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Govt to disqualify over 1 lakh directors for link with shell companies

More than 1.06 lakh directors will be disqualified for their association with shell companies, according to the government, as it steps up the fight against black money. The latest move comes close on the heels of the corporate affairs ministry cancelling the registration of 2.09 lakh companies that have not been carrying out business activities for a long period. Besides, banks have been asked to restrict operations of these companies’ bank accounts by their directors or their authorised representatives. The ministry has “identified 1,06,578 directors for disqualification under Section 164(2)(a) of the…

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Has stress taken over your life? Learning coping skills could help reduce anxiety

New UK research has shown that women who possess a good set of coping skills find it easier to overcome anxiety. The study, carried out by the University of Cambridge, was presented at the ECNP Conference and is the largest study ever conducted on coping and the anxiety that comes from facing adverse circumstances, such as living in deprivation. For the research the team surveyed 10,000 women over the age of 40 who were taking part in a major cancer study in Norfolk, UK. The team used health and lifestyle…

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WannaCry Ransomware: CERT-In Issues Red Alert Over Cyber-Attack

A red-coloured ‘critical alert’ was issued by the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) on Saturday, the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of the Indian Internet domain. “It has been reported that a new ransomware named as WannaCry is spreading widely. WannaCry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementations of server message block (SMB)in Windows systems. “This exploit is named as ETERNALBLUE,” an advisory issued by the CERT-In, accessed by PTI, said. It said…

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Vaginal mesh implants: Hundreds sue NHS over barbaric treatment

More than 800 UK women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of vaginal mesh implants, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The implants are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence after childbirth, but some can cut into the vagina – causing severe discomfort. Some women have been left in permanent pain, unable to walk, work or have sex. One called the implants “barbaric”. The UK’s medicines regulator said it “sympathises” with the women affected. Kate Langley had to give up her business as a…

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1 in 5 Teens Lose Sleep Over Social Media: Study

One in five teens regularly lose sleep over social media, waking up in the middle of the night to send or check messages on social media. This makes them three times more likely to feel constantly tired at school in comparison to their peers who do not log on at night, warns a new UK study. Researchers at Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) in the UK also found that girls are much more likely to access their social media accounts during the night than…

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Zimbabwe Bans Street Food Over Typhoid, Cholera Fears

Zimbabwe has banned street food vendors in the capital Harare after a typhoid outbreak blamed on poor sanitation and erratic water supplies. Portia Managazira, director for epidemiology and disease control in the health ministry, told AFP there had been more than 2,300 suspected cases of typhoid nationally in the last year, and 12 deaths. “The cases were mostly from Harare… We are still in emergency response mode and we are doing everything possible to get the situation under control,” she said. Harare has been reeling under an acute shortage of…

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