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BY SHWETA PORWAL
2020- A year to forget, but also the one which everyone will always remember. The year has been full of uncertainty. Looking for a silver lining to this pandemic seems heartless. People worldwide have adopted the new normal. Things might not look great but are healing day by day.
The year has given us an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and assess our satisfaction with the present. As the year 2020 ends and 2021 will start in a few hours every year is the beginning of new trends and events and the ending of the old ones.
2020 is the year that has given us some major trends and events to look upon and cheers on the time spent. Beginning from the very start to all those events and trends, happening related to a pandemic, social media trends, others have formed 2020 as an unforgettable year.
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Here is a look back on the trends and events that caught our attention in 2020.
Covid19 pandemic or the great pause of 2020 has made this year a whole different.
First Case: The very first case of Covid19 was spotted in Kerala on 30th January.
Janta Curfew: In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, India’s honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government imposed a Janta Curfew of 14 hours on 22 March 2020 and appealed from the public to stay indoors and stay safe.
World’s Largest Lockdown: Right after a day of the Janta Curfew, the government imposed the world’s longest lockdown for 14 days. The lockdown stopped everything even the busiest places were shut. Everyone was advised to stay indoors. The lockdown started on 24 March 2020 and ended on 4 April 2020.
Go Corona Go Trends: Back in March, a video of Union Minister Ramdas Athawale chanting “GO CORONA GO” went viral on social media. Athawale chanted the slogan requesting corona to leave India at a prayer meeting in Mumbai. Right after the video went viral, people from different states started chanting the slogan “GO CORONA GO.”
Nation Salutes The Frontliners: Fighting the toughest battle, the people who were on the frontline of the pandemic were applauded and praised by the Nation. The event took place in between the lockdown when people were asked to clang thalis, Clapp, and light candles and diyas for the frontliners (Policemen, healthcare workers, and corona warriors) who have been our constant support throughout the whole pandemic.
Lockdown has given us a chance to reassess, to think about whether we want to maintain our current direction or grab hold of the wheel.
Dalgona Coffee Became A Trend: As the lockdown was imposed and everyone was packed in their houses. The cooking habits of people went viral. Dalgona coffee was one of them which went through the roofs. The Dalgona coffee is made by whipping coffee and sugar together till it gets a foam texture. Hot or cold milk is added to the paste to give it the final touch.
Migrant Workers Marched Towards Their Home: Due to lockdown, every migrant worker was left with no work resulting in problems related to their survival. Migrant laborers from across the country started going back to their hometowns mainly in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. The journeys were not comfortable by any stretch of the imagination.
Job Loss: Due to the pandemic and lockdown people lost their jobs. According to the research around 18.9 million people lost their job in the pandemic.
Games were the lifesaver: To consume all the extra hours left, people started getting themselves engaged in all possible activities like playing ground games to online games. Online games became a lifesaver, especially for the millennials. Online games like Ludo King and PubG were the most played game of the year.
Decreased Pollution: The year may not have been the best for humans but was witnessed the best for nature. Due to the lockdown of several days, the pollution rate was decreased to a level that was never witnessed before.
In no time social media has evolved so much. Social Media has now become an integral part of our life. It was the internet and social media facilities that kept us going throughout the journey of lockdown.
Insta Reels: Insta reels a new video-making feature developed by Instagram right after Tik Tok was banned by the Indian Government. Insta reels have so many features to avail and enjoy.
Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: 2020 Flashback : कॉमन मैन के चश्मे से 2020 की सबसे चर्चित खबरें
Carry Minati Youtube V/S TikTok Roast: Popular YouTuber Ajey Nagar aka Carry Minati was all over the internet after posting a roast video on his YouTube channel talking about how a TikTok creator named ‘Amir Siddiqui’ compared his work with Carry Minati.
Music Sensation Yashraj Mukhate: The music sensation Yashraj Mukhate came into the headlines overnight after he uploaded his music version of Kokilaben Rasode Mien Koun Tha. He is the person who somehow kept us entertained and made our 2020 a bit easy.
IPL: IPL 2020 was earlier scheduled to start on 29th March but due to pandemic and lockdown it was postponed. With no hope left, people all over India were thinking that this year IPL will not be played. But later on, the tournament was played in UAE between 19 September to 10 November. IPL 2020 was one of the most-viewed season of the tournament so far. The love and support of fans were endless.
MS Dhoni Retirement: A mini heart-attack by MS Dhoni to his fans was the moment when everyone got to know about his retirement. In July 2019, in India’s semi-final match against New Zealand, Dhoni played in his 350th ODI. He announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 15 August 2020.
Bann On Chinese Apps: On 29th June 2020, India banned 59 Chinese Applications including the famous TikTok app citing a threat to national security & the privacy of Indian citizens under section 69a of IT Act, 2020. Later on, PubG and a few other Chinese apps were also banned.
Farmer Protest: The ongoing farmer protest is the protest against the three farm acts issued by the Parliament of India in 2020. According to many politicians and farmers, the act is ‘Anti-Farmer Laws’ and is not beneficial to the farmers.
Gurdwara Bangla Shahib Diagnostic Facility: Gurdwara Bangla Shahib is a well-known worship place situated in Cannaught Place, New Delhi. The Gurdwara now has a diagnostic center for helping poor people. An MRI scan for Rs 50 and dialysis for Rs 600 will be done to help the poor people.
Baba Ka Dhaba: An elderly couple in their ’80s came to the limelight through a video posted by a YouTuber Gaurav Wasan. The couple owned a Dhaba named Baba Ka Dhaba in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar. As soon as the video was shared the next day it went viral. Many, internet users, politicians, and even Bollywood stars urged people to help the couple revive their establishment.
Stars Who Bid Us Goodbye: The year took so many prominent personalities throughout the year from us. The star and notable people who left us behind will always be loved and memorized. Few notable people like Sushant Singh Rajput, Saroj Khan, Irfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Pranab Mukherjee, Jagdeep, Wajid, and others are not with us now but their presence will always be felt.
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
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If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.