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Priyanka Chopra Jonas' former NY restaurant Sona to shut down. See pics!

New York-based restaurant Sona is closing 10 months after actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas withdrew her association as a co-founder. The establishment announced on Instagram that its final service will be brunch on Sunday, June 30.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 6:33 pm

Budget 2024: PHDCCI Meets FM Nirmala Sitharaman, Shares 10 Action Points

Sanjeev Agrawal, president of PHDCCI, recommends status quo on the corporate tax rate at 22 per cent for existing companies and 15 per cent for new manufacturing companies

News18 20 Jun 2024 6:20 pm

Where's Rahul Vacationing?

Rahul took to Instagram, sharing a series of photos and videos capturing Athiya and his European adventures.

Rediff 20 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Odisha CM Calls for Public Participation in Annual Budget Preparation

Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi urges the citizens of Odisha to contribute their suggestions for the state's Annual Budget for 2024-25 through various digital platforms. The Finance Department will incorporate these inputs into the budget-making process. The Chief Minister emphasizes the government's commitment to being people-centric and encourages public engagement in budget formulation. Through a dedicated web portal, email, WhatsApp, and SMS, citizens can share their proposals and opinions to shape the upcoming budget. In a bid to enhance transparency and inclusivity, the Finance Department has launched a dedicated Budget web portal https://budget.odisha.gov.in/ for structured suggestions. Additionally, suggestions can be emailed to odisha.budget@gov.in and shared via WhatsApp at (+91) 9438161111. Social media platforms like X (@FdOdisha), Facebook (@FinanceOdisha), and Instagram (@fdodisha) are also avenues for submitting suggestions. The public is invited to participate in the budget-making process until 5th July 2024. Civil society organizations, advocacy groups, and stakeholders are encouraged to seize this opportunity to contribute to the state's budgetary decisions. Amid expectations for the Mohan Majhi government's inaugural budget, sources from the BJP suggest a focus on bolstering the state's economy while reflecting the populace's aspirations. Notably, the previous budget (Vote-on-Account) for 202425, presented by then-Finance Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha, had an outlay of Rs 2,55,000 crore, representing an 11% increase from the previous year's budget of Rs 2,30,000 crore. Malaysia Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Return to Hyderabad Airport Escalating Flood Crisis in Assam: Over 2.96 Lakh Affected, 35 Fatalities Recorded Brian Lara's Cautionary Advice to Rohit and Kohli before match against Afghanistan

News Track 20 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Widow of Ex-Servicemen Gets Pension After 18 Years

Hyderabad: Sustained efforts taken by the Department of Sainik Welfare helped a widow of an ex-serviceman get pension after 18 years. Telangana Sainik Welfare Director Colonel Ramesh Kumar said Gunner Ramana Reddy belonging to the artillery regiment was discharged from the army in 1991 and expired in 2005. His wife Lavanya could not complete the formalities for family pension due to ill health and family issues. Her request for a family pension was kept on hold since she erroneously overdrawn the pension of her husband, documentation issues and her bank account was in a different bank. In 2017, she brought the issue to the notice of Ramesh Kumar, who approached both the banks and obtained necessary documents by submitting an undertaking to recover the excess amount drawn. He took up the issue with the record office and Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA), Prayagraj for sanctioning pension duly completing a number of formalities since it was a 12-year-old-case. The family pension was sanctioned in October 2021 after sustained efforts for over four years. As Lavanya closed her bank account by mistake, Ramesh Kumar advised her to open another account in the same bank and once again took up the case with artillery record office and the PCDA authorities for change of bank account. After prolonged correspondence and sustained efforts for nearly two years, the amendment to pension payment order with amended bank account was issued in June 2023. However, there was a change of responsibility of central pension processing centres of the bank due to which her documents got misplaced and Ramesh Kumar once again got into a long battle with authorities concerned. As a result, pension along with arrears for the last 19 years was paid to Lavanya in June 2024.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 5:48 pm

Instagram is reportedly recommending sexual Reels to teens as young as 13

Instagram is recommending Reels with sexual content to teenagers as young as 13 even if they aren't specifically looking for racy videos, according to separate tests conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Northeastern University professor Laura Edelson. Both of them created new accounts and set their ages to 13-years-old for the tests, which mostly took place from January until April this year. Apparently, Instagram served moderately racy videos from the beginning, including those of women dancing sensually or those that focus on their bodies. Accounts that watched those videos and skipped other Reels then started getting recommendations for more explicit videos. Some of the recommended Reels contained women pantomiming sex acts, others promised to send nudes to users who comment on their accounts. The test users were also reportedly served videos with people flashing their genitalia, and in one instance, the supposed teen user was shown video after video about anal sex. It took as little as three minutes after the accounts were created to start getting sexual Reels. Within 20 minutes of watching them, their recommended Reels section was dominated by creators producing sexual content. To note, The Journal and Edelson conducted the same test for TikTok and Snapchat and found that neither platform recommended sexual videos to the teen accounts they created. The accounts never even saw recommendations for age-inappropriate videos after actively searching for them and following creators that produce them. The Journal says that Meta's employees identified similar problems in the past, based on undisclosed documents it saw detailing internal research on harmful experiences on Instagram for young teenagers. Meta's safety staff previously conducted the same test and came up with similar results, the publication reports. Company spokesperson Andy Stone shrugged off the report, however, telling The Journal : This was an artificial experiment that doesnt match the reality of how teens use Instagram. He added that the company established an effort to further reduce the volume of sensitive content teens might see on Instagram, and have meaningfully reduced these numbers in the past few months. Back in January, Meta introduced significant privacy updates related to teen user protection and automatically placed teen users into its most restrictive control settings, which they can't opt out of. The Journals' tests were conducted after those updates rolled out, and it was even able to replicate the results as recently as June. Meta released the updates shortly after The Journal published the results of a previous experiment, wherein it found that Instagrams Reels would serve isqu footage of children as well as overtly sexual adult videos to test accounts that exclusively followed teen and preteen influencers. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/instagram-is-reportedly-recommending-sexual-reels-to-teens-as-young-as-13-121626058.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Jun 2024 5:46 pm

Shraddha Kapoor looks stunning in Rs. 31,500 worth Red Kalamkari Organza saree

Shraddha Kapoor effortlessly captured all attention with her wardrobe choices, whether it is strutting the red carpet or attending a public function. Shraddha could not have missed the floral theme this year, which was really popular. The actress showed up at the location of Stree 2's teaser unveiling wearing a crimson saree that cost Rs 31,500, designed by Dhruv Panchal, the six-yard wonder was covered in multi-coloured flower and foliage patterns. Shraddha opted for a dewy complexion, peach-pink lips, and flushed cheeks for her makeup. The smokey eyeshadow, mascara-drenched lashes, and dark, kohl-rimmed eyes added just the right amount of drama. Statement rings, jhumkas, and golden bangles went well with the traditional aesthetics. Her voluminous locks hung loose in all their splendour. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shraddha (@shraddhakapoor) Luv Ranjan's romance comedy Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar featured Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor after a three-year break that Kapoor called unforeseen and forced because of the pandemic. Kapoor will soon play the same role in the comedy-horror follow-up Stree 2. Also Read: Shraddha Kapoor makes it official with Rahul Mody in this adorable social media post

Bollywood Hungama 20 Jun 2024 5:42 pm

Ibrahim Ali Khan makes a statement in bespoke black velvet tuxedo

Ibrahim Ali Khan who has been making headlines for his charm was recently seen in Amit Aggarwal custom designed bespoke black velvet tuxedo. The signature sunray polymer top stitched details and embellished micro peats add a touch of elegance, perfect for Radhika Merchant and Anant Ambanis pre-wedding festivities in Italy. Styled by Fashion stylist Leepaksoutfit;wadi, Ibrahim looked charming in the evolutionary biomimicry inspired outfit, the ensemble blends timeless elegance with contemporary allure. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Amit Aggarwal (@amitaggarwalofficial) With his chiselled looks and impeccable sense of style, he becomes a stylist s dream canvas, effortlessly bridging the gap between experimental and classic fashion. Clad in a striking black tuxedo adorned with metallic patchwork of Amits marvellous collection, Ibrahim s innate elegance and daring fashion choices make him the epitome of versatility and sophistication, quoted Leepakshi Ellawadi emphasising on the inspiration behind the look. Ibrahim, who will shortly make his acting debut, made his Instagram account public a few days ago. Currently, he is working on a few projects right now, although he is yet make a formal declaration about it. Also Read: Ibrahim Ali Khan meets F1 star Charles Leclerc at Miami Grand Prix, photos go viral

Bollywood Hungama 20 Jun 2024 5:42 pm

Mosaic Insurance Partners with WNS on Future-ready Operations Model

Business Wire India L to R : Reeva Bakhshi, CFO, Mosaic; Mitch Blaser, Co-CEO, Mosaic; Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS; and Krishnan Ethirajan, COO, Mosaic WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global digital-led Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, and Mosaic Insurance, a global specialty insurer, today announced their strategic partnership to create a future-ready operations model for underwriting and claims support, reinsurance processing, and finance and technology services. Under the multi-year partnership, WNS will leverage its deep domain expertise to build digital-first operations to improve efficiency, customer experience, and market positioning. WNS will also drive actionable insights by improving data management and embedding advanced analytics to support Mosaics growth in niche specialty products. As part of the technology services solution, WNS will set up an automation Center of Excellence (CoE) to identify automation opportunities across business functions. WNS has established a multi-tower, multi-location process, including a core middle-office delivery team alongside Mosaics internal operations center. The partnership with WNS will enable Mosaic to continue focusing on market innovation. Our collaboration with Mosaic Insurance highlights WNS unique capabilities in delivering domain-centric, technology-led specialty solutions for the Lloyds of London market. We have already taken our first steps on this journey, working with Mosaic to build a digital workflow ecosystem enabled by hyperautomation, said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS. WNS understands the insurance industry and the complexities of Mosaics unique model as an insurer combining Lloyds syndicate and agency serving a variety of capital partners, said Mitch Blaser, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Mosaic. This alliance helps us stay nimble, grow efficiently across geographies, and bring the best solutions to our clients as we develop. Founded in 2021, Mosaic underwrites seven lines of specialty business from seven countries, offering syndicated capacity from underwriting hubs in Bermuda, the UK, US, Canada, Germany, UAE, and Singapore. Its product focus is transactional liability, cyber, political risk, political violence, environmental liability, professional liability, and financial institutions. WNS partners with more than 65 global insurers, re-insurers, brokers and Insurtech firms to ensure they succeed in a rapidly changing business environment by improving risk mitigation, reducing indemnity spending, enhancing customer experience, and lowering service costs. WNS has a differentiated position in the UK insurance market, including deep domain expertise established by supporting over 10 Lloyds and London market clients. About Mosaic Insurance Mosaic is a global specialty insurer with exceptional underwriting talent, a focus on complex product lines, full claims-settlement authority, and an award-winning, digitized operating model. Deploying capital from insurance carrier partners alongside that of our own Lloyds Syndicate 1609, Mosaic offers capacity and custom service through a worldwide network. We harness the heritage of Lloyds and benefit from the markets global licenses and financial-strength ratings. Visit mosaicinsurance.com and follow us at @Mosaic1609. About WNS WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS) is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 600 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of March 31, 2024, WNS had 60,125 professionals across 65 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. For more information, visit www.wns.com or follow us on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , and Instagram . Safe Harbor Provision This document includes information which may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the accuracy of which are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions as to future events. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied are discussed in our most recent Form 20-F and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. WNS undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

BusinessWire India 20 Jun 2024 5:30 pm

Cockroach Found In Meal Served In Vande Bharat Train, IRCTC Responds

A couple were travelling in the new Vande Bharat express train from Bhopal to Agra, a 550 km journey that takes approximately seven hours to cover.

NDTV 20 Jun 2024 5:21 pm

Vande Bharat train: Dead cockroach found in Vande Bharat passengers food; picture goes viral

A passenger travelling by Vande Bharat train has alleged that he found a dead cockroach in the train food. He has shared the picture on social media and lodged a complaint with the railways. A passenger of Vande Bharat going from Bhopal to Agra has complained about the food. The passenger alleges that he found [] The post Vande Bharat train: Dead cockroach found in Vande Bharat passengers food; picture goes viral first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 20 Jun 2024 5:11 pm

Abhishek Bachchan has a 'Dhoom' moment after Swiggy delivers his favourite Rs 90 misal pav to Jalsa

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan was delighted to find his favorite misal pav from Mumbai's Mamledar Misal available on Swiggy. Thrilled, he posted an Instagram story about it. Swiggy went above and beyond by delivering the dish to his home, Jalsa, and Bachchan playfully responded to their Dhoom trilogy reference.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 5:02 pm

Atiq Ahmads sister-in-laws house demolished in Prayagraj

Prayagraj, June 20 (IANS) The Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) on Thursday demolished the house of Zainab Fatima, who is the wife of gangster Atiq Ahmeds brother Ashraf. This building was constructed under the name Zeeshan Fatima. This is constructed on Waqf land. They could not prove their ownership. Hence, the order to demolish it was []

bhaskarlive 20 Jun 2024 4:44 pm

My responsibility has increased, says Andhra Dy CM Pawan Kalyan

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan has said that his responsibility has increased and he is committed to serving the state with dedication. The Jana Sena leader, who assumed office at his official residence in Vijayawada on Wednesday, shared his thoughts on Instagram. Honored to take on the roles of Deputy Chief Minister, Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Jun 2024 4:42 pm

Priyanka Chopra Jonas former NY restaurant Sona to shut down almost a year after she stepped away

New Delhi: New York-based restaurant Sona is closing 10 months after actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas withdrew her association as a co-founder from the outlet. The establishment shared the update on its official Instagram page Wednesday, adding Sonas final service will be brunch Sunday. Chopra Jonas collaborated with Maneesh K Goyal, her friend and former business []

orissapost 20 Jun 2024 4:34 pm

Fans shower Haj Mubarak on Sania Mirzas latest Makkah photo

Hyderabad: Indian tennis icon Sania Mirza has joined many Indians in performing Haj this year. She is accompanied by her father Imran Mirza, sister Anam Mirza, and brother-in-law Asaduddin. The Mirza family successfully completed their Haj pilgrimage, and Anam has been sharing glimpses of their trip on Instagram. In her latest post, Anam shared a Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Jun 2024 4:24 pm

The Importance of Being Earnest review Algernon et al get a 21st-century makeover

Royal Exchange, Manchester Director Josh Roches new perspective complete with smartphones, Instagram and Whitney Houston breathes fresh life into a familiar classic To update Oscar Wilde is a perilous game. He is a playwright locked in the manners and mores of his time. To change the context is to risk sacrificing the comedy. Undeterred, director Josh Roche makes a convincing stab at a 21st-century makeover of The Importance of Being Earnest, first performed in 1895, even if the concept wobbles after its initial gains. By setting the play among todays idle rich, Roche breathes fresh life into a familiar classic. Algernon Moncrieff (Parth Thakerar) lounges around in his smart-but-casual cottons, up-turning discarded takeaway cartons and picking out the tune of Whitney Houstons I Wanna Dance With Somebody on his Casio keyboard. His pal Jack Worthing (Robin Morrissey) is a public-school layabout with more education than sense. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Jun 2024 4:17 pm

Stock tips abound on Telegram and Instagram. But do all adhere to Sebis rules?

Under the guise of Sebi-approved analysis, registered and unregistered entities flaunt endorsements from celebrities with promises of overnight riches while sidestepping regulatory scrutiny

Livemint 20 Jun 2024 4:10 pm

Priyanka Chopra's previous venture, Restaurant Sona in New York, to shut down

Priyanka Chopra Jonas' Sona restaurant in New York is closing after her withdrawal as co-founder. The closure announcement was made on Sona's Instagram, citing the final service on June 30.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 4:10 pm

Cockroach found in Vande Bharat meal once again, IRCTC responds

A couple traveling on Vande Bharat train from Bhopal to Agra found a cockroach in their meal on June 18, prompting a social media complaint by their nephew for action against the vendor. IRCTC responded to the issue on Thursday, saying that they imposed a fine and taken strict action.

The Times of India 20 Jun 2024 4:06 pm

WhatsApp may soon introduce AR filters in Video calls

Hyderabad: Meta-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp may soon follow its sister company 'Instagram' and introduce Augmented reality effects and filters in video calls. According to WABetainfo, the feature is currently under testing and will soon be available for Android users. In a beta version of the app that is available in Google play store, there is a functionality of using the AR filters in video calls, says the report. A similar feature was already available on Snapchat and Apple's FaceTime, apart from Meta's Instagram. The AR effects in video calls will improve the overall visual experience of the user, while adding elements of fun to the conversations. WhatsApp has recently added the screen-share option on video calls along with audio. A reported feature to transcribe voice messages and other improvements in video calling are also on cards.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 3:58 pm

WhatsApp reunites Modern Family cast in hilarious new commercial

The cast of the beloved sitcom Modern Family has reunited for a brand-new WhatsApp commercial, showcasing the app's seamless messaging features with their signature humour. Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson reprise their roles as Phil Dunphy, Claire Dunphy, Cam Tucker, and Mitchell Pritchett, respectively, bringing the much-missed Dunphy household chaos back to screens. Navigating the digital world In this hilarious ad campaign, the Modern Family stars navigate the digital world of WhatsApp, debating the age-old lue vs. green bubble messaging issue. The commercial offers a delightful glimpse into the familys lives since the shows finale in 2020, blending nostalgia with contemporary digital dilemmas. Classic family antics The commercial kicks off with Phil, Claire, and Cam reacting to a cute photo sent by Hayley (Sarah Hyland) in the family group chat. Mitch, Cams husband, walks in only to discover hes been left out of this text exchange. With a classic Mitch reaction, he exclaims, You started a family chat without me? and follows up with his iconic line: Shaaame! Resolving digital miscommunication Despite Mitchs dramatic reaction, the family quickly explains that his new phone is the issue, not intentional exclusion. Claire explains that Mitch's phone causes blurry photos and weird likes. A painter outside their window suggests switching to WhatsApp for a seamless messaging experience, resolving the issue humorously and efficiently. Heartwarming ending The ad concludes with Cam and Mitch lounging in bed, scrolling through their phones. Mitch, still feeling a bit left out, complains, I still cant believe you cut me out. Cam, ever the charmer, reassures him, saying, We may have cut you from here, while gesturing to his phone, then places his hand on his heart and adds, but never from here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) Behind-the-Scenes Joy Eric Stonestreet shared a joyful selfie of the stars on set, captioning it, It was fun getting some of the band back together @whatsapp. The reunion not only promotes WhatsApps features but also provides fans with a heartwarming and humorous update on their favorite Modern Family characters.

Bollywood Hungama 20 Jun 2024 3:42 pm

Karisma Kapoor rocks with her style on the cover of Grazia

Karisma Kapoor continues to be one of Bollywood's most stylish actors, as evidenced by her most recent picture session. Karisma, 49, appeared on the cover of Grazia magazine's June issue and wore clothing that deviates significantly from her usual look. The actress can be featured on the cover sporting a beige trench coat, pleated trousers and a pastel blue blouse. Her hair exudes a carefree feeling, and her makeup is primarily subtle, with bare eyes and lots of blush and red lips. Additional photos feature her in similar carefree ensembles, such a blue tank top, a blue coordinated shirt and shorts combo, some glossy leather shoes, and an all-around carefree look. View this post on Instagram A post shared by GRAZIA India (@graziaindia) During the interview with the magazine, Karisma talked about what inspires her now. I think today its fun that I get to do a job where I can dress for myself whether its events or endorsements I can be myself. Yes, were working but I can portray myself the way I am and how I want to be. And maybe that can be inspirational to others as well. One compliment I really take well is that a lot of people like my fashion sense and its not just for the movies I did. Im just being myself. I dress for myself. I dont follow trends and brands and things, she said. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karisma Kapoor (@therealkarismakapoor) KarismamostrecentlystarredinthemurdermysteryMurderMubarakonNetflix.Brow whichhaditsBerlinFilmFestivalpremiererecently,willbeherupcomingrelease. Also Read: Karisma Kapoor recalls Dil To Pagal Hai being first film to have monitor on set; Zubeidaa was first sync sound movie in India

Bollywood Hungama 20 Jun 2024 3:42 pm

Sona Restaurant Closes After Priyanka Chopra Jonas's Exit

Sona Restaurant Closes After Priyanka Chopra Jonas's Exit In a significant development in the New York culinary scene, Sona restaurant will close its doors permanently, just 10 months after Priyanka Chopra Jonas ended her involvement as a co-founder. The restaurant, which made the announcement on its Instagram page, revealed that its final service will be a brunch on Sunday, June 30. This marks the end of a three-year journey that began amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Chopra Jonas collaborated with her friend and business partner Maneesh K Goyal to launch the Indian cuisine hotspot in 2021. Although she stepped away from the business last August, her influence and the restaurant's namesuggested by her husband Nick Jonasremained notable.

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 3:13 pm

Meet food content creator Nazeer AK who has actor Mohanlal among his Instagram followers

Nazeer AK from Changanassery in Kottayam district is among the 26 people actor Mohanlal follows on Instagram

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 2:34 pm

Radhika Merchant's pink fairy dress goes viral on Instagram. See pics

Radhika Merchant and Anant Ambani are set to marry on July 12 at the prestigious Jio World Convention Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Mumbai. Here's look at her pre-wedding pics:

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 2:29 pm

Rajesh Agrawal: Championing change and community cohesion

Our editor-at-large, Barnie Choudhury, meets Rajesh Agrawal, one of the hopefuls to take a seat usually regarded as a Labour Continue reading Rajesh Agrawal: Championing change and community cohesion The post Rajesh Agrawal: Championing change and community cohesion appeared first on EasternEye .

easterneye 20 Jun 2024 2:26 pm

Merck Foundation and Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) Conduct 3rd World Infertility Awareness Summit 2024 to Break the Infertility Stigma

Business Wire India Merck Foundation and Africa Reproductive Care society (ARCS) together conduct the 3rd Online Annual World Infertility Awareness Summit (WIAS 2024) & Press Conference Merck Foundations Rasha Kelej marks World Infertility Awareness Month at the World Infertility Awareness Summit (WIAS)2024 through releasing the first Animation Film to raise awareness about infertility in Africa. Watch More Than a Mother animation film here: https://youtu.be/ri1vnt7VM-M?si=-BHeaIy_0ERAy3PF Merck Foundation , the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA Germany and Africa Reproductive Care society (ARCS) together conducted the Third Edition of World Infertility Awareness Summit (WIAS) 2024. The Summit was co-chaired by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of More Than a Mother Campaign and also Chairperson of Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) together with Prof. Oladapo Ashiru OFR, President of Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) and also The Nigerian Academy of Medicine Specialties. It was attended by Dr. Edem Hiadzi, Immediate past President of the Fertility Society of Ghana (FERSOG); Prof. Justin E. MBOLOKO, Immediate Past President, Inter-African Fertility Research and Application Study Group (GIERAF) and Dr. Moustapha Thiam, Obstetrician Gynecologist IVF President, Senegal. This summit is conducted annually to mark the world fertility awareness month and raise awareness about infertility stigma, male infertility and infertility prevention in Africa and beyond. Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasized, We marked World Fertility Awareness Month with our Merck Foundation Alumni, fertility and reproductive care experts, presidents of fertility societies and members of Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) and our media partners through 3 rd Merck Foundation World Infertility Awareness Summit. The summit is part of our efforts towards raising awareness about infertility. especially male infertility, and to sensitizing communities to end the stigma associated with infertility and empower infertile women & couples through access to information, education, health and change of mindset. I am very proud to share that we, at Merck Foundation, have provided till today more than 574 scholarships of Embryology, Fertility and Sexual & Reproductive care to young doctors from 39 different countries in Africa and Asia. Many of our Alumni are trained to be the first local experts in their countries, where they never used to have local embryologists or fertility specialists before our program, such as The Gambia, Burundi, Guinea, Chad, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Malawi, Congo and more. Dr. Kelej added. During the program, Merck Foundation showcased their animation film More Than a Mother , adapted from their storybook, to emphasize strong family values of love and respect from a young age which will reflect on eliminating the stigma of infertility and the resulted domestic violence in the future. Together with African First Ladies, and other important partners, we are making history and reshaping the landscape of fertility & Reproductive care across Africa and beyond. She explained. Prof. Oladapo Ashiru OFR, President of Africa Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) said, Infertility has a great psychological impact on the women suffering from infertility stigma due to emotional and physical distress caused to her. In some cases, women also go through physical and psychological violence and lacks the family support. Infertility is not only a medical issue but also a social issue and emotional issue. It is imperative that the community is informed and educated about the issue. Infertility can be preventive by adopting various measures like switching to a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking, reducing stress and anxiety, and ending the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). I appreciate the efforts of Merck Foundation for breaking the stigma around infertility and also raising awareness through various campaigns and efforts around infertility stigma. He emphasized. The objectives of the Summit were: To raise awareness about infertility especially male infertility. To highlight preventive measure in infertility in Africa and developing countries. To discuss the challenges and define solutions to improve access to quality and equitable Infertility, Sexual & Reproductive Care via building healthcare capacity and raising community awareness. Define interventions to break infertility stigma around women and couples. The online program was attended by over 350 participants including Merck Foundation partners and Alumni who are future Fertility Specialists, Reproductive and Sexual Care Specialists, and Embryologists, Healthcare Providers, Policy Makers, and Media Professionals from over 25 countries in Africa and beyond, and over 4500 online viewers on our social media platforms. The experts answered questions from the media. It was conducted under Merck Foundation More Than a Mother, a historic movement that defines interventions to build quality and equitable Reproductive and Fertility Care Capacity, Break Infertility Stigma and Raise Awareness about Infertility Prevention and Male Infertility. According to WHO data, more than 180 million couples in developing countries - that is 1 in every 4 couple, suffer from infertility. In many cultures in Africa, infertility is a huge stigma. Women are solely blamed for failing to conceive and the social stigma of childlessness, especially for women leads to isolation and stigmatization and results in discrimination and ostracism. This mostly also leads to divorce or physical or psychological violence. As a part of More Than a Mother Campaign, Merck Foundation has launched many initiatives to break this stigma and create a culture shift. Moreover, Merck Foundation has trained more than 3200 media representatives from more than 35 countries to raise community awareness and break the stigma around infertility and infertile and childless women. Merck Foundations pan African TV program Our Africa, that is conceptualized, produced, directed, and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and features African Fashion Designers, Singers, and prominent expertsfrom various domains with the aim to raise awareness and create a culture shift across Africa, has many episodes dedicated to raise awareness about infertility and breaking infertility stigma. Watch the episodes here: Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BONCtUJZLHI Episode 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqobIDOHc4E&feature=youtu.be Episode 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXkB6sYb2Rw Merck Foundation has also released about 30 songs, many of these songs have been created with the aim to break the infertility stigma, as a part of their More Than a Mother campaign. Listen to all More than a Mother songs here: https://merck-foundation.com/our-programs/Merck-Foundation-More-Than-a-Mother/Local-Songs-and-Children-Stories To address this important issue of breaking infertility stigma and also a wide range of other social issues, Merck Foundation annually launches their More Than a Mother Awards in partnership with African First Ladies, for Media, Fashion, Film making, and Musicians, students, and potential talents in these fields, to create a culture shift and break the silence about one or more of the following topics: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Supporting Girl Education, Women Empowerment, Ending Child Marriage, Ending FGM, and/ or Stopping GBV at all levels. Entries can be submitted on submit@merck-foundation.com . Merck Foundation also conducts MARS Awards to empower African young researchers & women researchers, advancing their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Details of Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit (MARS) Awards 2024: Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit - MARS 2024 will have scientific support from African Union Scientific-Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC); African Reproductive Care Society (ARCS) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). Theme: The Role of Scientific Research in Women Health and Reproductive Care Who can apply: Abstracts are invited from final year PhD students, young investigators involved in research and Medical Doctors in Postgraduate Medical Fellowship program related to either of the following topics: 1) Women Health 2) Infertility and Reproductive Health How to apply: Applications and abstracts can be submitted by clicking on: https://merck-foundation.com/Merck-Foundation-Africa-Research-Summit-Application-Form Click on the icon below to Download Merck Foundation App https://apps.apple.com/co/app/merck-foundation/id1535584997?l=en Join the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heard! 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BusinessWire India 20 Jun 2024 2:03 pm

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle will never make peace with family if they keep cashing in on royal titles: expert

Meghan Markle promoted her new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, on March 14 as the Duchess of Sussex launched a new Instagram account.

Fox News 20 Jun 2024 1:30 pm

Apple Education Store Down in US and Canada, Back to School Offer Expected Soon

Apple's online education store has gone down in the United States and Canada, as Apple prepares to launch its annual Back to School promotion for university students. Apple's back to school sales provide students with a free Apple gift card when purchasing a Mac or an iPad, and this year's promotion could help Apple push the new M2 iPad Air and M4 iPad Pro models. Last year, Apple offered U.S. students up to $150 when purchasing a Mac and up to $100 when purchasing an iPad. According to Bloomberg 's Mark Gurman , Apple will this year again offer up to a $150 gift card with every Mac purchase, and it will additionally shave 20% off the price of AppleCare+. Gift cards will also again be offered with iPad purchases, but Gurman did not state an exact value. Apple began advertising its Back to School sale on social networks in early June , with some Instagram users seeing an ad promoting Macs with discounts to college and university students. Tag: Education This article, Apple Education Store Down in US and Canada, Back to School Offer Expected Soon first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Jun 2024 1:18 pm

Panchayat's Sanvikaa says show's fans are shocked by her glam look on Instagram: 'Yeh hamari Rinki nahi' | Exclusive

Sanvikaa, who plays Rinki on Panchayat, talks about her on-screen image and her character's innocent romance with Sachiv Ji

DNA India 20 Jun 2024 12:54 pm

DP glams up with $1.16 crore cartier jewelry

Deepika Padukone recently turned heads at the Mumbai pre-release event for the upcoming sci-fi epic Kalki 2898 AD. The event's theme seemed to be dark, with most of the stars wearing dark or black-colored outfits. Padukone opted for a stunning Loewe Anagram Pebble Dress and exquisite Cartier jewelry, which included a trio of diamond bracelets. The most captivating piece was the Panthre de Cartier bracelet, crafted from 18K white gold and adorned

The Times of India 20 Jun 2024 12:44 pm

Did Sonakshi Sinhas mother & brothers unfollow her on Instagram ahead of wedding with Zaheer Iqbal?

Is there trouble in the Sinha family regarding Sonakshis upcoming marriage to Zaheer Iqbal? BollyBlindsGossip suggests there might be! Observant members of the subreddit noticed that the 'Heeramandi' stars mother, Poonam, and brother, Luv, are not following her on Instagram. This led some gossipers to speculate that they might have unfollowed her due to displeasure with her choice of life partner.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 12:44 pm

Odisha Finance department invites ideas and suggestions on budget 2024-25

BHUBANESWAR: Ahead of the first budget of the BJP government in Odisha, the Finance department has sought suggestions and opinions from different sections of the society. Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi, who also holds the Finance portfolio, has urged members of the public, civil society organisations, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to send their suggestions and participate in the budget-making process of the government. The Finance department has been holding pre-budget consultation with a cross section of the society. In order to make the budgetary process more open and participative using information and communication technology, the department has initiated the process of obtaining inputs for budget preparation through the dedicated web-portal, e-mail, WhatsApp and SMS. The suggestions have been invited in a structured format in the budget web-portal https://budget.odisha.gov.in/ to be used as input in the process of preparation of full-fledged annual budget 2024-25. Suggestions can be sent by e-mail to odisha.budget@gov.in. Inputs for budget are also being invited through WhatsApp (+91 9438161111), and social media platforms like X (@FdOdisha), Facebook (@FinanceOdisha) and Instagram (@fdodisha) from June 20 to July 5, said a release issued by the CMO. The chief minister said since the government is the peoples government, there is a need to seek proposals and opinions of common people for the budget-making process.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 12:43 pm

Chinatown at 50: has there been a greater screenplay since?

The 1974 noir boasts standout acting from Jack Nicholson and director Roman Polanski at peak form but its Robert Townes deft, intelligent script that takes breath away Sometimes conventional wisdom is true: there has been no greater original screenplay in the last 50 years than the one Robert Towne wrote for Chinatown . None more elegantly plotted and politically charged, none more literate and historically evocative, none more pungent in its hard-bitten dialogue and sophisticated in its play on noir archetypes. Its never easy for a writer to get credit over a director especially a director as skilled as Roman Polanski at peak form but Townes voice reverberates strongly through a film that perfectly intersects Old Hollywood glamor with New Hollywood revisionism. Its one of the decades true benchmarks. It is also one of the most unremittingly bleak statements on How Things Work in America, where vast swaths of civilization are moved on the whims of powerful and unaccountable men, who can rest comfortably knowing their sins wont be scrutinized on Earth. Yet the film goes down easy, thanks to the art deco seductiveness of its late 30s Hollywood setting and a lead performance by Jack Nicholson that tucks a dogged, quixotic sense of justice behind a veneer of unimpeachable cool. His character may be a sarcastic private eye who gets paid mostly to snap photos of adulterers in flagrante , but Nicholson plays him with a hidden nobility. Hes going to follow this case to the end of the line, even though he has the hard experience to know it wont lead him anywhere good. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Jun 2024 12:41 pm

Deepika Padukone flaunts baby bump on Instagram: Pics go viral

Mother-to-be Deepika Padukone made a stunning appearance at the 'Kalki 2898 AD' event in Mumbai. Check her dress and latest pics:

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 12:39 pm

Maratha quota demand faces legal hurdles, says Minister Girish Mahajan

PUNE: Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan has said that the demand of quota activist Maroj Jarange for the inclusion of sage soyare term in the Maratha reservation notification will not withstand legal scrutiny. The term sage soyare in Marathi means through birth relations and relations by marriage. Speaking to the reporters in Pune on Wednesday, BJP leader Mahajan accused the opposition for deriving political mileage from the Maratha reservation issue and asserted it was the previous Devendra Fadnavis government which granted quota to the Maratha community without disturbing the allocation of other communities. In the last 50 years, had anyone made efforts to give reservation to the Maratha community? (NCP-SP chief) Sharad Pawar had even said there was no need to give reservation to Marathas, claimed Mahajan, a confidante of Fadnavis. Maha approval to 10% Maratha quota After the BJP-led government granted quota to the Maratha community, the subsequent Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government failed to defend the reservation in the Supreme Court, he said. The BJP's stand is very clear and it is in support of quota for the Maratha community.It is our stand to give reservation to the Maratha community without touching the reservation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). What can we do if, despite all these efforts, Manoj Jarange is not satisfied? the BJP leader remarked. As far as I know, reservation for sage soyare cannot be given, but if there is a workable solution, the government will pursue it, he added. Notably, Jarange has said Marathas will be left with no choice other than contesting state assembly elections in collaboration with other social groups if their demands are not fulfilled. Politics is not our way. But if our demands are not fulfilled, we will be left with no other option except contesting elections. We will contest elections in all 288 assembly seats in the state, he further added . Manoj Jarange, others booked for illegal protests seeking Maratha quota under OBC category The 41-year-old activist has been demanding implementation of the draft notification that recognises Kunbis as sage soyare (blood relatives) of Maratha community members and also seeking a law to identify Kunbis as Marathas. Kunbi, an agrarian group, falls under the OBC category, and Jarange has been demanding that Kunbi certificates be issued to all Marathas, thus making them eligible for quota in government jobs and education. In February this year, the state assembly unanimously passed a bill granting a separate 10 per cent reservation in education and jobs to the Maratha community. However, the community has been demanding quota under the OBC grouping.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 12:17 pm

Artists Honor Minnette De Silvas Legacy at the Watapuluwa Housing Scheme

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka (MMCA Sri Lanka) exhibition titled 88 Acres: The Watapuluwa Housing Scheme by Minnette De Silva is the MMCA Sri Lankas first solo exhibition, and looks at the Watapuluwa Housing Scheme and the pioneering work of Sri Lankan architect Minnette De Silva (19181998). The exhibition focuses on the Watapuluwa Housing Scheme in Kandy, designed by De Silva and opened in 1958. The Scheme heralded a new form of social housing in Sri Lanka, and was notably created with the participation of its users. 88 Acres explores how this sprawling hillside development was ahead of its time in providing affordable accommodation for a diverse ethno-religious community of government public servants in Sri Lanka. Alongside a specially commissioned artists film titled Is this an architectural documentary? (2023) by Irushi Tennekoon (b. 1989), Sumedha Kelegama (b. 1988), and Sumudu Athukorala (b. 1980), 88 Acres looks back at the Scheme 65 years later to consider De Silvas influences and the challenges of her design approach. The three artists share their thoughts on the architecture, the documentary they created and Minnette De Silva (19181998). 1.In Life and Work of an Asian Woman Architect Vol. 1 (1998) Minnette De Silva traces her interest in architecture to when Oliver Weerasinghe, the Town Planner, lent her some journals. What made you get into the field of architecture/design? Irushi: Early inspiration came from the predominantly Western-illustrated picture books and animated films I had grown up watching. As I continued in my practice there were several factors that made me realise that I can tell stories about home and the everyday people and places that make it special. Sumedha: Architect Channa Daswatte and late Professor S. B. Dissanayake have always been my role models. Their innovative thinking, impactful writing, and exemplary work deeply inspired my passion for architecture from a young age. Sumudu: I got into architecture totally by accident. I always wanted to be an artist, and since I was child I wanted to explore the world of filmmaking. Having that intention in mind, I chose to pursue art subjects for my A Levels. During my A Level years, one of my brothers friends who was studying architecture came to visit my brother. Knowing that I was interested in the arts he encouraged me to try architecture as it would suit my ambitions well. After that incident I started to think of becoming an architect despite not knowing much about the subject. 2.Your film is not a typical architectural documentary. Can you talk about what makes it different and why? Irushi: Documentaries typically rely on historic artefacts and photographic evidence. When we began our documentary on the Watapuluwa Housing Scheme designed by architect Minnette De Silva, we didnt have many primary documents related to the Scheme. We therefore started by gathering oral histories from the schemes residents and those who knew or worked with her. Animation played an important role by allowing us to re-imagine De Silvas experiments with regional modernism, and also helped us to approach this story with a sense of whimsy and curiosity. Sumedha: The documentary is crafted as an artists documentary, featuring layers of drawings, animations, research, and interviews created by the three of us. It represents the culmination of our research and artistic experimentation. Inspired by filmmakers like Michel Gondry and Nathaniel Kahn, this approach that we have experimented with seamlessly blends our investigative work with creative elements to produce an architectural documentary. Sumudu: The three of us have been working in the creative and design field for years, and we had previously worked together on an animated short film. Our approach was not to make a typical documentary film but to create something different which would have a unique style. Since it is a collaboration of three different styles, thoughts, and creative thinking, naturally the film came out to be unique and distinct. 3.Were there any specific aspects of Minnette De Silvas personality, philosophy, or approach to architecture that stood out to you during the filmmaking process? Irushi: What I found very special about Minnette De Silva is her practice of documenting her work and process as evidenced in her autobiography. By looking through the lens of my own practice which involves detailed documenting and archiving of my work, I was able to better understand her efforts. Sumedha: Minnette continually explored and experimented with her architectural approach, which paralleled our own process during the filmmaking. We experimented with various methodologies to effectively tell stories while simultaneously conveying architectural philosophies. Sumudu: Minnette De Silva was not caught in the colonial architectural influence nor the ideas that came from the Western modern movement. She experimented with an architectural language which was more suitable and sustainable to this region. Considering the era she worked in, it may not have been an easy approach. She definitely had to go through a difficult process to achieve that. 4.The MMCA Sri Lanka commissioned you to carry out the research on the Watapuluwa Housing Scheme, which led to your film, and in turn the exhibition and the publication Second Volume. What was the experience like, of working with the MMCA Sri Lanka in this manner? Irushi: Working closely with the museums Chief Curator Sharmini Pereira and the team at the MMCA Sri Lanka on this project has been an absolute privilege. It was a collaboration from the beginning and there was a generous sharing of knowledge and ideas that allowed both the film and exhibition to turn into what it did. By being closely involved with the museums public programmes, we were able to engage with audiences and share the nuances behind our research through various Tours, Gallery Talks, and Reading Groups. Our collaborative research, writings, and the transcript of our film are now published in the museums first research publication titled Second Volume, further enabling future scholarly research to be continued on Minnette De Silva. Sumedha: It has been quite a remarkable journey. From the outset, the MMCA Sri Lanka provided us with a platform to create a 60-minute documentary, demonstrating immense patience and support throughout our experimental process. Collaborating with the curators was an incredibly educational experience. The networks we fostered during the creation of the documentary, as well as through assisting with the exhibition and publication, were truly special. Sumudu: It was a remarkable opportunity for us and a great experience to work closely with the MMCA Sri Lanka. The process of making the film and showcasing our research in the exhibition opened us to a new world of arts and creativity. We got to meet wonderful personalities like Sharmini. Through our research, and the subsequent film and exhibition, our thinking about architecture, Minnette De Silva, and filmmaking has also evolved. The MMCA Sri Lanka is an education-led initiative that aims to establish a public museum dedicated to the display, research, collection, and conservation of modern and contemporary art for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public, schools, and tourists. The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm (except on Poya days and public holidays) at the ground floor of Crescat Boulevard, Colombo 3, and entrance to the museum and all its public programmes is free. Information about the museum and its exhibitions and public programmes can be found via their website www.mmca-srilanka.org, or on Facebook at facebook.com/mmcasrilanka and Instagram at instagram.com/mmcasrilanka/.

ADAderana 20 Jun 2024 12:13 pm

Kerala: Instagram influencer Ends Life After Online trolling Post-Breakup

Thiruvananthapuram: An 18-year-old Instagram influencer died by suicide in Kerala, allegedly after trolled online for breaking up with her boyfriend. According to reports, the girl took the extreme after she was targeted by her ex-boyfriend's social media followers after her breakup. The teenager died on Sunday night while undergoing treatment at the hospital. The parents asked the teenager was asked to focus on her studies after knowing about the relationship. Two months ago, following a quarrel, the couple broke up, reported Onmanorama. The police have registered a case of unnatural death and arrested the boyfriend of the 18-year-old Instagram infuencer and he has been chraged under the POCSO Act for abetment of suicide after the girl's family filed a complaint.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 12:12 pm

This Delhi-Jhansi Train Can Run At A Maximum Speed Of 160 Km Per Hour

The maximum operational speed of Gatimaan Express at 160 kilometres/hour (99 mph) is in the Tughlakabad-Agra section.

News18 20 Jun 2024 12:09 pm

BigBasket's campaign explores K-Drama with Danish Sait

BigBasket's Want Now, Get Now campaign, led by the influencer marketing agency Greenroom Now, is generating significant attention in the quick commerce space through collaborations with popular humor creators. The campaign recently hit a high note with a heartwarming reel by comedian and television host Danish Sait. Instagram users are raving about the humorous piece, with personalities like Tanmay Bhatt, Rohan Shrestha, Dolly Singh, Shraddha Srinath, Kaneez Surka, and Shravan Sridhar expressing their admiration through shares and comments. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Danish sait (@danishsait) It garnered 1.4 million views overnight. Styled as a scene from a Korean drama, Danish Sait hooks viewers with an emotional interaction between his alter egos Yoon-Hee Minji and Ye Joon. The reel features authentic K-drama elementssoft Korean music, glowy transitions, polaroid-style shots, and emotional exchangesculminating in a subtle brand integration at the end.

Feed Burner 20 Jun 2024 12:09 pm

Hyderabad artist creates stunning portraits using human blood as a medium

HYDERABAD : Art is all about perspectives, and these perspectives perfectly align with spectators when the mediums are right. While some create magic with acrylic on canvas, others use more sustainable materials such as clay to craft sculptures. In the end, it all comes down to the artists choice of medium. Similarly, K Anil Kumar, a Hyderabad-based artist, uses blood for his art. It sounds wild surprisingly, but his artworks are both expressive and vivid. Though blood art sounds unique and irksome at the same time, the process involves many risks and stringent hygiene steps to complete each piece. Anil Kumar states that taking necessary precautions, such as wearing gloves and a mask, is mandatory since he would be the first person affected if something went wrong. When asked why he chose blood art despite the risks, he said, I believe blood painting is created with deep affection, imparting emotions that no other art form can convey. I support blood art as a powerful representation of love whether it be for family, friends, or other cherished relationships. Delving into the process of blood art, Anil Kumar explains that every step, from collecting blood to hanging the artwork on the wall, is carried out with strict hygiene. Orders are received through calls or messages, where customers share a portrait and provide a small tube of blood (approximately 3 to 4 ml), extracted by experienced lab technicians and couriered in iceboxes. Working with blood is akin to working with any other medium, says Anil Kumar. He completes the portraits in one day and uses a fixative spray to preserve the artwork, preventing it from stinking or absorbing moisture. Finally, the painting is set in a glass frame. Anil Kumar, an artist from Hyderabad. Coming from a lower middle-class family, 24-year-old Anil Kumar was always involved in extracurricular activities since his B Tech days. His artistic journey began during his first year of B Tech in 2019. I used to sketch a lot of faces in the evening after my college. Within a year, I mastered the art of portraits (pencil sketching). Then, I started carving names on pencils (micro art). From my second year, I began taking orders for face drawings and micro art, he shares. To promote his art, he met celebrities and gifted them small artworks, and he even put up stalls at exhibitions. However, nothing seemed to work for him, and he had to shut down his studio within four months of opening it in 2022. He then left everything and ventured into online marketing. In an unexpected turn, he ended up making blood art. One person approached me and asked about blood art. I thought I couldnt do it because I had taken a long break from art. But under his encouragement, I created my first blood art piece a girls eyes. I posted it on my Instagram account, and the video reached many. Everyone started appreciating it and inquiring about blood artwork. I then took an order for a portrait done with blood, which came out so realistic and perfect. Thats when I decided I could make blood paintings. Later, one day, I used my blood to paint a portrait of my parents as a gift for their anniversary. I posted that video on my Instagram account, and it went viral, reaching 2.2 million views and counting. That single video changed my entire life. Thousands of people started messaging me for blood paintings of their loved ones. This marked the rise of my art journey. He says this medium connects him with his followers. Sharing one of his recent experiences, he said, Recently, one person contacted me saying that his daughter had passed away one month after her birth. He wanted her photo as a painting made with his blood. I agreed to create the art for him. This kind of deep affection and emotional connection is what blood art can convey.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 12:06 pm

Upasana's Awe-dorable birthday wish for Klin Kaara!

Upasana, Entrepreneur, Mega daughter-in-law and wife of actor Ram Charan, sent out the sweetest wish for her daughter as Klin Kaara Konidela turned one. Upasana shared a heartwarming video on her insta feed, in which one can see Megastar Chiranjeevi, Global Star Ram Charan and Upsi's parents talking about their experience with Klin Kaara since the time she was born. Klin Kaara's mother, Upasana couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with emotions. Sharing the video, Upsi said, Thank you for bringing so much joy and happiness into our lives. Ive watched this video a million times. Here's the video: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Upasana Kamineni Konidela (@upasanakaminenikonidela) Ram Charan will be next seen in the much awaited film, Game Changer, while Megastar Chiranjeevi will appear in Vishwambara.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 11:55 am

Mbappe trains at Euro 2024 with bandaged nose, online post sparks curiosity

Kylian Mbapp returned to light training Wednesday with a bandage covering his broken nose in the first public appearance by the France superstar since his bloody injury that shook the European Championship. A cryptic post on social media earlier hours might have provided an insight into Mbapp's mindset as the world waits to discover how long he will be out of action. Without risks, there are no victories, the striker wrote on Instagram in the only comment so far from Mbapp or the French team management on a day when the Real Madrid-bound player underwent more tests on the nose injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Austria on Monday. Mbapp emerged for a late-afternoon practice session at the Home Deluxe Arena in Paderborn about 30 minutes after his teammates came out. He was initially seen running with the ball alone, with a trainer, and later speaking to France coach Didier Deschamps, before taking part in a shooting drill with other players. France's next match is against the ...

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 11:45 am

Coupling strokes and Kurals

CHENNAI: Have you ever imagined how Thiruvalluvar would have written the Thirukkural in the fifth century. No definite work desk that is filled with markers, pens, papers, notepads, laptop with internet connection, and tools like chatGPT. Sitting at the foot of the hills with his profound knowledge, and inspired by nature, he inscribed the words on a palm leaf using a metal stylus. It was as if the wind carried the words and put them in his mind, which was then transfered into a manuscript. I wonder the number of days, months or perhaps, years he would have taken to write the 1,330 couplets which resonate even today. Centuries later, when people are attempting creative representations of the couplets, it is easier to calculate the time taken to present their works. It took precisely three years, seven months and 22 days for Sowmya Ramalingam, a self-taught artist and an assistant professor of visual communication at DG Vaishnav College, to present the kurals visually. From January 1, 2020, Sowmya took a kural a day to understand the meaning and message, and paint it. For Valluvar, it was his diary, and for me, it was passion and the fear of losing the literature to this generation, says Sowmya, adding, I was born in the late 80s and my generation, we use more English words than Tamil in our everyday conversations. When we do not speak the language, then what about its literature? What are we passing on to the next generations? Brushing colourful couplets The fear of losing touch with such works and the interest in artistic research helped Sowmya connect literature and illustration. Thirukkural is very nomic and cannot be understood when read directly. It has to be accompanied by an explanation. So, when a kural is read along with the picture, the message is delivered easily, she shares. To decipher the couplets, Sowmya read the definitions by Kalaignar Karunanidhi, Mu Varadarajan, Solomon Pappaiah, and Sivayogi Sivakumar. To convey the meanings she took to artistic expressions such as metaphorical realism, surrealism, semiotics, colour, and space. Explaining the process, Sowmya says, The average time taken to understand the interpretation, come up with a visual idea and paint it, took three to four hours. These hours were spent on a working pad/desk and also travelling. Sharing an incident, the artist says, We went to Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for a vacation, I sat at the ticket counter there and drew. The only materials needed were watercolour paper, paint and my brushes. Kural 936: Gambling will never satisfy your hunger Once the artwork is brought to life, the artist shares it on her social media and her friends and family for feedback. For one of the kurals, Selvathul selvam seviselvam achselvam; selvathu ellam thalai, Sowmya drew a huge human ear, with no attachment to the body, donning a crown. Looking at this surreal take, Sowmyas eight-year-old daughter questions, How could an ear stand alone and why does it have such a big crown?. She explains the couplets meaning The richness of the ear is the wealth amongst all wealth, the foremost wealth. The other challenging moments during the artistic journey were in the couplets Thiruvallur wrote about veganism and prostitution. I am a non-vegetarian and for me to read what he has written about vegetarianism was hugely driven by guilt. For prostitution and extra-marital affairs, he has targeted women and not any other sex. Targeting one gender did not sit quite well with me, she rues. During such times, Sowmya stood in Valluvars shoes, acknowledging his perspective. Such kurals are not well connected with todays current affairs. Taking to parody mode, I drew the chapters with no gender identity and used body positivity, explains the artist. According to her, art is a form of expression and individuals choose how to practice it. Thirukkural as literature can be interpreted differently and is being used as a book of solutions. Kural 926: As sleep is to the dead, drunkards are to poison-eaters For her last painting for the kural Uduthal kaamathil inbam atharkinbam; koodi muyanga perin meaning the delight of love is the lovers quarrel; the greater delight is the loving reunion 50-odd individuals gathered at Madras Literary Society to complete it on August 22, 2023. With red colour denoting fashion, anger and violence and black meaning eternal existence, connected with space, the visual popped up on a 2X2 feet canvas. Even the other artworks were prominently in the shades of these colours, while some were on A4 sheet and 400 paintings on a 15X15 cm canvas. Following the Sangam period Not stopping with Thirukkural, Sowmya delves into other literature of the same period. I am focussing more on poems written by female poets. I have converted three poems from Kurunthogai and Kalithogai. One of the poems in Kalithogai briefs about the practice of Jallikattu and the painting is on display at the Madurai Jallikattu museum since January, she shares. Currently, Sowmya is working on a revisioned Soorpanagai, a character from Ramayana. In Kambaramayanam, Soorpanagai, the princess is portrayed in a bad light. In her introduction, she is spoken highly as someone who owns territories and is confident enough when men trespass on her property. After Lakshmana cuts her nose, she is brought down to lust and vulgarity, she opines. With a mission to break this notion, Sowmya paints the princess as bold and beautiful. In between her teaching and painting, Sowmya is looking for a sponsor to frame the 1,330 kural portraits and a huge space so that she could display them as an exhibition. Follow @iyal_artinsta on Instagram Kural 919: The ignorants will be drawn towards a prostitutes jewel

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 11:34 am

Alia Bhatt wakes up celeb fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala early in the morning

Shillong, June 20: Actress and fitness enthusiast Alia Bhatt surprised her trainer Yasmin Karachiwala by reaching early for her morning workout session. Karachiwala, who trains the whos who of Bollywood such as Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Janhvi Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan, among others, took to her Instagram stories and shared a picture of []

The Shillong Times 20 Jun 2024 11:26 am

Meta's Collaboration With UP Police Help Prevent 457 Suicides In 1.5 Years

A collaboration between Meta, which owns social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, and the Uttar Pradesh Police has prevented a total of 457 people from committing suicide during nearly 1.5 years, an official statement said.

NDTV 20 Jun 2024 11:10 am

Darshans Wife Finally Speaks Out On Murder Allegations Against The Actor

Vijayalakshmi Darshan, wife of Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, has responded to the murder allegations against her husband, seeking a court order to restrain the media from disseminating unverified information about the ongoing case. Vijayalakshmi Darshan took to her Instagram to share a picture of the injunction order. Sharing the post Vijayalakshmi first offered condolences to [] Read on Lehren - Darshans Wife Finally Speaks Out On Murder Allegations Against The Actor

lehren 20 Jun 2024 10:39 am

Vande Bharat train will now stop for three minutes at these two stations! Proposal sent to Railway Board

There has been a consensus on increasing the halt of Vande Bharat Express from two minutes to three minutes at Prayagraj Junction and Kanpur Central and its proposal has been sent to the board. While tenders will now be issued for 24-hour emergency medical rooms at big railway stations. Along with this, proposals have been [] The post Vande Bharat train will now stop for three minutes at these two stations! Proposal sent to Railway Board first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 20 Jun 2024 10:15 am

Vijayalakshmi Reacts to Murder Allegations Against Her Husband Darshan Thoogudeepa: 'Falsified Information...'

Darshan Thoogudeepa's wife, Vijayalakshmi has broken her silence regarding the serious murder allegations against her husband. The past few days have been nothing short of a nightmare for the family as they grapple with the intense media scrutiny and public speculation. Vijayalakshmi took to Instagram to share an injunction order from the court, which prohibits the media from publishing or broadcasting unauthenticated information about the ongoing case. This move aims to curb the spread of misinformation and ensure that only verified details reach the public. In her heartfelt caption, Vijayalakshmi expressed her condolences to the family of the deceased, Renukaswamy. She also penned down the emotional turmoil that she, Darshan, their teenage son, and their extended family and friends have been experiencing.

The Times of India 20 Jun 2024 9:48 am

Deepika Padukone Flaunts Her Baby Bump, Ends Fake Baby Bump Rumors

Deepika Padukone has put an end to the rumors about her baby bump. Expecting her first child with Ranveer Singh, the actress addressed the speculation on Wednesday evening by posting a picture on her Instagram stories. In the blurred photo, Deepikas face is hidden, but she is seen in a black, form-fitting outfit, clearly showcasing [] Read on Lehren - Deepika Padukone Flaunts Her Baby Bump, Ends Fake Baby Bump Rumors

lehren 20 Jun 2024 9:30 am

Are we in a new era of queer female pop? - podcast

With Billie Eilishs Lunch in the charts and queer female artists winning big at this years Grammy awards, Chant Joseph speaks to the queer music writers Charis McGowan and Sean B ONeill about the trend for authentic and sexually explicit queer female pop music, and how we got here Archive: Tik Tok (lucyandlamer), YoutTube (Queer News Tonight), RuPauls Drag Race, Today, Instagram (finally_aaron), YouTube (Sabrina Carpenter All-Videos ) Music featured: Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Jun 2024 9:30 am

PMK & DMK candidates file papers; Anbumani makes cash-for-vote claims

VILLUPURAM: The candidates of DMK and PMK Anniyur Siva (DMK) and C Anbumani (PMK) have filed their nomination papers for Vikravandi by-election in the district on Wednesday. Education Minister K Ponmudy, Villupuram MP D Ravikumar and DMK district secretary Gautam Sigamani accompanied Siva when he filed the papers before the returning officer. Speaking to reporters, Ponmudy expressed his confidence that Siva will win by a margin of one lakh votes. The people of the state will remember the women centric schemes brought by the DMK government and am sure the women voters of Vikravandi will cast their votes for the rising sun, he said. Meanwhile, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss alleged the DMK is contesting every election after distributing money to the voters. But we depend on the people. Every pattali (working-class person) is our supporter because we have always stood for their rights. It is due to PMK that many Vanniyar MLAs and ministers in the DMK enjoy such privilege. He further said no development has been brought to Villupuram district and Vikravandi assembly segment in the last 50 years of DMK and AIADMK rule. What have the ministers of the DMK or the AIADMK done to Vikravandi? There is still only one private sugar mill here and no other means of employment for the agrarian sector in the region. We promise the people to bring more development for the assembly segment and south Arcot districts, Anbumani added.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:00 am

UK Reality TV Star Suffers Allergic Reaction On Emirates Flight: ''I Could've Died''

In an Instagram post, Mr Fowler explained that he was served chicken curry that contained nuts, despite notifying his flight attendant of his nut allergy beforehand.

NDTV 20 Jun 2024 8:24 am

I am almost like a sage...with a bad idea: Kamal Haasan on his role in 'Kalki 2898 AD'

I am almost like a sage...with a bad idea: Kamal Haasan on his role in 'Kalki 2898 AD' Actor Kamal Haasan is playing a prominent role in 'Kalki 2898 AD'. His look is already grabbing the eyeballs. He attended the pre-release event of the film, where he spoke about his character and how he reacted when director Nag Ashwin came to him with the idea behind his project. While talking about Nag Ashwin, the actor said that he is a man of few words but has a great idea and he knows how to present it. He said, I don't underestimate these ordinary-looking guys. They have a depth to them that does not show unless you talk to them. Great ideas translate better when you present them in the right way and Nagi knew how to do it. He added, I always wanted to play a bad man because the bad man gets to do all the good things and have fun. Where the heroes are singing romantic songs and waiting for the heroine, he (bad guy) can just go ahead and do what he wants. I thought I was going to play the bad man so it's going to be fun. But then, he (Ashwin) wanted it to be different. I'm almost like a sage in the film with a bad idea. Kamal Haasan's look in the film is also making headlines. On speaking about his look and how thought about it, he shared that, This get-up took a long time. We travelled to Los Angeles. We failed a couple of times, before arriving on the first acceptable look for the director. I think and hope the audience will react the same way we did when we saw the look. While talking about the film, makers on Monday, unveiled the 'Bhairava anthem' from the film. The energetic track features Telugu superstar and lead actor of Kalki 2898 AD, Prabhas, shaking a leg with popular Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh. Prabhas and Diljit Dosanjh can be seen twinning in traditional Punjabi outfits. Prabhas can be seen wearing a turban as well. Sharing the teaser of the song, Diljit on Sunday took to Instagram and wrote, Bhairva Anthem Coming Soon PANJAB X SOUTH Panjabi Aa Gaye OYE.. Darling @actorprabhas. Sung by Diljit Dosanjh and Vijaynarain, with lyrics penned by Kumaar and music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, the track is a perfect description of Prabhas's character Bhairava in the film. Directed by Nag Ashwin, this post-apocalyptic film is inspired by Hindu scriptures and set in the year 2898 AD. The trailer showed that director Ashwin loosely reimagined Mahabharat from a futuristic lens and added a dystopian touch to it. Kamal Haasan is also a part of the film. Earlier, the makers shared the teaser of Amitabh Bachchan's look from the sci-fi dystopian film during the thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). The 21-second teaser started with Big B marking presence in warm earthy tones. He was seated in a cave, engaged in prayer to a Shiva linga. He was covered with bandages. In the brief clip, one can also see a young kid asking Big B, 'Kya tum bhagwan ho, kya tum marr nahi sakte? Tum Bhagwan ho? Kaun ho Tum? To which his character replied, Dwapar Yug se Dash Avatar ki pratiksha kar raha hoon main, Dronacharya ka putra Ashwatthama. (Since the Dwapar Yug, I have waited for the Dasavatar.) Directed by Nag Ashwin, this post-apocalyptic film is inspired by Hindu scriptures and set in the year 2898 AD. Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan and Disha Patani are also a part of the film, which will hit the theatres on June 27. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 8:12 am

Telangana HC rejects DRT order against Junior NTR's property

HYDERABAD: In a relief to Tollywood actor Junior NTR, the Telangana High Court has set aside an order of the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) related to a 681-square-yard property in Jubilee Hills. Junior NTR purchased the property in 2003 from Sunku Gita, unaware she had mortgaged it to secure loans from many banks. Though the actor had cleared one of the loans taken by Gita, other banks to which she owed money approached the DRT, which ordered the repossession of the property. Following adverse notices from banks, Junior NTR approached the DRT, but the tribunal upheld its order. He then filed a writ petition in the Telangana High Court. Despite the existence of an alternative remedy of appeal under the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, the impugned DRT order was passed, the HC noted and called it a flagrant violation of natural justice principles. Consequently, the court set aside the DRTs order.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 8:12 am

Absolutely outrageous: Amitabh Bachchan praises Nag Ashwin for 'Kalki 2898 AD'

Absolutely outrageous: Amitabh Bachchan praises Nag Ashwin for 'Kalki 2898 AD' Nag Ashwin's highly awaited film 'Kalki 2898 AD' is nearing its release date. The film has already created a buzz among its fans and recently the makers organised a grand pre-release event of the film in Mumbai. It was attended by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas, Kamal Haasan, and Deepika Padukone. The event was hosted by Rana Daggubati. During the event, Big B shared his working experience in the film and how he felt after listening to the script. He also appreciated the director of the film Nag Ashwin for coming up with such a great concept. He said, Nagi came and explained the idea of Kalki 2898 AD. After he left, I thought, what the hell is Nagi drinking? To think of something like this is absolutely outrageous. Some of the visuals that you have seen just now are unbelievable. To have somebody conceive a project that is so futuristic is amazing. No matter what Nag Ashwin thought of, he actually got all the material and effects to match his vision. It has been an amazing experience working for Kalki 2898AD which I will never forget, Big B added. While talking about the film, makers on Monday, unveiled 'Bhairava anthem' from the film. The energetic track features Telugu superstar and lead actor of Kalki 2898 AD, Prabhas, shaking a leg with popular Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh. Prabhas and Diljit Dosanjh can be seen twinning in traditional Punjabi outfits. Prabhas can be seen wearing a turban as well. Sharing the teaser of the song, Diljit on Sunday took to Instagram and wrote, Bhairva Anthem Coming Soon PANJAB X SOUTH Panjabi Aa Gaye OYE.. Darling @actorprabhas. Sung by Diljit Dosanjh and Vijaynarain, with lyrics penned by Kumaar and music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, the track is a perfect description of Prabhas's character Bhairava in the film. Directed by Nag Ashwin, this post-apocalyptic film is inspired by Hindu scriptures and set in the year 2898 AD. The trailer showed that director Ashwin loosely reimagined Mahabharat from a futuristic lens and added a dystopian touch to it. Kamal Haasan is also a part of the film. Earlier, the makers shared the teaser of Amitabh Bachchan's look from the sci-fi dystopian film during the thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). The 21-second teaser started with Big B marking presence in warm earthy tones. He was seated in a cave, engaged in prayer to a Shiva linga. He was covered with bandages. In the brief clip, one can also see a young kid asking Big B, 'Kya tum bhagwan ho, kya tum marr nahi sakte? Tum Bhagwan ho? Kaun ho Tum?To which his character replied, Dwapar yug se Dash avatar ki pratiksha kar raha hoon main, Dronacharya ka putra Ashwatthama. (Since the Dwapar Yug, I have waited for the Dasavatar.) Directed by Nag Ashwin, this post-apocalyptic film is inspired by Hindu scriptures and set in the year 2898 AD. Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan and Disha Patani are also a part of the film, which will hit the theatres on June 27. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 8:12 am

Deceit with the people: Delhi's Congress President slams AAP over water crisis mismanagement

Deceit with the people: Delhi's Congress President slams AAP over water crisis mismanagement Congress' Delhi unit President Devender Yadav on Wednesday slammed the AAP government and Delhi's Water Minister over the politicisation of the water crisis issue and held them responsible for mishandling the situation. Speaking with ANI, Delhi's Congress President said, This is a deceit with the people of Delhi. It is the responsibility of the Delhi government to supply water to the people on time. To fulfil this urgency, there is a proper action plan attributed to the situation. There are a lot of things that are taken care of, including water management, distribution channels and the creation of an action plan. He further added, It's heart-wrenching to see the residents of Delhi thirsty for the last 15 days. The public of Delhi is getting nothing except 'Dramebaazi' and 'Chhithibaazi'. The public is noticing all these things and I think they will give a befitting reply for this situation. Addressing the problems of water leakages, he said, It was their responsibility to supply the available water in the right manner to the residents. In the last 4 years, cases of water leakages have arisen which resulted in the wastage of 58 per cent water. They should do some introspection on them and refrain from politicising the issue. This is not a political issue. AAP Government should have worked on the issue from the early stages by taking help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi or any state government. I am happy that the Himachal Pradesh government has offered help, but it is the Delhi government's responsibility to channel the water supply to get it here. Meanwhile, he also took a jibe at Delhi's Water Minister Atishi and stated she is only pretending to work. They have woken up after the tragedy has happened. I want to remind Atishi Ji that she is Delhi's Water Minister and it's her responsibility to fulfil the demands of water. Now, she is doing meetings and pretending as if she is working. If she had taken measures earlier, a month ago, the situation wouldn't have worsened. The people have lost hope from them. They will answer when the time will come, said Devender Yadav. Earlier in the day, Delhi's Water Minister Atishi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi and requested ample supply of water to the 28 lakh residents of Delhi. Today I have written a letter to the Prime Minister saying that 28 lakh people in Delhi are not getting water. I have requested that he should help provide water as soon as possible...If the people of Delhi do not get their rightful share of water by the 21st, then I will be forced to do a Satyagraha, Atishi said in a press conference. Due to the scorching heat, the water problem in Delhi has also increased. Today, Delhiites need more water. The total supply of water in Delhi is 1050 MGD, out of which 613 MGD water comes from Haryana but Haryana is not giving the full share of water to Delhi, she alleged further. The Delhi Minister also mentioned that due to the shortage of water released from the Haryana side, 28 lakh people are getting less water in Delhi. Haryana gave only 513 MGD of water to Delhi yesterday. Due to this, Delhi is short of 100 MGD of water today. Due to this, about 28 lakh people are getting less water. The people of Delhi are troubled. We have made all efforts to solve this problem. We have spoken to the Chief Minister of Haryana, but the BJP government of Haryana is not giving Delhi its share of water, Atishi said. Earlier on June 18, to address the severe water shortage in the national capital, a high-level delegation of officials from the Delhi Government was convened with the Principal Secretary (Water Resources) of the Haryana Government. The Delhi Government solicited additional release of water to Delhi from the Haryana government. This meeting took place in Chandigarh on Tuesday. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 8:11 am

US billionaire eyes TikTok takeover to save internet from Big Tech

Frank McCourt, a US real estate billionaire, aims to buy TikTok to rescue the internet from the clutches of major platforms that he firmly believes are destroying society and endangering children. To address the problem, McCourt is campaigning for a ew internet which, he claims, would wrest control of the web away from major platforms like Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, or X. These platforms have hundreds of thousands of individual attributes about each of us.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 7:49 am

Mica to clear doubts on new Kerala's four-year UG programme

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An AI-powered chatbot is here to clear the doubts of students on the new four-year undergraduate programme (FYUGP) in Keralas colleges. It provides comprehensive information on the programme and would answer all possible queries -- ranging from the criteria for admission to the hybrid learning modes or customised individual learning plans and placement. Named Mica, the chatbot has been launched by the Kannur-based MVR Institute of Life Science and Research Studies. Mica, the one of its kind chatbot on the new UG programme, is useful for students of all universities in Kerala. Anyone can log in to the institutes website www.mvrlifescienceinstitute.com and use the free chatbot service which is available round the clock. Mica would respond to queries in about 22 Indian languages, including Malayalam and Hindi, and over 100 foreign languages. The chatbot would be useful for students and teachers alike, says Dileep Kumar R, chief scientific officer of MVR Institutions. Stakeholders will have many queries on the new programme, especially since Kerala implements an improvised version. Mica is a reliable and free source of information for students across the state. Reaching out to students through an AI-powered service is in itself a technological enablement, he added. The chatbot was developed by Technopark-based start-up Gaude Business and Infrastructure Solutions as part of the Samagra, a technology initiative of the Kerala State Cooperative Institute of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (COSTECH). User-friendliness and accuracy of information are Micas key features. Students can ask specific questions or simply type in keywords like flexibility or hybrid. Micas service is based on the FYUGP handbook prepared by Kannur University. The chatbot would give intelligent answers after analysing the different aspects involved in a query, says Sumesh M, founder CEO of Gaude Solutions. Mica is powered by the Helpybo AI engine -- a fusion of global and local AI innovation. It is a combination of the capabilities of Llama 3 and AI4 Bharat technologies. The platform is compatible with other AI models like GPT and Claude, ensuring adaptability and future-proofing, he added. Gaude Solutions had earlier developed Vasu, an AI-powered chatbot service for the government to provide information on the different welfare programmes for SC and ST communities. The company is incubated by the Kerala Startup Mission.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 7:40 am

Ukraine war briefing: Mourning for Ghosts of Kyiv fighter pilot

North Korea aiding Russias mass murder of Ukrainians says Zelenskiy aide; Beluga whales evacuated from Kharkiv to Madrid. What we know on day 848 Ukraine has bid farewell to one of its fighter pilots counted among the fabled Ghosts of Kyiv . Lt Col Valentin Korenchuk, referred to in the military as Beekeeper, piloted a MiG-29 fighter jet in the 40th Tactical Aviation Brigade. He was lauded as Ukraines best pilot in an air force statement that this week confirmed his death in combat. In the opening days of the Russian invasion in February 2022, social media followed the embellished exploits of the Ghost of Kyiv, a fighter pilot said to have downed six Russian warplanes. Ukrainian officialdom encouraged the myth and for a time, the title was lent to Lieutenant Colonel Vyacheslav Yerko, who went down fighting on the first day of the war, earning him the Hero of Ukraine medal. Eventually, the military conceded the Ghost of Kyiv is a legend created by Ukrainians a collective image of the pilots of the 40th tactical aviation brigade. In reality, Beekeper, having flown from the very first day of Russias invasion, shot down a dozen targets including a Russian bomber , the air force said. Andriy, a mourner at Korenchuks funeral in Kyiv, insisted: The Ghosts of Kyiv were real, and they were Vyacheslav Yerko and Valentin. A senior Ukrainian presidential aide on Wednesday said North Korea was helping Russia kill Ukrainian civilians and called for greater international isolation of both countries. Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un on Wednesday signed a partnership deepening military and political ties . Kim deliberately provides resources for the mass murder of Ukrainians, said Mykhailo Podolyak, blasting the absolute incapacity of current sanctions. We need a more rigorous approach to real isolation. Russian forces have escalated attacks near Toretsk, a frontline town in the Donetsk region that had remained relatively calm over recent months of fighting, officials and AFP journalists reported on Wednesday. The head of the region, Vadym Filashkin, said on Wednesday that Russian fire near the town of Pokrovsk farther south had killed one person and wounded another over the last 24 hours. Ukraines SBU security service said it had detained a man recruited by Russian agents on an online dating platform who had tried to provide Moscow with sensitive details about Ukrainian troops. The arrest took place in Kharkiv. The SBU seized the mans phone, used by the suspect to communicate with his Russian friend and take photos of military facilities, said an SBU statement. Ukraine has set up a national registry for sexual violence allegedly committed by Russian forces . Viktoriia Litvinova, the Ukrainian deputy prosecutor general, said there had already been five convictions in absentia. Litvinova said 303 cases of conflict-related sexual violence have been registered since the start of the full-scale invasion in early 2022, with 112 involving male and 191 involving female victims. The actual number is likely to be much higher. A man and a woman were killed by Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk on Wednesday morning, the Russian occupations mayor, Alexei Kulemzin reported. Two other people, including a child, were wounded and in a serious condition, Denis Pushilin, the Russian-appointed governor of Ukraines occupied Donetsk region, added. Ukraine denies targeting civilians and targets that do not have a military connection. Russia has significant amounts of western assets and property on its territory that could be targets for retaliation by Moscow if the west seizes income from Russian assets , its foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Leaders of the G7 agreed at a summit in Italy last week to use interest from Russian assets frozen in the west to provide a US$50bn loan to Ukraine . An oil terminal in Russias port city of Azov continued to burn for more than a day and a half after a Ukrainian drone strike on Tuesday, the Rostov regional governor said. Two beluga whales were evacuated from an aquarium in Ukraine to Spain by road and plane in a high-risk operation, officials at their new home said Wednesday. The whales, a 15-year-old male named Plombir and a 14-year-old female named Miranda, arrived in delicate health at the Oceanagrafic aquarium in Spains Mediterranean port of Valencia on Tuesday evening, officials there said. They were taken overland from Kharkiv in north-eastern Ukraine to the southern port of Odesa, a 12-hour drive, then across the border to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, from where they were flown to Valencia. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Jun 2024 6:04 am

Erriyon Knighton Cleared to Compete After Doping Controversy

Erriyon Knighton Cleared to Compete After Doping Controversy (Adds response from Knighton's attorney in paragraph 4, details) NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) - American sprinter Erriyon Knighton will not be suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday, after an arbitrator found the result was likely caused by contaminated meat. The finding cleared the 200 metres world silver medallist to compete at the U.S. Olympic trials starting on Friday, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it could appeal. As it always does, WADA will review this case and reserves the right to take an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as appropriate, WADA's head of media relations James Fitzgerald said. Knighton's lawyer Howard Jacobs told Reuters: If there's an appeal we will obviously be prepared for it, as we were for this one. One of the brightest prospects in American track and field, the 20-year-old Knighton tested positive during an out-of-competition drug test in March, but the independent arbitrator found he was not at fault and had not acted with negligence. Knighton was registered to run the 200 metres at the trials in Eugene, Oregon. He has only competed in one race this year, at an indoor meet in February. The case comes amid testy relations between the U.S. and global anti-doping authorities, as a doping case involving Chinese swimmers unfolds in the run-up to the Paris Olympics starting next month.

devdiscourse 20 Jun 2024 4:32 am

Teaching-learning resource book for the school teachers

HT Bureau GUWAHATI, June 19: Bharti Airtel Foundation, in collaboration with state education mission authority of Meghalaya (Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan), recently launched Teacher Learning Resource Book. The book was officially unveiled by Swapnil Tembe, IAS, state project director of Samagra Shiksha and director of school education & literacy in Meghalaya, and Mamta Saikia, chief executive []

thehillstimes 20 Jun 2024 1:15 am

Baccarose introduces new collection of Sisley Perfumes Les Eaux Reeves

Jammu Tawi:Baccarose, a renowned name in the beauty and fragrance distribution industry, announces the new collection launch of Sisley Perfumes Les Eaux Reeves, the collection transcends traditional boundaries to create a sensory experience like never before. With an unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and a distinct brand philosophy, this collection inspires a multi-sensory approach, delving [] The post Baccarose introduces new collection of Sisley Perfumes Les Eaux Reeves appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 19 Jun 2024 11:41 pm

Did Shraddha Kapoor and Rahul Mody Go Public with Romance?

Actor Shraddha Kapoor has officially acknowledged her relationship with Rahul Mody. Sharing a playful selfie on Instagram Stories, she seemingly confirmed their romance. The couple, who reportedly met on the set of 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar,' has been together for some time now.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 11:26 pm

Throwback: Zaheer Iqbal's Hilarious Prank on Sonakshi Sinha Goes Viral on Instagram

As their wedding day approaches, let's reminisce about the time when Zaheer played a funny prank on Sonakshi. On October 19, 2022, Zaheer and Sonakshi posted a collaborative video on their Instagram account. The video captured a light-hearted moment where the groom-to-be humorously pranked his bride-to-be.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 11:26 pm

The Guardian view on GDP: a poor measure of what matters in Britains economy | Editorial

The public doesnt understand how economic growth is measured, let alone enjoy much of it. So why is it central to this election? Great news this morning! beamed Rishi Sunak on Wednesday. Not every release from the Office for National Statistics gets its own prime ministerial post on Instagram , but inflation falling to 2% was, the Tory leader claimed, a personal victory. When he moved into No 10, it was 11%, he reminded voters. But we took bold action, we stuck to a clear plan and thats why the economy has turned a corner. Not so fast, Mr Sunak. The prices of food and petrol remain about 25% higher than two years ago. More than one in five households say that they are strugglingto pay their bills or to make ends meet. The cost of living crisis was always much bigger than a number on the consumer price index: it was a catch-all term, taking in everything from a punitive welfare system and poorly paid and insecure work to rising expenses. Millions of households were in a cost of living crisis long before it made the front pages; long after the term falls out of fashion, they will still be in one. Continue reading...

The Guardian 19 Jun 2024 11:26 pm

Swara Bhasker Reveals Baby Raabiya's Face for the First Time

Swara Bhasker has revealed her daughter's face on Instagram for the first time. Swara, who married Fahad Ahmed of the Samajwadi Party in February 2023, announced her pregnancy in June the same year. Their daughter, Raabiya, was born on September 23. While Swara has occasionally shared glimpses of her daughter in posts since then, she had not shown her face until now.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 10:48 pm

Priyanka Chopra Shares Set Mishap: Injury While Filming 'The Bluff'

Priyanka Chopra, currently on location in Australia filming her upcoming movie 'The Bluff,' recently experienced an injury on set. Sharing a photo on her Instagram story, she revealed a deep scratch on her throat. In the caption, she humorously remarked, 'Professional hazards of my job #latestacquisition #thebluff #stunts.'

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

Sonakshi Sinha's Family 'Unfollows' Her Ahead of Big Day

According to multiple sources, Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal are preparing to marry on June 23. Numerous celebrities have confirmed receiving invitations and discussed the upcoming event. Leading up to the wedding, online observers noted an unusual detail: Sonakshi's mother and brother are not among her Instagram followers.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

Apply This Homemade Oil at Night for Rapid Hair Growth

In today's hectic lifestyle, issues like hair loss, slow growth, and scalp problems have become increasingly common. Factors such as pollution, stress, unhealthy diets, and inadequate hair care routines contribute significantly to these issues. However, maintaining healthy and voluminous hair is crucial not only for aesthetics but also for overall confidence and well-being. If you're seeking effective ways to enhance your hair growth naturally, homemade oils can be a fantastic solution. These oils are not only affordable and easy to prepare but also harness the power of natural ingredients that are gentle yet effective on your hair and scalp. Here's a detailed guide on how you can use homemade oils to promote rapid hair growth and address common hair concerns: 1. Ginger, Garlic, and Black Pepper Hair Oil: This homemade oil blend is known for its stimulating properties that can help boost hair growth within a short span. Ginger is rich in antioxidants that improve scalp circulation, while garlic contains sulfur compounds that nourish the hair follicles. Black pepper adds a warming effect that enhances absorption and stimulates hair follicles. How to Use: Combine equal parts of fresh ginger juice, garlic juice, and black pepper powder. Mix well and apply the mixture to your scalp and hair before bedtime. Massage gently for a few minutes to ensure even distribution. Leave it overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo in the morning. 2. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a versatile oil known for its deep conditioning and moisturizing properties. It helps in hydrating the hair strands, preventing split ends, and reducing hair breakage. Regular application of coconut oil forms a protective barrier against environmental pollutants and heat damage. How to Use: Warm coconut oil slightly and apply it to your scalp and hair. Massage thoroughly and leave it on overnight. Wash off with a gentle shampoo the next morning. 3. Onion Juice: Onion juice is a potent remedy for improving hair growth and combating hair thinning. It is rich in sulfur, which boosts collagen production and aids in the regeneration of hair follicles. Onion juice also helps maintain the pH balance of the scalp, preventing premature graying and dandruff. How to Use: Extract juice from fresh onions and apply it directly to the scalp. Leave it on for 30-60 minutes before rinsing off with a mild shampoo. Repeat this process 2-3 times a week for best results. 4. Almond Oil: Almond oil is packed with nutrients like vitamins E and D, magnesium, and calcium, which nourish and strengthen the hair strands. It adds shine and softness to the hair while protecting it from environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays. How to Use: Massage almond oil into your scalp and hair, focusing on the ends. Leave it on overnight and wash off with a gentle shampoo the next morning. 5. Mint Oil: Mint oil is known for its cooling and refreshing properties, which help improve blood circulation to the scalp. Improved blood flow promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss. Additionally, mint oil leaves your hair with a pleasant fragrance. How to Use: Crush mint leaves and mix them with almond oil. Leave the mixture in a jar in the sun for 2-3 days. Strain the oil and apply it to your scalp before bedtime. Wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo. Benefits of Using Homemade Oils: Natural Ingredients: Homemade oils are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic additives, making them gentle on your hair and scalp. Cost-Effective: They are affordable and can be prepared easily at home using readily available ingredients. Customizable: You can adjust the ingredients according to your specific hair concerns, such as dryness, dandruff, or hair loss. Promotes Scalp Health: Regular application of these oils improves scalp health, reduces itchiness, and enhances the overall condition of your hair. In conclusion, incorporating homemade oils into your hair care routine can significantly boost hair growth and improve the health of your hair. Consistency and patience are key to achieving visible results, so make it a habit to apply these oils regularly and complement them with a balanced diet and proper hair care practices. Say goodbye to hair woes and hello to healthy, lustrous locks with the power of natural oils! If you have a habit of walking barefoot at home, then do it today, otherwise uninvited diseases will come to your home Know the Wonders of Beetroot Juice One Can Try in the Summer Season These Essential Tips Will Help You Prevent Dandruff in Monsoon, Start Now

News Track 19 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

Shoaib holds Sana close as they celebrate eid together

Shoaib Malik and Sana Javed, who celebrated Eid Al-Adha together amid Shoaibs divorce from Sania Mirza, posted charming snapshots on Instagram. The images featured Sana in a peach-toned kurta and Shoaib in a brown kurta, showcasing their stylish home. Shoaib also shared birthday photos of Sana in a floral kurta.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 9:47 pm

Government Withdraws GST Demand Of Rs 202.8 Crore From Jagran Prakashan

Show cause notice was issued by the joint commissioner, state GST, Kanpur, to the company in this regard.

Bloomberg Quint 19 Jun 2024 9:04 pm

They have made Delhi Jal Board, a 'site for looting', says BJP's Virendra Sachdeva

They have made Delhi Jal Board, a 'site for looting', says BJP's Virendra Sachdeva Amid the deepening water crisis in Delhi, Delhi's Bharatiya Janata Party President Virendra Sachdeva on Wednesday raised questions on AAP's government on the losses to Delhi Jal Board. Speaking with ANI, the BJP's Delhi unit President said, Atishi should write a letter and tell everyone how the Jal Board went from a profit of Rs 600 crores to a loss of Rs 73000 crores in 10 years. Thousands of crores rupees that were supposed to be spent on Delhi's public welfare, where they went? Atishi should give answers to these questions. She should bring light to her party members, MLAs and ministers involved in the theft and black marketing of the water. But she won't speak about that. Taking it further, Virendra Sachdeva said, They only have to politicize the issue and dramatize the issue. She can't provide water to Delhi but is splendid in the position of minister. If she should have self-respect left with her, she would have resigned from the post. Responding to Atishi's call for Satyagraha from June 21, the BJP President said, She should definitely sit on the Satyagraha but against her party members, MLAs and ministers who are involved in the black marketing of water. She should Satyagraha against her party's government who has made Delhi's Jal Board a site for looting. He further reiterated, Atishi should give answer of just one question, why there is no audit in Jal Board and how it reaches to the loss of Rs 73,000 crores? Earlier, on Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party Minister Atishi said that if Delhi does not get its rightful share of water by June 21, she will be forced to do a 'Satyagraha'. Today I have written a letter to the Prime Minister saying that 28 lakh people in Delhi are not getting water. I have requested that he should help provide water as soon as possible...If the people of Delhi do not get their rightful share of water by the 21st, then I will be forced to do a Satyagraha, Atishi said in a press conference. Due to the scorching heat, the water problem in Delhi has also increased. Today, Delhiites need more water. The total supply of water in Delhi is 1050 MGD, out of which 613 MGD water comes from Haryana but Haryana is not giving the full share of water to Delhi, she alleged further. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, to address the severe water shortage in the national capital, a high-level delegation of officials from the Delhi Government was convened with the Principal Secretary (Water Resources) of the Haryana Government. The Delhi Government solicited additional release of water to Delhi from the Haryana government. BJP is holding protests in different areas of the National Capital against the water crisis for three days. Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva and former MP Ramesh Bidhuri were seen leading the protest against the Aam Aadmi Party over the shortage of water. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Jun 2024 8:28 pm

Watch: This Kerala agrarian fair is over 800 years old

What started as a cattle fair, is at present, a market for agricultural produce and products from cottage industries

The Hindu 19 Jun 2024 7:51 pm

Deepika Padukone flaunts baby bump in new pics on Instagram

Deepika Padukone teased her fans with a baby bump picture, showcasing her iconic smile in a black bodycon dress. Her caption about pregnancy cravings won hearts online.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 7:31 pm

Did Sonakshi Sinha`s mother Poonam and brother Luv unfollow her on Instagram?

Sonakshi and Zaheer`s wedding celebrations will take place at Bastian - At The Top restaurant in the Dadar area of Mumbai.

Mid Day 19 Jun 2024 6:59 pm

Diljit Dosanjh Wore A Customised Audemars Piguet Watch On Jimmy Fallon's Show

As per Diet-Sabya, the fashion-watchdog Instagram page, Diljit wore an Audemars Piguet watch which was custom-designed for him.

NDTV 19 Jun 2024 6:55 pm

Government Withdraws Massive GST Demand from Jagran Prakashan

Government Withdraws Massive GST Demand from Jagran Prakashan The government has officially annulled a significant GST demand amounting to Rs 2,02.83 crore from Jagran Prakashan, the esteemed publisher of the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, as revealed in a recent regulatory filing. An 'order for dropping the proceedings' was dispatched to the company on June 18, 2024, addressing the previous GST demand of Rs 2,02,82,60,875, including a penalty of Rs 18,43,87,351, Jagran Prakashan disclosed. Initially, a show cause notice was issued by the joint commissioner of state GST Kanpur, targeting the company with this demand. Another show cause notice alleging a GST liability of Rs 13.50 crore, including a penalty of Rs 1.22 crore, remains in contention. However, the company, armed with legal advice, remains confident of successfully challenging this claim on merit. Jagran Prakashans operations span newspapers, magazines, FM radio, digital and outdoor advertising, promotional marketing, and event management. They publish eight publications across 13 states/Union Territories in five languages, and their radio business extends to 39 FM stations along with web stations. For the financial year ending March 31, 2024, the company's consolidated revenue from operations reported an increase of 4.18%, reaching Rs 1,933.91 crore.

devdiscourse 19 Jun 2024 6:16 pm

New Way To Represent Pi? 15th Century Indian Mathematician Had It First

The new formula closely reaches the representation of pi suggested by Indian mathematician Sangamagrama Madhava in the 15th century.

NDTV 19 Jun 2024 6:09 pm

Stakeholders seek revised pay for special educators in government-recognised schools in Tamil Nadu

The demand seeks to align their pay with Rashtriya Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan special educators, who receive 25,000 per month

The Hindu 19 Jun 2024 6:09 pm

Priyanka Chopra Jonas Gets Hurt on Sets of New Film 'The Bluff'

Los Angeles: Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas sustained a minor injury while she was filming for her upcoming Hollywood project The Bluff.The 41-year-old actor, who recently started shooting for the film in Australia, on Wednesday posted a selfie, which showed a deep scratch on her throat, on her Instagram Stories. Oh the professional hazards on my jobs #latestaquisition #thebluff #stunts, Priyanka captioned the photo. The Bluff, which hails from Russo Brothers' banner AGBO Studios and Amazon MGM Studios, will feature Priyanka as a former female pirate. Set in the 19th-century Caribbean, The Bluff follows a former female pirate who must protect her family when the mysterious sins of her past catch up to her. The movie will be directed by Frank E Flowers, who has co-written it with Joe Ballarini. Chopra Jonas also serves as a producer on the film alongside AGBO's Anthony and Joe Russo -- executive producers of her Prime Video show Citadel. The Bluff will stream on Prime Video.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 5:35 pm

Opinion: Where Human Lives Are Cheaper Than Instagram Reels

The tragic death of Head Constable Brij Kishore Singh at Kanpur Central serves as a stark reminder of the dire consequences of indifference and the erosion of humanity in our society.

Zee News 19 Jun 2024 5:25 pm

Even Jasmine From Neighbors Garden Possesses Fragrance, AIADMKs Sellur Raju Praises Rahul Gandhi

Sellur K Raju, a three-time AIADMK MLA and former Minister for Co-operation, has sparked controversy yet again by extending birthday wishes and praising Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Congress. Raju The post Even Jasmine From Neighbors Garden Possesses Fragrance, AIADMKs Sellur Raju Praises Rahul Gandhi appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 19 Jun 2024 4:59 pm

Blue Lagoon Recipe: Make cafe-like Blue Lagoon drink at home, drinking it will give relief from heat

It often happens that when we go to a club or a party, the food and drink there touches our hearts. All kinds of dishes can be made at home, but the problem comes with making beverages. People who do not consume alcohol, mostly like to take mocktails at parties. Mocktails are prepared without alcohol. Its taste is very refreshing. This is the reason why in today's article we will tell you the recipe for a mocktail. We are talking about Blue Lagoon, its taste is very different from other drinks. If you want to prepare a Blue Lagoon mocktail at home, then let us tell you its recipe without delay. So that you too can refresh yourself by making delicious drinks at home in this summer season. Ingredients to make Blue Lagoon drink 60 ml Blue Lagoon syrup 60 ml lemon juice 100-150 ml Sprite Ice cubes Lemon slices Cherry Method If you want to make a club-like Blue Lagoon drink at home, first fill ice cubes in a large steel glass. Now add Blue Lagoon syrup and lemon juice to it. Mix everything well so that the lemon juice mixes with the Blue Lagoon syrup. After this, pour a Sprite cold drink in the same glass. Keep in mind that pour the cold drink into the glass slowly so that the glass is filled and the ingredients mix well. Now after filling the cold drink in the glass, mix it once with the help of a spoon. So that all the things dissolve well in the cold drink. Finally, take it out in a beautiful glass and add ice cubes to it. After this, just garnish the glass with lemon slices and cherries. Now your non-alcoholic Blue Lagoon mocktail is ready. Serve it cold and enjoy. (PC: Instagram)

Kalam Times 19 Jun 2024 4:52 pm

Alka Yagnik Hearing Disorder: Alka Yagnik lost her hearing ability, know how can you suddenly become deaf?

Does the sound in your ears ever become slow? Do you hear any sound faintly or do you suddenly feel tingling in your ears? Or do you suddenly complain of hearing loss in one or both ears? If you or someone you know has such a problem, then be alert. This news is useful for you. Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik has lost her hearing ability. Giving information about this through a post on social media, she said that she has got a rare ear-related disease. Alka Yagnik, who brings sweet sounds to people's ears with her melodious voice, suddenly complained of hearing loss, when she landed after a flight, she felt that she was not able to hear anything. Her doctors told Alka that she was suffering from a rare disease. Let us know about Alka Yagnik's disease, which took away her hearing ability. Alka Yagnik informed about this through a post on Instagram and wrote, 'To all my fans, friends, followers and well-wishers... A few weeks ago, when I got off a flight, I realized that I was not able to hear anything. After several weeks, of gathering some courage, I am now telling friends and well-wishers about this, who are constantly asking me where I am missing. In the investigation, my doctors have found a rare disease sensory nerve hearing loss, which I have suffered due to a viral attack. This sudden incident surprised me.' Alka Yagnik, while advising to prevent this disease in her post, wrote, do not listen to music at high volume and use headphones less. What is sensory nerve hearing loss? Sensory nerve hearing loss is an ear-related disease, which is caused by a problem in the inner part of the ear (cochlea) or the hearing nerve (auditory nerve). Dr. Zakir M Khan of a hospital in Pune explains, 'Due to damage to the nerves that transmit messages from the ear to the brain, the hearing ability can be lost gradually or suddenly. This problem is also called sensorineural hearing loss. This hearing loss is often permanent and cannot be reversed with medicine or surgery. However, it can be controlled with the right medicine and hearing aids. Symptoms of sensory nerve hearing loss Sounds become blurry and unclear Difficulty hearing high-frequency sounds, such as children's voices, birds chirping, or doorbells. Difficulty understanding conversations, especially in noisy places. Ear ringing or ringing in the ears. Disease factors With age, the nerves of the ear weaken. Constant exposure to loud noises can damage the sensory cells inside the ear. This problem is hereditary in some people. Infections such as meningitis, mumps, and other viral infections can cause this ear disease. Head injuries can damage the inner part of the ear. Prevention methods Avoid loud noises, loud music, and prolonged use of earphones. Take measures to clean the ears regularly and prevent infection. Keep the sound level low while using headphones or earphones and avoid prolonged use. The elderly should get their ears checked regularly. Dr. Zakir M Khan says that this problem can occur with aging, can happen suddenly or can be present in the baby from birth. The way people are now moving towards noise and loud music, the nerves of the ear can get damaged. To avoid this, one should get the ears checked from time to time. Also, to avoid sudden sensory hearing loss, one should avoid listening to very loud sounds or music. (PC: Freepik)

Kalam Times 19 Jun 2024 4:49 pm

Woman finds dead mouse in Hershey's syrup bottle ordered on Zepto

Days after a Mumbai-based doctor found a human finger in an ice-cream he ordered online, another similar incident has taken the internet by storm raising questions on food hygiene standards. A woman, Prami Sridhar, found a dead mouse in a bottle of Herseys chocolate syrup she ordered on Zepto. Sridhar filmed a detailed video posting it on her social media handles. The video shows Sridhar and her family discovering small strands of hair in the syrup. That is when their suspicion rose. They started pouring out the content into a disposable cup until they found something of a thick consistency falling out. Upon washing it under running water, it was confirmed to be a dead mouse. Sridhar had ordered the syrup to have it with brownies. Three of her family members consumed the syrup before noticing the issue. One of them had fainted and had to be rushed to the hospital. She has recovered fully. This is extremely concerning and unacceptable, her post read. She tried reporting the issue but there was no response. The video amassed over five million views on Instagram. Users supported her and demanded a thorough investigation into the matter. Soon after the video went viral, Hersheys responded to it saying, Hi there, we are very sorry to see this. Please send us the UPC and manufacturing code from the bottle to consumercare@hersheys.com with the reference number 11082163 so one of our team members can assist you! The companys reply sparked even more outrage. One user commented, Never want to use your products! Very bad! Mostly kids like your products and it is very bad for them! SHAME. Another user wrote, Such a shame team. One of the top brands and this is the production.. should call for a boycott. In her Instagram post, Sridhar has cautioned the viewers to be aware of what they are ordering and eating and to be even more careful while offering it to kids.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 4:44 pm