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The Introduction of Delhi’s first oxygen bar to fight pollution

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In between all the measures to fight against the severe air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR, there’s one more option for you that ie a bar that has “pure air” attached with it. This product is founded by Aryavir Kumar and Margarita Kuritsyana which is the Delhi’s first-ever oxygen bar also named as ‘Oxy Pure’ which offers 15 minutes of 80-90 per cent pure oxygen starting from Rs 299.

This concept might be new in India but many countries also have oxygen bars for recreational purposes and aromatherapy. This session also hopes to displace harmful free radicals and neutralizes anaerobic infectious bacteria as well as environmental toxins.

Do you know that in Delhi the air quality and pollution has already reached severe+ category? The rising global temperatures in the city is due to climate change which can reverse two decades worth of health benefits. The city is filled with pollution hues for over a fortnight now. In the aftermath of the drop in temperature and burning in areas of Punjab and Haryana, the AQI in Delhi has worsened. Do you know that  Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called the city a gas chamber?

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 This is a  very unique concept which has emerged in the city battling with Air Pollution crisis, Oxy Pure is a type of bar that was opened in May this year by Aryavir Kumar in Delhi’s Saket. It offers visitors pure oxygen for almost fifteen minutes. You can choose to order your oxygen in 7 different aromas and fragrance. Spearmint, peppermint, cinnamon, orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus and lavender flavours are also available.

This bar was launched in May, also offers its customers several aromas to choose from that can be infused with oxygen that is odourless. The aromas include lemongrass, lavender, cherry, eucalyptus and many more flavours.

Customers are given a nasal, lightweight tube, used for supplementary oxygen intake. 

This device is placed near the customer’s nostrils through which they were advised to breathe in the aroma-infused oxygen.

According to the aroma that you choose, each session also promises to improve one’s sinus, sleep patterns and digestion, cure headaches and migraines, and even claims to work as a remedy for depression.

“Some people, who tried it for the first time, will feel relaxed and fresh. But only those people who undergo the sessions regularly will get real benefits of the aroma.

Irengbam points out that they don’t encourage the back-to-back session and advises his customers to stick with the 10 to 15-minute sessions a day.

“Though we have regular customers, doctors don’t encourage back-to-back sessions, as increased levels of oxygen in the body can make a person dizzy. It is advisable to do it once or twice a month,” doctors said.

Dr Rajesh Chawla, who is also a senior consultant in respiratory medicine at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital Delhi, said that though these sessions do not have any side-effects, it will not have any long-term benefits either. “Even if you breathe the so-called pure oxygen for two hours in a day, you will go back to breathing the polluted air for the rest of the 22 hours. This is purely a capitalistic move.

Recalling the initial days of the bar, Irengbam admitted that the people were sceptical and only a few people came forward to try it.“Many people criticised, saying that we were selling air, others were scared to breathe through the cannula”.

Irengbam said this bar saw a significant rise in the number of customers two to three days after Diwali, as the pollution levels were high adding that people are warming up to the idea of an oxygen bar. ”They have realised the need for it,” he said. The bar also provides portable oxygen cans, which is easy to carry around and works like an inhaler.

 

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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?

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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.

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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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