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Khewra pink salt is known as the white gold of the Himalayas

In the recent past, the discovery of Himalayan pink salt has opened up many avenues of industrial and nutritional study. This salt is acclaimed for its unique mineral content and the geographical value it is associated with.

Found in the sea-bed layer of the Himalayan belt, this salt is believed to be a remnant of the sea that used to cover the mountains many years ago. The lava that flows in this region covered up the salt reserve and protected it from contamination. Being embedded in the lower crust of the earth, the salt imbibed high iron contents which have lent it its popular pink colour.

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Types of Darjeeling Black tea

India and China are neighbors across the Himalayan range, and history has documented our trade exchanges since the beginning of such practices. Interestingly, however, tea travelled all the way to Europe before Indians had a taste of it.

The British brought tea to India in the form that they enjoyed it most – mixed with milk and sugar, and that is how Indians have been consuming it for years. To better suit the Indian palate, spices were added to create the much-loved Masala Chai, but it is not too far removed from the English brand. Like heritage, the British adopted the Chinese custom of tea, and profited off it from their colonial states.

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Family planning empowers women to take charge of their lives whilst also enhancing their contributions to family wellbeing and overall national development. Flickr

Family planning is central to gender equality and women empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. Millions of girls and women in India can transform their lives if needs for family planning – to delay, space, and limit the number of children that women have – are met.

Beyond health, there are many far-reaching, transformational, and inter-generational effects of women being able to use contraception and take control of their fertility. At the household level, families are able to invest more of their scarce resources in the health and education of their children.

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Sleep behavior among participants was reported by parents when the children were six, 18, and 30 months, and assessed again at 3.5, 4.8, and 5.8 years old. Pixabay

Researchers have found that sleeping problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that young children who routinely woke up frequently during the night and experienced irregular sleep routines were associated with psychotic experiences as adolescents. The researchers also found that children who slept for shorter periods at night and went to bed later were more likely to be associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) during their teenage years.

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