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  • Ethiopian born Novelist Abraham to be honored by President Obama

    The Ethiopian born Indian- American writer and Physician Abraham Verghese is to be honored with National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

    Abraham Verghese, 61, was born in 1955 during the regime of Emperor Haile Seliassie. However during the political unrest broke out while overthrowing the Emperor it was a must for Abraham to cut short his medical training in Addis Ababa and joined his family in US where he studied medical.

     Now Abraham is to be awarded for his books of real health crises with several others in the ceremony to be held at white House on September 22.

    Among Abrahams books one was cutting for Stone, was set in Ethiopia from where it moved to America. “I wanted the reader to see how entering medicine was a passionate quest, a romantic pursuit, a spiritual calling, a privileged yet hazardous undertaking,” he said

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    Plaque is a common cosmetic issue for both men and women. It’s a sticky film that accumulates on your teeth. Plaque contains a mass of bacteria and if left untreated, it can lead to gum disease and halitosis (bad breath).


    Sadly, you can’t do anything to prevent the formation of plaque on your teeth. However, there are several natural treatments you can do at home to prevent or reduce plaque accumulation.


    Due to nicotine, plaque deposits in smokers are dark yellow and the same is true of people who drink lots of coffee. Although it seems harmless, plaque is actually the first phase of what may result in tooth decay and even tooth loss.


    The conventional dental procedure for plaque removal is known as deep prophylaxis. The procedure is affordable, but most people avoid it simply because they are time-bound or don’t like going to the dentist.

    If you also belong to this group, read on and find out how you can improve your dental health using simple, yet effective natural remedies at home.

    Home Remedy #1


    • ½ l water
    • 60g nutshell flour


    Mix the ingredients in a pot then bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool. You should get a paste-like mixture similar to toothpaste. Use this to brush your teeth for 5 minutes twice a month.

    Home Remedy #2


     2 sunflower seed flour
    • 2 lime juice
    • ½ l water


    Use a pot to mix the ingredients then bring to a boil and simmer for an hour over low heat. Use the mixture to brush your teeth for 5 minutes twice a month. It’ll prevent plaque and tartar formation on your teeth.

    Proper and regular dental hygiene is vital for your oral health. The following tips will help you keep your dental hygiene at an optimal level.


    • Never miss a day to brush your teeth; ideally you should brush after each meal or at least twice a day.
    • Spend at least 2 minutes brushing.
    • Always choose milder toothpaste, as most conventional types contain harsh chemicals that hamper your oral pH.
    • Floss every night before bedtime to remove food residues that remains stuck between teeth.
    • Use a mouthwash regularly. The natural varieties which you can make at home, such as thyme and mint infusion, are the best ones. You can also mix sea water and regular water in a ratio 1:2.
    • For plaque deposits that won’t come off, visit a dentist, but don’t do the plaque-removing procedure too often as it can damage your tooth
    • source: healthytipsworld.net




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  • Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture at Rio Paralympics

    Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture at Rio Paralympics

    The gesture refers to protesters from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia who have been involved in months of demonstrations as they demand greater political rights. It echoed the one made by compatriot Feyisa Lilesa at the end of the Olympic marathon. 

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  • Feyisa Lilesa: Ethiopian protest runner lands in the US

    Ethiopian Olympian Feyisa Lilesa, who said he wanted to seek asylum after making an anti-government gesture in Rio, has arrived in the US.

    The marathon runner crossed the line in second place with his arms above his head in solidarity with Oromo activists who are staging protests in Ethiopia.

    He repeated the gesture later at a press conference, saying his life would be in danger if he returned home.

    The government has been accused of brutally cracking down on protesters.

    The country's Information Minister Getachew Reda told the BBC at the time that he had nothing to fear and would be welcomed home as a hero.

    But speaking after the race, Mr Feyisa said he might be killed if he returned.

    "If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country."

    His family later said that he wanted to seek asylum in the US.

    A funding campaign, which has now reached its $150,000 (£113,000) target, was set up to help pay his legal fees and support his family back home in Ethiopia.

    Mr Feyisa is from Oromia, home to most of Ethiopia's 35 million Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group.

    The region has been hit by a wave of anti-government protests since November last year as people complain about social and political marginalisation.

    US-based rights group Human Rights Watch has said that more than 400 people have been killed by security forces during the demonstrations.


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