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New COVID-19 strain dangerous for children: Experts

(Asian News Hub) – In what should worry Indian parents the most, an increasing number of children are now being infected with Covid-19 along with serious symptoms in the ongoing lethal second wave. Delhi based doctors urged parents not to take their kids out and expose them to the virus.

Earlier, the novel coronavirus showed very mild or no effect in children. However, in its second run, the virus is turning out to be much severe for both children as well as adults under 45.

“Lots of new cases of Covid-19 infections in children are coming in this second wave and the numbers are much, much higher than they were earlier,” said Dr Krishan Chugh, Director and head of the department of paediatrics at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.

In most children who are affected by Covid-19, the symptoms present are mild fever, cough, cold and abdominal issues. Some are even complaining of body pain, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in an October 2020 document, reported that Covid-19 is much less frequent in children than in adults. Children and adolescents represented about 8 per cent of reported cases (and 29 per cent of the global population).

But in the second wave, “all age group of children, even below 1 year, are getting affected”, Dr Sarita Sharma, Senior Consultant Pediatrician at PSRI Hospital Saket, told IANS.

“With the new wave of Covid, children are more symptomatic,” Sharma added.

The situation is far different from last year for the children.

“More kids are now being affected with high fever up to 103-104 degrees Celsius, which is persistent for 5-6 days,” Dr Dhiren Gupta, senior consultant paediatrician at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi told IANS.

“There are few cases that have escalated to pneumonia, and required oxygen and other respiratory support,” Chugh said.

According to Dr Gupta, the saving grace is that compared to adults, the rate of pneumonia in kids is less.

Some kids are also reporting more severe complications like multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) — a rare inflammatory condition with persistent fever. It generally occurs 2-4 weeks after the onset of Covid.

The experts said that mild symptoms in children should not be ignored, and parents must look out for symptoms such as diarrheoa, breathing problems and lethargy, particularly after fever, said Chugh.

Parents must be careful in recognising such problems in kids, as early intervention would help in better outcome.

“If the fever persists for 5-6 days, parents must monitor the blood pressure of their kids. However, there is no need for checking their oxygen levels with pulse oximeters, as they are highly unlikely to face oxygen saturation. The devices are unfit for kids,” Gupta informed.

While vaccines for kids are still under trial and may take months before it can be tested and proved beneficial for kids, the only remedy is to wear masks, maintain hand hygiene and social distancing.

“Do not take your kids out and expose them to the virus. Avoid every possible reason for infections, even via you,” Chugh advised.

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Hindi Diwas 2021: People from Kashmir to Coimbatore brainstormed in Prabhasakshi’s discussion

(Asian News Hub) – Scholars from Kashmir to Coimbatore participated in the discussion organized by Prabhasakshi News Network on Hindi Diwas.

In the discussion on ‘Future of Hindi language in the digital age’ everyone thought about how Hindi can progress by taking all regional languages ​​together.

The challenges being faced by Hindi in the digital age were also discussed. In the inaugural session of the online discussion, Mr. Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General, IIMC, Delhi gave his views, after which young litterateur Dr. Indira Dangi suggested measures for the prosperity of Hindi language.

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The people associated with the discussion also enjoyed the poems of Mr. Sarvesh Kumar Asthana, Dr. Mrs. Manjari Pandey, Ms. Aakriti Vigya Arpan, Mr. Tara Chand Tanha and Mr. Ashok Jhanjhati, who have mesmerized people with their compositions on national and international fora.

In the welcome address, Neeraj Kumar Dubey, editor of Prabhasakshi.com, while wishing everyone a happy Hindi Diwas said, “It is a matter of great pleasure that this time Hindi Diwas has come in the middle of the ten-day Ganeshotsav, so we pray that Lord Shri Ganesh is ours. Give more prosperity to Hindi and fame to all Indian languages. More collaboration can be done.

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Sanjay Dwivedi, Director General, IIMC, Delhi said, “In the present times, Hindi’s danka is ringing in the country and the world. It is also a matter of feeling proud of Hindi because we speak a language which has the biggest word world. Which has a great tradition of creators.

India has the largest number of internet users after China and the US. He said that many new journalists have emerged through digital medium. Replying to a question during the Q&A session, Shri Dwivedi said that it is true that in this age of social media, language is being spoofed but we should go ahead by including everyone in this development journey. He said that when any language develops, there are problems in it. English people speak differently. Similarly, Hindi is also enriched by mixing dialects of different states. Shri Dwivedi said that language is like a flowing river. There is no need to bother with it.

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Addressing the program, Dr. Indira Dangi, who was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s Young Literary Award, said that language is a medium. How you present yourself in life and career has to be seen. He said that the meaning of Hindi Diwas is only when we celebrate it every day instead of celebrating it for one day.

Smt. Dangi also said that children should not shy away from teaching English but should also be taught mother tongue.

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During the discussion, Dr. Smt. Manjari Pandey, a writer and poet associated with Varanasi, said that today we are talking about digital revolution, but today there is a need for knowledge revolution. He said that the website of all the departments should be in Hindi.

Apart from the comic poet Sarvesh Asthana who is also known as Smile Man in the discussion, besides the poems of Ms. Aakriti Vidhya Arpan from Gorakhpur, Mr. Tara Chand Tanha from Ayodhya and Mr. Ashok Jhanjti from Lucknow and Mr. Nirbhay Shukla from Gorakhpur, the present also enjoyed the poetry.

At the conclusion of the program, Neeraj Kumar Dubey said that many programs are being organized across the country on Hindi Diwas today and in these programs all kinds of resolutions are being taken for the upliftment of our official language.

The development journey of Hindi, which unites the country in one thread, continues and the resolutions taken can be converted into accomplishment, for this, the younger generation will have to make their full contribution.

He said that the way we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and all such ‘days’ with great pomp and share their related pictures on social media, if we celebrate Hindi Diwas with the same enthusiasm, then it will be pleasant. The result is sure to come.

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Man loses 21kg weight after marriage due to cruelty, high court grants divorce

(Asian News Hub) – The Punjab and Hrayana High Court upheld the decision of a Hisar Family Court granting divorce to a physically challenged man with 50 per cent hearing loss & using a hearing aid, who had alleged that his weight had dropped from 74kg to 53kg due to mental cruelty by his wife.

Dismissing the plea filed by the man’s wife against the family court order, the High Court mainly relied on the fact that all criminal complaints and cases filed by the woman against her husband, his family were found false, which amounts to mental cruelty.

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The division bench, comprising Justice Ritu Bahri, Justice Archana Puri, passed the orders while dismissing the petition filed by a woman from Hisar, seeking quashing of the order dated Aug 27, 2019, through which the Family Court had allowed her estranged husband’s plea & granted divorce.

The couple had got married in April 2012 and have a daughter. The man works in a bank & the woman is a teacher in a private school in Hisar.

Their daughter lives with her father. The wife alleged harassment at hands of her in laws. The man’s case was that his wife was hot-tempered and spendthrift who never tried to adjust herself in his family.

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According to him, she used to pick up fights over small matters due to which he felt humiliated in front of his parents and relatives, but kept silent, believing that good sense would prevail upon her in the near future, but her behaviour never changed.

Accusing his wife of cruelty, the man alleged before the Court that he weighed 74 kg till the time of marriage, but his weight had fallen to 53 kg after that. Denying the allegations, the woman contended that she always performed her marital obligations with love and respect.

She also alleged that after 6 months of marriage, her husband and his family members started harassing and humiliating her for dowry.

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During the hearing of the case, the HC found that the woman had left her husband in 2016 & had also left her daughter in the matrimonial house and never tried to meet her. It also came to the fore that the husband’s family had never demanded any dowry & had even paid for the woman’s higher studies after the marriage.

The HC also found that false complaints were also filed by the woman against her husband and his family members.

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‘Keeping in view that the appellant was an educated woman, she was aware of the effects of criminal complaints, which she had made against her husband and his family members in 2013 and 2019. Moreover, he was looking after his three-year-old daughter alone after his wife had left the matrimonial home in the year 2016. All this amounted to mental cruelty,’ observed the High Court while dismissing the woman’s petition against divorce.

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Akshay Kumar’s mother Aruna Bhatia passes away, actor pens emotional note

Akshay Kumar’s mother passes away, actor pens emotional note

(Asian News Hub) – Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s mother Aruna Bhatia passed away on Wednesday morning. The actor took to Instagram and shared the sad news with his fans and followers. She was admitted on Friday, September 3, evening in Mumbai’s Hiranandani Hospital. She was in critical condition. He wrote, “She was my core. And today I feel an unbearable pain at the very core of my existence. My maa Smt Aruna Bhatia peacefully left this world today morning and got reunited with my dad in the other world. I respect your prayers as I and my family go through this period. Om Shanti.”

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Akshay Kumar, who was shooting for his film Cinderella in the UK for the past couple of weeks, flew back after her mother was admitted to ICU.

Updating about the same, the actor on Tuesday took to social media and wrote that it is a ‘very tough’ time for his family and him. He thanked his fans and well-wishers for their concern and said “Touched beyond words at your concern for my mom’s health. This is a very tough hour for me and my family. Every single prayer of yours would greatly help.” 

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On the professional front, Akshay Kumar was last seen in his recently released film “BellBottom.” The film became the first major Bollywood film to release in theatres after the second wave of the novel coronavirus. 

Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, it also stars Lara Dutta, Huma Qureshi and Vaani Kapoor. The spy thriller featured Akshay as a RAW agent who goes on a mission to save passengers of a hijacked flight. While, Lara essayed the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was in power at that time, Vaani played Akshay’s wife in the film. 

The film did not release in Maharashtra, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as theatres are shut there.

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Apart from ‘Cinderella.’ Akshya has ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘Prithviraj’, ‘Ram Setu’ and ‘Bachchan Pandey’ in the pipeline.

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