October 21, 2016: Oleg Galtsev, a graduate from the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, is launching the first bionics startup in Belarus. The programmer has created a “smart” prosthetic arm that costs almost 10 times less than an alternative product from Germany.
Oleg was four years old when his father Sergei, a former soviet army captain, lost his arm in an explosion on a military firing range. Almost 30 years later, Sergei, now 53, is using a prosthetic arm designed by his son and a fellow engineer in the basement of their home. They gave him the prosthetic arm to test for three weeks. He used it to cut the grass and do many other things in the field.
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The mechanical arm looks nothing like the sophisticated prosthetic arm, but it is affordable, easy to assemble and does not require much maintenance. It does not have sense of controls. It is like Lego designed for people who are not at ease with electronics. They just take cheap models and put them together themselves. Oleg says it took them 2 years to design the prosthetic arm. They used a 3-D printer to create some parts and bought other online.
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According to the inventor, the turning movement makes the fingers open and close. The angles can be adjusted and programmed. Oleg and his partner did not patent the device and they have published do-it-yourself instructions online. They say it is 10 times cheaper than the other mechanical prosthesis. Sergei says he can now perform many outdoor tasks such as sawing with the chainsaw which he could not do before.
He said, “I am proud that my son decided to tackle this problem. There are many people who really need this device in their daily life”. Videos of the test have sparked worldwide interest on YouTube says the young inventor who aims to spark a do-it-yourself revolution in prosthetics.
Now, he is planning to make the arm available around the globe and working on it to refine the structure so that a person of any age group can use them.
August 21, 2017: Falling asleep to the sound of raindrops and waking up to watch them trickle down your car window; long drives in the monsoon surely are magical. But once you’re out of the car, the same monsoon turns into a nightmare for your beautiful tresses. To survive these monsoon blues, supermodel Noyonika Chatterjee gives primary importance to the true texture of her hair and asserts that that should be of primary importance when styling them during the rainy season.
Monsoon weather is synonymous with lots of frizz, hair fall and dandruff. The monsoon also brings with it dullness to your hair.
“It’s very important to keep the true texture of your hair in mind when styling your hair in the monsoon, as maintenance during this period is tough” believes Noyonika. According to her, the best way to manage hair during this time of the year is to use products that suit one’s hair texture. “I use a bit of extra conditioner, or use a leave-in conditioner, to keep the frizz at bay,” she added.
Noyonika started modelling at the age of 13. With her unconventional looks, she rode high in the modelling industry for a considerable time, with many people identifying her as the Naomi Campbell of India. More recently, she got associated with luxury hair styling brand TIGI as an image consultant to train and impart soft skills to candidates of TIGI Backstage Heroes platform. “Grooming in any job and industry is necessary. But in a field like hair styling, it holds even greater importance,” she said.
Asserting the principle of ‘By Hairdressers; For Hairdressers’, TIGI is a luxury hair care and styling brand which recently expanded their curriculum to help budding hair stylists finesse their personalities, and brought Noyonika on board to impart soft skills knowledge and help the candidates develop the right attitude and confidence that is needed to emerge as winners in the industry.
“If a hairstylist is well groomed, polite and a good conversationalist, it evokes confidence in the client,” said the former supermodel who realized the importance of grooming very early in her career. She believes it is a hairstylist’s job to sell a hairstyle, and that requires a combination of skills and talents.
Extending her support to TIGI’s unique approach of bringing the real heroes working backstage to the front, she believes competitions not only establish hair styling as a justifiable career but also help develop, expand and promote the hair industry in India.
According to the report by ANI, Noyonika swears by TIGI products and calls herself a fan of the brand. “It is always great to associate with a product you truly enjoy,” she said.
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Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups
Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops
In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS
June 25, 2017: The Islamic State group is rapidly expanding in parts of Afghanistan, advancing militarily into areas where it once had a weak presence and strengthening its forces in core regions, according to Afghan and U.S. officials.
Depending on the location, the proliferation of IS has drawn varied resistance from the Afghan military, U.S. air support and ground troops, local militias, Taliban forces and other militant groups.
Attacking IS has become such a priority in the country, that disparate forces sometimes join together in the ad-hoc fight, with Afghan and U.S. forces finding themselves inadvertently supporting the enemy Taliban in battling IS.
Confusion leads to mistakes
All too often, officials say, mistakes are made due to confusion on the ground.
Afghan army planes on Wednesday night accidentally air dropped vital supplies of food and water to IS militants in the Darzab district of northern Jouzjan province instead of to their own besieged troops, provincial police chief, Rahmatullah Turkistani told VOA. The supplies were meant to help Afghan forces that are countering twin attacks by IS and Taliban militants but were used instead by IS.
“It’s not getting better in Afghanistan in terms of IS,” U.S. Chief Pentagon Spokeswoman Dana White told VOA this week. “We have a problem, and we have to defeat them and we have to be focused on that problem.”
Reinforcements for the IS cause reportedly are streaming into isolated areas of the country from far and wide. There are reports of fighters from varied nationalities joining the ranks, including militants from Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia and Central Asian neighbors.
Still, the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISK) as IS is known in Afghanistan remains a fragmented group composed of differing regional forces with different agendas in different parts of the country.
“IS-K is still conducting low-level recruiting and distribution of propaganda in various provinces across Afghanistan, but it does not have the ability or authority to conduct multiple operations across the country,” a recent Pentagon report said. But where it operates, IS is inflicting chaos and casualties and causing confusing scenarios for disparate opponents.
In the Tora Bora area, where IS has made a strong stand in recent days, local villagers and militias joined with Taliban to rout IS. IS regained ground after a few days, leading to U.S. military air attacks on IS positions in conjunction with Afghan intelligence instructions and army operations.
IS fighters reportedly have fled from mountain caves of Tora Bora, where al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden hid from U.S. attack in 2001.
IS fighters were also reportedly advancing in neighboring Khogyani district, displacing hundreds of families, according to district officials. It is one of several areas in Nangarhar province, near the Pakistani border, where IS has been active for over two years.
Fierce clashes in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar last month left 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS militants dead, according to a provincial spokesman. At least three civilians who were caught in the crossfire were killed and five others wounded.
“IS has overpowered Taliban in some parts of Nangarhar because the Taliban dispatched its elite commando force called Sara Qeta (Red Brigade) to other parts of the country, including some northern provinces to contain the growing influence of IS there,” Wahid Muzhda, a Taliban expert in Kabul, told VOA.
IS has also expanded in neighboring Kunar province, where, according to provincial police chief, it has a presence in at least eight districts and runs a training base, where foreign members of IS, train new recruits.
Hundreds of miles from Nangarhar, IS is attempting to establish a persistent presence in several northern provinces where it has found a fertile ground for attracting militants and recruiting unemployed youths, mostly between the age of 13 and 20.
IS has been able to draw its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, former Afghan Taliban, and other militants who “believe that associating with or pledging allegiance” to IS will further their interests, according to the Pentagon report.
Hundreds of militants have joined IS ranks in northern Jouzjan and Sar-e-Pul province where local militant commanders lead IS-affiliate groups in several districts.
Qari Hekmat, an ethnic Uzbek and former Taliban militant who joined IS a year ago, claims to have up to 500 members, including around 50 Uzbek nationals who are affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) — previously associated with al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan.
IS and Taliban are reportedly fighting over the control of Darzab district in Jouzjan which they stormed this week from two different directions and besieged scores of government forces. The Taliban has reportedly captured the center of the district while IS militants control the city outskirts.
Afghanistan faces a continuing threat from as many as 20 insurgent and terrorist networks present or operating in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, including IS, the Pentagon said.
“In areas where the government has limited influence and control, IS attempts to emerge and expand there,” Ateequllah Amarkhail, an analysts and former Army general in Kabul told VOA.
IS has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in urban areas, however, with a hit-and-hide strategy that is proving effective. And it is engaging too in more skirmishes with U.S. forces that initially were sent to the country to help Afghan forces halt the spread of Taliban.
Three American service members based in eastern Afghanistan were killed in April during operations targeting IS militants, according to the Pentagon.
“ISIS-K remains a threat to Afghan and regional security, a threat to U.S. and coalition forces, and it retains the ability to conduct high-profile attacks in urban centers,” the Pentagon said. (VOA)
Tulsi Leaves possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
It also works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion
June 22, 2017: Tulsi: Also known as the holy basil or ocimum sanctum, tulsi is a common name in most Indian households and a very important part of it as well. There are many reasons why Tulsi is so popular in India “because of benefits of tulsi”. It is very easy to grow and it can be widely found in the Indian subcontinent. Not only is tulsi considered a revered, holy plant in Hinduism; it has also been mentioned in the ancient science of Ayurveda. There are two common varieties of tulsi widely available – the green hued Lakshmi tulsi and the purple coloured Krishna tulsi. Other than the Indian subcontinent, it can also be spotted in tropical regions of most of the Southeast Asian countries. There are many facts & benefits of tulsi leaves, we are going to talk about.
Tulsi is grown in many Hindu households, worshiped and offered to the gods. Don’t think this is just because of religious superstitions, this inexpensive and meek inexpensive herb comes loaded with numerous benefits. Tulsi is medically proven to be extremely beneficial for humans. Just a few leaves of tulsi, when used regularly, can help take care of a host of health and lifestyle related issues- from warding off some of the most common ailments, strengthening immunity to fighting bacterial & viral infections and even combating and treating various hair and skin disorders.
How and when to Grow
Tulsi plant need an atmosphere that offers rich and moist soil with ample sunlight. The sapling should be planted just a few centimetres below the soil with a light cover of dirt. It is better if the plant is allowed to grow indoors till it’s about 6-7 inch tall, after which the plant can be transferred outdoors. The best time for planting tulsi is right before monsoon, under intense heat.
How to Consume It & Get The Benefits of Tulsi
It can be consumed raw, plucked fresh from the plant or it can be added in your morning tea. You can always opt for the healthy tulsi kadha. Other than the conventional ways of consuming the humble, holy basil, you can experiment with tulsi in your cuisines . It guarantees an exquisite, earthy, aromatic flavour to the preparations.
It is one of the most commonly and widely used ingredients in many popular Indian home remedies. Tulsi can help heal, or to some extent facilitate, treating most diseases from regular fever to some of the deadliest and most fatal viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Simran Saini from New Delhi believes consuming a drink made by boiling tulsi leaves and adding about 2grams of black pepper to it, helps in building your immunity. It also acts as an antibacterial element and helps in recovery from dengue. Then there is the quintessential kadha – a mix of ginger, tulsi leaves, peppercorn (crushed) in boiling hot water – which is usually seen as a potion that can put most illnesses straight and has been used by Indian mothers for eternity. Don’t think these are all the holy herb has to offer, there is a bundle of other beneficial properties that tulsi comes with. Here’s a list of all benefits of tulsi/basil:
1. It possesses antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties.
2. It works as a great detoxifying, cleansing and purifying agent – both from within and without.
3. Therefore it is good for skin – both when consumed and applied topically.
4. It has been proven to be effective in treating skin disorders, itching and issues like ringworms.
5.It helps in relieving from fever, sore throat, headache, flu, cold cough and chest congestion.
6. It can be made into teas or other drinks or can be consumed raw, powdered, paste or in form herbal supplements.
7. It helps relieve stress, strengthens immunity, and facilitates proper digestion.
8. It comes loaded with phytonutrients, essential oils, Vitamin A and C.