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As life has become quite busy because of the rising competition, who doesn't like a bit of getaway from their normal routine, right? In order to rejuvenate yourself from daily hassles of life, note down these beautiful camping sites and plan your next trip to connect with mother nature.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
This place is situated in the Himalayas, in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Interestingly, the name “Spiti" means “The middle land", as the valley is situated between Tibet and India. There is no doubt that Spiti Valley is one of the most beautiful places in India, and is well-visited by tourists from all over the world to experience many kinds of adventures, from to camping to trekking. Tourists visit this place majorly to detoxify themselves by camping under the night sky full if stars.
- Best time of camping: Since, Spiti Valley is cold most of the time, therefore the best time to camp is in summer months, i.e. from late May to October.
- How to reach: (i) By Air- The nearest airport to Spiti Valley is Kullu's Bhuntar Airport, which is 54 kilometres away. (ii) By Road- Buses are available from Manali to reach Spiti Valley. Though, the 198 kilometres distance is tough as the roads are difficult.
Spiti Valley during summer. Photo by Anisha Tulika on Unsplash
Chandratal Lake, Himachal Pradesh
- Best time of camping: As Chandratal Lake is situated near Spiti Valley, the best time to camp is from May to October.
- How to reach: (i) By Air- As the nearest airport to Spiti Valley is Kullu's Bhuntar Airport, after reaching here, bus or cab can be hired to reach Chandratal Lake. (ii) By Road- Buses and even cabs are available to reach Chandratal Lake. (iii) By Train- As Shimla railway runs through various parts of Himachal Pradesh, train can also be used to reach Chandratal Lake.
Camping at Chandratal Lake is one kind of a experience. wikimedia
- Best time of camping: The best time to camp in Namri Eco Camp is in the month of October to early April.
- How to reach: (i) By Air: The nearest airport to Nameri Eco Camp is Salonibari Airport in Tezpur, which is 34 kilometres away. (ii) By Road- To reach Namri Eco Camp, road is one of the best ways to reach, since the destinations is well connected via highways. (iii) By Train- Nearest railway station is Rangapara, which is 21 kilometers away from Namri Eco Camp.
To enjoy the beauty of the view, the camps are often set near the Jia-Bhoroli River. Photo by Wilson Ye on Unsplash
When it comes to camping, how can we not mention Rishikesh, right? Situated in the foothills of Shivalik Range of Himalayas and on the banks of River Ganga, camping here not only brings one closer to mother nature but also to spiritualism. As this place is known as the "Yoga Capital of India", it attracts a lot of tourists who and enjoy camping along with adventurous games like river rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, trekking, fox flying, and zip lining.
- Best time of camping: The best time to camp in Rishikesh is from March to June and September to November.
- How to reach: (i) By Air- The nearest airport to Rishikesh is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun, which is 35 kilometres away. (ii) By Road- One of the best way to reach Rishikesh is by road, and it also serves as a fun ride. (iii) By Rail- The nearest railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar, which is approximately 25 kilometres away.
Best time to camp in Rishikesh is from September to March. Photo by Scott Goodwill on Unsplash
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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