Thursday, October 22, 2020


Shweta Tripathi 'flattered' on being compared to Ayushmann Khurrana

MUMBAI: Actress Shweta Tripathi Sharma, who has carved her space in Hindi films and web shows with her slant at breaking taboos with her choices of roles, feels flattered when she is compared to Ayushmann Khurrana, who has won wide acclaim as well as a substantial fan base showing similar trait.

Zoom launches new online events platform 'OnZoom'

SAN FRANCISCO: Video meeting app Zoom has launched an online event platform and marketplace called OnZoom for paid users of the platform to create, host, and monetise events like fitness classes, concerts, stand-up or music lessons on the Zoom Meetings platform.

Hindu activists oppose serving beef to animals in Guwahati Zoo

GUWAHATI:Raising their opposition to cow slaughter, a large number of right-wing activists on Monday agitated against serving beef as part of diet to tigers and other carnivores in the Guwahati Zoo.

Zoom supports rupee as localised pricing for India market

NEW DELHI: In a move to expand its footprint and reach a bigger audience, US-based video meet platform Zoom on Friday announced that it will now support rupee as the localised pricing for the India market.

Wildlife Conservation and Development should go hand in hand to maintain biotic cycle: Dharamsot

CHANDIGARH: Wildlife Conservation and Development should go hand in hand to maintain biotic cycle said Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Forests & Wildlife Preservation Minister Punjab while presiding over the state level function organised at Chhatbir Zoo to mark the  Wildlife Preservation Week.

PM's gift for Kolkata: Cabinet nod for East-West Metro corridor

NEW DELHI:In a move that will not only ease Kolkata's traffic but also have political significance ahead of the Assembly polls next year, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the East-West Metro Corridor Project. It will be done at a cost of Rs 8,575 crore.

Hyderabad Zoo re-opens after nearly seven months

HYDERABAD:he Nehru Zoological Park, one of the key tourist attractions in Hyderabad, was Tuesday re-opened after nearly seven months.

Direct talks between Afghanistan, Taliban still pending

KABUL:Direct talks between negotiating teams representing Afghanistan government and the Taliban were still pending 22 days after the opening ceremony of the intra-Afghan talks in Doha.

Lyallpur Khalsa College organizes Valedictory function

JALANDHAR: Lyallpur Khalsa College held an online meet to commemorate the valedictory function of the National Nutrition Month 2020. Keeping in view that nutrition is one of the primary requirements for a healthy body and a sound mind, Grievances Redressal Cell of the college took the initiative to spread awareness regarding the importance of nutrition in our day to day life. In order to deal with the uncertainties of the times and adapting to the new normal, the Cell has organized various on-line events in the month of September.

Bajaj Auto reports 10% rise in September sales

MUMBAI:Two-wheeler and commercial vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Thursday reported a healthy growth in total sales during September on a year-on-year basis.
According to the company, total sales during the month under review grew by 10 per cent to 441,306 units from 402,035 units sold during the corresponding month of 2019.

PETA India seeks probe into Jaipur elephant deaths

JAIPUR:After the recent deaths of four elephants who were used for tourist rides in Jaipur, the India chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), recently fired off a letter to Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajeev Swarup, requesting him to order a thorough probe into the incidents.

IPL 13: Bumrah can fill Malinga's shoes for MI, feels Lee

NEW DELHI:  Former Australia speedster Brett Lee feels Jasprit Bumrah can fill the shoes of Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting Saturday.

Google unveils new Meet hardware for efficient video chats

NEW DELHI:Google has partnered with Lenovo to launch a new Meet hardware lineup for video conferencing at the post-pandemic workplaces.
Called ‘Google Meet Series One', the new hardware includes a camera, soundbar with eight mics and touchscreen remote.

How ByteDance bypassed US ban, kept Tiktok secret sauce safe

NEW DELHI:  The most valuable asset for ByteDance is the intellectual property (IP) within TikTok and the China-based company has successfully offloaded geopolitics while keeping its secret codes safe by choosing Cloud major Oracle as its trusted tech partner.

Maharashtra Covid cases, deaths again soar

Wildlife population declined by 68% since 1970: WWF

NEW DELHI:Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds' decline in less than half a century. This has contributed to environmental degradation, leading to the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19, according to WWF's Living Planet Report, 2020.

Dr. Baljit Singh, member BoM, Vet Varsity selected as Vice-President of USask

LUDHIANA: Dr. Baljit Singh, alumnus and member, Board of Management, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana has been selected for the important position as Vice-President (Research) University of Saskatchewan (USask), Canada. He will join USask on February 01, 2021. Presently, he is working as Dean faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Calgary, Canada.

AIIMS study finds zoonotic malarial parasite in AFI patients

NEW DELHI: AIIMS researchers have sounded a note of caution after finding the presence of malarial parasite 'Plasmodium knowlesi' in the north Indian population, while doing a study on patients with Acute Febrile Illnesses (AFI) and pathogens causing them.

Olympics deferment means reset button for hockey players: Coach Reid

NEW DELHI:  Patience is the key word as India's hockey stars look to get back into the groove amid the restrictions that are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to men's national team coach Graham Reid. With the Olympics postponed to next year and no international commitments planned for this year, Reid's description of the ongoing national camp gives the impression of it being a rebuilding project.

Prisoner swap will end soon: Afghan peace council

KABUL:An official of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation has said that the prisoner swap process with the Taliban will end soon, paving the way for the much-awaited talks between the militant group and the Kabul government.

US stocks rise amid tech rally

NEW YORK:US stocks ended higher on Tuesday, fuelled by a rally in big tech names.

Govt buses start operations, temples reopen for public in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI:Government buses resumed operations and temples reopened for the public after a gap of about 160 days, in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
However, wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing was mandatory.

Zoom reports 355% rise in revenue, 458% gain in customers in Q2

SAN FRANCISCO:Zoom Video Communications has posted solid results in the fiscal second quarter which ended on July 31 with total revenue hitting $663.5 million, a growth of 355 per cent year-over-year as new customers joined the platform amid Covid-19 restrictions.

TN extends Covid-19 lockdown till Sept 30 with relaxations

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday announced the extension of coronavirus-induced lockdown in the state till September 30, but with several relaxations including scrapping of Sunday lockdown, e-pass system for inter-district journey and others.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha makes obituary references to 28 eminent personalities

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday led the Vidhan Sabha in paying tribute to 28 eminent personalities, including freedom fighters, Galwan valley martyrs, political personalities besides Unsung Covid warriors, who had passed away since the last session of the Assembly.

Capt Amrinder Singh leads Punjab Vidhan Sabha in obituary references to 28 eminent personalities including Galwan valley Mrtyers along with unsung covid warriors

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday led the Vidhan Sabha in paying tribute to 28 eminent personalities, including freedom fighters, Galwan valley martyrs, political personalities besides Unsung Covid warriors, who had passed away since the last session of the Assembly.

Maha crosses 7-lakh cases, deaths again shoot up

MUMBAI:  Maharashtra's Covid-19 tally crossed the 7 lakh-mark with another spike in the number of casualties above the 300-mark, health officials said here on Tuesday.

MHRD Minister to address Punjab Unaided Colleges on 27th August

MOHALI: To make India Global Knowledge Superpower, Joint Association of Colleges (JAC) would be organising Shiksha Samvaad on 27th Aug. In this event New Education Policy, 2020 will be discussed in depth. Hon'ble Minister of Education, Government of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' would be chief guest of the event.

Google Maps to get more visual appeal with colourful update

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is rolling out new visual improvements which would add more detail and colourful update to Maps service, making it easier to understand what an area looks like.

Hall of Fame USA honour for Dilip Vengsarkar; Bipin Dani and Jatin Patel for Presidential Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, USA: Former Indian cricketer and administrator Dipil Balwant Vengsarkar is among the nine nominees inducttes Cricket Hall of Fame USA. The 39th Induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday October 3, 2020; starts at 7:30 EST.

Google Search to give you crucial info about floods in India

NEW DELHI:Google is already sending public alerts to people hit by flooding in India and users in India can now use Search to simply enter a query on a flood-affected area to see key information on the current situation in that region, the company said on Friday.

Abducted soldier's clothes found in Kashmir orchard

SRINAGAR:Four days after an Indian Army soldier was abducted his clothes were found in an apple orchard, leading the security forces on Friday to intesify their search operation.

PETA urges Health Ministry to stop vaccine tests on monkeys

NEW DELHI:The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have sent letters, co-signed by an expert primatologist, calling on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and National Institute of Virology to reverse the decision to allow the monkeys' capture and use.

Soldier abducted by suspected militants in J&K's Kulgam

SRINAGAR:An Indian Army soldier was abducted by suspected militants late on Sunday in J&K's Kulgam district, police said.
Police sources said that the soldier, identified as Shakir Manzoor, was abducted from his home in Rambhama village of Kulgam.

Maha sees 260 Covid fatalities, Chandrapur loses zero death status

MUMBAI:After a peak of 322 on August's first day, Maharashtra saw its daily Covid fatalities dip to 260 on Sunday, while Chandrapur district in Vidarbha region recorded its first death due to coronavirus, health officials said.

Zoom speeds up hiring DevOps engineers, IT personnel in India

NEW DELHI:As part of its commitment to expand and innovate further in India, US-based video meet app Zoom is fast recruiting DevOps engineers, IT, security and business operations personnel in the country.

In a first, 2 B'luru elephants scratch specific body parts with tools

BENGALURU:For the first time at Bengaluru Zoo, two Asian elephants have been observed to scratch their body parts such as ears, mouth and neck areas using a twig tool they organised themselves, an official said on Friday.

Nikon launches new full-frame mirrorless camera in India

NEW DELHI:Japanese imaging giant Nikon on Tuesday launched a new full-frame mirrorless camera Nikon Z 5 in India at a starting price of Rs 1,13,995.
According to the company, the Nikon Z 5 is compact and lightweight, allowing users to move freely as the camera only weighs approximately 675 grams, and will be available from August 27.

Zoom breaks TikTok's record of most downloads on App Store

SAN FRANCISCO:US-based Video meet app Zoom app has broken Chinese short video making app TikToks record of most downloaded app on Apple App Store.
From April through June-end, Zoom was downloaded from App Store 94 million times —40 per cent more than TikTok's previous record of 67 million downloads, reveals data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.

Google 'Explore' app to help users navigate Chromebook

SAN FRANCISCO:Google has launched a new app called Explore that is built into Chromebook and will help users take full advantage of their machines.
Explore' app will help users navigate Chromebook. It's an evolved form of Get Help, the previous in-product education app.