Health Benefits of Dry Fruits, the Surprising Superfood


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Why are Dry Fruits classified as Superfoods?

Superfoods can be termed as food items which are superior to other food items when compared in their nutritional value. Even small portions of a superfood can supply abundant nutrition in form of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins.


Many a times superfoods can be termed as such because of some special characteristic or benefit that they provide such as it may provide relief from some ailment or disease, enhances immunity, reduces blood pressure, sugar or cholesterol and much more.


Due to various benefits health and otherwise that different dry fruits provides many a time dry fruits are also termed as superfoods. Dry fruits just like berries and nuts are high on antioxidants.


They are also high in other nutrients and some dry fruits are believed to have unique properties like that they prevent ageing, sharpen intellect and much more.

Best Dry Fruits for Consumption

There are many dry fruits that a person can and should include in his daily diet. Some of these are good others are still better.


So which are the best and most beneficial dry fruits and why? First in the list is of course almonds; they have zero cholesterol and are rich in antioxidants and fibre.


Besides that they are great for skin, hair and overall health. They are also believed to provide protection from heart and many other diseases. Second on our list are Cashews, they are rich in Vitamin E and B6.


They also contain ample protein, potassium, mono-unsaturated fat and fibre. Walnuts are third on our list because they are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, fibres, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Raisins, pistachios and dates will come next on the list. These dry fruits are rich in vitamins and proteins; they also boost immunity and prevent lifestyle diseases such as cholesterol and diabetes.


Various Benefits of Dry Fruits

Most dry fruits are rich in minerals, proteins, fibre and vitamins add to that they are tasty and delicious too.


Dry fruits are excellent and healthy substitute for daily snacks. Consumption of dry fruits enhances energy and stamina; also as they are rich in fibre which means better digestion and overall health.


Nuts are great source of protein and iron especially if you are a vegetarian. Dry Fruits are also rich source of Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamin A-C-E-K-B6 and Zinc.


This means healthy bones, muscles, nerves, teeth and skin. This also means protection from anaemia, heart diseases, high cholesterol, strengthening of immune system and much more.




Taj Mahal cannot be a part of our history: Sangeet Som

Taj Mahal. Photo: Wikipedia


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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) UP MLA Sangeet Som has an old relationship with controversies. On Monday, Som said the Taj Mahal should not be a part of our history as its creators were the ones who “wanted to wipe out Hindus”.


The MLA’s comments come in the aftermath of the criticisms faced by Uttar Pradesh government for leaving out the 17th-century monument from the state’s official tourism booklet.


“Many people were pained when the Taj Mahal was removed from the state’s tourism booklet. What history are we talking about? The history that the person who built the Taj Mahal (Shah Jahan) locked up his father,” Som said at an event in Meerut.


Som added: “Taj Mahal was built by rulers who wanted to wipe out Hindus from India and Uttar Pradesh. I guarantee you that the history will be changed now. Taj Mahal cannot be a part of our history.”

Interestingly, the BJP leader incorrectly noted that the creator of Taj Mahal had imprisoned his father. Shah Jahan built the Unesco World Heritage site, who was imprisoned by his son Aurangazeb.


Recently, the UP tourism department released a booklet detailing future plans, including a tour of famous monuments and locations central to Ramayana.


The booklet had mentioned tourist destinations like the Gorakhpur temple, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is the chief priest, and excluded the Taj.

Godrej Agrovet lists at Rs 621, 35% premium against issue price

Godrej Agrovet bets on Astec, innovation to improve topline


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Godrej Agrovet made a strong debut by listing at Rs 621, a 35% premium against its issue price of Rs 460 per share on the BSE. On the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the stock opened at Rs 616, 34% higher against issue price.


At 10:04 AM; the stock was trading at Rs 608 after hitting a high of Rs 630 on the BSE and NSE. A combined 6.33 million shares changed hands on the counter on both the exchanges so far.



The Rs 1,170-crore initial public offer (IPO) of Godrej Agrovet saw 95 times more demand than shares on offer. The institutional portion of the issue was subscribed 151 times, while the non-institutional category comprising high net-worth individuals (HNIs) was subscribed 236 times. The retail investor portion was subscribed 7.67 times.


Godrej Agrovet is a leading player in the animal feed segment and it also has a presence across segments, including the crop protection, palm oil, dairy and poultry businesses. The price band for the offering was fixed at Rs 450-460 per share.


IPO proceeds are expected to be gainfully utilized in lowering working capital loans and repaying issued commercial papers, which would lead to higher profitability in the coming future, IIFL Investment Managers said in a note.


Godrej Agrovet Share Price, part of the $4.6 billion consumer conglomerate Godrej group, is a diversified, R&D focused, agri-business player with operations spread across five business verticals – animal feed, crop protection, oil palm, dairy, and poultry and processed foods.


On valuation front, Godrej Agrovet is trading at a FY17 P/E multiple of 38.5x. Considering its diversified product portfolio, brand and growth potential, we feel the demanded valuation is justified that too for a business consistently generating RoE and RoIC of over 20%,” Choice Institutional Research said in IPO note.


BookMyShow looks for Flipkart’s backing to combat Alibaba

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Amid competition from deep-pocketed global players like Alibaba, India’s leading online ticketing platform BookMyShow is looking for a backing in its space from Flipkart, the country’s largest internet company.


While BookMyShow has been one of the few profitable internet companies in India, with a profit of Rs 3.1 crore on a revenue of Rs 248 crore in the year that ended March 2016, competition from rivals like Paytm has caused sales growth to slow.


To shield itself from cash-burning rivals, BookMyShow will sell a minority stake to Flipkart, a behemoth with a cash reserve of $4 billion. For the e-commerce major, a stake in BookMyShow will give it a play in the fast-growing online ticketing space and also an access to a high-spending loyal customer base


According to Livemint, which reported the story first on Monday, Flipkart is interested in outright ownership of BookMyShow, but talks have largely steered towards purchase of a minority stake in the company.


Both companies have a common investor in Accel Partners, one of the oldest and reputed early-stage VCs in the country.


Flipkart has been an active investor in other internet businesses and its acquisitions like Myntra, Jabong and PhonePe have borne fruit. Myntra says it will become profitable at an earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) level by March 2018, while PhonePe says it is the largest digital payments player on UPI.


While Flipkart is looking at categories like groceries to get customers to buy from it more often, the model will take time and significant investments over the next few years. On the other hand, online ticketing, already an established market in India, will give Flipkart the desired repeated purchases on its platform.


An investment in BookMyShow can lead to partnerships where Flipkart sells movie tickets on its platform, bringing a group of loyal customers on to its platform a few times a year. For BookMyShow, the 100 million claimed customers on Flipkart’s platform are all potential customers, giving the company access to all of them.


Paytm, which realised the importance of having repeat buyers through its offering of mobile mobile recharges, stepped into the online ticketing space since the market is far more high-value.


The company has acquired a majority stake in online events ticketing platform for Rs 35 crore, adding to its own efforts of reaching out to theatres across the country to sell their movie tickets.



Understanding Common Mental illnesses and Healthcare


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Although believed otherwise, psychiatric or mental illnesses are a common occurrence in today’s society.


Even though 1 in every 4 people suffer from some kind of psychiatric issue still awareness about mental health and healthcare is quite limited when we compare it to physical health and wellbeing.


In layman terms, mental illnesses can be termed as a physical disease or condition but not that of the body but that of the brain. Unfortunately especially in India due to social stigma attached with mental illnesses both patient and many a times the family too are wary of asking for help.


Although it’s difficult to pinpoint exact reasons for various mental diseases like in case of physical ailments but still there are some pointers. Severe emotional trauma or stress, environmental causes, genetics are some of the reasons that may be culprits for advent of some mental diseases.

Understanding Mental illnesses

Most psychiatric or mental illnesses are actually chemical imbalances in the brain.


Early signs and symptoms of mental illnesses are always present, especially in case of severe illnesses. Some of these symptoms are excessive fears or worries, feeling dejected and withdrawn, extreme mood changes, suicidal thoughts, confusion, extreme stress and more.


If any of these symptoms last for a prolonged time it’s best to seek professional help so that the illnesses can be diagnosed at an early stage. Mental illness can affect anybody irrespective of gender, age, income-level or cultural background.


In case of most mental illnesses timely assistance to the patient can ensure complete control over the ailment and enhanced quality of life.



Bharti gets Tata Tele for nothing; Rs 1,500-cr spectrum payout only cost

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After taking Norwegian telco Telenor for virtually free earlier this year, leading operator Bharti Airtel has now acquired Tata Teleservices, taking consolidation to a new level in the stressed telecom sector.


The cash-free debt-free deal, which will bring in over 71 MHz of liberalised spectrum and add 40 million customers to the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led company at a throwaway price, will also mean that the $103-billion Tata group won’t have to shut down its telecom business and worry about thousands of job losses. In its 149-year-old history, the Tatas have never shut down any major unit, and this merger deal is being seen as a face-saver for the group.


With the acquisition of the Tatas’ wireless business, Airtel is getting a debt-free company while pushing its user base to around 321 million. The next largest telco in the country is Vodafone at a distant 208 million. However, once the Vodafone-Idea merger is completed, the total subscriber base would cross that of Airtel’s. Idea has 191 million users as of August. The consolidation in the sector is being seen as an outcome of the competitive tariff being offered by newcomer Reliance Jio, which has managed 128 million subscribers in just one year.


The other gains for Airtel is that it gets 178.5 MHz spectrum (of which 71.3 MHz is liberalised) in the 850, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands across 19 circles and right to use Tata’s existing fibre network.


It may also emerge as the preferred telecom partner for the Tata Group, executives said. Bharti Airtel will however take over the operational losses from November 1, sources said.



Congress set to retain Nanded municipal poll, wins 15 seats

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The Congress on Thursday appeared set to retain the Nanded News -Waghala City Municipal Corporation (NWCMC), a stronghold of state party chief Ashok Chavan, bagging 15 of the 16 results announced so far for the 81-seat civic body.


The Congress has also built strong leads in 33 seats in the NWCMC, which is now one of the last surviving bastions of the party in the state. Election to the civic body were held on Wednesday.


Its main rival, Bharatiya Janata Party trailed far behind – bagging just one seat and notching leads in another four.


The Shiv Sena was leading in two and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was ahead in one seat.


The Congress’ partner National Congress Party failed to secure any lead as per the ongoing vote count at 1 p.m., a State Election Commission (SEC) official said.


Both, the Congress and BJP had made it a battle of prestige to wrest control over the civic body in the city renowned for the Hazoor Sahib Gurudwara, which is one of the five holy Sikh Takhts and the resting place of the legendary Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Gobind Singh.


For the first time in the state, the SEC has deployed VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) voting machines in 31 polling centres in Ward No. 2 as a pilot project in the elections which recorded a 65 per cent turnout on Wednesday.