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  • 44% Indians struggling with 'information overload' amid pandemic
    Bengaluru, January 28 (IANS): About 44 per cent of Indians feel that "information overload" has intensified during the pandemic and escalated their daily stress, a new survey revealed on Thursday. According to the survey by Canada-based information management solutions company OpenText, the data suggested that this "information overload" is significantly impacting both personal and professional lives. "Users have proven willing to adopt new services and t
  • Dubai-based Indian boy reads 20 books in an hr
    Dubai, January 28 (IANS): A five-year-old Dubai-based Indian boy has set a new record for being able to read 20 books in an hour, the media reported on Thursday. Originally from Kerala, Aayush K. S. has made it to the ‘India Book of Records' as an appreciative entry, said the Gulf News report. A kindergarten student at the JSS International School also has a YouTube channel on reading books, called "Reading Room by Aayush". "Aayush gets calls from auth
  • Covid brings back wood ash in demand for dishwashing
    Jaipur, Janùary 27 (IANS): Believe it or not! Wood ash and cow dung ash are flooding the online sites these days with attractive packaging as customers rush to buy them, irrespective of their high price which range from Rs 300-400 per kg. It might sound weird but it is true that ash, which was used a few decades back to clean utensils and was later replaced by colourful fragrant detergents, is back in demand. A Jaipur resident Pawan Kumar, after getting cured of Covid-19 a
  • Just became pet parents? Read on to learn how to get it right
    New Delhi, January 27 (IANSlife): As the pandemic restricted regular social interactions and staying at home emerged as the new normal, people adopted different ways to uplift and cheer their lives. Among the many things that peaked during the lockdown, included pet ownership and adoption. As people looked to pets to help alleviate fear, anxiety and loneliness, it became one of the top things. Even influencers and celebrities backed the initiative and didn't shy away from showca
  • Happy childhood may lower drink, drug risk among teens
    New York, January 26 (IANS): If your teenage child has memories of a happy childhood, they are less likely to indulge in drinking or substance abuse and enjoy learning, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory, indicated that positive attitudes towards the past, present and future put adolescents at lower risk of alcohol use, binge drinking and marijuana. "Many teenagers also aren't engaging with online learning during Co
  • This year, Mumbai's famed Christmas tree celebrates R-Day too
    Mumbai, January 26 (IANS): This year, India's tallest natural growing, 55-year-old and 69-foot-tall Christmas tree has become a 'shining beacon of hope' for humanity facing the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic, in memory of a nurse who nurtured it for decades. Extending a month beyond Christmas-New Year, the famed Christmas tree has been lit up in full glory for the first time on Republic Day by its owners, Mumbai-based Douglas Saldanha, 59 and his mother Grace Saldan
  • Shilpa Shetty's yoga tip to beat stress
    Mumbai, January 25 (IANS): Bollywood actress and yoga enthusiastic Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Monday suggested the right yoga to bust stress, and improve core strength and flexibility of the hip joints and legs. Shilpa shared a video on Twitter where she can be seen performing the asana, called Naukasana. "For almost a year now, in some or the other way, we've all been in rough waters. For me, the best way to beat the stress is to occasionally draw out the ‘boat'
  • Telangana boy awarded for developing smart wristband for Alzheimer's patients
    Hyderabad, January 25 (IANS): A 13-year-old boy from Telangana, who developed a smart wristband to monitor Alzheimer's patients, is one of the recipients of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 announced on Monday. Hemesh Chadalavada from Ranga Reddy district has been awarded the Bal Puraskar for his excellence in the field of innovation. He created the smart wristband to monitor Alzheimer's patients after seeing his grandmother suffer from the disease. The device m
  • Indian girls facing a deep digital divide
    New Delhi, January 25 (IANSlife): A majority of young girls in India have no or limited access to either mobile phones or computers, and this gap has widened alarmingly during the Covid-19 crisis, shows a new survey. According to Unesco, the lockdown in India has affected 158 million girl students, impacting their dreams of a formal education and of better lives. The survey by New Delhi-based NGO Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) -- conducted across 29 districts in 10 states coverin
  • National Girl Child Day: Dream fearlessly, says Nishtha Satyam
    New Delhi, January 24 (IANS): In India, January 24 is celebrated as the National Girl Child Day. On this occasion people are made aware of issues like safety, education, sex ratio, health of girls and programmes are also organised at various places. On this occasion, Nishtha Satyam, who is working as Deputy Representative in India for UN Women, greeted everyone. Speaking to IANS, Satyam said: "Today's day is very important for our life, literature and the economy. This day
  • Kumar Sanu: Don't think person like me can do anything in politics
    Mumbai, January 24 (IANS): Election time in Bengal is round the corner, and almost every party is looking for celebrity candidates, a trick that never fails. Playback superstar of the nineties Kumar Sanu, who joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) twice and left the party the final time after 2014, is amused when you ask him if he considers another shot at the game. Saying he has no plans to re-enter politics, Sanu reveals his agenda for joining politics earlier never got fulfilled. &q
  • Rani Mukerji: Fortunate to get projects that had strong female protagonists
    Mumbai, January 24 (IANS): On the occasion of National Girl Child Day on Sunday, Rani Mukerji opened up on the power of cinema to drive changes that could benefit women. The actress, who has been around in Bollywood for 24 years now, feels fortunate that she has by and large worked in films that offered her strong protagonists. "By projecting girls well, cinema definitely tries to contribute towards showing how girls can be so much more than what society wanted them to be,"
  • Bursting the myths about hair colouring
    New Delhi, January 23 (IANSlife): People change the colour of their tresses quite often. Hair colour has the power to alter your personality and make you feel like a whole other person altogether. But whether it's about covering those pesky greys or experiment with new hair colour, there are several myths around hair colouring. Sameer Hamdare, Zonal Technical Manager, Streax Professional speaks to IANSlife to burst the myths and shares the facts about hair colouring. Myth: If yo
  • Priyanka Chopra: Nobody made opportunities for me in the West
    New Delhi, January 22 (IANS): When Priyanka Chopra Jonas started her journey in the West, there was no one to facilitate her entry into Hollywood with adequate opportunities. That is something she wants to change, with the power to create stories. Now that she has turned producer, the actress says she wants to help in the normalisation of South Asian people through stories as a producer. "I don't put myself in a box. I am very organic with what I feel. I am doing a comedy w
  • Trump's daughter announces engagement on dad's final full day in office
    January 20 (PTI): Outgoing United States President Donald Trump's youngest daughter has announced one of the happiest moments of her life -- her engagement -- on her father's final full day in office. Trump, 74, would be succeeded by 78-year-old Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. In a picture posted on Instagram on Tuesday, 27-year-old daughter Tiffany Trump in a black dress can be seen wearing an engagement ring and standing with her 23-year-o
  • Post Covid weddings: Madurai family sets example with QR code on invite
    Chennai, January 18 (IANS): No more searching for an envelope to keep the cash and presenting it to the bride or the bridegroom at a wedding. Now one can just transfer money to their bank accounts using Google Pay or PhonePe. In Madurai a family hit upon a simple idea of printing the QR code of Google Pay and PhonePe on the wedding invite so that those who had come for the wedding of their daughter and those who were not able to attend due to pandemic but would like to give their
  • What 2021 looks like for wellness travel
    New Delhi, January 18 (IANSlife): Holistic well-being, focused on nutrition and rejuvenation is being talked about more than ever. The global hospitality industry has seen a renewed interest in wellness tourism. Travellers are seeking out health and wellness retreats to build their immunity. According to a report by the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is slated to grow at an average annual rate of 7.5 per cent by 2022. This is higher than the projected 6.4 per cent rate
  • Juhi Chawla on WhatsApp: When anything is free, your freedom is the price
    Mumbai, January 18 (IANS): Actress Juhi Chawla on Monday took a jibe at social networking platforms WhatsApp and Facebook at a time when millions of users are abandoning WhatsApp and opting for other chatting platforms to ensure their privacy is maintained. Taking a dig at the above mentioned social networking platforms, Juhi shared a note on Twitter that reads: "When anything is free, your freedom is the price. "Desmond Tutu once said, 'When the missionaries came t
  • Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony kicks off with 'Kolam'
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): Kolam, a traditional Indian art form of drawing geometric patterns on the floors as a sign of welcome, was part of the virtual kick-off ceremony of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris, who traces her origin to Tamil Nadu where these auspicious designs adorn almost every household. In Tamil Nadu, where Harris has roots, women draw Kolams on the ground to invite health and prosperity into houses where they are display
  • Two sisters ask Delhi to listen, go viral
    New Delhi, January 17 (IANS): Even as "Sun Dilliye Ni Sun Dilliye", a song written, composed and sung by the two young sisters on the ongoing farmers' agitation continues to grab thousands of hits on social media from people across the world, the duo maintains that while all the praise has been extremely encouraging, what matters most is that people across barriers have been able to relate to it. "We never thought that the song (