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10 Advantages of Wearing Contact Lenses May 25, 2019 12:18

There are currently in excess of 130 million contact lens wearers globally, but with more than 2 billion shortsighted people in the world to cater for now and a predicted 5 billion by the year 2050. Contact lenses can now correct almost all eyesight problems including:- Myopia (short-sightedness)- Hyperopia (long-sightedness)- Astigmatism- Presbyopia (age-related reading problem)Though many advances in spectacle lens technology have come up recently and the rising popularity of surgical interventions such as laser eye corrections, the use of contact lens remains a harmless, effective and inexpensive way of achieving the clear comfortable vision for many people.Contact Lenses Offer Natural All-Round Vision    Contact lenses mean clear peripheral (all round) vision. One of the problems with glasses is that they only let the wearer see objects clearly in front of them. Anything to the side is out of focus and blurry.This all-round improvement is ideal for sportspeople and motorists where perfect vision is needed. Plus your vision feels natural rather than the slight distortion experienced when wearing spectacles.Simple and Convenient to Use   Contact lenses are quick and simple to use. They are placed on the end of a finger and inserted into the eye in a matter of seconds.Glasses are also easy to use in that they are popped on and off the face in an instant. But they can feel heavy or uncomfortable, especially when resting on the bridge of the nose.Daily disposable lenses are a popular form of lenses which are seen as particularly convenient in that they do not require any aftercare. These lenses can be worn once and then thrown away afterward.Practical for Sports peopleIf you are an athlete or participate in sports then you may have found wearing glasses inconvenient and distracting. Glasses can have the habit of slipping down the nose or becoming steamed up which is annoying during a competition or training.In addition, there is a safety aspect as well. There is a risk of falling over and breaking a lens or the entire pair of glasses which may an earnest eye injury.Improved appearanceThere are people who feel self-conscious about wearing glasses and in some cases, less attractive. Whereas contact lenses cannot be detected by the casual observer and enable him/her to see your eyes.Plus there is no issue about whether your contact lenses will compliment a particular outfit or not. Contact lenses go with anything and everything.There are even novelty lenses if you are after something a bit different or daring.Suitable for All Weather Conditions  One asset of contact lenses is the fact that they do not steam up, collect rain or other deposits on the lenses due to the weather conditions. Glasses do have a tendency to steam up when you go from a cold environment into a warm room. Additionally, they turn misty in bad weather conditions.Contact lenses do not suffer any of these and are kept clean by the blink of an eye.Treats Certain Eye Conditions  Contact lenses can be effective at treating certain eye conditions such as keratitis and corneal ulcers. The sufferer can wear a special bandage lens which helps to protect the cornea against further impairment and also acts as a form of medication.There are types of lenses which are competent to transfer drugs to an infected cornea or some other similar eye conditions.By Sowmya Sangam

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10 Amazing Health Benefits of Guzzling Red Wine May 25, 2019 10:06

Gulping a glass of wine not just relish the happy high but also has a good deal of health benefits. Depending on the type, different types of wines have their own set of health benefits. While red wine is known to slightly healthier than the white variety of it because of the presence of some vitamins and minerals but white wine is known to contain fewer calories. Made out of fermented grapes and other fruits, the alcoholic beverage if taken in moderation serves a gamut of health benefits. The process of wine-making includes fermentation wherein the yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes converting it into alcohol. Grapes of different kinds produce various kinds of wines and different wines may be combined to create more complex flavors. Red wine is majorly rich in resveratrol that may offer a number of health benefits.Some of the health benefits of red wine: Moderately Decreases Cardiovascular Risk Resveratrol present in red wine may help improve heart health in various ways. According to researchers, red wine reduces the risk of heart disease because of the way it helps the gut microbiome. Red wine may also improve the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells which are believed to protect against heart disease.Helps Control Type-2 DiabetesA study shows that drinking a glass of red wine with dinner is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases in people with type-2 diabetes. Ethanol present in wine plays a key role in metabolizing glucose and hence may be safe for people with Type-2 diabetes.Brain Damage After Stroke   Resveratrol may protect the brain from stroke damage, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Results from tests on mice showed that resveratrol increased levels of heme oxygenase, an enzyme known to protect nerve cells in the brain from damage. When a stroke occurs, the brain is ready to protect itself because of higher enzyme levels.However, it remains unclear whether the health benefits are due to the resveratrol itself, or if the alcohol in the wine is needed to concentrate the levels of the compound.Prevents Vision LossResveratrol in red wine may help prevent vision loss caused by out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eye, according to findings published in 2010.Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are leading causes of blindness among Americans aged 50 years and above. This is due to an overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye, known as angiogenesis.Prevents Colon Cancer According to a study presented in 2015 by UK scientists, consuming resveratrol may reduce the size of bowel tumors by approximately 50 percent.  Prevents Breast CancerRed wine has been known to help prevent breast cancer. While Regular consumption of most alcoholic drinks is ironically known to increase the risk of breast cancer, chemicals in the seeds and skins of red grapes if consumed in moderation may actually help prevent breast cancer. women who drink red wine in moderation may be spared this risk.Protection from Prostate CancerA study published in 2007 reported that, in men who drink moderate amounts of red wine, the chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer is around half that of men who never drink red wine. The researchers defined moderate drinking as an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week.Treats Acne Rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, red wine is known to help treat acne. Sometimes it is suggested that applying red wine directly on skin after mixing it with benzoyl peroxide may maximize antibacterial activity.Prevents Lung CancerRed wine if taken in moderation is known to boost lung function and also help prevent lung cancer. It protects the cells from proliferating and prevent lung damage.Prevents DementiaDementia is a growing health issue that most elderly people face. A team of researchers found that a moderate amount of red wine intake can reduce the risk of developing dementia.Although red wine has ample of health benefits, it concurrently has own share of risks if taken heavily.By Sowmya Sangam

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India Lucky to Have Narendra Modi as Prime Minister: Donald Trump May 25, 2019 07:54

A day after Bharatiya Janata Party came out as a victor in the Lok Sabha elections, president Donald Trump on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a "great man" and "leader". Trump also telephoned Modi to once again congratulate him for their strong showing in elections."Just spoke to Prime Minister @NarendraModi where I congratulated him on his big political victory. He is a great man and leader for the people of India - they are lucky to have him!" tweeted Trump. Just spoke to Prime Minister @NarendraModi where I congratulated him on his big political victory. He is a great man and leader for the people of India - they are lucky to have him! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019 Modi-led BJP has swept the 17th Lok Sabha elections, garnering 303 seats. The saffron party, along with its allies, have secured 352 seats out of 542.Meanwhile, the United States State Department has also congratulated PM Modi on his electoral victory and highlighted that the Indian elections "serve as an inspiration to democracies and individuals around the world." Scores of world leaders, right from Japan in the East to Canada in the West, have wished the Bharatiya Janata Party leader for securing a resounding mandate in the latest Indian general elections.By Sowmya Sangam

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An Indian Expat in Germany Explains Why He Won’t Be Coming Back and It’s Quite Relatable for NRIs May 25, 2019 06:56

You might have come across of scores of people in your daily life who have settled abroad making you wonder what’s so exceptional about living outside India. An Indian expat residing in Germany Gautam Sawala gives you some of the reasons why scads of Indians are preferring foreign countries to settle down. The question originally appeared on Quora: Why don’t Indians in foreign countries return to India? Gautam Sawala has been in Germany for more or less five years now and he has his own version of the answer which seems to be quite flawless.Health Care I had a problem with my knee, I went to the doctor, and the doctor suggested to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), gave me a slip with the appointment time. I got the MRI and went back to the doctor. Then the doctor prescribed a custom sole be made. Went to the pharmacy that made the sole, they took the scan of my leg. Handed me a €24 (Rs1,924)service fee bill. This was the first time I had to pay (for) an entire procedure.To give you an idea about the medical expenses, the MRI by itself would have cost me €300 out of my pocket. Not including doctors fee and service charges! Some of my friends have been in the hospital for two to three weeks, they paid nothing more than €80 for bed charges!Meanwhile, healthcare insurance is not cheap, a person has to pay around 14.6 percent of salary towards healthcare. But knowing that you won’t go bankrupt when you get sick is calming.The cost of medical treatment is so high in India making it so arduous for a middle class person to afford. From drugs, to surgeries, to other medical procedures, nothing costs less than a few lakhs. Work-Life Balance The working hours are straightforward, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., that’s it. It’s pretty rare that I’m asked to work overtime. Even if asked I can refuse, without having to worry if I would lose my job. Added to that I get 20 days holiday in a year. Plus unlimited sick holidays. I don’t have to worry about losing my salary just because I ended up in the hospital for a month.24-Hour Electricity In the four years that I have been here, there have been power surge just once, for 15-30 minutes. There was a heavy thunderstorm, and the lightning caused a short circuit somewhere.Traffic Jams Alright, I’m writing this while waiting in a bus stuck in traffic with about 30 cars in front. Fun fact, I’m in a German town with a population of 171,000. The traffic gets pretty bad here too. But these sights are rare.Safety and Security Unless I am in Paris or Munich or Barcelona, I rarely have to worry about being mugged. Yes, there are several pickpocket thieves in the town I live in, but I have rarely felt that I need to be alert all the time. I forgot my phone once in the university hallway. I returned there after about 20 minutes. The phone was right where I left it. (Though this would be rare in a public place). The other time I bought a few things at a supermarket and forgot to collect all my stuff, I left behind chocolate, worth about €2.49. I walked out and went about 100 meters when a woman came running behind me. She handed me chocolate that I had forgotten.Security, if you lose your job in Germany, the government would pay you “Arbeitslos Geld” that is, unemployment money, which includes rent of your apartment plus, certain payments for your expenses. This way you don’t end up without food on the table when you lose the job. However, it requires an individual to be employed full time for about two years before being eligible and is considered a dark spot in your resume if you opt for this.No VIP Culture Everyone is treated equally irrespective of their financial status or connections. (For) example, you can’t get your license without proper training. No matter who you are, if you make more than one mistake in a driving test, you fail. You can’t slip a fifty euro note and get through the exam. The end result, people on roads know how to drive. No reservation System Discrimination in Germany is a big no-no. Specially for government and educational institutions. Only in India, we talk about how racist Europeans and Americans are, and yet follow a reservation system that discriminates (against) people based on their caste! I would appreciate if the reservation system is based on (the) financial situation of an individual rather than his caste.By Sowmya Sangam

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7 Simple Ways to Create a Happy Home May 25, 2019 06:01

All the elements in your house play a vital role in influencing your mood. Your home’s design can have a major, scientifically-proven impact on the way you feel each day. In fact, your abode creates a lot of weight when it comes to creating a happy life. Natural Light Lack of sunlight can make people feel depressive. Thus it' is very important to make sure that you allow as much light into your home as possible. Opt for lighter plain curtains that let natural light to flow through them rather than heavy, thick curtains which obstruct the light. If you don't get enough natural light in your home, you can install lights which feature LED technology that is fairly close to sunlight. Play with Plants Greenery is packed with ways to make you feel good. Apart from purifying the air you breathe each day, they can also make you feel calmer and improve your concentration. If you are worried about their maintenance, then there are plenty of low-maintenance options too, like air plants and succulents. Pick a Right Color According to studies, some colors can drag you down while others can energize you, and still more will evoke feelings of calm and relaxation. That being so while planning your space’s revival, think about the way you want to feel in the room. keep in mind that the way colors make one feel is subjective, so be certain to pay attention to your unique vibe with a hue over anything else. Simplify Your Space Researchers discovered that the more items we have cluttering up our line of vision, the more difficult it is to focus, which can lead to feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So, take a cue from the ever-popular minimalist aesthetic and work on decluttering and simplifying your space. Go for Handmade Things When you buy a traditional handmade object, you are buying a one-of-a-kind art piece that has been created through timeless craftsmanship and emotions. Adding your interiors with such pieces, infuse life into your space. Personalize the Bathroom If you don't live alone, sometimes the bathroom is the only space you get to have all for yourself. It is the perfect private place to get a little me time and revitalize yourself, so personalize the bathroom by turning it into a more cozy room in the home. You can hang up pictures, put up a happy quote that you like or have scented candles and some of the little favorite things that you love in the bathroom. Make Your Home Smell Good Smell has a very strong impact on our mood. A pleasant smell can enhance our mood significantly, while unpleasant smells can irritate us and disturb us. There are many ways you can make your home smell good from incense sticks to scented candles. By Sowmya Sangam

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Allu Arjun and Trivikram Film to Release in Summer 2020 May 25, 2019 05:37

Stylish Star Allu Arjun has been shattered with the disaster of Naa Peru Surya last year. The actor after a break for a year started shooting for his next film directed by Trivikram Srinivas. The first schedule of the film got completed and Trivikram is currently busy with the script work of the second half. The next schedule starts next month and Nanna Nenu, Alakananda are the considered titles for this emotional entertainer. With Dasara occupied with Syeraa, the makers of the film decided to release the movie during summer next year. Allu Arjun will take enough breaks and will shoot on a slow pace for the film. Pooja Hegde and Kethika Sharma are the heroines and SS Thaman is composing the music. Jayaram, Tabu and Boman Irani will be seen in other crucial roles in this film that is produced by Geetha Arts, Haarika and Hassine Creations.  

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This is How Desis Abroad kept Close Tab on Indian General Election Results May 24, 2019 12:39

Entire India on Thursday was tied up to television sets and phones with the Lok Sabha election results being declared. But, what caught attention is Indians abroad having the very excitement and curiosity. Indians living outside the country - in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand - have booked halls and other venues to live stream the result. The Non-Resident Indians in Melbourne gathered at a local restaurant - Desi Chatka Indian Street Food - to watch the screening and have discussions while sipping masala tea.Talking to TOI, one of the NRIs Maninder Singh Virk, said: “This place (Victoria) is a hub of NRIs and I am sure that the organizers will have to host a lot of regulars, as people are very excited to be a part of the event.” #ElectionResults2019: Bharatiya Janata Party supporters in Australia's Sydney and Melbourne celebrate as trends show party leading on 292 seats. pic.twitter.com/WphGVy1KeP — ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2019 Whereas in New Zealand, news portals Indian News, Apnu Gujarat, and Apna Bharat have booked Balmoral Community Hall in Auckland for the live screening and served refreshments to the attendees. Besides, screenings also took place in London and the U.S. (at Woodbury 10 Theatre in Minneapolis).NRIs from Orlando organized an event called 'Vijay Sankalp' at Park Square Homes offering food, beverage, and other entertainment.By Sowmya Sangam

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Here Are Some Foods to Ease Your Anxiety May 24, 2019 11:59

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 worldwide suffers from anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1 percent of the population each year. Although anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9 percent of those suffering receive treatment.According to a new study published in the journal General Psychiatry, people with anxiety symptoms may find relief from using probiotic and non-probiotic supplements and foods to help regulate gut bacteria. The study found that having foods like curd regulates the gut's microbiota and improve anxiety symptoms.Here are a few other foods that help fight/ stave off anxiety: BerriesBlueberries, strawberries, raspberries and even blackberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that have numerous health benefits. They are all good source of vitamin C which can help in combating stress to a great extent.SalmonThe fish contains nutrients that promote brain health, including vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which may help regulate the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which can have calming and relaxing properties.ChamomileThe herb contains high amounts of antioxidants which have been proven to cut down inflammation, which might reduce the risk of anxiety. In fact, a study found those who consumed chamomile extract for eight weeks saw reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.Dark ChocolateDark chocolate contains flavonols, which are antioxidants that may benefit brain function. They do this by improving blood flow to the brain and promoting its ability to adapt to stressful situations. Green TeaIt contains L-theanine, an amino acid that has been studied for the positive effects it may have on brain health and anxiety reduction. As a matter of fact, a study even found that those who drank a beverage that contained L-theanine had reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone linked with anxiety.TurmericThe spice contains curcumin, a compound that promotes brain health and prevents anxiety disorders. Curcumin may boost omega-3 fatty acid DHA in the brain by helping the body produce it more effectively. Curcumin also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent damage to brain cells.EggsEgg yolks are another great source of vitamin D and also an excellent source of protein. It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids the body needs for growth and development.Eggs as well contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that helps create serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, sleep, memory, and behavior. Serotonin is also thought to improve brain function and relieve anxiety.By Sowmya Sangam

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Sita Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew May 24, 2019 11:31

Sita is the story of an arrogant modern girl Sita (Kajal Aggarwal) who gets into a tiff with a local MLA Basava (Sonu Sood) over a land issue. After continuous troubles from Basava, Sita decides to meet Raghu Ram (Bellamkonda Sreenivas) who stays in Bhutan. The rest of Sita is all about a Rs 5000 crore deal and how Ram overshines and saves Sita in all the instances. Watch Sita to come to know if the duo gets married.

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Akhil's Fourth Film Launched May 24, 2019 09:05

Akhil Akkineni is yet to taste the much needed hit. The actor is desperate of success and after three back to back disasters, he signed his fourth film. Mega producer Allu Aravind took the responsibility of the project. Bommarillu Bhaskar will direct the project which is said to be a family entertainer. The movie got its official launch today and the regular shoot will commence from the mid of June. The female lead is being finalized and will be officially announced soon. Allu Aravind presents @AkhilAkkineni8 's #Akhil4 #GA2 Production no 5 Launched Today!Directed by #BommarilluBhaskar Music by #GopiSunder Cinematography by #VManikandan Produced by #BunnyVas & #VasuVarma Under @GA2Official pic.twitter.com/l46lIF9Nt7 — Geetha Arts (@GeethaArts) May 24, 2019 The movie has been launched with a pooja ceremony and Allu Aravind, Nagarjuna, Amala Akkineni attended the event as special guests. The regular shoot commences from June this year and the shoot of this film will be completed in quick schedules. The makers are in plans to release this family entertainer during Christmas. Gopi Sunder is the music composer and GA2 Pictures are the producers.  

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