Wishing you All a Happy Vishu

Vishu is a festival celebrated in the state of Kerala in South India.The festival marks the first day of Malayalam Year and falls in the month of Medam (April – May). Vishu generally falls on April 14 of the Gregorian calendar. This occasion signifies the Sun’s transit to the zodiac – Mesha Raasi (first zodiac sign) as per Indian astrological calculations.

The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani, which literally ” the first to be seen on the Vishu day”. The Vishukkani consist of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli in the puja room of the House.

Vishu is celebrated on April 15 2010 all over Kerala. Wish you all a happy vishu

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Lifestyle diseases is higher among urbanities

According to Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya, incidence of heart diseases is higher among urbanities compared to the rural populace because of change in dietary pattern, lack of physical exercise and stressful lifestyle. On the occasion of World Health Day April 07,2010 , experts explores some lifestyle diseases which are a growing with rapid urbanization.

Dr Jyothi Prasad, chief nutritionist, Manipal Hospital, says: “Urbanization has affected health of all age groups. Consumption of traditional food with less fat/salt and rich in nutrition has decreased and dependence on packed junk food is on rise. Because of this, there is rise in lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity, etc. Nutrition should be consumed in totality. A single apple will not improve health; wholesome balance diet is advisable,”

“People in the city are twice prone to heart disease compared to those in rural areas. Lack of awareness among youth about harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol and drugs is increasing the incidence of heart diseases in urban areas,” Dr Shetty said.  Dr Thomas Chandy, orthopaedic surgeon, Hosmat, says: “There are more road accidents and broken bone injuries in cities. Compared to rural areas, urbanities suffer more from problems like arthritis and backache due to their sedentary lifestyle and obesity.”

Based on this year’s WHO theme ‘Impact of Urbanization on Health’, the rapid increase in urban population worldwide is among the important global health issues of the 21st century. The health outcomes are determined by many issues like water and sanitation, quality of air, living and working conditions, access to services and resources, communicable diseases and unplanned urbanization. With increase in pollution, respiratory diseases like asthma are predominant in cities like Bangalore. Children in urban areas suffer from second-hand smoking. The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) has highlighted second-hand smoking as a serious hazard to the health of schoolchildren.

Source: The Times of India

Earth Hour saved 55 mw power in Bangalore in 60 Minutes

If you participated in the Earth Hour, last Saturday, you must be eager to know what difference you made.“There was 55 mw fall between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm. While it might sound less compared to the huge power load we have, it has made a difference,’’ say Bescom officials.

According to Karnataka coordinator, WWF, Vinay Kumar, Earth Hour was only a symbolic effort, so calculating the savings does not mean much. “What is important is that it shows energy can be saved if you make these small sacrifices,” he added

Earth Hour saved 55 mw power in Bangalore.Compared with Bangalore, Mumbai did a little better by saving 65 MW.  Earth Hour is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. Thousands of cities and towns in 125 countries took part in earth hour.

Earth hour proved energy can be saved if you make these small sacrifices. “This one hour isn’t going to have that big of an impact on greenhouse gas emissions . . . We want people to make Earth Hour every hour.” Tara Wood, a spokeswoman for the WWF, said