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Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi faces 3 years of jail for alleged false accusation of sexual harassment

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Meesha Shafi became the talk of the town after she had accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment during the 2018 #MeToo movement. She made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. She achieved further critical success for her role of Laxmi, an Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing’s operative, in Bilal Lashari’s action thriller film Waar, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time in Pakistan. In 2018 Meesha Shafi accused actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. She filed a case with the Punjab Ombudsperson (who is supposed to adjudicate cases of harassment of women in the workplace), who declined to hear the case because she “did not have an employer-employee relationship” with Zafar.An appeal she filed with the governor was dismissed, again on “technical grounds”. On 29 …

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Exhaustion and the Bachelor Life can lead to heart attacks for men


The findings of new research suggests that men who experience vital exhaustion, are at a higher risk of having a heart attack. This risk of exhaustion linked with myocardial infarction was particularly pronounced in divorced, widowed, and men who never got married. The study was presented at ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2021, which is an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Vital exhaustion refers to excessive fatigue, feelings of demoralisation and increased irritability,” said study author Dr. Dmitriy Panov of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. “It is thought to be a response to intractable problems in people’s lives, particularly when they are unable to adapt to prolonged exposure to psychological stressors.” This study examined the relationship between vital exhaustion and the risk of myocardial infarction in men with no history of cardiovascular …

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Stroke survivors are more likely to attempt suicide

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A new research has found that stroke survivors may be more likely to attempt or die by suicide than people who have not had a stroke. The findings of the research will be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021. The virtual meeting will be held between March 17-19, 2021. This study will be simultaneously published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Rates of depression among stroke survivors range from 28 per cent to 35 per cent, and stroke is considered an independent risk factor for depression. Since depression after a stroke has been associated with increased suicidal thoughts, researchers sought to quantify and understand the risk of suicide after stroke. “Recognizing that stroke may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts will help stroke survivors, their families, and health care professionals to identify …

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Regular vaping might be able to help quit smoking

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In order to quit smoking, using e-cigarettes (vaping) daily may help an individual, suggest the findings of a new study published by King’s College London. The study also supports their effectiveness when compared to other methods of quitting, including nicotine replacement therapy or medication. Although the number of people in England who smoke has continued to fall in recent years, tobacco smoking is still the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease – killing nearly 75,000 people in England in 2019. While e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, evidence on their effectiveness in helping people to quit smoking is still limited. Recent studies have produced inconsistent findings or failed to measure important factors such as frequency of use or the effect of different types of e-cigarette on attempts to quit. In their Cancer Research UK-funded study, …

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Simone Ashley on breaking into international film, colorism and upbringing

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Simone Ashley is an English actress, born 30 March 1995 Her real name is Simone Ashwini Pillai (!) Born to Tamil Indian parents Latha and Gunasekharan, Ashley is from Camberley, Surrey, England. She shed some light on her upbringing in this interview: “I grew up in a household full of Indian academics, y’know, the doctors, the engineers, the accountants – it’s pretty cliche! I was never a budding academic, and always thrived in creative field. You may recognised her from the hit Netflix series Sex Education. Simone plays Olivia Hanan, one of the ‘Untouchables’ at Moordale Secondary School, who goes to Otis (Asa Butterfield) for advice on her sex life. She’s the one who deep-throated a banana and threw up on Eric (Ncuti Gatwa). “I really believe in myself and in other dark skinned women, especially South Asian women! We …

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Chandrika Ravi uses Instagram to break the Interwebz


Chandrika Ravi (born 5 April) is an Australian actress, model and dancer. All these images are from her Instagram – She is of Indian origin, born and raised in Australia before moving to Los Angeles for her acting and modelling career. Chandrika currently resides between Los Angeles, USA and India. She rose to fame through her role in 2018 blockbuster Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu. Due to similarity her facial features and appearance to Silk Smitha, Chandrika Ravi sometimes referred to as the Modern Silk Smitha in Tamil Nadu. Chandrika Ravi made her Indian film debut after being signed up to acting in the Tamil film, Sei in late 2017 which stars Nakul as male lead. She rose to prominence in the Tamil film industry through her great performance in the movie Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu, an adult comedy horror, …

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Women were more unhappy during covid pandemic


A recent study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores than men. In turn, time spent completing household chores was linked to lower well-being and unhappiness during the pandemic. The authors of the study were Laura M. Giurgea, Ashley V. Whillansb, and Ayse Yemiscigilc. The findings of the study were published in the journal PNAS. The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered how people spend time, with possible consequences for subjective well-being. Using diverse samples from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Brazil, and Spain (n = 31,141), following a preregistered analytic plan, and employing both mega- and meta-analyses, the researchers found consistent gender differences in time spent on necessities. During the pandemic, women, especially mothers, spent more time on tasks such as childcare and household chores. To the …

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The Indian Spice Maha Shivaratri resource: playlists, live stream

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Still going strong: Chinmaya Mission NEW: Where to stream Maha Shivaratri in SA – A playlist of devotional songs, chanting, bhajans, mantras – ‎ Kutle Khan Rocking the Isha Livestream Featured Live stream How to celebrate Maha Shivaratri at home – Maha Shivaratri, the day marking the wedding of Lord Shiva, is a national holiday in Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. In South Africa it is a widely recognised event. We’ve compiled posts written over the years by our beloved founder and devotee Naufal Khan. How to observe Maha Shivaratri at home Maha Shivaratri: How-to observe at home Maha Shivaratri: Five Dishes To Prepare For Lord Shiva Maha Shivaratri: Five Dishes To Prepare For Lord Shiva Why Do We Celebrate Maha Shivaratri? Why Do We Celebrate Maha Shivaratri? Your ultimate Shivaratri playlist! Har Har Mahadev! Your ultimate …

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