Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com spoke to Dr Pradip Awate, Maharashtra's disease surveillance officer, who been tracking the pandemic in Mumbai and Maharashtra, the nation's worst affected city and state, to find out what he thinks about this new theory that the virus could be airborne and if he has encountered any evidence of this in his long battle against COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Is COVID-19 airborne?
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The district unit of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) and three other organisations, including the All East Kameng Abo Tani Nyibu (Priest) Welfare Association, filed the complaint against Pastor Taye Kadu and the others. … [Read more...] about Pastor angers Arunachal indigenous faith followers, FIR lodged
By Osama ManzarFor a decade, with the rapid digitalisation across sectors, we have been talking about digital inclusion and exclusion, but it was only when the Covid-19 induced lockdown came into effect that it showed its ugly face. The need for ‘contactless payments’ seamlessly integrated into lives, across geographies and demographics, is crucial, now more than ever. The economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have connectivity and online access, compared with those who do not, can be vividly seen. Meanwhile, the Census looks at literacy as the ability of persons to read and write their names in any recognised official language. However, we know that is not enough.Similarly, owning a mobile phone is not the same as being 'digital'. Even owning a smartphone is not enough to be 'digitised' unless one has connectivity and knows how to access relevant and timely information on the Internet. What does that mean for India? There are 731 districts in … [Read more...] about Opinion: Inclusive digital financial literacy in a less-cash India
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), India’s largest metro network with a daily ridership of 60 lakh, has been shut since the lockdown began at the end of March. As the country goes through a phased opening now, there is still no clarity on when the transportation lifeline of the National Capital Region will be allowed to restart operations. Mangu Singh, DMRC’s managing director, tells Malini Goyal how hard the pandemic will hit the corporation and the public transportation system, in general. Edited excerpts of the interview: What is the current status of metro operations in Delhi? Trains have been completely stopped. We run two trains every day but only to check if every system is functional. The government has not given any clearance to start operations. So we don’t have clarity. There have been news reports of the DMRC working on some standard operating procedures (SOP). What are those for?We prepared an SOP right after Lockdown 2 was announced. We were … [Read more...] about Convincing people Metro is a safe option is going to be big challenge: Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC
"It's very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP," Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said Monday. "And, we've had multiple other incidents — assaults, rapes, robbery, shootings — so this is something that's going to need to change." … [Read more...] about Shootings up amid police shake-ups