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US SC blocks implementation of Louisiana abortion law

The Thursday ruling disappointed pro-life groups, who want the Supreme Court to reverse the abortion law, which was legalized in 1973.

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Washington, Feb 8 (IANS) The US Supreme Court has blocked the implementation of a restrictive abortion law in the state of Louisiana in a 5-4 ruling.

In the 5-4 ruling issued late Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing to stay the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which requires physicians to hold “active admitting privileges” at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where abortion care is provided, the Hill newspaper reported.

Women’s groups argue that the law has no medical justification and would restrict abortion. Abortion rights advocates welcomed the court’s order, only hours before the law was to go into effect.

“The Supreme Court has stepped in under the wire to protect the rights of Louisiana women,” Nancy Northup, the President of the Centre for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement cited by the New York Times.

Around 10,000 women seek abortions in Louisiana every year, and, according to them, if the law came into force it will allow only one physician to carry out abortions in the state legally.

President Donald Trump’s two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were among the four conservative members of the court who voted in favour of the law’s implementation, according to Efe news.

Thursday’s decision on abortion was the first one by the Supreme Court on the hot-button issue since the controversial confirmation of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh had voted with the conservatives and filed a dissent where he said he would have allowed the law to come to force in the state to ascertain if it adversely affected women’s access to abortion.

The Thursday ruling disappointed pro-life groups, who want the Supreme Court to reverse the abortion law, which was legalized in 1973.

The top court had ruled a similar Texas law to be unconstitutional in 2016. In the 2016 decision, five justices – one conservative – had declared it unconstitutional as it was found to offer no benefits to women’s health while restricting women’s right to seek abortion.

In the last few years, several conservative states have imposed restrictions on abortions, citing religious rights or women’s health.

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Shop online safely and wisely for types of attires

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Shopping online is not just a trend but also a necessity in the modern time. Most of the people are seen shopping online to save time as well as money. But there are some general problems faced while shopping online like the size, colour and most importantly the safety. Every piece of clothing, one should have an idea of what you’re willing to spend. It becomes very irritating ordering online when the things ordered don’t turn out as per the expectation. It can also be said that online shopping has developed a global phenomenon and has endorsed customers the opportunity to sit back, relax and shop comfortably without the hassle. But for all others who want to shop online, here are some tips and tricks suggested by Benita Vira Sahani that will reduce the disappointment after buying online –

Be technically sound

This is the most important thing to be technically sound when buying online. While using the password use it securely and buy clothes from recognized websites only. Watch out for the Shopping App’s, do proper research on them, just don’t go for discounts while shopping. Avoid new unknown APP’s or sites, take guidance from people who have already shopped from these sites to save your displeasure. Don’t go experimental on new sites read the reviews before buying about the site and also talk with trustable sources who have bought from the site to be safe fully.

Check the fit

Check the dimensions given when you’re shopping online, measurements are given in the UK, US size while shopping online. Compare the size of the Indian standard size and with your own measurements before placing an order. Also one must spot the ‘made in tag’, sometimes one may think they are shopping from an international portal and end up buying clothes from local brands or same country.

Check for the colour and the fabric quality

Sometimes colour that was not ordered comes to us, causing a big disappointment. For the same one must check the colour chart and the fabric chart properly before finalizing on the attire that one wants to buy. The colour chart plays an important role while buying the clothes online. One must check the nearby colours and then finalize on one.

Check the packaging

If the packaging not as per the standard one must check the product/cloth properly in front of the delivery person and return if any problem is found. Opt for cash on delivery most of the time as it will save one from the process of refund.

It is observed that a lot of young generation and the working community like to shop online as it is convenient and sometimes it saves money also. The guidelines to be followed while shopping online to avoid frustration later is buy from a trusted website, check the tag and the price of the item properly, avid using public wi-fi, check the size properly and try to go for online delivery. By shopping online, make the occasion easier, so that one can avoid the mall rush while getting some last minute shopping done and get the best deals too.

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This extra-marital dating platform for the married keeping Indians busy

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New Delhi, Feb 19: It is time to move on from dating apps like Tinder or Bumble as a French online dating community platform called Gleeden – the world’s first extra-marital dating website for married people – is making waves in India.

Primarily marketed to women – specifically those who are already in a relationship – the platform was launched in France in 2009 and arrived in India in 2017.

Today, it has over 4.9 million registered users globally, mostly from the European Union. In India, it has crossed over 300,000 subscribers within less than two years of its launch. 

Gleeden.com is run by a female team and is completely free for women users.

However, “men are evaluated by women and are charged from anywhere from Rs 750 to Rs 9,500 to join the platform”, says the platform.

According to media reports, the age group is between 34 and 49 years. Several professionals such as lawyers, doctors and senior executives have joined the platform in India.

“I’ve met many charming men who have been very nice to me. I had a relationship with one of them for over a year. We have shared wonderful moments, we spent nights and even weekends together… Intimacy was important, but that was not the most important thing between us…,” writes Senorita30, a 38-year-old who has been married for 18 years, on Gleeden.com. 

A 44-year-old man who goes by the name “Dating4Fun” and married for 15 years, says he subscribed to Gleeden two years ago. 

“I’ve met different people, but that didn’t really lead anywhere at the beginning. First, I’ve lived a beautiful story with someone that ended up a few months later. I’ve been in an amazing new relationship for about eight months now. It feels so good!” he posted.

The platform says it guarantees anonymity and has a strict 24/7 moderation policy for a qualitative community of members.

In order to join the platform, one has to fill several personal details, like number of children, marital status, sexual orientation, occupation, income, smoker, figure, ethinicity, hair colour and length, eye colour and hobbies. 

“Free for women! For men, there is a credits-based system without obligation,” said the platform.

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Smoking may damage immunity of skin cancer patients: Study

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Smoking may damage the immune response against melanoma and limit patients’ survival chances, according to a new study.

Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked within a decade after their diagnosis, according to the study, published in the journal Cancer Research.

Other researchers have reported that smoking have adverse effects on the immune system, but it is not yet known which chemicals are responsible for this.

“The immune system is like an orchestra, with multiple pieces. This research suggests that smoking might disrupt how it works together in tune, allowing the musicians to continue playing but possibly in a more disorganised way,” said lead researcher Julia Newton-Bishop, Professor at the University of Leeds.

Smoking could directly affect how smokers’ bodies deal with the melanoma cancer cells, said the researchers.

“Overall, these results show that smoking could limit the chances of melanoma patients’ survival so it’s especially important that they are given all the support possible to give up smoking for good,” said Julie Sharp, head at Cancer Research UK in Britain.

This is the reason why people should try to give up smoking, particularly those who have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, suggested the researchers.

For the study, the team included more than 700 melanoma patients.

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