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More than eight million tonnes of pandemic-associated plastic waste have been generated globally

More than eight million tonnes of pandemic-associated plastic waste have been generated globally, with more than 25,000 tonnes entering the global ocean, according to an alarming study. Data from the start of the pandemic in 2020 through August 2021, showed that most of the global plastic waste entering the ocean is coming from Asia, with hospital waste representing the bulk of the land discharge.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, highlighted that most of the global plastic waste from the pandemic is entering the ocean from rivers, with Asian rivers accounting for 73 per cent of the total discharge of plastic. The top three contributors are the Indus, Shatt al-Arab, and Yangtze rivers, which discharge into the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and East China Sea, respectively. European rivers, on the other hand, account for only 11 per cent of the discharge, with minor contributions from other continents.

a facemask thrown ion th eground Most of the global plastic waste from the pandemic is entering the ocean from rivers, with Asian rivers accounting for 73 per cent of the total discharge of plastics. | Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash

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The festival was originated in the honor of goddess Draupadi Amman

Thimithi is a firewalking annual tradition celebrated every year in Tamil Nadu. The ceremony is performed during the month of Aipasi in the Tamil calendar, about a week before the festival of light Deepavali (between the month of October and November according to the Gregorian calendar). The festival was originated in Tamil Nadu, South India in the honor of goddess Draupadi Amman, who is considered the incarnation of goddess Mariamman.

It is an international Hindu festival celebrated all around the world. Devotees living in other countries like Fiji, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, and areas with large south Indian populations also celebrate the festival.

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The Aruba villa has great interiors, an outdoor facility, amazing bedrooms, clean bathrooms and huge living space.

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Taking out time for family has become very difficult as people are pretty busy in daily life and find very little time to spend with their loved ones. Planning a family vacation is an excellent way through which the whole family can step away from their daily life and have fun. You can find many destinations for a family vacation, but there is no place that can beat Aruba.

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According to the World Health Organization, in 2020 itself, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer in the world.

Over the last one-and-a-half-year, people have been vocal about both mental and physical health in relationships. Even while miles away from one another, people kept checking on the health and well-being of their loved ones. However, one issue, i.e., breast cancer has been affecting women throughout the world, and it still needs much more focus and attention.

According to the World Health Organization, in 2020 itself, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer in the world. A report published by National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) estimates that breast cancer cases are likely to increase by nearly 20 per cent. Throughout the world, the tenth month of the year is recognized as the month of "Pink October" to raise awareness about breast cancer. The month should also be a celebration of encouraging the women in our lives to take the first step in this journey of staying in "Pink of Health". happen, an international dating app, conducted an in-app survey to understand how Indians discuss health issues like breast cancer with their partners. The survey gave a glimpse of whether health issues are impacting the life and relationships of singles.

41 per cent of users are not aware of examinations related to women's health


Forty-one per cent of users shared that they did not encourage the women in their life (mother, sister, friend, etc.) to go for checkups for issues related to health. Sixteen per cent of the respondents confessed that they did not remind women in their life to take examinations for their own health. It is important to note that regular self-examination is likely to detect breast lumps early. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If it is detected in time, it will be cured in nine out of 10 cases.

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