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Closing Bell: Sensex closes 373 points higher, Nifty above 10,600; FMCG leads rally

Market at Close Shares were off to a flying start on Monday, thanks to a sharp rally among consumption names in the last couple of hours Among sectors, financials, automobiles, consumption, and IT names were in the green, while investors sold metals and pharmaceuticals segments. In the broader markets, Nifty Midcap index underperformed benchmarks, but closed with gains of around 0.2 percent. At the close of market hours, the Sensex was up 373.06 points or 1.07% at 35354.08, while the Nifty ended higher by 101.80 points or 0.97% at 10628.60….

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Smoking damages your heart, leads to high blood pressure, infertility

While the popular belief is that smoking largely affects the lungs because they get directly exposed to inhaled smoke, health experts warn that it also impacts the entire cardiovascular system. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking tobacco is globally the second leading cause of heart diseases after high blood pressure. Nearly 12 % of cardiovascular deaths worldwide occur due to tobacco abuse and secondhand smoking. In tobacco cigarette, there is combustion, a burning of an organic material that generates temperatures up to 900 degree Celsius. Chronic exposure to…

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WestBridge leads Series B investment in healthcare data firm Innovaccer

Innovaccer Inc., a Silicon Valley-based healthcare data platform, has raised $25 million (Rs 168 crore) in a Series B round of funding led by Westbridge Capital, a company statement said. US-based venture capital firm Lightspeed Ventures also participated in the round, the statement added. With this investment, the total capital raised by Innovaccer stands at $41 million. Innovaccer will use the funds to continue building its data platform by leveraging its machine learning capabilities and to create a set of new patient engagement applications and platform capabilities for partners to…

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South Leads the Nation in Small Business Job Creation for the Construction Industry

The South led the nation in small business job creation in the construction industry during the month of March, a recent report says. The region’s Small Business Jobs Index ( 100.24) is just above the break even growth marker of 100. The latest Paychex IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch reports a 0.12 percent decrease to 99.65 this month nationally, or 1.07 percent year-over-year. Small Business Job Creation in Construction The Index has been below 100 for nine months with the West at 99.29, being the lowest in March. For…

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‘High level of allergy’ leads to rise in demand for yoga accessories from abroad

The demand for yoga equipment and accessories in foreign countries, including Australia and Canada, has been growing for the past few years, an expert has said here. The yoga products are being sought after by the people in foreign countries due to the “high level of allergy”, he said. “There has been a huge demand for neti patra, a traditional pot used in cleansing the nasal passage, and other yoga accessories in foreign countries. The demand has been growing since the last few years,” Ramchandara Surve, general secretary of Sri…

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Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Leads to a Happier Life

PhotoCredit:istock Apart from reducing the risk of cancer and heart attacks, consuming up to eight portions of more fruit and vegetables a day can substantially increase people’s happiness levels in life, finds a new study. “Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health,” said Andrew Oswald, professor at the University of Warwick in London. The findings showed that happiness increased incrementally for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to eight portions per day. People who changed from almost no…

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