Tuesday October 22, 2019

Actress Vidya Balan Feels That Women Should Value Themselves Each Day

On the work front, Vidya will next be seen onscreen in Telugu film "N.T.R: Kathanayakudu" and Hindi film "Mission Mangal"

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Actress Vidya Balan feels that women should value themselves each day so that they do not need women’s day to celebrate their achievements and strengths.

The actress was interacting with the media at a panel discussion on ‘Women Shaping the Narrative in Media & Entertainment’ on International Women’s Day on Friday here.

Over the question of changes that she wants to see in the lives of women working in the film industry, Vidya replied: “I won’t just talk about the film industry. I wish, as women, we should value ourselves little more each day so that someday we will not need women’s day to celebrate our achievements and strengths.

In the past few years, the Hindi film industry has seen many successful female centric movies like ‘Kahaani’, ‘Pink’, ‘Piku’, ‘Tumhari Sulu’, ‘Mardaani’, ‘Raazi’ amongst others.

Sharing her views on female centric movies in Bollywood, she said: “I think it used to happen before also but then it was happening in ‘fits and spurts’. But at present, female centric cinema is growing slowly and steadily. The more success these kinds of films would get, the more they would be made.”

Vidya Balan.

“There will be a time when people will just go to cinemas to watch the film without thinking whether it’s a male centric or a female centric film and that’s where we are heading. There are lots of faces who are responsible for this change. I think there are lots of stories waiting to be told,” she said.

When asked, how she is celebrating International Women’s Day, Vidya said: “I am celebrating women’s day by working and celebrating with the women who are celebrating themselves, who are living their lives to their fullest potential, unapologetically and I think there is no better way to celebrate any day than this way.”

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Replying on who is an inspirational figure in her life, Vidya said that there is not a single woman. “I feel every woman who is trying to lead her life on her own terms is an inspiration to me,” she said.

On the work front, Vidya will next be seen onscreen in Telugu film “N.T.R: Kathanayakudu” and Hindi film “Mission Mangal”. (IANS)

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The First All-Women Spacewalk is Set to Take Place This Week: NASA

According to NASA, The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours

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The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA. Pixabay

The first all-woman spacewalk is set to take place this week itself as NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on October 17 or October 18.

The spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA.

“@Space_Station update: our first all-female spacewalk with @Astro_Christina and @Astro_Jessica will be Thursday or Friday to replace a faulty battery charge-discharge unit,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted on Tuesday.

Station managers decided to postpone previously planned spacewalks that had been set to install new batteries this week and next in order to replace the faulty power unit, called a Battery Charge/Discharge Unit (BCDU).

The BCDU failed to activate following the October 11 installation of new lithium-ion batteries on the space station’s truss.

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The Spacewalk will last approximately six and a half hours, according to NASA. Pixabay

NASA said that the BCDU failure has not impacted station operations, safety of the crew, or the ongoing experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory, many in preparation for future human missions to the Moon and Mars.

However, the failed power unit does prevent a new lithium-ion battery installed earlier this month from providing additional station power.

An all-woman spacewalk, involving Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, was originally scheduled for March.

But that spacewalk was scuttled because properly fitted spacesuits could not be readied in time for both astronauts, Space.com reported.

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An all-woman Spacewalk, involving Koch and NASA astronaut Anne McClain, was originally scheduled for March. Pixabay

So far, the 15 women who have conducted a spacewalk did so with a male companion. So when Koch and Meir venture out of the space station this week, they will make some long-overdue history.

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This will be Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first. (IANS)