India is a land of most sacred and holy lakes considered sacred by Buddhists, Jainism ,Sikhs and Hindus. There are five sacred lakes in India collectively known as Panch Sarovar, mentioned in Bhagavata Purana and attracting religious people from India, Nepal and Tibet.

Panch Sarovar

Manas Sarovar

Lake Manasarovar is known as Manas Sarovar in Sanskrit, located near Mount Kailash and fed by the Kailash Glaciers. The high altitude freshwater lake is a sacred Sarovar in four religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon Tibetan.

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar both are most famous place of pilgrimage and the tours is known as Kailash Manas Sarovar Yatra, organized regularly from India and also the place is abode of the Hamsa bird.

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Bindu Sarovar, Gujarat

Bindu Sarovar in Siddhpur of Gujarat is a small tank with ruins of Rudra Mahalaya Temple and Arvadeswar Shiva temple. The Sarovar is collectively part of the Panch sacred Sarovar of India and only place in India where Matrushraddh ritual performed.

Narayan Sarovar, Gujarat

Narayan Sarovar on the Kori Creek of Gujarat is located in Kutch district, considered as one of the five most holy lakes by Hindus. Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary around the village and lake offers a unique eco-system and one of the best habitats of the reintroduction of cheetah in India.

Pampa Sarovar, Karnataka

Pampa Sarovar near Hampi in Karnataka is one of the five sacred sarovars lakes in India, mentioned in Shrimad Bhagavata Purana. The lake is filled with lotuses and the place where Shabari met lord Rama.

Pushkar Sarovar, Rajasthan

Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Sarovar in Ajmer district of Rajasthan is one of the five sacred Sarovar of India and a pilgrimage center to the Hindus. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and home to a temple dedicated to Brahma, dedicated to Varaha and other notable temples.

There are more sacred lakes in India, located high in the Upper Himalayan Zone of Himachal Pradesh such as Mahakali Lake, Prashar Lake, Suraj Tal, Nakki Lake in the Indian hill station of Mount Abu and Khecheopalri Lake, Gurudongmar Lake of Sikkim.

Along with Life Insurance (Term Life Insurance), Health Insurance is also a must product one must have. While in case of Life Insurance, you have to buy it only if you have financial dependents. , However, this is not the case with health insurance. All of us have to buy as we don’t know when we get hospitalized due to illness.

An exception to this is, if you created enough corpus for your hospitalization need, then you may not need to buy health insurance. But many of us simply ignore the hospitalization cost in our life. Even salaried not worry about buying separate health insurance (even though company providing).

Cost of hospitalization as per my understanding inching up at the rate of 10%. Hence, in many cases, it is impossible to fund the hospitalization expenses from our own savings. A week hospitalization in expensive cities like Bangalore may ruin your few years of savings. Hence, one must take it as a serious need and buy it.

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Top 5 Best Health Insurance Plans in India 2019 – Checklist

Before jumping into shortlist your Top 5 Best Health Insurance Plans in India 2019, you must understand what are the points you have to consider.

# Sum Insured: When you look at the rate of inflation of hospitalization, you find that it is nearly around 8% to 10%. Hence, always try to go for a sufficient sum insured health insurance base plan. Consider the members you are including in the policy. Based on that you have to take a call on the sum insured you are opting.

# Incurred Claim Ratio: You have to check the incurred claim ratio of Health Insurance Companies. Incurred Claim Ratio or ICR is a ratio of the total value of claims paid or settled to the total premium collected in any given year. This can be calculated as Incurred Claim Ratio or ICR=(Total Value of Claims Paid/Total Premiums collected)*100.

For example, let us say Company ABC settled the total claim amount of Rs.90 Cr in the year 2015-16. In the same year, it collected Rs.100 Cr as a total premium. In this situation, the incurred ratio stands to be 90%.

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This Incurred Claim Ratio is applicable only to non-life insurance companies. For life insurance companies, IRDA publishes Claim Settlement Ratio. But sadly many (even experts) complicate it.

If the incurred claim ratio of a company is more than 100%, then it indicates that for every Rs.100 they collecting as premium, they are paying more than Rs.100 as a claim for a year. In simple terms, your income is Rs.100 but your expenses are Rs.100 or more. So instead of profit, they are into loss.

If the incurred claim ratio of a company is less than 100%, then it indicates that for every Rs.100 they collecting as premium, they are paying less than Rs.100 as a claim for a year. Such companies are making a profit as your income is Rs.100 but expenses are less than Rs.100.

However, rejecting claims only on grounds to profit will not work out for any company. They have to look for reputation, future growth, and regular guidelines. Hence, simply for the sake of profit-making, they can’t deny claims.

In my view, going with companies of high ICR or low ICR is risky. Hence, always choose a company which is in between both these points.

Do remember that Claim Settlement Ratio or CSR applies to Life Insurance products and Incurred Claim Settlement Ratio applies to Health Insurance Products.

Let us now look at the latest Incurred Ratio of all Health Insurance Companies.

Top 5 Best Health Insurance Plans in India 2019

Now let us jump into selecting the Top 5 Best Health Insurance Plans in India 2019 among those so many Health Insurance providers. Here, my concentration is mainly on Premium, Pre-Existing disease exclusion, the limit on room rent, wellness programme, restore benefits, claims settled and claim complaints.

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Disclaimer:- Health Insurance actually depends on your age, family size, your health status and the particular feature you are looking for. Hence, my choice is based on certain generic consideration. It is always best to cross-check the product brochure before you jump into buying.

Also, I am not claiming that these are the ONLY BEST in India. If certain features not suitable to you, then you can look for other products available in the market (but considering the above points which I have discussed).

Craft high-quality native interface on iOS and Android using Flutter. Flutter is a powerful, extensible and revolutionary framework, which helps in developing innovative apps in no time.

It works on operating systems like Windows, MacOS, and Linux efficiently and allows developers to provide customers with a splendid experience.

BR Softech with a team of expert developers and skilled professionals help you develop the next-Gen app using a cross-platform framework Flutter with fully customizable widgets and flexible UI. It has a great community with an extensive collection of widgets.

Let’s dive deeper into Flutter and know everything about this advance open-source mobile application development framework using these top-rated Flutter apps.

Top 10 Apps Made with Flutter

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Google Ads:

Google Ads are a widely used app for the campaign with various lucrative features.  It’s a popular online advertising platform developed by Google where advertisers pay to display brief advertisement, video content, product listing and a lot more.

About 97% of Google’s total revenues come from advertising.  (Google Investor Relations) 

It was first launched in October – 2000 with 350 advertisers, and since then this groundbreaking platform is getting immense popularity and helping businesses to grow and improve for a better return on investment.

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Reflectly: –

This lifestyle app powered by AI technology is developed using Flutter incorporated innovative technologies. It enables users to be thoughtful about their daily life and provides with insightful detailed personal statistics.   It helps users to create stories and maintain a personal journal.

Harvard Study Concludes 22.8% better performance from employees, keeping a work journal.   

Alibaba: –

This is one of the largest e-commerce platforms with Flutter’s capabilities. It supports global transactions in its wholesale market. It facilitates large scale e-commerce transactions by allowing users to buy products from suppliers around the world. Its top competitors are Amazon, Walmart, and Flipkart.

Alibaba revenue is 37,684.4 crores CNY (US$56.152 billion, 2019)

Birch Finance:-

Use this flutter powered app to help users manage their expenses and maximize the reward points. It helps you arrange your finances effortlessly while optimizing existing cards and benefiting with reward points. The birch finance app offers different ways to earn and redeem rewards.

Birch finance estimated revenue is $< 1 Million. 

Hamilton Musical: –

This Flutter mobile app helps organizers to upload daily news and videos, update tour location, and organize a daily trivia. You can get the official entry in Hamilton lotteries in New York, Chicago, London, and Tour Locations. It allows you to drop some knowledge or record and share videos of yourself singing along to Hamilton songs.

Approx 365 million times Hamilton songs have been played on music streaming services. 

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Coach Yourself Meditation App: –

Use this Flutter’s innovative health and fitness app that helps users to improve their health. This advance app allows users to meditate by giving up their non-useful habits. Not just that, it also strengthens your personal development while increasing the efficiency of mindfulness.

Hookle Social App: –

Use this fun app and manage your social media posts while monitoring activities using a single dashboard. This fun app built using flutter allows its users to share posts, monitor social activity and manage multiple social media accounts in one place.  This app facilitates to compose and publishing your posts to multiple social media channels and help you monitor activities across all the channels.

Within just one month, it has been downloaded 10 000 times, with users from the USA, Canada, Finland, and several other countries.

Watermaniac: –

Set your daily water consumption goal using Watermaniac Flutter’s app and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. This app helps you preserve adequate mental and physical functions. This amazing app enables its users to set a daily goal of water while helping you customize notifications to remind users about drinking water.

Cryptograph: –

Make use of this Flutter based app to track market movements associated with global cryptocurrencies like  Bitcoin, Ripple and a lot more. This advance Flutter app provides the latest data and figures for more than 1600 cryptocurrencies. Using this app you can add your favorites currencies like Bitcoin, Ripple, Etherreum, and a lot more.

Cryptograph! Using CoinPaprika’s API, this handy app provides users on-time data on more than 2,500 cryptocurrencies.

SG Bus Tracker: –

Commute using SG bus Tracker in Singapur and get real-time bus updates and estimated arrival time. This navigation app is the best to provide all updates and estimated arrival time of buses running in the city. This bus empowers users while helping them know the bus schedule from different service providers and check the seat availability right within the app.

Bus transport forms a significant part of public transport in Singapore, with over 4.0 million rides taken per day on average as of 2018.

We are in the 21st century where technological transformations are most certainly creating a blurry line between fiction and reality. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) for decades have been hyped as technologies guaranteed to change the way we work and live.

These immersive technologies have paved the way for us to thoroughly explore computer-generated environments (in VR) and overlay computer graphics onto our actual environment (AR). While both of these technologies have increasingly been adopted in the entertainment industry in the past years, in the coming years, we expect these technologies to become more advanced and sophisticated as devices become upgraded and capable of generating higher quality visuals.

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The AR and VR technology is widely used across industries, from education, to healthcare, tourism and sales. Most trade shows and exhibition stand designs are amplified with AR and VR technology. Instead of simply showcasing a product brochure, users can get to experience in real time how to use a product.

Below is a list of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality trends to look out for in 2019, according to Forbes:

1. Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance AR and VR

AR and VR developers will incorporate smart, cognitive functionalities into their applications. For instance, AI technology such as computer vision which enables computers to comprehend and label objects seen through a camera is vital in the operations of AR—because objects in the user’s field of view can be identified and appropriately labeled. An excellent example of AI enhancing AR technology are the filters used on Snapchat or Instagram such as the cat whiskers, among other fun graphics on selfies. However, one of the most groundbreaking integrations of AI and AR is the machine learning-enabled microscope which can detect and highlight a cancerous tumor growth while a pathologist examines the samples through a viewfinder.

On the other hand, when it comes to VR, the virtual environments and its components will become more intellectual. Adoption of voice control will be the norm moving forward which will significantly decrease the use of icons and menus in a virtual environment. For example, in video games, computer-controlled players will become capable of reacting and adapting to a person’s playing style meaning that gamers will have a difficult time competing against their opponents.

2. Consumer entertainment VR will become mainstream

The introduction of consumer entertainment VR into households has been on a steady increase since consumer headsets were introduced in the market a few years back. However, hardware and application development which are still lacking may mean that VR is adopted more in homes this year.

In the past, VR headsets have had to rely on computers or mobile tech that either power the experience or provide low quality visuals. With the skyrocketing advancements in technology, key players and start-ups will develop headsets that come with a variety of features and functionality. Already, companies such as Oculus and Vive are planning to introduce stand-alone headsets that provide users with a more realistic and immersive environment.

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3. Use of AR and VR in training and teaching

These immersive technologies provide excellent virtual training environments for students. These environments enable students to practice whatever field they are interested in from surgery to construction to flight, without the risks involved in the real world.

Through AR, students can be presented with valuable information such as objectives, threats, and best practices. For instance, the US army is using Microsoft’s HoloLens tech in their military training to provide soldiers with real-time data about their environments. As technology advances, the objective is to give data on mission planning, target acquisition, and pathfinding.

4. VR and AR will be more collaborative and social

With the regular technology advancements and as more consumers purchase AR and VR headsets, 2019 may be the year we get to interact with realistic representations of family and friends through virtual reality. An excellent example of this integration is on WeChat which will incorporate VR to the mobile messaging system. Additionally, Facebook’s VR Spaces platform will allow individuals to meet and socialize in this environment.

Currently, Spatial has specialized in developing AR tools for offices and boardrooms that allow people to see and engage with virtual whiteboards, pin boards and even overlay real-world objects with designs.

5. AR in Vehicles

Incorporating AR in automobiles has the potential of improving safety which is otherwise affected by the use of Sat-nav and phone screens. Generally, AR in vehicles provides the driver with crucial information.

This technology is already in use in Nvidia’s Drive AR platform which uses a dashboard-mounted on display that overlays graphics on a camera footage from around the car. The information provided highlights useful details such as potential threats or historical landmarks found along the way. Another remarkable integration of AR into automobiles is the WayRay’s use of AR technology to directly project navigational directions, lane identification and hazard detection on a driver’s windshield.

In-car AR is centred on improving safety in cars by providing real-time feedback to the driver so that they can concentrate on the road as well as enhances the driver’s comfort and convenience.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies are here to stay, and as time goes by, these immersive technologies will only become better at transforming lives for the better. As the transformative technologies take effect in 2019, with improved hardware and software advancements of AR and VR technologies, we are yet to experience more effective solutions in a variety of fields. Right from enhancing the education sector to the healthcare sector to manufacturing to gaming, AR and VR technology trends are bound to transform the way we live and work.

Teaching is a beautiful art of inspiring and leading. To inspire others, teachers themselves pass through learning experiences. In a good teacher’s life every moment is an adventure that he/she shares with his/her students as if narrating a fairy-tale. Best teachers may not always be the heroes of their life’s fairytales. Sometimes villains touch our hearts with the most-humane acts. Some other times support-roles receive the best appreciation from the audience. At the end of the day, what matters is if you have played your part well.

Best teachers arise from the toughest living conditions and best students are born in the hearts of these teachers. If a teacher has gone through what the student is currently going through, then it would be possible to guide the student in the best possible way.  Having a good teacher means to have someone beside you, who understands you, cares for you and suggest the best possible solutions to your problems.

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The world history has seen several good teachers and how they have influenced their student’s lives. One such story is the transformation of a student, the most ‘impossible’ student in worldly terms, to one influential figure that the world rushed to see. Indeed the world waited to the words of Helen Keller, the lady who never heard any voices or saw the beauty of the earth. Her inner voice was Anne Sullivan, the blind teacher who had learnt the art of speaking into the soul, setting ablaze the spirit of improving without comparisons.

Inculcating the value of independence in students
A number of College Scholarships help to achieve the goal of financing for one’s education, presently. Independence would never mean the arrogance to never change. It is necessary to cultivate the positive attitude of accepting the suggestions that would transform you into a better individual, and teachers can help develop that behavior in a student. A number of universities facilitate independent education in the recent times. Students have learnt to be independent, both financially and socially.

Many renowned universities have transformed their way of teaching, so much similar to how Anne Sullivan began a revolution with Helen Keller. There was a time when multitasking was an unused word. But today we learn and earn at the same time.
The online programs offered by various universities have helped with this mission. Universities such as Welsh University are offering the degrees mostly via digital platform. Though the technology has improved, the tuition remains reasonable. Welsh University Tuition definitely demands a reasonable cost for what you earned. The teachers who teach on the campus teach the online students as well in most of the cases. Online education has bridged the gap between students and teachers as it is flexible and instructors are easily available.

Anne Sullivan -The charmer of voices and sights
The blind, bold and beautiful teacher is an exemplary model of ‘good’ teaching. When we say ‘good’ teaching, it can be interpreted in two ways – teaching goodness and the good-teaching-style. As the sources say, the teacher had a family, only to lose it at the age of 10. With less support but pure determination she made herself ready to take up the herculean task of teaching a deaf and blind student. When her student succeeded with flying colors, people understood that communication is more than just words, voices and sights.

Students would never remain ignorant if the teacher becomes a source of knowledge for them. They would never go astray if the tutor becomes their path. Students would not become coward if the teacher builds a castle of confidence around them. The best teacher teaches the student to be his/her own masterpiece.

How and when to correct a student?
There is no perfect time for teachers to correct their students. They can do it anytime they find mistakes or think their students can improve in certain things. But remember, corrections are not criticisms and teachers are not just meant to find mistakes. Give the students the confidence to correct themselves.

You can start by teaching them to accept the criticisms, instead of taking it in a negative way. Let them learn the art of forgiving and forgetting. Teach them the possibilities of curiosity and let them paint the zenith of their excellence. It is necessary to let them understand the importance of ‘unlearning’ as equal to learning. More than specifying how wrong they were, just tell them how different the situation would have been if the they had done it the right way. Teach them that failure is alright and how to overcome it. Teach them to think and let that thought be the cause for their change.

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How affectionate should a teacher be?
There was a recently post on social media that featured a teacher who greeted each student with a unique handshake. The emotional attachment that each student had with the teacher was easily recognizable in the video. The point to be conveyed is clear. Can you identify each of your students with their unique peculiarities? Is teaching just your way of livelihood? Can you re-collect the names of the smart students of your class? Anyway, a questionnaire would never tell you how good you are doing as a teacher, however, your students will.

How is a teacher’s success measured?
Student’s success is most often measured by the grades that they receives or prizes that they get. A teacher’s success is measured by the different parameters. The biggest misconception is that a teacher who brings the maximum percentages to a school is the best teacher. There are also other teachers who live in the hearts of their students.

The victory of a teacher is definitely the number of students who remember the teacher with a happy thought. Definitely, the best teacher is the one who makes the greatest sacrifices for their students. The hard work of them can bear the best fruits in the life of a student.

Never measure the success of your teaching career with the number of your successful students or by the number of students who never went astray, but by the number of students who had the confidence to smile after a lost-battle.

When you hear the term “eating disorder”, you usually imagine a stick-thin female with anorexia, correct? Images of obese people gorging on bags of cookies or containers of ice cream aren’t on your radar screen, since over-eating is believed to be a personal choice. But medical experts increasingly agree that Binge Eating Disorder (BED) may not simply be a matter of choice. BED is estimated to be far more prevalent than anorexia, and new research, using MRI brain scans, links BED to specific brain signaling pathways. The American Psychiatric Association gives BED a unique diagnosis code in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

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The diagnostic criteria for Binge Eating Disorder include:

A. Recurrent episodes of binge eating. An episode of binge eating is characterized by:

  • Eating, in a discrete period of time (e.g., within any 2-hour period), an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat in a similar period of time under similar circumstances
  • A sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (for example, a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating)

B. The binge-eating episodes are associated with 3 or more of the following:

  • Eating much more rapidly than normal
  • Eating until feeling uncomfortably full
  • Eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry
  • Eating alone because of feeling embarrassed by how much one is eating
  • Feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed, or very guilty after overeating

C. Marked distress regarding binge eating is present.

D. The binge eating occurs, on average, at least once a week for 3 months.

E. The binge eating is not associated with the recurrent use of inappropriate compensatory behavior and does not occur exclusively during the course Bulimia Nervosa or Anorexia Nervosa.

How is BED different from bulimia?

People with bulimia binge and then purge, exercise or fast to compensate for the excessive calorie intake. Their weight typically stays within the normal range. But people with BED do not purge or compensate. They just keep gaining weight, frequently becoming obese. The consequences of all those calories become visible. Binge eaters typically feel embarrassed, guilty, out of control and powerless to stop.

BED occurs in both men and women

Binge eating is not unique to women. Men are increasingly diagnosed with BED, and represent roughly half of cases. Contrast that statistic with anorexia cases: about 10% are men. It’s easy to miss BED in men. It’s more socially acceptable for men to gorge on food (think of all those hot dog eating contests), so the binge eating can go on for a long time before anyone, including the binge eater himself, recognizes it’s a problem.

BED research is evolving

Binge eating disorder has been getting some research attention, thanks to more sophisticated brain scanning techniques. For example, research has shown that brain reward signals in obese people are less responsive than in normal weight people. Result: an obese overeater doesn’t perceive “reward” signals that shut off eating behavior, so they just keep eating. Other research will examine how binge eaters respond to visual cues of food. Eventually some of this research might lead to effective medical intervention techniques.

Getting professional help for BED

Most binge eaters would rather get help now. But the solution is not another diet. You need to identify and deal with the triggers to the behavior. The good news is that you don’t have to struggle alone. Psychotherapy can work well for binge eaters.

  • A psychotherapist can help you recognize the triggers and behaviors that drive binge eating, allowing you to exert more control.
  • Be sure to ask prospective therapists if they have experience working with BED, and their success rate.
  • As you work with the therapist, you should also consult with a qualified registered dietitian nutritionist who has experience in eating disorder treatment. She or he can help you learn about healthy and appropriate food choices.
  • Some people are successful figuring it out on their own and seizing control of their behavior. Calorie monitoring and exercise can certainly help in those efforts. But if you find yourself slipping back over and over again, you may need more help and support.

Banning Straws It seems to be the summer of plastic bans. StarbucksHyatt, the city of Seattle and others have all committed to phase out plastic straws. Stafford Township in New Jersey passed a plastic bag ban just last month, joining dozens of other American cities and states imposing taxes or bans on single-use plastics.

But is this a good thing?

Not if that’s all we do.

The Case for Banning Plastic

Use of single-use plastics (think wrappers, straws and bags) has skyrocketed over the last few decades. But as I explained recently, our ability to recycle these plastics at scale remains poor. Globally, 8 million metric tons of plastic trash leak into our natural spaces each year, harming wildlife, mucking up the ocean and jeopardizing people’s livelihoods.

Banning Straws

So it’s understandable why bans are becoming popular. The beaches of New Jersey, for example, bring in billions of tourism dollars each year, creating jobs and funding local municipal needs. These sprawling, sandy spaces and the busy boardwalks that line them are an important part of local life. There are clear personal and economic incentives to keep these beaches clean, which make plastic bans politically palatable despite the inconvenience.

Monmouth County, New Jersey, which earned nearly $2.5 billion in tourism revenue in 2016, adopted what Clean Ocean Action called the most comprehensive plastic ban in the United States. The law was passed in May 2018, just before the start of beach season, and prohibits local businesses from distributing plastic bags, straws and Styrofoam containers. Local coverage of the ban indicates that it was well-received by residents and business owners. Monmouth Beach Mayor Sue Howard explained that, “If you live on the Shore, and you walk on the beach, and you see plastic straws and Styrofoam containers, you know what the damage is.”

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Where Plastic Bans Fall Short

It’s encouraging that local governments are focusing on passing laws to fight plastic litter. Unfortunately, while these laws may reduce the most visible form of plastic pollution, it could be at the expense of other environmental impacts. That’s because, somewhat ironically, disposable plastic bags require fewer resources (land, water, CO2 emissions, etc.) to produce than paper, cotton or reusable plastic bags—by a wide margin.

For example, Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food found that you would need to reuse a paper bag at least 43 times for its per-use environmental impacts to be equal to or less than that of a typical disposable plastic bag used one time. An organic cotton bag must be reused 20,000 times to produce less of an environmental impact than a single-use plastic bag. That would be like using a cotton bag every day for nearly 55 years. (Note that these figures aggregate the bags’ impact on water use, CO2 emissions, land use and more, but they do not include their impact on plastic pollution.)

Banning plastic straws is also increasingly popular. Starbucks recently announced that it would phase out use of plastic straws by the year 2020. Straws don’t provide as much utility as bags, so for many this is an easy adjustment.

But these bans leave the impression that they solve the plastics pollution problem without much discussion of systematic solutions. As a society, we should think holistically about the products we use and their impacts. We can’t just ban bad products—we must invest in alternatives.

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How Consumers, Governments and Businesses Can Beat Plastic Pollution

That same Danish study suggests that the most eco-friendly bag option for consumers is polyester, reused at least 35 times. This keeps plastic pollution out of our natural spaces and reduces the per-use environmental impacts of the bag to the lowest-possible levels. However, it will take a lot more than reusable bags to solve the plastics pollution problem. Right now, only about 9 percent of plastics are recycled globally.

As of January 1, China refused to import most recyclable materials from the United States and other developed countries, claiming the materials exceeded acceptable contamination levels. This has backed up the flow of disposed paper and plastic, causing serious problems for local waste management companies. However, there may be an ironic upside to China’s decision. For too long, the easy option of shipping excess recyclables to China has resulted in underinvestment in in optimizing plastics, maximizing their recovery and reducing waste.

Governments at the state and federal levels need to team up with private industry to address more systemic issues. We need to invest in redesigning plastics so that they can be readily broken down into their molecular units and remanufactured into new plastics of the same quality, the essence of a closed loop system. We need better recycling technology that can address the major obstacle of recycling plastics: about 25 percent of plastics collected are contaminated and therefore unusable. We need to reinvest government budgets in the infrastructure and associated policies needed for these systemic solutions. Once these technologies are deployed at a large scale, we can start recapturing the economic value of plastics, incentivizing their recovery and recycling, while minimizing plastic pollution and overconsumption of natural resources.

We need a wider array of smart public policies, a recycling infrastructure that’s right-sized for the problem, better recycling technology and new business models. Banning single-use plastic bags and straws without significant further action is putting a finger on a spigot at a time when we need to suppress the tidal wave.

Social Media What are the most popular social media sites right now? Social media networks are a major resource for both small and big businesses that are looking to promote their brands on the Internet. And figuring out the most popular social media sites for the audience you are trying to reach is extremely important.

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For example, Facebook is losing ground with teens, while Snapchat is the preferred platform for this demographic. To properly utilize the power of social media, you need to know the most popular social media sites and identify the ones that work best for your business to avoid spreading yourself too thin.

The platforms are easy to use and some of them even have paid advertising options for businesses that want to reach new audiences. However, just because your business needs to be on these platforms doesn’t mean that it has to be on every other social media site.

To make this easy for you, we profiled 20 of the most popular social media sites so you can make informed marketing decisions.

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Most Popular Social Media Sites

Facebook

This is the biggest social media network on the Internet, both in terms of the total number of users and name recognition. Founded on February 4, 2004, Facebook has within 12 years managed to accumulate more than 1.59 billion monthly active users and this automatically makes it one of the best mediums for connecting people from all over the world with your business. It is estimated that more than 1 million small and medium-sized businesses use the platform to advertise their business.

Twitter

You might be thinking that limiting your posts to 140 characters is no way to advertise your business, but you will be shocked to know that this social media platform has more than 320 million active monthly users who make use of the 140 character limit to pass on information. Businesses can use Twitter to interact with prospective clients, answer questions, release the latest news and at the same time use the targeted ads with specific audiences. Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006, and has its headquarters in San Francisco, California.

LinkedIn

Founded on December 14, 2002, and launched 0n May 5, 2003, LinkedIn is hands-down the most popular social media site for professional networking. The website is available in 24 languages and has over 400 million registered users. LinkedIn is great for people looking to connect with people in similar industries, networking with local professionals and displaying business-related information and statistics.

Google+

While it’s no Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, Google+ has its place among the popular social media sites. Its SEO value alone makes it a must-use tool for any small business. Launched on December 15, 2011, Google+ has joined the big leagues registering 418 active million users as of December 2015.

YouTube

YouTube — the largest and most popular video-based social media website — was founded on February 14, 2005, by three former PayPal employees. It was later bought by Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. YouTube has over 1 billion website visitors per month and is the second most popular search engine behind Google.

Pinterest

Launched in March 2010, Pinterest is a relative newcomer in the social media arena. This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where businesses can pin their content.  Pinterest announced September 2015 that it had acquired 100 million users. Small businesses whose target audience is mostly made up of women should definitely invest in Pinterest as more than half of its visitors are women.

Instagram

Like Pinterest, Instagram is a visual social media platform. The site, launched on October 6, 2010, has more than 400 million active users and is owned by Facebook. Many of its users use it to post information about travel, fashion, food, art, and similar subjects. The platform is also distinguished by its unique filters together with video and photo editing features. Almost 95 percent of Instagram users also use Facebook.

Tumblr

Tumblr is one of the most difficult to use social networking platforms, but it’s also one of the most interesting sites. The platform allows several different post formats, including quote posts, chat posts, video and photo posts as well as audio posts, so you are never limited in the type of content that you can share. Like Twitter, reblogging, which is more like retweeting, is quick and easy. The social networking website was founded by David Karp in February 2007 and currently hosts more than 200 million blogs.

Flickr

Flickr, pronounced “Flicker,” is an online image and video hosting platform that was created by the then Vancouver-based Ludicorp on February 10, 2004, and later acquired by Yahoo in 2005. The platform is popular with users who share and embed photographs.  As of October last year, Flickr had more than 112 million users and had its footprint in more than 63 countries. An average of a million photos is shared daily on Flickr.

Reddit

This is a social news and entertainment networking website where registered users can submit content such as direct links and text posts. Users are also able to organize and determine their position on the site’s pages by voting submissions up or down. Submissions with the most positive votes appear in the top category or main page. Reddit was founded by University of Virginia roommates Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman on June 23, 2005. A decade later, the site boasts more than 36 million registered accounts and 231 million monthly visitors.

Snapchat

Snapchat is an image messaging application software product that was created by Reggie Brown, Evan Spiegel, and Bobby Murphy when they were students at Stanford University. The app was officially released in September 2011, and within a short span of time, they have grown immensely registering an average of 100 million daily active users as of May 2015. More than 18 percent of all social media users use Snapchat.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones, PCs, and tablets. The app relies on the Internet to send images, texts, documents, audio and video messages to other users that have the app installed on their devices. Launched in January 2010, WhatsApp Inc. was acquired by Facebook on February 19, 2004, for about $19.3 billion. Today, more than 1 billion people use the service to communicate with their friends, loved ones and even customers.

Indian famous food  is generally known for its spiciness and every single spice used in Indian dishes carries some or other nutritional as well as medical properties which not only makes it unique in taste but also a very healthy. So if you are a food lover but still haven’t tasted these delicious dishes then it’s time to pack your bags and go on a food journey.

Indian famous Food

1 1. Goa

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22. Kolkata
3 3. Lucknow

4 4. Rajasthan

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5 5. Mumbai
6 6. Delhi
7 7. Gujarat
8 8. Chennai
9 9. Uttarakhand
10 10. Assam
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1. Goa

Go high with special Goan beer – feni (made from cashew) & finger-licking tasty seafood (prawns, fishes, crab, etc) & non-veg (chicken, pork, beef, mutton) like Sorpotel, Ambotik, Vindaloo, Fried Fish (Pomfret Fish), Xacuti, Bebinca, Cafrial, and Goan Curry. Local spices and coconut milk are some ingredients of Goan food.

Indian famous food

 

Best time to visit Goa:- Between Mid November to Mid February (Christmas and New Year are celebrated in a big way)

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2. Kolkata

RasgullasSondesh and Mishti Doi is the first thing that strikes our mind and filled our mouth with water in the name of Kolkata. Though famous for its sweets but you cannot forget about the special Hilsa (freshwater fish) Fish cooked in mustard gravy and those super spicy Phuchkas and Jhalmuri which have the ability to set your tongue on fire.

Best time to visit Kolkata:- Between October to March (Durga Puja is celebrated in a very religious way and thus gives you more option to explore some great food)

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3. Lucknow

Popularly known as “Nawabo Ka Seher”. So if you wish to eat like a king with the royal recipes covering your platter then it’s a must-see places to visit and get your taste buds a Nawabi impact with different types of Kebabs, Mutton Rogan Josh, Lucknowi Biryani, Rabri, Lassi, Nihari Kulche, Khasta Kachori, Sheermal, Lucknowi Paan.

Best time to visit Lucknow:- March and April

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4. Rajasthan

Daal Bati Churma is the famous dish of Rajasthan; super rich in Ghee content and no Rajasthani Thali is complete without it. Apart from this; Gatte ki Sabzi, Pyazz Kachori, Papad ki Sabzi, Ghevar, Gond ke Laddu, Kesar Murg and Laapsiare quiet popular and mouth-watering dishes of Rajasthan.

Rajasthan food

 

Best time to visit Rajasthan:- Between October and March

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5. Mumbai

We Indians are just crazy about street foods and for this craving of ours; Mumbai holds the status of being the best street food in India. Mumbai is the birthplace of Vada Pavs which are not only cheap and tasty but also stomach filling. Apart from this, Pav Bhaji, Pani Puris, Dahi Puri, Batata Vada, Ragda Pattice, Kanda Poha, Sev puri, and Bombay Sandwich are other popular street foods that one should never miss in Mumbai.

Mumbai food

 

Best time to visit Mumbai:- Between November to February (during Ganesh Chaturthi you can see the real Mumbaikar style of the feast). Know more about Best time to visit Mumbai according to peak season for travelers.

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6. Delhi

As they say, “Dilli hain Dilwalo ka Seher”, you can get everything here. Chole Bhature holds a special place in the hearts of Delhiites but there are must-visit places if you are big-time foodie and they are – Karim’s, Jama Masjid is best for non-veg food, Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandini Chowk where you get more than 100 variety of Paranthas, Sarvana Bhawan, Connaught Place if you are South Indian food lover, Keventer’s which offers the best shakes of Delhi and famous Momos of Lajpat Nagar. I bet you will never forget the taste and treatment of Delhi. You can also check out the Delicious Street Food of Delhi

Best time to visit Delhi:- Between October to March

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7. Gujarat

Gujarat is heaven in India for vegetarians. Famous foods consist of Undhiyu, Handvo, Khandvi, Khaman Dhokla, Thepla, Muthiya, Fafda, Khicho. Just as the people of Gujarat; their dishes are also very traditional. The flavors are basically a beautiful amalgamation of sweet, sour, and spicy tastes.

Indian famous food

 

Best time to visit Gujarat:- Between November to March (if you visit during Navratras, you not only get their variety of super tasty traditional sweets but also you can enjoy the Garba Dance function which is celebrated in a big level)

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8. Chennai

They follow the most unique and traditional way of eating i.e. on Banana Leaves. Rice is their staple food and their dishes are the most healthy and full of nutrition and proteins which includes Kothu Parotta, Idli, Sambhar, Puttu, Appam, Idyappam, Murukku, Dosa. Chennai is a sure show stopper for every food lover.

Indian famous food

 

Best time to visit Chennai:-  Between November to February

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9. Uttarakhand

There is magic in the recipes of Uttarakhand. Their traditional cuisines are not simple to prepare but at the same time appealing to the palate and can give you the major health and fitness goals. The yummy and mouthwatering highlights include Jhangora ki Kheer, Til ki Chutney, Aalo Tamatar ka Jhol, Bhatt ki Churdkani, Bhaang ki Chutney, and Chainsoo.

Best time to visit Uttarakhand:-  Between March and JuneJuly to September, October to February

Jim Corbett National Park is the famous attraction of Uttarakhand. Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett is one of the best options to see wild animal’s tendency in natural habitat and admire adorable scenes of the National Park.

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10. Assam

The cuisine of Assam is famous for rice delicacies and is one of the popular food items in India. Their food is less with spice but with great taste. The best include Khaar, Duck Meat Curry, Masoor Tenga, Aaloo Pitika, Xaak aru Bhaji, Ou Khatta. Apart food; Assam is world famous for its tea production.

Indian famous food

Assam tea is best known for its strong malty flavor and bright color and forms an indispensable part of the cuisines. Apart from cuisine, Assam is also famous for Kaziranga National Park – Home of the one-horned rhino.

Best time to visit Assam:- Between November and March

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India

India

India has one of the most exotic and ancient cultures in human history (which makes it very exciting for India sightseeing).  It’s more than just a country it’s a subcontinent with many different languages, religions, and cultural differences.

This gives India many different tourist places for everyone.  India has long been a region whose products have been coveted by people the world over (don’t forget to buy A LOT of stuff when your completing all your tourist attractions in India.

From its spices, textiles, rugs, and dishware, it has long been known to be an area to purchase luxury goods.  It is home to some of the world’s first universities and also home to the modern Western number system (numbers zero – nine).  Here are the top 5 tourist places in India:

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New Delhi, Taj Mahal, and Red Fort

New Delhi is the capital of northern India after the Muslim invasion and also the political capital.  The Taj Mahal was built as a mausoleum for the emperor Shan Jahan’s wife.  He was considered the wealthiest man in the world at the time (early 17th century).

The Taj Mahal is actually a complext not just one building, you should look around the entire complex which provides impressive views and structures.  Nearby is the Red Fort which is an extravagant palace of the foreign Mughals (Indian for Mongols) empire.

Mumbai India

The New York City of India, it’s the cultural, business, and entertainment capital of the country.  You can stroll through Bollywood which is India’s Hollywood.  Due to India’s rich history there are bountiful museums and endless structures to see.

Make sure you support the Indian economy with the New York style shopping (one of the most popular things to do in Mumbai): custom tailored silk shirts for under $30, unique jewelry only found in India, luxury leathered goods, and anything else you could possibly think of (prepare your taste buds for a tumultuous ride because they will be burned off with the spicy food).

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Hindu Temples India

Many people don’t realize that India is an incredibly diverse nation.  While the official languages of India are English and Hindi, the government recognizes 22 languages.  A lot of history comes with all that diversity and this is why you see all the different temples throughout India.

The Gold temple of Amristar is a one of the popular tourist attractions in India and the Temples of Mahabalipuram and Chola Temples in are also that list.  If you are only able to visit just one area then focus on the temples in South India.

Jaipur

Another city for many India tourist attractions you are able to shop, go sightseeing, and take excursions.  Hawa Mahal, the Amber Fort, and the City Palace are great areas to go sightseeing in India.  As with the shopping in New Delhi, Jaipur has great malls and also great specialty markets.  Camel rides are very popular as well.

Safari’s and Outdoor activities

Languages and India tourist attractions are not where the diversity stops.  India is home to mountains, desert, and beaches.  The country offers great safari’s through the jungle to see the varied animals including the Bengal Tigers and desert safaris as well.

Camping, rafting, trekking mountain sides, and skiing can also be placed on this list.  Dont forget that India has over 4,500 miles of coastline on the Indian Ocean.  An incredible coastline is a must add to your tourist places in india.