Month: May 2019

Mystery deepens over vandalism of Vidyasagar statue after TMC swept 7th phase polling

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Days before the 7th phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections, an outrageous incident occurred in Kolkata. A bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar, a Bengali icon, being a social reformer and educationist from the 19th century, was smashed to pieces following violent clashes between “students” and BJP during a mammoth road show of BJP president Amit Shah.

While TMC held the BJP workers responsible for the incident, the BJP accused TMC men in the garb of students of destroying the statue to gain sympathy votes.

“These attacks and the humiliation of my state will not go unpunished. I am keeping a track of everything. I will take revenge for everything inch by inch”, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is reported as saying

Interestingly, the BJP could not win any of the 9 seats that went to polling in the 7th phase, as Mamata Banerjee’s TMC bagged all of them. This is in fact in contrast to the earlier phase results, in which the BJP won 18 seats against TMC’s 13, according to this India Today reports.

Clearly, destruction of the Vidyasagar statue turned out to be a boon for the TMC. Mamata Banerjee’s government has constituted a panel to probe the vandalism. Will the truth really come out?

Why intermittent fasting is good for your health?

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People have been practising intermittent fasting from time immemorial. Besides religious reasons, more and more people are now fasting for good health. For, studies have shown that fasting helps reduce body weight and the risks of obesity-linked diseases.

In 2016, Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries on the benefits of fasting. Dr. Yoshinori explained the mechanisms of a physiological process, by which the body recycles the damaged cells, proteins and toxins. The self cleaning process is named “autophagy”, derived from two Greek words “Auto” (self) and “phagy” (to eat).

Autophagy happens only during fasting. It kills cancer cells and disables other damaged cells infected with harmful bacteria and viruses.

According to a recent study published in Nutrition and Metabolism, intermittent fasting helps improve metabolic function and normalise blood sugar levels.

The study conducted on type 1 diabetic mice showed that fasting can help stop deterioration of pancreatic islets and the loss of B cells. An improvement in insulin sensitivity and function of B cells was found. (B cells are lymphocytes that are part of the adaptive immune system).

So, try to incorporate periodic fasting into your eating habit in order to keep yourself disease-free, whether or not you are a diabetic.