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Harsh Goenka wants this vehicle to travel in his crowded city

12 hours ago  
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After sharing his experience of having a restaurant-like eat-in at home, business tycoon Harsh Goenka recently took to Twitter to share a unique video that is going viral for all the right reasons. Goenka shared a video where a man can be seen riding what appears to be a hoverboard on a crowded street. Since being shared, the post has garnered all sorts of comments. Here's what Harsh Goenka tweeted: This is what I need to travel in my crowded city. So cool! pic.twitter.com/n1Arl8DYVl — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 6, 2020 In the 51-seconds video, a young man can be seen riding a self-balancing electric scooter amid heavy traffic. As the video moves further, the man can be seen maneuvering through traffic. While sharing the video, Goenka said, "This is what I need to travel in my crowded city. So cool!" Although many loved the idea of having a personal transporter like the one in the video, few raised questions about its safety while using it in heavy traffic. Several others sa..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: Chembur couple's homemade snacks keep cops going

19 hours ago  
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At a time when the city's police force is working day and night to ensure that lockdown rules are strictly implemented, a Chembur-based couple has taken up the responsibility to ensure they don't go hungry due to too much work pressure and also feel energetic through the day. For over three months now, Rosemond D'Souza, 48, and Sweety D'Souza, 45, have been distributing tea and snacks among officers on duty at nakabandi checkpoints across the city and they manage to serve at least 100 cops a day. While Rosemond is a civil contractor, Sweety is a homemaker. Between 3 pm and 7 pm everyday they pack and take the snacks in their car to various nakabandi checkpoints, including Mankhurd, Chembur and Wadala. Speaking to mid-day, the couple said, "Looking at the way the cops are doing their duty since the lockdown was imposed, we decided to help them out. Initially we thought of distributing cold drinks but then realised it would not be suitable in the current situation. So we decided to prep..
                 

Harvard, MIT sue ICE to protect int'l students from 'illegal' rules

19 hours ago  
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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall. A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two educational institutions filed a lawsuit in District Court in Boston on Wednesday morning against the two federal agencies. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar the DHS and ICE from the enforcing federal rules that will force international students to leave the US. Lawrence Bacow, president, Harvard University 'It's bad public policy, illegal'Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow said in an email to affiliates, "We believe the ICE order is bad public policy, and that it is illegal. We'll pursue this case vigorously so that our international students — and thos..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: 'We have money only for a few weeks of groceries,' say lawyers

19 hours ago  
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Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, income has stopped for several professionals, including lawyers who are among the sections that has taken the worst hit. Those who earned lakhs practising law are now struggling to make ends meet. One of them is even considering pulling his son out of school for a year if the situation doesn't improve. The Bar Council of India recently filed a writ petition in Supreme Court, seeking direction to the Finance Ministry and State Chief Secretaries to provide financial assistance, including disbursal of soft loans of at least R3 lakh each, to the advocates facing financial difficulties in the wake of the unprecedented global crisis. "At present, about 16 lakh advocates are enrolled with the different State Bar Councils in the country. A large number of advocates have enrolled and started practice over the past 10 years. These advocates are solely dependent on the regular, though meagre, income they get from appearing in different courts and various tribunals as..
                 

Mumbai lockdown: 'If parlours can open, why not gymnasiums?' ask gym owners

19 hours ago  
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As several industries get the green light to open with certain guidelines, gym owners and top tier management of exercise studios, are searching in vain for any signs that they will be allowed to open, even partially. With salons being allowed to operate from last week, the All India Gym Owners Association and fitness professionals under the umbrella name 'India Active!' met with the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari, to push for their cause. The meeting took place via a webinar on Wednesday. Gym owners are afraid they will have to permanently shut shop if they are not allowed to open soon Nikhil Kakkar, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gold's Gym India said, "As an industry, we were one of the first to close down, and are sure to be one of the last to reopen. We need to open, of course with adherence to strict guidelines and provisions. We have just witnessed hotels being allowed to reopen with certain norms. If salons have been allowed to open with certain g..
                 

Mumbai: 'Lockdown worse than Emergency for taxi drivers,' says Taximen's Union leader

19 hours ago  
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The lockdown was worse for taxi drivers than the controversial Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) that had been enforced during the Emergency in the 1970s, said Mumbai Taximen's Union leader, Anthony L Quadros, at the Transport Task Force meeting held at the Andheri transport office on Wednesday. He pointed out that he had witnessed trying times back then. The task force has been constituted by the Maharashtra government to look into reopening public transport modes under Mission Begin Again, and one of its first meetings with all transport stakeholders proved to be quite fiery, with taxi and auto unions calling for immediate re-opening of their businesses to save them. 'Waive off auto loans'While the taxi unions called for a fare hike from the minimum Rs 22 to Rs 25 and monthly financial compensation, the Mumbai Automen's Union leader Shashank Sharad Rao said that all auto drivers should be given a monthly sum of R10,000 to bail themselves out, also calling for a waiver of au..
                 

COVID-19: Mumbai Metropolitan Region active cases doubled in 15 days; meet to decide on lockdown today

19 hours ago  
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The number of COVID-19 cases in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has doubled in the past 15 days with the number of active cases being 50 per cent more than that of Mumbai. While all the municipal corporations in MMR are under lockdown and four commissioners were replaced two weeks ago, the numbers worryingly continue to rise unabated. Mumbai has been recording lesser daily numbers for the past month with 29,720 active cases on June 22, which came down to 23,359 on July 7. On the other hand, the number of active cases increased from 16,929 to 35,541 in the MMR during the same period. SJ Kunte, additional chief secretary Most of the cities in the MMR are currently under lockdown. "After the relaxing of the lockdown, people started wandering in public places or meeting in groups. It spread the virus rapidly. The lockdown helps to cut the chain of spread," said S J Kunte, additional chief secretary and in-charge of MMR for COVID-19 management. "Even if a lockdown is there, employ..
                 

Warna Herzog ho jayenge hum!

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Stylistically an Indian film lately that's come closest to the master Werner Herzog's latest, Family Romance, LLC (that premiered on Mubi app) is Prateek Vats's Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) — the title refers to the sound that the lead-character makes to ward off wild monkeys in posh New Delhi for a living. This guy is an under-study of an actual veteran in the profession, who's been cast for the said role. Of course, there are many examples of Indian films with non-professional actors, right from Sairaat to Salaam Bombay; why, even Pather Panchali. The lead character Ishii Yuichi in Herzog's Family Romance, LLC, though runs an agency that supplies stand-in human beings for anybody you want — from a father, work-mate, lottery-winning messenger, to the paparazzi. You could call them relationship equivalents of sex-workers, I guess. In an ironic interpretation of acting that involves playing characters, Yuichi plays himself. He actually runs the agency the film in Japanese, set in J..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Chembur teen drowns in swollen pond

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Heavy rain and strong winds lashed the city for the fourth day in a row. Several tree-falls were reported on Tuesday and a boy, aged 16, was killed. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, said rain activity was expected to lessen on Wednesday but will pick up pace again from Thursday. Part of a house collapsed in Sharda Niwas, Bhandup West. Pic/Datta Kumbhar According to IMD Mumbai, the observatory in Colaba recorded 49.4mm rainfall until 5.30 pm, while the one in Santacruz recorded 45.2mm. Though the rainfall recorded on Tuesday is lesser compared to Saturday's, when the IMD had issued a Red alert; there were strong winds and an intense spell of rains for a long time at different places in the city. "Intense clouds around Mumbai and around as seen from the radar and satellite images. Intense rainfall was expected over Mumbai and around with pauses in between," tweeted K S Hosalikar, deputy director general of meteorology, India MET Department, Mumbai. "Due to active monso..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Heavy downpour with gusty winds hit city, Thane

2 days ago  
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Heavy downpour coupled with gusty winds continued in Mumbai and surrounding areas on Tuesday. Incidents of water-logging and uprooting of trees were also reported from several areas. The city has been witnessing incessant rains from the past three days, resulting in water-logging in several low-lying areas. #MumbaiRains |Tree uprooted near Beauty Shop, SV Road, Kandivali. Vehicular movement slowed down.Video by Twitter user @vyomraja #MumbaiRainsWithMidday@mybmc @RoadsOfMumbai @MNCDFbombay pic.twitter.com/Xsx14izK2H — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 7, 2020 Monsoon Activity In The Past 24 Hours According to Skymet, Santacruz observatory recorded 30mm rain, whereas Colaba observatory recorded 13mm in the past 24 hours. Although the weather was cloudy, many parts of the city received light to moderate rains. What IMD Says The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that Mumbai and its neighbouring areas are likely to receive 'intermittent intense' showers at isolated places..
                 

COVID-19 in Mumbai: Man who was made to move dead woman's body tests positive

2 days ago  
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Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) faces allegations of negligence in handling COVID-19 patients, the relative of a woman who died at Kandivli’s Shatabdi hospital on July 2, tested positive days after he was forced to help her son wrap her body without following proper safety measures. After he underwent a swab test on July 4, fearing that he might have contracted the virus, the results came positive the following day. MID-DAY had reported on July 4 on how some Shatabdi hospital staff made 21-year-old Kunal Utekar wrap his mother’s (Pallavi Utekar) body without following proper safety measures. Kunal had called his 30-year-old cousin to help him lift the body from the ward and put it on a stretcher. They had taken help from two other hospital staffers. Kunal Utekar and Pallavi Utekar. File pics Fearing that he might have contracted the virus after handling the body, the cousin, a Borivli resident, underwent a swab test on July 4 and the following day the r..
                 

Putting good sense above sentiment

2 days ago  
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Slam bang in the midst of the pandemic came the news of a conflict arising out of a pending border dispute with China. While this may seem sudden, the economic war for commercial supremacy has been fought continuously since China's liberalisation in 1976 and India's economic liberalisation in 1991, with China becoming much stronger than India today. China became a $1 trillion economy in 1996 while India touched the same level in the year 2000. Today, 20 years later, India is still at $2.5 trillion, while China overtook this figure long ago, to create a huge gap and has touched $13 trillion now. This is a gap like Usain Bolt and his nearest rival in the 100m race. According to the Indian Department of Commerce, it is very difficult to replace Chinese products immediately. Just some statistics will show that in the smartphone market, Chinese brands are very popular in each price segment and enjoy almost 72 per cent of the total market share, Smart TVs has 45 per cent, other home applianc..
                 

Over 1 crore COVID-19 tests done so far, says ICMR as India becomes 3rd worst-hit country

3 days ago  
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After recording over 24,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, India surpassed Russia to become the third-worst affected country by the global pandemic. India is now behind Brazil, which has over 15 lakh cases, and the US has more than 28 lakh cases. A list of states with over 11,000 COVID cases. Picture/Twitter COVIDNewsByMIB As India reels under the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that so far, the country has conducted over 10 million (1 crore) tests to diagnose Coronavirus. An official from ICMR said that about 1,80,596 samples were tested on July 5 in the country with a total of 1,00,04,101 samples being tested till date. Over 10 million COVID-19 tests done so far: ICMR https://t.co/JyovBUGH7I — ICMR (@ICMRDELHI) July 6, 2020 A senior ICMR official said, in the last 14 days, average tests were 2.15 lakh (2,15,655) and in the last five days, one million tests have been conducted," reports ANI. So far, five states which h..
                 

mid-day for 1. and all

3 days ago  
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IntroducingThe Mid-day Digital Tabloid Flip pages of the edition with a smooth swipe; zoom in to deliciously vivid photographs; watch stories come alive with animated visual vocabulary. And go back to an old article you loved and want to share by simply dipping into archives. All this at an unbelievable price of just Re 1/day. Pay July 17 onwards. Until then, the treat's on us. To enjoy reading Mid-day for free, click here: https://epaper3.mid-day.com/ Thank you for being part of the 10-crore Mid-day reader family over the last 3 months.- Team Mid-day The newspaper for all things #MadeInMumbai Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and a complete guide from food to things to do and events across Mumbai. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news..
                 

Chaos is a ladder, the climb is all there is

3 days ago  
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The ever-growing pandemic has given Maharashtra's politicians and bureaucrats vast grounds to disagree with each other on, disown their failures and find scapegoats. Things don't seem to be moving in one direction with so many power centres working simultaneously and with zero coordination. The constituents of the three-party government are content to bicker over matters that demand urgent resolution, which may not be perfect but can at least bail out the government and citizens, instead of complicating matters further. It has become more of a situation wherein some powerful people appear to be attempting backseat driving and claiming credit when their manoeuvres succeed. Needless to say failures are disowned and the blame is shifted to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, simply because he heads the government and is assumed to have approved of such 'failed' decisions. The scenario has become fodder for the Bharatiya Janata Party which says that the MVA partners are hell bent on seeing Th..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: 1,400 Mumbai patients to get Remdesivir

3 days ago  
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After being caught up in the tendering process, medical equipment and supplies have finally reached some civic hospitals. A portion of the supply of Remdesivir, enough for 1,400 patients, reached them on Sunday, and the civic body could soon float another tender for more. While the rapid antigen tests started in the city two days ago, the testing rate is below 500 samples a day, and so far 40 quarantine patients have tested positive. P Velarasu, additional municipal commissioner, said the civic body has ordered Remdesivir as per the requirement for 3-4 days. "We have purchased Remdesivir that is sufficient for 1,400 patients. We bought it at competitive rates of R4,200 per unit from Hetero. However, after two weeks, we will test the market and if there are more players, we will float another tender to purchase it at a better rate," he said. The BMC conducting swab tests in Mahim Other drug to be procuredVelarasu added that a similar strat-egy is in place for purchase of Favi-pravir, th..
                 

Let's forget about picnics till COVID-19 lasts

3 days ago  
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Five people, including one teenager, drowned at a waterfall, a report said in this paper. Their bodies were fished out after an hours-long search operation. The report detailed that at least 13 persons went to a waterfall for a picnic. Two persons trying to take a selfie fell into the water, three others tried to save them, and eventually, all of them drowned. Unfortunate reports like these crop up just as the rains begin to shower their bounty and the weather turns from hot and humid to cool and pleasant. The land turns green and beckons picnickers for breaks or getaways to recharge and go back to the routine. This time though, there is a huge difference. Pandemic and picnics do not go together. The latter means a group — small or big, it does not matter — and travelling to the designated picnic spot together, so this totals to social distancing sent out of the window, anyway. It will also be difficult to wear masks on picnics, there will be contact while taking pictures ..
                 

Unbridled joy of thumkas and TikTok

4 days ago  
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It is a filmi coincidence, that the Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan died in the same week that the government saw it fit to ban TikTok. Growing up, to admit that you listened to 'Hindi music' was a social shame. Hindi films were infra dig, considered unsophisticated and vulgar, for the very things that made them pleasurable—songs, dances, melodrama, desi excess. The 1990s changed that in many ways. One of them was Saroj Khan. Her choreography transformed Bollywood dance—more bhava, more vigour, more adaa, but most of all, more body. Women were sexual, androgynous, expressive, their body language frank. And, she had a secret sauce—the hook step, the dancing memes of the dancing queen. The hook step did not just galvanise filmi fortunes, it transformed India. It gave us a key to unlock the dance, to replicate it behind closed doors or on dance floors, to absorb and express sexual frankness, libidinal exuberance, our human selves, common people's pleasures, which..
                 

Sacred footprints and footwear

4 days ago  
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In the Mahabharata, there is the story that the sun-god invented the footwear, and the parasol, to protect people's feet from getting burnt on the ground heated by the summer sun. Sages were angry with the sun as their wives were complaining and were planning to take away the sun's heat. In art, the sun-god is shown wearing boots up to the knee. This was introduced to India by Kushan kings about 2,000 years ago. When we talk of footwear, one of the most famous stories we get is of Ram. Ram goes to the forest in exile. His stepmother demands that her son should be king of Ayodhya instead. Ram goes to the forest without remorse or regret. His brother, Bharat, however, on learning that the kingdom has been given to him through his mother's political manipulations, rejects the kingdom. He goes to Ram, and insists that he returns and becomes king. Ram says that he has given his word to his father that he will live in the forest for 14 years. Therefore, Bharat insists that Ram should symboli..
                 

Akshay Kumar's chopper ride to Nashik raises eyebrows

4 days ago  
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Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar's chopper ride to Nashik and his overnight stay in a resort amid Coronavirus restrictions, has landed him in a controversy. Four days after Kumar visited the holy town, Nashik guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal has asked the district police and district collector to probe the permissions granted to the actor and violations, if any. Bhujbal said in Nashik on Saturday that he did not know about the actor's visit on July 1, but he received complaints that the actor's travel could be in violation of the current rules. "Anybody can visit here. There should be no problem as long as it is a valid reason and they have permission. But I received complaints asking me about the permission granted for a helicopter landing and boarding at a luxury resort. I have asked the police and district collector to probe and find out violation, if any," said the minister. When asked about the travelling permissions, Vishwas Nangre-Patil, Nashik Police Commissioner, replied, "H..
                 

Coronavirus Outbreak: 18-year-old's DIY COVID-19-themed prom dress goes viral

4 days ago  
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Peyton Manker, a student from Illinois, has been making waves on social media for designing a one-of-a-kind prom dress. Her mum, Suzy, shared photos of a dress she created single-handedly, using 41 rolls of duct-tape for the Stuck at Prom contest. The competition challenges those graduating high-school to make their own prom attire using as much duct tape as possible. The winner gets a scholarship of $10,000 (about R7.5 lakh) and the results will be announced on July 21. The 18-year-old decided to create her dress around the Coronavirus pandemic. "I decided to make the dress based on the pandemic because I knew no one in the competition was going to be able to re-create it. I knew it would stand out in that way, and wanted it to be based on what was happening in the world," she told Insider Magazine. The teen's prom was cancelled, so, she never got to wear it in front of her schoolmates. However, the whole world knows about it now as her mother's post has been shared over 2.5 lakh time..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Mumbaikars share rain photos as heavy downpour continues in city

5 days ago  
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As the city continues to witness heavy downpour, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that no water-logging was reported from Andheri subway, Hindmata and King Circle. While water-logging was reported at Dahisar Subway, the water has now receded. The civic body have deployed staff at Andheri Subway in case of any water logging. BMC staff have been deployed at Andheri Subway in case of any water logging. Presently, there is no water logging at the Andheri subway.#AtMumbaisService#MyBMCUpdates pic.twitter.com/9Ot6wNuW1C — माà¤Âà¥Â€ Mumbai, à¤Â†पलà¥Â€ BMC (@mybmc) July 4, 2020 Private weather agency Skymet's founder Jatin Singh said that there has been heavy rainfall in the northern parts of Mumbai today. In an earlier tweet, the Skymet director said that Juhu, Santacruz and Joge..
                 

A one-sided test of loyalty

5 days ago  
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Loyalty is an overused term in corporate India. It is bandied about by HR executives who insist that our companies are on our side. We are asked to be team players, think about the bigger picture, work as one towards profits for the whole, and promptly tossed aside minutes after a crisis appears. I watched this scenario play out repeatedly over the past months, as friends and colleagues were summarily let go by organisations they had devoted years of their lives to. Some were given a month's notice, others sacked with no salary, still others denied what was rightfully theirs via insidious tools like 'variable pay' thought up by immoral managers for precisely these conditions. It is impossible to deny that COVID-19 has damaged the global economy in ways that few of us are qualified to understand. Economists the world over are struggling to find answers in the dark, so dismissing the real loss of income that companies are facing would be a facile argument to make. I still can't fathom wh..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Low-lying areas water-logged for over two hours

5 days ago  
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Heavy rainfall combined with a high tide led to water-logging in a number of low-lying areas of the city on Friday. Colaba and Santacruz received 317.4 mm and 174.6 mm of rain respectively, till 8.30 pm. A landslide took place on Worli Hill Road but no one was injured. The 4.41-metre high tide took place around 10.50 am on Friday. The southern part and western suburbs of the city received heavy rainfall from 10 am to 11 am. Sion became water-logged within hours of heavy rain on Friday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Areas like Hindmata, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Bindu Madhav Junction, Dhobi Ghat of Cuff Parade, Chira Bazaar, Byculla police station, E-Mozes Road, Sion Road, Gandhi Market and Andheri Subway remained water-logged for more than two hours. Children seem to have made the most of the water-logged road at Null Bazaar near Kumbharwada on Friday. Pic/Bipin Kokate Twenty-four tree fall complaints also came in from different parts of the city, of which 10 were from the southern part, five from th..
                 

Mumbai rains: Heavy showers cause water-logging in low-lying areas

6 days ago  
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After overnight showers, Mumbai and its suburbs woke up to heavy rain on Friday, which caused water-logging in many low-lying areas and affected road traffic movement. Due to water-logging, traffic has been diverted in Parel, Hindmata, Gol Deul, and Sion. Flooding was also reported in Cuffe Parade, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Worli, Dadar, Chira Bazaar, Masjid Bunder, and surroundings. In the suburbs, waterlogging was reported in Andheri forcing closure of the subway, and vehicle movement had slowed down in Borivali, Malad, and Jogeshwari areas. Heavy Rains witnessed in Navi Mumbai. Twitter user @salishatalwar shared this visual from her location.Use #MumbaiRainsWithMidday and share with rain updates from your locality and we will retweet them. #MumbaiRains #RainUpdate https://t.co/cyrOLZ1QjB — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 3, 2020 Heavy showers, often accompanied by thunder, were witnessed in Mumbai and the suburbs, besides Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts. Most ..
                 

Mumbaikars observe 30 min blackout to protest against 'crippling' electricity bills

6 days ago  
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FOR citizens who have been thrown into a tizzy with what they claim are high electricity bills, there seems to be no way out. Between 8 pm to 8.30 pm on Thursday, some groups of citizens called for a blackout, switching off all electrical appliances and lights as a silent statement against what they call "crippling" electricity bills, during the pandemic. Godfrey Pimenta, trustee, Mumbai's Watchdog Foundation, which is leading this movement, said, "It is a symbolic gesture to register our protest with electricity services. Ideally, we would have taken to the streets and held a demonstration outside the service provider's office. But because of restricted mobility, one way to showcase the larger sentiment sweeping across the city is this." Pimenta added that he "was taken aback when I got a bill for Rs 29,000 for May and June for my home." He usually gets a bill of approximately R10,000 a month during summer and lower in the other months. "I asked Adani Electricity how it had arrived at..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier

6 days ago  
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As high as a kite A white aircraft makes for a contrasting image with kites in the Bandra skyline on Thursday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar Causing a flutter in Navi Mumbai Navi Mumbai had a rather unique visitor earlier this week. The Red Helen species of butterflies was sighted for the first time ever in the satellite city. Dr V Shubhalaxmi, co-founder of iNaturewatch Foundation, told this diarist that she had spotted the winged beauty with her team when they had gone to Khargar for plantation work recently. She said that the butterfly is a local migrant that flies from a higher altitude to a lower one during the monsoon. It's native to the Sahyadris, and is common in places like Matheran. Shubhalaxmi said, "It descends to a lower level when the rain gets heavy, and though I have spotted it at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park before, this is the first recording of it in Navi Mumbai. It has the same width as the Blue Mormon, the state butterfly of Maharashtra, and we were all very excited when ..
                 

COVID-19 in Mumbai: How officials are tackling the spike in Bandra

7 days ago  
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After a spurt in COVID-19 cases especially in residential areas last month, apart from the civic body's regulations, officials of the H West ward have taken up measures to deal with the pandemic more efficiently. While vendors have been asked to maintain health certificates that are updated weekly, the ward is remotely updating COVID-19-related data on a software that is accurate and less time-consuming. The software, 'H West COVID 19 Information Centre', implemented last month, allows ward officials to upload and update information about every COVID-19 patient, including details of high-risk contacts. Vinayak Vispute, assistant municipal commissioner of the ward, said, "There is a lot of fieldwork involved and ward officials also have to report the data collected. This was taking a lot of time and led to repetitions. Through the software, officials fill up a form through an app to upload data." He added that while most of the software is functional, linking with hospitals and a couple..
                 

Mumbai: Two months on, last Shramik train chugs out

7 days ago  
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The Railways flagged off the last Shramik special train from the city — Mumbai CSMT-Manipur — which left at 10 pm on Tuesday. CR chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar confirmed that there were no pending demands for more Shramik trains with the railways from the state. The entire saga of Shramik specials began on May 1 - Labour Day with the first train from Maharashtra leaving for Bhopal, a short route and ended on June 30 with the train leaving for Jiribam (Assam) from Mumbai, one of the longest routes. A Shramik special train leaving from Bhiwandi station to Gorakhpur. File pic/Suresh Karkera While the Western Railway (WR) has operated a total 1,230 Shramik special trains from May 2, approximately carrying 18.50 lakh migrant labourers and their families, CR has so far operated more than 600 trains ferrying more than 8.5 lakh migrant labourers across the country. There were a total of 11.92 lakh migrants sent from Maharashtra to various states from a total four rail..
                 

Lockdown: Vasai owners offer relief to tenants, waive off lakhs in property rent

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With the shutters down and no income for over three months due to the lockdown over COVID-19 pandemic, several businessmen took a massive blow, and appealed for a rent waiver. Even the state government had asked the owners of commercial and housing properties to provide relief to their tenants by deferring the rent collection. A few people in Vasai heard the requests and have waived off lakhs in rents for those who could not afford. The proprietor of KT Builders, Rakesh Shah, has waived off more than Rs 80 lakh in rent for several of his properties in Vasai and Boisar. "We had given our properties on rent to various businessmen who ran their shops, like bakeries, beauty product stores, ready-made clothes shops, etc. But they were all shut during the lockdown. Though a few of them resumed businesses after Unlock 1.0, it was only for a few hours. So we have waived off 50 per cent rent," Shah told mid-day. Rakesh Shah, the proprietor of KT Builders, has given massive relief to all his ten..
                 

Stacky tales before his big day

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We pick up play now with Roger Binny bowling the second over. Your commentators are…Bill Lawry and Keith Stackpole." While a recollection of Richie Benaud kicking off a Channel Nine highlights package brings back golden memories, it also reminds us that the two commentators mentioned by the late Benaud, opened the batting for Australia in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were also part of Channel Nine's first commentary team during Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket along with Benaud and Fred Trueman. Lawry was viewed as a dour batsman and that great Brit sportswriter Ian Wooldridge flippantly described him as "a corpse with pads on." His chubby partner was just the opposite. Stackpole, who shares a birthday with another illustrious opening batsman — Sunil Gavaskar — turns 80 tomorrow. The two players opened for their respective teams in the Australia v Rest of the World series during the Australian summer of 1971-72. Stackpole's 2807 runs in 43 Tests doesn't pu..
                 

COVID-19: Family finds Thane man still in ICU three days after cremation

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In a case of gross misman-agement that has caused two families unnecessary grief, a civic-run COVID-19 hospital, Thane Global Impact Hub in Kalwa, handed a body wrapped and taped in a PPE suit to a family saying their relative, Janardhan Sonawane, 67, had died. However, a few days later, the family got to know that Sonawane is alive and the body they cremated was of Bhalchandra Gaikwad, 71. Sonawane's son Sandeep received a call from the hospital at 6.30 am on July 3 informing him that he had died of COVID-19. "We reached the hospital immediately. The body was wrapped in a PPE suit and the face was not visible. We could not tell the hospital staff to show us the face as it was not advisable," said Sandeep. Sandeep Sonawane shows the document he was made to sign by the hospital after he was told that his father is alive. Pic/Sameer Markande "We were advised to wear a PPE suit to conduct the last rites. We followed the instructions given by the hospital staff. The last rites were conduct..
                 

Navi Mumbai, Panvel under full lockdown: Except milk, medicines get supplies delivered home

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All of Navi Mumbai and Panvel have been put under a complete lockdown until June 13 by their corporations as residents continue to take the COVID-19 pandemic lightly. Starting midnight of July 7, people are not being allowed to leave their homes even to buy essentials or to go to grocery shops. Except for dairies and milk providers, pharmacists and flour mills, all other shops and departmental stores have been told to home deliver supplies. Since the lifting of lockdown restrictions, the two cities have seen cases increasing, especially during the past five days, during which Navi Mumbai reported 964 cases and Panvel recorded 705. A lockdown was enforced on July 3, but was made even stricter July 6 onwards. Navi Mumbai and Panvel have seen a spike in cases since the easing of lockdown "Despite there being a lockdown, we were witnessing huge crowds at groceries and departmental stores. It did not reduce in vegetable markets either. The purpose of the lockdown was to restrict movement to..
                 

Mumbai: 'Staggered office timings, a welcome move,' feel experts

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Experts on Monday welcomed the BMC's move to introduce staggered office timings and said that they should be supplemented by innovative ways to augment public transport as social distancing will be the new normal in the days to come. mid-day on Monday was the first to break the story on how the civic body was working on a plan to stagger office timings to decongest local trains in Mumbai. Senior transport expert Raxit Sheth said, "Staggered timings is a welcome move, but should be supplemented using existing technology already available with the Railways. Commuters can be allocated coaches and seats through this. This will automatically resolve a number of issues like bogus ID/fake or unwanted e-passes as they could be traced using the linked mobile numbers. Also, it is a common trend for coaches near entry/exit gates and staircases/elevators to get more congested, as one boards the train quickly and does not tend to walk on the platform." Experts are asking all government departments ..
                 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: 'Come early and self-quarantine,' say Konkan villagers to Mumbaikars

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The Ganesh festival is approaching, and Mumbaikars planning to go to their villages in the Konkan to celebrate, have been told by villagers to come much in advance, and self-quarantine before joining festivities, due to the fear of them carrying the COVID-19 virus. Many gram panchayats have also issued letters with instructions for Mumbaikars and outsiders for the festival. The Konkan is known for its traditional Ganpati festival. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the gram panchayats in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Malvan and Raigad have started holding meetings to decide how to celebrate the festival with all precautions. Many gram panchayats such as that of Tithavali Digashi village from Vaibhavwadi Taluka in Sindhudurg District have issued letters with instructions for people coming from Mumbai for the Ganpati festival. Preparations for Ganesh festival on at Prabhadevi. Pic/Ashish Raje "Ganpati is one of the biggest festivals of the Konkan region and thousands of people fro..
                 

Thin rasam, according to Neerja

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It's all about pattern recognition. For instance, you can tell the difference between a pizza and an uthappam without spraining your brain. One is based on dough, the other has batter. One is baked, the other is fried. There's wonderful melted cheese on one, but if the other has cheese, it's a fake. There's stuff under the cheese in one, there's chopped onions on the other. Once you understand the pattern, you're on firm ground. You know that only someone living in Khargar Node would eat an uthappam and pay for a pizza without feeling like a yap. But take the wonderful south Indian concoction called rasam and suddenly you will be in a quagmire where rules collapse unpredictably and identities change casually. Even if you know where rasam begins, you'd have to be a genius to know where it ends. Rasam, for those new to the concept, means essence. Some say its origin dates back to 16th century Madurai, but you know, who knows? Rasam scholars agree on just one thing — it is a thin so..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Thundershowers to continue for 24 hours in moderate intensity

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After torrential rains for the past three consecutive days caused havoc and brought Mumbai to a halt, the private weather agency Skymet on Monday said that on and off rain and thundershowers will continue over Mumbai and suburbs for at least next 24 hours in moderate intensity. Thereafter, the intensity will go down further and temperatures will rise, leading to sultry weather conditions. According to Skymet, one of the rainiest spell for Mumbai has come to an end. During the last 24 hours, central and northern suburbs received heavy to very heavy rains however, there was a significant decrease in southern suburbs. In the last 24 hours, Santacruz recorded 116 mm rainfall, Thane 213 mm, and Colaba recorded 12 mm. During the last 24 hours, Santacruz recorded 116 mm, Thane 213 mm and Colaba recorded 12 mm of rain. #MumbaiRains #MumbaiRain #MumbaiMonsoon #MumbaiRainWithSkymet @SkymetWeather — Mumbai Rain (@MumbaiRainApp) July 6, 2020 “The cyclonic circulation which was respon..
                 

A bookshelf, a lifetime

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It was a home chore that was staring me in the face for a while now. A film of dust had been sitting pretty, especially on the big daddies; the heavyweights, hardbound reference titles that are respectfully brought down from the highest section as they happen to be my go-tos while working on research-backed news stories. Face-masked and adequately equipped with dusters, I began revisiting my old, middle-aged and new-age friends on the bookshelf. The reference gurus got first priority due to their size, far-reaching position and age. Many, if I might correctly estimate, have been around for nearly three decades, purchased from those wonderfully tempting offers by Reader's Digest that most bibliophiles of a certain vintage would rarely miss or from Fort's sidewalk secondhand sellers. A few lighthearted years of college came racing back, too; thrillers like Papillon and Leon Uris's wartime reads used to be consumed with a lot of intent. I had also treasured priceless classics from English..
                 

Mumbai Rains: High tide, flooding pile on to city's misery

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With incessant rain lashing the city on Saturday and Sunday, there was inevitable waterlogging in low lying areas across Mumbai. Hindmata, TT Junction, King's Circle and Dharavi were submerged and flooding was seen in Veera Desai, Amboli, Andheri Subway, Goregaon, Aarey Colony. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has given a Yellow alert for Monday as the city is expected to receive light to moderate rainfall. According to IMD, because of the continuous rainfall over the weekend, Mumbai recorded its second-highest 24-hour rain in the month of July in the last five years. A yellow alert is the least severe warning but means the weather is likely to have some impact, llike travel disruption. According to a tweet by KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general of IMD's western region on Sunday, "Mumbai recorded 70-100 mm rainfall in last 6 hours since morning 8.30 am, July 5. But its intensity slightly reduced in last 3 hours." Waterlogging at Kalachowki. Pic/Ashish Raje Several parts of t..
                 

More than 86,000 active COVID cases in Maharashtra

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The state reported 6,555 new cases on Sunday, while the city had 1,287 fresh cases, and Mumbai's count of COVID cases is now nearly 85,000. There were 151 COVID-related deaths in the state taking the death toll to 8,822 cases, and as a first, no backlog of deaths factored into the count. Among the total cases in Maharashtra, 86,040 patients are currently being treated and on Sunday, 3,658 patients were discharged after a full recovery. Besidesthe nearly 1,300 cases in Mumbai, 596 new cases were reported in Kalyan-Dombivali, 358 new cases in Mira-Bhayandar and 600 cases were reported in Thane. In Pune alone, over 1,000 new cases were reported. Officials said that the recovery rate of the state stands at 54.08 per cent while the city's recovery rate is 66 per cent. A file picture of a doctor documenting a swab test in a quarantine centre for people who came in contact with patients at Dharavi Transit Camp. Pics/Suresh Karkera Civic officials said that the overall growth rate of the city ..
                 

BJP's claims over line of thought

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China's unilateral decision to alter the status quo on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh has distressed all Indians. Our distress arises from the realisation that China, displaying the arrogance typical of a superpower, believes it can prevail over India regarding its claim over the LAC. Humans are distressed every time a superior power, whether at the village or the international level, refuses to adhere to the rules of the game. This it does because the superior power seeks to have its domination accepted, the proof of which is to refashion an existing order in accordance with its own imagination. Our distress over Ladakh is a subliminal recognition of this fact. Our distress should, however, also have us introspect. In India, there has always existed a line of thought, a line marking the boundaries between different ideologies. However, over the last six years, the Bharatiya Janata Party has deployed state power to push the line of thought farther and farther, and claim as much o..
                 

Baran and the tricky art of giving

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In my last column, I had written about Majid Majidi's Baran (Rain, Iran, 2001). The novelty of this quiet masterpiece was watching the film in Farsi, with Marathi subtitles. But, revisiting it after nearly 20 years (it is freely available online), I was reminded why it is still so sharply relevant worldwide, especially in today's India which, through the government's handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, has reduced us to a nation of millions of 'refugees'; only, they are from and in our own nation. According to thewire.in, India's internally displaced persons because of COVID-19 is "at least double" that of "Partition, (when) 15 million people were uprooted from their homes." There are so many layers to Baran. It's a refugee story. It's a wordless romance. It's a political comment on the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1979 and rise of the Taliban, that caused 1.5 million Afghan refugees to flee to Iran. It's a gender-bender story, about a woman who dresses as a man to get a job i..
                 

Doctor on the street

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As Dr Anita Borges pulled out of the compound of Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, a rash motorist almost hit her car. Belligerently, he posed in Hindi every Bombayite's oft heard question, "You think this is your father's road?" Sweetly pointing to the signboard right there, announcing Dr Ernest Borges Marg, the eminent histopathologist retorted, "Of course." And drove off, leaving behind what Dr Sunil Pandya describes as "a puzzled, but steaming individual". A veteran neurosurgeon from KEM and Jaslok hospitals, Pandya balances such chuckle-worthy episodes with weighty nuggets of information, in collaboration with Dr Sanjay Pai, consultant pathologist and Head of Pathology at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Bengaluru. Their unusual compilation offers a record of roads named after city physicians and surgeons. Kashibai Navrange Marg in Gamdevi honours Dr Kashibai Navrange, the first Indian woman doctor to open her ownclinic in Bhuleshwar. She floated a Milk Fund in 1916 for pregnant an..
                 

Nanorobot technology might soon be India's new cancer weapon

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A team of cancer scientists in Pune are researching a unique nanorobot technology that can specifically target a tumour without damaging healthy cells of other organs. Unlike chemotherapy, which affects the healthy organs and cells of cancer patients, the nanorobot will be able to deliver the anti-cancer drug right inside the tumour and prevent any damage to the rest of the body. The research has been funded by the Department of Bio Technology (DBT), Government of India, and is being spearheaded by Dr Shashwat Banerjee, 43, who heads the Central Research Laboratory at Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) in Pune, and Dr Jayant Khandare, professor in school of pharmacy, MIT-WPU, Pune. The team has already applied for patent rights. The idea to research this technology came about, when Dr Banerjee witnessed first-hand the harrowing experience of two of his relatives in Kolkata, who were battling intestine cancer and brain tumour, respectively. The side-effects ..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Sunday Dossier

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Every dog has his day Churchgate's Oval Maidan sees the return of its frequent visitors on a rain-soaked Saturday. Pic/Ashish Rane Still serving during COVID Simona Terron How are small food businesses and restaurants coping during the pandemic and lockdown? Food journalist and podcaster Simona Terron has spent the last few weeks trying to find answers to the question. Her new series on her podcast, THC HeartBytes (Spotify), had seen her reach out Melwyn D'Sa of Hearsch Bakery, Lee Anne of Lee Anne's Kitchen in Andheri, and Atul Sahni of Pali Hill's famed Khane Khas, to understand what it takes to keep food businesses afloat in these trying times. "Having covered the food scene for over 20 years now, I've made a lot of friends in the industry. Many of them have been hit the hardest. When I reached out to check on them, I was getting unnerving and dismal reports. I just wanted to put this message out there, and exhort people to support these businesses by ordering from them," says Terro..
                 

Kurla's Ismaili community distributes 35,000 litres of drinking water to patients, migrants

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Extending a helping hand in the time of crisis, some volunteers from the Ismaili Muslim community-based at Kurla have been distributing clean water to patients at COVID-19 hospitals in BKC and other locations.  The team has so far distributed close to 10,000 liters of water at the facility at Bandra Kurla complex alone. How it all started? In May, the team began distributing water initially to the migrants catching trains from LTT station as well as the police personnel and other workers based at the location.  The activity started with 2 volunteers around and 500 half-litre water bottles on the first day. The crowd was huge so they roped in more volunteers and gathered additional funding. A friend from the community helped them out by providing his empty godown to store water. The team later joined hands with volunteers from a Gurudwara in Chembur and with their help, the water distribution almost doubled and peaked at around 2,400 liters a day. Members of the Ismaili M..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Saturday Dossier

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The circles of life The BMC has painted yellow dots for people buying veggies at Grant Road's Bhaji Gully, but these two Mumbaikars seem to have missed the memo. Pic/Suresh Karkera Keelback in the backyard Residents of a Mulund West society were alarmed when they found a rather different visitor in their backyard. A three-feet-long checkered keelback was spotted in a residential area. Omsi Para, a team member from city-based NGO, Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW), was informed about the sighting and rescued the snake. "It is a non-venomous reptile, and was examined at Thane SPCA and released into its natural habitat in coordination with Mumbai Forest Department yesterday. "Checkered keelbacks, though non-venomous, can turn aggressive when threatened, and may bite in retaliation or self-defence. Owing to its offensive nature, the species is often confused with cobras and met with hostility. My advice to people when they encounter a snake is to not panic or attack the rep..
                 

Central Railway, Western Railway lose crores on cancellations, refunds

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Central and Western Railway on Friday said they have sustained losses to the tune of around R3,000 crore ever since the lockdown began in March 2020. The losses are due to train cancellations, revenue earning from regular means, refunds and compensation to passengers.  "The total loss of earnings over Western Railway (WR) on account of COVID-19 has been R1,567.98 crore, which includes R227.99 crore for Mumbai suburban section and R1,339.99 crore for non-suburban," a senior WR official said. "In spite of this, following cancellation of tickets till now, WR has ensured refunds of R381.69 crore. It's worth mentioning that in this refund amount, Mumbai division alone has ensured refunds of more than Rs 181.19 crore," a WR spokesperson said. Till now 59.33 lakh passengers who have cancelled their tickets on WR have received their refund amounts. On the CR, too, the overall losses are to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore at the zonal level. "From March 23 till June end, more than 54 lakh passe..
                 

Holiday horror! 13 go for picnic to Kalmandavi Waterfall, five drown

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Five people, including a teenager, drowned at the Kalmandavi Waterfall in Jawhar city on Thursday afternoon. After hours of search operation, the rescuers fished out their bodies in the evening, said the police. A total of 13 people, all residents of Ambika Chowk in Jawhar, went to the Kalmandavi Waterfall for a picnic. They reached there around 2.30 pm and about half an hour later, two of them tried to take a selfie when they slipped and fell into the water, said Jawhar Police Inspector Appasaheb Lengre. Three others jumped into the water to save the duo, but they also drowned, Lengre added. The deceased have been identified as Devendra Wagh, 28, Prathamesh Chavan, 20, Devendra Paltankar, 19, Nimesh Patil, 28, Rinku Bhoir, 22. Kalmandavi waterfall, where the drownings happened Lengre and other officers rushed to the spot after being informed about the accident and launched a search operation. The rescuers found the body around 7 pm, the police said. Catch up on all the latest Mu..
                 

COVID-19: Malad has 10 per cent of Mumbai's active cases

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Malad has emerged as the suburb with the most COVID-19 cases in the city — more than 10 per cent of the total active cases across the 24 wards. Andheri East and West, Parel, Bhandup are also among the top five areas with active patients. These five wards collectively have one-third of the total patients of the city. As per the count of active patients on July 1, P North ward (Malad) has 2,816 positive cases. While it is clear that COVID-19's centre has shifted to the Western and Eastern suburbs from southern Mumbai, many wards like G North, L and N have the most cases due to cumulative numbers. To avoid further spread, the ward office has declared 31 Containment Zones (CZ) in the suburb, mostly in slum pockets, where 6.96 lakh people are staying. There are 497 sealed buildings in which 43,585 people stay. The population of the ward is 9.64 lakh. Which means, more than two-thirds of the population in P North is currently in CZs. Sanjoy Kabre, the assistant commissioner of P North ..
                 

The art of practising kindness

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On Sunday, as we trekked through Pfelders, in the Passeier Valley, gaping in awe at sweeping vistas of Alpenrosen in bloom, I found myself veering towards the subject of kindness. It was the first time in my life that I was pursuing a somewhat strenuous outdoor activity with decent footgear. I've gone hiking many times before, but usually, along the way, the soles of my shoes would fall apart, or, because my toes were strangled by consistent tightness, my nails would be miserable for days. My left big toenail still suffers the trauma of years of ill-fitted shoes. As I walked at a comfortable pace, I thought about how we have been conditioned to think of kindness as a practice that is performed externally. We are told to be kind to others. Not once in my entire life, until therapy, had I been told that the beginning of real empathy is kindness to one's self. Some weeks ago, while catching up with Partho, I began to evangelise about how kindness towards others is almost hypocritical if i..
                 

When Andy was more than handy

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There was a time when England couldn't win a Test, leave alone a series, against the West Indies. But updated record books show that the men from the Caribbean have lost each of their six Test series in England since 2000. Andy Roberts is one great (his former fast bowling colleagues Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft are others) who was never part of a losing Test playing XI against England. He was in the news recently for expressing anguish over the possibility of his cricket board not gaining a great deal financially to be part of the game's resumption amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're taking a chance no one else is willing to take, and why we're taking that chance is to save England nearly £380 million. So why should we, as guinea pigs, go and sacrifice ourselves for nothing," Roberts was quoted as saying in the Jamaica Gleaner. At the same time, Roberts slammed Shimron Hetmyer for pulling out of the tour in the fear of contracting the virus. "I want him to play ..
                 

National Doctor's Day 2020: Here are some beautiful portraits of doctors from across the globe

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On National Doctor's Day 2020, social media was flooded with heartfelt posts and messages thanking doctors for their selfless service. From celebrities to politicians alike, doctors have been lauded by everyone for leading the fight against coronavirus. In order to show their appreciation towards doctors and healthcare workers, netizens took to social media with the hashtag, #NationalDoctorsDay trending throughout the day. From calling them heroes to thanking them for saving lives, Twitterati heaped praises on the medical fraternity. Here are some of the tweets: Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear PPE kits. #NationalDoctorsDay — PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) July 1, 2020 To all doctors and health care professionals who have worked tirelessly over the last few months taking care of us, thank you 🙏.#NationalDoctorsDay pic.twitter.com/O18zd1BT1T — UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) July 1, 2020 Life is precious,Every life is important.We pray for yo..
                 

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Radio tech to the rescue of Central Railway in ghats and tunnels

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As heavy rain sets in, Central Railway (CR) has switched to its most reliable radio technology to manage the difficult ghat sections of Khandala and Igatpuri — leaky cable communication or radio communication. This technology is normally used in underground mining and caves. "Real-time communication inside the deep tunnels has been the issue for train drivers and guards. Even a delay of a minute could lead to disasters. Leaky feeders or radiating cables have been proved to be very useful for this. This technology has been used in the Alps has been yielded great results," a senior signalling engineer said. "The technology was, for the first time on CR, installed inside tunnel no. 49 (longest tunnel of 2.4km, in Bhor ghat) between Monkey Hill-Khandala stations in November 2019 at a cost of R2.47 crore," he said. "This allows seamless communication inside the tunnel between guard, driver and Khandala station manager," the engineer added. "This technology is of help in all seasons a..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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Beat the blues These skateboarders make the most of a rainy evening at Carter Road, Bandra West, on Wednesday. Pic/Shadab Khan Now's the time for change Nearly two years since the reading down of Section 377 by the Supreme Court, the LGBTQIA+ community continues to grapple with basic civic liberties. To demand for equal rights in every sphere of life, Mumbai-based The Humsafar Trust recently launched an online petition on change.org. Their demands include recognition of same-sex marriage, adoption rights for community members, inheritance rights for LGBTQIA+ people who are cohabiting with their same-sex partners but cannot inherit their property, right to jointly own property, take housing loans, insurance, and employment benefits for same-sex spouses, among other things. "The petition was an outcome of the International Pride Month celebrations. We wanted to start a dialogue with this petition because social acceptance is still a big challenge for us," said advocacy manager Tinesh Ch..
                 

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Mumbai lockdown: Door-to-door screening failing in Malad hotspot

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) ambitious door-to-door screening drive in slum pockets to find symptomatic COVID-19 patients, seems to have fallen flat on its face in densely populated Malwani, Malad West. While local residents are not cooperating with the civic teams, some of them claimed the latter are not implementing the drive strictly. This reporter, who accompanied them for few days, found volunteers appointed by the civic body were merely asking the slum dwellers if they wanted to get screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, and if they got 'no' in response, they would go onto the next dwelling. But both sides can be blamed, for on learning about the civic team's visit in the area, a few slum dwellers were also seen locking their houses on the pretext of going to the market, to escape getting screened for COVID-19. In most of the slum pockets in Malwani, the residents have been putting off screening to avoid getting admitted to COVID hospitals in case they..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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In deep waters As heavy rain lashed the city, two boys were stranded on a water-logged road in Chembur on Tuesday. Pic/Ashish Raje A new chapter Former New York Times journalist and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, American Dana Canedy has been appointed senior vice-president and publisher of Simon & Schuster (S&S), one of the world's marquee publishing imprints. "With God's Grace, I am looking forward to this new "chapter" of my career! Sorry, couldn't resist [sic]!" Canedy tweeted, while Rahul Srivastava, MD, S&S India, shared, "In our 96-year history, the S&S imprint has been led by only a dozen publishers, starting with Richard L Simon. Dana Canedy is the youngest person, first woman, and first person of colour to serve as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. We believe Dana will be an agent of change who will bring new voices." Picking up the creative pieces It's been repeated ad nauseam that the pandemic has brought the creative industry down to its knees..
                 

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Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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He's hair to stay A roadside barber attends to a customer at Mahim on Monday, after being allowed to resume services in the city. Pic/Shadab Khan Inside scoop The Dalai Lama crossing into India with his brother-in-law Phuntok Tashi Taklha The Dalai Lama is one of the greatest living religious leaders, and a new book sheds light on the more unknown facets of his life. His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography (Roli Books) features hitherto unpublished photographs, documents, archival material and memories of the people closest to the man. One of his longest-serving aides, Tenzin Geyche Tethong, has put it together, having lived in close proximity to the spiritual leader for four decades, including the time that he was exiled. Pick the title up for a deeper insight into the life of the modern-day icon. No one like MS Sathyu Award-winning stage designer, and film and art director MS Sathyu turned 90 yesterday. Recalling the film and theatre icon's role, thespian Do..
                 

Ball in hotels' court as Maharashtra government says 'can open'

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Hotels, guest houses and other facilities that provide accommodation with attached restaurants and are located outside COVID-19 Containment Zones have been allowed to reopen on certain conditions Wednesday onwards. Hoteliers, although allowed to have only 33 per cent occupancy, welcomed the move which is possibly a precursor to further relaxations. The order and guidelines under Mission Begin Again issued on Monday apply to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and other parts of the state. The decision was taken after hospitality associations met Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday via videoconference. The ITC Grand Central in Parel. Pic/Datta Kumbhar While restaurants can service only in-house guests (those staying at the hotel), takeaway requests will be allowed. Hotel managements have been told to encourage room service and takeaway instead of dine-in. For dine-in, seating arrangements will have to be reconfigured to ensure social distancing. Only asymptomatic guests will be allowed..
                 

COVID-19: BMC to rope in private labs to ramp up antigen tests

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In order to extend the scope of rapid antigen tests and to ensure that more of it is conducted in the upcoming days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a proposal saying that it will provide private labs with the test kits and cost of testing as well, and in return they would send their teams to the testing sites to conduct them. The civic body will ask for an Expression of Interest (EoI) from the private players in the next couple of days. Till now, a total of 3.60 lakh real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the city. Though the RT-PCR tests are the most efficient, the rapid antigen tests are quicker in terms of giving results because the diagnosis is done within 30 minutes. Hence, after getting approval from the ICMR for antigen tests, the civic body ordered 1-lakh antigen test kits worth of R4.5 crore, approximately R450 per kit. Members of NGO 'Doctors For You' screen Dharavi residents on Monday Currently the ratio of..
                 

Japan floods kills 34, many in elderly homes

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Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded. Helicopters and boats rescued more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. More than 40,000 defence troops, the coast guard and fire brigades were taking part in the operation. Large areas along the Kuma River were swallowed by floodwaters, with many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged almost up to their roofs. Mudslides smashed into houses, sending people atop rooftops waving at rescuers. People from a nursing home are being rescued in an inflatable boat in Kuma village At a flooded elderly care home in Kuma Village, where 14 residents were presumed dead after rescuers reached them on Saturday, rescue continued on Sunday. Sixty-five residents and about 30 caregivers were trapped at the riverside care facility S..
                 

Our bank balance is zero, say the owners of restaurants with SHI staff

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"It is difficult for a mother to kill her child. If a foster parent is going to take care of it, we are okay with that," Raja Sekhar Reddy, who co-founded Squaremeal Foods with Shishir Gorle, said after the team announced the closure of their restaurants Mirchi & Mime and Madeira & Mime since they opened in 2015 and 2017 respectively, last week.' Both restaurants won hearts and appetites for the warm service by 50 speech-and hearing-impaired (SHI) staff in the front house and created an inclusive environment of warm hospitality and an impeccable modern-Indian menu. Madeira and Mime opened in 2017 The lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic brought their revenue down to one-tenth and in April, they decided to vacate the Powai spaces located in Transocean House, Hiranandani Gardens. From day one of service, the restaurants were running full. "We were making Rs 70 lakh at Mirchi and Rs 60 lakh at Madeira. In March, when our expenditure for the month was already done, we were down to..
                 

As crowds surge on locals, BMC to stagger office timings

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As feedback from government employees travelling on Mumbai's 700 suburban trains reveals that there is concern and displeasure over lack of social distancing inside the trains, Western Railway (WR) officials told mid-day that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has agreed to stagger office timings and was working on a proposal expected to be taken ahead this week. Crowds are being witnessed, especially in the trains coming from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) beyond Kalyan and Virar due to limited services and halts. Commuters said that the crowding that is being quietly ignored now may swell into something bigger in the coming days. Experts have reiterated that the solution is well within the government's hands as all commuters are government employees and they should give serious attention to staggering shift timings so that crowds do not travel in hordes at one time. Interestingly, the MMR has been seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Passengers say..
                 

Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

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Upside down A youngster does a black flip to join his friends at Gaondevi Kamal Talav in Malad West. Pic/Satej Shinde A lit valley Valley of Words is an annual literary festival that takes place in Dehradun. It also involves an eponymous book awards event, the shortlist for which has just been announced for this year. The different categories include English writing for young adults, fiction and translations, and some of the nominees for the upcoming edition include Bijal Vachharajani for A Cloud called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue, and Supriya Sehgal (inset) for A Tigress Called Machhli and Other True Animal Stories from India. Best of luck to all the nominees. Don't cop out of lending a hand In a bid to protect Mumbai's frontline warriors in the pandemic, comedian Kunal Kamra has teamed up with a lifestyle brand for a campaign to equip the Mumbai Police with reusable and washable masks. These masks also come with a respiratory valve to ensure maximum breathability, have ..
                 

Mumbai rains: BMC issues high tide warning as heavy downpour throws city out of gear

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A spell of heavy rain continued in Mumbai and its neighbouring cities for the third consecutive day on Sunday, causing severe water-logging and traffic disruptions in several parts of the city. A yellow alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad for Sunday. A high tide of 4.63 metres is expected at the Mumbai coastline at 12.23 pm. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has requested Mumbaikars to stay away from the shore. A high tide of 4.63 mtr at 12.23 We request Mumbaikars to stay away from the shore. #BMCMoneoonUpdate #MyBMCUpdates#AtMumbaisService — माà¤Âà¥Â€ Mumbai, à¤Â†पलà¥Â€ BMC (@mybmc) July 5, 2020 For Sunday, IMD has forecast that intermittent moderate to heavy ra..
                 

Lobo Lobo and TikTok

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Lobo Lobo was upset. Very upset. He called me. "Dikuna men, I'm upset. Solid upset. My life is turned upside down, chhe!" "What's upsetting you, Lobo Lobo?" "Boss de government has banned all dese Chinese apps, 59 of dem to be specific men." "Okay. So, are you upset because you were an avid user of TikTok?" I asked jokingly. Lobo stunned me with his response. "Yes men. Ezzactly. My rascal 'lukha' son Ronaldo, shoots short videos of my better half Myrtle and me." "You make videos, of what?" "I give English classes men. I teach people how to speak wid a perfect accent and pronunciation. See, I know de Queen's English men. So, I tought, why not impart knowledge?" "And, what about Myrtle?", I enquired fearing the worst. "She teaches 'Etiquette & Grooming'! Togedder we had hundred tousand followers till dey closed down TikTok." "Okay. So I can see why you're angry, you've lost income and followers." "No no Dikuna men!. I'm not 'maha gussa' about TikTok closing, but moe angry because dey..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Uddhav Thackeray asks BMC to be extra alert during monsoons

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Even as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday took review of the city's monsoon preparedness. The CM has decided to deploy a squad to take care of the potholes. He has also suggested posting 'before' and 'after' nullah pictures, so that people are aware that throwing garbage leads to waterlogging. The city received its first heavy to very heavy showers between Friday and Saturday. Despite the claims from the civic corporation on monsoon preparedness, many low-lying areas were waterlogged for hours. Uddhav Thackeray The CM also praised the efforts of the BMC in its fight against the pandemic. He said, while the growth rate of COVID-19 cases in the city is slowing down, there will be a rise of cough and cold patients at Coronavirus-designated centres. So, the city will have to increase testing and tracking of COVID-19 positive people. He also stressed upon the curbing of mosquito breeding spots. He asked the BMC to take a meeting of all the au..
                 

India records highest single-day spike of over 22K COVID-19 cases

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India on Saturday recorded the highest single-day spike of 22,771 cases, pushing the total tally to 6,48,315, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The country recorded a spike of 20,903 cases on Friday. The death count rose to 18,655, with 442 people succumbing to the deadly virus in 24 hours. A total of 3,94,226 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 60.73 per cent among the COVID-19 patients. With a spike of 6,364 cases, Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state in the country. The state has a total of 1,92,990 cases, including 8,376 deaths. Tamil Nadu is on the second spot with 1,02,721 confirmed cases, of which, 1,385 people have died, 58,378 recovered and 42,958 are active. Delhi with a total of 94,695 cases, is on the third spot. A businessman wears a facemask made of gold worth R3 lakh. Pic/AFP Fresh surge in AgraWith 14 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours, alarm bells have begun to ring in the Taj city. The ..
                 

Mumbai Rains: Hindmata, King's Circle and other low-lying areas in city get waterlogged

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Mumbai continued to receive heavy rainfall on Saturday as many areas in the city got flooded due to the continuous downpour that started on Friday. The IMD late Friday evening issued a red alert for Mumbai, Raigad and Ratnagiri over the next 24 hours, stating that heavy to very heavy rainfall was likely on Saturday in many places in Palghar, Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts. Waterlogging below Hindmata bridge. Pic: Suresh KK Meanwhile, the continuous downpour led to waterlogging in several low-lying sreas of the city, including Hindmata Junction near Dadar and King's Circle near Sion. #MumbaiRainsWithMidday |Flooding at Hindmata near Dadar.📽ï¸Â Suresh KK#MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/59LVnk6jct — Mid Day (@mid_day) July 4, 2020 Many people who stepped out for work had to wade through the water while crossing the waterlogged roads at several areas in the city as heavy rains continued in Mumbai, MMR and other nearby areas. Heavy ra..
                 

TikTok Ban: City's TikTokers hope for Made in India platform

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Low-cost smartphones and the Chinese app TikTok had helped millions of Indian youngsters, some of whom could not make it in the film and TV industry, taste stardom. The recent banning of the app, among others from China, by the Indian government amid the face-off with the country, has upset TikTokers, but they are hopeful for an Indian-made app. "I welcome the government's decision as tensions on the Indo-China border are rising. We are living in the Internet age and I am hopeful that an Indian application, similar to TikTok, will soon come," said Mohit Tandon who used to earn R17,000 through TikTok videos promoting products and services. "I had come to Mumbai to become an actor but could not get a break So I turned to TikTok where my videos were liked by millions. I had a following of one million people," said Tandon, who has also appeared on reality shows as a face dancer. He returned home to Jaipur a month ago to be with his family. TikTokers used to throng the public park in BKC,..
                 

COVID-19: In-transit pregnant woman forced into quarantine

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What was to be a happy journey for a pregnant woman on her way home to Kerala from Angola, turned into an ordeal when she was forced to stay in quarantine in Mumbai, when she landed here in transit. Though quarantine is exempt for certain categories of people including pregnant women, Amrutha Sreejith, 26, was put in quarantine in a luxury hotel near the international airport where she had to pay R18,500 for five days stay. The swab was taken three days later, even though she had no symptoms, and when the report came negative, she was hurriedly allowed to board a flight for Kerala, even before the seven days quarantine came to an end. On Friday afternoon, Amrutha reached her parents house at Trichur and has been kept in home quarantine as per the protocol, informed her husband Sreejith Venugopal, speaking to mid-day from Luanda, Angola. "My wife was illegally sent to a quarantine centre in Mumbai, though since she is pregnant, she could be exempt as per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporati..
                 

COVID-19: 21-year-old told to wrap his mother; family alleges negligence at Shatabdi Hospital

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The son of a COVID-19 victim from Borivli has alleged that Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivli, forced him to wrap the body of his mother, Pallavi Utekar, on July 2, himself and did not even provide him with safety equipment, the mandatory PPE kit. Recalling the ordeal, Kunal Utekar said, "I was waiting outside the hospital when a hospital staffer came and told me about my mother's demise. I was then told to come in to wrap her body in a plastic bag. When I asked for a PPE kit, they refused to give me one, so I had no choice but to walk into a COVID ward without any protective gear." The 21-year-old had to call his cousin to the hospital for help in moving his mother's body from the ward to a stretcher. "My cousin and I along with two other hospital staffers brought the body till the ambulance," the son added. His 50-year-old mother was admitted to hospital on June 30, and father, Pandurang Utekar, 55, was moved to an isolation centre in Borivli. Following the incident, one of Utekar's socie..
                 

Mumbai: Palghar residents walk 1.5 km to get water for drinking, 8 km to wash clothes

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mid-day's front page report, 'Palghar tribals hit by acute food shortage,' on Thursday caught the attention of the government, with the Secretary, state Tribal Development Department, Vinita Vaid-Singhal taking cognisance of the issue. "We have taken note of the report. It is good that the issue has been raised. We are extremely sensitive to the needs of the tribals. Whatever corrective measures are required, we will take them," said Vaid-Singhal But while the government has assured action regarding the food problem, it also needs to look at the other issues the tribals face. The interior hamlets of Palghar District record high rainfall during the monsoon, yet the tribal communities suffer due to acute shortage of water for drinking and cleaning purposes. mid-day witnessed many women, young girls balancing pots on their heads to fetch water from a well located miles from their villages. The chairman of a government-appointed committee to look into the status of schemes for tribals in M..
                 

Mumbai: From worst-hit to best performer, here's how Govandi is fighting the battle against COVID-19

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After Dharavi offered a beacon of hope in the fight against COVID-19, M East ward that constitutes Govandi and Mankhurd, and has a large slum population, has followed suit. While the fight is far from over, the ward, which was in the top three in the city for rising cases, is now at number 13 and the doubling rate here has also improved from eight to 10 days to 68 days. Over 300 volunteers were involved in high-risk contact tracing here. According to ward officer Assistant Municipal Commissioner Sudhanshu Dwivedi, who is the force behind the successful curbing of COVID-19 here, intensified surveys, high-risk contact tracing with 300 volunteers, sanitisation of public toilets every two hours, alert Containment Zone leaders and observers have played a very important role in achieving this. Sudhanshu Dwivedi, Asst Municipal Commissioner The M East ward has one of the biggest slums after Dharavi and more than 80 per cent of the population lives in them. In April and May, the COVID-19 posit..
                 

Be ready for more COVDI-19 surges: WHO

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The World Health Organisation says countries must strive to ensure that the "new normal" simultaneously prioritises health and the economy so they can recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Woochong Um, the director general for the Asia Development Bank's sustainable development and climate change sector, said the pandemic would reduce developing Asia's growth to its lowest in six decades. Um says the pandemic has spared no economy in the region. WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Takeshi Kasai says communities must be prepared for more case surges in the future. He says as long as the virus is circulating somewhere, no country is safe, and that we must continue responding to the current situation and preparing every corner of every country for the possibility of large-scale community transmission. People march in Minneapolis, demanding temporary cancellation of rents and mortgages as COVID-19 ravages the economy. PIC/AFP First case in US border campAn international disas..
                 

COVID-19 impact: Barely 3 hours from Mumbai, Palghar tribal mom suicide points to acute food shortage

7 days ago  
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The lockdown due to COVID-19 not only left migrants out of work and starving, but also hit local tribals in Palghar hard. The tribals, many of them whom worked in brick kilns, are jobless and forced to fetch plants from the jungle to survive on. But the biggest impact has been on pregnant women, lactating mothers and children, as the Amrut Ahaar Yojana has stopped. The yojana was launched in November 2015 in 16 tribal-dominated districts of the state. It aimed to improve the health of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children between seven months and 6 years of age. Such women in Washala village of Mokhada Taluka complained that aanganwadi workers have stopped distributing nutritious foods since May 22. The locals show some of the plants from the jungle that they now survive on. Pics/Hanif Patel "Earlier we used to get nutritious foods including rice, chapati, pulses, one egg, etc. six days a week. But the aanganwadi workers have stopped this since May 22. They said ration is not ..
                 

National Doctor's Day 2020: Mimi Chakraborty, Tina Ambani thank real 'saviours' for saving the world

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On the occasion of National Doctor's Day 2020, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mimi Chakraborty took to Instagram to honour the doctors who have been leading India's fight against COVID-19. The 31-year-old politician shared a heartwarming post in her Instagram story. A screengrab of Mimi Chakraborty's Instagram story To express gratitude and thank doctors for their relentless service, Mimi Chakraborty shared a photo featuring several superheroes, including Spiderman, Superman, Hulk among others, bowing their heads as doctors armed with face masks walk in what seems to be a hospital corridor. Sharing the picture, Chakraborty wrote, "To the saviours of real world."       View this post on Instagram . Every day is Doctors' Day! And the world has realized this now more than ever before. A heartfelt salute to every doctor, in every village, town, city and country, for all that you do, despite the tremendous personal risk to you and your families. We owe you. 🙏ðÂ..