Life & Style

  • Online video usership up 40% in India's smaller towns: Report
    Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Number of online video users in smaller towns grew 40 per cent last year against 25 per cent growth in urban India over the last one year, a new report said on Thursday. Total online video users count rose to 294 million in December 2019, according to the ICUBE report by Kantar, a data, insights and consulting company. The results suggest that online video consumption is driving Internet adoption in smaller towns – with a population below five lakh.
  • Social media users more likely to believe false Covid-19 news
    Toronto, July 30 (IANS) People who get their news from social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have misperceptions about Covid-19 pandemic, warn researchers. The study, published in the journal Misinformation Review, revealed that those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing. "Platforms like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly becoming
  • Dia Mirza on tiger conservation: It is not just an emotional appeal
    Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) On International Tiger Day on Wednesday, actress Dia Mirza says we need the big cat for our survival. "It is not just our responsibility. We need tigers in order to survive and prosper," said Dia, a self-confessed tiger lover. "In order to protect our tigers, we have to protect their natural habitats. We have to restore undisturbed forest areas into which tigers can find a safe haven," she added. For her, tiger conservation is "n
  • Twinkle Khanna reveals her lockdown learnings
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANSlife) Actor-author and interior designer Twinkle Khanna says one of her greatest lockdown learnings has been on how we educate children. "We had been happy so far to just send them to school and look at their report card, but now that we've had this opportunity to really look into a child's individual weaknesses and strengths and work on that, and probably even work towards learning in a different way, has been quite a revelation for me," sh
  • Divya Dutta: Thanks to social media we are talking about domestic violence
    Mumbai, July 27 (IANS) Actress Divya Dutta feels it is a good thing that we are at least openly talking about domestic violence against women now, thanks to social media, but says it is going to take many years to fully eradicate the social menace. Divya had just starred in a short film titled "The Relationship Manager", which addresses the issue of domestic violence. She says women should stop being silent over the matter, as has been happening for ages now. "Dome
  • 'Binge-watching films, web series may lead to hearing problems'
    New Delhi, July 26 (IANSlife) It's not just your eyes that are vulnerable to damage when exposed to audio-visual stimuli for too long. Binging on television and online shows for extended hours, can lead to hearing problems, says a doctor. Binge-watching can have a variety of negative effects on a person's mental and physical well-being. Binge-watchers are reported to have higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression and sleep deprivation, notes Dr Shivprakash Mehta, Consulta
  • Willpower matters: 101-yr-old Andhra woman wins COVID battle
    Tirupati, July 26 (IANS) At a time when many people may be panicky over coronavirus spread, a 101-year-old woman in Andhra Pradesh has won the battle against the disease as her doctor asserted that her willpower made her survive the health ordeal. The centenarian has since become an inspiration for other patients infected by the dreaded virus. Her amazing recovery comes at a time when a spike in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state has set alarm bells ringing.
  • Covid-19 stressing you out? 8 ways you can sleep better
    New Delhi, July 25 (IANSlife) No matter who and where you are, your circadian rhythm (the basic sleep-wake cycle or body clock) is the internal process that determines your physical, mental and behavioural changes throughout the day and night. Sleep is a critical part of this circadian rhythm and any disruption in the sleep cycle can affect your overall health. While getting sufficient sleep every night is important, many have reported difficulty in achieving it during the pandemic.
  • Most Indians not comfortable travelling for at least a year: Survey
    New Delhi, July 25 (PTI): Even as several states have opened their doors for tourists, a survey has showed that most people are not comfortable travelling for at least a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.        The states that have opened their borders for the visitors include Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Goa, and Madhya Pradesh, according to the survey by Neta App.  The technology platform mainly aims to foster political accountability by
  • Deeply upsetting: Prince William, Kate on floods in Kaziranga
    New Delhi, July 24 (PTI): Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton expressed concern and distress over the devastation caused in Assam's Kaziranga National Park by flood which has killed many animals and affected livelihood of several people. The park has been hit by three waves of flood so far this year with 92 per cent of its area submerged in waters and 123 animals, including 12 rhinos, dead. In a letter to the park's Director P Sivakumar, the Duke and Duchess of Cam
  • Decoding fake news in Covid-19
    New Delhi, July 24 (IANSlife) The spread of fake news is at an all-time high in the midst of the coronavirus onslaught. Majority of the news currently being circulated on social media platforms have a questionable status; often they have more than one element of falsification. This news mainly pertains to details of repatriation flights, preventive measures, treatment for Covid-19, information regarding containment zones or impending lockdowns in various areas, etc. Social Media
  • Lockdown diaries: Wisdom from authors in quarantine
    New Delhi, July 23 (IANSlife) Life in lockdown and the pandemic has made people go through a whole spectrum of emotions, they may have never expected. While some people are going through rough patches, others are dealing with stress and anxiety. There is a need to escape the rut of everyday life, and a need for some wisdom to keep our sanity. Many people are taking out time for books, picking their favorites off of dusty bookshelves or trying some new genres. Some are busy creating
  • Madhuri Dixit: Let's use lockdown to create unique experiences
    Mumbai, July 21 (IANS) Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene is missing the experience of surfing. Taking to Instagram, Madhuri posted a few throwback pictures where she can be seen enjoying surfing in water. "Take me back. Experiences shape us into who we become. Let's use this time in lockdown to create unique experiences for ourselves & our loved ones. Learn a new skill, solve puzzles, cook a meal... Once the world opens up remember to always choose #ExperiencesOverThings. #
  • Shakuntala Devi's daughter talks about film on her mom
    Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Anupama Banerji, daughter of the mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, says the Vidya Balan-starrer "Shakuntala Devi" celebrates her mothers multifaceted personality and her zest for life.   Directed by Anu Menon, the biographical drama has Vidya as Shakuntala Devi, who was referred to as the "human computer" for her ability to do solve complex mathematical problems incredibly fast.   The screenplay is written by Menon and
  • Big B on fan wishes: 'These are the most emotional moments for me'
    Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan has once again expressed how overwhelmed he is with all the love and good wishes that he has been receiving ever since he was hospitalised with Covid-19, adding that has "given and done nothing" in comparison to the affection he gets from people.   "..there is no greater love and affection that you my dearest send me in these hours of our trial .. you send me prayers .. you send me duas .. you send me the sanctity of div
  • A case for mainstreaming social and emotional learning
    New Delhi, July 19 (IANSlife) Highlighting the need to mainstream Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) within education systems, a new report launched on Nelson Mandela Day on Saturday, reviews the latest research on SEL, its impact on student health and school climate, and its transformative role in building happier classrooms.   Launched online by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), and authored by over 20 experts
  • How not to support someone through mental illness
    New Delhi, July 18 (IANSlife) All of us function because we have a mind of our own. The way we think, the way we feel and the way we interact with our environment describes and determines our mental health.   We are our mind. Our relationships, our memories, our success, our moments of fun, our view of our work and ourselves, are all a function of positive mental health. Mental health and mental ill health are a continuum, explains Dr Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant Psychiat
  • Sports, physical activities help imbibe life values in kids: Mandira Bedi
    New Delhi, July 16 (IANSlife) Just like most parents, actor and fitness icon Mandira Bedi, who swears by the philosophy of 'sweat now, shine later', tried to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle for her son while they stay home. Asked how big of a concern is fitness of her child, she shared that as a parent, her inevitable worry has been to keep her son active during this prolonged stay at home duration. "Due to the pandemic, the kids have been completely locked inside th
  • It’s important to sometimes not do anything: Radhika Apte
    New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Bollywood actress Radhika Apte feels "it's important to sometimes not do anything and take a break".   "There is so much going on in the world, I am just happy staying put and not thinking of the future because there is much uncertainty out there. I am just taking each day at as it comes," Radhika tells IANSlife.   The "Andhadhun" actress shares she is spending most of her time during the lockdown "d
  • World population likely to shrink after 2064: Lancet
    Washington, July 15 (IANS) World population is likely to peak in 2064 at around 9.7 billion people and fall to 8.8 billion by century's end. Twenty three countries will see populations shrink by more than 50 per cent, including Japan, Thailand, Italy, and Spain, says a new analysis published in the journal The Lancet.   With 1.09 billion, India will be the most populous country by 2100, followed by Nigeria (791 million), China (732 million), the US (336 million) and Paki