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Karnataka officer Prabha bestowed laurels by Singapore for empowering women

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bangalore: Karnataka additional chief secretary, K Ratna Prabha has been selected by the Singapore government to participate in the ‘Women and Leadership Programme’ in its consulate general in Chennai in recognition of her leadership and service to empower women.

On Tuesday, an official release bestowed the participation privilege upon Prabha by stating, “The Singapore government has sponsored Prabha’s participation in the three-day programme organised by its Chennai consulate general to provide women executives with leadership skills for overcoming gender bias and achieving success in their workplace.”

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The bureaucrat in the state commerce and industry department is yet to share her thoughts and her rich experience in the programme for aspiring women leaders to achieve success in higher echelons of any organisation.

The statement also recognised Prabha’s contribution to women issues by saying, “During her administrative tenure spanning over three decades, Prabha encouraged hundreds of women to utilise their talent and face challenges in the male-dominated society.

Prabha, as deputy commissioner of Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 km from Bengaluru, implemented a pilot project for women and child development in rural areas, and rehabilitated devadasis in the Raichur district by allotting lands and making them self-reliant in the 1990’s.

As deputy commissioner in Bidar district, about 700 km from Bengaluru, the bureaucrat covered women beneficiaries in the zila parishad (local body) action plan with the cooperation of local representatives.

Highlighting her unique contributions to women rights, the statement noted:

“As principal secretary in the state ITC department, Prabha unveiled a unique programme – Jawahar Knowledge Centre – to provide jobs to rural educated girls.

Prabha also encouraged women to drive buses and become bus conductors as principal secretary in the transport department.”

Adding on to the long list of services rendered by Prabha, the statement also noted that, as revenue secretary later, she encouraged women to register properties in their names by giving one percent discount in stamp duty.

Setting up of working women hostels in cities, towns and rural areas and initiating steps to check women trafficking in vulnerable areas were among the other notable contributions brought to light by the statement.

“In the state’s new industrial policy (2014-19) Prabha introduced a chapter to encourage women entrepreneurship and women enterprises across the state to help the socio-economic development of families,” the statement ended by delineating her most respected endowment.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Here’s Why Women Should Not Dine After 6 PM

Women who dine late in the evening are likely to develop heart diseases

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Women should not consume higher proportionate of calories late in the evening. Pixabay

Women who consume a higher proportion of their daily calories late in the evening are more likely to be at risk of cardiovascular disease than women who do not, researchers have warned.

For the study, the research team assessed the cardiovascular health of 112 women using the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 measures at the beginning of the study and one year later.

Life’s Simple 7 represents the risk factors that people can improve through lifestyle changes to help achieve ideal cardiovascular health and include not smoking, being physically active, eating healthy foods and controlling body weight, along with measuring cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

A heart health score based on meeting the Life’s Simple 7 was computed.

“The preliminary results indicate that intentional eating that is mindful of the timing and proportion of calories in evening meals may represent a simple, modifiable behaviour that can help lower heart disease risk,” said study lead author Nour Makarem from Columbia University in the US.

During the study, participants of the study kept electronic food diaries by computer or cell phone to report what, how much and when they ate for one week at the beginning of the study and for one week 12 months later.

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Women should consume less calories in the evening for a healthy heart. Pixabay

Data from the food diary completed by each woman was used to determine the relationship between heart health and the timing of when they ate.

Researchers found that, after 6 p.m. with every one per cent calories consumed heart health declined, especially for women.

These women were found more likely to have higher blood pressure, higher body mass index and poorer long-term control of blood sugar.

Similar findings occurred with every one per cent increase in calories consumed after 8 p.m.

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“It is never too early to start thinking about your heart health whether you’re 20 or 30 or 40 or moving into the 60s and 70s. If you’re healthy now or if you have heart disease, you can always do more. That goes along with being heart smart and heart healthy,” said study researcher Kristin Newby, Professor at Duke University.

The study is scheduled to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 from November 16-18 in Philadelphia, US. (IANS)