Fine for not wearing masks, promote online shopping: SOPs for markets

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Imposing fines for not wearing masks or not following physical distancing, opening markets on alternate days and closing them if large number of coronavirus cases are reported, are among the measures recommended by the Centre to ensure compliance to COVID-19-appropriate behaviour in markets.

The standard operating procedures for markets issued by the Union Health Ministry on Monday to contain spread of coronavirus infection, stated that online booking of groceries and doorstep delivery of those must be encouraged while incentives or discounts for those who shop during non-peak hours may be considered.

The SOPs outlined that market places in containment zones shall remain closed. Shop owners and employees living in containment zones shall not be allowed entry into marketplaces, it stated.


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According to the SOPs, COVID-19-appropriate behaviour in marketplaces may be regulated by market associations through a number of measures, including creation of a sub-committee for each market to facilitate and monitor implementation of such behaviour in marketplaces.

It also suggested setting up mask dispensing kiosks at government-approved rates at entry points of markets and parking lots, establishing hand washing stations in public utility areas while recommending use of foot operated taps and contactless soap dispensers.

It also sought for providing mass thermal screening provisions at the entry and access points to the market, procuring thermal guns, sanitizers, disinfectants for sanitization of public utility areas and placement of IEC materials and signages regarding Covid appropriate behaviour in prominent locations. 

“Where self-regulatory approach fails or lacks impact, the planning shall also entail taking enforcement actions, wherever warranted. This may include levying of fines/penalties on defaulters for not wearing mask/face cover, or for not following physical distancing norms.

“Exploring the option of allowing markets/shops to open on alternate days and closure of markets in case larger number of cases are getting reported which are found to be having epidemiological links with the market by the administration,” the SOPs stated.

The ministry said market places are visited by a large number of people. With gradual opening of economic activities, markets are witnessing high footfalls, it said.

“Such large gatherings, without observance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour have the potential to spread coronavirus infection,” the SOP document stated.

It also suggested strategies that can be worked out by the law enforcing agencies in collaboration with market associations to manage crowd such as engaging civil defence volunteers, home guards and volunteers to regulate crowd, accessing control at parking lots for limiting vehicle entry and exploring staggered time of shops and utilities, thereby allowing them to remain open for a longer duration.

“Crowd density does not remain the same throughout. It usually peaks during evening hours on weekdays. On weekends and holidays, marketplaces are crowded for most of the day till late in the evening. Planning should specifically factor-in requirement for these peak days/hours,” the document noted.

According to the guidelines, at the entry point of shops, all employees and visitors should undergo mandatory hand hygiene and thermal

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The Fashion Trends to Look Forward to Wearing Next Year

The spring/summer shows were a breath of fresh air with a major emphasis on simplicity and imagination. It reminded us that fashion should always bring joy, and style should always be an adventure, which turned out to be just what we needed as we approach nearly a year of the pandemic. While we may be burrowed under our blankets for a while, here is what we are looking forward to wearing this spring.

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2020 getting you down? It’s not too early to start planning for spring.


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Dolce & Gabbana’s collection was inspired by their patchwork show in the 1990s, but it had a message of coming together and unity for 2020. Craft-inspired pieces like patchwork let the meticulous construction and details shine and is the perfect look for brisk spring mornings.


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Even designers have leaned into working from home casual, but they don’t want to compromise on style. Knits galore have emerged onto the scene and highlights include the beautiful mint green shown at Proenza Schouler and the chartreuse shown at Salvatore Ferragamo. It’s a relief to know we can get dressed up next summer while staying comfortable.

Exuberant Dressing

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Fashion can be a welcome escape when the world is turned upside down. The playfulness of Dries Van Noten, the boldness of Schiaparelli, and the whimsy of Halpern will bring joy to you and your loved ones for seasons to come.

Sheer Delights

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Try something sheer this summer and embrace a traditional, romantic look with Christian Dior’s gorgeous blue gown or a more contemporary modern moment with Fendi’s colorful layering.

Luxe Sport

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The summer collections really proved that sport and fashion are a lovely pairing. And we saw the perfect hybrids for what we imagine will be an active, outdoor, summer with just enough time to lounge about.

It helps that these collections are to die for (Have you seen the Miu Miu show?), so we can’t wait to trade in our garden party gear for track pants.


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Jeans are finally on the runway, thank God! Now our weekend wear is officially high fashion and they have never looked better. Valentino’s sheer top and denim combinations (in collaboration with everyone’s favorite Levi’s) has us wistfully waiting for spring, while Xuly Bet’s denim ensemble will turn the sidewalk into a catwalk.


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Everyone dreams of the seaside in the summer, but now you can have it wherever you are. Nautical themes were all over the

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10 Current Fashion Trends You’ll Be Wearing In 2021

The most current fashion trends are those that feel easy to wear but still look like you made just enough effort to do whatever it is you do during these strange, strange days and nights. Whether that’s daily Zoom meetings and a few essential errands; the occasional (safe!) outdoor dinner; weekend park outings; or in-person work, we all could use clothing that makes us feel a distinct sense of ease and comfort. 

While forecasting fashion trends that originate on the runway isn’t a total exercise in futility—it will always hold influence—it seems designers and retailers are more frequently looking to social media, youth culture, nostalgia, the street, and celebrities for inspiration about what’s cool and what’s current. 

As we start to wrap up a year that’s been less-than ideal for every single one of us, take solace in the fact that the current fashion trends you might have bought into in 2020 will only be more prevalent in 2021. Small victories!


Sweet Cropped Cardigans

This vintage-inspired trend was kicked off among higher-end brands like Alessandra Rich and LoveShackFancy and it’s inevitably trickled down to the Zaras and Forever 21s of the world. Don’t be fooled by the way the women above styled theirs—this trend looks just as cute with lounge-y sweatpants as it does with jeans or a midi skirt. Plus, whether buttoned up on its own or with a matching cami underneath, it’ll impress over Zoom even if you pair it with the flannel PJ bottoms you wore to bed. 

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LoveShackFancy Bedford Cropped Jacquard Cardigan

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Embroidered Bead Cardigan

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Tractor-inspired boots

Seemingly every designer and retailer from Balenciaga to Zara are taking cues from the humble tractor boot, which had a massive surge in fall 2020 and will only become more widespread next year. Characterized by an almost comically rounded toe and a thick, rugged sole, it’s among the current fashion trends that look as at home under a long dress or with super-short skirt as it does paired with slouchy sweatpants or leggings. 

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Vagabond Cosmo 2.0 Chelsea Boot

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Candy-colored sweatpants 

Few items can replace your favorite pair of worn-in heather gray sweats, but this year—one that was defined by couch clothing—the demand for sweatpants in a variety of colors, including dreamy pastels and juicy bolds was strong. Blame it on the idea that, once we felt comfortable to go outside again, our commitment to comfort didn’t waver but we still wanted to shop for and wear pieces that felt a little more fun than what typically-colored sweatpants telegraph. 

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The Mighty Company Sweatpants

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Brushed plaid “shackets”—a hybrid of shirt and jacket—are among the current fashion trends that can be worn anywhere, anytime. Heavier than a flannel shirt but not quite as bulky as a full-on coat if you need to run out, they also look great with most things you’re already wearing, from sweatpants to

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Rahul Dev Spotted At Mumbai Airport Wearing A Simple, Classy Outfit

At 52, model-turned-actor, Rahul Dev is still giving young tinsel town stars a run for their money.  

Be it with his ripped physique, his chiselled jawline, his acting chops or for that matter, his super unique style game, the man has done it all and knows exactly how to hit it out of the park with his unparalleled charm.

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Recently, Rahul was seen stepping out in a rather functional outfit, with minimal details, that’s pertinent to catch a flight. The relaxed nature of the silhouette, made his look stand out. 

While most of the celebrities tend to take a maximalist approach at the airport either with their OTT sneakers or backpacks, we really like how Rahul decided to turn up, wearing a basic, casual outfit.  

Let’s dissect Rahul’s overall airport look and take some style lessons from here.

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1. Firstly, let’s talk about his accessories. The fact that he is wearing a neutral-hued baseball cap, is working perfectly with his athleisure outfit. 

Add to that, his white oversized mask here with minimal detailing is simple but classy.

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2. As for his beard, we really like his sprouted, salt and pepper beard as it’s doing wonders with his outfit. 

The way he has paired a high-collared black Columbia hoodie, over a basic black T-shirt, shows that Dev knows how to play the fashion cards right. 

The combination looks versatile and even though understated, it still strikes a chord with us.

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3. The fact that he has chosen to wear the hoodie with a pair of black joggers, adds to the minimalism factor of the whole ensemble. 

Joggers look on-point and make a statement, adding to the dressy yet casual vibe of the outfit. Rahul here has summed it up pretty well!

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4. He is mindful of his sneakers here. The silhouette isn’t very OTT and is working really well with the rest of the outfit. 

The mesh upper of the sneakers with a bit of ankle show is the perfect way to stand out and make a statement, even with such basic yet uber cool outfit.

All in all, the man can make even the most regular outfit, look super fashionable and we appreciate his way of showing us how to not let age compromise your style. 

That’s one heck of a fashion lesson, Dev! 

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Apple Wins Patent for Finger Accessories that will assist users in touching & controlling Objects while wearing AR/VR Smartglasses or HMD

In June of this year Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled “Apple Reveals Finger Sensor Devices for Future HMDs & Glasses to assist users touch & control Objects in AR/VR Environments & Beyond.” Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent.


Apple’s granted patent relates to systems with electronic devices such as finger-mounted electronic devices that are to be used with Apple’s future HMD and smartglasses. Apple has been working on this for some time and Patently Apple has covered a series of future finger devices for use with AR/VR headsets and/or glasses that you could review here:  01, 02, 03, 04 and 05.  


Apple’s invention published today covers a system that may include electronic devices that are finger devices configured to be worn on fingers of users in conjunction with Augmented Reality (AR) and Augmented Virtuality (VR) head mounted devices and glasses.


The finger devices may include sensors. As a user interacts with a real-world object in the environment surrounding the user, one or more sensors may be used to measure information on real-world-object physical attributes associated with the real-world object.  


The physical attributes that are measured may include attributes such as a surface contour, a texture, an object color or other visual attribute, a temperature, acoustic attributes, force-versus-distance characteristics, weight, and/or other physical attributes.


Apple’s patent FIG. 2 below is a top view of an illustrative finger of a user on which a finger device has been placed; FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative finger device on the finger of a user; FIG. 4 is a top view of an illustrative head-mounted device having support structures configured to support a display and sensors such as a forward facing camera and gaze tracker.


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Apple’s patent FIG. 5 above is a perspective view of an illustrative real-world object with which a user is interacting while gathering measurements and/or receiving output using a finger device; FIG. 16 is a flow chart of illustrative operations associated with operating a system with electronic devices.


Apple’s granted patent 10,845,894 was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. You could review our full patent application report on this invention here for more information and patent figures.


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A man wearing Trump gear who was seen deliberately exhaling on women outside Trump golf club has been charged

A man wearing a Trump shirt and an inflatable Trump innertube around his belly who was seen on video deliberately exhaling on two women outside of President Donald Trump’s golf course in Virginia has been charged with simple assault.

a man looking at the camera: Raymond Deskins was charged with misdemeanor simple assault, police said.

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Raymond Deskins, 61, of Sterling, Virginia, was charged with misdemeanor simple assault, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

One of the women shot cellphone video of Saturday’s incident outside Trump’s club in Sterling and posted it on social media.

Michele Bowman, public information officer for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed to CNN that Raymond Deskins, the man charged, is the man seen in the video.

CNN has been unable to reach Deskins despite multiple attempts.

In the 24-second video, Deskins — who was not wearing a mask — can be seen in a verbal confrontation with the women who were there protesting Trump. It is not apparent what happened before the video began.

The women can be heard telling him to get away from them and back up. One of the women yelled at him, “Get away from me! Get away from me!”

The other woman told him, “You don’t get up in somebody’s face,” to which he responded, “I’m not in anybody’s face.”

She replied, “You are in my face — and you don’t have a mask, so you need to back up.”

That’s when the man can be seen exhaling forcefully, apparently in the direction of one of the women. The women gasped in shock as the man turned around with a smirk on his face.

One of the women yelled, “That’s assault!”

The man yelled back, “I breathed on you!” He then exhaled on the woman taking the video.

“Two separate parties reported they were assaulted during a verbal argument outside of Trump National Golf Club,” the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “As the incident was not witnessed by law enforcement and the video did not capture the entire interaction, an investigation was conducted on scene and both parties were advised they could go to a Loudoun County Magistrate and seek a citizen obtained warrant.”

LCSO later updated their statement to say, “This afternoon our deputies served a warrant obtained by a citizen through a Loudoun County Magistrate. Raymond Deskins, age 61, of Sterling, VA, was charged with simple assault (misdemeanor) and released on a summons.”

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Girl Goes Viral On Twitter For Wearing Mandalorian Mask

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Raena Granberry with Justice

With everything going on this year, Raena Granberry wanted to get the Christmas cheer going early.

Granberry, 38, was getting ready to go to Michaels to buy some decorations on Saturday, and told her 5-year-old daughter Justice to go get her mask. Justice did, but it wasn’t exactly the mask that Granberry was expecting.

I told my daughter to grab her mask so we can go to the store. This was the mask she grabbed.

“I told my daughter to grab her mask so we can go to the store. This was the mask she grabbed,” Granberry wrote on Twitter, along with a picture of Justice in her tutu, holding a barbie doll, and wearing a costume mask from The Mandalorian, Disney+’s Star Wars series.

Justice, who loves Christmas lights and was in the middle of eating pancakes when she spoke to BuzzFeed News on Sunday, said that she wore the Mandalorian mask “cause it was awesome.”

Granberry asked her to put on a cloth mask too, and Justice kept both on for most of the shopping trip. Justice said it was fun to wear the Mandalorian mask and that she likes it better than her cloth mask.

The whole family is into Star Wars and Justice said her favorite character is actually Rey Skywalker, the heroine and lead in the most recent Star Wars movie trilogy. In fact, Justice was Rey for Halloween this year.

“She has a sword,” Justice said. “She has a lightsaber, and she has this little robe around her costume so it can protect her. And she lives in the wild.”

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Justice in her Rey Skywalker costume

She wasn’t able to go trick or treating because of the coronavirus, but she did get some candy and watched a movie.

Granberry, who works on Black maternal health with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, said she had faced her own challenges during her pregnancies.

She said the experiences have made her feel “ultra-fortunate” to have both of her children and just wants them to be happy and be who they are.

“Let these kids be who they are, they’re gonna be that anyway, so the more you foster it and love them and let it be, the more awesome they get to be and shine for the world and make them happy,” said Granberry.

Like millions of families, Granberry’s family was also affected by the pandemic.

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Raena and George Granberry with Justice and their son Judah.

Justice started kindergarten this year and it’s been hard to sit at the computer all day without her friends, her mother said.

“It’s been difficult at times,” said Granberry. “She has fun, but sometimes she cries in between. But she’s got a great teacher and we’re making it work.”

Granberry had to start working part time in order to help the kids with school, which meant a pay cut,

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Alleged ‘porch pirate’ arrested after wearing same clothing to courtroom

A South Carolina man was arrested on Friday after he showed up to court wearing the same shirt he had worn to steal people’s packages the same week, authorities said.

Police say they were made aware of the incident when a community member posted surveillance footage of the suspect in the Goose Creek Resident Group on Facebook on Nov. 10.

“Beware of this porch pirate!” the post begins. “This is around noon today in The Oaks. Notice the empty Amazon package in his hand. It is something he stole off a neighbor’s porch and threw the empty package in my trash can (dumb crook) – and then stole the package off my porch (all on camera) and stuffed it in his backpack, with whatever else he had stolen in the neighborhood. He was with a second person also on a bicycle. Police have been notified.”

Authorities confirmed they were able to identify and arrest the man the next day after he showed up in a South Carolina courtroom wearing the exact same shirt he had worn to steal people’s packages.

“Remember seeing the post on the left?” remarked the Goose Creek Police Department in a statement posted to Facebook on Nov. 13. “Well, sometimes people actually do make our job easy. This guy decided to come into our courtroom the day after the first post was made and lucky for us he was even wearing the same shirt. We are happy to say he is in custody.”

Police have not released any additional details about the arrest and have not confirmed why he was in the courtroom to begin with or if his appearance had anything to do with the stolen packages.

Authorities say the best way to keep packages safe is to request a signature upon delivery so they aren’t left at the door. If that’s not possible, police suggest having your package shipped to a neighbour or relative who will be home or to use curb-side pickup.

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Affidavits Alleging Voter Fraud Accuse Poll Workers of Wearing Black Lives Matter Clothing

The 234 pages of affidavits released by the Trump campaign—which they say show evidence of voter fraud—include complaints that Democrat counting volunteers wore Black Lives Matter clothing and were “verbally aggressive” and one claim that it was “odd” members of the military voted for Joe Biden, it has been reported.

Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, and Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, have said they have 500 sworn affidavits alleging 11,000 incidents of various types of voter fraud.

The affidavits from GOP poll watchers in Detroit, Michigan—a state won by President-elect Biden—are purported to provide evidence of irregularities in the vote-counting process. Donald Trump and his team have yet to accept the results of the election.

Brad Heath, a Reuters reporter in Washington, D.C., said he had examined the 234 pages, a majority of which contained “pretty standard election stuff” already pushed by the Trump campaign, including how poll watchers couldn’t get as close to the counters as they wished or couldn’t re-enter the room when they left.

Heath also noted that among the affidavits was a GOP poll watcher describing how “EVERY single one” of the independent lawyers observing the elections appeared to follow far-left ideology.

One poll watcher complained that some workers were wearing Black Lives Matter face masks and wrote that “another man of intimidating size with a BLM shirt on” was closely following challengers despite social distancing rules.

Others noted that poll workers would “cheer, jeer and clap” when GOP poll challengers were escorted out of the TCF Center in Detroit, the affidavits state.

One poll watcher also said he found it suspicious that about 80 percent of military votes were going to Biden.

“I had always been told that military personal tended to be more conservative, so this stuck out to me as the day went on,” the affidavit adds.

Heath tweeted: “Many of these boil down to not being able to observe as closely as they wanted, not having questions answered. A bunch are people saying they saw something, but didn’t know exactly what was happening or why. Some are relatively detailed; most are not.

“But they’re not alleging fraud. A few allege things that made them suspicious, but they offer very little detail.”

Newsweek has been unable to verify the contents of the affidavits. Trump’s campaign team has been contacted for comment.

During an appearance on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show on Tuesday, McEnany presented a wad of papers believed to be the affidavits, which

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Tayshia Adams Admits To Wearing Wedding Dress, Saying ‘I Love You’ On ‘The Bachelorette’

ABC’s “The Bachelor” has been a whirlwind in just four episodes with Clare Crawley this season, and with Tayshia Adams taking over and being the new “Bachelorette,” viewers are in for a few more surprises before the season ends. 

Adams was first seen on Colton Underwood’s season and made it to the final three before she got her heart broken and was sent home. She also found love on “Bachelor in Paradise” with John Paul Jones, but that ended shortly after the show concluded.

The 30-year-old has taken over for Crawley, after the 39-year-old found love with Dale Moss within three episodes and got engaged on the fourth. Adams will have 16 of the same men and will begin her journey on Tuesday, but with a few new men as well. 

There’ll be a few new faces joining the cast and it’ll get really interesting as soon as that happens, Adams hinted in an interview with Lauren Zima from ET. 

Since the show’s already been filmed and Adams knows her fate, she’s able to give viewers insight into what she went through during her season. 

Throughout Crawley’s episodes, viewers could see a few guys that were there to stir up the drama that she didn’t warn her successor about. Adams explained to Jimmy Kimmel that she wished Clare would have warned her about them before taking over. 

Even though there are a few guys that make her cry, she alludes to a happy ending, as well as, a happy season. 

She told Zima, “I didn’t know it was possible to fall in love with multiple people. But when you just really lean into the journey and really be vulnerable, you never know what can happen. And it happened to me.”

She also admitted that she did say “I love you” to a few men during the stint of her season, and at one point, did don a wedding dress as well, according to ET. 

“The Bachelorette” airs Tuesday, Nov. 10 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

clare and tayshia Clare Crawley (left) in a scene from “The Bachelorette” and her rumored replacement Tayshia Adams (right) during a 2019 episode of “Bachelor in Paradise.” Photo: ABC


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