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New Delhi: Although invented with the aim of making life easier and convenient, the increasing use of smartphones and the internet by schoolgoing children and teenagers is slowly exposing them to less important and more addictive things like cyber bullying and online pornography, mental health experts have warned.


Coconut oil is most popular for its hydrating properties. It is suitable for all skin types and good for dry skin, dry patches and wounds, say experts.

Swati Kapoor, Co-Founder, SoulTree, Ragini Mehra, Founder, Beauty Source, and Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Make-up Expert, Oriflame India, tell different ways to use coconut oil for beauty regime.

* Coconut oil can be used as make-up remover as it is mild and gently removes all kind of make-up including waterproof make-up as well.


New Delhi: There was a time when romance steamed as a boy asked his girl out for coffee, and brewed when her family invited him over for a cup of tea at their home.

But the script has changed. The humble chai has undergone a sophisticated makeover, moving out of kitchens and dhabas to specialised tea salons and cafes that don't just mean cold coffee and cappuccino.

Coffee may not be everybody's cup of tea, entrepreneurs have realised.


Geneva: The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world has opened in Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt Matterhorn.

Located in south Switzerland, the steel bridge is 494 metres long and overtakes the “Titan-RT” bridge in Germany as the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, according to a press release from Zermatt Matterhorn.


New York: Ten-year-old Zion Harvey from the US who underwent a double hand transplant two years back — a first in a child — can not only write, feed and dress today but is able to play baseball using both hands.

World’s first bilateral hand and forearm transplantation in Harvey that heralded a revolution in transplant medicine, has been declared a success, scientists confirmed in notes that have appeared in the prestigious journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.


Kolkata: Anjali Saraogi is the first Indian woman to have run the complete 89 km stretch of the Comrades Marathon -- the world's oldest annual ultra-marathon between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in South Africa -- and won the Bill Rowden Medal for the effort.

This mother of a teenaged daughter is 43 -- an age when many athletes hang up their boots -- and has proven yet again that age is just a number.


Thiruvananthapuram: Breaking into male bastion, around 300 women have turned well-diggers in a nondescript village in northern Palakkad district of Kerala to find a solution to the acute water scarcity in the hamlet and earn a living.

Even elderly women climb down pits using makeshift bamboo ladders and dig arduously for hours using pickaxe and shovel, removing mud and clay in search of water sources in Pookkottukavu, a village panchayat.


Rohingya refugees (Representational image source: AFP)

Chennai: None would believe Mohammed Yusuf and Abdul Shakoor are rag pickers.

They are among 94 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar living near here after fleeing their home land in 2012 amid deadly sectarian violence that had displaced tens of thousands of their community members.

Neatly dressed and, clean shaven, the duo present a picture of contrast to the squalor all around their dwelling unit, a ramshackle government-run cyclone shelter at Kelambakkam on the city outskirts.


New Delhi: Like the first Dalit president K R Narayanan, NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind has risen from a modest background but the two dalit leaders took different paths to reach the zenith of their public life.

The election of Kovind, 71, as India's 14th President is a virtual certainty with several non-NDA parties too lending their support to BJP's surprise candidature of the low profile dalit leader and a former lawyer.


For Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari, that's the leitmotif of not just his life but also his art.

Five years ago, when Syria was on the brink of civil war, Omari left his homeland to take refuge in an asylum in Brussels. Driven by the anguish of displacement, he turned to his art to make an incisive political statement, portraying some of the world's most powerful leaders as refugees.