Friday, September 18, 2020


Abu Dhabi set to host Return to UFC Fight Island from Sep 26-Oct 25

NEW DELHI /ABU DHABI: Indian sports fans can look forward to exciting times ahead. The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence in Abu Dhabi and hot on its heels is the second edition of the popular UFC Fight Island as the UAE capital city emerges as front runner in the revival of the global tourism and sports industry amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ankur Bhatia: OTTs setting commendable level in entertainment

MUMBAI: Actor Ankur Bhatia says essaying the role of a Pakistani Army Chief in the upcoming web series Crackdown was a difficult challenge.

Ranveer Singh's efforts to make Indian Sign Language an official language is on

MUMBAI:India's deaf community has lauded the efforts of actor Ranveer Singh to make Indian Sign Language an official language.

Wolves FC looking to link up with clubs, schools in India

MUMBAI: Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday said that it is planning to "link with international schools, academies and clubs" in India soon after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides. The club had recently announced an association with Boss Entertainment India and is looking to further penetrate the country's market.

TikTok ban won't affect employees salary payment, US says in filing

SAN FRANCISCO:  An executive order issued by the Donald Trump administration last month that prohibits any US transaction with TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would not affect pay cheques of the employees, the government said in a court filing.

Undekhi' actor Surya Sharma got his TV break after over 800 auditions

MUMBAI:It was not easy for actor Surya Sharma to find his space in the entertainment industry. It took him almost seven years.

Rhea, Sushant's 'smoking video' goes viral

MUMBAI:A video featuring late actor Sushant Singh Rajput along with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has emerged online, which shows them smoking what is referred to as rolled cigarettes.

As Rhea gets arrested, CINTAA statement advocates upholding dignity of women

MUMBAI: Even as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was all set to arrest actress Rhea Chakraborty on Tuesday, the Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) issued a statement denouncing the consistent attack on the acting fraternity by sections of the media, following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Wearing marks, social-distancing could lead to "enormous economic gains": US Fed chief

WASHINGTON:  US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that wearing masks and social-distancing measures could lead to "enormous economic gains" for the US economy.

Akshay Kumar unveils FAU-G as India's alternative to PUBG

Akash, Isha Ambani in Fortune's '40 Under 40' global list

NEW DELHI:  The twin children of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Akash and Isha, have made it to the Fortune's latest '40 Under 40' list of influential people around the world.

'Naagin 5' actor Mohit Malhotra wants to explore comedy

MUMBAI: With his stint in Naagin 5 having ended, actor Mohit Malhotra now wants to explore a different genre. He is looking forward to doing comic roles.

Pranab Mukherjee cremated with military honours amid Covid-19 precautions

NEW DELHI: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away here at Army's R&R Hospital during treatment on Monday at the age of 84, was cremated with full military honours on Tuesday afternoon at the Lodhi Road crematorium following a strict Covid-19 precautionary protocol.

Pranab death: 7-day state mourning in Goa

PANAJI:The Goa government will observe a seven-day state mourning, in the wake of the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee.

Punjab announces seven day state mourning as a tribute to Pranab Mukherjee

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced a seven-day state mourning in the honor of former President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away at New Delhi today evening.

Unlock 4 in Rajasthan: Lockdown to continue in containment zones

JAIPUR:The Rajasthan government, in its Unlock 4 guidelines issued on Monday, said that the lockdown in the state will continue in the containment zones till September 30 and no relaxation of any kind would be permitted in these zones.

Anita Jangid overwhelmed as she remembers the good old days with Guru Randhawa

MUMBAI: An artiste who took the Punjabi film industry by storm and became a household name, Guru Randhawa is celebrating his 29th birthday today. Wishes are pouring in from all over the world for ‘Suit’ singer, as he celebrates his birthday amid lockdown.

Don't impose 'local lockdowns' without Centre's nod, states told

NEW DELHI:  Soon after Unlock 4.0 guidelines were issued, further opening up the economy and allowing more activities, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories to inform them about the dos and don'ts for areas outside containment zones. He also cautioned states and UTs against imposing localised lockdowns outside such zones, without the Centre's nod.

Unlock 4: MHA allows metro operations in graded manner from Sept 7

NEW DELHI: In a reprieve for many people seeking to resume travel through public transport, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday decided to allow the resumption of metro operations from September 7 in a graded manner.

Centre allows on-board meals, in-flight entertainment

NEW DELHI:The Union Government has permitted the resumption of on-board serving of meals and in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights.

TikTok deal a double-edged sword for US tech firms

NEW DELHI: In an interesting turn of events as far as TikTok in US in concerned, retail giant Walmart (and not its arch rival Amazon) which has no tech or social media product in its kitty has joined Microsoft to bid for the Chinese short-video making app. After the Cloud major Oracle, Walmart came as a second surprise contender in the race.

Kevin Mayer quits as TikTok CEO amid political turmoil

NEW DELHI: In a significant development, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has quit the company amid the ongoing dispute with the Donald Trump administration and sale talks in the US and the India ban.

Health Minister reviews arrangements at Gian Sagar Hospital

SAS Nagar:Health and Family Welfare Minister Sh. Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu while visiting the 'Covid Care Center' at Gian Sagar Hospital at Banur today reviewed all the arrangements and gave necessary instructions to the management of the hospital.He visited various wards of the hospital and learned about the treatment, food and accommodation facilities for the patients admitted in the hospital.

SpiceJet installs on-board Wi-Fi enabled entertainment system

NEW DELHI:Airline major SpiceJet on Monday launched 'SpiceScreen', an in-flight entertainment system which enables delivery of content on to the personal devices of the passengers through Wi-Fi network.

SpotlampE’s new Punjabi track ‘Impress’ by Vicky Thakur is all set to storm the music charts!

NEW DELHI: Punjabi music singles are trending big-time this season and India's powerhouse music destination 9X Media is sparing no effort to ramp up the entertainment quotient. 9X Media's homegrown platform for original music, SpotlampE, announces the launch of its next Punjabi track- ‘Impress’by Vicky Thakur. The upbeat, groovy track is now available on the official Youtube channel of SpotlampE and it is also been aired on 9X Tashan, 9XM and on 9X Jalwa.

Apple TV+ now available on American Airlines flights for free

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has partnered with American Airlines to offer free Apple TV+ streaming service as an in-flight entertainment option

Zee's Subhash Chandra let out Mumbai bungalow to Chinese consulate, fortnight after Galwan bloodbath

NEW DELHI:Subhash Chandra, Rajya Sabha MP and Zee Group patriarch has rented out his Cuffe Parade bungalow in Mumbai to the Chinese Consulate, real estate website, Squarefeat reported.

Weekend restrictions to continue in UP

LUCKNOW:Weekend restrictions in Uttar Pradesh will continue even as the Yogi Adityanath government is set to follow the Unlock 3 guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Unlock 3.0: Gyms to reopen, I-Day functions allowed

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), here on Wednesday, issued guidelines for the 'Unlock 3.0', which will come into effect from August 1.

Sushant's father files FIR against Rhea for abetting suicide

PATNA:Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide case has taken a dramatic turn after it emerged that his father K.K. Singh has filed an FIR in the Rajiv Nagar police station here accusing six people, including actress Rhea Chakraborty, for abetment to suicide.

Sushant's father files FIR against Rhea for abetment to suicide

PATNA:Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide case took a dramatic turn on Tuesday after it emerged that his father K.K. Singh has filed an FIR in the Rajiv Nagar police station here accusing six people, including actress Rhea Chakraborty, for abetment to suicide.

Super Dhaakad- A Haryanvi Music programming block ON 9x Tashan

MUMBAI: From innovative on-ground music properties to podcast shows, from airing the best Punjabi music to rib-tickling animation, 9X Tashan is always a trendsetter providing wholesome dose of entertainment to viewers! Now, the Channel is all set to let the viewers discover the best of Haryanvi music through a new show titled 9X Tashan Super Dhaakad. Beginning 22nd July, 9X Tashan has started airing super dhaakad Haryanvi songs daily from 12:30 pm.   

Goyal launches SBI-IRCTC credit card for rail users

NEW DELHI:Emphasising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Atmanirbhar India mission, Railway and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday launched the SBI-IRCTC credit card that offers a host of benefits to rail passengers.

After two suicides, B'luru hospital bans dupatta for patients

BENGALURU:A city hospital here has banned woman Covid patients from wearing dupatta (long scarf) or similar garments, after two women committed suicide, said an official on Thursday.

Amazon Prime Day in India starts on August 6

NEW DELHI:E-commerce giant Amazon on Tuesday announced that its annual shopping festival Prime Day will start in India on August 6 and will run for 48 hours, offering members two full days to make use of the exclusive deals.

NYC to enter reopening phase 4 on Monday

NEW YORK:New York City will enter phase four of reopening on Monday as scheduled, but without resuming additional indoor activities, officials confirmed.
In phase four, lower risk outdoor arts and entertainment activities can resume, including television and film production, reports Xinhua news agency.

How India Became one of the Top Mobile Gaming Countries

India has been the centre of attention of various tech companies and businesses for years now.
There are quite a few reasons for this – for starters, it’s a massive yet relatively young and untapped market. The potential profits for the right kind of service in India are in the billions, and the world’s biggest gaming operators are very much privy to this fact.

Veteran comedian Jagdeep passes away at 81

MUMBAI:Veteran Bollywood comedian Jagdeep is no more. He passed away here on Wednesday owing to age-related health problems at the age of 81.
Bollywood star Ajay Devgn confirmed the news on social media.

Investments for building long-term presence in India remain intact: Coca-Cola

NEW DELHI: Beverage major Coca-Cola's long-term investment plans in India remain intact despite coronavirus-induced economic turbulence, a key company executive said.
Accordingly, the beverage major is expected to complete the earlier announced $5 billion investment this year for creation of retail infrastructure, bottling plants and introduction of new products, amongst others.

Instagram brings TikTok-like short videos to India with 'Reels'

NEW DELHI: With the ban on TikTok creating a huge vacuum for the 15-second videos in the Indian Internet space, Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday announced the extension of the testing of Reels which allows users to record, edit and share short multi-clip videos, to India.