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    This is the moment a fearless dog fights a lioness and lives before strutting away triumphantly.  Footage shows a fight breaking out between a lion and a dog in the Gir National Park in Gujarat, India, on January 9.  The dog, which is half the size of the lioness, constantly barks at the big cat as they fight in the National park.
    Bollywood and television actress Vedita Pratap Singh has tied the knot with her longtime beau Aaron Edward Sale, who is a US national. The wedding happened in a private ceremony attended by family members, due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, at Lake County Court in Montana, USA. An ecstatic Vedita shared: “I am thrilled to start our lives together! I thank everyone for the love they have showered on me over the years. We humbly seek your blessings as we embark upon this new journey.” Bigg Boss 14: Jasmin Bhasin Confirms She Is In Love With Aly Goni, Reveals Her Marriage Plans Vedita, who has appeared in Bollywood films like Bhindi Bazaar, The Past, and Mumbai 125 km is super excited to start this new chapter of her life. Among photographs she shared is one that shows her wearing sindoor. The actress informed that the Indian wedding ceremony will take...
    B-Town applauded Team India for their historic draw in the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Bollywood stars lauded the draw between India and Australia especially after Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj allegedly faced racial abuse by a section of the SCG crowd during the match. Rajeev Shukla Criticises Indian Batsmen After Drawing IND vs AUS 3rd Test; Twitterati Hits Back at BCCI Vice-President Condemning the incident of racial abuse and lauding the Indian cricket team for its performance, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan tweeted on Monday: “CRICKET .. Ind v Aus Test .. well done India .. pulled a draw under an extremely difficult situation .. bore the brunt of injury, bore the racist abuses ..AND CAME OUT VICTORIOUS.. India you are made of sterner stuff!! Filled every Indians heart with immense PRIDE.” Wasim Jaffer Posts Hilarious Meme as a Response to Tim...
    Bangladesh will be the Country in Focus for the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa on January 16. According to an official release by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), the Country in Focus is a special segment that recognizes the cinematic excellence and contributions of a particular country. Exhibition on Soumitra Chatterjee’s Works at Kolkata International Film Festival This section at the 51st IFFI will showcase four films, namely: ‘Jibondhuli’ by Tanvir Mokammel, ‘Meghmallar’ by Zahidur Rahim Anjan, ‘Under Construction’ by Rubaiyat Hossain, and ‘Sincerely Yours, Dhaka’ by Nuhash Humayun, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Rahat Rahman Joy, MD RobiulAlam, Golam Kibria Farooki, Mir Mukarram Hossain, Tanvir Ahsan, Mahmudul Islam, Abdullah Al Noor, Krishnendu Chattopadhyay, Syed Saleh Ahmed Sobhan. KIFF 2021: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Says ‘This Film Festival Is For Everybody’, Know All About 26th Kolkata International Film Festival ...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — As the director of a large hospital in the Indian state that has seen the country’s most coronavirus cases, Dr. S.P. Kalantri had been waiting for the day a vaccine would be approved and bring protection not only to his community but also himself. But now he has his doubts about getting the shots after India took a regulatory shortcut to approve a vaccine by Indian drugmaker Bharat Biotech before late clinical trials showed it was effective in preventing illness from coronavirus infections. “I’d rather wait and watch,” said Kalantri, who runs a hospital in Maharashtra state’s Wardha district. He’s not alone. Several groups and unions representing scientists and doctors have also expressed their concerns over scant evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccine. Many scientists have said that approving a vaccine without evidence from late trials is risky and a lack of transparency in...
    A day after making a formal complaint about crowd abuse at the Sydney Cricket Ground, India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj heard more of the same Sunday and didn’t wait until an official break to get it stopped. The fourth day of the third test match between Australia and India was largely overshadowed by an eight-minute stoppage shortly before the end of Australia’s second innings. Siraj, who had been fielding near the fine leg boundary and had just conceded 17 runs in an over as the Australian batsman chased quick runs, complained to the umpires and pointed to a section of the crowd. He had the full support of his captain and teammates, just as he had the previous night when — after the conclusion of play — he made similar complaints that were reported to the International Cricket Council. On Saturday, he was told to let the umpires...
    Americans live in a "corporate oligarchy" where major companies like big tech giants Facebook and Twitter control thoughts and actions, Phill Kline, Director of the Amistad Project, said to Newsmax TV Saturday.  "(Facebook CEO) Mark Zuckerberg spent more money than the federal government on the 2020 election," said Kline on Newsmax TVs "The Count," while commenting on the growing censorship of conservative views, including the move by most major social media sites to block President Donald Trump after Wednesdays riots at the Capitol.  "Now youve got broad-based censorship supported by the left," Kline said. We dont have a free country anymore. We have a country and a government that believes it needs to protect us from ourselves, that there are smarter people in Washington than out on Main Street." He added that as such, "they have to determine what we get to read, what we get to think, and how...
    New Delhi, India (CNN)Police in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state have arrested three people allegedly involved in the killing of the endangered Ganges river dolphin after a video of the grim incident went viral on social media, according to local police.Investigating officer Akhilesh Pratap Singh told CNN that the dolphin's carcass was found on the embankment of the Sharda canal in the Pratapgarh district on December 31. On Thursday, three individuals allegedly seen on the video were arrested, police said. Nine people -- also seen on the video -- are currently still on the run, according to Singh. The video shows a group of men with sticks and an ax bludgeoning the dolphin to death. Some laughed as the dolphin's near lifeless body was pulled around by its fin in the shallow water. Forest officer Varun Singh, who was part of the initial investigation, told CNN the dolphin had been...
    A group of men in Uttar Pradesh, India, beat a critically endangered freshwater Ganges river dolphin to death, Newsweek reported. In the video reportedly taken Dec. 31, one man held the dolphin down in the water while others beat it, according to Newsweek. Three men can be seen appearing to beat the dolphin with wooden sticks while another man appears to have an axe buried in the back of the animal. The dolphin bleeds from its wounds as it struggles in vain to get away. Horrific , difficult to watch video from UP’s Pratapgarh where these villagers beat a Dolphin ( yes a dolphin ) to death on dec 31 . Three arrested , says @pratapgarhpol . Must take a different level of depravity to do this … pic.twitter.com/KsV7eBZW4F — Alok Pandey (@alok_pandey) January 8, 2021 One man in the video told those beating the dolphin, “You are beating...
    Actress Keira Knightley starrer Misbehaviour, which revolves around a beauty pageant, will arrive on Indian screens on January 22. Misbehaviour tells the true story of feminists who disrupted the broadcast of the 1970 Miss World contest. The film stresses on the importance of gender equality with a blend of humour and drama. It celebrates inclusivity, feminism and beauty of all kinds. Tom & Jerry To Get A Theatrical Release In India In 2021! “I think what surprised me was I knew absolutely nothing about this story whatsoever, so I first read the script, and I was just like, ‘Wow, this is so out there’,” Knightley told Digital Spy. “It’s so interesting that it’s a film that very much deals with the conversation of feminism and the intersection with racism, and I feel that that’s still a conversation that we’re very much grappling with right now. Ms Marvel: Mohan Kapur Officially Cast...
    A WOMAN was gang raped by a priest and his aides at an Indian temple before she bled to death, it is alleged. The victim, a frontline worker, was sexually assaulted before they brought the body to her mum's home in Uttar Pradesh on January 3, according to local media reports. 3Uttar Pradesh records almost one rape case a week, shocking data showsCredit: AP:Associated Press The victim's family told local media that the woman had gone to the temple in the village of Ughaiti. The priest and two aides took her home just before midnight, claiming that she had fallen into the well. "They said she fell into the dry well on the ashram premises. She was bleeding profusely and soon she died," he told The Hindu. "Before we could do anything, the three left," he said. The son alleged that the priest and his...
    New Delhi (CNN)India has begun culling tens of thousands of poultry birds after avian influenza was detected in ducks, crows and wild geese in at least a dozen locations across the country. The country's Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying issued an alert on Wednesday, urging states to take measures to avoid any further spread of the disease. The southern state of Kerala ordered the culling of more than 38,000 poultry birds on Tuesday after reports of dead birds infected with the disease emerged in two districts, according to the state's Minister for Animal Husbandry, K. Raju. "Nineteen rapid response teams have been formed for this," Raju said. About 17,000 birds have been culled in Kerala so far, and eggs have also been destroyed in some districts. The northern state of Himachal Pradesh reported the death of more than 3,000 birds from the disease, mostly bar-headed geese at a...
    (CNN)Pregnant women in South Asia who have been exposed to air pollution face an increased risk of pregnancy loss, miscarriage, and stillbirth, according to a new study.Researchers found that an estimated 349,681 pregnancy losses each year across India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were associated with bad air quality. Published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal on Wednesday, the study suggests that if these countries met India's air quality standard, it could have prevented 7% of the annual pregnancy losses. Dirty air has previously been linked to increased miscarriages, premature births and low birth weights among infants, as a result of the effects of pollution on the mother. Other research has found that pollution can breach a mother's placenta and potentially reach fetuses in the womb.But the study is believed to be the first of its kind to quantify the effect of ambient pollution on pregnancy loss in South Asia -- one...
    Chinese dictator Xi Jinping on Monday issued orders to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to prepare to “act at any second” and maintain “full-time combat readiness,” the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Tuesday. Xi previously tightened his personal control of the PLA, using his position as chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) to appoint loyal officers and clean out suspect personnel under the guise of an anti-corruption campaign. State news agency Xinhua described the orders as part of an effort to tighten Chinese Communist Party (CCP) control of the nation’s military and to prepare it for future conflicts: Upholding the Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces and focusing on combat capabilities, the regulations stipulated the guiding principles, leadership, responsibilities and structures of the committees in detail. At the same time, it sets requirements for its members. The regulations will enhance the role of Party organizations in the...
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday cancelled a planned trip to India later this month, citing the need to oversee the pandemic response at home. "The prime minister spoke to Prime Minister Modi this morning, to express his regret that he will be unable to visit India later this month as planned," a Downing Street spokeswoman said. "In light of the national lockdown announced last night, and the speed at which the new coronavirus variant is spreading, the prime minister said that it was important for him to remain in the UK so he can focus on the domestic response to the virus." (Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, India, United Kingdom, diseases, coronavirus, Asia, European Union, Europe, education
    By Devjyot Ghoshal and Manoj Kumar SINGHU, India (Reuters) - In a standoff between farmers from India's northern breadbasket and the government that has convulsed the country, the farmers have a 21st-century ally: a handful of supporters scattered around the world running a Twitter handle. The farmers have paralysed some traffic in and out of New Delhi, protesting recent agriculture laws that they fear could eventually eliminate government-guaranteed minimum prices for their crops. But the demonstrators, many of them from the Sikh religious minority, say they are also battling a social media campaign by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP brands some of the protesters as separatists from the giant multi-ethnic nation, a charge the demonstrators call disinformation. Bhavjit Singh became energised for the battle in November from his bedroom in Ludhiana in the agricultural heartland state of Punjab, where he watched with...
    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said late on Saturday it had approved the import of 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, although the jab is not yet approved for use in the country. Anvisa said it approved the importation request from federal government-affiliated biomedical center Fiocruz on Thursday. Importing the doses prior to approval will enable vaccination to begin as soon as Anvisa okays its use, the regulator said. Brazil has yet to approve any vaccine. Fiocruz will apply for emergency use of the vaccine by Wednesday, its president, Nísia Trindade, said last week. Brazil has recorded the second-deadliest outbreak of COVID-19 after only the United States. South America's largest country has the third highest tally of coronavirus cases, with the health ministry registering more than 7.7 million, after the United States and India. (Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing...
    India has formally approved two Covid vaccines after giving the green light to the Oxford Astra Zeneca jab and another made by Indian firm Bharat Biotech.  The move paves the way for a huge inoculation program to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the world's second most populous country. The country's drugs regulator gave emergency authorization for the vaccine developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and another developed by the Indian company Bharat Biotech. Health officials take part in dry run or a mock drill for Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine delivery at a primary health centre in Chennai on January 2 Drugs Controller General Dr. Venugopal G. Somani said that both vaccines would be administered in two dosages. He said the decision to approve the vaccines was made after 'careful examination' by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, India's pharmaceutical regulator. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the vaccine approval a...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's drugs regulator said on Sunday it had given final emergency-use approval for two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other by local company Bharat Biotech. (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed and Nigam Prusty: Editing by Neil Fullick) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, vaccines, India, Asia, United Kingdom, Europe
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India drugs regulator says it has granted emergency-use authorization to AstraZeneca and locally made COVID-19 vaccines. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's drugs regulator is likely to approve administering two doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and another locally-developed one by Bharat Biotech, each four weeks apart, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Saturday. Experts at India's Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) have already approved the vaccines and a final decision is expected to be announced by the agency's chief at a news conference scheduled on Sunday. Calls to CDSCO were unanswered outside regular business hours. (Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Krishna N. Das; editing by David Evans) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, Sweden, vaccines, India, coronavirus, United Kingdom, Europe
    By Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4 billion in the next two three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in the insurgency-hit region, its chief said on Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was India’s only Muslim-majority state until August 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi carved out a Buddhist-dominated enclave and designated both as federally-administered territories. Tens of thousands of security forces guard the region where India has been fighting an armed-insurgency for decades, especially in the disputed Kashmir valley that is also claimed by Pakistan. J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said his administration was identifying 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares) of land for businesses and that they would make companies feel secure. "We have an annual budget of 1 trillion rupees ($13.68 billion) for the region and a good amount of...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India has asked China to allow two Indian freighters stranded for months near two Chinese ports because of the pandemic to rapidly unload their cargoes or replace their 39 crew members, an official said Friday. “There is growing stress on the crew members on account of the long delay,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said. The vessels are among ships from various countries waiting to unload their cargoes at Jintang and Caofeidian ports, Srivastava said. “We expect that this assistance will be provided in an urgent, practical and time-bound manner, given the grave humanitarian situation that is developing onboard the ships,’’ he said in a statement. Srivastava said Chinese authorities have conveyed that a crew change is not permitted at the ports because of COVID-19-related restrictions. Beijing has suggested that the shipping company may apply for a crew rotation at Tianjin port, he said....
    Coronavirus live updates: Quiet goodbye to 2020 in Times Square; pharmacist sabotages 500 vaccine doses; Sen. David Perdue in quarantine Pope appears for first time since sciatica revealed Mahindra Talking to Investor to Offload Majority Ssangyong Stake (Bloomberg) -- Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. is in discussions with an investor for selling a majority stake in Ssangyong Motor Co. as India’s largest SUV maker reassesses its investments amid the pandemic. © Bloomberg Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. SUV production in Maharashtra, India. Mahindra will hold 30% or less in Ssangyong if the deal goes through and will also do a 25% capital reduction, Pawan Goenka, managing director of the Indian automaker said at a briefing Friday. It expects to sign the term sheet next week and will conclude the transaction by Feb. 28, he said. The company had purchased 70% stake in Ssangyong for $368 million in 2010. Load Error ...
    (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Friday its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console will be launched in India in coming weeks as it tries to capitalise on the pandemic-driven boom in gaming. "We are happy to announce that PS5 shall be launched in India on 2nd of February 2021," the Japanese firm tweeted from its PlayStation India Twitter handle. Preorders for PS5 will begin on Jan 12 and will be available for orders at major retailers, including Amazon and Flipkart, the tech firm said. Microsoft Corp launched two models of its Xbox gaming console in November, seven years after the debut of the previous version, while Sony launched its PS5 in core markets two days later. (Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru: Editing by Neil Fullick) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: video games, United States, India, Japan
    US restores Medicaid for Marshall Islands, exposing longtime injustice, experts say Andy Cohen on ringing in the New Year: Im psyched to hang out with Anderson Cooper Ford Pulls Plug on Plans to Cede India Business to Mahindra (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. is reversing plans to cede most of its Indian operations to Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., deciding to pull out of a proposed joint venture and continue its standalone business in the country. The companies agreed to terminate the venture after reassessing in part due to the global coronavirus pandemic, they said Thursday. The decision ends a deal reached more than a year ago under which Ford was expected to fold its local operations, including two factories, into a JV that would be majority-controlled by Mahindra, a leading Indian manufacturer of sport utility vehicles. © Bloomberg Inside The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show James Farley Photographer: David Paul...
    An Indian state has passed a law to ban all Islamic schools and convert them into regular schools, drawing criticism that the move aims to suppress Muslims in the Hindu-majority country, numerous sources reported. Assam, India will be converting more than 700 madrasas — government-run Islamic schools — into general education schools by April. The state is run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been at the center of ongoing tensions between India’s Muslims and Hindus.  The schools are being closed because they provide sub-standard education compared to regular schools, and do not address “the temporal world and its earthly concerns” in their curriculum, according to the government. Madrasas include education focused on the Quran, Islamic law and subjects offered in most schools, like math and science. Once the schools are converted, they will no longer be able to teach students the Quran....
    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Reverse Laws that Harm Farmworkers in India, Support Anti-Animal Abuse Laws, and Charge Illegal Fox Hunters with Animal Cruelty. We want...
    HYDE PARK — Communities hit hard by coronavirus in Chicago and India are set to receive thousands of reusable cloth masks thanks to an effort backed by three local nonprofits. The Masks Without Borders fundraising campaign runs through Jan. 15, looking to collect $20,000 to cover the costs of making and donating 5,000 masks. If the campaign exceeds its goal, extra funds will be split three ways with project leaders the Soondra Foundation, WORK+SHELTER and Chicago Fair Trade. The campaign has raised more than $11,500 so far. To donate, click here. Each mask costs about $5 to produce, including the cost of materials and paying seamstresses in India to create them. Chicago residents served by the Night Ministry, Center on Halsted, Chicago Lighthouse, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Howard Brown Health will receive shipments of masks, said Soondra Foundation CEO Gayatri Mathur. The Night Ministry will give away masks...
    London (CNN Business)The United Kingdom on Wednesday become the first country to approve the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The shot is cheaper and easier to distribute than alternatives, and is expected to play a crucial role in boosting the global economy next year.AstraZeneca said the first doses were being released Wednesday, and that vaccinations will begin early in the New Year. The rollout comes amid a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom."This regimen was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the second dose," AstraZeneca said. UK regulator approves Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccineWhy is this vaccine so important to the global economy?AstraZeneca has promised to supply hundreds of millions of doses to low- and middle-income countries, and to deliver the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Talks between India and China have yet to make headway to end a standoff on a disputed section of their Himalayan border, India's defence minister said on Wednesday, as thousands of troops from both sides faced a freezing winter in the mountains. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said there had been "no meaningful result" from several rounds of diplomatic and military talks aimed at de-escalating the worst border confrontation between the nuclear armed neighbours in decades. "If the status quo continues, it is obvious that the deployment won't come down," Singh said during an interview with Reuters partner ANI. But, he said, both sides were still exchanging messages over the border situation and another round of military talks was in the offing. Tensions soared in June, after troops clashed in hand-to-hand combat in the Galwan valley in Ladakh, abutting the Chinese-held Tibetan plateau. Twenty Indian soldiers were...
    BENGALURU (Reuters) - India has extended until Jan. 7 its suspension of flights with Britain, the civil aviation minister said, as the South Asian nation reported 20 cases of a new infectious strain of coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom. "Thereafter, strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly," Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter, declaring the week-long extension. (Reporting by Anuron Kumar Mitra and Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: India, coronavirus, United Kingdom, Europe
    Alex Rodriguez takes his daughters out to eat in NYC 3 Free Ways to Learn Digital Skills for Remote Jobs Injured Warner tipped to return for struggling Australia Australia captain Tim Paine Tuesday said the signs were good for David Warner's return from injury, in a glimmer of hope after another mediocre batting display against India in the second Test. © WILLIAM WEST Australia captain Tim Paine is hopeful David Warner will be back for the third Test against India © DAVID GRAY Australia's David Warner missed the first two Tests with a groin injury The explosive opener, who sat out the first two Tests with a groin injury, has been badly missed as Australia's top order struggled to build partnerships. But he is back in training and Paine said it was looking "very good" for his return for the third Test next week, after India levelled the series...
    Police in India on Sunday accused an Indian Army officer and two of his associates of planting weapons on the bodies of three laborers killed in Kashmir in July to stage a fake gun battle. The army officer and two others “planted illegally acquired weapons and material on their [the laborers’] dead bodies after stripping them of their identities and tagged them as hardcore terrorists in possession of war-like stores,” according to a Jammu and Kashmir police statement issued late Sunday, Indian online newspaper the Print reported. Authorities have charged Indian Army Captain Bhoopendra Singh and his two associates with “murder, conspiracy, abduction and giving out false information,” according to the police statement. Singh is currently being held in military detention. His two civilian associates, who were with Singh at the time of the July incident, are in police custody. The Indian Army claimed this past summer that three men were...
    Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer AR Rahman says the work that BAFTA plans to do in India with the Breakthrough Initiative will have a wide impact far beyond Bollywood. Rahman has been roped in as the ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India. “The work that BAFTA plans to do in India with Breakthrough stretches far beyond Bollywood. AR Rahman Roped In As The Ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough Initiative in India BAFTA and I share the passion for discovering and nurturing new talent and this association with them is a natural fit because of this shared vision,” Rahman said. “The beauty of Indian cinema lies in the diversity of its various film industries. This initiative will be looking for talent across every corner of the Indian film, games and television industries that we can showcase to the world,” he added. AR Rahman: I Feel Like My Work is Mostly...
    Great Britain has retaken its position at the world’s fifth-largest economy, overtaking India, and is expected to massively outpace France in the coming years as it finally frees itself from the European Union. Despite suffering from one of the deepest peacetime recessions — and years of anti-Brexit economic doomsday predictions — the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) forecasts that the United Kingdom will retain its economic lead over India until 2025, after which it will remain the sixth-largest economy through at least 2035. Remain campaigners have consistently claimed that Britain would falter economically should the country regain its sovereignty from the European Union, as previous generations alleged in the 1990s and 2000s that the UK would need to join the Euro single currency in order to succeed financially. However, the forecast from the CEBR predicts that Britain’s position as the second-largest economy in Europe will be unaffected by...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom recorded 210 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, down from 570 the day before, while cases rose 1,968 to 34,693, the government said, citing partial data. The latest R number is estimated at 1.1 to 1.3, the government said. The United Kingdom has recorded a death toll of 70,405, defined as those dying within 28 days of a positive test. Under that measure, it has the world's sixth largest toll, after the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico and India. A broader measure of those dying with COVID-19 on their death certificates puts the United Kingdom's death toll at 79,349. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by John Stonestreet) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: coronavirus, United Kingdom, Europe
    A timeline of Dolly Partons philanthropy 9 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping on Amazon Gutsy India bounce back to skittle Australia in second Test A resilient India bounced back from their embarrassing first Test exploits to bundle out Australia for just 195 and take a grip on the second Test in Melbourne after a riveting opening day Saturday. © William WEST India took three wickets in the first session of the second Test against Australia After their horror show in Adelaide last week, where they lost by eight wickets and were skittled for 36 in their second innings, the tourists were desperate to start well. And they delivered after Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and chose to bat in front of 27,615 socially-distanced fans, just short of the maximum allowed under coronavirus restrictions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. On a pitch offering turn and bounce, the hosts found...
    By SHEIKH SAALIQ, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi held virtual talks with Indian farmers Friday and asked them to explain how the government’s agricultural policies have benefited them, a month into massive farmer protests that have rattled his administration. Modi’s talks with supporters of the legislation come while his government is making multiple efforts to placate tens of thousands of farmers who are blocking key highways on the outskirts of the capital in protests against new agricultural laws. The protesting farmers say the laws will dismantle regulated markets, favor big corporations, and make family-owned farms unviable, eventually leaving them landless. Protesting farmers fear the government will stop buying grain at minimum guaranteed prices and corporations will then push down prices. The government says the three laws approved by Parliament in September will enable farmers to market their produce and boost production through private investment. “Through...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi held virtual talks with Indian farmers Friday and asked them to explain how the government’s agricultural policies have benefited them, a month into massive farmer protests that have rattled his administration. Modi’s talks with supporters of the legislation come while his government is making multiple efforts to placate tens of thousands of farmers who are blocking key highways on the outskirts of the capital in protests against new agricultural laws. The protesting farmers say the laws will dismantle regulated markets, favor big corporations, and make family-owned farms unviable, eventually leaving them landless. Protesting farmers fear the government will stop buying grain at minimum guaranteed prices and corporations will then push down prices. The government says the three laws approved by Parliament in September will enable farmers to market their produce and boost production through private investment. “Through these agricultural reforms, we have...
    A woman who was gang raped by five men was raped again by a police worker when she went to report the crime in India. The country's latest shocking sex attack took place in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh on November 30. The woman revealed the horrific nature of the crimes on Thursday and a police chief has opened an investigation. A woman who was gang raped by five men was raped again by a police worker when she went to report the crime in India. Pictured: Students protest following the gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh in October The victim, 35, from a village served by the Jalalabad police station, said she was walking by foot when she was attacked. She told reporters that five men in a car forcibly dragged her to a field where they raped her, according to The Times of India.   RELATED...
    Tom & Jerry is the upcoming live-action/computer-animated film that is all set to be released in 2021. Helmed by Tim Story, this film diverges from tradition with live actors and a real-world setting. Tom & Jerry is scheduled for a theatrical release in the US on February 26, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will also be streaming on HBO Max on the same date. The film was initially scheduled to hit the big screens on March 5, 2021, however, the makers moved up the release date. And the latest buzz is that this much-awaited film will also get a theatrical release in India in 2021. Tom & Jerry The Movie Trailer: Get Ready To Dive Into Childhood Memories With This Big Screen Adaptation (Watch Video). Trade expert Taran Adarsh shared the poster of Tom & Jerry and cited that this movie will be released in India in English and...
    By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Devjyot Ghoshal MUMBAI (Reuters) - Passengers flying into India's biggest airports on Wednesday complained of long waits and confusion as authorities sought to impose rules to try to stop the spread of a new more transmissible variant of the coronavirus. Like many countries, India has suspended flights from Britain, where cases have soared because of the variant. People arriving from Britain before the ban came into force on Wednesday were being tested, including Kamini Saraswat whose plane landed in New Delhi just before midnight. Despite pre-booking a test, her turn came nine hours after arrival and she told Reuters she was still stuck at the airport waiting for the result. "There is no clear communication," said Saraswat, 28. "There is no social distancing." Cellphone footage taken by Saraswat, shared with Reuters, showed long lines of passengers and crowds packed together around desks to get themselves tested....
    By Neha Arora and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. This could be the first country to give the regulatory green light for the British drugmaker's vaccine as the British medicine regulator continues to examine data from the trials. India, the world's biggest vaccine-making country, wants to start inoculating its citizens next month and is also considering emergency use authorisation applications for vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and local company Bharat Biotech. Getting vaccines to the world's second-most populous country with one of the highest infection rates will also be a big step in the battle against the pandemic. The AstraZeneca-Oxford shot is considered vital for lower-income countries and those in hot climates because...
    A TEEN has been mauled to death by two lions while going to the toilet outside on a farm in India, say officials. The male lions charged at Bhavna Baria, 14, days after shocking video showed a tied-up cow being used to bait the wild beasts close to villages. 5Asiatic lions number in their hundreds at Gir National Park, IndiaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Forest officers said that Bhavna had been "answering the call of nature" at 9.30pm on Monday when she was attacked in Gujarat's Junagadh district. She had gone outside with her cousin, Rekha, also a migrant farm labourer, in Dhanfuliya village when the lions suddenly pounced. "As the lions charged at them, Rekha jumped into a nearby water tank. "However, the carnivores caught hold of the other girl, killed her, dragged her to a neighbouring farm and partially ate her body. "Our staff reached the...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Toxic air killed more people in India in 2019 than in 2017, The Lancet said in a report shared by the government on Tuesday, with 1.67 million deaths accounting for 18% of all fatalities. India, whose cities top global pollution lists, faces a growing economic as well as human toll from bad air quality, which was linked to 1.24 million, or 12.5% of total deaths in the previous such study for 2017. The analysis (https://secure.jbs.elsevierhealth.com/action/getSharedSiteSession?rc=1&redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelancet.com%2Fjournals%2Flanplh%2Farticle%2FPIIS2542-5196%2820%2930298-9%2Ffulltext) found pollution led to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory infections, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neonatal disorders and cataracts. Land-locked New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital whose winter skies are often obscured (https://in.reuters.com/article/us-india-pollution/new-delhis-poisonous-air-a-perennial-crisis-of-its-own-making-idUSKBN28609N) by its filthy air, recorded the highest per-capita economic hit, the journal said. The fatalities in 2019 led to a total loss of $36.8 billion, or 1.36% of India's gross domestic product (GDP), with the poor...
    Japanese rookie Tsunoda aims for instant F1 impact at AlphaTauri Why you need a will (even if you think you dont) Honda to Shut India Plant and Reduce Four-Wheeler Output (Bloomberg) -- Honda Motor Co. will close one of its plants in India and cut production of four-wheel vehicles in the country by 40% as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hurt sales, the Nikkei newspaper reported. © Bloomberg The Honda Motor Co. logo is displayed outside the venue for a media preview of the N-Box minicar in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Honda will start to sell the new N-BOX, Japan's best-selling ultra-compact "kei" car, on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The Japanese automaker is closing its factory in Noida to the east of Delhi and moving all India production to its newer Tapukara plant to the southwest of the capital, according to the Nikkei.The Noida facility opened...
    Myles Garrett has hilarious take on possibly facing Colt McCoy 50 Vintage Slang Words That Sound Hilarious Today India Court to Give Verdict on Future Retail-Amazon Case Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Delhi High Court will give its verdict on Dec. 21 on Future Retail Ltd.’s petition to restrain Amazon.com from writing letters to regulators against the Indian retailer’s asset sale deal with Reliance Industries Ltd., according to updates on the court’s website. © Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg The Amazon.com Inc. logo sits on a box as it passes under a scanner inside an Amazon.com Inc. fulfilment center in Koblenz, Germany, on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Germans are expected to buy about 2.4 billion euros worth of goods on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, an increase of about 15 percent over last year. The court will give its verdict at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.NOTE: Why Amazon Is Feuding With a...
    INDIA recorded their lowest-ever Test cricket score as they were bowled out for just 36 by Australia. It was the worst Test innings total from ANY team since 1955 when New Zealand were skittled for 26. 6India registered their lowest Test cricket score of all time as they fell to 36 all outCredit: Reuters 6Mohammed Shami retired hurt at No11 after taking a ball to the armCredit: Getty Images - Getty The tourists collapsed in spectacular fashion on day three of the day-night Test in Adelaide. India were in a commanding position at the end of day two after opening up a 53-run lead in the first innings and then finishing on 9-1 at stumps. But eight further quick-fire wickets and the No11 Mohammed Shami retiring hurt meant Virat Kohli's men were dismissed for 36 in 21.2 overs. It breaks the country's previous lowest tally of 42 against England...
    (CNN)With a Covid-19 caseload heading toward 10 million people, India is the world's second worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic, trailing only the United States. But it is aiming to lift itself out of the crisis in the coming months with a massive vaccination drive -- covering in its first phase almost as many people as the entire US population.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has identified 300 million people to receive the first doses of the vaccines. The priority group is made up of 30 million health care workers, policemen, soldiers and volunteers, and 270 million vulnerable people -- mostly citizens above the age of 50 and 10 million others with serious comorbidities.The producers of three leading coronavirus vaccine candidates have applied for emergency use authorization, and all of them require two doses to provide sufficient immunity. That adds up to a total of 600 million shots, and Modi's...
    Wildlife SOS has reported that Jai, a 50-year-old elephant who was made to walk in spiked chains is finally free! The elephant was forced to walk 1,000 miles is now free after the Rajasthan Forest Department contacted Wildlife SOS to help the elephant! The chains caused excessive damage to Jai’s legs, including chronic wounds and infections.  He will receive long-term treatment and care in the hands of Wildlife SOS and The Elephant Hospital in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh will also provide veterinary care for Jai. Image Courtesy of Wildlife SOS Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder & CEO Wildlife SOS said in an emailed statement, “We are grateful for the intervention by Rajasthan Forest Department to save this elephant from distress and also appreciate the quick approval issued by Uttar Pradesh Chief Wildlife Warden to transport this elephant. To see the spiked chains embedded deep in the legs of this elephant was a...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday defended India's biggest farm reforms in decades but offered to "very humbly" hold further talks with farmers protesting against the laws they fear would erode their incomes. Tens of thousands of farmers have blocked roads leading into New Delhi for the past three weeks demanding a repeal of laws that give them the option to sell directly to private companies. The government says the change is necessary to boost farm returns and improve storage and other infrastructure. But the farmers, mainly from the northern agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, fear private companies would eventually dictate terms and the government would stop buying grains like wheat and rice from them at a minimum guaranteed price. In online remarks to farmers of the country's biggest wheat-producing state, Madhya Pradesh, Modi said there should be no cause for concern and repeated the...
    Leslie Odom Jr. Says Hes Quarantining Away From Pregnant Wife After Appearance on Ellen DeGeneres Show Poshmark Files for IPO Saying It Became Profitable This Year Big squads needed to combat bubble fatigue, says Ian Chappell Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes teams such as India will need increasingly large squads to help them combat "bubble fatigue" as they press ahead with extensive touring schedules amid the coronavirus pandemic. © WILLIAM WEST 'Not surprised' - Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says he understands why 'bubble fatigue' has become an issue for current cricketers Leading Indian players have been in a series of bio-secure bubbles since September, initially while taking part in an Indian Premier League moved to the United Arab Emirates on health grounds.  Travelling to Australia, they again underwent quarantine ahead of the ongoing Test series. Bubble fatigue has already become an issue for a number of England...
    A survey released Thursday by New Delhi consulting firm LocalCircles found Indians increasingly reluctant to receive vaccinations for the Wuhan coronavirus as cases in India decline from their September peak. The Indian government is expected to approve several vaccines, including the Pfizer vaccine currently rolling out in the United States, within the next few weeks. “It appears some of the key reasons for the hesitancy are limited information about side effects, efficacy levels, and a growing belief in parts of the population that Covid-19 [Chinese coronavirus] cannot affect them because of their high immunity levels,” LocalCircles said in a statement quoted by Reuters. Some of the respondents explicitly cited their belief that parts of India are approaching “herd immunity.” The survey found 69 percent of Indians were hesitant to receive a vaccination, at least until more is known about its effectiveness and side effects.  The All India Institute of...
    By Suchitra, Mohanty and Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Friday declined calls to ban a weeks-long farmers' protest and asked the government and unions to help form a committee of experts to mediate between them. "We make it clear that we recognize the fundamental right to protest against a law. There is no question of balancing or curtailing it. But it should not damage anyone's life or property," Chief Justice S. A. Bobde said. Thousands of farmers angered by three agricultural laws that they say threaten their livelihoods have intensified their protests by blocking highways and camping out on the outskirts of the capital New Delhi. Petitioners had approached the Supreme Court to complain that the protests had hampered drivers and making it difficult for people to access emergency medical services. "We are of the view at this stage that the farmers' protest should be...
    K-pop superstar group BTS dominated music conversations in India on Twitter in 2020, with the rendition of song Never Not by Jungkook becoming the most retweeted tweet in music among users in this country. According to #ThisHappened2020 Twitter report, BTS continued to rule #KpopTwitter and emerged as an artiste with most Retweeted Tweets in music in India this year. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were other global artistes who led music conversations in the country. BTS Listed As Time’s Entertainer of the Year 2020, People of the Year Award To Be Announced Soon! Among Indians, Himanshi Khurana, Thaman S and Armaan Malik topped conversation charts this year on the service. Himanshi has emerged as the most mentioned Indian music artiste of 2020 on Twitter. BTS Stars Can Now Postpone Their Military Service, Thanks to the Bill Passed in South Korean Parliament BTS was also the most mentioned K-pop...
    A gambling addict in India doused his wife with acid because she refused to let his friends gang rape her after he lost a bet, according to reports. The 36-year-old man had sent his 30-year-old wife of 10 years to be raped by his gambling pals several times since October, the UK’s Independent reported. “If she ever resisted the sexual exploitation, her husband would beat her and hold her hostage,” police official Rajesh Kumar Jha told the news outlet. On Saturday, the man threw acid at his wife, who managed to escape to her parents and alerted social activist Deepak Singh, who took her to a police station, the Times of India reported . The husband was arrested the following evening. “The victim, while narrating her ordeal to police officials, alleged that her husband used to physically torture her as she could not become a mother due to her...
    More On: india Musical girl plays keyboard during brain surgery US Army in need of recruits in Alaska and train them for Arctic warfare Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises Riots at Apple supplier’s plant cause up to $7 million in damage A gambling addict in India doused his wife with acid because she refused to let his friends gang rape her after he lost a bet, according to reports. The 36-year-old man had sent his 30-year-old wife of 10 years to be raped by his gambling pals several times since October, the UK’s Independent reported. “If she ever resisted the sexual exploitation, her husband would beat her and hold her hostage,” police official Rajesh Kumar Jha told the news outlet. On Saturday, the man threw acid at his wife, who managed to escape to her parents and alerted social activist Deepak Singh, who took her...
    A GAMBLING addict husband allegedly doused his wife with acid after she rejected his demand to let his pals rape her after losing a bet, say cops. The twisted alcoholic, 36, had previously forced his wife, 30, to be raped in lieu of payment after racking up debts in India, allege police. 10The man allegedly offered his wife to alleged rapists in lieu of payment (stock photo)Credit: AFP or licensors 10Reports show that females in the lowest rung of India’s caste system are mostly targeted by violent predatorsCredit: AFP or licensors Her horrific ordeal was made public in Bhagalpur, with the Times of India reporting that on October 28 she was allegedly sexually assaulted by his pervert pals after he “lost her in a gambling bet”. On Saturday, the woman’s husband lost yet another bout, and allegedly threw acid on her when she refused to be gang-raped yet again. Fleeing...
    India will host a Global Media and Film Summit next year and it will also set up a special pavilion at Cannes in 2022 on the occasion of Cannes Film Festival’s 75 years celebrations, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday. Javadekar made the announcement while addressing the CII Big Picture Summit through video conferencing in which he mentioned that “we are a country where growth of communication technology is phenomenal and this presents a tremendous scope for entertainment and media industry”. Ebrahim Alkazi Dies at 94: Prakash Javadekar Condoles Demise of Theatre Doyen The minister remarked “Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comic (AVGC) is a sunrise sector and our experts are providing back-end support to top filmmakers of the world”. He added that it was time that these professionals started doing more of this for our own films so that the use of animation and graphics...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government says it has received “multiple expressions of interest” in buying its 100% stake in debt-laden national carrier Air India to shore up falling government revenues after an initial attempt in 2018 failed to attract any bidders. The deadline for submission of formal bids was Monday and the government is expected to announce qualified bidders on Jan. 5. It did not reveal the identity of the bidders or the number of bids received. “Multiple expressions of interest have been received for strategic disinvestment of Air India. The transaction will now move to the second stage,” Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey tweeted. Indian media reports said Indian conglomerate Tata Group and a group of 219 Air India employees along with Interups Inc., a U.S.-based fund, filed expressions of interest. In January, the government invited initial expressions of interest in the...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government says it has received “multiple expressions of interest” in buying its 100% stake in debt-laden national carrier Air India to shore up falling government revenues after an initial attempt in 2018 failed to attract any bidders. The deadline for submission of formal bids was Monday and the government is expected to announce qualified bidders on Jan. 5. It did not reveal the identity of the bidders or the number of bids received. “Multiple expressions of interest have been received for strategic disinvestment of Air India. The transaction will now move to the second stage,” Department of Investment and Public Asset Management Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey tweeted. Indian media reports said Indian conglomerate Tata Group and a group of 219 Air India employees along with Interups Inc., a U.S.-based fund, filed expressions of interest. In January, the government invited initial expressions of interest in the...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it is testing a new, less data-intensive version of its photo and video sharing app Instagram in India, a key growth market for the U.S. social media giant. The app, Instagram Lite, is less that 2MB in size, which will help it run smoothly on low-memory smartphones and broaden its userbase, the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company said. The company is relaunching the Lite app after closing down a previous version, which operated chiefly in emerging markets, earlier this year. "With the test of Instagram Lite... we're aiming to democratize expression and creativity for a greater number of people in India," Instagram vice-president of product Vishal Shah said at Facebook's first 'Fuel for India' event, where the company showcased its products and services. "We're also hoping to gain valuable insights before a global rollout of Instagram Lite." India is Facebook's biggest market...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Supreme Court offered on Wednesday to set up a mediation panel to end a three-week protest by tens of thousands of farmers who are demanding the repeal of new agricultural reform laws that they say will drive down crop prices and devastate their earnings. The court sent notices to the government and the farmers’ representatives across the country seeking their views on the proposal and set Thursday for a possible decision. The farmers have been blocking half a dozen major highways on the outskirts of New Delhi for three weeks and say they won’t leave until the government quashes what they call the “black laws” passed by Parliament in September. Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian made the offer to set up the panel after five rounds of talks between the government and farmers failed to end the impasse....
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India is caught between two calamities — a relentless pandemic that is ravaging the country and a hollowed-out economy that is without precedent. Restaurants, cinemas and shopping districts are taking teetering steps on the country’s jagged path to recovery, but millions remain jobless. Markets are being thronged with crowds, but many shoppers are not wearing masks. The unemployed are slowly returning to cities to find work, even as hospitals still brim with COVID-19 patients. That India, the world’s second-most populated country, would have one of world’s highest worst caseloads was always a probability. That’s why India’s initial response had to be big — perhaps even unmatched. The government’s initial communication was confused and marred by misinformation. Worse, India’s ruling party leaders and its freewheeling news channels, which have long favored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalistic policies, found a perfect villain: They blamed Muslims for...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) on Wednesday said it plans to spend $150 million to set up a global technology centre in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The centre will create nearly 1,000 jobs by the end of 2021, and will focus on development for future mobility in areas such as connected vehicles, artificial intelligence, data science and cloud technology, FCA said in a statement. "One of the key objectives ... is to digitalise every aspect of FCA's automotive operations globally and within India, and to shift from legacy to digital through adoption of emerging technologies," Mamatha Chamarthi, chief information officer for North America and the Asia-Pacific region, said in the statement. The automaker, which produces and sells its Jeep sport-utility vehicle in India, said it plans to increase hiring for the technology centre over the next two to three years. It also said it...
    Underrated 90s movies you can stream right now Free Self-Care Ideas Inspired by These Businesses Kohli, Smith, pace and pink balls: what to watch when Australia face India © Brenton EDWARDS India's captain Virat Kohli leaves after training at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday Australia and India renew their fierce rivalry in a four-Test series that begins with a day-night game in Adelaide on Thursday.  © PETER PARKS India's captain Virat Kohli kisses the Border-Gavaskar trophy after winning the four-Test series against Australia in Sydney in January 2019 India won a Test series for the first time Down Under when the sides clashed two years ago and Australia are determined to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.  Here are five things to watch out for in the highly anticipated series: - Kohli's lone shot - India captain Virat Kohli will be desperate to make a winning contribution in his only chance...
    Boris Johnson will fly to India in the new year – GETTY IMAGES Boris Johnson will visit India next month in what will be his first major bilateral trip since he became Prime Minister, as he prepares to refocus attention on the Indo-Pacific after Brexit.  The Prime Minister will make the journey in January in order to strengthen the relationship, which supports jobs and investment across the UK, and reinforces Mr Johnson’s commitment to Global Britain.  The UK’s trade and investment relationship with India is worth around £24 billion a year and supports more than half a million jobs, while 842 Indian companies exist in the UK with a combined turnover of £41.2 billion. In India, there are more than 400 British companies.  Mr Johnson said he was “absolutely delighted” that 2021 would start with a visit to India, as what would be “the start of an exciting year...
    More On: apple Boy racks up $16K bill on mom’s credit card playing video games Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches new company Apple falls to fourth place in global smartphone market Apple manufacturer Foxconn reportedly to make iPads, MacBooks in Vietnam Enraged workers reportedly caused millions of dollars in damage at an Apple supplier’s factory in India where they protested poor labor conditions over the weekend. Thousands of contract workers showed up at the iPhone factory run by Taiwan-based manufacturer Wistron to demand unpaid wages and better hours on Saturday. The demonstration turned violent after police arrived, with workers smashing windows, vandalizing cars and setting at least one fire, according to videos from the scene. Wistron alleged in a police report that the demonstrators stole laptops and smartphones, smashed cars and golf carts and destroyed other office equipment. Indian police arrested more than 100 of the workers, who allege...
    HHS Azar touts vaccine, hopes for word of mouth advertising NASA astronaut Jessica Meir talks historic spacewalks, spacesuit struggles Apple Push Into India Dealt Setback as Protest Turns to Violence (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.’s effort to expand the manufacturing of its products in India ran into trouble after workers at a supplier’s plant rioted over unpaid wages, with many arrested for violence and vandalism. © Photographer: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images Private security personnel guard the entrance of a Taiwanese-run iPhone factory at Narsapura. Hundreds of workers entered Wistron Corp.’s facility in the southern city of Kolar over the weekend, damaging the property and looting thousands of iPhones and laptops, according to local media. More than 150 people were arrested, the Times of India reported. Load Error Wistron estimated damages at as much as NT$200 million ($7.1 million) and said it’s doing its best to resume operations at the factory....
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian ride-hailing firm Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group, said on Monday it planned to invest 24 billion rupees ($326 million) to set up a factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to produce electric scooters. The plant will have an initial annual capacity to produce two million scooters and will create nearly 10,000 jobs, Ola said in a statement, as it gears up to launch electric scooters in the coming months. The Indian government has been pushing automakers to move to cleaner fuel technology, especially electric, in an effort to reduce its oil import bill and curb pollution in major cities. While carmakers have been slow to launch electric vehicles (EVs), mainly due to the high cost of batteries and weak demand from buyers, sales of electric scooters and rickshaws have picked up pace and are leading India's electrification drive. The country needs an...
    KOIDU, Sierra Leone (AP) — The man first caught a glimpse of Marie Kamara as she ran with her friends past his house near the village primary school. Soon after, he proposed to the fifth-grader. “I’m going to school now. I don’t want to get married and stay in the house,” she told him. But the pressures of a pandemic on this remote corner of Sierra Leone were greater than the wishes of a schoolgirl. Nearby mining operations had slowed with the global economy. Business fell off at her stepfather’s tailoring shop. The family needed money. Her suitor was a poor miner in his mid-20s, but his parents could provide rice for Marie’s four sisters and access to a watering hole. They could pay cash. Before long, Marie was seated on a floor mat in a new dress as his family presented hers with 500,000 leones ($50) inside a...
    Bhutan has established full diplomatic relations with Israel for the first time, the fifth country to establish ties with Israel in the last year. Vetsop Namgyel, Bhutan’s ambassador to India, and Ron Malka, Israel’s ambassador to India, signed the agreement at the Israeli Embassy in India on Saturday, following a year of secret talks with the isolated Himalayan kingdom. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the establishment of relations between the countries was “additional fruit of the peace agreements,” adding that Israel was in discussion with other countries that want to establish diplomatic relations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening:"I welcome the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bhutan, which is additional fruit of the peace agreements. We are in contact with additional countries that want to join and establish relations with us."— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 12, 2020 The isolated nation has...
    Solar eclipse 2020 or last solar eclipse may not be seen in India, but people are eager to see it live on NASA web link. A solar eclipse usually blocks part or all of the sunlight when a part of the earth is submerged in the shadow sent by the moon. This occurs when the sun, moon and earth are aligned. Such alignment indicates that the Moon is closest to the eclipse plane with the new moon. An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. However, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses were said to be for supernatural reasons or considered bad omens. A total solar eclipse frightens people who do not know its astronomical explanation because the sun seems to disappear during the day and in a few minutes the sky looks dark. Date and time of solar eclipseThe last solar eclipse of this year will occur on...
    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the country was doubling down on clean energy sources and was on track to achieve the emissions norms set under the 2015 Paris climate change accord. India, one of the top emitters of greenhouses gases that lead to global warming, is eyeing 450 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by 2030, Modi said in an address to the Global Climate Ambition Summit. Renewable energy capacity would reach 175 gigawatt before 2022, he said. (Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: environment, India, renewable energy, international trade, water, pollutionGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedNational NewsFDA Issues EUA for Pfizer VaccineAmerica 2020Supreme Court Tosses Texas LawsuitAmerica 2020Donald Trump v. The CourtsPoliticsHunter Biden Probe Complicates AG PickAmerica 2020Biden Gets the Band Back TogetherCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily...
    By Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured farmers on Saturday that reforms in the agrarian sector were aimed at helping them as thousands of farmers continued protests against three new laws to overhaul procurement and sale of produce. "Reforms will help draw investment in agriculture and benefit farmers, " he said at the annual meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi. "The aim of the all government reforms is to make farmers' prosperous," he said adding that private sector must help improve the country's agriculture sector. But protesting farmers in northern states fear the new legislations will eventually dismantle India's regulated markets and stop the government from buying wheat and rice at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers. (Writing by Rupam Jain, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: IndiaGalleriesNewsCartoons on...
    (CNN)Tens of thousands of farmers have marched to the Indian capital of New Delhi from neighboring states to protest new legislation that hurts small farmers and benefits large corporations. Dr. Gunisha KaurSimran SinghPolice unleashed tear gas and water cannons to halt the march, and last weekend protesters blocking major roads leading into New Delhi were met with hundreds of police and paramilitary forces. One senior police official alleged that the protestors pelted police with stones and damaged property, but even if this is true, the heavy-handed response by police is disproportionate.The current situation may feel like déjà vu to those familiar with modern Indian politics. The lives and livelihoods of Indian agricultural workers -- who make up more than half of India's workforce -- have long been secondary to the national interest of feeding the masses.Nowhere has that been more evident than in the northwestern state of Punjab, India's agricultural...
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s foreign minister on Friday called for the United Nations and the European Union to investigate a recent report exposing a 15-year disinformation campaign that Islamabad alleges was designed to serve India’s interests and discredit Pakistan. New Delhi denied the claims. The extensive report was published earlier this week by EU DisinfoLab, a Brussels-based nongovernmental organization. The findings detail how 10 defunct but U.N.-accredited NGOs were “revived” in order to influence the EU and the U.N. Human Rights Council. It also uncovered over 750 fake local media outlets used to spread disinformation. At a news conference, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the U.N. and the EU to “immediately begin an investigation and delisting of the 10 fake NGOs created by India to malign Pakistan.” “We also call on the United Nations to create processes that ensure that the international system is not manipulated through such...
    By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister on Friday called for the United Nations and the European Union to investigate a recent report's findings that exposed a 15-year disinformation campaign to serve India's interests and discredit Pakistan. The extensive report was published earlier this week by EU DisinfoLab, a Brussels-based nongovernmental organization. The findings detail how 10 defunct but U.N.-accredited NGOs were “revived” in order to influence the EU and the U.N. Human Rights Council. It also uncovered over 750 fake local media outlets used to spread disinformation. At a news conference, Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged the U.N. and the EU to “immediately begin an investigation and delisting of the 10 fake NGOs created by India to malign Pakistan." "We also call on the United Nations to create processes that ensure that the international system is not manipulated through such influence operations,” he said. The EU...
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged his country’s citizens to take a pledge of “India First” at the foundation-laying ceremony of a new parliament building in New Delhi on Thursday. “We’ll have to take the pledge of ‘India First.’ Our decisions should make the nation stronger and be measured on the same scale – that [the] nation’s welfare comes first. Our efforts in the next 25-26 years should be towards how do we want to see India in 2047, in our 100 years of Independence,” Modi said, according to the Times of India. “If the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the creation of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ [Self-Reliant India],” the prime minister added.
    Gannett will outsource the jobs of 485 employees on its business side to India, the newspaper chain reportedly told its business staffers Thursday. The employees whose jobs will be outsourced to Hyderabad work primarily in businesses processes such as invoicing, accounting and preparing monthly summaries, according to Poynter. The chain plans to notify all those being laid off by mid-January, with those affected staying until April and in many cases training their replacements. “Gannett is undertaking a massive company-wide transformation,” the company said in a statement. “To help the company transform quickly, we must remain nimble and focused on the needs of the business, while keeping our operating costs low, our control environment tight and our processes as efficient as possible.” Gannett was acquired by New Media Investment Group’s GateHouse chain in 2019 for $1.4 billion. At the time, chef executive Mike Reed said the company would need to find at...
    New Delhi, December 10: The National Broadcasting Standards Authority or NBSA has slammed a number of leading news channels, including Aaj Tak, Zee News and Times Now, for running vilifying and slanderous reports linking Hindi film actor Rakul Preet Singh to the drug probe that emerged out of the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The NBSA asked Zee News, Zee 24 Taas, Zee Hindustani, TimesNow, India Today, AajTak, India TV, News Nation and ABP News to take down the offensive videos on Rakul Preet Singh from their websites and YouTube channels, according to Live Law. Aaj Tak Slapped Rs 1 Lakh Fine by NBSA For Airing Fake Tweets Attributed to Sushant Singh Rajput; Zee News, India TV and News24 Asked to Broadcast Apology For Violating Ethics. The NBSA ordered Zee News, Zee 24 Taas, Zee Hindustani to air public apology for airing slanderous content against Rakul Preet Singh, while warning other channels...
    The 21 best thrillers on Netflix right now Thursdays Best Mortgage Rates: Dec. 10 Worlds biggest cricket stadium to host India-England Tests England are slated to play two Tests in the world's biggest cricket stadium when they travel to India next year, but the stands may be empty due to coronavirus restrictions, authorities said Thursday. © SAM PANTHAKY The 110,000-seat Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad - opened by US President Donald Trump earlier this year - is slated to host the England-India Tests, in its first-ever matches The England-India fixtures in the 110,000-seat Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will be the first held in the state of the art facility -- so far better known for hosting a mega rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in February. But authorities in the country with the world's second highest coronavirus caseload will not decide...
    LONDON (AP) — India will host its first bilateral series at home since the outbreak of the coronavirus when England visits for a two-month tour containing four test matches, five Twenty20s and three one-day internationals starting in February. England’s players will head to India on Jan. 27 directly from Sri Lanka, where they are scheduled to play two rearranged test matches. The test series between India and England starts on Feb. 5, with the third and fourth matches being the first to be held at the redeveloped Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad — the largest cricket stadium in the world with a capacity of 110,000. One of those matches in Ahmedabad will be a day-night test. The white-ball leg of the tour starts on March 12 with the T20s. England recently returned home early from a white-ball tour of South Africa after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the hotel...
    A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was allegedly beaten to death with a brick after resisting a rape attempt by a family friend in Surat, India. Dinesh Baisane, 24, is accused of luring the young girl away from where she was playing near her uncle’s home in the Pandesara area by offering to buy her a vada paav (a fast food dish) on Monday. 3CCTV footage shows the accused with the young girl He is then believed to have taken her to an isolated spot where he began to sexually assault her, the Times of India reports. Baisane, who was friends with the youngster’s family, is alleged to have hit the girl on the head with a brick after she cried out for help. Police say she died of serious head injuries. Baisane, a native of Amalner in Maharashtra, was arrested at his house by cops who were searching the area after the...
    The Pandemic that ruled 2020 forced film producers to either shift their films to 2021 or to release some of them directly on OTT platforms. While this unfortunate, but not unreasonable, decision made theatres suffer, it was booming business for OTT platforms like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Zee5 et al as they bought some very desirable films. Of course, not everything turned out to be a very golden sale afterwards. From Bhumi Pednekar’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh… to Barun Sobti’s Halahal, 10 Hidden Movie Gems of 2020 on OTT Space That Deserve Your Attention! While we had some truly decent outings like CU Soon, Halal Love Story (Malayalam), Soorarai Pottru, Ka Pae Ranasingam (Tamil), Middle Class Melodies (Kannada) etc, there had been some bad eggs too. Most of these films below were supposed to release in theatres, making viewers wonder if the producers cut a smart deal by dumping them on OTT...
    Theatres have opened but footfalls are low. Given the circumstances, the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has written to theatre associations seeking change in revenue sharing policy and other terms and conditions. The letter is addressed to Multiplex Association of India, Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India, and Film Federation Of India. Cinema Halls and Multiplexes Have Reopened, but Where’s the Business? The IMPPA letter readS: “We suggest that the following steps be taken by the screening outlets to provide relief and encouragement to the production sector to produce more and more films so that the screening outlets have adequate content and the audience is attracted to visit the cinema halls more often so that the cinema business returns to its old glory and golden times. Maharashtra Exhibitors Wish They Were Given Ample Notice to Reopen Cinema Halls and Multiplexes “(1) Instead of the revenue sharing terms of...
    The Joel Kinnaman and Noomi Rapace-starrer, The Secrets We Keep, will hit the Indian screens on December 18. The Yuval Adler directorial is a suspense thriller that revolves around a woman seeking vengeance. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 To Release in India Before US On December 24 The film explores the premise of a Romanian Holocaust survivor crossing paths with a supposed German soldier who she thinks might have caused her and her family a lot of pain. Tenet India Release Date: Christopher Nolan’s Directorial Will Finally Hit Indian Screens on December 4, 2020 It tackles subjects like the revenge, redemption, murder and life in the post World War society. It also stars Chris Messina and Amy Seimetz. The film is being brought to India by PVR Pictures. (The above story first appeared on News Brig on Dec 09, 2020 07:51 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics,...
    Hundreds of unionized farmers and their supporters in India blocked roads and highways in Punjab on Tuesday, paralyzing traffic and shutting down commerce to protest what they describe as “anti-farmer” agricultural laws passed in September. Farmers’ unions called for a nationwide strike after five rounds of talks with government officials failed to resolve their grievances. The government contends the three agriculture laws passed in September will help farmers to sell their products in more markets across India and provide them with better protection against unscrupulous trade practices.  The farmers say the laws will force them to sell their crops to big agricultural corporations at ruinously low prices, put them at a disadvantage in disputes with their corporate customers, and increase the risk of fraud by removing many of the licensing requirements for farming and trading. They also fear the new system will shift business away from the local markets, or...
    THIS week, one of Diana’s five bridesmaids, India Hicks, announced her wedding to her partner of 25 years. She said: “After months of lockdown, many people were ready to kill each other – we were ready to get married.” 4India Hicks won't be inviting godfather Prince Charles to her weddingCredit: Alpha Press But despite having remained close to Prince Charles over the years, India. Now 53, says she won’t be inviting her godfather to her wedding. Her nuptials to David Flint Wood had initially been in the diary for September but after covid delayed it the pair is now set to marry in February. India told the Daily Mail there would be just 30 guests, planning for a “cosy and meaningful” affair followed by a trip to the pub. Due to the small guest list she had to strike her royal connection from the invitees. 4India was one of Princess...
    Bridesmaids, pah! The irony is that India Hicks — one of the most famous bridesmaids of all — never thought she would be needing one. Why would she? As a thoroughly modern woman, she was determined not to get married, nor to bow to convention. As the granddaughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, India had been to her fair share of society weddings — and had a starring role at the grandest of them all. Aged 13, she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her godfather, Prince Charles to the then Lady Diana Spencer. What a heavy burden for a young girl (and we aren't referring to that famous 25ft train and incredible 153 yard veil). Her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, had been a bridesmaid to the Queen, so India was part of a grand tradition. Last week, India, now 53, surprised everyone when she announced her own engagement...
    A young patient is brought in a wheelchair to the district government hospital in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Dec.6, 2020. AP Photo An unidentified illness has led to hundreds of hospitalizations and at least one death in southern India, according to multiple reports.  A district surveillance officer said that over 450 people have been hospitalized with this illness that has yet to be identified, The Guardian reported Monday.  Meanwhile, India has been severely struck by the coronavirus. As of Monday, India has the second-largest number of coronavirus cases in the world, surpassing 9 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An unidentified illness has led to hundreds of hospitalizations and at least one death in southern India, according to reports from various outlets. This mysterious illness was found in Eluru in the state of Andhra Pradesh pm Saturday, according to...
    It used to be that tourists got vaccinated before traveling. In 2021, tourists could find themselves traveling to get vaccinated. India looks set to be the first country where “vaccine tourism” could become a bona fide cottage industry after the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India, said it would begin selling the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine privately from “March or April.” Serum Institute has a licensing deal to produce (and has indeed already manufactured 40 million doses) of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. On Monday, Serum Institute lodged the first formal application for emergency use approval for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and India expects to have the jab approved for use in the new year. The company expects to sell some 20 million to 30 million doses to private facilities, according to Adar Poonawalla, chief executive. “Everybody’s asking ‘When can I access the vaccine?’...
    NEW DELHI – At least one person has died and 200 others have been hospitalized due to an unidentified illness in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, reports said Monday. The illness was detected Saturday evening in Eluru, an ancient city famous for its hand-woven products. Since then, patients have experienced symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to loss of consciousness, doctors said. A 45-year-old man who was hospitalized with symptoms similar to epilepsy and nausea died Sunday evening, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Officials are trying to determine the cause of the illness. So far, water samples from impacted areas haven’t shown any signs of contamination and patients have tested negative for COVID-19. State chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy visited a government hospital and met patients who were ill. Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu demanded on Twitter an “impartial, full-fledged inquiry into the...
    (CNN)Your normal body temperature may not be 98.6 -- and that's totally OK. There are ways to determine what it is and how it varies so you can be more confident in knowing when something is amiss. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThe US is nearing an average of 200,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, a sign that bad weather and bad pandemic behavior are worsening the situation. As of midnight this morning, millions of Californians are under new lockdown orders, and the Navajo Nation has implemented another three-week lockdown to relieve its taxed health care system. Some European countries are discussing a different safety measure: "immunity passports," which allow for travel if one has successfully recovered from Covid-19....
    The Premier League 2020-21 kicked off on September 12, 2020. Chelsea battled back to claim a 3-1 win over Leeds United on Saturday night that takes them top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola celebrated victory in his 250th game in charge of Manchester City and Manchester United crawled into the top four after a come from behind victory at West Ham. Leicester City will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats when they travel to Sheffield, but the big game on Sunday is undoubtedly the north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal. Liverpool are also in action against Wolves later on the same evening.  Contents How to watch Premier League in India Matchday 1 / September 12-15 Matchday 2 / September 19-22 Matchday 3 / September 26-29 Matchday 4 / October 3-4 Matchday 5 / October 17-20 Matchday 6 / October 24-27 Matchday 7 / October 31-November 3 Matchday 8 / November 6-9 Matchday 9 / November 21-22 Matchday 10 / November...