Monday, June 27, 2016

An edible oil to keep you slim and young

Sedentary life style of modern times is the main cause for more number of people to become obese leading to various health problems. Keeping this in mind, CFTRI has developed a new kind of edible oil which reduces accumulation of subcutaneous fats in the body.   

Named as DAG Oil (Diecyl Glycerol), this slim oil has been successfully experimented on lab rats and the results are encouraging where no fat accumulation was observed in the trials.   

Indians are more genetically prone to heart related ailments, especially strokes, because of the rich fat foods they consume, the Slim Oil will surely be a boon for the people. People who are habituated to consuming foods prepared using oils or relish eating fried foods, can henceforth try this new oil made of naturally available ingredients, that not only removes the already accumulated fat in the body but also doesn't allow any new fat to accumulate.     

This DAG oil has been prepared by combining rice bran oil and sunflower oil. The oil is low in calories and non-coagulating by nature. Scientists opine that the oil has many favourable qualities and can be consumed by all section of the society as it is very beneficial for health. 

Whenever excess oil that is consumed is converted into fat and is accumulated in body. By using the DAG oil, the obese population can become slim. The oil can be consumed directly and also be used for cooking, but is not suitable for deep frying, which is the only drawback.  The oil doesn't have an appeasing colour, but has certain inherent components which reduces cholesterol in the blood and improves skin texture and imparts other health benefits.   
Dr AG Gopala Krishna, Chief Scientist, Traditional Food and Sensory Science Department, CSIR-CFTRI, who has been working to develop this technology for the past two years said that change in life style has lead to increasing obesity and has become cause of concern. 
'This DIG Oil has been invented to improve the health of the population who are obese. It is rich is Tocotrienols (unsatuarated Vitamin E) and also Squalene a compound that  nourishes the skin and keeps it young along with Phsytosters components, which is beneficial for our health. It took nearly two years to develop this technology and also test in the laboratory,' he added. 
'The new cooking oil, if it becomes popular, may become a big business resulting in a production of 10 to 15 lakh tons per annum estimated to be about Rs 15,000 crores in the next couple of years. Soon the industries will be provided the technology for the manufacturing process, though initially it will be around Rs 200 liters per day.       

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Traffic violators be-aware, cops land up at your door step

Traffic violators be-aware. Henceforth think twice before violating traffic rules or trying to escape from a traffic cop who signals you to stop, as the traffic department is closely monitoring your every movement with the CCTVs installed at strategic points along the major thoroughfares in the city.

Each of your violation will be recorded and the moment the total number of violations crosses 20, cops will land up at your door step. Over the past one month traffic cops have taken up a drive to trace out and visit the houses of such repeated offenders to collect fines.

About 1177 traffic violators who have violated rules for more than 20 times have been traced and fines from more than 160 offenders has been collected from five traffic divisions in the city.
82 CCTV cameras have been installed and soon another hundred higher-resolution cameras will be installed all over the city. The CCTV footage and snaps taken by the traffic police personnel will be transmitted to Traffic Commanding Center. In due course notices will be issued based on the number of violations. In case, the vehicle is sold then the new owner has to clear the pending dues.

Traffic police personnel are booking thousands of people every month for various kinds of traffic rule violations. Minimum of Rs 60 lakh of fine is being collected every month from the violators of traffic rules in city. This new drive will further boost the revenue of the department and is expected to leave a strict message for repeated offenders.

KR Traffic Division Police Inspector NC Nagegowda said that fines are being collected even from tourists. The vehicles owners are being traced, and noticed is sent to the concerned RTO. In turn they dispatch to the concerned traffic division and fines will be collected for not wearing seat belts, violating traffic rules, parking in No Parking zones and for other traffic violations.

A senior traffic officer said: 'Most traffic violators turn back and drive away avoiding cops. Even if they escape from our clutches, their movements will be traced through CCTV footages, and notices will be slapped. If they are found to be violating the rules repeatedly, then we land at their door step to collect fine.'
We have trace the houses of few traffic violators and have collected fine. The drive will be intensified in days to come. After completion of 20 people violating the traffic, we trace offenders who have violated rules for 15 times, 10 times. The process will be continuous. Repeated traffic rules offender will be created awareness to ensure he follows the traffic rules,” added the cop.

Swamy who has paid fine for violating rules 20 time said: 'I purchased the vehicle recently and the previous owner had violated the rules. But, was unfortunate had to pay fine of Rs 2,000.' 

Now track the progress of tree planted sitting in your drawing room

Now track the progress of tree you have planted with an 'Interactive Web portal, sitting anywhere in the corner of the world.

Organisation for the Development of People has began movement 'Plantree', to create awareness on Environment and Ecology among populace and motivate people in large to plant trees. Forest Department and Companies, corporate, Small and Medium Enterprises, general public have extended support to this innovative way.

Through this portal one can register to sponsor a plant, obtain GPS code and track the progress of the tree. Through the technical support of 'SIPSS Global India Pvt Limited', a sponsors of plant can interact and study the progress of tree.

ODP Director Rev Fr Staney D Almeda said: 'Most of them plant saplings, and will be curious to know the progress of plant. With the provided GPS code one can track the status of the plant easily.'

'The plantation will be made in different cycle as per the registration made. To ensure the authenticity of this programme of Sustainable avenue plantation we will be sharing GPS coordinates of the plant, the name of the sponsors will be imprinted on the fencing of that particular tree planted.'

ODP Technical Officer Sreegith said that 'we are marking the location of the tree, and share the location to the sponsor. The sapling planted will be fixed up with GPS certification. It help to ensure the growth of the plant, and they can witness the growth of the plant.'

This apart, an electronic certificate will be provided to acknowledge contribution of the person for encouraging this noble cause to mitigate the climate change and build a clean, green space and best place to live in for us and for future generation, he added.

The web portal also provides platform to share the ideas, place articles in the blog regarding Natural Resource Management. In the last few years, ODP has planted 11,38,050 numbers of Forestry Plants and 3,67,041 Numbers horticulture Plants in district. This “Web portal” will be official launched on June 17, as part of the World Environment Day.