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  • Bengal to test asymptomatic direct, high-risk contacts of COVID patients

    Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) After drawing flak for its low rate of COVID-19 tests, the West Bengal government has now decided to take swab samples of all symptomatic as also asymptomatic direct and high risk contacts of a confirmed case as part of its containment and treatment strategies in high-risk[Read More…]

  • Chris Hemsworth: Didn’t know Marvel films were so popular in India

    By Sugandha Rawal New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Actor Chris Hemsworth found shooting in India “overwhelming” because of the positivity and enthusiasm that he experienced while filming the upcoming Netflix film “Extraction” in the country. “I loved shooting in India. The people were incredible. I didn’t realise how popular the[Read More…]

  • ‘Bekhayali’ fame Sachet Tandon, TikTok star Mr. Faisu unite for new song

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) After scoring the hit love songs “Bekhayali” and “Mere sohneya”, singer Sachet Tandon is all set to collaborate with TikTok star Mr. Faisu for a new track titled “Bewafai”. The track is composed by Rochak Kohli and written by Manoj Muntashir. “It was new ground for[Read More…]

  • BJP accuses Mamata govt of stopping MPs from distributing relief

    Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) West Bengal BJP on Friday accused the Mamata Banerjee administration of preventing its MPs from distributing relief to the needy by deploying the police to limit their movements through house detention and filing of cases as an intimidatory tactics. State BJP General Secretary Sayantan Basu alleged[Read More…]

  • Shoma Anand enjoys seeing younger version of herself in ‘Hum Paanch’

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) “Hum Paanch” is back on the small screen, and actress Shoma Anand is enjoying seeing the younger version of herself in the sitcom. “It felt really good to know that after nearly 15 years, the ‘Hum Paanch’ family is back to make people laugh, that too[Read More…]

  • Lockdown diaries: Farmville time in B-Town!

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) With the COVID-19 lockdown shutting everyone in their homes, B-Town denizens are constantly looking for new ways to stay occupied. A popular means that has emerged for our celebrities is organic farming. Many of them are busy growing organic vegetables and fruits in their garden, while[Read More…]

  • Trump unveils plan to reopen US states in phases

    Washington, April 17 (IANS) As COVID-19 continues to spread across the US, President Donald Trump has given governors guidance on reopening state economies in the coming months. The guidelines for “Opening up America Again” outline three phases in which states can gradually ease their lockdowns. Trump on Thursday promised governors[Read More…]

  • Italy COVID-19 deaths climb above 22,000

    Rome, April 17 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 22,170 lives in locked-down Italy, bringing the total number of cases, including fatalities and recoveries, so far to 168,941, according to the latest data released by the country’s Civil Protection Department. Speaking during a televised press conference, Civil Protection Department Chief[Read More…]

  • Make a one-minute film and beat lockdown blues

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Renowned directors and producers, including Ekta Kapoor, Nitesh Tiwari, Aanand L Rai, Sajid Nadiadwala, Dinesh Vijan and Mahaveer Jain, have come together for #IndiaLetsMakeAFilm initiative, to inspire people to make inspiring one-minute films on mobile phones amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The initiative is calling out for[Read More…]

  • Kunal Karan Kapoor’s emotional bond with Ashvini Bhave

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Actor Kunal Karan Kapoor says working with actress Ashvini Bhave is an emotional experience as the last movie he watched with his late mother was “Henna”, which featured Ashvini. Kunal is working with Ashvini in the digital show, “The Raikar Case”. “Very few people get a[Read More…]

  • Relaxing COVID-19 restrictions will be gradual: Irish PM

    Dublin, April 17 (IANS) Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said the relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions in the country will be a gradual process and could take months. He said this on Thursday while addressing the lower house of the country’s parliament on the pandemic that has paralysed much[Read More…]

  • Actor Ranjit Chowdhry dies at 65 (Lead)

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Actor Ranjit Chowdhry has passed away at the age of 65. Chowdhry was the son of late actress Pearl Padamsee, and the stepson of late ad-guru Alyque Padamsee. The death was confirmed by Chowdhry’s half-sister Raell Padamsee on Instagram. Offering condolences on his demise, filmmaker Deepa[Read More…]

  • Netanyahu announces plan to ease restrictions, revive economy

    Jerusalem, April 17 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a “cautious and gradual” plan to resume business activity and ease closure restrictions amid COVID-19. The plan is based on principles suggested by Israel’s National Security Council (NSC), according to a statement released by Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office on[Read More…]

  • Merkel backs WHO, seeks more international cooperation

    Berlin, April 17 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more global cooperation to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and voiced support for the World Health Organization (WHO). Merkel told a video conference of leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) that the crisis can only be tackled with a[Read More…]

  • US stocks end higher following grim weekly jobs data

    New York, April 17 (IANS) US stocks closed higher on Thursday after data showed more than 5 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 33.33 points, or 0.14 per cent, to 23,537.68. The S&P 500 was up 16.19 points, or 0.58 per cent,[Read More…]

  • COVID: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro sacks health minister

    Brasilia, April 17 (IANS) Brazil’s minister of health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Thursday announced via Twitter that he was fired by President Jair Bolsonaro amid the country’s campaign to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “I just heard from President Jair Bolsonaro the notice of my resignation from the Ministry[Read More…]

  • COVID-19: Putin postpones Russia’s WW2 victory parade

    Moscow, April 17 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year sees the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, and the annual military parade has not been postponed before,[Read More…]

  • Slow ramp up of industrial activity seen after lockdown relaxation

    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The partial relaxation of the national lockdown to contain Covid 19 may only see a slow ramp up in industrial activity while some corporates may not restart operations immediately. According to a research note by Jefferies, the partial relaxation of lockdown from April 20 comes[Read More…]

  • US Coronavirus strategy failing the poor: UN expert

    Geneva, April 17 (IANS) The poor in the US are being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and the US COVID-19 strategy is failing the poor, a UN human rights expert said Thursday. “Low-income and poor people face far higher risks from the coronavirus due to chronic neglect and discrimination,[Read More…]

  • New York coronavirus shutdown extended to May 15

    By Arul Louis New York, April 17 (IANS) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended till May 15 the shutdown in the state that is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with 223,231 cases and 14,198 deaths. He made the announcement on Thursday before US President Donald Trump’s scheduled videoconference[Read More…]

  • Actor Ranjit Chowdhry dies at 65

    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Actor Ranjit Chowdhry has passed away at the age of 65. Chowdhry was the son of late actress Pearl Padamsee, and the stepson of late ad-guru Alyque Padamsee. The death was confirmed by Chowdhry’s half-sister Raell Padamsee on Instagram on Wednesday. Offering condolences on his demise,[Read More…]

  • WhatsApp to soon allow more users in group video, audio calls

    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Inspired by the stupendous growth of video meeting apps in social distancing times, WhatsApp is building a new feature that will allow more participants, that the current limit of 4, to join group audio and video calls. Spotted on Thursday by WABetaInfo, a fan website[Read More…]

  • Only 4% odd tests turning COVID-19 positive in India

    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has reported that 12,581 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in India and 1,206 tested positive on Thursday. ICMR said that a total of 3.02 lakh samples from 2.86 lakh individuals have been tested as on April 16[Read More…]

  • 226 new coronavirus positive cases in Madhya Pradesh

    Bhopal, April 17 (IANS) Eight persons including two brothers were reported dead in the past 24 hours, taking the toll of COVID-19 patients to 61 in Madhya Pradesh, according to the state health department. With 226 persons testing positive on Thursday, the number of coronavirus positive cases rose to 1,164.[Read More…]

  • ‘At delicate, dangerous stage’: UK extends lockdown for three weeks

    London, April 17 (IANS) Lockdown in the UK, imposed last month, will continue for “at least another three weeks” to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced on Thursday, saying any relaxations now will harm both public health and the economy. Addressing the daily No 10 briefing, Raab,[Read More…]

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