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Watch Live! PM Modi's address to the nationRediff.com7 Jun 2021
Modi has addressed the nation a number of times since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year
PHOTOS: States ease Covid restrictions cautiouslyRediff.com7 Jun 2021
The 'unlocking' comes as COVID-19 cases have seen a steady fall in recent weeks.
Mumbai unlock: What will open and what won't from MondayRediff.com6 Jun 2021
Shops selling essential products in Mumbai can remain open till 4 pm on all daysfrom June 7 while non-essential shops can operate till 4 pm on weekdays.Malls, theatres, and multiplexes will continue to remain shut.
Here's a sneak peak of the funniest animals this year!Rediff.com2 Jun 2021
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are back for 2021 to show that all animals have a funny bone. Now in its seventh year, the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards has already received thousands of entries from around the world, catching some of wildlife's funniest moments on camera. This year, the competition organisers are releasing some of the shots that have already had them howling like hyenas, to inspire both professional and amateur photographers to enter their own images before June 30, 2021. We bring you some of our favourites.
PHOTOS: It's an odd, odd world out there!Rediff.com27 May 2021
These images prove what a whacky world we live in!
Museums, churches, malls: Unusual vaccination venuesRediff.com25 May 2021
The distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine is underway across the world. To provide a convenient and safe place for people to receive COVID-19 vaccines, countries around the world transform shopping malls, churches, airports, subway stations and museums to vaccination centers. Some also offer vaccination services on the river and mountain.
PIX: Horror in Hamas, India's Covid pandemic and moreRediff.com17 May 2021
Coping with COVID-19 in India, the flare-up of Israel Palestinian violence, muted celebrations of Eid amid the coronavirus pandemic, and much more -- that's the week that was.
Low-key Eid celebrations in India in shadow of COVID-19Rediff.com14 May 2021
At several places, a large number of families offered prayers from their terrace or in the garden.
Kashmir celebrates Eid under curfewRediff.com13 May 2021
Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Kashmir were a low-key affair on Thursday as the faithful marked the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan by offering the thanksgiving prayers in small congregations at local mosques by observing social distancing in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assembly elections 2021: The RESULTSRediff.com3 May 2021
Mamata Banerjee fended off a spirited challenge by a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal with a landslide victory for her Trinamool Congress on Sunday for a third consecutive term and the saffron party and the Left Democratic Front were poised to form government again in Assam and Kerala respectively while the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam stormed back to power in Tamil Nadu after a gap of 10 years.
ELECTION RESULTS: How did the heavyweights fareRediff.com3 May 2021
As results pour in for the four states -- West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam -- and one Union Territory -- Puducherry - here's a glimpse at the leaders who are trailing and those who are leading.
Parties go on celebration spree, flouting COVID normsRediff.com2 May 2021
Coronavirus safety norms have gone for a toss as party supporters in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal crowd main roads to celebrate their leads in the state elections. The Election Commission banned all victory processions after counting of votes in states where assembly polls were held to check the spread of coronavirus.
Watch Live! PM Modi addresses nation on Covid situationRediff.com20 Apr 2021
Watch the address here, LIVE!
New restrictions in Maha from Wednesday. What's allowed and what's notRediff.com13 Apr 2021
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a statewide curfew for 15 days from 8 am on April 14 to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus in its second wave. With Section 144 being imposed across the state, Thackeray essential services have been exempted from the restrictions. The curfew will be in place till 7 am on May 1.
Watch Live! PM Modi addresses nationRediff.com8 Apr 2021
Watch the address here, LIVE!
The colours of HoliRediff.com29 Mar 2021
Even as the country registered over 68,000 fresh cases on Monday, the highest single-day spike this year, people across states continue to violate Covid-19 norms and carry out celebrations on the occasion of Holi. Previously Health authorities had warned that if people do not abide by Covid-19 protocols, the festivals of Holi and Shab-e-Baraat may turn into superspreader events.
SEE: Mamata targets BJP, recites Chandi PathRediff.com10 Mar 2021
"You are repeatedly talking about 70-30 ratio. What are you doing? If you are trying to practise divisive politics here, it will not work. I do Chandipath before stepping out of home every day," she said, before going on to recite the Sanskrit shlokas.
Gadkari, Tomar among politicos who got jabbed o SaturdayRediff.com6 Mar 2021
Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Narendra Singh Tomar and Sadananda Gowda were among those who received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.
PIX: Politicos who got jabbed todayRediff.com5 Mar 2021
Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Giriraj Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari were among those who got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the fifth day of the second phase of vaccination on Friday.
Nirmala, Kejriwal take COVID-19 vaccineRediff.com4 Mar 2021
Here's a look at just some of the bigwigs who took the anti-Covid jab.