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  • Covid may deepen depression, anxiety in pregnant women
    New York, December 2 (IANS) Researchers have said that Covid-19 may deepen depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among pregnant and postpartum women. "We know the perinatal period is already a time in which women are particularly vulnerable to mental health
  • UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine
    London, December 2 (PTI): The UK on Wednesday became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, paving the way for mass vaccinations against the deadly novel coronavirus. The British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA
  • First vaccines will go to healthcare workers: US panel
    New York, December 2 (IANS): Healthcare workers and nursing home residents will be the first in the US to get Covid-19 vaccines, a high powered government panel announced late Tuesday. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel voted 13-1 to recommend these two groups get
  • Plant-based diet improves cardiometabolic risk factors: Study
    New York, December 1 (IANS): A plant-based diet boosts after-meal burn, leads to weight loss and improves cardiometabolic risk factors in overweight individuals, say researchers. "Over the course of years and decades, burning more calories after every meal can make a significant di
  • Covid-19 could result in more HIV cases, AIDS-related deaths: UN
    United Nations, December 1 (IANS): On World AIDS Day on Tuesday, a latest report from the Joint UN Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic could result in 123,000 to 293,000 new HIV cases and 69,000 to 148,000 additional AIDS-related deaths in the next tw


  • Covid could push 72mn more kids into learning poverty: World Bank
    Washington, December 3 (IANS): The Covid-19-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school aged children into "learning poverty" - meaning that they are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10, the World Bank has said. The pandemic i
  • Why making MSP mandatory is problematic
    New Delhi, December 2 (IANS): The Narendra Modi government claims to give minimum support price (MSP)for crops to farmers at one and a half times the costs of production. On the other hand farmers are seeking a guarantee for procurement of crops on the MSP fixed by the government. But the
  • 59% Indians sceptical about Covid-19 vaccine, won't rush to take it: Survey
    New Delhi, December 2 (IANS): With chances of affordable Covid-19 vaccine likely to be available by February 2021, 59 per cent Indians divulged that they will not rush to take it, a survey revealed on Wednesday. The last few weeks have given hope to the world with three vaccine makers -
  • Biden's budget chief pick Tanden recounts rise from poverty to power
    New York, December 2 (IANS): Neera Tanden, who has been named Joe Biden's budget chief, shares a common upbringing with Kamala Harris -- both were raised by single mothers, who came from India and through their determination saw their daughters rise to positions of power -- exceeding t
  • Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking
    United Nations, December 1 (AP) Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women on the line. The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic


  • Vidya Balan: It's so precious when people appreciate your work
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANS): Actress Vidya Balan has won many awards as well as love of the audience. She finds it really precious when people appreciate her work. After making her Bollywood debut with "Parineeta" in 2005, Vidya went on to play impactful roles in films such a
  • Urmila Matondkar: Kangana Ranaut has been given undue importance
    Mumbai, December 2 (IANS): Actress-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar, who has officially joined Shiv Sena, says she has no interest in engaging in a war of words with actress Kangana Ranaut, adding that Kangana has been given much more importance than she actually deserves. Speaking to
  • A digital museum to preserve India's textile arts
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANSlife): Erstwhile royal families and historic properties have come together to pay tribute to Indias textile heritage by working with karigars (or local artisan designers) from three states of India (Mayurbhanj in Odisha, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and Gwalior in Madh
  • Pollution, pandemic and pre-term birth
    New Delhi, November 29 (IANSlife): Most pregnancies last 40 weeks; a baby is known as a premature or pre-term when her or she is born before the completion of 37th week. Based on the gestational age, pre-term babies are sub-categorised as extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks), very preter
  • Amrita Rao: Earlier it was important to have talent, now there's talent management
    Mumbai, November 30 (IANS): Actress Amrita Rao says the concept of visibility for an actor has changed courtesy social media and talent management firms, as compared to the time she made her Bollywood debut in 2002. "Before the era of social media and PR machinery that we are seein