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  • Heir unapparent: If North Korea faces succession, who might replace Kim?
    Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attends a wreath-laying ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva/Pool/File Photo   By Sangmi Cha   May 2 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in three weeks, state media reported on Saturday, after an unexplained absence fuelled questions about who would take over the nuclear-armed state in the event of his death.  
  • 88% people support extension of lockdown: Survey
    AP Photo   New Delhi, May 1 (PTI): Majority of respondents favoured continuation of the lockdown for another two weeks to fight coronavirus, according to a survey by think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research.   The government on Friday extended the lockdown for another two weeks from May 4. It had imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 25 and extended it further till May 3 to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus.   The second r
  • 'Emergency' for millions as coronavirus severs remittance lifeline
    Migrant workers arrive at the Mawa Ferry Ghat in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain   Strict curfews, lockdowns and travel bans enforced in the wake of COVID-19 decimate jobs and slash remittances   ROME/AMMAN, May 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Fathy called his family back home in Egypt a week ago, they asked him to send money, as he had for the past year. But he had none, having lost his job as a car painter in
  • We saw 2 years of digital transformation in 2 months: Satya Nadella
    San Francesco, April 30 (IANS) As COVID-19 impacts every aspect of work and life globally, Microsoft has seen two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months of its third quarter (January-March period), according to CEO Satya Nadella.   "From remote teamwork and learning to sales and customer service to critical cloud infrastructure and security, we are working alongside customers every day to help them stay open for business in a world of remote everything," h
  • End of an era, but his legacy will live on: Film industry mourns Rishi Kapoor’s death
    Mumbai, April 30 (PTI) Rishi Kapoor''s death is the end of an era in Hindi cinema, said co-stars and friends Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Karan Johar as they reminisced about the time spent with the actor who loved to live larger-than-life. The actor, 67, died on Thursday at HN Reliance hospital here after a two year long battle with leukemia, his elder brother Randhir Kapoor confirmed with PTI.   His family said the actor remained "jovial and determined to live
  • Month of May could be 'make or break' for COVID-19 fight: Experts
    Health workers wearing protective suits screen resident of Dharavi in Mumbai during a house-to-house health survey. Photograph: PTI Photo   New Delhi, April 30 (PTI): As the May 3 deadline for the lockdown nears, medical experts feel the next month can be "make or break" for the fight against COVID-19 and an aggressive containment strategy for hotspots along with insulation of green zones is essential while giving some relaxations.   The experts also suggeste
  • Most people want billionaires to pitch in to aid poverty and inequality
    Philanthropist Bill Gates (L) embraces Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg during an announcement of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to "cure, prevent or manage all disease" by the end of the century during a news conference at UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach   World's billionaires could close a huge funding gap in solving global woes with philanthropy or taxes, researchers say   NEW YORK, April 30 (Thomson Reu
  • Disasters displaced 5mn in India, the highest in the world
    A view of the destruction caused by Cyclone Fani after its landfall, in Puri, Friday, May 3, 2019. (PTI Photo)   The displacements were a result of a combination of increasing hazard intensity, high population exposure and high levels of social and economic vulnerability, a report says.   New Delhi, April 29 (PTI): Five million people were displaced in India last year, the highest in the world, due to disasters, including cyclones and monsoon floods, a new report by
  • From Chennai to Aizawl: Man accompanies body of friend back home
    Raphael AVL Malchhanhima with the two ambulance drivers -- Chinnathanbi and Jeyanthiran, who travelled for over 3,000 km back to Mizoram. Photograph: @ZoramthangaCM/Twitter   Home is where the heart is, in life and in death, too.   New Delhi, April 29 (PTI): 23-year-old Raphael AVL Malchhanhima was a distraught man when his friend Vivian Lalremsanga died of a suspected heart attack on April 23 in Chennai.   The lockdown had shuttered the city and c
  • Hello, social distancing. Goodbye, handshakes?
    A message encouraging hand washing is seen above the Buckhead Theater days before the phased reopening of businesses and restaurants from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage   LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) - It started centuries ago as a symbol of peace, a gesture to prove you weren't holding a weapon, and over time it became part of almost every social, religious, professional, business and spo
  • India should ease lockdown from May 3, be fully operational by June end: Shaw
    New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon, feels that India should start opening its lockdown from May 3 and become fully operational by end of June.   In an exclusive interview with IANS, Shaw said that data indicate that India is entering into a safe zone and has done a phenomenal job of flattening the Covid-19 curve.   Shaw added that the government will also have to provide a huge financial stimulus to boost industrial pro
  • 'Should I buy a mask or food?' - South Asia's poor face stark choice
    A rickshaw puller wearing a facemask sleeps on his rickshaw in Dhaka on April 27. — AFP   Rules making people wear masks in public are hitting the poor hardest and exposing deep inequalities   KABUL/COLOMBO, April 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buy a mask and let his family go hungry, or buy food and go out into the crowded city without one - that is the stark choice facing Hayatullah Khan, an Afghan labourer whose daily earnings have fallen below $1.50 durin
  • War against virus: Mumbai Mayor dons role of Miss Nightingale
    Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) Noted for her eye-catching saris, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Monday turned heads for a different reason - when she donned the sparkling white uniform of a caring nurse with a cap, much like the iconic Italian-born British nurse, Miss Florence Nightingale.   The move - coming barely a fortnight before the world celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of Nightingale on May 12 - was intended to boost the morale of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporat
  • Nearly 2.5 lakh Indians stranded in Australia: Indian envoy
    BY VISHAL GULATI Chandigarh, April 27 (IANS) More than 2.5 lakh Indian nationals, including about one lakh students, are stranded in Australia amid coronavirus pandemic. But their families back home have nothing to worry about.   India's High Commissioner to Australia, A. Gitesh Sarma, told IANS in an exclusive interview on Monday that Indian students are valued in Australia. Their welfare and well-being remain the highest priority at all times.   In a virtual
  • Ayurveda quiet yet powerful armed forces against COVID-19
    By Bharat Upadhyay   New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) As the field of alternative medicine gains immense popularity in the wake of COVID-19, the ancient practice of Ayurveda with India as its land of origin can don the role of quiet yet powerful armed forces in the fight against the coronavirus, according to a seasoned Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.     Weill Cornell Medicine is the biomedical research un
  • Modi and his look-alike on the global coronavirus firmament
    BY SAEED NAQVI IANS | April 26   A piquant picture of the post pandemic world appeared in the spa town of Lazne Bohdanec east of Prague when Czech police patrol ordered a bevy of committed nudists to "cover up" -- with face masks, the new fig leaf. The police penetration of their idyllic parks has caused deep consternation: nudism brought them close to nature, of course, but also helped them tan. The latter objective stands compromised because of the pigmentation difference
  • Amazon leaders demand illegal miners stay away to protect tribal lives
    A Yanomami indian follows agents of Brazil's environmental agency in a gold mine during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. Picture taken April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly Illegal miners have been accused of taking advantage of coronavirus quarantines to carry out their activities   BOGOTA, April 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amazon tribal leaders called on gov
  • Special Report: India's migrant workers fall through cracks in coronavirus lockdown
    Dayaram Kushwaha, a migrant worker, carries his 5-year-old son, Shivam, on his shoulders as they walk along a road to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, March 26, 2020.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui   JUGYAI, India, April 25 (Reuters) - Most days, you can find Dayaram Kushwaha and his wife, Gyanvati, hauling bricks for stonemasons in a booming northern suburb of New Delhi. They bring their
  • All efforts being made to mitigate disruption of teaching: HRD Minister
    BY GANESH BHATT  New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) With the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic disrupting ongoing Board examinations for Class 10 and 12 and the new academic sessions in colleges and universities likely to be delayed, students across the country are faced with various issues regarding their studies.   IANS talked to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on a wide range of issues. Excerpts:   Question:
  • The first modern pandemic will define this era: Bill Gates
    Washington, April 24 (IANS) The COVID-19 pandemic, the first modern pandemic, will define this era and no one who lives through this will ever forget it, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has stressed.   It is impossible to overstate the pain that people are feeling now and will continue to feel for years to come, he said, adding that the disease is disproportionately hurting poorer communities and racial minorities.   "Likewise, the economic impact of the shu