United Kingdom has awarded an honorary Membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to a Bengaluru-based public health doctor, Dr Ananda Giri Shankar. Acknowledged for his fight against COVID-19 as Incident Director of Public Health Wales, Dr Shankar will receive award by the Queen of England. "The award is a great privilege," said the doctor who has spent about three decades of his life in Bengaluru.
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At least 26 inmates locked in various jails across Maharashtra eligible for parole have denied it. The issue surfaced in a meeting held by the state committee created to recommend suggestions to decongest the jails. While some are worried over their survival in the lockdown others fear of becoming burden on the family. Interestingly, the Bombay HC recently held that no inmates can be forced to take parole/temporary bail.
Announcing numerous COVID-19 support measures, the Centre on May 29 promised pension to families that lost their sole bread-earners due to the pandemic. The government also stated that it had "enhanced and liberalized" the insurance compensation policy under Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme to support such families. Moreover, the benefit will be available retrospectively to cover COVID casualties from 24.03.2020 till 22.03.2022.
Research company Ipsos' "What Worries the World" survey report has revealed that 66% urban Indians are worried about the coronavirus pandemic. Interestingly, the percentage saw a 21% increase from the previous numbers in April 2021. Besides, unemployment (44%) ranked second-most worried topic while healthcare concerns moved up to third with (30%). Concerns over healthcare have increased by 13% over April. Meanwhile, financial/political… read-more
After 41 years of serving for the Indian Navy, the first destroyer in the Navy, INS Rajput will be decommissioned at the Vishakhapatnam Naval Dockyard on May 21. Commissioned in 1980, the first vessel of Kashin-class destroyers was constructed in Ukraine. The decommissioning ceremony will be low-key due to the pandemic and will be attended by in-house sailors and officers. Notably, the vessel served both eastern and western fleets.
Manhar Muni Desai, a 70-year-old monk who was convicted of molesting a teen in march 2012, has committed suicide at a Jain temple in Mumbai. As per police officials, “Desai was found hanging from a ceiling fan by one of the temple workers.” Desai was given a two-year jail term sentence earlier this month but his arrest got delayed due to the pandemic. He also left behind a suicide note.
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The CBSE is likely to postpone the class 10 board exam results as the board has extended the dates for submission of students' marks by the schools from June 5 to June 30. Reportedly, the decision was made considering the safety and health of teachers. Earlier, the submission dates were June 5 and June 11 for marks out of 80 and internal assessment marks respectively.
Artist Robert Seaman on May 11 completed one year of creating doodles on pandemic. Robert works for six hours a day creating a doodle every day. The 88-year-old started his journey of doodles from a one-room apartment in New Hampshire. Having deep interest in drawing from an early age, the octogenarian artist later aimed to pursue it as a career, for which he even left his real estate job.
Due to substantial decrease in number of flights amid the pandemic, the Delhi International airport has decided to close its T2 terminal from May 17 midnight. The airport officials stated that it will be managing all flights from the T3 terminal only. The decision came after India and its aviation department experienced a worse second wave of COVID -19. Currently, the airport is managing around 325 flights everyday.
Paediatrician Dr Jesal Sheth suggests to address children’s fears and conversations for the emotional well-being and to avoid stress in children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommending to engage them in indoor games, Sheth said besides safeguarding them against outside exposure this will make them understand what staying indoor means at these times. The senior consultant at Fortis Hospital added to encourage children to spend more time… read-more