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Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing: Study

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Watching high-quality programmes on nature on TV can uplift one’s mood, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors, say researchers.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, shows that experiencing nature in virtual reality could have even larger benefits, boosting positive feelings and increasing people’s connection to the natural world.

Our results show that simply watching nature on TV can help to lift people’s mood and combat boredom,” said study author Nicky Yeo from the University of Exeter in the UK.

“With people around the world facing limited access to outdoor environments because of Covid-19 quarantine, this study suggests that nature programmes might offer an accessible way for populations to benefit from a ‘dose’ of digital nature,” Yeo added.

Under laboratory conditions, the researchers first induced feelings of boredom in 96 participants by asking them to watch a video in which a person describes their work at an office supply company.

They then experienced scenes of an underwater coral reef in one of three different ways: on TV; in a VR headset using 360-degree video, and in a VR headset using computer-generated interactive graphics.

The team found that all viewing methods minimised negative feelings such as sadness, as well as significantly reducing boredom.

However, only the interactive virtual reality experience led to an increase in positive feelings, such as happiness, and strengthened how connected people felt to nature.

The research team believes the findings could have important implications for populations facing extended periods at home.

“We’re particularly excited by the additional benefits immersive experiences of nature might provide. Virtual reality could help us to boost the wellbeing of people who can’t readily access the natural world, such as those in a hospital or in long term care,” the study authors wrote.

“But it might also help to encourage a deeper connection to nature in healthy populations, a mechanism which can foster more pro-environmental behaviour and prompt people to protect and preserve nature in the real world,” they noted.

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Rajasthan govt hikes penalty on gathering of more than 100 people at marriages

A total of 603 cases were reported in Jaipur while 414 in Jodhpur, 210 in Ajmer, 271 in Alwar, 131 in Bhilwara, 240 in Kota, 100 in Pali and 184 in Udaipur.

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Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday announced to increase the penalty on gathering of more than 100 people at marriages from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

Chairing a meeting to review the steps taken to contain COVID spread in the state, he said administration and police personnel should take rounds in the market to ensure all due protocols are being followed with due care in reference to night curfew announced on Saturday as well as to ensure that set number of people’s limit is not crossed.

The wedding organisers should also be updated in this context that more than 100 people are not permitted in the wedding function, he added.

District collectors, superintendents of police and other senior officials have been given responsibility to ensure night curfew norms are maintained in eight districts as announced and not more than 100 people are gathered in the crowd. Every person should wear masks and social distancing norms should also be followed, the Chief Minister said.

Notably, the state government announced night curfew in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Alwar, Udaipur, Alwar and Ajmer.

Also the penalty for those not wearing masks was increased to Rs 500 from Rs 200 on Saturday.

The Chief Minister on Sunday said that the state government’s major objective is to save lives of people.

On Sunday, a total of 3,260 new COVID cases and 17 deaths were reported.

A total of 603 cases were reported in Jaipur while 414 in Jodhpur, 210 in Ajmer, 271 in Alwar, 131 in Bhilwara, 240 in Kota, 100 in Pali and 184 in Udaipur.

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Justin Bieber curious about Covid scenario in India

While the video is not clear and is not audible properly due to connection issues, Riyaz replied: “Covid is still going on. Like, a crazy thing is going on.”

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Mumbai: Pop star Justin Bieber is curious about the Covid situation in India, and whether people are wearing masks.

Recently, Bieber held a live session on Instagram, and was joined by Indian Tik Tok star Riyaz Aly. Among other things, they discussed India’s situation during the pandemic.

Bieber, who joined in from home in the US, asked Riyaz: “What’s Covid looking like over there?”

While the video is not clear and is not audible properly due to connection issues, Riyaz replied: “Covid is still going on. Like, a crazy thing is going on.”

To this, Bieber admitted: “Yes, it is pretty crazy.”

He asked if people are wearing masks, to which Riyaz said: “yes”.

“Damn!” Bieber exclaimed.

Bieber recently released his song “Monster” with Shawn Mendes.

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Doctor commits suicide over wife’s affair

The police reached the hospital and took the body in its custody for medical examination. Further investigation is on in the case.

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Gurugram: A doctor, who worked in a prominent hospital in Gurugram, has allegedly committed suicide by injecting himself with poison at his flat on Saturday over his wife’s alleged extramarital affair, the police said.

A complaint was filed against the deceased’s wife by his father, Vinod Sodhi, at Sector-50 police station in Gurugram.

The deceased has been identified as Manuj Sodhi (47), a native of Bhiwadi in Rajasthan.

Sodhi was living with his wife Monika and children in Orchid Petals Society at Sector-49 here. The couple had a love marriage around 22 years ago.

Victim’s father in his complaint said that Monika is a teacher in a renowned school in Gurugram.

“Manuj had informed us about Monika having an affair with someone for last three years. Tensed over his wife’s affair, he injected himself with poison,” Vinod said in his complaint.

“The neighbour saw him unconcious and rushed him to the doctor before calling the police. He was declared brought dead by the doctors,” Vinod added.

The police reached the hospital and took the body in its custody for medical examination. Further investigation is on in the case.

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