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India initiates probe into alleged dumping of low-density polyethylene from 6 countries – Times of India
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India initiates probe into alleged dumping of low-density polyethylene from 6 countries – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has started a probe into the alleged dumping of low-density polyethylene from six countries, including Singapore and the US, following a complaint by an industry association. Chemicals and Petrochemicals Manufacturers Association on behalf of the domestic industry has filed an application before the commerce ministry's investigation arm DGTR for initiation of an anti-dumping investigation on imports of 'low-density polyethylene (LDPE)' from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the US. The applicant has alleged that the domestic industry has impacted due to dumped imports of LDPE from these countries, according to a notification of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR). The association has requested for the imposition of anti-dump...
Varun Dhawan packs impressive punches in kickboxing workout video, leaves Lin Oeding-Tiger Shroff smitten
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Varun Dhawan packs impressive punches in kickboxing workout video, leaves Lin Oeding-Tiger Shroff smitten

Making Hollywood and Tinsel Town celebrities gape in awe at his fitness skills, Coolie No. 1 actor Varun Dhawan was seen flaunting his kickboxing moves this morning. The Bollywood hunk’s “Monday feels” and energetic kickboxing session left Cobra Kai director Lin Oeding and Baaghi star Tiger Shroff totally smitten along with fans on the Internet.Taking to his Instagram handle, Varun shared a stunning video of his power packed kickboxing practice for self-defence and general fitness. Donning a white ganjee teamed with a pair of grey shorts and black boxing gloves, Varun amped up the sporty look with a red bandana as he packed a few impressive punches on his opponent, Jennifer Lopez’s ex-boyfriend Beau Casper Smart.Indulging in the stand-up combat sport, barefoot in the sand ...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Everything to know about breast cancer in men
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Everything to know about breast cancer in men

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | October 26, 2020 3:00:50 pm Treatment for male breast cancer is on similar lines as female breast cancer. (Source: Pixabay)While breast cancer is a disease that is commonly seen in women, men fall prey to it, too. It takes form in the male breast tissue. In fact, 1 per cent of all breast cancers detected occur in men. Dr Rohan Khandelwal, Consultant, The Breast Centre, CK Birla Hospital, says that while all humans are born with a small amount of breast tissue, women start developing more breast tissue during puberty, and hence become more prone to developing breast cancer. But the small amount of breast tissue in men exposes them t...
Revised Chinese law sparks debate on sexuality education
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Revised Chinese law sparks debate on sexuality education

Minutes before Professor Liu Wenli was set to speak in a webinar on the development of sex education in China, she learned that the country’s top legislative body had passed an amendment making sex education mandatory starting next year. She quickly added a new slide on the change, according to her research group’s WeChat account, with the amended law mandating the inclusion in school syllabuses of “sex education”. Those three Chinese characters can also be translated as “sexuality education,” which Liu and her fellow advocates have long fought for. In 2017, a textbook series she edited was removed from a school after complaints about explicit content and that the books normalised homosexuality.On October 17, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee declared that...
Three common health problems during the festive season and how to avoid them
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Three common health problems during the festive season and how to avoid them

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | October 26, 2020 10:00:47 am Many of us tend to overeat during the festive season. (Source: getty images/file)Festivities are all about fun and frolic but while indulging in special treats and merrymaking, we tend to compromise on our health by skipping meals, eating junk foods or following an unhealthy lifestyle. So with Navratri and Durga Puja 2020 just getting over, during which a lot of us indulged in fried foods and sweet dishes, and Diwali and Bhai Dooj all set to knock on our doors, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar highlighted the three common health issues that many experience during the festive season — acidity, heada...
Can’t find a leg extension machine? Rakul Preet Singh shows an alternative in her 4 am fitness video
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Can’t find a leg extension machine? Rakul Preet Singh shows an alternative in her 4 am fitness video

Making us enter the week with rejuvenated enthusiasm for fitness is Bollywood diva Rakul Preet Singh’s latest workout video. Currently in Hyderabad, the actor was seen up and sweating at 4:57 am to burn calories sans excuses.Taking to her Instagram handle, Rakul gave health freaks a sneak peek into her intense exercise session where she showed a perfect alternative if one can’t find a leg extension machine. Nailing the exercise routine, Rakul was seen using a bench for leg extension workout in the absence of a machine.The video featured Rakul donning a blue printed tank top teamed with a pair of black tights having sheer detailing. Pulling back her hair in a high ponytail hairstyle to that they do not mess with her exercise routine, Rakul completed the athleisure dressing ...
Coronavirus: Here is why the early intervention of testing and diagnosis is important
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Coronavirus: Here is why the early intervention of testing and diagnosis is important

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | October 25, 2020 9:15:03 pm In order to debunk a few myths and answer some questions, Dr Patil explains the kind of different tests being done in the country to diagnose COVID-19 and its accuracy.(Photo: Pixabay)The pandemic is in full force and there seems to be no end to it. Currently, the country has the second-highest number of cases with more than 71 lakh confirmed cases. Dr Niranjan Patil, Head of Molecular Biology at Metropolis Healthcare points out “On October 12th, India tested over 10,73, 014 samples. There are over 1927 labs approved for testing (private and government) across the country. “ In order to debunk a few myth...
Covid-19: As winter chill hints at a second wave, here’s why young people are at more risk, how paracetamol helps and other precautions
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Covid-19: As winter chill hints at a second wave, here’s why young people are at more risk, how paracetamol helps and other precautions

As per an analysis by the Union health ministry, nearly half the people who have died of Covid-19 are aged below 60 years. Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), recently raised concerns on how the rising air pollution combined with coronavirus infection and lung complications can possibly lead to serious consequences.With Russia and the United Kingdom already experiencing a second wave of Covid-19, aggravated by winter, there is no reason to dismiss the possibility of the same in India as the mercury dips. The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned Delhi of witnessing around 15,000 Covid-19 cases daily in winter because of the prevalence of respiratory illnesses during this season that worsen symptoms of the dis...
Here’s the science behind happiness and the evolution of brain size
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Here’s the science behind happiness and the evolution of brain size

In search of the causes underlying neocortex expansion, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, together with colleagues at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, previously identified a number of molecular players. These players typically act cell-intrinsically in the so-called basal progenitors, the stem cells in the developing neocortex with a pivotal role in its expansion. The researchers now report an additional, novel role of the happiness neurotransmitter serotonin which is known to function in the brain to mediate satisfaction, self-confidence, and optimism - to act cell-extrinsically as a growth factor for basal progenitors in the developing human, but not mouse, neocortex.Due to this new function, pl...
PTSD, alcohol abuse go hand-in-hand, but males and females exhibit symptoms differently: Study
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PTSD, alcohol abuse go hand-in-hand, but males and females exhibit symptoms differently: Study

Through intricate experiments designed to account for sex-specific differences, scientists have collaborated to zero in on certain changes in the brain that may be responsible for driving alcohol abuse among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. In studies with rodents, researchers found that males and females exhibit their own distinct symptoms and brain features of PTSD and alcohol use disorder. Such differences are not typically accounted for in laboratory-based studies yet could lead to more successful clinical treatments. The findings, published in Molecular Psychiatry, also present a new model for identifying biomarkers that may indicate a person with PTSD is more likely to develop alcohol use disorder.“Having PTSD significantly increases the risk of d...
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro asks congress to consider same-sex marriage, quotes Pope Francis’ support
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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro asks congress to consider same-sex marriage, quotes Pope Francis’ support

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday asked the country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term beginning in January, citing Pope Francis’ comments this week supporting civil unions for same-sex couples.The Pope’s comments were the clearest language yet he has used on the rights of gay people. Gay marriage is not currently legal in heavily Roman Catholic Venezuela, despite laws or court decisions in other South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Colombia legalizing same-sex marriage.“I have friends and acquaintances who are very happy with what the Pope said yesterday,” Maduro said at an event with leaders of his ruling Socialist Party ahead of legislative elections scheduled for Dec. 6. “I will leave that task, the tas...
Fitness motivation: Milind Soman does core exercises even during jetlag, Ankita Konwar nails Chakrasana as weekend workout
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Fitness motivation: Milind Soman does core exercises even during jetlag, Ankita Konwar nails Chakrasana as weekend workout

Looking like a “wonderful work in progress”, Bollywood’s supermodel Milind Soman was seen hitting the grind to work up his core even during jetlag while his fitness enthusiast wife Ankita Konwar shared a throwback picture of performing Chakrasana on the US beach to be in sync with the workout feels this weekend. Returning from their dreamy vacation in the USA, the lovebirds were back at giving fitness motivation to netizens and their latest social media videos and pictures are enough to put workout procrastinations at bay.Taking to his Instagram handle, Milind shared a video of himself, donning his signature grey Pinkathon tee and a pair of shorts and working out barefeet. Hanging from a bar, Milind’s arms formed a straight vertical line as he raised his legs forward to br...
Fasting for Navratri? Here are some healthy and safe ways in which you can lose weight
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Fasting for Navratri? Here are some healthy and safe ways in which you can lose weight

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | October 23, 2020 1:20:01 pm Instead of fruits, focus more on vegetables this fasting season. (Source: Pixabay)While it is important to enjoy the festivities this season, it is also important to not take health for granted. Many people fast during the Navratri time, and if you are one of them and are also on a diet, here are some ways you can safely combine the two, and have fun celebrating the festival. Online fitness trainer and sports nutritionist Diksha Chhabra shares valuable inputs on how you can lose weight in a healthy manner this year. Read on. * Make paneer a part of your daily diet. It is a rich source of protein and is ...
Pope’s support for gay civil unions seen as threat to same-sex marriage
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Pope’s support for gay civil unions seen as threat to same-sex marriage

The pope’s comments in support of gay civil unions did not go far enough and could even harm the campaign for same-sex marriage, LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Thursday.In a documentary called “Francesco” released on Wednesday, the pontiff said that gay couples needed legal rights and that “homosexual people have a right to be in a family”, some of his clearest language on the subject since his election in 2013.But after years of opposition by the Catholic Church to gay sex and same-sex marriage, the pope’s comments will do little to advance LGBT+ rights or repair the damage done to gay people, LGBT+ campaigners in majority-Catholic Latin America said.“Given the church’s history, I don’t believe that this approach is one of inclusion with respect to the rights of the LGB...
With Love: What to do when there’s connection but just no heat
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With Love: What to do when there’s connection but just no heat

How important is it to be physically attracted to your partner? I’ve been asked this question so many times over the last decade. A current client articulated really well the dilemma of liking someone but not being attracted to them when she said: “He really gets me. Our wavelengths match perfectly. But I am not at all attracted to him. Even holding hands is uncomfortable. A part of me says mental compatibility is all that one really needs; it will make the relationship last. So why don’t I feel like he’s the one for me?”As a culture, we rarely talk about physical attraction. When we look for a good match, the key metrics are education, wealth, family background. The current generation of singles does look for compatibility. But when it comes to matchmaking, even they hesi...
Two ponds earmarked for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean waterbodies: Pollution board – Times of India
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Two ponds earmarked for idol immersion, steps being taken to clean waterbodies: Pollution board – Times of India

KOLKATA: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), as part of its measures to check river water contamination, has earmarked two ponds here for immersion ceremonies post Durga puja and Diwali, and put in place a mechanism to clean the reservoirs almost immediately after the ritual is observed. Kalyan Rudra, the chairman of the board, said similar initiatives are taken every year for idol immersion in the Ganga and other rivers across the state, where the board, in coordination with the civic bodies, makes necessary arrangements to minimise water pollution. "Two large ponds have been earmarked in Laketown and Dumdum, where synthetic liners will be used to pull out the idols, its accessories and flowers, right after immersion. The idea was initially adopted by Newtown Kolkata Devel...
Financial, physical health top stressors amid Covid-19 followed by relationship and family: Study
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Financial, physical health top stressors amid Covid-19 followed by relationship and family: Study

Financial and physical health has emerged as the top stressor for Indians ahead of relationship and family amid the Covid-19, according to a survey. Nine out of 10 Indians say financial health has a profound impact on their well-being, the survey by digital wealth management platform Scripbox revealed. The survey on Wealth & Well-being’, aimed to understand investor behaviour and sentiment amid the coronavirus, was conducted ahead of World Savings Day celebrated on October 31. Amid the pandemic, Indians have been the most stressed because of their physical health (54 per cent) followed by financial health (46 per cent) ahead of family (28 per cent) and relationships (23 per cent), according to the findings. Nearly 50 per cent save zero to 20 per cent, and 20 per cent...
Air pollution and COVID-19: Risk of infection, precautions to take
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Air pollution and COVID-19: Risk of infection, precautions to take

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | October 22, 2020 3:00:06 pm Avoid stepping outdoors during early morning and late evening hours.The adverse impact of air pollution on one’s health is not unknown. From respiratory problems, eye irritation to cardiovascular diseases, air pollution can cause a lot of serious health issues. With the increasing air pollution levels in Delhi NCR amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, experts are all the more concerned about how high pollution levels can aggravate the situation, suggesting an increase in the spread of the virus. How are air pollution and COVID-19 related? Dr Richa Sareen, Consultant, pulmonogy and critical care medicine...
Anil Kapoor posts shirtless pic at 63, shares his fitness journey: ‘Days like this make it all worth it’
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Anil Kapoor posts shirtless pic at 63, shares his fitness journey: ‘Days like this make it all worth it’

Actor Anil Kapoor has posted a bunch of new pictures from the beach on Instagram. Anil, who is 63 years old, took off his shirt and posed by the beach and in the pool, showing off his toned physique. Anil also shared an inspiring message about his fitness journey. “This papa doesn’t preach, just removes his top and walks to the beach,” he wrote and added how his son Harsh Varrdhan and his trainer have been working hard to get him in shape during the lockdown.  “Everyone has a weak point. Mine is food . The Punjabi boy in me needs the taste buds ignited, my eyes always bigger than my belly. During lockdown, I have set myself the task of achieving a new sharper look. This new look needs a new approach to eating . Both Harsh and my trainer Marc have taken it upon themselves t...
Pope Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions
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Pope Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue.The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. The film, which features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film. “You can’t kick someone ou...