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Coal smuggling case: Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law appears before ED



Abhishek Banerjee

Maneka Gambhir, the in-law of Abhishek Banerjee, the MP and National General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), arrived at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) headquarters on Monday after being called by the investigation team in relation to the coal smuggling case.

Earlier on Saturday, ED authorities stopped Gambhir at the airport in Kolkata and forbade her from boarding an aircraft to Bangkok. According to sources, Gambhir received a summons to return home and participate in the investigation on Monday. The ED has summoned Gambhir for the third time.

She had already appealed the ED summons in the Calcutta High Court, and as a result, she was given permission to appear in the ED’s office at the Central Government Office (CGO) near Salt Lake on the northern suburbs of Kolkata rather than in New Delhi.

On Saturday, Gambhir arrived to Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to board a flight to Bangkok. However, as she approached the immigration desk, she was stopped and led to a different area.

She was disclosed to ED officials by immigration officials because Ganbhir had received a Look Out Circular (LOC) from the federal investigation agency. She was not given permission to go to Bangkok by ED officials. The Assistant Enforcement Officer gave her a summons to appear before him on Monday. Gambhir then departed for her home.

In November 2020, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case to take over the investigation into the coal smuggling scheme.

The ED was later brought into the investigation to look into the money laundering angle.

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10 Simple Rules for Washing Your Face – According to a Dermatologist!



Although it may appear simple, washing your face requires time and attention. Doing it correctly can mean the difference between glowing skin and an acne breakout.

Many people believe that you should only wash your face to remove makeup or when it appears dirty. In reality, it is recommended that you wash your face twice a day.

However, the number of times you wash your face may be less important than the manner in which the job is completed. A face cleansing routine is essential regardless of your skin type, texture, or current condition.

Are you ready for a fresh start? Dermatologists recommend the following 10 face washing steps.

1. Wash your hands clean first

Washing your face with dirty hands can make matters worse by pushing dirt deeper into your skin pores. So wash your hands thoroughly with soap or handwash.

2. Get the make-up off before cleansing

A gentle cleanser may not be able to remove the makeup you applied earlier. So, before you begin cleansing, remove your makeup (using a makeup remover).

3. Wash Your Face Now

Your face is exposed to a lot throughout the day, from pollution to dirty hands. Making time to cleanse your face at least twice a day is therefore essential, once in the morning and once before bed. A salicylic acid face wash, which has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflammation and pimples on the face, is one of the most effective cleansers you can use. It will also help to reduce fine lines effectively.

4. Ensure The Right Water Temperature

Using warm water could cause skin tightening, which would be counterproductive. Make sure the water you’re using is lukewarm. Lukewarm water is warm enough to loosen dirt and sebum without drying out your skin.

5. Apply Moisturiser Soon

The longer you wait to apply moisturiser, the drier the skin becomes. To avoid unnecessary dehydration, apply moisturiser immediately after drying your skin.

6. Massaging The Skin

Allow enough time for the skin to expel impurities. A minute of massaging your face can also stimulate your lymphatic system, increasing oxygen and blood circulation.

7. If Used A Face Mask

Most face masks recommend applying them to a cleansed face so that the ingredients can fully penetrate your skin. So, once you’ve finished with the face mask, you can move on to the cleansing part.

8. Do Not Neglect Your Neck

Make sure you include your neck in your daily skincare regimen as it is often where signs of ageing appear first.

9. Clean Face Towels

Reusing the same towel without washing it can spread bacteria from your body to your face, which can contribute to acne. So get some fresh towels to pat dry your face.

10. Be Gentle

Washing and drying your face gently will make your skin feel better and more refreshed. Avoid excessive lathering and scrubbing.

Over to You

All of this is to say that washing is only the first step in maintaining the natural state of your skin.

The rest is dependent on all of the other serums, moisturisers, mists, and face masks — the list is endless. Furthermore, the food you eat, how you exercise, and your stress levels all have an impact.

Identifying your cleansing objectives is the best way to determine how you should wash your face. Do you want it to be simple, one step per day? Determine your limitations, such as skin type, water cleanliness, and price range, and proceed from there.

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Congress President Bid: Tharoor asserts support from the whole party



Shashi Tharoor claims party's support

Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor asserted he has the support of party workers from across the country in his bid for the Congress President post. There are still speculations on the nomination of Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s bid for the top post of the party. In the midst of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Tharoor also met Rahul Gandhi in Kerala and said that was a courtesy call as Rahul was in his hometown.

According to Tharoor, several people from all around the nation have asked him to run for the party’s presidency. “You will see the support I enjoy when I submit my nomination paper. I will be in the fray if I get support from party workers from the majority of the states”, said Tharoor in an interview.

He collected his nomination form for the Congress election post last Sunday. He said he was interested in fighting the poll but the picture will be clear after 30th September, the last day of submitting nomination papers.

The Congress leader said he has the support of the Nehru-Gandhi family in fighting the polls. He had discussed the matter with Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka “and all three have directly told me that they don’t have any issues”. He also claimed the support of party workers in Kerala in his bid to fight the polls.

The idea of more people contesting for the poll has been welcomed by the current Congress President, Sonia Gandhi. The process for filing nominations for the election will be held from September 24 to 30. The date for scrutiny of the nomination papers is October 1, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 8. This election is being conducted after 22 years. The last election for the post of Congress president was in November 2000 when Sonia Gandhi won, defeating Jitendra Prasada.

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A Look at COVID-19 Vaccination Status and More




COVID-19 has been a significant concern in the United States since its outset, like in other countries. The virus has killed millions of Americans and sickened many more. Because of a lack of preparation or much knowledge about this virus outbreak initially, there was an atmosphere of tremendous anger, confusion, and uncertainty. Some tried to downplay the virus risk and didn’t do much to prevent it. As a result, many Americans felt more helpless. The adverse effects of the virus were visible not just in people’s physical and mental health but in the country’s economy and social conditions. However, things improved with time as everyone came together to fight this. The introduction of effective vaccines and boosters, apart from continuous guidance from health authorities regarding precautions and treatments, has been a game changer.

However, the COVID-19 scare has not vanished as the new subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – continue to affect people. The infection’s severity is not so high as before because of vaccination and boosters. There is enough evidence that fully vaccinated and boosted people don’t experience severe illness after catching the infection. Still, it makes some people question the efficacy of the vaccine. But the constantly mutating virus tends to escape immunity; hence, the infection risk is still there. Nevertheless, more targeted vaccines can tackle this issue. The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) informs that the US would buy Moderna’s and Pfizer’s 66 and 105 million doses for the fall vaccination drive.

Despite every effort, people are hesitant about vaccines. Although kid vaccines are available, the adoption rate is low. Even many adults are not ready for vaccination. Some places express their displeasure with COVID rules and regulations also. As per MyBioSource’s survey of 3,442 people, people in places like Montana (31% more) and South Dakota (36% more) have increasingly become against COVID measures implemented by the government. 

Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants

These two virus strains have been responsible for the sudden summer wave of hospitalizations in the US. It causes enough worries among scientists and health leaders that the infection rate can be much higher in the fall. They fear that the immunity developed from previous vaccines can weaken, and the risk of infection can be higher as people start spending more time indoors, perfect for the COVID virus to find its new hosts. BA.5 has caused up to 82% of new COVID cases in the country, and BA.4 forms about 13% of them. The government reports a minimum of 126,000 new infections daily, per the CDC records. However, it can be much higher in real-time than the reported figures because of the accessibility to at-home kits for COVID tests. These test details don’t reach the health agencies.

The existing vaccines target only the original COVID strain that occurred over two years back. Since the new strains have considerably mutated, those vaccines don’t provide durable support against infections. People who completed their vaccination and took two booster shots are still vulnerable to these variants. The only relief is that the severity of the illness and the fatality rate has improved. That’s why health leaders and scientists advise updating the vaccines to target these subvariants effectively. But this doesn’t ensure that it will be a full-proof approach because the virus evolves much faster, and no one knows what shape and form it will assume by the time the fall season is here.

COVID-19 vaccine status in the US

As per the latest updates, 79% of the population (about 261,591,428 people) has taken a minimum of one shot. On the other hand, 67%, or 223,035,566 people, have completed all the doses. And nearly 32% of the people have obtained one booster shot as of August 2022. The country has distributed 803,252,035 doses, of which 75% have been used. If you look at the age-wise segmentation, data suggest that 95% of people in the 65-plus age group have obtained at least one dose, and 92% are fully vaccinated. 94% of people aged 50 to 64 have taken their first shot, and 82% have completed their vaccination. Those 25 to 49 years form about 83% of the population receiving their first dose, and 70% of them are completely immunized. 

The fully vaccinated population rate drastically decreases if you check people in the age group of 18 to 24, representing only about 65%. The vaccination rate among kids is even lower despite all the efforts made by health experts to convince parents about the necessity of vaccination. Only 38% of 5 to 11 years old have taken their first shots, and 6% of those in the range of 2 to 4 years. When it comes to anyone under two years, the acceptance rate is even weaker, with only 3% of the population getting its first dose.

COVID-19 may not be as threatening as it was during its initial onset. But the risk of infection has not gone yet. Vaccines and boosters have shown enough promise in keeping one’s health safe and protected against the virus’s severity. Hence, it’s better to revisit any decision once.

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After shooting at Russian school, six people, gunman dead




A shooter killed six people and injured 20 others in a school in the central Russian city of Izhevsk on Monday morning.

According to the Udmurtia branch of the interior ministry, the shooter killed himself. According to the Russian official, the school has been closed and the surrounding area has been fenced off.

Alexander Brechalov, the governor of the Udmurtia region, of which Izhevsk is the capital, stated in a video message that the as-yet unidentified shooter entered the school and killed a guard and some of the students present. Children among the victims and wounded, according to Brechalov.

(More details are awaited.)

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Archana Pooran Singh desires to follow Neena Gupta’s plea for work.



Archana Pooran Singh desires to follow Neena Gupt's footsteps

Actor Archana Pooran Singh who is currently seen in The Kapil Sharma show has revealed that she is ‘dying to perform’. She expressed her frustration at people knowing only one aspect of her craft.
Popularly, she is known for her comic role in the classic movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in which she performed the role of Professor Ms Briganza. She developed such a strong comedic reputation, thanks to the role that even 20 years later, she hasn’t been offered a serious role.
The actor added that she can do so much more in acting than comic roles, she can cry and make people cry too. She said the side of her is yet to be explored and this will happen someday.
Archana said, “That chhaap (image) is so solid. Also, a lot of people feel that what they should offer me after Ms Briganza. It’s been almost 25 years since Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was released. And the character is still following me. People also feel that I am best suited only for comedy. As an actor, I feel deprived, cheated and I have been left yearning for good roles.”

She stated that she is considering approaching filmmakers for work in the same way that actress Neena Gupta did. Neena, once posted on her Instagram asking the filmmakers for work as she wasn’t offered any roles in a long time and was sitting at home. After this, she got great opportunities and delivered a blockbuster film, ‘Badhai Ho.’

Archana made her film debut with Abhishek and then featured in Jalwa opposite Naseeruddin Shah. She was also part of several films such as Agneepath (1990), Saudagar (1991), Shola Aur Shabnam (1992), Aashiq Awara (1993), and Raja Hindustani (1996). Fans saw her in comedy roles such as Love Story 2050, Mohabbatein, Krrish, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Masti, De Dana Dan and Bol Bachchan.

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Malayalam filmmaker Ashokan dies at 60




Raman Ashok Kumar, also known as Malayalam filmmaker Ashokan died on Sunday (Sep 25). He was 60. Recently returned from Singapore, he passed away while receiving medical care in Kochi, Kerala, at a private hospital.

Ashokan, a Varkala native, began his career in film as filmmaker Sasi Kumar’s assistant. After roughly 25 years of working as an assistant director, Ashokan released his first picture, “Varnam,” in 1989. The ensemble cast of the critically acclaimed movie “Varnam” included Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Ranjini, Thilakan, Meena, Jagathy Sreekumar, Parvathy, and Mukesh. He collaborated with director Thaha to co-direct the Suresh Gopi and Parvathy-starring film “Saandaram” a year later, in 1990.

He teamed up once more with Thaha in 1991 to co-direct the slapstick comedy “Mookkilla Rajyathu,” which starred Mukesh, Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Siddique, and Vinaya Prasad. The movie “Mookkilla Rajyathu” earned positive reviews and became hit. After that, Ashokan directed “Aacharyan” in 1993, starring Thilakan, Suresh Gopi, and Sreenivasan, and the movie also succeeded in attracting viewers. After that, according to reports, Ashokan relocated to Singapore and concentrated on business, but he never lost his love for movies. The telefilm he later directed, “Kaanappurangal,” earned him the Kerala State Award for best telefilm.

The filmmaker’s funeral will take place on Tuesday at his Varkala home. Ashokan is survived by his wife Seetha and their daughter Abhirami.

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