By: Narvijay Yadav
Corona cases have started growing once again, as the risk of a fourth wave is around the corner. Meanwhile, wearing masks has been made mandatory in 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Apart from the state capital Lucknow, most other such cities are located around Delhi. Cases have definitely increased in northern parts of the country, but this time the infection is not as serious as it was during the second wave in April and May last year. People are not required to be hospitalized and deaths are negligible. In UT Chandigarh, in the first week of April, all the restrictions related to Covid were lifted, but now again the emphasis is on wearing masks. In the new advisory of the administration, it has been advised to wear masks in public places, although none will be fined for this offence. Places where masks should be worn include buses, trains, aircraft, taxis, cinema halls, shopping malls, departmental stores, classrooms, offices and other crowded places. Due to Corona, many people had to face different problems, in which hair fall, muscle pain and mental diseases are prominent. Symptoms of depression are showing in many children who remained indoors during the pandemic.
A consumer court has imposed a fine of Rs 17,000 on Thai Airways after a passenger from Haryana was served non-veg food on a flight to Melbourne after he had stated his choice at the time of booking the ticket. When the food served between Delhi and Bangkok seemed odd and the passenger inquired, it was found that he was given non-veg food. When the airline did not respond to the complaint over email, the passenger filed a case in the consumer court. For those who do not eat non-veg food, such a situation becomes very troublesome. By the way, let me tell you that non-veg food is also responsible for increasing global warming. Raising an animal requires more water than farming, and the animals emit harmful gases. One should have compassion towards animals and birds and in view of the damage caused to the environment, it is prudent to eat vegetarian food.
From individuals to companies, governments and nations, efforts have to be made at every level to save the environment. For this, the Sustainable Development Goals have been issued by the United Nations. Information about this has been given in the latest report of Hurun India. According to the report, 29 of India’s top 50 companies that have taken measures in this direction include ITC, Infosys, Cipla, Adani Port, Mahindra & Mahindra, UltraTech Cement, Hindustan Zinc and Tech Mahindra. Inspired by this list, other companies can step up efforts. Many companies are constantly turning to such energy sources, which cause the least harm to the environment. For this, water recycling plants and solar energy plants are being set up. By doing this, not only will the environment be safe, but the cost of companies will also be reduced. Sadhguru Jagdish Jaggi Vasudev considers soil not as inert matter, but as the source of life. He is on a 100-day global bike tour to create awareness around soil and environment conservation. Sadhguru says that regenerating the soil will help in tackling the current environmental challenges. (The writer is a senior journalist & columnist)