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Bollywood celebrities on COVID-19

A word from B-town on Coronavirus

Bollywood celebrities are using their charm, fan following, and the power of social media for the good. Through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, they are running campaigns to make people aware of Coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Its symptoms and precautions are what the celebrities are trying their fans and people to make aware of.  #CoronaStopKaroNa A video that is widely shared on every social media platform to spread awareness of Coronavirus is that of Kartik Aaryan. His famous Monologue of “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” was deftly molded to fit in the message of “Social distancing”.  Akshay Kumar “Hoping that everyone is watching this video from their homes and if not, then it must be because of something very, very important” is how Akshaya Kumar started the video he recently shared on his Twitter handle. Emphasizing the importance to stay indoors, he said people must ask themselves these questions before stepping out: Is it really important for me to go outside? Is it safe?   For the first time in life, the winner will be the one who will stay put! This is a race, one which will save us…Say yes to #SocialDistancing please ?? #BreakCorona #TogetherAtHome @mybmc — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 20, 2020 Let’s do our bit – Shah Rukh Khan “Our doctors are risking their lives to treat COVID-19 patients and screening passengers at the airport. And our job is to only support them by being a little conscious about the situation. To wash hands regularly, cover your nose while sneezing and if possible, do not go to crowded places.” The Badshah of Bollywood can be seen saying in a video he shared on Twitter. We must all do our bit and support the officials doing so much for us. #WarAgainstVirus @mybmc — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 20, 2020 Salman Khan Salman Khan used the microblogging platform, Twitter, to upload a short video where he can be seen saying “it’s not a public holiday”, making his fans understand the seriousness of the situation. Going forward he asked people to wear a mask, wash hands regularly, maintain hygiene and practice social distancing.  #IndiaFightsCorona @CMOMaharashtra @mybmc @AUThackeray @Iamrahulkanal — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) March 21, 2020 Together we can and we will fight this! In a Rohit Shetty Picturez initiative, a video also shared by CMO Maharashtra Twitter handle, Bollywood artists like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Ranveer Singh, Ayushman Khurana among various others can be seen spreading awareness about the deadly virus.


COVID-19 and Our Great Indian Samaritans

The Coronavirus, as we know it, or the COVID-19 disease geared up in India from the past few weeks. All spheres of India’s economy and people from all walks of life are finding it difficult to tackle the situation. The economically weaker section is particularly hard hit. Out Indian Samaritans have put their best foot forward to stand with their fellow Indians in this test.s Anand Mahindra – A Visionary  Italy, the country worst hit after China, is facing a dearth of beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients. India is certainly taking lessons from conditions prevailing in other countries and taking necessary actions when the time is in our hands. A visionary such as Anand Mahindra foresaw the situation India would land in if the condition worsens. The Mahindra Group chairman offered Mahindra Holiday resorts to the government to be converted into temporary care facilities. Not only this, but he also announced that their manufacturing units will be put into good use – work will immediately begin to manufacture ventilators. Further, the Mahindra foundation pledged to create funds that would assist SMEs and SMBs in these trying times. —To help in the response to this unprecedented threat, we at the Mahindra Group will immediately begin work on how our manufacturing facilities can make ventilators. —At Mahindra Holidays, we stand ready to offer our resorts as temporary care facilities. (3/5) — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 22, 2020 An All-time Philanthropist A man well-known for his philanthropy, Ratan Tata, could not have let the situation take a toll on his workers, especially temporary and daily wage workers. N. Chandrasekar, Chairman Tata Sons, in a press release, announced that all the workers of the Tata group working across their offices, manufacturing units and production sites, including contractual, temporary and daily wage workers will get full payment for the month of March and April. Considerate Towards Marginalized The pandemic is spreading like a wildfire, forcing people to stay indoors. The implications on the economy are large but the most affected will be the weaker socio-economic segments of our society – people who make their living by daily earnings. Anil Agarwal, the Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited, on the day of “Janta Curfew” has shown his generous side. He displayed his concern for daily wage workers on Twitter by tweeting “We will do our bit to help” and pledged Rs 100 crore to help them sustain through the pandemic. I am committing 100 cr towards fighting the Pandemic. #DeshKiZarooratonKeLiye is a pledge that we undertook & this is the time when our country needs us the most. Many people are facing uncertainty & I’m specially concerned about the daily wage earners, we will do our bit to help — Anil Agarwal (@AnilAgarwal_Ved) March 22, 2020 Designing Livelihood Anita Dongre, a known name in the fashion industry, has come forward to support small vendors, self-employed artisans, and workers associated with her brand who may not have medical coverage. She pledged Rs.1.5 crore for the cause. The founder of House of Anita Dongre, whose designs are pulled on by Bollywood star Deepika Padukone to the royals, Duchess of Cambridge, took it to twitter to display her side of generosity. For all our direct employees, in addition to paid leaves, we already have a medical insurance in place that covers them and their family members. In case of an additional emergency, this fund will be extended to them as well. (4/5) — Anita Dongre (@anitadongre) March 22, 2020 Keep Your Spirits High Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverage manufacturer, understands the importance of sanitization to conquer the deadly virus. More importantly, Diageo realizes they need to produce hand sanitizers in large quantities as the market is running out of stock. The Indian chain of the manufacturer, Diageo India, committed to producing 300,000 liters of sanitizer. They will put 15 manufacturing units across the country into work so as to overcome the shortage of hand sanitizers. They also pledged to donate 500,000 liters of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) to sanitizer manufacturing companies. The quantity is sufficient enough to produce more than 2 million bottles (250 ml each) hand sanitizers. Protecting Those Who Protect Us Professions who are working tirelessly and are at the most risk of contracting the infection are healthcare professionals. Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, understood the need of the hour – to protect those who protect us. To ensure proper shield to healthcare workers from the virus, Ambani announced the production of face-mask to be increased to 100,000 on daily basis and enhance the manufacturing of personal protective equipment for medical professionals. Additionally, RIL’s Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital offered aid to set up a 100-bed medical facility center at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai in collaboration with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. RIL also announced salaries will be rolled out twice a month to employees who earn below Rs. 30,000 per month. They have also announced a slew of other measures to stand strong in this time of the pandemic. A Philanthropist in Making Startups are no behind in lending a helping hand during these trying times. Paytm founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma has shown his generous side by announcing that he would contribute his next 2 months’ salary towards employees of his organization who would need it more.


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