BEETROOT JUICE BOOSTS EXERCISE CAPACITY OF COPD PATIENTS
A new study has revealed that drinking beetroot juice appears to have a positive impact on the exercise function of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Study findings showed overall that those patients who drank beetroot juice were able to extend their exercise time, and had reduced exercise diastolic and resting systolic blood pressures.
The primary investigator and lead author of the study said, "The intent of this study was to determine if acute ingestion of beetroot juice, which is rich with nitrates, prior to exercising could improve the exercise capacity of COPD patients.” COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, makes it difficult for patients to breathe and worsens over time. Patients often complain of shortness of breath with exertion, so tasks like climbing steps can leave them gasping for air.
UNITED NATIONS CONDEMN BOKO HARAM ATTACKS
The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the recent increase in Boko Haram attacks, and demanded that the Islamist extremist group immediately cease all hostilities, media reported Tuesday. The council in a statement said, "The Security Council demands that Boko Haram immediately and unequivocally cease all hostilities and all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law and disarm and demobilize.”
The UN demanded "the immediate and unconditional release" of all those abducted by the group, including 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in the town of Chibok in northern Nigeria April last year. It also emphasised Boko Haram's regional impact by expressing serious concern over the large scale civilian displacement of Nigerians who swarmed into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
MESSENGER OF GOD’ SCREENING BANNED IN PUNJAB
Following the release of controversial film ‘Messenger of God’, featuring Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the screening of the movie has been banned on the advisory of the Government of India. Assembly of people has been banned at few places in Sirsa to maintain law and order in the wake of protests by Sikh organizations against the film. Sirsa is the place where the headquarter of Dera Sacha Sauda is located.
Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of the Sangat Darshan programme of Lambi Assembly segment in Muktsar district, the CM said that the reports of intelligence agencies of both the State and Centre governments had clearly said that the release of this movie could have led to serious repercussions in terms of law and order problem in the state. CM Badal said, “We have received advisory from the Central government to ban this movie and thus the state government acted accordingly in the larger public interest.”
CABINET GIVES NOD TO ORDINANCE ON COAL, INSURANCE BILL
The Union Cabinet has approved ordinance on Insurance Bill and Coal. With Coal Mines Bill yet to be cleared by the Parliament, the government re-promulgated the ordinance. Earlier, an ordinance on coal was introduced on October 20 after the Top Court scrapped over 200 coal block allocations.
It was valid till the January 4 as the life-span of an ordinance is only six weeks since the inception of a Parliament session. The bills could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha, whose functioning was paralyzed in the just-concluded winter session. An indication about the insurance sector was given by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha when he said government has to consider "all possibilities". The Insurance Laws Amendment Bill, 2008 could not be taken up for discussion despite being approved by the Select Committee of the Upper House because of the uproar over the conversion and other issues.
GHOST PARTICLE FOUND IN SPACE PROVES ALIEN LIFE EXISTENCE
Researchers have discovered an oddly microscopic structure in the outer reaches of the Earth's atmosphere, which hints at the existence of alien life. The living balloon that supposedly carried microscopic alien organisms has been tagged as "ghost particle". A never-before seen picture, revealing a spectral-like 'ghost particle' discovered in debris gathered from outer space, hints at existence of aliens.
Researchers claim that the particle resembles a chiffon scarf with the width of a human hair and a ghostly appearance. The particle was found in dust and particulate matter 27 kilometers above in the Earth’s stratosphere. The particle is biological in nature, and is made of carbon and oxygen. They appear on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition with no contamination like pollen, grass or pollution particles.