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New Delhi, July 26

 Monsoon brings different memories to each one of us. For some it is playing and running in the rain as kids, to others having a hot cup of coffee or tea sitting by the window. For some others it is eating a plate full of pakoras or staying sick due to seasonal flu. While monsoon has its own charm, it is also a season that brings along different diseases. Here are the top 10 food items to consume to maintain a better health during monsoon:

1. Green Peppercorns: Green Peppercorns contain Piperine, an alkaloid that has various health benefits. It also has a significant amount of Vitamin C and K. Green Peppercorns contain antioxidants that can help prevent serious diseases by deactivating free radicals. Green Peppercorns can reduce gas by stimulating the production of Hydrochloric Acid, which improves food digestion. It also has antimicrobial properties, which means that it may be able to reduce the risk of food poisoning by eliminating the bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses.

2. Fruits: Seasonal fruits like Peaches, Plums, Cherries, Jamun, Pomegranate are packed with Vitamin A and C, Fibre, and Antioxidants. Avoid eating pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors and stick to high quality fresh cut fruits and juices preferable made at home.

3. Fluids: Include plenty of warm fluids like soup, masala tea, green tea, broth, dal, soups, etc. as they are good for rehydration and great for the immune system.

4. Vegetables: It is a season of Gourds, like Snake Gourd, Bottle Gourd, Indian Squash, Ridge Gourd, etc. Include Gourd vegetables in various preparations like vegetables, paratha, soup, raita, etc. Eat steamed salads instead of raw vegetables as they contain active bacteria and virus that may cause bacterial and viral infections.

5. Probiotics: Include probiotics like Curd, Buttermilk, Kefir, pickled vegetables to make your gut flora healthy. These probiotics help boost the growth of good bacteria in the gut, that helps fight the bad bacteria or the disease-causing bacteria from the gut.

6. Proteins: Including healthy proteins in your meals help increase immunity and helps in recovery from illness. Milk and milk products, pulses like Moong, dals, lentils, Chole, Rajma, Soya, Egg, and Chicken are good sources of healthy proteins.

7. Ginger and Garlic: Ginger and Garlic helps combat chills and fever, eliminate congestion, and have anti-viral properties. They have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antioxidant effects. Ginger tea can help ease throat pain. Ginger crushed or its extract can be added with Honey for children above the age of 1 year. It can be added to soups or in the tea for elderly. Garlic also has antimicrobial/ antifungal properties, it is an effective immune stimulant. It can be added to gravies, Chutneys, soups, tea, etc.

8. Fenugreek seeds/ Methi: Fenugreek is an energy booster, and it contains all the necessary minerals for it to take care of our body, even during fever and digestive disorders.

9. Turmeric: Turmeric has Curcumin, that has antioxidant, antimicrobial effect by inhibiting microbial growth like H. Pylori, MRSA, etc., it prevents gastric ulcers, improves immune response, and antimalarial activity among other protective and preventive functions. Indian food traditionally has Turmeric in the food preparation, but consumption of these food items will be variable especially for children and the elderly members for various reasons. A teaspoon of Turmeric as Turmeric milk/ latte, Turmeric with Honey or in hot water would be a good add on for children and elderly members of the family especially during monsoon.

10. Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential fatty acids that also have immune modulatory effect. In monsoon where the risk of infection through food and water increases, increasing immunity would help fight these infections to an extent. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are present in food sources like fish, Shrimps, Oysters, nuts, and oil seeds like Walnuts, Pistachio, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, etc. which could easily be incorporated into one's diet.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:15:06 +0530
Table Tennis India s challenge in women s singles ends

Tokyo, July 26

 The curtains came down on India's table tennis campaign in the women's singles with the exit of Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee in straight games at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday.

Manika was blown away in an 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 and 11-7 loss to 10th seed Sofia Polcanova of Austria in the third round. Earlier, Sutirtha lost to veteran paddler Fu Yu of Portugal 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 and 11-5 in the second round.

The losses of Manika and Sutirtha brought an end to India's participation in the women's singles event in table tennis.

Manika started off by winning the first point with an attacking backhand, going up 2-0. But Sofia clawed back to take the first game 11-8. The Austrian, ranked 16th in the world, was at her dominant best in taking the lead in the second game as Manika lost nine points on the trot.

In the third game, Sofia took the lead again from 3-3. She displayed a lot of variety and unsettled Manika's forehand to run away with the game. Manika tried returning with a lot of power but found the net often.

The fourth game was a mere formality for Sofia as she progressed into the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Sutirtha made a nervy start against Fu Yu, losing the first game. Fu, ranked 55th in the world, was able to dictate the script of the game with her pace, taking the second game easily. Fu kept her charge on in the third and fourth game, leaving Sutirtha with a lot of catching up to do.

Sutirtha's misery ended when she netted a backhand smash, resulting in Fu winning the match 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 and 11-5.

The exit of Manika and Sutirtha means that Achanta Sharath Kamal is now the only table tennis player from India left in the Olympics. His third-round match is scheduled for Tuesday (July 27) against defending singles champion Ma Long of China.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:11:11 +0530
Veteran Kannada actress Abhinaya Sharade Jayanthi passes away

Bengaluru, July 26

 Yesteryear's famous Kannada actress Jayanthi, who had also acted in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Marathi movies, died in her sleepon Monday, said the family members. She was 76.

The veteran actress' son Krishna Kumar confirmed the news to reporters that she was recovering from prolonged illnesses but finally lost the battle.

Jayanthi leaves behind an enviable body of work across Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. She was known to be extremely gregarious with her peers, colleagues and industry juniors during their meetings and always used to be the one person that used to cheer everyone up.

Jayanthi has won the Karnataka State Film Awards seven times and the Filmfare Awards twice. She has also won several other awards. She has shared screen space with the topmost stars of her era and then went on to work with youngsters too and always lit up the screen with her acting.

Jayanthi born as Kamala Kumari on January 6, 1945, in Ballari is known for bold movies of her times. She is credited to have worn a 'swimsuit' as the first Kannada actress of her time to do so.

Jayanthi acted in over 500 movies across languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi, having shared the screen space with legendary actors like M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) of Tamil movies, N.T. Rama Rao of Telugu movies, and co-starred in more than 35 movies with Dr Raj Kumar, the doyen of Kannada cinema.

In Tamil she was frequently paired opposite Gemini Ganesan and acted with all major stars including Muhuraman and Jaishankar of her times.

Owing to her expansive body of work, the Kannada film industry honoured her with moniker 'Abhinaya Sharadhe' (The goddess of acting).

In 1965, Jayanthi, was also credited with introducing a new fashion trend wearing skirts, T-shirts and nighties in her movies, which is considered to be the trend setter of her times. She also highlighted taking stand on behalf of women on premarital sex and extramarital affairs in the roles she portrayed.

"Miss Leelavathi", in which she played the title role, is considered "bold" for her time when conservative cinema was the trend. The film dealt about the influence of parental differences and of a lead heroine who grows up to be a rebel and stands up against convention, refusing marriage, opting to be career-oriented women and with a carefree attitude towards premarital sex.

Even though she has acted in most glamorous roles of her times, but her cameo role depicting legend Onake Obavva, will always remain afresh in her fans memory as it takes every Kannada cine goer back to their childhood days.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:03:41 +0530
Musk wants to bring Tesla to India blames high import duties

New Delhi, July 25

 Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that its electric vehicle (EV) company wants to launch cars in India, but the country's import duties on EVs are "highest in the world by far".

Replying to an Indian YouTuber on Twitter, who asked him to launch Tesla cars ASAP in India, Musk blamed high import rates in the country.

"We want to do so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country!" he wrote.

"Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India," he added.

Last year, a report said that India has taken a slew of measures to promote the use of electric cars in the country.

The government slashed Goods and Services Tax (GST) on electric vehicles to five per cent from earlier 12 per cent but to protect domestic automakers, it levies 125 per cent duty on imported vehicles.

"I'm told import duties are extremely high (up to 100 per cent), even for electric cars. This would make our cars unaffordable," Musk earlier said while responding to a tweet from an Indian follower.

Close on the heels of Union Budget providing tax relief for buying electric vehicles, the GST Council in its meeting last year in July cut the tax on electric vehicles (EV) from 12 per cent to 5 per cent, effective August 1, 2019.

The twin rate cuts are set to further boost the EV sector. The Budget, last year, had proposed an Income Tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on the loans taken to purchase electric vehicles.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:59:28 +0530
Global investors pouring money into US financial assets

New Delhi, July 26

Investors around the globe are pouring money into US financial assets, a sign of confidence that the world's largest economy remains poised to pull through the Covid-19 pandemic better than many others, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Investors world-wide have funnelled more than $900 billion into US-domiciled mutual and exchange-traded funds, on a net basis, during the first half of the year, according to data compiled by Refinitiv Lipper.

That is a record in data going back to 1992 and is more than investors have put into funds elsewhere combined around the world during the first two quarters of 2021, the report said.

The inflows underpin a rally that has carried US stocks to records, ahead of major indexes in Europe or Asia. The S&P 500 has climbed over 17 per cent in 2021 to fresh all-time highs, while Germany's DAX has risen 14 per cent, the Shanghai Composite has added 2.2 per cent and Japan's Nikkei Stock Average remains little changed.

Investors shifted some buying away from US funds at the end of the first half. Flows to US funds were about $51 billion in June, down from $168 billion in May and the first month inflows fell below $100 billion since January. Meanwhile, flows to foreign funds increased to over $93 billion last month, from $84 billion in May.

Still, investors said that while Covid-19 variants, inflation or central-bank policy shifts could slow the US recovery, they don't seem likely to derail it, even as other countries struggle with vaccine rollouts or fresh waves of infections.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:56:01 +0530
Tokyo s Covid 19 cases exceed 1 000 for 7th consecutive day

Tokyo, July 26

 Hosting the Olympics under the fourth Covid-19 state of emergency, Tokyo reported 1,429 new daily Covid-19 infections on Monday, exceeding the 1,000-mark for the seventh day in a row, local media reported on Monday.

Due to the recent resurgence of Covid-19 infections, the cumulative tally of cases in Tokyo has exceeded 200,000. Moreover, people are highly concerned about the spread of the Delta variant of the virus in Japan, especially with the Olympics underway, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Comparing with the figures of infection on the same day last week, the latest figure increased 702, topping the previous record for a Monday of 1,252 confirmed cases on January 11.

Tokyo also reported a record 1,763 cases for a Sunday the previous day.

Health experts advising the metropolitan government have warned that if the virus continues to spread at the current pace, the seven-day rolling average of cases, which increased 41.2 per cent from the previous week to 1,553.9 per day, could also hit a new high on August 3 during the Olympics.

The state of emergency in Tokyo lasts until August 22, covering the entire period of the Olympics being held through August 8.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:50:58 +0530
Israeli military strikes Hamas base in Gaza

Gaza, July 26

The Israeli military has that Sunday it struck a military base of the Islamic Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip, hours after arson balloons were launched into southern Israel.

An Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement late Sunday night that fighter jets attacked the Hamas base which contained "infrastructure and means used for terror activity", reports Xinhua news agency

The base was located near civilian sites, including a school, the spokesperson said.

"The strikes were made in response to the arson balloons fired toward Israeli territory," the statement added.

Israel's Fire Department said that the balloons, which were attached with incendiary materials, sparked three fires in southern Israel, causing no injuries.

The Israeli military warned it will "continue to respond firmly against terror attempts from the Gaza Strip".

Also on Sunday, Israel reduced the allowed Gaza offshore fishing zone from 12 nautical miles to six.

The decision was made in the wake of launching incendiary balloons from Gaza toward the Israeli territory, which constitutes a "violation" of Israeli sovereignty, Chief of the Israeli Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Ghassan Alian said.

He added that "it will remain in effect until further notice".

The latest violence came amid the Egyptian-brokered efforts to establish a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The conflict from May 10-21 claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 in Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, when the Hamas took over control of the coastal enclave.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:46:52 +0530
Andhra Guv hails AP weatherman for Mann Ki Baat mention

Amaravati, July 26

 Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Monday congratulated B. Sai Praneeth for being mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' talk.

"I congratulate B. Sai Praneeth, a gold medalist from Anna University, Chennai whose concept of AP Weatherman found a mention in Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat'," said Harichandan.

The Governor said he was glad to know that Praneeth has been providing accurate weather forecasts on social media platforms such as youtube, facebook and Twitter, benefiting farmers across the state as well as urban residents.

"People of Andhra Pradesh are proud of his achievement and I wish Praneeth will get many more such honours in the future," he said.

Praneeth, 24, studied electrical engineering at Anna University and observed that unseasonal inclement weather is causing heavy losses to farmers, which prompted him to disseminate weather reports in local language.

A resident of Triputai, Praneeth believes that prior knowledge of the weather can save farmers a great deal from suffering losses.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:41:38 +0530
ISRO spy case Kerala HC grants interim bail to two ex cops

Kochi, July 26

 The Kerala High Court on Monday granted two weeks interim bail to two former Kerala Police officials in the infamous ISRO spy case which has been reopened with new proceedings initiated by the CBI.

The single judge bench said that the two -- S. Vijayan and Thampi S. Durgadutt -- should not be arrested and if the probe agency arrests them, they should be produced in the court and given bail the same day itself.

Vijayan and Dutt are the first and second accused in a new FIR registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate's court last month.

In this FIR, 18 people, including top former Kerala Police and Intelligence Bureau officials, have been charged for conspiracy and fabrication of documents.

The case first surfaced in in 1994 when ISRO scientist S. Nambi Narayanan was arrested on charges of espionage along with another senior ISRO official, two Maldivian women and a businessman.

Nambi Narayan was freed by the CBI in 1995 and since then he has been fighting a legal battle against those who falsely implicated him. Things changed for him after numerous long-drawn court battles when the Supreme Court in 2020 appointed a three-member committee headed by retired judge Justice D.K. Jain to probe if there was a conspiracy among the then police officials to falsely implicate Narayanan.

On June 28, a new team of the CBI from New Delhi arrived in the state capital to look at the case from a different angle, and ascertain if there was any conspiracy on the part of the probe teams of the Kerala Police and the IB.

Sources in the know of things revealed that the new CBI team has already started their probe and will very soon call the witnesses and those named in the FIR and speculations are that they might even arrest some.

The list of accused in the FIR includes former Gujarat DGP and then IB Deputy Director, R.B. Sreekumar, Kerala's former DGP Siby Mathews, besides other police officials which include Vijayan, Durgadutt, and K.K. Joshua, who were all from the local police, which first registered the ISRO spy case.

Apart from Mathews, another official whose name figures in the FIR has also secured anticipatory bail and the news is that many others are also approaching the court for similar relief as they fear they might be arrested.

Narayanan has now received a compensation of Rs 1.9 crore, for suffering wrongful imprisonment, malicious prosecution and humiliation, from various agencies, including the Kerala government, which, in 2020, paid him Rs 1.3 crore and later awarded another Rs 50 lakh as directed by the Supreme Court in 2018, and another Rs 10 lakh as directed by the National Human Rights Commission.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:36:48 +0530
President pays homage to Kargil fallen heroes

New Delhi, July 26

 President Ram Nath Kovind visited Baramulla on the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas on Monday and paid homage to all those who lost their lives in the Kargil war while protecting the nation.

He was accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and Lieutenant General DP Pandey, General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps.

He paid homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces personnel during the Kargil conflict in 1999 by laying a wreath at the Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla during a solemn ceremony.

The President was received by Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commanding Baramulla Division and was briefed about the town's history, highlighting the contribution of the town in various operations post-independence.

He interacted with the soldiers of Baramulla Division and wished them luck in all future endeavours.

After visiting Baramulla, the President proceeded to Gulmarg and visited the High Altitude Warfare School. He was briefed on the various facets of training there.

Kovind paid homage to the Indian armed forces at Baramulla after he could not make it to Dras War Memorial as planned earlier due to bad weather.

This is not the first time bad weather has prevented the President from visiting Dras.

In 2019 also bad weather prevented the President from visiting Dras to participate in the Kargil Vijay Diwas. He instead paid tribute by laying a wreath at a war memorial at the Army's 15 Corps headquarters in Badamibagh in Srinagar.

The President flew to Srinagar on Sunday for a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:33:29 +0530
73 critical roads along Indo China border being developed on priority Centre

New Delhi, July 26

The government is focusing on enhancing the road infrastructure along the India-China border for which it has identified 73 critical roads of 4,203 km that are being accorded highest priority with dedicated funding.

In a written reply to Naresh Bansal in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, said that the government is fully seized of the security needs of the country and reviews the same from time to time.

The required measures, including development of infrastructure like construction of roads, tunnels and strategic railway lines, are taken to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India, the minister said.

As per the operational requirements of the armed forces and the need for development in the border areas, road construction is taken up by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

"Among these, 73 critical roads have been designated as India-China border roads with 4,203 km length and are being accorded highest priority with dedicated funding," the minister said.

Further, to ensure all-weather connectivity to the far-flung areas, construction of tunnels has also been undertaken across passes. Currently, construction of four tunnels is underway.

Infrastructure development in Uttarakhand is being holistically executed with budgetary support from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, state public works department and Central projects like Bharatmala and Chardham, the MoS said.

As on date, 21 roads with a length of approximately 800 km are being constructed and upgraded by the BRO over and above certain roads being constructed by the state PWD, Bhatt said.

China has been enhancing road and military infrastructure rapidly for the last several years along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

In January this year, acknowledging the reports of construction by China in the Arunachal Pradesh region, the Ministry of External Affairs had said, "We have seen recent reports on China undertaking construction work along the border areas with India."

The Indian government had then categorically pointed out that it is keeping a constant watch on all the developments having a bearing on India's security.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:28:37 +0530
Nation will never forget sacrifice made by gallant heroes of Kargil conflict Rajnath

New Delhi, July 26

 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior Indian military officers paid homage to the fallen heroes on the 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.

Singh laid a wreath in the honour of the bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of the nation during India's victory in 'Operation Vijay' in 1999, also known as Kargil conflict.

In his message in the visitors' book at the National War Memorial, Singh recalled the valour of the bravehearts of the Kargil conflict, saying that nation will never forget the sacrifice made by the gallant heroes of Indian Armed Forces.

He added that the grateful nation will always be indebted to their courage and continue to follow their ideals.

In a tweet, Singh said the supreme sacrifice of the brave soldiers will inspire the generations to come.

Minister of State (Defence) Ajay Bhatt, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Army Staff General M.M. Naravane, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain also paid homage to the fallen heroes at the National War Memorial.

Senior civil and military officials of the Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion.

During the Kargil conflict, the gallant soldiers of the Indian Army, with the help of Indian Air Force, overcame insurmountable odds, hostile terrain and inclement weather to win against the enemy that had occupied dominating heights.

On this momentous occasion, the proud nation is celebrating the victory by remembering the fallen heroes through various events across the country.

India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan in 1999. The armed conflict continued for more than 60 days at Kargil in Ladakh.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:27:59 +0530
Yedi submits resignation to Karnataka Guv

Bengaluru, July 26

 Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa submitted his resignation to Governor Thawarchand Gehlot on Monday after tweeting that it was an honour for him to have served the state for two years.

In a tweet in Kannada, he said that he has submitted his resignation to the governor and the latter has asked him to continue as Interim chief minister until his successor is announced.

"I have decided to resign as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. I am humbled and sincerely thank the people of the state for giving me the opportunity to serve them. I am grateful to PM Narendra Modi and BJP national president J.P. Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their support," he tweeted.

Soon after his speech at a function celebrating his two-year anniversary where he announced his decision, Yediyurapa along with his cabinet colleagues went to Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:25:11 +0530
Yogi launches MyGov Meri Sarkar portal

Lucknow, July 26

 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the 'MyGov-Meri Sarkar' portal here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that through this portal, the government will receive feedback from the people and also inform them about the various schemes of the government. The portal will be known for its efficient service, he said.

According to a government spokesperson, the portal aims to further enhance the engagement of common citizens with the state government. It will be a major platform to disseminate the schemes of governance and to know the opinion of common citizens on them.

The spokesperson further said that the 'Meri Sarkar' portal would help the people of the state to communicate their views, suggestions and feedback. This portal would become an innovative platform for public participation and good governance.

Taking inspiration from the initiative of the Prime Minister, the state government has decided to launch this portal.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:21:49 +0530
India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas PM pays homage to fallen heroes

New Delhi, July 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation on Kargil Vijay Diwas.

India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan in 1999. The armed conflict continued for more than 60 days at Kargil in Ladakh.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; "We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour."

He also said, "Today, on Kargil Vijay Diwas we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day. Also sharing an excerpt from last year's 'Mann Ki Baat'."

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme urged people to salute the brave hearts who made the nation proud in 1999.

"It is but natural to get emotional in honour of the one who bears the Tricolour of the country. This feeling of patriotism unites all of us. Tomorrow, that is the 26th of July is Kargil Vijay Diwas as well," he said.

He further stated the Kargil war is a symbol of the bravery and patience on part of India's Armed Forces which the whole world has watched.

"This time this pride filled day will be celebrated amid Amrit Mahotsav. That is why this day becomes all the more special. I wish you read the enthralling saga of Kargil… let us all bow to the bravehearts of Kargil," the Prime Minister stated.

Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior Indian military officers paid homage to the fallen heroes on Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.
 

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:18:02 +0530
Governor felicitates Doctors from Kutch community of Mumbai

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari felicitated 24 doctors from the Kutch community of Mumbai for rendering telemedicine services to Corona patients and quarantined persons at a felicitation function held at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Sunday (25th July)

The felicitation of Corona Warriors was organized by the Kutch Yuvak Sangh of Central Mumbai. Corporator from Matunga-Wadala Nehal Shah, President of the Kutch Yuvak Sangh Dhiraj Chedda, Founder Trustee Talakshi Furia, Bipin Gala of Navneet Prakashan, Jayant Chheda and Rishabh Maroo were prominent among those present.

Corona Warriors Dr. Hiren Gala,  Dr. Nimitt Nagda, Dr. Harish Goshar, Dr. Sohil Gala, Dr. Paras Dedhia, Dr. Vishal Lapshila, Dr. Sejal Bheda Gogari, Dr. Rupal Gala, Dr. Bhavan Vinod Gada, Dr. Sahil Chheda, Dr. Rajul Gada, Dr. Anisha Rachit Shah, Dr. Krina Chheda, Dr. Tanvi Shah, Dr. Aarti Nandu, Dr. Pravina Savla, Dr. Bhavin Visariya, Dr. yay Savla, Dr. Jayesh Kapadia, Dr. Heta P Karani, Dr. Nirav Chheda (On behalf of Late Dr. Dhiraj Chheda), Dr. Priyanka Mota, Dr. Ruju Gala, Dr. Nilam Gada, Mita, Veera, Pranita Sonawadekar, Komal Fofaria, Bharati Sanogoi were felicitated by Governor on this occasion.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:13:23 +0530
LG Electronics launches upgraded wireless earbuds

Seoul, July 26

LG Electronics on Monday unveiled its upgraded wireless earbuds with enhanced sound and hygiene features as the tech giant eyes to increase wearable sales.

Three new models of the LG TONE Free -- TONE-TFP9, TONE-TFP8 and TONE-TFP5 -- were launched in South Korea with prices ranging from 169,000 won ($146) to 249,000 won.

They will be available in North America and Europe later this month.

In collaboration with Ergonomic Design Technology Lab at POSTECH, a leading science technology university in South Korea, the company analysed hundreds of people's ears and came up with a better design, reports Yonhap news agency.

The new canal-type earbud weighs only 5.2 grams, 0.4 grams lighter than the previous models.

With three microphones in each earbud, all three models are equipped with active noise cancellation and advanced sound technology from Meridian Audio, the renowned British audio solutions provider.

"With larger, upgraded drivers and diaphragms featuring silicone edging allowing for more flexibility and movement, the new TONE Free models now deliver more powerful bass without compromising clarity or detail," LG said.

The TONE-TFP9 and TONE-TFP8 models come with a UVnano charging case that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect germs on the earbuds' inner mesh.

The premium TONE-TFP9 model also features Plug&Wireless, which allows users to use the product even if an audio device does not support Bluetooth.

A single charge of its new models will deliver up to 10 hours of playback time. The charging case will also provide up to an hour of listening time with a five-minute quick charge.

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 09:11:17 +0530
Sanjay Mishra Anshuman Jha starrer short film makes it to IFFM 2021

Mumbai, July 26

Actors Sanjay Mishra, Jaaved Jaaferi and Anshuman Jha starrer short film titled "Bullet Proof Anand" will be screened at the Indian Film Festival Of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021.

The 12th edition of the IFFM will be held from August 12 to 25. The online streaming of certain ceremonies will take place from August 15 to 31.

Sanjay said: "There are some films that the Indian film industry has been generating in the past decade that are much more diverse and variegated than before, and I believe that 'Bullet Proof Anand' falls into that category."

"Bullet Proof Anand" is a quirky tribute to Bruce Lee and Rajesh Khanna's 'Anand'. The film will have its premiere in Melbourne at the IFFM 2021 as an official selection.

Sanjay and Anshuman play two North Indian goons who are inspired by Bruce Lee, the film features Jaaved as the eponymous dreaded gangster Bulletproof Anand.

Anshuman said: "It is a matter of great honor and joy to have 'Bullet Proof Anand', a film that's super special and close to my heart, premiere at the IFFM this year."

He added: "This film is also my second collaboration with the legendary Sanjay Mishra after 'Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain' and I'm very excited to see the audiences' reaction to it at the festival."

Directed by Alok Sharma, the short film is a comical homage to the Bollywood gangster of the 1990s.

Sharma shared: "I'm very excited to be a part of the festival, especially because of the excellent quality of films and discussions that take place there, which is a paradise for cinephiles such as me. Can't wait to see how our film is received on a big platform such as this one."

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 09:01:55 +0530
1st T20I India beat Sri Lanka by 38 runs

Colombo, July 25

India put up a commanding display to defeat Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the first T20 International here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. While India made 164/5 which looked within Sri Lanka's range, the bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/21) and Deepak Chahar (2/24) ensured it was too much for the host.

Though the Sri Lankans had got off to a flying start, losing wickets only intermittently, and were in the game at 107/4 after 15 overs, Chahar's wicket of Charith Asalanka (44 off 26 balls) started the slide for the home side who kept losing wickets at regular intervals as the pressure of a rising required run rate kept mounting.

From 111/4 -- with 54 to get in 27 balls -- the Dasun Shanaka's side was all out for 126 in 18.3 overs.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (1/19) bowled well to build the pressure on the Sri Lankans. Debutant leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1/28) took a wicket towards the end.

Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav's 50 (off 34 balls) and skipper Shikhar Dhawan's 46 (off 36 balls) helped India score 164/5 in 20 overs.

The two batsmen's knocks kept India steady in the face of some disciplined Sri Lankan bowling that was powered by impressive spells from leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2/28) and pace bowler Dushmantha Chameera (2/24).

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan scored unbeaten 20 off 14 deliveries with a four and a six.

Brief scores
India 164/5 in 20 overs (S Yadav 50, S Dhawan 46, D Chameera 2/24, W Hasaranga 2/28) beat Sri Lanka 126 all out in 18.3 overs (C Asalanka 44, A Fernando 26, B Kumar 4/22, D Chahar 2/24) by 38 runs.

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:49:45 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 194 mn

Washington, July 26

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 194 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.15 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.84 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 194,092,488, 4,158,316 and 3,841,936,983, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,443,064 and 610,891, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,371,901 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,688,663), France (6,056,388), Russia (6,049,215), the UK (5,723,393), Turkey (5,601,608), Argentina (4,846,615), Colombia (4,727,846), Italy (4,317,415), Spain (4,280,429), Germany (3,763,018), Iran (3,691,432) and Indonesia (3,166,505), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 549,924 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (420,551), Mexico (238,316), Peru (195,243), Russia (151,352), the UK (129,446), Italy (127,949), Colombia (118,868), France (111,806) and Argentina (103,721).

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:42:46 +0530
Portal launched for applications under PM CARES for Children scheme

New Delhi, July 25

The Centre has launched a web portal to facilitate the submission of applications and identification of children eligible to receive support under the 'PM CARES for Children' scheme.

The scheme was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supporting children who have lost both parents or surviving parents or legal guardians or adoptive parents due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The scheme aims to ensure comprehensive care and protection of such children in a sustained manner, enabling their wellbeing through health insurance, empowering them through education, and equipping them for self-sufficient existence with the financial support of Rs 10 lakh, on reaching 23 years of age.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched the web-based portal pm cares for children. for the purpose, and the module on child registration and identification of beneficiaries has been made functional and will be regularly updated with necessary information.

Chief Secretaries of all states and Administrators of all Union Territories have been asked to direct the District Magistrates to identify the children eligible for receiving support under the scheme and provide the portal with the details to enable prompt assistance to these children.

States and UTs have also been advised to take steps for registration of children which needs to be completed within the next 15 days. The Ministry has also requested the Chief Secretaries and Administrators to personally monitor the progress of data entry in the portal.

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:36:36 +0530
Experts sound alarm over hypertension amid Covid 19 pandemic

New Delhi, July 25

 Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that is one of the leading causes of death in the world. After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, there is enough evidence that people with high blood pressure are more likely to get severely sick or die if they get Covid-19.

In India almost 30 per cent of adults have hypertension, and an alarmingly high number are unaware of their condition. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious medical condition that is responsible for at least 10.4 million deaths and 218 million disability-adjusted life years (DALY) globally.

Experts at the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) expressed concerns over the increasing incidence of hypertension -- a silent killer -- that can add to the burden of disease in a country ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have postponed regular visits for chronic health conditions such as hypertension. Paradoxically, hypertensive patients who develop Covid-19 are more likely to be admitted to hospital than normotensive individuals. The presence of hypertension also seems to be associated with poorer outcomes from Covid-19.

"It is important for people who have high blood pressure or hypertension to continue to take their medications as prescribed, especially during the pandemic and to self-monitor their blood pressure at home when and if they can," said experts at the launch of Project PrACHI (Prioritizing Advocacy for Control of Hypertension in India), a nationwide campaign supported by the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), to accelerate hypertension control and treatment in India.

"India is going through an epidemiological transition. We must act now. Responding to this crisis, we at FPA India have decided to bring decades of experience in strengthening health systems to work on creating more opportunities for identifying care gaps, bringing about inter-sectoral collaboration and pooling resources so that no opportunity is missed to screen, treat and control hypertension, across all age-groups, geographies and socio-economic strata," said Kalpana Apte, Secretary General, FPAI.

Worldover 1.13 billion people live with this chronic condition. In India, untreated and uncontrolled Blood Pressure (BP), has become a leading cause for premature death and disability.

Almost one in five women aged 15-49 years in India has undiagnosed hypertension with implications for personal and reproductive health, notes Sonu Goel, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER.

According to Vandana Shah, Regional Director, GHAI, "a high prevalence of hypertension exacts a tremendous price on public health. The pandemic has shown us how people living with chronic conditions like hypertension can become sicker and be more at risk of dying."

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), primarily ischaemic heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of deaths worldwide, accounting for 17.7 million deaths annually. WHO estimates that India accounts for over a fifth of these deaths. Awareness of hypertension in India is low while appropriate treatment and control are even lower. Undetected and untreated hypertension has been ranked as the highest risk factor for heart disease and related deaths.

Unless blood pressure is measured, hypertension cannot be detected, since it has no symptoms. Demographers, doctors and public health experts gave a clarion call to consider treatment and management of hypertension as a public health priority for India.

Rathnamala Desai, President, FPA India said that regular preventive health check-ups should be especially encouraged among the younger working age (35-65 years) and women in the reproductive age to pick up underlying hypertension, which can potentially lead to adverse cardiovascular or reproductive health events.

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:25:18 +0530
Olympics swimming Tunisian Hafnaoui creates history Australia sets world record Overall Ld

Tokyo, July 25

 Eighteen-year-old Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia stunned the pool when he swam an event-winning time of three minutes and 43.36 seconds in the men's 400m freestyle, as the first four swimming medals of the 2021 Olympic Games were awarded Sunday.

The 18-year-old youngster also ended the dominance of Australia, New Zealand and Asian nations in men's 400m freestyle. A swimmer from outside Asia or Oceania has not won a gold medal in the event at the Olympic Games since Barcelona 1992.

Ahmed Hafnoui, Tunisia's second Olympic swim finalist ever, stepped on the podium in his shorts, reports Xinhua.

"I just can't accept that -- it is too incredible," said Hafnaoui.

"Oussama is a legend. I wish I could become like him," Hafnaoui hailed his compatriot, three-time Olympic medallist Oussama Mellouli.

Jack McLoughlin of Australia took the silver in 3:43.52, and American Kieran Smith claimed the bronze in 3:43.94. Top seed Germany's Henning Muhlleitner missed the podium, ranking fourth in 3:44.07.

In the women's 400m freestyle relay final, Australia grabbed a new world record in 3:29.69. The previous two records were also held by the Australians. Canada and America took the silver and bronze respectively. China broke the Asian record in 3:34.76.

Yui Ohashi won the women's 400m individual medley gold for Japan in 4:32.08. American swimmer Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger shared the podium.

Defending Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary finished fifth. She has won three Olympic gold medals, including one from the women's 400m IM at Rio 2016.

In men's 400m IM, Rio Olympics runner-up Chase Kalisz of the United States claimed the gold in 4:09.42. American Jay Litherland made the podium with a silver in 4:10.28. The 21-year-old Australian Brendon Smith, who finished 4:09.27 in the qualifier, struck a bronze in 4:10.38.

"It is my lifelong dream. It is what everyone dreams of in the sport. I do feel like I let the US down in 2016, even though I swam faster here. The US has a proud legacy in the 400m individual medley. This was my redemption story," said Chase Kalisz, who won silver at Rio 2016.

"When the Games were postponed by 12 months it gave me an opportunity to better myself and be one year faster, one year stronger. I've gone through hell to get here, having to swim in the ocean for two months in Melbourne (because of lockdown restrictions due to Covid-19) in 10 degrees C or 12 degrees C water. It means so much," said Brendon.

In Sunday's semifinals, Adam Peaty of Britain led the way in a bid to retain his men's 100m breaststroke Olympic title. Yan Zibei of China also made the final to be held on Monday, July 26.

Zhang Yufei of China clocked 55.89 seconds to enter the women's 100m butterfly final as the first seed. Zhang will battle with Marie Wattel of France, Australian Emma McKeon and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom.

"I am satisfied that I am the one that swam sub-56 the most besides Sjostrom," said Zhang.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:19:07 +0530
Amazon may soon allow digital currency as payment mode

San Francisco, July 25

 Amazon may allow users to pay in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin soon as the e-commerce giant is hiring a digital currency and blockchain product lead for its payments team.

According to a latest job listing, Amazon's Payments Acceptance & Experience team is "seeking an experienced product leader to develop Amazon's Digital Currency and Blockchain strategy and product roadmap".

"You will leverage your domain expertise in Blockchain, Distributed Ledger, Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrency to develop the case for the capabilities which should be developed, drive overall vision and product strategy, and gain leadership buy-in and investment for new capabilities," the company posted.

The product lead will work closely with teams across Amazon, including AWS to develop the roadmap for the customer experience, technical strategy and capabilities as well as the launch strategy.

Amazon doesn't accept cryptocurrencies as payment yet.

A company spokesperson told Insider that it was "inspired by the innovation happening in the cryptocurrency space and are exploring what this could look like on Amazon."

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Cloud arm of Amazon, currently offers a managed blockchain service.

The new digital currency and blockchain product lead would "need to operate with a high level of autonomy and operate analytically, working backwards from data and customer insights to build new and innovative solutions to unsolved problems", the company further said.

Tech giant Apple posted a similar listing in May for a business development manager "working in or with alternative payment providers, such as digital wallets, BNPL, Fast Payments, cryptocurrency, and etc."

Tesla and Twitter are bullish on Bitcoin as the next payment mode.

The online world needs a global currency, and our focus is on Bitcoin because with this cryptocurrency, we can reach every single person on the planet, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has stressed.

Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company is "most likely" going to resume taking Bitcoin payments after some due diligence on the improvements in the energy mix used to mine the cryptocurrency.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:15:45 +0530
Typhoon In Fa makes landfall in China

Beijing, July 25

 Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in China's Zhejiang province on Sunday, packing winds of up to 38 metres per second at its centre, according to local authorities.

The typhoon, sixth of this year, made landfall in Putuo district, Zhoushan city, at approximately 12.30 p.m., Xinhua news agency quoted the authorities as saying.

Weather authorities have forecast the typhoon will make a second landfall in coastal areas between Zhejiang's Jiaxing city and Jiangsu province's Qidong city on Sunday night.

It is expected to linger in east China after its second landfall and bring continued strong rainstorms to the Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, and Shanghai.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:11:29 +0530
UP becomes largest producer of ethanol in India

Lucknow, July 25

 Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the largest ethanol-producing state in the country.

A total of 58 crore litres of ethanol was produced by 54 distilleries established across the state.

According to the government spokesman, the state has manufactured 58 crore litres of ethanol, a solvent that is essentially mixed with petrol for environmental purposes, in the year 2020-21.

In a major relief to the farmers, an additional payment of Rs 864 crore was sent to the accounts of sugarcane farmers from the sale of ethanol.

By mixing ethanol in petrol, the Uttar Pradesh government was able to contribute to saving a total of 75.58 million dollars of India's forex reserve, giving a big boost to the economy in these testing times.

Ethanol is a type of alcohol that is mixed with petrol and is used as fuel in vehicles. According to environmental experts, ethanol mixed with petrol may reduce carbon monoxide pollution by 35 per cent.

It may be recalled that the distilleries of sugar mills and other units had produced a record 1.77 crore litres of sanitizer which was not only supplied within the state but also exported to other states.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:07:42 +0530
New age stocks poised to enter Nifty50 index

Mumbai, July 25

 New-age stocks are seen poised to enter the Nifty50 index, with Info Edge (India) being the closest contender.

An ICICI Securities report said that based on data till July 19, the upcoming semi-annual NIFTY50 reshuffle could result in Info Edge being the closest contender to replace IOCL on September 29.

"However, Info Edge is marginally behind in terms of average free float market capitalisation criteria ($5bn and 3.7 per cent lower than 1.5x that of IOCL - the smallest free float market cap stock within the current NIFTY50 index) while fulfilling other conditions such as inclusion in the F&O list and being part of the upcoming proforma NSE100 universe amongst others," it said.

Info Edge will be the first pure play internet platform company to be included in the Nifty50 index as and when it qualifies.

"To put things into perspective the US Dow Jones Industrial Average still doesn't have any of the internet platform companies such as Amazon or Google as part of its constituents, given the limitations of it being a price weighted index," the report said.

In the upcoming proforma NSE100 universe list, which will be based on the average free float market cap since February 2021 till now, two other non-NIFTY50 index stocks that rank ahead of Info Edge are Avenue Supermarts and Adani Green Energy.

"However, given that both the stocks are not part of the F&O list currently, they are excluded from our likely list although Avenue Supermarts has the edge in terms of qualifying as a F&O stock," it said.

All the three stocks are notably from the new-age economy sectors of internet businesses, organised discount grocery retail with e-commerce incubation, and a green energy company, respectively.

Also, all these three companies have a 1-year forward P/E ratio of >100x, thereby inflating the NSE 100 P/E ratio as compared to the NIFTY50. New large cap internet platform companies like Zomato with high free float market cap due to zero promoter holdings could be serious contenders for entry into the benchmark indices going ahead, it said.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 19:00:15 +0530
Death toll rises to 15 in China warehouse fire

Beijing, July 25

The death toll from a fire accident at a warehouse in China's Jilin rovince has increased to 15, with 25 people injured, local authorities said on Sunday.

The fire broke out on Saturday afternoon at the logistics warehouse in the Jingyue high-tech industrial development zone in Jilin's provincial capital of Changchun, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Changchun municipal government said the local fire brigade received reports of the accident at 3.48 p.m. Saturday and launched search and rescue efforts, which concluded at 5 a.m. Sunday.

The injured people are receiving treatment in hospitals and there was no one in serious condition, the government said.

Authorities have confirmed the identities of the deceased and were probing the cause of the accident.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:53:50 +0530
Coast Guard saves 215 lives in Maharashtra Goa Karnataka

New Delhi, July 25

 The Indian Coast Guard has saved 215 lives in rescue and relief operations in water-logged areas of Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka, an official statement said on Sunday.

The Indian Coast Guard, at the request of civil authorities, dispatched Disaster Relief Teams (DRTs) with inflatable Gemini boats and life-saving gear to the affected areas, the National Disaster Response Force said in a statement.

The DRTs reached areas rendered unapproachable due to water inundation, especially in Chiplun and Mahad areas of Maharashtra and Umlijoog, Khargejoog, Bodjug Island and Kinnar village in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, "and with dedicated efforts evacuated the stranded persons to safety and provided required relief material", it said.

In Goa, Coast Guard aircraft have undertaken aerial assessment of Ganjem Dam, Usgaon and Codli areas, and its helicopter had air-dropped approx 100 kg of relief materials, including food packets and drinking water, for the stranded people.

"The ICG efforts have translated into saving 215 precious lives under the current rescue operation till to date across these three states," the statement said.

The services of Coast Guard air station at Ratnagiri are also being extended to Indian Navy and Indian Air Force aircraft for airlifting of NDRF teams, relief material and facilitating rescue operations across the affected regions.

"In addition to the already deployed teams, the Coast Guard DRTs as well as ships and aircraft are standby at high readiness for immediate mobilisation for exigencies, if any and a close coordination with local administration is being maintained," the statement said.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:49:40 +0530
Employees intensify stir against Vizag Steel Plant privatisation

Visakhapatnam, July 25

 Leaders of employees' unions affiliated to all trade unions took out a 'padyatra' here on Sunday as they intensified the protest against the Centre's move to privatise Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Employees and leaders of all trade unions belonging to different political parties participated in the 'padyatra' organised from Kurmannapalem Junction to Duvvada.

They also visited the colonies of the Steel Plant workers. The protestors declared that they will not allow privatisation of the plant which was achieved with the sacrifice of many lives.

Raising slogans against the Central government and holding banners and placards, the protestors marched through the streets.

To further intensify the protest against the privatisation of the public sector undertaking, the employees' unions announced 'chalo Parliament' programme on August 1 and 2. They declared that their protest will continue till the Centre takes back its decision.

The employees' leaders said they have met leaders of various political parties in New Delhi. A leader claimed that 150 MPs have assured support to them.

Meanwhile, the indefinite relay fast by the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee against privatisation entered the 164th day on Sunday at Kurmannapalem.

The Centre this month expedited the privatisation of the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL). The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) decided to hire legal and transaction advisors to prepare a road map for privatisation.

RINL is the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant also known as Vizag Steel Plant.

Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Committee chairman D. Adinarayana said despite resistance and opposition from people, the Modi government was going ahead with its privatisation plan.

Porata committee leaders alleged that the BJP government is trying to destroy national assets like PSUs. They warned that they will not let anyone who wants to buy RINL enter Visakhapatnam.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:42:20 +0530
Delhi Police arrest former IL FS chairman Ramchand Karunakaran

New Delhi, July 25

 The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police on Sunday said it has arrested former managing director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) Ramchand Karunakaran in connection with the alleged cheating and siphoning of money.

The accused -- Karunakaran, who was on bail in connection with an earlier case of alleged misappropriation of money in 2019, was arrested from Mumbai for an alleged siphoning of around Rs 100 crore.

"We had received a complaint from the director of Enso Infrastructures, Ashish Begwani, in 2018. He alleged that he was approached by Karunakaran, Ravi Parthasarthy and Hari Shankaran -- all former directors of IL&FS -- with an investment proposal in 2010. Begwani's company poured in Rs 170 crore for a 15 per cent share in IL&FS Rail Ltd. This was for the Gurgaon rapid metro project," R.K Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing), said.

According to the police, the complainant further added that his funds were being misused since no work was started by the company. They had also bagged "bogus contract orders" worth Rs 21 crore from another company called Silverpoint Infratech Ltd. These contract orders were forged by the accused.

The police added that Begwani has also alleged that the directors showed inflated expenses and lower profits in their books to siphon off money.

Police said several cases have been registered against Karunakaran and other directors of the IL&FS Rail Ltd for misappropriating funds, cheating other companies and forgery.

Police said during the investigation it found that the accused had made payments to several companies without actually doing any work to get contract orders.

"The accused didn't have the names, addresses or account details of any of these contractors. The money was being transferred through shell companies," the police added.

"We are checking his involvement in other cases as well. He was arrested in 2019 and 2020 by different agencies but got out on bail. The matter is in the court. We have now arrested him in a cheating case that was lodged by Begwani," Singh added.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:37:35 +0530
Yogi s Gullu turns into Internet sensation

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), July 25

 Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's new pet dog 'Gullu' has turned into an Internet sensation, hours after his photographs went viral on social media on Sunday.

The Chief Minister, on Sunday, offered prayers at the Gorakhnath temple and when he came out, Gullu, a black Labrador pup, rushed out to greet him.

The Chief Minister fondled the pup and fed him biscuits while those present in the temple complex furiously clicked pictures.

Sources in the temple complex said that Yogi Adityanath was very fond of Gullu and the latter always rushed to meet the Chief Minister whenever he came to the temple.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had a black dog named 'Kalu'.

Kalu got photographed with the Chief Minister who fed him pieces of 'paneer'.

Kalu was brought to the Goraksh temple in December 2016 and Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister three months later in March 2017. Yogi earlier had a dog named Raja Babu which had died and he (Yogi) was rather disturbed after that.

"This black dog was gifted to Yogi ji in Delhi by a temple devotee. For some time, Kalu remained in Delhi and was then brought to Gorakhpur," said a temple source.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:31:25 +0530
President Ram Nath Kovind completes four years in office

New Delhi, July 25

 President Ram Nath Kovind completed four years in office on Sunday.

An e-book -- ‘President Kovid at Four' -- has been released on the occasion highlighting his work in office.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a tweet, "President Ram Nath Kovind completes four years in office today. Here are some highlights of the fourth year of presidency in a flip through e-book."

Kovind was sworn in as the 14th President of India on July 25, 2017.

The e-book said, "As the custodian of the Constitution, the President administered oath of office and secrecy to the members of the council of ministers and the chief justice of India, and gave assent to 43 Bills of the Union government and 20 Bills of the state governments."

The President also appointed 94 judges to the Supreme Court and the high courts, Governors of 12 states, Controller and Auditor General of India, Chief Information Commissioner, three Chief Election Commissioners, UPSC Chairman and Vigilance Commissioner.

Lauding the efforts of Corona warriors, the e-book says, "For the at home reception on Independence Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan last year, President Kovind invited some frontline Corona warriors working in Delhi as special guests and lauded their courage and dedication in saving countless lives across the country."

The e-book also says that President Kovind celebrated Raksha Bandhan with nurses from the Trained Nurses' Association of India, Military Nursing Service and the President's Estate Clinic.

According to the book, as the commander of the armed forces, the President visited the National War Memorial and paid tributes to the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice to defend the nation, inaugurated the General Thimayya Museum at Madikeri in Kaodagu, Karnataka, and witnessed Joint Services Operational demonstrations by the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Swaraj Dweep.

The President visited 13 states and two Union Territories in the fourth year of his Presidency, including visits to Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat twice.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:27:44 +0530
Nine tourists from Delhi killed in Himachal accident

Shimla, July 25

 At least nine tourists, mainly from Delhi-National Capital Region, were killed and three others seriously injured in a rockslide in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on Sunday, the police said.

The tourists were on the way from Sangla to Chitkul, a popular tourist spot some 250 km from the state capital, when the boulders fell on their vehicle, killing nine on the spot.

Superintendent of Police S.R. Rana said the rescue operation is on and the road has been closed for the traffic. Nearly 50 vehicles are stranded on the road stretch.

Two of the injured have been referred to a nearby hospital.

Eyewitnesses said the administration had a tough time extricating the victims from the boulders.

People in the area began rescue operations even before local authorities reached the spot.

Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur asked local authorities to speed up the rescue work and provide relief to the next of kin of each of those killed and injured.

A video of the disaster showing massive boulders sliding off the hilltop and damaging a bailey bridge and a portion of the highway has gone viral.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:24:07 +0530
Real estate firm employee arrested for cheating investors

New Delhi, July 25

 The Delhi police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) have arrested an employee of a real estate firm in Delhi's Dwarka area for alleged forgery of land documents and cheating the people by alluring them to invest in its project -- Ganga City Colony in Jhajjar district of Haryana.

Police said the accused identified as Rajbir Singh, an employee of the firm 'Ganga Associates', in connivance with its Directors Ajay Kumar, Hemraj Singh, Vijender and Dalip allured people to invest their money in its project assuring them allotment of land.

On the basis of a complaint, the EOW during its investigation found that the firm did not seek permission from the district town planner to develop the project. "They had concealed the actual facts of the land which is agricultural and not commercial as well as disputed," the police added.

"Believing the representation by the accused, 24 persons paid nearly Rs 50 lakh to them. Subsequently, it was discovered that the accused persons did not have any government approvals for developing the project, said R.K. Singh, Delhi Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW).

Investigation further revealed that the accused did not have any land for the project at Gubhana Kheri except agreement to sell in respect to the project land with farmers in favour of the accused persons.

A case has been registered under section 406, 420, 120-B of the IPC and the investigation was on, the police added.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:21:00 +0530
Various parts of India likely to get heavy rainfall on Monday

New Delhi, July 25

 Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya on Monday, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

It has also predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gujarat, central Maharashtra, Konkan, Goa, coastal Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe for Monday.

Thunderstorm, accompanied with lightning, is very likely at isolated places over Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal, the IMD said in a release.

Warning of an increase in rainfall activity over Western Himalayan Region and adjoining plains of northwest India from Monday, the IMD said that fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is likely over Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh during July 26 and 29, over Uttarakhand during July 25 and 29 and over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad, Punjab, and Haryana from July 27 till 29.

Enhanced rainfall activity with fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and isolated heavy to very heavy falls likely over Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Bihar from July 27, it said.

For IMD, heavy rainfall is between 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm, very heavy rain 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm, and extremely heavy rainfall above 204.4 mm.
 

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:17:04 +0530
Tipu Sultan Tiger of Mysore and a sad tale of treachery

Anupama Nair

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Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today, I am going to write about Tipu Sultan or the “tiger of Mysore”. He is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and the course of history would have changed had he succeeded. There are many controversies surrounding him, but today I am only going to talk about his struggle with the British.

To understand the story of Tipu Sultan, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve in 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by the 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

I still remember doing all my homework and revision on Saturday to watch the serial made by Sanjay Khan called “The Sword Of Tipu Sultan”, in my childhood and the role of Tipu was played by Sanjay Khan himself. I do not remember missing a single episode and cried a lot when he was killed by the British.

Tipu Sultan was born on 1st December 1751, in Devenahalli (Karnataka) to Hyder Ali and Fatima Fakhr-un-Nisa. He was named Tipu after the famous saint “Tipu Mastan Aulia of Arcot”. Hyder Ali, who was illiterate, was very particular in giving his son education befitting a prince, and a very early exposure to military and political affairs. From the age of 17, Tipu was given independent charge of important diplomatic and military missions. He helped Hyder Ali in the wars from which Hyder emerged as the most powerful ruler of southern India.

Tipu in 1767, directed a corps of cavalry against the Marathas in the Carnatic (Karnataka) region of western India, and he fought against the Marathas on several occasions between 1775 and 1779. During the Second Mysore War, he overpowered Colonel John Brathwaite on the banks of the Colleroon River in 1782. He succeeded his father in December 1782 and tried to achieve peaceful relations with the British and became the Sultan of Mysore in 1784.

However, in 1789 the relationship with the British worsened when he attacked the ally of the British – The Kingdom of Travancore ruled by Dharam Raja. After the Battle of Nedumkotta, due to the floods caused by the heavy monsoon rains, the stiff resistance of the Travancore army and news about the attack of Seringapatnam by the British, he was forced to go back to Mysore. He was forced to cede half his dominion to the British.

In 1791, Tipu’s opponents advanced on all fronts, and the British forces were led by  Lord Cornwallis and Seringapatnam was in great danger. Tipu “hassled the British supply and communication embarked on a ‘scorched earth’ policy of denying local resources to the British”. He was very much successful, as the lack of provisions forced Lord Cornwallis to withdraw to Bangalore and  following the withdrawal, Tipu sent forces to Coimbatore, which the Mysore army could re-capture after many years.

However, 1792 was unlucky for Tipu as the Allied Army was stronger and with much more supplies than the previous year, Tipu was unable to prevent forces from Bangalore and Bombay from attacking Seringapatnam. After, two weeks of war, Tipu was ready for a treaty with the British, and had to give two sons as hostages until he paid in full, Rs. three crores and thirty lakhs  fixed as war indemnity to the British. He got back his sons from Madras, after he paid the entire amount in two installments.

A war broke out between Britain and France in 1793 and increased the renewal of the French attempts to drive the British from India with the help of some princely states. Pondicherry was the territory of France in India. Hyder Ali was an enemy of the British and Tipu was many million times ahead of his father in enmity with the British. Tipu was very much influenced by the French Revolution and became an ally of Napolean. After Egypt was conquered, Napolean had communicated with Tipu and promised to dispatch his forces to India, to drive out the British. However, unfortunately for India this plan could not be executed and the course of history would have been different if it had.

Lord Wellesley became the new Governor General, and he made a resolve to crush Tipu, without waiting for any further developments. Before attacking Tipu, he diplomatically persuaded the Nizam of Hyderabad to abandon the French alliance and dismiss the French soldiers. Now it was easy to attack and Tipu lost in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore war fought in 1799 and he died fighting for his country.

As per historians, “the abrupt fall of Seringapatnam resulting in Tipu’s death has been a subject of great intrigue resulting into extensive research. It is believed that it was when the British, won the alliances of regional powers such as the Nizam and the Marathas against the Sultan and he began losing ground. Despite the fact that Tipu in 1799 did not have the military resources as he had eight years ago, it was still not difficult for him to keep the joint forces of the enemies at bay from Seringapatnam till the arrival of rains. He certainly would have dealt a decisive blow on the British, were it not for the betrayal of his own ministers and officers. Highly influential persons in Tipu’s court conspired with the British, for monetary and other gains to encompass the fall of Tipu. His military talent lost prowess in the complex web of intrigues causing Seringapatnam to slip into the hands of the British with perfect ease”. So, we can safely assume, it was treachery that led to his premature death like many other brave kings and queens of India.

It is said, Tipu had the foresight to request his countrymen to fight against the British, as it was easy then, as the British was engaged in wars with the French and also the American Revolutionaries. However, no one listened to him and we were ruled for nearly two centuries. I conclude with some words from Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet

“O, good Horatio, what a wounded name, things standing

Unknown shall live behind me,

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,

Absent thee from felicity awhile,

And, in this harsh world, draw thy breath in pain”.

Maybe these words will force you to think was the British more powerful than us or was it treachery by some of us for money and power that helped them. Please think and leave your valuable comments below.

 

 

 

 

Sun, 25 Jul 2021 09:19:24 +0530
Hot on OTT Coming up this week July 25 31

New Delhi, July 25

Here's a look at highlight films, shows and series that are scheduled to drop in the digital space this week.

Natkhat (Short film on Voot Select, July 24)

Cast: Vidya Balan, Sanika Patel, Raju Arjun

Direction: Shaan Vyas

The short film's plot is about a mother educating her young son about gender equality. A story framed within a story where a mother notices her young, school-going son Sonu gravitating towards misogyny and disregard for the other gender just like the men in her family.

Shuruaat Ka Twist (Short film on Voot select, July 25)

Cast: Neena Gupta, Chunky Panday, Lalit Behl

Direction: Heena Dsouza, Avalokita Dutt, Praveen Fernandes

An anthology of six short films that explore the theme of 'twists' in the narrative and its various interpretations.

Love in the times of corona (Short film on Voot Select, July 27)

Cast: Dipannita Sharma, Adil Hussain, Shibani Dandekar

Direction: Indrani Ray

Backed by joyous and magnanimous storytelling, explores the current turbulent time when the whole world is reassessing what's most important in their lives with a deeper understanding.

Chhatrasal (web series on MX Player, July 29)

Cast: Ashutosh Rana, Neena Gupta, Jitin Gulati

Direction: Anadii Chaturvedi

Set in 1649, the series follows the story of King Chhatrasal who started a war against Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to free Bundelkhand.

Lines (Short film on Voot Select, July 29)

Cast: Hina Khan, Farida Jalal, Rahat Kazmi

Direction: Hussain Khan

Set in 1999, the film chronicles the life of a young girl who is divided by borders with her husband and how she returns to him.

Mimi (film on Netflix, July 30)

Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Supriya Pathak

Direction: Laxman Utekar

This comedy-drama film is about a young woman who decides to be a surrogate for an American couple and has to face opposition from society for it. The film is a remake of the National Award-winning Marathi film "Mala Aai Vhhaychy".

City of Dreams' Season 2 (web series on Disney+ Hotstar, July 30)

Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Eijz Khan, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Divya Seth

Direction: Nagesh Kukunoor

An assassination attempt splits open the cracks within the Gaikwads, a prominent political dynasty in Mumbai. Season two follows Poornima Rao Gaikwad as she navigates her position as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra and battles her acrimonious father in a political power struggle.

Lihaaf (Short film on Voot Select, July 31)

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sonal Sehgal, Virendra Saxena

Direction: Rahat Kazmi

The film is based on one of the most celebrated masterpieces of author Ismat Chughtai "Lihaaf". The film will throw light on the same-sex love and freedom of speech for women, in a male-dominated society.
 

Sun, 25 Jul 2021 09:11:25 +0530
Changing tactics of terror groups have security forces on tenterhooks

Kolkata, July 25

The arrest of three Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists from Haridevpur in South Kolkata followed by several arrests and their subsequent interrogation has led the police to believe that the militants coming from or through Bangladesh are not following the traditional patterns of operation. They are adopting new methods and mechanisms which are helping them to avoid security surveillance and expand their organisation.

West Bengal, which shares 2,217 km of the total 4096 km border with Bangladesh, has always been a soft target for Bangladeshi terrorists. But now, sleuths of the Kolkata Special Task Force (STF) investigating the terror modules operating in the state have reasons to believe that not only from Bangladesh but extremist groups from Pakistan and agents from China are also making their way to India through this route.

"The recent arrest of a Chinese spy Junwei Han (36 years) in border area Malda district and the arrests of nine Al Qaeda terrorists from different districts of the state by the National Investigation Agency are enough to understand that the neighbouring countries are targeting the huge porous border of the state to enter India," a senior officer of the Kolkata STF said.

According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the security forces arrested 577 people who tried to enter the country through different states along the Bangladesh border.

Of these 577 people, 492 tried to enter India through West Bengal which according to the police is highly alarming.

"As both the Nepal and Kashmir route have become vulnerable the terrorists are trying to infiltrate into the country through the West Bengal border. Of the 2,217 km border, 60 per cent is riverine, and it is difficult for the border security forces to keep an eye on that. The infiltrators are using it as an easy route," the officer said.

The sleuths probing the JMB case are now saying that instead of increasing the members of their sleeper cells, the outfits are focusing more on selective, highly motivated and trained persons. Training in handling explosives seems to be the latest goal of these outfits.

Previously, getting more and more recruits for the sleeper cells was the area of focus for the JMB in West Bengal. But that is no more the case. Rather the focus now is to pick highly motivated and trained persons from the recruits and train them in sophisticated explosives making. And this training is intended mainly through the virtual platform.

The three suspected JMB activists, who were arrested from the southern outskirts of Kolkata recently, got similar explosives manufacturing training from their leaders.

The trio has admitted that they were in regular touch with the top JMB leaders who are based out of Bangladesh and operating from there. The investigating sleuths have secured the names and mobile numbers of several top JMB leaders from the trio -- Naziur Rahman Pavel, Mikail Khan and Rabiul Islam.

"During interrogation, Pavel said he rarely left the room rented in Haridevpur. Mikail used to spread JMB's propaganda messages on social media while Rabiul, the youngest in the group, used to communicate with their leaders using a VPN (virtual private network)," said an STF officer.

"Interrogation of the suspects also revealed that they operated as a well-organised cell. The JMB refers to these cells as Markaz, which, in Arabic, means centre. The investigation has revealed that a terrorist Ali had sent money to India through hawala operators apparently keeping other JMB leaders in the dark.

"This money was invested in several businesses that have Indian partners. Ali also runs a human trafficking racket that has sent Bangladeshi men to several European countries," the STF officer said on the condition of anonymity.

"The main job of this markaz was to raise funds and recruit people. Ever since the JMB got divided into two groups in Bangladesh, the faction headed by Al Amin is facing a cash crunch. To instil fear and respect among sympathisers of fundamentalist activities, Al Amin told people that he works for Al Qaeda. Sometimes he also used the name of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami or Huji. His associate Ansar Ali took to robbery and carried out around a dozen operations," the officer added.

"To avoid detection, Pavel used the Hindu name Jayram Bepari. He and Khan alias Sheikh Sabbir befriended two Hindu women in the Haridevpur area and had plans to get married next month. This would have helped them recruit more people without arousing suspicion. We have kept the identity of these women secret to protect their families," said another STF officer who did not want to be named.

The STF is looking for another operative, Salim Munshi and one John David alias Sabbir. Munshi is the person who allegedly ferried cash and fake identity cards from one unit to another. The investigators have learnt that Munshi is not a JMB member but works for the outfit for money. But who is David? The Bangladesh counter-terrorism unit has informed that this John David is an explosives expert specialising in making sophisticated explosives. He is also a militia commander of JMB in the Maimansingha district of Bangladesh.

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 09:01:23 +0530
Good cholesterol may protect liver Study

New York, July 24

Researchers have identified a type of "good cholesterol" that protects the liver by blocking inflammatory signals produced by common gut bacteria.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is mostly known for mopping up cholesterol in the body and delivering it to the liver for disposal.

But researchers from the Washington University in St Louis, the US, found that a type of "good cholesterol" called HDL3, when produced in the intestine, protects the liver from inflammation and injury. If not blocked, these bacterial signals travel from the intestine to the liver, where they activate immune cells that trigger an inflammatory state, which leads to liver damage.

"Even though HDL has been considered 'good cholesterol,' drugs that increase overall HDL levels have fallen out of favour in recent years because of clinical trials that showed no benefit in cardiovascular disease," said Gwendalyn J. Randolph, Professor of Immunology at the University's School of Medicine.

"But our study suggests that raising levels of this specific type of HDL, and specifically raising it in the intestine, may hold promise for protecting against liver disease, which, like heart disease, also is a major chronic health problem," Randolph added.

The study, published in the journal Science, showed that HDL3 from the intestine protects the liver from inflammation in mice and in human blood samples.

Any sort of intestinal damage can impact how a group of microbes called Gram-negative bacteria can affect the body. Such microbes produce an inflammatory molecule called lipopolysaccharide that can travel to the liver via the portal vein.

The portal vein is the major vessel that supplies blood to the liver, and it carries most nutrients to the liver after food is absorbed in the intestine.

Substances from gut microbes may travel along with nutrients from food to activate immune cells that trigger inflammation. In this way, elements of the gut microbiome may drive liver disease, including fatty liver disease and liver fibrosis, in which the liver develops scar tissue.

"We are hopeful that HDL3 can serve as a target in future therapies for liver disease. We are continuing our research to better understand the details of this unique process," Randolph said.

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 08:50:52 +0530
5 killed as service lift crashes in Mumbai high rise

Mumbai, July 24

In a tragic incident, at least five persons were killed and one injured after a service lift used for construction work at a newly-built high-rise came crashing down, officials of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster control unit said here on Saturday.

The incident involving the construction lift occurred at around 5.45 p.m. at the Ambika Building in Worli, officials said.

While one person died instantly, four others were brought dead to the KEM Hospital. The exact cause of the disaster is not known yet.

Three of the victims have been identified as Avinash Das, 35, Bharat Mandal, 28, and Chinmay Mandal, 33, while the identities of two others are being ascertained.

Another person, Laxman Mandal, 35, is stated to be in critical condition at the hospital.

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Sun, 25 Jul 2021 08:31:27 +0530
Are women s and men s protein needs different

New Delhi, July 24

 Protein intake is a widely-discussed issue among those trying to achieve their fitness goals like building muscle mass or muscle loss after intensive fitness training. Since women tend to have lower quantities of lean mass and more fat mass compared to men, boosting protein can sustain the lean mass.

It has also been observed that most men are interested in hypertrophy, or a visible increase in the size of muscle cells. For women, who may not want to bulk up but rather lose visible fat and build lean muscle, nutritional requirements like protein needs can look different.

Protein and protein sources

Rightly called the 'building blocks of your body', protein is a macronutrient which serves various anatomical functions like adequate flow of blood and oxygen through the body, digestion and regulation of hormone levels. Protein helps our muscles to repair and regrow after exercise and injury. It should also be noted that every gram of protein contains four calories, whereas that number for one gram of fat is nine calories.


Rich protein sources for both men and women include animal and plant-based sources like milk products, eggs, meat, soy, tofu, pulses, beans, black gram, and legumes, and a healthy person should consume all of these in combination to get high-quality proteins. ICMR-NIN says that protein requirements vary with age, physiological status and stress. More proteins are required by growing infants and children, pregnant women and individuals during infections and illness or stress. For people doing fitness training, protein requirements differ as well.

According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), while the recommended daily allowance for a 55-kg woman (whether doing sedentary or heavy work) is 55 grams of protein, for pregnant women and breastfeeding women, this goes up significantly. When it comes to health supplements like protein shakes, women often have to make do with products made for men, since the market is saturated with those.


Doctor's Choice, a 2018-established health supplement brand, is launching a new range of women-centric protein supplements that also aid fat loss. DC's Lean Pro, a high- protein meal replacement for a lean and fit body, balances weight, having zero trans-fat, sugar-free, no preservatives and is gluten free which is safe to use. Suggested by Nupur Vats, Co-Founder, Doctor's Choice, here are things female fitness enthusiasts should keep in mind about their protein intake:

1. Try to build and maintain a high-protein diet that significantly aids weight loss and helps with fitness performance. Just increasing protein intake won't magically give results and needs to be complemented with healthy food choices and regular workouts.

2. If you are taking protein supplements, avoid fake products that saturate the market and do more harm than good. Go for makers who swear by quality and international standards. Put health before money.

3. Most protein powders are formulated focusing on male body requirements. Women simply need smaller doses of protein to reach their macronutrient needs. While some proteins do have male-specific ingredients, like testosterone boosters. These products should not be taken by women. It's suggested to women to consume soy-based protein more since it has agents which boost estrogen levels in women and hence it's advised for male to consume it less.


4. Beyond just the protein content, women's protein powders have additional ingredients that a body needs. There are brands in the market that aim at different kinds of whey protein made just for women. Folic Acid is essential for pregnant women or are trying to be. It helps women fight the risk of strokes, heart disease, and several kinds of cancer. Vitamin B6 which helps women maintain a healthy immune system and reduce heart disease. Iron assists red blood cells in the transferring of oxygen throughout the body. As women lose a lot of blood in their menstrual cycles, women need more iron than men in order to fight fatigue or anaemia. Women's specific protein powders typically have a higher content of folic acid, vitamin B6, and iron, which is required for growth in females.

5. To improve the taste, the sugar content that many brands use in their protein powder formulas are high. Especially true for powders that are marketed directly to women. But the finest protein powders for women won't add a lot of sugars just to give users a boost in flavour. For a natural solution instead of processed sugar, look for brands that use natural sweeteners such as honey or stevia.

 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:58:55 +0530
The dream has been fulfilled Mirabai Chanu

Tokyo, July 24

 Mirabai Chanu, who gave India a start in the medals tally at the Tokyo Olympics with a silver in the womens 49kg weightlifting event, has said that her dream of winning a medal at the Olympics has been fulfilled.


"There is so much happiness. The dream to take a medal at the Olympics has been fulfilled today." said Mirabai in a virtual interaction organised by the Sports Authority of India on Saturday.

Mirabai acknowledged that the failure to not finish her lift at the 2016 Rio Olympics propelled her to put in more effort.

"I had worked really hard for Rio, but failed badly. It was not my day. It was then that I decided I will fulfil my dream of winning an Olympic medal for the country. What I couldn't do in Rio, I covered it in Tokyo Olympics. In Tokyo, where I am right now, it's because of Rio. It took lots of hard work in reaching here."

Mirabai's silver is India's second medal in weightlifting at the Olympics after Karnam Malleswari's bronze in the 69kg category at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"Khaana, sona aur training ke alawa koi doosra kaam nahi kiya" (Besides eating, sleeping and training, she didn't do any other work) is how Mirabai's coach Vijay Sharma summed up her schedule in the past five years.

"Post Rio failure, there was a lot of pressure on me. That setback showed us that we needed to work harder and be more determined. I worked with that lesson and Mira gave full support to me. But the journey post it (Rio 2016), training technique was changed and (we) got results after 2017. There were 2.5 years of Olympic qualification and 1.5 years of corona. But the result of the journey has been reaching here (on the podium)," said Sharma.

To validate Sharma's point, Mirabai spoke about making a visit home for just five days in the last five years.

"Sacrifice has been a lot, (I) focused on training. In the last five years, went home for just five days. Didn't eat certain foods; I knew I had to win a medal."

Sharma spoke about the qualities which stood out when he met Mirabai for the first time. "As a team, I started working with her since 2014. Have worked with many students in a group but what was different with Mira was her discipline and determination. The desire to achieve something in her was more than the other students. Those qualities, which were unique, caught my eye. Whatever she has achieved, it has come through hard work, discipline and determination."

Mirabai also expressed her gratitude to her coach, support staff, family, friends and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).

"Lots of support and got help from TOPS. Lots of changes are happening. What we want, we get. Thanks to them for supporting and extending the same to other players. I tell the players to work hard and raise the name of the country. Have got the medal due to lots of support."

Asked about what she planned to do on returning home, a smiling Mirabai said, "I will eat the food made by my mother and meet all. Mum is really happy and busy. She didn't eat anything till the competition got over. Everyone is happy that the medal has come. The whole village is happy."
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:52:33 +0530
Alphabet announces new robotics software company Intrinsic

San Francisco, July 24

 Google's parent company Alphabet has announced a new company called Intrinsic that will focus on building software for industrial robots.

Intrinsic is working to unlock the creative and economic potential of industrial robotics for millions more businesses, entrepreneurs and developers.

"We are developing software tools designed to make industrial robots (which are used to make everything from solar panels to cars) easier to use, less costly and more flexible so that more people can use them to make new products, businesses and services," Wendy Tan-White, CEO, said in a statement.

"By unlocking access to these incredible productivity tools, we hope to support a shift towards a more sustainable and equitable way of making things," it added.

Currently, just 10 countries manufacture 70 per cent of the world's goods.

This means most things are made far away from their end consumers, which drives global transport emissions and many countries and businesses miss out on economic opportunities.

According to The Verge, robotics has been an obsession at Google for years, but the company's efforts have been unfocused and have yet to produce any commercial hits.

In 2013, Google went on a shopping spree for robots, buying seven companies in roughly six months, including Schaft (a Japanese firm known for bipedal bots), Bot & Dolly (makers of very cool viral videos), and Boston Dynamics (which needs no introduction).

The effort was named "Replicant" and headed by Andy Rubin, an executive who co-founded the Android mobile operating system.

Over the years, though, no news emerged from Replicant, and Google either sold off or shut down most of its acquisitions.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:48:31 +0530
Amitabh Bachchan Prabhas next K launched with muhurat shot

Hyderabad, July 24

 Actors Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhas and Deepika Padukone's upcoming film kickstarted, with a 'muhurat' pooja and clap here on Saturday.

The film, which is directed by Nag Ashwin has been given the working title "K" so far.

Amitabh landed in Hyderabad, as the film's muhurat was held on Saturday, on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. For the muhurat shot, Prabhas sounded the clapboard on Amitabh Bachchan whose portions will be shot in the first schedule.

According to the film's production team, Nag Ashwin will be shooting some crucial sequences with Amitabh and few other actors in the first shooting schedule, which commences on Saturday in Ramoji Film City, here. However, Prabhas will join the team later.

Prabhas had also posted the picture of the clapboard on his social media account and captioned it as: "On this #GuruPurnima, it is an honour for me to Clap for the Guru of Indian cinema! � it now begins!! #ProjectK Amitabh Bachchan Deepika Padukone #NagAshwin Vyjayanthi Movies."

The film is produced by Aswini Dutt, producer and founder of Vyjayanthi Movies. Swapna Dutt and Priyanka Dutt, of Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema, are the co-producers.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:44:44 +0530
Go First operates first night flight from Jammu to Delhi

New Delhi, July 24

 Budget airline Go First, formerly known as GoAir, has operated the first ever night flight from Jammu to Delhi.

Accordingly, the flight 'G8 196' - took off at 8.00 p.m. on Friday and was operated on Airbus A320neo.

"Going forward, Go First will operate scheduled flight from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar."

"This heralds the beginning of a new era for the union territory that has long advocated the introduction of night flights for better connectivity with the rest of the country."

Notably, the airline, will operate four flights a week from Jammu on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to Delhi and three flight from Jammu on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday to Srinagar, respectively.

According to Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, Go First: "This initiative will assist the farming community and also strengthen the tourism sector, which plays a major role in the economic growth of the region."

"We will continue to provide better connectivity and play a role in the economic development of J&K. Go First is also strengthening the network across the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir by enhancing the number of flights to-and-from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar."

Earlier this year, the carrier signed an MoU with the J&K government for the transport of perishable horticulture and agriculture produce to international markets at competitive rates.

This is a boon to farmers in the region and is aiding them generate an optimum return for their produce, the airline said.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:41:31 +0530
China reports 13 new locally transmitted Covid cases

Beijing, July 24

 The Chinese mainland has reported 13 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, with 12 in Jiangsu and one in Sichuan, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

Also reported were 22 new imported cases, of which five each were reported in Guangdong and Yunnan, four in Fujian, three in Sichuan, two in Shanghai and one each in Tianjin, Henan and Hubei, reports Xinhua news agency.

No new suspected cases or death were reported in the day.

With the new cases, China's overall infection tally has reached 92,497, including 681 patients still receiving treatment.

A total of 87,180 patients had been discharged from hospitals following recovery on the mainland, and 4,636 had died as a result of the virus.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:35:44 +0530
Govt officials world over among 1 4K WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 WhatsApp CEO

Washington, July 24

 Senior government officials from across the world, including individuals in high national security positions who are "allies of the US", were targeted by governments using the NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the messaging apps Chief Executive Officer, The Guardian reported.

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart disclosed the new details about individuals who were targeted in the attack after revelations this week by the Pegasus Project, a collaboration of 17 media organisations which investigated NSO, the Israeli company that sells its powerful surveillance software to government clients around the world.

Cathcart said that he saw parallels between the attack against WhatsApp users in 2019, which is now the subject of a lawsuit brought by WhatsApp against NSO, and reports about a massive data leak which are at the centre of the Pegasus Project.

"The reporting matches what we saw in the attack we defeated two years ago, it is very consistent with what we were loud about then," Cathcart said in an interview with The Guardian.

In addition to the "senior government officials", WhatsApp found that journalists and human rights activists were targeted in the 2019 attack against its users. Many of the targets in the WhatsApp case, he said, had "no business being under surveillance in any way, shape, or form", the report said.

"This should be a wake-up call for security on the internet … mobile phones are either safe for everyone or they are not safe for everyone," he said.

As per the report, Cathcart questioned NSO's claim that the figure was in itself "exaggerated", saying that WhatsApp had recorded an attack against 1,400 users over a two-week period in 2019.

"That tells us that over a longer period of time, over a multi-year period of time, the numbers of people being attacked are very high," he said, adding: "That's why we felt it was so important to raise the concern around this."

When WhatsApp says it believes its users were "targeted", it means the company has evidence that an NSO server attempted to install malware on a user's device, The Guardian said.

When WhatsApp announced two years ago that its users had been targeted by the NSO malware, it said 100 of the 1,400 targets were journalists, human rights defenders and activists. The users were targeted through a WhatsApp vulnerability that was later fixed.

As per the report, Cathcart said he had discussed the 2019 attack against WhatsApp users with governments around the world.

He also praised the recent moves by Microsoft and others in the technology industry who are speaking out about the dangers of malware, and called on Apple -- whose phones are vulnerable to malware infections -- to adopt their approach, according to the report.

"I hope that Apple will start taking that approach too. Be loud, join in. It's not enough to say, most of our users don't need to worry about this. It's not enough to say ‘oh this is only thousands or tens of thousands of victims'," Cathcart was quoted as saying.

"If this is affecting journalists all around the world, this is affecting human rights defenders all around the world, that affects us all. And if anyone's phone is not secured that means everyone's phone is not secure," he added.

He also called on governments to help create accountability for spyware makers, the report said.

The Guardian reported that WhatsApp had launched its lawsuit against NSO in late 2019, claiming that the Israeli company was responsible for sending malware to WhatsApp users' phones.

A judge in the case pointed out that the underlying facts in the case -- that malicious code owned by NSO was sent through WhatsApp's service -- did not appear to be disputed. Instead, the lawsuit revolved around whether NSO's "sovereign customers" were to blame, or the company itself, the report said.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:32:33 +0530
Over 2mn people died of drowning in last decade WHO

Geneva, July 24

 The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that more than 2 million died due to drowning in the last decade, a number which exceeded fatalities caused by maternal conditions or protein-energy malnutrition.

Ahead of the first World Drowning Prevention Day to be marked on July 25, the WHO, in a statement released on Friday, said at least 236,000 people drown every year, and drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and youth aged one to 24 years.

More than 90 per cent of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells and domestic water storage vessels in low- and middle-income countries.

Half of all drowning deaths are in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia regions, according to the WHO.

Rates of drowning deaths per 100 000 population are highest, however, in the Western Pacific region followed by the African region.

"Anyone can drown, no one should," noted Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization (WHO).

"I welcome the opportunity of this first World Drowning Prevention Day to increase attention and hasten action by governments and their partners to avert the pain and suffering caused by drowning, a largely preventable killer."

World Drowning Prevention Day was called for by member states through adoption in April 2021 of UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/75/273, which also invited the WHO to coordinate drowning prevention actions.

To mark World Drowning Prevention Day, WHO and partners will host a virtual event on July 28, entitled "Global, national and local reflections on World Drowning Prevention Day 2021".
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:28:32 +0530
Taliye hillslide washout Thackeray wipes tears of dazed survivors

Raigad (Maharashtra), July 24

 A day after a hillslip flattened the ill-fated Taliye village near Mahad in Raigad, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the site, met the few survivors and with folded hands, attempted to wipe their tears.

Hopping onto a chopper from Mumbai for the short flight to Raigad, Thackeray later drove down to the village, where he was accompanied by Ministers Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena), Vijay Wadettiwar (Congress), Aditi Tatkare (Nationlist Congress Party) and her father Sunil Tatkare, the local NCP MP, and other top officials.

En route, he grimly took in the scenes of the massive havoc wreaked by nature's fury in the past three days in the coastal Konkan and western Maharashtra.

The entire region reeks of disaster, destruction, deaths of humans and animals, stench of the fast-rotting remains, razed fields and farmlands, spelling doom for the dazed people wondering how to pick up the threads afresh for their future.

"We have lost everything except the clothes I am wearing I have lost my entire 6-member family in the hillslide," wept one of the lucky survivors, a woman, Archana, aged around 35.

She was consoled by a similarly orphaned teenaged girl, Sandhya, from the now-erased Taliye village, who miraculously escaped the thousands of tonnes of sticky wet earth, boulders, stones, tree clumps, bushes and water as a 60-70 meter tall portion of the hillock crashed early on Friday.

Of the total 35 single or double-storied homes standing in the once bustling village, 32 have practically disappeared and so far there have been around 50 deaths and an equal number feared missing.

Another middle-aged man, dug out from the slush and was rushed to a Mahad hospital, had horror writ on his face - "We had not time to escape. There was a rumbling sound and in seconds, our landscape and the world changed," he said.

One survivor, Mahendra Pol said with moist eyes that his entire family escaped the disaster and managed to flee to safety while most of his neighbours and friends were killed.

Thackeray gave patient hearing to the villagers and the survivors, and assured that the entire village would be redeveloped and resurrected, with full help to the locals who lost everything.

He also said that there are many villages in such potentially dangerous locations which would also be shifted to safer areas to prevent such tragedies in future.

"You please take care of yourself, leave everything else to us. We are with you and the government will ensure full help for your complete rehabilitation," Thackeray assured the weeping villagers, many of whom are yet unable to accept the changed scenario.

Shortly afterwards, Housing Minister Dr Jitendra Awhad made the welcome announcement that the Taliye village would be fully rebuilt from scratch by the Maharashtra Housing & Area Development Authority.

NDRF and SDRF teams are continuing the digging operations to rescue possible survivors or bodies, with intermittent rains still lashing the region, and extricated a nine-year old girl from the slush on Saturday afternoon.

During Thackeray's visit, a sudden heavy shower swept the area, and he grabbed an umbrella to speak to the survivors and the local media.

He also told the villagers not to bother about their identification papers and other important documents which have been lost, assuring that everything would be replaced.

The Taliye mishap reminded many of a similar hill-slip that wiped off the Malin village of Pune district in the morning of July 30, 2014, shocking the nation. While 151 were killed, just 38 survived, including 8 who were outsiders visiting the village and were stuck owing to torrential rains.

Though deforestation has been attributed as the prime cause in both Malin and Taliye catastrophes, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday that the latter (Taliye) was not in a landslip prone area and the culprit was the torrential downpour that inundated Mahad and surrounding hilly areas.

As rains took brief respite, small groups of villagers visited Taliye, huddled in disbelief at the sight, controlling emotions of grief, anger and sheer helplessness at the monumental tragedy.

Against their usual smiling pals or friendly neighbourhood folks, all they witnessed are remnants of broken pots and pans, destroyed household furniture or fittings, chunks of ruined walls of erstwhile cheerful homes, the metal or concrete sheets of roofs, with no signs of life.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:23:31 +0530
Renowned Marathi litterateur Satish Kalsekar dies at 78

Raigad (Maharashtra), July 24

 Banker-turned-Marathi litterateur Satish Kalsekar - who was conferred the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for literature - passed away following a brief illness, a close associate said here on Saturday.

Kalsekar, 78, passed away due to old-age related issues at Pen in Raigad, and is survived by his wife Supriya, sons Viplav and Aditya.

His cremation is likely to be held at Mulund in Mumbai this afternoon in the presence of his family, relatives and literary personalities, said his friend of many years in the banking industry Vishwas Utagi.

Born in Malvan, Sindhudurg, Kalsekar is largely credited with bringing the stories of legends like Ruskin Bond and Mahashweta Devi to Marathi audiences by translating their works for the local readers here, he added.

"A former officer with Bank of Baroda from 1965-2001, Kalsekar simultaneously bloomed in Marathi literature, and his poems and writings depicted the lives and travails of the ordinary lower-middle-class people and workers struggling for survival in a big metropolis like Mumbai," Utagi said.

Launching his literary career with a collection of poems "Indriyopanishad" (1971), he went on to bag the country's top literature award, the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for Marathi literature (2013) for his collection of essays, "Vachnaryachi Rojanishee".

Kalsekar's other collections of poetry/essays include 'Poems: For Lenin' (1977), 'Sakshat' (1982), 'Vilambit' (1997) and many others, which were translated in multiple Indian languages.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:18:40 +0530
In 6 minutes police arrest eve teaser on Disha app alert

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), July 24

 Demonstrating the effectiveness of Andhra Pradesh police department's women's safety mobile app Disha, Vijayawada police apprehended an eve teaser within six minutes of a victim pressing the SOS button.

"In six minutes we apprehended the offender," Vijayawada police commissioner B. Sreenivasulu said on Saturday.

Further elaborating the incident, Mary Prasanthi, deputy commissioner of police (Administration) said the crime occurred near the railway club in Satyanarayana Puram part of the city.

"Both are students, classmates I think and he (Akash) was harassing like anything. She complained to her father about him and he (father) complained to the college principal," said Prasanthi.

Despite being warned many times, the DCP said Akash (19) did not change his behaviour and on Friday stalked the girl right in the presence of her father while returning home after examination.

Vexed by Akash's eve teasing, the girl pressed the SOS button on the app, triggering an alert to the police station from the Disha call centre.

"We immediately responded and within six minutes police reached the spot and Akash was taken to the police station and a case was registered against him," said the DCP.

According to the AP police department, the girl triggered the alarm at 12.31 p.m. and the police took the accused ever-teaser under custody by 12.37 p.m.

Police registered a case under IPC Sections 354 (D) and 506, however, Askash is not yet produced in a court.

Police commissioner said the app is working very well to apprehend unruly people violating women's rights and noted that the city police response time is 5-6 minutes to attend to an emergency.

He noted that the response time could be 15-20 minutes in the city outskirts and rural areas.

"Disha SOS triggered, eve teaser caught within six minutes: DGP Gautam Sawang commends Vijayawada city police for the trust instilled in public by responding within six minutes of Disha app SOS trigger by 19-year-old girl and taking the accused under custody and filing a case against him," added a police official.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 19:11:05 +0530
Catholic Priest arrested in TN for hate speech

Chennai, July 24

 A Roman Catholic priest George Ponnaiah who made disgusting speech in Kanniyakumari district about Bharat Mata, Hinduism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the DMK government led by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin was arrested in Madurai on Saturday.

He had said at a meeting attended by Christians and Muslims, that the DMK government led by Stalin coming to power is nothing but alms of Christians and Muslims.

In the video of his controversial speech, he was seen and heard making disgusting and disparaging remarks about Modi and Shah.

The police have booked him for spreading enmity between religious groups.

Ponnaiah had addressed a meeting in Kanniyakumari district recently protesting against the ban on conducting prayers in houses and not allowing construction of churches on private 'patta' lands.

A number of police complaints were lodged against Ponnaiah for his hate speech.

The Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP held protests in various districts demanding arrest of Ponnaiah under the Goondas Act and under National Security Act for promoting hatred among religious groups.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:57:36 +0530
Death toll mounts to 9 as rain plays havoc in Karnataka

Bengaluru, July 24

 Torrential rain continued to cause a flood-like situation across Karnataka on Saturday with the death toll rising to 9.

The continuous rain affected 12 districts of north Karnataka, coastal Karnataka and Malnad region.

It is estimated that some 830 houses collapsed, 15 school buildings were damaged and 8,733 people, including women and children, have been shifted to safer places across the state.

The state government has opened 80 relief centres. As heavy rain continued to lash the Western Ghat region, life was thrown out of gear in north Karnataka districts and coastal Karnataka region.

The body of a 12-year-old girl Kiran Shanura Veebhuti, who was washed away in the floods on Friday, was found by rescue teams at Chikkodi in Belagavi district.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in 12 districts for rescue operations.

Since the water flow towards the dams across the state is steadily increasing, water is being released from dams and this is causing the rivers to cross danger levels, endangering the safety of people.

Due to floods in the Western Ghats, all major connecting roads to the rest of Karnataka have been closed. The Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway has also been closed as it is impossible to cross the inundated stretch of roads that run through thickly forested areas.

As many as 300 people in Yaduravadi village of Belagavi district were evacuated in boats to safer places as the village was inundated. The rain water has submerged thousands of houses and several others are on the verge of collapse in the region.

The floods have damaged state highways across Kodagu district. Many villages in Hassan, Chikmagalur and Shivamogga districts have been flooded.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has warned that heavy rain will continue to lash Udupi, Mangalore, Karwar, Chikmagalur, Shivamogga and Hassan districts for five more days. A red alert has already been sounded across the state.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:54:23 +0530
Country s largest family health centre opened in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, July 24 (IANS) The country's largest family health centre was opened at Vazhakkad in Malappuram here on Saturday by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan online.

Fully funded by Shamsheer Vayalil, an NRI entrepreneur from Kerala and also the CMD of VPS Healthcare, a leading healthcare service provider in GCC nations and India, the 15,000 sq. ft. family health centre, has been reconstructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore. It has an open gym and a play area for children, and is disabled-friendly.

The original primary health centre was destroyed in the 2018 floods.

Vijayan said it is the vision of his government to strengthen public health centres.

"Developing and upgrading primary and family health centres is our priority," said Vijayan.

The family health centre, which is expected to cater to the medical needs of around 75,000 outpatients annually, was reconstructed as part of the CSR initiative of UAE-based VPS Healthcare.

Vayalil said healthcare across the globe has been undergoing tremendous changes, especially since the outbreak of the pandemic.

"We are thankful to all. It has been a collective effort, and this will not have been a success without the backing of the local population. We dedicate the family health centre to all with great pride," said Vayalil, who is the son-in-law of business tycoon M.A. Yusuf Ali.

Ali, who was the chief guest of the function, said it is heartening to see that the Vazhakkad family health centre has now been upgraded to a modern health infrastructure with the capacity to address the growing needs of the public.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:50:42 +0530
SC declines info under RTI on elevation of top court lawyers as HC judges

New Delhi, July 24 

 The Supreme Court has declined to part with information under RTI Act in connection with Supreme Court Bar Association letter, for proposing names of top court advocates for appointment as High Court judges.

A lawyer, Amritpal Singh Khalsa had filed an application under the transparency law, after the SCBA president Vikas Singh had claimed to have written a letter in this matter. The apex court said the "information sought is exempted under provisions of Section 8 (1) (e) and Section 11 (1) of the Right to Information Act, being third party information". "There is nothing available on record based on which the information sought for can be provided. Hence, no information", said Ajay Agarwal, additional registrar and CPIO, Supreme Court.

Khalsa, in his letter to the CPIO, had sought a copy of the proposal sent by the SCBA on May 31, along with the order, letter, communication or any other document in which it is noted that Chief Justice of India has agreed to the proposal of SCBA. Khalsa had also sought copy of the terms and conditions of agreement to SCBA proposal and the copy of entire file with file notings in this regard. "Please provide me copy of request letter, order, issued by CJI to chief justices of high court to consider elevation of lawyers practising in Supreme Court as high court judges", said Khalsa in the letter.

Last month, top court's lawyers body formed a "search committee" to identify deserving and meritorious advocates, practising in the Supreme Court, for elevation as judges in various high courts. The "search committee" comprised of the president, vice president and senior members, Mahalakshmi Pavani, along with four eminent members of the Bar namely: Rakesh Dwivedi, Shekhar Naphade, Vijay Hansaria and V. Giri, to facilitate the process of elevation by identifying deserving and meritorious Supreme Court practitioners.

"The High Court Collegium may then consider such names along with the lawyers from the High Court Bar in order to choose the most deserving candidate amongst those available for elevation", said a communication by SCBA, saying that Chief Justice N.V. Ramana "has agreed" to its request to consider elevating Supreme Court lawyers as high court judges.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:47:46 +0530
ICSE ISC board exam results for 2021 out

New Delhi, July 24

 The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) on Saturday announced the results for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) or class 10 and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) or class 12 exams on its official website. Students can check their results by opening the CISCE website as well as by sending a message through a mobile phone.

Nearly 99.98 per cent students have passed the ICSE exams. The pass percentage of ISC exams is 99.76 per cent. Both girls and boys have secured a pass percentage of 99.98 per cent in ICSE. For ISC, the pass percentage for boys was 99.86 per cent and that of girls was 99.66 per cent.

The region wise results of ICSE stand as 99.97 per cent pass percentage in north zone, 99.98 per cent in east zone, 99.99 percent in west zone, 100 per cent in south zone and 100 per cent in foreign countries.

In Delhi ICSE, 99.93 per cent students of class 12 passed the exam. A total of 94,011 students have passed the CISCE class 10 across the country. The passing percentage of students in class 10 is 99.76 per cent which includes 53.67 per cent boys and 46.33 per cent girls. While 0.34 per cent boys and 0.14 per cent girls failed in the exam.

CISCE has released the results of 2,19,499 students across the country. Out of these 219,499 students, 1,18,846 are boys which comprises 54.14 per cent of the total number of students. At the same time, 45.86 percent i.e. 1,00,653 are girls who passed the exams.

This is the second consecutive year that the CISCE board has released the results of ICSE and ISC students on the basis of internal assessment. Due to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, it was decided to cancel the ISCE and ISC examinations this year and release the results according to the internal evaluation policy.

To view the ICSE 2021 exam results, the candidate has to enter his/her unique ID, Index Number and Captcha code on the website. All board results will be released online only.

As per the official notification released by CISCE, the results of ICSE and ISC are being made available on its official website.

There are 48 schools in Delhi-NCR under the ICSE or class 10, in which the total number of students is 5,134. Of these, 5,118 students have passed while 16 students failed in the exam. Of the total students, the number of boys is 2,728 and girls is 2,406.

The number of ISC or class 12 schools abroad is 1125. A total of 88,409 students have been registered here.
 

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 18:44:13 +0530
Governor inaugurates Swarjya Parva on Lokmanya Tilak birth anniversary

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari inaugurated ‘Swarajya Parva’, an online commemoration meeting on the occasion of the 165th birth anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak on Friday (23rd July). The Governor released a souvenir ‘Swarajya’ on the occasion.

The Swarajya Parva was organized by the Rashtrakavi Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ Smriti Nyas. Chairman of the Nyas Neeraj Kumar, General Secretary of Vishwa Hindi Parishad Bipin Kumar, Prof Ram Nagina Singh and Prof Ratan Kumar Pandey also spoke on the occasion.

Sat, 24 Jul 2021 14:50:02 +0530
India faces most difficult challenge by following Lord Buddha s path PM

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India has shown how it can face even the most difficult challenge by following the path of Lord Buddha.

He made the remarks in his message on the occasion of 'Ashadha Purnima-Dhamma Chakra Day'.

"India has shown how we can face even the most difficult challenge by following the path of the Buddha. The entire world is moving in solidarity following the teachings of the Buddha. In this, 'care with prayer' initiative of the International Buddhist Confederation is praiseworthy," Modi said.

He emphasized that the "harmony between our mind, speech and resolve and between our action and effort can guide us away from pain and towards happiness".

"This inspires us to work for general welfare during good times and gives us strength to face difficult times. Lord Buddha gave us eight-fold path to achieve this harmony."

The Prime Minister said that when Lord Buddha, forged in the fire of sacrifice and endurance, speaks, then these are not mere words but an entire cycle of 'Dhamma' begins and the knowledge flowing from him becomes synonymous with the welfare of the world.

"That is why today he has followers all over the world," he said.

Quoting the 'Dhammapada', Modi remarked that enmity does not quell enmity. Rather, enmity is calmed with love and by a big heart.

"In times of tragedy, the world has felt this power of love and harmony.

"As this knowledge of Buddha, this experience of humanity gets enriched, the world will touch new heights of success and prosperity," he added.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 10:56:14 +0530
US Russia to hold arms control talks next week

Washington, July 24

The US and Russia will hold a Strategic Stability Dialogue on July 28 in Geneva, the State Department said on Friday.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead the US delegation's participation in the dialogue, joined by Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins, according to a State Department statement, Xinhua reported.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at their first summit in Geneva in June to launch the dialogue to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.

Washington and Moscow this February extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five years to 2026. It is the last remaining nuclear arms control pact in force between the two nuclear superpowers.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 10:49:27 +0530
Apple spatial audio and lossless streaming roll out on Android

New Delhi, July 24

Apple has started rolling out the next generation of sound with Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio streaming for Android users globally.

However, not all Android devices support Dolby Atmos yet, the media reported.

According to TechCrunch, "Android users can access these features too".

In a delight for millions of music aficionados globally and in India, Apple on July 20 launched Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio on Apple Music at no additional cost.

Apple Music also made its catalog of more than 75 million songs available to its subscribers in Lossless Audio in India.

Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every single bit of the original audio file. This means fans will be able to hear their favourite songs exactly the way the artists created them in the studio.

By default, Apple Music is playing Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multi-dimensional sound and clarity that comes from all around and from above the listener.

Apple Music is also offering a special set of editorially-curated Spatial Audio playlists to help listeners find the music they love and enable further discovery.

Not just Apple, Amazon Music has also announced that it would support lossless streaming and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos.

Swedish streaming giant Spotify also plans to launch a lossless audio feature soon.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 10:42:09 +0530
J K LG inaugurates night flight operations at Jammu airport

Jammu, July 24

In a historic move, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday inaugurated the night flight operations at the Jammu Airport.

The Lt. Governor virtually flagged off the first late-night flight of Go Air from Jammu to Delhi to mark the occasion.

He acknowledged the support of the Central Government and different agencies for coordination and ensuring the fulfillment of various procedural and on-ground facilities imperative for the start of night operations.

The Lt. Governor observed that the much-awaited facility will give relief to the passengers and in turn, will have a long term positive impact on the economy of the region.

"The commencement of the night flight operations will give impetus to the local economy, investment by enhancing the aerial connectivity and increasing tourism footfall in the region. It will also provide much needed flexibility for residents of the Jammu division to travel to the national capital and beyond," he added.

Pertinently, the move will also benefit the farmers of the region as the Union Territory government has recently inked an MoU with Go Air for subsidised air transportation of vegetables and fruits from Jammu and Kashmir, with the first consignment of Srinagar cherry and Jammu litchi being dispatched to Dubai and Mumbai, respectively. The formal inauguration of the cargo facility is expected soon.

As per the airport authorities, the re-carpeting work of the runway has been completed and the runway approach lighting system, which includes a series of light bars with strobe lights has already been installed and put in operation.

Accordingly, night operations have been started with all others facilities like Instrument Landing System, CAT-1 lights, precision approach path indicator -- PAPI, etc. as they are already installed and commissioned at the Jammu airport.

It was also informed that the extended runway of 1300 ft. length has merged with the existing one, and all allied works shall also be completed by August 31.

Even though the Jammu airport had extended its operational timings in early 2019, the night flights facility in Jammu had remained a distant dream due to unwarranted delays in runway expansion work and other allied procedures that have gathered speed in the past year.

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 10:29:43 +0530
2 militants killed in Kashmir encounter

 

Srinagar, July 24

Two unidentified terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

"Two unidentified terrorists killed in Bandipore encounter. Operation is in progress," the police said.

The gunfight broke out after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off a part of the Shokbaba forest area in Sumblar and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about militant presence.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that

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Sat, 24 Jul 2021 10:22:33 +0530
Swarajya is my birthright and I will have it Tilak maker of modern India

Anupama Nair

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But the heart, the eye, the yet deeper heart —
Still ablaze for the Beloved, their turmoil shines.
In the lantern by the road the flame is stalled for news:
Did the morning breeze ever come?  Where has it gone?
Night weighs us down, it still weighs us down.
Friends, come away from this false light.  Come, we must
search for that promised Dawn”

But the promised Dawn did finally come after nearly 200 years of colonial rule. We lost millions of Bharat Ma’s sons and daughters starting from Siraj-ud-Daula (Battle of Plassey, 1757), to Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmi Bai (1857) and finally Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad, Veer Savarkar, Tilak and lastly the man who said “Give me blood, I will give you freedom”—Netaji.

As Rousseau, during the French Revolution said “Man is born free yet he is in chains”, it was true for India. The desire to be free is the dream of every human, but during the Raj it was a rare commodity. For a century we were ruled by a Company called East India Company, who let loose a reign of terror. It was truly a black era. But the Revolt of 1857 ended the Company rule and India was ruled by the British Government. But the reign of terror did not end. All voice of freedom was suppressed.

In such an India was born a true son of Bharat Ma on 23rd July 1856, with the name Keshav Gangadhar Tilak, known as Bal Gangadhar Tilak in Bombay State (now Maharashtra). Tilak was born into a middle-class Brahman family. Although his birth place was Bombay, he lived in a village called Chikhali, along the coast till he was 10 years old. His father, an educator and a noted grammarian took a job in Poona and he was educated at Deccan College in Poona. In 1876, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Sanskrit. Tilak then studied law and received his degree in 1879 from the University of Bombay.  

Tilak had a long political career agitating for Independence from British Imperialism. He was one of the most popular leaders much before M.K. Gandhi. Tilak was considered a Radical Nationalist but a Social conservative, unlike another great leader Gokhale. He was imprisoned many times that included a long period at Mandalay (Burma). He was called as "the father of Indian unrest" by British author Sir Valentine Chirol.

Tilak joined the Indian National Congress in 1890. He opposed the moderates in the Congress, especially towards the fight for self-government. In fact, it was the Swadeshi movement of 1905–1907 that resulted in the split within the Indian National Congress into the Moderates and the Extremists. In 1896, a bubonic plague infection spread from Bombay to Poona, and by 1897, it became a Pandemic. The Government bought in the British Army to deal with the emergency and strict measures were employed to curb the disease, which was very unpopular with the public.

Tilak soon took up this issue by publishing inspiring articles in his paper Kesari (Kesari in Marathi, and Maratha in English), quoting the Bhagavad Gita, and said “no blame could be attached to anyone who killed an oppressor without any thought of reward”. In 1897, Commissioner Rand and Lt. Ayerst were shot and killed by the Chapekar brothers “to put an end to the injustice borne by the people of Poona”.  British historians believed it was Tilak, who instigated the Chapekars. Tilak was charged with “incitement to murder” and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. After the imprisonment, he was admired as a martyr and a national hero. He adopted a new slogan that was devised by Kaka Baptista, "Swaraj (self-rule)is my birthright and I shall have it."

When Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, partitioned Bengal in 1905, Tilak strongly supported the Bengali demand for the annulment of the partition and advocated a boycott of British goods, which soon, became a movement that swept the entire nation. Next year, he introduced a program of passive resistance, known as the “Tenets of the New Party”, that he hoped would destroy the influence of the British rule in order to gain Independence. These methods were later followed by M.K. Gandhi.

In the Mandalay Jail, Tilak wrote his magnum opus, The Srimad Bhagavad Gita, an original exposition of the most sacred book of the Hindus. Previously in 1893, he had published The  Orion or, Researches into the Antiquity of the Vedas, and, a decade later, The Arctic Home in the Vedas. He intended to promote the Hindu culture as the successor to the Vedic Religion and his belief that the roots were in the “Aryans from the north”.

After his release from prison in 1914,  Tilak launched the Home Rule League  In 1916 he rejoined the Congress Party and signed the historic Lucknow Pact, with Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Tilak visited England in 1918 as president of the Indian Home Rule League. He then, realized that the Labor Party was a growing force in British politics, and he established firm relationships with its leaders. His prudence was justified as it was a Labor Government that granted independence to India in 1947.

Did you know Tilak met Swami Vivekananda and they mutually admired each other. They met on a train journey in 1892. It was agreed between them that “Tilak would work towards nationalism in the ‘political’ arena, while Vivekananda would work for nationalism in the ‘religious’ arena. When Vivekananda died at a young age in 1904, Tilak expressed great sorrow and paid tributes to him in the Kesari as “No Hindu, who, has the interests of Hinduism at his heart, could help feeling grieved over Vivekananda's samadhi. Vivekananda, in short, had taken the work of keeping the banner of Advaita philosophy forever flying among all the nations of the world and made them realize the true greatness of Hindu religion and of the Hindu people”.

He was part of the popular trio of Lal-Bal-Pal : Lala Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandra Pal and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. We can rightly conclude, “Tilak left the blueprint of the Home Rule Movement, Swaraj and Swadeshi, which made him the first national leader who envisioned the formation of linguistic states” and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” introduced by our respected Prime Minister is his legacy.

Tilak left this world on 1st August 1920, after a brief illness. The people of India fondly called him Lokmanya. A portrait of Tilak was veiled in the Central Hall of the Parliament in 1956. Many films were made to commemorate him. He is indeed a true leader who fought for the course of Swarjya propounded by Bharat Ki Veer Putra, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Our great and esteemed Prime Minister tweeted today by saying “ Lokmanya Tilak was a firm believer in Indian values and ethos. His views on subjects such as education and women's empowerment continue to motivate several people. He was an institution builder, nurturing many top-quality institutions which have done pioneering work over the years”.

 

 

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:07:37 +0530
Chandrashekhar Azad A man who died for Azad India

Anupama Nair

www.mediaeyenews.com

But the heart, the eye, the yet deeper heart —
Still ablaze for the Beloved, their turmoil shines.
In the lantern by the road the flame is stalled for news:
Did the morning breeze ever come?  Where has it gone?
Night weighs us down, it still weighs us down.
Friends, come away from this false light.  Come, we must
search for that promised Dawn”

But the promised Dawn did finally come after nearly 200 years of colonial rule. We lost millions of Bharat Ma’s sons and daughters starting from Siraj-ud-Daula (Battle of Plassey, 1757), to Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmi Bai (1857) and finally Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad, Veer Savarkar and lastly the man who said “Give me blood, I will give you freedom”—Netaji.

As Rousseau, during the French Revolution said “Man is born free yet he is in chains”, it was true for India. The desire to be free is the dream of every human, but during the Raj it was a rare commodity. For a century we were ruled by a Company called East India Company, who let loose a reign of terror. It was truly a black era. But the Revolt of 1857 ended the Company rule and India was ruled by the British Government. But the reign of terror did not end. All voice of freedom was suppressed.

In such an India was born a true son of Bharat Ma in 1906, in Bhabria near Prayag Raj in United Provinces, British India. His parents were Sitaram Tiwari and Jagrani Devi. He was born as Chandrashekhar Tiwari, and he was sent to Kashi Vidyapeeth as his mother wanted him to be a Sanskrit scholar. He was drawn to the Freedom struggle in 1921 when the Non-Cooperation Movement (started by M.K. Gandhi) was going on. It is said he was arrested for his participation in the Movement. When the 15-year-old boy was presented before the district magistrate Justice Tomson Kregat a week later, he gave his name as "Azad" or the Free, his father's name as "Swatantrata" or Independence and his residence as "Prison". The infuriated magistrate ordered him to be detained for 23 weeks and ordered that he be punished with 15 lashes a day. That was the birth of Chandrashekhar Azad the Revolutionary.

When M.K Gandhi suspended the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1922 for no particular reason, Azad like Bhagat Singh was disappointed. He met a young revolutionary, Manmath Nath Gupta, who introduced him to a great Revolutionary Ram Prasad Bismil, the founder of the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA), a revolutionary organization. He then became an active member of the HRA and started to collect funds for HRA. 

Azad made Jhansi the hub of HRA for some time. He used the forest of Orchcha, near Jhansi, as a site for his shooting practice trained other members of his group as he was an expert in the shooting. He built a hut near a Hanuman Temple and lived there using another name Pandit Harishankar Brahmachari.  He made many friends in the village, some of who contributed generously to HRA. While he was living in Jhansi, he also learned to drive a car at the Bundelkhand Motor Garage

He was then involved in the Kakori Train Conspiracy. The robbery was conceived by Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan as the organization needed money for the purchase of weapons. Bismil and his party decided to plunder a train of the Northern Railways. The robbery plan was executed by Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, and their friends. It is believed that they looted that specific train because it was supposedly carrying the money which belonged to the Indians and was being transferred to the British Government treasury. They looted 8000 Rs and escaped to Lucknow. The objectives of this robbery were to fund the HRA with funds stolen from the British administration and to garner public attention by creating a positive image of the HRA among Indians.

He was a close friend of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev and changed the name of HRA into the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association(HSRA) in 1928. 1928 was also the year of the Simon Commission, under John Simon who was appointed to study the implementation of the Government of India Act 1919, also called the Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms (advocated the need to emancipate the local governments and legislatures from central control). Lala Lajpat Rai, a freedom fighter and educationist (opened National College in Lahore, where Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev studied) held a rally in Lahore protesting against the Simon Commission with placards “Simon Go Back”. The British police began to lathi-charge and unfortunately, Lalaji breathed his last. Bhagat Singh and his fellow revolutionaries decided to avenge the killing of Lalaji and decided to kill the officers involved in the Lathi-charge. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev shot British police officer John Saunders eight times from within the DAV college in Lahore. Azad helped them and shot dead Charan Singh, the British-employed Indian police constable who chased Bhagat Singh and Rajguru as they fled and entered the college after killing Saunders. However, the person they intended to kill was not Saunders but Superintendent of Police James Scott who had ordered his men to lathi-charge protesters leading to the death of Lalaji. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who confessed their brave act was hanged on March 23, 1931, in Hussainwala, Lahore and thus beloved sons of Bharat Maa, gave their lives for an Independent India. They were only 23 years old.

Now let me come back to the story of Azad. Azad managed to elude the police for some time. Jawaharlal Nehru in his autobiography stated he met Azad “in early 1931 to enquire whether under the discussions being held that resulted in the signing of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact, the revolutionaries could expect a fair deal leading to their honorable rehabilitation”.

Determined never to be captured by police, Azad was constantly on the move. On February 27, 1931, Azad arranged to meet a revolutionary at  Alfred Park in Prayag Raj. He was betrayed to the police, who surrounded him as soon as he entered the park. A gun battle ensued, in which two police officers were wounded. After a long shootout, holding true to his pledge to always remain Azad and never be captured alive, he shot himself with his last bullet.

The body was sent to Rasulabad Ghat for cremation without informing the general public. When people came to hear about their beloved leader’s death, they surrounded the park where the incident had taken place and chanted slogans against British rule and praised Azad. Thus, another beloved son of Bharat Ma sacrificed his life to free his motherland as Azad once said “Aisi jawaani kisi kaam ki nahi jo apni matrbhoomi ke kaam na aa sake (what is the use of being a youth if you do not live for your motherland”. It is an idea I truly believe, as I have undertaken this mission to educate my country men about the true story of Independence and the many unknown who sacrificed their lives for their “watan or matrubhoomi”, so that we live in a free country.

To commemorate Azad, several schools, colleges, roads, and other public institutions across India were named after him. Many films have been made about Azad.  Manmohan played Azad in the 1965 film Shaheed, Akhilendra Mishra in the blockbuster The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Raj Zutshi in Shaheed-E-Azam.  

Our great Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had earlier announced a year-long celebration of the 75th year of Independence called Amritotsav tweeted he was a futuristic thinker and dreamt of a strong and just India. “Remembering the valiant son of Bharat Mata, the remarkable Chandra Shekhar Azad on his Jayanti. During the prime of his youth, he immersed himself in freeing India from the clutches of imperialism. He was also a futuristic thinker, and dreamt of a strong and just India”. I agree to this and I have admired him from childhood. Vandemataram Azad, you will live in our memory forever.

 

 

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:27:01 +0530
Shooters all set to launch India s gold quest at Olympics

New Delhi, July 23

India's 10m air rifle women's duo of Apurvi Chandela and Elavenil Valarivan and the men's 10m air pistol pair of Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma will kick off India's medal hunt at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday, with the four being among the best prospects to bring home medals from the quadrennial showpiece.

The experienced Apurvi and the young world No. 1 Elavenil will be up against an extremely tough field, as they look to make it to the top-eight finals field from among 49 shooters in the qualification fray.

Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhishek Verma will then take the field with the same intention in 10m air pistol in a 36-man field.

On the eve of the contest, national rifle coach Deepali Deshpande said, "The girls are all raring to go and training today has been as planned. We are confident of a good showing tomorrow."

Sharing his thoughts from Tokyo, pistol coach Ronak Pandit said, "Yes the boys trained for an hour today as did other members of the squad and they are all shaping up well. We are all looking forward to the start of competitions and are focused on the job ahead."

A total of 60 shots are fired in the qualification round in an allotted time of 75 minutes, and scoring is in decimals of 10, with a 10.9 being the perfect shot.

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) shooter, Yulia Karimova, who is the reigning world champion in the 50m rifle 3-positions event and Chinese Taipei's world No. 4 Lin Ying-Shin will pose a formidable threats to the Indian duo.

In form shooters like Carolyne Mary Tucker of the US, Ziva Dvorsak of Slovenia, Sofia Ceccarilo of Italy, and Eszter Mezaros of Hungary will also pose a strong challenge along with the Chinese duo of Wang Luyao and Yang Qian and strong Korean shooter Eunji Kwon.

Generally a score of 630 out of a maximum possible 654 ensures qualification into the finals at this level. The Indian duo has recorded world competition bests of 633 (Apurvi) and 632.7 (Elavenil) respectively.

Apurvi also holds the finals world record in the event with a score of 252.9 to her name.

The finals are a 24-shot affair with eighth place being decided after 12-shots and one shooter being eliminated after every two shots thereafter, till the winner is decided after the 23rdand 24thsingle shots.

In men's 10m air pistol, Chaudhary and Verma have been by far the two best shooters in the world over the past three years, but the much narrower 36-man field here is fraught with danger, simply because of the presence of some legends of pistol shooting, led by Korean Jongoh Jin.

The four-time Olympic champion is also the reigning world champion and will have for company, Beijing Olympic champion Pang Wei of China, the Rio rapid fire pistol champion Christian Reitz of Germany and the Rio defending champion Hoang Xuan Vinh of Vietnam.

The Indian duo will also have to contend with the challenges of ROC athlete Artem Chernousov (world No. 3), in-form Iranian Javad Foroughi (world No. 4 and winner of the last two world cups before the Olympics), seasoned Serbian Damir Mikec, recently crowned European champion Juraj Tuzinsky of Slovakia and top Ukrainian shooters Oleh Omelchuk and Pavlo Korostylov among others.

The qualification round here is scored in full rings as opposed to decimals in the air rifle competition, and a score of 580 is considered bare minimum to reach the finals of world-class competitions.

The finals revert to decimal scoring and follow the exact same format as the air rifle competition.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:03:17 +0530
Hypertension digestive diseases and diabetes are among the top three most prevalent NCDs

New Delhi, July 23

 The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the apex trade association of the country, as part of its 'Illness to Wellness' campaign, today unveiled India's largest primary healthcare survey report on the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in the county followed by a virtual panel discussion.

The report titled "Non-Communicable Diseases in India" covered 2,33,672 people and 673 public health offices in 21 states, to analyse the rising cases of NCDs in the country and the social profile of suffering households

Calling diabetes an overpowering non-communicable disease, Dr. Ambrish Mittal, Chairman and Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes Department, Max Healthcare (Pan Max), said, "Diabetes has risen exponentially in India from 2 per cent in the 1970s in urban areas to between 10-20 per cent in 2020. The cases of diabetes are even higher in metros at 35-40 per cent. This spike is linked to urbanization led by economic development and has been more prevalent in urban areas as compared to rural areas."

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a sharper focus on health care. Patterns emerging from Covid management across the country indicate that people with co-morbidities of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have a higher mortality rate than those who do not.

Report prepared by Thought Arbitrage Research Institute (TARI), the survey report observed that India's non-communicable disease burden is growing at an alarming rate with the average age for onset falling sharply.

It reported that NCDs increase after 18 years and show a quantum leap when an individual crosses the age of 35 years. It found that more than 2/3 of the individuals suffering from NCDs are in the most productive-life age groups i.e., between 26-59 years. This is an alarming trend and points to the grim reality that the burden of NCDs on India is long-lasting given that 65 per cent of the country's population is below 35 years of age.

The survey suggested that the prevalence of having any NCDs among the population is 116 per 1,000 population in India. It identified hypertension, digestive disease, and diabetes as the top three NCDs followed by respiratory diseases, brain/neurological disorders, heart diseases/CVD, kidney disorders, and cancer in the order of prevalence.

Rajinder K. Dhamija, Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College New Delhi said, "The cases of stroke have grown 4 times in the last 30 years. This can be attributed to changes in the lifestyle and the demography of our country. It is worth noting that the life expectancy of our population has increased from 47 years in the 1970s to 70 years today. This means that we have a large aging population that is vulnerable to neurological diseases, dementia, stroke, etc. There is also an interesting trend of lower-income countries witnessing a rise in cases of vascular diseases like stroke and mortality, unlike developed countries that are more resourceful and yet registering a decline in such cases. This is due to an epidemic of diseases like diabetes and hypertension coupled with changes in lifestyle, an aging population, lack of physical activity, and air pollution."

On a collective basis, the report identified air pollution as the most prevalent risk factor among the surveyed population. It was trailed by low physical activity -- a key metabolic and physical activity and an imbalanced diet, a behavioural risk factor that occupied 3rd spot.

An imbalanced diet includes a diet low in legumes, milk, omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, calcium etc. High consumption of sugar and trans-fats due to growing urbanisation often leads to sedentary and stressed lifestyle also contribute to factors that lead to an imbalanced diet.

Interestingly, chewing tobacco and tobacco consumption were found not to play any significant role in the occurrence of NCD, and alcohol consumption was found to have an even smaller impact on the prevalence of NCD. Together these intoxications, deeply connected to modern-day lifestyle, were found to have a much lesser impact on the occurrence of NCDs.

Throwing light on the co-morbidity of NCDs with each other, the study underlined that hypertension has the highest comorbidity with almost all NCDs. This is followed by diabetes, kidney, and digestive disorders in their relative simultaneous occurrence in morbidity. This coexistence, according to the survey, is followed by diabetes and respiratory diseases. On the other hand, cancer and kidney disease were found to have lower comorbidity.

The state of Odisha was found to have the highest prevalence of NCDs (272 per 1,000 population) while Gujarat registered the lowest prevalence (60 per 1,000). Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and West Bengal were other states where NCD prevalence was higher than the national average. This calls for state-specific strategies to tackle NCDs.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:59:46 +0530
Jacqueline flaunts sexy back

Mumbai, July 23

 Actress Jacqueline Fernandez set the mercury soaring with a glamorous picture flaunting her "sexy back" on social media.

She posted two pictures on Instagram on Friday. In the first one, sporting a short bob haircut, minimum make-up the "Kick" actress is seen covered in a bright red towel. She completes her look with long lashes and orange lip-tint.

In the second, Jacqueline's toned back is towards the camera, captioned: "You.. you're not ugly.. society is #liveyourlifenow."

Speaking about her work, the actress recently featured in the music video "Paani paani" by rapper Badshah and singer Aastha Gill.

Jacqueline has her date diary full as she has several releases coming up.

She has "Ram Setu" and "Bachchan Pandey" coming up with Akshay Kumar, "Kick 2" with Salman Khan, "Cirkus" with Ranveer Singh and the multi-star cast horror comedy "Bhoot Police".
 

ians

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:55:33 +0530
redBus announces rollout of India s first vaccinated bus service

New Delhi, July 23

In a first for the bus transport sector, redBus, India's largest online bus ticketing platform, announced the launch of vaccinated bus services across 600+ major routes in the country.

This new arrangement guarantees that passengers of an intercity bus get to travel with vaccinated co-passengers and crew. Booking a ticket on this service requires the travellers to have received at least the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine and they must submit proof of the same at the time of boarding.

Vaccinated Bus is being introduced in collaboration with private partner bus operators that have a customer rating of more than four stars out of five on the platform. Presently vaccinated bus services have begun operating across 600+ routes on redBus, with the crew and passengers having had at least the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

redBus already implements various safety measures under its 'Safety+' programme, which is a unique certification given to partner bus operators who meet the highest standards of safety and sanitisation. These include deep cleaning of buses after each trip, compulsory masking, hand sanitisation and thermal screening of both passengers and the crew.

In order to ensure proper execution of this new system, boarding for passengers who book their tickets on vaccinated buses will only be allowed once they produce their ID proof and vaccination certificate at the time of boarding. The travellers will also be informed of these requirements before the journey through e-mail and SMS. The partner bus operator staff will physically verify the vaccination certificates/ID proofs for all adult passengers before boarding, with the exception of passengers aged below 18. Passengers who fail to provide the necessary proof will be denied boarding.

redBus CEO Prakash Sangam stated: "According to a survey that we recently undertook with our customers, 89 per cent of the respondents said that they prefer to travel in a bus which had all the bus staff and co-passengers vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is therefore evident that a vaccinated bus rids passengers of their anxiety to a large extent and restores their confidence to undertake travel, which they are all so eagerly looking forward to. It is also extremely encouraging to witness our partner bus operators stepping up efforts to support us in this undertaking. At the moment, these services are spread across 600+ routes in the country and we will look at further scaling this initiative based on the response to it."

Some of the top routes across the country where vaccinated buses are currently operational are listed below:

1. Delhi - Chandigarh - Delhi

2. Hyderabad - Tirupati - Hyderabad

3. Ahmedabad - Udaipur - Ahmedabad

4. Bengaluru - Coimbatore - Bengaluru

5. Delhi - Lucknow - Delhi

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:49:59 +0530
21 killed dozens injured in Ecuador prison riots

Quito, July 23

 At least 21 inmates were killed and several others injured during riots in two prisons in Ecuador, the Attorney General's Office said.

In a statement on Thursday, the Office confirmed that the incidents took place in the prisons located the provinces of Guayas and Cotopaxi on Wednesday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

Few hours later, security agents and prison guards, together with elite groups of the National Police, regained control of the jails.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the Attorney General's Office said that it had "gathered evidence and started an investigation after the confrontations yesterday (Wednesday) inside the Guayaquil (provincial capital of Guayas) prison, which left eight prisoners dead and three policemen wounded".

In another post, it added that it had "removed 13 bodies after the clashes registered yesterday inside the Cotopaxi prison. The bodies were taken to the Forensic Center of Ambato".

The National Police said on Thursday that it was carrying out simultaneous operations with its preventive, investigative and intelligence units to recapture the inmates who escaped from Cotopaxi prison, with 61 prisoners recaptured so far.

This was the second large-scale prison riot in the South American country this year, after one in February in three prisons, which resulted in the deaths of 79 inmates.
 

ians

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:46:22 +0530
Complainants not allowed inside police station for wearing half pants

Kolkata, July 23

 In a bizarre incident two persons who went to the police station to register a complaint were not allowed inside because they were wearing half-pants. The incident created a lot of controversy forcing the Kolkata police to order an inquiry.

The incident happened in Kasba police station on Thursday evening when two youths wearing half-pants and T-shirts tried to enter the police station to lodge a complaint of theft that happened in a nearby temple. One of the youths alleged in his Facebook post that they were stopped at the gate by a Home Guard who informed them that half pants were not allowed inside the police station. Later one of them had to go home and change into a trouser after which they were allowed to lodge the complaint.

When one of the youths raised this issue in the Twitter handle of Kolkata police he was asked whether he went to his office in shorts. Several people raised questions about the attitude of the police. "Police station and office cannot be the same because we go to the police station when there is a problem and is it possible for the person to go properly dressed at that time?" a senior citizen who didn't want to disclose his identity said.

The incident created so much of a buzz in the social media that DC (South Suburban Division) Rashid Muni Khan ordered an enquiry into the incident. However, many people complained in different social media that it was not just the Kasba police station but several police stations in Kolkata which created problems for the people when they went to lodge a complaint.

When asked about it, senior police officers didn't make a comment. "I cannot make any comment on this. If something is found in the complaint then action will be taken," a police official said.

ians

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:38:51 +0530
More rain expected in flood hit Chinese province as typhoon approaches

Beijing, July 23

 More rainfall is expected to lash China's flood-ravaged Henan province on Friday, as typhoon In-Fa is gaining strength and churning towards the eastern part of the country, according to forecasts from the national observatory.

Torrential rain has affected about 3 million people in the province, with 33 deaths and eight people still missing, Xinhua news agency quoted authorities as saying.

On Thursday, rainstorms with up to 243 mm of rainfall hit Anyang, Jiaozuo and Nanyang in Henan, as well as parts of Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said on Friday.

Typhoon In-Fa, the sixth of this year, is expected to make landfall in the coastal areas between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on Sunday, according to the NMC forecast.

It is moving northwestward at about 15 km per hour and gaining strength.

The centre of In-Fa was about 650 km from Xiangshan in Zhejiang at 10 a.m. (local time) Friday, with winds of up to 42 metres per second near the eye.

In-Fa is expected to bring rainstorms to Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Anhui.
 

ians

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:33:39 +0530
2 US states see outbreak of drug resistant superbug fungus

Washington, July 23

 A drug-resistant "superbug" fungus is spreading rapidly in the US states of Texas and Washington, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

The fungus, Candida auris (C auris), is an emerging, often multidrug-resistant yeast that is highly transmissible, resulting in healthcare-associated outbreaks, especially in long-term care facilities.

C auris, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, was first identified in 2009. Since 2013, it has caused at least 587 illnesses in the US.

According to evidence, the new cases involved person-to-person transmission, a first for the US, the CDC said.

While the agency found no epidemiologic links were between the Texas and DC clusters, 30-day mortality in both outbreaks combined was 30 per cent. But the relative contribution of C auris was unclear, the agency said.

Between January and April 2021, 101 cases of C auris were detected in Washingtion DC. Of these, three were isolated as being resistant to all three major classes of anti-fungal medications, at a long-term care facility.

During the same period, 22 cases of C auris were identified in Texas. Of these, two were resistant to all three major classes of anti-fungal medications, while five were resistant to two anti-fungal medications.

These seven cases were identified in patients who were cared for at two facilities that share patients in the same city; two patients were at a long-term acute care hospital, three at a short-term acute care hospital, and two at both facilities, the CDC said.

"These two simultaneous, independent clusters provide the first evidence suggesting that C auris strains might have been transmitted in US health care settings," CDC's Meghan Lyman, author of the report, said in a statement.

"Surveillance, public health reporting, and infection control measures are critical to containing further spread.

"Clinicians should consider early antifungal susceptibility testing in patients with C auris infection, especially in those with treatment failure. Data are lacking about the most appropriate therapy for anti-fungal resistant infections," Lyman said.
 

ians

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:30:11 +0530
Rajnath lauds Army s tough terrain expedition in Himalayan region

New Delhi, July 23

 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged-in the Indian Army's skiing expedition -- ARMEX-21 -- which aimed to enhance tourism in the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to the higher altitude areas of Uttarakhand, here on Friday.

Conducted in the mountain ranges of the Himalayan region, the expedition also aimed to promote adventure activities in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajnath Singh congratulated the team on the successful completion of the challenging expedition and lauded them for their courage and resilience.

Terming the expedition as extraordinary, he said not only did the team complete a thrilling journey, but it also conducted an operational recce of the region.

The expedition was flagged off from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh on March 10, and culminated at Malari in Uttarakhand on July 6, covering a distance of 1,660 km in 119 days.

During the expedition, the team travelled through several high altitude passes, glaciers, valleys and rivers. The team also interacted with the local population in the far-flung areas.

It was able to gather detailed information about several hitherto unchartered areas along the international boundary as well as the hinterland.

Singh also commended the courage, dedication and spirit of the armed forces and expressed satisfaction that the safety and security of the country is in safe hands.

He exuded confidence that the success of ARMEX-21 will inspire a new generation of adventurers across the nation.

Sharing the team's experiences of the journey, Major A.K. Singh, the team leader, said that there were several occasions when their resolve was tested.

One of the most difficult moments the team faced was while crossing the Kalindi Khal in Garhwal.

He said the team had to set up camp at an altitude of 5,500m due to the white-out conditions.

The team leader also described the interaction with the civilian population residing in the remote areas as a refreshing experience.

Their simplicity and helping attitude was heart-warming, he said, adding that the expedition served to bring the fringe populations closer and strengthened their faith in the Indian Army's ability to reach out to them in case of need.

The team members explained how traversing long distances in the high mountains differs from scaling peaks, which is the more common form of adventure activity in the mountains.

Traverse can test your endurance like no other activity, the team members said.

The team remained beyond the reach of logistics and rescue teams for long durations which necessitated carrying loads weighing more than 30 kg by each member of the team.

Unlike ascent of peaks where a very small part of the team actually scales the peak, in traversing long distances, the entire team completes the adventure activity.

The team members informed the Defence Minister about how they were able to cover long distances by the use of skis. On one occasion, they covered 66 km in a day while crossing the Lamkhaga Pass, which was the longest distance covered by them in a single day during the entire expedition.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:26:24 +0530
23 km green corridor in Delhi saves life of BSF constable

New Delhi, July 23  

The Delhi Traffic Police on Friday created a 23 km green corridor in the city from Jasola to Rajendra Place, to help transport a cadaveric liver.

The liver was transported from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Jasola to BLK-Max Hospital in Rajendra Place, through the 23 km stretch in just 22 minutes.

The liver donated by a 70-year-old male patient who suffered intracranial haemorrhage resulting in brain death, was transplanted to a 42-year-old BSF constable from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh at BLK.

"We are happy to report that in a surgery that lasted almost seven hours, we managed to give a new lease of life to a 42-year-old male BSF constable, who had been waiting for the transplant for long," Dr Abhideep Chaudhary, Senior Director & HOD, HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation, BLK, said in a statement.

The constable was suffering from end stage liver disease with jaundice, ascites (abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdomen), hepatic encephalopathy (decline in brain function due to severe liver disease) and recurrent gastrointestinal bleeding.

"He was admitted in our hospital since May 21 this year in a state of 'liver coma'. The patient was in a critical state, however, none of his family members were a match for donation," Chaudhary said. The patient is recovering well, the doctor said.

"We remain indebted to the family of the donor who decided to serve critical patients even in their time of loss. Organ donation can save so many precious lives and I really hope that everyone embraces this cause. We would also like to thank all authorities concerned like NOTTO, and the Delhi Police for taking swift action and making this possible," he added.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:23:03 +0530
Now friend of Kerala transwoman who committed suicide found dead

Kochi, July 23

 Even as Kerala Police has begun its probe into the death of first transwoman gender radio jockey Ananyah Kumari Alex, who was found hanging at her flat near Kochi on Tuesday evening, her friend Jiji Raj was now found dead on Friday.

According to a Maradu police station official, he was found hanging at his residence.

"The police have started the probe and all the legal formalities will soon take place," said the official who did not wish to be identified.

Jiji is understood to have been deeply upset after Alex took her life.

According to her friends, the 28-year-old Alex was upset as she had health issues following her gender reassignment surgery that took place last year.

Alex, who hails from Kollam, became the first transgender radio jockey, besides, being a professional makeup artiste. In the April 6 Assembly polls, she announced her candidature of a newly-formed party from the Vengara constituency in Malappuram district.

But following differences with the party a few days before the polls, she had asked people to not vote for her.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:17:27 +0530
Man held in Gurugram for creating fake IDs

Gurugram, July 23 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's flying squad has arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly creating fake Aadhaar, PAN and voter cards from Nathupur village in Gurugram, the police said on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Manoj Kumar Prabhakar, a native of Bihar's Supaul district.

According to the officials of the flying squad, they had received information about a man creating fake PAN, Aadhaar and voter cards to make money illegally.

Following this, a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Inderjeet Singh Yadav, conducted a raid at a shop in Nathupur village on Thursday and nabbed the accused, recovering fake documents from his possession.

The police also seized one CPU, colour printer, monitor, two fake voter ID cards and a cash worth Rs 5,000.

"The accused used to ask his customers only for their name and photograph to issue the fake IDs and charged Rs 500 to Rs 600 for this. The accused failed to produce any legal documents related to his work," Yadav said.

"The accused had a customised software designed to create fake ID cards. Around two-three months ago, he started preparing fake documents for people who did not have any documents," Yadav added.

A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused with the DLF Phase-3 police station here.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:13:03 +0530
Road ahead even more daunting that in 1991 Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 23

 Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that the road ahead is "even more daunting" than during the 1991 economic crisis and the nation would need to "recalibrate its priorities to ensure a dignified life for all Indians".

In a statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of economic liberalisation, he said that on this day 30 years ago, in 1991, the Congress "ushered in significant reforms of India's economy and paved a new path for the nation's economic policy".

"Over the last three decades, successive governments have followed this path to catapult our nation to a $3 trillion economy and into the league of the world's largest economies," he added.

Manmohan Singh said that he "was fortunate to play a role in this reform process along with several of my colleagues in the Congress party" and "it gives us immense joy to look back with pride at the tremendous economic progress made by our nation in the last three decades".

"But I am also deeply saddened at the devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the loss of millions of fellow Indians. The social sectors of health and education have lagged behind and not kept pace with our economic progress. Too many lives and livelihoods have been lost that should not have been," the former Prime Minister said.

"It is not a time to rejoice and exult but to introspect and ponder. The road ahead is even more daunting than during the 1991 crisis. Our priorities as a nation need to be recalibrated to foremost ensure a healthy and dignified life for every single Indian."

Recalling that as Finance Minister in 1991, "I ended my budget speech by quoting Victor Hugo, 'no power on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come'", he said: "30 years later, as a nation, we must remember Robert Frost's poem, 'But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep'."

He also said that more importantly, nearly 300 million fellow Indians have been lifted out of poverty in this period and hundreds of millions of new jobs have been provided for the youth.

"The reforms process unleashed the spirit of free enterprise which has helped produce some world class companies and help India emerge as a global power in many sectors. The economic liberalisation process in 1991 was triggered by an economic crisis that confronted our nation then, but it was not limited to crisis management.

"The edifice of India's economic reforms was built on the desire to prosper, the belief in our capabilities, and the confidence to relinquish control of the economy by the government," Manmohan Singh added.
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:08:36 +0530
Develop method to avoid delay in filing appeals SC to CBI chief

New Delhi, July 23

 The Supreme Court on Friday criticised the CBI over the delay in filing an appeal in a corruption case, remarking that there is a probability of a modus operandi being adopted by officers in a bid to save the accused.

A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah suggested the new CBI Director must ensure there is some sort of mechanism to ensure delays in filing appeals do not occur in the future. It further added that necessary administrative action should be taken to ensure that the filing of appeals and other steps associated are monitored on an ICT platform.

The top court made these remarks during the hearing of a special leave petition filed by the Centre against a judgment dated June 26, 2019 of the Chhattisgarh High Court by which the November 2012 decision of the Special CBI Judge, Raipur, convicting the respondents under Sections 120B, 420 of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was reversed, and the respondents were acquitted.

The bench pointed out that the appeal was filed after a delay of 647 days against the High Court judgement, and the application for condonation of delay did not cite any solid explanation. The top court also refused to entertain the CBI's contention that the delay in filing appeal was due to Covid-19 pandemic, and added that this was not acceptable.

As Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Centre, urged the court to consider the matter on merits, as it was a case of forgery and embezzlement, the bench asked that if it was such a serious matter, why prompt action was not taken in filing this appeal? The bench also pointed out at the probability of a modus operandi that the officers had connived with the accused.

"The CBI must take all necessary steps to ensure that these kinds of delays do not occur in the future. Delays are liable to cause grave misgivings on reasons for delay."
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:05:53 +0530
Second Manipur activist held for FB post freed after HC order

Imphal, July 23

 Manipur activist Wangkhemcha Wangthoi was released from the central jail following a High Court order on Friday, five days after his associate Erendro Leichombam was freed on the Supreme Court's orders. The duo had been detained under the National Security Act for their Facebook posts criticising BJP leaders for advocating cow dung and cow urine as cure for Covid-19.

Officials said that the division bench of the Manipur High Court comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice K.H. Nobin Singh directed the release of Wangkhemcha Wangthoi, alias Kishorchandra, 41, from Manipur Central Jail at Sajiwa as he was jailed under the NSA for the Facebook posts.

The High Court passed the order on a petition moved by Wangthoi's wife Elangbam Ranjita. It had asked the authorities to release him before 5 p.m. on Friday but the central jail officials released him before the stipulated time.

The High Court is also likely to consider a plea for awarding compensation to Wangthoi, who is also a journalist.

The court said: "We find that the detention of the petitioner's husband under the National Security Act, 1980, stems from a Facebook post, allegedly put up by him in Manipuri language, sardonically stating to the effect that cow dung and cow urine were not the medicine for treating coronavirus."

"A similar Facebook post was put up by one Erendro Leichombam at around the same time and he was also subjected to similar detention under the provisions of the NSA on May 17."

"We find no distinction or difference between the case of the petitioner's husband and that of Erendro Leichombam. Both of them put up similar Facebook posts, critical of the utility of cow dung and cow urine in treating coronavirus.

"As they stand identically situated, we are of the opinion that the continued incarceration of the petitioner's husband would be as much a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution, as it was in the case of Erendro Leichombam," the court observed in its 3-page order.

Following the apex court order Leichombam, 40, was released from the Manipur Central Jail on July 19 as a division bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah had on that date ordered his release.

Ruling that a person cannot be kept in jail even for a day for such an act, Justice Chandrachud had said: "He cannot be kept in jail even for a day. We will order his release today."

The Supreme Court order came as it heard a petition filed by Leichombam's father, L. Raghumani Singh, stating that the detention of the activist is a reprisal for his criticism of BJP leaders.

"Erendro, a Manipuri political activist, has been preventively detained solely to punish him for his criticism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for advocating cow dung and cow urine as cures for Covid," said the petition.

Leichombam and Wangthoi were initially arrested by the police on May 13 for their Facebook post on the complaint of BJP leaders.

On May 17, the duo was granted bail by the Imphal Chief Judicial Magistrate.

A complaint was filed against Leichombam and Wangthoi by Manipur state BJP Vice President Usham Deban and General Secretary P. Premananda Meetei, accusing both the activists of posting "offensive comments" referring to the death of state BJP President Saikhom Tikendra Singh, who succumbed to Covid-19 in a hospital in Imphal on May 13.

Leichombam and Wangthoi had been arrested twice earlier on charges of sedition and for making various posts on social media against the government.

Leichombam, educated abroad, is the founder of the People's Resurgence and Justice Alliance, a political party whose candidate in the 2017 Manipur elections included rights activist Irom Sharmila. He had also unsuccessfully contested the Assembly polls in 2017.

Rights activists and various Manipur-based organisations and elsewhere in the country had then criticised the government for "overreacting".
 

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:02:44 +0530
Nord Stream 2 pipeline to start operation despite US pressure

Moscow, July 23

The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline will soon become operational despite the US' attempt to politicize the project, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

Zakharova made the remarks on Thursday a day after the US and Germany agreed on measures to reduce the risk that the Nord Stream 2 would pose to European energy security and Ukraine, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Despite the strange decisions that were made under US pressure, as was the case during the recent German-American negotiations, they are not able to change the objective reality, the construction of this large-scale facility," she said.

Russia is confident that the Nord Stream 2 project will function reliably, provide affordable energy to European consumers and strengthen the energy security of the continent, the spokesperson added.

The 1,230-km gas pipeline, expected to be completed next month, would bring 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea.

Washington seems to be pursuing its own geopolitical and economic interests by disrupting the implementation of the pipeline, but the project is beneficial for Europe, said Zakharova, stressing that Russia is completely against the politicization of energy cooperation.

"From the joint statement issued by the US and Germany, it has become clear to us who intends to control the development of the Ukrainian fuel and energy complex," she added.

The US has long claimed that the Nord Stream 2 is a geopolitical manoeuver by Moscow that will undermine Ukraine's role in transiting energy to Europe and increase European dependence on Russian gas.

Germany and Russia insisted that the project is purely commercial.

Wednesday's agreement came days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the White House last week when US President Joe Biden said that the two allies were developing practical measures to ensure energy security in Europe.

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:33:01 +0530
ECB leaves key interest rates unchanged

Frankfurt, July 23

The European Central Bank (ECB) said that it has decided to leave key interest rates unchanged and revised its forward guidance according to the new 2 per cent symmetric inflation target.

The ECB Governing Council "expects the key ECB interest rates to remain at their present or lower levels until it sees inflation reaching two percent well ahead of the end of its projection horizon and durably for the rest of the projection horizon", the central bank said in a statement released on Thursday.

"This may also imply a transitory period in which inflation is moderately above target," it added.

Earlier this month, the ECB approved a new monetary policy strategy that adopts the symmetric 2 per cent inflation target over the medium term, following an 18-month strategy review, reports Xinhua news agency.

The previous diction was "below, but close to" 2 per cent.

The ECB said on Thursday that the tweak of the forward guidance was meant "to underline its commitment to maintain a persistently accommodative monetary policy stance to meet its inflation target".

According to the latest decisions, the eurozone key interest rates will remain at record low levels, with the base interest rate, marginal lending rate and deposit rate unchanged at 0.00 per cent, 0.25 per cent and minus 0.50 per cent, respectively.

The ECB also decided to keep stimulus unchanged, saying that it continues to expect purchases under the pandemic emergency purchase program over the current quarter to be conducted at a significantly higher pace than during the first months of the year.

At a press conference here on Thursday, ECB President Christine Lagarde highlighted "patience in order to gain confidence" was the message embedded in the new forward guidance for interest rates.

"I wouldn't say it's lower for longer. I would say that it's an indication that none of us would want to tighten prematurely."

Lagarde noted that the euro area recovery is "on track" but the Delta variant "constitutes a growing source of uncertainty" .

The Delta variant could dampen the recovery in services, especially in tourism and hospitality, she added.

On rising prices, Lagarde reiterated that the increase is expected to be mostly temporary and the inflation outlook over the medium term remains subdued.

Euro area headline inflation was 1.9 per cent in June, slightly down from 2 per cent in May. It was almost market consensus that inflation will increase further in the coming months.

According to ECB's macro-economic projections in June, euro area annual inflation is forecast to stand at 1.9 per cent in 2021, 1.5 per cent in 2022 and 1.4 per cent in 2023, which still fall behind the 2 per cent target.

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:21:42 +0530
2 terrorists killed in Sopore encounter

Srinagar, July 23

Two terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security at Warpora area of Sopore in North Kashmir's Baramulla district, officials said on Friday.

"One more terrorist killed (Total 2) in Sopore encounter. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered. Search going on," police said.

Earlier the firefight between terrorists and security forces took place on Thursday evening after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

Meanwhile, IG Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar has congratulated police and security forces for conducting successful operations without any collateral damage.

"One of killed terrorist Fayaz War was involved in several attacks and killings of civilians/Security Forces. He was the last perpetrator of violence in North Kashmir," IGP Kashmir said.

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:15:35 +0530
West Indies Australia 2nd ODI suspended after Covid test

Bridgetown, July 23

The second One-day International between West Indies and Australia was postponed minutes before the start at the Kensington Oval after a non-playing staff of the home side tested positive for Covid-19.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has said that all the members of the two teams, match officials and TV crew will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms and be tested before a decision is taken on replaying the match at a later date.

The match was about to begin as the toss had taken place and Australia had handed right-arm fast bowler Riley Meredith a debut when the report of the positive test came in.

CWI said in a statement on Friday (IST) that, "The second CG Insurance ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies staff. This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known.

"The established Covid-19 protocols stipulate that all members of both teams and match officials will return immediately to the team hotel and will be re-tested later today. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned," the statement said.

"A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once all the test results are confirmed."

Australia, after losing the T20I series 2-3, had come back strongly in the opening ODI, crushing West Indies by 133 runs under D/L Method at the same venue on July 20.

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:59:42 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 192 5 mn

Washington, July 23

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 192.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.12 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.74 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 192,516,387, 4,127,963 and 3,746,414,242, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,282,698 and 610,190, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in second place with 31,257,720 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,523,711), France (5,996,060), Russia (5,979,027), the UK (5,626,311), Turkey (5,563,903), Argentina (4,812,351), Colombia (4,692,570), Italy (4,302,393), Spain (4,249,258), Germany (3,758,425) and Iran (3,623,840), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 547,016 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (418,987), Mexico (237,626), Peru (195,243), Russia (149,012), the UK (129,266), Italy (127,920), Colombia (117,836), France (111,749) and Argentina (103,074).

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:46:35 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 192 5 mn

 

Washington, July 23

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 192.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.12 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.74 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 192,516,387, 4,127,963 and 3,746,414,242, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,282,698 and 610,190, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in second place with 31,257,720 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,523,711), France (5,996,060), Russia (5,979,027), the UK (5,626,311), Turkey (5,563,903), Argentina (4,812,351), Colombia (4,692,570), Italy (4,302,393), Spain (4,249,258), Germany (3,758,425) and Iran (3,623,840), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 547,016 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (418,987), Mexico (237,626), Peru (195,243), Russia (149,012), the UK (129,266), Italy (127,920), Colombia (117,836), France (111,749) and Argentina (103,074).

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:42:04 +0530
TCS to invest Rs 600 crore in Kerala Minister

Thiruvananthapuram, July 22

IT major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is all set to invest Rs 600 crore at the Kinfra Electronic and Manufacturing Cluster at Kalamassery near Kerala's Kochi, the Assembly was informed on Thursday.

Industries Minister P. Rajeev also told the house that the in-principle decision has been made and the MoU to this effect will be inked very soon.

"The new campus would have facility for their IT operations, ITES services and data processing facilities. And once the second phase of the campus becomes operational in a matter of five to seven years, around 20,000 jobs would be available," he said.

At the moment, TCS have their software operations in the state.

Rajeev also that the Lulu Group of billionaire businessman M.K. Yusuf Ali has also announced its business plans which includes an investment of Rs 207 crore in a state of the art food processing unit at Kochi and an Electronic Warehouse Unit in the state capital city.

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Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:34:39 +0530
Rani Chennamma a tale of brave Queen betrayed by her own

Anupama Nair

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Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today, I am going to write about the great but unknown Rani Chennamma, from Karnataka, who gave her life to save her kingdom from the British East India Company. She is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and she succeeded. Did you know she was the first Indian queen to fight British Imperialism, some decades before Rani Lakshmi Bai?

To understand the story of Rani Chennamma, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve on 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by the 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

Rani Chennamma was born on October 23, 1778, in Kakati in Belagavi District (Karnataka), and belonged to the Lingayat community. Like Abakka Chowta she was also well trained in archery, and sword fighting from a young age. She was married to Mallasarja Desai, the king of Kittur (Karnataka), and thus became the queen of Kittur. She had a son and after the death of her husband in 1816, he also died in 1824. Chennamma then adopted Shivalingappa with the aim of making him the heir to the throne of Kittur. Do you see the similarity between her and Rani Lakshmibai, both were young widows, lost their young sons and the British were not happy with them adopting sons Damodar Rao and Shivalingappa?

The British ordered her to exile Shivalingappa and threatened her to annex her kingdom under the Doctrine of Lapse. What was the Doctrine of Lapse? The Doctrine of Lapse was a clever policy of annexation initiated by the East India Company in the Indian Subcontinent to illegally capture kingdoms. The Doctrine was introduced by Lord Dalhousie the Governor General of India between 1848 and 1856. However, the Directors of the East India Company used this policy in 1847 and annexed many princely states. Dalhousie used the Doctrine most forcefully and widely, so it is generally associated with him. According to the Doctrine of Lapse, if the king of a princely state, was either "manifestly incompetent or died without a male heir”, the East India Company had the right to annex the kingdom. So, according to the British, Kittur belonged to them and Rani Chennamma like Rani Lakshmi Bai refused to surrender her kingdom.

She refused to accept the Doctrine and exile of Shivalingappa. She appealed to Lord Elphinstone, the Lieutenant-Governor of Bombay, to let her son become the king. As expected, the plea was rejected, and the Dharwad collectorate took over the administration of Kittur. Rani Chennamma was informed that the new ruler and regent were not recognized, and Kittur would have to accept British rule.

Rani Chennamma refused to agree to the British, and they decided to teach her a lesson. They decided to loot her wealth (around 15 lakh rupees), to make her economically weak. In the first battle between the British and Kittur, in 1824, British forces had to face heavy losses. St. John Thackeray, the Collector, was killed by Rani Chennamma’s lieutenant, Amatur Balappa. Two British officers, Sir Walter Elliot and Mr. Stevenson were also taken hostages by Rani Chennamma’s forces. Rani Chennamma now negotiated with the British Commissioner Mr. Chaplin and the Governor of Bombay. She agreed to release the hostages believing the promise of the British that the war would no longer be continued. However, this promise was only an act of deception. Humiliated by their first defeat at the hands of a woman, Mr. Chaplin treacherously returned with much larger forces from Mysore and Sholapur to attack Kittur once again.

They also convinced two of her soldiers to betray her by mixing cow dung and mud with the gunpowder used for canons. This time, she was unfortunately captured and imprisoned for life in Bailhongal Fort, and she died in 1829. After her death, one of her most loyal and courageous lieutenants, Sangoli Rayanna, continued the war till he was hanged to death. Her son Shivalingappa too, was arrested by the British. Rani Chennamma was buried in Bailhongal and her burial place is a park maintained by the Government of Karnataka.

Her legacy still lives on and is still commemorated, during the Kittur Utsava held from 22–24 October every year. There was a blockbuster movie in Kannada made in 1962 called Rani Chennamma with Saroja Devi in the title role. This movie needs to be remade in Hindi and English as everyone in India can see it. A postage stamp was released in 1977 by the Government of India. The Coast guard ship "Kittur Chennamma" was commissioned in 1983 in her honor. The Indian Railways runs a train in her memory connecting Bangalore and Miraj. Rani Chennamma University in Belagavi is named after her.

A statue of Rani Chennamma was unveiled at the Indian Parliament by the first women President Pratibha Patil. The statue was donated by Kittur Rani Chennamma Memorial Committee and made by Vijay Gaur. There are also statues commemorating her at Bangalore, Belgavi, Kittur, and Huballi.

We need to recognize such great daughters of Bharat Maa and their sacrifices should not go in vain. It is my mission to see such great sons of Bharat Maa get their due. It is our duty not to let them be buried in the sands of time.

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:30:50 +0530
Bengal declares Class 12 results pass percentage 97 69

Kolkata, July 22

 Forty-five days after the West Bengal government decided not to conduct Madhyamik (Secondary) and Uccha Madhyamik (Higher Secondary) examinations this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) on Thursday announced the results for Class 12 students on the basis of an evaluation pattern decided by the state-appointed expert committee and the council.

Announcing the results, Mahua Das, President, WBCHSE, said, "Of the total 8,19,202 students, 97.69 per cent have passed, which is higher than the previous year."

However, according to the results announced by the council, a total of 3,19,327 students got more than 60 per cent marks, which is lower than the previous year's numbers.

"Among the students who got first division, only 9,013 got more than 90 per cent marks, which is much less than the previous year. Last year, as many as 30,220 students scored more than 90 per cent marks. Interestingly, 84,746 students scored between 80 per cent and 89 per cent last year, which has come down to only 39,350 this time," Das said.

Though the council didn't release any merit list this year, according to the marks obtained by the students, as many as 86 candidates figure in the top 10 bracket.

"You will be happy to know that a Muslim girl student from Murshidabad is the highest number getter in the Higher Secondary examinations this year, as she scored 499 out of 500," Das added, though she refused to divulge the identity of the student.

The results are available on WBCHSE's official website -- wbresults.nic.in.

"Many schools sent marks obtained by the students in Class 11 in an incomplete manner, so the board has made the evaluation according to the standards. If any student is dissatisfied with the marks, the principal of the school will have to take the scanned copy of the HS marksheet and the examination papers of Class 11 and appear before the district education department by July 26. The board will have the papers checked, and then evaluate the marks accordingly. No change will be made after that," Das said.

There were two parts in the evaluation process for Class 12 students. In case of lab-based subjects, theory carried 70 marks, while practical carried 30 marks. For non-lab-based subjects, theory carried 80 marks while 20 were allotted to project work.

According to the evaluation system, the marks scored in the project and practical exams remained constant but in the theory part, the total marks (70 for lab-based subjects and 80 for non-lab-based subjects) were divided into two parts, with 40 per cent weightage to marks in four highest scoring subjects in Madhyamik and another 60 per cent weightage to the marks scored in that particular subject in Class 11 in 2020.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:43:33 +0530
Liverpool loses UNESCO World Heritage tag

Fuzhou (China), July 21

 The ongoing 44th session of the the World Heritage Committee, being held in China's Fuzhou and online, has decided to delete the United Kingdom property 'Liverpool -- Maritime Mercantile City' from UNESCO's World Heritage List, "due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property", UNESCO said in a statement on Wednesday.

Liverpool's historic centre and docklands were inscribed for bearing witness to the development of one of the world's major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. The site also illustrated pioneering developments in modern dock technology, transport systems and port management.

It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012 following concerns about the "proposed development of Liverpool Waters", said UNESCO.

"The project has since gone ahead along with other developments both inside the site and in its buffer zone. The Committee considers that these constructions are detrimental to the site's authenticity and integrity," it added.

There have been pleas by arts and cultural organisations in the area for the site to stay on the List.

"Any deletion from the World Heritage List is a loss to the international community and to the internationally shared values and commitments under the World Heritage Convention," said the UN's cultural body.

After the Elbe Valley in Dresden (Germany) and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman), Liverpool is the third property to lose its World Heritage status.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:32:14 +0530
Gorakhpur most favoured industrial destination after Noida

Lucknow, July 22

 Gorakhpur is now emerging as the most favoured destination in Uttar Pradesh for industrialists after Noida.

Gorakhpur, which is the home of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has seen 259 small and big industrialists of the country acquiring land from Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority (GIDA) to set up their factories in the district.

According to the government spokesman, the total investment made by the industrialists in the past four years in Gorakhpur is estimated at Rs 1,000 crore while an additional Rs 1,500 crore is likely to be spent by the entrepreneurs in the city by the end of the year.

Prominent among the investors are the Aditya Birla Group and the Coca-Cola Company who have approached GIDA for land to set up their units.

Apart from providing land to the industrialists to set up their factories, GIDA officials are working on several projects like setting up a plastic and a textile park as well as a flatted factory in Gorakhpur to attract investors.

Schemes worth more than Rs 30,000 crore, including the textile park project, started by the chief minister, are acting as catalysts for the industrial growth of the city.

Tourist destinations in Gorakhpur are also being developed. The planetarium area is being developed to attract tourists and the Ramgarh Tal has also been given a new look.

The spokesman said that around one and a half dozen districts of Purvanchal are directly benefiting from the development schemes launched in Gorakhpur.

Different types of industries are being set up in Gorakhpur, including the food processing units.

In the past four years, industries namely, the Gallant Ispat Limited, Shuddh Plus Hygiene, Crazy Bakery Udyog, Ankur Udyog Limited, Spice Laminates Private Limited, Aditya Motors Private Limited, India Glycol Private Limited, RK Oxygen Private Limited and Samastha FIDS have established their factories and have also started production.

On the other hand, multinational company Coca-Cola has sought 32 acres of land from GIDA to set up a bottling plant in Gorakhpur.

Besides, the fertiliser factory built at the cost of around Rs 7,000 crore will also start producing 3,850 metric tonnes of manure daily soon.

According to GIDA officials, this will further increase investments in Gorakhpur. The officials feel that better rail and road network along with other facilities for setting up factories are attracting industrialists to set up their firms.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:21:19 +0530
Yearly food waste reaches 2 5bn tonnes contributes 10 to climate change

London, July 22

 A new report has revealed that a whopping 2.5 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, contributing to 10 per cent of all greenhouse gases released annually in the atmosphere, including CO2.

The report, titled 'Figures of Driven to Waste', was released jointly by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the British retailing giant Tesco on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The first-of-its-kind report since 2011, indicated that 40 per cent of all food is not consumed and emits twice more greenhouse gases than all cars that are driven in Europe and North America.

Among the food wasted each year, 1.2 billion tonnes are lost during farming.

"We have known for years that food loss and waste is a huge problem that can be minimized," said Pete Pearson, Global Food Loss and Waste Initiative Lead for the WWF.

"This report shows us the problem is likely bigger than we had thought."

Other results proved to be surprising, as the report indicates that industrialised countries - among them those in Europe and North America - contribute 58 per cent of all squandered food.

Lilly Da Gama, Waste Programme Manager at WWF-UK and one of the authors of the reports, urged that governments and private actors "must take action to support farmers across the world and commit to halving food waste".

"Current policies are not ambitious enough," she added.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:17:46 +0530
Rs 10 lakh to kin of govt general insurance employees dying of Covid

Chennai, July 22

 The four government owned non-life insurers will pay ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the nominees of the employees who died due to Covid-19, a top leader of the General Insurance Employees All India Association (GIEAIA) said.

One of the four insurers, the Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, on Thursday issued a circular announcing payment of lump-sum ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the nominee of those employees who died of Covid-19.

The insurer also said it would reimburse 100 per cent of the remaining medical expenses remaining uncovered under the Staff Group Mediclaim policy incurred for the treatment of employee/spouse/dependent children and parents.

This benefit will be separate from the existing ex-gratia Medical Relief Scheme for some specified diseases, the insurer said.

According to the insurer, the benefits will be payable to those who suffered from Covid-19 after it broke out in 2020 and is applicable to those who may suffer in the future.

"The benefit will be applicable for all the four-government owned non-life insurers - The National Insurance Company Ltd, The New India Assurance Company Ltd, The Oriental Insurance and The United India Insurance Company Ltd. The remaining three companies may come out with their circulars soon," GIEAIA General Secretary K. Govindan told IANS.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:13:01 +0530
US city declares racism public health crisis

Washington, July 22

Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City in the US state of Utah, has declared racism a public health crisis.

"This is an important declaration for us to make as a City," Mendenhall said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Not only are we publicly acknowledging the existence of a grave inequity that many in our community have known and experienced for so long, we are also committing ourselves to the creation of policies and ordinances that are anti-racist," Mendenhall said.

The declaration came a day after Mendenhall adopted a joint resolution with the city council on Tuesday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Racism is a serious public health threat because racism -- both interpersonal and structural -- is proven to have harmful impacts to the mental and physical health of communities of colour," said the resolution, adding racism is declared a public health crisis that directly impacts residents in the city "resulting in health disparities that are both measurable and preventable".

The resolution pointed out that racism impacts where a person lives, learns, works, worships and plays, creating inequities in access to a range of social and economic benefits, such as housing, education, wealth and employment, often referred to as social determinants of health.

"This nation and the states and municipalities within have been designed to systematically disadvantage underrepresented racial and ethnic groups thereby creating health disparities that have persisted even after the Civil Rights Movement following the abolition of slavery," the resolution said, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how pre-existing structural inequities created heavier burdens of disease, death and social consequences in communities of color in Utah.

Citing data from the Utah Department of Health, the resolution said odds of infection were three times more likely in areas where there are high percentages of Latino and non-white residents.

"The Latino communities account for 14.2 per cent of Utah's population, but 40 per cent of the state's Covid-19 cases. American Indian and Alaskan Native communities in Utah had a case fatality rate that is roughly three times higher than the state average. Black persons in Utah are significantly less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, but more likely to both contract and die from colorectal cancer," it noted.

"Salt Lake City believes we have a moral imperative to combat racism, discrimination, and inequities in all its manifestations.

"The city has recently moved forward to develop a city-wide equity plan with a goal to methodically review all City practices and policies and confront the systems that have resulted in generational injustice and health inequities."

Earlier this year, Utah healthcare leaders declared systemic racism a public health crisis, recognising it as a threat to the health of patients, families and communities through economic and resource inequities which result in poor health outcomes.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:06:51 +0530
Passenger jets brush off at Dubai airport no injuries reported

Dubai, July 22

 A "minor" collision was reported n Thursday on the taxiway at the Dubai International Airport between two passenger jets.

FlyDubai, the low-cost airline of Dubai, and the Bahrain-based Gulf Air were the airlines involved.

The authorities said that nobody was injured in the incident. Reportedly, the wingtip of the FlyDubai plane and the tail of the Gulf Air jet brushed each other.

An airport spokesperson said: "As a result of this, one runway was temporarily closed to allow for the incident to be swiftly managed. Operations at DXB were not impacted and the runway was reopened after two hours."

FlyDubai said that a Boeing 737-800s, heading to Kyrgyzstan, was forced to return to the stand following the "minor incident".

It added that the passengers took another flight, which departed six hours later.

Bahrain News Agency reported that Gulf Air confirmed "a ground incident at Dubai International Airport where one of its aircraft was impacted on the tail by an aircraft of another airline". The airline did not identify the aircraft involved, but said it was "working to reconnect all the passengers to their final destinations".

Dubai International Airport is one of the world's busiest airport for international travel.

Given the Eid-al-Adha holidays, this is expected to be a very busy week for the airport.

On Wednesday, it tweeted: "This weekend DXB is predicted to be busy with arriving passengers returning to Dubai. With this in mind, we are advising anyone travelling to DXB over the next few days to allow for slight delays, organise onward travel in advance, and where possible, use public transport".
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:03:56 +0530
Why Delta Covid variant is spreading rapidly

Beijing, July 22

 People infected with the Delta variant of Covid-19 produce far more virus than those infected with the original version of coronavirus making it very easy to spread, according to a study.

Researchers at the Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China found that viral load -- a measure of the density of viral particles in the body -- is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain, Nature reported.

According to current estimates, the Delta variant could be more than twice as transmissible as the original strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing Covid-19. The variant, which was first identified in India in late 2020, has now become the predominant strain and has spread to at least 111 countries.

The team tracked 62 people who were quarantined after exposure to Covid-19 and tested their viral load every day throughout the course of infection to see how it changed over time. Researchers then compared participants' infection patterns with those of 63 people who contracted the original SARS-CoV-2 strain in 2020.

The findings, posted preprint, showed that the virus was first detectable in people with the Delta variant four days after exposure. On the other hand, the original strain took an average six days to be present in people. This suggests that Delta replicates much faster, said epidemiologist Jing Lu at China's CDC.

Individuals infected with Delta also had viral loads up to 1,260 times higher than those in people infected with the original strain.

The combination of a high number of viruses and a short incubation period makes sense as an explanation for Delta's heightened transmissibility, Benjamin Cowling, epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong was quoted as saying to Nature.

Those infected with Delta carry a high number of viruses in the respiratory tract, which means that they can become superspreaders and infect more people. Moreover, a short incubation makes contact tracing more difficult, the researchers noted.

"Putting it all together, Delta's really difficult to stop," Cowling says.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:00:39 +0530
Dalai Lama s close aides in Pegasus project data

New Delhi, July 22

The phone numbers of a top ring of advisers around the Dalai Lama are believed to have been selected as those of 'people of interest' by the government clients of Israeli surveillance company NSO Group.

An analysis strongly indicates that the Indian government was selecting the potential targets, The Guardian said.

Other phone numbers apparently selected by Delhi were those of the former President of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, the staff in the office of another Buddhist spiritual leader, the Gyalwang Karmapa, and several other activists and clerics who are part of the exiled community in India, the report said.

NSO's Pegasus spyware allows clients to infiltrate phones and extract their calls, messages and locations. The selected Tibetans did not make their phones available to confirm whether any hacking was attempted or successful, but technical analysis of 10 other phones on the suspected Indian client list found traces of Pegasus or signs of targeting related to the spyware.

Traces of Pegasus were found on 37 of the 67 phones in the data that were analysed by Amnesty International's security lab. Of the 48 iPhones examined that had not been reset or replaced since they appeared in the records, 33 carried traces of Pegasus or signs of attempted infection. iPhones log the information that can reveal infection by the spyware, the report said.

The data may provide a glimpse at the delicate relationship between Tibetan exiles and the Indian government, which has provided refuge for the movement since its leaders fled a Chinese crackdown in 1959, while also viewing it as leverage -- and sometimes a liability -- in its own relationship with Beijing, The Guardian said.

The possible scrutiny of Tibetan spiritual and government leaders points to a growing awareness in Delhi, as well as in the western capitals, of the strategic importance of Tibet as their relationships with China have grown more tense over the past five years, the report said.

It also highlights the growing urgency of the question of who will follow the current Dalai Lama, 86, a globally acclaimed figure whose death is likely to trigger a succession crisis that is already drawing in world powers. Last year the US made it a policy to impose sanctions against any government that interfered with the selection process, The Guardian said.

The report said the records suggest that Tibetan leaders were first selected in late 2017, in the period before and after former US President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama privately on a foreign tour that also included earlier stops in China.

Senior advisers to the Dalai Lama, whose numbers appear in the data, include Tempa Tsering, the spiritual leader's long-time envoy to Delhi, and the senior aides Tenzin Taklha and Chhimey Rigzen, as well as Samdhong Rinpoche, the head of the trust that has been tasked with overseeing the selection of the Buddhist leader's successor, The Guardian said.

The Dalai Lama, who has spent the past 18 months isolating in his compound in Dharamsala, is not known to carry a personal phone, according to two sources.

Following the launch of the Pegasus project, India's IT minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw, said the project's claims about Indian surveillance were an "attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions".

He told parliament: "The presence of a number on the list does not amount to snooping ... there is no factual basis to suggest that use of the data somehow amounts to surveillance."

The Guardian said India could have several motives for possible spying on Tibetan leaders but some in Dharamsala have concluded that the question of succession may be a driving force.

Naming successors to the Dalai Lama has sometimes taken years after the death of the title holder, and is usually led by the monk's senior disciples, who interpret signs that lead them to the child next in line, the report said.

But China views the next Dalai Lama as a potential separatist leader who could weaken its authoritarian grip on Tibet. It has claimed the sole right to control the selection process, and analysts say it is already pressuring neighbours such as Nepal and Mongolia to rule out recognising any successor but its own, The Guardian said.

Beijing is also contacting influential Buddhist teachers and clerics around the world, including some based in India, inviting them to China to try to lay the groundwork for its choice and muddy support for any candidate chosen by the Dalai Lama's followers.

The report said these entreaties to Buddhist leaders and other interference in the succession process have been viewed warily by India's security agencies, who may have sought to closely monitor an issue with huge implications for Delhi's own relationship with China -- but where its direct influence and control is limited.

"India wants to make sure that Tibetans don't strike a deal with the Chinese that involves the Dalai Lama going back to Tibet," said a former staffer with the Tibetan administration, who asked not to be named, as per the report.

The report said India may also be seeking to monitor continuing informal contact between Chinese officials and Tibetan leaders. The Dalai Lama revealed two years ago that India had vetoed his plans to try to meet Xi Jinping when the Chinese president visited India in 2014.

"The Dalai Lama himself has said several times that he maintains connections to the Chinese leadership through 'old friends'," the former Tibetan government staffer said, adding: "India is very aware of this and they want to make sure that no deals are made without their knowing or involvement."

The Guardian said Delhi officially backs the negotiations on the status of Tibet, but a recent Indian think-tank report suggested the country's intelligence agencies had not always been supportive of the Dalai Lama's "middle way", a blueprint to resolve the dispute by recognising Chinese sovereignty over Tibet but granting the province meaningful autonomy.

Other motives for possible monitoring of Tibetan leaders may be more straightforward, including that the Dalai Lama and the community around him are a magnet for sensitive information about Tibet and regularly meet dignitaries from around the world, the report added.

"I would assume that India would pay close attention to, for example, western officials coming to Dharamsala - I think they'd want to monitor that in detail," said Robert Barnett, former director of the Tibet studies programme at Columbia University.

"Perhaps, is the Dalai Lama asking them for asylum? I think that kind of concern would matter a lot to them."
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:57:40 +0530
Shredded over Snoopgate Paper snatched from IT Minister in RS

New July 22

 Even as IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw was reading a statement on the Pegasus project amid an ongoing row over alleged large scale snooping involving politicians, Trinamool Congress MPs snatched the report from the Minister's hand and tore it into pieces on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Journalist-turned-BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta said: "Some of the TMC MPs took the paper from the hands of the Minister and tore it.

"This is unacceptable."

Trinamool MP Shantanu Sen was seen on national television snatching the report right out of the Minister's hand, tearing it apart and then throwing the shredded pieces into the air.

Amid continued disruptions the Upper House was adjourned for the day.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:51:32 +0530
Kerala researchers upbeat after documenting 1st black palm squirrel in subcontinent

Thiruvananthapuram, July 22

 The journey to document what is billed as the first black palm squirrel to be scientifically documented in the Indian subcontinent, has taken a team of research professionals from Kerala 13 long years.

The detailed study report to scientifically prove it was published in the latest issue of Current Science brought out by the Indian Academy of Science, Bengaluru.

The researchers have concluded that it was an infertile female black palm squirrel.

Tracing the sequence of events, Oommen V. Oommen, a former chairman of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, told IANS that it all began way back in 2008 when a group of farm labourers attached to the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, here spotted a black coloured tiny creature while they were working at the farm.

In 2008, Oommen was a professor in the Zoology Department at the University of Kerala and he was surprised when he got a call from one of his former students who was working at the Institute where the squirrel was spotted.

"I along with one of my students went to their farm and was pleasantly surprised to see the creature which had the features of both a rat and a squirrel. I took possession of it and brought it to my department and put it in a cage. Then we got the formal permission from the Forest Department to keep the creature. We took pictures and sent it to rodent experts who came back to us stating that it's not a rat. Then we got in touch with a squirrel expert in the UK, who confirmed that this was a squirrel," said Oommen.

Oommen recalls that one day it was looking sick and he took it to the local veterinary hospital where the vets suggested giving it Vitamin D syrup and soon it was back in action.

"Later we decided to give this squirrel company with the help of zoo officials. They managed to get the normal variety of squirrel which was put next to this one in another cage. They then decided to further study the two different squirrels and following a genomic study after DNA tests were conducted they concluded that this had 98 per cent characteristics of the normal squirrel. Later more studies were conducted using bioinformatics methods to further cement their findings," added Oommen.

Oommen, meanwhile, retired in 2010 and the squirrel died after two years.

But Oommen saw to it that it was stuffed and is now in their laboratory at the University.

"Time passed and in 2015, I felt that this should be taken forward and started collecting data. Then I got in touch with all my students who were with me when the 'squirrel' was located. After my tenure ended as the Chairman of the Board, I had more timeto spare. Last year, we completed our scientific studies and then we wanted to publish it and then it was a long wait and finally, it has been published and we all are hugely excited to see this in black and white," added Oommen.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:42:47 +0530
Two cops suspended for March 23 assault on legislators in Bihar

Patna, July 22

 The Bihar police have suspended two police personnel in connection with the alleged assault on two dozen legislators of opposition parties on the last day of the budget session in March this year.

The incident had made national headlines after the police personnel of Bihar openly assaulted legislators of the RJD, Congress and the Left parties on March 23.

The suspended constables are Sheshnath Prasad and Ranjit Kumar. Bihar police suspended them after they were caught on CCTV cameras kicking legislators on that day.

"On March 23, leaders of different opposition parties were protesting against the police amendment bill. They had held Vidhan Sabha Speaker Vijay Sinha captive in his own chamber inside the premises and did not allow anyone to go inside. They were sitting on dharna outside.

"As the situation was not looking good, I directed Bihar police to come here and bring the situation under control. Bihar police along with marshals of the Vidhan Sabha took them outside in a bid to rescue me. I saw that some police personnel had kicked and punched our honourable members of both the Houses. It was an unfortunate incident. It was against the dignity of the Vidhan Sabha," Sinha said.

"I had recommended the case to Bihar police to take stringent action against the police personnel responsible for the brutal act," Sinha said.

The opposition leaders however said that such an action was just an eyewash. There were a large number of media personnel present at that time and they captured all the incidents. The police personnel were involved in beating not only male legislators but females too.

"There are several video clips available in public domain in which top police officers were involved in beating legislators. The Bihar government has made Constables Sheshnath Prasad and Ranjit Kumar scapegoats in this incident," said Mritunjay Tiwari, the RJD spokesperson.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:38:28 +0530
12 BJP MLAs suspended from Maha Assembly for one year move SC

New Delhi, July 22

 A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court by 12 BJP MLAs from Maharashtra, challenging their suspension from the Assembly on July 5 for one year for "abusing' and misbehaving" with presiding officer, Bhaskar Jadhav.

The suspended MLAs are: Girish Mahajan, Jaykumar Rawal, Ashish Shelar, Atul Bhatkalkar, Yogesh Sagar, Parag Alvani, Ram Satpute, Sanjay Kute, Abhimanyu Pawar, Narayan Kuche, Shirish Pimple, and Kirtikumar Bagadia.

Terming the action of suspension "motivated and mala fide", the plea argued that all the 12 were at different places and some of them were not in the chamber, and also some of them were not in the well of the house, and "were merely spectators". The MLAs also argued that heated exchanges between the ruling party and Opposition forms the essence of democracy.

The MLAs have contended the presiding officer ought to have granted an opportunity to them to offer their explanation and the suspension for one year was highly disproportionate.

The chaos began when senior NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbul stood up to introduce a resolution in the Assembly seeking the release of empirical data on the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) by the Centre for providing political reservation to the community in the local bodies in the state.

Among the legislators suspended for one year include at least three former ministers, and after the suspension, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis led a noisy walkout. Fadnavis raised objections saying the government did not follow the Supreme Court directions for 15 months which led to the scrapping of the political reservations for the OBCs.

Outside the House, there were heated exchanges between BJP and Shiv Sena members at the chamber of Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal, while Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray spoke with Jadhav to get details of the sequence of events.

Later, Fadnavis contended that the statements of misbehaviour were "partial" and while he may be aggressive, he never compromised on parliamentary ethics, and expressed his readiness to face any punishment if the allegations of Sena members that he made uncharitable remarks were proven true.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:34:54 +0530
Clarify on deaths due to oxygen shortage Panneerselvam to Stalin

Chennai, July 22

 AIADMK Coordinator and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday hit out at Health Minister Ma Subramanian's statement that there had been no deaths in the state due to oxygen shortage, saying it "is like hiding a full pumpkin in a plate of rice".

In support of his argument, he cited Chief Minister M.K. Stalin's May 7 letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he had said: "The availability of oxygen in Tamil Nadu is very very critical and there was an unfortunate incident of 13 deaths at Chengalpattu 2 days ago."

In the letter, Stalin had stated the oxygen demand in Tamil Nadu is expected to shoot up to 840 tons from 440 tons in two weeks time.

Panneerselvam said when one compares Stalin's letter to Modi and Subramanian's statement, "the contradiction will be clearly visible".

He said that "doubt has risen in the minds of people on the statistics provided by the DMK government" and Stalin should deliberate and come out with the true state of affairs.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:31:14 +0530
Farmers begin Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, July 22

 A group of 200 farmers reached the Jantar Mantar amid multi-layer security on Thursday to launch their agitation against the three Central farms laws in the heart of the national capital.

On Wednesday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal gave permission to the Jantar Mantar demonstration on the condition that a maximum of 200 protesters will be allowed till August 9 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

On the first day of the 'Kisan Sansad', the protesting farmers held discussions on the Mandi Act, rollback of the three farm laws, besides demanding that MPs should discuss the farmers' issues during the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

The Kisan Sansad was divided into three sessions with each having a separate topic.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said, "Today we have issued a whip to all the MPs to raise the issue of farm laws in the Parliament. If they don't raise our issues, the farmers will protest against them in their respective parliamentary constitutes."

He said the farmers have gathered at the Jantar Mantar to run a parallel 'Sansad', because the farm issues are not being discussed in the Parliament.

Several non-BJP MPs, especially from the southern part of the counrtry, came to show their solidarity with the agitating farmers, echoing their demand to repeal the three farm laws.

"We have come here to make our voice more strong. The people of this country are aware of what the farmers have gone through in the past few months," Tikait added.
 

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:26:23 +0530
Amazon injects new life in Alexa with 50 new features

San Francisco, July 22

Amazon has introduced more than 50 new features to make its home assistant Alexa more smarter, allowing developers to create Widgets for their skills which customers can add to their Alexa devices with a screen later this year.

The company also announced 'Paid Skills', a new form of monetization for the developers. With Paid Skills, customers pay a one-time fee, upfront, to access the content in your skill.

Amazon also expanded in-skill purchasing capabilities internationally to India and Canada.

"There are more than 900,000 registered Alexa developers who have built over 130,000 Alexa skills, hundreds of Alexa Built-in products across categories like PC's, wearables, smart home devices, and cars, and more than 140,000 smart home products that can be controlled with Alexa," the company informed during its ‘Alexa Live' virtual event this week.

Widgets are a new way for customers to interact with content from the home screen of their device, including rich, customizable, glanceable, self-updating views of skill content.

"With Widgets, interactive skill experiences are available to customers even before they invoke your skill. For example, imagine a customer being able to ‘check an item off a list or tap a widget to be taken straight to the latest content your skill has to offer," Amazon informed.

Developers can also build ‘Featured Skill Cards' to promote their skills in the home screen rotation.

Another key feature is ‘Alexa Shopping Actions,' which will enable users to sell products from Amazon.com within your skill.

"Alexa Shopping Actions are simple to use and integrate into your skill experience. And of course, it leverages the same security features that customers are using today to shop on Alexa," said the company.

With ‘Send to Phone' feature, customers can start an experience on their Alexa-enabled device, and continue it on their mobile phone.

Alexa now has the capability to help customers find lost items at home.

Available first in private beta, you can use the newly available ‘Find My APIs' to create Alexa Smart Home skills that help customers find important things they have misplaced such as keys, wallets, headphones, remotes, and even pets.

"Customers can simply say ‘Alexa, Find my' or ‘Alexa, Ring my' to locate tracked items. We are now opening up Find My to support additional device makers with this launch. Samsung and Remote+ will be adding Find My capabilities in 2021," the company announced.

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:51:51 +0530
Akshay Kumar s best comedies of 20 years

Mili Desai

www.mediaeyenews.com

Akshay Kumar has been one of the Bollywood superstar who has given many hits on the box office. Being in the industry for 25 years has earned him a top spot in our hearts. Over the years, Kumar has entertained us in over 100 movies. Besides, action and romance comedy has been his main genre. Akshay owes much of his success to his comedy films. In addition, all his films are family-oriented, one can enjoy with the entire family. Here are some of the films which you shouldn’t miss and also, you’ll never be exhausted by rewatching these films.

1.      Hera Pheri (2000) and Phir Hera Pheri (2006)- Entire movie is based on three unemployed men who look for answers to all their money problems. These two movies were blockbusters when they were released and also are still the most famous movies of the genre. Akshay Kumar shared a screen with Paresh Rawal and Sunil Shetty in these movies.

2.      Bhoola Bhulaiya (2007)- A horror comedy with an equal amount of thrill. A couple decides to stay at the ancestral home and witness some unusual activities. Akshay came to the rescue in his character and made the movie worth watching.

3.      Garam Masala (2005)- One of the best movies of Akshay Kumar and John Abraham.

4.      De Dhana Dhan (2009)-the deadly trio of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal. It’s a completely nonsensical laugh riot where multiple characters intertwine themselves through miscommunication, causing total but hilarious chaos, just like Bhagam Bhag.

5.      Welcome (2007) -  The movie is based on the underworld dons and he falls in love with their sister (Katrina Kaif). This movie is a roller coaster ride and the end is hilarious.

6.      Houseful (4 movies) - Housefull series are one of the most successful series by Sajid Nadiadwala. Akshay gives his every character a comic side which is purely hilarious.

There are many more movies of AK which you shouldn’t miss like Khatta Meetha (2010), Heyy Babyy (2007), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Entertainment (2014), Singh Is Kinng (2008), Desi Boyz (2011), Good Newwz (2019).

These are some of the famous movies which you should add to your wish list right now!

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:36:52 +0530
Megan Thee Stallion Grew up watching women who did it all

Los Angeles, July 22

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has said that she takes inspiration from the women in her life.

"I grew up watching women who did it all. I saw people like my grandmother, my mother and my aunt pursue their education while still being fashionable, while still showing off their curves, and working nine-to-five jobs," the singer told Yahoo Life.

"I don't think it is hard for people to believe women can do it all, because we are in your face every day doing it," added Stallion, according to a report in femalefirst.co.uk.

The 26-year-old musician recently became the first rapper to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

She said: "When I got the call that they wanted me on the cover, I was like, 'Wha--? Me?' And to be the first female rapper on the swim cover makes it extra special. It feels amazing!"

Stallion spent "months" training for her photoshoot and tagged the day as "one of the best experiences" of her life.

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:22:02 +0530
IBM to digitise Bengaluru airport operations

 

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) Global software major IBM would digitise Bengaluru international airport operations to transform fliers experience, said its operator on Wednesday.

"We have entered into a 10-year partnership with IBM's global business services arm to digitise our IT network for operating the Kempegowda airport," said Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), a public-private consortium that operates the country's third-largest airport, in a statement here.

Red Hat automation and Kyndryl, an entity of IBM's managed infrastructure services business, will partner with the US-based IT behemoth to create an airport in a box platform to transform the travel experience of passengers.

"As one of the fastest-growing airports, we needed a nimble, scalable and cost-competitive technology to handle growth in passenger traffic in the future, with operational flexibility," said the operator.

The new platform is expected to improve the operator's employee productivity, better utilisation of its IT assets, reduce costs through inventory control and improved incident management.

"The IBM platform will support the operator's business growth and generate AI (artificial intelligence)-powered insights from IBM Maximo enterprise asset management technology to optimise inventory management and the cost of ownership," said BIAL in the statement.

When the platform goes operational and enhances the travel experience of fliers, the twin partners plan to advance the platform for the transformation of the global travel and transportation industry.

"The partnership with IBM is part of our vision to make the airport smart, digitised, connected and intuitive," said BIAL chief executive Hari Marar on the occasion.

IBM works with about 150 airports worldwide and has a history of helping airports, airlines and the aviation industry to innovate and transform.

"The project capitalises on our ability to deliver advanced technologies and services that enable airport operators to transform their business," said IBM services Vice President Mark Foster in the statement.

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Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:14:38 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 191 9 mn

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 191.9 mn  

Washington, July 22 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 191.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.12 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.71 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 191,923,269, 4,125,810 and 3,713,022,529, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,223,853 and 609,846, respectively, according to the CSSE.


The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,473,954), France (5,973,880), Russia (5,955,089), Turkey (5,554,317), the UK (5,586,497), Argentina (4,798,851), Colombia (4,679,994), Italy (4,297,337), Spain (4,219,723), Germany (3,756,497) and Iran (3,603,527), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 545,604 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (418,480), Mexico (236,810), Peru (195,243), Russia (148,229), the UK (129,182), Italy (127,905), Colombia (117,482), France (111,737) and Argentina (102,818).

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:40:49 +0530
Abbakka Chowta Abhaya Rani and tale of betrayal

Anupama Nair

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Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. I had written many articles on unknown kings and people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown, Abbakka Chowta, from Karnataka, the great queen who fought hard to save her kingdom from the Portuguese. She is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the European invasion. Did you know she was the first Indian queen to fight against European Imperialism, many centuries before Rani Lakshmi Bai? I knew about her when I saw her bronze statue in  Bangalore.

To narrate her story, I need to take you to the 15th century. People in those days thought there were only three continents – Asia, Europe and Africa. Before, 1553 there was trade done between Asia and Europe, and Silk Route existed via Constantinople. The Arabs took goods from the East and sold it to the Europeans. Dacca Muslin, Indian Spices and silk were used by the Royal families of Europe. However, the capture of Constantinople by Turks in 1453 destroyed the trade route. The result of this event was imperialism and most of America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia came under the rule of European countries. When the trade route was blocked, the European royal families, who were addicted to Dacca Muslin, spices and silk were forced to find an alternate trade route. Many sailors set on a long journey through the Atlantic to come to India then known as the “golden bird”.

In past India was invaded many times by invaders from time immemorial through the Himalayan passes. Did you know the first invader who invaded India through the ocean was the Portuguese? Vasco Da Gama reached Calicut in 1499. During the early part of the sixteenth century, the Portuguese were successfully carrying out trade in coastal India. However, with time their imperialist motives became clear and slowly by slowly, they began their reign of terror. If you thought Mughals, Khiljis or the British were cruel, the Portuguese will emerge the winners. Goa and Brazil were the main victims. Much of the trade carried on in the Western coast of India was taxed by the Portuguese who looked to advance upon Ullal, near Mangalore Port, (Karnataka). That is how they came to face the brave queen Abbakka Chowta their nemesis. 

She was the first Tulluva queen of Ullal and belonged to the  Chowta dynasty who ruled over parts of coastal Karnataka with the capital city Puttige.  Ullal was their subsidiary capital and was the capital of the Chowta king Thirumala Raya III who was the vassal of the Vijayanagar kingdom. The Chowtas were Jain kings who had originally migrated to Tulu Nadu (a province consisting of present-day Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, portions of Udupi and Kasargod district in Kerala) from Gujarat in the 12th century.

As the Chowtas followed the matrilineal system, the king’s heir was his niece, Abbakka. She was a brave princess who had been trained in archery, cavalry, military strategy, and all other skills a young princess needed. When she became the queen of Ullal, she was aware of the threat posed by the Portuguese and was determined to resist it with all power she had. Before his death, Thirumala Raya III  married Abbakka with Lakshmappa Bangaraja, the ruler of Mangalore. She was so independent that even after her marriage she stayed in Ullal along with her three children. The marriage broke down when Bangaraja negotiated with the enemy of her kingdom the Portuguese. They wanted to keep control over trade in the Indian Ocean by using sailing permits. “In true colonial style, what the Portuguese could not achieve through bullying, they did through strength”, was the view of the historians. 

Friction with the Portuguese was inevitable and Ullal was strategically important as a port as it had a thriving spice trade. By this time, the Portuguese were alarmed about Rani Abbakka’s bravery in inspiring other rulers. When threats failed, they resorted to treachery. A series of edicts were passed to make an alliance with the defiant queen illegal. Her ex-husband, Bangaraja of Mangalore, was also warned against sending any aid to Ullal.

Her first battle with the Portuguese was in 1555 when Admiral Dom Álvaro da Silveira and his army arrived with imperialistic designs in Ullal. In 1568, the Portuguese Viceroy Antony D’ Noronha sent Joao Peixoto with a fleet of soldiers. He, however, managed to capture Ullal and enter the palace. Abbakka, managed to escape and took shelter in a mosque. She, along with 500 soldiers, killed Peixoto and seventy troops in the night. Historians said, “the invaders were forced to flee to their ships in disgrace”.

This brave queen’s words “save the motherland. Fight them on land and the sea. Fight them on the streets and the beaches. Push them back to the waters”, reverberated through the airstreams as she and her soldiers fired against the Portuguese ships. Many of the ships in the Portuguese fleet were burnt that night, but unfortunately, Rani Abbakka was wounded in the crossfire and was captured with the help of her own chieftains. The brave queen passed away in captivity, but her legacy will never die. After her death, her brave daughters continued the fight against the Portuguese. As a result, Portuguese rule was confined only in Goa, and were finally forced to leave in 1961.

It can be rightly said Rani Abbakka was the main thorn in the Portuguese’ side throughout her reign despite their superior military power. Thanks to the ultra-left influenced curriculum she remains buried in the sands of time. However, she still lives on in the folk culture of the Dakshin Kannada region and in recent years, her story gained popularity across the country. There is an annual celebration in her memory, called “Veera Rani Abbakka Utsava” held in Karnataka.

There was a special stamp issued in her memory in 2003. The Indian Navy in 2015 named a patrol vessel after her. A movie will be made about her life titled Abbakka, which will be released in 2023 directed by Manso Re. The film will be released in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam. As per reports, the first poster released got a great response from the critics and public.

All these efforts to recognize the braves is not enough and we need to celebrate their lives in the one-year long Amrit Mahotsav.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:53:01 +0530
Increasing cruelty towards animals by humans

Mili Desai

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Despite increased awareness among humans about animal rights, cruelty to animals persists across the city. Each day there are countless number of animals that suffer and die in the hands of humans. Physical violence, emotional abuse and life-threatening neglect are daily realities for many animals. Millions of animals are killed every day for reasons like feeding the non-vegetarian population or in laboratories for medical experiments. Cruelty against animals is a cognizable offense under Section 428 and Section 429 of the Indian penal code.

Animals have the same right to live as humans, the only difference is they are muted mammals who cannot speak up for their rights. We should look at animals as fellow beings on earth and start treating them with equal respect. There is an urgent need to start nurturing the seed of kindness, love and respect for animals in children and implement strict laws on cruelty against animals. We need to bring such changes to society.

Anyone  who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.

Dr Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian

Animals are treated as mere commodities, crammed together with little space, natural light, or stimuli, physically and mentally abused and harmed in so many other ways possible. We come across so many cases that show ill-treatment towards the street animals specifically street dogs that are so harsh that one needs a trigger warning before reading about it. All these activities show human nature. Organizations such as the SPCA and PETA, which are working for animal rights, can achieve a lot if they receive help from local organizations and the public in general. One should speak up for the animals and show some kindness in by helping them in any possible manner.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:30:13 +0530
Kondeshwar best picnic spot during monsoon

Divya Joyce

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Well, if you’re looking for a monsoon trip with your friends and family, then this is the ideal place for you. Kondeshwar is one of the most popular picnic spot near Thane. Located in Bhoj Village in Badlapur in the middle of a dense forest, Kondeshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an ancient elephant temple. This temple represents the ancient Hemadpanthi style of architecture and is constructed using black stones. The main sanctum sanctorum is surrounded by several shrines. This ancient temple is famous for its location in the midst of a dense forest. Mahashivratri is one of the main festivals celebrated in this temple.

Shri Khateshwar Maharaj Samadhi, a pond and a waterfall are located in the vicinity of this temple. It is one of the best temples in this city. The presence of the ancient Shiva Temple adds beauty to the existing waterfall. The Kondeshwar Waterfall is popular among young enthusiasts and waterfall lovers. This waterfall is usually crowded during weekends and on holidays. Kondeshwar Waterfall serves as an ideal escapade from the hustles of a crowded city. 

The small temples of Kondeshwar are submerged during the monsoon and inaccessible as seen below. During very heavy rain the temple is fully submerged and the area is closed. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon and winter seasons. 

This waterfall is located exactly 10 km from Badlapur Station. Kondeshwar is accessible via road. One can hire an auto to Kondeshwar temple at a price of Rs 150. One can also take their private vehicle. No bus service is there. Private buses go up to a certain point after which walking is necessary.

Don’t forget to carry your tiffin box, because there are only small stalls serving chai, vadapav and biscuits. 

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:22:51 +0530
Tottenham Transfer News 2021 22

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Tottenham has done pretty good business by striking a major deal for the Sevilla midfielder Bryan Gil who is a very highly rated player in Spain. Talks are progressing between Sevilla and Tottenham for a swap deal of Argentine attacking midfielder Erik Lamela and 20-year-old Bryan Gil.

Bryan Gil is destined to be one of the greatest midfielders in the world at such a young age. He was scouted by many big Spanish clubs including Barcelona but Tottenham did quick business all thanks to Fabio Paratici who played a major role in this transfer.

They are currently trying to acquire the services of Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on loan and Argentine center-back Cristian Romero.

Tottenham was struggling at the beginning of this transfer window after many big managers rejected the chance to manage the club. However, after appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as the new manager of the club, they have moved quickly in order to bring new faces to the club.

29-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder Erik Lamela's career has seen ups and downs where he was amongst one of the brightest talents of the Premier League and an exciting player. He spent 8 years at Tottenham where he scored 37 goals in 255 appearances for the club in all competitions.

He is now being let go by the club to Sevilla as a part of a swap-deal with highly-rated young Spanish midfielder Bryan Gil. Lamela will sign a 3-year deal with Sevilla where he will receive the same salary as he did with the London outfit.

However, Tottenham acted quickly and smartly to get their hands on a young intelligent midfielder for half the cash including Erik Lamela as a part of the deal.

Bryan Gil joined Sevilla's youth system in 2012 after he and his family moved to Seville the same year. He quickly progressed through the academy ranks and was highly appreciated by every manager he has played under.

He has featured in 21 games for Sevilla scoring twice. However, he burst into the season at a loan spell to Eibar who are now relegated from La Liga. He featured in 29 games in all competitions finding the net 4 times and became a crucial player for the club.

Gil has good close control on the ball and can dribble past defenders very quickly creating a goal-scoring opportunity for the team. He has 3 major caps for the Spanish National team and is currently representing Spain in the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:07:03 +0530
Covid is a test and world is failing WHO chief

Tokyo, July 21

 As Japan goes ahead with Olympics 2021, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said that the coronavirus pandemic is a test in which the world is failing.

The pandemic could have been under control by now, if vaccines that were "meant to douse the flames of the pandemic" were allocated more equitably, Ghebreyesus said in his keynote speech at the 138th International Olympic Committee Session.

"The distortion in the manufacturing and distribution of vaccines has exposed and amplified the searing inequalities that have stained human history for aeons, and which imperil our future," he lamented.

"The pandemic is a test. And the world is failing. More than 4 million people have died, and more continue to die. Already this year, the number of deaths is more than double last year's total," Ghebreyesus said.

He noted that the global failure to share vaccines, tests, and treatments -- including oxygen -- is fuelling a two-track pandemic: the haves are opening up, while the have-nots are locking down.

Moreover, even after 19 months of the pandemic, and seven months since the first vaccines were approved only 1 per cent of people in low income countries have received at least one dose, compared with more than half of people in high-income countries.

About 75 per cent of the vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries. Some of the richest countries are now talking about third booster shots for their populations, while health workers, older people and other vulnerable groups in the rest of the world continue to go without.

"This is not just a moral outrage; it's also epidemiologically and economically self-defeating," Ghebreyesus said.

"The longer this discrepancy persists, the longer the pandemic will drag on, and so will the social and economic turmoil it brings. In the time it takes me to make these remarks, more than 100 people will lose their lives to Covid-19," he added.

The WHO chief also reiterated that the threat is not over, and that the world is now in the early stages of another wave of infections and deaths.

Increase in transmissions will lead to more dangerous variants that can likely evade vaccines.

Ghebreyesus called for "a massive global push to vaccinate at least 10 per cent of the population of every country by September, at least 40 per cent by the end of the year, and 70 per cent by mid-next year.

"If we can reach those targets, we can not only end the pandemic, we can also reboot the global economy," he said.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:30:19 +0530
Havells India s YoY Q1FY22 standalone net profit up 271

New Delhi, July 21

 Fast Moving Electrical Goods (FMEG) company Havells India on Wednesday reported a rise of 271 per cent in its year-on-year standalone net profit for Q1FY22.

The company's net profit grew to Rs 234 crore in Q1FY22 as against Rs 63 crore in Q1FY21.

Besides, its Q1FY22 net revenue grew by 76 per cent to Rs 2,598 crore as against Rs 1,479 crore in Q1FY21.

"EBIDTA grew by 169 per cent to Rs 353 crore in Q1 FY22 as against Rs 131 crore in Q1FY21."

Furthermore, the company reported that its switchgear business grew by 96 per cent to Rs 374 crore in Q1FY22 as against Rs 190 crore in Q1FY21.

Additionally, the electrical consumer durables segment grew by 91 per cent to Rs 576 crore in Q1FY22 as against Rs 302 crore.

"Despite a truncated quarter, overall performance has been encouraging across segments," Havells India Chairman and Managing Director, Anil Rai Gupta, said.

"The demand has been resilient and we expect further improvement as Covid restrictions are progressively lifted."
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:24:42 +0530
Sonu Sood pens emotional note for late mother on her birth anniversary

Mumbai, July 21

 Actor Sonu Sood took to social media on Wednesday to write an emotional note for his late mother on her birth anniversary, thanking her for the life lessons she had taught him.

Sonu shared black and white photographs of his mother from her younger days on Twitter and wrote: "Happy birthday Maa. I wish I could wish you personally and thank you for the lessons of life you have taught me. These messages can never express how much I miss you. The vacuum that has been created in my life without you will always remain the same till I see you again."

Meanwhile, the actor is currently working on helping Covid patients amid the pandemic along with other kinds of social service through his charitable organisation Sood Foundation.

Just a few days ago, Sonu got a Covid patient transferred via air ambulance from Delhi to Hyderabad for treatment.

Informing about the same, the actor tweeted last week: "Yesterday we shifted Hitesh Sharma from Delhi to Hyderabad on an Air Ambulance. He will undergo a Lung Transplant surgery at @YashodaHospital. He's been a true hero who's been fighting COVID since April. We need your prayers to get him back hale and hearty. @SoodFoundation."
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:20:40 +0530
SL Muslim women allowed to get married under regular law

Colombo, July 21

 Breaking the archaic 1951 law, the Sri Lanka Cabinet has allowed Muslim women to get married under ordinary law - the Marriage Registration Ordinance in Sri Lanka,.

Muslim female activists and scholars have fought for decades against the Muslim Marriages and Divorce Act (MMDA) under which Muslim girls were allowed to enter wedlock. They charged that the law leads to child brides and other violation of their rights.

The activists have claimed the women in their community were not even allowed to sign their own marriage contracts under MMDA.

In place of the bride, the marriage contract is signed by "Bride's Wali" or a male guardian of the bride. The activists also have stated that MMDA gave room for forced marriages to take place.

While marriageable age for non-Muslim female in Sri Lanka is 18, MMDA allowed child marriages by not specifying a minimum age. Under MMDA penalties for raping girls aged 12 to 16 are not applicable in the case of married Muslim girls. The activists also have demanded that Muslim women face multiple discriminations in divorce, polygamy and spousal support.

"As per the 12th Section of the Constitution, no citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinions, or place of birth. However, the MMDA has included provisions that discriminate against women. Various women's organisations belonging to the Muslim community and Muslim law scholars have pointed out the need to repeal such provisions from the law, the Government pointed out," the Cabinet announced on Tuesday.

"Under the common law governing the marriage and divorce of the citizens of Sri Lanka, it has become appropriate to provide them with alternative opportunities to govern the marriage and divorce of people of the Muslim community as well," it stated.

Early this year, Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Ali Sabry, submitted a report to parliament to increase the marriageable age limit to 18.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:15:21 +0530
Indians to benefit from Canada s family reunification programme

Toronto, July 21

 A record number of 40,000 immigrant families will be allowed to sponsor their parents and grandparents to bring them to Canada in 2021.

This means 30,000 additional applications will be accepted as against the annual intake of 10,000 under the Parents and Grandparents Programme (PGP), which is aimed at family reunification.

Since Indo-Canadians are one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, they will be the major beneficiaries of the programme.

Applications can be submitted online over a two-week period, starting September 20.

Using the random selection process, those whose applications are accepted would be allowed to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada.

Since the sponsors have to show a certain minimum income requirement, the Canadian government has allowed them to include state benefits received during the Covid lockdown towards their income. This will ensure that applicants are not penalised for lost income during the pandemic.

Unveiling the programme, Canadian Immigration Minister Marco E.L. Mendicino said, "The importance of family has never been clearer than during the pandemic. That is why we are delivering on our commitment to help more families reunite in Canada.

"By strengthening the Parents and Grandparents Programme, inviting a record number of sponsors to apply, and by adjusting our requirements to adapt to the current times, we are once again proving our commitment to helping Canadian families stay together, and thrive together."
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:08:16 +0530
K taka Congress to protest against Pegasus spyware scandal

Bengaluru, July 21

Karnataka Congress will organise a protest near the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday against the illegal surveillance on Indian citizens using the Pegasus spyware developed by Israels NSO Group.

Senior Congress leaders are going to meet in the Vidhana Soudha before heading towards the Raj Bhavan.

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah will lead the protest condemning the phone-tapping of Supreme Court judges, senior leaders of the Congress, BJP as well as mediapersons and activists.

The state Congress has demanded a probe into the spyware row under the monitoring of a Supreme Court Judge.

Senior Congress leader V.S. Ugrappa stated that the BJP leaders, though being caught in the scandal, are falsely alleging that phone-tapping is the culture of Congress, adding that Rajya Sabha MP and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has endorsed that phone-tapping was done.

"It (snooping) has been done on our national leaders. When the coalition government supported by the Congress was in power in Karnataka, the phones of then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, then Deputy CM G. Parameshwara, former CM Siddaramaiah and ex-Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda were tapped. The same had been done in West Bengal and other states," Ugrappa said.

If the Central government can hand over the Bofors scam that took place in 1989 to a Joint Session Committee in 2021, why is the BJP quiet in this case, he asked.

Former minister H.M. Revanna asked that if France can conduct a high-level inquiry into the snooping scandal, why can't the Indian government probe the matter.

Whenever parties other than the Congress have come to power, such activities have taken place, he claimed.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:03:24 +0530
Raj Kundra got lakhs in payments from porn app Hot Hit

New Delhi, July 21

 Businessman Raj Kundra has been receiving regular payments, amounting to Rs 9.65 lakh, in his bank account from Hot Hit, a porn app that was named in the racket busted by Mumbai Police earlier this year.

Hot Hit describes itself as "Best Indian movies and web series. Your search comes to an end at HotHit Movies and Originals. To watch our video content you need to subscribe with one of the following plan using: Paykun Payment method and get instant access."

In February this year, Mumbai Police arrested nine people for allegedly forcing aspiring actors to shoot nude scenes for pornographic films. These films were streamed on paid websites and mobile applications.

Gehna Vasishth, who has featured in several soap operas, is said to be a prominent player in this racket.

The videos were allegedly uploaded on mobile apps in the UK such as Eightshots, Nuefliks and HotHit.

Those arrested include Rowa Khan alias Yasmeen, who claims to be a producer-director. Police also arrested Dipankar Khasanvis alias Shyam Banerjee, who is Khan's husband.

Police claimed that they are part of the company that ran the application on which obscene and pornographic content was broadcast. Yasmeen Khan and Khasanvis are both associated with Hot Hit Digital.

A perusal of Raj Kundra's mobile records  shows regular payments from Hot Hit.

Just before the porn racket was busted by the police in February, Kundra received Rs 2.7 lakh on February 3 from Hot Hit. Similarly, he received Rs 95,000 on January 23, Rs 1 lakh on January 20, Rs 2 lakh on January 13, and Rs 3 lakh on January 10.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:58:42 +0530
TN Cong demands Amit Shah s resignation over snooping

Chennai, July 21

The Tamil Nadu Congress has demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the "illegal surveillance" conducted through the Israeli firm NSO's spyware Pegasus on political leaders, journalists, human rights activists, ministers, judiciary, and other prominent persons in the country.

Speaking to the media at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President, K.S. Alagiri said Shah has compromised "national security" and has no moral authority to continue in office.

He demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi submit a white paper in Parliament on the illegal surveillance conducted through Pegasus on prominent persons in India.

The Congress leader said as Israeli firm NSO has clarified that it provides data only to national governments, it has become clear that the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister had colluded in spying on political leaders and journalists.

The TNCC has demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the snooping issue.

Alagiri claimed that three agencies of the country -- the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, and the Central Bureau of Investigation -- were kept in the dark on the snooping issue.

The Congress leader said these three agencies were reporting to the Prime Minister on a daily basis.

Alagiri asked PM Modi how could he guarantee security to the people of the country if illegal surveillance was taking place unabated. He added that the TNCC would launch a protest march to Raj Bhavan on Thursday against the "illegal surveillance".

He said the activities at the residences of prominent persons in the country are being exposed to China, Israel and Pakistan.

Alagiri  said, "The snooping incident is a shame on our democracy. How can the Union Home Minister be absolved on this, he has to put in his papers for this illegal surveillance on the hapless citizens of this country. The overall national security is being compromised and the Union Home Minister is not saying anything. TNCC demands his resignation with immediate effect."
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:51:06 +0530
India Pakistan armies share sweets at Line of Control on Eid

 

New Delhi, July 21

 On the occasion of Eid, India and Pakistan armies held a flag meeting and exchanged sweets at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

The Indian Army said that it was done as "a gesture for promoting peace, harmony and compassion in the true spirit of the festival".

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Emron Musavi said in a statement, "On the occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha and as a gesture for promoting peace, harmony and compassion in the true spirit of the festival, India and Pakistan Armies held a flag meeting and exchanged sweets at Kaman Aman Setu, Uri and Tithwal Crossing on Kishanganga River in Tangdhar, Kupwara.

"The event was held when both the armies have been strictly following the ceasefire agreement along the LoC."

Armies of both the countries exchanged sweets at Kaman Aman Setu, Uri and Tithwal Crossing on Kishanganga River in Tangdhar and Kupwara. The armies also exchanged sweets at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district.

The event has been held when both the Armies have been strictly following the Ceasefire Agreement on the Line of Control.

The ceremony is seen as an enhanced confidence building measure in the backdrop of ongoing ceasefire between both the countries

Also at international border, the troops of Border Security Force and men of Pakistan Rangers greeted each other and exchanged sweets. The troops met at Hiranager, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura, Arnia and Pargwal Sectors of International Border of Jammu.

A BSF spokesperson said that exchange of sweets also took place at joint check post at Attari in Punjab's Amritsar district.

The force looks after around 2,290 kilometer International Border between two countries that runs north to south from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan up to Gujarat.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:44:02 +0530
Governor Koshyari releases book on Kashmir hopes Kashmir will regain its lost glory soon

Stating that Kashmir is marching towards peace and stability, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari expressed the confidence that the region will once again reclaim its lost glory and become a heaven on earth.

The Governor was speaking after releasing a book on Kashmir by Kashmiri writer and social worker Dr Beena Budki at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Wednesday ( 21st July). The book ‘Kashmir Ki Kyari Mein Aag Ki Lapte Aakhir Kab Tak?’ refers to the turbulence in Kashmir and abrogation of article 370.

Governor Koshyari said the contribution of Kashmir to Indian culture is vast and varied. He said the works of Panini, Bharata Muni (Natya Sastra), Kalhana, Abhinavgupta and others are immortal. He said Kashmiri Shaivism has enriched the cultural ethos of India.

The Governor complimented writer Dr Beena Budki for popularizing Hindi in non Hindi speaking regions and for her dedicated social work.

The magazine ‘Kashmir Sandesh’ brought out by Kashmiri Hindi Sangam and edited by Dr Beena Budki was released on the occasion. Thirty litterateurs and social workers were also felicitated on the occasion.

Pandit Mahesh Acharya and Dinesh Barot, Member of Hindi Kashmiri  Sangam were present.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:43:21 +0530
Convert Jinnah House into cultural centre Mumbai BJP to Shah

 

Mumbai, July 21

 The Bharatiya Janata Party's Mumbai unit has urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to convert the historic 'Jinnah House' in Mumbai into a South Asia Centre for Arts & Culture (SACAC), a BJP leader said here on Wednesday.

BJP city chief M.P. Lodha called on Shah in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum on the demand as part of the Centre's plans to auction 9,280 evacuee properties belonging to people who opted to settle in Pakistan post-Partition in 1947.

"I met Amit Shah ji and requested him to convert the Jinnah House into an SACAC, as was decided in 2017, and there is a board put up there to this effect," Lodha said.

The Centre had handed over the Jinnah House to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) a few years ago.

The historic Jinnah House, located at Malabar Hill, was once the Mumbai home of barrister-cum-politician Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who founded Pakistan, became its first Governor-General and is revered as the 'Quaid-e-Azam' by the neighbouring country.

After Jinnah left India, as per historical records, he wanted his erstwhile house to be hired out to a small European family or to a refined Indian prince with an expected rent of Rs 3,000 per month.

He had conveyed his wishes to the then Bombay Province Governor Sri Prakasa, who was deputed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, seeking to know what the Pakistani leader wanted to do with his former property after Partition.

However, post-Independence, the Jinnah House, along with thousands of others in the country, was stamped as an 'Evacuee Property', and was leased out to the British Deputy High Commissioner between 1955-1982.

Since then, the Jinnah House is lying vacant and awaiting a new occupant for the past four decades.

Incidentally, when the then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf visited India for the Agra Summit in 2001, he had proposed to then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to hand it over for use as Pakistan's Consulate in Mumbai, but nothing moved in this direction.

Lodha has been pursuing the matter with the Centre for many years for a final decision on the Jinnah House, built in 1936 on a prime chunk of 2.50 acres, while Jinnah's former home on New Delhi's APJ Abdul Kalam Road has been leased out to a foreign embassy.

The Jinnah House was linked with several momentous events in the history of India's Independence. It was the venue for the critical talks on India's Partition in September 1944 between Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah, and in August 1946, Jinnah held another round of talks here with Nehru.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:36:59 +0530
No Kanwar Yatra no puja in Shravan month at Shiva temple in Deoghar

Ranchi, July 21

 There will be no Kanwar Yatra, no mela and no Puja for devotees during the auspicious Shravan month for the second year in a row at the famous Shiva temple in Deoghar, Jharkhand, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country.

The auspicious Shravan month is beginning from July 25.

Due to the fear of the third wave of the coronavirus, the world famous Shravani Mela will not be organised at Baidyanath Dham located in the temple town of Deoghar and in Basukinath in Jarmundi block of Dumka district in Jharkhand.

Santhal Pargana DIG Sudarshan Prasad Mandal chaired a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the senior police officials of Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal and asked them to take the necessary steps to prevent unnecessary crowding at these two places.

He said that to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the government has directed to impose a ban on the entry of the devotees during the auspicious month of Shravan in Deoghar and Basukinath.

In the meeting it was decided that awareness will be created among the people especially in the bordering states over the ban on the devotees so that the people and the administration can be saved from trouble.

The DIG said that unless new orders come from the Centre or the state government, the people should avoid coming to the temples and urged the people to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva from their homes. In the meeting it was decided that inter-state check posts will be created to prevent entry into these two districts.

Every year more than 35 lakh devotes offer 'holy water' on Shiva Linga in Shravan month, but it was banned last year and this year too due to the raging pandemic.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:33:46 +0530
Mumbai hospital study shows lungs improve in 3 months post Covid

Mumbai, July 21

 The majority of Covid patients, even those with severe Covid-related pneumonia, are likely to show signs of improvement in the lungs, both structurally and functionally within three months, showed a study by doctors at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here.

The study, published in the peer reviewed journal Lung India, examined 42 patients with Covid-19 pneumonia requiring oxygen therapy with severe acute respiratory syndrome and a positive Covid swab test. They were followed up over a period of five months.

About 11 (26.2 per cent) patients had moderate and 31 (73.8 per cent) patients had severe pneumonia. The mean age was 58 years. The patients were treated with remdesivir and steroids with the average duration of steroids being about two weeks.

The results of lung function tests and CT scans showed that the lungs recover well and the functioning continues to get better. The majority of these did not require oxygen at the end of the three month study.

"We saw consistent improvement in the lung function and CT scan after three months. Most patients recover very well, and this has also been the case in previous viral pandemics," said Dr Sumeet Singhania, Consultant, Pulmonary Medicine, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, in a statement.

"There is no need for patients with mild to moderate Covid to panic about lung fibrosis as most will continue to get better with no major impact on their lifestyle. It is only in a very small number of patients who have very severe Covid that symptoms like breathlessness persist in the long run. But even in those patients, there will be an improvement with time," he added.

The three-month study also showed improvement in lung functions without any anti-fibrotic therapy, indicating that every patient with Covid-19 infection need not be started on anti-fibrotic medication.

"Anti-fibrotic drugs can slow down the process of fibrosis and not reverse it, and while their role has been proven in chronic lung disease, they are not useful in acute pneumonia or ARDS," Singhania said.

The team now aims to expand the study and have registered around 300 patients.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:29:48 +0530
Karnataka Police shoot arrest two accused in bank murder case

Bengaluru, July 21

 Karnataka Police on Wednesday arrested two accused in the horrific murder of Joseph aka Rowdy Bubly (40) after opening fire on them when they attacked the police team in a bid to escape.

The accused, who were shot in their legs, were identified as rowdy sheeters Ravi and Pradeep.

The accused were among the gang who had hacked Rowdy Bubly to death in a bank in front of his wife and daughter in Koramangala locality on Monday. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant had given directions to take the matter seriously and three special teams were formed to nab the killers.

Though the killers covered their faces at the time of attack, the cops gathered inputs about the accused persons and traced them.

When the police tried to arrest them, the accused attacked policemen with weapons and tried to escape. Koramangala station Police Inspector Ravi and Sub Inspector Puttaswamy fired in the air, warning the accused to surrender. However, when they did not comply, they were shot in the legs.

The accused persons are involved in a series of criminal offences, according to police. The injured policemen are being treated at the hospital.

DCP, Southeast, Srinath Mahadev Joshi stated that the murder accused were shot as they attacked policemen and the hunt is on for other accused persons.

In a horrific crime, taking place in broad daylight in full public view and creating a sense of fear among city residents, as many as 8 people barged inside the bank and hacked Rowdy Bubly to death, in what is seen as a revenge attack.

Rowdy Bubly was son-in-law of notorious rowdy Palani, who was hacked to death in a hospital while he was being treated in 2006.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:25:42 +0530
ULFA AASU leaders from Assam in snoop list

New Delhi, July 21

 Two prominent political personalities from Assam -- Samujjal Bhattacharya from AASU and Anup Chetia from the pro-talks faction of ULFA -- figure in the leaked list of potential spyware targets, as does a Manipuri writer, The Wire reported.

Tucked away in the leaked list of thousands of phone numbers that were analysed by Pegasus Project partners, is one that belongs to Bhattacharya.

The Wire's examination of this list -- most numbers in which are clustered in countries that experts say have had active Pegasus operations in the past, and some of which were found to have been targeted by Pegasus through forensic analysis -- revealed that one number belonged to Bhattacharya.

The Wire reported that his number was added to the list less than a month before the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announcement of the new Clause Six Committee.

On July 16, 2019, the MHA had announced the reconstitution of a 'high level committee' to implement Clause 6, a salient section of the Assam Accord.

Among the new members was Bhattacharya, advisor to the All Assam Students Union (AASU), a signatory to the Accord with the Union government in 1985, which was meant to put an end to the anti-foreigner agitation that the powerful student body had spearheaded.

The Wire said one reason the MHA reformulated the Clause Six Committee in July 2019 was because the earlier committee members had refused to be part of the exercise.

The reconstitution must have been done also because the Narendra Modi government had felt pressure from certain quarters to not ignore the AASU in the matter.

Another person whose phone number is in the leaked database is the pro-talks United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Anup Chetia. One of his two phone numbers was selected as a possible candidate for surveillance in late 2018, The Wire said.

It is not yet known why he could attract the attention of a possible Pegasus operator. Chetia, who took active part in the ULFA's peace talks with the MHA as the general secretary of the ULFA (Progressive), had, along with other members, in May 2018 demanded the scrapping of the Citizenship Amendment Bill -- a precursor to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed in December 2019 -- and had threatened to walk out of the negotiations if the law was not dropped for Assam.

Yet another phone number found in the leaked data is that of a Delhi-based writer from Manipur, Malem Ningthouja.
 

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:22:14 +0530
New glacial lakes in the Swiss Alps due to climate change

Yashashree Malpathak

www.mediaeyenews.com

Approximately 1200 new lakes have formed in the previously glaciated parts of the Swiss Alps, since the end of the Little Ice Age. It was the climate interval from the early 14th century to the mid-19th century. Around 1,000 of the lakes are still in existence today, as per a study published on 19th July 2021. When massive ice fields recede, they frequently leave depressions and natural dams on the exposed landscape. Meltwater can fill the basins, forming new glacial lakes.

During the Little Ice Age, mountain glaciers expanded in the European Alps, New Zealand, Alaska, and the southern Andes, and mean annual temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere fell by 0.6 °C (1.1 °F) compared to the average temperature between 1000 and 2000 CE. Since the end of the Little Ice Age, a complete inventory of Swiss glacial lakes has shown how the lake landscape in the high mountains has evolved. It was carried out using the high-quality aerial photo data from Swisstopo, which is the Swiss Federal Office of Topography and years of data on glaciers in Switzerland.

The oldest information dates back to the middle of the 19th century. The change in breadth and length of some significant glaciers in the Swiss Alps was therefore documented for the first time between 1840 and 1870, for the Dufour map—the first official maps’ series encompassing entire Switzerland. The first high-quality aerial images were made available with the 1946 ‘American Aerial Survey’. The research team was able to rely on data at seven different points in time between 1850 and 2016.

The Alps' glaciers are melting as a result of climate change. Swiss glacier lakes occupied an area of around 620 hectares in 2016. The largest lake was 40 hectares in size, while more than 90 percent were smaller than one hectare. Between 1946 and 1973, glacial lake creation peaked at about eight new lakes each year on average. There was some respite after that. However, between 2006 and 2016, the pace of formation of new glacial lakes grew dramatically and exceeded the previous high prominently. Each year, 18 new lakes form on average, and the water surface expands by more than 150'000 square metres, visual proof of climate change in the Alps. However, almost a fourth of the new lakes have diminished or vanished entirely. The glacier's constant transfer of sediments gradually replenished the lakes. Between 1985 and 2016, the lake at the Huefifirn glacier in the canton of Uri lost about 20% of its surface area. In the previous 170 years, 187 glacial lakes have either vanished entirely or shrunk significantly.

According to  Daniel Odermatt—Head of the Remote Sensing Group at the aquatic research institute, Eawag, the increasing number of glacial lakes raises the potential of unexpected outbursts and, as a result, flood waves for settlements below them. The natural phenomena, on the other hand, provide remarkable tourist attractions. The artificial enlargement of the lakes creates fresh prospects for hydroelectric generation.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:48:55 +0530
Veera Pandyan The Robin Hood of Tamil Nadu

Anupama Nair

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Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Veera Pandyan who gave his life to save his kingdom from the British East India. He waged a war with the British six decades before the Indian War of Independence which occurred in 1857. It is my mission in life to educate my countrymen about unknown people who gave their life so we could live in “that heaven of freedom”. The ultra-left-oriented curriculum ensured that only Mughals and invaders are remembered, but people like Velu Thampi, Velu Nachiyar and Pazzasi Raja were buried in the annals of history and their aim we forget our great history, religion and culture and they have succeeded to a large extent. Let us do our bit to reverse that.

To understand the story of Veera Pandyan, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve in 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

Veera Pandya was also known as Veera Pandya Kattabomman and his ancestors earlier migrated from Andhra Pradesh to settle in a village called Salikulam to avoid marital alliances with their enemies. The first of the Kattabomman family who settled at Salikulam was appointed as a Chief Guard to the then King Sri Jaga Veera Pandyan of Veera Pandyapuram (Ottapidaram) recognizing his bravery. By his loyalty and devotion, he gained the confidence of the King and became the most trustworthy guard of the king. King Jagaveera Pandyan, who had no heir as a successor, crowned Kattabomman as his successor. In memory of the King, Kattabomman christened himself as Jaga Veera Pandya Kattaboman. He was a great ruler. It is said one day when was on a hunting mission, he saw a very starling scene. A hare was chasing four hounds. He considered the land as a land of valor and constructed a fort on that soil. He named the fort as "Panchalamkurichi" in memory of the King Pancha Pandyan who was the grandfather of King Jaga Veera Pandyan.

Veera Pandya Kattabomman was born to Jaga Veera Kattabomman and Arumugathammal in 1760. He had two younger brothers Dalavai Kumarasami and Duraisingam. He was fondly called “Karuthaiah” or the “black prince”. He became the king of Panchalankurichi in 1790.

After the collapse of the Vijaya Nagara Empire in the 16th  century, their governors in Tamil Nadu declared independence and established independent kingdoms and the old Pandya state came to be governed by Naickers Their rule for over 200 years came to an abrupt end in 1736 when Chanda Sahib of Arcot seized Madurai from the last queen of Madurai in an act of treason. After Chanda Sahib was killed after the Carnatic Wars and then the territory came under the Nawab of Arcot. The Nawab of Arcot had expensive tastes and had to borrow huge sums of money from the British East India Company.

The Nawab of Arcot gave the British what they had always dreamt of, the right to collect taxes and levies from the southern region in lieu of the money he had borrowed. The East India Company took advantage of the situation and plundered all the wealth of the people in the name of tax collection. Kattabomman refused to pay his dues and for a long time refused to meet Jackson the Collector of the East India Company. Finally, he was forced to meet Jackson at Ramalinga Vilasam, the palace at Ramanathapuram. The meeting however was violent and ended in the killing of  Deputy Commandant of the Company’s forces, Clarke. Kattabomman and his men fought their way to freedom and safety, but Thanapathi Pillai, Kattabomman’s secretary was unfortunately taken, prisoner.

The new Collector of Tirunelveli wrote to Kattabomman and called him for a meeting. Kattabomman however refused, mentioning the extreme drought conditions for the delay in the payment of dues and also demanded that all that was robbed by the Company be returned to him. Kattabomman refusal to meet the Collector ended in a war. A war broke out under Major Bannerman, and the British army stood at all the four entrances of Panchalankurichi’s fort. Unfortunately for the British, when the fort’s southern doors opened, Kattabomman and his forces audaciously attacked the forces and killed their commander Lt. Collins. The British after suffering heavy losses decided to wait for reinforcements and heavy artillery from Palayamkottai.

However, Veera Pandyan sensed that his fort could not survive an attack from heavy cannons, he left the fort that night. The British set a price on Kattabomman’s head. Thanapathi Pillai and sixteen others were taken, prisoners. Thanapathi Pillai was executed and his head was hanging on a bamboo pole to demoralize the rebels. Soundra Pandian Nayak, another rebel leader, was also brutally killed.

Veera Pandya Kattabomman hid in so many places and finally stayed at Kolarpatti at Rajagopala Naicker’s house and the British forces surrounded the house. Kattabomman and his aides managed to flee to the Thirukalambur Forest near Pudukottai. Bannerman ordered the Raja of Pudukkottai to arrest Kattabomman. Unfortunately, Kattabomman was captured and on 16th October 1799 the British decided to “hang him till death”. He was hanged unceremoniously on a Tamarind tree in Kayathar near Thirunelveli.

Kattabomman after his martyrdom became the inspiration for the future to fight the British. His story is celebrated in many legends and epic poetry in Tamil. He is today recognized by the government as one of the earliest fighters opposing the British and has been hailed as the inspiration behind the first battle of independence of 1857.

In 1974, the Government of Tamil Nadu constructed a new Memorial Hall. The remnants of the old fort are now being protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. At Kayathar, near Tirunelveli (the place where he was hanged) there is another memorial for Kattabomman. To commemorate the bicentenary of Kattabomman’s hanging, the Government of India brought out a postal stamp in his honor. The greatest honor is India’s premier communication nerve center of the Indian Navy, at Vijayanarayanam, is named as INS Kattabomman. There was a blockbuster movie “Veera Pandya Kattabomman” starring the legendary Shivaji Ganesan and this dialogue is famous “em kula pengalukku manjal araiththu pani purinthaaya  (Why pay tax, did you paste turmeric for the women of my country)”? To make him famous, this movie needs to be remade into Hindi so all our countrymen can see it.

The historian Susan Bailey considered Kattabomman has a “Robin Hood” like figure in the history of Tamil Nadu. I bow my head to such a great king who sacrificed his life for this country. We owe our freedom to such great people.

 

 

 

 

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:41:13 +0530
Veera Pandyan The Robin Hood of Tamil Nadu

Anupama Nair

Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Veera Pandyan who gave his life to save his kingdom from British East India. He waged a war with the British six decades before the Indian War of Independence which occurred in 1857. It is my mission in life to educate my countrymen about unknown people who gave their life so we could live in “that heaven of freedom”. The ultra-left-oriented curriculum ensured that only Mughals and invaders are remembered, but people like Velu Thampi, Velu Nachiyar and Pazzasi Raja were buried in the annals of history and their aim we forget our great history, religion and culture and they have succeeded to a large extent. Let us do our bit to reverse that.

To understand the story of Veera Pandyan, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve in 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764), smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor-General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by the 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

Veera Pandya was also known as Veera Pandya Kattabomman and his ancestors earlier migrated from Andhra Pradesh to settle in a village called Salikulam to avoid marital alliances with their enemies. The first of the Kattabomman family who settled at Salikulam was appointed as a Chief Guard to the then King Sri Jaga Veera Pandyan of Veera Pandyapuram (Ottapidaram) recognizing his bravery. By his loyalty and devotion, he gained the confidence of the King and became the most trustworthy guard of the king. King Jagaveera Pandyan, who had no heir as a successor, crowned Kattabomman as his successor. In memory of the King, Kattabomman christened himself as Jaga Veera Pandya Kattaboman. He was a great ruler. It is said one day when was on a hunting mission, he saw a very starling scene. A hare was chasing four hounds. He considered the land as a land of valor and constructed a fort on that soil. He named the fort "Panchalamkurichi" in memory of King Pancha Pandyan who was the grandfather of King Jaga Veera Pandyan.

Veera Pandya Kattabomman was born to Jaga Veera Kattabomman and Arumugathammal in 1760. He had two younger brothers Dalavai Kumarasami and Duraisingam. He was fondly called “Karuthaiah” or the “black prince”. He became the king of Panchalankurichi in 1790.

After the collapse of the Vijaya Nagara Empire in the 16th  century, their governors in Tamil Nadu declared independence and established independent kingdoms and the old Pandya state came to be governed by Naickers Their rule for over 200 years came to an abrupt end in 1736 when Chanda Sahib of Arcot seized Madurai from the last queen of Madurai in an act of treason. After Chanda Sahib was killed after the Carnatic Wars and then the territory came under the Nawab of Arcot. The Nawab of Arcot had expensive tastes and had to borrow huge sums of money from the British East India Company.

The Nawab of Arcot gave the British what they had always dreamt of, the right to collect taxes and levies from the southern region in lieu of the money he had borrowed. The East India Company took advantage of the situation and plundered all the wealth of the people in the name of tax collection. Kattabomman refused to pay his dues and for a long time refused to meet Jackson the Collector of the East India Company. Finally, he was forced to meet Jackson at Ramalinga Vilasam, the palace at Ramanathapuram. The meeting however was violent and ended in the killing of  Deputy Commandant of the Company’s forces, Clarke. Kattabomman and his men fought their way to freedom and safety, but Thanapathi Pillai, Kattabomman’s secretary was unfortunately taken, prisoner.

The new Collector of Tirunelveli wrote to Kattabomman and called him for a meeting. Kattabomman however refused, mentioning the extreme drought conditions for the delay in the payment of dues and also demanded that all that was robbed by the Company be returned to him. Kattabomman's refusal to meet the Collector ended in a war. A war broke out under Major Bannerman, and the British army stood at all the four entrances of Panchalankurichi’s fort. Unfortunately for the British, when the fort’s southern doors opened, Kattabomman and his forces audaciously attacked the forces and killed their commander Lt. Collins. The British after suffering heavy losses decided to wait for reinforcements and heavy artillery from Palayamkottai.

However, Veera Pandyan sensed that his fort could not survive an attack from heavy cannons, he left the fort that night. The British set a price on Kattabomman’s head. Thanapathi Pillai and sixteen others were taken, prisoners. Thanapathi Pillai was executed and his head was hanging on a bamboo pole to demoralize the rebels. Soundra Pandian Nayak, another rebel leader, was also brutally killed.

Veera Pandya Kattabomman hid in so many places and finally stayed at Kolarpatti at Rajagopala Naicker’s house and the British forces surrounded the house. Kattabomman and his aides managed to flee to the Thirukalambur Forest near Pudukottai. Bannerman ordered the Raja of Pudukkottai to arrest Kattabomman. Unfortunately, Kattabomman was captured and on 16th October 1799 the British decided to “hang him till death”. He was hanged unceremoniously on a Tamarind tree in Kayathar near Thirunelveli.

Kattabomman after his martyrdom became the inspiration for the future to fight the British. His story is celebrated in many legends and epic poetry in Tamil. He is today recognized by the government as one of the earliest fighters opposing the British and has been hailed as the inspiration behind the first battle of independence of 1857.

In 1974, the Government of Tamil Nadu constructed a new Memorial Hall. The remnants of the old fort are now being protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. At Kayathar, near Tirunelveli (the place where he was hanged) there is another memorial for Kattabomman. To commemorate the bicentenary of Kattabomman’s hanging, the Government of India brought out a postal stamp in his honor. The greatest honor is India’s premier communication nerve center of the Indian Navy, at Vijayanarayanam, which is named as INS Kattabomman. There was a blockbuster movie “Veera Pandya Kattabomman” starring the legendary Shivaji Ganesan and this dialogue is famous “em kula pengalukku manjal araiththu pani purinthaaya  (Why pay tax, did you paste turmeric for the women of my country)”? To make him famous, this movie needs to be remade into Hindi so all our countrymen can see it.

The historian Susan Bailey considered Kattabomman has a “Robin Hood” like figure in the history of Tamil Nadu. I bow my head to such a great king who sacrificed his life for this country. We owe our freedom to such great people.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:26:16 +0530
Euro 2020 Ends on A Sad Note

Shazneen Mistry

www.mediaeyenews.com

The EURO 2020 finals were held on Saturday 10th July 2021, where the Italians defeated England in a penalty shootout to become the undisputed kings of the continent. This was Italy’s second win in the Euro series since 1968. It was also the first shootout in a Euro final since 1976.

The match ended with a penalty shootout where the England team missed the goals and the Italian team on the other hand did not and won the championship. This lead to a huge brawl among the England and Italian fans in the stand. Things got so out of hand that there were abuses- verbal as well as physical. Few of the people even got hurt or were injured.

It was later on seen that some of the match fans had entered the sports ground to see the match without buying the tickets and created a huge mess after their favorite team did not win. To investigate the matter further, The English Football Association has commissioned an independent investigation to solve this case after ticketless fans fought their way into Wembley stadium for the match.

The investigation showed that thousands of supporters gained entry to the stadium by storming the gates before Italy's win against England. There were ugly scenes in the stands and concourses during the game as fans with tickets clashed with those who had broken in.

The key point of this investigation was to find out and identify who all were involved in creating violence inside and outside Wembley. They also wanted to catch the people who did this so that lessons are learned. It was a disgrace to see that people got drunk and made such a violent scene during such a good match.

Racial slurs and insults were thrown at the players who missed the goals, some members of the footballer's family were also hurt in this mayhem, and many were upset that the fans made the finals end in such a bad way. They showed no sportsmanship spirit and let their emotions ahead of themselves and created such a ruckus that spoilt England's name.

The investigators are working with the police to find all those who are responsible and hold them accountable for their mistakes. They are interrogating people and closely watching the CCTV footage and other footages to see what happened, how things went down, whose fault was it, who started it and all such important questions are still to be answered.

The behavior of both those who forced their way into Wembley and the online trolls has been widely condemned. The shocking incidents have also raised doubts about the chances of a successful proposed joint bid by the United Kingdom and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.

The finals bought out a lot of different emotions in the fans while some were happy some were sad that their team did not win, but that did not give the fans the right to abuse and troll the players or get violent. It was a sport, winning and losing are bound to happen the players and the supporters need to understand that and watch the matches peacefully rather than with violence.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:57:51 +0530
SPONDYLITIS

Shazneen Mistry

www.mediaeyenews.com

In the covid-19 pandemic era, people have to work from home as offices have been shut down as a safety precaution. During these difficult times, it was seen that the work could come home and people can work from there, but they cannot bring their workstation home as well.

With no proper workstation, people had to adjust on not very ideal workstations like sofa, couches and even bed. These sitting areas lead to bad posture further exacerbating the degenerative changes or wear and tear. One ends up slouching, rounding up their shoulders, and putting their head forward. Long hours of sitting also increases pressure on intervertebral discs, which eventually leads to undue strain on the tissues which may result in chronic back and neck pain including Spondylitis.

It is important to understand that there is a difference between Spondylosis and Spondylitis. Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis is not inflammatory and is caused by normal “wear and tear “or as part of the aging process, on the other hand, Spondylitis is an inflammatory condition caused by the immune system acting against the joints and other soft tissues. People often confuse these two words because they sound similar and also share similar symptoms.

Spondylosis is common and becomes increasingly prevalent with age. Wear and tear are normal and quite common. It usually goes unnoticed as the body’s soft tissue recovery or repair happens simultaneously. However, as the wear and tear outrun the soft tissue recovery process, symptoms start presenting. Previous injuries, bad posture may exacerbate or accelerate these degenerative changes.

The symptoms would include- pain and stiffness, muscle spasms and weakness. The symptoms vary according to the severity and location of the spondylitis. Insignificant measure, it can cause pressure on the surrounding neural structures and cause symptoms like numbness, tingling, pain that radiates down the arm or leg, and weakness of the muscles.

 

 

 

 

To avoid this ailment, here are some of the Preventions:

  • Prepare your workstation

A comfortable chair with adjustable height is preferable so that the computer screen would be in level with the eyes. The feet should be flat on the floor and not hanging and the chair should have a backrest, with a small towel roll or pillow to support the lower back.

  • Breaks and stretching

It is important to take a break once in a while, and one is not continuously working in the same position and straining the muscles. Stretching the arms and legs during the break are also important.

  • Improve posture

Consciously make an effort to improve your posture. Sit tall aligning your ears shoulder and hips in a line. Sit an inch taller frequently.

  • Move

The movement has many benefits; it relaxes tissues, lubricates joints, prevents stiffness improves circulation, reduces fatigue, and increases stamina.

  • Keep fit

Physical fitness can help you avoid and treat problems related to computer use and long hours of sitting. It improves strength endurance and flexibility.

Even after taking the precautions, one still has pain, numbness, or weakness, then they must consult with a doctor. In acute stages of the pain, rest is beneficial, following which one can start with posture correction exercises and stretching. The physiotherapist will gradually progress your exercises to strengthening.

To conclude, we must watch how we sit and do work. A good working structure is really important so that the body posture is not affected and one is not in any pain or illness.

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:43:40 +0530
Best day ever Bezos after first unpiloted suborbital flight

New Delhi, July 21

World's richest man Jeff Bezos has landed back on Earth after successfully completing the first-ever unpiloted suborbital flight that made history with the youngest and oldest person to space.

Bezos flew beyond the Karman line -- 100 kms above the ground and the internationally recognised boundary of space -- on board his company Blue Origin's fully automated and reusable New Shepard rocket. The mission lasted 10 minutes and 10 seconds.

He was accompanied by his brother Mark, 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk and an 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen, from the Netherlands, on the first human flight of the New Shepard rocket, NS-16, which launched from Launch Site One in West Texas a little over 9 a.m. EDT (6.30 p.m. IST).

"Best day ever," said Bezos after touchdown.

"Amazing, I don't know how to put it into words, it was peaceful and calm," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper after his flight.

"The experience is huge for space exploration," Bezos said, adding "Blue Origin's mission is to build roads to space for future generations.

"We should protect Earth and push heavy industries out of Earth and safeguard it. It's going to take many decades though."A

"Booster touchdown! Third successful landing for this rocket and the first to carry four private citizens to space above the Karman Line," Blue Origin shared in a tweet.

The five-storey-tall New Shepard rocket, named after the first American in space Alan Shepard, is designed to launch a crew capsule with seats for six roughly 340,000 feet into the sky toward the edge of space. The booster is topped by a gumdrop-shaped Crew Capsule with space for six passengers inside and large windows.

After reaching the Karman line, the capsule detached from the booster, allowing that inside to view the curvature of the earth and experience weightlessness. The booster and capsule then landed separately, with the capsule landing in the west Texas desert with the help of parachutes.

"Congratulations to the @BlueOrigin team on the first human flight of #NewShepard! We look forward to future flights with researchers and NASA-supported technology payloads aboard," US Space agency NASA tweeted.

Bezos' flight follows Richard Branson's flight to the edge of space aboard his company Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity on July 11. Branson's flight, however, did not go beyond the Karman Line. It climbed nearly 86 kilometers above the Earth's surface.

"Well done @blueorigin, @jeffbezos, Mark, Wally and Oliver. Impressive! Very best to all the crew from me and all the team at @virgingalactic," Branson tweeted.

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:39:22 +0530
Wipro investing 1 bn to expand cloud services

Bengaluru, July 21

Global software major Wipro on Tuesday said it would invest $1 billion (Rs 7,454 crore) over the next 3 years to expand cloud services for the business transformation of its clients worldwide.

"We will invest $1 billion over the next 3 years in cloud services, technologies, acquisitions and partnerships to simplify and accelerate business operations of our clients," said the city-based IT firm in a statement.

The company also unveiled FullStride cloud services to enhances its offerings and talent to its clients.

"As the cloud opportunity accelerates, FullStride services bring together our full portfolio of capabilities, offerings and talent to our clients across verticals," it said.

With consistent growth in the cloud business, the company employs about 79,000 techies to provide a range of cloud services to clients such as Telefonica Germany, O2, Verifone and Metro AG in Europe.

"With the introduction of the chief growth officer, we are renewing our focus on the global partnership ecosystem, amplifying and simplifying how we go to the market to orchestrate cloud transformation for our clients," said Wipro Chief Growth Officer Stephanie Trautman.

Metro chief information officer Timo Salzsieder said as cloud adoption and innovation were an essential part of its IT strategy, migrating to the cloud would enable decentralisation, agility, speed and flexibility in engineering and development.

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:26:51 +0530
Thousands evacuated as floods hit China

Beijing, July 21

Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in China, forcing people from their homes and leaving stations and roads submerged, officials said.

More than 10,000 people in China's Henan province have been evacuated to shelters following the record rainfall. At least 12 people have died in the city of Zhengzhou since the flooding began, authorities there confirmed, the BBC reported.

More than a dozen cities have been affected with main roads forced to close and flights canceled.

Henan province, which is home to some 94 million people, has issued its highest level of weather warning following an unusually active rainy season.

Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.

Images on social media showed entire streets submerged, with cars and debris left drifting in the fast-moving floodwaters, the BBC reported.

There are also fears that a dam in Henan province could collapse after it was damaged by the recent storms.

A 20-meter breach has emerged in the dam in Luoyang city, officials said. Soldiers have been deployed to the area and a statement from the army warned it could "collapse at any time".

In Zhengzhou, unverified video footage showed passengers in flooded subway carriages with water reaching their shoulders.

Rescuers were seen pulling people to safety using rope, while others stood on train seats to try to keep above the water.

It is not yet known how many people - if any - remain trapped, but hundreds are reported to have been rescued so far.

One person who went by the name Xiaopei wrote a post on social media site Weibo begging for help.

"The water in the carriage has reached my chest. I can't speak anymore," they said. The fire department later confirmed Xiaopei had been rescued.

The amount of rain over the last three days in Zhengzhou is reported to be the same as what it would usually receive in an entire year.

The downpours are forecasted to continue in the region for at least the next 24 hours.

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:13:51 +0530
The amazing benefits of including bee pollen in your diet

New Delhi, July 20

 Recent years have seen an influx of health and fitness trends, especially pertaining to diets, making their way into our social media news feeds and our daily lives. More often than not, these trends simply include superfoods that have existed for several years or even decades. These superfoods come with a myriad of benefits and in several cases, are merely being incorporated in innovative recipes. Amid these, there is one that has existed for several decades with its benefits being widely recognised across the world -- bee pollen.

What is bee pollen?

A mixture of flower, pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey wax, and bee secretion, bee pollen is collected by honeybees from plants and transported to their beehives. Most of us would have come across these yellowish pellets stored in jars at local shops dealing in organic/health food or sprinkled on top of smoothie or acai bowls in social media as a finishing touch and garnish, or even included as a salad ingredient.

Rise to fame

Now, although bee pollen has been considered a nutrient-dense superfood in several cultures, including Chinese medicine, it has gained immense traction in the health community over the past few years. Realizing that it is packed with nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, lipids, and over 250 other active substances, bee pollen is now increasingly being included by several consumers in their regular diet. While the nutritional level and contents of the pollen vary depending on the plant source and season during which it was collected, bee pollen on average contains approximately 40 per cent carbohydrates, 35 per cent protein, 4-10 per cent water, and 5 per cent fat. Here are some of the key health benefits that can be derived from bee pollen.

The abundant benefits

Although it is significantly different from bee venom and honey, bee pollen is also a form of apitherapy. In fact, a single teaspoon of bee pollen can contain over 2.5 billion nutrient-packed flower pollen granules, making it one of the richest sources of vitamins and other nutrients. It also works as an anti-inflammatory agent and has high antioxidant properties, similar to fermented foods, and counters the oxidants stemming from external factors such as air pollution that can damage our internal organs. Helping to keep our livers healthy, bee pollen even facilitates the healing process if a person has gone through liver damage.

Yet another crucial benefit that bee pollen offers is strengthening our immune system. With its antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, bee pollen helps the body fight bacteria and viruses and bolsters immunity -- something that is currently much-needed. Containing bioflavonoids and Vitamin-C, bee pollen not only promotes muscle growth but also assists in speeding up metabolism and helps in longevity. These small ball-shaped yellow pellets also come in handy when it comes to easing menopause symptoms in middle-aged women such as hot flashes and helps reduce irritability and joint aches while facilitating better sleep, mood, and energy levels. Containing anti-estrogen properties, this superfood even lowers the risk of breast and prostate cancer. Besides, it also improves blood flow to our nervous system, thereby reducing stress levels while also alleviating tiredness.

A word of caution

While bee pollen certainly contains abundant health benefits, it's best to consume it in limited quantities. Furthermore, bee pollen may not be advisable to those with pollen allergies or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It would also be best for those on long-term medications to consult their physicians before including bee pollen in their diet as it can interfere with certain medications.

Despite not being a miracle cure, bee pollen, if consumed in moderate quantities, can help improve your health in the long run. For your daily dose of nutrients and a boost in flavour, add it to your yoghurt, oatmeal, or cereal, drizzle some honey on top, and dig in!

(Inputs from Bee My Boo, a new age affordable, sustainable health and lifestyle)
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 20:07:35 +0530
Japan based Fujitsu unveils 2 laptops in India

Bengaluru, July 20

 Japanese PC maker Fujitsu on Tuesday announced its comeback in the consumer PC business in India with the launch of two new laptops -- UH-X and UH-X 2in1 -- at a starting price of Rs 80,990 and Rs 86,990, respectively.

Both the laptops are powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors and will be available on Amazon from July 26.

"Consumers are now increasing their demands for machines that are ultra-portable and can be used in more than one way, at anytime and anywhere," Takeshi Okuma, CEO, Fujitsu Client Computing Limited (FCCL), said in a statement.

"Keeping this in mind, the UH-X series is aimed to empower users with performance and portability and help them keep up with the ever changing environment," Okuma added.

The UH-X is equipped with a 13.3-inch FHD anti-glare IGZO panel display, with 100 per cent sRGB coverage and up to 400nits brightness.

This laptop is a perfect choice for remote working during the new normal, thanks to enhanced security offered by the webcam camera shutter and fingerprint sensor, the noise-cancelling microphone and box speakers with Dirac Panorama Sound and a wide selection of ports suitable for online meetings, the company said.

The UH-X Convertible 2in1 is a 360-degree convertible laptop which offers ultimate flexibility and weighs only 997 grams.

With up to Intel 11th Gen Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, and a 13.3-inch FHD IGZO anti-glare touch display, this 2in1 laptop combines the flexibility of a tablet and the productivity of a notebook into one powerful laptop.

In its tablet mode, users can use the 5MP rear camera to record meetings and other information and use the 'shortcut button' on the keyboard to launch the active pen memo application and take notes.

The device also has a built-in active pen with 4096 levels of pressure, and a pen holder with a charging feature that ensures the pen never runs out of battery.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 20:02:03 +0530
India automotive electronics market to cross 18 bn by 2027 Report

New Delhi, July 20

 India's automotive electronics market is likely to cross $18 billion by 2027 -- from $6 billion in 2020 -- with a CAGR of 17 per cent, a new report said on Tuesday.

Automotive electronics sales will triple during the period, driven by rising income levels and increasing customer preference for in-vehicle digital experience, according to Counterpoint Research's Smart Automotive Service.

"Passenger vehicles are expected to capture nearly two-thirds of the Indian automotive electronics market driven by the rising usage of telematics control unit (TCU), infotainment and other electronic components such as on-board diagnostics (OBD), electronic control unit (ECU) and anti-lock braking systems (ABS)," said research analyst Soumen Mandal.

Telematics penetration in India remains low compared to global standards.

"However, rising awareness among people about advanced safety and communication services, coupled with more embedded connectivity service offerings by automakers, will drive this market in the future," Mandal added.

Head-up display (HUD), blind-spot monitoring system, auto-dimming mirror, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automatic transmission features remain mainstream features for premium segment cars (cars with an ex-showroom price of more than Rs 1,100,000).

The country's overall automotive sales declined 26 per cent (on-year) in 2020 owing to the pandemic.

"But we estimate that the next six years through 2027 will see a strong boost in automotive sales from this low point," the report noted.

The average electronic component cost per passenger vehicle is projected to reach nearly Rs 200,000 ($2,685) by 2027.

India's two-wheeler market will also see growing adoption of automotive electronics.

Electric vehicle (EV) penetration in the two-wheeler segment was 1 per cent in 2020 but is estimated to climb to 15 per cent by 2027, the report said.

The electronics market in the commercial vehicle segment is projected to cross $530 million by 2027 due to the rising adoption of telematics and other new technologies like exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and on-board diagnostics II (OBD II).
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:58:40 +0530
Bollywood wishes Naseeruddin Shah as actor turns 71

Mumbai, July 20

 Naseeruddin Shah turned 71 on Tuesday. Friends and colleagues of the film industry took to social media to wish the veteran actor.

Naseeruddin Shah's younger son Vivaan Shah posted a candid picture of his father. In the picture, the actor is seen sitting on his bed with his cat on his lap playing the flute. He wears a yellow T-shirt and white bottoms.

"Happyy Happyy Birthday Baba Love youuu," wrote Vivaan on Instagram. He also shared a sketch of Naseeruddin Shah on Instagram stories.

Actor-director Konkona Sen Sharma wrote: "Happy Birthday favourite."

Actor Randeep Hooda shared a picture with Shah, and wrote: "I don't know where I would have been in my journey had I not met you @naseeruddin49 bhai. I still aspire for that rare pat on the back 20 years hence..of all one feels, the feeling of gratitude remains the most overwhelming. Hoping and praying for many more birthdays to come."

Actress Dia Mirza wrote: "Happy Birthday Naseer Sahab."

Actor Arjun Mathur reposted an old post from 2017 with a picture with Shah, saying: "Happy Birthday to my Number One Nasreeudin Shah."

Actor Vijay Varma wrote: "Happy Bday Naseer sahib."

Actor Darshan Kumar shared a picture reading script on a stage with Shah. "Happy Birthday Sir," he wrote.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:55:46 +0530
Oil seeds production target not met in last 3 years

July 21, New Delhi

 The production target for oil seeds and the area expansion target for oil palm under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM) could not be met during the last three years, according to data submitted by the government to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Under the NFSM-Oilseeds, there was 315.22 lakh tonnes production against the target of 360 lakh tonnes for the year 2018-29; for the year 2019-20, 322.19 lakh tonnes was produced against the target of 361.00 lakh tonnes; while for the year 2020-21, the production is pegged at an estimated 365.65 lakh tonnes against the target of 370.00 lakh tonnes, the government said.

Similarly, under the NFSM-Oil Palm, the year-wise area expansion target for 2018-19 was 26,157-hectare while the achievement was only 11,807-hectare; for the year 2019-2020, the area expansion was 13,274-hectare against the target of 17,780-hectare; and in 2020-21, it was 14,090-hectare against the target of 22,815-hectare, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, said in a statement laid on the table in reply to a question by MPs Bhartruhari Mahtab and Sudhakar Tukaram Shrangare.

Under the NFSM (Oilseeds), the Central government has set up 36 oilseeds hubs during 2018-19 and 2019-20 with an objective to increase the availability of high-yielding quality seeds.

There are eight seed hubs for rapeseed and mustard (in Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal); six for soybean (Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka); six for groundnut (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Odisha and Karnataka); two for sesame; three for sunflower (Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka); three for safflower, three for niger (Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha); three for castor (Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Telangana) and two for linseed, the government data said.

The government of India is promoting the production and productivity of oilseeds through the National Food Security Mission (Oilseeds) in all the districts of India while the scheme to promote oil palm cultivation is being implemented in 12 states: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:49:12 +0530
MG Contractors lowest bidder for construction of 5 bridges for bullet train project

New Delhi, July 20

 M.G. Contractors has emerged as the lowest bidder for the construction of five bridges for the 508-km Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project, which is popularly known as 'bullet train project'.

National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) spokesperson Sushma Gaur said that it has opened financial bids for construction of five special bridges including one (one) PSC Bridge and erection of four Steel Truss bridges between Vadodara and Ahmedabad for the construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor on Tuesday.

She said that the financial bids of three bidders were opened and M.G. Contractors Pvt Ltd is the lowest bidder. On Monday, M.G. Contractors Private Limited emerged as the lowest bidder for the financial bids opened on July 16 for the construction of 11 rail bridges, including four PSC bridges and erection of seven steel truss bridges between Zaroli village on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and Vadodara in Gujarat and in the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on September 14, 2017 had laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) project. The bullet trains are expected to run at speeds of 320 km per hour covering the 508-km stretch in about two hours.

In comparison, trains currently plying on the route take over seven hours to travel the distance, whereas flights take about an hour.

The NHSRCL has awarded several tenders for the construction of railway tracks, railway bridges, tunnels, railway stations and depots for the project till date.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:45:04 +0530
India s MF AUM to GDP ratio low industry can grow exponentially Parekh

Mumbai, July 20

 Noting that India's ratio of mutual fund asset under management (AUM) to GDP is just 15 per cent against the global average of 75 per cent, HDFC Asset Management Company Chairman Deepak S. Parekh on Tuesday said that the country's MF industry has the potential for exponential growth.

Addressing the shareholders of the company, Parekh said that the mutual fund industry overall assets under management rose by 41 per cent year on year to close at Rs 31.4 lakh crore.

Over the last five years, mutual fund industry AUM has seen a CAGR of 20.6 per cent and equity-oriented AUM has grown at a CAGR of 25 per cent.

"Despite the high growth, India's mutual fund AUM to GDP ratio remains significantly low at 15 per cent, as compared to a global average of 75 per cent. Similarly, equity AUM to market cap stood at 5 per cent as against a global average of 30 per cent," he said.

Parekh was of the view that India's penetration levels by any measure remain considerably lower compared to other large economies.

India has more than 50 crore income tax permanent account numbers, but only 2.2 crore mutual fund investors, he said.

The Indian mutual fund industry has the potential to grow exponentially, he said.

"SEBI has done a commendable job not only in terms of regulating the industry but also aiding growth. Global agencies admire India's mutual fund regulatory framework and consider the mutual fund industry among the top in terms of global best practices."

"I hope we can capitalise on this and make our domestic mutual funds accessible to international investors," Parekh added.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:41:34 +0530
Oregon wildfire scorches area 1 5 times the size of NYC

Washington, July 20

 Oregon's Bootleg wildfire, currently the largest active blaze in the US, has so far scorched an area 1.5 times the size of New York City, has destroyed at least 160 homes and 117 other buildings since it erupted on July 6, officials said.

As of Monday, the active wildfire, which has burned through more than 300,000 acres, was 25 per cent contained from 22 per cent the previous day, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the fire officials, another 2,500 structures have been threatened by the massive blaze which has also triggered the expansion of mass evacuation orders.

Two evacuation centres have been set up for residents in several cities, including Klamath Falls and Redmond.

Meanwhile, the Log Fire is burning a couple of miles to the northeast of Bootleg Fire and has grown to more than 10,000 acres.

The two fires are likely to merge, Marcus Kauffman, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry, said in a statement on Monday.

Bootleg Fire is burning through high desert conifer forests parched after a long-running drought and above-average temperatures, according to a report by OregonLive.

Bootleg is one of more than 80 major fires raging across 13 US states, spurred by heatwaves and high winds, the BBC reported.

Wildfires have already scorched more than 1.2 million acres of the country this year, mainly in western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

More than 4,000 blazes have been recorded by the organisation so far in 2021, which is almost double last year's total.

In California, five times as many acres have burned compared with the same period last year.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:34:53 +0530
Novel autoantibody sparks inflammation blood clots in Covid patients

New York, July 20

 US researchers have discovered a functional autoantibody in Covid-19 patients that contributes to the disease's development and the "firestorm" of blood clots and inflammation it induces.

A growing body of studies suggests Covid-19 emulates many aspects of systemic auto-immune disorders, including the release of a flurry of overactive immune cells that produce toxic webs of proteins and DNA called neutrophil extracellular traps, or NETs.

For this study, the team analysed serum from over 300 hospitalised Covid patients, searching for a novel autoantibody that shields the toxic NETs from being destroyed and produces a lasting noxious effect in a patient's body.

The results, published in JCI Insight, reveal markedly elevated levels of the anti-NET antibodies in many of the participants. Those with higher levels of the auto-antibodies were more likely to develop severe Covid-19 symptoms.

"We see a slew of different antibodies produced in Covid-19 patients, and now we discovered another clinically significant one that is likely contributing to severe Covid," said lead author Yu (Ray) Zuo, a rheumatologist at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan.

"They feed into the inflammatory storm that we're seeing in the most serious cases of viral infection," Zuo added.

Researchers generated NETs in the lab and incubated them with Covid patient serum. They found the serum from patients with higher levels of anti-NET antibodies struggled to degrade the toxic traps.

The team also spiked healthy serum with anti-NETs purified from the infected patients. While a healthy person's serum should completely disintegrate the extracellular traps, the purified anti-NET antibodies significantly hindered the process.

"We knew that people with severe forms of Covid have higher amounts of these neutrophil extracellular traps, which amplify inflammation and promote blood clot formation," said Jason Knight, Associate Professor of rheumatology at Michigan Medicine.

"We've now found that this process is exacerbated by the anti-NET antibodies, which disrupt our body's immune homeostasis during Covid-19 infection," Knight said.

However, how Covid-19 manages to trigger the production of a variety of autoantibodies, including anti-NETs, remains unknown.

Further study of the virus' autoimmune aspects, Zuo noted, will not only lead to better understanding of the disease, but will also likely shed light onto the origins of autoimmune diseases.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:30:24 +0530
Bezos attempts history with flight to edge of space

New Delhi, July 20

 World's richest man Jeff Bezos launched to the edge of space on Tuesday along with his brother Mark, 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen, aboard his company Blue Origin's fully automated New Shepard rocket.

New Shepard launched its first human flight, NS-16, from Launch Site One in West Texas at 9 am EDT (6.30 pm IST).

The rocket aims to fly beyond the Karman line and the trip will last approximately 11 minutes from launch to capsule landing. Astronauts will experience three to four minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth in their space capsule.

The Karman line, 100 km above the ground, is the internationally recognised boundary of space.

The 57-year-old billionaire said that he is not nervous, but excited.

"People keep asking if I'm nervous. I'm not really nervous, I'm excited. I'm curious. I want to know what we're going to learn," Bezos, 57, was quoted as saying in the "CBS This Morning" programme on Tuesday.

"We've been training. This vehicle is ready. This crew is ready. This team is amazing. We just feel really good about it," he added.

"Today marks the first time in history that a commercial company will launch a privately-funded and built spacecraft from a private launch range with astronauts on board," Blue Origin shared in a tweet before the launch.

Bezos' flight follows Richard Branson's flight to the edge of space aboard his company Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity on July 11. Branson's flight, however, did not go beyond the Karman Line. It climbed nearly 86 km above the Earth's surface.

"Wishing the entire @blueorigin team a successful and safe flight from all of us," Virgin Galactic said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Bezos' flight is touted as the world's first unpiloted suborbital flight.

The five-storey-tall New Shepard rocket, named after the first American in space, Alan Shepard, is designed to launch a crew capsule with seats for six roughly 340,000 feet into the sky toward the edge of space. The booster is topped by a gumdrop-shaped Crew Capsule with space for six passengers inside and large windows.

After reaching the Karman line, the capsule will detach from the booster, allowing those inside to view the curvature of the earth and experience weightlessness. The booster and capsule will then land separately, with the capsule landing in the west Texas desert with the help of parachutes.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:27:18 +0530
Government still open to discussion with farmers unions

July 20, New Delhi

 Even as the farmers continue their protest at the borders of Delhi against the three Central farm laws, the government has reiterated its stand that it is "always open to discussion with farmers' unions and will remain open to discussion with the agitating farmers to resolve the issue".

In reply to multiple questions in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday posed by various MPs, including one on 'repeal of new farm laws' by Manoj Tiwari, Adoor Prakash, Sangam Lal Gupta, Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka, Pradyut Bordoloi and Amar Singh, the government said the new farm laws -- The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 -- are intended to provide an ecosystem where the farmers can enjoy the freedom of choice relating to the sale of their produce which facilitates remunerative prices to the farmers through competitive alternative channels for selling their produce.

These farm laws will facilitate direct buying from the farmers by the traders, processors, exporters, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), agriculture co-operative societies etc., so as to facilitate farmers with better price realisation due to shortening of supply chain and reduction in marketing cost to enhance their income, the government said.

Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, had barged towards the national capital in November 2020 and since then they are carrying out a sit-in protest to demand complete repeal of the three farm laws.

Minister for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, informed the Lok Sabha that the government has engaged "actively and constantly with the agitating farmers' unions to end the protests and 11 rounds of negotiating talks have been held between the government and the agitating farmers' unions to resolve the issues".

Invoking the government's letter dated December 9, 2020 addressed to the farmers' unions that explained point by point how the concerns expressed by the farmers were being taken care of in the proposal of the government of India, Tomar said, "The government also proposed to constitute a small group consisting of representatives of farmers' unions, who can deliberate on the farm laws clause-wise in a time-bound manner and can also consider other issues related to the farmers. However, the farmers' unions never agreed to discuss, excepting for demanding their repeal."
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:23:31 +0530
Yogi slams opposition for doing negative politics

Lucknow, July 20

 Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday slammed the opposition for questioning the government on the alleged Pegasus phone hack controversy and for disrupting the Parliament.

Talking to reporters at a press conference here, Yogi Adityanath questioned the attitude of the Congress-led opposition and accused it of indulging in negative politics. He demanded that they apologise.

The chief minister said that it was because of the 'negative attitude' of the Opposition that it did not allow issues concerning the common people to be raised in Parliament.

"For the past two days, the Opposition has been trying to vitiate the atmosphere of the country over the Pegasus issue and it only proves their sick mentality. Congress governments had been doing such things during their tenures and now the party is following the same while in Opposition," he said.

The chief minister said that the opposition had indulged in negative politics even during the pandemic.

He stated that the publishing of the report about the alleged phone hacking of leaders just before the Parliament's monsoon session reeks of certain conspiracy.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:19:58 +0530
Hyderabad businessman donates silver steps to Vizag temple

Visakhapatnam, July 20

 Less than a day after a Hyderabad-based businessman gifted a golden sword worth Rs 1 crore to the Tirupati deity, another one from the Telangana capital donated silver steps to Rajasyamala temple in Andhra Pradesh's port city of Visakhapatnam.

G. Suresh Kumar Reddy, a businessman from Hyderabad, handed over the silver steps, weighing 28 kg, as part of a vow he had made to the deity, Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham temple officials said on Tuesday.

"He vowed that he would gift silver steps to Rajasyamala deity if he makes good profits in his business ventures," said a temple official.

These steps were fixed in the temple on Tuesday morning.

Visakha Sri Sarada Peetham is headed by Swaroopanandendra Saraswati Swamy and Swatmanandendra Saraswati Swamy.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:13:06 +0530
Raj Kundra UK based kin masterminded global porn racket Police Ld

Mumbai, July 20

 The Mumbai Police on Tuesday made a shocking revelation that arrested businessman Raj Kundra and his brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi are the alleged masterminds of an international porn films racket perpetrated through their content production companies based in India and the United Kingdom.

The husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, Kundra is the owner of Viaan Industries Ltd, jointly promoted by the couple, while Bakshi -- a British citizen, who is married to Kundra's sister -- is the Chairman of Kenrin Ltd., London.

Mumbai's Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Milind Bharambe said that the two companies had a mobile app called 'HotShots Digital Entertainment', developed by Kenrin Ltd.

The HotShots app is described as the "world's first 18+ app" showcasing some of the hottest models and celebs globally in exclusive photos, short films and hot videos -- implying soft-to-hard porn.

"The free to download app was yanked off by both Apple and Google Playstore for the type of its content. The Mumbai Police have recovered incriminating evidences like several HotShot films, video clips, WhatsApp chats, etc. during the investigation," Bharambe told a crowded media gathering.

He said that the probe into the entire affair of Kundra started in February 2021 with the Malvani police station blowing the lid off by lodging a complaint about pornographic content being produced and shot at some bungalows in the remote Madh Island and its surroundings in the coastal areas of Malad in north-west Mumbai.

The police probe made the startling revelations of how new or aspiring actresses coming to Mumbai from all over India were lured with work offers in short films, webseries and other movies.

"They were called for auditions and after selection made to do bold scenes, which went onto semi-nude and then full-nude shoots. Some of them strongly opposed this and had approached the police," Bharambe said.

After making the content, the two companies -- Viaan and Kendrin -- made them available on mobile apps, offering subscriptions akin to the mainstream OTT platforms, advertise them on social media, all of which were illegal as pornography in any form is banned in India.

Following the investigations by the Malvani Police and later by the Crime Branch-CID and Property Cell, at least 12 arrests have been made so far, including Kundra, his techie associate Ryan J. Tharpe, who were remanded to police custody till July 23 by a Mumbai Magistrate Court.

The nine persons arrested earlier include TV actress Gehna Vashisht, 32, Yasmin R. Khan, 40, Monu Joshi, 28, Pratibha Nalavade, 33, M. Atif Ahmed, 24, Dipankar P. Khasnavis, 38, Bhanusurya Thakur, 26, Tanvir Hashmi, 40, and Umesh Kamath, 39.

A close confidante of Kundra, Kamat was heading the India operations of Viaan, which also handled the full operations of HotShots, including content creations, accounts and other details, along with Kendrin Ltd., police said.

Authoritative Bollywood and police sources claim that the ongoing probe into the Kundra matter "maybe just the tip of the porno-iceberg" that flourishes in the entertainment circles, aided or abetted by some high-profile 'model or acting coordinators' in south Mumbai and western suburbs, with huge stakes involved.

"There are dark rumours of even many big celebs, models-actors-actresses being involved in this. 'Sex-rave parties' are organised at secret locations in India and abroad where the acts are filmed, and later packaged as 'hot content' and sold for millions on various media platforms all over the world," a top producer told IANS, on condition of anonymity.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:07:56 +0530
Delhi reports 44 new Covid cases 5 deaths

New Delhi, July 20

 The national capital on Tuesday reported 44 new Covid cases, and five deaths in the last 24 hours.

The daily Covid positivity rate dipped to 0.7 per cent, according to the Delhi government's health bulletin.

At the same time, 32 people more recovered from the disease, taking the national capital's total number of recoveries to 14,10,005.

With the latest deaths reported on Tuesday, Delhi's Covid death toll has risen to 25,035.

A total of 63,019 Covid samples were tested in the last 24 hours, including 44,368 through RT-PCR and 18,651 through the Rapid Antigen method.

The number of active cases stood at 569, of which 183 were in home isolation.
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 19:03:04 +0530
Bihar police should register FIR on IAS officer s complaint Manjhi

Patna, July 20

 Former Bihar Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi said that it is unfortunate that Bihar police did not register an FIR on the complaint of senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar.

Kumar, on Saturday filed a 50-page complaint in the SC/ST police station in Patna's Gardanibagh locality. The SHO of the police station received the complaint but did not register an FIR with 3 days gone by.

Kumar did not reveal the contents of the complaint on social media but sources said that he reportedly levelled serious allegations against top bureaucrats and IPS officers of the state apart from CM Nitish Kumar and some cabinet ministers. Sources said that Sudhir Kumar has enclosed vital proofs in his complaint against every alleged person.

"I learnt that Patna police did not register an FIR on the complaint of senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar. It is unfortunate. Patna police should register an FIR at least and start an investigation. If the guilt of the officers or politicians is not proved in the probe, their names would automatically be removed from the FIR," Manjhi said.

"We have to go into the circumstances wherein senior IAS officer Sudhir Kumar comes to register an FIR. Something must have gone wrong. Hence, he has approached the police station to register an FIR," Manjhi said.

Sudhir Kumar went to jail in February 2017 in the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) question paper leak incident. The question paper was leaked during the government of the Mahagathbandhan and Sudhir Kumar was the chairman of BSSC then. The Supreme Court granted him bail in this case in October 2018.

"I was falsely framed in that case. That's the reason, the Supreme Court had granted bail," Sudhir Kumar said.

Upendra Sharma, the SSP of Patna police said: "We have received a complaint in this matter and investigation is underway. FIR will be registered on the basis of investigation."
 

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:59:23 +0530
Daughter interned in Covid ward thaali tali gave courage Health Minister

New Delhi, July 20

 Newly-appointed Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, while replying to the discussion on Covid-19 in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, said that he was a concerned father of an intern daughter who was on duty in a Covid ward during the pandemic.

Mentioning his concern in the house he said, "My daughter said that I will work in the Covid ward as she was an intern and at that time I realised the importance of 'thaali-taali', it gave us courage and strength."

The minister in his reply said that the government is ramping up the vaccine production and is prepared for the third wave however he dismissed the apprehension that the government is hiding data as he said that the government only compiles and publishes the data sent by state governments.

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:55:45 +0530
Governor presents annual Mantralaya Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh Awards to journalists

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari presented the K P Samak Lifetime Achievement Award to veteranjournalist and well-known artist Prakash Bal Joshi at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Tuesday (20th July).

Senior journalist Chandan Shirwale (Pudhari), Kiran Tare (India Today) and Siddharth Godam (Lokmat New 18) were also conferred the Annual Awards for their outstanding contribution to journalism.

The Awards have been instituted by the Mantralaya aani Vidhi Mandal Vartahar Sangh.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Koshyari said, despite the arrival of the electronic and digital media in a big way, newspapers have maintained their credibility and trustworthiness. He appealed to the media to wield the might of the Fourth Estate to criticize the executive, but added that criticism should be constructive. He felt that creative and positive work should also be highlighted. Mentioning that officials often paint a rosy picture before the executive, the Governor said journalists should bring to the fore the ground reality and truth.
 
Minister of State for Information and Public Relations Aditi Tatkare, senior journalist Bharat Kumar Raut and President of the Mantralaya Vidhi Mandal Vartahar Sangh Mandar Parkar were present on the dais.
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:28:15 +0530
The Hamilton Commission

Shazneen Mistry

www.mediaeyenews.com

The Hamilton Commission, the initiative set up by seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton to increase the representation of  Black people in UK motor-sport, has published its first report into the issue, which includes 10 recommendations for change.

Lewis Carl Hamilton, born on January 7, 1985, is from Stevenage, England. He is a British race-car driver who is one of the most successful Formula One (F1) Grand Prix Racer-diver of all time. He owns the F1 record for career race victories and is tied with Michael Schumacher for the most drivers’ championships (seven). In 2008 he became the first Black driver to win the F1 world drivers’ championship.

 Lewis Hamilton received a knighthood from the Queen of England herself. He will henceforth be known as Sir Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is hardly the first sportsman to receive such an honor. Now, he joins an elite list that includes Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, and Frank Williams. Before this, he received an MBE recognition from the British crown. The MBE is a little more common, with several sports stars receiving it. This list is created to recognize the achievements of people belonging to different fields. This could include show business, sports, and even politics. The list also brings to notice, the contributions of citizens to society.

As the first Black driver in Formula 1, Sir Lewis Hamilton was always aware of the lack of diversity across the motor-sport industry. But this under-representation is not just limited to the driver pool, and also includes those who work in the garage and the engineers in the factories too.

After reviewing the lack of diversity within the end-of-season photo in 2019, Lewis was spurred to take action and set out to understand the specific barriers to the recruitment and progression of Black people within UK motor-sport. He always felt the need for real industry-wide change, but to make this change happen himself, he needed to know the facts.

As a result, Lewis formed The Hamilton Commission, alongside The Royal Academy of Engineering, which presented an opportunity to simultaneously address the under-representation of Black people in UK motor-sport and the STEM sector.

Following a ten-month research period, which included initial data analysis, stakeholder mapping, a literature review in sport, education, and employment, as well as primary quantitative and qualitative research with young people and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, The Hamilton Commission has published its report, Accelerating Change: Improving Representation of Black People in UK Motor-sport.

They include:

  • Asking F1 teams and other motor-sport organizations to take the lead in implementing a diversity and inclusion charter for motor-sport.
  • Calling F1 teams and motor-sport bodies to broaden access to motor-sport by expanding apprenticeship and work experience programs.
  • Creating a new exclusions innovation fund to develop programs to reduce the proportion of Black backgrounds being excluded from schools.
  • Supporting new approaches to increase the number of Black teachers in STEM projects.
  • Launching scholarship program to help Black graduates with degrees in engineering to progress to motor-sport roles.
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:38:09 +0530
Barcelona handed over major blow by La Liga reducing their wage bill

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Spanish giants Barcelona have been the most dominant club in Spain as they secured their 31st Copa Del Rey title. Barcelona finished third in the league behind arch-rivals Real Madrid and Atletico. They were eliminated at the round-of-16 of the UEFA Champions League by PSG which was a shocking defeat. One trophy is not enough for the club which has won almost everything and does not settle for less. These unprecedented times of the pandemic have forced La Liga to introduce a new wage cap for all the clubs in the league.

They have to reduce their wage bill according to the new guidelines and are not able to register their new signings Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, and Memphis Depay who were all free transfers, and Emerson Royale from Real Betis. They have an agreement with club legend Lionel Messi which will be a 5-year-deal and has also agreed to a massive pay cut. They will not be able to register their best player who is currently a free agent as preparations for the new season begins.

The Catalan club is working on how to reduce their wages in the current situation and are ready to offload some of the highest wage earners. Players who are set to leave are -- Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, and Miralem Pjanic. Danish Striker Martin Braithwaite had a good EURO Championship and looks all set to leave the club. Ousmane Dembele suffered another injury for France at the EURO 2020 and is unfortunately out of action for 4 months.

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:31:21 +0530
Keith Thomas on directing horror film The Vigil

New Delhi, July 20

Keith Thomas, who has directed the horror film "The Vigil", has opened up about what drew him to make a movie on Jewish pain, the holocaust and antisemitism.

Thomas has said that a part of making a Jewish film comes from his own family history. He said he lost family not only in the Holocaust but also in pogroms before and this is something that always struck him as a child.

"We conceptualize the Holocaust as this indescribably devastating event, but there were lots of other incidents. In my mind, even in the film, we are only showing the tiniest moment of the Holocaust through one man's experience, and it's just as powerful and destructive as what happens to Yakov's brother on the street," the filmmaker said.

"The Vigil" is about a man named Yakov (Dave Davis), who is hired by his old rabbi to watch over the body of a recently deceased community member and has to survive a night tormented by a demon in the chiller, steeped in Jewish lore and historical connections. The film also stars Menashe Lustig and Malky Goldman.

The horror film comes from Blumhouse Productions, makers of films such as the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, "The Invisible Man", the "Insidious" franchise, "The Purge" franchise, the "Halloween" franchise, the "Happy Death Day" franchise, "Split", "Glass" and the "Ouija" franchise among others.

The film was released on Amazon Prime Video on July 9.

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:17:44 +0530
At least 28 killed in bomb explosion in Iraqi capital

Baghdad, July 20

At least 28 people were killed and 66 others wounded in a bomb explosion in a marketplace in eastern Baghdad on Monday, a source with the Iraqi interior ministry said.

A bomb detonated at a crowded popular market in Sadr City, a suburb district of the capital Baghdad, before the sunset, destroying several nearby shops and stalls and damaging surrounding buildings, the ministry source said on condition of anonymity.

The Iraqi authorities said in a brief statement that more information will be released after an investigation into the incident, the Xinhua news agency reported.

"The explosion destroyed our shop, and many people here were killed and wounded ... All the people here are poor and can hardly make their living," said Haider Gatie, a young man at the marketplace, expressing his anger about the deadly incident.

Deadly bombings have been rare in Baghdad, as the security situation has improved in Iraq since the Iraqi security forces fully defeated IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted into urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians.

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:10:46 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 190 8 mn

Washington, July 20

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 190.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.09 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.64 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 190,853,085, 4,095,437 and 3,646,500,394, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,129,516 and 609,233, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,144,229 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,391,845), France (5,931,923), Russia (5,908,691), Turkey (5,537,386), the UK (5,494,850), Argentina (4,769,142), Colombia (4,655,921), Italy (4,289,528), Spain (4,155,987), Germany (3,753,220) and Iran (3,548,704), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 542,756 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (414,108), Mexico (236,331), Peru (195,243), Russia (146,686), the UK (129,007), Italy (127,874), Colombia (116,753), France (111,678) and Argentina (101,955).

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Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:04:49 +0530
Velu Nachiyar the first Queen to fight British Imperialism

Anupama Nair

www.mediaeyenews.com

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. In the last two articles, I wrote about the great men from Kerala, who fought the British to free their kingdom from foreign rule. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Velu Nachiyar, from Tamil Nadu, who gave her life to save her kingdom from the British East India Company. She is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and she succeeded. Did you know she was the first Indian queen to fight British Imperialism, nearly a century before Rani Lakshmi Bai? She devised the first recorded suicide bombing in history, with her commander-in-chief Kuyli

To understand the story of Velu Nachiyar, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve on 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor-General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

She was born in 1730 to Raja Chellamuthu Vijayaragunatha Sethupathy and Rani Sakandimuthal She was also known as ‘Veeramangai’. As she was an only child, the royal couple raised her as they would have raised a male heir. She was trained in horse-riding, archery, and martial arts. She was also well-versed in several languages, -- English, French, and Urdu.

The British had just started their conquest of India through the East India Company. The dream of British East India was to capture the “sone ki chidiya”—India and become “the masters of the Subcontinent. For this they gained the support of the Nawab of Arcot (Tamil Nadu), Muhammad Ali Khan who wanted to defeat the French Imperialists and Hyder Ali (father of Tipu Sultan), who was the Sultan of Mysore (Karnataka).

Velu Nachiyar was married to Muthuvadugananthur Udaiyathevar, the prince of Sivagangai (Tamil Nadu), and had a daughter called Vellachi and an adopted daughter Udaiyaal. The royal couple ruled peacefully over the kingdom for nearly two decades, until the King was killed by the British. This War is called as ‘Kalaiyar Koil’ War. After her husband’s death she was forced to flee her kingdom with her daughters and lived in  Virupachi in Dindigul, for eight years under the sanctuary of Gopal Nayaker.

During her stay in Dindigul, Velu Nachiyar met Haider Ali, the Sultan of Mysore. She with her knowledge of Urdu managed to impress him with her courage and determination. This led to her garnering support not just from Gopala Nayaker, but also from Haider Ali, who pledged to be her ally in her fight against the British. He even built a temple inside his palace as a sign of their friendship. She was invited by the Sultan to stay at the Dindigul fort where she was respected as queen. Haider Ali also helped her with monthly financial support and much-needed military force. 

A great and strong kingdom needs efficient ‘intelligence agents” and her intelligence agents who were excellent in the skills, found out where the British had stored their ammunition. A suicide attack was then planned to destroy all of it.  Her army commander the great and brave Kuyili immolated herself in the storage place. Under her instructions her adopted daughter Udaiyaal blew up the British arsenal through another suicide attack. In the memory of Kuyili and Udaiyall, she formed a women’s army.

After her victory over the British, Velu Nachiyar reigned over the kingdom for over a decade. She made her daughter Vellachi heir to the throne and the Marudhu brothers, her friends from the Kalaiyar Koil War, were given administrative positions in the kingdom. She never forgot to express her gratitude to Haider Ali for his immense and timely help, and constructed a mosque and church at Saragani, and also maintained brotherly relations with Tipu Sultan, as she loved him like a brother. The brave queen passed away in 1796 in Sivagangai, her beloved kingdom due to a heart problem.

To honor her contribution to the freedom of India, in 2008, a stamp was released. A ballet performance presented by OVM Dance Academy of Chennai narrated the story of  ‘’ veeramangai”. The late J. Jayalalitha, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar Memorial in Sivagangai on 18th July, 2014. It was announced that January 3 every year would be celebrated as the birth anniversary of the fearless queen who shattered all gender roles as early as the 18th  century.

What you need to think, is have you heard about this great and brave queen? It enforces my belief that our history curriculum needs to be changed immediately. Instead of greedy and cruel invaders like the Mughals and Khilji, such people and their greatness needed to be taught. Can we let them be buried in the annals of history never to be known in their own country?

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:28:15 +0530
Why are humans change phobic

Divya Joyce

www.mediaeyenews.com

Ever wondered why it is so difficult to change your schedule or change your habits? Everyone must be anxious about the post-pandemic life because we are well suited in our homes now.  It is not you alone, but everyone is facing the same fear. Transforming your life can be very hard, scary and uncomfortable because it is unknown.  Your brain is hardwired to avoid these feelings to protect you. People will often prefer to remain mired in misery than to head toward an unknown. As the saying goes, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.” It can make people feel that they’ve lost control over their territory.

Change is also more work because your mind is working with something new and uncomfortable. Your mind is an efficient machine designed to keep you safe which is why it loves patterns, routines, and habits. Decisions that come on people suddenly, with no time to get used to the idea or prepare for the consequences, generally scare and make them uncomfortable, and it is easier to say ‘no’ to uncertainty and unknown. Change is an uneasy psychological process, as humans, we’re happy and safe in our comfort zone. Change is an emotional road we must travel in order to get from where we are now to where we want to be. 

How can you make this process easy? When your mind sees you taking action, that action becomes what your mind knows. This way you can trick your mind. Motivate yourself, tell your mind that you are strong and you can do it. Break down the change so it’s not scary. This phase will pass away and you will be habitual to change. And at last, believe in yourself. Remember, there is an immense payoff for your commitment and efforts to change. 

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 00:01:27 +0530
Velu Nachiyar the first Queen to fight British Imperialism

Anupama Nair

www.mediaeyenews.com

Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. In the last two articles, I wrote about the great men from Kerala, who fought the British to free their kingdom from foreign rule. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Velu Nachiyar, from Tamil Nadu, who gave her life to save her kingdom from the British East India Company. She is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and she succeeded. Did you know she was the first Indian queen to fight British Imperialism, nearly a century before Rani Lakshmi Bai? She devised the first recorded suicide bombing in history, with her commander-in-chief Kuyli

To understand the story of Velu Nachiyar, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve on 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor-General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

She was born in 1730 to Raja Chellamuthu Vijayaragunatha Sethupathy and Rani Sakandimuthal She was also known as ‘Veeramangai’. As she was an only child, the royal couple raised her as they would have raised a male heir. She was trained in horse-riding, archery, and martial arts. She was also well-versed in several languages, -- English, French, and Urdu.

The British had just started their conquest of India through the East India Company. The dream of British East India was to capture the “sone ki chidiya”—India and become “the masters of the Subcontinent. For this they gained the support of the Nawab of Arcot (Tamil Nadu), Muhammad Ali Khan who wanted to defeat the French Imperialists and Hyder Ali (father of Tipu Sultan), who was the Sultan of Mysore (Karnataka).

Velu Nachiyar was married to Muthuvadugananthur Udaiyathevar, the prince of Sivagangai (Tamil Nadu), and had a daughter called Vellachi and an adopted daughter Udaiyaal. The royal couple ruled peacefully over the kingdom for nearly two decades, until the King was killed by the British. This War is called as ‘Kalaiyar Koil’ War. After her husband’s death she was forced to flee her kingdom with her daughters and lived in  Virupachi in Dindigul, for eight years under the sanctuary of Gopal Nayaker.

During her stay in Dindigul, Velu Nachiyar met Haider Ali, the Sultan of Mysore. She with her knowledge of Urdu managed to impress him with her courage and determination. This led to her garnering support not just from Gopala Nayaker, but also from Haider Ali, who pledged to be her ally in her fight against the British. He even built a temple inside his palace as a sign of their friendship. She was invited by the Sultan to stay at the Dindigul fort where she was respected as queen. Haider Ali also helped her with monthly financial support and much-needed military force. 

A great and strong kingdom needs efficient ‘intelligence agents” and her intelligence agents who were excellent in the skills, found out where the British had stored their ammunition. A suicide attack was then planned to destroy all of it.  Her army commander the great and brave Kuyili immolated herself in the storage place. Under her instructions her adopted daughter Udaiyaal blew up the British arsenal through another suicide attack. In the memory of Kuyili and Udaiyall, she formed a women’s army.

After her victory over the British, Velu Nachiyar reigned over the kingdom for over a decade. She made her daughter Vellachi heir to the throne and the Marudhu brothers, her friends from the Kalaiyar Koil War, were given administrative positions in the kingdom. She never forgot to express her gratitude to Haider Ali for his immense and timely help, and constructed a mosque and church at Saragani, and also maintained brotherly relations with Tipu Sultan, as she loved him like a brother. The brave queen passed away in 1796 in Sivagangai, her beloved kingdom due to a heart problem.

To honor her contribution to the freedom of India, in 2008, a stamp was released. A ballet performance presented by OVM Dance Academy of Chennai narrated the story of  ‘’ veeramangai”. The late J. Jayalalitha, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, inaugurated the Veeramangai Velu Nachiyar Memorial in Sivagangai on 18th July, 2014. It was announced that January 3 every year would be celebrated as the birth anniversary of the fearless queen who shattered all gender roles as early as the 18th  century.

What you need to think, is have you heard about this great and brave queen? It enforces my belief that our history curriculum needs to be changed immediately. Instead of greedy and cruel invaders like the Mughals and Khilji, such people and their greatness needed to be taught. Can we let them be buried in the annals of history never to be known in their own country?

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 23:56:08 +0530
The Benefits of going Outdoors

Shazneen Mistry

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Going out on walks has become a regular and popular pastime for many people during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to not doing many things because of the lockdown and covid restrictions, many people started taking walks to pass their time and to also keep their bodies moving and be in shape. A new neuroscientific study which was conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), suggested that the habit of taking a walk or going out for fresh air has not only a good effect on one's general wellbeing but also on their brain and the brain structure. This research was also published in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry.

The study showed that the human brain benefits from even short stays outdoors. Till now it was assumed that environments affect us only over longer periods of time, but the researchers regularly examined six healthy, middle-aged city dwellers for six months. In total, more than 280 scans were taken of their brains using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The focus of the study was on self-reported behavior during the last 24 hours and in particular on the hours that participants spent outdoors before imaging. They were also asked about their fluid intakes, consumption of caffeinated beverages, the amount of time spent outside, and physical activity, to see if these factors altered the association between time spent outside and the brain.

The research showed that brain structure and mood improve when one spends time outdoors. This most likely also affects concentration, working memory, and the psyche as a whole. To prove that the findings are in fact true, an ongoing study is going on where the subjects are asked to also solve cognitively challenging tasks and wear numerous sensors that measure the amount of light they are exposed to during the day, among other environmental indicators. The results, therefore, support the previously assumed positive effects of walking on health and extend them by the concrete positive effects on the brain. Because most psychiatric disorders are associated with deficits in the prefrontal cortex, this is of particular importance to the field of psychiatry. These findings also help in treating patients with mental disorders, the doctors could prescribe a walk in the fresh air as part of the therapy.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 23:46:34 +0530
CAF Approves African Super League For Betterment Of African Football

Rohan Brahmbatt

www.mediaeyenews.com

After the failure of the European Super League which was criticized by the fans, CAF has approved the African Super League for the betterment of African football. African Super League has been approved following a board meeting between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) the regulating body of the African football in Morocco. The super league is expected to have 20 permanent teams plus one or so regional teams. The big four north African countries involved in football are Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco and will have a major share of teams (almost 8 to 12 slots reserved) then the rest of the continent has to share 8 and perhaps up to 12 slots.

The FIFA president Gianni Infantino planted the idea of a league between all the influential clubs of Africa to increase the following of Football in the country and to make the sport more viable financially. As the proposal of a European Super League failed miserably, African football will now have its own Super League to generate more revenue for the growth of the sport and to provide support for the younger generation. The model that they want to try is to have big teams with huge followings in their respective countries because of the TV revenues.

The target for Super League is to generate $3billion in 5 years. So, countries with big TV markets are the ones that will most likely benefit directly. These countries include South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, DRC, and Angola.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 23:39:57 +0530
Will be extremely happy if India wins Olympic athletics medal Shiny Wilson

Thiruvananthapuram, July 19

 Four-time Olympian, and one who became the first Indian woman athlete to reach the 800m semifinals at the Olympics, Shiny Wilson, feels India has a "very good chance" of winning an athletics medal in Tokyo this time around.

The first woman flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Shiny said her wishes are with the team and that she would be extremely happy if an athlete from the country wins a medal.

"I have high hopes, especially in javelin and long jump. India has a good chance of a medal. We all will be extremely happy if India wins (a medal) as it has eluded us all this while," Shiny said over phone from Chennai.

The 56-year-old Shiny, who recently returned from the US and is set to resume her job as a general manager in Food Corporation of India, said, "If you ask me what has made me happy, I will say the support we (PT Usha and MD Valsamma among others) have got.

"We have shown that if the support is there, any female from Kerala can achieve great heights in the field of athletics. We are happy to see so many young girls entering athletics from Kerala," said Shiny.

Shiny, who recently became a grandmother, said that she's achieved everything because of athletics and the support and prayers from various quarters.

Shiny said that had the mixed relay events been there during her time, India could have won a medal at the Olympics. She added that a handful of Kerala athletes, who will be competing in mixed relay events in Tokyo, stood a good chance of winning a medal.

"Yes, may be looking back, if that event was there during our times, perhaps India could have won its first athletic Olympic gold."

Shiny also expressed hope that India will be able to do well and win medals in shooting and hockey.

Shiny was a national champion in 800m for 14 years and represented India more than 75 times in international competitions.

She holds the distinction of representing Asia in four World Cups and is perhaps the only athlete to have taken part in six Asian Track & Field meets in a row beginning 1985 in Jakarta.

During this period she won seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals in Asian competitions. She collected a total of 18 gold and two silver medals in the seven South Asian Federation (SAF) meets she competed in.

An Arjuna awardee in 1985, the country decorated her with the Padma Sri in 1998.

She married swimming great Wilson Cherian in 1988 and the couple has three children.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:38:44 +0530
Markets to see volatile movements on account of midweek holiday Market Outlook

Markets had a decent outing in the week gone by and they gained on three of the five trading days. The remaining two trading days were flat with virtually insignificant movement. BSESENSEX gained 753.87 points or 1.44 per cent to close at 53,140.06 points while NIFTY gained 233.60 points or 1.49 per cent to close at 15,923.40 points.

The broader indices like the BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 saw gains of 1.35 per cent, 1.41 per cent and 1.51 per cent respectively. BSEMIDCAP gained 1.39 per cent while BSESMALLCAP was up 2.27 per cent. The benchmark indices made new lifetime intraday highs of 53,290.81 points and 15,962.25 points on Friday while closing highs were made on Thursday at 53,158.85 points and 15,962.25 points respectively. Clearly market momentum has picked up while the only thing missing is euphoria in the secondary market.

The Indian Rupee gained 18 paise or 0.24 per cent to close at Rs 74.56 to the US Dollar. Dow Jones had a poor show on Friday when it lost about 300 points and hence ended down for the week with a loss of 182.31 points or 0.52 per cent to close at 34,687.85 points.

In primary market news, the IPO from Zomato Limited for Rs 9,000 crore fresh issue and offer for sale of Rs 375 crore received excellent and euphoric support. The total amount garnered was Rs 2.14 lakh crore, including the anchor portion of about Rs 4,196 crore. The QIB portion was subscribed 54.71 times, HNI portion was subscribed 34.80 times, Retail portion was subscribed 7.87 times and Employee portion remained undersubscribed at 0.62 times. The anchor portion saw 100 anchor investors comprising 186 entities. What is strange in the anchor allocation is an allotment of 2.90 lakh shares allotted to ICICI Prudential Dividend Yield Fund. Is it not strange that a company which has accumulated losses, has never made profits since inception and not sure how many more years before it makes profit, sees investment by a dividend yield fund? Another way of looking at it is with 186 entities roped in, is anybody left out.

There were unconfirmed reports about the anchor portion being subscribed or receiving bids of 35-37 times the anchor size. While the official number would be publicly available on the day of allotment, what does this effectively mean? The oversubscription would have garnered a response of 1.47-1.55 lakh crore. The total response from the QIB book was 1.53 lakh crore. The math just does not add up. Does it mean that only those people who had applied for anchor allotment have applied?

There is an issue from Tatva Chintan Pharma Chem Limited which is tapping the capital markets with its fresh issue for Rs 225 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 275 crore in a price band is Rs 1,073-1,083. The issue opened on Friday the 16th of July and closes on Tuesday the 20th of July. The company is a niche speciality chemical company manufacturing SDA (structure directing agents), PTC (Phase transfer catalysts), PASC (pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals intermediates) and Electrolyte salts for SCB. The company is the largest manufacturer in its category in the country and one of the leading players in the world as well. The revenues of the company were Rs 300.36 crore for the year ended March 2021 and Net Profit after tax was Rs 52.40 crore. The company enjoys healthy margins of 23 per cent at the EBITDA level and 17 per cent at the PAT level. The company reported an EPS of Rs 26.02 for the year ended March 2021. The PE band is 41.24-41.62 times based on March 2021 numbers. The issue which opened on Friday has been subscribed 4.55 times on day one with the Retail portion being subscribed 8.32 times. There is money on the table for those investors who are lucky to get an allotment.

The primary issues from G R Infraprojects Limited and Clean Science Technology Limited would both be listing their shares on Monday the 19th of July. These issues were entirely offered for sale and had received excellent response.

After the runaway success of Zomato Limited in the primary market, Paytm has filed its DRHP for a Rs 16,600 crore IPO which consists of an equal size of fresh issue and offer for sale.

On the Covid-19 front, the world saw 19,07,97,676 patients, 40,99,170 deaths and 17,38,50,834 patients who had recovered. In India we saw 3,11,06,066 patients, 4,13,640 deaths and 3,02,69,796 patients who had recovered. In the previous week, the world saw 35,18,338 new patients, 56,150 deaths and 25,96,471 patients who had recovered. In India, we saw 2,68,844 new patients, 5,568 deaths and 2,94,732 patients who had recovered. The number of people who have been vaccinated has crossed the 40 crore-mark.

The week ahead has a trading holiday midweek on Wednesday. This effectively means two trading periods of two days each. This would disrupt the momentum and make Tuesday a day when we could see positions being lightened ahead of the holiday. Similarly, Thursday could be a highly volatile day, where markets react to happenings of Tuesday evening in US and global markets on Wednesday. The previous week saw new highs being achieved and markets hitting the top end of the band as was envisaged. In normal circumstances, one would have expected a breakout to happen in the coming week but the same may get delayed because of the trading holiday.

It makes logical sense to play the ensuing volatility and continue booking profits on sharp rallies and buying into corrections as the previous week. Markets will see volatility and different pack of stocks moving each day and making new highs. If I had to stick my neck out and hazard a guess, the week beginning 26th July and also having July futures expiry would be the frenzy week in the markets. The best that could happen this week is that the early signs of impending movement are visible when trading ends on Friday the 23rd of July. Trade cautiously.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:33:13 +0530
These restaurants offer discounts if diners are vaccinated

New Delhi, July 19

 Many restaurants across India are now open and serving with safety measures in place. From hygiene certifications to vaccinated staff, restaurants are doing everything they can to make the diners feel safe. In addition to these safety measures, restaurants are also offering great discounts to diners who got their jabs.

From complimentary drinks to a flat discount on the bill, restaurants are going above and beyond to encourage their diners to get the vaccine, while trying to keep themselves afloat. Check out these restaurants on the Dineout app for more such amazing offers.

The Irish House, Mumbai and Delhi

The Irish House is a chain of casual dining resto-pubs offering a rustic wooden ambience along with an extensive variety of brews. The exclusive food menu is in line with the assorted tastes and preferences of the people and serves a variety of American, European and Continental delicacies. The additional feature is the Live music performances and the DJ Nights hosted there. Irish House is offering 10 per cent off on your entire bill if everyone on the table has been vaccinated with the first dose. Get a 20 per cent off on your entire bill if everyone on the table has been vaccinated with both the doses! This offer is available at outlets in Gasper Enclave in Bandra West, Mumbai and TDI Epicuria in Nehru Place, New Delhi.

Lake View Cafe, Mumbai

Lake View Cafe has carved a niche for itself in the hearts of people with its excellent services and a larger than life ambience. The North Indian, Italian, and Continental culinary delight that the place offers promise to take you to a flavourful ride. The Lake View Cafe is located in Central Mumbai and the nearest landmark is Chinmayan and Ashram. Offer: 30 per cent off on First Jab and 50 per cent off on second Jab.

Pizza Hut

The thin crust pizza and fresh taste are one of the many reasons why people love to indulge in the food at Pizza Hut. The Italian-American cuisine of the restaurant also includes pasta, side dishes and desserts that you can savour. Pizza Hut outlets across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai are offering Rs 125 off on a bill of Rs 500 and above for diners who have been vaccinated.

Hard Rock Cafe, Bengaluru

Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of themed resto-bars which are known for their collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Hard Rock Cafe serves a wide variety of finger food and drinks along with delicacies in Mediterranean, Modern Indian and American cuisines. The Live music performances, screening facility, dance floor, and the outdoor seating area surely make a worthwhile visit. Offer: 15 per cent discount on 1 dose, 30 per cent discount on two doses.

Anardana Modern Kitchen & Bar, Chandigarh

Anardana Modern Kitchen & Bar is a Casual Dining Bar serving Continental, North Indian, Italian and Chinese delicacies. The ambience is beautiful with classy interiors. The place is well lit and has a comfortable seating space.

Offer: 25 per cent off on total bill for vaccinated diners.

Beach n Brew, Chandigarh

Beach n Brew offers you the experience of coastal life with exquisite delicacies on house. This place in Chandigarh serves patty base pizza. The food, as well as the ambience here, is great. One can either sit on a boat or at the deck. Offer: 20 per cent off on total bill for vaccinated diners.

Drinkery 51, Chandigarh

Drinkery 51 is a high-end sophisticated multi-cuisine dining bar located in the prime location of the city -- Sector 26 Chandigarh. D51 is a part of the club chain that originally hails from Mumbai--the city that never sleeps. D51 is the new hotspot among the millennials and Gen-Z. The bar proudly describes itself as the centre of hundreds of conversations told in loud voices, all of them competing with the rock music that dominates the arena. Offer: 25 per cent off on total bill for vaccinated diners.

JW Kitchen, Bengaluru

JW Kitchen has carved a niche for itself in the hearts of people with its mouth-watering North Indian, Italian and Continental dishes inspired by World cuisine. The premium menu is in line with the beautiful ambience. The friendly and courteous staff makes you feel at him and gives you services more than extraordinary. The elaborate buffet menu paired up with an exotic collection of signature drinks make this place an instant pick for fun and eventful nightlife. JW Kitchen is located in Vittal Mallya Road and the nearest landmark is Shell Petrol Bunk. Offer: 30 per cent off on total bill for vaccinated diners.

One Atria Cafe, Bengaluru

One Atria Cafe is an All-day fine dining place serving a variety of Gourmet offerings and the best North Indian, South Indian, Italian, and Continental dishes. Every dish in their pure-veg menu is made out of a true passion to serve tasty food to the diners. The exhaustive buffet showcases Middle Eastern, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisine available for the signature "Super breakfast", Lunch and Dinner buffet while the a-la-carte menu allows for selective personal choices for stunning culinary offerings. One Atria Cafe also features a pizza oven, an entirely live interactive kitchen and poolside seating. Offer: Flat 20 per cent off on total bill for diners with first dose and flat 30 per cent off on total bill for diners with two doses.

Beto's Bar and Kitchen, Pune

Situated straight in the heart of South Pune NIBM Beto's Bar and Kitchen is known for its DJ nights, Ladies Nights, Happy Hours, Brunch, Live Screenings and many more since 2016. You can enjoy Live music and DJ with chef recommended starters, Chicken Dum Kabab, Chicken 65, Paneer Punjabi Masala and Paneer Tikka. Offer: Mocktail on the house if you got a vaccine shot.

 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:27:03 +0530
Big B to shoot poetic title sequence for Chehre

Mumbai, July 19

 Amitabh Bachchan, who has lent his baritone to the poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi and Javed Akhtar in classics like "Kabhi Kabhie" and "Silsila", will recite a poem written by director Rumi Jaffery for his upcoming film "Chehre". The actor will shoot for it on Monday.

"Shekhar Ravjiani has composed the tune beautifully. And now Amit ji will lend his matchless voice and add another dimension altogether to the track. He is a perfectionist and everything he does, be it a small movement before the camera, an action sequence, a close-up, a song he has to hum, or just be silent, he gives the moment his all," said producer Anand Pandit.

"And I am looking forward to seeing how he delivers the poem because it is going to be a once in a lifetime experience," he added.

He also praised the music and said: "The film's theme, its suspense and mysterious elements, all come together wonderfully in the score and now Amit ji will add his own magic to it."

"Chehre" is a mystery thriller directed by Rumi Jaffery and also stars Emraan Hashmi, Annu Kapoor, Krystle D'Souza, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav, Siddhanth Kapoor and Rhea Chakraborty.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:23:03 +0530
Huawei to launch flagship P50 smartphone on July 29

New Delhi, July 19

 Huawei will finally launch its next flagship P50 globally on July 29, as chip shortage hits smartphone vendors.

The company announced the P50 launch on its account on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The P50 smartphone would mark the beginning of "a new era of mobile imaging," said Richard Yu, Executive Director and CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group.

You teased the design of P50 last month, saying that "For reasons you are all aware of, a launch date has not been set".

The company last month launched its self-developed operating system called HarmonyOS 2.0 that will power nearly 100 devices, including smartphones.

Huawei has launched a range of smartphones, smartwatches and tablets powered by its new HarmonyOS 2 operating system, including a new version of the HUAWEI Mate 40 Series and HUAWEI Mate X2, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 Series, and the HUAWEI MatePad Pro.

The P50 is likely to come with the new HarmonyOS 2.0.

The Chinese conglomerate began work on its own OS as major chips and technologies from the US were not available to the company since May 16, 2019 due to restrictions imposed by the earlier Donald Trump administration amid the trade war between US and China.

Huawei's consumer businesses faced a tough time due to inability to use Google's ecosystem in overseas markets.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:18:20 +0530
Chennai Port Trust to operate ferry services to 4 towns soon

Chennai, July 19

The Chennai Port Trust is planning to conduct ferry services from Chennai to Puducherry, Karaikal, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam.

International destinations, including Sri Lanka as well as other domestic destinations, including Port Blair, are also under consideration, according to a statement by the Chennai Port Trust.

Expression of Interest (EOI) has already been invited by the Chennai Port Trust for operating roll-on-roll-off passenger ship (Ro-Pax) services to Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Puducherry and Karaikal.

The Port Trust has conducted an initial online meeting with the stakeholders who are interested in operating the ferry services and the cruise liners. The private operators who are desirous of operating the service must own or lease ferries, vessels and must mobilise their own funds for the project.

According to EOI, the Chennai Port Trust will not invest money or contribute any funds for the project but will provide its existing infrastructure facilities for the same.

The Chennai Port Trust is planning to make use of its dedicated "Cruise Felicitation Centre", which handles cruise and passenger vessels. The Chennai port had handled five international cruise lines in a year before the outbreak of Covid-19 infection.

Chennai Port Trust in a statement said the ferry service includes cruise ships and Sri Lanka is a possible destination for international services.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:14:15 +0530
Mumbai shocked as lawyer attacked with swords on road

Mumbai, July 19

 In a horrific incident, a Mumbai lawyer was surrounded and attacked by over a dozen assailants with swords, iron rods, and knives on a road in full public view, officials said on Monday.

The MBH Colony Police Station has arrested four persons and booked another seven absconding for the crime and launched a hunt to track them.

The shocking incident happened on Sunday when the lawyer, Satyadev Joshi and his associate Ankit Tandon had gone to survey a land for a client in Dahisar suburb.

Just then, a group of goons wielding swords, iron rods, and knives swooped on them and launched a murderous attack on Joshi, 38, and Tandon, 28, even as they screamed for help.

The bleeding duo, with sword and rod injuries in the shoulders and arms, was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and both are stated to be out of danger now.

"I had gone to Kanderpada in Dahisar west to survey a property for my client Tauquir Khan, who is the owner of the plot when the brutal attack occurred around 3 p.m. on Sunday," Joshi said later.

A resident of Goregaon, Joshi was called on Monday by the police to record his statement while a delegation of lawyers went to the police station to register their protest over the attack on a member of the legal fraternity and demanding security.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Vishal Thakur visited the police station and listened to their grievances and assured necessary action in the matter, said Karan Mertia, one of the lawyers present there.

Stunned by the broad daylight assault, the lawyers now plan to raise the matter with the government and Home Department through the respective city and state bar councils to ensure protection for advocates on duty.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:10:14 +0530
Saudis behind spyware attack on Jamal Khashoggi s family

New Delhi, July 19

 Saudis were behind behind an NSO spyware attack on the family of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Guardian said in a report.

Forensic analysis revealed that the phones of those close to the dissident journalist were targeted before and after he was murdered.

A joint investigation by the Guardian and other media organisations, based on leaked data and forensic analysis of phones, has uncovered new evidence that the company's spyware was used to try and monitor people close to Khashoggi both before and after his death.

In one case, a person in Khashoggi's inner circle was hacked four days after his murder, according to peer-reviewed forensic analysis of her device.

The investigation points to an apparent attempt by Saudi Arabia and its close ally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to leverage the NSO's spy technology after Khashoggi's death to monitor his associates and the Turkish murder investigation, even going so far as to select the phone of Istanbul's chief prosecutor for potential surveillance, the Guardian report said.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

While the investigation mostly points to Khashoggi's close associates being targeted in the months after the murder, it also identified evidence suggesting that an NSO client targeted the phone of his former wife, Hanan Elatr, several months before his death, between November 2017 and April 2018.

The report said a forensic examination of Elatr's Android phone found that she was sent four text messages that contained malicious links connected to Pegasus. The analysis indicated the targeting came from the UAE.

However, the examination did not confirm whether the device had been successfully infected.

US intelligence agencies have already concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for ordering the murder of Khashoggi, a former Saudi government insider whose criticism of the kingdom's regime in the pages of the Washington Post was seen as a threat to the Saudi heir.

A team of Saudi agents killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul during his visit there to pick up documents he needed to get married to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who later became an outspoken advocate for accountability over his murder.

The report said a close friend of Khashoggi, Wadah Khanfar, the former director general of the Al Jazeera television network, was also hacked using Pegasus, with analysis showing that his phone was infected as recently July 2021.

The phone analysis discoveries and leaked phone records suggest that Saudi Arabia and its allies used NSO's spyware in the aftermath of the murder to monitor the campaign for justice led by friends and associates of Khashoggi, while also showing an intent to spy on the official Turkish inquiry into his murder.

The phone number of Irfan Fidan, the Istanbul chief prosecutor who later formally charged 20 Saudi nationals over the killing, also appeared in the list of numbers of possible candidates for surveillance by NSO Group clients.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:01:11 +0530
Covid antibodies persist at least 9 months after infection Study

London, July 19

 Antibody levels remain high nine months after infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, researchers have found.

Researchers from the University of Padua (Italy) and the Imperial College London tested more than 85 per cent of the 3,000 residents of Vo' in Italy, in February/March 2020 for infection with SARS-CoV-2 and tested them again in May and November 2020 for antibodies against the virus.

The team found that 98.8 per cent of people infected in February/March showed detectable levels of antibodies in November, and there was no difference between people who had suffered symptoms of Covid-19 and those that had been symptom-free. The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.

Further, while all antibody types showed some decline between May and November, the rate of decay was different, depending on the test to track the antibody levels.

The team also found cases of antibody levels increasing in some people, suggesting potential re-infections with the virus, providing a boost to the immune system.

"We found no evidence that antibody levels between symptomatic and asymptomatic infections differ significantly, suggesting that the strength of the immune response does not depend on the symptoms and the severity of the infection," said lead author Ilaria Dorigatti, from the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial.

"However, our study does show that antibody levels vary, sometimes markedly, depending on the test used. This means that caution is needed when comparing estimates of infection levels in a population obtained in different parts of the world with different tests and at different times," Dorigatti added.

The team also investigated the infection status of household members. They found a probability of about 1 in 4 that a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 passes the infection to a family member and that most transmission (79 per cent) is caused by 20 per cent of infections.

This finding confirms that there are large differences in the number of secondary cases generated by infected people, with the majority of infections generating no further infections and a minority of the infections generating a large number of infections.

This suggests that behavioural factors are key for epidemic control, and physical distancing, as well as limiting the number of contacts and mask wearing, continue to be important to reduce the risk of transmitting the disease, even in highly vaccinated populations, the researchers said.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:55:21 +0530
Telangana Congress chief placed under house arrest

Hyderabad, July 19

 Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief A. Revanth Reddy was placed under house arrest by the police here on Monday to prevent him from visiting the government lands at Kokapet which were auctioned last week.

Police personnel were deployed at Revanth Reddy's house in Banjara Hills early morning to stop him from leaving for Kokapet area.

The opposition party alleged that its several other leaders were either placed under house arrest or were arrested while heading for Kokapet.

Alleging corruption in auction of Kokapet lands, Revanth Reddy had called for protest at Kokapet.

Meanwhile, some Congress leaders managed to reach near Kokapet lands but police tried to stop them from staging protest. Congress leader Mahesh Goud fell down in the melee. Police arrested him, Kodanda Reddy and other leaders.

Revanth Reddy has alleged a massive scam to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore in the Kokapet land auction. He demanded that the state government re-auction these lands under the 'Swiss Challenge' to ensure that the state could generate good revenue through a more transparent method.

The TPCC chief said that contrary to the claims that international players were involved in the bidding, all those who bagged these land parcels were either benamis of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao or those who have close links with him.

He had said that he would raise the issue in the Parliament.

The government on July 15 auctioned 49.949 acres of land for Rs 2,000 crore.
 

ians

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:51:24 +0530
Baseless IT minister rubbishes reports of Pegasus project

New Delhi, July 19

 A day after media reports of alleged spying of journalists and other personalities of the country with Pegasus spyware surfaced, the Union Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, while replying on behalf of the government to the questions of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, rubbished the reports of espionage.

He said it is an attempt to malign Indian democracy.

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said by logic, the website only tried to create sensation through baseless news reports. If the members pay proper attention to the news, then they themselves will understand this, he said.

The Union Minister said, "NSO has also said that the report is false and baseless. Any kind of illegal surveillance is not possible in our system. This media report coming a day before Parliament session is not a coincidence."

The minister was making a statement on the Pegasus project reports, published in The Wire, which showed that over 300 hone numbers - including those of two serving ministers, over 40 journalists, three opposition leaders among others could have been targeted for hacking through Pegasus spyware.

 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:45:01 +0530
UP allows gatherings of 50 on Bakrid

Lucknow, July 19

 UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued special guidelines for the upcoming Bakrid festival, in view of the prevailing Covid situation.

He has directed that not more than 50 persons should collect at any spot at one time, and that there should be no killing of prohibited animals like cows and camels.

The place for 'qurbani' (sacrifice of animals) should not be a public place and only designated spots should be allowed for the ritual.

The Chief Minister also ordered that hygiene standards should be maintained at all places.

Bakrid is slated to be celebrated on Wednesday.

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:41:35 +0530
Three killed in building collapse in TN s Erode

Chennai, July 19

 Three persons were killed and three others injured after a shop at Car street in Anthiyur in Erode district collapsed at 12.50 a.m. on Monday.

All six had come to sell their millets and other products at the weekly shandy which was closed down for the past two months due to Covid-19 pandemic. The shandy was supposed to close on Monday at 6 a.m. and the victims and the injured were waiting for the it to open and were sleeping outside an electric shop when the building collapsed.

M. Sinthan, 55, from Thattakarai, S. Mahadevan, 55, and T. Chinnapayian, 35, from Sengulam died in the building collapse. K. Rajesh, 30, and K. Mahendran, 17, both from Chinna Sengulam and S. Sivamoorthy, 45, from Kongadai suffered minor injuries and were treated at Government Hospital, Anthiyur.

The bodies of the dead persons were shifted to the Government Hospital, Anthiyur for Postmortem.

Police said that the weekly markets that function from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. were closed down for the past two months following Covid-19 pandemic. The markets were to reopen on Monday at 6 a.m. and farmers from various villages around Anthiyur frequent the market to sell their products.

The farmers generally arrive on Sunday night with their produce and sleep anywhere and return back to their native villages on Monday.
 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:33:32 +0530
Maha cops rescue 116 revelers stranded on hill after heavy rains

Thane, July 19

 In a humanitarian gesture, the Navi Mumbai Police and Fire Brigade rushed to the rescue of at least 116 picnickers who were stranded on a hill on Sunday following heavy rains that cut off the return route, officials said here.

The revelers, including at least 78 women and five kids had gone for a picnic in Kharghar's lush green hills streaming with several big and small waterfalls.

According to Kharghar Police Station Senior Police Inspector S. Mali, they managed to wade through a shallow stream in the morning.

However, by afternoon, the shallow stream had swelled into a fast-moving river making it impossible for the picnickers to cross over to go home, he told mediapersons.

Panicking, they made frantic calls to the police and fire brigade which soon organized the two-hour long rescue operation late on Sunday.

The rescue team of around 15 fire-brigade personnel deployed ladders and thick nylon ropes to create a human wall in the gushing stream barely a dozen metres wide, and helped the marooned people cross over, without any injuries.

Since last month, the Navi Mumbai Police have banned entry to the Pandavkada waterfalls in Kharghar, and other local popular hill picnic destinations, owing to several tragic incidents that have occurred in the past.

However, villagers rue that people from Navi Mumbai, Thane, Mumbai still manage to sneak in despite the police presence and land themselves in life-threatening situations.

On his part, Mali has again warned that henceforth, if anybody is found venturing into these areas, they will "not be spared".
 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:29:24 +0530
Security at borders Red Fort area tighetened ahead of I Day Delhi Police

New Delhi, July 19

 Security has been beefed up in the national capital, including near its three borders in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, in view of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament that commenced on Monday and the Independence Dat next month, the Delhi Police said.

Apart from reviewing the security arrangements in the national capital, the Delhi Police have also strengthened the security in and around the Red Fort ahead of the Independence Day.

Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava conducted a citywide patrol on Sunday night with over 30,000 police personnel.

To ensure elaborate security arrangements in the national capital in view of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament and in the run up to the Independence Day, Srivastava, who took charge as Delhi Police chief on June 30, visited the borders areas where thousands of farmers are sitting on protest against the three Central farm laws for the last several months.

"The Delhi Police Commissioner also interacted with the Special Commissioner of Police, Joint Special Commissioner of Police and other senior police personnel along with the staff deployed at the spots while inspecting the arrangements in Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders, besides the Red Fort and the Parliament areas," Delhi Police said in an official statement on Monday.

Stressing on the need for vigil and alertness on the part of every staff on duty in the national capital, Srivastava motivated the policemen and women to remain prepared 24x7, saying, "Delhi Police have been entrusted with public trust to keep the capital safe and secure. The city never sleeps, neither do we."

Srivastava also directed the DCPs to look after the welfare of the cops deployed on the ground by making arrangements for timely food, proper shelter and rotation of duties to the best possible extent.
 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:25:24 +0530
Some can t digest Dalits women SC ST as ministers PM Modi

New Delhi, July 19

 Due to the ruckus created by opposition parties in both houses of parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not introduce his recently inducted Council of Ministers on Monday but he launched scathing attack on opposition memmbers and alleged that some people can't digest Dalits, Women, SC/ST and OBC made ministers.

"I thought that there would be enthusiasm in the Parliament as so many women, Dalits, tribals have become Ministers. This time our colleagues from agricultural and rural background, OBC community, have been given a berth in Council of Ministers," the Prime Minister said while he introduced his new Ministers in the lower House.

Taking congnisance of huge pandemonium created by the Opposition on different issues, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House for the day.

The parliamentarians from Congress, Trinamool Congress were among other Opposition leaders who started sloganeering against the government and trooped near the Speaker's podium after the Prime Minister started introducing his ministers.

Earlier, Defence Minister and Deputy Leader of the House Rajnath Singh raised an objection against the Opposition uproar while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was introducing his Council of Ministers in the House. However, Lok Sabha had to be adjourned till 2 p.m. amid continuous uproar.

Several Trinamool Congress MPs cycled to Parliament on Monday to protest against the rise in prices of fuel and other commodities before the House assembled at 11 a.m.
 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:22:17 +0530
Hospitals have become large industries better close them SC

New Delhi, July 19

 The Supreme Court on Monday observed that hospitals have become large industries thriving on human distress, and it is better they are closed. The top court added state governments can provide better hospitals, instead of permitting private hospitals to operate from small residential buildings.

A bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: "Hospitals have become large industries now based on human distress and we cannot let them prosper at the cost of lives. Let such hospitals be closed". The bench pulled up the Gujarat government for extending the deadline for hospitals in connection with building use permissions.

The bench cited that one patient had recovered from Covid and had to be released the next day, but he died due to fire, and also two nurses were burnt alive. "These are human tragedies which have unfolded before our eyes! Then, we go on extending time for these hospitals," he said.

The bench said hospitals have become a real estate industry, and instead of providing succour to patients in distress, it is widely felt they have become money minting machines, which fleece patients.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on his part, submitted before the bench that visualise the impact, if a 10-story building with 4-5 bedded hospital, which was required for Covid treatment now, doesn't have building use permission. Mehta added, resultantly hospitals were required to be closed and in total 30,000 beds could become unavailable.

Justice Chandrachud responded, there is no point in condoning lapses of these nursing homes which are not supposed to be in those buildings in the first place. Justice Shah added if any recommendation is made, you see to it that corrective measure is taken.

"Let the state provide those facilities and Covid care centres. We can't have them in these small residential buildings", said the bench.

Referring to a government notification that hospitals do not have to adhere to the norms till June 2022, the bench said: "Once a mandamus is there, it cannot be overridden by an executive notification like this! You now give a carte blanche and say hospitals don't have to adhere till 2022 and people will continue dying and be burnt..."

The top court strongly condemned a report by a commission on the issue of fire safety in hospitals that was filed in a sealed cover. "What is this report in a sealed cover by the commission, etc.? It is not a nuclear secret," said Justice Chandrachud. The top court told the Gujarat government to withdraw the notification giving relaxation to hospitals.

In December last year, the court had directed the Centre to submit data from all states on fire safety audits carried out in hospitals. The court noted that although different states and union territories have taken measures and conducted inspections, further audits were required and asked the state government to constitute a committee to carry out a fire audit of each Covid hospital at least once in a month, in each district. The bench listed the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

The Court was hearing a suo motu case concerning fire tragedies in Covid-19 hospitals across the country following incidents in Rajkot and Ahmedabad.
 

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:19:06 +0530
Temples to visit during Ramayana Masam

Anupama Nair

This year the Ramayana Masa started on 17th July 2021 and is the start of a holy month in Kerala when people read the Malayalam version of Ramayana called “Adyatma Ramayana” written by  Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan. Ramayana Masam is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (July—August) and you have to read the entire book in a month. You can rightly say, it is the start of Hindu festivities in Kerala. During this holy month, there are many temples of Lord Rama that you can visit, which will increase the blessings of the Lord.

Lord Rama Chandra is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Rama is one of the most popular deities in India. He is considered as the perfect man in the world and hence called ‘Maryadha Purushotham’. Ramayana is the story of Rama from his birth. Devi Sita, is the wife of Lord Rama and is represented as a concrete example of perfect woman. King of Ayodhya, Dasarath had three wives Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra and four sons – Lord Rama, Bharat, Shatrugnan and Lakshman. To fulfill his father’s vow to Kaikeyi, he went on a “vanvasa” or live in a forest for 14 years.

His wife Sita and brother Lakshman accompanied him to the forest. Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, the king of Lanka. Then Rama made an army with the help of Hanuman and the monkey king Sugriva and waged a war with the Lankans. They killed Ravana and demolished his kingdom. Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana was crowned the king of Lanka. After 14 years, Rama came back to Ayodhya and became the king. Even though he is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he lived as a human, with all qualities of an ideal man. He thus showed others, how to live like an ideal man.

In the previous article, I has spoken about pilgrims visiting “Nalambalam” dedicated to the Lord and his brothers. ‘Nalu’ means four and ‘Ambalam’ means temple in Malayalam. There are around five sets of Nalambalams in Kerala, the most famous among them being the four temples located in Trichur and Ernakulam districts – Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple, Koodamanikyam Bharat Temple, Moozhikkulam Lakshman Temple and Payyammal Shatrugnan Temple. ‘Nalambalam Yatra’ begins from the Rama temple in Thriprayar and ends in Shatrugnan Temple in Payyammal.  According to the tradition, we need to visit the four temples in order Lord Rama, Bharat, Shatrugnan and Lakshman,  respectively. If you have time to visit these temples on a single day, during the holy month of Karkkidakam the Lord will shower blessings and ensure prosperity.

Ramapuram in Kottayam district, Kerala is another place where temples of all four brothers are situated. The four temples of central Kerala, thronged by Hindu devotees during the holy month of Karkitakam are centered around Ramapuram, within a distance of three kilometers. They are Ramapuram Sree Ramaswamy Temple, Koodappulam Sree Lakshmanaswamy Temple, Amanakara Sree Bharathaswamy Temple and Methiri Sree Sathrughnaswamy Temple. These temples together are called the Nalambalam.

A truly exclusive and one of the oldest sacred temples of Kerala – Vilwadrinath is located in Thiruvilamala on the banks of river Bharathappuzha or ‘River of Bharata’. Vilwadrinath is one of the four rare temples, in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Rama and also the rarest in India for having a shrine for his brother Lakshman. This one ranks above all others as the murti here is believed to be ‘swayambhu’ or ‘Self-manifested’.

Once Corona is over or less, make it a part of your next trip.

 

 

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:50:25 +0530
Pazhassi Raja Kerala Simham and a true gem buried in the annals of History

Anupama Nair

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Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Pazhassi Raja, who gave his life to save his kingdom from the British East India Company. He is one of the greatest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and the course of history would have been different had he succeeded!

To understand the story of, Pazhassi Raja I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., the entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by the Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve in 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by the 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

Pazhassi Raja Kerala Varma was a brave warrior and Hindu prince and the ‘de facto’ head of the kingdom of Kottayam (not to be confused with the present Kottayam district) in Malabar, between 1774 and 1805. His struggles with the East India Company earned him the name Kerala Simham or ‘Lion of Kerala’

Pazhassi Raja was a member of the western branch of the Kottayam Royal family and was born in the Padinjare Kovilakam (Western Branch) of Purannattu Swarupam, Peralam Village, the royal clan of the kingdom of Kottayam in North Malabar, not the present Kottayam District in south Kerala. This branch was located at Pazhassi in Matannur. Kerala Varma got the name Pazhassi Raja as he was a native of Pazhassi. Kottayam I am talking about is what is today Tellicherry, along with Gudalur in Nilgiris.

His war campaigns started in 1773 when Hyder Ali marched into Malabar for non-payment of tributes from the rulers of Malabar as per the war treaty in 1768. They sought asylum in the kingdom of Travancore. In 1774, at the young age of 21, Pazhassi Raja became the ruler to replace his uncle who had fled to Travancore. He vowed to resist Hyder Ali's troops and stayed in Kottayam (not to be confused with Kottayam district), where he gathered a force and started guerrilla battles against the troops of Mysore as he did not have enough forces to face them in an open battle. He set up a large number of bases in the nearly dense forests of Puralimala and Wynad and repeatedly inflicted severe losses on the Mysore army in Kottayam as well as in Wynad.

During his long war with Mysore and then later the East India Company, Pazhassi Raja increased his sphere of influence significantly eastwards as far as the outskirts of Mysore. Pazhassi Raja resisted the East India Company from 1793 onwards till his death in 1805. He fought two wars to resist the Company's intervention in the domestic affairs of his kingdom. The East India Company called their wars with Pazhassi Rajah as ‘Cotiote War’

In one of the biggest setbacks to the British East Company in India till then, a contingent of  1100 army men under Major Cameron came under a surprise trap by Pazhassi's men. The attack was so brutal, that the British force was annihilated, leaving only a few alive. It is said that between 1793 and 1797, many Britisher’s lost their lives. It was the ideal time for a rebellion and Pazhassi realized that as the British were fighting multiple wars in Mysore, Wayanad, the French East India Company in India and the American War of Independence. As they had their hands full they offered to have a ceasefire with Pazhassi. Pazhassi was given back the land which was taken away from him. But the peace lasted only till Tipu’s death in1799, and the British once again tried annexing Wayanad from Pazhassi. Though the British faced stiff resistance they had a new Army Commandant of Mysore, Canara and Malabar - Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington who later went on to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo. However even under the command of Wellesley, the British remained unsuccessful in capturing him.

In 1804, Wellesley who had defeated the Marathas a year ago went back to England, failing to capture Pazhassi. Wellesley had said about the great king “We are not fighting 1000 men… but one man … Kerala Varma”. In 1805, Raja and his army were camped close to Mysore on the shore of a river Mavila, when the British troops attacked him. Raja and the party were caught by surprise and an intense fight followed. The precise nature of Raja's death is controversial. It is believed that he committed suicide by swallowing a diamond ring to avoid capture after he was wounded, while some say he shot himself.

The Kerala Government decided to honor Veera Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala and a freedom fighter who revolted against the British for the independence of India, by building a memorial. We can rightly claim, after Tipu Sultan, Pazhassi Raja was the last king that rebelled against the British. The memorial is managed by the State Archaeology Department It is true that India's epic freedom struggle had many legendary figures whose contributions have largely remained unsung and buried somewhere in the annals of history.

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:41:12 +0530
Nidhhi Agerwal I would love to see a Hindi remake of iSmart Shankar

Hyderabad, July 19 (IANS) Actress Nidhhi Agerwal's performance in the Telugu blockbuster "iSmart Shankar" cemented her place in the commercial cinema of that film industry. She can't help but wonder if she would want to play the lead role in case the film is adapted in Hindi.

In the Telugu hit, actor Ram Pothineni played the titular role of iSmart Shankar. The film had all the ingredients of being a commercial hit. In times when boundaries between Indian film industries are blurring, Nidhhi feels that its Hindi remake would be equally successful.

"I would love to see this film being remade in Hindi. I think it will be a very entertaining film if it's made in Hindi and it would again do the numbers,"Nidhhi tells IANS.

When asked, who should play Ram Pothineni's character in the Hindi remake, Nidhhi replies with a childlike giggle: "I think Ram himself should play the role -- or me, what do you say? Should I be iSmart Shankar and kick some a**?"

The film was directed by Puri Jagannath and also starred actress Nabha Natesh and Satyadev. It set the cash registers ringing at the box office and introduced Nidhhi to never-before mass popularity.

"I feel very proud that I am part of the film because it was such a big hit and I think it was the first time that I was exposed to the mass crowd. The crowd that I absolutely love. It was the first time I was exposed to that kind of love and attention and I absolutely loved it. I do feel very emotionally connected and close with 'iSmart Shankar' because of the people involved in the film. I am very fond of everyone involved in the film," she says.

The vivacious actress made her acting debut with the 2017 Bollywood film "Munna Michael". She then moved to Telugu films with the Naga Chaitanya-starrer "Savyasachi".

She strongly feels that every film adds something to her life. "I think every film adds so much and teaches you so much as an artist and it's a whole other experience and world. So, you end up learning so much and end up being a part of one world," she says.

In the context of "iSmart Shankar", which was released two years ago on July 18, she adds: "The film changed a lot of things for me. It taught me a lot of things. So many more people knew me. I just saw the difference in the kind of way I was perceived and in the kind of way people saw me, and it got people so much closer to me."

On a parting note, Nidhhi takes a good time to praise her director Puri Jagannath.

"My memory of the film is all amazing because of the all amazing Puri sir who is my absolute favourite. I love him so much as a director and as a person. I have so much respect for him. So, just working with him every day on the set was so easy. It was the easiest shoot of my life to date. So, I have such fond memories shooting for 'iSmart Shankar'," says the actress, who will be seen alongside Pawan Kalyan in her next film.

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:31:41 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 190 mn

Washington, July 19

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 190 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.08 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.61 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 190,359,539, 4,088,092 and 3,619,607,690, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,079,069 and 609,018, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,106,065 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,376,574), France (5,929,929), Russia (5,884,593), Turkey (5,522,039), the UK (5,455,043), Argentina (4,756,378), Colombia (4,639,466), Italy (4,287,458), Spain (4,100,222), Germany (3,752,236) and Iran (3,523,263), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 542,214 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (413,609), Mexico (236,240), Peru (195,047), Russia (145,975), the UK (128,985), Italy (127,867), Colombia (116,307), France (111,662) and Argentina (101,549).

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:23:09 +0530
Top LeT commander among 2 terrorists killed in Shopian encounter

 

Srinagar, July 19

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist commander was among two terrorists killed during an encounter between terrorists and security forces at Check Sadiq area in South Kashmir's Shopian district, officials said on Monday.

"Top commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT Ishfaq Dar alias Abu Akram who was active since 2017 neutralized," police said.

Earlier the firefight between terrorists and security forces took place on Sunday evening after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

IG Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar has congratulated the police and security forces for carrying out the operation.

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Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:16:12 +0530
A smart way to manage the kitchen

New Delhi, July 18

 A smart kitchen assistant app helps users with planning, shopping, and cooking. Saakshi Jain, co-founder of Zelish, suggests a meal plan with recipes can be easily prepared from home. The app understands a user's food preferences such as their likes, dislikes, allergies.

After successfully completing the Techstars programme backed by Bosch in Munich, the app was launched in April 2020. Currently, the platform has over 1,20,000 active users who are avidly following the app's recommendations and enjoying their culinary experiences from their home kitchens.

Excerpts from her interview :

Q: Tell us about Zelish, what does it do and how does it work?

A: Based on the meal plan, a grocery cart is automatically generated with all the ingredients required for the week. In addition to this, there is a step-by-step video guide that helps users prepare their meals with ease.


The signup process is pretty easy and it takes less than 30 seconds. One just needs to answer a few questions about their preferences and voila, it works as a tailor-made cooking assistant. The AI integrated algorithm can help in creating a complete personalised menu by just selecting the number of days for a meal plan.

Q: How does it help in food wastage ?

A: The meal plans are made taking into account the shelf life of the ingredients, therefore reducing the risk of spoilage of perishable items. If there are extra items stocked up in the refrigerator at the end of the meal plan, one needs to just tap on the app and feed it while the AI ensures readjusting the ingredients usage according to their perishability.

Not just that, there are over 150 recipes that help users creatively customise and reuse leftovers or any extra dishes.

Q: Did you face any challenges while launching the app?

A: Initially, the app was planned to be launched by July 2020. We were in Munich as a part of BSH Techstars 2020 batch, unfortunately due to the border closing announced by the government, we had to fly back to India overnight and spend countless days and nights working to accelerate the launch of the app. The app was finally launched just a week after lockdown was announced. Since everyone was operating from different places and had to don different hats, we faced quite a challenge to fasttrack things but eventually, communication and accountability helped us turn things around in time.

Q: What is the inspiration behind this app and what was the Eureka moment?

A: We are three food enthusiasts who always loved a good home cooked meal. We noticed that while technology has seeped into all aspects of our lives, the kitchen was somehow left behind. The only things people were focusing on was either ordering food from outside or dining out because a majority of meals cooked and eaten from Indian home kitchens are generally pretty mundane and staple.

People refrained from experimenting in the kitchen and preferred trying out different restaurants and cuisines, however the lockdown inspired people otherwise. Everyone wanted a change and started taking steps to enhance their culinary skills and make use of the appliances in the kitchen but no one really focused on the software part. We identified that gap after speaking to over 550 people and decided to cater to them.

Q: Who is your target audience?

A: Our target audience include working women professionals/ working households where both the spouses are working but are also responsible for managing the daily meals for their families. To add to this, Zelish aims to be the go-to App for anyone who manages the kitchen -- young adults who have moved away from homes, millennials who live alone, young urban working professionals, home-makers, individuals who follow a zero-wastage regiment, and men who need assistance for everything related to their kitchens.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: We realised that people love to replicate dishes made by celebrity chefs and home chefs which is why we are now making their recipes shoppable. We already have celebrity chefs like Ranveer Brar, Ajay Chopra, Meghana Kamdar and home chefs like Hebbars Kitchen, Kanak's kitchen etc on our platform.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:36:22 +0530
ICC inducts Mongolia Tajikistan Switzerland as new members

Dubai, July 18

 The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday inducted its newest member countries -- Mongolia, Tajikistan and Switzerland -- at its 78th Annual General Meeting.

The meeting, which was conducted virtually, welcomed Mongolia and Tajikistan as the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe's 35th member, with the ICC now comprising 106 members in total, including 94 associates.

The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) which was established in 2007 became the official national administrator of the sport in 2018. There is a growing junior cricket structure in place primarily through school cricket with a coaching programme ongoing in 16 schools -- and the sport was officially accepted into the National Youth Games in 2019.

Women's cricket is a priority for Mongolia with females accounting for 39 per cent of all participants playing school cricket. In addition, Mongolia is due to host the International Youth Green Games in September 2021 where cricket has been selected as one of the participating sports.

President of Mongolia Cricket Association, Battulga Gombo said: "Joining the ICC is fundamental in the establishment of a coherent structure for cricket in Mongolia. I am happy to see this noble game helping the young people here, contributing valuable experiences and giving them skills and ethics that they can take into other areas of their lives."

Cricket was first played in Switzerland in 1817 and Cricket Switzerland (CS) was inaugurated as an association in 2014. Over the past seven years, CS has led the unification of the sport following the expulsion of the Swiss Cricket Association in 2012. The new federation currently comprises 33 active clubs, organises three domestic men's competitions and competes regularly in Central European tournaments and has an active juniors programme.

In addition, Zambia, having had their membership suspended at the ICC AGM in 2019, are no longer a member of the ICC due to continued non-compliance with ICC Membership Criteria 2.2(a)(i), 2.2(b)(i) and 2.2(b)(ii).

Russia have been suspended due to continued non-compliance with ICC Membership Criteria 2.2(a)(i), 2.2(b)(i) and 2.2(b)(ii) and have until the time of the next AGM to demonstrate compliance or risk having its membership of ICC terminated with immediate effect.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:28:56 +0530
NASA s Hubble space telescope returns to science operations

Washington, July 18

 NASA has returned the science instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope to operational status, almost a month after suspending their work due to trouble with its payload computer.

Hubble, which has been watching the universe over the past three decades, faced trouble with its payload computer on June 13. As the computer halted, the instruments were kept in a safe configuration and science data collection was suspended.

The Hubble team has been investigating the cause of the payload computer problem since then. The team identified that the problem lies in the Power Control Unit (PCU) which ensures a steady voltage supply to the payload computer's hardware.

On July 15, scientists at the US space agency successfully switched to backup hardware on the Hubble Space Telescope, including powering on the backup payload computer.

The collection of science data will now resume, NASA said on Saturday.

"All instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope are now in operational status, and science data is once again being collected to further our understanding of the universe," the agency said in a tweet.

NASA anticipates that Hubble will last for many more years and will continue making groundbreaking observations, working in tandem with other space observatories including the James Webb Space Telescope to further knowledge of the cosmos.

"Hubble is an icon, giving us incredible insight into the cosmos over the past three decades," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

"I'm proud of the Hubble team, from current members to Hubble alumni who stepped in to lend their support and expertise. Thanks to their dedication and thoughtful work, Hubble will continue to build on its 31-year legacy, broadening our horizons with its view of the universe," he added.

Launched in 1990, Hubble has been observing the universe for over 31 years. It has taken over 1.5 million observations of the universe, and over 18,000 scientific papers have been published with its data.

It has contributed to some of the most significant discoveries of our cosmos, including the accelerating expansion of the universe, the evolution of galaxies over time, and the first atmospheric studies of planets beyond our solar system.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:25:13 +0530
He still lives on Twinkle s emotional note on Rajesh Khanna s death anniversary

Mumbai, July 18

 Twinkle Khanna took to social media on Sunday to remember her late father, Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna on his 9th death anniversary.

Twinkle shared a throwback video of the late actor on Instagram where he can be seen shooting for a film scene and giving an interview on the set in between shots.

Sharing the video, Twinkle wrote: "I have his eyes, my son has his smile and the world has pieces of him embedded in their hearts. He still lives on..."

Rajesh Khanna passed away in Mumbai on July 18, 2012.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #RajeshKhanna trended on Twitter as fans remembered the late superstar and discussed his films.

"Remembering late #RajeshKhanna Ji on his 9th death anniversary. Bollywood's 1st and original superstar. A legend. Anand mara nahi, Anand marte nahi," tweeted a user quoting Rajesh Khanna from his 1971 iconic film "Anand".

Mentioning another popular dialogue from the same film, another user shared: "Remembering the superstar on his death anniversary #RajeshKhanna well known for his meteoric rise to fame, the adulation he earned will forever enthral his fans and coming generation. The dialogue, 'Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahi' absolutely applicable to his real life."
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:21:35 +0530
Goenka s latest swipe at Zomato fuels debate on bumper IPO despite losses

New Delhi, July 18

 As RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka again took to Twitter to take a swipe at Zomato's mega IPO despite the platform running into losses, an online debate has erupted over the issue of loss-making entities garnering such huge interest and investments while going public.

The much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) of Zomato was subscribed over 38 times by the end of the final day of the issue on Friday.

According to data on the BSE website, qualified institutional buyers (QIB) subscribed 51.79 times of their earmarked portion. The portion of the non-institutional investors was subscribed 32.96 times.

Further, retail investors subscribed 7.45 times of the portion allocated to them. The portion reserved for employees was subscribed 0.62 times.

"My newest corporate venture: I am starting a Swiggy/Zomato like app. I will provide food at 40% discount with a loss of only Rs 3000 cr. If you think the loss is less, I will give 60% discount. I will then list it at Rs 1 lakh cr. Looking for suckers to invest," Goenka had said in a tweet on Saturday evening.

The tweet has resulted in a debate over the much talked-about IPO, which is the largest IPO of the year so far.

Replying to his tweet, Schindler India President Ashok Ramachandran said: "I was sharing the exact same think with my friends sir. Absolutely respect what all these companies do and no offence. But puzzled. People are investing on something which is not even tangible."

Another Twitter user Dinesh Kulkarni was of the view that the parameters to analyse new age businesses are not traditional.

"These are all new age businesses, their analysis parameters are not traditional. Take Amazon which has a huge revenue and a ebit of max 5%. We should be humble to try and see where all this is going with a new lens, only then can we evolve as businessmen and scale new frontiers," he said.

Earlier, Goenka had expressed surprise at the high valuations being denoted to Zomato despite continuing losses while large hotel and restaurant chains are languishing.

"Can anyone explain to me - Top 20 hotels including global Indian hotel brands - Total Market cap - 44,000 crs. Top 6 QSR chains serving millions of consumers - Total Market cap- 60,000 Crs. ZOMATO - Continuing huge losses. Hold my vadapav! Market cap - 60,000 Crs ???," Goenka said in a tweet on July 11.

Bids were received for a total of 2,751.25 crore shares against the total issue size of more than 71.92 crore shares.

The largest IPO of the year so far opened on Wednesday, July 14 at Rs 72-76 per share.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:17:07 +0530
Cannes Film Festival Titane wins prestigious Palme d Or award

Cannes, July 18

 The prestigious Cannes Film Festival culminated here on Saturday. The highlight of the event was French director Julia Ducournau's film "Titane" winning the most prestigious award of the festival - Palme d'Or.

The French and Belgian co-production tells the tale of a young female killer who indulges in sexual activity with cars after surviving a traumatic car crash in her childhood.

The award was presented to her by American filmmaker Spike Lee, who made quite a stir by giving away the winner prematurely at the beginning of the ceremony. He later apologised for the slip up.

The second-most prestigious award of the festival, the Grand Prix, was a tie between Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's film "A Hero" and "Compartment No 6" directed by Juho Kuosmanen, French film director and screenwriter.

Amongst the other winners were Leos Carax, who won best Director award for his musical "Annette".

Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve went home with the Best Actress award for her work in the film "The Worst Person In The World".

Actor Caleb Landry won the Best Male Actor award for his role in "Nitram".
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:12:18 +0530
In rare criticism Grand Ayatollah warns Iran not to trust the Taliban

New Delhi, July 18  

One of Iran's most senior clerics has cautioned the Iranian government not to trust a "terrorist" group "whose evil and murderous nature is no secret to the world".

Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpaygani, one of Iran's most senior clerics, lashed out at the Islamic Republic's "softened policy" at a moment of rapid Taliban advances and widespread atrocities in Afghanistan.

Such an approach, he warned, "is a grave and irreparable mistake". He cautioned the Iranian government not to trust a "terrorist" group "whose evil and murderous nature is no secret, Al Monitor reported.

Golpaygani called on both Iran and the international community to "act with seriousness" to avert further "Taliban aggression against oppressed Afghans".

The report said the remarks were made in reaction to what has been found to be Iran's changing approach in light of the Taliban's control over swaths of territory across Afghanistan.

With the US and NATO withdrawal from the war-ravaged country and the consequent vacuum, Tehran has been increasingly seeking to redefine its presence in the new power play. Only last week, Tehran hosted a meeting between an Afghan government delegation and Taliban leaders as a sign of recognition for the latter's role in Afghanistan's political future, the report said.

The shifting stance has been more overtly laid out by the media representing the most hard-line sectors of the ruling establishment, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Most notably, the ultraconservative daily Kayhan drew criticism from both Iranians and Afghans after publishing an early July editorial on the Taliban advance, "in which there has been no sign of IS-style atrocities" and that the group "has declared that it has no intention of harming the Shiite communities".

Rival Reformist paper, Etemad, accused Kayhan of acting as the spokesperson for the militant group. Others went further, saying Kayhan was "canonizing" the militant group. Facing the mounting backlash, the paper retracted the stance in an editorial a few days later.

Shahussain Murtazavi, a senior adviser at the office of the Afghan President, has warned Iran's hard-liners about such an "absolutely false" approach. He reminded Iranians not to forget "the murder of their own diplomats by the Taliban".

The report said Murtazawi was referring to a deadly takeover of the Iranian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif as part of a Taliban offensive and the ensuing fall of the city in 1998.

Eight Iranian diplomats and a journalist were gunned down. Despite evidence, including from Human Rights Watch, the Taliban has denied responsibility for the killings.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:06:12 +0530
Over 10 000 poultry die in Ghana s avian flu outbreak

Accra, July 18

 More than 10,000 poultry birds have died from the avian flu outbreak reported in Ghana, a senior official said.

Patrick Abekeh, director of the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), told Xinhua news agency late Saturday that a total of seven farms reported the outbreak from the Greater Accra, Volta, and Central Regions.

"From these seven farms, 5,811 birds died naturally, and the veterinary services department destroyed 4,500 birds. So in all 10,311 birds have so far been lost to the outbreak," Abekeh said.

The destruction of the remaining birds on each of the affected farms, the official explained, was necessary to prevent the spread of the flu to other farms.

"Because of its zoonotic nature, bird flu can affect human beings, including farmhands and all those who come into contact with infected birds," the official said.

He said the authorities would focus on containing and stamping out the disease and fortunately no human infections had yet been recorded.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 20:01:24 +0530
Stalin Kanimozhi pay homage to tribal activist Stan Swamy

Chennai, July 18

 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and other senior leaders, including DMK MP Kanimozhi and former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran, on Sunday paid floral tributes to tribal activist Stan Swamy who recently died at a Mumbai hospital after prolonged judicial custody at Taloja jail in the Bhima Koregaon case.

Stalin and other party leaders attended the mourning at Loyola College, Chennai.

Stan Swamy, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, was a Jesuit priest and a human rights activist who worked for the tribal community in Jharkhand.

A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said Stan Swamy fought for the rights of tribal people in the country and often raised questions over how several aspects of the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution had not been implemented.

Swamy had urged the Union government to form a Tribal Advisory Council to ensure safety, welfare, and development of tribals, the statement added.

Stalin said the tragedy that had befallen Stan Swamy, who fought for the downtrodden and the deprived, should not happen to anyone.

State Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi, State Minorities Commission Chairperson Peter Alphonse, and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Sinthanai Selvan were also present along with the Chief Minister and other senior leaders.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:57:04 +0530
How current snooping rules are different from 2009 order

New Delhi, July 18

 The NDA-II government's December 20, 2018 decision to give powers to 10 central agencies to snoop on "any" computer they want, had created widespread furore - for it had some key differences from the order issued by the then UPA government in 2009.

In a decision with wide ramifications -- and widespread criticism from opposition parties, the Home Ministry had allowed 10 intelligence and investigating agencies and the Delhi Police to intercept, monitor and decrypt "any information" generated, transmitted, received or stored in "any computer".

It vested the authority on the agencies under Section 69 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Rule 4 of the Information Technology Procedure and Safeguards for Interception, Monitoring and Decryption of Information) Rules, 2009.

The 10 agencies are the Intelligence Bureau, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agency, the Cabinet Secretariat (RAW), the Directorate of Signal Intelligence (for service areas of Jammu and Kashmir, and northeast only), and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

This means not just calls or emails, but any data found on a computer can be intercepted, said the report, adding the agencies will also have powers to seize the devices.

Earlier, the IB had no power to seize devices but now, it can.

The notification made it clear that any subscriber or service provider person in charge of any computer resource is bound to extend all facilities and technical assistance to these agencies.

In case any person or entity refuses to cooperate, they can "will face seven years in jail and a fine".

The major difference with the UPA era order was on the authorisation, which the agencies needed for such action.

"No person shall carry out the interception or monitoring or decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource under sub-section (2) of section 69 of the Act, except by an order issued by the competent authority.

"Provided that in an unavoidable circumstance, such order may be issued by an officer, not below the rank of the Joint Secretary to the Government of India, who has been duly authorised by the competent authority," said the 2009 order under then Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

"The interception or monitoring or decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource may be carried out with the prior approval of the head or the second senior most officer of the security and law enforcement agency (hereinafter referred to as the said security agency) at the Central level and the officer authorised in this behalf, not below the rank of the Inspector General of Police or an officer of equivalent rank, at the state or Union Territory level," it had said.

Thus, the earlier order had not allowed the agencies a free hand.

The 2018 Home Ministry order also doesn't hold that there is going to be any real-time monitoring of an inordinate amount of computer users, or networks. Yet, after the order came out, the impression had gone out that the government will now have all the details of what one does on their phone and computer.

In India, major intelligence agencies like the IB and the RAW operate without legislative or parliamentary oversight. The system as a whole churns out tens of thousands of tapping orders every month, and in states like Uttar Pradesh, local police resort to thumbing through thousands of call data records to track minor crimes.

Soon after the notification was issued in December 2018, Chidambaram said that the authorisation of electronic snooping would destroy the "structure of a free society".

Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury called it a "blatant violation" of the Supreme Court's recent judgement granting the constitutional right to privacy to all Indians.

But the fact is that the underlying legislation - amendments made to the Information Technology Act, 2000 - was passed 10 years ago by a Congress-led government that was supported by the CPI-M.

These amendments were passed in parliament without debate, or any major protest from then opposition parties like the BJP.

In India, the Central and state governments can snoop on citizens in a targeted manner and intercept information using two different legal mechanisms.

The first is through the Indian Telegraph Act - specifically Section 5(2) and Rule 419A of the Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Rules, 2007.

The second was through amendments made to the Information Technology Act in 2008 and 2009, which was changed in 2018. The two relevant parts are Section 69 and Rule 4 of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguard for Monitoring and Collecting Traffic Data or Information) Rules.

Each legislation allows different types of information to be intercepted, collected, monitored, or decrypted - and enables snooping in different manners in different conditions.

Broadly speaking, the Telegraph Act deals with traditional phone calls and associated communication, while the IT Act deals with electronic information. With recent leaps in technology, however, the points of difference between both sets of regulation are quite fuzzy.

Under the Telegraph Act, even authorised agencies like the IB or the ED need approval or an order from the Union Home Secretary, or in the case of a state, the Secretary, Home Department. All tapping orders are examined by a review committee after the fact, although the efficacy of this process has been criticised.

The Modi government insisted that the same process applies to electronic snooping under the IT Act, and therefore applies to the agencies that were notified in the circular on December 2018.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:53:29 +0530
Allow regional languages use in competitive exams KTR to Centre

Hyderabad, July 18

 The Telangana government has urged the Centre to allow students appearing in competitive exams to write the exams in regional languages.

In a letter to Union Minister Jitendra Singh who holds charge of the Personnel Ministry, state Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao said that every year, many candidates from different states appear for competitive exams for recruitment in central services, departments and undertakings through the Union Public Service Commission and other recruitment agencies.

However, these competitive exams are held in only English and Hindi, which was a serious disadvantage to students who did not study in English medium or not from Hindi speaking states, he said.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting to permit candidates taking all competitive exams of the Centre to write in regional languages also.

Rama Rao pointed out that the Union Cabinet approved the proposal to set up the National Recruitment Agency which has decided to facilitate a Common Eligibility Test (NRA-CET) to replace multiple examinations for recruitment to Central government jobs and conduct these examinations in 12 Indian languages. He wrote that while he wholeheartedly welcomed the move, it was very unfortunate to note that these changes are not being implemented properly.

"For instance, in a recent job notification i.e. Constables (GD) in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), NIA, SSF and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles Examination, 2021- candidates are allowed to write the exam only in Hindi or English. Same is the case with a few other employment notifications in the recent past. This comes as a rude shock to applicants belonging to regional languages, who are forced to lose great opportunities," he wrote.

He urged Jitendra Singha to look into this issue and permit candidates taking all competitive exams of the Centre, its departments and undertakings held through the UPSC, the RRB, the PSBs, the RBI, the SSC, etc. to write in regional languages also.

He also demanded that until a proper implementation policy is decided on this regional languages issue, the Centre withhold the recruitment process for the notifications already issued and refrain from issuing new job notifications.

Allowing applicants to write competitive exams in their respective languages will provide equal and fair opportunity to the candidates from all the states, he added.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:48:08 +0530
2 drug peddlers nabbed in Bengaluru hashish oil worth Rs 2 cr seized

Bengaluru, July 18

 The Bengaluru police on Sunday said it has arrested two inter-state drug peddlers and seized hashish oil worth nearly Rs 2 crore from them.

According to the south-east division police, the duo were arrested on Friday and have been identified as 24-year-old Mohammad Irfan and 25-year-old Tariq Azeem, both native of Kerala.

The police said the Sadduguntepalya police had arrested a drug peddler on July 14 and after a thorough inquiry, he had revealed about the duo's network and based on this input the police laid a trap and arrested them.

A Sadduguntepalya police team has recovered four kg of hashish oil from the accused duo, the police added.

"The banned substance was intended to be sold to techies and high profile college students," said the police in a statement.

Taking to Twitter, Bengaluru Commissioner of police, Kamal Pant praised the Sadduguntepalya police team in apprehending two inter-state drug peddlers and seizing four kg hashish oil.

He said the accused duo procured these banned narcotic substances from Andhra Pradesh and sold them to college students in Bengaluru.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:39:54 +0530
North India likely to witness intense rainfall July 18 21 IMD

New Delhi, July 18

Northern India is likely to witness intense rainfall activity between Sunday to Wednesday (July 21), and the west coast till July 23, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast on Sunday.

It has also predicted moderate to severe thunderstorms with lightning at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and east Rajasthan during the next 24 hours, and warned of casualties to people and animals staying outdoors.

"Rainfall activity is very likely to increase with widespread rainfall to isolated heavy to very heavy rains very likely over the western Himalayan region (Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) and adjoining northwest India -- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and north Madhya Pradesh -- from July 18 to 21," the IMD said in a statement.

However, there will be a decrease in rainfall activity over the same regions thereafter, it said.

According to the Met department, isolated extreme heavy rainfall is also very likely over Uttarakhand between July 18 and July 19.

Delhi is likely to witness moderate to heavy rainfall, it said.

Isolated heavy rainfall is likely over east and adjoining central India from July 22 onwards.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:35:49 +0530
80 Punjab Cong MLAs to authorise high command to take call on state chief

Chandigarh, July 18

Amid hectic lobbying for appointing Congress' former Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as the next Punjab unit chief ahead of the state Assembly polls, incumbent Sunil Jakhar has called a meeting of all 80 MLAs to pass a resolution to authorise the high command to take a call on the appointment.

All 23 district presidents and 37 Congressmen who lost the last Assembly polls have also been called for the meeting in Chandigarh.

In a statement on Sunday, Jakhar said the MLAs and district presidents would pass a resolution, saying that whatever decision the party high command will take will be acceptable to the state unit.

This resolution will then be sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he added.

Amid the 'tussle' over talks of appointing Sidhu, 'sulking' Chief Minister Amarinder Singh met Congress state in-charge Harish Rawat here on Saturday and categorically told him that he won't meet Sidhu until he apologises for his 'derogatory' tweets.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:31:31 +0530
K taka 8 76L students to appear for Class 10 exams from Monday

Bengaluru, July 18

 A total of 8.76 lakh students across Karnataka will take the Class 10 or Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations for the current academic year on Monday and July 22.

As per the two-day scheduled timetable set by the Karnataka State Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB), on July 19, the core subject exam -- Science, Mathematics and Social Science will be held. On July 22, the examinations for languages would take place.

The duration of the Class 10 examinations will be for three hours and the examinations will be held on the OMR (Optical Mark recognition or Optical Mark Reading) sheets, where students will be asked simple and direct questions.

The OMR sheets will be of different colours so that there is no confusion among students while appearing for the examinations. The evaluation process is expected to be faster this year as there is no conventional method involved in finalizing the marks of the students.

During this academic year, a total of 8.76 lakh students have registered for the Class 10 examinations. Even though various state boards across the country have already cancelled their board examinations owing to the pandemic situation. But, Karnataka is among the few states which have agreed to conduct board examinations this year as incumbent batch SSLC students were promoted from Class 9 to Class 10 owing to the pandemic situation last academic year.

As a result of this, Karnataka Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar claimed that in absence of proper yardstick to assess the abilities of students, the state is forced to conduct this year's annual examination.

Considering the ongoing Covid situation, the state government has also arranged transportation for children to reach the examination centres.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:28:54 +0530
Patna AIIMS docs treat patients in Delhi NCR through telemedicine

Patna, July 18

 Doctors of Patna-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) not only treat patients from Bihar, but on Sunday they treated more than 40 patients in Delhi-NCR through telemedicine.

During this, more than 100 people got online consultation with the doctors of AIIMS.

Dr Anil Kumar, Head of Trauma and Emergency, AIIMS, Dr Svetlina Pradhan, Head of Department of Dermatology and Dr Hilbutr Sahu, Physician, interacted with the people of Delhi-NCR and listened to their problems and answered their queries.

The maximum number of questions asked were with regard to the possible third wave of Covid-19 and how to protect children.

Dr Anil Kumar called it a very good initiative. He said, during the pandemic, not only the treatment of patients was possible without visiting doctors, the awareness of the people about the virus and its different variants also increased.

Dr Svetlina Pradhan said that questions were asked regarding hair loss, post Covid. She advised people to reduce stress, talk to friends and family and get good nutrition and prescribed some medicines to avoid hair loss.

Dr Sahu urged the parents to protect children from junk food to reduce obesity in them. He advised them to pay attention to the nutrition of children to increase their immunity.

It was a new experience for the people in Delhi NCR too, a kind of 'community outreach', said many. Describing it as a great initiative of AIIMS, people suggested other doctors to do the same.
 

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:24:52 +0530
Ahead of The Hundred players told to avoid pubs restaurants

London, July 18

Ahead of the start of the inaugural season of The Hundred on July 21, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has asked the players and support staff to avoid shops, pubs and restaurants to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 spread inside the bio-bubbles.

A compliance officer has also been appointed for each competing team.

The month-long tournament, which will conclude on August 21, has seen a spate of withdrawals, notably New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, Pakistan paceman Shaheen Afridi, Australia's Glenn Maxwell, David Warner and Marcus Stoinis, among others due bio-bubble fatigue, national team engagements and injuries.

While the cricketers will not be confined to their hotel rooms, but in order to cut the risk of COVID-19 infections, they have been asked to avoid crowded places, especially since UK is relaxing its remaining Covid-19 restrictions from July 19 onwards.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on English cricket with the entire first team for the ODI series against Pakistan -- which concluded recently with England winning 3-0 under new skipper Ben Stokes -- self-isolating after seven members in the squad tested positive for the virus. English county side Kent too has fielded its second team after a case in its first side.

While UK is set to relax Covid-19 restrictions from July 19 onwards, Public Health England will continue to implement norms for those who come in close contact with those who have tested positive. A 10-day self-isolation norm will continue to be enforced till August 16, two days before the end of The Hundred's group stage.

ECB chief executive, Tom Harrison, too has said that cricket will have to learn to live with the Covid-19 virus.

"Clearly we've got to make sure that we protect the India series but also it's important they (players) take part in The Hundred. The thinking is around their travel, their accommodation, how do we make sure they're not in close contact with anyone outside of the environment, do we need to put additional protocols around them?" Harrison had said recently, indicating that bio-secure bubbles could not be put at risk when the country relaxes its COVID restrictions.

"I hope we're in a position where we can cope through the protocols that are designed to cope with small outbreaks or being able to mitigate the impact on entire squads. There are risks -- I can't say they don't exist because they do… (but) we have to learn to cope with Covid. Mitigation is the word as opposed to prevention," Harrison was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 11:39:06 +0530
Tesla launches full self driving subscriptions at 199 a month

San Francisco, July 18

Tesla has officially launched its Full Self-Driving (FSD) subscription package for $199 per month.

For those who previously bought the Enhanced Autopilot package, the FDS feature would cost $99 a month.

To date, Tesla offered the Full Self-Driving package for a one-time payment of $10,000.

Tesla owners can cancel their monthly FSD subscription at any time, according to the website.

According to Electrek, the EV maker aims to deliver a true level 5 full self-driving system and people buying the package are betting on Tesla achieving that goal.

Lat week, Elon Musk-run company started releasing over-the-air software updates for its FSD Beta version 9.

The latest beta version is long-delayed and was first promised in 2018.

Musk has also confirmed that Tesla will release a new user interface with its FSD v9 Beta software update.

The new FSD feature enables drivers to use several advanced driver-assist features via Autopilot mode on local, non-highway streets, reports The Verge.

Full Self-Driving capabilities include navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Summon (moves your car in and out of a tight space using the mobile app or key).

Despite the Autopilot mode, Tesla has warned that drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 11:27:44 +0530
Bring back the Bolly good lip synch fad in songs

 

New Delhi, July 18

 Hindi mainstream has served up a couple of songs lately that managed to grab eyeballs in an old-Bollywood way.

The movies that feature the respective songs are lined up for OTT release, but that hasn't taken away the filmi touch. "Param sundari", filmed on Kriti Sanon in "Mimi", and "Chura ke dil mera 2.0" in "Hungama 2", bringing back Shilpa Shetty, have been trending upon release within a span of days from each other.

The songs, dance numbers both, interestingly represent the two conflicting schools of thought in the music industry. "Param sundari" is an original song penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and scored by AR Rahman for Shreya Ghoshal. "Churake dil mera 2.0" credits Anu Malik as a composer and is a remix of an old hit the composer created on Rani Malik's lyrics for the 1994 hit "Main Khiladi Tu Anari".

These two numbers in no way herald a revival of Bollywood music, which in recent years has been weighed down by a new-age filmmaking approach that is reluctant to accommodate songs in the narrative. Film songs, as we know them in the traditional sense, have been gasping for survival overall.

Interestingly, these two songs seem to be doing what Salman Khan's "Seeti maar" ("Radhe") struggled to do earlier this year. At least, these numbers have got people taking note of Bollywood music again for what it's worth, and not for star value or hype.

An interesting fact here is that "Mimi" and "Hungama 2" are films slated for OTT release. In other words, these films will cater to an audience that increasingly demands realism in entertainment more than larger-than-life absurdity. In this context, Hindi film songs, especially the lip-synched variety as these two numbers, have traditionally represented escapism.

If Hindi filmmakers are really looking for a way to revive films songs, the key perhaps lies in understanding that above notion. Film songs have to be served with a pinch of larger-than-life verve, no matter how realistic the film in question may be.

There is, after all, a reason why most film songs have failed to leave an impact in recent years. Most songs, barring item numbers, have been used as part of a film's background score lately, thereby robbing these numbers of the obvious advantage of a star's direct participation.

When a song is lip-synched by the star/s on the screen, the impact is immediate. It leaves a mark in the minds of millions of fans almost automatically when they see their favorite star/s 'singing' the song on screen.

Case in point: A sizeable chunk of comments about the "Mimi" and "Hungama 2" songs on the official YouTube pages are about Kriti Sanon's dance or Shilpa Shetty's yoga-fit look. The audience of any film -- whether released on OTT or big screen -- is mainly interested in the stars, and the star's active participation will always draw preliminary attention beyond, which, of course, the song's merit would decide its popularity.

GenNow filmmaking, especially when it creates films for direct-to-OTT release, has very little scope for old-Bollywood style, lip-synched numbers. Ninety per cent films nowadays, influenced by Hollywood-style realism of narration, don't leave scope for lip-synching in songs.

So, songs in films are nowadays mostly blended with the background scores. Such songs do not leave an impact in the audience's mind the way lip-synched songs would.

This is an irony because take a look at the most popular film's songs in recent months and you discover they have all been lip-synched numbers. From "Burj khalifa" in "Laxmii" to "Nadiyon paar" in "Roohi", recent hit songs bear testimony to this fact.

At a time when the rising indie music culture and the music video wave have overshadowed the film song, a dash of larger-than-life lip-synch could perhaps be the way out for the Hindi film song to find new life. It could be worth an experiment, trying to mix old-school song picturisation with new-age storytelling. Our filmmakers, after all, have been past masters at mix and remix.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 10:16:07 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 189 9 mn

Washington, July 18

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 189.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.08 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.59 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 189,924,297, 4,081,385 and 3,596,183,765, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 34,067,424 and 608,881, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,064,908 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,342,448), France (5,917,397), Russia (5,860,113), Turkey (5,522,039), the UK (5,407,428), Argentina (4,749,443), Colombia (4,621,260), Italy (4,284,332), Spain (4,100,222), Germany (3,751,253) and Iran (3,501,079), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 541,266 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (413,091), Mexico (236,015), Peru (194,935), Russia (145,222), the UK (128,960), Italy (127,864), France (111,657), Colombia (115,831) and Argentina (101,434).

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 10:01:30 +0530
10 killed in landslide as rains pound Mumbai MMR

Mumbai, July 18

At least 10 persons were killed and another six trapped in a landslide at Vashi Naka's New Bharat Nagar in Chembur on Sunday as torrential rains pounded the city, officials said here.

According to the NDRF and BMC, the landslide which occurred at around 1 a.m., crushed four to five hutments in the area.

The NDRF and other teams which rushed there for rescue operations have retrieved at least 10 bodies so far.

Another six to seven people are feared trapped under the mounds of earth and efforts are underway to rescue them.

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Sun, 18 Jul 2021 09:37:51 +0530
World s first 3D printed steel bridge in Amsterdam

Yashashree Malpathak

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In Amsterdam, Netherlands, the world's first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened over the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal. It is made of 4500 kilos of stainless steel and was built by robotic arms using welding torches to deposit the construction of the bridge layer by layer.

This is the world's first 3D-printed steel structure, and it is a 'living laboratory' bridge produced by the Dutch 3D-printing company MX3D in collaboration with Imperial College London. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands unveiled it in Amsterdam on 15th July 2021. The 12-meter-long bridge took six months to print and was made by four commercially available industrial robots. Last week, the structure was moved to its current site above the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in central Amsterdam, and it is now open to pedestrians and bicycles.

More than a dozen sensors will be placed on the bridge to monitor strain, movement, vibration, and temperature across the structure as people pass over the bridge and the weather changes. This information will be fed into the digital model of the bridge. Researchers and engineers will be able to measure the bridge's 'health' in real-time, watch its performance and lifespan, and understand how the public interacts with 3D-printed infrastructure with the data collected and stored in a computerized version of the bridge.

The development of this new technology for the building industry is considered to offer enormous future potential in terms of aesthetics and highly optimized and efficient design with reduced material utilization. Additive Manufacturing (AM), often known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing technique in which material is built up in successive layers to construct free-form geometries. Additive Manufacturing can selectively place material where it is structurally required, which increases design freedom while minimizing material usage and is something metallic structural prismatic components that comprise buildings and bridges cannot.

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 22:53:35 +0530
Ramayana Masam A month of Ramayana reading in Kerala

Anupama Nair

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Today, 17th July 2021 is the start of a holy month in Kerala as it is the start of “Ramayana Masam”, when people read the Malayalam version of Ramayana called “Adyatma Ramayana” written by Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan. Ramayana Masam is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (July—August) and you have to read the entire book in a month. You can rightly say, it is the start of Hindu festivities in Kerala.

Hindu organizations also perform this ritual in almost all temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As you know Ramayana is one of the greatest epics that hold great religious significance. During the Ramayana Masam, the recitation of Ramayana starts from the first day of the Karkidakam Masam and continues till the last day. Karkidakam is not considered auspicious for any ceremonies like marriages or house warming or the start of new projects etc., however, the month is ideal for pilgrimage and worship. All the rituals of Ramayana masam and reading of Ramayan should be performed with the utmost care, devotion and rigorous routine.

Families observing the practice must clean their home and surroundings at least a week ahead of the start of the month, and should be vegetarian. This should be a period of complete celibacy and even such thoughts should not be allowed to malign your mind. You should completely give up gossiping, sleeping in the day, violence and ego for these will negate the benefits of the reading.

Beginning from the first day, every day during the month, all the members of the house gather, after sunset and after lighting the evening lamp, they sit close to the ‘Nilavilakku’ or the traditional Kerala lamp and narrate the verses of ‘Adhyatma Ramayana’. The reading of Ramayana should be managed in such a way that it ends on the last day of the Karkidakam Masam.

Besides the practice of reading Ramayana during the Ramayana Masam in the household (which is now a rarity for youngsters), the recitation of this epic is done in Lord Vishnu temples. Several religious and spiritual organizations conduct plays, public discourses, recitals, and quiz competitions based on Ramayana during this month. Hindu devotees actively participate in these events with full of enthusiasm. Also, during the Ramayana Masam, Hindus also undertake a pilgrimage to the four temples of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna, located in the districts of Kottayam and Trichur, and this ritual is known as ‘Nalambalam Darshanam’.

The holy book of Ramayana is one of the most widely read epics in India. It is the literary masterpiece of Sage Valmiki which reflects Indian ethos and values and it portrays the divine birth, childhood, and adolescence of Lord Rama. The Adyatma Ramayana consists of seven books, and sixty-five chapters and 4,500 verses in the form of a dialogue between Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. In the book, the ideal characteristics of Rama and the principles related to devotion, knowledge, dispassion, adoration and good conduct are discussed. The Lord is presented as the supreme Brahman in the text, while the struggles of Sita and him are re-interpreted in an abstract spiritual form.

The Adhyatma Ramayana has seven Kandas, or chapters:


Bala Kand - The chapter begins with the description of ‘Brahmaswarup’, the cosmic and celestial appearance of Lord Rama as an avatar of Lord Vishnu, who was born as a human to eliminate the rakshasas on earth mainly the King of Lanka, Ravana. The chapter describes Rama's childhood and the story of ‘Ahalya Moksham’.

Ayodhya Kand – The chapter describes the life of the Lord in Ayodhya, including his exile, and the death of his father Dasarath.

Aranya Khand- The chapter describes the life of the Lord, Sita and Lakshman in the forest, and also ‘Sita haran’ by Ravana.

Kishkindha Kand - This chapter describes the killing of Vanara King Bali, and the search for Sita.
 

Sundar Kand – This chapter talks about the journey of Hanuman, his activities and finally ‘Lanka Dahanam’.

 
Yudha Kanda- It contains details of the battles between the armies of Rama and Ravana, the killing of Ravana, and the coronation of Rama upon his return to Ayodhya from Lanka.


Uttar Kand – This chapter describes the exile of Sita, the birth of Lava and Kusha, Sita going underground with Bhoomi Devi and lastly Rama's departure from the earth to Vaikund, the abode of Lord Vishnu.

A question arose in my mind, why Adhyatma Ramayana when Valmiki Ramayana exists. The answer could be that the purpose behind the work was not to relate ‘Rama Katha’ but to propound the philosophical principles of Bhakti in co-ordination with Advaita Vedanta. This is to be viewed against the picturization of Rama by Valmiki as a perfect human being, or ‘maryada purushottam’, with embodiment of Dharma. However, in Adhyatma Ramayana we see Rama as the form of Brahman - omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, the cause without a cause and the one without a second. The factors that caused Him to incarnate Himself in a human form were, as stated in the Gita, to protect Dharma and destroy the evil.

Valmiki Ramayanam depicts Lord Rama in a living form of a human being with all his noble strengths and common weaknesses rarely referring to his divinity as the real Lord Vishnu. However, the entire Adhyatma Ramayana portrays Rama as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with many prayers and stotrams to Him and at the same time containing the essence of Brahma Vidya or the knowledge about Brahman through various dialogues without losing emphasis on Bhakti or devotion. Wish you all a happy reading. Jai Shree Ram.

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 22:42:08 +0530
F1 2022 Car Explained Design Changes Engine Launch And Reveal Of The New Car

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Formula 1 wants to make the whole experience of the race more entertaining and wants the fans to witness more wheel-to-wheel action as they unveil the new 2020 car with the biggest overhaul of changes taking place.

FIA and F1 have worked closely in order to achieve something extraordinary from their new 2022 car. This change was supposed to be brought in this year but the pandemic took its toll on the sport and the new car regulations were postponed.

F1 2022 Car Launch And Reveal

What’s coming for 2022 represents arguably the biggest change in technical rules F1 has ever made. They have made adjustments to the new car in order to fit into the cost cap set by F1 for fair racing.

Formula 1 has worked on the cars to make the races more closer as over the period of time and in this season we have seen multiple times that one driver wins the race very easily while others fight behind his back without any competition.

We have not seen a close final lap battle from a few season’s whereas in the past we would witness some of the closest races where the driver’s battle it out until the final lap of the race.

F1 2022 Car: New regulations, changes, design and engine

AERODYNAMICS

The major change is witnessed in the aerodynamics of the car in order to make the races closer and much more entertaining. Many cosmetic changes have been done to the car like:

 

Front Wing and Nose

Newly designed front wing and nose allow the dirty air from the car in front to rise upwards and allows the car behind to get more closer and not lose downforce which is crucial in cornering.

3-D Shaped Floor

Two long tunnels in place of the current flat floor will ensure a greater proportion of the car’s total downforce.

Drop in the loss of downforce will significantly improve the racing on the track where the crowd will witness longer and closer battles that were missing from the Formula 1 over the past seasons

F1 2022 Car: Towards Sustainable Future

New Formula 1 cars will have to use “E10 fuel” ‘E’ standing for ethanol, while ‘10’ refers to its percentage in the mixture. In order to create a sustainable biofuel in the near future, F1 is working closely on zero carbon emission fuels.

This is the biggest step Formula 1 has taken in order to achieve a more sustainable way of racing.

Safety first for the F1 2022 Car

Formula 1 has focused mainly on increasing the safety of the drivers wherein the new car is now designed in such a way that, in the event of a crash, the power unit will separate from the chassis in a safe manner without exposing the fuel tank like in the incident of Roman Grosjean at 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.

The front and rear end of the car has been designed in a way where the new chassis will now absorb 48% impact at the front and 15% at the rear.

The safety of the drivers is the most important and F1 has once again gone ahead and proved that by running approximately 7,500 simulations, creating around half a petabyte of data.

 

 

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 21:18:02 +0530
First Indian female photojournalist featured in Met Museum show

New Delhi, July 17

 Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) commonly known by her pseudonym 'Dalda 13' and India's first woman press photographer among 120 trailblazing photographers from over 20 countries to be featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The ongoing exhibition titled "The New Woman Behind the Camera" runs till October 2021. Vyarawalla began work in the late 1930s and retired in the early 1970s. In 2011, she was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Some of her photographs on display include one of the Victoria Terminus, Mumbai; ashes of the Mahatma Gandhi being carried and Students at the Sir JJ School of Arts. There is also a photograph of Homai Vyarawalla photographing Ganesh Chaturthi at Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai. In 2010, the Alkazi Collection of Photography acquired the poignant photographic archives of Homai Vyarawalla.

'The New Woman Behind the Camera' features 185 photographs, photo books, and illustrated magazines by diverse photographers and highlights the work of the diverse "new" women who made significant advances in modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s.

According to The Met, during this tumultuous period shaped by two world wars, women stood at the forefront of experimentation with the camera and produced invaluable visual testimony that reflects both their personal experiences and the extraordinary social and political transformations of the era.

The exhibit examines women's pioneering work in a number of genres, from avant-garde experimentation and commercial studio practice to social documentary, photojournalism, ethnography, and sports, dance, and fashion photography. It highlights the work of photographers such as Ilse Bing, Lola elvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Florestine Perrault Collins, Elizaveta Ignatovich, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Niu Weiyu, Tsuneko Sasamoto, Gerda Taro, and Homai Vyarawalla, among many others.

For many of the daring women of the 1920s -- a symbol of a woman with bobbed hair, stylish dress, and a confident stride broke down conventional ideas of gender -- the camera was a means to assert their self-determination and artistic expression.

For many women, commercial studios were an important entry point into the field of photography, allowing them to forge professional careers and earn their own income. The availability of smaller, lightweight cameras spurred a number of women photographers to explore the city and the diversity of urban experience outside the studio. During this period, many women travelled extensively for the first time and took photographs documenting their experiences abroad. The unprecedented demand for fashion and advertising pictures between the world wars provided new employment opportunities for many female photographers.

Finally, the rise of the picture press also established photojournalism and social documentary photography as dominant forms of visual expression. Galvanized by the effects of a global economic crisis and growing political unrest, many women photographers created powerful images that exposed injustice and swayed public opinion.

As per Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met, "The international scope of this project is unprecedented. Though the New Woman is often regarded as a Western phenomenon, this exhibition proves otherwise by bringing together rarely seen photographs from around the world and presenting a nuanced, global history of photography. The women featured are responsible for shifting the direction of modern photography, and it is exhilarating to witness the accomplishments of these extraordinary practitioners."
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:02:36 +0530
HDFC Bank Q1FY22 YoY net profit up 16 1 Ld

Mumbai, July 17

 HDFC Bank on Saturday reported a year-on-year rise of 16.1 per cent in its net profit for Q1FY22.

Accordingly, the bank's net profit increased to Rs 7,729.6 crore during the quarter under review ended June 30 in the current fiscal, over the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Besides, the bank's net interest income (income earned less interest expended) rose to Rs 17,009.0 crore from Rs 15,665.4 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

"During the quarter, the country was hit by a 'second wave' of Covid-19, with a significant surge in cases following the discovery of mutant coronavirus strains. While there was an improvement towards the end, business activities remained curtailed for almost two thirds of the quarter."

"These disruptions led to a decrease in retail loan originations, sale of third party products, card spends and efficiency in collection efforts. The lower business volumes, coupled with higher slippages, resulted in lower revenues, as well as an enhanced level of provisioning."

As per the bank, provisions and contingencies for the quarter under review were Rs 4,830.8 crore from Rs 3,891.5 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

"Total provisions for the current quarter included contingent provisions of approximately Rs 600 crore."

Furthermore, the bank reported that gross non-performing assets were at 1.47 per cent of gross advances as against 1.32 per cent as on March 31, 2021 and 1.36 per cent as on June 30, 2020.

"Net non-performing assets were at 0.48 per cent of net advances as on June 30, 2021."

"Bank held floating provisions of Rs 1,451 crore and contingent provisions of Rs 6,596 crore as on June 30, 2021. Total provisions were 146 per cent of the gross non-performing loans as on June 30, 2021."

In terms of consolidated results, the bank's net profit reported a rise of 14.4 per cent to Rs 7,922 crore over the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

"Consolidated advances grew by 13.7 per cent from Rs 1,053,683 crore as on June 30, 2020 to Rs 1,197,876 crore as on June 30, 2021."
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:57:48 +0530
Maha Congress questions ED s one sided probe against Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai, July 17

 A day after the ED attached properties worth Rs 4.21 crore belonging to ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's family, the state Congress on Saturday slammed the move, terming it as a 'one-sided probe' and part of vendetta unleashed by the BJP at the Centre to target the Maha Vikas Aghadi and other opposition governments.

Questioning the ED's motives, state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant asked why the agency has not yet arrested the bar owners who allegedly paid the bribe to Deshmukh, as claimed in a letter penned by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh.

On the ED's contention that it is investigating a land worth Rs 300 crore in Raigad belonging to Anil Deshmukh's company, Sawant said it was purchased in 2005 when the plot value was Rs 2.67 crore so why the ED didn't act then.

Referring to the price of a flat in Worli confiscated by the ED in 2004, he said when the payment for it was already made in 2004, why it is being linked to the alleged corruption cases now.

"How can the ED act on these old deals now and try to portray as if it is from the proceeds of the alleged corruption money? The ED's probe is totally one-sided. We seek answer from them," Sawant said.

Accusing the ED of leaking out information selectively to certain media outlets without confirming or denying them, the Congress leader demanded to know that if Singh was aware that his junior officer Sachin Vaze was told to collect Rs 100 crore, why didn't he speak or act at that time, and why the ED has still not acted against him.

"This is the same strategy that the Narendra Modi-led government has deployed since the past seven years -- misusing the official probe agencies against opposition-ruled states, discrediting and destabilising them," Sawant said.

In the current matter, the ED is using the same modus operandi as in the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput -- spreading falsehoods or rumours through certain media outlets and then never confirming or denying them, he said.

Sawant's statement came after the ED provisionally attached assets worth Rs 4.21 crore reportedly owned by Deshmukh's wife, Aarti Deshmukh, and a company, Premier Port Links Pvt. Ltd.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:53:38 +0530
Olympics Weightlifter Mirabai starts practice shooters rowers land in Tokyo

Tokyo, July 17

 Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu had her first practice session in Tokyo on Saturday. Mirabai, along with her coach Vijay Sharma, assistant coach Sandeep Kumar and other members of the staff had landed in Tokyo from the training base in St Louis, USA on Friday.

On Saturday, Mirabai was seen in a high intensity training session, lifting weights with a mask on her face and trying to work on her snatch lift.

In a short video provided by the Sports Authority of India, her coach Sharma is praising and encouraging her to do the lifts well. The 26-year-old is seen as a big medal contender in the women's 49 kg category.

Mirabai will be trying to make amends for a disappointing show at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Mirabai's event will take place on July 24, a day after the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, the Indian shooting team landed in Tokyo on Saturday. The 15-member squad, along with coaches and support staff, touched down in Tokyo after leaving their training base of Zagreb in Croatia via Amsterdam.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) posted a tweet of the shooting team's arrival in Tokyo for the Olympics. The squad comprises of Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Abhishek Verma, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Deepak Kumar, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Elavenil Valarivan, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat, Sanjeev Rajput, Saurabh Chaudhary, Tejaswini Sawant and Yashaswini Singh Deswal.

The shooting events begin on July 24 with 10m air rifle for women and 10m air pistol for men.

Athletes of different disciplines have already arrived and started to practice. The rowing team of Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh also reached Tokyo on Friday and are practising for their event, men's lightweight double sculls.

Before them, the sailing team of Varun Thakkar, Ganapathy Chengappa, Vishnu Saravanan and Nethra Kumanan had arrived and began its practice sessions. The sailing competition begins on July 25.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:46:53 +0530
NASA celebrates 100th birthday of 1st American to orbit the planet

Washington, July 17

 The US space agency on Saturday celebrated the 100th birthday of astronaut John Glenn who changed the history of spaceflight, becoming the first American to orbit the planet.

Others US astronauts had been to space but Glenn was the first to actually orbit the planet we call home.

Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio on July 18, 1921.

"He also changed the language, adding a Yiddish term -- glitch -- to our lexicon. He wasn't by training a wordsmith like Shakespeare or a musician (who often change the way in which language is used through song) but change it he did," NASA said in a statement.

He grew up in the nearby small town of New Concord with his parents, John and Clara, and his sister, Jean.

He would later write that a boy could not have had a more idyllic early childhood.

As the US entered World War II, newly-licensed pilot Glenn committed to serving his country by air. His military career as a fighter pilot, flight instructor, test pilot, and astronaut would span more than two decades.

He retired from active service in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel in 1965, according to NASA.

In 1959, Glenn was selected as one of the Mercury Seven, the first group of astronauts in newly-formed NASA Manned Space Programme. The other six astronauts were Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald "Deke" Slayton.

On February 20, 1962, piloting the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft, NASA astronaut Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

In 1974, after working in private industry for several years, Glenn ran a successful campaign to represent Ohio in the US Senate. He was Ohio's first four-term senator, winning reelection in 1980, 1986, and 1992.

On October 29, 1998, at age 77, John Glenn made history once again when he became the oldest man to fly in space.

"As a payload specialist for NASA's STS-95 mission, Glenn participated in investigations on spaceflight and the aging process," NASA said.

Glenn died on December 8, 2016, at the age of 95.

"A good man has left Earth for the last time. John Glenn's life will long be remembered for his time in space, his courage, and his service to all Americans," said Katherine Johnson, another NASA legend.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:42:15 +0530
Bhumi Pednekar feels she shares feel good value with Akshay Kumar on screen

Mumbai, July 17

 Bhumi Pednekar feels her teaming with Akshay Kumar gives out the vibe to fans that there is meaningful entertainment in store.

Bhumi and Akshay have earlier worked in "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" and are currently working on the upcoming film "Raksha Bandhan".

"The fact that we come from a film that really worked, was loved and had such an important social message that people have similar expectations from our current collaboration as well. But I feel Akshay sir and I have feel-good value and people know if we are coming then it will be something meaningful and yet entertaining," says Bhumi.

"Akshay sir is someone I really admire and he is someone who has really worked his way up and there are aspects of his journey I admire -- like he dreamt big and achieved it, and so did I. I think the success story is something that also works for people and is inspirational for people," she adds.

Bhumi also has projects like "Badhaai Do" and "Mr Lele" lined up. She feels she became an actress at the right time.

"I think I became an actor at a time when content started overpowering all other aspects of cinema. I realised that the language of cinema was changing and I feel very fortunate to be an active part of the change," she says.

"I think the basic mould of how an actor is, has changed and I got a big opportunity to do that through the characters I played," she says.

"The relatability of the girl next door where people felt the stories were their own, where people saw me play characters that they could relate with. I think that is something that worked with me," feels Bhumi.

"The fact that when they saw me and said they know this girl and that could be their daughter, their niece, their nephew, girlfriend, wife, or sister. I think that is one of the biggest things that has worked for me so far," she sums up.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:37:05 +0530
Ola scooter receives 100K bookings in a day

New Delhi, July 17

 Ride-hailing major Ola on Saturday announced that its electric scooter has received a record-breaking 100,000 reservations within the first 24 hours, making it the most pre-booked scooter in the world.

Ola Electric opened the reservation for its electric scooter on the evening of July 15. It can be reserved for Rs 499 via its official website -- olaelectric.com.

"I am thrilled by the tremendous response from customers across India for our first electric vehicle. The unprecedented demand is a clear indicator of shifting consumer preferences to EVs," Bhavish Aggarwal, Chairman and Group CEO, Ola, said in a statement.

"This is a huge step forward in our mission to transition the world to sustainable mobility. I thank all the consumers who have booked the Ola Scooter and have joined the EV revolution. This is only the beginning!" the CEO added.

The company said it is seeing unprecedented demand from customers who continue to throng the website to book the scooter in record numbers.

The Ola Scooter is said to be a revolutionary product from Ola Electric, with class-leading speed, unprecedented range, the biggest boot space as well as advanced technology that make it the best scooter customers can buy.

The company said it will be priced aggressively to make it widely accessible and it will be made-in-India for the world, to be manufactured at the company's state-of-the-art Futurefactory.

The first phase of the Ola Futurefactory is nearing completion and will be operationalised soon, while the full capacity of 10 million vehicles per annum will be built by next year.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:31:48 +0530
Siddiqui s death highlights media s dangers in Afghanistan

Kolkata, July 17

 The death of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, while caught in a crossfire between the Taliban and Afghan forces, puts the spotlight firmly on increasing dangers faced by mediapersons in the war-torn country.

An Indian and a Pulitzer award winner, Siddiqui was however not murdered, unlike the more thab 30 Afghan journalists who have been killed on the line of duty, mostly by Taliban radicals.

Some of them were woman who dared the Talibans with their bold reporting.

Three women who worked for the local Enikass Radio and TV were brutally murdered in April in Jalalabad.

The victims, Mursal Wahidi, 25, Sadia Sadat, 20, and Shahnaz Raofi, 20, worked in a department that records voice-overs for foreign programs.

A fourth woman was wounded in the attacks.

Malalai Maiwand, 26, a television and radio presenter with Enikass, had been gunned down in much the same way in December 2020.

The Taliban denied any involvement but have been blamed for much of the wave of assassinations that began after the February 2020 peace agreement negotiated between the insurgent group and the United States.

A senior Enikass management official told IANS that the Taliban hated their outlet not only because of their reporting but also because they employed many women.

Following the 2001 US invasion which unseated the Taliban and ended its extremist form of Islamic law that banned women from most jobs, Afghanistan's media outlets and news stations have emboldened a new generation of Afghans and especially women, despite the unending war around them.

But since 2018, more than 30 media workers and journalists have been killed in Afghanistan, according to a recent UN report.

From September 2020 to January of this year, at least six journalists and media workers were killed in such attacks, according to the report.

Many died thereafter.

The recent attacks have amounted to an "intentional, premeditated, and deliberate targeting of human rights defenders, journalists and media workers", the report said.

"With a clear objective of silencing specific individuals by killing them, while sending a chilling message to the broader community."

Taliban forces have been deliberately targeting journalists and other media workers, including women, in Afghanistan, the US-based Human Rights Watch has said.

Threats and attacks against journalists across the country have increased sharply since talks began between the Afghan government and the Taliban, heightening concerns about preserving freedom of expression and the media in any peace settlement.

Human Rights Watch found that Taliban commanders and fighters have engaged in a pattern of threats, intimidation, and violence against members of the media in areas where the Taliban have significant influence, as well as in Kabul.

Those making the threats often have an intimate knowledge of a journalist's work, family, and movements and use this information to either compel them to self-censor, leave their work altogether, or face violent consequences.

Provincial and district-level Taliban commanders and fighters also make oral and written threats against journalists beyond the areas they control.

Journalists say that the widespread nature of the threats has meant that no media workers feel safe.

"A wave of threats and killings has sent a chilling message to the Afghan media at a precarious moment as Afghans on all sides get set to negotiate free speech protections in a future Afghanistan," said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director.

"By silencing critics through threats and violence, the Taliban have undermined hopes for preserving an open society in Afghanistan."

Human Rights Watch interviewed 46 members of the Afghan media between November 2020 and March 2021, seeking information on the conditions under which they work, including threats of physical harm.

Those interviewed included 42 journalists in Badghis, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Wardak, and Zabul provinces and four who had left Afghanistan due to threats.

In a number of cases that the Human Rights Watch documented, Taliban forces detained journalists for a few hours or overnight.

In several cases they or their colleagues were able to contact senior Taliban officials to intercede with provincial and district-level commanders to secure their release, indicating that local commanders are able to take decisions to target journalists on their own without approval from senior Taliban military or political officials.

Taliban officials at their political office in Doha, Qatar, have denied that their forces threaten the media and say that they require only that journalists respect Islamic values.

But Taliban commanders throughout Afghanistan have threatened journalists specifically for their reporting.

The commanders have considerable autonomy to carry out punishments, including targeted killings.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:26:41 +0530
Follow govt s Covid norms refrain from sacrificing forbidden animals Madani

New Delhi, July 17

Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madani has advised Muslims to perform Eid-ul-Adha prayers in mosques or at home while following the Covid-19 guidelines given by the Health Ministry.

Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on July 21 when as an annual ritual Muslims sacrifice animals.

"It is better to offer sacrifice after offering sermon and prayers in a short manner immediately after 20 minutes of sunrise, and the waste should be buried in such a way that it does not cause of odour," he said in a statement.

He has asked the community to refrain from sacrificing forbidden animals as it hurts sentiments of others. Therefore, it is better to be content with it to avoid any trouble.

If there is no way to fulfil this religious obligation, then a sacrifice should be offered in a nearby place where there is no difficulty.

But where the sacrifice had been offered regularly, and there is a problem right now, so at least a goat must be sacrificed there, and registration should be done in the office of administration.

In order to protect themselves from this disease, Muslims should pray to Allah as much as possible and also do repentance, he said.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:18:53 +0530
UP assembly secretariat bans jeans T shirt for staff

Lucknow, July 17

 Staff working in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Secretariat have been banned from wearing jeans and T-shirts during office hours. This order was issued by Narendra Kumar Mishra, Joint Secretary in the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat.

The order says that now all the employees of the secretariat will wear clothes according to the dignity of the secretariat.

This instruction has been issued to all the officers and employees of the secretariat.

Now no one is allowed to enter the Secretariat wearing jeans and T-shirt or other casual wear.

The order has asked all the officers and employees to wear only formal dress during office hours, as per the dignity of the secretariat.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:13:37 +0530
CMFRI scientist wins ICAR award for research on seaweed

Kochi, July 17

 Kajal Chakraborty, principal scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), has won national recognition for his research efforts to develop a series of nutraceutical products from seaweeds to treat various lifestyle diseases, including diabetes.

Chakraborty bagged the prestigious Norman Borlaug National Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research instituted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) functioning under the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.

Three other CMFRI scientists also won awards for their works. All the awards were presented virtually by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

While addressing the gathering after presenting the awards, Tomar said that strengthening agriculture and its strong foundation through relevant research programmes could help achieve the targets of rural development of the country.

The 'Kisan Sarathi', an ITC-based interface solution for supporting agriculture at the local niche with national perspective, was also released on the occasion.

The award, which is announced once in every five years, carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. Besides this, the scientist will be given a research grant of Rs 1.5 crore for carrying out a challenging research project for five years.

Chakraborty's research achievements involve developing and commercialising nutraceutical products from selected seaweeds to combat rheumatic arthritic pain, type-2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension and hypothyroidism.

The latest efforts in this line of research include antiosteoporotic and immune-boost nutraceuticals, and the latter received wider attention in the wake of the Covid -19 pandemic.

The award was announced and presented marking the 93rd foundation day of ICAR.

The other winners from CMFRI include Fasina Makkar, a PhD scholar who received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for her doctoral thesis research in agricultural and allied Sciences. The other awards for CMFRI include Rajarshi Tandon Rajbhasha Award for excellent implementation of Official Language Policy among the ICAR institutes situated in the 'C' region.

The CMFRI also received ICAR Best Hindi Magazine Award -- Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar -- for its in-house Hindi magazine 'Matsyagandha'.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:09:53 +0530
Trouble breaks out in Kerala unit of ruling Left ally LJD

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, July 17

Ever since M.V. Shreyams Kumar, a Rajya Sabha member who heads the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) in Kerala, an ally of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), decided to contest the April 6 Assembly polls, cracks started to appear in the partys Kerala unit, which surfaced in the open on Saturday with a section of the party leaders reaching Delhi to meet party top brass Sharad Yadav seeking a change in leadership.

The trouble started when Kumar, who co-owns Mathrubhumi, the second largest media group in Kerala, while being a Rajya Sabha member decided to contest from his home turf in the Assembly polls, much to the surprise of many.

The LJD was offered three seats and all of them were sitting seats of the Left. The seats were offered to the LJD because it had moved out of the Congress-led UDF to the Left.

While the ruling Left swept the polls, Kumar had to bite the dust, losing from the Left's seat in Kalpetta.

Things worsened further after Kumar was accused of scuttling the chances of his party colleague K.P. Mohanan from getting a ministerial berth. Mohanan was LJD's only winning candidate in the Assembly polls.

Following this, a section of LJD leaders in Kerala expressed their ire towards Kumar. After failing to get a positive response from Kumar, a section of the party led by Sheikh P. Harris, Mohanan and others called on party supremo Sharad Yadav.

"After the election debacle, we are still unable to take stock of what happened. We also failed to win a cabinet berth. We strongly feel that there is a need for a revamp," Harris said after meeting Yadav.

Meanwhile, Yadav said that he has heard one side of the story. Later on Saturday evening, Kumar is also expected to meet Yadav and discuss the issues facing the party's Kerala unit.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:05:58 +0530
Nadda meets Punjab BJP leaders discusses attacks on party workers

New Delhi, July 17

 BJP national President J.P. Nadda on Saturday met leaders from the partys Punjab unit and discussed the law and order situation in the state and the ‘attacks on party workers.

During the meeting, Nadda assured the party workers that the BJP stands with them, adding that the state is governed by the rule of law.

Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma told IANS that Nadda met the party workers who faced violent attacks in the name of farmers' protest, including 13 workers who were recently taken hostage at Rajpura in Patiala for over 12 hours.

"Nadda ji personally interacted with the workers who faced attacks and assured them that the BJP, the world's largest party, stands with them. Nadda ji also told them that a state is governed by the rule of land," Sharma said.

BJP national General Secretary and state in-charge Dushyant Gautam, national General Secretary Tarun Chugh, Punjab BJP chief Sharma, state office-bearers and senior leaders were present in the meeting along with the workers who faced attacks over the new farm laws.

Sharma also emphasised that no discussion was held about next year's Assembly polls in Punjab.

"During the meeting, which lasted for over an hour, Nadda ji talked to our workers who faced attacks by anti-social elements in the name of farmers. No discussion was held about the Assembly polls," Sharma said.

It is learnt that Nadda heard all the BJP workers who were attacked in the meeting.

"There is a complete breakdown of law and order in Punjab and the Amarinder Singh government is least interested in enforcing the law of the land. In a democracy, there is no place for violence, but the Chief Minister has forgotten that, turning a blind eye towards the incidents of violent attacks on BJP workers," Sharma said.
 

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 19:02:47 +0530
What is the EU Commission s Fit for 55 Plan

Yashashree Malpathak

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On Wednesday, the European Union presented the "Fit for 55" plan, which seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030. It proposes a ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2035, a 40% increase in renewable energy in the EU by 2030 (from 1990 levels), and, most importantly, a carbon-border tax to discourage carbon-intensive imports from countries with high emissions, among other things.

By 2050, the EU aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent. To attain the goal of climate-neutrality in Europe by 2050, the European Commission had launched a set of policy measures under the Green Deal. These carbon reductions must be achieved in the next decade if Europe is to become the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and the European Green Deal to become a reality.

In comparison to 1990, the EU had cut emissions by 24% by 2019. From 1990 to 2019, the EU reduced carbon emissions by 24%; now, in just 9 years, it wants to reduce CO2 emissions by another 31%. The Paris climate agreement, signed in 2016, intends to keep global temperature rise far below 2 degrees Celcius, preferably under 1.5 degrees Celsius, to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The European Climate Law, which takes effect this month, makes the EU's commitment to climate neutrality and the intermediate goal of lowering net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels legally binding.

The plan, which was unveiled on Wednesday, has a dozen proposals that must yet be approved by the EU's 27 member states and parliament. The proposals also include a levy on aviation fuel and a 10-year tax reduction for low-carbon alternatives, more ambitious targets for renewable energy expansion across the EU bloc, and demand that countries renovate buildings that are not certified energy-efficient more quickly that are being considered.

The new proposal is based on the principle that the polluter pays. It’s going to extend carbon pricing to around two-thirds of emissions in the EU. The carbon border tariff, which would require manufacturers from outside the EU to pay more for importing materials like steel and concrete is opposed by both, the US, and China. Critics say the plan places too much burden on consumers especially in poor European countries. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough.

The European Union's objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by the end of the decade will have far-reaching consequences for jobs and the EU's economy. European leaders argued that the climate package proposed on Wednesday could place Europe at the forefront of innovative technologies such as electric car batteries, offshore wind power, and hydrogen-powered aircraft engines.

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 09:45:05 +0530
Tokyo Olympics 2020

Shazneen Mistry

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This is an upcoming international multi-sport event that has been scheduled for July will be going on till the first week of August. This year the 2020 Olympics will be held in Japan. Originally the tournaments were going to take place in March, but due to the pandemic and the lockdown, the event had to be postponed.

This is a much-awaited sporting event by all the athletes as well as the sports fans, as this tournament takes place every four years and only the best of the players are selected to compete here and represent their country.

The tentative dates for this sports are from 23rd July to 8th August, but it can be seen that the dates might be extended again as recently the Brazil team was tested covid positive. The case is still in discussion to see if they will be continuing with the Olympics or are planning to postpone it again.

The Indian team's representatives are all ready to leave for these games, but currently, the Indian contingent officials who reached Tokyo on Wednesday, earlier than the participants to check the stay and the other provisions, allayed concerns over long waiting hours at the Tokyo airport and the stay of athletes at the Olympic Game Village. The officials mentioned that they had had a hassle-free experience and were cleared through immigration in less than two hours, from the airport and boarded their transport within two hours of the arrival.

The wait for the Covid test at the airport was not more than 40 minutes. The authorities there asked if the health of the individual has been monitored for 14 days, and whether they have uploaded their Covid negative certificate (test done 72 hours before departure) in the OCHA health app as they had asked for. If not, then they shall help one with the app process. Testing is also a smooth process, and there is no need to panic. One has to give their samples and wait for 30-40 minutes. There were even volunteers present to help the crew through every step, from testing to navigating through a health app and arranging transport for us.

Further, it has been mentioned that the athletes going from India will have to quarantine for three days because India is among 14 nations listed in the high-risk category as per Covid protocols. There were fears regarding the diet of athletes during their quarantine period.

 

On the arrival at the Games Village, they were handed keys to the rooms of the entire contingent, there would not be any issues regarding food as Indian athletes will be allowed to eat in the dining area on a separate floor specially marked for them as eating in the rooms is not allowed.

Three floors have been provided in Tower 15, where there would be around 182 rooms of single and double beds. Seeing that the Indian team contingent strength along with the athletes and coaches will be checking in and out (after their events), it could be possible that they will be able to provide single rooms for almost everyone.

The officials have added that “We were very happy with the facilities and the staff is very helpful and kind. Indian athletes need not fear at all, everything has been taken care of.” This event will be really exciting for the viewers as well as the participants as these games have been much awaited for months. Best of Luck to all the participants. DO YOUR BEST.

 

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 09:40:34 +0530
Digitalisation is giving new wings to India s growth

Divya Joyce

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In April 2018 Fiscal Monitor Report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) praised India for its push towards digitalisation, saying that "the experiences of India and South Africa show how digitalisation can help improve social protection and the delivery of public services."

The country has been gradually taking strides to embrace digital tools and platforms in all spheres of life. One of the biggest bets from the government in this direction has been the introduction and implementation of Aadhaar-a move supported by the IMF as well. In the past few years, the country has seen digitalisation make a mark in multiple spheres including education, social welfare connectivity. The other digitalisation-based efforts from the government include PAHAL and DigiLocker.

The benefits of digitalisation aren't just confined to the government. Digital revolution is unlike any other revolution that the world has witnessed in the past. India is currently at the forefront of leading the Digital Revolution with unparalleled speed and scale.

India has placed itself as a 'mobile- fint country, housing one of the largest mobile manufacturing factories in the world set up by Samsung in 2018. The number of mobile plants in India servicing this new-age consumer has grown from tremendously. More than 290 million mobile phones were domestically produced in the country in 2019-20. In the past few years, India has become one of largest consumers of data in the world.

The story of India's digitalisation can't be complete without mentioning the penetration of digital payments in the country using a variety of platforms including UPI (Unified Payment Interface), Paytm and Google Pay. The increasing number of smartphones in the country has led to an unprecedented growth in digital transactions in the country. The impact of this change is being seen mainly in online shopping, payment of utility bills and movie tickets. Pandemic has also been a catalyst to this revolution in the country.

The expansion of digitalisation in the country can be witnessed in almost all spheres ranging from changing education landscape to the kind of new age industries coming up in the country. With such a game changing resource in our hands, we can't miss the chance to use this wave and place ourselves amongst the leading nations in the world.

Sat, 17 Jul 2021 09:20:29 +0530
FICCI appreciates Assam FM for presenting tax free Budget

Guwahati, July 17

Industry body FICCI has appreciated Assam's first woman Finance Minister Ajanta Neog for presenting a tax free Budget for FY 2021-22 in the state Assembly on Friday.

The Chairman of the Northeast Advisory Council of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Ranjit Barthakur, complimented the Finance Minister for presenting a ‘forward looking budget', free of any additional tax burden at a very difficult time.

Welcoming the focus of the Budget on agriculture and rural economy, Barthakur said decisions like setting up of farm machinery banks, capacity building initiatives for farmers, the measures taken for improving cattle stock and community-based initiatives for increasing fish production will go a long way in ensuring the food security of the state.

Barthakur in a statement also welcomed the infrastructure development proposals under the ‘Asom Mala' initiative, particularly the proposal for the development of 1,000 km of embankment-cum-roads and the roads and bridges proposed to be developed across the state.

"FICCI has been advocating the need for harnessing the state's riverways for transportation. We welcome the initiative for the development of river transportation and the proposed formation of two new companies -- Assam Shipping Company and Assam Ports Company," the FICCI leader said.

FICCI Assam state council Chairman Dipankar Barua said that it is a matter of happiness that the state government has decided to address the difficulties faced by the unorganised sector, particularly the small traders and craftsmen, by giving them a one-time grant.

Barua also welcomed the plan to develop 100 industrial parks and the decisions to create Nano Incubation Centres for the industries at Silchar, Bongaigaon, Tezpur and Dibrugarh.

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:47:55 +0530
FICCI appreciates Assam FM for presenting tax free Budget

Guwahati, July 17

Industry body FICCI has appreciated Assam's first woman Finance Minister Ajanta Neog for presenting a tax free Budget for FY 2021-22 in the state Assembly on Friday.

The Chairman of the Northeast Advisory Council of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Ranjit Barthakur, complimented the Finance Minister for presenting a ‘forward looking budget', free of any additional tax burden at a very difficult time.

Welcoming the focus of the Budget on agriculture and rural economy, Barthakur said decisions like setting up of farm machinery banks, capacity building initiatives for farmers, the measures taken for improving cattle stock and community-based initiatives for increasing fish production will go a long way in ensuring the food security of the state.

Barthakur in a statement also welcomed the infrastructure development proposals under the ‘Asom Mala' initiative, particularly the proposal for the development of 1,000 km of embankment-cum-roads and the roads and bridges proposed to be developed across the state.

"FICCI has been advocating the need for harnessing the state's riverways for transportation. We welcome the initiative for the development of river transportation and the proposed formation of two new companies -- Assam Shipping Company and Assam Ports Company," the FICCI leader said.

FICCI Assam state council Chairman Dipankar Barua said that it is a matter of happiness that the state government has decided to address the difficulties faced by the unorganised sector, particularly the small traders and craftsmen, by giving them a one-time grant.

Barua also welcomed the plan to develop 100 industrial parks and the decisions to create Nano Incubation Centres for the industries at Silchar, Bongaigaon, Tezpur and Dibrugarh.

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:44:21 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 188 9 mn

Washington, July 17

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 188.9 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.07 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.56 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 189,441,350, 4,074,120 and 3,567,645,976, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 334,051,023 and 608,809, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 31,026,829 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,308,109), France (5,906,421), Russia (5,835,523), Turkey (5,507,455), the UK (5,353,240), Argentina (4,737,213), Colombia (4,601,335), Italy (4,281,214), Spain (4,100,222), Germany (3,749,944) and Iran (3,485,940), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 540,398 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (412,531), Mexico (235,740), Peru (194,849), Russia (144,446), the UK (128,913), Italy (127,851), France (111,641), Colombia (115,333) and Argentina (101,158).

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Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:35:19 +0530
Indian Web Series That Are Bound To Get You Hooked

Mili Desai

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Do you want to watch something that keeps you on the edge of your seat ? You shall see some of these thriller web series. Earlier there were movies, but now in this digitally evolving world we have come up with OTT platforms that provide us with all the content. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and consequent national lockdown in March 2020, India witnessed a significant growth in the usage of OTT. It enabled the youth in India to access OTT video streaming services at affordable prices.Shows like Scam 1992 (SonyLIV), Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime Video), Special Ops (Disney+ Hotstar), The family man (Amazon Prime), and Asur (Voot) kept the audiences hooked on to the OTT platforms.These  shows are binge-worthy and are pretty good at balancing the multiple storylines. The intrigue factor in the plot line stays strong until the end and keeps you hooked.

Scam 1992 (SonyLIV) - The Harshad Mehta story is an Indian financial thriller based on the scam of Indian share market committed by many stockbrokers including Harshad Mehta and how he’s been exposed by a famous journalist Sucheta Dalal.

Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime Video) - An Indian Hindi -language crime thriller web series based on a cynical cop who gets assigned to investigate a high-profile case. As he gets caught in the investigation, he gets dragged into the darker realms of the underworld.the Paatal (hell) being served as the prime phase of the storyline, which takes places in East Delhi.

Special Ops (Disney+ Hotstar)- An action espionage thriller web series. The series follows Himmat Singh (Menon) of Research and Analysis Wing who draws similar patterns in terrorist attacks and is convinced a single person is behind all the attacks. His task force team of five agents living in various parts of the world aim to catch the mastermind.

The family man (Amazon Prime) -The Family Man follows an intelligence officer who lives a dual life – one at home where he is a lazy husband, and the other on the field where he has to be at his A-game at all hours to catch all the terroristic activities. Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar Played a fantastic role.

Asur (Voot) - Asur tries to blend mythology and crime and presents a thrilling series. The story follows a cop who has been kidnapped by a mythical serial-killer like figure. The show stars Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Sharib Hashmi among others.

These are the shows which you should add to your wishlist of you haven’t watched!

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 22:51:36 +0530
Velu Thampi the fighter who tried to save Travancore from the British

Anupama Nair

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Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of  India’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today I am going to write about the great but unknown Velu Thampi Dalava who gave his life to save the kingdom of Travancore from the British East India Company. He is one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company's supremacy in India and the course of history would have been different had he succeeded!

To understand the story of Velu Thampi, I need to take you back many centuries before. India was ruled by the cruel Mughals. It is a credit to the British, how the merchants who came to do trade with India, within 300 years became the masters of the entire land from Khyber to Chittagong and from Kashmir to Comorin (now Kanya Kumari), i.e., entire Sub-Continent. The English East India Company was formed by merchants of England to trade with Asia and India the “golden bird” in particular and America. It was formed by Royal Charter on New Year’s Eve on 1600. They landed in the Indian subcontinent on August 24, 1608, in Surat (Gujarat).

The Battle of Plassey (1757) and Battle of Buxar (1764) , smoothened their path to conquer the sub-continent. Robert Clive became the first Governor General of British India. By spinning a web of deceit, and many laws like Subsidiary Alliance (Lord Wellesley) and Doctrine of Lapse (Lord Dalhousie), they succeeded in ruling the entire sub-continent by 19th century. Jawaharlal Nehru in his book Discovery of India quoted “British rule in India had an unsavory beginning and something of that bitter taste has clung to it ever since”.

Velayudhan Thampi was born in a Nair family and was born on 6 May 1765 in the village of Thalakkulam (now in Kanya Kumari) then a southern district of Travancore Kingdom. Velu Thampi, was appointed Tehsildar of Mavelikara during reign of Maharaja Dharmaraja Ramavarma (who defeated Tipu Sultan). He became the Dalava or Prime Minister during the reign of the next Maharaja Bala Rama Varma, who was known as the worst king of the Travancore Dynasty as his reign was marked by unrest and various internal and external political problems. Velu Thampi faced serious opposition from his rivals when he became the Dalawa, but he overcame such obstacles through his skillful political instincts. Breakdown in law and order and rampant corruption were still present throughout the kingdom. As a way to improve the situation, Velu Thampi resorted to imposing harsh punishments against the guilty 

Earlier the very popular Maharaja Dharma Raja signed a treaty with the East India Company in 1795 and was later revised in what is known as the Treaty of 1805 or "Subordinate Isolation", after the insurrection of the Nair troops in Travancore. It increased the number of the British army in Travancore and the expenditure of the army was to be made by the Travancore Kingdom. As a result the local army was drastically cut which did not help the kingdom at all.

 

Travancore at that time was facing a huge financial crisis and after the ratification of the Treaty by Velu Thampi resulted in discontent as it increased the dependence of Travancore on the British and also made it indebted to the East India Company. The British Resident Colonel Colin Macaulay, who was aware of the financial crisis  forced the Dalava for immediate payment of the large amount of tribute and the expenses of the army.

For two years the Maharaja did not have funds to pay the East India Company. The amount to be paid was Rs. 662,669 rupees,  huge amount in those days and demanded reduction of the Travancore army again. The king insisted on retaining the troops. Resident Macaulay, felt the Maharaja refused his request under the influence of the Dalava and demanded his removal. The Maharaja wrote to the Madras Government for the recall of the Resident immediately and appointment of a new Resident. The request was denied and an emboldened Resident demanded immediate payment

A rebellion broke out in the kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin which led to the Resident's house in Cochin being stormed, though Colonel Macaulay and his ally Kunhikrishana Menon managed to flee. The British garrison in Cochin, under Lieutenant Colonel John Chalmers, attacked the forces of Travancore. Later, the British troops defeated the rebels in another battle at Quilon. Thampi made the Kundara Proclamation (exhorting the natives to fight against the British) on 11 January 1809, and as a result, some British civilians and their supporters were executed by the rebels in Travancore. By February slowly by slowly British began to gain upper hand  and the army camped at the suburb of  Pappanamcode in Trivandrum, while another force entered Cochin and chased away the remaining rebels

It was surprising the Maharajas of  Travancore and Cochin did not openly support the rebels instead supported the Company. As per British order, a new Dalava was appointed in Travancore. After a severe defeat in Cochin, the Dalawa of Cochin, also betrayed Thampi. The Maharaja issued an order for the arrest of Velu Thampi, and he committed suicide in the Mannadi Temple to avoid capture and with his death the rebellion sadly ended. Isn’t it a familiar story in our history?

 

The Government of Kerala decided to honor him and inaugurated a memorial to Dalawa, and constructed a research center, a museum, a park and a statue at Mannadi near Adoor. A statue of Velu Thampi Dalawa can be found in front of the "old secretariat" in Trivandrum. The sword used by Velu Thampi Dalawa to fight against the British  was kept with the Kilimanoor Royal family. However, in 1957, the sword was presented by a member of the Royal family to President Rajendra Prasad and it is now in Napier Museum in Trivandrum. A commemorative postage stamp on him was issued on 6 May 2010.

Is this enough? We need to include him in our History syllabus as he is only known in Kerala. Let us remember him.

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 22:43:32 +0530
The rulers of Travancore Kingdom A trip down the annals of History

Anupama Nair

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In the last part I spoke about one of the greatest and richest kingdoms of the world – Travancore and the great kings of the dynasty. Today as promised I am going to talk about His Royal Highness Chithira  Tirunal Bala Rama Varma, Padmanabha Swami Temple and the recent controversy and how thankfully the Royal Family won and many more facts about the kingdom. I was so excited when I saw His Royal Highness Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma, who was the last ruler of the great kingdom in the Trivandrum airport. I still remember seeing him and could not believe it was the Maharaja as he was wearing a suit. In my mind I expected to see him with his royal robes and a crown. My heart swells with pride when I think about the great kingdom and my city Trivandrum. 

Sree Chithira Thirunal, was the last ruling Maharaja of the kingdom of  Travancore, until 1949 and later the Titular Maharaja of Travancore till his death in 1991. He was born on Deepavali day in 1912. His mother was distantly related, by birth, to the Royal House of Travancore. In 1900, following the absence of heirs in the Travancore Royal Family, she was adopted by her maternal great-aunt. When the king Moolam Thirunal Ramavarma, died on August 7, 1924, he succeeded the throne of Travancore under the regency of his maternal aunt, Sethu Lakshmi Bai. He took the name 'Sree Chithira Thirunal,' as he was born under the Chithira nakshatram or star.

In 1930, he got full ruling powers on his attaining majority. His reign was epoch-making in many ways. He lived his divine life as a ‘Padmanabha Dasa’ and contributed to every walk of life in his kingdom like education, healthcare, music, spirituality as well as democracy. Under his reign Travancore became a typical modern state at time and soon became a model for other kingdoms. The proclamation of 1936 opening the temples of Travancore to every Hindu was revolutionary and hailed by all. He soon abolished the capital punishment in Travancore, and it became a remarkable first step in the entire Asia. The universal adult franchise was introduced in 1940.The mid-day meal scheme in the form of the ‘Vanchi Poor Fund’ in Travancore was introduced to encourage poor children to attend school. The State Transport System inaugurated in 1937 had been an eye-opener to all as a public utility service was earning a big net income for the state. He even started air service between Bombay and Trivandrum in 1935. The ‘Pallivasal Scheme’ (1933-40) was the first attempt in India to harness the waterfalls to man’s service by generation of electricity.

The University of Travancore was founded in 1937  by the Maharaja. Sri Chithira Thirunal became the first Chancellor and Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer was the Vice Chancellor of the Travancore University. The Padmanabhapuram Palace was renovated and the Trivandrum Art Gallery was expanded. He started an Aerodrome, Radio Station, Public Service Commission, Medical and Engineering Colleges in the kingdom.

When India became independent in 1947 and after some hesitation, Sri Chithira Thirunal agreed to accede Travancore to the new Dominion of India. He became the Rajapramukh of the Travancore-Cochin union from July 1, 1949 to October 31, 1956. On November 1, 1956, the Travancore-Cochin union was merged with the Malabar district of Madras state to form the state of Kerala and Sri Chithira Thirunal's office of Rajpramukh came to an end. On December 28, 1971, Sri Chithira Thirunal lost his Privy Purse and other privileges when the Government of India derecognized the rulers of the erstwhile princely states.

Sri Chithira Thirunal, the last ruler of Travancore passed at the Kowdiar Palace on July 19, 1991 at the age of 78. He was succeeded as head of the royal house of Travancore by his brother, Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma. It was a sad day to all of us. His Royal Highness Marthanda Varma breathed his last in 2013, and the present Maharaja is His Royal Highness Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma.

Now I am going to tell you about the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu in the “Anantha Shayana” (sleeping on the serpent Ananda) posture. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura.

The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and were for a long time controlled by a trust, headed by the Travancore Royal Family. In 2011, the High Court, after many public petitions, ruled that the Travancore Royal Family must give up the custodial rights to the temple as their last ruler, Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, died in 1991.

In June 2011, the Honorable Supreme Court directed the authorities from the Archaeology Department and the fire services to open the secret chambers of the temple for inspection of the items kept inside. The temple has six vaults  or ‘nilavaras’, labelled as A to F, for bookkeeping purpose by the Court. In April 2014, two more vaults were discovered, called G and H. Approximately 9,000 kilos and diamonds were discovered in the vaults, which were valued at nearly $20 billion  or Rs 1.4 lakh crore. This revelation made the Padmanabhaswamy Temple as the wealthiest place of worship in the world and the kingdom of Travancore the richest kingdom in the world. 

Thankfully in July 2020, the Honorable Supreme Court upheld that the Travancore royal family must take control of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The Supreme Court ruling in the Travancore royal family’s favor has made them the rightful owners of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the heavy gold reserves that sit in its vault. This is a victory of Truth and the city of Trivandrum and its people and our beloved deity Sri Padmanabha. I shudder to imagine what would have happened if a politician had laid his hand on the holy temple.

The contribution of the Royal family to Trivandrum is undisputed. You just need to see Trivandrum to know who has done the most – Royalty or the State Government. If everything was done by the Maharaja in 200 years, what did the State Government do from 1956? May be someday not far away we would see the old days of the Maharaja come back. I for sure am waiting for that day.

 

 

 

 

Fri, 16 Jul 2021 21:07:17 +0530
India yet to plan against unknown Sri Lankan side Bhuvneshwar Ld

Colombo, July 16

 Sri Lanka, plagued by suspension of players due to breaching of Covid-19 protocol and injury withdrawals, are an unknown quantity that the Indian team here hasn't yet planned against for the six limited-overs games this month, said vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Friday.

"We don't know what their squad will be. But what I saw in England [is that] they have a talented squad. [A] few performed well. We want to win the series. We don't know what their team will be. Once we know we can plan on that," said the new-ball bowler Kumar in a virtual media interaction on Friday.

The 20-member Indian squad and reserve players have spent 17 days here. They, however, remain unsure of the Sri Lankan team they will face in the first ODI on Sunday.

Sri Lanka Cricket is yet to announce the squad for the series, comprising three ODIs and three T20Is.

The series was supposed to start on July 13 but was delayed after a couple of Sri Lankan backroom staff members, including batting coach Grant Flower, tested positive for Covid-19.

That pushed the Sri Lankan limited-overs squad returning from England this month into quarantine.

More than that, the Sri Lankans will miss key players. Three of the key players - wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and batsmen Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka - have been suspended for disciplinary reasons while batsman Kusal Perera and bowler Binura Fernando are injured.

Kumar though said that the series would be important to prepare for the T20 World Cup, which will take place in October-November.

"The T20 World Cup is around the corner. We want to do well in these matches. We have just three matches, so you know individually, it is not only about performing. It is also about how you want to execute your skills. Sometimes you do well with the execution part but won't get wickets. Of course, you want to win, which will help us get going into that tournament, i.e. we would have won the last international series before the T20 World Cup," added Kumar.

Calling the experience of working with Indian white-ball team coach Rahul Dravid 'very good', Kumar said, "It has been very good. Spent 14 days in quarantine in Mumbai. After seven days we were out practicing, we met him there first."

Kumar said Dravid does not complicate things.

"He has kept things really simple. He didn't try to make them complicated. There are young guys and senior guys. Everyone is listening to him whatever he is planning. It has been a good experience. He has never tried to make things complicated. When things are simple, you tend to enjoy."
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:49:44 +0530
Anti Indian violence was planned says South Africa President

Kolkata, July 16

 The violence and looting against people with Indian origin in South Africa over the past week were planned, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa alleged during his first visit to the worst-affected KwaZulu-Natal province .

As many as 121 people, mostly of Indian origin, have died in the country's worst post-apartheid era violence in the past week.

"It is quite clear that all these incidents of unrest and looting were instigated... There were people who planned it and coordinated it," Ramphosa said on Friday.

But he did not specifically blame any party or group, only saying that his government has arrested more than 2,200 troublemakers, including several 'instigators'.

"We are going after them, we have identified a good number of them, and we will not allow anarchy and mayhem to unfold in our country," Ramaphosa told mediapersons.

He said that Indian origin people are 'very important ' to the country, its economy and society.

"They will be defended, they have no reason to worry," Ramphosa said.

The South Africa government had said on Thursday that one of the suspected instigators had been arrested and 11 were under surveillance. In all, 2,203 people have been arrested during the unrest for various offences, including theft.

Ramaphosa did admit, however, that his government could have acted "quicker" to prevent the unrest and expressed concerns over the growing racial tension in KwaZulu-Natal.

Protests broke out a day after Ramaphosa's predecessor Jacob Zuma, who wields support among the poor and loyalists in the governing African National Congress (ANC), began a 15-month jail term for refusing to testify to a corruption investigation.

The agitations quickly turned into looting as crowds pillaged shopping malls and warehouses, hauling away goods even as the police stood by, seemingly powerless to act.

South Africa has deployed more than 20,000 defence personnel to assist the police in quelling the unrest.

In one of the largest troop deployments since the end of the white minority rule in 1994, the government said 10,000 soldiers were on the streets by Thursday morning and the South African National Defence Force has also called up all of its reserve forces of 12,000 soldiers.

Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said that the government is now in control of most of the areas from where looting and riots were reported.

Indian origin people, who are the worst sufferers, were forced to arm themselves in two provinces, especially in Durban city, home to more than 70 per cent of the 1.4 million Indian origin population in the country.
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:46:33 +0530
SonicWall alerts costumers of imminent ransomware attack

New Delhi, July 16

 Cybersecurity firm Sonic Wall on Friday sent alerts to its customers of an "imminent" ransomware campaign targeting its Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 series and Secure Remote Access (SRA) products running unpatched and end of life 8.x firmware.

The company has requested customers to take immediate action, including disconnecting them from the network since there are no temporary mitigation solutions in place.

"Earlier today, the network device company SonicWall have sent an urgent notice to its customers alerting of a ransomware campaign specifically targeting a specific model running an end-of-life (EOL) firmware," Check Point Software Technologies's Head of Customer Success and Regional Security Engineering Lead, India & SAARC, Prakash Bell, said about the development.

"With no temporary mitigation solutions in place, they have requested all customers to take immediate action, including disconnecting them from the network immediately," Bell added.

According to Bell, it is still unclear which Ransomware group is involved at the moment.

This is another classic example of where attackers have exploited a vulnerability in specific SonicWall's devices and similar targeting has happened in the past with few other vendors as well.

"This is yet another stark reminder that customers who haven't updated their devices or are using an End-Of-Life product not receiving updates, continue to remain significantly exposed," Bell said.

"This aligns with a recent trend of ransomware attacks and shows us again that the cybercrime actors behind these attacks are very agile, always looking for new tricks and techniques that will allow them to do their malicious deeds," he added.
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:43:04 +0530
Rahul Vaidya Disha Parmar tie the knot

Mumbai, July 16 - 

 Singer Rahul Vaidya and actress Disha Parmar got married on Friday. The couple looked gorgeous in their wedding outfits as they greeted the media.

Rahul donned a cream and beige sherwani while Disha glowed in a red lehenga. The couple also greeted the media and distributed sweets.

The newly-married couple has been sharing glimpses and videos of their wedding celebrations on social media. From engagement to haldi ceremony, followers have been gushing over the special moments of the couple.

In an unusual trend, they will have the sangeet ceremony on Saturday, a day after their wedding. The dance choreography has been done by Sumit Khaitan.

In an earlier interview, Sumit had revealed that the couple is fun to choreograph and very enthusiastic. He had told IANS: "The experience has been positive because both of them are full of life. Rahul is very expressive and Disha is an amazing dancer. I must say they are quick learners. They have been very accommodative and sweet. They don't have any tantrums and try to understand the options we give them. They are happy to understand what we want to teach them and very comfortable and adjusting. They have really liked my choreography and said that it is catchy and cheerful, which is really encouraging."
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:38:25 +0530
India s forex reserves rise by over 1 8 bn

Mumbai, July 16

 India's foreign exchange reserves rose by $1.883 billion during the week ended July 9.

According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves increased to $611.895 billion from $610.012 billion reported for the week ended July 2.

India's forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, special drawing rights (SDRs), and the country's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

On a weekly basis, FCAs, the largest component of the forex reserves, edged higher by $1.297 billion to $568.285 billion.

Similarly, the value of the country's gold reserves rose by $584 million to $36.956 billion.

However, the SDR value remained stagnant at $1.547 billion.

In addition, the country's reserve position with the IMF inched up by $3 million to $5.107 billion.
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:32:30 +0530
Money earned from land sale to be use for public welfare KCR

Hyderabad, July 16

 Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said the money earned through auction of government lands in the state will be spent for public welfare.

He said the government earned Rs 2,000 crore through auction of about 50 acres of land in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The state government has set a target of mobilising Rs 20,000 crore through sale of government lands during 2021-22.

Addressing a meeting at Telangana Bhavan to formally welcome former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader L. Ramana into Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said Telangana has a bright future.

Recalling his prediction that if granted statehood, Telangana will become the wealthiest state, he pointed out that the employees in Telangana were receiving highest salaries in the country.

He claimed that the state is number one in per capita power consumption. "Farmers in the state are happy. Ever since we brought Dharani portal, there are no land disputes," he said.

The TRS chief said Telangana of his dream was becoming a reality. He said people in every village were benefiting from various schemes.

Stating that Telangana suffered injustice in irrigation sector due to "criminal negligence" in united Andhra Pradesh, KCR said that six months before the formation of Telangana, they discussed how to rebuild Telangana.

Schemes like Mission Kakatiya were prepared in the presence of Professor Jayashankar and R. Vidyasagar Rao. He claimed that this scheme is now being successfully implemented.

The Chief Minister also promised to provide political representation to weavers. Claiming that the government took several measures for the development of weavers, he said still a lot need to be done so that the community lives a life of dignity.

KCR said an insurance scheme on the lines of Rythu Bima will be implemented for weavers.

Pointing out that weavers from Warangal district are working in Gujarat's Surat, he said officials were sent to Surat to study their problems. If textile industry is encouraged, they are ready to return to state, he said.

KCR said a mega textile park is being set up over 1,000 acres in Warangal, and industrialists are coming forward to invest in this. One company has expressed its willingness to invest Rs 3,000 crore.

He said that Ramana joined the TRS to contribute for the development of Telangana. He said he was happy that a disciplined person like Ramana has joined the TRS, and assured that Ramana and others who joined the TRS would be provided suitable posts.

The Chief Minister since weavers have no political representation, the TRS will use services of Ramana to provide benefits of various schemes to the community.

Ramana last week resigned from the TDP and joined the TRS. He was the President of the TDP's Telangana unit.
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:19:38 +0530
After Modi BJP President lauds Yogi s governance

Lucknow, July 16

 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly appreciated Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President J P Nadda on Friday lauded Yogi's style of governance and said he had turned Uttar Pradesh into a 'leading state'.

Addressing the party's state executive virtually, Nadda said while PM Modi had given a new direction to the country, Yogi Adityanath had put Uttar Pradesh on the path to development.

"Unless there is darkness, one does not understand the value of light. Uttar Pradesh was in the grip of casteism, nepotism and politics of appeasement. This had almost destroyed the state but the Prime Minister's guidance and Yogi Adityanath's leadership have turned the tables in the state," he added.

Nadda said the BJP's recent victory in the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections was proof of people's approval for Yogi's style of governance. He congratulated party leaders and workers for the victory.

The BJP President appreciated the Covid management by the state government and said Uttar Pradesh has succeeded in containing the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who addressed the concluding session of the state executive, congratulated state BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh on completing two years in office.

Yogi Adityanath listed the achievements of his government and explained how it managed the pandemic.

A number of party leaders joined the meeting virtually.
 


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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:10:42 +0530
Only courageous people are welcome in Congress Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 16

 Addressing the party's social media volunteers virtually on Friday, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the party only needs courageous people, and not those who are afraid of the BJP.

"Bahut sare log Congress ke bahar hai jo dar nahi rahein hain, unko andar lao. Jo hamare yahan dar rahein hain, unko bahar nikalo (There are many outside the party who are not scared. Bring them into the Congress. Remove those from the party who are scared)," he said.

"We need brave and courageous people, this is our ideology," he said.

Rahul Gandhi's clear message comes in the wake of many state leaders flexing their muscles. It is also an indication that the party will not give in to arm twisting.

Some feel that the Congress leader was reacting to Jitin Prasada leaving the Congress for the BJP recently. Prasada was considered close to the Gandhi family.

The comments came at a time when the Congress is busy handling the Punjab crisis, besides managing infighting in the party in a number of states, a year before six states -- Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Gujarat -- go to the polls.
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 19:06:34 +0530
Climate Change Chaupal is Meghalaya s new intervention for tackling climate change

As climate change morphs into a real time threat, Meghalaya has turned to invoking its traditional leaders and institutions by turning them into evangelists and climate actors and crusaders.


Meghalaya Forest Minister James Sangma has decided to take it upon himself to collect ecological knowledge and climate wisdom from the ancestral conceptions and indigenous tribal leaders of traditional institutions to create awareness and strategy of climate change adaptation and mitigation for the state.

A grassroot 'mini climate change conference' was held with 18 villages of a province called Ri-Bhoi - known for facing the ravages of fast approaching climate change reality.

Apart from the formal government systems (the state legislature and judiciary) as well as Autonomous District Councils that were carved to allot greater autonomy to tribal communities in Meghalaya, the state's village level traditional institutions called Dorbar in Khasi and Jaintia Hills and Nokma in Garo Hills are village level authorities that administer at the local levels in the matter of quotidian activities like settlement of local disputes, management of natural resources and provision of basic services.

In that sense, Meghalaya is a strong decentralised society where these Dorbars and Nokmas organise the community and social life for their citizens and hold a great degree of historical legitimacy amongst people.

Infact, Meghalaya was exempted from the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act which allows for the devolution of governance through the decentralised Panchayati Raj system because of its strong grassroot and community governance structure.

One of the global learnings emerging from Covid response all across the world is a new form of ‘decentralised' governance where the state works in alliance with traditional and grassroots institutions and leaders.

This bottom up approach is critical for social mobilisation and tackling the 21st century challenges like climate change.

Several complex issues such as climate change, diminishing rain patterns, green livelihoods were discussed with indigenous examples of several localised climate legislations - emerging in the conversation. In the idea exchange, there were conversations about green energy and livelihoods, agroforestry models and several preservation models that could incentivise the villagers and junta to create a new template of climate action economy.

After having piloted a successful project using multi strains of indigenous Algae or phyco-remediation to clean up the toxic industrial waste of one of its rivers, the Forest Minister has launched an open mandate to embrace local ecological knowledge and build nature based solutions.

Sacred Groves in Meghalaya, which are community based sacred forests, have been largely instrumental in community led forest management practices and large scale preservation. There were more green livelihood options such as algae and carbon farming, agro-forestry models and wellness tourism using folk medicine - with abundance of high value indigenous wellness knowledge systems were also discussed with the grassroots representatives.

Forest management and climate change adaptation strategy should integrate socio-cultural and ecological phenomenons and should be aimed to sustain human needs and maintain the ecosystem integrity.

It has also been emphasised to include climate change and conservation as a part of school along with several green interventions with the headmen for turning the province into a 'climate action zone'.

The grassroot conference was one of the first interventions on the part of the government to start collecting indigenous knowledge, community engagement and empower decentralised governance to bolster its fight against climate change.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:54:06 +0530
AstraZeneca Covid vaccine protection may last a lifetime Study

New Delhi, July 16

 The Oxford-AstraZeneca jab gives powerful protection that may last a whole lifetime, a new study has found.

Apart from generating virus-busting antibodies, the vaccine also creates "training camps" in the body for search-and-destroy T-cells which can kill even the new variants, The Sun, UK, reported.

It means the body can continue making these vital cells long after the antibodies have waned, as possibly for the rest of your life, it said.

Scientists from Oxford, the UK, and Switzerland, writing in the journal ‘Nature', said that T-cell protection is a "key feature" of adenovirus vaccines like the Oxford and J&J jabs.

As per the report, researcher Burkhard Ludewig from Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland said: "The T-cells that come from these cellular training camps appear to have a very high level of ‘fitness'.

"Adenoviruses have co-evolved with humans over a very long time, and learned a lot about the human immune system in the process.

"Viruses are always the best teachers, and here they have taught us an important lesson about how best to boost killer T-cell responses.

"Hopefully we can put this to good use in designing new vaccines targeting other diseases like TB, HIV, hepatitis C and cancer."

The researchers found that adenoviruses are able to get into long-lived tissue cells, known as fibroblastic reticular cells, which act as "training grounds" for T-cells.

Previous studies have shown that the Oxford jab is more effective in generating T-cells than mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna.

T-cell levels are difficult to measure, but the new study gives hope that they may last a lifetime, the report said.

Paul Klenerman from the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford said: "Millions of people have received adenovirus vaccines around the world. The ultimate goal with these vaccines is the induction of long-term immune system protection using both antibodies and T-cells.

"This research helps us to understand more on the process of vaccination, and why the effects on killer T-cells are so prolonged."
 

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:48:16 +0530
Taliban s Next Stop Kabul Kashmir and Kerala

The speedy advance of the Taliban from northern Afghanistan to Kabul in the eastern section of the country could not have been achieved without the active support of the Pakistani Army. This has been confirmed by none other than the Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The question is whether the people of Afghanistan, India and neighbouring countries will allow Taliban to capture Kabul?

India is faced with a very tricky situation. Despite the Afghan government's appeals to India to immediately send fighter jets and gunship helicopters India remains hesitant, and not without reason.

India fears that at this stage in the war in Afghanistan between the Taliban and the government of President Ashraf Ghani if she openly takes sides with the later then Indian interests in Afghanistan will become the target of Taliban violence and destruction. Hence, the India's backdoor channel talks with the Taliban have been reportedly taking place.

If one takes a closer look at the chain of events of the past few months it becomes even clearer that Pakistan has been deceiving India and the wider world when it comes to her war-policy regarding Afghanistan.

The ceasefire between India and Pakistan that came into force after the DG MOs meeting of respective countries took place on February 25, uncannily, coincides with the beginning of the second round of talks between Afghan and Taliban negotiators in Doha on January 9 which took place in the back drop of former US President Donald Trump's announcement that al Afghan troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 1.

Then came the bombshell announcement by US President Joe Biden that the troops will be completely withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11. Between May and June Pakistan has been acting as Taliban's Foreign Affairs Ministry trying to build a soft image of Taliban.

Pakistani federal ministers now publically claim that the Taliban might wear baggy dresses but they have intelligent brains (Shah Mahmood Qureshi's statement) and that the current

Taliban leadership is a moderate one (statement of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed) compared to the Taliban of 1996 when they publicly displayed the bodies of the slain Afghan president Najeeb Ulla and his brother.

Most notably Imran Khan refused to allow US airspace to attack Taliban if they become a challenge for Ghani.

In June, Pakistan began to send drones to confuse as a warning to India of Pakistan army's preparedness in case India thought that all was hunky dory. The purpose was to keep India engaged on the LoC and keep her busy deciphering the purpose of drone attacks. Meanwhile Pakistani generals began to redeploy its troops to northern parts of the country.

On Friday, according the Saleh, Pakistan is guiding the Taliban advancing troops from anti-terrorist-cells based in Peshawar and Quetta. And the Ghani government is in panic. The defense of Kabul has now become a top priority. Yet a comprehensive strategy to win the war against Pakistan sponsored Taliban seems to be found nowhere.

Under the current circumstances the only way to secure a possible victory for the Afghan people and the government in Kabul would be to transform the patchy resistance offered to the Taliban by armed peoples militias into a full-fledged civil war. Arming every Afghan citizen to fight the medieval Islamic jihadi evil could lead to the final triumph of good over evil.

Secondly, given the evidence of Pakistan's involvement in providing logistic and strategic support to the Taliban against the legitimate government of Afghanistan, Ghani should declare war on Pakistan without further delay and send troops into both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Baluchistan simultaneously declaring the Durand line a falsely divide between Afghanistan with Pakistan occupied KPK and call for the reunification of the forcefully separated Pashtun people.

Meanwhile, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement in KP led by Manzoor Pashteen, Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir should step forward an up the game of freedom from Pakistan by joining the Afghan armies in the same way that the Pakistan army is collaborating with the Taliban. The Baloch liberation forces should also be facilitated to join the extended war against Pakistani military occupation.

India must become aware of the fact that Pakistan sponsored game being played by the use of Taliban will not stop at Kabul and that their next stop will be Kashmir and Kerala. Pakistan will make sure that no stone remains unturned in its endeavour to renew insurgency in Kashmir. The Talibanisation of Kerala over the past years is not a matter of coincidence but a well thought out strategy of Pakistani jihadi military.

Once the Taliban take over Kabul, jihadis in Kerala could conveniently be used by Pakistan as a tool to stretch Indian security beyond their capacity by launching country-wide acts of jihadi terrorism. What we witnessed during West Bengal elections when jihadis were attacking the BJP supporters could very easily be repeated all over Hindustan.

Hence, India must consider the withdrawal of US troops and the rapid advance of the Pakistan sponsored Taliban as a warning of what might come. And in a pincer movement both India and Afghanistan should confront Pakistan and ensure safeguard of not only their own people but also of the wider regional communit

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:30:53 +0530
58 dead in Germany floods

Berlin, July 16

Flooding in the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia due to torrential rainfall has left at least 58 people dead and dozens missing, local media reported.

Rheinland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz told local media on Thursday evening that nine more people lost their lives as a result of the floods, raising the death toll in the state to 28, reports Xinhua news agency.

With around 40 to 60 people still missing, there could be many more victims, according to Lewentz.

The district of Ahrweiler is the most affected area in the state.

In the district's town of Schuld, six houses collapsed and about 40 per cent of the other residential buildings were damaged, local media reported.

The Interior Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia had announced earlier that at least 30 people died as a result of the severe natural disaster.

Water and electricity have been affected in some affected areas.

Fire brigades, technical aid workers and Germany's military Bundeswehr have joined the rescue operation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on social media, that she was "shocked by the catastrophe that so many people in the flood areas have to endure".

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:02:59 +0530
UP farmers to benefit from Kusum scheme

Lucknow, July 16

The novel 'Kusum' scheme will now benefit the farmers of Uttar Pradesh.

Under this scheme, farmers will not only irrigate their fields with the help of solar energy-run tube-wells but also generate additional income.

The scheme under the Component-C of PM' Kusum Yojana, proposes to increase the income of farmers by energizing their private grid-connected tube wells with solar power.

Farmers will be able to use it for irrigation and sell the surplus electricity after irrigation to the State Electricity Distribution Company.

Under this scheme, as many as 30,000 private tube wells have been targeted to be energized by solar power by the year 2022.

According to the government spokesman, the scheme is being implemented by UPPCL/Energy Department. Under this, there is a plan to energize private grid-connected private tube wells and separated agricultural power feeders.

A free feasibility report is being prepared by Solar Energy Corporation India for solarization of total capacity (2742 MW) of already separated feeders of Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation and also those which are identified for separation in near future.

The manner in which the Central and Yogi governments are focusing on solar energy (solar pump, solar roof top, solar street light, solar park, developing Ayodhya as a solar city), it will be a source of employment for the youth at the local level in future.

A mobile app 'Aditya' has been developed by UP Non-conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA) to take the Digital India campaign forward.

Through this app, the youth of the state will be given help for Surya Mitra training and self-employment under the ambitious scheme of Skill Development Mission.

According to Bhawani Singh Khangaraut, the director of UPNEDA, trained Surya Mitra will ensure the quality maintenance and functioning of solar power plants. More than 2,500 Surya Mitras have so far been trained in the state.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 17:52:11 +0530
Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

New Delhi, July 16

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was killed in Afghanistan while on a reporting assignment, Afghan ambassador Farid Mamundzay said on Friday.

A resident of Delhi, Siddiqui was on a reporting assignment with the Afghan security forces when he was killed.

Siddiqui's father Professor Akhtar Siddiqui told IANS: "I got information about my son about one hour ago. The last time I spoke to my son was two days ago, and he was very happy at that time. "

Afghanistan's ambassador to India, Farid Mamundzay, tweeted, "Deeply disturbed by the sad news of the killing of a friend, Danish Seddiqi in Kandahar last night. The Indian Journalist & winner of Pulitzer Prize was embedded with Afghan security forces. I met him 2 weeks ago before his departure to Kabul. Condolences to his family & Reuters."

Danish Siddiqui was constantly capturing Afghan happenings on his camera and was informing people through his social media posts.

Two days ago, he tweeted: "The Humvee in which I was traveling with other special forces was also targeted by at least 3 RPG rounds and other weapons. I was lucky to be safe and capture the visual of one of the rockets hitting the armour plate overhead". He also posted a short video about the action.

Siddiqui was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for his coverage of the Rohingya issue.

He was a student of Jamia University and his father has been a professor at the university.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 17:38:02 +0530
Ram temple to open for devotees at the end of 2023

Ayodhya, July 16

The Ram temple in Ayodhya will open to devotees for worship by the end of 2023.

Construction in the entire 70-acre campus will be completed by the end of 2025, said office-bearers of the trust overseeing the project.

Champat Rai, general secretary of the trust, said, "By the end of 2023, the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram temple will be opened for devotees to offer prayers to Ram Lalla."

The announcement came after a two-day meeting of the 15-member Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust with engineers and architects. The meeting was chaired by trust chief Nripendra Misra.

The foundation of the temple was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5 last year in a glitzy ceremony but work had to be stalled in January after water was found under the proposed temple site.

At present, engineers are working on the foundation of the temple and it is likely to be completed by September 15.

The second phase of the work is likely to start in November around Diwali.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 17:23:19 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 188 8 mn

 

Washington, July 16

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 188.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.06 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.53 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 188,843,580, 4,065,528 and 3,532,172,020, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 33,973,919 and 608,384, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 30,987,880 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,262,518), France (5,895,437), Russia (5,810,335), Turkey (5,507,455), the UK (5,300,971), Argentina (4,719,952), Colombia (4,583,442), Italy (4,278,319), Spain (4,069,162), Germany (3,748,379) and Iran (3,464,055), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 538,942 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (411,989), Mexico (235,507), Peru (194,752), Russia (143,657), the UK (128,862), Italy (127,840), France (111,619), Colombia (114,833) and Argentina (100,695).

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:00:50 +0530
Growth Curve India s June YoY exports imports surge as world trade recovers

New Delhi, July 15

India's merchandise exports last month rose to $32.50 billion, higher by 48.34 per cent over $21.91 billion recorded in June 2020, official data showed on Thursday.

Similarly, exports last month recorded a growth of 29.85 per cent growth over the June 2019 mark of $25.03 billion.

The country's merchandise exports in May 2021 had risen to $32.27 billion.

As per the data, the value of non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery exports in June 2021 was $25.65 billion, as compared to $18.48 billion during the corresponding month of 2020, registering a positive growth of 38.84 per cent.

"As compared to June 2019, non-petroleum and non-gems and jewellery exports in June 2021 registered a positive growth of 33.42 per cent," an official statement on foreign trade said.

Similarly, India's merchandise imports last month rose. It grew by 98.31 per cent to $41.87 billion over $21.11 billion in June 2020.

Parallely, imports rose by 2.05 per cent over June 2019, at that time, imports stood at $41.03 billion.

In May 2021, India imported $38.55 billion worth of merchandise goods.

"Oil imports in June 2021 were $10.68 billion, which was 116.51 per cent higher in dollar terms in June 2020. As compared to June 2019, oil imports in June 2021 were 4.72 per cent lower in dollar terms and 0.93 per cent higher in rupee terms."

"Non-oil imports in June 2021 were estimated at $31.20 billion which was 92.77 per cent higher in dollar terms, compared to $16.18 billion in June 2020."

As compared to June 2019, the non-oil imports in June 2021, were 4.59 per cent higher in dollar terms.

Consequently, the trade deficit in June 2021 widened to $9.37 billion over the trade deficit of $0.79 billion reported during the corresponding month of 2020.

"As compared to June 2019 ((-) $16.00 billion), trade balance in June 2021 exhibited a positive growth of 41.43 per cent."

In May 2021, the country ran a trade deficit of $6.28 billion.

"With surging exports and relatively subdued gold imports in May-June 2021 dampening the aggregate trade deficit to a three-quarter low US$31 billion in Q1 FY2022, we expect the current account to revert to a small surplus in that quarter," said ICRA's Chief Economist Aditi Nayar.

"In line with the sequential recovery displayed by most high frequency indicators, non-oil non-gold imports rose in June 2021, reflecting a pickup in demand with the gradual unlocking as well as the high commodity prices."

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:55:59 +0530
Poison US Surgeon General Murthy rips big tech platforms for Covid misinformation

New York, July 16

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy tore into dominant technology companies for enabling Covid-19 misinformation and urged them to redesign their recommendation algorithms and construct built-in "frictions" to slow the spread of "poison" on online social platforms.

"Modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment with little accountability to their users", Murthy said at a White House briefing on Thursday. "We are asking them to step up, we can't wait longer for them to take aggressive action."

Murthy on Thursday released a 22-page advisory highlighting a string of false claims that have driven people away from vaccines at a time when the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations has slowed throughout the US.

Murthy's advisory lists recommendations across eight stakeholder groups. It calls on teachers to focus on media literacy, it asks journalists to debunk health misinformation without spreading it further. Murthy asks doctors to "listen with empathy, and when possible, correct misinformation in personalized ways."

"Misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health," Murthy said. "We must confront misinformation as a nation. Lives are depending on it."

Striking a personal note, Murthy said he is "concerned" as a father of two young children who aren't yet eligible for the vaccine. Murthy said he has lost 10 family members to Covid-19 and wishes "each and every day" that they had had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

Murthy is calling for a national effort across tech companies, health care workers, journalists and everyday Americans to do more to address an "urgent threat" to public health.

The US has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world and yet, new Covid-19 infections have doubled over the past two weeks. CNN reported on Thursday that cases are rising in 47 states.ALos Angeles County, the most populous county in the US, reported its fifth straight day this week of more than 1,000 new cases.

The US continues to have the world's highest Covid-19 toll. The virus has killed more than 608,000 in this country alone since it first arrived on the West Coast in January 2020.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:47:07 +0530
Telangana nets Rs 2 000 cr with auction of 50 acres in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, July 16

The Telangana government has earned revenue of over Rs 2,000 crore with the auction of 49.949 acres of land in Kokapet area in Hyderabad with the highest price being Rs 60 crore per acre.

The e-auction of the plots developed by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) was conducted by MSTC Ltd, a Central government enterprise.

While the HMDA had set the upset price at Rs 25 crore per acre, the e-auction fetched a maximum price of Rs 60.2 crore per acre for a 1.65-acre plot. Rajapushpa Realty LLP was the successful bidder.

The minimum revenue earned per acre in the auction was Rs 31.2 crore an acre.

The land was auctioned in eight parcels. The biggest plot was 8.946 acre, which was purchased by Aqua Space Developers for Rs 350.68 crore.

Manne Satyanarayana Reddy of MSN Laboratories Private Ltd was the successful bidder with Rs 325.83 crore for 7.721 acre plot (Rs 42.2 crore per acre)

Rajapushpa Properties Pvt Ltd bought 7.755 acre plot for Rs 328.81 crore at Rs 42.2 crore per acre.

Aqua Space Developers purchased another plot of 7.738 acre for Rs 281.66 crore at Rs 36.4 crore per acre.

Varsihni Education Management Private Ltd was the successful bidder for 7.575-acre land with Rs 296 crore (Rs 39.2 crore per acre).

Prestige Estates Projects bought 7.564-acre plot for Rs 285.92 crore (Rs 37.8 crore per acre).

Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Arvind Kumar tweeted after the e-auction that the investors have reposed their faith yet again in the governance led by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao.

The plots were developed in Neopolis Kokapet, which is being developed by the state government as a Greenfield township district at a cost of Rs 265 crore.

The layout development with infrastructure facilities such as roads, underground drainage, water supply distribution network, electrification and street lights have taken up in the layout for multipurpose use zone and unlimited Floor Space Index (FSI).

High rise towers will come up at Neopolis Kokapet. The layout development is proposed with seamless connectivity to Outer Ring Road by construction of Trumpet Interchange at Kokapet layout and additional entry and exit to ORR at Narsingi.

Arvind Kumar had told representatives of real estate companies and developers at the pre-bid meeting conducted for the e-auction late last month that Neopolis Kokapet will be role model for the entire country.

The land can be used for setting up office spaces, commercial complexes, recreational purposes and residential use. There will be no zonal restrictions.

The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) will also be auctioning 15.01 acre land at Khanamet on Friday. This also expected to fetch huge revenue for the state government.

These are the first phase of the auction of government lands to mobilise Rs 20,000 crore.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:38:14 +0530
2 terrorists killed in Srinagar encounter

Srinagar, July 16

Two terrorists have been killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces at Alamdar colony, in the Danmar area of Srinagar, on Friday, officials said.

"Two unidentified terrorists killed in Srinagar encounter. Search is going on," police said.

Earlier, on Friday morning, the firefight between terrorists and security forces took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding, they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

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Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:31:41 +0530
Shankar Ehsaan Loy Career Celebration

Shazneen Mistry

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Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa. They have composed music for over 50 soundtracks across five languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and English. Amongst the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio has won numerous awards, including National Film Award, Filmfare Awards, and IIFA Awards. They are often referred to as the "Amar Akbar Anthony" of the Hindi film music industry.

Shankar Ehsaan and Loy all came up from the ranks of the non-film music scene, performing rock, blues, jazz, and pop before entering the film music industry. They didn’t know each other initially and then working on different projects they met each other and they formed their own crew when they were all singed for the Pepsi ad commercial.

They made their debut as composers in Mukul Anand’s film Dus, but the movie was never completed because of the director Anand’s death. The album was later on released in 1999. They did a few more projects after that but didn’t gain popularity, they started getting famous after their work in Vidhu Vinodh Chopra's Mission Kashmir, which was a musical hit and earned a place in the Bollywood film industry, which also earned them their first IAFA nomination.

Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy has composed most of the films produced by Excel Entertainment, founded by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. They have also associated frequently with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions. Other notable collaborations are with directors like Zoya Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and Shaad Ali. Most of the lyrics for the songs composed by the trio are penned by Gulzar and Javed Akhtar, however, they have also frequently been associated with lyricists like Prasoon Joshi and Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Shankar Mahadevan’s commanding voice, Ehsaan Noorani’s guitar riffs, and Loy Mendonsa’s seamless keys are what make this trio a music sensation among the people. The trio is currently back together and is working on Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s film Toofan, releasing on Amazon Prime Video on 16th July 2021. This will also mark their 25 years in the career of their music industry.

The trio has given many hit albums such as Dil Chahta hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Don, Rock On, and many more such great hits. They were currently appreciated for their work in Amazon Prime Series- Bandish Bandits and their upcoming project Toofan songs also seem to be great hits.

Talking about their hits and their flops they believed that they tend to lose respect for their own music because a film didn’t do well. With the emergence of music streaming apps, they feel that a lot of their songs and albums have got a rebirth. People have tagged these artists and praised their various hit songs even when they are on a walk or meet a fan.

Asking about their new projects, they said that they are psyched for their work in the Mani Ratnam film, says Ehsaan Noorani. Shankar Mahadevan is excited about his OTT platforms, he says that the shows on the ott platforms are so good they would do even better with great music. Just the variety of responses makes one wonder what Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy works. And even after 25 years, it might be fair to pronounce that they can accomplish anything.

It is just great to see that even after 25 years in their career, they are still going strong and have many projects lined up for the trio as well as individually. These great artists are just a great treat to hear and melodies to sing along to.

 

 

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 23:09:33 +0530
Social media is happy but still a sad place

Divya Joyce

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Social media is happy, colourful, exciting, and energetic. But is it really like it looks? Or is it the filtered version of our lives?

Whatever we did, its likely we had our hands on social media today. It has become our other best friend. But do you share about your bad days, struggle, depression, heartbreaks, failure, insecurities on social media?

After 1 hour of scrolling through social media, we are all guilty of it-- staring at all the pretty pictures and reading about our friends’ “glamorous” lives. But here’s the thing, roses have thorns. We only put the best parts of ourselves on display on social media. We only post the most flattering of pictures on Instagram. We only share the most gratifying updates on Facebook. All of those pretty pictures and glamourous facades are a mere piece of reality and failing to realise this can do tremendous harm to our mental health, as we fall into a little trap called the comparison game.

Social media has increasingly blurred the line between what is authentic and what is performance — even within ourselves. In just few months of using social media during lockdown, I saw myself comparing my life with others. I saw their adventurous trip, glamorous life, exotic food etc. This made me feel inadequate to fit in. But the truth is we only post good news and our filtered life. We don’t share the vulnerable part of lives – but we must acknowledge that these things make us human.

Is decluttering social media a solution? Social media is in almost every part of lives, it is inevitable. But we can spend intentional time on social media. We can find a way to stop our mindless scrolling.  If you have an intention in mind, you’re less likely to get sucked into the black hole that social media can be. Pause and think before you post, share and follow; if this person or post will do good to you or will just make you feel bad about yourselves. And atlast don’t let any post, comments rule you. Be alert while you use social media.

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 23:00:58 +0530
The significance of World Youth Skills Day

Yashashree Malpathak

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World Youth Skills Day, a day celebrated to recognise the strategic importance of providing relevant skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship to the young generation was first declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. This day is celebrated every year and encourages dialogue between the young generation, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, employers; and workers’ organisations, policy-makers, and development partners. The participants highlight the growing importance of skills as the world moves towards a sustainable development model.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will celebrate youth's resilience and creativity in the face of adversity through its theme for the year, ‘Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic’. To commemorate World Youth Skills Day 2021, a virtual event has been organised to discuss the skills that youth today and in the future need to learn. The discussion panel has been organised by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, as well as UNESCO, the International Labour Organization, and the Office of the Secretary-General General's Envoy on Youth. This virtual event for the year 2021 will be held on Thursday, July 15th, from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. IST.

Participants will assess how TVET systems have responded to the pandemic and the recession, consider how those systems may contribute to recovery, and consider objectives for the post-COVID-19 future. In today’s event, one panel will address the skills that are needed now and will be needed in the future, and the second panel will focus on TVET partnerships for ramping up youth skills development.

The objectives for World Youth Skill Day 2021 are also to examine the position of young people in terms of skills and employment both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; find out how they have dealt with the crisis; highlight success stories of young people's creativity and resilience; and Debate the possibilities for skill development and the work as economies recover, as well as the effectiveness of national recovery strategies and development partner support.

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 22:54:39 +0530
The rulers of Travancore Kingdom A trip down the annals of History

Anupama Nair

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India is home to the greatest Royal kingdoms in the world. Our great kings and queens were famous for their bravery and the way they took care of their subjects. I was born in a city called Trivandrum, the capital of the southern-most Princely state – Travancore, now one of the richest and famous kingdoms after treasures were found in the Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple a few years ago. I  am so proud of the great city I was born in. Unfortunately, I was born, not when the great Royal family was ruling, but the state government. All I could see were glimpses of the Royal family – Zoo, Observatory, Public Library, Hospitals all built by the Kings and Queens, so I should be forgiven for thinking that we were still ruled by royalty when I was a child. I was shocked in 4th Grade when the teacher taught about democracy as I grew up hearing stories of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Maharana Pratap, Shivaji Maharaj, Prithviraj Chauhan, and others who were buried in the annals of history.

 I was so excited when I saw His Royal Highness Chittira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma, who was the last ruler of the great kingdom in the Trivandrum airport. My heart swells with pride when I think about the great kingdom and my city Trivandrum.  The Travancore Royal family was ruling the kingdom of Travancore. Unfortunately, they lost their ruling rights in 1949 when Travancore merged with India and their remaining rights were abolished in 1971. I am now going to talk about the history of the kingdom. Did you know Kanya Kumari was once part of this great kingdom?

It is believed that the founders of the Travancore Royal family were not original inhabitants of Travancore but from the banks of the Narmada river. It was also said that Parashuram himself was crowned the first official ruler of the dynasty. His Royal Highness Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma was known as the founder of the great kingdom in 1729 and ruled till his death in 1758. His greatest achievement was the defeat of the Dutch army in 1741. He then adopted a “European model of discipline” for his army and expanded his kingdom northward to what became the modern state of Travancore. Under his rule, Trivandrum became a prominent city. He undertook many irrigational works, built roads and canals, and encouraged foreign trade. In January 1750, Marthanda Varma decided to "donate his kingdom to Sri Padmanabha and thereafter rule as the deity's regent” and came to be called Sri Padmanabha Dasan. Even today, the descendant of the family calls himself or herself Sri Padmanabha Dasan or Sri Padmanabha Dasi.

The Travancore kingdom followed the Matrilineal Succession, where instead of the King’s son, it was the sister’s son or daughter who is the successor. He was succeeded by his nephew Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma or Dharma Raja as he was the follower of Dharma. He ruled at a time when the great kingdom of Mysore was ruled by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Tipu and his forces reached the Nedumkotta Line which protected Travancore’s northern frontier and launched an attack on December 1789. However, a smaller army of Travancore managed to, change the course of history, by opening fire on the 14,000 Mysore infantry from a close cover, that killed the Mysorean officer leading a bayonet charge. Apart from his famous stint of warfare against Tipu in which his forces remained as the only one which was not completely defeated by Tipu at any place, the Maharaja is also famous for his reform works which led to Travancore being one of the most developed states in India, during independence. Dharma Raja was one of the very few rulers of that time who gave importance to science and technology for the development of his state. Communications were opened to facilitate trade and business in the state. The capital Trivandrum was developed and infrastructure like bridges and other public works such as canals for irrigation were constructed. Bazaars and shopping centers were started for the benefit of the people.

He was succeeded by Avittom Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and then Maharani Gowri Lakshmi Bai. She died when her son one of the greatest kings of Travancore -- His Royal Highness Swati Tirunal Rama Varma was a child. Her sister Rani  Gowri Parvati Bai became the regent. Words fail me when I think of the greatness of  Swati Tirunal. The famous poet Iriyamman Thampy wrote the most famous Malayalam lullaby “Omana Thingal Kidavo nalla”, about Swati Tirunal, when he was born.

He is also considered a brilliant music composer and is credited with over 400 classical compositions in both Carnatic and Hindustani styles. He was deeply interested in music right from childhood. Besides being an able ruler, he was a patron of music and was a musician himself.  He learned music by listening to accomplished musicians and practicing himself. Some of his favorite compositions were Chaliye Kunjan mo, Parama Purusha Jagadishwara, Bhavayami, Kripaya Palaya Shower, and the list goes on… He was fluent in several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, and English. It is said, he argued with a British officer Colonel Welsh that the word geometry originated from the Sanskrit word “jyomati” or the study of the earth.

He was interested in astronomy and he wished to compare Western findings with Indian findings. Swati Tirunal set up the Royal Observatory in Trivandrum. One of its directors was his cousin Raja Rama Varma Rohini Thirunal, Prince of the Mavelikara Palace, who was an established astronomer and a member of the British and Canadian Astronomical Societies.  The Trivandrum Zoo was also set up by him.

 He introduced modern medicine to the kingdom. He appointed a European as the palace physician. He was also given the responsibility of providing medical assistance to local people, for which hospitals were started. The Trivandrum Public Library was also set up by him. He set up the first English school in Trivandrum. The Maharaja also put an end to the barbaric punishment called the “Suchindram Kaimukku” where the accused was forced to prove his innocence by dipping his hand in boiled ghee at Suchindram Temple, and he was punished if the hand was burnt. He is also credited with starting the first government press in the kingdom.

Unfortunately, he died at a young age and his brother Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Varma became the next king. His successors were Ayiliyam Thirunal Rama Varma, Vishakam Thirunal Rama Varma, and Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma. Then came one of the greatest kings His Royal Highness Chittira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma. I will tell you about his rule, the Padmanabha Swami Temple and the recent controversy and how thankfully the Royal Family won, and many more facts about the kingdom. Seeing the developments made by the rulers of the Travancore kingdom, what did the government after Independence do?

(to be continued……)

 

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 22:49:25 +0530
Gokulam Kerala to play in AFC Women s Club C ship

New Delhi, July 15

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has nominated Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC) to represent India in the AFC Women's Club Championship 2020-21.

The winners of the Indian Women's League compete in the AFC Women's Club Championship. But since the fifth edition of the tournament was not held, the AIFF has nominated the GKFC, the champions of the fourth edition.

"We would like to inform you that after having a discussion with the local organising committee (Odisha Sports), the AIFF has decided to postpone the fifth edition of the IWL for a few months, keeping in mind the monsoon, and an expected third wave of infections," said AIFF general secretary Kushal Das in a letter addressed to AFC general secretary Dato Windsor John.

The fifth edition of the IWL was original to be held in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Sports in coordination with the AIFF. But it was postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping the options open, the league committee then took a decision to conduct it later, subject to health parameters.

"We will continue in investing in women's football. We are happy that our women's team will play the continental championship before our men's team. We want our women to lift the AFC trophy first and set an example for our men's team," said GKFC chairman Gokulam Gopalan.

The 2019-20 season win was the first-ever title triumph for the Gokulam Kerala FC.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:59:48 +0530
Indian OTT entertainment industry to hit 15B by 2030 Report

New Delhi, July 15  

Driven by the spurt in smartphone usage with affordable data, especially in smaller cities and towns amid the pandemic, the OTT entertainment industry is likely to become a $15 billion market in India by 2030, a report showed on Thursday.

India's OTT entertainment industry is cannibalising on the established bastion of traditional television, radio and cinema forms of media and entertainment.

The size of the OTT market in the financial year 2020 was around $1.7 billion (both video and audio), and in the next 9-10 years, this industry has the potential to grow to become a $15 billion opportunity, according to homegrown independent transaction advisory firm RBSA Advisors.

Currently, apart from top favorites like Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, space is seeing many local and regional OTT players, such as SonyLIV, Voot, Zee5, Eros Now, AL Balaji, Hoichoi and Adda Times, to name just a few.

"Covid-19 has changed the way audience consumes media. The growing market and consumer appetite for the content of choice available on OTT platforms fuelled this spurt," RBSA Advisors MD and CEO Rajeev Shah said.

"Covid has accelerated the shift in consumers' behaviour, pulling forward OTT disruption, which would, otherwise, have taken a minimum half a decade," he added.

India has the second-highest per capita consumption of online videos in the world.

The average monthly data usage per user in the country increased 20 percent (year-on-year) to 13.5GB in December last year, as Indians spent about five hours daily on a smartphone.

"Smartphones with affordable data have also brought the vibrant native speakers base of 22 scheduled Indian languages from tier 2, 3 and 4 cities online and created a massive opportunity," the findings showed.

"India is the next bastion after the US for boosting the subscriber base of international OTT players, given the highly regulated environment of international OTT players in China," NV Capital Co-Founder and Managing Partner Vivek Menon said.

Many international entrants like Comcast owned "Peacock" and HBO are sitting on the fence, waiting to make their mark in India.

"Looking at this trend as well as the rapid rise of home-grown OTT providers, this industry will continue its strong growth momentum in the years to come," Menon said.

The massive investments made by OTT services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ Hotstar and others in original as well as acquired content will help subscription video-on-demand make up a lion's share of the total OTT revenues going forward, the report mentioned.

"While on the one hand, short-form video content consumption on smartphones and social platforms has been on the rise, binge-watching shows on various OTT platforms have also become more common," said the report.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:43:41 +0530
Chitrangda looks stunning in an off white sari

 

Mumbai, July 15

Actress Chitrangda took to social media on Thursday and posted stunning pictures dressed in an off-white sari for a virtual event.

"Beautiful and elegant vibes. For a virtual event," the actress wrote on her Instagram page.

In the pictures posted, the actress pairs a ruffled sari with a lace blouse, turquoise earrings, and tied-up hair.

Chitrangda was last seen in the 2018 release, "Bazaar" in 2018. She did a cameo in "Ghoomketu" last year.

Her upcoming film is "Bob Biswas" opposite Abhishek Bachchan. The film is a spin-off to the 2012 thriller "Kahaani" and is directed by Diya Annapurna Ghosh. It is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:37:32 +0530
Delta variant likely to become dominant Covid strain globally

Geneva, July 15

The Delta Covid-19 variant has so far been identified in 111 countries, territories or areas, and is on the way to becoming the dominant strain of the virus worldwide, causing an increase in new infections and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Ecuador are among the 15 countries that reported their first cases of the highly infectious variant in the past week, the WHO said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

It warned that the Delta strain is likely to spread to more countries and that it is likely to become the dominant form of Covid-19 "in the coming months", Xinhua news agency reported.

According to WHO figures, Covid-19 cases have jumped in the past week worldwide.

The statement was released two days after the WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned of the "devastating outbreaks" caused by the Delta variant, saying that the new strain of the virus was infecting people "at a scorching pace".

Leaders around the world have responded to the new rise in infections in markedly different ways, with countries such as France adopting new restrictions while others easing them.

The UK, for one, still intends to lift all restrictions on July 19.

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 188.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.05 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.49 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 188,284,090, 4,057,061 and 3,496,851,294, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 33,946,217 and 608,104, respectively, according to the CSSE.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:26:15 +0530
NHRC criticises Bengal govt for post poll violence

 

Kolkata, July 15  

In its final report submitted to the Calcutta High Court, the National Human Rights Commission said that "The situation in the state of West Bengal is a manifestation of 'Law of Ruler', instead of 'Rule of Law'." The commission also made it clear that the violent incidents in the state reflect the appalling apathy of the state government towards the plight of victims.

In the 50-page report submitted to the court, the NHRC said, "The Spatio-temporal expanse of violent incidents in the state of West Bengal reflects the appalling apathy of the state government towards the plight of victims. This was retributive violence by supporters of the ruling party against supporters of the main opposition party. It resulted in disruption of life and livelihood of thousands of people and their economic strangulation. The local police have been grossly derelict, if not complicit, in this violence."

"To compound the problem, violence and intimidation have continued. There is palpable fear among victims against Police and goons of the ruling party. Many displaced persons have not yet been able to return to their homes and resume their normal life and livelihood. There have been several sexual offenses but victims are scared to speak out. Loss of faith in state administration among victims is very evident," the report mentioned.

Terming it to be a politico-bureaucratic-criminal nexus, the report alleged, "An alarming aspect of this violence amply figuring in the public domain was that it evoked no empathy in state administration in any tangible manner. Neither senior officers nor political leaders condemned the violence, visited the spots, assuaged the victims, or did anything substantive to ameliorate the problems. People were left on their own to protect the violation of their human and fundamental rights, including the right to life, liberty, dignified living and health".

Tabling the facts in the form of a datasheet, the NHRC in its report said, "Out of 9,304 accused cited in the FIRs, only 1,354 (14 %) have been arrested and, out of these arrested, 80% are already on bail. Thus, overall speaking, less than 3% of the accused are in jail, while 97% are out in the open, making a mockery of the whole system."

"It is quite evident that the police is working under influence and in a biased manner and do not have the courage to take action against looming goons belonging to the ruling dispensation. The I/Cs (Inspector-in-Charge) of police stations have not even visited the places of many of the violent incidents, nor collected any evidence or recorded statements, let alone registering FIRs," the report said.

The NHRC has recommended that grievous offenses like murder, rape should be handed over to the CBI for investigation and that these cases should be tried outside the state. The other cases should be investigated by a court-monitored Special Investigation Team.

For adjudication, the NHRC has called for the setting up of fast-track courts, special public prosecutors and a witness protection program.

The rights body also recommended ex-gratia payment, compensation for damage, measures for reinstatement and rehabilitation, static pickets of CAPF, protection to women, action against delinquent government servants, among others.

Reacting to the report, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "I respect the court and as it is sub-judice I will not make any comment on this but I would like to mention one thing. How did the report come into the public domain when it is still to be heard by the court? This shows what is happening".

"The report that has been submitted is all before the polls and at that time the administration was not controlled by the state government but the Election Commission. They are distorting the facts. The court, I hope, will give a chance to the state government to speak and there we will say everything," the chief minister added.

Ending with Rabindranath Tagore's lines -- "Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls" -- the report said, "If the above mentioned worrisome trend is not arrested, where the entire might of the governmental machinery has been used (through innumerable acts of omission and commission) for furthering the political objectives of the party in power, the disease may spread to other states also. This may well be the death knell for democracy in this great nation. It is high time that the rot is stemmed and this trend is reversed in the interest of having a vibrant democracy in this nation."

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 18:07:06 +0530
Markets mildly in green IT stocks shine

Mumbai, July 15

Healthy pick-up in IT stocks, as well as supportive domestic cues, pushed India's benchmark equity indices higher during the morning trade session on Thursday.

Accordingly, both the key indices opened in the green and maintained their northward trajectory.

In the domestic market, among sectors, IT stocks gained the most.

Consequently, the BSE Sensex traded at 53,132.45 points, higher by 228.40 points or 0.43 per cent from its previous close.

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 15,914.95, higher by 61 points or 0.38 per cent from its previous close.

"Indian markets opened higher on July 15 and edged up in early trade. IT and Capital Goods stocks continue their momentum carried forward from the previous day while Oil & Gas index is under some pressure. Asian stocks continue to be mixed this morning," said Deepak Jasani - Head of Retail Research at HDFC Securities.

"The intra-day trend of Nifty is mildly positive. Move towards the previous high of 15,915 is likely but it could face resistance around there."

According to Likhita Chepa at CapitalVia Global Research: "With financial and technology stocks strengthening the Indian markets, there are chances to witness a decisive breakout above 15,900 today."

"Nifty has a crucial support placed at 15,700 whereas it might witness resistance around its psychological resistance level of 16,000."

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 11:27:23 +0530
Drone spotted and destroyed over Jammu Air Force Station

Jammu, July 15

Another drone was spotted in the area of Air Force Station in Jammu city which was jammed and destroyed by using anti-drone technology by the Air Force.

The drone was detected in the early hours of Thursday.

Drones have been spotted in Jammu city over military installations and near the International Border in Jammu district ever since two drones used by the terrorists damaged an office building and caused injuries to two personnel at the Air Force station in Jammu on June 27, 2021.

Air Force Station drone attack in Jammu is being probed by the NIA.

Defense sources said the armed forces have already equipped military installations and other sensitive locations with anti-drone facilities which were recently acquired.

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 11:19:09 +0530
The first thing Siberia s mysterious massive craters

Yashashree Malpathak

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In an unusually hot climate, when the temperature was around 90 Degree Fahrenheit, a mystery crater was first reported in 2014 on the Yamal Peninsula, around 26 miles (42km) from the Bovanenkovo gas field. Pilots flying over the Yamal Peninsula saw a massive crater in the earth that formed out of nowhere, in the same area where Greg Fiske and his colleague Sue Natali from the Woodwell Climate Research Center were working. Since then, other similar craters have been discovered in two regions: the Yamal and Gyda peninsulas. They are a part of Russia's Siberian tundra, a vast expanse of land, marked by a layer of permanently frozen soil just beneath the surface.

Many researchers examined the crater and made models of it. However, each new crater has its distinct characteristics. Scientists have discovered that a mound known as a 'Pingo' forms first, then quickly grows, reaching several meters in height. Large chunks of earth and ice can be thrown hundreds of meters away from the epicenter when the mound erupts. It is faced with a massive force caused by extremely high pressure. The reasons for this pressure, however, are unknown.

The landscape has 17 confirmed craters, but only seven have been documented in scientific studies. It has been found so far that the explosions are caused by gas, most likely methane, accumulating in isolated pockets over the tundra. The pressure builds up quickly — the hills preceding each explosion swell in three to five years — and the bubble finally bursts when the strain becomes too severe. The edge of the hole eventually melts and expands in the perimeter as the bottom fills with water months to years after the explosion—making it appear like a lake that blends into the many lakes that are found in the region.

Scientists are still attempting to find the cause of the explosions, but it's most likely a type of cryovolcanism involving ice and mud eruptions. It is a region of thick ice known as tabular ice and also of areas of ground within the frozen permafrost called ‘Cryopegs’. Although it is bordered by permafrost, the ground is not frozen. The notion behind how these craters are formed is that deep deposits of gas find their way to the unfrozen pocket of ‘Cryopeg’ or ‘Talik’, and as the pressure builds up, the ground rises with rising pressure, and the explosion occurs.

Craters form in permafrost's topmost horizons. Permafrost is extremely susceptible to climate change, and its development is linked to climate-related global cooling periods. The craters can be up to 70 meters (230 feet) in diameter and more than 50 meters (164 feet) deep. After a crater explosion in 2017, local reindeer herders reported seeing flames and smoke, but because of their remote location, sightings of these explosions are extremely unusual.

Researchers have since investigated the area around each hole, inspected the blown fragments to see what kind of material they revealed, and even dived inside the craters to investigate the interior. The craters are being viewed using satellite data. A change detection map is constructed, which is an automated means of detecting pixels that have changed in some way on the peninsula. Land changes leading up to each explosion have also been depicted using satellite imagery compiled from the locations before the explosion. High-resolution imagery is used to examine each of these pixels and determine whether or not it is a crater, then classify it accordingly.

Warming temperatures are believed to play a role, at least in part, by making the earth unstable, allowing for these explosions. According to Sue Natali, it's a startling indicator of the Arctic's condition because the physical structure of the ground is most likely changing nowhere else as a result of climate change. How new these craters are and why they’re caused, the impact of methane escaping from the craters, its relation to global climate, and the risk to people, gas, and oil infrastructure around these sites are all unclear.

 

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 10:06:26 +0530
A Flight to Remember Maran after finding BJP s Rudy the pilot

New Delhi, July 15

DMK MP and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran was pleasantly surprised when he came to know that fellow parliamentarian Rajiv Pratap Rudy was the pilot of his flight from New Delhi to Chennai.

Dubbing it an "A Flight to Remember", Maran, in a series of tweets on late Tuesday evening, shared his experience on his flight back to Chennai from New Delhi after attending a meeting of Parliament's Estimates Committee.

"A Flight to remember. July 13, 2021, I boarded the Indigo flight 6E864 from Delhi to Chennai after attending a meeting of the parliamentary Estimates Committee. I happened to sit in the first row, as the crew declared that the boarding had completed.

"'So you are traveling in this flight as well!' said a person dressed in the Captain's uniform. I could not recognize him with his mask on, although his voice sounded familiar. I nodded my head, still wondering who it could be.

"He looked at me and his eyes gave away the smile behind the mask. 'So you don't recognize me!' he exclaimed. I realized then that it was none other than my colleague, senior member of parliament and former Union Minister - my very good friend Thiru Rajiv Pratap Rudy."

Maran noted that two hours ago, Rudy was also present in the meeting of the Estimates Committee and he could not believe his "transformation".

"Just 2 hours ago, he and I were part of intense discussions at the Estimates Committee and now I couldn't believe my eyes, seeing his transformation from a politician to a pilot," the DMK MP said.

"I was pleasantly surprised and told Rudyji that I couldn't believe that he was going to be the captain flying us from Delhi to Chennai. He laughed and said 'Yes, I noticed that you didn't recognize me, I fly frequently'."

Maran said: "I could only say that I was honored to be flown by my good friend and colleague. Rudyji also served as a Minister of State, when my father was the Union Minister for Commerce.

"A flight to remember indeed. How often does a sitting Member of Parliament captain a commercial flight? I'm sure I will be talking about this for a long time. Thank you Captain @RajivPratapRudy, MP for flying us safely from Delhi to Chennai."

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:44:26 +0530
A Flight to Remember Maran after finding BJP s Rudy the pilot

 

New Delhi, July 15

DMK MP and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran was pleasantly surprised when he came to know that fellow parliamentarian Rajiv Pratap Rudy was the pilot of his flight from New Delhi to Chennai.

Dubbing it an "A Flight to Remember", Maran, in a series of tweets on late Tuesday evening, shared his experience on his flight back to Chennai from New Delhi after attending a meeting of Parliament's Estimates Committee.

"A Flight to remember. July 13, 2021, I boarded the Indigo flight 6E864 from Delhi to Chennai after attending a meeting of the parliamentary Estimates Committee. I happened to sit in the first row, as the crew declared that the boarding had completed.

"'So you are traveling in this flight as well!' said a person dressed in the Captain's uniform. I could not recognize him with his mask on, although his voice sounded familiar. I nodded my head, still wondering who it could be.

"He looked at me and his eyes gave away the smile behind the mask. 'So you don't recognize me!' he exclaimed. I realized then that it was none other than my colleague, senior member of parliament and former Union Minister - my very good friend Thiru Rajiv Pratap Rudy."

Maran noted that two hours ago, Rudy was also present in the meeting of the Estimates Committee and he could not believe his "transformation".

"Just 2 hours ago, he and I were part of intense discussions at the Estimates Committee and now I couldn't believe my eyes, seeing his transformation from a politician to a pilot," the DMK MP said.

"I was pleasantly surprised and told Rudyji that I couldn't believe that he was going to be the captain flying us from Delhi to Chennai. He laughed and said 'Yes, I noticed that you didn't recognize me, I fly frequently'."

Maran said: "I could only say that I was honored to be flown by my good friend and colleague. Rudyji also served as a Minister of State, when my father was the Union Minister for Commerce.

"A flight to remember indeed. How often does a sitting Member of Parliament captain a commercial flight? I'm sure I will be talking about this for a long time. Thank you Captain @RajivPratapRudy, MP for flying us safely from Delhi to Chennai."

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:40:58 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 188 2 mn

Washington, July 15

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 188.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.05 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.49 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 188,284,090, 4,057,061 and 3,496,851,294, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 33,946,217 and 608,104, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in second place with 30,946,074 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,209,729), France (5,884,395), Russia (5,785,542), Turkey (5,500,151), the UK (5,252,443), Argentina (4,702,657), Colombia (4,565,372), Italy (4,275,846), Spain (4,041,474), Germany (3,746,935) and Iran (3,440,400), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 537,394 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (411,408), Mexico (235,277), Peru (194,752), Russia (142,877), the UK (128,797), Italy (127,831), France (111,609), Colombia (114,337) and Argentina (100,250 ).

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:22:11 +0530
The first Manchester United eyeing EURO 2020 winner Giovanni Di Lorenzo as a backup to Aaron Wan Bis

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Manchester United wants to acquire the services of Italian right-back who won the EURO 2020 with his national side making 5 appearances for Italy and played the full match on Sunday.

Premier League club Manchester United has enquired about the Italian defender who had a successful EURO 2020 with the national side and featured in every match of the knockout phase. Napoli defender made 46 appearances for the club in all competitions being a consistent performer for the team that missed out on a Champions League spot

Di Lorenzo's agent has played down the move as there is no offer from Manchester United at this point. They have enquired about his valuation by Napoli who will not feature in this season's UEFA Champions League. He could be tempted to move from Italy in search of Champions League football.

His agent said- "If offers arrive, we are obliged to consider them, also in the interest of Napoli, because it is the president himself who has put everyone on the market. "But now it is newspaper talk. I read about Manchester United, but now it is newspaper talk. If there were real things, we would be the ones to communicate them to Napoli. At the moment no request has arrived."

Manchester United is looking to strengthen their squad by bringing in new players to increase competition in the squad which at this point of time feels content with their position in the league and are comfortable with their mediocre performances in the Champions League.

They were knocked out of the Champions League by PSG due to bad match management from the coach who let Fred on the field even after several warnings from the referee and despite being on a yellow card, he was left out on the pitch to get another yellow and put his team in pressure.

United have already acquired the services of young English winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to increase the depth of the squad and are looking at Di Lorenzo to strengthen their vulnerable defense. They are keeping tabs on the Italian defender and is considered as a serious option for Manchester United.

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 01:00:29 +0530
Benefits Of Fruits and Their Peels

Shazneen Mistry

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It is really important to include fruits and vegetables in one’s diet, as it is seen that they can be significantly beneficial for one’s overall health. Amid the pandemic, many people have also realized the benefits of a nutritious diet as health care and better immunity have taken the center stage.

There often has been a debate that has been going on for a long time, whether fruits and vegetables should be consumed with their skin or not. Many nutritionists and lifestyle experts say no as it can be unhealthy because of the germs it has, but some are in favor of this and say that “any fruit that can be eaten with skin should be consumed like that”.

Always pick the fruits that can be consumed with their skin as the fiber on those skin is important to consume. Many don’t know the benefits of eating fruit along with its skin as they are full of nutrition. One often discards the peels of fruits and vegetables due to hygiene concerns but washing the fruits from the outside with a “mild soap” to make sure it is clean.

Fruit and vegetable peels are packed with essential nutrients:

 The skin of the fruit has an enormous amount of fiber. Remember, 25-30 percent of a fruit’s nutritional benefits like vitamins and minerals lie in its skin. Several studies also show that consuming fruits with their fibrous peels can make you feel fuller by reducing your hunger. The hunger is reduced because of the Fiber that may either physically stretch the stomach, slowing how quickly it empties or influencing the speed at which fullness hormones are released in your body.

Some fruits that can be eaten without removing their peels are peaches, pears, plums, grapes, apples, guavas, and oranges with their white-colored skin. Thus, to conclude it is seen that unpeeled fruits and vegetables can not only increase one’s daily intake of nutrients but also helps one in losing weight as well. Fruits and vegetables have always been nutritious, but it is important to note that these food items are even more healthy and nutritious with their peels, they also help in increasing immunity and making the body stronger to fight against any diseases.

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:23:32 +0530
Bhagatrav and Yawal Rich and most recent Indus Valley sites discovered

Anupama Nair

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India has one of the oldest civilizations in the world. In a time when we are forgetting our heritage and culture, I am making a humble effort to make everyone proud of our country and Bharat Ma. The major ancient civilizations of the world were Indus Valley Civilization (3300 BC–1900 BC), Greek (2700 BC–479 BC), Roman (550 BC–465 AD), Egyptian (3150 BC-- 332 BC), Mesopotamian (3500 BC–500 BC), Mayan (2600 BC–900 AD) among a few.

The Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) was a Bronze Age Civilization in the northwestern regions of Indian Subcontinent located in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Western and Northwestern India. It existed from 3300 BC to 1300 BC, and in its mature form from 2600 BC to 1900 BC. Along with Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, it was one of three early civilizations of the Asian continent. It flourished in the basins of the Sindhu River (Indus), which flows through Pakistan, and India is perennial, mostly  glacier-fed, rivers that once coursed in the vicinity of the seasonal  Ghagar-Hakra river northwestern India and eastern Pakistan.

It is to be noted that this is the only urban civilization while the rest of the above-mentioned civilizations were rural. The civilization's cities were noted for their urban planning, baked bricks houses, elaborate drainage systems, water supply systems, clusters of large non-residential buildings, and new techniques in handicraft (seal carving) and metallurgy (copper, bronze, lead, and tin).  The large cities of Mohenjo-Daro (Sind) and Harappa (Punjab) likely had a population of between 30,000 and 60,000 and the civilization itself during its florescence may have contained between one and five million people.

The Indus civilization is also known as the Harappan Civilization, after one of the sites, Harappa which was the first of the sites to be excavated in the 1920s while trying to lay a railway line.  The discovery of Harappa and soon afterwards Mohenjo-Daro was the culmination of work beginning in 1861 with the founding of the Archaeological Survey of India during the colonial rule. There were however earlier and later cultures often called Early Harappan and Late Harappan in the same area.

By 2002, over 1000 Mature Harappan cities and settlements had been reported, of which just under a hundred had been excavated. There are only five major urban sites: Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro, Dholavira, Ganeriwala, and Lothal. The Indus civilization was roughly contemporary with the other civilizations of the ancient world. The Indus Valley Civilization extended from Pakistan's Baluchistan in the west to India's western Uttar Pradesh in the east, from northeastern Afghanistan in the north to India's Gujarat and Maharashtra in the south. The largest number of sites are in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, in India, and Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan provinces in Pakistan. Coastal settlements extended from Suktagan Gor in Western Baluchistan to Lothal in Gujarat. The southernmost site of the Indus valley civilization is Daimabad in Maharashtra. Indus Valley sites have been found most often on rivers, but also on the ancient seacoast, for example, Balakot, and on islands, for example, Dholavira.

Bhagatrav was a site recently discovered belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization. Bhagatrav is located in Hansot taluka of Baruch in south Gujarat, near the coast and gives access to the rich

mines and forested hills of the valleys of the rivers Narmada and Tapti. The excavation was done by Archaeological Survey of India and IIT Gandhinagar, and the mission was led by Dr. S.R. Rao.

The team discovered many geological treasures having rich iron contents, stone beads, and glazed pottery. Dr Rao stated this site was similar to the port city of Lothal. A large part of the site was however, washed out by floods from the Kim River and the backwaters leaving behind only the peripheral areas for exploration today after nearly five thousand years. Bhagatrav is surrounded by water for eight months in a year. Bhagatrav has been credited as one of the southernmost settlements of Harrapan culture in the Subcontinent.

An archaeologist Mr. Bobade, discovered an Indus Valley site in Yawal in the Bhusawal district of Maharashtra. Similar to Bhagatrav, discovered pottery and artefacts, when the site was excavated. “It is a virgin site never discovered by any archaeologist before. The pottery pieces discovered here are mainly wheel-made wares, both plain (red-clay, with or without a fine slip) and painted (in red and black colors) as was common in the Harappan Civilization. The discoveries indicate that this particular region of north-Maharashtra was inhabited for an extended period, very long after Indus Valley Civilization faded away into the pages of history”, said Mr. Bobade.

Several discoveries conducted in Maharashtra in 1958, 1974, and 1978 in Daimabad and now in Yawal, the Harappan culture may have existed in the region of modern-day Maharashtra. It is surprising the potters wheel made of wood did not survive “the ravages of time”, but the fragments were found nearly 1000 KM away from “the heart of the Harappan Civilization”. Mr. Bobade said “it’s still a mystery as to how such a large geographical area exhibited a uniform pottery tradition in forms, paintings and pottery designs similar to Harappa”.

Recent examination of human skeletons from the sites of  Indus Valley Civilization has established that the end of the Indus civilization saw an increase in inter-personal violence and in infectious diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis. Many historians believe the great civilization ended due to Aryan invasion, while others believe it was floods in the Indus, climate change and earthquakes. Whatever be the reason a great civilization came to end. If modern city planners in India and Pakistan had bothered to learn about the city planning skills of our ancestors, we would have had great cities, roads, and drainage systems etc. We need to have a pride in our heritage and culture as well.

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:04:13 +0530
The Ballon d Or 2021 Top 5 Premier League Players Who Can Win The Ballon d Or This Season

Rohan Brahmbatt

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We will take a look at performances in the Premier League by individuals on this list who had the most impact in the league and showcased the ultimate desire to win the competition. We witnessed some nerve-wracking moments this season when the last year's champion Liverpool conceded 7 goals.

Here is a list of the top 5 potential candidates from the Premier League who can win the Ballon d'Or this season:

Ballon d’Or 2021: Potential candidates

1. Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City

30-year-old Belgium attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the Premier League by far without any competition in recent years. He has led City to Premier League glory 3 times since joining the club in the summer of 2015.

His impact on his team is by far the most crucial as he is the one providing most of the assists and when the team needs him the most he creates a goal-scoring opportunity. He is the most crucial player in the Premier League right now and is also the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

He led his team to the final of the 2020-21 Champions League where they lost to Premier League rivals Chelsea by a single goal. He was a crucial part of the Belgium squad who reached the quarter-finals of the EURO 2020 losing out to winners Italy.

2. Harry Kane - Tottenham

English striker Harry Kane has proved again and again that he is the most lethal striker in the Premier League with Tottenham forward scoring 23 goals in 35 appearances for the club. He was awarded the Premier League Playmaker of the Season.

His uncertainty about his future looks worrisome for Tottenham who is hoping that the forward will stay ahead of the new Premier League season as the club failed to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham forward dodged the questions in the press conferences earlier saying that he will sort his future after the conclusion of the EURO 2020.

3. Jorginho - Chelsea

The 29-year-old veteran of the game has showcased his intelligence by sitting at the heart of midfield of the EURO 2020 Champions Italy and UEFA Champions League winner Chelsea. He was a crucial player in both the teams and enjoyed success with his club and country.

He showcased his composure against Spain in the semi-final of the EURO 2020 when he stepped up to take the crucial final spot-kick and finished in style. He is the highest goal-scorer on the Chelsea team with all his goals coming from the penalty spot.

4. Ruben Dias - Manchester City

Portuguese defender Ruben Diaz was a crucial member of the Manchester City team who won the Premier League this season. He became a strong vocal defender which was required in the team forming a wonderful partnership with English defender John Stones who revived his career this season.

He brought stability in the defense which looked vulnerable at times over the past few years and conceded at crucial times. He made 50 appearances for the club in all competitions scoring one goal for the club.

5. Ngolo Kante - Chelsea

French midfielder Ngolo Kante has become a perfect player in the Premier League right now with his extremely high work rate for his team. His partnership with Jorginho in the middle of the park has worked well for the Chelsea team.

He started his playing career in the second division of the French league and was demoted the following year to the third division. He played in the third division of French football and is now a World Cup winner with France and a Champions League winner with Chelsea.

 

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 21:03:23 +0530
Instagram Reels the new sensation on social media

Mili Desai

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In August 2020 Instagram launched its feature known as Reels in India. This took place after the ban of the popular video-sharing app Tik-Tok. Reels are a short video feature of 3-15 seconds. The new feature lets users create videos on the app, add creative filters and music and share it beyond their regular followers. This feature was launched as they saw a huge amount of video content that was for 15-20 seconds so they came up with the idea of Reels.

Reels option is added to the Instagram camera section similar to Boomerang, among others. To start making reels one needs to open the camera section and select reels to create a 15 seconds video content. Similar to TikTok, Reels provide options like audio from the Instagram Music library, speed, effects,  and timer. Reels can be posted on the feed as well as can be added to your stories and the reach can be to numerous people if your account in public as it appears in the explore feed. Brands and creators have found that these reels in more than just views. Many have seen their follower counts and engagement rates increase, too.

One can use this feature for multiple purposes it’s not only restricted to singing or dancing but one can also promote their business through it. Many small businesses have emerged during the pandemic that creates reels and showcases their talent on them. Instagram Reels was much anticipated and a lot of brands are looking for ways to capitalize on this platform. Also, it’s a pleasure for the audience to watch creative content from all over the world. These small videos are very effective and pleasant to create and watch at the same time. Millennials are the ones who are most addicted to this feature they spend most of the time seeing it. It’s one of the ways to be entertained through social media.

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:51:38 +0530
The Possible destinations of Jules Kounde

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Tottenham is interested in signing the 22-year-old Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde who is the hottest property in terms of defenders who can be great. He is young and strong which makes him a perfect signing for the London club as he is a very consistent performer who works effortlessly week out.

He is scouted by Premier League rivals Chelsea who is also looking to get his signature alongside Spanish giants Real Madrid who have a huge gap to fill in their defense as Sergio Ramos has already departed to join PSG and Raphael Varane who is currently in negotiations with Premier League club Manchester United.

We have a look at some of the possible destinations of young French center-back who are currently tied to Sevilla until 2024.

Tottenham

Premier League club Tottenham is interested in bringing the Sevilla defender to London and is ready to outbid Real Madrid who is currently in an advanced position to sign the center-back. They are hoping to land the Sevilla defender but no Champions League football will surely be in his mind before making a switch to London.

Champions League football is already creating a ruckus in Tottenham as they find themselves in grave danger of losing their crucial player Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who are looking to make the switch from Tottenham. But Daniel Levy's stance has not changed from before where he said that Kane will not be sold at any cost.

Chelsea

Chelsea has the cash to pursue Kounde and find themselves in a better financial situation than their London rivals Tottenham. They are currently in pursuit of Dortmund striker Erling Haaland which is not proceeding any further in negotiations. They are not able to come to terms with the valuation of the player by Dortmund.

They will be looking to bring new arrivals to the club as they have a lot of cash to spare after their successful UEFA Champions League campaign. Kounde will be a very good addition to the Chelsea team as he is very consistent and likes to play every match he can for the club.

Real Madrid

Spanish giants, Real Madrid are favorites to sign Kounde as they are currently going through a defensive rebuilding after Sergio Ramos left for Paris-Saint Germain and Raphael Varane negotiating with Premier League club Manchester United. They have a huge gap to fill after their main center-back pairing is doubtful to be there next season.

They already acquired the services of David Alaba who joined from Bayern Munich.

 

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:43:59 +0530
Amrita Sher Gil s painting sets world record for the artist sells for Rs 37 8 cr

Mumbai, July 14

 Amrita Sher-Gil's 1938 painting titled 'In the Ladies Enclosure' sold for Rs 37.8 crore (USD 5.14 million) at a Tuesday auction by Mumbai-based auction house Saffronart, setting a world record for the highest value achieved by the artist in auction.

It is also the second-most expensive work of Indian art sold globally after V S Gaitonde's Untitled, 1961 which sold for Rs 39.98 crore in March this year, said the auction house in a statement.

Sher-Gil (1913-1941) was a Hungarian-Indian painter and has been called one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century. The National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi also houses a large collection of her works of art.

The artwork went under the hammer Saffronart's Summer Live Auction.

According to Saffronart CEO and Co-Founder Dinesh Vazirani, "The record-breaking sale of Amrita Sher-Gil's seminal painting from 1938 titled 'In the Ladies Enclosure' is a clear indication of her artistic merit and is a testament to her skill and talent.

"The work highlights her growth and development as an artist and is a culmination of years of coming into her own as an artist of repute. It is, additionally, a rare work of the artist from that particular period to emerge in the art market and we are honoured to have played a part in creating a new benchmark with this auction," Vazirani said in a statement.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:01:57 +0530
Amazon acquires Facebook s satellite Internet team Report

San Francisco, July 14

 Tech giant Amazon has acquired a team of more than a dozen wireless Internet experts from Facebook to boost its multibillion-dollar project of launching thousands of satellites and offer broadband service globally, reports The Information.

The report, citing a Facebook spokesperson, said on Wednesday that the social networking giant's employees "moved to Amazon in April to help the company develop its network of low-orbit satellites by the middle of this decade".

The workers are in the Los Angeles area and included physicists as well as optical, prototyping, mechanical and software engineers who had previously worked on aeronautical systems and wireless networks, according to their LinkedIn pages.

Amazon paid Facebook an undisclosed sum as part of the acquisition, which saw more than a dozen Los Angeles-based employees switch companies in April to work on Project Kuiper, the report said.

According to The Verge, the move brings an end to Facebook's efforts to deliver Internet connectivity to remote areas via its satellites.

When it confirmed the initiative in 2018 the company said that it believed the technology would make it possible "to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where internet connectivity is lacking or non-existent".

Facebook had previously attempted to use Internet drones to achieve similar ends, before shutting down that project in 2018, the report said.

Meanwhile, Amazon's ambitions to provide Internet via satellite emerged in 2019.

The company has said it expects to invest $10 billion to launch 3,236 satellites into low-earth orbit by 2029 with a similar aim of providing internet to "unserved and underserved communities around the world".
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:52:49 +0530
Netflix launches two new kid friendly features

New Delhi, July 14

 Video streaming service Netflix on Wednesday announced the launch of two new kid-friendly features -- Kids Top 10 and Kids Recap Email.

While Kids Top 10 will be launched on Wednesday, the Kids Recap Email will hit parents inboxes biweekly starting July 16. The Kids Recap Email will roll out globally to all members who have one active kids profile set up on their account, and Kids Top 10 will roll out across devices (except AppleTV) in 93 countries.

"Shows and movies are an important way for kids to connect with the world -- helping to teach them about new places, create bonds with family or friends and understand other perspectives. So we're launching two new features to help families connect around their favorite series and films or discover their next favorite -- whether it's a fantasy film like 'Wish Dragon' or an action-adventure series like 'Ridley Jones'," Netflix's Director of Product Innovation, Jennifer Nieva, said in a blog post.

The bi-weekly kids recap emails will give parents a better understanding of their child's preferences and news ways to engage those interests, like recommendations based on the child's favourite shows and movies; printable colouring sheets and activities inspired by kid's favourite characters; top themes or topics charts that show the types of programmes the child enjoys most (that is, science, friendship); and tips for how to use the Kids features on Netflix.

The Kids Top 10 rows feature the most popular children's content -- including shows and movies along with a maturity rating -- and will be updated daily.

The feature aims to create a unique collection of best-in-class stories to choose from -- and make sure every child and family gets to see themselves reflected on screen. The Kids Top 10 will help kids, pre-teenagers, and parents see what's popular when deciding what to watch -- especially when together as a family.

Popular Kids movies, series, and specials that make this list will have a red "Top 10" badge wherever they appear in Kids profiles on Netflix -- across all devices. Users can find the Top 10 list on their kids homepage or in the aNew & Popular' section within the menu bar.

"We've seen how Top 10 rows help our members find something to watch, and helping families make the best decisions has always been important to us. That's why we offer a wide variety of safe (and fun!) tools for younger viewers like kids profiles, custom ratings and profile locks. Whether it's reciting your favourite lines with your friends or sharing a laugh during family movie night, seeing what's popular can help kids and families find something to watch and bring them closer together," Nieva said.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:49:25 +0530
Maharashtra announces Adventure Tourism Policy to lure visitors

Mumbai, July 14

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday cleared an ambitious 'Adventure Tourism Policy' for the state, six months after it approved the Caravan Tourism Policy in February.

The state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, gave its nod to the much-anticipated policy, intended to give a huge fillip to tourism in the state, especially in the post-pandemic era.

An official said that the policy includes encouraging adventurous activities like hiking, trekking, cycling and others with emphasis on safety and security, and hence unscrupulous operators would not be permitted.

However, it would not be applicable to competitive expeditions or other jungle activities but will showcase the rich natural offerings in the state for adventurous exploits of the brave and daring.

The state offers dense forests, mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, rivers, lakes, beaches on the coastal Konkan, etc, with immense potential for air, land and water adventure tourism activities which is not only a growing segment but much in demand globally.

Among other things, the policy envisages providing special assistance to different organisations, associations and individuals engaged in or organising adventures sports and related activities, registration, regulation, strict monitoring, training, providing necessary infrastructure, and promotions.

Presently, the state has a handful of groups and organisations offering limited seasonal activities like hiking, trekking, mountaineering, forest camps, jungle safaris, rock-climbing, river-rafting, para-gliding, para-sailing, bungee-jumping, hot air balloon rides, sailing, etc at certain locations, though many are considered expensive.

After the Caravan Tourism Policy, the Adventure Tourism Policy was one of the pet projects of Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, who has initiated other measures in the past to catapult the state onto the global tourist map.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:45:26 +0530
T Hub partners with Atal Mission to foster innovation in healthcare

Hyderabad, July 14

T-Hub, which leads India's pioneering innovation ecosystem, on Thursday announced its partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the healthcare sector.

As a part of this partnership, T-Hub is running a three-month cohort-based programme -- AIC T-Hub Foundation -- exclusively for the deep tech startups creating new-age solutions in the fields of life sciences and healthcare.

The programme was officially launched virtually in the presence of Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT & Industries, Telangana, Chintan Vaishnav, Mission Director of AIM, Ravi Narayan, CEO of T-Hub and Chief Innovation Officer of Telangana, and Sashi Reddi, Founder and Managing Partner of SRI Capital.

Jayesh Ranjan noted that Telangana has been at the forefront of promoting the usage and development of new-age technologies. He said the state acknowledges the significant contribution T-Hub has made for the creation of a thriving innovation ecosystem.

"With T-Hub's partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), we are further advancing and supporting cutting edge technology in the healthcare and life science sectors. A key goal of the programme is to provide access to elite resources and experts to startups. This will immensely help the founders with assistance in refining their business plans, market insights, and commercialisation strategies," he said.

Ravi Narayan said that the future of the healthcare is largely dependent on the technological innovation to ensure superior accuracy in diagnosis and treatment.

Ten deep tech startups have been handpicked after an extensive screening process by T-Hub, AIM and external industry experts. The startups were selected based on their cutting-edge deep tech innovation for healthcare and life sciences, go-to market readiness, scalability, team composition etc.

The programme is focused on providing startups with world-class experts and resources to sharpen their understanding of markets, refine their business and product commercialisation plans.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:42:12 +0530
India s oil gas production processes simplified for older investors

New Delhi, July 14

 In a major overhaul of oil exploration and production processes, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons has now made it easier for companies to continue with their exploration programme without bothering about taking numerous statutory approvals at CAG stage of their work programme.

The DGH has now reduced the number of processes that earlier needed various compliance and clearances for oil and gas blocks awarded under nine bids round of the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) and pre-NELP blocks.

From 37 processes that required various levels of compliance, the DGH has now restricted the number of processes needing compliance and clearances to just 18. And only in case of 6 processes including extension of exploration phase or extension of production sharing contract, abandonment of plan, transfer of participating interest in favour of a new entity, year-end statement and audited annual accounts presentation, will an existing explorer/producer of pre-NELP and NELP block need prior approval of the DGH or the government.

The pre-NELP blocks include Panna/Mukta and Tapti oil and gas fields in the western offshore and Ravva field in the KG basin. The government undertook nine rounds of NELP that resulted in biggest oil and gas funds in the country outside nomination blocks with PSU oil explorers. The NELP blocks includes Reliance Industries' KG D6 block and several others held by ONGC and others.

The changes done in compliance measures by the DGH is part of its initiative towards ease of doing business. The reduced clearances and acceptance of self-declaration in several processes are expected to make things easier for existing oil and gas explorers who are working towards increasing the country's oil and gas production and reducing import dependence.

The DGH has allowed deemed approval on expiry of 30 days of submission of self-certified documents on the annual work programme, appraisal, and field development plan or its revision.

The country has shifted from NELP rounds to open acreage policy in 2016 that had made compliance lot easier for investors looking to participate in India's oil and gas exploration and production programme. But the companies working on some existing blocks were facing lot of hurdles in continuing with their work programmes. The changes by the DGH will help in bringing the old and new regimes at par as far as compliance goes.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:38:52 +0530
9 Chinese workers among 13 killed in Pak bus mishap

Peshawar, July 14

 At least 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, were killed on Wednesday when the bus they were travelling in reportedly met with an accident in the Kohistan district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The bus was ferrying workers of the Dasu dam project and scores of other passengers were injured in the mishap, according to area officials.

Speaking to Express News, Deputy Commissioner Arif Khan confirmed the death toll and said nine Chinese workers, two local workers and two security personnel were among the dead. He added that the bus was carrying 41 people at the time of the incident.

DPO Upper Kohistan said the cause of the incident is being investigated.

A high-level delegation of the K-P government has reached Kohistan on the instructions of Chief Minister Mehmood Khan.

The delegation includes Special Assistant to Chief Minister K-P for Science and Information Technology Kamran Bangash, chief secretary and K-P inspector-general of police. SACM Bangash said the media would be apprised of the situation after the matter is investigated.

Other police officials said that rescue and security personnel reached the site soon after the incident and the injured were shifted to a nearby medical facility. The area was cordoned off soon after.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:33:17 +0530
Catholic nun appears in Kerala HC to fight her own case

Kochi, July 14

 In a first of a kind move, a Catholic nun on Wednesday appeared as "party in person" in the Kerala High Court to fight her own case.

Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal was dismissed from the church at Kerala's Manathavady in August 2019 by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, after getting the Vatican's clearance, for disobeying church authorities.

Since then, she has been fighting her case and she refused to move out from the convent in Wayanad district that she is residing in.

On Wednesday after her counsel withdrew for personal reasons, the nun herself appeared as party in person and said that since she already has the case against her congregation in another court, she should be allowed to reside at her convent, till its verdict comes.

She also wanted a review of an earlier directive of the High Court, which, in the course of the proceedings in the case, expressed doubts if she can continue to reside in the convent.

Making a passionate plea, Sister Lucy, noting that she has completed 25 years of service as a nun and wish to continue the same way, said she has nowhere to go and should not be driven on to the streets.

She requested police protection at the place where she resides in the convent.

But the counsel for the congregation contended that as a rule, a nun, when she moves from one place to another place, should only stay in a convent and Sister Lucy, in the course of conducting the case, has violated all this.

The court, however, pointed out that they are prepared to ensure that she gets protection to her life and property, wherever she stays.

The court later posted the case for giving its final verdict.

Sister Lucy had supported the nuns' strike in the state demanding the arrest of rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who headed the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar.

However, she became a target of the Church authorities after she joined the nuns protest against the delay in Mulakkal's arrest despite the FIR against him.

But even though she was asked to move out from the convent then, she got an order from a court that she should not be forced out and has been staying there since then.

Since then she had been receiving notices from the church on charges such as airing her opinion about the bishop on TV channels, owning a car, and writing a book.

Incidentally, the Kerala High Court, in December 2019 declined to ban the nun's autobiography titled "Karthavinte Namethil (In the name of Christ)" and it was released later.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:28:49 +0530
85 university students faced learning loss last year Report

New Delhi, July 14 - 

 A whopping 85 per cent of the higher education students in India believe they had a learning loss, according to a survey by TeamLease EdTech.

The survey, titled "Covid 19 Learning Loss in Higher Education", showed that while students feel that the loss is between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, university leaders state that the loss has been 30 per cent to 40 per cent.

The loss is twice the estimated learning loss in G7 countries and it may take three years to repair.

Further, this learning loss has five sources; the digital divide, slow governance at government institutions, pre-existing capacity deficits, longer lockdowns than most countries, and weak online teaching/learning content, the survey revealed.

"India has 35 million out of the world's 222 million university students. Learning is a perennial pandemic for many Indian learners but Covid has been catastrophic because of our many pre-existing challenges," Teamlease CEO Edtech Shantanu Rooj said in a statement.

"The immediate policy response should be opening all universities for physical learning and the most impactful response is bringing forward the 15-year implementation timetable for the New Education Policy (NEP) to 5 years. The University system is in shock and accelerating the timetable will bring innovation, financing, and diversity to overcome the challenges for teachers and students," he added.

The survey was conducted with more than 700 students and 75 university leaders across the country.

It suggested that the learning loss must be blunted by immediately allowing all universities and colleges to open with necessary precautions. All universities must be immediately and automatically licensed for online learning.

Further, there is a need for accelerating Digital India to blunt the digital divide among the poor, rural areas, and disadvantaged communities. The higher education sector must also be financially supported by government funds and banks (like healthcare has been) for a one-time Covid driven capital expenditure in digital infrastructure, training, and transition.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:25:09 +0530
India to sign pact with Russia on making steel

New Delhi, July 14

 With the Union Cabinet's approval on Wednesday, India is now ready to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russia on cooperation in coking coal, which is used for making steel.

The pact will be signed between India's Ministry of Steel and Russia's Ministry of Energy.

"The MoU shall benefit the entire steel sector by reducing their input cost. This may lead to reduction in cost of steel in the country and promote equity and inclusiveness," said a government statement after the decision was taken in the Cabinet Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day.

The MoU will provide an institutional mechanism for co-operation in the coking coal sector between the two countries.

The objective of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation between India and Russia in the steel sector. The activities involved in the cooperation are aimed at diversifying sources of coking coal.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:21:10 +0530
Covid Woman aged 90 died with double variant infection

London, July 14

 A 90-year-old woman became sick and later died with the Alpha and Beta Covid variants first identified in the UK and South Africa.

Experts say it is possible to catch two Covid variants at the same time after seeing the double infection in
the woman, who died in March 2021 in Belgium. She had not been vaccinated.

Her doctors suspect she contracted the infections from two different people, the BBC reported.

They believe it is the first documented case of its kind and, although rare, similar dual infections are happening.

Her case is being discussed at this year's European Congress on Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.

In January 2021, scientists in Brazil reported that two people had been simultaneously infected with two types of coronavirus, one of them a variant of concern called Gamma.

Researchers from Portugal, meanwhile, recently treated a 17-year-old who appeared to have caught a second type of Covid while still recovering from a different, pre-existing Covid infection.

The 90-year-old, who was infected with the two "variants of concern" - the most worrying new versions of coronavirus that experts are tracking - had been admitted to hospital after experiencing some falls, but later developed worsening respiratory symptoms.

Laboratory tests on samples taken when she was admitted revealed she had Covid-19, caused by two different mutated versions of the pandemic virus, simultaneously - Alpha and Beta.

Lead researcher Dr Anne Vankeerberghen, from the OLV hospital in Aalst, Belgium, said: "Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so it is likely that the lady was co-infected with different viruses from two different people. Unfortunately, we don't know how she became infected.

"She was a lady who lived alone, but she got a lot of helpers coming in to care for her. Whether the co-infection of the two variants of concern played a role in the fast deterioration of the patient is difficult to say."

Viruses constantly evolve by mutating as they replicate. This creates new versions or variants.

Covid has undergone some important changes that may give it an advantage - for example, by increasing its ability to replicate or dodge some of our existing immunity from past infection or vaccination.

The most concerning ones are being closely monitored by scientists and are called variants of concern.

Currently, in the UK, it is the Delta variant that is spreading the most. Experts are confident that existing vaccines offer good protection against it.

Scientists are designing new Covid vaccines that will be an even better match for new variants, and could be used as boosters.

Prof Lawrence Young, an expert in virology at the University of Warwick, said: "Detecting two dominant variants of concern in a single person is not a surprise - these could have been passed on by a single infected individual, or by contact with multiple infected people."

He said more studies were needed to determine whether such infections in any way compromise the efficacy of vaccination, or make for a worse case of Covid-19.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:15:20 +0530
No non academic work for teachers rules Allahabad High Court

Lucknow, July 14

 The Allahabad High Court has passed a major order on non-academic work being carried out by teachers.

The court ruled that teachers will not be made to do non-academic work, citing the Right to Education Act, 2009 and directives have been issued to all District Magistrates in this regard.

The court has directed the authority concerned, all District Magistrates and district Basic Education Officers to issue the necessary orders.

Many non-academic works like distribution of mid-day meals, construction of buildings and boundary walls, running of school accounts, and assistance in making Aadhaar cards were being carried out by teachers, which will no longer be done.

The court, in its order, has said that teachers can only be employed during disasters, the Census, and general elections.

It ordered that the duty of teachers under the Right to Education Act, 2009 cannot be imposed for non-educational activities. Rule 27 of the Act was mentioned for this.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:06:03 +0530
Piyush Goyal appointed Leader of House in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi, July 14

 Union minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday was appointed leader of the house in Rajya Sabha.

In the coming monsoon session starting from July 19, Goyal will take the place of Thaawarchand Gehlot, who has been appointed governor of Karnataka.

Earlier, Goyal held the post of deputy leader of house in Rajya Sabha, when Gehlot was leader of house.

On Sunday, Gehlot took oath as the new governor of Karnataka. Congratulating Goyal through a tweet, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi said, "Congratulations to Piyush Goyal ji on being appointed the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha. He has been entrusted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji with key responsibility. Wishing him continued vigour in the service to the nation."

Goyal, Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra, was first elected to the upper house of parliament in August 2010. Goyal holds key portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs and Food, and Public Distribution and Textiles in the union government.

As deputy leader of the house, Goyal had played an active part in the ruling party's efforts to manage the floor of the house.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 19:02:13 +0530
TRS membership reaches 61 lakh

Hyderabad, July 14

 The Telangana Rashtra Samithi's membership has reached 61 lakh, a senior party leader said on Wednesday.

TRS General Secretary Palla Rajeshwar Reddy claimed that the TRS is the only regional party in the country to have such a large number of members.

He told reporters, after a meeting of party Secretaries, that digitalisation of details of 48 lakh members had already completed, and those of the remaining members will be completed by July 20.

He said that the TRS has started construction of party offices in 31 districts. The work has been completed in 24 districts. The work in remaining seven districts is nearing completion.

Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrasekhara Rao will inaugurate the party office in every district.

Rajeshwar Reddy said the party will constitute committees from village to state level in the next two months.

He said the party would reach out to every worker and remain accessible to them. The TRS will also take steps to remain active over social media platforms.

The meeting, presided over by party's Working President K.T. Rama Rao, discussed various issues to further strengthen the party.

Rajeshwar Reddy said the government has already filled 1.30 lakh vacancies in the government. He thanked the Chief Minister for taking steps to fill another 50,000 vacancies, saying this move would solve the problem of unemployment.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:59:11 +0530
Man lands in CBI net in chit fund scam

New Delhi, July 14

 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Wednesday that it has arrested a man named Debabrata Sinha in connection with its probe involving Infinity Realcom Ltd, a Kolata based chit fund company.

A CBI spokesperson said that the agency arrested Sinha and carried out searches at two places in West Bengal, which led to the recovery of several incriminating documents.

He said it was alleged that Sinha had entered into a conspiracy with the other directors of a Kolkata-based private company, which resulted in misappropriation and siphoning of funds illegally collected by the private company from gullible investors.

"Sinha allegedly acted as a middle man between Infinity Realcom Ltd and the regulators and got undue approvals in favour of the company from the regulatory authorities," the official said.

The CBI had registered the case on June 5, 2015 pertaining to the private company and others who collected funds to the tune of Rs 565 crore.
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:55:40 +0530
Union Fisheries Minister to hold virtual meet with coastal MPs

Chennai, July 14

 Union Fisheries Minister Parshottam Rupala will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday with Members of Parliament from coastal areas to get their views on the draft Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021.

VCK leader and Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar said that the minister had invited him to attend the virtual meet to be held at 11 a.m. to elicit his views on the draft bill.

Rupala has conveyed that taking views from the MPs from coastal areas would provide the necessary inputs and address the concerns of the traditional and small-scale fishermen as well as the sustainable development of marine fisheries in the country.

The Minister said it was Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla's suggestion to connect with the MPs from coastal areas before finalising the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill, 2021.

The fishermen community across the coastal belts were against the presence of large fishing trawlers in India's economic zones. Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have always been complaining about the "high-handedness" of the Sri Lankan Navy towards them on on the borders of international waterways and Ravikumar is expected to raise this issue.

Ravikumar said that the minister "had called me and asked me to be part of the virtual meeting to be held on July 15 at 11 a.m. regarding the draft of the Indian Marine Fisheries Bill and had requested my suggestions and views regarding the same".
 

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:51:51 +0530
Limited opportunities bring out the best in Ireland Balbirnie

Dublin, July 14

Ireland cricket team skipper Andy Balbirnie said after his side's 43-run victory over South Africa in the second ODI that due to lack of opportunities, the boys are more determined when facing big opponents and it brings out the best in his team.

Ireland shocked South Africa on Tuesday with the win giving them a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series after the first match produced no result.

Ireland made 290/5 in 50 overs with Balbirnie scoring 102. Harry Tector made 79. But it was South Africa's fielding that let them down.

"We've beaten big teams before but we haven't beaten them consistently. We don't have the players these teams have; we don't have the infrastructure or the exposure. A lot of the South African team have played in the IPL. We don't get that," Balbirnie was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"So what we do, when we do play these big teams, we get the most of out of these games and we try to put in our best performance. We are thrilled and beating them once off is great but winning a series at the end of the week will be so important because it shows we're making strides."

Ireland's win is the first time they have defeated South Africa in seven One-day Internationals, and only the fourth time they have beaten a top-five team. They had beaten Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup and England in 2011 and last year.

On his partnership with Tector, who was playing only his 12th ODI, Balbirnie said, "Harry is a quick learner and a very impressive person. A lot of our guys have been thrown into the deep end, playing big teams but these are the players we need to invest in and put time into. In the last series in Holland, Harry has shown promise. He is looking really impressive in that No.4 position. That was probably the innings of the day."

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:19:27 +0530
Amala Paul Working on separating private life from work life

Kochi, July 14

Actress Amala Paul started her acting career at 17. Ever since she has proved her mettle in Tamil and Malayalam films. Nearly 12 years into the profession, as she gears up for the release of her Telugu web series "Kudi Yedamaithe", she reflects back on her journey and feels it is about time she separated her personal and professional lives.

"I am what I am. I came into the industry when I was 17 and whatever I have gone through personally reflected in my work and vice versa. I cannot take one out of the other or maybe I didn't know the art of separating the two. I can say that about myself until 2019," she tells IANS.

Amala continues: "But 2020 has been a very enlightening year for me. When I was going through my father's death in a very conscious way, it was a very introspective phase for me. I had this realisation that I felt very naked. I felt like an open book. I had this realisation that I don't have anything like my own, as my private life and everything was out there. I felt like my life has been misinterpreted beyond anything I could have done."

Having spent over a decade in the film industry, Amala, who was earlier married to director AL Vijay, has learned how to deal with the constant interest people have in her personal life.

"When I look back, I do feel bad about it but I also have the wisdom to understand that I don't have any control over these things, and when I don't have control over these things, I can just gracefully move ahead in life. I also understand that this is part and parcel of this job and there is a social responsibility that I have. It's not just me, that is how some things are the way it is," she says.

"I realised I have a choice I didn't know about earlier. Now, I am working on separating my private life from my work life. That is the art that I am practicing and I really want to. Before I never felt it and I was quite open about what was happening in my life. Now, I realise that may be the spirit in which I was sharing that or my intention was not received as it was," she adds.

"Everyone is in different stages of their lives and I was hoping that they can understand how I am perceiving it. I have reached that point in my life where I am comfortable not sharing so much," says the actress, who has also shot for a Hindi web series but is awaiting its release.

Amala will be seen in the Telugu series "Kudi Yedamaithe", in which she plays the role of a cop named Durga.

The actress says she has played the character effortlessly as opposed to being very harsh on herself like in earlier times.

"An interesting thing about this project for me is that, usually I have a tendency to overprepare. I experiment too much with my roles and that has been draining me. So, with this character I have been thinking how I can make this character effortless," she says.

"During last year's lockdown, a lot of introspection happened. I just wanted to intuitively follow the artiste in me. I knew Durga and there were many script reading sessions. I knew her job, her economical condition. I knew I was going to meet her. I just wanted to organically meet the character without creating it in my head and it turned out to be beautiful," says the actress about her role in the Aha original series.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:11:31 +0530
Hitachi completes 9 6 bn acquisition of GlobalLogic

New Delhi, July 14

Japan's Hitachi on Wednesday said that it has completed the acquisition of US-headquartered digital engineering services company GlobalLogic for $9.6 billion.

The acquisition will help the company expand digital operations in a number of businesses, including IT, energy, industry and mobility.

Hitachi Global Digital Holdings, a US subsidiary of Hitachi, has acquired 100 per cent of the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the parent company of GlobalLogic.

"Hitachi aims to become a global leader in the social innovation business by accelerating digital transformation of social infrastructure by combining the innovativeness of GlobalLogic's advanced digital product engineering and experience design capabilities with the reliability that Hitachi has established in mission-critical fields," said Toshiaki Higashihara, Executive Chairman & CEO, Hitachi.

With more than 21,000 professionals working in engineering centers, and design studios around the globe, GlobalLogic specializes in advanced digital engineering, experience design, and data services to help clients accelerate innovation and the development of new digital products and experiences.

"Joining the Hitachi Group creates a unique opportunity to bring together the power of Operating Technology (OT), Information Technology (IT) and IoT/Digital Engineering under one umbrella," Said Shashank Samant, President and CEO of GlobalLogic.

In addition, Hitachi Group said it would be able to further accelerate the digital transformation of social infrastructure on a global scale by expanding its core ‘Lumada' digital solutions business globally.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:54:00 +0530
S Africa 72 killed in violence over jailing of ex prez Zuma

Cape Town, July 14

At least 72 people have been killed in South Africa after violence engulfed parts of the country following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

This includes 10 people killed in a stampede during looting on Monday night at a shopping centre in Soweto, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

The BBC has also filmed a baby being thrown from a building in Durban that was on fire after ground-floor shops were looted.

The military has now been deployed to help the police overstretched since the unrest began last week.

South African police said in a statement that they had identified 12 people suspected of provoking the riots, and that a total of 1,234 people had been arrested.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called it some of the worst violence witnessed in South Africa since the 1990s, before the end of apartheid, with fires set, highways blocked and businesses and warehouses looted in major cities and small towns in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces.

Ministers have warned that if looting continues, there is a risk areas could run out of basic food supplies soon - but have ruled out declaring a state of emergency.

More than 200 shopping malls had been looted by Monday afternoon, the media reported.

Several shopping centres in Soweto - South Africa's largest township which was once home to Nelson Mandela - have been completely ransacked, with ATMs broken into, restaurants, stores selling alcohol and clothing shops all left in tatters.

Soldiers working with the police managed to catch a few rioters; in total almost 800 have been arrested, but law enforcement remains heavily outnumbered, he reports.

In KwaZulu-Natal - where livestock has also been stolen - the unrest continues with ambulances coming under attack by rioters in some areas, a local media outlet reported.

Video footage shows that a blood bank was looted in Durban as Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday night.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:43:59 +0530
Kerala Guv Arif Mohammad begins fast against dowry

Thiruvananthapuram, July 14  

In a first of its kind protest by a Governor in Kerala, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan began a hunger strike at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at his official residence here against the evils of dowry.

The fast is being organised by various Gandhian organisations, which began at the Gandhi Bhawan here and is meant to create awareness against the giving and taking of dowry.

Khan will end his fast at the Raj Bhawan at 4 p.m. He will then join the protesters at the Gandhi Bhawan and will sit with them till the protest ends at 6 p.m.

Khan was deeply saddened after several women in the state committed suicide due to dowry abuse, and last month he had promised to work as a volunteer against the evil.

The Governor had visited the family of a young final year Ayurveda medical student, who took her life after her husband allegedly demanded an expensive car last month. After paying tributes, Khan had told the media that NGOs and volunteers should step up the awareness drive through a campaign against dowry and promised that he is ready to work as a volunteer.

Khan then said 'dowry is evil and as far as laws are concerned, they are very strong and the need is to create a general and social awareness against it'.

In the previous month, many dowry harassment cases have surfaced, forcing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to take new steps, and a female IPS officer was made in charge to deal with all such cases.

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Wed, 14 Jul 2021 10:14:43 +0530
Sputnik V vaccine

Shazneen Mistry

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The Russian developed vaccine Sputnik V has received permission from the Indian drugs regulator for restricted emergency use in the country. The vaccine was developed in Russia’s Gamaleya institute and is marketed in India by Dr. Reddy.

The Gamaleya institute said that during a study conducted by them to study and understand the various variants, they saw that Sputnik V would produce protective neutralizing traits against different variants such as Alpha (B.1.1.7) - first identified in the UK; Beta (B.1.351) - first identified in South Africa; Gamma (P.1) - first identified in Brazil; and Delta (B.1.617.2 and B.1.617.3). Even though this Russian-made vaccine is still developing, this vaccine would be effective against all the new variants of the coronavirus.

The study methodology of this research was based on the assessment of virus-neutralizing activity (VNA) using the live virus. It was also seen that the sera were obtained from individuals after vaccination with two doses of Sputnik V., This vaccine is also two-dose shots, which is 91.6% effective in preventing serious illness, according to the phase 3 clinical trials.

The vaccine has so far been registered in 67 countries globally with a total population of over 3.5 billion people. It is also been marketed in India now by Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, who has said that Sputnik V will be commercially launched in the coming week in India.

The process has already started in Hyderabad, this soft launch rollout of Sputnik V has scaled up speedily and reached cities and towns all over India- including but not limited to Hyderabad, Vizag, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, NCR, Chennai, Miryalaguda, Vijayawada, Baddi, Kolhapur, Kochi, Raipur, Chandigarh, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, and many others.

Currently, the Indian Drug Regulators have made the rule that Sputnik V will only be granted to those who are in dire need of this vaccine. It is to be restricted for emergency use only.

 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:21:16 +0530
What is the Right to Repair Movement

Yashashree Malpathak

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When our devices start showing issues and become nearly unusable, we are often required to seek repair from the manufacturer. However, sometimes these fixes are unavailable or incredibly expensive, leading us to believe that purchasing a new device is a better option. The Right to Repair campaign proposes that all businesses provide repair information—in the form of manuals or guidelines, products that are repairable, and products that can be repaired with spare parts.

The right to repair campaign began in the 1950s, at the dawn of the computer age. It promotes the consumer's right to repair and maintain electronic devices. The overall goal of the campaign is to convince tech companies to open up their tools, spare parts, and service instructions to the general public. This can assist consumers and repair companies in repairing and extending the life of the equipment.

Rather than being compelled to buy whole new products, some people prefer to acquire devices that can be upgraded over time. This would entail the ability to upgrade the device's processing power, memory, and batteries, among other things. This concept is known as the ‘Right to Repair’, and people in many nations are demanding laws to support it.

They claim that these electronic producers are creating a culture of 'planned obsolescence,' which means that items are engineered to last only a short time before being replaced. They believe that this puts enormous strain on the environment and wastes natural resources. Small repair shops, which are an important component of local economies, will benefit from this, according to supporters of the right to repair. They claim that if a company has a monopoly on repairs, prices will rise exponentially and quality will suffer. These campaigners emphasize the importance of price as a crucial factor. Due to a lack of competition in the repair industry in the west, consumers are unable to make informed decisions and find the best deal. Manufacturers all across the world are experiencing more pressure to allow customers to repair their products.

What do the manufacturing companies feel about this?

Over the years, tech companies like Apple and Microsoft have been vocal opponents of the movement. They argue that giving third-party repair services or amateur repairers access to their intellectual property could lead to exploitation and compromise the safety and security of their equipment.  For example, Tesla has opposed right-to-repair campaigns, claiming that such initiatives jeopardize data and cybersecurity. They say that one of the major concerns is that independent repairers may suffer harm when attempting to repair a product or when utilizing it after a botched repair.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on the other hand, has stated his support for the cause. "We wouldn't have had an Apple if I hadn't grown up in a very open technology world," he said in a statement for the website Cameo. The company has been criticized for a long time because they do not give spare parts or repair manuals and only authorized professionals can repair their devices.

In the United Kingdom, legislation mandating manufacturers to make spare parts available to consumers who purchase electrical goods has been implemented.

The European Commission has unveiled plans for right-to-repair regulations for smartphones, tablets, and computers.

US President Joe Biden signed an executive order last week ordering the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to limit manufacturers' restrictions on consumers' capacity to repair devices on their own. According to Jen Psaki, the president's press secretary, it would empower farmers "the right to repair their equipment how they like."

Some anticipate that the laws could be expanded to include consumer electronic devices as well.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:07:39 +0530
The Essence of Bhagavad Gita in the time of Corona

Anupama Nair

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India is known as the “spiritual guru” of the world. In India, “spiritualism is not an obsession of the human mind, rather it is a heritage as well as a continuous tradition”. India is famous for her culture, civilization, traditions, literature and epics, ancient medicine – Ayurveda, Yoga , ancient scientific theses like gravitation, atomic theory (later proved by modern science), ancient temples and holy cities, you imagine and we have it all.  However, the greatness of Indian culture, especially “spiritualism” have contributed a lot —connecting the spirit of Indians throughout the ages. As a result, the spiritual-minded Indians have succeeded in maintaining their Indianness which could not have been possible otherwise. Indian life is dominated by personality which is well linked to spiritualism.

The Vedas offer spiritual direction to the Indians giving them the basics of spiritual and moral life. Our rishis should be applauded as the earliest spiritual masters on earth as their mantras resound with the seed of spiritualism, and India can be called the “cradle of spiritualism and civilization”. In India, spiritualism is not a mere  obsession of the mind, but, it is a heritage and tradition. India is home to two great epics Ramayana written by Valmiki and Mahabharata written by Veda Vyas. The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, often called as the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of Mahabharata, dated to the second half of the first millennium BC and exemplary for the emerging Hindu synthesis. It is considered to be one of the holy scriptures.

Gita is the divine discourse spoken by the Supreme Lord Krishna himself and is the most popular and well known of all the sacred scriptures from ancient India. It is revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge; it reveals the purpose and goal of human life. It is especially relevant in the modern world traumatized by a “mere virus”, you need to read it again and again to find salvation. It is curious though, it may seem that such an ancient text from a “foreign culture” has been so enthusiastically received by Westerners, the Gita, like all truly great works of literature, can be read on many levels -- metaphysical, moral, spiritual, and practical, hence its appeal to the world. According to some, Bhagavad Gita is written by the Lord Ganesh when the great Saint was dictating to him.

For those who still haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, the Gita is a dialogue between Arjuna, one of five Pandava princes, and the Lord, who is “Parthasarthi” or the charioteer of Arjuna. Arjuna and his brothers have been exiled from their kingdom for 13 years and cut off from their rightful heritage by the Kauravas, their cousins. The Gita takes up the struggle to reclaim the throne, which requires the Pandavas wage war against their own kinsmen,

The story begins on the dusty plains of Kurukshetra, where Arjuna, a famed archer, is poised to fight. But he hesitates as he sees the army of friends, teachers, and kin, and believes that to fight—and likely kill—these men would be to commit a grievous sin and could bring nothing good even if he were to win the kingdom back. Krishna chides him for his cowardice—Arjuna is a Kshatriya after all, and warriors are meant to fight—but then goes on to present a spiritual journey that encourages him to fight his enemies, one that encompasses a discussion of the karmajnana and bhakti yogas, as well as the nature of divinity, mankind’s ultimate destiny, and the purpose of mortal life.

Gita is a work of luminous and startling intensity, and Henry David Thoreau calls it a “stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy…in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.” Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of the influence of Gita on him and wrote a book “Brahma”. Albert Einstein, however was moved by the Gita’s depiction of creation, and once remarked, “When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous”.

The essence of Bhagavad Gita comes to each one of us when we start distinguishing it humbly, paying respect to it and have direct liaison with it. The Gita is also known as tri marga or three ways to attain liberation imparted by the Lord. Krishna represents pure attraction and attainment while, Arjuna stands for an average human. Hence, Gita is for every one of us for accomplishing salvation. The Gita is the root of all the Vedas, Puranas and other holy scriptures. The 18 chapters of Gita are separated into three main categories hence known as tri marga. The three main categories are “Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jyana yoga”.

The essence of Bhagavad Gita is in each and every verse and each verse encompasses words and each word contains an alphabet. The chapters one and two describes the battlefield of Kurukshetra while the chapters three to six divulges Karma Yoga or the yoga of actions i.e., how to perform routine work and how it should be converted into swadharma. The Lord addresses the significance of karma that should be completely surrendered to the divine and deals with just doing our work without any expectations of the benefits attained from the work. The essence lies when each and every work is done for the Lord. Hence, our Karma becomes Karma yoga just by offering every action unto the Lord.

Further, the essence of Bhagavad Gita lies in the next six chapters i.e., chapter seven to twelve, which stands for Bhakti Yoga or the Yoga of Devotion, where it is stated that we should remember God every time. You do not become a Bhakta by meditating on the Lord for some time, but for twenty-four hours remembering him.
The last part again contains six chapters i.e., chapter thirteen to eighteen which stands for Jyana Yoga or the Yoga of Knowledge. “Self” is the true knowledge than one could be a Gyani. The gunas of material nature is unveiled as Sattva, Rajas and Tamo gunas having their own significance in everyone’s life. Lord even says that “Gyani is my true reflection”. It now becomes easy for us to choose any of the three means and ways to attain liberation. Now which one could be better is also so enunciated and elicited by Lord Krishna when he states “knowledge is better than practice without discernment, meditation on God is superior to knowledge, and renunciation of the fruit of actions is even superior to meditation: for, peace immediately follows renunciation”. So, attaining liberation by becoming a Karma yogi is the preferred one as clearly shown by the Lord. We need to remember “Krishna” in order to attain him,  as he says “fix your mind on Me, and establish your intellect in Me alone, thereafter you will abide solely in Me. There is no doubt in it”. We can choose any of the tri margas and start reading it first and then implementing it practically into our life and then “we can taste the real essence of the Gita”.

There is a raging debate about reincarnation or rebirth. However, Gita makes it very clear when the lord states “ The atma or soul is indestructible, unbreakable and insoluble. The soul cannot be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can it be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. All souls are therefore eternally separated individuals”. The soul is seen as immortal and the only thing that becomes perishable is the body. Upon death, the soul moves into a new body to live again and again. Krishna says that for the soul there is neither birth nor death. Nothing actually dies, but we call the soul leaving the body as death, when there's no such thing as death. However, the Lord deals with what we call death and doesn't hide the fact that He is behind it.

Reading the Gita has changed my thought of life and how to live. It is the Lord, who inspired me to write this article, so that those of you, who has not  read it still, will get some knowledge.

 

 

 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:01:10 +0530
The Essence of Bhagavad Gita in the time of Corona

Anupama Nair

www.mediaeyenews.com

India is known as the “spiritual guru” of the world. In India, “spiritualism is not an obsession of the human mind, rather it is a heritage as well as a continuous tradition”. India is famous for its culture, civilization, traditions, literature and epics, ancient medicine – Ayurveda, Yoga, ancient scientific theses like gravitation, atomic theory (later proved by modern science), ancient temples and holy cities, you imagine and we have it all.  However, the greatness of Indian culture, especially “spiritualism” has contributed a lot —connecting the spirit of Indians throughout the ages. As a result, the spiritual-minded Indians have succeeded in maintaining their Indianness which could not have been possible otherwise. Indian life is dominated by personality which is well linked to spiritualism.

The Vedas offer spiritual direction to the Indians giving them the basics of spiritual and moral life. Our rishis should be applauded as the earliest spiritual masters on earth as their mantras resound with the seed of spiritualism, and India can be called the “cradle of spiritualism and civilization”. In India, spiritualism is not a mere  obsession of the mind, but, it is a heritage and tradition. India is home to two great epics Ramayana written by Valmiki and Mahabharata written by Veda Vyas. The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, often called as the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of Mahabharata, dated to the second half of the first millennium BC and exemplary for the emerging Hindu synthesis. It is considered to be one of the holy scriptures.

Gita is the divine discourse spoken by the Supreme Lord Krishna himself and is the most popular and well known of all the sacred scriptures from ancient India. It is revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge; it reveals the purpose and goal of human life. It is especially relevant in the modern world traumatized by a “mere virus”, you need to read it again and again to find salvation. It is curious though, it may seem that such an ancient text from a “foreign culture” has been so enthusiastically received by Westerners, the Gita, like all truly great works of literature, can be read on many levels -- metaphysical, moral, spiritual, and practical, hence its appeal to the world. According to some, Bhagavad Gita is written by the Lord Ganesh when the great Saint was dictating to him.

For those who still haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, the Gita is a dialogue between Arjuna, one of five Pandava princes, and the Lord, who is “Parthasarthi” or the charioteer of Arjuna. Arjuna and his brothers have been exiled from their kingdom for 13 years and cut off from their rightful heritage by the Kauravas, their cousins. The Gita takes up the struggle to reclaim the throne, which requires the Pandavas wage war against their own kinsmen,

The story begins on the dusty plains of Kurukshetra, where Arjuna, a famed archer, is poised to fight. But he hesitates as he sees the army of friends, teachers, and kin, and believes that to fight—and likely kill—these men would be to commit grievous sin and could bring nothing good even if he were to win the kingdom back. Krishna chides him for his cowardice—Arjuna is a Kshatriya after all, and warriors are meant to fight—but then goes on to present a spiritual journey that encourages him to fight his enemies, one that encompasses a discussion of the karmajnana and bhakti yogas, as well as the nature of divinity, mankind’s ultimate destiny

 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 22:47:38 +0530
AWS launches India first programme to nurture public sector startups

New Delhi, July 13

 Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is the cloud arm of Amazon, on Tuesday announced the launch of an India-first programme that will help early-stage startups in the public sector build solutions on its platform.

Called 'AWS Startup Ramp,' it is an acceleration programme for startups that are building innovative solutions for public sector customers worldwide in the fields of government, space, defense, healthcare and others.

"We are excited to launch the ‘AWS Startup Ramp' in India where there is incredible opportunity for startups to solve public sector challenges through their innovative solutions," said Sandy Carter, vice president of public sector partners and programmes at AWS.

According to Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector, AISPL, AWS India and South Asia, the programme aims to accelerate digital transformation that has seen a tremendous growth in the public sector amid the pandemic in the country.

"As digital transformation gets in top gear, AWS is betting big on creating public sector startup entrepreneurs in India. We are seeing a strong momentum in the startup ecosystem in India and 'AWS Startup Ramp' will help early-stage public sector startups innovate further and create better solutions," Sharma said.

Startups in their early stage growth can apply to join the AWS Startup Ramp in one of two tiers -- pre-revenue startups can apply to the Innovator tier, and post-revenue startups (with up to Rs 100 crore in revenue) can apply to the Member tier.

According to the company, startups meeting all qualifying application criteria will be reviewed and evaluated for participation based on their potential contributions to public sector customers.

AWS Startup Ramp is modelled after AWS EdStart, which works with education technology (EdTech) focused startups, and AWS GovTechStart, the US-based programme that supports commercial technology companies serving state and local governments.

According to Sam Harris, Regional Public Sector Startup Lead, Asia Pacific and Japan, AWS, the goal is to help startups complete their otherwise lonely journey and grow faster than ever.

"The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation and we see India right on the path as far as nurturing its strong startup ecosystem is concerned. The desire to transform and innovate is great across the spectrum, especially in the fields of agriculture, space tech, healthcare and education. ‘AWS Startup Ramp' will only fuel this growth," Harris said.

By joining the programme, ‘AWS Startup Ramp' members will have access to technical experts, education, and live or virtual events.

Fintech startup Whrrl is working to revolutionise the post-harvest ecosystem through its integrated blockchain platform.

"We are assured that with AWS support, we will not disappoint our stakeholders. The financial support in the form of AWS Promotional Credit that we've received is hugely helpful for us as an early-stage startup," said Ashish Anand, chief executive officer (CEO) of Whrrl.

"Most of our data is sensitive information related to the farmers and farmland, and with security features of AWS implemented, we are able to manage data security with ease," added Praveen Kuruganti, co-founder of Unmiti, an agritech startup that is working to monitor and evaluate agriculture projects.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:17:17 +0530
Arya starrer Sarpatta Parambarai to stream on July 22 trailer launched

Chennai, July 13

Actor Arya and director Pa. Ranjith, along with the cast of "Sarpatta Parambarai", launched the trailer of the film on Tuesday. The film is set for an OTT launch on July 22 in Tamil and Telugu.

The period sports drama film is set against the backdrop of the seventies, and shows a clash between rival clans -- Sarpatta and Iddiyappa. The film also stars Dushara Vijayan, John Kokken, Kalaiyarasan, Pasupathy, John Vijay and Santosh Prathap in pivotal roles.

Talking about undergoing physical transformation to fit the physique of a boxer in the film, Arya says: "I have gone through a major physical transformation for this film and done a rigorous amount of training to get the physicality of techniques of a boxer right. It is a completely different role for me from my previous movies and I believe it is going to be a career defining film for me."

"Just like the sport, 'Sarpatta Parambarai' promises to deliver a thrilling experience with action sequences and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seats, the trailer of the film will give you a brief sneak peek on what is about to come on the 22nd July," the actor adds.

Director Pa. Ranjith, known for earlier directing films such as "Madras", "Kabali" and "Kaala", wants to narrate a tale about the time when the city was Madras and the sport of boxing was a great deal.

"'Sarpatta Parambarai' is a period sports drama that reflects the raw passion and enthusiasm for boxing which wasn't just a sport back then but also a sort of culture & tradition that demanded repute and respect. With this film, I want to tell the audience that there's so much more to Madras that they are not aware of. 'Sarpatta Parambarai' will take them through the culture and life of these clans and their stories." says Pa. Ranjith.

"'Sarpatta Parambai' is one story that was waiting to be told, its universal theme of passion, grit and the quest for identity will resonate well with our audiences in India and all over the world. We are excited and thrilled to add this new spectacular film to the vast library of phenomenal stories that Amazon Prime Video has to offer," said Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, the platform where the film will stream.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:11:52 +0530
Google set to launch its 2nd Cloud region in India

New Delhi, July 13

Google is set to launch a new Cloud region in India that will enable organisations to digitally transform and accelerate innovation closer to home, as the country takes its next step into a digital-first future.

The company, in an invite sent to media on Tuesday, said that Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, along with other leading tech leaders will officially announce the second India GCP region on July 15.

"With reduced latency and improved availability, businesses can now innovate faster, build high-performing applications, and better serve customers by taking advantage of a smarter, open, and trusted cloud," the tech giant said.

"Join us in building India's digital future," the invite read.

Google launched the Mumbai region in 2017.

The company last year announced plans to open its second Cloud region in India --in Delhi-NCR — and help regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, as well as public sector organisations across the country achieve their cloud goal.

As the company's customers in India grow and diversify, Google cloud regions bring Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services to organisations in industries like media and entertainment, retail and manufacturing.

The new region will also include a portfolio of key GCP products, offer lower latency to nearby users, and, when combined with the existing region in Mumbai, enable geographically separate in-country disaster recovery for the customers' mission-critical applications.

After Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai committed $10 billion to drive India go digital, Kurian said last year during an interaction that they are not only committed to grow deeper in the India market but also aggressively invest to increase its Cloud footprint and empower enterprises in the country.

Kurian said that the company continues to expand its global footprint, opening several new regions over the last year, with plans for many more and India is on his priority list.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:08:07 +0530
Number of commercial flights increase in EU

Brussels, July 13

 The number of commercial flights across the European Union (EU) have increased, as the pandemic hit aviation sector is showing an upward trend with the beginning of the summer season, according to official data.

Along with the tourism industry, the aviation sector had been badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis, grounding aircraft on the tarmac as containment measures and travel bans were put in place, reports Xinhua news agency.

During the second wave of outbreaks in early 2021, the number of commercial flights decreased sharply by about 70 per cent compared to the pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to data published on Monday by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

In June, however, the number of commercial flights went back significantly to only 54 per cent less than two years ago, thanks to the vaccination campaign and the ease of lockdowns in the EU.

"Now that it is much easier to travel within the Mediterranean space and in Europe, we see a strong increase in demand," said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, to French radio Europe 1 last week.

Air France-KLM planes departing from France towards trendy touristic destinations such as Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, are full, said Smith.

As European airlines are on the way to recovery for intra-EU travel, it is another story altogether when it comes to long-haul flights and extra-EU travels.

Routes towards Asia and Latin America are still closed, said Smith.

The EU launched a Digital Covid Certificate on July 1, aiming to facilitate travels within the Schengen area and restart the tourism industry.

The bloc is currently in talks with the US and some other countries for mutual recognition of vaccine certificates.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:04:24 +0530
64 people dead in Iraq Covid hospital fire 2nd Ld

Baghdad, July 13

 At least 64 people were killed and some 50 others wounded in a massive fire that broke out in a hospital treating Covid-19 patients in Iraq's southern province of Dhi Qar, a state media report said on Tuesday.

"The latest toll of the fire in the quarantine center in al-Hussein Hospital in the provincial capital al-Nasiriyah rose to 64 killed and 50 wounded," the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) report quoted Ammar al-Zamily, a spokesman for the provincial Health Department, as saying.

According to the INA report, the fire erupted on Monday evening in the the quarantine centre and quickly spread to 20 sandwich panel caravans nearby.

Firefighters and teams of civil defence rushed to the scene to evacuate the patients and health workers, while they put out the fire hours later, al-Zamily said.

Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held an emergency meeting with some cabinet ministers and security commanders to discuss the hospital fire and its consequences, his office said in a statement.

Al-Kadhimi decided to suspend and detain the director-general of the provincial health department, the director of the hospital, and the provincial civil defence director, and ordered an investigation into the deadly incident, said the statement.

He also decided to declare a national mourning in honour of the casualties, it added.

Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi tweeted that the session on Tuesday will discuss the incident.
 

 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:59:32 +0530
3rd Covid wave hits world join hands to avoid it in India Paul

New Delhi, July 13

 Noting that the world has been witnessing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul on Tuesday appealed to Indians to join hands to avoid its spread in India, warning that a "majority of cases will be reported if the next wave comes".

Citing data which mentions 3,90,000 Covid cases in the third wave across the world so far, Paul said it can only be prevented if people follow appropriate protocols in a coordinated way.

To avoid the third wave in India, Paul, while addressing a press briefing here, also asked the countrymen to follow Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice given during his meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states where majority of tourists are being seen violating Covid-19 norms.

"The world is witnessing a third wave (of Covid-19). We have to join hands to ensure that the third wave doesn't hit India. The Prime Minister today clearly said that we should focus on keeping the third wave at bay, instead of discussing when it would come in India," Paul said.

He said the Prime Minister clearly mentioned that third wave or next wave will not come itself, it depends on us as to how we prevent it in spreading again in the country.

Carefulness, not lowering the guard and Covid-appropriate behaviour was emphasised by the Prime Minister when he held a meeting with Chief Ministers of northeastern states earlier in the day, said Paul, suggesting that Indians follow these key points to avoid the third wave of the deadly virus.

Paul also emphasised on six-feet distance, wearing masks and vaccination as three major Covid protocols to avoid the spread of the next wave.

He further advised the states and other authorities across the country for marking containment zones and tracking of Covid-19 cases to contain the spread of the pandemic as prescribed by the Prime Minister.

He also said that vaccine production is rising gradually in the country, adding it is a planned affair and with this increment, vaccines are being made available.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:54:16 +0530
Congress says Nana Patole s comments misconstrued

Mumbai, July 13

 Congress on Tuesday said that its Maharashtra unit President Nana Patole's recent controversial remarks were "misconstrued" and "taken out of context".

"Nana Patole's statements were distorted, taken out of context... It was all a creation of the media which created a misunderstanding. He has also explained what he actually meant," Maharashtra in charge H.K. Patil told media persons.

He said Patole has said that the crux of his assertions was directed at the Central government, and hence the matter is closed now.

Patil added that it would not be proper for the other Maha Vikas Aghadi allies - Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party - to comment on the matter after Patole's clarification.

"Rajdharma doesn't permit anything which created inconvenience for the alliance partners. The MVA government is stable and will last its full term," Patil asserted, drawing a clear line for the allies.

Patole's statement in Lonavala on Sunday - claiming Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, were "watching" him had sparked off a political row among the ruling allies with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party also jumping into the frothing cauldron.

Patil's assurances came in the presence of top central and state leaders like Vamshi Reddy, state ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Ashok Chavan, Working Presidents Naseem Khan, Chandrakant Handore, Shivajirao Moghe, Basavraj Patil, Praniti Shinde, Kunal Patil, Manikrao Thakre, Prithviraj Chavan, Mohan Joshi, etc.

Patil further said that the issue of Maharashtra Speaker's post was a "settled matter" and it would go to the Congress - as has been earlier indicated by NCP President Sharad Pawar and Sena leaders.

Amid a clamour in sections of the party to contest future elections independently, Patil also held a series of meetings with the Congress leaders, a day after the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge visited the state for a similar exercise.

The party is launching all-out preparations for the upcoming crucial elections to 24 Zilla Parishads, 144 Municipalities and 22 Municipal Corporations across the state, which will be a litmus test for the 20-month-old MVA government's performance.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:50:50 +0530
S Korea reports 252 Covid infections in fully vaccinated people

Seoul, July 13

 South Korea has reported a total of 252 "breakthrough" Covid-19 cases, which refer to people who were infected with virus after being fully vaccinated, health authorities said Tuesday.

The number of the fully vaccinated people who were infected with the Covid-19 stood at 252 as of July 8, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

It equals to 4.46 in every 100,000 people, reports Xinhua news agency.

As of July 8, the number of the fully inoculated people was 4,167,322.

It is known that people can be protected from the virus two weeks after the full vaccination.

The breakthrough case refers to people infected two weeks after the full inoculation.

In the latest tally, South Korea reported 1,150 more cases on Tuesday, lifting the total number of infections to 170,296.

The daily caseload stayed above 1,000 for seven days in a row.

The death toll stood at 2,046.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:46:50 +0530
India launches BHIM UPI services in Bhutan

New Delhi, July 13

 As part of the plans to extend its digital footprint in the neighbouring countries, India on Tuesday launched the BHIM-UPI-led services in Bhutan.

The launch was carried out virtually by Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, and the Finance Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Namgay Tshering.

Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman said that the services have been started in Bhutan under India's neighbourhood first policy and the country is proud and happy to share them with its valued neighbour.

The Finance Minister said that BHIM UPI has been one of the brightest spots and an achievement for digital transactions in India during the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 100 million UPI QRs being created in the last five years, while in 2020-21 alone, it processed 22 billion transactions worth Rs 41 lakh crore.

The Finance Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, thanked and appreciated the Government of India for the launch of BHIM-UPI services in Bhutan and added that the bond between the two countries is becoming stronger each passing day.

The launch fulfils the commitment made by the two countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bhutan in 2019. Following that visit, India and Bhutan have already enabled inter-operability in acceptance of Rupay cards in each other's countries in two phases -- acceptance of Rupay cards issued in India at Bhutan based terminals in the first phase, and vice versa in the second phase.

With the launch of BHIM-UPI in Bhutan, the payment infrastructures of the two countries are seamlessly connected and will benefit a large number of tourists and businessmen from India who travel to Bhutan each year. This will also enhance the ease of living and ease of travelling through cashless transactions at the touch of a button.

As a part of the launch, Sitharaman also made a live transaction using BHIM-UPI to purchase an organic product from a Bhutanese OGOP outlet, which sells fresh farm produce made organically by the local communities in Bhutan.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:43:29 +0530
Remdesivir HCQ have no antiviral effects WHO study

London, July 13

 Neither Remdesivir, nor hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) helps in recovery of patients hospitalised due to Covid-19, according to a new study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The study, led by researchers from the Oslo University Hospital in Norway, found that lack of antiviral effect with Remdesivir and HCQ remained consistent despite patient age, symptom duration, degree of viral load, and presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

For the study, the team randomly assigned 181 hospitalised patients in 23 hospitals in Norway to receive Remdesivir, HCQ, or standard of care to evaluate the effects of Remdesivir and HCQ on all-cause, in-hospital mortality; the degree of respiratory failure and inflammation; and viral clearance in the oropharynx.

The researchers found no significant differences between treatment groups in mortality during hospitalization. Remdesivir and HCQ did not affect the degree of respiratory failure or inflammation. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Based on their findings, the researchers question the antiviral potential of remdesivir and HCQ.

In May last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved Remdesivir to be used in emergency in severe cases of Covid. Later, the agency extended the approval for adults and children aged older than 12 years to curb hospitalisation.

However, in November, a WHO guideline committee recommended against the use of Remdesivir in patients hospitalised with Covid because it had "no important effect on mortality, need for mechanical ventilation, time to clinical improvement, and other patient-important outcomes".
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:40:02 +0530
Power thief s snake crawl to cut wires caught on video

New Delhi, July 13

 A video of a man crawling like a snake to reach the roof of his house in UP's Muradnagar to cut an illegal electricity connection to his house amid raids has gone viral on social media, leaving viewers in splits.

The video was taken by the Electricity Department team who had gone to raid the house for an illegal power connection. When the team reached his house, the man immediately made for the roof to remove the incriminating evidence. But, to his dismay, some officials were waiting there.

The Electricity Department in Ghaziabad's Muradnager received information that some people have illegal connections, and raided the area to identify the culprits.

The team knocked on the door of a house but there was no response. Immediately, an official reached the balcony next to the house and started making videos.

Meanwhile, the resident cleverly reached the rooftop to cut off the illegal connection, and as he was going to cut the wires with a tool, the waiting officials announced their presence, making clear that his attempt had failed.

The Muradnagar Sub Divisional Officer said: "The video that has gone viral is related to our area. The last 15 days have been very challenging for the Electricity Department. We have maintained the power supply day and night. Due to the heat, the demand for electricity is very high as the power consumption increased."

"On the directions of the senior officers, we conducted day and night vigil so that action could be taken against those who used electricity illegally. After that we decided to conduct raids in Muradnagar."

"We have taken action against the person seen in the video," he added.

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:35:54 +0530
Gujarat man held for sending people abroad on fake passports visas

Gandhinagar, July 13

 The Surat unit of the Special Operation Group (SOG) and Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Tuesday nabbed a person from Varachha area, alleged to be sending people abroad on fake passports and visas.

Aiding the Gujarat ATS, the Surat unit of the SOG raided the place of one Irfan Aiyub Ishmael Adam in Mota Varachha area of Surat and arrested him.

The ATS found copies of duplicate passports of Nepal, Armenia, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, Canada, the USA, Peru and Nigeria from his home. On inquiry, he confessed to providing bogus passports to many persons from various passport offices in Thane, Mumbai and Delhi.

The ATS, from his WhatsApp chats, found that he had good contacts at airports and had provisioned travels of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, from Pakistan to countries like South Africa, Canada, USA and Europe.

The ATS also found that he was earlier arrested five times for seven different crimes in Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Mumbai and Kolkata, with two arrests pending.

The accused was about to send two Surat women to Canada through various routes after obtaining bogus birth certificates for them.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:27:54 +0530
Palaniswami urges TN govt to provide free data to students

Chennai, July 13 - 

 AIADMK coordinator and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, E.K. Palaniswami, on Tuesday urged the state government to revive the scheme of providing free 2GB data to students of government colleges, polytechnics and government-aided colleges.

In a statement, the senior leader said that the previous AIADMK government led by him had launched the scheme in January 2021 and had covered 9.7 lakh students of the state.

He said that the scheme was in operation till April 2021, adding that the poor students of the state are not in a position now to renew the cards by spending Rs 200 or Rs 400 a month.

Palaniswami called upon Chief Minister M.K. Stalin to get the cards of 2 GB capacity (per day) renewed and distributed among the students.

Palaniswami also said that the students of the state are in confusion over whether the educational institutions will be reopened soon or if online classes would continue. He called upon the state government to clear the apprehensions of the student community in this regard.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:23:45 +0530
Newly appointed Goa Governor calls on Governor Koshyari

 The newly appointed Governor of Goa P. S. Sreedharan Pillai called on the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Tuesday (13th).  Pillai who was Governor of Mizoram is taking oath as Goa Governor on 15th July.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:20:26 +0530
Constable injured in Jharkhand IED blast

 

Ranchi, July 13

 The anti-bomb squad of Jharkhand police on Tuesday lost a canine soldier while one of its constable was injured in an IED blast in Gumla district, police said.

According to a statement, a joint operation was launched based on an input about presence of Maoist insurgents in Marwa jungle situated under Kurungarh police station.

During the search operation dog squad constable Biswajit Kumbhkar was injured and an anti-bomb disposal squad dog was killed.

Kumbhkar was air-lifted for treatment to Ranchi Medical College hospital.

Maoists are active in 18 of the districts in the state.
 

ians

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:20:08 +0530
Anti terror law shouldn t be used to muzzle dissent SC judge

New Delhi, July 13

 Supreme Court judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud has said that criminal laws, including the anti-terror law, should not be misused for quelling dissent and courts must act as first line of defence against deprivation of liberty.

Justice Chandrachud made these remarks in his address at the Indo-US Joint Summer Conference on Indo-US legal ties on Monday evening. He emphasised that no law can be employed to harass citizens and take away their freedom.

"Criminal law, including anti-terror legislation, should not be misused for quelling dissent or harassment to citizens," he said, citing his judgement in Arnab Goswami case to emphasise that courts must ensure that they continue to remain the first line of defence against the deprivation of liberty of citizens.

Justice Chandrachud underscored that depravation of liberty for even a single day is "one too many" and that judges must always be mindful of the deeper systemic issues of their decisions.

"Today, the world's oldest and largest democracies represent these ideals of a multicultural, pluralist society where their constitutions are focused on a deep commitment and respect for human rights."

Justice Chandrachud's remarks have come amid the outrage over the death of 84-year-old activist Stan Swamy, who was arrested under the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in the Elgar Parishad case last year. Swamy died last week in Mumbai while fighting for bail on health grounds.

Many other cases where the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has been invoked have also been seen controversies.

After spending 17 months behind the bars, Assam leader Akhil Gogoi walked out of jail. He was jailed under the UAPA in connection with a case against him over violent protests against the contentious citizenship law.

Recently, the Delhi High Court granted bail to student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha booked under the UAPA in connection with February 2020 Delhi riots, making strong observations against the indiscriminate invocation of UAPA by the government and police.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:15:23 +0530
Monsoon covers entire country including Delhi on Tuesday

New Delhi, July 13

 With advancement into remaining parts of the country including Delhi, the remaining parts of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, the southwest monsoon has covered entire country as on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The normal date for monsoon covering the entire country was July 8 but it was delayed by five days due to weather conditions.

The continued prevalence of moist easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal in the lower levels for the last four days resulted in enhanced cloud cover and scattered to fairly widespread rainfall, the IMD said.

"The monsoon advance over Delhi thus occurred on Tuesday against the normal date of June 27."

The rainfall at Safdarjung observatory centre was measured at 2.5 cm followed by Ayanagar (1.3 cm), Palam (2.4 cm), CHO Lodi Road (0.9 cm), Ridge (1 cm) - all Delhi, Gurgram (5.1 cm), Faridabad (2.8 cm), Panipat (1 cm), Rohtak (2.2 cm), Hisar (3.3 cm), Fatehabad (3 cm) - all Haryana, and Jaisalmer (7.7 cm), Bikaner (6.8 cm), Churu (9 cm) - all Rajasthan.

The long-delayed monsoon finally arrived early on Tuesday giving much needed respite to the citizens in Delhi-NCR.

The national capital along with adjoining cities including Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, and Ghaziabad also received rainfall.

The southwest monsoon arrived in Delhi-NCR after IMD's several predictions made in the last 15 days went wrong.

The monsoon had reached almost all parts of the country but had stayed away from Delhi, Haryana, parts of west Uttar Pradesh and west Rajasthan. The weather forecasting agency had predicted that monsoon is expected to cover these parts by June -- a little less than a month back but that did not happen.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:08:57 +0530
Political parties in Bihar divided over policy on population control

Patna, July 13 (IANS) Political leaders of Bihar are divided over the population control policy brought about by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. There are different views and opinions among the allies of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with regard to the new policy in Bihar.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, while expressing his views on population control, said on Monday that population control cannot be achieved only by enacting a law unless women are educated and made aware about it.

"Introducing legislation for population control is not going to be of much help. For this it is necessary to educate and make women aware," he said.

However, he also said that, "different states have different views on the issue. Do whatever you want, but our opinion is that just making laws will not control the population. We are thinking on how to work with all the communities."

However, JDU leader and former union minister Upendra Kushwaha has supported the population control policy envisaged by the Uttar Pradesh government. Kushwaha said, "With the passage of time the need for such a law has increased in Bihar too, because the way the population is increasing, its effect will be seen on development of the state. The Bihar government also needs to implement this law."

On the other hand, Bihar deputy chief minister Renu Devi's views seem to be different from those of chief minister Nitish Kumar. Renu Devi says, "For population control, there is a need to make men more aware than women because there is a lot of fear among men about sterilization."

The Congress has also jumped into the debate. Rajesh Rathod, chairman of the party's media department, said, "The Congress has been running awareness campaigns for population control. Chief minister Nitish Kumar talks about awareness on the issue, which we welcome."

Rathod, however, also asked whether it was a personal statement of Nitish Kumar or the statement of the JD(U), as the statement of Kushwaha does not match with that of the chief minister on this matter.

He said the JD(U) should first speak in one voice in his own party and then the chief minister should clarify on the situation by creating consensus among the NDA parties.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath released 'Population Policy Uttar Pradesh 2021-30' on World Population Day. Since then there has been a debate over population control in the country.
 

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021 18:05:25 +0530
Unsung warriors Mumbai Customs

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

A handful of organisations kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements. They are an inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and in the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, through supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, officials took the initiative to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues on a daily basis and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were formed for each unit under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, the surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and the police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded in bringing about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time- bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing a big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 13:24:54 +0530
Unsung warriors Mumbai Customs

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

A handful of organisations kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements. They are an inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and in the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, through supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, officials took the initiative to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues on a daily basis and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were formed for each unit under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, the surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and the police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded in bringing about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time- bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing a big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 13:01:16 +0530
Unsung warriors Mumbai Customs Rama Mathew Chief Commissioner led from the front

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

A handful of organisations kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements. They are an inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and in the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, through supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, officials took the initiative to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues on a daily basis and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were formed for each unit under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, the surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and the police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded in bringing about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time- bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing a big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:51:13 +0530
Unsung warriors Mumbai Customs

K.P. Sasi Nair  (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com 

A handful of organisations kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements. They are an inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and in the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, through supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, officials took the initiative to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues on a daily basis and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were formed for each unit under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, the surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and the police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

 

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded in bringing about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time- bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing a big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:46:10 +0530
Unsung warriors Mumbai Customs

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

A handful of organisations kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements. They are an inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and in the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, through supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, officials took the initiative to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues on a daily basis and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were formed for each unit under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, the surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and the police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded in bringing about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing a big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 12:20:44 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P.Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:36:07 +0530
MediCircle Health launches AI powered instant Covid test in India

Mumbai, July 13

Mumbai-based diagnostic company MediCircle Health on Monday launched a portable Covid-19 testing platform that is powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence and delivers results in a second.

SpectraLIT -- Spectral Instant Test -- detects Covid-19 by using an individual's nasal or mouthwash sample, eliminating the need for complex lab equipment and chemicals. It provides immediate results using the spectral signature of the virus.

The AI algorithm enables SpectraLIT to distinguish between an infected person and a healthy person. Additionally, the algorithm can be adjusted to detect different variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

SpectraLIT is developed by Newsight Imaging which specialises in developing advanced machine vision chip sensors in collaboration with the reputed Sheba Medical Centre's ARC Innovation Center in Israel. The technology is licensed to Hong Kong-based AI Innobio for the Asia-Pacific region. MediCircle Health has an exclusive tie-up with AIInnoBio to launch the test in India.

Extensive studies performed in Israel have shown a concordance to RT-PCR of close to 95 per cent and a validation study in India showed concordance (sensitivity) of 93.5 per cent to PCR.

"A few months ago when we experienced a Covid-19 crisis at home, we understood the importance of a fast testing kit and how it can drastically uplift the current situation. With SpectraLIT, India will be able to test accurately and rapidly -- not within days, not within hours, not within minutes but within seconds," said Pranav Kohli, Partner, in a statement.

Further, as the data set of spectral signatures increases, the AI algorithm will continuously improve to give even more accurate results. The ultimate goal of this revolutionary testing platform is to help India safely reopen and stay open.

Eventually, SpectraLIT will be able to test for diseases other than Covid-19. The platform will grow and innovations will allow it to detect other infectious diseases such as Influenza, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Dengue, and UTIs, as well as non-communicable diseases such as sickle cell disease, the company said.

SpectraLIT can be mass deployed in major cities and in rural hotspots and help in detecting the spread of infection in real-time.

SpectraLIT has received the European Union CE-IVD mark of authorisation for use in the diagnosis of Covid-19, which is recognised and accepted in India by the ICMR.

It has also been launched in seven countries and has been approved by ICTS -- the European airport security giant to offer a quick Covid-19 screening process at European airports.

It has also been tested in 36 hospitals across North and Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. SpectraLIT is currently undergoing FDA approvals in the US.

ians
 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:13:58 +0530
IISc scientists find 2 species of electrons in helium

Bengaluru, July 13

Scientists at the city-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for the first time discovered two species of few electron bubbles in superfluid helium gas, said an official on Monday.

"This is the first time our scientists have shown the existence of two species of few electron bubbles (FEBs) in superfluid helium. These can serve as a model to study how the energy states of electrons and interactions between them influence properties," said the official in a statement here.

The team of scientists, led by Professor Ambarish Ghosh at its Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Assistant Professor Prosenjit Sen and former physics research student Neha Yadav, published their study in 'Science Advances" journal.

"An electron injected into a superfluid form of helium creates a single electron bubble - a cavity free of helium atoms and containing only the electron. The shape of the bubble depends on the energy state of the electron," the study said.

FEBs are nano-meter-sized cavities in liquid helium containing a few free electrons. The number, state and interactions between them dictate the physical and chemical properties of materials.

Studying FEBs will help scientists understand how properties emerge when a few electrons in a material interact with each other. Understanding how FEBs are formed can provide insights into the assembly of soft materials, which can be used to develop next-generation quantum materials.

"We have experimentally observed FEBs for the first time and understood how they are created," said Yadav, adding "they are nice objects with great implications if we can create and trap them".

The team applied a voltage pulse to a tungsten tip on the surface of liquid helium. They generated a pressure wave on the charged surface, using an ultrasonic transducer. This allowed them to create 8EBs (electron bubbles) and 6EBs, two species of FEBs containing 8 and 6 electrons.

"FEBs form an interesting system that has electron-electron interaction and electron-surface interaction," said Yadav in the study.

FEBs can also help scientists decipher turbulent flows in super-fluids and viscous fluids, or the flow of heat in superfluid helium.

"Like how current flows without resistance in superconducting materials at very low temperatures, superfluid helium also conducts heat efficiently at very low temperatures," the study pointed out.

Defects in the system, called vortices, however, can lower its thermal conductivity. As FEBs are present at the core of such vortices, they can help in studying how vortices interact with each other.

"In the near future, we would like to know if there are other species of FEBs and understand their mechanisms by which some are more stable than others," added Ghosh.

In the long-term, the team plans to use FEBs as quantum simulators and develop new measurement schemes.

ians
 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 10:01:57 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:55:31 +0530
Mumbai Monsoons and their magic

Mili Desai

www.mediaeyenews.com

The one season that Mumbaikars eagerly await is none other than the monsoon. Mumbai is certainly a place worth being in during the monsoon. Where else can you enjoy the serene Marine Drive beset by the sound and the fury of a monsoon high tide, or the picturesque Gateway of India through a watery haze, in which water droplets appear to travel from the sea to the air? One can enjoy the rains sitting right at home especially during the worst weather, a hot, sweet cutting chai, and crunchy, salty, homemade bhajis and samosas complete the monsoon experience. They are best enjoyed in one’s own home. Though some can find it intimidating for if you’re at the right place it feels like you can’t be anywhere else but in Mumbai.

To enjoy this mesmerizing climate the best place can be marine drive. It is the best during the high tides. The waves come crashing against the concrete tetrapods placed for safety and the water doesn’t stop there it comes flying on the roads to the buildings on the other side. People take their evening walks and rendezvous with friends. They also like to go on drives and vibe on melodious music at the Worli sea-face and the sea link. For a getaway, one can also visit the Gateway of India.

The Mumbai monsoon is an experience, but monsoon weather is often unpredictable. What begins as a mild drizzle may suddenly turn into a heavy downpour. Apart from the problems of traffic disruptions, potholes, and sewage problems, the rains of Mumbai are worth enjoying. Each location has its monsoon avatar.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:41:39 +0530
New global framework to manage nature through 2030

Montreal, July 13

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people.

The framework includes 21 targets for 2030 that call for, among other things, at least 30 percent of land and sea areas global, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and its contributions to people, conserved through effective, equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

The framework, released on Monday, favors a 50 percent of greater reduction in the rate of introduction of invasive alien species, and controls or eradication of such species to eliminate or reduce their impacts.

Reducing nutrients lost to the environment by at least half, and pesticides by at least two thirds, and eliminating the discharge of plastic waste.

It calls for nature-based contributions to global climate change mitigation efforts of at least 10 GtCO2e per year, and that all mitigation and adaptation efforts avoid negative impacts on biodiversity.

Also redirecting, repurposing, reforming or eliminating incentives harmful for biodiversity, in a just and equitable way, reducing them by at least $500 billion per year. A $200 billion increase in international financial flows from all sources to developing countries.

More than two years in development, the Framework will undergo further refinement during online negotiations in late summer before being presented for consideration at CBD's next meeting of its 196 parties at COP-15 (fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD), scheduled for Kunming in China October 11-24.

The draft framework proposes four goals to achieve, by 2050, humanity "living in harmony with nature," a vision adopted by the CBD's 196 member parties in 2010.

Says CBD Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema: "Urgent policy action globally, regionally and nationally is required to transform economic, social and financial models so that the trends that have exacerbated biodiversity loss will stabilize by 2030 and allow for the recovery of natural ecosystems in the following 20 years, with net improvements by 2050."

"The framework aims to galvanize this urgent and transformative action by governments and all of society, including indigenous peoples and local communities, civil society, youth and businesses and financial institutions. It will be implemented primarily through national-level activities, supported by sub-national, regional and global-level actions."

"This is a global, outcome-oriented framework for the Convention's 196 Parties to develop national and regional goals and targets, to update national strategies and action plans as needed, and to facilitate regular monitoring and review of progress at the global level."

The draft Global Biodiversity Framework notes that effective implementation requires mobilizing resources from both the public and private finance sectors, ongoing identification of risk associated with biodiversity loss capacity development, technical and scientific cooperation, technology transfer and innovation.

It also calls for integration with relevant multilateral environmental agreements and other relevant international processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and strengthening cooperation.

ians
 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:26:22 +0530
Over 40 killed in Covid hospital fire in Iraq

Baghdad, July 13

More than 40 people have died after a fire broke out in a Covid-19 isolation ward at a hospital in Iraq.

The blaze at the Al-Hussein hospital in the southern city of Nasiriya was brought under control late on Monday, the BBC reported.

The cause is unclear, but initial reports suggest it began after an oxygen tank exploded.

Reporters described charred bodies being carried out of the building. Rescuers are still searching for survivors.

Health official Haydar al-Zamili told a leading media outlet that there are fears people are still trapped inside the ward, which reportedly has space for 60 patients.

Protesters demonstrated outside the hospital after the fire, and people posted on social media demanding the resignation of officials.

Iraq's parliament speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi tweeted that the blaze was "clear proof of the failure to protect Iraqi lives, and it is time to put an end to this catastrophic failure".

In April, an exploding oxygen tank started a fire that killed at least 82 people at a hospital in the capital Baghdad. Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi resigned after that fire.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely strained Iraq's health service, already suffering from years of war, neglect and corruption.

Iraq has recorded 1.4 million infections and reported more than 17,000 deaths from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The country has given at least one dose of a vaccine against Covid to just over one million of its roughly 40 million citizens, the World Health Organization says.
 

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:18:00 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com 

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:15:10 +0530
The Solar Storm

Shazneen Mistry

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It has been noticed by the weather experts that a geomagnetic storm is expected to hit the Earth's atmosphere on Monday, they are expecting certain parts of the planet would be battered as the storm is moving strongly towards the planet.

It was seen that the storm is approaching the Earth at a speed of 1.6 million kilometers. The storm originated from the Sun's atmosphere and would have a significant impact on a region of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field. The researchers have found out that due to this solar storm, the Earth's outer atmosphere would get heated, which would have a direct effect on satellites. This can cause interference with GPS navigation, mobile phone signal, and satellite TV.

What is a solar storm?

In May this year, millions of tons of super-heated gas shot off from the surface of the sun and hurtled 90 million miles toward Earth. The eruption, called a coronal mass ejection and hit the Earth’s magnetic field, triggered the strongest geomagnetic storm seen for years.

In March 1989, a solar storm over Quebec caused a province-wide outage that lasted nine hours. To head off such a catastrophe, US President Barack Obama’s administration laid out a strategy to begin raising awareness of the dangers of massive solar storms and to assess the risks they pose.

Last year, President Donald Trump signed the ProSwift bill into law, which aims to build up technology to improve forecasting and measurement of space weather events.

How does a solar storm form?

Solar storms have their roots in an 11-year cycle that shifts the polarity of the Sun’s magnetic field. The magnetic forces at work on the sun get tangled during the process and can punch out through the surface, sending the sun’s plasma into outer space and potentially triggering storms on Earth.

The most powerful geomagnetic storm ever recorded resulted in the 1859 Carrington Event when telegraph lines electrified, destroying operators and setting offices ablaze in North America and Europe.

Due to the storm's dangerous effects, the officials have been advised to maintain safety and take care of themselves and, if possible, not go out much. They have also asked the people to ensure their safety by not being in open spaces or near high voltage areas. There might be the chances of a power failure as well so make all the necessary arrangements and be safe.

 

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 22:51:09 +0530
Planetary Conjunction between Venus and Mars

Yashashee Malpathak

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A conjunction is an astronomical event in which two celestial objects appear to be close together in the sky when viewed from Earth. This can include asteroids, moons, planets, and even stars. Such an occurrence is going to happen on 12th and 13th July when Venus and Mars, the two closest planets to Earth, will be able to be seen passing close to each other.

 Planets of the solar system follow elliptical orbits around the Sun that are slightly inclined to one another. Other planets appear to float around in the sky from our vantage point on Earth. While the planets—which were once referred to as "wandering stars" by early astronomers because they moved far faster in the night sky than the "fixed" stars—may appear as pinpricks of light to the inexperienced eye, they are planetary bodies in our solar system. When planets appear to occupy the same space in the sky at night due to their alignment, even though they are millions of kilometers apart, it is called the conjunction of planets.

On Tuesday, 13th July—months after the world watched the Great Conjunction when Jupiter and Saturn aligned, another celestial event will be visible in the skies as Mars and Venus align. The two planets will line up with the Moon and be visible in the western sky shortly after sunset.

The three planets will be separated by barely 0.5 degrees on 13th July 2021, which is as wide as the size of the Moon, with the crescent Moon passing within four degrees of the two planets on 12th July 2021. According to the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Astrophysics, the conjunction may be seen with the naked eye.

The occurrence is part of the conjunction, which occurs when two or more planets appear to be closer to each other but are millions of kilometers apart in the expanse of the universe. In clear weather, Mars and Venus will both be visible on the western horizon just after sunset. Mars and Venus will move away from each other in their orbits after Tuesday. Stargazers will be able to catch a glimpse of this celestial spectacle just after sunset from any place in India if the weather is clear.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 22:40:38 +0530
Cyber security key to achieve PM s dream of USD 5 tr economy Shah

Gandhinagar, July 12

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of India becoming a five-trillion-dollar economy, cyber security was very important.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) in National Forensic Science University (NFSU) at Gandhinagar.

"To make the country's economy boom, flourish, prosper, cyber security is very important. And to achieve PM Narendra Modi's dream of India becoming a five trillion dollars economy, cyber security is very important," Shah said.

"In the 21st century India has lots of challenges. We have to organise the current justice system where forensic science's role is very important. Crime is constantly changing its face, especially coming from the neighbouring countries. This is where the NFSU can play a big role," added Shah.

"I think that every district in the country should have atleast one mobile forensic Van," added Shah.

"I firmly believe that within five to six years, the NFSU will be among the top forensic institutions in the world," said Shah.

At the NFSU, Shah also inaugurated a virtual training programme related to Investigation of Crimes Against Women, established in 2009 when he was the home minister in Gujarat.
 

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 22:36:55 +0530
5 ways to protect your mental peace

Divya Joyce

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You care a lot about your calorie intake, your workout, and your diet plan. But do you equally give importance to your mental health? Have you noticed, nothing goes well if you lose your mental peace. In a world full of negative stimulation where you have to live up to the standards of society, it is very exhausting to find your space of peace. You're truly fit only if you're physically as well as mentally healthy. Here are few ways you can do to protect your mental peace.

1. Find some ME time everyday

"Me time” doesn’t have to be a whole day at the spa or pool. Just a few minutes squeezed into the middle of the day works if that’s all you have. You can (and should!) find a little time every day to relax and recharge, so whether it’s 20 minutes or a couple of hours. You can take a nap, treat yourself, do DIYs, listen to songs, watch movies, or even cook for yourself.

2. Ask for space if you're emotionally drained

Normalize asking for space without feeling guilty. It is OK to need some time away from the happenings around you. When it comes to needing time or distance, different people will have different needs. Between your obligations, social media, and your family live, you may feel like there's no space in there for you to just be your uninhibited self. But asking for space will only improve your bond with your communication with others.

3. Timely disconnection from technology

Social media can be toxic sometimes. It is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to technology.  Addiction to our technology and overall cell phone addiction can disrupt your mental peace. Unplugging helps remove unhealthy feelings of jealousy, envy, and loneliness.

4. Be comfortable saying NO when you feel like

NO is not always a bad or negative word. Learn to say no when you feel like it because it is completely fine. If something is going to make you unhappy or uncomfortable, say no. If you just don’t have the energy required for something, say no. If you simply don’t want to go somewhere or do something, say no. If you want to say no, just say no.

5. It is okay to ask for help when required

Nobody will know what you're going through or what u need until you speak of it. The most important step to protect your mental health is to ask for help whenever required. Try to talk to your family, friends, or anyone who can help you. Many times just talking can solve your problems and lighten your heart.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 20:19:55 +0530
Sydney lockdown almost impossible to be lifted NSW Premier

Sydney, July 12

 Following a triple-digit rise in daily Covid-19 cases on Monday for the first time in over a year in New South Wales (NSW), the Australian state's Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the scheduled lifting of the lockdown in Sydney this week is "almost impossible".

"Where the numbers are, it is not likely, in fact, almost impossible, for us to get out of lockdown on Friday," Xinhua news agency quoted Berejiklian as saying to reporters here.

The state recorded 112 new locally acquired cases on Monday, which increased the the total number of infection in the latest outbreak to 678.

It is the first time that more than 100 cases have occurred in a single day in NSW since April last year.

Among the new local cases, the source of infection for 48 cases remains under investigation, while 34 were transmitted in the community.

The NSW government announced it would further ramp up its vaccination drive, with the AstraZeneca jab to be made available to all people aged over 40 at NSW mass vaccination clinics.

Teachers and aged care workers in the Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown and Liverpool local government areas where there is greater concern of Covid-19 transmission will be prioritised.

NSW has also approached the federal government to ask that any unused Pfizer vaccines be redirected to NSW health hubs.

These changes will be complemented with the opening of three new mass vaccination centres and a large vaccination clinic in the coming weeks, adding to the 100 NSW Health vaccination clinics and outreach locations across the state.

At the same time, customers and businesses are reminded that from Monday the use of the NSW government's Covid-Safe Check-In will be mandatory at most workplaces and retail businesses in the state.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said check-in information from these additional venues is critical to supporting the work of NSW Health contact tracing teams in the fight against the highly contagious Delta variant.
 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:30:25 +0530
K taka High Court gives green signal for SSLC exams

Bengaluru, July 12

 The Karnataka High Court Divisional Bench headed by Justice Nagaratna on Monday gave the green signal to the government for conducting SSLC exams in physical form by rejecting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) submitted against it.

The Bench opined that it is not possible to pass everyone without an examination as it is detrimental to the interests of the students. The state has reported 1.45 % Covid positivity rate only, the second wave has ended and there is no report of a third wave of Covid infection, it added.

The bench directed the government to implement the Covid guidelines strictly, pointing out that the exams are being held on July 19 and 22 on the basis of multiple choice questions. The bench also noted that no one should be forced to write exams.
 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:26:54 +0530
Gas explosion in Shanghai kills 2 injures 4

 

Shanghai, July 12

 An explosion caused by a liquefied gas cylinder leakage killed two people and injured four others in an apartment building in Shanghai on Monday, local authorities.

The accident took place at 4.50 a.m. Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The local fire brigade rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire about an hour later, according to the information office of the city's Fengxian District.

The injured have been sent to the hospital and are in stable condition.

Investigation into the cause of the blast is underway.

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:22:38 +0530
DDMA shuts Delhi s Janpath market for Covid protocols violation

New Delhi, July 12

 The popular Janpath market in the national capital, adjoining Connaught Place, has been closed due to violation of Covid protocols, said a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order.

According to an official, during an inspection of the market, DDMA observed gross violation of Covid preventive guidelines, hence it directed to shut the market till further orders.

The order said, "The Janpath market is hereby closed till further orders for violation of DDMA order and not following Covid-appropriate norms."

"The Director (Enforcement), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Station House Officer, Connaught Place, are directed to enforce the order with immediate effect and submit a compliance report," it said.

Hundreds of people, both locals and foreigners, visit Janpath market every day especially in the evening to buy clothes, home accessories and souvenirs.

Ever since markets were allowed to open in Delhi after a month-long lockdown due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the DDMA has been closely monitoring the market areas. It has observed violation of Covid appropriate behaviour in several markets across the national capital.

On Sunday, Delhi's Sadar Bazaar, the largest wholesale cosmetics and jewellery market, was closed till July 13 for violation of Covid-19 protocols.
 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:19:44 +0530
K taka Home Minister Bommai family bid tearful farewell to canine pet

Bengaluru, July 12

 Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai bid a tearful adieu to his favourite Labrador 'Sunny' on Monday who died at his R.T. Nagar residence in Bengaluru.

The entire family mourned the death of Sunny, who had been part of the family for 14 years. The pet died due to age-related ailments.

Bommai's wife Chennamma, son Bharath, daughter-in-law Ibbani and daughter Aditi were in tears while conducting their pet's last rites at their farmhouse in Doddaballapur, on the outskirts of the city.

"The death of my pet today has caused extreme grief to me and it feels like I have lost a family member. The bond developed by the pet with the family, guests and visitors can't be forgotten," Bommai said.
 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:13:17 +0530
Khattar launches single emergency number 112

Chandigarh, July 12

 Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday launched emergency response support system - Dial 112.

People from Tuesday can dial only 112 for all their emergency needs related to police, fire service, health and any disaster.

The Chief Minister said ensuring the safety of every citizen is the priority of the state.

"Haryana's development is focused on 5s -- Shiksha (education), Swasthaya (health), Suraksha (security), Swabhiman (self-respect) and Swavlambhan (self-reliance) -- and with the launch of the single emergency helpline, Suraksha and Swavlamban would be ensured for every person in the state," he said.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly-built state-of-the-art State Emergency Response Centre (SERC) in Panchkula, which is the nerve-centre of the state's Dial 112 project.

He said this state-of-the-art system would further improve the overall security scenario and would also help prevention of crime in the state.

The Chief Minister flagged off 630 emergency response vehicles equipped with mobile data terminals from Panchkula.

A total of 300 more such vehicles would be added so that the target of deploying 10 vehicles per Assembly constituency can be achieved.
 

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:09:57 +0530
Delhi BJP workers try to cut water supply of Satyendar Jain

New Delhi, July 12

 Delhi's threat of water crisis has once again brought the ruling AAP and the opposition BJP head to head. In the fresh standoff on Monday, scores of BJP volunteers staged a protest outside Delhi Jal Board chairman Satyendar Jain and tried to cut the water supply of his residence.

As the agitation was already announced by Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta two days back, the alert Delhi Police had to use water cannons to disperse the crowd (BJP leaders and workers). However, despite the water cannon, the BJP leaders and workers continued their protest and threatened to cut off the water supply to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence if the issue is not resolved within the next two days.

The protest came a day after AAP workers on Sunday allegedly damaged the water connection to Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta's residence in Patel Nagar during a protest against the Haryana government for allegedly not providing the capital its share of water.

Responding to AAP's agitation, BJP leaders and workers gathered outside the DJB's zonal office in Civil Lines area on Monday. They alleged that people in the city were facing a crisis due to poor water supply.

During the protest, Adesh Gupta said, "People in Delhi are craving for water. The ministers of the Kejriwal government will realise the problems being faced by the people when their water supply is cut off."

BJP workers later reached the residence of Jain, who lives in the same area, and tried to cut his water connection.

"We used a JCB machine to remove the waterline outside Jain's residence. We will cut the water connection to Kejriwal's residence, too, if the Delhi government fails to resolve the water crisis in the next two days," said Delhi BJP media head Navin Kumar.

He also added that Delhi Police used water cannons and detained several party leaders and workers during the protest.

On Saturday, DJB vice chairman Raghav Chadha alleged that Haryana was withholding part of Delhi's share of water. Later on Sunday Chadha claimed that DJB had moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to Haryana to release the capital's legitimate share of water.
 

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:07:05 +0530
UP ATS gets remand of two alleged terrorists

Lucknow, July 12

 The two alleged terrorists, arrested by the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad from the outskirts of Lucknow on Sunday, were produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Monday and were sent on 14 days' police custody.

The ATS had sought police remand in order to further the investigations and track down the other accomplices in the terror plot.

Meanwhile, ATS units have been conducting raids in various districts and sources said that over a dozen persons had been detained for questioning.

Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Avanish Awasthi said: "Raids are underway across the state to arrest the remaining accomplices. We have decided to provide more resources and manpower to the Anti-Terrorism Squad."

Security has been increased in Ayodhya, Mathura, and Varanasi after maps of shrines in these holy places were found from the house where the two alleged terrorists, Maseeurddin and Minhaz Ansari, were staying.
 

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:04:22 +0530
K taka resumes bus services to Kerala from Monday

Bengaluru, July 12

 Despite the higher number of Covid-19 cases reported along with the Zika virus scare in neighbouring Kerala, the Karnataka government is resuming bus services to the state from Monday.

Passengers will have to carry a negative RT-PCR test report obtained within 72 hours prior to travel or a vaccination certificate of having received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine as per the guidelines of the Karnataka government.

Students, businessmen, among others who travel on a daily basis to the state from Kerala should get tested every 15 days and must carry the RT-PCR report along with them.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will operate buses from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Putturu and other places based on the requirement.

The KSRTC in a press release said this decision has been taken for the convenience of the people. The KSRTC had stopped inter-state bus services due to the lockdown.

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Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:00:18 +0530
BMC s Chahal Beacon of light in a crisis

Sasi Nair K.P.

www.mediaeyenews.com

Rare is it for a municipal chief to become the toast of a country fighting a national crisis. The position ranks relatively mid-level in the National power hierarchy, and is a distant outpost of governance framework from the central authority. So much so Iqbal Singh Chahal’s success in tackling the Covid surge in Mumbai, one of the world’s most densely populated cities, offers a textbook case of leadership that must be made compulsory reading for lawmakers and people in positions of authority.

Chahal’s clear-headed leadership, quick and timely decisions, and motivating an army of dedicated workers to follow through on policies paved the way for his standout performance and helped regain finesse for the authorities. He owes his success to the free hand given to him by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who believed in the saying, the proof of the pudding is in eating it.

Freed from having to constantly look over the shoulder at his political masters, Chahal made the best use of processes and institutions to deliver results for the community – Mumbai, home to more than 20 million people, he served. Little surprise, the Supreme Court, snowed under complaints of administrative failures at central and state levels, noted the Mumbai model should be emulated elsewhere.

The paeans of praise that poured in for Chahal underscored one truism. “Chahal has shown that given the freedom to perform, our bureaucracy is capable of rising to the occasion to overcome the worst of emergencies,” said T.K.A. Nair, former Principal Secretary and later Advisor to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “The political leadership also deserves kudos to trust and empower him to organise and lead his team of Covid warriors from the front.”

When the powerful second wave of the deadly virus swept the nation in early April, policy-makers in New Delhi and elsewhere in state capitals were caught unawares. Complacency gave way to panic and chaos across much of the country as severe symptoms such as low oxygen levels brought hordes of sick to already packed hospitals. Poignant scenes of patients dying on sidewalks outside health-care centres and large numbers of burning pyres on random landscapes shocked the world.

True to the biblical saying, cometh the hour, cometh the man, Chahal, who had taken over as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner during the pandemic in 2020, swung into action. A bureaucrat with an engineering and defence background, he chalked out three fundamental themes: Clarity in decision-making and communication, delegating power down the line, and ensuring the policies are implemented to the dot.

Chahal, whose father-in-law is former Punjab Chief Secretary Ajit Singh Chatha, used all the skills gained from working at Central and State ministries with youthful vigour. He organised war rooms in each of the 24 civic wards, all having a control centre with adequate staff to handle telephone calls. Doctors and medical support staff were on standby round the clock, ably backed by ambulances and other workers. Laboratories were mandatorily required to pass on positive test results to the BMC.

Using real-time digital technology, dashboards in each ward displayed vital information such as availability of beds and equipment. Made available in the public domain, the critical data was constantly updated by each hospital, both government and private-run, and by jumbo facilities. The decentralised approach enabled optimal use of resources, helped direct and manage beds without overwhelming headquarters with panic calls.

While many states and hospitals elsewhere struggled to cope with the rush of critical patients as well as lack of oxygen, ventilators and beds, the vibrant system put in place in Mumbai helped the city manage the crisis better. Proactive measures such as restrictions on free movement and stepped-up vaccination drives helped contain the spread.

Effective and efficient administration relies upon delegation of power by the political masters to competent authorities, and avoid interference while maintaining oversight.

“Mumbai’s fight against Covid is a saga of success for the much-maligned Indian bureaucracy,” said Nair. “A brilliant case study in governance and crisis management not only for civil servants and management gurus but our political leaders too.”

Amongst the youngest to crack the Indian Administrative Service in 1989 when he was not yet 22 years, Chahal’s next goal is to vaccinate the entire city in 60 days and ward off a dreaded third wave. The success of this plan, however, depends upon how quickly he can gain access to vaccines from the global tenders BMC has launched and local supplies.

 

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 17:47:23 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:45:47 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

 

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:28:58 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

 

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:21:13 +0530
Mumbai Customs Unsung heroes

K.P.Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

There were a handful of organisations that kept the wheels of government humming during the pandemic-forced shutdown last year. The stellar role they played has largely gone unnoticed. It’s time to shine the torch on their herculean efforts and showcase their achievements for inspiration to everyone.

The lockdown in India and the rest of the world disrupted global trade overnight, threw supply chains into disarray and posed a serious shortage risk of everything, including important items for healthcare. There was an urgent need to facilitate cross border trade of vital goods and services to wade off a systemic collapse.

Without wasting time Mumbai Customs, or specifically Mumbai Zone III (MZIII), embraced the lead role to expedite cargo movement. Factories across the world either cut back or halted operations, save a few that produced items to fight the pandemic and for everyday use. As speed was critical air routes were the preferred mode of transport.

Sahar in Mumbai, home to India’s largest air cargo complex, thus became the gateway to the country during the lockdown months. It was no easy task as skilled workers had mostly bolted in the wake of the fear psychosis that gripped the nation, exporters and importers were reluctant to venture out and there was an overall feeling of intransigence.

MZIII Chief Commissioner Rama Mathew led from the front. A day after the lockdown was announced, she showed up at the air cargo complex like a general marshalling his troops. Her presence and quick thinking made a decisive impact. Under her guidance senior officers painstakingly contacted each stakeholder – manufacturers, exporters, importers, agents, handlers and so on – and instilled confidence in them. A new normal was worked out to the satisfaction of all. Going beyond the mandate of Customs, which was basically to clear cargo for export or import, officers swung into pivotal roles to resolve issues related to physical movement.

For instance, to overcome labour shortage for handling cargo, efforts were put in place to bring in custodians and manpower supplying companies to fill the void. Dialogue windows were kept open at all times, oversight was maintained to untie knotty issues daily and sometimes on a consignment basis. For critical medical supplies, their movement and delivery of consignments were constantly monitored.

Mathew appointed a very senior officer to help monitor and streamline responses to requests pouring in through emails, social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook, Central Covid Helpdesk in Delhi, trade bodies and individuals. Nodal officers were put in place for each formation under MZIII – whose geographical jurisdiction covers a wide span from Mumbai, surrounding four districts and the continental shelf comprising the Exclusive Economic Zone.

While the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) took on the lead role at the national level, the MZIII was the pivot for the biggest and most crucial region.

As part of proactive measures, nodal officers were battle-ready round the clock not only to resolve customs matters but to sort out issues such as locating cargo in the premises, liaising with logistics agencies and police. A daily review of progress and disposal of cases was undertaken. Waiver of demurrage guidelines by the government and simplified documentation also helped.

The all-out efforts saved the country from what would otherwise have been a strangulating choke. The abrupt lockdown announced in late March 2020 had initially caused chaos. Uncleared goods piled up as workers left in droves and transport services were thrown out of gear, shrinking the space in the complex. By mid-May, however, the authorities succeeded to bring about a semblance of normality.

The CBIC also chipped in by promptly acknowledging written communications, conveying decisions in a time-bound manner and ensuring refund and other claims were settled on time.

Even before the lockdown, the MZIII with 1,400 staff on its rolls was in the thick of the action. About 28 lakh passengers passed through the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, the country’s second-busiest, in the first three months of 2020 as the Covid outbreak loomed. To handle the rush and to take precautions, the Customs opened more counters and speeded up clearances.

Social distance norms were imposed and separate counters started for passengers coming in from Covid-struck regions. A team of Customs officers who were also doctors put up their hands for duty, providing big thrust to relief operations when sick, elderly, women with babies or children arrived. Vande Bharat flights, which mostly flew between May and September 2020, to bring in stranded people were also promptly cleared by Customs.

Several officers and other staff went beyond their call of duty to ensure the easy flow of critical goods and services, often at great personal risk when most of the country remained safely indoors. Despite taking precautions many officials and their families were infected by the Covid virus. A small team under Mathew’s direction monitored the situation closely and ensured each of them were adequately taken care of – financial, logistics and hospitalisation.

The nation owes a big chunk of gratitude to these silent warriors, led by a lion-hearted woman.

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 16:04:49 +0530
38 killed in lightning strike in UP Yogi orders relief

 

Lucknow, July 12 (IANS) At least 38 people were killed in eleven districts of Uttar Pradesh, after being struck by lightning, thunder and rain.

According to reports, the deaths occurred on Sunday evening. Fourteen people died in Prayagraj, five in Kanpur Dehat, three each in Firozabad and Kaushambhi and two each in Unnao and Chitrakoot after lightning struck them.

Taking cognizance of the incidents, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and directed the district administrations to provide adequate compensation to the tragedy-struck families.

According to the government spokesman, deaths were also reported from Kanpur, Pratapgarh, Agra, Varanasi and Rae Bareli.

In Kaushambhi, the deceased have been identified as Rukma,12, Moorat Dhwaj, 50, Ramchandra, 32, and Mayank Singh,15.

In Firozabad, Hemraj, 50, and Ram Sevak, 40, were standing under a Neem tree, when they were hit by lightning, killing them on the spot. Amar Singh, 60, of the Shikohabad area was also killed by lightning,

Similar incidents have been reported from Ghazipur and Ballia.

ians
 

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:51:08 +0530
Lorde says quitting social media has been divine

 

Los Angeles, July 12

Singer Lorde says quitting social media has been a "divine" experience.

"It has been divine, I really enjoy it. I'm a shy and sensitive person. It has a lot of information, I realise how I was just pummelling myself with headlines and thoughts from other people all day and it did not give me much room to have ideas or brainstorm things. I am very grateful for that now," she said on the Australian radio show "Ash London Live".

Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, however, notes quitting social media has a drawback, too. It becomes tough staying in touch with what friends are up to, she said according to reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"The only thing I do think is that I underestimated how much of my friends' loves I kept up with on Instagram. People don't really tell you what they're up to, they just tell everyone via a story. That's how people stay connected. I really have to make friend dates. I've been calendaring people's birthdays now,"

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:41:48 +0530
Italy beat England in penalties to win Euro 2020

London, July 12

Italy became the European football champions after a gap of 53 years by defeating hosts England in a dramatic penalty shootout in the Euro 2020 final at the historic Wembley stadium here.

Italy had won their first Euro title in 1968 and they won their second one when goalkeeper Donnarumma blocked a poor effort by 19-year-old Bukayo Saka of England after Jorginho had missed the last Italian kick, to win the penalty shoot-out 3-2 after both teams were deadlocked 1-1 after 120 minutes of action.

Playing in front of 60,000 fans despite the pandemic, Italy came back after conceding an early goal to tie the game 1-1 and then showed steely nerves in the penalties.

England added to their list of miserable history in penalty shootouts despite being put ahead of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who saved a couple of penalties.

Earlier, England took an early lead when defender Luke Shaw scored at one minute and 57th second -- the fastest goal of a Euro final. Luke Shaw started the counter and rushed ahead to meet a long cross by Kieran Trippier near the six-yard spot and shot home off the left-hand post.

Italy equalised midway through the second half when defender Leonardo Bonucci, scored off a goal-line scramble in the 67th minute. Off a corner, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford forced Marco Verratti's header onto the left-hand post but the ball fell for Bonucci and he did not make any mistake to make it 1-1.

Both teams made efforts to break the deadlock but failed as the match went into extra time and penalties.

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:23:03 +0530
Bandla reaches space on board Virgin Galactic s VSS Unity 22

New York, July 12

Sirisha Bandla vaulted into space on Sunday on board VSS Unity 22 becoming the fourth astronaut of Indian descent.

The Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached the 100-km altitude that marks the entry into space after taking off from Spaceport America in New Mexico and returned to the base after a flight of about 90 minutes.

Astronaut 004 Bandla, accompanied by Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and two other crewmates and two pilots touched the space mark.

Before the flight, Branson signed himself dramatically as Astronaut 001 and gave the Astronaut 004 rank to Bandla, 34.

During the space flight, Bandla was scheduled to conduct experiments designed by the US government's pioneer space agency, NASA involving plants in microgravity.

Bandla, the Virgin Galactic Vice President for Government Relations, is an astronautical engineer by training.

Before her flight, she said in an interview on a Virgin Galactic broadcast that her adventure was an "incredible opportunity to get people from different backgrounds, different geographies and different communities into space".

The others on the VSS Unity flight were Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic's chief astronaut instructor and Colin Bennett, the lead operations engineer which was piloted by former Royal Air Force test pilot Dave Mackay and former NASA Space Shuttle Commander Michael Masucci.

The spacecraft was carried by a twin-bodied carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, for the first 15.5 km on its way to space before being launched for the final leg.

The launch was delayed by about 90 minutes because stormy weather overnight delayed the flight preparations.

Bandla was be the third Indian American in space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Pandya Williams and the fourth person of Indian descent -- the first being Rakesh Sharma, who flew on a Soviet spacecraft.

But unlike them, Bandla did not go into orbit and her flight was a short one to demonstrate the capability of Branson's space program, a breakthrough in the commercialisation of space travel by private entrepreneurs.

Branson beat his business rival, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is set to take off on July 20 onboard his space company Blue Origin's spacecraft.

It was a space race between the maverick British billionaire, the global American entrepreneur Bezos and Elon Musk, the developer of the Tesla electric vehicle, vying for domination of the multi-billion-dollar private space business that would range from tourism and research to commercial and government satellite deployment.

Characteristic of a Branson enterprise, the spaceflight had the pizzaz of show business and advertising for companies involved in the project.

Grammy-winning musician Khaled performed for the flight. The host of a light TV show, Stephen Colbert emceed the start of the broadcast by Virgin Galactic.

Another Indian American, Raj Chari, is in the US astronaut programme and is scheduled to command a flight later this year.

Sharma flew aboard the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in 1984.

Chawla, who was born in Karnal, first flew into space in 1997 on Space Shuttle Columbia but died on her second flight in 2001 when the spacecraft burned on re-entry into the earth's atmosphere.

Williams, a US Navy pilot, was a commander of Expedition 33 to the Space Station.

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:14:20 +0530
Global Covid 19 caseload tops 186 7 mn

Washington, July 12

The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 186.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.02 million and vaccinations soared to over 3.43 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number of vaccine doses administered stood at 186,745,380, 4,029,593 and 3,435,538,242, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 33,853,614 and 607,155, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in second place with 30,837,222 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (19,089,940), France (5,874,719), Russia (5,713,351), Turkey (5,465,094), the UK (5,139,162), Argentina (4,647,948), Colombia (4,471,622), Italy (4,271,276), Spain (3,937,192), Germany (3,743,732) and Iran (3,373,450), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 533,488 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (408,040), Mexico (234,907), Peru (193,230), Russia (140,635), the UK (128,691), Italy (127,775), France (111,515) and Colombia (111,731).

ians

Mon, 12 Jul 2021 08:44:51 +0530
Be positive even when the world needs you to be COVID 19 negative

Mili Desai

www.mediaeyenews.com

Given the current situation, all we can think about how the glass is half empty – negativity everywhere. Open any news application or switch on the television, all we see and read about is Corona.

What we fail to understand is, along with other facilities, the situation primarily demands a positive mindset and attitude. For a person who is covid positive, the first thing the doctor will suggest is to have a positive environment around. Along with medicines, one needs to stay in an environment that is far from all the negativity. Being in isolation, away from all humans, is very difficult. We crave the physical company of family and friends. In the situation this isn’t possible, we are connected through video calls, talking about good things, and hearing affirmative words while hanging up will truly do wonders.

For people who didn’t test positive but were positive at this time is important. However, looking at the positive side, we get to spend quality with our families. Yes, one would say that could be done on a vacation or a mini getaway too. But would one be cooking new dishes in the kitchen or trying your hands on that skill you thought you were not exactly good at on a vacation? No, right?

Tough times call for us to be together, staying positive, and facing the situation bravely and not sulk about it, making it more difficult. Try that new hobby you saw on the internet and intrigued you, watch that show with the family that you couldn’t earlier due to different schedules of the members, embrace this home time and my time. Find those little ways to be happy with your family. Stay safe.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 23:19:07 +0530
The Importance Of Aloe Vera

Shazneen Mistry

www.mediaeyenews.com

During the lockdown due to the pandemic, it was seen that many people were taking guidance from age-old health practices and ayurvedic herbs to strengthen their immune system, which continues to remain at the forefront in our battle against Covid-19. 

It was also seen that people had started taking care of their skin, hair, and health by using DIY face packs, or hair masks, and many other such tricks to take care of themself and not let the pandemic affect their hair, skin, or other related woes. The important point to note here is that a very common ingredient that was used in all of the remedies and is easily available at home was Aloe Vera.

Another name for Aloe Vera is Kathali. In the vast world of Ayurveda, leaves of the aloe plant are divided into three parts: an odorless and clear inner gel; a bitter yellowish sap known as latex; and a thick outer layer or rind.

The gel portion has been a wonder cure for sunburn, skin and hair woes, but there is so much more to this plant, in terms of overall health and well-being. Aloe vera is a magical plant and one of the super-foods that can help improve your overall health. It has prebiotic compounds that help feed healthy bacteria in the gut and helps in the optimal functioning of the digestive system.

 It has vitamins, minerals, amino acids, salicylic acids, and anti-inflammatory characteristics that help in providing relief from diarrhea, constipation, bloating abdominal pain and cramps,”

From tackling digestive disorders to dental woes, experts help unravel some of the lesser-known benefits of aloe vera, a powerhouse of nutrients. They are as follows:

  •  Keeps sugar levels, cholesterol in check:

Aloe may help manage diabetes by improving glucose as well as insulin levels, due to the presence of photochemical such as lecithin. It can also lower the level of bad cholesterol and prevent artery blockage. It can be useful in managing type 2 diabetes.

  • Curbs constipation: 

Aloe vera has a gentle laxative effect and can relieve constipation, as anthraquinones speed up bowel movement. Aloe vera can also help reduce uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus and causes burning in the chest.

  • Speeds up healing of wounds, infections: 

Aloe vera, when applied on wounds, promotes faster healing by increasing blood circulation to the affected area. Consuming two spoons of aloe vera juice a day is believed to help reduce the symptoms of candidiasis (a fungal infection very common in women) and prevent overgrowth, which can affect the whole body

  • Locks freshness of fruits and vegetables: 

Coating fruits and vegetables with aloe vera gel will help keep them fresh for longer. It also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria on these food items.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 22:58:38 +0530
Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon D or Comparison Goals And Winning Years

Rohan Brahmbatt

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the game sharing 11 Ballon d'Or between both of them. There is no other rivalry greater than these two who have pushed each other to become great in world football.

We have a look at how many Ballon d'Or both the players have won and in which year, scoring how many goals. Both the players have been scoring so many goals and setting many records on their way to becoming the greatest ever.

Lionel Messi

34-year-old Argentine forward Lionel Messi just silenced his critics who always said that he has not won anything major with his country. He guided Argentina to Copa America glory and has proved to the world that he is the Greatest player of all time.

Ballon d'Or-(2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019)

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a record 6 times a feat, no other player has been able to achieve in his footballing career, not even Cristiano Ronaldo can get near him. He won his first Ballon d'Or when he was 22 years old scoring 47 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona in 2009.

Messi started dominating the football world after that winning three more consecutive Ballon d'Or for his wonderful performances for both club and country. In those 3 seasons, he scored a total of 186 goals for Barcelona in just 165 appearances in all competitions.

In 2015, Barcelona and Lionel Messi won the treble again in which Messi contributed 58 goals in 57 appearances in all competitions securing his fifth Ballon d'Or after a wonderful season. His final Ballon d'Or came in 2019 where he finished above Dutch defender Van Djik and Cristiano Ronaldo who was third in the race.

Time and time again he has proved that he is the greatest player of all time guiding Argentina to their fifteenth Copa America title. In 2015 and 2016, they proceeded to the final, only to lose to Chile in a penalty shoot-out on both occasions, even though they have never once lost to Chile over regular time in tournament history (28 matches).

Cristiano Ronaldo

36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo has proved that he is the ultimate goal-scorer in world football with so many individual records and always striving to be better than the rest. He has established himself as one of the greatest players on this planet by scoring more than 800 goals in 1109 appearances in all competitions for club and country.

Ballon d'Or-(2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

His first Ballon d'Or came in 2008 which was his final season for Manchester United in which he scored 26 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions after missing out 10 weeks due to an ankle injury. He subsequently became United's first Ballon d'Or winner since George Best in 1968, and the first Premier League player to be named the FIFA World Player of the Year.

His second Ballon d'Or had to wait for a few years as Messi was at a peak of his career and made life very difficult for Ronaldo who made the move from Manchester United to Real Madrid. In 2013, he won his second Ballon d'Or scoring 51 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions.

In 2014, Ronaldo received a second successive FIFA Ballon d'Or, joining Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten as a three-time Ballon d'Or winner. He scored 61 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid.

2016 was the year of Cristiano Ronaldo where he won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid becoming the top scorer in the competition and in the same year guided Portugal to EURO 2016 glory where he was injured in the final match of the tournament. He won his fourth Ballon d'Or that year scoring 51 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions.

He won his final Ballon d'Or in 2017 where he guided Real Madrid to their second consecutive UEFA Champions League title scoring 44 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions becoming the top goal scorer in the history of the tournament. He left Madrid at the end of 2018 becoming their top goal-scorer.

We have enjoyed this bitter rivalry between both the world-class players, but sadly we have to bid them farewell as both the players are now getting old and we will not be able to witness those nerve-cracking moments again.

 

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 22:46:24 +0530
Classic Cinematic performances of the Big B Amitabh Bachan

Mili Desai

www.mediaeyenews.com

Amitabh Bachchan is the most popular star in the history of Indian cinema. The legendary and iconic star who needs no introduction, we might fall short of words for him. The Big B (known fondly) Amitabh Bachchan has been ruling the industry for ages for his charismatic personality. He made his debut in 1969 in the movie Saat Hindustani. It has been 52 years since he started his journey. He has blessed our Indian cinema with movies like Deewaar, Zanjeer, Abhimaan, Coolie, Khuda Gawah, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Sooryavansham, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mohabbatein, Baghban, Paa, Sarkar, and Gulabo Sitabo, to name a few.

Bachan, who had many flops after Saat Hindustani his debut, got fame in the 1970’s post the film Anand (1971) and Zanjeer(1973). Later his on-screen persona made him the hero and the “angry young man” whom people and fans looked up to. He was a part of the Hindi film industry’s classics like Sholay, Silsila, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Black too. He is a recipient of the awards like the Padma Shri (1984), the Padma Bhushan (2001), Padma Vibhushan (2015), and Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2019). He made his  Hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby too. His later notable films included the comedy Piku (2015), for which he won his fourth National Film Award, and Pink (2016), the crime drama Badla (2019) was also among the biggest hits of Bachchan’s career.

To put it in words, his contribution to Indian cinema would be a challenge, as he continues to remain an inspiration for every generation of cinephiles and rules the hearts of many people in the world.  Bollywood Ke Shahenshah - the veteran actor none other than Amitabh Bachchan.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 22:22:18 +0530
How animated films are voiced by actors

Yashashree Malpathak

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Many well-known actors have appeared in animated films in recent years. These actors lend their voices to some of our favorite characters. Voice actors in animated films have only their voice as an instrument of character development, hence they need to have a wide vocal range. It takes months, if not years, of training and practice to perfect the process of establishing unique voices for multiple characters.

Voice coaches train actors through a variety of exercises to optimize their vocal cords and condition their mouth muscles. It is expected by the voice actor to control their breathing and speak on the breath. Several jaws, throat, and tongue warmups help to relieve the tension. The key is to have a relaxed, open back of the throat rather than a stiff, fixed one.

Voice acting can be very physical while recording. The voice can follow the artist's body to capture a broader variety of emotional expressions. While it may not always happen, the animated characters have been known to resemble the actors that voiced them. Be it Zazu from 'The Lion King,' who looks like Rowan Atkinson, or Mumble from 'Happy Feet,' who looks like Elijah Wood, Irene Bedard in 'Pocahontas,' or Edward Asner as Carl Fredericksen in 'Up,' the list goes on. This happens because the animated studios design their characters according to the actors or mimic the voice actors' facial expressions and movements to ensure that they resemble the character.

Here are ten all-time favorite animated movie characters and the famous actors who played them.

  1. Genie in Disney's Aladdin (1992)

Robin Williams, the late actor, played the part of Genie in the Aladdin film. He was even awarded a Golden Globe for it.

 

        2. Simba in ‘The Lion King’ (1994)

Matthew Broderick voiced the grown-up version of Simba in ‘The Lion King’. He sang the song, ‘Hakuna Matata’.

 

        3. Shrek in ‘Shrek’ (2001)

The film's title character, Shrek, was played by Mike Myers. After Chris Farley's unexpected death in 1997, Mike took over as Shrek.

       

        4. Dori in ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003) and ‘Finding Dori’ (2016)

Ellen DeGeneres played Dori in Finding Nemo, the character was so loved that it had its sequel in ‘Finding Dori’.

 

       5. Oscar in ‘Shark  (2004)

Will Smith, actor and musician starred in the animated film ’Shark Tale’ of 2004, by playing the voice for Oscar, the main character.

 

      6. Tigress in ‘Kung Fu Panda’ (2008)

Master Tigress, of the Kung Fu Panda movie franchise, has been voiced by none other than Angelina Jolie.

 

       7. God in ‘Despicable Me’ (2010)

Steve Carell has voiced Gru in Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions, and Despicable Me 3, where he also voices Gru's long-lost brother, Dru.

 

        8. Princess Anna in 'Frozen’ (2013)

Kristen Bell has sung for Princess Anna of Disney’s Frozen. She even has done her speaking voice.

 

         9. Grinch in ‘The Grinch’ (2018)

As the green grump in a new animated version of Dr. Seuss's iconic Christmas tale, Benedict Cumberbatch played the lead role of Grinch.

 

        10. Woody in ‘The Toy Story 4’ (2019)

Since the mid-'90s, Tom Hanks has been the voice of Woody in the Toy Story film franchise, which was created by Disney and Pixar.

 

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 21:43:08 +0530
Vandemataram A tribute to Bharat Maa

Anupama Nair

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“But the heart, the eye, the yet deeper heart —
Still ablaze for the Beloved, their turmoil shines.
In the lantern by the road the flame is stalled for news:
Did the morning breeze ever come?  Where has it gone?
Night weighs us down, it still weighs us down.
Friends, come away from this false light. Come, we must
search for that promised Dawn”

But the promised Dawn did finally come after nearly 200 years of colonial rule. We lost millions of Bharat Ma’s sons and daughters starting from Siraj-ud-Daula (Battle of Plassey, 1757), to Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmi Bai (1857) and finally Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Veer Savarkar, and lastly the man who said “Give me blood, I will give you freedom”— Netaji.

As Rousseau, during the French Revolution said “Man is born free yet he is in chains”, it was true for India. The desire to be free is the dream of every human, but during the Raj, it was a rare commodity. For a century we were ruled by a Company called East India Company, who let loose a reign of terror. It was truly a black era.

Our great Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Amrit Mahotsav or celebration of Bharat’s 75th year of Independence. We will be celebrating this event till 2022. I am going to write a feature on all those great men and women who fought against foreign invasion not just against the British. Today I am going to talk about the great Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and his book Anandmath and Vandemataram that was coined by him

It was in such an India, Bankim Chandra was born. He was an Indian author, "whose novels firmly established prose as a literary vehicle for Independence and helped create in India a school of fiction on the European model". His first notable Bengali work was the novel “Durgesh Nandini”, which features a Rajput hero and a Bengali heroine. The great philosopher Debendranath Tagore (father of Rabindranath Tagore)’s words, took “the Bengali heart by storm,” and with it, the Bengali novel was fully born. 

His greatest book was Anandmath, a patriotic tale of the revolt of the sannyasis against the forces of the East India Company, which was published in 1882. To his generation his voice was that of a prophet, his valiant Hindu heroes aroused their patriotism and pride of their race. “In Bankim Chandra, Nationalism and Hinduism merged as one, and his love for his country was characterized in the epoch-making song “Vandemataram” (“Hail to thee, Mother”)—which later became the slogan of nationalists in their struggle for independence”. After Anandmath, “Devi Chaudrayin” was also very popular.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say Vandemataram is truly characteristic of its composer. The book is set in the years during the famine of Bengal. It started with an introduction to a loving couple, Mahendra and Kalyani, who are stuck in their village Padachinha without any food and water during the times of the famine. They decided to leave their village and move to the next closest city where there was a greater chance of survival. Sadly, the couple was separated and Kalyani had to run through the forest with her infant to avoid getting caught by robbers. After a long chase, she loses consciousness at the bank of a river. A Hindu “Santana”, Jiban took the daughter to his home handing her to his sister while he shifted Kalyani to his ashram.

The husband, Mahendra, at this point was inspired by patriotism and joined the brotherhood of the sanyasis serving the Mother Nation. Kalyani wanted to help him in attaining his dreams by trying to kill herself, relieving him of worldly duties. At this point, Mahatma Satya joined her but before he could help her, he was arrested by the soldiers of the East India Company, because these sanyasis were fueling the revolt against the Company rule. When he was being dragged away by the soldiers, he spotted another sanyasi who was not wearing his distinctive robes and sings,

"In the mild breeze, by the bank of the river,
In the forest, resides a respectable lady."

The other sanyasi deciphers the song, rescued Kalyani and the baby, takes them to a rebel sanyasi hideout. Kalyani's husband, Mahendra, is also given shelter by the sanyasis, and they are reunited. The leader of the rebels shows Mahendra the three faces of  Bharat Mata as three idols of goddesses, being worshipped in three consecutive rooms of the ashram -- “What Mother Was – An idol of Goddess Jagadhatri”,  What Mother Has Become – An idol of Goddess Kali and finally “What Mother Will Be – An idol of Goddess Durga”.

Gradually, the rebel influence grew and their numbers increased with every passing day. Emboldened, they shifted their headquarters to a small brick fort. The East India Company attacked the fort with a large force. The rebels blocked the bridge over a nearby river, but they lacked any artillery or military training. In the fighting, the East India Company make a tactical retreat over the bridge. The Sannyasis' undisciplined army, chased the East India Company forces to trap them. Once the bridge was full of rebels, the East India Company artillery opened fire, inflicting severe casualties on the sannyasis.

However, some rebels manage to capture some of the cannons and turned the fire back on to the East India Company's soldiers. The East India Company forces were forced to fall back, the rebels won their first battle. The story ends with Mahendra and Kalyani building a home again, with Mahendra continuing to support the rebels. You need to understand Anandmath was banned by the British, as it was set against the Sannyasi-led rebellion against the British East India Company in the late 18th century, but who can suppress the thirst for Independence for long?

The translation of Anandamath into English by Aurobindo inspire the nationalists of Bengal and India in the first decade of the 20th century. He even founded a journal called “Bande Mataram”, and he believed it was his duty to translate works that would instill patriotism in his compatriots. As per the BBC World survey, Vandemataram is the second most popular song in the world!

After this Bharat Mata was painted by the great painter, Abayindranath Tagore in 1905. “It represented an archaic spiritual essence, a transcendental idea of Universe as well as expressing Universal Hinduism and nationhood”. He portrayed Bharat Mata as a four-armed Hindu goddess wearing saffron-colored robes, holding the manuscripts, sheaves of rice, a mala, and a white cloth.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 21:02:31 +0530
India must start competing and not participating in Olympics honestly

New Delhi, July 11

 When the Indian athletes, seeking to improve upon the six-medal haul bagged at the 2012 London Olympic Games, managed only two at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog came up with a plan for India to win 50 medals at the 2024 Olympics.

If that happens three years from now, all those involved in the making and implementing that scheme, besides the athletes who would win those 50 medals in Paris, would deserve the highest accolade of the country. They would thoroughly deserve all the prizes for what would probably be the biggest jump in terms of sudden improvement in the history of the world's biggest sports extravaganza, Olympics, rather in the history of mankind.

Whether or not that happens is another question altogether. Let us first check the ground reality. India has won a grand total of 28 medals, nine of them being gold, in the 121 years of Olympic participation. On the other hand, American swimming juggernaut Michael Phelps has won 28 medals, 23 of them gold, in just four Olympics (2004-2016). These figures tell a thousand tales of America's and India's sporting system/history. All arguments end there. Period.

And just by the way, India is currently the second most densely populated country in the world with almost 1.30 billion people, while the US is a distant third with a little over 300 million inhabitants. The difference is humoungous, stark, and telling.

If the US and Phelps in those 12 years has dominated the global sports scene it is because of one major factor, honesty, which is missing in India. They recognised the talent in Phelps and persisted with him, honestly, and without taking his transgressions off the field. The result is before us.

Honesty is an infinite, all-encompassing term, considering its importance in everything we do in all walks of life. India immediately needs to turn honest in selection of athletes and teams, in providing quality infrastructure and diet to athletes, in providing unstinted official and unofficial support to athletes, in offering monetary incentives to them, and in giving them due recognition without vindictiveness and bias, and in several other areas.

Instead, we in India indulge in gimmickry. Our sports administrators must realise that medals, particularly at the Olympic Games, are not won by making 'best of luck' messages trend on Twitter or by producing catchy anthems before every Olympics or by organising webinars, or making unrealistic/bombastic predictions on medal count. Nor will avoiding straight answers and hiding behind 'hope-to-win' and 'it-all-depends-on-the-draw' do any good to Indian sports.

Nor gimmickry/events like "100 days to go" or "50 days countdown begins" for the Olympics would either be of any help to athletes. At best, these things can take the general, gullible public away from the reality. Truth is that very often athletes are pulled out of their training schedule and forced to attend such functions, so that sports administrators could bask in borrowed glory, while athletes' rhythm is broken.

Also, no sporting excellence can be achieved by changing names and logos of sports bodies either. The sooner the Indian sports system, from administrators to athletes, accept these facts the better it would be for our beloved India.

Unfortunately, everything listed above has either happened or is continuing to happen. On Saturday, for example, the Board of Control for Cricket in India tweeted a 40-second video in which the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mithali Raj, and Harmanpreet Singh are heard saying "cheer for India" and "dekhiye hamare athletes ko Tokyo Olympics mein (watch our athletes at the Tokyo Olympics)".

No harm at all in producing such feel-good audio-video messages from our best cricketers just before an important sports event. Still, one may, at the same time, ask this: how much will these one-liners help Indian athletes beat the opposition and win medals at the Olympics? Everyone knows the answer.

Just before the 2016 Olympics as well, hype was built around the Indian athletes who were going to compete in Rio. Again, everyone knows what happened there. Just to refresh your memory, a 117-athlete contingent returned with a solitary silver and a solitary bronze and India finished at the 67th position. In 2012, an 83-strong group had won six medals and the country ended up at the 56th spot -- India's best show in 112 years of Olympic participation.

India's basic sporting problem emanates also from the choice of words. Even in the 21st century, we are unfortunately still "participating" in sporting extravaganzas, and not "competing". When the term "competition" will be drilled deep in the minds and hearts of our athletes/administrators and "participation" would be completely banned from everywhere - from official correspondence to oral speeches to social media, a change in the mind-set would surely come in.

Medals are also not won by Olympic analysts based on statistical data, a recent trend. Medals are won by good performance on the field. To put it in other words, this statistical data is a type of prediction, which is again a feel-good aspect. Since this data is culled from various global sporting events, going back a certain number of years, it can be misleading too in the current scenario.

For example, I have a simple question: Is the athletics track on which the legendary Milkha Singh ran that historic 400m race at the 1960 Rome Olympics and missed a medal by a whisker and the one on which our athletes are going to compete in Tokyo are of the same quality? Of course, they are not. Then, how can statistical data -- assuming the quality of infrastructure is part of such analytical data -- be used as the basis of predictions.

Last month, a firm predicted 17 medals, including four gold, for India in Tokyo. If India indeed go on to win 17, or even more medals, I would be most happy. But the harsh reality is different: the analysts are not going to run, jump, throw, and play on behalf of our athletes in Tokyo. That is the job of athletes, and only their performance on the day would count, nothing less or more.

Making populist statements on social media won't help one bit, believe it.

"We want to make this Olympics very, very memorable and it is the athletes who will ensure that the Tokyo Olympics becomes one of the most cherished Olympics for India," former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said in April.

"India has a long history of Olympics and as a large nation, India must play a much more important and greater role in the Olympic movement and we can do this by winning more medals."

I have a question: How many times has the NITI Aayog plan for India to win 50 medals at the 2024 Olympics been discussed since the "action plan for revitalising sports in India" was launched in September 2016, after the Rio debacle? What steps have been taken towards that end? One hardly read or heard any follow-up or update on the grand plan. If the sports ministry, the Indian Olympic Association, and the national sports federations have indeed taken the NITI Aayog blueprint (though there is no novelty in it) seriously, they should inform sports fans about the progress made, if any.

Also in 30 years, I have seen a number of MoUs being signed between the Indian Olympic Association and Confederation of Indian Industries and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Can someone let Indian sports fans and followers know what has been the gain from those MoUs?
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:51:07 +0530
Pet dogs may spread resistance to last resort antibiotic to owners

London, July 11

The dangerous mcr-1 gene, which provides resistance to the last-resort antibiotic colistin, has been found in four healthy humans and two pet dogs, according to new research, which found that the gene can be transmitted between dogs and their owners.

The study raises concerns that pets can act as reservoirs of the gene and so aid the spread of resistance to precious last-line antibiotics, said researchers from the University of Lisbon.

They found two cases, in which both dog and owner were harbouring the gene.

The mcr-1 gene, first reported in China in 2015, confers resistance to colistin -- an antibiotic of last resort used to treat infections from some bacteria resistant to all other antibiotics. If mcr-1 combines with already drug-resistant bacteria, it can create a truly untreatable infection, the researchers said.

"Colistin is used when all other antibiotics have failed -- it is a crucial treatment of last resort. If bacteria resistant to all drugs acquire this resistance gene, they would become untreatable, and that's a scenario we must avoid at all costs," said Juliana Menezes from the varsity's Centre of Interdisciplinary Research in Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

"We know that the overuse of antibiotics drives resistance and it is vital that they are used responsibly, not just in medicine but also in veterinary medicine and in farming," Menezes added.

For the study, the team looked for resistance to colistin in bacteria in faecal samples from people and pets.

Samples were taken from 126 healthy people living with 102 cats and dogs in 80 households in Lisbon between February 2018 and February 2020. All of the humans and 61 of the pets were healthy. A total of 23 pets had skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) and 18 had urinary tract infections (UTI).

Eight dogs out of the 102 pets (7.8 per cent) and four humans out of 126 (3.2 per cent) harboured bacteria with the mcr-1 gene. Three of the dogs were healthy, four had SSTIs and one had a UTI. None of the cats were carrying the gene. Further analysis showed that the bacteria isolated from all 12 samples that were mcr-1 positive were resistant to multiple antibiotics.

In two households with dogs with SSTIs, the mcr-1 gene was found in both dog and owner. Genetic analysis of the samples suggested that in one of these two cases, the gene had been transmitted between pet and owner.

While transmission in both directions is possible, it is thought that in this case, the gene passed from dog to human, Menezes said.

The owners did not have infections and so did not need treatment. The sick dogs were successfully treated.

The study was presented at the ongoing European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) taking place online between July 9 and 12.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:45:45 +0530
South stars go high on sports movies

New Delhi, July 11

 While there is a lot of hype about upcoming Bollywood sports movies such as "83", "Toofaan" or "Jersey", an entirely different crop of biggies in the genre is being readied down South.

The Telugu and Tamil film industries, especially, have been increasingly investing in sports movies that let them explore the entire gamut of emotions and drama that come with the story of an individual, often an underdog, who strives against the odds to emerge a winner and make his nation proud.

For South Indian actors and filmmakers exploring the genre, the significance lies beyond box office basics. Given the fact that sports films as a genre draw audience attention easily, these films have become important to regional stars in the context of the pan-India scenario because the advent of OTT now provides a level playing field to all content coming from different parts of India.

Down South, there are several sports films lined up right now, with many scheduled to release over the next few months, with OTT, giving them all-India, nay global, access.

What's more, films in the genre set to emerge from the Tamil and Telugu factories explore sports beyond the familiar cricket and football ambit. While "Muddy" bases its plot on drag racing, "Lakshya" finds its plot in archery. Films like "Sarpatta" and "Ghani" have boxing as the sport on which the storyline is based.

The sports drama, most in the South Indian film trade agree, is a popular and reliable genre in the film market of the region right now, mainly driven by the OTT advantage. Whether these films reach the digital domain directly, or after a big screen release, streaming platforms will help such films strike instant connect with global audiences.

Cast and crew of these films are aware of this fact and are naturally excited to complete and release their respective films. Actor Varun Tej informed fans on Saturday about starting the final schedule of his Telugu sports drama "Ghani", which casts him as a boxer.

Actor Naga Shaurya's Telugu film "Lakshya", too, started shooting for the climax of the film in Hyderabad. The film is based on the sport of ancient archery.

Indeed, boxing is a flavour of the season across the board. If Tollywood is readying "Ghani" and Bollywood is all set to digitally release "Toofaan", Tamil bigwig director Pa. Ranjith has Arya-starrer drama "Sarpatta Parambarai" lined up. The poster of the film dropped recently, and has garnered some buzz.

Chennai-based trade analyst Shreedhar Pillai agrees the sports film as a genre invariably catches audience attention, and would seem like an easy way for regional stars to woo the attention of the public beyond their established fan base.

"I think the sports genre always has a market everywhere, with its tales of the underdog succeeding against all odds. That's a formula that has always worked with the masses. So, they will use it. In all sports films, the hero or heroines are underdogs till the interval. You have to look at movies other than cricket now because cricket is the most popular sport in India but there are too many movies based in India. You have to make a movie on boxing or racing or other sports," says Pillai.

Earlier this year director Praghabal announced the multilingual film "Muddy", touted as India's first film on mud racing. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, as well as in Hindi.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan feels that filmmakers from southern industries are currently leading in terms of content and a film on sports drama can find them a larger audience across the country.

"Sports has always been a safe bet and we know how South filmmakers and actors have raised the bar content wise. They are leading from the forefront. When they are coming up with a genre like sports, we can expect blockbusters. Jersey (now being remade in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor) was a Telugu film. South filmmakers are leading content-wise and they are coming up with great content within any and every genre, which is appealing and which leads to the trend of remaking their hits," he says.

Mohan feels the kind of drama South filmmakers add to just about any genre, sports films included, increase the chances of these efforts to be remade.

"If they are making films in the sports genre, I am sure those films will be remade. Content-wise they are ahead. Bollywood is always inspired by them. We would be eagerly awaiting to see sports films from the South," he sums up.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:41:21 +0530
Markets shift focus to peak growth subsequent slowdown Report

Mumbai, July 11

 As inflation concerns gain momentum and central banks may tighten loose monetary policies, the markets have now focused on 'peak' growth and the eventual slowdown.

Bond yields have gyrated to now factoring in the post-Covid boom slowdown and central banks continuing with their ultra-loose monetary stance from earlier factoring in the post-Covid boom and central banks exiting their ultra-loose monetary stance, said a report by Kotak Institutional Equities.

In other words, it looks like markets have moved 'forward' to the post-Covid boom 'slowdown' while central banks are still focused on the current Covid-related 'slowdown', it said.

"It is all becoming rather hard to fathom. We can only hope to stay relevant until central banks exit the centre stage.

"It seems the market is running a bit ahead of itself, not only in terms of valuations but also, in terms of what to discount and what not to discount. The market's focus has now moved on to 'peak' growth and subsequent slowdown from the earlier euphoric mix of strong growth and moderate inflation, suggesting a full circle in its thinking," said the recent report.

The sharp fall in US bond yields in the past few days reflects the market's worries about 'peak' growth being priced in with the full reopening of the US economy. This is a dramatic shift from the sharp increase in bond yields in the early part of the year when the market priced in expectations of strong economic growth and higher inflation and thus, expected a normalisation of monetary policy by the US Fed over time.

Inflation expectations have come off in the past two weeks but are still above 2 per cent, it said.

"Time will settle the debate over inflation (structural, transitory) and we will have to wait another 6-9 months for the final word on this. In the meanwhile, higher-than-expected inflation prints may still result in bond yields spiking again while in-line inflation data may not result in further decline in bond yields."

The report said that not much has changed about the global economic outlook despite recent worries about resurgence of Covid-19 cases (Delta and Delta plus variants) in parts of Europe and the US. The continued vaccination rollouts will hopefully mitigate the impact of infections on the vaccinated population.

Almost all economic indicators point to a strong recovery in all economies, and it assumes that central banks will start tapering once economies start reaching 'normal' levels of economic activity.

"To us, the debate is more about the pace of tapering, which will depend on inflation data over the next few months and not tapering itself."

It said that there are two likely scenarios -- strong economic growth and high but transitory inflation (base case), and strong economic growth and higher-than-expected inflation.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:36:28 +0530
New rules to ensure responsible social media ecosystem IT Minister

New Delhi, July 11

 India's Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has reviewed the implementation of the new IT rules and said that these norms will ensure safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India.

Taking to the India-made micro-blogging platform Koo, he said that he reviewed the implementation and compliance of the new guidelines along with the Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

"Reviewed the implementation and compliance of Information Technology Rules, 2021, along with my colleague Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar Ji. These guidelines are empowering and protecting users and will ensure a safer and responsible social media ecosystem in India," he said.

Just after assuming charge of the ministry, Vaishnaw on Thursday said that everyone has to follow the law of the country.

The minister has taken charge of the ministry at a time when the government and the US-headquartered micro-blogging platform Twitter seemed to be at loggerheads over the new norms, with the previous IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad publicly blaming Twitter of flouting norms.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday said that there is no interim protection for Twitter and the Centre is free to take any action if the micro-blogging site breaches the new IT rules. Twitter has lost the intermediary status in the country.

However, paying heed to the government's demand, Twitter has finally appointed Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance officer (RGO) for the country.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:32:27 +0530
Illinois public schools to teach Asian American history

Washington, July 11

 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act (TEAACH) into law, making the state the first in the US to require a unit of Asian American history be taught in public schools.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, the Governor said: "Today, we are reaffirming our commitment to creating more inclusive classrooms by making Illinois the first state in the nation to require Asian American history be taught in public schools."

With the recent rise in acts of violence and bigotry against the Asian American community, teaching students about rich culture and important contributions throughout history will help combat false stereotypes, the office of the Governor in a statement.

The legislation adds a new section on Asian American history study to the Illinois School Code.

Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, every public elementary school and high school will be required to include a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American History, including the history of Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest.

The bill specifies that the curriculum should include: the contributions of Asian Americans toward advancing civil rights from the 19th century onward; the contributions made by individual Asian Americans in government, arts, humanities, and sciences; and the contributions of Asian American communities to the economic, cultural, social, and political development of the US.

While the legislation specifies topics that should be addressed in the curriculum, the state will not require or designate a specific curriculum for school districts.

The Illinois State Board of Education is authorised to make instructional materials available to all school boards; while each school board will determine the minimum amount of instructional time that qualifies as a unit of instruction as stated in the bill.

The measure builds upon the administration's commitment to creating more inclusive school environments and curriculums, and will ensure every high school graduate in Illinois will learn about Asian American history as well as the rich contributions and traditions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, said statement.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:24:59 +0530
India frustrated with situation in Afghanistan Pak military

New Delhi, July 11

With the great game unfolding rapidly after the sudden US drawback from Afghanistan, regional players are trying to take control of the deteriorating situation on the ground. And as usual Pakistan is ratcheting up the negative volume by targeting India.

Referring to the oversized Indian footprint in Afghanistan, the Pakistan military has said New Delhi's investment was aimed at establishing influence in an effort to damage Islamabad's interests.

"The prevailing situation has caused huge frustration on the Indian side," The Express Tribune quoted Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), as saying in a television interview on Saturday.

The ISPR is the media wing of Pakistan's military.

"Now, Delhi has moved its spoilers in different directions to blame Pakistan for the unrest in Afghanistan, but the Indian propaganda would not get any traction because the world has realised that Pakistan has made earnest efforts to resolve the Afghan issue according to the aspirations of the local populace.

"Pakistan is only a facilitator of the Afghan peace process � not a guarantor.

"Pakistan has no favourites among the Afghan stakeholders. The Afghans have to choose their leadership. In case of any deadlock, we can assist. Pakistan has made all-out efforts but it cannot go beyond its limits.

"Afghans have the capacity and capability to decide their future course," he added.

As far as Pakistan is concerned, it has made sincere efforts for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, he said as per The Express Tribune report.

"In the past 20 years, the US military has trained the Afghan National Army which has the strength and capability and its own air force," Maj Gen Iftikhar said.

"Trillions of dollars have been spent on them. And as a professional soldier, I believe they should be able to fight this (Taliban) onslaught as a professional force."

Like in the past, Pakistan could face the spillover effect of a civil war in Afghanistan, he said.

"We were very well aware of that and we have taken several measures to deal with the situation."

He added that the so-called Khorasan franchise of Islamic State, the TTP and its affiliates were using their bases in Afghanistan to orchestrate attacks on Pakistan's armed forces, the report said.

About the possible influx of Afghan refugees, he said that the Interior Ministry has already put together a contingency plan for this purpose.
 

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:20:58 +0530
2 US firefighters killed while battling wildfire

Phoenix, July 11

 Two firefighters were killed in the US state of Arizona while battling a wildfire which was ignited by lightning last week and has so far burned down 300 acres of land.

The firefighters were killed on Saturday in a plane crash while conducting aerial reconnaissance over the fire near the Prescott National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said in a statement.

"The accident occurred around noon today and involved an air attack aircraft performing aerial reconnaissance and command and control over the fire. Two crew members were on board and we are sad to report there were no survivors," Xinhua news agency quoted interstate incident information system Inciweb as saying on Saturday.

The tragedy came as wildfires raged through the western regions of the US due to drought and high temperature.

In California, the Beckwourth Complex Fire, which occurred about 70 km north of Lake Tahoe, a famous vacation spot in the US, showed no signs of slowing down after doubling in size between Friday and Saturday and jumping the state border into Nevada.

The fire, which broke out on July 3, forced more evacuations from many small towns in California's Lassen County, Plumas County and Nevada's Washoe County.

The blaze also closed Highway 395 north of the junction with Highway 70 and cut off power to some residents for a period of time as the fire threatened Plumas Sierra Rural Electric transmission lines.

Hot and dry weather condition would continue through Tuesday, said the officials, predicting the fire "will continue to grow over the next five to six days,"

Temperatures in parts of California reached near-record highs with Death Valley hitting 54.4 degrees Celsius on Friday, just four degrees shy of a world record set in 1913.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:17:54 +0530
Akali Dal s posers to AAP on plea to close Punjab thermal plants

Chandigarh, July 11

 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Sunday asked the Punjab AAP unit to tell people of the state whether Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had taken it into confidence before filing a petition in the Supreme Court seeking the closure of the thermal plants of Punjab.

It also asked AAP Punjab leaders to explain why it was maintaining silence on such a sensitive issue linked to the progress and prosperity of the state.

In a statement here, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said the Punjab AAP leaders, including state convener Bhagwant Mann, were in the habit of holding press conferences every day but had failed to react to the "anti-Punjab" step of Kejriwal till now.

Cheema said the Punjab AAP unit owed an explanation to Punjabis. "They should tell whether they had been taken into confidence before a petition was filed by the Delhi government seeking closure of the thermal plants in Punjab. If they had been informed about the same, they should tell Punjabis why they did not raise any objection and why they were keeping quiet till now.

"The AAP leaders of Punjab should tell whether they had sold their conscience and were ready to even sell off the interests of Punjab solely to save their positions in the party as well as secure their assembly tickets in the forthcoming election."

The SAD leader claimed that it was now increasingly clear that Kejriwal had deliberately filed a petition in the apex court with the sole purpose of worsening the power crisis in Punjab by forcing the closure of its thermal plants.

"Kejriwal wanted to play politics on the misery of Punjabis after ruining their agriculture and industry. The silence of the Punjab AAP unit proves that it was also an accomplice in this conspiracy."

Asserting that this was not the first time that AAP had pursued an anti-Punjab agenda, Cheema said earlier also on the issue of Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, Kejriwal had pretended to side with the farmers of Punjab but had simultaneously filed an affidavit in court saying Delhi and Haryana also had right to SYL water and that the canal should be built.

"Kejriwal also filed an affidavit in a court demanding criminal cases be registered against farmers indulging in paddy stubble burning even though he professed to express sympathies with the farmers of Punjab," he added.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:14:43 +0530
Monsoon active over Telangana rains lash several districts

Hyderabad, July 11

 With a low pressure area formed in Bay of Bengal, southwest monsoon has become active over Telangana as several districts received heavy rains since Sunday morning.

Parts of Hyderabad and surrounding districts witnessed downpour since morning affecting normal life.

Vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear in some parts of Telangana as roads were flooded with rain water. Hyderabad Traffic police urged pedestrians and cautioned motorists to drive carefully.

The police also advised pedestrians not to stand under trees or near electric poles.

Very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Nirmal and Nagar Kurnool districts and heavy rainfall occurred at a few places in Badradri Kothagudem, Karimnagar districts and at isolated places in Siddipet, Wanaparthy, Mahabubabad and Jogulamba Gadwal districts of Telangana.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that heavy to very heavy rains are likely to occur at isolated places in Nirmal, Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jangaon and Siddipet on Sunday and Monday.

The IMD has forecast heavy rains in Adilabad, Kumaram Bheem, Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagtial, Karimnagar, Peddapally, Jayashankar, Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Warangal (rural), Warangal (urban), Vikarabad, Mahabubnagar districts. Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is likely to occur at isolated places in many districts of Telangana.

It issued a red warning for some districts between 8:30 a.m. on July 12 and 8:30 p.m. on July 13. Heavy rains at a few places and very heavy rains with extremely heavy rains likely to occur at isolated places in Nirmal, Nizamabad, Mahabubabad, Warangal (rural), Warangal (urban), Jangaon, Mahabubabad and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri.

The IMD warned of flooding/waterlogging in many parts of low-lying areas and disruption of rail/road transport in few areas.

According to Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, Khanapur in Nirmal district recorded highest rainfall of 13 cm. Nagar Kurnool recorded 12 cm rainfall, Burgampadu and Aswapuram in Bhadradi Kothagudem district 10 cm each.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:11:24 +0530
Focus on fast socio economic development of entire NE Kishan Reddy

New Delhi, July 11

 Union Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister G. Kishan Reddy on Sunday said that socio-economic development of the entire northeastern region at a fast pace will be his key focus area.

Reviewing various developmental activities and programmes in the region, Reddy told officials that all ongoing projects should be completed in a stipulated time-frame.

"All pending projects should be resolved at the earliest through a proper consultation mechanism with other Ministries," he said.

Secretary DoNER Dr Inder Jit Singh and senior officials gave a comprehensive presentation to the Minister about all the projects, schemes and policies of the Ministry of DoNER in the two-day review session.

Earlier, after taking charge of the Ministry, Reddy had said that the kind of transformation that took place in the north east in the last seven years in all spheres of life under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is both incredible and unprecedented.

ians

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:04:39 +0530
Two alleged Al Qaeda linked terrorists held in Lucknow Police Lead

Lucknow, July 11

 The UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), in a major operation, has arrested two alleged terrorists, linked to Al Qaeda, from Kakori on the outskirts of Lucknow on Sunday.

The two alleged ultras were reportedly hiding in a house in Kakori area.

UP ATS IG G.K. Goswami, who led the seven-hour operation, told reporters that the suspects were planning serial blasts in the state capital and other cities in the coming days.

He said that arms, as well as live bombs including pressure cooker bombs, detonators and 6 to 7 kg of explosives had been recovered from the house.

A bomb disposal squad was summoned to the site and nearby houses were evacuated.

The ATS IG claimed that the suspects had links with Kashmir also.

Briefing reporters, ADG, Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said that the arrested persons had been identified as Minhaz Ansari, 32, and Maseeruddin, 50.

He said that based on information gathered from initial interrogation, raids were being conducted at various places to arrest their accomplices.

However, he refused to divulge the source that tipped them off about the terror plan.

The ADG said that the arrested persons were members of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a Kashmiri wing of Al Qaeda that is active in Jammu and Kashmir. The outfit was formerly led by Zakir Rashid Bhat who was eliminated by security forces.

He said that their handler was Umar Halmandi from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, who had radicalized the two.

The ATS team had received a tip-off about their presence and had been tracking them since the past one week.

A team led by IG ATS had closed in on their location and raided their houses.

The ADG said that the two arrested men would not be produced before the court and taken on remand for further investigations.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at all vital installations in the state including airports and checking at various highways and bus stations is being carried out.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 19:00:43 +0530
Afghan diplomats visits Taj Mahal amid weekend lockdown

Agra/New Delhi, July 11

 Diplomats from Afghanistan visited the Taj Mahal on Sunday morning and enjoyed their stay at the iconic monument amid the weekly lockdown imposed in the city on Saturday and Sunday to curb Covid-19 infections.

The Afghan delegation arrived in Agra on Saturday, visited Fatehpur Sikri the same day and the Taj Mahal on Sunday which remained open for specific time despite the weekend lockdown. However, tourists were not allowed entry during this time.

As many as 25 members of the Afghan delegation enjoyed their visit to the iconic Mughal-era mounument for nearly an hour, after which they went to the Agra Fort.

Apart from Assistant Superintending Archaeologist, Archaelogical Survey of India, R.K. Singh, ASI officials Rajkumar Kapoor and Prince Bajpai were present to receive the Afghan delegation. For nearly an hour, the Afghan diplomats witnessed the beauty of the Taj Mahal and also took photographs at the video platform, central tank and the main tomb.

After concluding their Agra visit, all diplomats returned to Delhi via the Yamuna Expressway.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 18:57:40 +0530
Saving lives more important than saving heritage Owaisi

Hyderabad, July 11

 Reiterating the demand for construction of new building of the Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday said that saving lives is more important than saving heritage.

"If you want to save heritage, save it, but if you want to save lives, and save money, we need a new building for Osmania Hospital," he said after inaugurating the 23-bed Covid ward at the Indo-US Hospital at Malakpet here.

During a visit to the Osmania Hospital last month, the MP demanded that the state government build a new hospital at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.

"If you want to keep the building, keep it; If you want to demolish it, do so," he had said.

Heritage activists, who have been urging the government to protect the heritage structure, had taken exception to the MP's remarks.

Owaisi, however, defended his stand, saying the condition of the Osmania Hospital is deteriorating with every passing day. He said the Osmania Hospital needs a built-up area of 20 lakh square feet.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief said that people criticising his party for supporting the Osmania Hospital's new building are neither aware of the situation at the hospital nor have ever visited it for treatment.

The MP said when the Chief Minister can demolish the Warangal Jail and build a hospital there, why can't he build a new building for the Osmania Hospital Medical College, which is the oldest medical college in the country and has given countless doctors in different disciplines.

"The annual number of surgeries has come down from 90,000 to 45,000 at the Osmania Hospital. We will not let the government escape the Osmania Hospital issue, by citing heritage concerns," he said.

Designed by Vincent Esch, the Osmania Hospital building on the banks of Musi River was completed in 1925.

Owaisi pointed out that the shortage of beds and ventilators led to loss of many lives during the second wave. "Covid treatment is expensive. And hospitals like these (Indo-US Hospital, Osmania Hospital) can help patients save their hard earned money during times of crises," he said.

He assured cooperation to the Sahayata Trust-run Indo-US Hospital to further improve healthcare infrastructure and Covid treatment facilities with the help of his MP fund.

Earlier, Owaisi went around the Covid-19 ward with Malakpet MLA Ahmed Balala. The facility is equipped with critical care specialists, 24x7 piped Oxygen, ventilators, bi-pap machines and additional oxygen cylinders in case of emergencies.

High quality oxygen concentrators with dual output, dialysis machines and even an in-house oxygen plant that is due for import on July 15 will provide best medical support to Covid patients.

Once operational, the oxygen plant funded by IMRC, US and implemented by the Sahayata Trust, which manages the hospital, will be able to provide 24x7 liquid medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients at the hospital. "In case of emergencies, free refills of oxygen cylinders will be provided by the Trust," said Sahayata Trust CEO Syed Aneesuddin.

He said another oxygen plant would come up at Toli Chowki in the city. Two new branches of the Indo-US Hospital are proposed in the city at Toli Chowki and Shah Ali Banda.

Aneesuddin thanked IMRC Chairman Manzoor Ghori for funding the Sahayata Trust projects. He said Indo-US Hospital has been offering treatment at subsidised prices for a long time.

Director of the Indo-US Hospital, Dr Mohammed Abdul Moiz said they trained specialists to follow Covid 19 guidelines issued by the Central government and the WHO.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 18:54:25 +0530
Woman kills 11 month ailing son after husband refuses to take him to doctor

New Delhi, July 11

 In a shocking incident, a woman strangulated her 11-month old ailing infant to death after her husband refused to take him to hospital, and then accused him of the crime, police said.

The police said that the case was a challenging one as both -- the mother and father -- accused each other of killing the infant.

The murder was reported on Thursday from south Delhi's Fatehpur Beri area and the accused woman was arrested on Sunday after confessing during the investigation.

The police said Jyoti, 26, used a 'dupatta' (stole) to strangulate the infant to frame her husband Satveer as she did not have cordial relations with him, as he "didn't like her" and they used to argue a lot.

Jyoti disclosed that she had a quarrel with her husband on Thursday at around 3.30 p.m. She also stated that her 11 month-old son was suffering from fever and Satveer refused to take him to a doctor, police said.

Two separate PCR calls were received within an hour from the family of both Jyoti and Satveer.

Jyoti's family claimed that the baby was murdered by his own father at Dera village.

Subsequent PCR calls were also received wherein it was mentioned that the caller's 'Bhabhi' (sister-in-law) murdered her son at Dera village.

A case was registered at the Fatehpur Beri police station and further investigation was taken up.

A police team found that the child was taken to the Apex Hospital, Chattarpur by his father and other relatives.

Keeping in view of the gravity of offence, a team comprising Sub-Inspectors Satyender Gulia, Rajesh Kumar, and Rishikesh along with Assistant Sub-Inspector Ashwani, Head Constable Naresh Kumar and Constables Lal Singh, Balvir, Jaiveer, and Praveen was constituted under the supervision of Inspector Kuldeep Singh.

"Detailed investigation was taken up using CCTV footage from the village, call records, and statements of witnesses. This revealed that the mother had committed the crime," said the police.

Jyoti, a resident of Ritoz village in Gurugram, was subsequently arrested. She was married to Satveer in 2011, when she was 16 years old.
 

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Sun, 11 Jul 2021 18:50:28 +0530
Jammu Kashmir Lt Governor meets Governor Koshyari

The Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Sunday (11 July). This was a courtesy meeting.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 18:02:56 +0530
Governor releases Annual Report of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan

Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari released the Annual Report of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Vaidyakiya Pratishthan for the block year 2015-20 at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Sunday (11th July).

The foundation which runs the Dr Hedgewar Rugnalaya at Aurangabad among various other medical institutions is a well-known service organization working in the area of medical service to the poor.

Anil Bhalerao, Chairman of the Foundation, Vinod Bhimrajka, Vice Chairman, Dr Anant Pandhare, Medical Director, Ramesh Tainwala, Sunil Kejriwal, Ravindra Sanghvi and members of the Foundation were present. 

In his address, the Governor appreciated the extraordinary work of the Pratishthan in the medical field and advised the institution to ramp up its facilities to newer levels. He appealed to the resourceful people to come forward to work for the ‘Antyodaya’ concept as guided by Deendayal Upadhyay.

Philanthropists supporting Dr Hedgewar Hospital were felicitated by the Governor on the occasion.

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 16:51:57 +0530
Will Zomato become a trailblazer for start up IPOs

Ram Suresh

When food delivery firm Zomato kicks off its initial public offering (IPO) this week it would add another feather in the cap of Indian capital markets. The share sale is expected to be a trend-setter for start-ups as well as the stock market, reminiscent of Infosys’s listing nearly 30 years ago which paved the way for a spate of software services companies and drew droves of new investors to the equity cult.

Much water has flowed over the past many years. Businesses and perceptions have undergone revolutionary changes. Giant strides in communications technologies such as the Internet have brought markets closer. Perhaps the biggest impact has been in the spawning of a new breed of entrepreneurs – who had imaginative ideas but little cash.

Sensing an opportunity, venture capital and private equity funds promptly stepped in to back the entrepreneurial talent. Sure enough, many investments had to be written off, but some hit the jackpot. The success stories have created visions of glory at some point in the future. The phenomenon underscores overwhelming confidence in the dream.

There is a good reason for new-age start-ups to conjure visions of celebrity status. Take Facebook for instance. The social networking site made Mark Zuckerberg a household name worldwide after he led a group of Harvard University students to launch the company in 2004. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, was founded in a garage by Jeff Bezos in 1994.

Both Facebook and Amazon commanded high valuations, even before they started making profits, reflecting broader investor confidence in the outlook for the companies. Zuckerberg and Bezos have become billionaires thanks to their holdings in their respective companies. While Facebook took five years to turn in a profit, Amazon trudged seven years to get in the black.

Like many things in India, the authorities here have been painstakingly slow to grasp newer developments and usher in enabling provisions to keep pace with the world. While start-ups in the West could easily list on the bourses there and grew by leaps and bounds, rigid regulations in India such as profits for a minimum number of years as a must to access public capital effectively shut them out from the stock market here.

Despite the handicap, India is home to a large number of start-ups, all funded by private equity and venture capital. There were about 100 “unicorns” in India with a combined market value of $240 billion, spanning sectors from e-commerce and fintech to education, logistics and food delivery, global investment bank Credit Suisse Group AG said in a March report. Unicorn refers to a start-up that has a market value of $1 billion or more.

Although it will take years for start-ups to start making profits, there is no dearth of fund flow into these companies and some Indian start-ups are listed overseas. According to one estimate, Indian start-ups raised nearly $11 billion between January and June this year, mostly from private equity.

The much-awaited share issue by Zomata will be the first major offering by a start-up in India after the authorities eased the rules for IPOs. The public sale, which opens on July 14, aims to raise as much as Rs.9,375 crore, or about $1.3 billion at the current exchange rate. The company’s losses dropped to Rs.816 crore in the year ended March 31, 2021, from Rs.2,386 crore in the previous year and compared with Rs.1,010 crore in 2018-19. “Our losses will continue, given significant investments expected towards growing our business,” Zomato said in its IPO filing document.

Although food delivery is a rapidly growing business, it is impossible to predict when companies will begin to rake in profits or whether Zomato would survive in the longer term.

Still, a successful share sale would open the flood gates to many other start-ups waiting in the wings. Fintech firm Paytm, e-retailer Nykaa, online insurance platform Policybazaar and logistics firm Delhivery are some of the companies in the queue. Education start-up Byju’s may also be tempted to speed up plans for its IPO.

Giving these companies the opportunity to list on the stock market will provide early investors like private equity and venture capitalists an easier exit route, and bring in new retail and institutional investors. The listings can also pave the way for sovereign and pension funds to buy stakes in such companies, further broadening the investor base.

In 1993, when Infosys launched its IPO, few people understood the software services business. It was a new, untested idea. Many investors who took the risk and bought shares in the IPO were amply rewarded, and the company catapulted the country onto the world stage.

There is a good chance the start-up IPOs could make a difference. With luck, home-grown companies may become leaders in their sectors, and live up to the Atmanirbhar Bharat aspirations.

“The coming mega IPOs of home-grown start-ups testify to the vigour of the Indian start-up ecosystem and the maturing of the capital markets,” the Economic Times wrote in a recent editorial.

“Successful listing of these companies will be a huge morale booster for Indian start-ups.”

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 15:27:19 +0530
Adieu to a top bureaucrat

K.P. Sasi Nair (newsmediaeye@gmail.com)

www.mediaeyenews.com

K Nalinakshan was a rare breed among bureaucrats who championed a hands-on approach in any job he was entrusted with. He would eagerly roll up his sleeves and wade into a crisis with abandon. Little surprise his affable character and boundless energy rubbed off on his team and enabled him to accomplish many success stories.

The aloof laid-back style preferred by many civil servants was not his cup of tea.

When the Shipping Corporation of India tanker Lala Lajpat Rai caught fire in the 1980s while anchored at the oil jetty of Mumbai port, he was the General Manager of Bombay Port Trust. He swung into action on a war footing to organise rescue and other operations, working through the day and late nights untiringly. The fire was eventually put out after foreign experts were called in, but it was the Nalinakshan-led team’s proactive action to tug the burning tanker away into a deeper sea that prevented a major disaster to the harbour.

Nalinakshan, aged 79, passed away in Mumbai on Friday, leaving behind a legion of admirers in the corridors of power and beyond. As Urban Development Secretary from 1995-1999, the 1967-batch IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre was the architect of several innovative policies in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) such as development control rules. He later became the BMC Commissioner.

In a colourful career spanning more than 35 years, he was the chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Nhava Seva and adorned several top-level positions including Additional Chief Secretary of Transport and Excise in Maharashtra.

“His smiling face, pleasant disposition, proactive approach to problem-solving were all praiseworthy qualities,” P.S. Nair, CEO and Executive Director of GMR Airports in New Delhi, told Mediaeye. “We shall greatly miss him.”

Nair, who was earlier a top official at the Airports Authority of India, recalled Nalinakshan’s efforts as the Chief Executive of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to speed up the ground for the international airport that is now coming up in New Mumbai. Known for his “ever readiness to help the needy at all times”, Nalinakshan was always anguished about wasted opportunities caused by the prolonged decision-making process.

“I vividly recollect the passionate discussions we used to have on the undue delay of the second airport when I was posted as the Mumbai Airport Director in the late 1990s,” he said.

Speaking to Mediaeye, Dhanalaxmi Bank Director P.K. Vijayakumar said Nalinakshan was a “deeply spiritual and blessed person with a heart of gold”. Vijayakumar, who had retired as the Director-General of Income Tax, based in Kerala, had a long association with Nalinakshan.

Vivek Nair, Co-Chief Executive Officer of HLV Ltd that owns the Hotel Leela in Mumbai, knew the veteran bureaucrat well. “He had an uncanny knack to untangle knotty issues. His quick decision-making and foresight played a big role in the developments you see in this big city and beyond.”

A native of Kozhikode, Kerala, Nalinakshan was a brilliant student through school and college, in both studies and extracurricular activities such as public speaking, debates and dramas, retired Kerala High Court Justice N. Hema recalled about her favourite cousin. A product of Malabar Christian College, he was also a keen football player.

He worked as a lecturer at Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, affiliated with the University of Calicut, where GMR’s Nair was one of his students.

When he first cracked the civil services exam, he was picked in the Indian Police Service and did a stint as Assistant Superintendent of Police in Kerala. He got into the IAS later.

Popular with his colleagues, Nalinakshan headed the IAS Association for many years. After his retirement in 2002, the veteran bureaucrat settled down in Churchgate near Mumbai’s picturesque Marine Drive. Always jovial he was often seen hitting the gym. A deeply spiritual man, he leaves behind his wife, three sons, their spouses and grandchildren.

“He was a role model for us,” Anil Sukumaran, a businessman from Kozhikode and close acquaintance, told Mediaeye. “The light has gone out.”

Sun, 11 Jul 2021 14:57:48 +0530
Adieu to a top bureaucrat

K.P. Sasi Nair

www.mediaeyenews.com

K Nalinakshan was a rare breed among bureaucrats who championed a hands-on approach in any job he was entrusted with. He would eagerly roll up his sleeves and wade into a crisis with abandon. Little surprise his affable character and boundless energy rubbed off on his team and enabled him to accomplish many success stories.

The aloof laid-back style preferred by many civil servants was not his cup of tea.

When the Shipping Corporation of India tanker Lala Lajpat Rai caught fire in the 1980s while anchored at the oil jetty of Mumbai port, he was the General Manager of Bombay Port Trust. He swung into action on a war footing to organise rescue and other operations, working through the day and late nights untiringly. The fire was eventually put out after foreign experts were called in, but it was the Nalinakshan-led team’s proactive action to tug the burning tanker away into a deeper sea that prevented a major disaster to the harbour.

Nalinakshan, aged 79, passed away in Mumbai on Friday, leaving behind a legion of admirers in the corridors of power and beyond. As Urban Development Secretary from 1995-1999, the 1967-batch IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre was the architect of several innovative policies in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) such as development control rules. He later became the BMC Commissioner.

In a colourful career spanning more than 35 years, he was the chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Nhava Seva and adorned several top-level positions including Additional Chief Secretary of Transport and Excise in Maharashtra.

“His smiling face, pleasant disposition, proactive approach to problem-solving were all praiseworthy qualities,” P.S. Nair, CEO and Executive Director of GMR Airports in New Delhi, told Mediaeye. “We shall greatly miss him.”

Nair, who was earlier a top official at the Airports Authority of India, recalled Nalinakshan’s efforts as the Chief Executive of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) to speed up the ground for the international airport that is now coming up in New Mumbai. Known for his “ever readiness to help the needy at all times”, Nalinakshan was always anguished about wasted opportunities caused by the prolonged decision-making process.

“I vividly recollect the passionate discussions we used to have on the undue delay of the second airport when I was posted as the Mumbai Airport Director in the late 1990s,” he said.

Speaking to Mediaeye, Dhanalaxmi Bank Director P.K. Vijayakumar said Nalinakshan was a “deeply spiritual and blessed person with a heart of gold”. Vijayakumar, who had retired as the Director-General of Income Tax, based in Kerala, had a long association with Nalinakshan.

Vivek Nair, Co-Chief Executive Officer of HLV Ltd that owns the Hotel Leela in Mumbai, knew the veteran bureaucrat well. “He had an uncanny knack to untangle knotty issues. His quick decision-making and foresight played a big role in the developments you see in this big city and beyond.”

A native of Kozhikode, Kerala, Nalinakshan was a brilliant student through school and college, in both studies and extracurricular activities such as public speaking, debates and dramas, retired Kerala High Court Justice N. Hema recalled about her favourite cousin. A product of Malabar Christian College, he was also a keen football player.

He worked as a lecturer at Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, affiliated with the University of Calicut, where GMR’s Nair was one of his students.

When he first cracked the civil services exam, he was picked in the Indian Police Service and did a stint as Assistant Superintendent of Police in Kerala. He got into the IAS later.

Popular with his colleagues, Nalinakshan headed the IAS Association for many years. After his retirement in 2002, the veteran bureaucrat settled down in Churchgate near Mumbai’s pic