Thursday October 19, 2017

Goa becomes the First State to initiate Food Safety Measures launched by FSSAI

The government will get FDA Officials and selected chefs to be trained as supervisors. to improve the hygiene conditions of the state

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October 25, 2016: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Goa unit to make Goa the first state to adopt five food safety initiatives launched by FSSAI.

FSSAI has asked each state to volunteer for the initiatives that they would like to launch to make food safe. Goa picked Safe and Nutritious (SNF) food at home, schools and workplaces. These initiatives will be launched at the National level in October 2017 and all the initiatives integrate with the existing government schemes, mentioned TOI report.

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According to TOI, Goa was the first state to be selected as it was in good in terms of healthcare. FSSAI is going to make efforts to make Goa as a model state as far as the safe and nutritious food is concerned. There are agencies in the country that take care of the exported testing products. These issues are needed to be addressed. The FSSAI is persuading the states to supply fortified food.

A negative list of products with high content of fat and salty foods was prepared to ensure food safety in schools, including lunch box and canteens. FSSAI has launched the ‘green book’, to promote safe food habits at home and created a website dedicated to nutritious and safe food at home.

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Director of FDA, Salim Veljee announced that the state will be working on improving food safety standards, targeting homes, schools and workplaces.

“This bouquet of 10 initiatives focused on safe and nutritious food at home, school, workplace, religious places, in trains and railway stations, in restaurants and other places,” Health Ministry said in a statement to TOI.

Removing junk items and promoting healthy food would be the prime focus, under the initiatives. The program will include a third party monitoring system and certificates will be given to the schools according to the ratings they receive. The model cafes will be constructed in certain workplaces and the food handlers will be trained by master trainers. A third party auditing will be conducted and a rating system will be introduced.

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“We will also be launching ‘connect to citizens’ initiatives to take the food safety habits directly to the citizens. The state-funded food testing laboratories will also get a major overhaul under the five initiatives,” said FSSAI CEO, Pawan Agarwal.

Deputy Chief Minister, Francis D’Souza, said,” The government will be working to improve the hygiene conditions in the state, by getting the FDA officials and selected chefs in the state to be trained as supervisors.”

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

 

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Know What Supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee Has to Say about Hair Styling During Monsoon Weather and More

Worrying that the rainy season will ruin your hair? Read what supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee has to say!

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Balancing between the delicate care that hair needs and sporting a trendy hairstyle can be challenging during monsoons. Pixabay

August 21, 2017: Falling asleep to the sound of raindrops and waking up to watch them trickle down your car window; long drives in the monsoon surely are magical. But once you’re out of the car, the same monsoon turns into a nightmare for your beautiful tresses. To survive these monsoon blues, supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee gives primary importance to the true texture of her hair and asserts that that should be of primary importance when styling them during the rainy season.

Monsoon weather is synonymous with lots of frizz, hair fall and dandruff. The monsoon also brings with it dullness to your hair.

“It’s very important to keep the true texture of your hair in mind when styling your hair in the monsoon, as maintenance during this period is tough” believes Noyonika. According to her, the best way to manage hair during this time of the year is to use products that suit one’s hair texture. “I use a bit of extra conditioner, or use a leave-in conditioner, to keep the frizz at bay,” she added.

Also Read: Are you Traveling in Monsoon? Follow these Tips to look Stylish!

Noyonika started modelling at the age of 13. With her unconventional looks, she rode high in the modelling industry for a considerable time, with many people identifying her as the Naomi Campbell of India. More recently, she got associated with luxury hair styling brand TIGI as an image consultant to train and impart soft skills to candidates of TIGI Backstage Heroes platform. “Grooming in any job and industry is necessary. But in a field like hair styling, it holds even greater importance,” she said.

Asserting the principle of ‘By Hairdressers; For Hairdressers’, TIGI is a luxury hair care and styling brand which recently expanded their curriculum to help budding hair stylists finesse their personalities, and brought Noyonika on board to impart soft skills knowledge and help the candidates develop the right attitude and confidence that is needed to emerge as winners in the industry.

“If a hairstylist is well groomed, polite and a good conversationalist, it evokes confidence in the client,” said the former supermodel who realized the importance of grooming very early in her career. She believes it is a hairstylist’s job to sell a hairstyle, and that requires a combination of skills and talents.

Extending her support to TIGI’s unique approach of bringing the real heroes working backstage to the front, she believes competitions not only establish hair styling as a justifiable career but also help develop, expand and promote the hair industry in India.

According to the report by ANI, Noyonika swears by TIGI products and calls herself a fan of the brand. “It is always great to associate with a product you truly enjoy,” she said.


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18 Must know facts About Tulsi “Basil” and It’s Health Benefits

Let's take a look at the super herb that can do it all, literally

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  • Tulsi Leaves possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
  • It also works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
  • It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion

June 22, 2017: Tulsi: Also known as the holy basil or ocimum sanctum, tulsi is a common name in most Indian households and a very important part of it as well. There are many reasons why Tulsi is so popular in India “because of benefits of tulsi”. It is very easy to grow and it can be widely found in the Indian subcontinent. Not only is tulsi considered a revered, holy plant in Hinduism; it has also been mentioned in the ancient science of Ayurveda. There are two common varieties of tulsi widely available – the green hued Lakshmi tulsi and the purple coloured Krishna tulsi. Other than the Indian subcontinent, it can also be spotted in tropical regions of most of the Southeast Asian countries. There are many facts & benefits of tulsi leaves, we are going to talk about.

Tulsi is grown in many Hindu households, worshiped and offered to the gods. Don’t think this is just because of religious superstitions,  this inexpensive and meek inexpensive herb comes loaded with numerous benefits. Tulsi is medically proven to be extremely beneficial for humans.  Just a few leaves of tulsi, when used regularly, can help take care of a host of health and lifestyle related issues- from warding off some of the most common ailments, strengthening immunity to fighting bacterial & viral infections and even combating and treating various hair and skin disorders.

How and when to Grow

Tulsi plant need an atmosphere that offers rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. The sapling should be planted just a few centimetres below the soil with a light cover of dirt. It is better if the plant is allowed to grow indoors till it’s about 6-7 inch tall, after which the plant can be transferred outdoors. The best time for planting tulsi is right before monsoon, under intense heat.

How to Consume It & Get The Benefits of Tulsi

It can be consumed raw, plucked fresh from the plant or it can be added in your morning tea. You can always opt for the healthy tulsi kadha. Other than the conventional ways of consuming the humble, holy basil, you can experiment with tulsi in your cuisines . It guarantees an exquisite, earthy, aromatic flavour to the preparations.

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Home Remedies

It is one of the most commonly and widely used ingredients in many popular Indian home remedies. Tulsi can help heal, or to some extent facilitate, treating most diseases from regular fever to some of the deadliest and most fatal viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Simran Saini from New Delhi believes consuming a drink made by boiling tulsi leaves and adding about 2grams of black pepper to it, helps in building your immunity. It also acts as an antibacterial element and helps in recovery from dengue. Then there is the quintessential kadha – a mix of ginger, tulsi leaves, peppercorn (crushed) in boiling hot water – which is usually seen as a potion that can put most illnesses straight and has been used by Indian mothers for eternity. Don’t think these are all the holy herb has to offer, there is a bundle of other beneficial properties that tulsi comes with. Here’s a list of all benefits of tulsi/basil:

1. It possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
 

2. It works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.

3. Therefore it is good for skin – both when consumed and applied topically.

4. It has been proven to be effective in treating skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms.

 5.It helps in relieving from fever, sore throat, headache, flu, cold cough and chest congestion.
 

6. It can be made into teas or other drinks or can be consumed raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.

 7. It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion.
 

8. It comes loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A  and C.

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9. It is also beneficial in treating respiratory problems like chronic bronchitis, asthma and more.

10. It counters elevated blood sugar levels and is therefore beneficial for diabetics.

11. It helps in regulating uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones.

12. Regular tulsi consumption can also help in balancing various bodily processes.

13. It is proven to be largely beneficial for dental hygiene and healthier gums.

14.  It can ward off the harmful effects of free radicals.

15. According to the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, tulsi is effective in maintaining normal levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

16. In treating conditions like hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue and swine flu, tTulsi has remarkable benefits to offer.

17. Is an effective insect repellant and can also help in treating insect bite.

18. It is also known as adaptogen.

Isn’t it high time to make the humble holy basil a part of daily life now?

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393