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Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Understanding snorts can help horse caretakers improve animal welfare

Science
July 11 (UPI) -- Horses snort more when they're comfortable and happy. The communication could help caretakers achieve more positive animal welfare outcomes. Proper care for animals involves minimizing stress. But how do caretakers know when animals are happy or bothered? Interpreting the emotions of horses can be especially difficult. Many behavioral signals displayed by horses are ambiguous, and studies of physiological signals have yielded contradictory results. Many horse owners and caretakers have noted an association between snorting and positive environments, but the connection hadn't been scientifically tested until now. Researchers in France monitored snorting frequency among 48 horses. Half were riding horses, kept in confined environs and separated in solitary stalls. The othe...
Transfer unclaimed deposits to welfare fund by March 1: Irda to insurers

Transfer unclaimed deposits to welfare fund by March 1: Irda to insurers

Finance
Insurance regulator Irda has asked all insurers to transfer the deposits of policyholders that have been laying unclaimed for over 10 years to the welfare fund by March 1. "All insurers having unclaimed amounts of policyholders for a period of more than 10 years as on September 30, 2017 shall transfer the same to Senior Citizens' Welfare Fund (SCWF) on or before March 1, 2018," the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has said in a circular. The directive comes under the Department of Economic Affairs accounting procedure for transfer of funds to SCWF. Life, non-life and health insurance service providers will have to comply to the SCWF Rules, 2016 every year. "The insurers shall make transfers to the consolidated fund of India on or before the 1st March, eac...