Nostalgia in the time of a lockdown

With outdated-faculty Doordarshan favourites similar to Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shaktimaan (proper) and Dekh Bhai Dekh again on the telly throughout the 21-day lockdown, Amul determined to money in on nostalgia and share its commercials from the 1990s when its chocolate bars got here with the tagline “a present for somebody you like”. Who mentioned it’s solely exhibits that want re-runs?

Bhopal shuts down, Centre releases containment plan

People stand in a queue at safe distance to buy grocery items from a shop during the nationwide lockdown imposed in wake of coronavirus, in Bhopal, Sunday (Photo: PTI)People stand in a queue at secure distance to purchase grocery objects from a store throughout the nationwide lockdown imposed in wake of coronavirus, in Bhopal, Sunday (Photo: PTI)

Aviation business grounds employees

Aviation and hospitality appear to be amongst the worst hit industries by the pandemic. On Sunday, Air Deccan introduced it was ceasing operations till additional discover, and that each one staff would go on “sabbatical” with out pay. IndiGo, India’s most worthwhile airline, introduced a 25% lower in salaries final week, adopted by SpiceJet. GoAir retrenched its complete workforce of expat pilots thought-about costly, launched depart with out pay for its staff and a 50% pay lower for its senior management.

India bans export of drug used for coronavirus

A day after India banned all exports of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug used to deal with covid-19 although its efficacy has not been proved, US chief Donald Trump requested India’s prime minister Narendra Modi to launch provides of what he calls “a sport changer”. While research from China and France reported advantages from taking the drug, others say it doesn’t assist the immune system clear the virus. Italy and Malaysia have been utilizing it. Meanwhile, individuals have began stockpiling the drug, resulting in shortages for many who actually need it—individuals with lupus and arthritis.

Board sport fanatics search journey, quizzes

Adventure and quizzing games have seen a spike in usersAdventure and quizzing video games have seen a spike in customers

Board video games have all the time been the hipster millennial’s stressbuster however throughout the lockdown extra younger individuals appear to have taken to them. Adventure and quizzing video games have seen a spike in customers in comparison with the week earlier than the janata curfew on 22 March. About 16% extra 15- to 24-year-olds performed board video games in the previous two weeks (see graph).

What a view!

The Himalayas are seen from the city on a clear, pollution free day, in Jalandhar (Photo: PTI)The Himalayas are seen from the metropolis on a transparent, air pollution free day, in Jalandhar (Photo: PTI)

Fake movies about whales close to Bombay High and dolphins in Venice’s canals have been shared and re-shared as individuals search for tales of hope in time of a disaster. But fewer automobiles, shuttered factories, and streets empty of individuals have had a visual impact. This weekend, Jalandhar woke as much as a view of the Dhauladhar vary, about 200km away, one thing residents say they haven’t seen in 30 years. Forest officers posted a video of an elephant on a stroll on a Dehradun avenue. Then there are pictures of the waters of the Yamuna, often simply darkish sludge, and Ganga at Haridwar trying cleaner.

Racism on the rise, on-line and offline

Signs that read 'suspend rent' and 'fear causes racism' are pictured on a boarded-up business in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus in Seattle, Washington, US (Photo: Reuters)Signs that learn ‘droop hire’ and ‘concern causes racism’ are pictured on a boarded-up enterprise in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood as efforts proceed to assist gradual the unfold of coronavirus in Seattle, Washington, US (Photo: Reuters)

Reports are rife of racism in opposition to individuals of Asian origin on the streets of India, Australia, UK and US, following the coronavirus outbreak. The scale of abuse is bigger on social media. An Al Jazeera evaluation discovered over 10,000 posts on Twitter and 72,000 on Instagram had racist tags. On TikTok, movies with racist overtones had thousands and thousands of views. Though social media corporations say they’re making an attempt to counter abuse, extra must be completed. This weekend, a French channel needed to apologize after an anchor was heard whispering “they’re burying Pokemons” whereas overlaying China mourning victims.

Spanish city cuts itself off from world and virus

SINCE MEDIEVAL occasions, Zahara de la Sierra in southern Spain has turned itself right into a fortress to maintain out enemies. Now, it’s using the similar tactic in opposition to coronavirus. On 14 March, the city excessive up in the Andalusian countryside lower itself off, and the mayor blocked all of the city’s 5 entrances. Since then, Spain has recorded greater than 130,000 instances and 12,000 deaths. In Zahara, nevertheless, there has not been a single recorded case of covid-19 amongst its 1,400 inhabitants, most of whom are over the age of 60. The city delivers all necessities to its residents’ doorsteps.

Everyone’s stepping into masks-making

Knitting might now not be the new ability to brag about on Instagram. A day after it put out a guide on making masks with outdated T-shirts and stitching machines, the Centre has requested individuals to put on selfmade masks once they step out to forestall contracting coronavirus. Some are forward of the curve—in Mizoram, a whole bunch of dwelling tailors, who often end up garments, have been making masks whereas the textile factories ship them lower material. Prisoners in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have been stitching masks, and self-assist teams in Odisha have made and distributed a million reusable masks.

What we’re watching in lockdown

THE BORDER between Germany and Denmark closed two weeks in the past, however this aged couple nonetheless have their every day dates —and somebody made a video of it. Inga Rasmussen, 85, from Denmark, and Karsten Hansen, 89, from Germany, sit throughout the verify-publish every day to talk and share a drink. They met two years in the past, and have spent on daily basis collectively. And they’re not letting a virus get of their method.

Curated by Shalini Umachandran.

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