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Hold Still: UK lockdown caught on cameraRediff.com5 days ago
After months of anticipation (and 31,000 submissions from the British public), the Britain's Duchess of Cambridge's final selection of images for Hold Still is available to view on the National Portrait Gallery's website. Designed to "capture and document the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation" during lockdown, the project brings together 100 moving amateur shots of everything from at-home haircuts to make-shift classrooms; exhausted NHS staffers on duty to dedicated postmen in superhero costumes; pensioners FaceTiming with their grandchildren to mothers cradling their newborn babies. Below, see 22 remarkable images from Hold Still - then head to the The National Portrait Gallery website for the full exhibition.
Can you guess the MP?Rediff.com5 days ago
Amid Covid-19 protocols, here's how the monsoon session looks like.
These funny animals are just what we need right now!Rediff.com6 days ago
The world feels like complete panda-monium right now. But thanks to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, we can all take a brief break from the news cycle and focus on otter things -- like pictures of animals being complete goofballs. The animals were pictured by photographers competing in the sixth annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, which saw thousands of pictures entered, taken around the world. As well as providing a smile, the competition works alongside the Born Free Foundation to highlight a more serious matter -- the importance of conserving our planet's beautiful wildlife. We share a selection of the best finalists' photos...
World's most beautiful scenes in Agora's Travel photo contestRediff.com7 days ago
This year has been the year of the no travel, which has left millions reminiscing on adventure-filled trips abroad. To celebrate the wonder of world travel, thousands of photography enthusiasts entered Agora #Travel2020, sharing the moments they feel captured the true essence of exploration. Octavi Royo, Agora's co-founder and CEO, said: "Thanks to these photos, we can travel to some amazing corners of our planet and see them from the point of view of travel photographers." Scroll down to see our pick of the shortlisted images...
Like a scene from Mars: California skies glow orange as wildfires continueRediff.com10 Sep 2020
Large areas of California have burned for weeks as fires consumed 2.3 million acres, or 20 times what burned all of last year, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday. In Washington state, wildfires virtually wiped out an entire small town Tuesday. In Oregon, thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes Wednesday after fires broke out across the state, The Oregonian reported.
Rafales are here! Know about IAF's game-changerRediff.com10 Sep 2020
Here's your guide to know about India's much-awaited aircraft.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 -- first pictures releasedRediff.com3 Sep 2020
India continues to 'Unlock'; bars and malls reopenRediff.com2 Sep 2020
As Unlock 4.0 commenced on Tuesday, most of the states further eased the coronavirus-induced restrictions on the movement of people and functioning of commercial establishments like bars and hotels with mandatory COVID-19 precautions. After remaining closed for more than five months, bars and restaurants opened in states like Goa, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Centre had allowed reopening of bars under the Unlock 4 guidelines.
Ganesh Visarjan in the time of coronavirusRediff.com1 Sep 2020
Mumbai has never seen a Ganesh immersion like this!
Farewell Pranab da!Rediff.com31 Aug 2020
As Pranab Mukherjee passes away, we remember the man, the politician, the Rashtrapati.
SEE: When Mukesh and Nita Ambani release a book...Rediff.com27 Aug 2020
Here's what happens.
The best of the week gone byRediff.com24 Aug 2020
From the protests in Belarus, to people in Beirut picking up the pieces after the deadly blast, to the Democratic National Convention held in Delaware in the United States, here are the top images from the week gone by.
PHOTOS: Pandit Jasraj cremated with state honoursRediff.com21 Aug 2020
Pandit Jasraj's son, Shaarang Dev Pandit, performed the last rites, which were followed by a 21-gun salute at Vile Parle's Pawan Hans Crematorium.
PHOTOS: The odd, odd world we live inRediff.com20 Aug 2020
These 8 images that prove that we truely live in a wonderfully weird world even during COVID-19.
FULL TEXT: PM's address to nation on I-DayRediff.com15 Aug 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation on the 74th Independence Day. From India's fight against COVID-19 to India becoming 'aatma nirbhar' to the faceoff with China in Ladakh, Modi spoke on several issues during the address from Red Fort. Here's the full text of the PM's address.
74th I-Day: How Indians celebratedRediff.com15 Aug 2020
A look at the celebration of the 74th Independence Day.
20 big quotes from PM Modi's I-Day speechRediff.com15 Aug 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the customary Independence Day address to the nation after unfurling the Tricolour at the Red Fort. India is marking its 74th Independence Day under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Watch Live! PM Modi addresses nation from Red FortRediff.com15 Aug 2020
This is Modi's seventh straight Independence Day speech from the historic Red Fort.
PHOTOS: India gears up for I-DayRediff.com14 Aug 2020
As the preparations are in full swing, here's what to expect at this year's Independence Day in different parts of the country.
Kamala Harris through her sister's eyesRediff.com13 Aug 2020
Kamala and her younger sister Maya are incredibly close.
With crackers and sweets, India celebrates Ayodhya bhoomi pujanRediff.com6 Aug 2020
The excitement on the foundation laying ceremony of Ram Temple reverberated across the country as Ram bhakts gathered to to celebrate the groundbreaking occasion. People across the country were seen chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and waving saffron flags. Fireworks were also burst and sweets were distributed to mark the day.
PHOTOS: Maha malls prep to reopen from August 5Rediff.com31 Jul 2020
As part of the Mission Begin Again initiative in Maharashtra, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5.
PHOTOS: Inside a quarantine centre in DelhiRediff.com22 Jul 2020
Senior officials in the government have been pointing out that while cases are reducing, people should not get complacent.
PHOTOS: Wildlife at Kaziranga struggles to stay afloatRediff.com21 Jul 2020
The recent monsoon rains have left almost 85 per cent of the park under water.
Watch Live! PM Modi's address to the nationRediff.com30 Jun 2020
This would be the prime minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the pandemic.
From castle ruins to cable cars, these pictures will get you high!Rediff.com16 Jun 2020
Coronavirus and the lockdown bringing you down? We assure you the next 20 images will take you to heights you have never experienced before. These are the entries to a contest called #Aerial2020 run by photo app Agora. It asked photographers around the globe to send in their best bird's-eye shots. In total, 9,018 photos were submitted, with the competition judges whittling them down to 50 finalists. Scroll down to feast your eyes on the amazing shots and the winning image is the first one.
REWIND: The week gone byRediff.com15 Jun 2020
Anti-racism protests across the United States, the funeral procession of George Floyd in Houston, a defaced statue of King Leopold II in Brussels, unlocking of restrictions in Mumbai and much more. Scroll for the top moments from the week gone by.
TN changes 370 place names as per Tamil pronunciationRediff.com11 Jun 2020
The Tamil Nadu government has changed the names of 370 areas in consonance with their Tamil pronunciation. While in all 1018 names changes were recommended by a committee of district collectors, the consultation group accepted changes to 370 place names.
PHOTOS: Trail of destruction left behind by Cyclone NisargaRediff.com4 Jun 2020
Cyclone 'Nisarga' has made landfall near Alibaug on Maharashtra coast with the wind speed of more than 110 km per hour and heavy rainfall, leading to falling of many trees and electricity poles, a Raigad district official said.
Pix: Maharashtra braces for cyclone NisargaRediff.com3 Jun 2020
Here are some photographs of how the state is gearing up for cyclone Nisarga.
Inside a Delhi hospital treating COVID-19 patientsRediff.com2 Jun 2020
Delhi has been seeing a steady rise in coronavirus cases with official figures being pegged at over 19,000 on Monday. Delhi remains the third worst-affected state by the coronavirus pandemic -- only Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have more confirmed COVID-19 cases. Amid this situation, here are scenes from Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, where some 200 patients are being treated.
Maha's new lockdown: Can I go out for a run?Rediff.com1 Jun 2020
Will you be allowed to step out? Will you be able to go to work? Can you go out for a job? These questions will be answered by this simple table below.
UNLOCK 1: What will open and what won'tRediff.com31 May 2020
The Centre has permitted a bunch of activities from June 1 -- a day after lockdown 4.0 comes to an end. However, the lockdown will be continued till June 30 in the containment zones. Activities outside the containment zones will resume in a staggered manner, as decided by the state governments. Confused as to what will be open and what won't? Here's a simple explainer to all your doubts about 'UNLOCK I'.
FAQ: Everything you need to know about locust attacksRediff.com28 May 2020
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!Rediff.com28 May 2020
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 worldRediff.com25 May 2020
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 worldRediff.com19 May 2020
The deadly coronavirus has forced us to adopt new ways of life.
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 likeRediff.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!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.