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Children exposed to high levels of air pollution are up to 50 per cent more likely to self-harm later in life, suggested a study

Children exposed to high levels of air pollution are up to 50 per cent more likely to self-harm later in life, suggested a study that adds to evidence of link between air pollution and mental health problems. Researchers from the University of Manchester in England and Aarhus University examined 1.4million kids under 10 in Denmark and found that those exposed to a high level of nitrogen dioxide were more likely to self harm in adulthood than their peers, the Daily Mail reported.

And people in the same age group exposed to above average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) were 48 per cent more likely to subsequently self-harm, revealed the study published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced by cars, while PM2.5 is mainly emitted by burning diesel and petrol, which is most commonly used for shipping and heating. These two pollutants are among those most commonly linked with causing harm to physical health, such as heart and lung diseases, by getting into the bloodstream and causing inflammation.

"Our findings add to the growing evidence-base indicating that higher levels of air pollution exposure are linked with poor mental health outcomes," lead author Dr Pearl Mok, a research fellow at Manchester University was quoted as saying. "Although air pollution is widespread, it is a modifiable risk factor and we therefore hope our study findings will inform policymakers who are devising strategies to combat this problem," Mok added.

grayscale photo of a girl in garden "Our findings add to the growing evidence-base indicating that higher levels of air pollution exposure are linked with poor mental health outcomes," lead author Dr Pearl Mok | Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

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Taliban fighters have fully captured the very last holdout, Panjshir province.

The Panjshir resistance has denied Talibans claim of having captured the province. "Taliban's claim of occupying Panjshir is false. The NRF forces are present in all the strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue until justice and freedom prevails," the National Resistance Front (NRF) said in a tweet.

Taliban fighters have fully captured the very last holdout, Panjshir province, it has been claimed. Acting minister of culture and information and spokesperson of the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement said that their efforts for the establishment of nationwide security has paid off and the province has been taken by the help of 'Allah' and the support of the people, Khaama News reported.

The defiant Panjshir province has been witnessing heavy conflicts between the Taliban and the resistance forces for the last seven days during which both sides have inflicted casualties. As per the statement, some of the resistance forces have been killed while others fled the province, the report said. "We assure the people of Panjshir not to be subject to discriminatory behavior, they are our brothers and will jointly work for the development of Afghanistan", the statement said.

In the last night's conflict in Panjshir province, a key commander of the resistance forces, General Abdul Wodod, and the spokesperson of the forces, Fahim Dashti, were killed.

Earlier, co-leader of the resistance Ahmad Masoud had offered negotiations with the Taliban that were refused by the Taliban.

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Krishna Temple in its glory

Religious tours can script the story of sustainability and financial empowerment in local villages. This fact has been proven true by the Hare Krishna Movement in Jaipur.

The movement has been helping the locals in Vrindavan and Gokul villages to stand on their own and earn a decent livelihood, even during the pandemic when all other earning resources were shut due to Covid induced lockdown.

In the last one year, when the lockdown eased, the organisation organised a few 'yatras' to Vrindavan on request of their devotees in which strict Covid protocols and the government guidelines were followed. These religious trips did help the locals in Gokul earn money at a time when all other resources were shut.

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday hailed UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath for taking the state to the path of development,

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday hailed UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath for taking the state to the path of development, saying that Uttar Pradesh will soon emerge as a shining example for others in time to come.

Sitharaman was on a trip to Uttar Pradesh during which she asserted that in the last four to five years a series of world-class infrastructure projects such as Purvanchal Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, Gorakhpur and Ballia Link Expressway and now Ganga Expressway have been initiated in the state which will take the state on the road to a 'new' Uttar Pradesh.

"The thought behind the Prime Minister's Vocal for Local is clearly reflected in the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme here," she added.

Further referring to the Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor, she said that the state, which was known for agriculture and MSME sectors, not only showed interest in undertaking such big and important projects, but has also been executing them successfully.

Terming it as a grand success, Sitharaman credited it to the 'visionary' duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Finance Minister was giving her views in a meeting organised for Ganga Expressway at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan on Saturday.

Appreciating the Yogi government for giving 'meaningful' direction to the government policies, she said that the promptness and success with which the schemes of the central government have been implemented in the state is an example for others.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, was to find ways how to raise finances for the Ganga Expressway project.

In the meeting, Managing Director & CEO, Punjab National Bank, S.S. Mallikarjuna Rao handed over the Rs 5,100 crore loan sanction letter to the state government for the project.


The Chief Minister said that the Ganga Expressway, which will be built from Meerut to Prayagraj, would be the backbone of the Uttar Pradesh economy.

Yogi said that the Finance Minister, in her Union Budget 2021-22 speech, had articulated the broad concept of National Infrastructure Pipeline and National Monetisation Pipeline, emphasising on the development of necessary infrastructure for coordinated development in different parts of the country.

"In order to mobilize the required financial resources for the infrastructure projects, the Union Finance Minister had suggested the method of monetization. Taking the concept forward, the Uttar Pradesh government has finalised the process of securitisation based loans from banks as a part of raising finances for Ganga Expressway," the Chief Minister noted.

State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna said that the state government has added many new dimensions in the field of all-round industrial development of the state in the last four years.


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