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‘Black seed oil helps build resilience against infections’ – Prof. M. H. A. Tissera

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The spike in Covid-19 has caused widespread concern with infections and related deaths on an upward trend. Not only the elderly, but even young people are at risk of infection by variants of the virus sweeping across the country.

In these challenging times, what remains critical is to build resilience in the body against infections. A strong immune system helps fight infectious diseases. Vaccines trigger one’s immune response to recognize and fight disease-causing organisms.

In this context, the vaccination drive offers a good opportunity to build resilience in the body against the coronavirus. On the other hand, Ayurveda practices also play a useful role with many people opting for recommended herbal preparations to boost their body immunity.

“Scientific research has identified black seed oil as a potent immunity booster”, says Ayurveda physician, Prof. M. H. A. Tissera.

With a history dating back to over 3,000 years, black seed is at present used in Ayurveda and Unani treatment to boost immunity. Due to its unique medicinal properties, black seed is an essential component for the treatment of many ailments, including the management and treatment of respiratory tract conditions such as asthma, cough and cold and phlegm-related diseases, he noted.

In experiments conducted by reputed universities worldwide, it was found that thymoquinone, the main active ingredient in black seed oil, has the ability to increase the body’s immunity to a great extent. This component increases the white cells in the blood and fights bacteria and viruses that infiltrate the human body, he explained.

Therefore, it is advisable to take half a teaspoon or one teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with bee’s honey daily after breakfast to lead a healthy life, Prof. Tissera added.



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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