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Have beauty products crossed narrow boundaries?

From startups to internationally acclaimed brands, Beauty products have changed the beauty industry completely, be it skin care or cosmetics there is a solution for each and every problem. As Wordsworth rightly said ‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’. Beauty brands have finally welcomed the big change we have been waiting for, though we have been seeing minor changes here and there but a major change has happened in the beauty industry which has created a revolution and has broken many water tight compartment by not only imparting the notion of feminism in there marketing strategies but also has brought about many other changes which have been ice breakers in this monotonous world.

As beauty brands become more diverse people have fallen in love with them, beauty brands like Maybelline, Loreal Paris, MAC or even the emerging beauty brands which are still small business have made people feel good about their own skin. The inclusivity seen on social media platforms and websites has become not only an attraction but it is the result of years of revolts and call outs. Today when we shop online or in a store there are a number of foundation shades available which reflect a spectrum of skin tones and take into consideration the beautiful colors which represent human skin.

Not only women but men as well will now be able to choose from a number of products which cater to their skin needs. Thousands of videos of men contouring their faces have flooded IG feeds and they have been all supported with a huge amount of appreciation and positive feedback. Indian Comedian and Entertainer Ankush Bahuguna’s Beauty page on Instagram is the latest talk of the town, he is garnering a strong hold and has become the new face of inclusivity in the beauty world, he is leading millions of men and by doing his own bit he is bringing about the much needed change to the notion that beauty products are not only for women. Men are free to have access over skin care and beauty products just like women. Beauty brands today are equally giving attention to the LGBTQ community as well

The ‘NO FILTER’ slogan has taken over social media recently, beauty brands and their own founder are advocating for no filter photos. The main aim behind this is to post pictures without editing or adding filters to any photo on their respective social media sites and pages, this is a way to cater an acceptance towards our own natural skin and to embrace those flaws with pride.

LIVE TINTED by Deepika Mutyala is one of the first ever beauty and skin care brands which is culturally inclusive and embraces diversity, her products have created a roar, be it the hue stick or her LIVE TINTED Unity Balm Gloss-the name itself says it, her products complement all skin colors and that is one of the biggest reasons behind the emergence of her brand, Deepika has become an international ambassador promoting inclusivity and appreciating the cultural differences through her unique products.Hair care brands like Dove, Loreal, Streax and Pantene have come up with hair care products suitable for different kinds of hair types- be it curly, dry, wavy or even damaged.

Finally, we have been able to witness some drastic change and it’s all because of our voices, as we spoke up against the wrong and counter it we witnessed a change which defines the real “us” today. Such milestones can totally change a person’s confidence and has become a stepping stone towards creating the right kind of change.

 

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Digitization: Changed the World!

Microsoft teams, Zoom , Skype, Webex, slack Google Meet and what not, have helped us in numerous ways. Online classes, office meetings and assignments, these applications have truly been a game changer, they have allowed us to work within the comfort of our homes. Unlike the 1918 spanish flu where one can say life was simple and there was hardly any notion of advancement in technology.

Apparently one can say the world did not come to a standstill and kept on moving and this was all possible due to the digital infrastructure and the digitization of world economy. Overseas communication was made easy.

Locked up in our houses without the gizmos and gadgets we would have all been either reading books or would have tried to entertain ourselves within the four walls by being dependent on many other activities. But how long would we have been able to sustain ourselves would be the biggest question.

Digitization is just a small word but it has completely changed our lives, today it has let us work in a smart and an efficient manner. India has already entered the 3g arena. Most of us were elated when it came to working or studying from home as it helped us save on time, in that spare time we were able to brush up our knowledge and pursue courses of our own interest. A woman in Kerala completed around 350 online courses within a pan three months and this was all was possible because of digitization.

Be it food or groceries, we were able to order anything and everything. Even though India is a developing country but unlike other third world countries India is stated to have better digital infrastructure which had enabled smooth functioning in all spheres of the society.

Even though 2020 was one of the most disastrous years, but it allowed us to explore and was the year of many great discoveries as well. We truly are grateful as this digital world did not stop our hustle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Covid-19: Vaccination and the mobile application.

 

 

The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination will inoculate 30 crore people from priority groups. This includes 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers, along with 27 crore people above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities. India has approved two COVID-19 vaccines – Oxford AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin – for emergency use.

PM Modi called it a “landmark step towards fighting COVID-19” and he also stated “On January 16, India takes a huge step forward in fighting COVID-19 as the nation-wide vaccination drive begins. Priority will be given to our brave doctors, healthcare workers and frontline workers including Safai Karamcharis,”

The health ministry stated that “The vaccination exercise is underpinned by the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari); utilizing the experience of elections (booth strategy) and Universal Immunization Program (UIP); no compromise of existing healthcare services, especially national programs and primary health care; no compromise on scientific and regulatory norms, other SOPs; and an orderly and smooth implementation driven by technology,”

Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System/ digital platform will provide real-time information of vaccine stocks, their storage temperature and individualised tracking of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The platform has been built to assist programme managers across all levels through automated session allocation for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification and for generating a digital certificate upon successful completion of the vaccine schedule. More than 79 lakh beneficiaries have already been registered on the platform.

The training process for vaccinators and vaccine administrators was also mentioned in detail during the meeting. During national level Training of Trainers, 2,360 participants were trained including state immunisation officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials, development partners, etc. More than 61,000 programme managers, 2 lakh vaccinators and 3.7 lakh other vaccination team members have been trained so far as part of training at states, districts and block levels.

 

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Vaccination: The Truth and Myths

We have all had our set of shots during infancy and childhood and despite the fear of that sharp needle, it felt like we had gained a superpower to fight off the deadliest diseases in the world. Vaccines have been one of the world’s biggest achievements till date and have prevented the death of millions from many deadly diseases like smallpox, polio or even TB (tuberculosis). But in many cases, they have also faltered and have been unable to complete their job.

Even though children have been vaccinated to prevent themselves from getting diseases like malaria, cholera, dengue etc they have still succumbed to these diseases due to the failure of the vaccines. Recently, there have also been rumours floating about a new disease which is even deadlier than the coronavirus which could hit us any time and the world will not be prepared for it.

The task of manufacturing and distributing a vaccine is not an easy process. Along with being time-consuming and expensive, it could be a huge loss if not proven effective. So, how does a vaccine work against these viruses? Well, it is the mechanism and working of the vaccine has definitely got our attention.

Vaccines contain the targeted virus in its weakened or dead form, or proteins from the virus, which after inserting into the body, will eventually stimulate our body into producing the antibodies required, hence making us immune from the respective disease.

There are various side effects that some people may experience after a vaccination which usually include mild fevers, headaches, pain and swelling, muscular pain, fatigue and nausea. They generally go away within a day or two and are not long-lasting. These side effects indicate that the body has started building up immunity against the virus. The problem is many people have the wrong impression that side effects caused by a vaccine can cause further illnesses. This stops them from getting vaccinated which can result in long term health issues.

10 out of 100 people will face mild side effects which disappear with a few hours after being vaccinated and these symptoms are a positive sign indicating that the body is becoming immune to the virus.

People who are against vaccinations believe that it can be the reason behind neurological disorders. When asked, many stated several reasons like conspiracy theories. While most were rumours, some statements are true and such practices are still relevant till date.

Most of the times a sanitary or religious objection have been the reason behind people opposing vaccinations. Many believe that better hygiene and sanitation can help prevent diseases and there would be no need for vaccinations which is not true. A huge percent of the population still fears vaccines as that they are completely unaware of what’s being injected into their bodies and whether it will do its job or not.

Many believe that if the disease is eradicated than a vaccine would not be needed anymore, which is a false theory as a disease will only be prevented if the vaccination continues. When smallpox vaccines were doing the rounds, rumours spread over the world that syringes were being used more than once which could be the reason for the spread of deadly diseases like HIV and can lead to infections which would eventually cause death.

Such conspiracy theories can fog peoples’ minds and create unwanted holes in society’s wellbeing. Currently, many people have opposed the vaccine against coronavirus and won’t be getting themselves vaccinated. Many countries like the USA have not made it obligatory for every citizen to get themselves vaccinated. Can this become a black hole in our fight against Coronavirus?

Soon, the world will be vaccinated against the coronavirus which has been looming across the world for almost a year and with the advancement in technology, we were able to revive ourselves even though there were many barriers. In the current scenario, we have innumerable vaccines available which have been made by various companies. The question remains whether the vaccination means a covid free world or is this the beginning of an era filled with pandemics?

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Railway Inauguration unites two countries.

It was a historic day today as the rail services between Haldibari in West Bengal and Chilahati in Bangladesh resumed in Coochbehar after a gap of 55 years. Notably, the railway line from Haldibari (West Bengal) to Chilahati (Bangladesh) has been defunct since 1965, after rail-links between India and then East-Pakistan had broken.

“Freight trains are running initially; later passenger trains will run. Businesses in the area will flourish,” says a railway official. The India-Bangladesh cross-border rail route inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on 17 December.

The distance between Haldibari railway station till the international border is 4.5 kilometres while that from Chilahati in Bangladesh till the zero points is around 7.5 kilometres. The resumption of railway services in this route will help boost trade, as well as trans-border railway connectivity.

Apart from this, the 75-kilometre-long track will also help better integrate the rest of the country with the Siliguri corridor, also known as the ‘Chicken’s Neck’. As per the latest reports, the Chicken’s Neck got its name from the stretch of land being only twenty-two kilometres wide. This is the only piece of land connecting India with its north-eastern states, also known as the ‘Seven Sisters.

 

 

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Abound with nature,obliged to nurture!

The environment surrounds us and sustains us, as beings of this planet we have been dependent on each and every resource the environment offers us from day one, most of us look at it as a boon but we might have just become too independent and have taken these resources for granted and unknowingly some of us are completely misusing them, some of the resources available to us like fossil fuels are non-renewable and exhaustive in nature which cannot be replenished. We have been taught to follow the three Rs that is reduce, recycle and reuse but still lag behind, the notion of sustainable development has been highlighted on numerous occasions still we are unable to follow it diligently. Has Coronvirus been a bane on mankind? Eventually it was us humans who had to lock ourselves at home and let nature plays its natural role.

Has our lifestyle and use of non-biodegradable material paved way for a new geological age? Based on a dynamic study it has been found that for the first time in history human made objects would outweigh living things on Earth for the first time. Scientists stated that the combined weight of concrete, plastic, bricks and other materials would outweigh all animals and plants on Earth. Scientists also stated that we have entered a new geological age known as Anthropocene, the impact which mankind will have on sediments and rocks will be visible to people millions of years into the future. Dr. Ron Milo who was the lead in the research team of this study stated ‘ It is a reason for all of us to ponder our role, how much consumption we do and how can we try to get a better balance between the living world and humanity.

A shocking incident in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh shook the whole country, around five hundred people were hospitalised after they faced bouts of anxiety, epilepsy attacks, nausea and headache. According to reports this was due to the presence of lead and nickel in water, the water after being tested was showing presence of pesticides. Bellaru lake in Karnataka had become a pool of toxic froth due to industrial pollution. Incidents like these are a wakeup call for the whole country, Incidents like these have popped up on many occasions and are an alarm for us to finally take some action, According to a survey many Indian states came out with a strict rule of saying no to plastic bags and plastic containers, they initially penalised the law breakers but after a few months passed things started becoming the way they were, shopkeepers started using polythene bags and even consumers have switched over to storing many items in plastic bags, household plastic use has increased during the lockdown period.

People living near industries have been victims of numerous diseases due to the inhalation of deadly gases from the industries and due to the release of industrial waste in water bodies, till date in many villages of India people still wash their clothes and utensils, they wash their animals in the same water and also bathe in it, industrial waste releases in such water bodies which are used by people for various purposes to a great extent is not only harmful for the people but also the environment.

Many organisation have created waterproof straws out of paper and chickpeas as a substitute for plastic straws. In USA fuel has been obtained out of corn kernels which is renewable and ecofriendly. In the year 2015 roads made out of plastic waste were built, Padma Sri Rajagopalan Vasudevan who is a professor at Madurai’s Thiagarajar College of Engineering paved they way for this method, It adheres to three Rs and also is a sustainable option. In Andhra Pradesh people have started making road out of used plastic and cans,

In the end it’s us humans who will eventually be bearing the brunt of our decisions. The simple of notion of give and take is truly the way of the world. We as humans who are bearing the horrifying repercussions of a sustainable approach along with vigorous implementation of the new changes is a necessity, We have come up with numerous scheme, laws and summits in order to put an end to climate change and the catastrophe it has on us. Even though we have started taking up drastic decisions and have made many changes in our lifestyle, will this fulfill the need of the hour?

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Bribery Case- Delhi councilor arrested!

Manoj Mehlawat, a councillor from Vasant Kunj which falls under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, was arrested in a case of bribery. He was arrested by the CBI from the party’s primary membership and was suspended from the primary membership of the party after the preliminary inquiry report came in.

Mehlawat had allegedly demanded a bribe to allow the construction of a house without any hindrance, after which he was arrested in connection with a 10-lakh rupee bribery case.

He currently has been sent to judicial custody. Praveen Shankar Kapoor who is the Delhi BJP spokesperson stated that “the party has zero-tolerance towards corruption”.

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Pavers of Development are victims of disparities!

 

They provide us with the most essential services which are stepping stones when it comes to the holistic development of any country, yet are greatly ill-treated and underpaid. Teachers, frontline health workers and nurses are still facing disparities even today. When asked Teachers stated that “their work makes the world a better place, they are highly driven by the curiousity they see in class yet are paid very less in comparison to the efforts they put in.”

 

They put in the most efforts and give their best yet are greatly undermined. Nurses, health workers and teachers are taken for granted. For example Anganwadi workers who are an essential part of the education system in rural areas specially have multiple jobs to perform, not only do they teach the students of primary sections but they also have to counsel students on nutrition and health and have to administer various activities in government schools yet most of are paid around Rs.5,000 to Rs.7,000 a month which shows a great disparity in income payment. Today the profession of teaching is hardly encouraged amongst students, it is not considered to be one of the attractive carrier options among youngsters and one of the reasons behind this are the drawback they face even in today’s time. Many areas of the education and nursing industry are still lagging behind and need to be updated.

The other reason behind this is the income disparity as well as the fact that teaching is a carrier which is still undermined by many even though it holds a great value. India currently has around 60 lakh schools but the teacher- student ratio in these schools is a mess.The question of the hour is how many students look forward to teaching as a carrier option and growing in that field?

Teachers are not only underpaid but have other multiple roles to perform along with teaching the students. If this trend continues it will hamper the overall growth and development of the economy. These days teaching has been degraded down to being the last carrier option for many students instead it should be encouraged as one the best carrier options. Many teachers lack training and are not provided proper facilities which is also one of the reasons behind the low number of youngsters opting for teaching as a carrier.

Today many states in India are facing an issue, there is a greater need for Math and Science teachers. Due to a dip in the number of these subject teachers many schools are facing a problem as the workload increases on the pre-existing teachers. Most teaching staff and lab technicians in schools are forced to do other administrative work which also can hinder their interest in continuing the same carrier.

Even though many organisation have come together and have tried to raise their voices on social media still a lacuna is definitely seen. Many organisations support the notion of declaring teaching as the national profession of India, the main reason behind this is to garner attention towards that field.

Health workers are also facing some jarring issues, they are not only paid less but also have to work in a bad environment where they are not provided the required facilities and equipments. According to an analysis (2017) based on statistical data India is short of nearly two milion nurses. Many nurses and health workers are not provided with proper mentoring and hence feel unmotivated to work in the health care sector. Many of them also find the environment they work in to be  lacking certain qualities, many have pointed out the fact that they are taken for granted and at times have had to ignore their personal life in order to meet the demands at work.

Many rural hospitals lacking doctors have health workers and nurses playing the role of an ENT physician or a general physician which can lead to unimaginable consequences as they lack the knowledge and the training required for diagnosis. Such loopholes in the system need to be mended. Besides there prescribed work they are also given many other tasks which they have not been trained for. In the present scenario, currently India is lacking behind as there due to the insufficient number of doctors and nurses. Covid-19 health workers are definitely the true heroes.

Teachers, nurses and health workers form the backbone of the education system and health care system respectively. And on many occasion voices have been spread across the nation in favour of there discrepancies.

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Largest reduction of Malaria cases recorded in India

India records the largest reduction of Malaria Cases; this is not only a beneficial gain for India but also for the South Asian Medical Industry. According to the World Health Organization, South-East Asia, in the year 2000 had a total of twenty million malaria cases and it has reduced down to 5.6 million as of last year (2019).
Countries in South East Asia particularly made strong progress and reported a great decline in the numbers of deaths as well, around 74% of the reduction was seen in the number of deaths while the number of positive malaria cases reduced by 73%. According to WHO India had a great contribution in the drastic decrease of cases. WHO stated that the South East Asian region contributed about 3% to the global malaria cases.
The WHO is contacting countries and health partners to amplify their fight against Malaria which is a preventable and treatable disease, especially the developing countries. Better interventions, updated plans and global funds can help the targeted countries step up their fight against Malaria. These steps need to be implemented in countries which are greatly lagging like South Africa which has gaps that need to be filled in but the fight against Covid-19 has slowed down progress. According to old reports, South Africa adds around 90% of the burden to the global number of Malaria cases. But, with time and implementation of the right methods things can be brought back on track soon.

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International Version of UMANG mobile application launched!

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad of Electronics and Information Technology has launched the international version of the UMANG mobile app. He has launched this in correlation with the ministry of external affairs. It has only been launched in selective countries like the UK, Canada, Australia, UAE, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Prasad has launched an E-book which presents major milestones of UMANG and major services available on the UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) application which has been classified into various categories. He also launched the newly instituted UMANG awards for Partner department of Centre and States based on the highest number of transactions among services.

The UMANG mobile application is a single, unified, secure, multi-lingual and multi-service application. It provides access to high impact services of various government and state departments in India. The international version of the application will help students, NRIs and many others to avail government of India services. It will also make way for tourism among foreign tourists.