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Thiruvananthapuram: With the daylong meeting of the ‘plantation labour committee’ (PLC) failing to resolve the impasse over the demand of Rs 500 as daily wage for plantation workers in Thiruvananthapuram, the trade unions declared an indefinite strike from Monday.

Over 10,000 women plantation workers from the Kannan Devan Hills Plantations (KDHP) Company Private Limited owned Munnar tea plantations went on a strike earlier this month. However, their demand of 20 per cent bonus was accepted after nine days of strike.

At that time, the talks was held under Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and it was assured that their demand of raising their daily wage from Rs 231 to Rs 500 would be considered at the PLC meeting.

Post the marathon nine-hour-long meeting on Saturday, state Labour Minister Shibu Baby John told reporters that the Association of Planters Kerala (APK) did not accept the trade unions’ demanded of Rs 500 as daily wage.

“The state government has put up some suggestions before the APK. They said they will look into it and return for the next round of talks scheduled for Tuesday evening,” said John.

Meanwhile, the trade unions announced that they will initiate an indefinite strike from Monday as the women workers in Munnar are firm on their demand of Rs 500 as daily wage.

A male plantation worker told reporters, “the men would also join the indefinite strike from Monday. We are waiting for the return of our women leaders from the capital city and tomorrow (Sunday), we will meet as many employees as possible to launch our strike from Monday.”

An APK representative terming the situation as “most unfortunate” said, “we will have no other option but to declare a lockout, if they (unions) insist on Rs 500.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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Study Shows That 3 Cups of Coffee or Tea Daily May Cut Risk of Stroke

Are you an ardent coffee or tea lover, but advised to avoid caffeinated beverages due to your heart conditions Cheer up, drinking upto three cups of coffee or tea a day is safe as well as reduce irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, a study says.

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Are you an ardent coffee or tea lover, but advised to avoid caffeinated beverages due to your heart conditions Cheer up, drinking upto three cups of coffee or tea a day is safe as well as reduce irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, a study says.

A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes atrial fibrillation (AFib).

AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.

The results suggest that caffeine intake of up to 300 mg per day may be safe for arrhythmic patients.

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“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.

For the review, published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, the team analysed multiple population-based studies.

A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.

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Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.

However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) — a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.

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On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours. (IANS)

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