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The girl next door who mastered her trade: Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte

A solid theatrical career and a few years of struggle have made Radhika Apte one of Indian cinema’s most accomplished actresses. One of her strengths, taking key roles that others turned down, helped her gain recognition and acceptance in both the important North and South Indian film industries. Radhika was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu to doctor parents. She is literate in multiple Indian languages from her exposure to their film industries. She speaks Tamil, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Malayalam, Hind and English. She was home-schooled along with other children in an informal school, which she found liberating. She later got a degree in Economics and Maths whilst in Pune. She studied Karthak dance for a number of years under the well-known Rohin Bhate. She entered the theatre, and struggled as an artist for a number of years. Eventually she fled …

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COVID: over 200 doctors have died in Pakistan alone 😧🇵🇰

Doctors Covid-19

Over 202 doctors passed away from the coronavirus since the pandemic began while 30 paramedics have also succumbed to the infection, as per a press release from the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the PMA urged the Pakistani government to provide Shuhuda package compensation to families of over 200 doctors who had passed away from the coronavirus, reported The News International. Out of these, 74 doctors hailed from Punjab while 64 belonged to Sindh. Among the doctors who passed away due to the coronavirus, 53 belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while 6 hailed from Balochistan, 3 from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and one doctor from Gilgit-Baltistan, reported The News International. Providing a further breakdown of the deceased healthcare workers’ professions, the PMA said among the frontline healthcare givers who had fallen to the infection, 24 were medical officers, 19 were …

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Pets with benefits: petting dogs is a stress-buster and improves thinking

Pet your stress away! For college students under pressure, spending time petting a therapy dog can work as the best stress-buster.The study was published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. According to the new Washington State University research, programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students’ thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management information. The study demonstrated that stressed students still exhibited these cognitive skills improvements up to six weeks after completion of the four-week-long program. “It’s a really powerful finding,” said Patricia Pendry, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Human Development. “Universities are doing a lot of great work trying to help students succeed academically, especially those who may be at risk due to a history of mental health issues or academic and learning issues. This …

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Results of Porn study are in: its readily available and in the hands of the youth

porn study

Nearly four-fifths of 16 and 17-year-olds have encountered pornographic content on the Internet, which is a multibillion-dollar business, porn research shows. Pornographic content is virtually ubiquitous on the Internet, and surveys suggest that 25 per cent of all searches lead to explicit content. Given the size of the market, it’s not surprising that young people are drawn to such sites, which are only a couple of clicks away. The study was published in the journal Policy and Internet. Professor Neil Thurman of the Department of Media and Communication (IfKW) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, in collaboration with statistician Fabian Obster (Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen), has carried out a study on the use of pornographic sites by young people. Based on a survey involving a sample of 1000 British adolescents, the survey also provides pointers for regulators and legislators in Germany. …

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Hand sanitisers causing dermatitis in two thirds of the population


The dermatological impact of COVID-19 is a burning topic at EADV’s 2021 Spring Symposium. New research presented today highlights the effect that stringent hand hygiene during the pandemic has had on hand skin health. Researchers at Father Muller Medical College, India, analysed transepidermal water loss (TEWL – an essential parameter for measuring skin barrier function) from 582 people (291 healthcare professionals (HCPs) and 291 healthy individuals from the general population). Results indicated that hand dermatitis was now present among 92.6% of HCPs and 68.7% of the general population, despite only ~3% of HCPs and 2.4% of the general public in the study had reported a prior history of hand dermatitis (obtained through medical history and self-reported history). Higher mean TEWL (dryer skin) was also noted in females (65.4 g/m2h) and intensive care professionals (58.2 g/m2h), which was associated with a …

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WATCH: Enjoy Enjaami playlist – covers and lyrics


Ever since the hit Tamil Song Enjoy Enjaami dropped a few months ago, it’s skyrocketed. This will be the song you talk about in 50 years. We’ve put together a playlist just in case you’re one of those mix-tape ous with your favourite singer 20 different ways and sideways. Its music aside, the lyrics and meanings are resonating with Tamil people in India and the Diaspora. The timing of the song is perfect, coming in after the Farmer’s protests in India and the general sense of hopelessness wrought by covid. Artists are flocking to the song, churning out their own covers and interpretations. The vocals only version: Prithika The Diaspora:  n X t – sister duo Canadian sistes N X T The Celeb-lets-get-on-this version The youth: Rebecca Rajesh | 5 years old The Classical Dance: Bharathanatyam Cover The guy …

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COVID BREAKING: Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut latest to test positive

Kangana Ranaut - Deepike Padukone

Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut on Saturday informed her fans via a social media post that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under home quarantine. This a couple of days after Deepika Padukone and her family contracted the virus. The ‘Queen‘ actor confirmed the news through her Instagram handle. “I was feeling tired and weak with slight burning sensation in my eyes for past few days, was hoping to go to Himachal so got my test done yesterday and today the result came I am covid positive,” she wrote.Informing her fans that she has quarantined herself, Kangana further said that she is certain, she will demolish the virus soon. “I had no idea this virus is having a party in my body, now that I know I will demolish it, people please don’t give anything any power over …

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Chennai News 7 May

 Wishing all mothers, a very Happy Mother’s Day. I will miss meeting all my friends at the Asheville Sungam and the Cato Manor temple. This is the meeting place for all the former residents of Mayville and Cato Manor.  After the counting process was over the DMK party was declared the winner and MK Stalin becomes the new CM of Tamilnadu. People are hoping for a new thinking in policies and hopefully logic will prevail over sentiment. It must be daunting for a new government to be taking office during the worst Covid numbers and also the state coffers that have been depleted by numerous adverts by the last government in all the major newspapers. Also he has to counter the interference by the central NDA government led by the BJP. In his first day of office Stalin has approved …

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Australian news rag disrespects Hindus with a cartoon 🙄👎🏾

Secret of Shiva - Lord Ganesha Hinduverse Fantasy Series Naufal Khan

A popular Australian newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, needs to be sent a message on cultural insensitivity and hypocrisy. Not only do they run a cartoon showing Lord Ganesha being bashed, these chumps ran previous reports about Ganesha disrespected in Australia before. The cartoon deals with the repatriation of Indian Australians. Why the image of a spiritual and religious icon was shown being bopped on the head is confusing. Perhaps Australia has no features apart from Kangaroos, Koalas and Sheep that they think an animal icon is the same as the God why symbolises the removal of obstacles for actions? The Petition at Australia is a multi-cultural society, and no one has the right to disrespect any faith or religion. The Daily Telegraph have insulted Hindu Diety (Ganesha) which is utterly disrespectful to the faith of Hindus living in Australia and abroad. …

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How a visit to tiny Mauritius inspired Gandhi and his philosophy 🇲🇺

Gandhi Garland statue Mauritius

Did you know that Gandhi Jayanti is also celebrated in Mauritius? While his visits to England and South Africa are well documented, few are aware that he made a 21-day visit to the island country in October 1901. The people of Mauritius did not know at the time how momentous it would be. Every time he went to India during those 21 years in Africa there was only one thought uppermost in his mind: the plight of the “girmitiyas”. He sought at every Congress meeting to acquaint its leaders with the sore and abject, humiliating, undignified conditions of the indentured labourers. Many historians in Mauritius felt the trip was a blessing in disguise for the island nation. It is believed that Gandhi’s visit was the outcome of mere chance. The ship in which he was travelling home, SS Nowsehra, had made an unscheduled …

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