Amid a series of changes in the Punjab Congress and government, in a major development, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from his post on Tuesday. After this, in a sudden development, cabinet minister Razia Sultana also resigned from the council of ministers, showing solidarity with Sidhu. Soon after this, newly appointed PPCC general secretary Yoginder Dhingra, and treasurer Gulzar Inder Singh Chahal also resigned from their posts.
Minutes after the allotment of portfolios to new cabinet ministers, these resignations came. Sidhu sent his resign to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi through a tweet. In his resignation letter to Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu wrote, “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner. I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress.”
Sidhu is believed to be upset over the recent developments in the state, like some appointments on significant government posts, and inclusion as well as non-inclusion of some MLAs in the recently expanded cabinet of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Sources said that Sidhu was also opposing the allotment of the home department to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Sidhu had been named PPCC chief in July this year by the party high command despite opposition by former CM Captain
Meanwhile, Congress sources said Sidhu’s resignation has not been accepted. The top leadership has asked the state leadership to resolve the matter at its level first. Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, “He(Navjot Singh Sidhu) had taken stand against corruption in Punjab…, if his suggestions are not paid heed to, he would not want to be a speechless president. We urge him to withdraw resignation & request the high command to redress his grievances,”
While CM Charanjit Singh Channi said that he will talk to Sidhu on the issue, former CM Captain Amarinder Singh as well as Opposition leaders took a dig at Sidhu. Captain Amarinder Singh said Navjot Sidhu’s resignation as PPCC chief within two months of taking over the vital post had proved beyond doubt that the cricketer turned politician was an “unstable” man, who could not be relied upon to lead the ruling party, especially in a border state like Punjab.
Terming Sidhu’s resignation as sheer drama, Captain Amarinder said the move suggested that his former cabinet colleague was preparing the ground to quit the Congress and join hands with some other party in the run-up to the state Assembly polls. “I had been saying all along that this man is unstable and dangerous, and cannot be entrusted with the task of running Punjab,” Captain Amarinder said, adding that Sidhu had also proved to be absolutely incompetent during his stint as a minister in his government.
Meanwhile, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said Sidhu is a “misguided missile” and it is now known who he would harm because of his own interests. “I have been saying this for a long time. First the missile hit Captain Amarinder Singh and now it has hit the Congress. This is because Sidhu is full of self interest. In my view, he should just leave everything and go to Mumbai,” said Sukhbir.
AAP Punjab president Bhagwant Mann said that the Congress leaders were insulting Punjab and the people in their fight for the chair. Mann said the Congress had crossed all limits in the battle for chair and pride. State BJP president Ashwani Sharma said that on seeing his political ambitions being scuttled by the Congress high command which nominated Charanjit Singh Channi as Chief Minister, Sidhu has resigned and is trying to take a high moral ground, while it is only for personal gains, for which he has always worked.
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Took conscious effort to start taking out time for myself: Akanksha Singh
Akanksha Singh, Dance Content Creator, recently joined us for a fun conversation as part of our special series of NewsX Influencer A-list. In the exclusive interview, she opened up about what brought her into the world of dancing and much more. Read excerpts:
When asked what brought her into the world of dancing and creating content, she said, “I have always been very fond of dance, but especially during the pandemic last year in March 2020, I just wanted to do something constructive with my time and involve my children also. It just happened by chance that I came across these shuffling videos on TikTok. I got very curious as to how it could be done actually, so I just started doing them. It was so amazing because of the positive impact it started having on my body as well as making me stress free. All in all, it was very positive. I got into it and I never got out of it then really.”
Speaking about the moment she started calling herself as a dance influencer and inspirer, she said, “I have no idea what I was doing when I started out. It took a lot of courage to put up dance videos on Instagram. I had a very small community at that time like 400 followers or so, you know, it was all my close friends. I thought I could share a little bit with them, just to motivate everybody to be active and not to very stressed during the pandemic and do something constructive with their time. This pause that life gave us, that god had given us, was to make the most constructive use of it. When I went viral, people started saying you are so inspiring and you have made me go back to dance, you have made me go back to my workouts, you have made me start working out. I am a mother of two. A woman came up to tell me that even I am a mother of two and I left dancing, I left painting, I left my working out, I’ve never taken out time for myself because for us women, we tend to put our families first, we tend to put our children first, everything is about them. She also took time to spoke about how she handles society judgement on following her passion.”
“I was doing the same thing, I was putting my family before myself any time. It was all about them. My kids school time, my husband’s office time, my in-law’s meal times and certain requirements here and there. By the time it came to me, I was too tired. It took a very conscious effort for me to actually start taking out time for myself first in the morning, take care of my exercise and make a routine for myself,” she added.
‘I started at the age of 4’: Harini Nilakantan, Dance Content Creator
Harini Nilakantan, Dance Content Creator, recently joined NewsX for a fun conversation as part of NewsX Influencer A-List. In the interview, she opens about her classical roots and how she combines modern temporary dance with classical journey. Read excerpts:
Speaking about her classical roots and how long has she been practicing, she said, “I started at the age of four under guru Shrimati Sujatha Raghuvendra, when we were living in Bangalore. We had to move to Pune around 2005, that’s when I switched gurus but I kept learning it.”
Talking about how Bharatnatyam can be performed as modern dance and the fusion of both, she said, “I have been thinking about it for a long time. It started when I first came to the States. I was about 14 and there was a talent show. we had to present something like singing, dancing whatever, just a jolly thing in high school. I noticed that all of them whenever they talked about dance, they only spoke about Ballet as classical. I was like no, when I say Indian classical dance, I don’t mean ballet/ I mean Bharatnatyam. To start with, it is a temple art form. It was done by Devraj. They said “Oh so, no one does it anymore.” I responded that that’s not true. We still do it. I thought I need to show them rather than just talk about it.”
When asked how she represents Indian culture properly and suitably, she responded, “I am studying museum and exhibition studies for my masters. This involves representation in, what you can call a museum. A colonial artefact in museums in the states, at least in western museums. When it comes to South Asian art and representations, usually either just statues or ancient artefacts that have been acquired or taken or bequeathed through a lot of colonial trade and does not really have any context to why it is here. For example, the Met museum had some pieces of jewellery from South Asia and South India specifically. It was like a Jalan Nagam, some nut, some bangles and you would see this everyday in Sokra jewellers back home in India in a dance performance or a bridal journey, but there’s no context to why this was there, even if they gave the context.”
She added, “It was really at a superficial and surface level and doesn’t really talk about the art history, where its come from. Like the tombstone, we call the text box in the museum at tombstone. It wasn’t really well-informed and the labelling I was just not happy with. The more I did research, the more I spent times in museums. When I saw South Asian art, why is it always either ancient art and it’s always the same type of ancient art statues temple statues Buddha, Ganesha’s, Nataraja’s nothing else. South Asia is not just India, South Asia is a lot of countries.”
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.
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