Pune institute develops ‘immunity-boosting’ room freshener to contain COVID-19 spread – Mumbai Mirror

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Mumbai: The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, a Deemed to be University in Pune, has developed a herbal-based immunity-boosting room freshener product named “Healthy Air” to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the ministry Healthy Air has been developed by the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with various extracts of herbal oils like Neem, Neelgiri, Camphor, Daalcheeni, Tulsi, Lemon, Turmeric, Laung, Ajwain, Lavender, Elaichi, Turmeric, Natural Vetiveru, Raimuniya, and Pine Oil.

“The product consists of a blended solution of the natural herbal oils, which instinctively acts as an immunity booster for the body, and exhibits Anti-cancerous, Anti-microbial, Anti-viral and Anti-fungal properties,” the statement said.

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It said that the product is herbal-based and is non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, non-mutagenic, and purifies the air, and makes it breathable.

“The product was also experimented on in Aerodynamic state of the art laser-based visualisation lab for understanding the flow profile, formation of primary aerosol particles, aerosol breakdown thresholds as a function of particle size, particle density, etc. It resulted that the formation of secondary particles is not noticed which results in poor dispersion of primary particles,” the statement said.

“The product has resulted in removing the toxic fumes, cleanses the air, and does not contain any synthetic solvent /surfactant in its formulation. Further, it possesses the stress and anxiety-reducing capabilities upon breathing and helps in treating respiratory illness. Considering the blend of herbal extracts, the developed product acts as a natural insecticide, with no toxicity for the human body, and in addition, acts as a room freshener,” it added.

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The ministry said that Healthy Air does not contain any synthetic chemicals or secondary solvents and added that commercial room fresheners mostly contain synthetic adsorbents, surfactants, disinfectants, oxidizers, allergens, and chemical air sanitizers in the main formulation could affect respiratory system and brain neural sensing.

It also said that commercial room fresheners do not contain any immunity-boosting agents or possess the anti-bacterial properties.

“Healthy Air supports respiratory conditions in a healthy way, does not affect brain neural sensing, and useful for people suffering from allergic reactions, breathing problems related to asthma, headache, nasal irritation, or soreness in the throat as the product is mainly made of natural herbal extracts which work as an immunity booster,” the statement said.

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It said that the product can be used in any kind of rooms, conference halls, at public places, hospitals, malls, cinema halls, waiting lounges at Airports, Railway stations, etc.

The ministry also said that the technology transfer of this product is freely available for Indian technology start-ups, and companies in its fight against the current pandemic situation.

In Photos: Pune bids farewell to Lord Ganesha

Glimpses from Ganesh Visarjan

Pune’s Ganesh visarjan is what people travel to see. The sounds of the dhol tasha, the five ‘manache ganpati’ that are part of a beautiful immersion procession saw a toned down version in 2020 with the Covid19 pandemic. The occasion, which is celebrated with great vigour in Maharashtra, embraced a new face to ensure that social distancing norms were followed. Unlike the previous years, individuals have taken to home visarjans or limited the number of people who would join the ceremony. But this did not stop devotees in Pune to give Lord Ganesha a grand farewell, only this time, with their masks on. Police officials were also present to prevent crowding. Here’s a look at photos from ‘visarjan’ 2020 in Pune which saw the famous ‘manache ganpati’ and others like Bhau Rangari and Dagdusheth Halwai on Ananth Chaturdashi. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Kasba Ganpati

Kasba Ganpati immersion was carried out with elegance. For years, the Mandal has been continuing with its tradition of conducting social as well as cultural programs. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Tambdi Jogeshwari

The Jogeshwari Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal’s idol received a royal farewell as devotees dressed up and gathered for the occasion. For several years, the idol is being made by the Gulunjkar family, and now the legacy is being carried forward by the fourth generation of DM Gulunjkar. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Guruji Talim Mandal

Guruji Talim Mandal’s immersion took a colourful turn on Tuesday. According to reports, it was the first Mandal to spread the message of communal harmony. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Tulshibaug Mandal

Floral arrangements adorned the procession at Tulsibag Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal. The temple is located in a crowded market surrounded by the various shops and got its name from the Tulshibaug wada. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL


Devotees gather around for immersion at Kesriwada Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav. The Kesari Wada Ganpati is the fifth Manacha Ganpati in the city. It has two idols. One idol is permanent while another one is brought every new year for the 10 day festival. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Bhau Rangari

A glimpse of the procession of the Shrimant Bhausaheb Rangari Ganpati. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

Documentary on manache ganpati

Bollywood cinematographer Mahesh Limaye is filming a documentary based on Manache Ganpati immersions. Photo by Nikhil Ghorpade/MMCL

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