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Amul back at it again with a witty tagline for increased petrol prices February 20, 2021 12:17

Apart from their dairy products, Amul is also known for their creative taglines and advertisements, starring the Amul girl and trending topics. Now that the prices of petrol and diesel in India have increased, Amul has taken the opportunity to make a creative comic out of this issue and Indian citizens are impressed. The Tagline reads “Painfuel Increase” which is a wordplay on the steep rising of the prices of petrol and diesel in India, along with “Amul affordable taste” on the bottom. Citizens have not been happy with the increased prices of fuel throughout the country. To put it plainly, it has been fueling anger among the people. Amul had shared the cartoon on their Twitter account, which shows the Amul girl anxiously filling her car’s tank up. Fans were quite impressed with the cartoon and even sparked some funny responses to the cartoon. Overall, the cartoon spiked all positive reactions and people are thoroughly impressed. The Union government hiked the excise duty on petrol and diesel 21 times in 2021. Roughly, the fuel prices have increased by 6 rupees for both the fuels. Although fuel prices have risen, the price of oils, seems to remain the same. Some believe the cause of the spike in the fuel prices is to compensate for the economic loss that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. By Meena Atmakuri

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Multiple Indian Americans make the Forbes entrepreneur 30 Under 30 list this year February 17, 2021 12:07

This business season, multiple Indian Americans and those from the South Asian origin were declared to be a part of the recent Forbes 30U30 list which is the 30 under 30 list. Most of them were honorees in the Manufacturing and Industry category. Some of the honorees in this category include Joseph Varikooty, Randeep Singh, Sahir Zaveri, Ameer Shakeel and Krishna Manda. Varikooty a 24 year old, along with his 28 year old partner Lucas Frye, co- founded Amber agriculture. Both received their bachelor’s degree and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign with a degree in agricultural economics. They even completed their MBA in the same university. Thiel Fellow, the original founder of Amber Agriculture, dropped out of the same university to start this agricultural company. Amber Agriculture helps farmers monitor and manage their crops with sensors. The core technology the company uses is a wireless sensor which can flow with the grains throughout its supply chain. Amber Agricultural also helps detect moisture or incorrect temperatures. The company was founded in Chicago and has raised almost 2 million USD in funding. It also helps farmers protect their grains from getting spoilt and captures accurate prices which helps farmers altogether. Coming in next are the Indian Canadian, Randeep Singh, a 28 year old, Kevin Han and Andrew Walker- who all founded AON3D which designs and manufactures 3D Printers to produce a wide range of high performance materials. The beauty of this company is that is costs as little as a tenth of the standard rate to make affordable production, of even very small volumes. The 3D company has printed items ranging for multiple corporations including Siemens, NASA, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. They even raised 14.2 million USD from backers including SineWave Ventures, AlleyCorp and YCombinator. Sahir Zaveri along with his partner Lee, both 28 year olds, co-founded King Children which is a sustainable eyewear company. The reason this company is one of the best is because it produces zero waste each year. King Children also produces 3D printed eyewear which are made to order and customized accordingly, to reduce waste. This Brookln Based company has raised around 2 million USD from companies such as Great Oaks Capital. Krishna Manda, the 26 year old entrepreneur is the co-founder for Etho. During a drive in Brooklyn on his motorcycle, a car made an illegal U-turn collided with him. This accident severed his right arm and doctors reattached his limb with two titanium plates and 13 screws. Manda dropped out from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and decided to lower the ricks of death an injury for other motorcycle riders. Manda and his partner, Parth Darj who is over 30 years old, founded Etho which creates smart helmets for riders. The helmet provides riders with information on GPS, speed, and nearby vehicles with a heads up display that will prevent accidents. The 26 year old Ameer Shakheel along with Payam Puourtaheri, 27, is the founder for Agrospheres, which shows how synthetic pesticide uses and misuses and contaminates the environment. Agrospheres helps replace chemicals with non toxic substitutes. The company has recieved 11 million USD from partners. There were a total of 600 young entrepreneurs, activists and scientists and even entertainers who were a part of the under 30 list. The Forbes 30 Under 30 list published the names of the honorees in all categories. By Meena Atmakuri

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Rare NASA Photos reveal the gold rivers in the Amazon February 12, 2021 12:18

Stunning and extremely rare photos from NASA have revealed how extreme gold mining has become in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest. Some of it is thought to be illegal. The line of gold seen from space is known as the rivers of gold. This gold line captures images which are believed to be mines dug up illegally by unlicensed miners according to the space agency. It is actually difficult to spot these gold mines from as far as space. However, the pits were illuminated by reflected sunlight. This photo was captured by an astronaut who was on the International Space Station (ISS). The photo was captured in December 2020. The images are evidence that there is high destructive gold mining in the Madre de Dios region in the south-east of Peru. Peru is the leading country for exporting gold in the world and Madre de Dios is home to a large unregulated gold mining industry filled with workers who are trying to make a living. This area is home to the largest biodiversity variety in the world. Now, due to extensive extractive industries, there is a lot of deforestation and destruction of species’ habitats. The mining also has an effect on humans. The mining poisons local communities as there is a lot of mercury used to extract the gold. Scientists have also stated that a lot of this poison has been dumped into the rivers or released into the atmosphere. After searching the mine pits in person, there were hundreds of basins filled with water and gold. The vegetation has been removed and the mud is infertile. This part of the region where the mining is taking place is home to exotic species including monkeys, jaguars and butterflies. Mining has been the lead cause of deforestation in the Amazon. A study done for the forest in 2019 showed that gold mining destroyed 22,930 acres of Peru’s Amazon.However, there is the crisis of the local communities making a living from gold mining. In 2020, in another part of Peru, La Pampa, a huge gold mining site was shut down and 5,000 miners were expelled. By Meena Atmakuri

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Sound of Music Star Christopher Plummer dies at 91 February 06, 2021 12:14

For seven decades, Christopher Plummet has delivered incredible performances on stage and on screen. This Canadian actor is best known for his role in the Hit movie, The Sound of Music as Captain Von Trapp. He passed away at the age of 91. In 2021, he wont an Oscar for the film Beginners. He was also nominated for The Last Station in 2010 and All the Money in the World in 2018. Other films of his include The Man Who Would Be King and Knives Out. He also played the memorable villain Klingon in the sixth Star Trek movie and played a TV anchorman called Mike Wallace in The Insider released in 1999. His roles were always very diverse. He played Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree. He also appeared with Peter Sellers in the movie The Return of the Pink Panther. According to reports, Plummer died a peaceful death at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side. Actors who have acted alongside the legendary actor took to Twitter to express their condolences for the late actor. They cherished over their memories with the actor, stating that he was the best of his time, and was very nice to the cast and crew on and off set. Even the film The Sound of Music took to Twitter to express their grief and remember the legacy he had left for the world. By Meena Atmakuri

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Hitler’s toilet is now up for Auction February 03, 2021 12:09

According to a source from an auction company, Hitler’s toilet seat will be up for auction. During the World War 11, his toilet seat was looted by a US army soldier. According to the auction company, the family of the soldier has now decided to cash in the two piece wooden toilet sat with its lid removed. The toilet seat’s starting price is expected to fetch around 15,000 dollars USD. The starting bidding price for this item is 5000 USD. During World War II, A US solider looted the toilet seat from Hitler’s private bathroom in his holiday home in the Bavarian Alps near Berchtergaden. The unusual historical item will be auctioned at the Alexander Historical Auctions LLC in Chesapeake City, Maryland on February 8th. The toilet seat measures 19 inches from back to front and is 16 inches wide. It also has two photographs of the soldier Ragnvald Borch and his immediate superior officer at the Eagles Nest at Berchtesgaden. The toilet seat also has a satirical anti Hitler newspaper clipping. The soldier’s family who has the seat said the item remained untouched in the basement of the family’s home. The item is ready to be auctioned off to a lucky yet unusual buyer. This is the closest we can get to any of Hitler’s properties. When Hitler reportedly committed suicide with his girlfriend at the time, there bodies were never found and when they dug his grave out, after a DNA test it was determined that that was not Hitler. Till today, no body knows where Hitler’s body is. By Meena Atmakuri

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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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