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Priyanka Chopra Getting Trolled For Her Latest Instagram Post

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Is Priyanka Chopra’s pollution mask a big reason to be sarcastic about?

People have already started their sarcasm on Priyanka Chopra who on Sunday took to social media to post a selfie of herself in a mask, on Instagram.

Chopra, who is in Delhi and was shooting for her upcoming project ‘The White Tiger‘ wrote in her Instagram caption, “It’s so hard to shoot here (Delhi) right now that she can’t even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions.

She has been blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone”.

People are increasing pollution a notch higher by actively contribute to increasing air pollution in various ways themselves (Yes, driving cars, using ACs causes pollution too), instantly crucified Chopra for her post.

Scrutinize at some of the memes and comments currently doing the rounds on Twitter.

The trolling also reveals the phycology of people i.e. denial of climate crisis, hypocrisy and attempts to gaslight women celebrities, even if they are just stating the obvious.

So one must admit that smoking is not a  heinous crime, neither is it illegal. And foremost, it is someone’s personal choice, healthy or not.

Whether Chopra should be smoking or not despite being a vocal asthmatic is another topic of debate. However, to troll her for expressing concerns about pollution in Delhi is not just an attempt to gaslight the actor but also an easy way out for climate change and pollution deniers (Yes, India has them too).

These are the people who take up arms the second someone suggests curbing crackers on Diwali. They invoke religious rights, secularism, freedom of choice and every other distraction and ‘whataboutery’ in the book to justify their actions.

They trend #CrackersWaliDiwali and defend their stand as ‘freedom of expression’. On Diwali evening, Air Quality Index in several corners of Delhi reached its maximum level of 999. No amount of smoking by her or other smokers combined could lead to that kind of spike within a few hours.

of whether they smoke or not. While  as an actor feels like a representative of the Indian population (and she is with regard to her own profession), in reality, she as no role to play in formulating anti-pollution laws and strategies for the country or implementing them.

She is not a public servant and is within all her rights to smoke while also complain about the government and pollution. Because if she doesn’t have a right to complain, neither do air-conditioner owners, car drivers, Netflix enthusiasts and rice eaters since all these things can be in some way connected to an increase in air pollution.

While citizens choke, governments at the state and central level are involved in an all-too-familiar blame game. Would it not serve our respiratory systems better if we pinpoint accountability where it belongs?

Instead of engaging in borderline ‘sanskari’ harping on a photo of an actor, maybe Indians would serve their respiratory systems better by asking some real questions:

Why is the ban on unregulated industrial processes and construction not strictly implemented?

Why don’t governments invest more in afforestation?

Why are governments unable to address continued stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab?

Is Delhi government’s Odd-even scheme an efficient answer to reducing vehicular emissions in Delhi?

But no, you just want to hate on PeeCee

Do you all agree that smoking is a personal choice and it is a fact that breathing polluted air is unbearable and it’s not even good for health? And polluted air affects everyone and it can choke people.

Trolls which are directly attacking Chopra sound like smoking is a criminal offence and anyone who smokes has lost all rights to be vigilant about their health. We should all be very grateful to Pee Cee who is an influential voice, for highlighting the arduous problem of pollution faced by many in India.

 

There have been exorbitant levels of pollution in the city and the smog is refusing to settle in the area. 

This is giving birth to choking and serious health-related issues in Delhi NCR. Even Bollywood stars have stated their concern about the same and this included Priyanka Chopra Jonas as well. 

Priyanka was in New Delhi for her project and due to that, she had to step out in the city. PeeCee shared a photo with a mask on Instagram and told people to refrain from going out and urged them to stay safe. 

She said that she feels sympathetic towards homeless and have to face the adverse health issues due to the alarming air quality in Delhi NCR. 

However, people  saw the picture in a different way and went on to troll the Sky Is Pink actress. Many users also  commented on her viral photo of smoking and trolled her for being a hypocrite. Some also asked in the comments about her cigarette while others commented on the firecrackers that were used at Priyanka Chopra wedding with Nick Jonas. 

So her motive was to raise awareness among people about an issue that is affecting millions. We agree on the part that she can afford expensive air purifiers and stays out of India most of the time. However, it is very astonishing it is funny to see trolls which are targeting a celebrity who stood up for them.

For these trolls, we would say that commenting on the celebrity’s lifestyle choices seems to be more important than this pollution distress, urging the powers to do something about the pollution menace raising a notch affecting millions in India. Gauging the mentality would tell us that if one smokes, she becomes immune to pollution and thus should not wear any masks.

 

There is no room for any complacency and we should take utmost care to keep pollution levels under check. There is a dire need for everyone to focus on things they can do to reduce pollution than failed attempts at gaslighting celebrities by calling them “hypocrites”. At the end of the day, like everyone, even Priyanka Chopra is responsible for her own health and wellbeing.

While there has been relentless air pollution in the city, many on the Internet seem to have found an easy target to release their exasperation.

Priyanka Chopra has been seen smoking along with Nick Jonas went viral on social media. Chopra, who is suffering from asthma and has previously suffered against the bursting of crackers on Diwali was mercilessly trolled for the photo. People even asked the Dostana actor to quit smoking if she wanted to cure her asthma instead of telling others to not burst crackers on Diwali.

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COVID 19- ICMR denies the claim that says ‘we will reach the peak by mid-November’

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The ongoing wave of Covid 19 pandemic continues in India while we battle the cases. The good news is that the recovery rate is almost over 50 percentage, with the number of active cases being 2, 86,000 from a total count of 4, 90,000. The death toll has reached 15,301.

In the past weeks, several theories and reports have been published regarding the situation of the Coronavirus spread in India. Amidst all of this, a report was published that said the Covid 19 will attain its peak in mid- November. It was alleged that this research belonged to ICMR, i.e. The Indian Council of Medical Research.

 

What did this report say?

COVID 19- what did the report say

According to the Press Trust of India, this study was carried out by researchers belonging to an Operations Research Group constituted by ICMR. The report claimed that the eight-week nationwide lockdown since March 25th has postponed the peak point of the virus spread by an approx. of 34 to 76 days. It has also aided the reduction in the number of infections by 69% to 97%.

The study said that this has sharpened the healthcare system to boost its avenues to fight the pandemic. It also claimed that if public health measures to combat the virus have an efficiency rate of 60%, the system will hold it up till the first week of November.

However, the research further said, “After that, isolation beds could be inadequate for 5.4 months, ICU beds for 4.6 and ventilators for 3.9 months, projections by the health researchers showed.”

The report established a known fact with the practice of physical distancing and imposition of an efficient lockdown, the above-mentioned shortfall can be 83% less than what it could have been.

“While lockdowns will delay the onset of peak…strengthening the health system response in terms of testing, isolation of cases, treatment and contact tracing…will have to be the mainstay to reduce the impact of the pandemic in India until a vaccine becomes available,” the researchers said.

What was ICMR’S reaction to the report that was alleged to be published by them?

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The Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday openly denied this study that predicted India would achieve the peak wave of the Coronavirus cases only by mid-November. ICMR said that it did not carry out this research and publish the findings.

“The news reports attributing this study to ICMR are misleading,” the council said. “This refers to non-peer-reviewed modelling, not carried out by ICMR and does not reflect the official position of ICMR”, said the council.

The allegation was clarified on its Twitter and it dissociated itself from the findings of its study ICMR also mentioned that it is not the official position of the government body.

Also this, PIB fact check confirmed on their Twitter that this information is unauthentic.

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“Claim-as per ICMR, the peak of COVID-19 in India is shifted to mid-November when a paucity of ICU beds & ventilators may arise. #PIBFactCheck-The news is misleading. The study to which the report is attributed is not carried out by ICMR & doesn’t reflect the authentic information”, said the tweet.

Meanwhile, what can we do?

Certainly, the lockdown has been lifted with some restrictions and for the revival of the economy. But this does not imply that the pandemic is over. The cases are still on the rise and we have to continue practising social distancing until the scenario is normalized.

It is important to realize the gravity of the situation and not step out unnecessarily if wish to keep the health infrastructure our country intact.

 

 

 

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Finally Some Good News To Cherish, Digital Revenue Of Indian IT Companies’ Crosses $50 Billion

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Globally, Indian IT companies are well known for their performance. However, in 2017, analysts had stated that the Indian Information Technology was unable to respond positively to the advances of technology in the areas of AI/ML, sensors and robotics. Some even predicted its downfall.

Well, it looks like the Indian IT industry won’t give up so easily. Figures from the Indian IT association Nasscom show that these new digital areas have exceeded the $50 billion revenue mark, last fiscal. This amounts to more than a quarter of the total revenue of $191 billion.

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India shows tremendous advancement in AI/ML, sensors, and robotics

 The statistics show that in the case of top-notch IT companies the value is even higher. For TCS the digital accounted for 33% of their overall revenues, for Infosys, it accounted for 42%, and for Wipro, it accounted up to 41% of the overall revenue in the same fiscal year.

These numbers are a clear measure of valuable progress. However, since each firm has different parameters to define digital, these numbers cannot be compared.

Indian IT companies data

Since 2012, Nasscom has started breaking out digital. In that year, the value of digital in the sector’s total revenue was only 4%. But as we moved to 2015 and 2016, the value was estimated at $16 billion to $20 billion, a major boost to 11%-14% of the overall IT sector’s revenue.

Know what the experts say on this

Phil Fersht:

The CEO of IT consulting firm HfS Research, Phil Fersht believes that Indian IT companies have established a significant ‘permission to play’ through the years. He feels the secret ingredient of the industry rests in the IT firms’ sheer perseverance, love for technology, and wide-spread entrepreneurship. He said, “Today, many of the Indian IT firms are genuine alternatives to the traditional integration firms such as Deloitte and IBM to perform high-level digital work, a lot higher up the value stack when compared to five years ago.”

“I credit Indian IT talent with a marked improvement in learning new programming languages and becoming strong at mastering low-code software, such as RPA, Salesforce and Pega”, he further adds.

Nirmalya Kumar:

The Lee Kong Chian professor of marketing at Singapore Management University, Nirmalya Kumar said since 2010, the Indian IT industry has recognized the fact that they need to adapt to digital enterprises as all their customers were changing too. The clients need to work on their budgets to resolve the front end issues of digitally connecting with customers via websites and apps, instead of working on the maintenance of the legacy IT infrastructure.

He said, “Client focus had shifted to revenues and customer experience, which meant going digital had become a boardroom imperative.” “And for Indian IT, to make the transformation, digital talent was the constraint, not budgets”, he adds.

Moshe Katri:

The MD at Wedbush Securities, Moshe Katri acknowledges that since the past few years, IT companies in India have extensively taken charge of acquainting employees with new digital technologies, recruiting new employees with advanced knowledge in novel technologies. The companies have also directed sales forces towards digital and cross-selling digital-based projects amidst their existing legacy client base.

Vivek Wadhwa:

A distinguished person from the Carnegie Mellon University’s college of engineering, Vivek Wadhwa, who once criticized the IT industry, today gives a changed opinion. He felt that if India’s IT industry does not wake up and reinvent itself; it would be in free fall. Today, he adds, “But it did wake up from its slumber and launch a series of new initiatives in new industries.”

In his upcoming book, he discusses how companies that comprehend the exponential curves can dominate the future. He also talks about how legacy firms have an upper hand over newly established startups and ‘big equals slow and stodgy’ is a myth. He concludes, “It takes a lot of effort to get them to move, as it did for Indian IT, but when they do, they can move mountains.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sutapa Sikdar Shared An Emotional Love Letter In The Memory Of Irfan Khan

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The whole nation mourned as the heartbreaking news of Irrfan Khan’s death surfaced. Many of us took to social media to express our grief and sorrow and pray for the strength for Irrfan’s family – his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayaan.

Recently, Sutapa released a heart-warming statement not only thanking Irrfan’s fans and doctors for their support but also about how she was blessed to have Irrfan in this lifetime.

How can I write this as a family statement when the whole world is taking it as a personal loss? How can I begin to feel alone when millions are grieving with us at the moment? I want to assure everyone that this is not a loss, it is a gain. It’s a gain of the things he taught us, and now we shall finally begin to truly implement it and evolve. Yet I want to try to fill in the things that people don’t already know.”

Further adding she mentioned:

It’s unbelievable for us but I would put it in Irrfan’s words, “it’s magical” whether he is there or not there, and that’s what he loved, he never loved one-dimensional reality. The only thing I have a grudge against him is; he has spoiled me for life. His strive for perfection doesn’t let me settle for ordinary in anything. There was a rhythm which he always saw in everything, even in cacophony and chaos, so I have learnt to sing and dance to the music of that rhythm, even with my tone-deaf voice and two left feet.”

The whole nation mourned as the heartbreaking news of Irrfan Khan’s death surfaced. Many of us took to social media to express our grief and sorrow and pray for the strength for Irrfan’s family – his wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons, Babil and Ayaan.

Recently, Sutapa released a heart-warming statement not only thanking Irrfan’s fans and doctors for their support but also about how she was blessed to have Irrfan in this lifetime.

 

“It’s unbelievable for us but I would put it in Irrfan’s words, “it’s magical” whether he is there or not there, and that’s what he loved, he never loved one-dimensional reality. The only thing I have a grudge against him is; he has spoiled me for life. His strive for perfection doesn’t let me settle for ordinary in anything. There was a rhythm which he always saw in everything, even in cacophony and chaos, so I have learnt to sing and dance to the music of that rhythm, even with my tone-deaf voice and two left feet.”

Irrfan was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018. Talking about how he approached this rare disease, Sutapa wrote,

“Funnily, our life was a masterclass in acting, so when the dramatic entry of the “uninvited guests” happened, I had by then learnt, to see a harmony in the cacophony. The doctor’s reports were like scripts which I wanted to perfect, so I never miss any detail that he sought for in his performance.”

Further adding the details about the journey, Sutapa wrote,

“It’s difficult to explain what a wondrous, beautiful, overwhelming, painful and exciting journey this has been. I find this 2 and 1/2 years to have been an interlude, which had it’s own beginning, middle and culmination with Irrfan helming the role of the orchestra conductor, separate from the 35 years of our companionship, ours was not a marriage, it was a union.”

The statement further read,

“I see my little family, in a boat, with both my sons Babil and Ayaan, paddling it forward, with Irrfan guiding them “wahan nahi, yahan se modo” but since life is not cinema and there are no retakes, I sincerely wish my children sail this boat safely with their father’s guidance in mind and rockabye through the storm.”

 

 

 

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Museums For Virtual Travel In Lockdown

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Going into a self-quarantine can have many complex issues and complications beyond having enough food and supplies for two weeks. In terms of entertainment, it also probably means you’re in for a lot of boredom, a lot of Netflix, and a lot of browsing the internet.

But there is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

Take a look at just some of Google’s top museums that are offering online tours and exhibits. Museums around the world are also sharing their most zen art on social media to help people cope with staying home. And if that’s not enough culture for you, New York’s Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m. Now you can even go “outside” with incredible virtual tours of some of America’s best national parks.

1.British Museum, London

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

2.Guggenheim Museum, New York

Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

3.National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

4.Musée d’Orsay, Paris

You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

5.National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

6.Pergamon Museum, Berlin

As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

7.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

8.Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

9.The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

10.Uffizi Gallery, Florence

This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

11.MASP, São Paulo

The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.

12.National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Built-in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artefacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

Sadly, not all popular art museums and galleries could be included on Google Arts & Culture’s collection, but some museums are taking it upon themselves to offer online visits. According to Fast Company, the Louvre also offers virtual tours on its website.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

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Sonu Sood Famous On Twitter For Helping Migrant Workers

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Just days after arranging buses to for migrant workers to reach their homes in the state of Karnataka, actor Sonu Sood has now ensured that workers from states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand also reach home safely.

We got a video of the star wearing the necessary protective gear as he waved busloads of workers goodbye as they commenced their journey home.

Over the last couple of months, the star has been proving that he has a heart of gold by offering his Juhu hotel for healthcare workers, distributing food among the underprivileged, and of late, helping daily wage workers reach home. According to reports, Sonu has been doing his bit to get the necessary permissions in place to ensure these stranded workers reach home safely.

God bless you, take care,” Sood can be heard saying in the video.

In a statement to IANS, the actor said, “I feel it is my duty to help the migrants, the heartbeats of our country. We have seen migrants walking on the highways with their families and kids. We just can’t sit in the AC and tweet and show our concern till we don’t go on the roads, till we don’t become one of them. Otherwise, they will not have the trust that there is someone standing there for them. So I have been coordinating for their travels, for permissions from different states.”

He further claimed, “Now I get so many messages and hundreds of emails every day saying that they want to travel and I have been coordinating non-stop from the morning till the evening. This has become my only job during this lockdown. It gives me so much satisfaction that I can’t express in words. When I see these migrants and all those who are suffering, I feel that we have lost the respect of being a human. I can’t sleep properly in the night because the thoughts keep coming in my mind. The entire day I am reading emails, noting down their phone numbers, trying to call them. There are hundreds of them. I wish I could drive them personally to their villages day and night and reunite them with their families.”

Calling the labourers the ‘real face of India’, he said, “They are the real face of India who have worked hard to build our houses. They have left their homes, their parents, their loved ones and worked so hard just for us. Today, if we are not there to support them, I think we don’t have any rights to call ourselves human beings. We have to come forward and help them with the best of our abilities. We can’t leave them on the streets, we can’t see them dying on the highways, we can’t let those little children walking with them think that there is no one for their parents.”

Sonu Sood has been winning all our hearts by becoming a hope for thousands of migrant workers stranded in Mumbai during the lockdown, as the actor arranged buses and food for hundreds of migrants stuck in the city.

Actor Sonu Sood has now taken over the Twitter trend, on Saturday, #SonuSood topped  trends as netizens lauded the actor for being at the forefront amid the time of crisis, meanwhile the actor’s twitter timeline which is being flooded with requests from people stuck in various corners of the country, its look like he is the last hope for the workers.   

 

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