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nCoV: 39 mosques shut again in Saudi Arabia

Worshippers are kept apart with a distance of two metres. Children under 15 are barred from going to mosques as a preventive measure.



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Riyadh, June 7 : Saudi authorities have closed down 39 mosques in the Kingdom after coronavirus infections were suspected among worshippers or those in charge of the sites, state-media reported.

The decision was taken by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Call as part of strict health measures to curb the spread of the highly contagious disease, Gulf news reported on Saturday citing Saudi-owned television Al Arabiya as saying.

Those mosques were being sterilized, Al Arabiya added without specifying their locations.

Last week, Saudi Arabia reopened mosques except in Mecca, in line with a plan to gradually return to normal life.

Authorities have put in place a set of precautions for performing group prayers in mosques.

They include opening mosques 15 minutes before the Adhan and close them 10 minutes after the end of the prayer with the interval between the Adhan and the start of the prayer shortened to 10 minutes.

Worshippers are kept apart with a distance of two metres. Children under 15 are barred from going to mosques as a preventive measure.

Likewise, mosque classes and the Holy Quran memorisation gatherings are suspended.

Worshippers have their temperatures checked before they are allowed into the mosques.

In March, the Kingdom closed the mosques as part of strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.



Explaining time-sensitiveness of assisted reproduction

These negative feelings may lead to varying degrees of depression, anxiety, distress, and a poor quality of life,” reiterates Chirumamilla.



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New Delhi, Aug 9 : According to WHO, every 1 in 8 couples (or 12 per cent of married women) has gone through complexities getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. This calls for a timely intervention and awareness amongst the patients to when to consider medical intrusion and opt for an IVF procedure.

Recent statistics show that an on-time IVF has higher success rates than a delayed initiation. This revolutionary procedure is an effective treatment to treat infertility and helps in the conception of a child. Depending on the criticality, patients might opt for less invasive treatment options before going ahead with IVF, which includes reproductive medications, increased production of eggs, or intrauterine insemination. However, if a couple has repeatedly failed to conceive after all other treatments and desires to attempt for IVF, then they should be aware of the procedure and importance of time for opting the same, she says.

IANSlife spoke to Dr. Lakshmi Chirumamilla, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility Hyderabad who explains in detail:

Patients, planning to undergo assisted reproductive treatment (ART) like IVF, should first understand that the procedure is usually done using their own eggs and their partners’ sperm. It may also involve eggs, sperm or embryos from an anonymous donor in some cases considering other complexities. Therefore, when a couple undergoes the first sign of infertility, they should consult a fertility expert to understand their biological risk stage, as the process and success rate will depend on their ability to produce eggs or sperms. Patients experience a series of tests like an evaluation of ovarian reserve, semen analysis, uterine cavity exam etc., and post that only in-vitro fertilization is initiated.

In some cases, women with growing age deplete their ovarian reserve and men tend to have lesser sperm count. This often can lead to diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), which happens when women ovaries lose their reproductive potential, causing permanent infertility. Here, the most vulnerable age is after 37 years. In a situation like this, fertility treatment becomes complicated with intricate procedures like embryo transfer as a next step.

“This whole procedure strictly includes a time-sensitive diagnosis and here, a delayed decision of IVF and other ART treatments can often lead to complicacies on the treatment outcome and that can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, isolation, and loss of control. As per WHO, depression levels in patients with infertility have been compared with patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. These negative feelings may lead to varying degrees of depression, anxiety, distress, and a poor quality of life,” reiterates Chirumamilla.

Adding, “We have witnessed varied cases, where time played a crucial role in the IVF process. We had a couple who came to Nova IVF seeking fertility treatment, where the 28 year old woman had been trying to conceive with her husband for the past 3 years. Up on a detailed further examination, we figures out that the husband’s semen analysis was normal, while woman had a low ovarian reserve. Here, the woman was advised to opt for IVF over a year ago, but had refrained from going ahead with it. Therefore, when a year later they finally decided to go for an assisted reproduction, the chances of the couple conceiving got decreased drastically due to her prolonged low ovarian reserve. Nevertheless, we opted for the procedure and post the first cycle of IVF, we ended up retrieving only two eggs and performed a single embryo transfer, which unfortunately came out negative. In the second cycle, we somehow managed to retrieve three eggs from the woman that then resulted in 2 embryos. Basis that, after performing a single embryo transfer in the second cycle, the woman was finally able to conceive.”

Considering all the odds and still being optimistic at a chance of parenthood, the couple did go ahead with the treatment keeping in mind the age and time-sensitive nature of any IVF-related treatment. It is always important to remember that age is not an indicator to undergo IVF treatment, when IVF is needed it is better to do it sooner than later. Treatment will always be advised according to the cause. Currently, the couple is happily pregnant awaiting the arrival of their little one.

Similar to this, assisted reproductive technology has aided many couples around the world to conceive and given meaning to their lives. There are countless success stories to inspire couples looking to undertake the procedure and fulfil their long-time desire to have a child.

There is no wrong time to have a baby, but it is wiser to not delay the process just because of the stereotyping of the society or present pandemic scenario. It is advisable not to neglect the early signs of infertility and consult a specialist at the initial stage to evaluate criticality and ensure a successful conception. Considering the present scenario, patients should always be cautious about the safety measures taken at the IVF centre and how stringently they are adhering to the govt. directives. Whenever visiting the clinic it is imperative to maintain at least one-meter distance from other people. Just make sure you avoid unnecessary contact with other people over there. Carrying hand sanitizer and mask is compulsory with frequent hand washes whenever required.

(Puja Gupta can be contacted at [email protected])

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Astro Zindagi – Weekly Horoscope




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Here is a guide to the week ahead for you. To be seen from the moon sign (Rashi), this is your forecast for August 10-16


Your self-confidence will be at its peak this week. You will spend time on yourself and will prioritise tasks meticulously. You will remain energetic and ambitious and will be able to take some tough decisions at work. You are likely to be somewhat intolerant of divergent opinions which can lead to arguments. Try to see things from others’ perspective to obtain the necessary cooperation at home and workplace. In the middle of the week, you will like to remain a home bird and will spend time with family. It may not be a bad idea to assess your ongoing saving schemes to ensure they are headed in the right direction. Towards the end of the week, you could travel on account of work. Married life will remain harmonious and it may not be a bad idea to take stock of pending family matters. By and large, health will remain fine but infections relating to chest should not be ignored.
Tip of the week: Take everybody along
Lucky days: Monday, Tuesday


At the beginning of the week, you may be bogged down by financial worries. There can be additional expenditure related to health which may cause anxiety and stress. However, by the middle of the week, you will regain your composure and will be able to take decisions to improve your monetary health. Towards the second half of the week, you will be able to repay debts. Any outstanding payment is likely to be recovered which will increase your liquidity. This is a good time to consider a change of job and you might hear positive news in this regard by the end of the week. Health will need supervision especially during the initial part of the week. Sensitive areas include eyes, throat and respiratory tract. Students appearing for competitive exams will perform better than expected. Any form of physical workout will help improve your well-being.
Tip of the week: Plan your savings
Lucky days: Thursday, Friday


The beginning of the week will bring good news pertaining to finances. There could be inflow of additional income by way of recovery of pending payment, improvement in stock value or gift from a loved one. You will become more structured and disciplined in your approach. Your efforts will be recognised by your seniors at work. A positive outcome can be expected by those who have recently appeared for a job interview. Due to a hectic professional life, you may not be able to spend quality time with your family. Towards the middle of the week, you could face some health concerns relating to lungs and feet. Your interest in spirituality will increase and you are likely to delve deeper in your quest to explore the unknown. Relationships with your spouse and siblings may need to be addressed on priority and any differences should be managed effectively.
Tip of the week: Structure your thoughts
Lucky days: Monday, Tuesday


This will be a satisfying week professionally, especially for those working abroad or looking for foreign collaborations. You will receive active support from friends and colleagues and you may participate in a social gathering this week. You are heading for a positive phase in your career and all your past efforts will be adequately rewarded shortly. Gain through stock investment is indicated during the middle of the week. The health of your mother may be a cause for concern, but family bond shall remain strong. Your spouse will remain cooperative and committed towards your goals. Towards the end of the week, you could face health issues relating to stomach and gall bladder. An active love life is on the cards this week and the relationship is likely to gain strength in future. Donation or charity in any form will help bring in positivity.
Tip of the week: Look for new opportunities
Lucky days: Thursday, Friday


In the initial part of the week, you may face unnecessary hurdles and obstacles in your path. You may have to put in extra effort to realise your goals and ambitions. Journeys undertaken during this week may not be fruitful and may take a physical toll. On the family front, there could be a difference of opinion with your father. Additionally, you may not be able to express your feelings and emotions which may not give you the desired satisfaction in personal relationships. Relief will be in sight from the middle of the week. Those looking for new career opportunities are likely to witness a positive development. Those in business are likely to garner profits. You could look at additional investments to expand business. Married life will continue to remain a sour point and your spouse’s health could cause worry. You will continue to evolve in your love life and strengthen the existing bond further.
Tip of the week: Wait for the right time
Lucky days: Monday, Tuesday


From the onset of the week, you are likely to face financial difficulties. You are advised to reassess your savings and take decisions as per available resources. Do not trust anyone blindly and keep your financial secrets safe, else you may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation. Your spouse will continue to be your pillar of strength. There will be gradual improvement in your situation from the middle of the week. You could participate in religious functions. Eligible natives are likely to come across suitable proposals. Students will be able to overcome obstacles in studies. There will be further improvement in your situation towards the end of the week. You could be presented with an opportunity to increase your income. On the health front, a balanced diet will go a long way in protecting you from ailments relating to stomach and digestion. Indulgence in yoga and meditation will be beneficial.
Tip of the week: Avoid trusting people blindly
Lucky days: Wednesday, Thursday


This will be an auspicious week for those involved in business. New partnerships could be formed and important business decisions could be taken. A new job opportunity could knock on your door during the initial part of the week. Those involved in metal trading, chemicals and petroleum products will see added profits. Natives looking to get married will receive suitable proposals this week and a positive outcome is on the anvil. During the middle of the week, you could face some health problems relating to respiration and nervous system. You may remain insecure about your relationships and find it difficult to trust your partner. Your emotional quotient is expected to be high this week, hence you are advised to keep your guard up to avoid being hurt. On the positive side, friends will remain supportive and a valuable advice from a near one could turn out to be positive in the long run.
Tip of the week: Keep your guard up
Lucky days: Saturday, Sunday


Health and well-being will remain your key priority areas this week. There could be stress and anxiety due to additional workload which can impact your health. Do not worry as you will be able to catch up on pending items in the later part of the week. On the positive side, sudden gain through prudent speculation is indicated. This is also a good time to obtain a new loan. Your married life will be harmonious and your spouse will stand by your side during any adverse situation. From the middle of the week, your career prospects will brighten up and there could be new job offers or business tie-ups which will elevate your status in the long run. This is a good time to repay your existing debt. However, you are advised to be cautious in making new investment decisions towards the end of the week. Health issues relating to neck, collar bone and limbs may need attention.
Tip of the week: Stay in the present
Lucky days: Wednesday, Thursday


All your pending tasks are likely to be completed this week. An increment or gain of position is expected for professionals. Profit and income from shares, lottery or prudent market investment can turn out to be profitable. Students will remain fully devoted to their studies and will taste success in competitive exams. In the middle part of the week, there could be quarrels within the family over property matters which can disturb your peace of mind. This is also the time when you could face health issues, especially those relating to the groin region. Nonetheless, you are likely to obtain support from your maternal relations. Towards the end of the week, there could be minor disputes with your loved one. But professionally, you will be well appreciated by your seniors. New business partnerships could flourish.
Tip of the week: It is time to shine
Lucky days: Monday, Tuesday


This week, you are likely to spend a lot of time with your family. The health of your mother can prove to be worrisome and adequate medical intervention is advised, as and when required. Those willing to sell property may find prospective buyers, but you are advised against finalising the deal till the beginning of next week. Those in government position may receive transfer orders. Professionally, an innovative approach will improve productivity and you shall be able to execute your plans and ideas in the desired manner. During the middle part of the week, your children’s education will keep you busy. Existing investments will offer you good gains. But relation with spouse may deteriorate as ego clashes can lead to breakdown in communication. You shall remain prone to ill health and ailments concerning lower abdomen and spine must not be taken casually.
Tip of the week: Do things differently
Lucky days: Wednesday, Thursday


This week, you will be adequately rewarded for your efforts. You need to stay proactive and undertake calculated risks to further your career prospects. Use of new forms of technology could be a boon to expand your business. You are likely to be on the move this week. A short travel is indicated in the early part of the week which will provide you additional exposure. Gains can also be expected from foreign sources in the form of new investments in your business. Siblings and friends are likely to remain supportive and you will share an affectionate relationship with them. Towards the middle of the week, expenditure on household work is indicated. Any investment decision relating to real estate should be postponed. Towards the end of the week, you will remain involved with your children as they may face some minor health issues. Your health will remain guarded.
Tip of the week: Be proactive
Lucky days: Friday, Saturday


This week, you will be able to multiply your income which will increase your savings. You could receive funds through sale of immovable asset which will improve your monetary status. You are also likely to get relief from previous loans and liabilities. During the middle of the week, you are likely to experience positive developments at your workplace. During the later part of the week, you are likely to meet new friends and indulge in recreational activities which will help you rejuvenate. However, some dispute with your sibling is likely and you are advised to be transparent in documentation work. You are likely to acquire a dominating nature which may not go down too well with your spouse, which can spoil your peace of mind. Pay heed to the advice of elderly family members. Problems related to teeth and eyes must not be ignored.
Tip of the week: Engage in recreation
Lucky days: Wednesday, Thursday

(Neeraj Dhankher is an astrologer with proficiency in Vedic, KP and Nadi Astrology. He is Founder and CEO of Astro Zindagi. The observations are made by the writer based on his own analysis)

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A Taste of Countryside of Philadelphia’s Wine Trails



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The vibrant hue of bold red. The floral nose of a crisp white. The dedicated art of winemakers who pour their heart, soul and experience into every bottle.
When you go wine tasting it’s not about sipping and savouring…although it’s certainly an enjoyable part of the day. It’s about experiencing a year-long process fueled by passion and literally getting a taste of craftsmanship.

The gentle rolling hills, deep well-drained soils, and moderate climate combine to make the Countryside of Philadelphia one of the premier grape growing regions of the East Coast. Several vintners have joined together to establish three wine trails in Philadelphia’s Countryside: The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail (35 miles from Center City) bridges Chester County wineries. The Bucks County Wine Trail (35 miles from Center City) unites wineries just north of Philadelphia. And The Montgomery County Wine Trail (25 miles from Center City) runs northwest of the city.

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

Beautiful estate vineyards in the rolling hills of Chester County, PA. Charming tasting rooms and barrel-aging cellars filled with premium wines that showcase the unique terroir of the region. Spanning scenic southeastern Pennsylvania between historic Philadelphia and the Amish countryside outside Lancaster, the six wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are located within an easy drive of one another (within a 50 mile radius). Wine Trail wineries include Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard, Kreutz Creek Vineyards and Paradocx Vineyard.

All wineries are open year round for your enjoyment. So come visit the tasting rooms and learn more about the unique characteristics of Brandywine Valley Wine Country!

The Bucks County Wine Trail

The formation of a Bucks County Wine Trail was initially considered in 2003, with several Bucks County, Pennsylvania wineries pooling time, resources and ideas. They incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2004. Additional wineries opened in the county or joined, and today they comprise seven wineries.
The Bucks County Wine Trail comprises seven local wineries: Bishop Estate Vineyard and Winery; Buckingham Valley Vineyards; Crossing Vineyards and Winery; Rose Bank Winery; Rushland Ridge Vineyards; Sand Castle Winery; and Wycombe Vineyards.
Every winery has its own operating hours, unique tasting experiences, applicable per person tasting fees and, in some cases, special events and on-site tours. There is not a trail-wide ticket available to tour all of the wineries. Instead, we invite guests to visit our wineries at their leisure. Many of the wineries can assist you in arranging a tour with a bus or travel company if you so desire.

See how wine is produced. Talk with the people who make it happen. Tour the cool wine cellars. Experience history in the making.

The Montgomery County Wine Trail

With only four wineries, the Montgomery County Wine Trail is Pennsylvania’s smallest wine trail and the region’s newest. Each of the four wineries coexist alongside old stone houses, 18th-century taverns and lush golf courses.
The trail features more than 30 varieties of wine, including Reserve Reds, French Hybrid Whites, 100% Fruit Wines (no added flavors), Meads (Honey Wines), ciders, dessert wines and also amazing Port wines.
The wine trail wineries are in farmers markets like Lansdale, Glenside and Ambler. At Cardinal Hollow Winery,you can learn about how grapes are grown, harvested, processed and handled on the way to becoming wine whereas at Stone & Key Cellars, you can enhance your appreciation for fine wine and winemaking tradition with hands-on experience at a modern winery.

No matter where you are in the countryside, you are not more than 45 minutes from a winery.

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