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Rhino Poaching in Africa decreases due to COVID-19 February 02, 2021 14:24

South Africa has reported that there has been a great decline in the number of rhinos that are killed by poachers. After research, it had been determined that the reason for the decline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 394 rhinos were killed for their horns in the country. In 2019, 594 rhinos were recorded dead for their horns. This is a 33% decline in the numbers according to the environment ministry. The lockdown had helped restrict the movements of poachers and rhino horn smugglers in the country. Despite the drastic decline in the poaching number, conservatives are still warning people that the rhino population is drastically declining. Poaching still seems to remain a big problem around the world. However, since Monday, the lockdown restrictions have been eased in the country which might give poachers a more liberal chance of going back to hunting and illegal trade. In South Africa, the African Rhino population is about 80%. Hundreds of rhinos are killed each year for their horns. The body parts, especially their horns are sent to Asia where the horn is used as an ingredient for medicines and herbal remedies. Rhinos horns contain Keratin, which is the same material present in human fingernails. Most of the poaching takes place at the Kruger National Park where there has been a 70% decline in the number of rhinos over the last decade. According to the IUCN Red List, Rhinos are under the critically endangered category, meaning that they are closer to becoming extinct. WWF officials are increasing the security around these animals in reserves. There is a marginal improvement as there is a decline in poaching but the pandemic is only a temporary stop. Rhino horns are in huge demand in Asian countries such as China and Vietnam where they are used in traditional medicines. To stop rhino poaching, it is important to address the certain factors that enable wildlife trafficking syndicates to operate. WWF has also been talking about inserting chips to track the rhinos movements and save them from any further danger such as poaching. By Meena Atmakuri

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New Coronavirus symptom- the COVID tongue February 01, 2021 12:29

Along with the growing list of strange symptoms of the COVID-19 vaccine, there has been a new addition to the list- the COVID tongue. A British researcher who is helping to track the COVID-19 symptoms has reported a new symptom which multiple people have been complaining of. It is a tongue discoloration, enlargement of the tongue, spots, blisters and other mouth problems. The researcher also stated that more than a third of COVID-19 patients which is around 35 percent, have the non-classic symptoms which include skin rashes, infections and COVID toes which are swollen toes or spots on the toes. More than 1 in ever 500 patients have been recorded with having the COVID tongue as a symptom. Although this is a symptom that was found in a few patients, it is too early to tell that this symptom can be a COVID symptom. Some patients have come forwards with the patched tongue but have not displayed any symptoms of COVID-19. Hence, it is too early to tell if this is actually a possible symptom The COVID Tongue has not made the official COVID-19 symptoms list yet. Although tongue or mouth related issues other than sore throat or not any official symptoms on the COVID-19 list. However, with new developments of the virus coming in each day, it is better than citizens stay alert of all possible warning signs and get tested as soon as possible. By Meena Atmakuri

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The 105 year Old Padma Shri Winner who won for farming January 30, 2021 12:39

The Padma Shri is a prestigious award for those who contribute as Unsung heroes to the society. Long gone are the days when a common man would dream of winning this prestigious award. Nowadays, there are so many people who do better for the society and earn the Padma Shri award, also known as the People’s Padma. The 105 year old Pappammal from Tamil Nadu was awarded the award this year for her incredible and long contribution to organic farming. Other agricultural activists who have won Padma Shri awards include Chutni Devi who fought against social evils in rural areas, Shanti Devi, a social activist from Odish and Mithila artist Dulari Devi. As years go by, there have been more number of political leaders who have been honored with the prestigious award. The Prime Minister, Modi himself said that anyone who contributes to a great cause must be given this honour. He also stated that despite their status, they should receive the honor if they deserve it. The Padma Shri is a ray of hope for the country which shows that there still are people who do good for the world in their own ways. By Meena Atmakuri

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The Bernie Sanders meme that is trending on the internet right now January 28, 2021 19:01

A picture of Bernie Sitting on a chair crossing his legs and hands has been trending on the internet over the last week. So what is the story behind this meme? This image of Bernie Sanders is from the Inauguration Day and people have been photoshopping him into memes on social media. There is now even an inspired crotchet doll based on the meme! People have been photoshopping his image in different movie scenes, settings, paintings, historical moments and weird scenarios. The photo has quickly made its way on the internet and people have been captioning it with funny captions. During an interview on Late night with Seth Meyers, Bernie told the host that he had no idea that he had become an internet sensation. Indian actors including Deepika Padukone have also photoshopped the political candidate into their photos. By Meena Atmakuri

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USA Hearfully Thanks India for Delivering COVID-19 Vaccine to Several Countries January 25, 2021 11:41

During the pandemic, India has been termed as the pharmacy of the world. India produces around 60 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines globally. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that India is producing and delivering vaccines to benefit all of humanity around the globe to help fight corona virus. Countries around the world including Brazil and the United States have been thanking India and calling it the globe’s true friend for using its vast pharmaceutical sector to help the global community fight the virus. The US has specially thanked New Delhi for sending out the vaccine to several countries. Countries that India has supplied to include Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco and Seychelles. The south and Central Asia Bureau of the US State Department tweeted out on Friday as to how much they thank India for their noble work. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks also thanked and appreciated India for supporting its neighbouring countries to fight the pandemic and provide vaccines. The United States also took to their media to praise India’s support to the global community during the health crisis. India has sent more than 3 million doses to individual countries around the world. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are next on the list to receive the vaccine. The shipping of the vaccine to various countries shows India’s strength as a robust vaccine industry. The pandemic has made India one of the world’s largest vaccine maker. Prime Minister Modi tweeted last Friday thanking the countries that have honored India for the vaccine. India has had a staggering 10.7 million cases. 10.3 have recovered and there have been 153 thousand deaths. By Meena Atmakuri

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Central Government asks WhatsApp to withdraw its Privacy Policies January 20, 2021 11:09

The Indian Government has asked WhatsApp to withdraw the new privacy policy changes on the messaging apps calling the new policies terms and conditions unacceptable and unfair. The ministry of Electronics and Information Technology wrote a strongly worded letter saying India is home to the largest user base of WhatsApp in the world and is one of the biggest markets for the messaging services. The letter also stated that WhatsApp should reconsider its privacy policy and make it more secure for its users. It also states that Indians should be respected with their privacy and should feel comfortable using the messaging service. WhatsApp has around 2 billion users around the world. The privacy policies are only applicable on Asian countries and does not apply in European countries. Users from around the world, especially Asian countries including Hongkongers and Indians have been leaving the applications and switching to other messaging applications which do not track the users data including Telegram and Signal. WhatsApp declared that from February 8th, a new privacy policy will come into place which is the cause for many people to leave the messaging application. Other messaging applications have better data and privacy protection policies, attracting more users. WhatsApp has declared that users can use the application only after agreeing to the new terms about sharing their personal information otherwise users will not be allowed to use the service. By Meena Atmakuri

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Kerala Opening Theatres From 13 Jan Onwards January 12, 2021 12:49

After the shocking news of Karnataka opening educational institutions offline despite the pandemic, now Kerala is opening cinemas on the state from 13th January onwards. Theaters have been shut all over the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Because of this, malls have had trouble paying for rent or electricity bills during the pandemic. However, the fixed electricity charge is also being reduced by 50% for all the malls in the state to compensate for the charges that they haven't received during the pandemic. The cinema owners only decided to open theaters if they were provided waivers by the government. The government has decided to make the entertainment tax which was previously 10% and the GST the same tax price, reducing the cost of property tax for the theatre owners. The state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced the validity of licenses for theaters and cinema to be opened till March 31st, 2021. Cinema halls are given installments to pay their taxes to to local bodies from March onwards. The Kerala Film Chamber of Cinema was the corporation that declared the opening of theaters across the state. The Malayalam film industry is highly pleased with the announcement and will follow strict protocols set by the health officials to produce movies and follow social distancing protocols simultaneously. The first released movie will be a Tamil movie starring actor Vijay. The movie is called ‘Masters’. By Meena Atmakuri

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Karnataka To Start Offline Classes From Jan 15th January 12, 2021 11:00

From January 15th onwards all schools, Universities and student hostels will be open for students to attend in person. The Deputy Chief Minister had made all preparations to lay out standard procedures and operations from students to attend the education establishments safely without causing any harm or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Offline classes will allow students of all undergraduate, postgraduate, engineering and diploma classes from January 15th onwards. Bus services for the educational establishments will also resume from 15th Jan onwards. To prevent the spread of the virus, there will be strict protocols to be followed including Covid screening, sanitizers and social distancing at places in colleges. Wearing a mask will be compulsory for all students. However, exams for all grades will be conducted offline. The Chief Minister stated that holding exams offline is conventional as that was the direction given by the Country education authorities. Students are taking this issue on the internet to express their disbelief and how this rule is a risk for their wellness and health. More news regarding this issue is yet to come out soon. By Meena Atmakuri

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Egg And Chicken Prices Drop Due To Bird Flu Outbreak January 08, 2021 19:11

The bird Flu aka the Avian influenza has been reported in multiple states including Rajasthan, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Multiple birds and flock of birds were reportedly found dead near banks and in preserves. The flu began in India since January 6th. Due to the upcoming and rising flu, the demand and even consumption of egg and poultry has drastically decreased in parts of the country. There has yet been no aviation influenza or commonly, the bird flu has left multiple birds found dead in different states in the country. The egg and poultry business industry is worth 1.75 Rs. Lakh crore. The bird flu was initially reported in Rajasthan on January 6th. Then, the flu was reported in Kerala. It effected more than one lakh birds all over the country including ducks and chicken. Kerala has declared this bird flu outbreak as a state disaster. The responsible teams have deployed rapid response teams for culling and surveillance and determin the root cause of the flu. Madhrya Pradesh has banned poultry delivery from other states. HImachal Pradesh is limiting their poultry consumption and sales. Recently, Haryana and Gujarat have also reported cases of bird flu which could be possibly caused by the influenza virus which affects only birds. The disease is being spread by migratory birds. Humans can be effected if they consume poultry which has been effected by the virus. At the moment, no human has been reported affected by the bird flue outbreak in India. The Indian poultry sector is a key factor for helping our economy grow. The value of this market is Rs. 1.75 lakh crore. From 2019 to 2024, there is a projected 16.2%. The price of egg has dropped by 2 rs and the chicken prices have dropped between 27-29 Rs a Kg. Some sources believe this bird flu might be the cause of corona-virus. The poultry sector has taken this situation as an example to prepare from any future damage which will effect or impact the poultry market. By Meena Atmakuri

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India COVID-19 Death Tally Crosses 1.5 Lakh Mark, Number Of Cases Increase Rapidly January 06, 2021 11:24

India health officials reported 18,088 new COVID-19 cases with 21,314 recoveries and 264 deaths in the last 24 hours. This raises the total number of COVID-19 cases in India to 1,03,74,932 according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total number of cases in India have increased by a lakh totaling the number of COVID-19 cases to 2,27,546 and the total recoveries have reached 9,97, 342. Maharashtra is the state in India with the most number of COVID-19 cases. In the last 24 hours, there have been 3160 new cases, 2828 recoveries and 64 deaths in the respective state. India is taking protective measures to ensure safety for all the citizens. The vaccination process for the first phase will be in taking place in February. By Meena Atmakuri

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How Much Did Apple CEO Earn In 2020? Find Out Here: January 06, 2021 11:16

Although the year 2020 took the world by storm, Apple seemed to have done fine despite the pandemic. Here is how much CEO Tim Cook earned in 2020. US SEC has revealed how much Tim Cook earns in 2020. According to a report they launched, Apple CEO Tim Cook earned a total of 14.76$ million in the year 2020, including his 3$ million salary, 10.7$ million as incentive plan compensation and another 1.03$ million. In 2019, Cook made 11.5$ million in total. However, his figures have gone comparatively down from 2018 over the consecutive years. In 2018, he earned 15.68$ million dollars. Tim Cook was promoted to the CEO of Apple in 2011. 2021 is the year which will mark Tim Cook’s 10th anniversary as Apple Inc.’s CEO. The Apple board and employees who work at Apple Inc stated that Tim Cook is a very hardworking and dedicated CEO who demonstrates qualities of leadership and integrity. He has also been consistently delivering results for all the responsible shareholders. Tim Cook’s net worth for 2020 is 625$ million. It is rumored that Apple will release an Apple car this year but the company has not released any formal statement yet. By Meena Atmakuri

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1,400 birds found dead in H.P, state on control January 04, 2021 10:53

More than 1,400 birds were found dead in the Pong Dam area of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. The unfortunate situation has caused the state government to question the reason for this disaster. The government has suspended tourism activities and reservoir’s precincts until further orders. Wildlife authorities have taken samples from the carcass of the migratory birds. The samples have been sent to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal to find out the cause of death of multiple birds. The Pong Dam lake wildlife sanctuary has ordered a search on the entire place for more carcass. Initially, only 421 migratory birds were found. Over the subsequent days, there were more birds found, rounding up to a total of 1400. Due to the recent situation, the Kangra deputy commissioner-cum-district magistrate Rakesh Kumar Prajapati ordered an issue under the Disaster Management Act in 2005. This states that mp domestic livestock activity will be allowed in a one kilometer circumference around the area. The area has been declared as the alert zone. There will also be a 9 kilometer circumference surveillance zone. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Sources state that most of the dead birds are the bareheaded geese. By Meena Atmakuri

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