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By SALIL GEWALI
I don’t think loosening the lockdown restriction ever means loosening the strings of our masks. But sadly, a very unhealthy trend has been catching on soon after the lockdown has been eased in many states and provinces. A good number of people are running riot and mingling with other crowds without maintaining the physical distance. Some sling their masks just below the chin and some cover only up to lips — with noses all out as showpieces, while some others are not at all bothered to wear any. Mostly the virus enters our bodies through the nostrils and mouths. Is it not very dangerous to go about without being fully covered by masks?
One wonders why it does not dawn upon the people yet that this almost “weightless virus” has virulent power to bring the dynamic civilization of modern times to a crashing halt — the kind of semblance already witnessed during the lockdown across the globe.
Yes, we have much heard like a sermon about the danger of virus infection. Besides our mobile phones, TV channels and print media have been repeatedly warning us? It is very disgusting that many people are heedlessly irresponsible and they do not follow the preventive measures.
Just one COVID-19 patient is enough to infect thousands and millions of others — which might be totally uncontrollable? We can compare one infected person with a “match stick” that can burn any number of structures to ashes.
Moreover, the governments of the respective states/provinces have never taken any delight in relaxing the lockdown restriction. The lockdown has been eased in many countries in view of economic considerations which is purely out of compulsion. Many underdeveloped countries are forced to call for reopening their industries and business houses keeping in mind the massive loss of jobs or income sources by the labor class and middle-class communities. So, easing the lowdown does not at all mean the virus has EASED its FIGHT against humanity.
So, even a “minor negligence” on the part of an individual can cause havoc triggering an unprecedented explosion of the China-virus. Look at the current frightful situation in New York, Italy, UK, Spain, France, Brazil. In India, Maharashtra and Gujarat are worst hit by the Coronavirus. The number of new cases is relentlessly on the rise. The infection is directly proportional to individual “negligence”.
The recent mass gathering at the Capitol in Madison in the USA, which was called in defiance of the lockdown by certain organizations with a specific ideology, threw up a disquieting result. As many as 72 attendees have been found to be infected with COVID-19. They initially claimed that coronavirus is a “hoax” but now most of them are grieving in regret. The Governor of Wisconsin – Tony Evers had repeatedly warned the organization not to disregard the precautionary measures and hold the mass gathering.
So, what one believes now is that, in this pandemic crisis, we should not court disaster at any cost. We should not feel grief at having a swarm of fatalities that can be avoided. Therefore, no government authorities should ever think of leaving anything to chance now. They must make sure that all preventive measures are followed meticulously. More than anything, they must bring in the regulations to reinforce all corona etiquette as effectively as possible.
True, it is very worthwhile if the authorities in their respective states come up with the “strict punitive measures” to deal with such “defiant brigand” who refuse to wear masks or brazenly violate the norms of the physical distance. No one has the right to endanger the lives of others. The imposing the “monetary fine” and jail terms could be the best deterrent here. We can’t afford another bout of stay-at-home lockdown any more. Rather, we should learn to live with the virus and simultaneously take our developmental plans and policies ahead. For this “careful” navigation and movement is most essential. We cannot throw caution to the wind until the vaccine is developed.
An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled ‘Great minds on India’ which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India. Speaking at an event to celebrate DRI's 64th foundation day, Sitharaman lauded DRI's compact strength of about 800 officers for their relentless efforts despite the imminent risks. The Finance Minister stated that the officers may be keeping a low profile, but they are acting like the frontline defence forces, doing spectacular work in safeguarding the economic frontiers of the country. "The recent smuggling attempts of huge quantities of narcotics, gold, red sanders, ivory, cigarettes etc. unearthed by DRI were appreciated by the Finance Minister," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Nirmala Sitharaman, India, Toxic Wastes)
Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.
When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.
The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: laundry, appliances, beeping, running water, Sound, Alexa , Amazon)
By Olivia Sarkar
Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.
Dirty Chai Eggnog:
30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Sweet cream foam to top up
Cinnamon powder and star anise.
1. In a heavy bottomed med sauce pot, prepare tea with milk. Strain and let it cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker add egg white, Bourbon, Baileys with whole spices. Shake well.
3. Pour the tea in the glass followed by ingredients from cocktail shaker.
4. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon powder, whole star anise
Eggnog is a Christmas favourite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity.| Pikist
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavours is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter.
45 ml Butter fat washed Whiskey
20 ml Ginger bread syrup
15 ml Spiced Apple liquor
2 dashes of Bitters
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
2. Shake well
3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass
4. Garnish with Gingerbread cookie
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavors is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter. | Flickr
(Keywords: Santa's Apple, Egg Nogs, December, Cocktail, Cocktail, Christmas, holiday, celebrations)