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Viral: Amazon’s Diwali ad makes an emotional impact

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Diwali is just a few days away and e-commerce giant Amazon.in has come up with a brilliant ad to celebrate the festival of lights. Amazon had come up with some beautiful ads in the past and this new one also joins the list.
Amazon Diwali ad
In the commercial, we see a mother and a son going somewhere in the car, with an amazon gift package. The son is unsure about whom they are gifting the package to. The mother says it is a surprise.

Later, it is revealed that the mother takes the son to an elderly man’s house, who has donated him a bed during the COVID-19 crisis. Then we see the emotionally driven son hugging the elderly man.

The ad has so much feeling in it and is relevant to the current times. We all know how horrific the pandemic was earlier this year. Those incidents are still fresh in our minds.

Amazon should be commended for coming up with a message that we need to acknowledge the people who had helped us in the tough times of COVID-19.

The ad is now going viral on social media. The netizens are flooding Amazon with appreciation comments for coming up with such a sweet commercial.

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Omicron: New variant threat looms large despite India recording lowest Covid cases!

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Omicron: India recorded 6,822 new covid-19 cases and 200 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday. This is also the lowest single-day spike in over 18 months. Active cases stand at 95,014, the lowest in 554 days and over 10,000 people recovered on Monday. Due to the rising cases, several states have stepped up vaccination, surveillance and containment measures.

Omicron

Omicron

Meanwhile, three more international travellers — two Covid-19 positive and another suspected case — were admitted on Monday to the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital’s special facility for isolating and treating those infected with the new variant Omicron, officials said. “There are a total of 26 people — 19 positive cases and 7 suspected cases — in the facility at present.

Of the three international travellers who arrived today, two have been found Covid-19 positive. All three are Indians and have come from Dubai, France and the UK,” Medical Director Suresh Kumar said. Delhi reported its first case of Omicron on Sunday — a 37-year-old fully vaccinated man who arrived in Delhi from Tanzania.

With the first case of Covid cause by the Omicron variant being detected in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the Union government should stop flights coming from countries where the variant has been detected so far. He was reiterating the demand of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has appealed to the Prime Minister on two occasions in the past, asking that flight from these countries be stopped to make sure the new variant does not spread in the country.

At present, passengers from Europe as well as 10 other countries have been tagged as ‘at risk’ by the Indian government. These include South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, and Israel. Passengers arriving from these countries have to mandatorily get tested at the airport and wait for the results.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) today urged the government to announce “additional” doses of Covid vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers, and immune-compromised individuals amid concerns over Omicron, 21 cases of which have been detected in India so far. The doctors’ body said that cases of the latest variant of coronavirus were reported from a number of major states of India, and the tally, which is in double digits, is bound to increase.

The IMA stressed in a press release said, Omicron has proved to be less potent in causing severe infections but definitely five to 10 times more contagious than the Delta variant. Hence, the government and all stakeholders should take proper steps to control the contagion by enhancing immunisation.

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Google Maps: Did you know Google Maps can save you from Traffic Challans?

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Google Maps: What could be termed as a boon for youngsters, Google Maps has come out with a new feature that will save you from being penalised by the traffic police! The Google Maps feature will warn you beforehand of a traffic violation that your vehicle is involved and helps you to rectify before the traffic police identify and write a challan!

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Google Maps

Isn’t this feature something that you have been waiting for? The new update in Google Maps will warn you when you cross the speed limit on that road. As per reports, this new feature has been named Speedometer. This feature will alert you if you cross the road limit by changing the color on the display. This will help us drivers take notice of the speed going overboard and get it under control.

Not only will the new feature help us avoid a traffic challan, but it will also help reduce the risks of meeting with an accident, which is often the case in case of speeding.

How to enable this feature –

In your Google Maps app, go to settings, where you will find the navigation setting.
Tap on this setting and scroll down.

Google has built an ensemble of learned models to transliterate names of Latin script POIs into 10 languages prominent in India, which includes Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, and Odia.

Additionally, to help you find not only vaccine centers but also other useful information to navigate this problem, many updates have been released by Google to increase authoritative and reliable information about coronavirus. These updates are delivered through its search services, maps, YouTube, and Google Pay.
Street parking and transit fees can now be paid right from the app of Google Maps, as revealed by the company. Google Maps has also said that it will also be adding two mobile parking payment solutions providers, which are Passport and ParkMobile, to its app.

A new update in the Google Maps application will now award you a traffic challan if the speed of your vehicle exceeds the speed limit for that road. Not only this, but the feature will also help you avoid a penalty!

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Omicron: Are we Ready to Face it?

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Omicron: The deadly variant of Covid-19 called Omicron is already making waves for all the bad reasons. It has become the new cause of concern for the people across the country and is so with even people in Telangana. The state government is confident that it has all the health infrastructure in place to handle the consequences, but are we really ready to face Omicron?

Omicron

Omicron

With virtually no check on Covid restrictions and people moving around freely, the Omicron variant is likely to pose a bigger challenge to the state machinery! The Telangana government has set up a cabinet sub-committee to tackle the situation that may arise due to Omicron. The four-member committee, headed by State Health Minister T Harish Rao, will recommend to the state government the measures needed to tackle the current pandemic situation and also to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination.

Experts have said that this COVID variant is seven times more lethal than the Delta variant and it spreads many times faster. According to a recent study, the extent to which the Delta variant spread in 100 days, the new variant has surpassed it in just 15 days. Moreover, so far 32 mutations of this variant have already have been found. When a virus mutates rapidly, it becomes very difficult to fight it.

Among the 16 countries where this variant has been found are a few African nations such as South Africa, Botswana, some European countries, Australia, Canada, Israel and Hong Kong. India has already started tracking people who might possibly carry the virus, especially those who have recently returned from a foreign country. But so far, the central government has not yet confirmed a single case of this variant.

WHO has, so far, placed five COVID variants in the list of “Variant of Concern”. Among them was the Delta variant, which was responsible for the second wave of COVID in India. About 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh people died in that wave. Now, if the new variant is even more dangerous, as is being said, it could be extremely dangerous.

The Telangana government is on high alert to meet any eventuality in the wake of reports of a possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic triggered by Omicron, a new variant of the virus which has been first reported in South Africa, state government officials said. Director of public health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said there was no need for people to panic over the new variant of Sars-Cov-2, as the government machinery was fully prepared to handle the surge in Covid-19 infections.

“All that the people should do is to strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing of masks, maintaining of physical distancing and regular sanitisation. They should not let their guard down under any circumstances,” Rao said.

The director said a high alert had been sounded at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, though there were no direct flights from South Africa to Hyderabad. The number of positive cases for Covid-19 was stable in the state and there was no sudden increase in infections, he said.

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