Greater Noida: Ahead of this year’s Kanwar Yatra, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police, on Sunday, held a review meeting at expo Center in Greater Noida in order to discuss preparedness and other arrangements. Senior police officials from Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand were also present in the meeting.Chief Secretary, Anup Chandra Pandey said that the meeting was meant to develop coordination among the officials of different adjoining states. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”All the senior officials from Meerut Zone in Uttar Pradesh and adjoining states were called to be a part of meeting. During the meeting majorly we discussed the preparations and the pending work that needed to be done. We discussed the condition of roads, diversion of traffic, Irrigation Department works, Health Department, Electricity department works, sanitation arrangements,” said Pandey. “We have directed the officials to ensure that the devotees who will come from all the adjoining regions must not face any inconvenience and they must also check the route which will be followed for the Kanwar Yatra. We also ordered ADG, IG, DM, and SSP to visit the spots personally to review the situations,” added Pandey. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderApart from this, the officials also had discussion over the security arrangements to ensure safety of the devotees. DGP Uttar Pradesh, OP Singh, said that drones and helicopters will be used to keep a close watch on the Kanwar Yatra. “Police officials will be monitoring the Kanwar Yatra while companies of Para militarily forces, Rapid Action Force and PSC also will be deployed. Apart from these, two Anti Terrorist Squad teams will be deployed in Meerut and one will remain mobile in between Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar. These squads will be using Snipers to ensure safety and special watch will be kept on the criminals and their activities,” said Singh. This year, the month long Kanwar Yatra will being from July 17 when devotees will travel to Haridwar in Uttarakhand to collect holy water from Ganga.
The reason why stress causes heart attacks and strokes may finally have been discovered by scientists, leading to hopes that it could prevented.For years experts have puzzled as to how chronic anxiety leads to heart problems.But now scientists have found that people who have heightened activity in a part of the brain linked to stress – the amygdala – are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.The amygdala is responsible for telling the bone marrow to temporarily produce more white blood cells which fight infection and repair damage. It essentially prepares the body for a harmful experience, such as being punched and would have been vital to survival in our evolutionary past. The scans on the right show how people with high activity in the amygdala also had high bone marrow and artery activity Credit:Harvard Medical School However in the modern world, chronic stress can lead to the over-production of white blood cells, which can form plaques in the arteries and lead to heart disease, scientists believe.“Our results provide a unique insight into how stress may lead to cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Dr Ahmed Tawakol of Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital.“This raises the possibility that reducing stress could produce benefits that extend beyond an improved sense of psychological well-being.“Eventually, chronic stress could be treated as an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is routinely screened for and effectively managed like other major cardiovascular disease risk factors.” Chronic stress as a true risk factor for acute cardiovascular syndromesDr Ilze Bot, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Leiden University Smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes are already well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease but researchers say that chronic social stress should also now be considered a major danger.In this study, 293 patients were given scans to record the activity of their brain, bone marrow, spleen and inflammation of their arteries.They were then tracked for an average of 3.7 years to see if they developed cardiovascular disease. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In this time 22 patients had cardiovascular events including heart attack, angina, heart failure, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.Those with higher amygdala activity had a greater risk of subsequent cardiovascular disease and developed problems sooner than those with lower activity. The researchers also found that the heightened activity in the amygdala was linked to increased bone marrow activity and inflammation in the arteries, and suggest that this may cause the increased cardiovascular risk.Dr Ilze Bot, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Leiden University, The Netherlands, said: “In the past decade, more and more individuals experience psychosocial stress on a daily basis.“Heavy workloads, job insecurity, or living in poverty are circumstances that can result in chronically increased stress, which in turn can lead to chronic psychological disorders such as depression.“These clinical data establish a connection between stress and cardiovascular disease, thus identifying chronic stress as a true risk factor for acute cardiovascular syndromes, which could, given the increasing number of individuals with chronic stress, be included in risk assessments of cardiovascular disease in daily clinical practice.”The research was published in The Lancet. White blood cells help fight infection and repair damage but too many can be deadly