Pune woman fired for being HIV+ve gets her job back after 3 years

Pune woman job ordeal

A Pune-based woman, who was sacked by her employer almost three years ago for being HIV +ve, finally got her job back after the labour court ordered the company to reinstate her and provide her wages for the absentee period.

In an order passed on Monday (December 3), the court ordered the company to restore her in the same designation and provide the wages, news agency ANI reported.

The episode dates back to 2015 when the concerned pharma company had terminated her after she submitted medical documents to the company for claiming benefits. The report revealed to her employer that she was diagnosed with HIV, following which the company asked her to resign within 30 minutes.

“I was asked to submit a document for the medical claim and when I did that, they asked me about it [HIV]. I told them I got it from my husband and within 30 minutes, they forced me to resign. I had been working there as a trainee operator for five years,” she said.

Her husband died of the disease. She was also boycotted by her in-laws for having this infection.

The woman further claimed that the company officials had verbally informed her that the reason for her removal was the HIV infection; the documents (relieving letter/experience letter) handed over to her by the company clear mentioned absenteeism as the reason.

Advocate Vishal Jadhav, who appeared for woman, said, “An employee was terminated on the basis of being tested positive for HIV, however, the company claims that the employee resigned herself.”

The Pune court, on Monday, declared that no employee can be terminated on being tested positive for HIV.

“The company was asked to reinstate her in the same post she was in, along with providing all the back wages,” the lawyer added.


This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

This Ayurvedic Beverage May Help Relieve Acidity and Indigestion

Picture this: You had a great lunch at one of your favourite restaurants. You are headed back home, and as soon as you are about to tell your friends about how amazing your meal was- you burp. You go for it again and you feel this strange burning sensation around your chest, your tummy is heavy and this discomfort is only getting worse with each passing minute. Acidity can spoil any good meal experience in just few minutes. Fortunately, we know plenty of natural home remedies that help relieve acidity and indigestion. According to Ayurveda, cumin is one such spice that can stimulate digestive juices and keep tummy troubles like acidity and indigestion at bay.

According to Ayurvedic Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, “Jeera water helps get rid of acidity and bloating, and provides relief from indigestion. It acts as a painkiller and is especially beneficial in curing stomach ache and abdominal pain.” Cumin water generally stimulates the secretion of digestive enzymes and accelerates the digestion process, thus helping you fight gut issues.

Cumin seeds serve as a great acid neutraliser, aid digestion and relieve stomach pain. Chewing on a handful of seeds could prove to be very effective at times. However, the strong flavour of cumin may get a bit too much to handle for some people. In this case, you can make yourself a glass of jeera water. Drinking jeera water daily could help keep your digestion healthy.


Winter Health Tips: Benefits And Easy Ways Of Staying Hydrated During Winters

Winter Health Tips: Benefits And Easy Ways Of Staying Hydrated During Winters

Winters are here and while we’re all looking forward to the feasting and snuggling, it is important to take care of health as well. Like any other season, winter also demands special dietary and lifestyle adjustments to prepare the body for the cold weather. Staying hydrated may not look like an important thing to do during winters, as we don’t lose a lot of sweat during cold weather. But as in summers, drinking enough water and retaining it in the body is important during winters as well. Staying hydrated may seem like an easy enough thing to do during winters, but it may not be so for a number of reasons. For one, dehydration is much less noticeable during winters, than it is during summers as you don’t notice how much sweat you’ve lost under all those layers of clothing.

For another, the dryness in the air may dehydrate our bodies quicker than we can imagine and most often we don’t even feel thirsty, so our need for adequate water may remain unmet. The effects of dehydration may be subtle and hence, less noticeable during winters, but it’s important to work pre-emptively to replenish the fluid reserves of the body, in order to avoid any physical discomfort in the future.

Also Read: The Winter Diet: 4 Winter-Friendly Flours You Must Try This Season

Here are some health benefits of drinking adequate water during winters:

1. Temperature Regulation: Water helps regulate the body temperature, during both summers and winters. Staying hydrated may be a sure shot way to stay warm internally and prevent conditions like hypothermia.

2. Boosting Immunity: The cold and dry air may sap your body of energy, making you feel sluggish and even making you more susceptible to cold and flu. Stay hydrated to boost immunity and protect your body from illnesses.

Also Read: 10 Best Indian Winter Vegetable Recipes

3. Regulating Weight: When you’re hydrated, your body is more capable of breaking down fats, effectively regulating body weight.

4. Boosting Skin Health: Drinking adequate water is one of the first things any beauty expert will suggest to you for skin health. During winters, it’s essential to stay hydrated to prevent dry and dull skin.

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How To Stay Hydrated During Winters

1. Drink Warm/Room Temperature Water: After exercising during winters or even generally, one should drink beverages or water which is at room temperature. This is because cold water/liquids get absorbed faster in the body.

2. Eat Fruits/Veggies With High Water Content: Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content is also a great way to stay hydrated. Load up on strawberries, oranges, pineapple, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, cucumber, etc.

3. Limit Consumption of Alcohol/Caffeine: Although it’s extremely tempting to indulge in hot teas, coffees and alcohol during winters, both alcohol and caffeine may dehydrate your body, so excessive consumption of both is not recommended.

4. Eat More Soups/Broths: Salty foods like soups and broths are healthy and may help in retaining water in the body. They also have the added advantage of warming you up from the inside.


Acne cure, here are the causes, home remedies to get rid of facial scars

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples.

Dealing with acne can be a pain. And the skin condition invariably has a habit of showing up when you least expect it. Here are expert-recommended ways to tackle it.

Indrayani Pawar, team leader, dietician team, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Mumbai, shares 3 common reasons that lead to acne:

1. Coffee lovers, there’s bad news for you. Drinking excess of your favourite cuppa triggers acne. Even the milk and sugar in the coffee are dietary triggers. So you may want to go easy on the beverage if you want clear skin.

2. Eating highly processed food triggers an insulin spike in the body and interferes with the gut flora. Avoid baked, fried and junk food as they have a high glycemic index. On the other, hand one should include more of fruits and veggies which have low glycemic index to the diet.

3. People also get stress pimples. This is because of hormonal imbalance in the body due to stress which leads to breakout. Ideally, you should have a routine to get enough sleep and a balanced diet which is an important factor in skin health.

Dr Raina Nahar, consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Mumbai, shares 3 home remedies for acne:

Tea tree oil

It works as an effective home remedy for many conditions, but especially for acne and other skin conditions. It breaks up clogged pores, clear out dead skin cells, and keeps acne from coming back. To use tee tree oil, mix one part oil to six to nine parts water, depending on how strong you want the mixture to be. Apply directly to the skin using cotton balls and leave it on for around 30 minutes. You can moisturise afterwards, but be sure that you never use tea tree oil undiluted.

Ice cubes

If you have spots that are especially swollen and red, ice can be a great way to reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of blemishes. This may sound like a simplistic method but it’s surprisingly useful.

Apple cider vinegar

It is formed from fermented unfiltered pressed apple juice. It has anti- bacterial and anti-viral properties. It also reduces oil secretion. Mix apple cider vinegar with water in ratio of 1:3 and apply on the face for 30 seconds and then rinse. Repeat 1-2 times per day, if needed.


9 simple grooming and skin care tricks every man should follow to look good

Grooming and skin care need not be a tedious routine for men. You can start looking good by following some simple, DIY methods regularly.

If you think only women need to bother with pedicures or sunscreen, you’re mistaken. Personal grooming is important for everyone, and certainly men. Regular pedicures, weekly deep cleansing sessions and sweat prevention are a few of things men should be careful about. Ragini Mehra, Founder, Beauty Source and Milan Sharma, Co-founder, Magnifique, have suggested tips:

Incorporate regular pedicures into your routine

Besides being relaxing, pedicures are an absolute must. Of course, a pedicure will leave you with smooth and nourished skin, but most importantly – it will ensure your toenails are cared for and help you avoid the terrifying ingrown nail.

Pedicures will ensure your toenails are cared for and help you avoid the terrifying ingrown nail. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Pick your signature fragrance with care

Your favourite winter fragrance could react with heat and sweat to smell like something completely different, so pick your summer perfume with care. Try a few variations and see how they perform before settling on a staple.

Amp up hair care but cut down on hair styling products

It’s summer, so you will perspire. The trick to maintaining a well-coiffed hairdo when the temperature rises is minimum interference. Cut down on styling products that could go wrong, but at the same time, showing your scalp some love with the right hair care routine. A cooling shampoo and a mild leave in conditioner are all you need.

Sun protection

Using a good sun block is mandatory as sun protection is essential if you are out in the sun during the daytime, in order to avoid sunburns and tan that do not go easily.

Apply sunscreen before stepping outdoors to avoid sunburn and tanning. (Shutterstock)

Exfoliate/ deep cleanse weekly

One of the most important parts of any skincare routine, exfoliation will help to remove any oil, grease or dirt build up that inevitably comes with warmer, muggier days.

Sweat prevention

There’s little that can be done in terms of sweat prevention, but simple measures like opting for natural fibres over synthetics, choosing loose fitted clothing and drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help. Use a good quality deodorant for keeping body odour at bay.

Before and after shave

During summer, moisturise the face before shaving, and once you are done, use a toner to keep the skin firm and clear throughout the day. You can, then, apply the after shave cream to keep your skin moisturised and irritation-free.

Stay hydrated

For flawless skin and hair, make sure to stay hydrated, especially during summer. It helps in keeping acne and skin dryness at bay, which are two major summer issues.

Shampoo regularly

You need to shampoo on alternate days if your scalp gets excessively oily. Shampoo your hair twice or thrice weekly to get rid of the oil and dirt.


Here’s How You Can Detan Naturally Using Mango Pulp

Here's How You Can Detan Naturally Using Mango Pulp

Summers are here in full swing and so is the need to binge on summer fruit like mango. Mango is not only delicious but also packs a host of health benefiting properties. It can do wonders for your overall health, provided it’s consumed in moderation. Other than its consumption, mango can be used on the face as well in the form of face packs. Mango pulp when applied onto the skin can treat a host of skin problems, one of which being tanned skin. With summer comes tanned skin. A lot of us look out for various beauty treatments to get rid of that summer tan. However, not many know that the same condition can be treated using natural stuff like mango. This humble summer fruit can be used to get rid of even the most stubborn tan. In order to get rid of that tanned skin, here are a few mango face packs that can come to great help. Read on to know how they can be applied.

1. Mango Pulp Face Pack

Having an uneven skin complexion could be a nightmare for many. In order to get rid of the same, mango pulp can prove to be quite beneficial. Mango has exfoliating properties that can help in keeping the skin well hydrated. Just extract mango pulp and rub it over your face for around 2-3 minutes. Allow it to stay for 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Doing so will help you bring back the glow back after a tan, further improving your skin complexion. Repeat the procedure thrice a week to see effective results.

mango pulp

Mango pulp can help you get rid of the summer tan

2. Mango And Besan Face Pack

This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay. To make this face pack, you need to have pulp of ripe mango, two teaspoons of besan, 1/2 teaspoon of honey and few ground almonds. Take a bowl and add mango pulp in it. Then add Bengal gram flour (besan), almonds and honey into the pulp. Mix the ingredients properly to get a smooth paste-like consistency. Gently rub over the face and allow it to stay for around 10-12 minutes. Once it is done, rinse off with water. Use this face pack twice and watch out for results.

mango puree

This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay

3. Mango And Curd Face Pack

If you happen to have an oily skin, then this face pack is just apt for you. Apart from the goodness of mangoes, this face pack has curd and honey as well. These ingredients are readily available in the kitchen and can help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go. Extract pulp from a ripe mango and add 1 tablespoon of curd and 1 teaspoons of honey in it. Mix the ingredients well. However, make sure that the face pack is of thick consistency. Apply this pack on your face and wash it off after 10 minutes.

curd face pack

This face pack will help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this refreshing and healthy summer fruit by making the above mentioned face packs and say bye-bye to tanned skin.