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Social media user asks others to bully Bieber's wife; singer reacts
short by Ankush Verma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
After a social media user asked others to bully Justin Bieber's wife Hailey during an Instagram Live session, the singer said, "This sad excuse of a human just encouraged people on video to literally go after my wife...It is not right." "So we need to f**king bombard that s*** with Jelena and how Selena is better," the user had said.
short by Ankush Verma / 02:12 pm on 05 Dec
Ananya copies Khloe Kardashian's line for 'Fabulous Lives...'; trolled
short by Ankush Verma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Social media users trolled Ananya Panday for copying a line spoken by Khloe Kardashian on her reality show 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. In an episode of the 'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives', Ananya revealed how her parents used the term "f**k" so often that she thought it was her name. Khloe said the same thing about her mother.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:25 pm on 05 Dec
Haryana minister who took trial dose of Covaxin tests positive for COVID-19
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said he has tested positive for COVID-19 weeks after he was administered a trial dose of Bharat Biotech's coronavirus vaccine 'Covaxin'. The minister requested those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested. Vij had offered to be the first volunteer in Haryana for Covaxin's Phase 3 trials.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:55 am on 05 Dec
Joe Biden officially secures enough electors to become US President
short by Ankush Verma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Joe Biden officially secured enough electors to become US President after Secretary of State of California Alex Padilla formally approved Biden's win in the state. Biden's tally of pledged electors has reached 279. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to become US President. In November, Donald Trump's administration cleared the way for Biden to transition to the White House.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:00 pm on 05 Dec
Remote Himachal village declared containment zone, panchayat blames wedding
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
The Kibber village in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti Valley has been declared a containment zone after 14 residents tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Saturday. The panchayat head stated, "There was a wedding in the village recently. The gathering appears to be the prime reason for the spread of the pandemic." Kibber has a population of about 1,100.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:15 pm on 05 Dec
Bahrain 2nd country to approve emergency use of Pfizer's vaccine
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
After the UK, Bahrain has approved the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech, the state media reported on Friday. The approval follows thorough analysis and reviews undertaken by National Health Regulatory Authority, the kingdom said. In November, Bahrain approved a Chinese vaccine made by Sinopharm, and has vaccinated some 6,000 people with it.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 12:28 pm on 05 Dec
Ex-employee of county side Yorkshire Taj Butt has suggested that India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was a victim of racism at the club. "They called every person of colour 'Steve'. Even Pujara...was called Steve because they couldn't pronounce his name," he said. This comes amid ongoing investigations into ex-England U-19 captain Azeem Rafiq's allegations of "institutional racism" at Yorkshire.
short by Anmol Sharma / 02:09 pm on 05 Dec
Chinese scientists claim to have achieved quantum supremacy
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Chinese scientists have claimed to have achieved quantum supremacy, building a quantum computer capable of carrying out certain calculations 100 trillion times faster than existing supercomputers. The breakthrough was achieved by manipulating photons, particles of light. The computer could process 10 billion times faster than Google's quantum computer unveiled last year, the researchers claimed.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 11:31 am on 05 Dec
Hopeful that farmers will think positively and end protest: Union Minister
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Ahead of the fifth round of talks between the Centre and farmers at 2 pm on Saturday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "I am very hopeful that farmers will think positively and end their agitation." A day ago, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal) General Secretary HS Lakhowal called for a Bharat Bandh on December 8.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:43 am on 05 Dec
Bharat Biotech issues statement after H'yana minister in vaccine trial tests +ve
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Following Haryana minister Anil Vij testing Covid-19 positive after receiving the first dose as part of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine trial, the company said the trial is based on a two-dose schedule, given 28 days apart. "The vaccine efficacy will be determined 14 days post the second dose," it said. Bharat Biotech added that 50% of participants receive a placebo.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 02:16 pm on 05 Dec
Jharkhand man chased for ₹3.5cr GST fraud found to be daily wage worker
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
A Jharkhand police team reached the thatched house of daily wage labourer Ladun Murmu in Raipahari village to arrest him for alleged ₹3.5 crore GST fraud. The police said, "The team...realised that the conmen set up a fake company in his name using his duplicate PAN and Aadhaar cards." Murmu said he earns ₹198 a day under MGNREGA.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:41 pm on 05 Dec
UN session skips Adar Poonawalla's video message citing tech issues
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
The UN Covid-19 summit skipped up a pre-recorded video message from Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the world's largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India. "Unfortunately, the video couldn't be provided in time in the required format," General Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma said. Poonawalla earlier said his address would highlight India's role and contribution in fighting the pandemic.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 12:59 pm on 05 Dec
My bio on dating app would be 'only looking for love': Kiara
short by Kriti Sharma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Actress Kiara Advani revealed that she has never joined a dating application, but if she ever did so, her bio would read, "only looking for love". Kiara shared that she researched various dating applications after she signed the film 'Indoo Ki Jawaani'. "It's quite cool everybody is very straightforward on a dating app...their intentions are clear," she added.
short by Kriti Sharma / 02:13 pm on 05 Dec
2020 brings a smile to my face, it was highly productive: Sharib
short by Kriti Sharma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Actor Sharib Hashmi, whose film 'Darbaan' released on December 4, said the year 2020 has been a very productive year on the work front and added, "Looking back, 2020...brings a big smile to my face." Commenting on the projects he starred in, Sharib said, "God has been kind to me...I chose the right projects and the right characters to portray."
short by Kriti Sharma / 01:30 pm on 05 Dec
Shilpa Shukla to join Pankaj in season 2 of 'Criminal Justice'
short by Kriti Sharma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Shilpa Shukla will star opposite actor Pankaj Tripathi in the second season of the crime-thriller web series 'Criminal Justice'. The actress will play the role of Ishani Nath, a woman who is capable of defending herself, Shilpa shared on Instagram. In addition to Pankaj, the first season featured Vikrant Massey, Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka and Mita Vashisht.
short by Kriti Sharma / 12:32 pm on 05 Dec
Neena, Kalki to team up for international film 'Goldfish'
short by Kriti Sharma / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Indian actresses Neena Gupta and Kalki Koechlin will collaborate for an international film titled 'Goldfish', which will focus on creating awareness about mental health. The actors will play mother and daughter in the movie which will be directed by Pushan Kripalani. "Neenaji...is an amazing actor, I love her and looking forward to working with her," Kalki said about the project.
short by Kriti Sharma / 11:36 am on 05 Dec
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said if Delhi's COVID-19 positivity rate remains below 4% for five days straight, it'll "successfully combat the outbreak". "The positivity rate has become less than 5% as compared to the surge since November 7. [This] is a sign of relief as it points to perpetual decline of the pandemic's effect in Delhi," he added.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 11:55 am on 05 Dec
WHO hopes to have 500 mn COVID-19 vaccine doses by March: Scientist
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said they hope to have 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution by March 2021 through its global COVAX plan. The goal is to get at least 2 billion doses by end of 2021, which will vaccinate 20% of the populations of countries part of COVAX, she added. WHO's COVAX programme includes 189 countries.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 01:42 pm on 05 Dec
Hyderabad reports 102 of 596 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana
short by Atul Mishra / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender tweeted that the state reported 596 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total count so far to 2,72,719. The areas under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 102 new COVID-19 cases, followed by Medchal Malkajigiri at 47. With three COVID-19 deaths on Friday, the death count has reached to 1,470.
short by Atul Mishra / 01:34 pm on 05 Dec
Pro-Kannada activists detained in B'luru amid K'taka bandh today
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Several pro-Kannada activists were detained in Bengaluru today in the wake of Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada organisations. This comes after over 100 history-sheeters were detained amid the bandh today morning, DCP (West) Bengaluru Sanjeev M Patil said. The bandh has been called against state government's decision to form a Maratha Development Authority and allocate ₹50 crore to it.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 01:22 pm on 05 Dec
WB CM Mamata Banerjee announces 3% DA hike for state govt staff
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has announced 3% DA hike from January for all state government employees. "Despite financial constraints, we had met recommendations of all previous pay commissions (sixth pay commission)," she said. "More than ₹85,000 crore dues are yet to be cleared by Centre but that'll not prevent us from giving our people their dues," she added.
short by Sharangee Dutta / 11:45 am on 05 Dec
Ensure ads don't promote activity banned by law: Centre to broadcasters
short by Sharangee Dutta / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued advisory to all private satellite TV channels to ensure advertisements don't promote any activity that is prohibited by statute or law. Mentioning that ads on online gaming and fantasy sports "appear to be misleading", the ministry said, "All broadcasters are advised that Advertising Standards Council of India guidelines are complied with."
short by Sharangee Dutta / 01:13 pm on 05 Dec
Union Ministers meet PM Modi ahead of 5th round of talks with farmers
short by Atul Mishra / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar and Rajnath Singh met PM Narendra Modi ahead of the fifth round of talks with farmers in Delhi. "I'm hopeful farmers will think positively...end their agitation," Agriculture Minister Tomar said. "If any positive result doesn't come out...farmers from Rajasthan will march towards Delhi...camp at Jantar Mantar," Kisan Mahapanchayat said.
short by Atul Mishra / 12:16 pm on 05 Dec
Delhi government issued circulars to its various departments asking its work from home (WFH) employees to be always available on phone and WhatsApp and asked them to not leave the city. "Any official allowed to work from home may be called to office if required," the government stated. This is not applicable to bureaucrats and employees engaged in COVID-19 duties.
short by Atul Mishra / 01:26 pm on 05 Dec
No gigantic inaugural parade due to coronavirus pandemic: Biden
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 05 Dec 2020,Saturday
US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said "there will probably not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue" due to coronavirus pandemic this year. "My guess is there'll still be a platform ceremony but I don't know how it's all going to work out," he added. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 02:12 pm on 05 Dec
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