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Health Benefits of a Dates Fruit

Health Benefits of a Dates Fruit
Get Delicious on a date Whether you are looking for a sweet treat with natural goodness or a naturally packed snack to fight fatigue, dates easily qualify as the perfect choice for most health enthusiasts. High in carbohydrates and fibre, and rich in exotic taste and essential minerals dates can be a healthy addition to any diet.

Originally dates came from the Middle East and South Asia. It was prominently so around the Persian Gulf and river Nile. Today they are grown extensively in the warm climate zones across Africa, Europe and Asia. The date fruit belongs to the ‘drupe’ category having a fleshy outer layer and an inner hardened pit with a seed.

Date variants are available either as the sift ‘Medjool’ and ‘Khadrawy’, the semi dry ‘Deglet Noor’ or the dry form ‘Thoory’. The Popular and revered cultivars include ‘Medjool’, Khadrawy’, ‘Amer Haji’, ‘Khalasah’, ‘Kenta’ and Khajoor’.

A Weighty Affair!!!

Dates are cholesterol free and loaded with dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These energy-dense delicious fruits are rich in potassium (which helps to check hypertension), calcium (which is useful for skeletal and dental health), selenium (the immunity booster), magnesium and copper.

If the antioxidants in dates are chiefly the powerful carotenoids, the vitamins comprise the entire range of the B complex – B6, niacin, and folic acid. It is also rich in amino acids. About 100g of fresh dates provide 400 k cal approximately. So, the flip side is you must be careful about nibbling on too many dates!! It is especially so if you are trying to watch your weight.

Soak On Beauty

  • Being fairly dense in calories, simple sugars (glucose and fructose) and iron, dates are recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers and growing children. The energy released instantly and the body feels revitalized; they are precisely the reasons why dates are preferred to break day-long fasts during Ramzan.

  • The tannins present in dates exhibit anti-inflammatory and disease fighting properties. Dates contain considerable amount of Vitamin A (approximately 150 IU per 100 g) and is thus good for vision and healthy skin.
  • Consuming soaked dates with warm milk acts as a natural laxative and cuts down on ‘bad’ cholesterol absorption in the body. They also help in improving digestion and reducing intestinal and liver problems. Dates are considered beneficial for weight gain, regularizing menstrual woes, building stamina and reducing alcohol intoxication.
  • Upon consumption, dates leave an alkaline residue in the gut and aid in countering acidity.
  • Go for a face mask made of dates, cream and wheat germ oil to keep age spots and skin dryness at bay. Blend together dates, honey, cucumber juice and oat flakes for a face pack to enjoy blemish-free and nourished skin.
  • Soft dates can be eaten as snack as it is or by stuffing it with nuts, cheese, cream or spices. Fresh and died dates are enjoyed sprinkled over cereals, porridges, salads and milk shakes. Chopped dates find a place in many regional sweet and savory delicacies, ranging from date cakes, cookies, puddings and breads to date juice, date sugar, chutneys and traditional Jallab teas.

Date Pancakes


  • Dates ½ cup
  • Flour ½ cup
  • Buttermilk 1 cup
  • Salt ½ teaspoon
  • Melted Butter 1 tbsp
  • Microwave chopped dates with some water for 30 sec.
  • Stir in flour, buttermilk and salt and bring to pouring consistently.
  • Pour over and spread spoonfuls of batter on a heated skilled, cook on medium heat till both sides are done
  • Relish with honey, syrup or fresh fruits.

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National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad

National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad

Admission Notification for Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM) 2014-15 in National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad.

 Important Dates   

Last date for receiving filled in application forms : 18.11.2013

Last date for receipt of applications from the students of North Eastern States 18.11.2013

Last date for receipt of applications from international students 18.11.2013

Admission Notification for Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development Management (PGDTDM) : 2014-15

The NIRD announces its fifth fully residential One Year ‘Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Rural Development Management (PGDRDM)’ with an aim to create a committed and competent cadre of Rural Development professionals in the country. While laying the theoretical foundations of rural development, the programme seeks to impart management techniques that will enhance the understanding of the paradigm and practice of rural development.


Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University. Students who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements of graduation before 1st January, 2014 may also apply. Some seats are reserved for the sponsored Indian in-service and international in-service candidates. Indian in-service candidates should possess at least two years of work experience in rural development and allied sectors, and are required to apply through their employers. The international candidates should apply through the Secretariats of AARDO and CIRDAP. The eligibility parameters for international students are placed on the NIRD’s website.


Selection of candidates including Indian in-service candidates will be made through a process of All-India Entrance Test which will test the verbal, quantitative and analytical competencies of the students including English Language. Group Discussion and Personal Interviews will be conducted for the short-listed candidates. However, a separate merit list will be prepared for the Indian and International in-service candidates.


(One year) August, 2014 to July, 2015

Entrance test: 

The Entrance Test will be conducted at the following centres:  Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Patna, Pune and Thiruvanantapuram.. However, the NIRD reserves the right to cancel any of the centres or add new centres for any administrative reasons and assign any other centre to the applicants.

Total No. of Seats : 

50 (may undergo some change depending upon the availability of infrastructure. Of these, up to 15 seats may be allotted to the Indian and international in-service candidates).

Course Fee :  

Indian Students Rs. 1.50 lakh; International Students: US $ 7000

How to apply: 

Prospectus-cum-application form can be downloaded from the website. The filled in application form should be submitted along with the application fee of Rs.500 (Rs.300/- for SC/ST and PWD candidates) through an ‘Account Payee’ Demand Draft drawn in favour of NIRD, payable at Hyderabad. The filled in application form should be sent to the Admissions Coordinator, Centre for Post Graduate Studies (CPGS), National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030 (A.P), India, so as to reach on or before 11.18.2013.

Applications received after the cut off date shall be rejected. NIRD reserves the right to make changes to the Diploma Programme, its design/content and the process of selection, depending upon the exigencies without assigning any reason whatsoever.

More details cane be obtained from the institute website.
Contact Details

Address      :     National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD)
Distance Education Cell
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030

 Phone      :     040-24008585



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