New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The government has been able to provide safe drinking water to arsenic-affected habitations across six states, the Parliament was told on Monday.Of the total 10,961 habitations, Assam has 3,026, Bihar 472, Jharkhand five, Punjab 317, Uttar Pradesh 668 and West Bengal has 6,473 habitations, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told the Rajya Sabha in reply to a question by BJP member Neeraj Shekhar.Further, in all of the 124 arsenic-affected and in 50 out of 53 fluoride-affected rural habitations in Uttar Pradesh, community water purification plants (CWPPs) have been installed, purely as an interim measure, to provide potable water to every household at the rate of 8-10 litre per capita per day to meet their drinking and cooking requirements, the Minister said.Since August 2019, the Centre, in partnership with states, is implementing 'Jal Jeevan Mission-Har Ghar Jal' to make provision of tap water supply to every rural household by 2024. The estimated outlay of the mission is Rs 3.60 lakh crore, out of which Central share is Rs 2.08 lakh crore.--IANSniv/vd
Bhopal, May 17 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal, Pragya Thakur has claimed that she was not infected with the coronavirus because she regularly drinks cow urine. She said she will continue to be safe as long as she consumes 'gomutra'. The Congress has taken a dig at the MP's statement.Participating in an event in Bhopal, Pragya Thakur said that the urine of a desi cow prevents the lungs from being infected with the virus. "I am in great pain. But I also consume cow urine every day. That is why I am safe from coronavirus. I don't have to take any other medicine as long as I drink cow urine. I am not affected by this virus and God forbid will never be because I am taking this medicine (cow urine) regularly," she said. The MP's statement has sparked a huge controversy and has become a talking point in the city. Narendra Saluja, media coordinator of Congress state president Kamal Nath said in a tweet, "The BJP should immediately hand over all the responsibilities of the fight against coronavirus to Usha Thakur, a minister in Shivraj Singh cabinet and Pragya Thakur, MP from Bhopal, as their advice, argument and ways of dealing with this virus will eradicate the pandemic not only in India but in the entire world." This is not the first time Pragya Thakur has claimed that cow urine will cure serious illnesses. She had earlier claimed that cow urine has cured her cancer. --IANSsnp/skp/bg
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Saturday rapped the Centre over the shortage of medical oxygen in the national capital amid the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and directed it to arrange the life-saving gas "by whatever means", saying "water has gone above the head, arrange everything now".The court made the observation while hearing the petitions on how the health infrastructure is trying to cope with the deadly second wave of the pandemic.Considering the death of eight Covid patients, including a doctor, at Delhi's Batra Hospital due to the shortage of oxygen earlier in the day, the high court said: "Water has gone above the head. You have to arrange everything now. You have made the allocations. You have to fulfil them. Eight lives have been lost. We can't shut our eyes to it."The court had earlier recorded the submissions made regarding the tragic incident at the Batra Hospital in the Mehrauli area of the national capital that was reported at around 12.45 p.m. on Saturday.This was the second time in a week that the hospital ran out of medical oxygen. On April 24, the hospital had received a last-minute supply which arrived minutes after its oxygen reserves ran out.The high court further directed the Centre to ensure that Delhi receives 490 MT oxygen supply on Saturday by "whatever means"."We direct the Centre to ensure that Delhi receives its 490 MT oxygen supply today by whatever means. Delhi is not an industrial state... It doesn't have cryogenic tankers," the high court said."Eight people have died... Will we shut our eyes to people dying in Delhi," the court asked.The court further directed the Centre to submit its explanation by Monday if it fails to supply medical oxygen to Delhi hospitals."We'll see your explanation on Monday if you can't supply oxygen," it said.The court also said that it is the responsibility of the Central government to arrange oxygen tankers as well."The allocation to Delhi has been in force from April 20 and not for a single day Delhi has received the allocated supply," the court noted.--IANSrak/arm
Geneva, March 23 (IANS) Water has many values that are just not priced, Sasha Koo-Oshima, deputy director of Land and Water Division at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a recent interview ahead of the World Water Day.The official highlighted during the interview with Xinhua on Monday that with the Covid-19 pandemic, a large part of the world population still lacks access to handwashing facilities at home, saying that "this is the first line of defence against this virus and the value of water is very evident in this progression.""The first thing we realized is the handwashing. Many countries just don't have clean water to even just wash hands," she said.The UN on Monday warned that more than two billion people do not have direct access to water, the "blue gold" which is essential in defeating the coronavirus pandemic.In its World Water Development Report 2021, which focuses on the value of water, the UN stressed the urgent need to protect water."That brings in this issue of underinvestment and water sanitation and the services for billions of people, it has become abundantly clear since the start of the pandemic," said Koo-Oshima.While global water supply has become more severe in recent years, threatening agricultural production, food security and also water quality, Koo-Oshima said that countries like China could play a leading role in tackling the issue of water scarcity."China has very arid and semi-arid regions especially in the western part of the country. They have done great work in greening some of these arid areas and bringing in some of the nature-based solutions and the Chinese have been very effective in that," she added.--IANSint/
San Francisco- In a sophisticated cyber-attack, a hacker accessed the computer systems of the water treatment facility in a US city and modified drinking water chemical levels to dangerous parameters in an attempt to poison the city of nearly 15,000 residents.
Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, is the main ingredient in liquid drain cleaners, used to control water acidity and remove metals from drinking water in the water treatment plant.
"The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million. This is obviously a significant and potentially dangerous increase," Bob Gualtieri, Sheriff of Oldsmar city in Florida state in the US, was quoted as saying in local media reports on Monday.
The intrusion took place on February 5 when the hacker remotely accessed a computer system that was set up to allow for the remote control of water treatment operations.
According to a report in Tampa Bay Times, local and federal authorities including the FBI were investigating the attempt to poison the city of Oldsmar.
The city's water supply was not affected.
"A supervisor working remotely saw the concentration being changed on his computer screen and immediately reverted it," Gualtieri said.
The city officials on Monday emphasised that "several other safeguards are in place to prevent contaminated water from entering the water supply and said they've disabled the remote-access system used in the attack".
Though some cities get water through Pinellas County, Oldsmar provides water directly to its businesses and roughly 15,000 residents.
The computer system at the water treatment plant was set up to allow authorised users to remotely access it for troubleshooting.
Contact with sodium hydroxide can kill skin and cause hair loss and ingestion can be fatal.
In November last year, a water utility in Illinois was targeted by suspected Russian hackers and the attempt was foiled. (IANS)
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1. Exercise to lose weight
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3. Try a low carb diet
Carbohydrates break down by the process of digestion to form sugar. The more carbohydrates you eat, the more sugar your body gets. Try cutting down the carbs like rice, potato, bread and add fats and protein like olive oil, spinach, egg whites, etc. in your diet as they have a negligible effect on blood sugar.
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Some other changes in your lifestyle that seem small but have huge effects are sleeping for 8 hours every day, drinking more water, and monitoring your blood sugar regularly. Adapt yourself to keep a track of your blood sugar every day to know which foods or habits are affecting it.
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5. Consume fenugreek seeds
Eating fenugreek or methi seeds is one of the most effective remedies to lower blood sugar. It is a great source of soluble fiber which slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. You can eat 2-5 grams of fenugreek seeds every day to manage your blood sugar levels.
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This content loaded with suggestions provides casual information only. It is in no way a replacement for a qualified medical opinion. Always talk with an Ayurveda doctor for more queries.
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