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Covid-19 resurgence: Sgr airport records 75% dip in footfall

Flight operations reduced from 45 to 15 flights, witnesses 2000 passengers a day

(Asian News Hub) – Amid spike in Covid-19 positive cases in Kashmir, and other parts of India, footfall at Srinagar International Airport has come down to a record low of 75 percent, while daily flight movements have reduced to around 15, said an official.

Quoting a top official from the Srinagar Airport news agency—KNO, reported that after the spike in Covid-19 positive cases in the valley, “the footfall at the Srinagar Airport has gone down to 75 percent with a footfall of around 2000 per day.”

The official said, with the sharp decrease in the footfall at Srinagar Airport, the daily flights movements have also come down from 45 to around 15 flights on a daily basis. However the night and cargo flight services are still actively operating from the Airport.

“Under the Covid guidelines all services are intact at Srinagar Airport, however it is just a footfall which has come down in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in Kashmir and other parts of the country,” he said.

Tourism activities had gained pace and addition of night flights recorded a footfall of around 12000 at the airport, after which more airlines were mulling to start the night flight operations. However, with the resurgence of Covid-19 hitting badly the valley including the other parts of the country the daily footfall came down with around 1000 arrivals and 1000 departures.

Officials further said that airport authorities are ensuring all the Covid-19 SOPs and guidelines are followed and all the inbound passengers are tested on arrival for Covid-19 by the health officials deputed at the airport by the Divisional Administration Kashmir.

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Bitcoin to get major facelift after four years in November

The upgrade would take about five months as it requires a lot of testing before being fully integrated into the system.

(Asian News Hub) – Bitcoin’s new upgrade ‘Taproot’ has received overwhelming support from miners around the world and is set to take effect from November, CNBC reported.

The new upgrade would mean greater transaction privacy and efficiency which would enable smart contracts, a feature of the blockchain technology which eliminates the need for middlemen.

Taproot is the first and the most anticipated update since the last one ‘Segregated Witness (SegWit)’ in 2017. While the main focus of SegWit was scaling the Bitcoin protocol, Taproot will equip Bitcoin with a new signature scheme known as Schnorr signatures.

Currently, Bitcoin uses the “Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm,” which is created from the private key that secures the Bitcoin wallet and ensures that it is only used by its owner.

On the other hand, Taproot will switch to Schnorr signatures which is multi-signature transactions unreadable, the report said citing Alejandro De La Torre, Vice President at Hong Kong-headquartered major mining pool Poolin.

“You can kind of hide who you are a little bit better, which is good,”  Brandon Arvanaghi, previously a security engineer at crypto exchange Gemini told the publication.

This would allow greater anonymity for an individual bitcoin address on the public blockchain, but it will make simple transactions indistinguishable from those that are more complex and comprised of multiple signatures, the report added.

The new upgrade will also allow smart contracts cheaper along with taking up lesser space on the blockchain.

“The most important thing for Taproot is…smart contracts,” said Fred Thiel, CEO of cryptocurrency mining specialist Marathon Digital Holdings.

“It’s already the primary driver of innovation on the ethereum network. Smart contracts essentially give you the opportunity to really build applications and businesses on the blockchain.”

The upgrade would take about five months as it requires a lot of testing before being fully integrated into the system.

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Gondola service resumes partially in Gulmarg

Services resumed on trial basis, situation being monitored closely: Dir Tourism Itoo

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(Asian News Hub) – With the graph of Covid-19 positive cases in the valley showing the decreasing trend, the Tourism department Kashmir, has partially resumed the Gulmarg Gondola service on trial basis.

Director Tourism Kashmir, Dr. G. N. Itoo said that the Gondola services have been partially resumed as the Covid situation is evolving which is being monitored closely.

“The Gondola services will be limited only as it has been started on a trial basis. If there are more modalities to be discussed with respect to Covid situation that will be also taken care of,” Itoo said.

“We are ensuring everything is being taken care of from our side, and whenever the Government takes a call, we should be ready to welcome tourists,” he said.

After the tourism was opened in June 2020, the tourism arrival in the valley had gained a reasonably good momentum and the hoteliers and houseboat owners had pre bookings till May end of this year.

However, with the onset of the second wave of Covid-19 which also engulfed the valley along with the other parts of the country, a complete Corona lockdown was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in the cancellation of the all the pre bookings giving a deserted look to hotels and houseboats in the valley.

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Cryptocurrencies: Elon Musk Changes Twitter DP to ‘Triggered’ Crypto Woman

(Asian News Hub) – Elon Musk has changed his Twitter display picture (DP), otherwise known as a profile photo, a character from a Japanese site wearing a Bitcoin dress and posed on the foreground of a $BTC logo.

The character has “Triggered” eyes. Currently, there are no explanations as to why the CEO did it. Still, speculations point out to Musk targeting Bitcoin fans that blame his tweets for the leading cryptocurrency plummet.

Musk’s Tweets Causes Bitcoin Drop

Recently, Bitcoin has dropped in market price and performance despite seeing a rise in its trends, particularly as it is on the road to recovery, following the drastic changes it suffered in the past months. The drop in performance of the leading cryptocurrency was due to Elon Musk’s tweet about it, saying that Tesla has dropped Bitcoin use due to coal energy dependence.

Tesla is known to be a clean energy company, and that Musk is also an advocate for the environment, so dropping Bitcoin was a way to adhere to their beliefs and not something personal against Bitcoin. However, recent developments have pushed Bitcoin purists to think of Musk as the villain, especially with his increased support for Dogecoin.

What Does This Mean?

Musk is always fond of trolling people on the internet, and doing things without explanation even though people would either go crazy about it or have them develop theories as to his next move. However, one speculation is that the CEO was about the “triggered” Bitcoin fans who were affected by the price drop in the market, as brought by his latest tweet.

The CEO did not mean for the prices to go down, but his meme photo tweet still had a massive effect on the cryptocurrency, and in doing so, has triggered the downfall of Bitcoin in the market today.

Currently, Wazirx still lists Bitcoin as the top and leading cryptocurrency, with a $37,500 market price and a 4.33 percent downward trend in the past 24 hours.

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