KURNOOL FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018 INTERVIEW ‘Being raised by single mother has been inspiring’ Making moving goods easy Taking mantle in her own hands AR Manjusha quit her job to start a transport aggregator website to make people’s lives hassle-free AR Manjusha PRADEEPKUMAR VENNELAKANTI A nnoyed with the bitter experience of moving granite from Chittoor to Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, AR Manjusha, a computer science graduate, found a solution and came out with the idea to start a transport aggregator website ‘Lorryguru.com’. AR Manjusha, who pursued MSc in computers, was disappointed when her family wanted to donate granite for a temple in Tirunelveli district. The load was ready to be dispatched; however, she could not hire a lorry to transport. She had to run from pillar to post for ﬁve days to get the job done. 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By 2014 the website became popular and now more a ﬂeet of 15,000 are registered with Lorryguru.com. “We collect a nominal fee of Rs 531 per month for each vehicle as registration fee and we provide a direct link between lorry owner and goods owner,” Manjusha said. With this website, any lorry owner from across the country can register and individuals or companies can contact for a lorry. Depending on their requirement and location, Lorryguru.com will provide a link with lorry owners. With this, goods owners can beneﬁt as they can transport their loads at cheaper rates as there is no role of middlemen. Similarly, lorry owners also beneﬁt as they get orders for their return journey easily. “Normally, vehicles return empty after they unload the goods at the destination. Now, when we get the requirement through our website, we contact the lorry in 50 to 100 km radius and share details of customers. This proved to be beneﬁcial to lorry owners,” Manjusha shared. “After our initiative, 72 such websites had come up and 60 of them have already wound up leaving 12 companies in the ﬁeld now,” she gleamed. Says Miss India World Anukreethy Vas, and feels that being strong in every situation kept her going T he newly crowned Miss India World Anukreethy Vas -- who works for the education of transgenders -- feels a smile keeps everyone going, something she has learnt from her mother, who rose her single-handedly. The 19year-old feels that being raised by a single mother was challenging but being strong in every situation kept them going. “The challenges were there forever starting from school because I am not from a city-based place. I studied in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) which is not really a city... But I was very strong because my mother didn't let me down at any point. She used to say, ‘You are a strong person. 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Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar crowned Anukreethy at the gala, where Meenakshi Chaud- hary from Haryana was adjudged first runner-up and second runner-up was Shreya Rao from Andhra Pradesh. Anukreethy calls herself a tomboy and loves to ride a bike. But more than that, she is actively involved in giving education to transgenders. “I work for the transgender education. One of my school friends was transgender and whose family abandoned her. That struck me about this topic. I was helping an orphanage and NGO with the education of their children.” “In 2015, I associated with an NGO, and the main area of work was education of transgender children. We are now being able to adopt 30 transgenders and educate them,” she told. As of now, she is “really happy” about her victory at the Miss India contest. “I will put my best to get the crown again,” she said, referring to the Miss World crown which Manushi brought back to India long after Priyanka Chopra won it in 2000. So after the sudden fame, is she going to miss all the normal things that she enjoys doing? “Not really. I still have a normal life. My friends back home are supportive. Yes, just the responsibilities have been added, but rest is normal,” said Anukreethy, who is currently not focussed on Bollywood. IN THE NEWS HEALTH ZONE Sahitya Akademi to hold transgender literary meet I n a bid to bring creativity of transgenders to the fore, Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, would hold the ﬁrst-ever literary meet for transgender writers in Kolkata next month, a member of the event's advisory committee said. However, the Bengal government does not have any role in organising the unique literary meet. “This is not a state government programme. It is being organised by the Sahitya Akademi. It is a unique initiative to bring the writings of transgender writers to light,” Manabi Bandyopadhyay, who is also the ﬁrst transgender college principal in the country, told. "I am a part of the advisory body. So when I was contacted by the Sahitya Akademi official here about the programme, I provided him with the names of some transgender poets and their writings," she said adding that the venue and other details of the event are still being discussed at an official level. Describing literary meet as a powerful platform for the sexually marginalised community to display their creative ﬂair, she said many members of the community want to prove themselves in society. "As a member of the transgender community, I think the academicians, writers and creative persons among us want to prove that we also have an imagination and creativity. We also have dreams. Sahitya Akademi is big platform. So, I think it is a good opportunity for us to prove ourselves," she added. Dr Tulika Tayal, Dr Priya Kadam and Dr V Madhavi Prenatal screening essential for pregnant women: Experts More than 38,000 babies are born in India each year with the Down Syndrome OUR BUREAU Supriti Batra, Beauty and Make up expert at Momspresso too have some inputs to share Why you should use a lip liner? Lip liners are an essential part of any makeup vanity. A few reasons why it should not be neglected and should be in your kit. If you just land up eating your lipstick even before they reach the party, you can use lip liner before applying your lipstick as it makes it stay long. Once you fill up the lip with a liner it A prevents your lipstick to bleed. It is a great way to shape up your lip and make it look clean and precise. It enhance, your lips and make them look fuller and plump. You can just outline your lip above your actual lip line on top at the cupids bow as well as your lower lip and join it at the ends to get that perfect pout. 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While all couples who have conceived should ideally opt for pre-natal genetic screening, it is strongly recommended for those with advanced maternal age, previous positive family history and other high-risk factors for early detection of potential disorders, said the doctors. The incidence of chromosomal disorders in India is 1:166 per live births. India being one of the highest birthing countries in the world, there is greater incidence of Down Syndrome, which occurs in approximately 1 out of 830 live births. “More than 38,000 ba- bies are born in India each year with the Down Syndrome. Yet, only 50 per cent of pregnant Indian women undergo full antenatal check-up. Prenatal screening will let them take informed decision in case of seriously affected pregnancy. Even if they decide to continue with the pregnancy, the prenatal test gives them an opportunity to adjust to this information before the baby is born, and plan the treatment, in case of some disorders, well before birth. Also, if the test is normal, it reassures the mother about the health of the baby. Prenatal screening has a major role to play in bringing down the incidence of chromosomal disorders,” said Vasikarla Madhavi, Geneticist, Fernandez Hospital. On the other hand, Noninvasive Prenatal Test is a high-performance screening test and is highly accurate and can be done as early as the 10th week of gestation and carries no risk of miscarriage. Although it is highly accurate, but it’s not a diagnostic test. NIPT tests are performed with a simple draw of blood from the mother. Dr Priya Kadam added, “Government needs to take an active part in spreading awareness about the importance of genetic testing, provide funds for R and D and cover genetic diagnostic tests under health insurance and by engaging private and government hospitals.”
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