Swallowing a pill without water can be harmful!

This is what happens if you swallow a pill without water – A lot of us have swallowed a pill, failing to find a source of water. But would you still do the same if you knew that this can actually be deterimental to your overall health? Yes, swallowing a pill without water is not normal. It can actually be fatal. Here we tell you why – HARMS THE ESOPHAGUS: When you swallow a pill without water, you cause harm to your esophagus. This is because the pill or tablet can cause a minor tear while passing through the esophagus. PILL CAN GET STUCK: The pill can cause irritation and inflammation in the esophagus. This can lead to heartburn and chest pain and even bleeding. This also depends on the size of the pill or tablet that your are taking. NO PAIN NERVES: There are no pain nerves in the esophagus. Hence, feeling any immediate pain is difficult. This is an issue, since you do not know whether the pill has gone all the way down. The esophagus is made up of delicate tissue and can be damaged if the pill gets stuck. This can lead to severe dehydration and even painful bleeding. ULCER IN THE ESOPHAGUS: If swallowing pills without water is a regular practice, then it can result in ulcers in the esophagus. A study from the Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology states that any kind of drug can cause ulceration in the esophagus. Even easily chewable vitamin C tabs can cause issues and hence it is better to swallow them with water or dissolve them in your saliva first and then swallow. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO: Drink your tablet or pill with a glass of water or two. In an entire day, if you consume a minimum of eight glasses of water, then chances of harming your esophagus are less. You should also swallow pills standing up or sitting down, never take them while lying down.

Kia Motors inaugurates 5 acre training center at its Anantpur Plant

This course is designed by Kia Motors for anyone who wishes to work in the automobile sector at the entry level shop floor workmen position. Kia Motors India (KMI), a subsidiary of Kia Motor Corporation, South Korea has inaugurated a 5 acre training facility at its upcoming Anantpur plant. The company also introduced a Basic Technical Course (BTC) in automobiles for skill development, according to a company statement. This course is designed by Kia Motors for anyone who wishes to work in the automobile sector at the entry level shop floor workmen position. The collaboration sees KMI partner with AP State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) as a part its contribution to Skill India initiative by the Government of India. As a part of the course various batches of trainees will simultaneously undergo a five day BTC training for which Kia has designed 20 workstations which will provide the basic technical skills required. These work stations like Hand tool Identification, Curved surface sealant, Wheel Installation amongst others have been designed keeping in view various aspects of the production line and department specific requirements such as Assembly, Paint, Body shop, Press shop etc. The course runs in two segments theory & practical training and testing. The annual training capacity with respect to BTC is around 2000 members. The first training started on 20th June 2018. The facility also houses an extensive auditorium with a capacity of seating 400 people, this will be used for training purposes. Speaking on the course, Kookhyun Shim, MD & CEO, Kia Motors India said, “The auto industry is evolving at a fast pace and to match the advanced technology, we need to constantly upgrade the skills of our manpower by providing them a platform that offers training modules. This training center will not only provide the relevant knowledge but also empower them to be skilled technicians who can then apply for jobs at Kia Motors and our vendor companies. We, at Kia Motors India are happy to share that by the end of 2018, more than 2,000 youth will be trained and a large number of them will be working for us in the future as well. I would like to add that we have received more than 4,000 applications for 600 vacancies to begin with.”

GST Council- New Powerful Policymaker

The GST Council has resolved more than a hundred issues, including tax rate-cut, to help consumers and has emerged as a powerful new entity in the country’s policymaking landscape. The rollout of GST in July last year witnessed the setting up of the council, tasked with overseeing implementation of the ambitious tax reform measure. Experts said the new entity, which is a constitutional body, has also helped in furthering the cause of “cooperative federalism”.  The council, which is headed by the finance minister, has state finance ministers as representatives and was set up with a large mandate, covering all aspect of the landmark tax reform measure, including recommending taxes, cesses and act as a dispute resolution body. “Till date, 27 meetings of the GST Council have been held. People of different ideologies, states sit together and all decisions till date have been taken with consensus,” PM Narendra Modi has said highlighting the impact of the decision-making body. “I would like to give maximum credit for successful implementation of GST to the states. It is the finest example of cooperative federalism,” Modi has said. Tax experts said the council has managed to evolve consensus on contentious issues and has helped resolve problems that emerged due to the glitches linked to the tax rollout. “The GST Council has been able to forge a consensus during the implementation stage on a range of critical issues including rates, compliance and policy. Several issues that have cropped up after the launch of GST have been addressed in a consultative manner during almostmonthly meetings. The changes made and clarifications provided have enabled businesses to make ongoing changes in their models and handle challenges posed by a multi-dimensional reform like GST,” said M S Mani, partner at Deloitte India.

OnePlus has good news for older OnePlus phone users

If you are using any old OnePlus smartphone like OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T then here’s some good news for you. The company has announced that it will provide Android security patches for an additional year. At present OnePlus rolls out Android updates for phones that were launched for a maximum of two years ago. Now, the company has extended support for Android security patches to three years. This means OnePlus phones that were launched three years ago will get Android security updates and bug fixes from the company for three years. However, OS updates will be available for two years only, sanme as now. The company has also included its latest flagship OnePlus 6 smartphone to provide additional support. This means the OnePlus 6 smartphone will be supported till 2021 with Android security fixes at least. “The OnePlus 6 users can be reassured that not only will their OnePlus 6 be as fast as the day they bought it, but it’ll also receive regular software updates for the next three years,” the company announced. OnePlus has recently announced the availability of its higher-end variant — featuring 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage — for its latest flagship smartphone OnePlus 6 in Midnight Black colour option at a price of Rs 43,999. OnePlus 6 specifications The OnePlus 6 smartphone sports a 6.28-inch FullHD+ Optic AMOLED screen of 1080×2280 pixels resolution with 19:9 aspect ratio and the infamous notch. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Oxygen OS and is backed by a 3300mAh battery. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. As for camera, the OnePlus 6 comes with a dual rear camera setup of comprising of a primary 16MP sensor (Sony IMX519 sensor with f/1.7 aperture) and a 20MP secondary sensor (Sony IM376K sensor with an f/1.7 aperture) along with 16MP front camera. 

Haryana initiates process to cancel 11 land registries in Manesar

The Haryana Government has initiated the process to cancel all the 11 registries of land in Manesar which were done against the judgment of the Supreme Court. The Haryana government has initiated the process to cancel all the 11 registries of land in Manesar which were done against the judgment of the Supreme Court. “Action will be taken against those involved in selling government land fraudulently. Also, the ‘Intekals’ which were registered have been cancelled,” Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said on Thursday. He said as per a March Supreme Court order, land was acquired in Manesar and the proprietary rights were given to the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp (HSIIDC). “However, the earlier owner sold this land to another person and got the registry done. Taking note of this, the state government, on the basis of a preliminary inquiry, suspended the Tehsildar, Kanungo and Patwari. “The Nayab Tehsildar has been chargesheeted and departmental proceedings are being carried out against him. Also, the services of data entry operator involved in this matter have been terminated,” Vinay Pratap Singh said. The Deputy Commissioner said that nearly 4,000 claims and objections were received from people living in Gurugram city after a survey was conducted to determine compensation for the constructions and properties falling within a radius of 300 meters of Ayudh Depot in Gurugram. Under the Defence Act, construction is prohibited within the 900 metre radius of an ammunition depot and a case regarding this was also under consideration in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. “The committee set up by the Central government has given in principle approval by reducing the restricted radius form 900 to 300 metres,”. On the order of the court, survey of the properties located within the 300 metre radius has been done by the municipal corporation to determine the compensation for them.

Water: How much is enough on a daily basis?

Much like the human body, water is an essential component of all foods and about 20% of our daily fluid requirement comes from food. Butter and oils are the only foods with no water.The newest trend sweeping sunny California is people drinking untreated ‘raw’ water from unfiltered sources packed with natural ions, minerals, chemicals and organic matter. The fad will, sooner than later, wreck their health. Along with ions and minerals, untreated water comes laced with bacteria, viruses, parasites, pesticides and heavy metals that cause nasty diarrhoea,dysentery, hepatitis A, cholera, typhoid and toxicities, among other diseases. Just as contaminated water sickens and kills, safe water saves lives. Safe and easily available water for drinking, domestic use and food production lowers disease to boost economic growth and lower poverty, according to the World Health Organization. Water is needed to carry nutrients to cells, moisten tissue, cushion joints, regulate body temperature and flush out toxins. Staying hydrated protects against colorectal and bladder cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Most people drink water when they’re thirsty, but in warm and humid weather, thirst is often not the best indicator of dehydration. So how much water should we drink every day? Water accounts for 55%-60% of the body’s weight, depending on gender. Much like the human body, water is an essential component of all foods and about 20% of our daily fluid requirement comes from food. Butter and oils are the only foods with no water. The water content is more than 90% in foods like milk and yoghurt, and in some fruits and green vegetables, such as watermelon, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce and spinach. Fruits like apples, grapes, oranges, pears and pineapple are 80% to 90% water, while beans and legumes have a water content ranging from 60% to 70%. Even dried fruits, seeds and nuts are 1% to 9% water. A normal healthy person needs about eight glasses (two litres) of water a day, which should go up in hot, sweaty weather and during vigorous activities, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research’s Dietary Guidelines for Indians. The tea, coffee, milk, yoghurt and whole foods you have will also help meet your hydration target, but water should be the fluid of choice. For people in the UK, the National Health Service recommends 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to prevent dehydration, while the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends 3.7 litres (15.5 glasses) of fluids for men and 2.7 litres (11.5 glasses) for women. Don’t substitute water with juices, even if they’re fresh and unsweetened, because they pack a lot of sugar and calories in each glass. While fresh fruit juices do have vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, they also have very high amounts of fruit sugars, which the World Health Organisation puts in the same category as harmful free sugars, the intake of which should not exceed 25 gm a day. A glass of fresh orange juice, for example, has 0.4 gm of fibre and 24 gm of sugar, compared to 1.5 gm of fibre and 10 gm of sugar in one whole orange. The sugar in a glass of fresh, unsweetened orange juice (24 gm) is almost the same as in a glass of the colas (26 gm). Coconut water contains potassium, which helps fight dehydration by increasing the body’s capacity to absorb and retain water and is particularly useful to hydrate people who are ill or very active. But since a 250 ml glass has 50 calories, using it as a substitute for zero-calorie water leads to weight gain. Dry and scaly skin, frequent muscle cramps and constipation are signs that you’re dehydrated, so watch out for signs now that the hot, wet weather will make seat a part of life in most part of the country.

PNB Housing Finance plans to raise Rs 10,000 crore through bonds

The board of directors of the company in a meeting held today approved the proposal of raising of funds by way of public issue of secured and /or unsecured non-convertible debentures for an amount up to Rs 10,000 crore: PNB Housing Finance on Tuesday said it plans to raise up to Rs 10,000 crore by issuing bonds through public issue. The board of directors of the company in a meeting held today approved the proposal of raising of funds by way of public issue of secured and /or unsecured non-convertible debentures for an amount up to Rs 10,000 crore, PNB Housing Finance said in a regulatory filing. The company said the money will be raised in one or more tranches. It is promoted by state-owned Punjab National Bank, which holds 32.96 per cent in the housing finance subsidiary. The rest of 67.04 per cent is owned by institutional investors, including mutual funds, venture capital funds, foreign portfolio investors; financial institutions and banks; individuals and foreign companies. The company had registered a rise of 58 per cent in its net profit at Rs 829.41 crore in fiscal ended March 2018. Total income during the year stood at Rs 5,516.96 crore. PNB Housing had disbursed Rs 33,195 crore loans during 2017-18, an increase of 61 per cent over the preceding fiscal year. Its asset under management stood at Rs 62,252 crore as on March 31, 2018.

Nitin Gadkari to meet top bankers on Friday to seek support for highway projects

The official said the ministry was in the process of awarding highway projects requiring Rs 1 lakh crore of capital under the hybrid annuity model, which will need support from banks. Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will meet the country’s top bankers in Mumbai on Friday where he will make a presentation on the performance of the highways sector in the past four years. Around 20 top bankers are likely to attend the meeting. “Banks have been reluctant to fund builders who are willing to take up project on public-private partnership. The minister will brief them about the pickup in the pace of highway construction and how there weren’t any more policy hurdles,” a road transport ministry official said . The official said the ministry was in the process of awarding highway projects requiring Rs 1 lakh crore of capital under the hybrid annuity model, which will need support from banks. “Under the hybrid annuity model, the government is bearing 40% of the cost of the project and there is no scope for builders to misuse the capital from banks or the project not being completed as per the timelines. No project is being awarded if 90% of the land is not available. We have to instil confidence in banks to start lending,” the official said. “Their money is safe as (toll) collection has been growing at around 10% annually. So, there is sustained cash flow when the project is completed on time.” Banks have shied away from investing in highway projects since 2013-14 when projects worth around Rs 4 lakh crore got stuck because of issues over land acquisition, environmental clearances and those related to contractors. Gadkari has claimed that he had been able to resolve most of these projects through several policy decisions and a one-time fund infusion from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). In the past four years, the government has mostly taken up projects on the engineering, procurement and construction model for which funds were provided through budgetary allocation and borrowings through NHAI bonds. The road transport and highways ministry has been able to construct a little less than 30,000 km of roads in the past four years, about 80% more than what was constructed during 2009-14. In the current financial year, the target for construction of national highways has been set at 15,000 km.

Instagram reportedly redesigns Explore tab

Days after reaching the one-billion users mark, Facebook-owned Instagram has reportedly started rolling out a redesigned Explore tab to its users. While there is no difference in the user interface of the new Explore tab, the recent addition is the presence of topic channels on the top such as “Animals”, “Photography” and more. As per a report from 9to5Mac, the redesigned Explore tab also comes with a new “For You” option that is said to list out “a collection of curated posts from other users, based on your interests and past behaviors.” Readers must note that this is the same update to the Explore tab that Facebook had announced for its photo-sharing platform Instagram at its annual developers’ conference F8. At the time of the announcement of this redesign, Instagram said in a blogpost, “People come to Explore every day to discover new ideas, people, and experiences. And now we’re excited to bring you a redesigned Explore that makes discovery even easier. Explore is still personalized for you, but the content is now organized into topic channels so you can browse across your interests and go deeper on any area you’d like.” At the time of Facebook F8 conference, the company had also announced that it will be rolling out AR camera effects for Instagram. “Using AR Studio, creators will be able to design unique, interactive camera experiences, including face filters and world effects, for their followers on Instagram,” said Facebook in a blogpost. Also Facebook announced video chat to be available in Instagram Direct for both one-on-one and group conversations. Recently, Instagram Stories feature got an update. Earlier this month Instagram announced that it will be bringing the shopping feature to Stories. As per Instagram, the Stories posts with a shoppable link will appear with a sticker of a shopping bag, and when the users tap on that, it will give them further details about the particular product. Instagram already has a dedicated shopping feature but with this announcement the firm is expanding the feature to more than just feeds.

Airtel Payments Bank can’t get new customers

Airtel’s Payments Bank been asked to stop registrations of new customers by the RBI, which has initiated an investigation into the company’s affairs, after it was caught signing up subscribers without their consent. The action follows a Rs 5-crore penalty that the regulator had slapped on the company in March for violating operating guidelines and Know Your Customer (KYC) norms. The action by the RBI signals mounting regulatory pressure for the telecom operator, which in December last year was also barred from using e-KYC (e-verification) by Aadhaar body UIDAI for surreptitiously on-boarding customers to its bank, while carrying out Aadhaar verification. The ban on carrying out eKYC — a faster way to register customers — still stays even after the company had paid a penalty of Rs 2.5 crore to UIDAI and apologised for the “unfortunate episode”. “Airtel has been asked not to accept new customers as the RBI investigates the matter. The central bank has taken a serious view of the lapse,” a top source told TOI. When contacted, an Airtel spokesperson said, “The queries raised by you are old matters that are already in the public domain. Airtel Payment Bank has not been on boarding new customers as per RBI directive since January 5, 2018. We have already shared all the details relating to our compliance with the authorities and are hopeful of a resolution at the earliest.” The RBI had slapped the fine after scrutinising Airtel Payments Bank’s documents relating to opening of accounts, and concluded that it had contravened “the operating guidelines for payments banks and directions issued by RBI on KYC norms.” The issue of unsolicited accounts had surfaced last year after government’s LPG subsidy worth nearly Rs 200 crore landed in Airtel Payments Bank accounts of beneficiaries instead of their regular bank accounts. TOI was the first to report on the UIDAI investigation in its edition dated November 30last year. Around 30 lakh customers were impacted, with many complaining that they had not signed up for Airtel Payments Bank, but had only initiated verification of their number with Aadhaar