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By Shruti Pandey

India is known as the land of colors; hues are inhaled to exhale in various shades of life. Be it about the way of life, the diversity or the natural resources, colors are in our blood. Delving into the types of natural colors that are procured from India, it is evident that India ranks high in the realms of production of colors.

The top 10 eco-dyes found in the country are-

1. Sindoor (BIXA OLEREANA): It is a very important medicine and dye that grows in India. It is used by married women to fill the partition of their hair. It treats rabies naturally, and if used in regulated amount, it is a potential cure for mental disorders. The chemical alternative of it is colored silica that is being abundantly used.

2. Gulal (CESALPINIA SAPPAN): India gains monopoly in the international trade of Gulal, being its top most producer. It has a disparate glitter and finds usage in cosmetic products all over the world. This also provides heavy foreign exchange to the country.

3. Palash (BUTEA MONOSPERMA): It’s a plant of religious importance as its dye was used to play Holi (a festival of water and colors) and it finds this mention in Mahabharata as well. The state of Uttar Pradesh has this as their “state tree”. It is a cure of skin disorders and cleanses skin pores naturally.

Palash Tree

4. Mehendi (LAWSONIA INDICUS): This is a sacred dye in India as women apply this on their hand on almost every auspicious occasion. It is also a natural dye for coloring hair. It does not possess a color of its own but produces an orangish brown color once it comes in contact with keratin. It originated in Arabia but is grown extensively in India and heavy exports are also done.


5. Neel (INDIGOFERA TINCTORIA): It is a wild weed growing in parts of North India. This is a blue colored dye and is used with hair colors to intensify their color. Apart from that, it finds its usage in coloring clothes blue.

6. Haldi (CURCUMA DOMESICA): It’s the spice found in India (although it is in dispute with USA over the patent) that has the most anti-cancerous properties. Its consumption as well as application provides strong resistance to cancer. It is a sacred dye for Hindus and is used in an auspicious tradition in marriages.

7. Harshringar (NYCTANTHUS ORNAMENTALE): It is an ornamental plant and finds mention in various epics about being used by goddesses for adornment. It is also an edible dye. It is widely used as natural coloring agents in various types of foods and candies.

8. Gurhal (HIBISCUS ROSASINENSIS) : Its flowers generate a natural polish or cream that can be used for leather preservation. Apart from that, it imparts blood red color and is a thick dye withdark shade.


9. Kattha (ACACIA CATECHU): It’s a traditional medicine for curing intestinal disorders. It is consumed in India along with Beetle nut and Beetle leaves that is known as “ Paan”. It has light brown color in the core and dark brown on the surface. When hydrated, it produces a light brown color.

10. Herbal Gulal: It’s a dye made by National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow and it comprises of three elements- Palash, Gulal and Sindoor. It has a potential market in Europe and North America where it is used for dying clothes and imparting a shiny yellow or orange color to the clothes.

Shruti Pandey is a third year engineering student in HBTI, Kanpur and aspires to bring a change through words. Twitter @srt_kaka


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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Skin problems like itchiness, dryness and flakiness can occur anytime if you're not moisturising your body enough.

Skin problems like itchiness, dryness and flakiness can occur anytime if you're not moisturising your body enough. It is commonly observed that while many people take their skincare routine seriously, a majority of them neglect to moisturise the body. It is important to keep in mind that timing matters a lot when it comes to applying moisturisers. Therefore, knowing the appropriate time to apply body lotion is essential.

Take a look at the ideal times to moisturise your body shared by Kimi Jain, Head of Retail, KIMRICA.

Moisturising the body in the morning sets your skin up to face countless irritants and environmental factors during the day. The skin is constantly exposed to harsh chemicals and pollutants when you're outside which is why using a protective and soothing moisturiser while going out is necessary. Kimirica's Five Elements Body Lotion comes with natural Aloe Vera extracts that act as a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that helps protect your skin and provide a deep nourishing effect.

man in white crew neck t-shirt Moisturising the body in the morning sets your skin up to face countless irritants and environmental factors during the day. | Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash

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