IIM-Lucknow, HPCL join hands to support start-ups

An MoU was signed vetween IIM - Lucknow and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited on innovative ideas and startups.

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have joined hands to incubate innovative ideas and start-ups in the energy sector.

An MoU in this connection was signed at Enterprise Incubation Centre (Lucknow-incubator) of IIM-Lucknow, Noida campus, on July 22.

Students of IIM-Lucknow and its Noida campus, IIM alumni and any graduate who comes up with a brilliant idea for a start-up will be supported under the programme.

Aspirants made presentations before the steering committee comprising executive director, HPCL, Rakesh Misri, GM, HPCL, Sanjay Kumar, senior manager, HPCL, Shantanu Mohinta, managing director of Lucknow-incubator Prof M Akbar, investors Dhianu and Arun Agarwal, and vice-president, Lucknow-incubator, IIM-L, S Rounaque Mustafa.

The Lucknow-incubator of IIM-L had received about 150 applications. After two rounds of screening, 12 applicants were shortlisted and invited for pitching session.

The proposals covered areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, internet of things (IoT) and solar energy.

The selected start-ups will be provided seed investment and incubation at IIM-L’s Lucknow-incubator.

HPCL’s executive director said his company was committed to fostering new ideas in energy sector and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth. He emphasised on the significance of the MoU.

Lucknow-incubator’s MD Prof M Akbar hailed HPCL for bringing the start-up programme to Lucknow-incubator.

“The agreement will unlock the unlimited and undeniable potential of the start-up ecosystem in India and translate into major impact for the economy as a whole,” he said.

The IIM-L will soon set up an incubation and research centre to promote innovative projects and research on its campus.

“Anybody who comes with a viable proposal for setting up an innovative project, the IIM-L will support it and will help in transferring technology to the industry,” director, IIM-L, Ajit Prasad had earlier told Hindustan Times.

The Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi) has agreed to give Rs 3.5 crore for the incubation centre.

NEET must go: TN parties join hands to seek exemption for state from exam

Politial parties in Tamil Nadu has alleged bias against students from south India in NEET - the entrance test to medical and dental colleges.

New Delhi All parties from Tamil Nadu on Wednesday joined hands in the Rajya Sabha to demand complete exemption of the state’s students from the examination to medical and dental colleges, National Eligibility cum Entrance (NEET), alleging bias against them in the examination. The Centre said the matter was sub-judice.

The government responded to the charges saying it had given its views on the legislation passed by the state government for exempting Tamil Nadu from NEET and it was now up to the President to take a view on it.

AIADMK and DMK members also trooped in the Well of the House for a brief while and shouted slogans seeking exemption for Tamil Nadu.

Raising the issue through a zero hour mention, A K Selvaraj (AIADMK) said the state assembly had passed a legislation for exempting Tamil Nadu students from NEET but the President had so far not given his assent to it.

He claimed that 98% of the students studied the state syllabus, but the examination was based on the CBSE syllabus.

Kanimozhi (DMK) said it was not correct to state that Tamil Nadu wanted one-year exemption. “All parties (in Tamil Nadu) want permanent exemption (from NEET),” she said, adding that the state government had invested in medical college infrastructure.

A Navaneethakrishan (AIADMK) alleged that tough questions were given to students from the southern states and easy ones to those from the north. “This is discrimination,” he said.

T K Rangarajan (CPI-M) said half of the questions in the NEET examination were out of the syllabus for Tamil Nadu students

“Is this the way of cooperative federalism? State assembly passes a resolution, the Central government is not accepting it,” he asked.

Anand Sharma (Cong) wanted the Centre to make its stand clear on the state legislation.

D Raja (CPI) demanded that Tamil Nadu be given exemption from the entrance examination.

HRD minister Prakash Javedekar said the government has “taken note of every body’s pleas” and the issue was discussed with everyone.

“The matter is in advanced stage and sub-judice,” he said, adding “We have taken note of everybody’s plea.”

Health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said the common entrance examination for all medical colleges in the country was supported by the Supreme Court and all political parties.

Last year, exemption was given but this year the NEET examination has already taken place, he said.

“We have given our views (on the legislation passed by Tamil Nadu) and also replied” to the grounds given by the state government for seeking exemption, he said. It was now up to the president to take a view on granting assent to the Bill, he said.

The government is holding talks on the matter through the ministry of home affairs, Nadda added.

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

During summers, the heat doesn’t just dehydrate our body but also robs away all the moisture from our skinmaking it look dull and dry. The skin tans because of the UVA radiation from the sun. The UVA rays pierce into the lower layers of the epidermis and trigger the cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the brown pigment in the skin that causes tanning. Tanning increases the risk of pre-mature aging of the skin. Our hands are subjected to the maximum amount of sun exposure as they are rarely hidden from the harmful rays. This may cause an uneven skin tone and discoloration. To get rid of tanning, people may opt for harsh methods like bleaching their skin, but this causes further darkening and makes it rough and dry. Here are a seven home remedies for tanned hands that are completely natural and without any harmful side-effects:

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

1. Yogurt and Turmeric 

Take a bowl of yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix it together and apply it on your tanned hands. Rinse it off after 20 minutes. Yogurt contains probiotics which lighten the skin and moisturize it while turmeric improves uneven skin tone.

yogurt

2. Soaking in Lemon Juice

Take a bowl with warm lemon juice and soak your tanned hands in it for 20 minutes. After that, rinse your hands with cold water. The vitamin C in the lemon juice protects the skin cells from the UV rays. Make sure you moisturize your skin after this as the acidic lime juice may make your skin dry.

lemon

3. Aloe Vera

Take some fresh aloe vera gel from the sap of the leaf and apply it on your hands. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. The gel consists of antioxidants that protect the skin cells and remove the tan.

aloe vera

4. Cucumber Paste

Take a cup of cucumber juice and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix this with turmeric powder and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off. This will refresh your skin and will help it regain its lost glow.

cucumbercucumber paste; Photo Credit: facebook/making natural cosmetics

5. Almond Paste

Take 5 to 6 almonds and soak them overnight. Later, blend the almonds with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste, leave it on overnight and wash it off the following morning. Almonds are rich in vitamins and riboflavin which protects the skin and improves its health.

almonds

6. Sandalwood and Turmeric Powder

Take a few teaspoons of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder and mix them. Add two-three drops of rose water to this. Mix them together and make a thick paste to apply on your hands. Leave this paste on for 30 minutes and then wash it off. This will improve the complexion of the skin and treat the damaged areas.

sandalwoodSandalwood and turmeric powder; Photo Credit: facebook/MDH organic health

If you have any other secret beauty remedies from your granny’s kitty, we’d love to hear about them!

6 Easy Home Remedies for Tanned Hands

During summers, the heat doesn’t just dehydrate our body but also robs away all the moisture from our skinmaking it look dull and dry. The skin tans because of the UVA radiation from the sun. The UVA rays pierce into the lower layers of the epidermis and trigger the cells called melanocytes. These cells produce melanin, the brown pigment in the skin that causes tanning. Tanning increases the risk of pre-mature aging of the skin. Our hands are subjected to the maximum amount of sun exposure as they are rarely hidden from the harmful rays. This may cause an uneven skin tone and discoloration. To get rid of tanning, people may opt for harsh methods like bleaching their skin, but this causes further darkening and makes it rough and dry. Here are a seven home remedies

for tanned hands that are completely natural and without any harmful side-effects:

1. Yogurt and Turmeric 

Take a bowl of yogurt and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Mix it together and apply it on your tanned hands. Rinse it off after 20 minutes. Yogurt contains probiotics which lighten the skin and moisturize it while turmeric improves uneven skin tone.

yogurt

2. Soaking in Lemon Juice

Take a bowl with warm lemon juice and soak your tanned hands in it for 20 minutes. After that, rinse your hands with cold water. The vitamin C in the lemon juice protects the skin cells from the UV rays. Make sure you moisturize your skin after this as the acidic lime juice may make your skin dry.

lemon

3. Aloe Vera

Take some fresh aloe vera gel from the sap of the leaf and apply it on your hands. Leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning. The gel consists of antioxidants that protect the skin cells and remove the tan.

aloe vera

4. Cucumber Paste

Take a cup of cucumber juice and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Mix this with turmeric powder and make a paste out of it. Apply this paste, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off. This will refresh your skin and will help it regain its lost glow.

cucumbercucumber paste; Photo Credit: facebook/making natural cosmetics

5. Almond Paste

Take 5 to 6 almonds and soak them overnight. Later, blend the almonds with milk to make a paste. Apply this paste, leave it on overnight and wash it off the following morning. Almonds are rich in vitamins and riboflavin which protects the skin and improves its health.

almonds

6. Sandalwood and Turmeric Powder

Take a few teaspoons of sandalwood powder and turmeric powder and mix them. Add two-three drops of rose water to this. Mix them together and make a thick paste to apply on your hands. Leave this paste on for 30 minutes and then wash it off. This will improve the complexion of the skin and treat the damaged areas.

sandalwoodSandalwood and turmeric powder; Photo Credit: facebook/MDH organic health

If you have any other secret beauty remedies from your granny’s kitty, we’d love to hear about them!