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Indians are known for their exaggerated use of jewellery. The ancients of Indian culture designed a system to regulate overall physical health by apportioning jewellery patterns to men and women, which controlled certain vital functions. Modernity has done away with most of these traditions, but it is interesting to understand the scientific reasons behind Indian jewellery traditions.
The tropical climate and the rich traditions of India ensure that the woman is always kept busy. She is either tending to the household chores, cooking, or looking after her family. Most pieces of jewellery that she wears, act as a source of energy on her body. The anklets that she wears on her feet, create a jingling sound with every movement. They are usually made of silver, and the metal is believed to have properties of earthing. Excess heat produced from walking too much or working is directed towards earth to prevent fatigue. The bangles worn on the hand perform a similar function, except that they are made of materials like glass, gold, ivory, and lac. They don't necessarily radiate heat away from the body, but they retain the energy required for working by preventing loss of circulation. As the woman moves her hand up and down, the bangles move with it and ensure good blood circulation.
Photo by Sonuj Giri on Unsplash Women wearing ankletsUnsplash
Rings form an important part of many cultures, and the style, size, and quality of the ring denote various meanings. The style of the matrimonial ring signifies the linguistic culture one belongs to, while the choice of stone denotes wealth. Wearing rings on the ring finger are believed to regulate the emotions of a person as it connects to the radial artery in the heart. The ring is usually worn on the left hand to signify marriage. Wearing rings on other fingers places emphasis on supplementary neural functions.
The armlet is not a very popular piece of jewellery in modern India, but people still tie sacred threads and amulets to their arms. This is to signify good luck and protection, but scientifically it also regulates the saturation of fat in this area. The kamarband, or waist band is also worn to serve a similar purpose. It prevents the accumulation of fat in the torso.
South Indian women wear armlets for all auspicious occasions Image source: Photo by Jignasa on UnsplashUnsplash
Married women wear toe rings made of silver, which regulate their menstrual flow, and prevent gynecological problems. They also pierce the left side of their nose, as it is believed to regulate the pain levels in the uterus. Childbirth is considerably less painful in women who wear a nose ring. The maang tikka is also considered to be an important marital ornament that signifies union of the spouses.
In today's culture, men and women still wear necklaces, chains, and earrings. Wearing a chain is believed to regulate the flow of blood near the heart and the brain. Earrings are associated with acupuncture. Men who do not want to wear earrings, or those who belong to linguistic cultures where earrings are not permitted for male members, usually just pierce their ears in childhood. This is believed to improve concentration, and prevents kidney problems. Wearing heavier earrings keeps a woman alert.
Raja Ravi Verma's depiction of a typical Indian woman Image source: wikipediawikimedai
Apart from these health benefits, wearing jewellery beautifies the body, and the weight of the metal aligns the body symmetrically. Despite the advent of globalisation and the use of makeup to beautify the body, opting for jewellery is a healthier choice.
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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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