Woman marries minor boy in Mumbai, held for sexual assault

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy's mother.

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy’s mother. (Representational image | Reuters)

A 22-year-old woman was arrested earlier this month for marrying a 17-year-old boy and allegedly sexually assaulting him.

The woman is currently lodged at the Byculla jail along with her five-month-old daughter — her child with the minor boy. She has approached the Mumbai sessions court for bail.

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy’s mother. In the complaint, the mother has alleged that the woman had threatened them she would harm herself if she was not allowed to live with them. Following this, the boy left home, his mother claimed.

The case against her is registered under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act as well as Child Marriage Act at the Kurla police station. The definition of a “child” under the Child Marriage Act means a male who is under 21 years of age and a female who has not yet turned 18.

The police complaint filed by the minor’s mother alleged that the woman had “enticed” her son and that she was a two-time divorcee.

The mother said that she has two daughters aged 20 and 18 and her son is 17 years and eight months old. She further stated that her son and the woman had been in contact for two years. She also said her son informed his father that the woman had been threatening to commit suicide.


More resources needed to improve ‘grossly inadequate’ health services for skin disorders in Hong Kong, dermatologist warns

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To veteran dermatologist Tommy Luk Nai-ming, a 23-year-old Hong Kong woman’s suicide note last month saying her eczema left her feeling she would be better “dead than alive” underscored how distressing skin disorders could be.

“Skin diseases can lead to many psychological problems,” said Luk, who retired in 2015 after spending more than 20 years treating skin conditions in Hong Kong’s government hospitals and clinics.

It was not known if the woman – whose parents were also found dead with stab wounds in their home – received treatment from the public sector.

But to Luk, it was a stark reminder of the need for more resources to develop public dermatology services, which he described as “grossly inadequate”.

To give the poor and elderly a “helping hand”, the 64-year-old provides free consultations and runs the non-profit Hong Kong Dermatology Foundation to raise awareness of skin conditions.

Luk, a former senior medical officer with the Department of Health, proposed restructuring the department’s Social Hygiene Service, under which dermatology services and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases are lumped together.

This is common in some countries but other developed economies, such as Britain, have made dermatology a separate medical service.

Doing the same in Hong Kong would mean the specialty received targeted resources and this would improve treatment options for disorders, Luk said.

“The department has placed a higher priority on sexually transmitted diseases … as they are infectious diseases,” he said, agreeing that curbing the spread of such diseases was critical.

But he stressed that proper treatment of skin diseases, which might be misunderstood by some people as being for cosmetic purposes only, was equally important for patients’ well-being.

Twice a week the foundation’s clinic in Yau Ma Tei, Luk offers free skin consultations to underprivileged patients referred from partnering non-governmental organisations, including those serving the elderly or people with intellectual disabilities.

More than 440 patients have benefited since the free service started in 2016.

Luk said there had not been much progress in treating skin diseases in the public sector; for instance, the options were roughly the same now as about 20 years ago. Yet there are more than 2,000 skin diseases and, globally, there have been advances in how they are understood and treated, he added.

Last year, more than 236,000 patient attendances were recorded at clinics under the Social Hygiene Service unit for skin problems while the number was over 86,000 for sexually transmitted diseases.

Only about 30 doctors work in the unit but they do not treat HIV/Aids patients who are handled by the department’s Special Preventive Programme.

A patient could wait more than three years to see a doctor.

Meanwhile, only two public hospitals – Prince of Wales and Queen Mary – have their own dermatologists working there.

Dr Leung Sze-kee, president of the Hong Kong College of Dermatologists, said ideally the two services should be separated in the long run, but the unit needed more doctors first.

“There would be even less manpower for dermatology if the current two services were separated in the public sector,” Leung said.

Private dermatologist Dr Kingsley Chan Hau-ngai said a public-private partnership scheme could be introduced to provide public patients with better access to skin services.

The department said it planned to increase the number of doctors in the Social Hygiene Service unit this year to improve treatment for those with severe psoriasis and other serious skin diseases. However, it had no plans to split the dermatology and sexually transmitted disease services.

The Food and Health Bureau said it would continue to monitor the service’s manpower and enhance its provision as appropriate. The Hospital Authority said it would work closely with the department to explore the strengthening of specialist training in dermatology and service provision in public hospitals.


Turmeric tea for weight loss? You have more options in ginger, lemon and green tea

Best tea for weight loss: The benefits of green tea, say fitness experts, are many. It helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells in the body.

The aroma of tea brewing over a burner is the perfect sight in the monsoons. And what’s better is the fact that you can lose weight while sipping on some hot chai. Though our milky chai has not been associated with weight loss, the newer varieties available in the market promise instant weight loss. In fact nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages her clients to drink milky chai for its many benefits. Many fitness experts count turmeric tea, ginger, lemon and green tea among the best tea for weight loss.

Green tea, which has been immensely popular in the past decade, has anti-cancer properties apart from weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism process by directly acting at the cellular level and thereby helping the fat burn rate in the body. White tea, which is a purer form of tea, inhibits the production of fat cells and also helps in weight loss,” says Harish Mohan, founder SipWise, a beverage brand.

Here’s a list of some other teas to try for weight loss

Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea accelerates digestion, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss. Turmeric has a bioactive compound called curcuminoids – curcumin, which has many powerful medicinal healing properties. “The curcumin in turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissues and helps reduce weight. Eating mindfully and drinking turmeric tea regularly could help restrict increase in fat cells,” says Payal Kothari, integrative nutritionist and life coach.

Green tea

Being a storehouse of many antioxidant compounds, it’s easy to assume that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages. This tea helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells. “This is a calorie-free drink and something that most weight-watchers swear by. Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that help suppress the production of free radicals in the body. It has also been shown to activate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity,” explains Delhi-based Sujata Sharma, who is a diabetes educator for the BeatO app.

Matcha tea

For the uninitiated, matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now, it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility — and also for its health benefits. “This green tea leaf powder is high in chlorophyll levels which promotes cell regeneration, detoxes and reboots the body keeping it healthy and inflammation free,” says Kothari. Apart from the health benefits like improving moods, memory and concentration, helping you relax, aiding in weight loss, matcha has taken a diverse transformation into the culinary world with chefs adding it to desserts, smoothies among other things.

Ginger, lemon, mint herbal tea

“If consumed on a daily basis, this concoction acts as a great immunity booster with its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for all ages,” says Kothari. Just a cup of this healing tea can help detoxify and makes the body alkaline. It is easier to lose weight when the body is in alkaline mode.


After 57 years of technology focus, IIT-Delhi set for a makeover

IIT Delhi campus. Photo: HT

IIT Delhi campus. Photo: HT

New Delhi: After nearly six decades of technology focus, the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT-D) is set for a makeover – it will become a comprehensive multidisciplinary university.

Medical science, bio medical studies, public policy, design thinking, sustainability studies, executive education and non-degree program will soon find a place at IIT Delhi as it shifts its focus to become more inclusive in its approach.

The IIT announced its bigger plans Monday, days after it was awarded the institute of eminence (IoE) tag by the central government, and said that apart from a multi-disciplinary approach in education and research, it would be market-driven like IIMs to raise funds to fulfil its bigger makeover.

“We will branch out and do more of what we have not done yet. The financial plan is ready — we shall raise around Rs.1500 crore from our R&D work for achieving the target,” said V. Ramgopal Rao, director of IIT-Delhi.

By a conservative estimate, IIT-Delhi will be spending Rs 2500 crore including the Rs 1,000 crore IoE grant in enhancing its research facilities, physical infrastructure and outreach in the next five years, the IIT said.

Rao said from 2019, its new public policy school will admit students at masters and doctorate level, its design school will admit at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is starting doctorate courses with All India Institute of Medical Science in number of areas.

Advance computational systems including artificial intelligence and block-chain, biological and health-care systems, energy and environment, smart and sustainable infrastructure and habitat will be its new focus for developing excellence, the director said. He said they are investing Rs. 200 crore for a bio-research park in IIT-Delhi’s upcoming satellite campus in Jhajjhar in Haryana, and AIIMS will be partner for that as well.

Other than degree programs, the IIT said it will have short term courses like diplomas to cater to the need of the industry at large and such courses will be market driven and charged at market rates. For example, one year diploma in AI will cost around Rs.10 lakhs, more than three times the fee an IIT charges for its flagship four-year B-Tech courses.

“Customised courses at post graduate and diploma level will have market rates and we know with industry hubs around Delhi NCR, the demands will be significant,” said Sanjeev Sanghi, dean alumni and international programs at IIT-D.

The institute said, since they will be able to raise a lot of money from their internal resources including research, they will offer fellowships to attract foreign students to the campus and may offer enough salary to eager foreign professors to join IIT Delhi.

The institute has told the human resource development ministry to be in the top 100 global universities up from 172 right now in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings and in nine years they will be in top 50. Rao said, in 2017 despite their 172 position, they got zero marks in faculty-student ratio and international students. QS is an international ranking agency based in Britain. “We are making a structured effort to remove the shortcomings and you will see the difference gradually,” said M. Balakrishnan, deputy director IIT Delhi.

Balakrishnan said to enhance foreign students presence, they will focus on certain catchment countries and tie up with top universities for joint post-graduate and doctorate courses. “In next few months, you will see joint programs with top universities of Singapore, Taiwan, Australia etc. As part of this, you will see foreign students coming and staying here. At PhD level, we are looking at 1000 foreign scholars at IIT-D campus in next five years,” Rao added.


Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi TV 4, and Mi TV 4A Flash Sales in India Today; Redmi 5A to Go Up for Pre-Orders

Redmi Note 5 Pro, Mi TV 4, and Mi TV 4A Flash Sales in India Today; Redmi 5A to Go Up for Pre-Orders

Xiaomi is holding flash sales for the Redmi Note 5 Pro, as well as the Mi TV 4 and Mi TV 4A models, at 12pm IST today. The flash sales will be held on both Mi.com as well as Flipkart. The company will also make the Redmi 5A available for “pre-order” on Mi.com at the same time. The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched back in February, but still remains popular, with Counterpoint’s Q2 India smartphone shipments report ranking it second on the top-selling smartphone list. The budget Redmi 5A (which was launched in November last year) topped that list, with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 (launched alongside the Redmi Note 5 Pro) taking the fourth spot.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, and goes up to Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. It will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. On Mi.com, the company is touting a Rs. 2,200 cashback with up to 4.5TB additional data on Jio, as well as a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music.

The Redmi 5A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, and goes up to Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant. It will be available in Blue, Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. The company is touting a Rs. 2,200 cashback with Jio Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 plans, apart from a 3-month subscription to Hungama Music. To recall, “pre-orders” on Mi.com are said to be a way to skip the queues of flash sales, and book the smartphone with an advance payment (no cash on delivery option) and a delivery time of 5 business days.

As for the televisions, the 55-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4 price in India is set at Rs. 44,999, and it comes with free 3-month subscriptions to Hungama Play and Sony LIV on Mi.com. The 43-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4Aprice in India is Rs. 22,999, and it has the same bundled offers on Mi.com, with a JioFi cashback offer in addition. The 32-inch Mi LED Smart TV 4A price in India is Rs. 13,999, and it has the same offers as the 43-inch model.


PSG Optimistic Over Fitness Of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar For Liverpool Showdown

PSG Optimistic Over Fitness Of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar For Liverpool Showdown

It has been a month marred by off-field controversies for Paris Saint-Germain, but it is the fitness of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar that casts the longest shadow over the French club ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League crunch clash against Liverpool. PSG go into the game at the Parc des Princes in third place in Group C, and a defeat against last season’s runners-up, coupled with a win for Napoli at home to Red Star Belgrade, would condemn the Qatar-owned side to an early elimination.

Such a prospect is unthinkable for a club with the ambitions of PSG, who are desperate to improve on consecutive exits from the Champions League in the last 16.


Tim Cook wakes up at 4 a.m.—here’s the rest of the morning routine that sets him up for success

Apple CEO Tim Cook prepares to greet customers that will purchase a new iPhone X at an Apple Store in Palo Alto, California.

Tim Cook knows how to get a jump on the competition.

Cook is one of many successful leaders who wake in the wee hours and rely on a strict morning routine that sets them up for success. The 58-year-old revealed in a recent Axios interview that he starts each day by rising just before 4 a.m.

He then spends the first hour of every morning reading user comments about Apple products. He says doing this helps him “focus on the external people that are so important to us.”

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple unveils new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City. Apple debuted a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro. 

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple unveils new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City. Apple debuted a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro.

Next, Cook gets in some morning exercise. “I go to the gym and work out for an hour,” he says, “because it keeps my stress at bay.”

Cook, who once described himself as a “fitness nut” in a Fortune interview, has a morning routine similar to those of many other successful leaders. In fact, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson have all talked about the importance of waking up early to exercise.

“I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career (and happy in my personal life) if I hadn’t always placed importance on my health and fitness,” Branson once wrote in a blog post.

And like lots of less famous folks, Cook is trying to use his smartphone less than he currently does, with the help of the iPhone’s new Screen Time feature. “My notifications are declining, the number of times I pick up a device are declining and the only reason they are is because we built this functionality into our operating system and I now know what I was doing,” he told Axios.

In October, Chris Bailey, author of “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distractions,” shared a few suggestions with CNBC Make It for those looking to kick a smartphone addiction, including putting the phone in grayscale, disabling notifications and leaving it in airplane mode for several hours each day. According to Bailey, for every minute you spend taming the many phone-related distractions you face, you gain an extra 10 minutes in productivity.


Market wreckage will spark ‘tremendous opportunities’ for investors, Prudential Financial’s Quincy Krosby predicts

Image result for Market wreckage will spark 'tremendous opportunities' for investors, Prudential Financial's Quincy Krosby predictsPrudential Financial’s Quincy Krosby has advice for investors: Let the stock market volatility work for you.

She’s confident the market’s wild swings will ultimately subside and generate strong upside.

“If the sell-off continues and it deepens, it’s going to provide tremendous opportunities as the market settles down,” the firm’s chief market strategist said Monday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.”

Stocks fell sharply Tuesday morning and the major indexes turned negative for the year.

Krosby isn’t ruling out a retest of October’s lows because of the uncertainty surrounding the market when it comes to Federal Reserve policy, the U.S.-China trade war and global growth jitters.

“If you have to go into the market now, we suggest you go into the defensive names,” she said, highlighting health care, consumer staples and utilities.

Her thoughts came as the major indexes kicked off another the week in sell-off mode. The tech-heavy Nasdaq slipped deeper into correction territory. It was off 10 percent over the past three months as of Monday’s closing. However, Krosby sees the wreckage in tech as an option for investors who have a strong risk tolerance.

“You may want to take a look at the ones that have been really beaten down,” said Krosby. “Cloud is not going away. Cybersecurity is not going away. But nonetheless, they’re going to have to probably sell off more as we see the tech names just basically being a source of funding perhaps for hedge funds right now. But this, too, shall pass.”

For investors with a weak stomach for volatility, she notes that sitting on the sidelines isn’t such a bad strategy either.

“If you can sit out and wait in cash, I think the opportunities are going to come to you,” she added.

And, she suggests that could happen before the end of the year.

Not too late for Santa Claus rally?

According to Krosby, it’s not too late for the markets to stage a Santa Claus rally. If the markets can muster the momentum, it’s possible stocks could end the year higher than current levels — especially if the Federal Reserve indicates it will hike fewer than four times between now and 2020 and the U.S.-China trade tensions ease.

“Any headline that comes in and changes our perception of those two major, major issues for the market could actually underpin a stronger turnaround before the end of this month,” Krosby said.


Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple said Monday it will offer new resources to open thousands of free “Hour of Code” sessions at its Apple Store facilities across the world to bring coding education to students. The Cupertino, California-based company said customers can register for coding education, made available through the Everyone Can Code programme, at the Apple Store locations from Dec. 1 through Dec 14, Xinhua news agency reported.

For the sixth year, Apple said it will host Hour of Code daily coding sessions through Today at Apple, which will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

Kids Hour sessions will help children aged six to 12 explore coding with robots, while those aged 12 and above can attend sessions using Swift Playgrounds and iPad to learn coding concepts, Apple said.

The sessions are part of Apple’s several programmes being unveiled to help more people learn coding skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Also on Monday, Apple encouraged teachers to attend its Computer Science Education Week, an educational campaign scheduled for early December to introduce computer science and coding to K-12 students.

Apple created a new Hour of Code Facilitator Guide to help teachers conduct in-classroom education by using Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps.

For coding education outside of the classroom, Apple’s new Swift Coding Club kit gives teachers, students and club mentors the tools they need to start their own coding clubs.

The kit, designed for students aged eight years or old, will build their ability to collaborate, prototype apps and how to code an app.


Teacher Education Programme For Class 12 Pass Students

Teacher Education Programme For Class 12 Pass Students 

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has announced Integrated Teacher Education Programme or ITEP with a view to enhance the teacher education system in the country. The programme which will nurture class 12 pass students for a committed and a responsible profession. The course will be of four years. Enrolled under this programme, students shall have to complete it within eight semesters or in other case can complete the programme within a maximum period of 6 years.

Those with minimum 50 per cent marks in the class 12 exam are eligible to apply. The admission will be on merit basis. As per the policy of the University or State Government or Union Territory Administration there can also be an entrance exam for granting admission to this course.

The classes for students enrolled in the ITEP course will begin in 2019.

As of now, NCTE is yet to decide the composite institutions for the course. Institutions that wish to offer the course, for the first academic year 2019-2023 of ITEP course, can go through the eligibility norms set by the Council and submit their applications from December 3 to 31 for the grant of permission or recognition.

Initially, the programme will only be offered in Science and Arts streams.