Ray’s visual artist Nemai Ghosh dead

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Kolkata, March 25 | Famed photographer Nemai Ghosh, known for his very fruitful two-decade long association with auteur Satyajit Ray, died at his residence here on Wednesday following cardio-respiratory failure, a family member said.

Ghosh, 85, the only Indian lensman to have clicked film director Michaelangelo Antonioni at work, left behind his wife, a son and a daughter.

Ghosh, who was given India’s fourth highest civil honour Padma Shri in 2010, worked with Ray from 1969 till the director’s demise in 1992.

Fond of black and white photography, Ghosh always shot with anolgue camera and stayed away from digital ones.

He came in contact with Ray during the filming of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne and the association continued till Ray’s death after his last celluloid venture Agantuk.

A theatre actor, Ghosh had worked with stage legend Utpal Dutt before he took to photography.

He had also worked with legendary film director Ritwik Ghatak in ‘Jukti Takko Aar Gappo’, Mrinal Sen in ‘Interview’ and ‘Calcutta 71’, Goutam Ghose in ‘Paar’ and ‘Antarjali Jatra’.

He was also the still photographer for Mira Nair’s The Namesake when the shooting was done in Kolkata.

He also served on the board of jury at the 2007 National Film Awards.

Source: IANS

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Aster Hospitals Bangalore launches 24/7, online COVID-19 portal to advice people seeking medical help

Aster Hospitals Bangalore launches 24/7, online COVID-19 portal to advice people seeking medical help
  • Aster COVID-19 Support Centre to provide free teleconsulting services through both hospitals in Bangalore – Aster CMI Hospital & Aster RV Hospital
  • Doctors from Internal Medicine and Emergency departments to operate the 24/7 helpline

Bangalore, March 19, 2020: In the wake of the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Aster CMI Hospital and Aster RV Hospital as a part of Aster Volunteers initiative have launched a 24/7 COVID-19 Support Centre for people. The tele-triage (assessment of the condition and appropriate guidance for treatment) service will be free for everyone who are seeking medical help if they suspect they have symptoms related to the novel coronavirus disease. India has reported many cases and appropriate precautionary measures need to be adopted to curb its spread by identifying and reporting the symptoms early on.

People can register on the website or Facebook page of the hospital and book an appointment with healthcare experts. The appointment would be conducted by internal medicine and emergency experts through a video call following medical protocols approved by local authorities and WHO for triaging COVID-19 patients. This facility is available at all Aster’s 13 hospitals in India.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “In these trying time, we would like to put every possible measure in place to help people identify symptoms related to coronavirus and get appropriate help on time. The online service promotes social distancing while it also gives patients easy access to expert advice when they need it the most. A teleconsulting tool like Aster COVID Support Centre has the potential to enable earlier detection of cases and channelize patients to seek appropriate treatment on time.”

Dr Harish Pillai, Chief Executive Officer, Aster DM Healthcare India said, “Through this online support centre, we aim to reach out to patients who might be experiencing symptoms related to the coronavirus infection and are seeking professional help. Our experienced doctors will be available to answer all questions to the best of their knowledge under the guidelines defined by the government and the World Health Organisation.”

 ‘Aster COVID-19 Support Centre’ has been operational from 18 March, 2020. People can log into the below websites to seek appointments:

Aster CMI Hospital, Bengaluru

Aster RV Hospital, Bengaluru

About Aster Volunteers, the global CSR programme of Aster DM Healthcare

Aster Volunteers programme, the global corporate social responsibility initiative of Aster DM Healthcare, was launched on occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2017 and provides a platform which bridges the gap between people who would like to help with those in need. Driven by Aster DM Foundation, through various initiatives, the programme has been able to impact 1.3 million+ lives across geographies. Aster Volunteers have been able to treat 282,254 individuals through mobile medical camps; 165,652 people have benefitted from basic life support trainings and 35,440 free surgeries as well as health investigations were conducted; supported with the recruitment of 110 differently abled people and treated 525, 517 people through 3,584 medical camps. The aid programme in Somali land, Jordan, Bangladesh and Kerala has benefitted 288,158 people; while 20,920 children have benefitted under Child Health & Wellness initiatives. Aster Volunteers have also undertaken 131 initiatives towards Sustainability & Community Connect.

 About Aster DM Healthcare

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through our hospitals, and clinics. We have over 20,000 plus dedicated employees across the geographies that we are present in, delivering a simple yet strong promise to our different stakeholders: “We’ll treat you well.” We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.

DISCLAIMER:

Certain statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties like government actions, local, political or economic developments, technological risks, and many other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statements. Aster DM Healthcare will not be in any way responsible for any action taken based on such statements and undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

 

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Comedian Vir Das front Neeman’s latest campaign in partnership with The Woolmark Company to champion Merino wool’s benefits in footwear

Comedian Vir Das front Neeman’s latest campaign in partnership with The Woolmark Company to champion Merino wool’s benefits in footwear

12th March 2020, MUMBAI: India’s first footwear brand to make shoes with Australian Merino Wool, Neeman’s, launches its first-ever digital campaign in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, featuring stellar comedian and global icon Vir Das.

Neeman’s partnered with The Woolmark Company to create shoes crafted from the natural fibre, addressing a more sustainable future of fashion in India. The brand pioneers in manufacturing footwear that blends comfort and sustainability, making wool a natural fit and was India’s first footwear brand to use the natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre. The eco-conscious company which is leading a culture of sustainability and comfort in the footwear space in India has now extended its collection by introducing wool shoes for women and seven new colours.

Neeman’s and The Woolmark Company’s ‘Pop of Colour’ collection displays a wide variety of men’s and women’s sneakers, joggers and loafers made of natural Merino wool in a colour palette ranging from bold tones like bubble gum pink, coral red, purple plum and coal-black to subtle hues like ivory cream, sand brown and grey mist. The collection is inspired by the tones of nature and showcases the versatility of Australian Merino wool.

To complement the collection launch a digital campaign is being rolled out featuring Vir Das, using his humour to spread awareness about the benefits of the shoe and talk about the brand’s eco-credentials and qualities which don’t exist in traditional footwear. Properties such as natural, biodegradable, renewable, comfort, style, odour resistance and the ability to run sock-free are presented in a quirky and humorous fashion.

“I am extremely glad to be a part of this association with Neeman’s and The Woolmark Company,”

says Vir Das. “I wish to digitally spread the message as far and wide as possible, especially regarding sustainability , which is something I feel passionate about.

“Neeman’s Pop of Colour collection is so young, vibrant and easy going. The shoes have a great sensibility of style and comfort, blended together effortlessly thanks to the inclusion of Merino wool. I think you all should get yourselves a pair.”

Neeman’s founder Taran Chhabra says this Pop of Colour collection allows the brand to continue to be inspired
by nature for both design and style.

“With Neeman’s, we’ve created a ground-breaking collection of shoes by using the naturally versatile fibre, Australian Merino wool. We are focused on bringing truly comfortable footwear that looks good, feels good and is good for the planet.

“This collection is nature at its best. Our philosophy at Neeman’s is all-inclusive and therefore we have the same colours for men and women. The colours are genderless, we don’t subscribe to the mentality that ‘oh! pink is a colour for females or grey exudes such masculinity’. With so many divisive labels and categories already present, our customers resonate with our vision that if a colour talks to you and appeals to you then

it’s yours – no questions asked. Be a part of our colour and style revolution,” he said. Further elaborating on the partnership, The Woolmark Company Country Manager for India Dilip Gianchandani adds:

“We are extremely pleased that Merino wool has continued to remain a staple of Neeman’s conscious footwear collection and highlight’s the eco-credentials of the fibre. We are very excited that through this association with Neeman’s we are tapping into the footwear category in India and reaffirming Merino wool as versatile and a clever alternative to other fibres. The range of Merino Wool shoes by Neeman’s and The Woolmark Company showcases a young, vibrant vibe with a multi-functional superior comfort.”

About The Woolmark Company:
The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel. The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product. The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development, and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.

About Neeman’s:
Neeman’s is a pioneer in the usage of Merino Wool for shoes with focus on saving the environment and providing superior comfort. The sock-free, odour resistant, and temperature regulating lightweight shoes inherit all the eco-credentials of Merino wool. Neeman’s shoe collection comprises joggers (multi-functional lightweight casual shoes), classic sneakers with a modern twist, and simple yet elegant loafers, in subtle colours fit for all occasions. Neeman’s shoes are suitable to wear throughout the year with the ability to withstand every weather condition. They have disrupted the Indian footwear market and created a niche for themselves thus leaving a permanent imprint on the FMCG market.

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Inculcate These Ingredients in Your Daily Diet to Healthify Your Immune System - Dr. Mona Dahiya

Inculcate These Ingredients in Your Daily Diet to Healthify Your Immune System - Dr. Mona Dahiya

Coronavirus has now been called out as a global pandemic. The suspected Virus is known to spread in ways similar to influenza via respiratory droplets from coughing. There is still no vaccine or any other anti-virus treatment, and preventive measures are the only panacea. It is an agreed fact that our immunity makes our body susceptible to many diseases commonly associated with flu, cough, cold and respiratory glands.

Have you ever thought about how some people get sick often and are more prone to catching a cold or viral infection?

It’s a medical proven fact that our immune system is the first line of defence against an alien microorganism entering our body. Stronger your immune system, lesser is the chance of you falling ill. The immune system comprises of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. All of these together carry out processes that fight off pathogens which are virus, bacteria and foreign bodies that cause infection.

You can ensure that your immune system is strong enough to protect you against the virus infection by choosing healthy eating habits. The surest way to build immunity is by eating foods high in anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

These 10 disease fighting substances should be in everyone’s kitchen to build immunity and fight those viruses.

Turmeric:

The Trusted Cold and Flu prevention Regimen over the ages. Scientifically the benefits of Turmeric has now been accepted by the world that the Indians have known for a very long time. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immune modulating capacity of the body.

Ginger:

Ginger is complete with immune-boosting benefits, and one should certainly add this magic ingredient for a healthy recipe. Ginger is antibacterial and it helps support the immune system and it can help to prevent nausea and soothe stomach. Ginger is a natural blood thinner that contains a phenolic anti-inflammatory compound called gingerol that is responsible for relaxing blood vessels. Ginger helps decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat.

Garlic:

Garlic helps and prevents the severity of illnesses like the flu and common cold. Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. Garlic can fight infectious diseases especially for the elderly or people with dysfunctional immune systems. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties come from a heavy concentration of sulphur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

Lemon:

Lemon is a powerful source of Vitamin C that helps build up the immune system. You need to have Vitamin C daily as our body does not produce or store it. Vitamin C helps in the production of White Blood Cells and the key to fighting infections. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Spinach:

Spinach is packed with abundant nutrients which help build the immune system. It is packed with anti-oxidants including flavonoids, carotenoids, Vitamin C & Vitamin E. Vitamin C & E along with beta carotene increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Spinach should not be overcooked so that it retains its nutrients. Light cooking enhances its Vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid.

Mushroom:

Mushrooms are abundantly high in Vitamin B, Selenium, Riboflavin and Niacin. These Vitamins and minerals are very important for a strong immune system. Mushrooms are also high in polysaccharides, which are sugar like molecules that are a big boost for the immune system. Button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of Vitamin D. Mushroom is packed with benefits to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.

Broccoli:

Broccoli is warehouse of nutrients that strongly supports the immune system. Broccoli is power-packed with Vitamin C. Rarely does one came across a vegetable that is high in beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, iron and Zinc. Broccoli contains a wide variety of Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3 & B6). All the minerals and Vitamins help support a strong immune system. If this was not enough, Broccoli has a healthy compound known as Glutathione, which is a fantastic antioxidant.

Bell Pepper:

Bell peppers come in various colours like Yellow, Green, Orange & Red. However, Red Bell pepper packs more nutritional punch than the other colour variety. Bell peppers are very rich in Vitamins A, C & K. Vitamins A & C are antioxidant vitamins that help prevent cell damage and strongly support the immune function. Vitamin K Strengthen bones, promotes blood clotting and helps protect cells from oxidative damage.

Sweet Potatoes:

Sweet Potato is not just great in taste but also bundled with immunity boosting vitamins. A medium size sweet potato comes with our daily requirement of 30% of Vitamin C and 120% of the daily value of Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol free with all the immune booster vitamins. They also have a healthy portion of fibre.

Tomatoes:

Having tomatoes as a salad or cooked is a healthy option to build immunity as it has a high concentration of Vitamin C. One medium sized tomato contains more than 16 milligrams of vitamin C strengthening phagocytes and t-cells which are the two major components of the immune system.

Adopt Healthy eating Habits and prevent yourself and your loved ones from coronavirus.

  • Avoid Restaurant/Street food prepared in un-hygienic environment
  • Eat only Freshly Cooked home food.
  • Have 8-10 glasses of clean water every day.

In many of the reported cases, foods prepared outside of the home is the primary cause of diseases, whether food is prepared at a restaurant or in a food stall, unsafe handling and preparation can cause contamination. Common causes of these diseases include failing to wash hands completely before preparing food, using utensils, cutting boards or serving dishes that are not clean.

Homefoodi is the solution for these problems it is a Mobile based application for Home Food made by Home Master Chefs. Every Chef on Homefoodi has been handpicked for their exceptional Culinary Skills and highest standards of Cleanliness. Homefoodi team has visited every Home Chef’s kitchen and are convinced by their High Standards of Cleanliness and Hygiene of their Home Kitchens. All Home Chefs on Homefoodi are 100% FSSAI Registered. Home Chefs in Homefoodi are the beacons of Taste, Hygiene and Cleanliness.

You Can Trust Homefoodi for Fresh and Authentic Home Food made in the cleanest Home Kitchens. It’s time you explore Healthy & Hygienic Home Food.

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Dr. Mona Dahiya

Co-Founder & Director, Homefoodi

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