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More women opting for work from home for work-life balance: Survey

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New Delhi, May 11 : More and more women in the age group of 35-45 years are opting for jobs which give them the option of working from home (WFH) even at lesser salaries and lower scale of the corporate hierarchy for the sake of striking a good balance between their family interests and career opportunities, says a survey.

The survey, conducted jointly by industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and job portal GharSeNaukri (GSN), found that women from Delhi-NCR, with good work experience and professional qualifications, are the ones opting for maximum WFH, followed by Karnataka and Mumbai in Maharashtra.

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Of the respondents in the survey, 20 per cent women from Delhi-NCR said they would like to opt for WFH while in Bengaluru and other major cities of Karnataka this figure was 12 per cent and 10 per cent for Mumbai.

The trend is yet to catch up in non-metros as there are lesser job opportunities for women in those cities, excepting for low-end ones in the value chain.

The survey found that with increasing problems of commuting, pressure of nuclear families and lack of organised system of domestic help, more and more career women are “sacrificing” their growth opportunities and instead looking for WFH.

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In times of high cost of living, as per the survey, contribution to family income is among the top reasons why women work again (37.9 per cent), besides standing shoulder to shoulder with the menfolk to do well in life.

“The IT & ITeS sector can offer the maximum potential for work from home, followed by graphic designing and content writing, while at the lower end of value chain, tele-marketing and data entry are the options,” it said.

The empirical study was conducted with a cross-section of 1,200 women employees/registered jobseekers on the GSN portal. The majority of respondents (62 per cent) fell under 1-10 years’ experience category, out of which 50 per cent had 1-5 years’ experience.

The highest number of women job seekers registered with the GSN portal were in the age group of 35-45 years. This might reflect that perhaps young women had the responsibility of child care and preferred to opt for jobs with flexible work options, it said.

Nearly 70 per cent of the employers agreed that work from home option would increase their organisation’s productivity, as women hired would balance family and work. Similarly, 80 per cent opined it would be profitable to hire women on part-time basis or work from home to cut down overhead expenses.

Nearly 75 per cent employers believed that work from home option with flexible hours would have a higher retention rate of employees and develop a brigade of professionals who were connected to a company, knew its work culture and yet worked from home to fulfil targets.

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Now, TV’s other ‘Ramayan’ returns on Ram Navami

The 56-episode “Ramayan” is directed by Mukesh Singh, Pawan Parkhi and Rajesh Shikhre.

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Mumbai, April 1 : With Ramanand Sagar’s popular eighties mythological serial “Ramayan” returning on Doordarshan to entertain viewers amid the nationwide lockdown, another “Ramayan”, which had originally released in 2012 on Zee Tv, is also set to re-telecast from Ram Navami on April 2.

The show, which ran from August 12, 2012 to September 1, 2013, casts Gagan Malik as Ram, Neha Sargam as Sita, Malhar Pandya as Hanuman
and Sachin Tyagi as Ravan. It also features familiar faces such as Shikha Swaroop, Rucha Gujarathi and Divyanka Tripathi in various roles.

The 56-episode “Ramayan” is directed by Mukesh Singh, Pawan Parkhi and Rajesh Shikhre.

” ‘Ramayan’ undoubtedly is one of the greatest and timeless Indian epic tales, read and loved by all. What better day to celebrate this eternal saga of Lord Ram than Ram Navami itself? Knowing the devotional fervour with which families across India celebrate this day, this year amidst the countrywide lockdown, we chose to bring Lord Ram closer to our viewer’s hearts and homes through this show,” said Vishnu Shankar, Business Head, &TV.

“As the entire country unitedly fights the threat amidst us, there’s nothing better to bring the entire family together than this epic battle between good and evil,” he added.

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Air pollution linked to increased dementia risk

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New Delhi : People continuously exposed to air pollution are at increased risk of dementia, especially if they also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, warn researchers.

According to the study, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) who live in polluted environments may require additional support from care providers to prevent dementia.

“Interestingly, we were able to establish harmful effects on human health at levels below current air pollution standards,” said study first author Giulia Grande from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

“The findings suggest air pollution does play a role in the development of dementia, and mainly through the intermediate step of cardiovascular disease and especially stroke,” Grande added.

According to the study, the number of people living with dementia is projected to triple in the next 30 years globally. No curative treatment has been identified and the search for modifiable risk and protective factors remains a public health priority.

Recent studies have linked both cardiovascular disease and air pollution to the development of dementia, but findings on the air pollution-link have been scarce and inconsistent.

To reach the conclusion, the researchers examined the link between long-term exposure to air pollution and dementia and what role cardiovascular diseases play in that association.

Almost 3,000 adults with an average age of 74 and living in the Kungsholmen district in central Stockholm were followed for up to 11 years. Of those, 364 people developed dementia.

The annual average level of particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in width (PM2.5) are considered low compared to international standards.

For the last five years of exposure, the risk of dementia increased by more than 50 per cent per interquartile range (IQR) difference in mean PM2.5 levels and by 14 per cent per IQR in nitrogen oxide, the researchers said.

Earlier exposures seemed less important. Heart failure and ischemic heart disease both enhanced the dementia risk and stroke explained almost 50 per cent of air pollution-related dementia cases.

Air pollution is an established risk factor for cardiovascular health and because CVD accelerates cognitive decline.

“We believe exposure to air pollution might negatively affect cognition indirectly,” said Grande. “In the study, virtually all of the association of air pollution with dementia seemed to be through the presence or the development of CVD, adding more reason to reduce emissions and optimize treatment of concurrent CVD and related risk factors, particularly for people living in the most polluted areas of our cities,” she added.


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Order for cremation of all Mumbai Covid-19 fatalities revised

The person concerned would be fully responsible for his actions and those found flouting the directives would be liable for penal action, said the MCGM chief.

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Mumbai, March 30 : Not willing to risk infections even after death, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Monday decided to cremate all victims of Covid-19 irrespective of their religion, but later revised the order to allow an exception.

In a significant order, MCGM Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had decreed that the dead bodies of all Covid-19 victims must be cremated at the nearest crematorium irrespective of the religion to which they belong.

He justified the move, saying a religious community leader had brought to his notice that burial grounds for Muslim or Christians are located in densely populated localities of Mumbai, posing a high risk of contamination to their surrounding community or residential areas.

However, for those who insist on holding the burial, would be allowed, provided the burial ground is big enough to rule out the possibility of spreading the virus in the neighbourhood.

The civic chief had barred any such burials in Mumbai limits, but after the intervention of the state government, the previous order was withdrawn and a revised order was issued.

Pardeshi also said that any rituals involving the touching of the body are barred and not more than five persons shall be permitted to attend any such funeral.

The MCGM has further banned the procedure of packaging the victim’s body in a plastic bag and burying it in a cemetery on the grounds that it would prevent early decomposition and the risk of the future spread of coronavirus would continue.

The hospitals must inform the police station concerned of any coronavirus death and then hand over the body for cremation and cemetery staff must use all protective gears like masks, gloves, etc, Pardeshi said.

In case of opting for burial, the family concerned would have to make all arrangements including transportation and follow the relevant guidelines/precautions for the disposal of Covid-19 victims, he said.

The persons concerned would be fully responsible for their actions and those found flouting the directives would be liable for penal action, said the MCGM chief.

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