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India announces ban on sale of e-cigarette products

India announces ban on sale of e-cigarette products

World
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- India's government announced a sweeping ban on e-cigarettes Wednesday, citing potential health risks. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan, said the ordinance will prohibit the manufacturing, importing, exporting, sale distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes. The ban includes products such as electronic nicotine delivery systems, heat-not-burn products, e-hookahs and others. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ordinance was inspired by the deaths of seven people in the United States due to vaping-related illnesses. Dozens of Indian states had also taken action to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. "Unfortunately, e-cigarettes got promoted initially as a way in which people can get out ...
Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter

Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter

Entertainment
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj announced Thursday on Twitter that she is retiring from her music career. Minaj, whose career has led to multiple MTV Video Music Awards wins and 10 Grammy nominations, tweeted Thursday that she is retiring to spend time with her family. "I've decided to retire & have my family," the "Anaconda" singer wrote. "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE." Minaj recently performed for Planned Parenthood's "Bands Together, Bans Off" Campaign, which aimed to raise awareness about restrictive legislation on reproductive rights in states like Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama and more. The performer recently canceled a scheduled appearance at a musi...
Boris Johnson announces £1.8bn one-off cash boost for NHS hospitals

Boris Johnson announces £1.8bn one-off cash boost for NHS hospitals

Health
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a one-off cash boost of £1.8bn for NHS hospitals in England.Of this, almost £1bn will be available immediately to go towards new equipment and upgrades to 20 hospitals.Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson said he was "determined to deliver" the promises of the Brexit referendum campaign and increase NHS spending.But Labour said it fell "significantly short" of the amount needed by the NHS and would not reverse years of cuts.The money is coming from the Treasury and is not a re-allocation of funds from the Department of Health.It is on top of an extra £20bn a year by 2023 announced by former prime minister Theresa May last year.Around £850m - spread over five years - will go towards funding the 20 hospital upgr
Anne Hathaway announces she’s pregnant on Instagram

Anne Hathaway announces she’s pregnant on Instagram

Entertainment
July 25 (UPI) -- Anne Hathaway is pregnant with her second child, the Oscar-wining actor announced on Instagram. The star of The Princess Diaries announced on Instagram that she and her husband, Adam Shulman, are expecting their second child, posting a picture of herself sporting a baby bump under a white tank top on Wednesday. "It's not for a movie... #2," she wrote on the image-sharing platform. The 36-year-old movie star then said she was sending "extra love" to those who've had difficulty becoming pregnant. "All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies," she said. Hathaway and Shulman were married in 2012 after four years of dating and welcomed their firstborn, Jonathan Rosebanks Shul...
Halle Bailey: Disney announces singer to play Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey: Disney announces singer to play Little Mermaid

Entertainment
Disney has cast singer Halle Bailey in the starring role of Ariel in a live action remake of The Little Mermaid."Halle possesses a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance, plus a glorious singing voice," director Rob Marshall said.Halle, 19, half of R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle, "said it was a "dream come true". The film, which will start shooting in 2020, will feature new songs written by Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda. Halle Bailey: All you need to know about Disney's new Ariel Meet Beyonce's soulful proteges Chloe x Halle Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry was one of the first to tweet her support for the young star, saying "we can't wait to see what you do!" ...