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After 169-day halt, Delhi Metro resumes services with mandatory Aarogya Setu app, strict screening



As part of the Unlock 4.0, the metro services in select cities in the country have started its operation on Monday.

Metro services are going to resume after five months of a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The metro services are resuming their services with protective measures such as only asymptomatic people are allowed to board trains and stations at containment zones will stay shut.

As per the guidelines, passengers are also required to download the Aarogya Setu app on their smartphones and will undergo thermal checks at stations.

There would be no use of tokens to travel in the metros, instead passengers need to use smart card only that also would recharged through online payment only, no cash.

The frequency of the metro trains will also be regulated in order to avoid crowding at the metro stations.

“Graded metro services will begin on yellow line (Samaypur Badli – Huda City Centre) and Rapid Metro Gurugram from 7:00 to 11:00 in the morning and 4:00 to 8:00 in the evening,” DMRC said.

“I am happy that Delhi Metro services resume today. Metro has made good arrangements. We should not be careless in taking precautions,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has launched a series of tweets since yesterday regarding its services.

“Adjust your office timings in a way that you leave and/or arrive before peak hours and avoid overcrowding the metro,” it said.

“For better management of crowd at/outside stations, DMRC is also in touch with the authorities to provide around 1000 civil defence volunteers,” it added.

“Since Delhi Metro operates in Delhi-NCR, it will not be providing services to such stations which fall under the containment zones for any given day in any of the state(s),” DMRC said.

“Delhi Metro is ready to resume its services from tomorrow onwards in a staggered manner. The resumption of services requires the public to understand and co-operate with DMRC/CISF personnel on the following aspects for a comfortable and safe commuting experience,” it said.

“Public is advised to travel with minimum luggage & avoid carrying metallic items for a faster frisking at entry points. Keep only pocket-size hand sanitizers, if any, during the travel. Hand sanitizers will not be permitted beyond 30 ml quantity,” it added.

Today morning, DMRC tweeted some of the pictures of commuters and its preparations to resume services after a halt of 169 days.

The metro services in the country are resuming on the day when India has surpassed Brazil in terms of caseloads to stand at the second position across the globe.

India has now surpassed Brazil in terms of the number of infections due to the deadly coronavirus and the cases tally passed the 43-lakh mark on Monday.

There has been yet another single-day spike in the number of cases with 90,802 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

It was the second consecutive day that India has recorded more than 90,000 cases in a single-day.



Designer Tarun Tahiliani to sell 33% stake to Aditya Birla Fashion



Veteran fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani has entered into a strategic partnership with Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Limited (ABFRL) to launch a new line of contemporary men’s ethnic wear brand and will sell 33 percent of his existing Luxury Couture business to the group, with the option to increase it to 51 percent in the next few years.

Tahiliani commented: “Last year, we celebrated 25 years of the Tarun Tahiliani label. The next big leap for the brand was to take our craftsmanship and expertise and offer it to a larger Indian market that knows and values quality and is actively seeking it. It was clear that we needed a partner who could not just help us with this scale, but also have the same dedication to quality and the customer. And that could only have been the Aditya Birla Group. Over the years, I have admired what Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla has built and created for the Aditya Birla Group, specifically his landmark excellence in building fashion retail in India.”

The first set of retail stores by the brand will open in September this year. It aims to build a Rs 500 crore business in the next five years with more than 250 stores across the country. ABFRL will hold 80 percent stake in the new entity while Tahiliani will hold the remaining 20 percent, said a statement.

“I am excited and look forward to this unique opportunity of taking our signature India Modern aesthetic to a broader consumer base across the country. The Tarun Tahiliani brand will continue to be the studio doing couture and occasion wear, building on its experience and success,” he said.

Commenting on the partnership, Ashish Dikshit, Managing Director, ABFRL said: “We believe that over the next few years, ethnic wear is going to be an important category as confident Indians rediscover their culture and heritage. Tarun Tahiliani has been at the forefront of the emergence of the Indian design industry. We are proud to partner with him to launch a new brand that gives the emerging Indian consumer a new range of celebration wear reflecting the unmatched, exquisite design excellence at more accessible prices.

“The ethnic wear segment is a large and growing market with a significant opportunity to build scale. The combined expertise of Tarun Tahiliani and ABFRL will enable the new brand to make a strong impact in the market. The existing couture brand will continue to benefit from the fast-growing luxury segment of the market. This partnership is in line with our stated strategy to craft a portfolio of brands that address the entire gamut of ethnic wear segments: value, premium, and luxury.”

The proposed acquisition is subject to necessary statutory approvals and signing of definitive agreements, said the statement.

source: The Statesman

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On Women’s Day, read stories of real, unapologetic women



Ahead of the International Women’s Day on March 8, two collections of short stories of flawed, rebellious and most importantly real women, are set to be published by Penguin.

The new titles — “Women Who Misbehave” and “Impetuous Women” — are stories of women who step across the Laxman Rekha, who are unapologetic, strong and unconventional but always flawed.

“Women Who Misbehave” is written by Sayantani Dasgupta, an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and much like the women within its pages, contains multitudes and contradictions. At a party to celebrate her friend’s wedding anniversary, a young woman spills a dangerous secret. A group of girls mourns the loss of their strange, mysterious neighbour. A dutiful daughter seeks to impress her father even as she escapes his reach. A wife weighs the odds of staying in her marriage when both her reality and the alternative are equally frightening. An aunt comes to terms with an impulsive mistake committed decades ago.

In this wildly original and hauntingly subversive collection of short stories, Sayantani Dasgupta brings to life unforgettable women and their quest for agency. They are violent and nurturing, sacred and profane. They are friends, lovers, wives, sisters and mothers. Unapologetic and real, they embrace the entire range of the human experience, from the sweetest of loves and sacrifices to the most horrific of crimes.

“Impetuous Women” by Shikhandin (the nom de plume of an Indian writer who writes for adults and children) is about women who step across the Lakshman Rekha, whose transgressions fly in the face of the establishment, the patriarchy, often their own families and loved ones.

From two housewives who play a potentially lethal game of keeping up to an expert baker who serves revenge with chocolate sprinkles on top; from a stern hostel warden who examines her relationship with the teenagers she must surveil to a grouchy widow shuts out the world; From a couple madly in love and desperate for a bit of privacy to a tender bond between a husband and wife, these stories create an unforgettable portrait of modern-day India and the experiential realities of being impetuous, of being women.

This darkly comic, thrillingly tragic collection of stories is sensuous, bittersweet and whimsical by turns, and always wildly, subversively original.

source: The statesman

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Psychotherapy boosts positive effects in panic disorder patients



Psychotherapy appears to be beneficial in the longer run for people suffering from panic disorder, a new study suggests.

The findings, published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, indicated that 70 per cent of the patients clearly improved and 45 per cent were remitted two years after treatment.

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health providers.

“Many people adapt to their panic disorder by various restrictions in their daily living,” said researcher Thomas Nilsson from Lund University in Sweden.

“Treatment is crucial as the disorder often leads to a downward spiral in which the margin for everyday life activities becomes increasingly narrow,” Nilsson added.

For the study, the team included 221 participants and studied not only the short and long-term effects of therapy but also how treatment outcome was affected by offering the patients to choose their treatment.

The options were two forms of therapy, specifically designed to treat panic disorder — a psychodynamic psychotherapy (PDT) and a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

One half of the patients were allowed to choose their form of therapy and the other half were randomly assigned to one or the other.

The researchers’ hypothesis was that the patients offered a choice between two validated treatments would benefit from receiving their chosen form of therapy.

In previous research this has been the case, and psychologists generally take patient preferences into account in treatment decisions. Therefore, the researchers were surprised by the result — patients who had chosen PDT tended to have better outcomes than those who were randomly assigned to the same treatment.

source: The Statesman

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