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Rep. Pramila Jayapal Opens up About Her Own Abortion Story June 14, 2019 17:44

Indian American Representative of the United States Pramila Jayapal has recently opened up about the time when she decided to have an abortion years ago. By this, Jayapal has become the second member of Congress to speak publicly about choosing to get the procedure done, in an op-ed for the New York Times on Thursday. Jayapal spoke up that she had not publicly discussed it before “because it is an intensely personal decision,” adding the notes that “But I have decided to speak about it now because I am deeply concerned about the intensified efforts to strip choice and constitutional rights away from pregnant people and the simplistic ways of trying to criminalize abortion.” Her story came out in the wake when laws seeking to ban and criminalize abortions now sweeping across the South and Midwest. This surge has sparked many women like Pramila Jayapal to share their stories. The Democratic congresswoman said she had to make a “heartbreaking decision”. I have never spoken publicly about my abortion. I'm speaking now because of intensified efforts to strip Constitutional rights from pregnant people and to criminalize abortion.I shared my story in an Op-Ed with @nytimes.https://t.co/AjBxRLtBet — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 13, 2019 “For me, terminating my pregnancy was not an easy choice, but it was my choice,” Jayapal said. “That is the single thing that has allowed me to live with the consequences of my decisions. And that is what must be preserved, for every pregnant person.” There are so many stories that are far more traumatic than mine—low-income pregnant people and rape victims who face untenable choices. There are also stories out there that are not traumatic at all—just the free exercise of a protected right.But it must be their choice. — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 13, 2019 To this day, 22 years later, I think about those moments on the table in the doctor’s office. Terminating my pregnancy was MY choice. And it is a choice that must be preserved for every single pregnant person. pic.twitter.com/kT8ZtolzvO — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 13, 2019 She shed light on the current abortion storm, revealing what it was like to have an abortion 22 years ago after doctors warned her that she might face a second high-risk pregnancy. Talking further about how she had to make a difficult decision, Jayapal revealed, “I decided I could not responsibly have the baby. It was a heartbreaking decision, but it was the only one I was capable of making.” Jayapal also noted saying the abortion stories that exist reflect on traumatic stories of rape survivors. But other abortions, she added, are “just the free exercise of a protected constitutional right.” Jayapal, a mother and stepmother, added, “I am fortunate to live in a state where pregnant people’s right to make choices about their own bodies is protected, where so many less fortunate than me can still afford to have abortions, without encountering barriers like forced counseling and waiting periods.” By Sowmya Sangam

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Premam Actress Anupama Parameswaran in Relationship with Cricketer Jasprit Bumrah? June 14, 2019 17:29

Buzz is that Indian cricketer Jasprit Bumrah and South Indian actress Anupama Parameswaran are dating each other. While Bollywood's relationship with cricket goes back a long way, Jasprit and Anupama are the latest names to join this coveted list. Anupama is a popular actress down south and she rose to fame in 2015 with Premam while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrahhas impressed everyone with his performance at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. The internet is buzzing with the news of them following each other on Twitter and him liking some of her tweets in the past. While the seamer follows no other actress on the social media, Anupama is the only big name who was able to secure a prime spot there. Recently when the actress was quizzed about her relationship with Bumrah, she had the usual golden words to say - 'He's just good friend'. Earlier KL Rahul made headlines for his alleged linkup with Munna Michael actress Nidhhi Aggerwal and later with Jannat fame, Sonal Chauhan. By Sowmya Sangam

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9 Personal Finance Tips and Tricks to Retain Deep Pockets June 14, 2019 16:50

It’s the end of the month and concurrently it is the time you realize you don’t have enough money to buy something of use for yourself. When you read a lot of finance books & blogs, you come across a ton of different personal finance tips and tricks, but none turns to exert influence on you. If you live by these 12 pieces of financial advice to follow you will have more control over your money, and you'll live a much better life financially. Spend Less Than You Earn    It's easy to know that you should be spending less than you earn but it's a lot harder to actually do it. But it is one of the most critical yet basic personal finance tips ever. However, if you want to escape the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle that so many others live, you need to spend less than you earn. In order to do this, you need to track your spending by either writing down the purchases you may or by using a free personal finance application. Learn to Budget Budgeting is not hard, and it doesn't mean you have to stop doing things you enjoy. Budgeting is simply creating a plan for your money so you have a better idea of where it's going every month. The effective and popular method to budget is with the 50/30/20 rule. How it works is 50 percent of your income goes towards the necessities (bills, food, housing, etc.), 20 percent of your income goes towards savings and the remaining 30 percent you can use for whatever you please. This is a nice and easy way to break down your paycheck, but you might need to adjust it a bit to fit your lifestyle. Break down Your Income and Expenses    Breaking down your expenses and income is an old This is an unusual little trick that can change the perspective you have about your money, and help you budget better. This will help you see to what extent purchases are going to set you back and affect your spending ability. Have Financial Goals If you want to accomplish financial goals, you need to figure out what goals are important to you first. Possessing a clear-cut goal can keep you motivated and help you come up with a plan to reach that goal even faster. Now, don't think that you need to set outrageous goals. If this is your first instance reasoning regarding your personal financial goals, begin with small and work your way up from there. It is suggested to come up with a few different goals in each of these categories: - What you want to accomplish in the following 3-months - In the next year - In the next five years This way you'll have some short-term goals to look forward too, and some long-term goals to work towards as well. Your short-term goals may even be small stepping stones towards your bigger goals. Pay Yourself First    This personal finance tip of paying yourself first is another common one that can have an immense impact on your finances. When you pay yourself first, you're investing in future you, you're investing in your financial future; and future you will thank present you for doing so. Thus, why not just pay yourself at the end of the month, which is a lot easier. Well, the reason why paying yourself first works so well is that once that money is sent to a savings account, you're a lot less likely to spend it. If you wait until the month end to pay yourself, you might not have any money left. To make your future blissful, start investing in yourself.   Credit Card Is Not Free Money    A credit card is a beneficial tool in your finance toolkit, but take note that it is not free money. When you buy something with your credit card it means you are borrowing money from the bank. If you don't give that money back soon enough, the bank is going to start charging interest on your balance. This debt can build up and turn out to be a monster if you don't pay off your balance every month. However, if you use a credit card responsibly and pay off the balance each month, it is a good mode to start building credit. Most credit cards also have other benefits such as cash back, rewards points, or travel points. If you're confident of paying off the balance fully every month, in that case, you should have no problem managing a credit card and staying out of debt. Communicate with Your Significant Other    The best way to avoid fighting about money with your significant other is to talk to them about it. Remember that you're a team. You should be talking to each other about your financial goals, and you should set a date once a month to go over your finances together. Don't let money ruin a great relationship. Know Your Net Worth    Although net worth can seem like a tricky subject, it's quite simple. Your net worth is how much money you are worth. If you were to sell everything you own, then pay off everything you owe and how much money would be left is considered as your net worth. Suppose you have a positive net worth, go on working to increase your net worth even more. In case you have a negative net worth, you are required to take a look at your budget and come up with a plan in order to increase your net worth. Start Investing Though investing is one of the best ways to increase your net worth, a lot of people keep one's eyes off from it since they are scared of losing money. Therefore instead of investing, they keep their money in a savings account. Indeed it is the bang-up idea of keeping some money in a savings account for emergencies, but the truth is that money in a savings account loses value over time. By Sowmya Sangam

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Resigns June 14, 2019 15:42

The senior aide of President Donald Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who famously said that God "wanted Donald Trump to become president", resigned. President Trump made the surprise announcement on Twitter that Sanders will step down at the end of the month. “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas.…”, Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. “....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” tweeted Trump. After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019 ....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019 Sanders, 36, is the daughter of popular Republican politician and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Only the third woman to serve in the prestigious position, Sanders has been a loyal mouthpiece. Later at a White House event, Trump praised Sanders. "We've been through a lot together. She's tough, and she's good. You also have tough and bad, right? She's tough but she's good. She's great. And she's going to be leaving the service of her country and she's going to be going - I guess you could say the private sector but I hope she's going she comes from a great state, Arkansas. "That's a state I won by a lot, so I like it. We love Arkansas. She's going to be going back to Arkansas with her great family. Her husband is fantastic, Trump said. She started out as deputy press secretary before substituting Sean Spicer in the top post in July 2017. The outgoing White House Press Secretary said it was one of the "greatest jobs she could ever have". "This has been the honor of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn't be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly to work for this president. "He has accomplished so much in these two-and-a-half years, and it's truly been something I will treasure forever. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute, even the hard minutes. I've loved it, Sanders said. She praised Trump and his team. "I love the president; I love the team that I've had the opportunity to work for. The president is surrounded by some of the most incredible and most talented people you could ever imagine, and it's truly the most special experience. The only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I'm a mom, Sanders said. She vowed to "be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda. I know he's going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done, like what we're here to celebrate today. Sanders said, "I do not know when asked if she is considering running for governor of Arkansas. "I learned a long time ago never to rule anything out," she told the reporters. Later talking to a group of reporters, Sanders said she wanted to spend time with her family and kids who are growing. She has three kids of seven, five and four years of age. By Sowmya Sangam

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Norway Chess: Viswanathan Anand Out of Contention After Losing to USA's Fabiano Caruana June 14, 2019 15:15

Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world champion, lost chances of a top-three finish after he went down fighting to Fabiano Caruana of United States in the Armageddon game at the Altibox Norway Chess. The Indian slipped to joint seventh place in ranking with just two rounds to go in one of the strongest events of the year. Anand had to hold himself with black and he survived many anxious and nearly catastrophic positions under the normal time control to force a draw under the Classical game. Caruana went to the extent of calling it “embarrassing”, as the American was close to being on top for several moves but still the victory deserted him. However, in the tiebreaker, which is the new world order in Chess to make it a decisive sport in every game played, the native Italian turned American was spot on in the Italian opening. Anand could not get the counterplay he is famous for and a systematic attack led to a complete collapse on the kingside. That left Anand with only six points with two more rounds to come and even two victories now might be insufficient to finish on the podium. The seemingly invincible reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen scored another victory - his sixth in Armageddon besides a lone win in Classical - over Wesley So wherein he “was gifted a point” according to the now second-placed Levon Aronian of Armenia. Carlsen just did enough, the Sicilian Sveshnikov in Classical, that has served him well and then Wesley turned the heat on in the faster game which only suited the best player on the planet currently. Carlsen took his tally to 11 points, and now enjoys a two-point lead over Aronian who played a fine tiebreaker to beat Yu Yangyi. Yangyi is in third place on 8.5 points, a full point ahead of compatriot Ding Liren in sole fourth spot. Wesley So is fifth on seven points while Caruana finds himself in the sixth spot on 6.5. Maxime vachier-Lagrave of France and Anand are tied seventh on six points apiece, a full point ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan. Someone has to be last in any ten-player event and it seems Alexander Grischuk of Russia is going to be there till the end. The usually charismatic Russian is not finding any good moves and is still in the cellar on 3.5 points. By Sowmya Sangam

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Beware! WhatsApp Will Now Sue It's Users If Found Violating Terms of Use June 14, 2019 14:53

In a new move, WhatsApp will be going ahead and sue the account holder if the user found to be violating the terms of conditions of using the app by sending bulk messages or auto-forwarding. Previously, the company merely remove the user’s account. It is as yet not clear as to how exactly the legal action would be proceeded against, except that this new regime will come into effect from December 7 this year. The change in the approach towards rogue accounts has come to light from an entry appearing in the FAQ section of WhatsApp, under the heading Unauthorized Usage of WhatsApp. The exact wordings are as below: "Beginning on December 7, 2019, WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in the abuse that violates our Terms of Service, such as automated or bulk messaging, or non-personal use, even if that determination is based on information solely available to us off our platform".    As mentioned, the details of this legal action are not known. The questions such as, will it be country-specific? Will WhatsApp open a legal cell in each country it operates in to file these cases or to send the legal notices? These may be revealed later. This move by WhatsApp is seemingly to be an outcome of a white paper that it published early this year in which its stand on users resorting to bulk messages and automated behavior was described and some of the steps it proposes to take against such violations of the terms of usage of WhatsApp. In that document, it was mentioned, that accounts could get banned at the time of registration, during messaging and also based on complaints from other users. WhatsApp has mentioned in the white paper that has machine learning systems in place to detect such accounts. Interestingly, WhatsApp claims it removes millions of accounts every month for these excesses. By Sowmya Sangam

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Cheating NRI Grooms in Pretext of Marriage: Woman Arrested in Matrimonial Websites Fraud Case June 14, 2019 14:36

A 30-year-old woman from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh was arrested on Wednesday for cheating techies living in the United States under the pretext of marriage. According to police, Koram Archana used pictures of other women on matrimonial sites in order to trap grooms. She had been earlier too arrested thrice for similar offenses. The accused, a native of Nellore and resident of Begumpet in Hyderabad was arrested previously by Hyderabad, Rachakonda and Cyberabadpolice in connection with similar cases of fraud, police said. (Image Source: News18 Telugu) In May this year, Archana contacted a family who was looking for a bride for their techie son resident in the United States claiming to be Pushtayi, a resident of Chennai. She used the images of another woman on her matrimonial profile and expressed her interest in marrying the techie. Archana started having a talk with the techie online, where she one of these days sent him several images of the unidentified woman whose picture she had used in her profile on the matrimony website. In a short time, the women asked the techie to send him money to buy gold and platinum ornaments. However, after receiving the money,she stopped responding to his calls. Upon realizing that the woman cheated their son, the groom’s father filed a complaint against “Pushtayi”. The police said that Archana was an MBA graduate from SV University and married to a lecturer who is working in Nellore. In order to make easy money, she resorted to cheating grooms who are living abroad and in search of Telugu brides. “Whenever parents of a groom expressed their interest in meeting her in person, Archana would put forth her demands, collect the money, and subsequently, abscond. She has cheated several NRI grooms by simply using pictures of other women on her profile,” police said on Wednesday. Following Archana’s arrest, the police seized 16 checkbooks, 10 bank passbooks, 34 ATM cards, 7 mobile phones, 2 PAN cards, and produced her before a court for judicial remand. By Sowmya Sangam

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Game Over Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew June 14, 2019 13:17

Game Over is the story of Swapna (Taapsee Pannu), an independent working woman who is a video game designer. She stays in an apartment along with her maid in Gurgaon. She gets haunted and gets depressed because of a series of incidents from her past. Three horrific, psychopathic and a crime disturbs heer. The rest of Game Over is all about the struggles, tragedy of Swapna and how she comes out of the tragedy and leads a simple life back forms the story of Game Over. Watch the film to know about the three incidents that changed her life.

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World Blood Donor Day: Why/How to Donate Blood and Save a Life June 14, 2019 10:47

Blood is the vital force that sustains life by delivering oxygen to every cell in the body. Medical science may have advanced by leaps and bounds, but still, it has found no second-string for blood. So the only way to restore lost blood quickly is through donation. That being so, donating blood is seen as a virtuous act. To celebrate this selfless deed, to pay gratitude to donors and to urge more people to donate blood, the World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14. Why Donate Blood? Blood is the most beyond price gift that anyone can give to another person - the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components - platelets, red cells, and plasma - which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions. Predominantly, your donated blood can save women from complications of pregnancy, children suffering from anemia, people who have undergone physical trauma and patients who have been operated upon. Blood, a perishable commodity, cannot be stored indefinitely. It has to be discarded after a period of time. Hence there’s a constant requirement for blood. Regular blood donation helps to maintain a sufficient amount in the banks for patients in need. How to Donate Blood? In the United States, nearly every hospital has a blood bank and transfusion service. Some of the groups that collect blood for transfusion are the American Red Cross (ARC), America's Blood Centers, and Vitalant. While in India, you can approach blood donation organizations such as Sankalp, Indian Red Cross Society, Khoon Organization, Save Life India, BloodConnect Foundation, Think Foundation, etc. if you wish to donate blood. Find out if there's a blood donation camp happening close to where you live. Rules of Blood Donation - The age at which each country allows a donor to donate blood varies. But if you belong to the 18-65 age group, you can safely donate blood. - First-time donors shouldn’t be over 60 years. If you want to donate only a component of your blood - like plasma, white cells, red cells - you have to be between 18-60 years of age. - You cannot donate blood if you have transmittable diseases like HIV, hepatitis B or C. - You cannot donate if you have heart diseases, hypertension, cancer, epilepsy, kidney problems, and diabetes. - You cannot donate if you have undergone piercing or tattooing in the past six months. - You are ineligible to donate if you have received vaccines in the last month. - You also cannot donate blood if you work as an aircrew member, long-distance vehicle driver or in emergency services if you plan to donate less than 24 hours before your next shift. Things to Keep in Mind Before Donating Blood   - Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours before donating blood. - But do not donate blood on an empty stomach. The last meal should be taken at least four hours before you donate. - Fill a medical questionnaire first. This test whether you are eligible for blood donation. - Drink plenty of fluids on the day you wish to donate blood. - Prior to your blood donation, you will undergo a mandatory health check-up to rule out health problems. - If you are allergic to iodine, make that very clear to the medical attendants who may use it to clean the puncture point. - Do not rush out as soon as the donation process is over. Stay back, eat some refreshments provided by the center till you feel strong enough to leave. - Increase your fluid intake for the next 24-48 hours. - Avoid lifting heavy weights for the next five hours. - Do not drink alcohol or smoke for the next 24 hours. By Sowmya Sangam

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Consuming Porn Makes Women Feel Bad About Their Bodies, Says Study June 13, 2019 18:23

Consuming porn stir up body-related insecurities in women that might not only lessen their interest in engaging in intimate activities with their partners but also negatively affect their arousal, a study suggests. Researchers have explored the association between pornography and intimate partner experiences among heterosexual women and revealed that there was a complex relationship between the two. Published in the Journal of Women's Health, the study reveals that thinking of pornographic material during intimate experiences with a heterosexual partner among women might give rise to insecurities about appearances and thus reduces the enjoyment of the intimate acts. For the findings, the research team surveyed 706 heterosexual women aged 18-29 in the United States, associating the consumption of pornography with sexual preferences, experiences, and concerns. The researchers reported that while most women in the study sample had seen pornography, fewer than half used it for masturbation. Those women who consume porn at higher rates for masturbation tended to depend more on pornographic scripts at the time of sex to achieve and maintain arousal and were more likely to choose pornography than have sex with a partner. "The researchers demonstrate a clear difference between the role of pornography in sexual experiences of women compared to men," said Susan G Kornstein from Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. "Whereas the relationship tends to be more direct in young heterosexual men and just viewing pornographic material is associated with reduced sexual intimacy and satisfaction, women make the material part of their personal sexual experience and carry the pornographic script into their intimate partner experiences," Kornstein said. By Sowmya Sangam

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