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Know Different Names of Your Favorite Gol Gappas!

24 Jun 17

The spherical and yummy “GOL GAPPAS” are the favorite of almost everyone. This mouth – watering dish has got different names in different states of India. One such name is Pani Puri which is used in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and even in Nepal.

The other hit name is Puchka widely used in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand. It is also spoken in Bangladesh. Puchkas are bit different to Pani Puris in taste. Famous of all is the name Gol Gappas which is used in Northern India except of Haryana. These in Northern India are almost equal to what ‘Vada Pav’ is to Maharashtra. Pakodi is another name used in some inner parts of Gujarat and do not confuse it with ‘pakodas’. Paani ke Patashe is spoken in some parts of Haryana while it is popular as Patashi or Paani ke Batashe in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Gup Chup is called by people of Odisha, South Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Hyderabad, and Telangana. The funniest name so far for this dish is Water Balls in English.

Content: www.indiatimes.com

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Stress Grants Lifelong Vulnerability, Said Scientists

23 Jun 17

According to a new study, early stress confers lifelong vulnerability causing alterations in a specific brain region. The study was conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The study shown early life stress increases lifelong susceptibility to stress through long-lasting transcriptional programming in the brain reward region implicated in mood and depression.

The study was focused on ‘epigenetics’- the study of changes in the action of genes cause which is different from the changes in DNA code that we inherit from our parents. The researchers also added that instead by molecules, ‘epigenetics’ also regulate when, where, and to what degree our genetic material is activated.

This kind of regulation-procured from the function of transcription factors-- specialized proteins that bind to specific DNA sequences in our genes. Additionally, such regulation drives either encourage or shut down the expression of a given gene, stated the researchers. The previous researches, conducted on humans and animals, have shown that early life stress increases the risk for depression and other psychiatric syndromes. However, the neurobiology linking the two has remained indefinable so far.

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

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May 2017 Analyzed as Second Warmest May

22 Jun 17

In 137 years of modern record-keeping, May 2017 was found to be the second warmest May. The records were analyzed by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The scientists found this by a monthly analysis of global temperatures at Institute.

The scientists found that the last month was 0.88 degrees Celsius warmer. It was warmer than the mean May temperature from 1951-1980. The top irregularities in temperatures of May have happened in the last two years only. 2016 was the hottest year on record. It was at 0.93 degrees Celsius warmer than the May mean temperature. The temperature of May 2017 was 0.05 degrees cooler than the temperature of May 2016.

The temperature of May 2017 was very closely warm to the third warmest May on records.  May 2017 was just 0.01 degrees Celsius warmer than the third warmest May that happened in the year 2014.

Content: climate.nasa.gov

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Health Benefits and Risks of Broccoli

21 Jun 17

Broccoli is a vegetable packed with nutrients and health benefits. It has high amounts of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium; and some amounts of phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and iron. Further, it is low in calories and sodium; and is fat-free.

It is also rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are plant-chemicals responsible for smell, flavor and color. These have several health benefits. Antioxidants are chemicals found in vegetables, fruits, and grains. These locate cell-damage causing free radicals, and neutralize them. Broccoli has numerous health benefits. The compounds in broccoli improve autism symptoms, reduce diabetes, prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, impart anti-inflammatory benefits, detoxify body, enhance heart health, improve eye health, and promote digestion.  

However, eating broccoli can cause bowel irritation or gas because of the high amounts of fiber in it. But, the health benefits outweigh this issue. Further, those taking blood-thinning medications should not consume this vegetable as its vitamin K content may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine. To enjoy the anticancer benefits of this vegetable, it should be taken raw or microwaved (for <= 3 mins) or steamed (for <= 2 mins) or stir-fried (for <= 5 mins). 

Content: www.livescience.com

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How is the GDP of India Calculated?

20 Jun 17

Gross Domestic Product, also known as GDP is used all across the globe as the single standard indicator to measure the health and status of an economy. All important stakeholders of the economy including the media keep a very close watch on GDP estimates. It provides one single number representing the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within the borders of a nation in a specific period of time. All countries across the globe have different methods to arrive at their GDP.

GDP of India-

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is responsible for all data for all macroeconomic data and record keeping. It conducts annual survey of industries and compiles indexes like – Index of Industrial Production (IIP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), Whole sale Price Index (WPI) etc. All this data including other indicators and data points are collected by CSO to arrive at GDP numbers.

Although the GDP of India is calculated using two different methods, the GDP at factor cost is reported in the media and is the most commonly followed figure.

It is calculated by collecting data for net change in value for each sector. Eight major sectors are taken into account to reach the final numbers in terms of ratio or percentage.

  • Community, social and personal services
  • Financing, insurance, real estate and business services
  • Trade, hotels, transport and communication
  • Construction
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, forest and fishing

Content: www.investopedia.com


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