Returning to Office During Covid? Here’s How You Can Be Safe to Resume Going to Workplace


The pandemic induced nationwide lockdown took a heavy toll on businesses and individuals. In the ongoing battle against COVID-19, Work From Home (WFH), has become a widely accepted arrangement. Now, with the restrictions being lifted, businesses are trying to use the opportunity to get back up and running. While working from home was a transition essential, amid the new normal, it was difficult for many. The government has released detailed regulations as many of us start venturing back to office. The pandemic is still there and one must not forget it. Yes, provisions are made as per official directives for thermal scanning and sanitizing at offices. However, it is of utmost importance that you personally take a few precautions as well. After all, when you return, it will be up to you to create a safe, hygiene-focussed office environment that is also considerate of mental health needs. Here’s how you can ensure a safe return to office:

1. Avoid group meetings and gatherings. Keep the number of people assembling in an area extremely limited according to the setup. It’s highly recommended that client meetings and even internal meetings are conducted via video conferencing.

2. Avoid touching doorknobs or lift buttons with bare hands. Be mindful of what you are touching and make sure you have a tissue handy. Not more than 3 people should be taking the elevator at once. Take the staircase instead and avoid touching the railing. If you happen to, immediately wash your hands with soap.

3. Find new ways of greeting. Hugging and handshaking is a NO-NO. Maintain social distancing when you interact with people.

4. Before you start work for the day, disinfect your desk, mouse, keyboard and the laptop/desktop screen daily.

5. Ensure there is a space of at least six feet between your and your colleague’s seats.

6. Before eating, wash your hands properly and have your meals at a distance from others. Avoid using shared cutlery and if you absolutely have to, wash it yourself.

7. Go paperless if you haven’t already. Propose digital and save paper. There is a high risk of coming in contact with papers as other people may have handled.

8. A toilet seat sanitizer is really important to spray before and after using shared toilet.

9. While commuting, don’t share your two-wheeler with anyone. If two or more people are travelling in a vehicle, maintain distance by sitting in a criss-cross pattern.

10. Wear a face mask at all times. Avoid using the same mask daily.

11. Use a digital wallet wherever possible to make payments instead of dealing in cash.

12. As soon as you reach back home, wash your hands and take a bath before touching anything.

Most importantly, in case you feel unwell or show some worrying symptoms, avoid going to your workplace.



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Kim Kardashian to Keep California House Post Divorce with Kanye West


Reality TV star Kim Kardashian will be keeping her house in Hidden Hills, California, post her divorce with musician Kanye West.

“She has made her life there and it’s her kids’ main home,” an insider was quoted told US weekly.

“There was never a question — Kim was going to keep the home,” the insider added. The house is close to where the rest of her family lives in Calabasas, California.

Kardashian filed for divorce with West after seven years of marriage, and together the couple has four kids — North, 7, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and the 21-year-old Psalm.

According to the report, although Kanye designed the home, he stayed in Wyoming for the majority of 2020 due to their marital problems.



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Hair Stylist Shares Photo of Kim Kardashian Dozing Off on Salon Chair and Fans Totally Relate


Reality television star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian may be a glamorous social media personality but even the best of us need our power naps. In a recent Instagram post shared by Kim’s hair stylist Chris Appleton, we can see how the 40-year-old Skims owner is dozing off in the middle of her hair styling session.

Chris could not resist taking the picture of an almost perfect American entrepreneur having a rare moment where she resembled normal human beings who do take naps. In the picture, Kim is seen sleeping off on her salon chair with her mouth open as Chris poses for the camera with a victory sign. Chris’ assistant is seen holding Kim’s hair while she sleeps soundly. Chris captioned the picture and wrote, “I love u Kim”.

The picture has certainly resonated with netizens and celebrities alike. Commenting on the picture, one of Kim’s closest friends Paris Hilton dubbed her as “Sleeping Beauty.” Celebrity hairstylist Priscilla Valles commented, “Love this picture.”

Fashion journalist Kristie Dash found the picture adorably hilarious as she commented with an ‘Lol’ followed by an ‘awww’. Celebrity Makeup artist Mary Phillips complimented Kim’s look which remained intact even while she was sleeping as she wrote, “She’s even perfect sleeping with her mouth open.”

For a few fans, the picture was reassuring as they felt good to know that even someone as perfect looking as Kim needed sleep. As one comment mentioned, “I feel good knowing that Kim Kardashian also sleeps with her mouth open haha but she looks beautiful.”

Mother of North West, Chicago West, Psalm West, and Saint West, Kim’s rare picture also resonated with working moms who hardly get any sleep as they balance their work life with their home life. “Tell me you’re a working Mom without telling me you’re a working Mom”, commented one user.

Kim Kardashian filed for a divorce from her husband and rapper Kanye West last month with “irreconcilable differences” being cited as the reason behind the reason in the legal documents.





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Meditation for Happiness, Peace Goes Up as One Ages: Survey


What makes Indians meditate? According to a recent survey by meditation and mindfulness app ThinkRight.me, it is the pursuit of happiness, peace, and personal growth that keeps most Indians going in the meditation sphere.

Spanning 1,000 individuals between the age group of 18 to 60 years, across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Pune, the survey also cites stress management and better sleep as other key areas where meditation has helped individuals. From an app data perspective, almost 40 per cent of the users of ThinkRight.me meditated daily in 2020, spending a total of 2.64 billion minutes on the app in the entire year.

The survey also revealed how meditation helps different age groups differently. The peace and happiness tops the charts across all age groups — and goes up as one grows older, as one in two people aged between 36-45 years meditate for peace and happiness compared to 1 in 5 among the 18-25 age group.

The age bracket of 18-25 years and 46-55 years showed similar patterns; the quest for peace and happiness was followed by better sleep, personal growth, and stress management, in that order.

When it comes to city-specific analysis, most women in Mumbai meditate to seek peace and personal growth, while Punekars and people in Bengaluru are in search of peace and happiness.

Delhiites turn to meditation for better sleep and stress management.

As per Rajan Navani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of JetSynthesys, the company which owns the app, “India often tops the charts when it comes to studies on stress and anxiety. We launched ThinkRight.me two years back to make the benefits of meditation accessible to all. We are big believers of the power of thinking right, therefore the name, because our thoughts do guide how our day and life pan out. All the daily affirmations and guided meditation sessions on ThinkRight.me are born out of this core belief, and we hope to use these survey findings to make TRM an even more compelling proposition. With time, we also hope more people take to meditation and a more mindful way of life so collectively there’s a positive change in people’s overall mental and emotional well-being.”

The onset of 2020 brought with it Covid-19, a global pandemic which has been harsh on most individuals and the app data is proof of that reality.

According to this platform with over 2 million downloads, the maximum traffic seen on the app was during the months of April 2020 to June 2020, during the Covid-19 induced lockdown, with daily active users increasing by 50 per cent coupled with a significant increase in subscriptions too. The daily positive affirmations followed by guided meditation offerings top the charts for what helped app users the most in 2020.





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Vaani Kapoor Says She Wants to Build Something of Her Own in Health and Nutrition Space


Actress Vaani Kapoor said that she wants to build something of her own in the health and nutrition space in future. “Holistic lifestyle has been a part and parcel of my life even before I made my debut in Bollywood. I have always wanted to lead a healthy lifestyle and working out and eating right was always a top priority for me. I want to build something of my own in the health and nutrition space in the coming years and I have been researching the same for years now,” Vaani said.

“I want to actively promote and raise awareness about how important health is among the citizens of my country. Being healthy should be a top priority for us all, at all times. It really doesn’t take much to ensure that we are eating right and living right and I want to engage with people on the same,” she said.

Vaani said she has many great ideas and will be working round the clock to envision the feasibility of these ideas.

“I have many exciting ideas on this but it’s too premature for me to speak openly about it. As of now, I’m concentrating on being the best version of myself every single day and to showcase that to the people so that when I decide to start on my health journey, they will be convinced about it,” she said.

“I have to walk the talk and set examples for people to believe in my vision and I want to do just that for now,” said the actress, who has three back-to-back releases lined up over the next few months — Bellbottom, Shamshera, and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui.





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Kajol Shares Her Cute Love Story with Coffee


Kajol often shares humorous posts on social media. On Wednesday the actress shared her cute love story with coffee. “Once upon a time there lived a girl. She loved coffee… and they lived happily ever after. The end,” she wrote on her Instagram story.

Kajol keeps inspiring her fans and followers with motivational words on Instagram. In another story posted recently, the actress wrote, “Strong people break too, they just keep quiet, rebuild and keep going.”

On Tuesday, Kajol took to social media to celebrate one year of the release date of her short film Devi. “1 year to Devi. A film which I will forever be proud of but which also till today makes me feel so many things in such a short period of time. The reason, the women and the conclusion all just bring a lump to my throat till today. Watch it for yourself again,” she posted.

Kajol was last seen in the recently-released OTT film, Tribhanga. The Renuka Shahane directorial also features Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar.





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Where Sydney conwoman’s remains could be


The remains of a missing Sydney conwoman may have travelled hundreds of kilometres out to sea and there’s no certainly they were carried in the same direction as her Asics shoe, which was found on the south coast three months after she vanished.

A desperate search is under way for the remains of conwoman Melissa Caddick after her decomposed foot washed up 400km from her home.

Police divers are expected to comb the water near her Dover Heights mansion, but an oceanographer has hinted at just how far Ms Caddick’s remains may have travelled.

Professor Moninya Roughan, who specialises in circulation along Australia’s east coast, said a team of researchers placed drifters into the water at Newcastle last year.

The UNSW-led study found the devices could float up to 800km out to sea before returning to shore months later.

Some even initially travelled north despite the majority being carried southward, presenting a theory that Ms Caddick’s remains could continue to turn up unexpected and in surprising locations.

Some drifters travelled as far as Jervis Bay over a two-month period.

“The timing was remarkable because it was about the week she (Ms Caddick) disappeared,” Professor Roughan told NCA NewsWire.

“It tells the story that it is possible for something to be deployed in the ocean in Sydney and end up as far as the south coast.”

Many of the drifters got caught in an oceanic eddy (a whirlpool or large body of rotating water), travelling hundreds of kilometres out to sea before returning to the coastline.

Some drifters moved in the opposite direction, meaning if Ms Caddick did enter the water at Dover Heights, there’s a chance her remains travelled north if caught in this oceanic pattern.

“It’s possible things may have floated to the north first … anywhere up to Newcastle,” Professor Roughan said.

“At that time (of the study and disappearance) there was a period of northward flow which comes and goes. It’s more transient but circulations to the south are more dominant.”

Professor Roughan said occasionally her team would lose drifters in the ocean. Twice those instruments washed up years later, one on the west coast of New Zealand and the other on the Greater Barrier Reef.

“This is the problem with the ocean, nothing is impossible,” Professor Roughan said.

Ms Caddick’s Asics runner and decomposed foot were found on Bournda Beach hundreds of kilometres from her Dover Heights home three months after she vanished.

“I’m not an expert in human remains but the shoe itself was the mechanism, it was buoyant, which is why it washed up,” Professor Roughan said.

“The question I’m asked is ‘why didn’t anyone see it (the shoe), it’s such a busy time of year’? It could have moved offshore, even 50km offshore is not unreasonable.”

Detectives have returned their focus to the waters below the Dover Heights cliff, just a few hundred metres from Ms Caddick’s $7m mansion.

When asked why this might be the case, Professor Roughan said there was a chance the other shoe got stuck or was wedged deep in the ocean, but that seemed “implausible”.

More remains have washed up since the discovery of Ms Caddick’s shoe, including part of a human torso which was later revealed to belong to a Sydney man Kenneth Klees who vanished on February 1.

Bones and other remains have been found, some linked to animals. None have been connected to the Ms Caddick mystery.

Ms Caddick has not been seen since she vanished from her home in the early hours of November 12, two days after it was raided by the corporate watchdog and federal police.

She was accused of swindling family and friends out of millions of dollars through her financial business Maliver.



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Qld Health fear ‘super spreader’ amid possible transmission within the quarantine facility


Queensland health authorities reported seven new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine on Thursday, with two of those linked to a “super spreader” infected with the Russian variant, leading to growing fears of possible transmission within the quarantine facility.

This man travelled into Australia on February 17 on a Qatar flight, which has so far been linked to five cases in hotel quarantine and a possible connection with another case from the same flight who has since been transported to New Zealand.

All cases contained the same genomic sequencing, which means they are all infected with the Russian B1.1.317 variant.

Most were close contacts from the flight or shared a room with an already infected case, but one was simply in the room next to the man authorities fear as a “super spreader”.

The highly infectious man has since been taken to hospital, but the four days he was quarantining at the Mercure Brisbane Hotel has created a “period of concern”, according to chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young.

The flight arrived late on February 17 from Doha to Brisbane, leaving February 18 to 21 as the concerning window, with authorities “looking into if any transmission occurred within the hotel quarantine system”.

All guests on the same floor as this highly infectious case will now need to have their quarantine stay extended until March 8, and those who have already been discharged have been told to get tested and isolate immediately.

“We are being very cautious and thorough and are investigating all potential possibilities for infection,” Dr Young said.

“We’ve always said our quarantine policy is designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect Queenslanders, and this is why we’re implementing these additional measures.

“With multiple cases linked to flight QR898 and floor eight of the Mercure Brisbane Hotel, we need to ensure we protect the community.”

Dr Young said there was no risk to the community at this stage.

The association with the Russian variant led to fears in the community of another highly infectious strain of the deadly virus following the UK version, but Dr Young insists there is no evidence to suggest this.

“It’s not a particularly contagious or problematic variant,” she told reporters on Thursday.

“The problem with it is not the variant, it’s the one individual. Through this pandemic we have had instances of super spread. I’m concerned that this individual is a super spreader. I’m not concerned about it being a Russian variant. It’s just another variant, no different.”

The five cases linked to the flight and “super spreader” are receiving treatment in Brisbane and Cairns.



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Meghan Markle wears $38 Velvet Torch dress during Facetime with Prince Harry


Meghan Markle has sparked a frenzy for a $38 blue dress after the pregnant Duchess wore it during a surprise appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared via FaceTime on the talk show last week during Corden’s interview with her husband, Prince Harry.

While Meghan’s appearance was fleeting, the dress (and its price tag) made a big impact on fans of the Suits star.

The former actress, who has been criticised in the past for wearing expensive designer clothes for royal engagements, wore a $US30 ($A38) dress from Los Angeles based brand Velvet Torch.

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The blue midi dress features a flattering shirred bodice and short puffed sleeves which can be worn either off or on the shoulders – the perfect beachy outfit for Meghan’s new life in California.

The family-owned company from Meghan’s home town was over the moon when they spotted her wearing the dress, taking to Instagram to share footage of her wearing it and writing: “So this happened today!”

The dress is still available for sale via Velvet Torch’s website, however, is currently on backorder and will ship later this month.

Meghan fans have given the dress the tick of approval, with many saying they were desperate to get their hands on it given it was so affordable.

“Love it and it’s all gone! I thought the dress costs at least $300,” one person wrote.

“I need this dress,” another added.

‘MEANING’ BEHIND MEGHAN’S DRESS IN OPRAH INTERVIEW

Meanwhile Meghan’s choice of dress for her much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey has also grabbed attention, particularly for its lotus flower detail.

The Duchess wears a $5880 black Giorgio Armani dress for the interview, in which she and Harry are expected to reveal in detail why they decided to leave royal life.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph Meghan’s dress conveys a message too and was chosen for its “symbolic meaning of revival”.

“The lotus flower’s daily resurrection is considered proof of its determination and will to live,” the article explains.

“The Duchess understands that a lotus seed can withstand thousands of years without water, able to germinate over two centuries later.

“This ‘refusal to accept defeat’ is very much how she sees her own battle against the pressures of royal life.”





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World Obesity Day 2021: Significance, theme and objectives


The prevalence of obesity has increased manifold in the past few decades. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975 and five times in children, and adolescents. It is a problem that affects people of all ages.

Overweight and obesity is abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories burned. Also, in recent times an increased intake of energy dense foods which are high in fat and sugars and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle have led to a spike in obesity rates worldwide. Obesity is also a key factor for chronic conditions like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain type of cancers. In India over five crore people suffer from obesity and metabolic issues related to it.

World Obesity Day is observed globally on March 4 with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis. The global campaign is organised by the World Obesity Federation, a non-profit body which is in official relations with WHO. This year’s theme focuses on the global campaign ‘Every Body Needs Everybody’. The campaign is also aimed to collectively address the global crisis and defines obesity as a disease that is a key factor for other diseases.

Objectives for World Obesity Day:According to the World Obesity Federation, this year’s objectives are to increase awareness, encourage advocacy, improve policies and share experiences to achieve this common goal.

They also aim to tackle obesity with significant steps to achieve a healthier world. This World Obesity Day as a global invitation to everybody to work together and build a happier, healthier and obesity-free world spreads the message of – Understanding for every body, Protections for every body, Nutrition for every body, Healthcare for every body.





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