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Tibetan Buddhist leader the Karmapa will return to India, ending a stay of just over a year in the United States where he has undergone medical exams, the senior religious figure said in an interview with RFA’s Tibetan Service on Monday.
The Karmapa, head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, a branch of one of the four main traditions of the religion, is now in talks with the Indian government over his return and may go back as soon as November, though the exact date of his return is still unclear, the lama said.
“I have no doubt or question that my return to India is absolutely certain,” said the Karmapa, who escaped as a refugee from China to India at the end of 1999, and who has lived under conditions of restricted travel ever since.
“In November of this year, there will be an important meeting of the heads of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions in Dharamsala, India,” the Karmapa said.
Tibet’s India-based exile government the Central Tibetan Administration and exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, with whom the Karmapa is close, are expecting him to be present at the meeting, he said, adding, “Therefore, I must attend.”
Acknowledging public speculation over the reasons for his lengthy stay in the U.S., mainly in New York, and rumors that he might wish to travel to China to visit his parents, the Karmapa said that it has been his intention all along to go back to India.
“So I wanted to clarify these things by having constructive talks with the Indian government, and we are going ahead with discussions now. If things turn out well, I am ready to return,” he said.
“When I first arrived in India, I faced many difficulties, including accusations that I was a Chinese agent,” the Karmapa said, adding that his access to Indian authorities was for a long time limited to lower-level officials.
“But now we have an opportunity to meet with higher-level Indian leaders to explain my situation, which has made a huge difference.”
No major health concerns
Though medical exams have prolonged his stay in the U.S., checkups have revealed no serious threats to his health despite a history of high blood pressure and warnings from a doctor in Germany that something might be wrong with his throat, the Karmapa said.
“In America, I have had a thorough check of my throat in a hospital, and I was told that there are no major issues to be concerned about.”
“Apart from that, there are some possible indications of diabetes, and the doctors have advised a better diet. There is also a small issue with my heart, and I am still undergoing screening and testing,” he said.
“There are no major concerns about my health,” he said.
Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje, born in Tibet in 1985, was identified by the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan religious leaders as an important “reincarnate” Buddhist teacher and was installed in his predecessors’ monastery in Tibet.
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But Chinese authorities prevented him, he later said, from studying with the lamas he had hoped would be his mentors.
Avoiding detection by the officials assigned to monitor his movements, the Karmapa escaped in late 1999 and fled into exile in India where, before his move last year to the United States, he has lived under conditions of restricted travel for over 17 years. (BBG Direct)
Preparations for the much-hyped marriage between Bollywood stars Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif have begun at the Six Senses Fort Barwara located in Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. An event management company has been entrusted with the responsibility of making all the necessary arrangements for the big day.
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Accordingly, special suites have been booked for the bride and the groom at the lavish hotel. While Vicky will put up at the Raja Mansingh suite, Katrina will be staying at the Rani Padmavati suit, both most expensive suites in the hotel. The tariff for the suites is Rs 7 lakh each for one night. Both the suites have private swimming pools and gardens attached to them, while the windows open to a grand view of the Aravalli hills.
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The hotel has two more suites costing Rs 7 lakh each per night, while it has 15 suites worth Rs 4 lakh. The one-night tariff for the rest of the rooms is Rs 1 lakh per room.
Security has been tightened in the entire area, and restrictions have been imposed on the movement of people.
Katrina and Vicky, along with their family members, are expected to check-in on December 6, and depart on December 11.
The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs. | Unsplash
The wedding preparations have been entrusted to six different vendors, who will arrange flowers, decoration, security, transportation, food and jungle safaris.
For security arrangements, 100 bouncers will come from Jaipur on December 5. Rajasthan police personnel will also be deployed for the security of the VIP guests.
The wedding programs are likely to be held between December 4 and December 12. The two are expected to tie the knot on December 9, as per Hindu customs. The 'Sangeet' ceremony will be held on December 7, followed by the 'Mehendi' ceremony the next day. A special reception will be held after the wedding ceremony on December 10. (IANS/SP)
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Skincare and makeup have always been perceived to be at odds. But new trends are now responding to the skincare enthusiasts demand for multi-functional makeup that doesn't strip the skin of moisture and leave it high and dry.
The pandemic was, among many things, a catalyst in making skincare a priority as people kept their makeup brushes aside and brushed up their DIY skincare skills instead. While high pigment and high pay-off continue to be on the checklist in makeup products, skincare actives are now non-negotiable as well.
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Products that give maximum results with minimum effort make an important part of our daily life, which includes makeup and skincare. Being an either/or scenario is no longer an option in the post-lockdown era wherein holistic care and efficiency holds utmost importance in all aspects of our life.
The pandemic also caused screen time to soar as even the sternest social media fasters gave in to virtual everything; information was free-flowing on all platforms. Heightened digital reliance also gave birth to informed customers demanding transparency in everything, never shying away from doing extensive online research before making a purchase. And for the beauty industry, that included the ingredient list in their makeup products. In the process, the myths built up around the eclean beauty' movement that was ruling the rooster were brought down to the ground as people warmed up to science-backed, effective chemicals as opposed to DIY-like products that were far from meeting customer needs.
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The skincare savant customers aren't unaware of the hydrating properties of Hyaluronic acid, they know their chemical exfoliators by name, and are increasingly comfortable trusting high powered chemicals. And if that was already normcore in skincare, makeup couldn't be expected to be far behind.
Heightened digital reliance also gave birth to informed customers demanding transparency in everything, never shying away from doing extensive online research before making a purchase. Unsplash
However, this is not to say that the beauty trends will trump the skincare needs of customers. They want to practice makeup as an art form and treat the face as the canvas remains, just that now people are acquainted with alternatives that don't leave that canvas sacrificed and susceptible to dehydration and breakouts. While the skincare revolution in makeup takes shape with time, there are two priorities that are being addressed with urgency- hydration and moisturization.
Liquid lipsticks that leave the lips feeling scaly, dry, and chapped are being swapped for moisture-boosting ones loaded with rejuvenating actives and oils, foundations are being bolstered with peptides and more. But does this mean that skincare infused makeup can be a substitute to a well-planned skincare routine for respective skin types and its needs? Absolutely not. Skincare infused makeup is crafted to provide added nourishment and prevent your skin's moisture barrier from scarring, a hardworking moisturizer cannot be replaced from the skincare regime.
While the pandemic has definitely left its footprints on the beauty industry, it kept its ears to the ground to respond to the needs of the new-age, evolved consumers, forcing a paradigm shift in the industry that is driven towards the common goal of holistic care. Brands who took this time to listen and continue to do so will be in a position to not just follow suit of this shift, but also benefit from it. (IANS/SP)
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in an email to his company's employees asked them to work over the weekend on SpaceX's Raptor engine as the company faces "genuine risk of bankruptcy" unless it speeds up the production.
In the email, Musk revealed that the company faces a "genuine risk of bankruptcy" if production does not increase to support a high flight rate of the company's new Starship rocket next year, reports The Verge.
"Unfortunately, the Raptor production crisis is much worse than it had seemed a few weeks ago," Musk reportedly wrote.
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"As we have dug into the issues following the exiting of prior senior management, they have unfortunately turned out to be far more severe than was reported. There is no way to sugarcoat this."
Raptor's engine is a critical component of Starship, which SpaceX hopes will one-day transport cargo and people to the moon and Mars.
Musk also revealed that instead of taking the weekend off as planned, he was going to be working on the Raptor all night and over the weekend. He then asked employees without "critical family matters" to work too, saying it was time for all hands on deck.
"The consequences for SpaceX if we can't get enough reliable Raptors made is that we then can't fly Starship, which means we then can't fly Starlink Satellite V2 (Falcon has neither the volume *nor* the mass to orbit needed for satellite V2). Satellite V1 by itself is financially weak, whereas V2 is strong," Musk added.
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Earlier this month Musk had said he expected Starship to be launched into orbit for the first time as early as January, providing regulatory approvals were given by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). SpaceX has raised billions in funding over the past several years, both for Starship and its satellite internet project Starlink.
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