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आज बदलते समय में बैंक भी अपने को बदल रही हैं, अब आप घर बैठे बैंकिंग की सुविधा पा सकते हैं और अपने काम आसान कर सकते हैं। फिलहाल कुछ बैंक ही घर बैठे बैंकिंग की सुविधा दे रही हैं। 

सरकारी बैंक पंजाब नेशनल बैंक और सेंट्रल बैंक ऑफ इंडिया  ने अपने कस्टमर्स को डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग या घर पर बैंकिंग की सुविधा के बारे में ताजा जनकारी दी है। डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग से बिना बैंक जाए घर बैठे  बैंक का काम कर सकते हैं।

लेकिन इसकी भी कुछ नियम व शर्तें हैं, अगर आप इस सुविधा का फायदा उठाना चाहते हैं तो सबसे पहले खुद को रजिस्टर कराना होगा। वहीं इसमें मामलू चार्ज के साथ घर बैठे यह सुविधा दी जाएगी और यह सर्विस पूरी तरह सुरक्षित है।

इस सर्विस के लिए जरूरी केवाईसी प्रक्रिया को पूरा करनी होती है। डोर स्टेप सर्विस के तहत घर या ऑफिस से कैश पिक अप सामान्य बैंकिंग के समय के अन्दर ही होगा। वहीं चेक की सुविधा भी आप इसके अंतर्गत ले सकते हैं।

बैंक अपने कस्टमर्स को डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग के लिए तीन विकल्प मुहैया कराता है। इसमें एक है ऑन कॉल पिक अप, जिसमें रिक्वेस्ट पर बैंक प्रतिनिधि कस्टमर के घर या ऑफिस का विजिट करता है। इसके लिए फोन कॉल से रिक्वेस्ट डाली  जा सकती है। 

 

 

बैंकों की तरफ से डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग में पिक अप सर्विस के तौर पर चेक/ड्राफ्ट/ पे ऑर्डर्स, नई चेक बुक डिमांड रिक्वेस्ट, फॉर्म 15 जी या 15 एच, आईटी चालान का एक्सेप्टेंस जैसी सर्विस का फायदा ले सकते हैं। 

इसके अलावा डिलिवरी सर्विस के तौर पर अकाउंट स्टेटमेंट, टीडीएस फॉर्म/ फॉर्म 16 सर्टिफिकेट, गिफ्ट कार्ड की सुविधा भी मिलती है।  

 

 

आज बदलते समय में बैंक भी अपने को बदल रही हैं, अब आप घर बैठे बैंकिंग की सुविधा पा सकते हैं और अपने काम आसान कर सकते हैं। फिलहाल कुछ बैंक ही घर बैठे बैंकिंग की सुविधा दे रही हैं। 

सरकारी बैंक पंजाब नेशनल बैंक और सेंट्रल बैंक ऑफ इंडिया  ने अपने कस्टमर्स को डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग या घर पर बैंकिंग की सुविधा के बारे में ताजा जनकारी दी है। डोर स्टेप बैंकिंग से बिना बैंक जाए घर बैठे  बैंक का काम कर सकते हैं।

लेकिन इसकी भी कुछ नियम व शर्तें हैं, अगर आप इस सुविधा का फायदा उठाना चाहते हैं तो सबसे पहले खुद को रजिस्टर कराना होगा। वहीं इसमें मामलू चार्ज के साथ घर बैठे यह सुविधा दी जाएगी और यह सर्विस पूरी तरह सुरक्षित है।

इस सर्विस के लिए जरूरी केवाईसी प्रक्रिया को पूरा करनी होती है। डोर स्टेप सर्विस के तहत घर या ऑफिस से कैश पिक अप सामान्य बैंकिंग के समय के अन्दर ही होगा। वहीं चेक की सुविधा भी आप इसके अंतर्गत ले सकते हैं।

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जम्मू। इंडिगो 22 फरवरी को दिल्ली और लेह के बीच उड़ान सेवा शुरू करेगा। इंडिगो प्रबंधन ने शनिवार को निजी विमान सेवा की घोषणा की। एयरलाइन ने इसको लेकर बुकिंग भी शुरू कर दी है। लद्दाख की राजधानी लेह अपने शानदार परिदृश्य, बौद्ध मठों और त्योहारों के लिए जाना जाता है। अप्रैल से सितंबर तक यहां पर पर्यटकों का काफी रूझान रहता है। एयरलाइन के मुख्य रणनीति और राजस्व अधिकारी संजय कुमार ने कहा कि हम क्षेत्रीय कनेक्टिविटी को बढ़ाने की दिशा में काम कर रहे हैं, जिससे न केवल पहुंच बढ़ेगी बल्कि देश में घरेलू व्यापार और पर्यटन को भी बढ़ावा मिलेगा।

जम्मू। इंडिगो 22 फरवरी को दिल्ली और लेह के बीच उड़ान सेवा शुरू करेगा। इंडिगो प्रबंधन ने शनिवार को निजी विमान सेवा की घोषणा की। एयरलाइन ने इसको लेकर बुकिंग भी शुरू कर दी है। लद्दाख की राजधानी लेह अपने शानदार परिदृश्य, बौद्ध मठों और त्योहारों के लिए जाना जाता है। अप्रैल से सितंबर तक यहां पर पर्यटकों का काफी रूझान रहता है। एयरलाइन के मुख्य रणनीति और राजस्व अधिकारी संजय कुमार ने कहा कि हम क्षेत्रीय कनेक्टिविटी को बढ़ाने की दिशा में काम कर रहे हैं, जिससे न केवल पहुंच बढ़ेगी बल्कि देश में घरेलू व्यापार और पर्यटन को भी बढ़ावा मिलेगा।

लद्दाख की वादियों में सुनाई दिया ‘ऐ गुजरने वाली हवा बता…’ VIDEO में आर्टिस्ट की आवाज सुन लोग हुए इमोशनल

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लद्दाख की वादियों में सुनाई दिया 'ऐ गुजरने वाली हवा बता...' VIDEO में आर्टिस्ट की आवाज सुन लोग हुए इमोशनल
इस वीडियो पर अब तक 30 हजार लाइक आ चुके हैं. (फोटो साभारः वीडियो ग्रैब/ट्विटर)

Social media viral video: वीडियो में एक शख्स लद्दाख की वादियों में बैठा है और ‘ऐ गुजरने वाली हवा बता…’ गीत को गुनगुना रहा है. उसके साथ एक महिला भी इस गीत को गा रही है. यह वीडियो 15 जनवरी यानी सेना दिवस (Army Day 2021) के दिन का बताया जा रहा है.


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नई दिल्ली. जब भी सीमा पर तैनात जवानों (Indian Army) की बात आती है तो हम भारतीयों के दिलों में उनके लिए खास जगह है. देश के जवानों का समर्पण और उनकी देश के प्रति निष्ठा दिल जीत लेती है. भारतीय सेना पर दर्शाए गए कई गीत आज भी दिल को छू जाते हैं. भारतीय सेना पर फिल्माया गया एक गाना सोशल मीडिया (Social Media) पर वायरल (Viral Video) हो रहा है.

वीडियो में एक शख्स लद्दाख की वादियों में बैठा है और बॉर्डर फिल्म का गाना  ‘ऐ गुजरने वाली हवा बता…’ गीत को गुनगुना रहा है. उसके साथ एक महिला भी इस गीत को गा रही है. यह वीडियो 15 जनवरी यानी सेना दिवस (Army Day 2021) के दिन का बताया जा रहा है. इस खास वीडियो को ट्विटर पर एक यूजर ने शेयर किया है. इस वीडियो को देखने के बाद लोग इमोशनल हो गए हैं. आप भी देखिए VIRAL VIDEO…

वीडियो के वायरल होने के बाद यूजर्स इमोशनल भी तो हुए ही हैं साथ ही ये जानने की कोशिश कर रहे थे कि यह जोड़ी कौन है. ट्विटर यूज़र्स में से एक ने अनुमान लगाया कि वे पद्म डोलकर और स्टैनज़िन नॉरगिस नाम के लद्दाखी लोक गायक थे.

वीडियो के वायरल होने के बाद लोगों का कहना है कि ये सिर्फ गाने नहीं है बल्कि वो फिलिंग हैं जिसे शब्दों में तो नहीं कहा जा सकता.सुपर से भी ऊपर है ये तो जनाब

वैसे आप क्या कुछ कहना चाहेंगे इस वीडियो के बारे में . इन लोक गायकों के बारे में…


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Uganda’s Museveni wins re-election amid fraud allegations

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Bobi Wine — a singer-turned-politician, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi — came a far second in the vote, according to the country’s election commission.

Wine said his team was considering all peaceful, nonviolent and legal options to contest the results, as fears of post-election unrest surfaces, following deadly violence in the months leading up to the vote.

“We are the real winners of this election and therefore what the electoral commission announced has nothing to do with the real election that took place,” Wine told CNN immediately after the announcement.

“I can call on all Ugandans to reject the announcement that has been made by the electoral commission … to reject them with the contempt with which it deserves.”

The election commission said Museveni won in a landslide, with 58.64% of the vote, while opposition Wine received 34.83% of the vote. Turnout was relatively low — just under 10 million people of the country’s 18 million eligible voters cast a ballot.

Wine said he had evidence of fraud and intimidation, but he did not provide details of that alleged evidence, saying his team would share it when communications lines were restored. He had earlier accused the electoral commission of vote rigging.

The internet in Uganda has been shut down for days under a government order. Wine said that he was struggling to get hold of his leadership team after being placed under house arrest on Friday.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni after casting his ballot at in Kiruhura, Uganda, on Thursday.

Museveni, 76, has been in power for more than three decades and, ahead of this vote, outside observers believed there was little chance he would relinquish his position.

Saturday’s results follow months of campaigning that marred by heavy-handed state security responses to anti-Museveni protests, as well as the arrests of civil society members.

Dozens of people were killed in the months running up to the vote, including 45 who died in protests in November alone, after Wine was arrested for allegedly breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

“It is clear that the violence has not been coming from the people of Uganda, the violence has been coming from the police and the military,” Wine said, when asked whether he feared his call to reject the results would lead to violence.

Ugandans voted in the poll on Thursday amid the internet shutdown. In a speech Tuesday, Museveni confirmed his government had ordered internet providers block Facebook and other social media, accusing the platforms of “arrogance.” By morning of election day, the order was extended.

Wine had campaigned heavily on social media as some traditional outlets refused to include him in their election coverage.

The internet blackout has raised questions around the integrity of the vote count and also meant biometric machines failed to register ballots, forcing many polling stations to use manual voting and checks.

There were reports of late delivery of voting material and insufficient material at numerous polling locations. Journalists traveling to Wine’s residence for a press conference were turned back by security forces before reaching his home. Many were also forced to leave the national election tally center, despite having accreditation.

There were a few isolated celebrations on the streets of Kampala, but the city has been largely quiet since election day, with movements restricted and checkpoints set up by security personnel.

But many Ugandans have expressed frustration with the leader who has held onto power for 34 years.

“I’m a supporter of Museveni and have been throughout my life, but what has been happening over time has made him unpopular. It’s only wise for him now to groom a successor. I know he has a lifelong mission to die as president, but that is a recipe for trouble,” 34-year-old Susan Rukari said.

Jocelyne Karare, 65, said: “It was not fair right from the beginning. It’s no wonder of 18 million, over seven million people didn’t turn up. People are tired.”

Monitors shut out

Before casting his ballot on Thursday, Wine addressed the media and complained that the majority of his polling agents across the country had been prevented from observing the election by police. Ugandan law guarantees that every candidate is allowed representation at polling locations.

He reiterated his calls for the United States and European Union to hold Museveni and his government “accountable to free and fair elections,” accusing the leader of forcing the country to “carry out elections in the dark” with his internet blackout.

US Ambassador to Uganda Natalie E. Brown said in a statement Wednesday that US monitors would not observe the vote as hoped after the election commission denied 75% of the country’s accreditation requests.
The EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said the commission rejected its offer of monitors, despite having observed three elections between 2006 and 2016.

“The excessive use of force by law enforcement and security agencies has seriously tarnished this electoral process,” Borrell added.

Museveni told CNN on Tuesday that he would “accept the results” if he lost.

“If I lost a fair election, I will accept the results, of course, because Uganda is not my house,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“If the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues, I go and deal with my personal issues very happily.”

Wine ‘under siege’

On Friday, Wine told CNN his life was in danger as his home was taken “under siege” by the military.

Wine said his phone was blocked and his internet connection cut for some time as security forces burst into his home the day after polls opened.

Security forces outside Bobi Wine's property on Friday in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.Security forces outside Bobi Wine's property on Friday in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.

Appearing on NTV, Kampala Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said Wine was not under arrest.

“We have just provided security in the area, nothing much,” he said.

Owoyesigire said state security was responding in an effort to secure Wine’s residence and protect the candidate after two individuals were seen trying to gain access to the house by jumping the fence, adding one of the individuals had been arrested.

But a reporter for CNN near Wine’s residence on Saturday said there was still a large military presence around the compound, as well as military helicopters and drones circling above.

Wine’s lawyer, David Lewis Rubongoya, told CNN that Wine was still under house arrest.

“The military is not allowing people to go in. They are just reading whatever results that they want. This election was just rigged in such a blatant way,” he said.

“It is a sign of intimidation of the regime, but also they are very scared of the people. They lost this election in a very bad way. Bobi Wine is such a uniting factor, so they fear that the people might rise up, so that is why they are keeping him under a kind of house arrest. It is illegal and unconstitutional.”

He added Wine’s team were looking at all legal options to challenge the results once they are all released.

India Starts World’s Largest COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

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NEW DELHI — India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.

India is home to the world’s largest vaccine makers and has one of the biggest immunization programs. But there is no playbook for the enormity of the current challenge.

Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the population of the U.S and several times more than its existing program, which targets 26 million infants. The recipients include 30 million doctors, nurses and other front-line workers, to be followed by 270 million people who are either over 50 or have illnesses that make them vulnerable to COVID-19.

For workers who have pulled India’s battered health care system through the pandemic, the vaccinations offered confidence that life can start returning to normal. Many burst with pride.

“I am happy to get an India-made vaccine and that we do not have to depend on others for it,” said Gita Devi, a nurse who was one of the first to get a shot. Devi has treated patients throughout the pandemic in a hospital in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state in India’s heartland.

The first dose was administered to a sanitation worker at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital, New Delhi, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the campaign with a nationally televised speech.

“We are launching the world’s biggest vaccination drive and it shows the world our capability,” Modi said. He implored citizens to keep their guard up and not to believe any “rumors about the safety of the vaccines.”

It was not clear whether Modi, 70, had received the vaccine himself as other world leaders have in an effort to demonstrate the shot’s safety. His government has said politicians will not be considered a priority group in the first phase of the rollout.

Health officials haven’t specified what percentage of India’s nearly 1.4 billion people will be targeted by the campaign. But experts say it will almost certainly be the largest such drive globally.

The sheer scale has its obstacles and some early snags were identified. For instance, there were delays in uploading the details of health care workers receiving the shots to a digital platform that India is using to track vaccines, the Health Ministry said.

Shots were given to at least 165,714 people on Saturday, Dr. Manohar Agnani, a Health Ministry official, said at an evening briefing. The ministry had said that it was aiming to inoculate 100 people in each of the 3,006 vaccination centers across the country.

News cameras captured the injections in hundreds of hospitals, underscoring the hope that getting people vaccinated is the first step to recovering from the pandemic that has devastated the lives of so many Indians and bruised the country’s economy. India is second only to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases, with more than 10.5 million. The country ranks third in the number of deaths, behind the U.S. and Brazil, with over 152,000.

India on Jan. 4 approved emergency use of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and another by Indian company Bharat Biotech. Cargo planes flew 16.5 million shots to different Indian cities last week.

But doubts over the effectiveness of the homegrown vaccine have created a hurdle for the ambitious plan. Health experts worry that the government’s approval of the Bharat Biotech vaccine — without concrete data showing its efficacy — could amplify vaccine hesitancy. At least one state health minister has opposed its use.

“In a hurry to be populist, the government (is) taking decisions that might not be in the best interest of the common man,” said Dr. S.P. Kalantri, the director of a rural hospital in Maharashtra, India’s worst-hit state. Kalantri said the regulatory approval was hasty and not backed by science.

In New Delhi, doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, one of the largest in the city, demanded they be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine instead of the one developed by Bharat Biotech. A doctors union at the hospital said many of its members were a “bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial” for the native vaccine.

“Right now, we don’t have the option to choose between the vaccines,” said Dr. Nirmalaya Mohapatra, vice president of the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association.

The Health Ministry has bristled at the criticism. It says the vaccines are safe and that health workers will have no choice in deciding which vaccine they get.

Against the backdrop of the rising global COVID-19 death toll — it topped 2 million on Friday — the clock is ticking to vaccinate as many people as possible. But the campaign has been uneven.

In wealthy countries including the United States, Britain, Israel, Canada and Germany, millions of citizens have already been given some measure of protection by vaccines developed with revolutionary speed and quickly authorized for use.

But elsewhere, immunization drives have barely gotten off the ground. Many experts are predicting another year of loss and hardship in places like Iran, India, Mexico and Brazil, which together account for about a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths.

More than 35 million doses of various COVID-19 vaccines have been administered around the world, according to the University of Oxford.

While the majority of the COVID-19 vaccine doses have already been snapped up by wealthy countries, COVAX, a U.N.-backed project to supply shots to developing parts of the world, has found itself short of vaccines, money and logistical help.

As a result, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, warned this week that it is highly unlikely that herd immunity — which would require at least 70% of the globe to be vaccinated — will be achieved this year.

“Even if it happens in a couple of pockets, in a few countries, it’s not going to protect people across the world,” she said.

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Associated Press writer Biswajeet Banerjee in Lucknow, India, contributed to this report.

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Covid-19 vaccines are given with organ music at UK’s historic Salisbury Cathedral

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Local GPs invited patients in the over-80s priority group to visit the cathedral and have their first vaccine doses.

More than 3.23 million people had received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK by Saturday, according to the PA Media news agency.

Former RAF Flight Sergeant and Lancaster tail gunner Louis Godwin, 95, was among the first people to receive a dose at the more than 800-year-old cathedral, according to the NHS Salisbury official Twitter account.

“It has been absolutely marvelous to come into this wonderful building and have this jab,” Godwin said in an interview with the PA Media news agency. “I’ve had many jabs in my time, especially in the RAF. After the war, I was sent to Egypt and I had a couple of jabs which knocked me over for a week.

“This one, the doctor said to me ‘Well that’s done’ and I thought he hadn’t started. So it’s no trouble at all and no pain,” he added.

Godwin said World War II was “entirely different” to the pandemic “because this has divided people.”

“You see each other virtually but I’ve got a very big family, I’ve got 12 great-grandchildren now from four months to 23 years. I don’t see them and they’re all growing up,” he explained.

The cathedral’s organist John Challenger said in a tweet he “would be playing Handel’s Largo and much more great organ music” as the cathedral became a vaccination center.

“This is the place where day by day prayer is offered for the healing of the city, for the healing of the nation. To be able to come here today to receive these lifesaving vaccinations, I’m just overjoyed that we can play our part in this,” Very Rev Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury, told CNN affiliate ITV news.

There have been more than 3.3 million cases of Covid-19 recorded in the UK, and the country has the highest death toll in Europe, with more than 87,000 dead, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

Indonesia Earthquake Rescue Hindered by Damaged Roads

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MAMUJU, Indonesia — Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered rescuers after a strong earthquake left at least 49 people dead and hundreds injured on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

Operations were focused on about eight locations in the hardest-hit city of Mamuju, where people were still believed trapped following the magnitude 6.2 quake that struck early Friday, said Saidar Rahmanjaya, who heads the local search and rescue agency.

Cargo planes carrying food, tents, blankets and other supplies from Jakarta landed late Friday for distribution in temporary shelters. Still, thousands of people spent the night in the open fearing aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

The National Search and Rescue Agency’s operations director, Bambang Suryo Aji, said rescuers recovered three more bodies in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings in Mamuju late Saturday, raising the death toll to 49. A total of 40 people were killed in Mamuju, while nine bodies were retrieved in neighboring Majene district.

At least 415 houses in Majene were damaged and about 15,000 people were moved to shelters, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati.

Bodies retrieved by rescuers were sent to a police hospital for identification by relatives, said West Sulawesi police spokesperson Syamsu Ridwan.

He said more than 200 people were receiving treatment at the Bhayangkara police hospital and several others in Mamuju alone. Another 630 were injured in Majene.

Among those pulled alive was a young girl who was stuck in the wreckage of a house with her sister.

The girl was seen in video released by the disaster agency Friday crying for help. She was being treated in a hospital.

She identified herself as Angel and said that her sister, Catherine, who did not appear in the video, was beside her under the rubble and was still breathing.

The fate of Catherine and other family members was unclear.

The quake set off landslides in three locations and blocked a main road connecting Mamuju to Majene. Power and phone lines were down in many areas.

Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi province with nearly 75,000 people, was strewn with debris from collapsed buildings. A governor office building was almost flattened by the quake and a shopping mall was reduced to a crumpled hulk. A large bridge collapsed and patients with drips laid on folding beds under tarpaulin tents outside one of the damaged hospitals.

Two hospitals in the city were damaged and others were overwhelmed.

Many survivors said that aid had not reached them yet due to damaged roads and disrupted communications.

Video from a TV station showed villagers in Majene, some carrying machetes, forcibly stopping vehicles carrying aid. They climbed onto a truck and threw boxes of instant noodles and other supplies at dozens of people who were scrambling to get them.

Two ships headed to the devastated areas from the nearby cities of Makassar and Balikpapan with rescuers and equipment, including excavators.

State-owned firm AirNav Indonesia, which oversees aircraft navigation, said the quake did not cause significant damage to the Mamuju airport runway or control tower.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Friday that he instructed his Cabinet ministers and disaster and military officials to coordinate the response.

In a telegram sent by the Vatican on behalf of Pope Francis, the pontiff expressed “heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster.”

The pope was praying for “the repose of the deceased, the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve.” Francis also offered encouragement to those continuing search and rescue effects, and he invoked “the divine blessings of strength and hope.”

International humanitarian missions including the Water Mission, Save the Children and the International Federation of Red Cross said in statements that they have joined in efforts to provide relief for people in need.

On Thursday, a magnitude 5.7 undersea quake hit the same region, damaging several homes but causing no apparent casualties. It was followed by more than 30 aftershocks, including the deadly quake.

Indonesia, home to more than 260 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Palu on Sulawesi island set off a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon called liquefaction. More than 4,000 people were killed, including many who were buried when whole neighborhoods were swallowed in the falling ground.

A massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island in western Indonesia in December 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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Karmini reported from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Reimagine your relationship to alcohol

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Seven years ago, Laura McKowen started a drinking journal. She knew alcohol was an issue for her — she knew it when her 4-year-old daughter helped her clean up the morning after a blackout, and she knew it the 10th time she drove to work hungover — but she needed to see it.

“Something very interesting happens when we put things on paper,” McKowen said, “because we have a lot of cognitive dissonance around drinking.” She couldn’t deflect around what she saw on the page, though: two bottles of wine a night. She got sober and went on to help others do the same through coaching and teaching workshops.

Last January, McKowen published “We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life,” and in March, she began hosting free sobriety support meetings on Zoom. By May, she had 12 employees and a company called the Luckiest Club, which offers classes and community support.

It’s no surprise McKowen found an eager client base. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 14 million American adults have alcohol use disorder, or AUD, a term medical professionals prefer to alcoholism.

You don’t need a diagnosis to find your drinking problematic, though. Alcohol can impair sleep, cause weight gain, aggravate anxiety or subtly change your personality. A study conducted by the RAND Corp. in September suggests Americans are drinking 14% more often in response to pandemic-related stress, especially women, whose heavy drinking days (defined as four or more drinks within a few hours) increased by 41% in 2020.

“When we go to work every day during nonpandemic times and don’t have an inordinate amount of stress, it’s fairly easy” to limit drinking to Friday nights, said James Murphy, a psychology professor and researcher at the University of Memphis who published a paper in November about alcohol and drug use during the pandemic. “When all of that structure is ripped away — when you’re worried about finances and your kids’ home-schooling and you don’t have to be anywhere in the morning, so no one will see if you’re hung over — alcohol can be way more difficult to manage.”

This is one reason you might be seeing more Dry January hashtags on social media this year. One month off from drinking can be an opportunity for the sober curious to examine their alcohol use.

If any of this sounds familiar, here are some suggestions to help navigate your relationship with alcohol or bring it to an end.

Get curious.

Take note of how much you’re drinking, as well as the pros and cons of that consumption. Are you opening that bottle of riesling because it pairs well with your Chinese takeout, or are you hoping the third glass will drown out those voices in your head that are telling you you’re mediocre? Study your own habits — and be honest about them.

To give you some perspective, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by the federal government, recommend no more than one drink per day for women or two for men, and Murphy suggests the free alcohol screener at the website CheckUp & Choices. Take the questionnaire, which is used by health care providers, and assess your drinking with its score. Similarly, Drinks Meter is an app with a daily calculator that could helps you put your own behavior into perspective using an anonymous database of over 6,000 people’s drinking habits worldwide.

“You don’t have to have things figured out, aside from wanting to make a change,” said Holly Whitaker, author of “Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol” and creator of an online recovery program called Tempest. “You’re doing it right now, by being brave enough to read this article.”

Clear out the alcohol.

If you’ve decided alcohol is having a negative impact on your life, try distancing yourself from it. Remove bottles from your physical spaces and booze-related content from your virtual ones. Cleanse your phone and computer of anything that might tempt you to drink.

It’s not about having a siloed existence or avoiding anything that creates an urge to drink, McKowen said, it’s about dismantling the myth that drinking is what makes life fun. “You want your online world to reflect the energy of where you’re going,” she said.

Then try not to drink for a month. Pick a date and stick with it. Experts say this is the best way to evaluate your alcohol use, and it’s a jump-start on reducing your consumption, if that’s what you decide to do.

“Detoxification literally means removing the toxin,” said George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This can be done on your own unless you have moderate to severe AUD, in which case you should seek medical help. Untreated severe alcohol withdrawal can be fatal.

But fill the space with something else.

Alcohol does have positive effects: It squashes tension and lowers inhibitions. Remove it and you will miss it, at least initially.

Identify other activities you love and increase them, like exercise or spending time with friends.

“We need another outlet to fill the void that alcohol leaves,” Murphy said.

Find your people.

You are more likely to successfully abstain from alcohol if you have support. “Tell as many of your friends and family members who feel safe as you can about this,” Murphy said.

It also helps to connect with others who share your goal. In-person support meetings have become difficult to gain access to in the pandemic, but help has proliferated online. Free sobriety support communities with virtual meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, She Recovers Foundation, In the Rooms, Eight Step Recovery, Refuge Recovery, Recovery Dharma, and LifeRing, among others. Good lighting and charisma are not required or expected; join from your phone while walking in a park or sitting in your car.

“I go to two meetings a day now,” said Braunwyn Windham-Burke, a reality TV star whose sobriety journey is playing out on Season 15 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” “It’s so easy, because it’s in my bedroom.”

One Tempest member, Valentine Darling, 32, of Olympia, Washington, finds virtual meetings to be more LGBTQ-friendly as well: “I feel safe sitting next to my house plants, so I’m more fully present and I’m also more authentically me — I wear dresses and express my gender queerness without worrying that anyone will follow me home.”

Many organizations have meetings specifically for people of color, certain age groups or even professions. Ben’s Friends is a sobriety support group geared toward restaurant workers. “We speak a common language in restaurants,” said Steve Palmer, one of the group’s founders. “You find out that, ‘OK, he’s a line cook. She’s a bartender. These are my people.’”

Understand what recovery means for you.

If your month of sobriety was relatively easy to accomplish, then simply consider it a reset. But if you’re having trouble sticking to your plan, you might need more than group meetings. You may have AUD, which is a disease, not a moral failing, and it requires treatment like any illness. The most effective form of recovery usually involves long-term behavioral therapies and community support as well as medication, if needed.

The NIAAA navigator can help you find the right treatment for you. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services also has an online treatment locator.

Be flexible.

If you decide you want to maintain your sobriety long-term, understand that treatment plans may vary over time. “The same practices that helped you quit drinking might not keep you sober later on,” Whitaker said. Maybe you’ve unlocked a trauma along the way, maybe you’re going through a divorce, or maybe you’re living in the midst of a pandemic.

You haven’t done anything wrong; you just need a fresh set of tools.

Murphy recommends continuing to keep a log of alcohol use. Apps like DrinkControl and Drinks Meter can help, but even using a pen and paper to make note of any benefits you see can keep your momentum going. When you backslide, make note of that — and how you feel about it.

It probably took a long time to develop your current relationship with alcohol. Changing it will require sustained effort and might take several attempts. If the first one doesn’t last, Koob said, don’t judge yourself harshly. Just try again.

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Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights

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Twenty-four players on a charter flight from the US to Melbourne are required to quarantine for two weeks after a member of the flight crew and a passenger — not a player — tested positive. Both had tested negative within 72 hours of boarding the flight, which carried a total of 79 people.

Another 23 players are also in quarantine following the arrival in Melbourne of a charter flight carrying 64 people from Abu Dhabi. One person — again not a player — tested positive after the flight, despite presenting documentation of a negative Covid-19 test prior to takeoff.

All 47 players affected will not be able to leave their hotel rooms for the 14-day period and until they are medically cleared. They will not be eligible to practice.

Australian Open organizers released two statements on Saturday detailing how the players would be affected.

“All passengers from the flight are already in quarantine hotels and the positive case, who is not a player and had tested negative before the flight, has been transferred to a health hotel,” said the second statement in reference to the Abu Dhabi-Melbourne flight.

The passengers who tested positive for the virus on the US flight were also transferred to a health hotel.

“Our thoughts are with the two people who tested positive on the flight and we wish them well for their recovery,” said Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley in the organizers’ first statement.

‘Rigorous testing schedule’

In a tweet that was subsequently deleted, French player Alize Cornet, who is in Melbourne but was not on either plane, described the situation as “insane.”

“Soon, half of the players from the AO will actually have to isolate,” she tweeted. “Weeks and weeks of practice and hard work going to waste for one person positive to Covid in a 3/4 empty plane. Sorry but this is insane.”

World No. 71 Sorana Cirstea said she understood the need to quarantine, but that being unable to train and practice would affect her ability to compete effectively at the Australian Open.

“People complaining we are entitled,” tweeted Cirstea. “I have no issues to stay 14 days in the room watching netflix. Believe me this is a dream come true, holiday even.

“What we cant do is COMPETE after we have stayed 14 days on a couch. This is the issue, not the quarantine rule.

“I would need at least 3 weeks after in order to be in decent form again and compete at a high level! said Cirstea in another tweet.

Meanwhile Yulia Putintseva posted a video on Twitter of a mouse in her hotel room.
“Been trying to change the room for 2 hours already! And no one came to help due to quarantine situation!” tweeted Putintseva.
“What i don’t understand is that, why no one ever told us, if one person on board is positive the whole plane need to be isolated,” said world No. 28 Putintseva in another tweet. “I would think twice before coming here.”

Originally scheduled to start this month, the Australian Open was rescheduled to February 8-21 because of Covid-19 concerns.

While most of the world’s top players have gone straight to Melbourne, others such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, flew to Adelaide.

“SA Health has confirmed that there is no one who has an active COVID-19 infection in the entire tennis cohort based in Adelaide,” tweeted the Australian Open later on Saturday. “Testing will continue on a daily basis.”

Prior to Saturday’s developments, tournament organizers had said players would also “undergo a more rigorous testing schedule than most returning travelers.”

All must undergo a 14-day quarantine, but are allowed out for five hours daily to train in strict bio-secure bubbles ahead of a host of warm-up tournaments, all in Melbourne, in the week leading up the grand slam.

But those 47 players now holed up in their hotels will be left wondering just how they will be able to properly prepare or the first grand slam of the season.

CNN’s Dan Kamal contributed to this report.