The women sent
hand-made rakhis to Modi and called him their elder brother who protected them
from the "evil" practice. (File photo: ANI)
Varanasi: Muslim Women Send Rakhis to Elder Brother Modi
Trump Tells Advisers Tel Aviv Should Bar US Muslim Lawmakers
Are Women Better Ultra-Endurance Athletes Than Men?
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Varanasi: Muslim women send rakhis to elder brother Modi
August 11, 2019
A few Muslim women from the Lok Sabha constituency of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Varanasi, have sent hand-made rakhis to him for
Raksha Bandhan as they say that the PM is like their elder brother.
This is in response to the passing of the Triple Talaq
Bill which criminalises the practice of Triple Talaq, or instant divorce among
The women sent hand-made ‘rakhis’ to Modi and called him
their elder brother who protected them from the evil practice of triple talaq.
Huma Bano of Rampura said, “It was only because of Modi
that triple talaq is criminalized. He is like an elder brother of all the
Muslim women in the country. We have made rakhis for our brother.”
However, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) called it
“The Muslim subsidiary of the RSS is carrying out such
activities. They have hired Muslims to do this. This is done under the pressure
of people in power. It’s the government’s propaganda,” said State President of
the IUML Matin Khan while talking to IANS.
(With IANS inputs)
Trump tells advisers Tel Aviv should bar US Muslim
lawmakers from Israel
Sun Aug 11, 2019
US President Donald Trump has reportedly told his advisers
that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should use the regime’s
anti-boycott law to prevent Muslim congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
from entering the occupied Palestinian territory.
US-based Axios news outlet cited three sources familiar
with Trump’s private remarks as saying on Saturday that the American president
had told advisers, including senior administration officials, that the Israeli
regime should bar Omar and Tlaib’s entry because the two lawmakers support the
boycott Israel movement.
According to the report, the White House, however, has
denied offering such advice to the Israeli regime with Press Secretary
Stephanie Grisham saying, ”The Israeli government can do what they want. It's
The Israeli parliament passed a law in 2017, requiring
the interior minister to block foreign nationals from entering the occupied
territory if they have supported boycotting the Zionist regime.
Trump’s move came days after the US House of
Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution last week to condemn the
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS movement, which Omar and Tlaib
The resolution claims that the global movement to boycott
Israel over its policies toward Palestinians "promotes principles of
collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of
prospects for progress towards peace."
Both Omar and Tlaib voted against the resolution.
Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer reportedly said
last month that the regime would not bar the congresswomen from entering
"Out of respect for the US Congress and the great
alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of
Congress into Israel," he said as quoted in a report by Israeli daily
The two Muslim lawmakers are due to arrive in Israeli on
August 18, according to the report, which noted that the timing could change.
CK Birla Hospital for Women plans Rs 1,000 crore
investment to add 14 hospitals by 2025-end
BusinessToday.In, August 11, 2019
CK Birla Hospital for Women plans to add nearly 14 more
hospitals under the brand across India with an investment of around Rs 1,000
crore by 2025 end, its founder Avanti Birla said. The Gurugram-based hospital
has one 75-bed multispeciality hospital which that focuses on women healthcare
in the city.
"We are looking to add around 14 hospitals by the
end of 2025 across the country. The investment on this would be up to Rs 1,000
crore. All these hospitals will be in the similar format of our Gurugram
hospital," Birla told PTI.
All 14 hospitals will have nearly 75-80 beds each. The
company will have an overall bed count of 1,400 to 1,500 in total, she said.
Talking about the possible locations for the new
hospitals, Birla stated, "These hospitals will be in metros, tier 1 cities
and smaller cities that we are evaluating."
Regarding the company's plans to finance the expansion,
Birla told the news agency, "We are looking at different sources of
funding. Right now we are primarily privately funded, but going forward it will
be a mix of funding from the group, internal accruals and we will also tap
Highlighting that India has a huge demand for healthcare
and bridging the gap between demand and supply is a challenge, she said that
all healthcare providers are making efforts in that direction.
About the need for the hospitals for women, Birla said,
"There is a huge need in India for hospitals focusing on women as they are
under-served and that is what driving us to set up these hospitals."
"There is a distinct focus on providing quality
healthcare for women and the whole clinical and service proposition is built
around that. Having built what is good for women also serves the men as
well," said Akshat Seth, COO, CK Birla Hospital for Women.
The hospitals seek to deliver global standards of
clinical excellence, he added.
CK Birla Hospital for Women is part of the C K Birla Group.
The Group has interests across technology, automotive, infrastructure, home and
building, healthcare and education.
Are women better ultra-endurance athletes than men?
By Sophie Williams
BBC News 11 August 2019
Through thunderstorms, scorching heat and icy rain, Fiona
Kolbinger cycled 2,485 miles (3,999km) in a little more than 10 days over some
of Europe's most demanding terrain.
In doing so, the German cyclist became the first woman to
win the Transcontinental Race this week. That in itself was remarkable: it was
the first time she had formally competed in an ultra-cycling event.
But what was all the more remarkable was the fact she
finished the brutal journey from Bulgaria to France a full 10 hours ahead of
her closest opponent.
"I am so, so surprised to win," she said.
"When I was coming into the race I thought that maybe I could go for the
women's podium, but I never thought I could win the whole race."
Perhaps she should not have been so surprised: her result
is one of a number of wins racked up by female ultra-endurance athletes in
In January, British ultra-runner Jasmin Paris became the
first woman to win the 268-mile Montane Spine Race in the UK, finishing the
course in 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds, smashing the course record by 12
hours. And that included time to breastfeed her baby along the way.
And in May, British junior doctor Katie Wright beat 40
men and six other women to win the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra-marathon in
New Zealand, running almost non-stop for 30 hours.
Is this a sign women are better at ultra-endurance
events? And if so, why?
In general, women have a greater distribution of slow
twitch muscle fibres, said Dr Nicholas Tiller, a senior lecturer in applied
physiology at Sheffield Hallam University. These muscle fibres are more
resistant to fatigue and more suited to endurance.
He said that men still tended to have bigger muscles and
greater maximal capacities like strength and aerobic power, which is why women
generally can't compete with men over shorter distances like a marathon.
This year's marathon was won by Eliud Eliud Kipchoge who
finished the course in two hours, two minutes and 38 seconds. Brigid Kosgei,
who won the women's race, took 16 minutes longer.
"One of the reasons why women tend to be able to
compete with men and sometimes outperform them, is that the greater maximal
capacities exhibited by men aren't as important in an ultra-endurance
event," Dr Tiller, who is also an ultra-marathon runner, said.
He said that in ultra-endurance races, athletes are never
working close to their maximum capacity. It is much more about peripheral
conditioning, oxygen efficiency and mental toughness.
While women don't outperform men in endurance sport,
ultra-endurance sports are much more closely contested, he said.
"Ultra-marathons are the great equaliser," Dr Tiller said,
"because there are no other sports where men and women can compete side by
side in terms of physicality."
The "longer the distance, the less of a gap between
men and women," says Fiona Oakes, an ultra-marathon runner and holder of
four world records.
"Certainly from when I've done races, women manage
themselves in a completely different way," she told the BBC. She became
aware of this while completing a marathon at the North Pole.
"It's a completely different psyche that the women
have," she said. "During the North Pole race, a lot of the men tended
to zoom off very quickly. Particularly in that race, it's imperative that you
start at the pace you're going to finish in because if you don't and you slow
down in the race, you're going to get hypothermia."
One of the reasons women could be performing well at
ultra-endurance events is how they deal with emotions, said Dr Carla Meijen, a
senior lecturer in applied sport psychology at St Mary's University in
She said: "When we think about ultra-endurance
events, one of the things that's quite prevalent is emotions because you get
fatigue, sleep deprivation and tiredness and that causes things like confusion
and less helpful emotional responses.
"Typically females use more emotion-focused coping
so they focus more on how to reframe what they are feeling than males in
general. That might be a reason why they may be more suited to those more
When Jasmin Paris won the Montane Spine Race, she rested
for only seven of the 83 hours, during which she had to sleep, eat and organise
her kit. On the final section of the race, she started to hallucinate, thinking
she could see animals appearing out of every rock. She kept forgetting what she
was doing before remembering that she was taking part in the race.
In 2017, American ultra-marathon runner Courtney
Dauwalter won the 238-mile MOAB race in under 58 hours. She did this on just 21
In a separate 100 mile ultra-endurance race, she ran the
final 12 miles in total blindness. It took five hours for her sight to
She told Trail Runner that she continued running, falling
many times and finished the race with a bleeding gash on her head.
"I didn't fully process what was happening. In the
moment, I was just thinking 'I'm in this race, I need to keep moving',"
she told the magazine.
Dr Meijen said research she had conducted alongside Paul
Anstiss and Professor Samuele Marcora from the University of Kent found that
some female endurance athletes mentioned previous experiences such as
childbirth helped them during races.
"Some female participants said events such as
childbirth had helped them to deal with the pain and meant they had more belief
in themselves so that they could push through the pain," Dr Meijen said.
"When you think about ultra-endurance, it is a very painful experience."
However she said there was very little research on female
athletes versus male athletes as "a lot of research did not compare
There are not enough sample sizes to determine whether
women are better ultra-endurance athletes than men, said Dr Bryce Carlson, an
ultra-marathon runner and the first American to complete the 2,000-mile
(3,218km) North Atlantic west-to-east-solo row.
"In some years, a woman can win outright," he
said. "When that happens, it's a really small sample size, where you have
an elite female runner who has trained really hard and well and has great skill
in the sport, and the competition in the men's sport might not be that
The Marathon des Sables in one of the most famous
endurance races where athletes run more than 156 miles (250km) in just six days
He said that ultra-endurance runner Ann Trason was
breaking records and beating men in ultra-endurance marathons in the late 1980s
She held the title of ultra-runner of the year for more
than a decade and broke 20 world records in distances ranging from 40 to 100
miles. Her performance sparked debate on whether women would begin to
consistently beat men in ultra-endurance sports.
Dr Carlson said: "There was a lot of discussion that
time whether you did longer and longer distances, whether the female/male
strength gap closes to the point where women and men are competing on an equal
Thirty years on from that debate, he said, more and more
women were competing in ultra-endurance events, but men still generally outperformed
Fiona Oakes, the ultra-endurance runner, noted that women
"haven't been in these events for that long" but that nowadays women
were "improving so much quicker than the men".
"When I did the Marathon de Sables, there weren't
that many women even competing in the race, now they're getting up into the top
20 alongside the men in these ultra-endurance races.
"Women are actually going out there and beating the
men. We're going to see it much more often. They're finding their feet with
ultra-events and you will see many more women rising to the top."
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