “Healthy children normallyrecover completely from the illness.” Many children get the flu every year, with up to 25 per cent ofchildren affected in a severe season. However, deaths due toinfluenza are still rare in children. While the IWK has seencontinuous flu activity in this earlier than usual influenzaseason, the number of admissions to the intensive care unit issimilar to the number in past years. The Health Department continues to fund and recommend vaccinationof adults and children in high-risk groups, including people overage 65, and adults and children with chronic illnesses such asasthma, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is based onnational recommendations by the National Advisory Committee onImmunization (NACI). High-risk children under the age of nine whohave not previously been vaccinated will require two shots, onemonth apart.
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More Nova Scotians have access to a regular family doctor thanany other Canadians, according to the latest health report fromStatistics Canada. The 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) found that 94.9per cent of Nova Scotians have a regular family doctor, wellabove the national average of 85.8 per cent. “Access to a family doctor and other primary health-careproviders makes a big difference to the well-being of many NovaScotians,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “That’s why,through Nova Scotia’s plan for better health care — Your HealthMatters — we have been working so hard with our communitypartners to attract new doctors and keep them in the province. Although there is certainly more to be done, we’re seeing somepositive results.” Recruiting doctors requires a collaborative and continuous effortby district health authorities, communities, local doctors andthe provincial physician recruitment office. Already, in 2004,about 16 new family doctors have come to various communities inthe province. A five-year incentive program is offered in 21 rural communities.The program provides an annual bonus for each completed year ofservice, moving expenses, continuing medical education fundingand guaranteed minimum billing (income) for the year. At present,28 of the 34 positions are filled. Other provincial programs include: start-up contracts for familydoctors, alternative funding payment plans, a debt assistanceprogram, and a physician recruitment office that maintains arecruitment website and co-ordinates site visits, advertising,and CV distribution within the province. The move to develop more opportunities for community-basedservices (Primary Health Care) includes building multi-professional care teams. These teams will help improve access tohealth services for residents and improve the quality of worklife for health professionals. Nurse practitioners, who workjointly with family doctors, are one example of this PrimaryHealth Care system at work. There are currently 13 nursepractitioner positions in Nova Scotia. Although the statistics released this week are positive for NovaScotia, there are still thousands of residents who do not have afamily doctor. To help people find a doctor, the Department of Health offers aprovincial directory of doctors who are taking new patients. This is available to Nova Scotians via the Internet on thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/health/physicians/physicians.asp and via a telephone information line (902-424-3047). Ongoing recruitment efforts are also targeted at specialists,both for urban and rural areas. In the past few months, about 15new specialists have been recruited including doctorsspecializing in obstetrics and psychiatry in Southwest Nova andin anesthesiology and general surgery in Cumberland County. To help meet future demands, doctors across Nova Scotia are beingconsulted on a physician resource plan to ensure that Nova Scotiahas the right number of family doctors and specialists working inthe right places, now and in the future. Having an appropriate number of family doctors and specialistsacross the province is critical for a stable health-care system.
Nova Scotians are being encouraged to focus on ways to prevent falls in their homes and communities. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac signed a proclamation today, Nov. 22, at Province House on behalf of Premier John Hamm, declaring Nov. 22 Falls Prevention Day. Each year, one in three Nova Scotians over the age of 65 experience a fall. Each fall can be prevented. “It is accepted that nearly all injuries are preventable,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Falls among seniors are serious injuries that many people are not aware of, and that’s what makes it so dangerous. By being aware of the risks and making changes to our homes and communities, we will all be safer.” Small steps can increase safety and prevent falls. These steps include: removing throw rugs and loose carpet from homes, businesses, or community centres; ensuring walkways are level, clear and well lit; and making sure public buildings have easily accessible steps and handrails. “We are all susceptible to injury due to falls, but our seniors are especially vulnerable,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion. “By becoming aware of safety tips, and by keeping healthy, we can drastically reduce our chances of becoming injured.” Preventing falls is a priority of Nova Scotia Health Promotion’s injury prevention strategy. In 2003, the strategy provided $300,000 over three years to the Community Links Preventing Falls Together initiative. Since then, 12 regional falls prevention coalitions have been established throughout the province. These coalitions work to provide communities with the information and tools needed to address falls and prevent fall-related injuries. The coalitions organize tai chi classes for seniors and displays at health and seniors’ fairs,, and work with housing authorities and fire departments to implement safety measures. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada with a government-funded and supported injury prevention strategy.
The province is helping a rural Nova Scotia company cultivate a bigger share of the export market. Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today, Jan. 30, a $1-million loan to Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. to support expansion of the harvesting equipment into new markets in Quebec and the eastern United States. “Increasing exports from Nova Scotia is vital to the continued growth of our economy,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are investing in an innovative, rural Nova Scotia company and helping them explore new export opportunities and enhance their product development.” Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. is located in Collingwood, Cumberland Co. and manufactures blueberry harvesters and related production equipment. Recent innovations to the manufacturing process has allowed the company to develop a more efficient handling system for their harvesters that reduces costs. Carl Bragg, owner and president of Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. said an approach by a Quebec company to buy them out showed him there were opportunities for market growth. “New technology and better equipment have allowed us to shift our focus to more markets outside Nova Scotia. Mechanical harvesting is relatively new in Quebec and I see significant sales opportunities for both Quebec and the U.S. market,” he said. The company will use the loan to top up their working capital to take advantage of new sales opportunities. Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. also developed a mechanical cranberry harvester intended for dry picking with little waste or damage to the crop. The equipment has been field-tested at farms in southern Maine and should be a valuable tool for the cranberry industry. The loan is fully repayable over 12 years and is provided by the Industrial Expansion Fund. The fund offers a variety of financial assistance to help the province’s economy. Over the past two years, it has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province and has a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent.
Local Area Office: 902- 835-2702 Fax: 902- 835-1860 -30- Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening from today, Tuesday, July 17 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ogilvie Bridge Ogilvie Bridge on Route 357 in Meagher Grant will be closed for repairs from Wednesday, July 18, to Wednesday, Aug. 1. Detour on Cole Road and Wyse Road. Signs will be in place.
Deputy Premier Frank Corbett, on behalf of Premier Dexter, today, Aug. 8, announced Dan McDougall will be the new associate deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Mr. McDougall has significant experience in municipal administration. He was chief administrative officer for the County of Colchester, a position he previously held with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. McDougall worked for the province as a municipal advisor and director for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Dan brings work experience in both municipal and provincial government and has earned a strong reputation among municipal leaders and councils across the province,” said Mr. Corbett. “The province is committed to building stronger and more sustainable communities in Nova Scotia and Dan’s leadership will help us do that.” Mr. McDougall is board member with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, a current executive member of the Nova Scotia Association of Municipal Administrators and has a masters of public administration from Dalhousie University. Mr. McDougall’s appointment is effective Oct. 15.
Les élèves s’adressent souvent aux enseignants, aux conseillers en orientation, aux psychologues scolaires ou à des travailleurs sociaux pour obtenir de l’aide avec des problèmes d’ordre social ou émotionnel à l’école. La formation du personnel des écoles visant à cerner les problèmes de santé mentale aidera à orienter les élèves vers le soutien nécessaire. « Les jeunes qui sont aux prises avec une maladie mentale sont plus susceptibles d’être les victimes, plutôt que les auteurs d’actes de violence, a dit le Dr Stan Kutcher, titulaire de la Chaire Financière Sun Life sur la santé mentale des adolescents de l’Université Dalhousie et du IWK Health Centre, et directeur du Centre collaborateur de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé à l’Université Dalhousie. « Le dépistage précoce ainsi que le soutien social et éducatif peuvent améliorer considérablement les résultats. C’est pourquoi il est important pour le personnel des écoles auquel les élèves s’adressent naturellement pour obtenir de l’aide de pouvoir reconnaître les signes d’un problème de santé mentale. » Dans le cadre de son plan d’action « Élevons la voix! » pour la lutte contre les comportements d’intimidation et de cyberintimidation, le gouvernement collabore avec le Dr Kutcher afin d’offrir son programme de formation intitulé « Go-To » aux éducateurs pour leur apprendre à reconnaître les problèmes de santé mentale. Les éducateurs qui ont suivi la formation seront en mesure de déterminer quels sont les élèves les plus susceptibles de souffrir d’un trouble mental, de diriger les élèves vers les services de soutien approprié et d’offrir de l’aide de façon continue. Bien qu’ils ne seront pas en mesure d’offrir un diagnostic, les éducateurs qui ont suivi la formation serviront de lien entre les élèves et les fournisseurs de soins de santé et de santé mentale, et de personne-ressource pour les parents. Environ 65 conseillers en orientation, psychologues scolaires, cliniciens en santé mentale, membres du personnel ÉcolesPlus et travailleurs sociaux suivront la formation. À l’aide d’un modèle de formation du formateur, les participants pourront ensuite former les autres membres du personnel des écoles de la province. L’objectif est d’avoir environ cinq formateurs dans chaque conseil scolaire et deux éducateurs ayant suivi la formation dans chaque école. « Les élèves se tournent vers nous pour parler de leurs problèmes, et notre capacité de cerner la cause du problème rapidement, que ce soit un problème de santé mentale ou peut-être de l’intimidation, nous permettra de faire en sorte qu’ils reçoivent l’aide dont ils ont besoin, a dit Delores Boudreau, conseillère en orientation au Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. J’ai hâte de pouvoir présenter cette formation aux autres membres de mon conseil scolaire. Nous pourrons ainsi augmenter notre capacité d’aider les élèves de nos écoles qui sont aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale. » Le plan « Élevons la voix! » présente plus de 40 mesures à prendre à l’appui d’une intervention communautaire qui exige la participation des familles, des écoles, des enseignants, des communautés, de la police, des fournisseurs de soins de santé et de plusieurs ministères gouvernementaux. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le plan d’action « Élevons la voix! », consultez le www.ednet.ns.ca .
determine whether policies and procedures were followed examine current policies, procedures and support make recommendations to ensure the safety and well-being of all students identify issues that may have a negative impact on students and their mental health provide recommendations to address gaps and/or deficiencies of policies, procedures, programming and protocols at Halifax Regional School Board, and its co-operation and interaction with departments and agencies The review will include the mental-health system and its role in this case. The reviewers will look at aspects of Capital District Health Authority and IWK Health Centre programs that support youth. An interim report is expected May 10. The independent review was requested by the Halifax Regional School Board. “We requested the independent review because we need to take a critical, unbiased look at how we provide services to students,” said Gin Yee, chair of the Halifax Regional School Board. “Our teachers, staff and administrators work very hard every day to meet a wide range of needs, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look for ways to improve our support to students. “The two individuals the province has appointed are well-known, respected experts in education and we are committed to working closely with them throughout the process.” The panel will be in regular communication with Ms. More. The minister may take immediate steps to act on time-sensitive issues raised by the panel before the final report is complete. The review will not impact criminal investigations or proceeding. The province announced April 15 that an independent review of the actions of police and the Public Prosecution Service will begin as soon as the criminal investigation is finished. The province has named two respected Canadian experts to review the approach of Halifax Regional School Board, and associated agencies, to the events that led to the tragic death of a student. The two out-of-province experts, Debra Pepler and Penny Milton of Ontario, will begin their review immediately. Ms. Pepler is a professor of psychology at York University. She is co-founder of PREVNet, Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network, and has been on the Ontario Minister of Education’s Safe Schools Action Team since 2004. One of her research areas is bullying. Ms. Milton is former CEO of the Canadian Education Association and a former deputy minister of the Premier’s Advisory Council on Health, Wellbeing and Social Justice in Ontario. Her primary area of interest is the engagement of young people in learning. “The review of Halifax Regional School Board will be independent and have a broad mandate,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We need to take a close and sensitive look at the programs, supports and policies we have in place now, and figure out how to improve them. In this way, we are continuing to support the family.” The panel will report to Ms. More. “Nova Scotia is not alone in dealing with these difficult issues and challenges,” said Ms. Pepler. “There is an opportunity here to learn from this heartbreaking situation, and ensure the supports and programming in place for our young people meets their needs, across the spectrum, from health to education.” “Schools share with families and communities a responsibility for the well-being of all of their students,” said Ms. Milton. “We must all learn from this tragedy so that students are supported in the best ways that we know how.” The panel will have until June 14 to:
Le plan donne corps au mandat du ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, qui consiste à contribuer au bien-être et à la prospérité des communautés hétérogènes et créatives de la Nouvelle-Écosse par la promotion, le développement, la préservation et la célébration de la culture, du patrimoine, de l’identité et des langues de la province. « La culture favorise les économies et les collectivités à l’échelle mondiale, affirme Pamela Scott-Crace, présidente du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse. À l’échelle de la province, nous avons une abondance de ressources culturelles, et ce plan est une merveilleuse première étape permettant à notre travail avec le gouvernement de mettre au premier plan le dynamisme culturel au profit de tous les Néo-Écossais. » « Les Mi’kmaq ont une culture très riche et distincte; nous formons la culture fondatrice de ce qui est aujourd’hui la Nouvelle-Écosse, déclare le chef Wilbert Marshall, chef responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et de l’archéologie pour l’Assemblée des chefs mi’kmaw de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il était important pour nous de participer pleinement au développement des éléments mi’kmaw de ce plan. » La mise en œuvre des mesures prévues dans le plan dépendra de la coopération, de l’engagement et du soutien mutuel des ministères gouvernementaux, des intervenants et des Néo-Écossais. Certaines mesures sont déjà en cours alors que d’autres débuteront cette année ou l’année prochaine, et se poursuivront pendant des années à venir. « Le gouvernement reconnaît qu’une culture dynamique offre ses propres récompenses dans la vie de tous, déclare Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. La culture peut jouer un rôle encore plus important dans la croissance économique et dans la prospérité, à l’échelle de la province. » Dans le cadre du processus de consultation en vue de la rédaction du plan, le gouvernement a communiqué avec des milliers de Néo-Écossais et avec 188 organismes culturels à l’échelle de la province. La culture contribue à l’économie de la Nouvelle-Écosse à hauteur de 949 millions de dollars et emploie près de 14 000 personnes, ce qui représente 2,7 % du produit intérieur brut provincial et trois pour cent de tous les emplois en Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour obtenir plus d’information et pour consulter le plan intégral, consultez le www.novascotia.ca/culture/fr. Promotion de la culture mi’kmaw Promotion de la créativité et de l’innovation Renforcement de l’éducation, des partenariats et de la compréhension Promotion de la diversité culturelle Excellence de l’intendance culturelle Sensibilisation au secteur de la culture et à sa croissance économique Le gouvernement mettra l’accent sur le secteur culturel, l’économie de la création et les communautés diverses de la province dans le cadre du Plan d’action pour la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse : Créativité et communauté, lancé aujourd’hui 22 février. Le Plan d’action pour la culture, premier plan complet pour la culture en Nouvelle-Écosse, met l’accent sur six thèmes qui offrent au gouvernement des mesures spécifiques, des priorités stratégiques et des critères visant à guider la prise de décisions. « Notre culture est ce qui rend notre province unique. Il s’agit d’un avantage concurrentiel qui doit être célébré, faire l’objet d’investissements, être élargi et être exporté, souligne le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. La culture nous relie en tant que peuple, nous rend plus forts et nous aide à bâtir une province où tout le monde a l’occasion d’atteindre son plein potentiel. » Les thèmes sont les suivants :
RICHMOND COUNTY–Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-
Amethi: A former village head in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi who campaigned actively for Smriti Irani in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside his house on intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, police said. Smriti Irani, who thumped Rahul Gandhi in his pocket borough of Amethi, reached her constituency in the afternoon today. Having met the family, Irani then shouldered the mortal remains of the Amethi BJP worker. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Police suspect personal enmity behind the murder but locals said political rivalry could not be ruled out. The local administration has deployed police force in the village apprehending law and order trouble. The victim Surendra Singh was the former pradhan of Baraulia village in Amethi. “Intensive investigation is underway. We’ve found vital clues.Seven people have been detained for questioning.We’re confident of solving the case in the next 12 hours.Three companies of PAC have been deputed,There is no law and order situation,” ANI quoted Uttar Pradesh ‘s Director General of Police O P Singh as saying. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “Singh was shot dead while he was sleeping on a verandah outside his house in Baraulia village. The incident was discovered when one of his family members spotted him lying in unconscious on the cot at around 3 am on Sunday. The family rushed Singh to a near-by hospital where he was declared brought dead,” Superintendent of Police (SP) of Amethi, Rajesh Kumar said. The reason behind the murder is yet not known but efforts are on ascertain it, Kumar said. Locals said Singh was a supporter of Smriti Irani and BJP and actively campaigned for her. They said Singh attended Irani’s victory celebration at the BJP office on Saturday evening. They said that local leaders of villages and block levels used to accompany Irani during her campaigning. Singh was always there whenever she campaigned in the area, they added. Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi which had long been a Gandhi family bastion. Baraulia village hit the headlines during the election campaign when Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused Irani of distributing shoes to its residents in order to insult Rahul Gandhi and Amethi and Rae Braeli.(With the inputs from Hindustan Times)
New Delhi: Chandni Chowk MP Harsh Vardhan was on Thursday sworn in as a Cabinet Minister for the second time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government at Rashtrapati Bhawan, alongside the 56 other ministers who will begin their terms under the Modi 2.0 government. In addition to Vardhan, MPs from around the Capital city who will get a seat at the table include Rao Inderjit Singh (Gurugram), V K Singh (Ghaziabad), and Krishan Pal Gurjar (Faridabad). Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarWith Vardhan retaining his place in Modi’s Union Cabinet, Inderjit Singh will be a Minister of State with Independent Charge, while V K Singh and Gurjar will both be Ministers of State. However, Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma was dropped out of the council of ministers this year. In the previous NDA government, Vardhan held the portfolio of the Ministry of Science and Technology along with two other ministries – Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. Inderjit was Minister of State with Independent Charge for Statistics and Programme Implementation along with two other independent charges such as MoS for Planning and Chemical and Fertilizers. V K Singh was MoS for External Affairs, whereas Krishan Pal Gurjar was MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceVardhan had brought a massive victory for the BJP by defeating veteran Congress leader JP Agarwal by a margin of more than three lakh votes in the Lok Sabha polls this year, despite reports that the grand old party might put up a tough fight in 2019. The Chandni Chowk MP began his work in legislation when he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi in 1993 from Krishna Nagar assembly segment. He sunsequently helmed the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Health in the Government of Delhi after the 1993 polls. He launched the Polio Eradication Plan in October 1994, as Health Minister and under his leadership the Delhi Prohibition of Smoking Act and the Non-Smokers Health Protection Act were passed in 1997. This eventually led to central legislation that banned smoking in public places in 2002.
Kolkata: State Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group (SHG) minister Sadhan Pande on Friday urged the organisers of Tourism Fair to take steps to weed out travel agencies that fleece people with the promise of attractive tour packages.”We are getting a number of complaints against tour operators who are cheating customers by not providing them with the facilities they promise to them. We are taking action as per the ambit of the consumer law, but organisations of tour operators should identify such travel agencies and weed them out,” Pande said, on the sidelines of the three day Tourism Fair that kicked off at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. The three-day fair that will continue till Sunday, is being held in association with Travel Agents Association of Bengal and is supported by the Union Ministry of Tourism and different state Tourism departments. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaPande said that his SHG department has recently given loan to ten women under Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa, who will be soon rolling out battery operated pink auto rickshaws in popular beach destinations Digha and Mandarmoni. “My department has handed over Rs 10 lakh to the District Magistrate of East Midnapore for developing home stay facilities at Mandarmani,” Pande said. Blue Eye India Pvt Ltd, the organiser of the fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium, said that they are focusing extensively on adventure tourism for the first time in India and the venture kicks off from Kolkata. The next venues for the fair will be Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Around 200 travel and trade members from different parts of the country, along with tour operators are taking part in the three day fair. The stalls at the fair expect to start off bookings for Durga Puja.
The scorching heat is driving travel enthusiasts to explore India’s northern belt for some respite, but it is leading to over-tourism. Be different and stay away from the rush by visiting destinations which may be less frequented, but offer panoramic views and exciting experiences. A slew of affordable international destinations are wooing Indian travellers, but within India, there are myriad options of summer havens that are perfect for a vacation. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveTravel experts say: “Over-tourism is currently happening in north India because most destinations have frequent visits by travellers and new destinations get left out due to their infrastructure which is not much developed for mass tourism.” The experts said that people must explore offbeat locations, and the rise of homestays and small guest houses which can be easily booked online, is only giving the option a push. “Karnataka can be a good option to travel in June. There are places like Karwar and Agumbe, which is even called as Cherrapunji of South. As an alternative to overcrowded destinations in India, I would suggest to explore Khajjiar in Himachal Pradesh, Siliguri in West Bengal, Palani Hills on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painInstead of beaches in Goa, try to visit the region of Daman and Diu, and instead of Alleppey in Kerala, go to Munroe Island. Enjoy nature and peace in holidays. According to experts, there is quite a demand for beach destinations. “While hill stations continue to remain popular, this year we have also seen a 15 to 18 per cent demand over the last year for beach destinations and amusement parks as well. Beaches such as Kovalam in Kerala, Goa, coastal Maharashtra, Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu have seen an increase in demand.” As for a quick getaway, families are also looking at adventure and amusement parks like Imagica in Maharashtra and VGP Universal Kingdom and Wonderla parks in southern India across cities like Kochi, Chennai and Bengaluru. “Apart from these, pilgrim and high altitude destinations like Char Dham, coupled with adventure activities in Haridwar and Rishikesh have seen a strong uptake.” But the pressure of tourist rush in the Uttarakhand hills this season is already taking a toll as it is leading to crammed up roads and highways. Beyond that, India has an abundance of green and exquisite locations, say travel experts. “Some of the unexplored destinations of Meghalaya, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Leh-Ladakh, which offer scenic vistas and pleasant weather,” experts said.
Mumbai: Weakness in consumer sentiments and softening commodity prices have led India Inc to deliver a six-quarter low revenue growth of 10 percent in the fourth quarter of FY19, a report said Thursday. The revenue growth in consumer-linked sectors was only 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter of FY19 on a year-on-year basis, down from 27.9 percent in the third quarter of FY19.Commodity linked sectors revenue growth slowed to 12.4 percent in the January-March quarter of FY19 as against 51.4 percent in the third quarter of FY19. “The weakness in the consumer-linked sectors was visible across most consumer-oriented sectors such as passenger vehicles, two-wheelers, consumer durables and FMCG since second half of FY19. The decline in consumer sentiments was visible in both urban and rural segments,” Icra’s Vice President (corporate sector ratings), Shamsher Dewan, said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe agency said the Ebitda margin of its sample declined by 44 basis points on a YoY basis and 23 basis points on a quarter-on-quarter basis to 16.6 percent. However, several sectors such as airlines, cement, consumer food and consumer durables reported a sequential improvement in margins because of price hike initiated by companies in select sectors, lower cost of imports and softening in commodity prices, it said. The interest coverage ratio of the agency’s sample, adjusted for sectors with low debt levels (IT, FMCG and pharmaceuticals) witnessed a decline to 3.8x from 4.1x in the fourth quarter. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe rating agency expects the demand in the automobile sector to remain subdued owing to weak consumer sentiments following rising ownership cost, subdued rural demand and tight financing environment given the liquidity constraints in the financial markets. “The growth in the sector will start stabilising most likely from the second half of FY20 because of pre-buying related to the impending implementation of BS-VI norms from April next year, especially in the CV segment,” it said. Despite expectation of slowdown in automobile sales, the auto component industry is expected to grow between 10-11 percent in FY20 supported by increasing content per vehicle owing to transition to BS-VI and safety norms. In FY20, the cement demand growth is likely to be around 8 percent, while domestic steel demand growth will moderate to 7 percent.
New Delhi: The much-feted Masaan won Richa Chadha wide acclaim but the actor says she does not identify with her character in the film because she is essentially a rebel. In Neeraj Ghaywan’s Masaan, which completed four years of release on recently, Richa plays Devi, who struggles to shake off the smalltown stigma towards pre-marital sex. Vicky Kaushal and Shweta Tripathi played the film’s other protagonists, Deepak and Shalu, who attempt to transcend the restrictions of their casteist society. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I don’t identify with my character in Masaan because I am somewhat a rebel. I have found my way. I have, despite all the challenges in life, fought and created a space for myself. In her own way Devi also fights, but I feel she stumbles a lot more than I ever would. That is where she gets stuck in life,” Richa said. The 32-year-old actor feels had the film released today, it would have received better distribution and promotional facilites. “The true test of a film is when it becomes memorable. That’s why we like old songs.”
Records state that June was the driest month of the decade in 2019 for Delhi! Delhiites continued to experience multiple episodes of heat waves and high temperature, compelling the Delhi Government to also extend the summer vacations for younger school-going kids by a week. Finally though, the monsoon has arrived and there is some respite from the sweltering heat. There is something so magical about the skies turning grey, before coming down upon you as soft drizzle or a downpour – it evokes a myriad of emotions. For the eternal romantic, the pitter-patter of rain drops rings the soothing melody of rimjhim gire saavan and the romance of huddling under an umbrella is quintessential. On the other hand, the daily commuters dread the rain for its traffic congestion and waterlogging. But, whatever the case, gastronomically, rains are a reason for celebration. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeIf we go by rule books of the food and fitness industry, we would all be eating the same food along the length and breadth of India, all season round, including monsoons. And yes, you’ve guessed it right, it would be masala oats and green tea!Thank God for our rich food heritage and culinary wisdom that provides us options to not only satiate our tastebuds but also soothe our soul during monsoons. Furthermore, all these recipes have been diligently developed to nourish the body during a time when our immunity stands compromised and we are at a risk of catching infections. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEAyurveda, the ancient system of medicine and holistic healing, states that health is a balance of three doshas, namely – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These represent the elements of air, fire and earth that are a part of our being. According to Ayurveda, in Varsha Ritu (rainy season) our body’s digestive capabilities are compromised due to aggravated Vata. It is referred to as a decrease in Agni. This is the cause of sluggish metabolism and low energy levels. At the same time, accumulation of Pitta is manifested as acidity, heart burn and acute inflammation in the body and joints. This is the reason why people who suffer from arthritis complain of increased pain and soreness during monsoons. With this predominant physiological response to rains, it becomes important to learn to eat right during this season. More that eating right, I would emphasise on eating on time. As I have mentioned earlier, the body’s digestive fire (Agni) is diminished during monsoons; and, if we train our body to eat at specific times based on a routine, it will be better prepared with its digestive juices, enzymes, bile and other neurological pathways to work upon the ingested food. This will ensure not just better digestion but better absorption and assimilation of nutrients. These nutrients then will serve towards nourishing the cells and boosting immunity. Guidelines to eating right Eat small and frequent meals: Long gaps between your meals will not only cause acidity but also translate into larger appetite at the time of the next meal. Owing to poor digestion, this will cause gastric issues like bloating, flatulence and heart burn. Eating every 2-3 hours regulates portion and allows for easy digestion.Start your main meals with pickled ginger: This is a ritual I have grown up with. Before serving a meal, my grandmother would serve a few slivers of pickled ginger to my grandfather and father. They would chew on it while their thalis were being set in the kitchen. Ginger is known to stimulate saliva, digestive juices and aid in digestion. If you thought this was only some random gastronomical tradition of my family alone, think again, it is also well documented in European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Eat freshly prepared warm food: Forget the anaaj ka nashta out of a box. Eat food that is freshly cooked at home, served hot. Indian traditional recipes are time tested and wholesome. Eating these ensure a higher nutrient profile and lesser toxic load. The ultra-processed cereals do the exact opposite. They increase the toxic load without even nourishing the body. Fresh food has greater prana, it’s this life-force energy that runs the body and boosts our immune system. Eat food that is easily digestible, avoid raw: Bid goodbye to salads and raw vegetable juices. During the rainy season, most ground worms come to the surface and find refuge in green leafy vegetables. It is, thus, best to avoid eating greens during this time. The creepers like ghia, karela, pumpkin, tori come to rescue. Well-cooked food not only has less chances of microbial presence but is easier on the body. Traditionally, Indians go off meat and fish during the rains and many avoid eggs during Saavan. This , again is indigenous food wisdom at work. Lean meat and eggs are heavier on the system to digest as compared to pulses. Include probiotics in your meals: Probiotics are good bacteria that are housed in our intestinal tract. Nutrition science in the past couple of years has been obsessed with their role and the research findings have ascertained that not only does gut microbiome assist in digestion but also contributes significantly towards our immunity. Nearly 80 per cent of our immunity lies in our gut. Home-set curd is a common probiotic. However, many people avoid curd during the rains because it tends to flare up inflammation causing muscle and joint pains. This is where homemade pickles come handy. The vegetables along with spices, herbs, salt and oil under controlled conditions convert into probiotics through a process of lacto-fermentation. Thus, if you avoid curd, you could include pickles or papads to assist your gut bacteria during monsoons. Attend to your cravings the right way: Pakodas are synonymous with monsoon. The rainy-day experience is never complete without chai and pakoda. Our body’s craving is its communication with us – we have to interpret it and attend to it the right way. I am sure you have noticed that the rainy season makes anytime a snack time. We feel hungry because of the cooler temperature outside. This increased hunger with reduced ability to digest is a deadly combination for the body. Hence, the fatty food. Now, let me explain this better! Fat is the best nutrient to send sharper satiety signals to our brain, this means that when we eat fat-rich (read: good fat) food, we feel fuller faster. The brain comprehends this and reduces the taste experience through the tastebuds to discontinue the act of eating. The trick here is to listen to this signal and stop rather than overload the body out of greed. So, enjoy your fritters and bhajias, but again, use only cold-pressed regional oils like mustard, groundnut, sesame, coconut or ghee. And yes, olive oil bhajias neither qualify the taste nor health tests. I am sure you can guess why even air-fried pakodas do not make it to the list! Masala chai is health in a cup. With the perfect blend of Indian spices (see box), nothing comes close to this elixir. Chai is an ideal companion to hot snacks in this season. With the therapeutic properties of added herbs, it is a potent digestive aid, immunity booster, perfect therapy for congestion, headaches due to cough and cold and a great relaxant.Our very own indigenous variety of corn, bhutta, a produce very specific to the rainy season, is an ideal monsoon snack. The delectable aroma of roasted corn and the tangy flavor of nimbu- namak masala is enough to make one salivate in anticipation. If you fear that this will ruin your ‘weight loss’ diet, think again. The corn is harvested after it has matured. At this stage, all the sugar has been converted into complex starch.Regional recipes: In the words of the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, “Indian food heritage is a mixture of art and science and is exceptionally vast and diverse. Rich cultural diversity, native ethnicity, unique flavour of each region and different customs are best encapsulated by Indian cuisine.” So be it the vada or karakadaka kanji of Kerela, surti locho of Gujrat, khichudi of Bengal, mirchi bada of Rajasthan or patode of North India, each regional delicacy is highly evolved in its nutritional benefits, something that modern nutrition science is only studying to understand! So, while restaurants entice you with their elaborate monsoon menus, delve right into your traditional monsoon food, guilt free, because what is being cooked with love at home can never match what is cooked for profit! And, to conclude, as we near Independence Day, I urge you to free yourself from the bondage of food myths, short-term health solutions, quick fixes and fad diets. These are some of the ways the profit-driven food industry keeps us caged. Embrace swadeshi (local and regional) food and allow the shower of rich Indian food wisdom to enlighten you and help reap fruits of a healthy life. (Madhavi K Sharma is a nutritionist & certified diabetes educator)
Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested a youth for allegedly abducting a civil engineer and his teenage daughter and demanded Rs 1.3 crores from their family. Police used a GPS tracker and dummy notes to trace the kidnapper.According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Avneet Singh Ahluwalia (20), a resident of Ajnara Landmark society in sector 4 of Vaishali. Cops said that the accused is a student at Delhi University and he confessed to have committed the crime to earn quick money for a lavish lifestyle. The alleged kidnapping incident occurred on Sunday morning when engineer Kunal (50) and his daughter Shruti (17) had left for temple on a motorcycle when they were kidnapped by the youth. “Kunal’s wife Asha received a call from the kidnapper demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh in order to get them released. The kidnapper also called Kunal’s two sisters demanding Rs 50 lakh and Rs 30 respectively, for the father-daughter duo’s release,” said Sudhir Kumar Singh, SSP, Ghaziabad. However, Asha informed about the matter to police and police have a bag with dummy currency notes, fitted with a GPS tracker to Asha to reach to the kidnapper, the officer added. Police arrested the kidnapper from his flat in Vaishali sector 4 area through the GPS tracker.
Mumbai: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal was on Friday questioned here by the Enforcement Directorate in a case of alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said. This is the first time that the central agency is grilling him after it conducted searches against him last month. Goyal’s statement has been recorded under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) at the agency’s zonal office here, they said. A dozen premises, including Goyal’s Mumbai residence in Mumbai, his group companies, their directors and offices of Jet Airways, were searched by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on August 23. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAccording to agency sources, the businessman’s empire had 19 privately-held companies, five of which were registered abroad. The agency is probing charges that these firms allegedly carried out “doubtful” transactions under the guise of selling, distribution and operating expenses. The ED suspects that expenses at these companies were allegedly booked at fake and high costs and as a result, they “projected” huge losses. Alleged shady aircraft lease transactions with non-existent offshore entities are also under the ED scanner and it is suspected that Jet Airways made payments for lease rental to “ghost firms”, which purportedly routed the ill-gotten money in Goyal’s companies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOfficials said while the case, at present, is being investigated under the civil proceedings of the FEMA law, additional evidences may lead to the registration of a case against the businessman and others under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Goyal, along with his wife, were barred from flying out to a foreign location from the Mumbai airport in May as part of the vigil mounted against him by probe agencies. A particular company under the ED scanner is the Isle of Man-based Tail Winds Corporation and it is suspected that it controlled all activities of Jet Airways. The company (Tail Winds) was formed by Goyal in 1992. The ED, as part of the searches few weeks ago, also went to the premises of Hasmukh Deepchand Gardi, who was a partner and a big investor in the Tail Winds company. Sources said Gardi, who is based in Dubai, also had a mention in the global offshore holdings list, known as the “Panama Papers”, and the agency suspected that the money invested in Tail Winds was sourced through illegal means. It is understood that the ED is also looking at the airline’s stake in Jet Privilege Pvt Ltd (JPPL), set up in 2012. Jet Airways has a 49.9-per cent stake in JPPL, which is part of the Etihad Group. A few executives of the now closed down airline have been questioned by the ED in the past in relation to these charges. A full-service carrier, Jet Airways shut its operations on April 17 after running out of cash. A Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) inspection report had found large-scale irregularities, including diversion of funds, at the airline, sources had said in July. In March, Goyal stepped down as the chairman of Jet Airways. Currently, the airline is going through the resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
Kolkata: Ailing former chief minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has been released from the hospital on Monday. He will be under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy would be applied on him for a few more days.He was taken to his Palm Avenue residence in South Kolkata in an ambulance on Monday. He had been rushed to a private hospital in the city with an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure on September 6, but his health condition is stated to be completely stable now. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhattacharjee, a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), had complained of multiple cardiac ailments following which he was taken to the hospital. He had severe shortness of breath. Bhattacharjee had been suffering from diabetes and low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in blood for the past few days, prior to his admission at the hospital. The veteran CPI(M) leader and former chief minister had remained away from public eyes for quite some time due to his prolonged ailments. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt has been learnt that Bhattacharjee had insisted on going back home and urged the doctors for an early release. After examining him, the medical board at the hospital found that his health condition has improved and took a decision on his release. However, the doctors decided that he will be put under constant monitoring at his residence and supportive care like BIPAP and nebulisation would continue for the next couple of days. A press statement issued by the hospital stated that he is currently sleeping comfortably with BIPAP. He is also maintaining stable blood pressure and normal heart rate and oxygen saturation with oxygen supplementation. His pneumatic condition has improved but he might require intravenous antibiotics on the next few days.