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FAQ: Everything you need to know about locust attacks

FAQ: Everything you need to know about locust attacks

Rediff.com2 days ago

Locust swarms can vary from less than one square kilometre to several hundred square kilometres. There can be at least 40 million and sometimes as many as 80 million locust adults in each square kilometre of swarm. Here's everything you need to know about the latest threat to India from the skies.

With mercury soaring to 50 degree Celsius, the heat is on!

With mercury soaring to 50 degree Celsius, the heat is on!

Rediff.com2 days ago

Parts of northern and western India reeled under scorching heat with temperatures hovering near the 50 degree-mark in Rajasthan, while the India Meteorological Department said no immediate respite is likely from the ongoing heatwave conditions.

What COVID-19 lockdown looks like around the world

What COVID-19 lockdown looks like around the world

Rediff.com5 days ago

These captivating photos snapped by photographers across the globe amid the coronavirus pandemic showcase how different nations have experienced a life under lockdown. In total, 15,697 photos have been submitted to the contest. The power is now in the global community's hands to cast their votes and decide which photo should win #StayHome. The most-voted photo will be revealed through the Agora app on May 27 and will win the top prize of $1,000. Octavi Royo, CEO and co-founder of the app Agora, which is running the competiton, said the photos gave 'a point of view on the confinement and to share a message of hope to humanity through their photograph'. Take a look at some of the best entries here.

How will you live, work, eat post-coronavirus world

How will you live, work, eat post-coronavirus world

Rediff.com19 May 2020

The deadly coronavirus has forced us to adopt new ways of life.

These animals are actually hilarious comedians!

These animals are actually hilarious comedians!

Rediff.com18 May 2020

Images of playful lion cubs and a confused seal are guaranteed to raise a smile even with the world observing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

COVID-19: What eating out will look like

COVID-19: What eating out will look like

Rediff.com15 May 2020

Life will hardly remain the same when we get to the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic. Economists and social scientists are predicting lasting changes in the way we live, work and eat. Already many eateries around the world are adapating to the virus in order to facilitate sales. Here's how dining out will look during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it's robots to the rescue!

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it's robots to the rescue!

Rediff.com13 May 2020

The robots are here!! A cylindrical robot rolls into a treatment room to allow healthcare workers to remotely take temperatures and measure blood pressure and oxygen saturation from patients hooked up to a ventilator. Another robot that looks like a pair of large fluorescent lights rotated vertically travels throughout a hospital disinfecting with ultraviolet light. These are just a few of the robots which are being used during the COVID-19 pandemic, from health care in and out of hospitals, automation of testing, supporting public safety and public works, to continuing daily work and life. Here's a look at how Artificial Intelligence is being used in this war against COVID-19.

Agora's Spring images are just what we need

Agora's Spring images are just what we need

Rediff.com12 May 2020

These images are the emotional booster that everybody needs in these difficult times! Free-to-use photography app Agora invited its userbase to participate in the #Spring2020 photo competition with their best shots of the season that breathes new life into the world. Agora's latest contest challenged photographers from all over the world to show what spring looks like in their corner of the planet. In total, 14,596 photographers participated in the #Spring2020 contest.

How dangerous is Styrene, Vizag's killer gas?

How dangerous is Styrene, Vizag's killer gas?

Rediff.com7 May 2020

On Thursday in Visakhapatnam, hundreds of villagers, most of them children suffered the consequences of the vapour leak like irritation in eyes, breathlessness, nausea and rashes, and over 100 people were admitted to government and private hospitals. Several police personnel, who came for the rescue operation, also suffered symptoms like breathlessness, irritation in eyes and fell unconscious.

What do countries look like after easing lockdowns

What do countries look like after easing lockdowns

Rediff.com7 May 2020

Italy, Spain, Portugal and India are among the countries easing coronavirus restrictions. Social distancing, mask wearing are the new norms as these countries continue to battle the virus pandemic, but are venturing out of their homes after extended periods of staying at home.

REWIND: Best of the month -- April

REWIND: Best of the month -- April

Rediff.com4 May 2020

Here's a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by.

SEE: Armed forces salute India's COVID-19 warriors

SEE: Armed forces salute India's COVID-19 warriors

Rediff.com3 May 2020

Several activities like fly-pasts, flashing warship lights and other displays by the Indian army bands were included in Sunday's spectacular show across the country.

Lockdown 3.0: What's open and what's closed

Lockdown 3.0: What's open and what's closed

Rediff.com1 May 2020

The Centre has announced an extension for two more weeks in the nationwide lockdown. However, several relaxations will be allowed as per zones.

This is how couples are saying 'I do' amid pandemic

This is how couples are saying 'I do' amid pandemic

Rediff.com1 May 2020

Love is in the air this spring, even with the coronavirus pandemic. Countless weddings have been postponed, but people are still getting married; although with adjustments to accommodate social distancing and other restrictions. Here are some ways couples are exchanging their wedding vows.

Protests flare up in US against COVID-19 lockdown

Protests flare up in US against COVID-19 lockdown

Rediff.com28 Apr 2020

In these times, the sight of a public gathering of hundreds of people mostly without face masks is alarming. But that is exactly what is happening across the United States, as groups of Americans are taking to the streets in protest of lockdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19. Those taking to the streets say that the stringent measures restricting movement and businesses are unnecessarily hurting citizens.

After Corona helmet, it's now Corona auto!

After Corona helmet, it's now Corona auto!

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

The pictures of his 'corona auto' went viral and Twitter users started sending in their comments calling the initiative, 'Auto-immune', 'good work', and 'innovative', while some others questioned where he would take his auto amidst the ongoing lockdown.

US hospital staff share hardest moments on shift

US hospital staff share hardest moments on shift

Rediff.com25 Apr 2020

The shifts are long and the scenes are heartbreaking inside a Maryland hospital where nurses and doctors have been treating coronavirus patients for weeks, unable to let family inside to visit loved ones on their death beds. Some of the hospital staff share their toughest moments to show just how heartbreaking this pandemic has been.

Just what happens to abandoned cars?

Just what happens to abandoned cars?

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

In shabby backyards and dusty barns, in deserted fields and thick forests, Dieter Klein roams strange and isolated places to find once gleaming vehicles left to rust and ruin. From a dented Porsche to a faded Cadillac, a battered VW Beetle to a whole fleet of abandoned military jeeps, Klein's subjects creak with bygone glamour and might. As moss and gnarled branches transform motors into eerie artifacts, Klein's award-winning automobile photography is not only a tribute to classic cars, but also to the transformative power of nature and the enduring intrigue of people and incidents unknown. The mesmerising results appear in stunning new coffee table book Lost Wheels - The Nostalgic Beauty of Abandoned Cars, which is out next month. Scroll down to see some of the wonderful pieces.

India's COVID-19 lockdown brings clean air, blue skies

India's COVID-19 lockdown brings clean air, blue skies

Rediff.com23 Apr 2020

Less than six months ago, Delhi was gasping for breath. Authorities said air quality had reached "unbearable levels". Schools were shut, flights were diverted, and people were asked to wear masks, avoid polluted areas and keep doors and windows closed. But during the lockdown that began on Mar 22, the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles in a cubic metre of air averaged at 44.18, according to a Reuters analysis of government data, indicating a rare "good" rating, the safest level on the scale.

Life in Dharavi in the times of coronavirus

Life in Dharavi in the times of coronavirus

Rediff.com22 Apr 2020

In homes that are cramped, stuffy and increasingly low on food, residents of one of Asia's largest slum are struggling under India's nationwide lockdown.

What cities look like during the coronavirus quarantine

What cities look like during the coronavirus quarantine

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

Closures, travel restrictions, and self-isolation measures due to the coronavirus have cleared public squares, roads, and travel destinations across the globe. Photographers have been capturing the eerie stillness of these public spaces, recently emptied of the crowds they were built for.

Breathtaking images from Sony World Photography Awards

Breathtaking images from Sony World Photography Awards

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

Behold the breathtaking winning and shortlisted images from one of the world's most prestigious photography contests. The amazing shots are from the open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020, which received 193,000 entries from photographers in over 200 territories. Scroll down and feast your eyes on our pick of the shortlisted and category-winning entries.

PHOTOS: South Korea-like testing kiosks ensure docs' safety

PHOTOS: South Korea-like testing kiosks ensure docs' safety

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

The kiosks, modelled after those used in South Korea, have built-in gloves which can be used by health workers as protective shield while collecting samples of suspected patients.

How Mumbai police is winning hearts during lockdown

How Mumbai police is winning hearts during lockdown

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

Rediff.com brings you some of the memes to cheer you up during this trying times.

PHOTOS: Life and death inside Italy's ICUs

PHOTOS: Life and death inside Italy's ICUs

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

Here are some scenes from inside Italy's intensive care units, where medical staff are treating the most severe cases of COVID-19

Watch Live: PM Modi addresses nation

Watch Live: PM Modi addresses nation

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

The prime minister is likely to talk about its possible extension.

Empty churches, online masses mark Easter Sunday amid COVID-19 scare

Empty churches, online masses mark Easter Sunday amid COVID-19 scare

Rediff.com12 Apr 2020

Unprecedented scenes of empty churches emerged from Italy and other countries of the world, as religious leaders found creative ways to address parishioners marking the holiday weekend from the confines of their homes.

These images will make you forget your COVID-19 worries

These images will make you forget your COVID-19 worries

Rediff.com10 Apr 2020

As you are stuck at home owing to the coronavirus outbreak, here are eight images that will bring a smile on your face -- even if it's just for a while!

Gorgeous pics of Pink supermoon to distact you from COVID-19

Gorgeous pics of Pink supermoon to distact you from COVID-19

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

Looking to catch a break from all the events surrounding coronavirus, then here's some amazing images from the pink supermoon that occurred on Tuesday night, enthralling all!

Coronavirus inspires world graffiti

Coronavirus inspires world graffiti

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

As countries around the world are in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, street artists everywhere are responding, bringing a dose of colour -- and urgent messaging -- to a weary public.

Bored at home? Take the coronavirus quiz NOW!

Bored at home? Take the coronavirus quiz NOW!

Rediff.com3 Apr 2020

How informed are you about the coronavirus outbreak? How many of these 10 questions can you get right?

Animals explore cities during COVID-19 lockdowns

Animals explore cities during COVID-19 lockdowns

Rediff.com2 Apr 2020

When humanity's away, the animals will play. With much of the world driven indoors to quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, some species not often seen -- or, at least, rarely in such large numbers, and certainly not against such empty backdrops -- are exploring cities across the globe. We must sadly report that though there have been many circulating on social media, many of these optimistic posts have turned out to be fake -- there were no dolphins in Venice's celebrated canals, or drunken elephants ambling through China's Yunnan province. However, there are some other instances where animals have, in fact, come out to explore city streets.

Rediff Chat: How to deal with coronavirus stress?

Rediff Chat: How to deal with coronavirus stress?

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

Dr Kersi Chavda will be on Rediff Chat on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2 pm IST to answer your questions on any mental health issues you may be facing during the lockdown.

Photos: How the world is reacting to coronavirus

Photos: How the world is reacting to coronavirus

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

As the world struggles with the deadly coronavirus, there are some who are dealing with the pandemic in their own unique way. Here are 12 images that show how.

Practise yoga with PM Modi during lockdown

Practise yoga with PM Modi during lockdown

Rediff.com31 Mar 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared 3D animated videos of him performing yoga.

Cheering for medical heroes fighting COVID-19

Cheering for medical heroes fighting COVID-19

Rediff.com31 Mar 2020

Fighting the coronavirus pandemic is hard, in fact it seems impossible. Doctors, nurses, carers and paramedics around the world are facing an unprecedented workload in overstretched health facilities, and with no end in sight. They are working in stressful and frightening work environments, not just because the virus is little understood, but because in most settings they are under-protected, overworked and themselves vulnerable to infection. The risk to doctors, nurses and others on the front lines has become plain: Italy has seen at least 18 doctors with coronavirus die. Spain reported that more than 3,900 health care workers have become infected. In dire times such as these, people are trying their best to show their appreciation to the frontline workers. Here are some images -- from clapping for them to singing for them.. A 'thank you' in any way goes a long way around.

Rediff Chat: All your questions on coronavirus answered

Rediff Chat: All your questions on coronavirus answered

Rediff.com29 Mar 2020

Join infectious disease specialist Dr Trupti Gilada on Rediff Chat and have all your queries on coronavirus answered.

The good Samaritans during India's lockdown

The good Samaritans during India's lockdown

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

With a nationwide lockdown in place, it may have become harder than usual for people, especially for the migrant daily wage earners and the homless. The government has assured people that supply of essential items will continue unabated. But while governments across the country are working hard to provide food to people, there are good samaritans who are helping out fellow citizens. From providing food to sanitizers and masks, these people are nothing short of a godsend.

India goes silent on Day 2 of lockdown

India goes silent on Day 2 of lockdown

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

The nation is on Day 2 of the 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. People buying essential supplies maintaining social distancing is now become a feature across the country.

Watch Live: Sitharaman announces economic package

Watch Live: Sitharaman announces economic package

Rediff.com26 Mar 2020

Sitharaman is expected to announce an economic package to address the distress situation over the 21-day lockdown. He had addressed the nation on efforts to combat the virus on March 19. In his last address on the virus outbreak, Modi had called for "resolve and restraint" to fight the disease.

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