The state government has already prohibited spitting under the Bombay Police Act. Following Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA), 2003, the state has also prohibited smoking and a ban was also imposed on the manufacture, storage, distribution, transport, and sale of tobacco, scented supari in 2013. … [Read more...] about Spitting and smoking in public can attract fine, jail term in Maharashtra
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The bad economic news in the U.S. was echoed in Europe, where an extensive social welfare net was showing signs of fraying, as protests erupted for a second day in Spain against layoffs by French carmaker Renault and Italy’s chief central banker warned that “uncertainty is rife.” … [Read more...] about Trump cuts WHO funding as US economy clouds speedy recovery
But for those of us whose kids are antsy and anxious and desperate to see their friends, and whose work won't let us dedicate our entire days to the kids, it's likely we will let them create some pandemic memories with their pals, too. Chances are, they will remember those special and important playdates for the rest of their lives. … [Read more...] about Playdates and the pandemic: Can kids safely meet up?
Public health officials around the world have agreed that testing and contact tracing are vital to containing the coronavirus pandemic. But for many people, coming forward to get tested -- let alone revealing the personal information of friends, family and close associates -- is more terrifying than getting Covid-19. In South Korea, where gay marriage is illegal and homophobia is common, officials are struggling to reach thousands of people who may have been exposed to the virus at gay nightclubs in Seoul. In Malaysia, undocumented immigrants and foreign workers say they fear detention or deportation. In India, real and suspected virus patients say they’ve become targets of on- and offline harassment. Governments around the world have released unprecedented amounts of information about actual and potential Covid-19 cases -- ages, neighborhoods, travel patterns -- all in the name of public health. But it’s also emboldened a new kind of vigilantism and threatened personal … [Read more...] about ‘Nobody wants to get tested’: How social stigma hurts containment
In spite of all this, Ciccone said, “I don’t think we are going to pass this on to our clients, especially if they have faced unemployment. They are going to have wait longer to get appointments. These are people I have a close relationship with. They have been going through the same tough times I’ve gone through.” … [Read more...] about L.A. County can reopen restaurants, barbershops, salons, Newsom says
"In politics you are always going to be hurt. It's where you wear the scar that matters," says Shah. However, by backing his adviser so emphatically, it might be the case that Johnson's scar is now even worse than Cummings'. And if this story rumbles, the Prime Minister might yet have to lose the support of the man who has so often helped heal his wounds. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s bad week isn’t going to end
Bottom line: Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best preventive strategies available to pregnant women. It can help prevent postpartum depression as well as birth complications such as low birth weight. Don’t be afraid to discuss this with your doctor. It may seem minor, but sleep has a huge impact on you and your baby. … [Read more...] about Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression
I will definitely be swimming “au naturel” in Knepp lake in June, as I’ve been doing several times a week since lockdown began. I’ve been watching the geese, swans and moorhens painstakingly building their nests and now share the swimming space with squadrons of goslings and ducklings. Evening is best – swallows, martins and swifts arcing above the water, and sometimes the white storks come in to peck at grasshoppers in the lake margins. It’s the best multi-sensory immersion in nature I can think of. … [Read more...] about Nature on UK doorsteps: thousands sign up for daily ‘random acts of wildness’
Many states and school districts recognize the shortcomings of our current distance learning during the coronavirus quarantine, including children’s ability to maintain their focus and attention to online learning materials. Many school systems are already in discussion about how they can provide special education students with ongoing education during the summer, with some recognizing the need to provide up-to-date technology in the home for students with ADHD and LD. Other school districts are initiating training programs for executive-functioning skills designed to maximize what students can get from online learning. Schools also report the need to provide training to the parents of kids with special needs to take on the role of teachers aides. … [Read more...] about Will Distance Learning Produce a Coronavirus Virus Slump?
New Delhi: The CBSE will conduct the pending class 10 and 12 board exams at 15,000 centres across the country instead of 3,000 centres planned earlier, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Monday. The exams, which were postponed due to a nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19, will now be held from July 1 to 15. "The class 10, 12 exams will now be conducted at over 15,000 exam centres across India. Earlier, CBSE was slated to hold exams at only 3,000 centres," Nishank said. The decision has been taken to ensure social distancing at exam centres and minimise travel for students. The HRD ministry has already announced that students will appear for exams at schools in which they are enrolled rather than external examination centres. According to home ministry guidelines, there will be no exam centre in COVID-19 containment zones and states will be responsible for making transport arrangements for students to reach their … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Pending class 10,12 board exams to be held at 15,000 centres