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India Cross 5 Million COVID-19 Cases!

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  So, the days taken to surge by a million new cases have been reduced to 11 days now: India has crossed 5 million or 50 lakhs or 0.5 Crore total COVID-19 cases early morning today, from 4 million reached on 5 th September 2020. The accelerating surge can be ascertained from the fact that to reach the first million India took 168 days, then 21 days to reach 2 million, 16 days to reach 3 million, 12 days to reach 4 million and now 11 days to reach 5 million. The highest daily spike in new cases happened on 11 th September when the figure was nearly 98,000, and the grim milestone of 1 lakh or one hundred thousand cases daily has somehow been avoided on that day and later. However, on the twenty-four-hour period ending 15 th September the daily spike got reduced to around 83,000, and again the figure increased to over 90 thousand in the last twenty-four-hour period. The highest spike of 1290 deaths have been recorded for the same period with Maharashtra registering its record high of

Why Navaratri and Durga Puja Delayed in 2020!

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The 11-day Ganesh Festival, celebrated all over Maharashtra and other parts of the country, ushers in the festive season in India, it normally falls during August-September every year as per the calculations of the lunisolar Hindu Calendar. After the immersion on the 14 th day of the bright phase or the waxing moon phase or Shukla Paksha of the lunar month, full moon or Purnima occurs the next day, and the following fortnight of the darkening phase or the waning phase or Krishna Paksha is observed as Pitru Paksha when people pay homage to their ancestors and perform the main shradh or funeral rituals on the culminating day of the new moon or Amavasya, that is Mahalaya . Next day, the brightening phase of the moon starts again which is called Devi Paksha and during this divine fortnight of the Goddess awakening, Navaratri and Durga Puja are celebrated. Hymns of Goddess Durga resonate the air on the auspicious day of Mahalaya , and people of India, energized by the sweet ting

Tales, Telltales And Tailspin!

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He is facing an existential crisis: should he stop watching news television forthwith or continue watching at his own peril! He is not able to decide the best course of action. Some of his friends, why his own wife too on many occasions, have been advising him to strictly not watch news channels. Because, they opine, it’s been very negative with everything, and, essentially, why should one go on being a mute witness to the reports of how many millions had been infected with the virus and how many thousands had succumbed to it. It affects you in the wrong way, makes you despondent and depressed, they add most emphatically. But, how can he just give up on news? He has to keep up with the local, national and the world scenario for his information, understanding and possibly analysis, particularly in this pandemic situation. And what are the alternatives? He does not still get his newspapers, and he quickly gets tired of reading e-papers. His mind goes into a spin. Some frien

COVID-19 Pandemic: When No Means More Than A No!

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The novel Coronavirus pandemic has impacted humans like never before in the history of humankind on earth, because it has affected the vistas of personal choices and personal likes and dislikes of people. Of course, wars including the world wars did and do impact lives, but not to the extent as on the present prolonged crisis. Thanks to the advisories and preventive measures to check the spread of the disease most people have successfully specialized in saying no to so many things they prefer to say a resounding yes. This is in sharp contrast of the commonly observed phenomenon that people, good-natured as most of them are, find it extremely difficult to say no, and many social analysts consider ‘saying or meaning no’ a negative trait, barring serious situations when a ‘no’ strictly means ‘no’ and should be respected by all concerned parties or offenders. In view of the pandemic that still does not want to leave humankind alone this specialized ‘no’ has assumed a tremendous and ti