first_imgKolkata: The state government has prepared elaborate schemes to coordinate canals, wetlands and rivers to augment irrigation facilities during drought.On the occasion of World Water Monitoring Day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Today is World Water Monitoring Day. Our #Bangla Govt has recently announced the new ‘Jalashree’ scheme with the aim of coordinating irrigation projects involving canals, wetlands & rivers so as to give effective relief to people during periods of drought. The #Bangla Govt is already running the ‘Jal Dharo-Jal Bharo’ scheme with the objective of rainwater harvesting. The Jalatirtha scheme, for minor irrigation, has now been extended to the Sundarbans and the Hills.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that the state government has declared July 12 as ‘Save Water Save Life Day’, which will be celebrated throughout the state every year. On July 12 this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took part in a road show that started from Jorasanko Thakurbari and ended at the statue of Gandhiji, where she addressed the gathering and urged them to take steps to conserve water. The state Panchayat and Rural Development department has asked all the Gram Panchayats to take up schemes to conserve water and practice rainwater harvesting. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has made rainwater harvesting mandatory for the new big housing complexes. It has also started waste water recycling and the recycled water is used to water roadside plants and trees. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has also proposed to make rainwater harvesting mandatory in big housing complexes. After coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee had asked all the municipalities to explore the possibility of withdrawing unfiltered water from various sources like rivers and other water bodies, filtering it and using it for drinking. Most of the municipalities along river Hooghly are now drawing unfiltered water from the river, purifying it and sending it to the households through pipelines. The Jalashree scheme has helped the people provide water to their farmlands during drought. This has been made possible with close monitoring by the state Irrigation and Waterways department. Meanwhile, under the Jal Dharo-Jal Bharo scheme hundreds of water bodies throughout the state have been cleaned and upgraded. In the vast areas of Sundarbans and the hills, the project has helped the farmers irrigate their land and thereby increase their produce.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The medical fraternity on Friday welcomed the arrival of the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch for users in India, stressing that it will make people more aware about their heart health. Although the Apple Watch will not provide a final conclusion into whether a person is actually suffering from Atrial fibrillation (AFib) — irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clot formation in the heart which then embolises to the brain causing stroke — the readings will make more Indians consult their physicians about their heart health, doctors feel. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Although accurate worldwide estimates are lacking, calculations suggest that over one per cent of the adult population is affected in the developed world, wrote Vijay Bohra, Gautam Sharma and Rajnish Juneja from Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in their research. “In our country, there is virtually no data on AF (AFib), most of the data that has been derived is from international studies with an Indian cohort,” the trio wrote, adding that there is “indeed a dearth of data on epidemiologic outcomes in patients of rheumatic AF in the country leading to inconsistent practice patterns as regards medical therapy, especially oral anticoagulation”. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India According to Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, AFib is more prone in those patients who are predisposed to have AFib and stroke. “Generally, we do holter monitoring (a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm) or extended holter monitoring which is a 24-hour ECG monitoring system, to detect AFib in the patients. However, it is not always necessary that these 2-3 episodes of AFib will occur during the time of the holter monitoring,” Goel told IANS. Hence, in such cases, Apple Watch will be playing a vital role in detecting AFib in time, he added. “Having said this, a person must wear the Watch both during day and night so that the occurrence of AFib is detected well in time,” Goel suggested. New electrodes built into the back crystal and Digital Crown on Apple Watch Series 4 or later, work together with the ECG app to enable customers to take an ECG similar to a single-lead reading. To take an ECG recording at any time or following an irregular rhythm notification, hold their finger on the Digital Crown. As the user touches the Digital Crown, the circuit is completed and electrical signals across their heart are measured. After 30 seconds, the heart rhythm is classified as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. Sanjiv Bhardwaj, Associate Director, Department of Interventional Cardiology at Jaypee Hospital Noida said that smartwatches and fitness bands are now playing a vital role in updating the users about their heart health and the possible risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases. “Advanced and modern features like an ECG app and irregular heart rhythm monitor will surely be a huge help to the users. They can easily get the notifications about their heart rhythm and its classification in less than a minute. “The results can be shared with the doctors so that any major complication can be averted,” Bhardwaj told IANS. With watchOS 6, the irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch Series 4 and the upcoming Series 5 on September 27 will use the optical heart sensor to occasionally check the user’s heart rhythm in the background for signals of an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be AFib. If irregular heart rhythm such as AFib is identified on five rhythm checks over a minimum of 65 minutes, a notification will be generated to alert the user. “Technology is moving at lightning speed and Apple is surely abreast with it. Rhythm identification via the phone is no longer a dream,” said Aparna Jaswal, Associate Director, Cardiology & Electrophysiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi. “Apple Watch will help identify AF and rhythm disorders and this will surely help in early identification of disease,” she said. The irregular rhythm notification feature was recently studied in the Apple Heart Study. With over 400,000 participants, the Apple Heart Study was the largest screening study on atrial fibrillation ever conducted.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, held a meeting with the committee set up to formulate the curriculum on Deshbhakti Pathyakram. The CM directed the committee that the curriculum must instil a feeling of love and responsibility towards the country. The committee shared the suggestions taken from the children, which were conveyed to the CM. Listening to the children’s suggestions, the CM said, “If our children think like this, our country has a bright future.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSuggestions from children in the context of patriotism included — “A sense of honesty towards work, humane behaviour towards animals and birds, no caste discrimination or jealousy, abiding by rules, and making India clean and healthy” — and many more. The committee notified in the meeting that in the existing syllabus of class 1 to 12, a list of chapters is being prepared that already talk of patriotism. The Chief Minister told the committee that the syllabus should include things that would lead to better civic and developmental sense in the coming generations. Kejriwal asked the committee to seek public opinion on patriotism and what it means to them. He said, “The common man has gotten so busy in his own life, that he has no time to think about the country. Patriotism cannot come out in an India-Pakistan match alone. For our culture, the people of our country should feel love and pride. It is our responsibility to instill the feelings in our children. We have heard stories about Japan. People are extremely helpful even to strangers. This is patriotism and true love for the country. The significance of real education is only when all this comes to the children.”last_img read more