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Lucknow Nagar Nigam to produce phenol using cow urine

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Lucknow: In a bid to generate employment for women and increase the reach of its phenol in all parts of the city, Lucknow Municipal Corporation has decided to increase the production of “Gonyle” from 1,000 per litre to 1 lakh litre per month.

The civic body in its pilot project in May 2019 decided to manufacture phenol using gomutra — a.k.a. cow urine — at its bovine shelter home known as Kanha Upwan. At first, the civic body was only using the phenol in its headquarters and zonal offices. However, with its increase in demand in some of the private as well as government hospitals, LMC has already started supplying the phenol to several hospitals.

LMC chief veterinary officer Arvind Rao said, “With increase in demand from some the markets in the city, we are making provisions to increase the production of ‘Gonyle’. At present, we are producing about 1,000 litre a month and we are targeting for 1 lakh litre per month. The move is also set to generate employment for rural women, we are planning to hire as many as 200 workers. The cost of one litre ‘Gonyle’ is between Rs 35 to 40, while the cheapest phenol available in the market with same quality costs Rs 50-55.”

The municipal corporation has already purchased a machine from Bengaluru based private agency at a cost of Rs2.5 lakh, machine installed by LMC is used for mixing all the ingredients used in the process of making phenyl.

In order to produce the phenyl, cow urine is passed through the process of fractional distillation and condensation in order to obtain the extract known as “Gomutra Ark”. Later on the extract is mixed with pine oil, citronella and fragrance in different proportions. In a litre of phenyl 90% pine oil, 7% Gomutra Ark, 2% Citronella and 1% fragrance is added.

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‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCory dies due to cancer

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British film, television and stage actress Helen McCrory has died aged 52 from cancer, her husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis said on Thursday. McCrory “died peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family”, Lewis wrote on Twitter, calling his late wife “beautiful and mighty”.

“We love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly,” the actor added, explaining she had died “after a heroic battle with cancer”.McCrory was best known as a star of the hit BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and for the role of Narcissa Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, as the mother of the boy wizard’s school-aged rival.

She played Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, twice in both the “The Queen” (2006) and “The Special Relationship” (2010), and played fictional British interior minister Clair Dowar in the James Bond film “Skyfall” (2012).

Born in Paddington in west London in 1968 to a Welsh mother and Scottish-born father, McCrory was the eldest of three children. She attended school in southeast England and spent a year living in Italy before studying acting at London’s Drama Centre.

A lengthy acting career followed, which saw her play a multitude of roles on the small and big screen, as well as on stage. McCrory and Lewis, who starred in the US TV series Homeland, married in 2007. The pair met performing in the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” as comedic protagonists Beatrice and Benedick.

 

In 2011, she told the Independent newspaper she had eschewed celebrity but was honoured to have played such interesting roles. An actor’s job, she said, was to “reassure the audience that life, as muddled and as wonderful as it is, is worth living”.

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