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Congress workers protest against bad state of Verna-Agassaim road
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:30

VASCO/MARGAO: Twenty-eight Congress workers including Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar and GPCC women wing president Pratima Coutinho, who were protesting against the bad state of Cortalim-Agassaim stretch of NH17 were on Thursday arrested by the Verna police under Section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Traffic jams are the order of the day on the said road for months now with the situation worsening in the last few days.

“The Verna police have made a preventive court arrest, under section 151 of CrPC to 28 Congressmen who were trying to march along NH17 stretch from Thana Cortalim to Agassaim after they failed to listen to the request made by the superintendent of police South Arvind Gawas and other police officials on Thursday morning”, said the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate Mormugao Mahadev Araundekar.

He disclosed that the GPCC president Chodankar along with other party workers were supposed to demonstrate at Cortalim junction, but giving due respect to the appeal made by the deputy superintendent of police Vasco Sunita Sawant and in view of the Saptah celebrations in the port town, the protesters decided to stage a peaceful demonstration near Thana Cortalim junction, without causing any hindrance to traffic and people.

The police were forced to arrest the Congress party workers when they made an attempt to march as per their plans along Thana Cortalim to Agassaim stretch. The arrested Congress workers were then released on bail.

The superintendent of police South Arvind Gawas, deputy superintendent of police Vasco Sawant, deputy superintendent of police Margao, Raju Raut Dessai, deputy superintendent of police Quepem Uttam Raut Dessai, Verna PI Neenad Deulkar, Mormugao PI Shailesh Narvekar, Margao PI Kapil Nayak, Fatorda PI Navlesh Dessai, Colva PI Filomena D’Costa, Cuncoliem PI Sudesh Naik besides other police officials were personally monitoring the situation at the site.

Meanwhile, condemning the arrest, the Congress party has said that they were peacefully protesting the poor traffic management on the Cortalim to Agassaim road.

Speaking to the media after their release from Verna police station, Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa, GPCC president Girish Chodankar, South Goa Congress president Joe Dias and Mahila Congress president Pratima Coutinho said that they were only intending to stage a peaceful protest on the poor traffic management.

“The problem has been persistent for several months and in the last three days, it has worsened. On Monday, ambulances were not able to move leading to the death of two people. Many missed flights, people were late for work, and students were forced to miss school” said Chodankar.

State govt declares holiday today
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:30

PANAJI: In view of the sad demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday, the state government has declared a holiday on August 17 to government offices and public sector institutions including schools.

The state general administration department (GAD) on Thursday late evening issued notification in this regard.

“As a mark of respect to the former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on August 16, all the state government offices, local and autonomous bodies, public-sector undertakings, all educational institutions including the aided institutions shall remain closed on August 17, 2018,” a notification issued by the Under Secretary (GA-II), Varsha Naik said.

A path to mindful eating
Source:  The Navhind Times
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:30

Maria Fernandes|NT KURIOCITY

For more than 5,000 years ayurveda has been practiced to promote wellness in India. From the Sanskrit words ayurs (life) and veda (knowledge), ayurveda branched from the Vedas and began by describing how to maintain a holistic mind-body equilibrium, aid the healing process and rejuvenate the body by using natural herbal preparations and therapies. Ayurveda today is beginning to find a place in diet trends. Its practitioners consider ayurveda to be a sacred system that unites natural elements, spirituality and diet. In short, nourishment of the body is tied to nourishment of the mind and soul.

“The workshop has been planned with the objective of training people to understand the ancient science of eating and revert to the traditional diet while grasping the fundamentals of this diet,” says Korde as he elaborates on the workshop. Along with this the components of mindful eating will also be discussed at length. Youngsters, Korde believes, who are exposed to a wide variety of food would benefit from this workshop as it will make them aware of what they are consuming and hence more discerning. “Not just them but anyone who is interested in making healthy choices which concerns food will also benefit. This workshop therefore has been planned for those above 16 years of age,” he adds.

When it comes to health matters people seem to have become more proactive than they used to be. An increasing interest in preventive measures not just by the older generation but by the younger generation as well shows a gradual shift in awareness and behaviour. “There definitely is an increase in the number of people who are very health-conscious and choose food according to the nutritional values; however there are others who eat according to their taste buds and hence do not concern themselves with nutritional benefits. The number of culinary TV programmes that show a variety of foods makes it difficult for people to choose wisely and they are in a dilemma as to what they should go for – taste or nutrition,” says Korde. Food, he further says, has the distinction of giving contentment and fulfilment to the heart that the other senses cannot compare with. “I am not against eating and enjoying tasty food, or experimenting with different foods but maintaining a balance between tasty and healthy food is extremely vital.”

As simple as it sounds, maintaining that fine balance is not easy. Walk down the aisles of any supermarket and the senses are bombarded with smells, colours and images that make choosing the right items rather difficult. “Food and what we consume is very important in ayurveda. A simple guideline to making the right choice is by firstly finding out where you come from, namely your genetics and what your ancestors have been able to digest as your genes have over a long time have been tuned to digest certain kinds of food only. Secondly, find out what your geographical location is and then blend the two. Eat foods of the place you are from but at the same time do not compromise your genetic composition for geographical location and vice versa. Blend it with your traditional food,” he advises.

Another aspect of choosing food items or a diet is to understand how the foods we eat will affect our body he says. He explains that while the today’s world classifies food as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins, ayurveda’s understanding of food is quite different. It is based on the qualities of the food that are passed on to the person consuming that particular food. “Take for instance, meats. While most people today group meats as white meats that are healthy and red meats that are unhealthy, ayurveda regards meat as the animal source from where it originates. Different meats impart different qualities to the human body. Pork, beef, veal, lamb, venison all impart that particular animal’s characteristics and traits to the consumer (when eaten in large quantities) and we literally become what we eat,” he adds. He illustrates this with an example of the goat. “If you look at the qualities of a goat, even though it is considered red meat, it is very lithe, spritely and these qualities are attributed to the body by those who consume it. Goat’s meat is considered the best by ayurveda among the different meats.”

He continues, “When ayurveda classifies meats it does so according to its qualities and what is best for the body and body type. Generalisations such as white meats being good for you and red meats being bad for you are not made by ayurveda. Similarly, vegetables have a definite structure. Potatoes and other dense foods grow underground while green leafy vegetables grow above it, and then there are vegetables such as capsicums and bell peppers with a central cavity; all have different qualities which are imbibed by the body.”

Ayurvedic principles say that including all six tastes in your meals is likely to keep you healthier than if you cook with just a few. But depending on what body type you are, vata, pitta or kapha, certain tastes have different impacts. “For example, the intake of sweet, sour, salt is good for a vata type, whereas these tastes are not advisable for a kapha type. Bitter, pungent and astringent is good for the kapha type, but not for a vata type. Astringent, bitter and sweet are recommended for pitta,” he says.

On mindful eating, he stresses on the importance of checking what is on our plate with the knowledge that it will transform once we consume it. “It is equally important to know the capacity of your stomach and remember that the stomach should not be completely full. Half the stomach is for food, quarter for liquid and quarter for air or digestion will become a problem.”

Making every effort to maintain good eating habits while dismissing unhealthy ones is not only wise, but it can be life saving in the long run.

To know more about mindful eating, join the workshop by logging on to and fill in the registration form. Last date for application is August 26. For further assistance call on 6651104.


When had in excess these are the effects

l Madhura Rasa (sweet taste): Obesity, tenderness, laziness, hypersomnia (excessive sleep), heaviness, loss of appetite, loss of power of digestion and cough.

l Amla Rasa (sour taste): Causes thirst, hyper sensitiveness of teeth, horripilation and flabbiness. It also causes a burning sensation in the throat, chest and cardiac region.

l Lavana Rasa (salty taste): Causes thirst, fainting, increases heat in the body, depletes muscle tissue, sloughing of parts afflicted with skin diseases like leprosy, aggravates poisonous symptoms and premature wrinkling, greying of hair and baldness.

l Katu Rasa (pungent taste): Destroys virility, causes unconsciousness, asthma, emaciation, fainting, choking, giddiness, burning sensation in throat, production of excessive heat and thirst and diminution of strength.

l Tikta Rasa (bitter taste): Depletes the plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone marrow and semen. It produces roughness in the circulatory channels, reduces strength, and causes emaciation, unconsciousness, giddiness and dryness of mouth.

l Kashaya Rasa (astringent taste): Causes dryness of mouth, distension of abdomen, obstruction of speech, constriction of circulating channels and destruction of virility. It gets digested slowly and obstructs the passages of flatus, urine, stool and semen. It causes emaciation, thirst and stiffness.

(Compiled by Neelesh Korde)

Vajpayee a towering figure who stood for democratic values: Sonia
Source:  Oneindia News
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:27

New Delhi, Aug 16: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today described former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a "towering figure" who stood for democratic values and demonstrated this commitment in all his acts. Expressing sadness over his demise, the

Idukki Dam released water when Kerala was in floods. Could this have been avoided?
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:21

By Himanshu Thakkar* There are still two months of South West Monsoon for Kerala. Then large parts of Kerala also get benefits from North East monsoon that follows in Oct-Dec. In fact, the only two occasions (1981 and 1992) since the Idukki Dam was commissioned in 1975, were both during North East monsoon, never in … More Idukki Dam released water when Kerala was in floods. Could this have been avoided?

Only by establishing peace can we honour Vajpayee's legacy: Imran Khan
Source:  Oneindia News
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:20

Islamabad, Aug 16: Pakistan's prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan today expressed condolences over the demise of former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying his efforts for India-Pakistan peace will always be remembered. Khan said in a statement that Vajpayee was a

Airtel Payments Bank, Bharti AXA Life join hands for govt insurance scheme PMJJBY
Source:  The Financial Express
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:18

Airtel Payments Bank on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), a government-backed life insurance scheme aimed at increasing life insurance cover.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee shared Nehru’s vision of India: Manmohan Singh
Source:  The Hindu
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:17

The former Prime Minister says his predecessor was committed to a consensus approach in politics.

T.N. keeping a watch on 11 districts
Source:  The Hindu
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:16

CM chairs high-level meeting to review preparedness

Jewar Airport Project To Be Scrapped If Land Acquisition Doesn't Happen
Source:  NDTV News
Friday, 17 August 2018 02:16

The Uttar Pradesh government might drop the Jewar International Airport project in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Delhi's outskirts if the farmers do not agree to hand over their land for acquisition, a top...

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