The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made masks mandatory for the world. An essential item for outside, it has taken the fashion world by storm and has re-invented itself as the “it” thing. From printed chic ones to those carrying messages of protests, masks are being used to boost creative instinct in these corona times.
The latest entry into the fashion and accessory world is the gem-studded face mask that is being made in Mumbai’s posh Zaveri Bazaar. Decorated with Swarovski crystals, it gives out the perfect example of pandemic shaping fashion sensibilities.
This special mask protects one person in best way as Alma Care’s Virakti Kothari a fashion expert says, “We have selected this final material almost after testing and trying 214 clothes. It’s cotton hosiery material with 95.9% filter efficiency has increased Oxygen carrying capacity, its soft stretchable fabric for extra comfort and provides clarity of speech.”
This elegant and quirky mask aims to fulfill PM Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar campaign by advocating “vocal for local” approach. Head of Alma Care Kaustubh Mehta says, “We are Glocal as we have an Indian product with a global approach.”
Since past three months Zaveri Bazaar was closed with no employment opportunities for labourers and with this new trend, the makers hope for providing employment to workers. “With respect to the Unlock 2.0 procedures initiated pan-India, this product truly is the need of the hour for everyone looking for elegance at every season and occasion in the times to come. It enables one to stay protected in style. With designs ranging from unicorn to dolphins, we are seeing huge surge in demands. Out of almost 40,000 masks in production, 35,000 are sold already, with price of Rs 2,190 with GST,” add Mehta and Kothari.
This studded mask has received great customer reviews with fashion influencers being the biggest target audience. As covering the face becomes a necessity, the fashion world moulds itself to suit the needs of the population.
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HARYANA GIVES NOD TO COMMITTEE FOR REVIEWING PROJECTS WORTH RS 100 CR
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has constituted a three-member review committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Sanjeev Kaushal aiming to expedite the execution of Rs 100 crore development projects in the state, said an official spokesperson on Wednesday.
“CM Manohar Lal Khattar would review the projects to ensure inter-departmental coordination, and would preside over one such meeting on January 24,” said the spokesperson. While stating, the official spokesperson added that the three-member committee headed by the Chief Secretary would review the development projects on a monthly basis.
An official spokesperson said that the Additional Chief Secretary and Financial Commissioner, Revenue and Disaster Management and Consolidation Departments, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister are the members of the said Committee. Further, it is informed that the Chief Minister would personally review the projects to ensure immediate removal of all the problems being faced by the departments concerned if any. The Chief Minister is scheduled to chair the review meeting of the Committee on January 24, 2022, added the spokesperson. At present work to implement 82 such projects in the state is going on, which will be completed within the stipulated time period.
The projects costing worth more than Rs 100 crore are being run by 14 departments, including two of Technical Education Department, three of Home Department, three of Health Services Department, one of Transport Department, three of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, seven of Medical Education Department, seven projects of Town and Country Planning Department, six projects of Public Health Engineering Department, eight of Power Department, 19 of Public Works Department and Architecture Department, one of Civil Aviation Department, two projects of School Education, two projects of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department and 18 projects of Irrigation and Water Resources Department.
With inputs from ANI
COVID-19 SURGE HITS HEALTHCARE SERVICES AT NORTH BENGAL MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL
SILIGURI: With many health care workers getting infected with COVID-19, the family members of the patients in North Bengal Medical College Hospital (NBMCH) on Wednesday claimed that the COVID situation has hit normal patient care services in the hospital.
According to the authorities of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, there are around 70 nursing staff and 12 faculties including other medical students who were infected with the COVID-19. The relatives of the patients claimed that in view of the present COVID scenario, the scheduled surgeries have been postponed at NBMCH.
Sabir Alam, a family member of a patient admitted to the orthopaedic department said, “COVID infections among the NBMCH health workers has affected the services. My mother’s operation was postponed. We waited three and half hours in front of the operation theatre. They shouldn’t have done it.” According to him, the government should take alternative ways to carry on with the health service considering the present COVID-19 scenario.
Dr Sandip Sengupta, Dean, Students Affairs, NBMCH said, “There is rising COVID-19 cases for the last two weeks and it is increasing. Many were hit by the virus in our medical college.” Dr Sengupta informed that no surgeries are being cancelled and the OPD and emergency services are running.
Dr Sanjay Mallick, Medical College Superintendent and Vice Principle (MSVP) said that a good number of sergeants and anaesthetists were affected. “As some sergeants and anaesthetists were infected, we had to cancel some of the surgeries because of manpower shortage” He added that despite the shortcomings, the hospital is trying their best to give proper care to the patients.
As per hospital information, there are 40 departments functioning at the NBMCH with a workforce of hundreds of doctors, nurses, junior doctors and interns.
HARYANA SEES A SPURT IN COVID-19 FATALITIES
Continuous surge in fresh Covid-19 cases along with death toll is adding to the woes of the Haryana government and is most likely to force the health department to come up with additional arrangements so that the fatal disease can be tackled. Following the official data, what came to light is that as many as 873337 cases were reported in the state so far out of which 111053 surfaced in January. The statistics are alarming.
Besides, 59344 active cases are currently present in the state. Many patients suffering from the Covid-19 lost their lives this month. Apart from aforesaid, nearly 9000 fresh cases of the disease a day are being reported, and it has been so for many days now.
As many as 208 people have been infected with the new Omicron variant in Haryana. Before January, a total of 64 people were reported Omicron positive while 23 were under treatment as the remaining 40 patients were discharged after they recovered.
In wake of the spurt in fresh cases, experts continue to warn. Renowned scientist Prof. Kuldeep Dhindsa said that Covid-appropriate behavior is one of the crucial weapons to defeat the disease. So following the proper norms and guidelines is the need of the hour. Further, he said that although the new variant is not as fatal as the previous delta variant was, “we all are required” to come up with preventive measures. As many as 10136 patients have lost their lives in the state excluding the patients hailing from other states along with migrant labourers.
Anil Vij, the Home and Health Minister of the state said that the government is putting its best to bring down the spike in fresh cases and a string of preventive measures and steps have been ensuring the timely treatment of the patients. Further, he said, people across the state should leave a casual approach towards the deadly virus to ensure their safety.
Why Adhikari’s movement has been curtailed: Governor asks Bengal Chief Secretary
The Governor wrote in the two-page letter that the Chief Secretary is provided ‘a last opportunity to provide his comprehensive response’ regarding the matter at the earliest.
Jagdeep Dhankhar, West Bengal Governor wrote to H K Dwivedi, the state chief secretary, who had failed to appear before him twice despite summons. Reproaching Dwivedi, Dhankar gave him a seven-day deadline for his reply on why Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari was stopped going to Jhargram to attend a programme despite a Calcutta High Court order that there should be no restrictions on his movement.
Dhankhar in a two-page letter said that this was the “last opportunity” given to the chief seceratry to provide his response in the matter and in case he fails to appear before him this time too “serious consequences will follow in due course”.
Dhankhar Wrote in the letter: “Sequence of events leave no manner of doubt that the defiance and dereliction of duty is extreme at the level of the CS. This stance has become habitual, unmindful of all lawful objections towards this office or rule of law.”
“The chief secretary is provided the last opportunity to provide his comprehensive response regarding the above-mentioned matter at the earlier, in any case not later than seven days from the receipt of this communication. Failing which it will be presumed that he is working in complete disregard of the lawful directives of this office and that his actions are in deliberations and international violation of the All India Service (Conduct) Rules, 1968, as a result of which serious consequences will follow in due course,” the letter further read.
On January 8, the Governor had summoned Dwivedi, and state DGP Manoj Malaviya for an update on the alleged incident on the previous day when Adhikari was stopped from attending a programme in Netai in Jhargram district. He had also sought a written report from the two officers.
Dhankhar had called their actions—skipping the meets despite summoning— “constitutional lapse” and had in Twitteral outrage raised the question as to who ordered the officials to boycott the meets.
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition, Suvendu Adhikari had claimed that he was stopped by the police from going to Netai in Jhargram despite the Calcutta High Court order that there should be no restrictions on his movement.
‘Crime syndicate behind 1993 Mumbai blasts enjoyed 5-star hospitality, state protection’
The crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts was not just given state protection but it also enjoyed five-star hospitality, said India said at United Nations, in a veiled reference to Dawood Ibrahim believed to be hiding in Pakistan.Speaking at the International Counter Terrorism Conference 2022 organized by the Global Counter Terrorism Council on Tuesday (local time), India’s Permanent Representative TS Tirumurti said that linkages between terrorism and transnational organized crime must be fully recognized and addressed vigorously. “Linkages between terrorism and transnational organized crime must be fully recognized and addressed vigorously. We have seen the crime syndicate responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts not just given state protection but enjoying 5-star hospitality,” Tirumurti said in a statement.These remarks were a veiled reference Dawood Ibrahim, believed to be hiding in Pakistan.On March 12, 1993, a series of 13 bomb explosions took place in Mumbai killing 257 people and injuring over 713 others. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, underworld don and India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive.
AAP chooses Amit Palekar as Goa CM candidate
The name of Amit Palekar was announced as the chief ministerial candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party for the Goa Assembly elections, during a press conference by AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The newly-inducted 46-year-old lawyer, Amit Palekar, is from the St Cruz Assembly constituency. Currently, the constituency is being represented by the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
The lawyer-turned-politician Amit Palekar belongs to the Bhandari community. He has been working to save Goa’s heritage and against illegal construction. He was praised by CM Arvind Kejriwal for his courage and determination. Apparently, during the second wave of COVID, Palekar addressed the oxygen shortage issue in Goa.
However, some parties have claimed that AAP is playing caste politics in Goa by choosing Palekar from the Bhandari community. Refuting such allegations, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “On the contrary, we are correcting the caste politics which was earlier played by other political parties.” Addressing the conference, the CM, also, said, “Goa wants a change and AAP has been getting tremendous response in the coastal state. People are impressed with the Delhi model of governance.”
CM Kejriwal tweeted, “Many congratulations to Shri Amit Palekar ji for being declared as AAP’s CM candidate for Goa. I am sure, u (you) will work hard to fulfill the dream of every Goan and give a corruption free government to the people of Goa.” To which, Palekar replied, “Sir, thank you so much for entrusting me with this responsibility. I assure you that I will not fail you, the party, or the people of Goa.”
Some of the other prominent candidates on AAP’s list are Lincoln Vaz (Margao), Nonu Naik (Priol), Gabriel Fernandes (Curchorem), Raul Pereira (Quepem) and Manoj Ghadi Amonkar (Sanquelim).
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