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The story of Pesaha Appam on Maundy thursday and recipe

Two years back I put a video on how to prepare Pesaha Appam or Maundy Thursday Appam. There were lots of comments and suggestions like:

“This is not how the Pesaha Appam is made.”

“Why did you put Cashews and Raisins.”

“The cross so big.” And so many, so many comments.

First, let me share the story behind the Pesaha Appam. Subsequently, I will share the reason behind the making of ‘pesaha appam video’ two years ago. At the end of the blog the recipe of the original Pesaha appam is shared .

Story of Pesaha Appam

The story of Pesaha Appam dates back to 4000 years when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. They were preparing to leave to their promised land and there were the famous 10 plagues. The frogs, the river Nile turning red, the locust and the tenth plague was going to strike – the firstborn of every family was going to die.

Story of Pesaha Appam

God, through Moses, told the Israelites to make a sign with blood on their doors, so that the Angel of death passes over their homes; and their firstborns don’t die. They obeyed the order of God and their firsborns were saved.

In addition, God also instructed them to prepare unleavened bread.

To remember that day the Jews have a seven-day long festival even now.

Story of the unleavened bread

Last Supper of Jesus Christ

Fast forward 2000 years. On Maundy Thursday, the first day of Passover, Jesus Christ had his Last Supper with twelve disciples. You might know the picture of Jesus with his twelve disciples, the famous Da Vinci Painting.

Story of Maundy Thursday

He had the supper where he broke the bread, gave it to the disciples and told them this is my body. Then he shared the wine with the disciples and said, “this is my blood”. That was the beginning of the Eucharist, the Holy Mass or, the Holy Qurbana.

Pesaha Appam tradition in Kerala

On Maundy Thursday, in the holy week of the great lent, St Thomas Christians in Kerala prepare the Pesaha Appam. The tradition among the St Thomas Christians, in many parts of Kerala, begins by preparing unfermented Appam, only on Maundy Thursday. Along with the unleavened Appam, they will have a coconut milk dip.

Story of Pesaha Appam

On Maundy Thursday, the head of the family will lead the ceremony when everyone gathers around the table. He will be the chief at the table. He will cut the appam, dip it the coconut syrup and give it to all the members of the family.

Previous Pesaha Appam video

In my place, we attend the Maundy Thursday service, either on Wednesday evening or, on Thursday early morning. Mostly a midnight mass that begins at 2:00 AM. We make the appam to be taken to the Church as an offering to be given to all those who attend the service. What I made in the previous video was the appam that was to be taken to the Church.

Hence, I made the video, keeping in mind the young mothers, and the working women, who go to the office on Wednesday, return, prepare the appam and then go to Church. That intention was only to give them an easy recipe.

Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I made a long study and talked to many people. Thanks to my cousins Anitha Chechy, Chitra, Deepa, Jaya Aunty and Alice Aunty for sharing their insights.

What I’m going to follow today is the recipe, verbatim, as shared by Jaya Aunty. I’m sure you will have many comments and suggestions to make.

There will be a lot of comments, that will give more insight into the story of Pesaha Appam and how to prepare it more traditionally. That’s very important.

What is important in Pesaha Appam is about ‘how it is prepared’- the preparation, the sanctity, the purity, the tradition, the custom that is involved in it.

If there are grannies or elderly aunts at home they will reprimand you for talking as we have to be in prayer, we have to use the precious ingredients, the cleanest plates, if possible, the newest utensils. The place is tidied up and cleaned.

How to prepare Pesaha Appam

These are the ingredients:

For the Unfermented appam:

Raw Rice – 1 Cup

Urad Dal/Split gram dal – 1/4 Cup

Grated Coconut – 1 Cup

Shallots – 2 Nos.

Garlic – 1 Pod

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

For the Coconut milk Dip:

thick milk or the first coconut milk – 1 Cup

second milk or the thin coconut milk – 2 Cups

Melted Jaggery – 200gm

Cardamom – 3 Nos.

Cooking Method:

For the Maundy Thursday Appam

I have used a glass tumbler as a measurement cup. Rice and dal were soaked for 4 hours. Don’t add too much of urad dal. ¼ cup is enough for 1 cup of rice, that measurement needs to be followed, otherwise, Urad dal’s taste will be more.

The grated coconut is roughly ground with garlic, shallots and cumin seeds.

Grind the rice to a fine paste. This is the urad dal. We will mix both.

This is the mix of the coconut, with the shallots, cumin seeds and garlic, which has been roughly ground. And now we will mix.

Also, add a little salt also.

We won’t allow the batter to ferment. While preparing the coconut milk mix, we will let the batter stand for some time.

The cooking process:

To cook the appam, I will boil water in the idli maker, followed by steaming the appam for 20 minutes. 

I have taken a steel plate. I have applied a little coconut oil. If you don’t have coconut oil, which is best, apply butter, clarified butter or ghee, or any vegetable oil.

Pour the batter into the plate. And using the palm leaf you got from the Church for Hosanna, or Palm Sunday, make a cross on the appam. Make sure that the cross is made in only one appam, in case you are making more than 1 appam that is to be shared with friends, relatives and neighbors.

The appam is sent to houses where there is mourning because of the death of someone.

Now the appam has been prepared in the idli maker cooker by steaming for 20 minutes. If you do not have an idli maker, steam the batter in a pressure cooker, or a flat bottom wok. Then, place a ring at the bottom of the pan and pour half a cup water. When the water boils, place the appam batter, close with a lid and steam on low flame for 20 minutes.

For INRI appam

On the contrary, if you want to prepare INRI appam, Jaya Aunty says, you can add 2 tablespoons of melted jaggery, which will give a brown colour and sweetness. INRI was the inscription put on the cross of Jesus. 

For the Coconut Milk Dip:

First, we will pour the second milk and the melted jaggery. The jaggery was melted and strained to remove any impurities that are in there. I have melted around 200 grams. This is enough. Pour the jaggery into the coconut to get a light brown colour.

Next, add 1 teaspoon of rice flour, so that the coconut milk thickens and then keep this to boil.

Next, boil the coconut mix until a saucy pouring consistency is reached. Add the first milk. Lower the flame and do not let it boil. Finally, sprinkle cardamom powder and remove the coconut dip from flame. Do not let it boil and remove it from the flame. Now the Coconut milk dip is ready.

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M G George Muthoot: A Great Visionary And Philanthropist

On March 5th breaking news in a news channel that M G George Muthoot had passed away changed the day’s mood. With the untimely death of Mathai George George Muthoot, there was a feeling as if a pillar of strength was gone.

Muthoot Sir to some, and Muthoot Uncle to the Youngsters, is known for two things – one for emboldening the common man to take out the unprofitable investment of gold, lying idle in the lockers, and obtain a collateral loan backed by their favourite precious metal. Two, he was a dear son of the Indian Orthodox Church, the Church established by St Thomas the Apostle of Jesus in AD 52, of which he was the trustee for ten years.

As a visionary, while Muthoot Group branches jumped from 31 to 5000, he simultaneously helped his Church, and many other organizations, to reach greater heights of development and diversification. Besides, he had the solutions to bring into effect his vision topped with an immense talent for human relations. As a result along with diversifying his business from gold loans to real estate, schools and hospitals, he shared the expertise so that others could also grow and develop.

The fruits of his business success, over and above his philanthropy, trickled down to the grassroots level. During the lockdown, he helped many either by the people contacting Muthoot or by him outreaching to those in need. He never bothered that when he goes and works among the commons, people will evaluate him, and they may try to get undue favour from the entrepreneur whose family is ranked 26th richest in India by Fotbes, with an fortune of $4.8 billion.

Twenty years ago when I told my mother that I was going to take a loan against a little gold from a Muthoot branch she cried. She said it was against the culture of our family to pledge girl’s gold. But I persisted and went to the branch and shyly took the loan. Now things have changed. Taking gold-backed loans has become a common practice, whether it is for education, business or personal needs. The vision of George Muthoot needs appreciation for changing the investment perspectives in India.

As a member of the Indian Orthodox Church, Muthoot is compared to Kandathil Cheriyan Mammen Mappillai the Editor of Malayala Manorama. Both of them were successful in their enterprises and at the same time they wore the allegiance to the Church on their sleeves. They worked with the Church heads and layman for social reforms and to build educational institutions.

Muthoot knew the Bible thoroughly and was an altar server. On the annual feast day of the death anniversary of St Gregorios of Parumala, he used to lead padayatra to the St Gregorios Church.

He was always concerned about the well being of the priests and their families and at times did little act of kindness. A few years ago he was instrumental in registering the priests in a health insurance scheme. Last April, in the thick of the lockdown, my father, an Indian Orthodox Priest, had to undergo an emergency liver surgery. He could easily undergo the surgery because of the quick reimbursement that he received from the health insurance scheme.

Muthoot lived for 72 years in this world and he sowed seeds of vision and aspiration in the minds of many youngsters. His life can be aptly summed up with the Bible verse, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

3 WAYS TO avoid the disastrous effects of climate change

The Emission Gap Reports of 2020 are out; once again predicting where the emissions will be in 2030 and what should be done to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change.

As expected there was a short-term decline in Carbon dioxide emission, a dip of 7 percent, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However this drop will only lead to a 0.01°C reduction of global warming by 2050.    Even now, the world is heading for a temperature rise beyond 3°C.

What needs to be done for a net zero emission?

For a net zero emission, according to the Paris Agreement goals, we should be limiting the temperature below 2°C. And as far as possible keep the temperature below 1.5°C.

Why the rate of global warming is not dipping?

This is because of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), The government pledges under the Paris Agreement, NDCs are not enough.

Where does India stand in GHG Emission?

India is the world’s fourth largest economy and fifth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter, accounting for about 5% of global emissions. India’s emissions increased 65% between 1990 and 2005 and were projected to grow another 70% by 2020.

EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

What are the levels of emission and their corresponding temperature?  

In the Current policies scenario emissions are at 59 GtCO2e and at this rate the temperature will reach 3.5°C in 2050.

What happens with  Conditional NDC scenario? 

 With  Conditional NDC emissions need to fall to 53GtCO2e 3°C.   

2.0°C range

Green pandemic recovery is within the range. Emissions need to fall to 41 GtCO2e.

A green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions. World is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century.

1.5°C range

Emissions need to fall to 25 GtCO2e’

How to achieve the ambitious 1.5°C goal?

  • By combining a green pandemic recovery.
  • New net-zero pledges that reflects in countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement.
  • And backed with rapid action.

What can we do to reduce GHG and tackle effects of climate change?      

Household consumption accounts for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas. Steps must be take to encourage reductions from households with high consumption emissions; and at the same time avoiding burdens on the poor.

Essential changes are in  required in following areas:       

  • Passenger aviation
  • Reductions in car use
  • Domestic energy use
  • Diet change
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

56% of Lifestyle Emissions consist of:

  • Mobility : 17%
  • Residential energy : 19%
  • Food : 20%      

Consumption emissions vary in different countries:

  • United States of America: 17.6 tons CO2e per capita.
  • European Union and the United Kingdom: together approximately 7.9 tons per capita.
  • India:1.7 tons per capita.

There is a correlation between income and emissions:

  • Top 10% of income earners are around 36–49% of the global total emissions.
  • Lowest 50% of income earners account for around 7–15% of all emissions.

Carbon mitigation in mobility

Mobility has significant mitigation potential to reduce emissions.

  • Reduction, at around 1.9 tCO2e per avoided long-haul return flight.
  • Active travel such as cycling and walking can reduce emissions.
  • Greater use of public transport.
  • Greater vehicle efficiency.
  • Adoption of BEVs.

The strong link between income and mobility emissions

  • Global top 10% of income earners use around 45% of all energy for land transport and around 75% of all energy for aviation.
  • Compared with 10% and 5% respectively for the poorest 50% of households. 

(Mobility Lifestyle Decisions)

  • Airport expansion plans in the UK legally rejected in their current form on climate grounds.
  • Domestic Austrian flights replaced with intercity rail between Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Incentives for bicycle purchase and repair – tax cuts for cycling in the EU and UK.

Carbon mitigation in residential sector

There is Ample mitigation potential in residential sector to reduce emissions:

  • Low-carbon heating and renewable energy should be used by households.
  • There should be energy-efficient construction and renovations.
  • Emissions should be reduced through smaller living spaces.
  • There should be adjustments to room temperature.

(Residential Lifestyle Change)

  • Retrofitting public housing after economic downturn Improved residential energy efficiency in USA.
  • Energy-efficiency standards for energy-intensive products in Japan.
  • Smart meters reduced gas consumption by 22.0 per cent overall and by 27.2 per cent in high consumers in the UK.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Carbon mitigation in food sector

  • Full or partial vegetarianism has the potential to reduce emissions from food consumption by around 31 per cent.
  • Pescatarian diet leading to an approximately 27 per cent reduction.
  • Reducing beef and lamb, and encouraging healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, can reduce food-related emissions by nearly 10 per cent globally.

(Diet Lifestyle Change)

  • France implemented national policies against food waste in supermarkets.
  • Food-growing households in Czech Republic reduce household emissions. 
  • Italy implemented a law to reduce food waste and encourage donation of leftover food to charity.

The focus of the global economy on paid employment – and the devaluation of unpaid care work that sustains it – is an overlooked barrier to low-carbon lifestyles.

The richer, the higher the emissions

  • Higher income tends to be correlated with higher emissions.
  • The richest 1% of the global population account for more emissions …… than the poorest 50%.
EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

So how much time is left to avoid the disastrous effects of climate change?

It’s not too late to act

Emphasize emissions reduction from mobility, residential energy use and food, as these constitute key sectors through which lifestyle change can enable climate mitigation, comprising approximately 17 per cent, 19 per cent and 20 per cent of Lifestyle Emissions respectively.

Encourage Low-Carbon Lifestyles for mobility, residential energy use and food.

How to save for posterity?

In the 21st century, when predominantly nuclear family prevails, there is a rising tendency among parents asking why to save for posterity. We earn and we burn, why save for the posterity?

Rise of Nuclear families

Yes, you are right; we were born in nuclear families, with just enough to eat, wear and enjoy a little bit. Also, our parents managed to give us a good education.

And on that firm footing, we built a career and became financially secure. We bought one or two houses, one or two cars, saved for the children’s higher education and have a decent bank balance.

Does that mean that we secured our children’s future and we did enough for the posterity? No, we haven’t?

Being in the ’40s and my parents in their 70’s, what my parents did to secure my future was right. But I being in the ’40s and my children in their teens, I need to think of a few more criteria to secure the future of my posterity.

Carbon footprints and food miles

I have to think in terms of Carbon footprints and food miles; also about Sustainable clothing and Sustainable farming. To secure my children’s future I need to give them not just a decent education, but also handover a liveable planet to them.

Save for posterity

Large families and joint families of yesteryears

My parents grew up in large families with many siblings. They were well to do families with land holdings. They had enough to fill eat but not to splurge. Things were like the first come first basis. The fittest could survive. The smartest and the strongest get the lion share. It was the duty of the mother to ensure that every member of the family got their proper share of food and clothing.

The first generation nuclear families

However, when my parents began a family, a nuclear one, they wanted to give the kids every happiness in life. They gave the kids the best food and clothing. As they were conditioned in childhood to share with others and eat home-cooked food, they never took any interest in the processed food available in the market. But they bought readymade chocolates, cookies and chips for their kids. And thus we were conditioned on plentiful.

Pampered kids of today

Being conditioned in the plentiful, we made our kids self-sufficient. Giving them their own unique choice of food, clothes and gadgets. At least we had common bathrooms, common phone and television. Now there is hardly any common factor among the parents and children. 

Kids Environment Activist

Kids like Greta Thunberg understood the danger of plentiful parents and self-sufficient kids. They urged their parents to own just one house, to reduce the carbon footprints, which is the measure of the greenhouse gases generated during production.

Greta also refuses to travel by air, to reduce the carbon footprints.

We must think like our grandparents and live like our parents.

We need to live our life from the scratch.

Because transporting food items from far away generates footprints, we must become self-reliant thereby reducing food miles. We must try to be self-reliant by growing vegeables in whichever way possible- terrace garden, kitchen garden and indoor plantation.

Gold treasure discovered hidden by ancestors

Several stories that appeared online give an insight into how we survive because of our forefathers saved for us. And why we must save for the posterity.

Roman age gold coins were discovered from the Como, city in Italy, which is worth millions of Euros. Possibly a wealthy person buried the coins in the beginning of 2000 AD fearing some invasion. Now the coin has become the wealth of a nation.

Air and water measurable

Who though that one day the amount of water used to wash the grapes for wines will be counted. And who thought the water used for manufacturing and washing jean will be considered as huge water consumption. Until now we thought air and water were free to be used by every living being.

We have an even bigger responsibility for the posterity. We need to save the environment for posterity. We need to be on an austerity drive. Instead of being on use and throw culture, we need to adopt use and reuse culture. A gist of how we can save for the posterity is being taught by the pandemic because we have learned to live a minimalistic life. We must continue our austere habits even after the pandemic and save for the posterity so that they can enjoy, breath and live freely on earth like we did in our childhood.

man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss, lifestyle today news, Nov 23…

Man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss; Melting ice sheets of Greenland; Mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago; Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

A man undergoes brain surgery while watching Bigg Boss

A 33-year-old man in Andhra Pradesh watched Bigg Boss, as doctors performed critical brain surgery. The surgery was performed to remove a recurrent glioma in the left premotor area. Prasad was required to stay awake during the surgery.  It is not clear from the reports about the number of hours taken for the surgery, however, he watched Bigg Boss Season 14 and the super hit Sci-Fi Hollywood movie Avatar as three doctors performed the surgery.  He had undergone a surgery in 2014 also but did not recover completely. He was discharged from the hospital in Guntur on Saturday.

BRAIN SURGERY

Melting ice sheets of Greenland

The largest island on earth, Greenland, is the benchmark to decide the intensity of climate change. Various researches are being done to evaluate how far global warming results in the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland. In one such study researchers climbed down the moulins that drain meltwater coming from the ice sheet. The researcher found that the moulins are larger than previously thought. And they say that the volume of meltwater in the Moulin will affect the stability of the Greenland ice sheet and also how fast they move towards the sea.

A mega flood on Mars 4 billion years ago

Once upon a time, 4 billion years ago, there was a megaflood on Mars, so says the scientists. Before the flood Mars could sustain life. The analysis is done from sedimentological data from the NASA Curiosity rover. There are geological feature that was formed by water and wind, and frozen four billion years ago. The ‘Anitdunes’ and ‘Megaripple’ features on the Gale crater are an indication that a megaflood occurred on the red planet.

Jaan Kumar Sanu gets evicted from Bigg Boss

Jaan Kumar Sanu was the latest contestant to get evicted from Bigg Boss Season 14. Son of Kumar Sanu, he was the fresh face entrant to the reality show. He entertained the audience through Bigg Boss with his singing and other skills. He has been voted out on a thin margin from the nearest contestants.

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Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change lifestyle today news snippets nov 17

Jeff Bezos announces first recepients of $10 billion fund to fight climate change; Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief; Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal; Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined; Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

JEFF BEZOS ANNOUNCES FIRST RECEPIENTS OF $10 BILLION FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced the first recipients of the $10 billion Earth Fund to fight climate change. The recipients include 16 scientists, NGOs and others who are “working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions.” In his Instagram post, Bezos says that he has been learning for several months, “from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.” The $791 million funds announced today is the first part of the $10 billion set aside by the world richest man to “protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now.”

FUND TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

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Not just vaccine is enough to fight Covid-19 say WHO Chief

The vaccine alone is not enough to overcome the virus say the WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus. The number of cases are increasing at an alarming rate since the pandemic first broke out. The latest figure registered in WHO on Friday was 645,410. Tedros says along with the vaccine, tests, surveillance, isolations and care are to continue. “That will still leave the virus with a lot of room to move. Surveillance will need to continue, people will still need to be tested, isolated and cared for, contacts will still need to be traced… and individuals will still need to be cared for.” He said.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain to receive prestigious Edinburgh Medal

Well-known environmentalist, writer and activist Sunita Narain is the recipient of Edinburgh Medal for her work on climate justice. The ceremony will be held virtually on November 18th, this Wednesday. Sunita Narain is the Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and editor of Down to Earth Magazine. She was honoured with Padma Shri in 2005. She is active both in India and internationally in formulating policies related to environmental issues.  

Boris Johnson Once again Quarantined

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who was in the Intensive Care Unit ealier this year due to Covid-19. Once again in two-week self-isolation as one of his contacts was confirmed to be covid positive. “Today I was notified by NHS Test and Trace that I must self-isolate as I have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response.” he tweeted.

Ritesh Deshmukh sets a new sustainbale fashion trend during Diwali

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh set a sustainable fashion trend of sought when he recycled an old saree of his mother to Diwali outfits. He posted a video on Twitter where his mother is seen waving a blue turquoise sari followed by Ritesh and sons Riaan and Rahyl wearing Kurti made from the sari. Many applauded the actor for the initiative on Twitter. We need to wait and see if the actor will repeat the outfit in future events as part of sustainable living.

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Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line, lifestyle today news snippets, nov 14th

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line; WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India; A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight; No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study; Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Prince Charles launches a Sustainable Clothing Line

We heard Prince Charles talk strongly about climate change, now he launched a sustainable clothing collection. In partnership with Modern Artisian the Capsule collection has the designs done in Italy, the crafting at Dumfries house, a 2000 acre estate in Scotland which is part of the Prince’s foundation. 18 pieces are there in the sustainable collection made with single-fibre fabric and end of the line fibre. The collection consisting of men’s and women’s wear includes silk blouses, cashmere jumpsuits among others with a price range from $475 to $1,550.  

WHO to establish Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

World Health Organisation will set up a Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO announced on Friday during a video conferencing on Ayurveda Day. “It is a matter of pride for all Indians that the WHO has chosen India for establishing its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Now work will be done in this direction from India,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Cotton Mask that disinfects in Sunlight

Cotton masks are quite common, especially homemade masks that match the attire. As such a cotton mask serves the purpose of filtering nanoscale aerosol particles. However, when the mask is removed, there is every chance that viruses and bacteria lingering on the mask can infect another person. Hence researchers at  ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,  Gang Sun, Peixin Tang, Nitin Nitin and their team developed mask with “a new cotton fabric that would release reactive oxygen species (ROS) when exposed to daylight, killing microbes attached to the fabric’s surfaces”, in addition to the mask being safe to use, reusable and washable. The fabric used for the mask is made of rose Bengal dye killed 99.9999% of bacteria. The researcher’s claim that the mask can be hand washed ten times and exposed to the daylight for seven days without losing antimicrobial activity.

No matter what we do, we are on the point of no return, according to a new study

According to a new study, earth will grow warmer even if the zero-emission is implemented to perfection. The research conducted at the BI Norwegian Business School used the ESCIMO climate model that showed the permafrost will continue to melt for centuries even if the greenhouse gas emission is completely stopped. “If we want to stop this melting process we must do something besides – for example, suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground, and make Earth’s surface brighter.”, says the researchers. However, some scientist disagreed with the studies by saying that the model used was not very complex and it did not accurately reproduce atmospheric and ocean circulation systems.

Speculations on Prabhu Deva to marry his niece

Dance Guru, Prabhu Deva is rumoured to be in a relationship with his niece who is 9 years younger to him. The 47-year-old actor and choreographer was previously married to Ramlata with whom he had 3 children. Elder child died of Cancer. Later he was in a relationship with Nayantara but parted ways. If speculations are to be believed he is to marry his niece. On his work front, he is directing a film ‘Radhe’ with Salman Khan and Disha Patani. 

SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

HAPPY DIWALI

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River turns red in russia, lifestyle today news, snippets, nov 10

River turns red in Russia, Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine makes everyone happy; Pope stress for AI and Robotis with no in equality, Rajiv Nigams son dies…

River turns red in Russia

River turns red and that reminds of the Biblical incident. However nowadays there are several incidents when the river changes colour. Such incidents are being reported in Russia from April, the latest reports are of Iskitimka River, one of the several rivers in Russia experiencing colour change that the residents describe as ‘beetroot red’ discolouration. The mysterious change of colour of the river left the residents baffled and they say that the ducks are on the shores, not wading in the river. Images of the river are doing rounds on social media. Officials say that the possible cause of the unnatural colour in the river, in the southern part of the country, could be of chemical from blocked drainage. 

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine breakthrough, makes everyone happy

The preliminary tests of the Pfizer and BionTech Covid-19 vaccine show promising results that have got encouraging response from the political and business quarters. The vaccine developed by Pfizer shows 90% successful protection against Coronavirus. Pfizer had 43,358 trial volunteers of which half were tested with the vaccine, while the other group administered with a placebo. 94 of them fell ill, which Pfizer says were the non-vaccinated volunteers. According to reports, the vaccine will be available by Christmas. The market saw a positive rise after the result, especially the aviation industry that was affected drastically by the pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus, welcomes the vaccine. Some experts say that the vaccine should be viewed with caution. The vaccine opened the way to protection against Covid-19, however, if the vaccine is full-proof protection against the virus will be known only in the long run. 

Pope France stress for AI and robotics that does not increase inequality

In his November Prayer intention, Pope Francis stressed: “Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”. As Artificial Intelligence is touching every aspect of human life Pope says that the change is ‘epochal’. He said that the robotic can make a better world – if it is joined to the common good, it should not increase inequalities and the future advance should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and creation.

Comedian Rajiv Nigams son dies on his birthday

In a heartbreaking incident, the son of Comedian Rajiv Nigma’s son passed away on the actor’s birthday on November 8th. He shared a picture with his son on Facebook with the caption, “What a surprise birthday gift… mera beta devraj Aaj mujhe chod ke chala gaya.. bina birthday cake kaate… pagle aisa gift koi deta hai….”. According to reports, two years ago, he mentioned about his son being on the ventilator for an undisclosed ailment. Sadly, he lost his father in August this year.

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AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football; Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic; UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic;….

AI camera mistakes referee’s bald head for football

In a case of mistaken identity, an artificial Intelligence camera kept focusing on the bald head of a referee instead of the football. The freak incident happened in Scotland, where Artificial Intelligence camera was incorporated to live telecast the match. However, the whole excitement of viewing a football match was ruined when the camera focussed on the bald head of the referee. Sometimes the football was entirely out of the camera frame prompting the commentator to apologize many times. The incident once again proves human intelligence is inimitable.  

Time Capsule travels just two years after being deposited in the artic

Proving the fact that Climate Change is a reality, a time capsule, buried by tourists in the arctic in 2018, travelled at least 25 times faster than expected. The capsule, shaped like a cylindrical tin, contained a letter, beer corks, and pictures placed in ice floe by tourists travelling by ship 50 years of victory. Two surfers, Conor McClory and Sophie Curran found the capsule on the shores of Bloody Foreland. Initially, they thought it was a bomb or an ash urn, but luckily a friend translated the writings in Russian and they opened the tube. One of the letters was traced back to a blogger, Sveta, in Russia. When McClory contacted her she expressed surprise at the time capsule being found so soon, as they were expecting it to be found 30 to 50 years later. The incident shows the urgency required in implementing rapid climate actions. 

UN says to get prepared for the next pandemic

Ahead of the 73rd virtual World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO shared three keys messages. Firstly, “we can beat COVID-19 with science, solutions and solidarity.” The message further reads, “Although this is a global crisis, many countries and cities have successfully prevented or controlled transmission with a comprehensive, evidence-based approach.” Secondly, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder that health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability.” And thirdly, “we must prepare for the next pandemic now. We’ve seen this past year that countries with robust health emergency preparedness infrastructure have been able to act quickly to contain and control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

Johnny Depp resigns from ‘Fantastic Beast’

According to an Instagram post by Johnny Depp, he resigned from the role of Gellert Grindelwald in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ at the request of Waren Brothers. The 57-year-old actor’s reason for the decision was as a consequence of him losing a lawsuit against a British Tabloid which called him ‘Wife Beater’. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor wrote on Instagram “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time”.

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9-year-old invents toilet device for Astronauts; Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter; US and UK, biggest plastic waste producers; Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party…..

A toilet device for the Astronauts invented by a 9-year-old

How to answer the call of nature without removing the spacesuit is a challenge, so a nine year old invented a toilet device for the astronauts.  The Malaysian prodigy, Zyson Kang Zy Shun was participating in the Lunar Loo Challenge (Junior Category) by NASA where the youngster where asked to provide ideas for compact toilet for the astronauts during their Moon mission, Artemis in 2024. The device, devised by Kang fits comfortably inside the suit. With the help of a vacuum astronauts can relieve inside the suit. The device received approval from NASA.  Invention is not only useful for the astronauts but also for Medical profession to relieve while taking care of patients.

Tourists made to return 80km to clean the litter

The Coorg police could locate the litterers based on the age-old belief that a culprit will always leave behind a clue. Two young tourists travelling by car ate pizza and threw the box on the roadside while returning from Coorg. The police who earlier in the week helped the locals to clean and beautify the area found the purchase bill inside the pizza box with the number of one of the tourists. After relenting at first, they agreed to return to the area of litter and deposit the garbage where it belongs.

TOILET DEVICE FOR ASTRONAUTS

US and UK : biggest plastic waste producers

According to a Guarding report, a latest researchh says that the largest amount of plastic waste is produced by UK and US citizens. The Asian countries were considered the largest contributors to plastic waste pollution, and the US was placed at the 20th position. However, when the unaccounted waste in the country and plastic waste created by exports to other countries were counted, the tallies changes and they ship half of the recyclable plastics to other countries. “The US is 4% of the world’s population, yet it produces 17% of its plastic waste,” said Nick Mallos one of the study authors. 

Actor Vijay distances from father’s Political Party

Actor Vijay distanced himself from the political party formed by his father SA Chandrashekhar. One of the fans clubs of Vijay Makkallayakkam was registered as a political party by his father. However, as per the report, Vijay denied reports of his entry into politics and said: “I inform my fans and the public that there is no relation whatsoever between the political party that my father has started and me, directly or indirectly.”

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