Parvathy, does it help a cause when celebrities speak up or do you think it’s just a passing phase since the news cycle too keeps changing?PT: Yes, the news cycle keeps changing and it breaks my heart. But that is not something celebrities should be thinking about. Their voices have to be consistent. Cinema and celebrities have a huge influence in our country. I have spoken up not just against harassment of women, but also the rampant Islamophobia that is being shown in popular culture. That is seen as okay; it is not discussed at all. That’s added to the collective psyche of a lot of people. They keep saying, “But Muslims this, Muslims that…” So, we have to give the spotlight to an issue again and again. We may not be able to step out on the streets every day, but the virtual revolution is impactful in the long run and we need to keep that momentum going. It’s all or nothing at this point; there is a lot at stake and you need to be able to put … [Read more...] about Should celebrities avoid political activism?
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Blackouts, especially at that elderly age, may not be related to the blockage in the blood vessels of the heart. They may be related to slowing of the heart rate due to disturbances in the electrical cables of the heart (conduction system). Conditions such as sick sinus syndrome (a sluggish natural pacemaker in the heart) or heart blocks (in the cables), which cause such slowing, are more common in the elderly. … [Read more...] about ‘How much activity is okay after a heart attack?’
Priyanka Chopra A T-shirt the actress wore for a magazine cover last year teed off several fans. Chopra’s shirt had the words ‘refugee’, ‘immigrant’, and ‘outsider’ crossed out, leaving the word ‘traveller’ at the bottom of the list. Many felt it offended refugees who had no choice but to flee their homeland. Chopra came back with an apology, saying in an interview: “I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstrued…” … [Read more...] about Corporate chatter: Minister angered by drones, Delhi heiress throws a fit in Mumbai, Jeff Bezos’s desi designs
Inner-city school crowding to ease: MinisterMs Ellery said Bob Hawke College would take some pressure off the growing secondary school populations at Churchlands, Mount Lawley and Shenton College. … [Read more...] about Bob Hawke College, Perth’s new inner-city public school, prepares to welcome first students
Baidu said it will provide technological support in artificial intelligence to help the centers for disease control, scientific research institutes and other research organizations to accelerate R&D efforts. It will also offer big data analysis technology to support the timely detection, rapid response and scientific management of the epidemic. … [Read more...] about Baidu creates fund for epidemic prevention, public health security