Today’s Special

Google Closes Its “Thank You” Series Of Doodles With Honoring Coronavirus Helpers

In the series to honor those at the frontline against the battle with COVID-19, Google releases a Doodle honoring all the people across the globe that are helping in going the world as a community in COVID-19 times.

Google’s Doodle for helpers

The illustration shows helpers from different sectors including farming, food service, grocery divisions, healthcare and researcher fields coming together and working to make the society corona free. The Google India shared the Doodle with a tweet that the best way to thank to all those on the front lines was by staying at home. Together, the world would move past this.

Google’s “Thank You” series

Today’s Doodle for coronavirus helpers is the second in the “Thank You” series of Google. On Monday, Google honored teachers that are helping students with their online studies. Also, Google said on Monday that it would continue the “Thank You” series for the coming weeks.

The series started on April 6 with thanking of health workers and the scientific community that are at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. Google said that it was starting a series to recognize the efforts of … Read the rest

Sunder Pichai Sends Memo To His Employees

Google parent Alphabet Inc. has decided to slow hiring for the remaining part of the year. Its Chief Executive Officer Sunder Pichai updated its employees through an email.

Google closed its offices due to COVID-19

It has been over two months that Google closed its offices in Asia for fear of novel coronavirus spread. Mr. Pichai said that the company couldn’t had imagined then how much the world could change for people around the world. Also, the company’s thoughts remain with those who have lost their loved ones and those that are presently battling the disease.

Google helping in the battle against COVID-19

The company has made many teams to focus on helping government agencies in slowing down the spread of the virus. They provide data based that helps in measuring the impact of social distancing measures on the public. Also, Google has announced a joint effort with Apple to strengthen contact tracing but with strong privacy protections. Also, Google has invested on testing kits, production of PPE and other lifesaving medical devices.

Google facing financial crisis

Mr. Pichai said that world economy had been hurt just like it did … Read the rest

How People Of India Celebrate Baisakhi?

Baisakhi 2020 will be celebrated in the lockdown state but it won’t be different from earlier times. In normal days, people used to celebrate Baisakhi with family members and friends. Today, they will celebrate the festival at home and use latest communication technology to feel togetherness.

Origin of Baisakhi

Taken from the word Baisakh, Baisakhi is the biggest festival in Punjab and Haryana. It marks end of the harvest season. On this day, melas are organized where people sing and dance to the tune of rural songs. Bhangra, the folk dance of Punjab, is quite popular in the Baisakhi dance.

Baisakhi in Kerala

In Kerala, it is called “Vishu”. And the festival starts with decoration of flowers, fruits, cereals and clothes and gold etc. The first thing the people do this day is to see the decoration. It is believed that seeing decoration will bring happiness and prosperity to their homes.

Baisakhi in Uttarakhand

In Uttarakhand, Baisakhi is celebrated as “BikhotiMahotsava”. The day starts with taking a dip in holy rivers. Also, in some parts of the state, there is a tradition to stone the … Read the rest

PM Narendra Modi Remembers The Valor Of Jallianwala Bagh Martyrs

On Baisakhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a picture of his earlier visit to Jallianwala Bagh memorial to commemorate departed souls of those people that laid their lives in 1919 on the day of Baisakhi.

PM Modi paid tributes to martyrs

While paying his tributes to the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh, the PM said that the valor of those people would inspire Indians for years to come. He said in a tweet that he bowed to those martyrs that were killed mercilessly in Jallianwala Bagh on April 13. The country would never forget their courage and sacrifice.

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre

A troop of British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered firing on group of unarmed protestors and pilgrims who had gathered at Jallianwala Bagh on the event of Baisakhi on April 13, 1919. The crowd were protesting peacefully the arrest of two national leaders – Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew.

Colonel Dyer arrived at the Jallianwala Bagh with his troop and ordered firing at the peaceful assembly. The troops fired innumerable bullets at the crowd from a narrow alley that was the only exit from … Read the rest

Mahatma Jyotiba Phule: A Tribute

Ancient Indian society had many religious beliefs, dogmas, rituals and social customs but most of the traditions were oppressive towards the lower castes especially women. In the beginning, the society was divided into Brahmin, Khastriya, Vaish and Shudra castes on work basis but later it changed to births.

Oppression in Indian society

In the later years, the people were taught that the means of living, earning, education, legal system were caste, creed and sex based and that they had divine sanction. But it was women that were the most oppressed. They were devoid of education and right to own property. Also, they were subjected to child marriage, widowhood, polyandry system, devdasies and even prostitution.

Rise of Mahatma Phule

Born on April 11, 1827 as Jyotirao Gobindrao Phule, Mahatma Phule did a commending job for upliftment of the downtrodden class of the society. He along with his wife started women empowerment with education. But Jyotirao didn’t have a pleasant childhood as his mother died when he was 9-months old.

Jyotirao took his primary education in his village school and later went to a Scottish Mission High School in Poona for higher … Read the rest

PM Will Announce His Decision On Coronavirus Lockdown In His Address To Nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will convey his decision on ending the coronavirus lockdown on the coming Tuesday in his address to the nation. The PM is likely to meet with Chief Ministers via video conference tomorrow to discuss the state of affairs post coronavirus lockdown.

Uncertainty over coronavirus lockdown

According to sources, the lockdown could be extended but with many changes like interstate movement will remain restricted and educational institutions are likely to stay closed. But PM could provide sector specific relaxation to ease the industry from the massive economic fallout of the prolonged shutdown but with social distancing norms.

The PM said that life wouldn’t be the same again after COVID-19. Massive behavioral, social and personal changes would have to take place, the PM said to political leaders in video conference.

Additional Secretary in Foreign Ministry, Vikas Swarup said that PM Modi’s decision to order the three-week lockdown had helped slow the infection rate but it had impacted the economy and thousands of poor workers. He said that millions of people lost their jobs and many of the daily wage workers had fled to their villages.

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