In a shocking development, police have arrested Kerala’s former DGP T.P. Senkumar’s appointee in a gold smuggling case at the UAE Consulate. The accused gunman S.R. Jayaghosh told NIA officers that he often collected the diplomatic baggage with smuggled gold from the international airport. Now, it is being alleged that former DGP violated the process specified in the Kerala Government Home Department (Secret Section A) Order in selecting gunman Jayaghosh for the Consulate position and his involvement in the smuggling case has stunned the public.
It has been found out that an estimate of at least 200 kg gold was smuggled in multiple consignments through the diplomatic channels at the Thiruvananthapuram airport, all destined for the UAE Consulate. Jayaghosh including his partners Swapna Suresh, Sarith and cargo agent Sandeep Nair have confessed that jewellery shop owners who were having branches in the Middle-East were involved in smuggling through diplomatic baggage and were making profits (nearly 100 percent including taxes and duties) from the huge cost differences in gold prices between India and Dubai. The smuggled gold was concealed in steel packs and were claimed as food items. The smugglers spent Rs 8 crore for gold in Dubai and ultimately its price was almost doubled at Rs 15 crore when it reached Thiruvananthapuram.
Diplomatic baggage is not checked, unless there is permission from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Because of advanced imaging technology, however, the Customs Officers can see what is coming through the baggage scanner, and in this case, that is apparently what happened, and permission was indeed granted by MEA to open the luggage.
Former Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala who appointed Senkumar to the post of DGP has confessed that it was his “biggest mistake”. At the time, Senkumar was seen as a loyalist of Chennithala. Postretirement, Kumar switched to the BJP.
Senkumar was one of the police officers implicated in the proven false allegations case against legendary ISRO cryogenic rocket engine head Nambi Narayanan, who received the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India and Rs 1 crore from the Kerala government as compensation for all the indignities (including alleged torture) he had to suffer from the fake case designed to thwart India’s progress in liquid propulsion systems.
Thereafter, Senkumar had been making multiple allegations against the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCT) and its director, Prof Asha Kishore, an internationally acclaimed movement disorder specialist in Neurology. SCT is among the top institutions that have been given autonomous national importance status by Parliament, specifically for ensuring excellence. Under Prof Asha Kishore, it has achieved great recognition for path-breaking anti-Covid technologies achieved at a record speed.
Ex-DGP Senkumar, with no scientific background, is nonetheless on boards of the high science institution SCT, an appointment courtesy the Central government. His post-retirement foray into “politics” has been controversial, with it being characterised as one of fits and starts. Earlier this year, Kumar had a verbal altercation at his own press conference with a journalist over a question he did not like, and had the journalist physically removed from the press conference — not something any astute politician would do. Thereafter, Senkumar lodged a case against the same journalist which was investigated by the police and found to be false and so the case was thrown out.
In a poignant scene vividly described in the book Ready to Fire Nambi Narayanan recounts how sadness, anger, sleepless nights, and feelings of helplessness over the false allegations and the despicable coverage by a section of the media came to a point when he decided to commit suicide. He asked his lawyer friend to prepare his will without telling him why.
However, a few days later, his daughter Geetha picked up the phone when his lawyer friend told her to convey that Nambi’s will was ready to be collected, she instantly understood what was happening. She and Nambi’s son Sankar confronted Nambi. “So, you want to commit suicide?” Getting no response, she shouted at him, “You have decided, eh? What happened to my strongwilled Appa? I thought you will fight and prove to the world your innocence, show the world what you are, expose the people behind this controversy. If not any of that, just answer this. Do you want us to live as a traitor’s children? Do you want your grandchildren and the coming generations to live with such a tag?” It took that much for Nambi to realise what he ought to do rather than quitting, and he apologised to his children and resolved to live and fight.
But why should any scientist have to go through such agony just to prove his/her right to work peacefully and with dignity without having to confront false and manufactured allegations every day? Shouldn’t India build systems to protect its scientists working at breakneck speed and under horrendous constraints, financial, administrative and organisational?
In a sign of the anguish that motivated charges against top SCT officials is causing, faculty at SCT’s biomedical wing and clinical faculty have sent representations to Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and President of SCT, Dr V.K. Saraswat who is Member, NITI Aayog, expressing confidence in the institution’s Director and President, and complaining about comments made by former DGP Senkumar to the media disparaging the institution, its breakthrough research and development ranging from India’s first heart valve to now anti-Covid-19 technologies, its advanced tertiary healthcare and public health interventions and training, while being on its Boards.
The scientific community believes that India under PM Modi should build credible systems to protect its scientific excellence from abusive and malicious behaviour. Perhaps Padma Bhushan scientist Nambi Narayanan, himself a victim of fake allegations, can lead a committee to ensure that.
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TOSHIBA HOME APPLIANCES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ‘FRESHBEGINNINGMATTERS’ CAMPAIGN
Toshiba Home Appliances has announced festival delight for its customers with the launch of ‘FreshBeginningMatters’ campaign.
Commenting on the exciting offers, Pranab Mohanty, Vice President & Business Head, Toshiba Home Appliances Business, said, “As the uncertain times fade away, it is time to turn over a new leaf together. Celebrating the festival of lights, we are delighted to provide exciting offers and promotions for our entire Toshiba Appliances to let your family enjoy a brighter tomorrow. Our festive campaign #FreshBeginningMatters aims to make home appliances purchase more rewarding for our customers, bringing the much-needed joy during these times.”
“Even while navigating through the pandemic, we were able to achieve over 50% growth year-to-date in comparison to last year. This growth reflects the remarkable trust in Toshiba home appliances that we have cultivated amongst our customers and channel partners”, added Mohanty.
Kankatala expands to North India
South India-based legacy brand, Kankatala Sarees, known as the ‘Queen of Sarees’, launched its first retail outlet in Delhi and the 13th in the country. The store will house handpicked handloom marvels from 50 major weaving clusters of India. Kankatala, rooted in South India for more than seven decades ,has its major presence in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and now has expanded to North India.
The Delhi store was unveiled recently by renowned actress Karisma Kapoor, who was seen in an authentic Kanchipuram Silk marvel from Kankatala and looked stunning as always. The inauguration was done in the presence of Mallikharjuna Rao Kankatala, Chairman & Managing Director, Kankatala Sarees, along with the entire Kankatala Family including the third-generation Directors Arvind, Bharat, and Anirudh Kankatala.
Kankatala is one of the oldest saree brands, which already has a presence in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, and has represented the age-old weaving techniques for over 78 years. The brand has always been known for pioneering trends in its market and has been growing steadily.
“We have spent three generations representing authentic handlooms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and to the Indian diaspora. Our journey started in 1942, in the lanes of Vizag where our founder and my father, Appalaraju Kankatala sold handloom sarees on a bicycle. From the modest lanes of Vizag to the Capital of India, the 78 years’ journey has been marvellous. We are glad to launch our 13th exclusive retail outlet in Delhi. We wish to receive the same love from the people of Delhi as we have been receiving from other parts of the country,” said Mallikharjuna Rao Kankatala, Chairman & Managing Director, Kankatala.
“With a vision to revive the charm of Indian handloom in India, we are planning to expand to other cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata. We are also looking at going international in the near future. All these stores will be company-owned-company-operated as we do not want to lose our uniqueness of the handpicked products and the personalised touch that we give to our valued customers,” added Mallikharjuna.
The much-elated Chief Guest Karisma Kapoor said, “It is a pleasure for me to launch the very first store in North India of a brand which has a 78-year-old legacy behind it. I was amazed to know that from the year 1943 till date, every Handloom saree is personally handpicked by a family member of Kankatala themselves. The variety of handloom sarees that I saw here is breathtaking.”
Designed for the comfort of Queens of Kankatala, the interior of the Delhi store is contemporary and classy. The store will house handpicked handloom marvels from 50 major weaving clusters of India starting from Rs 5000 and going up to Rs 5 lakh and above, making it a one-stop saree destination for every budget, occasion, and style.
The store will host authentic handwoven marvels that are one-of-a-kind, including signature Kanchipuram, Banarasi, Patola, Ikat, Paithani, Kota, Uppada, Khadi, Jamdani, Organza, Kalamkari, Gadwal, Tussar, and many more.
Do’s and Don’ts for CBSE Term 1 Boards preparation
Everyone is pulling up their socks as CBSE Class 10 And 12 Datesheet 2021 for Term 1 Board Exams is released. Now, only a few weeks are left for the exams, and it is a crucial time to give a final touch to your preparation. The major news after the announcement of CBSE Class 10 & 12 Term 1 Date Sheet 2021 for major subjects is that the CBSE has announced the date sheet 2021 for minor subjects as well. If you are the one who is also appearing for CBSE Board Exam 2021, then there are a few amazing tips that you NEED for Term 1. In the end, you’ll find ways to easily score high in CBSE Board Exam 2021:
1. DON’T SKIP STEP FOR WELL-VERSED PRACTICE
Getting acquainted with the updated syllabus of CBSE Board Exam 2021 is one of the most important things that you should never miss upon.
Every student has prepared for the CBSE Board Exam 2021 as per the syllabus but is a good practice to check the updated one in this last month once more.
You can check the updated CBSE syllabus for the board exam on the official site of CBSE at CBSEACADEMIC.NIC.IN
You need to focus only on those topics or chapters that are mentioned for term 1 exams.
Don’t ever skip any of Class 10 & 12 MCQs Official Resources Provided By CBSE. May it be CBSE Official Question Banks, CBSE Official MCQs Sample Papers Class 10 & 12 For Term 1 Boards, Online Study Material provided at https://diksha.gov.in/
2. A DECISIVE SUBJECT WISE EXAM CRACKER
(a) CBSE has hinted upon a sort of format for MCQs Class 10 & 12 questions for each subject via live videos for teachers. It might be a handy add on approach for CBSE Class 10 & 12 Term 1 Boards students. Here’s the link for that: http://www.cbseacademic.nic.in/web_material/Circulars/2021/88_Circular_2021.pdf.
MCQs Question in Boards might be expected to test cognitive skills and analytical thinking of students
For every subject, NCERT books, NCERT exemplar, and PYQS are must practice. These resources constitute important questions. The MCQs for CBSE Class 10 & 12 Term 1 Boards are likely to be reframed from these questions It becomes the need of the hour to stay familiar with the exam pattern as no one has witnessed this pattern in the CBSE regime.
(b) The Best Seller MCQs Based Oswaal CBSE Sample Papers Class 10 & 12 For Term 1 Board Exams 2021-22 have most likely MCQs reframed from NCERT Books, Exemplars, PYQs, all official CBSE resources and all MCQs typologies (Case-Based, Reasoning-Assertion, Stand-Alone). In this book, cognitive exam tools for comprehensive and integrated quick learning such as mind maps, mnemonics, revision notes, blended exam-based learning via concept videos might prove handy in memory recall at exam time.
You may also study with Oswaal CBSE MCQs Question Banks for Term 1 Board Exams 2021 for chapter-wise topic-wise exam preparation. Here’s the recommended link for MCQs Based Oswaal CBSE Sample Papers Class 10 For Term 1 Board Exams 2021-22: https://bit.ly/3vzuq0t MCQs Based Oswaal CBSE Sample Papers Class 10 For Term 1 Board Exams 2021-22: https://bit.ly/3C9yreG
The syllabus is also divided into two terms by keeping the concept of connectivity in mind.
With this division of syllabus, students can’t leave anything optional as the syllabus is already limited for the CBSE board exam 2021. Moreover, students can even get a glimpse of the pattern by visiting the official site of CBSE.
3. SUBJECT-WISE MUST FOLLOW COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
For the 10th& 12 MCQs Based Term 1 Board Exams, we need to first classify the chapters into 3 categories: easy, tricky, and difficult. Then we need to anonymously prepare for these chapters for every subject as per the mark weightage in the boards. Here’s the reference video for Preparing MCQs Based CBSE Class 10 Maths Board Exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK852achTK4
Students need to prepare their studies in the same format for every subject for CBSE Class 10 & 12.
4. MIND MAPS: A GREAT RESOURCE
Students face a lot of difficulty in remembering everything they come across the syllabus. In this situation, mind maps play a critical role in giving a new dimension to your preparation. When you are studying something, make a diagrammatic representation of it in your mind or take the help of Oswaal Samplepapers where you’ll get the Mind Maps for every chapter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3bwJadzKWI
Studies have also revealed that pictures have a long-lasting impression as compared to the theory. Try to make a connection of the topic you are studying with the previous one. When you are stuck in the exam at a particular question then try to remember in which chapter you have studied it. After that, try to remember under which topic you studied it and on which corner of the page it was present.
5. EXAM TIME CONFIDENCE BOOSTER, A 360 PREPARATION EXAM APPROACH
At this time, you only need to evaluate the preparation that you have done so far. Mock tests are the true way that can help you introspect your preparation journey. When you take the mock tests in a time-bound fashion, you realise where you are lacking. Is it on the time management part? Is it regarding your preparation? Are you getting nervous?
So, with the assistance of mock tests, you get answers to all such questions. This ultimately helps you to go a step further and work on the area where you are lacking. Here’s the recommended link for Weekly Newly Updated Chapter-wise & Comprehensive Mock Tests For MCQs Based Term 1 Board Exams for CBSE Class 10 & 12: https://bit.ly/3E6HJbG Here, you may also 360 live analysis of your online exam score too via detailed solutions
6. THE ULTIMATE KEY TO SHINE
The more you practice, the closer you get to your goal. You should practice an ample number of sample papers to score high in your CBSE Board exam 2021. Sample paper comprises all the latest typologies in addition to the great pool of important questions that are important from an examination point of view. After solving a sample paper, you can even check your answers and calculate your entire score. You can even check the answers to the questions that you were unable to attempt so that they can help you on the day of the exam.
7. DO’S TO FOLLOW WHILE IN EXAM HALL
Students will need to answer the assertion and reasoning-based questions and all MCQs Typologies of Questions in the time frame of 90 minutes. Students need to give the first 10 minutes to thorough reading of all questions. Thereafter, they can easily classify questions into easy, tricky, and difficulties. The next 70 minutes to be dedicated to completely solving the exam paper in ascending order of difficulties. Thereafter, the last 10 minutes to be given to complete revise the attempted exam papers. Beware to deploy your logic carefully while solving tricky questions, as they might be having closely matching options
While students encircled a wrong option in the OMR sheet, he/she may cross it. CBSE has provided an extra circle in OMR, where students may write the correct option.
You should follow the above-specified strategy for the CBSE Board exam 2021. Moreover, if you want to get an edge over others then the CBSE Sample Papers for Class 10 and 12 are a true friend for you. You can get them to boost up your preparation and score high.
So, just buck up your preparation and All the Best for upcoming board exams!
WANT TO INCREASE KIDS’ VEGETABLE INTAKE? HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DO IT
Parents, take note! Filling half of a child’s plate with fruits and vegetables isn’t just recommended by the United States Dietary Guidelines, it also helps increase the amount of produce that kids end up eating, according to a new Penn State research.
The findings of the study were published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’. In the controlled feeding study, the researchers tested two strategies for encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.
The first was simply adding 50% more to fruit and vegetable side dishes at kids’ meals throughout the day. The second was substituting 50% more fruits and vegetables for an equivalent weight of the other foods. For example, if they added 50g veggies to the lunch meal, they also subtracted 50g mac and cheese.
The researchers found that adding more fruit and vegetable side dishes resulted in the kids eating 24% more veggies and 33% more fruit compared to the control menus. Substituting fruits and veggies for some of the other foods resulted in kids consuming 41% more veggies and 38% more fruit.
Barbara Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie Chair and director of the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior at Penn State, said the findings suggest ways parents, caregivers and schools can help encourage healthy eating.
“When deciding what to feed kids, it’s easy to remember that half of the food should be fruits and vegetables,” said Rolls. “If you start seeing that you’re serving too much and have more waste, you could cut back the higher calorie-dense food while adding more produce. Experiment and have some fun trying different fruits and vegetables to see what they like and so you can serve meals with a sensitivity to their personal taste.”
“For most foods, kids will eat more when served larger portions, so we wanted to test whether increasing the number of fruits and vegetables that are served over five days would increase intake,” said Liane Roe, a research nutritionist at Penn State. “We also wondered whether substituting produce for other foods would increase intake more than simply adding extra fruits and veggies.”
For the study, the researchers recruited 53 children between the ages of three and five who were enrolled in Pennsylvania childcare centres. Each participant was served all their meals and snacks for five days during three different periods in random order. For the control period, they were served meals they typically got in their childcare centre, and for the period testing the addition strategy, the portions of fruits and vegetables were increased by 50%. For the period testing the substitution strategy, fruits and vegetables were increased by 50% and the other foods were reduced by an equivalent weight.
“We served the children all of their meals, snacks, and beverages for five consecutive days, and we weighed all the items we served, as well as the leftovers, to measure intake,” said Roe. “We sent home evening and morning snacks for the kids, but the majority of the meals were served in the childcare centre.”
As a caution, Rolls said that even though the study was successful in getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, the majority of the kids still didn’t eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables for their age group—about a cup and a half—although they did reach this target for fruits.
The researchers said that in addition to the strategies in the current study, there are additional things parents and caregivers can do to increase intake. “Serving fruits and vegetables as a first course or snacks when kids are hungry can boost their intake, as can incorporating them into mixed dishes,” said Rolls. “For example, you can blend some cauliflower or squash into a sauce for mac and cheese or add fruit puree into a brownie or cake mix. You don’t decrease the palatability of the dish, but the kids are eating more produce. You should also encourage them to eat the whole veggies on their own, as well as incorporating them into other foods.” The National Institutes of Health helped support this research.
PUNJAB CM CALLS ON HONCHOS TO BECOME PARTNER IN STATE’S PROGRESS
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday in a meeting met delegation of German Companies operating in the state. The Chief Minister said that the State actively promotes business, trade and infrastructure development in partnership with the industry.
Channi said the investments of over INR 99,000 Crores reflects the confidence and trust in the conducive and sustainable ecosystem in the state to boost industrial activity and create humungous entrepreneurial opportunities and jobs for State’s youth.
He impressed upon the industry from the length and breadth of the world to choose Punjab as a progressive partner being the most preferred destination to realise their dreams.
Channi further said that these consultations with industry would go a long way in improving the delivery of governance thus ensuring ease of doing business in the state.
During the meeting, representatives of Company shared their hands on experiences of operations in Punjab. President Vibracoustics India, auto component manufacturer Jagminder Bawa informed that the overall efficiency of operations in their Punjab plants is at par with other plants located in Germany. Meanwhile, MD, Claas India, agri implement manufacturer Sriram Kanan apprised the Chief Minister that robust connectivity and peaceful labour relations without domicile condition in Punjab are very encouraging for the industry. The Chief Minister assured that the state government would extend fulsome support and cooperation to the MNCs and directed CEO Invest Punjab, Rajat Agarwal, to extend facilitation to international and national companies.
U’khand forest wing unveils aromatic garden
Uttarakhand Forest’s research wing again added a feather in its cap by turning a stinking place into an aromatic garden. The place’s name is Lalkuan of Uttarakhand which used to stink with foul smell due to the stench of certain industrial units. This Aromatic Garden has 140 different species of aromatic species making it the biggest aromatic Garden of India; It has been established in an area of around 3 Acre, in Lalkuan.
According to the Chief Conservater of Forest (Research) Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the project was initiated in the financial year 2018-19, as per approval of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) in June 2018, with the objective of conservation of various aromatic species, to create awareness about these species, promote further research about these species and to link it with the livelihood of local people in future.
The project has been funded under the CAMPA scheme of the Central Government. Lalkuan was selected as the site because it is known for the perpetual problem of foul smell due to the stench that comes from certain industrial units.
The aromatic garden has a Tulsi Vatika which contains more than 20 species of Tulsi, including Rama Tulsi, Shyam Tulsi, Van Tulsi, Kapoor Tulsi as well as African, Italian, and Thai Tulsi. The aromatic garden has 8 different sections, apart from Tulsi Vatika- aromatic leaves (lemon balm, rosemary, kapoor, and various mint species), aromatic flowers (chameli, mogra, rajnigandha, kewda); aromatic trees (chandan, neem chameli, Naglingam, Parijat); aromatic rhizomes (Aama Haldi, Kali Haldi); aromatic seeds ( Kasturi Bhindi, Badi ilachyi, Timur, Ajwain); aromatic grasses (Lemongrass, Java grass, Khas grass); aromatic bulbs (Red ginger, Sand ginger) and aromatic roots (Pattharchur, Vach).
Chaturvedi said further that there is Chandan from South India, Agarwood from Northeast, kewada from Coastal areas, and Parijat from Tarai Zone, apart from Neem Chameli, Hazari Mogra, Sontaka, Chameli, Raat ki rani, Din ka raja, and Anant are some of the most fragrant popular species present in the aromatic garden; It has 9 different species of Jasmine, 4 different species of Mint, 4 Different species of Haldi and 3 different species of ginger.
“The extracts of these aromatic plants are used in cosmetics for flavoring and fragrance purposes. Likewise, these plants are of great utility in spices, pesticides, and repellent making,” added Chaturvedi.
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