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दुनिया में 8 ऐसे खतरनाक द्वीप हैं, जहां कोई भी कभी नहीं जाना चाहेगा (सांकेतिक फोटो, क्रेडिट- AFP)
दुनिया में 8 ऐसे खतरनाक द्वीप हैं, जहां कोई भी कभी नहीं जाना चाहेगा (सांकेतिक फोटो, क्रेडिट- AFP)

इबिज़ा (Ibiza) या माल्टा (Malta) जैसे सुंदर द्वीपों के उलट, ये द्वीप अपने जबरदस्त पार्टी (Grand Parties) के दृश्यों और भव्य समुद्री तटों (Beaches) के लिए नहीं जाने जाते हैं. बल्कि इन द्वीपों पर फंस जाने पर आपको खतरनाक जानवरों (Dengerous Animals) का सामना करना पड़ सकता है, गैस मास्क के जरिए सांस लेनी पड़ सकती या प्रार्थना करनी पड़ेगी कि काश कोई जहाज आ जाये, जो आपको यहां से निकाल दे.


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यूं तो सुंदर आईलैंड (Beautiful Islands) पर समुद्र के नीले पानी के किनारे जाने की सभी की चाहत होती है लेकिन कुछ आईलैंड का दौरा कभी न करना पड़े, तो ही अच्छा हो. इबिज़ा (Ibiza) या माल्टा (Malta) जैसे सुंदर आईलैंड के उलट, ये द्वीप अपने जबरदस्त पार्टी (Grand Parties) के दृश्यों और भव्य समुद्री तटों (Beaches) के लिए नहीं जाने जाते हैं. बल्कि इन द्वीपों पर फंस जाने पर आपको खतरनाक जानवरों (Dengerous Animals) का सामना करना पड़ सकता है, गैस मास्क के जरिए सांस लेनी पड़ सकती या प्रार्थना करनी पड़ेगी कि काश कोई जहाज आ जाये, जो आपको यहां से निकाल दे.

हम ऐसे ही खतरनाक द्वीपों (Dengarous Islands) के बारे में आपको बता रहे हैं. ये हैं 8 खतरनाक द्वीप, जहां जाने के पूरी सुविधा (Convenience) भी आपको पास हो तो भी आप निश्चित रूप से यहां नहीं जाना चाहेंगे-

इल्हा डा क्यूइमाडा, ब्राजील- स्नेक आइलैंड यानि सांपों के द्वीप के उपनाम से जाना-जाने वाला इल्हा डा क्यूइमाडा, ब्राजील के तट पर स्थित है और हजारों गोल्डन लांसहेड वाइपर सांपों के साथ ही कुछ दूसरी प्रजाति के सांपों का भी घर है. यहां के सांप दुनिया के सबसे विषैले सांपों में शामिल हैं और स्थानीय किंवदंती के अनुसार, यहां हर वर्ग मीटर में लगभग पांच जानलेवा सांप हैं. वर्षों तक यहां का एकमात्र निवासी एक लाइटहाउस का रखवाला था, लेकिन अब ब्राज़ील की नौसेना ने सभी नागरिकों को द्वीप के लिए प्रतिबंधित कर दिया है.

मियाके-जिमा, जापान- जापान के इज़ू द्वीपों में स्थित मियाके-जिमा की सबसे प्रमुख विशेषता सक्रिय ज्वालामुखी माउंट ओयामा है, जो हालिया इतिहास में ही कई बार फूट चुका है. सबसे नजदीकी विस्फोट 2005 में हुआ था. जिसके बाद से ज्वालामुखी से लगातार जहरीली गैसों का रिसाव हो रहा है, जिससे निवासियों को यहां जाने पर हर समय गैस मास्क ले जाने की आवश्यकता होती है.

सबा, नीदरलैंड एंटिल्स- कैरिबियाई हरीकेन नेटवर्क की वेबसाइट के अनुसार, सबा नाम के छोटे से द्वीप पर पिछले 150 सालों में दुनिया के किसी अन्य क्षेत्र की तुलना में ज्यादा गंभीर चक्रवात आ चुके हैं, इसमें 15 तीसरी श्रेणी के तूफान और सात पांचवी श्रेणी के तूफान भी शामिल हैं.

बिकनी एटोल, मार्शल आइलैंड्स- यह यूनेस्को विश्व विरासत स्थल है. लेकिन यह दो कारणों से खतरनाक है: एक परमाणु विकिरण और दूसरा शार्क. यह 1946 और 1958 के बीच 20 से अधिक परमाणु हथियारों के परीक्षण की जगह रही, और- हालांकि 1997 में द्वीपों को ‘सुरक्षित’ घोषित किया जा चुका है- इसके मूल निवासियों ने यहां लौटने से इनकार कर दिया है. लोगों को यहां उगाई गई चीजें खाने की सलाह नहीं दी जाती है. न जमीन पर गिरे नारियल का पानी पीने की सलाह दी जाती है. इसके अलावा पिछले 65 सालों से यहां मछलियां भी नहीं पकड़ी गईं, जिसके चलते यहां समुद्री जीवन बहुत बढ़ा है. जिसमें शार्क भी शामिल हैं. ये चीजें कई जहाजों के साथ-साथ हर साल सैकड़ों एडवेंचर करने वाले गोताखोरों को भी आकर्षित करती हैं.

ग्रुइनार्ड द्वीप, स्कॉटलैंड- स्कॉटलैंड के उत्तर में स्थित इस छोटे से द्वीप का इस्तेमाल ब्रिटिश सरकार ने द्वितीय विश्व युद्ध के दौरान जैविक युद्ध परीक्षणों के लिए किया था. बिल्कुल निर्जन इस इलाके का उपयोग अत्यधिक संक्रमणीय एंथ्रेक्स जीवाणु के प्रसार को जांचने के लिए हुआ था, जिसमें सैकड़ों भेड़ों की मौत हो गई थी और द्वीप को पूरी तरह से खाली कर दिया गया था. इतना ही नहीं इसके बाद एक और संभावित खतरनाक सामग्री- सैकड़ों टन फॉर्मेल्डेहाइड का उपयोग करके इस द्वीप को 1980 के दशक में साफ किया गया था. जाहिर है कि इससे इसकी स्थिति और खतरनाक हो गई होगी.

फैरालोन द्वीप, अमेरिका- 1946 और 1970 के बीच, सैन फ्रांसिस्को के तट से कुछ दूर फैरलोन द्वीप के आसपास के समुद्र को रेडियोधर्मी कचरे के लिए डंपिंग साइट के रूप में इस्तेमाल किया गया था. एक अनुमान के आधार पर यहां 55-गैलन (208-लीटर) के 47,500 स्टील के ड्रम छोड़े गए थे, लेकिन उनका सटीक स्थान और पर्यावरण के लिए खतरे का अनुमान अभी स्पष्ट नहीं है. यह भी माना जाता है कि उन्हें हटाने की कोशिश से ज्यादा नुकसान होगा बजाए उन्हें अछूता छोड़ने से. यहां एलीफैंड सील की बड़ी आबादी भी है, जो ग्रेट व्हाइट शार्क की बड़ी संख्या को आकर्षित करती है. ऐसे में यहां जाने से पहले दो बार सोचें.

राम्री द्वीप, म्यांमार- म्यांमार (बर्मा) के तट से दूर यह द्वीप एक भीषण घटना के लिए प्रसिद्ध है जो द्वितीय विश्व युद्ध के दौरान हुई थी. 1945 में, ब्रिटिश और जापानी सैनिकों के बीच लड़ाई के बाद लगभग 400 जापानी सैनिकों को द्वीप के चारों ओर दलदल में भागने के लिए मजबूर किया गया था, जहां वे खारे पानी के मगरमच्छों की बड़ी आबादी का शिकार बन गये थे. यह घटना गिनीज बुक ऑफ रिकॉर्ड्स, जानवरों के चलते मनुष्यों द्वारा झेली गई सबसे बड़ी त्रासदी के रूप में दर्ज है.

डेंजर आईलैंड, मालदीव- मालदीव के दक्षिण में 800 किमी की दूरी पर स्थित, डेंजर आइलैंड अपने डरावने नाम के चलते इस लिस्ट में शामिल है. यह नाम इसके शुरुआती खोजकर्ताओं ने इसे दिया है. जिनके बीच सुरक्षित लंगर की कमी होने के चलते यह द्वीप खतरनाक माना जाता था.

New wireline telephone numbers to be allocated on basis of actual utilisation

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New wireline telephone numbers to be allocated on basis of actual utilisation
Written by Aashish Aryan
| New Delhi |

October 25, 2020 1:11:36 am

Only after the data shows at least 80 per cent of access codes or telephone numbers allocated in the past have been utilised by way of activation of such numbers, will new numbers be allocated, the DoT said. (Representational Image)

In an effort to streamline the allocation of access service code and weed out inactive wireline telephone numbers allocated to telcos, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has modified its process and said the new numbers would be allocated only on the basis of actual utilisation to date.

The data on total utilisation of numbers allocated in the past shall have to be verified by the regional Licensed Spectrum Access (LSA) unit of the DoT in which the operator is present.

Only after the data shows that at least 80 per cent of the access codes or telephone numbers allocated in the past have been utilised by way of activation of such numbers, will new numbers be allocated, the DoT said.

As of July 31, India had a total of 116.4 crore telephone subscribers, of which less than 2 crore were wireline subscribers, according to data from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). Sector regulator Trai had recently expressed concerns over the low penetration of wireline and broadband services in the country.

In August this year, the regulatory body had sought comments from telcos, industry representatives and other experts on the ways to increase broadband proliferation. In the consultation paper, Trai had highlighted that the lock-down enforced in March to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic had forced many government and private enterprises as well as the common people to rely heavily on broadband connections for working from homes.

“The widespread availability and use of broadband have both economic and social benefits. In the post pandemic era, like potable water and electricity, access to broadband would become a necessity. It would be difficult to imagine life without broadband connectivity,” Trai said.

One of the questions that Trai sought answers to from telcos and other experts was that even though fixed broadband services were more reliable and are generally more capable of delivering higher speed internet, why did its subscription rates remain so low domestically.

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How to stay positive as the nights draw in

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But although the time change means people will get a little extra sleep on Sunday morning, there is a downside.

While Daylight Saving Time is designed to give people an hour more of daylight in the mornings, the reality is that as winter approaches and the nights draw in, many people who work indoors will find themselves starting work in the dark and finishing in the dark — with little opportunity to see sunlight.

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across Europe and lockdown measures preventing people from socializing, this winter will feel particularly tough for some.

But the good news is there are things you can do to help keep positive during the winter months. Read on for some mood boosting tips — though if the winter blues start to impact your day to day life — do reach out for some professional support.

Get outdoors, even if just for a few minutes

There are huge benefits to getting outdoors in the daylight each day, even if only for a few minutes. During the working week many people feel as though they are chained to their desks, but a change of scenery, even briefly, can be a real mood booster.

Longer walks on the weekends can also help us feel reconnected to nature and are a great way to exercise.

Sarita Robinson, Deputy Head for the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire, says that getting out into the great outdoors can be a great way to feel more positive.

Helpful tips to combat those seasonal blues

“We know that green space and blue space are very soothing, so anywhere where the environment looks pretty is actually beneficial — so having a walk down to a local riverside, or if you can get to a beach,” she says.

Even if you live in a city or an urban environment, getting out and looking at your surroundings can still really help — especially if you go out with a “purpose” — for example looking at different bird species, or plant varieties.

“You can find nature in anything,” she adds.

And if you find you need a mood boost when back indoors, a SAD light therapy lamp, which is said to emit bright light similar to that of the sun, but without the potentially harmful UV rays, might help.

Light therapy lamps work by simulating sunlight — although for best results, experts recommend shopping for a product that has an exposure of at least 10,000 lux of light.

Improve your sleep

The changing of the clocks can impact the body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep by taking cues from the environment, including sunlight and darkness. Not getting enough sleep can significantly affect mood, making it hard to concentrate or be productive.

There are things everyone can do to improve their chances of a good night’s sleep, such as avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and mobile phones before bed.

Catherine Seymour, Head of Research at British charity the Mental Health Foundation, says getting enough sleep is one of the most important things a person can do to be set for the day ahead — and she recommends people prioritize it.

In a 24 hour society, she says, people can delay going to bed at night either to scroll on their phones or catch up with everyday tasks. But it is more important to slow down and get a good night’s sleep.

“Getting that extra hour’s sleep is going to be much more valuable to helping you cope with everything this winter is going to throw at you than an extra hour tidying the house,” she says.

“We tend to sometimes think that shaving an hour off of sleep can be a really efficient way of squeezing more time out of the day but in the long run that catches up with us and can damage our mental health.”

If you are someone who struggles to get to sleep, weighted blankets have also been growing in popularity for people who suffer with insomnia and anxiety. They work by making us feel more physically secure, and have been reported to ease tension, reducing levels of stress hormones in the body.

And if you wake up feeling groggy in the mornings, a sleep lamp might help you to feel more refreshed. Similarly to light therapy lamps, sleep lamps work by mimicking sunlight. Instead of a loud, beeping alarm, a sleep lamp wakes people up as the light gets gradually brighter and brighter.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to help people relax and approach life’s challenges with a more positive mindset. Slowing down and focusing on your surroundings can really help some people to better control their worries and anxiety — which many people are experiencing more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meditation needn’t take long. Taking just five minutes out of your day to unwind and focus on your breathing could help you to reset.

CNN has a short meditation guide, which you can find here, that will help you release any negativity or stress and allow your body to relax.

Get your body moving, and look after it

Exercise not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but has been proven to improve sleep, mood, and outlook, too.

“Getting outside and exercising is a good way of keeping your mood up — and if you want to beat the blues exercising in nature is a great way to do that,” says Sarita Robinson.

This 5-minute meditation routine will calm you downThis 5-minute meditation routine will calm you down

Catherine Seymour adds that even as it gets darker, colder, and rainier outside, the benefits of wrapping up and going for a walk are strong.

“There’s the old adage that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing — and almost nobody feels worse after going for a walk than they did before,” she says.

“In research we’ve done into how people are coping throughout the pandemic, the top coping mechanism is going for a walk and spending time in nature. We know [walking] really helps people to feel as though they can cope with the uncertainty.”

As well as staying physically active it’s also important to eat healthily.

In times of stress and uncertainty it can feel really tempting to reach for junk food — and possibly booze, too — but it’s really important to have a healthy, balanced diet.

But that doesn’t mean being strict with yourself at all times. It’s important to be kind to yourself too, so have that bar of chocolate when you fancy it — just don’t forget to eat your five a day.

Sing, dance, and be silly

When you’re feeling down, the idea of having fun can seem impossible, but being silly and fooling around can help us feel less glum about the world.

Sarita Robinson says that music and a good dance help her to perk up.

“As it gets gloomy outside, another way to boost your mood with exercise is dancing while singing along to some energetic music — music is a really powerful mood lifter and if you’re feeling a bit down turning on the radio and rocking out to some power ballads is a great way to lift your mood. It’s one of the things I use to lift my spirits when I’m feeling a bit down,” she says.

Catherine Seymour agrees that finding time for simple pleasures is a really great way to give yourself a boost.
To let off steam, her children do a three-minute dance routine throughout the day that they call “go noodles,” she says — and since working from home, Seymour has been joining in.

“Getting up from your seat and just being silly is so good for your mental health and wellbeing. After three minutes I see my children sitting back down with a smile — it improves everybody’s mood and just makes you realize you don’t have to get stuck down a rabbit hole of problems and seriousness,” she says.

“A bit of being lighthearted is good — whether that be dancing around, watching comedy, or playing board games. Lightheartedness and silliness is a tonic.”

CNN’s Allen Kim and Banu Ibrahim contributed to this report.

How to stay positive as the nights draw in

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But although the time change means people will get a little extra sleep on Sunday morning, there is a downside.

While Daylight Saving Time is designed to give people an hour more of daylight in the mornings, the reality is that as winter approaches and the nights draw in, many people who work indoors will find themselves starting work in the dark and finishing in the dark — with little opportunity to see sunlight.

With the coronavirus pandemic still raging across Europe and lockdown measures preventing people from socializing, this winter will feel particularly tough for some.

But the good news is there are things you can do to help keep positive during the winter months. Read on for some mood boosting tips — though if the winter blues start to impact your day to day life — do reach out for some professional support.

Get outdoors, even if just for a few minutes

There are huge benefits to getting outdoors in the daylight each day, even if only for a few minutes. During the working week many people feel as though they are chained to their desks, but a change of scenery, even briefly, can be a real mood booster.

Longer walks on the weekends can also help us feel reconnected to nature and are a great way to exercise.

Sarita Robinson, Deputy Head for the School of Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire, says that getting out into the great outdoors can be a great way to feel more positive.

Helpful tips to combat those seasonal blues

“We know that green space and blue space are very soothing, so anywhere where the environment looks pretty is actually beneficial — so having a walk down to a local riverside, or if you can get to a beach,” she says.

Even if you live in a city or an urban environment, getting out and looking at your surroundings can still really help — especially if you go out with a “purpose” — for example looking at different bird species, or plant varieties.

“You can find nature in anything,” she adds.

And if you find you need a mood boost when back indoors, a SAD light therapy lamp, which is said to emit bright light similar to that of the sun, but without the potentially harmful UV rays, might help.

Light therapy lamps work by simulating sunlight — although for best results, experts recommend shopping for a product that has an exposure of at least 10,000 lux of light.

Improve your sleep

The changing of the clocks can impact the body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep by taking cues from the environment, including sunlight and darkness. Not getting enough sleep can significantly affect mood, making it hard to concentrate or be productive.

There are things everyone can do to improve their chances of a good night’s sleep, such as avoiding stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and mobile phones before bed.

Catherine Seymour, Head of Research at British charity the Mental Health Foundation, says getting enough sleep is one of the most important things a person can do to be set for the day ahead — and she recommends people prioritize it.

In a 24 hour society, she says, people can delay going to bed at night either to scroll on their phones or catch up with everyday tasks. But it is more important to slow down and get a good night’s sleep.

“Getting that extra hour’s sleep is going to be much more valuable to helping you cope with everything this winter is going to throw at you than an extra hour tidying the house,” she says.

“We tend to sometimes think that shaving an hour off of sleep can be a really efficient way of squeezing more time out of the day but in the long run that catches up with us and can damage our mental health.”

If you are someone who struggles to get to sleep, weighted blankets have also been growing in popularity for people who suffer with insomnia and anxiety. They work by making us feel more physically secure, and have been reported to ease tension, reducing levels of stress hormones in the body.

And if you wake up feeling groggy in the mornings, a sleep lamp might help you to feel more refreshed. Similarly to light therapy lamps, sleep lamps work by mimicking sunlight. Instead of a loud, beeping alarm, a sleep lamp wakes people up as the light gets gradually brighter and brighter.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to help people relax and approach life’s challenges with a more positive mindset. Slowing down and focusing on your surroundings can really help some people to better control their worries and anxiety — which many people are experiencing more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meditation needn’t take long. Taking just five minutes out of your day to unwind and focus on your breathing could help you to reset.

CNN has a short meditation guide, which you can find here, that will help you release any negativity or stress and allow your body to relax.

Get your body moving, and look after it

Exercise not only keeps the body fit and healthy, but has been proven to improve sleep, mood, and outlook, too.

“Getting outside and exercising is a good way of keeping your mood up — and if you want to beat the blues exercising in nature is a great way to do that,” says Sarita Robinson.

This 5-minute meditation routine will calm you downThis 5-minute meditation routine will calm you down

Catherine Seymour adds that even as it gets darker, colder, and rainier outside, the benefits of wrapping up and going for a walk are strong.

“There’s the old adage that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing — and almost nobody feels worse after going for a walk than they did before,” she says.

“In research we’ve done into how people are coping throughout the pandemic, the top coping mechanism is going for a walk and spending time in nature. We know [walking] really helps people to feel as though they can cope with the uncertainty.”

As well as staying physically active it’s also important to eat healthily.

In times of stress and uncertainty it can feel really tempting to reach for junk food — and possibly booze, too — but it’s really important to have a healthy, balanced diet.

But that doesn’t mean being strict with yourself at all times. It’s important to be kind to yourself too, so have that bar of chocolate when you fancy it — just don’t forget to eat your five a day.

Sing, dance, and be silly

When you’re feeling down, the idea of having fun can seem impossible, but being silly and fooling around can help us feel less glum about the world.

Sarita Robinson says that music and a good dance help her to perk up.

“As it gets gloomy outside, another way to boost your mood with exercise is dancing while singing along to some energetic music — music is a really powerful mood lifter and if you’re feeling a bit down turning on the radio and rocking out to some power ballads is a great way to lift your mood. It’s one of the things I use to lift my spirits when I’m feeling a bit down,” she says.

Catherine Seymour agrees that finding time for simple pleasures is a really great way to give yourself a boost.
To let off steam, her children do a three-minute dance routine throughout the day that they call “go noodles,” she says — and since working from home, Seymour has been joining in.

“Getting up from your seat and just being silly is so good for your mental health and wellbeing. After three minutes I see my children sitting back down with a smile — it improves everybody’s mood and just makes you realize you don’t have to get stuck down a rabbit hole of problems and seriousness,” she says.

“A bit of being lighthearted is good — whether that be dancing around, watching comedy, or playing board games. Lightheartedness and silliness is a tonic.”

CNN’s Allen Kim and Banu Ibrahim contributed to this report.

Kevin Hart is ready for the MDA telethon

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The comedian will take the helm of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon that was hosted for decades by the late Jerry Lewis. The event, which has been renamed “The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon,” will take place Saturday for the first time since 2010.

The pivotal moment is not lost on Hart.

“It’s just an amazing opportunity. With Jerry Lewis the man’s history speaks for itself. What he was able to do with his telethon and the money he was able to raise, it was unbelievable, the numbers are astronomical,” Hart told CNN in a recent interview. “To have the opportunity to revive it, change it and still, of course, fulfill the cause at hand as well as bring some awareness to other things that are going on, I just felt it was a great moment.”

The two-hour event will stream online and feature several of Hart’s celebrity friends, including Don Cheadle, Stephen Curry, David Beckham, Gabrielle Union Wade, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Common and Michael B. Jordan.

Hart, who welcomed his fourth child just last month, told CNN that being able to bring laughter to children and their families during a difficult time is what it’s all about.

“It’s a bonus for me because it’s different than anything I’ve done at this point in my career,” Hart said. “Kids are your future and some kids are put in positions that others aren’t and given things that they have no control over … if you have the opportunity to be a reason of hope or a reason of happiness for a child and that child’s family, that’s a big deal. That’s a big deal, changing a kid’s narrative.”

Hart said he’s beginning to notice more and more how his two older children are learning the importance of giving back.

“I pride myself on being a father,” he said. “I have great kids. I have loving kids and I think to me that’s the best sign of good parenting from me is seeing my kids love the way they love … When I told my kids what I was doing, the fact that they knew I was raising money and what I was raising money for it was like, ‘Oh dad that’s cool.’ My kids are very funny. It’s always, ‘Can we come? and How can we help?’ I love that I’m shutting them down more for that offer than I’m not. I love that it’s at least a question that they want to be a part of that and they want to help. They’ve always been like that.”

Hart said, particularly now, he is grateful for the opportunity to spread some joy.

“Laughter, I feel, heals all wounds and during that moment when you laugh. Regardless of what you’re going through in life, it’s forgotten. Whether it’s five seconds, 10 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes,” he said. “Laughing is powerful. So being able to provide that and do it all over the globe, is a significant blessing and one that I do not take for granted.”

Coronavirus shadows darken Dussehra, leaves Ravana effigy business on last legs

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By: PTI | New Delhi |

October 24, 2020 9:40:05 pm

dussehra 2020, ravana effigyDussehra 2020: Effigies of Ravana being made at Ramlila ground, Surajmal Vihar, East Delhi

It’s a day before Dussehra and Karan ‘Ravan Wala’ looks disconsolately at the empty stretch of pavement, the handful of in-the-works effigies underscoring the despair of a festive season that is like no other he remembers.

“You couldn’t set foot on the sidewalk, there used to be so many of us over this one kilometre stretch,” Karan said on Saturday, looking at the cars crossing by without a second glance as his hands expertly give shape to long sticks of bamboo.

Hundreds of artisans like Karan who made effigies of demon king Ravan, his brother Kumbhkaran and son Meghnad every Dussehra would earn enough this season to see them through the entire year. Not this time though with COVID-19 continuing its spread and fear of contracting the disease keeping most people away from festivities.

The stretch of Najafgarh Road near the Tagore Garden metro station in west Delhi would buzz with activity at this time of the year with sellers making last-minute touches to the bamboo mannequins and buyers lining up to pick up their orders. Now, only three or four effigy makers work on a few under-construction puppets.

The colourful bamboo and paper effigies are sold to Ramlila organisers across the city for prices ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 30,000. However, most organisers decided to not celebrate Dussehra this year, knowing the crowds would not come and also because of strict government rules.

It’s about the pandemic but also about stricter rules for pavement hawkers and the ban on the use of firecrackers–the effigies go up in a blaze to signify the age-old battle of good vs evil; the demons are vanquished by Lord Ram who traditionally fires an arrow at the puppets. This year, that tableaux played out in parks and grounds across north India will happen in just a few places.

“In the last two-three years they have entirely killed our work. First they denied us a place to make and sell effigies, then they put a ban on firecrackers, and now this disease,” said 52-year-old Karan who works as an electrician at other times of the year. Sitting amid coloured papers, oil paint, long metal wires and thin stripes of bamboo, 34-year-old Shammi Painter echoed Karan’s despondency.

Shammi said he left it all to fate when he decided to take the risk of making effigies this year.

“The market is dead. We are getting only 10 per cent business of what we used to make two-three years back. This year, I have orders for 10 big and 10 small Ravans and that’s it,” he said, as he gave finishing touches to the long black moustache of a bright pink Ravan.

The painter said proudly that he would get orders from Ayodhya till a few years ago. Now he focuses more on making wall paintings in schools, gyms and houses.

“Those were different days when we could survive the year solely on Dussehra earnings. Now I cannot sit idle a month later,” he said.

Anil Pandey, 42, who has been making the bamboo mannequins for over 30 years, said he is better off even if only a bit.

Working laboriously on finishing the only effigy order he has received, Pandey is more enthusiastic than his other colleagues on the pavement. The father of two supplies biers and shrouds for last rites throughout the year.

“I will be able to make a profit this year, that’s more than I could ask in such times,” said the proud owner of a two-storey house in Rajouri Garden.

Talk about involving the future generation and pat comes his reply. “Not a chance.”

“This is a once-a-year thing. What will they do for the rest of the year? I want them to study and become officers. They take interest in this work but I don’t want them to come near it,” he added.

Leading out of Najafgarh Road on a narrow road lined by makeshift offices of marriage music bands, on a narrow road are houses where the effigy makers stay. A bright blue three-feet Ravan occupies pride of place outside a house, but that is only a sample of what is inside.

The house, which also doubles up as a workshop, belongs to New India Ravan Wale and has seen artisans painstakingly make thousands of effigies over the last 80 years. Not so long ago, their effigies even found takers in Canada and Australia.

“Now we are doing it because there is nothing else we can do,” said 45-year-old Ajay Saraswat.

Read| Dussehra Ravan Dahan 2020: Date, Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Timings, and Mantra

Saraswat’s grandfather had learned the craft from ‘Ravan wale baba’, reportedly the first one who established the area as an effigy market.

From the ground to the top floor, the space is cluttered with large and tiny pieces of bamboo sticks, bowls filled with homemade glue, long wires to tie the parts together and stacks of paper to make the outer structure.
The work, indeed craft of making the mannequins only to have them go up in flames, gave livelihood to four generations of his family but the business may not last another generation, said Ajay’s nephew Amit Saraswat.

“This is all we know, I don’t want my children to take up this work,” Amit said.

Deepa, Ajay’s wife, concurred.

“It is up to him what he wants to do. He loves to sing so if he wants to become a singer we will support him,” she said pointing to their six-year-old son busy watching a music video on a smartphone.

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पंजाब ने हैदराबाद को 127 रन का टारगेट दिया, यह दुबई में सीजन का सबसे छोटा लक्ष्य

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सनराइजर्स हैदराबाद के जेसन होल्डर, संदीप शर्मा और राशिद खान ने 2-2 विकेट लिए।

आईपीएल के 13वें सीजन का 43वां मैच किंग्स इलेवन पंजाब और सनराइजर्स हैदराबाद के बीच दुबई में खेला जा रहा है। टॉस हारकर पहले बैटिंग करते हुए पंजाब ने हैदराबाद को 127 रन का टारगेट दिया। यह इस सीजन का दुबई में सबसे छोटा लक्ष्य है। इससे पहले 40वें मैच में राजस्थान रॉयल्स ने हैदराबाद को 155 रन का टारगेट दिया था। सनराइजर्स के ओपनर डेविड वॉर्नर और जॉनी बेयरस्टो क्रीज पर हैं। मैच का स्कोरकार्ड देखने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें…

पंजाब ने 7 विकेट गंवाकर 126 रन बनाए हैं। टीम को ओपनर लोकेश राहुल और मनदीप सिंह ने सधी हुई शुरुआत दी थी, लेकिन कोई बड़ी पार्टनरशिप नहीं होने से टीम बड़े स्कोर तक नहीं पहुंच सकी। मैच में पंजाब की टीम पर संदीप शर्मा, राशिद खान और जेसन होल्डर पूरी तरह हावी रहे। पंजाब के लिए निकोलस पूरन ने नाबाद 32, राहुल ने 27, क्रिस गेल ने 20, मनदीप ने 17 रन की पारी खेली। हैदराबाद के संदीप, राशिद और होल्डर ने 2-2 विकेट लिए।

लगातार बॉल पर गेल और राहुल आउट
पंजाब ने 66 रन के स्कोर पर लगातार 2 विकेट गंवाए। क्रिस गेल (20) को जेसन होल्डर ने ओवर की आखिरी बॉल पर डेविड वॉर्नर के हाथों कैच आउट कराया। वहीं, ओवर की पहली बॉल पर राशिद खान ने लोकेश राहुल (27) को बोल्ड किया। इससे पहले ओपनर मनदीप सिंह 17 रन बनाकर आउट हुए। संदीप की बॉल पर राशिद ने उनका कैच लिया।

सनराइजर्स में एक और पंजाब टीम में 2 बदलाव

हैदराबाद टीम में एक बदलाव किया गया। शाहबाज नदीम की जगह खलील अहमद को मौका मिला। पंजाब की प्लेइंग इलेवन में दो बदलाव किए। मयंक अग्रवाल और जिमी नीशम को बाहर किया गया। उनकी जगह मनदीप सिंह और क्रिस जॉर्डन की वापसी हुई।

काली पट्टी बांधकर उतरी पंजाब की टीम

पंजाब की टीम मैच में काली पट्टी बांधकर उतरी। दरअसल, शुक्रवार को मनदीप के पिता हरदेव सिंह का निधन हो गया था। वे कुछ समय से बीमार चल रहे थे। मनदीप के पिता को श्रद्धांजलि देने के लिए पंजाब के खिलाड़ियों ने काली पट्टी बांधी।

दोनों टीम में विदेशी खिलाड़ी
हैदराबाद की प्लेइंग इलेवन में कप्तान डेविड वॉर्नर समेत जॉनी बेयरस्टो, जेसन होल्डर और राशिद खान विदेशी प्लेयर हैं। वहीं, पंजाब की टीम में क्रिस गेल, निकोलस पूरन, ग्लेन मैक्सवेल और क्रिस जॉर्डन शामिल हैं।

दोनों टीमें:
पंजाब: लोकेश राहुल (कप्तान और विकेटकीपर), क्रिस गेल, निकोलस पूरन, ग्लेन मैक्सवेल, मनदीप सिंह, दीपक हूडा, मुरुगन अश्विन, क्रिस जॉर्डन, अर्शदीप सिंह, रवि बिश्नोई और मोहम्मद शमी।
हैदराबाद: डेविड वॉर्नर (कप्तान), जॉनी बेयरस्टो (विकेटकीपर), मनीष पांडे, विजय शंकर, प्रियम गर्ग, अब्दुल समद, जेसन होल्डर, राशिद खान, खलील अहमद, संदीप शर्मा और टी नटराजन।

पिछली बार हैदराबाद ने पंजाब को दी थी शिकस्त
दोनों टीमें सीजन में दूसरी बार आमने-सामने हैं। पिछले मुकाबले में हैदराबाद ने 69 रन से मैच जीता था। दुबई में हैदराबाद ने पहले बल्लेबाजी करते हुए 6 विकेट पर 201 रन बनाए थे। जवाब में पंजाब 16.5 ओवर में 132 रन पर ढेर हो गई थी।

पंजाब-हैदराबाद के महंगे प्लेयर्स
हैदराबाद के सबसे महंगे खिलाड़ी डेविड वॉर्नर हैं। उन्हें फ्रेंचाइजी सीजन का 12.50 करोड़ रुपए देगी। इसके बाद टीम के दूसरे महंगे खिलाड़ी मनीष पांडे (11 करोड़) हैं। वहीं, पंजाब में कप्तान लोकेश राहुल 11 करोड़ और ग्लेन मैक्सवेल 10.75 करोड़ रुपए कीमत के साथ सबसे महंगे प्लेयर हैं।

हैदराबाद ने 2 बार खिताब जीता
हैदराबाद ने भी अब तक तीन बार (2018, 2016, 2009) में फाइनल खेला और दो बार (2016, 2009) जीत हासिल की। वहीं, पंजाब अब तक आईपीएल का खिताब नहीं जीत पाई है। पंजाब एक बार ही 2014 में फाइनल में पहुंच पाई है।

आईपीएल में हैदराबाद का सक्सेस रेट पंजाब से ज्यादा
आईपीएल में हैदराबाद का सक्सेस रेट 52.96% है। हैदराबाद ने अब तक 118 मैच खेले हैं, जिसमें से उसने 62 मैच जीते हैं और 56 हारे हैं। वहीं, पंजाब का सक्सेस रेट 45.69% है। पंजाब ने अब तक 186 मैच खेले हैं, जिसमें में से उसने 86 जीते हैं और 100 हारे हैं।

GST रिटर्न फाइलिंग की डेडलाइन 2 महीने और बढ़ी, 2018-19 के लिए GSTR-9 और GSTR 9C फॉर्म्स 31 दिसंबर तक दाखिल हो सकेंगे

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CBIC ने कहा, अंतिम समय सीमा को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए कई अनुरोध मिलने के बाद सरकार ने GST रिटर्न फाइलिंग की डेडलाइन आगे बढ़ाने का फैसला किया

  • इन दोनों फॉर्म्स में सालाना GST रिटर्न फाइल करने की समय सीमा पहले 30 सितंबर 2020 रखी गई थी
  • इसे बढ़ाकर 31 अक्टूबर किया गया था और अब इसे और बढ़ाकर 31 दिसंबर कर दिया गया है

केंद्र सरकार ने शनिवार को 2018-19 के लिए GSTR-9 और GSTR 9C दाखिल करने की डेडलाइन और दो महीने के लिए बढ़ा दी। इन दोनों फॉर्म्स में सालाना GST रिटर्न फाइल करने की समय सीमा पहले 30 सितंबर 2020 रखी गई थी। इसे बढ़ाकर 31 अक्टूबर किया गया था और अब करदाताओं की सुविधा के लिए इसे और बढ़ाकर 31 दिसंबर कर दिया गया है। केंद्रीय अप्रत्यक्ष कर एवं सीमा शुल्क बोर्ड (CBIC) ने कहा कि अंतिम समय सीमा को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए कई अनुरोध मिलने के बाद सरकार ने जीएसटी रिटर्न फाइलिंग की डेडलाइन आगे बढ़ाने का फैसला किया है।

लॉकडाउन के कारण देश के कई हिस्सों में अब भी कारोबारी परिचालन संभव नहीं हो पाया है

CBIC ने कहा कि कोरोनावायरस लॉकडाउन के कारण देश के कई हिस्सों में अब भी कारोबारी परिचालन संभव नहीं हो पाया है, इसलिए कारोबारियों ने महसूस किया कि कुछ ढील दी जानी चाहिए। इसे देखते हुए GST काउंसिल की सिफारिशों पर 2018-19 के लिए सालाना रिटर्न (फॉर्म GSTR-9/GSTR-9A) और रीकंसीलिएशन स्टेटमेंट (फॉर्म GSTR-9C) दाखिल करने की डेडलाइन को 31 अक्टूबर 2020 से बढ़ाकर 31 दिसंबर 2020 करने का फैसला किया गया है। करदाताओं को ई-इनवॉयसिंग नियमों का भी पालन करना था। उद्योग ने कहा था कि दोनों नियमों का पालन करने कठिनाई हो सकती है।

GST करदाताओं को हर साल GSTR 9 सालाना रिटर्न फाइल करना होता है

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he feels ‘fantastic’ after undergoing heart surgery

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 73-year-old actor and former Republican governor of California, revealed on social media Thursday that he had undergone heart surgery.
In the post, which was shared on both Instagram and Twitter, Schwarzenegger shared that he had his aortic valve replaced at the Cleveland Clinic medical center in Ohio.
A faulty aortic valve isn’t something you want to have considering that it helps blood flow out of the heart and through the rest of the body. It can also lead to aortic stenosis, and is more common as people age. Others, like Schwarzenegger, have heart problems their whole lives because of a congenital heart defect.

Schwarzenegger posted that he was already feeling better.

“I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues,” he wrote on Instagram. “Thank you to every doc[tor] and nurse on my team!”

This isn’t his first heart surgery

Schwarzenegger had open heart surgery two years ago to replace a pulmonary valve, following a previous pulmonary valve replacement in 1997.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has open-heart surgery to replace valve
“Governor Schwarzenegger’s pulmonic valve was successfully replaced and he is currently recovering from the surgery and is in stable condition,” Daniel Ketchell, a Schwarzenegger spokesperson, tweeted in 2018.
The pulmonary valve helps blood flow from the heart to the lungs. Issues with this valve can lead to pulmonary valve stenosis and pulmonary valve regurgitation.
Schwarzenegger isn’t the first politician to have battled with heart issues, and it doesn’t discriminate against party lines. President Donald Trump’s medical records revealed he had a common form of heart disease in 2018, while former presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack in 2019.

Barcelona v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

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