NEW DELHI: Cine star Deepika Padukone, China's popular media personality Jin Xing and two other artists have been selected for Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The award celebrates the achievements of artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change. Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates and Australian artist Lynette Wallworth are the two other recipients selected for the award. Padukone would be given the award for her leadership in raising mental health awareness, the WEF said in a release on Friday. "These wonderful cultural leaders are bridge-builders. They connect us to each other, they help us reflect on the human condition and they provide visions of the world that can cut through the limitations of short-term or linear thinking," Hilde Schwab, chairwoman and co-founder of the World Arts Forum, which hosts the awards, said. The release said Padukone is an internationally acclaimed actor, fashion icon and mental health … [Read more...] about Fighting for a good cause: Deepika Padukone feted with award by WEF for spreading awareness on mental health
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Her army of followers was suitably impressed, with comments like “you look like a superhero” joining the flood of likes accompanying the post. But what made this particular video all the more impressive was that it arrived just months after the health and fitness guru admitted she was unable to last even 15 minutes walking slowly on a treadmill. Fitness app creator Kayla Itsines had to find a different way to exercise after having a baby. Picture: Richard DobsonSource:News Corp Australia That was her first exercise after giving birth to her baby girl Arna in April and for a person used to crushing her workouts, failing so quickly came as a shock. “Returning to exercise after having a baby is tough. I underestimated the physical and emotional rollercoaster of motherhood and the challenge of regaining my strength after having Arna,” Itsines tells Health Hacker. “My confidence, my strength — internal and externally — was gone. “I was just … [Read more...] about Personal trainer Kayla Itsines talks about post-pregnancy fitness
By Harsh Vardhan Chain se sona hai toh jaag jao (if you want to sleep in peace, you got to wake up). The punch line from a television show back in the day somehow features in any conversation revolving around sleep, but marketers today might want to disagree with the thought. So much so that a sleep solutions start-up WakeFit recently launched a ‘sleep-internship’ that offers participants Rs1 lakh for simply sleeping nine hours a day for 100 days on the trot. Arun Iyer, founder and creative partner at Spring Marketing – the company associated with the campaign – tells BE, “It’s sort of strange but we have never realised the significance of sleep. In fact, many of our role models often speak about how they only sleep for a few hours to stay focused on the job and drive maximum output – I am not sure if that’s very encouraging. I believe we need to urgently inform the world of the health hazards they are exposing themselves to by … [Read more...] about How brands are waking up to the big sleep economy
Recently, the Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education K.A. Sengottaiyan announced the state government’s decision to hold public examinations for students in classes V and VIII from this academic year. The news came as a shock to education reformers. A few months ago, when the proposal of introducing public examinations for classes V and VIII, in line with the recommendations of the draft National Education Policy, was mooted by the state government, it received mixed reactions from education reformers, teachers, parents, mental health experts, activists and politicians following heated debates on the issue.The new policy decision makes me raise these questions. Have we forgotten the purposes of education? Why are we obsessed with exams at a time when some countries have abolished exams at the primary and secondary levels? What negative impact will exams have on students? Aren’t there better ways of testing students’ knowledge and skills?PurposeLooked at it … [Read more...] about Are we obsessed with exams?
A smiling life-size statue of a coal miner at Rangatand roundabout at the Dhanbad railway station is symbol of Dhanbad, the coal capital of the country. However, in the lighter chit chats at the roadside tea stalls, the statue often becomes a topic of discussion with opinion divided about what does the smiling face denote? A smile for development of the coal city, or smile in sarcasm for the plight of Dhanbad as not only the city but the entire district, with around 27 lakh population, still lacks basic amenities like drinking water. Lack of drinking water is such a grievous problem of Dhanbad that since 1952, in every election - be it Lok Sabha or assembly - it has been main poll agenda of all national and regional parties but this perennial problem has remained unchanged in past seven decades. Six assembly constituencies fall in the district. Three constituencies — Jharia, Baghmara and Nirsa — fall in coal-bearing area, while other three … [Read more...] about Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: Local issues take back seat in agenda of parties in Dhanbad