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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 63mn mark: Johns Hopkins

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 63 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.46 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that[Read More…]

Facebook News arrives in UK as company steps up investment

San Francisco, Dec 1 (IANS) Facebook has announced to bring its News platform to the UK, along with stepping up new investments focused on journalism. With Facebook News, the social network will pay publishers for content that is not already on the platform, help publishers reach new audiences and bring[Read More…]

Facebook acquires customer service platform Kustomer for $1bn

San Francisco, Dec 1 (IANS) Facebook has acquired Kustomer, a startup specialising in customer-service platforms and chatbots, for a reported sum of $1 billion. Kustomer was last valued at $710 million in a private funding round. Facebook said late on Monday that Kustomer businesses will continue to own the data[Read More…]

Chinese mainland reports 8 new imported Covid cases

Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) The Chinese mainland reported eight new imported Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 3,866. Two new imported cases were respectively reported in Shanghai, Fujian and Sichuan, and one each in Beijing and Shaanxi, the National Health Commission said in its[Read More…]

George Clooney: I was bad in ‘Batman & Robin’

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Hollywood star George Clooney has admitted that he was bad in the 1997 superhero film Batman & Robin. “I was bad in it. It’s a bad film. But I was also being held responsible for it, in a weird way. Then I realised if you’re[Read More…]

Farmers question govt’s ‘one nation, one market’ formula

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) The opposition to the agricultural reforms introduced by the central government, which started in Parliament, has eventually reached the streets. Even as the government claimed that the newly passed farm laws fulfil the dream of ‘one nation, one market’ for agricultural products, the protesting farmers[Read More…]

Drew Barrymore: Cooking is very dear to my heart

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore says cooking is very important to her, ritualistic and romantically. “Cooking is something very near and dear to my heart and important to me and ritualistic and romantic. One of the ways I self-educated myself growing up, because I didn’t go[Read More…]

Washington Guv announces Covid exposure notification tool

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The Governor of the US state of Washington Jay Inslee on has announced the launch of WA Notify, a “simple, anonymous exposure notification tool” to help stop the spread of Covid-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent[Read More…]

Kim Kardashian’s picture of chaos to define 2020

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has poked fun at the year 2020 and reflected her journey in the past 11 months in a family photograph. Making fun at the current situations that she and many have been dealing with, Kim posted a never-seen-before picture where[Read More…]

Canada sees Covid surge, with nearly 6,000 daily cases

Ottawa, Dec 1 (IANS) As November nears its end, Canada reported a total of 374,051 Covid-19 cases and 12,076 deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to CTV. Canada has been well into the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and new case numbers grow by thousands each day. The number[Read More…]

We believe in inclusive Hindutva, says K’taka Cong chief

Bengaluru, Dec 1 (IANS) Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, D.K. Shivakuamr on Monday said that the Congress “firmly believes in Hindutva ideology practiced and propagated by Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda”. Speaking to reporters here after the party senior leaders’ meeting here, Shivakumar said that they (Mahatma Gandhi and[Read More…]

HC disqualifies Vishwanath from becoming minister till 2021

Bengaluru, Dec 1 (IANS) The Karnataka High Court on Monday held a prima facie view that former Janata Dal (S) state unit president and Member of Legislative Council A. H. Vishwanath has incurred disqualification while two other nominees R. Shankar, and N. Nagaraj (MTB) have not. The bench Chief Justice[Read More…]

K’taka registers 998 new Covid positive cases

Bengaluru, Dec 1 (IANS) After nearly a gap of six months, Karnataka for the first time reported less than 1,000 fresh Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths due to the virus on Sunday and taking the total number of infections to 8,84,897 and death toll to 11,778, the Covid bulletin released[Read More…]

Tomar proposes to meet farmer leaders on Tuesday

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS) Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is expected to hold a meeting on Tuesday with the leaders of farmer groups that are protesting since last week against the newly passed farm laws by the Central government. A release issued by the Agriculture Ministry on Monday[Read More…]

Active Covid cases in Andhra drop below 8,000

Amaravti, Nov 30 (IANS) Active Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh dropped below the 8,000 mark to 7,840 on Monday, even as the gap between total number of cases and total recoveries continues to narrow. In the past 24 hours, a total of 381 cases were recorded. West Godavari district accounted[Read More…]

Hours before GHMC polling, attack on Telangana BJP chief’s car

Hyderabad, Nov 30 (IANS) Hours before the polling for municipal elections in Greater Hyderabad, Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumars car was allegedly attacked by some unknown persons on Necklace Road. Tension prevailed at People’s Plaza on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake on Tuesday night when Kumar’s car was[Read More…]

Amid cyclones, Andhra Police lends hand to disaster management

Amaravati, Nov 30 (IANS) In the recent heavy rains, floods and very severe cyclonic storm Nivar, Andhra Pradesh Police was on the forefront to save lives, feed stranded people and bring order amid the chaos, officers said. The state witnessed torrential downpours in October and November powered by back-to-back cyclones,[Read More…]

Frustrated Bumrah kicks 30-yard markers in 2nd ODI

Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s rough patch in ODI cricket has continued into India’s ongoing series against Australia and his frustration showed in the second game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. An image of Bumrah kicking the markers for the 30-yard circle while fielding has[Read More…]

K’taka launches learning management system to help 4.5L students

Bengaluru, Nov 30 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday launched the Karnataka Learning Management System (LMS), an initiative that would benefit nearly 4.5 lakh students and 24,000 teachers to make an impact on their learning and teaching, respectively. “The KLMS is implemented at an estimated cost of Rs[Read More…]

Seven demands access to correspondence between CA, BCCI

Sydney, Nov 30 (IANS) Seven West Media has demanded access to correspondence between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with relation to an alleged changed schedule of India’s ongoing tour of Australia. Seven has launched an affidavit seeking access to mails that led[Read More…]

Leopard strays into girls’ hostel in Guwahati, rescued

Guwahati, Nov 30 (IANS) Triggering panic among the people, an adult leopard strayed into a girls’ hostel at a residential locality in Hengrabari here on Monday, officials said. The leopard was tranquilised after more than four hours of efforts and rescued by the forest officials later in the day. A[Read More…]

Gujarat’s Covid toll nears 4K, positive tally 2,09,780

Gandhinagar, Nov 30 (IANS) Gujarat on Monday recorded 20 coronavirus deaths, the highest since August 25, taking its death toll to 3,989, while its tally rose to 2,09,780 with 1,502 fresh cases. In November, the state has added 36,836 cases at a daily average of 1,228. A total of 1,401[Read More…]

Scindia meets Shivraj, sparks speculation over cabinet expansion

Bhopal, Nov 30 (IANS) Political circles in Madhya Pradesh are abuzz trying to understand the significance of a meeting between Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia amid discussions on a cabinet expansion and appointments in civic bodies. But Scindia has termed the expansion of the[Read More…]

Assam to launch ‘Orunodoi’ scheme for empowering women

Guwahati, Nov 30 (IANS) In a bid to financially empower women and specially-abled persons, the Assam government would provide Rs 830 per month each to 18.20 lakh poor families under the ambitious ‘Orunodoi’ scheme, Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Monday. The minister said that under the[Read More…]

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