120 minutes a week in nature is the key to good health: Study

We all know that spending time with nature far from the city is good for our health and rejuvenates us. Science now backs up. Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and well being, according to a new large-scale study.

About the study

This research was carried on by the University of Exeter and published in Scientific Reports and funded by NIHR.

What did it find?

The study revealed that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature a week are significantly more likely to report good health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who don’t visit nature at all during an average week. However, no such benefits were found for people who visited natural settings such as town parks, woodlands, country parks and beaches for less than 120 minutes a week.

How was the study conducted?

The study used data from nearly 20,000 people in England and found that it didn’t matter whether the 120 minutes was achieved in a single visit or over several shorter visits. It also found the 120-minute threshold applied to both men and women, to older and younger adults, across different occupational and ethnic groups, among those living in both rich and poor areas, and even among people with long term illnesses or disabilities.

Dr Mat White, of the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the study, said: “It’s well known that getting outdoors in nature can be good for people’s health and wellbeing but until now we’ve not been able to say how much is enough. The majority of nature visits in this research took place within just two miles of home so even visiting local urban green spaces seems to be a good thing. Two hours a week is hopefully a realistic target for many people, especially given that it can be spread over an entire week to get the benefit.”

So, it is largely the air pollution that affects the human physiological systems.

In fact, merely living in a greener neighborhood can also be good for health, for instance by reducing air pollution. The data for the current research came from Natural England’s Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment Survey, the world’s largest study collecting data on people’s weekly contact with the natural world.

Co-author of the research, Professor Terry Hartig of Uppsala University in Sweden said: “There are many reasons why spending time in nature may be good for health and well being, including getting perspective on life circumstances, reducing stress, and enjoying quality time with friends and family. The current findings offer valuable support to health practitioners in making recommendations about spending time in nature to promote basic health and well being, similar to guidelines for weekly physical.”

Yoga Day Live Updates: 40,000 join PM Modi in Ranchi, 300 camps in Delhi, President Kovind dresses up in comfy t-shirt, tracks

International Yoga Day 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kick-started the celebration of fifth International Yoga Day in Ranchi, which is hosting the main event this year. According to a government statement, over 40,000 yoga enthusiasts are practicing yoga with PM Modi in Ranchi today.

Several leaders of PM Modi-led BJP have also joined the event across the country. In Delhi, the BJP is hosting around 300 yoga sessions, in which about 10 lakh people are expected to participate, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.

Here are some updates on International Day of Yoga:

12:20p.m: People perform yoga in front of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. Visit Link:

12:15p.m: UNGA reverberates with chants of ‘Om’ to mark International Yoga Day.

12:10p.m: Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar shares his mother’s picture doing yoga. Akshay writes, “…post her knee surgery at the age of 75, my mother started doing yoga and now it is part of daily routine… .”

10:10a.m: Railway minister Piyush Goyal celebrating Yoga day said, “let us all pledge to make it a part of our daily lives for overall well-being, and to make India fit and healthy.”

10:05am: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar shared picture of MEA India office, where 250 diplomats from 56 countries practiced Yoga on Friday.

Delhi CET Result 2019 to be out today after 10 pm @ cetdelhi.nic.in: Confirms official

Delhi CET Result 2019: The Delhi Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) will declare the Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019 results today, June 21. After the results will be annonced, all the candidates who appeared for the Delhi CET 2019 examination can check their scores on the official website of DTTE, the link for which is cetdelhi.nic.in

The results will be announced today, June 21 after 10 am. All the students should check the official website of the CET (cetdelhi.nic.in) to check their scores“, an official from Delhi CET, told India Today Education.

The DTTE plans to admit students to first semester/first year for the academic session 2019-20 for various full-time Diploma Programmes (Engineering and Non-Engineering) being offered at Institutes affiliated with the Board of Technical Education (BTE), Delhi, through the Common Entrance Test (CET- 2019).

The Common Entrance Test was held on June 8 and 9 at various test centres acoross the region.

Delhi CET Result 2019: How to check scores
Go to the official website, cetdelhi.nic.in

On the homepage, search for the link which says “CET Result 2019′
Enter your CET Roll Number, Application number and Security pin
On submitting the same, the resulst will be displayed on the screen

Downlaod it and take print out of the same for future reference.
Direct link: https://cetdelhi.nic.in/cetexamcms/Public/Home.aspx

Delhi CET 2019: Counselling
Counselling process is expected to start from June 22 for the session which will commence from August 1, 2019.

About DTTE:
Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) is making a significant contribution in this direction by imparting technical education and technological skills through various courses of study at different levels. Full time Diploma Courses in Engineering & Technology, Occupational and Vocational, Secretarial & Management based disciplines are being offered at different AICTE approved Government Institutes of Technology, Government-Aided institute, Border Security Force Polytechnic and Privately Managed Polytechnics, affiliated with the Board of Technical Education, Delhi

Who’ll make the World Cup semifinals?

Halfway through the group stage of the World Cup, Afghanistan and South Africa are out of the qualification race. India, New Zealand, England and Australia are at the top of the table as of now and it’s difficult to see more than one of these missing out on a semifinal slot.

That leaves Bangladesh, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – possibly in that order – fighting for a possible fourth place.


New Zeeland

New Zealand

Unbeaten so far, but have arguably the toughest back end among all teams. Definite chance of semifinal slot, but top 2 finish could prove a tough ask.


Have three of the current top four still to play, but barring a blip against Pakistan have been imperious. Almost certain to qualify, would be disappointed not to finish in top 2.


Barring a loss to India, have shown signs of their old dominating style. Still to come up against England and New Zeeland, but qualifying near certain. Top 2 finish no pipedream.


All wins, barring a washed out game so far. Would fancy their chances of winning most of the remaining games. Target will be to beat England and top the group stage.


Have punched above their presumed weight, but have three hurdles in India, Australia and Pakistan if they have to qualify for the semis. Outside chance.

Sri Lanka

A pale shadow of the world-beaters they once were. With India England still to play and a horrible NRR, they’ll have to win everything left to survive the group stage.

West Indies

Have imploded after an impressive start. Their unpredictability and a still decent NRR gives them an outside chance of qualifying, but will need to beat India, New Zealand to do that.

South Africa

Performed well below expectations so far. Have only pride to play for in the remaining three group games.


A win against England apart, haven’t looked the part. With a disastrous NRR, even winning the rest may not be enough to qualify.


Unsurprising bottom of the table. Qualification no longer a possibility, but still can play for bragging rights against India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Windies.

A round robin with several evenly matched teams and a few unpredictable ones is always a forecaster’s nightmare, but the rain factor at the Cup has made it more of a lottery. Windies can ill afford any more washouts while the others will hope if the weather does intervene it does so in games against tough rivals.

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant in as replacement

Team India’s World Cup campaign suffered a major jolt on Wednesday as opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb injury. Rishabh Pant has been brought in as a replacement of Shikhar Dhawan. The opener suffered a hairline fracture during his match-winning 117-run knock against Australia at The Oval on June 9.

“Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand. He will remain in cast until mid-July which rules him out of ICC World Cup. We have requested Rishab Pant as the replacement,” said Team India Manager Sunil Subramaniam.

In the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul had opened India’s innings with Rohit Sharma against Pakistan. Rahul was impressive in that match scoring 57 and sharing a record 136-run stand for the 1st wicket.

India has had a great start to their World Cup campaign. They have won against South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan while the game against New Zealand was washed out. India faces Afghanistan next on June 22 before they take on West Indies, hosts England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

With six centuries, Shikhar Dhawan is one of India’s most prized assets in ICC tournament. He has scored three tons each in Champions Trophy and in World Cup. Along with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Dhawan forms a formidable top-3.

What perhaps prompted the team management to finally make an announce Dhawan’s injury was the fact that even Bhuvneshwar Kumar sustained an injury during the Pakistan match.

India would have had only 13 players to choose from against Afghanistan if Pant was not brought in as a replacement. Bhuvneshwar is out of three matches with a hamstring niggle.

“Bhuvneshwar is being assessed by team physio Patrick Farhart,” team’s trainer Shankar Basu said.

Rishabh Pant approved as a replacement player.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Rishabh Pant as a replacement player for Shikhar Dhawan in India’s squad for the remainder of the tournament, a statement from the global body said.

Motorola One Vision to launch today: Expected India price and other exciting features to look forward to

Motorola has been talking a lot about the One Vision since its launch last month in Brazil. The One Vision is supposed to be Motorola’s first premium offering above the G7 series this year and will succeed the Motorola One Power from last year. The One Vision separates itself from other smartphones with its uniquely wide and tall 21:9 display – something that we have only seen on Sony smartphones lately. The One Vision is Motorola’s offering in the midrange segment.

The One Vision has been positioned in the premium midrange segment in Brazil, with prices starting at approximately Rs 23,000. However, Motorola has been aggressive with its pricing in the Indian market and it is expected that the One Vision could be priced lower to take on the Samsung Galaxy M40. Therefore, we could probably see the One Vision being priced at around Rs 20,000 in India.

For premium midrange smartphone, the One Vision has a lot to offer. The One Vision sports a premium glass design with exciting gradient colours. The Moto dimple at the back also houses the fingerprint sensor – isn’t that cool? With its 21:9 format display, the One Vision adopts a slender profile. The display measures 6.3-inches and uses an IPS LCD panel. It gets a hole-punch style camera on top, thereby avoiding a display notch.

Inside, Motorola is using a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 chipset and pairs it with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone is part of the Android One program which means Motorola could deliver two guaranteed Android updates as well as timely security updates. A 3500mAh battery power the device and Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging is meant to fill up the battery faster.

The One Vision also boasts of good camera performance. For the rear, Motorola has used a combination of a 48-megapixel Samsung GM-1 sensor with F1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, there’s a 25-megapixel camera for selfies. Both cameras rely on Pixel Binning technology.

#MotorolaOneVision is only available in a single variant in Brazil – 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. India is also expected to get the same variant. The One Vision could rival the Galaxy A50 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.

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