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Day 2 of Congress outreach prog: people call for strengthening party
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

 

PANAJI: The Congress party leaders apparently received support from general public on the second day of its outreach programme ‘Jana Gana Mana, Nomon Tuka Goykara’. Not only did the people come to greet the Congress leaders but also urged its front leaders to resolve internal issues in the party and to work in unity to bring about a change in the state and resolve their issues.

The state-wide outreach programme that has started from Panaji on May 22 has been gaining momentum.

The Congress delegation led by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar, and comprising of Nuvem MLA Wilfred D’Sa, and Goa Pradesh Mahila Congress president Pratima Coutinho, began the second day of the tour from Margao city and traveled towards Cortalim later covering areas in Vasco.

The visit of Congressmen at their doorsteps surprised the people, as this is not election time. Most people, both youth and senior citizens, were quick in recognising Chodankar, the state Congress president.

In Cortalim, the constituency represented by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Alina Saldanha, people complained about the inability of their MLA in resolving their issues.

Among the complaints of the people in Cortalim was about water entering their shops during monsoon, which Saldanha has failed to resolve despite it being brought to her notice on more than one occasion. People also complained about Saldanha not being accessible to them. “It is only during election she visits here,” said a shopkeeper at Thana-Cortalim told Congress leaders.

Chodankar, who was accompanied by Gilbert Mariano Rodrigues, the candidate of the Congress in 2017 Assembly elections, directed the local Congress leader to take up the issue with the concerned panchayat and the government departments.

The issue of hike in petrol prices and increase in rates of all essential commodities was also raised by the public at Cortalim. Chodankar promised to take up the issue of petrol price hike with the office of District Collectorate on Thursday. Some shopkeepers complained against Goods and Services Tax and said that it was affecting their business because of higher GST rates.

Responding to a complaint from an old lady about rising inflation, Chodankar said that the Congress party has become proactive and is taking up the issues of common people. He said that the situation could soon change.

Some people complained that their panchayats have failed in undertaking pre-monsoon works. Responding to the issue, the GPCC president directed the local Congressmen to go along with the people and pressurise the local bodies and get the work done.

While responding to a request to end squabbles in the party and ensure that party leaders work in tandem, Chodankar said that he would take all (youth as well as seniors) along. D’Sa added that most of the issues have been resolved and Congressmen were working in unity.

The Congress leaders thereafter moved to Chicalim where they interacted with patients, doctors and staff in the Cottage Hospital. They also visited kiosks and heard the grievances of their owners. Major complaints in the area were about frequent power failures and shortage in the supply of water.


HDK’s big day props up Oppn unity
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

 

BENGALURU: H D Kumaraswamy was on Wednesday sworn in as the 25th Chief Minister of Karnataka at the head of a Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition government here in a ceremony that brought together leaders of anti-BJP parties on a single platform exactly a year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The event showcased rare scenes of bonhomie between leaders including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BSP supremo Mayawati, Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), N Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), V Narayanasamy (Puducherry), Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI MP D Raja, RLD’s Ajit Singh and RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav and former Union minister Sharad Yadav.

As a few thousand cadres of the two parties cheered the leaders, Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, who represents the Congress in the coalition.

Both took the oath in Kannada in the name of God.

The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the imposing Vidhan Saudha took place as dark clouds loomed over the venue after rain played spoilsport to the cadres of the JD-S and Congress, especially from the Mysuru region, who had come to witness the event.

In a House of 222, the Congress with 78 members stitched a post-poll coalition with JD-S (37) to keep the BJP out. The coalition also has the support of a BSP MLA, an Independent MLA and a legislator from a local party.

Kumaraswamy first became chief minister with BJP’s support in 2006. He has become the 25th Chief Minister of the state.

None from the Bharatiya Janata Party attended the swearing-in ceremony. Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said they were boycotting the event as BJP was observing a “black day” across the state.

Last week, immediately after the election results were out, Yeddyurappa was sworn in as chief minister but he quit in three days after failing to muster majority support in the Assembly.

The JD-S-Congress coalition is expected to convene a short session of the assembly to prove Kumaraswamy’s majority in the House.

Shortly before the 4.30 pm. schedule for the swearing-in, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda was the first to reach the site after which leaders and Chief Ministers from various parties trooped in.

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi came together and both were seen talking animatedly with Mayawati. Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi held each other’s arms as Rahul Gandhi watched them. Then it was the turn of Mamata Banerjee to approach Mayawati. Finally the leaders posed for a photograph holding each other’s hands.

Naidu, who quit the NDA a few months ago, was seen talking to Mamata Banerjee and both congratulated Kumaraswamy and shook hands with him.

While Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik did not attend the ceremony, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekar Rao came to Bengaluru on Tuesday and met both Deve Gowda and Kumaraswamy. DMK leader M K Stalin skipped the event as he rushed to Thoothukudi where 11 persons died in police firing in the anti-Sterlite protest.

Kumaraswamy later described the event to the reporters a “historic moment” saying it brought a record number of national and regional leaders, Chief Ministers and others on a single platform and united them as never before.

Ahead of the event, Mamata Banerjee and Chandrababu Naidu said that their participation in the ceremony was to strengthen the coming together of regional parties and they would not allow any obstacles to come in the way of these efforts.

“In future we will work together to protect and promote national interests. We are here to strengthen all the regional parties,” Naidu said.

Kumaraswamy’s mother Chennamma, wife Anita, three brothers and two sisters, son Nikhil and a few other close relatives were present and posed for a family picture with him.

About 300 VIPs and guests were treated to lavish refreshments in the banquet hall of the Vidhan Soudha, which houses the state legislature and the secretariat.


Living with Schizophrenia: mission possible
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

 

RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT BUZZ

 

Even a slightest thought of being not able to understand reality can be very scary, isn’t it? So you can imagine what a person living with Schizophrenia goes through. This is a disorder of the mind that affects how one thinks, feels and behaves. World Health Organisation (WHO) website states that Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects more than 21 million people worldwide.

Its symptoms are described as ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. Psychiatrist, Ravindra Agarwal says that though symptoms of Schizophrenia can manifest at any time in one’s life, these are mostly observed in late teens to early adulthood. “Men tend to show signs of these symptoms slightly earlier than females,” he says.

Panaji-based counsellor and psychotherapist, Adolfo Castellino adds that the symptoms generally include delusions, hallucinations and sometimes a catatonic condition, together with conditions of depression. It manifests itself by the hearing of voices, paranoia, unwarranted suspicions, feelings of extreme persecution and the like. “Sometimes subtle other times extreme, confused state of mind and erratic behaviour, other times seemingly strange behaviour. Schizophrenia is different in different persons and easily confused with bipolar disorder, depression and other mental illness,” he says. Schizophrenic symptoms develop after puberty, generally between 15 and 35 or 40 the later ages especially where women are concerned.

Castellino says that initially schizophrenic symptoms are hard to diagnose and fix and the patient starts by avoiding social situations and stays aloof showing signs of aloofness and strange behavioural patterns and thought disorders. “Hostility and aggressive behaviour is also shown by some. Schizophrenia can also be triggered by use of alcohol or drugs as it creates an imbalanced mental condition hastening the condition,” he adds.

And just like there is no cure for illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, etc, there is also no cure for Schizophrenia. Through treatment that is palliative and though not curative, it is possible to get good control over the symptoms to lead a normal life. “With regular follow ups with the doctor and adequate family support, individuals suffering from Schizophrenia can remain productive members of the society,” says Agarwal. Castellino also clears out that usually people have a wrong notion about Schizophrenia wherein they blame parenting for its cause. “Whether ‘good’ or ‘bad’, parenting has no role to play in the development of Schizophrenia,” he adds.

Patients with Schizophrenia are a part of every psychiatrist’s practice and Agarwal, a private psychiatrist, does get individuals who are productive themselves, either on treatment (Rx) or those who work and are affluent.

Talking about the treatment he says that along with the need for medications it also requires lots of support. One area where support is needed is psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation. Agarwal says: “These services are minimal all over our country and Goa is not an exception.” He adds that the two district hospitals Asilo and Hospicio have psychiatric OPDs but lack rehabilitation/vocational support.

He further says that the NGO, COOJ, have a day care centre for psychological disabilities due to mental illness like Schizophrenia. Also there is a private facility ‘Chaitanya Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre’ at Thivim and since it is a residential facility, not everyone can afford it.

Elaborating on the Mental Health Care Act that has been passed by the Parliament and will be coming in force from July this year, Agarwal informs, “It has made provision for rehabilitation and makes it the government’s duty to provide these facilities. Since it is provided in the Act, public would be able to take the government to court (PIL) if it fails to provide these services.”

 

Caregivers and people in general should

l Understand that Schizophrenia is a form of mental illness and that the patient is not to be considered responsible for their actions and behaviour

l Create awareness amongst social and community members to understand and reduce unnecessary negative reactions

l Create an emergency or crisis plan amongst loved ones and helpful community members.

  1. a) Try and create a routine and predictable environment around the patient, reducing their stressors.
  2. b) Keep a watch on their medication intake.
  3. c) Try and introduce a normalising rationale. It helps in limiting the psychotic experience.
  4. d) Be extra watchful and observant as the likelihood of being suicidal is slightly higher.

Also people in general should realise that many wrong notions about schizophrenia have been spread around through different media especially movies, some of them are:

l That all Schizophrenia patients have similar symptoms.

l They are violent, dangerous and always out of control.

l That they are lazy by nature.

l That it is purely genetic. Though genes do contribute at times.

l They always need to be hospitalised.

l They can never lead productive lives.

l They can never regain normalcy in their lives.

l It cannot be treated.

 

Symptoms suggested by WHO

Schizophrenia is a psychosis, a type of mental illness characterised by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behaviour.

 

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE

l Hallucination: hearing, seeing or feeling things that are not there.

l Delusion: fixed false beliefs or suspicions not shared by others in the person’s culture and that are firmly held even when there is evidence to the contrary.

l Abnormal Behaviour: disorganised behaviour such as wandering aimlessly, mumbling or laughing to self, strange appearances, self-neglect or appearing unkempt

l Disturbances of emotions: marked apathy or disconnect between reported emotion and what is observed such as facial expression or body language

l Disorganised speech: incoherent or irrelevant speech

 

Sports day on ‘World Schizophrenia Day’

To celebrate ‘World Schizophrenia Day’, COOJ in association with ‘Chaitanya Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre’ is organising a ‘Sports Day’ for people with psychological disabilities. Explaining the reasons for conducting this event, director of COOJ, Peter Castelino says: “Firstly, we want them to enjoy themselves and secondly, to create awareness that people with disabilities can live a normal life if the right opportunities are given.”

 

From a counsellor and psychotherapist’s point of view

Adolfo Castellino uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an effective method for the treatment of Schizophrenia in conjunction with pharmacological intervention. “Being largely psychosocial in its form the involvement of Social Recovery Therapy (SRT) is essential,” he says. A section of CBT is the Social Recovery Therapy aspect that deals with imparting skills to the patient towards social interactions and building up confidence levels as a coping mechanism, creating a more competent and motivated mental state. Here, the timing of social recovery intervention is important as motivation to change is higher in the early stages of psychosis than later stages of Schizophrenia. Medication on its own generally leaves patients with persistent positive as well as negative symptoms, even when the patient is compliant with their medication instructions.

Castellino says that he formulates an agenda based on the form and duration of the illness along with the previous treatment as well focussing on their symptoms and severity.

With treatment what comes in one’s mind is the cost and commenting on the same, he says that working in conjunction with psychiatrists, psychotherapy can considerably help in creating a sense of normalcy as well as reduce the time to achieve the same which makes psychotherapy quite cost effective and efficacious. Generally around 14 to 18 sessions would be required with the provision of having a few more booster sessions.

As a psychotherapist for nearly fifteen years he has had five patients, most of them suffering from delusional and hallucinatory form of Schizophrenia. The patients came to him after prolonged psychiatric treatment and some also after hospitalisation. “Psychotherapy that involves talk therapy along with proper medication and its regulation as well as psychosocial rehabilitation can bring the life of a schizophrenia patient close to normalcy, enabling them lead a life of dignity and worth,” concludes Castellino.


‘Ek Tara’ by poet Purnima Desai released
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ

 

“We say behind every successful man there is a woman. Today, it is proved that behind every successful woman there is a man too,” said former central minister, Ramakant Khalap. He was speaking at the book release of a collection of Marathi poems ‘Ek Tara’ by poet Purnima Desai on Saturday, May 19 at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao.

Khalap opined that English language is used widely and is a popular medium for education today. Children are able to speak in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, yet they are in a dilemma whether they will be able to read and write it fluently. Despite that they are pursuing education in English. He added: “Hence, we must keep alive our culture of writing poems or stories in our language. We must help the language progress.”

He added that not all poets and writers experience the fame they deserve. In fact, some never write their poems and they remain hidden forever. He lauded Purnima who has been writing since her childhood and encouraged her to continue writing.

President of Gomantak Sahitya Sevak Mandal, Panaji, Ramesh Vanskar highlighted that ‘Kavyamaifal’, an event hosted by Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao has given birth to constructive poets in Goa. He further stated that literature has the power to resolve many social issues. “Purnima in her poems has made sure to maintain the reality while she only writes about her personal experiences,” he said.

Purnima said that she could learn poems in her childhood because of the tunes that her teachers created and taught her. “I was always fond of writing but I never took to writing poems seriously. Recently when I did, I found myself thinking of a tune first and then placing my words on the basis of that tune. This way, many poems emerged out of the music I composed in my mind. More than the words, I am attached to the tunes that help me express my feelings,” said Purnima.

With poems in her newly released book, Purnima attempts to achieve at least one star from the sky which everyone considers as impossible, hence the book title ‘Ek Tara’. Purnima’s poems are influenced by people, experiences and her surroundings. Many a times they have also acted as a stress reliever.

President of Gomant Vidya Niketan, Janardan Verlekar also spoke on the occasion. Late Ashok Borkar, a poet was remembered on the occasion. His wife, Kavita Borkar, organiser of ‘Kavyamaifal’ at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao, and Shubh Labh Publishers of Quepem assisted Purnima in publishing her first book.


Rajasthan knocked out after lacklustre batting show
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

 

Kolkata: Skippper Ajinkya Rahane’ slow batting cost Rajasthan Royals dearly as two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders comfortably beat them by 25 runs in the Eliminator to set-up the IPL Qualifier-II clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad, here on Wednesday night.

On a day KKR star spinner Sunil Narine was expensive and returned wicket-less, the likes of Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Yadav stepped up to restrict Rajasthan 144 for four after batsmen put on board 169 for seven.

Home skipper Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell had revived KKR with their magnificent batting as the hosts recovered from a disastrous start. They had their worst start of the season with K Gowtham (2/15) and Jofra Archer (2/33) reducing them to 46 for three inside the Powerplay overs.

Karthik continued his sublime form to lead them to safety with a 38-ball 52, containing four fours and two sixes while Russell came up with his destructive 29-ball unbeaten 49, studded with three boundaries and five sixes to propel the side to a fighting total. Royals began their chase in right earnest with Rahane (46 off 41) and Rahul Tripathi (20) adding 47 runs for the first wicket. Sanju Samson played a smart innings of 50 runs from 38 balls but leg-spinner Piyush Chawla removed Tripathi and Samson to tilt the match in the hosts favour.

Rahane batted too slow, playing a lot of dot balls, and the asking rate kept mounting. When Rahane departed it was tough ask for the batsmen at the crease. Rahane got 22 runs from five boundaries but consumed 36 balls for remaining 24 runs.

Kuldeep foxed the Rajasthan skipper with a googly, before Chawla removed an anxious Samson in his last over.

Their equation was still within reach with 43 runs and seven wickets in hand in last three overs but the young pacer Krishna gave away just three runs in the 18th over to tilt the match in their favour.

It was a lacklustre from the Rajasthan middleorder batsmen as Kolkata reigned supreme at the death to advance to Qualifier Two for the second time in as many seasons.

 

Score board

Kolkata Knight Riders: 169/7, D Karthik 52 (38), A Russel 49 (25), K Gowtham 3-15-2; Rajasthan Royals: A Rahane 46 (41), S Samson 50 (38), P Chawla 4-24-2

Earlier, the sixes were a rarity in the first half of Kolkata innings and it was only in the 14th over Shubman Gill hit the first shot over the ropes in his crucial fifth wicket partnership with Karthik.

Karthik and Gill added 55 runs in 38 balls as the Under-19 World Cup winning youngster Gill impressed with his stroke-making skills en route his 17-ball 28 (3×4, 1×6).

From being 63 for 4 midway into the innings, Kolkata brilliantly stepped on the gas in the second-half, scoring 106 runs in the last 10 overs with Russell in charge of the proceedings.

Jaydev Unadkat, who leaked 33 runs from his two overs, was a big letdown from Rajasthan’s perspective as the Ajinkya Rahane-led side could not choke the hosts despite a a sound start.

Starting the proceedings for Rajasthan, K Gowtham left Kolkata in tatters with a twin blow of Sunil Narine (four) and Robin Uthappa (three) in his first two overs before Barbadian pacer ensured their lowest powerplay score of the season — 46/3 — dismissing Nitish Rana (3).

Narine smashed Gowtham’s through covers for a boundary to start off the proceedings in his signature style but the off-spinner fired in a quicker one next up and the Trinidadian was beaten and stumped in the second ball.

In the first ball of his next over Gowtham plucked a smart return catch off Robin Uthappa’s top-edge for a soft dismissal while Archer reduced Kolkata to 24/3 inside four overs.

There was more misery in store for Kolkata as opener as an under-pressure Chris Lynn did not survive long as their top four batsmen folded for 51 in eight overs.

Just when their ship looked to sink in front of a shell-shocked capacity Eden crowd, Karthik continued to his sublime form and found a fine ally in Gill to revive their innings.


A junket to US for Ajgaonkars
Source:  The Navhind Times
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:30

 

PANAJI: An official three-member delegation of the tourism department presently visiting the US as led by Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar and including Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma as well as deputy director of the department Rajesh Kale has come under scanner with the inclusion of additional ‘unofficial’ members to it, namely the wife and the daughter of the Tourism Minister as well as his brother and sister-in-law.

Chairman of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation Nilesh Cabral also joined the delegation in the US.

Two road shows had been planned for the delegation in the US; one at Chicago on May 22, while another to be held at New York on May 24. Interestingly, sources in the tourism department revealed that no major event was held in Chicago.

Tourism director Menino D’Souza confirmed that the official delegation of his department includes only three members and expressed ignorance about other members accompanying the delegation.

He also maintained that an event management agency has been hired by the department through a tendering process to organise such road shows abroad for promoting Goa as a tourism destination and this agency among other things, has to co-ordinate with the travel agents at these locations as well as conduct related presentations for them.

An event management agency namely MX

Advertising Pvt Ltd has been hired to handle the two road shows in the US.

D’Souza said that such delegations have already visited foreign countries in the past, and would continue to do so in the future.

“In the fiercely competitive tourism sector, we need to promote Goa tourism in all those places around the world, whose population has little or no idea about Goa as a tourism destination,” he added, informing that earlier, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation used to handle such road shows, however now the task has been entrusted to the tourism department.

Since taking over the tourism portfolio in March 2017, Manohar Ajgaonkar had gone to such junkets on two occasions. These tourism promotional junkets had been to Moscow and Paris. The itinerants included GTDC board members and a close aid of the Tourism Minister, Jeet Arolkar and some of his family members.

The Tourism Minister’s brother Dr Shrikant Ajgaonkar, who is a doctor at the local Employee State Insurance hospital under the department of labour and employment, and his sister-in-law Rashmi Rajendra Ajgaonkar, who is an employee of the excise department are also accompanying the official delegation to US.

Furthermore, the Tourism Minister’s wife Megha Ajgaonkar and his daughter Meeta Ajgaonkar Paigude have been tagged to this travelling group.

Ironically, Dr Shrikant Ajgaonkar, who is a government employee, has been appointed on two government committees. Presently, he is one of the directors of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation as well as that of the Goa Football Development Council.

These appointments are in violation of the guidelines followed for the government employees.

Highly-placed sources at the department of labour and employment as well as the excise department could only provide vague information about the permission sought from them by Dr Shrikant Ajgaonkar and Rashmi Ajgaonkar, respectively, as regards proceeding on the particular US trip.

An official of the finance department told ‘The Navhind Times’ that a file had been cleared by the department as regards financial provision for this trip.

“The file included the names of the Tourism Minister, the Chief Secretary, and the deputy director of the department,” the official added.

The sources from the accounts section of the tourism department  revealed that the budget estimate of various events organised by the department have been hiked substantially and expressed concern over attracting strictures from the auditors as well as queries from the vigilance.

It is further learnt that the finance department had raised serious objections to this huge enhancements in the budget estimates and had sought justification over the same.


Transgender Teen Wins Battle in US to Use Men’s Bathrooms
Source:  IPA Newspack
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:29


“I was determined not to give up because I didn’t want any other student to have to suffer the same experience that I had to go through,” said Gavin Grimm, who graduated from high school last year and has been fighting the school board’s policy since he was 15 years old.

AFP

Updated:May 24, 2018, 12:01 AM IST

Transgender Teen Wins Battle in US to Use Men's Bathrooms
File photo of the Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. (Image: AP)
Washington: A US federal court ruled On Wednesday in favor of a transgender teenager who fought for years to use the men’s bathrooms at his high school in Virginia.

In February, President Donald Trump’s administration overturned rules set by his predecessor Barack Obama requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching the gender with which they identify, rather than the one on their birth certificate.

Following that decision, the US Supreme Court in March sent Gavin Grimm’s case back to a lower court for reconsideration.

“I feel an incredible sense of relief,” Grimm said in a statement after US District Judge Arenda Wright Allen denied the Gloucester County School Board’s motion to dismiss the case and allowed it to go forward.
“I was determined not to give up because I didn’t want any other student to have to suffer the same experience that I had to go through,” added Grimm, who graduated from high school last year and has been fighting the school board’s policy since he was 15 years old.

Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights nationwide.

Wright Allen ordered the parties to schedule a settlement conference within 30 days, but a ruling on the substance of the case is expected, as well as an appeal.

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Steel industry poised for stable growth in 2018
Source:  The Financial Express
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:28

As excess steel capacity was found to be the single phenomenon damaging the interests of the global steel producers during 2014-2017 in terms of lowering the prices and thereby the profitability of the industry, China having accounted for nearly 50% of the estimated surplus steel capacity had to assure the outside world that its commitment to bring down the carbon footprint would entail elimination of some of the polluting units in steel, coal and cement.

Why You Should Prune Your Trees
Source:  Punjab Star News
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:26

There are a lot of things that you have to consider when it comes to taking care of your trees. Aside from making sure that pests and parasites are kept at bay, as well as making sure that the surrounding soil is healthy, it also matters that you prune your trees on a regular basis. There are a lot of Tree Removal Atlanta, GA services that you can avail of who can also prune your trees for you. If you want to know why you should be pruning your trees, then read on.

Aesthetic Reasons

Having trees being neatly trimmed according to a certain form would always help to make it look good. Apart from trimming it, trees would also look their best if you would get rid of excess branches, as well as deadwood. Over-all, it could also be best if you would strategically reduce it, to make it look better with other trees.

It Helps Remove Dead and Broken Branches

In times of severe or extreme weather, such as heavy snow or hail fall, as well as thunderstorms, it can’t be avoided that some of the tree’s limbs would end up falling. To prevent this from happening, it’s best to prune your trees in order for you to cause headaches that are not at all necessary in the future.

Pruning Helps Alleviate Tree Disease

Getting rid of diseases is best done by proper maintaining of trees, as well as making smart decisions. The right means of pruning would greatly help in order for your trees to be less susceptible to diseases, as too much cutting can make them more prone to it. There has to be a pruning plan, as well as giving of priority to the thinning tree crown to keep them healthy.


Cabinet nod for 4,072 towers in LWE areas for INR 7,330 crore
Source:  The Eastern Miror Nagaland
Thursday, 24 May 2018 02:26

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS): To empower security personnel and people staying in the country’s Left Wing Extremist (LWE) areas, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of an additional 4,072 mobile towers at an investment of Rs 7,330 crore, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Wednesday. “This is the […]

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