New Delhi: Minister of State For Home Kiren Rijiju on Monday said people in India need to embrace cleanliness and discipline. "Cleanliness is intrinsic to societies in many countries. But in our country cleanliness, discipline and orderliness leaves much to be desired," the minister said here.
"Overcrowding and high population density cannot be an excuse to filthy living. What is required is a change in attitude in each person's personality," he said. Rijiju made the remarks while flagging off the 'Swachh Bharat, Swachh Himalaya' campaign of the Border Security Force (BSF).
The October 12-November 23 campaign includes a cycling expedition, white water rafting and trek to Garhwal Himalayas during which team members will remove garbage and waste materials from the glaciers. Rijiju, while lauding the BSF for undertaking the campaign as a part of its Golden Jubilee expedition, said: "Vigorous cleanliness campaigns need to be conducted before cleanliness becomes a way of life for us all."
Chandigarh : CM Parkash Singh Badal on Monday reiterated that the alliance state government was committed to ensuring the welfare of farmers and farm labourers
Chandigarh: Verifying the allegations of ‘sexual harassment’ against Radhe Maa police has constituted a SIT (Special Investigation Team).
Srinagar/Udhampur: Normal life in Kashmir was paralysed on Monday due to a strike called by traders’ bodies and supported by separatist groups.
New Delhi: Global financial services major Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Monday said Indian economy is recovering and can overtake overtake Brazil and Russia.
Actress Deepika Padukone says depression is not restricted to glamour and film world alone and can happen to anybody irrespective of the economic background.
New Delhi/Bengaluru/Panaji: (CBI) carried out searches at residential and official premises of Vijay Mallya and his company Kingfisher Airlines in five places in connection with default of over Rs 900cr.
Veteran Communist leader K P Sharma Oli was on Monday sworn in as Nepal’s 38th Prime Minister
Mumbai: Declining borrowing costs, improving employment outlook and availability of affordable housing projects are encouraging prospective home buyers to purchase new properties in 2015.
Agra: A two-day convention here of the country's anaesthesiologists has called for the community to transit to newer techniques and medications to avert problems.
Los Angeles: Reality TV star Kim Kardashian feels she might be suffering from gestational diabetes.
Washington: The US space agency is examining changes in both brain structure and function in astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) to determine how long it takes for them to recover after returning from space.
Previous research and first-hand reports suggest that humans have a harder time controlling physical movement and completing mental tasks in microgravity. Astronauts have experienced problems with balance and perceptual illusions - feeling as if, for example, they are switching back and forth between right-side-up and upside down.
NASA researchers are using both behavioural assessments and brain imaging. Astronauts complete timed obstacle courses and tests of their spatial memory, or the ability to mentally picture and manipulate a three-dimensional shape, before and after spaceflight.
The spatial memory test also is performed aboard the ISS, along with sensory motor adaptation tests and computerised exercises requiring them to move and think simultaneously. Astronauts are tested shortly after arriving aboard the station, mid-way through and near the end of a six-month flight.
"We are looking at the volume of different structures in the brain and whether they change in size or shape during spaceflight,” said principal investigator Rachael D Seidler, director of University of Michigan’s neuromotor behaviour laboratory in a statement. Functional MRIs involve astronauts completing a task during the imaging which will show researchers which parts of the brain they rely on to do so.
According to Seidler, both the behavioural assessment and brain imaging are important to help identify the relationship between physical changes in the brain and those in behaviour. "On Earth, your vestibular - or balance - system tells you how your head moves relative to gravity but in space, the gravity reference is gone,” Seidler said.
"That causes these perceptual illusions, as well as difficulty coordinating movement of the eyes and head,” he informed. These difficulties could have serious consequences for astronauts, especially when changing between gravitational environments, such as landing on Mars. In those cases, astronauts will need to be able to perform tasks such as using tools and driving a rover, and they must be capable of escape in a landing emergency.
Identifying the physical mechanisms behind changes in behaviour and how much time it takes to adapt will help researchers determine how best to help space explorers compensate. The results could also reveal whether astronauts return to “normal” post-flight because the brain changes back, or if the brain instead learns to compensate for the changes that happened in space.
To "like" us, click on the Like button below.