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I will stay at the crease till the end: Sonu Sood responds to Shikhar Dhawan ‘big salute’ tweet
I will stay at the crease till the end: Sonu Sood responds to Shikhar Dhawan ‘big salute’ tweet

Sonu Sood has emerged as a real hero in the country and he has been helping people impacted by the lockdown since it came into existence. Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian opener acknowledged his heroics and praised him for whatever he is doing for the migrant workers. Sonu reverted with a heartwarming reply and tweets, I promise I will stay at this crease till the end and make sure that every migrant well say “WE ARE HOME.”

Vande Bharat Mission 2: MEA to bring back Indian nationals from 47 countries on 162 flights
Vande Bharat Mission 2: MEA to bring back Indian nationals from 47 countries on 162 flights

Giving an update on the Vande Bharat Mission, which started its second phase from May 16, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that this will include places like Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh city, and Lagos, besides increasing flights to the US and Europe. This phase will last till 13th June. We are looking to bring back our nationals from 47 countries on 162 flights, Anurag Srivastava added.

South Korea looking into reports about Kim Jong Un’s health
South Korea looking into reports about Kim Jong Un’s health

The South Korean government on Tuesday was looking into reports saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile condition after surgery.
An official from the National Intelligence Service, who didn’t want to be named, citing office rules, said the spy agency couldn’t immediately confirm the report. CNN cited an anonymous US official who said Kim was in “grave danger” after an unspecified surgery.

The Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, said it wouldn’t comment on the CNN report or another report by Daily NK, which cited anonymous sources saying Kim was recovering from heart surgery in the capital Pyongyang and that his condition was improving.

 

 

Published on 21/04/2020

Source : TOI

Gene Deitch
Gene Deitch, The Tom and Jerry director dies at 95

Legendary animation creator Gene Deitch, who directed several episodes of Tom and Jerry, died at the age of 95.

Gene Deitch, the American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer has died Prague, Czech Republic.

His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press Deitch died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter neighborhood. No further details were given.

Deitch’s movie Munro won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1960. He was also nominated for the same award twice in 1964 for Here’s Nudnik and How to Avoid Friendship.

Earlier, he had created the Tom Terrific series, while Sidney’s Family Tree, which he co-produced, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1958.

 

 Source:  Indiatoday 

Harvard University started free online courses
Harvard University started free online courses

Coronavirus infection is spreading globally. In India, the lockdown due to coronavirus has been extended till May 3. Due to which many students are losing their education. To avoid the loss of students’ education, Harvard University has started some free online courses. Students can do these courses by sitting. With the help of these courses, students will not only learn new skills but will also use the time properly in the free time of lockdown.

 The university has made 67 online courses free for students from all over the world. The duration of these various courses is one to 12 weeks. Anyone can easily do this course by accessing it. For this, students will not have to pay any kind of enrollment fees. By adding this to your CV, you can benefit from further jobs. The duration of these courses ranges from 1 week to 6 weeks depending on your interest. You can apply for the course by clicking on this link https://online-learning.harvard.edu/.

‘World Famous Lover’ Now On Netflix, Fans cheer Amid Lockdown
‘World Famous Lover’ Now On Netflix, Fans cheer Amid Lockdown

The Coronavirus has led to a complete lockdown across the country. This lockdown has halted and delayed the release of several movies in the regional as well as the Hindi film industry. Amidst this lockdown, people are heavily relying on streaming platforms to entertain themselves.

Now, Vijay Deverakonda’s fans are rejoicing as his recent film World Famous Lover has started streaming on the OTT platform Netflix. World Famous Lover released after he starred in the film Dear Comrade. This romantic film failed to leave a mark at the box-office and did not impress the critics as well.

Along with Vijay Deverakonda, World Famous Lover starred Aishwarya Rajesh, Raashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa, and Izabella Leite. The film was directed by Kranti Madhav and was released on Valentine’s Day this year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin vows more support for smaller businesses after criticism
Russian President Vladimir Putin vows more support for smaller businesses after criticism

President Vladimir Putin promised extra funding to Russia’s regions on Wednesday and said small and medium-sized businesses would be eligible for direct state aid to help the economy cope during the coronavirus outbreak.

Russia has reported 24,490 infections and 198 deaths from the new coronavirus, with lockdown measures imposed across the country at the discretion of regional governors.

Russia, with over $550 billion in reserves and relatively low debt, has been cautious in boosting state support to fight coronavirus so far, as oil prices have fallen well below the budget balance level of $42 per barrel.

Putin’s first round of emergency measures, which included declaring that most employees should stop working for a period with full pay, had left many small business owners wondering how they would meet wage and other bills.

During a government meeting on Wednesday, Putin said that Russia’s regions would receive 200 billion roubles ($2.7 billion) in additional support and pledged more than 23 billion roubles to Russian airlines.

He offered more support to small and medium-sized businesses, pledging direct funding for salary payments at the upper level of the minimum wage, at 12,130 roubles a month.    More »

Lockdown Is The Worst Recession : Gita Gopinath
Lockdown Is The Worst Recession : Gita Gopinath

With the outbreak of COVID-19, life has come to a standstill. This huge threat to human life has ushered in multiple crises. According to IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath, the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the global economy into its deepest recession in a century, cutting world output by three percent this year. She presented the latest forecasts in the World Economic Outlook.

“The world has changed dramatically with the outbreak of COVID-19. There is a lot of uncertainty and a lot depends on the epidemiology of the virus, the effectiveness of containment measures and development of therapeutics and vaccines,” she said.

Gita also explains the alternate scenario in extreme conditions that, “given extreme uncertainty around the duration and intensity of the health crisis there are changes that the pandemic may not recede in the second half of this year leading to longer containment period, worsening financial conditions and further breakdown in global chains in such cases global GDP will fall even further by an additional 3% in 2020 and if the health crisis roll cover into 2021 it can reduce the level of global GDP by an additional 8% compared to the baseline.”   More »

Business tycoons who lead donations in battle against coronavirus
Business tycoons who lead donations in battle against coronavirus

India is among several other countries, who are battling against deadly coronavirus that has triggered widespread lockdown across the country and has sent us in a state of emergency and panic. The death toll due to COVID-19 in India climbed to 25 and the total number of cases to 979 on Sunday while it has exceeded 650,000-mark with more than 30,000 deaths. During this worst-phase, several Indian business tycoons like Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Ratan Tata among others have pledged to help fight the coronavirus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world. 

India’s richest man, Reliance Industries MD and Chairman Mukesh Ambani on last Sunday stepped out of the balcony of his towering mansion ‘Antilia’ and showed his gratitude to all caregivers across the country as he clapped his hands and rang the bell. Mukesh Ambani has so far pledged to donate Rs 5 crore to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Reliance Foundation, led by Nita Ambani, has promised to provide a free meal to needy people across the country. In addition, Ambani has also donated an entire hospital for the patients battling COVID-19. Ambani will set up a dedicated 100-bed centre at Seven Hills Hospital in Mumbai, along with a fully-equipped isolation facility in Lodhivali, Maharashtra for COVID-19 patients. 

Ratan Tata has pledged Rs 1,500 crore for combating coronavirus pandemic and also extended assistance to the government in their fight against novel Coronavirus. Tata Sons, the holding firm of the Tata group companies, announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore support towards COVID-19 and related activities over and above Rs 500 crore pledged by Tata Trusts. Tata Sons and Tata Trusts have collectively pledged a total of INR 1,500 crore.

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Astronaut’s urine can be used to build moon bases
Astronaut’s urine can be used to build moon bases

To develop material for lunar construction, it is significant to reduce the weight of material that has to be brought in from Earth. Also, transporting about 0.45 kg from the Earth to space costs about $10,000, which means that building a complete module on our satellite in this way would be very expensive.

That’s why space agencies are now planning to use raw materials from the moon’s surface.

Now a new study came out that suggests astronaut’s pee can be used to build some of the first moon bases. Astronaut’s pee could be used as an additive in making concrete for structures to be built on the moon.

Urea is the second most abundant component in the urine. It can break hydrogen bonds, and therefore reduces the viscosities of many aqueous mixtures.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021
Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021

The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese organisers have decided to hold the Olympics from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo next year. The Games were postponed by a year earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused all major sporting events to be cancelled or delayed.

The new dates were agreed Monday between the International Olympic Committee and local organizers.

President of the Tokyo organising committee, Yoshiro Mori, had earlier hinted that a decision on the new dates for the Summer Games, which will be called Tokyo 2020 despite being held in 2021, would be taken on Monday itself.

The delay is the first in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics and represents a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event, and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.


 

Coronavirus | Prince Charles recovers from COVID-19, out of self-isolation
Coronavirus | Prince Charles recovers from COVID-19, out of self-isolation

Britain’s Prince Charles came out of self-isolation on Monday, seven days after it was confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus, a royal spokesperson said. The 71-year-old heir to the British throne had been self-isolating on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in Scotland after he had been tested by the National Health Service (NHS) in Aberdeenshire last week.

“Clarence House has confirmed today (Monday) that, having consulted with his doctor, The Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation,” his spokesperson said.


His Clarence House royal office said the prince was in “good health” and was following the government’s restrictions as he carries on working from home.

His wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had tested negative for the deadly virus at the same time, but the 72-year-old had also been self-isolating separately in Balmoral.

The royal couple was tested last Monday after they had flown out to Scotland in a jet and have remained there since then.


 

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Aide Diagnosed With Coronavirus, Unclear If PM Affected
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Aide Diagnosed With Coronavirus, Unclear If PM Affected

An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Monday, but it was not immediately clear if the 70-year-old leader had been exposed or his work affected.

“We will take action in accordance with Health Ministry directives,” an official said, announcing the diagnosis of the parliamentary aide, whom Israeli media described as being in good condition.

The Health Ministry generally requires 14-day self-isolation and possible coronavirus testing for anyone deemed to have been in proximity with an infected person.

Israeli media said the aide had been present at a parliament session last week attended by Netanyahu as well as opposition lawmakers with whom he is trying to build an emergency coalition government to help address the coronavirus crisis.


 

After Sports Were Canceled, Only The Iditarod Remained
After Sports Were Canceled, Only The Iditarod Remained

Aaron Peck’s dogsled cut a path across the icy Alaskan wilderness, an unshakeable melancholy crept into his normally steely focus on the task at hand. The veteran musher was trying to get to Nome. Preferably before the other mushers on the trail. He was engaged in a test of his limits, racing the Iditarod, his sport’s most prominent event. Yet what was normally a thrilling adventure for Peck, who fell in love with sled dog racing as a 13-year-old, was this year beginning to feel, in his own words, downtrodden.

The Iditarod takes complete mental and physical devotion as mushers navigate nearly 1,000 miles of remote terrain from Anchorage to Nome. It is normally an annual highlight for both the communities it intercepts and the athletes themselves.

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Finland Named World’s Happiest Country for Third Year in a Row
Finland Named World’s Happiest Country for Third Year in a Row

Good cheer may feel in short supply as the world reels under a global pandemic, but experts at the United Nations on Friday declared Finland to be the world’s happiest nation for the third year running.

Researchers for the World Happiness Report asked people in 156 countries to evaluate their own levels of happiness, and took into account measures such as GDP, social support, personal freedom and levels of corruption to give each nation a happiness score.

As in each of the previous seven reports, Nordic states dominated the top ten, along with countries such as Switzerland, New Zealand and Austria.

Luxembourg also edged into the tenth spot for the first time this year.

The happiest countries are those “where people feel a sense of belonging, where they trust and enjoy each other and their shared institutions,” John Helliwell, one of the report’s authors, said in a statement.

“There is also more resilience, because shared trust reduces the burden of hardships, and thereby lessens the inequality of well-being.”

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3 Weeks after marriage to Pamela Anderson, Jon Peters is engaged to another woman
3 Weeks after marriage to Pamela Anderson, Jon Peters is engaged to another woman

Acc to a report by US weekly, Peters is reportedly engaged to a woman named Julia Bernheim, just 3 weeks after his breakup from Pamela Anderson. Peters was dating Bernheim last month but left her to marry Anderson. Anderson had announced she was engaged to Peters, her 5th husband in a secret ceremony in Malibu. Peters was earlier slammed by Anderson for declaring that he had paid off $200,000 of the celebrity’s debt.

India, US together against radical Islamic terror; will sign $3 billion defence trade deal: Trump at Motera
India, US together against radical Islamic terror; will sign $3 billion defence trade deal: Trump at Motera

“Both countries are united in defending citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Under my administration, we unleashed the full power of American military on bloodthirsty killers of ISIS. Monster Al Baghdadi is dead,” Trump said highlighting the threat that terrorism possesses to the two nations. Trump also announced that US will sign deals to sell over $3 billion of military equipment to India.

Indian national shot dead at a grocery store in Los Angeles
Indian national shot dead at a grocery store in Los Angeles

An Indian national was shot dead by a masked assailant at a grocery store in Los Angeles in the early hours of Saturday. The man, identified as Maninder Singh Sahi, who had turned 31 last month, was married and father of two. Sahi, who hailed from Karnal had arrived in the US less than six months ago and had sought political asylum. He was working at a 7-Eleven grocery store in the Whittier City in Los Angeles County of California.


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