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Purify the air at your home or workplace naturally with plants like the peace lily, ferns among others.

New Delhi, Sep 18: Earlier, houseplants were only considered as the province of an older generation, that too for the one who had time, knowledge and space to tend them. However, they are now also popular with a younger and cooler crowd.

If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes, Rajesh Goyal, MD, RG Group and Ashwani Prakash, Executive Director, Paramount Group, tell about the plants that purify the air around you, plants that act as green and long lasting gifts, as well as which specific pollutant each one targets and removes.

* Palms: Our spirit boosters

The hardy houseplants are easy to grow and are perfect boosters for lifting people’s spirits.

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They are the ultimate natural air purifiers and remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surroundings. The freshness spread by them is distracting from otherwise drab surroundings.

* Peace lilies: Natural toxin removers

Peace lilies spread freshness for a longer period of time.

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They thrive in the shade in temperatures below 12 degrees Celsius and remove harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

* Ferns: Natural history

Ferns are not as fascinating but have survived since pre-historic times.

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Their soft feathery leaves contribute to increasing their preference. Also, by freeing the air from toluene and xylene, they help us get rid of air pollution.

* Schefflera: Great investment plants

Schefflera is the ones with glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine.

Schefflera home decor plants

Adding to this, they also soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene so, like palms, they are good for households where there is a smoker.

* Anthuriums: Thoughtful present for a workplace

Anthuriums are not just pretty, they also make lovely and long-lasting gifts because of their exotic looking blooms.

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They are a thoughtful present for a work place with their large and dark leaves that suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene.

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CAG picks holes in Railway’s elaborate plans for Kumbh Mela

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Prayagraj, Kumbh 2019

New Delhi, Sep 23 : The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on Wednesday pointed out various shortcomings in Railways’ elaborate plans to control rail traffic during the Kumbh Mela in 2019.

In the report tabled in both Parliament, the government auditor slammed the railways for failing to address issues such as running of special trains, works related to passenger amenities and safety, medical facilities to passengers, and waste management at station premises during the massive religious gathering.

It said that this led to inconvenience to passengers, who were not adequately addressed by the railways.

“Temporary fencing at vulnerable locations (track and station entry point) were not completed. This led to cases of free movement of cattle on tracks and passengers trespassing. Audit noted that the Railway estimated (September 2018) an evacuation of 33 lakh passengers, which was subsequently revised (December 2018) to 45.48 lakh. Railways initiated a figure of 73.66 lakh evacuation of passengers during Mela period,” it said.

It also noted that the Railways planned 821 special trains, but ran only 565.

“A significantly higher number of passengers, with fewer special trains resulted in large overcrowding of trains and caused much inconvenience to passengers,” it said.

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Bilkis from Shaheen Bagh is TIME magazine’s hundred most influential people of 2020

Bilkis gave hope and strength to activists and student leaders who were being thrown behind bars for standing up for the unpopular truth in a democracy that was sliding into authoritarianism, and inspired peaceful copycat protests across the country.

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When I first met Bilkis, she sat in the midst of a crowd, surrounded by young women who were protesting with placards displaying verses of revolution. With prayer beads in one hand and the national flag in the other, Bilkis became the voice of the marginalized in India, an 82-year-old who would sit at a protest site from 8 a.m. to midnight.

She had been sitting there ever since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, which could block Muslims from citizenship in the country, in December, and she continued through the cold winter. Bilkis, along with thousands of women who joined her in Shaheen Bagh, a neighborhood in New Delhi, became the symbol of resistance in a nation where the voices of women and minorities were being systematically drowned out by the majoritarian politics of the Modi regime. Bilkis gave hope and strength to activists and student leaders who were being thrown behind bars for standing up for the unpopular truth in a democracy that was sliding into authoritarianism, and inspired peaceful copycat protests across the country.

She said to me as a parting note: “I will sit here till blood stops flowing in my veins so the children of this country and the world breathe the air of justice and equality.” Bilkis deserves recognition so the world acknowledges the power of resistance against tyranny.

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5 Indians who made it to Time’s ‘100 most influential people of 2020’ list

The TIME magazine has released the annual list of 100 pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons which have made an impact on the contemporary world. Check out the list of 5 Indians who have featured on the list.

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The TIME magazine has released the annual list of 100 pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons which have made an impact on the contemporary world.

List of Indians who made it to Time’s 100 most influential people

  1. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it to the Time Magazine’s list of ‘100 most influential people of 2020,’
  2. Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana also features on the list.
  3. 82-year old Bilkis, the ‘dadi’ who became the face of Shaheen Bagh protest.
  4. Professor Ravindra Gupta, known for his work on HIV/AIDS treatment.
  5. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Narendra Modi is the only Indian politician who made it to the coveted list.

PM Modi has appeared four times on the list since coming to power in 2014. His name has appeared on the list in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020. In 2015, former US President Barack Obama wrote a profile for him for the magazine.

For more than a decade, the TIME 100 annual list has featured some of the world’s most significant artists, leaders, scientists, activists, and entrepreneurs. The list includes people influencing the world while working in different fields.

Time has also listed US President Donald Trump, Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris, the former Vice President and the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, American physician Dr Anthony Fauci, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro among others in the 100 most influential list.

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