The politics of food

As you probably know, one of the triggers for the great revolt of 1857 (or the First War of Independence or the Mutiny, depending on your perspective) was a story that spread across India. According to those who claimed to be in the know, the British army had coated cartridges with animal fat. Soldiers had to bite off the covering of the cartridges to use them. This meant that they ended up eating bits of the animal fat. But, or so went the story, the fat came from cows and…

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Wellness gurus’ health tips: which to adopt and which to ignore

Do you start your day with a visit to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber? Or do you prefer to stare at the sun while doing yoga? These are among the rituals of four “wellness” obsessives who were profiled by The Times on 12 January. The pursuit of good health is, of course, to be encouraged, but it’s hardly surprising that some of the measures they reported – such as Himalayan salt lamps and a device called the “HumanCharger” – raised a few eyebrows on social media. The Times of London ✔@thetimes Once wellness meant…

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Zomato partners with Paytm to expand online food ordering in India

Further expanding the landscape of digital food ordering in India, Zomato has announced a partnership with Paytm to enable its food ordering and delivery services on Paytm’s mobile app. With this addition, users can now browse their favourite restaurants, listed on Zomato’s online ordering platform, on the Paytm App as well and order food instantly. This service is currently live for all the Paytm Android app users in Delhi-NCR and will soon be made available across India and on the iOS app as well. Zomato’s overall mission is ‘better food for more people’ and…

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Is big data ruining education?

Standardized tests may not be making kids smarter. If you’ve ever had the sneaking suspicion that standardized tests are a waste of time, you’re not alone. Simon Rodberg, the District of Columbia International School’s founding principal, recently wrote about how the promise that data will improve education is failing students. “The drive for data responded to a real problem in education, but bad thinking about testing and data use has made the data cure worse than the disease,” he wrote. In 2001, No Child Left Behind mandated more standardized testing and made…

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Food processing training in Dimapur

Thirty women representatives from 14 SHGs of The Working Woman Project, Dimapur-2 were trained in two batches to make potato edibles like chips, wedges, fresh and frozen fries, potato flour and tapioca/cassava related products from December 27, 2018 to January 12, 2019 at Indisen village, Dimapur. The training was conducted by Zatara Private Limited and funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s welfare, Skill India, STRY program under National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE); and State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institution (SAMETI), Nagaland. The trainees were taught…

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What to Do if You Need to Move a Machinery?

People move pieces of machinery for different reasons. Some move it for their family members to use while others move it because they sold it to someone who lives outside their city. Some also move it for repair or because they have other facilities in different states or cities. If you are planning to move a transformer, a press machine, a boiler, or a big chiller, the first that you need to do is to find a machinery relocation service provider in your area. What to Look for In a…

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Enabling consumers to lead ‘nutty lives but with yogic food’

Pallavi Gupta set up Nutty Yogi after lifestyle changes improved her health. Photo: Diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease, about five years ago, Pallavi Gupta found herself making repeated visits to specialists for six months. “As part of the treatment, I was taking a lot of steroids and at some point I came to the realization that there’s no cure for my condition in modern medicine,” says Gupta, who decided to change her lifestyle following a friend’s advice. “I became vegan, went gluten-free and dairy-free. Within six months, I was…

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Democrats roll out big health care proposals in the states

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, agents help sign people up for insurance through the Covered California exchange at their storefront on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, Calif. SEATTLE (AP) – Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. In his initial actions, newly elected…

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Pick your style from these fashion predictions for 2019

The year 2018 saw the rise of an oxymoron – ugly fashion (Style trend: This year, fashion wants to be ugly). The year’s over and hopefully, so is the trend. In 2019, many roads may lead to sustainability. The ‘woke’ and the ‘desi cool’ are likely to stick with organic, eco-friendly options. There are some more detailed predictions to sweat over below. Select what suits you. Year of powdery pastels 2019 will see Pantone’s colour ‘Living Coral’ dominate fashion dynamics. The cross shade between orange and pink derives its inspiration…

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Storing leftovers in aluminum foil can lead to these health risks

Refrigerated leftovers typically last up to four days if your leftovers are sealed and stored correctly. For most people, covering a plate with foil and tossing it in the fridge is a quick, easy way to store food. However, wrapping your food in a sheet of aluminum foil is also an easy way to put yourself at risk for health hazards. Much like we need air to breathe, bacteria need air to thrive. Some bacteria like staph and Bacillus cereus, which causes foodborne illnesses, produce toxins that aren’t destroyed by high…

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