When it comes to mainstream media, it is always going to be ‘‘The Nation wants to know” because “Khabar har keemat par” “Raatdin Saatdin” milti rehni chahiye. And amid all the headlines that we saw this week, mainstream media ignored and neglected some important issues and events that should have been in the headlines instead.
So here are 10 events that happened this week but didn’t make it to the headlines:
- India’s record-breaking COVID outbreak in the last 2 days, over 4lakh cases recorded.
The second wave of Covid-19 has stuck really bad in India. For 2 consecutive days, India has recorded cases over 2lakh and now the total tally has crossed the 14M mark.
2. The famous Kumbh Mela recording more than 1,000 positive cases in just 48 hours.
In the wake of Covid-19, last year when Tablighi Jamaat had organized their religious gathering, mainstream media had named it ‘Corona Jihad’, and this year when the condition is deteriorating day by day, everyone has a finger on their lips. This holy gathering at the Kumbh Mela has resulted in hundreds of people testing positive for the Virus.
3. Supreme Court 50 % operating staff tests positive, will be functioning from home.
On Monday, SC decided that all the judges would function from their homes and the benches will assemble through video links.
4. The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the removal of Quran Verses.
On Monday, the SC dismissed a petition seeking the removal of some verses from the Quran and also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner, former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Wasim Rizvi.
“This is an absolutely frivolous writ petition,” Justice R.F. Nariman said while dismissing the petition.
5. Japan to dump over 1 million tonnes of treated Fukushima water into the sea.
On Tuesday, the Japanese government announced that they are all set to dump over million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. This statement has triggered strong and fierce reactions from China. Within hours of Japan’s announcement, China called the decision “extremely irresponsible”.
6. Maharashtra Police busted malpractice of stuffing face masks inside the mattresses.
Jalgaon Police in Maharashtra has busted a factory using discarded face masks to stuff mattresses in the place of cotton or other material. The matter came to light when the police station at Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Jalgaon was alerted about the racket.
7. Egypt seizes the Ever Given ship in Suez Canal, demands compensation.
The vessel’s owner has confirmed that Egypt has seized the container ship that last month blocked the Suez Canal. This move has piled up pressure for Ever Given’s Japanese owner r to negotiate a settlement that Egyptian authorities are claiming should be roughly $1 billion for damage to the canal and lost business while the ship was stuck.
8. Doctors write to PM Modi complaining that politicians call them home for treatment.
The doctor’s association Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA) has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining against the VIP culture in government hospitals and politicians calling them at their home for special VIP treatments. The letter also stated that are no facilities for doctors working on the frontline when they tested positive while the priority is given to politicians and their party workers.
9. People in Andra Pradesh celebrate ‘Ugadi’ (New Year) by throwing cow dung cakes and gathering in large numbers despite Covid.
A video is doing rounds on the internet where thousands of people are celebrating Telugu New Year, Ugadi in Kurnool on Wednesday. People hurled cow dung cakes at each other and no social distancing norms were entertained in the celebration.
10. India to import 50,000 metric tonnes of medical oxygen amid a shortage.
The Centre has decided to import 50,000 metric tonnes of medical oxygen as demand has been growing due to the surge in daily coronavirus cases. The Ministry of External Affairs via its missions abroad has been directed to explore possible sources for import.