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Patna: With women voters outnumbering male voters in the first two of the five-phase Bihar assembly polls, they have emerged as a prominent vote bank – more powerful than the youths and caste factor in the state.

A large number of people voted in the first and second round of Bihar assembly polls on Monday (October 13) and Friday (October 15) respectively.

“Unlike youths, women in large number voted in Bihar in the first and second phase of polls,” an election commission official said.

In the second-phase of polls, around 54.82 percent of the 8.58 million electorate voted in 32 of the 243 constituencies.

Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V. Nayak said 57.50 percent of the women voted against 52.50 percent male voters.

Similarly, in the first phase on October 12, around 57 percent of the 13.5 million electorate voted, 59.50 percent of the women voted against 54.50 percent of the male voters.

“It is really a positive development that more women have voted this time,” the official said.

According to Nayak, long queues of women voters were seen outside polling booths in both phases. “It may continue in remaining three phases on October 28, November 1 and 5,” he said.

Polls watchers said this was a result of several schemes initiated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for women’s empowerment.

The government has reserved 50 percent posts in Panchayati Raj elections and primary
school teachers’ recruitment for women and 35 percent of all police jobs for women.

The government’s scheme to promote education among girls by providing them free cycles
has increased school enrolment in rural areas.

More than women in urban areas, the rural women in rural areas were seen standing outside at polling booths.

In last assembly polls in 2010, the women turn out was good but it was not like this
time. “It is a record in making till the polls end next month,” said another official.

(IANS)

 

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Sweetened Beverages May Increase Risk of Early Death: Study

Sugar-sweetened beverages intake is also on the rise in developing countries, spurred by urbanisation and beverage marketing

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The "soft drinks" were defined as caffeinated colas, caffeine-free colas and other carbonated beverages (such as diet ginger ale). Pixabay

Women who drink sugar sweetened beverages are at an increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, researchers have warned.

The study, led by Harvard University researchers, found that drinking 1-4 sugary drinks per month was linked with a one per cent increased risk of death and 2-6 drinks per week with a six per cent increase.

The increased early death risk linked with sugar-sweetened beverages consumption was more pronounced among women than among men, the findings, published in the journal Circulation, showed.

“Our results provide further support to limit intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and to replace them with other beverages, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity,” said lead author Vasanti Malik.

However, drinking one artificially-sweetened beverage per day instead of carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks lowered the risk of premature death.

One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons
One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons

For the study, the team analysed data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men.

The study supports policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes.

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Sugar-sweetened beverages should be no more than 10 per cent of daily calories from added sugars.

Sugar-sweetened beverages intake is also on the rise in developing countries, spurred by urbanisation and beverage marketing, said the team. (IANS)

One response to “Sweetened Beverages May Increase Risk of Early Death: Study”

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