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Over 50 Women parliamentarians participate in Sneh Milan to mark International Women’s Day

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as 'Bihu' and 'Garba'

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Poor, rural women in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh attending a skills training programme on dairy farming by the NGO I work for, Hand in Hand. As always, their smiles, determination and the colours are simply awe-inspiring. (representational image), Wikimedia

New Delhi, March 9, 2017: To mark International Women’s Day, over 50 women parliamentarians participated in Sneh Milan, a function organised by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan at her residence.

Of the total 80 women MPs, over 50 participated in the function, which was co-hosted by BJP MP Poonam Mahajan and Congress MP Sushmita Dev.

In the informal meeting, women parliamentarians sang songs and performed different styles of dance from their states, such as ‘Bihu’ and ‘Garba’.

Besides, they also took selfies and photos with one another to display women unity and strength in Parliament.

AIADMK’s Lok Sabha member K. Geeta sang the “Surmayee Ankhiyon Mein” from the movie “Sadma”, which was interspersed with the Telugu version of the song.

While Trinamool Congress MP Mamtaz Sanghamita sang a song from the ‘Rabindra Sangeet’ collection, another TMC MP Arpita Ghosh sang the song “Meri bheegi bheegi si” from the movie “Anamika”.

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Anju Bala took everyone by surprise with her dance to the song “Ori Chiraiya, Angna Mai Phir Ana Re”.

Another TMC MP and actress Satabdi Roy sang a Hindi song “Payal Utaar Dungi” from the movie “Mohabbat Ki Arzoo”.

Bijoya Chakravarty, BJP MP from Guwahati, recited some ‘shayari’ and performed ‘Bihu’ dance while Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar of the Congress recited a poem on child marriage.

Another TMC MP, Pratima Mondal sang the song “Itni Shakti Hamein Dena Data” from the movie “Ankush” amidst appreciation from everyone.

Much to everybody’s cheer, women MPs from Gujarat performed ‘Garba’.

Among other MPs who were present at the programme were Hema Malini, Kirron Kher, Smriti Irani, NCP MP Supriya Sule and Rajya Sabha MP (nominated) Rupa Ganguly. (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)