Abandoned in temples and large hotels, the flowers of New Delhi have a second life to be converted into colored powders, a safer way to color the body during the festival of Holi and also can be very supportive.
As every year, millions of people “play” Holi today throughout India, the colorful Hindu festival that a day after the first full moon in March marks the beginning of the spring season in the Asian country.
Dances and music are mixed in this traditional party with water and tons of “gulal”, colored powders that are thrown happily among the participants, but some of these pigments have chemical components that can be harmful to health.
To achieve a less harmful festival, the NGO Society for Child Development (SFCD) of New Delhi included among its activities a program to produce organic products from natural waist.
The project “Avacayam”, which in Sanskrit means “collect flowers”, has been working since 2000 with people with intellectual disabilities who convert abandoned petals into colored powders, and then sell them and help the group financially.
“All the money that arrives is reused in the organization: we run a small school for children with disabilities and we pay people who work during the year, so they can have income,” says Efe Madhumita Puri, founder of the association.
From Monday to Saturday, a small green van carries the floral remains of different temples, banquet halls, wedding houses and large hotels to the NGO headquarters in the north of the Indian capital.
There, a group of able workers classifies the product according to its color and distributes it in different baskets, while others are responsible for cutting the petals into smaller pieces.
After this, the remains obtained are left to dry and prepared for sale, mainly to large companies that buy wholesale and then distribute it, although it is also packaged in small quantities, says Puri.
The SFCD, in addition to giving work to dozens of people who due to their different cognitive abilities cannot access it, contributes to increasing the use of organic “gulal” during the Holi, much less harmful to health than that manufactured with chemical products.
“Colors that are not organic carry heavy metals, some even have pieces of glass.When they are applied, they can cause abrasions on the skin and damage the hair,” explains Efe Soni Nanda, a dermatologist at the Max Hospital in the Indian capital.
The powders, which must be rubbed on the face, are also usually thrown away, so they can enter the eyes and damage the corneas, or be inhaled, causing nasal problems.
“Organic colors are normally quite safe and do not stay on the skin for a long time, but they are also more expensive,” the doctor said. And the fact is that the natural product can quadruple the price in comparison with the chemical, according to Efe Vikram Singh, a wholesaler of articles for parties.
However, more and more people are interested in organic colored powders, emphasizes the merchant, who calculates around 10% the increase in sales compared to the artificial each year.
A theory that confirms Puri, who comments excitedly how the production of “Avacayam” has gone from the 20 kilos that sold in the first batch of 2000 to the 15 or 20 tons that have put this year in circulation.
“When you go to the market there is always the difficulty, the risk and the fear that this year will not go well … but always does,” he says.
Suspect Who Shot 2 Louisville Cops During Breonna Taylor Protests Identified
Officials with the Louisville Metro Cops Division have actually recognized the man captive that they say shot and injured 2 law enforcement officers Wednesday evening (Sep. 23) amid objections in the city.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was apprehended at 8: 40 p.m., according to his citation, which mentioned he would certainly face numerous costs of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment.
LMPD acting Principal Ronert Schroeder stated Thursday that the suspect will certainly be billed with 2 counts of attack and 14 counts of wanton endangerment, “all guided versus law enforcement officer.”
Johnson is implicated of shooting two LMPD officers around 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday evening, as demonstrations continued across the city in the after-effects of the announcement that simply among the three police officers who terminated their weapons the evening Breonna Taylor was killed would certainly encounter costs.
Johnson’s apprehension citation, offered by the workplace of the Jefferson Area Circuit Notary, said the suspect’s actions “revealed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” and also put policemans at the scene at risk of death or serious injury.
The citation said LMPD officers were reacting to a big crowd at Broadway as well as Creek Street in downtown Louisville that had actually established fires and would certainly not spread after being warned.
Johnson was amongst the group and “deliberately utilized a handgun to fire numerous bullets at officers. Two police officers with LMPD were struck by the bullets causing serious physical injury.”
Witnesses determined him as firing the gun and afterwards ranging from the scene, the citation states, and he was in belongings of a handgun when he was restrained.
Footage reviewed by LMPD policemans, according to the citation, showed him shooting the tool, as well as a National Integrated Ballistic Details Network examiner was exploring an association between the firearm recuperated as well as covering housings recouped from the scene.
” There is a high chance that a tiny contrast, by a guns inspector, will confirm the organization in between the gun’s ballistic proof,” the citation from the detaining officer states.
Johnson’s document shows no previous arrests for terrible criminal activities or felony sentences. His address on the apprehension citation listed no residence address but “CAL,” meaning city at big.
One Facebook Live video taken at the time of the shooting by a person in the group shows up to show a guy in a various colored hooded sweatshirt shooting a handgun at a team of officers. A male was nabbed putting on a t shirt that appeared to match that summary.
The two police officers injured in Wednesday evening’s shooting were determined Thursday early morning as Maj. Aubrey Gregory and Robinson Desroches, an officer with LMPD’s 2nd Department that has been with the division considering that March 2019.
Gregory was struck in the hip and also was released from the medical facility overnight, LMPD acting Principal Robert Schroeder said, while Desroches undertook surgical treatment after being hit in the abdominal area. He is also anticipated to make a complete recuperation, Schroeder stated.
” Last night’s circumstance could have been so much worse for our policemans and also for individuals that were protesting when the shooting rang out,” Schroeder stated. “… We are very fortunate these 2 officers will certainly recover.”
The night before, Schroeder described the tense scenario as “extremely significant” as he talked to press reporters in a press instruction that was broken up after just minutes.
” I am extremely concerned about the safety and security of our officers,” Schroeder said. “Clearly we’ve had actually 2 officers shot this evening, and that is extremely significant. … I assume the security of our police officers as well as the neighborhood we offer is of the utmost value.”
And also to believe … every one of this could have been avoided had they jailed the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor.
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