Summer Training – 2017 Batch Starts

Summer training for students commencing at FICCI Research and Analysis Centre. Enroll now! Contact 7042492163!


Hi guys! Thought of where to get your summer training from, yet? Well, no better opportunity than FICCI itself! FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is starting off with the 2017 batches for trainings. This time we have opened up training program for

Advanced Course on Quality Assurance of Food & Environmental Safety

Get hands on experience from professionals who have been instrumental in major projects such as the Ambient Air Monitoring during Delhi Government’s Odd-Even formula! Get to learn only from the best in the industry! The topics covered are :

Laboratory Section What we got for you!
Wet Chemistry / Chemical LabWhere all the scientists titrate and mix and play with all the chemicals! Oh and yes! Sugar and spice, everything nice just a little drop of CHEMICAL X!
  • Water Testing
  • Testing of Oils
  • Adulteration Tests in Milk
  • Food Additives
Intrument SectionWhere machines are your slaves. Fancy someone doing your job for you? Plotting your graphs, solving your Fourier Transforms and Integrations and telling you whats in your food? Place to be!
  • Food additives and Preservatives
  • Heavy Metals
  • Pesticides
  • Antibiotics
MicrobiologyYou know? We got live bacteria in here? Like within incubation chambers? Like you gotta wear those “Area Cordon Off Masks”? And we got deep freezers to give you the chills! Here you tell if the person is going to fall ill, before he eats food! How sick! (pun intended)
  • Basic microbiology techniques
  • Instruments used in Microbiology
  • Enumeration of Total Plate Counts
  • Yeast & Mould
  • Bacillus Cereus
  • Escherichia coli
  • Salmonella
Environment LaboratoryThe air your breath, the sludge that exists from the factory, noise we create. Everything studied about pollution in high-school, you get to practically learn about its Environmental Impact here! Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM- PM 10), Particulate Matter (PM 2.5), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Ozone (O3), Ammonia (NH3), Volatile Organic Carbon (as Benzene), Light Intensity, Noise Level, Particulate Matter (PM), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Oxygen (O2), Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

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Heartfulness Meditation – A Scientific Approach To Spirituality

Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to learn to relax, meditate and discover the unlimited resources of the heart. With practice, one experiences the calmness from within, leading to the creation of better concentration, inner balance and true wellness of being.


Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to learn to relax, meditate and discover the unlimited resources of the heart. With practice, one experiences the calmness from within, leading to the creation of better concentration, inner balance and true wellness of being.

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Nourishment through Heartfulness Meditation

How does Heartfulness-Meditation nourish the mind, body, and soul?

The nutritional aspects of our existence vary for our physical body, for our mind and for our soul.  Our physical body receives nourishment through vitamins and minerals. We enrich our minds and educate ourselves through different educational systems, through school, college, books and the Internet.

What is the source of food for the soul?  It is the Divine Energy, Divine Essence, which is transmitted from the heart of the giver into another person’s heart. This Divine energy comes from the Eternal Source (Cosmic Energy).

And this is where Heartfulness Meditation comes into play its role.

The Science behind Heartfulness- Meditation

Science of Spirituality

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There is no conflict between Science and Spirituality – both search for the truth – while one looks at the external, physical world and needs proofs, the other looks within, at the consciousness within and provides experiential truth.

If spirituality is scientific, is it not necessary for it to be proved beyond doubt to be believed and accepted?

The scientific nature of spirituality tells us – form a hypothesis, set up a personal experiment in meditation practice and see what the results are. This way, we realize the reality of anything ourselves.

Citing a Harvard study, Spiritual Master Kamlesh.D.Patel says that an electroencephalogram test conducted on some Buddhist monks, who have meditated for more than 20,000 hours, had entered the ‘delta’ stage (fourth level) of consciousness. Meditation, done the Heartfulness way, aims at attaining this stage much earlier.

Mr.Kamlesh Patel advocates – “Let belief be based on experience.” He also likens the present level of consciousness among humans to a thin film of water, indicating the presence of an ocean of super-consciousness above and another ocean of sub-consciousness beneath it.

Heart as the Laboratory

Heartfulness Meditation combines a scientific approach to spirituality.  There is a great underlying philosophy in meditation on the heart. The heart is the pumping station for our blood. A purified heart sends out purified blood to all parts of our body, including the smallest cells, thus purifying our entire being. We take the heart as the center for meditation as it is the center of life and by this practice, purify it and set our individual mind on the right path. The heart is the field of action of our mind and thus must always be set right to guide our mind.

Whatever you experience through a meditation process, first you prove it in your heart. Your heart thus becomes your laboratory.

Why do we meditate on the heart when the brain alone thinks of everything?

The heart is the field of work for the mind and all the points which are there in the body and the brain, almost all of them, are found in the heart and meditating on it, facilitates in purifying all those points.

Like scientists, we experiment with this meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. These results of meditation are reproducible every time.  In scientific experiments, however, the results are reproducible under one and the same set of circumstances. The moment you change the circumstances the results will be different.

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In science, for example, water boils at 100° temperature, but is this a universal truth? No. You can boil water in the mountains at 5000 feet or 10,000 feet, at a lower temperature. Even in Science there are no fixed rules. What about the melting point of water? It is the same principle: at zero degrees at sea level water will freeze but if you put a little salt in it, it will not freeze at zero degrees. That is why we use salt when there is snow on the roads. So, this simple experiment of observing at what temperature water will boil or will freeze depends on external circumstances and also on what is present in the water – salt or no salt.

It may however be noted that in spiritual experiments, you are the judge, you are the experimenter and you can change the circumstances and yet arrive at the same conclusion: ‘Yes, meditation does make me tranquil, it does make me peaceful, it does bring calmness within me.’

When one commences Heartfulness Meditation, there is no need for faith or belief on the very first day. We are like scientists; we experiment with this method of  meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. The experiment provides the experience.

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  1. Adapted from Literature of the Heartfulness Institute and Interviews and

Talks given by Mr.Kamlesh Patel, President Heartfulness Institute

  1. The next article in the Newsletter will cover the concept and process of

Heartfulness Meditation

  1. For more on the subject, please visit http://www.heartfulness.org

PETA ad claims Beer is Better than Milk


“Got beer? It’s official: beer is better for you than milk!”. This is what a billboard sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has claimed in Madison, Wisconsin, also known as America’s Dairyland. 

Well, we knew about how Vodka is beneficial for health [Watch Video Here] but the benefits of beer were only known to dissolve stones (Did you know about Tonsil Stones?there is something called tonsil stones too!) and reduce bad cholesterol. However, PETA claims the following benefits, quoting sources like American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Harvard School of Public Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association :  beer aids longevity and strengthens bones, while milk causes obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Read here: How to fight diabetes with simple lifestyle changes?

A donation of $500 was made by PETA to MADD out of goodwill after the “Got Beer?” campaign was stripped off in 2000. The campaign was halted out of respect for MADD, PETA explained. After PETA was accused of promoting beer drinking through their campaigns, the organization stated that other beverages like juices, mineral water and soy milk are also recommended by them, and asked why beer has been over-hyped.

Did you know the benefits of having fresh juice from raw fruits and vegetables?

“Had we used soda instead of beer, there would have been no media interest in the campaign, of course. PETA urges everyone, beer-drinkers included, to drink responsibly. Where milk is concerned, there’s no such thing!,” PETA stated on its website. (Source: Yahoo! News)

FRAC Goes Unstoppable! Now Performs All Pesticides as per FSSAI!


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) is on a spree of developing new test methods to perform various new tests of parameters with more accurate results, shorter Turn Around Time and more cost effective!

Recently developments included :

  1. New Test Method for testing of Taurine
  2. Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

And within days since the last development on pesticides testing on fresh fruits and vegetables, FRAC’s highly competent Technical Team has developed testing facility for conducting analysis of the entire list of pesticides that have been prescribed by FSSAI.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s location:

The Technical Team floated the great news to all:

Dear All,

It is to inform you, that optimization process for the quantitative determination of pesticides “as mentioned under FSSAI (i.e. list of 149 pesticides)”  has been completed by instrument lab using LC-MSMS. Hence from now onwards, all the pesticides as per FSSAI shall be analyzed In-House. The attachment has a list of total 231 pesticides along with other parameters, which now need not to be sent to other lab for analysis.

Point to remember: No subcontracting to be done for analysis of pesticides and other parameters listed in the attachment. (As per FSSAI and all other regulatory body)

The list of Pesticides can be downloaded from here: FRAC Pesticides

Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


In a recent development, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC Labs)  has purchased an all new latest model of LCMS-MS manufactured by Waters which has enabled FRAC to perform a variety of new tests in-house and provide highly accurate results in a shorter Turn Around Time (TAT).

One such development has been the development of the testing methods of Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and vegetables.

Read Also: Benefits of consuming juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables

The technical team at FRAC floated this great news all around, after working hard on new developments and testing facilities :

Read More: More new developments at FRAC. Now Taurine too can be tested at FRAC

Dear All,

Request you to be informed, that analytical method for the quantitative determination of 42 pesticides (in samples of “Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”) by LC-MSMS has been developed by Instrument lab.

The list of parameters that have been developed are as follows:

List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC

Did you know about Tonsil Stones?


Whenever we speak about stones, we can only think about stones in gall bladder or in kidney. But have you ever heard of Tonsil Stones, or tonsilloliths?

Our tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this happens, the debris can become concentrated in white formations, the tonsil stones, that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones are most common in teens and those with large tonsils.  Those with poor dental hygiene may also experience tonsil stones.

How do I know if I have Tonsil Stones?

Typically, tonsil stones can be seen as white, yellow or grey nodes on the tonsils. Though, many tonsil stones aren’t visible because they are burrowed down inside of the tonsil.

Some people have no symptoms when afflicted with tonsil stones. Those who do have symptoms often report redness or irritation of the tonsils. There are several other symptoms that can be related to tonsil stones, with bad breath being one of the most obvious. According to the Mayo Clinic, bacteria grow on the stones, which produces a foul odor.

People with throat stones can also feel like they have something stuck in their throats.

Watch: Funny video on How to fight a sleepy day at work!

So, how bad can it be?

Tonsil infections that lead to chronic bad breath are most often due to tonsil stones. Although tonsil stones are fairly common, many dentists and physicians miss them completely when their patients complain of halitosis.

A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection concluded that tonsil stones cause halitosis because they are crawling with anaerobic bacteria.

More about remedies for foul breath!

And what’s the remedy?

Well, it really boils down to two things :

  1. Proper dental hygiene – for starters, try to brush the stone out, keep your oral hygiene in order, gargle with salt water twice a day.
  2. Surgery – this one needs some serious consideration. Tonsil removal surgeries involve bleeding, use of anesthesia, and well, no talking for some time!

Did know about these remedies for fighting sweaty hands?

Take care!

 

 

Sweaty Hands: How to cure it?

Prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.


Sweaty hands not only puts off the person with whom you are shaking hands with, but also embarrass ourselves. It affects our social life, and we often try to avoid situations where you might require to shake hands, like closing a deal or meeting your colleagues at work. Several reasons like stress, hormone problems etc.  can be attributed to sweaty hands. Instead of worrying about the problem, try these wonderful remedies that not only help treat the condition but also prevent further episodes of sweaty hands successfully. These remedies are easily available at home and can also be carried along with you while you are on the move so that you hands remain dry and fresh all throughout the day.

Remedies for Sweaty Hands

  1. Water: Sweaty hands are particularly worse on people whose body gets hot very fast. The best way to avoid this is to drink plenty of cool water all throughout the day. This will help the body to remain cool and prevent sweaty hands as well. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water to keep your body temperature under control.

    Drinking water helps keep calm
    Drinking water helps keep calm
  2. Green Tea: Green tea also helps in removing excess oils and moisture from the skin and prevents sweat from escaping into the skin surface. Did you know, Green Tea can also cure Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  3. Alcohol: By this, we do not mean alcohol consumption! Alcohol has a drying and dehydrating effect on the body and hence a wonderful natural remedy for treating sweaty palms. Rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based products on the hands will immediately give a drying effect to the palms. It is recommended to use alcohol wipes every now and then to control sweatiness of the palms.

    Watch: Life Hacks with Vodka!

    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
    Using alcohol wipes keeps your hands dry.
  4. Talcum Powder:  If you’re at home and don’t mind your hands looking a little white, sprinkle them with a powder to temporarily absorb the sweat. This can come in handy if your sweaty hands inhibit daily activities like lifting weights, jumping rope or completely chores that require a tight grip.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.
    Talcum Powder also helps keep the hands dry.

    Read Here: Natural Remedies for Glowing Skin

  5. Black Tea Bags: Application of black tea bags help in the shrinking of pores and also in reducing the chances of sweat from seeping though the pores. Take moist tea bags and hold them inside your palms for a few minutes every few hours.

    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores
    Black tea bags helps in shrinking of pores

There are plenty of other remedies you may try.

Sources: Find Home Remedy  ; WikiHow

 

Did you know that you can predict your own heart-attack?

Predict Your Heart Attack and Prevent it!

Predict your own heart attack!
Constant fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath. If you are facing most of these, visit the nearest physician at the earliest.


India has a death rate of 138, when it comes to deaths caused by Heart diseases. The stressful way of life and the junk food we keep eating is a great contributor for this illness becoming so common and so dangerous over the last years.

Leading a healthy lifestyle and trying to decrease the levels of stress in your life can help protect you from heart failure, but another thing that can be very useful, even lifesaving, is knowing the symptoms of heart failure a month before it happens.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptons, makr it as a red flag, and consult your physician at the earliest:

  1. Fatigue: Narrowed up arteries cause lesser blood to flow in the body. This results in heart to function much harder to be able to give same amount of blood to all organs, which in turn makes the person drained out and tired.feeling_fatigued_and_drained_ayurvedic_tips_to_re-energize_yourself
  2. Shortness of Breath: When the heart is not able to get enough blood, the lungs are not able to receive sufficient oxygen. The two systems depend on one another so without one you can’t have the other. If you have been having trouble breathing it is best to consult a doctor as soon as possible, this could mean it is getting close to time for your attack.shortness_of_breath
  3. Weakness : Since the muscle are not able to receive sufficient amount of blood and oxygen, the muscles tend to remaind tired and make you weak. If you have been feeling weak for too long, do consider meeting your physician!
  4. Dizziness and Cold Sweats:  The poor circulations is also causing the blood flow to your brain to be restricted. This is very life threatening. This will at first cause dizziness and clamminess. You should not ignore this.Business woman stress and headache
  5. Discomfort in Heart: If you are having onset symptoms of a heart attack chances are you have been experiencing discomfort in your chest, whether it’s minor pain or built-up pressure. This will constantly increase until the attack itself happens.chest-pain-350x350
  6. Flu: Flu symptoms out of nowhere could be because the attack itself is about to happen within the near future. Many people reported that they had developed a cold just days before their attacks.

There could be other symptoms as well. Take care of your heart. Immediately visit a doctor if you feel most of these symptoms are experienced by you recently!

 

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What not to do to keep your skin glowing?


One might be aware about what to do to keep skin healthy and glowing. But then there are things that shouldn’t be done, to keep your skin fine too!

  1. AlcoholAvoiding alcohol is especially recommended when the skin disease is on the face or head, where heat will naturally rise more rapidly and affect one’s appearance. Rosacea, acne, seborrheic or atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are the most likely to affect the face.
  2. Spices: This one might be a known fact for our India based readers! Hot pepper, black pepper, ginger and garlic are also contraindicated, as are all the “gingerbread house” spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. This means avoiding chai teas, ginger teas, hummus, Thai food and the like. Of all of these, garlic seems to give the worst flare-ups of redness, burning and itch.
  3. Smoking: Smoking is something that should be avoided for much more serious reasons – it kills. It affects skin too. Cigarette smoking is strongly associated with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles. Quitting will often improve the condition. Teenage acne, as well, is adversely affected by smoking. Teens already have a great deal of naturally occurring ‘heat’ in their lungs and stomach, as evidenced by their loud voices and voracious appetites – this is a sign of health and vitality during a time of great growth. However, smoking and drinking will push this lung and stomach heat over the upper limit of ‘normal,’ turning it into the red fire of acne.
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    Before & after the smoking. It shows how smoking affects our skin!

    Just quitting smoking will not help your lungs. You need to de-toxify it too!

  4. Oil, Shellfish and Tropical FruitsGreasy fried foods and bad oils are even worse, and should be avoided. Shellfish and fatty fish like salmon should be avoided for the same reason as oils, not only by weepy skin sufferers, but by anyone whose skin is red or itchy at all. Tropical fruit may also irritate. Mango, papaya, pineapple are the worst, while banana seems to be fine!

    Although, fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables have got plenty of benefits!

  5. Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Products: Gluten, sugar and dairy are only a problem for a very small proportion of people with skin disease, and that they do not need to be avoided by the vast majority of sufferers. It may be that avoiding these foods will improve digestion, but rarely will this translate into an improvement of the skin disease.

 

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Quick cheat sheet to know what to avoid, if you’re on a Gluten Free Diet!

 

Watch how McDonald’s french fries are made!
Green tea, mint tea, salad, fruit, and clean, light meals, freshly prepared, are best. White pearled barley and beans are excellent at draining away excess mucus and dampness if the skin is oozy. Mung beans and aduki beans are wonderful at this, and all three of these substances double as “herbs” which are found in many skin prescriptions. When the eyes and face are red and itchy, jasmine, chamomile, mint and chrysanthemum teas are very soothing.

Find out about 5 great benefits of Amla!

Changing one’s diet is not easy, and changing it forever is harder still. For some, a dietary change may bring new problems: tension, stress, guilt, binge eating, excessive self-control, and of course, hunger! These may have a more detrimental impact on our health than the eliminated foods. Listening to your own body is essential. For skin disease sufferers, adjusting the diet a little to avoid heat is a good idea. In combination with a cooling herbal treatment, a change of diet might be just the thing to cure a persistent skin disease.

 

(Source: Vitality Magazine)

 

Watch: Global Warming – Still Believe its a myth?


Hundreds of summits, thousands of protests all around the globe, world leaders coming together to discuss one thing – Global Warming. And yet, quite a lot believe it is all just a myth. Most industrialists do not accept what is proven by Science. The ignorance might be a mask of concern about losses in business. But this video below has been recorded as the biggest caving yet – Greenland is melting!

Request you to watch it, share it, and most importantly ACT upon it. Fossil fuels are not going to last forever. Protect environment!

Read Also: Anti-Dengue Fogging Is Hurting Environment

Published on 14 Dec 2012

This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records.

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Footage produced by James Balog (http://jamesbalog.com) and the Extreme Ice Survey (http://extremeicesurvey.org)

Chasing Ice won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and a 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Programming. It has won over 40 awards at festivals worldwide, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Before My Time” by J. Ralph featuring Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell.