As the rest of the world slowly eases back to their regular lives amid the coronavirus pandemic which continues to remain as prevalent as ever, India seems to be becoming the new global hotspot for the contagion.
With 24,879 positive cases coming forward in less than 24 hours (highest single-day spike in the country) India recently overtook Russia for the third spot on the list of the most adversely affected nations in the world and is currently standing at 7,69,150 total cases.
JUST IN: India reports its biggest daily increase since coronavirus outbreak, with 24,879 new cases and 487 new deaths.
Total of 767,296 cases and 21,129 deaths. â Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) July 9, 2020
But the cause of worry might be more than what it feels right now. According to a recent study carried out by Professor John Sterman & Team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), India might see 2.8 lakh positive cases daily by February 2021.
Prof. John Sterman & Team at MIT who established the discipline of System Dynamics that I used in my Paper on Disruptive Innovations posit huge jump in COVID in India - 2.87 Lakh cases per day. We need to be very careful, need to test & isolate! @yadavakhilesh @samajwadiparty pic.twitter.com/PSBzXND0x0 â Prof. Abhishek Mishra (@profamishra) July 8, 2020
The research suggests that India will be the worst-affected country in the world because of the COVID-19 disease with the USA (95,000 cases per day), South Africa (21,000 cases per day) and Iran (17,000 cases per day) on the second, third and fourth spot, respectively, by the beginning of March next year.
Researchers say that the lack of timely testing and awareness led to approximately 35.3 million cases and 1,97,000 deaths which could have been avoided at a global level. However, these measures wonât be as effective now and that future outcomes will depend on âthe willingness of communities and governments to reduce transmission.â
The study reiterates the importance of social distancing, "future outcomes are less dependent on testing and more contingent on the willingness of communities and governments to reduce transmissionâ https://t.co/9s5YbMIEgL â Tarun Malaviya (@TarunMalaviya) July 8, 2020
According to the data until June 18, 2020, it was also calculated that all nations continue to remain well below the required levels of prevalence and infection fatality rate (IFR) to attain herd immunity (when the majority of a population is immune to an infectious disease, which in turn provides indirect protection to others).
Earlier this week, panic ensued when a group of scientists reported their findings to the World Health Organisation that suggested that the virus might be airborne. However, experts at Indiaâs Council of Scientific and Industrial Research believe that there is no need to get overwhelmed.
Is coronavirus airborne? Is herd immunity possible? Hear out @WHO chief scientist Dr @doctorsoumya's response to @sardesairajdeep. #NewsToday Full video - https://t.co/pgncUvXIpG pic.twitter.com/KeIQaqJdry â IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) July 8, 2020
â... what is being communicated to WHO is that the virus can be at least temporarily airborne, which means it can travel in droplets of smaller size less than five micron which will mean that it will be hanging in the air for longer than bigger droplet which settles down in a few minutes,â director of the CSIR-CCMB, Rakesh Mishra, told PTI.
For people on a personal level, the need to practise social distancing and avoid being in a crowded room, especially without aeration, like AC rooms, is of tantamount importance, more than ever. View the full article
TikTok is one of the Chinese apps banned in India and even though âdesiâ users supported the government's decision to ban the app, we were looking for a substitute all along and it looks like we have already found one- Instagram Reels.
Facebook confirmed that they are coming up with Instagram Reels in India. The 15-second video format platform is a saviour for people who were active on TikTok and enjoyed the app. This video format is going to fill the space vacated by the ban and now people can put similar content on Instagram.
Instagram Reels is all about its users sharing short format videos on their feed for their followers. Also, Instagram Reels is on a test in India right now, which means that now everyone can access it and will be rolled out in planned phases. In Brazil, Germany, and France, Instagram Reels is already live for testing and India has now joined the league.
As the feature went live on peopleâs phones- the users noticed the similarity between TikTok and Instagram Reels and soon the social media was flooded with memes. Not to forget, Mark Zuckerbergâs smart timing to launch Instagram Reels.
Checkout the memes here-
#instagramreels First too much tiktok videos on insta and now reels. Le Instagram: pic.twitter.com/mGVlPt9Sul â 2G_user. (@ManhasRomika) July 8, 2020Instagram after reels#instagramreels pic.twitter.com/pHZlgBtNl3 â Mannat (@thandrakhleyar) July 8, 2020*Instagram releases a feature called Reels where you can create & upload short videos like tiktok * #instagramreels
Meanwhile tiktokers to Instagram: pic.twitter.com/8maMXcVN05 â à¤¶à¥à¤°à¥à¤·à¥à¤ à¤à¤£à¥à¤¡à¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤² (@oyenikku) July 8, 2020Mark Zuckerberg launching "Reels" for instagram after tik-tok ban!#Reels #instagramreels pic.twitter.com/iZVTyWcpr8 â Harshvardhan Agrawal (@Harsh_humour) July 8, 2020*Instagram introduces a new feature #Reels Le tiktokers: pic.twitter.com/ogIffgJ6xF â Sheenu (@Sheenu61598447) July 8, 2020instagram has launched feature of 15 sec viedo. (reels) meanwhile tiktokers to insta:- pic.twitter.com/Zf4df2rqhn â à¤à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¤ (@shaktbhakt) July 8, 2020#instagramreels When everyone ask why r you create #Reels on Instagram after tiktok ban
Le zuccu pic.twitter.com/M5ZvgAiLeh â Astitwa Mohanta (@The_bekar_manus) July 9, 2020*Le TikTok to the new Instagram Reels feature pic.twitter.com/0sLZ28sLcw â hoes mad (@Chey_anne18) July 8, 2020#Reels #instagramreels
Me while watching tik tokiya videos on Instagram reels pic.twitter.com/TwFsa4lmj6 â SOMIL SACHAN (@meme_jong_unn) July 8, 2020 Reels can be accessed from the camera link in the Instagram app on your phone. The same way you post your Instagram stories on the app. You have a lot of music tracks, filters, and AR effects to make your 15-second videos entertaining and up to the mark. Also, with time Instagram will innovate with more and more features. View the full article
The Indian Army wants its personnel to refrain from social media apps for any kind of official or personal communication.
On Wednesday, citing security reasons, the Indian Army asked its personnel to delete their accounts from 89 social media apps by July 15 or face action. The range of apps that are restricted now for them include social media accounts, e-commerce and dating sites among other commonly used apps.
Some of these apps are Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, songs.pk, WeChat, Hike, Likee, Shareit, True Caller, PUBG, Tinder, according to a news report.
This substantial move has come amid a two-front cyberwar with China and Pakistan as the Indian Army takes into account an "exponential increase" in the number of cases being targeted by their intelligence agencies.
Amid the weeks of tensions between India and China following the worst border skirmish in more than five decades, New Delhi is being watchful on all fronts possible. The "all-weather" friends have been trying to trouble India at the LOC and LAC.
Even last year, the Indian Army stated in its advisory that the popular social media platform Facebook has turned out to be a crucial source of collecting intelligence, which is why officers holding critical posts in the army must consider deactivating their accounts.
Here we have listed out in detail the number of banned apps for the Indian Army personnel under 17 different categories. Take a look: Messaging Platforms WeChat
Hike Video Hosting PlatformsTikTok
Kwali Content Sharing PlatformsShareit
Zapya Web BrowsersUC Browser
UC Browser Mini Video and Live Streaming LiveMe
Vigo Video Utility AppsCam Scanner
True Caller Gaming AppsPUBG
Clash of Kings
All Tencent gaming apps
Mobile Legends E-CommerceClub Factory
Romwe Dating AppsTinder
Coffee Meets Bagel
Couch Surfing Antivirus360 Security
Nw Social MediaFacebook
SnapChat E-Reading AppsPratilipi Health AppsHeal of Y Lifestyle AppsPOPXO Knowledge AppsVokal Music AppsHungama
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A restaurant in #Madurai (much like the whole district) which is crazy about parotta, has made 'mask parottas' to raise awareness about COVID-19. Earlier, they have made a 'Tendulkar dosai' shaped like a bat and a 'Baba paneer masala dosai'ð¤https://t.co/uNKpBYqXv6 â Sanjana Ganesh (@ganesh_sanjana) July 8, 2020
It's a good idea.
âNot many in Madurai wear masks but everybody here loves parotta. We just put two and two together,â Mr. Kumar, the proprietor of Temple City restaurant says. â Sanjana Ganesh (@ganesh_sanjana) July 8, 2020
Mask parottas in Madurai.
Art could be in all forms. pic.twitter.com/b1Kriw7d5E â Arjun (@ArjunNamboo) July 8, 2020
ð¤¦ð» Much as I love Malabar parotta, this Doesn't look appetizing https://t.co/FTGz7MicOL â Priyanka Sachar (@twilightfairy) July 8, 2020
Do not, I repeat, do not EAT your mask. https://t.co/v9yeV7tJPd â Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) July 8, 2020
Don't tell the Government- Else 28% GST on Parotta Mask! https://t.co/TaexocDGLi â Shrinidhi Hande (@enidhi) July 8, 2020
A very important thought.
who would have imagined the mask parotta era would come after the edible underwear era â BookOfGenesia Ø¬ÙÙÙØ³ÙØ§ (@genesiaalves) July 8, 2020 View the full article
Actor Sushant Singh Rajputâs untimely demise has shaken not just his friends and family, but also the Bollywood industry as a whole. He died by suicide on June 14 at his Mumbai residence for reasons unknown. Although the news reports suggest that he was suffering from depression.
His untimely demise has led to several changes in the glitz town including the unending furore over the existing nepotism in the industry. Here we have listed out some of the changes that have happened in the Bollywood industry post Sushant Singh Rajput's death. 1. His death has fuelled mental health debate
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The pandemic has turned academic sessions into a joke as the schools have kept shut for almost four months now. Due to the on-going scenario, CBSE decided to scrap a few chapters from class 11 books. So, they ended up cutting lessons on secularism, citizenship, nationalism, and subsections like 'why do we need local governments and 'new social movements in India'. However, the teachers have been asked to elaborate on the topics that have been cut out of the syllabus but the students wonât be assessed on the same in their tests.
The HRD ministry had directed CBSE to reduce at least 30% of the regular syllabus of students of 9th to 12th standard. Recently, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted, âLooking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, #CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th.â
Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, #CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of Class 9th to 12th. @PMOIndia @HMOIndia @PIB_India @MIB_India @DDNewslive @cbseindia29 @mygovindia â Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 7, 2020
CBSE said in an official statement, âThe Heads of Schools and Teachers may ensure that the topics that have been reduced are also explained to the students to the extent required to connect different topics. However, the reduced syllabus will not be part of the topics for Internal Assessment and year-end Board Examination.â
The brainchild was to delete chapters that âeither repeated or overlapped or learning outcomes related to it are being covered under other chapters.â However, people on twitter didnât find the decision of deleting these topics from the syllabus a great move and hereâs what they have to say about it-
The @cbseindia29 board assured students in reduction of syllabus by 30%. Chapters that deal with the very pillars on which India stands have been removed, hereby destroying India's foundation. The CBSE wants to alter history based on WhatsApp forwards.https://t.co/ECGVXCCyTx â NSUI (@nsui) July 8, 2020
People outraged as the basic structure of constitution has been removed from the syllabus.
Shameful, They removed the basic structure of #Constitution from syllabus
The CBSE has âcompletely deletedâ chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, nd secularism from d political science curriculum of Class 11 in a bid to rationalise syllabus.https://t.co/rOEKphgGfW â Nadeem Gaur (@Nadeem_gaur92) July 8, 2020
cbse said truly fuck secularism, citizenship AND federalism wtf pic.twitter.com/Z5tjJZMubr â . (@opheliasorchids) July 7, 2020
After all these topics are supposed to be âimportantâ!
Wait... What!! Then what else left in #PoliticalScience That means #CBSE has removed the "Basic Structure" of Pol Sci syllabus. If u will not let students to read the values at which our country is laid then education becomes a waste. https://t.co/0mdpIZV2pC â Akanksha (@akanksha0524) July 8, 2020
What are the chapters cut from the CBSE syllabus?
Those on citizenship, secularism, federalism, demonetisation and GST among others !!https://t.co/Vg9u0Q9rrG â smitha nair (@smitharnair) July 8, 2020
Sarcastic and true at the same time.
A couple of weeks back I was discussing with my sister as to how important it is to make subjects like Pol. Science & Sociology as mandatory, specially when the voting age is 18.
Today CBSE deleted subjects like democratic rights, secularism, citizenship, and federalism. Nice. â Vedant Agrawal (@VedantAgrawaI) July 8, 2020
And they are calling this rationalizing the syllabus.
CBSE deleted chapters on Federalism,Citizenship,Nationalism & Secularism,which gave students an intro to the key Socio-Political construct of India. Well they were just In Books & now they performed the last rites by deleting it from there too,calling it Rationalizing the course pic.twitter.com/d05kbjk8Jv â Khushboo (@Khush_boozing) July 8, 2020
Zero importance to ârealâ learning..
Citizenship, Nationalism, Secularism chapters from Class XI curriculum removed - to âreduce the burdenâ on students. https://t.co/tG0IZj9i5t â Sanket à¤¸à¤à¤à¥à¤¤ (@sanket) July 7, 2020
What do you think of the move? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
Everyone to corona pic.twitter.com/QIv4icuQCv â Shubham Maida (@ShubhamMaida) July 8, 2020
Khelna hi nahi hai.
After knowing corona is #airborne
People who follow social distancing from last 3 months pic.twitter.com/xgZUwdq5EN â Shubham Maida (@ShubhamMaida) July 8, 2020
#airborne Corona virus be like pic.twitter.com/P5R6SiNwKF â MemeGo (@MemeG0) July 8, 2020
Not for long.
People : God please Save us in 2020 !!
God : pic.twitter.com/OPV3shTj0a â à¤¬à¥à¤°à¥à¤à¤à¤¾à¤° à¤µà¤¿à¤¨à¤¯ à¤¨à¤¿à¤°à¥à¤à¥à¤ (@vinay9874) July 8, 2020
When i hear #Corona is #airborne
Me pic.twitter.com/meC9PiAnOc â Joooolly (@ijoooolly) July 8, 2020
Which Jethalal are you today?
#Airborne Me waking up today and realizing that #coronavirus is airborne & social distancing won't help much : pic.twitter.com/VolU3uFseh â ðð¸ðð·ð· (@rishabh_memes) July 8, 2020
When you following social distancing but corona virus is now #airborne Corona to you:- pic.twitter.com/7nMouSSPXM â Harsh (@Nhiipata) July 8, 2020
After knowing coronavirus is #airborne
Me : pic.twitter.com/4SRfzEDv8b â Pradip (@prcasm) July 8, 2020
#Airborne People to #WHO :- pic.twitter.com/y5AVcUmtQp â Mrityunjay Chaturvedi (@im_mrityunjay_) July 8, 2020
Bohot zyada ho gaya.
so corona is #Airborne now?! :/ pic.twitter.com/ZYFmnMAlJ4 â Sonal Khattar (@Sonal_Khattar) July 8, 2020 View the full article