Boost Your Immunity With This Ajwain- Black Pepper Water


  • Ajwain seeds are also known as carom seeds
  • Ajwain seeds are very good for digestion
  • Black pepper is also loaded with antioxidants

In this changing weather, we need to shift our focus back on immunity. This period is such that our body becomes more and more susceptible to seasonal ailments, the sudden nip in the air only makes it worse. However, that does not mean you need to be scared all the time. A healthy, balanced diet coupled with a few good lifestyle habits can make it very easy for you to keep the seasonal infections at bay. Moreover, our pantry is filled with herbs and spices that could not only help you manage the symptoms but also avert the risk of infection. You can add these to your food, or make soothing concoctions like this ajwain-black pepper water.

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Both ajwain (carom seeds) and black pepper are replete with antioxidants that help fight the dangerous free radical activity. These chain reactions often cause ageing of cells and impair immunity. Additionally, black pepper is also enriched with vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, which help ease symptoms often associated with cold and cough. It helps heal sore and scratchy throat, and de-clog nose. This is perhaps why black pepper is one of the preferred ingredients in an Ayurvedic kadha, along with ajwain which also happens to be a traditional remedy for indigestion, gas and bloating.

(Also Read: Why You Should Be Drinking Ajwain Water Every Day: 6 Hard-to-Beat Reasons)


Ajwain, black pepper and ginger are all regarded very highly in Ayurveda

That’s not all, this herbal drink also has healing properties of ginger, which does not cease to impress us because of its long list of health benefits.

How to Make Ajwain- Black Pepper Water:


  • Half inch ginger root
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp ajwain


1. To make this delightful herbal drink, take a vessel add a cup of water, then black pepper powder, ajwain or (carom seeds) and ginger root. Bring it to boil.

2. Let it steep for a two to three minutes.

3. Strain in a cup, you can add some honey and drink it as tea or collect the drink in a tumbler and keep sipping on it throughout the day.

This herbal drink is sure to provide you immense comfort but that does not mean you skip your medicines, if prescribed. And, make sure you do not take your diet lightly either.

Try this drink and let us know how you liked it in the comments section below

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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Queen nightmare: Monarch forced to AXE dozens of Palace staff amid £100million black hole

The Queen, 94, suffered a £100million loss during the coronavirus pandemic as popular tourist sites were forced to close, which will result in 86 full-time positions being made redundant, according to an expert. The Historic Royal Palaces had forecast an income of £110million for 2020 but have had to re-evaluate the figure to just £10million. The charity has since had to cut 86 full-time positions.

Speaking on ITV’s royal rota, Mr Ship said: “The impact coronavirus has had on the royal finances.

“Not the Queen’s income from the Sovereign Grant or the Duchy of Lancaster but this is for the charities, the historic royal palaces.”

Producer Lizzie Robinson said: “The historic royal palaces have six unoccupied sites; the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.

“They were forecasting an income of around £110million this year.

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“But because of the pandemic they are now only forecasting an income of £10million.”

Mr Ship added: “So it’s a £100million loss.

“They’re saying that they’re having to make 86 full-time positions redundant which is going to affect 145 people from their payroll.”

It comes as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have travelled to Sandringham after spending six weeks at Balmoral.

A palace spokesman said last week that the Queen and Philip intended to move from Balmoral “to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate”.

The spokesman added: “Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace for selected audiences and engagements.

“These plans will be kept under review and will of course be subject to all relevant guidance and advice.”

Future arrangements for the 99-year-old duke are still being discussed.

Alesha Dixon style: Britain’s Got Talent judge wears Black Lives Matter necklace for show

Opting for her hair up, the judge had her sleek brown hair in a long ponytail which fell under her shoulders.

Alesha wore a lot of gold jewellery with two rings on each hand as well as multiple earrings in each ear.

She went for a soft glam makeup look with contour and a peach blush and she completed the look with a brown lip.

The singer posted a sneak peek of her look on her Instagram before the show.

GoPro unleashes all-new HERO9 Black to fix your biggest complaint with its cameras

GoPro has announced a new entry into its best-selling action camera range: the GoPro HERO9 Black. When it comes to lightweight and compact cameras, GoPro is comfortably ahead of the pack. In fact, its name has now become interchangeable with the entire action camera category for most people. However, if you’ve had complaints about its recent devices – chances are, the HERO9 Black solves ’em.

With the HERO9 Black, GoPro has finally introduced a front-facing display to its flagship camera. This was always one of the biggest omissions on previous GoPro kit. Sure, you could open the smartphone app to line-up your shot (or ask a friend to peer around the back of the selfie stick to make sure everyone had managed to squeeze into the viewfinder) but it wasn’t ideal.

Thankfully, those days are behind you. With the HERO9 Black, you’ll be able to line-up shots on the GoPro using the 1.4-inch colour front-facing display even when it’s attached in an awkward position – like at the end of your snowboard, squeezed into the wheel arch of your car, or strapped to the end of your arm. Of course, there’s still a rear touchscreen display that lets you tweak the settings and review footage you’ve just shot.

In fact, the HERO9 Black has a larger rear display than previous models, now clocking in at 2.27-inches, which should make it easier to toggle settings and navigate through the menus – perfect if you’re in the middle of an adrenaline-fuelled extreme sport and want to make a couple of quick changes.

GoPro HERO 6 – UK price, release date and new features explained

Elsewhere, the HERO9 Black has a truckload of improvements, including a redesigned sensor that lets you shoot in 5K video. This means you’ll be able to crop into your footage and still leave with a 4K file to watch in pixel-packed detail on your Ultra HD telly. Footage shot in 5K is limited to 30 frames-per-second compared with the 60fps option available at 4K and the 120fps in 2.7K and 1440p. The HERO9 Black is capable of shooting 20-megapixel still images too – and all of the previous camera modes are still supported, including SuperPhoto, Burst Mode, Continuous Shooting, Night Lapse and more.

There’s also an extra 30 percent extra battery compared to its predecessor. Granted, the new front-facing screen will probably drain some of that added battery life, so we’ll have to get our hands on the HERO9 Black to see whether it’s a substantial upgrade on its predecessor.

GoPro has overhauled its stabilisation smarts, now branded as HyperSmooth 3.0, which includes in-camera horizon levelling. Previously only available in the companion smartphone app, this means you’ll be able to twist and spin the camera as much as you want – but the image in the viewfinder (and the resulting footage) keeps the horizon perfectly level. This should prevent any nausea from any travel sick-prone viewers watching your mountain bike shudder down a rocky path. Of course, you don’t have to switch this option on if you’re looking for a more authentic bouncy look to your videos.

The built-in folding mounting fingers which were introduced with the HERO8 Black and GoPro Max make a welcome return to the HERO9 Black too. This design tweak means you won’t have to pop the GoPro in and out of a case to mount it to any of your accessories. The case is waterproof to 10metres, so you can take it for a swim (and a pretty deep swim at that) without any worries.

“HERO9 Black reflects our commitment to delivering what our customers have been asking for, including more value for their money,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “HERO9 Black is a beast of a product, and GoPro subscribers can get it for £100 off at while also enjoying unlimited cloud storage of their GoPro footage, up to 50 percent on everything at and no-questions-asked camera replacement. And we’re not done, with more value adds coming to GoPro subscribers later this year.”

HERO9 Black is available right now, starting from £429.99. You can pick it up from for £329.98 with a one-year subscription and existing GoPro subscribers will be able to upgrade to the latest camera at the discounted £329.98 price too.

For those who don’t know, the GoPro subscription offers no-questions-asked camera replacement, unlimited cloud storage for GoPro photos and video at original quality, enhanced live streaming to with fewer restrictions than other live streaming services, and up to 50 percent discount on mounts and accessories. The GoPro subscription is available for £49.99 annually or £4.99 a month.

This Black Pepper And Clove Detox Water May Aid Weight Loss And Digestion


  • Detox drinks help speed up the process of weight loss
  • We bring you black pepper-clove detox drink for digestion and weight loss
  • Start your day with a cup of this black pepper-clove detox water

Weight loss has always been at the centre of every health-related discussion. Shedding some extra kilos not only helps us fit in our favourite outfit but also does wonders to our overall health. Moreover, it may help decrease the risks of several lifestyle-related diseases. In the current scenario (on-going Coronavirus pandemic) when we all have curtailed our outdoor activities, many people have been complaining about weight gain. If you happen to be one of them, then this article is just for you!

Food and drinks play an important role in weight management. As per experts around the world, what we consume on a daily basis share a symbiotic relationship with a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. Although a proper weight loss journey needs time and dedication, there are some detox drinks that help speed up the process. One such example is of detox water made with healthy kitchen spices like black pepper (kali mirch) and clove (laung).

Benefits of Black Pepper For Weight Loss:

As per Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND, “Black pepper is loaded with a compound called piperine. It is known to accelerate metabolic performance and lowers the rate of fat accumulation in our body.”

Also Read: 6 Amazing Black Pepper Benefits: More than Just a Spice

4r83uekBlack pepper has vitamin C, A, flavonoids, carotenes and other anti-oxidants

Benefits of Clove For Weight Loss:

Cloves contain eugenol that is known to promote digestion and speeds up metabolism. Good digestion is one of the key factors for effective weight loss.

Also Read: Including Clove And Cinnamon In Green Tea May Help You Shed Extra Kilos

2rum39p8Cloves contains minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and magnesium

For the unversed, our digestive tract is dubbed to be responsible for absorbing the nutrients from food. Hence, any issue in the system may create a problem in our weight loss journey.

Drink this black pepper and clove detox water early in the morning and give a healthy start to the day. But always remember, moderation is the key!

How To Make Black Pepper-Clove Detox Water For Weight Loss And Digestion:


1 glass water

4 black pepper

2 cloves


Step 1. Soak the black pepper and cloves in water over-night.

Step 2. Next morning, boil the water and strain it.

Step 3. You may add some lemon and pink salt to the water to immune-health and stamina.

Eat healthy, stay fit!

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Officer charged after allegedly ordering K9 to attack Black man who was surrendering

Nickolas Pearce has been placed on administrative leave since video of the incident became public last month. He is now facing an aggravated assault charge, a second-degree felony.

CNN could not reach Pearce for comment.

The local police union defended Pearce Wednesday. “We firmly stand behind Officer Pearce,” Salt Lake Police Association President Steven Winters told CNN after the charge was announced. “We believe he was justified in what he did, and look forward to the criminal justice process working its way out.” Pearce has not yet appeared in court.

Pearce and other officers were responding to a domestic violence call April 24 when they encountered Jeffery Ryans, who was subject to a protective order that prohibited him from being at the residence.

According to the probable cause statement, “Ryans did not express any intentions or engage in actions reflecting he was going to resist the officers” and kept his hands in the air throughout the encounter.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill told The New York Times that Utah law allows officers to use force but that but “when you cross that threshold, you need to be held accountable, just like anybody else.”

CNN could not reach Gill for comment.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said the Civilian Review Board also completed an independent investigation, but the department is still analyzing it.

“If Internal Affairs finds that Officer Pearce committed a policy violation, the Chief’s Office will follow the disciplinary process required under state and federal law,” the department said Wednesday in a press release.

What happened

Police approached Ryans at the residence around 3:30 a.m. saying they were responding to an incident of domestic violence, according to Ryans’ lawyers. Ryans’ daughter made the 911 call to police, according to a recording of the call released by police.

“My dad is doing very bad things to our family,” the daughter says.

“He’s yelling and screaming,” she says, as raised voices are heard in the background.

“Did he strike your mom?” the operator asks.

The daughter answers: “Yes.”

Salt Lake City police officer ordered his K9 to bite a Black man's leg repeatedly, lawyers say, and now it may need to be amputated

Asked by the operator if her father lives at the house, the daughter replies, “No, he has a restraining order.”

One of Ryans’ lawyers, Daniel Gardner, confirmed to CNN that there was a protective order in place but said the couple “were under the impression that it had been lifted because that was the wishes of Mrs. Ryans.”

According to body-worn camera footage from the incident provided to CNN by the man’s attorneys and Salt Lake City Police, an officer mentions the protective order to Ryans who then tells that officer that his wife “said she lifted it off.”

“(Ryans and his wife) did not understand that a judge is the only one that can lift a protective order,” Gardner explained.

Police asked Ryans to leave the house, according to the video. They also spoke to his wife, who confirmed that she has a protective order and told officers that Jeffery was in the house when she got home.

When the officers found him in the backyard, one of the six officers tells him “you’re not supposed to be here Jeffery.”

“Alright, well she let me in,” he claims. Several officers can be heard ordering Ryans to “get on the ground.” One officer says that Ryans tried to jump the fence.

Pearce demanded that Ryans get on the ground. Three seconds later Pearce kicked Ryans and then ordered a K9 named Tuco to bite the suspect, according to the probable cause statement.

Video shows Ryans lying on the ground protesting and exclaiming in pain as a dog bites and tugs at his left leg. One officer is seen handcuffing him while another officer repeatedly says “good boy” to the dog.

“Why are you biting me?” Ryans screams on the video at one point.

As Ryans is on the ground being handcuffed, an officer can be heard saying “we need medical for a dog bite” over the radio.

Ryans, a locomotive engineer, says several times throughout the incident that he was trying to get his work clothes from the house.

Ryans was hospitalized for leg lacerations that were four to five inches long. His attorneys told CNN last month that Ryans needed several surgeries.

Meghan Markle ‘planning Black Lives Matter’ movie as part of mega Netflix deal

Last week the streaming giant announced a major new deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The couple have agreed to produce films, documentaries and children’s shows for the company.

Whilst the exact figure hasn’t been released Meghan and Harry’s Netflix deal has been estimated to be worth $150million (£120million).

According to the Daily Mirror Meghan is keen to produce a film about Patrisse Cullors, one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter.

The prominent activist has reportedly “hugely inspired” the Duchess.

She launched Black Lives Matter back in 2013 along with Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza.

A source explained: “Meghan has been blown away by the incredible work Patrisse has done. She thinks her story needs to be told – and she would love to be the one to make it.”

Ms Cullors has previously said she would refuse to meet with President Trump who she has reportedly described as the “epitome of evil”.

The Black Lives Matter movement saw a surge in support following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, whilst he was being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis.

In response huge protests broke out across the United States, and even outside it, demanding social and racial justice.

READ MORE: Britons furious at Meghan Markle keeping royal title

He said: “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership.

“We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home – and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.”

Back in January the Duke and Duchess caused a global sensation by announcing they planned to step down as senior members of the royal family.

Instead the couple pledged to become financially independent and said they would divide their time between North America and Britain.

After a brief stay in Canada they moved to California, Meghan’s home state, shortly before the coronavirus lockdown began.

Recently they purchased a new £11.2million property to the north of Los Angeles.

The luxury property comes complete with a swimming pool, tennis court and children’s cottage.

Reacting to the Netflix deal the Duke and Duchess said: “Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit, of courage, resilience and the need for connection.

“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”

Alesha Dixon shows off toned midriff in strappy black bra on Britain's Got Talent

In one ear, she wore a long dangling silver earring, with a silver hoop in the other ear.

This year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent was first aired earlier this year.

However, the coronavirus pandemic meant the remaining episodes were put on hold until August.

On the show tonight, Alesha was joined by long-time judge Amanda Holden.

Professor who lied about being Black resigns

“Dr. Krug has resigned her position, effective immediately. Her classes for this semester will be taught by other faculty members, and students in those courses will receive additional information this week,” the university said in a statement obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

It continued, “We hope that with this update our community can begin to heal and move forward.”

Requests for comment from Krug, formerly a history professor specializing in Africa and Latin America, have not been returned.

The resignation comes after backlash from Krug’s essay, published on September 3, in which Krug admitted to masquerading as North African, African American and “Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness” throughout her adult life. She is, she said, actually White, Jewish and from Kansas City.

One student at GWU who had a class with Krug told CNN she fronted as an Afro-Latina woman from the Bronx.

Just one day after the essay published, GWU announced Krug would no longer be teaching for the semester while the university reviewed the situation.

Krug apologized for what she called her “continued appropriation of a Black Caribbean identity,” saying she was wrong, unethical, immoral, anti-Black and colonial.

“I am not a culture vulture,” she wrote. “I am a culture leech.”

China bubonic plague: Black death fears SOAR as cases reach highest in decades

Mongolia recently reported its third death from the disease this year. The infection rates and number of deaths are rapidly increasing in the East Asian country at the highest level in decades.

Officials have said at least 17 out of Mongolia’s 21 provinces have the potential to become a source of a bubonic plague outbreak.

Mongolia has been living with the deadly disease for centuries as the country eats meat from marmots as a delicacy.

The rodent is a carrier of the plague due to infected fleas.

But bans on hunting and trading marmots has not deterred people in Mongolia from consuming the infected meat.

READ MORE: China’s black death terror spreads as THIRD death sees pandemic fear

Bubonic Plague was one of the most devastating diseases in human history.

The deadly infection killed around 100million people in the 14th century.

The plague also comes in other forms including the enteric plague, pneumonic plague and septicemic plague.

The bubonic plague is the most common form of the disease that people can get.

Its name originates from the symptoms it causes including painful, swollen lymph nodes or “buboes” in the armpit or groin.

Between 2010 to 2015, there were 584 deaths from the disease and 3,248 reported cases worldwide.

In the Middle Ages, the bubonic plague was referred to as the “Black Death” due to the gangrenous blackening and death of body parts.

An infected person usually becomes ill within two to six days after catching the disease.

Other symptoms include chills, fever, headache, muscle aches and tiredness.

The deadly disease can also affect a person’s lungs causing chest pain, coughs and difficulty breathing.