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Garbage Littered at the Site of the Bokkapuram Temple Festival

Garbage littered by the devotees and the shops at the site of the Bokkapuram temple festival is still uncleared

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Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. Source-Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu, Mar 11, 2017: At the site of the 4-day Bokkapuram Temple festival organised by the Sholur panchayat in the periphery of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR), the garbage littered by the devotees and the shops is still uncleared as reported by The Hindu.

The wildlife of the area has been affected as well, elephants were seen roaming around near the temple, consuming the plastic bags and food waste according to one local.

About 150 kg of plastic waste is generated every year during this 4-day festival and about one tonne waste is cleaned every year, according to M. Kumaravelu, field officer of CPR Environmental Education Center, who used to organize clean-ups after the completion of the temple festival every year, with the help of volunteers. But as the district administration does not offer them any help, they had to stop.

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An official from the Sholur panchayat had assured that the clean up would start by Monday, and that the delay has been caused due to the unavailability of workers to carry out the clean up process.

Nagina Reddy a resident of Bokkapuram who runs a resort, thinks that the panchayat should help them out with trucks that would collect the waste and take it to a waste processing unit.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself

 

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Amazing Fact! Your Genes Determine Your Quality of Sleep

"Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep," Dashti added.

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This was comparable to other well-recognised factors that influenced sleep duration. Pixabay

Experiencing problems like insomnia or hypersomnia could be genetic, say researchers who identified 76 new gene regions associated with the time a person sleeps.

It is well known that regularly getting adequate sleep — 7 to 8 hours per night — is important for health, and both insufficient sleep — 6 or fewer hours — and excessive sleep — 9 hours or more — have been linked to significant health problems.

Family studies have suggested that 10 to 40 per cent of variation in sleep duration may be inherited, and previous genetic studies have associated variants in two gene regions with the sleep duration.

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“Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep,” Dashti added. Pixabay

The study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, US, analysed genetic data from more than 446,000 participants, who self-reported the amount of sleep they typically received.

The study identified 78 gene regions — including the two previously identified — as associated with sleep duration.

While carrying a single gene variant influenced the average amount of sleep by only a minute, participants carrying the largest number of duration-increasing variants reported an average of 22 more minutes of sleep, compared with those with the fewest.

This was comparable to other well-recognised factors that influenced sleep duration.

 

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Family studies have suggested that 10 to 40 per cent of variation in sleep duration may be inherited, and previous genetic studies have associated variants in two gene regions with the sleep duration. Pixabay

“While we spend about a third of our life asleep, we have little knowledge of the specific genes and pathways that regulate the amount of sleep people get,” said Hassan Saeed Dashti from MGH.

“Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep,” Dashti added.

The study, published in Nature Communications journal, also found shared genetic links between both short and long sleep duration.

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It also found factors such as higher levels of body fat, depression symptoms and fewer years of schooling, implying negative effects from both too little and too much sleep.

While short sleep duration was genetically linked with insomnia and smoking, long sleep duration was linked with ailments such as schizophrenia, Type-2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. (IANS)