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The Puri district administration has asked all their officers to use cycles as a mode of transportation while coming to offices every Monday. This is a part of “Monday is my Cycle Day,” a campaign launched last week jointly by the district administration, police and Barefoot, a voluntary organization.

Talking about its importance and relevance, Collector Aravind Agarwal said, “Cycling is not only good for health, but also reduces pollution caused by vehicles. We have appealed to our colleagues to cycle to office on Monday so that as many vehicles as possible can be kept off the roads for a day. This will also ease traffic congestion on road.”

Many officers, like Puri SP Ashish Singh, are already using cycles as a mode of transportation. Singh said, “I reach office from my residence on a bicycle every Monday. The distance between my office and residence is barely 50 meters. It may be a short distance, but I do not mind cycling.”

Whereas the founder of Barefoot organization, Yugabrata Kar, said that they will be soon including cycling in tourism.

Kar said, “We have started requesting tourists to take bicycle rides in Puri for sightseeing. The tourism department has also promised to promote cycling.”

To avoid the traffic imbalance and monotony at the time of upcoming Nabakalebara festival, the district administration plans to introduce battery operated vehicles on Grand Road and near the beach to address the issue of pollution. The transport department and district officials recently held a meeting to execute the project.


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Basil scientifically called Ocimum basilicum, and also known as great basil, is a culinary herb from the Lamiaceae (mints) family. A common aromatic herb, it is usually used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but what may astonish one is that there are various health benefits of basil that make it well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties.

Basil seeds or basil essential oil are proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most essential medical herbs known today. Basil has vitamin A, C, E, K, and Omega 3 components including cooling components too. It also contains minerals like Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, and Potassium. An ancient Ayurvedic herb, basil has various proven benefits including being anti-inflammatory, ant-oxidant, immune-booster, pain-reducer, and blood vessel-protector.

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When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades.

The US researchers have discovered a class of immune cells that plays a role in miscarriage, which affects about a quarter of pregnancies.

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that the recently discovered subset of cells known as extrathymic Aire-expressing cells in the immune system may prevent the mother's immune system from attacking the placenta and fetus.

The researchers showed that pregnant mice who did not have this subset of cells were twice as likely to miscarry, and in many of these pregnancies fetal growth was severely restricted.

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"When you're pregnant, the immune system is seeing the placenta for the first time in decades -- not since the mother made a placenta when she herself was a fetus," said Eva Gillis-Buck, from UCSF.

"Our research suggests that this subset of immune cells is carrying out a sort of 'secondary education' -- sometimes many years after the better-known population of the educator cells have carried out the primary education in the thymus -- teaching T cells not to attack the fetus, the placenta and other tissues involved in pregnancy," she added. The findings are published in the journal Science Immunology.

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