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New Delhi: Moved by the plight of Covid-19 infected patients in his hometown of Medziphema in Nagaland’s Dimapur district, John Bendang, an entrepreneur, has made what he calls a ‘DIY ambulance’.

Bendang, who runs a common service centre in Medziphema, has converted his car — a Maruti Zen Estilo — into an ambulance to ferry patients to and from hospitals in the vicinity.

The businessman told EastMojo that he was moved by the plight of a family who waited for hours in search of a vehicle to take them to the hospital.

“One evening, I came across a family with sick persons waiting for a vehicle to take them to the hospital. Since everything seemed normal, I greeted them and continued with my journey. As I returned about 3-4 hours later, I was surprised to see them there as no taxis or autos were willing to take them to the hospital,” he said.

“…this incident made me think about people who do not own a vehicle. What if they need to go to the hospital at night? And so on”.

He has also built compartments within the vehicle so that there was no direct contact with patients. “I’m also taking good care of myself because the work I’m doing is risky,” he added.

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Disinfectant squad in Mizoram shakes a leg to cheer up Covid-stricken family

The video of a disinfectant squad dancing to cheer up a Covid-stricken family in Mizoram has brought smiles to many. The clip shared by Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has been widely circulated online.

Dressed in full PPE suits, members of the squad can be seen breaking into a dance outside a house in Aizawl after completing their task.

The capital city of Mizoram accounts for the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. Mizoram has reported over 9,000 Covid-19 cases so far. The government imposed a complete lockdown till 24 May to curb the spread of the disease.

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This Assam scholar has been living in a bunker amid Israel-Palestine conflict

Earlier this week, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi urged the external affairs ministry to rescue an Assamese PhD scholar who, along with several other international students, has been stuck in Israel due to the ongoing conflict with Palestine.

Naziha Tarannam, who is in her fourth year of research at the Ben Gurian University in Israel’s Negev, is reportedly living in a bunker of the university.

In a letter to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla Thursday, Gogoi sought “appropriate action” to ensure Tarannam returned safely to her home at Dergaon in Assam’s Golaghat district.

“I shall be grateful if you could kindly instruct the concerned authority to look into the matter and take appropriate action to bring her back to Assam, India, safely,” Gogoi wrote in the letter.

Video of Assam sanitation worker feeding Covid patients wins hearts

The video of Dipti Hazarika, a sanitation worker at one of the Covid care facilities in Assam, who has been feeding patients has won the hearts of many on the internet.

While most Covid-19 patients lose their sense of taste and do not want to eat, Hazarika went out of her way to ensure that they don’t go hungry at the facility. The clip has been shared by the Kamrup district administration.

Hazarika also made sure that patients got a little bit of extra care and were eating well at the facility she works at.

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