Want to avoid risk of bowel cancer? Cut processed red meat, alcohol from your diet

Want to avoid risk of bowel cancer? Cut processed red meat, alcohol from your diet

Are you a meat lover? We have some important news for you. According to a new study, a group of researchers have found strong evidence of links between lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk. Physical activity and whole grains lowers risk of this cancer; too much alcohol and red meat, processed meats and obesity increase the risk. Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk and there was strong evidence that physical activity protects against colon cancer. Edward…

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‘Ease of doing biz’ is not ‘ease of making money’: Steel minister

‘Ease of doing biz’ is not ‘ease of making money’: Steel minister

Steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Tuesday said India needs to raise per capita consumption of the commodity, while asking the industry to play ethical by differentiating between ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘ease of making money’. It is not just the duty of the government or the steel ministry in specific, each one has a role to play, he said at KATM conference on raw materials for steel and power here. He was speaking on the key role society has to play with regard to various issues be it…

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67 of total 671 selected startups receive tax benefits so far, says minister

67 of total 671 selected startups receive tax benefits so far, says minister

The government has extended tax benefits to 67 startups so far with a view to promoting budding entrepreneurs in the country, minister of state for commerce and industry CR Chaudhary said on Tuesday. In January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unveiled a slew of incentives to boost start-up ecosystem, offering them a tax holiday and inspector raj-free regime for three years, capital gains tax exemption and Rs 10,000 crore corpus to fund them. “3,576 startups have been recognised as on September 7 and tax benefits have been given to…

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Raghuram Rajan speaks on demonetisation, economy and life after RBI: Full text of interview

Raghuram Rajan speaks on demonetisation, economy and life after RBI: Full text of interview

Economist and former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan speaks to HT about the impact of demonetisation, the benefits of GST, Indians’ knack for ‘jugaad’ and working on building a liberal arts university in India. Q: Many congratulations on your new book. Already a lot of debate has been generated, specifically on demonetisation. I know you want to talk about a lot of things, but a few questions that still remain unanswered… A: That will remain unanswered. Q. You have talked about an RBI note to government on the preparations and the time required for demonetisation. Can you…

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Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Hate going to the gym? Just 25 min of yoga can boost energy levels and brain function

Meditating and practising yoga have numerous health benefits. They can boost your body and mind, and even ‘reverse’ stress-causing DNA. A new study suggests that just 25 minutes of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation every day can significantly improve brain function and energy levels. It can boost the brain’s executive functions, cognitive abilities linked to goal-directed behaviour and the ability to control knee-jerk emotional responses, habitual thinking patterns and actions. Researcher Peter Hall from the University Of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada said that hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation both focus the brain’s…

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Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Fitness today is a far more integral part of daily life than ever before. We all want toned bodies, firm muscles, right weight and an appealing appearance. For that we do extensive workouts. Working out burns up calories and we need supplements and protein powders to make up for the energy loss and to avoid exhaustion. A good supplement ensures that you get adequate essential nutrients. Sportspersons and athletes, especially, need supplements for stamina and post-workout recovery. There are a number of supplements in the market. But you need to read the label…

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Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Your pace of walking may predict heart disease, mortality risk

Are you a middle-aged person with a slow walking pace? If yes, you might be at a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who walk steady or at a brisk pace, researchers have found. The study revealed that middle-aged people, both men and women, who reported that they are slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers. “This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death,” said Professor Tom Yates, reader at the University of…

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Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Want a healthy heart? Eat small portions of dark chocolate having extra virgin olive oil every day

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil may improve your heart health by increasing good cholesterol levels and preserving the ‘repairing cells’ critical for maintaining blood vessels, a study has found. “A healthy diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Rossella Di Stefano, a cardiologist at the University of Pisa in Italy. “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols, which are found in cocoa, olive oil, and apples,” Di Stefano. “Research has found that the Italian Panaia red apple has very high…

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Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

Want to cut back on alcohol consumption? 11 minutes of mindfulness is all you need

A brief training in mindfulness strategies may help heavy drinkers cut back on alcohol consumption, claim researchers (including one of Indian origin). After an 11-minute training session and encouragement to continue practising mindfulness — which involves focusing on what is happening in the present moment — heavy drinkers drank less over the next week than people who were taught relaxation techniques, researchers said. “We found that a simple exercise in mindfulness can help drinkers cut back, and the benefits can be seen quite quickly,” said Sunjeev Kamboj from University College London (UCL) in the…

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Special programmes for education of ST students

Special programmes for education of ST students

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes A.K. Balan has said that special programmes will be implemented to raise the standard of education among Scheduled Tribe students. He was speaking at the inauguration of an education programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Kuttampuzha on Saturday, said a press release here. Ten ‘Ooru Vidya Kendras’ would be started in Kuttampzuha and Vengoor panchayats, the press release added. “A hundred common study places will be arranged this year to improve the standard of education of the students,” the Minister…

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