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A Creative café

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Rajiv Daulaguphu
Would you agree that café is a Mecca of urban society? Be it an important informal business meeting, catching up with friends or loved ones, a coffee bar/shop has the perfect setting for all the social animals. In some cafés you don’t even have to order food and can chit chat for long hours without getting bothered by anyone.
 When Pink Cherry Bubble Café in Guwahati was conceptualized, the pool of people who came to help was really inspiring. When host of brains come together to work for a common purpose the results are always stupefying. And, when this cafeteria was launched on 10th May, 2014, it was a collaboration of various people coming from different backgrounds. There and then, I understood that this cafeteria deserves to be more than just a food café. Therefore, we thought of making this place an ‘open creative space’ and utilize the café more constructively.

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Probiotics: Busting the Myths

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Pati- E- Pateinki Lyngdoh
The human gut contains more bacteria than there are eukaryotic cells in the body. Collectively, this gut flora represents a virtual organ with a metabolic activity and a microbiome more diverse than that of the human genome. Some members of this commensal flora, defined as probiotics, have been demonstrated to beneficially affect the body by providing a health-promoting or immunomodulatory challenge to the host. Although described for over a century, scientists and clinicians have realised the significant medical applications of these probiotics. There are very few people who have not heard about the “new” health miracles called probiotics. They claim to help health problems, ranging from constipation to diarrhoea, and prevent colds or fight them once you had once. Probiotics are showing up in foods, beverages, and supplements. What exactly are they, do they work, and are they safe for us to consume them? Let’s start with the facts behind what probiotics are. The root of the word probiotic comes from the Greek word ‘pro’ meaning “promoting” and ‘biotic’ meaning “life.” The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Yes, they are actually alive, and most of these microorganisms are bacteria. Most people think of antibiotics and antibacterial products when talk about bacteria.

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The trend of the cupcake

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Rajiv Daulaguphu
Cupcakes probably evolved in the United States in the late 19th century. Food historians are yet to ascertain the exact reason of naming cupcakes as cupcakes. There are two theories revolving though, first is the cakes are originally cooked in cups, and secondly, the ingredients used to make cupcakes were measured by cups. Whatever may be the reason one thing is true that cupcakes are candy to your eyes and your all time taste buddy. Being the first article on this genre I would like to share my cupcake journey with you all.

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Preventive measures for Pox, Pneumonia and Enterotoxemia in sheep and goats

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Dr. Simson Soren
The goat is one of the earliest domesticated animals in livestock farming. It is a multifunctional animal, providing meat, milk and wool and it gains much importance among the landless, small and marginal farmers in our country due to its higher prolificacy and short generation interval. Goat rearing is a great economic support to a large section of the population in rural areas and it is because of this that the goat is known as a ‘Poor Man’s Cow’. The very important characteristics of goats is their efficient survival abilities in adverse harsh environments and in poor quality land where very few crops can be grown, they can efficiently survive with poor quality available shrubs and trees. In many parts of our country, the goat has a religious and ritualistic importance and also in ceremonial feastings and for the payment of social dues.

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The myth of North East being a neglected region

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Rajiv Roy
The recently held International Conference ‘India’s North Eastern States and Eastern Neighbors: Engaging for Connectivity, Culture and Prosperity by An Intelligent Third Space’ organized by Divya Jeevan Foundation, Asian Confluence and Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), Union Ministry of External Affairs at Shillong last December has some vital points to ponder upon even as it was argued that the notion of the north east region of India being a neglected region is nothing more than a myth.
Ambassador Ranjit Gupta, ICWA who participated in the conference emphasized on seven important steps that civil society institutions could and should initiate.

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