23 Underprivileged Women Complete Beauty Training Course

These 23 young women from low income families completed a six-month course on `beauty therapy and hair styling’ on December 23, 2016.

The programme is jointly run by Tata Steel Skill Development Society (TSSDS) and Vandana Luthra Curls & Curls (VLCC). The 23 women comprised the fourth batch of the course.

Social activist Ms. Ruchi Narendran gave away certificates to these women at a convocation ceremony held at Tata Community Centre.

“The course is just wonderful and will go a long way in making girls self-reliant. The beauty sector is now getting organised, and students completing this course will see multiple job openings coming their way,” said Ms. Narendran, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Among them, some have got job offers from prominent salons like DC Lounge, VLCC Health Care Unit, VLCC Beauty Fitness and Slimming Centre, Sun Spa & Wellness Retreat, the others have decided to start their own venture.

“The course is just great. It makes underprivileged girls, like me, attain self-independence and carve out an identity that is not dependent on husbands,” shared Dimpal Devi, who couldn’t study beyond class 10 owing to financial constraints.

Capt. Amitabh, Head, Skill Development, CSR, Tata Steel; Mr. Debashis Chatterjee, senior manager, Skill Development, CSR, Tata Steel; Mr Yogesh Thakur, Manager- Skill development and Training, VLCC; Ms. Kanika Prasad, Head of Institute, VLCC Jamshedpur were also present on the occasion


Planning to lose weight? Here are five tips to avoid the obesity trap

NEW DELHI: Owing to people’s lifestyles, eating fast food has become an essential part of their life. Most people are also tried to exercise because of the tight work schedules, ultimately leading to obesity. Try out five ways to avoid excess body fat, says an expert.

Vandana Luthra, Founder and Vice-chairperson, VLCC, suggests how:

Eat breakfast every day, it is the most important meal of a day.

Watch out for empty calories and take food which are low on sugar and fat content. It is important to get a balanced diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains included in it.

Exercise daily for a minimum of 30 minutes as it helps to reduce body fat as well as protect one against chronic diseases associated with obesity like diabetes, heart disease. It will also help to decrease stress and high blood pressure. Exercising is good to decrease fat around the waist and total body fat which will slow the development of abdominal obesity.

Get enough sleep on a daily basis as irregular bedtime and insufficient sleep lead to weight gain. Sleep-deprived people may be too tired to exercise, decreasing the “calories burned” side of the weight-change equation.

VLCCs Freight Rates Set to Slide Ahead of Holidays

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which are hovering close to the multi-month highs hit last week, are set to soften ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, ship brokers said on Friday. “It is just a question of time when the market drops down, although there is still scope for the market to top,” a European supertanker broker said on Friday.

Strong levels of chartering activity – with around 70 open market fixtures in the last week – had reduced the number of supertankers available for charter. Continued firm fixing early next week could push charter rates higher, brokers said. “West Africa has been taking quite a lot of ships,” the European broker said.

Chinese charterer NPI paid 74 on the World scale to hire the 314,249 dead-weight tonne (SWT) VLCC, DHT Sundarbans for a voyage from the Middle East to the NPI refinery at Yingkou, chartering data on the Reuters Eikon terminal showed. That was four World scale points higher than the prevailing index level. Brokers said NPI paid the premium because it had a prompt loading date.

“Rates have plateaued. I feel about 80 percent of the programmer for December lifting has been fixed. There could be last-minute frenzy but I don’t think it will happen because traders close their books on December 15,” said Ashok Sharma, managing director of broking house BRS-Baxi (Far East) in Singapore. “I have a feeling the market is going to drift down,” Sharma added.

Rates are being supported by lower levels of new vessel deliveries as owners defer taking new ships from December to January so vessels appear they were built in 2017 rather than 2016. The flurry of new buildings expected to be delivered in January would put pressure on rates then, Sharma said. “Rates in the Middle East were very dependent on the type (age) of ships and destinations with spreads as high as 15 World scale points between older and the newer vessels,” Norwegian ship broker Fernley said in a note on Wednesday.