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UN Secretary General Guterres visits Golden Temple

The UN chief, who was accompanied by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, was taken around the shrine complex and the ‘Langar Hall’, the largest community kitchen in the world.



Antonio Guterres visits Golden Temple

Amritsar, Oct 3 : United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday visited Amritsar’s Golden Temple complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines Harmandir Sahib is located.

Guterres, the first UN head to have visited the shrine, offered prayers at the holy temple.

“I want to express my deep respect for the religion of the Sikh people and this wonderful Golden Temple, in which the spirit of peace and tolerance is present. I prayed here as a Catholic but, all people, from all religions in the world, can pray in this holy place,” Guterres said.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres eats langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Oct 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

“There are unfortunately not many temples in the world where this is possible, and this makes me feel very happy to be here and very proud to be invited. And, at the same time, it increases my admiration for the Sikh communities everywhere: the Sikh community in India, the Sikh community in my part of the world, in Europe, in North America, everywhere where Sikhs are contributing to the development of our world,” he said.

The UN chief, who was accompanied by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, was taken around the shrine complex and the ‘Langar Hall’, the largest community kitchen in the world.

Guterres, who sported a white cloth to cover his head, appreciated the work being done at the shrine complex.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres eats langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Oct 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

“I want to express to my hosts my deep gratitude and wish you all the best – to the wonderful practice that the Golden Temple represents, receiving everybody, sharing with everybody the food, but, more than the food, sharing this wonderful spirit of peace, of harmony, of understanding that we badly need in today’s world,” he said.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials accompanied the visiting dignitary.


Diwali 2018: Make smart jewellery choice this season



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New Delhi, Oct 23: As Diwali is nearing, make smart jewellery choices for the ceremonies, parties, lunches and dinners ranging from small rings, earrings to heavy necklaces.

Darshan Dave, founder of Diosa Jewels gives some options.

* ‘Silver’ is the new gold: Being an element of rituals, gold has always been considered more valuable than other metals. But, what makes silver a smarter choice is the fact that it goes with gemstones like topaz, ruby, pearls, amber and marcasite. Despite being a low maintenance metal, beauty still favours silver. This festive season, don’t fall prey to buying gold. Instead, invest in a smarter choice, invest in silver.

* Diamond simulant: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend but they come at a hefty price. Use your money effectively and invest in diamond simulants over real diamonds.

Saroja Yeramilli, CEO and Founder, Melorra, also has some inputs to share.

* Layering: Spending money on one big piece of jewellery which complements only festive wear is a waste. Rather, buy multiple pieces of traditional and contemporary jewellery. Multiple layering with different accessories can give you a grand look without making it seem over the top.

* Complete the set: Do you have a piece of jewellery gifted to you recently? If yes, then complete your look by opting for other pieces that will complement the one you have. For instance, if you have a necklace, you can try matching it with a beautiful pair of earrings and a bracelet.

* Gifting option: Deciding a gift for your close ones is always a tedious task during the festive season. Try something different this year and gift contemporary and trendy jewellery that will add value to their wardrobes. Women today prefer dressing smart and unique and lightweight pieces.

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Father’s exercise can boost kids’ health in adulthood



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New York, Oct 23: For men planning to start a family, hitting the gym can help their children with a healthy metabolism.

While the diet and exercise habits of a pregnant woman can have an impact on the health of her baby, a new study on mice suggests that lifestyle practices of fathers prior to conception too can affect children’s health in adulthood.

The findings explored that paternal exercise had a significant impact on the metabolic health of offspring well into their adulthood.

Offsprings from mice who exercised showed improved glucose metabolism, decreased body weight and a decreased fat mass in adulthood.

On the other hand, the sedentary male mice that fed on a high-fat diet passed along the traits of poor metabolic health and higher glucose intolerance.

However, exercise was found to mitigate the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, the researchers said.

“This work is an important step in learning about metabolic disease and prevention at the cellular level,” said K. Craig Kent, from Ohio State University in the US.

“Offspring from the dads fed a high-fat diet fared worse, so they were more glucose intolerant. But exercise negated that effect. When the dad exercised, even on a high-fat diet, we saw improved metabolic health in their adult offspring,” added Kristin Stanford, a researcher from the varsity.

Importantly, exercise was found to change the genetic expression of the father’s sperm that suppresses poor dietary effects and transfer to the offspring, the researchers noted in the paper published in the journal Diabetes.

Development of Type-2 diabetes and impaired metabolic health have been linked to parents’ poor diet, and there is increasing evidence that fathers play an important role in obesity and metabolic programming of their offspring.

“We’re now determining if both parents exercising has even greater effects to improve metabolism and overall health of offspring. If translated to humans, this would be hugely important for the health of the next generation,” said Laurie Goodyear, postdoctoral student from the Joslin Diabetes Centre in the US.


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Wear your fashion statement in 2019



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Discover the trends and take note of the men, women and children’s clothes and accessories to wear in 2019.

Top off your look in 2019 with this statement style. There will be some retro trends that will emerge back in 2019 as every 30 years. Trends this season will be celebrating more individuality and self-expression. Also, the unconventional forms of tailoring will go more popular in 2019. Now a day along with women, men and kids also have their own fashion sense and follow the trends. Below are some of the fashion trends that will be seen more in fashion in 2019.

Men’s style -wear in 2019

Men will look their best with joggers and ankle fit trousers that will be in trend in 2019. The fabric that will look best for men chanderi, silk, pashmina really work well for different forms respectively. Men are also known to have become conscious about their looks as the jewelry they wear. For men the rose gold chunky dialled watches, knitted leather strap bracelets, quirky tiepins and cufflinks, fancy eyeglasses, matching wallet and leather belts will be in fashion and that they will love to flaunt.

Women’s style- wear in 2019

Women will be wearing high waist pants with tucked in blouses, flare pants with kaalidars. Ladies will be using more of georgette; crepes are flattering for formal wear, chanderi, modal satin for semiformal and casual cotton and mull in their fabrics. Women are fond of accessories and jewelry as much as they are of clothes, the uncut jewelry for traditional wear will be a hot favourite for women in 2019. And diamond studded or geometric bold motifs in metal form – earrings, cocktail rings, etc. will also be seen worn of more.

Kids Style – wear in 2019

For kids, the best fabrics are the skin friendly and soft fabrics that are ideal. In kids wear brands have to care more about the quality, safety, and sustainability. The fabric used mostly for kids wear has to be organic and natural. Bold floral colors look good on kids and they will be in fashion too. Shades of burnt-orange, tan, mustard, copper etc. look very nice on kids. Also, now a day’s combination of these colors is in fashion. Sometimes even a mismatch of warm and cool colors with bold colours will look good and be in fashion too.

Asymmetric tunics and Kurtas in traditional wear for both men and women will be in fashion. As per Pantone colour forecast, the trend-setting colours for men, women and kids will be burnt orange, deep red, saffron, coral, fuxia pink, leaf green, golden yellow, and navy blue.

Benita Vira Sahani,(Cofounder of Studio CASA 9) says that, “Some of the must-haves in 2019 in the wardrobe will be classic straight fit blue denim also chinos are growing trends nowadays, a white shirt, a black formal shirt for men is must, some are opting for silk floral print and large texture to play the summer vibes; women will be knee-length dresses or skirts for western formals, classic straight fit tunics and pencil pants for traditional occasions. Fashion is no more just about wearing good clothes but also have the perfect footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle etc. Your fashion should be your style statement, be in trend in 2019 and look and feel the best for inside and outside too.”

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