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‘Wasn’t sure about returning to court after pregnancy’

Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has opened up about her time during pregnancy and how she felt she could never return to the court again.

Sania, who married to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik in 2010, gave birth to baby boy Izhaan in October 2018. After that in January 2020, she made a return to tennis circuit and won the doubles title at the WTA Hobart International 2020 with her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok.

“Pregnancy and having a baby made me a better person,” said Sania in an open letter – ‘An Ode to All Mothers’ after watching ‘Being Serena’ on Discovery Plus.

“Pregnancy is something that I had experienced for the first time in my life. I thought about it and I think we all have a certain picture about it but once you experience it, you really understand what it means. It absolutely changes you as a human being,” she added.

Later came the part to overcome the physical obstacles and get back to her earlier self to make a comeback to the court.

“Getting back to shape and form after pregnancy can be a challenge and I can relate to Serena and every other woman on that. I think it’s normal for everyone because you don’t know how your body is going to react post-pregnancy and during pregnancy,” said the 34-year-old.

Lastly, the Indian tennis star — while depicting her transformation journey and the sheer joy of being on the court — said, “Having put-on around 23kg during my pregnancy, I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get back to being fit and playing tennis again.”

“However, I lost around 26 kilos with a lot of workout regimes and very strict diets and came back to tennis because that’s what I know, love and do. Finally, when I won at Hobart after coming back it was pretty amazing. I was honestly very proud of myself to have been able to put myself to compete at the highest level again and I think that’s where I was mentally,” she added.

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Lord Ahmed Quits Before Expulsion Over Sexual Misconduct

The House of Lords Conduct Committee submitted the report on Monday recommending the Lord to be expelled from the House with immediate effect …. Reports Kaliph Anaz

Lord Nazir Ahmed lost his seat at Britain’s House of Lords after a panel recommended for his expulsion over sexual misconduct with a vulnerable Kashmiri woman.

Tahira Zaman, a single mother of two, filed a complaint against the Lord with Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Commissioner for Standards. BBC’s Newsnight team aired an investigative documentary on the controversial lord after several women complaint against him of sexual exploitation.  

Lord Nazir made history when he became the first Muslim, Kashmiri, and Pakistani to enter the House of Lords as a Labour peer in 1998. Prior to that he was a councillor at Rotherham. He was a confidante of then prime minister Tony Blair. He later turned against him over Iraq War.

According to Ms Zaman, there are at least five other women want to take action against the Lord but are afraid of doing so because of community wrath and family honour.

Ms Zaman alleged that the Lord sexually exploited her on various occasions at his second home in London. Another victim accused the Lord of asking her to spend a night with him in London in return of helping her husband in a business tussle.

The House of Lords Conduct Committee submitted the report on Monday recommending the Lord to be expelled from the House with immediate effect. Lord Nazir Ahmed on a damage control mission later contacted a Pakistani TV station to announce his “Retirement.”

The Committee accused the Pakistani-origin Lord of bringing shame to the august House.

 “His use of his parliamentary status to offer illusory help to a vulnerable Ms Zaman undermines the reputation of the House of Lords as a whole, as it undermines trust in the honesty and trustworthiness of its members,” the Committee said in the report.

The Conduct Committee, which is Chaired by Lord Mance and includes four external members, dismissed Lord Ahmed’s appeal against both the finding of breaches of the Code of Conduct and the recommend sanction of expulsion from the House.

The report will now have to be put to the House for approval by the House on 19 November. In line with new Standing Orders for reports of this nature the report will  not be debated.

Lord nazir Ahmed addressing the protesters in front of Indian High Commission in London

The Conduct Committee findings were explosive and undermines the credibility of the most vocal critic of India in Europe. Lord Nazir Ahmed become the third member of Britain’s Upper House to quit before expulsion in the recent history. Lord Andrew Stone, former chief of Marks & Spencer, Lord Anthony Lester, were forced to resign after sexual allegations against them.

The investigation led by the Commissioner of Standards reveals that the Lord broke the Code of Conduct of House of Lords.

 “I find that by sexually assaulting Ms Zaman on 2 March 2017, Lord Ahmed was therefore in breach of the Code by failing to act on his personal honour,” the Commissioner said in the report. “I find that by failing to progress Ms Zaman’s case and lying about his intentions Lord Ahmed was acting without honesty or integrity. As such he was therefore failing to act on his personal honour and was in breach of the Code.”

“I find that Lord Ahmed exploited Ms Zaman emotionally and sexually even though he knew she was receiving treatment for anxiety and depression,” the Commissioner added.

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“This, the Commissioner found, “exacerbates the seriousness of his breaches of the Code”.

“[On] important issues Lord Ahmed persistently gave deliberately inaccurate and misleading accounts to conceal his behaviour towards Ms Zaman … I consider that in conducting himself in this manner he has failed genuinely to co-operate with my investigation. He has failed to act on his personal honour, as evidenced by his dishonesty and lack of integrity.”

Lord Nazir tried to use Racist and India cards to deflect the allegations against him. But the Committee rejected all the claims and recommends for his suspension. Prominent journalists from the British media, representing BBC, Sunday Times, The Times and Asian Lite deposed in front of the Committee.

“The Conduct Committee accordingly dismisses the appeal of Lord Ahmed against the Commissioner’s findings that he breached the Code of Conduct by failing to act on his personal honour in the course of his parliamentary activities,” the panel said. “We now turn to Lord Ahmed’s appeal against the Commissioner’s recommended sanction of expulsion from the House. This is based on her findings of breach and the aggravating circumstances she identifies including that Lord Ahmed knew that Ms Zaman was vulnerable, that he did not cooperate with the investigation, and that he has shown no remorse.”

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The Commissioner concludes that “His use of his parliamentary status to offer illusory help to a vulnerable Ms Zaman undermines the reputation of the House of Lords as a whole, as it undermines trust in the honesty and trustworthiness of its members.”

The Committee is firm on its decision to expel the Lord.

“We have nevertheless come ultimately to the conclusion that it would not be appropriate for this case to lead simply to a period of lengthy suspension followed by re-admission to the role, responsibilities and privileges of membership of the House,” the panel said. “The abuse of the privileged position of membership for a member’s own gain or gratification, at the expense of the vulnerable or less privileged, involves a fundamental breach of trust and merits the gravest sanction. Even though it is possible to think of even more serious breaches, the case in all its circumstances which we have set out crosses the threshold calling for immediate and definitive expulsion.”

Before the House of Lords Conduct Committee report, the Lord launched a damage control mission. He announced his retirement without any specific reasons.

Page 1 – The Times on Lord Nazir Ahmed’s child sex offence charges

He told Geo News that he has decided to retire from the House of Lords after 23 years of service. The Pakistani news channel said that Lord Nazir wrote to the clerk of the House of Lords a month ago, expressing his wish to retire.

It also reported that Parliament confirmed to Lord Nazir that his retirement allocation had been approved under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 “as of 14 November 2020”.

The Lord Speaker on Monday announced in the UK Parliament that Lord Nazir has retired at the start of business on November 16, 2020.

The Lord was involved in many other controversies too. He was convicted and jailed in 2009 for a reckless driving accident. He had sent text messages while driving, which hit a driver of a stationary car stranded on the M1 highway.

In 2013, Lord Nazir Ahmed blamed his conviction in the driving accident on a “Jewish conspiracy”. The comment led to the Labour Party suspending him; he resigned from the party later that year.

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Relation Between Menopause And Diabetes


Often women express irritation in ‘those five days in a month’, but menstruation is very important for a woman. When a woman undergoes menopause, it also triggers several health issues. Dr Uma Vaidyanathan, Senior Consultant — Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh talks about the connection between menopause and Type 2 Diabetes.

With advancing age, the female sex hormone estrogen levels decline in the body, ovaries stop producing eggs and periods stop; this phase is called ‘menopause’. The average age of menopause is 45. If periods stop before the age of 40, that can be considered as early menopause’. If the ovaries get removed for a medical necessity, menses may stop. But, without any medical reason, if anyone experiences early’ menopause, it becomes worrisome.

Many researchers claim that premature menopause and type 2 diabetes are interconnected. Though, medical science is still looking for evidence to establish a direct cause-effect relationship between early menopause and type 2 diabetes. A Dutch study has shown that when women experience menopause before the age of 40, the risk of type 2 diabetes is 4 times greater than those who experience late menopause. On the other hand, if a woman is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes beforehand, she can experience premature menopause. Family history, age and obesity are considered as three major risk factors in diabetes.

When menopause sets in, it leads to some physical changes. The variation in the level of estrogen and progesterone leads to insulin resistance. In this situation, due to hormonal imbalance, the pancreas struggles to produce required amount of insulin in the body, it may remain less effective and fails to allow the cells to absorb glucose as per requirement. Therefore, the blood glucose levels surge. Insulin assists in burning down fat that helps to energise our body.

If insulin production gets disturbed, the risk of obesity increases. It is an established fact that weight gain enhances the risk of type 2 diabetes. The progesterone fluctuation accelerates our food cravings and then to satiate the craving, we chose eating snacks or sweets. This unrestrained food craving makes diabetes management even more complicated. When it was observed that post menopause, women become more vulnerable to type 2 diabetes, researchers tried another study on post-menopausal women to understand whether estrogen truly affects the glucose level in the body.

In that study, it has been observed that estrogen specifically targets some cells in the pancreas and the gut and helps in increasing glucose tolerance.

Women need to stay cautious and seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms appear such as irregular periods, decreased sexual desire, vaginal infection, sleep disturbances etc. Experts believe that estrogen therapy may be beneficial in post-menopausal women in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. If one can monitor the blood sugar levels frequently, follow a healthy diet, quit smoking and exercise regularly, diabetes can be managed well.

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Monisha Expects Return Of Traditional Fashion

Fashion designer Monisha Jaising feels the pandemic will bring back the traditional “Ghunghat” worn by brides. As wedding season approaches, she says, the focus will be on silhouettes…writes Puja Gupta.

Excerpts from her interview :

Q: How has Covid changed bridal fashion and what trends do predict for the season ?

A: Due to the pandemic, weddings have changed completely — from guests list to the bridal attire. Earlier, brides used to go for heavy embroidery “lehengas” with a lot of jewellery to go with it. However, in the given situation, weddings have become closed-door events with a limited number of family and friends. It has brought back the traditional “ghunghat”. This will be a huge comeback trend in all weddings post-Covid as it is not just our tradition, but will also work as a mask to keep you safe.

The concept of “ghungats” has been there foe centuries. Its utilisation has become more of a fashion statement that necessity, because it’s meant to be a royal wedding accessory and also completes the Indian wedding attire.

Q: Silhouettes to be given more importance?

A: During this wedding season, the main focus will be on silhouettes because it’s now more important than heavy embellishments; sequins in the zari can carry the virus up to 72 hours. So brides should have something that safer during this time. Silhouettes will play the role as it will be the focus of the garment.

Q: Can bridal couture can be made functional?

A: Functional and comfortable clothing is the new essential for every bride for example lehengas and evening gowns with pockets to keep their stuff handy like mask, sanitiser, etc. Considering the current scenario, comfort is the key. Pocket lehengas or pre-stitched sarees are revolutionary in creating functional fashion. As many festivals and occasions are small due to pandemic, the kind of garments that we used to wear earlier has changed. Definitely this can bring more innovation to bridal fashion.

Q: How is bridal wear becoming sustainable?

A: Bridal wear can be reused on other occasions as going minimal with garments is trending. Garments that are simple yet elegant, can be recreated, for instance, pairing the bottom of the lehenga with shirt to rock the occasion.

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Skincare tips for winter

With the pandemic turning the spotlight on health and environment, even our beauty routine is being impacted. More and more people are turning to personalised products for every unique skin types and problems.

Taking personalisation in beauty a notch up is India’s first ever 100 percent personalised skincare range, Bare Anatomy. The brand marks its entry into the skincare market with celebrating inclusivity. The data-driven beauty tech beauty brand has a range of products formulated in their own state-of-the-art R&D lab, by a team of skin experts and scientists. Expanding to premium skincare with fresh and clean beauty formulations customised to unique skin type, goals and concerns, their 3-step regime consists of multi-tasking products to offer complete care.

Home made face masks.

Bare Anatomy ticks all the boxes being Vegan: PETA certified, derma-tested and free of harmful chemicals. It brings its expertise of rigorous research and advanced technology to every custom made order. The new range is available in kits consisting of a Deep Pore Cleansing Facewash, Intense Hydrating Moisturiser and overnight Restorative Night Cream, to suit varied Indian skin types, ranging from oily, normal to dry. Owing to its clean botanical ingredients which are customised to each skin type such as Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic acid, Resorcinol, Peptides, fruit enzymes and Lactic acid, it emerges as a credible solution to skin problems.

The experts share 5 expert tips for winter skincare

Moisturise well, preferably twice a day and on damp skin

Ample hydration in the form of a moisturiser suited for your specific skin type is necessary to reinstate the lost moisture in winters.

Use sunscreen when you step out!

Sunscreen is as important in winters as it is in summer. The ozone layer is the thinnest in winters, allowing those harsh UV rays to often harm the skin.

The beauty ritual of exfoliating.

Use a gentle, sulphate-free face wash that doesn’t dry the skin

Sulphates are among the worst toxins to be found in products which deep cleanse, since these agents dehydrate the skin as well. Make sure you pick a cleanser which is mild, doesn’t dry out the skin yet cleanses deeply.

Keep yourself hydrated with fluids

Your body’s water requirements are the same throughout the year so keep yourself hydrated as much in winters with water and juices for great skin.

Load up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a huge role in reversing the dehydrating and dulling effect winter season has on skin and hair health.

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Brands Preset For Festive Season


The virtual edition of IFFDs India Runway Week that concluded recently saw veteran fashion designers like Rohit Bal, Ashima Leena, Abhinav Mishra, Amit GT and others showcase their collection in a digital format.

Ball, the finale designer, showcased an affordable range of his latest creations made from organic fabrics like malmal and Chanderi. He said: “This time around we had showcased an affordable range so that the brand could reach the masses virtually and people can have a look at this collection for the upcoming festive season”.

Rohit Bal’s collection.

He added: “The idea was to reach a wider set of the audience because people are more active digitally these days, so IRW’s second edition happened at the right time when the festive season was knocking on our doors!”

Amit’s collection comprised of ensembles for various wedding functions like Haldi, Mehendi, reception, Sagan and wedding. He said: “I did the virtual edition of IRW as it was the right time since the wedding season is around.”

Commenting on the experience of doing a virtual fashion show, Leena from Ashima Leena said: “The new technique of green screen was very impressive. The outcome of the whole show was really nice. In the times of Covid when everything has become virtual, IRW took it to another level.”

Designer Poonam Dubey’s collection was presented by Avon Watch me which was about celebrating the transformation of women of different walks of life. Dubey presented an Indian festive collection. Virtues’ collections, known as Banaras Gherana, is made of Benarasi silk and had sarees, lehengas, and anarkalis.

Designer duo Leconat Hement launched a daily wear collection inspired by nature.

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Cosmos Inspired Silhouettes Of Ensembles

TRESemme presents Amit Aggarwal for LFW 2020.

“For the last six months, fashion has taken more visual space,” says designer Amit Aggarwal who launched his latest festive edit ‘First Light’ on Day 3 of the ongoing digital edition of the Lakme Fashion Week…writes Puja Gupta.

The designer presented a fashion film to launch the collection, inspired by the cosmos. Shot in slow motion and against a calming background of our galaxy, the film featured visions of stars, floating planets and earthy images that matched with the fluidity of the silhouettes of the ensembles.

Aggarwal said: “As we experience the world through the safety of our homes, stars continue to twinkle, and space remains vast and undisturbed. I dream of escaping into this gossamer freedom and wanted the collection to capture that sense of beauty. To me, it was fascinating to experience celestial weightlessness come to life through highly technical material and precise karigari.”

Colours ranged from gold, inspired by Saturn, violets derived from Venus, Gamma Green and Earthy plum, used on fabrics like Chanderi and Matka silk merged with the designer’s signature industrial hand weaving techniques. The designer has also used Leheriya technique to represent the projected imagery of orbiting spirals in space. Swirling lehengas, sarees and separates comprised the capsule.

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Priyanca Radhakrishnan NZ’s first-ever Indian-origin minister

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Keralite Priyanca Radhakrishnan on Monday became the first Indian to be sworn in as a Minister in New Zealand as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled her new cabinet.

The 41-year-old has been sworn in as the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Radhakrishnan, born in Chennai and brought up in Singapore, has her roots at Paravur, Kochi, where her grandfather was a medical professional as well as a Communist.

A two-time MP from Auckland, she reached New Zealand to pursue her higher studies, following which she a Kiwi national hailing from Christchurch and since 2004 she has been in active politics with the Labour Party.

She shot into prominence and became a household name in Kerala during last Onam when she came live with Ardern to extend her greetings on the occassion.

Radhakrishnan continues her love with Malayalam songs and she said her most admired singer is none other popular Keralite playback singer K.J. Yesudas.

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Alia To Join woman-led company with Indian roots

Actress Alia Bhatt

Yet another Bollywood celebrity to join in the business world is youth icon Alia Bhatt. The young superstar has made a personal investment in leading omnichannel lifestyle retailer, Nykaa via a secondary transaction for an undisclosed amount.

iCommenting on the development Falguni Nayar, Founder and CEO, Nykaa said, “Alia and I had a very interesting conversation about how both she and Nykaa were both launched in 2012. She said the three reasons she wanted to invest in Nykaa were because it has Indian roots, it is founded by a woman and Nykaa is proof that the best in India can take on the best in the world. I loved her clarity of thought and got a glimpse of that keen mind which has placed her on Forbes 30 Under 30 list.”

Adding, “I really admire how much Alia has achieved at such a young age and the sheer diversity of characters she has portrayed on film with so much depth. All of us at Nykaa are delighted to welcome her as an investor in the company.”

Along with Bhatt, even Katrina Kaif is part of the Nykaa investor family.

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Study: Menstrual dysfunction more prevalent in young athletes

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that menstrual dysfunction is more prevalent in young athletes than among non-athletes of a similar age.

The study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, conducted among members of sports clubs who exercised at least four times a week (athletes) and non-athletes.

“The current data of athletes and non-athletes in adolescence (14-16 years) and subsequently in young adulthood (18-20 years) were investigated,” said study authors from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

Why the first two days of your periods are a mess. (Photo Courtesy: Pixabay)

In this study, menstrual dysfunction was defined as follows: primary amenorrhea, prolonged menstrual cycle (below 35 days) or absence of menses for at least three consecutive months (secondary amenorrhea).

The findings showed that in adolescence, 18 per cent of both athletes and non-athletes reported menstrual dysfunction.

However, eight per cent of the athletes reported primary amenorrhea (absence of menses by the age of 15) in contrast to the non-athletes group, where the prevalence of primary amenorrhea was zero per cent.

In young adulthood, the prevalence of menstrual dysfunction in athletes was 39 per cent, while six per cent of the non-athletes reported menstrual dysfunction.

“We know from previous studies that one of the most common reasons for menstrual dysfunction is low energy availability,” said study author Suvi Ravi.

Gear up for a virtual marathon. (Photo: IansLife)

The present study also assessed body weight dissatisfaction among the participants.

The results showed that athletes were more satisfied with their weight and had less desire to lose weight than non-athletes did.

Despite this, in both age groups about 20 per cent of the athletes and about 40 per cent of the non-athletes reported body weight dissatisfaction.

“This is concerning since we know that body weight dissatisfaction can result in disordered eating,” Ravi said.

“Attention should be paid to young people’s body weight dissatisfaction as well as menstrual dysfunction in order to prevent future health problems,” he noted.

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