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LONDON: A 28 year old woman was found to be kept as a slave in a domestic environment by an Indian origin couple in the East Midlands region of the UK. The couple was accused of slavery offenses.

They are blamed of keeping a person in domination and knowingly possessing a person in slavery between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2015.

Minu Chopra, 47 and Sanjay Chopra, also 47, were arrested by Greater Manchester police on February 11 charged under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 on suspicion of slavery and forced labor offences.

The apparent victim is supposed to be of Indian origin too.

“Minu Chopra has been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between 31/07/2015 and 11/02/2016, intentionally arranging/facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery/servitude between 01/01/2011 and 30/07/2015,” a GMP statement said.

“Sanjeev Chopra has been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between 31/07/2015 and 11/02/2016, intentionally arranging/facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery/servitude between 01/01/2011 and 30/07/2015, following his arrest on Saturday 13 February 2016,” the statement added. (pic courtesy: independent.co.uk)

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Every Woman Should Know About These Contraceptive Measures

Here 5 contraceptives and protective devices every woman know about

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Modern women can resort to many methods of contraceptive measures. Pixabay

Modern women can resort to many methods of contraceptive measures but most commonly used are oral contraceptives pills, intrauterine devices, vaginal ring, condom, contraceptives injection and contraceptive implant.

Anita Gupta, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis La Femme, New Delhi explains in detail about the safest options.

Oral contraceptive pills are of many types, all containing hormones as a part of formulation. Most effective are the pills with low dose hormones. The low dose ensures less side effects and the combination of hormones ensures regular menses and less chances of inter menstrual irregular bleeding or spotting per vaginum. These pills can be taken for A considerable period of time. But it is better to start these after visiting a gynaecologist. One caution! Smoking and oral contraceptives pills is a very bad combination!!

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Oral contraceptive pills are of many types, all containing hormones as a part of formulation. Pixabay

The safer contraceptive with very less failure rate are the various intra uterine devices. There are two types of these devices; copper and hormonal. These have to be inserted in the uterus by a gynaecologist as an OPD procedure. Of these, the hormonal ones are better, available by the name of Mirena which can be used for five years and then replaced with a new one. The copper devices are of two types which have to be replaced after every three or five years depending on the one used.

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Condoms are one of the most used contraceptive devices. Pixabay

Then there is hormone-loaded rings which are placed in the vagina every month and the lady can insert it on her own every time. This is also a safe contraceptive method with less failure rate. Only issue is using a new one every month.

Injectable contraceptives are also available with an efficacy of three months. This is also a very effective method but sometimes there is a side effect leading to irregular bleeding in those three months.

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Very commonly used method is the barrier method where the male partner uses condoms. But this has the highest failure rate. (IANS)

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Know About this US Astronaut who Set a Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

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Christina Koch. a U.S. astronaut, has broken the record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.(Representational Image). Pixabay

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission.

Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived at the International Space Station on March 14. She broke the record set by former space station commander Peggy Whitson in 2016-2017.

Koch is expected to spend a total of 328 days, or nearly 11 months, on board the space station before returning to Earth. Missions are typically six months, but NASA announced in April that it was extending her mission until February.

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U.S. astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures to her relatives from a bus prior the launch of Soyuz MS-12 space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. VOA

The U.S. record for longest space flight is 340 days set by Scott Kelly in 2015-2016. The world record is 15 months set in the 1990s by a Russian cosmonaut aboard the former Mir space station.

Koch’s extended mission will help NASA learn about the effects of long spaceflights, data that NASA officials have said is needed to support future deep space exploration missions to the Moon and Mars.

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Before breaking the endurance record for a woman in space, Koch set another milestone as part of the first all-female spacewalking team in October. It was Koch’s fourth spacewalk.

She previously said she took a lot of helpful advice from Kelly’s 2017 autobiography “Endurance.” (VOA)

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Avaya All Set to Enter Domestic Market in Big Way

We will launch Cloud-based services in India by 2020. It is just a matter of paperwork and legality

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India is a global innovation hub for Avaya and the company has built a sizeable R&D team in the country. Pixabay

After making India its research and development (R&D) hub, US-based business communication solutions provider Avaya is all set to enter the domestic market in a big way with its Cloud-based offerings.

Avaya provides contact centre solutions for almost every leading BPO in India.

India is a global innovation hub for Avaya and the company has built a sizeable R&D team in the country.

According to Nidal Abou-Ltaif, President, Avaya International, India is an advanced market for the company.

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Avaya provides contact centre solutions for almost every leading BPO in India. Pixabay

“We will launch Cloud-based services in India by 2020. It is just a matter of paperwork and legality. We are ready for the Indian market and will continue to invest here,” Nidal told IANS.

“India is our leading front for R&D and we do provide a lot of solutions to the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the country,” he added.

To enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, Avaya has collaborated with Microsoft to bring contact centre services to the Cloud.

The service will be introduced initially in the Gulf region with plans to expand it to other global regions, including India, in the future.

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When asked how 5G will affect the consumer experience services, Nidal said it will have a positive impact.

According to Vishal Agrawal, Managing Director, India and SAARC, Avaya, India remains one of the top 10 markets for the company.

“We have seen customers adopting new technologies. Cloud adoption is picking in India. When it comes to proving digital transformation, we are strongly poised to deliver that,” he told IANS.

Cloud computing has also created thousands of high-end jobs in India, he added.

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According to Nidal Abou-Ltaif, President, Avaya International, India is an advanced market for the company. Pixabay

Avaya’s virtual cloud infrastructure has over 3.6 million cloud seats deployed to date. It is a market leader with 145 million seats worldwide, making it uniquely positioned to help enterprise customers’ transition to the cloud at scale.

There are challenges towards achieving digital transformation, like the requirements of customers that are changing at a rapid pace, while security is the topmost concern.

Ahmed Helmy, Chief Technology Officer at Avaya International, said that security is a multi-faceted discipline that impacts every area of the corporate network.

“We are completely ‘infosec-certified’ and compliant; this is part of our general security assurance for customers and comes following a lot of investment in security and compliance,” Helmy noted.

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“We provide security by design and default in our solutions. Plus, many of our products include features that assist our customers with their compliance requirements,” he explained. (IANS)