OTT platforms asked to show anti-tobacco messages

India is set to become the first country in the world to introduce anti-tobacco warnings shown on any over-the-top (OTT) streaming content under guidelines notified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As per the notification released on World No Tobacco Day, publishers of online curated content displaying tobacco products, or their use will be required to display anti-tobacco spots at the beginning and middle of the concerned programme.

World No-Tobacco Day
In 1987, the Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic. Since 1988, it is commemorated on 31st May.

12-yr-old graduates with 5 college degrees in US

Associate of Arts degrees in History, Social Sciences, Social Behavior and Self-Development, Arts and Human Expression, and Science and Mathematics – these are the five degrees earned by Clovis Hung, who was just nine years old when he enrolled at Fullerton College after being inspired by Jack Rico, who earned four degrees when he was all of 13.

COVID-19 health emergency is over, says WHO

After three years of constant anxiety and the highest level of alert was raised, coronavirus no longer represents a “global health emergency”, according to the World Health Organization. The statement is one step closer to the curtain call of the mayhem that has resulted in “at least seven million” people dying, though the true figure is “likely” closer to 20 million deaths globally.

Mumbai Dabbawalas send Puneri Pagadi to King Charles

The famous Dabbawalas of Mumbai have sent gifts like Puneri Pagadi and the Uparne stole ahead of King Charles’ coronation. The ‘Puneri Pagadi’ is a headgear from Pune, while the ‘Uparne’ is a traditional stole worn by men during ceremonial occasions. In 2003, the then Prince Charles had met the dabbawalas during his visit to India and was in awe of their accuracy, punctuality, and work culture. Two members of the dabbawala association were even invited to the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

Bengali fashion designer makes dress for the Royal couple, receives invitation for Coronation

Priyanka Mallick, a 29-year-old from Badinan village of West Bengal’s Hooghly district, has designed a dress for Queen Camilla and a brooch for King Charles III. She received a letter from the Royal family thanking her and inviting her to attend the coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

New Year of the Berber people declared as an official holiday

Berbers, also called Amazigh or Imazighen, are an ethnic group indigenous to the Maghreb region of North Africa. The Amazigh language of the Afroasiatic family has between 18 and 30 million speakers. Their activists have long campaigned for state recognition of their own calendar, with the people making up around 40% of the Morocco’s population. Morocco has approved the new year of the Amazigh as an official national holiday. The calendar is said to have began 2972 years ago, when an Amazigh king defeated an Egyptian pharaoh.

National Donut Day in the USA

June 2nd is celebrated as National Donut Day in the United States. More than 10 billion donuts are made annually in the country. Donuts and doughnuts are the same things. While “donut” is the US spelling, “doughnut” (the older spelling) is used more frequently in the UK. During the world wars, dedicated chefs were sent to army barracks to bake this popular food item in makeshift huts for the soldiers.

On April 30, 2023, India creates history with 456,082 passengers flying on a single day

India’s post-pandemic travel boom has entered record books, with 456,082 passengers flying on a single day, as 2,978 flights took off across the country on April 30. Data says, more than 37.5m passengers were carried by domestic airlines in just the first three months of 2023.

Freya’s statue unveiled in Oslo

A walrus named Freya rose to fame after clambering onto boats to sunbathe – sometimes even sinking them. However, she was euthanised owing public safety concerns, drawing widespread criticism across Norway and the rest of the world. A statue of the deceased walrus, made by artist Astri Tonoian, has been unveiled in the Norwegian capital.