Malaria medicine shows promise in reducing Zika virus transmission from mother to foetus

A drug already in use to treat malaria and certain autoimmune diseases in pregnant women has shown promise in reducing transmission of Zika virus from mothers to their foetuses, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher. The drug, Hydroxychloroquine, works by inhibiting autophagy, a process by which cells remove toxins and recycle damaged components to generate energy. Researchers showed that Zika virus may manipulate this process in the placenta to infect the developing foetus. In a study published online in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the researchers,…

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From Khoya Paneer to Bharwan Aloo

  Baklava by Subrata Debnath, executive chef, Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon Ingredients 100g – Crushed cashews 100g – Crushed almonds 100g – Crushed pistachios 50g – Butter (softened) 100g – Breakfast sugar 10g – Cinnamon powder 5 – Filo sheets 500g – Sugar 300ml – Water 2 – Cinnamon sticks Method * Brush the filo sheets with butter on one side. * In a bowl, mix the crushed nuts, breakfast sugar, cinnamon powder and 30 gms of butter until well combined. * Lay the filo sheets on a baking…

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From Oik to Apong: On a gastronomical journey in Arunachal Pradesh

Starting with the locally-famous “achin pinam” (spiced rice) to smoked beef platters, or the “amin” made out of rice cake and chicken, every dish cooked in Arunachal Pradesh’s Basar town gives out a flavour of the hills and wilderness that surrounds the place. The quaint hill town at the centre of the northeastern state, which boasts a breathtaking natural backdrop, also entertains its visitors with a rich culinary experience — and to top it all, the food cooked in bamboo containers and served on plates made out of local leaves,…

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Heaven On Your Plate: From kebabs to biryani, food is serious business in Lucknow

Lucknow’s famous poet Ghulam Hamadan Mushafi (1747-1824) is not the only one to use a kebab simile to describe the anguish and fire in a lover’s heart. So engrained has the kebab been in the lives of the people of Awadh, that it is difficult to think of Lucknow without it. However, Awadh wasn’t just kebabs. It was about refined tastes, tehzeeb o adaab or etiquette, hospitality and its syncretic culture. From the setting of the dastarkhwan which would have duas for blessing the food and house printed on it,…

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From the Royal Kitchens

Culinary secrets from Rampur have crept their way into the kitchen of Taj Palace’s Masala Art in Delhi. Together with five khansamas who claim to have inherited their cooking legacies from their forefathers who served the royalty of Rampur, the staff of the restaurant have conjured up an array of dishes from a cuisine that is gradually being pushed into obscurity. “We have travelled across India and internationally to bring the essence of Rampuri cuisine to a larger audience. The cuisine, unfortunately, remains unexplored to this day,” said Suroor Khan,…

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From Kabul’s Table: Afghanis recreate home in Delhi

As the last bit of orange disappears from the sky, sherbet along with dates, both in plastic ware, are perched on tabletops at Afghan Darbar, a restaurant tucked deep in the bustling bylanes of Lajpat Nagar II. Almost instantly, the languorous restaurant morphs into a teeming joint as immigrants from Afghanistan gather for iftar. As the patrons of the three-year-old restaurant bite into the ancient icon of the Middle Eastern world to break their day-long fast, the belief that binds them together is almost palpable. “It is recorded in the…

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More women join IIM Lucknow this year, 3.4% up from 2016

Lucknow: The new postgraduate programme batch at Lucknow’s Indian Institute of Management (2017-19) has more women than previous years. Some 30.4% students (156) out of the batch of 451 this year, are women as compared to 27% last year. The batch of 2013-2015 had 38% female candidates, an official said. IIM believes this will ensure diversity without compromising on merit. “This is a good sign. More participation of women students brings diversity and adds different perspective as well,” said IIM Lucknow director Ajit Prasad while talking to HT. IIM-L said that…

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Hostel fee in education institutes exempt from GST: Centre

New Delhi: Refuting reports that hostel fee charged by educational institutions will attract 18 per cent GST, the Finance Ministry on Thursday said such services provided to students, faculty and staff are fully exempt under the new indirect tax regime. “There are some reports that GST at the rate of 18 per cent will be levied on annual subscription/ fee charged for lodging in hostels. This is not true. There is no change in tax liability relating to education and related services in the GST era, except reduction in tax rate…

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Endo Pulls Opioid Opana ER From The Market After FDA Request

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to withdraw their opioid painkiller Opana ER from the market following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) request. Though they still believe in their product’s safety, their decision to pull the product was made after careful consideration and coordination with the agency. Voluntary Withdrawal From The Market In a press release, Endo Pharmaceuticals announced that they will be removing Opana ER to combat abuse and misuse of the product. As a result, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is expecting to incur approximately $20 million in pre-tax impairment charge…

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4 Ways I Learned How to Adopt a Healthier Diet From a Woman Who Completely Transformed Her Body

Much attention is focused on the external signs of aging on our skin as we grow older. Although I’m just a couple years north of 30, my beauty regimen can rival that of someone a few decades older, thanks to work perks and the millennial obsession with “preventive anti-aging.” But as much cream as I slathered onto my face, certain pesky signs of aging kept rearing their ugly head—not exactly in the form of lines and wrinkles, but what felt like a subtle yet noticeable decline in wellness—a cough that…

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