Expressing concern over the increasing incidents of acid attacks on women, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that a system for online monitoring of sale of acid will soon be put in place.
The government has also created nodal groups to watch over the sale of acids in every state, he informed the Lok Sabha during the question hour.
Singh went on to say that, “We are also developing a software for online regularization of sale of acid. It is under process.”
Reiterating the same concern, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary stated that the government has asked each state to make sure the acid is only sold to a person above 18 years of age. Also, a copy of buyer’s photo identity card should be taken to track the buyer in case of any unwanted incident.
“Besides this, refusal of treatment for an acid attack victim has been made punishable by imprisonment of up to one year,” Chaudhary added.
To deal with the attack of locusts in the national capital, the Delhi government has issued an advisory for spraying pesticides, Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai said on Thursday.
Rai said in view of the increasing threat of locusts in north India, the Agriculture Department of the Delhi government will run awareness programmes to make the people and farmers of Delhi aware of this new threat.
“Also, the Delhi Government has issued advisory on spraying pesticides and its quantity,” Rai tweeted.
The circular was issued in order to prevent a probable attack in Delhi by a swarm of locusts, which are reportedly present in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
“All concerned authorities are hereby advised to take preventive measures to control and eradicate the locusts to avoid devastating effect on standing agricultural and horticultural crops, vegetation, plants, gardens, orchard etc. in Delhi,” the circular said.
It directed that awareness programmes be organised for the public and farmers to prevent and control any such invasion by locusts in Delhi.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday said the state had made a provision of imposing a fine of Rs 500 each on people for not wearing masks and spitting in public places as per Latest news on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Now there is provision of imposing fine for spitting and not wearing mask in public places,” he told the media.
He said it was the priority of the government to contain the virus. For this, the rules have been framed and a notification would be issued on Wednesday itself.
Vij, who also holds a health portfolio, said state four districts — Gurugram, Sonepat, Faridabad and Jhahhar — located in the NCR have been worst-affected districts.
In Gurugram and Faridabad, 33 and 22 new cases, respectively, were reported on Tuesday.
He said in the state the virus doubling rate is 19 days, recovery rate is 66 per cent and the testing rate is 4,000 per million.
“If we leave four districts located in the NCR and the cases related to the Tablighi Jamaat, Haryana will be the number one state in the country to contain the virus,” he said, adding, “still we are in a better position”.
The minister said 12 positive cases relating to frontline policemen were reported from Jhajjar on Tuesday.
He said he issued directions to provide and make it mandatory for the policemen on duty to don gloves, masks and other safety gear. (IANS)
Only four in 10 adults have had sex at least once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, according to a new study. For the findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the research team investigated the levels of sexual activity during social distancing and self-isolation.
“When starting this research we expected there to be a high level of sexual activity while social isolating at home, but interestingly we found a very low level,” said study researcher Dr Lee Smith from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the UK.
According to the study, Only 39.9 per cent of the 868 British adults surveyed for the research had taken part in any form of sexual activity during the previous seven days. The study found that being younger, male, married and a consumer of alcohol was associated with greater sexual activity.
Previous research has shown an association between sexual activity and physical health, including helping to protect older adults against cardiovascular events. Frequent sexual activity has also been associated with various mental health benefits and improved cognitive function.
The findings of this new study suggest that the UK government’s public health messaging around COVID-19 self-isolation and social distancing could include promoting sexual activity as a way of maintaining physical and mental health. This low level of sexual activity could be explained by people currently feeling anxious and stressed owing to the pandemic and not being in the mood to engage in the act, the researcher said.
Moreover, those who are not married or cohabiting may not currently be able to meet up with their sexual partners and similarly, those who use online apps to facilitate casual sex will currently not be able to do this. “A lot of my previous research has shown that frequent and trouble-free sex life is important for higher levels of enjoyment of life and general mental health, and this is particularly true for older adults,” Smith said.
However, this study showed that older adults were less likely than younger adults to engage in sexual activity. (IANS)