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Ghost Stories

In the scene of Ghost Stories ,there is a lavish house that looks like its leapt out of a Sabyasachi catalogue, amid a high-society family that has a house-help to stir their morning cornflakes for them, and a wedding which KJo plays all to his strengths. The basic story, though, is extremely childish. You know what is to happen right at the end of the first scene but you keep watching in the hope that there will be a surprise, that it won’t be,and cannot be as predictable as you fear it is. In that, the fear is most real in KJo’s offering. Mrunal Thakur has little to do except run around the haveli in a satin negligee, scream once in a while. And for the millennial audience, shout the F word means a bunch of times. KJo’s short is very underwhelming, we actually went back and watched Dibakar’s again.

Ghost Stories portrays things get off to a good start with Zoya’s technically brilliant tale. She built the feeling of dread and uneasiness experienced by Sameera (Janhvi Kapoor), who has played the role of a nurse sent to look after a bedridden patient (Surekha Sikri).
The home and dementia struck patient have both seen happier days, but now there is dust, decay and a peculiar smell that refuses to go away. Sameera is no Florence Nightingale though. After sedating the old lady for the whole night, she plans a romantic tryst with her married lover Guddu (Vijay Verma) but the noises they hear outside their door and the howling of the old woman are from amorous.
Cinematographer Tanay Satam deserves very special credit for the way he makes the corridors look longer and more ominous than they are, and the use of long takes to establish the geography of the house so we know exactly which way the horror lies.
Women let down or abandoned by men is a very common character backstory or journey in a lot of Zoya’s work. Here, too, the bedridden old lady and the young nurse are much linked by the men who have abandoned them; she by her son, and the young woman by her parents and then Guddu. Sameera’s character has a lot in common with Bhumi Pednekar’s character from Zoya’s segment in Lust Stories, including a callous lover and a very dead-end job.
Casting Surekha is an inspired choice, and the veteran actor who in fact suffered a stroke very recently, is just the right combination of restrained and creepy. While the twist in the tale is not entirely inspired, Surekha and Janhvi – each one an immensely talented actor who is finally getting her due, and the other a star kid- are both immensely watchable.

It has to be said here that the content in all these anthologies has consistently deteriorated from Bombay Talkies to Lust Stories to now Ghost Stories. But even at their worst, Zoya and Anurag are better than the most. KJo has gotten it just right this time. But Dibakar outshines everyone else. How we’ve missed this man!

So in the Ghost stories, Janhvi Kapoor is a house-nurse taking care of a very frail Surekha Sikri. Both Kapoor and Sikri spend all their days between the conscious and the subconscious, except they’re of two very different natures. Zoya’s intricate attention to detail brings us into one of those dilapidated old homes in Bombay – not Mumbai, it gives you that Bombay feel – that anyway gives you the chills.
And then there’s something about old women with messed up hair and beady eyes. Zoya plays the stereotypical character which is a bit heartbreaking. The story is very predictable: Showing loneliness, abandonment, holding on to the past and of death – body or soul.

Janhvi does very well, but her character is not appreciative in the way Bhumi did in Zoya’s Lust Stories short. Sikri has also got very limited scope, given the narrative is centred around Janhvi. And Vijay Varma should have just remained a soft voice on the phone. An underwhelming start to the year already.

Character of Dibakar Banerjee in Ghost Stories shows that he was a man posted in a town far from humanity. He’s cribbing his wife as he walks towards the town after his ride abandoned him, and always enquires about his kids while he’s at it. Rain-soaked muddy roads always cause him to slip. The rest could be either a dream or a reality, but smartly and very bravely political, it is.

His town in Ghost stories share a railway station, a hospital, a school, and they share a bloodthirst, a thirst that’s caused one townie to murder (devour) his rival townie. Until nothing but a bone-chilling picture of devastation is left there. Dibakar also plays with psychological fear, the kind that we’re all breathing in right now, and presents a theatre of absurd-esque story that hits you. And right there is the scare – no ghosts of eerie music needed. Bravo!
PS. Gulshan Devaiah had also one scene and a handful of dialogues, and that’s all it took for this man to scare all the daylights out of you.

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India Took The Decision To Export Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the US.



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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the partnership between India and the United States is stronger than ever after India took the decision to export Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the US.

In a tweet after US president Donald Trump thanked India for the decision on HCQ, the PM said India would do everything possible to help in humanity’s fight against COVID-19. ‘Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19.

We shall win this together,’ Mr Modi tweeted. The tweet came after US President Donald Trump thanked India for the decision for approving the export of HCQ. Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you, India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!’ Trump said in a tweet on WeShri Modi was responding to a tweet from the US President H.E. Donald Trump who expressed his gratitude for India’s decision to supply Hydroxychloroquine, in the USA’s fight against COVID-19.

In the backdrop of New Delhi’s decision to export anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine following a “retaliation” threat from the US President, Trump in his latest response said on Twitter, “Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”

Replying to the US President, Modi tweeted, “Fully agree with you President @realDonaldTrump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever. India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together.”

After India said yes to the export of Hydroxychloroquine to the COVID-19-hit nations, Trump on Tuesday praised Modi calling him “great”.

 In an interview with Fox News, Trump said as quoted by media, “I bought millions of doses. More than 29 million. I spoke to PM Modi, a lot of it comes out of India. I asked him if he would release it? He was Great. He was really good.

 You know they put a stop because they wanted it for India. But there is New Delhi/Washington/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the India-US partnership is at its peak following US President Donald Trump’s heaps of praises for the South Asian country’s most popular leader.

In the backdrop of New Delhi’s decision to export anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine following a “retaliation” threat from the US President, Trump in his latest response said on Twitter, “Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”

After he had learnt about the news that India might not export the drug, Trump, who calls Modi a “friend”, in his latest statement said, “I don’t like that decision, I didn’t hear that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday, we had a very good talk and we’ll see whether or not that’s his.”

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WhatsApp Took News Steps To Control The Misinformation About,Coronavirus Pandemic




Vastly popular messaging app WhatsApp is making it harder to share certain commonly forwarded messages as it tries to crack down on coronavirus rumours and misinformation. 

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues, there has been a rapid increase in the volume of false information and scams related to news about the diseases being shared, either maliciously or accidentally, through all types of social media, leaving big-tech companies scrambling to crackdown.

This TechRepublic Premium ebook compiles the latest on cancelled conferences, cybersecurity attacks, remote work tips, and the impact this pandemic is having on the tech industry.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp said it has seen a significant increase in the amount of message forwarding, which it said is leaving some users overwhelmed and is contributing to the spread of misinformation.

The app already labels frequently-forwarded messages — which have been forwarded more than five times — with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from close contact. Now the company has said it will only allow these types of messages to be sent by users to one chat at a time, in a bid to slow down their spread.

This is the latest step WhatsApp has taken to address the speed at which messages can spread: in January last year it limited the forwarding of messages to five chats at once, in order to constrain virality. WhatsApp said this resulted in a 25% decrease in total message forwards globally.

The company said it bans two million accounts per month for attempting to send bulk or automated messages. 

WhatsApp is also trying to give users more information about some of these mass-forwarded messages. The latest beta release displays a magnifying glass icon next to these frequently forwarded messages, giving users the option to send that message to a web search where they can find news results or other sources of information. “Double checking these messages before forwarding may help reduce the spread of rumours,” the company said.

WhatsApp, the world’s largest messaging app, announced today that it is taking new steps to curb the spread of misinformation on its platform, a problem that has become increasingly visible during the coronavirus pandemic. As I wrote in March, the platform has been a “petri dish for misinformation”—an incubator for false information and rumours about COVID-19. The company, which is owned by Facebook, says it will now monitor and limit the dissemination of forwarded messages.

This is a major change for an app that’s known as a place where friends and family send along memes, jokes, images, and multimedia messages. “Is all forwarding bad? Certainly not. We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful,” the company posted on its blog. “However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for the personal conversation.”

The company says it will now track messages that have been forwarded five or more times and will only allow “highly forwarded” messages to be passed on one more time. The latest beta version of its app also includes a feature that displays a magnifying glass next to frequently forwarded messages so users can check if it has been debunked by journalists or fact-checking sites. “Double checking these messages before forwarding may help reduce the spread of rumours,” wrote Erin Fors of Cutline Communications on behalf of WhatsApp in an email. 

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A TIGER AT the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19




A TIGER AT the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, and six other big cats are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the illness, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Sunday afternoon.

“It’s the first time, to our knowledge, that an [wild] animal has gotten sick from COVID-19 from a person,” says Paul Calle, chief veterinarian for the Bronx Zoo. The Malayan tiger, named Nadia, likely contracted the coronavirus from an infected—but unknown—asymptomatic zookeeper. “It’s the only thing that makes sense,” Calle says. The zoo has been closed to visitors since March 16.

Several domestic animals had previously tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including a Pomeranian and a German shepherd in Hong Kong, a domestic cat in Belgium.

Cats, both wild and domestic, are susceptible to feline coronavirus, but until recently, it was unknown whether they could contract SARS-CoV-2. A new Chinese study has found that cats may be able to infect each other, and scientists are rushing to learn what other species may be able to be infected by it.

A world-first at the Bronx Zoo

After developing a dry cough in late March, the four-year-old Malayan tiger, Nadia, was tested for the virus on April 2, according to Calle. Nadia’s sister, two Siberian tigers, and three African lions have also had coughs and a loss of appetite, though they have not been tested. The zoo has the seven cats under veterinary care and expects them to recover, Calle says, though the Wildlife Conservation Society, the nonprofit that runs the Bronx Zoo, cautioned in a news release that it’s unknown how the disease might progress in animals.

When Nadia started showing symptoms, the veterinary team did a number of diagnostic tests and blood work. “Considering what’s going on in New York City, we, of course, did the COVID testing,” Calle says. The team took samples at the zoo, after sedating Nadia. They sent the samples for testing to the New York State Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University and the samples University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. It is not the same type of test that health care providers give to people, says Calle, “so there is no competition for testing between these very different situations.”

According to the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no evidence that domestic or captive wild animals can spread the novel coronavirus to people. (It’s believed the virus infecting humans likely developed from a very closely related coronavirus found in bats.)

What’s next?

This is all completely new, Calle says, so there are many unanswered questions, including whether tigers and lions are more susceptible to coronavirus than other animals. None of the zoo’s other big cats, including snow leopards, cheetahs, a clouded leopard, an Amur leopard, and a puma are showing symptoms.

Zookeepers around the country have been making extra efforts to protect great apes in their care, as great apes can easily catch respiratory illnesses from humans. Experts have warned that they may be particularly susceptible to coronavirus.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed for a 9-minute blackout at 9 pm



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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed for a 9-minute blackout at 9 pm on Sunday, urging citizens to light a lamp, candle or shine a mobile flashlight during the period.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reminded everyone to maintain social distancing norms while undertaking the exercise.

“India is united in its fight against the corona pandemic”, Modi said in a video address on Friday, his third address since 19 March on COVID -19 that has now killed 66 Indians and infected 2,423.

This is the second such exercise called for by Modi. On 22 March, the prime minister had asked citizens to clap, blow conch or ring bell for 5 minutes to commend the efforts of those fighting the pandemic.

He said “On the 5th of April, on Sunday, I want 9 minutes from all you, at 9 pm. Listen carefully, on the 5th of April, at 9 pm, turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or in your balconies, and light candles or diyas , torches or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes,”

Modi said, adding that “At that time, if you have turned off all the lights of your homes, and each one of us in all directions has lit a diya; we will experience the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose we are all fighting for.

Narendra Modi said that ,In that light, in that lustre, in that radiance, let us resolve in our minds indicating that we are not alone, that no one is alone.”

India has been in lockdown since 25 March, which will last until the 14 April as of now. Only essential services are allowed to function during the period because of which businesses have shut down and the country has almost ground to a halt.

“Social distancing Lakshman Rekha should never be crossed and should not be broken in any case,” Modi said in his video message that lasted for around nine minutes.

“Whether it is people’s curfew, ringing bells, clapping hands or clanging plates; they have all made the nation realize its collective strength in these testing times.

It has led to the deepening of the belief that the nation can unite as one in the battle against Corona. This collective spirit of yours, of the nation, can be seen manifesting itself during these times of lockdown,” Modi said.

The opposition was quick to criticise the move.

Responding to Modi’s video address, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram said the need of the hour was to announce a generous livelihood support package for the poor.

“Dear @Narendra Modi, We will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists,” Chidambaram posted on Twitter soon after Modi’s Friday address.

“What we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor, including for those categories of poor who were totally ignored by @nsitharaman on 25-3-2020,” he added referring to Financial Assistance Package (FAP).

Congress and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been embroiled in a war of words over the 21-days lockdown, announced on 24 March, to contain the spread of COVID-19.

While Congress leaders say the union government needs to do more to handle the economic fallout of the lockdown, BJP has accused it of doing politics over the issue.

While the lockdown has affected all, for migrant workers it has been especially hard as it has taken away their chance at jobs and livelihood. Millions have been trudging to their villages and hometowns as living in urban centres become impossible with no wages and security.

The situation is particularly bad in India’s six largest metros—-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru—-where nearly half of the population comprises migrants.


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5 Facts About Corona Virus



Corona Virus

It’s highly unlikely that you don’t already know a lot about coronavirus, the global pandemic currently rolling across the globe, killing thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands, including world leaders and movie stars. In fact, we’d bet an hour doesn’t go by that you don’t hear about some new Corona Virus information. But while you’ve no doubt read plenty of alarming headlines about the novel virus known as COVID-19, you may have missed some of the fine print. We consulted scientific research and medical professionals to gather the facts about Corona Virus you likely haven’t heard.

1.COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to three days.

Sure, you know that you don’t want to grab the seat at the coffee shop next to someone who’s coughing away, but have you stopped to think about who was sitting at your table before you… even as long as three days ago? The truth is, coronavirus can live on surfaces long after an infected person has left. A new study from the National Institutes of Health, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, found that coronavirus can live on plastic and stainless steel for as long as three days.

2. It poses a greater risk to people with obesity.

While it’s well known that the elderly and those with compromised respiratory systems are at a greater risk of contracting and dying from corona virus, less discussed is the fact that obesity and diabetes can also make people more susceptible.

“Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to severe complications from viral infections of any kind, and as a result, are considered a high-risk population for COVID-19,” says Rocio Salas-Whalen, MD, of New York Endocrinology. “Due to the pathophysiology of diabetes, patients can take longer to heal, putting them at risk for developing complications from the virus. This is true with any type of infection in diabetes.”

Salas-Walen also points to research that has found that excess weight changes the efficacy of the flu shot. Considering that more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight, that could have important repercussions as coronavirus spreads in the States.

3. It won’t diminish in warm temperatures

Since most associate the regular flu season with the colder months of the year, many assume that COVID-19 will taper off as temperatures rise. But Salas-Whalen emphasizes that it’s not as simple as that.

“Unfortunately, the virology of COVID-19 does not diminish in warm temperatures,” she says. “Although the corona virus may have a seasonal cycle, it is not reasonable to expect a huge decline in transmission due to warmer weather alone. We see the largest decrease in infections when people refrain from being in locations with poor ventilation and/or large crowds.”

4. Coronavirus has cousins.

According to an article from the Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, COVID-19 is a variant of the coronavirus that caused the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003. As a result, its official name is: severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. It’s also a relative of the coronavirus Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as MERS, which surfaced in the Middle East beginning in 2012.

5.COVID-19 refers to the disease that the virus causes, not the virus itself.

The World Health Organization (WHO) realized that calling the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 might lead to some confusion and anxiety. As Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of WHO, put it in February: “From a risk communications perspective, using the name SARS can have unintended consequences in terms of creating unnecessary fear for some populations, especially in Asia, which was worst affected by the SARS outbreak in 2003.”

For that reason, WHO opted to refer to it by the name of the disease it results in—COVID-19—rather than by the name of the virus itself.

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