Asymptomatic diabetes the new concern for Hyderabad | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: In a worrying trend that has left health experts baffled, hundreds of asymptomatic diabetes cases are coming to light during routine health checks across Hyderabad with no tell-tale symptoms of blood sugar increase, said doctors.
Majority of new patients do not have any of the typical symptoms of diabetes like frequent urination, fatigue, excessive thirst or hunger, weight loss and blurry vision. Nutritionists and diabetologists say it could be linked to the change in food intake and limited or no exercise during the pandemic.

Take the case of 47-year-old Suhasini Kumar, who had a blackout at home for 45 seconds and her family insisted on a master health check-up the next day. “During the check-up, my blood sugar levels were higher. Since I don’t have a family history of diabetes, the doctors decided to go for a more fool-proof test which proved that I indeed have moderately high blood sugar,” Kumar who lives in Banjara hills said.
“It was a jolt for me as I never had the usual signs diabetes symptoms and had I not gone for tests, I would not have known that I am asymptomatic diabetic. Thankfully with change in food and lifestyle, I can reverse it, I am told,” she added.
Doctors say more and more people during the lockdown have developed higher blood sugar and are completely in the dark about it. Even overweight children as young as 12 years old are testing positive to asymptomatic diabetes and pre-diabetes.
“In the last one and a half year with restricted physical activity and same amount of calorie intake leading to drastic weight gain, we are seeing many people who come for regular check-ups and have a chance discovery of diabetes,” said K Sunitha Premalatha, chief dietician, Yashoda hospitals. She gave an example of chance discovery of pre-diabetes in a 23-year-old who came with leg swelling on Thursday. The boy’s mother too was detected to be diabetic during the check-up.
“When we ask for typical symptoms, they don’t have any but the common thing is restricted physical activity. Weight gain of 6-8 kg in a span of one year is seen in these patients,” she added. While a lot of importance is laid on weight gain, increase in waist size for keeping a check on diabetes, the awareness about pre-diabetes is also equally important, say doctors. Higher levels of stress during the pandemic have also played their role, believe doctors.
“The number one reason for diabetes is stress. Diabetes can be stress-induced, drug-induced or even Covid-induced. Whenever high levels of stress remain unaddressed in time, it brings out hidden diabetes and hypertension,” said Dr Ashish Chauhan, senior consultant diabetologist at Apollo Hospitals, who has seen 100 new cases since the pandemic. “Many patients also have vague symptoms like depression, irritation, drowsiness, insomnia and sexual dysfunction but they don’t know that it can be a symptom due to less awareness,” he added.



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623 new cases of Covid-19 in Telangana, 3 deaths | Hyderabad | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: Telangana recorded 623 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths as on Thursday. The number of active cases in the state stood at 9,188. The states cumulative case load stands at 6,43,716 and death toll at 3,796. Telangana now has 33 active containment zones of which two are in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, 746 patients were declared cured on Thursday, taking total recoveries to 6,30,732.
The state has case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.58 per cent while the recovery rate stands at 97.98 per cent . So far 79.8 per cent of overall cases in the state have been asymptomatic while 20.2 per cent have been symptomatic. On Thursday, 1,11,947 samples were tested for the novel coronavirus. Telangana has now completed testing 2.17 crore samples and has reached 5.85 lakh sample testing per million.
Greater Hyderabad recorded 70 new cases on Thursday, while neighbouring Rangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri, and Sangareedy saw 33, 29 and five cases respectively. Elsewhere, Jangaon, Peddapalli, Yadadri Bhongir, Warangal, and Khammam saw more cases than other districts.



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Latest News Today – Shopify Rides Online Shopping Boom to Beat Quarterly


Canada’s e-commerce giant Shopify beat second-quarter revenue expectations on Wednesday, on the back of a resilient online shopping trend precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shopify’s value nearly tripled over the last year due to unprecedented growth of the e-commerce sector as customers looked towards online shopping as the only viable alternative during the pandemic.

Even as vaccine rollouts ramp up and economies re-open, the boom in online shopping has been widely seen as a trend that is here to stay owing to ease of access, comfort and general shift in people’s lifestyles in a post-pandemic world.

Shopify, which helps businesses setup their online shops and also with payments processing on its platform, has been ramping up its efforts to expand in Europe to add more merchants to its platform.

Gross merchandise volume (GMV), a widely watched figure for the e-commerce industry’s performance, rose 40 percent to $42.2 billion (roughly Rs. 3,14,000 crores) in the quarter. Analysts on average had expected $40.49 billion (roughly Rs. 3,01,292 crores), according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net income rose to $879.1 million (roughly Rs. 6,540 crores), or $6.90 (roughly Rs. 513) per share, from about $36 million (roughly Rs. 267.84 crores), or 29 cents (roughly Rs. 21) per share, a year earlier.

The company reported revenue of $1.12 billion (roughly Rs. 8,332 crores) for the quarter ended June 30, compared with analysts’ average estimate of $1.05 billion (roughly Rs. 7,812 crores), according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

This is the first time ever that Shopify’s quarterly revenue has shot above $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,440 crores).

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Latest News Today – Centre Released 600 Lakh Tonnes Of Food Grains During


Centre released 600 lakh tonnes of food grains under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Centre released around 600 lakh tonnes of food grains during the Coronavirus pandemic year 2020-21 and 2021-22 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY).

According to Ministry of Consumer Affairs data, out of the 600 lakh tonnes of food grains allotted to the scheme’s beneficiaries during the period, 400 lakh tonnes of stocks had been lifted by states till July 14, 2021.

The total stock of food grains in the Central Pool as on July 1, 2021 was 900 lakh tonnes, consisting of 603 lakh tonnes of wheat and 296 lakh tonnes of rice.

The PMGKAY had been initiated by the Government in March 2020 after the pandemic-induced nation-wide lockdown had been imposed and millions of migrant workers were forced to return to their native places.

The scheme was aimed at providing such displaced people and those in rural areas with free food grains.



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Latest News Today – Centre Introduces Bill To Help Pandemic-Hit Small


Government has introduced a bill to provide relief to pandemic hit small and medium enterprises

The Centre on Monday introduced a bill in Lok Sabha for providing a resolution process for financially stressed micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), especially those which have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The bill will amend the insolvency law and offer what is being termed, a pre-packaged resolution process for such small enterprises.

The proposed amendments would help notify the threshold of a default not exceeding Rs 1 crore for initiation of pre-packaged resolution process. The Centre has already prescribed the threshold of Rs 10 lakh for this purpose.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will replace the ordinance that came into effect on April 4, 2021 to provide relief for pandemic affected MSMEs.

The bill seeks to have a new chapter in the Code to facilitate pre-packaged insolvency resolution process for corporate persons that are MSMEs.

Under a pre-packaged process, main stakeholders such as creditors and shareholders come together to identify a prospective buyer and negotiate a resolution plan before approaching the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). All resolution plans under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) need the tribunal’s approval. 

As per the bill’s objective, it aims to specify a minimum threshold of not more than Rs 1 crore for initiating pre-packaged insolvency resolution process as well as provisions for disposal of simultaneous applications for initiation of insolvency resolution process and pre-packaged insolvency resolution process, pending against the same corporate debtor.

There would be a penalty for fraudulent or malicious initiation of pre-packaged insolvency resolution process or with intent to defraud persons, and for fraudulent management of the corporate debtor during the process.

Further, punishment would be meted out for offences related to pre-packaged insolvency resolution process.



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60% people in Telangana have antibodies, vaccine effective: | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: The Indian Council of Medical Research’s serosurvey taken up in three districts of Telangana has revealed that over 60% of the population have antibodies against Covid-19. The sero study found that among those who were not vaccinated at all, the seropositivity was low at 51.3%. Among those who received one dose of vaccination, it was 78.5% and it was 94% among those who got both the shots.
Minister of state for health and family welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar informed Lok Sabha on Friday that overall in the country in the fourth round of serosurveillance conducted from June 14 to July 6, 67.6% have antibodies.

Bharathi Pawar said: “The survey was conducted in 70 districts from 20 states, including three each in Telangana and AP, and one Union territory. Metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad have reported seroprevalence ranging between 17.6% and 56% at different times.” The seroprevalence at the national level went up from 24% in December 2020 to 67.6% in June 2021. In Telangana, it went up from 24.1% to 60.1% during the same period, she said.
The National Institution of Nutrition conducted a survey in Jangaon, Nalgonda and Kamareddy districts in association with the Telangana health department. In the fourth phase of survey, six to nine-year-old children were included. About 55% of children were found to be seropositive, while 61 per cent of adults had Covid-19 antibodies in Telangana. Among health care workers, 82.4% had seropositivity rate.
In AP, the sero survey was done in Vizianagaram, Nellore and Krishna districts.
Dr A Laxmaiah, head of public health division, ICMR-NIN and nodal officer for study in Telangana, said: “Near 100% seropositvity among those vaccinated clearly indicates that vaccines are effective. This should remove any vaccine hesitancy and encourage people to get vaccinated as early as possible.” The ICMR strategy has been to do repeat cross-sectional serostudies in the same geographic locations so that the infection transmission trends could be documented and studied.
NIN director Dr R Hemalatha said: “Although over 60% people have antibodies, over 40% of population is still susceptible. This is not the time to lower our guard. All non-pharmacological Covid-19 measures like wearing masks, hand sanitisation and physical distancing should be continued.”



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Latest News Today – In the Heights Out July 29 in India on Apple TV,


In the Heights — the critically-acclaimed adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Tony Award-winning musical — has become the second Warner Bros. movie to skip cinemas and debut directly on video-on-demand in India during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. No, Justice League Snyder Cut wasn’t the first as it was never planned for theatres. That honour went to Angelina Jolie-led neo-Western action thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead. In the Heights’ at-home premiere is more surprising though, as the film was an IMAX release for Warner Bros. That seemed like why it was holding onto it in the first place, alongside The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, but this further muddies the waters as to what audiences can expect to see at home versus what they have to wait for in cinemas.

Maybe Warner Bros.’ reasoning works along the revenue lines. After all, both In the Heights and Those Who Wish Me Dead would have made little at the box office in India even in pre-COVID times. If that is the studio’s thinking, it could go further. In addition to The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Warner Bros. is now also holding onto the LeBron James-led family comedy Space Jam: A New Legacy (that released last Friday, July 16 in cinemas worldwide and on HBO Max in the US). While the new Space Jam movie had a strong opening weekend in the US, it’s unlikely to do so in India. Instead of competing with every other movie once cinemas fully reopen, Warner Bros. could have cashed in on the families with kids in India who are stuck at home right now.

Additionally, it’s unclear what Warner Bros. achieves by delaying at-home premieres for those it did deem to send directly to video-on-demand. In the Heights released June 10 in theatres and on HBO Max, and it will be available Thursday, July 29 in India on Apple TV, BookMyShow Stream, Google Play Movies, and YouTube Movies. That’s a gap of seven weeks. Why the delay? The theatrical situation in India hasn’t changed much between early June and late July. Moreover, In the Heights’ HBO Max release meant high-quality pirated copies have been available on torrent sites since day one. Those that really wanted to watch In the Heights have likely already done so, further limiting the earnings potential for a movie that has already lost box office money.

Still, Warner Bros. is doing better here than other Hollywood studios. Paramount Pictures/ Viacom18 Studios continue to hold onto Emily Blunt-starrer A Quiet Place Part II, that is now even available to stream on Paramount+ in the US. It might as well write off India box office at this point. Disney is facing a similar situation with the Emma Stone-led Cruella and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow (the latter is “coming soon” to Disney+ Hotstar). Universal Pictures is being the bravest, rolling Fast & Furious 9 into Indian cinemas in two weeks’ time on August 5, which feels extremely foolhardy. It might be an attempt to stave off piracy though. Lionsgate did go a step further than Warner Bros. in debuting Jason Statham-led Wrath of Man this Friday on Lionsgate Play, but it came three months late.

There is an opportunity here for studios to show that they truly care about Indian viewers, as I’ve argued previously, but it doesn’t look like they are interested in moving any quicker.




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Telangana: Monsoon sees spurt in Covid cases among farm | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: With agricultural operations in full swing this monsoon season, Covid-19 precautions have gone for a toss in the farm sector. This has resulted in a sharp surge in the positive cases, causing concern among farm experts and officials.
As many as 29 farm labourers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Jagtial district alone. With many of them travelling together in autos or other means of transport and not maintaining social distance, Covid-19 cases have seen a jump in recent times.
Sarpanch Mallavva of Muddutla village in Malyala mandal organised a testing camp in the village after some farm labourers had shown Covid-19 symptoms. As many as 10 of them who had travelled in packed autos tested positive. Of 130 people tested in the village, 29 tested positive. The village is now in a ‘self-imposed’ lockdown till July-end.
It is during the beginning of the kharif season that farm labourers are most sought after. This is also the time when they earn good wages. “Since they are in demand, they will prefer to go where they are likely to get more wages. They travel in groups in order to save money,” Ponnam Satyanarayana, a native of Jagtial, said.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has advised that farmers take necessary precautions and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. It said social distancing norms should be followed and farm workers should maintain personal hygiene, wear face masks and also clean implements and machinery. It was also advised that farm workers should maintain a distance of three to four feet among themselves while partaking meals or engaged in work.
“There is no negligence on the part of the farm workers. We have seen that they do take care. However, there could be some compulsions arising out of the economic crisis that force them to travel together,” GV Ramanjaneyulu of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture said. “Farm workers need protection against Covid-19 and authorities must see to it that they are inoculated,” he said.
Senior officials of the agriculture department said the farm workers must follow all Covid-19 precautions and norms.



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Telangana: Wear masks even if vaccinated, say doctors | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: A steady increase in count of people seen without masks in the city, has health experts worried. There are also complaints of people developing rashes on their ears for wearing the mask incorrectly.
“We are still seeing patients wearing the mask at the neck or chin level. Worse, patients’ attendants are turning up without a mask while accompanying Covid-19 patients,” said Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences and Reseach superintendent, Dr Ehsan Ahmed Khan.
State health authorities admit that compliance to mask protocol has dropped from close to 100% to 60% now. “Even among the remaining lot, many have been wearing it incorrectly so that brings down the numbers even further,” said Telangana director of public health Dr G Srinivasa Rao.The confidence, post-vaccination, is also turning into a hurdle while convincing people to adhere to the norm, said a resident doctor at Gandhi Hospital. “We have been handing out masks whenever we see an attendant walk in without one…. Still, they are reluctant to wear it, especially if they are vaccinated,” he added.



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Bakrid celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm across | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: Eid-ul-Adha, popularly known as Bakrid, was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm across Telangana on Wednesday with Muslims offering prayers at various mosques or Eidgahs in the city.
Braving the rain and the pandemic, many gathered and offered their prayers at Mecca Masjid, Miralam Eidgah, among other places in their festive attire. Quite a few people preferred to offer Eid prayers at their homes due to Covid-19.
After the Eid prayers, people sacrificed sheep, goats, among other animals, and distributed the meat among relatives, friends and neighbours.
Home minister Mohd Mahmood Ali offered prayers at Osmanpura Masjid in Azampura. “Wishing you a safe and blessed Eid-ul-Adha with happiness and health,” he tweeted.
Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, among others, conveyed their greetings on the occasion.
KCR said, “Bakrid is a symbol of sacrifice, one should follow the message of peace as preached by the Prophet.”
“May this special occasion bring peace, joy, good health, and prosperity to everyone. Bakrid symbolises sacrifice and supreme devotion. Wishing you all a blissful Eid-Ul-Adha,” tweeted the governor.



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