Thailand national park sends garbage back to visitors who littered

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: September 23, 2020 3:00:10 pm





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It seems that despite warnings and fines, people who throw garbage around arbitrarily, continue to do that anyway. But, in Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, some campers are being taught an interesting lesson. In order to deter them and some other people from dirtying the area, government officials have picked up and packaged the garbage they have left behind, and have mailed it back to them. This has been done so as to stress on the importance of keeping public spaces clean.

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According to Insider, the trash that was left behind by campers at the UNESCO World Heritage site, mostly included plastic beverage bottles and chip bags. It was sent back to them with a note that read: “You have forgotten some of your belongings at Khao Yai National Park.”

The outlet reports that the decision to do this was taken by Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa, who had reminded people in a Facebook post earlier this month to take their trash with them during departure, especially because it can have a negative impact on the animals looking for food.

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He had warned that if visitors failed to do it, he would pick up the junk, put it in a box, and return it to them as souvenirs. Later, he had shared an update on Facebook wherein he had mentioned that the garbage had been packaged and was ready to be duly sent to the owner.

As per regulations, violators who do anything to harm the natural resources and the environment, can be punished with up to five years in prison, up to a 500,000 Thai Baht (Rs 11,67,761.50) fine, or both.

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According to The New York Times, the officials traced the trash back to the owners by using camping equipment rental forms.

“We applaud Khao Yai National Park and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment for their commitment to maintaining the beauty and well-being of our country’s natural resources,” Thailand’s director of tourism authority, Charinya Kiatlapnachai, was quoted as telling The Washington Post.

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Here’s why you should have homemade yoghurt to satiate sweet cravings

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September 23, 2020 2:10:21 pm





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Sweet cravings can lead one to binge on sweets and desserts, something that is not advisable. But you can always enjoy a healthy alternative. Thinking of what it could be? If you are a fan of curd, you can make simple one-pot yoghurt at home. It will not only help curb your sugar cravings but also keep your gut healthy.

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Here’s how yogurt can help you tide over sugar cravings.

As a high protein food that is also rich in calcium, yoghurt is a great snack for whenever you are craving sugar. It helps you feel full and is an extremely healthy option as the natural sweetness in the culture is an excellent way to reduce sugar cravings.

It is also a good source of probiotics which helps improve gut health. Regular consumption of yoghurt is associated with a better immune system function, weight management and reduced inflammation.

Here is a simple and delightful recipe that nutritionist Nmami Agarwal recommended.

When milk is fermented and converted to curd or yoghurt then it provides your body with the benefits of probiotics, she said.

Ingredients

75 ml – Milk
½ tsp – Plain yogurt

Method

*Take the milk and shake it well. Heat until lukewarm.
*Pour it into a sterilised instant pot and cover the lid.
*Heat it for few minutes at 180 degree celsius.
*Open the lid and add half a teaspoon of plain yogurt into it and stir with a sterilised spoon.
*Let the yoghurt rest for 24 hours in a warm place.

Enjoy.

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Daniil Medvedev beaten in Hamburg after run to US Open semifinals

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Updated: September 23, 2020 1:25:38 pm





Daniil MedvedevRussia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert. (REUTERS/Cathrin Mueller)

Daniil Medvedev lost his first match since reaching the U.S. Open semifinals as he was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by unseeded French player Ugo Humbert in the first round of the Hamburg European Open.

The top-seeded Medvedev was a break up at 4-3 in the first set but was broken twice in a row by Humbert, who is ranked 36 places below the Russian at 41st.

This was Medvedev’s only clay-court warm-up ahead of the French Open. He hadn’t played on clay for 16 months since a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open and played only at hard-court tournaments in the last 14 months. Humbert next faces qualifier Jiri Vesely.

Medvedev lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem in the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Third-seeded Gael Monfils was also eliminated in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-3 to 103rd-ranked Yannick Hanfmann.

Hanfmann needed just 1 hour, 13 minutes to wrap up the win and the German will next face Cristian Garin, who swept past Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-3.

Garin is bidding to win his third trophy on clay this year.

Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 6-3 against two-time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili to set up a second-round meeting with Dominik Koepfer.

The 32-year-old Bautista Agut, who became a father for the first time last week, saved two of the four break points he faced and converted four of his nine opportunities to win in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The Spaniard next faces Dominik Koepfer of Germany for a place in the quarterfinals. Koepfer defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (0), 4-6, 6-1.
Fabio Fognini built up momentum after a slow start to oust Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The sixth-seeded Italian will play either Casper Ruud or Benoit Paire in the second round.

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (2) and will next play Alexander Bublik, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 7-6 (5).

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Bhumi Pednekar’s latest looks give major vacay vibes

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 23, 2020 12:30:54 pm





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Bhumi Pednekar and Konkona Sen Sharma-starrer Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare recently dropped on Netflix, and the actors have been digitally promoting the film. Recently, Pednekar was seen in two different looks, and we must admit that she looked lovely in both.

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In one look, the Dum Laga Ke Haisha actor was seen nailing a white ensemble from Dalida Ayach boutique which consisted of a white ruffled crop top and long skirt. And, without a doubt, Bhumi looked straight out of vacation pictures. Styled by Pranita Shetty, the look was rounded out with hair styled in beach waves and accessorised with chic golden earrings.

In keeping with the vacation vibe, she was also seen in a fun outfit from the label Saaksha and Kinni. The printed maxi dress was cinched with a belt at the waist and was accessorised with a hat that added to the overall look.

In case you are looking to travel anytime soon or want to get the feel of travelling from inside your homes, bookmark these looks. You will not regret it.

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I worked on fitness and power-hitting skills during break: Sanju Samson


September 23, 2020 11:52:17 am





Sanju Samson, RRvCSKSanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals received man of the match during the RR vs CSK match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. (IPL/BCCI)

Convinced that possessing an array of shots is a must to go with power-hitting, wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson says he worked on these aspects during the coronavirus enforced break.

The work done by Samson was there to be seen when he pulverised the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday night, setting up a Rajasthan Royal’s win with his blistering 32-ball 74-run knock, studded with nine sixes and a boundary.

That he is an impact player is a known fact but his clean and elegant hitting earned praise from one and all.

“I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability,” Samson said at the post-match presentation.

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“I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting,” he added.
Samson, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match, said his plan is to go and hit all the deliveries in his arc.

“My game plan is stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit.

With Robin Uthappa and Jos Buttler also in the squad, the Royals are spoilt for choice in the wicket-keeping department.

However, Samson, who executed two stumpings and as many catches against CSK, said he is happy to play any role the captain and coach deem fit for him.

“Everyone likes to keep wickets and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so.”

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From boosting immunity to burning fat: Here’s why you should have kharvas

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 23, 2020 11:40:58 am





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Out of the various traditional Indian milk sweets, one of the best is the famous Maharashtrian sweet called ‘kharvas’. The sweet, which looks like paneer in texture, is essentially a milk pudding made from cow or buffalo colostrum, the first form of milk produced within one or two days of giving birth. It is also popular in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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While for urban dwellers, access to cheekh or colostrum may be tough, you can definitely refer to this easy recipe when you do manage to procure some. It is said to be a natural immunity booster among having several other benefits.

Here’s a detailed recipe from Rekha Diwekar that we thought would make you want to try it out.

Ingredients

1 cup – Cheekh (first day after delivery of cow/buffalo)
1.5-2 cups – Milk
½ cup – Sugar
Saffron/nutmeg/cardamom powder or a mixture of all three depending upon your taste
Instead of sugar, jaggery can also be used.

Method

Mix all the ingredients together.
Pressure cook (three whistles) and cut into pieces.

Health benefits

*Colostrum is considered beneficial for the growth of Insulin-like growth factor 1 also called IGF, a hormone similar in structure to insulin, which plays an important role in childhood growth.

*Colostrum is said to be a rich source of macronutrients, minerals, and vitamins.

*It also helps build cells in adults, known as anabolism.

*It helps burn fat and reduces stretch marks.

*It helps build immunity.

*It works both as a probiotic and prebiotic to sustain the growth of the gut bacteria.

*It is also said to prevent and ease irritable bowel syndrome.

*It is also said to be quite effective in dealing with allergies.

*As per Rujuta Diwekar, colostrum helps deal with juvenile diabetes and asthma.

*Colostrum also treats acne and dull skin.

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The forgotten super food – cheek, bari or colostrum. The benefits are immeasurable and the taste is divine but alas, the kharvas, a delicacy made from cheek or colostrum is fast fading from our kitchen, recipe books and memories. Made from the first milk of cow, this is diluted with regular milk and cooked patiently and skilfully into pure gold. – It works as both a pre and a pro biotic, ensures that your gut bacterial diversity sustains itself and thrives. – It protects children from falling sick often and the onslaught of antibiotics. It prevents and eases IBS trouble and reduces dependence on antacids. – It improves iron assimilation and prevents acne, alopecia and dull skin. This one is so critical for health, especially for children’s health – juvenile diabetes, asthama and allergies that it would be worthwhile investing in a farm and/or a desi cow. Both farm and farm animals are critical to human health (also to local economy and global ecology). PS – When we are connected with farms, we realise that farm animals are an integral part of a household and are treated like family members.

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So, would you like to try?

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RR v CSK: 14-day quarantine didn’t help, says MS Dhoni on lack of batting time

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Updated: September 23, 2020 11:05:58 am





MS DhoniDhoni came in to bat at No. 7, sending the likes of Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him in a mammoth 217-run chase on Tuesday. (IPL/BCCI)

The extended two-week quarantine of Chennai Super Kings hampered his preparations as he did not get enough time for batting practice, said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his side lost to Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs in their second IPL game.

Dhoni came in to bat at No. 7, sending the likes of Sam Curran and Kedar Jadhav ahead of him in a mammoth 217-run chase on Tuesday.
Asked why he came so low in the order, the CSK captain said, “I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help.”

Dhoni’s reference was to CSK’s extra one-week quarantine after 13 people in their contingent tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in missing out on important training sessions. He was not out on 29 off 17 balls with three sixes in the last over.

Although he didn’t name Murali Vijay but the veteran opener’s run-a-ball 21 was one of the reasons for CSK falling short besides an off-day from his spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla.

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“With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case. Steve (Smith) and (Sanju) Samson batted very well. We need to give credit to their bowlers. Once you’ve seen the first innings, you knew the lengths to bowl,” Dhoni said.

“Their spinners did well to bowl away from the batsman. Our spinners made the error to bowl too full. If we would’ve maybe restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a good game.”

His rival captain Steve Smith praised Jofra Archer’s big hits in the last over that eventually changed the game.

“I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting. Sanju Samson, looked like everything he hit went for six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a win,” Smith said.

Smith heaped praised on Samson for his nine sixes.

“Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was give him the strike. This should give him a lot of confidence. Jos (Buttler) is a quality player and we’ll see what happens when he comes back. Hard to take the opening slot away from someone like him.”

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Tired of looking at an ugly pimple? Try this overnight paste for relief

Pimples are painfully pesky. No one likes it when one or two randomly pop out. Pimples can be caused because of some kind of hormonal imbalance, or if you keep you face unclean — that is, if you don’t wash it on a regular basis. But instead of worrying about how and when it will pop, and the scars and blemishes that it will be leave behind, try this effective beauty hack that promises to take care of the problem.

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This homemade paste, when applied and left overnight, can make difficult pimples vanish. Try it out.

Things you will need

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* Gram flour — one-third of a cup
* Green tea powder — two teaspoon
* Turmeric powder — one tablespoon
* Rice powder — one-third of a cup

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Method

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– First take a bowl and mix the gram flour and green tea powder together.
– Next, mix the turmeric and rice powder in it and stir well.
– Add a little bit of rose water to the powders so that they mix well with each other.
– Now, you can store it in an air-tight container to keep moisture away.
– At night take a little bit of it, add some more rose water if required and apply the paste on the affected areas of the face.
– Leave it overnight and wash it with cold water in the morning, as part of your morning skincare routine.

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Doing this every night will yield results. The turmeric powder has some anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can keep the face clean, and the green tea powder can soothe the skin and reduce irritation. The rice powder and gram flour can work on the pimple scars and the blemishes.

What do you think of this hack?

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IPL 2020: Andre Russell shatters glass in nets before KKR vs MI

Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to play their first match in the Indian Premier League held in UAE but the buzz around Russell storm has already taken over the internet. T20 cricket’s most destructive batsman Andre Russell is all set to entertain the fans with his brute masculinity as he did in the previous edition.

This was quite visible in the KKR’s nets session ahead of their clash against defending champions Mumbai Indians, who should be wary about the Russell factor. In a video shared by KKR, the Windies all-rounder can be seen practicing the big shots and in the last bit he shatters the camera glass with a powerful drive.

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Russell and Sunil Narine joined the KKR camp recently after finishing the Caribbean Premier League duties. Russell amassed over 200 runs in the tournament, which included two fifties something that KKR might rejoice about.

Russell enjoyed a splendid outing in the previous edition, where he scored 510 runs at a strike rate of 204.81. He also bagged 11 wickets to go with his runs that he scored for Kolkata.

While Russell was unhappy about not being sent to bat higher in the previous edition, KKR management have indicated that this time we might get to see him come at the number 3 position.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians would look to bag their first points of the season after failing to prove their mettle against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the season opener.

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Keep yourself hydrated with these fruit-infused water recipes

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 23, 2020 10:00:24 am





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It is a well-known fact that consuming adequate water is one of the best ways to keep yourself hydrated. But if you do not want to keep drinking plain water to flush out the harmful toxins from your body, how about trying infused water? Filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients, infused water helps boost the metabolism while building immunity. For people who don’t like drinking plain water, it can be a great way to stay hydrated.

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Dermatologist Dr Niketa Sonavane gives a few simple preparations of infused water that you can keep at your work desk to stay hydrated and healthy.

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Water infusions are a great way to add flavour to otherwise boring water. Keep it at your work-from-home desk or carry it around in your bag! . Infused water can help you stay hydrated and flush out those toxins. . Easy Water Infusion Recipes: . Common Ingredients: 5 cups water 1 cup ice cubes optional Diced herbs and fruits . Variations: . Strawberry, Basil and Lemon: 1/2 cup strawberries 5 large fresh basil leaves, torn 1 lemon thinly sliced . Cucumber, and Mint: 1 cucumber thinly sliced 10 fresh mint leaves, torn . Orange, and Ginger: 1 orange thinly sliced 2-inch piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced . Pineapple, Coconut, and Lime: 1 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup coconut chunks 1 lime thinly sliced . Watermelon, Kiwi, and Lime: 1 cup watermelon cubes 1 kiwi diced or cut into circles 1 lime sliced into circles . Malta, Pomegranate, and Mint: 1 malta thinly sliced 1/2 cup pomegranate 10 mint leaves, torn . How long should you infuse your water? Infuse your water with your favourite ingredients for at least 2 to 4 hours. Or, you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator. . Can you eat the fruit from your infused water? You can surely eat the fruit after infusing water. But remember, the fruit infuses the water with flavor, so the fruit itself has less flavor and more water. Hence it might taste watery and less flavorful than usual. . Call 9930993600 to book your consultation with me, Dr Niketa. . Online consultation available. . #skincareblog #skingoals #skintreatment #skincarelover #healthyskin #skinrejuvenation #skinglow #skincareblogger #skincarebloggers #clearskin #glowingskin #skincare #skincaretips #skinessentials #skincareroutine #skinclinic #beautifulskin #mumbaiinfluencer #makeupartistmumbai #mumbaimodel #mumbaiblogger #mumbaifashionblogger #navimumbaiblogger #beautybloggersindia #indianbeautybloggers #indianbeautyblogger #beautybloggers #beautyblogging #dermatologist

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Common ingredients

5 cups – Water
1 cup – Ice cubes, optional
Diced herbs and fruits

Variations

Strawberry, basil and lemon

½ cup – Strawberries
5 – Large fresh basil leaves, torn
1 – Lemon, thinly sliced

Cucumber and mint

1 – Cucumber, thinly sliced
10 – Fresh mint leaves, torn

Orange and ginger

1 – Orange, thinly sliced
2-inch – Ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Pineapple, coconut, and lime

pineapple, infused water Put some pieces of pineapple to your plain water. (Source: Getty Images)

1 cup – Pineapple chunks
1 cup – Coconut chunks
1 – Lime, thinly sliced

Watermelon, kiwi, and lime

1 cup – Watermelon cubes
1 – Kiwi, diced or cut into circles
1 – Lime, sliced into circles

Malta (sweet orange), pomegranate, and mint

1 – Malta, thinly sliced
½ cup – Pomegranate
10 – Mint leaves, torn

How long should you infuse your water?

Infuse water with your favourite ingredients for at least two to four hours. Or, you can let it infuse overnight in the refrigerator, said Dr Sonavane.

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Can you eat the fruit from your infused water?

You can surely eat the fruit after infusing water. But remember, the fruit infuses the water with flavour, so the fruit itself has less flavour and more water. Hence it might taste watery and less flavourful than usual.

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