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French wine lovers wash away climate and Covid-19 worries with new Beaujolais



Every autumn on the third Thursday of November, wine growers from the Beaujolais region market the first bottles of the year’s harvest in the annual “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé” campaign that started in the 1960s.”If there is one day we can call a day of renaissance, after all the crises we have lived through, it is today,” said Le Mesturet owner Alain Fontaine as he served free glasses of Beaujolais on the sidewalk in front of his Paris restaurant.

French wine Bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine are seen on a table at the Le Mesturet bistrot in Paris. (Source: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo)

Parisians loved the free wine, even if Beaujolais – a light red wine that is just a few weeks or months old – struggles to overcome an image of being cheap plonk.”It’s a nice little wine. It’s not the biggest grand cru, obviously, but it is pleasant and not very expensive,” said Felix, an employee at the French national library.

Wine growers were less upbeat as France is set to produce its lowest wine output since records began, after vineyards were hit by spring frost, hail and disease.The farm ministry has forecast total production a quarter below the average of the past five years with the Burgundy-Beaujolais region’s output among the worst hit, seen down by nearly half.”The year has been quite hard weather-wise and the grapes have required more manual work than usual, only for us to end up losing around 30% of the harvest. That’s too much work for such meagre results,” said Beaujolais Nouveau winemaker Julien Revillon in Villie-Morgon, north of Lyon.

Revillon said that even though output has been disappointing, people are more than ever attached to the Beaujolais tradition, seeing it as an opportunity to get together with friends and colleagues after months of isolation.”In difficult periods, people hang onto traditions. Even during a war, we want to celebrate Christmas, even during a pandemic, we want to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau,” he said.

Ninety-year-old Parisian Marie-Francoise, who initially found the new Beaujolais too tart, changed her mind after a second tasting.”It’s a good wine, a very good wine. There is no better Beaujolais!” she said.

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omicron: Third case of Covid Omicron strain confirmed in Spain



MADRID: The third case of infection with the new strain of Covid-19, Omicron, has been confirmed in Spain – in the Balearic Islands, health authorities said.
“The microbiology laboratory of the Son Espaces University Hospital today confirmed a positive result of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 strain through a special PCR test,” the health council of the Balearic Islands government said in a statement.
The first two cases of the new strain were previously confirmed in Madrid.
In all three cases, coronavirus was diagnosed in travellers from South Africa.

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The Railway Men Release Date: YRF Entertainment has announced its first web series The Railway Men which is a tribute to the unsung heroes of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

What is The Railway Men about?

In 1984, the Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on the night of December 2 when methyl isocyanate (MIC) spilt out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory and turned Bhopal into a gas chamber. At least 30 tonnes of the lethal gas killed more than 15,000 people and affected over 600,000 workers. The Railway Men revolves around the workers at the Bhopal railway station who saved thousands of lives.

The tragedy is often touted as the world’s biggest man-made industrial disaster. In fact, the toxins have also seeped into the water of Bhopal and it was only in 2011 that the rehabilitated people started getting clean water.

“The leak affected boys in our bastis, many are impotent and those who have fathered children have kids with some kind of disability. Nobody wants to marry girls from our bastis, too.” said Shehzadi, Activist, International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal said.

Star Cast

The cast of the movie is led by R. Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Divyenndu Sharma and Babil Khan. It is directed by Shiv Rawail.

Akshaye Widhani, senior VP at Yash Raj Films said, “The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the world’s worst industrial disaster that has impacted scores of people since the tragedy struck the city 37 years ago. At YRF, we are constantly trying to develop the best compelling stories for audience and this is our tribute to the unsung heroes of the tragedy who, despite saving thousands of lives on that fateful day, are still unknown to people across the world.”

When to watch The Railway Men

The Railway Men started filming from December 1st, yesterday.

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India’s daily Covid-19 rises for 2nd consecutive day amid Omicron scare | Latest News India



The daily Covid-19 tally of India increased for the second consecutive day on Thursday as the country reported 9,765 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the numbers updated on the Union ministry of health family welfare’s website. On Wednesday, there were 8,954 cases of infections, a jump of 1,964 cases than Tuesday’s, when it had logged 6,990 cases. It was the lowest in the last 551 days.

The active caseload remained below the 1 lakh mark and now stands at 99,763. Active cases account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.29%. It is the lowest since March 2020.

The recovery rate is currently at 98.35%, the health ministry also mentioned. According to the data, 8,548 people were recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, pushing the total recoveries to reach 34,037,054.

Notably, the daily positivity rate (0.89%) has been less than 2% for the last 59 days, while the weekly positivity rate (0.85%) is less than 1% for the last 18 days.

The country has conducted 64.35 crore total tests so far, the health ministry also informed in its daily health bulletin. On the vaccination front, India has administered 124.96 crore doses so far.

The uptick in cases comes as the country along with the world is facing the threat of Omicron, a highly contagious mutation of the coronavirus, first detected in South Africa. On Wednesday, six international passengers tested positive for the Covid-19 out of 3,476 passengers from the countries designated as “at-risk” by the Indian government.

They were tested on arrival at airports across the country as the Centre’s revised guidelines for Covid testing came into effect. The samples of all six have been sent for whole-genome sequencing to confirm Omicron infection.

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