The Kolkata Metro Authorities announced that from January 18 passengers would not require e-passes to commute. Earlier, the city's metro services resumed from September 14 following the COVID-19 propelled lockdown and mandated e-passes for boarding the metro trains. Besides the new relaxation, the Kolkata metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee has announced to increase the frequency of the weekday services on the North-South Line from 228 to 240… read-more
Ujjain-based five-year-old Presha Khemani has won the youngest kids award in the World Records India Book. Presha conquered the feat after identifying the flags and naming the capitals of 150 countries in just four minutes and 17 seconds. Interestingly, she learned these things in a detailed and strategic manner during the seven-week COVID-19 lockdown itself. "I shall soon learn about currencies, languages and leaders of the countries spread… read-more
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A family from Andhra Pradesh’s Tenali spent nearly two crore in just 120 days to feed the distressed people during the COVID-induced lockdown. Sri Chandrasekhara Guru Paduka Peetum and Sri Ramayana Navahnika Yagna helped people through their 27-year-old foundation, Vishnubhatla Aanjaneya Chayanulu. They hired local chefs, who suffered job loss during the pandemic, and served around six lakh people in 120 days during the lockdown.
While the COVID-19 lockdown has turned many into amateur chefs, it has also resulted in the discovery of new food varieties. The top trended food that flooded almost every social media platform was Dalgona Coffee - cold/hot milk topped with whipped coffee. The trend was followed by Banana Bread, Pancake cereals and Dessert Burgers. The highly experimented dish was Maggi Omelete, in which people prepared the… read-more
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According to BookMyShow's #ShowOfTheYear2020 analysis, Christopher Nolan's Tenet became the most seen movie in India post-lockdown. Reportedly, the Robert Pattinson, John David and Dimple Kapadia starrer had sold about seven lakh tickets. Besides, Tamil movies - 'Biskoth' and 'Irandam Kuththu', and Hindi film 'Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari' have topped the list. Moreover, Hindi film 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior' and Telugu… read-more
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In a heartwarming initiative, a man has initiated a 'Rice ATM' scheme in Hyderabad that provides rice and other supplies to the needy 24x7. The man Ramu Dosapati, since April, had begun to serve the poor with an initial amount of Rs.1,50,000 from his savings and has altogether invested Rs 50 lakh. Besides, he had sacrificed his dream of owning a 3BHK house to help the needy.
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Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav stated that the Indian Railways has seen an 87% drop in passenger revenue due to the pandemic. He also said, "It is not possible to give a definite date for the resumption of normal train services." Yadav added that while normal trains are suspended, 1,089 special trains are running on 30-40% occupancy. However, he hoped that the deficit in passenger revenue will be bridged by the freight revenue.
In what could be called as a heart-warming act, the Burger King UK has started promoting small restaurants for free that have been shut down due to the pandemic. In a social media post, the company said, "There is more to life than whopper", and has urged people to show support to other restaurants as well. Earlier, Burger King… read-more
Online food delivery app Swiggy has shut its groceries, fruits, vegetables and other vital delivery facilities from about 100 cities, on its mobile application. The service rolled out during the COVID lockdown was curtailed after the restrictions were withdrawn. While it de-listed the stores from its app, it will continue its dark stores operation under Insta-mart brand. However people can still order groceries and other items through the… read-more
A Survey by Right to Food Campaign has revealed that 77% of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) compromised on food during the lockdown. RTF cited no sale of forest produce collected by PVTGs as the reason. The analysis also noted that nearly 74% of the Dalits, 54% of Adivasis and 69% of OBCs responded had consumed less food. While one in four Dalit and Muslim faced discrimination to access food.
Courtesy: The Times of India