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New Delhi, Aug 29: When it comes to the bathroom, no detail is too small to miss. Tiles replicating real wood, stone, rimless water closets, copper or gold fittings, tend to make a statement and can make your bathroom look more luxurious, suggest experts.

Abhishek Somany, Managing Director at Somany Ceramics, and Manish Bhatia, President – Building Products Division at Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries Limited, have listed the new trends that could amp up your bathroom:

* Dress up your walls and floors:

Statement wall and flooring not only add the desired dash of glamour, but also create a defining theme to pull the rest of the bathroom together.

Tiles are a timeless update. Tile options replicating natural materials such as wood, metal and stone available in both unpolished and polished finishes can turn a simple small bathroom around.

* Be tech-smart:

Today’s luxury bathrooms are not only spa-like retreats, but are luxurious space stations high on technology. Therefore, it is time we jump onto the tech-savvy parade with smart fittings such rimless range of water closets.

Bold and beautiful, the water closets offer clean simple lines and contemporary styling suitable for any bathroom.

Another option is an avant-garde music shower, which not only enables you to flip your hair in the shower to your favourite tunes, but also answer important calls.

* Ornament it with faucets:

To recreate the charm and elegance of the yesteryears, move beyond the contemporary sleek styling, and look towards Neo-Rococo period.

Opt for statement copper or gold fittings, free standing baths or showers, and statement vanities. Subtle finishes, such as rose gold, look great on taps, showers and handles, are in demand.

* Soak it up in bathtubs:

Nothing oozes indulgence like a statement bathtub. Whether you are going for a rustic Italian theme or a contemporary chic décor, freestanding or attached, nothing brings the room alive like a soak tub that is nothing less than a piece of art.

* Light it bright:

The correct use of light can affect the overall ambience and the look of a bathroom. While lots of light can brighten up the space and add a certain grandeur to the bathroom, subtle and accent lighting can also be used to strategically highlight specific areas.

Overhead lighting in the form of exquisite chandeliers and lamps can also be used to add definition to your bathroom.



Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal tests positive for COVID-19




Bishop Franco Mulakkal

Chandigarh, Jul 14 : Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, has tested positive for coronavirus, a Health Department official said on Tuesday.

A Kottayam court in Kerala had on Monday cancelled Mulakkal’s bail for his failure to appear for the trial in the rape case and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

“He (Mulakkal) has tested positive for coronavirus,” said COVID-19 nodal officer for Jalandhar, T P Singh.

Mulakkal’s report, confirming him to be positive for COVID-19, came on Monday evening, he added.

The rape case against the Bishop was registered by Kottayam district police in Kerala.

In her complaint to the police in June 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the Bishop between 2014 and 2016.

The bishop, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team which probed the case, has been charged with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.

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More people could slip into hunger as result of COVID-19: UN Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic is making things even worse. Many more people could slip into hunger this year, he said.




Antonio Guterres

United Nations, July 14 : UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that many more people could slip into hunger this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He sounded the alarm in a video message on Monday during the launch of “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020” report, which says almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019, up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years, Xinhua news agency reported.

“This year’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report sends a sobering message. In much of the world, hunger remains deeply entrenched and is rising,” said Guterres in the video message.

The COVID-19 pandemic is making things even worse. Many more people could slip into hunger this year, he said.

“The report is clear: if the current trend continues, we will not achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 — zero hunger — by 2030.”

Guterres said transformation can begin now. Investments in COVID-19 response and recovery need to help deliver on the longer-term goal of a more inclusive and sustainable world.

“We must make food systems more sustainable, resilient and inclusive — for people and the planet.”

He said he will convene a Food Systems Summit next year. “We must make healthy diets affordable and accessible for everyone.”

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Study reveals new strategies to control Covid-19 pandemic



Social Distancing in Mizoram

London, July 13 : Strategies for the safe reopening of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic must recognise that preserving people’s health is as important as reviving the economy, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

In the study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, the research team examined three community-based exit strategies, and recommended their scopes, limitations and the appropriate application in the LMICs.

The three approaches considered are sustained mitigation, zonal lockdowns and rolling lockdowns. “Successfully re-opening a country requires consideration of both the economic and social costs,” said study lead author Rajiv Chowdhury from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

“Governments should approach these options with a mind-set that health and economy both are equally important to protect – reviving the economy should not take priority over preserving people”s health,” he added.

The study also revealed that strategies need to be based on the local epidemic growth rate at the time, social and economic costs, existing health systems capabilities and detailed plans to implement.

Sustained ”mitigation-only” approaches such as those adopted in the UK, Switzerland and other European countries, involve basic prevention measures such as mask-wearing, physical distancing and the isolation of positive cases after testing.

Zonal lockdowns approach involves identifying and ”cordoning off” new outbreak clusters with a high number of cases, keeping contact between zones and containing the disease within a small geographic area.

However, the authors point out that any successful implementation of zonal lockdown requires regular data feedback operations in real-time to identify hotspots, including information on newly confirmed cases, updated region-specific reproduction and growth rates, and deaths by age.

Additionally, control of transmission within zones may be an enormous undertaking. For example, in India, where this approach has been employed, the infection size within a cordoned zone can be as high as 100-200 times outside the zone.

Intermittent rolling lockdowns are now advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in various LMICs. These involve implementing strict social distancing for a set number of days before a period of relaxation. Rolling lockdowns may be particularly useful in LMICs with dense populations, where this is a high potential for contact, weak health systems and poor contact tracing.

“These three strategies should not be considered as one or the other. A country should further adapt and could combine them as needed,” the authors wrote.

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