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Rukhmabai was born on this day in the year 1864 in Bombay, and was the only daughter of Janardhan Pandurang and Jayantibai.
Rukhmabai's father passed away when she was just eight years old, and she was then married off at the age of 11 to Dadaji Bhikaji.
Later on Rukhmabai's mother, too, married Sakharam Arjun, who an eminent physician and the founding member of Bombay Natural History Society.
Interestingly, Rukhmabai, even after marriage, continued to stay with her mother and step-father. And, because of this, Dadaji Bhikaji moved to court seeking it to order his wife to live with him.
Here, Rukhmabai sternly refused to move in with her husband by saying that a woman cannot be compelled to stay in a wedlock when she is not interested. This decision of her was supported by her step-father, and he took the responsibility to fight the case in court.
But, as all odds were against Rukhmabai, the verdict went in favour of Dadaji Bhikaji. Finally, the court ordered Rukhmabai to live with her husband or face six months imprisonment. But, brave Rukhmabai said she was willing to opt the latter.
Rukhmabai moved to England to study medicine after separating from her husband. Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Here, an interesting turn took place when verdict was subsequently overruled by Queen Victoria. This further prompted the government to bring the Age of Consent Act of 1891, despite opposition from some conservative Indians.
So, at last, Rukhmabai legally separated from her husband in the year 1888 and moved to England to study medicine. She got tremendous support from Dr. Edith Pechey of Bombay's Cama Hospital, some activists, and fellow Indians in England to complete her degree in the London School of Medicine for Women.
After completing her education, Rukhmabai came back to India in the year 1894 and practised medicine in Surat, Rajkot, and Bombay for the next 35 years, before she passed away on September 25, 1955.
This was the life of Rukhmabai, who even after facing a lot of societal challenges, completed her education in abroad and came to India to serve the country as one of the first woman physicians!
Today, on the birth anniversary of Rukhmabai, let us pledge to stand against what's wrong and do out level best for the country.
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India. Speaking at an event to celebrate DRI's 64th foundation day, Sitharaman lauded DRI's compact strength of about 800 officers for their relentless efforts despite the imminent risks. The Finance Minister stated that the officers may be keeping a low profile, but they are acting like the frontline defence forces, doing spectacular work in safeguarding the economic frontiers of the country. "The recent smuggling attempts of huge quantities of narcotics, gold, red sanders, ivory, cigarettes etc. unearthed by DRI were appreciated by the Finance Minister," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Nirmala Sitharaman, India, Toxic Wastes)
Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.
When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.
The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)
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By Olivia Sarkar
Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.
Dirty Chai Eggnog:
30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Sweet cream foam to top up
Cinnamon powder and star anise.
1. In a heavy bottomed med sauce pot, prepare tea with milk. Strain and let it cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker add egg white, Bourbon, Baileys with whole spices. Shake well.
3. Pour the tea in the glass followed by ingredients from cocktail shaker.
4. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon powder, whole star anise
Eggnog is a Christmas favourite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity.| Pikist
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavours is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter.
45 ml Butter fat washed Whiskey
20 ml Ginger bread syrup
15 ml Spiced Apple liquor
2 dashes of Bitters
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
2. Shake well
3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass
4. Garnish with Gingerbread cookie
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavors is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter. | Flickr
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