The district administration here imposed a complete lockdown in Ballia city and surrounding areas amid the detection of over 40 coronavirus cases in recent days.

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The district administration here imposed a complete lockdown in Ballia city and surrounding areas amid the detection of over 40 coronavirus cases in recent days.

District Magistrate Hari Pratap Shahi said all localities in the city and surrounding areas have been declared a containment zone and a complete lockdown has been announced from July 3 to 10.

In the past 10 days, the city has reported 42 cases with 30 of them without travel history.

A man who died in the district on Wednesday was found COVID positive after the arrival of his report.

Another person who was sent to Varanasi died there on Thursday, the DM said.

The DM said during the lockdown, there will be restriction on people’s movement.

Only those involved in providing essential services will be exempted.

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Kolkata’s College Street Coffee House reopened for customers on Thursday

KOLKATA: The iconic Indian Coffee House in Kolkata’s College Street area — a favourite joint of poets, writers, painters and artists over the years — reopened on Thursday, 103 days after downing its shutters due to the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown.
As the gates of the heritage eatery opened at 11 am, around 25 customers, most of them regulars at the eatery, trooped in.
To ensure social distancing, arrangements were made for fewer than normal customers on the two floors of the eatery, a spokesman of Indian Coffee House said.
“We have disinfected the entire premises and made wearing masks mandatory for both the patrons and staff,” the spokesman said.
The authorities reopened the joint after holding talks with the local police station and health department over Covid-19 safety protocols and guidelines.
The eatery will be open from 11 am to 6 pm every day excepting Sundays. In the pre-Covid era, the Coffee House usually operated between 9am and 9pm.
“We are providing sanitiser to everyone at entrance, disallowing anyone not wearing masks, checking body temperature of patrons with a thermal gun and making our waiters wear gloves,” the spokesman said.
Patrons are happy to be back to their favourite joint.
“Whenever I used to visit College Street area earlier, I visited Coffee House. I befriended many people here over the years. We were heartbroken when it was closed down and we regularly inquired when it will open again,” said Aditya Ghosh, one of the early visitors.
The place, a melting pot of people from the world of art and culture for decades, had downed its shutters on March 20 this year after the West Bengal government imposed lockdown.
Started as Albert Hall in 1942 by the Coffee Board, it was named Coffee House in 1947 and was frequented by intellectuals such as author Sunil Gangopadhyay, poet Shakti Chattopadhyay and even American poet Allen Ginsberg during his sojourn to India.
It was also visited by director Satyajit Ray, his film critic friend Chidananda Dasgupta, filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak and economist Amartya Sen among countless others.
In 1958, the management decided to close down the Coffee House but it was re-opened the same year, thanks to the efforts of professors of the then Presidency College, now Presidency University, and the Calcutta University. The two institutes are located in the vicinity of the eatery.
Students and faculty from several colleges and universities also visit the joint, which has become integrated with the cultural heritage of the city.

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सिलिकॉन वैली की चाह, भारत की तरह अमेरिका भी करे चाइनीज ऐप Tik Tok को बैन

कॉन्सेप्ट इमेज.

अमेरिकी सेना (American army) ने पिछले साल दिसम्बर में अपने सैनिकों के टिकटॉक के इस्तेमाल पर भी रोक लगा दी थी. उसने ऐप को सुरक्षा को खतरा बताया था.

वाशिंगटन. भारतीय-अमेरिकी पूंजीपति का कहना है कि वैश्विक आईटी हब सिलिकॉन वैली में किसी को भी भारत द्वारा टिकटॉक पर प्रतिबंध लगाने का कोई खेद नहीं है बल्कि वहां लोग चाहते हैं कि अमेरिका भी चीन की इस लोकप्रिय ऐप के खिलाफ ऐसा ही कदम उठाए. बता दें, भारत ने टिकटॉक सहित चीन की 59 ऐप पर सोमवार को प्रतिबंध लगा दिया था. दरअसल, भारत और चीन के बीच पूर्वी लद्दाख में वास्तविक नियंत्रण सीमा पर जारी गतिरोध के बीच यह कदम उठाया गया है. टीईई सिलिकॉन वैली के पूर्व अध्यक्ष वेंकटेश शुक्ला ने कहा कि टिकटॉक बेहद जल्दी लोक्रपिय होकर दर्शकों की संख्या, जनसांख्यिकीय जुड़ाव और विज्ञापनों के संदर्भ में ट्विटर, फेसबुक और इंस्टाग्राम जैसे प्रभावी सोशल मीडिया मंचों की सूची में शामिल हो गया.

टीआईई उद्यमी नेटवर्किंग का एक गैर-लाभकारी संगठन है. शुक्ला ने कहा, ‘विज्ञापनों के संबंध में प्रतियोगिता को देखते हुए, सिलिकॉन वैली को टिकटॉक के लिए खेद नहीं है. बल्कि यहां लोगों का मानना है कि अमेरिका को भी इस (टिकटॉक) पर प्रतिबंध लगा देना चाहिए. क्योंकि फेसबुक, ट्विटर और इंस्टाग्राम भी तो चीन में प्रतिबंधित है, तो टिकटॉक यहां क्यों उपलब्ध है.’ क्यूबा-अमेरिकी संगीत वीडियो निर्देशक और निर्माता रॉबी स्टारबक ने कहा कि अमेरिका को चीन की सभी वीडियो शेयरिंग ऐप पर प्रतिबंध लगा देना चाहिए. स्टारबक ने कहा, ‘चीन के सभी एप प्रतिबंधित कर दें. ये राष्ट्रीय सुरक्षा को एक ऐसा खतरा है, जिसे हम उठा नहीं सकते.’ बिजनेस मैगजीन ‘फोर्ब्स’ ने कहा कि इन नए प्रतिबंधों का टिकटॉक के बाजार पर प्रतिकूल प्रभाव पड़ेगा. उसने लिखा, ‘पिछले सप्ताह एपल एएपीएल ने टिकटॉक को यूजर्स के ‘क्लिपबोर्ड’ में गुप्त रूप से सेंध लगाते पाया था. हालांकि टिकटॉक ने इसे एक तकनीकी समस्या बताया था लेकिन इसकी व्यापक स्तर पर आलोचना की गई थी.’

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अमेरिका ने लगाई थी रोकअमेरिकी सेना ने पिछले साल दिसम्बर में अपने सैनिकों के टिकटॉक के इस्तेमाल पर भी रोक लगा दी थी. उसने ऐप को सुरक्षा को खतरा बताया था. अमेरिकी नौसेना ने भी इसी तरह के प्रतिबंध लगाए हैं.
फरवरी में टिकटॉक एक मामले के निपटारे के लिए अमेरिकी संघीय व्यापार आयोग को 57 लाख डॉलर देने को भी राजी हुआ था. इसमें टिकटॉक पर 13 साल से कम उम्र के बच्चों से नाम, ईमेल का पता, उनका स्थान आदि जैसी व्यक्तिगत जानकारी अवैध रूप से एकत्रित करने का आरोप था.

First published: July 2, 2020, 5:19 PM IST

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India shifted its priorities to pace in recent times and is currently at the forefront of fast bowling renaissance, former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop said on Thursday.

India’s pace attack comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has emerged as a potent force, helping the team achieve success in the World Test Championship.

“India are at the forefront, the vanguard, of this fast bowling renaissance because they obviously recognised this years ago,” the 52-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator said in Sony Ten’s Pit Stop.

“If you want to be the number one team in the world, you cannot rely on your spinners all the time because when you travel to western countries, spin is apparently only a certain stage of the game, you have to have fast bowling and India have found that.”

Given the rigours of playing three formats, Bishop called for managing the workload of the pacers, especially the leader of the Indian attack Jasprit Bumrah.

“Jasprit is one of a small group of bowlers who transcend the various formats of the game. But you can’t expect him to last if he is playing every game in every format. The human body cannot do that. You have to manage these precious resources because he is a generational talent,” he said.

The Trinidadian believes world cricket is currently going through a golden period of fast bowling with Test number one Pat Cummins leading the way.

“I think we are in a golden period of fast bowling. You look at what the West Indies are bringing, then there is (Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood for Australia along with the number one ranked Test bowler in the world as well (Pat Cummins),” he said.

Bishop feels Barbadian-born English pacer Jofra Archer has the best action among the current generation of fast bowlers.

“England have Jofra Archer and Mark Wood to supplement the experience of (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson. Jofra I think has the best action in world cricket at the moment.

“Pakistan have found at least three young bowlers that are really good. Sri Lanka have one that I can think of, Lahiru Kumara. New Zealand have good quick bowlers as well,” he said.

Bishop also paid glowing tributes to fellow West Indies batting great Sir Everton Weekes who died at the age of 95 at his home in Barbados on Wednesday.

“The thing I remember most about him was during the now-defunct Stanford T20 tournament in the Caribbean Sir Everton was hailed as one of the legends. So I recall a lot of time sitting at his feet not literally, but metaphorically,” he said.

“Never once I came away from his presence without feeling joyful, light and educated. He was so humble. And what I’m going to do is I’m going to celebrate his life instead of mourning his loss because we all have to go. I’m going to celebrate what he brought to our life into my life personally.”

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