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Selfie! risk, obsession, narcissism, addiction.

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The art of the selfie is one that lots of people have practised and perfected in recent years. Seriously, lots. Now a days its so much in trend that people even forgets about the hazardous they may have. More than 31 million Instagram photos have been hashtagged #selfie, and according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 91 percent of teens have posted a photo of themselves online. The question arises, Is posting selfies is an empowering act?

Is taking selfie shows that you can manage a smartphone or web camera. What selfie really means? It gets you more likes and comments on your social network account, it shows everyone what you look like.

Selfie is so much fun can be seen by the loads of photos in facebook, instagram, twitter in every part of social media. Taking photos were the basic thing to keep memories alive. But now ‘selfie’ is not about the memory to keep but it’s an addiction that people have adopted. In the past, pictures were taken while journey, birthday or any special events. But now people don’t wait for reason to take pictures as they are so much involved in taking selfie. It’s a part of their daily routine.

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Selfie has become a dangerous activity, people are climbing on the top of forts, near the rivers, in the tracks of the train, it’ also leading people to the death. Recently, Selfie in ganga leads 7 students to death. Youth falls Expressway Bridge while taking selfie, girl falls from the train while taking selfie and may more news are their which shows how dangerous selfie is and can be. To get more social media attention people are capturing selfies at dangerous places and with dangerous animals. It all has lead to heavy injuries and even deaths of those attempting to take an ultimate selfie.

According to the information gathered, we were able to found out the Selfie Deaths have been increased over the years, and it can be directly linked to the popularity of the Selfie focused smartphone. In 2016, there were 20 deaths recorded that occurred during, or in immediate connection with taking a selfie. The number doubled next year at 31 deaths excluding the injuries that happened during capturing selfie.
Selfies have become a part of our culture, they not only take selfies for just fun but to sometimes showcase survival and self-preservation as well. The best instance is when a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing last year in summer due to some medical situation on board, as the oxygen masks come down, some passenger’s camera phones were out as they can be seen posting selfies on the internet. You may think this is straight up narcissism, but according to the psychologists, it is an instinct to snap a selfie in a near death experience. Thus, it isn’t narcissism at all, but it’s also about survival and the protection of oneself from death.

How many people are killed by selfies each year is a big question?

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The answer is approximately 20+ and rising, unless people are made aware that a life should not be risked for a selfie.
According to TIME, the number of deaths due to selfies were higher than the deaths by shark attacks, which is a terrifying fact. It is not listed as an official cause of death, but over the past two years, the fatalities due to it have been increased to a massive number when compared with various other death causes. It is particularly reported that people took pictures at heights and met their demise while attempting to take selfies from heights, most commonly a high rise building or a cliff. Moreover, drowning is the second most case for selfie deaths. While people getting hit by a train, car crash and even accidentally shooting themselves or someone else as they attempt to take selfies. In an attempt to take most daring selfies, these people have lost their lives and some have been seriously injured.

The rising deaths concerns in countries like United States, Russia, and the Philippines have alerted respective countries to work on laws for such obsession and restrict them as far as they can. While on the other hand is Selfie obsessed nation, India, which has seen a rise in selfie fatalities to the highest in the world. It’s shocking to find out after doing quick research that India accounts for more than 40% of death every year and its increase very rapidly.
This new cool quotient has taken many lives in the country where social media obsession is at the peak among teenagers in metro cities. One of the first selfie deaths dates back to May 2014, when a 15-year-old boy was instantly killed by a speeding train as he was posing for a selfie on the track. Another incident happened in same state later that year when a 14-year-old boy got electrocuted as he was attempting to take a selfie on top of a stationary train.

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As the selfie addiction increased to get an attention and showcase narcissism the fatalities have risen since then as next year, i.e. 2015, the selfie deaths count increased to 15. Where seven youths were drowned while taking selfies on Mangrul Lake near Kuhi, which is about 20 KM from Nagpur, India. They were trying to pose on a boat, which had tipped over. Most of the demise has happened either falling from heights or drowning in the river. Up until now the total count has risen to 29 deaths, which is an estimated count as per the reports.
To deal with this selfie obsession, there are certain cities that have taken precaution so that people don’t take selfies risking their lives just to get likes and attention on the social media. The police force in Mumbai, the capital of the state of Maharashtra in India has taken strict actions and has identified 16 “No Selfie Zones” across the city, after a man attempting to save a girl and take a selfie of saving her drowned in the ocean. These 16 sites are deemed as dangerous including major tourist spots in the city. Last year in September, officials set up no-selfie zones at the Kumbh Mela, which is country’s largest Hindu festival. It was created to prevent bottlenecks in the huge crowd. Thus, ensuring no fatalities.

Not only Mumbai police, but security officials around the world feel this and have banned the tourist spots in their respective countries as it is unsafe.

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Selfie for good cause, it is an obsession and a person taking a lot of it can be called as a narcissist or either down with the Selfitis disorder as stated by APA. But once humans put their minds to convert anything for a good cause it can be a very powerful thing. One such thing happened when women across the world decided to trend the “No Make-up Selfie”, where women post their selfie without wearing any make-up. This trend across the world helped Cancer Research UK raise more than £2 million.

The campaign asked women to post their selfies without any make-up with a hashtag#nomakeupselfie. The organization was surprised by the response of the campaign, which was for a very good cause, to raise awareness about cancer and fund the research for it. This begs the question why can’t humans use social media for only such powerful acts of kindness and unity rather than risking their lives for something not valuable?

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Trade Strike Shuts Down Some States, Partial In Others

25 crore join strike against Centre’s new farm and labour laws

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Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana witnessed complete shut down on Thursday and normal life was partially affected in many other states as more than 25 crore workers participated in the nationwide strike, according to central trade unions.

The day-long countrywide strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central trade unions to protest against the central government’s new farm and labour laws, among other workers-related issues, as well as to raise various demands.

Various independent federations and associations are also part of the joint platform.

“The states of Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana have reported complete shutdown. Tamil Nadu reported complete shut down in 13 districts, while the industrial strike continues in the rest of the districts. Punjab and Haryana have reported that the state road transport buses have not left their depots in the morning,” a joint statement issued by the trade unions said.

Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh reported 100 per cent strike, including at BALCO, the statement said.

Normal life was affected in West Bengal and Tripura, and sporadic incidents of clashes were reported in West Bengal, according to reports.

Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC) and Self-Employed Women”s Association (SEWA) are part of the joint platform.

Others are All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).

BJP-aligned Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) is not participating in the strike.

Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) General Secretary Harbhajan Singh Sidhu told PTI that the number of workers who joined the nationwide agitation on Thursday exceeded the expected number of 25 crores.

He also said that coal mine workers along with those from defence, railways and other public sectors are also supported the strike.

Scheme workers, electricity employees, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, hawkers, vendors, agricultural workers, self-employed in rural and urban India are holding demonstrations at various places, even defying police restrictions, the statement said.

At many places, the auto and taxi drivers have remained off the roads. Railway and defence employees have held demonstrations in support of the strike at their respective places of work.

As per the statement, operations of financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies have also been affected.

Besides state government and central government employees, those from the Income Tax Department and other PSU workers are participating in the strike in a big way, the unions claimed.

“Reports of successful strike in coal and copper mines, including other mineral resource mines, have been received. The employees of postal, telecom and steel sector were also in action and gramin dak sevaks observed 100 per cent strike,” the statement said.

In several places, oil sector unions also observed the strike. Workers also resorted to picketing in some parts of the country.

Further, the statement said that the total number of workers who have joined the strike at over 25 crores exceeds the number of those who participated in a similar strike on January 8.

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Delhi records over 2,300 COVID-19 deaths in less than a month: Official data

The city reported 98 deaths on November 19, 118 on November 20, 111 on November 21, 121 each on November 22 and 23, and 109 fatalities on November 24, according to official data.

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New Delhi, Nov 26: The national capital has witnessed 2,364 deaths due to coronavirus since October 28, when the daily rise in infections breached the mark of 5,000 cases for the first time, according to official data.

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths, 99 more fatalities on Wednesday pushed the city”s total death toll due to the disease to 8,720. It was after five days that Delhi recorded single-day deaths below 100.

The city reported 98 deaths on November 19, 118 on November 20, 111 on November 21, 121 each on November 22 and 23, and 109 fatalities on November 24, according to official data.

While 131 COVID-related deaths were recorded on November 18, the highest till date, Delhi registered its highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases on November 11.

On Thursday, Delhi had recorded 7,546 cases, followed by 6,608 on Friday, 5,879 on Saturday, 6,746 on Sunday, 4,454 on Monday, 6,224 on Tuesday and 5,246 on Wednesday, according to the government data.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi climbed to 5,45,787 on Wednesday, of which 4,98,780 have recovered from the virus, the data shows.

Late hospital admissions leading to COVID-19 cases turning critical, shortage of ICU beds, unfavourable weather and rising pollution are among the factors experts attribute to the spike in COVID-19 deaths in Delhi, health experts have said.

Going by the epidemiological trend, the severity of the disease is more in this phase of the pandemic compared to the last one and several factors, including weather and pollution, are contributing to it, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.

Amid a spurt in the infection tally in the city, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had Wednesday requested experts to audit COVID-19 death cases and suggest measures to reduce fatalities in the national capital.

Health Minister Satyender Jain on Wednesday claimed the national capital reported the “least fatality per million” population amongst all four metro cities in the country.

The National Centre for Disease Control in a report drafted recently had warned that Delhi needs to be prepared for about 15,000 fresh cases of COVID-19 per day taking into account the upcoming winter season-related respiratory problems, large influx of patients from outside and festive gatherings.

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Delhi ‘actively considering’ night curfew. ‘As active as Covid-19 cases,’ asks high court

Delhi high court on Thursday rapped the AAP government and asked it how the government is ensuring that the new wedding restrictions are not being flouted.

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The AAP government has informed the Delhi High Court that it is actively considering whether to impose night curfew or weekend restrictions to contain the Covid-19 situation of the Capital as a bench comprising Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad asked the government whether it will be take any specific measure like other states.

The court was hearing a plea seeking to ramp up Covid-19 testing facilities in Delhi.

Though the Capital is grappling with a resurgence of Covid-19 cases since the last week of October, the AAP government has not imposed movement restrictions. It has curtailed the number of guests allowed at weeding events from 200 to 50 and increased the penalty for not wearing masks from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reiterated that lockdown is not a solution; as it only delays the spread of the infection. However, during Thursday’s hearing, the government told the court that it was actively considering imposing night curfew. “As active as Covid-19 cases?” the bench asked.

On being asked how it is spreading awareness about Covid-19-appropriate behaviour, the government said it held group meering with resident welfare associations (RWA). “Some viral videos suggest that thousands of people turned up for such meetings, please look at them and respond. These meetings can become Covid-19 spreaders. Also, you need to tell us how many market associations and RWAs you’ve reached out to and what’s the plan of engaging them in your Covid management strategy,” the court said.

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