New Delhi, November 9, 2016: Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain was bagged by Hyderabad Hunters for Rs.61.5 lakh, becoming the costliest buy in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) auction for players held here on Wednesday.
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The second highest bid went for South Korean woman shuttler Sung Ji Hyun, with Mumbai Rockets paying Rs.60 lakh for her.
Denmark shuttler Jan ‘O’ Jorgensen proved to be the third costliest after he was bought for Rs.59 lakh in the auction held here at a city hotel. The Dane went to Delhi Acers.
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However, India’s Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu went to Chennai Smashers for Rs.39 lakh – way below expectations. Her illustrious compatriot, Saina Nehwal went to Awadhe Warriors for Rs.33 lakh.
Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu believes periods are a normal, natural phenomenon which occurs in females and that there’s nothing that they should be embarrassed about.
According to Sindhu, people should end the taboo associated with periods and instead should talk about it openly.
“Periods are normal, natural, and nothing to feel embarrassed about. Over 2 million girls will get their first period this lockdown. Let’s come together to make sure that they don’t go through this alone. This World Menstrual Hygiene Day, I choose to end the taboo and whispers associated with periods and talk openly about it. Because, after all, #ItsJustAPeriod,” Sindhu said in an Instagram post.
“If you believe the stigma around periods should end and want to show your support for it, share a post with a picture like this, tag @stayfreeindia and use #ItsJustAPeriod. Because every voice matters,” she added.
Other Bollywood celebrities including the likes of Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Kritika Kamra, Genelia D’Souza and others raised awareness about menstrual health.
Rajkumar wrote: “On this #WorldMenstrualHygieneDay I choose to end the taboo associated with periods and talk openly about it because after all, #itsjustaperiod. It is very important to have a conversation about this in order to end the stigma around periods. This will only hppen when we all show our support and share a post with a picture like this, tag @stayfreeindia and use #itsjustaperiod. Remember, every voice matters.”
Every year, May 28 is celebrated as the World Menstrual Hygiene Day with an aim to bring together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for all women and girls. (IANS)
Mumbai-based auction house, Saffronart, is all set to conduct a 24-hour online art auction to funds to contribute to COVID-19 relief efforts.
The no-reserve art auction will feature 52 works of modern and contemporary South Asian art, donated by collectors, gallerists and artists to support the cause. It will take place on the auctioneer’s website on April 29-30 .
As per Saffronart, the proceeds from the sale will be donated to three non-profit grassroots organisations – Goonj, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) and Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS) – that have set up initiatives to support and rehabilitate the most vulnerable communities affected by the health crisis.
The sale will be led by a 2018 installation titled ‘A Swim Suit for You’ by foremost Bangladeshi contemporary artist Tayeba Begum Lipi, estimated to fetch Rs. 7-9 lakh. Krishen Khanna’s charcoal work ‘Who Has Touched Me’ and an untitled painting by Thota Vaikuntam from 2019 are estimated at Rs 6-8 lakhs each.
Other top artists featured in the auction include modern masters such as Ram Kumar, F N Souza and M F Husain, and leading contemporary artists including Arpita Singh and Shilpa Gupta.
“In today’s visually based, image-laden world, art possesses the immediate power to mobilise and galvanize people to make a difference and has the capacity to fuel our collective empathy and remind us that we are all in this together. So why not use art to inspire people to come together and help our neighbours?
“Here in India, as the government and the healthcare system continue to battle the spread of the deadly virus, a vast section of those living on the margin, the daily wage labourers and the poor are facing the irreparable loss of homes and livelihoods in this uncertain future. The immediacy of their need, however, is simple survival through access to food, hygeine and protective gear,” Saffronart co-founders Minal and Dinesh Vazirani said in a message.
A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.
Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.
Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.
Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.
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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.