Chandigarh, April 13 (IANS) Amid rising number of Covid-19 cases in Chandigarh, the local administration on Tuesday closed the famed Rock Garden for visitors.Also, the rain-fed Sukhna Lake will be closed for public every weekend.As per the new set of orders issued by the UT administration, night curfew will now come into force from 10 p.m. instead of 10.30 p.m. and will continue till 5 a.m. daily.Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore, who passed these orders, expressed concern over the rise in the number of Covid cases.Directing the health department to intensify screening and testing, he ordered placing of mobile vans in crowded places like temples and gurdwaras during the Navratri festival.Badnore also directed the Director General of Police to intensify operation to fine violators of Covid protocols.In Chandigarh, which shares boundaries with Punjab's Mohali and Haryana's Panchkula districts, the maximum number of people at gatherings -- political, social and religious -- has been capped at 200 for outdoor events and 100 for indoor functions.--IANSvg/arm
Hyderabad - A panchatatva park based on therapeutic concept was opened on Sunday at Indira Park in Hyderabad while 17 such parks are being developed in other part of the city.
Developed in an area of one acre, the panchatatva garden has features like panchatatva acupressure concept walk, infinity walk which controls diabetes, criss-cross walking, navagraha vanam, raasi vanam, herbal garden and water cascades.
Municipal administration minister K. T. Rama Rao, who inaugurated panchatatva park developed at a cost of Rs 16 lakh, said 17 such parks are being developed in all zones of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Panchatatva garden with walkway is developed on five elements of the nature (Panchabhutas) -- earth, water, fire, air and ether. The Panchatatva walk is a circular track developed using eight components to walk over this track. The components include 20mm stone, 10mm stone, 6mm chips, river stone, rough sand, tree bark, black soil (Tank silt) and water.
The walking is done from very hard paining surface to smooth and relaxing component by which the blood circulation in the body improves curing several ailments of the body. This also helps the senior citizens and the persons who have knee joint pains and cannot walk for longer distances, officials said.
Walking barefoot activates acupressure points. According to experts, panchatatva walk can control insomnia, improve eyesight, nervous system, immunity, help in menstrual and hormonal issues, reduce inflammation, enhance cardiovascular activity, maintains blood Pressure, clears mind and improves mood.
Infinity walk helps improve concentration as one focuses on the number 8 shape and turns. It improves hand eye coordination, body balance, help people with a knee problem, arthritis, provide relief from a headache, digestive problem, thyroid, obesity and constipation. It also regulates blood flow and helps with diabetes control.
Located over 67 acres in the heart of the city, Indira Park is being renovated and developed under theme park to international standards. An amount of Rs.4 crore has already been sanctioned for the purpose.
GHMC is constructing three major urban parks around Hyderabad city in forest blocks at Suraram, adannaguda and Nadergul which are nearing completion.
It has so far developed 19 major parks each having more than five acres in extent. About 17 theme parks have various themes like palmetum, ficus, bougainvilleas, herbal and bamboo.
GHMC has also taken up dense tree plantation on 406 open spaces under Haritha Haram programme, the state government's plantation drive. These open spaces are being developed as tree parks by providing walking track and seating areas. (IANS)
Your small choice of starting a kitchen herb garden or nurturing the gardening habit can lead you to joining the fight against global warming. The good news is that your balcony, backyard or kitchen garden can help control urban temperatures, mitigating the effects of extreme heat and cold due to climate change.
Urban gardens also support our health by easing stress and providing an opportunity to do some physical exercise in today's inactive lifestyle.
Combining the idea of kitchen herb garden and environment with food and Ayurveda can bring wonders to your lifestyle and health. With these easy to grow wonder herbs you can lead to a naturally healthy lifestyle and start your fight for climate change with your own Kitchen Garden, says Dr. Abhishek Gupta, NirogStreet.
Planting and Care: Stevia plants do best in a rich, loamy soil ï¿½ the same kind in which common kitchen or balcony garden-variety plants thrive. Stevia is a tender perennial that loves the warm sun. In frost-free zones you can enjoy growing stevia year-round, allowing it to grow into a small shrub. Stevia doesn't like soggy soil, so make sure that it has good drainage.
Uses: Stevia has strongly emerged as the safest and most natural answer to the risks associated with a sugar-addicted lifestyle. About 3 stevia leaves can replace 25 per cent of the sugar in one can of soda, uses at least 92 per cent less water than other natural sweeteners, its sweet compounds are 200-350 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar), 30ï¿½80 per cent less carbon than other natural sweeteners, uses 1/5th the land of cane sugar and adds a delicious sweet taste without adding calories.
Planting and Care: Peppermint is one of the easiest herbs to grow in kitchen garden and can be well maintained in containers as well. The best way to plant it is to cut a sprig from an existing mint plant or a mint seed and sow it in a pot preferably 12-16 inches wide. Spring is the ideal time for them to grow. Mint requires adequate sunlight and more water.
Uses: Peppermint is an excellent deterrent for many kinds of pests including rodents, ants, and spiders. It is a calming and soothing herb that has been used for thousands of years to aid with upset stomach or indigestion. It is a good source of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is critical for eye health and night vision. A potent source of antioxidants, its dynamic flavor allows mint leaves to accompany various great tasting recipes.
Planting and Care: Grow Coriander by sowing seeds directly outdoors during spring and summer. It grows best in a well-drained, moist soil. The seeds can germinate within two or three weeks and quickly produce leafy growth. Plants should be spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart.
Uses: This refreshing herb is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Coriander is also used for digestion problems including upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and intestinal gas. It is loaded with fiber, magnesium, manganese, protein, and iron.
Planting and Care: For better germination, you can soak the seeds overnight. Plant seeds in individual pots indoors 10 to 12 weeks and then shift it to your kitchen or balcony garden. Plant the seeds in moist, rich soil about 6 to 8 inches apart. Water the seeds often while they germinate so that they don't dry out. Throughout the summer, be sure to water the plants evenly.
Uses: This popular green herb is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and K and the minerals iron and potassium. It also helps to reduce water retention and bloating. Parsley contains high levels of a flavonoid called apigenin which can help in reducing the risk of various types of cancer.
Planting and Care: Plant seeds or transplants after all danger of frost has passed and soil is warm, Basil is easy to grow, but it only grows outdoors in the summer. Basil will grow best in a location that gets 6 to 8 hours of full sun daily, though it can perform well in partial sun, too. Soil should be moist but well-drained. Basil works great in containers, as these allow for better drainage.
Uses: Basil is a wonderful herb with multiple uses in cooking, natural medicine, and more. It is used for stomach spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, head colds, and worm infections. It is also used to treat snake and insect bites. (Puja Gupta)
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) A Delhi Jal Board (DJB) employee working at its Tagore Garden office has tested positive for coronavirus with the DJB shutting the office for 14 days and asking 10 employees to go into quarantine.Speaking to IANS, the worker, dealing with sewer lines, said he went for the testing on his own as he had a fever for the past few days."I was having a fever and so my children pushed me for a test after the regular medicine I was taking did not lead to any improvement in my health. I am in my house currently," the worker told IANS.Saying that he paid Rs 4,500 for the test, he demanded that the testing of his family should be done too."So far, no one has come for testing in our house. I am staying in my home only, although separately. I want my wife, our son and his wife should be tested too as I cannot afford private testing for all," he said.He said he has no idea how he got the infection.Meanwhile, on Monday, the DJB issued an order asking 10 people working in the office to go for quarantine.The Tagore Garden office has been shut for 14 days, while the other staff members have been asked to report to another office.The order also said that the office should be sanitised for two days.--IANSnks/vd
London, May 6 (IANS) People who spend time in the garden are significantly more likely to report general good health, higher psychological wellbeing and greater physical activity levels than those who do not spend time in the garden, say researchers.Published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, the study analysed data from nearly 8,000 people collected by Natural England between 2009 and 2016.The current research used data collected by Natural England's Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment Survey, the world's largest survey collecting data on people's weekly contact with the natural world."Our findings suggest that whilst being able to access an outdoor space such as a garden or yard is important, using that space is what really leads to benefits for health and wellbeing," said study lead author Sian de Bell from the University of Exeter in the UK.The research team found the benefits of gardening to health and wellbeing were similar to the difference in health between people living in the wealthiest parts of the country, compared to the poorest.The benefits applied to whether people spent their time gardening or simply relaxing. People who regularly spend time in their garden were also more likely to visit nature elsewhere once a week.The findings also showed that people with access to a private garden had higher psychological wellbeing and those with an outdoor space such as a yard were more likely to meet physical activity guidelines.These benefits were in comparison to people who did not have a garden or outdoor space."Gardens are a crucial way for people to access and experience the natural environment. Our new evidence highlights that gardens may have a role as a public health resource and that we need to ensure that their benefit is available equally," said study researcher Becca Lovell.According to the researchers, this work adds to the increasing body of scientific evidence on the health benefits of gardens and gardening.--IANSbu/na
New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Delhi government's 'Operation SHIELD' has completely stopped the transmission of coronavirus in Dilshad Garden with no new cases reported in the last 10 days, Delhi's health department said.Dilshad Garden -- a densely populated area of the national capital had the potential to become a hotspot even before Nizamuddin Markaz became one, after a woman infected at least eight people, including a mohalla clinic doctor.The government used Operation SHIELD -- Sealing, Home Quarantine, Isolation and Tracking, Essential Supply, Local Sanitisation and Door-To-Door Checking -- to control the spread of the virus, the Delhi Health Department said.A total of 123 medical teams screened more than 15,000 people living in 4,032 houses and hospitalised the coronavirus suspects.According to the Delhi Health Department, a 38-year-old woman along with her 19-year-old son returned to Delhi on March 10, from Saudi Arabia. On March 12, she developed fever and cough and went to a doctor in Mohalla Clinic. On March 15, the woman was taken to the GTB hospital where the doctors referred her to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.On March 17, she tested positive for coronavirus and on March 18 the authorities traced that she had met nearly 81 people after returning from Saudi Arabia.On March 20, her brother and mother also tested positive. On March 21, the infection spread to her two daughters and on March 22 the clinic doctor who first saw her was also tested positive, the Health Department said.Soon after she tested positive, Operation SHIELD was launched in Dilshad Garden."The Delhi government made Dilshad Garden a containment zone and Operation SHIELD was activated after the woman tested positive and infected eight others, including a mohalla clinic doctor," the Health Department said.The Delhi government traced all the people who came in contact with the woman and quarantined them. "Under SHIELD, curfew was imposed in parts of Dilshad Garden and Old Seemapuri. The Delhi police and the Delhi government worked together to make this plan a success", the Health Department added.District Administration officer of Shahdara, S.K. Nayak, who overviewed the whole operation, said when the woman tested positive for COVID-19, the administration rushed to her residence to ask her family for names and addresses of people who had visited them since March 10 -- the date of her return from Saudi Arabia."Her son was not very cooperative, so we had to seek the help of the local police to get information. We also used footage from the CCTV cameras installed near their home to identify people who needed to be put under surveillance," said Nayak.Out of the 11 points that lead to Sector L of Dilshad Garden, which reported most cases, nine were completely shut with police barricades."Neither vehicles nor pedestrians were allowed, nor even essential services. The authorities also announced through microphones to appraise the residents about the situation and urged them to come out if they have met the family," Nayak added.The 123 medical teams surveyed the houses and asked a set of questions."Any person who had met the family was quarantined or shifted to the GTB hospital for medical treatment and testing. Along with this, an action plan was prepared with the help of the District Magistrate of Shahdara. The government took help from the police and the MCD."Nayak said the government is still tracking the people of the area and if there are symptoms, then they are being quarantined."The Delhi government will also initiate random testing of the residents soon. By working round the clock in the last 15 days, 'SHIELD' was successful at Dilshad Garden. There is not a single positive case in the last 10 days from the area," Nayak added.Speaking to the media, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said Dilshad Garden was the first successful implementation of Operation SHIELD."I feared a massive COVID-19 outbreak in the Dilshad Garden area after several people were found positive. It was transmitted from the woman who returned from Saudi Arabia and found COVID-19 positive," Jain said.After the woman was found coronavirus positive, he said, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal instructed to implement Operation SHIELD at Dilshad Garden."The hard work of the health officials and the successful implementation of the Operation SHIELD made Dilshad Garden 'Coronavirus-free'", Jain said.Delhi has so far reported more than 700 coronavirus cases, with about 60 per cent from Nizamuddin Markaz alone. Over 2,300 people from different parts of the country and world were rescued from Markaz earlier this month.--IANSnks/