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Here’s how to make your pet’s life easier while travelling




New Delhi, March 12: If you are planning to travel with your pet, keep dog wipes, water bow, food treats and essentials handy to make the trip memorable for you and your furry friends as well, say experts.

Rashi Narang, Creative Director at Heads Up For Tails, and Amol Sharma, Founder at PetSutra, have listed essential tips:

* Avoid feeding your pet food or water right before you set out. The moving vehicle may induce vomit if your pet has just eaten. Give your pet water frequently but in less quantity. This will keep them hydrated.

* If it’s a road trip, make a pit stop every few hours to let your pet step out of the car and attend to nature’s call, if required. It will also help them get some air and relieve nausea.

* Do not overfeed your pet and keep food restricted to only basics. Keep a few treats handy to satiate your pet’s urge to eat/out of turn hunger pangs.

* Carry portable or foldable food and water bowl for your pet as they do not occupy any space and have negligible weight. They are also easy to clean up after meals and can easily fit into your hand bag.

* Carry plenty of dog wipes to wipe off your pet’s face and paws that may have caught on dust/dirt due to being in the outdoors.

* Since it’s nearly impossible to carry your animal’s bed with you during travel, you can carry a rolled up mat instead which works as a good substitute to bed and ensures your pet has his own space to rest.

* Carrying basic and necessary medicines is important as you may not always find suitable emergency medicines for your furry friend at your place of travel.

* Being crated is as important for pets just as seat belts are paramount for human safety. It is safest to have your pet crated to avoid a missile kind of launch in case of sudden braking. Plus, if your pet moves around too much, it could be a big distraction for the driver.

But in case you are too adverse to the idea of crating, please ensure that the pet is in the rear section of the vehicle with someone along with it.

* In case you are flying, there are certain norms of transportation followed by airlines which need to be adhered to, but try to ensure you too are boarded on the same flight. Most cabin crews are aware if there are pets on board and they can be of help.

* While choosing an accommodation, ensure it is pet-friendly. It’s always good to take your animal for a quick walk when you reach the destination. This would help reduce anxiety. But yes, do yourself and others a favour by carrying a potty scooper and some disposal bags. It reflects very poorly if you litter the entire place.

* Carry some accessories such as a collar and leash, your pet’s favourite toy and a wearable tracker.


Make-up tips for a summer wedding



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New Delhi, March 16: There is nothing that sounds more beautiful than the idea of a summer wedding. What is not pretty, however, is the melting makeup, especially if its your wedding day.

Since the summer season has started, Shinjini Chawla, wedding make up expert at and Komal Kapoor, Founder at Koko Glam, compile a list of tips for makeup that does not suffer a meltdown.

* Foundation: Get the basics right!
* Apply an anti-shine product on your face just before applying the foundation.
* Hydrate your skin with lightweight essence or serum. Moisturizer cream is also great for giving a dewy look and provides a great texture to the skin
* Use a spot concealer on areas with blemishes, under the eyes or around the corners of your nose. A spot concealer stays longer than a foundation.
* Always double-cleanse as your skin produces a lot more oil and sebum. Oil cleansers are extremely beneficial to let the skin cool off first and then use the cleansing product.
* The final touch – After the application of foundation, powder your face with a brush.

* Blush: For the blushing bride
* Exfoliate the skin thoroughly- excess oil leads to more dead skin cells. For ensuring a fresh face for any outdoor celebration, sheet masks are very useful as they remove the excess impurities.
* Go for powder blushes instead of creamy formulas that will make your skin appear oily.
* The beating sun will add an extra sheen to your face anyway, so use a bronzer that does not have too much shimmer.

* Eyes: Smoky eyes or the classic look?
* Apply the concealer you have used on your face, all over your eye-lids to maintain uniformity.
* Eyeliners are a popular choice to make your eyes appear big and beautiful.
* Waterproof your eyes- Use a great eye base, then use a smudge-free eyeliner and a water-proof mascara. This will prepare you for the moments when you want to let go of yourself in the moment by shedding a tear or two.
* Finally, use a powder eye shadow and dab two layers of it, from the lash line to the brow.

* Lips: Let your lips do all the talking!
* Pick the classic summer colour according to your skin tone. Shades of pinks and nudes work best in a day wedding.
* Colour in your entire mouth with a lip pencil so your lip stick does not bleed in the heat.
* After applying the lipstick, blot it with a tissue. Apply a touch of gloss on the lips so they do not appear chapped.
* Finally, apply the lipstick concealer to seal the deal.

* Conclusively, sunscreens are a must for day events. High SPF reduces the burning and PA+++ reduce dark spots. Hence using a sunscreen that is suited to your skin is crucial.


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Salary hike correlated to ease of falling asleep: Survey



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New Delhi, March 15: Having trouble sleeping? Your salary might be one of the reasons behind it.

There is a direct correlation between increasing salary and ease of falling asleep, according to a survey.

The India Sleep and Wellness survey, released ahead of the World Sleep Day, was commissioned by Sunday Mattresses and was conducted among 345 working professionals above the age of 25, read a statement.

The survey, conducted across Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, indicates that there is also a direct correlation between productivity and sleep.

Over two-thirds of the sound sleepers believe they are 100 per cent productive at work. whereas more than half of those who reported getting insufficient sleep, believed they were only 75 per cent (or less) productive.

People below the age group of 30 sleep better compared to those who are older. Adults over 30 are twice as likely to have sleep-related problems and adults over 45 years are three times more likely to have sleep-related issues.

Almost 40 per cent of people use an alarm to wake up. This is significantly high in Mumbai where 50 per cent of the respondents use an alarm on a daily basis.

People in Bengaluru go to bed the earliest (between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.), whereas Mumbai has the highest proportion of night owls who sleep after midnight. Bengaluru also has a better record of falling asleep as compared to Delhi and Mumbai and this is mainly attributed to relatively lower noise levels.

The research demonstrates that people who eat less than two hours before going to sleep are 50 per cent more likely to have sleep-related issues.


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118 gender bias charges against Microsoft in 7 years




San Francisco, March 14: Women employees in technical roles filed 118 gender discrimination complaints with Microsoft between 2010 and 2016 but the tech giant concluded that just one of those complaints was “founded”, media reported.

Citing court documents filed by plaintiffs in an ongoing suit against Microsoft, The Seattle Times reported late on Tuesday that female employees raised issues about the biased treatment to the Microsoft HR department a total of 238 times.

The lawsuit, filed in District Court in Seattle, seeks class-action status which could add more than 8,600 women to the case.

“Women in the class lost out on up to $238 million in pay and 500 promotions because of widespread discrimination, largely within the company’s performance-review process that determines pay and promotions for employees,” the report noted.

The plaintiffs argued that men in similar roles with similar job performance were promoted faster and given more raises than their female colleagues.

A Microsoft spokesperson was quoted as saying that all employee concerns are taken seriously and that the company has a “fair and robust system in place” to investigate them.

But plaintiffs claim that employees have “little faith” in the investigative process.

In 2017, Microsoft had a global workforce of more than 120,000 people and about 25.9 per cent was female. The technical employees were 19 percent female.


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