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U.S Customs tells Indians : Stop carrying Bullshit. Cow dung from India is prohibited in luggage

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Cows are no strangers to praise and controversy in India. Hindus consider the animal sacred and many consider cow urine (Gomutra) and poop (cow dung) sacred and containing medicinal properties.   This may sound funny to some, but Indians seem to be carrying cow dung (dried cake) in their baggage while traveling to the US, prompting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to issue a press release ( Dulles CBP Agriculture Specialists Find Cake Surprise in Leftover Baggage ). According to the release U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists discovered cow dung cakes while examining leftover baggage recently at Washington Dulles International Airport.  That is not a typo. CBP agriculture specialists found two cow dung cakes in a suitcase that was left behind after passengers from an Air India flight cleared CBP’s inspection station on April 4.  cbp.gov According to US CBP,  "Cow dung is reported to be a vital energy and cooking source in some parts of the world. Cow d

COVID-19 in India: fact-check, and looking beyond headlines

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Here is a look beyond a topics making headlines and a few facts.  Headline : "India is struggling to vaccinate its people against COVID-19"  India is indeed struggling to vaccinating a nation of 1.3 billion... but think of the scale and success thus far As of mid-May 2021, India has already vaccinated 16 crore (160 million) people till date. Let this number sink in for a moment.. That's entire population of Russia and half the population of USA,  2.5 times of UK.  7 times Australia and 34 times New Zealand. Headline :  Bodies are seen floating in Ganga, Yamuna Ganga and Yamuna have historically been among the most polluted rivers in the world. Manmade pollution includes bodies and human remains from scores of burning ghats along the river banks.   As per this article  "Old Photos of Dead Bodies Floating in Ganga Passed Off as Recent" The most polluted river Yamuna | My India 2014 A River about to Die - Yamuna River Project - 2014 Unnao dead bodies row 2015 - Wik

Checklist: What to do after death of a Parent or loved one?

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With a death in the family, survivors may have to come to grips with the stark reality: how to move forward after the death. While the grieving process can take time, one also must address several documentation, paperwork and other formalities. Here are a few things that you will have to follow up on: To Do Immediately After Someone Dies Inform loved ones, family and friends Arrange for a funeral - depending on your custom and current regulations and wishes of the deceased, you will have to plan for the final rites Plan for after death ceremonies - this will depend on your customs (e.g  After death ceremonies – Brahmin Iyer ) Apply for a  death certificate . This is the most important legal step and may be a two-step process The hospital, crematorium or burial ground officials may issue a letter/document with the name of deceased and cause of death.  The letter/document needs to be submitted to the local municipal/corporation office that will ‘record’ the death and issue an ‘official’

India surpasses US to report world's largest single-day tally of covid cases

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This is one tally that Indians are surely not proud of, especially not being in the top of THE list - India is now on top of the global tally, surpassing rest of the world to end up with the most number of COVID-19 cases with nearly 22,91,428 active cases,   By the numbers According to WHO , there have been 142,557,268 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, including 3,037,398 deaths.  Globally, a total of 889,827,023 vaccine doses have been administered.  India now has 2,291,428 active cases with the total number cases recorded at over 15.93 million. In past 24 hours, more than 2.2 million vaccines were administered in India, taking the overall doses to 132 million  For the past few weeks, the number of cases India have been skyrocketing, setting new records almost every day. The Indian health ministry said on Thursday that India recorded 312,731 new infections in a 24-hour period, marking a new milestone in the coronavirus pandemic.  It is the highest daily case count in a single c

How to enforce social distancing at an event with three-hundred thousand visitors a day? AI-equipped cameras to zoom in on those without masks at Kumbh Mela

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The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is a mela (religious festival) held every 12 years at Haridwar, India. The Kumbh mela sees a daily average of over three hundred thousand devotees at the various ghats (river banks) in Haridwar, but that number is expected to swell during the shahi snans on April 12, 14 and 27. This year, officials are especially concerned about the impact of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They are exploring hi-tech options to monitor the teeming masses including Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled cameras.     Officials said over 350 CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations in the mela area, with about 100 of these equipped with sensors that generate an alert when the camera captures the image of a person without a mask. These AI-equipped cameras also generate an alert when sites identified as vulnerable for stampede at Har-ki-Pauri, Subhash ghat, Brahmakund, Malviya Dweep and other areas that see a higher crowd density. The cameras are also being used to keep a

Bengaluru healthcare workers getting infected by Covid-19 despite second dose of vaccine

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Most people think Covid-19 vaccines are a silver bullet against the novel coronavirus. Not so, say hospitals, where healthcare workers and other personnel have been contracting Covid-19 after receiving the second dose. This was the case at the Bengaluru Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) which has found over a dozen positive cases among MBBS students on the campus despite being inoculated with the second dose, according to Dr Smitha Segu, nodal officer. “None of the index cases had a travel history. They were tested after they developed symptoms. Subsequent testing of other students at the BMCRI hostel found 13 positive cases. Some of the students had recently been vaccinated,” she said, adding that all positive students are currently under isolation in separate hostel rooms. Another official said cases have been found in other medical colleges. “Some colleges have reported between 10 and 12 cases,” the source said, cautioning that the infection was spreading from medical s

Indian Supreme Court asks man accused of raping girl: “Are you willing to marry her?"

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During a hearing that has shocked many, the Indian Supreme Court bench asked a rape accused “Are you willing to marry her (the victim)?” The man refused saying he was already married. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde was hearing a plea filed by the accused, Mohit Subhash Chavan, a technician in Maharashtra State Electricity Production Company. “You should have thought before seducing and raping the young girl. You are a government servant. We are not forcing you to marry. Let us know if you will, otherwise you will say we are forcing you to marry her,” the Chief Justice said.   “I had initially asked for marriage... Right now, I cannot marry her... I am married,” Chavan's lawyer reported back his client's statement to the court.  Chavan was accused of raping a minor girl in 2014-15. He was allegedly 17-years-old at the time. The victim, who was a distant relative of his was in the ninth grade when she was repeatedly molested by Chavan.   The accused had moved the apex