Practising yoga can boost muscle strength and balance in older adults as well as improve mental wellbeing, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK reviewed 22 studies that had investigated the effects of yoga on physical and mental wellbeing in older adults. The yoga programmes varied in length from one month to seven months, and duration of sessions ranged from 30 to 90 minutes. Statistical analysis combined the results of the studies to see the effects of yoga compared with no activity, and compared to other activities such as walking and chair aerobics. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive”A large proportion of older adults are inactive, and do not meet the balance and muscle strengthening recommendations set by government and international health organisations,” said researchers from University of Edinburgh. “Based on this study, we can conclude that yoga has great potential to improve important physical and psychological outcomes in older adults. Yoga is a gentle activity that can be modified to suit those with age-related conditions and diseases,” they added. The researchers found that people who practiced yoga had improved balance, flexibility, leg strength, depression, sleep quality, vitality and perceived mental and physical health – compared with no activity.
New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu says she feels secured as an actor in the film industry today but still has miles to go in order achieve her dream of becoming the quintessential Bollywood star. The 31-year-old actor says acting always keeps her on her toes and she absolutely welcomes it because she does not want to feel too relaxed. “I’m very secure as an actor, but not as a star. I don’t know where will I be sent back to if a couple of my films fail at the box office. But I think that is fine because it keeps me on my toes to find something new. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “If I start feeling too secure and comfortable, I might just relax, and then keep doing what I’m good at, knowing that it will work. So I think I’m fine with it not being that comfortable. That’s the joy of this profession, it keeps you on your toes,” Taapsee told PTI in an interview. Becoming a star is a work in progress, says the actor, who wants that in future audiences should be able to identify a film just by her name and she has been working towards it by delivering critically-praised performances in films such as “Mulk”, “Manmarziyaan”, “Badla” and her latest “Game Over”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I don’t identify myself being the star still because I feel the definition of being a star is that people just blindly trust you and spend money at the box office for you. Audiences do that for the Khans (Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir), they just go and watch their films blindly. “So I’m waiting for the day that happens for me where I consider myself to be a star. Before that, I’m just an actor who is trying to make interesting films. I hope that one fine day people will identify my choices to be worth their time and money.” Taapsee says she will continue to experiment with different roles as she is trying to build a “niche for myself”. “I think people, in the industry and even outside, now believe that I can pull off good performances. So that way, I’m a little secure because that is not in the question.” Besides many critically-acclaimed turns, Taapsee has also starred in commercial hits like “Judwaa 2” and more recently “Badla”. The actor says box office numbers do matter to her as that is the only way she can gauge the mood of the audiences regarding her performance in a film. “It is just show business. If my film makes money, more films will be made, and more people will trust me with their money. And that’s how we work. So it needs to make money. “I can be happy about the critics and thankful to them that they have validated me time and again, but eventually everything comes down to the amount of money the film collects at the box office. That’s what eventual success and failure is all about,” Taapsee says. “Game Over”, a psychological thriller, released countrywide on Friday.
Beijing: The Chinese military has tested an unmanned transport plane that successfully delivered cargo at a designated area, making it a future prospect for airdropping cargo through parachutes in real battle conditions, official media here reported on Monday. Jointly held by the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the aerial delivery exercise took place recently in Zhangye, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, China Central Television (CCTV) reported. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe exercise featured an unmanned single-engine biplane, the designation of which was not revealed, as it carried a cargo of military supplies and successfully airdropped it into a target zone, according to the CCTV report. This is the first time China has conducted a parachuted aerial delivery of cargo weighing more than 500 kilograms on a flight distance of more than 500 kms with an unmanned transport aircraft, CCTV quoted Li Ruixing, the president of the PLA National Defence University’s joint logistics academy as saying. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”We explored a new model of military cargo delivery in joint combat as well as in strategic and tactical logistics support,” Li said. Since transport planes usually do not need to make intense and complicated manoeuvres like fighter jets, even heavier cargo delivery missions could become unmanned if this technology becomes mature, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times. Airdrops often take place within the range of hostile anti-aircraft fire, so being unmanned lowers risk to life, the expert said. The exercise also means that the Chinese military now has the first large unmanned equipment in its logistics arsenal, the CCTV report said, noting that the mission was carried out on a plateau with a complicated terrain. “The exercise met our expected objective. It is very significant for our unmanned logistics chain in future warfare,” said Bi Guangyuan, executive director of the exercise, CCTV reported. Chinese military analysts predicted that more unmanned transport aircraft could join the army’s logistics arsenal for long-range and heavy delivery in the future, state-run Global Times reported.
New Delhi: It was a hot morning in Delhi on Tuesday with the minimum temperature settling at 30 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle later in the day, which is likely to bring some relief form the heat. The humidity in the morning was recorded at 50 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 40 degrees Celsius, a meteorological department official said. The maximum and minimum temperature on Monday were recorded at 41.6 and 30.6 degrees Celsius respectively.
New Delhi: Some parts of the national capital got a drizzle on Thursday morning but it did not bring the mercury level down. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), rainfall of 2.4 mm was registered in the Ridge area. Thursday is expected to be cloudy and there are prediction of light rains across the city. The monsoon, already delayed, is expected to reach Delhi around Sunday. However, the maximum temperature on Thursday is expected to be 39.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature is likely remain over 31.2 degrees Celsius, three notches higher. Relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 63 per cent. On Wednesday too, the mercury levels touched 39.4 degrees Celsius.
Tokyo: A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 24 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, with flames gutting the building in the city of Kyoto. Police said the fierce blaze appeared to have been started deliberately but there was no immediate information on a possible motive. The toll continued to climb hours after the fire began, with fire department officials saying bodies were being discovered as they searched the ravaged building. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang A fire department official told AFP that at least 11 more people had been found “in cardio-respiratory arrest,” a term used in Japan to signify a victim’s death before it is officially certified. The discoveries, on the building’s second floor and a stairwell leading to the roof, raised the toll to at least 24 dead. Officials said 35 people had also been injured in the fire, 10 of whom were in serious condition, and local media said around 70 people were believed to have been in the building when the fire started. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump Footage of the blaze showed thick white smoke pouring from the windows of the three-storey building. Its facade was charred black on much of one side where the flames had shot out of the windows. The fire department said it began receiving calls around 10:35 am (0135 GMT) about the fire at the studio belonging to Kyoto Animation. “Callers reported having heard a loud explosion from the first floor of Kyoto Animation and seeing smoke,” a fire department spokesman said. Police said they were still investigating the cause of the fire but it was a suspected arson attack. “A man threw a liquid and set fire to it,” a Kyoto prefectural police spokesman told AFP. Public broadcaster NHK reported that a man had been detained in connection with the blaze and was later taken to hospital for treatment. It reported that the suspect had poured a gasoline-like substance around the building and said “drop dead” as he set fire to it. “I heard two loud bangs, they sounded like explosions,” a man told NHK. “The fire was raging hard. I saw red flames flaring.” A woman living nearby told Kyodo news agency she had seen at least one injured person outside the building. “A person with singed hair was lying down and there were bloody footprints,” the 59-year-old told the local news outlet. There was no immediate statement from the studio, which produced several well-known television anime series, including “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” and “K-ON!” “We are in the process of learning what happened,” said a woman who answered the phone at the firm’s headquarters in Uji City in the Kyoto region. “We cannot tell you anything more,” she added. The blaze prompted an outpouring of support from those in Japan’s anime industry, one of the country’s best known cultural exports. “No, I don’t know what I should be thinking now,” tweeted Yutaka Yamamoto, an animation director who once worked at Kyoto Animation. “Why, why, why?” Japan has a famously low crime rate, with violent crime very rare. Arson is considered a serious crime and people convicted of deliberately setting fires in a country where many people still live in wooden houses can face the death penalty. A man convicted of setting a fire that killed 16 people in Osaka in 2008 is currently on death row.
New Delhi: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the government intends to make India a hub of domestic and international arbitration by bringing in changes in law for faster resolution of commercial disputes . Prasad was speaking after moving the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill Act, 2019 that seeks to make changes in the existing law of 1996. The minister said the amendment bill has been prepared on the basis of recommendations of a high-powered committee, which held consultations with all stakeholders. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThis Bill was cleared by Lok Sabha in August 2018 but could not be passed by Rajya Sabha. The bill lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. The minister also moved the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019. Initiating the debate on the two Bills together, Prasad said the changes in law are for establishing Arbitration Council of India headed by retired judges. The minister said after the amendments are approved, one can straight away go for arbitration and there would be no need to go to courts for initiating the process. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepPrasad said a provision has been made for timeframe. Six months would be for claim and defence from the date the arbitrator receives the notice of appointment. Arbitration must be completed in 12 months. “The two legislations are order of the day to take India forward,” the minister said. The amendment bill will facilitate in achieving the goal of improving, institutional arbitration by establishing an independent body to lay down standards, make arbitration process more friendly and cost-effective, and ensure timely disposal of cases. It provides for setting up of an independent body — Arbitration Council of India (ACI) — to frame arbitral institution and accredit arbitrators by laying down norms. The ACI would be mandated to frame rules on how institutions would be graded, norms to be followed, monitoring of quality and performance, and would also encourage training of arbitrators.