What you missed: A very special day, some strict measures in Austria, a toxic river and more!7 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
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This week on Missed Out, we’re celebrating and honouring a very special day, we take a trip to the country of Austria where some strict Covid-19 measures are being taken, and we learn about a major celestial event coming up. Scroll down for more…
Happy Children’s Day!
Children’s Day or Bal Diwas is celebrated across the country on November 14, and we at Owliver wish the best for all our young readers!
Internationally, Children’s Day is celebrated November 20. This date was decided upon by the UN and has become officially known as World Children’s Day.
In India, however, we celebrate Children’s Day on November 14 to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. Fondly called Chacha Nehru by children, he advocated for the education of children. He considered children the real strength of a nation and foundation of society. After Nehru’s death, his birth anniversary was chosen as the date for Children’s Day in India.
In 1964, a resolution was passed in the Indian Parliament to mark this day.
Children’s Day also aims to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children.
Unvaccinated Austrians to be in lockdown
Austria will implement lockdown measures for all those aged 12 and older who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from November 15, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced.
Around 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, one of the lower rates in the European Union, where cases are surging once again.
Under the new measures announced, the unvaccinated are ordered to stay home except for a few limited reasons.
The lockdown plan which was agreed in September called for unvaccinated Austrians to face a stay-at-home order once 30% of intensive-care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients. Unvaccinated people are already excluded from entertainment venues, restaurants, hairdressers and other parts of public life in Austria.
Europe is the only region in the world where cases and deaths were found to be climbing in the World Health Organization’s weekly global report.
A foamy dip in a toxic river!
New Delhi’s Yamuna River is covered with toxic foam, but Hindu devotees didn’t let that stop them from marking Chhath Puja, a four-day festival (November 8-11).
On the last day of Chhath celebrations, devotees made offerings to the Sun God while standing knee-deep in the water of toxic foam-laden Yamuna river.
Why is the river foaming? The hazardous foam floating on the Yamuna river is due to increased ammonia levels and high phosphate content, caused by the discharge of industrial pollutants, including detergents, into the river.
HOW HARMFUL IS TOXIC FOAM?
Foaming due to pollution can result in algae blooms and harm aquatic life due to low dissolved oxygen from decomposition processes. Bathing in or ingesting waters where frothing has been caused by pollution can lead to health hazards like itchy skin and eyes and gastrointestinal problems.
A rare celestial event!
The world is set to witness the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years this coming week, on November 19. The eclipse will be visible from North America, South America, eastern Asia, Australia, the Pacific region and parts of Northeast India.
The partial eclipse will start at 12.48 pm and end at 4.17 pm. The duration of the eclipse will be 3 hours 28 minutes and 24 seconds, making it the longest in 580 years, say experts. The last time a partial lunar eclipse of such length occurred was on February 18, 1440, and the next time a similar phenomenon can be witnessed will be on February 8, 2669.
Lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow.
Do you know why lunar eclipses happen, or how? Watch the short video below for a better understanding.
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