TVs in bedrooms may harm childrens physical and mental health

first_imgNew Canadian research has found that growing up with a TV in the bedroom may have a negative effect on children’s physical and mental health in their teenage years. Carried out by researchers at the Université de Montréal’s School of Psychoeducation and the INRS-IAF, a research institute affiliated with the Université du Québec à Montréal, the study looked at data gathered from 1,859 Quebec children born between the spring of 1997 and the spring of 1998. Read the whole story: CTV Newscenter_img “The early years are a critical period in a child’s development,” said study author Linda Pagani, who will be discussing the study on Thursday at the International Convention of Psychological Science in Paris.last_img read more

KMC holds workshop on prevention control of vectorborne diseases

first_imgKolkata: Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is responsible for transmitting dengue virus into your body is lured by deep colour of clothes. Deep red, deep black and deep blue are the three colours that attract dengue mosquitoes towards a person, said Vector Control Officer of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Debasish Biswas. Speaking at an interactive session on dengue, Biswas said: “These three colours are spotted by an Aedes Aegypti, female mosquito, from a distance of 10 metres. The shadow of these colours help the insect in the sighting and it is attracted towards these colours. So it is better to avoid these colours at least from June to October which are the months in which dengue cases are the maximum.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe event was held at Rabindra Sadan organised by the KMC’s Health department on Saturday. Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul suggested roping in cricketers and film stars for the campaign. “I have seen that when some brand is endorsed by a cricketer or a film star, it has more appeal. The same process may also be followed in the KMC’s awareness programmes about dengue,” Paul added. Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh welcomed the proposal and said the civic body will give it a serious thought. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSpeaking at the programme, Ghosh said the objective of the programme was to make all the stakeholders aware of the treatment protocol of the vector-borne disease that is made by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) every year. “We want that treatment at all hospitals, health centres (both government and private) of vector-borne diseases would be of the same pattern as per the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO). We have invited all hospitals, both government and private, in the programme to hand over the treatment protocol. We will also be sending it to other stakeholders who failed to attend the programme,” Ghosh said.He urged the doctors dealing with dengue to consider the treatment to be a part of social cause. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, in a word of advice to the councillors and borough chairmans who attended the programme, said not to create unnecessary panic over dengue.”The civic body is fully geared up to fight dengue and we will strive in ensuring that there is not a single death due to this disease,” Chatterjee said.He reiterated that deaths due to dengue in the state are much less than most other states in the country.last_img read more

Suspected suicide victims body found

first_imgKolkata: The body of a 58-year-old person was found in front of an under-construction building at Joyrampur Jala Road under Parnasree police station in Behala on Monday morning. The person was rushed to the nearby Vidyasagar Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.According to police sources, the deceased, identified as Shyamal Krishna Hazra, was a central government employee who worked with All India Radio. “We are not too sure whether the fall was accidental or the person had jumped to death. The matter is being investigated,” an officer at Parnasree police station said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe man had ventured out of his residence at around 9.30 am and climbed up to the roof of the second floor of the under-construction building a few metres away.Passers-by had found him standing on the roof and some had even advised him to come down when they found him sitting dangerously close to the edge at one side of the roof, with his legs hanging downwards. However, he did not pay heed to the warnings.Sleuths investigating the incident informed that Hazra had been living in his Parnasree residence with his octogenarian mother and a sister for more than 20 years. He was married but his wife had left him when their child was two-years-old.He was reportedly suffering from depression, which had reached its pinnacle after his mother recently suffered a fall and broke her leg, thereby becoming bedridden. “He had been keeping to himself and would hardly talk with any of his neighbours for the last few years,” a person in the neighbourhood said.last_img read more

Couple harassed in Kolkata train woman taunted for wearing jeans

first_imgKolkata: A young woman, travelling in a suburban train in Kolkata along with her friend, was harassed by fellow passengers who threatened and intimidated her and pulled her up for her dress. The couple later lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police. “Yes we have received a complaint against unknown persons. We are trying to establish the identity of the accused and the entire matter is under investigation,” said a GRP officer on Monday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights The woman, working in a private company here, boarded the general compartment of the Barrackpore-bound local train from Sealdah station along with her friend on Saturday evening. “It was very sultry, there was little place to sit, so I requested a middle-aged man to shift a little so that we could sit side-by-side. He denied, saying he cannot shift as there is no fan,” the victim wrote in her Facebook post. According to her, she and her friend somehow adjusted in the little space without further argument. Even then the man taunted her, saying “this is not a ladies compartment”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed When the couple got up, the man shifted to the side he had initially refused to move to. The couple then asked him how he could manage without the fan now. There followed an altercation, which the woman video recorded on her mobile and then shared it on social media. The man was heard saying: “Go home and sit on each other’s lap. The metro incident (when a young couple was assaulted by a mob at the Dum Dum station of Kolkata Metro in late April for allegedly standing close to each other inside a train compartment) took place because of people of your generation.” Another man said: “Do not wear such clothes (t-shirt and jeans) and board the train.” In the video, the man can be clearly seen taunting her, saying “you are a woman, you are a woman, you are a woman, don’t speak too much”. She also retorted, asking him how he could speak about her dress. The woman then raised her voice and asked him to shut up. The woman’s friend said they were also taunted after they deboarded the train. “The taunting continued even after we alighted. When we responded… the language that the elderly man used, I will never expect a man of his age to use such words,” he said. “I just want to say, is this our country where women are meant to hear such things? This is our new society, where such behaviour has become a daily routine on trains and buses? I just want to ask, is this the behaviour which can be expected from the seniors?” the woman questioned in her Facebook post.last_img read more

BJP playing votebank politics NRC issue will destroy Indias relations with Bangladesh

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today sharpened her attack on the BJP over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, accusing the party of playing vote-bank politics, while also warning that the issue will “destroy” India’s relationship with Bangladesh. She said only one per cent of the 40 lakh residents, whose names are missing from the draft NRC, could be infiltrators, but people are being “harassed” in the name of infiltrators. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life She said she has appealed to all opposition parties to send their delegation to Assam. The TMC chief said she has also urged former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to visit the state. She said India has very good relations with Bangladesh. “The NRC will destroy relationship between India and Bangladesh. Out of 40 lakh people whose names are not in the list of NRC, only one per cent could be illegal infiltrators. But the BJP is trying to show that all those not included (in NRC) are infiltrators,” she told reporters at the Parliament. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Yesterday, she had alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was done with a “political motive” to divide people and warned that it would lead to bloodbath and a civil war in the country. “Bangladesh is not a terrorist country. After Independence, many people from Pakistan came to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab. From Bangladesh too, people came to Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar and many other states. They are not infiltrators or terrorists. Is it a crime that Bangladesh and we (West Bengal) share the same mother tongue? They (the Centre) think, anybody who speaks Bangla is a Bangladeshi” she said. Her comments come in the backdrop of Assam government publishing the draft NRC on July 30. The draft excludes 40 lakh people from the list. “The BJP is playing vote bank politics. The NRC will affect the whole world. Managing the borders is a responsibility of the Centre,” she said. “Central forces see how many infiltrators are crossing into the country. But in the name of infiltrators, they (the Centre) are harassing people. I have appealed to all opposition parties to send their delegation to Assam. I have also urged Yashwant Sinha to go to Assam,” she said.last_img read more

Impulsive in nature Parents to be blamed

first_imgIf your child is impulsive, do not blame him or her. It is something that may have been inherited from you as new research has linked such behaviour with “impulsivity” genes. “Delay discounting” is the tendency strongly influenced by our genetic makeup.It gradually improves as teenagers get older and when given the choice, to take a smaller reward that is available immediately, instead of a larger reward that will be delivered in the future.Identifying the “delay discounting” genes are important for understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders, especially addictions and other disorders that involve impulsive decision-making. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, Andrey Anokhin and his colleagues from the Washington University’s school of medicine did a study of 602 twins.The results suggest that “delay discounting” gradually improves as teenagers get older — such that 18 year-olds have a greater ability or tendency to wait for the larger delayed reward, as compared to younger teenagers. Apart from age, genes accounted for about half of the difference among individuals in their level of delay discounting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMany genes are likely to influence “delay discounting” and the data suggest that these “impulsivity genes” may include genes coding for enzymes that synthesise the neurotransmitter serotonin and receptors where serotonin binds in the brain.“While it is tantalising to speculate that the associations between delay discounting and serotonin-related genes may ultimately point the way to new treatments for addictions and other disorders involving impulsive choice,” Anokhin said.The report was presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida this week.last_img read more

Woman from North Kolkata dies of dengue 4th in row

first_imgKolkata: Dengue has claimed its fourth victim in the city where a woman from North Kolkata died of the disease on Wednesday.The incident took place after an 11-year-old boy died of the same disease at a private hospital in Kolkata on early Tuesday morning. It was learnt that the victim, Krishna Hazra, a housewife was suffering from fever for the past few days. A resident of Muraripukur area in Manicktala, Hazra was admitted to a local nursing home in North Kolkata four days ago. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHer condition later deteriorated in the hospital. The doctors at the hospital decided to keep the patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days.However, the patient died on late Tuesday night.The death certificate issued by the private hospital says the victim died due to multi-organ failure after she caught dengue. The state Health department is yet to confirm the reason of her death. It may be mentioned that Aarush Dutta (11), a resident of Peary Mohan Sur Lane in North Kolkata, died of dengue at a private hospital at Anandapur on Tuesday. He had been suffering from high fever for the past few days. One Narayan Shrestha (10), a resident of Duttabad road died of dengue at a private hospital on EM Bypass on 30 August.last_img read more

Education dept to distribute booklets on Vivekanandas Chicago address

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department has decided to distribute booklets containing Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago among students.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Sampriti Saptaha that the state government has organised to celebrate the 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s address in the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said: “Booklets containing the speech of Swami Vivekananda will be distributed among schoolgoers free of cost. The move has been taken as a character-building programme.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the same time, Chatterjee said details related to the life, works and messages of social reformers will also be included in the textbooks.The expert committee will be discussing the same and will take the decision in this connection. The committee will finalise the books where such contents would be introduced. They will also decide on the class in which these books would be launched.”After the committee finalises all the aspects in this connection, it will be placed before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also took a dig at the CPI(M) and BJP and said that there is no single person who takes such decisions and “instead there is an expert committee that regularly works in this field and will take the decision”.General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission Swami Suvirananda and Assistant General Secretary Swami Balabhadrananda were also present in the programme at Rabindra Sadan in which students were awarded for their performances in essay writing, poster drawing, debate and quiz contests. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department, was also present in the programme.Chatterjee further said that the Chief Minister had taken the initiative and organised the week-long programme.He maintained: “In the past four decades, no steps were taken to circulate messages of the social reformers among the masses. Now, the Chief Minister has taken up this initiative.”Swami Suvirananda said: “Harmony and brotherhood between all religions was the primary tenet of Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings.”He also urged all to follow Swami Vivekananda in their lives and thanked the Chief Minister for her initiatives to organise the programme.last_img read more

Oppn parties urge deployment of Central forces during LS polls

first_imgKolkata: The full bench of the Election Commission of India met members of nine political parties at a seven-star city hotel on Thursday.With electoral roll cleansing on the radar, instructions have been given to ensure that bogus voters are removed from the list and to ensure that names of the new voters are included properly. The full bench also met the CEO. The full bench of the ECI headed by Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner, is in the city since Wednesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe full bench of the Election Commission of India also met representatives of civil society organisations, who demanded necessary security measures in the state during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to ensure a free and fair election. “The Commission met with… representatives of civil society organisations to elicit their views and suggestions to make the Lok Sabha elections, 2019 more inclusive, ethical, accessible and participative,” a release issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMeanwhile, leaders of the Opposition parties urged the Election Commission of India to deploy heavy Central forces one month ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Besides leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), those of Opposition parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress called on the ECI’s top bosses. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, who led the party’s delegation at a meeting with the EC, said the party spoke on several issues and the ECI full bench assured that it would look into the suggestions. He, however, did not elaborate. Jayprakash Mazumdar of the BJP said in order to conduct free and fair elections, Central observers should come to Bengal immediately. Debabrata Basu of the Congress opined that the Central forces should be deployed one month ahead of the election and they should conduct route marches in the vulnerable areas. The ECI expressed concern over the absence of Rajeev Kumar, Police Commissioner. Kumar did not come to attend the meeting. The ECI interacted with the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police and took a stock of the law and order situation. The DMs and SPs were asked to give a full report to the ECI. It will meet the nodal officers on Friday morning along with state Chief Secretary Malay Dey and Director General of Police Virendra to take a stock of the law and order situation. The ECI will hold a press conference before leaving the city on Friday as well. Earlier in the day, the ECI released a photo album that captures the initiatives it has taken to ensure greater inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities into the electoral registration process.last_img read more

Autorickshaws flout norms ferry passengers above permissible limit

first_imgKolkata: Despite strict vigilance and preventive measures undertaken by the Kolkata traffic police, overcrowded auto-rickshaws seemed to have gained a momentum in several pockets of the city.The auto-drivers plying in the routes of Rashbehari-Behala, Kadapara-Mechua, New Alipore-Tollygunge, Hazra-Khidderpore and others, have been reportedly plying more passengers than the permissible limit after dusk and also on the rainy days. “The auto-rickshaw drivers on the Hazra-Khidderpore route are always taking extra passengers at night to earn some extra penny. They are supposed to take four passengers at once, which is three in the back seat and one in the front seat. But instead the number often goes up to five or sometimes even six, which is two or three people in the front apart from the driver”, said Prasun Mukherjee, a daily commuter of the route. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhile another passenger, Payal Dey who travels on the Rashbehari-Behala route said, “Overloading has become a menace for daily passengers like us. We are compelled to sit uncomfortably on the front seat with one half of our body almost dangling outside the auto and with one hand clutching the metal handle, praying for our lives. When I am seated at the back, there are guards on both sides but at the back, even that is missing. It also becomes highly unsafe for children who often travel on this route as there are many schools en route.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBut even the customers resort to travelling in such unsafe conditions due to infrequency of auto-rickshaws during the after-hours as well as during the rainy seasons. Mukherjee further said, “We are helpless in this case as the frequency of auto-rickshaws slowly decreases in the area as the clock strikes 9pm. So we are compelled to travel in such unsafe conditions. If we protest or tell them that we are going to complain to the police, they threaten us to get down from the auto or resort to bad behavior. In the end, we are hardly left with any option.” According to sources, there are multiple sections in the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act which are being used to prosecute the auto-rickshaw drivers for overloading and violating the registration norms. Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata police said, “If any such complaint comes to us, strict action is being taken.” Apart from ferrying more passengers than the permissible limit and the occasional irate behaviour, the auto-rickshaw drivers have also been reportedly resorting to hiking fares unnecessarily, using other routes to ply passengers as well as plying passengers through their own decided routes.last_img read more