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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the Skill India Mission, terming it a war against poverty by training youth to earn their livelihood with honour and how the young population could do wonders with proper abilities.
Industry welcomed the endeavour as “need of the hour”, while the Congress however termed it yet another “relaunch” of a UPA government programme.
Launching the programme on the first World Youth Skills Day in presence of union ministers, chief ministers and leaders of industry, Modi said a large number of India’s population is young and could do wonders if trained well for various works and trades available in the world.
“A major part of our population is below the age of 35 years. They are young and need to be trained,” he said, adding that India would have to build on its strengths.
The prime minister said that the central government has launched a “war against poverty” by embarking on the mission to train Indian youth to earn his livelihood with honour.
“We have begun a war against poverty. Every poor is my soldier in this war and we have to win this war with their support,” Modi said.
“We have a large number of young people in the world, we just have to train and prepare them and I can assure you that India would provide largest workforce to the world in the decades to come,” he said.
India Inc expressed support for Modi’s vision to train the youth skillfully.
Terming the Skill India Mission “a renewed effort to capitalize on India’s demographic dividend and create a large pool of skilled workforce, which “is crucial to support growth across sectors and the economy at large”, Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said that a skills mission of this scale will make the training efforts more systematic and will ensure a workforce which is professionally skilled and meets industry needs.
The Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association welcomed the mission to harness the country’s “demographic dividend” through appropriate and large scale skill development effort, which in turn should make India a country of choice to address global skill shortage.
“This initiative in tandem with the ‘Make in India’ initiative should result in good diversity in skills and high employment outcome via a public-private partnership,” said its chairman Vinay Shenoy.
The Congress, however, said that Modi government was doing nothing new and just launching re-named UPA government programmes.
“Be it ‘Nirmal Bharat’, be it ‘Beti Bachao Yojana’, be it ‘Namami Gange’ that have been launched by the UPA and have been working successfully are being re-launched by the prime minister. Is this the achievement and the originality of thinking that Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims?” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media persons, terming it a re-launch of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDP) launched in August 2010 under which 35 lakh people have already been trained. (IANS)
The history of WhatsApp must be heard since it is unlike any other startup tale. WhatsApp was not created by college kids but rather by individuals in their thirties who were employed by a well-known company and had solid employment to fall back on. The WhatsApp application is known to all of us; to put it another way, it is almost impossible to find someone who owns a smartphone and does not use WhatsApp.
In recent years, WhatsApp has established itself as the standard smartphone application for real-time communication. Even though it has faced fierce competition, it has maintained its position as the market leader in terms of downloads. When Android devices first came into the market, it was obvious that android applications were available very scarcely. But, it was the perfect opportunity for developers and businessmen to try their luck by coming up with innovative ideas and goals, and this is where Brian Acton and Jan Koum come into the scene.
In recent years, WhatsApp has established itself as the standard smartphone application for real-time communication. | Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
WhatsApp was created in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who had previously worked together at Yahoo!. The company's origin started when they decided to quit their jobs to travel around the world. However, their money quickly began to dwindle, and they were forced to apply for a job at Facebook, which did not turn out as well as they had hoped. They were distraught, but this setback spurred them to go on a new life adventure - WhatsApp.
Jan Koum chose the name "WhatsApp" to make it seem like "What's up." When Koum purchased an iPhone in early 2009, he saw the possibility of operating the newly developed app via the Apple App Store. WhatsApp was initially intended to be used only for status updates. With the help of Apple's push-notification update, which reminded users about the installed apps that they haven't used, WhatsApp reminded users via notification when someone posted a new status update. Users, on the other hand, immediately embraced it as an instant messaging service. This sowed the seeds for what the app would become in the following years.
Jan Koum chose the name "WhatsApp" to make it seem like "What's up." | Pixabay
WhatsApp 2.0 was the first version of the application to include the messaging functionality, which has since been the service's distinguishing feature. As WhatsApp's popularity grew, it drew the attention of investors. WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion in February 2013. Aside from the venture capitals, several other parties were interested in investing at this time. Facebook saw this new messaging network as a possible competitor with its service.
In February 2014, Facebook announced its intention to purchase WhatsApp for an astounding $19 billion. This is Facebook's biggest purchase to date and one of the largest in technology history. Following Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, the messaging app's growth accelerated. Every day, users of WhatsApp make over 2 billion minutes of voice and video chats and exchange around 65 million messages, according to a statement by Facebook. Although there are alternative messaging applications available on the worldwide market, WhatsApp is unquestionably the industry leader.
In February 2014, Facebook announced its intention to purchase WhatsApp for an astounding $19 billion. | Wikimedia Commons
WhatsApp is now used by more than 1.5 billion people in 180 countries. WhatsApp CEO Mark Zuckerberg is putting all he has into taking the service to a new level in the commercial sector. WhatsApp has almost replaced SMS, MMS, and other obsolete features. Since the pandemic, it has become an essential part of everyone's life as it is the only common source of communication among companies, educational institutions, friends, and family.
Both Koum and Acton took the risk of establishing a business that turned out to be a great success for them. The Whatsapp team chose to prioritize its users above earning money by not permitting advertisements. This is one of the primary reasons why Whatsapp is still widely used and adored by its users to this very day.
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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Since the first tea leaf was consumed in China thousands of years ago, people have been aware of the health benefits of drinking tea and how different types of tea can help treat different illnesses. Certain teas are good for fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol, while others aid in weight loss and improving metabolism, treating mental health disorders, preventing migraines, and improving sleep patterns. Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea, shares the benefits to our physical and mental health of specific types of tea leaves:
Black Leaf Teas
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day by giving you the necessary amount of energy. Black Tea is produced as a labour of love, with days of intense plucking, sieving, and withering in order to preserve complex flavonoids and powerful antioxidants like catechins. These leaves contain more tannins than any other type of tea which soothes stomach aches and other bowel-related problems.
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day. | Photo by Oleg Guijinsky on Unsplash
Green Leaf Teas
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. The biggest benefit of opting for Green Tea over other tea leaves is that it's an extreme immunity-booster due to its high flavonoid components and minimal processing which preserves all the nutrients.
As a byproduct of its immunity-boosting trait, Green Tea is a great booster for the metabolism which is why it serves as a necessary addition to your diet. Combined with an exercise regimen, Green Tea can be an excellent weight-loss tool. Though it works best before exercise, it can be consumed anytime. In addition to its focus-enhancing features, it also provides excellent oral hygiene benefits due to its catechin content. As an adaptable beverage, green tea blends well with many different flavours such as lavender, citrus, chamomile, rose, and many others.
Much like Black Tea, Green Tea is also harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is prepared differently by first steaming, then pan-frying and drying the leaves. | Photo by Rashid on Unsplash
White Leaf Tea
Minimally processed and low on caffeine, White Leaf Tea contains a lot of rich antioxidants which means it is great for boosting immunity. White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. Because it is the least processed tea out of all, it can preserve almost all its nutrients and catechins, which prevent many chronic health issues, reduce inflammation and regulate your digestive system. Dieticians and fitness experts recommend White Tea a lot as it helps curb sweet cravings and has a low-calorie count making it perfect for a healthy weight loss.
White Tea is very delicate and sweet-tasting because it is made with carefully handpicked silver buds and young leaves that offer a mild flavour. | Photo by Jen P. on Unsplash
Unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are not made using the Camellia Sinensis plant but actually use other leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, spices, fruits, and berries. Most common herbal tea varieties include mint, chamomile, cranberry and ginger. This also means that, unlike other teas, Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. The components used in Herbal Tea like dried roots, leaves and flowers are packed with antioxidants and offer excellent medicinal benefits like regulating digestive systems, managing stress levels and alleviating flu or cold symptoms. They can also be great for skin health and relieving chronic pain as they are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying in nature.
Herbal Teas are completely caffeine-free and filled with a lot of good nutrients. | Photo by Lisa Hobbs on Unsplash
Matcha Green Tea
Made with finely ground young Green Tea leaves, Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. Experts believe that drinking a single cup of Matcha Green Tea is equivalent to the health benefits of drinking ten cups of regular Green Tea. It is great for boosting immunity and metabolism, weight loss and detoxification of the body and mind.
Matcha is very high in antioxidants and offers numerous health benefits for your body and brain. |Photo by Lex Sirikiat on Unsplash
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. It is extremely rich in antioxidants due to the combination of the nutrients of Black and Green Teas. This rare tea also contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which have great health benefits, including boosting metabolism and increasing immunity to illnesses.
Partial oxidation of tea leaves gives the unique Oolong Tea its fruity and floral taste. | Pixabay
One should stay away from supplements or preservatives in "diet" teas, as none of their claims are backed by research. There are many different types of natural tea leaves, so it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type and choose the one that serves you best. There are many options and benefits to choosing from when it comes to tea leaves, whether you desire a cure for chronic disease, weight loss, or a good-tasting beverage. However, you can never really go wrong with natural tea leaves no matter what variety you choose!
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: antioxidants, antioxidants, herbal, herbal, benefits, health, leaves, leaves
One of Indi's leading luxurious Ayurveda skincare brands, Forest Essentials, announces its international foray with the London based Lookfantastic.com, Euroe's premium online beauty retailer. The partnership enables the brand to take significant strides towards its expansion globally starting with the launch in the United Kingdom. "Our focus and USP at Forest Essentials has always been at delivering high quality Ayurvedic products in a sustainable way, with a global appeal.
We firmly believe that the time is right for Forest Essentials to expand to the UK, as our first international footprint with Lookfantastic,' Europe's premium online beauty retailer. "The UK audience is well aware of Ayurveda and we are certain that the demand for our Made in India luxurious Ayurveda products, is going to continue to grow multifold, as consumers are today looking for moments of self-care, to feel better in this stressful period and we are well positioned to support this type of feel-good indulgence that consumers are seeking today," says Samrath Bedi, Executive Director, Forest Essentials. The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold.
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. | Wikimedia Commons
The brand's iconic product ranges, across skincare, body care and haircare will be available for purchase in the UK, including the Soundarya collection, crafted with 24k gold. Additional collections offered include the Men's Collection, Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Green Tea and Oudh, and Nargis, Indian Rose Ab'olute. The brand's vast gifting options are also available via the e-retailer. A portfolio of over 660 premium brands onsite and revenue share grown 40 percent year on year in the last 4 year makes,
Lookfantastic is one of the most successful beauty websites globally. Unrivalled technology, a team of world-class experts, over 30 localized sites in as many languages enables the website to attract millions of visits per month with nearly 71 percent of them being international making it a natural choice as a retail overseas partner for Forest Essentials. Commenting on the announcement, Bedi added, "Ayurveda has gained acceptance globally and there is an increased need to explore authentic products that are not only luxurious but also high on efficacy. Forest Essentials has been a pioneer in every sense and we're confident that our foray into the UK will enable us to represent India and products Made in India successfully in the international market." (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Ayurveda, Skincare, Forest, Herbal, Body care, Hair care, Beauty Products