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Women purchase more sexual health items in February

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NEW DELHI — Women purchase more sexual health items in February, the month of Valentine’s Day, than men, says a study.

The study revealed that categories that dominate female purchases during February are romance products, adult games, edible fun products and sexy lingerie.

Women’s buys in the initial two weeks of February go up to 54 percent of the aggregate income manufactured by the sexual health products industry, contrasted with 41 percent on an average throughout the year, said the study conducted by ThatsPersonal.com, a seller of sexual wellness products, IANS reported.

The study names Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad as laggards in the sale of sexual wellness products.

“Sixty-one percent of wellness products purchased during the month of February are by females and that too during the first 20 days of February. The cities which witness the highest purchase of sexual wellness products include Bangalore, Baroda, Pune, New Delhi and Mumbai,” said the study.

Samir Saraiya, CEO, ThatsPersonal.com, said: “This report is based on 30 months of internal traffic and sales data, customer feedback and interactions and a few qualitative surveys.”

“Despite the social stigma that still surrounds the market, Indian audiences are beginning to see this sector as essential and not just something frivolous,” said the study.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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