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Prof. Yadvinder Malhi to drive Natural History Museum agenda

2020-05-29T16:17:37+00:00May 29th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Global Indian academic and an expert in the field of climate change, Yadvinder Malhi, has been appointed as the Natural History Museum in London’s newest Trustee by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Malhi is Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford, Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Biodiversity and Conservation at Oriel College, Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests and the Oxford University Biodiversity Network. The 52-year-old professor will take on the unpaid advisory role for [...]

Even light physical activity can make big impact

2020-05-29T11:35:46+00:00May 29th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

Initiating subtle changes in your lifestyle, like substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep or light physical activities, is associated with lower stress, better mood, and lower body mass index (BMI), according to a recent study. The new research was published in the ‘American Journal of Preventive Medicine’. Jacob Meyer, lead author and assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, said light activity can include walking around your home office while talking on the phone or standing while preparing dinner. [...]

A uniquely Desi Lockdown film series

2020-05-29T10:06:16+00:00May 29th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

The UK’s Covid-19 lockdown has had a fundamental impact on theatre and arts and culture generally, freelance creatives and the community as a whole.  Rifco Theatre Company challenged Britain’s South Asian artists to come up with films about how desis are surviving in lockdown and got a wide range of submissions,. Artistic Director Pravesh Kumar said: “In the current situation it feels important that we continue to support artists to create new work and have a voice. We want to remain [...]

Former UK PM out for Sewa Day on Covid-19 frontline

2020-05-28T11:46:05+00:00May 28th, 2020|iGLOBAL, News & Views|

Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May joined Sewa Day’s west London team help deliver care packages to care homes in the local area on behalf of the charity’s younger volunteers. Due to government guidelines on volunteering during the coronavirus lockdown, children have not been able to participate in Sewa Day’s efforts to support keyworkers and the vulnerable at this time. But that only seemed to motivate the youngsters to think of innovative and creative ways to do their bit. Over [...]

Virtual bhajans to Heal the World in the time of Covid

2020-05-28T11:47:04+00:00May 28th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

A world in lockdown has meant that entertainment venues have had to rethink their entire pre-scheduled calendar, planned out months if not years in advance. As the coronavirus pandemic triggered cancellations across the board, the Nehru Centre in London was among many such cultural hotspots that was faced with balancing the social distance dilemma with the need for cultural succour. The cultural wing of the Indian High Commission in London, a daily hub of activity, from Indian dance and music [...]

Yoga, a powerful tool to improve mental health: Research

2020-05-28T07:53:39+00:00May 28th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

A recent research has pointed out that movement-based yoga can significantly improve mental health during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The new research from the University of South Australia was published in the ‘British Journal of Sports Medicine’. The world-first study conducted in partnership with the Federal University of Santa Maria (UniSA), UNSW Sydney, Kings College London and Western Sydney University found that movement-based yoga improves the mental health of people living with a range of mental disorders, with the benefits [...]

Celebrity Chef Dipna Anand delves into her new normal

2020-05-28T12:14:53+00:00May 28th, 2020|iCommunity, iGLOBAL|

Reena Ranger, Chair of Women Empowered, kick-starts an incisive regular series for iGlobal to explore some inspirational facets from the life and achievements of prominent Global Indians. Dipna Anand is a celebrity chef who co-owns Southall’s famous Brilliant Restaurant in London. Here she is  In Conversation with Reena Ranger as she opens up about what inspires her, getting used to a new normal and cooking through the lockdown. Who has been your role model and had a profound impact on you? My [...]

Salman Khan on an anti-Covid sanitising drive

2020-05-27T13:15:34+00:00May 27th, 2020|iEntertainment, iGLOBAL|

Bollywood star Salman Khan has launched a drive to spread awareness around the need for “sanitisation", to combat the spread of Covid-19. The actor took to social media to launch his brand FRSH, the result of a rethink on his original plan to launch deodorants. "The need of the hour is to start sanitisers," he said. Khan, 54, used a video to promote the new brand as he urged his massive fan following to be safe. Khan, the actor behind [...]