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Monsoon set to hit Punjab, Haryana in 3 days: MeT official

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Monsoon set to hit Punjab, Haryana in 3 days: MeT official

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Chandigarh : The South-West Monsoon is set to enter Punjab and Haryana including Chandigarh over the next three days, a senior meteorologist said today.

Pre-monsoon showers have already lashed many parts of the two states.

“Conditions are favourable for monsoon’s further advancement northwards approaching Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in the next three days,” Director of the Chandigarh MeT Department, Surinder Pal told PTI here.He said the monsoon will fully cover the two states including the Union Territory within the next few days once it hits the region.
Last year, the monsoon had entered the two states on July 2.

However, unlike last year when the rainfall was scanty, this year the monsoon is expected to bring good rains in this region.

Punjab and Haryana, the grain bowl states of the country, had received scanty monsoon rains in the last two years.

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Urinary tract infection causes, symptoms, and natural home remedies

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Urinary tract infection causes, symptoms, and natural home remedies

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs anywhere along the urinary system, including the bladder, kidneys, or ureters. Women are more likely to develop UTIs, which can also be a recurring problem for many.

UTIs can be painful, irritating, and lead to health complications, so spotting their early signs can help you obtain a timely relief. Along with antibiotics, which are commonly prescribed for UTIs, there are also some home remedies for symptom relief and prevention.

Urinary tract infection causes

A UTI is a bacterial infection of the kidneys, ureters, or bladder. A bladder infection falls under the UTI category, too. It’s the most common type, and not considered serious if it’s treated right away. If you don’t take action, though, it can spread to your kidneys, which can be serious and cause permanent damage. That’s why it’s good to keep in mind some preventative measures, like cranberry for bladder health and other natural remedies for UTIs.

For the most part, the body flushes out harmful bacteria without a problem. But sometimes an infection can happen when those bacteria stick around, literally, by attaching themselves to the lining of the urinary tract.

Both the male and female urinary tract can be at risk for attack by nasty bacteria. In fact, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infection in the body, accounting for about 8.1 million visits to healthcare providers each year. The first most common infection, as you may have guessed, is upper respiratory tract infection (URI), like the common cold.

Understanding the female urinary tract

Women, especially, are prone to UTIs because of the anatomy of the female urinary tract. A woman’s urethra is shorter, which means bacteria have quicker access to the bladder. Their urethral opening is also closer to potential bacteria from the anus and vagina. A woman’s lifetime risk of having a UTI is greater than 50 percent, so ladies, don’t be surprised when it strikes. It’s also known to be more common after menopause because of hormonal changes in the body (menopause can be a challenge!). All the more reason to take preventative measures with natural remedies for UTI, which we’ll get to shortly.

Keeping in mind that a UTI is caused by bacteria that enters the urinary tract, typical causes are sexual intercourse and wiping incorrectly from back to front. If you find yourself experiencing recurring UTIs, you could have a genetic disposition or an underlying reason like kidney disease. About 20 percent of women with a first UTI will have a recurrent infection, and with each additional UTI, the risk of recurrence goes up, NIH reports.

Thanks to Mother Nature, though, the urinary tract has several systems to prevent infection. The points where the ureters attach to the bladder act like one-way valves to stop urine from backing up toward the kidneys. The act of urinating itself washes bacteria and other microbes out of the body. For men, fluid excreted by the prostate helps slow bacterial growth. And for both sexes, the immune system kicks in to fight the infection.

Urinary tract infection symptoms

Despite these natural safeguards, infections can happen, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms early. Ideally, urine should be light yellow and clear, and your body should send you a signal in advance, as opposed to the sudden bladder pressure or pain that comes with a UTI.

That annoying frequent urge to go, but then passing only a small amount of urine is a very common symptom to watch out for. You’ll also experience a burning or itching feeling when you pee. Check your urine in the toilet bowl – if it’s bloody or cloudy, dark in color, or bad-smelling, this can also be a sign of UTI. Women may have pelvic pain, whereas men might have rectal pain.

You might also have pain on one side of your back under your ribs (where your kidneys are). Other symptoms can include fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. At this point, you should call your doctor right away. People with diabetes, kidney problems, or a weak immune system should be aware that UTIs can be more serious for their health.

Natural home remedies for urinary tract infection

The good news is, there are natural remedies for UTIs. So if you act promptly when you have the first symptoms, such as burning when you urinate, you can get rid of UTI at the onset. Here’s what to do:

Drink lots of water. What isn’t drinking water good for, really? It helps flush away the bacteria, putting you on track for recovery. Eight glasses a day is a general guideline. Add fresh lemon or lime to boost flavor and help with detoxification.
Sip cranberry juice. Choose the tart, unsweetened juice (sugar adds nothing but calories). Cranberry for bladder health has been a topic of discussion and study. Some research shows drinking pure cranberry juice can help prevent UTIs in elderly, pregnant women, and hospitalized patients.
Ease the pain with heat: Inflammation and irritation from UTI can leave you with pressure and pain around your pubic area or lower back. Try some heat therapy. Apply a heating pad at low temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
Get more vitamin C. This healthy vitamin found in berries (like cranberries!), citrus fruits, melons, and cabbage can help make your urine more acidic, which helps support a healthy urinary tract.
Eat some yogurt. You want to blast that bad bacteria with good bacteria. If you’ve read anything about yogurt these days, you’ll know the popular dairy treat is packed with probiotics, or good bacteria, for your gut.
Ditch the irritants.Now’s the time to focus on your health, so you want to cut out things that can irritate your bladder and make it harder for your body to heal. The culprits? Caffeine, nicotine, spicy food, alcohol, carbonated drinks, and those bad-for-you artificial sweeteners. On the upside, consume more high-fiber carbohydrates like grains, and healthy fats like nuts and olive oil – all good for digestion.Run to the bathroom – again: While it’s unpleasant and annoying, keep making those bathroom trips. Every time you go, even if you urinate only a small amount, you’re getting rid of some of the bad bacteria that’s causing the UTI.
Wipe front to back: Another bathroom tip, always wipe from the front to back to avoid infection. Don’t try to reach from behind – germs from the rectum can be transferred to the toilet paper or your hand. Also, never wipe twice with the same tissue.
Drink parsley water as it is a natural diuretic and can help flush out your system.
Consume more blueberries as they contain ingredients that can work to prevent and treat UTIs.
Consume diluted apple cider vinegar as it is a natural antibacterial, so it can help fight off bacteria in the urinary system.
Try these home remedies to keep your bladder in top form. They’re easier than you think – and a more natural fix than turning to your doctor for a prescription. So the next time you’re rushing to the bathroom, be aware of urinary tract infection symptoms.

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US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders: Report

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US to list China among worst human trafficking offenders: Report

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Washington : The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tension with Beijing that has eased under President Donald Trump.

The reprimand of China, Washington`s main rival in the Asia-Pacific region, would come despite Trump`s budding relationship with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and the U.S. president’s efforts to coax Beijing into helping to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to drop China to “Tier 3,” the lowest grade, putting it alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria among others, said the sources, who have knowledge of the internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The rating is expected to be announced on Tuesday in an annual report published by the State Department`s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. A State Department official declined to comment on the report`s contents and said the department “does not discuss details of internal deliberations.”

Tier 3 rating can trigger sanctions limiting access to U.S. and international aid, but U.S. presidents frequently waive such action.

While it was unclear what led Tillerson to downgrade China, last year`s report criticized the communist government for not doing enough to curb “state-sponsored forced labor” and concluded it did not meet “minimum standards” for fighting trafficking – though it still said Beijing was making significant efforts.

The Trump administration has also grown concerned about conditions in China for North Korean labor crews that are contracted through Pyongyang and provide hard currency for the North Korean leadership, which is squeezed for cash by international sanctions, said the congressional source.

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the government was resolute in its resolve to fight human trafficking and the results were plain to see.

“China resolutely opposes the U.S. side making thoughtless remarks in accordance with its own domestic law about other countries` work in fighting human trafficking,” he told a daily news briefing.

Since taking office, Trump has praised Xi for agreeing to work on the North Korea issue during a Florida summit in April and has held back on attacking Chinese trade practices he railed against during the presidential campaign.

But Trump has recently suggested he was running out of patience with China`s modest steps to pressure North Korea, which is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

The annual report, covering more than 180 countries and territories, calls itself the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts.

It organizes countries into tiers based on trafficking and forced labor records: Tier 1 for nations that meet minimum U.S. standards; Tier 2 for those making significant efforts to meet those standards; Tier 2 “Watch List” for those that deserve special scrutiny; and Tier 3 for countries that fail to comply with the minimum U.S. standards and are not making significant efforts.

For the past three years, China has been ranked “Tier 2 Watch List”.

In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

In 2015, Reuters reported that experts in the State Department`s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons had sought to downgrade China that year to Tier 3 but were overruled by senior diplomats.

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US Navy holds Japan memorial for sailors killed in crash

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US Navy holds Japan memorial for sailors killed in crash

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Tokyo : Thousands of flag-waving mourners lined the streets of a US naval base in Japan Tuesday where a memorial service was held for seven sailors killed in a collision with a cargo ship this month.

The facility in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, is the home port of destroyer USS Fitzgerald, which crashed with a cargo ship in a busy shipping channel off Japan`s coast.

The sailors` relatives, some 300 shipmates on the guided-missile destroyer and US military officials attended the service, as a probe into the cause of the deadly accident continues.The solemn gathering was closed to media. Pictures and video supplied by the navy showed sailors folding US flags with photographs of the seven dead hanging above them. Wreaths with red, white and blue flowers, representing the colour of the US flag, lay on a stage below their pictures.

Before the ceremony, more than 2,000 people including members of the US Navy and Japan`s Maritime Self-Defense Force lined the streets inside the base waving flags and saluting the crew and their relatives, the navy said in a statement.

“It`s stunning, absolutely stunning, while we mourn the loss of the seven sailors, that more were not lost, and it was the heroism of the entire crew that ensured that was the case,” US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said, according to the statement.

“There was no understanding of what had happened at the moment of impact. But there was complete understanding of what needed to be done.

“Every time we go to sea, the ship is our sanctuary and all sailors have to come together as a crew and fight their ship, and that is exactly what Fitzgerald did.”

Investigators have been analysing exactly what happened in the early hours of June 17, when the warship collided with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal in a busy channel not far from Yokosuka, a gateway to container ports in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama.

The sailors, aged 19 to 37, were found by divers in flooded sleeping berths a day after the collision tore a huge gash in the side of the Fitzgerald.

Other crew fought to contain the flooding with the missing men`s whereabouts unknown. Part of the ship`s right side was caved in by the crash.

Japanese investigators have interviewed the Filipino crew of the 222-metre (730-foot) cargo ship, while the US authorities are also probing the incident.

Rear Admiral Brian Fort has been appointed to lead the US investigation, the navy has said.

There have been around 30 ship collisions over the past decade in the area, including a 2013 incident in which six Japanese crew died, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

Adding to the questions surrounding the crash, ACX Crystal`s crew — who were not injured — apparently took nearly an hour to report the collision.

Authorities are also investigating why the cargo ship made a sudden turn at about 1:30 am, and a sharp turn after it reported the accident around 2:20 am.

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Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence

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Kiev car bomb kills colonel in Ukrainian military intelligence

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Kiev : A colonel in Ukraine`s military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defence ministry said, describing the incident as a “terrorist act”.

Police said an explosive device in the vehicle blew up at 0516 GMT while the car was moving, killing the driver and wounding a passer-by.

“As a result of (the explosion) a member of the defence ministry`s main intelligence department, Colonel Maksim Shapoval, was killed,” the defence ministry said in a statement.The police and the ministry did not give further details or say who could be behind the attack.

Since fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, the number of incidents involving explosives outside the conflict zone has increased, but car bombs are relatively rare.

The last major incident in Kiev occurred in July, when a prominent investigative journalist, Pavel Sheremet, was killed by the detonation of an explosive device in his car.

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U.S. terms Hizb chief Salahuddin as global terrorist

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U.S. terms Hizb chief Salahuddin as global terrorist

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : June 26 The US tonight declared Syed Salahuddin, the chief of Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, as a “global terrorist”, dealing a major blow to Pakistan just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump. In a notification, the State Department said Salahuddin, who hails from Kashmir and is based in Pakistan for the last 28 years, “has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.” The US took the step against the militant group’s head, whose original name is Mohammed Yusuf Shah, as he had “vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley into a graveyard for Indian forces”. India welcomed the US’ move and said it vindicated its long-standing position that cross-border terrorism had been behind the disturbances in Kashmir since last year. “It underlines quiet strongly the fact that both India and the US face threat of terrorism and they are working together to counter it, not in one particular area, but globally as terrorism knows no boundaries,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said here.

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China accuses India of ‘crossing boundary’ in Sikkim section

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China accuses India of ‘crossing boundary’ in Sikkim section

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Beijing : China on Tuesday accused Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff. China also said that it has lodged diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, alleging that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector.“We have lodged solemn representations in Beijing and New Delhi to elaborate on our solemn position,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang told a media briefing here. “Our position to uphold our territorial sovereignty is unwavering. We hope the Indian side can work with China in the same direction and immediately withdraw the personnel who have overstepped and trespassed into Chinese border,” he said. China, last night, said that it had put off the visit of Indian pilgrims who enter Tibet via the Nathu La pass “for safety reasons” in view of the border issue. “China urges India to immediately withdraw its border guards that have crossed the boundary and have a thorough investigation of this matter,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. “The Indian border guards crossed the boundary in the Sikkim section of the China-India border and entered the territory of China, and obstructed normal activities of Chinese frontier forces in the Donglang area recently, and the Chinese side has taken counter-measures,” he said in a statement last night. His statement came after the Chinese Defence Ministry accused the Indian troops of objecting to building a road in what it claimed to be Chinese territory. The dispute over the constructing of the road was apparently the reason why China stopped a batch of 47 Indian pilgrims from crossing through Nathu La border in Sikkim into Tibet to visit Kailash and Mansarovar. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said yesterday that recently China has begun the construction of a road in Donglang region, but was stopped by Indian troops crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In his statement, Geng said that the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary has been defined by treaties, noting that the Indian government has repeatedly confirmed in writing that there is no objection to it. China urges India to respect boundary treaties and China’s territorial sovereignty to maintain peace and stability at the China-India boundary, Geng said. In view of the above event, for safety reasons, China has to put off arranging for the Indian pilgrims to enter China through the Nathu La pass, Geng said, adding that China has informed India of its decision through diplomatic channels. The Nathu La Pass sits 4,545 metres above the sea level and is wedged between Yadong County in Xigaze Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, and Sikkim. Yesterday, Geng had also said that the foreign ministries of both the countries were in talks over this issue. Geng’s statement comes after tension mounted in a remote area of Sikkim following a scuffle between the personnel of the Indian Army and the PLA, leading to Chinese troops damaging bunkers on the Indian side of the border. The incident happened in the first week of June near the Lalten post in the Doka La general area in Sikkim after a face-off between the two forces, which triggered tension along the Sino-Indian frontier. After the scuffle, the PLA entered Indian territory and damaged two make-shift bunkers of the Army. Following, the India-China war of 1962, the area has been under the Indian Army and the ITBP, which is the border guarding force and has a camp 15 km from the international border.

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Five killed in violence over land dispute in Raebareli

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Five killed in violence over land dispute in Raebareli

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Raebareli : A village head was among three persons beaten to death by a mob while two others were burnt alive after heated arguments over the ownership of a plot of land at Apta village, police said on Tuesday.
The incident took place on Monday night when the village head of Tevra, Rohit Shukla, was doing construction work in Bhusai-ka-Purwa on a piece of land given to him by his father-in-law.The construction was stopped by Raja Yadav, son of the Apta village head, claiming that it was the gram sabha land, police said.
When Rohit came to know about it, he went to Apta village with four others to talk to Raja but the situation took an ugly turn and after heated arguments, Raja’s brother Krishan Kumar allegedly started firing.
When Rohit and others tried to escape in a jeep, the vehicle collided with a pole after which Raja and other villagers armed with sticks reached the spot and allegedly started beating them, killing Rohit and two others on the spot.
They then set afire the jeep in which two others were burnt alive, they said.
Police arrested Raja Yadav, Krishna Kumar and two others in this connection.
Heavy force was deployed in the village, where tension prevails.

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State elections delayed Modi’s visit to Washington: Donald Trump

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State elections delayed Modi’s visit to Washington: Donald Trump

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit the White House earlier this year but his trip was delayed because of state elections, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.
Trump was speaking at the formal dinner with Modi at the historic Blue Room of the White House.
“You know, the prime minister was going to come here at a different time, but we worked out this time because they had elections in a section of India.“And it’s just a small section,” he said, apparently referring to Uttar Pradesh–one of India’s most populous states. “But we said, it’s the seventh largest country in the world, that small section of India. So I said, you know what, this is a better day. But it is great to have you,” he said. Replying to him, Modi said the “icing on the cake” was that in those elections “our party won”. “And after many years, we’ve got three-fourth majority in the state assembly,” Modi added. The BJP had won the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh by a landslide, securing over 300 of the total of 403 seats. “You won by a lot,” Trump said, lauding it as a “fantastic” victory. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, when asked about the “delay”, said the dates of the visit were never formal. “As you know, the Prime Minister was too busy with the elections. It was a question of planning the trip between our friends and timed with a common calendar. It happened on June 26. If it was convenient, it could have happened a week before or a week later. I think it was nothing other than convenience,” he said. Among the guests present at the dinner were First Lady Melania Trump, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and National Security Adviser McMaster. On the Indian side were Jaishankar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

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Will fight presidential poll on democratic values: Meira Kumar

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Will fight presidential poll on democratic values: Meira Kumar

Posted on 27 June 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Tuesday said she would contest the polls on the plank of democratic values, inclusiveness, social justice and destruction of caste structure.
Kumar, the daughter of iconic Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram, rued that the polls were being seen as a “Dalit versus Dalit” contest. The caste system, she told reporters, should be “buried deep down” in the earth.Asked about alleged attacks on Dalits in the recent past, she said, “It is quite shameful.”
The former Lok Sabha Speaker, chosen as the Opposition’s candidate to contest against BJP’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election next month, said she had not decided whether or not to appeal to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to support her nomination.
Kumar also said she would launch her poll campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.
“All MPs appreciated my style of functioning when I was Lok Sabha speaker… none alleged I was biased,” she said.
Hinting at bias, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had posted a video of her Lok Sabha speech in 2013 in which then Speaker Kumar is seemingly not extending “protection” against disruptions in the House.

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