The Mughal Gardens will be open for the general public from February 13 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. It will open till March 21 between 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. Entry at Mughal Gardens will be made through advance online booking. The arrangements have been made keeping in view COVID-19 guidelines this year. Mughal Gardens will remain closed on every Monday for maintenance purpose. While addressing the media in the national capital, the Deputy Press Secretary to the President, Keerti Tiwari said, "Mughal Gardens to open for the public from February 13 to March 21, 2021." The beautiful garden is spread over a vast expanse of 15 acres. Mughal Gardens has often been portrayed as the soul of the Presidential Palace. Entry and exit for all the visitors will be from gate no 35 of the President's Estate.
Twelve children under five years of age were admitted to a hospital after they were administered sanitiser drops instead of polio vaccine in Maharashtra's Yavatmal on February 01, The children were admitted to the hospital and are doing fine now. This comes after President Ram Nath Kovind launched the National Polio Immunisation Drive for 2021 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old at Rashtrapati Bhawan on January 30. An investigation is underway.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan before presenting the Union Budget 2021-22. Finance Minister will shortly arrive at the Parliament to present the budget.
A bus conductor in Tamil Nadu, who has planted over 3 lakh saplings in the last 30 years using his own money, is garnering appreciation on social media. Marimuthu Yoganathan is a bus conductor in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation. Yoganathan in Coimbatore distributes saplings for free of cost to passengers travelling in his bus. He spends 40% of his salary to take care of these plants. Seeing his dedication, a friend from US donated 3 acres of land to Marimuthu where he works daily after duty. A known eco activist, Yoganathan has been awarded "Eco Warrior" award by Vice-President of India, 'Unsung Hero' award by wildlife film-maker Mike Pandey and film actor John Abraham in "Timberland" function held in Delhi.
A new study has found that pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial Covid-19 lockdown. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The research was led by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study highlighted the ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Decreased use, while less common, was prevalent among "social" tobacco users, who cited fewer interpersonal interactions during the lockdown and a fear of sharing products. At the community level, retail access impacted cigarette and ENDS use differently. While cigarettes were universally accessible in essential businesses, such as convenience stores and gas stations, access to preferred ENDS products was more limited, since "vape shops" and other specialty ENDS retailers were typically deemed non-essential and required to close or limit hours. This drove some ENDS users to order their products online, which often resulted in long wait times due to shipping delays, or product backorder as a result of high demand. As a result, some dual users of cigarettes and ENDS increased their use of readily-available cigarettes.
As the country welcomes New Year 2021, people in Kochi and Agartala came out to celebrate with their friends and family. With low-key celebrations due to the pandemic, locals in Agartala visited food..