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Bhupendra Chaubey, A Renowned Media Icon, Joins India Ahead As Owner And Co-Promoter

The Indian Media industry witnessed a huge change as Andhra Prabha Publications, one of the country’s popular media houses, welcomed Bhupendra Chaubey in its family. Mr. Chaubey, a renowned journalist, has been appointed as group editor-in-chief and CEO to lead the media house giant in the world of broadcasting. He will be joining in the capacity of Co-promoter and owner and will be a part of the core founding team.
He will manage the company’s 12 editions of newspaper and India Ahead, the English news channel as well as their other foray in regional spaces.
Delighted to get Mr. Chaubey on-board, Mr. Goutham, Founder-Promoter of the company said, “Bhupendra comes with a phenomenal industry experience of two decades. It is a huge honor for us to be welcoming him aboard. In a post COVID world, the media landscape is changing dramatically. Mr. Chaubey is the best person to take this company forward and create a new template for broadcasting.”
“I have known Goutham for a while. He paved the way and invited me to become his partner that enabled me to get into broadcasting with my own creative and disruptive ideas; post moving on from network 18. The sheer opportunity for experiments in a post COVID world convinced me that this was the best time to take up this challenge.” Mr. Chaubey said on the development.
He added, “Future is all digital. The team of industry A-listers we have put together has laid out a plan which makes for a very exciting journey ahead. We want to be local and global. We are not just a TV channel or a print publication. We are a tech-based multi-platform news entity.”
It will be interesting to see how this association of veteran journalist and a giant media house will unfold, especially in the times of pandemic where the media landscape is going through a tectonic shift in terms of business strategy and journalistic attitudes.

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Healthy Living What's Happening?

In A Change Of Strategy, Delhi Amps Up Antigen Tests

Delhi government has asked 11 district magistrates to conduct 2000 antigen tests for COVID-19, every day under their respective jurisdictional areas in order to double the testing numbers. Prior to these directions, 500 to 1000 tests were being conducted in these districts.
The government, in the change of strategy, is now focusing on amping up the testing as the positivity rate in Delhi has been going down for the past week which is a good sign stating that the spread is coming under control.
Delhi saw 10,000 antigen tests and 9,913 RTPCR tests being done on Wednesday, this week. Home Minister Amit Shah said that more testing through rapid antigen kits would help bring down the infection transmission rate below 10% as suggested by WHO.
So far, more than 5 lakh people have been tested out of which 92,175 people were found to be positive. Delhi has reported 2,800 fatalities and 63,007 recoveries. While the active cases tally up to 26,304.

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Delhi is now the second worst hit state from COVID-19 in India

Delhi, on 22nd June, recorded 2909 fresh cases which tallied up to 62,655 of total cases reported up until Monday. This number bumped up Delhi in the list of top states hit with COVID-19 by one position. Now Delhi is the second worst-hit state after Maharashtra and surpassing Tamil Nadu.
Today marks the 91st day since the nationwide lockdown came into effect to check the spread of the virus. There have been 4,40,215 lakh Covid19 positive cases recorded so far with 14,011 casualties. States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujrat continue to record the highest positive cases and deaths. With this, the recovery rate is continuously increasing and stands at a little over 56 percent which is providing a glimmer of hope in this dreadful situation.
Globally, more than 4.7 lakh people have died so far with 90.7 lakh confirmed cases.

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Human Story Humans of Delhi What's Happening?

Pradeep Sachdeva, Architect of Dilli Haat, Passes Away

Renowned architect Pradeep Sachdeva drew his last breath on Sunday, May 30 and died of a heart attack. He is survived by his wife and two children.
He was famous for designing the iconic epicenter of culture and art, Dilli Haat at INA Market in New Delhi. He also designed the Garden of Five Sense in Said Ul Ajaib.

Dilli Haat

His other notable works included streetscaping at the Commonwealth Games and designing Emporia Plaza at Baba Khadak Singh Marg.
Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia mourned over his death as he tweeted, “… The spaces he created have become architectural landmarks for our city brought alive by his imaginative design.”

Garden Of Five Senses

His imaginative designs were the product of Indian Modernism in which he firmly believed. He used to say that roads are supposed to be designed for people who drive the car but that’s just thirteen percent of them, we need to consider the civilians and pedestrians too.

Freddie Ribeiro, one of the Pradeep’s student recalls, “His thirst for knowledge was inspirational and manifested itself in the versatility of his practice.”

Pradeep Sachdeva had been a very busy man all his life and created many innovative buildings like the headquarters of Delhi Developmental Authority, DU Plaza, Plazas and streets at Bhikaji Cama Place in Delhi.

At the time of his death, he was actively involved in planning the pedestrian walks at Chandni Chowk and its beautification, Jama Masjid Precinct Development and streetscaping of Ring Road and Vikas Marg.

“It’s really disheartening to know about the untimely demise of Pradeep Sachdeva. He will be remembered for his passion for not only incorporating design elements for inclusive urban spaces but also promoting architectural heritage.”, says Nitin Panigrahi, DG Manager of ShahjahanabadRedevelopment Corporation.

He was a true visionary and will be remembered as someone who perfected the blend of Indian heritage and modernism.

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“We Are One” say Major Film Festivals

The past three months have seen the global convergence of different phenomenons over the digital platform which previously used to be driven by a large number of footfalls, headcounts, and lively mammoth halls. These include seminars, conclaves, workshops, and festivals.
The unprecedented steps have now become the new normal shifting these crowds of thousands over to multi-user digital platforms.

One such unprecedented milestone has been set in the cinematic industry as Tribeca enterprise, responsible for holding Tribeca Film Festival, and YouTube shook hands to organize a global film festival “We Are One” from May 29 to June 7. This global film festival entirely digital in nature will stream movies over YouTube for free which have been shown at some major film festival and earned accolades. The films from festivals like Tribeca, Cannes, Venice, London, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Marrakech, Saint Sebastian, Toronto, and Tokyo will be premiered. While the Jio Mami Mumbai film festival will represent India. The festival will screen features, documentaries, and panel discussions all of which have now been scheduled over at Youtube.com/weareone.

We Are One: A Global Film Festival unites curators, artists, and storytellers to entertain and provide relief to audiences worldwide,” Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal said through a press statement.

It’s an event that’s never been done before and we’re proud to be the home for this fantastic content that is free to fans around the world,” Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, YouTube, added in the press statement.

The arrangement has been made for viewers to donate in the Covid-19 relief fund.

Following this, Venice has declared that their festival will be held in September but “in a hybrid physical-digital program if necessary”. Such a digital arrangement of film festivals is a glimpse into what lies ahead for our world which is full of festivals.

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The Hidden gems in South Delhi

“FOOD” the most important thing for our daily survival. Every single person whether being a 5-year-old child or a 50-year-old person has a foodie inside him/her. The same is with the people of Delhi. Delhiites have some of the great food options but many of us didn’t even bother to go to a place that hasn’t yet received so-called good ratings. Keeping that apart for some time we won’t even go to a place that doesn’t have an air-conditioned sitting area. I was all set on an eating spree, visiting places where the menus, though not long, had cuisines that would stay in your mind for a time little longer than a life’s time.

1. TIPU SULTAN CHICKEN POINT

This not so big restaurant in the small lanes of Batla house serves the best taste of Chicken and Mutton. Having their shop located right in front of the Batla House bus stand, they have been serving the foodies of  New Friends Colony for the last 3 decades. What could be seen as something different and interesting is its ever-changing menu. In other words, the delicacies to be prepared are totally dependent upon the chef’s preference. This, however, does not deter the customers to visit the place to have the mouth-watering cuisines, whatsoever. Undoubtedly the best biryani you can have at this place. If you live in the Batla House area, it is just not possible that you didn’t hear about the same. And if you don’t know about it, just visit Batla house and ask about Tipu Sultan chicken point and people will tell you the directions. Briyani lovers, do visit once! I suggest the Chicken Nehari with tawa roti.

Cost for two 350/-

  1. MALABAR RESTAURANT

The name itself suggests the South Indian touch. Yes, you are completely right, this restaurant with very clumsy space but an air conditioner fit inside the premises provides the best Kerala Biryani in the dist. This typical South Indian restaurant not only is reminiscent of South Indians but also a boon to the hungry bellies in the area. Their scrumptious Keralan food not only fulfills one’s stomach but also satisfies one’s hunger with its quantity.


Fluffy Appams, porotthas, chetinad chicken, and erachy fry and curry are awesome. Prawns are heavenly. Order from this place if you are close by. Difficult to visit the place due to its location in the interior lanes. I suggest the Spl. Malabar chicken biryani.

Cost for two 400/-

 

  1. THE KATHI’S

They said don’t waste food they have “fillings” inside them and these guys at the KATHI’s took it personally. Situated at the corners of the famous South Extension 2 market opposite of Mc Donald’s they have really stolen the limelight of every big name present in South Ex. They have the largest and the mouth-watering rolls for every hunger strike. Their fillings have feelings inside them. Every bite of the roll reminds of the mom’s taste and drives you down to lanes of a whole new world. This shop has all the ability to rule the world of Rolls in South Delhi. My personal favorite was Double egg chicken tandoori roll and the aloo roll.

Cost for two 250/-

  1. BIRYANI ISHQQ

The final destination to every biryani lover. Yes, you read it right, it’s my promise that you will definitely fall in love with the delicious and amazingly amazing Biryani’s. This 8-seater restaurant situated right outside Chhatarpur Metro Station is serving some of the most unique flavors of biryani since 1936. Having their roots from Lahore, the owner and his son run this shop very peacefully and passionately. Yes the price is bit hyped but every bite of the basmati rice will make your day and you won’t regret your decision of choosing them. It’s truly a paradise for biryani lovers. One try is a must. My suggestion would be the Shahi Murg Biryani and their own specialty Kesar Phirni.

Cost for two 600/-.

  1. ECHOES

Let us now head to the most famous Satya Niketan area, I found some of the most unique way of servings and most different kind of restaurants. But I was amazed to know that the staff of this famous outlet serving the foodies of Delhi for a longer period of time is completely deaf and mute. Their uniqueness lies in the form of their service. No doubt their food tastes among the most mouth-watering delicacies around Delhi but they took my heart out with their owner’s saying, “Everyone is the same before him, so why should we discriminate between them”. Talking about the food, this restaurant will definitely leave you with sparkling eyes when you will get to taste their chef’s delectable food taste.

What to try? Please try everything here, everything here will make you happy.

Cost for two 600/- 

Authored By- Anish Choudhary (Insta- @foodie_fotugrapher)

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The COVID effect: How will the culture of eating out/social drinking survive? 

Often these days I muse over the time spent by in the lanes of HKV, SDA market’s momo stalls, and the happy hours we spent with our friends and family while dining outside. But thanks to COVID, all these trends now only seem to be a bygone ritual. 

Eating out 

The worst-hit out of the several industries is the restaurant industry which employed 700,000 people and was estimated at Rs 4,23,865 crores. The unorganized sector within this industry is huge, vendors, street stalls, flea markets are all filled with junk items which Delhiites devour but what now? 

Corona has made us realize something that our mothers failed terribly, the power of homemade healthy food and the power of immunity. Thus a new wave of fitness can be seen trending; organic, vegetarian foods gain preference and will be a trend post-COVID. So bid goodbye to all your favorite junk, unhealthy items because either the economy will hit them else the changing trends will. Quality food will gain priority over cheap food because of the fear of infection and awareness regarding hygiene. 

With social distancing being the norm, food delivery seems to be the new normal in the food domain and this will be a huge hit to the brick and mortar restaurant. A new phenomenon of delivering premium dishes is also on the rise. 

A forever lockdown on social dining and social drinking? 

We are huge fans of drinking and partying but with COVID settling in a new sudden awareness around health consciousness and spread of infection is also changing our patterns. Alcohol consumption will forever remain a boost but the concept of social drinking will die out as people begin practicing social distancing.

A crisis with an opportunity 

One can surely say looking at Instagram trends that homemade cooking has taken up, teenagers have made it cool and now the whole world is at it. The rise will be seen in homemade cooking and dining rituals as this lockdown, baking, and cooking skills got polished. Ordering food of “homemade quality” might be the only saving grace for restaurants. 

Trends here to stay

Vegetarianism and Veganism were already getting popular but with the entire anti-Chinese wave and people calling out the bat-eating cruel non-vegetarians on grounds of animal rights and even impact on climate change, vegetarianism and veganism are on a win-win ride. 

Fitness clubs, Gym memberships are bound to get a hit as the crowds will now aim at improving health standards in the light of failing health mechanisms. 

Overall, eating out at your favorite momo/paani batasha/chaat/ kebab stalls might just not be the same post COVID. Maybe just go back in memories and muse over the time spend and gone, thanks to COVID-19. 

Authored by- Mansi Rawat

 

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A Rasoi for Janta feeds the hungry in the Lockdown crisis amidst Corona outbreak

Just about a kilometer away from Guru Dronacharya Metro station of DLF Phase 3, on siris road long queues of people yet following social distancing is an everyday scene.
Amidst this global crisis, food is scarce and a meal a day is luxury for the poor. A group of social enthusiasts who is determined to help the society are tirelessly working to provide daily meals to those in need.
Premium kitchen of Shanghai Surprise, a popular cloud kitchen in Gurugram, is now transformed in the Janta Rasoi where its talented chefs who once prepared lip-smacking oriental food are now serving hundreds of poor with food.

The team of Janta Rasoi

The owner of the Shanghai Surprise, Mrs. Ambica Kapoor says, ‘We are the lucky ones and our privilege obliges us to serve the society in any way we can. We, here at Shanghai Surprise, are passionate about food so we used it to help the poor in this lockdown. We decided to serve hundreds of them in a day and every day.’
Mr. Arjun Pandey, who is active on the ground serving the packets of food himself, says, ‘The good word about Janta Rasoi has spread and people are contributing in their own ways. We are expanding and reaching more and more people every day.’

Chef cooking the day’s meal

Janta Rasoi is strictly following the guidelines of cleanliness to keep away the Covid-19 virus. Once they are done with cooking the meal, the team loaded with big containers and food packs goes out. They are greeted with the long queues of people smartly practicing social distancing. Every single person, despite the long wait, leaves with a smile on his face.
The Janta Rasoi has instantly become popular so much so that even CocaCola featured them in their most popular musical ad, the reboot of Ummeedon Waali DhoopMyyIndia.com also recognized the good work of Janta Rasoi.
The pandemic has united people in unimaginable ways and fuelled them with determination to help each other in every wat they can. Janta Rasoi is one such example of unity and its increasing reach example of the firm determination of our society’s unbending spirit.

Click Here to visit Twitter Page of Janta Rasoi

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Healthy Living What's Happening?

Simple guidelines for Senior Citizens by the government in the times of Corona outbreak and Lockdown

When the entire world is fighting against the scourge of Corona Virus. Every Indian ministry is highly active in releasing information and helping the citizens of India in every way they can. In such trying times, it becomes important that we first safeguard our senior citizens as they are the ones most prone to catch the virus and turn positive.

To spread awareness, the Ministry Of Social justice and Empowerment along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with the department of Geriatric Science of AIIMS, Delhi has released an advisory dedicated for the protection and well being of the elderly citizens.

Advisory contains the following basic Do’s and Don’ts-

Do’s

  1. Stay within the house all the time

  2. Avoid having visitors at home

  3. If a meeting is essential, maintain a distance of 1 meter

  4. If living alone, one can consider depending on healthy neighbors for acquiring essentials for home

  5. Avoid small and large gatherings at all cost

  6. Remain actively mobile within the house

  7.  consider doing light exercise and yoga at home

  8. Maintain hygiene by washing hands. Especially before having meals and after using the washroom. This can be done by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  9. Clean frequently touched objects such as spectacles

  10. Sneeze and cough into tissue paper/handkerchief. After coughing or sneezing dispose of the tissue paper in a closed bin/wash your handkerchief and hands

  11. Ensure proper nutrition through home-cooked fresh hot meals, hydrate frequently and take fresh juices to boost immunity

  12. Take your daily prescribed medicines regularly.

  13. Monitor your health. If you develop fever, cough and/or breathing difficulty or any other health issue, immediately contact nearest health care facility and follow the medical advice

  14. Talk to your family members (not staying with you), relatives, friends via call or video conferencing, take help from family members if needed

  15. Due to Summer, avoid dehydration. Consume an adequate amount of water. (Caution for individuals with pre-existing Heart and Kidney disease)

  16. Communicate with relatives at home

  17. Communicate with neighbors, provided social distancing is followed, and gathering of people is avoided

  18. Provide a peaceful environment

  19. Rediscover old hobbies like painting, listening to music, reading

  20. Make sure to access and believe only the most reliable sources of information

  21. Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other drugs to avoid loneliness or boredom

  22. If you have an already existing mental illness, call the helpline (08046110007)

Don’ts

  1. Come in close contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus disease (fever/cough/breathing difficulty).

  2. Shake hands or hug your friends and near ones

  3. Go to crowded places like parks, markets, and religious places

  4. Cough or sneeze into your bare hands

  5. Touch your eyes, face, and nose

  6. self-medicate

  7. Go to the hospital for a routine checkup or follow up. As far as possible make teleconsultation with your healthcare provider

  8. Invite family members and friends at home

  9. Isolate yourself

  10. Confine oneself in a room

  11. Follow any sensational news or social media posts.

  12. Spread or share any unverified news or information further

Following these simple guidelines, simple citizens can easily stay safe from the Corona Virus and easily pass through the times of lockdown.

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Boost Your Immunity with Ayurveda!

With the outbreak of corona, everyone is scared and conscious about their health. In such times, one knows that prevention is better than cure. We can prevent ourselves only when our immunity is strong. 

Ayurveda is an ancient school of medicine that is reaping healthy results for ages and it has numerous ways to keep our body immune from many fatal diseases. Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care derives from the concepts of “Dinacharya” – daily regimes and “Ritucharya” – seasonal regimes to maintain a healthy life.

Ministry of AYUSH has recommended the following guidelines for preventive measures and strengthening immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications. 

These are some general measures-

  1. Drink warm water throughout the day. 
  2. Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH (#YOGAatHome #StayHome #StaySafe) 
  3. Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.
  4. Have a spoonful of Chavanprash every day.
  5. Drink herbal tea/decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and/or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed. 
  6. Golden Milk- Half teaspoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.

 

Ayurvedic procedures that can be helpful-

  1. Nasal application – Apply sesame oil/coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (PratimarshNasya) in the morning and evening.
  2. Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 tablespoon sesame or coconut oil in the mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by a warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.   

What to do during dry cough / sore throat?

  1. Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day. 
  2. Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar/honey can be taken 2- 3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation. 
  3. These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist. 

These measures are recommended by imminent vaidyas like  Padma ShriVaidya P R Krishnakumar, Coimbatore, Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Delhi, Vaidya P M Varier, Kottakkal. You can follow these measures at your own convenience.

Also, It should be made quite clear that this advisory is not a treatment for COVID-19. If you discover symptoms of Corona, you are strongly advised to seek medical help.