Let’s have a soup night this week

I love soup nights! They don’t come very often these days. There was a time when once a week we used to have soup night at home and then slowly we reverted back to the heavy dinners. Yesterday my neighbour was not feeling well. We have some kind of a virus going around and quite a few of us have been down with cold, cough and fever. So I thought of making some soup for her and decided to make it a soup night for us as well. I have…

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MH-CET 2018 to have questions from Class XI syllabus

THE STATE Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to engineering and pharmacy colleges will include questions from the Class XI syllabus for the first time from next year. A circular issued to the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) last week stated that the CET in 2018 will include the syllabus for Class XI. While the weightage assigned to the Class XI syllabus is yet to be decided, the state higher and technical education department has declined the DTE’s proposal to not include the Class XI syllabus till 2019 as students appearing…

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Only 49 colleges have opted for NCC as elective subject:DG

Shillong Director General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht said on Tuesday that only 49 colleges in the country had opted for NCC their elective subjects. The NCC chief has also urged state governments in the northeast region to take NCC as an elective subject in educational institutions. “We have made plans and there are 49 colleges in our country that have opted for NCC as elective subject. Books are ready,” Lt Gen Vashist said during a two-day visit to Meghalaya. Expressing regret that none of the…

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

Commonly known as aubergine in England and brinjalin India, eggplant is a glossy, teardrop-shaped vegetable belonging to the nightshade botanical family. It is the same purple variety found across the globe but is referred to as an eggplant mostly in the United States. The eggplant is native to a number of countries stretching from India to Burma and extending to China. While the eggplant is assumed to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit that is cooked as a vegetable or a savoury dish. Thus biologically, it can be termed as a fruit and in terms…

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MSBSHSE new evaluation pattern: Class IX students will not have oral tests in languages

Class IX students will no longer have to take oral examinations in languages and write internal assessments in social sciences, according to the new evaluation pattern announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). In a circular issued on Thursday, the MSBSHSE announced the new evaluation pattern for Class IX students as per the new curriculum. The circular states that students will have to attempt a theory examination for all three languages and social sciences for 100 marks. Currently, the subjects have 20 marks allotted…

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Why more and more Indians can’t have kids

Mumbai resident Janhavi climbed several rungs of the corporate ladder before deciding to have a baby three years back. Months however turned into years as Janhavi, now 38, spent lakhs of rupees at various infertility clinics to get pregnant. “I have tried as many gharelu nuskas (home remedies) as tests looking for genetic abnormalities and ovarian antibodies, but without success,” she says. Janhavi isn’t the only one. Infertility experts say a growing number of career women come to them in their late thirties and forties wanting a baby . “Women now get…

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A Single Workout Session Can Have An Immediate Effect on the Brain

The efficacy and importance of regular exercising is hugely underestimated. The World Health Organistion suggests every adult to indulge in at least 150 minutes of moderate to rigorous intensity activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Obesity is one of the biggest perpetrators of lifestyle diseases today and regular exercising is one of the easiest ways to combat its ill-effects. We already know that regular exercising can keep your energy levels up, boost your metabolism, make you sleep better, increase your strength and memory and also protect your heart. Health experts…

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Breastfeeding Mothers Have 10 Per Cent Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Breast milk is said to contain a number of benefits for the baby’s health. It contains a variety of nutrients essential for the newborn’s well-being, and also includes antibodies which cannot be medically engineered. However, there are also several advantages for the breastfeeding mother. Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s heart attack and stroke risk later in life, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that women who breastfed their babies had about a 10 percent lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke later in life.…

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Love Beer? Experts Have Created A Type That Can Boost Immunity

Beer lovers, time to rejoice! Experts at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created a probiotic sour beer can also boost immunity. The beer is believed to be created with a probiotic strain of Lactobacillus paracasei L26. This probiotic strain is known to have been first isolated from human intestines with an ability to neutralise toxins and viruses. It is also known to regulate the immune system. Probiotics have long been touted as gut benefiting agents that are also beneficial for the overall health. Consuming food items rich in…

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Have Zero Tolerance On Bad Loans; Fight Cases: Finance Ministry To Banks

New Delhi: Unfazed by the Gujarat High Court order staying bankruptcy proceedings against Essar Steel, the finance ministry has asked banks to maintain zero tolerance against bad loans and be prepared to fight cases to resolve large NPAs or non-performing assets. The ministry has been asking banks to take tough action against such borrowers and be ready to fight court cases as well, official sources said. The adjournment of the Essar Steel case by the high court to July 12 will not deter banks or halt insolvency proceedings against other…

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