The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday banned all flights from the UK till 31 December 31 in the wake of a new fast-spreading strain of novel coronavirus in that country. The ban will start from Wednesday and all passengers arriving from the UK before then will be tested on arrival at airports.
“Considering the prevailing situation in UK, the Government of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India to be suspended till 31st December,” said the Aviation Ministry after a joint monitoring group on Covid-19 met on Monday morning to discuss the mutant coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the UK.
It added that as a measure of abundant precaution, passengers arriving from the UK in all transit flights should be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports in India. Those who test positive will be sent to institutional quarantine while the rest will be asked to home-isolate for seven days.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the new variant had an unusually large number of genetic changes and the development “calls for enhanced epidemiological surveillance, enhanced containment” and other measures to effectively tackle the challenge.
“India has been seeing a sustained decline in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases for over two months now, accompanied by a decline in the number of deaths. In this scenario, any interjection of a SARS-CoV-2 variant virus through passengers with air travel history could pose critical risks for pandemic management in India,” he said.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan assured people that the government has the situation under control and “there is no need to panic”. He said on Monday, “Don’t get hassled with imaginary situations… The government is fully alert.”
Though not much is known about the strain, experts believe that current vaccines should be effective against it. Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy, US President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Surgeon General, has said there is no evidence to suggest that a new and more contagious coronavirus variant reported in the UK is any deadlier. “This news from the UK appears to be about a new strain of the virus that’s more transmissible, more contagious than the virus we’ve seen prior to this,” he said. “While it seems to be more transmissible, we do not have evidence yet that this is a more deadly virus to an individual who acquires it,” Dr Murthy told NBC News on Sunday.
Meanwhile, there had been several calls to ban flights from the UK. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted this Monday morning: “New mutation of corona virus has emerged in UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central government to ban all flights from UK immediately.”
The UK is one of 23 countries that India shares an “air bubble” with; the country is home to a huge Indian diaspora and several flights per day take hundreds of people between London and New Delhi and London and Mumbai.
The mutant virus was first detected in southeast England in September. It is quickly becoming the dominant strain in London and other parts of the UK, and has led to surging infection numbers and toughest levels of restrictions on some 18 million Britons.
Maharashtra on Monday imposed an 11 pm to 6 am night curfew till 5 January in Mumbai and other cities, and announced new quarantine rules for arrivals from the Europe and West Asia, in view of a fast-spreading strain of coronavirus that has emerged in the UK.
Passengers from European or West Asian nations will be sent to 14-day institutional quarantine, and all others must home-isolate for a similar period, the Maharashtra government said on Monday evening.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner told news agency PTI that around 1,000 people are expected to arrive in five flights landing till midnight 22 December, when the centre’s ban on incoming flights from the UK takes effect.
Meanwhile, during the period of the night curfew, essential services, like supply of vegetables and milk, will remain unaffected. However, no more than five people can assemble at a given place in this time.
Several countries have suspended flights from the UK over the new strain, believed to be 70 per cent more infectious. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock had earlier claimed that “the new variant is out of control”.
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How do Government Websites help you to get information about your land?
As of right now, we’re able to share details on Rajasthan Apna Khata 2022. We’ll show you how to view a map of Rajasthan Farm from the comfort of your own home using an online map service. The state of Rajasthan is rather large. Jamabandi measles have been made available online by the Rajasthan government so that residents of the state may see their land records from the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about your Bhulekh UP, Rajasthan, or Rajasthan if you’re from Rajasthan, just keep checking back with us.
Rajasthan’s government has launched its own Apna Khata website to see land information. From the convenience of their own homes, residents of the state can access this website to view their Khasra Khatuni, Jamabandi, and Bhoomi Maps. Online applications for examining land records, Khet Khatauni, Jamabandi Nakal and Violence Intkaal are now available to all residents of the state, at any time. In addition, the state’s whole population may access internet data on Khet Number, Khatauni Number, and Violence Number, among other things.
The ApnaKhata raj nic in site allows Rajasthan residents to look up information on their property online. There would be no need for residents of the state to visit the Tehsil or Patwari’s office for any land-related tasks in the future. You don’t need to leave your house to verify your Bhulekh Jamabandi details.
Information regarding the land will no longer have to be obtained by making rounds of eating Patwari. People in Rajasthan state may now access and print Khata Khatauni and other land information via an internet website.
Apna Khata Rajasthan’s Positive Effects
- Those in Rajasthan state will no longer have to visit Patwari to see if Khatauni has been checked.
- The use of this gateway will help to cut down on unethical forms of marketing.
- People may now sit at home and look up information on their land thanks to the implementation of this program.
- To view a map of their property in Rajasthan Apna Khata, simply input the Khasra number or Jamabandi number.
- People in the state will save time as a result of the implementation of this portal..
What is the e Dharti Rajasthan Portal about?
Rajasthan’s state portal E-Dharti provides individuals with access to information on their land from the comfort of their own homes. This site may be used for a variety of tasks, such as generating a Khasra number, a Bhulekh, a land map, and a farm jamabandi. edharti.raj.nic.in is the portal’s official webpage.
A khata number is required for all citizens. Account numbers for families are known as Khata Numbers (also known as Khevat Numbers). Landowners and their total land holdings are listed in the database.
- The Apna Khata web site allows people of Rajasthan state to view the comprehensive data oftheir land.
- The official website of eDharti Apna Khata provides access to a variety of resources, including Khasra Map, Khatauni, and Jamabandi Nakal.
- As an online gateway, the inhabitants of the state will save time and no longer have to visit the Patwari, saving them time and money.
What is e Sathi?
An online platform called eSathi UP, developed by the UP government, offers a variety of services, including income and caste certificates, birth and death certificates, and more.
This portal’s goal is to make it easier for the people of Uttar Pradesh who live there to access a wide variety of government services and programs. People in the state of Uttar Pradesh can use the eSathi UP portal to apply for and obtain various certifications. The Uttar Pradesh e-District Project is a mission-mode project that runs under the e-Governance Plans throughout the state of UP for the convenience of citizens. It is the state government’s goal to make the e Sathi UP site a success. The fundamental objective of e District UP is to computerize governmental services. The entire system will be automated as part of the E District UP plan.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA DAY, NETIZENS CALL FOR CAUTION AND VERIFICATION
On the occasion of Social Media Day on Thursday, netizens took to social media to spread the message of caution. The official Twitter account of United Nations shared, “We all love to share. But sharing misformation is harmful and it spreads faster when we are upset. On Thursday’s Social Media Day, we ask you to #PledgeToPause and verify content before you share it online.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also tweeted: “Lies and misinformation spread around the world at the touch of a button. We can do our part to stop the spread. On Social Media Day, I encourage you to pause and take time to verify facts before you share something online.”
A social media user said, “Social Media Day is a day to celebrate the freedom and opportunities that this platform has given us,” whereas another social media user said, “Happy Social Media Day to all. Let us pledge to be more sensible, factual, responsible and positive on social media platforms.”
In today’s day and age, when the world is going digital, social media is paving its way to become an information age. From getting to know which celebrity is partying where, who got a promotion amongst your friend circle and sometimes, getting your daily dose of news, social media has emerged as one of the most important tools in our daily lives.
16 LGBTQ filmmakers awarded at ‘Colors of Love Film Festival’
About 16 LGBTQ filmmakers were awarded at the fourth edition of the “Colors of Love International LGBT Film Festival”, organised by Script Factory Production Private Limited. Out of 61 film submissions from LGBT filmmakers around the world, the jury recognised 22 films and 16 filmmakers for their inspiring work. The LGBT Film Festival received submissions for short films, documentaries, animation films, music videos, and web series with LGBTQ themes.
OUT, a short film directed by Seth Chitwood of the United States won the best LGBT-Gay film, followed by best LGBT-Lesbian film ‘Where do the sounds go’ directed by Florent Gouelou of France, Best LGBT-Bisexual Film ‘Write to me by mistake’ directed by Guiseppe De Candia of Italy, Best LGBT-Transgender Film ‘Sisterhood’ directed by Tobias Kralmark of Sweden, Best LGBT-Sexual Diversity Film ‘Quality Check’ directed by Harriette Murtland of the United States, Best LGBT-Documentary Film by ‘Merchant Marine Paul Goercke and Alexander Hamilton Post 448’ directed by Alexander Zane Irwin of the United States.
Best LGBT-Animation Film ‘Embrace’ directed by Latesha Merkel of the United States, Best LGBT–HIV based film ‘More Tomorrow than Before’ directed by Ulises Perez Mancil from Mexico, Best LGBT–Music Video ‘Give Her Your Love’ directed by Celeste Lois from Argentina, Best LGBT–Pride Celebration Film ‘Heaven in Hell’ directed by Len Rosen from the United States, best LGBT Director ‘Send Pic?’ directed by James Cooper from Canada, Best LGBT Female Filmmaker ‘Shall We Talk?’ directed by Katya Mikheeva from Russian Federation, Best LGBT Screenwriter ‘Keep Off the Grass’ written by Francis Rudd from the UK, best LGBT Cinematography Film ‘Enigma’ by Cinematographer Rayner Cook from the United States, best LGBT Editor ‘Breathe’ edited by Stefan Hickert from the Netherlands and Special Jury Mentioned award ‘Romario’ directed by James Cooper from Canada.
The LGBT Film Festival received submissions for short films, documentaries, animation films, music videos, and web series with LGBTQ themes.
Gary Punjabi, director of the LGBT Film Festival said, “The USP of the LGBT Film Festival is that it was organised during Pride Month (June),”addi ng, “There was an audience interaction on the topic “Women and Bollywood,” where we discussed female Bollywood filmmakers, and hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Pride is Every Day,” with panellists Jaswant Kaur, Kirandeep Sahay, and Ravindra Mukherjee.”
Color’s of Love international LGBT Film Festival was founded by the Script Factory Production Private Limited in 2020. An LGBTQ community enterprise, Colors of Love was founded to curate and present queer short films to new audiences in a fun and informative manner.
SPENDING TIME WITH NAMBI WAS A GREAT INSIGHT, SAYS MADHAVAN
Actor R. Madhavan is all set for his directorial debut. Will ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ kick off a new era for Indian cinema? Find out in this exclusive conversation.
With less than 50 days to go for 75 years of India’s Independence, patriotism is evidently in the air. This Friday, audiences will get to witness it across cinema halls in India, with the release of the much-awaited “spy” thriller –Rocketry, The Nambi Effect. Narayanan was a part of the golden engine team that was instrumental in kicking off India’s ambitious satellite programmes. Narayanan’s fight for justice to clear his name off the falsely accused espionage charges forms the central theme of this movie. The Daily Guardian Review spoke to actor R. Madhavan for an exclusive conversation before his big release. Excerpts:
R. Madhavan (left), and Nambi Narayanan.The poster of the film.
Q: Are you nervous, excited or a bit of both?
A: Right now, I have reached a stage beyond exhaustion and so I’m kind of numb. I’m happy that the film is releasing. I’m very keen to see the outcome of this film. I think I have moved past the stage of excitement and nervousness.
Q: What was your experience of working with Nambi like?
A: I think it was an eye-opener. First of all, it was embarrassing that one didn’t know enough about him and his story. It was even more shocking that what you knew about him was not even scratching the surface. When I knew the truth about who Nambi Sir is and what he has done for this country that nobody was aware of, it made me feel ashamed. It was that emotion which drove me to make up my mind about doing this film.
Q: Did you build a ‘more than movie’ relationship with him?
A: Oh yes! I’m in awe of him. Absolute awe. On top of that, he is kind, he is generous, and with age, he has been more active than most of us put together- mentally and physically. Had it not been for Covid that he, unfortunately, got in the last week, he would have been there with me now for all the promotions, which is something that I miss about the whole film, the promotion.
Q: How difficult was it to get into the skin of the character?
A: See, the thing is, I spent a lot of time trying to get into his mind and trying to understand what makes his mind tick. What makes him such a crazy patriot? You know the kind of guy who looks beyond the obvious and makes the impossible possible, right? Spending time with him was a great insight. I realised that people like him are patriots because they do their job with absolute sincerity, without any expectation of fame or money or anything of that sort. That’s an attitude, which is in-built and cannot be cultivated.
Q: How important is a movie like this for Gen Z to get inspired and feel patriotic?
A: The whole idea was to increase the intellectual capital of India, which is so required at this juncture. Telling a story of technocrats like Nambi Sir and glorifying the technological achievements in fields like science or medicine or IT is very essential. The idea is to see the film and understand that there are some geniuses, who have studied in the esteemed universities abroad and came back to work for the country.
Q: Is that why you recently also described Nambi as the ‘Father of James Bond’?
A: Yes, I think so. It’s uncanny the things he has done. I wish I had 12 hours to tell his story. With the sheer amount of strength, tenacity, and bravery to go with technical finesse, he is a genius in making the rocket engine. All that makes him the ‘Father of James Bond.’ Imagine, James Bond with everything he did and also an inventor and a scientist.
Q: From Madhavan, the actor to Madhavan, the Creator, how significant is that change?
A: Well, you know, academically it’s a huge change and I have little idea how much I have succeeded in it till the first of July and how the outcome of the film will be in terms of the public. For me, it was sort of a mission, almost insanity. No rationale for me to have done this film with the kind of budget we did it in, but we did it and finally, I have to tell you that I’m nervous about that outcome as anybody else.
Q: What is your reaction to the film getting a 10-minute-long standing ovation at Cannes 2022?
A: (Laughs) Well, I have to figure out if that ovation was for Nambi Sir alone or if some of it was for me as a director as well. I suspect it was because Nambi Sir was there.
Q: ‘Life Before Nambi’ and ‘Life After Nambi’, for you, what is the road ahead?
A: That already happened. My life before I met Nambi Sir is very different. Madhavan before meeting Nambi Sir is very different from Madhavan after having met Nambi Sir. I think I am permanently changed. And I suspect, for the better.
Q: Your directorial debut is a biopic. Will we see a pattern for your subsequent ventures too?
A: I hope so. Maybe I won’t be directing them but definitely looking at more ventures that are meaningful, about technocrats and their achievements and the possibilities that this country offers in every aspect of technology. We only end up making biopics on soldiers and sportspersons but I think it’s about time we made it about our technocrats as well. On that note, ‘Rocketry’ is all set to take off.
Vaishnavi H.S. is an entertainment industry analyst who has worked in leadership roles in many leading television and radio channels.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH’S KIDS TO FEATURE IN ‘THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER’
Two of Chris Hemsworth’s three children will appear in the next “Thor: Love & Thunder” film, the Hollywood actor has announced. According to People magazine, Hemsworth said in a media interview that two of his children would appear in the most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The “Extraction” actor and wife Elsa Pataky are parents to 10-year-old India, 2-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan, and 2-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan. The actor said that one of his twin boys and daughter India will appear in the movie in cameo roles. The actor said that his daughter will portray “the figure of Love” and that his son would portray Hemsworth’s character, Thor’s younger version. “It’s really cool. They really wanted to be in it,”Hemsworth stated.
The actor also noted that Christian Bale and Natalie Portman’s kids, would also feature in ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’, reported People magazine. There is also a special appearance of the director Taika Waititi’s children as well. Recalling the cast, Hemsworth confessed that it was a ‘fun family experience’ and the kids had a ‘great time’. “It felt like a one-off fun family experience. I don’t want them to now go and be child stars and actors. It was just a special experience we all had. They loved it, they had a great time,” revealed the actor.
On July 7 of this year, “Thor: Love and Thunder” is scheduled for release. Fans will see not just one, but two Thors in the movie, as Natalie Portman will play the role of the powerful Thor alongside Hemsworth for the first time. Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, and Chris Pratt are among the actors who play significant parts in the movie.
PUNJAB POLICE ARREST 11 OF LAWRENCE-RINDA’S GANG, SEVEN POSSIBLE MURDERS AVERTED
Arrested persons facing over 65 cases of heinous crimes such as murder, armed dacoity and organisaed extortion.
In an extensive and planned operation, the Punjab Police has busted an inter-state gang backed by Gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi and Harwinder Rinda, with the arrest of its 11 members. The police have also recovered nine weapons and five vehicles from their possession. The operation was carried out by the Jalandhar Rural Police.
ADGP Promod Ban, who was accompanied by SSP Jalandhar Rural Swapan Sharma, said that this group was active in several neighbouring states and had been involved in crimes including murder, attempt to murder, armed dacoity, organized extortion, dacoity, robbery, and drug smuggling. “With their arrest, Punjab Police has thwarted at least seven murders, two police custody escapes, and four armed robberies,” he added.
Those arrested have been identified as Mohd. Yaseen Akhtar alias Jaisy Purewal of Nakodar, Jalandhar; Sagar Singh of Naya Shahar Badala in Mohali; Amar Malik of Samrala, Ludhiana; Navi of Lohian, Jalandhar; Ankush Sabharwal alias Paya of Nakodar, Jalandhar; Sumit Jaswal alias Kaku of Una (HP); Amandeep alias Shooter of Phillaur, Jalandhar; Shiv Kumar alias Shiva of Phillaur, Jalandhar; Vishal alias Fauji of Nakodar, Jalandhar; Arun Kumar alias Mani Rana of Una (HP) and Annu alias Pehalwan of Kapurthala.
All the arrested persons are history-sheeters and have been facing cases of heinous crimes.
As per preliminary investigations, the gang was being operated by Vikram Brar, an associate of Goldy Brar under the directions of Harwinder Singh alias Rinda, as per AGGP Pramod Ban. Notably, Brar, a resident of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, is currently residing abroad and is wanted by the police of six states. He is a classmate of Lawrence Bishnoi and is active on social media.
Giving details about arrested persons, SSP Swapan Sharma revealed Mohamad Yaseen Akhtar alias Jasse has been missing for a year.
Jasse is a prodigy of Brar and Lawrence and has been involved in at least 16 criminal activities.
Another arrested person identified as Ankush Sabarwal alias Paya, who has six criminal cases registered against him, was a student of Vikram Brar at an IELTS centre in Nakodar in 2014 and had been providing shelter and safe house to Saurav Mahakal of Maharashtra, who was arrested by Pune Police. Along with Mahakal, he committed three crimes in Punjab during Mahakal’s two-month stay in the state.
Arun Kumar alias Mani Rana is a jailed gangster and is operating on the behest of the Lawrence-Jaggu Bhagwanpuria group.
The arrested gang had planned Mani Rana’s escape from police custody during a court hearing in Una, Himachal Pradesh. Sumit Jaswal alias Kaku has been arrested for his active involvement in doing recce and organizing logistics for this escape attempt.
“With the arrest of this gang, the backbone of organized criminal activities in the Doaba region in general and Jalandhar, in particular, has been broken,” he added.
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